Stuff The Truck Continues

For the last couple weeks and continuing through Labor Day, the Ladies of the Stanley Fire Department have been running a “stuff the truck” promotion to collect food for the new S.A.C.K. promotion in Stanley. Cardboard trucks are set up at both American Bank Center and BNC National Bank and they are starting to fill up but there is still a long way to go to fill those trucks. Stanley Area Cares for Kids (S.A.C.K.) is a new program that will start this year offering a supply of nutritious meals and snacks for children over the weekend and extended breaks, free of charge. As the local churches team up with the Park District, Mountrail County Health Foundation and Stanley Public Schools, the goal is to address the fact that there are children in our area who are not getting the nutritious food they need on a regular basis. In fact, statistics show that one in six children in America live in a household that struggles to put food on the table. That means they struggle with hunger at least at times during the year. Starting on Friday, Sept. 8, S.A.C.K. will offer that supply of meals and snacks to elementary students in a prebagged sack. Sacks are distributed by their teacher on the last school day before the weekend or break. Any child enrolled in the Stanley School District is able to receive these weekly bags of food. Informational brochures and consent forms for the program are available at local churches and in the elementary or high school guidance counselors’ offices. A new menu will be set by the board of directors each month and CashWise has agreed to label the items the board has chosen so shoppers can pick up the items as they shop. A black tote will be at the front of the store to drop off food items and each church will also have a tote. Through Labor Day, the cardboard fire trucks at each bank will also serve as a collection point. This addition is especially important as they get ready for the first distribution. The church or group in charge each week will be filling the sacks.  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Teddy Roosevelt Visits Sibyl Center

It was a different type of performance at the Sibyl Center in Stanley on Monday, Aug. 14 as they hosted one of the premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisors in Joe Wiegand. For about an hour, guests were taken back in time as they listened to Roosevelt’s stories about growing up and his years in the White House. Wiegand dedicated his performance to the men and women of the United States military and its veterans. Roosevelt made his trip through North Dakota in 1903, disembarking in Medora before camping in Yellowstone for two weeks. His love of the outdoors was part of the reason he took such an interest in and worked to expand the national park system. His life and legacy became association with that park system and the outdoors, including in North Dakota where one of those parks bears his name. Born in New York City, he grew up as an asthmatic and rather unhealthy child, who was encouraged by his father to making his body stronger by building it up. That included a great love of the outdoors, including an interest in boxing. On his thirteenth birthday, his father gave him his first gun and he joked that while he did not shoot well he shot often. He also took an interest and lessons in taxidermy, which made life very interesting in his home. When he left home to attend Harvard, his father encouraged him to take care of his morals, health and studies in that order. He also asked what he planned to do with himself, saying his father just wanted him to do something of value. He says he never made a decision without   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Lions Final BBQ Benefits Food Pantry

The Stanley Lions Club held their final summer Burgers in the Park on Monday, Aug. 14. With a number of other events going on the same evening, a good number still turned out to enjoy the burgers and brats on a beautiful summer evening. The proceeds of $1350 from this barbecue were donated to the Mountrail Community Food Pantry to help cover costs as they continue to serve a growing number of people. Pictured are Lions Club project chairman Lynn Grabow, Mary Dennis of the Food Pantry, and Lions Club project co-chair Lane Evans. The Lions host three barbecues during the summer on the second Monday of each month. Proceeds from each of the events are donated to different entities. This year the other recipients were the Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center and the Stanley Park Board. The Stanley Lions Club generally does not meet during the summer, so the Burgers in the Park gives them and the entire community an opportunity to get together for a good cause.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Stanley Area Community Foundation Seeks Grant Applications

The Stanley Area Community Foundation will be giving out over $35,594 in grants to local organizations. Applicants must be designated by the IRS as 501( c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. Groups without such designation seeking to apply may enlist as fiscal sponsor. Application forms and more information are available online at Applications are due by September 25, 2017 and should be mailed to the Stanley Area Community Foundation ATT: Grace Lystad, PO Box 154, Stanley, ND 58784. The Stanley Foundation’s advisory committee will discuss the applications and determine grant awards. Funding Priorities High Priorities • Projects or programs that benefit a greater number of residents • Requests that demonstrate applicant will seek or has secured other funding sources Low Priority • Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses • Requests for multiple-year funding Last year’s grant recipients included, Mountrail County Health, Sibyl Center for Life Enrichment,   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Back To Blue Jay Night Is Thursday

It is time for Blue Jay fans to get ready for a new Blue Jay sports season. Back to Blue Jay Night will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lyne Enget football field with a Grill ‘n’ Chill. This is a time to meet varsity teams as they prepare for the upcoming sports season and also enjoy some hamburgers with sides. Organizers ask if you are willing to bring an item from the list below. The Blue Jay Boosters will provide the meat, plates, silverware and drinks. Freshmen families: hamburger buns Sophomore families: salads Junior families: desserts Senior families: 3 bags of chips Come out, come hungry, and come ready to cheer on our athletes! Go Blue Jays!  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.