Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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Valley Crossing Community School has finalized plans for its school calendar after the elimination of the alternate calendar option in March. Principal Mary Anderson notified families through letter April 29-30. Whereas the alternate calendar had two three week vacations, and went year round, the new calendar will be very much a traditional calendar, Anderson said The calendar will start after labor day, include the traditional holiday breaks. However, instead of the traditional one week spring break, Valley Crossing will have a two week break.
The Afton City Council is urging Washington County and the Washington County Sheriff's Office to take up a new initiative for prescription medication disposal. During the Afton City Council's April 20 meeting council member Randy Nelson invited a Hudson Township resident to speak about a new initiative that has begun to grow in western Wisconsin communities. The program, the pharmaceutical take back program, sets up police guarded depository sites, or drop off boxes, for prescription medications -- whether expired or unused -- rather than discarding them in the trash or the drain.
The 2010 Relay for Life of South Washington County will be hitting the track June 4 at East Ridge High School and there will be quite a few youngsters from around Woodbury fielding teams for the event. Ciara Wohlford has been participating in Relay for Life since 2006 with her family in honor of her aunt who is a cancer survivor. But this year, Wohlford, an East Ridge High School student, is fielding a new team.
The Afton House Inn has embarked on a new endeavor with the opening of the new combination wine shop and wine bar Swirl. The store will be located in the area across from the Afton Bean coffee shop. The concept of Swirl is that it will house around 70 or so wines for sale by the bottle, and it will sell six different wines by the glass which will change every week. Every Friday there will be a wine tasting of the "wines of the week." In addition to the wines, Swirl will also sell tapas, small plates and homemade desserts. The menu will change every month.
The Afton City Council has found replacements for two staff positions --just in time before outgoing city administrator Jim Norman's leaves for a position in Albert Lea next week. The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday, April 20, to approve the appointments of both a deputy clerk and an interim city administrator.
Simon guards the halls at all South Washington County middle and high schools armed with nothing but his nose. Simon is a narcotics dog with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Officer Keith Anderson, of the investigations division, takes Simon into the schools to perform random narcotics sniffs of lockers, classrooms and even the parking lot.
Woodbury's history is slowly slipping through its fingers with more and more historical buildings disappearing, and the older generations forgetting or passing away. The Woodbury Heritage Society hopes to preserve Woodbury's heritage with its many initiatives and projects. "More and more people are interested in learning something about their past -- it's important to get back to your roots," Woodbury Heritage Society president John Seemann said.
Cottage Grove resident Marcie Berglund is a familiar face to a lot of the theater community since she is heavily involved with middle school productions, the Woodbury Community Theatre and now even the high school plays. Berglund has been involved with the Woodbury Middle School plays, as well as the Woodbury Community Theatre play, both acting and directing, for many years. This year she will be adding East Ridge High School to her resume. Berglund is directing the ERHS spring play, "Government Inspector," which opens May 6.
Pictures speak louder than words. The old adage rings true for Molly Gallahue. The Woodbury Middle School eighth grader recently had her illustrative work included in an art show in Baltimore, Md. "I was pretty excited when I found out about this," Molly said about the feat.
Jon and Karen Seashore will be celebrating an important anniversary next week. But it's not a wedding anniversary. The couple will be directing their 70th show at Woodbury High School when the spring play "Hold Me" debuts Thursday, April 29. The first show the Seashores directed was "Arsenic and Old Lace," in 1978. "At the time we had no idea what was in store," Jon Seashore recalled.