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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Page 3 Landmark demolished "'--From page 1 i i i !ill ii ! ...... Greetings Chargerland WWG Preschool Screening is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 8:00-3:00 p.m. in Walnut Grove. Anyone with a child who is three, four, or five years of age, and who is not yet in Kindergarten, needs to be screened. Please call the Walnut Grove School at 507-859-2141 if you have not received a packet. Bryan Haen has accepted the position as our new Cub Scout Master and leader for the WWG Cub Scouts. Bryan has helped with Cub Scouts the past several years and has enjoyed scouting with his son. Bryan is positive, energetic, and ready to take WWG Cub Scouts to the next level. If you would like your 1st through 5th grade son to join Cub Scouts, please call Bryan at 507-859- 2043. Fire Arm Safety classes will start Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Westbrook. Doug Lee will instruct firearm safety after school from 3:30-6:00 p.m. on Oct. 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, and 14. Please call the Walnut Grove School to sign up (507- 859-2141). You must be eleven years old or older to participate in this course. There is a fee $15.00. The WWG After-School Academy started on Tuesday, Sept. 13. It will run each Tuesday and Thursday through May 2012. This after-school program is directed at help- ing students with their math and reading skills. Mrs. Kells, Mrs. Merrick, Mrs. VanDeVeire, Mrs. Quade, and Mrs. Erickson are the teachers. Mr. Merrick is trying out an after-school Science Academy. He has a small group of twenty 1st through 3rd graders which he will be doing science experiments on Mondays from now until basketball practice starts. Parent/Teacher conferences are coming fast. We will have WWG Elementary conferences on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The Halloween Carnival is scheduled from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the large gym. A Seasonal Flu Immunization Clinic will also be held in the entrance by the lunchroom. The general public is invited to come in, and get your flu shot for the upcoming flu season. Mr. Hannan will host a Community Education event called "How to Plan a Trip to Greece" on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westbrook High School. You may go to the WWG School website to register under Community Education/classes and events, or just call 507-859-2141. A 55-Alive Refresher course is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. with Trooper Kathy. Again you may register on the school webpage or just call 507- 859-2141. "Winterize Your Vehicle with Chad Wahl" is scheduled on Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:00 p.m. at Klasse Sales and Service in Westbrook. Chad will take you step by step on how to get your vehicle ready for old man winter. These and many other events are scheduled on the WWG High School Website under Community Education in the upper left hand corner. Registration is quick and simple. If you do not have internet at home and would like to register for a class or'two, please call us at 507- 859-2141. John Swanson died Saturday Funeral services for John Swanson will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Interment is in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Grazing on the hillside... The bowling alley was housed in the train car at the time. In 1954 their dad built a new bowling alley in a quonset type building and also added a small building to the front of it for extra space. Later their dad moved an old school house in and they eventually moved into that after it was remodeled. The old house was then gutted to make a garage. Both girls recall working in the bowling alley setting pins for the bowling leagues. Kathy said "they had 12 teams bowling in two shifts four nights during the week. We had the old manual pin setters so we used to have contests to see who could set the fastest." Beverly said, "almost all of us took our turns at setting pins." According to Kathy it was almost like growing up as two families. There were ten years between Beverly, Dennis, and Gary, and Kathy, Joel, and Mark. "Wh en Joel and me were babies morn and dad i: had two cribs in their bedroom -- Beverly left Kathy Zinda Christians and her sister Beverly Zinda when I was born. Risacher had a lot of memories to share. They said it was a bit of a challenge when it "with 13 extra people it Keith Weis and Darren Peters were busy knocking down the land- mark, and burning the debris. was a challenge for sleep- ing, but we had plenty of food to feed them." "When the power went out we always had heat because we used oil burners," she said. "Sometimes the neighbor kids would come to stay with us when the power went out. It was fun play- ing games and cards with the neighbor kids." They continued to operate the bowling alley and store until 1975 when their parents retired. After their dad passed away their mother continued to live there until 1999 when she moved into town. They both said it's fun to remember the birth- day parties, and slumber parties, but neither were ready to go back to those days. came to bath time, At first they took : wash tub baths but then later on they had a shower and a stool when their : dad installed indoor plumbing. It did help when the kids got sick they could use the mens and ladies bathrooms in the bowling alley. When Beverly was little she had to use the outdoor facility. The Zinda kids had their chores to do beside pin setting. They would carry the empty bottles down to the basement and sort them. When they were done with that they would bring full bottles up to stock the coolers for the bowling alley and store. "Mom and dad took care of the bow- ing lanes," they said. After they filled the coolers they would have to do their home work before setting pins for the bowling leagues. Beverly said, "we also sold minnows Zinda's corner as it looked just before being demolished. for fishing -- Dennis and me had to help seine minnows out of Plum Creek. Later on after Dennis and me left, Gary inherited that job." In the store they had a meat counter, a basic line of groceries and canned goods as well as staples of milk, bread, and eggs. Of course one could also fill up Above shows one of the additions being moved in the late forties. Below shows some of the old cars standing in front of "Mike's Place" in the late forties. zi¸zili~i¸!z¸¸¸ I¸¸ ¸ This herd of sheep were busy grazing a hill- side southwest of Walnut Grove Monday morning. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Sentinel Tribune Tip Line • • If you see news happening or have a • • story idea call our News Tip Line. • • 274-6136 or • • 1-800-410-1859 • • Due to staff limitations we may not • always be able to respond to your tips or • ideas. However we will do our best to give • • every call full regard. • • Thank you for your help and consideration. their tanks with gas at the pumps in front of the store. In the bowling alley they sold beer, hot dogs, bar- becues, chips and ice cream to the bowlers and visi- tors. In the summer time their dad did custom swathing while their morn managed the store. They had time to play during the summer as there were no bowling leagues to care for. The place has a lot of memories for the Zinda kids, Beverly recalled a time when there was a blizzard and two or three car loads of people, going to a wedding, got stranded there for about three days. She said