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With just a few days left now before school starts it is so important to spend time with your kids and/or grandkids in helping them in school. After teaching for over 30 years, I know there is a direct correlation between a child's success and the support system they have at home. We have so many young people who have attended our area schools and are doing really well, mostly because of the encouragement of parents, friends and family. It is a proven fact that if a child has at least one adult in their lives who takes an interest in them, encourages them and helps them when needed, this will make a real difference in their lives. When we think about our area young people who are doing well, look at their support system and you will see the results. We are very fortunate in our area that there are so many families who do support their children and we are so thankful for them. You are to be praised for all your efforts in raising your children to be successful and helpful future citizens.

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The Farmer's Co-op Store held their Annual Meeting on Aug. 13 with 54 folks in attendance. As chairman, I conducted the meeting with a lengthy discussion on what is going on at the store. Many folks felt the board should be increased from five to seven members. It was pointed out that in order to make a bylaws change like this it would need to be voted on this year and then voted on again in 2014. It was back in 1995 and 1996 when the number of board members was reduced to save money. It was finally decided to hold a special meeting on Sept. 24 to discuss this matter again after looking into the state laws on cooperatives. An election of officers was held. Nominated for the two positions were Andy LaMotte, Jennie K. Hanson, Debbie Goranson, Jim Sloan and Donavan Korpi. Final results endorsed LaMotte and Goranson for the board. Art Jauss expressed his thanks for all the dedicated service from our former manager, Deb Johnson, and the whole group also felt this way. Deb served as manager for the past 17 years and a couple of years as an employee before that. New manager Tim Bury was introduced and given time to tell a bit about himself and his plans for the future of the co-op. The meeting was adjourned after door prizes were drawn and the ladies from the catholic church served a delicious lunch.

The Farmer's Co-op Store held their regular monthly meeting on Aug. 17. This was their reorganization meeting. Danny Smith was elected as the new chairman of the Co-op board, Janet Hansen is still vice chair and Debbie Goranson is secretary. Other board members are Leland Tippett and Andy LaMotte. The board voted to allow a vote by members on changing from five board members to seven with a bylaw change at the Sept. 24 special meeting at the Wright Senior Building at 6:30 p.m. If this change passes, the change would not take effect until next annual meeting in 2014.

There will be a meet-and-greet event at the Farmer's Co-op Store on Friday, Aug. 30, from noon to 5 p.m. to meet new manager Tim Bury. Tim will serve up brats, chips and pop at his own expense, along with some donations from some of the store's vendors, in the store parking lot and is looking forward to meeting everyone!

The Tri-Community Food Shelf is looking for garden produce this month and next. Please bring any produce you have to share to the Food Shelf in the Old Trolley Building in Cromwell on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. Do not drop them off at other times, as the food will spoil in the sun. They are also selling raffle tickets for prizes donated by several area folks and businesses.

Sunday school at Bethany in Cromwell will resume Sept. 15 with a Hawaiian theme and will start at Bethlehem in Wright on Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.

That's all the news from Lake Watchforchildren and hello to all the teachers, staff and students in our area schools. Have a great year!

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