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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There is no reason these days for a kid to run away to the circus. Not when the largest youth circus program in North America is right here in the Twin Cities. For 22 years, Circus Juventas in St. Paul has trained more than 2,500 students ages 3-21 in the finer points of clowning, tumbling, trapeze and other more esoteric specialities, like the use of a German Wheel or Russian Sling. Two Woodbury teens are in the cast of "Wonderland," the circus academy's summer performance showcase, which runs July 28 to Aug. 14 at their performance space in St. Paul.
The County Board of Commissioners approved funding for the next phase of two projects in and around Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. At their July 19 meeting, the board vote unanimously for amendments to two separate contracts with engineering consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for $219,270 and $177,265. The money will pay for final design services for, respectively, improvements to the interchange at Keats Avenue and U.S. Highway 61 and upgrades to Ravine Regional Park.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners declared July 17-23 as national Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision Week. The board passed a resolution at its July 19 meeting in response to a presentation from director of community corrections Tom Adkins. County probation and parole officers supervise people who have been charged or convicted of a crime. They work mainly in the field, Adkins, said, visiting their clients' homes to collect drug test or to conduct searches. "They help offenders help take a look at the impact of their crimes," Adkins said.
Woodbury Leadership Academy has been placed on probation for its continued violation of Minnesota Open Meeting Law. The notice was included in a letter dated July 18 to Woodbury Leadership...
The Washington County Board of Commissioners has approved a contract with the engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. to help with design and construction on four road projects through 2017. The new $195,000 contract covers work by a project manager and consultant on the following projects: • County Road 24 (Osgood Avenue) pavement management and safety improvement; • U.S. Highway 61 and County Road 19 interchange improvement project; • Cottage Grove Ravine Park entrance road and parking lot improvement project;
The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with FamilyWise Services of Minneapolis to help embattled minority families and their children through the High Fidelity Wraparound Program. The Wraparound Program provides triage for families whose children are in danger of being placed in a juvenile detention center, drug treatment center or other out-of-home facility.
There will be no animated dancing penguins or flyovers by umbrella-toting child care providers. "Mary Poppins" keeps its feet on the ground but doesn't skimp on the magic, said the director of the musical that opens Friday at the Loft Stage in Woodbury. "I got a lot of pressure of, 'Oh, you have to fly her,'" said Lenore Weir, who has directed over 40 shows for Woodbury Community Theatre. "I said, 'That sounds great, but unless you're going to fly her out over the audience, it's not that big a deal. I've seen other companies try to do it and it's mediocre."
During a bubble break at Park Grove Library last Thursday, Nathan Kenney, 9 of Cottage Grove used a wand to send some orbs into orbit. When it came to making his own bubbles, the answer was blowin' in the wind for Silas Mapes of Woodbury, 9 (foreground). (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)
Two south Washington County splash pads are among the 14 best in the state, according to the latest issue of Minnesota Parent. Included in their list of “14 Places for Kids to Cool Off” are Highlands Park Splash Pad in Cottage Grove and the Bielenberg Splash Pad in Woodbury. The editors gushed about the sprayers and Highlands Park for its “numerous overhead and waist-level sprayers,” as well as the nearby trails, green space, picnicking area and athletic fields. Bielenberg Splash Pad got the seal of approval for eco-friendly recycling of water and a push-button feature that lets a kid activ
The hiring of their first community development director means that Washington County is officially in the economic development business. Chris Eng is responsible for attracting new business to the region and strengthening ties among existing commercial establishments, local governments and consumers. “I have a passion for economic development, making connections between businesses and communities, helping people find jobs,” Eng said. “I’m just excited to have this opportunity.” Eng’s annual salary is $101,629. He will work within the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.