Sand Creek Chatter – 2-27-2013

Sand Creek Arts Reminder: Saturday, March 2 at 6:30 pm–Blue Grass Jam in the Grace Room of The Olde School. Local pickers, strummers, pluckers and singers come together to enjoy the music and each other and we all get to listen. No admission; free will donation for refreshments to support the jams and the music.

On Saturday, February 16th, Sand Creek Arts hosted a Valentine’s Dance with live music by the Second Wind String Band. The Band played couple dances like polkas, the waltz and the two-step and a series of fun-filled community dances. The band’s three singers/dancers/callers taught novice dancers the steps and encouraged participation from everyone. In addition to locals, some people came from more than 50 miles to attend this event. Everyone thought it was so much fun. We’ll definitely have them play again. Maybe a barn dance, next time?

Thelma Waterhouse went to the home of Randy Waterhouse last Sunday, February 17 for ice cream and cake in celebration of Randy’s birthday.

Popple Creek Homemakers met at the home of Lana Anderson on Monday evening, February 18. Judy Horn, Kathy Follendorf, and Geri Bates shared information on making soups. They all provided samples, including Lana. It proved to be an interesting and tasty evening.

On Saturday, February 16, Doug and Becky Westholm, Derek, Brandon and Danielle enjoyed watching Benjamin compete with the CW 7th grade traveling basketball team. The Bulldogs were playing in their final tournament of the season at Cameron where they finished 2-2 and earned fourth place in tournament.

Pastor Michael Peterson of Lindstrom, MN visited Gene and Bonnie Peterson on February 17-18.

On Sunday, February 17, Doug and Becky Westholm, Derek, Benjamin and Danielle attended the District 10 High School Bowling Tournament in Hudson, WI. Brandon Westholm is a member of the bowling squad which won the regular season District 10 title and on Sunday won the District tournament. The win qualifies the Bulldogs to compete in the State Tournament to be held in two weeks in the Wausau area.

Avis Hanson and her daughter, Susan Carlson of Chippewa Falls, had breakfast together at Bohemian Ovens in Bloomer on February 23.

Margie Anderson and her daughter, Cory Schneider, enjoyed lunch together in Eau Claire on February 22 along with fulfilling appointments and errands.

Judy Horn met Carol Squires of Friendsville, Maryland at the Eau Claire airport and brought her to Sand Creek on February 20 to spend the next two weeks with her mother, Swanee Rasmussen.

Glenn Anderson took his son, John Anderson of Peoria, IL, along with children, Tyler and Haley out for noon lunch at the Sand Creek Café on February 22.

Master Sergeant Patrick Anderson, wife Kristi and daughter Emma put their house in Summerville, SC up for sale and left February 20 for Apo, Hungary where they will be living for the next two years. Pat will be serving there with Air Force Services. Kristi will be able to continue with the same job she had in SC and Emma will be attending Pre-Kindergarten classes there.

Jean Hanson and Cleo Taft got together with FloyAnn Lofthus at her home on Friday afternoon, February 22, to plan their high school class reunion in the summer.

Anita Jenson, Ingrid Rothenbuehler, Carol Anderson and Sandy Anderson attended a movie and then had lunch together at Adventures in Rice Lake on Saturday, February 23.

Sue (Toycen) Favero recently returned to Phoenix from a 16-day deployment with the American Red Cross (ARC) in New York, New York. Your reporter appreciated the insight into the ARC operation provided in her report as follows: The time went fast and Sue was able to provide assistance and resources for numerous clients. There are still close to 1000 families displaced and living in hotels since the storm landed – October 29th. ARC provides a credit card with $100/family member/week. It might sound like a lot but believe me $100 doesn’t go far when you are living out of a hotel with no kitchen or area to do any food preparation. They are also given a Metro Card to be used for transportation to school, job interviews, looking for housing, etc.. Sue completed a condolence case and talked with the surviving daughter having a very difficult time adjusting to her father’s death. Her father was 72 years old – retired MD who drowned in his house during the Hurricane. ARC provides a money gift card to families of victims who died as a direct result of the storm. Sue also accompanied another volunteer on another condolence visit. The daughter’s father had died in a Nursing Home (where he was admitted) after the storm and he was not provided adequate care and as a result died.

Another case was a family who lost everything in the storm and the mother and son have significant health issues. The son is 11 years old and Autistic. He lost everything in his “quiet room” – where he goes when he is stressed or anxious. The mother lost her scooter, 4-wheeled wheelchair, air purifiers, vehicles with loader for scooter, appliances, furniture, etc. Sue was able to contact a company and they are working on replacing the scooter and the ARC is giving a gift card to be used for medical equipment. The mother has Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, legally blind, pulmonary hypertension, blood clotting disorder, numerous back surgeries, etc.

Sue participated in some training and was able to use the training immediately. She was also Field promoted to Supervisor and had a few days to complete extra responsibilities of the position. They also provided Vision Vouchers that allow Clients to go to an Optical Store and replace the glasses they lost in the storm. The certificates are valued at $385 and the ARC has provided close to 1000 vouchers which require a lot of documentation.

On personal note, you may find it interesting that Sue attended Mass at St. Malachy’s, The Actors Chapel—a beautiful church with some very interesting history. Check out “actorschapel.org”. Fans of NCIS on CBS will find it noteworthy that Sue stopped by “Donna Bell’s Bake Shop” on her walk from Chapter Headquarters to the hotel. Pauley Perrette (Abby, NCIS) and her two best friends opened Donna Bell’s Bake Shop in the Theatre District/Hell’s Kitchen. It is named after her mother and uses her Southern recipes.