Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.
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Students at Lincoln Park Middle School are starting their Wednesdays with a short jolt of exercise. Students, family, staff and community partners are walking to school every Wednesday morning during the month of May. So far, about a dozen walkers have met at Harrison Park on Third Street at 8 a.m. to walk to school together.
Lowell Elementary fourth-grade teacher Troy Erie likes to keep busy. He mentors students, oversees the crossing guards, leads the Lowell Ski Club, the Wolf Ridge fourth grade field trip and the Inventors Fair and he serves on the Lowell Continuous Improvement team. Those are just his school commitments; he's also a father of three and an avid outdoorsman. And most recently he received the Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award. Andy Goldfine made the announcement at a May 17 reception at Lincoln Park Middle School, during which he presented Erie with a trophy and a $5,000 check.
The 25th annual St. Louis River Quest drew a record 1,530 students to the waterfront this year. During each morning and afternoon session, small groups of students participate in a series of unique hands-on learning stations. six aboard the Vista Star and six inside Pioneer Hall at the DECC. They were introduced to topics ranging from pollution prevention, stopping aquatic invaders, piping plover habitat to industrial water reuse, sustainable forestry, waste water treatment, oil spill response, hydroelectric power, commercial shipping and fishy physics.
Three area women were nominated to receive the Woman of the Year award, based on their outstanding volunteer contributions to the community, at the Port Cities luncheon May 3 in the Radisson Hotel's Great Hall. This year's nominations were Phillis James, nominated by St. Luke's Volunteer Service Guild; Shirley Eichenwald Maki, nominated by Altrusa International Club of Duluth; and Elaine Bourestom Killen, nominated by Duluth Woman's Club. Killen won the award for her "gracious and generous nature," according to Duluth Woman's Club president Ellie Dryer.
A group of half a dozen city employees and Duluth citizens met outside on the steps of City Hall at noon last Wednesday to go for a walk together. It's part of "Walking Wednesdays," a new program of "Bus Bike Walk Month" led by Angel Hohenstein, wellness coordinator for city employees and member of the Bus Bike Walk Month committee. "Bus Bike Walk Month" is a month-long celebration that brings together bicyclists, businesses, art hounds, outdoor enthusiasts, active commuters and families that share a mutual love for busing, biking, and walking.
When you think of a yoga class, what do you picture? Can yoga be taught in an elementary school gym? Can you picture a yoga class on a moving train, in a private home, an office during the lunch hour or along Brighton Beach on a sunny day? According to Duluthian Katie Olson, "Yoga can be done anywhere. It's not just on a mat, in a studio."
Next Saturday, before you head out to the lake for the fishing opener or travel to visit your mother, don’t forget to put out your bag of donations by the mailbox for the 25th Annual Letter Carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.
Back in 2000, Loni Blumerich started thinking about her retirement. She was divorced and working for a nonprofit that she knew wouldn’t cover her living expenses when she retired. She had always thought about starting a home-based business. She loved going to craft shows to look at spun yarn. She briefly considered raising sheep and selling the wool.
Denfeld students are getting a taste of murder, mystery and mayhem in their spring production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap." The snow is falling around Monkswell Manor, but the body count keeps rising. Mollie and Giles Ralston, played by sophomores Charleigh Frederick and Jeremiah Larson, operate the manor as a guest house after Mollie's aunt's death. There's been a string of murders in the area and the guests find themselves snowed in at the manor. Each character is a suspect.
Students at Laura MacArthur Elementary School in Duluth are giving back to those in need. The 80 students in Laura MacArthur's afterschool KEY Zone program donated Brave Boxes to cancer patients at St. Luke's on April 18. They chose to craft and fill the boxes as part of a service project for the True North Americorps Global Youth Service Day.