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Losing a loved one is a difficult time in most people's lives. Not knowing who to talk to or what are "normal" feelings during grief can make this depressing time even worse for some. But there is a new group in Prescott who helps people coping with the loss of a loved one. Cyndi Cashman, who owns a hair salon in Prescott, said she saw people suffering from loss in the past few years and wanted to have a place for them to go in town to get help for grief. This led to the idea for Healing Hurting Hearts Grief Support Group.
FFA Chapters around the country are celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the National FFA Organization during FFA week Feb. 17-24. The Ellsworth FFA is not only celebrating the national organization's historic anniversary, but also its own special anniversary. Ellsworth Community School District agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor Katie Christenson said the Ellsworth FFA chapter was chartered on March 29, 1938. During its 80 years of existence, the Ellsworth chapter has had members participate in many events, conferences and contests.
Ellsworth Fire Department recently recognized one of their long serving firefighters for his commitment to the department by awarding him 2017 Firefighter of the Year. Larry Peterson has been with the Ellsworth Fire Department since 1971 and joined the department when his dad was fire chief, making him a second generation firefighter. Now, Peterson's son has become the third generation firefighter in the family. Peterson, while appreciative of the award, believes many were deserving of the honor.
Construction for a section of Wisconsin Highway 35 is set to begin in 2019 to improve the road condition and safety of the Great River Road. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Project Manager Matt Pfeifer said the project is set to start around May 2019, depending on the weather. The section of the road that will be under construction is Wisconsin Highway 35 from US Highway 63 at Hager City to Coulee Creek near Diamond Bluff.
People may notice a new face at the Ellsworth Public Library as a new youth librarian and program coordinator started in early January. Elise Gregory may have started working at the library in January, but is not new to the library. "I have been a frequent library user," Gregory said. "My kids and I have done a lot of the programs." As a library staff member, Gregory has a chance to help with programs and create new programs for the enjoyment of library attendees.
Feb. 14 may be known to many as the day of love because of Valentine's Day, but to some this day represents the love given for those that donate an organ, eye or tissue. Besides Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 is also National Donor's Day. Organ donor recipients from all over the United States have been given a second chance at life when they receive a life saving organ.
Below are the 18th annual 2018 Spring Valley Lion's Club Fishing Derby results from the Saturday, Feb. 10 tournament at Eau Galle Recreation Area. Raffle prize winners Jon Newton: $200 Dave Sowatzke: $100 Michelle Branshaw: $75 Kylie Jensen: $50 Jack Bune: Scheels Gift Certificate - $25 Jeffrey Johnson: Scheels Gift Certificate - $25 Fishing contest prize winners Perch 1st Place: Richard Gedatus, Wilson, 5.7 ounces 2nd Place: Brad Ducklow, River Falls,4.5 ounces
Ellsworth High School juniors gained some real life experience Feb. 7 as they participated in Reality Check, a collaboration between UW-Extension and Ellsworth Community School District. Katie Feuerhelm, family living educator for Pierce County UW-Extension and Ellsworth School Board member, said this is the second year the district held the Reality Check simulation. Students filled out a survey ahead of time saying what they want in the future in regards to career, family, pets, etc.
Feral cats were the topic of debate at the Plum City Village Board Meeting Monday, Feb. 5. Some community members want a solution on how to get rid of them; others want to care for, capture and spay/neuter the felines.
Bringing the feel of grandma's house is exactly what the owners wanted to do when they added a general store to the existing Stockholm Pie Company. On Jan. 27, Alan Nugent, one of the owners of Stockholm Pie and General Store, said they opened the general store portion of the business; preparations began last April. Nugent said they started looking at what items they wanted to sell and how to get the space ready.