Harvey Ambulance Discussion Meeting on Mill Levy Vote

1 crowd at mill levy meetingMonday evening a large crowd gathered at the Anamoose Senior Center to hear about the proposed 10 mill levy for the Harvey Ambulance Service that will be on the June ballot.  The meeting was conducted by the ambulance service members on a question/answer format.  Ambulance members at the meeting were:  Scott Spear, Shelly Stafford, Marla & Monte Countess, Kerry Susag, & Dusty Kost.

Scott Spear Marla Countess answering questions

Scott Spear & Marla Countess answering questions

In 2006 the Harvey Ambulance Service had 53 members on their roster, & now only have 19.  Each member works a full-time job in addition to volunteering.  I can see where it is hard to get members when I heard what is required by the state.  Average training hours for an ambulance person (initial) is 80 hours for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), 120-180 hours for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), & 1500-1800 hours for a Paramedic.  Then they have to be recertified every 2 years:  EMR-16 hours, EMT-40 hours, & Paramedic-60 hours.  Paramedics are the only ones that can start an IV.  It seems a lot to me that the state requires all this training & requires them to have 2 people on call within the bay or within 10 minutes of the bay.

The ambulance service was organized in 1971 & is currently licensed as a Basic Life Support Ambulance with Advanced Life Support capabilities. They cover an area of 900 square miles.  That is a lot of territory!

Marla Countess, the only paramedic in the area, stated “I’ve got to have some help”.  She puts in 72 hours a week (3500 hours a year) on call, in addition to working on her farm.  Her daughter & son-in-law relieve her when they can.  Marla has been on the service for 10 years after paying her own way for Paramedic schooling.  “I do it because people need it”.

Carol Jean Nichols, Drake, spoke out in support of the mill levy.  “I would have been dead at least 4 times if it weren’t for you”.

Of course as at any meeting involving funds there were concerns as to how the money will be appropriated.

The average call day has less than 1 call a day, or 280 calls this past year, but they have had up to 4 calls in a 12 hour shift.  The volunteers are paid $60 a shift, & need to take at least 12 shifts a year.  With the mill levy they could be paid $10 an hour.  Harvey is one of the busiest ambulance services.

Anamoose still has a quick response rig, but it can’t be used to transport patients.  It has the same equipment as an ambulance.

The average income from an ambulance call is only 66% from Medicare/Medicaid, & 89% from Blue Cross/Blue shield.  They wrote off $100,000 last year.  The question came up on what happened to the $250,000 they had in CDs & savings in 2010.  Scott Spear replied that since then they have a new building & a new ambulance.  He stressed that the mill levy would be used only for paying volunteers.  If the mill levy passes in June, a district board must meet within 2 weeks to set up a budget.  The board will decide how much of the 10 mills they will need.  In the past the ambulance service has been receiving money from grants, but it is getting harder to get that money as they have to go together with other districts.  Last year they received $32,000 in grant money.  The 3 ways to get current funding is:  fund-raising, donations & billing.

Area ambulance services that are funded by mill levy are:  Fessenden, Bowden, Maddock, McClusky, Towner, & Velva.

I went to the meeting a little skeptical about the number of mills they were asking, but after listening to all the responses to the questions, I am convinced that for us to have a good ambulance service we need to vote in the 10 mils.  At the end of the meeting Kay Buri, Drake, voiced my sentiment “I think we should give all the guys a great big hug”.  The mill levy is important to provide staffing for the service.  If people are not willing to volunteer then the Harvey Ambulance Service needs to be able to pay qualified individuals to meet the state requirements.

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Can’t Stay Away From the Greenhouse

Most of us aren’t thinking about planting flowers yet, but my usual trip to the Schmaltz Greenhouse started me thinking-just a little bit.  I was a little earlier this year, so very few of the flowers are blooming.  Mike took me through the Succulent building where he mostly has cactus.  I had to ask Siri on my cell phone what succulents are.  I found out they are flat plants having some parts that are normally thicker and flat to retain water as in arid climates. basket

Picture frame cactus

Picture frame cactus to hang on fence or wall

cactus varieties

cactus varieties

Mike will be getting in his trees and shrubs in April. He has ordered more than last year.  He has a few more colors in flowers, but no new varieties this year.

Monica Schmidt, Torie Dosch, Kaylie Lemer, Mike Schmaltz

Monica Schmidt, Torie Dosch, Kailey Lemer, Mike Schmaltz

Besides Mike, Torie Dosch and Monica Schmidt have been working full-time since February.   Kailey Lemer, Matt Jund and Marcie Bichler work part-time.

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Bingo Night in Anamoose

Dean Martin, bingo caller

Dean Martin, bingo caller

fire dept bingoDavid & Mike Rudnick selling bingo tickets

The Anamoose Fire Department held their annual Palm Sunday bingo Sunday, March 20th at the VFW Hall. Many hams and turkeys were won by adults and kids alike.bingo at VFW

Door prize items were donated by businesses in the area.  Lots of prizes, but I went home empty handed.

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Spring Play

Spring 2016If seasons were a four act play early spring would be the star of the second act: the shifty character that slips in and out of scenes, sometimes bright and lively stealing the show, other times lurking almost menacingly in the background.

That’s because spring is a rather uncertain thing, calling forth images of lions and lambs. Enticing us to change time for it– turning our clocks forward simply to catch it’s light.

We know better than to rely on calendars.
Spring plays with seasons like a trickster
never settling on the same month from year to year.

And while spring teases all of our senses what we can trust is sound.

Step outside. No matter if your eyes see grey sky and brown grass, or if you are bundled again with hats and gloves after a burst of warm spring air.
Even if the wind smells more like fall. You can trust your ears.

Listen closely. The birds turn a spotlight on spring even as it lurks back stage.
Year-round feathered residents that star in each act are our first true signal of the nearness of spring. Cardinals, chickadees, and nuthatches sense lengthening days and change their tune from hushed winter melodies to flamboyant love songs. Red wing blackbirds are early arrivals here today amid snowflakes singing of territory and looking for love.

It’s not bad advice no matter the setting. To trust our ears. To listen, knowing what we see and feel may not be the whole story. To fine tune how we listen…
to the pulse of this land we call home or to one another. Listening for the tune, the change in pitch, the desire for connection that’s embedded in the words we share.
Early spring is, indeed, a fine actor, keeping us enthralled, always a little off balance. And in toying with our senses, spring reminds us, again, of the value in listening, despite what we might see, for the essence and the authenticity in our connections.

By Chris Heeter

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Anamoose JDA Receives Another Grant for Food Hub

Alyce Heer accepted grant at St. Joseph Community Health Foundation award dinner

Alyce Heer accepted grant at St. Joseph Community Health Foundation award dinner

St. Joseph Community Health Foundation gave a $6,000 matching grant to the Anamoose Job Development Association (JDA) to make the Farmtastic Food Hub handicapped accessible.  The grant will pay for a rest room-wider door, handrails, and increase the size from 6×6 to 8×8.  It will also pay for a handicapped power door opener, and a ramp with handrails.

This is the third grant received to rehab the historic post office located north of the Anamoose Café.

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Second Annual Easter Egg Hunt Big Success

Submitted by Lorie Schmaltz, President Anamoose Park Board

Collecting the 3000 Easter eggs at the park

Collecting the 3000 Easter eggs at the park

Easter Bunny with kids at park

Easter Bunny with kids at park

The Anamoose Park Board once again held their 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The young enjoyed finding the eggs in the city park filled with candy, money, prizes.

Like Donarski,, Harvey, with Lorie Schmaltz * Torie Dosch

Like Donarski,, Harvey, with Lorie Schmaltz * Torie Dosch

29 cakes donated for cake walk

29 cakes donated for cake walk

Easter Bunny with kids at VFW

Easter Bunny with kids at VFW

Prizes for raffle drawing

Prizes for raffle drawing

Three bikes and a scooter were given away sponsored by the Park Board and The Arthur Company of Harvey & Anamoose.  A meal was provided  after  the  event at the Anamoose VFW along with a cake walk, raffle table & pictures with the Easter Bunny.  A big thanks to the community members for providing the salads, bars and cakes.

The Park Board would like to thank the community & surrounding areas for their continuous support of our fundraisers.

We are getting closer to reaching our goal.  All proceeds from this event are going towards purchasing new playground equipment.

 

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Raiders Boys Basketball Team 2016

Submitted by Elaine Zakopyko

cordellCongratulations to Cordell Volson for being regional senior athlete of the year.  Son of Ralph & Wendy Volson of Balfour

Lee Reinowski, Darrell Keller, Doug Martin & Cordell Volson

Lee Reinowski, Darrell Keller, Doug Martin & Cordell Volson

Lee Reinowski & Cordell Volson received the award of being on the regional tournament team at the regional tournament in Minot.  Coach Doug Martin also received the regional coach of the year for 2016.

raiders team 1Congratulations to all the Raiders & their coaches for being #1 in the district tournament in Bottineau,  Cordell Volson & Lee Reinowski for making the all district team & you, Cordell for district athlete of the year.  What an honor for our Drake/Anamoose coach & players.

volson familyRalph, Wendy, Zach, Kyle, Cordell Volson

Some of the players

Trey Windish, Austin Schatz, Cordell Volson, Lee Reinowski, Pete Buri, & Seth Fahy

Trey Windish, Austin Schatz, Cordell Volson, Lee Reinowski, Pete Buri, & Seth Fahy

 

 

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