Area Notes 12/13/12

Zach Sobiech Celebration

The family of Zach Sobiech, a Stillwater Area High School senior dealing with terminal osteosarcoma cancer, will host an event to fundraise for Zach and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. The event includes live music and dancing and semiformal wear is encouraged. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at Withrow Ballroom. The cost is a donation.

Foundation surpasses goals

The Toys for Tots fundraiser put on by the Adam McCloud Foundation last Saturday surpassed their goal of raising $5,000 in toys and money for the cause.

The group raised more than $7,000 in toys, cash, and gift cards and fulfilled about 30% of the Toys for Tots need in Washington County.

Family spokesperson Larry Odebrecht said in a press release that the family plans to make the event an annual effort and can’t wait to see what next year brings. They hope to raise enough toys and money to fulfill all of the need in Washington County in years to come.

Recognize your doctor

If your family doctor is the best of the best the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians wants you to tell them why your doctor should be named the 2013 Minnesota Academy Family Physician of the year.

Nominations are accepted in writing through Jan. 4, 2013. Describe the candidate’s outstanding personal and professional qualities and community involvement. Previous nominees who haven’t received the award can be nominated again. Nominees must be members of the MAFP.

Send nomination letters to: 600 S. Highway 169 Suite #1680, St. Louis Park, MN 55426 or email them to [email protected]. Those with questions can call 952-542-0130 or 800-999-8198

Etchings displayed at hospital gallery

A collection of etchings by artist Michael Bond is displayed in the Lakeview Hospital Art Gallery through December, hospital officials announced.

Bond specializes in etching, dry point, aquatint and mezzotint and his work features architectural topics from his European travels. Bond prints all his own work, blending and applying inks by hand. Visit for information about his work.

Art in hospital settings has been show to reduce stress and promote healing, and Lakeview’s gallery features monthly shows by local artists. Twenty percent of all gallery sales are donated to the hospital.

The gallery is on the first floor across from the hospital’s Heart Center and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Resident receives Pathway Health Services award

Michelle Stober of Stillwater was honored with the Phyllis King Leadership Award for 2012 from Pathway Health Services Inc. The award is the highest honor that an employee of the company can receive and it is given to one employee annually. The award is given to those who demonstrate outstanding leadership, professionalism, and customer service.


Stober is currently the Director of Interim Services at Pathway Health Services.  She’s authored numerous manuals, spoken nationally for state associations and corporations, acted as a legal expert witness for several law firms and has successfully trained hundreds of nursing professionals.