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Thu Fri 6/4 78/59 79/59 Partly Thunder- cloudy, showers. Highs in the Highs in the upper 70s upper 70s and lows in and lows in the upper the upper 50s. 50s. Wednesday June 2, 2010 $1.00 Sat 6/5 ~!i ii~i~ 77/56 Partly cloudy with a stray thunder- storm. Sun 6/6 77/53 Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s. 74/55 Scattered thunder- storms possi- ble. 'ldllll"l'",'lll',,iJ',,.I,hlllll,,,I,,hll,,q.lUhqlh= *****************MIXED A13 555 09113/99 SmallTownPapers 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE, WA 9g136-120g ' VOLUME NO. 25 NUMBER 40 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Passing the stories from generation to generation By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune Special -- Memorial Day is a time that is set aside to honor the war dead. The tradition began about three years after the end of the Civil War, when the head of the Union veterans estab- lished Decoration Day to be observed on May 30. The first large observance was held at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. in 1868. Both the North and South claim to be the fn'st to observe the day. In 1966 Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. the birth- place of Memorial Day. Today Memorial Day ceremonies are held through- out the country on the last Monday in May. Monday morning the Walnut Grove American Legion and Auxiliary held their observance of the day at the elementary school. The program started with the presentation of the colors, while the fifth and sixth grade band played BB's "American Pride Suite." Then the National Anthem was played and the pledge of allegiance was recited. Patriotic readings were given by McKenzie Deprez, Natalie Villegas, and Mariah Olson. Then the band per- formed "Air of Nobility." Paul Olson introduced First Sergeant retired, Norm Baker who gave the Memorial address. Baker served in the regular Army from 1969 -1971, he served in the National Guard from 1986-2010. He had tours in Vietnam, Kosovo, and Iraq. Baker talked about how Memorial Day was meant to remember the soldiers that died in defense of this country. He also talked about remembering those that served in the past and those that are presently serving. Baker told about how the Aborigine people did not have a written language, but they passed down the stories of their tribes from genera- tion to generation by telling the stories. "We don't have much of that today because most of our history is put down in Wreaths were placed on crosses at Walnut Grove, repre- senting war dead from all wars Honor guard stood at attention as Taps were played at the Westbrook Cemetery Monday morning. books, tapes, and computer disks," he said. "Much of the personal stories are not being passed along." "Freedom is not Free," he said. Over 4,000 lives have been lost in Iraq, "that's like seven Walnut Groves. Over one and a half million lives were lost in all of the previ- ous wars. That's a city the size of San Diego," Baker said. "Those people sacri- ficed their lives for us so that we can enjoy freedom." Think about how you came here today without fear of being attacked, and being able to enjoy this beautiful day. Very few countries can say that they have not had a war fought on their own soil. Baker read two poems about the freedoms a soldier fights for in this country. A soldier fights for freedom of speech, and freedom of reli- gion. A soldier is committed to Honor, Duty, and Service. Norm Baker Paul Vosberg Memorial Day Continued on Page 12 Mrs. Beth Kleven will give the commencement address Class Motto: I hope your dreams take you .. to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most spe- cial places your heart has ever known... By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- In all prob- ability this graduating class Beth Kleven will be the largest class to graduate in the 19 year his- tory of Westbrook Walnut Grove School. Students will don caps, gowns, and class flowers will be pinned to their lapels. Two by two. the seniors will march in to the high school gymnasium for their final act as high school students at 2:00 p.m. at the WWG High School Gymnasium Sunday, June 6. Kelsey Mischke will per- form a piano prelude prior to the band playing Ployhar and Elgar's "Fanfare and Processional." The band will follow with the National Anthem and school song "Go U Northwestern" under the direction of Mrs. Brenda Derickson. The senior class will present a slide show of now and then photos along with through the years activity photos. Senior class speakers Alexis Quade and Spencer Knot will address their fellow students and families. The high school choir will perform "We Are the World," and the Senior Ensemble will perform "The River," under the direction of Mrs. Constance Knott. Next the high school band will perform and instrumen- tal number "Lord of the Rings." Graduation Continued on Page 3 FFA chapter introduces new officers for 2010-2011 By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- Last Monday evening the WWG FFA handed out awards and recognized individuals for special accomplish- ments this past year. The officer team con- ducted opening ceremo- nies, with Mrs. Linda Carter introducing the officers. The officer team then presented the FFA Honorary degrees. Those named to receive honor- ary degrees were Jeff and Monica Otto, and Joyce Madson. Following that Mr. William Richards pre- sented special scholar- ship awards. Chanel Madson and Steven Pfarr provided musical entertainment for the evening: Mr. Doug Lee present- ed the Star Greenhand award to Andrew Merrick. Mr. Josh Barron pre- sented the Ag Placement Star Award to Zach Otto. A slide show was presented by Melody Horkey, Alex Mischke, Livia Vang, and Maddie Frank. Mr. Lee, Mr. Barron and Mrs. Carter talked about the FFA individual and team accomplish- ments. The Dairy Foods team placed second in the region and second in the state. They are Cedar Yang, Jenew Yang, Betty Vang, and Ia Ong Vue. FFA Talent Chanel Madson, and Steven Pfarr won the region and placed second in the state. The Meats team placed second in the region and second in the state. They are, Zach Otto, Andy Merrick, David McClellan, Aaron Theisen, and Levi Brummer (Alt). The Soils team placed second in the region and third in the state. They are Maddie Frank, Anne Woelber, Kasia Her, HoIee Yang, and Nancy Yang. The Farm Business Management team placed second in the region, and fourth in the state. They are Kallie Gundermann, Alexis Quade, Rachel Christians, and Kelsey Mischke. Alexis Quade placed second in the region and sixth at state for Job Interview competition. The Floriculture team placed sixth in region and ninth in state. They are Alex Mischke, Marissa Harnack, Amber West, Molly Jarmer, and Felicia Cohrs (Alt). Awards night Continued on Page 3 INDEX WWG GRAUDUATING SENIORS CONTACT Us ON RECORD PAGE 2 EDUCATION PAGE 8 INSIDE PAGE 3 PUBLIC NOTICE PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 10 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 Meet Wwg Seniors Section B [NFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-t859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2010 Sentinel Tribune : i Se ing: Walnut G rove,