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Webster’s very own field of dreams

by John Suhr

  “If you build it, they will come,” is a line from the movie Field of Dreams. That came true for Webster this past weekend as they were called upon to help finish off the remaining baseball games of the American Legion Division II games originally scheduled for Milbank.
But it is about more than the field or lighting. It’s about a relationship between Milbank and Webster. They helped us out in 2012 by swapping years hosting the State Legion tourney and now we had a chance to return the favor.
It is all about the great number of volunteers in the community who, with a moments notice or long term planning, step up time after time to make it a place to remember when they hold an event.
That is the big reason we had so many events going on this past weekend. It is not any one person, but all the volunteers behind a leader in each respective event. The leaders know who they can count on, even at a moment’s notice.
It is the volunteers at Bob Wiley Field who made our guests from Milbank and multiple states welcome as best they could within a few hours. It was the businesses who stayed open late to provide food.
It was volunteers who have worked all year long and are already starting to think about next year’s Relay For Life who made that event successful and provided a strong message that they are not only “Crusin’ for a cure” but cruisin’ to showcase another great event for Webster.
Just when you think our community may have exhausted all the volunteers, think again. The Day County Fair and 4-H achievement days were also held. Those leaders have worked all year to show off all the work of 4-Hers.
And they say there is no rest for the weary. Webster will be hosting two fishing tournaments. One is Webster Area Chamber of Commerce sponsoring a tournament this weekend (Aug. 16) and Bethesda Home’s Bitter Lake tournament is Aug.22-23.
Add to this Roslyn volunteers were called upon one more time and presented a great concert by Sawyer Brown.
Last week I wrote that it’s all about people, and last weekend was a great example. You can have some of the top facilities and events, but if you do not have the volunteers and friendly people, visitors will not come back.
It is greatly appreciated to all those volunteers who not only stepped up this past weekend but do so throughout the year.


35 random thoughts of a walking writer

by Amanda Fanger

This summer, I’ve taken to walking and (occasionally) trying to jog a few blocks at a time. It’s been fun to get into shape, especially when a good friend is available to go with me.
However, it doesn’t always work out to go walking together and sometimes I venture out into the streets of Webster alone.
While it’s far more entertaining to have someone along with whom you can carry a conversation, I’ve discovered that the monologue in my head can be fairly entertaining at times too.
My inner voice usually says things like this:
1. Oh, what a lovely day for a walk! I wonder how far I should go?
2. You know, walking is a great time to clear the cobwebs out of the old noggin’.
3. Maybe I’ll even think of a topic for my column this week! That’s exciting.
4. It seems pathetic that I still have no idea what to write this week. Literally, no idea.
5. I think I’ll take a different route tonight. I know I now won’t know how far I’ve walked until I drive this route later, but that’s okay. I’ll just go until I start to feel tired.
6. I should probably invest in a pedometer so I don’t have to do that.
7. Okay, concentrate. Think: Column this week.
8. Nope, I’ve got nothing of unique property.
9. I’m starting to feel tired now.
10. Don’t wimp out now – you can still see your apartment for crying out loud!
11. Think of all that leftover cake you ate last week from George’s retirement party.
12. ...So, if I’m walking to burn off the cake I ate, is this technically a cake walk?
13. Ha! I could work that joke into my column.
14. No, no one’s going to laugh at that. I’m terrible at making jokes.
15. ...giggles...
16. Alright, let’s try jogging a ways.
17. Wow, that’s far enough! Let’s go back to walking for a bit again.
18. Whoa, hey there buddy in the pickup! Be careful, I’m walking here!
19. It would be nice if all drivers would slow down and move over when they come upon a walker or a runner.
20. It’s not like it’s my fault there are no connecting sidewalks in the city. I would rather stay off the road but I make the best of it.
21. I guess it looks like the sidewalk connects for a couple of blocks up there, maybe I’ll try jogging that whole distance.
22. And, now I go back to the street.
23. Unless I tread on someone’s lawn.
24. Someone maybe wouldn’t like me for that.
25. That yard sure is nice.
26. Note to self: Nominate those people for Yard of the Week.
27. I wonder how far I’ve gone so far?
28. A 5K is just over three miles. I wonder how far I really could run if I push myself? I’m going to give it a try now.
29. Yeah, I doubt that was a mile even.
30. Uh-oh, here comes another vehicle.
31. Quick, jog while they go past you so you at least don’t look like a wimp.
32. Don’t forget to smile and wave at them.
33. Oh well that’s nice of them. That person slowed down and moved over!
34. Forget this, I’m walking the rest of the way back. It was a nice evening out through.
35. Oh bother. I still don’t know what I’m going to write about in my column this week.


Cancer patients are tougher than nails

by Emre K. Erku

There are 16 games in a regular National Football League season. There are 162 games in a regular Major League Baseball season. There are 82 games for the National Basketball League, 82 in the National Hockey League. The average player of all sports will encounter their fair share of physical and mental obstacles – of course, battered bodies, battle scars and moments of unforgettable glory are a given. Spectating their hard work and commendable dedication are the fans – 2013 saw more than 700,000 Cowboy fans pack AT&T Stadium during their season’s eight home games. That averages out to nearly 88,000 people per game!
Now, with this in mind, let’s take a look at cancer numbers throughout the United States.
It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with some type of cancer related illness this year and more than a third of that number will die. So, for each individual Cowboy game, including away, the same amount of fans not at the stadium will be diagnosed with cancer. Think about it. When Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith were marching down field during Super Bowl XXX in ’95, almost 100,000 people were receiving bad news. It’s a gruesome fact, I know.
But burning through the cynicism and morbid negativity is someone who carries more strength than Joe Mauer, Tom Brady, Tim Duncan and Zach Parise combined: Cathy Herold of Waubay, South Dakota. As a survivor of breast cancer, an illness that has claimed more than 35,000 people’s lives last year, she has taught me that there’s more to living life than just living for yourself.
Yes, I’ve found that the fear of death is motivation to live, but Cathy explained something to me that I think will resonate within my soul until it’s time to inhale the last breath. When she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment – losing her hair and basically finding every beautiful scent in the world absolutely repulsive – her greatest fear was everyone else in her life losing her. The thought of her loving husband and children and devoted friends not being able to enjoy Cathy’s company – which is, in my opinion, a sheer treat considering how sweet of a person she is – was what truly kept her motor running. Her happiness was and is based on everyone else’s happiness. She was more concerned about her kids not being able to have a grandmother for their children, and how her husband may end up alone later in life. That’s a form of courage at its finest.
So, folks, this season, while you’re enjoying the fine spectacle of pigskin, remember that the stadium in front of your eyes could easily be packed full of newly diagnosed cancer patients. And remember that people like Cathy Herold are tougher than any hard-hitting leatherneck on the field. Survivors like Cathy use their tribulations as a positive thing. They spread the word of perseverance. They’re here for more you and less for themselves. Come to think of it, Cathy could in fact coach an NFL Super Bowl winning team.
Think about it, Cathy.

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