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Mary Johannsen was awarded Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce’s Educational Support Person of the Year. She is pictured with Aaron Bushberger of School District 833. (Bulletin photo by Scott Wente)

Chamber: Educational Support Person of the Year is Mary Johannsen

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It’s hard enough raising kids. An autistic child, however, can present a particular challenge.

Because they sometimes can’t express themselves verbally, their parents may face an arduous trial and error process caring for a child with autism. Should they not like a certain food, they may spit it out. Or they may wake up at 2 a.m., ready to start their day.

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William Loeffler
William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 
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