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l F • • . Autumn leaf clean-up The autumn foliage can be beautiful to admire. However, once the trees are past their peak and begin to drop their leaves, autumn can mean lots of yard work for homeowners. A mature tree can have more than 200,000 leaves, most of which will fall to the ground when the cooler weather arrives. Multiply that amount by the num- ber of trees on the property, and one can see what a task removing leaves can be. Depending on the size of a person's property, leaf removal can be an all-day project. However, when done right, one ensures the lawn underneath the leaves continues to thrive and will be in a better position to ride out the winter. For most, a human-powered rake is the best tool for removing leaves. While blowers might seem quicker, they can simply disperse the leaves instead of con- gregate them for easier disposal. What's more, blowers can be noisy and distribute fuel emis- sions into the air. It is important to rake deep enough to disturb the thatch or dried up grass and other debris that can form in the lawn. This helps prevent the lawn from suf- focation or discoloration. Leaves can be gathered and packed into biodegradeable bags and brought to the local recycling center. They also can be broken down and used in compost. Leaves on their own do not make ideal organic material, so it's best if they're mixed into a compost pile to generate that "black gold" plants love. If there are not many leaves on the property, a lawnmower can be pushed over the leaves to break them up into food for the lawn. However, large quantities of leaves should be raked and removed. Mages benefit triples Lafayette's population The support came from near and far when a benefit was held in Lafayette for Monica Mages and her family Saturday afternoon. VLsitors came to support the Mages family and to enjoy a great pork chop meal and listen to great entertainment. About 1,0 were served at the fire hall, with seating both indoors and out.A huge silent auction--with nearly 200 items-- plus a live auction that included autographed sports items, game tickets, two ATVs, and a lot more were popular attractions. Entertainment includ- ed The Black Diamonds, the Mages Family Band and other groups. Although Monica Mages has been allowed to return home, she was not permitted to attend the benefit, due to concerns about picking up germs. Husband Ed greeted visitors. The Lafayette Area Lions Club presented Ed Mages with a $1,000 donation. Other event sponsors were Lafayette Fire and Ambulance, Knights of Colmnbus and Catholic Order of Foresters--with great support from local and area businesses and individuals. Photos by Sandie Altmann Sibley County Childrens Collaborative Why do we see a GFW and a Sibley East school bus going to and from New Ulm every day? Erin Toninato, Director of River Bend Education District, gave the answer at the September SCCC meeting. The River Bend Education District, located in New Ulm, resem- bles any other independent school district in MN, until you see the bus loading area with buses coming and going from seven independent school districts and three charter schools (among them, GFW and Sibley-East). The uniqueness of River Bend does not stop there. River Bend is responsible for the development, coordination, and eval- uation of the "total special education system" within the member districts and serves as many as 1200 special education students throughout those districts. This includes: advocating on behalf of students with disabilities and the programs which serve them; developing special education poli- cies and procedures to ensure com- pliance with federal and state laws; providing technical assistance to schools and parents; preparing state and federal special education reports; ensuring member schools maximize special education revenues; provid- ing in-service training regarding spe- cial education; etc. Specialized staff, based at River Bend, and working within member schools includes school psycholo- gists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologist, con- sultants for the physically impaired, autism resource specialist, as well as ECSE infant teachers (who work with infants ages birth to 3 in their homes. River Bend cooperates with other education districts and cooper- atives regionally in employing teach- ers of the visually impaired, and audiologists. River Bend Education District houses three distinct educational pro- grams. The Area Learning Center (ALC), the TEAM Program, and the IMPRINTS Program The ALC is just like any other general education school, students are taught by state-licensed teachers. Although receiving their education at River Bend they earn their diplomas from their home district and have to meet the same graduation standards as any public school students. ALC is a viable choice for students who fare better in smaller educational settings and meet specific "at risk" criteria set forth in statute. This year's enroll- ment is much higher with 95 students enrolled, up from 55 attending at the end of the 2009/2010 school-year. TEAM is a Program that pro- vides both academic and mental health services. Students receive therapeutic services throughout the day as well as instruction in all aca- demic areas. Students may attend individual, group and family therapy sessions. TEAM is meant to assist students with the necessary therapeu- tic support and skills training that would allow them to return to their home district better equipped to be successful in a more traditional school environment. The capacity of this program is 24 full-time students in grades K-12. The TEAM Program is a collaborative program between the schools and counties. The IMPRINTS Program is a non-therapeutic self-contained spe- cial education classroom for students struggling in the larger school envi- ronment. In addition to receiving instruction in all academic areas, stu- dents receive skills training to help with self-management strategies. Students remain at IMPRINTS for a varying duration, but the goal is, gen- erally, for the students to re-integrate into their home districts. A maxi- mum of 20 full-time students are enrolled in this program in grades 5 - 12. River Bend administration pro- motes the importance of being in school. This years Excessive Absenteeism/Truancy Prevention Initiative includes the potential for a student to lose credits and/or partici- pate in a weekend training program at Elmore Residential Center when the absenteeism has become exces- sive. The student will be picked up, by Elmore staff, at the end of the school day on Friday and returned home on Sunday. The weekend pro- gram gives the student the opportuni- ty to catch up on missed assignments as well as participate in community service. River Bend endorses building relations and community engage- ment. Students have invested in community involvement in the New Ulm area, in the past, and will now be reaching out to the communities outside of New Ulm and Brown County. For more information on one of our loan packages, please stop in today and talk to Jim Neubarth or Tom Johnson. Downtown Winthrop 507-647-5371 Member Fun Facts from 1920 (90years ago) EVENTS • Woodrow Wilson was President & Warran Harding won the fat[ election. • The 18th Constitutional Amendment passed - Women can vote. • The 19th ConstitutionalAmendment passed - Prohibi- Uon takes affect. • World populations is estimated at 1.8 billion people. • The League of Nations if formed. • The Great Spanish Flu Pandemic is over (40 million deaths world wide). • The US Postal Services adds more airmail service. • New York Yankees buy Babe Ruth's contract. T_EfdSltO_k • The first commercial radio station starts and radios are available for sate. • Jazz is the popular music of the day. • Cars are starting mass production (Ford Model T's). • Airplanes are starting to be used for travel and not just for war. • Movies are still silent. • Television, antibiotics, frozen food (mass packages), aerosol sprays and hearing aids are invented later this decade. • Band-aids were invented. PRICES • Austin Touring Coupe - $850 • Children's Union Suits - 98’ • Dress shoes - $5 • 1 lb. Bread - 9’ • 1 lb. Round steak - 36’ • Packard Single - $2,975 • Wool Sweaters - S1.98 • 1 lb. Bacon - 47’ • 1/2 gal. Milk - 28’ • 10 lbs. Potatoes - 36’ • Wind up Gramophone - $85 • Electric washer - $112 • Ice Box (non-electric) - $28 • Vacuum cleaner - $33 • Stove (16" oven/broiler) - $72 • Oil Heater - $5 HOMES Prices ranged from a few thousand dollars to ten thou- sand dollars. The basic house has 2 bedrooms, a small bathroon, a kitchen & dining area, and a living room about the size of the kitchen and dining room. Large houses have 4-6 bedrooms. Houses have small porches and a small de- tached garage. Oak flooring was popular as was linoleum floor patterns. Big changes were made with electricity be- coming more readily available for lighting and appliances. BUSINESS Another big thing to happen in 1920 was Albert Bussler starting his carpentry business, Bussler Con- struction. In the beginning, equipment was hand tools, and tater his first power saw was operated off a tractor. Clients fed the crew and housed them when the locations were out of town. Barns were built in a week and the barn dance was Saturday night. The business office was a 30" secretarial desk. In the early 1950's, Delmar joined his father and they changed the name to Bussler & Son Con- struction. The big change during this time was the involvement in commercial projects to go along with the residential projects. In 1990, Bob moved back to Winthrop to become the third generation in the family business. Technology, tool advances and building codes are the big changes during this pe- riod. Through the years, white tools, equipment and technology have changed tremendously, Busster & Son Construction's belief in job quality and crafts- manship has not changed. For 90 years, we have been extremely proud to have been involved in building this area - residential, agricultural, com- mercial and industrial. We would like to thank our residential and business clients for all their past work. It has been a joy to see people's dreams and plans become a reality and we are proud to see so many of those buildings still here today. While a project is just a bunch of materials, it is our clients who make it a home, a business, a school or a church. For this, we say I"IANK YOU! It has been a privilege being in business for 90 years and we 100k forward t0 making more dreams a reality. Bob and Delmar Bussler Bussler & Son Construction, Inc. 1010 North Main St., Winthrop • 507-647-2152 Please join us at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce's "After Hours SociaF" at Tanker Bay Sports Bar THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH 5:00 - 6:30 P.M.