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With her own son serving in Iraq, Sue Holst has often thought about the families of other area soldiers on duty. Since going to the war-torn country in March, Holst's son, Army Warrant Officer Randy Clemons, made her aware of Family Readiness Groups. FRGs provide support for soldiers' families, help them get ready for deployments, update them on what's going on and more. In the past few weeks, Holst has joined members of her own family and friends in forming such a group here.
Teacher John Groh has turned the closing of Lindgren Elementary School into a history lesson for his fourth grade class there. Groh's 19 students researched the school's past and compiled the resulting information into a book distributed in conjunction with special closing ceremonies last week. This term was the local teacher's first at the site. "I was on the committee that looked at closing schools, and it wasn't easy," he said Wednesday, referring to the discontinuation of Lindgren and Sunnyside elementaries as traditional public schools.
Three Plum City High School alumni who died in service to their country were honored with a new standing tribute at the school on Memorial Day Monday. Three marble benches inscribed with the names of Sgt. First Class Trevor Diesing, who sacrified in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Pfcs. Patrick Carroll and Richard Carlson, in the Vietnam Conflict, were dedicated in a ceremony attended by Third District Congressman Ron Kind, a representative of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, Pierce County Veterans Service Officer Merlin Blaisdell, school officials and community members. State Sen.
United Way St. Croix Valley's "Success by Six" program focusing on child development was outlined for the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The program promotes getting children off early to a right start, said John Coughlin, executive director of the organization. Babies learn from their mothers at birth and a critical period occurs soon thereafter for such traits as vision, emotional control and developmental aspects, Coughlin said. "The first three years are especially important," he said. Unfortunately, an achievement gap also begins early, according to the director.
Many of the participants in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in the Twin Cities this August will join the event as a tribute to a victim of the disease, displaying that person's name on shirts they wear and sharing stories about them with other walkers. An Ellsworth woman who died of breast cancer will be among those so memorialized.
SDS Architects of Eau Claire was hired by the Ellsworth School Board Monday to conduct thorough evaluations of Hillcrest and Prairie View elementary schools, and provide feedback to the district's long-range planning committee. At $7,500, SDS' was one of the best fees from the firms submitting proposals for the job, Superintendent Dan Kaler said.
While elementary education was her major in college, Bobbie Sawyers minored in foreign languages. Sawyers studied French and Spanish, she said Wednesday.
BAY CITY --- All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, as the old saying goes, but where does that leave Jill? If she was a member of Girl Scout Troop 1104 in the Bay City area, she could have participated in just the right mix of work and play to create a successful Scouting experience the past nine months.
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.
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.