Saturday, April 8, 2017 a crowd gathered in the Anamoose City Park to wait for the Easter Bunny to kick off this year’s search of 3000 brightly colored Easter eggs spread throughout the park.
The Bunny arrived and greeted everyone, and the search began for those special eggs leading to wonderful prizes for the lucky person who finds them. This year 3 bicycles and a scooter were top prizes along with some sweet treats also found in the eggs.
After all the eggs found their way into a variety of baskets and bags for later, it was time to head to the VFW Hall where a tasty lunch was being served by the Park Board members. Sloppy Joes, salads of every description, and bars for dessert served up with a smile. Lunch was underway and everyone buying their tickets for the cake walks and raffles and waiting for the fun to begin. There were 50 cakes donated to go home with some lucky family and there were a wonderful variety of raffle prizes to win.
The Bunny was available for photos and handed out treats, as well as some bunny hugs. He even took a great picture with a 4 month old German shepherd who evidently has a fondness for bunnies!
When the games were finished, all the cakes were gone and the raffle prize table was empty as well and the bicycles and scooter were awarded to the respective special egg holders, it was time to call it a fun day in Anamoose. Everyone seemed to have a very good time at this year’s Park Board sponsored Easter Egg 2017 Event. The Park Board thanked all the community volunteers for helping make this event a success.
See you all next year!
Last evening Julia and Mirek Petrovic spoke to a group of people about the FARMtastic Heritage Foods Hub as “not just a business, but a mission. People are seeking better food.” They explained that their Food Hub will be an aggregation and distribution center for local fresh produce and value added products. The growers produce the produce and the Food Hub markets and sells for all the members collectively.
To become a member there is a one time fee of $350 to help with startup costs. Membership includes: member Umbrella Liability Insurance free for the first year, 10% more for your produce,marketing done by the food hub, and value added products. The Food Hub negotiates the highest possible selling price and keeps 25% back from member producers and 35% from nonmembers. The Commercial Certified Kitchen can be used by members to make value added products and baked goods for a small nominal fee.
Last year the Petrovic’s sold produce to Bisman Co-op in Bismarck and KJ Fresh Market in Minot.
New wood look tile in front section
We were given a tour of the main floor and basement. On the main floor all the flooring, ceiling and painting is done. Now Mirec and Troy Barrington are working on installing equipment and counters in the kitchen. They are also working in the basement enclosing areas for the cooler and a fermenting room. The basement will be a wash and pack center.
Seniors have been playing games of Pinochle and Hand & Foot every Friday night this winter at the Senior Center, but this is the first time for a tournament.
The evening started out with a chile feed, followed by 4 tables of seniors taking part in the tourney. After 8 hands (2 games) the winners were Barb Martin & Sandy Cartwright. Second place went to Esther Doubek & Buck Buchholz.
The Anamoose Birthday Club continues to meet once a month at the cafe to celebrate the birthday of the month. The group consists of 11 women who meet for coffee about 8-8:30 am. Dorothy Peerboom was the hostess for the month.
As you can see, Connie Rudnick, the cafe owner, decorates the table for us and serves a variety of delicious deserts-purchased by a different participant every month. Saturday Connie served lemon and carrot cakes.
Tillie Reinowski was the only March birthday.
I made a visit to the Farmtastic Heritage Foods Hub yesterday to see how the work is progressing. Took a picture of owner Mirek Petrovic & Troy Barrington in front of the newly painted walls with the distressed paneling.
Wood looking porcelain tile has been laid on the floor with radiant heat beneath. The ceiling has been lowered 2 feet, & 4 feet in the kitchen.
LED energy-efficient lights have been used throughout. Ten LED inserts in the ceiling only use as much wattage as 1 light bulb.
In the kitchen fiberglass washable paneling has been installed & porcelain tile laid diagonally on the floor. Four ovens have been purchased & Mirek stated they will have more ovens.
In the large handicapped bathroom Julia Petrovic has used paint & sponges to create an interesting design on the walls.
In the basement walls were moved around & ceilings lowered to provide a large area for packaging products. The same washable panels are being put up on the walls. They have framed a walk in cooler & a fermenting room. This is a picture of the radiant heating system for the main floor.
In the future a conveyor belt will to be installed over part of the back basement steps so cartons of food can easily be transported to the basement.
Station set up to fill bags
The Anamoose-Drake School was full of people on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday when hundreds of volunteers showed up to pack meals for a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) project. Volunteers came from as far as Powers Lake and Fargo: the equivalent of 568 volunteers with some working several 2 hour shifts.
Four 2 hour shifts of 120 people each shift filled bags with food at stations set up throughout the gym. Two people alternated putting the bags under large funnel. The first ingredient was 1 tbsp. of a golden fine powder that was a combination of 20 vitamins. Next was my job: putting in 1 tbsp dehydrated potatoes and carrots. This was followed with 1 cup soy and 1 cup rice The bags were then weighed and more or less rice added as needed. The bags were sealed and placed into boxes of 36 bags each. Each bag supplies 6 meals for starving children. The boxes of food are shipped to over 70 countries.
The idea of doing the project started with Kailey Lemer, a senior at Drake-Anamoose High School. Kailey became interested in the FMSC project when she heard that her aunt helped with the project at her church in Beulah Kailey belongs to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) who were interested in doing a large project. Kailey and Joan Birdsell, Computer and Business teacher, organized the project and the FBLA students helped on Friday and Saturday.
Over $25,000 was also raised to pay for the ingredients which cost 22 cents per bag. To raise money, letters were sent to churches and organizations; a Christmas concert and a spaghetti supper were held; and presentations were given at 10 churches to let people know about the project. The goal of 100,000 meals was exceeded to a whopping 108,864.
FMSC is a nonprofit organization that is based in Minneapolis, MN. A semi truck brought 3 workers, and all the supplies and equipment. One of the workers presented a video and some information about the food project. We learned from the video that nutrition is a huge factor in academic success; medical problems drop significantly when children are fed and 90% of the donations go to paying for the food, with 5% overhead and 5% fundraising.
At noon the Nu Alpha Homemakers from Anamoose served sloppy joys, salads, chips and desserts to the FBLA students.
I thought this was an excellent way to get young people-and old people like me-involved in volunteer work. The project was very well-organized thanks to Kailey and Joan.
Even us old-timers don’t remember this kind of weather in the past. -3 snow storms already by Christmas & snow piled so high you wonder where more snow can go. Jacque Reis, who lives in the southeast apartment of the Anamoose Housing, says she can finally see the top of the flag pole out her window. Is the snow melting or settling?
I was stranded in Bismarck till Thursday(4 days after Christmas). Bismarck got 12.5 inches of snow. Seeing all the snow here I think we got that much too. I talked to a farmer who has kept track of the snowfall and he figures that we have had about 45 inches so far.
northwest corner of park
The city clean up crew consisted of Mike Schmaltz, Brady Schmaltz and Mickey Schmaltz. From the looks of the streets they did a great job. There were many volunteers that opened up peoples driveways if they did not have snow blowers.
My Christmas decorations buried in snow
I have two more decorations that can’t even be seen, plus a Christmas Laser light that I have uncovered 4 times and now I can’t even figure out where to dig for it.
This morning the weatherman predicts 2-4 inches of snow in 2 days. And it is only 10 days into winter!