Schmelzer vs Chamber trial moved to April
The lawsuit brought against the Northfield Chamber of Commerce by it’s former Executive Director Mary Schmelzer will not begin today. The trial scheduled for 9 this morning has been moved to April 18th. According to court records there was a flurry of documents served on both sides all last week including witness lists. Updated from this story.
Northfield graduate gives back in Mexico
Katie Theis is a 2010 Northfield High School graduate who just arrived in Cuernavaca, Mexico, about 50 miles south of Mexico City, where she will be spending the next year working with children through Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos – NPH which means Our little brothers and sisters. Theis will be specifically working with kids from 15 to 22. She said they are children who have been abandoned or their parents can’t afford their entire family or their parents have died or whatever that caused them to be orphaned. Theis said she’s known for sometime that she wanted a long term volunteer opportunity, “I have been blessed with a really great life and I wanted to give back”. She worked for a couple of years and then found NPH by googling Catholic Charities. (She told me she would have never thought of herself doing this but is so happy to be there). The organization provides her an apartment, they eat the same food as the children and get a very small stipend every 2 weeks. She’s in training for the next 2 weeks and then will be putting together various projects starting with budgeting to benefactors to completion and follow through. Volunteers serve the food each day and then hang out with them. Play soccer, watch a movie, help with homework or whatever the kids want to do. Theis explained that they’re looked at as an aunt or sister. Discipline is referred to someone else “because they don’t want the kids to not trust us. And so I really like that aspect of it because it’s all about building trust and a positive relationship with the children”. Theis has started a blog of the experience and explaining in greater detail about NPH – Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. You can also donate to the organization.
Mental Health First Aid
First aid isn’t just for cuts and bruises anymore. “Youth Mental Health First Aid” is help that’s offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or mental disorder. Any adult can learn this first aid, and free training sessions are open to community members. There are 2 opportunities starting February 16th at the Northfield Hospital Conference Center. There is no cost. Registration is required. The sessions are especially suitable for parents and grandparents, teachers, neighbors, youth leaders and more. Participants will learn: Risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders. For information and to register call Northfield Community Services at 507-664-3649. We’ll also have the information on kymnradio.net.
Movie crew says adieu to Northfield
It’s all over but the editing. Strike Accord has left town. The movie production crew took over Bridge Square last Friday into Saturday morning. Plenty of Northfielders had their opportunity to shine. Tim Freeland was one of them. We’ll hear from him later today.
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