Party time is drawing near for the University of Jamestown and locals too, as the annual Community Block Party continues to expand and attract new participants. “We’re always looking for booths,” said Lisa Hicks, executive director of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, part of the committee organizing the Block Party. The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
Help is available for people with mental illnesses and those considering suicide, and no one should be afraid to ask for it. That’s the message behind Sunday’s first Jamestown Ride to Silence the Stigma, which saw more than 80 bikers, riders and drivers gathering for a ride and raising funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “You don’t have to be afraid to get help,” said Dave Lautt, of Jamestown. He and his wife, Beth, had the initial idea for the Ride to Silence the Stigma, after their son, Thomas Avery Doyle, died by suicide at age 22 on Sept.
With a quick flash of red light, a brief pinching sensation and a cool breeze, Shauna Diede of Skintastic Lazer Hair Removal can remove body hair and spider veins and improve sun-damaged skin. “Some people, the self-confidence is through the roof (after treatment) and it’s amazing,” said Diede, an aesthetician.
After decades of service in Jamestown, Sister Michaeleen Jantzer is preparing to retire and return to the Mother of God Monastery in Watertown, S.D., in August or September. “We try to share the goodness of God with people,” Jantzer said. “After my dedication to God, the first thing is to share my love of God with people, and to share what Jesus said — that he would be with us always.” Jantzer, a Benedictine nun, grew up in western North Dakota. She was just 6 years old when her 34-year-old father died, leaving her mother to raise Jantzer, then Beverly Ann Katherine, and her brother.
Possible layouts for a new bookmobile and the Alfred Dickey Library renovation and addition were examined Wednesday at the James River Valley Library System Board of Directors meeting. “So what I’m going to be recommending today has got almost as much shelving as a Bluebird bus, and the Bluebird would cost over $300,000,” said Joe Rector, JRVLS library director, commenting that the bus had surprisingly little shelving on its interior for its size. Instead, Rector recommended a 30-foot long bookmobile, smaller than the current 36-foot vehicle. The bookmobile currently in use is at least 18 y
Shortly after she moved from Nevada to Bismarck in June, Anita Newgard found she was missing something important. Confused by her new surroundings, Heidi, Newgard’s 15-year-old one-eyed border collie mix, had wandered off into the woods and gotten lost on June 13. “She only has one eye, and is hard of hearing, so she took off trying to find out where home was, and we couldn’t find her,” Newgard said. She and her husband Tim searched diligently for their dog, but given the dog’s age, the forested terrain and the nearby river, Newgard didn’t have much hope that she’d find her beloved pet. Me
The design phase continues for the renovation and addition to the Alfred Dickey Library, as supporters of the project seek signatures in time for the Nov.
Thanks to an online fundraising campaign, a little boy with a progressive and terminal genetic disorder will get to go to Disney World with his family in December — and attend a conference for families dealing with the same illness. “If we don’t do it now, he probably won’t have another chance,” said Ashley Riggs, of Minot. “That’s what pushed us to start the fundraising. It’s kind of a now-or-never thing for him.” Riggs’ son, Landon Stack, 7, loves Buzz Lightyear and all things Toy Story.
Ol’ Blue Eyes is back, and so are Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. in the upcoming production of “The Rat Pack Lounge” at Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts in New Rockford, N.D. The musical features 30 swingin’ tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack themselves, from “My Way” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” to “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Come Fly With Me.” “It’s almost constant music,” said director Elliott Schwab.