The recipients of Northeast Youth and Family Services 2015 Service to Youth Awards. From top left, Jack Marchiafava, Robert Madison, Aleksander Westlund, Dr. John Thein, Patricia Bentley, Marre Jo Sager, Cheryl Wason and Isaac Tuma. (photo courtesy of NYFS)
Each year, Northeast Youth and Family Services honors people in the area who demonstrate a commitment to the community and the young people who live within it with its Service to Youth Awards. NYFS President and CEO Jerry Hromatka says there's a simple reason why.
Andy, Jim and Matthew Richards love making barbershop harmony. (submitted photo)
What could be better news to a father and longtime barbershop singer than to have his son and grandson announce they were joining him in singing?
That's what happened a few months ago to Jim Richards, 89, of Roseville, who found out his son Andy, 57, of New Brighton, and grandson Matthew, 29, of Blaine, were joining his barbershop chorus, the Minneapolis chapter of the Commodores.
Around a dozen Edgerton Elementary 4-5-6th-grade choir members made a surpise caroling visit with Cecilia Gresback, a 97-year old Maplewood resident Dec. 16. Next, the singers were off to the Maplewood Mall for a singing engagement. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Carolers sent from across the country
The scene: following a fresh sprinkling of snow, 14 young carolers from Edgerton Elementary School file into Cecilia Gresback’s living room, filling her Maplewood home with song and good tidings. The 97-year-old rocks her chair back and forth and claps her hands, keeping tempo with the carolers as they sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” with a keyboard accompaniment.
Her daughter, Rita Shor, sitting by her side, can hardly keep her eyes dry.
Officer Ryan Weber was one of many Roseville police officers who helped local children buy gifts for their families for the holidays through the department’s “Shop with a Cop” program. (submitted photo)
The Roseville Police Department helped spread a little cheer this year to several Roseville families through its annual “Shop with a Cop” program.
Five members of the Roseville Fire Department recently took part in a crude oil by rail emergency response training in Pueblo, Colorado. (submitted photo)
Last week, the Roseville Fire Department sent five firefighters to Pueblo, Colorado, to the Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) for a three-day emergency response training session on crude oil by rail.
Despite the cold weather and fresh snow, the dedication ceremony for the Little Canada Veterans Memorial was held at the site of the memorial on Little Canada Road near Round Lake on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Veterans Memorial Committee Chair Rocky Waite, who has been responsible for overseeing the project, spoke at the ceremony, as well as a representative of U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum's office. Many other local veterans and officials were in attendance.
The Veterans Memorial in Little Canada features three flag poles, benches along a nearby path and dedicated paver bricks.