Pamela O'Meara

Pamela O’Meara
Review staff

Pam O’Meara can be reached at or 651-748-7818.





A nation ravaged: Liberia and Ebola

Two young women pose for a photo in front of the soccer field of Cuttington College in Bong County, Liberia in 1965. (Pam O’Meara/Review)

Remembering earlier times in West African country
 “I wish I could describe to you the way it is between 6:15 and 7:30 p.m. when the sun goes down. There’s always at least one big cloud that is glowing hot pink. At the same time, you can hear one or two Liberian boys playing a flute-like instrument. This part of the day is indescribably beautiful,” I wrote to my parents from Liberia many years ago.


Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald

The St. Clair ore freighter passes through the Soo Locks on the St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The ore freighter is similar to the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank Nov. 10, 1975, and is the subject of local programs and a special beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors this month. (Photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review staff)

When the gales of November took down the ore freighter
For years I’ve heard the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior in a storm but I didn’t know the details until my recent trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where I went through the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, visited two maritime museums along Lake Superior and heard lots of stories.


Former parks and rec director Frank Rog dies

Frank Rog

If you or your children or friends have walked or played in any of Roseville’s 30 parks, you can give credit to Frank Rog, who was parks and recreation director from 1960 to 1987.


Blue skies and blue bonnets

Tiny Fredericksburg’s take on history, outdoor activities and food is as big as all Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Texas hill country, is one of the best-kept secrets in travel. This small town offers visitors a menu of options. Take the kids or grandkids in the summer to see the National Museum of the Pacific War, which has earned rave reviews from ages 9 to 90 for its engaging look at the experience of World War II. Go with friends to browse the boutiques, relax in the spas, visit picturesque homes and historic buildings and tour the wineries. Or, even better, plan a winter getaway to this temperate region for hiking and biking, rock climbing, year-round golfing and seasonal birding tours. Shoppers and diners will find it’s a haven for artists, a treasure trove of antiques and a spot for gourmet dining and specialty foods.


Henry Hoover, former St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church priest, dies

The Rev. Dr. Henry H. Hoover, 83, and longtime Roseville resident, died at home on Sunday, Aug. 3, after a two-year battle with inoperable liver cancer.
“Sunday is an appropriate day for a priest to die,” his wife Jean wrote on his Caring Bridge website.


Friends of Island Lake serve as protectors, beautifiers

Merrill Morse, chair of Friends of Island Lake, tends the rain garden/filtration bed where the trail south of the Shoreview YMCA meets Milton Street. Island Lake is in the background. (Pamela O’Meara/Bulletin)

If you are walking along the trail that goes from Lexington Avenue just south of the Shoreview YMCA through Island Lake County Park, keep your eyes open for the colorful rain garden/filtration beds with lots of black-eyed Susans swaying in the bre


Fly, fish and float at Lake of the Ozarks

photos by Pamela O’Meara

For years, friends have been talking about their boating, fishing and wine tasting trips to the beautiful resort area of the Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri, and I wanted to go, too.


LBJ signs ‘bill of the century’

Fifty years ago on July 2, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which was sometimes called the “bill of the century” and a continuation of President John Kennedy’s initiative.


Food and fun at Central Park

Guests can take a chance at the wine wall, where a $20 ticket guarantees a nice bottle of wine in the $15 to $25 range with a chance of getting a great bottle of wine, which could be valued over $50, or even over $90. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Taste of Rosefest is June 26
Join neighbors and friends in Roseville’s beautiful Central Park for generous samples of food and drinks from Roseville’s favorite restaurants at Taste of Rosefest on Thursday, June 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s a big community party.


End of an era at Crazy Horse Memorial

This model of the finished Chief Crazy Horse sculpture shows visitors what Korczak Ziolkowski envisioned when he began his decades-long project in the Black Hills of South Dakota. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

As I read the obituary of Ruth Ziolkowski last week, I recalled meeting her four years ago at the Crazy Horse Memorial on top of Thunderhead Mountain in the Black Hills outside Rapid City, South Dakota, where she was managing the development of th