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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EL PASO--To cope in this stage of her life, Audrey Foley relies on a little help from her family and friends. Because of their support, the 88-year-old still lives in the El Paso farm house where she and her late husband, Francis, moved in 1952. She said Wednesday staffers from Spring Valley Senior Living and Health Care have been coming to her home daily to make her meals, do her laundry, clean the residence and more. "They've been doing that for about a year," said Foley from the living room chair usually accommodating her whenever she's awake.
PLUM CITY--Michael Butt is a play director and substitute teacher by day, and an independent film maker and videographer by night. Butt dreams of making old-fashioned films and has already produced some.
While others her age enjoy a break from school this summer, 16-year-old Morgan Hines will still be learning--and helping others. Hines of St. Francis Catholic Church is joining fellow Ellsworth area residents Deacon Mark Quayhackx and Janet Huppert on a pilgrimage to Mexico City, World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro and Lima, Peru in July. The local trio will meet up with a group from Marshfield to number around 30 participants from Wisconsin on the journey. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
When a business wants its staff to focus on in-person customers, it sometimes makes sense to outsource services to its virtual ones. That's the message delivered by Kim Beebe of Limelight Social Media to Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Thursday. Beebe said the firm can help a business build a strategy and take advantage of a marketing plan. "We're not about recreating what a business is already doing," she said, likening Limelight's role to being a garnish on a drink.
BAY CITY--The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced earlier this year Saturday mail delivery will end nationwide effective this August. But patrons of small post offices, including those at Bay City, Beldenville, Hager City and Plum City in this vicinity, are already experiencing another of the service's cutbacks. And they may be joined by people patronizing the Elmwood Post Office in the future. The plan involves limiting the schedule of hours and staffing in response. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
PLUM CITY--The ordeal of living with cancer has started to take a toll on Tim Helmueller. Troy Cleasby, a friend of the Plum City native, said Wednesday the patient hasn't been able to go to Thomson Reuters, where they both work, roughly since the end of December, when the approach to his treatments changed. "All of last year, he could do what he wanted," Cleasby said about his friend, who was diagnosed with aggressive Non-Hodgkin's Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma a year ago last month. Cleasby hoped the recipient of a benefit he's organizing with others for Saturday, March 23, will be able to a
The selection of Pope Francis to lead the world's Roman Catholics is a welcome development, according to two area priests. Father Bill Matzek of St. Mary's Big River church, between Ellsworth and Prescott, said Thursday he was very pleased with the announcement made the previous day, calling it "a good choice." "Pope Francis seems to be concerned with the poor and has worked with the poor," Matzek said of his initial impression about the successor to Pope Benedict. Watch for more information in the print version of the Herald.
A contract with construction manager firm Kraus-Anderson was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain said the school district's attorney reviewed the contract and found it to be in order, but asked for specific referendum services to be listed. The firm provided those, plus agreed to a 2.4 percent fee for its overall services and there will be a one percent fee for bonding regarding subcontractors. John Hunek of Kraus-Anderson discussed the role of the construction manager, to be involved in pre-referendum services.
Myths about teenagers who injure themselves were dispelled and signs of the potential for this were presented to Ellsworth high and middle school teachers Wednesday. Although the presentation by guest speaker Jennifer Muehlenkamp, PhD., an assistant professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, was directed at educators dealing with students, her message was valuable for parents of teens as well.
SPRING VALLEY--They've been oh, so close for the last half-dozen years and, now, their moment of triumph has come. The Spring Valley High School Ocean Science Bowl team won this year's regional competition at Milwaukee Feb. 9. The team will advance to the national level of the contest in April, also in Milwaukee. Watch for more in the print version of the Herald.