Residents in Chatfield and the surrounding area are going to be treated to a special look at several holiday decorations and collections during the Chatfield Lutheran Church’s Holiday Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 7.
More than 100 people gathered in Red Wing Saturday, Nov. 15, for a regional growth initiative organized by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), which is offering $100,000 to help start multi-community projects.
The Fillmore County Board gained a new commissioner — Harry Root, who was sworn in Tuesday, Nov. 18 — and, as expected, is losing a commissioner — Tom Kaase, who turned in his resignation, effective Dec. 30, so he can assume the position of sheriff.
Separate requests for conditional use permits (CUPs) for the siting of a new Verizon cell phone tower and the creation of a family pond, both located in Fillmore County, will be addressed by the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners during a future board meeting. The date is yet to be determined, but may be in December.
Celebrate and make new memories with Help Our Neighbors during the second annual Wreathed In Joy event. Share in the magic as the Potter Auditorium in Chatfield is beatifically decorated with fresh Christmas wreaths.
“It started with ‘Warm Hands, Warm Hearts,’ and . . . bank employees started talking about what would be a worthwhile event this time of year, and with the cold weather, they thought of hats and mittens,” said Root River State Bank (RRSB) President Chuck Johnson.
“Our mitten drive started about five years ago,” said Chatfield Elementary School first grade teacher Tracy Raaen, explaining about the annual hat and mitten drive currently in progress at the school.
Chatfield Police Chief Shane Fox recently reminded area residents that his department has created a Facebook page to showcase the faces of lost and found dogs and cats, critters that ventured out and didn’t consider that they might not be able to follow their snouts home again.
“While we are primarily performing music from the Christmas season, we also use this concert as an opportunity to perform pieces that really ‘sound’ inside,” said Chatfield Brass Band (CBB) conductor Carmen Narveson.
“It’s said that ‘Jesus is the reason for the season,’ but what comes to your mind when you think about the Christmas holiday?” asked Chatfield’s Gathering Place founder and Help Our Neighbors (HON) senior partnership program volunteer Beverly Simpson.
The Salvation Army is searching for groups interested in scheduling time to ring the Red Kettle bells at Sunshine Foods in Chatfield.
“We feel that ‘readers are leaders’,” said Chatfield Lions Club’s Cheryl Jankiewicz last Tuesday, Veterans Day, as she and her fellow Lions Club member, Hanna Elshoff, handed out dictionaries to Chatfield Elementary School third graders. The alphabetized words give students power and the ability to participate in democracy.
Chatfield’s school board welcomed one of its new members to its table during the early Nov. 13 meeting, held on Thursday instead of this past Monday, Nov. 17, due to the legal requirement that the general election be canvassed within 10 days.
Chatfield’s city council convened last Monday evening, Nov. 10, and the same mayor and council members will continue to serve the Chatfield community as before the election – Russ Smith will continue to preside over the meetings as mayor and councilors Mike Urban and Paul Novotny will remain in their roles, though Novotny was unable to attend the first council meeting of the month.
“There are bullies…not just in school, but people who don’t like people, who want to hurt other people who don’t look like them or talk like them,” said Joe Chase, addressing a gathering of Chatfield Elementary School third graders last Tuesday.