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Arlington National Cemetery, the famous burial grounds for the nation's war heroes, has inspired a new tribute to U.S. servicemen and women who've died in the Iraq war, this one on the U.S. West Coast. Arlington West features rows of simple white crosses perfectly aligned on a sandy stretch of beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., a city 75 miles north of Los Angeles. Each cross represents one American soldier killed in Iraq.
TV and computer screens will be dark in the homes of many local school students this coming week. The Ellsworth School District is promoting a TV/Screen Turn-Off Time now through Thursday, Nov. 16, as part of its implementation of a Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television (SMART) curriculum. The event is scheduled just before statewide exams, as the curriculum is being adopted in the belief a child's academic performance will increase after detoxification from screen exposure. Participants are pledging not to watch TV, videotapes, DVDs or play video or computer games for the 10 days.
The Gift Box Program, a non-profit effort helping families in need, is seeking temporary facilities for its operations during the upcoming holidays. "I just found out we're homeless," Coordinator Felicia Sather said Thursday, referring to the irony in a program dedicated to serving the less fortunate being without a base of operations itself. The gym at the former Ellsworth Junior High School (now the Ames Business Center) is no longer available to the group, Sather said.
For the first time in over 30 years, Cal Butts has been joined by another barber in his Ellsworth shop. Angela Weiss began cutting hair last month from behind the chair that's long stood empty next to one normally staffed by the shop owner.
Three times the space previously available to the organization in the courthouse is found in the Pierce County Historical Association's new headquarters at the Ellsworth Village Hall. The group relocated from the courthouse's lower level to the former quarters of the probation and parole office in the hall's lower level last month. "Ten months ago, they moved out," Audrey Gilbertson of the association said Thursday about probation and parole, which now operates from the back of the State Farm Insurance building at Main and Grant streets. Despite the historical organization having only part
SPRING VALLEY --- A benefit has been organized for a Spring Valley family who were the victims of a fire last month. The event for the Troy and Kelly Neidermyer family will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, at Torch's Valley Bar, Menomonie, on Hwy. 29 east of Spring Valley. It will feature a barbecue dinner beginning at 5 p.m., for which free will donations will be accepted. A silent auction will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. and donated items for bids are being accepted. There will be live music by "Richard Johnson's Band" from 8 p.m.
The 2006-07 budget was finalized by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. An ending fund balance projected for '06-'07 that's slightly more than the estimate presented at the annual meeting in August was among the adjustments, according to Superintendent Dan Kaler. The projection is now $2,863,610, as compared to a balance of $2,984,940 to end'05-'06. In the budget for the coming year approved by the board Monday, revenues total $15,714,928, while total expenses are $15,836,258.
An Ellsworth High School senior is a semifinalist for the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Conrad Knutson scored high enough on a preliminary test he took a year ago to qualify for semifinalist, according to EHS Guidance Counselor Laurel Kozitza.