DEFINITELY A DILIGENT EMPLOYEE: Country Partners Cooperative recently recognized Craig Saum, Director of Energy Operations, for 40 years of service to the cooperative. Craig’s first position with the cooperative was in the tire shop in Gothenburg and he continued to be promoted throughout the years. He was presented a travel voucher as a token of appreciation. Pictured (l-r): Scott Haller, VP Energy, Saum, and E. Tod Clark, CEO.
Head Start is the national commitment to give every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. In the 55 years since its inception, Head Start has improved the lives of more than 37 million children and their families. Head Start alumni, or “Head Start babies,” as they often call themselves—are in all walks of the nation’s life.
COVID-19 has prevented many families from participating in activities they might normally be doing during these sunshiny spring days. It has however, provided the opportunity to be creative with how time is utilized. Ryan and Becky O’Hare’s family recently spent an afternoon picking up trash in the ditches near their home southeast of Gothenburg. They challenged two other familes to do the same which led to a “snowballeffect”, alsobecoming known as the O’Hare Pandemic Challenge. Families continue to challenge other familes to choose an area of the community and clean it up. Time may not be being spent how it’d been planned, but familes are having fun connecting while cleaning!
The CDC and Gov. Rickets have strongly urged residents to stay home during the COVID-19 crisis, and for the most part, people are listening. While no one argues that limiting exposure to others will help flatten the curve and keep people safe from infection and transmission of the highly contagious virus, the decrease in social interaction is having a negative impact on small businesses and small business owners. The people who rely on our very presence and money to make a living are trying desperately to continue to serve and protect patrons during this time.