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Monday, March 10, 2014
Called to Help Children
Gunderson to Make Second Trip to Uganda
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
Caitlin Gunderson of Powers Lake is about to begin an 81-day journey to help others in need.
Joining the organization Heart for Uganda, she will leave Bismarck on May 20 and travel to Kyenjojo, Uganda.
This will be Caitlin’s second trip with Heart for Uganda. Her first was in August of 2013, when she traveled with a group of 19 from Bethel Baptist in Powers Lake to aid the children of Uganda for 10 days.
While there, they tutored children, helped at a children’s orphanage, and at a children’s church. Her trip this time will be similar, but last much longer.
Gunderson initially learned of Heart for Uganda and the mission trip through her pastor.
“When I was little, I went on a youth trip to Cannonball, ND. I have always enjoyed interacting with children and I had the opportunity to go, so I went out on a limb,” said Gunderson. “I feel as though I am called to help the children there who don’t have the same opportunities.”
The caring young lady will return later this summer on August 8.
The college student is a 2013 graduate of Powers Lake High School and the daughter of Mike and Sue Gunderson.
Uganda is located in east Africa, between Kenya and the Congo.
Heart for Uganda was founded in 2008 by a Pennsylvania elementary teacher who resigned from her position to fulfill her childhood dream of rescuing children in Africa.
Blood Donation - A Family Affair
A blood drive was held in Lignite on Friday, March 28.
Out of state donors included Donnie Swenson, of Fairview, MT; Denise Swenson of Fairview; Brenda Ruppert of Bozeman, MT; and Carol Ruppert (seated) of Elko, NV.
They were visiting North Dakota A blood drive was held in Lignite on Friday, March 28. Out of state donors included Donnie Swenson, of Fairview, MT; Denise Swenson of Fairview; Brenda Ruppert of Bozeman, MT; and Carol Ruppert (seated) of Elko, NV.
They were visiting North Dakota relatives. Helen Ellis, mother and grandmother, heard of the blood drive so made it a family event. Brenda and Denise are Carol’s daughters.
People came from near and far to donate. Brenda had not given blood before and did not have to receive much encouragement to join the crowd.
It was great to capture the family fun and also give some blood too.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
It’s been said that nothing is certain except death and taxes. From now until April 15, the majority of law-abiding citizens will be compelled to pay attention to the latter.
I’m no exception. I pulled out my tax stuff last weekend and attempted to make sense of those pesky little things called numbers.
I sat at the dining room table, accompanied by a heaping pile of receipts from 2013, and scanned each slip for business expenses and other tax-deductible items. Along the way, I took a trip down memory lane.
The codes used on cash register tapes to designate individual items tell the story of my year. Some people keep a diary; I guess I keep receipts.
A slip from Feb. 2 listing Fryer Drmstcks, Bbq Sauce, Kidney Bns, Tom Sauce and Shred Ched led to Super Bowl memories. I don’t recall the teams that played, but I could describe a commercial or two.
Bx Choc, Grting Crd and Frsh Floral dated Feb. 13 triggered thoughts of Valentine’s Day. The purchase was made by my husband, and didn’t contain any business related items. I tossed it in the trash – reluctantly.
March 17 – Bleach, Scrub Sponge, Ppr Towel, Wht Vingr showed that someone in my house was getting a jump on spring cleaning. This receipt did not belong to my husband. Wink.
May 3 had me buying Nail Plsh and Wht Sandals in optimistic anticipation of the show-of-toes season, which was soon to come. I hoped.
On May 5, I purchased items keyed in as Avocad, Lime, Tortilla, Refrd Bns and Med Salsa. No one had to remind us it was Cinco de Mayo. Ole!
I let out a mom sigh at the sight of May 31. Deli Trky, Deli Ham, Deli Rst Bf, Hrd Buns, Pper Plates 50Ct and 100Ct Forks reminded me of my son’s high school graduation. We used up the last of the forks this weekend when he was home for his birthday (second mom sigh).
Tmto Plnt, Flwr Seed, Veg Seed, Prem Topsoil and 3Pk Gdn Glov were acquired on June 2 in preparation for summer plantings. At this point, I fought the urge to leave my tax work in exchange for perusing seed catalogs.
June 15 showed the purchase of Mrshmalo, Choc Bar and Grhm Crckr and I remembered an evening bonfire topped off with sweet and gooey s’mores.
Mstard, Stadium Brat, Polish Ssg and Pot Chips on a tape dated July 3 conjured memories of fireworks and sparklers. Other summer thoughts were contained within the list from July 22 – Swm Trunk, Swm Hat, Sunscrn.
Ballp Pen 4Pk, Dual Zip Bnder and 12Ct Pencils from August 24 reminded me of the first day of school and the excited (and not so excited) preparation that comes before it.
A receipt from Oct. 31 had just one item listed: Banana Cost. I remember making a last minute dash to the store for a teenage son who decided he had an immediate need for a costume. At that late date, the super heroes and zombies were long gone from the shelves; I was lucky to get the banana.
Winter was looming when I purchased an Ice Scrapr, Snugadoo Socks and an Adlt Hat on Nov. 2. Not much later, on Dec. 13, there is a receipt for Chapstick and Ht Hand, which I remember buying before attendance at a chilly hockey game.
Dec. 15 rounded out the year with Poinsett, Grn Lame, Glitter Bow 2Pk and Shrt Box. I don’t have to explain that one.
Most receipts were run of the mill and contained everyday items like Pnut Bttr, Veg Bf Sp, Crckrs, Crm of Mshrm and Toothpas. I learned (although I already suspected) that we buy way too much Froz Pzza. My boys are fond followers. They are also fans of homemade cookies, which I made once this year after coming home with a receipt listing Bttr Qtrs, Ss Morsel and All Purp Flr.
I did find a few items worthy of a tax write-off: Copy Ppr, Print Ink – Blk, Print Ink – Col and Envelop, so my search wasn’t a complete waste of time. As for my taxes, well, they are nearly done. I want to make sure I’ve found every possible deduction. If only I could find a way to write off all those frozen pizzas.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication” You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 firstname.lastname@example.org
LENTEN SERVICE SCHEDULED IN BOWBELLS
The annual Bowbells community Lenten Services have been scheduled for 2014.
United Methodist Church will host the first soup and sandwich supper at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 with the service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church hosts March 19; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, March 26; Bethlehem Lutheran Church, April 2 and United Methodist Church, April 9.
Fun Run set
for March 8
The 15th annual Stoney Run Fun Run kicks off at 12 noon at Northgate Dam, Saturday, March 8.
This year’s prizes include Savage 204 Gun w/scope, IPAD, $250.00 Cash and a Game Camera.