A perfect night for CHS homecoming.

by: CINDY FAMA - Viking Ship brings Homecoming Court into Viking Stadium.Friday, Oct. 4, was the perfect night for a football game. There was no rain, temperatures still in the 60s, a beautiful sunset to showcase the teams, and at the end of the night, with stars in the sky, a home team win.

This year the homecoming football game pitted the Colton Vikings against the Gervais Cougars and as in years past, students, families and alumni came to cheer on the team, reminisce and enjoy the concession and barbecue stand.

At half-time, the “Viking Ship,” a flatbed truck decorated convincingly to look like a sailing vessel of yore, brought the homecoming court into the stadium. Rick Young, voice of the Vikings, introduced the court as they disembarked from the “ship.” Freshmen Megan Imdieke and Hunter Poet, sophomores Sara Hendrickson and Dustin Jones, juniors Daisy Collins and Nathaniel Whitney, and the senior court-princesses Jackee Hartt, Anjuli Knight and Monica Poet and princes Cole Anderson, Tony Hayes and Rhedyn Stancyzk stepped onto the track.

by: CINDY FAMA - CHS Homecoming King Rehydn Stanzyk and Anjuli Knight.Parents of the senior court stepped onto boxes emblazoned with their student’s name. At the signal, parents released the balloons from inside the boxes. Gold balloons floated in front of Anjuli Knight and Rhedyn Stancyk signaling they were the homecoming Queen and King of the class of 2014. The crowd erupted in applause while the newest queen and king were crowned by last year’s royal couple, Katie Brecht and Jerod Jones.

As the night ended and the once bustling concession stand shuttered its windows, students were making last minute plans for Saturday night’s big dance, making memories and forming friendships that will, in small-town tradition, bring them back for next year’s Homecoming.

From Kathy at K’s Nursery in Colton

Fall is garlic planting time. Buy certified hard-neck garlic sets (not those you find in the produce aisle of your grocery store as those are treated with growth inhibitors to keep them from sprouting).

You will want to choose a sunny spot in your garden and prepare your garlic bed with mulch and fertilizer, spading until soil is soft to six inches deep in a sunny spot.

Separate garlic into cloves leaving the papery tissue around each clove, keeping the small cloves out for cooking as they will only produce very small, weak heads.

Plant your garlic cloves two inches deep and six inches apart. Cover with soil and then a layer of mulch.

In early summer keep seed heads, or scapes, cut down as these will keep the garlic from forming. The stems of the scapes can be used in stir fries, etc., as they have a good garlic flavor.

When it is time to harvest the garlic the leaves will begin to turn brown. At this time reduce irrigation as garlic does not like wet feet. When two-thirds of the leaves are brown it is time to harvest.

Don’t forget

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Colton Grange, 20237 S. Highway 211 is having a community night with a spaghetti dinner and music by Fern Hill Bluegrass Band. Dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. free, but donation suggested and show cost is just $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Concessions will be available at intermission. Proceeds from the dinner will go for grange programs.

Concert and Tacos

Christian band Cry of Stones is playing a benefit concert on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Canyon Creek Bible Fellowship, 21302 S. Highway 211. The music will start at 6:30 p.m., following a “taco feed” dinner set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The dinner is billed as “not your average taco feed.” The menu will include traditional shredded chicken, carnitas, seasoned lentils, and many other options. Beverages and dessert will be available with dinner. The cost is $5 per person, or $20 per family, whichever is less.

“There are about ten individuals, who are members of, or associated with our church who will be going to Honduras in July of 2014,” event coordinator Jan Olson said. “The mission is facilitated through a ministry called Cristo Salva, and the works will vary from labor, to education, medical and dental, as well as spiritual and music ministries. We have some educators, doctors, dental workers and musicians in our group. Cry of Stones volunteered to do the concert, to raise money for the trip. We hope that everyone in the community who supports mission work will come whether they are connected to our church or Honduras, and five bucks for dinner and a concert is an awesome deal.”

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