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Seen 'n Heard - Dec, 1997 Issue (page 3)

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Tim and Jennifer Smith, who do transports and have a residence program, have moved to St. George, Utah. Their new phone number in Utah is 435-656-1559. 

As of late October, several DeSisto students were to be profiled on a segment of the NBC News program TODAY, Weekend Edition. It was to be a part of the discussion with author Dr. Lynn E. Ponton discussing her book The Romance of Risk: Why Teenagers Do the Things They Do. DeSisto students were chosen because their schools’ philosophy of re-channeling adolescent energy into productive directions is consistent with author Ponton’s contention in her book. 

Bill Dickerman, headmaster of Hampshire Country School in Rindge, New Hampshire, 603-899- 3325, announced they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 1998. They are especially interested in regaining contact with alumni who have been “lost”. They hope to then make available a directory of names and addresses of those who have been touched by the school and would like to be included. 

Lorri Hanna, Executive Director of SOLTREKS, INC., Duluth, Minnesota, 218-525-5803, soltreks@computerpro.com, announced their first planned Specialty Trek for 1998. It will be a 14 day Dogsledding Trek in the BWCA of Northern Minnesota, March 6-19. Developed for boys, the focus will be to help them develop their awareness by looking at present patterns of behavior. The trek will be supported by Ely, Minnesota’s Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge owned by Paul Schurke, who has led three dogsled expeditions to the North Pole. Soltreks is co-owned by Doug Sabo, Program Director. 

Pioneer Trail, outside Portland, Oregon, was purchased by Behavioral Healthcare Corporation (BHC) on June 3, 1997. It is now known as BHC Pacific View RTC, 800-333-0775. Contact people are Beverly L. Leasthers, M.A., Clinical Outreach Coordinator and Robert E. Marshall, M.Ed., CEO. (Continued) (Seen n’Heard Continued) ELAN SCHOOL WINS TRACK MEETS Deanna Atkinson, Admissions Director for Elan School in Poland, Maine, 207-998-4660 passed on that the Cross Country team placed first in the Western Maine Regional Track Meet for Class D on October 25, 1997, and won the State Championships for Class D on November 2, 1997. They also announced their first tuition increase since 1989. Call Deanna for more information. 

The new SUWS Youth Program, for ages 11 to 13, graduated 22 students this past summer according to SUWS Adolescent and Youth Programs Administrative Director Sue Crowell, 888-879-7897. SUWS runs short term intensive outdoor programs in southeast Idaho. SUWS has also included a 2 ½ day parent component to allow parents and/or guardians to join their children in the field. Sue reports parent responses have been overwhelmingly positive. 

Aspen Ranch, 801-836-2080, has received official approval to serve publically placed students with disabilities under IDEA PART B, by the Utah State Office of Education. 

Mike Jones, President of Idaho Youth Ranch in Boise, Idaho, 208-377-2613, reports they started their horse program in 1982. There are two parts, the riding program which is part of the Ranch’s 4-H curriculum, and the Thoroughbred breeding program which has become “one of the largest Thoroughbred breeding farms in Idaho.” Their horses have “produced blue ribbon winners every year and in 1997 produced the Grand Champion filly along with the Reserve Champion filly and the Reserve Champion gelding. 

Yellowstone Treatment Centers, in Billings, Montana, 406-655-2100, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1957 as Yellowstone Boys Ranch which took in boys ages 8 to 12 “hopefully keep them from ever having a reform school experience.” Shortly they started working with older boys, and in 1980 started accepting girls under the state’s strong urging. As boys and girls with increasingly difficult problems were referred to them, they shortly thereafter embraced “all the complexities of a full blown medical model” and changed their name to Yellowstone Treatment Centers. 

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