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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South Washington County Schools will pay an environmental consulting firm to test for lead in its school water systems.
An art installation at East Ridge High School involved 16 students, one day of work and thousands of Post-Its. The team collaborated with 3M and the PR firm of Zeus Jones to create four mosaic murals on school windows.
Tastes are changing and so is the senior dining program at the DPC Community Center. Beginning Sept. 12, nutritious hot lunches that were formerly available to those 60 and older can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Instead of catered meals, the food will be prepared on-site by staff from the Nutrition Services Department of School District 833. "We are changing what we're offering," said Rebecca Kropelnicki, marketing and intergenerational activities coordinator at the DPC. "The program used to be a federally funded program for 60 and over."
It's no small feat to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. But Akul Seshadri did it one better when he also earned the Hornaday award. Seshadri, 16, a member of Woodbury Boy Scout Troop 60, accepted the dual honors Aug. 28 at a ceremony at the Lutheran Church of Peace in Maplewood, the charter organization for the troop. If you've never heard of the Hornaday award, which recognizes outstanding conservation efforts, it may be because it's rare as tigers in the wild.
Washington County officials are requesting more staff next year to address increased caseloads for social service programs. The Washington County Board of Commissioners conducted their second 2017 budget workshop after their Aug. 23 meeting. The board heard budget requests from Community Services, Public Health and Environment, and the Library System. Dan Papin, community services director, submitted a budget request of $43,890,700. His department's workload is growing, he said, and state dollars are not keeping pace.
Local scores follow broader trend, but remain higher than state and national average.
A worker installs wiring in the new main entryway at Liberty Ridge Elementary School. The construction is part of a $1.5 million security upgrade by District 833 that began last year. The entrances to six schools were redesigned so that visitors must first enter through the school office. The first day of school is Sept. 6. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)
Nancy Wagner of Woodbury (right) walked 60 miles last weekend as part of the Susan B. Komen 3-Day. More than 500 walkers raised $1.4 million for cancer research. Wagner, who is a 12-year breast cancer survivor, has walked the Twin Cities 3-Day three previous times and has also walked in Seattle and Boston. She has also volunteered for the event. The walk began last Friday in Edina and concluded Sunday at Harriet Island in Minneapolis. Wagner and teammate Kathy Cooper (left) camped overnight last Friday in a pink tent in Harvest Park in Maplewood. (Submitted photo)
Washington County officials are requesting more staff next year to address increased caseloads for social service programs. The Washington County Board of Commissioners conducted their second 2017 budget workshop after their Aug. 23 meeting. The board heard budget requests from Community Services, Public Health and Environment, and the Library System.