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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ELMWOOD--The past year has been a time of transition for Amy Wayne of Plum City. A year ago this month, Wayne and husband Matt closed the businesses they'd operated for 14 years, she said Thursday. Over the next 12 months, she'd have three different jobs, officially starting her newest just last week. "I read about it in the paper," she said of the Village of Elmwood Clerk-Treasurer's position she's now assumed, succeeding Jodi Pulk. Wayne said she already did some observing in the village office and has been helped by Assistant Clerk Vickie Lehmann.
A strategic planning process to be begun by the Ellsworth School District this spring will determine the district's direction for the next five years. Earlier this month, the local school board approved hiring Alabama-based Cambridge Strategic Services as consultant for the several-phase process.
This area's elderly residents have a home away from home at the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center. Those attending the center's activities, meals and events almost become like members of a family.
Bringing out the best in wood is what Luke Fleming and Chris Johnson strive to do with their Original Black Pine business. The carpenters use a special process called carbon tracing to pull the deep, dark character of the wood forward. The wood is sanded, then subjected to variable temperatures.
A partnership with St. Francis School in the district's four-year-old kindergarten program was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Curriculum Director and Hillcrest Elementary Principal Leona Johnson said the state encourages these types of partnerships for 4YK. The same parameters will be used as when the program was implemented in the district a couple of years ago. "All of the students will be Ellsworth School District students," Johnson said, indicating the participating St.
For the second time this winter season, Pierce County's snowmobile trails were fully open last week. The trails opened Wednesday after just that portion of the system east of CTH CC had been open. According to County Snowmobile Association President Todd Prissel, the trails were also entirely open from Dec. 29 until Jan. 14. "The reason we closed them on the 14th was because warmer weather was coming," Prissel said, explaining officials had hoped that warm spell would be relatively short-lived and reopening could happen soon.
Patrons of the Ellsworth Public Library and the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center now have another window on the world. This window isn't one that can be opened or gets covered by drapes, but is electronic--a 53-inch flat screen TV. The wall-mounted device, which transforms the center's meeting room into a small theatre when in use, was installed right after the holidays. "We've already shown a Christmas movie," Library Director Shelley Anderson said Thursday.
With the parents of a pastor and his wife who've long ministered in Haiti among their congregation, the members of Crossroad Community Church in Ellsworth are providing relief to that earthquake-stricken country. Pastor Terry Nelson, the son of Gordy and Gloria Nelson and a local native, left Ellsworth 28 years ago along with his wife Cary to help the mostly poor Haitian people, according to Lauren Holladay of the church here. They have a church there with about 1,500 members and close to a half million people depend on them.
Because Marci Glaus could identify with her niece's reading interests, she wrote an article about it which has now been published. The Ellsworth High School English teacher submitted her article, titled "Forbidden Love," to the Wisconsin State Reading Association Journal, she said Friday. She'd had her writing appear in the publication before, but really didn't think it would be accepted, aware the journal wasn't known for printing this type of work. "It was kind of a stretch," she said about her chances for acceptance. But she wasn't overly concerned, admitting to simply enjoying writing.
Into each life, a little rain must fall. That's how the old saying goes, but when the rainfall is more than a little, there can be complications. Take the Pierce County Highway Department and its road construction schedule, for example. Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said Friday several of the road projects which were to have been done last summer got delayed due to August flooding on the county's east side.