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A 5-year-old Jamestown girl who is fighting Batten disease got a big surprise Tuesday with a visit from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Arianna Walch and her five siblings were kept away as a playground was constructed in the backyard of their southwest Jamestown home. Arianna cannot talk but her eyes showed the excitement after discovering the swings and slides and a playhouse to play with her dolls, her mother Stephanie Walch said.
More mosquitoes across Jamestown have prompted fogging operations through Wednesday morning, according to Dawn DeVillers, city vector control officer. The average daily adult mosquito count in the eight traps around Jamestown is at 200, which exceeds the 124 average needed to start fogging operations, she said. Any time one of the traps exceeds 124 mosquitoes that neighborhood is fogged, she said. "As usual, the northeast neighborhood counts are up but right now so are the southwest neighborhoods," DeVillers said. "We will continue to fog until the count goes down."
Bolder Shades of Blue performing at Hansen Arts Park Thursday evening as part of the weekly Downtown Arts Market program of the Jamestown Arts Center. Tom LaVenture / The Sun
Items needed at food pantries Boxed meals for hamburger, chicken, tuna Macaroni and cheese Canned meats Diapers and wipes Hygiene products Over-the-counter medications Laundry soap Cleaning supplies Summer is a time of greater need for food pantries when donations tend to be lower, say local food pantry managers.
The congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church is welcoming a new associate pastor to Jamestown this week. The Rev. Lucas Holsten arrived Wednesday and took part in two receptions leading up to his first service on Sunday. He was selected as the associate pastor by a search committee that formed last April and then by vote of the congregation in June. "I think Jamestown has a real charm to it and I feel comfortable being in this community for the long term," Holsten said.
If you go What: Ave Maria Village Family and Friends Community Fun Walk When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 Where: Ave Maria Village, 501 19th St NE, Jamestown Admission: $25 general, $15 seniors 65 and older, $10 Heritage Centre residents, free to Ave Maria residents
The Jamestown Rural Fire Department extinguished a hay field fire near Spiritwood on Tuesday. Stutsman County Communications Center received an 11:58 a.m. emergency call about the fire, about half a mile east of Spiritwood on the north side of 33rd Street Southeast between 94th and 95th avenues. There were initially six trucks and 12 firefighters responding and two trucks were sent back immediately, said JRFD Chief Ben Maulding. All units returned to the station at 12:48 p.m., he said.
Age is just a number and people shouldn’t worry about it, said Loren Roberts, who turned 105 years old on July 22. “Carry on and don’t fuss too much about it,” Roberts said. Roberts may be the oldest person in Jamestown, according to staff of Ave Maria Village, his home, and staff of Eventide Jamestown, the city’s other full-time care facility. Roberts is practical about his longevity and modest about the hard work of farming.
High mosquito counts in northeast Jamestown have prompted city vector control efforts to deter continued growth from recent rain and hot weather. “July and August are the two worst months for mosquitoes, obviously because they are the hottest,” said Dawn DeVillers, city vector control officer.
Dave Munsey’s autobiography, “Munsey Business” includes stories of his early life in Jamestown, one that he credits with preparing him for a 51-year broadcasting career. The idea for the book came after retiring as a weatherman in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2017, Munsey said. He wanted to tell the highlights of his career but also about his early life.