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Bravo to the christening of the North Dakota submarine

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chip this week:

* Bravo to the christening of the North Dakota (SSN 784) submarine in Groton, Conn., last weekend. The submarine was christened by Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm. Jeff Fowler of North Dakota. And, fittingly, the event was held on the 124th anniversary of North Dakota becoming part of the Union. The submarine is expected to have sea trials next and may be delivered to the Navy by February. It’s expected to be formally christened the USS North Dakota in May.

* Bravo to students at the University of Jamestown who collected more than 2,700 items for the annual Trick or Can to benefit the Community Action Food Pantry. Abut 50 students went door-to-door in parts of the community to ask for items to help the food pantry. The annual event is sponsored by the UJ student senate.

* Buffalo chip to the propane shortage in the region. Farmers in the area typically use propane to dry corn when moisture levels in the corn are above 14 percent. The shortage has forced farmers to seek other options to handle the wet grain. The good news is that the propane shortage is expected to improve in the next few weeks. 

* Bravo that the Salvation Army has resolved issues in purchasing bus tickets from Jefferson Lines. The church had been experiencing problems making actual ticket purchases for its clients after bus service in Jamestown resumed Oct. 1.

* Bravo to the Holiday Hearts for Homes gift drive, spearheaded by Lori Lutz. The event aims to provide Christmas gifts to residents of assisted care and nursing home facilities in Jamestown. People can help by donating slippers, large-print crossword puzzle books, puzzles of 100 pieces or less, robes, pajamas and skin care products at several sites that are collecting the gifts. They are Top Designers Salon and Spa, the Depot Café and Loaf ‘N Jug. Lutz held the drive for the first time here last year to honor her late father and is continuing the event this year.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)