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Anyone who's had long hair knows the apprehension that comes with getting it sheared. People often think "How will it look?" or "What if I hate it?" Imagine how it must feel to be a young child without any hair. That's what Locks of Love does. It's a non-profit organization that encourages people to cut their long hair and donate it to children who have none.
River Falls Food Pantry volunteers scrambled to meet needs after a recent local story generated a big rush for help. Six people hustled to accommodate 24 clients inside of three days' time. The pantry needs more volunteers and more donations to meet its long-term goal of staffing the place full time instead of operating by appointment only like it had before February. The Food Pantry organizers created open-door hours that started at the beginning of this month.
The River Falls Public Library holds its first-ever Teen Lock In Thursday, Feb. 16 from 8 p.m.-midnight. Youths in 7th-10th grades can attend the free event that kicks off the start of a four-day weekend since there's no school the following Friday or Monday.
The Girl Scout Council of St. Croix Valley (GSCSCV) honored River Falls' Mary-Alice Muraski last Thursday evening with a top award called the Thanks Badge. The award denotes a person's continued dedication to Girl Scouts and ranks as a pretty big deal in the Scouting world. Muraski's done a lot with Girl Scouts.
"I've never felt like I was stuck in," said 87-year old Pauline Sailer. "All I have to do is make that call." Sailer's talking about the River Falls Shared-Ride Taxi Service that started here in 1986. The city subsidizes it to bring affordable taxi service to anyone who needs it. She's lived in River Falls eight years and is glad she picked it for retirement. "There eventually comes a time when you can't drive anymore," Sailer said.
City Council members will vote at the Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting whether to annex 56 acres south of town. Voting yes would be the first step in the land eventually becoming a big park. The site sits on the south side of County Road FF, about a mile from Hwy.
One of River Falls' assistant fire chiefs received this year's Fireman of the Year award at the annual firefighters banquet Saturday, Jan. 14. Past award recipients pick each year's winner. This year the group bestowed the honor on Mike Moody. "That's something that makes it special. It's not an outside group. It's your peers," said Moody. His name goes on one plaque that he keeps and on another that hangs in the fire hall. River Falls' fire department started in 1885. It's been giving a Fireman of the Year award for the past 25 years.
City Council members decided Tuesday night not to create a law standardizing designs for multi-family homes in River Falls. Voting no: Tom Caflisch, Joleen Larson, Wayne Beebe and Harvey Sternat. Voting yes: Hal Watson and David Cronk. Carol Robinson was absent. Caflisch sparked debate by asking about specific parts and language of the eight-page document that the Plan Commission prepared. It includes everything from parking and pedestrians to architecture and landscaping. He questioned driveways that "should be inconspicuous" and inset garages.
Decisions by the City Council at last week's meeting paved the way to some prime parking spots in downtown River Falls. The city owns the site that used to be the old River Falls Medical Clinic and plans to use it as a permit-required lot until someone wants to buy and redevelop the land. Though the council agreed to create a special-use permit to use the site as a parking lot, it can't sell parking permits just yet. First it must create a law amending the city's official parking control map. Then it must publish the new law in an official newspaper.
From reference books and novels to computer stations and DVDs, the River Falls Public Library has something for everyone. All Wisconsin residents can get a library card free. That little card enables holders to take advantage of lots of educational media and information. Movies and music Many may already know that they can check out movies, both on disk and tape. Library Director Nancy Miller said one day the library will go to all DVDs. For now, it still carries movies on tape but not music cassettes anymore.