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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WOODBURY — While other children her age probably were splashing in a pool or riding their bikes, 11-year-old Norah Badroos stood in a rehearsal studio at Merrill Community Arts Center, with one eye on her script and the other on her fellow actors. "We're learning to use our emotions when we act, to have fun doing our performance," she said. Norah and her young castmates had signed up for The Play's the Thing, one of several summer day camps at the center. They spent the week rehearsing "Just Like Us," a play by Craig Sodaro.
CubERRt the robot showed off its motor skills at the June 21 South Washington County School Board meeting. Manning (or womaning) the controls was Iaong Lor, captain of the East Ridge High School robotics team, who call themselves the East Ridge Robotics Ominous Raptors (ERRORs). She was assisted by team members Kennedy Uzpen and Alex Gerber. The ERRORs designed and built CubERRt to compete against other robots in tournaments here and in Detroit. They finished in second place May 19 at the Minnesota State High School League Championship at the University of Minnesota.
For the record, it wasn't blue paint that volunteers Wade Luhman and Jodi Witte rolled and dabbed on the walls of a classroom at Park High School — it was Sea Sprite. Down the hall, others workers from PPG, Andersen Corporation and the South Washington County School District were busy transforming a classroom in shades of Lullaby Blue and Cajun Spice. "A lot of science goes into color," PPG manager Bernie Ackerman said during the June 20 gathering. "How it affects the brain, how it is received by the eye."
The pickings were slim, but Sarah Fournier of Woodbury still found some greens to purchase at the June 21 opening of the Cottage Grove Farmers Market. The weekly market opened late this year due to a wintry spring. Some growers are still playing catch-up, market manager Kim Heilmann said, but she said she expects the number of produce vendors at the market to increase in coming weeks.
COTTAGE GROVE — It's a measure of the life lived by Steven Duane Cozad that his unexpected death affected so many. Cozad, 48, of Cottage Grove died June 20 after he was found unresponsive at his home, Newport Fire Chief Steve Wiley said. Cozad served with Wiley on the Newport Fire Department for over 20 years. Cozad's family lost a husband, provider, father and grandfather. The Newport Fire Department lost a capable and courageous comrade. Needy children and families from Newport to Kenya lost a benefactor and advocate.
COTTAGE GROVE - About 85 runners and walkers got their first look at the renovated Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park during the June 24 Run the Ravine 5K. The race capped a weekend of events that included a craft party Friday and goat yoga sessions Saturday. The festivities also included a kids' fun run.
The 2018 Strawberry Fest coronation took place at Park High School June 18. The Ambassadors are (front row, from left) Little Miss Princess: Lola Ott; Little Miss Queen: Brooklyn Edlund; (back row, from left) Junior Miss Princess: Mariella Hilger; Junior Miss Queen: Gracie Reimer; Miss Princess: Tori Simmons; Miss Queen: Sicilya Knnott. Submitted photo courtesy of Lew Vogel
Workers install artificial turf at the playground at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park. The park reopened to the public June 19 after a more than a year of extensive renovations. Several grand opening events are scheduled for this weekend, including goat yoga and a 5K race. Motorists should use the new park entrance off Keats Avenue in south Cottage Grove. For more info, visit the Washington County website at www.co.washington.mn.us . Submitted photo courtesy of Washington County
The operation was a success, but the patient died. The Park High School Indian head emblem, embedded for more than half a century on the floor of the east part of the main hallway near the school gym, did not survive its removal, according to a District 833 spokesperson. In a statement, Shelley Schafer, director of communications and public relations, said that they met with four separate contractors in March. None could guarantee they could remove the head in one piece, she said.
COTTAGE GROVE - Most of the year, they're your friends, classmates or neighbors. But on June 14, about a dozen Cottage Grove residents assumed the guise of performing artists at the Strawberry Fest talent show. Guitarists, singers and yes, a ukulele player all took their turn on the main stage at Kingston Park. Park High School graduate Cassie Klinga took two firsts, winning both the Strawberry Fest Talent Show and the Minnesota Sings competitions. "I just like singing a lot," she said.