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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Collection numbers recorded for this spring's Pierce County Clean Sweep were down from those at the same event a year ago, according to a report from the county's solid waste department. Two hundred forty-eight vehicles attended the Clean Sweep at the county's recycling center in Ellsworth on April 16 of this year, a decrease of 150 vehicles from the previous spring. Unwanted and unused pharmaceutical waste/medications were accepted, and the 55 participants for that aspect this year compare with a record-high 75 in the spring of 2010. Read more in the print version of the Herald July 6.
A fundraising project for the Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club was presented to the local chamber of commerce Thursday. Lars Loberg of both organizations reported the rod and gun is selling 2012 calendars. The sale will be limited to 1,000 of the calendars. Drawings will then be held weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays next year, Loberg said. Cash or guns will be awarded as prizes, in the total value of $30,000. Calendar buyers who win once will still be eligible to win again in drawings thereafter, he said.
PLUM CITY--Just as in his favorite board game, chess, Father Ambrose Blenker has been contemplating his latest move. At one point, the Milan native who's served as a priest for nearly 50 years thought he might relocate to the Marshfield area, not far from his original hometown. But with retirement in the offing, he seemed satisfied this week he won't be moving at all, now planning to stay in the community where he's been a priest the longest--Plum City. In fact, he won't even leave the rectory at St.
Visiting royalty were no strangers to the Wisconsin Holstein Association's (WHA) annual district show when it was hosted by the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth Thursday. WHA Princess Breinne Hendrickson and Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Alexis Nickelotti both come from dairy farms. Moreover, since beginning their reigns in January, appearances at such events have been part of their duties. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 22.
Maintenance was a theme for several items presented to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The board approved the purchase of a New Holland tractor with 100-inch rotary broom and 11-foot finish mower from Value Implement of Ellsworth in the amount of $44,400. Superintendent Barry Cain said the district has a need for a second zero-turn mower, as mowing approximately 30 acres with the single existing machine has become difficult.
Ask any gardener this season and they'll say it's been a long time coming. A colder-than-normal spring contributed to a delay in planting throughout this area. However, the payoff from any wait, no matter the reason, is expected to be huge for at least one garden. Ellsworth's community garden went into the ground late last month after almost two years of planning.
Accomplishments by staff and retirees took center stage at the Ellsworth School District's 24th annual recognition dinner Tuesday. As part of his emcee duties, Superintendent Barry Cain introduced school board members in attendance. Former School Board President Laurie Andrews commended the entire staff for their dedication to the local schools, saying, "you are what makes us proud." Andrews acknowledged the considerable loss of knowledge and education presently occurring in this district and the teaching field in general. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 15.
A new record high for the amount of recyclables marketed by Pierce County's recycling center last year is among information in the annual report about the center from the solid waste department. In 2010, the department established a yearly record high for recyclable materials marketed at 4,949 tons. That compares with 4,813 tons in 2009, an increase of 136 tons. New record highs for incoming recyclable materials received at 5,108 tons and recyclable materials processed at 5,073 tons were also reported for last year. Read more in the print version of the Herald June 8.
The number of "hair traffic controllers" in Ellsworth's east end has increased by one. Never mind the "hairport" in question can only accommodate four incoming "flights" at a time, the latest arrival marks a fifth "controller." The beauty of the new arrangement is there will be more time for "takeoffs" and "landings" during the week. Fay Albarado came on board Hair Traffic Control Salon at the southeast corner of Broadway and Wall streets this week.