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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A local lad and his pig are stumping for votes. But it has nothing to do with the November election. Joe Anderson, 12, of Cottage Grove, made a video that he entered in a national youth cooking contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s Rice. And if he gets enough online votes, he could win a new cafeteria for Crosswinds Arts and Science School in Woodbury, where he is in the seventh grade.
Some School District 833 parents are upset over a decision to exclude seventh- and eighth-grade athletes from an afternoon bus route that had been offered in past years. Michelle Julius, whose seventh-grade daughter is a member of the Woodbury High School cross-country team, said she received scant notice that her daughter would have to find other transportation from Woodbury Middle School to Woodbury High School to join her teammates. “We were told a week before school started that they were no longer going to bus our middle school athletes to the high school,” she said. In the past,
When they reported to class on the first day of school, it’s unlikely that students in District 833 noticed that anything is different about their particular school. But while they were enjoying summer vacation, the district was installing new locks, cameras and shatterproof glass as part of a $1.5 million security upgrade. All work in the multi-phase project should be completed prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year, said Mike Vogel, assistant to the superintendent for district operations. This fall, 13 schools will have new door locks that will allow a teacher to lock them fr
The day she turned 50, Jackie Mines learned that she had cancer. “What a great birthday present,” she joked. On Jan. 8, 2011, her doctor called her at work to tell her that she had breast cancer. She was diagnosed with stage 3A, meaning that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. “I’m sitting in my office and then I have to figure out what to do,” she said. “Do I call my kids? It’s a very lonely experience.” Mines, who has been cancer-free for two years, is this year’s honorary survivor at the Relay for Life of South Washington County.
Park High School senior Allyssa Phillips was a fourth-grader at Pullman Elementary School when she began playing the violin in the District 833 orchestra program. “I was already in choir and band and I just liked the challenge and it was something new,” said Phillips, who lives in St. Paul Park. This spring, Phillips will be among the first group of graduating seniors who have played in the orchestra at every grade level since its inception. The milestone will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the District 833 Orchestra Festival at Woodbury High School.