Around Town with the Editor

Chub and Darlene Williams are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an Open House on Sunday, August 8th, with an Open House from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Event Center, located at 1760 East 4th Avenue in Shakopee.  There will be a program and light meal. 

Cindy Poppitz and Paul Schindler, both of Chaska, are preparing for a soft opening of their brand new Crossroads Liquor store in downtown Victoria, located in the Fresh Seasons Market building on Highway 5.  Cindy’s husband Bob works behind the scenes doing the design and build-out of the store.  (And, yes, Bob is related to Victoria’s famous Mike Poppitz.  They’re brothers.)  Doors will be open for business in Victoria on Monday, August 9th, and every day (except Sundays) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  “It’s a full service bottle shop with a wide variety of liquor, beer, and wine,” they said.  “We stock our shelves from top to bottom, with wines from $3.99 and upward and whatever the customer is looking for,” they said.  “We’re always willing to order something if we don’t have it.  Customer service makes us unique.  When you walk in the door, it’s special for us.”  And Crossroads will be special in other ways.  “Every Monday all wines will be 10% off,” they said.  “Every Tuesday is Senior Citizens Day.  We’ll have a unique wine rack with great prices.  We’ll have large wine sales three to four times a year.”  They also own Crossroads Liquor in Shakopee these past 11 years.  Welcome to Victoria!

Mary Thun, the  Mayor of Victoria, wears many hats.  During the Victoria Lions Tournament Weekend, she works beside husband David Thun at Lions Park serving hamburgers and brats.  The mayor, whose theme is “Focus on the Future,” doesn’t mind that people are often looking over her shoulder.

Roger and Marge Leuthner of Victoria brought seven of their grandchildren to a Concert in the Park on a warm Wednesday evening in July.  The children behaved like little ladies and gentlemen for the entire 90-minute concert.  From left to right, they are Caleb, Elisabeth, Luke, Lydia, Matthew (on Marge’s lap), Sarah, and Abigail.  They are the children of Dale and Corinne Schmieg of nearby Marsh Lake Road.  Daughter Corinne is the eldest of five.

Daryl and Trina Schmieg and their children Brennan and Victoria came all the way from Narcissus Street to enjoy the Lions Tournament Weekend.

For Lions Weekend (and at other times), Marci Ball returns to Victoria (where she grew up in the Schutz Lake neighborhood) with her family, husband Donovan Collette and their children Kareena, Zoe, Elias, Lily, and Jude.

The Steeple at St. Victoria gets scraped and painted during July 2010 by artisans that fly through the air with the greatest of ease, like men on a flying trapeze.