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Our sympathy goes out to the family of William E. "Billy" Heikkila, 86, of Cromwell who passed away Sept. 13, 2013. Services will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m. with a lunch with the family in the Cromwell Park Pavilion.

Our sympathy also goes out to the family of Vivian Whatley, 91, who died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 27, in Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell.

Ann Markusen asked me to let you know that there will be no yoga in the month of October and it will resume on Nov. 5.

Don't forget to attend the Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Barnum Senior Center starting at 8 a.m., followed by the T.R.I.A.D. meeting.

There will be a Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the school in Cromwell. Sign up with Lori Wester at 644-3737.

With the recent meeting of the Farmer's Co-op Store in Wright, the new board is now ready to take over. There were 45 folks in attendance. There are only two of the original board members left on the board and it was voted to have seven board members instead of five going into the future. Newly elected board members are Gerri Aho with 41 votes and Bunny Hanson with 40 votes for the two two-year terms, and Jim Sloan with 36 votes for the one-year term. Danny Smith was nominated, but was not elected. There was also a heated discussion on the financial status of the store. With the loss in the recent year of $65,000 there were many questions and possible reasons for this loss. The store's accountant, Hugh Henike, explained some of the reasons for this decline in profits. They could have been the flooding in 2012 (many customers couldn't get to the store), the opening of the Floodwood and Cromwell grocery stores took away business, and the losses on the tobacco, meat, and produce departments. Then, I pointed out that some area folks were also doing most of their grocery shopping out of town or staying away because certain employees worked at the store. I didn't remember to mention it at the meeting, but there was also a robbery at the store took place in 2012. The Feed Mill stayed above water and made a nice yearly profit, which helps the whole situation. We can only hope now that folks shop for their grocery needs locally and help the store get back in the black. With out a local store, our community will surely be on the decline. New manager Tim Bury has made a solemn promise to do his best to make the improvements needed and with the help of the whole community, he will. All we can do now it hope that the store will survive and thrive or we will all have to go out of town for our grocery needs.

This year MaryRose Varo was privileged to orchestrate a flood relief video based on a song she wrote inspired by what she felt and experienced when myriads of people came together to help one another during and after "The Flood of 2012."

MaryRose said: "Thank you for appreciating me and encouraging me in my work, ministry and music. Because of you, there is much "wind beneath my wings." You can watch and share the flood relief video, "One Common Hope," by visiting

That's all the news from Lake Gooutandlookattheleaves and hello to all the leaf peekers.