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Wright-Cromwell News: Sept 21 17

The Cromwell High School Class of 1952 had a great get-together on Sept. 9 at the Fireside in McGregor. There were 17, so it was a good turnout!

Congratulations to Bruce Johnston from Tamarack who celebrated his retirement with a party at the Fireside on Sunday, Sept. 17. He worked for the Postal Service for over 30 years and really deserves a pat on the back and a great future.

A huge "Thank You" goes out to the Cardinal Court for the events sponsored during National Assisted Living Week. On Thursday they featured a picnic for the public and the wonderful harp music by Janell LeMire, niece of one of the residents. They really try hard to make living in an assisted living facility a great experience. Be sure to get the monthly calendar so you can keep up on events for the community and the residents.

A warm welcome to our new preschool teacher, Ms. Whitney Crawford-Hanson, and our new parent educator, Mrs. Sue Czarneski. School Readiness classes for 4-year-olds start Monday, Sept. 18, and are held from 8:15-3 p.m. (Wednesdays from 8:15-2:30). Terrific Threes classes for 3-year-olds start Thursday, Sept. 21, from 8:25-11 a.m. ECFE-Early Childhood Family Education classes start Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Ones and Early Twos from 8:30-10 a.m., Twos from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Threes, Fours and Fives from 1-2:30 p.m. Remember to bring in recent immunization information. If you have questions or are new to the area, call 218-644-3716, ext. 4100 or email for more information.

The Community Fall Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by FUN Group, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Bring a pot of chili to share. Beverages, hot dogs, chips and dinnerware will be provided. Everyone is invited!

The Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet is presenting "Blithe Spirit" by Noël Coward Sept. 29 and 30, Oct. 1, 4-8. Call or go online to reserve your tickets now at or call 218-878-0071.

The Finnish Choir will perform Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian music at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Weber Hall at UMD. Admission is a free-will donation.

Fall Yoga will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 2, 9 and 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at the Cromwell Pavilion. Yoga is a series of stretches designed to work the whole body, increase flexibility and strength, and help us learn about our capabilities. Yoga is for all ages, men and women. For questions, call Ann Markusen at 218-428-3300.

The school needs custodial and kitchen subs. If interested, stop by the office to pick up an application for these very casual, on-call positions. Kitchen subs are needed during school hours and custodial subs are needed during school hours and in the evening hours. Contact Mr. Libbon for more information.

Cromwell-Wright Fire and Ambulance service is currently seeking individuals interested in becoming Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). EMTs respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and to transport the patient to a medical facility. Cromwell-Wright Fire and Ambulance Service will host an EMT class from Sept. 25 through December. This is a college level class taught by Hibbing Community College instructor Lucas Goodin. This class will take place Mondays and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. with one Saturday a month. The fire department will cover the cost of the class for individuals willing to apply to the Cromwell-Wright Fire and Ambulance Service and are successfully hired and commit to one year of service. Applications can be obtained at the Cromwell Self Serve, Cromwell-Wright School and Minetties Roadside Diner. For more information, contact Lucas Goodin, Fire Chief at Cromwell-Wright Fire and Ambulance, at 218-390-1305.

Student and adult volunteers are needed for Ruby's Pantry to help with setup and moving tables and chairs on the second Wednesday of each month. Time is flexible in the afternoon. Contact Barb Dahl if you can help out, 218-644-3691.

Over 100 area residents attended the informational meeting on the upcoming school bond referendum. The superintendent, board of directors, financial advisor and architect were all there to present important information followed by members of the community asking questions and giving opinions on the project. It was the general consensus that most of the improvements need to be made so now it is up to the voters to decide if they will happen. Be informed, get involved and then vote!

A few weeks ago someone asked me some questions about the old Wright school. Well, I found the answers I think they were looking for, and now I can't remember who was asking, so if you are that person or know of that person, please have them contact me.

Here's a note I received from JoLynn Norton (she was the kindergarten teacher at Wright School back in the 1980s): "It's been a real tough two weeks. We feel so fortunate to have made the decision to leave Rockport, Texas in March! We have moved to Georgetown, which is north of Austin. However, Bill's mom and uncle were still there. The damage in Rockport is so devastating. So very sad. So much gone. So many people without homes. So many people hurting. So much debris everywhere. Electricity just restored this past Saturday (9th) and water ban is off today. Our daughter Sara is also hurting. The beach home has been taken down to the studs and needs to rebuild. However, the ranch took the worse damage. Their house is totaled. Many buildings on the ranch are gone. Some horses and cattle have died. Business is down. Won't have electricity for another 3-4 weeks. So many trees are gone. Our son now lives in Beaumont, TX where they had the flooding. He was fortunate not to have too much damage. His store in Orange had lots of flooding. Much work for him. Then my sister in FL was right in line to be directly hit until it took that last minute turn. They are going back to see house today. They heard the house is in pretty good shape but yard is full of debris. We are so glad this is over and family are all ok. Things can be replaced. We have been with our grandkids while Sara and Ralph do all the cleaning and packing from the hurricane. Hopefully, by the second week in September, we can get back to some normalcy. I'm afraid our MN trip has been cancelled this year. We need to be home for a while. Hope all is well with you and my Cromwell/Wright family. Take care. Prayers appreciated for Sara and for all our friends in Rockport who have a long road ahead. Love, JoLynn"

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That's all the news from the "Edge of Wright." Have a good week and get out there and do some leaf looking.