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Neighbors briefs — Feb. 27

■ Faith in Action new volunteer training in Longville

Faith in Action for Cass County is offering a new volunteer training from 1-3 p.m., on March 1 at the Young at Heart Senior Club in Longville.

Potential volunteers will learn about the program policies and procedures and dealing with diversity and emergencies. Volunteers must complete an application process, including training and background checks.

Faith in Action volunteers provide transportation, friendly visiting, respite for caregivers, light homemaking and chores, basic home repair, and build accessibility ramps. Volunteers receive scheduling coordination, training, liability insurance, recognition and mileage reimbursement.

For more information about Faith in Action volunteer services or to sign up for the training, call (866) 675-5435 or go online at

■ Cuyuna Range

Women’s Club to meet

CROSBY — The monthly meeting of the Cuyuna Range Women’s Club will be 1 p.m. Monday in the meeting room of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby. President Myrna Nelson will chair the brief business meeting.

Lisa Slepica will present a program entitled “My Experience in Haiti.” Lisa recently returned from her second trip on a nursing medical mission to Haiti. Besides Lisa, the team included a physician from Virginia, three nurses and two other helpers. They worked in medical clinics in remote mountain villages in the outskirts of the city of Hinche.

Special music will be provided by the Ringhand sisters. Kristin, age 15, and Naomi, age 13, have studied the harp for five years. They play both the harp and the violin. Following the meeting, refreshments will be served by Ruth Anderson, Betty Damsgaard and Jerry Kester. All area women, of any age, are invited to attend the meeting and are welcome to join the Women’s Club.

■ Pequot Lakes

Community Ed

Pequot Lakes Community Education is offering the following programs. To register or for more information contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

AHA Heartsaver CPR

Instructor Teri Spielman will teach this course 5:30-9 p.m., on March 12 at the Pequot Lakes High School.

In this class you will earn the AHA guidelines for adult, child and infant CPR. Topics include CPR, AED use and choking response methods. This course also applies to those expected to respond to emergencies in the work place. Certification card is available upon successful completion of course. The class fee is $40; pre-registration is required. A minimum of five students is required to hold the class.

Youth driver education

Students who will be 15 years old by May 1, 2013 can register for the state mandated 30 hours of classroom instruction for a drivers permit.

This class will be held from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Pequot Lakes High School on March 13-15, 20, 22, 25-27 and 29. Classroom fee is $75. Class size is limited to 45 students.

■ State program provides car seats to low-income families

A state program administered by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety has provided 4,591 car seats during the last two years to families in need.

The Child Passenger Restraint and Education Account addresses the needs of low-income families to transport children safely. Child passenger safety seat violations fund the account to pay for the car seats.

Families that meet low-income guidelines may be eligible to receive car seats. There are more than 100 locations statewide where car seats are distributed (listed at Car seats are made available through local public health offices, hospitals, law enforcement, fire departments and other agencies in partnership with DPS.

Families who receive a car seat also receive an education and demonstration session from a trained child passenger safety technician to ensure they understand how to properly use the restraint.

When used correctly, child seats reduce the chance of death by 70 percent for infants less than 1 year old and by 54 percent for toddlers ages 1-4. A belt positioning booster with a lap-and-shoulder seat belt reduces a child’s risk of injury by 59 percent.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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