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Letters: UWH still funding 360 Communities; Thankful for dog park

UWH still funding 360 Communities

Your local United Way of Hastings would like to ensure clarity regarding current funding of the important and impressive domestic abuse work being done in our community by 360 Communities Lewis House. A front page article in the June 1 Hastings Star Gazette announced funding cuts to 360 Communities undertaken by the Greater Twin Cities United Way due to a shift in their funding strategies caused by a shortfall in overall donations.

The United Way of Hastings (UWH) operates independently from the Greater Twin Cities United Way and serves individuals living within Independent School District #200 including Hastings, Hampton, Miesville, New Trier, Vermillion, Welch and portions of Washington County. UWH leverages the input of several volunteers who either live or work in our community to make separate funding decisions on local programs requesting support. These programs are managed by UWH's Funded Partner Agencies, including 360 Communities.

Despite some disappointing shortfall in donations locally, UWH has not reduced its 2017 funding decisions for 360 Communities, which is one of nearly 20 other Hastings area organizations and programs funded this year. To learn more about the local impact of UWH and its Funded Partner Agencies, visit www.unitedwayofhastings.org.

Bob Werchota

2017 UWH President

2017 United Way of Hastings Board of Directors: Bob Verchota, President Charlie Black, Lynn Johnson, Bryan Schafer, Martha Sullivan JD, Past President Stoddard Crane, Becky McKuras, Bryan Schoeber, Margaret McNamara Horsch, JD, Vice President Ben Estby, Jaime Miller, Mark Vaughan, D. Charles Lawson, Jr. CPA, Treasurer Julie Hicks and Russ Rohloff.

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Thankful for dog park

As a resident of Hastings, I want to express my appreciation to the City Council for establishing the Rivertown Dog Park. I find it hard to put in words the pleasure and health benefits my dog, Sugar, receives from it. The size and location of the three separate areas is wonderful. For dogs that don't have a lot of freedom, it is truly a blessing. Thanks again.

Charlotte Pierce

Hastings

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Employee award meaningful upon retirement

I am writing to thank INTEK Plastic Corp. for the many years of support to the Hastings School District by annually awarding the School District Employee of the the Year. It was an honor to receive this year's award and join the ranks of so many outstanding individuals who have served our community so well, for so long.

The award is especially meaningful for me as I am retiring at the end of this school year. During the past 28 years as a counselor at Hastings Middle School, I grew to love the people in this town, the kids and workers in District 200. INTEK's commitment to the employees of our schools is a true testament to what makes this town great. Thanks.

Rick Wheeler

Hastings Middle School counselor

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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