Marge Cleveringa of Iowa Falls is the longest running employee of the Emporium in Arnolds Park (see photo). Due to recent health issues Marge is not working this summer at the Sugar Shack Candy Store that her family started when the Emporium opened 45 years ago. She was back in Arnolds Park on July 29 to work for five minutes. The present owners, Sheri and Jerry Daugherty, invited her to the staff appreciation dinner at Rebabs at the Lake. She joined the staff for dinner and then worked for five minutes with her niece Laura Boreen from Flagstaff, Arizona. Marge said she did not want to break her record of being the employee of longest standing at the Emporium. I have been told many people have come into the Sugar Shack looking for Marge this year but couldn't find her there. She has returned to Iowa Falls after visiting her sister, Ruth Ann Van Donslear in Milford. Accompanying Marge to the candy store were Luke Van Donslear of Iowa Falls, Rio and Gou Lemkuil of Tokyo, Japan to witness her five minutes of working at the busy candy store on Wednesday evening along with Jerry Daugherty. Congratulations Marge on such a long record of service to everyone who patronizes the Sugar Shack! Hope you are healthy and back behind that counter next summer!
I was surprised and dismayed when I found out last night that Julie Scheib has resigned at Discovery House in Spirit Lake. Julie has run that humanitarian enterprise for nearly 10 years. I don't envy the Discovery House board's job of finding a replacement. She did a fantastic job! Family commitments necessitate her moving to another part of the state. We all wish Julie the very best and want her to know she will be missed.
Karess Knudtson at the Dickinson County Nature Center is so excited to see the entries coming in for this year's Art & Nature Photography Contest. A professional with a camera herself, Karess hopes people of all ages will enter. The deadline for nature photo entries is September 1 so everyone out there get busy shooting pictures of the beautiful natural things we enjoy here in Dickinson County. You may win a prize.
I stopped in at the Pearson Lakes Art Center the other day and was in awe of the current exhibit of clocks. They are all wood kinetic sculptures that are mechanically weight-driven or spring-driven clocks. The exhibition pieces were created by James Borden from Sibley and absolutely breath-taking works of art. Be sure to see them as the exhibit will close on Sept. 19.
By the way ... did you know that Aug. 16 is National Roller Coaster Day? I wonder how many of you will celebrate this momentous occasion by riding the roller coaster in Arnolds Park. I have to admit I won't be. I do not believe that projectile vomiting should be a spectator sport so my feet will stay firmly planted on the ground. However, I will stand and gaze at that wonderful wooden structure and wish that I could take a ride. Congratulations to roller coasters everywhere and especially to our unique wooden one right here in the Lakes Area!
Are you planning any wedding, anniversary, birthday celebrations or reunions? If you are having special guests, class reunions, or other celebrations and events this summer, let me know. We all enjoy knowing what is going on and who is coming to visit. My phone number is 712-320-2850 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!