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Among the many who volunteered at the Annual American Legion and Shrine Gun Show in New Richmond this past weekend were Rod Rommel, left, and Bob Kastens, right, who were busy selling tickets for a gun raffle. The three-day show was well attended.
On Sunday afternoon on Feb. 10, River Falls Church Choirs and the Community Choir will present the tenth annual "It Takes a Village" concert to benefit students and teachers of the school in Ganthier, Haiti. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, with a dessert reception following. Each choir will present two numbers with Peter Dulak, choir director at Ellsworth High School, leading the 100-plus voices in two final songs. Project director Curt Larson will give an update on the school project in Ganthier, Haiti.
The UWRF Physics Department begins its spring season of free, public observatory viewings and astronomy talks on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Objects to be seen in the telescopes include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars. The first stargazing (waxing crescent moon) session on Feb. 12, will include Physics Professor Eileen Korenic presenting "The Comets Are Coming!" at 8 p.m. in Room 271, Centennial Science Hall. The discussion precedes the 8:30 p.m.
Kiap-TU-Wish chapter member and Hudson resident Kent Johnson was recently awarded the Wisconsin Trout Unlimited "Jeffrey Carlson Volunteer Award" at the WITU state council banquet.
NEW RICHMOND -- With construction on the new First Lutheran Church site almost finished, FLC staff and volunteers have announced plans for a Feb. 8-10 moving sale. The sale will be held in the basement of the current church at 258 North Third Street. Among the many quality items listed for sale, shoppers will find pianos, sheet music, child care goods, tools, antiques, kitchen supplies, holiday decor and everyday knick knacks. Most items will be available for a free-will offering unless priced. Hours for the sale are noon-4 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
After a week of cold and windy weather it's a joy to go outside without freezing my face. We are not made for hibernating in winter. We are made for walking. Recent reports about the adverse health effects of sitting make me want to get off my duff and hike around, even though I enjoy reading a good book by the fire while the wind and snow howl through the trees outside. Fortunately, we have plenty of beautiful places to hike around here. The snow has been crusty enough to walk on since the January thaw a few weeks ago. Hiking in winter is invigorating.
UW-River Falls is hosting the fourth annual Bowls for Hope event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Riverview Ballroom, University Center. Each year, UWRF works with the community to raise funds through Bowls for Hope for a worthy organization that makes a difference in the St. Croix Valley. Proceeds this year will benefit the Free Clinic of Pierce and St.
Matt Kratochvil's mom was brutally murdered when he was seven-years-old. Over the years he turned to drugs and alcohol which eventually brought him to the thoughts of suicide and death. Matt will share his story at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Celebrate Recovery, which meets at Abundant Life Church, 896 State Road 65, River Falls. All are invited to attend. This event will also premiere his book release and signing of "Life Song: Running For My Life." For more information, call 715-425-9564.
Sometimes an author doesn't realize he's got a good thing going and plunges on ahead when he might well have done better had he looked back. Popular Minnesota author Jon Hassler's first adult novel was "Staggerford," which drew rave reviews from the New York Times. Unfortunately Hassler killed off one of his most attractive heroes, Miles Pruitt, at novel's end.