Area briefs: Eight Stillwater Area Public Schools teachers and staff honored

Seated, from left: Marilyn Cathcart (retired), Chris Otto (SJHS), Katy Pupungatoa (OLJHS). Second row, Cathy Wegener (Marine), Joey Appert (Rutherford), Dianne Polasik (retired), Chris Hoefferle (Lake Elmo), Andrea Mitchell (SAHS). (Photo courtesy of Partnership Plan)

Seated, from left: Marilyn Cathcart (retired), Chris Otto (SJHS), Katy Pupungatoa (OLJHS). Second row, Cathy Wegener (Marine), Joey Appert (Rutherford), Dianne Polasik (retired), Chris Hoefferle (Lake Elmo), Andrea Mitchell (SAHS). (Photo courtesy of Partnership Plan)

Eight teachers and staff of Stillwater Area Public Schools were the recipients of special awards of excellence and were honored at a recent banquet at the Lake Elmo Inn Event Center sponsored by The Partnership Plan.

Teachers received the Partnership Award and staff members received Gratitude with Distinction awards. Both awards honor individuals who exemplify excellence in the performance of their work with the students of Stillwater Area Public Schools.

The honorees are; Joey Appert, Rutherford Elementary; Cathy Wegener, Marine Elementary; Katy Pupungatoa, Oak-Land Junior High; Angela Mitchell, Stillwater Area High School; Chris Otto, Stillwater Junior High; Chris Hoefferle, Lake Elmo Elementary; Marilyn Cathcart, retired; and Dianne Polasik, retired.

Menikheim appointed to Stillwater Library Board

Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki appointed Councilmember Doug Menikheim to the Stillwater Public Library Board of Trustees. The decision was approved by the city council in a 3-0 vote. Councilmember Ted Weidner was absent, and Menikheim abstained.

The library board is the policy making body for the library. It consists of nine Stillwater residents who may serve up to three terms of three years each.

Free Outdoor Zumba at Lake Elmo Park Reserve begins May 24

Washington County Parks invites everyone to experience Outdoor Zumba at Lake Elmo Park Reserve beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24. Join certified Zumba instructor and local, Stephen “Kepano” Blythe, for a one-hour, high-energy, dance and music workout for all ages. Outdoor Zumba Classes are free with a park permit ($5/day or $25 annual). They will be offered twice a week from May 24 through Aug. 16, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve – Swim Beach Area. No registration required and no equipment is needed. All ages are welcome to participate; children must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately for outdoor, physical exercise; water bottles, sunscreen, etc., are encouraged. Remember, on the first Tuesday of the month, all Washington County Parks are free to enter, with no vehicle permit required. For more information on Washington County Programs and Events, see co.washington.mn.us/parks.

Smith Named CAFES Outstanding Faculty Member at UW-River Falls

Brian R. Smith, professor of horticulture and state extension commercial fruit specialist, received the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award at the 48th Annual Awards Banquet in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on April 24. This is the highest award bestowed upon a faculty member in the college. The awardee is also honored nationally with the Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) in recognition of meritorious efforts in college teaching.

Smith has received numerous awards for his contributions including:  the Paul B. and Robert Dykstra Faculty Excellence Award in 2012 from UW-River Falls for his role in research, creative and scholarly activity; the WiSys Technology Foundation Innovation Scholar Award in 2006 for his exemplary work in the development of the BlackIce plum; and he was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow in 2004-05 by the University of Wisconsin System for his extraordinary public service on behalf of the University. For more information, contact Smith at 715-425-3345.

Stillwater Elks host flea market

There will be flea market, collectibles, crafts and vendor sale at Stillwater Elks Lodge, 5880 Omaha Ave. N., Stillwater with more than 80 vendors, Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with food available on site. Proceeds support Elks’ community outreach projects and scholarships. Call 651-707-3412 with questions.

Estate Planning Seminar, presented by Dean Barkley at the Washington County Government Center

The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend an Estate Planning workshop on May 13, 2014 at the Washington County Government Center, located at 14949 62nd St. N, Stillwater. The session will be from 10 a.m. to noon in room LL14. Estate planning can be difficult and unpleasant to think about, but a good estate plan can bring peace of mind.  In addition, proper planning can reduce or eliminate taxes, help your family avoid probate, save money, time, and hassles. This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library.  To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

Afton student receives National Merit Scholarship

Leah B. Kosyakovsky of Afton has been named as a National Merit $2500 Scholarship winner. Finalists in each state are judged to have

the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. Kosyakovsky is a senior at Stillwater Area High School and plans to study medical research.

Oak Park Heights receives clean audit

The city of Oak Park heights received a clean audit report for its 2013 financial statements. State law requires cities to have an outside auditor check compliance with applicable laws and issue a report.

Stillwater woman to work in South Africa orphanage

Madeline Seggelke, 21, of Stillwater is currently fundraising for her volunteer trip to South Africa for four weeks during the summer of 2014 to work in an orphanage. Many of the children she will be working with have lost their parents to crime, disease or violence, and have not been properly cared for. Seggelke will be working in a humanitarian childcare project to teach and care for children and babies. To donate for he trip, visit gofundme.com/53jhng or check or cash can be mailed to 406 5th St. S Bayport, MN 55003.

Letter carrier food drive May 10

The US Postal Service will be collecting items for nearby food shelves on Saturday, May 10. Postal customers can place a bag of nonperishable food by their mailbox before their letter carrier comes by and their letter carrier will deliver it to a nearby food-distribution charity within that same community.

Bayport receives clean audit

The city of Bayport received a clean audit report for its 2013 financial statements. State law requires cities to have an outside auditor check compliance with applicable laws and issue a report.

 

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