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PRESCOTT--In the fairy tale "Cinderella," the lead character dreams of being transformed from housemaid into the "belle of the ball." Her dream ultimately comes true and so can the wish of anyone wanting to witness her story live, locally and in musical form.
It may not be "Dancing with the Stars" or "So You Think You Can Dance," but there will be plenty of kicking up the heels when Polka Fest returns to the Pierce County Fairgrounds Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12. The 34th annual version of one of Ellsworth's top outside draws will feature dancers on two wooden dance floors, testing their skills to the accompaniment of live music from a dozen bands.
One hundred-years-old and still serving the community. The Ellsworth Co-op Creamery has quite a story to tell and will be telling it over the coming year, starting with this month's Cheese Curd Festival. Moreover, if actions speak louder than words, as the old saying goes, the creamery has them covered, too. Furthering a tradition of community mindedness, the business which gave Ellsworth its claim to fame as "Cheese Curd Capital" has acted to support a local cause.
A new record was established for the collection of unused and unwanted medications at this spring's Pierce County Clean Sweep, according to a report from the county's solid waste and recycling department. A record-high 178 pounds of the medications taken in during the April 18 event was 62 pounds higher than what the county collected for total pounds in all of 2008. Forty-five participants (43 residents and two medical facilities) delivered pharmaceutical waste this spring. Of the total, 173 pounds were non-controlled and five pounds were controlled.
TOWN OF EL PASO--Time marches on for the El Paso community, which is observing its 150th anniversary this year. Time was also a theme for El Paso Community Club members who attended a meeting Wednesday to plan the annual El Paso Days celebration, to be held from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 21-23. A time capsule to honor the 150th will be buried as part of the event. Club President Merlin Blaisdell said local cemetery officials have agreed to allow its burial there, between the bell and some trees. The matter of what time to have the burial happen was discussed.
BAY CITY--The Pierce County Historical Association (PCHA) wants to instill the pioneer spirit in area residents with its annual Pioneer Day at the River Bluffs History Center in Bay City Saturday, June 27, from noon to 4 p.m. Last year, the free event was made all-inclusive, PCHA President John Norquist said Wednesday, explaining input from throughout the county is now anticipated, instead of just the immediate vicinity, as was previously the case. "It seems to be growing," Norquist said about a result of the change. Various volunteers are responsible for the many attractions planned on the
MAIDEN ROCK--Activities will be ongoing all day Saturday in Maiden Rock as the village will host its annual Summerfest celebration. The action starts at 9 a.m. with sand mine tours leaving from the village park. Two hours later, various events in the park will begin, including kids' games, moonwalk, pajama volleyball, tug-a-war and a dunk tent. Food and drink will be available, including BBQ chicken and hot dogs. There will also be a silent auction and the chance to purchase Maiden Rock collectible pottery.
Sam Fu liked using the word "king" in the name of his new Ellsworth restaurant because kings have been part of his native China for 5,000 years. And Fu's almost ready to create perhaps only a slightly smaller dynasty with the King House Chinese Restaurant, set to open in the coming two weeks in a strip mall next to the local post office. Friday, he shared an extensive tri-fold menu of Chinese food in Hunan, Cantonese and Szechuan styles he plans to serve. "We'll be getting our ingredients from Asian Foods and some from Sysco," he said about his suppliers.
BELDENVILLE--The new Clyde's Corner in downtown Beldenville is a family operation. Kathy Gutting, who owns the business along with her husband, Dave, staffs the bar, as does Manager Jerad Erlandson, the latter said Thursday. Erlandson is the Guttings' son-in-law, having married their daughter, Sara, in February. They're joined by a couple of locals, but the family members handle the majority of the work at the bar, which opened last month, he said. "Kathy and I take 80 percent of the hours," he said, noting those hours are from 10 a.m.