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When someone has a form of dementia it can become stressful for he or she and their loved ones to figure out legal matters and how to financially support caregiving help that may be needed. However, help is available to them. St. Croix County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) dementia specialist Nancy Abrahamson said the ADRC tries to help people with dementia stay in their homes as long as possible. "When people become isolated, they lose function more quickly," Abrahamson said. "We want people to be social and maintain their activities."
Passing of a resolution for a general obligation street improvement bond, potential changes with Firehall Field, and awarding of bids for the Albert and College streets project were main topics at the June 11 Prescott City Council meeting. Issuance of bond The council passed a "resolution providing for the issuance, sale and delivery of $1,370,000 general obligation street improvement bonds." City Finance Director / Treasurer Vanessa Norby said the city was going to finance for a portion of the new fire truck through the bond.
In the wake of devastation following Hurricane Harvey, one man was thankful that people from his hometown area came to help. Nick Henrich now lives in Humble, Texas, but grew up in Spring Valley. Henrich said Harvey was not the first hurricane he had been through in Texas, as he had been there for Hurricane Ike in 2008. But Harvey was far more destructive; he said while everyone in the area knew Harvey was going to cause damage, no one realized the extent of the devastation until after the storm.
Could changes be in the works for Prescott's Firehall Field? The Prescott City Council heard a proposal detailing possibilities at its June 11 meeting. Dallas Eggers, president of Crazy About Baseball (CAB) Company, and Brady Randolph, treasurer of CAB Company, were at the city council meeting to speak about the possibility of CAB Company taking over Firehall Field from the Prescott School District. Eggers said the school would retain ownership of the field but CAB would lease it for a minimal amount (like $1 per year).
Facing a disease by yourself can be overwhelming. When it comes to Alzheimer's and dementia, help is available for not only those suffering from the disease, but their caregivers as well. Michelle Meinen, social worker with the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) said many communities have programs to help those with dementia along with their caregivers.
The Spring Valley Village Board meeting June 13 included a closed session concerning the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center. "It was a discussion between the SVHRC board and the village board about the possibility of the village owning the nursing home as they did many years ago," Spring Valley Village Clerk Luann Emerson said. While no decision was made after the closed session, this issue will remain on the village docket.
Figuring out how to provide the Ellsworth Public Library more room for books and activities has been going on for years. Library board and building committee meetings have mulled over the possibility of the library moving into the BMO Harris Bank building at 388 W. Main St. This location was chosen as one of three potential future library sites by the Ellsworth Library Building Committee at its Aug. 12, 2013 meeting.
Growing up by the St. Croix River fostered one gentleman's love of the river and inspired him to work on a towboat when he got older. Prescott native Tom Struve said his dreams of working on a towboat started early in his life. "I grew up on a farm outside of Prescott," Struve said. "When I was 7 to 8 [years old] we moved to town. I spent every spare moment out on the river and dreamed about being on a towboat." Struve started working on the river at a young age and his passion for the river grew. "As a teenager [I] worked down by the marina," Struve said.
According to Ellsworth Library Director Tiffany Meyer, who spoke at the June 4 Ellsworth Village Board meeting, the Ellsworth Public Library Building Committee had hoped to have a non-binding referendum question on the Aug. 14, 2018 ballot to see if the community would support the village borrowing money for a portion of the library building project. Paul Bauer, chair of the library building committee, said the committee would like to see if there is interest from the community in a new building for the library.
The Ellsworth Public Library summer reading program kicked off Thursday, June 7 at East End Park with music by Brooke Elizabeth, a bouncy house and dinner provided by the Ellsworth Lions Club, and kids activities and fun.