Washington County Briefs

Washington County schools and non-profit organizations can apply for Community POWER (Partners on Waste Education and Reduction) program grants

Grant application deadline is April 1. An information meeting about Community POWER is noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Ramsey County Library Roseville branch. Applicants will apply online at RethinkRecycling.com/Grants.

“Community POWER grants offer resources to local organizations and schools to educate about recycling and waste reduction,” said Lowell Johnson, director of the county Department of Public Health and Environment. “The grants enhance our ability to protect the environment and improve public health.”

Recent grant recipients include the Stillwater Area High School transition program, Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park and Carpenter Nature Center. Their projects focused on reducing packaging waste, composting, recycling and using non-toxic cleaners.

Since 2001, past and current recipients used different methods to reach their audiences, such as curriculum, classroom projects, events, videos, contests, art projects and one-on-one education. A full list of past recipients and descriptions of their projects is available at RethinkRecycling.com/Grants.

Community POWER, a program of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board, includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties and has helped more than 100 groups in the Twin Cities metro area actively reduce waste and toxins entering the environment since 2001.

Contact Laurie Gustafson at CommunityPOWER@RethinkRecycling.com or at 651-252-1487 for more information.

Wedding show set for Sunday

Prospective brides, grooms and their families can find whatever they need for that special day at the St. Croix Valley Wedding Showcase from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.
Admission is $7 at the door.

Food samples from businesses will be available. Raffiné Bridal will showcase wedding gowns, tuxedos and attendant outfits, while Corner Bungalow offers wedding accessories. Visitors can enjoy complimentary soda and water from Give Us A Shot and a chair massage from Parkview Chiropractic staff.

Deejays, photographers, florists, photo booths, planners and more will be on site to help plan the day with many offering specials at their booths.
A door prize from the Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention and Visitors Bureau includes an overnight stay at the Lexington Inn in Stillwater and two tickets for a “Foodies on Foot” tour through town. A garter from Raffiné Bridal also will be given away, along with two themed gift baskets.

All proceeds benefit the on-going Historic Courthouse restoration beautification and operations. See www.co.washington.mn.us/hc or call 651-275-7075 for more information on this event.

Foreclosure workshop Feb. 28

OAKDALE — The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Minnesota Home Ownership Association host a mortgage foreclosure prevention workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Washington County Library Oakdale branch meeting room, 1010 Heron Ave. North.

The workshop is open to anyone with questions or needs advice from trained forclosure prevention counselors. Persons behind on their mortgage, worried about keeping up with mortgage payments or want information about the foreclosure process can attend. Those worried about foreclosure should seek help immediately because waiting could limit options.

The open house includes a 45-minute presentation summarizing the foreclosure process, followed by opportunities to meet with counselors. Persons attending should bring any communication from a lender or loan servicer, proof of income and a copy of their mortgage statement.

For more information or to speak to a foreclosure prevention counselor immediately, call the HRA forclosure intake line at 651-458-0936, extension 542 or visit www.wchra.com.

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