Pamela O'Meara

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





Horses, bourbon and historic neighborhoods featured in Louisville

The historic Belle of Louisville still takes visitors from downtown Louisville up the Ohio River. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Every May when I listen to the familiar strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses line up for the world-famous Kentucky Derby and see the women in the stands wearing wide-brimmed hats, I’m intrigued.
So soon after the Derby, I went to Louisville, home of the famous Churchill Downs, a National Historic Landmark where 1,200 horses are stabled, for a tour and a few races, which were fun even without the huge crowds. Visitors can eat, drink a traditional mint julep, make bets, cheer from the stands, walk around the well-groomed grounds for a close-up view of the sleek thoroughbreds and diminutive jockeys, and visit the Kentucky Derby Museum. Additional races are held in the late spring/early summer and in the fall.


OVALumination begins a new holiday tradition

The first annual Ovalumination lighting ceremony at the OVAL will be a fun event for families. (submitted photo)

Join in a new  Roseville holiday tradition  - the first annual Ovalumination lighting event - to mark the Guidant John Rose Oval’s 20th anniversary. Hundreds of trees will be illuminated around the OVAL from early November to Jan. 31, and will be free for all to view.
Individuals, community groups and local businesses are invited to chose  a 12-, 20- or 30- foot arborvitae or evergreen from over 300 surrounding the Oval and sponsor the LED lights that will illuminate it during the holidays.


Celebrate the march that changed America

Fifty years ago on Aug. 28, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in theology, led a peaceful march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial and gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech calling for jobs and for justice for all people. At that celebration, Rosa Parks, Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle and Roy Wilkins were among the many speakers while singers Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Marion Anderson and Peter, Paul and Mary entertained the monumental crowd of 200,000 to 300,000 people who came from all over the country.


Galena: ‘A town frozen in time’

Chestnut Mountain Resort outside Galena overlooks the Mississippi River. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

White-columned antebellum mansions, President Ulysses S. Grant’s home, a historic hotel, unique shops and history lessons as well as plenty of outdoor activities along the river are popular in Galena, Ill.
The old red brick buildings that line both sides of Main Street are frozen in the mid-1800s in this former riverboat city and steamboat capital of the Upper Midwest.
Back then, great numbers of steamboats came up the Mississippi River and its tributary, the Galena River, with a variety of goods and returned with lead from the mines.
Wealthy steamboat captains built mansions on the hills overlooking the river. Many are now B&Bs. Visitors can take trolley or walking tours past many of these historic homes and churches.


Dr. Franz Halberg dies at age 93

Dr. Franz Halberg (file photo)

Dr. Franz Halberg of Roseville, the man who coined the term “circadian rhythms” and studied their effects on the delivery of chemotherapy and the diagnosis of hypertension, died June 9, just short of his 94th birthday.
Halberg was considered the father of modern chronobiology, a term he coined for using science in tune with the daily, weekly and other rhythms of the body. He also founded the Halberg Chronobiology Center at the University of Minnesota.
At an international symposium held in Shoreview to mark his 90th birthday, he discussed his life’s work and said each person has a built-in, 24-hour rhythm that can make the difference between the success and failure of a certain treatment.


Raise a pint to Grand Rapids’ lesser-known culture: HOPS

Founders Brewing Company serves a variety of its beers in this family-friendly (until 9 p.m.) tap room. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

I wonder if my grandparents are rolling over in their graves since their hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., was recently named “Beer City U.S.A.” and one of the “Top 10 Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers.”


Bison, Badlands and ‘weird-looking buttes’

The setting sun puts a glow on the buttes and plains in Teddy Roosevelt National Park. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

After immersing ourselves in President Theodore Roosevelt’s early life at the Old Town Hall in Medora, a friend and I drove a few miles to the entrance of the 70,416-acre national park named after him in western North Dakota. Visitors there can enjoy miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, campsites, abundant wildlife and buttes, tablelands, valleys and unusual rock formations leftover from glaciers, wind and rain.


Together forever

Eugene and Mary Kirsch posed for a photo on a cruise in 2002. (submitted photo)

Eugene and Mary Kirsch of Roseville were inseparable during their 58 years of marriage and expected to be together after their deaths just 45 hours apart, say their daughters.


Tears and smiles; remembering Lois

Sisters Lois Halliday and Ruth Henkin sit together for a photo in the summer of 2007. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Even when my Aunt Lois was suffering from dementia at age 88, she still had a big smile on her face and told me she loved me. That’s how I left her a couple of weeks ago.
Three days later my sister Nancy called to say Lois was sick and had fallen; she wasn’t expected to live. Nancy and my mother sat with her that afternoon and evening. The next morning she died peacefully.


Pamplona, Spain and Hemingway

This life-size bronze statue of the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, shows the tension between the bulls and the men who jump in front to try to outrun them during the festival of Sanfermines each July. While many people are injured, only 15 have been killed in the last 100 years. (photos by Pamela O’Meara/Review)

My balcony at the Gran Hotel La Perla in Pamplona, Spain, overlooked a narrow street lined with 18th century yellow, blue, tan and pink buildings along the route of the running of the bulls during the July festival of Sanfermines.


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