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A sign of proud homeowners

Royals Oaks neighborhood residents celebrate the dedication of their new entrance monument as Woodbury Mayor Bill Hargis snaps their photo. Staff photo by Scott Wente.1 / 2
Steve Mollner, left, and Tom Halfpenny pour water collected from Valley Creek for a blessing of the new Royal Oaks neighborhood entrance monument as retired pastor and Royal Oaks resident Doug Nicholas, foreground, dedicates the sign. Staff photo by Scott Wente.2 / 2

The Royal Oaks neighborhood is more than 40 years old, but now you will know it's there.

Royal Oaks residents created an entrance monument to their development, a stone-and-wood sign identifying the neighborhood to passersby. With contributions ranging from $10 to $100, volunteer help and neighbor support, the stone-and-wood monument was recently bought, built and blessed.

Yes, blessed.

The neighborhood, nearly as old as the city itself, is a foundation in Woodbury, residents said last week as they dedicated the sign at Valley Creek Road and Queens Drive by blessing it with water from Valley Creek. Long-time resident Hank Kolashinski and new resident Janet Meyer each splashed a cup of water onto the sign.

"We pour water on this to remind ourselves that this is a vibrant, flourishing neighborhood within a vibrant, flourishing community," said Doug Nicholas, a Royal Oaks resident and retired Woodbury United Methodist Church pastor.

The complete story is available in the Wednesday, July 7 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin.