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13 The Burke (SD) Gazette, Wednesday, June 1, 2016 there was a big world outside Greg- (1813-1887) PROSE BY PAM streets; rioting and burning in Watts ory County, and people were ques- Pete .,.yUa" Continued from Page 12 in Southern California, in Harlem tioning what was happening there. The conflict in Southeast Asia had in New York; students being shot Next week, you will read the become extraordinarily controver- and killed at Kent State (a Univer- conclusion and howl learned a Gone But "-.e sial. What were we doing there? sity for crying out loud! Wasn't this valuable lesson in humility. For Whose war was it? Why were our America, where we were supposed now, please prepare your hearts and - u- 0r"0 en young men being drafted and sent to be free to express ourselves?); a minds. So many have given all... there to engage in fighting that was violent Democratic convention in "They hover as a cloud of wit- The end of the school year is al- so very different from the fighting Chicago with a group known as the nesses above this Nation." Henry ways a busy one, but one very spe- in previous wars? By 1968, the Chicago Seven leading upheaval Ward Beecher, American clergy- cial event took place that Gazette news showed me protests in our and protests. I came to realize that man, social reformer, and speaker Readers only briefly heard about the retirement of beloved custodian, Pete Tietgen. The following was submitted by 3rd grade teacher, Ja- mie Kellen, just a little too late to be included with the picture of Pete and the students in the May 18th is- sue; however, we wanted to share this with our readers. The Burke School District said good-bye to a beloved employee on May 1st. Custodian Pete Tiet- gen retired at the end of the school iiiiiiiiii!ili iiiii!iii;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i!i~i~i~iii~iii!:~%iiiiiiiiiiiii~L ! ii!i iiiiii!iii i!iiiiiiii!iii i iii ii!i i i iiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i i !! i ! ii FREE Community Breakfast 6:30 am--9:30 am FRID Free & Reduced Cost Health Screens Lipid, Glucose & Hemoglob,n--$20 J Thyroid by TSH--$5 Vitamin D-'$25 6:00 am--9:30 am (no appointment necessary) flg Sanford Heaff Screens& $25 each 7:00 am--3:30 pm Call 842-7100 to schedule a screen. Regi0 Healthcare Center Blooming Prospects Fundroiser Blood Pressure Screenings Inflatable Colon. & Much More .... year after 15 years of employment. Through the years, Pete has been a fixture at the school, often going above and beyond for the students and staff by taking on extra projects, such as growing mother's day flow- ers so that each child would have a gift to give to their mother, playing practical jokes on the staff to boost morale, or greeting each child by name as he or she passed by in the hallway. As a thank-you to Pete, the stu- dents presented him with a wooden plaque during a surprise ceremony at the end of the year. The students were able to sign the plaque, which contained a personalized poem, and present it to Pete, along with many hugs and thank-yous! The Burke Gazette would like to join the Staff and Students of the Burke School in wishing Pete well in his retirement. Birding Festival Highlights The participants of the 6th annual Birding Festival at Fort Randall enjoyed nice weather the weekend of May 20-22 although a little windy. The 3 day event was attended by 50 eager bird eh uSi- asts from Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. The SD participants arrived from towns across the state ranging from Edge- mont, Pierre, Madison, Yankton along with local towns represented. The weekend started Friday night with speaker Start Tekiela and Dr. Dave Swanson. Stun is a natu- ralist from Minnesota who has 175 books to his credit. He enthralled the audience with his "Feathers" presentation. Dr. Swanson is a bi- ology professor from University of South Dakota who helped the audi- ence prepare for identification for late May migrants that they would encounter the following days. The evening ended with a trip to the edge of Pickstown to listen to the Whip-poor-wills. Saturday morning began with Dr. Swanson banding birds and bird walks around the Lake Andes Wild- life Refuge, bus trips to White Swan for Sharp-tailed grouse & Greater Prairie-Chicken leks, Geddes Lake for Blue Heron Rookery, & Harri- son/New Holland for shore birds. Saturday evening events began with a banquet followed by another great Continued on Page 14