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Blessings to All
Thank you to everyone who came to pray on the National Day of Prayer last Thursday. The rain did not allow us to gather at the Lakeside Gazebo as originally planned, but the American Legion graciously allowed us to use their Broadway facility.
We thank Ron Miller, the Color Guards and Rich Weber for volunteering their services on behalf of the American Legion and our military troops. We extend a special thank you to Pastor Bob Headley for conducting this Day of Prayer and “orchestrating” the wonderful music provided by members of Maranatha Church.
We were blessed to have El Ewert back with us to sing the “Our Father” and give testimony to God’s grace in answering prayers. We felt honored to have special music by Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger from the University of St. Thomas.
Our area pastors and prayer leaders deserve our gratitude as they faithfully volunteer every year to come pray with us. We appreciated Sen. Ray Vandeveer making a special trip from the capitol to lead us in prayer for our country. Our gratitude goes to Keys Cafe, Perkins and Big Apple Bagels for providing wonderful baked goods for our event. Thank you to the Forest Lake Times and LATV for your assistance and coverage of this Day of Prayer.
Blessings to all of you for giving us “a bit of heaven” as different denominations came together in Christ to enjoy worship and fellowship together.
Day of Prayer Co-Chairs
Spring Fling Great
The Wyoming Lions Club’s recent Bosman Senior Spring Fling was a tremendous success, due to the hard work of club members and friends, and the generous contributions of area businesses, organizations and individuals. Our motto is “We Serve,” and during this annual event, we were given a wonderful opportunity to serve delicious food, fun, information, entertainment, and health services to more than 80 area senior citizens.
We are grateful to Pastor Renee and Saint Paul Lutheran Church, who provided their beautiful facility once again, and to Cindy Gruett and Darla Peterson, who organized and oversaw the kitchen crew.
We would also like to recognize the members and leaders of the BSA Venture Scouts Crew 007, who helped with every aspect of the event from assisting with coats to waiting on tables to kitchen cleanup.
Musical entertainment was provided by the In & Outlaws, otherwise known as our talented club members Chad and Andrea Klostermann. Our own Lions Pastor Ed and Joanne Wheatley delighted everyone with a rousing game of “Let’s Make a Really Big Bargain” and fellow Lions Pat and Cheryl Kennedy and Dan and Cathy Kaiser saw to it that any seniors wishing free health screens were able to obtain them at the Lions Wellness Van during the event.
We would also like to thank Penny Simonson of the East Central Economic Development Commission, for her informative presentation.
We are looking forward to next spring, and to making the 2013 Bosman Senior Spring Fling an even greater success.
Wyoming Lions Club
Merger a Mistake
It’s become readily apparent that the supposedly “friendly” merger, back in 2008, is viewed in a hostile way. Neither those from the former Wyoming Township nor the original city of Wyoming, are happy with it.
The ability to make our own independent decisions are now hopelessly muddled. Street infrastructure funding, as in sharing the costs, are opposed by township residents and Council member Linda Nanko Yeager. That’s surprising.
Have you seen the length of the streets in the former township shared by a handful of property owners in most locations? Their streets have concrete curbs and asphalt surfaces. Who could, realistically, envision these homeowners paying a street improvement assessment of $100,000.00 each in 15 years under the philosophy of I pay mine, you pay yours.
Live for today? Isn’t that what we’ve been doing regarding responsible street maintenance, for the last two decades?
We need forward thinking from all our Wyoming city officials and need to know exactly where they stand. Especially those who may be asking for four more years.