July 2013

Road work, closure planned for Hwy. 34

Portion west of Springs to close for a month

WESSINGTON SPRINGS – A one-half mile segment of Highway 34 in Jerauld County near Wessington Springs will be closed to traffic for approximately one month beginning Monday, July 29, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
Through traffic will be detoured around the project using Highway 281, Highway 45 and Interstate 90. Local traffic will be maintained throughout the project.
Jeff Miller Construction of Huron will be replacing a box culvert just east of Wessington Springs on Highway 34.

Resurfacing work on a portion of South Dakota Highway 34 in Jerauld County began on Monday, July 22.
Traffic will be maintained with pilot cars and flaggers. The project’s completion date is Nov. 1, 2013.
Crews will start by cold milling on Highway 34 from the junction with Highway 45 east for about 21 miles to Wessington Springs. Asphalt resurfacing work will follow completion of the cold milling.
The prime contractor is Asphalt Paving & Materials of Huron and the contract cost is $3.9 million
For more information, contact the Mitchell Area Office at 605-995-8120.
Complete road construction information can be found at www.safetravelusa.com/sd or by dialing 511.

Sanborn County residents are invited to participate in the 2013 Sanborn County Open Class Event being held during the 4-H Achievement Days on July 31 and Aug. 2-3.  This is open to anyone residing in Sanborn County or who is a member of a Sanborn County club, organization, etc.
Exhibits should be checked in between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at the 4-H Building in Forestburg with judging following.
Exhibitors who wish to show in Open Class may choose from several different project areas including: art and china painting, culinary (canning), crafts, needlework, photography and horticulture. A complete listing of the different classes and lots in the “2013 Sanborn County Open Class Handbook” can be found at the Extension office located in the Courthouse, the Way Station and Express Stop.
This year, entries judged “Best of Show” in Sanborn County will be taken to the State Fair to be judged in the special “County Best of Show” category.  “Best of Show” will be awarded in the following categories:
Adult division:
• Art, any media;
• Canning, jellies/jams (one-half pint clear glass jar);
• Canning, pickles, (one pint, clear glass jar);
• Child’s garment;
• Craft;
• Needlework;
• Quilted wall hanging or pillow, any method;
• Professional photography; and
• Amateur photography.
Junior division:
• Art, any media;
• Canning, jellies/jams (one-half pint clear glass jar);
• Canning, pickles, (one pint, clear glass jar);
• Child’s garment;
• Craft;
• Needlework;
• Quilted wall hanging or pillow, any method; and
• Photography.
Exhibitors are reminded that entries they wish to take to the State Fair must be pre-registered at the State Fair office by July 31.  Exhibits entered in Open Class at Achievement Days do not automatically get entered in the State Fair.  Open Class State Fair books are available online at www.sdstatefair.com.

SEATED: Janice Lepore, Pat Howard; back row: Wayne Howard, Theresa Smeltzer, Mike Howard, Lynda Steichen and Doug Howard.

The family of Francis and Edith Howard enjoyed a reunion in Wichita, Kan. on July 5-7.
Theresa and Stan Smeltzer, Stan and Melinda Smeltzer, Scott and Alison Smeltzer, Fr. Stuart Smeltzer, Shaun Smeltzer and Stacy and Dwayne Cummings hosted the event.
The family celebrated Jim Howard’s 50th birthday, as well as births of 11 babies since the last reunion in 2011.  Recent wedding engagements between Eric Smeltzer and Cara Cotter and  Sydney Cummings and Zach Banick will be set for 2014.
The family enjoyed the Sedgwick County Zoo, dinner at Eberly Farms, golfing at MacDonald Park, the Kansas Star Casino, walking the Botanical Gardens, the Wichita Art Museum and Exploration Place. Saturday evening’s mass was celebrated by Fr. Stuart Smeltzer at St. Joseph Catholic Church with dinner following in the parish hall.  The reunion concluded with a Wichita Wingnuts baseball game on Sunday afternoon.
Family members lodged at the Best Western in Park City, Kan.
Attending the reunion were:  Janice Lepore, Karen Lepore-Yeglinski, Leah Yeglinski with friend, Nate Boyd, and Jennifer Yeglinski and Cindi and Mike Bompastore all of Greenfield, Mass.; Diane Siegel, Anastasia and Ericka Siegel, Arlington, Mass.; Pat and Marlene Howard, Woonsocket; Rob and Julie Thomson, Lake Andes; Jim Howard, Hill City; Jeff and Carrie Howard, Erica and Blake Howard and Jason Howard all of Woonsocket; Stan and Theresa Smeltzer, Stan and Melinda Smeltzer, Eric, Chelsea and Evan Smeltzer, Wichita, Kansas; Cara Cotter, Overland Park, Kan.; Scott and Alison Smeltzer, Stephen, Sarah, Samuel, Stephanie, Stratton, Skyler and Scotty Smeltzer, Overland Park, Kan.; Father Stuart Smeltzer, Shaun Smeltzer, Stacy and Dwayne Cummings, Sydney and Cole Cummings, and Zach Banick all of Wichita, Kan. Pat and Cheryl Hughes, Woonsocket;  Ellen Hansen, Adam Hughes and Michaela Hansen, Fort Collins, Colo.; Doug and Deloris Howard, Woonsocket; Mike and Carol Howard, Casper, Wyo.; Wayne and Norma Howard, Sturgis; Lynda Steichen, Woonsocket; Abby and Maggie Schiley, Rapid City; and Brandi and Tate Baysinger, Bison.
Frank and LaRay Howard will be hosting the next reunion in 2015.