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Bitney Starke leaves 833 Education Foundation

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Close friends say Patti Bitney Starke is energetic, strong, fierce and a person who never does anything halfway.

Starke, who is leaving the South Washington County Education Foundation after serving as executive director for 12 years, used those qualities to raise nearly $500,000 for classroom projects with relentless enthusiasm for fundraising.

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Among the projects she organized were two annual "extravaganzas" featuring silent auctions and foods from local restaurants.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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