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THURSDAY, MAY 10 COTTON PATCH GOSPEL --The New Life Academy Drama Department, headed by William Peterson, will present, "The greatest story ever retold: Cotton Patch Gospel." The full-length musical by Tom Key and Russell Treyz will be performed as a dinner theater production at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at New Life Academy, 6758 Bailey Road, Woodbury. 3M CHOIR CONCERT -- The 3M Sounds of Harmony Club, under the direction of Page Stevens, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave.
The St. Paul Park 2007-08 street reconstruction project is closer to being a done deal. Members of the City Council last week approved the plans and specifications of the proposed project and told city engineer Rick Seifert to advertise for bids. The bids are due June 12, with the lowest and most responsible bid being recommended to City Council on June 18. Homeowners who disagree with their assessments based on numbers from the recommended bid can attend a July 16 public hearing at city hall.
The building formerly known as Park on the River, at 445 Broadway Avenue, is being threatened with foreclosure. Foreclosure will take place in early June, if back mortgage payments are not paid, according to a notice of mortgage foreclosure received by co-owners Bob Neuman and Joe Hinz May 1. The two have owned the building since 1999. Hinz said they have 5,000 square feet of empty space that's causing the problem, even though his $12-per-square-foot lease rate is the lowest in south Washington County.
Three years ago, Cottage Grove kindergartner Dylan McMaster was asked to bring his dog to class on "D" day at St. Andrew's Lutheran School, St. Paul Park. "By the time we arrived at school, at least four teachers already knew the dog's name," said his mother, Betty Lou McMaster as she reminisced about the school, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary Sunday, May 6. To her, that's the special part of St. Andrew's -- it's like one big family. "You really get involved," she said. "Teachers, students and parents all know each other." McMaster, and her brother Tom both attended St.
Robert Watson and his brother, William, were two of the earliest residents in Cottage Grove. Although none of the family now live in south Washington County, Robert's legacy remains: a firsthand written account of life in Cottage Grove in the mid- and late-1800s, and 20 European ornamental larch trees that are now 150 years old. The larches, not native to the United States, were grown from seed Robert Watson brought back with him from a trip to Scotland in the 1860s. They grow along a portion of Lamar Avenue in Old Cottage Grove and cross the farmland now owned by Don and Frankie Ratzlaff.
A plan to reconstruct streets, build new ones, replace problematic watermains and build medians near railroad crossings was approved 5-0 by the St.
The recycling business is booming, according to Patty Gearin, owner of Wipers Recycling in St. Paul Park. It's booming so much, Gearin is on a search for more space for her business, which turns old leather into absorbent tubes, sends used clothing to Africa and sells vintage shoes online. Finding that space has proven to be Gearin's biggest problem, though. She was hoping to relocate to Newport, but after being told by city leaders that her business was inappropriate for the four sites she was interested in, she's looking elsewhere. Her current location -- a half-acre at 501 Ninth Ave.
The New Life Academy baseball team scored victory No.
Each member of the Park-Port Lioness Club has a special salad recipe for which they are famous, and they prepare it for people other than their families just once a year -- the Club's renowned salad luncheon -- an affair area women have been flocking to for 25-plus years. This year's luncheon was held Saturday, March 24, at the American Legion Hall in St. Paul Park. More than 200 guests turned up for the annual event, which included door prizes for all, raffles and more than 50 salads from which to choose. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year," said Marilyn Balow, event chair.
Four homeowners in St. Paul Park are ready to experiment with rain gardens. Those homeowners, who live on Dayton Avenue and Blossom Lane south of 14th Avenue, have volunteered to let the city's public works department build free, experimental rain gardens in their yards, as a way to control stormwater runoff. "They welcomed us with open arms and agreed to the rain gardens and also to maintaining them," said St. Paul Park Public Works Supervisor Lee Flandrich.