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Area families are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Thursday, May 1, at 4 p.m. for a special presentation about staying safe while riding a bike this summer. Experts from AAA will discuss bike rules and safety precautions for the entire family. Participants are asked to not bring their bike to the presentation. There is no charge for the program, and no registration is required.
The former Hastings State Hospital employees enjoyed their first and second annual reunion the previous two years so much, they decided to hold another. This year’s reunion will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Green Mill Event Center, located above Premier Bank, 101 E. 10th St. (Schoolhouse Square). The meal is catered by the Green Mill. A cash bar will be available. The menu is a buffet choice — beef pot roast with gravy, coleslaw and house salad; or chicken Marsala with green beans and house salads.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church’s fifth annual Tailgate Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31. The sale will be held in the parking lot, rain or shine, at 2035 W. 15th St. Tailgaters may set up any time on the morning of May 31. Rental fees are $15 for two parking spaces. There is a minimum of two spaces and there are no refunds. Participants must register in person at SEAS during regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. All renters are required to sign an Indemnification Agreement. Renters must provide their own change, tables, chairs and tents.
Local grower is state winner in corn yield contest An area corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2013 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association. Bill Schaffer of Hastings placed second in the state in the irrigated class with a yield of 253.7353 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was Pioneer/34F07. The local grower was one of 434 state winners nationwide. The 2013 contest set a participation record with 8,983 entries from 47 states.
Daniel Ritt of Hastings has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Ritt studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Ritt is the son of Jean and Micheal Ritt of Hastings.
Area students named to the president’s list at Cretin-Derham Hall are: senior Adam Klein; juniors Rachel Jackson and Danielle Perra; sophomores Jenna Conzemius, Jordan Grovum, Michael Perra and Michelle Trumble; freshmen Jack Calkins, Ryan Klein and Mitchell O’Brien. Conzemius is a Hastings Middle School graduate. All others are St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School graduates.
Army National Guard Pvt. Courtney A.
Service opportunities and fun activities are in store for area teens when Summer Stretch is held on six days this summer. Registration is under way. Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and St.
Hastings resident and physician Dr. Bill Spinelli will lead the Coffee and Conversation “I Want My Life Back – a Lively Discussion on the Next Stage in the Lives of Boomers” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Tilden Community Center. Residents are invited to join pre-retirees and retirees at various stages in their lives as they plan and share what has worked for them in what is called “Third Stage of Life.” Panel members include Sam and Joyce Sorenson, Paula Angell, Rose and Gary Davis, and Karen Moore.
Luke Edward Schiefelbein has achieved the top 2 percent ranking in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University. Schiefelbein is currently a sophomore at the college.