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In September, the New York Mills Lions approved a $10,000 donation to the city of New York Mills to help cover costs of a $44,000 elevator rehab project. In a phone interview, Lions Club President Davis Leino-Mills said the reason the group donated was two-fold: First, the Lions use the City Hall Ballroom for their monthly meetings. Second, the Lions offer bar services in conjunction with events in the ballroom - which are prime fundraising opportunities for the group.
The New York Mills School and community members recently participated in "a unique fundraiser with KLN Family Brands," raising a total of $17,000 for the school, according to KLN spokesperson Josie Hendrickx. The funds were split and given to various causes: $12,000 for new football field lights, $4,000 to the Booster Club and $1,000 to the Close-Up group. In a seven-day period, more than 1,200 total volunteer hours were dedicated to the fundraiser.
The streets of Perham set the scene in Richard Maxwell's new play, "Neutral Hero," now playing at a theater in New York City. Perham was a major source of inspiration for the play, Maxwell revealed in a phone interview last week. He both wrote and directed the show. Through character dialogue, New York City audiences can clearly imagine driving into Perham from the south on Highway 78, traveling over the Highway 10 bypass, and continuing down 3rd Avenue.
Teachers and administrators in New York Mills School began a formal six-step process this week "to provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum that aligns with state standards and benchmarks," elementary principal Judith Brockway announced to the school board Monday night. Brockway said over the years, the curriculum requirements for schools have multiplied, yet the hours in a school day have not. "It's kind of staggering, all the things that have been added to the plate of teachers and educators," Brockway said.
"The enrollment numbers were disappointing this month," said Perham-Dent School District's Business Manager, Kristi Werner, during a school board meeting last week. District-wide, the most recent enrollment report showed a loss of 20 students - nine down at the high school, five from the middle school and six from the elementary. This brings the total number of students lost since the beginning of the school year to 24. However, Werner said, enrollment numbers fluctuate from week to week. "This is just a snapshot of what enrollment was on one day," she explained.
Perham High School will be one of just five schools in the nation to participate in a high school motorcycle build in collaboration with S and S Cycle Incorporated's 55th Anniversary. On completion, the custom bike will go on tour with S and S Cycle to some of the biggest motorcycle events in the country, including Sturgis. Next fall, when the tour is done, the bike will be given back to the school to be sold. Kurt Peterson, custom bike designer at Lil' Evil Inkorpor8ted in Perham, brought the idea to the school board at a meeting last week.
New York Mills School Superintendent Todd Cameron has announced his intent to retire, effective Aug. 31, 2013. He made the official announcement Monday evening during a meeting of the NY Mills School Board. The board will begin looking into options for filling the open position in November. Cameron began as NY Mills School Superintendent in Feb.
Need a good reason to check out the newest styles? The Catholic Daughters have one - raising funds for local and national charities. For more than 35 years, the Catholic Daughters group of Perham has put together a Fall Style Show. This year's show will be held at Mulligan's on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning with brunch at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following brunch will be the style show, silent auction and door prizes. This year's theme will be 'Santa Clause is Coming to Town.' All styles on display will be from local merchants, many of which will be participating for the first time. Court St.
Editor's note: This is the second in a four-part weekly series introducing the new teachers at Perham schools. This fall, three new teachers started at Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham. District-wide there were 22 teachers hired, with the middle school seeing the smallest increase. Principal Scott Bjerke said in an email to the newspaper that the affect of new teachers reaches far beyond the school's walls.
New York Mills resident, Cindy Fox, recently published an award-winning story called "Crisscross." Her story won first place from Jackpine Writer's Bloc in the creative nonfiction category. The work appeared in a compilation book of short stories called, "The Talking Stick." The story, "captures a moment while I sat at my father's funeral," Fox explained in a phone interview. It uses "images to portray my feelings." "Crisscross" is the 12th article Fox has had published since she started writing in 2009.