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Seize the day

With the current heat, it is hard to believe that summer is almost gone. Fall sports are starting soon, and classes will be right behind.

Where did the summer go? It went day by day, and I didn't catch all of those days. I let too many of them slip through my fingers, when all I had to do was close my hand and seize the day. Too much of this, and parents suddenly realize their daughters have gone from diapers to prom dresses, their sons from playing with toy cars to driving off to their own lives.

Mary Virginia Harty

Mary Virginia Harty, age 96, of Milesville, died Monday, August 7, 2006, at Maryhouse in Pierre.

Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, all at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m.

G. George Hackworth

G. George Hackworth, 89, Sturgis, SD, died Monday, August 7, 2006, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis with Rev. Karl Gregory officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

George was born January 4, 1917, in a sod house close to White River, SD. He attended school two years at Mission, SD, and third through eighth grade at Ring Thunder Township.

James R. "Jim" Williams

James R. "Jim" Williams, age 80, of Philip, SD, died Saturday, August 5, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 9, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Ron Garry officiating.

Music was provided by Marianne Frein, organist, and Maureen Palecek, vocalist, singing "On Eagles' Wings", "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and "O' Sacrament Most Holy".

Eucharistic ministers were Marion Matt, Keith Emerson and Lester Perason. Lector was Rita O'Connell. Altar servers were Troy and Tate Guptill.

Thomas & Berdine Hanson

Committal services for Thomas and Berdine Hanson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, at the Black Hills National Cemetery. A V.A. Chaplain from Fort Meade will officiate the brief interment services with military honors presented by the Sturgis Honor Guard.

Thomas Leonard Hanson was born July 22, 1916, in Mt. Vernon, SD. Tom was the 13th child of the 14 born of Martin and Lizzie Hanson. He was a retired supervisor with Lockheed Missile and Space Company located in Sunnyvale, California.

LaVonne O. Green

LaVonne O. Green, age 83, of Interior, SD, died Wednesday morning, August 2, 2006, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Graveside services were held Saturday, August 5, at the Fairview Cemetery in Interior.

LaVonne O. Kruse was born on her parents' ranch in Conata Basin near Interior, the youngest of 14 children born to William and Lena (Schluter) Kruse.

City Council sees money coming in and going out

The Philip City Council's regular meeting on August 7th was financially based on many topics.

Under "old business," the additional fees requested from Wohlenberg, Ritzman, Co. have been dropped.

Haakon County Commissioners discuss aerial fire fighting options

With the high rate of wildfires occurring in the region, the Haakon County Commissioners took steps to help local fire fighting units in case a wildfire should threaten Philip.

Emergency Manager Lola Roseth and Roger Williams, assistant fire chief for Philip, presented information to the commissioners at their Tuesday, August 1, meeting regarding information gathered at a firefighters meeting in Faith. Williams explained that the county is eligible to participate in a program in which airplanes and helicopters can be accessed to fight wildfires.

Philip area youth attend Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas

Three years of fundraising bore fruit on July 12-17 when 39 area youth and leaders flew to San Antonio, TX, for a nationwide gathering of church young people.

Thirty-nine area people were registered for the 25,000 person sold-out event, the 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Youth Gathering.

Mike Albrecht, Becky Brech, Cynthia Finn, Mike Seager, Pastor Mark Ford and Nicole Nelson chaperoned the 27 young people from the Philip youth group, two from the Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka, and four from the Midland Lutheran Church.

The thousands met together in t