Blessing Of The Bells At Queen Of The Most Holy Rosary

Sunday, Oct. 16 was a special day at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Stanley as the church family gathered before the start of morning Mass to celebrate the blessing of the new bells. Father Gary Benz led the congregation, saying this was a day of joy and a happy day for them as they celebrated and dedicated this new tower and praise God’s name. The peals will mark hours of prayer, and alert the community to important events, both happy and sad. He urged the congregation to remember when they hear the bells they are one family, coming together to show their unity in Christ. The bells will toll every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. A special tradition of the Catholic faith is also the Angelus, traditionally sounded three times a day at 6 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. In deference to their neighbors, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary will be foregoing the 6 a.m. ringing of the bells. Father Gary Benz says the bells will also ring before each Mass. The bells will also have their own unique sounds depending on the occasion. The joyous peal of all four bells can signify those special occasions like a wedding or a baptism. The mournful toll of the largest bell can ring for every year of life prior to the start of a funeral. A project two and a half years in the making, the project included not just the construction of the towers and the installation of the bells, but also determination of location and having an engineer insure the location would be structurally sound. Construction on the new tower began nearly three months ago in someone’s shop. Work at the church began with the foundation work two months ago. Over the past few weeks, though, the work was very noticeable as first the tower went up, the electrical work was done and then the bells were installed last week. Installation started on Tuesday’s snowy morning, but the weather cleared so they could finish mounting the bells. A technician from the bell company was here to make sure they were sounding properly. Father Benz says that on a practical level, the modern style of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary does not mark the church as a typical Catholic Church. The new tower with the bells and cross can serve as a marker that it is a church and serve as a   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Kathi Sullivan To Speak During Red Ribbon Week At Stanley Schools

Did you know that alcohol is still the most abused substance used by adolescents today? The US Department of Health and Human’s website states, “More adolescents drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes or use marijuana. More than three in ten high school seniors report drinking some alcohol within the past month, and more than one in six reported “binge drinking” within the past two weeks. Drinking endangers adolescents in multiple ways including motor vehicle crashes, a leading cause of death for this age group. One in five adolescents has ridden in a car with a driver who had been drinking. Genetic factors and life stressors influence adolescents’ alcohol abuse, but parents and guardians can help by monitoring adolescents’ activities and keeping channels of communication open. To raise awareness and educate our students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, Stanley Elementary and Stanley High School will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week on October 23-28. We will have a number of activities going on that week. We are bringing in speaker, Kathi Sullivan. After a night of binge drinking and poor choices at a series of underage parties, Kathi’s 17 year old daughter Taylor wandered away alone in the woods, and drowned in only two feet of water. They found her 3 days later. Two months later, Kathi started sharing Taylor’s story with students and parents in hopes that her message would enlighten others on the dangers of underage drinking and poor choices. Passionate about reaching students hearts and minds, she simply shares with students what happened that night, how it could have been prevented and how Taylor’s death has affected her family, Taylor’s friends and the community. Students and parents leave Kathi’s presentation feeling like it was their friend or daughter that was lost that fateful night. Her presentation goes far beyond binge drinking, underage drinking and poor choices! Each audience member takes away something different. Kathi has made it her mission in life to spread Taylor’s Message. Kathi’s presentation is heart-wrenching but ends with an inspirational message of hope, love and a new found power for students to deal with peer pressure and tough choices they face every day. Her honesty, openness, and heartfelt message is packed with powerful take-aways and it is a presentation that will not be soon forgotten. Kathi travels from Boston, MA. Kathi will speak at the Stanley High School on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in a program for students in grades 7 through 12 and at 7:00 p.m. at a presentation for all community members. Stanley Schools will observe Red Ribbon Week October 24 through 28 with a theme of “Celebrate Red Ribbon Week....not just for a week, but for a lifetime!” Monday’s theme will be “I have the power to be drug and alcohol free!” Students are encouraged to wear red. They will hand out red ribbons during first period. Classes will also go to the Bethel Home to hand out ribbons. Tuesday’s theme will be “United we stand against drugs and alcohol!” This will be ‘Merica day....Show your pride! Classes will make posters to hang around the local businesses and Kathi Sullivan will be the   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Preschool Story Hour Begins

After being held at the Stanley Public Library last year, the Preschool Story Hour has moved to the Stanley River of Life Church this year. Called the “Lunch Bunch” because of their unique time, this year the program has moved to over the lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open to children ages three through five, the story hour includes story time, music, crafts and opportunity to “check out” books. Again under the direction of Jennie Cornett, this story hour gives little ones and their parents a chance to get together and enjoy story time with others of their same age groups. The first story hour this year was held on Friday, Oct. 14. It featured a story about pumpkins and a craft that allowed little ones to make their own construction paper jack-o’-lantern. The Fall remaining dates for story hour are October 28, November 4 and 18 and December 2, 9 and 16. Parents must stay with their children during story hour. Each is asked to bring a sack lunch as well. The hour will begin with lunch and   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Winter Clothing Distribution Underway At River Of Life

In September, Stanley River of Life Church began accepting all sizes of gently used winter clothing. Distribution of that clothing is now underway. The first distribution was held on Monday, Oct. 17 with future dates set for Saturday, Oct. 22 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. All distributions are being made at the River of Life Church located at 8155 Hwy 2 in Stanley, just west of Pinnacle. The items are free to anyone who has a need. They have both adult and children’s sizes to distribute.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

District 4 Candidate Forum Set For October 21 In New Town

Constituents in oil-production District will be able to hear directly from candidates running for State House and State Senate seats. A public candidate forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the New Town Civic Center. The nonpartisan forum is sponsored by Dakota Resources Council and Ward County Farmers Union. In addition to an open question period from the audience, candidates will be asked about what changes related to the responsible regulation of oil and gas development they would support and their top priorities for ensuring family farms and ranches thrive. District 4 is a competitive swing district that touches Dunn, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, and Ward Counties and includes all of Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Representation for a diversity of people, including farmers, ranchers, small business owners, students, and workers of all ages, is vital. This year, the Senate seat and one House seat are open and both parties are hoping to gain seats. Dakota Resource Council has a lot of members   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.