NewsDecember 16 2015
Medicine Creek Lions Club members Pete Swinson, 99, and Paul Olson, 90, were honored with a birthday party at Swinson's home Tuesday, Dec. 8th
Lions celebrate milestone birthdays
Members of the Medicine Creek Lions Club of Presho have met in the back room at Hutch’s Cafe for their twice monthly meetings since the club was first chartered in 1968.
Last week, the club deviated from the norm and moved their meeting to Pete Swinson’s home to allow Pete, who can no longer drive himself to the regular monthly meetings, to participate. And, more importantly, the club wanted to honor the two oldest charter members of the club as they celebrate milestone birthdays this year.
The oldest member of the Lions Club Pete Swinson turned 99 years old on December 3rd, while fellow Lion Paul Olson turned 90 about a month ago. Both Lions are charter members of the organization.
Following a short business meeting, that included a motion from Lion Pete to adjourn the meeting, the Lions and their invited guests enjoyed a dinner catered by Hutch’s while they reminisced with Pete and Paul about their involvement with the club, their military service during WWII and other life events.
Paul has been the club secretary for many years. When asked if he knew how long, he said “Oh, boy I don’t remember.”
Pete never took an office in the organization but was a faithful member over the past 45 plus years.
“I never missed many meetings until this year,” Pete said. “When you get to 99 years old, you just don’t get around like you used to!”
Both men are proud to be associated with an international service organization that provides life changing services to people in the community and to others around the world.
The Lions Club supports the visually impaired through various programs including the eye glass program, sight screenings, eye and tissue bank, seeing eye dogs and more.
Locally, the Medicine Creek Lions donates books to the library, sponsors the hoop shoot at basketball games, and offers financial help to those who need glasses and can’t afford them.
Other charter members still active in the club include Owen Garnos, Pal Jessop, and Steve Taylor.
New members are always welcome. The club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at Hutch’s.
NewsDecember 16 2015
Kids night at the Thrift Store
The Presho Thrift Store & More will hold a Kids Night at the store Friday, Dec. 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm to allow children the opportunity to shop for family members.
Youth age 12 and under are invited to bring a shopping list of the people they want to shop for and Thrift Store volunteers will assist them in finding appropriate gifts to fill their shopping list and wrap the gifts.
The Thrift Store board of directors will give each kid a $10 gift certificate to use towards purchasing their gifts.
“We want to make this a fun, learning experience for kids,” said the newly elected board president Lois Comp.
“We want to give them the opportunity to experience the joy of shopping for family members but also to learn that sometimes it’s necessary to budget your money,” said Comp.
Comp stated that parents or guardians may drop their children off at the store to shop and pick them up after they complete their purchases and the gifts are wrapped.
Volunteers are needed to help the children shop and wrap gifts.
Donations of gently used items including clothes, toys, household items, decorations and now furniture are always welcomed and appreciated.
According to Comp, with the additional space the store now has they can accept larger items, and have better displays.
The store will be closed December 24 and 25 but open for a business on Saturday, December 26th.
NewsDecember 09 2015
Santa (aka Pastor Travis Krogram) and his helpers, l-r; Samantha Borah, Kristen Krogman, Annie Brakke, and Morgan Schelske visited businesses and offices along Kennebec’s Main Street Tuesday night to talk to kids of all ages prior to turning on the lights on the hedge in front of the Lyman County Courthouse at 7 pm. Despite the cold and icy conditions a fair sized crowd attended the various open houses held in town.
NewsDecember 09 2015
Lyman County communities have generously donated to the Food Pantry at the Presho Thrift Store this fall said newly elected Thrift Store board president Lois Comp.
"The food pantry is well stocked for the winter," said Comp. "Donations have been very good."
Recently the Boy Scouts, Lyman Student Council, West River Flowers and Kennebec’s Holiday Craft Show have made sizable donations to the pantry. In addition, the Thrift Store has grocery store certificates for perishable items like milk, eggs and meat.
The Thrift Store bought fresh fruit that local 4-H clubs will package up for cheer baskets that will be delivered to elderly residents next weekend.
"It’s our mission to help the youth and elderly of our communities," said Comp.
Sometimes finding those in need can be difficult in small towns. The Thrift Store board appreciates the assistance they receive from the Ministerial Association and Lyman School staff in identifying families in need.
The pantry is open to the public during the Thrift Store’s regular business hours, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.
Residents of Lyman County are reminded that food is available for those in need of assistance.
The Thrift Store works with members of the Lyman Ministerial Association to provide holiday meals to families.
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