South Country Connection – November 2009

Holiday celebrations set

The Salvation Army annual community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thanksgiving Day from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Salvation Army Recreation Center (SARC) gym in K.I. Sawyer. Bring yourselves and your family and share Thanksgiving. The SARC will be closed at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and all day on November 27 and November 28.
The first three Thursdays in November at the SARC, families and youth are invited to have an evening meal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday. Along with dinner, activities for all ages will be offered. There will be a Bible lesson, games and crafts, as well as character-building programs and life-skills lessons. The SARC will be closed for open recreation during this time.


4-H Super Snackers

Tuesdays in November are Super Snacker days. The program starts at 5:00 p.m., and participants must be there on time and remain until each program is finished in order to participate. Adults and youth are welcome to attend. Youth younger than eight must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.


Sawyer Seniors & Friends

Sawyer Seniors & Friends meets every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the SARC. Sawyer Seniors and friends is open to anyone eighteen years of age or older. The group gets together for friendship and fellowship over snacks and refreshments. Come and find out what is happening in the community or play some board games. Sawyer Seniors have monthly shopping trips and other planned outings.
SARC Christmas Party planned
On December 19, the SARC will have its annual Christmas Party for youth ages two to fourteen. It will run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Games and a Christmas Karaoke concert are planned. Pick up a registration form at the SARC and turn it in to the office no later than November 26. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.


Seasonal Crafts and Fun

Youths and adults are welcome at the SARC at 6:30 on Friday nights to create great seasonal crafts with Pam. All supplies to make the crafts are provided.


New membership rates in effect for 2010

Starting January 1, 2010, new SARC membership rates will be in effect. There will be a $3 per month per person charge for the use of the facility and equipment at the SARC. Membership dues are paid by the first of the month or may be paid in advance. For those who do not wish to pay the monthly membership fee, a fifty-cent-per-day charge is required. Adults will now have to pay the fifty-cent day charge or do community service at the SARC. There will be a fifty-cent charge for those members who forget to bring their card or do not have their dues paid. Membership cards will be used to sign in and out of the facility. If a card is lost or damaged, there will be a $5 charge for replacement.
The SARC will not deny any of their programs or services to anyone due to financial hardship. Let the staff know if you need financial assistance or payment options.
— Doug Swartout


Donating precious time

K.I. Sawyer Elementary had a great turn out at the two open houses hosted by the school in September with eighty percent participation.
Students and family members were invited into the school for an informational assembly and free refreshments. Families were able to visit their student’s classroom and teacher before the first day of school. Local businesses donated door prizes for families. Thank you to the following: Jilbert’s Dairy, Wells Fargo Gwinn Branch, Larry’s Family Foods, UP North, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Mike Wills Excavating for supporting the Sawyer Open House.


Color tour brings smiles to Mixers

Lilacs are beautiful and exciting because of the long wait for spring. The pure white blanket of snow is beautiful because we aren’t out sliding around on it or shoveling it, but the brilliance of the colors of autumn often are breath- taking, making fall the favorite season for many of us yoopers blessed by living in one of the best locations anywhere for viewing the fall foliage.
Much to their surprise, October 21 wasn’t too late for the Merry Mixers to take a Big Bay “color tour.” They thought the trees might be half bare by then, but mile after mile of golden tree tunnels led the bus to Big Bay. The gloomy, rainy weather didn’t put a damper on spirits, either. “We bring sunshine to others” is their motto, but they brought sunshine to each other on this trip of beauty and happiness.
Fellowship filled the Thunder Bay Inn as they enjoyed lunch together.
Laughter was in abundance during the whole trip. Even Louie, who saves his emotions for the most worthy, laughed. His joy was contagious and enjoyed by all.
— Ruthanne Schatzman, Merry Mixer secretary and photographer

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