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July 21st, 2006

Kelly Blair Fire Sunday night

A report came in around 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16, and the Philip fire whistle blew. While going to one fire near the Ottumwa Road east of Philip near Glen Hostutler's place, the Philip Volunteer Fire Department received a call of another fire near Milesville.

Two Philip trucks were diverted to join with the Milesville volunteers. Later, trucks from the Ottumwa Fire joined in the effort - an effort that demanded firefighters and equipment from 12 departments until after 3:30 a.m.

The Kelly Blair Fire "still has a lot of hot spots.


Personnel, budget, and campground highlight Haakon County Commissioners meeting

Last Tuesday's July 11th Haakon County Commissioner's meeting was highlighted by unexpected claims, a resignation and a proposed new campground.

During the reading of the claims that were payable were two submitted by Auditor Shirley Dennis. Dennis was seeking restitution of $100 for damage to her car. On June 6, election day, Dennis was posting notices on local businesses reminding residents that the polling place at the fire hall had been moved to the courthouse. A deer hit the car, damaging the car's windshield and body.


First time volunteer; helping fight the George Smith Fire

Beau Ravellette and Cory Smith eventually could leave the front line to join with the perimeter watch.

I was rooked into joining the Philip Volunteer Fire Department. I was rooked by myself. I did it. I blame myself, but I thank the other guys in the department. I now can't understand why more people don't volunteer.

As a reporter, I attended the monthly meetings of the Philip-area volunteers. I had gotten to know some of the people, especially Chief Marty Hansen and Assistant Chief Roger Williams.

Suddenly, I found myself eligible to become a member. I had attended three consecutive meeting, was in fair-to-average health, and had shown interest.


First time volunteer; helping fight the George Smith Fire

Matt Arthur pounds out a flair-up before it could get a hard start.

I was rooked into joining the Philip Volunteer Fire Department. I was rooked by myself. I did it. I blame myself, but I thank the other guys in the department. I now can't understand why more people don't volunteer.

As a reporter, I attended the monthly meetings of the Philip-area volunteers. I had gotten to know some of the people, especially Chief Marty Hansen and Assistant Chief Roger Williams.

Suddenly, I found myself eligible to become a member. I had attended three consecutive meeting, was in fair-to-average health, and had shown interest.


July 12th

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor,

We, as concerned citizens of Haakon County, feel that the County Commissioners should represent the entire county, not just a few people with an agenda, no matter how worthy that agenda may be.

We commend the Friends of the Library for trying to improve the existing facility. We are opposed to the plan that was presented to us due to the location, size and cost.

During a recent meeting of the commissioners, the subject came up of when the library was officially accepted from a woman’s organization to Haakon County.


Wine or vinegar?

The surest way to know that you are old is to listen to your children.

My young son was watching pedestrians as we slowly drove through town. A distinguished senior on a conversational walk showed a careful gate, grey hair, and a braggable number of laugh lines. My son loudly noted, “Wow, he’s older than old.” I quickly drove away.

Decades ago, I was first called “old” when a girl caught me looking at a magazine cover displaying Rachel Welch (boy, I am old). The kid called me a dirty old man.


July 2006 Citizen of the Month

Marty Hansen, an all around great guy, is one of the most valuable assets to our community. Marty was raised in the Philip area. He pursued his career of taxidermy at the James Reinhart School of Taxidermy in Iowa. Following school, he returned to his hometown, and in 1976 opened Hansen’s Taxidermy. His work can be viewed in area homes and businesses, as well as across the nation.

Marty is known for wearing many hats in the community. As the Chief of the Philip Volunteer Fire Dept. since 1999, he has done an outstanding job.


Chamber prepares for upcoming events

During its meeting on Monday, July 10, the Philip Chamber of Commerce worked on finalizing the activities for Festival Days, August 3-6.

Philip might borrow parade ideas from other communities of lining up parade entries in reverse order so that the first float riders can see the rest of parade as it goes by, and the other float riders can see them.


Economic Development “Welcome to Philip” signage

“I think it will be one of the most attractive signs to be seen,” stated Jerry Kroetch to the Philip Economic Development Committee during its meeting on Thursday, July 29.

He was referring to a proposed cut-metal silhouette, welcome-to-Philip sign to be placed west of town on Highway 14. The 6 x 36 foot sign will stand upon 40’ long 10” I-beams.


2006 Circus Fiesta coming to Philip

The Philip Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the George Carden International Circus.

The two performances on Saturday, July 15, will be at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available one hour before showtime. The circus’s three rings will be set up at the Philip Roping Arena.

The George Carden International Circus is known for its highwire acts, elephants, tigers, clowns, aerialists, jugglers and more. Owner/producer, George Carden, is one of the largest producers of circus entertainment in North America.