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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
October 28, 2005
 
 
MARSHALL ABE
1.  Time sheets are due in the office by noon on Monday, October 31st. 
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2.  Beginning Monday, October 31st, Nice and New...........the second hand clothing store will give away to any person with a note saying they attend ABE classes any clothes they want.   The store is going out of business and would like to give the remaining clothing to students in our classes. 
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MARSHALL CONSORTIUM
3.  October student attendance, intakes and CASAS information is due by Wednesday, November 2nd.
 
4.  Someone has offered a "Hooked on Phonics" set to anyone that would like it.  Any takers?  First one to call Barb gets it!
 
5:  NOTICE:  Effective December 1st, the Marshall ABE will no longer be leasing the apartment at Sunrise.  We are currently in the process of removing all the items.  If you would like to take a look at what is there and whether or not you could use any of the items in your classroom, please contact Barb.  We would like this done by November 11th.  After that, the items will be either removed, thrown, or given away
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SOUTHWEST ABE
6. The planning committee for the Minnesota Family Literacy Conference is seeking presentations for the 14th annual conference on March 1, 2 & 3, 2006 at the Marriott Southwest Hotel in Minnetonka. Click on the link below to read the details.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/fam_lit_conf.htm
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7.  MinneTESOL conference: The Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference is November 4-5 at MCTC in Minnneapolis. MinneTESOL always has an excellent conference, and it also has a large adult education special interest group which makes it a real opportunity for networking withother ABE professionals.  There is information on our website about the conference and also a link to the MinneTESOL website.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/min_tesol.htm

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8.  The link to the Minnesota state legislators in the SW Minnesota area is:

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/legislators.htm

It's working!

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9.  We talked about the Google Toolbar at the Fall Drive-in.  Here is a Tech Tip that has more information on this excellent toolbar.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips/techtip85.htm

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

10.  Check out Spin Zone for a possible resource for clients needing to borrow a car for a short period of time.  Information on this organization is at: 

http://www.spin-zone.org/ 

It lends cars to people who can show a temporary need for transportation and have a credible plan to get back to being independent of the use of their vehicle.

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11.  The Donation Center is now open In the DAC Building, south entrance only (just south of the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 23 near the new Marshall High School.)

     The hours are  Mon 4:00-6:00;  Wed 11:00-1:00;  Fri 4:00-6:00;  Sat 10:00-12:00

     Or by appointment, call:507-337-0504

Furnishings of good condition are being collected to donate to families affected by the hurricanes. All household items are needed, from brooms and dustpans, to couches and chairs. Cleaning and paper supplies are also needed. Food donations should go to the local food shelf.  Used mattresses and box springs cannot be donated. No broken or soiled items please, as we are not able to clean upholstery or repair furniture at the center.

Lyon Countys Adopt-A-Family Hurricane Relief Project

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12.  There is an energy upate by Rep. Aaron Peterson posted on the website.  This has useful information on winter heating and energy assistance.  Use the link below

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13.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here. 
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/job_listings.htm
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14.  From the Trivia Department:  Here's the website for the National Do Not Call Registry.  If you are still getting telemarketing phone calls, this is the website to visit to get them stopped.  Just sign up on-line and the phone calls will stop.

https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

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15.  Thought for the week:  The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. --Chinese proverb

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16.  TECH TIP:   Unintall Those Unused Applications

How many applications (programs) do you have on your computer?  Well, the first thing you might say is, "I have a huge 80 megabyte hard drive so I have tons of space for tons of applications."   Uh Oh, the more programs you have on your computer, the more bloated your hard drive gets and the harder your CPU has to work to keep everything straight and working efficiently.  Eventually, your computer will suffer and perform sluggishly.  So get rid of unecessary programs - uninstall them and free up your system from unecessary files.  My motto is, "Use it or Lose it."  If I don't use an application or have any need for it, I uninstall it.

 

Here's how to uninstall applications

Click on the Start Menus, point to Settings, point (or click on) Control Settings and click on Add or Remove Programs.  The Add or Remove programs window will appear on the screen with all the applications that are currently installed on your hard drive.

 

Find any applications that you are not using and click on it.  Then click on Change/Remove.  You may be asked to verify that you want to uninstall the program.

 

It's as easy as that.  Well, maybe not.  The problem is that after you uninstall the application, there are usually files or folders that do not get removed from your hard drive.  Some of these you can find easily yourself. 

 

The first place to look for files that did not get removed is in the Start Menu.  Click on the Start Menu and click on All Programs (or Programs) and try to find the shortcut file or the folder of the program or application you just installed.  If you do find it in the list, just right-click on it and click on Delete.

 

The second place to look for files that did not get removed is in the Programs Files folder.  Double-click on My Computer,  double-click on the C Drive (hard drive), and then double-click on the Program Files folder.  Look for the folder with the name of the application you just uninstalled.  If you see it, right-click on it and delete it.

 

OK - that got rid of some more unecessary files and folders.  But there are still more.  When you uninstall programs, there are entries into the Registry that pertain to that program that do not get uninstalled.  You can manually open your Registry and find those files, but that is quite technical and also dangerous if you don't do it right.  So there are Registry Cleaners you can purchase to help keep your registry clean.  Check this website out for a review of 6 registry cleaner utilities - consider using one of these programs.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1600542,00.asp

 

Some programs you install on your computer come with an uninstall option.  Check in the folder for that application in the Start Menu.  If you see an uninstall option, use that instead of the Windows Add or Remove Programs utility.  You will get a cleaner uninstall.

 

There are also good utilities that take the place of the Windows Add or Remove Programs that you can use to uninstall programs.  These do a better job of uninstalling programs programs because they actually uninstall unused shortcuts and registry items during the uninstall process.  One of the best is Advanced Uninstaller Pro.  Read about it here.

http://www.innovative-sol.com/uninstaller/index.htm

 

So...use it or lose it...clean up your hard drive from programs you never use.

 

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Marshall ABE Links

 

Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.

http://southwestabe.org/

 

Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational
http://ikeepbookmarks.com/marshallabe

 

Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/techtips.htm

 

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly 

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills.htm

 

Announcements - Weekly announcements are posted here each week on Friday.

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm


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