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In This Centennial Year:  Remembering the Village Hall by Sue Orsen/The Victoria Gazette“A lot of life transpired inside the four walls of the Victoria Village Hall these past 50 years, a life worth remembering.  Upcoming demolition of the Hall is scheduled for June 2015.”  Click on Front Page.

The Lions Last Supper at the Village Hall by Sue Orsen.  “The Victoria Lions came into being about the same time as the Village Hall.  Construction of the Hall was completed in 1966.  The Victoria Lions Club was chartered in 1966.”

It Didn’t Rain by Sue Orsen.  “This year Discover Victoria Day was held on Saturday, May 16th.  Cloudy.  Gray.  Damp.  65 degrees.  But it didn’t rain.  Several vendors  Small crowd as usual.  Oh, well.”

No More Pencils, No More Books by Mike Wartman, Former Resident of Victoria.  “Imagine the shock of every Victoria school kid 15 minutes after school was over when we wondered, ‘What will be possibly do for the next three months?’”

Never Say Never But You have to Be Realistic by Sue Orsen.  “City Council, staff, and Planning Commission met May 18th with a panel of six professionals who gave advice, facts, and opinions to help Victoria successfully navigate its competitive future.  The panel had nothing to gain or lose so they spoke candidly and clearly.”

Rejoicing the Return of Rhubarb by Christie Schlueter, Regular Victoria Visitor.  “Nothing is welcomed more in the spring than the return of rhubarb.  My plants are in full production right now.  Here are some tasty ways to serve it.”

Ole and Lena by Sue Orsen.  “The Ole and Lena Vaudeville Show on May 19th at the American Legion  Hall in Waconia was super fun and funny.  Features included The Lefse Boys, the Uber Uffdah Bluegrass Band, and he Scandinavian Minstrel.”

Stepping Down, So Step Up by State Senator Julianne Ortman  “Today I announce that I do not intend to seek a fifth term in the MN State Senate.  After 14 years in the Senate and two years as a County Commissioner, I am proud to have served.”

Victoria’s Library Log by Kathy Perschmann, Carver County Library Director.  “Victoria Library Book Club is a newly formed group that will meet on the fourth Wednesdays.”

When the Hall was the Soul of the City and Lois Boll was the Heart of the Hall by Sue Orsen.  “Lois will be 88 in June.  She lives today in an assisted living facility at St. Andrews Village in Mahtomedi.”

Heading Up to the Cabin by Chuck Freibeg, Up North Cabin Guy.  “Time is quickly moving.  August is my early date for heading up to the cabin to start our retirement adventure.  The Gal wants to keep working till fall, then join me.”

Madmen Should Play Golf by Tom Abts, Deer Run Golf Pro.  “Would I like to watch a real show about golf?  Yes.  Not a ‘reality” show; we already have that with ‘Big Break.’  I mean a fictional series about golf that accurately portrays the people and the factors behind he scene.”

Picking the Mayor’s Mind by Sue Orsen.  Replied Mayor Tom O’Connor, “The number of trash haulers servicing a neighborhood has some very serious implications.  More heavy trucks mean more potential safety issues, more wear and tear on city streets, and increased noise levels.”

Just a Real Good Guy by Tom Stumpf, Cowboy Correspondent.  “It seems that the farther along life’s pathway we get, the more people we see move from mortality to their rightful place among the angels.  Such was the case again this spring.”

Making a Case to Increase the Federal Gas Tax by Randy Maluchnik, Carver County Commissioner.  “In sum, we are trying to run a 2015 transportation system on 1993 dollars that are not being collected at a rate to meet demand.”

Lions Weekend on Calendar by Tom Schwartz, President, Victoria Lions.  “Our next big weekend is our 47th annual Softball Tournament at Lions Park on the weekend of July 19th.”

J. Carver Distillery by Sue Orsen.  “We stepped into J. Carver Distillery in Waconia on May 29th and discovered a whole new world.  The occasion was the Grand Opening of their Tasting Room.”

A Singing Party by Sue Orsen.  “Many of the friends were members of the St. Victoria Adult Choir.  Others were neighbors from Chanhassen, Chaska, Waconia, Mayer, Shakopee, NYA, Victoria.”

Remembering the Fire Hall and City Offices by Author.  “Construction began on October 16th, 1950.  It was completed by May 1st, 1951.  Contractors were the brothers Eugene and Henry Diethelm.  Their bid was $8,710.”

30 Years Ago the Gazette featured Lenny and Evelyn Schrempp in “Living on Borrowed Time.”

20 Years Ago by the Gazette featured Norma Diethelm in “Drink to Me Only.”

10 Years Ago the Gazette featured Evelyn Goldschmidt in “Trying Times, Remembering.”

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The Victoria GAZETTE

June 2015

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