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Lovely spring afternoon for Lions Old-timers' Dinner in Chinook


April 18, 2018

Russ Skones and Lois Butcher, seated at the table, enjoy a laugh with Cory Pierson, standing. Pierson, a balloon sculptor from Havre, was making balloon figures for guests at the Chinook Lions annual Old-timers' Dinner on Sunday afternoon. Pierson, the nephew of Ben and Patty Hall of Chinook, taught himself to make balloon sculptures from a book while he was recuperating from a heart attack several years ago. This is the second year for the popular art form-his specialties being dogs, giraffes, and snakes.

After what seemed like an interminable winter, last Sunday afternoon was lovely with plenty of sunshine and some of the mildest temperatures to date this spring. The Chinook Lions Club and Chef Doug Mitchell were set for 100 guests at the senior center. Club President Richard Cronk said, "After a record turnout last year and a break in this year's weather, we were expecting yet a larger crowd." Someone offered, "People may be home finishing up their tax returns." About 75 guests attended.

Whatever the reason for the number of guests who showed, it was a great meal put together by Mitchell a...

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