Monday Afternoon News, May 9
Rosemary Cronin Honored As Le Mars Community School District's "Employee of the Month"
(Le Mars) -- A Le Mars Community Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher has been awarded the school district's May "Employee of the Month". Rosemary Cronin was presented the honor during a ceremony this morning. Rosemary Cronin was nominated by both Amy Anderson and by Amy Kelly. Anderson writes: "Rosemary is absolutely the BEST! She is the personification of what every teacher should be or strive to become. Rosemary Cronin is caring to each and every student. She wants them to succeed not only in her classes, but also in life. Rosemary is always gracious and kind to everyone, students and teachers alike. The advanced textile classes that Rosemary established in the High School have created many successful textile arts professionals as well as students who have become successful members of our community because of the skills and manners she taught them". Amy Anderson continues to say that she has learned so much from Rosemary over the years, and know for a fact that she is a better teacher because of her friendship with Rosemary Cronin and her shared creativity. Amy Kelly writes: "Rosemary Cronin has a lifelong passion for teaching Family and Consumer Science. She creatively teaches students basics about living, encouraging them to live better by making knowledgeable choices in regard to consumerism, finances, housing, cooking and sewing. She holds high standards while continuing to teach through a variety of methods including discussions, games and practical application. STEAM/STEM are currently becoming popular buzzwords in education, but in Family and Consumer Sciences, Rosemary has intentionally taught these for many years, since FACS naturally incorporates science, math, reading, the arts, and technology. She has continually taught with a love of knowledge and a desire to pass on this knowledge to the next generation. She truly desires that students will make choices that will impact their lives in a positive way." Congratulations go to Rosemary Cronin for being named this month's Le Mars Community School District "Employee of the Month".
Life Skills To Hold Awards Banquet Monday Evening
(Le Mars) -- Life Skills Training Center will hold its annual meeting and awards ceremony this evening at the Le Mars Presbyterian Church of Christ church. The program will begin at 7:15 p.m. Shelly Thomson serves as the Marketing and Development Coordinator for Life Skills. She offers a brief review of tonight's ceremonies.
Life Skills works with mentally challenged individuals, to assist them to find suitable employment. Thomson says Life Skills serves about 70 clients from throughout Plymouth County.
Thomson says Life Skills is willing to offer tours to individuals and groups. Life Skills holds several fund raisers through out the year including the sale of Christmas decorations, the quilt auction held during the Plymouth County Fair, the cow pie Bossy bingo also held during the fair, as well as the annual phone-a-thon that is coordinated by the Knights of Columbus organizations of Plymouth County. Thomson says the people of Plymouth County have been generous to help support Life Skills Training Center.
Steven Musson Scholarships Applications Now Being Accepted
(Le Mars) -- The Floyd Valley Foundation, along with the Musson family, have announced that they will be accepting applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant until May 31, 2016. To be eligible, the applicant(s) must reside and actively engage in emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include: paramedic, first responder, or emergency care technician (EMT). The $500 grant must be used for direct expenses related to pursuing an emergency care training including books tuition, classes, transportation, squad trainings and certifications. Interested applicants (individuals or a squad) may obtain an electronic version of the brochure including application information from the Floyd Valley Healthcare website at FloydValley.org under Foundation and Giving. The Steven H. Musson Emergency Services Endowment was established in 2003 by the Musson family to recognize and honor of Steve for his passion for emergency care. Floyd Valley Healthcare recognizes and appreciates the 27 years of steadfast duty, organization, and care he gave. Steve helped start the Le Mars Ambulance service in 1975 and served as co-director until his death in 2002. He also served on the Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the decision to expand the Outpatient and Emergency Departments, a vision that was completed in the fall of 2004.
Legislators Question Actions Of Iowa Health Services Director
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some Iowa lawmakers say a state director defied legislative intent behind a $750,000 allocation to hire disabled people and that his department ignored legislators' requests to explain the actions.
Iowa Department of Human Services director Chuck Palmer is expected to answer questions about the matter before a legislative committee Tuesday.
The $750,000 allocation in last year's legislative session was intended to aid a program known as "Supported Employment," which helps people with disabilities get and hold a job.
But lawmakers didn't include so-called clarifying language in the bill, and the department used the money to supplement the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid budget.
Republican state Rep. Megan Jones and at least three other lawmakers say Palmer and his department should've been aware of the Legislature's wishes regardless.