October 12, 2006 at 7:11 a.m.
Congratulations to Parmly on their groundbreaking of a new Wellness Center. Construction is expected to begin immediately with the project to be finished next year some time. The building will house a wellness center that will focus on physical therapy, physical activity and educational areas. Also under the new roof will be a 12 bed transitional care unit for those who need rehabilitation with the intention of returning home. There will also be a 16 unit advanced memory care facility. They will focus on mental health while keeping the dignity of those afflicted with memory loss.
I have seen the drawings of this new facility and it looks beautiful. I think that the folks at Parmly are being proactive by addressing the physical and mental skills of the aging public at a stage prior to nursing home need. Nice job Mary and the staff.
We are quickly coming up on the November elections. I hope you have been educating yourself on the politicians that will be on your ballot. I have said this a thousand times––if you are unsure of where a politician stands on issues that are important to you and your family, make a phone call. Most politicians will be more than happy to talk about their stances with you. Besides, if a politician tells you no they don’t want to talk with you, is that really somebody you want representing you anyway?
The Chisago County Press has started working on this year’s annual Community Guide. The guide is filled with lots of useful information about the area, maps, parks, churches etc. If you have some photos of the area that you think really express Chisago County, we would like to invite you to send them in. If chosen, your photos will be printed in the Community Guide with photo credits. How neat would that be to show your friends and family one of your photos in a magazine that will be seen by 25,000 people. Our address is P.O. Box 748, Lindstrom, MN 55045. Please attention them “Community Guide.”
This weekend the community lost a gem of a person, and I lost a very good friend. Bob Wilson, whom many of you might know, taught science in the Chisago Lakes School District for many many years, passed away while battling cancer.
When my family moved to the area 27 years ago, it was Bob and his wife Sue that made an effort to welcome our family into the area. From there on out our families have always been close and it comes with no surprise that when my mother passed away Bob and Sue were there to offer their support. And when my father passed away three years ago it was Bob who became a father figure in my life and was always checking up on me. He was a good man and a good father. He will be missed. Take care Bullet.