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A 70-plus-year-old building in Ellsworth's East End Park has gotten a refreshed look, thanks to a local Eagle Scout candidate. Seth Mahaffey took on renovation of the park's log cabin as a project to partially fulfill Eagle Scout requirements.
Area residents who have working smoke detectors could be eating free pizza because of a Safe Kids promotion later this month, which is Fire Prevention Month. Six families will be picked at random from among those ordering pizzas at Pizza Man in Ellsworth Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, for the promotion by the organization which focuses on injury prevention to children ages 14 and under.
A child car and booster seat inspection is being offered free at the Ellsworth Ambulance Service hall, 151 S. Plum St., this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. A new booster seat law in Wisconsin requires children ages 12 and under, and weighing less than 80 pounds, to be in some type of child restraint, according to Dan L'Allier of the ambulance service. Tickets can be issued for violations.
Jason Schulte may be a bit out of his element, but that hasn't stopped him from pursuing the career he wants. Schulte, a Minnesota native who now lives near his home state in River Falls, assumed a newly created news reporter position at the Herald last week. The job doesn't involve sports coverage, like the newspaper work he's done in the past.
An educational play and curriculum now being presented in Ellsworth area elementary schools focuses on nutrition and physical fitness. "The Power of the Pyramid" involves a live interactive performance with lessons to be reinforced by workbooks, take-home activities to be completed by families and classroom posters, according to information supplied by Heather Logelin of the Kinnickinnic Health Foundation and Cheryl Passe of River Falls Area Hospital.
When Rhonda Huber got her first one over 31 years ago, the average length span of a transplanted kidney was five-to-seven years. Kind of like the "Energizer Bunny," Huber's replacement kidney kept going and going and going, but she came to realize it would eventually wear down. The Ellsworth resident, who's presently recovering from a second such transplant, wasn't looking forward to repeating the experience.
Computers are a valuable teaching tool in schools. But even the largest computer screens can be difficult for every student to see in an average-sized class. Kindergarten Teacher Maggie Jungmann at Hillcrest Elementary School in Ellsworth, who's a computer enthusiast, knows the problem firsthand.
Long an avid television viewer, Hanna Loberg is now regularly appearing on-camera in a network TV show. Loberg, the daughter of Bob and Spring Loberg of Ellsworth, portrays a cheerleader in the cast of "Friday Night Lights," which debuted on NBC-TV last month. The show about a high school football team and its community is broadcast Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Membership of a new committee charged with long-range planning was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The committee will work on four goal statements adopted earlier by the board which are being integrated into a long-range planning process.