Old Man Winter came calling, making his presence visible on Saturday evening, Feb. 9, with the white flakes that accumulated during the night. However the “old man” was not content to allow the flakes to accumulate where they fell. Not gonna happen when the winds are moving the snow at high speed, making for lots of Monday morning snow banks from however many inches your official weathermen report.
Since our winter has not had the normal snow, Sunday’s winds kept the snow airborne and moving swiftly across the countryside in the rural areas. Combined with the “teen” temperatures, Sunday was not a day to go for a leisurely walk or snowmobile ride. We have to admit we are a bit spoiled when it is February 10 and we are experiencing winter’s first really nasty blizzard conditions.
After making 10 calls, the snow amount received seems to be between 10 to 14 inches.
Time was when one took advantage of the nasty weather and anticipated getting lots of things accomplished during the blizzards. Not sure if that is considered an “old wives tale” or a “how it used to be” thing, but getting the “to do” list diminished during the blizzard doesn’t automatically happen. Course the blizzard being on Sunday provided a good excuse to avoid unnecessary work, right?
There are likely no complaints coming from the students that the winter weather meant a no-school day Monday, Feb. 11. And also that it didn’t happen February 18 when they were already scheduled for a no-school day due to Presidents’ weekend holiday.
A trip down memory lane stirs up numerous recollections of all the special things you could do or just plain enjoy a “do-nothing day” when school had to be cancelled. Memories of “No School in Orient” in the mid 1940s permitted the Gebharts on the south end of town to meet the Eggerlings in the middle and continue up the street to the north end where the O’Meara’s lived. One could also connect with the Sweetlands, Hansens, Eatons and Holms to take advantage of a free day from the classroom for some fresh air excursions around town.
Polo memories likewise of “no-school days” garner a variety of memories also. In the 40s there were boarders at St. Liborius Parochial Boarding School, so snow days meant they, too, had a break from the classroom and did a walk to the Polo Store. Since the majority of the students were from the rural community, no school meant there were jobs around the farm and home for the parents to put their “extra helpers” to work doing.
Sunday’s weather caused the KC Pancake and Sausage Brunch and the CDA Bake Sale scheduled for Feb. 10 to be postponed until February 17. Only time will tell if the reports some are saying about another blizzard prove to be what the weatherman will do.
Father Murtha will be in Polo on Wednesday morning, Feb. 13 at 8:30 a.m. for services to begin Lent. Masses during Lent will continue to be at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings.
Fr. Joji will have Mass at noon in Orient on Ash Wednesday and their daily Lenten Mass will also be on Thursday at 9 a.m.
Stations of the Cross will be held weekly on Wednesday evening this year at 7 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. Junior/ Senior High CCD Classes. The students will be leading the stations a couple times and have their Living Stations during Holy Week.
The Polo grade school students will continue to meet from 5 to 6 p.m. and make the Way of the Cross during class time some weeks.
Orient CCD students will continue with their classes after school on Wednesday.
The Jolly Wrens regular first Tuesday of month meeting was not held. They scheduled their next meeting for Wednesday, March 6 when they will visit the Faulkton Healthcare at 3 p.m.
Mary Ann Beidler rode to Aberdeen Monday with Rick and Kaylee Beidler to attend the shower for Brian and Audumn Beidler and Remmy.
Marlas Hansen, Waterloo, Iowa, has been spending some time with her parents, Virg and Millie Hansen in Orient, during her mother’s hospitalization in Aberdeen and now in Faulkton. Rick Hansen was also home from Hurley to visit his parents.
Kathy Remmers visited their children Casey and Shannon in the Sioux Falls area last week when she was down there for sinus surgery.
Donna Schaefers will be returning to Sioux Falls for her check up and scheduling her second knee surgery. While in Sioux Falls she has the opportunity to enjoy visits with her sister, Linda Brueggeman, and nieces and nephews.
Congratulations to Patrick and Emily Schaefers on the birth of their daughter, Holly Ann, born January 17, 2013 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Aberdeen. She joins a sister Jenna, age 3, and is the granddaughter of Arlen and Marie Harvey, Ree Heights, and Jerome and Tammie Schaefers, Miller. Great-grandparents are Linn and Mavonne Neu, Rockham, and Don and Bunny Schaefers, Rapid City.
The Polo Legion hosted their second annual “Varmint Hunt” the weekend of February 2 and 3. Sam Schaefers’ suggestion has been well received according to the 32 teams from all around the area who joined in the fun and challenge of the hunt last weekend, which netted 42 coyotes and 47 jackrabbits.
KC-CDA events rescheduled
The weatherman is in charge of schedules when he decides to pack a snow storm on Saturday night before the annual Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast.The KC Breakfast with serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. has been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Polo School.
The CDA bake sale and mini Mardi Gras activities were scheduled at the Gym for noon to 1 p.m., followed by the KC Bingo.
Valentine 2013 color is white vs. red