could link Prairie View & hospital
By Seth Schmidt
Medical Center and Prairie View
Healthcare leaders are discussing the
possibility of linking the two
Tracy and the nursing home are now
studying expansion plans. One concept
thats under consideration would
physically connect the two buildings
across what is now Fifth St. East.
be ideal, if it could be worked
out, said Steve Harl, vice
president of operations for Tealwood Care
Centers, the company that manages and
owns Prairie View. Wed like
to have a single campus setting.
chief executive officer for Sanford Tracy
, echoes Harls thoughts. Nordahl
called a linked medical center and
nursing home a best case scenario
for the health-care needs of this
officials have previously announced the
possibility of adding onto Prairie View,
and have hired an architect to draft
plans for an addition. Sanford and City
of Tracy leaders have also hired an
architect to look at remodeling and
expansion options for the hospital and
clinic. Hospital and nursing home
officials met several weeks ago to
discuss the linkage possibility.
Harl said that
Prairie Views addition could
involve about 25 additional resident
rooms. The added space, he said, would
make it possible for all Prairie View
residents to have a single, private room.
No timetable has
been set for construction, but Harl said
hed like to see Prairie Views
expansion get started as soon as
Prairie View is
now at 100% capacity with 58 residents,
according to Tennis Eeg, Prairie View
View perspective, Harl said that the next
step in the proposed expansion is to work
with their architect, and see if a
linkage plan can be agreed upon with the
hospital and city. Once a plan is agreed
upon at the local level, then approval
would be needed from state officials.
a lot a steps in the process, but
financially we are prepared to do
this, Harl said.
that would physically connect the medical
center and the nursing home would require
the city to vacate East Fifth St. Nordahl
has written a letter to City
Administrator Audrey Koopman requesting
that the city begin the process to vacate
the street. The Tracy Planning Commission
could consider the street vacation issue
as early as April 2.
crown, kudos from students
honor Scott Loeslie
When it comes to
character, theres no question
whos king at Tracy Elementary
Loeslie was dubbed King of
Character by his students and staff
last week in a surprise ceremony during a
school assembly for the finale of I
Love to Read month. The
schools media center was
transformed into a royal court complete
with jester, crown and robe bearers, a
throne, and loyal subjects who bowed to
their role model in character education.
Soupir began by reading a fairy tale
created especially for Loeslie.
a time, in a small kingdom lived a group
of people lacking some direction with
character goals. Then the day came when a
prince came riding in on a white horse
(some of you might think it looked like a
white pick-up!), she read.
years of building together we feel it is
time to acknowledge and give credit to
this great Emperor.
staff members decorated a crown for
Loeslie with jewels representing nine
character words: Caring, fairness,
responsibility, respect for others,
trustworthiness, citizenship, respect for
self, ambition, and determination.
Students read the following anecdotes for
C is for cool
A is for awesome
R is for
I is for
N is for nice
G is for great
Thank you for showing us how to be fair
by working hard every day, treating
everyone with kindness and respect.
others: You have shown us how to
respect others by listening carefully to
us and thinking about our feelings. Even
though we are smaller than you, you
always look up to us because we show good
Responsibility is coming to work on cold
winter days. Responsibility is
remembering to do your job every day. You
have taught us about responsibility
through your actions.
We are proud to say we trust you! We
trust that you will be honest. We trust
that you will keep your promises. We
trust you will make good choices for our
school and community. And you can trust
that we will work to do our best.
You have shown us citizenship by taking
pride in our school and also in us. You
believe in us, and let us know that
everyone here is important. You make our
school a great atmosphere to work and
self: We all know that you have
respect for yourself! You dress with
really cool, colorful ties. You have
surrounded yourself with many wonderful
people. You care about what the school
looks like, and we know that every day
you wake up smiling in the mirror saying,
I know I can, I know I can, I know
Did you know that Mr. Loeslie has a
secret? His real middle name is
ambitious. We know this because he sets
goals and believes he can do difficult
things. He tries things that will make
our school a better place. He
doesnt compare himself to
othersthough he secretly wants to
be our one and only super hero. Last but
not least, he always does his very best
and never gives up!
Mr. Loeslie, you are determined! You are
determined to make us the best we can be
every day. You are determined to make
this the best school in the whole world.
You are determined to do what is right
and not just what is easy. You are
determined to help us reach our goals,
and we are determined to help you reach
Loeslie, we dub you King of
Character, Soupir said in closing.
We pledge our allegiance to follow your
example as a leader of good
then sang the song Thank You Very
our way of saying thank you to a great
person we know, said music teacher
surprised, thanked the students for the
honor they had bestowed upon him.
to be the emperor or the king you have to
have a great court, he said.
the people who are important to him who
have helped to guide him; particularly
his wife, Becky and daughter, Kasey, who
were in attendance.
do appreciate this, Loeslie said.
He remarked at the great improvements
that have been made at Tracy Elementary
through the character education program.
I think we
have really improved who we are, he
said. Its truly my pleasure
to be here every day and work with all of
contest to raise money for playground
Pie: Coming soon
to a face near you.
Elementary School staff members are
putting their mugs on the line for a good
causea new school playground. Money
will be collected in jars between now and
Monday, March 26, when the
winner will be announced
following the performance of a school
Mighty Minds: A Musical that Makes
Learning Fun, will begin at 7 p.m.
at the Tracy Area High School auditorium.
Free-will donations will be accepted with
all money raised going toward the
Minds will feature singing by the
whole student body as well as acting by
sixth grade students and eight teachers.
The program centers around test anxiety
and other issues students face.
Miller said audience members will also be
asked to participate. Those who are
interested are encouraged to arrive at
6:50 on the evening of the program to
learn the song Well Be
musical will be the culmination of the
pie-in-the-face contest. Donations can
still be brought in the night of the
program, or sent to the school ahead of
time. Those who send in donations are
reminded to indicate which bucket
theyd like their donation to go
into. Candidates are Ade Miler, Kristin
Haugo-Jones, Scott Loeslie, Jen Kainz,
Nat Boyer, Nikki Paulzine, Lisa Schaar,
Lisa Dieter, Deb Maki, and Kelly
Should the City
of Tracy proceed with a plan for
replacing aging downtown light fixtures?
Should Hwy. 14
lighting improvements be incorporated
with the downtown plan?
If Hwy. 14
lighting upgrades are pursued, should
fixtures be on one or both sides of the
Energy help pay for new lights? How would
assessments be handled?
Those were among
the unanswered questions city leaders
confronted at a Monday night public
hearing to consider downtown lighting
improvements. The hearing had been
continued from Feb. 12. Council members
decided to postpone decisions about
proposed lighting improvements until at
least April 9, when the public hearing
will be reconvened again.
we need a lot more research, said
council member Sandi Rettmer, who offered
to help gather information.
Administrator Audrey Koopman said an
estimated $151,000 would be needed to put
decorative, breakaway lighting fixtures
along Hwy. 14. An alternative would be to
put new lights only along the north side
of Hwy. 14, where most of the highway
businesses are located. She said some
communities have also mixed new
decorative fixtures with existing,
Stobb said that the planning
commissions recommended that the
downtown lights be replaced first.
President Carol Cooreman said that the
Chamber remains supportive of downtown
lighting improvements.. Perhaps, if the
goal is to al improve appearances along
the Hwy. 14 corridor, less costly
improvements could be implemented before
the lhighway ights are upgraded, she
that the need for improved lighting along
Hwy. 14 is not as great as the downtown
area, since most of the highway lights
downtown lighting project calls for 40 to
43 new decorative light poles in a
six-block area. The 14 to 18 foot poles
would be similar to those in Central
Park. Estimated cost is $159,000. An
estimated $70,000 worth of sidewalk and
curb repairs would be done at the same
have discussed financing the lighting
improvements by including the cost in a
large city-bond issue later this year.
City policy calls for 25% of costs to be
assessed to benefitting property owners.
coming for 'International Weekend'
The Tracy AFS
Chapter is sponsoring an
International Weekend for
area foreign exchange students.
from neighboring communities will be in
Tracy for the March 15-18 activities.
Tracy Area High Schools three
exchange studentsTinke Albach and
Lisa Schreier from Germany and Davide
Ottogalli from Italy will help host
include a Thursday night potluck supper
at St. Marys Church basement, an
International Fair in the
TAHS cafeteria Friday from 10 a.m. to
2:45 p.m., a Friday night dance sponsored
by the Amiriet Busy Bees, Saturday
afternoon bowling, and a Saturday night
supper and party for exchange students
and host siblings.
International Weekend concludes with an
11 a.m. to noon farewell at the Tracy
Multi-Purpose Center Sunday.
exchange students will stay with Tracy
area host families beginninig Thursday
night. Students coming to the
International weekend are: Mariella
Carniero, Brazil; Ayushjax Daraa,
Mongolia; Yuan Fujita, Japan; Flora
Jewwattanarak, Thailand; Panchuta
Panprom, Thailand; Fahsarng
Thailand; Witchulada Saetabang, Thailand;
Pajareeya Suriwong, Thailand.