CROSSLAKE -- The Crosslake Area Library Committee and lakes area veterans will present Herb Suerth, a World War II veteran, at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Crosslake Community Center.
Suerth was part of the East Company, 506th Regiment of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Paratrooper Division that parachuted into France the morning of D-Day, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and later capturing Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. The experiences and achievements of these men were depicted in Stephen Ambrose's book, "Band of Brothers," and a film by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg based on that book.
Suerth will invite questions from the audience at the end of his talk. He has spoken to groups of all ages on this topic.
There will be a limited amount of "Band of Brothers" books for sale and Suerth will autograph them.
Tickets are $5 at Haven Books Plus in downtown Crosslake and the Crosslake Community Center. The community center is east of County Road 66 at 14126 Daggett Pine Road.
Tickets also will be available at the door. Seating is limited. There will be a basket where gently-used books may be donated to the new Crosslake library.
Garrison Lions to host spaghetti dinner
GARRISON -- The Garrison Lions will host their annual spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Garrison VFW Hall.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available from Lion members and at the door.
All proceeds will be used for the scholarship fund.
Openings remain for 'Western Political Philosophy' seminar at Ruttger's
DEERWOOD -- Several openings remain for the Unlimited Learning seminar on "Western Political Philosophy" Oct. 19 and 20 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge.
This event will emphasize discussion of ideas. Merritt Marquardt, director of the St. Thomas Global Leadership Program, will be the moderator.
Fee is $65 per person for double occupancy; $85 per person for single occupancy. This fee includes three meals, lodging and reading materials. Short selections by classical and contemporary writers will be provided ahead of time.
To register, contact Fern Newman at (218) 534-3898.
Red Cross collects 95 pints of blood at Emily drive
EMILY -- The American Red Cross collected 95 pints of blood in the Emily area, including from five new donors.
Gallon pins were awarded to Patty R. Anderson, Nichole Kesller, Leslie McCoy and Vivian Kay Partello, one-gallon pins; Doug Johnson, Bobbie Kesller and Jerome Tscheu, two-gallon pins; Judith Clark-Bolling, three-gallon pin; and David Dickinson, four-gallon pin.
Don Andersen reached 100 pints donated in his lifetime. Nan Hawley, Doug Larson, Peggy O'Bryan, Vivian Kay Partello and Jan Pope won Red Cross T-shirt door prizes.
This was the Emily area's 38th bloodmobile sponsored by the Emily Outing Fifty Lakes Lakers Lions.
Anyone interested in being added to the Emily area donor list or helping with future blood drives, contact coordinator Nancy Moritz at (218) 763-3097.
Camp Knutson Volunteers donate $20,000
The Camp Knutson Volunteers, a group of area women whose mission is to serve the camp, ended their season of service with President Francis Wornson-Hartung presenting a check for $20,000 to Rob Larson, camp director.
Most of the money was raised at a dinner-dance-silent auction fund-raiser, "Night Under the Stars."
Larson said funds from the volunteers are critical to many of the camp's programs. The funds help make it possible for autistic children to ride horses, after funding for that program was cut. The money also was instrumental in getting a pontoon boat back in action after the motor burned.
Susan Buchite will be president of the Camp Knutson Volunteers in 2006.
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