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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He came on down. He saw. He conquered. Joshua Ryan of Farmington won almost $13,000 as a contestant on a recent episode of "The Price is Right." The longest running game show on television features Drew Carey as emcee. Contestants try to guess the price of various consumer goods. Publicist Raven Tait said that Ryan won a trip to Jackson Hole ski resort in Wyoming, including a stay at the Lexington Hotel, roundtrip airfare for two from Los Angeles, ski lessons and lift tickets and equipment. He also won a his-and-hers sunglasses set from Givenchy.
Military veterans are given their due as part of an annual quilt exhibition at the R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury. This year, the River Valley Quilters Guild invited their members to include charity quilts as part of their annual show. President Sue Bay of Newport said the 40 quilts on display include those that will go to pediatric units at area hospitals as well as to women's shelters.
Army veteran Patrick Nickle didn't have a story to tell. He had dozens. For documentary maker Justin Atkinson, it was a matter of finding the right one. "I was trying to find the story," Atkinson said. "When he started talking about his first deployment to Afghanistan he got very emotional. I thought, 'Whoa, that's the story I want to tell.'" Nickle is one of three local veterans who are featured in "A Salute to Veterans" on local cable channel SWC-TV, where Atkinson works. The series premieres Nov. 6 on Channel 18.
There’s a lot more to the movie “Singin’ in the Rain” than that iconic scene of Gene Kelly dancing with a lamp-post in a downpour. For example, there’s….well, just what is that movie about, anyway? “Not a lot of people know the plot,” said director Janette Bach, a drama teacher at New Life Academy in Woodbury, where a student cast is rehearsing for the stage version of the classic musical. It opens 7 p.m. Nov. 3.
East Ridge High School senior Kate Sawyer recently took home a TWIST EPIC award, which stands for Target Women in Science and Technology and Engagement, Passion, Innovation, and Curiosity. Sawyer, of Woodbury, is one of 25 women in Minnesota to earn the honor, which recognizes those who demonstrate their dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She received the award Oct. 13 at Target Headquarters in Minneapolis. At right is her Target engineering mentor Janell Hibbard.
When it comes to their Catholic faith, actions speak louder than words for Sharon and Michael D'Agostino of Woodbury. If there's something to be done, be it serving Easter brunch at Little Sisters of the Poor, supporting the Woodbury Life Resource Center or raising money for the Nyumbani Orphanage in Kenya, they step up. "We learned it from our parents," Sharon D'Agostino said. "We both were raised in homes that give back a lot to the community."
If the idea was to light a "Firebird" under the seats of District 833 students, the Minnesota Orchestra hit the mark. An invited audience at East Ridge High School on Sept. 15 heard a stratospheric performance of Stravinsky's "Firebird" by the full orchestra, led by musical director Osmo Vanksa. Band and orchestra students from East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools and Lake Middle School also heard "Roman Carnival Overture" by Berlioz and "Pavane pour une infante défunte" by Ravel.
Robots invaded East Ridge High School Saturday, Sept. 16, during the East Metro Collaborative Competition, which included 26 visiting robotics teams from around the state. The offseason tournament was hosted by Woodbury, East Ridge, Park high schools and Woodbury Math & Science Academy. It was inspired by the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program, which encourages kids to apply science, technology, engineering and math to build their own remote controlled robot. High school teams squared off two by two on a special playing field.
You don't have to be a martial arts champion in order to be a Marvel superhero. But it helps. Woodbury High School graduate Mike Moh will unleash his fists of fury in "Marvel's Inhumans," a fall series that debuts Sept. 29 on ABC. "I've definitely been a fan of the movies and that whole cinematic universe every since I saw the first 'Iron Man,'" said Moh, who holds a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo. "That was a game-changing movie."
Mark Drommerhausen spent nearly two years as part of a team helping to plan the design, construction and staffing for the new Brookview Elementary School, where he serves as principal. Where should the building orient, to the north or south? Where will the playground be located? Should the bus drop-off area be separate from the place where parents pick up their kids? Those were among the many questions the team faced. Now the real work begins.