Summer moves on and in its waning days surrounds Grand Forks with football, watermelon, a circus, sugar beet harvest, potato pickers, band practice and volleyball, too.

On the UND campus, there are students moving in all directions around the everlasting, ongoing construction. And it’s what is known by many as rush week – the time for Greek letter organizations to reach out and pledge new members. Cassie Gerhardt, who is an associate dean of students, says in the spring there were 1,180 men associated with fraternities. There were 514 women in sororities.

There are seven sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta and Pi Beta Phi.

The 12 fraternities are Alpha Sigma Phi, Alpha Tau Omega; Beta Theta Pi, Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Kaelan Reedy from Mandan, N.D., is president of the students and is majoring in political science and public affairs. He says last year things were difficult on campus. “This year, things are more positive. Upbeat.”

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Corn, melons, cucumbers

The goodness of the gardens is reflected in centers around Grand Forks this time of year – the type of display that leaves people dreaming about them in January and February. There is a farmer market that draws people from all walks of life downtown on Saturday mornings. There are displays of food fresh from the gardens at centers near 17th Avenue South and South Washington Street. Some shoppers look for weekly treats near the Home of Economy on the north end of the city.

Over the years the family of Rick Hendrickson has shared its way with corn and what to do with the excess.

Step No. 1 – Cut corn off cobs and fill a 9 – by – 13 inch pan two thirds full.

Then, cover with one cup of butter cut in chunks, 1 pint of half and half cream, 1 tablespoon of canning salt and ¼ cup of sugar. Bake for an hour at 350 degrees. Stir every 15 minutes.

Cool overnight in refrigerator and package for freezing.

Ringling Bros. Circus

Q. When did Grand Forks host the Greatest Show on Earth?

A. Herald files show that the train more than a mile long brought the Ringling Bros. to town in 1912.

Bob and Emily

Cheerful people of the week: Bob Rost and Emily Nielsen.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at mhagerty@gra.midco.net or by telephone at 701-772-1055