Area Briefs 2/20/13

Group thanks special education staff

On Feb. 20, Stepping up Moving Forward honored Stillwater School District special education teachers.
The organization, with the support of local churches, brought baskets of fruits and baked goods to teachers throughout ISD 834 to let them know that they’re work is seen and appreciated by the larger community.

State Farm offers grants

If you have an idea that would make the community a better place to live and $25,000 could help, State Farm Insurance is currently accepting applications for their Neighborhood Assist grant through March 6.
The program is a youth-powered charity group that helps people identify community issues and connects them with local non-profits to solve the problem by providing an opportunity to receive one of 40 $25,000 grants.
Only 3,000 submissions are accepted so apply soon. For more information or to submit an application, visit

WCHS offers scholarships

The Washington County Historical Society offers college scholarships for seniors enrolled in a county high school or a county resident in a college or university focusing on history, American Studies, architecture or a history-related field.
Applicants must have a 3.0 grade-point average or higher and must be a WCHS member or have an immediate family member or members who belong to the organization.
The goal of the WCHS scholarships is encouraging historic preservation and interpretation and encouraging students to study history by providing financial assistance.
All scholarship applications must be received by May 1. Recipients will be notified by May 15. Applications are available through high school counselors or the WCHS at 651-439-5956, by email at [email protected] or visit

Memorial board seeks members

The Stillwater Veterans Memorial Board of Directors seeks patriotic individuals with a heart for veterans to serve four-year terms on the organization’s board.
The board is responsible for policy and director of the group and coordinating activities and events, fundraising and maintenance of the memorial located at the corner of Third and Pine streets next to the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.
Interested persons do not have to be a veteran or resident of Stillwater. There are current openings for board secretary and other board positions. The board meets every six weeks and members receive no compensation.
Anyone interested in learning more about the board and its openings is invited to attend a meeting. Call 651-344-6245 to learn the day, time and location of the next meeting.

Call 651-344-6245 or visit for a board application.

VHPA invites pilots to meeting

Former Vietnam helicopter pilots are invited to the next meeting of the recently former Minnesota Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association set for 10:30 a.m. March 20 at the Fort Snelling Officers’ Club located at Post Road and Minnesota 5 at Fort Snelling.
The VHPA has more than 15,500 members worldwide of the approximately 40,000 servicemen who served as helicopter pilots in the Vietnam War. Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era from 1961 to 1975. The Minnesota chapter welcomes members from Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas.
The VPHA is a social organization and has no political agenda. In addition to its annual July national reunion, VHPA members stay in touch through mini-reunions and on the Internet.
Contact Minnesota Chapter President Ray Wilson at 651-592-2598 or by email at [email protected], Chapter Secretary Russ Jowers at 612-770-2891 or [email protected],net for membership information or to register for the March 20 meeting.

BSA Venture Crew honored

The BSA Venture Crew 820 that specilizes in Scuba Diving will be honored by the “Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society” at the dinner reception following the Upper Midwest Scuba and Travel Show on Feb. 23.
The group will be awarded the dive community contribution award.

‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser set Feb. 28

Youth United Way of United Way of Washington County-East holds its annual “Empty Bowls” fundraising dinner Feb. 28 at Stillwater Area High School.
Guests at the event dine on a simple soup-and-bread meal and bid on silent auction items that include a Famous Dave’s sauce basket, art pieces donated by local artists, a gift basket from Lake Elmo Bank and new iPod from Cities 97.
Empty Bowls raises awareness of hunger in the St. Croix Valley. Monday raised goes to local food shelves and other hunger and youth-oriented programs in the Stillwater community. Each guest can select a locally-made pottery bowl to bring home as a reminder of local hunger issues.
Persons interested in donating bowls or auction items or buying tickets should email [email protected]