Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. 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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Kayhart leaves mark as leader of the band By Bill Kirk For Dan Kayhart, it's been all about the music. When Kayhart arrived as band director at Ellsworth High School in the fall of 2003, he was quoted as saying, "...I look forward to making great music for years to come." Since then, he's maintained a schedule which kept him busy with music-making during much of nine regular school terms and well beyond. "I hope the community understands how great this school is," he said Wednesday, one of his final days in the EHS band director's position.
A plan to close some U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) facilities nationwide won't affect Pierce County. Linda Paul, director of the Pierce County Farm Service Agency (FSA), said Thursday the plan, reported by the National Farmers Union (NFU) earlier this month, won't have any impact here.
BAY CITY--Fire damaged a trailer home in Bay City early Tuesday evening. The Ellsworth Fire Department was called around 5 p.m. to the blaze at W6690 Maple St., near Maple and Oak Hill Road, on the hill north of the village's water tower. The structure was said to be fully engulfed at the time of the call. Unofficial information at the scene indicated the trailer was unoccupied when the fire occurred. Flames burned through the front of the home, and the studs and insulation were exposed in one section.
BELDENVILLE--Last month, Congress stepped in and now the future of post offices being considered for closing, including Beldenville's, won't be known until May. The United States Postal Service (USPS), in response to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators, agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any post office or mail processing facility until May 15, according to information provided to the newspaper by Belinda Hopp, Postmaster Relief at the Beldenville Post Office. Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 18.
A charge and structure for a new school district facilities committee were approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The research committee is being formed in conjunction with one of four district goals established earlier, according to Superintendent Barry Cain. The ad hoc group will eventually come to the board with recommendations about facility needs, he said, expecting the process to last up to a year to a year-and-a-half.
A lot of her own childhood can be found in the pages of the children's book Tammy Cloutier wrote. Cloutier's idea for "Firefly Freddie" came from her memories of encountering many of the bugs on her family's property while she was growing up in Texas, she said Thursday. As for the writing it contains, she inherited that skill from her father, Ron Browne, who enjoys being a writer. "He's written the poems we send back and forth at Christmas," she said. In fact, the Ellsworth resident credits her dad's influence on a dedication page near the front of her book, aimed at ages two to 10.
Kathie Geister lived with diabetes for most of two decades before it started really getting nasty. The staffer for Loberg Law Office in Ellsworth suffered what she describes as a "spell" this past May. Since then, she's gone through an ordeal that would test most anybody, nearly claiming her life and prompting her doctors and caretakers to regard her as a walking miracle. "I had a doctor tell me more than once that he'd never in his 37 years seen anyone come into the hospital in that shape and survive," Geister said Thursday. Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 21.
Reconstruction of the athletic track at the high school was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Board members decided to have the track reconstructed by removing the existing surface, reclaiming the existing bituminous pavement and base aggregate, and replacing the frost-susceptible soil as necessary plus installing drain tile. The high jump and pole vault areas will be addressed, it was understood. Seven options had been presented to the board by Inspec, a consulting firm retained to assess the existing track facility.
Pam Pazdernik acknowledged it's the devotion she has to the Girl Scouts that's behind her interest in community beautification. The former local Girl Scout leader, a long-time backer of that organization, reminds the Scouts' mission includes making a difference for others. "Whenever I can, I want to give back (to the community)," she said Thursday. Her opportunity to do just that arose when the self-professed "lover of plants" took a 12-week Master Gardener class from Pierce County Horticulture Educator Diana Alfuth here over three years ago, Pazdernik said.
A two-year comparison of local crime statistics with those statewide shows violent crime here decreased dramatically last year while property crime was slightly higher, according to the Ellsworth Police Department's annual report. The report, presented to the village board early last week, refers to information submitted to the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance (OJA) through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.