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 — The trafficking of deadly opioid painkillers - and what can be done to prevent their onslaught - is the primary focus of a public forum May 1 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. “A Night to Know the Truth” will give attendees a sobering look at the drug problem from a variety of perspectives, including those of police, prosecutors and the addicts themselves.
ST. PAUL PARK — Park High School graduate and Brigadier Gen. Gregory Gutterman will speak April 27 at American Legion Post 98 in St. Paul Park. Gutterman will retire as director of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. According to the U.S. Air Force website, he administers the Air Force's $161 billion security assistance budget supporting foreign military sales to 108 countries, operating more than 6,700 aircraft and other weapon systems.
ST. PAUL PARK - Saturday's Stone Souper Bowl party will be a pajamboree. Pajama Party is the theme for the April 28 bowling bash at Park Grove Bowl in St. Paul Park. Organizers Stone Soup Thrift Shop hope to raise $50,000. It's still not too late register a team, board president Vickie Snyder said. There will be a winning team for each of four 90-minute shifts,which start at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. A prize will be awarded to the team with the most creative and colorful PJs. Skimpy lingerie is discouraged, unless it's worn over an adult onesie.
WOODBURY — On his way out of East Ridge High School, senior Collin Brown patted his friend on the back. "Ready to show them what democracy looks like?" he asked. Brown was one of about 70 students staging a walkout at East Ridge on April 20 — the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. They joined more than 2,500 schools across the country who registered their protests on the official National School Walkout website.
COTTAGE GROVE — For her efforts as a wellness ambassador to elementary school children throughout the district, Briana Mullan is this year's recipient of Washington County Youth Public Health Achievement Award. Lowell Johnson, director for the Washington County Department of Health, presented Mullan with the award April 3 during a surprise visit to her classroom.. He headed a delegation that included Park Principal Ginger Garski, County Commissioner Jack Lavold and her parents, Don and Cheryl. She certainly wasn't expecting the visit.
Carter Bannwarth got invited back to the party. The Woodbury teen returns to Carnegie Hall April 30, when the New York Pops celebrates its 35th birthday gala. Bannwarth, 15, will perform as part of the Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble, an all-star cast of 60 musical theater students from across the country. They were chosen from over 500 online applicants to the three-day performing arts day camp. Candidates were required to submit online videos that showcased their singing and dancing chops.
WOODBURY — Chances are, everyone in the audience at "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will have the same thought: Thank the Lord it's not me up there. It's easy to see why the musical comedy, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, has remained a favorite since it opened on Broadway in 2005. Who couldn't relate to the agony of six middle-school misfits trapped together onstage, each in various degrees of desperate dorkiness, trying to overcome stage fright they compete for that spelling trophy?
WOODBURY — Two student jazz combos are set to blow up a storm Friday at East Ridge High School. The annual Jazz at the Loft concert features the Jazz I and Jazz II ensembles. The setlist includes music by Count Basie, Billy Strayhorn, Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder. There will be a special guest appearance by a band led by trombonist and composer Dean Sorenson, whose day job is director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota. All three will take the stage for the finale, a rendition of "Hurricane Season" by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.
COTTAGE GROVE — The stinking snow and cold has postponed the big reveal for the renovated Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park.
COTTAGE GROVE — After nearly eight years of litigation, 3M Corp. has forked over money to fix municipal and private wells polluted by the company's chemicals in Cottage Grove, Newport, Woodbury and other east metro communities. Now, those communities are lining up for their share of an $850 million settlement paid by the company to settle a lawsuit filed by the state in 2010. The suit accused 3M of contaminating the drinking water supply with perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, that leached from company disposal sites.