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If you like wind, you should havebeen happy as a clam this lastweek since we had an excess of highly mobile air for two wholedays. If you tried to walk into it,you had to bend forward and strug-gle along. If you went with it, youhad to lean back so as not to behurried along faster than youwanted to go. The weathermensaid something about the causebeing a huge cold front that was ina big hurry to head south. Yes,well, whatever the cause, wenearly got blown away.On one of those wild days, wewere scheduled to drive west closeto a hundred miles so son Chancecould consult a couple of doctors.We were planning to take wifeCorinne’s car, but that vehicledoesn’t do well in strong wind. Itsomehow feels insecure as if youare about to become airborne. Thisis fine with an airplane but not sogood with a car. In any event, wecalled and cancelled our appoint-ments and rescheduled them forwhat we hope are quieter days.Other people, however, did notcancel their travel plans althoughthey should have. One picture onthe Internet showed four trucksoverturned in the ditch within aspace of less than a mile. Theremust have been some kind of wind-tunnel effect about there to tip somany high-profile vehicles. I wouldbet that driving a huge broad-sidedmotor home would have made for ascary journey indeed.Neither was our mailman ex-cited about travel on those days.His pickup consumed lots more gasthan usual in trying to fight itsway through, and occasionally theroad was badly obscured due toblowing dirt. He was not exactly ahappy camper.Naturally, anything light thatwasn’t tied down became airborne.That might include dog dishes,lawn furniture, shingles, and anyloose paper or plastic. The paperand plastic did fancy dances in theair with swirling, bobbing, and soon. Birds, for the most part, werecontent to stay on the ground. Thefew I saw flying were headed southat great speed and were beingtaken to places they probablydidn’t really plan to go. Even theelectricity was uneven or out dueto poles blowing over or wires com-ing loose.I chuckled quite a bit at a noticea friend posted on Facebook. Shewas alerting her East River friendsthat a feed sack with a scoop in itand her cap and jacket wereheaded their way. She would likethem back if possible. Then shesaid to never mind. She was good.Stuff was blowing in fromWyoming and Montana, and shewould just catch that and use it in-stead.For most of us, though, we justhunkered down and waited for it toget over as we usually do when theweather is vile. We did have totightly hold on to the screen doorwhen going through it to avoidhaving the wind catch it, break it,tear it off, or damage the hinges.Car doors were similar.The hardest part to deal with, Ithink, was the nervous response itpromotes in most of us. All thewhistling, clanking, and banging just make a person unsettled some-how. It’s hard to concentrate onanything.Another worry is prairie fires.We have lived through two veryscary wind-blown fires that hadour nerves extremely on edge. Onewas many years ago and wasstarted by lightning on our eastborder. It went close to twentymiles farther east before being con-trolled. Another started over southand blew along our western borderfor many miles. It didn’t jumpacross the river to our river place,but it was a near thing. Luckily,neither fire did a lot of damage tous—mostly just a corner of a pas-ture or a thin strip--but the emo-tional toll was considerable. Wedon’t want any repetitions.After the winds had subsidedsomewhat, I mentioned to wifeCorinne that it obviously was awimpy cold front after all since itdidn’t really drop the actual tem-peratures all that much. It didn’teven freeze overnight. Corinne toldme to hush up or it might hear meand start up all over again. Thatseemed a bit unlikely, but I tookher advice and kept my peace. Lordknows we don’t need another windlike that anytime soon.Fortunately, today was a beauti-ful fall day with pleasant tempsand hardly any wind at all. MotherNature was obviously trying toatone for what she’d just put usthrough. For those of you who likea lot of wind, you were flat out of luck. The rest of us, though, werehappy as clams.
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The sweet little goblins, Batmans and princesses, all covered inwarm winter coats, walk from one house to the next, holding out theirbuckets and bags for the candy given out at each stop. For the smallgroups consisting of the very young, a parent is waiting at the end of the house’s walkway for the kids to come back, show off the additionalcandy they just collected, then proceed to the next porch light.Some people point out the dark side of Halloween. I prefer a holidaythat lets kids have fun, that highlights neighbors willing to give a littleso others can enjoy themselves. Last year, the conversations by parentswaiting along the sidewalks were neighborly and fun. Of course, someof the words were lost because the adults were trying to talk and enjoypieces of candy gotten from the kids’ sacks at the same time. For thosewho want to continue the trick-or-treat tradition, but with a morebenevolent purpose, the high school kids go from house to house for do-nations to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. A church in town is hold-ing a “harvest festival” so all kids who want to show up can play gamesand collect even more candy in a warm, safe place. This year Halloweenis on a school night, so the younger kids will probably be urged to callit quits fairly early. The parents will probably “inspect” the evening’sspoils and have to sample more than they need before trying to go tosleep themselves.An entire month of horror shows on television is more than I carefor. And that doesn’t include the political advertisements and debatesfor the upcoming election in early November. I am almost eager for theThanksgiving and Christmas season to begin. There is a tremendousdifference between a horror movie such as “House at the End of theStreet” and a classic Christmas show such as “Miracle on 34th Street.” Agreed, they both have at least ten minutes more of commercials thanthey did last year. Yes, I will probably fall asleep in the chair whilewatching either one. Yes, I will probably remember more about what Iwas snacking on than the movie itself.The idea of trick-or-treating is great in my hometown. This is mostlybecause very few people think beyond the treat part. Even then, tricksare usually limited to simply yelling “Boo!” when someone isn’t reallypaying attention. Those people out canvassing the neighborhood forcandy leave someone at home to dole out candy, or leave their porchlights off so kids don’t waste time knocking on that door.I can’t imagine what shenanigans people might do in bigger commu-nities. I can imagine what happens in my hometown, because I try to join in and promote them so the friendly traditions continue next yearand the year after. If someone’s kid says “Boo” or “trick-or-treat” ortells me yet another Halloween based knock-knock joke, I will playalong. This is my hometown, these are people I want to be around, andthe activities are wholesome and everyone is welcome to join in.
Basic computer classes…
will be offered at the HaakonCounty Public Library in November. There is no charge for theclass. Please call the library at 859-2442 for more information andto register.
Haakon county puBlic liBrary …
will hold its annualScholastic Book Fair in the community room of the courthouse fromNovember 13-16. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.
laDies’ prayer BreakFast …
Monday, Nov. 5, 7:00 a.m.at the Senechal Apts. lobby in Philip. All ladies welcome!
pHilip HealtH serVices auXiliary …
will meet Thurs-day, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the hospital.
milesVille VFD HalloWeen party …
Friday, Oct. 26, atMilesville Hall. Supper, 5:30 p.m. See ad in this week’s issue of theProfit for more details!
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To the editor;As United States citizens, wehave the right to vote for ourelected leaders in government.Along with this privilege comesthe need for voters to inform them-selves of the past and present ac-complishments of the candidates.Everyone’s vote is important. Vote November 6!Sincerely,/s/Keith and Lucille EmersonPhilip, SD* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Dear Editor;I’ve had the thought over the lastfew years about what a great smalltown Philip is.In visiting with customers at thecampground during the SturgisRally, we often got asked where wewere from in South Dakota. Eachand every one of them was amazedat what Philip had going on for atown of less than 1,000 people –agreat bank, grocery store, hard-ware store, lumber yard, varietystore, flower shop, pharmacy, hos-pital, nursing home, steakhouse,sale barn, Scotchman Industries,golf course, and the list goes on.They were especially impressed atthe transition places for the eld-erly –Senechal, Silver Leaf, swingbed.Apparently, this “great smalltown” thing got started in its earli-est years. I just finished reading afantastic book about Philip’s earlyyears, “Letters from Tully.” Anearly homesteader, Tully fre-quently wrote to her cousin, Sara.Thanks Sheryl Michael for turningme on to this book.A paragraph on page 124 says itall. “We will pull together to makePhilip the best town betweenPierre and Rapid City. If we haveany differences of opinion, we willsettle them among ourselves, but tothe outside world we are as oneperson .... They are as fine a groupof people you will meet anywhere.”Further down the page, she de-scribes the saloons in town and it istruly hilarious.I picked this book up at ZeebPharmacy, and rumor has it he or-dered more. You can also find it on-line. Anyway, I’m proud to be asmall part of this great Smalltown,USA./s/Jeanie Waara, Philip, SD