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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 * $1,00 ............. The GFW Theatre Department is getting ready for its one-act play competi- tion on Saturday, Jan. 28. The cast and crew, along with several other actors, will perform the play as well as several skits for the public on Saturday, Jan. 21, at GFW High School. Front row, from left to right: Cheryl Schugg- cos- turner, *Sue O'Neill - director, Heather Bakke- staff assistant, Sam Galatz (10), Carrissa Crain (10) and Andy O'Neill Hood (10). Second row: *Aliciar Edict (12), *Manny Banda (11), *Becca Klehr (11) *Angie Munoz (11), *Ally O'Neill Hood (11), *Jenna Albrecht (12), *Rachel Deming (12), *Mariah Schwecke (11). Back Row: *Zach Metza (11), *Breanna Ahlers (11), *Spencer Dolly (11), Sommers Willock (11), *Michael Stoll (9). *Connor Burns (11), *Tanner Schugg (11), *Caleb Meuller (11), *Tom Schuckert (9), *Rachel Markgraf (12), *Elise Tabor (12). Missing from photo: *Ariel Griswold (12), *Frank Fairchild (11) Wyatt Kihlstrom (11), Timmy Ahlstrand (11), Dylan Schimmelpfennig (11), Cody Schimmelpfennig (9), Izzy Walker-Heine (9), Tyler Dummer (11), and Kevin Taralseth (11). * Indicates GFW One Act Play Competition Team. Photo by Michae} Mattison GFW Theatre Department to hold one-act play and desserts by Michael Mattison Saturday will be the annual event when the GFWTheatre Department presents its one-act play competition piece to the pub- lic. Along with the play, there will be several skits and desserts for the public to enjoy. The event will take place in the GFWHigh School Auditorium beginning at 2 p.m. "The Machine" will be the competition play for GFW this year. The Machine is a group of students who run their school. They act alike, talk alike and con- tinue each other's sentences. A new girl, who is a piano vir- tUOSO , moves into the school. She doesn't tell anyone about her tal- ents because she wants be a regular kid. Director Sue O'Neill said that she has to make choices between the machine and other kids in the school. "It is a play with a meaning," O'Neill said. "You should be true to yourself. Don't be afraid to be who you are and don't be ashamed of the skills or talents that you pos- sess. You should choose friends with your interests." O'Neill said that the seniors in her Intro to Theatre class selected three plays for consideration to be the one-act competition piece. In accordance to Minnesota State High School League rules, GFW has the maximum 20 cast and crew members. There are also 11 additional students who be per- forming in the skits. Sub-Section competition will be held Saturday, Jan. 28, at LeSueur-Henderson High School. It begins at 9:15 a.m. and GFW will be the last performance expected to go off at 4 p.m. Others competing are LeSueur- Henderson, Sibley East, Belle Plaine, New Richland-Heartland- Ellendale-Geneva, Cleveland, LeCenter, St. Peter and Waterville- Elysian-Morristown. The top two teams will advance to the Section competition the following Saturday. "The kids really liked this play," O'Neill said. "This one is really a challenge. The kids like to address the clique thing. Even though we are a small school, there are still some cliques. This group really wanted to do something that sent a message." The play will also be per- formed for the student body on Thursday, Jan. 26. A presentation on suicide will also be presented at that time. "The emphasis is to empower who you are and being proud of that," O'Neill said. WinterFest celebrated in Gibbon over weekend Left: Steve Seeboth was one of 200 lucky ticket holders able to sample more than 70 varieties of wine and beer from 14 vendors at the WinterFest wine & beer tast- ing. Each ticket holder also received a commemorative Gibbon wine glass celebrating the town's 125th cele- bration this year. Gibbon's second annual WinterFest kicked off with it's sold out Wine & Beer Tasting at the South 80 Friday night. Above: Rita Olson receives her Bingo winnings from Miss Gibbon Alicia Evenson. It was a packed house at MJ's of Gibbon on Saturday for WinterFest Bingo. The event was sponsored by the Gibbon Lions who donated specialty meat packages to go along with the cash prize. Photos by Nickie Sabo Changes coming in lead roles at GFW Schools by Doug Hanson While Superintendent Tony Boyer was expecting to resign at the end of the school year, new health concerns have accelerated that resignation. While nothing is official at this point, Boyer has ver- bally stated to adminstration and GFW School Board directors that he will be resigning as of January 31st. Boyer was hired in June of 2010 through a consulting firm, School Administrative Specialty Services (SASS), based in Alberta, Minnesota. He was hired on one- year contracts and had agreed to serve in that role for up to three years. SASS has been in contact with the GFW School District. One of the next Monday's School Board agenda items will be to discuss hiring high school prin- cipal Jeff Bertrang as GFW's superintendent. What that job description will be is uncertain at this time. During the past year Boyer has stated that a 60 percent superin- tendent with two principals is not enough for the GFW School System. In December he recom- mended a full-time superintend- ent/principal, which the Board approved and started advertising for that position. That advertise- ment has since been stopped. GFW was paying SASS $79200 for the 132 days when Boyer was hired with no additional expense for mileage, school car, benefits, etc. The District was sav- ing approximately $68,000. Exactly how the roles of the administration team will be defined in the next coming months and then again next fall will now be discussed, starting next Monday. Trebesch steps down as fire chief by Michael Mattison For the past eight years, Mike Trebesch has served as fire chief of the Winthrop Fire Department. After serving nearly a decade on the department, Trebesch moved into the second assistant chief position in 2001 under Chief John Sommer and First Assistant Jerry Fritz. He took over the chief posi- tion in 2003. "Serving on the fire department is a good thing," Trebesch said of his decision to join the department. "It is a good volunteer opportunity in the city. It gives you a chance to help the people of the city." Trebesch will not be retiring from the department. He will be serving now as second assistant. Lonnie Bacon has become the new chief and Fritz remains first assis- tant. "I felt it was time to get the younger people up there," he said. "I'm going to retire a few years down the road here and they will have the knowledge and can always ask me for any help. It's time for other people to get up there and learn what goes on." In addition to coordinating and running a fire scene, the chief also works on budgeting with the city and townships that it serves, meets with new businesses on fire codes and what special circumstances there might be in fighting a fire there and keeping up with all of the rules and regulations. "Those are changing all the time. It requires a lot of paperwork," Trebesch said. There are also many classes each year for training firefighters. Several new businesses with special needs have been construct- ed in Winthrop during Trebesch's time on the department which include the ethanol plant and its expansion, the elevator, Winfield Solutions, the fertilizer plant and the new industrial park. The new fire hall was also con- structed while Trebesch was chief. Several fires stick in the memo- ry more than others for Trebesch. The two in town include the eleva- tor fire in 2003 and the Hanson house fire at couple of years ago. "That was the worst one for me and I think the rest of the firefight- ers would say the same thing," he said. He also recalls large fires which they were called upon for mutual aid in Gaylord and Green Isle. Shortly after Trebesch became chief, the elevator in Winthrop burned down. "I believe there were 15-17 departments here. It took a lot to keep some kind of control. I got a lot of help on that one," he said. People had to be on the scene for about 1 1/2 weeks until the fire marshal could get his job done. "A lot of retired guys helped out with that. We all had jobs to go to." Many changes have occurred during the years, especially with equipment. Turnout gear used to be rubber boots and leather coats. Now the gear is equipped with safety harnesses. The air packs have monitoring systems in them. The trucks continue to improve and firefighting techniques contin- ' ue to change. The ethanol plant requires the use of foam. With plastics preva- lent in houses and cars, water is not always the best remedy. "You can't just put water on a fire," Trebesch said. "You really have to watch out. There is a real science to fighting fires." Sibley County is also upgrad- ing its radio system and Trebesch has been representing the Winthrop department in those meetings. Winthrop has 25 firefighters on its roster. Trebesch said that at least half of them are first responders and a couple are also EMTs. "I've enjoyed meeting the peo- ple. I can talk to anybody," he said with a laugh about his time as chief. "I also enjoyed the chal- lenges-you get to a scene, see if it's safe and figuring out how you are going to put the fire out. With the chemicals and hazardous mate- rials that people have, you really have to think about it." Trebesch is confident that the department will thrive under Bacon's direction. "We all work together," Trebesch said. "We're a team down here and always have been. With 25 guys, if you're not a team, it's not going to work." Mike Trebesch More Gibbon Winterfest. Page 3. Winthrop's Weather 8a.m. 4p.m. Tues., Jan. 10 30 50 Wed., Jan. 11 34 20 Thurs., Jan. 12 9 14 Fri., Jan. 13 4 12 Sat., Jan. 14 14 280 Sun., Jan. 15 21 40 Mon., Jan. 16 22 24 Wednesday Forecast Flurries 27 high -2 low Temperatures recorded by Del and Irene Leske.