September 21, 2018 at 10:49 a.m.

Shafer Days, Apple Fest were great; another memorable one has left us

Shafer Days, Apple Fest were great; another memorable one has left us
Shafer Days, Apple Fest were great; another memorable one has left us

What a great weekend we had for our last big summer celebrations - Shafer Days and Apple Fest.  Despite a Packers Vikings game at noon, the crowds came out in force to Almelund for the annual Apple Festival.  The smells at the event are almost indescribable, they are so good.

Shafer Days was also really well attended, especially the bingo and pancake breakfast.  Thank you to the good folks that put together the Apple Festival and Shafer Days.  These late-summer events are just perfect for staying close while having a ton of fun.

Sadly our community lost another great one this week. It seems like every other week I am writing about a community pillar passing away. This week I am sad to say that Bonnie DeClercq has left us.   Bonnie was my science teacher a million years ago in junior high and her late husband Dayle was my civics teacher in high school.  She was a great teacher (which back then I didn't think much of many teachers) and she made quite an impression on me.  But, it was my dealing with her since coming to the paper that I found out what a community saint she really was.  She was a part of everything in Chisago Lakes. She volunteered everywhere including meals on wheels, church and the library.  She was such a good soul and she will be missed.

Parents if you love reading books to your kids like we did (back when our kids paid attention to us), the Chisago Lakes Library has something really cool for you.  Author Laura Purdie will be here Monday, September 24.  Never heard of her?

Well, she is the author of over 125 children's books including If You Were The Moon and Meet My Family!  Laura will be at the library for some great conversation and book signing.  What a great gift idea for the upcoming Christmas season.

Have you ever been talking with a friend or family member and heard about a local person who has moved on and is making a difference in the world?  Have you ever wanted to share their story with the community and let us all know how they got there and what they are up to now? If that sounds like someone you know, by all means give us a call or email us at [email protected]. We would love to hear the amazing things our community and former community members are doing in the world  With all of the negative news lately, a little sunshine would be refreshing don't you think?




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