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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Those making a pilgrimage to the Feb. 9 opening of "Nunsense II" at the Merrill Community Arts Center should expect a hefty dose of ham - Fridays excluded, of course. If you didn't get that joke, don't fret. You don't have to be Catholic to hang out with the starstruck sisters at Mt. St. Helens School in Hoboken, N.J. These ladies christened the Black Box when Woodbury Community Theatre did the first "Nunsense" revue five years ago. "It was the first show we did in the Black Box," director Lenore Weir said.
By small steps and one giant leap, Newport Elementary School has been closing the achievement gap, that disparity in test scores between themselves and the more affluent schools in District 833. In November, an analysis by the Minneapolis Star Tribune listed Newport on their "Beating the Odds" list. The annual report identifies "high poverty" schools who did better than expected on reading, math or the combined scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA).
The annual Winter Luau at Park Place Sports Bar afforded winter-weary souls the chance to break out the grass skirts, leis and resort wear and twirl a hula hoop. The Jan. 27 party, which raised $1,200 for Stone Soup Thrift Shop, featured a 50/50 raffle, a limbo contest and crepe-paper pineapple centerpieces. The activities director on this south seas cruise was Vickie Snyder, who was decked out in her finest bird-of-paradise garlands. Snyder is board president of Basic Needs, Inc., the nonprofit who runs the thrift shop in St. Paul Park.
Park High School advanced to the 3AA sections at the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Competition with their production of "26 Pebbles." With their production of "Antigone," Woodbury High School will move on to Section 3AA Finals of the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Competition.
They'll brave cold, wind, rain and yes, even those (expletive) Philadelphia Eagles fans. The 10,000 volunteers of Crew 52 have already blanketed the airports, hotels and streets of Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII. About 30 volunteers from Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Oakdale attended an informal pep rally Jan. 26 at HealthEast Sports Center. The event was organized by Crew 52 member Darcy Bertram. "I hope I will meet somebody famous," Margaret Kolb-Tavis of Oakdale said. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity" Kenya Skytte of Woodbury added.
The preparations for Super Bowl LII include the construction of a new regional highway system - in the skies over Minnesota and Wisconsin. Sunday's game will bring an estimated 1,100 additional private aircraft into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as well as six satellite airports in the region. To relieve potential congestion, an air traffic team spent a year devising new air routes and training air traffic controllers to handle the extra volume.
Crew 52 Super Bowl volunteers from Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Oakdale rallied Jan. 26 at the Health East Sports Center in Woodbury, where they showed off their gear and chanted “Bold North!” They began their shifts this past weekend at Super Bowl Live, the free concert series on the Nicollet Mall. Pictured are Troy and Darcy Bertram, Kiki Weingarten Condin, Laura Garcia, Sheri Mullen, Sharyl Davis Sicoli Sharon McCormick, Barb Winters Finnegan, Linda Ji.
In choosing a subject for his sixth-grade history project at Oltman Middle School, Caleb Craig traveled down a dark corridor in time. Caleb, who lives in St. Paul Park, became intrigued by the Nuremberg trials, the international military tribunal convened by the Allies in 1945 to bring Nazis to justice following World War II. "I really didn't know many things about World War II," Caleb, 12, said.
This year's District One Act Festival features a trio of decidedly downbeat plays from Park, East Ridge and Woodbury high schools. "They tend to be that way, I think, because a lot of times, in a high school setting, you don't get to do all those types of heavy shows," said Leah Jensen, director of East Ridge's one-act "Women and War."
This year’s District One Act Festival features a trio of decidedly downbeat plays from Park, East Ridge and Woodbury high schools. “They tend to be that way, I think, because a lot of times, in a high school setting, you don’t get to do all those types of heavy shows,” said Leah Jensen, director of East Ridge’s one-act “Women and War.”