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Participation by the Ellsworth School District in a statewide innovation project was proposed to the local school board Monday. Linda Flanders of Taproot, Inc., in Bay City, speaking from Monday's audience, discussed her recent attendance at a Wisconsin Creative Task Force summit meeting in Madison. Flanders, who has produced educational documentary films in this area, said the task force wants to actively foster innovation at the community level.
MAIDEN ROCK -- Photography wasn't Jean Johnson LaPlant's vocation when she was still in the work force, but it's become her top pastime in retirement. And although the Maiden Rock resident doesn't have a photography business, she distributes business cards for Almost Gone Photography, billing her as its photographer.
Three young girls used to singing before their families, friends and neighbors in Pierce County now look to vocalize in front of a wider audience. Riley Bowman and Cassie Quinn, both students in the Spring Valley School District, plus Marisa Nelson, an Ellsworth High School freshman, get their chance this Saturday, Dec. 6, during the fifth annual "Starquest" finals at The State Theatre in Eau Claire.
Back for the third year, "The Memories" will entertain an area audience next week while benefiting needy families, courtesy of the Ellsworth Lions Club. The Lions will host the singers from Menomonie during a holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium. Organizer Jay Nesseth of the Lions said Tuesday proceeds from the event are again designated for the Pierce County Food Shelf and the Gift Box program.
TOWN OF SALEM -- Some wine from the first grapevines Daren Edwards planted three-and-one-half years ago should be available to the public soon. Edwards has capitalized on a pastime with his new Maiden Wines and will teach related classes as part of the business. "It started as a hobby," he said Tuesday about the operation, centered on 15 acres in the Town of Salem. There, his seasonal plantings have expanded to nearly 10,000 vines since the first went into the ground in the spring of 2005, he said.
A special meeting to determine what the next steps should be following last week's failed referendum was scheduled by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The meeting is set for Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. Monday, board members reviewed a breakdown of the referendum election results by municipality. Voters had been asked for approval to borrow not more than $2 million for major maintenance items in one referendum question and for authority to exceed the state-imposed revenue limit by $900,000 annually for five years in a second question.
PLUM CITY -- Drive along Plum City's newly upgraded main street and it's hard to miss Tyler Clare's handiwork. The 17-year-old Clare, who's now submitted his paperwork to become an Eagle Scout, spent non-school time off-and-on for a couple of years upgrading the flower beds in Duck Pond Park. His effort for the attraction in the heart of the village was part of his quest to be an Eagle. "I've always wanted to go for Eagle," he said Friday, "ever since I was first in Scouting." Clare said he learned about the need for the flower bed makeover from the Scoutmaster of his troop.
SPRING VALLEY -- A benefit is planned for a Spring Valley man who has long had diabetes and is now seeking a pancreas transplant. The benefit will be held this Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club for Scott Hunter, 41. Hunter's pancreas doesn't work, his wife Angie said Thursday. "We're waiting for that phone call," Mrs. Hunter said, adding if they get it, they'll have two hours to get to the University of Minnesota. Her husband has been battling with diabetes for 39 years. She said he still takes insulin shots for his type 1 diabetes.
Crossroad Community Church west of Ellsworth is growing so rapidly its leaders almost can't keep up with it. The church's new Family Ministry Center is a case in point. Pastor Matt Anderson said Thursday he'd been thinking of the center as a project for next year. But the growth has led to running out of Sunday School and youth space. "We're building it 18 months sooner than I'd thought," Anderson said, indicating work began in September and is to be done in February. While the congregation once numbered around 30, it's now pushing nearly 300, he said.
SPRING VALLEY--A benefit is planned for a Spring Valley man who has long had diabetes and is now seeking a pancreas transplant. The benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at 2 p.m. at the Elmwood Rod and Gun Club for Scott Hunter, 41. Hunter's pancreas doesn't work, his wife Angie said Thursday. "We're waiting for that phone call," Mrs. Hunter said, adding if they get it, they'll have two hours to get to the University of Minnesota. Her husband has been battling with diabetes for 39 years. She said he still takes insulin shots for his type 1 diabetes.