I have joined West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis, Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson and Dilworth Mayor Chad Olson in signing a joint proclamation recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The proclamation encourages communities to increase awareness and understanding of mental health. Also for the past few days, the lights outside of Fargo City Hall have been illuminated in green to bring awareness to this important topic.
Starting May 4, the Fargo Public Library is offering weekly Tech Help sessions from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the downtown Main Library. Librarians will be available to help residents one-on-one with technology issues including tablets, laptops, e-readers and smartphones. Call the Library to set up a 30-minute appointment. Librarians are not able to fix devices; however, they are able to assist residents in learning how to use them. Teen Craft events featuring a Mother’s Day craft is set for May 5th at 6 p.m. at the Northport Library. This session is free and all materials are provided.
The City of Fargo’s Adopt-A-Street program was created in 1990 to enhance the aesthetic of Fargo’s roadways by clearing litter from green spaces. Today, this very successful program has grown to include 29 volunteer groups responsible for clearing litter from the City entrances, select right-of-way areas and along main arterial roadways. Each area is approximately 2 miles long and is marked with the group’s name. We are proud of the continued excitement of Fargo’s citizens and organizations to take part in this program, and are happy to see so many of them introducing younger generations to community service. Current groups, available routes, and further information can be found on the Public Works website under the Street Department.
The Forestry Department has maintained a CPR, AED and First Aid certification program for its staff for the last several years. During its January meeting, the Public Works Safety Committee discussed incorporating department-wide CPR and AED training and identified the need for all Public Works staff to be equipped with the knowledge of these life saving measures and worked with local educators to schedule sessions for early this spring. All training is now complete and 81 staff members have earned certification. Going forward, this training will be provided annually for all new staff members as well as those needing recertification.
On Friday, April 29, six firefighters graduated from the joint Fargo/West Fargo Fire Academy. On that day, we proudly welcomed Ethan, Logan, Brandon, Ryan, Kyle and Cody to our team. Here’s a short video showcasing the academy and Fargo’s newest firefighters.