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“On Sale” is a relative term.Sometimes it represents consider-able savings and sometimes not somuch. Take cottage cheese andsour cream for instance. Locallythey are usually priced at about$4.09 whereas the sale price oftenis maybe only $3.89. Okay, that’stwenty cents off, but only an actualfive-percent reduction. Not exactlya hot deal. Still, twenty cents istwenty cents so you might as welltake advantage of the slight bar-gain if you actually need the stuff.If your refrigerator is already toofull, you can safely delay the pur-chase for later without sufferingmajor financial consequences.On the other hand, products likepaper towels and toilet paper arebest to buy and stock up on whenthey’re sale priced. Paper towelscan be over $13 for a large multi-ple-roll package whereas on salethey may range from $5 or $8. Inother words, they may be half off.Since we go through a ton of papertowels around here, I always buy agoodly supply when they’re cheap.One brand of paper towelswasn’t a good buy, however, accord-ing to wife Corinne. They were anoff-brand variety at a good pricethat I dragged home a month or soago. Corinne said they were aboutas absorbent as tinfoil and not tobuy any more of them despite theirhaving a pretty design. We haveallocated them to uses that don’trequire a lot of absorbency and puta better brand on the kitchen cup-board. I think we have the badones almost used up now, but it’staken a concerted effort.Coffee is another product that isoften a lot cheaper when on sale. A good brand currently goes for over$13 a can at standard priceswhereas it can drop to close to $7or $8 on sale. Luckily, we aren’ttied into just one brand since sev-eral are okay. We can take advan-tage of most of the price cuts.All of this brings to mind theconcept of actual worth. If the reg-ular prices and sale prices arevastly different, this might possi-bly indicate that the product isgenerally overpriced. Conversely,if there isn’t much difference,maybe you’re actually getting aproduct that is worth what you’repaying for it.Unfortunately for my mid-sec-tion, ice cream is frequently offeredat reduced prices. One of my fa-vorite brands tends to go on saleabout once a month and severelytests my somewhat-feeble sales re-sistance. They have a chocolate-al-mond that is to die for. Also excel-lent is their “moose-tracks” involv-ing vanilla ice cream with lots of chocolate strips and peanut buttercups. Even their vanilla bean isquite tasty with fresh peaches ormaybe a banana and a touch of chocolate syrup. When these lus-cious dairy delights are on sale,they offer a form of low-cost weightgain although they aren’t un-healthful in other ways.Some sales techniques are a bitconfusing. It is popular nowadaysto offer ten packages of somethingfor $10. Do you really need tenboxes of Hamburger Helper? Thisis more of a gimmick than any-thing since you can usually buyone or two items instead of ten andstill get the sale price. Anothertrend is for stores to say, “Buy one.Get one free.” This may be okay,but I noticed that deal being of-fered on a cut-up chicken thisweek. The only problem was thatthe one you pay for is around $9which is about twice what achicken is worth in the first place.Generally speaking, if a storecuts something up, it costs more.Similarly, if they cook it or make itinstant, it is higher priced. Whenit comes to bacon, though, I oftenbuy the pre-cooked stuff since wedon’t eat a lot of it. What’s more, itis so simple to microwave fourstrips for fifteen seconds ratherthan spend twenty minutes fryingit and dealing with all that grease.My nephew would find this a sillyidea, however, since many of his fa-vorite dishes include bacon greasefor frying or simply as an addition.He fishes and hunts almost con-stantly, and I suspect that venisonand other wild game might indeedbe improved with lashings of bacongrease.So, as usual, one needs to keeptheir wits about them when buyinganything whether it’s on sale ornot. I have noticed that sourcream is this week actually beingoffered at $2.49 which is a gooddeal on that product. I shouldprobably stock up. I make a formof kolache with that which involvesflattening a bit of bread dough,poking a dent in the middle, andbaking it six minutes. Then youadd the sour cream mixed withsome sugar and cinnamon in thedent and on top and bake it somemore. This is just first-rate, and Iactually crave it from time to time.Got to go now. The sale ends today.Don’t want to miss it.
A pfct “oops”
... by D Bats
I know a devilish grin was plastered on my face as I packed the snow-ball and watched my buddy’s car creep along the college drive. The wildidea was impossible, but too tempting. His open window, the upcomingslow turn to the left, his bragged athletic ability pitted against my pureluck. The snowball arched high, with an extra long lead. Hey, it mightbe close enough to get his attention. Hey, it might even hit his car. Hey,it might ... No! It went in through the driver’s window and explosivelysplattered his entire dash and windshield!We’ve all had some such perfection that simply cannot be attributedto skill, no matter how often we retell and garnish the story. It’ll neverhappen again; we’ll never forget it; we’ll never stop laughing about it.We’ve heard of, or maybe been, the hunter who drops the buck, thendiscovers that another buck standing behind the first also dropped.How about when you are teaching your kids to play 21, and you get al-most a dozen blackjacks in a row? So much for teaching them odds.Walking along the gravel road, you and your son are taking turns kick-ing a rock. Your powerful kick sends the rock ricochetting off of another,to bounce back and land exactly where it was to begin with. You pre-pare to do the clean up as your very young children learn to crack eggs,and the first few they do perfectly. Only when you are sure they canhandle it does the perfection disappear and all they can do is shattershells and yokes all over the counter top.Once in my college room, my half full glass was on the edge of thedesk. Four or five friends witnessed as I accidentally hit the glass side-ways. Reflexes to the max, I reached out to catch the glass, grabbing itin mid drop and easing it back up in a graceful curve so not one dropwas spilled. A chorus of voices went, “You’ve got to kidding me! That’llnever happen again!” The dismal reality is they were right.She was beautiful, far beyond my wildest dreams. My buddieswatched as I casually increased the conversational banter to get up thenerve to ask her to dance. My nerdiness, clumsiness and pure fearsomehow did not interfere. I was actually walking her to her dormroom. My friends never did hear the story of how I reached up to caressher hair in preparation to steal a good night kiss. The hug was perfect;my hand gently touched the side of her face; our lips slowly drew closer;and my finger got stuck in her hoop earring. The “perfect” story nevergot told until now, and I never saw the gal again.Though gliding at less than a walking pace, the car is out of controlin the icy parking lot. It slowly drifts into an agonizing spin that putsit heading toward the intended parking spot back bumper first. Myhands are useless on the steering wheel, my ears await that expensivesound of metal against metal. Then, somehow, the car inches exactlyinto the waiting spot. It eases to a stop. I get out, careful not to fall,and act like I did it on purpose. One more perfect “oops.”
The Philip Health Services Inc., x-ray deparment has now upgraded to a filmless,computerized radiography system. Shown, from left, are Lori Seager, Kayla Eymer,Lacey Clements and Mindy Green.
Photo by Del Bartels
by D Bats
Philip Health Services, Inc., hasfinished the process of upgradingits x-ray technology and the train-ing of its x-ray personnel.The new computerized radiogra-phy (CR) allows for three viewingstations in the Philip facility, plusinstant transfer to radiologists atRegional Hospital and Dakota Ra-diology in Rapid City. Medicalproviders at PHSI are able to seeimages instantly, zoom in, and ro-tate the images. Connected radiol-ogists are also able to view the CRimages with almost no time gap ordegradation of the images.Kayla Eymer, PHSI radiologymanager, said, “Basically, we arefilmless.” She explained that the x-ray image is now captured on areusable plate that then goes intoa plate reader. After the computerreads the plate image, the image isaccessible on any securely con-nected viewing station. “Before, wehad to develop the film and digitizeit. We also had to wait for radiologystaff to process and deliver imagesto a radiologist. This way it’s in-stant,” said Eymer.PHSI Physician Assistant TerryHenrie said, “The new CR systemis far superior to film. Not only arethe images clearer, we can seethem instantly. Patients get bettercare because we can make treat-ment decisions sooner, especially inemergency situations.”The darkroom is no longerneeded for the developing of x-rayfilm. Processingand and developingchemicals are not needed. The for-mer darkroom now holds the com-puterized screen plate reader.Through secure computer connec-tions, radiologists in Rapid City seeexactly what the medical providerssee in Philip, which they did before,but the images do not have to gothrough as many steps and areclearer.Before, PHSI medical providerscould either put developed x-raysup on a lighted viewing box, remi-niscent of the old Ben Casey andMarcus Welby, M.D. shows on tele-vision, or they could have the de-veloped film digitized onto the com-puter. Reduced steps, and the im-ages not leaving the digitizedrealm, make the new end productfar clearer than before. Eymer saidthat the difference between filmand CR is visible to the naked eye.Radiologists recommended thatPHSI upgrade to the CR system.PHSI continues to balance ever-in-creasing technological developmentwith operating costs. “Radiologytechnology is constantly being im-proved, and we are keeping up withit,” said Kent Olson, chief executiveofficer for PHSI. “We are delightedto be using today’s technology.”“Everything is electronic nowa-days. Today’s technology is simplyreplacing yesterday’s technology;we are always striving for that,”added Olson. According to Olson,the operating costs for the new x-ray system fit into the general op-eration and upgrading of all serv-ices at PHSI. “The incrementalcosts are really negligible,” saidOlson. He pointed out that thereare no longer costs for film or devel-oping chemicals.
Upgrade of x-ray technology
by D Bats
The Midland Community FireProtection District’s annual meet-ing was held Monday, October 1, atthe Midland Fire Hall.Approval was given for the firedistrict to purchase a 1994 Interna-tional truck to replace unit 5, theOttumwa truck.The annual election of directorswas held. The current directors areRandy Nemec –president, SteveDaly –vice president, Kory Bierle – secretary/treasurer, James VanTassel, Sandy Heaton, Dustin Vollmer and Fred Foland.During the meeting, the Van Tas-sel family presented a check inmemory of Walter “Junior” VanTassel.According to Reuban Vollmer, Jr.,the new board discussed this year’smany fires and the ensuing ex-penses. End of the year items,preparing the new truck, any offi-cial training and always beingready for the next fire will keep thevolunteers busy. “We’re going to belooking for a lot of volunteer hoursto put all this together,” said Vollmer. “I’m sure we are no differ-ent than any other fire departmentin the state. Man power and fund-ing are always an issue.”
Midland Fire Protection District
The Midland Community Fire Protection District board was given a check in mem-ory of Walter Van Tassel. Back row, from left, are Sandy Heaton, Jim Van Tassel,Kory Bierle, Steve Daly and Dustin Vollmer. Front: Randy Nemec and Joann VanTassel.
Lincoln Smith - NSU royalty
Northern State University, Ab-erdeen, held its Gypsy Days Home-coming Week, October 1-6.Philip High School graduate Lin-coln Smith was a member of theNSU homecoming royalty. He andhis girlfriend, Ella Campbell, wereboth in the top five in the royaltycourt. Coronation was Thursday,October 4, at the NSU Fine ArtsCenterSmith was a starting player onthe Wolves football team. He hasearned honors in football and is a2011 Academic All-American.Campbell is a member of the NSUvolleyball team.
by D Bats
The Philip Fire Protection Dis-trict’s annual meeting was heldTuesday, October 2, at the PhilipFire Hall.Elections moved Jay Baxter fromlast year’s secretary/treasurer tothis year’s board president. RobertMcDaniel is the current vice presi-dent. Marty Hansen is the new sec-retary/treasurer. The other boardmembers are Greg Arthur, ChuckO’Conner, Doug Hauk and BillGottsleben. Their one-year termbegan as of the meeting, October 2.“We welcome anyone, town orcountry, who would want to get onthe board,” said Hansen. “Wewould welcome any input, too, fromanyone who has any suggestions orcomments.”The fire district board discussedthe financial fitness of the Philip Volunteer Fire Department. Ac-cording to Baxter, the situation hasaltered a bit after the attemptedtax ceiling opt-out of the district.Businesses, landowners and otherpeople had donated more and moreoften to aid the fire department.Costs of fighting a particular firehave been more readily aided bylandowners and by communica-tions with the landowners’ insur-ance companies. “That’s a coolthing,” said Baxter.Further board discussion in-cluded possible fundraisers for thedepartment. Baxter stressed thatthe board wants citizens of the areato keep adequate amounts of fireinsurance for their property.“Thank goodness we didn’t havemore fires this year than we did,”said Baxter.“We are not out of the woods yet just because its been cooler,” saidHansen. “I’ll feel a lot better whenthere’s four inches of nice wet snowon the ground.”One of the long term objectives of the PVFD is to continue saving fora new pumper truck, at an approx-imate cost of $180,000. Theplanned replacement of agingequipment is not only part of con-tinuing business of the depart-ment, but also keeps a good Insur-ance Services Office (ISO) ratingfor the department, which affectsthe PVFD insurance coverage andrates.“We are in good shape, untilsomething breaks down, such asthe pumper,” said Hansen. “Theproblem with the pumper is thereare no parts for it in the UnitedStates any where; we’ve looked. Aslong as the pumper doesn’t breakdown ... but you cannot get by with-out a pumper in a town, it justdoesn’t work.”All members of the board encour-age discussion and suggestionsfrom residents. The official meet-ings, held twice a year, are open toeveryone. “That’s one thing thisboard is all about; transparencyand open communications,” saidBaxter. The next meeting will bethe first Tuesday in March 2013.
Philip Fire Protection District
Dear Editor;I would like to comment on anarticle published on the front pageof the Pioneer Review 10/04/12:City seeking solution on railroadsiding versus flooding concerns.In it, Monna Van Lint suggests“that there is a large, though some-what silent, group that is worriedabout damages from any futureflooding.”First of all, Mrs. Van Lint shouldat least define “large,” otherwise itcould be misconstrued to be a gen-eralized assumption. Secondly, if there are people who are con-cerned, they need to speak up.Even though I don’t live in thearea the article describes and haveno vested interest in this specificissue, I think it’s ludicrous thatthere are people whom it does af-fect that aren’t willing to voicetheir opinion.A democracy operates on thebasis of defining problems and col-lectively working towards a solu-tion. Why would a public meetingto talk specifically about this issuebe necessary when there aremonthly Philip City Council meet-ings with the railroad trestle al-ready on the agenda? And, if thegroup that has concerns is so large,how come I don’t read about the
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standing-room-only attendance?I suggest using meeting times al-ready in place for residents to voicetheir concerns and ask their ques-tion. If no one voices concerns orasks questions before this and anyproject begins, they should notcomplain about the results of thisor any project. This can also holdtrue to the upcoming election:make your opinion known when itcounts and make it less knownwhere it doesn’t count.And, Dad, thanks for buildingyour house on a hill.Sincerely,Marcy M. MorrisonRapid City, SD