Area briefs: Stillwater senior goes to state History Day competition

Stillwater senior goes to state History Day competition

High School senior Joseph Riehm of Stillwater will represent St. Thomas Academy at the state competition for National History Day Saturday, May 3. His project, in the category of senior individual performance, will be on the founding of the FDA.

National History Day is an inter-disciplinary research project for students in grades 6-12, teaching them to research, analyze and synthesize in-depth information from primary and secondary sources into one of five presentation formats. Students choose a topic that relates to an annual theme, research that topic and present content as a research paper, an exhibit, a documentary, a performance or a website. The 2014 History Day theme is, “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”


Lake Elmo warns of bad pothole season

The city of Lake Elmo, along with public works departments throughout Minnesota, is anticipating above normal damage caused by a lengthy cold season and increased precipitation.

The prolonged cold season brought on an early frost, and with consistent subzero temperatures the frost was driven deeper into the soil, reaching depths of 8 feet in some locations.

With temperatures warming and the spring melt under way, the roads are subject to a continuous freeze-thaw cycle. Experts expect to see more pavement cracking and deterioration than normal.

Beginning this week, Lake Elmo Public Works crews are mobilizing to begin the pothole and patching repairs throughout the city.

To report a major pothole in Lake Elmo, contact the Public Works Department at 651-747-3941 or email [email protected]


Elks brunch April 13

Everyone is invited to the Elks Brunch at the the new Stillwater Elks Lodge at 5880 Omaha Ave. N, Stillwater Sunday, April 13, 9 a.m. to noon.

The menu includes a variety of egg bakes, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, biscuits and sausage gravy, French toast or pancakes, cheesy hash browns, hash browns, fruits, breads, desserts, juice, milk and coffee. Cost: $9 for adults, $4 children under 10, and children under 4 eat free.

The brunch raises funds to support community outreach programs. Call 651-439-5276 to make special reservations. Additional dates are May 11, and every second Sunday following.


Community Thread

The Community Thread Senior Centers of Stillwater and Bayport will be hosting the Washington County Senior Housing and Transportation Fair. This Open House event will be held on Thursday, April 24th from 4:00-6:30pm at Community Thread, 2300 West Orleans Street, Stillwater 55082.

This “one stop shop” will save seniors time and energy when seeking information to meet specific housing and transportation needs.

Finding supportive housing and reliable public transportation program can be challenging, the Washington County Senior Housing and Transportation Fair will help seniors and families of seniors learn about housing and transportation options in their community. Representatives from numerous housing and transportation agencies will be on hand to answer questions, explore options and provide resources for seniors and caregivers. Resource and referral information on in-home care, adaptive equipment and other support services will also be available.

In addition, a “Metro Transit Resources” presentation will be held at 6:00pm by Doug Cook, Customer Advocate for Metro Transit. Refreshments will be provided by Oak Meadows.

Community Thread is a non-profit human service agency connecting people and enriching lives in Washington county and western Wisconsin since 1967. Community Thread programs include the Stillwater and Bayport Senior Center, the Volunteer Center, Transportation and Chore Services Programs, Medical Reserve Corps and the Holiday Hope Program.

For more information on this topic or on any of the Community Thread programs, please contact Karla Bataglia or Sue Schultz at 651-439-7434.