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)NVILLE AREA GIRL SCOUTS recently made crafts for the residents of the nursing home and cookies ihome for their families at St. John&apos;s Catholic Church. LEFT TO RIGHT) Emily Erickson, Leader Julie Thymian, Taylor Jones, Hannah Mathes and Bridget Imaking marsh mellow wreaths and stockings. 1 M LEFT TO RIGHT) Sarah Burns, Tara Leuthardt, Hannah Eustice, Mary Kale Treinen, Kelly Taffe,  Baerwaldt and lillian Wandersee making crafts. ,% % LEFT TO RIGHT) Leader Sara Mathes, Sarah Burns, Megan Baerwaldt making cookies. LEFT TO RIGHT) Marissa Baerwaldt, Hannah Treinen and Anna making Christmas decorations for Residents. Prairie Five RIDES is seeking volunteers for i Program I (RIDES Escort) rie Five RIDES is offering another volunteer opportunity. Many of the frail and elderly need assistance to access transportation. As a volunteer RIDES Escort you would assist these persons to access services to maintain daily functions by helping them during transport. Inquiries call Prairie Five RIDES at toll free 1-877-757-4337 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM 103rd Annual Christmas bird count set Dec. 29th The Minnesota Ornithologists Union calls upon volunteers in the area to join with birders across Minnesota and the western hemi- sphere to participate in one of Audubon's winter-time traditions, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The Big Stone NWR CBC will be conducted Dec. 29th, 2002. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels. For more information please contact Roger Schroeder at (507) 537-0047 or email cbc CBCs began over a century ago when 27 conservationists in 25 locali- ties, led by ornithologist Frank Chapman, changed the course of ornithological history. On Christmas Day 1900, the small group of conser- vationists initiated an alternative activity to the "side hunt," a holiday practice typical of the time period. This "side hunt" was an activity in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds and small mammals. Instead of this hunt, Chapman proposed to identify, count, and record the birds they saw, thus founding one of the most significant citizen-based conservation eflbrts that has now become a century-old institu- tion. Each individual count group com- pletes a census of the birds found dur- ing one 24-hour perkxt between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 in a designated circle 15 miles in diameter (about 177 square miles). Apart from its attraction as a social, sporting, and competitive event, CBC reveals scientific infor- mation about the winter distributions of various bird species. Count results from 190() to the present are available through Audubon's website <>. Explore this information tar the win- ter of 2003 or visit a count from the past. See if and how the state of your local bird's has changed during the last 25...50 .... or 10t3 years In its 103rd year, CBC is now larg- er than ever, expanding its geographi- cal range and accumulating valuablc scientific data. "'Backed with over a century of participation and collected data, the Christmas Bird Count is the longest running volunteer-based bird census, spanning three human genera- lions," said Geoff LeBaron, Director of Christmas Bird Count. Today, over 55, volunteers from all 50 states, every Canadian province, parts of Central and South America, Bermuda. the West Indies, and Pacific islands count and record every individual bird and bird species seen in a specified area The Minnesota Ornithologists' Union assists with coordinating Minnesota related CBC efforts, and compiles data from over 60 individual CBC with area c'overing the state. The Minnesota CBC web page contains intormation about the active CBCs at For intormation about Minnesota CBCs. contact Roger Schroeder at (507) 537-0047 or via emai[ to cbc@rohair corn Lt. Kerkaert completes tng. , in San Antonio Air Force 2nd Lt. Alan J. Kerkaert .j has graduated from the Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. The student received training in a T- 43A swept-wing jet aircraft and the T-45 navigation simulators. The primary training phase consisted of radio and radar navigation procedures, and included global and low-level navigation using modern navigation and communications equipment and systems, and advanced avionics equipment on-board the aircraft. The equipment is used for mapping radar, very high frequency omnidirectional range and tactical air navigation radio systems, and radar altimeter; periscopic sextants were used to train in celestial navigation. Alan is the son of Leonard J. Kerkaert of rural Bellingham. The lieutenant graduated in 1997 from Lac qui Parle Valley High School, Madison, and received a bachelor's degree in 2001 from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. J Hay you enjoy all the wonder and fun that is Christmastime. We just can't thank you enough for your support and friendship. Have a warm and wonderful holiday! Sev's Excavating & Gravel Ortonvilte 0 Here's S me ;hing to Keep You Smiling00 MidcoNet High Speed Internet Service Is Now Available! [ Recently, Midcontinent Communications connected many of you to our Digital Cable 13/service and we're now ready to connect you with MidcoNet Q High Speed Internet! The fastest Internet in town features a constant connection, no tied-up phone lines and no interruptions. Call today and GET HOOKED! 1-800-888-1300 Mid( ontinent COMMUNICA IONS www'midccmm'cm ? Dec. 24, 2002 "" .nz INDEPENDENT Page 5b