Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008

Even though the calendar says it's summer, there have been precious few summer --like days so far this year. I have been enjoying the snatches of sunshine that have occasionally popped up, I am hoping for some 70 degree days soon.

I hope that as summer progresses you Sterlingites get a chance to enjoy the fun our area has to offer. Sometimes I think we forget that the sights and activities tourists travel thousands of miles to see once are available to us every day, we just need to take the time to take advantage of them.

If you live on Robinson Loop Road and are interested in finding out more about getting a post office cluster box on the loop, call Chuck at 262-4535. He asks that you do not call after 8 p.m. He is collecting names of interested people to see if there is enough participation to warrant a box.

Artists and crafters get those creative juices flowing. The Sterling Senior Center will host a Christmas in July bazaar and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12. Spaces will include one six-foot table and two chairs. They ask that you bring your own table cloth that covers the table down to the floor in front. Any excess merchandise and empty cases or boxes must be stored under the tables.

This will be the last week my column will run. You will still be able to submit your community news for publication in the paper. Send your announcements for births, anniversaries, graduations, commendations or other noteworthy events to Please put "community news" in the subject line if you e-mail.

I want you to know that I have really enjoyed writing this little column for the past few years. It gave me an excuse to chat with neighbors I know well and to meet new ones. Even though I won't be writing this column in the future, I hope you will still feel like you can stop me in the store and share your good news with me.

Many of you know that I am in treatment for metastatic breast cancer. I can not tell you how much I appreciate the kind words, encouraging phone calls and prayers that have been offered on my behalf.

After the last few years I have a greater appreciation for the blessings that come from living in a small town. Thank you for the support and remember ladies, get your mammograms.

I hope you enjoy your summer. I know I certainly plan to.

Sachwitz to attend college

Sterling resident Brandon Lee Sachwitz will attend the University of Minnesota, in Crookston.

Sachwitz is a transfer student from Northland College, Wis., and will study pre-physical therapy.

Sachwitz is a recipient of the transfer chancellor scholarship and the Dr. Frank Veden Endowment Scholarship.

He is the son of Robert and Shelly Sachwitz.

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