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Stewart Soccer Field “Kickoff” Grand Opening Highlights Vast Field and Program Improvements

By MPRB and Harvey Winje

Phillips Community soccer playing youth and adults, Hennepin County, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) celebrated the completion of work on Stewart Field with a Grand Opening celebration, complete with music, balloon artists and face painters, Thursday, May 19.

In the culturally diverse Phillips Community of south Minneapolis with more than 7,000 youth*, the availability of a durable and high quality soccer field is essential. Stewart Park at 2700 12th Avenue was hard and worn from overuse. In the Fall of 2010 it was totally renovated including synthetic turf that will improve safety, reduce potential injuries and withstand high volumes of repetitive use with funding from a Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant.

*[See “Phillips’ Youth petition helped create the new Stewart Park Soccer Field” Alley Newspaper, June 2011, page 7]

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Focus on Mental Health in the Backyard

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center

Community residents participating in the Backyard Initiative have identified “mental health” as one focus for their work to improve the health of all residents. At their past few monthly meetings, members of the Community Commission on Health and Citizen Health Action Teams (CHATs) of the Backyard Initiative (BYI) have been discussing which health condition all the CHATs would work on together. Community members have named many different aspects of mental health, such as stress, depression, and chemical dependency as having a significant impact on overall health. In the community health assessment conducted in 2009, the top health conditions that residents reported experiencing in the last five years were stress (51%), depression (21%), and high blood pressure (21%).

The BYI is a partnership between Allina Health Systems and the community surrounding Allina headquarters (the four neighborhoods of Phillips, Central, Powderhorn Park, and Corcoran) to develop ways to improve the health of the community. Resident-run CHATs are now implementing their health strategies and are accountable to the Community’s Commission on Health, a group of primarily community residents who are also members of a CHAT.

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Upcoming events at the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Unveiling of Restored Grand Entrance Gate of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery May 17th 3 PM

The Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery’s restored front gate and first of other sections will be commemorated with an unveiling on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 3 p.m. Join Mpls. Council Member Gary Schiff, friends and family members of those buried in the cemetery, and a host of people who have worked so hard on this restoration project. 553 pickets have been adopted at a cost of $30 a piece. Thanks to everyone who has contributed thus far. For more information on donating see page 4.

Asa Clark Brown Honored by Daughters of the War of 1812. May 30th 9 AM

On Monday, May 30, 2011, at 9 a.m., the Minnesota chapter of the Daughters of 1812 will dedicate Mr. Brown’s new marker. Everyone is welcome. Please join us in honoring Asa Clark Brown.

142nd Memorial Day Celebration At Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. May 30th 10 AM

Monday, May 30, 2011 marks the 142nd time that Memorial Day has been observed at the cemetery. At 9 a.m., the Minnesota Daughters of 1812 will dedicate the new military marker for Asa Clark Brown. The traditional Memorial Day observance will take place at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m. there will be a history talk followed by an optional tour. All Memorial Day events are free and everyone is welcome.

Preserve Minneapolis. Walking Tour of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. June 10th 10 AM

On Saturday, June 10th, at 10 a.m., Preserve Minneapolis will sponsor a cemetery walking tour. The tour will take about an hour and a-half and will take place rain or shine. The cost is $5.00

 

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Asa Clark Brown-Sawyer, Carpenter, and Veteran from the War of 1812 Seven children and three grandchildren served in Civil War Union Army

Asa Clark Brown-Sawyer

By Sue Hunter Weir

The War of 1812 is one of those subjects that most of us studied in high school but would be hard pressed to explain to anyone else. Part of the reason is that it was less of a war than a series of skirmishes that ranged from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. We might remember that the British burned the White House, and that Dolley Madison was forced to run for her life having had the presence of mind to take a painting of George Washington with her. We might also remember that Frances Scott Key was inspired to write the Star-Spangled Banner after watching the British Navy bombard Fort McHenry.

During the War of 1812 many soldiers were drafted to serve in militias, and the practice of sending a substitute to serve in one’s place was not uncommon. One such substitute was Asa Clark Brown, who fought in place of a man whose last name was Thomas, first name unknown. In September of 1813, Asa Brown enrolled in Captain Adams’ Company of the New York State Detached Artillery. He served until November 9, 1813, when he was given an honorable discharge.

He married Elizabeth Reynolds sometime between 1810 and 1815. They had four children. It is likely that Elizabeth died sometime between 1822, when their last child was born, and March 8,1832, when Mr. Brown married his second wife, Eleanor Huppenan. Asa and Eleanor Brown had five sons.

By 1826, Asa Brown was co-owner of a saw mill in Venango, Pennsylvania. Sometime before the 1860 federal census was taken, Asa Brown and several of his children had moved to Richfield, Minnesota. The census listed his occupation as carpenter, and his net worth as a comfortable, though not wealthy, $275. During the Civil War, seven of Asa Brown’s sons and three of his grandsons served in the Union Army. Mr. Brown lived long enough to see all of them return unharmed. He died on March 7, 1866, from pleurisy at the age of 73 years, 4 months and 23 days.

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Volunteers honored for contributions to Minneapolis parks


Minneapolis Park Board Honors its volunteers

By Angela Schneider

If it wasn’t for the thousands of volunteers who selflessly donate their time and talents, the Minneapolis Park System would not be as successful as it is. Their contributions range from gardening and coaching to starting a neighborhood festival and playing vital roles in the creation of a new recreation center.

To recognize the essential role volunteers play in the parks, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) presented the Volunteer of the Year Awards at special ceremonies held Wednesday, April 20. Remarkable Volunteer Service Awards were presented to five adults and one group. The Rising Star Award was given to four youth.

All honoree contributions embody one or more of the themes set forth in the Park Board’s Comprehensive Plan including, Environmental Stewardship, Community Engagement, Recreation that Inspires, Safe Places, and Vision and Leadership.

REMARKABLE VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

Each recipient of the Remarkable Volunteer Service Award received an art piece created by a local artist, and a donation of $500 to the park program where they serve as a volunteer. Funds will be used to enhance programming, purchase needed materials or supplies and launch innovative ideas. The award recipients are Amos Deinard in Kenwood, Brad Pass in Phillips, Jessica Hill at Lake Hiawatha Center, Rodney Lossow in Longfellow, Steve Young in Fulton Neighborhood and Pershing/Linden Hills. and the Youthline Gang Prevention Program mentors in Folwell, Hawthorne, Jordan, and McKinley Neighborhoods.

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“Growing in the Backyard” Citizen Health Action Team The Community Commission on Health Approves a New Project for the Backyard

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center

On April 7, 2011, the Commission on Health approved the Family Garden project of the Backyard Initiative’s Growing in the Backyard Citizen Health Action Team (CHAT). The CHAT stated in their proposal to the Commission: “This project will empower Backyard residents to produce their own healthy foods, increase connections to the local food system, and increase each family’s understanding about how the food system works. Families participating in the Family Gardens project will actively take responsibility for creating and maintaining a series of gardens throughout the Backyard. These activities will also increase a sense of belonging and community for each family.”

The Commission on Health, a group composed primarily of residents who live in the “Backyard” – in Powderhorn Park, Central, Corcoran, or one of the four neighborhoods in Phillips – meets every month at the Cultural Wellness Center. The Commission first met in February 2010 to put community residents at the center of the Backyard Initiative, a partnership between Allina and these communities. Its work is to monitor the health of the community, build the community’s capacity for taking responsibility for its own health, and support efforts to maintain and improve the health of Backyard residents. The Commission gives guidance and support to community residents who work together in Citizen Health Action Teams (CHATs) on projects that will lead to greater health for all community residents.

The members of the Growing in the Backyard CHAT told the Commission that their project is addressing the lack of access to affordable healthy food for families by helping people to overcome the barriers to growing their own food. In the health assessment conducted in 2009, 97% of Backyard residents interviewed said that affordable locally grown fruits and vegetables were very important to them.

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May Phillips What Where

Guess What and Where this is and get a chance to be in a drawing for $10. Gift Certificate to Welna Hardware on Bloomington Avenue.

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May Programs at the Franklin Library

By Erin Thomasson

Children’s Programs

Celebrate Children’s Book Week. Fri. May 6, 4–5 pm Grades 2-5. Join us for special children’s stories. We will read some of our very favorite children’s picture books.

Waxbarasho iyo Ciyaar Caruureed Af-Soomaali ah/Somali Play and Learn
Fri. May 6 & 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Preschool-grade 2. Dhammaan caruurta ka yar da’ dugsi. Ka soo qaybgal sheekooyin caruur, heeso iyo hawlo waxbarasho. Join us for stories, songs and activities. *

Family Storytime
Wed. through May 25, 10:30–11 am. 2 and up. Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement with your children.

Sheeko Caruur Af-Soomaali ah/World Language Storytime: Somali . Tue. through May 31, 6–7 pm. La wadaag bugagga, sheekoyinka, jaan-gooyada maansada iyo muusikada Soomaalida. Age 2 and up. Experience the world in other languages. **

Kids Book Club
Fri. May 27, 4–5 pm
Grades 4-6. Join other kids to talk about a great book! No pre-reading required. We will read a book and discuss.

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Taking Root

By Margaret Shields

Taking Root is a beginning gardener class series for new gardeners interested in growing their own food. This 6-class series takes place in a community garden in East Phillips, and brings you through an entire growing season in Minnesota, with a class held approximately once a month between May and October. Cost: $30 for the whole series! Pre-registration required.

Class Topics: Garden Planning and Gardening Basics Early May Transplanting, Mulching and General Garden Maintenance Early June Planting for Fall, Crop Rotation and Harvesting Techniques Mid July Height-of-Summer Trouble-Shooting Mid August Late Summer Harvesting, Fall Planting and Cover Crops Mid September Garlic Planting, Preparing for Winter, Vermiculture Composting Mid October

About the Instructor: Nick Schneider is a gardener and professional chef. Nick has been a community gardener for 11 years, a gardening instructor for six, and a market gardener for 3 years. His passion for bio-intensive, high-yield sustainable food production has yielded a world of ticks and tips great for beginning gardeners.

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Asa Clark Brown to be Honored by Daughters of the War of 1812 May 30th 2011 at 9 AM

By Sue Hunter Weir

The Daughters of the War of 1812 will place a new marker for Asa Clark Brown, one of three confirmed War of 1812 veterans buried in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. The other two veterans, James N. Glover was honored in 2010 and Walter P. Carpenter, will be honored in 2012. John Carpenter, Walter’s brother, may well turn out to be a War of 1812 veteran as well. If that turns out to be the case, four of the approximately 200 War of 1812 veterans known to have died in Minnesota will have been buried in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery.

Asa Clark Brown, one of the Cemetery’s War of 1812 veterans, has a new military marker. His old marker was placed on his grave by members of the Minneapolis Cemetery Protective Association in 1932. After almost 80 years of wind and weather, the carving has all but disappeared, and it was time. In the next few weeks, his new marker will be installed, and his old marker will be removed and placed flat on his grave.

On Monday, May 30, 2011, at 9 a.m., the Minnesota chapter of the Daughters of 1812 will dedicate Mr. Brown’s new marker. Everyone is welcome. Please join us in honoring Asa Clark Brown.

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