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The Worthing Enterprise February 2013 edition

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    The Worthing City Commission swore in a part-time police offi cer at its Jan. 21 meeting.

    Mayor Eric Saugstad read the oath of of-fi ce for Scott Gaalswyk to serve as a part-time police offi cer for the city.

    City administrator Jeff Tanner updated the commission on the police chief search. The city conducted a number of phone interviews last week and has narrowed down the fi eld of candidates. They are in the process of setting up in-person interviews.

    The commission approved minutes from the Jan. 7 meeting, as well as the December fi -nancial report. Tanner reviewed the December statement of revenue, expenditures and recaps.

    Overall revenues did exceed expenditures, which hasnt always been the case, Tanner said.

    Public works commissioner Todd Gannon moved to approve a two-year agreement for professional services from Stockwell Engi-neers. The commissioners approved it on a roll call vote.

    Commissioners talked about the Safe Routes to School project.

    The commission moved to approve an agreement with the Southeastern Council of Governments regarding grant funding for phase II of the project. Gannon explained this

    phase includes curb and gutter on the north side of Third Street west of Louise Avenue. He said a sidewalk cannot be placed and appropriate drainage cannot occur without it.

    Gannon also said that two rounds of the project will go in this summer. That includes new sidewalks along the highway from Sun Street to Steven Street, plus sidewalks around the school.

    Public utilities commissioner Darren Van-Houten said they replaced seven fl oats in the Citys sanitary sewer system. They need to be replaced every fi ve years. The other three fl oats were replaced one year ago.

    Saugstad reminds citizens to remove ve-hicles from the street. A snow alert was issued Jan. 20 without ticketing and towing. He said ticketing and towing will be enforced with future snow alerts.

    When we issue snow alerts you are required to remove your vehicles from the street, Saugstad said.

    The commission went into executive ses-sion at 7:26 p.m.

    At right: Mayor Eric Saugstad (right) welcomes Scott Gaalswyk, who will serve as a part-time police offi cer for the City of Worthing.

    Worthing hires new part-time police officer

    Lennox High School stu-dents and staff were asked to gather in the LHS gym-nasium on Friday morning to hear a special announce-ment. Superintendent Robert Mayer announced that Tim Raabe was named the 2013 Outstanding Principal of the Year.

    None were more sur-

    prised by the announcement than LHS Principal Raabe.

    You dont win an award like this unless you have excellent people to work with and an excellent stu-dent body, Raabe said as he thanked the students and staff.

    I know its clich(ish), but it really is an honor

    just to be nominated, said Raabe. There are so many great principals in our state, I was shocked, but really excited to be chosen.

    His wi fe , Mar lene , daughters, sons-in-laws, and grandchildren were on hand to offer their congratu-lations.

    SD Secondary Principal of the Year Tim Raabe was congratulated by all of his family Jan. 11 at a special assembly. Pictured (from left to right) are: The Heryln familyHayden, Cameron, Heather, Peyton, Taryn, Creighton, and Gavyn; Tim and his wife Marlene; and the Gerdes familyTate, Cary, Trey, Aaron, and Tori.

    Raabe named 2013 Outstanding Secondary Principal of the Year

    RAABE, page 3

    Teachers learn to work with new technology

    Last March the Tech-n o l o g y C o m -mittee of the Lennox School District pro-posed a 1 to 1 Initia-tive that would put a laptop into the hands of each of the districts high school students. The school board ap-proved the Initiative and this past fall each high school student was presented with a 13-inch MacBook Air.

    Bringing technol-ogy into the classroom in the form of a com-puter for each student was just a matter of time, said Lennox High School Principal Tim Raabe. There is

    Technology allows Lennox High School instructor Kory Wil-liamson to go into further depth in his subjects. He teaches government, geography and history.

    Apple laptops enhancing education

    so much information out there that we have to have the tools to access it.

    There will be a transi-tion period for our teachers as well as our students, acknowledged Raabe. Our teachers will need the time to venture out and discover whats available to them, and then develop lessons that incorporate new mate-rials, new strategies, and a new delivery system.

    LHS Technology In-tegrationist Jordan Braa agrees.

    Im here as a resource, I do one-on-one work fairly often with the staff if they have an idea, said Braa. We did some pre-school in-services and a couple of morning sessions. Nowhere near what I would have liked to have done.

    TECHNOLOGY, page 3

  • Johns Journey

    John Pribnow


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    The United States Presi-dential Inau-guration is a celebration of these United States of America, and how we deal with changes of leadership. Our little democratic experiment has been going well enough for long enough that many people take for granted what a spectacu-lar novelty it is that one leader willingly gives his most-powerful-elected-person-in-the-world status to the next guy. In 2012, nearly 100 million eligible U.S. voters decided the democratic process did not warrant their time or attention, and they did not vote. From Latin America

    to the Far East, citizens of oppressing regimes fi ght and die for the right that so many in the U.S. lazily ignore.

    Th e fi rst presidential inauguration was that of

    George Wash-ington in New York City, 1789. Th e only constitu-tionally mandated event of an inau-guration is that the

    president-elect makes an oath or affi rmation before offi cially entering the of-fi ce. Th is oath is adminis-tered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Over the years, many inaugural traditions and ceremonies have become common-place.

    Th e inaugural address,

    for example, was given before the oath of offi ce until William McKinleys second inauguration, in 1897. Since then, the address has come aft er-ward. George Washing-tons second inaugural address is the shortest on record (135 words) and the 8,495-word expatiation of William Henry Harrison is the longest. Along with the address, other Inau-guration Day activities include the presidential procession, a grand parade, performances by multiple celebrities (James Taylor and Beyonc highlighted this years crop), and the legendary Inaugural Ball.

    Garnering the worlds attention for a few hours is an exciting thought, and D.C. defi nitely has an extra energy for inaugura-tion. Adding an additional million people to a city, as was the case this year, also heightens the anticipa-

    tion. Your correspondent was not going to miss out on the rare opportunity of being in D.C. for inau-guration. Some 50,000 free tickets are given out through the offi ces of state senators, and I had one. Th e tickets grant access to a standing-room-only area on the National Mall (be-tween the Capitol Build-ing and the Washington Monument) closer than where the other million or so visitors are situated. My observation was that to get a ticket closer than mine, one must either be some-body, politically speaking, or know an aforemen-tioned somebody.

    As the big day ap-proached, the extra energy turned electric. Charter buses streamed in from across the nation. Tour groups created a veritable crush of people at every landmark and around each corner in the heart

    of the city. Bleachers were erected along the parade route, new fences sprung up like springtime shoots out of the ground, security was everywhere, and CNN broadcasted from a booth situated in the middle of it all. As I milled around the sites with my sister, who was in town spe-cifi cally for inauguration, a street-crossing near the White House was closed by security. As we waited, a whirl of motorcycles, black SUVs, police cars, and an ambulance came roaring by us. Lo and behold, the President himself was in one of the SUVs smiling and waving to the crowd. No matter your opinion of our current Commander-in-Chief, being that close to such an iconic fi gure is exciting, to say the least.

    Finally, the day arrives. Aft er a fi tful sleep, I am ready to h