As a regular library user, I recognize that not everyone uses them frequently. However, the general public needs to visit libraries more, so libraries can improve their selections, activities and hours for the entire community. Primarily, a library's function is lending materials, but their variety is limited. If you can't find something you want, then you should request it because library collections adjust to popular demand. If books aren't for you, libraries are also vital sources of social interaction. They provide spaces for classes, meetings and events.
It has long been my view that the South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin should be combined. School District 833 includes schools in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Newport, and St Paul Park, and the youth can be moved around in those schools. There are even families with children in both Cottage Grove and Woodbury schools.
During my sophomore year of high school, my mother and I moved into a new house on the edge of town. Surrounded by thick bushy pines and nestled on a three-acre chunk of land, the amenities of the yard made up for the fact that it was right off the highway and that our nearest neighbors raised sheep in their basement.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.
"A Nice Family Gathering," a poignant comedy by Phil Olson, will be performed Sept. 7-23 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The Washington County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is celebrating Minnesota Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August and World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7. This year's theme focuses on "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life." The week helps raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers and calls attention to local efforts that support breast-feeding. "Breastfeeding helps children get off to a healthy start," said Samantha O'Dell, WIC Breastfeeding coordinator. "It's the foundation of life."
I love parks, and I have just fallen in love all over again. Anyone who was able to make it to the reopened Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park — or, as I say, my park — over the weekend of June 22-24 knows what I am talking about. The park was closed for a bit more than a year because, like so many of us, it was showing its age. Anyone who has skied or walked it for the past decades could see that it needed a facelift. The parking lots were beat up, and the roadways were getting potholed. More than that, the roadway into the park would flood when the lake got too high.
I call on every youtuber, every social media voice, every news anchor (radio and TVB), every local politician (city and state) who wants to make a difference in American lives to take a day of rest from talking and spend one hour and engage in a protest for change that makes life more wonderful for all citizens. Your daily deliverances make it appear as though you draw attention, while waiting for others to do something. It is time you reveal your heart in more than just words.
I want to talk about what happened in Flint, Michigan. Flint was once a normal town with a normal workforce. Then, the city began to plummet starting in the 1960s through urban decay, de-investment, white flight, de-industrialization and the outsourcing of jobs. Today, about 46 percent of Flint residents under the poverty line. But the problem is how do you pay for public services when your residents are too poor to pay taxes?
"The Red Box," by Joseph Goodrich, adapted from the Nero Wolfe mystery novel by Rex Stout, will be performed on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. The brilliant and eccentric Nero Wolfe (Scott Peterson, Hudson) with the aid of his trusty assistant, Archie Goodwin (Andrew Robinson, Woodbury), investigates the death of a model who ate a piece of poisoned candy. One of the suspects begs Wolfe to handle his estate and especially the contents of a certain red box.