Job sites extend to Crawford, volunteers help local residents

The Big Event expanded to include job sites in Crawford this year. Volunteers were transported either on their own, or on one of two buses to Crawford.

The Chi Alpha group went to Donna Moore’s residence outside of Crawford. The group washed windows, inside and out, moved branches, raked leaves, and even climbed trees to remove branches.

Taylor Osmotherly, 19, freshman of Crawford, was able to return to the town he grew up in to help out.

“I like being able to help out my home community,” he said.

Moore was appreciative of the work the students were doing.

Meg Peterson, left, 19, freshman of Haigler; Sara Rollenhagen 19, sophomore of Wallace; and Kayla Bunch, 21, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, work together to collect raked leaves into a trash bag in Crawford. —Photo by Janelle Kesterson

Meg Peterson, left, 19, freshman of Haigler; Sara Rollenhagen 19, sophomore of Wallace; and Kayla Bunch, 21, senior of Rapid City, South Dakota, work together to collect raked leaves into a trash bag in Crawford. —Photo by Janelle Kesterson

“It’s so nice to have them here! It’s amazing, just look at them. I can’t get out and do this myself anymore,” she said as she looks down at her wrinkled hands. “This is the first year I’ve had help. It wasn’t in Crawford last year, but I’m really glad they are here this year.”

Student also raked up leaves and sticks from many other places around town. Three CSC students and four grade school students helped out at the Visitors Center in Chadron cleaning up the yard.

“Yes, it’s nice to help. You’re distracting me from working!,” Cleo Scheer, 19, freshman of St. Paul, said. “Our class was assigned to come to Crawford but then you could choose to paint, or do this and help with branches, or whatever else. So once you got into Crawford, you got to choose what you could do.”

The CSC ROTC helped out a Chadron State Alumni and Military Veteran in Crawford. “It’s wonderful!” Bill Stolldorf said. “I requested the ROTC to come. I’ve done seminars in Chadron with the ROTC, so I was acquainted with them to some extent.” After he got the group working, Stolldorf took a seat in his lawn chair and said, “I’m done. They got it under control.”

Major Jeremy Bryan, ROTC Instructor, and the job site supervisor said, “I met Bill once but didn’t really know him. It is nice being able to give back to a Chadron Alumni though. It’s good to give back. It’s good for the community, it’s good for the school, it’s good for the students, and it’s good for Bill.”

At the Railroad Park, Norma Norman, resident of Norman Road outside Crawford, said that her daughter was one who helped bring The Big Event to Crawford. Her daughter, Mimi Norman, works for the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in Crawford.

“I’m so pleased with what the kids are doing,” Mimi Norman said. “Really just look at these girls! They’ve pulled out all the weeds along there; they’ve been great!

It’s great having The Big Event here this year, we can use it. The town really needs it.”

Norma Norman said, “My daughter said I could ride along, so I’m riding along,” as she rakes leaves. “It is a real mess, an honest to goodness mess.”

Norma Norman explained to us that the RSVP office put up a flyer in their window and they put it in the paper that The Big Event would be in Crawford you just had to go to the office to put your name in and you “had to get your name in early if you wanted help,” she emphasized.

Girls at the corral got a history lesson along with the work. Diane Humphries explained the significance behind the corral in town. Humphries, who works for the Chamber office, said the corral is actually a memorial corral.

“The lady this corral is named after would ride her horse into town to go to the bar, and when she died, she left money to the city for a corral. So people riding on the ridge can come into town and leave their horses and give them water, then head across the street and get a drink themselves,” she said.

Derek Janssen, 21, junior of Rushville, who was a runner around town, visiting many different sites, said he thinks The Big Event has covered more ground this year.

“I did help last year, and it’s bigger this year, there’s more people,” he said. “I did the same stuff last year, raking and moving branches and trees, and all that fun stuff. I was just in Chadron then. This year, I signed up for a class.

Last year was voluntary. My roommates were all doing it and I didn’t have much better to do. It really expanded this year.”

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