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West Fest donations will help others, plan on participating

It's hard to believe that the 20th annual West Fest celebration is only two weeks away, Sept. 17.

The highlight of the event has been, and will continue to be, the grand parade for which literally thousands of spectators typically fill the streets with the gathering continuing to grow.

Parishioners at Lutheran Church of the Cross have a unique idea this year for their participation. Instead of handing out treats, they will be collecting non-perishable food items to support the local Great Plains Food Bank.

They plan on accomplishing this task by pushing food carts to collect the items from parade spectators.

Their goal is ambitious.

They are hoping to end up with a truck and trailer full of food to deliver to the Great Plains Food Bank following the parade.

All of you planning on attending can help out and support this great cause by finding a way to bring a non-perishable food item with you to place in the carts.

Anyone wishing more information can contact Pastor Joel Baranko at Lutheran Church of the Cross at 701-282-0514.

In last week's Pioneer, we featured an article about the Boys Soccer Benefit game between West Fargo Packer junior varsity and varsity and Fargo South that will benefit Rachel Bearfield, a longtime school district employee, who is battling breast cancer.

The scrimmage will be held tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 8,) at the Lodeon Center, with matches set to begin at 5 and 7 p.m.

In addition to funds raised at the event, a benefit fund has also been established under the Rachel Bearfield Benefit account at all Western Bank locations. Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can do so by stopping by either of their offices at 755 13th Ave. E., West Fargo, or 4302 13th Ave. S., Fargo.

As we all know, Sunday is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The milestone for the tragic event will no doubt be recalled in a variety of ways by each of us individually or on a more unified scale.

Faith Lutheran and Journey in Faith members will be doing it in a significant way, utilizing their annual Rally Day observance Sunday to recognize all emergency personnel as their special way of paying tribute.

Check out the details on page 3.

You may want to consider participating as your way of remembering.