I've been thinking about how to make my blog a little more organized/accessible. I realize it can sometimes be a little rambling and perhaps hard to navigate without reading through the whole thing. Not that I want readers to cherry pick only the interesting stuff, I do want you to have to read through all of my musings and reporting, however mundane or off point. That's the prerogative of a blogger, right? To bore, inform or entertain at will.

As you may have noticed, I have titled items now, but I still struggle with volume and worry people look at length and put it aside never to return. So, you might notice some formatting changes or tweaks in the next few weeks as I try to make my missives more digestible for you all. Let me know if you have any ideas on how best to do that, I always appreciate feedback of all kinds.

Speaking of feedback, I did receive some for last week's summary of the Accessory Dwelling discussion at the D12 Land Use committee. There were readers who felt I had been overly supportive of the ADU perspective and some who felt I had not been supportive enough. While I do spend a fair amount of time trying to be as impartial as possible in my screeds, wordsmithing is a delicate art and one I continue to learn. I value any kind of feedback on my abilities or engagement on the issues at hand. Thanks to all who did so.


Happy 106, Dorothy!
Belated birthday greetings to St. Anthony Park Home resident Dorothy Hall McFarland who turned 106 last Friday. There's a nice article in the PiPress and another in the Bugle from her 105 birthday last year. She has led an interesting life.

Way to go, Ellen!
Ellen Purdy, Como High Junior and daughter of neighbors Roger Purdy and Janet Hey, scored a perfect 36 on her ACT test recently. Credit certainly goes to Ellen, her schools (St.AP Elementary, Murray & Como) and, of course, her parents!

Murray, St.AP Elementary Destination Imagination Teams Score Global
Murray had three teams enter last weekends Destination Imagination State-wide competition and two of them won 1st place in their categories and were invited to the global finals in Knoxville, TN. Our elementary school had 4 teams who won top awards and were invited to go to Globals. Way to go!

Avalon Builds Character, Wins Award
Avalon School has won a Minnesota Promising Practices Award from the Synergy & Leadership Exchange for their exemplary character education practices with their students, a very nice recognition for our neighborhood school.

Dubliner Owner Profiled in TC Daily Planet
Tom Scanlon, owner/operator of the Dubliner at University & Vandalia, was the subject of an article in online newspaper recently. The native of County Kerry, Ireland has been at that corner for 30 years and has no plans to leave. His co-manager and wife, Geri Connolly, has helped keep the bar moving forward. Look for an 1952 Jeep to appear one of these days on the corner roof, a project from artist, Erik Peterson.

Thurs. April 17, 4:30-7:30pm - little wine shoppe wine-tasting
Thurs. April 17, 6:30-8:30pm - Tina Feigal will give a talk at Peapods about transforming Challenging Childhood Behavior
Sat. April 26, 9-Noon - Kasota Pond Clean-up
Sat. May 3, 9-Noon - Sunrise Bank parking lot, Shredding Day. Bring your docs to be shredded