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George-Little Rock FFA Chapter host Appreciation Banquet The FFA Chapter of the George- Little Rock School held their Appreciation Banquet on Monday evening, March 26. A supper of grilled hamburgers and brats was served to all the guest prior to the program. This is the Chapters way of thanking those from the com- munity, parents, seed dealers and etc. who have helped in some way during the past year. Opening the program was Chap- ter President Daren Winkowitsch. He called the meeting to order and each officer presented their station." A brief synopsis of the past years activities were given by different members. Fruit Sales - given by Carly Klaassen. Total sold was $21,430.00 with top seller being Darren Winkowitsch ($3,114), 2nd was Taylor Kruse ($1,831) and 3rd was Chris Trei ($1,182). This money is used for conventions and other activities during the year. FFA Week activities was given by Taylor Kruse. Lyon County Fair was by Dawson DeBoer. He re- ported that Chad Nachtigal, Darren Winkowitsch and Carly Klaassen showed animals at the fair. Jordon Kruse thanked Dennis Winko- witsch who helped with planting and harvesting at the FFA plot and to the seed dealers for furnishing the seed. He also thanked Monsan- to for sponsoring a trip for mem- bers to the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. A report on garden till- ing was given by Terron Geerdes. Anyone wishing to have their garden plots tilled this year are to contact Mr. Van Holland. FFA Test Plot report was given by Judd Rosenboom. There were 34 dif- ferent varieties of corn. Top variety was Renze 3131SST. FFA Farm report was by Colin Sandbulte, who reported that this was the 2nd year for the farm. They plan to keep working on it this spring and hope to fix up buildings so they can house more pigs. They had 20 pigs on the farm this past summer with 10 FFA members purchasing con- tracts to buy into the pigs. After all the pigs were sold $12.36 per contract was paid back to the FFA members. FFA President is Darren Wink- owitsch. He opened the program and thanked everyone who at- tended. Rachel Williams and Shannon Klaassen gave a report on a field trip the FFA took to Dordt College, Dykstra Dairy and Supreme Pack. Colin Sandbulte reported on the FFA trip to the Monsanto facilities in Ankeny this past March. This trip was sponsored by Monsanto. Those that attended found it very informative. Northey Invites Iowans to Participate in Spring Photo Contest on Facebook Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is kicking off a "Spring Facebook Fun Photo Contest." Iowans are invited to sub- mit photos that showcase the beauty of spring in Iowa through the department's Facebook page, which can be accessed through the depart- ment's website at www.iowaagri "Spring is a great time in Iowa and presents tremendous oppor- tunities to enjoy nature and take pictures," Northey said. "lowans did such a great job capturing the beautiful harvest season last fall and I can't wait to see the photos that are posted of spring. Like last fall, this contest is open to everyone regardless of age or photography r Every year the FFA recognize community members who are top Chapter Degree Supporters during the past year. This year awards went to Dennis Winkowitsch, Tim Mauldin and Glenn Eben. Pictured is Tim Mauldin, Advisor Jason Van Holland and Dennis Winkowitsch. Glenn Eben was not present. Dennis helps plant and harvest the FFA plot, Glenn donated pigs for the FFA farm and Tim helps with projects at school. I II experience, I expect we will see a number of breathtaking photos." The contest starts immediately and will run through May 31st. The photos will be judged on the num- ber of "likes" each photo receives and the winner will receive an award certificate from Secretary Northey, naming them the first spring winner of what the Depart- ment hopes to be an annual event. Last fall, Sharon Roberts, from Marengo was the winner of the de- partment's first "Facebook Fall Fun Photo Contest." Robert's photo, which shows her son and grandson "Taking a little break", earned 119 "Likes" you can see Robert's and all photos on the department's Facebook page. Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture. His priorities as Secre- tary of Agriculture are promoting the use of science and new tech- nologies to better care for our air, soil and water, and reaching out to tell the story of Iowa agriculture. It's not to late... Call TODAY Russell Kasch, CPA 309 9th Street 712-754-3634 Sibley, IA -a i Ideal Protein'00 :: .... Your Last Diet Coil for more informotiorl! ( .   dlllllUlk 600 Ninth Avenue North /' /  tIllw Sibley, IA" 712-754-9260 $  ochwellness or i( GLR FFA Officers and Advisors Top row - Jordan Kruse, Sentinel; Colin Sandbulte, Reporter; Advisor Jason Van Holland; Carly Klaassen, Treasurer; Daren Winkowitsch, President. Second row - Judd Rosenboom, Reporter and Brent Klingen- berg, Vice President. Bottom row - Alex Wiertzema, Officer at Large and Terron Geerdes, Officer at Large. Special Recognition Awards Front row - Chris Trei, fruit sales; Terron Geerdes and Alex Wiertsema, officers. Second row - Judd Rosenboom and Brent Klingenberg, officers. Back row - Jordan Kruse, officer; Colin Sandbulte, officer, Taylor Kruse, fruit sales, Carly Klaassen, officer and outstanding FFA member and Daren Winkowitsch, officer, outstanding FFA member and fruit sales. Wind Energy Important Part of Comprehensive Energy Plan, says Latham Iowa Congressman to discuss Energy Policy during Iowa Wind Conference DES MOINES, Iowa- Iowa Congressman Ton Latham will talk about the importance of wind energy as a critical component of an all-of-the-above energy policy to lower costs for hardworking taxpayers during a panel discussion at the Iowa Wind Energy Association's annual conference in Des Moines on Tuesday. Congressman Latham will take part in a discussion focused on federal action that could impact Iowa's wind energy indust .ry. "Wind energy has a bright future in Iowa, and I'm excited to talk with Iowans about the important role wind energy can play in a national energy policy that lowers costs and strengthens our .energy indepen- dence," Congressman Latham said. "The lack of a conunon-sense energy strategy is slowing our economy and causing real pain for families, farmers and small business owners. 'It's time for real energy solutions that promote econonfic security and opportunity for hardworking taxpayers." Since last year, Congressman Latham has worked with a group of around 30 lawnmkers in the U.S. House of Representatives to push for congressional action on a meaningful national energy policy that will unlock vast American energy resources while promoting conservation and innovative renew- able energy sources. The House Energy Action Team congressional energy task force unveiled specific proposals in late March to help control gas prices and lower costs for the American people, including a freeze on new regulations on energy production that increase refining costs, which are then passed to consumers. As gasoline prices and energy costs continue to soar, Congres- sman Latham noted that price hikes at the pump take a toll on the economy. "Current energy prices are placing tremendous stress on Iowa families," Congressman Lathmn said. "While the American people have been waiting for a common- sense, comprehensive energy stra- tegy, Washington has answered with failed policies like the disastrous cap-and-trade scheme that, had it become law, would have smothered any chance for an economic recovery.. It is time for a comprehensive energy policy made up of better ideas that provide better results for hardworking Iowans." Did You Know - We Accept Donations Daily at the front or rear entrances. :iiiii !!i:::y ate'ors ...... :::: apPreeiatecl ! New Beginnings 331 9th Street Sibley 712-754-4003 - Mon-Fri 9-5; Sat 9-3 I A Titanic Story Hollywood Missed ] By Robert Morrison More than' 1500 people lost their lives when that magnificent vessel struck an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912 and sank within hours. But 712 persons were rescued front the sinking of the luxury, liner. Their survival, is a story of courage, competence and faidt. "SOS Titanic calling. We have struck ice and require immediate assistance." That startling message was received on board the RMS Carpathia. The slfip's only radio operator, Harold Cottam, had been working well past the end of his normal shift. Carpathia's first officer barged into the captain's quarters. "Who is this cheeky beggar confing into my cabin without knocking," thought Captain Arthur Rostron, who had just retired. Titanic, the pride of the White Star Line, had been racing from Britain to New York. Now, she was 60 miles away. In seconds, Captain Rostron was in the chart room, plotting a course to race to the side of the stricken vessel. Norulally, Carpathia could make 14 knots. By diverting "every particle of steam" to her screws, she might reach 17 knots. Even so, it would take hours to come alongside. Poring over his charts, rite captain issued a stream of orders. The ship's doctors, pursers and chief steward were ordered to receive passengers from Titanic, readying supplies of blankets, stinmlants and other restoratives. Get lists of survivors' names to be sent by wireless. Maintain strict silence. Avoid panic among Carpathia's own passengers. They would bc left to shiver in their cabins, the steam heat having been diverted to drive tlte ship's propellers. Once he had finished his mental list of a hundred tasks, Captain Rostron was observed, head bowed, praying. He had good reason to pray. There would be no other ship to do what Carpathia had to do that night. The Olympic, sister ship to Titanic, was htmdreds of miles away. And the California, heartbreakingly close to Titanic, nmy have mistaken the sinking liner's emergency flares for fireworks of celebration. This was Titanic's , well,public!zed, nmiden voyage and her passenger manifest was a who's who of the rich and fantous of two continents. Captain Rostron could not forget his first duty - to his own ship and her passengers and crew. "Icebergs loomed up" on this still, moonless night, Arthur Rostron would write in his memoir, "Home from the Sea." "It was an amdous time with the 7tanic's fateful experience very close in our minds. There were seven hundred souls on the Carpathia; these lives, as well as the survivors of the Titanic herself, depended on a sudden tum of the wheel." If Captain Rostron or his crew had neglected any one of the vital tasks required on that night to remember, the Titanic disaster could have ended even more tragically. They didn't. During World War II, the fate of Britain and the allied cause depended on the Battle of the Atlantic. All too often, men stranded in boats following a U-boat attack were left behind the convoys racing to bring critical supplies to the embattled nation. They flashed their little lights but the convoy had orders not to stop. Richard Snow's "A Measureless Peril" tells of a newly commis- sioned destroyer escort that raced to rescue the freezing men in a cluster of twelve lifeboats. "Don't waste too much time," the convoy conunodore had radioed. The destroyer escort's unblooded crew members were shocked at this callousness, until they reached the little boats bobbing on the swells. All the life-jacketed seamen were dead. Their stiff-armed waves were caused by rite movement of the waves. Such would have been the fate of the 712 Titanic passengers who made it into the lifeboats. Exposed a few more hours and they would all have died. Most of those in the freezing waters died. One woman watched Titanic's massive hull slip beneath the waters. She lost hope for her husband. Suddenly awakened, she begged others in her lifeboat not to push off an oil-covered figure desperately thrashing about in the water. They feared he might capsize them. Her piteous pleas finally touched their hearts. When the swinmter got on board, the pleading woman recognized her own husband. Captain Rostron received the Congressional Medal of Honor from a grateful America. Home in England, he was knighted. The day after Titanic sank, President Taft ordered the Coast Guard to connnence iceberg patrols. For those who have been in peril on the sea, the captain's noble courage will always inspire gratitude and reverence. It's not too late to make a movie about Sir Arthur Rostron and the Carpathia crew. Robert Morrison, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, made an iceberg patrol with the Coast Guard sixty years after Titanic's loss. He keeps his seaman father's brass whistle, a remembrance of Leslie Morrison's survival of a U-boat attack in WW11. Special Olympics Track and Field Spring Games scheduled for Saturday, April 21 Special Olympics, Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Sioux Center Athletic Field. If there is inclement weather, we will go indoors to Dordt's Gym and Rec Center. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. The track and field events begin at 9:35 and the last relay is scheduled for 1 : 15 p.m. There are 446 athletes registered to partici-pate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old from Lyon and Osceola counties down to Monona and Crawford as or NW District area. Athletes may participate in two events and run with a relay team. There are over 125 volunteers who help make the day a great success. First place winners will compete in Ames on May 17-19 at the Special Olympics State Summer Games. Invest In Your Nest. : Investments for Retirement Looking for ways to invest toward a positive f]nandalfuture? Frontier &'ik offers many types of IRAs that will best fit your financial situation and can help prepare you for a secure retirement. Call or visit one of our IRA Specialists today to expand your nest egg beyond expectations. 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