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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The amount of recyclable materials marketed by Pierce County's recycling center dropped last year to the lowest level since 2008, according to the annual report from the county's solid waste department. This downturn was recorded despite two new recycling collection programs being established in 2011, along with a new collection site location. Approximately 2,655 tons of recyclables were marketed last year, in contrast with the record high of 4,949 tons recorded a year earlier.
A song once popularized by actress Doris Day included the refrain, "Que Sera, Sera...What will be, will be..." Area students will get an opportunity to sample what might be in store for them, career-wise, when the second Ellsworth High School Career Expo is held this fall. Organizers have been planning the event since around the first of this year, APEX Teacher Dave Berg of the committee said Thursday, and have it scheduled for Friday, Sept.
Something woodworking students and librarians share in common is a gratitude to trees. Trees provide most of the materials with which they work: wood for the students' projects and paper for the books library patrons read. So teaming Ellsworth High School's general woods class and the local school district's libraries to meet a need for the latter seems like a natural pairing. That need was book shelves, according to Angie Bjork, who has responsibility for the four school libraries. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 6.
Manager of Associated Bank's Ellsworth office since early this year, Jonas Gonstead talked with Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Thursday about some of the innovations at the bank. "You bank with your banker, not with your bank," Gonstead said in introducing the local office's staff. They include him, a Roberts resident who's been with his present employer since 2009 and in the industry since 2005. His previous experience was as the bank's merchant services representative and as a business development officer.
Maintenance and technology projects for the 2012-13 term were proposed at the Ellsworth School Board meeting Monday. As presented by Superintendent Barry Cain, the maintenance proposals and their estimated costs are: roofing on a section of the high school, $20,000; asphalt on the high school lower lot, $5,000, front lot, $357, and at Hillcrest Elementary, $6,000-$8,000; bus garage overhead doors, $5,400, and maintenance mower replacement, $7,000; pool door replacement, $2,889; Hillcrest lighting in gym, $3,000, concrete pad, $1,036, and sidewalk repair, $1,430; Prairie View Elementary parkin
TOWN OF TRENTON--A sand screening and drying facility in the Town of Trenton took a step closer to reality with the approval of a conditional use permit by the town board Wednesday. Board members voted four-to-one in favor of the permit application from William F. Holst for Fairmount Minerals--Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company, according to Town Clerk Steve Thoms. Thoms described the number of people who attended the special board meeting about the proposed facility along Hwy. 63 west of Hwy. 35 near the railroad tracks as "good-sized." Read more in the print version of the Herald May 16.
Considering there was a much longer application period this year, open enrollment activity in area schools was mostly similar to last year. A significant exception was in the Ellsworth district, where transfers out reported last week were nearly 30 fewer than those recorded in February of 2011. Conversely, Elmwood's latest transfers out were up by eight from early last year and transfers in were down by nine.
First and foremost, Leona Johnson considers herself a writer. As an educator, Johnson's written a book, besides numerous grant applications. With her retirement from the Ellsworth School District after 23 years in education approaching, she wrote an outline of her career to share with the Herald. But first, the teacher who became director of curriculum and instruction for the local schools and, more recently, added Hillcrest Elementary School Principal to her local duties, verbalized some feelings about that progression. Read more in the print version of the Herald May 16.
Just like what the future held for Scott and Sheryel Reeverts of Ellsworth, what they want to share with the public is hidden. But finding their Hidden Oak Antiques and Collectibles could be as rewarding for people as the Reeverts' journey leading to its creation. The Town of El Paso business got underway with a four-day-per-month opening last fall. "We wanted to see who would come," Scott Reeverts said about the abbreviated schedule Wednesday, since discovering many of their patrons are from outside this vicinity, including as distant as Eau Claire and Rochester, Minn.
PLUM CITY--Gail Pommerening describes herself as a "farm girl." So it's not surprising Pommerening's favorite subject for her art is nature scenes. Nor is it unexpected she labors from a studio at her home in the country. "I like to draw with pencils and charcoals," said the artist whose Plum City place will be among the sites featured on the 14th annual Fresh Art Tour, Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, from Maiden Rock to Durand. Read more in the print version of the Herald May 9.