In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses row on row

That mark our place, and in the sky the larks still bravely singing fly…

This is the weekend before Memorial Day 2019. And the words written 100 years ago after World War I linger still.

They are words of Col. John McCabe, a Canadian, who died in France after serving four years on the western front.

With the observation of Memorial Day moved to Mondays, the weekend at hand brings visits to the lakes as well as paying respects at area cemeteries.

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It’s a bittersweet time of year with the UND campus turning quiet and schools closing in Grand Forks on May 30.

This week the Sertoma Club honored Scott Hayden with its annual Clarence Blecha Communication Award.

Hayden, who has recovered from a stroke, described his road back. He told of his feelings as the stroke occurred. And then he talked about the therapists who have extended help along the way.

He said, “I believe in showing others about recovery.”

Hayden and his wife, Kaye, live with their two dogs in East Grand Forks. His passions in free time include gardening, camping, hunting, hiking, snowmobiling and bird watching.

Recipients of the Sertoma award for various distinctions date back to the late Edward Gillig in 1986.

Parting ways

They are gone, but teachers are never forgotten. Among retiring teachers writing in the Red Cent newsletter was Marlon “Buck” Kasowski. He ended his career as an associate principal at Central High School.

Cynthia Marhula wrote that working at South Middle School for 29 years has been a rewarding experience.

Thomas Young wrote that when you are doing what you love, time goes fast. He started teaching vocal music here in 1990 and transitioned from Schroeder to Red River.

History 102

Professors and teachers may be gone with annual retirements. But they are never forgotten. Recently State Sen. Ray Holmberg brought his History 102 book to a farewell reception at the Myra Museum for UND Professor Gordon Iseminger.

Holmberg took the class in 1963. He said Iseminger was a great professor. He always wanted the book autographed.

Ask Marilyn

Q. How many animals go through the Humane Society of Grand Forks?

A. Director Laura Lee Tupa says 2,469 animals were handled last year. This year, the numbers so far are running even higher. The shelter at 4375 N. Washington St., works with dozens of programs.

Leif and Nancy

Cheerful people of the week: Leif Fritzell and Nancy Dutot.