August 28, 2013 Jonya Pacey

I went to the Zumbro River Restoration Project update meeting tonight – it was very informative. Just to bring you up to speed, in 2010 a flood came through town, wrecked the dam, emptied the lake and pretty much left havoc behind along the river here in Oronoco. So tonight was a status update of the restoration project. It’s going to be really nice when done and an economic draw into the area. A walking trail through roughly 80 acres of wetlands, with another 80 or so on the other side of Hwy 52. There is funding for most of…

August 22, 2013 Jonya Pacey

Nothing quite like coffee. It’s slightly bitter sweetness and eye-opening caffeine are needed as once again I reexamine how to a difference in the world beyond that of  just living, just pounding out my own little bit of the pavement. I went through a couple of days of OMG I Survived numbness after GISHWHES and Gold Rush, and then I spent last night cleaning and doing paperwork and declaring that I move on. Last week Random Acts announced that the dates for Endure for Kindness. I think I know what i’m going to do – chemo caps. I envision borrowing…

August 15, 2013 Jonya Pacey

Gold Rush starts filling up with vendors today, and by this afternoon with early shoppers. It’s so much fun! After this coffee, I gotta put my running shoes on and get started with my task list. We have one vendor on our yard this year, and the SCA is returning to demo. I am about done with GISHWHES activities. I have to get some school kids dancing, and I need to be an alarm clock on Twitter for the rest of the week. I also am going to talk to the firemen here about holding someone up over their heads…not…

August 7, 2013 Jonya Pacey

There are two things this next week: GHISWHES and Gold Rush! If I survive them both, I can tackle mountains and rivers and monsters, no problem. I’ll even do it all at once, with skittles and in a kale dress! Then I can work on the next steps of my business and my sewing and all that other stuff, including the really cool website I’m working on for Bruce Crim. More on that soon! I’m pleased to be helping someone create a space for his memoirs and I think you will enjoy his stories. But for now, not a lot of…

July 10, 2013 Jonya Pacey

I met with Lynn Benrud at Tilly’s Bar and Grill this afternoon to discuss Downtown Oronoco Gold Rush Days and how I can be useful during our antique festival here on August 16, 17 and 18. She doesn’t know me all that well and after I volunteered, she wanted to talk about what I liked to do so I can be best matched with the jobs. I was pleased to have a chance to talk about myself – who wouldn’t!? And it was good to get to know her as well. On Wednesday evening, I’m going to help with creating…

June 27, 2013 Jonya Pacey

If I just stay on course, I know I will change the world. I am at that funny half-way place with a couple of ongoing projects that will change my bit of the world to the good, if I’m patient and attentive and ready to leap into action on demand. Sort of like a lab puppy, huh? The land for the community gardens should be clearing starting sometime in July. Oronoco Gold Rush is about six weeks away, can’t do much about that one. I’ve not heard back from the VFW about the fundraising for their new roof. The fiber…

June 19, 2013 Jonya Pacey

Taking a break in learning about how to develop a business plan while spinning up wool dyed at Lilies War to send a ‘Howdy!’ out to the world. And update you regarding some of my projects. The City Council gave the green light to the creation of a FaceBook page for announcements and events. I get to help with that and have promised to handle the training of staff and council who want to take part. I understand that the mayor or designated person will be talking to DNR about sculpting the land for the community gardens, not taking out…

June 7, 2013 Jonya Pacey

  It started at an Oronoco Gold Rush meeting…no, it started earlier than that. Last August, Van walked over and had breakfast at the VFW and said that the people there were very nice. He enjoyed the company. So now here on May 20th, I hear in this meeting that the members of  Post 9647 were planning to get a new roof on their building this year and that they would appreciate a donation from the Oronoco Gold Rush committee. I don’t know if they got it or not or will get one, I just filed it back in my…

May 21, 2013 Jonya Pacey

I was at a Oronoco Gold Rush meeting last night, not as a committee member but just as a community member who is interested in figuring out how I can be useful. I sometimes speak up there; it’s not like Council, where I can’t except for select opportunities during public forum. I do feel that just by showing up, I’m representing all the people who don’t – I am the only non-voting person who regularly does show up. People who are interested in the outcomes of something should show up to the times when there is an opportunity to at…

May 7, 2013 Jonya Pacey

Hi! How are you? I’m good. Busy doing exciting stuff! Like becoming a manager of a WordPress Meetup. Yup, I signed up to organize a local meetup and if you like WordPress and are local to Rochester, MN, you can join me. There are others throughout the world, though, if you aren’t.  The Rochester WordPress Meetup is brand-new, just plunked down the money today, and the rules aren’t pulled together any more than a meeting place, date or time. But that will happen. This is part of some changes in how I spend my off-time. Busy, busy! Two big projects…