By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink! I sure hope that’s not the case for any of my readers, but we need to be careful with water safety, too. Please email me with any of your flood stories at firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks.
Margaret Webster and daughter Kaija attended the convention of the Grand Lodge of the Knights and Ladies of the Kalevala in Thunder Bay, Canada. She gave a talk there on Tuesday evening, June 26.
There will be an Open House 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration for Sulo and Delores Walli following the Sunday, July 8, church service at Bethany Lutheran in Cromwell from noon to 3 p.m. Your presence is their gift!
There will be three, four-year terms for the Cromwell-Wright School Board beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Those members whose terms are up for election are Steve Bridge, Walter Collman and Jerri Haugan. Board member Todd Johnson resigned at the last meeting due to a job promotion so the board will have to decide how to handle that opening. The first day to file is July 31 (not the first as was in last week’s news), the last day to file is Aug. 14 and last day of withdrawal of candidacy is Aug. 16.
The next Wrong Days meetings are on July 10 and July17 at the fire hall at 7 p.m. Please come to the meetings to add your input and time. Any questions please call Andy LaMotte at 218-357-2177 or email at email@example.com. Remember Wrong Days is on July 20-21.
The Arrowhead Bookmobile will be in Wright from 1:15-1:45 p.m. and in Cromwell from 2-2:45 p.m. on July 24, Aug.14, Sept. 4 and 25, Oct. 16, Nov. 6 and 27, and Dec. 19. Get caught reading a book to a child or just to yourself!
All area folks are invited to attend and help Bethlehem Lutheran Church celebrate their 100th anniversary on Sunday, July 22. Worship service will take place at 10:30 a.m. followed by a catered dinner and then an afternoon program starting approximately at 1:30 p.m. Please call Sandy Nistler at 218-768-3347 to register for part or all of the events. You can attend any of these events, but if you plan to be there for the dinner, please call Sandy so we can get an accurate count for the caterer.
Vacation Bible School will take place at Bethlehem Lutheran in Wright on July 24-26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bring your own lunch) and at Bethany in Cromwell July 23-26 starting at 9 a.m. each day. Please call the church at 218-644-3640 to register your kids or to volunteer to help. Lots of helpers are needed even if you can only help for one day.
Lori Wester is the new Program of Academic Exchange (PAX) coordinator. She is looking for homes in our area for exchange students, so give her a call at 218-343-8802 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don’t forget the phone number for the Arrowhead Bus to Duluth on the second and fourth Fridays, and to Cloquet on the first and third Thursdays, which is 1-800-642-6143.
The classes of 1955-1956 will meet on Saturday, July 21, at the Country Inn in Cromwell at noon. If you have questions, call 218-879-2784 or 218-357-2721.
I have been advised that the following items are needed immediately for the flood damaged areas: rubber boots, trash bags, leather, rubber or surgical gloves, bleach, gas gift cards, Wal-Mart type gift cards, fans, diapers, laundry detergent, and N95 face masks. In-kind donations (for more information on this, call the Flood Relief Center directly – phone number to follow).
Volunteers are needed to provide labor in the region, especially in the towns of Moose Lake, McGregor and Barnum, as well as in more remote outlying areas. This includes debris and carpet removal from affected homes, washing walls and checking for mold. All volunteer crews are managed by the Flood Relief Center in Cloquet (information to follow). Fundraising monies can be sent to the following: Checks written to Carlton County Flood Relief Fund, c/o Volunteer Services of Carlton County, 1219 14th St., Ste. D, Cloquet, MN 55720. If you are supplementing your appeal with a match from Thrivent via either of their Care Programs, an acknowledgment letter of funds raised needs to be submitted. Prior approval is needed for their Care Programs. The phone number for all questions related to donated items and volunteer opportunities through the Carlton County Flood Relief Center is 218-384-1112.
Devon Egge, formerly of Wright, graduated from Mingo Puxico Technical High School in Puxico, Mo., on Feb. 21. This is a year and a half ahead of his classmates at Cromwell. He also earned a Certificate of Course Completion in modern basic welding, which he earned on April 2. Congratulations to this young man on his accomplishments! He will be looking for work in the area as he is moving back to Wright this month.
Melinda Walli Ferry celebrated her 50th birthday with family and friends at party at her home. Hope your next 50 years are great, Melinda.
There will be no TRIAD meeting in July. If you are a TRIAD member, go to the website and check out the articles and especially the feature article on our own Sheldon and Marion Larson. For questions, email email@example.com.
The Carlton County Retired Educators (CCRE) met at the Country Inn for lunch and at Bethany Lutheran church on April 26 for their regular meeting. Plans were made for volunteering at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Barnum during the Carlton County Fair. If you would like to help out with a couple of hours at the fair, please call me to sign up at 218-357-2385. With our numbers dwindling, we need all the help we can get. Young people or current teachers are sure welcome to help out. There’s not much to do except welcome folks as they come in.
Ray Lally would like to thank all who donated blood for the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Department Blood Drive on June 14. There were 35 people registered and 31 were able to give blood. Four people were deferred and there were two first-time donors. The blood donated can help as many as three people; 93 patients could be benefiting from the units collected in this drive. Each week the Memorial Blood Centers needs the support of more than 2,400 donors to adequately supply blood to area hospitals.
If you have photos of the recent flood damage, please email them to Judy Koivisto for the History Club or you can make copies and give the details so they can keep a record of the events of the past few weeks.
That’s all the news from Lake Celebrateourcountry and hello to all the area volunteers who have helped with the flooding!