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May 17th, 2007

Philip targeted on National AARP Day of Service

As it has since 2001, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) closed its offices and redirected its staff and members to serve people in communities throughout South Dakota. Nearly 400 AARP volunteers and staff spent May 10th working in their communities and making a direct contribution to improve the lives of South Dakotans 50 plus.

"Our national Day of Service is an important tradition. It is one of the ways that we at AARP South Dakota make a difference in our communities.


Whistle Hill Flowers open

Whistle Stop Flowers is open. Owner Karen Gibson (left) and assistant, and daughter, RaeAnn Snyder are ready for the traditional call for flowers and accessories during graduations and Memorial Day weekend.

Karen Gibson has opened a new business in Philip. Whistle Hill Flower is on Pine Street where Appliances and More was located and, before that, Picture This.

Gibson said that the idea for the business's name came from an age-old name for one of the hills in the center of Philip, Whistle Stop Hill.

"I love the location. The big windows are great and the light is awesome," said Gibson. "I like being my own boss and a flower and gift shop has always interested me."

The business, from idea to preparation to opening, has been an adventure. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m.


May 10th

Alcohol and Seat Belt Awareness Program for local junior and senior students includes Mock Accident

First Responders … Philip and Wall departments participated in the mock accident and other aspects of the alcohol and seat belt program on May 2nd in Wall. "Victims" were volunteer students from both schools.

On May 2, an alcohol and seat belt awareness program was presented as a collaborative effort by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Haakon County Sheriff's Office, Rush Funeral Home, Philip Police Department, Philip Ambulance Service, Ellsworth Air Force Base Moulage team, Badlands National Park Service, Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Pennington County State Attorney's Office, Rapid City Life Flight, Wall Ambulance Service, Wall Volunteer Fire Department, Prairie Schooner Towing and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The program focused upon choice


Alcohol and Seat Belt Awareness Program for local junior and senior students includes Mock Accident

On May 2, an alcohol and seat belt awareness program was presented as a collaborative effort by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Haakon County Sheriff's Office, Rush Funeral Home, Philip Police Department, Philip Ambulance Service, Ellsworth Air Force Base Moulage team, Badlands National Park Service, Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Pennington County State Attorney's Office, Rapid City Life Flight, Wall Ambulance Service, Wall Volunteer Fire Department, Prairie Schooner Towing and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The program focused upon choice


Scottie track teams compete at Lead meet

The Scotties traveled to Lead on Monday, May 7, for the Mountain West Invitational Meet.

Philip had two athletes qualify for state in the boy's discus. Alex Moos took first place with a distance of 141 feet and five inches, while Casey Elshere took third with 140 feet even. Elshere also took first place in the 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 15.92 seconds.

"Overall, we did have some respectable performances," said head coach Jerry Rhodes. "Hopefully we are on target to have some peak performances by regional time.


Pre-Region Golf Tournament

The Philip Scottie golf teams competed in the Pre-Regional Golf Tournament at the Hart Ranch Golf Course near Rapid City on Monday, May 7.

Though the weather and course conditions were almost ideal, the competition among the 11 schools represented was harsh. The tournament is meant to show the competitors what practice they must do in preparation for the actual regional tournament on May 14.

In the boys division, Philip took fourth place as a team with a total score of 289. Individually, Caleb Clements shot a 91 to tie for sixth place. Jordan Smith earned 92 for ninth place.


Philip FFA Range Judging team at Nationals

National contenders ... The Philip FFA Range Judging team members are, from left: Advisor Doug Hauk, Troy Guptill, Mick Trask, Mark Trask and Katie Nelson.

The Range Judging team of the local Philip FFA Chapter competed in the 56th Annual National Range Judging Contest, held May 1 through 3 in Oklahoma City.

The team members were Katie Nelson, Mark Trask, Mick Trask and Troy Guptill.

"While in Oklahoma City, the team was able to tour the Braums Dairy, the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Lazy E Breeding Farm and Arena, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Hall of Fame," said advisor Doug Hauk, "as well as spending many long hours in the field practicing."

Competing in the FFA Division of the National Range Judging


Mother's Day

A list of chronological statements traditionally heard by mothers:

Mommy, I wuv yu. - My favoritist chair is mommy's lap. - Mommy, will you kiss my skinned knee and make it all better? - My mom makes the best peanut butter sandwiches in the world. - Will you stay with me all day during kindergarten? - Kindergarten was great, and we get to go back tomorrow. - Please don't kiss me goodbye when you drop me off at school, at least not when all the other kids are watching. - It wasn't me! - Where do babies come from? - Can you help me with my science fair project? It's due tomorrow.


Citizens of the Month

Dan and Gayla Piroutek were nominated as May's Citizens of the Month by Bill and Connie Parsons.

Dan is a native of the Milesville community and is a farmer, rancher and auctioneer. Gayla was raised in Artesian, SD, and moved to the Milesville area as a teacher. While teaching in the area, she met and married Dan. To this union two daughters were born, Erin and Amy.

Dan and Gayla are very active in the Milesville community. They are members of St.


USDA Rural Development assists with home ownership

Their own home ... Tom and Marie Radway are new home owners in Philip. The corner lot and the lower windows add to the view of the world. Tom can see friends and relatives as they are dropping by to take advantage of the couples’s open door hospitality.

Tom and Marie Radway were living in the country. It was getting more and more difficult for Marie to make the 25-mile one way commute to work everyday knowing that her husband, Tom, a quadriplegic, was alone and unable to maneuver freely inside most of the trailer house they called home. The Radways decided it was time to look for a place within the city limits and began to research their options. They contacted the First National Bank in Philip, SD, for assistance.

FNB contacted the Rapid City USDA Rural Development Office.