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Census Bureau gears up for another head count By Bill Kirk It's a big job, but somebody's got to do it. A head count of the nation will be taken in the coming year and the U.S. Census Bureau has mobilized for the effort. Preparations for U.S.
Whether it's on the front lines or behind the scenes, Perry and Dorene Melstrom support the American Red Cross Bloodmobile whenever it visits Ellsworth. Melstrom's blood donations date back 55 years, while his wife was later recruited for service by former local Coordinator Phyllis Linder. The couple has rarely missed being there since they've been regulars and plans to attend the local bloodmobile visit Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Zion Covenant Church. "I'm always on the 3 to 6 (p.m.) shift," Mrs. Melstrom said, with her husband noting he tries to go around 4 p.m.
Participation and the amount of waste collected at this fall's Pierce County Clean Sweep were both higher than those aspects of the event a year earlier. Four hundred six vehicles attended the Sept. 19 collection, an increase of 112 vehicles over the 294 attending the one in September of 2008, according to a report from the county's solid waste management department last week. Meantime, a total of 33,562 pounds of waste was disposed of during the latest Clean Sweep, up by 2,947 pounds from the one in the fall a year earlier.
TOWN OF MARTELL--A giant step has been taken toward preserving for public use a small park long popular with fishing enthusiasts and families seeking a gathering place. The West Wisconsin Land Trust (WWLT) has transferred ownership of the approximately two-acre park along Hwy. 63 adjacent to the Rush River to the Town of Martell.
Appeals were made to keep the program as the local review committee presented a Student Achievement Guarantee in Education (SAGE) report to the Ellsworth School Board Monday. Curriculum and Instruction Director/Hillcrest Elementary School Principal Leona Johnson outlined data the committee analyzed about the program, which promotes reduced class sizes in elementary schools through third grade.
PLUM CITY--People living downstream from the Plum Creek Watershed can have more peace of mind and the floodplain there will be narrowed because of a warning system being installed for Nugget Lake Dam near Plum City. The upgrade was one of three recommended improvements after a flood study conducted earlier for the county by Ayres Associates, Eau Claire engineering firm, according to Pierce County Zoning Administrator Jim Kleinhans.
Jill Bjorkman's got news for the public about her new electrolysis enterprise in Ellsworth's west business district. People who've had hair removal done and found it uncomfortable should try having it done by her. And if they do, they'll experience the safest and most sanitary process available, besides the highest degree of comfort. Last week, Bjorkman showed the space which has been converted for Softouch Electrolysis and Body Waxing, in the building most recently housing the former Guardianship Diversified Services.
TOWN OF OAK GROVE--Farm fields in the Town of Oak Grove are not only dotted by new dwellings, but by a new crop, too. The fruit of the grape vine is being picked at the Rudy and Cathy Jungwirth residence, located in a housing development which was once a farm off CTH E.
Whenever someone takes over a business, they're taking a risk. Dick Riske should know that better than most. Riske has owned his share of bar businesses, besides working at others. But the North Dakota native's extensive experience with such enterprises might help reduce the risk accompanying his latest venture, the Eastender in East Ellsworth. "I've mainly bartended since 1974," he said Friday about his work history. Riske said he assumed the Eastender's management in late October from former owners Frank and Teri Unger, who've now moved to California.
Area church choirs will sing for this year's Ellsworth Lions Club holiday concert to benefit needy families. The Lions will host choirs from most Ellsworth area churches on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Ellsworth High School Cafetorium. A group of EHS students will also sing. Organizer Jay Nesseth of the Lions said Friday the club decided to change the program from one by "The Memories," featured at the event for the past three years, to a concert spotlighting local singers.