Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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When the 2012-13 school year comes to a close, many familiar faces will be saying farewell. The following teachers, administrators and staff have decided that after many years of service to the district, it is time to hang up the ruler and retire. The nine retirees spoke of their most profound moments and their retirement plans. Mary Babler, Rocky Branch Elementary Head Cook, 22 years The best part of my years with the school district was meeting the children as they entered kindergarten and watching them grow into fine young adults.
Baseball, America's pastime, gets another boost in River Falls with the May 18 opening of Field of Dreams Indoor Sports & Batting Cages, LLC, 125 1/2 N. Main Street. Billed on its website as "an indoor, year-round baseball/softball facility," Field of Dreams' purpose is to "...develop and enrich batting, pitching, fielding and catching skills in baseball and softball enthusiasts of all ages in the St.
A new group, Women's Prosperity Network (WPN), is organizing in River Falls to give support to women in all areas of their lives. Peggy Lee Hanson, founder of Personal Transition Guidance, LLC., will lead the River Falls group. According to Hanson, WPN is a "community for women to share their experiences and to grow professionally and personally." The WPN website, www.WPNglobal.net , says, "WPN provides a community filled with business development tools, self-mastery resources, and is designed to develop trusted connections." Hanson said she became associated with WPN, which started in 2008
After 31 years of ownership, Dick and Carol Rinehart, proprietors of Dick's Fresh Market, 1121 S Main St., and Dick's Hometown Liquor, 1141 S Main St., say "it's time" to move on. The Rineharts' children Doug (son) and Katie Rinehart, and Brian and Lisa (daughter) Weiss, will take over Dick's Fresh Market. Michelle Rinehart (daughter) and her husband Kurt Lake will take over Dick's Hometown Liquor.
"Pippi Longstocking," "Little House on the Prairie," and "Because of Winn Dixie" are the latest reads for a local book club started by a group of Greenwood Elementary School third graders -- Emily Odegard, Lily Mason, Emma Creen, Chloe Grenzow, Lily Schartau, and Olivia Usgaard. Started by Emily, the book club held its first meeting in January.
While most people at his age are enjoying the retired life, 80-year old Dale Viney is busy opening a home-based business, Viney Realty. After retiring from Security Financial Bank on his 80th birthday, Oct. 4, 2012, Viney opened his new business the following day.
Splash Zone Pool and Spas, N8170 State Road 65, Unit 2, has doubled its showroom and remodeled the storefront. Owners Bart and Sarah Heebink said the new showroom features a wide variety of spas, and the added space allows supplies to be stored in a separate area. Splash Zone's summer hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, closed. For more information about Splash Zone call 715-426-0559 or visit www.splashzonepoolandspa.com .
Starting out with a piece of cardboard, River Falls resident Jerry Van Heukelom draws out a pattern for one of his unique handsaw handle canes. He then takes his cardboard pattern and traces it on to a wood board -- walnut, cherry, oak, maple -- and cuts it out.
With the calendar telling us that spring has arrived and with families doing spring cleaning, staff at Greenwood Elementary School thought it would be ideal to hold the 3rd annual Great Greenwood Giveaway. According to Principal Nate Schurman, the GGG is "a free garage sale that comes from donated items from Greenwood families." Schurman emphasized that the event, held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Greenwood gym, 418 N. 8th St., is not a fundraiser.
With the popularity of such shows as "Antique Roadshow," "American Pickers" and the like, the River Falls Public Library is hosting an event for citizens to get their items appraised. Mark Moran of Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art will be at the library starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9.