Lakewood to hold pregnancy and infant loss remembrance ceremony
■ Homeopathy is topic of session at Brainerd library
Information on homeopathy and its biblical basis is the topic of a public event sponsored by Homeopathy for Minnesotans. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 at the Brainerd Public Library. More information may be obtained by contacting Steve Park at 297-7000. Park will answer questions about homeopathy, its basic concepts and how it is connected to the biblical story.
■ VFW, DAV present $3,000 to CLC veterans’ center
The Brainerd Disabled American Veterans (DAV), beneficiary of $3,000 from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1816 in Garrison, recently presented a check for the same amount to the Central Lakes College (CLC) Veterans Resource Center (VRC).
“We at Central Lakes College sincerely appreciate the tremendous amount of community support, donations and assistance we receive,” said Kathy Marshik, VRC director, in a news release. “This has changed the lives of our veterans, current military members and dependents who attend college in Brainerd. We have been able to assist veterans in the community as well, with gas cards, food cards, guidance and resources we could not have provided without your help.”
Other donators to the VRC include: Brainerd Purple Heart, Randall VFW, Brainerd VFW, Brainerd American Legion, Brainerd Purple Heart Auxiliary, Little Falls American Legion, Royalton American Legion and CLC Student Senate.
Through the Harvest Food Program, the following restaurants donate weekly to the VRC: Caribou Coffee, Pizza Hut and Olive Garden.
“These generous donations have put food on tables for families and a free lunch every day for veterans, dependents and service members,” Marshik said. “There are many more entities that have contributed in various ways. Most commonly it’s veterans helping veterans, which is truly heartwarming. The amount of support today’s generation of veterans, service members and families have is amazing, almost overwhelming. This would never have happened without the push from generations of veterans.”
■ Training exercise at Camp Ripley Wednesday
CAMP RIPLEY — A training exercise involving law enforcement, first responders and Camp Ripley personnel will take place Wednesday afternoon on Camp Ripley.
“This training exercise will allow us to coordinate efforts and streamline our response time in the event of an emergency on Camp Ripley,” said Maj. John Donovan a spokesperson for the training center.
Wednesday afternoon residents near Camp Ripley may hear emergency sirens for a brief period and may also see a civilian air-care helicopter.
“This exercise is an excellent opportunity to build relationships and to practice response techniques with our local and state partners,” said Donovan.
■ County Road 36
to be closed
County Road 36 will be closed near Rogers Lake from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday for a culvert replacement. Plan to use alternate routes. Suggested routes are CR 11 and CR 105 or CR 1 and CR 106.
For further information, contact the Crow Wing County Highway Department at 824-1110.
■ Lakewood to hold pregnancy and infant loss remembrance ceremony
STAPLES — October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Each year, approximately one million pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of the newborn child. Lakewood Health System hosts a special ceremony to acknowledge these painful losses and provide comfort to families each year.
Those who have been touched by a pregnancy or infant loss are invited to a ceremony of dedication and remembrance on Monday. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the patio level of Lakewood’s Main Campus just east of Staples.
The nondenominational ceremony will include poems, a time for reflection and a special water service at the Serenity Sanctuary fountain. Refreshments will be served at the close of the ceremony. Those attending will receive a special token of remembrance.
The featured speaker for this year’s event will be Samantha Evans, author of the book “Love Letters to Miscarried Moms.” Evans is a resident of Pequot Lakes and she wrote this inspiring book about her miscarriage experiences, hoping to bring some comfort to other women in the same situation. Copies of Evans’ book will be available for purchase at the service.
Whether your loss is recent or was experienced in the past, all — parents, family and friends — are invited to attend. For more information contact Nola Varilek at 218-894-8586.