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It is summer and with it comes many parades. Our recent Ellendale Days and Farm & City Days parades once again brought to mind something that concerns me.

I know I am a killjoy when I say I hate to see candy thrown in the streets during parades. Everybody else seems to love it but to me it is a NO NO! It is an accident waiting to happen.

I thought once there was an ordinance that stated that candy could not be “thrown” to the crowd. It could be handed out individually and I guess I do think that maybe would be O.K. Everybody likes something free whether it has little value or not.

Parades used to be just that – parades – and everybody enjoyed seeing the units of man and machine making their way down the streets. I know that was long ago and of course things need to get more exciting, so somebody decided to start giving treats to the kids. And many people also enjoy watching the kids scramble for candy thrown out into the street.

But on a serious note, aren't we supposed to be teaching our children to stay off the streets and to watch for vehicles on the road? Will they later forget to look for automobiles when they are getting ready to cross the street?

And what about our children’s health? Sure, the candy is wrapped, but should we be teaching them that picking things up off the street and then eating them is O.K.? 

Are we teaching children to be beggers and selfish because they saw it first, and so on? And I won’t go into the bad effects the treats have on health and their teeth.

Without reason, prevention saves lives and accidents happen, but when you think about it, they aren't accidents. And what about teaching manners and dignity? My suggestion: if people feel they need to give out candy during a parade, it would be better to pass out treats one-to-one. Maybe not as much fun, but the eyes will be the entertainment instead of freebies.

How do you qualify telling your child or grandchild too much candy is not good for you? And I am sure you have been teaching your children and grandchildren not to eat food that happens to drop on the floor, let alone the street.

And how do you teach your children that one day it is O.K. to play or run on the street and another day you don’t allow them out on the street?

And when asked what they saw during the parade, what do you think they will reply? Most generally they are looking down the parade route to see who is throwing candy than actually watching the parade.

Wouldn’t it be better to take them for a treat after the parade has concluded? It would teach them a good lesson, be safe and a great deal healthier.

My least favorite page in the paper is reading about accidents — big or small — that happen and behavior gone rampant because it is a parade. It is summer and everybody seems to be in a hurry.

Who would ever believe that little hometowns would have statistics on accidents, robberies, vandalism, shootings and murder? I suppose it happens somewhere, but I never thought these things would happen  in a respectable area.

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, July 21st: Olivia Carol and Lauren Elizabeth Marlin, 2014; Julie Langlie, Riley Marzloff, Violet Elise Aronson, Lindsay Smith, Marilyn Sullivan, Trudy Abel Holm, Marcia DeVriendt, Randy Anderson, Michele Granowski Domeier, Mike Collins, Nicholas Miller, Micki Heimer, Ed & Nancy Ver Hey, Katie & Paul Troe, Mike & Amy Glienke

• Friday, July 22nd: Warren Torgerson, Colleen Brekke, Jodie Hohansee Waalkens, Shari Crabtree, Jeff Olson, Joanie Ayers, Jesse Collins, Tyler Joshua Lair, Carl Anderson, Vicki & Kory Kress, Tara & Scott Peterson, Tara & Chad Cliff

• Saturday, July 23rd: Charlotte Joan Tuttle, Barb Kubat, Jackie Layland, Diane Broskoff, Jim Brown, Ron Kaiser, Kelly Pitcock, Carl Glienke Sr., Nathan & Michelle Jacobson, Brooke & Isaiah Lundberg, LuAnn & Keith Miller

• Sunday, July 24th: Marilyn Goslee Jurrens, Robert Carter Edwards, Katie May, Joy Peterson, Pat Schulz, Jeff Thompson, Phillip Briggs, Denise & Richard Olson, Trisha & Casey Johnson, Greg & Shari Lassahn

• Monday, July 25th: Sue Hill, Kari Janka Hareid, Stan Mork, Ivy Oland, Ann Falksen, Rick Hagen, Cole Pospesel, Kristine & Jesse Routh

• Tuesday, July 26th: Jordyn Marie Wobschall, Kristine Broskoff Routh, Mark Bartness, Jane Osmundson, Amy Radke, Jean Smith, and Scott & Cheryl Christensen

• Wednesday, July 27th: Ben Groth, Lori Dirksen, Nita Dooley, Mark Helmers, Nicki Spurr, Rick Spurr, Rhiannon Farr, Alison Underland, Dave Schulz, Kory Klecker, Lillian Rose Olson, Steve & Jinny Nielsen, Travis & Ashley Broskoff, Marguerite & Milton Nelson

• Thursday July 28th: Breelyn Marcia Camerer, Mike Luhring, Kari Wayne, DeWayne Jensen, Dennis Jensen, Penny Jensen, Eric Lee, Christian Burnes, Donnie Turvold, Jim & Maryalice Hanson, George & Sue Stieglbauer, Gary & Emily Ayers, Melissa & Scott Michie, Ellie & Chad Schutrop

• Friday, July 29th: Randy Dokken, Doug Flugum, Candie Underland, Jennifer Huber, Dory Hunt, Jim Misgen, Brent Jepson, Lorrell Beaber, Todd Wangen

• Saturday, July 30th: Gavin Farr Nappin, Tregg Hagen, Levi Horvei, Trevin Andrew Stollard, Scott Briggs, Amy Hohansee VanderSyde, Gary Sloan, Cindy Vaith, Larry Jensen, Kay Cassen, Shane Christensen, Cindy Esplan, Dani Layland, Kurt & Kelly Krumwiede, Nathan & Lindsey Schlaak, Jerry & Tanya Blouin

Hope you have a day filled with things that make you smile!

There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know.  Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.

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