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Baby boomers are coming of age; 2011 is the first year the generation will reach 65. And Living at Home is gearing up for the "tsunami." February has been declared National Senior Independence Month. The Living at Home program augments what, for most, is an innate desire to maintain an independent lifestyle. "The program is a lifesaver," said Lisa Hayes, who cares for her mother on a 24-7 basis. Betty Hayes is in a latter stage of Alzheimer's disease.
Park Rapids Area High School's one-act play cast, performing "Property Rites" by Alan Haehnel, took first place out of eight schools competing at the section contest in Perham Saturday. The cast and crew will leave Wednesday after school to go on to perform at the state festival. They will take the stage at 10 a.m. Thursday in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University, St. Paul. The public may view the production at an open rehearsal to be held at 6 p.m.
If the Hubbard County Food Shelf operated as a conventional business, Standard and Poor's would be lauding its progress. In the past 10 years, usage of the food shelf has increased annually by 10 to 15 percent. Last year, the food shelf distributed 182 tons of food, a 36 percent increase from 2009. "A good share of it is because of a change in government regulations," director Dave Long explained. Beginning in October 2010, food shelves were required to distribute food to families and individuals a minimum of once a month if they received government surplus food.
A school/community garden will sprout on Century School grounds when summer arrives, a committee having formed to propagate the plan. Master Gardeners Dr. Maurice Spangler and Sally Shearer presented the concept to the school board this week, gaining a nod of approval. The mission, Spangler explained, is to improve students' health by encouraging families to grow and eat healthier food. Community Education intends to contribute to the initiative by offering a healthy eating class in conjunction, Jill Dickinson reported.
Park Rapids parents are tardy/absent. ParentVue, an online program allowing parents/guardians access to information on students' grades and assignments, is generally not being used, high school principal Jeff Johnson reported at this week's board meeting. Of the students' 2,000 parents, just 200 are checking via the site, he said.
After a career in education spanning 36 years, Century School principal Bruce Gravalin announced plans to retire at Monday night's school board meeting. "I've done it all," Gravalin said of his work with students from kindergarten through senior high. "It's been a good ride." Gravalin entered the classroom in Moorhead as a physical education, science and health teacher, instructing from 1975-78. He worked as a guidance counselor at Park Rapids Area High School from 1978-84 and Moorhead High School's director of guidance from 1984-87.
Trainer/educator/advocate Jerry Snow has initiated Life Force Energy and Fitness, offering physical training, bodywork and lifestyle counseling. His mission: "To facilitate with training, nutrition and education the tools to reach a state of complete fitness that transcends the past, exceeds the present and expedites the future for long life, health and vitality." Snow headed back to college in 2004 to complete his education, graduating in 2009 with a degree in science education. Meanwhile, he'd been studying bodywork, including reflexology and massage therapy.
A quartet of diligent detectives have unearthed (unsnowed) the Legion's Community Fishing Contest medallion and will claim more than $1,000 in loot during the event's award presentation Feb. 5. The win is a reprise for Emily and Jesse Munson and Matt Munson who deciphered the clues two years ago and found the medallion by the public works building. Kevin Hegtvedt, the fourth cohort, was in Texas at the time. "We work as one brain," Matt Munson said.
Park Rapids Area High School actors will perform the one-act play, "Property Rites," during sub-section 24-A competition beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 in the high school auditorium. The plot involves Kyle Macmanus who's invested in a high tech work of art - a sculpture of human like figures programmed to perform movements, monologues and much more. But just when Kyle is about to make a sale, the sculpture "malfunctions" and thus begins the figures' fatal race against their owner's final destructive solution.