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Fourteen students were recently recognized by their teachers from each grade level and house at Meyer Middle School during the month of January, due to the outstanding work and social and academic skills displayed in their respective classrooms. Zach King, Lexy Getschel, Danielle Weber Zach King, Lexy Getschel and Danielle Weber were selected as Students of the Month from the 6 Blue House. According to their teachers, each was chosen because they met the month goal of being honest, respectful and responsible in class.
Starting Saturday and continuing through Thursday, April 26, the River Falls Public Library will host a number of events centered around the topic: "Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the North Woods." According to Library Event Coordinator Katie Chaffee, "The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, quilting, sculptures, weaving, batik, mixed media, poetry, essays and music," along with scientific information offered during lectures by guest speakers and a live animal presentation. All events are free and open to the public.
Tyler Splittgerber, the son of Steven and Ailene Splittgerber; Jayne Esch, the daughter of Lynn Huiskamp and Jay Esch; and Andrea Sorenson, the daughter of Dave and Deb Sorenson, share the honor of being named February's Students of the Month at the high school. They were selected by their teachers for a high level of achievement in music and art.
Express Employment Professionals moved in early January from its former location in the River Falls M&I Bank, 103 S. Second St., to "...right behind McDonald's," says Express' General Manager Justin Bangtson. "Now it's so much easier for me to tell people how to find us," Bangtson says, smiling. "Everybody knows where McDonald's is." Bangtson explained Express made the move to give the employment service more visibility.
River Falls High School teacher and club advisor Chris Silver has about 23 reasons to be proud these days. That's because almost two dozen of the high school's FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) chapter recently placed fourth out of 25 Wisconsin schools in a regional competition held in Superior. The group of enterprising students competed in public speaking, computer applications, marketing, economics, interview skills and customer service skills. Silver teaches business classes at RFHS and is the FBLA advisor.
The board of directors for the Free Clinic of Pierce & St. Croix Counties met last week and elected new officers and added members. Located in space at the River Falls Medical Clinic, the free clinic was launched nearly two years ago and is open each Tuesday evening. Through the end of 2008, it had served more than 1,000 patients, almost all of those either jobless or only part-time or seasonally employed. The biggest age group served is 45-64. Each clinic night, an average of 25 volunteers manage the 3.5-hour shift. Those volunteers, including doctors, come from the two-county area.
Saturday's an extra special day for Florence and Howard Miller of River Falls. Not only is it Valentine's Day, but it's also the day they were married -- 50 years ago. The Millers were featured in a Journal story in 1989 when they celebrated their 30th.
I'm not sure just when I first heard the name Barack Obama. Someone on the news or perhaps a friend had said his name during a social gathering a few years back, and referred to Obama as an up-and-coming Congressman from an eastern state, who was also somewhat of a mover and a shaker. He was someone to watch for in the future of politics. Upon hearing Barack Obama's name, I immediately imagined a man of African-American or Middle Eastern heritage.
Last July the River Falls Senior Center's members packed up and moved out of their office and gathering space to make way for a new City Hall. Though Senior Center Director Bette Norman and other center members are grateful to have found an alternative place to call "home," she says the new site's lacking in several areas. "It's just not the same," Norman said about the group's new location within the WelLHaven Senior Apartments building, 119 Union St.
The American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP) recently named River Falls Area Hospital as one of 125 hospitals nationally noted with a Hospital of Choice Award for 2008. The award is bestowed to those most customer-friendly hospitals after a review done by AAHCP which seeks out those facilities that have a focus of safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable health care.