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Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader Sartell Friday, June 21, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 24 Est. 1995 Town Crier Groups collect empty creamer containers RSVP and the Sartell Police Department are looking for clean, empty-liquid-coffeecreamer containers (example – Coffeemate or International Delight). Plastic containers can be dropped off in a drop box located in the Whitney Center Recreation Lobby, at the RSVP office in the Elk River Activity Center or the Sartell Police Station. The containers are filled with ice melt and given out at the Senior Expo. Seniors can carry them in the winter to avoid falls. Contact Jackelyn, RSVP, at 320-650-3083 or jackelyn.bekius@ci.stcloud. Host families sought for two July weekends This summer, nearly 100 students from Okinawa, Japan will visit the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University for three weeks in July. As part of English as a Second Language program, the students will spend one weekend with a home stay family. For them, these threeweek programs provide motivation to continue their study of the English language and introduce them to aspects of American culture not revealed through TV and Hollywood. There will be two home-stay weekends this summer: July 12-14 and July 26-28. Interested families who would like to host a student, contact Mallory Smith, coordinator for shortterm and exchange programs, at 320-363-5930 or email Smith at Admin assistant sought WACOSA is looking for volunteers to answer phones, do data entry and plan special events. They are asking for a 20-hour minimum commitment and volunteer once per week for a two-hour shift. This position is available between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend opportunities available as special events arise. Contact Sarah Schulze, WACOSA volunteer coordinator, at 320-251-0087. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Culligan Postal Patron Council honors Gartland with farewell praise by Dennis Dalman The Sartell City Council warmly thanked longtime Sartell Administrator Patti Gartland and presented Gartland her with a ceramic artwork at the last council meeting. Gartland recently resigned as administrator to accept an offer to be president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. She had served as administrator of Sartell for 12 years. In presenting the award, council member Steve Hennes said under Gartland’s helm, growth in Sartell boomed, thanks largely to Gartland’s efforts to attract and encourage economic development and other kinds of city amenities. There were also challenges during a sagging national and state economy and a drastic decline in state local aid, Hennes noted, adding Gartland and city staff faced those challenges and surmounted them. “You’ve done a great job leading our city,” Hennes told her. Then Hennes presented Gartland with a ceramic plate depicting the Sartell city logo, along with Gartland’s name and dates of service. The plate was made by council member Amy BraigLindstrom, who is a ceramic potter. Gartland expressed delight with the plate and thanked the council. In some sense, Gartland will continue to work on behalf of Sartell because the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. strives to attract economic development for the entire area, including the City of Sartell. Libertyville princesses model art photo by Polly Chappell Five-year-olds Addie Thomes (left) and Molly Chappell model their face and body painting designs they received during June 7 Libertyville events. Libertyville was a new addition to this year’s Sartell SummerFest. The girls will attend Pine Meadow next fall. State arts board launches Disability Mural Project by Dennis Dalman The artistic visions of many individuals will come together, collectively, in the form of a large mural after a series of workshops this summer for the “Disability Mural Project.” During the workshops, people with disabilities or who have a close connection to someone with disabilities (family, friends, co-workers or others) will create art on 12-inchsquare Masonite tiles. The artistic media can include drawing, painting or decoupage. The workshops are all part of a community-arts project that will explore the question, “What does access to the arts mean to you?” It is funded Mural • page 12 Cordies unveil ‘Free Library’ by Dennis Dalman After a lifetime love of books and reading, Sandra Cordie of Sartell finally has her own library, right in her front yard. More precisely, though, it’s not just her library. It belongs to anyone and everyone in the neighborhood who wants to stop by and donate or borrow a book. Cordie’s library is just one of thousands of “Little Free Libraries,” – as they’re dubbed – that have been set up throughout the world. Anyone familiar with Cordie knows how she loves to contributed photo celebrate life. If there is nothTom and Sandra Cordie stand by their “Little Free Library” in ing special to celebrate on any their yard in Sartell. given day, leave it to Cordie to find a reason to celebrate. She’ll come through every time, as her neighbors, friends and family well know. Cordie’s library was a perfect time to celebrate. On a breezy, warm Sunday, June 16, 40 people gathered in the yard of Tom and Sandra Cordie for the unveiling and ribboncutting for the “Little Free Library.” Each person brought a book (new or used) for the library. Then the ceremony began with one of Cordie’s granddaughters, Layla, 6, reading a poem by Dr. Seuss. Layla’s sister, Adalyn, 4, helped serve cupcakes. The library had been draped Library • page 5

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