Bill Kirk has been editor at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, since 1988. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.
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PLUM CITY--Dear Diary: Where have you been for all of these years? It's good to be reading you again. Dorothy (Ring) Sandnes could have easily written those words when she recently learned a diary she authored as a youth was found by the latest owners of a house her family once occupied.
If it's all in a name, the selection of the Most Admired Senior Citizen at this year's Pierce County Fair seems especially appropriate. George Most of Prescott was the recipient of the honor, presented Friday of the fair by Fair Coordinator Ann Webb and Secretary Ginny Huber.
Curriculum director and food service/office assistant positions were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The former curriculum post had been combined with the Hillcrest Elementary School Principal's job, but as Superintendent Barry Cain reminded board members, when hiring the new Hillcrest principal, it was decided to focus on that vacancy first. John Groh was then hired to be Hillcrest's principal. Now, Cain has reviewed the curriculum director's job description and created a new one, targeting specific responsibilities, he said.
From his job delivering meals-on-wheels for Pierce County's Aging and Disability Resource Office, Tom Boden was somewhat familiar with the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center. The local center was just one of the places where Boden picked up meals, he said Friday, noting Bay City and Plum City were among the others. When the directorship of the center here recently opened, he mentioned he was interested. The center's board then met and, last month, he started as director, succeeding Ann Kramer. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 1.
Services available from Freier's Comfort by Design in east end were promoted at Thursday's Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce meeting. Owners Gabe and Jill Reid made the presentation. Gabe Reid said geothermal heating is being commonly used in new construction. Not only efficient, it can also become operational by adding a loop-tail to an existing furnace. "It's easier to install," Reid said, comparing it to conventional heating systems. Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 1.
No doubt, it's been hot, but Pierce County has yet to experience the drought-like conditions some other parts of the State of Wisconsin have this growing season. "We've been the garden spot," Pierce Agriculture Agent Greg Andrews said Friday, noting all one has to do by way of visual confirmation in this vicinity is look out the window and notice how the lawns are fairly green. Andrews, who delivers a weekly weather and crop progress report to the state for the county, said there were signs of mild heat stress here during a week-long stretch around the Fourth of July.
ROCK ELM--Something other than ice cream was churning on the lower level of the Rock Elm United Methodist Church in February. It was high water and its presence led to a delay in the annual summer socials with the hand-churned ice cream the church is known for until this past Thursday. A pipe broke, causing damage estimated to be approaching $60,000, said Fred Koehler, chairman of the church's administrative board. "There was a foot-and-a-half of water down there," Koehler said Wednesday. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 25.
Children have long enjoyed the outdoor summer entertainment series at the Ellsworth Public Library. But there was something missing: adults, other than those accompanying the kids to these afternoon programs. Library officials thought if only they could afford to offer similar outings in the evenings, they could reach a wider (and older) audience.
Several record-high numbers for a spring Pierce County Clean Sweep were realized during the April 21 event, according to a report from the county's solid waste department this week. A record-high 35,601 pounds of total combined waste was collected by Veolia Environmental Services, with which the county contracted for identifying, collecting, packaging, transporting and safely disposing of all the hazardous waste. This was an increase of 10,283 pounds over the 25,318 pounds collected in the spring of a year ago.
Ellsworth native Rico Roman has stepped into the video spotlight again--sort of. The creator of "Jackass"-type videos featuring local friends after he graduated from Ellsworth High School is now working behind-the-scenes for one of the acts on the NBC-TV summer series "America's Got Talent." Zac Gordon of Philadelphia, whom he assists, might be described as a "human anvil," based on the sledgehammered bruising Gordon's body has been taking while performing on the show. "People I know have told me, 'I think I saw you running around out there'," Roman said Friday about viewers of the program w