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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It's the most they can do. Last month, District 833 schools collected 21,253 groceries and toiletries for 10 Days of Giving, the annual charity drive that runs in conjunction with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train. Of the 19 participating schools, students at Pine Hill Elementary collected the most items — 3,248 snacks, cans of soup, paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste and soap for needy families.
Students in District 833 schools collected over 21,000 items for "10 Days of Giving," the annual charity drive sponsored by Merchants Bank and run in conjunction with last week's Canadian Pacific Holiday Train whistle stop in Cottage Grove. Students collected 15,253 paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste, soap and cash for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park and raised $181.The items were packed in large cardboard boxes, which were picked up Dec. 13.
Crafty Chicks on the loose held a ribbon cutting Nov. 2 at Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury. The business sells only hand made crafts, including 18-inch doll clothes, greeting cards, floral arrangements, jewelry and baskets. They also offer craft classes for children and adults. Submitted photo courtesy of Kirk Portrait Design
Addison Pyrz, 11, got some coaching on how to research her history project from Bob Ferguson, (left) a retired teacher who works as a mentor for the Minnesota Historical Society. Pryz joined students from Park High School and Lake, Oltman and Woodbury Middle schools for a History Hullabaloo Dec. 12 at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury. Ferguson said he advised Pyrz to include historical context in her project, which is about the Berlin Wall. The Hullabaloo was part of National History Day, an interdisciplinary research competition for students in grades 6-12.
For Julia Reimann, the trip home to Cottage Grove for Thanksgiving involved a bit more than a short jaunt over the river and through the woods. It meant flying back from Malaysia, a 30-hour journey in which she crossed at least nine time time zones on three different planes. Reimann, 23 spent 11 months in southeast Asia on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, where she taught English to middle school and high school students.
The public is invited to hear about proposed improvements to Bailey Road in Woodbury. Washington County Public Works will host three open houses Dec. 12 and 14 at East Ridge High School.
The lady’s’ leg lamp. The double-dog dare. And of course, the Red Ryder BB Gun. The musical version of “A Christmas Story” has all the hallmarks of the holiday classic movie, with some nifty singing and dancing to boot, courtesy of Woodbury Community Theatre.
When Tracy Caponigri says "Everybody out of the pool!" she's not working as a lifeguard. She's a theater director at Park High School. The English teacher is trying to keep the swimming pool in the middle of the stage clean. Which means, no shoes. After all, who wants to act while standing in dirty water? "One more time," she says, addressing the cast at a recent rehearsal. "Can we stay in the pool with our shoes on?" "No!" replies the cast.
Patti Wiens returned to New Life Academy Nov. 17 for its 40th anniversary celebration. The non-denominational Christian school and church was founded in 1977 by a group that included Wiens and her husband, the late Pastor Dick Wiens. The congregants met in a church in St. Paul before moving their present location in Woodbury for the 1979-80 school year. They now have 750 students in preschool through grade 12, who represent a total of 85 different churches.