Stop in at Buckham West today, June 29th and meet Faribault’s new Chief of Police, John Sherwin! Chief Sherwin will be visiting in the Buckham West coffee shop from 9am to 10am. Then from 10am to 11am he will be in the conference room for a discussion of issues and concerns regarding law enforcement and safety in Faribault.

Topics that may be discussed include:

  • Is Faribault a safe community?
  • Do we need to worry about car jackings, catalytic converter thefts and other crimes here?
  • If I receive a suspicious phone solicitation or someone shows up at my door, when should I report a concern and who should I call with my report?
  • When should I call 911 and when should I call the non-emergency number?
  • If I call 911, who will show up at my location?
  • Is there a place where I can get information about current situations in Faribault?

This is a free event which is open to the public, no pre-registration needed.


Plastic Recycling Today

Once again, the Faribault Lions Club will be at Buckham West to accept your donation of household plastics. Today, June 29th between 9:30-11:00am, volunteers from their group will be on hand to accept a variety of household plastics.  This Plastic Recycling Project is a fund-raiser for community projects. Once they have collected enough materials, they will be made into a bench made from composite materials.

Below are examples of the plastics that can be used for this recycling project.

  • From the store: produce bags, store bags and ice bags
  • From your pantry: Ziploc and other reclosable bags, cereal box liners, bread bags and packaging overwrap
  • From your front door: newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags and bubble wrap

The plastics must be clean, dry and free from food and another residue. The Lions Club will be in our building twice a month and members will be bringing a donation bin with them each time. Future dates include Friday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 27th. Please do not bring bags in on other days, as we will not be storing them here.


Great Courses Summer Session

Beginning on Thursday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m., Buckham West will launch another Great Courses presentation on the “History of Eastern Europe”. Great Courses is a series of college-level courses covering a wide range of topics.  This program is presented by experts in the field and will be facilitated locally by Bob Irby.

The “History of Eastern Europe” topic was chosen because of the current conflict in the Ukraine, which is located in this region.

This program will be a video viewing and discussion format held in 6 sessions. Pre-register by calling 332-7357; free for Buckham West members, $3.00 for non-members.


Tour the Faribault Mills

Located on the banks of the Cannon River, the Faribault Mill was founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended. The Mill was closed for a short time, reopening in 2011.  It is thought to be North America’s only fully integrated facility with equipment that washes, cards, spins and weaves the wool.

Buckham West members are invited to sign up for a tour of the Faribault Woolen Mill on Tuesday, July 12th at 10:00 a.m.  Pre-registration is required for this Buckham West members-only activity. There will be a small fee payable at the door

Those that are signed up are asked to wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to be on your feet for the duration of the tour which will last approximately 45 minutes.  In some of the areas, as you may experience loud machinery in operation.  We will all meet at the Faribault Mill, 1500 NW 2nd Avenue and ask that you arrive 10 to 15 minutes prior to the tour start time of 10:00.


Fashions on Central Change

Summer is a great time to visit Buckham West’s gently-used clothing store, Fashions on Central. There are many capris, shorts, tops, sandals and other items that will be perfect for the upcoming hot weather. Remember that all proceeds from sales at Fashions on Central are used for the operation of Buckham West.

There will be an adjustment to the store’s schedule effective July 2nd as we will now be closed on Saturday’s during the summer. Our store will continue to be open Tuesday-Fridays from 11:00-5:00pm for shopping and donating.


Defensive Driving

AARP has once again opened up their classes to the community. The classes are open to the public and there is a fee that is payable when you sign up. Please call Buckham West at 332-7357 to sign up.

4 hr. classes:

Wed, July 13th from 4-8pm

Wed., Aug 17 from 12:30-4:30pm

Tue., Aug 30 from 4-8pm

8 hr. classes:

Wed, July 27th & Thur, 28th from 4-8pm



Buckham West is now partnering with the Owatonna Senior Center for all day trips, you may sign up by calling 507-444-4321.

  • MN Twins Baseball game on Wednesday, August 3; Register by July 8th.
  • “The Elvis Show” at the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington on Sunday, Sept. 11; Register by Aug. 24.
  • The Church Basement Ladies in “Plowin’ Thru” on Wednesday, Sept. 28; Register by Sept. 6.