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The Riverfront Communities invite you to "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Good Fellowship Center in Morgan Park. The Riverside communities include Morgan Park, Gary-New Duluth, Riverside and Fond du Lac. The breakfast is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $3 per person. It includes a hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit and pastries. There will be a craft area for kids of all ages, holiday décor, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a small gift for each child under the age of 12.
The law firm Johnson, Killen & Seiler celebrated its 125th anniversary this year. The firm was started by Charles O. Baldwin as a one-man practice in the old First National Bank Building in 1888, according to an article from the Duluthian, published upon the firm's 100th anniversary in 1988. It has now grown to include 17 lawyers and has expanded to the entire eighth floor of the Wells Fargo Center. "It is one of the oldest institutions in Duluth and northern Minnesota.
So I'm not breaking any news here, but the older I get, the more names I recognize on the obituary page of people who have crossed my life path. Some of them made such an impression, they stay with me forever. Others, though our time together was brief, still manage to overwhelm me with smile-creating memories whenever the thought of them drifts into my head. Such a person was Dick Wallack. As I have chronicled in columns past, my wife and I used to work on the news crew at Channel 6 back in the late '80s while we were going to college.
It happens every summer. Wildwoods gets a phone call from someone who has heard what appears to be a squeaky toy in the near distance. Sometimes, it's a helpless baby eastern cottontail rabbit in the mouth of a cat -- one of several bunnies from a nest. Other times, it's a baby bird in the same rough situation. We see too many animals each year for cat bites -- tiny critters brought to us by cat owners who want to do their best to help the baby animals.
Last week's Budgeteer news included a story by Naomi Yaeger and her experience with her uncle in hospice. I was pleased that she included the philosophy of hospice, and information on how the public may access a hospice house. As a social worker for hospice it is always an honor, and is quite humbling, to work with people nearing the end of their lives.
I want to thank Naomi Yaeger for sharing her uncle's living, and his dying, in the November 17 Duluth Budgeteer. Her column, "Both a place and a process, hospice strives for comfort at end of life," was not only well written, but continues to remind me that death is like the elephant on the dining room table: everyone sees it, but no one wants to talk about it. Believe it or not, we are ALL going to die. Some deaths will be sudden and unexpected. Others will be expected. But we are going to die. Death and quality-of-life issues need to be talked about in families BEFORE crises happen ...
It is now November and the perfect storm is on its way. No, I'm not talking about the weather, although we all know the gales of November can bring in big storms.
We're growing our beards for the month of November. No, it's not because we're overly obsessed with Duck Dynasty, love the country group Zac Brown Band a little too much, or already sense the impending cold of the Northland. Well, some of that might be true. First and foremost, we're doing it because we think it's the right thing to do. Ever heard of Novembeard, or Movember, or NoShavember? It's when men (and women) choose to not shave for the month of November to raise money for prostate and testicular cancer, along with other mental and physical ailments that befall men.
Fourteen-year-old Athan is appearing in a play -- but he isn't entirely acting. A student at Woodland Hills, he's a co-author of PUSHED, a production based in part on his own experiences. "I made my part, so I know how to act it," Athan told the Budgeteer (the students' last names have been withheld at the request of the agency). Each student created a six-word memoir relating to his or her character in the play.
Several Duluth area residents have completed military training programs over the past few months. The Budgeteer has received updates about the following Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor natives. Air National Guard Airman Miles M. Barnidge graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2012 graduate of Century High School, Rochester. Barnidge is the son of Phyllis Barnidge of Rochester, and grandson of Phillip Carlson of Hermantown. Air National Guard Airman Zachery S.