Kara Hildreth / contributor
Farmington High School Band's ensemble holiday concert was aptly named "All is Calm, All is Bright." Student musicians performed holiday songs with joy and delight for an audience that appeared to be captivated during the Dec. 20 holiday concert. The bands performed in front of a packed audience inside the recital hall and the production showcased many student-led special lights, effects and all the bands received a standing ovation after the finale song.
Toys for Town in Farmington celebrated 30 years of giving this holiday season. Just two days before Christmas, hundreds of volunteers and new families showed up to wrap toys for boys and girls inside a literal Santa's workshop set up inside Tiger Commons and Farmington High School on Saturday, Dec. 23. Volunteers are given children's ages and have fun shopping inside a toy room set up with all kinds of children's toys appropriate for all ages from birth through teenage years.
This school year Farmington Boy Scouts decided to invest in Eagle Scout projects that are designed to benefit students and staff where each attended grammar school. Each Boy Scout spoke about his projects in a presentation during the Nov. 27 Farmington School Board meeting with fellow troop members, leaders and family present for support. Farmington Boy Scout Reece Torbert led an Eagle Scout project to build a gaming system he calls Wall Ball Wall. Now Akin Road Elementary grade schoolers are busy throwing balls against a cool wall on the playground during recess.
A little boy smiles from ear to ear after he was given a new pair of Sponge Bob Square pants socks. A homeless man was grateful for warm socks to protect his feet from the elements and his worn winter boots that had holes on top. Debby and Stew Shepard of Rosemount are humbled to share a few stories of how their brainchild nonprofit, The Drawer, has made a real difference in people's lives. The Drawer nonprofit was founded as a living memorial to honor the life of Debby's mother Lucy Rozenberg who died in 2000.
City leaders convened to listen to experts offer an outsider's view and advice on how Farmington can move forward in terms of creating competitive economic development. City staff and government leaders attended the Urban Land Institute Minnesota workshop on Nov. 13. The information will be used by city planners creating and revising the 2040 Comp Plan. The plan addresses all areas of future development in terms of parks, open land, economic redevelopment, housing, transportation and a plan to attract commercial and industrial companies and jobs to town.
Customers who shop at Farmington Liquors donated funds that will help local families fill cupboards with groceries from Farmington Food Shelf. "We did another one of our donations drives and it is an annual one we do each October for our 360 Communities Farmington Food Shelf, and thanks to our generous customers we raised $5,972," said Blair Peterson, manager of Farmington Liquor Operations that operates two city-owned liquor stores off Pilot Knob Road and Elm Street.
Illuminations Bath Bomb Boutique is now open in downtown Farmington, a destination to buy popular bath bombs. Shoppers will not find the retro soap on a rope, but will discover the sweet and swanky soaps packaged like truffles, cookies or disguised as festive cake pops. The boutique opened on Small Business Saturday Nov. 25 across from Farmington City Hall at the corner of Spruce Street across from the library.
Craeg Nolan was busy constructing piggy banks in his Rosemount garage and his intentions were to share the banks with youngsters this Christmas. Nolan, 74, built wooden piggy banks for all 13 grandchildren. Then he decided to share his woodworking talent with children getting better or fighting for their lives at Children's Hospital. His goal was to build 50 piggy banks to donate. Nolan died Sunday, Dec. 3, from pancreatic cancer, which took his life quickly.
Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network volunteers delivered cookie baskets to military families Sunday afternoon during the 10th-annual Cookie Walk Exchange.
Ferro Pellicci said the road trip of goodwill to Port Aransas was the greatest experience of his lifetime. The Farmington community adopted Port Aransas, Texas, after the coastal town was torn apart by Hurricane Harvey with high winds, floods and tornadoes that accompanied the tropical storm. A couple weeks ago, a semi-truck filled with cleaning supplies, lumber, windows, doors and small appliances were transported on a road trip of goodwill.