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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It began with a single square of paper, creased and folded into the shape of a crane. Then Jeanne Reeve made a second. And a third.
Beginning next month, free produce will be available select Thursdays at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale. An anti-hunger project called the Produce Fair will distribute greens and vegetables from 10-11:30 a.m. July 27, Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 14 and 28, and Oct. 12. The free farmers market is a collaboration between Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shel in Woodbury and Second Harvest Heartland in St. Paul. Second Harvest collects surplus food from retailers and farmers.
The inaugural Unified Prom at East Ridge High School was a big deal for special needs students. For many, it was their first prom, their first chance to dress up, dance and dine. The April 29 party featured a red carpet procession, where each kid, escorted by a classmate, wore a sash that was emblazoned with their name. Nothing could have kept Kiley Robertson away from the party. Not only because she had so many special needs friends, but because the prom was her idea.
South Washington County School Board members and District 833 staff honored Joe Slavin with a moment of silence at their June 8 meeting. The death of Slavin, the South Washington County School board member and Oakdale principal found dead in a Woodbury park June 7, was ruled a suicide. "Joe was a colleague and a friend," board Chairwoman Katy McElwee-Stevens said in prepared remarks. Slavin offered the board great insight by having been a teacher, principal and a board member, McElwee-Stevens said. She also recalled his "amazing sense of timing" and clever humor.
John Tennis turned trash into treasure. In 1966, he and his brother Wayne founded Tennis Brothers Sanitation in St. Paul Park. His wife Joan answered the phones and did the books. He later drove a truck as the company's only trash collector. Meanwhile, he worked a full-time job in the stockyards in South St. Paul. "He was just a hard-working guy," his son Willie said. John Tennis died May 7. He was 83.
It didn't take long for the Films in 5 Festival to attract talent beyond its Cottage Grove borders. Last year's sophomore event drew at least two filmmakers from Minneapolis. They included John Akre, who took second place for his film "Minneapolis Beneath the Asphalt Part 1: The City Changes."
Dan Starry was sworn in May 2 as the new Washington County Sheriff. Tenth Judicial District Judge Gregory G. Galler administered the oath while Starry’s wife Jeanice held the Bible. The former chief deputy was appointed by the board of commissioners to succeed Bill Hutton, who retired last month to take a position with the state’s sheriff’s association. Starry will serve out Hutton’s term, which will expire in January 2019. His salary was set at $145,043 for 2017.
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.