Area Notes

Local RE/MAX agents honored for sales

Real estate agents with RE/MAX Specialists in Stillwater were recently honored by RE/MAX North Central for outstanding achievements in 2012.
RE/MAX associates honored were Jonathan Lindstrom and Mike Vizenor in the Platinum Club; David Reed and Thomas Sawyer in the Executive Club, and Caroline Dixon, Charles Devine and Nicholas Henton in the 100% Club.
The Executive Club award is the fifth-highest regional honor for single-year sales; the 100% club is fourth-highest honor for single-year sales  and the Platinum Club is third-highest honor for single-year sales.

FamilyMeans, SMG host caregivers session

FamilyMeans and Stillwater Medical Group will co-host a free session on “behaviors and interventions” for people caring for someone with memory loss on from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at FamilyMeans.

The monthly support and education sessions provide caregivers a place to connect with others in similar situations as well as have the opportunity to talk with medical experts and caregiver support professionals. Stanley Smith, M.D., a geriatrician with Stillwater Medical Group along with Lisa Schiemann and Carol Davis, caregiver coaches and counselors with FamilyMeans, serve as the facilitators.

The group will explore issues including managing difficult behaviors; maintaining personal balance; planning for legal needs; coping with depression; developing support systems; accessing community resources, and understanding and dealing with the realities of memory loss.

Call Lisa Schiemann at 651-789-4004 to register and for more information.

Lake Elmo library expands hours

LAKE ELMO — The Lake Elmo Public Library has recently expanded the hours it is open to patrons, the library board announced.

The library at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. South is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Library board officials hope the added after-school and evening hours will be more convenient for families.

Courage Center gets $5,000 Xcel grant

MINNEAPOLIS — Courage Center recently received a $5,000 grant from Xcel Energy to fund vocational services for people experiencing barriers to health and independence.

The grant was made through the economic sustainability focus area fro Xcel Energy’s corporate giving, part of the company’s effort to support non-profit agencies procviding services in communities served by Xcel.

Courage Center’s vocational programs help more than 350 people ages 16 to 65 years discover vocational strengths and helps them develop vocational goals leading to increased self-sufficiency