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FHS seeks aid

Fairmont High School is in the process of recruiting area businesses to join the vocational advisory committee. FHS co-principal, Jake Tietje, has recently delivered packets to 52 businesses and industries in Martin County, informing them of the goals of the committee. The vocational advisory committee will help determine the equipment and technology to be used in the new vocational facility.

On February 9, 2021, Fairmont Area Schools will be asking for community support for the $6.73 million bond referendum for the new vocational facility. The facility will include an HVAC program, an expanded woodshed classroom, an automotive shop expansion, and a manufacturing lab. We agree when Tietge says, “It’s a win-win. It’s a great opportunity for our business to come in and help educate our students and in turn, we can create opportunities for employment for our local businesses.” We think FHS is on the right track recruiting area businesses to join this effort.

Tree project helps families

It’s always heartwarming to see people and communities come together, and that’s especially true when they do so to help out those in need. Tom and Laura Spitzer have known both grief and blessing after losing their young daughter Emmalyne in 2019.

Spitzer’s staff at Indulge Salon and Spa partnered with Profinium in Fairmont and Sherburn Nursery and Floral to purchase several trees in memory of Emmalyne. One of those trees stands in front of the Salon.

Now Spitzer is partnering with Tracie Schumann of the Sherburn nursery to do it again, with proceeds from the sales to help other families with critically ill children. We hope many people can take advantage of this unique way to remember loved ones and help others.

Trump assails COVID bill

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened not to sign the $900 billion COVID relief package. Many Americans could use the $600 direct stimulus payment, hard-hit businesses, restaurants, and theaters could use the funds provided in this bill. There is also money for schools, health care providers, and money for renters facing evictions in this bill. All worthy and needed relief.

So why is Trump threatening not to sign this bill? Unfortunately, the COVID relief package is linked to a bigger government spending bill which includes foreign aid and spending on federal agencies. We agree with President Trump when he states, “Congress found plenty of money for foreign countries, lobbyists and special interests while sending the bare minimum to the American people who need it.” Shame on our leaders in Washington!

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