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EAST R I::GG HUNT Last Saturday afternoon the Walnut Grove Micawber Club held their annual Easter Egg Hunt at the City Park. Photos can be seen on Page 10 h,,i,h,lll,,,i,lil,i,,hqh,lll,hililiil,dlml,illli,,lill, ***************MIXED ADC 50902 09/13/ SmallTownPals lnc 217 W COTA ST ) 3 SHELTON. WA 98584-2263 6 Wednesday April 27, 2011 $1.00 VOLUME NO. 26 NUMBER 35 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition  " ..... " " ;:.' $i  .!':.{2" ZFJ//..  "  " " .................................................................. o, ....... , ,   ;  * ,   :*::,:   .........   ,  , ,   , -. School board tweaks budget cuts Board hears reports on senior class trip, athletics, and social science programs By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- Before the regular meeting the board met to review the budget cuts for the coming school year. After studying previous cuts the board came up with about $150,000 in cuts. One of the cuts shared by both sites will reduce janitorial costs by a total of $7,000, about $3,500 at each site. "We don't want to cut back too far on the custodial -- we want our campuses to be clean and neat when people visit," said Superintendent Loy Woelber. The biggest cuts will be in personnel, a .5 reduction in elementary phy ed will save $18,000, also a .5 reduction in elementary counselor will cut $23,000. A saving of $37,000 was already in place from not rehiring a kindergarten posi- tion. The phy ed position will be filled bY existing staff. In the high school and junior high, savings Will be made through a retirement of Social Science at $45,000, Phy ed .25, Home ec .25, Ind. arts.25, and share and reduce Spanish by .25. At this time the music program has been left in tact, how- ever the board is having the administration look at shifting some personnel to make the program more efficient. Woelber said, "it is nice that we have people that are will- ing to pick up some of the slack from the cuts." There are several other cuts involving bus routes, and selling superintendent's time to other districts. A couple board members wondered what would happen if the budget fund balance increases? Woelber said, "if that hap- pens we will have to be willing to bring back some of the cuts as needed." Leo Theisen updated the board on the athletic programs. Most of the sports are holding well with numbers, although a couple have quite low participation. Soft ball (combined with RRC) has 3 girls, and golf has just 7 girls. Volleyball coaches have been hired. Cathy Baumann, head coach, Sue Herding assistant varsity, and Rusty Krentz junior high. The new bleachers are scheduled to be installed in late July at the high school gym. The new football conference alignment is set for the 2012 season. The alignment will save mileage over the old sched- ule. New teams in the conference will be: Lincoln Hi, Fulda, Renville Co West, SWU, along with current members Edgerton Ellsworth, and Hills Beaver Creek. Theisen also has been named chairman of the new conference. The athletic conference will be held Friday May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westbrook Community Center. Social Science teacher Dan Peterson gave a review of his classes. He talked about his Minnesota History class and his Historical reading class. Peterson works with the Charger Learning Center in the high school helping juniors and seniors in areas where they need to catch up. "It is something they can do at their own pace," he said. Peterson is involved with junior high coaching of foot- ball, and track. He holds a chess tournament, and he is working on a new history book for Walnut Grove. Students from the senior class gave a brief report on their class trip to Washington D.C. and New York City. While in D.C. they toured the major monuments; an inside tour of the White House, and the Pentagon; and toured Arlington National Cemetery. While in New York the class went to the top of Rockerfeller Center; NBC Studio; Ellis Island; and the broadway play the "Lion King." Overall the students thought the trip was a great experience. Board  Continued on page 3 Eal th YEll! making a difference New non traditional sci- ence class Earth Y.E.S. teaches kids how small changes can have a big effect on the environment and your pocket book By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- If you could make sev- eral small changes in the way you do things, and it would not only save you a significant amount of money, but cut down your personal carbon foot print, would you do it. Alright -- so how does this affect me? The term Carbon Footprint refers to the amount of. carbon (CO2) we emit individually in any one year period. The majority of CO2 that is produced by humans comes directly from the amount of energy we use from primarily burning fossil fuels. The average American is responsible for approximately 19-21 tons of Car- bon emissions annually. The United States is responsible for emitting about 25 percent of all the global green house gas emissions every year while we are only 5 percent of the The YES class checking tire pressure at Westbrook ExpressWay gas station last week. world's population. Of course scientists say that the increased human production of green house gases is a major contribution to Global Warming or Climate Change. Last fall Mr. Merrick started a one semester class called Earth Y.E.S. (Youth Energy Summit). It is a class based on a state-wide program that challenges schools to learn about the problems of CO2 and to develop ways to reduce the production of CO2 through challeng- ing student based projects. The Class has been split into two semester classes, with dif- ferent kids in each class. In the first semester Class students completed several projects. The first project was a "Black Out Day." On October 28 the class set out to minimize the amount of energy used in the school for one day. Students and faculty were asked to minimize the use of electricity for the day, where practical class room lights and hall lights were turned off. The class surveyed students and faculty to see how it affected their classes, most felt it did not have a negative affect. The class found the school saved about-$24 in electricity for that one day. The class also distributed "Home Kits" containing a CFL light bulb and a reusable shopping bag. The kits were distributed through the local grocery stores and banks. Earth -- Continued on page 3 You won,t want to miss the 2011 Miss Tootsie Contest presented by the Westbrook Area Volunteers "Pretty in Pink" Miss Tootsie Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK Needa laugh and want to help out the community at the Se time? The W.A.V. (Westbrook Area Volunteerg) has got the show for you! Miss Tootsie is a spoof on the Miss Westhrook Pageant where men dress up as womarL This event has not been put on since 1998, and the Club felt that it was time to bring the show back to the community. Staeey Koenig, Maryellen Suhrhoff and Heather Wahl, are coordinating the event and have been working very hard to put on an entertaining show. "It's just something fun we can do when we have been stuck inside all winter," Staeey Koenig ommented. Featured in this year's show are Adam Krick Jordan Dibbie Steve LeBoutillier, Tony Staples and Cody Jer. They will be showing off their skills as they go through the formal, talent, fit- ness competition as well as a Q &A session. Carolyn Enstad will be the emcee for the event. Eric Larson, Josh Bah'on and Digger Phelps will be judging the competi- tion. There will also be special appearances by Little Miss Tootsies and the reigning Miss Tootsie 1998, Duane Ourada. The eonununity is invited to stop in at Thrifty White Pharmacy now through Friday, April 29 by noon, to vote for the most photogen!c contestant. Miss Tootsie "Pretty in Pink," will be presented to the community on Saturday, April 30 atthe WWG high school auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5,00 at the door. The money that is raised will help fund community projects. The W.A.V hope to see all of you at the show. In the end there can only be one:crowned Miss Tootsie 2011. 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