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MARILYN HAGERTY: Summer isn't over until it's over; calendar shows 7 more weeks

Dear Shirley, The handwriting is on the walls all around us. Things are closing in. It's August and soon school will be starting. People are asking, "Where has the summer gone?" You never hear anyone in March or April asking where the winter has ...

Dear Shirley,

The handwriting is on the walls all around us. Things are closing in. It's August and soon school will be starting.

People are asking, "Where has the summer gone?" You never hear anyone in March or April asking where the winter has gone. Nobody hates to see it end.

Well, this week in Grand Forks, the wheels are beginning to churn and grind. The UND football team reported this week. The medical school is swearing in a new class of 2015. And the medics are doing physical exams for athletes.

The UND bookstore is advertising for extra help.

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As for me, it is still summer. And it will be summer until Sept. 21. On that day, I will push my sandals to the back of the closet and check over my long johns - although I don't figure I will need them until late November.

It was good to visit with you on the telephone from Tucson this week. You haven't had a day under 100 degrees for a long time. But then, as you say, it's dry heat. And you don't have to go out and shingle any roofs in the heat of the day.

Some of our heat hasn't been too dry. That humidity really drags a person down.

Still, life goes on. And Wednesday at UND, they dedicated a bronze bust of George Walsh. He's the man credited with sparking the location of the university in Grand Forks with a bill in the Dakota Territorial Legislature. The Wiggles were wiggling their way Wednesday evening around Ralph Engelstad Arena. They are supposed to be the world's No. 1 preschool entertainers, Shirley.

"Rent" is running through Saturday and for four nights again next week in the Empire Arts Center. First night viewers say that it is great.

The Shrine Chanters directed by G. Paul Larson are showing up here and there and adding joy to the summer. They sang for a large audience at Mountain, N.D., during the August the Deuce celebration. They were at Calvary Lutheran Church on Sunday.

Down in your Arizona part of the country today, Dorothy Halcrow is celebrating her 100th birthday, Shirley. She was an obstetrics nurse for 20 years at the former St. Michael's Hospital here, Shirley. She lives at Fellowship Square in Mesa.

And this week, I have been thinking about another former nurse -- Joann "Jo" Hurley, who died recently. I like to think she went on ahead, Shirley. She was a woman who left her mark on Grand Forks with her wide circle of friends. She loved geriatric nursing and was director of nursing at Valley Memorial-Almonte for 26 years. She retired in 1989.

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I hope it rains some day in Tucson, and I send my love from the land where they already are predicting floods in the springtime. Your sister, Marilyn.

P.S.: It used to be that kids sent letters home from camp saying they were homesick. Nowadays, the kids are sending messages by text messages or Facebook. I think they are so connected they don't have time to get lonely. mgh.

Reach Hagerty at (701) 772-1055 or mhagerty@gra.midco.net .

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