"I've fallen and I can't get up!" Many people have seen the commercial on TV that deals with the plight of a woman who's had an accidental fall. Some have even made the lady, helpless on the floor, and her plea the butt of their jokes. But falling and sustaining any kind of trauma or injury is no laughing matter. That's why River Falls Area Hospital, partnering with the River Falls Medical Clinic and local emergency medical services providers, has launched a falls-prevention initiative in Pierce and St.
Meyer Middle School November Students of the Month are, seated, from left to right: Joe Halling, James Witt, Travis Pechacek and Taylor Lindaman; standing behind them are: Gaoying Xiong, Devon Burris, Haley Dunn and Emily Morrisette; and in back are: Kristin Benusa, Olivia Kessler, Kiara Pederson, Jackson VanDerWagen, Lauren Simenson and Brittany Haas. Not pictured is Ashley Mayer. Read about their outstanding work, social and academic skills in the Jan. 7 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
In preparation for her school-year-long stay in the United States that began in late summer, 17-year-old Tara Sarno was told that most American people were a very giving lot and that she would need more warm clothing. "And it's true," said Sarno, a high school senior. "So many people here are so generous and so open. They give you things, they help you, and they don't expect anything back. In my country, Belgium, if someone gives you something, they expect something in return. "And I didn't believe it when I was told that I needed more warm clothing by my teacher.
Last month the Falcon Falls 4-H Club created these fleece blankets with tenants at WelLHaven Senior Apartments, 119 Union St. The blankets were donated to the River Falls Journal's Sharing Families Program. The club made a total of 26 blankets. In front, from left to right are: Mark Miller, Brian Miller, Alyssa Filkins, Beth Jilk and Ashley Filkins; in the middle are: Marion Linder, Linzie Gienau, Ali Casey and Violet Wright; and in back are: Kaija Warner, Mackenzie Curtis, Katie Raehsler, Erin Casey, Stephanie Raehsler, Jen Hoffman and Sarah Hoffman.
With hands-on learning and career education at the core of its purpose, the staff and students at the River Falls Renaissance Academy have made the decision to incorporate those aspects into a formidable but very doable project. They've taken the steps to establish a sustainable micro-business within the charter school. When it becomes official, after all necessary paperwork is completed and approved, the new venture will be called Renaissance Academy Woodworking. Its purpose?
According to Zack Ward of River Falls, the auto industry and the United States need to push for better fuel economy. As a means to that end, Ward and about 40 of his engineering school teammates at UW-Madison are taking part in a three-year competition called "EcoCAR." In early October the team received a GM-donated car with the goal of converting it into an extended-range parallel hybrid vehicle. The students are taking part in the GM- and U.S.
The United Methodist Women's group will host its annual Fall Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the church, 127 S. Second St., and feature a silent auction, baked and canned goods, fancy work and crafts, a white elephant sale, and rugs. Organizers from left to right: Carolyn Larrabee, Betty Rudesill, Janet Leonard (in back), Donna Wilcoxson and Donna Pearson, with some of the items that will be offered. The group's quilt auction will be held at 10 a.m.; coffee and rolls served from 8:30-10:30 a.m.; and lunch (soup, sandwich and pie) served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"Storytelling becomes so much richer," says River Falls resident and photographer Steven Buri, when there's a closeness and connection with clients. That's part of the more modern and fresh approach Buri and his wife Kareen want to use as they introduce their new rural home business, Lifetree Studio, to the public. "We want to be friends with our clients and establish a relationship with them," said Steven.
Major Tom Weiss of the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, called the "Red Dragons" has a reason to smile despite injuries he sustained in July while serving in Iraq. Weiss, a 1990 River Falls High School graduate, has had a school named for him in the city of Khalhalan, in the Iraqi province of Kirkuk.
Dog owners might just want to stop in at Jenny Gregorich's newly established Poochieheaven, Luxury on a Leash, at 208 S. Main St. Gregorich, a recent UW-River Falls graduate, still in the process of getting organized and settled this week, says her shop is open for business. Curious customers have already stopped in to buy some of the unique and hard-to-find items crafted especially for man's and women's best friend. Though new to River Falls, Poochieheaven is not new to the Internet. "I bought (Poochieheaven) from a woman who started it online in 2005," said Gregorich.