You probably noticed in this past edition we again started up the “People of the Past” series.
I?have to give a lot of credit to Gary Revier who has been a great source of information on the people we all have been learning about from our community’s past.
I?hope you are enjoying these stories that help all of us to learn a little bit more about the people who helped to make the Redwood area what it is today.
Are there people you have heard about from the past you would like to learn more about?
If you have a suggestion of someone from the past you would like us to research and then tell their story just let us know. The stories are not limited to Redwood Falls, so if you have someone from the Redwood area you are curious about or if you have information about someone you think others might be interested in reading more about just let me know.
You can send your ideas and/or information for the people of the past series to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sooner you get the information to us the more time we have to look into their lives.
The plan is to continue the series through August again this year, and as long as there are stories to be told it is my hope we can help learn more about the legacy they have left.
Speaking of legacies, I?want to take a few moments to write about someone who not only had an impact on me over the years but on so many others in the community.
As you may or may not know Nancy Haapoja officially retired from her role as Youth for Christ director this past Friday.
With the exception of my parents, there are few people in this community who have had as much of an impact on me as Nancy has.
During my high school years, she helped to steer me in the right direction on many occasions, and has had a significant influence on what I?believe and why I?believe it.
There have been more times than I can count when Nancy has provided wisdom and guidance for me, and it is amazing to see her and the connections she has made with a generation of kids in this community.
Thanks, Nancy, for the work you have done in the Redwood area to help teens who are looking for answers to find them.
Thanks for doing that for me.
You have certainly made a difference in thousands of lives – many of which you may never even meet.
It is certainly sad to see Nancy stepping down from this role, but I am confident the new director is going to carry on that legacy of helping area youth experience and understand the kind of truth they can find in the Christian faith. It is that faith that can help them see beyond themselves and their struggles regardless of what they are and to see just how valuable they are in God’s eyes.
Page 2 of 2 - You knew when you saw Nancy interacting with youth that value shining through. She definitely loved kids and those who got to know her certainly loved her back. Those who would like to wish Nancy well can do so tomorrow at the Redwood Falls Assembly of God Church. A special retirement party is taking place starting at 7 p.m.
It is amazing after living in this community for most of my life to encounter people I?have never met before. I?am beginning to realize just how many of you are out there I don’t know, and I also know there are lots of you out there who have great stories to tell about your life experiences.
With that in mind I am hoping to soon start a new feature in the Gazette that helps all of us to learn more about you and to tell your stories.
So, if you have an idea for this new feature about our neighbors let me know by sending me an e-mail, stopping by my office or just giving me a call.
I?am looking forward to meeting and learning all about you.