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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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.
Police get an explanation about a multiple-car accident that occurred at about 5:15 p.m. June 16, south of the intersection of Bailey Road and Radio Drive, near Bielenberg Sports Center. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)
Students at New Life Academy camped overnight at Tettegouche State Park May 12-13 as part of their Outdoor Education course. The sixth, seventh and eighth graders experience snowshoeing, rock climbing, orienteering, mountain biking, fishing, and camping. They were accompanied by teachers Mike Moberg and Dave Woolf as well as Elementary Principal Brian Goodbar. The three created the popular elective course three years ago. (Submitted photo)
Three local students earned honors at a national vocational competition last month in Louisville, Ky. The annual SkillsUSA Championships, held June 22-23, featured more than 6,000 students from around the country. The workplace olympiad required contestants to demonstrate their mastery of specific skills in the technical, health and service related industries. Local competitors were: • Benjamin Seidl from Cottage Grove was awarded a Skill Point Certificate • in Criminal Justice. • Matthew Christian from Woodbury was awarded a Skill Point Certificate
Some of Peggy Elsasser's biggest fans are also the smallest. Chaysen, 4, wants to be a hockey player like his dad was in college. Bright-eyed Clara will remind you that she is 4-1/2. Addy, who turns 2 in July, likes to see how high she can go on the swing set. The three are playmates at Little Helpers Child Care, the daycare center that Elsasser runs out of her Woodbury home. June 21, they got to visit the Washington County government center, where their grownup friend was honored as a 2016 Family Child Care Provider of the Year.
The big kid pushed the smaller one to the gym floor at Math and Science Academy in Woodbury. Other students watched from the bleachers as the kid picked himself up and bully high-fived a friend. After a couple of awkward beats, one kid stood up and confronted the bully. "Cut!" called director Karl Demer. The scene was repeated several times. When given the cue, the student actors reentered the gym, where the bully, Zack Hagstrom-Skalnel, 17, again shoved Riley Kane from behind.