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Fall bulbs bring spring blooms

Dozens of daffodil bulbs arrived in River Falls last week from the American Cancer Society that will bring colorful blooms in spring to honor the community's cancer victims, survivors and caregivers. Local volunteers planted the bulbs in Veterans Park. Left to right: Owner of Curves for Women Connie Kastner, volunteer gardener Carole Stewart, ACS Community Relations Coordinator Kellie Burrows, and volunteer gardeners Mary Jo Pedriana and Ruthann Frank.

The ladies of Curves for Women, 107A N. Main St., dug into a project last week that both beautifies the community and honors those who know cancer's journey.

American Cancer Society Community Relations Coordinator Kellie Burrows delivered to River Falls last week 100-200 daffodil bulbs meant to honor cancer victims, survivors and caregivers. She said daffodils are the flower of hope.

"Every spring we'll see daffodils and remember our survivors...," said Burrows.

Curves for Women in River Falls owner Connie Kastner said several women who exercise at her place joined this year the group of volunteers informally known as the "Second Street Gardeners."

Sandy Bowen volunteered in 2006, along with several other local people with green thumbs, to care for existing gardens along Second Street, as well as start more.

Since then the group has grown and not only cares for plant beds along Second Street but also landscaped areas and hanging baskets along Main Street and throughout the downtown business district.

Kastner said Curves members were glad to jump in and help beautify River Falls.

Veterans Park is close to the business, gardening is exercise and all the ladies knew the Second Street Gardeners needed help with their growing task of community beautification.

Kastner said about the Curves members, "There were a bunch of women who did it all summer."

She said several other members, besides the ones who came to help plant the daffodil bulbs, had been helping water, weed and plant the Veterans Park area throughout the growing season.

They include Heather Barringer, Sue Danielson, Pat Dartt, Linda Henderson, Lorraine Peitso, Pat Radke, Linda Ross and Pat Wiskerchen.

Kastner said planting the daffodils from ACS fits October's theme of breast-cancer awareness month. She said Curves was offering a free joiner's fee to anyone who'd had or had scheduled a mammogram during October.

Burrows said people can contact her for more information about ACS, its services and its involvement in the community: 715-426-5448 or