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Upcoming events at Ellsworth's Pamida store were previewed for the local chamber of commerce Thursday. Manager Dan Washburn told of plans to celebrate the store's first anniversary this Saturday. The Lifelink helicopter is to land on-site and be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New equipment has been installed to increase production at the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery. The creamery will be able to process approximately 30 percent more milk with the availability of the Whole Milk UF Filtration equipment, according to CEO/General Manager Paul Bauer. Bauer compared the advancement to putting a turbo charger on a hot rod's engine. The improvement affects the product the creamery sells to other businesses, he said Friday. Ninety percent of the plant's product is in barrels and goes toward processed cheese.
Ellsworth Middle School Instrumental Music Teacher Lisa Benz has received the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2009 Fellowship Award. The foundation awards 100 teachers throughout the state annually with $1,000 fellowships and an additional grant of $1,000 is awarded to each teacher's school for use in innovative educational projects. Benz said Wednesday she'd like the grant to EMS to be used for a project related to technology in music. The local award winner was among those in this region recognized during a luncheon in Chippewa Falls last month. She said she had her photo taken with U.S.
A new curriculum for elementary and middle school math was approved by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The new series has been proposed to improve on such benchmarks as local students' readiness for college level math and science, according to Curriculum and Instruction Director Leona Johnson. The board's curriculum committee, along with review committee members, considered data including 34 percent of local female students and 56 percent of local males have been ready in the past to succeed in college math.
Traffic and juvenile matters received increased Ellsworth Police Department attention last year, according to the department's annual report issued last week. The number of incidents in the traffic category rose from 1,390 in 2007 to 1,499 in 2008, Police Chief Greg Place wrote in the report.
The budget cutting process continued with approval of layoff notices by the Ellsworth School Board Monday. The action had to be taken before April 15, the deadline for such notices to be issued, Superintendent Barry Cain said yesterday. From Monday's closed session, Cain said the board approved the following layoffs: Kristin Hanson, .33 art; Jeremy Fisk, .60 health and .40 AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse); Tiffany Calmes, .30 family and consumer education; Darcy Rachow, .66 English; and Heather Shock, .40 four-year-old kindergarten. Late last month, board members and the public heard a l
TOWN OF MARTELL--Plans for the Friends of the Martell School House to preserve the historic landmark are progressing, with a lease arrangement now the favored course. "We'd prefer a 10-year lease," Deanie Pass of the group said Friday about a proposed arrangement with the town board. A pass-through lease is envisioned, Tom Meyer of the group said.
A list of proposed budget adjustments was presented to an audience of around 35 people, many of whom are district personnel, at a special Ellsworth School Board meeting Monday. Superintendent Barry Cain said the adjustment proposal totals $424,322. Cain emphasized school officials can only make predictions for several factors affecting next year's budget, including the outcome of the state budget, the impact of the present economic situation and the local district's student enrollment.
Name a beauty salon Hair Traffic Control and expect to encounter arrivals and departures. A significant set of those occurred at the shop with that name in Ellsworth's east end last week. Hayley Blomberg, who opened the business with her mother, Diane Hines, five-and-a-third years ago, turned over its ownership to Angie McHardy.
TOWN OF GILMAN--The next generation of plumbers in the Bigaouette family is establishing a rural business. Barry Bigaouette has worked with his father, Ed, in plumbing most of his life. But they've been based in the family's home town of Stillwater, Minn., and, now that his dad is about to retire, the son decided to set out on his own where he presently lives. His new Pierce Plumbing, Inc., in the Town of Gilman got underway early this year, he said Wednesday.