April 9, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.

We say goodbye to a community legend; run/walk this weekend

We say goodbye to a community legend; run/walk this weekend
We say goodbye to a community legend; run/walk this weekend

I am writing with a very heavy heart today.  The one thing that I dread the most doing this column is writing about community residents that have passed away.  I am sad to say that we have lost one of the most iconic people Chisago County has ever known.  Marlene Smith has gone to a better place.  

The name might sound familiar to you, it should, Marlene has been the owner of Plastic Products, a large employer in Chisago County for decades.  Since 1975, Marlene has been an ultra-successful businessperson growing PPC into a multi-city, 750 employee corporation.  

Marlene has been a photo staple of the Chisago County Press for decades.  What does that mean?  It means that Marlene was a giver.  If there was a community event, if there was a community need, if there was a community emergency, guess who we all ran to?  That's right, Marlene.
 
Sadly, and yes we all were guilty of it, sometimes she was treated like an ATM machine. If you were a little short of fundraising, it would be okay because you could count on Marlene being there to save the day.  Don't get me wrong, I am not degrading her or even saying we who have asked for her help did not appreciate every penny she gave, but rather I am saying this because I fully feel like we never appropriately thanked her.  

How that would be done, I am not exactly sure. But one thing is for sure, we will not see another like her ever.  Not only was she the greatest community ambassador we have ever had, she was one heck of a woman.  Thank you Marlene.  I know it's too late, but I have to say it anyway.

Last weeek I wrote about the Lions Cadillac Dinner.  I told you that there was still time to purchse tickets (which there still is) and I noted that it was on April 15. I somehow (hard to believe I know) got the date wrong.  The date of the dinner is actually April 25.  

I apologize for the goof up.  You can still purchase tickets by calling Gary at 651-210-8339 or Jim at 651-587-0537.  The dinner is a great time and someone will go home a big winner.  There are some new exciting prizes this year. The dinner is being held at WineHaven.  I hope to see you there.

The Chisago Lakes Middle School is hosting the second annual Chisago Lakes Middle School 5K Run/Walk.  

The run/walk is an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle, develop community connections, increase student achievement and build a stronger school climate. The run/walk will raise money to enhance classroom technology and help complete the outdoor classroom.  

The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Middle School and snacks will be provided.  

You can register at www.active.com/lindstrom-mn/running/chisago-lakes-middle-school-5k-fun-walk-run-2015?int= or by calling Associate Principal Eric Stang at 651-213-2403.  

Thank you to those of you who have already taken advantage of our early renewal campaign.  I can’t believe it has been another year already.  You can save on a year’s worth of Chisago County news being delivered to your doorstep.  We strive hard to bring you the best coverage week in and week out.  Obviously, we can do better, and trust me, we are trying, but we think we have a pretty solid paper.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading.

 April 18, the good folks at Security Victor Agency in Wyoming, has a great opportunity to get rid of old tax records and help you empty file cabinets of sensitive documents, while supporting  Lakes Area Youth service Bureau programs and services.

Bring your documents to Security-Victor Agency 5357 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming.

‘Shred Right’ will shred your materials right in front of you as you enjoy a free cup of coffee and roll. $10 will be donated by Security Victor to LAYSB for each bag/box shredded-- up to $500. Your contributions to Lakes Area Service Bureau will also be gladly accepted.

Please remember the homeless when you begin your spring cleaning.  If you are like me, when you take out your summer clothes, you find that you have too many clothes or maybe items that you know you will never wear.  I want them.  Please consider dropping them off here at the Press and we will see that they get to some very appreciative recipients. Thank you.

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