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MAIDEN ROCK --- Ole may be one-half of those Norwegian jokes which poke fun at him and his spouse, Lena, but the new managers of Ole's Bar and Grill are determined to avoid anyone thinking of their establishment as a joke. Chuck Anderson and Gwen Anderson (no relation, though they're dating) assumed management at the downtown Maiden Rock fixture early this month.
A preview of the new Crossing Meadows development on the village's northwest side was presented to Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce members Thursday. Developer Paul Gerrard said this is the Gerrard Corporation's second local development; the other is Highpoint Apartments, west of Ellsworth Middle School. "Without this partnership (with the village board), it never would have happened," Gerrard said. Crossing Meadows is actually five projects in one development, he said.
TOWN OF MAIDEN ROCK --- Guatemalan women have a friend in Mary Anne Wise. The Maiden Rock area artist returned last July to the country where she'd honeymooned 10 years prior to find a people in tragedy. Their already meager economy was threatened, devastated by mudslides in the aftermath of hurricanes. "I talked to one of the older men about what had happened," Wise said through tears Thursday, admitting he came to symbolize the residents' plight for her. A weaver and teacher, the local visitor was determined to help.
Everything for the outdoors enthusiast has a place in Scott's Outdoor Store (SOS), opening next month at the new retail building next to the Ellsworth Post Office on the village's northwest side. Owners Scott and Melissa Ryden were busy last week setting up merchandise displays, wall mounts of game bagged on past hunting trips and even an indoor archery range for customers to appreciate and use.
To her accounting background and marketing skills, Casey Oricchio is adding responsibility as the new banquet manager at the Red Barn Banquet and Auction Hall in Spring Valley. Now that the Red Barn's co-owner, Merry Hines, has taken over the business' café, a manager for the banquet facility was needed, Oricchio said Friday.
Around 40 businesses participated in the Spring Fling Business Expo at the Ellsworth High School gym Sunday. The local chamber of commerce event featured booths and displays, a scavenger hunt and concessions. Attendees who joined in the scavenger hunt had to identify the area enterprises offering such items and services as hip hop lessons, Packer brats and dive-in movies. Those correctly naming at least five such items were eligible for a drawing for prizes.
After approving a reconfiguration plan earlier this month that will reduce the district's teaching ranks by 7.3 elementary positions, among other reductions, the Ellsworth School Board accepted 13 teacher resignations Monday. The resignations, due to retirement, are from: Judy Bostrom, second grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary; Barbara Carpenter, third grade teacher at Prairie View Elementary; Kerry Christopherson, family consumer education teacher at the middle school; Dave Kastberg, social studies teacher at the middle school; Chris Keenan, English teacher at the middle school; Mary Klau
Shari Duhrkop has made a career of managing money and gas stations. The combination will serve her well in her latest job at Ellsworth's Speedway convenience station and store. Duhrkop succeeded Kathymae Fletcher as manager of the business in the village's midway district last month. "What doesn't a manager do?" she said Thursday should be the question when asked about her new duties.
The Great River Road Theatre Company is living up to its name by taking its latest show on the road. The Prescott-based company has brought "Drop Dead" to the Ames Dinner Theatre in Ellsworth.