While visiting my favorite house of pain a couple of weeks ago (AKA Professional Drive Dental Group), my dentist, Jerry Appledoorn, told me about his recent trip to Peru. I asked him to send me some photos with a brief explanation:
Our trip this last Jan. involved a medical team of four physicians, three nurses, thirteen St. Olaf students and a professor, myself and two dental assistants. We visited two orphanages and a remote Andean village. We saw about 260 children ages 3 to 17 on this trip, treating many medical and dental problems on a very poor but happy people.
Click photos to enlarge. And see this article titled Everyday Miracles (PDF) in the fall ’06 St. Olaf Magazine for more.
The NHS board evidently tried to sweeten the deal with a loaded Cadillac Escalade SUV but his agent instead negotiated the rights for him to participate in the James Gang re-enactment each year during DJJD, with a future movie deal in the works.
Elizabeth Schott, Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way, stopped by my corner office at the GBM this morning and gave me a report on the current campaign — it’s 90%+ of the way to meeting the goal.
She was smiling.
So I hopped over to their Donate Online page and kicked some in the e-bucket. I hope some of you do the same.
Michael’s been on board for 4 days and he already he has an email address, pc and phone, complete with a desk and a wastebasket. This guy must be a doer and a decider! Let’s hope he becomes a blogger. Welcome to Northfield, Michael.
We first talked with Erin and Scott about Saturday’s Northfield Community Volunteer Festival in the Northfield High School lower cafeteria . See Scott’s post on Northfield.org last week for more details. Among the other important things we learned:
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be there from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
I spotted (L to R) Jim Pokorney, Catherine McBride, and Charlie Cogan scheming at the GBM last week. What were they up to? (Click the images to enlarge.) Jim emailed me the details. I added some links:
On the paver stone surface, the oasis will have three misting showers, a drinking fountain (provided by the Northfield Area Foundation), and two stone benches. Like any oasis worthy of its name, on a hot day the Wings Oasis will be a shady place to rest and a source of refreshing cool water for all to enjoy.
The WINGS Oasis is partially finished with final completion expected in May. Northfield Rotary is providing project management and labor and WINGS is providing a major grant to purchase materials. The WINGS Oasis was designed by Spencer Jones (Spencer Jones Landscape Architect) and expert construction support is being provided by Doug Grove (Grove’s Landscaping). The photo shown explains the oasis design. It was displayed at Rotary’s recent “Turkey Run” fundraiser for the project.
This video shows the creation of a 104-foot print on October 14, 2006 for Northfield Minnesota’s first Day of the Dead Celebration. Over a dozen Latino artists were assisted by a 20,000-pound, 50-year-old “Buffalo Springfield” steamroller.