The word "enneagram" (pronounced en'-knee-ah-gram) when translated from Greek means a nine-pointed figure. The term "Enneagram" is also the name given to a means or method of revealing, examining and understanding the way an individual thinks, acts and feels. Carolyn Germaine of River Falls is a certified professional co-active coach, who serves as a guide through the Enneagram methodology and will offer a free informational introduction to the Enneagram from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct.
Despite the rainy drizzle and chill in the air, over 75 men, women, children and pets braved the elements to complete a scheduled walk to draw attention to domestic abuse prevention and raise money to help support victims and their families last Saturday morning. Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Inc., of River Falls organized the annual two-mile walk held again this year in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The shelter's Executive Director Kim Wojcik reported the event walkers raised $6,667, along with 23 volunteers, community sponsors and donors.
"We often find when talking about (local) businesses, people say, 'Wow! I didn't know we had somebody in town that does that,'" says River Falls Chamber of Commerce Event and Program Coordinator Nick Carstens. To help remedy that unwanted occurrence, the Chamber will host the River Falls Business Expo from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the River Falls Armory. Everyone's invited to attend. "The purpose of the event is for businesses to highlight what they offer to the community," Carstens added.
On Sept. 9 I had the good fortune to cross off an item on my "bucket list" -- that list of things to do before I "kick the bucket." The item? Travel to my parents' homeland of Serbia and meet my relatives -- about 50 of them -- all for the first time ever. I left the United States on Aug. 17 with an open mind, not wanting any imagined expectations to spoil my visit.
For 11 months out of the year, it stands tucked away in the quaint and quiet countryside of the town of Troy. Then at the very end of October and continuing on for four weekends, the rustic and stately wooden structure becomes the center of bustling activity, with shoppers arriving, some even by the busload, to buy one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts for family and friends. The site is called the Country Pleasures Boutique, 333 Townsvalley Road, now owned by town of Troy residents Ken and Betty Schoettle.
River Falls native Kara Petta has established a new photography business with a somewhat unconventional setup. Though she'll headquarter her venture, Kara Petta Photography, out of her home, Petta plans to use the great outdoors as a backdrop. The self-taught, artistically talented young woman developed her own marketing plan with a bit of help from her grandfather, Roy Lund.
A new alumni chapter was recently created by former members of the high school's FFA group.
Along with many others persons of his former profession, retired teacher/principal/educational consultant Tony Pedriana of River Falls believes that from kindergarten through third grade children learn to read. And after those first four years, children read to learn. However, Pedriana has an issue with the reading programs and methods educators have used during those same first four years, more specifically with children from underprivileged areas or the non-affluent pockets of population found largely in inner-cities throughout the nation.
As high school student Mark Hall worked side by side his employer, a farmer from Chetek, the older gentleman asked Hall if he'd ever considered becoming a pastor. Something about Hall's personality and amiable attitude made the farmer ask, what Hall said was for him, a thought provoking question.
It was the first day of the hunt: Friday. The last clue for the day was posted. It read: "Look up, down and all around; Hail to the red, white and blue! I used to be south But now I'm west." For three young River Falls boys, it was the last two stanzas of that clue that gave them an idea where they might find the River Falls Days medallion and, if successful, win $250 in prize money. Ben Peters, 15; Chris Scott, 15; and Chris' brother Thomas Scott, 11, were right on.