Archive for January, 2005

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 17th, 2005

Today, we remember a great leader who fought very hard for equality. His words ring true for all of us including the signing community. Read his famous speech, “I have a dream.”

Good things happening for Laurent

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog, and I want you all to know that we’re busy working behind the scenes. Still. The funding hopefully will be fully in place in the next two to four weeks. We’re very, very excited about moving forward with building of Laurent, S.D.! Stay tuned for more developments on this.

My trip to Quebec City, Canada has been wonderful! The Old Quebec (Vieux Quebec) is so beautiful, compact and walkable � even in COLD weather with snow still on ground. We’re definitely committed to making sure we have a good snow melt system for sidewalks and streets for the town center of Laurent so no one � including people with disabilities � will have to deal with slippage, difficulty in getting through anywhere in winter time. Here are some of the pictures of my mom Lisa and myself at Old Quebec.

It’s my hope that we will be able to emulate some of the wonderful streets of Old Quebec in Laurent, and we’re thinking of even building a grand hotel that is a replica of famous or well-known deaf school building such as Fay Hall at Michigan School for the Deaf or the Gallaudet Building at American School for the Deaf. Any suggestions along with photos will definitely be appreciated! E-mail them to me at [email protected].

South Dakota averages 33 inches of snow a year so this is not too much, however, we do deal with winds. The town will be designed to shield people from wind. And we do get a lot of sun � approximately 230 days a year!