FW: [Leadership] September 11, 2001 - Flight 93 Memorial tour with Audio Description

Janet Dickelman



From: Leadership@... <Leadership@...> On Behalf Of Joel Snyder
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2021 12:36 PM
To: Leadership@...
Subject: [Leadership] September 11, 2001 - Flight 93 Memorial tour with Audio Description


Dear friends,


Along with many of you, I spent some time this morning recalling the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and remembering just where I was when I heard the news. (I was in my office at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC—my colleagues and I could see the smoke rising from the Pentagon.)


In remembrance of 9/11 and, specifically, the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA, I thought it appropriate to provide a link to the audio described tour of the Flight 93 Memorial that I created for the National Park Service. It’s intended as an accessibility feature for visitors to the site who are blind or have low vision; but, of course, anyone can listen to the tour and get a sense of the Memorial without being there in person. The entire tour is almost two hours long; you’re welcome to listen to all or a part of it at:


All best,





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memories of 911

Janet Dickelman

The following was sent out by Florida Council of the Blind written by member Anthony Corona.



911 20 years

by Anthony Corona


They stood as symbols for our country; two tall and impressive 110-storied buildings at the lower foot of Manhattan. They could be seen for miles from land or approaching by sea. They held thousands of people daily, conducting business around the globe. The Twin Towers were shining examples of American engineering and business. Ironically, they formed an impressive eleven in the city skyline.


9/11: the day is forever etched into the fabric of history; Lives were tragically lost, Heroes were born, and the safety illusion of America was forever erased. 20 years ago I still had sight and I rode the Staten Island Ferry daily, watching those impressive towers growing larger over the 30 minutes it takes the ferry to cross NY Harbor.


20 Years ago I had a burgeoning career working in Downtown Manhattan. I would ride the ferry every morning, many times preferring to stand out front in the wind of the crossing boat with headphones on, revving myself up for another work day.


20  Years ago today time stood still and for the first time in over 100 years of service the ferry stopped mid run and sat in the harbor in horror as hundreds of people aboard stared in shock at one tower rocked from the impact of an airplane. Flames erupted and the smoke furled up and out into the surrounding areas and then…. Screams ripped through the eerie silence as those hundreds of people watched a second plane… aim…. Hit.


20 years ago today I stood among the passengers on the Staten Island Ferry, tears silently streaming down my face. The boat sat still for over 20 minutes until an announcement that we would be returning to Staten Island. The engines re-started just as the next layer of horror occurred; the first tower seemed to tremble and sink into itself. The sound was deafening, the smell was smoke and gas and some horrible metallic that actually reminded me of the smell of BLOOD.


20 Years ago I thought I was a man, I thought I knew everything. I couldn’t fathom what my eyes were showing me. I broke in many small ways and before I knew it, I was sobbing like the little boy I was in that moment.


20 Years ago 4 people I loved never made it home. My cousin a FDNY  member, My best friend’s father who worked on the 68th floor, My very good friend who worked on the 47th floor, and a former manager I worked with when I was in college; all gone in those terrible moments. There wasn’t a single person I knew at the time who couldn’t say the same things.


20 Years later I can still hear the roar, smell that horrific stench and, although I lost my sight a few years ago, I still see that second plane. I can still see the first tower fall. I can still hear the screams and sobs.


I can never forget. We can never forget.

Every generation has life-altering, changing, and foundation-rocking moments. As the world battles a pandemic, the likes not seen for over 100 years it strikes me these foundation-rocking moments bound us in humanity. These moments remind us of all we have to lose together and sometimes all the greatness we can achieve together. 20 years ago our world was rocked to the core and I was changed from my core. Together we recovered as we will from this dark pandemic; but one of the strongest lessons I relive every day for the last 20 years is that together we can do anything, together we are stronger, together we are family; if only we remember and continue to hold proverbial hands.



Obituary for Michael malver's father

Janet Dickelman

From the Star Tribune:

Malver, Frederick Sadek 82, of Minneapolis died peacefully at home Sunday evening, Sept. 5, 2021, surrounded by family. The cause was multiple myeloma. Fred was born August 9, 1939, in Milwaukee, WI. He graduated from Shorewood High School, Harvard University (B.Sci.), and the Univer-sity of Minnesota (M.Sci.). He married Karen Kane of Duluth, MN with whom he raised three sons. He worked for 37 years as an engineer/scientist at Honeywell, with brief stints at companies in CA. Fred will be remembered as a life-long tennis and racket-sport player and enthusiast. He was an avid music lover and played flute in many groups, particularly 20 years with the Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band. He enjoyed family car trips, bicycling with Karen and friends, and held an especial love of hamburgers and popcorn. Fred was preceded in death by parents Arnold and Jane and step-father William Schapiro. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen; sons Aaron of Seattle, WA, and Michael (Patti Sanner) and David of Minneapolis; by his sister Sandra (Stephen) Goodman of Denver, CO; his brother Sherman Schapiro (Eva Janson) of Eureka, CA; nephews and a niece. He will be missed dearly.The family would like to thank all of the caregivers who assisted during Fred's illness, especially Hennepin Healthcare Hospice. The funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. CDT, THURSDAY, September 9, 2021, at TEMPLE ISRAEL, 2323 Fremont Ave. So, Minneapolis. Masks required. Shiva will be held in person Thursday evening, 7:00pm, (call the funeral home for address). All events will also be available via Zoom. Email zoom2@... for the zoom link. Memorial donations may be made to Temple Israel, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, the Minnesota Orchestra, or donor's preference. Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234

Published on September 8, 2021


notice of September board meeting

Janet Dickelman


ACBM will hold our September   board meeting via zoom conference call on Monday, September   20 at 6:30 PM.  Guests are always welcome; if you would like to attend please contact Steve Robertson, he will send you the zoom link and phone number.

Please call (612) 223-5543 or send an email to



Janet Dickelman, president, ACBM


looking for recipe submissions for AAVL Fundraiser cookbook

Janet Dickelman


From: aavl-web@... [mailto:aavl-web@...]
Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2021 2:36 PM
To: 'Sue Staley'; cookbook@...
Subject: AAVL Fundraiser


The holiday season calls for a time of celebration with family, friends or just relaxation.  Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss (AAVL) is producing a holiday season cookbook. Your original recipes are welcome.  Appetizers to desserts will round out the cookbook.

The cookbook will be produced in all formats.


You can submit your recipes either by email or you can call and dictate them over the phone.


Deadline for submission is Friday October 1.

This fundraising activity is a win-win situation.  It will raise much needed funds for AAVL in order to better the lives of blind and visually impaired persons, and a cookbook is always an awesome holiday gift. 


Feel free to distribute this flyer to family and friends.


Sue Staley

Phone number: (503) 430-1868

Email: cookbook@...



Metro Transit - Downtown Saint Paul Survey

Janet Dickelman

Hi everyone,

See below.

Please read the information below. I had to paste the link in to my browser.




Hello Janet,


Metro Transit is reaching out to organizations and businesses in the downtown St. Paul area about potentially relocating routes 3, 16, 62, 67, 75. These routes are currently on either Wabasha or Minnesota streets 


Starting in the spring of 2022 and ending in 2025/2026, there will be a series of street construction projects in downtown St. Paul. Wabasha Street will be the first, which will necessitate moving routes 62, 67, and 75 to Minnesota Street to join routes 3 and 16. At the end of the Wabasha construction, these routes will not be moving back, but will remain on Minnesota Street. In 2023, Minnesota Street will undergo construction and these routes will then move to Robert Street. When that construction is complete, Metro Transit will either keep all north/south routes on Robert Street. or return all service back to Minnesota. 


Now through Sept.17, we are seeking input to help us understand what is important to our customers, including those who are part of your organization. Metro Transit is providing a variety of opportunities for the public to provide input. To assist you, we’ve put together a packet of materials for you to use:  


·         Link to the survey: 

·         Link to the project news page: 

·         Amplify Metro Transit’s social media post or post your own with proposed copy (attached)

·         Facebook:   

·         Instagram: @MetroTransitMN   

·         Twitter: @MetroTransitMN   

·         Include an article in your newsletter or encourage your policy makers to include in their constituent e-newsletters and updates

·         Include a photo to accompany your social post or article  

·         Include a description and map of the proposed corridors/changes (attached)  


If you have any additional questions or comments please let me know.  


Thank you again for your support on this project! 



Doug Cook

Outreach Coordinator

Metro Transit


P. 651-231-8435 


sad news

Janet Dickelman

Michael malver's father passed away peacefully Saturday evening with his family by his side. I'll forward the obituary when it is available.

If you'd like to drop a note to Michael his email address is


ACB resolutions information

Janet Dickelman


Below is the information for the resolutions webinar on Tuesday afternoon/evening. It looks like we will also be on ACB media 10.





ACB Resolutions Committee – Involve Yourself in the Process: 7:30pm ET, 4:30pm PT, 1:30pm HT

The Resolutions Committee invites you to take part in the discussion over submitted resolutions. We may not be voting on them during the convention as done in person, but everyone can have input in the process and take part in the committee’s work.

Sponsored by the ACB Resolutions Committee

Listen on ACB Media 2:

Or say to your Amazon device, “ask ACB Media to play 2.”

Join the webinar:

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,86833380393#

Phone: 312-626-6799

Webinar ID: 847 6181 4754


ACBM social committee welcomes members and friends back to him person events

Michael Malver

I look forward to seeing people who are interested in a social gathering this coming Saturday, September 11 from 10 am to noom, at Day by Day Café
477, 7th St., West, Saint Paul. Sincerely,
Michael Malver, acbm social committee chair

Anonymous Survey: What's your preferred label?

Janet Dickelman

The below message was sent to the ACB leadership list. The individual was a
DKM recipient a few years ago so this is legitimate.


Hello ACB Family,

I am a college student and I am conducting a survey hoping to gain some
insight into the preferred, and non-preferred labels that people with
disabilities normally hear on a daily basis.
The link below will invite you to participate in an anonymous survey that
will allow you to rank 5 different labels that have Been used to describe
peoples with physical limitations.
This survey is not endorsed by any entity, and is only intended to help me
write my paper for my Special Populations Class.

Thank you For your feedback, and please Feel free to pass the link to any
and all your friends and family members.

Steven Salas
Pronouns: He/Him/His

very sad news

Janet Dickelman

Hello everyone,


I just received a call from Dave Tanner that Terry co-owner from The Low Vision Store passed away suddenly last Friday. There are no additional details at this time. If we hear anything else we’ll post it to the lists.

I can only imagine how difficult this is for his wife Sue, their sons and for Steve.



workplace accommodation survey

Janet Dickelman


Dr. Shengli Dong and his team at Florida State University are recruiting participants for a brief study. If interested, see information below.

You are invited to participate in a study on resource seeking strategies and impact on employment outcomes among individuals with disabilities. The study is conducted completely online and will be kept confidential. To participate you must be an individual with disability, at least 18 years of age, and will work either fulltime or parttime. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes of your time. You will be given the opportunity to opt into a raffle for a $20 gift card (given to approximately one of every 25 participants). This study has been approved by the FSU Internal Review Board as part of the research requirements. 

If you have any questions about the research study, or need an alternative survey format, please contact Dr. Shengli Dong by e-mail: workplace_accommodation@... 

Survey Link: 

resolutions webinar info

Janet Dickelman


Hello all,


Here is the information for Wednesday's ACB resolutions webinar. It will probably be a good old fashioned resolutions marathon so grab your dinner or just a midnight snack and come check it out.




ACB Resolutions Committee – Involve Yourself in the Process: 7:30pm ET, 4:30pm PT, 1:30pm HT

The Resolutions Committee invites you to take part in the discussion over submitted resolutions. We may not be voting on them during the convention as done in person, but everyone can have input in the process and take part in the committee’s work.

Sponsored by the ACB Resolutions Committee

Listen on ACB Media 2:

Or say to your Amazon device, “ask ACB Media to play 2.”

Join the webinar:

One tap mobile: +13126266799,,86833380393#

Phone: 312-626-6799

Webinar ID: 847 6181 4754


Call to Action: Exercise and Fitness for All Act

Janet Dickelman



From: American Council of the Blind <advocacy@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 1:54 PM
To: janet.dickelman@...
Subject: Call to Action: Exercise and Fitness for All Act


ACB logo in white



Exercise and Fitness for All Act of 2021 (S. 2504/H.R. 4756)


On July 28, Sens. Duckworth (D-IL), Casey (D-PA), Feinstein (D-CA), and Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Exercise and Fitness for All Act (S-2504) in the 117th Congress. This bill aims to make exercise equipment and fitness instruction fully accessible to people with disabilities. The bill would require the US Access Board to establish guidelines relating to the number and types of accessible fitness equipment gyms and other fitness facilities are required to have. After the Access Board provides guidelines, the DOJ will need to publish regulations relating to the guidelines requiring fitness facilities to provide accessible equipment and classes and ensure that there is at least one staff member trained in providing assistance and in operating the equipment. A companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 4756, by Reps. DeSaulnier (D-CA-11) and Young (R-AK-AL). 


The Exercise and Fitness for All Act promotes the provision of exercise or fitness equipment, and exercise or fitness classes and instruction, that are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored what ACB and our members already knew – that the lack of access to accessible exercise and fitness equipment and instruction are a persistent barrier to equal access and results in deteriorating physical and mental health. 


Physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health, well-being, and quality of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four U.S. adults is living with a disability, including 93 million Americans who are at high risk for severe vision loss. Adults with disabilities are more likely to have obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Physical activity can reduce the risk and help manage these chronic conditions while improving daily living activities and independence. Physical activity can also reduce the risk of increased functional limitations. 


Call to Action


ACB commends Sens. Duckworth, Casey, Feinstein and Blumenthal, and Reps. DeSaulnier and Young for reintroducing the Exercise and Fitness for All Act. We encourage all of our members and friends to contact your elected officials and urge them to support the Exercise and Fitness for All Act in the Senate (S. 2504) & in the House (H.R. 4756).


To contact your members of Congress, you may visit and search by your five digit ZIP code, or and search by your state, to find their member website and specific contact information. You may dial the U.S. Capitol Switch Board and request your member’s office as well: 202-224-3121.


When emailing your members of Congress and their staff, please urge your Representatives to cosponsor and support H.R. 4756 in the House, and urge your Senators to cosponsor and support S. 2504 in the Senate.


If calling your Representative via their office phone numbers or by connecting through the Capitol Switch Board (202-224-3121), please let them know that you are a constituent and that you would like them to cosponsor the Exercise and Fitness for All Act (S. 2504/H.R. 4756). 


When communicating with your members of Congress and their staff, be sure to share your personal experiences when attempting to use fitness or exercise equipment at public facilities. Share with them what it would mean to you to have equal and independent access to the tools and resources to take charge of your health. And ask them to cosponsor the Exercise and Fitness for All Act. Please let the ACB Advocacy Team know the Senators and Representatives you contacted by replying to this message or by emailing: advocacy@...


Thank you, and keep advocating!

The ACB Advocacy Team 



American Council of the Blind |


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AAVL Cookbook fundraising flyer

Janet Dickelman

AAVL is the Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss, one of ACB’s special-interest affiliates. If you have a submission for their cookbook please send it to Sue at





Hi Janet,


Enclosed please find our fund-raising project flyer.




I know there are many good cooks in Minnosota.


Sincere thanks for all of the work you do and for participating in this project.

I would appreciate it if you can disseminate this info to all of persons on the Minnesota lists.



Sue Staley, AAVL board member


From: aavl-web@... [mailto:aavl-web@...]
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2021 8:55 AM
To: cookbook@...
Subject: AAVL Cookbook fundraising flyer


Cookbook flyer

AAVL Fundraiser


The holiday season calls for a time of celebration with family, friends or just relaxation.  Alliance on Aging and Vision Loss (AAVL) is producing a holiday season cookbook. Your original recipes are welcome.  Appetizers to desserts will round out the cookbook.

The cookbook will be produced in all formats.

You can submit your recipes either by email or you can call and dictate them over the phone.

Deadline for submission is September 12th.

This fundraising activity is a win-win situation.  It will raise much needed funds for AAVL in order to better the lives of blind and visually impaired persons, and a cookbook is always an awesome holiday gift. 

Feel free to distribute this flyer to family and friends.


Sue Staley

Phone number: (503) 430-1868

Email: cookbook@...


Call to Action: Disability Access to Transportation Act, H.R. 1697

Michael Malver

Begin forwarded message:

From: American Council of the Blind <advocacy@...>
Date: August 20, 2021 at 11:06:58 AM CDT
To: mmalver@...
Subject: Call to Action: Disability Access to Transportation Act, H.R. 1697
Reply-To: advocacy@...

One of ACB’s legislative imperatives this year is the Disability Access to Transportation Act (DATA) (H.R. 1697/S. 2038). Among other things, this legislation will create a one-stop para transit pilot program, require the completion of the Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines, provide greater funding for transportation grants, and improve the DOT complaint process. 
The bill in the House of Representatives, H.R. 1697, was included in the House-passed Invest in America Act, however the version of the bill introduced in the Senate (S. 2038) was not included in the Senate-passed infrastructure package. There may be an opportunity for DATA to be included in the infrastructure package when the House and Senate conference to negotiate the final bill, or DATA may be included in the larger infrastructure package passed through the budget reconciliation process. 
To raise the profile of DATA, original sponsors, Reps. Langevin (D-RI-02) and Titus (D-NV-01) are circulating the below Dear Colleague letter. The purpose of the below letter is to encourage other members of the House of Representatives to cosponsor DATA, H.R. 1697. Current cosponsors of H.R. 1697 include: Reps. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Ross (D-NC-02), Blumenauer (D-OR-03), Bourdeaux (D-GA-07), and Cohen (D-TN-09).
Please share the below Dear Colleague letter with your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the Disability Access to Transportation Act, H.R. 1697! 

Contact information for your member of the House of Representatives is available at: and searching by your five digit ZIP code. 
When emailing your Representative and their staff, please urge them to cosponsor and support H.R. 1697 and copy and paste the Dear Colleague letter included at the end of this email.

If calling your Representative via their office phone numbers or by connecting through the Capitol Switch Board (202-224-3121), please let them know that you are a constituent and that you would like them to cosponsor H.R. 1697, the Disability Access to Transportation Act. 
Please let the ACB Advocacy Team know the Representatives you contacted by replying to this message or by emailing: advocacy@....
Thank You,
ACB Advocacy Team 
Cosponsor legislation to make transportation more accessible 
Sending Office: Honorable James R. Langevin
Sent By: Alec.Goldstone@...
Request for Cosponsor(s)
H.R. 1697, the Disability Access to Transportation Act (DATA)
Cosponsors: Langevin and Titus (original), Napolitano, Ross, Blumenauer, Bourdeaux

Dear Colleague,
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 4 U.S. adults has a disability. Section 2(b) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recognized that individuals with disabilities face discrimination when using transportation services and sought to provide “a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.” 
Thirty-one years after the enactment of the ADA, individuals with disabilities continue to face discrimination and a lack of accessible transportation options. Transportation is a core component of independent living. In fact, without the ability to easily move from one location to another, true community living is impossible. 
H.R. 1697 would address many of the present challenges in transportation for people with disabilities, most of which were included in the House-passed version of the INVEST in America Act. Specifically, it would:
Establish a one-stop paratransit pilot program so that riders could schedule an intermediate stop during their trips. This program would expand on current paratransit programs that are required by the ADA. By adding the option for an intermediate stop of at least 15 minutes, paratransit riders could avoid excessive wait times between multiple trips.*
Require the U.S. Access Board to publish final public rights of way accessibility guidelines (proposed in 2011 and 2013) setting minimum standards to ensure that sidewalks, street crossings, signals, and other facilities for pedestrian use are accessible to pedestrians with disabilities.*
Streamline the process for submitting accessibility complaints or concerns to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). DATA would require the FTA to accept complaints by mail, phone, or online. It would also require paratransit providers to post information about how to register a complaint through the FTA’s process to raise awareness.*
Establish an Accessibility Data Pilot Program to assist local communities in identifying gaps in transportation and methods to improve service to low-income, minority, older, and disabled populations.
Increase funding for Section 5310 formula funding, which assists private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities.* 
I urge you to join me in this effort by cosponsoring H.R. 1697. This common-sense bill will ensure that people with disabilities across the country have accessible transportation options available to them to facilitate true independence and participation in society.
For more information or to join as a cosponsor, please contact Alec Goldstone in Rep. Langevin’s office at alec.goldstone@... or 5-2735.
James R. Langevin                                               
Member of Congress                                            
Dina Titus
Member of Congress
*Included in House-passed INVEST in America Act
American Council of the Blind |

Technology Track Podcasts are now available on ACB Media

Janet Dickelman


We are pleased to share that the Technology Track is now live!


Visit  under the Media tab and select Podcast to access the Technology Track podcast content and don’t forget to subscribe at



Convention Podcasts Coming up Next Week will include the Diversity, Education, and Employments tracks!



Have a great weekend,




Jennifer Flatt

Manager of Communications

American Council of the Blind

The Health and Wellness Track podcasts are now live!

Janet Dickelman


We are pleased to share that the Health and Wellness Track is our first full convention track of podcasts to be released (with 24 in total)  and they are now live!


Visit  under the Media tab and select Podcast to access the Health and Wellness Track podcast content and don’t forget to subscribe at 


You can also find out more about the ACB Get Up & Get Moving campaign by visiting


Convention Podcasts Coming up Next Week:

The next release of podcast content will be the week of August 16th when we will be launching the ACB 2021 Convention podcasts for both the Audio Description Project Track along with our General Sessions & Primetime content




Audio Description Convention Podcasts are

Janet Dickelman


Today we are pleased to share that the Audio Description Track content is now available as podcasts and are available on


You can subscribe to the audio description track to access all content


The next ACB convention podcasts track to be release will be coming up on Friday: the Technology Track


Jennifer Flatt

Manager of Communications 

American Council of the Blind

The Minnesota Memo for Summer 2021

Janet Dickelman





PO box 23543

Richfield, MN 55423

The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the position of the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota. They are the views of the article's author.

Product and service information is provided as a resource only and not as an endorsement of a particular product or service.



Catalina Martinez, Editor

E-mail: catalina229@...

Barb Appleby,

E-mail: barbaraaappleby@...

Marian Haslerud,

E-mail: marian.haslerud642@...

Michael Lauf: Web Administrator

E-mail: info@...


Phone numbers of note:

SSB main number (651)539-2300

ACBM (612) 223-5543 Leave Message

Apple support for people with disabilities

(877) 204-3930

Microsoft support for people with disabilities

(800) 936-5900

Comcast Support For Persons With Disabilities

(855) 270-0379



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Table of Content:

President’s Message By Janet Dickelman

ACB Conference and Convention Highlights from my perspective By Patty Slaby

Hot Dog By Dr. Gary Richter

The Year of History By Nicky Schlender


My Individual, Private Voting at Convention By Rabecca Kragnes

I Did It Myself By Catalina Martinez

This Is Me By Bonnie Robertson

On to Omaha By Janet Dickelman

When I’m An Old Lady By Barbara Hall


The Recipe Corner

Lemon Greek chicken Submitted By Barb Appleby

Gazpacho a cold Spanish soup Submitted By Barb Appleby


The Crafty Corner

Aran Christmas Stocking  Designed by J. Barrett

THE BIG ONE! From: C284 Santa's Favorite Christmas Stockings


Calendar of Events By Marian Haslerud

Officers and Board of Directors

ACBM Standing Committee Chairs



President’s Message

By Janet Dickelman


Hello ACBM members and friends,

As I write this, we are just days away from our 2021 ACBM picnic and auction. The weather looks perfect and we have 52 people who will be joining us for fun and fund-raising.

Last month we held our first in-person quarterly membership meeting in 18 months. It was wonderful seeing many of you in person and I look forward to many other events.


ACBM membership is growing! 

We have gained eight new members thus far in 2021.

I'd like to initiate a new member buddy system, stay tuned for details.


Calling all advocates: The Legislative and Advocacy Committee is looking for members. Are you passionate about accessible voting? Are you interested in transportation and web accessibility? Do you like staying connected with the latest state and local happenings as they pertain to blindness? Are you willing to reach out to legislators? If so, the Advocacy committee needs you!


Social committee: our newly appointed social committee is up and running and full of plans! Starting in September our coffee social will be held in person on the second Saturday of the month. The new home for this event is the Day By Day Café located at 477 W 7th Street in Saint Paul.  In addition to the  in-person coffee event ACBM will also host a zoom social call the 4th Wednesday of every month. Stay tuned for all the details!



Be safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.


I’d love to hear from you!

My inbox is always open and my phone answered to address your questions, concerns, comments, and suggestions.



Janet Dickelman, president  

American Council of the Blind of Minnesota


(651) 428-5059

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ACB Conference and Convention Highlights from my perspective:
By Patty Slaby


I thoroughly enjoyed numerous sessions by listening using my Alexa, phone, Victor Stream and/or via zoom. I recorded several because I did not want to wait for the podcasts although I will be downloading them as well.

I listened to over half of the Board meeting and meeting our new staff members. The FIA Showcase was very well performed and many people that performed I know.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Flight 93 Audio Tour even though it was time for some tears. The Mammoth Cave and the Campfire sessions presented by ACB Families were great. I listened to the opening session and most of the general sessions as I always look forward to the Angels, Life memberships, scholarship winners, and our other award winners.


The evening with the Audio Description presenters was fabulous. I learned so much. Another exciting evening was the Auction. I have people waiting for my cookies and Chex mix which they will receive very soon. Another of my favorite sessions was when people talked about segregation and integration of the schools for the blind. Peter Segal held my interest during the banquet when I enjoyed picnic food at my table. I treasure attending mass with Father Jamie who is very inspirational. It ended with the audio described Olympics which I was glued to the devices. I will never forget that wonder; like experience. I live in a rural area and do not have access to described audio productions. I just purchased a Firestick however so things will be changing. Voting was truly awesome and being a delegate along with Nicky was an experience we need to continue for all our members. Thank you to everyone who assisted in making the convention an exciting event that so many people enjoyed.


Hot Dog

By Dr. Gary Richter


it’s gearing up to be one of the hottest summers we’ve had in awhile. And while record-setting temperatures can be uncomfortable for you… Hot weather could be downright dangerous for your dog.


High temperatures can put your dog at risk for overheating, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.

So today, I want to share a few simple DO’s and DON’T’s for keeping your dog cool — and safe — even on the hottest days…

That way, you can enjoy the summer with fewer worries.


Let’s start with the “DON’TS:”

DON’T rely on fans. Your dog primarily cools down by panting, and by sweating through their paws.

So while fans might feel good on your skin... That cool breeze doesn’t reach your dog’s paws, so it won’t do much for them — especially not on a super hot day.

(Keep on reading to learn what you should do instead!)


DON’T take the midday walk.

You’ve probably heard that hot pavement can burn your dog’s paws... but did you know that even 77 degree weather can heat up the pavement to those dangerous temperatures?

So if you can, try to go on walks in the early morning or late evening.

And if your dog has to go outside in the middle of the day, shoot for a grassy spot in the shade. That’s your safest bet!


DON’T let your dog go in the doghouse.

A dog house can provide shade for your dog... But it can also trap a lot of heat, making it way hotter than the outdoors. So, for the hot summer days, it’s best to block off your dog’s doghouse so they don’t get too hot too quickly.


And now that you know what NOT to do… Here are some things you CAN DO to help your pup cool down:


DO cool down your dog from the inside out.

Adding some ice cubes to your dog’s water bowl throughout the day can help cool them down…

And you can give them some cold treats, too.


Frozen blueberries make a great snack, or you can freeze Greek yogurt in an ice tray for some fun treats that will cool your pup down.


DO take water on the go.

Invest in a collapsible water bowl, or bring a small container for water when you go out.

Keep in mind, cups might not work so well. Some dogs aren’t crazy about sticking their snouts into a cup, and they won’t drink, even if they’re thirsty. So if your dog won’t drink water out of a cup, try a bowl instead. You could have better luck!


DO check the humidity.

Your dog pants to eliminate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body… So extra moisture in the air can make it harder for them to cool down efficiently. On days where the humidity is over 70 percent, it’s best to keep your pup inside for the most part. That way, they can stay cool and safe.


And there you have it,. By avoiding the sunlight, giving your dog a few cool treats, and keeping them hydrated… You and your dog can enjoy the great outdoors comfortably and safely.


To happy and healthy dog years ahead,

Dr. Gary Richter


P.S. There’s a quick way to tell if the pavement is too hot for your dog or not.

I call it the “7 second test,”:

Simply putting the back of your hand on the asphalt for 7 seconds is enough to let you know whether it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

(Yes, even 77 degree weather can make the asphalt too hot!)



The Year of History

By Nicky Schlender


This year’s convention was absolutely awesome!  My convention week started on Saturday morning with the GDUI programming.  I really enjoyed Christin Bane’s class lecture on how she has worked in all facets of the Guide dog training field all the way from puppy raiser to guide dog trainer for multiple schools.  I was absolutely enthralled with Byron Lee’s 3d audio experience.  It as so neat to hear the audio through headphones.  Everything was so close like you were right on top of everything.  I am one of I’m sure many who would like Waymo in the Twin Cities metro area and throughout the state of Minnesota.  It was awesome hearing the on screen voice guidance.  The Scuba Diving experience made me feel like I was in the water swimming with the whales.  The Sister Power Hour with Debbie Hazelton and Pam Shaw was very inspiring.  It’s cemented my long held thought about going back to school and going into some sort of helping career.  The Get UP and Get moving campaign kickoff on Saturday evening was great as well.  It inspires me to go up to the USABA and check out what is available.  While I’m on the health topic, I listened to the ACBDA breakout sessions.  I really enjoyed the nutrition and the fitness sessions. 

Sunday night was exhilarating.  It was a great privilege to be a part of the first ever in ACB history of 60 years to be able to vote totally independently without being at the physical convention.  It is great to finally have the option for the whole membership to vote wherever they are in the country.  It was an honor to be an ACBM delegate and be a part of the roll call votes.  It was great to hear the affiliate roll call with the state facts


A couple other highlights were Joel Snyder’s ADP award on Thursday morning. and Peter Segal’s banquet address and the question and answer session that followed.  I also really enjoyed Clark Rockfall and Kim Charlson’s preshow before the audio described opening ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics.



Metro Mobility Grocery and Goods Delivery



Certified Metro Mobility customers can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pick up. Metro Mobility will pick your order up and deliver to your house.

·         The service is free – no fares for delivery.

·         Book same day or in advance just like you book a ride for yourself.

·         Receive your delivery within 60 minutes of the scheduled pickup time.

·         Tell the store Metro Mobility is picking up and provide the reservationist your order number, if provided, as proof of purchase.

·         Four-bag limit remains in effect.

·         Pickups must be scheduled at a commercial location.

·         Drivers will verify your photo ID at drop-off.

Book your delivery with your provider.


Frequently asked questions

We’ve put together some helpful hints and answers to some of the questions that we’ve already received.

Q: What if I am not given an order number?

A: Instacart, a third-party service used by several large retail chains in the Twin Cities, does not generate order numbers. Typically, food shelves also do not provide order numbers. We will only require the order number if you have received one. If you do not get an order number, it is essential that you confirm with Metro Mobility that the customer name we have on file is correct and that the order was placed in the customer’s name.

Q: Will you deliver from food shelves?

A: Yes. See above for flexibility regarding the order number requirements. The four-bag limit does still apply.

Q: Will you pick up from pet stores?

A: Yes, we’ll pick up from pet stores. This service includes groceries and essential household items. Food and supplies for pets and service animals would certainly qualify.

Q: Are you able to pick up my prescription?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up prescriptions. Most pharmacies offer the option to have your prescriptions mailed directly to your home. Check your pharmacies web page or call them directly for instructions.

Q: How do I pay for my packages?

A: Metro Mobility is not charging a fare for the delivery of your packages, so you don’t have to pay us. You do need to pay the store with a credit or debit card prior to arranging a pickup.

Q: My items are not all ready at the same time. What do I do?

A: You can arrange for multiple Metro Mobility pickups. We are aware that some stores, for example Wal-Mart, offer partial orders as goods become available. Metro Mobility is happy to make multiple deliveries for one order.

Q: My store requires a call upon arrival to pick up the package. Can you accommodate that?

A: Yes. We are aware that some stores, for example Kowalski’s, require a call upon arrival at the store. In these cases, drivers will contact dispatch when they arrive at these locations in order to fulfill the order.

Q: Can I use my EBT benefits for this service?

A: People who use the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can now purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards through Walmart and Amazon. These are currently the only online retailers approved by the United States Department of Agriculture available in Minnesota.

You can also contact Help At Your Door or call 651-642-1892 for EBT grocery delivery. Let their staff know that you are a Metro Mobility customer. This service is not guaranteed based on demand.

Contact us

If you have any further questions about the service, please contact Metro Mobility Service Center:

Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 651-602-1111
TTY: 651-221-9886



My Individual, Private Voting at Convention

By Rabecca Kragnes


I’m not the biggest convention enthusiast. I registered with just the basic $25 but I didn’t give to any affiliates or buy any merchandise or raffle tickets. I listened to most of the convention on ACB Media rather than going into Zoom rooms, because I had very little to say with my vocal chords.


However, for the first time this year, even though I didn’t go to convention, the leadership of the American Council of the Blind thought enough of me as a member to allow me to cast an individual, private vote for its officers, board of directors, and directors of its Board of Publications. I took part in all elections which were either contested or had a yes/no choice.


The first election was probably the most exciting, because it was the first. Two candidates were vying for the same office of First Vice president. After listening to the candidates’ forums and talking to people I respected, I made my choice. When President Dan Spoon said elections were open, I immediately went to my computer and found my voter registration code. After a couple false tries of getting my code placed, the radio buttons for selecting my choice made voting very simple.


Although I voted in all of the elections, the last election also felt very momentous to me. There was a motion made to adjourn the convention until august 14th, when meetings would commence to add language to our constitution and bylaws which would add this private individual voting as a permanent part of future conventions and still be in line with the nonprofit rules of the District of Columbia from 2010.  When my voting code was not found on the computer, I decided to try the phone method. After calling the ACB Minnesota office, I learned I was reversing a couple of numbers. This time when I used the automated phone system, it took my voter code, and I was able to cast my yes vote to this motion.


In addition to my individual vote, I gave feedback to our affiliate delegate by phone on which way she should cast our votes. But something about voting individually and privately was a very powerful part of the convention experience. With all affiliates and over 98 percent of individuals voting yes to the aforementioned motion, I believe I can look forward to many more individual, private votes despite not being able to afford to go to convention. This attention to and focus on democracy touches me deeply, and I am so happy the American Council of the Blind thinks enough of its members to value their individual votes as input to the election process.



I Did It Myself

By Catalina Martinez


Bet you’re wondering what the title of this article is all about. Well, I’ll tell ya! It’s about Metro Mobility. Metro Mobility you say? Yup?


When you need to make a ride, either with Transit Team or First Transit, you just don’t know what reservationist you’re going to get. Are they in a bad mood, are they cranky or are they just not all there?


Several years ago, Metro Counsel allowed people to book rides online and it was great! A little clunky, sometimes difficult to use, but still great. Alas, they took it down for what ever reason and I was back to the grumpy cranky reservationists. At the numerous Metro Council meetings, we kept asking if the website is going to be up again, but we were told, soon, soon, soon.


Just this year the website was up and running again and oh wow, was I excited! Now it’s better than ever! Metro Counsel did a very nice job and it’s very accessible. It’s clean, not cluttered and easier to use. So, what I’m going to do is walk you thru it so you can also do it yourself.


First thing, you need to call Metro counsel customer service at 651-602-1111 and let them know that you are interested in booking your rides online. Your username will be your customer ID and you’ll need to come up with a password and give it to the customer service rep. Now you’re set.


Next step is to go online. Go to and look for “Book Your Trip Online” and press enter. You will then be on the log in screen. Enter your ID number and your password. Note: your password must be in all caps. Press on sign in and you are in! 👏  At this time, you can see your current and your past bookings.


To book a trip, look for “Book Trip” and press enter. The first edit field is “Pick Up Address”. This would most likely be your home address. If you arrow down in this field you   should hear “registered Address”, which would be your address. Press enter on that address. The next field is “Unit” which should be already filled in. The next field is “Pick Up Call Back Number”, and this should be filled in as well.


The next section is Drop Off Details. The first field is “Drop Off Address”. type the    address and arrow down. The system will give you several addresses to choose from. Just press enter on the one you want. The next field is “Unit”. Now, here’s a little trick I like to use. Type in the name of the restaurant, store or building you are going to. This will show up as part of the address. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to type in a note like the reservationist, but this is the only way I found you can do this. The next field is “Drop Off Call Back Number”. You can just type in zeros if you don’t have one.


The next section is “Date and Time”. Trip Date is a combo box. Arrow down to the date you want, and press enter. Next are radio buttons. Pick me up at or Appointment Time. Just press the space bar on the choice you want.


The next section is Trip Options. The first one: I will be bringing, has check boxes. Check the box of your choice. The check boxes are, service Animal, Oxygen, Walker and Lift Required., The last entry is Additional Passengers. Press enter and complete the edit boxes. And now the very last button, Book Trip. Press enter.


The next screen is going to show your trip and you can review it at this time. At          the lower part of the screen, you will be given 4 choices. A pickup time and an approximate drop off time. Press enter on your choice. If you are not happy with your choices, press on either earlier trip or later trip and the system will adjust the times. The last screen will show your confirmation, or it will say that your trip could not be booked at this time. So, now you will have to call the reservationist. 😜 At this time, you can book a return trip or book a new trip.

At first it will be a little cumbersome but keep at it. You will be a pro in no time.


But wait! There’s more! When you are sitting there, patiently waiting on your ride, you can see when it is going to arrive! I kid you not! You can do this either on your PC or smart phone. Follow the steps listed above to log in. After you log in it should say, your ride arrives in xx minutes. Now this is pretty cool! Here is where it gets interesting. Sometimes the minutes stops counting down, so all you need to do is press on “reload” and it will refresh the screen. The minutes will count down to 0 and then change to “Vehicle Arrived”. Sometimes the ride would be there within minutes, sometime in a minute or sometimes the minutes will jump back up to 5, 3 or even 20 minutes. It will depend on the traffic or a lost driver.


So, there you have it. You too can do it yourself.   



This Is me

By Bonnie Robertson


I was born Bonnie Schave on November 20 in Madison <,WI. I’m an only child because my mother died 3 days after my birth. I do have a half brother after My father remarried.


I went to Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicap in Jamesville, WI for all of my 12 years of school. School was the best part of my life. I was a quiet happy child and staid out of trouble.


After I graduated high school, I went to the University of Wisconsin  in River Falls, WI. I  majored in social work and had a minored in communications. But I did not complete school because I Wanted to go to work, so  I left school. In 1976 I went to Arkansas Enterprises for the blind in Little Rock, AR. I was there for 6 months for rehab training and there is where I met Steve Robertson. After Little Rock, I went back to Madison and Steve went back to Louisiana.  Steve and I spent a lot of time on the phone, so when I moved to Minneapolis, Steve decided to join me.  We were married in 1983 and still going strong.


In 1977 I moved to Minneapolis and completed Minneapolis Society for the Blind. Then I worked in the work shop for 2 years and I didn’t care for it. I was unemployed for a few years and trying to figure out what I wanted to do. 


In 1982 I went to Business Enterprise Program, (BEP),  and I was a vendor for 34 years. I retired on October 2016 and now enjoying to life of leisure.


I have a lot of interests and Hobbies: knitting, reading and music just to name a few. I like to play with different oils. My favorite foods are fried chicken, pizza and ice cream. I love going to ACB conventions every year.



On to Omaha

By Janet Dickelman


Hopefully many of you were able to join ACB for the 2021 virtual conference and convention. It was quite amazing with 167 sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, audio described tours, and our first ever remote voting for all ACB members.


Now our focus moves toward Omaha Nebraska. Convention dates are Friday July 1 through Friday, July 8 2022. Our convention home will be the Omaha Hilton.

Room rates are $96.00 per night plus tax. Reservation information will be posted later this year. The hotel is located in downtown Omaha with an entertainment district with numerous restaurants very close to the hotel. Omaha is served by Amtrak, Greyhound and several airlines including:


  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • United



The airport and bus and train stations are within close proximity of the hotel.

We are already working on some exciting tour venues:

BoysTown, The Lewis and Clark visitors center, a riverboat outing, and an adult beverage tour.

If you can’t join us in person, we will definitely also have a virtual presence in 2022.



When I’m An Old Lady

By Barbara Hall


When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,

And bring so much happiness just as they did.

I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.

Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!

When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

I'll write on the walls with reds, whites and blues,

And I'll bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes.

I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.

I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!

When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

When they're on the phone and just out of reach,

I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.

Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head, And when that is done, I’ll hide under the bed

When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

When they cook dinner and call me to eat,

I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,

I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,

And when they get angry I'll run if I'm able!

When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

I'll sit close to the TV, through channels I'll click,

I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.

I'll take off my socks and throw one away,

And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!

When I'm an old lady and live with my kids.

And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,

I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.

My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,

And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"



The Recipe Corner

Lemon Greek chicken

Submitted By Barb Appleby



4to 6 chicken thighs

8 small red new potatoes

1 fresh red pepper

1 sweet onion

1 box mushrooms sliced



Forth cup olive oil

2 lemons

1 minced garlic clove

Zest from two lemons

Juice from one lemon

1 tbl basil

1 tbl oregano

Salt and pepper to taste



Brush over chicken and veggies


Bake covered 1 hour at 350 degrees



Gazpacho a cold Spanish soup

Submitted By Barb Appleby



1 clove garlic

Half green pepper

Half sweet onion

5 large ripened fresh tomatoes

1 cucumber

1 tbl tomato paste

6 tbl olive oil

3 tbl wine vinegar

Half tsp cumin

Salt and pepper to taste



Put all ingredients in blender.  Blend until consistency is what you want, I like mine with some chunks

Serve in bowls




The Crafty Corner

Aran Christmas Stocking

Designed by J. Barrett



3 ounces worsted weight colored yarn

Size 7 US (4.5 mm) needles

Gauge: 4 sts and 7 rows=1 inch

Size 14 inches long


Beginning at top, cast on 70 sts.

Row 1: k

Row 2: bind off 14 sts at beg of row for hanging loop, k rem sts.

Row 3: (ws) k1, (p1, k1) twice, pm, *k1, p6, k1 (for cable panel), pm, k1, (p1, k1) 5 times for popcorn panel, pm, rep from * once, k1, p6, k1 for cable panel, pm, (k1, p1) twice, k1

Row 4: k1, (p1, k1) twice, sl marker, *p1, sl next 2 sts to holder at front of work, k next 2sts, k2 sts from holder (front cable twist made), k2, p1, sl marker, k1 (p1, k1) twice, loosely k in front and back and front and back and front of next st (popcorn started), (k1, p1) twice, k1, sl marker, rep from * once, p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, sl marker, k1 (p1, k1) twice. Slip markers each row.

Row 5: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *k1, p6, k1, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p next 5 sts tog (popcorn made) k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once, k1, p6, k1 (k1, p1) twice, k1

Row 6: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *p1, k2, sl next 2 sts to holder at back of work, knit next 2 sts, k2 from holder (back cable twist made), p1, (k1, p1) 5 times, k1, rep from * once, p1, k2, back cable twist over next 4 sts, p1, (k1, p1) twice, k1

Row 7: work as for row 3

Row 8: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, k1, p1, start popcorn in next st (p1, k1) twice, p1, start popcorn in next st, p1, k1, rep from * once, p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice, k1

Row 9: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *k1, p6, k1, k1, p1, complete popcorn, (p1, k1) twice, p1, complete popcorn, p1, k1, rep from * once k1, p6, k1 (k1, p1) twice, k1

Row 10: rep row 6

Repeat rows 3-10 for pattern until piece measures 8" long, end with row 9 of pattern.


Sides and Instep

Row 1: continue in pat, work across first 24 sts, cast 8 sts onto right hand needle. Place next 8 sts from left hand needle on holder for instep and rem 24 sts on another st holder.

Row 2: working on 32 sts on needle, k1, p6, k1; work in est pat across.

Row 3: work in pat across, cast on 7 st st at end of row

Row 4: k1, (p1, k1) 3 times, work in pat across.

Row 5: work in pat across, cast on 4 sts at end of row - 43 sts.

Row 6: k1, (p1, k1) 5 times, work in pat across.

Row 7: work in pat across.


Place these sts on a holder. Cut yarn.

Slip 8 instep sts from holder onto needle. Attach yarn. Continue in cable pat for 4". Begin with row 10 of pattern stitch and end with row 8 of cable pat. Place these sts on holder. Cut yarn.


Slip 24 sts from holder on to needle. Attach yarn. Work these sts for 7 rows as for other side, reversing shaping.



Row 1: Work in pat across sts on needle, then work in pat across sts on 2 holders - 94 sts.

Work even in pat for 1" end wrong side row. Mark p st on each side of center cable.

Next row: k1, SSK, work in pat to 2 sts before marker, SSK, work across to st after next marker, k2tog, work across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Next row: work even.

Rep last 2 rows 8 more times - 58 sts. Bind off in pat.



Sew instep edges to side sts. Sew center back and sole seams. Fold hanging loop in half; sew end to center back seam.




            From: C284 Santa's Favorite Christmas Stockings


Size: Heel to Toe is 13-1/2 inches and top to bottom is 22-1/2 inches  (without cuff folded down).



Red Heart worsted weight yarn, 10 oz red;

G hook;

yarn  needle.


Row 1: Ch69, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 68.


Rnd 2: Being careful not to twist Rnd 1, sc in first sc made on that rnd, sc in each sc around, place marker.


Rnds 3-60: Sc in each sc around. Reposition marker after each rnd.






Rnd 61: Sl st in next st, place a marker on opposite side of this rnd. This will be known as the "heel marker"; ch12, (these chs form the toe) sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 10 chs, sl st in st at base of ch; sc in each st across to marker, 3 sc in marked st, reposition heel marker in center st of those 3 sc; sc in each sc across to first 11 sc, sc in unworked lp of 11 chs, sc once more in last ch, place marker in that st.


Rnd 62: Sc in each st of toe and in each st of foot placing 3 sc in marked st of the heel and 3 sc in st at end of toe.


Rnds 63-69: Sc in each st around, placing 3 sc at end of toe.


Rnds 70-85: Sc in each st around, ending at tip of toe.


Rnds 86-90: Sc 2 together at tip of toe, sc in each st across to heel, sc 2 together at heel, sc in each st across.


Rnd 91: (Sc 2 together) around, join with sl st in next st. Ch1, turn stocking inside-out. Sc corresponding sts together. Fasten Off and weave in ends. Fold down part of the top of the stocking to form the cuff. Add a Christmas ribbon for a hanger.



Calendar of Events

By Marian Haslerud


The following is a list of events of interest.  If you wish to add an event, please feel free to contact me.  My information is as follows:


Phone number:  612-206-5883





ACBM board meetings:  All meetings start promptly at 6:30 PM.  The dates are as follows:

August 16, 2021

September 20, 2021

October 18, 2021

November 15, 2021


If you wish to attend, contact Steve Robertson.  His phone number is: 612-819-5222.  His email is: 




ACBM coffee will be held on September 11, 2021, and October 9, 2021, at Day-by-Day Café, located at 477 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN.  A notification for the November coffee will be sent through email.  The social committee will also hold a zoom get together on  September 22, 2021, and October 27, 2021. 


Bowling begins on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Memory Lanes.  The address for the bowling alley is 2520 S26th Ave., Minneapolis, MN.  Contact Linda Hoeppner for more information.  Her number is 952-857-9958


Audio darts begins in September.  For more information, contact Chris Peterson.  His phone number is 507-271-9250.


The Minnesota Christian Fellowship will hold two meetings.  The October meeting is the banquet.  It will be held on October 9, 2021, at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave. W., Roseville at 12:00 noon.  The quarterly meeting will be held on November 13, 2021, at Summit House, 9850 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington.  For more information call Suzanne Pauluk.  Her phone number is:  763-53507123.


Vision Loss Resources (VLR)has a calendar of events.  For more information call the hot line at 612-843-3439.


Have an enjoyable fall.



Officers and Board of Directors

President: Janet Dickelman, Saint Paul, MN

First term ending 2023 | (651) 428-5059

E-mail: janet.dickelman@...

Vice president: Michael Malver

1st term ending 2022 | (612) 673-0664

Email: mmalver@...

Secretary: Jennifer Dubbin, Saint Paul, MN

1st term ending 2023 | (651) 334-8895

E-mail: lyndidog@...

Treasurer: Patty Slaby, Arcadia, WI

1st term, ending 2022 | (715) 497-9849

Email: Pattyslaby135@...

Board Of Directors

Barb appleby, Maplewood MN

Final term ending 2022 | (651) 238-0015

E-mail: barbaraaappleby@...

Coleen Kitagawa, Richfield, MN

1st term ending in 2022 | (612) 964-2005

E-mail: kitagawa@...

Therese Dahlberg, Eagan, MN

1st term ending 2023 | (612) 819-2904

E-mail: Thereseda1965@...

Nancy Schadegg, Richfield, MN

Final term ending 2022 | (612) 798-5178

Email Nancy.schadegg@...

Dave Tanner, Burnsville, MN

1st term ending in 2023 | (952) 380-8088

Email david.tanner100@...



ACBM Standing Committee Chairs

To reach any of our standing committees, see chair info below.

Membership: Nancy Schadegg (612) 798-5178

Email Nancy.schadegg@...

Budget: Patty Slaby (608) 323-3614

Email Pattyslaby135@...

Advocacy: Michael Malver (612) 673-0664

Email mmalver@...

Editorial Committee: Catalina Martinez (612) 227-3011

E-mail: catalina229@...

Social Committee: Michael Malver (612) 673-0664

Email mmalver@...


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