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I can remember when National Night Out first began almost two decades ago already. You could pick your parking place at Elmwood and there was plenty of room walking the grounds leisurely visiting the vendors taking in everything the evening had to offer. Not the case anymore - much more crowded conditions but still a whole lot of fun with all the extra people congestion only adding to the excitement. Not only did the numbers attending manage to change and grow upward, but the moniker for the event also took on new form about four years - becoming Night to Unite.
Summer is slipping away and I realized I haven't featured any rhubarb recipes. With everything else that is a few weeks late thanks to the weather situation, hopefully rhubarb was one of them and will still be plentiful for some of you freshly picked from your backyard gardens. Nothing is better than a quick, fresh rhubarb dessert you can serve warm topped with whipped topping or ice cream when you are entertaining family or friends.
<p></p><p>Thorstad recipient of West Fargo Exchange Club honor</p><p>By Karen Huber</p><p>Mike Thorstad has been recognized by the West Fargo Exchange club with their prestigious Exchangite of the Year designation announced at their last June 25 meeting.</p>
y Karen Huber There won't be any utility rate increases next year for West Fargo residents or businesses. During 2014 budget talks Monday night, West Fargo City Commissioners voted to approve a transfer of $325,000 from the general fund to the sanitation fund that will avoid a rate increase.
The West Fargo Public Works Department has announced that watering restrictions are now in place until further notice, recommending enactment by all residents and businesses when and where applicable. Officials state that current dry weather conditions have resulted in an increase in watering. That coupled with the inactivity of a city well currently under reconstruction has resulted in the watering restrictions.
Night to Unite is back for its yearly run Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Elmwood Park in West Fargo, 500 13th Ave. W. Hosted by the West Fargo Police Department, the annual gathering has become one of West Fargo's most anticipated evenings with a goal of bringing neighborhoods together to promote crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen community spirit, and most importantly, send a message to criminals that local citizens will not tolerate crime.
West Fargo City Commissioners spent a considerable amount of time Monday night addressing concerns about backyard drainage from residents living in the Westport Beach development, south of the Interstate. Mark Voigtschild
After a slow start with the growing season because of the cooler weather, the weekly Farmers Market and Beyond is now in full swing offering a wide assortment of fresh produce, fruits and other complimentary items every Monday and Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. in the South Elmwood parking lot at 500 13th Ave. W. The July through through early October event was established in 2007 by the West Fargo Park District to provide a venue for local growers and food, art and craft artisans to "market" their items to the public.
All good things must end. Such is the case with the popular Veterans Memorial Poolt. Today will be the last for the 57-year old facility as we all know it. The good news is that it will be back in all-new form next year with a complete rebuild of the pool complex commencing shortly that will bring its amenities in line with other recreational facilities.
II have a huge folder of new recipes I've clipped from various magazines and other print sources that I turned to recently in a quest to come up with "something a little more out of the ordinary" to serve at mealtime. The first is a "Savory Cheddar Bread" recipe which reminded me a lot of my homemade beer bread, only minus the beer in favor of egg and milk instead. Served fresh from the oven, the end result was cheesy and delicious with the thickly cut slices disappearing quickly slathered with additional butter.