Nice news of the day – October 18, 2018

“ND Voices from the Great War” come alive at the University of Mary (University of Mary)

The words and music of World War I will take center stage at the University of Mary in November to honor the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.  Letters written by North Dakota soldiers and nurses will be the basis for a devised play created and performed by the History and Theater Departments, which will interweave music and poetry from the period.  The letters come from the ND Heritage Center, which has approximately 1,400 letters by WWI-era North Dakotans in collection.

Williston remembers long-time Sidney sports announcer and historical performer Arch Ellwein (Williston Herald)

Arch Ellwein turned on the microphone for Sidney sports in 1978.  For the next 40 years, he was the voice of basketball, baseball, and football – known for his enthusiasm to the game, no matter the score or the sport.  Said Kent Simonis to the Williston Herald, “When you listened to him on the radio, it was like he was sitting next to you.  His enthusiasm came through to the audience around the world literally because of the Internet.”  Arch was also known for his portrayal of famous faces from history, including Teddy Roosevelt, John Ordway, Vic Smith, and Grant Marsh, which he performed thousands of times across the country.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program for North Dakota seeking volunteers (Devils Lake Journal)

For the 51st year, the North Dakota AARP is offering free tax preparation services to North Dakotans – especially those over 50 years old – and needs volunteers to make it happen.  The number of tax sites across the state depends on how many volunteers are available; the Tax-Aide program requires 3-6 volunteers to start up a site, and then as many shift volunteers as possible from February 1 through April 15, 2019.  Volunteers do not need previous experience in tax preparation; you just need to be helpful and available for at least four hours a week. To learn more, call 701.662.6500.

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