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The Ellsworth Funsters will hold the annual Pumpkin Party in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 26, at East End Park. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees who bring a donation for the Pierce County Food Pantry will receive a free pumpkin. Free games are planned, including pumpkin bowling. Treats will also be offered, such as hot chocolate and hot dogs. There will be a trick-or-treat demo and Halloween photos. A costume parade and contest will be held. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the event will be at Ellsworth High School.
Kris Flock, along with some of his staff from The Service Agency in Ellsworth, as part of the Independent Insurance Agents of Western Wisconsin (IIAWW), presented a check for $2,459.25 to Marcy Bruflat of Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) for the purchase of equipment for their firefighter training program. CVTC trains 53 departments within their district, including Ellsworth and the surrounding areas. The donation will be used for the purchase of water rescue suits and rescue rope.
Willow River Players, the New Richmond area community theater organization, will be holding a sale this Saturday at their storage unit on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-noon at 230 North Fifth Street in New Richmond. Turn west at the Super America store and follow the signs. The group, founded in 1996, has done over 25 productions and is downsizing their overstock of costumes and props. “We store our set pieces, costumes and props and decorations,” noted WRP President Chad Leonard.
Kathleen Neils Conzen Kathleen Neils Conzen, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor Emerita of American History at The University of Chicago, will speak at UW-River Falls on Thursday, Oct. 24, as part of the annual Edward N. Peterson Lecture Series. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m.
It didn’t take long for the UW-Platteville football team to put a damper on UW-River Falls Homecoming last Saturday. Platteville took the opening kickoff and marched 70 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead. After picking off a Ryan Kusilek pass on the Falcon 28-yard line on the ensuing possession, the Pioneers took just five plays to take a 14-0 lead and the rout was on. The eighth-ranked Pioneers led 28-0 by halftime.
This witty wonder may be for you My literary almanac tells me that on this day in 1854, Oscar O’Flahertie Fingal Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. Wilde, once the toast of venues as varied as London, England and Deadwood, S.D.
Shannon Zimmerman River Falls business-owner Shannon Zimmerman, founder and CEO of Sajan, has been named the fall 2013 executive-in-residence by the College of Business and Economics at UW-River Falls. Zimmerman will speak on campus from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
This morning on the news, I heard that worrisome four-letter-word … “snow”! I know, I know, if we choose to live in Wisconsin, we’ll have it. The roads here are usually cleared promptly, and we really don’t suffer much. I do remember many, many, many years ago, a snow storm that made things very inconvenient.
There is a proposal in the state to equip new school buses in Wisconsin with safety belts. The proposal was brought forward by State Sen. Tim Cullen, a Democrat from Janesville. On the surface, it sounds like a great idea—what parent would object to having their child in a seat belt while riding the bus? The problem, however, is not necessarily equipping buses, but in enforcing the rules. Cullen was a member of the Janesville School Board when that district, three years ago, became the only one in the state to install seat belts in school buses.
Clean out your unused coats, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens and gloves in your closet and donate to a local collection box near you.