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NEW ENGLAND -- Memories of church dinners and Christmas programs will be mingled with songs of praise, when members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ hold a Service of Celebration on Sunday, Sept 23. The church, whose original 18 members founded the town of New England 131 years ago, is closing. Services start at 11:30 a.m. followed by a dinner.
Dr. Thomas D. Isern, a history professor and radio personality, has compiled his essays into a newly published book titled “Pacing Dakota.” His most recent book tour took him to Williston, Minot, and Western Edge Books at Medora where he was guest of an autograph party.
Everyone became a kid again while they learned about the wonders of the night skies during the Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival. The festival was held Sept. 7-9 in Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt National Park with presentations by volunteers from regional astronomy clubs and national park rangers.
Veterans and their families feasted on a hog roast potluck dinner Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Veterans Pavilion. It was hosted by the American Legion Matthew Brew Post No. 3. It was an opportunity for the Legion to show it appreciation to veterans, but also a chance to get to know one another.
The newly reorganized RSVP program in Dickinson is sponsoring a “Bags Baubles Bubbly” fundraiser -- an evening with a sit-down dinner, auctions and champagne toast. “We need people to come for the event, to bid on all the wonderful donated items at the silent and live auctions,” said Mary Siverson, RSVP Western North Dakota coordinator. “It’s a ladies night out with a chance to win a diamond necklace. It’s a great meal and time with friends.”
The “Out of Darkness” Dickinson ND Walk is a day of hope and healing -- an opportunity to support mental health and to draw attention to suicide prevention. “If you’re a loss survivor, if you’re a community leader, if you’re a mental health professional -- whatever your story is -- we want you to walk with us,” said Samantha Bruers, area director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Maybe ‘someday’ you considered joining a service team to another country -- 2019 could be your year of action. “I would love for anybody to take the next step and have the experience they’ll never regret,” said Chuck Peterson, a service team leader from Dickinson. “It’s easy to put off, but people who do make the effort, usually sign up and go again.”
Laura Ehlis’ daughters know when it’s time to start homeschool -- the dining room table is cleared and their workbooks, pencils and markers are pulled out. Laura and Frank Ehlis, who farm 6 miles northwest of New England, are the parents of Julia, age 8, who is a third-grader; and the twins, Amelia and Simina, age 5, who are are in kindergarten.
Lori Wentz, of Dickinson, gave practical ideas on how to start homeschooling during a recent open house at the Dickinson Area Public Library. “I’m the unofficial Welcome Wagon lady for southwestern North Dakota,” Lori said. “Anyone with an interest in homeschool can call me. I can help you set up a beginning curriculum.”
Medora will color the wind when it hosts the Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally and Badlands Kite Fest from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7-9. Sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, the rally is an opportunity to watch hot air balloons being launched at dawn from Medora and floating over the North Dakota Badlands.