Week of February 25, 2013 • Supplement to the Review • Published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers, Inc.

Rossbach Construction: from handyman services to the home of your dreams


“I couldn’t imagine using any other construction company. There is no comparison.”
Pam Harris, Falcon Heights City Council member and Rossbach client
If you want to build it, they will come. Since 1981 Rossbach Construction has quietly built a reputation for quality. They hire people who love their jobs, they use quality materials and they stand behind their work. Their level of service is second to none. Rossbach Construction’s owners — Will Rossbach and Don Hruby— conduct business with the understanding that above all else, customer satisfaction is always the first priority. Clients hiring them quickly discover a level of customer service rarely seen in either the new construction or remodeling fields. It starts with your first phone call to Rossbach Construction. You talk to a real live person, not a machine. And then staff makes sure to show up on time for appointments. “You’d be amazed at the tales we get — horror stories, really — regarding such basic considerations found lacking in competitors,” says Hruby. Rossbach’s clients not only stay happy, but informed. “Customers are kept in the loop with schedules detailing not just our project start dates, but end dates too,” Hruby says. That’s the kind of service that has earned Rossbach a 99 percent satisfaction rating among the customers they’ve polled. And customers keep coming back for more. Falcon Heights City Council Member Pam Harris is one of those repeat customers. She’s hired Rossbach Construction to do several remodels for her. “Rossbach is fantastic,” says Harris. “I couldn’t imagine using any other construction company. There is no comparison.” The 2007 remodel of her home was so extensive, she says, “the only thing left was the front of the fireplace and the floorboards.” Thanks to that remodel, her house was featured in the Remodelers Showcase and can be seen in the June/July 2008 issue of Midwest Home magazine. Harris says the Rossbach bid ranked in the median price range, so with the trust they’d already built up with her, the hiring decision was easy. “I knew I could count on them,” she says. I’ve had them do many things for me, and I feel safe that I can call them if there’s anything I need.” Rossbach’s owners know paying attention to the small jobs conveys the expertise they bring to their major projects. Their handyman services are a no-nonsense way to build brand loyalty among both old and new clients even if the money involved is minimal. Take, for example, the Maplewood woman who tried in vain to find someone willing to fix her doorknob in the height of the building boom. After more than a dozen calls in vain, she called Hruby, who agreed to come out without a moment’s hesitation.

Don Hruby and Will Rossbach Basement before

The payday for Rossbach was minimal, of course. She actually wasn’t even charged. But bringing in money wasn’t the point. She was so grateful for the help that when her son wanted to build a new home, she told him to seek a bid from the Rossbach team. He did, and Rossbach Construction built the home. That’s how a successful company keeps its reputation. That and the fact that Rossbach Construction stands behind its work, not for the industry standard of one year, but for five years. “If you need a doorknob replaced, we can do that,” says Hruby. “If you want a whole new house, we can build it for you. There’s nothing we Basement After won’t do.” know their sterling reputation for quality not only Will and Don also volunteer in their communikeeps them going in boom times when shoddy ty. Will has partnered with Habitat for Humanity firms proliferate, but also sees them through to build sound housing for those in need of adeeconomic rough patches when lesser companies quate shelter and Don participates in a builders quickly vanish. outreach program which helps our injured war “We can’t stress that enough,” says Hruby. veterans fix up and maintain their homes. Will “A customer needs to know that their contractor Rossbach is also the Mayor of Maplewood. will be around when a project’s done, because It is this type of dedication — and the obvious a warranty is only as good as the company that pride that comes with a job well done — that the stands behind it.” company knows will keep customers coming back for more, in any kind of economy. That’s because they’ve been around enough to

over 30 years
“A Tradition of Excellence!”

A family owned business for

Norgard Court Entertainment Room

“We love the ‘extended family’ we have grown to know from our breakfasts, pot lucks and Bingo games. We enjoy the many services that come to our building: beautician, foot care, home care, two monthly religious services, chiropractic, Schwan’s truck, jewelry sales, equipment company selling chairs and walkers, weekly postal truck providing stamps and taking our packages. Even though we both still drive, many residents are house-bound and these bring the world to us.”
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— Leo and Helengrace Bauer Norgard Court residents for four years

Neonilla Paczkowski, a resident at Norgard Court, stands next to one of her paintings displayed in the building.

Independent seniors enjoy stress-free living at Briarcliff Manor and Norgard Court Apartments
here are plenty of reasons why it’s easy to call Briarcliff Manor in Mahtomedi or Norgard Court Apartments in Maplewood ‘home’ — just ask the residents.
“We love it,” says Betty Selchow. “It’s the best place we’ve ever lived,” adds her husband, Don. The couple moved to Briarcliff Manor six months ago from a condo in White Bear Lake. They were ready to trade in the hassles of ownership for stress-free living and everyday conveniences such as heated underground parking and easy access to grocery stores, medical services and local shopping. “Everything we need is close by,” says Betty, noting that best of all, Briarcliff Manor is just a few miles away from most of their family. Briarcliff Manor and Norgard Court Apartments offer quality apartment homes for those age 55+, and both facilities are nestled in peaceful settings with beautifully landscaped grounds. Norgard Court Apartments feature spacious one-bedroom, onebedroom plus den and two-bedroom apartment homes, and Briarcliff Manor offers one-, two- and threebedroom units. Additionally, both Norgard Court and Briarcliff are cat-friendly, and Norgard Court welcomes small dogs as well. Any needed repairs are always done fast, says Don, and members of the friendly, helpful management staff are quick to address all concerns. “Any time we need something, it’s done right away,” he explains, adding that two on-site caretakers are always available if issues pop up. “They come straight over as soon as we call,” Betty adds. Both facilities offer a variety of amenities and special features such as walk-in closets, an exercise room, an on-site beauty salon, a theater, underground parking, controlled security entries, and a community kitchen great for family gatherings. Norgard Court also offers in-unit washers and dryers.


Briarcliff Manor residents Don and Betty Selchow

“A little village”
In addition to the convenience of ownership-free living and variety of amenities, the Selchows say they also enjoy many opportunities to socialize with other residents. Both Briarcliff Manor and Norgard Court Apartments offer regularly scheduled activities such as card games, Bingo, exercise classes, group outings and holiday parties. Bob Johnson moved to Norgard Court Apartments in 2001 after his wife, Leota, was diagnosed with cancer. Johnson said he was going through a difficult time when Leota passed away in 2011, but that he has been able to find comfort in the good company at Norgard Court Apartments. “Everyone here is friendly,” he says. “We’re like a little village here,” adds Carole Arnold, who has lived at Norgard Court Apartments since the building opened in 1999. “You make friends and all of us kind of look out for each other.” Carole, a North High graduate who lived on St. Paul’s East Side for 40 years, says she’s happy she was able to return home to her roots. She leads an exercise class every week and participates in many other activities with her neighbors.

Both Norgard Court Apartments and Briarcliff Manor are nestled in peaceful settings with beautifully landscaped grounds.

A name you can trust
Norgard Court Apartments and Briarcliff Manor are managed by Home Care Senior Services, a trusted property management firm with over 25 years of management and training experience providing senior care management. Home Care Senior Services also offers a 90-unit facility in Faribault for independent and assisted living, as well as memory care. “We are truly about the community and serving the senior’s needs,” adds Home Care Senior Services general manager Karen Tiedens. “We want to make sure seniors in our communities have a place to call home.”

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Find a home at the established community campus of Homestead at Maplewood and the Maplewood Care Center
t’s easy to see why residents of The Homestead at Maplewood say they feel blessed to call it home.
Dana Rossbach, housing coordinator at Homestead, says residents there and at the adjacent Maplewood Care Center keep her in high spirits, constantly laughing. “They have a good sense of humor here,” she says, and the residents and staff are like family. “You can feel that when you walk through here and meet the residents,” Rossbach adds. Residents at this assisted-living facility enjoy comfortable living and activity rooms, and windowed alcoves where they can have coffee, do a puzzle, read or chat. Other amenities include massage therapy, an aviary, a beauty parlor, pool table, chapel, library with a computer adapted for seniors and beautifully landscaped grounds where residents can grow their own gardens. Residents rent their studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments and bring their own furniture, pictures and family mementos to make it feel like home. Meals in the dining room are served restaurant-style, and families and friends of the 65 residents are also invited to dine. Homestead residents are also encouraged to get out of their rooms and be part of the community, Rossbach says. Two full-time life enrichment coordinators set up a monthly schedule of activities that include a residents council, bingo, exercise classes and outings to stores and restaurants. The goal is to help residents maintain connections with their community and have as much independence as possible.


Sense of security
When residents are in their apartments, they have peace of mind knowing their unit is equipped with a button if they need help. Homestead also offers WellAWARE Systems, a noninvasive, smart sensor protection model. Sensors in the rooms and beds collect data on how many times a door is opened, how restless someone is when sleeping, and there’s even a fall impact sensor to alert nurses that a resident may have fallen. “It’s a really amazing system,” Rossbach says, adding that it helps the staff come up with care plans for residents and track progress. Homestead also offers a secured third floor for memorycare residents, with special activities such as music therapy. Next door, Maplewood Care Center provides skilled nursing care, transitional care and memory care. Carl Berg, 83, moved into Homestead almost seven years ago with his mother Minnie Berg, when they both needed more care. Since his mother’s passing, Carl has continued to live at Homestead at Maplewood, and his mother is honored by a memory garden in her name. Carl has friends here, meals are provided, and he enjoys directing morning exercise, playing trivia, Skip-Bo and chess on the computer. When asked why she enjoys living at Homestead at Maplewood, longtime resident Betty Nielson stated, “Not only is this a place I feel safe and well taken care of, but it is the first place where I can truly be happy since Glen passed away.” Residents and their families are invited to the Homestead

Residents Lucy Palumbo (left) and Marion Wallace (right) doing a craft together.

Katheryn Wilke (left), a resident at the Maplewood Care Center, and Samantha Fritsche (right) an activites coordinator at the Maplewood Care Center.

each year for a complimentary Christmas brunch, an Octoberfest celebration and a silent auction fundraiser for this non-profit, faith-based organization run by Volunteers of America. “I love the VOA and its mission for people to receive quality care and to meet their physical, spiritual and emotional needs,” says nurse manager Ardette Fritsche, who has worked at the Care Center since 1979. “We get attached to the resi-

dents and don’t want to leave them,” says Mary Ochecki, a housekeeper at Homestead for more than 30 years. Rossbach says that families continue to visit even after their resident has moved out or passed away. That sense of family and community has kept the place alive after 41 years in Maplewood.

Providing A Community Our Members Are Proud To Call Home.

The Homestead at Maplewood & The Maplewood Care Center
Assisted Living, Memory Care & Short Term Rehab 1890 Sherren Avenue East • Maplewood (S.E. Corner of Hwy 36 and White Bear Avenue) 651-770-3959 • www.homesteadatmaplewood.org

Lifestyles, Friendships, Comfort in a Home-like Atmosphere.

Even more to do at Maplewood Community Center
s the Maplewood Community Center nears its 20th anniversary, it’s only getting better.
If you haven’t stopped in recently, now’s the time to look over the changes and take advantage of a great membership deal. “We just renovated our aquatics center and completely re-equipped our fitness center,” explains Maplewood Parks and Recreation Director DuWayne Konewko. “People are just thrilled with the changes.” And, thanks to a special membership sale running through the end of March, individuals and families can sign up for a three-month membership and get one month free. It’s a perfect way to get to know the center and its myriad of options. Members have free access to more than 80 group fitness classes every week, from aerobics to yoga, water fitness to spinning, and enjoy a discount on a full slate of classes, workshops and trips for all ages. At the Maplewood Community Center, you can: Splash — in the aquatics center’s lap pool, the leisure pool or the hot tub. The young set loves the zerodepth-entry pool with its new “yellow submarine” play equipment, where they can climb inside, peer through a periscope and spray geysers and fountains. The pool’s 120-foot water slide is also a hit. Move — with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment including elliptical cross-trainers, step- and stairclimbers, a spinning studio and more. Just want a place to walk free of ice and slush? The jogging/walking track is a relaxing 11 laps per mile, so you won’t feel like you’re running in circles. Flex — with the latest in machines and free-weight equipment for everyone from beginners to serious lifters. Not sure how to start an exercise plan? All members get a free fitness assessment, a free orientation on equipment and a free personal training consultation to establish a baseline, set goals and get on track! Gather — in any of a range of meeting rooms equipped for groups from business networkers to craft clubs. Enjoy — regional headliners and local groups performing in the theater,


Left, free weights, weight machines and the center’s new Les Mills BODYPUMP sculpting classes can help create a leaner, stronger you. Right, choose from a wide array of cardio equipment in the updated fitness center.

where the curved proscenium stage helps bring the audience closer to the action. Celebrate — in the center’s 5,000-square-foot banquet room, which is becoming a choice spot for weddings. It’s elegant, accessible and hassle-free. Party — with or without the kids! The Community Center is a perfect spot for birthday parties. Bring your own cake or stop at the Subway in the center, feast in a party room and then turn your young guests loose in the gym or pool to burn off some of that energy. Plus this family-friendly center offers drop-in child care with activities that keep the younger set engaged while Mom and Dad work out, meet up with friends or learn something new. It’s all at the Community Center — stop in and take a look!

At the Maplewood Community Center, kids all play in a yellow submarine, with fountains, spray jets and all kinds of other splashing fun.

St. Peter School: where teaching ‘the whole student’ is the goal each day
here can you send kids to a school that offers solid academics as well as the untold benefits of music and art?
Where can you find a school where “the big kids” aren’t scary to the little ones, but partner with them as friends and role models? Where is there a school small enough so that not only does your child’s teacher know her as an individual, but all the teachers recognize her and greet her by name? And where is there a school that models its principles by including all ages in a participatory community, where the lessons aren’t just “on the board” or in books, but acted on all day long? In the north metro, the answer is St. Peter School in North St. Paul. The Catholic pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school is known as an extroardinary preparation ground for students entering area high schools, no matter where their talents and interests lie. “There’s a lot of interest educationally in the STEM format, where schools emphasize science, technology, engineering and math,” Principal Cecelia Crowley explains. “We call our curriculum ‘STEAM’ — we feel the ‘A’ for arts education is a vital component and a complement to the other four.” The mathematical precision youngsters learn as they progress through the school’s string ensemble, choir and band programs; the critical thinking they practice in revising papers and rehearsing speeches and the imagination — and goal-setting — it takes to amass an art portfolio are just a few of the skills St. Peter students develop. Physical education and sports teams are also still in the mix, both as outlets for athletic skill and energy and opportunities to develp teamwork and leadership. The school is already wellknown for its grounding in math and science. This year, St. Peter science faculty obtained a “STEM” grant to have students design toys that could be used in space. Just factoring in the lack of gravity — for instance, a dropped ball won’t bounce — is a test of students’ physics know-how and ingenuity, Crowley says. Parents also appreciate the safe environment at St. Peter. Thanks to its “buddy” program,


Left, kindergarteners and pre-K students especially enjoy lessons crafted to be fun as well as challenging. Right, the St. Peter butterfly garden, which provides study topics from planting to butterfly metamorphosis, won a multi-county landscape and ecology award.

Left, At St. Peter, older kids are “buddies” with younger ones, giving them a helping hand and a “big kid” to look up to. Right, String ensembles, orchestra, band and vocal music are offered as credit and enrichment classes.

where older students mentor younger ones, there’s no such thing as “being afraid of the big kids,” Crowley says. “In fact, you’ll see the youngsters run up to their older buddies and hug them in the hallway. It’s been a great way to increase younger ones’ confidence and older students’ leadership.” Teaching “the whole student”

is the goal each day at St. Peter, and a faculty of Christian educators, most of whom hold master ’s degrees, are committed to that goal. Even the youngest students are encouraged to think and act on their faith, with awareness and service projects that go beyond the walls of the school. “We believe our faith, our sense

of community and our call to serve should be incorporated into all aspects of life,” Crowley explains. From morning prayer through service and outreach projects, she explains, “Children learn to live their faith here.”

Grow your business with Lillie Suburban Newspapers
undreds of businesses advertise with Lillie Suburban Newspapers regularly, says advertising director Tony Fragnito, and for good reason.
“With award-winning writers, photographers and designers, we have a newspaper people want to pick up and read,” Fragnito says. “And with a readership audited in the high 80th percentile, we know our advertisers’ messages are getting through.” Advertising representatives Paul Mock and Holly Koep agree. “We’re a leader in local community news,” Mock says. “Nobody fulfills the community niche like the Review newspapers do.” Mock, a board member of the White Bear Avenue Business Association, and Koep, a board member of the Oakdale Business and Professional Association, say they enjoy getting to know local business owners and helping them grow their businesses. “It’s more than just a business-to-business relationship,” Koep says. “It’s person-to-person.” And though many businesses that advertise with Lillie Suburban Newspapers are locally owned and operated, Koep says bigger corporate clients realize the benefits of advertising with a weekly community newspaper with a seven-day shelf life.


Lillie Suburban Newspapers doesn’t just give readers the inside scoop on what’s happening in their local communities. Its dedicated team of advertising representatives strives to help businesses succeed.
“We can produce our print jobs faster and more affordably for our customers,” Enright adds. “We control the process from beginning to end, and we can now produce a higher quality four-color or singlecolor digital printing.” Lillie Suburban also prints other niche newspapers, such as school newspapers, “and best of all, whatever product a client chooses, their logos, art and copy are all in-house, and they talk directly with the person responsible for making the project happen,” Fragnito adds. “We don’t outsource our design and we don’t have a huge bureaucracy to work through. Our speedy response time keeps the client in charge of decisionmaking.” Visit Lillie Suburban Newspapers online at its recently revamped website, lillienews.com, where you’ll find links to all your favorite Lillie newspapers. Each individual newspaper ’s website now has a new and improved look. Or, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Advertising representatives Holly Koep and Paul Mock agree; “nobody fulfills the community niche like the Review newspaper does.”

Fragnito adds: “Our readers are using our papers to find their grocery ads on a weekly basis. They turn to us again and again.” Lillie Suburban Newspapers will be here for the long term, co-publishers Jeffery Enright and Ted H. Lillie add. The pair are the third generation in a family business than began in 1938. “Our reporters, advertising representatives and managers are familiar faces in our communities,” Enright notes. “People from the newspaper are involved in civic activities yearround, from business associations to development-planning groups, and are doing

everything from moderating political debates to helping build floats.” Another benefit: the variety of services the newspaper offers, Enright notes. “We have a full-fledged print shop and can produce booklets, flyers, inserts, post cards, door hangers, calendars, raffle tickets, newsletters, brochures, envelopes, letterhead, invitations, business cards and more,” he explains. Installing high quality digital equipment has recently allowed the company to increase its four-color, sheet-fed printing capabilities and increase its color capacity.

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The comfort of home is closer than you think at Summit Hill Senior Living
ife can’t get much better at Summit Hill Senior Living, located just off I-94 and White Bear Avenue on St. Paul’s East Side.
The building on Old Hudson Road, formerly a La Quinta Inn & Suites, underwent a year-long $6 million renovation, and Summit Hill officially opened its doors in July. Those who’ve previously been in the hotel likely won’t recognize the building’s interior, which has been completely remodeled to be a warm, welcoming residence. Summit Hill Senior Living offers 115 private units — 82 for assisted living and 33 for memory care. The facility, managed by Southview Senior Living Communities, is staffed 24 hours a day. “Our philosophy here is to give residents the best quality of life possible while helping them maintain their independence and meeting their care needs,” notes Residence Director Dave Salmon. A licensed registered nurse is on site from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on call 24 hours a day. Residents also enjoy plenty of other amenities, including a continental breakfast each morning and restaurant-style service from an in-house chef who prepares lunch and dinner options for residents to choose from. Summit Hill also accepts Minnesota’s Elderly Waiver program as well as private insurance so that more seniors have access to quality, affordable assisted living.


Left, Summit Hill’s community room is a popular gathering spot for residents, with a giant skylight spreading natural light and warmth throughout the room. All the facility’s community living areas, including the dining room, exercise room and library, are centrally located in the building so they’re easily accessible to residents. Right, The dayroom in Summit Hill’s secured memory care wing is a comfortable place for residents to socialize or simply relax. Memory care residents are welcome to participate in all the scheduled activities at Summit Hill as their care levels allow.

Left, Summit Hill offers 115 units -- 82 for assisted living and 33 for memory care. There are no shared units, so each couple or individual enjoys his or her own private unit. Right, Summit Hill residents enjoy getting pampered at the on-site hair salon.

Keeping active, staying close
In addition to a wide range of amenities, Summit Hill also offers residents a plethora of opportunities to socialize and remain active, with activities scheduled regularly throughout the year. Activities Director Megan Fernlund notes there’s a diverse

selection of organized activities, including Bingo, exercise classes, worship services, movie nights, crafts, and outings for shopping and entertainment. The warmer months allow for barbecues and gatherings around a fire pit. Fernlund adds Summit Hill residents are always welcome to suggest new activities; they’ve even come up with the idea to plant a vegetable and flower garden in the spring. Building owner Albert Miller says the staff at Summit Hill is dedicated to focusing on residents as individuals, helping each keep active and involved. “We want to include everybody,

no matter what level they’re at,” Miller explains. Residents get to know each other and build friendships amongst themselves through activities, and many have also formed strong bonds with members of Summit Hill’s full-time staff. Families of residents appreciate the personal care their loved ones receive at Summit Hill, Fernlund adds. Recently, she was approached by a resident’s son, who said his mom “is happier here than she’s been in a long time,” Fernlund recalls. Salmon adds that Summit Hill always welcomes feedback from family members, who visit their loved

ones at Summit Hill all the time. “We embrace family interaction,” Salmon explains. “We love that.” Summit Hill’s convenient location makes it easy for families to visit, says Salmon, who grew up on St. Paul’s East Side himself. Many residents have lived on the East Side or in the surrounding area for decades, and have chosen to remain in the area by making Summit Hill their new home. Call Summit Hill today to find out how the comfort of home might be closer than you think.

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