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Marilyn Hagerty: Still more summer ahead

The calendar on the wall tells me that Sept. 21 is the first day of fall. There's no sense going around grieving the departure of summer in the middle of August.

Philip the Fly is having some of his best days disturbing people. He was at bridge club at the East Grand Forks golf course this week.

He probably will be around when 77 members in the UND medical school class of 2022 recite the Oath of Hippocrates this afternoon. The event is at the Alerus Center.

Football teams are out for practice. Ads are showing back to school supplies. But summer is with us.

The season is at hand to enjoy the goodness of the gardens. At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the Rock Band from Valley 4000 will be playing at the downtown Farmer's Market.

The band also played Thursday evening at a Valley 4000 family picnic. And the band plays regularly at other Valley Memorial homes.

The band is directed by Lindsey Moffitt, who started her work with it as part of a music therapy program. She says Ross Watland is a founding member. Along with her husband, Moffitt has recruited other members — UND therapy students and friends.

They play every week at Valley 4000 and other Valley homes. One of the members is Garth Rydland, chairman of Valley Homes.

Green Beans

Four teams of 4-H members took part in last week's cook off at the downtown farmer's market. They used green beans as their special ingredient.

You might say the 4-H members cooked up a storm—a rain storm hit the market place just as their cooking display was ending.

Taking part were Larissa Osowski and Alyssa Christopherson on Team O. Michael Komprood and Peregrine Mibeck were the Wookie Cooks. Rose Kraemer and Beth Helbling were the Market-eers. Gretchen Ivers was the Sweet Beet. And Leah Mehling and Anisty Chance were the Feed Bag.

Ask Marilyn

Q. what are some of the most interesting license spotted lately?


Q. What's going on at Drayton this weekend?

A. The calendars say there's a rod and reel catfishing tournament at Hasting's Landing.

Q. Does that mean the fish are going north and the birds are thinking of going south?

A. Maybe. But not quite yet.

Alice and Jeff

Cheerful people of the week: Alice Brekke and Jeff Hauser.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.