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BAY CITY—This year, the magic of the Christmas season will come to life along the shores of Lake Pepin during Coastal Christmas. Taking place this Saturday, businesses in the four West-Coast-of-Wisconsin Villages of Bay City, Maiden Rock, Stockholm and Pepin will offer a variety of special events planned to delight and entertain holiday visitors. Each village along this scenic 20-mile span of Hwy. 35 will be decked out in their holiday best.
By Roger Hulne, Prescott School Superintendent PRESCOTT—This past spring, the Prescott School Board approved a representative community survey to measure the level of support for some possible solutions to the district space needs. Since then, the school board hired a new construction manager and architect to assist the facilities committee in developing specific plans with that community input in mind.
I love it, even though it’s different for me now. With so many people in our family, it’s no longer possible for me to do the gift thing. But I do remember how fun it was to “think, think, think,” trying to choose just exactly what each one would like to receive. Parents usually want to give the children all the things they themselves didn’t have as children. They want to give each one the very best gift they can. But they never want to give them anything that would hurt them, or would be bad for them, even if it might be something the child would like.
On Dec. 7, 1963, 17-year-old Carron O’Brien and 20-year-old Fred Parmeter joined in Holy Matrimony. Who would have guessed it would last 50 years? Their four children and their spouses, and grandchildren, are throwing a party for them on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3-7 p.m. at the El Paso Bar and Grill. Everyone is invited. No gifts, please. Everyone’s presence is gift enough. Refreshments provided.
Ready or not, here comes one of the more challenging seasons. The Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management wants the public to be prepared, offering some winter awareness advice. Storms occur year-round, but winter storms are considered particularly deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. For example, motor vehicle crashes during the winter months have averaged 50,000 in the state in the last five years. An average of 45 people die and over 5,000 are injured on icy or snow-covered roads. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a danger, for instance.
The Annual Art Scholarship Sale is going on now through Dec. 11 at UW-River Falls in Gallery 101 in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. The sale is open to the public. Choose from an extensive selection of studio arts including glass, ceramics, painting, fibers, printmaking, photography and mixed media. New items are added daily. The art available for purchase includes work by current art students and faculty, alumni, retired faculty and a variety of local artisans.
The “Sirens of the 60s” featuring local performer Colleen Raye will perform at the FORWARD River Falls Education Foundation fundraiser Monday, Dec. 2, at the River High School auditorium. A social hour, silent auction and bake sale will start at 6 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are adults, $15, and students, $10.
The UW-River Falls women’s hockey team swept UW-Eau Claire, 2-0 and 6-0, in a WIAC home-and-home series over the weekend to improve to 4-3-0 on the season. After hosting St. Olaf College on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Falcons return to WIAC action with a home-and-home series against UW-Superior Friday and Saturday, Dec.
Two River Falls High School graduates are among seven members of the UW-River Falls football team selected to All-WIAC teams for the 2013 season. Sophomore defensive back Nick Zimmerman was named to the All-WIAC second team while sophomore quarterback Ryan Kusilek earned a spot on the All-Sportsmanship team. Zimmerman and senior defensive end Alex Hohenstein were both named to the second team.
PRESCOTT—It wasn’t just family tradition attracting Todd Reis to a career in law enforcement, but he did find inspiration there. “My brother is in law enforcement and works for St. Croix County. I always looked up to him,” said Reis, a 2011 Prescott High School graduate. His brother Mike is a courtroom officer. Now Reis is about to join him on the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department as a jailer. Reis just received his certification to work as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin when he graduated from the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Law Enforcement Academy on Nov.