Fall Fest 2016 a Success

It was a beautiful fall day in the neighborhood! The sun was shining brightly inviting everyone to the Anamoose Fall Festival on Saturday, September 17th. A Soup & Sandwich lunch was being served at the VFW Hall by the Auxiliary to get everyone started.

car-showWhile folks were enjoying their lunch a bevy of Classic Cars appeared on Main Street with the sounds of Golden Oldies music filling the air and generating energy and anticipation for more.  Dave Wangen made arrangements for the car owners to pay Anamoose a visit and show off their prize cars.  What a beautiful collection of metal and memories!  Remember the parade of cars on Saturday nights on Main Street? Steve Kuske & Dakota Sound & Light provided the music for the car show. People were able to take a musical stroll down memory lane while checking out all the cars.

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In the City Park kids of all ages were exploring the brand new playground, bouncing in the Bouncy Houses, taking rides on the horse drawn wagon around town and enjoying a variety of treats provided by the Park Board members.  The Park Board ladies took this opportunity to dedicate the new playground they worked so diligently over the past 3 years to make a reality, with awesome support from the community.  Seeing all the smiling faces and taking a quick off the cuff survey of the end-users, I would say the Park Board knocked this one “outta the park”.

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Over at the Anamoose Senior Center things were beginning to happen.  There was a steady stream of people dropping in to leave pies for the Pie Social at the Center.  All kinds of pies!  There was apple, pumpkin, rhubard, raisin, blueberry, chocolate, peach and oh my . . . 

square-dancers-aWhile everyone was choosing their favorite kind of pie to have with ice cream and coffee the The Belles & Beaus Square Dancers were getting ready to entertain and have some fun.  Plenty of toe tappin’ music and skirts twirling while changing partners and promenading and all.  Fun to watch the teamwork in action!

The Park Board served a Spaghetti Supper at the VFW Hall as a fundraiser and got everybody ready for comic entertainment.  After a tasty meal and sweet desserts, everyone was ready for some entertainment. 

The Not So Newlywed Game was offered up as a lighthearted look at local couples and how well they know each other.  Kim Meckle served as the cruise director through a sea of questions for the four couples who willingly subjected themselves to this inquiry into their private lives and thoughts.  Ron & Sandy Cartwright, George & Shirley Schnellbach, Angie & Scott Mack, and Karissa & Carter Gahner were the participating couples.  Lots of laughter was served up during this event, which went into overtime to break a tie score.  Everyone enjoyed the good humor!

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Dusk was falling upon Main Street and the music was beginning to rise up out of the Music Box.  even5 had taken the stage and was prepared to rock out the rest of the night to bring this community Fall Festival to a close.  Music was great and the program full of diversity with notes and tunes for all.

It was a wonderful day in the neighborhood!  Everyone had a very good time!  Anamoose can be proud of bringing its community together to celebrate their city and the people who live there. 

See all of you next year for the 2nd Annual Fall-Fest!

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Anamoose Increases the Green

About 90 trees have been planted around Anamoose during the past 4-5 years, and 36 were planted this year alone.  This has been done to replace trees that are aging and being removed or will be removed in the future.

This year, the City of Anamoose received a $10,000 matching tree grant from the ND Dept of Forestry.  In previous years the City Council obligated approximately $2,000 each year for trees to be planted.  In all cases, the labor was donated by volunteers, usually Mike Schmaltz, Torrie Dosch, Joe Dosch, Frank Sieg and Brad Fletschock.  Also, in all cases, the trees have had to be planted on public land.  These planting cannot be done on private property.

South of Anamoose Housing to Hwy 52

South of Anamoose Housing to Hwy 52

This year’s Tree Grant paid to remove the 4 deteriorating trees in the City Park, and to plant 12 different varieties of trees along the north road extending from Matt and Theresa Rudnick’s house  east to the City Tree & Leaves Depository; around the curve and east to 3rd Street by Dennis and Phyllis Zimmerman’s house; and south of the Anamoose Housing Complex out to Hwy 52 along the west side of 3rd Street.  The Tree Grant also paid for the stakes, tree guards, rope, water bags that hold 20 gallons, and mulch.  The matching $10,000 was met in-kind by keeping track of the hours worked by the volunteers as well as the hours attributed to City equipment to assist with accomplishing everything.tree

The Inspector from the Dept, of Forestry met with Mike Schmaltz and Bonnie Helm last week; taking a tour of all of the planted sites as well as an inspection of where the trees were removed in the City Park.  She indicated she was very pleased with the results.  When Bonnie Helm showed her the hours worked by volunteers and the use of City equipment, she indicated she would be submitting her Inspection Report to the ND Dept, of Forestry and would recommend disbursal of reimbursement in the amount of $10,000 to the City of Anamoose.

There was some discussion about future tree projects Anamoose might want to  pursue, and, she encouraged us to submit grant applications to the ND Dept, of Forestry again when the time comes.

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Schmaltz’ Greenhouse Open for Halloween

greenhouse-5This is the first year that Mike Schmaltz has had his greenhouse open in the fall for Halloween.

My mum

My mum

outdoor-decorations-greenhouse  One whole greenhouse is full of mums.  They are planted 3 to 5 mums per pot. Pumpkins, gourds, decorative squash, & Halloween decorations are for sale.

There is 50% off on pots, containers, decorations, trees & shrubs left over from spring.

The greenhouse is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5:30pm.  Mike says he will be open till about October 20th.

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Anamoose Fall Festival 2016

Come join in the FUN!

Anamoose Fall Festival

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New Arrivals!

I remember back a few year ago if we had one Anamoose baby a year we were happy.  Now this year we have had 4 babies since June 17th.  Dylan Eric, son of Theresa & Heath Hoke, was the first Anamoose addition.  At 2 months he has grown almost 4 lbs & 4 3/4ths inches.  He has a full head of black hair!IMG_2624

Dylan was followed by Gracie Schmaltz, daughter of Abby Schwan & Mikey Schmaltz; Shaelynn Kay Mann, daughter of Kim Meckle & Jason Mann; & Drew Curtis Hase, son of Christy & Fred Hase.  Also 2nd grade elementary teacher, Britteny Bromley & her husband Paul, from Harvey, just had a baby girl, Willow Grace.  Willow’s grandparents are Marilyn & Jeff Bromley that farm  north of Anamoose.

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Food Hub Update

Merek Petrovic, Randy Piper, Troy Burrington

Merek Petrovic, Randy Piper, Troy Burrington

During a length  hiatus work had to stop on the Food Hub till a reimbursement was made by the USDA.  Due to a glitch with the abstract it took 5 months to get it updated, a title opinion written & the reimbursement request approved by USDA.

Now Merek Petrovic is back working on the Food Hub with the help of Troy Burrington & Randy Piper.  They just installed a back gutter & painting a primer coat on the front section of the Food Hub.  Next they will insulate the ceiling before putting in a drop ceiling; followed by a final coat of paint on the walls.

I am so amazed to hear both Merek & Troy talk about how important it is to eat health, especially fresh fruits & vegetables.  They have me started on Kefir, a probiotic cousin of yogurt.

 

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A Busy Day for Teachers

Thursday teachers were back to school for a Data Inservice on Reading Comprehension.  All are returning teachers, but Elaine Zakopyko will be teaching Mrs. Bromley’s 2nd grade class till she returns from maternity leave.

In the morning they were served coffee & goodies by the Ideal Homemakers club.

In the evening there was an open house where the public could visit the classrooms & teachers.  Janice Buchholz & I toured the rooms & stopped to visit with 6th grade teacher Brad Fletschock.  He has been teaching here for 31 years & even has a few gray hairs to show for it!  Janice mentioned how she & Raynold (Buck) came to Anamoose 40 years ago.  Buck was superintendent & Janice had Elementary & High School Library. Janice has taught many grades till she retired in 1997 & still continues to substitute.

 

Kindergarten teacher Miss Rachel helps Jaya Melaas

Kindergarten teacher Miss Rachel helps Jaya Melaas

Naamah Heath enrolls one of her 5 children in 2nd grade. Elementary principal Mrs Melaas (right) assists her.

Naamah Heath enrolls one of her 5 children in 2nd grade. Elementary principal Mrs Melaas (right) assists her.

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