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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Although it's quite a mouthful--that word "sesquicentennial"--people only think about it once every 150 years. And so it's become special. Special enough that, like many other places, Ellsworth's marking the 150th anniversary of the community's founding this year with a celebration. Here, the festivities will peak on the Fourth of July, no less. It all adds up to a fun-filled observance rooted in the village's heritage. Organizers are even taking their cue from past Ellsworth milestone celebrations in presenting this one. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 27.
A lot of shoe leather has gotten worn off since one of this area's most successful fundraisers for the American Cancer Society was started in 1988. The 25th anniversary of the event, now billed as the Run/Walk of Pierce County, will be marked next month with a day-and-time change. Instead of the past Saturday morning schedule, this year's version is set for Friday, July 20, with registration at 6 p.m., a kids fun walk at 7 p.m.
When Shane Smith entered Ellsworth at the village limits, he realized something other communities had on their outskirts was missing here. A sign proclaiming local sports championships was the fixture Smith found to be lacking. So the Eagle Scout candidate decided to take on its creation and installation as his project toward that Scout rank. Late last month, the sign he labored for went on display along Hwy. 10, just southeast of its intersection with Hwys.
The hiring of John Groh to succeed the retiring Leona Johnson as Hillcrest Elementary School Principal was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Groh has been a sixth grade teacher at the middle school. In a statement to the board during the public comment period of Monday's meeting, he expressed appreciation for the opportunity to teach over the last 16 years and for the opportunity to be the principal. He looked forward to working with Johnson and Prairie View/Lindgren Principal Mary Zimmerman during the transition. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 13.
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.