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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

VOL. V Issue 5A
The Sun Rises on the Ditty Bops
Well it's a new month, which means we gotta turn the calendar and look at a new photo of The Ditty Bops. Such a photo is seen at left. One imagines that they were strolling through the park one day when they thought up this design for May.
To the right is a photo entitled, "Dakota Sunrise". It was taken by Wilbur Goehring of Yankton, South Dakota. Wilbur also happens to be our Publisher's uncle. This photo was taken just north of his home town. While Wilbur's photography may not be quite good enough for South Dakota Magazine, all of us here at the Holabird Advocate believe it is at least above average.
Graduation Season is Here
After four years (or more) of fancy book learning. Another crop of graduates will soon be looking for that all important next step. Some look for more education, some looks for that dream job that they've wanted since the were entering Kindergarten.
Among these hopeful graduates are Tara Tschetter, who graduates from Hitchcock-Tulare High School, and Tamera Peterson, who graduates from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology. As for what lies ahead of them in the future, who knows. Whatever they do with their education, all of us here at the Holabird Advocate wish them well.
The Rock And Roll Dream Of 2006:
Make Enough To Pay For Gas
by Gil Kaufman
of MTV News
Innovative solutions include traveling by boat, Greyhound bus — even bicycle. When a band is onstage, the musicians are supposed to be focused on performing — or that cute girl (or boy) in the third row. These days, a more mundane, but far more pressing, concern is likely to be cluttering the brain of the average working band member: Whether they'll have enough money to pay for the gas it will take to reach their next destination. With gas prices in some parts of the U.S. soaring close to $4 a gallon, indie-rock bands — for whom touring and merchandise sales are often their key sources of income — are increasingly feeling the pinch and struggling to get from one city to the next. If you plan on going to shows this summer, you'll probably notice it too, as the price of everything from T-shirts and tickets to beer could be on the rise — assuming, of course, that your favorite band can make it to your town at all.
While they didn't set out to combat gas prices with their tour, the Ditty Bops are sending a clear message by biking from Los Angeles to New York on their upcoming three-month outing in support of Moon Over the Freeway (due May 25). The folk-pop duo of Amanda Barrett and Abby DeWald are on a major label, but they're pedaling for their tour, which will hit large and small cities for shows in theaters, clubs, bike stores, houses and farms."We're not doing it to save gas money, because we'll be flying out band members and running a support vehicle — my hybrid Toyota Prius — with our gear," said Barrett. "We just love riding bikes and want to encourage people to do that. It's more for environmental reasons, but think of all the gas money we're saving by riding bikes!"
With some experts predicting that gas could hit an average of $4 a gallon this summer, the question is, are things really that bad? According to CNN, we have it pretty easy. In the Netherlands, gas costs $6.73 a gallon, while French drivers are ponying up $5.80 a gallon, with the average price per gallon across Europe around $6 a gallon. Then again, in the oil-producing countries of Iran and Venezuela gas is cheaper than some high-end bottled water at (respectively) 35 cents and 12 cents a gallon.
A Publishers Summit Meeting?
Bernie Hunhoff, Publisher of South Dakota Magazine, has requested an audience with our own Publisher, Jerry Hinkle. Details are being worked out at this time. As things stand, they will be meeting tentatively for breakfast at undisclosed location. Not even they know for sure where it will be, or if it happen. Jerry intends to do everything in his power to see that it does.
There's Still Room at the Table
by Jerry Hinkle
Holabird Advocate Publisher
Today marks the birthday of my Grandmother, Agnes Hahn. I'm not going to tell you how old she is. You wouldn't believe me anyhow, as she hasn't aged too much in the last 40 years. She still presides in the kitchen during family togethers. No matter how many times she's told, "Sit down, Mom!", or "Take it easy, and relax a while.", she insists on making sure that everything is just right. From if the meat is cooked properly, to where everyone is going to sit, she has her say. No, she has THE say. And no matter how crowded it gets, she insists there is always room at the table.
When she and her husband had 5 kids of their own, they took in a refugee family of 4 from Latvia. It was difficult back then, but it would be impossible now. And yet she did it. How did she do it? She probably doesn't know herself how, except to say that she had God's help.
Jesus feed 5000 men with a few fish and a couple loaves of bread. What she did might not have been on that scale, but it operated on the same principles. Those of faith, hope and love. These Grandma has in abundance, the rest is just gravy.

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