Area briefs from 11-15-13

Book drive

The Stillwater Public Library is holding a holiday book drive to gather books to distribute as gifts to children through the Head Start program and Community Thread’s Holiday Hope (formerly the Holiday Bureau). To contribute, simply bring in a new, unwrapped hardcover or paperback book to the Stillwater Public Library any time from now through Friday, Dec. 13.

For more information about this and other programs at the Stillwater Public Library, call 651.275.4338 ext. 111, or go to

Free workshop for at-risk homeowners

The Washington County Board Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has scheduled a free workshop for at-risk homeowners for anyone worried about a mortgage on a primary residence.

The workshop will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury, Rooms A & B. Library is at 8595 Central Park Place.

The workshop is open to all and will be presented by the Washington County HRA.

Participants can learn about options, ask questions and get advice. Counselors are certified, and the Washington County HRA is a HUD-approved agency.

No registration or RSVP is required. For more information, contact the Washington County HRA or 651-202-2822.

Photographer Doug Ohman to speak at Syttende Mai meeting

The fall semi-annual meeting of the St. Croix Valley Syttende Mai Society will be 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 21 at Our Savior’s

Lutheran Church, 1616 W. Olive St. in Stillwater.

Featured on the program will be popular photographer and public speaker Doug Ohman. Ohman will share his Minnesota Byways series of photos. The series includes a mix of Minnesota barns, libraries, churches, cabins, courthouses and school houses. Ohman showcases the vast array of landmarks in the state.

The program will include a silent auction of several Scandinavian-type items, and there will be door prizes After the program, everyone can share Scandinavian pastries and goodies. Participents are asked to bring a sample of their favorite Scandinavian treat.

The program is free and the public is invited. Donations will be accepted to help defray some of the cost.

For more information, email Roger at [email protected]

Century College’s men’s soccer team earns first trip to national tournament

A goal in the 90th minute by Australia native Ryan Flynn moved the Century College men’s soccer team past Joliet Junior College Nov. 2. The District C Championship victory sends the Century College team to the NJCAA National Tournament in Herkimer, N.Y. for the first time in school history.

“I am very proud of our team,” said fifth-year Head Coach Dave Palmer. “We’re a young team, but resilient. It’s great to see all of their hard work pay off, and we hope for continued success in the national tournament.”

The Century soccer program is in its sixth year and has been improving each season. This year’s roster included a mixture of local and international players.

“We have players from all over the world — Australia, Columbia, Indonesia — as well as players from our local communities,” Coach Palmer said. “They all have a long history of playing soccer in their respective school systems. It has been great to see them develop as players and come together as a team throughout the season.”

Guaranteed at least two games in the national tournament, Century was scheduled to play its first game against Montgomery College, of Maryland, Nov. 14.

County wins award for saving energy

Washington County has received the Sheila Sheridan Award for Sustainable Facility Operations and Management for its programs that save energy with day cleaning and an energy efficiency program.

Washington County is the first local government agency to win the award. The only other government agency to win the award is the Federal General Services Administration.

The award is given by the International Facilities Management Association. It recognizes an individual or team that demonstrates an outstanding example of strategic, sustainable operations and management that has led to successful tactical and operational adjustments in the management of a facility.

The county was chosen thanks to a number of initiatives started in the recent past, such as its day cleaning program, which allows custodians to clean during the daytime when lights and heat are already on. In addition, the county has done an energy auditand used the information gained to make buildings more energy-efficient and introduce energy-saving practices. The county has energy consumption by 9 percent annually, saving $135,000 each year.

The award is named for Sheila Sheridan, who is retired from Harvard University as Director of Facilities and Services at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is currently the vice chair of the LEED for Existing Buildings Core Committee for the U.S. Green Building Council.

10 District 834 students to sing in state honors choir

Ten students in District 834 elementary schools were selected to sing in the 2013 American Choral Director’s Association Minnesota State 4-5-6 Children’s Honors Choir.

A record 539 students in the state of MN auditioned for the choir this year.

Students will prepare music and participate in an all-day event at St. Andrew’s Church in Mahtomedi Friday, Nov. 22, that will culminate in a choir concert at 5:30 p.m. consisting of about 130 voices from all over the state.

The following Stillwater Area Schools students made the honors choir:

• From Lily Lake, Gionna Carr, Makenna Christiansen and Connor Jacoby

• From Marine, (Emma Kromer

• From Rutherford, Molly Lunn

• From Stonebridge, Bijou Acers, Ellie Capra, Claudia Stow

• From Withrow, Roddy Donovan, Kathleen Pothen

For more information go to

Holiday shopping for mobile devices seminar

Many consumers will have questions about shopping for mobile electronics this holiday season. Which devices should they buy? How can they know if they’re getting a good deal?

Shoppers can get expert adviceat the Lake Elmo Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

Dan Fontana of Mobile-Link Wireless will present an informal but informative seminar about mobile technology today. He will review products, services and apps. The goal is to provide a better understanding of what is available, how the devices work and how to make a wise decision when purchasing.

Topics will include:

• Android vs iOS

• Phones and tablets — differences, app pricing, etc.

• Current promotions and providers

• Apps and features to make life a little easier

• Location-based reminders, notes, voice to text

For more information go to call 651-773-4926.