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Annual Youth Government Day took place Monday, May 1 at the Pierce County Courthouse in Ellsworth. Students from six schools participated, including Ellsworth, Prescott, Elmwood, Plum City, River Falls and Spring Valley. County Youth Government Day is a program adopted in Wisconsin in 1954. It provides boys and girls with the opportunity to participate in the operations of county government for one day.
Ellsworth Public Library is partnering with Ellsworth Middle School and Friends of the Ellsworth Public Library to bring a series of Little Free Libraries to our communities. The library and the middle school simultaneously identified a need for better access to books in areas further away from the Village of Ellsworth. At the same time, Indianhead Federated Library System happened to be offering planning and financial support for community collaborations through the IFLS Community Engagement project.
The exceptional quality of meat products produced by JM Watkins of Plum City was recognized at the 78th annual Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors convention in Madison March 30-April 1. JM Watkins, owned and operated by Brandon and Erin Clare, received the following product awards: • Reserve Grand Champion, whole smoked turkey, Cured and Smoked Poultry Class • Reserve Champion, pepper bacon, Flavored Bacon Class
River Falls American Legion Post 121 has announced a new program designed to recognize as "Hometown Heroes" those men and women from River Falls and surrounding areas who are serving on active duty. Once the Post receives the information, each "Hero" will have his or her photo and name, along with branch of service and current duty station, posted on the Post website. Their Legion dues will also be paid while they are on active duty. In addition, these individuals will be highlighted on the Legion's electronic sign when arriving home on leave or when their tour ends.
This past week we celebrated the announcement that the District had been named one of 21 districts throughout the state to receive a "FabLab" Grant through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. This $25,000 grant is a great step forward in establishing the FabLab at the high school over the next year.
TOWN OF SALEM -- The Salem Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. Approval of minutes from last meeting, Visitor comments, Financial report, Approve Bills, Equipment & Building, Road Report, 400th Street Bridge, Discuss and take action on Planning Commission Compensation, Plan Commission, Township dog Issues, Permits, Reports on meetings attended, Correspondence, Adjournment. Ruth Kay, Clerk
The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes visitors to enjoy a true Wisconsin classic at the 16th annual Cheese Curd Festival with help from a $25,900 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Taking place in the "Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin," the festival honors the popularity of Wisconsin cheese, with a focus on the cheese curd. Attendees can enjoy deep fried curds and signature dipping sauces, cheese curd-influenced cuisine, a cheese curd eating contest and more. The festival is set to take place June 23-24.
St. Joseph Parish School's annual "Walk for Virtues" is from noon to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The walk helps raise awareness of the contributions St. Joseph Parish School makes to our community. Virtues the school personifies in the community are faith, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance, respect, friendship and purity. The walk also helps the school raise money for tuition assistance for families in need.
Each year, Wisconsin has Youth Art Month — a state-wide art show. Art teachers from every school district are allowed to submit up to three pieces of artwork to be displayed at the state level. The three pieces are then put on display at the Capitol rotunda in Madison. While on display, state art vendors and organizations are allowed to give awards as they see fit.
Two Spring Valley Community Choirs (the Women's Choir and the Youth Choir) will be joined by the River Falls University Community Choir for a spring concert titled Earth, Sea, Sky and Home at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre. The Youth Choir is open to Spring Valley students in grades 3-5. A few familiar tunes they are performing include Consider Yourself (from Oliver), Somewhere Over the Rainbow (from the Wizard of Oz), and The Water Is Wide.