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June/July 2011 Grove E-news
The Grove E-news is published every other month. Previous Grove 2011 E-news are online.

Grove Calendar of Events
Tuesday, August 2
Grove Night to Unite
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. NEW EARLIER TIME
2217 Folwell - home of Sue Hoyt and Steve Taff
Refreshments and snacks
Emergency vehicles visit

Sunday, October 2
Annual Fall Grove Potluck Picnic and Buckthorn Bust
3:00 - 6:30 P.M.
Grove Park
Rain or Shine

Residents are asked to bring a rake, garden gloves and a dish to share. Watch for an e-flyer with more information.

Monday, October 17
Annual Grove Homeowners Association Meeting
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Falcon Heights City Hall
2077 West Larpenteur Avenue

Math, Science or Spanish Tutor available - month of August only
Sara Sheffels, a 17-yr.-old Blake student and granddaughter of Grove resident Pauline Boss, will tutor preteens or teens in math, science or Spanish. Please send inquires to her mother: Dr. Ann Boss Sheffels, month of August only.

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award
Jim Litsheim, 2202 Folwell, was awarded the 2011 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award for his work in historical preservation and restoration by his American Institute of Architecture peers. As a senior architect with the U’s Department of Capital Planning and Project Management, he is currently active in the revitalization of Northrop Memorial Auditorium. He was also instrumental in providing guidance and advice when the homeowners association formally researched historical designation status in 2000.

Georgiou elected to Royal Academy
Tryphon Georgiou, 2098 Folwell, was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences at its General Meeting on June 15.

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New Neighbors
Amy and Serguei Pakhomov (pictured right on the Oregon coast) moved into 1595 Vincent.
Amy is a school-based pediatric occupational therapist and works with school age children to increase small motor and cognitive skills. Serguei is an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy. He has a Ph.D. in linguistics/cognitive science and specializes in measuring effects of medications on cognition.

They previously lived in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. Serguei is originally from Russia and Amy is originally from St. Cloud. They love to travel, skate ski, bike and enjoy books, movies and the outdoors. Serguei runs and has completed 10 marathons. Amy enjoys throwing pots on her pottery wheel. They have a nine year-old Portuguese Water dog, named Bear, who is a certified therapy dog and goes to work with Amy and helps the kids.

Spring Picnic Park Clean Up held June 5
Once again neighbors created a huge pile of debris for the City, who quickly cleared it all away. Congratulations to everyone on another well-attended and productive Grove Spring Picnic and Park Clean Up, and special thanks to event organizers Kevin Silverstein and Karen Kloser. (Photos from the 2010 picnic are on the Grove website and 2011 will be soon.)

In the picture to the right, is my new neighbor Brett Arenz, on right, from the U's plant pathology department, who previously worked for the DNR doing buckthorn eradication. He and his wife, Kate McGough live next door to Paul and I on Burton. His chainsaw-toting accomplice, Mike Bougie, also a new neighbor with his wife Susan on 2267 Folwell, has "logged" many hours removing Buckthorn from his in-laws' seven acres on the St. Croix River.

We uncovered an entire tree being strangled by a Virginia Creeper. Ben Zimmerman, Paul Crowell, and I were on burdock removal. I just love the sound of that taproot snapping... There were so many neighbors of all ages who pitched in: Quinn Waller, Niels and Caprice’s son, uncovered more hostas and other plantings by the playground. Besides pitching in to help, the food and visiting was first rate. It looked like the kids had a lot of fun, too.

Thanks so much for your work, time, and enthusiasm. Another huge pile of buckthorn bites the dust.
-Ann Bechtell, Grove president

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Dr. Phil Raup and his family, lived in the Grove in the house they built at 1572 Fulham from 1954-2009. He passed away on July 21 after a brief illness at the age of 97. He was surrounded by family at Sunrise of Roseville, his home for the past two and one-half years. His wife, Marian, passed away in June 2009. Phil's obituary was published in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press on July 24 and 25.
He is pictured at right while attending the 2011 Grove Spring Picnic and Park Clean Up on June 5.

Interment is on Monday, August 1 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Avenue So., Minneapolis, (612) 822-2171.

The family invites neighbors to write in a guest book created, Dr. Philip M. Raup Guest Book, and join them to celebrate his long and illustrious career at the memorial celebrations.

Grove 2011 Home Tour Update
Due to the state shutdown, the Grove Home Tour was canceled by the MN Historical Society. The tour coordinator, Aleah Vinick, said she would be interested in organizing the tour next year. A huge thanks to Terri Cermak,1580 Fulham, who served as the Grove volunteer tour organizer. A special thanks to the homeowners listed below who offered to open their homes for this event. If other homeowners would be interested in having their home on tour next year, please contact

Lis & Mike Christenson, 2298 Folwell – 1931 Rollin Chapin
Patricia Tomlinson, 1570 Vincent – 1928 Edwin Lundie
Ann Johnson, 1595 Vincent – 1960 Ralph Rapson
Mel Baughman, 1564 Vincent – 1935 Rhodes, Robertson & Roy Childs
Trisha Beuhring & Bob Cudeck, 2203 Folwell – 1954 Close Architects

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Traffic Triangle Perennial and Native Planting
Project Updatetriangle

Regarding the rate of progress for this project, as it is a volunteer effort, it will progress by fits and starts. And like any other construction effort, there is more involved with this project and it will take longer to complete than we think.

The small group of volunteers have put in many hours of planning, discussion, and very hard work. Their hearts and a bit of soul are in the project, and I'm very grateful to them for the work they've done and are committed to completing in the years to come.

This mockup is not an actual representation of species, but all plant and design choices will be based on easy maintenance (i.e., site appropriate-ness), aesthetics, ease of use, and traffic sight lines. The triangle is 575 sq. ft. and large enough for a pathway.

From how the triangle looks right now, with the project just beginning, I have great expectations for it.

If you’re interested in donating plants, funds, or “sweat equity," or have any questions about the triangle planting project, please contact me or the project manager, Rebecca Montgomery.
Thank you.

-Ann Bechtell, Grove president

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9 Neighbors Join The Forum: Grove Online Message Board

• Looking for a golf partner?
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For Sale: 2292 Folwell

Offered at $575,000
Contact: Prof. Ben Senauer or Donna Senauer
651.347.0954 or 651.646.3780
Architect Edwin Lundie, built in 1932

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