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Prescott residents were given the chance at the March 12 Prescott Common Council meeting to voice their opinions and concerns about the Albert and College streets special assessments. The special assessments will help pay for sewer laterals, curb and gutter and other related work to take place this summer on Albert Street (from Pearl Street to College Street) and on College Street (from Albert Street to Pine Street.)
The future of the Spring Valley Community Center was center stage at the Spring Valley Village Board meeting March 14, with board members and people in attendance giving their opinions on the best action to take with the McKay Avenue building. Trustee Andy Vorlicek said the Community Center has lost money over the past two years and currently needs the floors redone and other remodeling projects. An audit showed that in 2016 the Community Center had a loss of $1,850.83; in 2017 the loss was $3,863.07 ($1,316 of this was to replace a hand dryer.)
Prescott residents and visitors will soon have another food option in town, but that comes with a transition. One door closes, another one opens, as the saying goes. Kimberly Braun plans to open Lucille's where the Brickyard Pub and Eatery is currently located at 216 Broad St. The Brickyard served its last meal Saturday, March 10. Braun said she plans to open Lucille's by April 3. The name Lucille is one that is very close to Braun's heart.
Ellsworth High School students have been practicing hard to memorize their lines and prepare for performing "Romeo and Juliet." EHS theater director Katie Fuchs said the spring play is usually a comedy, but this year the students will perform their first drama. In the fall, the theater group always does a musical which is chosen by a team of people, but the spring play was Fuchs' choice. "I've always loved Shakespeare," Fuchs said. When it was announced that the play would be "Romeo and Juliet" not everyone felt the same way.
Last year many bridges in Pierce County were able to receive funding through a Wisconsin state statute that gives aid to local bridges. Pierce County Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson said Wisconsin State Statute 82.08 allows for the county to administer aid to local towns for construction and repair of town bridges or culverts.
Starting in May, Ellsworth residents will have another option for fresh produce in the area with the new Ellsworth Farmers Market. Steve Ottman, market manager of the Ellsworth Farmers Market, said the idea for the farmers market was part of his schooling. "As part of my schooling for Lay Academy in the United Church of Christ Wisconsin conference, year five was set aside as a project year," Ottman said. " This meant I was to consult with my pastor and choose a project where we could take the church into the community."
The Village of Plum City passed three ordinances at the March 5 village board meeting. One deals with animals prohibited from running at large. This means that all animals (including but not limited to dogs and cats) are not allowed to run loose in the village limits. Animals must be kept in a structure or enclosure or be restrained on the property so they don't interfere with people passing by or neighbors. If the animal is on other property, the owner of the animal must get permission of the property owner to have the animal on the property.
The Ellsworth Ambulance Service will have five dedicated parking spaces for its crew members after the Ellsworth Village Board approved the idea at the March 5 village board meeting. In a letter from Ellsworth Area Ambulance Chair Dan Fischer to the village board, Fischer asked the board to consider designating five spaces for EAAS personnel only.
When someone has dementia or Alzheimer's it may become difficult to find ways to spend quality time with this person. Finding activities to do may be challenging, but the Ellsworth Public Library has found a way to help. Ellsworth Public Library Director Tiffany Meyer said the library has caregiver kits available for people to check out.
A Prescott business owner is getting ready for the next chapter of her life as she served her last meal at her restaurant Saturday, March 10. Beth Johnson, owner of Brickyard Pub and Eatery in Prescott, said after seven years in business she has decided to get out of the restaurant business. While she has enjoyed her time at the restaurant, she needs to focus on her family. "I have a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old," Johnson said. "The lifestyle and hours are hard on a family. We need more consistent hours."