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Cook County Community YMCA near membership goal for startup

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 12:28am

A grand opening for the Cook County Community YMCA is slated for Saturday, January 4, 2014.  Branch Executive Director Emily Marshall updated the county board on progress on the facility at its November 26, 2013 meeting.

Marshall said she has been making presentations throughout the community.  “We think the community perception is changing,” she said.  The community has been divided over whether the facility was a wise financial investment of county dollars.

Marshall said many of the financial goals for start-up have been met.  A campaign for contributions toward scholarships had brought in $6,400, well over the $5,000 goal.  Marshall said they hoped to reach $10,000 before opening their doors.  About $5,000 in memberships had been sold, just $200 under the amount that had been projected.  “We can say with certainty that we will exceed our revenue goals before opening,” Marshall said.

The start-up membership goal was 27 youth, 62 adults, and 115 families.  With 87 students from Great Expectations School already on board, the youth goal has been exceeded.  They have about half of the adult and family memberships they hope to have by the grand opening.

ISD 166, Great Expectations, one legal firm and one business had or were in the process of getting corporate memberships, with other corporate memberships in the works, Marshall said.

Regarding the building, “Everything is pretty much done except for the pool,” Marshall reported at the November meeting.

Weekend News Roundup for December 7

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:17am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. An ore train derailed in Two Harbors, PolyMet has released its environmental review and the hospital has a deal with Blue Cross…all in this week’s news.

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Community Christmas Concert to be held December 8 & 9

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 1:13am

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra's Annual Community Christmas Concert will be held on December 8 and 9, 7:00 p.m., at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais.

The concert will include music from Handel's Messiah (Christmas portion) and will feature visiting soloists singing arias and recitatives, a 90-piece choir, and a 20-piece orchestra. The choir will also sing carols, some accompanied by the orchestra (Shepherd's Pipe Carol by John Rutter, Beautiful Savior, and others). Accomplished composer, director, and musician Bill Beckstrand directs.

The BCO and the North Shore Music Association (NSMA) are pleased to announce that they have formed a collaboration, to expand opportunities for community participation in choral and orchestral music with BCO, and to broaden the reach of NSMA as a sponsor of performance and participation in high-quality musical arts and music education.

There is no admission fee, but freewill donations to BCO are gladly accepted.

Girl Scouts invite kids of all ages to Santa's Workshop

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 1:11am

Santa’s Workshop is ready! A team of Girl Scout elves will be standing by to help kids shop for Christmas gifts on December 7, at the First Congregational Church.  Festivities start with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, eggs and fruit will be available with coffee, juice and milk – $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Lunch will be available after 11 a.m. – home made chicken rice soup and a sandwich for $5. Coffee and a Christmas treat will be available for $1.50.
Shopping will start at 9 a.m. – kids and their parents fill out a “shopping list” then a Scout Elf will assist the shopper to choose and wrap the presents, before rejoining parents. No gift in the child area will cost more than $2.

There is also a shopping area for adults with small gifts and Scout-made crafts. There will be an area for free child-care – so parents can leave to do some shopping of their own. Free craft making and face painting will also be happening. The day concludes at 2 p.m.
Any profits made go to the Northern Pine Service Unit of Girl Scouts. The money is used through the year for local Service Projects like Santa’s Workshop as well as the Alumni Tea, Minnow Camp, and Thinking Day activities.

Start your holiday shopping Saturday at Santa's Workshop!

Hospital and Blue Cross have a deal

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:47am

The hospital has worked out an agreement with Blue Cross to continue their payments schedule, and the hospital board is revisiting its final levy proposal. WTIPs Jay Andersen spoke with Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center administrator Kimber Wraalstad. .

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Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Open House and Sale at Grand Marais Art Colony Saturday

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:09am

Mittens, baskets, cards, pottery, jewelry, scarves and rugs are just some of the handmade fiber items that the Northwoods Fiber Guild members have created for the Annual Holiday Sale and Open House at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An evergreen tree decorated with handmade ornaments and a plentiful supply of treats will set the holiday spirit. Everyone is invited to learn a fiber craft at the Hands On Table.