Introducing the neighborhood newsletter now in your inbox with live links...and a work in progress
Martha Mason, 2143 Folwell, teaches Karen refugees from Burma at Fairview Alternative High School in the Fairview Community Center. Her teenage students badly need boots and outerwear for this weather and would gratefully accept gently-used items. There are donation boxes for outerwear at the Fairview Community Center, 1910 County Road B. Alternatively, neighbors can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all Grove photographers - hobbyists or professionals - the home page is being updated. The webmaster needs new seasonal exterior shots of a variety of homes in the Grove. They need to be in digital format and framed horizontally. For more information, contact: email@example.com
The 2011 UGHA officers put updating the homeowners association by-laws on their agenda this year. Vice-president Kevin Silverstein will lead the group, please contact him if interested in helping revise this fundamental document to the association's operations.
The U's Center for Outdoor Adventure (COA) realized one of its visions this year - a x-c nordic ski center at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Larpenteur - no doubt aided by the season's whopping snowfalls. The COA plans to partner with the recently relocated headquarters of Finn Sisu (Eustis @ Larpenteur) to create a rental shop and charge for trail use. It is groomed and tracked for both skate and classic skiing. Park in the lot between the clubhouse and driving range.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2011 dues campaign. Secretary/treasurer Michelle Hallaway collected from 99 out of 103 households, just over 96% at publication time. Michelle took advantage of the December Saturday blizzard and bravely door-knocked on a captive audience - woo-hoo to Michelle!
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Julia Loupe with Damon
Anderson and daughter,
Adelaide, 8, moved into her mother's former home
- the late Stefanie Dojka (d. July 2009).
Mike and Susan Bougie
(pictured right) bought the home of Toni Middleton and Dan Detzner. They formerly lived in the
North Como Lake neighborhood. Their children attend St. Anthony
Elementary: Remi, 11; Josephine, 9; Roen, 6; and preschooler Brahm, 5.
Ioannis "Yianni", born
March 26, 2010 to Joanna Giforos and Stergio Roumeliotis. Congratulations!
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On the homeowners web page, you'll find a drop down link to the new message board for Grove residents who want to communicate with neighbors online to:
- share a resource
- organize a group
- find someone or something
- give away an item
- post lost or found items
- recommend a service
In 3 easy steps you're able to post a message. Once you are registered, you will have to check the Forum for updates, there will be no notifications sent for new messages posted.
Of the free online message boards evaluated, ravelly.com:
- has no popup ads except the banner above (nothing is free)
- archives up to 300 threaded-style, searchable messages
- is hosted on an offsite server
- is a spam protected, safe and secure forum
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The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) approached the Grove homeowners
association about doing an interior tour of selected styles of Grove
homes for next summer. The interior tour idea evolved from the sold-out
interest of MNHS members who went on (or wanted to attend) MNHS's fall
2010 Twin Cities' mid-century modernism architecture trolley
tour that featured Grove home exteriors. Last fall's tours sold out
very quickly. Grove resident and architect,Terri Cermak, will be the
neighborhood coordinator and contact for our event.
Here are the tentative details:
- Proposed date: Saturday, June 18 or June 25, 2011
- MNHS will bring two trolley-guided groups each through the Grove at 9
a.m-noon and another at 1-4 p.m. Each trolley seats 20-30 people with
potentially 120 tickets available in total.
- The MNHS guide will provide general information about the Grove,
architecture history tidbits, and the architects featured in the
- MNHS will set aside tickets for residents at the member rate
(tentatively $25), available on a first come/first served basis, up to
two weeks prior to the event; any unclaimed tickets will be released to
the general public i.e., MHS members - the fall mid-century modernism
architecture tour sold out to MNHS members.
- At each stop, the guide will introduce the home and in some cases
turn the interior tour over to the homeowner, but in other cases,
continue the tour into the home, depending on the homeowner’s level of
comfort with public speaking. In all cases, one to two MNHS volunteers
will be along to bring up the rear on each tour and provide security.
- Homeowners whose homes are on tour will be be given free
admission to attend the rest of the tour.
- MNHS and Terri Cermak are hoping for five to six homeowners to
participate, each tour would spend approximately 20 minutes in each
home. Homeowners would have to commit to opening their homes, and a
preliminary interview with tour coordinators to collect historic
information on each participating home. This will be mostly to see what
homeowners have for research materials, and to get a few quotes and
tidbits about their experience buying and living in the home.
- MNHS will donate $250 to the UGHA to compensate for Karen Kloser and
Terri Cermak's time in coordinating the tour.
- MNHS will buy booties for people to wear and/or specify that they
should wear slip on shoes.
- MNHS will market this tour event through their member quarterly
brochure (which mails to approximately 20,000 members statewide) and a
press release, which may or may not get picked up by some local papers.
- We hope to receive interest from a variety of owners/house styles in
response to this announcement. Otherwise, Terri will contact and invite
homeowners to consider their homes for tour. If you are interested in
having your home on tour, please contact Terri: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Read the Grove e-news for future updates about the tour.
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Marie Minervirni, 2135 Hoyt, reported her a '98 Honda Civic stolen from her driveway between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. on Oct 4-5, 2010. The vehicle was locked and near a lighted lamppost.
Marcus and Janet Keel, 2273 Folwell, had both their unlocked vehicles in their driveway trespassed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. on October 12-13, 2010.
Patricia Pickrel wrote her mother, Natasha Kadick Pickrel, 88, died on January 10 encircled by her beloved children. She lived at 2129 Hoyt in the Grove for nearly 50 years, and missed it every day when she moved about seven years ago. She grew up in The Plains, Virginia and graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredricksburg. She earned a Master’s Degree, embarked on a Ph.D. and taught Russian in the Slavic Languages Department at the U, all while raising four children. She later taught courses at the Minnesota Business College and, after she retired, she read books to be recorded for the blind and assisted Russian immigrants. She was known as a sharp wit, a dedicated friend, an expert grammarian and a lover of literature and travel. Her husband, Luther Pickrel, was a veteran of World War II and associate dean of the Graduate School of the U. She is survived by her four loving children: Patricia Pickrel of Princeton, NJ; James Pickrel, of Berkeley, Calif; Natasha Poppe of St. Paul, and Steven Pickrel of Minneapolis, and her four adored grandchildren: Andrew and Daniel Gentile and Elizabeth and Marina Pickrel. A celebration of her life by those whom she touched will take place on February 19 at 11 a.m. at the University Club of St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity dear to her, www.GreaterDonnelly.com, Doctors Without Borders, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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