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Clubs Senior Citizens Center

The Wednesday Card Party at the Senior Citizens Center had 17 pitch, six pinochle and 21 bridge players on Aug. 23.

Bridge prizes went to Howard Melstad, high; Clois Smith, second; Monica Ballard, third; Lois Erickson, blind bogey and Luceal Liffengren, low.

Shirley Riehle and Adeline Isaacson furnished refreshments.

Both men and women are welcome to join us � no reservations needed.

Vermillion Rotary Club

Dean Clark called the meeting to order, Aug. 29 for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Our guests today included George Halter, a recently retired administrator at the National Institutes of Health, and Kari Rustand, one of the leaders and coordinators of the Up With People entertainment and social service group which will be rolling into Vermillion this Thursday (Aug. 31).

Our program was presented by John Austin, our relatively new head football coach at USD. Coach Austin stressed the all-around discipline needed by players to study and do volunteer work and play football. He told us that the team has been engaged in twice-a-day practices for some time now and that in this hot weather a hard working football player might lose eight to 10 pounds by the end of a workout.

Looking around the tables I thought I detected some passing interest in the weight loss aspect of this regimen, but maybe that was just to justify latching onto a dessert as they were passed around. The first Coyote home game is Sept. 9 against Truman State.

Vermillion Beautiful

Vermillion Beautiful held its monthly meeting Aug. 1. Plans were made for a clean-up of downtown Vermillion for Aug. 19 sponsored by Vermillion's banks.

Todd Brevik and Joe Hoffman surveyed our immediate needs for downtown and a crew of around 35 gracious volunteers surfaced on that rainy morning to pick up trash, weed or till flower gardens and plant mums with the anticipation of students arriving for the fall semester.

This was a quick-fix. The need for a comprehensive landscape plan for Vermillion seemed clear to all in attendance and support was broad. Development of that plan is a work in progress. Roxie Miller expressed a desire by Vermillion's banks to once again be involved.

John Day, representing Vermillion Can Do, presented that group's current project of information gathering meetings, which are open to the entire public. The scope of the study is large and includes that the arts, business, leadership, education, beautification, culture and preservation. The timing of the project is fortuitous to many other projects and entities trying to enhance the well-being of our hometown including, according to Day, Vermillion Beautiful. We will work together.

Vermillion Beautiful will meet next on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Austin Whittemore House. We will meet with our ideas for what should be included in a landscape plan. Plans for our fall tree project will also be developed. All interested citizens are welcome to attend.

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