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December 6, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Food Pantry collecting for Christmas baskets

If you are a resident of Pierce County and are in need of a Christmas food basket, call the Pierce County Food Pantry at 776-5597. The pantry will take requests for the next week.

The pantry will assemble and deliver Christmas food baskets to families in Pierce County, who need a little extra help at this time of year. The pantry always relies on the many volunteers who come to help. If interested in helping, please be at the Rugby Armory at 9 a.m. on Dec. 21.

If you would like to make a monetary donation toward the Christmas baskets, you can drop it off at the Merchants Bank or mail to Pierce County Food Pantry, 203 4th St. SW, Rugby, N.D., 58368.

Village Arts announces Christmas concert

This year Village Arts offers a trip around the world for the community through their concert "A Continental Christmas". Musical selections performed by the Heartland Civic Orchestras and Choir represent styles of music or music originating from each of the world's continents. Program director Deb Jenkins said that audiences can expect a lot of diversity at this year's concert. "We are premiering an original composition for choir by local composer David Halvorson, we will play and sing both sacred and popular Christmas songs, and ask the audience to join us in a sing-a-long. While much of the music is traditional, we will also perform a rock version of 'The First Noel' complete with electric guitar solos by a lead guitarist from Minot. Our finale piece will feature a performance of Christmas music from England by the entire choir and orchestra." Jenkins also said that there would be performances by ensembles including one by First Lutheran's children's bell choir.

Nearly 90 local musicians from the city of Rugby and surrounding towns meet on Monday nights to rehearse. "We are pleased to have a lot of new choir and orchestra members this year, some who travel from more than 50 miles away to take advantage of the chance to sing in a large choir or play in a symphony orchestra," Jenkins added.

Salvation Army bells are ringing

The Salvation Army is again ringing the bells in Pierce County - a big kettle is set up at Shopko - and is looking for volunteers to take time out of their busy schedules and help out! The hours are flexible and available at any time of the day or week you have open, but Saturdays and Sundays are especially important. Call Laurie Odden at 776-2367 to schedule a time.

The Rugby Fire Department is set to ring today and the Rugby Lions Club is taking Dec. 14 and 15. Please share with others this time of year!

Kettles are also set up at Leevers, Cenex C-store and Pizza Hut. If you see a red kettle in Pierce County stick in a donation because the money stays here to help folks in need during emergency situations.

- Submitted by the Salvation Army

NDCF, Rugby EMS make donations

The North Dakota Community Foundation recently donated $2,500.00 to the Wheelchair Van campaign. This gift brings the total donated to the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation by NDCF to $25,986.85 over the years.

The Rugby EMS, a service of the Heart of America Medical Center, recently donated an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Heart of America Library. The unit was placed in service at the library after the staff and volunteers received training in CPR and AED use by Jennifer Reed, EMS Training Coordinator. The placement of this AED is part of the Rugby EMS's overall goal to ensure that victims of sudden cardiac death receive prompt CPR, Defibrillation and 911 activation. Funding for the AED and training were provided by the North Dakota Department of Health EMS Funding Area Grant program

- Submitted by Heart of America Medical Center



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