Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Last Tuesday of the month

The last Tuesday of the month is a very stressful time for me. It is the day (and night) before the paper get printed.

Last night I printed out galley sheets for others to proof. I took them over to Scott Yeazle - our board vice president, Lori Richards, Terry Larson and Wendy Grethen. Sandy Robinson usually helps proof galley sheets too, but she had another commitment. I also email out pdfs of the paper and some people give me proofing suggestions online too. This month Bruce Howell, our board president, has given me a few suggestions by email.

Wendy is paid to proof. And I must say she works very hard for the money. Some have suggested having a proofer be totally volunteer, but I am against that. I know that Wendy goes above and beyond her duties AND she is she is committed and available. When a job becomes volunteer, people aren't always there for you if they have something better to do.

Well, it's time for me to get to an appointment and collect money for a couple more ads.

Let me know if you want to help in the proofing process. Tonight is the very last chance before printing.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Today and tomorow is last chance to get 40% off at Green Mercantile

I love the Green Mercantile. Last month I bought some jeans that fit me perfectly. In our June Hillsider issue they have a back page coupon ad for 40 percent of anything in the store. I haven't cashed mine in yet. I am thinking about refilling my organic shampoo bottle. I need to hustle on down there before June is over.

Tying up loose ends

Today will be a day of tying up loose ends. I still have a couple pages to finish for layout of the July issue.

Some people haven't gotten payment in for their prepaid ads. So I will be tracking them down this morning.

Do you like proofreading? If so, shoot me an email or phone because we could always use another set of eye. This afternoon I will be printing out the 11 by 17 galley sheets.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Layout of the July issue and proofing

Well today I continue to layout the paper.
I'm hoping to include some comics drawn by Donny Morris about Juneteenth. Donny is very talented. I also included a July 4th drawing created by one of the children at Kid's Cafe at the Domiano Center.

I didn't even know Donny drew cartoons until I saw them on his Facebook page. I love Facebook. It can be a sinkhole of time. But on the other hand I have chatted with people who I would never phoned up out of the blue. I don't have to worry that I am bothering someone because they are already online.

Scott and Wendy are helping proof the pages I already have done.

If you would like to help proof just shot me an email.

Tomorrow I will be printing out 11 by 17 galley sheets for anyone who wants to proof the lifesize real thing.

Sometimes goofs are easier to spot on paper than on a computer screen.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Even the Mayor of Thunder Bay reads "The Hillsider

Caption: Members of the Thunder Bay sister city delegation visited Duluth last week. Sharla Gardner, councilor of Duluth's Third District (which includes much of the catchment area of our story base) gave them a tour of City Hall. From left to right is Aldo Ruberto, Thunder Bay councilor at large, Her Worship Mayor Lynn Peterson, (a hidden person) and Sharla Gardner.

I took photos of them in the mayor's reception room and the council chambers. They had oodles of questions about the workings and the details of our city government. It was fun to visit with them. Ruberto is also a writer and invited me to come up for their writers' conference in August:
Here is the information on that conference:

(Edited July 5, 2009. Here is the website for that conference sleepinggiantwriters.com)
August 28 -30
Sleeping Giant Writers Festival
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FWHP (Fort William Historical Park) is proud to host the Sleeping Giant Writers Festival! Join authors from across the country in this celebration of literature! Register for workshops, take part in free readings by celebrated authors.

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Organic hair care on London Road

Lisa Casperson cuts a customer's hair at her new shop located at 1427 London Rd. She dubs herself, "The Wizard of Wash 'n Wear Hair".

On Wednesday I decided to walk to my chiropractor appointment which is on London Road. When you walk you really see more things.

On the walk back I stopped by to visit of London Road Party Express. I spoke to owner/manager Cathy Kortesmaki. We talked about the public meeting for London Road which was scheduled for that night. (I didn't attend.) One thing we both agree on is that a stop light is needed at 17th Avenue East so that pedestrians get across the street and onto a little know lakewalk access.

Well, I DID cross the street and what did I see but a sign that said "Wizard of Wash and Wear Hair" and "organic products" for hair care. I'm all for that. In the July issue there will be a Biz Buzz blurb story about Lisa Casperson"The Art of Hair" located on 1427 London Rd.

(The only person I knew who is doing organic or natural hair care is Adeline, (who I go to). She is on the 1300 block of First Street.)

Her husband Carl Casperson has the space upstairs and has his business, Lakewalk Bookshop. He was busy painting when I was there.

Watch for their blurb and an in the July issue.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Watch for Harleys 1,200 motorcycles in Duluth

2009 Minnesota State H.O.G. Rally Parade Route

Lineup for the Harley's will be on Railroad Street from 5th Avenue West to Garfield Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. The parade of approximately 1200 motorcycles will start at 6:30 p.m. Be prepared for traffic delays along the parade route.

London Road closed at 1100 block on Saturday

Traffic Advisory:

Rhubarb Festival

Saturday, June 27, 2009

9:00 a.m. to 4:p.m.

The 1100 block of London Road will be closed to traffic starting at 6:00 a.m. this Saturday, June 27, 2009, for the set up of the Rhubarb Festival. The event will be held from 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm. The road will reopen by 5:00 p.m.

Watch for officers directing traffic in the area.

Nominate your Neighborhood Hero

I received an email today written by Brendan Hanschen of NHS. Here is what it says:

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Neighborhood Heroes in Central Hillside and East Hillside, as well as Lincoln Park, Morgan Park, and West Duluth. These Heroes will be publicly recognized at the annual "Connecting the Dots" event on Saturday, September 26 at Marshall School, from 9:00 am to Noon.

All nominations are needed by Friday, July 3, and will be voted on at the July 7 combined Hillside meeting (6:00 pm at Grant Rec - 901 E 11th St).
Please contact Brendan at 727-8604 ext 19 or bhanschen@nhsduluth.org if you have questions.


Neighborhood Heroes are leaders, teams, and families who not only use their individual skills and knowledge to do good work, but also engage the resources and strength of the entire community to make a real, positive change.

On blogging and updates

Nicholas Carlson opens his door as Amanda Leppke, an employee of Green Duluth, and Mayor Don Ness, knock on the first door for this program which will inform Duluth residents on how much energy they use and how they can cut energy costs.

Yesterday I took an online blogging course for journalists. I have a couple blogs and keeping them up is a challenge. I am thinking about posting a little bit every day. The leader of the course suggested making the blog much more personal. So I could keep people posted on what the editor of the Hillsider is doing.

Well, yesterday I worked on selling a couple more ads and I went to a press conference about Green Duluth. The July issue will have a story written by John Doberstein about youth ages 18 to 24 who are working to help our town save energy while gaining work experience at the same time.

Today I received an email newsletter from Lois Hoffbauer, she is over at the Farmers Market in East Hillside. She and her husband, Doug, have a cool website named "FarmerDoug.com". I have also added them as a Duluth link on the sidebar.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TV ads really ARE louder

See Al Tompkins blog here.

FCC Moves to Tone Down Loud TV Commercials
Posted by Al Tompkins at 12:01 AM on Jun. 16, 2009 Congress is pressing the Federal Communications Commission to do something about loud TV ads, the kind that seem to scream at you through the TV screen. The government may act soon, but broadcasters may act sooner.

McClatchy Co. reported

"Currently, TV ads can't be louder than the loudest peak in a show, said David Perry, the chairman of the broadcast production committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies in New York. Ads often seem louder to viewers, he added, because a program's volume peak rarely comes just before an ad.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Lief Erikson Park Movies in the Park season opens with Leatherheads"

Caption: On this night in 2008 the park was filled with happy film goers of all ages. Thousands of people flow to Lief Erikson Park every Friday in the Summer to see free movies on the big screen (Photo by Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff)

Movies in the Park season opens with “Leatherheads” Lief Erikson Park-Friday, June 19th

From lovable pandas and venturing hobbits to Superman and exotic travel, don’t miss out on this summer’s line-up of free Movies in the Park held in Duluth’s Leif Erikson Park. Twin Ports Outdoor Movies and the City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division proudly begins their fourth summer season on Friday, June 19th bringing to life one of our area’s premier summer activities. Just grab a blanket and join family, friends and neighbors and sit back, relax and enjoy the show under the stars.

Leatherheads kicks off the 2009 movie season that begins June 19th. Each movie starts approximately fifteen minutes after sunset and sparkles on a mammoth 40X20 foot outdoor screen.

2009 Movies in the Park Schedule
June 19-Leatherheads-PG-13 begins at 9:05 pm

June 26-Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade-PG-13 begins at 9:07 pm
July 3-Superman-PG begins at 9:02 pm
July 10-Kung Fu Panda-PG begins at 8:59 pm

July 17-Men in Black-PG-13 begins at 8:53 pm
July 24-Journey to the Center of the Earth in "3D"-PG begins at 8:46 pm
July 31-Iron Man-PG-13 begins at 8:38 pm

August 7-Sixteen Candles-PG begins at 8:28 pm

August 14-Harry Potter “The Prisoner Azkaban”-PG begins at 8:17 pm

August 21-Lord of Rings “Return of the King"- PG-13 begins at 8:05 pm

August 28-Madagascar-PG begins at 7:53 pm

This one-of-a-kind outdoor cinema experience is open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets and folding chairs for comfort. Food and beverages are available on-site; alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Leif Erikson Park. Parking is limited, please consider walking.

For information on upcoming showings or weather cancellations, call Twin Ports Outdoor Movies - Hotline at 715.392.3480 or log-on to twinportsoutdoormovies.com.

Lift Bridge to resume nighttime closure

The Aerial Lift Bridge rehabilitation project will resume temporary nighttime closures for three nights, from June 16, 2009 through June 18, 2009.   

The bridge will be placed in the up position from 1:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. during the closure period.  The bridge will be opened to vehicular traffic on the hour (2:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m., and 5:00 a.m.,) to clear any waiting traffic.  Additionally, the bridge will operate one-lane traffic between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  This closure is necessary to complete structural steel rehabilitation work.  

Monday, June 08, 2009

Naomi celebrates three years with "The Hillsider"

Top Photo - First row: Claudie Washington - board member and Naomi Yaeger - editor/general manager. Back row: Rick Sailstad - fiscal manager and Scott Yeazle - vice president of the board

Middle Photo: Wendy Grethen - proofreader and moral support and Naomi Yaeger

Bottom Photo: Terry Larson (Naomi's husband), Naomi Yaeger, and Terry Brown (Wendy's husband).

Hi Everyone!

I was surprised tonight during a regular meeting of the board when friends Wendy Grethen and Terry Brown popped in with an ice-cream cake to help me celebrate three years as editor/general manager of "The Hillsider".

Wendy mentioned that its a feat to publish 36 continuous issues of the paper. I am proud and happy to celebrate this milestone. I give Wendy lots of credit as more than just a proofreader, but a someone to depend on for moral support and to help out when the going gets rough. When I had ill family members and needed to be out of town, Wendy took the paper to the printers and helped make sure it got distributed.

I enjoy my role and look for to many more issues.


P.S. See post 2 years ago.