My response is an effort to clarify the misleading and unstained assertions included in Ms. Stanton and Mr. Hyland's previous letters.
It has long been my view that the South Washington County Bulletin and Woodbury Bulletin should be combined. School District 833 includes schools in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Newport, and St Paul Park, and the youth can be moved around in those schools. There are even families with children in both Cottage Grove and Woodbury schools.
Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience will perform in concert on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts, sponsored by Hudson Neighbors magazine. The eight-member ensemble is a rare newcomer to traditional pop by fusing a big band spirit with an inventive edge, riskier than Bublé and more modern than Sinatra. Johnson's compositions have been an integral part of more than two million independently sold albums. He has conducted hundreds of high school and collegiate vocal master classes and has performed more than 2,500 shows.
During my sophomore year of high school, my mother and I moved into a new house on the edge of town. Surrounded by thick bushy pines and nestled on a three-acre chunk of land, the amenities of the yard made up for the fact that it was right off the highway and that our nearest neighbors raised sheep in their basement.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.
The Hudson Hometown Music Fest offers a day's worth of local and area talent at the fourth annual festival Sept. 8. The free family-friendly day of music will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU, east of Hudson. The event will showcase talented musicians in the Hudson area with bands including Boondoggle, The Buck Tucker Band, Laura & the Lagerheads, Trandy Blue, Dog of Roq Denny Cooper, Truth & Rumors and Boondoggle Unplugged. The music schedule includes country, blues, folk, classic and current rock and roll.
Auditions for new members of the 2018 Phipps Festival Chorus will be held 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the music studio, and 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the River Room of The Phipps Center for the Arts.
"A Nice Family Gathering," a poignant comedy by Phil Olson, will be performed Sept. 7-23 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The Phipps Dance Theater will present "Hooray for Hollywood" Aug. 17-26 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts. The show will highlight films such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Singin' in the Rain," "Saturday Night Fever," and "La La Land." Influences include Charlie Chaplin and Busby Berkeley, as well as appearances from Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple and Fred Astaire.
"Cinderella: A Dream Come True," by Kristi Cunningham, featuring summer camp student actors in grades 5 and 6, will be performed Thursday, Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m. (sold out), Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. This is the classic re-telling of the rags-to-riches fairytale of a young girl forced to live with her cruel stepmother and her equally cruel daughters. The cast consists of: Ella Bitzer, St.