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 new Brookview Elementary School welcomed its first kindergarten class Feb. 21 at Kindergarten Orientation night. The new school is still under construction, so preschoolers and their parents met with staff, teachers and principal Mark Drommerhausen. Brookview will open in August for the 2017-18 school year.
Frustrated with a lack of state transit funding, Washington and four other counties are expected to dissolve their nine-year transit partnership Friday.
Cub Scout Pack 60 held its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21, at New Life Academy in Woodbury. The evening featured a science demonstration using eggs and a glass of water, a car parade from Den 2 scouts and over 60 cakes baked by scouts and their parents and decorated with one of six themes. The scouts got to vote for their favorite cake. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)
A proposed change to the state's records retention law has Washington County officials concerned.
Woodbury Painters, photographers and writers from Woodbury High School mounted a strong presence at the recent exhibit at the U of M Regis Center for Arts. The exhibit, which closed Feb. 18, featured winning entries from the annual Minnesota Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest. Woodbury High School students won 10 Gold Key Awards for their work. With 15 Silver Key winners and 30 honorable mentions, it represents the school's highest award count in the contest.
Woodbury The news team at Red Rock Elementary School had a special guest for the taping of its show Feb. 8. Dawn Mitchell, news anchor and sports reporter for FOX 9, sat for an interview by sports anchors Kailey Scheller and Lucy Kelly. Scheller invited Mitchell to be on the show, even though some of her classmates told her it was a long shot. "I love football," said Scheller, 11. "I"ve always thought she was an inspiration for being a sports reporter or a news anchor." Mitchell accepted the invitation after she saw a message Scheller had left for her on Facebook.
Woodbury Last year, Demetra Salls was one of more than 1 million high school juniors across the country who took the PSAT, the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition. Last week, Salls, a senior at New Life Academy in Woodbury, learned that she had been named a finalist in the prestigious program. Winners will be announced beginning in April. "It took a lot of studying and then a lot of commitment," she said. "Committing myself to better my education has been my top priority ever since I was younger."
Three properties on the proposed Gold Line bus-rapid transit route will be assessed to determine if they are historically significant, and therefore more sensitive to the environmental effects of the project. At their Feb. 14 meeting, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a work order for Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to evaluate the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood, 3M Co. and Johnson Parkway. Personnel from their Cultural Resources Unit will work with the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
Washington County The Washington County Board was expected to vote Tuesday, Feb. 14, on a resolution of support to approve $2.5 million for the Gateway Gold Line bus-rapid transit project. The money represents the county's share of the $25 million cost of the project development phase for the BRT, which will run from Union Depot in downtown St. Paul through the East Side of St. Paul, Maplewood, Landfall, Oakdale and Woodbury.
Woodbury An equine entrepreneur from Woodbury was honored as the 2016 Horseperson of the Year. Mark Ward, owner of Windy Ridge Ranch, was honored Jan. 21, by the Minnesota Horse Council. A lifelong horseman, Ward started the ranch in 1979. He and his staff teach various riding disciplines, including dressage, to 200 students. Ward founded an equine drill team that still performs in the Woodbury Days parade, as well as others in Afton and Oakdale.