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The Vietnam Memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit in Washington D.C. For those around the area who haven't been able to visit the Memorial, this weekend will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity as The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Memorial will make a stop at the Gas-Lite Field in the town of Trimbelle Sept. 19-24. The event is sponsored by the local Chapter 331 Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). The Wall will be open all 24 hours that it will be here so people can come and view it when they please.
Mike Andrews had known Aaron Anderson since the first grade. "He was the most entertaining, funniest person you'll ever meet," Andrews said of his fellow 2004 Ellsworth High School graduate. "He was always the life of the party." Anderson - nicknamed "Smile" -- brought plenty of those to his friends and family for 21 years. But that came to an end Labor Day when he died of injuries sustained in an early morning car accident. His funeral was Friday afternoon at Bethel Covenant Church in Ellsworth. "Once you got to know him he wasn't quiet," Andrews said.
The deteriorating tennis courts at Summit Park were the main topic of discussion during Monday's night Village Board meeting. "Sooner or later, it's going to be a liability," said Public Works Director Greg Engeset. "Something has to be done." Engeset estimated the cost to fix the cracks were $80,000 and at the same time to start over from scratch would be a cost of $25-$30,000 per court.
(Editor's Note: This is the second of a series of profiles of area individuals who served in the Vietnam War, leading up to when the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C., will come to the Gas-Lite Park in the Town of Trimbelle Sept.
PRESCOTT - As the city of Prescott prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday this weekend, a closer look indicates that much went on in the city before 1857. According to Prescott residents Mary Beeler and Dorothy Ahlgren, who wrote 'A History of Prescott' in 1996, the first recorded white person to come to Prescott was Philander Prescott in 1839. Prescott came to the area as he was helping lay a claim for the land on where the city now sits.
A 100th birthday celebration will be held for Margaret Hofacker September 16 at Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing. Hofacker was born September 12, 1907 in the town of Waterville to Frank and Mary (Birkel) Laschinger on the Weber Hill (above Little Arkansaw Valley) and the Hartung Hill (known as the Laschinger Hill above the Big Arkansaw Valley). She was the fourth of five children, joining Joseph, Clara, Laura and Theresa. She attended Knight School just below the Hartung Hill in Big Arkansaw Valley from 1913-1921.
With the success Ellsworth High School has had with its APEX (Alternative Program for Educational EXcellence) program, they figured to take that progress one step further. This past year, the District offered for the first time, a credit recovery program as part of APEX. It means the District is giving the opportunity for adults to go back to school and finish their degree. "We felt there was a need for a program like this in the community," Instructor Dave Berg said. According to Berg, a total of nine participants started in the program with three actually finishing it.
PRESCOTT -- Bob Baker was on his way to the Prescott Chamber of Commerce office to nominate someone to be grand marshal for the Prescott Daze parade when he got the news. "They said you're too late," he said. What he was told next floored him. The reason why he was late was someone had already been selected: him. "I've got a gift for gab," the 61-year-old said. "When they told me that, I think I was speechless for three minutes.
(Editor's Note: This is a first of profiles of area individuals that served in the Vietnam War that will lead up to when the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C., will come to the Gas-Lite Park in the town of Trimbelle Sept. 20-24.) Life can change in an instant. Just ask Craig Chartier.
The thrill and excitement of playing in front of people is still there for Jack Russell now as it was 25 years ago. "It's been an amazing ride," he said, the lead singer of the band Great White. "Twenty-five years have gone like the blink of eye. I swear I started this band yesterday." To commemorate the silver anniversary of their first record, the band launched a 2007 tour with nearly 35 dates with one of the stops being at the Gas-Lite Tavern in the town of Trimbelle September 8 as part of the 17th annual chili feed motorcycle rally. The feed is a two-day benefit put on by the St.