Marshall Adult Education


August 26, 2005
Hello Everyone,
These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you have trouble reading this email or cannot use the links, you may read them on the internet.
Here are this week's announcements.
1.  The tentative date for the Fall Consortium Staff Meeting has been changed.  The September 17th date was not working for a lot of you.  We are now looking at early October.  More information to come next week. 
2.  August student attendance/intakes/and CASAS tests are due to Barb by September 2nd.
3.  Labor Day - September 5th - The ABE office will be closed.  There will be NO classes.
4.  From Pat:  Today (8-24) I received a call from Schwan's stating that the classes we are delivering via Elizabeth Beck have been canceled.  Reasoning being given is that all departments needed to trim their budgets by 10% due to higher fuel costs.
I would appreciate hearing from staff if you also are seeing an effect in your class attendance due to higher fuel costs.
5.  From Pat:  Below is a request from Gustavo to promote ECFE classes for our minority parents in Marhsall.  Please send me names and phone numbers of persons who would want to be contacted for these classes and I will share them with Gustavo

Hi Pat
Last week I talked with you about ECFE and me will be offering Parenting classes to Minority parents and kids. These classes will be in the same way that ECFE does regularly. One thing that will be different is that, those classes will be available interpretation and translation for Hmong, Somalia and Hispanic speaking. These classes will be offer during 4 weeks (one day at week) 2 hours each class. These classes will be offered Thursdays - October 27th, November 3rd, 10th and 17th. Those classes will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.


I would like to see, if you can help us to get people from Somalia. People from the Literacy program that you were providing. If you can give me some names, address and phone where I can contact them. Thanks Pat and You have a good day.

          Gustavo Estrada
          507 537 7973

6.  The Bremer Update for Nonprolfits is on-line.  This is a special 10 page edition with listings in the calendar of activities.  Be sure to check it out.
7.  The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), with assistance and encouragement from regional MCN board member Michelle Wiethoff and myself, is bringing its Minnesota Budget Project workshop "Follow the Dollars -- A guided tour through the state's budget process" to our area.  Lois Schmidt
8.  From Barry Shaffer:  Here is an excellent Minnesota Diversity Fact Sheet with some websites as resources.
9.  The 4th Annual Hmong Resource Fair is October 22nd.  Click on the link below to read more about this event.
10.  Here are some excellent math websites put together by Cathie Glaesier on her classroom website

11.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here.
12.  From the Trivia Department:  What did you say the price of the fill-up was?  Check out the price of gas in your town or some other town - just type in the zip code or click on Select a State, then select a city.  This is great if you're going on a trip - you can plan you gas stops around the cheapest stations.
13.  Thought for the week:   When people run around and around in circles we say they are crazy.
When planets do it we say they are orbiting.  From Science according to Kids
14.  TECH TIP;  The New Google Desktop 2 Search Tool

OK – I admit it – I’m a fanatical fan of Google.  I love their search engine.  I love their Toolbar with all the neat features, including the translation of English words into Spanish (I’m trying to learn more Spanish words).  I even love their Gmail with over 2 ½ gigabytes of storage space.  I love their maps where you can “travel” to and zoom in on any city in the United States. I love their Froogle.  I love I’m Feeling Lucky.  I love their news headlines.  I love their phonebook.  I love their site search.   I love their Google Answers.  I love Google Local….



(And – NO – I don’t own any stock in Google – although I wish I had bought some when it was initially offered at $85 a share – it has more than tripled)


Well, I just got something else to love!  The Google Desktop 2 search tool.  Google has just released their newest version of this great FREE software.  It's worth taking a look at.


The New Google Desktop 2 search tool has a new feature from Google that adds a strip on the right (or left) side of your desktop.  The strip is filled with all kinds of information panels, like,

  • news headlines,
  • Web Clips of blogs or news sites (you can specify or add your own),
  • a scratch pad to jot little “to do” reminders,
  • a slide show of photos from any photos folder on your computer,
  • a Quick View of favorites or recently used websites,
  • a What’s Hot plug-in keeping you up on current trends on the web,
  • the current local weather for your location,
  • stock quotes,
  • preview or read emails,
  • launch applications by typing the first few letters of the application name. 

And there’s more.  You can add other Google or 3rd party plug-ins for additional sidebar options.  There’s some really neat ones already available.


BUT – the best part of this new Google Desktop Search may be the ability to search your computer hard drive for files or emails or websites.  This search works similar to the Windows search feature but it is way better and way faster.  The Desktop Search application requires the indexing of all files, emails, and websites store on your hard drive.  This may take a several hours, so plan to install this when you can leave your computer alone for a while to complete the indexing.  You will love the speed and results you get when searching for that long lost email or file on your computer (and without the pain of having to use the slow, inefficient Windows Search). 


There are several options in the way you can view the Google Desktop 2. 

  1. You can choose to choose to Autohide the side bar.  This is useful if you don’t want the sidebar always visible and using up valuable desktop space. 
  2. You can choose the Deskbar which will minimize the side bar to the Task Bar – then just click on it to get it back to the right hand panel. 
  3. You can choose the very tiny Floating Deskbar which you can then click on to maximize the side bar to the right panel.

OK – if you want to learn more or give this a try, here are some links.


Read all about the Google Desktop 2 here:


Download the Google Desktop 2 here:


Here is a nice review of the Google Desktop 2


And here is a nice multi-media presentation on the Google Desktop 2 by my good friend, David Pogue.
(he doesn’t know he’s my friend!)


Click here to see a picture of me and David Pogue at Macworld in July in Boston.


That’s it!

Charles, the name dropper!

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