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Pam Enger spent her career as a teacher. That 31-year stint as an educator in Maryland led Enger to volunteer with the teachers association there, helping with such projects as organizing elections at the county level for the NEA (National Education Association), she said Thursday. Additionally, she was a volunteer at her church, the United Church of Christ. Six-and-a-half years ago, she headed west with her husband, the Washington, D.C., native said. And she's now found herself volunteering again, here with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile.
TOWN OF EL PASO --- "Kind of awkward" is how Joe Janisch described his feelings in being honored as a conservation farmer by the Ellsworth Lions Club. After all, Janisch is just trying to make a living farming, and occupied with that, hasn't had time for a lot of outside activities.
Although one of his sisters was also a teacher, Bruce Peterson doesn't credit her for the direction his career took. Peterson originally thought about engineering as a vocation, but soon realized he didn't have the math background he would need, he said Thursday. So he, too, decided to become a teacher, but he doesn't consider it a second choice. "I'd do it all over again in a second," he said. Peterson is retiring from the Ellsworth School District at the close of this school term. Specifically, he's ending 31 years in education at Sunnyside Elementary School, he said.
A conditional use permit to County Concrete for a new quarry in the Town of Spring Lake was approved by the Pierce County Land Management Committee Wednesday. Pierce Zoning Compliance Officer Brad Roy said the quarry site being on the top of a hill, from where digging downward will occur, was a factor in the committee's decision to approve the permit. Committee members heard concerns from citizens about plans for the quarry, Roy said. Regarding noise, he said the size of a berm to be built for equipment to initially operate behind was increased.
Cheryl McCardle has gone wherever she was needed to help elementary students succeed in the Ellsworth School District. And although her students now come to her, McCardle's still giving them extra help.
Pierce County's recycling center continued its record-setting pace by marketing over 4,000 tons of materials last year, generating over $400,000 in revenues. 2006 marked the third consecutive year for the center to achieve this milestone, according to the annual report from the county's solid waste department. Specifically, the numbers were 4,309 for tonnage and $403,837 for revenue. In other '06 milestones, the facility received an annual record-high 4,324 tons of incoming recyclable materials and processed an annual record-high 4,367 tons of recyclable materials, the report states.
Pierce County ATV Association members are working hard to establish the organization, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce heard Thursday. Eric Markwardt of the association told the chamber the all-terrain-vehicle group, formed last September, has 160 members to date. They offer individual, family and business memberships (nine business sponsors have been obtained so far). Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at locations around the county. Presently, there's one main club (the association), but local chapters are possible, Markwardt said.
Curves for Women has taken over what's most recently been mainly a man's domain. Last month, the East Ellsworth exercise outlet moved a bit farther east, to the former site of Fullerton Building Center along Morse Street in the village. Owner Darla Goulette said Friday the premises will allow her business to expand. "It's a lot bigger," Goulette said, citing 2,000 square feet of interior space, higher ceilings and more off-street parking. Without Fullerton's display fixtures, the facility offers a large expanse for the Curves set-up.
Judy Bostrom was certain about her career goal, she just wasn't sure about the place where she was going to practice it. That's how Bostrom recently described her situation when she was hired to teach in the Ellsworth School District in 1972.
Summer 4-H interns are usually new to extension work. College students, most bring mainly a background as a member of a related organization--4-H, FFA or the like. But Pierce County's 4-H intern for this summer already has experience in the job, though from a neighboring county. Denise Burce served in a similar role for Buffalo County last summer, based at the extension office in Alma, her home town.