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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Washington County When she first started at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, Fran Hemmesch worked at a typewriter that sat on a folding table. Within close reach was a container of white correction fluid. Her first office was a room in the Cottage Grove City Hall. It was 1985. "When I tell my grandchildren that, they ask if there were cars back then," Hemmesch said in her distinctive deadpan rasp.
South Washington County A new top dog will occupy the administrator's office at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission. Gus, a Schnauzer, will accompany new administrator Mark Martinez on his daily commute. They'll succeed outgoing administrator Fran Hemmesch and Chance, her French poodle that often visited the office.
Woodbury The second annual History Day Fair at Woodbury Middle School featured nearly 145 historical research projects by sixth-grade students. Subjects included baseball, World War II and Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine. Many students shared their knowledge through photos and text on trifold poster boards. Others chose to create websites or perform a live stage show. At least one project, about the World War II fighter squadron the Flying Tigers, was produced as a video documentary.
When she first started at the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, Fran Hemmesch worked at a typewriter that sat on a folding table. Within close reach was a container of white correction fluid. It was 1985.
Washington County Rather than let a state funding shortfall delay the completion of a new trail, Washington County will kick in more of its own money. The Point Douglas Regional Trail is set to open sometime in November. The 2.5-mile paved trail will connect Point Douglas Park to the new Hastings Bridge trail system. Runners, walkers and cyclists will have a direct route between the business districts of Hastings and Prescott, Wis., as well as views of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.
The news team at Red Rock Elementary School had a special guest for the taping of last Wednesday’s show. Dawn Mitchell, news anchor and sports reporter for FOX 9, sat for an interview by sports anchors and 5th graders Kailey Scheller and Lucy Kelly. Scheller invited Mitchell to be on the show, even though some of her classmates told her it was a long shot. “I love football,” said Scheller, 11. “I”ve always thought she was an inspiration for being a sports reporter or a news anchor.”
Woodbury Anyone who has ever attempted to forge a career in the theater can tell you that the term "struggling actor" is redundant. Consider the case of Leo Clark and Jack Gable, the hard-luck protagonists of "Leading Ladies." The Woodbury Community Theatre production runs Feb. 10-26 at the Black Box in the Merrill Community Arts Center at East Ridge High School.
Stonecrest Senior Living resident Sylvia Dyrhaug was knighted during a Jan. 31 visit by the Winter Carnival Royalty. At left is Aurora Queen of Snows Lindsay Jo Sandoval, Eric Peterka, Johanna Smith and Jason Bradshaw.
South Washington County Scoring that perfect prom dress could mean feeding a child for a month. But it's important to know where to shop. To feed underserved students in South Washington County Schools, two community groups have been busy collecting donated prom, bridesmaids and party dresses. The initiative, Fairytale Fashion for Food, launches Feb. 12 with a fashion show and dress sale at Woodbury High School. All proceeds will help pay for a summer food pack program for District 833 students who are on the free and reduced lunch program.
Scoring that perfect prom dress could mean feeding a kid for a month. But it’s important to know where to shop. To feed underserved students in south Washington County Schools, two community groups have been busy collecting donated prom, bridesmaids and party dresses. The initiative, Fairytale Fashion for Food, launches Feb. 12. with a fashion show and dress sale at Woodbury High School.