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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An educator from California will be the next Head of School at New Life Academy in Woodbury. Clark Gilbert will assume the leadership role for the 2017-18 academic school year. Gilbert succeeds Cade Lambert, who in February 2016 accepted an offer as superintendent of a private Christian school in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. The New Life Academy Governing Council hired NL Moore and Associates to conduct a national search.
Ditzy starlets and dim bulb actors, temperamental directors and dictatorial studio heads. If you guessed Hollywood, congrats; you get a producer’s credit. In the 1930s, the playwriting duo Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman were Broadway stalwarts who saw Tinseltown as a corrupter of talent. They wrote “Once in a Lifetime” as a jab at their West Coast rivals.
Washington County officials bid farewell to Sheriff William Hutton last week as he stepped down to take a job as executive director of the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association. The Washington County Board passed a resolution honoring Hutton, 57, at its April 25 meeting. Hutton was elected sheriff in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. "He will be remembered as a visionary leader who challenged the status quo and looked to the future with vision and insight," County Administrator Molly O'Rourke said.
Calling all tuba and flute, clarinet and trumpet players from Cottage Grove, Woodbury and elsewhere: the Valley Concert Winds want you.
What happens when a softball team full of sad sack seniors starts winning? For one thing, their wives are surprised. The theatrical comedy "Buzzard Ball" opens a home stand Saturday at the Merrill Community Arts Center at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Director and artistic director Steven Peterson calls it "The Bad News Bears" meets "Grumpy Old Men." "It's an over 50s softball team in Arizona that has never won a game in three years and still they keep on trying," he said.
Kate Sawyer from East Ridge High School and Abby Wamstad from Park High School were named Dean's List Finalists in a national robotics competition called For Inspiration and Recognition of Science, or FIRST. It's the highest individual honor a student can achieve in the contest — or it will be if they're among the 10 winners who will be announced at the Robotics Competition World Championships, set for April 27-29 in St. Louis.
Ten research projects by sixth-graders at Woodbury Middle School advanced to the Minnesota State History Day Competition, which is scheduled for April 29 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Those who punched their ticket to state include Tanya Luniewski, who put together an exhibit on the history of the Polish Solidarity Movement. The team of Jack Konieck and Ethan Topp also qualified with their project on the Coal Miner's Strike of 1902.
A three-part, $8.1 million road and park improvement project is set to begin later this spring in Cottage Grove. The Washington County Board of Commissioners on March 28 approved a cooperative agreement with the city of Cottage Grove for a new six-leg roundabout that would encompass the interchange of Keats Avenue, East Point Douglas Road and access ramps to and from Highway 61.
The weather couldn't have been better for Saturday's Woodbury Community Expo at East Ridge High School. But while it might have been tempting to stay outside and enjoy the sunshine, that would have meant missing out on the games, food, facepainting, prizes and entertainment inside.
Washington County commissioners last week voiced their continued support for the county attorney office's major crimes unit created to investigate and prosecute sex trafficking, sophisticated insurance fraud, organized retail crime, inter-county organized identity theft and other organized crimes. Assistant Attorney Imran Ali was appointed to head the division. That left a vacancy that was backfilled by the position of special project attorney. At their March 14 meeting, the board voted to extend the full-time position of special project attorney through the end of 2018.