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ay April 9, 2014 $I.00 CAMP SING- ALONG PAGE 12 "*"'*'*"IXED ADC 50902 ; SMALL TOWN PAPERS INiJ, 5 217 W COTA ST SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 " 'li.ll,,I,l.ll,.,,,",.,Ull.U,hllhllhl..llm,ilhl,I IIILII!U!IIjIII!!I!I!I!IIII. Volume No. 29 NUMBER 33 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Serving:Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Storden, Dovray, and Revere areas Maximize your SNAP Dollars: Use Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program) Dollars to purchase Seeds/Plants By Angela Larson, CFS Director: Western Community Action When most peop/e think about the SNAP (Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program), they think about benefits that people use to pur- chase groceries in local grocery stores. The majority of funds are spent on food at the gro- cery store. However, a little known fact is turn- ing into a rising trend in the world of SNAP benefits. Recipients can purchases seeds and plants with their SNAP benefits, as long as they are purchasing from an authorized SNAP retail- er. It's important to note that the only seeds and plants that may be bought with SNAP are those that are used to grow and produce food. So no flowers or decorative plants would be allowed. This option is beneficial for a few reasons. First, locally grown foods are healthier for us. When a person grows the food themselves, they know if there have been any pesticides or other chemicals used on those food items. A person can even choose to have an organic garden. Also, whole foods are much better food choices than canned and processed foods that are readily available and easy to use as they don't contain additives and preservative, etc. that we may want to avoid. Participants who grow their own food also feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in the food that they are able to bring into their home. Finally, if your planting and harvesting are successful, it is possible to get a great deal more food than a person would be able to purchase from the grocery store with their SNAP ben- efits. For every $1 dollar spent on seeds, home gardeners can grow an average of $25 worth of produce. Saving money this way helps a house- hold's benefit last longer, and they may be able to afford foods that they would otherwise would not. If you are someone who has never gardened before, consider gardening with a friend who has had more experience. There are also many resources on the internet for people who are just learning the steps to creating a successful vegetable garden. Another option is to learn gardening skills by giving your time at a com- munity garden. This is a great place to see a wide variety of foods being grown and to talk to people who have a love for tending to and producing fresh, healthy foods. If you live near the Marshall area, one option is Western Community Action's community garden pro- gram called Community Blooms. This garden is located at 'WCA's main office site and is always looking for more people to participate. People interested can assist with preparing the land, planting, tending/watering/weeding, and finally harvesting of the food that's been grown. Everyone who participates is welcome to share in the food produced. This might be a great first step before starting your own garden or a way to give back by teaching others if you are already a pro! For more information about SNAP, please contact Margaret Palan at 507-537-1416, exten- sion #2116, and for more information about Community Blooms garden, please contact Allan Bakke at extension #2135. Western Community Action is a proud community part- ner of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. These two youngsters were fighting a losing battle last Thursday afternoon shoveling a street in Westbrook. Spring storm Really! Last Thursday a strong spring storm blanketed the area with six to eight inches of snow Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- It seems like for the second year in a row we have had a winter that just doesn't want to give up. Last Thursday afternoon wet snow began to blanket the area, and by Friday morning over six inches of snow fell in the area. It left a big mess for local street crews to deal with. The good news is that with the angle of the sun beating down on us, the majority of the snow was gone by Monday morning. By the time most of you read this mother nature is doing an about face with tem- peratures climbing into the low seventies and sixties. But don't get too comfortable, as the forecast shows tempera- tures the first of next week will drop back into the high thirties / or low forties. On the good side spring sports are getting back in gear with practices and games in the mix for the rest of the week. For Westbrook Walnut Grove Athletic Director Leo Theisen, weather makes his job much more difficult with having to reschedule so many events. Of course area farmers are chomping at the bit 'as they wait to get into the fields to prepare for planting the crops. They are all hoping that the temperatures stay steady high- er and that we don't get a lot of rain. Getting the crop in the ground in a timely manner can mean a huge difference in the quality and quantity they will get at harvest, not to mention all the other hazards that can effect it. People should also be conscious of farm equipment on the roads during this busy season as they go from place to place. Left: This robin looks perky after likely walking in snow the past couple of weeks MISSING PAPERS Last week due to a software glitch several of our subscribers did not receive their Sentinel Tribune Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- Apparently the compa- ny that designed our new circulation software was the same one that devel- oped the Mnsure software. For some reason recent renewals did not show up on the computer list for delivery. Several people called and we told them they could pick up a copy of the Sentinel Tribune at our office or in Walnut Grove at our vendors. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will do all we can to insure you will receive your Sentinel Tribune in a timely fashion. Although we cannot guarantee the post office will always do that. In regards to the last comment, the problem is seldom ever in our local post offices. The vast majority of our delivery issues happen after they leave the local post offices. With the exception of Westbrook and Walnut Grove area papers, papers outside the area go to a distribution cen- ter in St. Paul and are routed from there. Please let us know if you are still missing your Sentinel Tribune. Pageant Auditions Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Auditions will be held April 11 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and April 12, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Walnut Grove Catholic Church. Children under 16 years of age are required to have a parental permission slip. Looking for volunteers interested in acting, set crew, concessions, hair, makeup, and costumes. INDE X ::: ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION IN SIDE PAGE 3 SPORTS VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA NEWS FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA NEWS COMMUNITY PAGE 7 PAGE 8 PAGE 9 PAGE I 0 PAGE 11 PAGE 12 PRING PORTS PAGE 9 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CONTACT US CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2014 Sentinel Tribune