A Park For All Seasons

Friends of Way Park - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 9:44pm
Way Park is the heart of a vibrant neighborhood on the west side of Northfield. It features:  the ROMP musical playground  playground equipment and swings pre-school equipment  a half basketball court  picnic and grilling areas  a walking path  a warming hut and ice rink (seasonal)  a small baseball/kickball diamond (seasonal)  a large open field perfect for pick up soccer games, kite flying, Michelle
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2019 Season Schedule Announced

Dundas Dukes Amateur Baseball Club - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 9:48am

The Dukes announced the 2019 season schedule on Friday, with 27 games scheduled at home as of March 22. Last season, Dundas reached the state tournament for the fifth straight season and for the seventh time in the last nine. 

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Rotary to support Key remodeling

Northfield Rotary Club - Sun, 03/03/2019 - 1:57pm

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From Left: Scott Richardson, Rotary president; Barry Carlson, Rotary president-elect; Cortney Fischer, Zoe Condon and Sky Mace, Northfield Union of Youth; Emily Fulton-Foley, executive director of Northfield Union of Youth; Richard Schulte, Rotary member; Chuck Follen, member of Union of Youth Board; and Jean Wakely, Rotary past president.


Northfield Rotary Club announced this week it will become a project partner with Northfield Union of Youth to help remodel The Key at 109 West Sixth Street, a touch-point for a variety of youth services.

The Union of Youth is planning a major reconfiguration of the floor plan this year at a cost of $150,000. Rotary is committed to providing a $20,000 donation and in-kind services, including sweat equity.

Emily Fulton-Foley, executive director of Northfield Union of Youth, said Rotary’s commitment represents a significant boost to the project.

“To Northfield Union of Youth, the support of Rotary is pivotal,” Fulton-Foley said. “They have provided support to crucial community actions and organizations for years. To have their influence and support is not only validation of the importance of our youth center, but it helps grow our mission of giving youth voice and power. If each Rotarian spoke to a friend, neighbor, or acquaintance about the work we are doing, our youth could be uplifted in ways that would impact their entire lives.”

The project is needed, Fulton-Foley says, because of increased usage — more than 22,000 youth visits over the past 24 months — and the need for safety upgrades and open programming space that allows for better staff supervision. The Union of Youth has been working around a warren of rooms left over from a 1950s design. The Rotary donation will be used specifically to upgrade the kitchen area. Rotary has been providing a meal once a month at The Key for the last 15 months.

For the past two years, Rotary has been working on a major international service project to bring clean water to several villages in Guatemala. With that project well underway, the club decided its next major project should address a local need.

“The Key project aligns perfectly with our identified areas of passion,” said Scott Richardson, president of Rotary, “We have the capacity to make a significant difference in the success of this project, and it provides many opportunities for member engagement.”

Rotary has partnered with The Union of Youth before in its effort to secure the building at 109 Sixth Street West. In the recent past, it has also supported the skate park at Old Memorial Park and the musical playground at Way Park.

Northfield Rotary Club is a service organization known for its work on youth exchange, polio eradication, climate change and promoting service above self. It meets every Thursday noon at Northfield United Methodist Church. Guests are welcome.

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Ben Heath is Making a Difference

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative - Wed, 02/27/2019 - 9:48am

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) recently recognized Ben Heath of the Northfield Union of Youth (NUY) with the January 2019 “Making a Difference Award.”

The Making a Difference recognition is given out monthly to community members or organizations that help make Northfield an even better place for young people.

Heath is a Youth Advocate and the Coordinator of The Key, a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield. He joined the staff of the NUY after several years working as a teacher.

Emily Fulton, Executive Director of the NUY, commented about the addition of Heath to the NUY. “Everything about the experience with Ben has been a great fit,” Fulton said. “He is compassionate, empathetic and he listens, giving young people the space to figure out how to move their lives forward.”

Heath is instrumental in The Key’s quest to be preventive rather than reactive. He has a knack for building healthy relationships even with youth who’ve had past challenges. In him, young people find an adult that they can trust completely. He is particularly skilled at finding and connecting to community resources.

Fulton shared that Heath had recently encouraged four youth from The Key to help a clean-up in one of the neighborhoods.  Because of their relationship with him, the young people participated in the clean-up. As a result, the owner of the sanitation company (who had been at the site) offered to investigate employment opportunities at his company for the youth.

Ben is known to write character references for young people, go to court with them, and create opportunities that fit with their passions.

The value of his work is not lost on the youth he serves. Brooke Schultz, a member of the NUY noted, “Ben is a kind, hardworking person. And I consider him one of my closest confidants. He takes time out of his busy day to come to the Key to hang out with me and help me, and does the same for EVERYONE else. I appreciate him so much and I’m very happy he’s a part of my life.”

The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield News present the Making a Difference Award cooperatively. If you know an individual or group that you would like to nominate for this award, click here for nomination guidelines and the easy-to-complete application – or find HCI on Facebook. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are selected by a review team of HCI board members and local youth.

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