Blogosphere minus 1: Goodbye Betsey

Northfield Planning Commission chair and blogger Betsey Buckheit has resigned her post... and is blogging off (includes a list of people she thanks and some suggested to-dos.)

She and her daugher Elizabeth are accompanying husband and dad Justin London, professor of music at Carleton, who is going to Cambridge for a one-year sabbatical on a Fulbright.

PPG will gather to Vigil for Cindy Sheehan

People for Peace

The Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill will come together for a Vigil this evening for Cindy Sheehan as part of a national movement of over 1400 vigils across the country. PPG will join these other groups for a candlelight vigil in support of Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside of President Bush's Crawford, TX ranch. Cindy and hundreds of supporters are camping out as she awaits a decision by the president to meet with her face to face.

The Vigil for Cindy Sheehan will take place from 7:30 to 8pm this evening, August 17, on Bridge Square in downtown Northfield (Division Street and 4th Street). The Center for Sustainable living (333 1/2 Division Street, above Jenkins Jewelers) will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 for sign making and preparations for the vigil. All are welcome.

The Northfield People for Peace and Goodwill is an informal collection of citizens who support the ideals of peace, non-violence, and community
well-being, in the city of Northfield, MN and beyond.

CVRO at Books & Stars tonight

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), a program of the Northfield Arts Guild, will highlight the final 2005 Books and Stars event of the year tonight at 7 pm in Central Park.

A special goodbye to Booker Jim Rossow is planned. See the Friends of the Northfield Public Library website for more on Booker the Bookmobile. See the Northfield entry for more details on tonight's event.

Northfielder Erin Schnobrich, working for Radio Disney 1440 AM, and Eric the Juggler were two of the featured guests at last week's Books and Stars in Riverside Park. A tip of the blogger hat to Kathy Ness, Children's Programming Librarian at the Northfield Public Library for the above photos. Click for larger views.

Carleton bulldozes the Arb

Bulldozers have been at work in the lower part of Carleton College's Cowling Arboretum ["the Arb"], cleaning up an old dump site as part of an oak savanna restoration. Click photos for larger views.

HomeSource moves; Carlson Cap. rehabs

Home Source Mortgage has moved out of the lower level of Carlson Capital Management building and into the old Stone Creek Gifts building on 6th St. behind Tires Plus. CCM president Greg Carlson says that they'll use the extra space to expand their offices.

Tim Goodwin joins the blogosphere

Tim Goodwin, Executive Director of the Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech Charter School) is now a blogger, part of Northfield's civic blogosphere project. (I took the photo of Tim playing guitar at a school event last spring. Click for a larger view.)

From his intro, "Northfield is an exciting town in which to be a leader in the field of education. Northfielders show great passion towards education issues. Because of this passion for education, both in myself and in the community, I am excited to be a part of the community dialogue."

Bloodmobile in Northfield Monday and Tuesday

The bloodmobile for the Rice-LeSueur Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross will be at the American Legion Ballroom, 1054 Highway #3, North on Monday, August 15, 2005, and on Tuesday, August 16, 2005, from 1:00 PM to 6:45 PM on both days. To make an appointment, call Merrell at 507-645-9821 prior to the drive dates. For donor elegibility questions call 1-800-Give Life.

Tours de Nick photo album

The annual Tours de Nick was held yesterday. See all 18 photos in the album.

Center photo, L to R: Ken Sansome, Bill Metz, and Executive director of SAVE, Dan Reidenberg.
Right photo, L to R: Bruce Anderson, Director of RENew Northfield; some biker babe; Erling Jorstad, retired St. Olaf Professor Emeritus of History.

Click photos for a larger view and see all 18 photos in the album.

Northfield City Council meets tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight, 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

See the Council Meeting Agenda page. The entire Council packet, including addenda, is available.

Public Hearing: Police Department accreditation

The Northfield Police Department started the formal process of accreditation over the weekend. See Police Chief Gary Smith's weblog post from Aug. 8.

Three assessors representing the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) are in town to test the department on compliance of more than 600 standards.

There will be a public hearing held by the assessors at 7 p.m. Monday at the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) at which citizens can speak for five minutes in support of the department's re-accreditation.

People also may call 507-663-9303 on Monday, August 15th between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and relay a message by phone directly to one of the assessors.

Tours de Nick

Tours de Nick, the annual bicycle tour in memory of Nick Sansome, will be held today at 1 PM. See the map and more detailed info on the Northfield Bicycle Club's tour page. "This is a casual event and there is no fee to participate."

Northfield Bicycle Club member Bill Metz's book, "Saturday Morning Rides," is available at the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse, River City Books, and at Mike's Bikes (Mike in the photo above) for $10. Proceeds go the the Nicholas Sansome Named Memorial at SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices for Education. The Executive director of SAVE, Dan Reidenberg, is planning on coming to the start of the ride today.

Lansing Hardware announces redevelopment project

Lee Lansing and David Lansing (David in photo above at this year's Home and Garden show) announced today that the west side of the 600 block of Division St. and the Lansing Hardware building will be part of a large redevelopment project. The developers, Beth Closner and Randy Lutz, are partners with Bob and Kate Kuyper for the Lockwood's Opera House condominiums, above the old Jacobson's Department Store. Click the photos and sketch for larger views and see the press release below.

EDA member Tracy Davis has a blog post on yesterday's EDA meeting that includes more on the development. The EDA's website has the developer's letter in Word doc format but here's a PDF version.

Tracy Davis joins the blogosphere

EDA Member Tracy Davis, shown at last week's ArtSwirl kickoff, is now a blogger, part of Northfield's civic blogosphere project.

From her intro: "I've been a Northfield resident for the past fifteen years, and a member of the City's Economic Development Authority for five. My service on the EDA is part of my commitment to the Northfield community... call it a labor of love."

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