Leisure & Lifestyle

Fri
16
May

Bathroom organization styles that work smarter - not harder


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Hairdryers, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes and tweezers. Shaving utensils, makeup, styling products and perfumes.
The collection of grooming and beauty tools cluttering the bathroom vanity can quickly overwhelm everything, creating difficulty in finding the tools you need and making the space unusable when you have guests.

Fri
16
May

Put the pro in home improvement with the right painting tools


To make sure your painting project goes as planned, be sure to take a little time selecting the best paint brushes and roller covers for the job. (Submitted photo)

When planning to paint a room, most people spend countless hours selecting a color.
Once that decision is made, they spend far less time selecting paint brushes and rollers.
Many DIYers don’t consider that choosing the right applicators is just as important as selecting the right paint color.

Thu
08
May

City of Roseville notes May as Older Americans Month with proclamation

Whereas: Roseville is home to many residents aged 60 years and older; and
Whereas: Older adults in Roseville are the roots from which our community has grown, who bestow gifts of wisdom and insight upon younger generations and strengthen the bonds between neighbors to create a better place to live; and

Thu
08
May

Spring cleaning? Take time to inventory

Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to not only clear the decks but to take inventory of the valuables you’re keeping. Allstate says a home inventory is one of the most important things consumers can do to get organized and protect their possessions.
In the blink of an eye, your home and all of your belongings could disappear. Do you know what you have? Could you list and describe your possessions in case of theft or natural disaster so they could be replaced?
Many insurance companies have online programs — Allstate has Digital Locker — that can help you check off each of these recommended steps in the home inventory process:

Thu
08
May

New Keller opens new vistas but reflects its past


The new Keller Golf Clubhouse, at 18,800 square feet and already open for special events, is located at 2166 Maplewood Drive and again a familar sight along Highway 61. The renovated golf course is planned to open at the end of June. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The new, spacious kitchen will allow Lancer Catering to be a full banquet facility for weddings and other special events. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Keller Clubhouse, closed in October 2012 and rebuilt, has a large bar and grill lounge. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Pictures of winners will be added above the bar and on the walls. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

A wood staircase leads to the upper level, as does an elevator. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Looking up at the new Keller Lake Golf Course clubhouse as you drive along U.S. Highway 61 in Maplewood, you will hardly notice any differences. It was meant to be that way.
Even the brand new pro shop is located in the same place, and its exterior also appears unchanged.  
I stopped by Keller recently and met with Allison Winters, communications associate with the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department.

Wed
30
Apr

Northern Lights show choir to perform original student-written musical


The Northern Lights is an award-winning show choir from North High which has established a regional reputation for dance, voice and acting. Its spring show is written and produced by students and is a great showcase for their talents onstage and behind the scenes. (submitted photos)

In a recent dress rehearsal, the Northern Lights give their all to a ‘50s number. Onthe floor in front is Brandon Cayetano; behind him, sitting on the stage are Chelsea Ricker, Tony Boyer and Dani Saunders and behind them are Nahi Kablaoui, Annette Klomp, Lexi Scanlon, Matt Weldon, Nikki Waskosky, Mya Hunt and Josie Pieczykolan.

Every May, North High’s Northern Lights Show Choir commemorates the end of its action-packed competition circuit with its annual springtime Extravaganza Show — an original musical theater performance that within a one-month span was written, directed costumed, cast, advertised, choreographed, acted and sung by the choristers themselves.

Wed
30
Apr

Your roof can add color to your home’s exterior


Choosing a roof color that ties in with the overall home exterior can enhance curb appeal. (Submitted photo)

The color of your home’s exterior can really make or break its curb appeal. And experts say that many homeowners are gazing upward to their roofs to make a statement.
“Whether you go with a timeless look or you shake things up with something more modern, the color of your roof can really be an area for true self-expression,” says national color expert Kate Smith of Color Marketing Group and owner of Sensational Color.

Wed
30
Apr

Five quick fixes for big improvements around your home

When it comes to home improvement, you don’t need to do a complete overhaul to make a big impact. A “less is more” approach may serve you better, experts say.
“Sometimes quick fixes are the ones you need most,” says Lou Manfredini, host of “HouseSmarts TV” and home improvement contributor on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

Fri
25
Apr

From global events to local treasures, history has a home in Kansas City


The Kansas City National World War I Museum is housed in the Liberty Memorial.

Grenades and “fighting knives” attest to the bitter fighting of World War I, where soldiers in tunnels or trenches might be blown up, gassed, buried alive or encounter the enemy with barely room to draw a blade in defense.

Dave Hawley sits beside a stanchion from the “Arabia” -- a ship he discovered buried beneath a cornfield.  

This is what the ill-fated “Arabia” would have looked like under full steam as she carried passengers and supplies toward the frontier. 

Keys and all sorts of tools were found in the once-buried Arabia steamship.

Shoes of various kinds appear to have been bound for general stors farther west. As well as personal goods, the “Arabia” was loaded to the decks with “dry goods” to stock stores for the coming season of families traveling to the frontier.

Stockings, someone’s cloak and hat and bolts of material were preserved by nearly 150 years below ground. The reason there were no human fatalities; the “Arabia” sunk while most were on land eating supper, and the rest were able to scramble to shore.

President Harry Truman’s home is in Independence, Mo., just outside Kansas City. The unassuming Midwesterner, who famously “lost” to Thomas Dewey in every poll except the actual Presidential election, returned to his Missouri roots as soon as he could. 

When co-workers asked me why I was going to Kansas City -- as if it were merely flyover country -- I said there is much to see and I’d tell them after my trip. While some seemed skeptical, one piped up that the World War l museum was the best military museum he’d ever seen.

Thu
24
Apr

‘Robot! Robot!’ Make way -- the future’s coming through


Robotics teams have team colors, referees in striped shirts, cheerleaders, mascots and their own devoted fan sections. (photos by Linda Baumeister and Holly Wenzel)

Irondale captain Logan Mildenberger, center, is all concentration as he and Matt Sondrol pilot the 2013 version of the KnightKrawler. The sleek machine can usually be counted on to do its job perfectly; it’s the human element that can play it up

This is what a robotics “pit” looks like when things are going wrong; Roseville FireBears Jonathan Hildebrandt and Sara Rieck reflexively put their hands to their heads as mentor Paul Mann mutters “We’re gonna need a drill press.” Fellow mentor and software engineer Keith Rieck explains that on-the-spot troubleshooting is just part of the learning process. “It’s a big puzzle to figure out ... We’re having some bad luck today, but we’re still having a lot of fun.”

Don’t let your guard down at its smile; this is a “Fighting Calculator,” mascot of the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury. From the Hill Murray “PioNerds” to a team whose uniforms are white lab coats, robotics competitors make the most of their “geek cred.”

Madeleine Logeais, of the Visitation Robettes, first all-girl team in the state, works on the team’s robot in the pit.

Make no mistake: these kids could hot-wire your car, hack its computer system, weld on enough hardware to make it do somersaults and secure corporate financing for the project in the time it takes you to parallel park it.
And then they’d put it on their college application forms.
Because the skills robotics students have learned -- from computer coding to negotiation, welding to presentation skills -- can power some pretty bright futures.

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