Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening.
You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'.
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From a young age Adam Colon had a soft spot for helping children. Even as a child himself, he would donate to Gillette Children's Hospital at Christmas. As an adult, Colon has carried on the tradition, only at a much bigger scale. In November 2010, the father of three started a non-profit called Children for Life Minnesota. "We want to help charities that help children and their families," said Colon, 27, of starting the non-profit. Children for Life hosts fundraisers and then donates the money to different charities and organizations that help children.
As a child, Michael Bateson hated to read. His father was a voracious reader, though, and he was determined to pass the practice down to his children. So he made Bateson read an hour a day. And much of what he read were the works of Mark Twain While at the time he despised it, eventually Bateson came to love reading, especially Twain. Today, Bateson is something of an expert on Twain. He performs a one man play about the man's life and work. Bateson will perform at 2 p.m. Sept.
4-H has long had a reputation as a farm-based activity, but it's definitely not just for country kids. The program has something for just about everyone. With programs that provide experience in fields ranging from science and technology to performing arts to culinary adventures and, of course agriculture, it can be the right fit for any kid. The Dakota County 4-H program will host a meet and greet from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at the University of Minnesota Extension building, 4100 220 th St.
There is more change in the works for a Rosemount bank that has already changed names once this year. Central Bank, which in April took over operation of Rosemount National Bank, has entered into a purchase agreement to sell its Rosemount branch to Merchants Bank in a deal that includes more than $19 million in deposit relationships and the bank building. Central Bank will retain most of the bank's loans. The deal is pending approval from regulators.
A few years ago Diane Ciardelli made a goal. The Rosemount woman wanted to run a marathon in all 50 states before she turned 50 in April 2012. By the end of October, the mom of three will complete that goal. In October she will run marathons in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts, completing her five year quest. While she had hoped to finish with the Boston Marathon, Ciardelli hasn't been able to finish the 26.2 miles in under four hours, which is the qualifying time for the race. She will run the Cape Cod Marathon instead.
When Paul Scarpari's wife, Jill started weaving baskets in 1991, he didn't think it was something he'd be interested in. But she loved it so he decided to give it a try. His first time weaving turned out awful. "My first basket didn't even stand," said Paul. A few years later he decided to give the art form another chance. His second basket turned out a lot better, and he actually enjoyed making it. He's been hooked ever since. "It's like a little puzzle.
When Lauryn Bellows was considering her career options she wanted something that offered variety. Police work had that, so the Brooklyn Park native went to North Hennepin Community College to become a cop. Bellows began her career as a police officer Aug. 8 as a member of the Rosemount Police Department. She is excited to be with the department and hopes to be a valuable addition. "It's a nice size department and I really like the community," said Bellows. As a member of the police department Bellows hopes to help people.
As a child, Ben Glenn was diagnosed with dyslexia. As an adult, he found out he has ADHD. While some people might have been devastated, for Glenn it made sense of the world. Since 1995, Glenn has traveled the world sharing his message of discovery and hope in dealing with learning disabilities. Glenn will share his artful and energetic message at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Rosemount United Methodist Church, 14770 Canada Ave. Rosemount UMC children's pastor Karen Kleckner said Glenn provides an entertaining but also educational program that will help people understand what life with ADHD is like.
Celeste Ask woke up feeling sick on June 6, but she couldn't get in to see the doctor until the following day. So she decided to go to work. She wasn't there long, though. A few hours into her day she went to her boss and said she didn't feel well. Then she went back to her desk and collapsed out of her chair. Ask had suffered a massive stroke. The right side of her body was paralyzed, and at first doctors weren't sure just how well she would recover.
Victor Fricano has spent the majority of his professional life working for major corporations. While it paid the bills, most of the time he spent working wasn't very fulfilling. Then in March the Rosemount resident decided to take a leap. He bought a franchise of a company called Seniors Helping Seniors.