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PLUM CITY--Honeysuckle's now choking off vegetation at Nugget Lake County Park near Plum City to a lesser extent, thanks to the efforts of Eagle Scout Candidate Josh Burg. For his Eagle project, Burg and family and friends have rid the park of approximately 25 acres of its honeysuckle population--at least temporarily.
A mill rate of 8.06, a decline of 2.54 percent from the past year, is included in the 2006-07 budget proposal presented at the Ellsworth School District's annual meeting Monday. The proposal for '06-'07 also calls for a total school levy of $6,675,461, an increase in dollars of 3.24 percent over '05-'06.
A dose of that "Old Time Religion" will be dispensed to theatre goers at the Ames Business Center in Ellsworth next month by the Red Wing Madrigal Singers. The 32-member group plans a gospel-type performance similar to one held last spring in the community where they're based.
Reducing the impact of media on families to help promote student performance in school is the message behind a speaker being hosted by the Ellsworth School District next week. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman will be at the EHS Cafetorium next Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bob and Jackie Armstrong have combined health with convenience in their business ventures. There's their four area Subway sandwich shops, where fast food's been endorsed by a TV spokesman who lost weight while eating it. Now there's their new fitness outlet in Ellsworth's Village Shopping Center, where they'll make keeping fit a snap. "This is a departure for us," Armstrong said Friday about the couple's move from the food to the fitness industry. However, healthy lifestyles are common to both, he said.
TOWN OF SALEM-The Hilsgen family does their farming the way they feel it was meant to be. The nine-member family uses a team of Belgian horses to pull a walk-behind plow. They raise goats for their milk, keep bees for their honey and cut wood to heat their house with a wood stove. Above all, they follow organic growing practices. For the first time, the Hilsgens offered their harvest to family and friends this year through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) arrangement, Cindy Hilsgen said Thursday.
An early look at the 2006-07 district budget was given the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Superintendent Dan Kaler said a correction being made to the preliminary budget will change the total ending fund balance. A figure of $265,481 for the reserved portion must be applied, meaning the balance will be lowered from $2,825,463, as stated in the preliminary budget, to $2,559,982. Otherwise, Kaler reported an increase in revenues over projections for the past budget, particularly for interest on investments and the School Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) program funding.
PLUM CITY--Two summers ago, around 100 Christian music fans gathered at a church campground for a day of praise, worship and fellowship. What began as an inspiration for a Plum City man has now grown into PraiseFest 2006. Ray Burg said Wednesday he mainly lined up musicians and artists he knew in organizing the original 2004 event on the grounds of Bible Center Church, across from Wieser Concrete headquarters.