From the desk of the editor

Welcome, Wendy!

With this issue of the Bugle, we welcome Wendy Holdman as our new graphics coordinator. She takes over from Steve Parker, who retired at the end of May after 17 years with this newspaper.

Wendy brings a wealth of experience to the Bugle. In the past 35 years, she has worked in publication services, concentrating on book design, composition, print management and customer service for such clients as the Minnesota Historical Society Press, University of Minnesota Press, Living Justice Press, Redleaf Press, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Quatro Publishing Group, and Ramsey County History Magazine.

From 2011 to 2017, Wendy contracted with Pearson VUE to coordinate pick-up/repeat print advertising and do layout and design work on other collateral material such as catalogs.

Other publishers that Wendy has served include Graywolf Press, Faber & Faber (Boston), Milkweed Editions, Hungry Mind Press (later Ruminator Books), Cowley Publications (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and several other small publishers and self-publishers.

In the coming issues, look for Wendy to help me make some design tweaks to the Bugle.

Delivery problems

Since taking the helm last September, I have encountered the bane of all Bugle editors: delivery problems. Readers who call to complain that they have not gotten their newspaper either that month or for two months or longer.

We are aware of the problem and have been working hard to try and rectify the situation. We have a responsible delivery firm, but the owners are constantly facing a steady turnover of carriers. A committee from the Bugle board is studying the situation. We will report back when we have a new plan of action.

Dean of the Used Book Sale

Credit Susan Dean for being a key behind-the-scenes source in planning and organizing the successful St. Anthony Park Library Book Sale, which is held in conjunction with the annual St. Anthony Park Arts Festival. She has been the library’s book sale organizer since 2011, coordinating the work of some 30 volunteers. She also had a big assist from Cindy Anderson.

“I love the library,” Dean, an English teacher at Normandale Community College, told me. She first got involved with the book sale, as a helper, some 20 years.

Dean said the book sale raised about $7,500 this year for the SAP Library. “We only sell books that are donated,” she said, “The neighborhood provides us a lot of good material.” For Library and book lovers, it’s a win-win situation.

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