s & Happenings
Everyone is invited
to a babyshower for Sharla Veal & baby girlat 1:00 PM on January 20th at thehome of Todd & Kim Veal, 302 E.Main St. in Bison
.Stateline Right to Life
will havethe food stand and a bake sale onFriday, January 11, 2013 at theBison Home Game. Your HelpNeeded!
provides trans-portation for appointments, shop-ping and more. Rapid city trips are1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesdayfor $30.00. Lemmon to Bismarcktrips are 2nd Wednesday and 4ththursday for $25.00. lemmon tiDickinson 1st Wednesday for$20.00. Call for information 374-3189.
Gov. Daugaard announces $5.1 millionfor environmental projects
Gov. Dennis Daugaard an-nounced today that the stateBoard of Water and Natural Re-sources has approved nearly $5.1million in grants and loans fordrinking water, wastewater, andstorm water projects. The boardmet Friday via the Digital DakotaNetwork.The $5,098,950 total includes$1.56 million in grants and grantamendments and more than $3.5million in low-interest loans.“Making grant and loan fundsavailable for these projects will re-sult in better drinking water, im-proved wastewater treatment, andenhanced protection of the envi-ronment,” the Governor said.The grants and loans awardedby the board are administeredthrough the South Dakota Depart-ment of Environment and NaturalResources (DENR).Grants were awarded to:Bear Butte Valley Water, $500,000for regional water system.
Bison, $19,350 amendment forstorm water management sys-tem.
Eagle Butte, $260,000 amendmentfor wastewater facilities improve-ments.Pierre, $210,000 for Lincoln Av-enue storm sewer.South Eastern Council of Govern-ments (SECOG), $120,000 amend-ment for regional recycling andsolid waste revolving loan fund Aloan was awarded to:Spearfish, $3,254,000 for westzone water tank and main project.Grant and loan packages wereawarded to: Astoria, $368,700grant and $235,000 loan for waste-water system improvements.Twin Brooks, $81,900 grant and$50,000 loan for connection toGrant-Roberts Rural Water Sys-temThe grants and loans wereawarded from DENR’s Consoli-dated Water Facilities Construc-tion Program, Solid Waste Man-agement Program, DrinkingWater State Revolving Fund Pro-gram, and Clean Water State Re-volving Fund Program.The Consolidated Water Facili-ties Construction Program pro-vides grants and loans for water,wastewater, and watershed proj-ects statewide. The Solid WasteManagement Program providesgrants and loans for solid wastedisposal, recycling, and waste tireprojects. The Drinking WaterState Revolving Fund Programprovides low-interest loans forpublic drinking water system proj-ects. The Clean Water State Re-volving Fund Program provideslow-interest loans for wastewaterand storm water projects.
United Blood Services issuesinvitation: find the hero in you
Hero status isn’t reserved onlyfor those brave men and womenwho rush into burning buildings orstep into the front lines of war.“There’s a hero in all of us.” saidLori Liebman, Donor RecruitmentDirector of United Blood Services,this area’s non-profit communityblood service provider. “Ordinarypeople are saving lives every day.They do it while they are on lunchbreak or while they are runningerrands. They have found the heroin themselves by donating blood.Several years ago, United BloodServices took the innovative stepof highlighting donors rather thanpatients in its blood drive postersand materials. The organizationcontinues that focus with a newnational marketing campaign thatinvites people to “Find the Hero in You” by donating blood three timesa year. “We asked a donor, a youngman, why he gives so consistentlythree or four times a year,” saidLiebman. “He said, ‘It feels so goodto save someone’s life. Who wouldyou do it just once?’”To encourage the habit of blooddonation, United Blood Serviceshas expanded its reward program.Donors can earn points for donat-ing frequently and staying in-volved year after year. The pointsare redeemable for movie andrestaurant gift certificates andother prizes. YOu can find the Hero in You atthe upcoming January 23, 2013blood drive, on Wednesday, from11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at theGrand Electric Social Room. Con-tact Bernice Kari at 244-5472 foran appointment. Volunteer blood donors must be atleast 16 years old, weigh at least110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight require-ments apply to donors 22 andyounger, and donors who are 16 or17 in certain areas, must have asigned permission slip from a par-ent of guardian. Potential donorscan make an appointment by call-ing 244-5472.Sponsored by the Hurry andHustle Club.
Private pesticide applicatorcertification trainings for2013 begin January 4
SDSU Extension will host Pri-vate Pesticide Applicator Certifica-tion Trainings beginning Jan. 4. Anyone planning to apply any pes-ticides to an agriculture commoditypotentially worth $ 1,000 or more,need to receive certification as aprivate pesticide applicator, ex-plains Buyung Hadi, SDSU Exten-sion Pesticide Education andUrban Entomology Coordinator."It does not matter what pesti-cide you apply whether it is herbi-cide, insecticide or fungicide youneed to be certified as a Private Ap-plicator," Hadi said.There are three options to getcertified. Aperson many attend a three-hour recertification class at any cer-tification site listed below. Alternatively, they may stop bythe local Regional Extension Cen-ter and pick-up the materials tocomplete the open-book, home-study exam,or the person may take the Pri-vate Applicator exam on-line at theDepartment of Agriculture's web-site, http://apps.sd.gov/doa/pwt/. Although it is the law to becomecertified, Hadi says there are otherbenefits to becoming certified."Certification gives you the toolsto apply pesticides properly, safelyand profitably. The certification isgood for five years and allows appli-cators to buy and apply general andrestricted use pesticides," he said.During the trainings, SDSU Ex-tension personnel will cover theSouth Dakota rules and regulationsabout applying pesticides. Depend-ing on the location, we will also dis-cuss local pest management issues,be it insect pests, weeds or diseases.There is no charge for attendingthe private applicator class or tak-ing the open-book home-studyexam to become certified or recerti-fied as a private pesticide applica-tor. Acomplete list of Private Appli-cator Trainings is available at:http://www.sdstate.edu/ps/exten-sion/pat/pat-county-dates.cfm.Or visithttp://igrow.org/agronomy/other-crops/Feel free to contact any of theseRegional Extension CentersPierre – 773-8120; Lemmon – 374-4177; Rapid City – 394-1722;Winner - 842-1267.
Grants available to fund after-school programs
Applications for the next roundof 21st Century CommunityLearning Center, or 21st CCLC,grants are now available online.The centers provide students withacademic enrichment opportuni-ties and activities designed to com-plement the students’regularschool instruction.Grant award amounts rangefrom $50,000 to $150,000 per year,and the life of the grant is fiveyears. While funds are oftenawarded to schools, other organi-zations are also eligible to apply.The grants must specifically sup-port programs offered outside of regular school hours.The learning centers are in-tended to assist students fromhigh-poverty and low-performingschools in need of additional sup-port. Funding for the grants comesfrom the federal government inthe form of formula grants to thestates. Because it is authorizedunder the No Child Left Behindlaw, programming must includean academic component and con-tent-specific enrichment activities.“These funds help provide safeand supportive environments thatoffer young people meaningful andinteresting learning opportuni-ties,” said Sue Burgard, who over-sees the 21st CCLC grant programfor the South Dakota Departmentof Education.Grant applications must be sub-mitted to the South Dakota De-partment of Education by March1. To help potential applicantswith the process, the 21st CCLCteam has set up two opportunitiesto take part in a webinar. Webi-nars are scheduled for Jan. 23 and24 and will provide guidance anda chance for questions. Webinarparticipants must pre-register byJan. 16. While not required, appli-cants are strongly encouraged toparticipate in one of the webinars.Webinar schedule and registra-tion are available online athttp://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/21cent.aspx or by contacting Jill Cotton at(605) 773-4693 or email@example.com