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RECORD )E NT 'IETY & FAMILY Focus INDEX PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PAGE 5 PAGE 6 PAGE 7 COMMUNITY COMMUNITY SPORTS CLASSIFIED AREA FOCUS PAGE 8 PAGE 9 PAGE 1 0 PAGE 11 PAGE 1 2 WWG FALL SPORTS PAGE 10 Y 1, 2004 75 cents entinel ribune VOLUME NO. NUMBER 52 o 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition 19 istrict enrollment holding steady is high- when the two combined Merchant inel Tribune -- Back in 1991 when and Walnut Grove in a cooperative school the was around 500 stu- Toda due to an increase population the enroll- will be at the 520 mark K- Dress Code (dressing appropriately for School) would include: There shall be no advertisement of tobacco or drugs or any offensive or harass- ing words or pictures. Alcohol, reli- gion, race, color, gangs, obscene or suggestive language, sexual innuen- does example, Playboy, Hooters. change will give students a one week grace period when they become inel- igible due to academic deficiency. They will be allowed to play and practice that week but if the work is not caught up by the following Monday morning they will not be able to play or practice until they become eligible again. uperintendent Loy Woelber "the increase in Hmong stu- wilt mean more emphasis ELL (English learner pro- It is needed to help students. Most of the nts are doing just fine, attention is needed for younger ones. Because a percentage of the families only Hmong at home." is beefing up their tech- programs. According to stu- demographics there is a for more tech programs. also is adding more on their math program. the addition of Ag Josh Barron, WWG give more math classes to Carter. Carter will also as co-FFA Advisor with and she will also teach class." FFA program hareally so we want to keep it new positions include, new teacher Allyson middle school English Michelle Redman. and teacher Candace Nichols. Kirchner has been hired cook in the Westbrook cam- Severson is the new munity Ed coordinator and will remain as the central contact for all of the Fitness Center summer projects have been The tuck pointing of the center is nearly done. The window project on the Walnut elementary wing is complete south side of the south wing. other ',ides will be completed the next three years. principal Bill Richards the dress code changes will be the bigger changes for some additions to the book under Part of the teaching staff met at Walnut Grove Monday morning for a staff in service period. The meetings continul through Tuesday, with school open- ing Wy-morning. ,. No bare midriff (shirts must be below the belly button). No visible undergarments (boxers, bra straps, underwear). No low cut shirts, strap- less, halter or tube tops. Shorts and skirts appropriate for academic set- ting. All of our building projects have been completed, "our custodial staff did a great job." "We will be offering a very good curriculum as we have in the past." There will be more tech and math classes for students to choose from. Walnut Grove principal Paul Olsen reviewed several items for the new school year. The ECFE program will be bigger and expanded. Tim Doubler and Brent Alms will be installing a new score board in the middle school gym. The work is expected to be completed this week. Eligibility rules will be one of the bigger changes this year. The The middle school had to get more desks to accommodate their larger classes. The fourth grade class will be split for reading and math. Thev will have a 4 year Para to help in tile class. Pre school will be held at Walnut Grove with two sessions, one will be Mondays and Wednesdays the other will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Judy Enstad was hired as a long term sub for third grade in Westbrook. Jolene Cooley will be a long term sub for Walnut Grove kindergarten class. Tuesday September 7th there will be an open house from 7 to 8 pm for K through 4. Olson reminded parents their kids must have physicals before they can participate in and sport includ- ing practice. Note, the end of the 1st quarter will be October 29th not November 3rd which is shown in the school cal- endar. Player piano leads to new friendship By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel 7}'ibune People often ask me where I find the subjects for my sto- ries. Some are the result of' assignments to cover local events. Sometimes an arti- cles in another newspaper or a story on the news stimu- lates my thinking. Other times readers give me ideas. This story, however, was "a story within astor):" A cou- ple weeks ago Dave and I attended the Steam and Gas Engine Expo in Butterfield. (The story and photos were in last week's paper.) While touring the grounds and enjoying the exhibits, we were surprised to spot a familiar sight--Jim Erickson's player piano on wheels. We heard the rousing sounds coming from the piano before we noticed where it was com- ing from. Jim was busy visit- ing with several people, and an elderly gentleman's fin- gers were bouncing over the keyboard. Jim proceeded to tell us about 75-year-old Richard "Ricardo" Egerston, the man at the piano. Several years ago Jim met Richard at the Butterfield event, and a friendship developed. Richard has shown up in Butterfield to play Jim's piano ever since then. Jim suggested that I talk to Richard's friend sit- ting on a bench listening to one old time tune after anoth- er as it was played by Richard. The friend willingly filled me in on Richard's back- ground, and his admiration of Richard's talents was evi- dent throughout our conver- sation. Continued on page 3 Richard Egerston, Estherville, Iowa, plays the piano while Jim Erickson stands in the background talking with visitors. Holiday deadline changes Because of the Labor Day Holiday, the Peach deadliSe will be 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. Ad deadline for Sentinel Tribune will be Friday noon, Sept. 3. Copy deadline for local news will be Friday noon, Sept. 3. Local news will not be called for. If you have local news call or bdng it into the office Friday. Over 400 attend benefit for Amy Ankrum The Ankrum Benefit that was held on August 21st was a great success. Over 400 people were served at the hog roast and raf- fie. Over 70 prizes were distrib- uted at the drawing that night. At left Nicole Elzenga left, and Amy Ankrum wore special shirts the night of the benefit. At right many well wishers enjoyed fellowship and the hog roast supper. Submitted photos 63/60 88/61 76/57 Partly cloudy A few thun- and windy, derstorms clouds. Highs in the possible. upr 8 High and lows in the low 60s. 69/49 Occasional showers pos- sible. 69/50 Times of un and clouds. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the Io 50s. 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