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Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. PO Box 129 Winsted, MN 55395 PRESORT STANDARD ECRWSS U. S. POSTAGE PAID Herald Journal Publishing Inc. Postal Customer Family Time May 2, 2016 Timely information for today’s busy local families Family Time – pg. 1-2, 11-12 Classifieds – pg. 3-8 Going Out – pg. 9 Paying it forward Winsted family finds volunteering makes a community thrive BY KRISTEN MILLER Correspondent Helping out and not expecting a payback is what Pat Schommer of Winsted said makes a community great. It’s something that was instilled in him growing up as he attended Holy Trinity and watched his parents, Francis and Germaine Schommer. Volunteering is what Pat has also tried to instill in his three children – Samantha, 26; Eric, 24; and Tony, 22. When Pat was 18 years old, he followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Knights of Columbus, a service organization within the Catholic Church. After graduating college and marrying his wife, Lisa, Pat returned to his hometown. It was then that he became more active as a Knight. Since then, he has held most of the officer positions, and currently serves as the financial secretary for the organization. It was through the Knights that Pat would have his children help with various service projects at church and throughout the community so as to instill the values that come with volunteering and “doing things for nothing,” which is important in a community, he said. This is important to teach to young people, Pat explained, just as his parents taught him. Pat grew up on the outskirts of town, near the Winstock grounds. Each year since its start, Pat has been doing what he can to help out with the successful Holy Trinity fundraiser. “I’ve worked every one,” said Pat, who has never missed a year of the country music festival. He and Lisa can be found inside the grounds at the church’s food tent making sure everything is running smoothly. The tent serves an assortment of food, such as brats, burgers, nachos, cheese curds, French fries, and even ice cream. Francis makes sure the KC’s trailer is delivered to the grounds and equipment is setup for food. He and Germaine also take a shift over the weekend. Now in their mid-80s, the couple has decided to leave it up to the younger workers this year, as they retire from their food tent duties. The Monday following Winstock, the Schommer men become part of the cleanup crew and Pat, Francis, and Eric clean up Long Term Care Close to Home! PERSONALIZED SENIOR LIVING We are here to help with this difficult decision. Before you call a nursing home, see what Cedar Crest can offer at a lower price! � We provide ALL Levels of Care! • All Private Rooms with suites available Pat Schommer guides a resident of St. Mary’s Care Center into the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at the Blue Note in Winsted in March 2015. 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Volunteering is not something they do for any type of recognition, however, and Francis compared it to the Prayer of St. Francis which reads: “For it is in giving that we receive.” “It makes you feel good,” he said. Pat agreed with his father. “You get more out of it than you put in, it seems to me,” Pat said. Doing things for others also makes him feel like he’s doing his part in this world for all the blessings God has given him. “I feel like I owe [God] because he’s given me a good life,” Pat said. Walk of Hope Thursday, May 12 Registration at 5 pm Walk begins at 6 pm Includes meal after walk • Silent Auction • Day camps offer a passport to possibilities this summer Day camps across the area will offer a wide variety of options Robotic Engineering with Lego Mindstorms for learning and fun in the sun this summer. Using the NXT Intelligent brick from LEGO, servo motors, adFollowing is a representative listing of some of the opportuni- vanced ultrasonic, touch and light sensors, and specialized Lego ties for children, ranging from creative options such as art camps technic engineering components, students will build extreme roto chances to get active outdoors. bots, program them to accomplish tasks, respond to external stimuli, and overcome challenges. Students working in small teams will control the robot with NXT programs, and then have the opportunity to experiment and Bulldog Speed & Strength Camp This camp is an all-inclusive speed, agility, and strength pro- modify the programs. Bring a drink and a peanut-free snack daily. gram that will help increase speed and strength, and reduce inWho: For children in third to eighth grade. jury in athletes. The program is four days a week for eight weeks, When: Monday, July 18-Wednesday, July 20; 8:30 to 11 a.m. and includes 45 minutes of speed and agility, and 45 minutes of Where: Art room A133, HLWW High School. strength training each session. Cost: $72. 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