Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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They promised her they wouldn't forget her brother, a Marine who was killed serving his country. They made good on their promise as men and women on 70 Harley Davidson motorcycles rode into Cottage Grove on Saturday, May 8, which was Armed Forces Day. Dawn "Dee" Meyers stood in front of the home she shares with her husband, Darin, and their two children, Zach and Cameron, as she heard sirens from Cottage Grove police escorts followed by the rumbling of motorcycles. Tears were welling up when she saw the group, all of them arriving to honor the memory of her brother, Adam VanAlstine, who was
Listening to a talk given by Robert Vogel, who has a treasure trove of knowledge about south Washington County, is like meeting someone who's interesting at a party. Whether he's talking to one person or 20, he communicates an intimate view of history. It's as if he's telling you about the people who owned your house before you bought it. It's a gift and those who attended his talk at the Newport Library and Community Center last week will attest to that. The talk, hosted by the city's historic preservation commission, drew a larger crowd than anticipated.
No fee increases or major changes in District 833 Community Education-run programs and classes are expected in the next year, but there will be changes to how the department is managed. Superintendent Keith Jacobus said last week that District 833 is currently interviewing candidates for the community education director's position after longtime director Ernie Pines resigned "for personal reasons" in late February.
jspooner.swcbulletin.com Todd Caughey has never been interested in theater or being in a play but he's having fun these days portraying Teddy Brewster, who believes he's really Teddy Roosevelt. In the play, "Arsenic and Old Lace," Teddy's two elderly sisters, Martha and Abby, are poisoning men for humanitarian reasons. Chaos ensues. Caughey is typical of the people who've never acted in front of an audience.
A clear majority of residents would support a renewal of an existing school property tax levy, according to a recent independent survey. The Decision Resources survey, provided to the District 833 School Board last week, found that 65 percent of those polled would back a levy renewal. The district plans to hold a referendum renewal this fall and has the option of renewing another existing levy, which expires next year, on the same November ballot. In addition to levy renewals, which would not alter the amount of taxes collected, the board will consider whether to ask for more money to opera
With some aches and pains but generally good health, three women over 90 enjoyed being the center of attention last week at Red Rock Manor, in Newport. If you live into your 90s, doctors say you probably don't have to be concerned about cholesterol anymore so Ruth Ighel, 94, Bernice Schaab, 90, and Helen Petrowske, 101, celebrated last week with large pieces of birthday cake and two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Their Rod Rock friends and neighbors gave them corsages and a special table and sang "Happy Birthday," a song they've heard many times. Ighel said she's lasted so long because she ha
Green bean casserole is not a relic of your great-great-great-grandmother's era. It was first served in the 1950s, as part of a group of recipes that makers of canned soup came up with to expand sales. The Cottage Grove Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation is gathering recipes from residents for a cookbook that will debut during this year's Strawberry Fest.
Those who have cancer, along with their friends and family members, strolled Hamlet Park in Cottage Grove on Sunday afternoon to raise money for Bark for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of South Washington County.
"I'll take Cottage Grove trivia for $200, Ryan," would have been a good statement to pose to Cottage Grove City Administrator Ryan Schroeder at last week's annual dinner the city hosts to honor and thank members of city commissions and a gaggle of people, including the Holiday Train and Yellow Ribbon Campaign committees. The first year I attended the Volunteer Recognition Banquet as a member of the Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation, I enjoyed Schroeder's "state of the city" speech, but people giggled when he said the speech would be shorter than the previous year. I wondered what
For all of her working life, Majel Carroll was employed at various public agencies writing grants and setting up programs for people in crisis. When she retired, she just went on doing what she's good at, helping people. For her volunteer service as executive director of the Stone Soup Thrift Shop over 17 years, she was honored by the city of Cottage Grove as Volunteer of the Year at the city's annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet last week.