Here is a selection of brief news items from this week's edition.
Hospital offers childbirth education series
Black River Memorial Hospital’s OB department has added a weekend childbirth education series to its class schedule. The weekend series will help prepare the mother and father for the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth.
The two-day weekend series is scheduled on Fridays from 6:30-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second weekend of February, April, June, August, October and December. The class sizes are small, offering the opportunity to connect with others in a relaxed setting as participants learn the secrets of nurturing a healthy family.
Participants can register by contacting the BRMH OB department at (715) 284-1329. All classes are held at BRMH’s Dorothy Halvorson Conference Room.
Visit www.brmh.net to get more information on other classes offered at BRMH, including breastfeeding and waterbirth classes.
Free flu vaccine available
The Jackson County Public Health Department will be offering influenza vaccines on Jan. 25 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Health and Human Services building.
There is a limited supply of childhood and adult vaccine that will be administered free of charge while supplies last. This will be a walk-in clinic, and no appointment will be needed.
DHHS is located at 420 Highway 54 W. in Black river Falls. For more information, please call (715) 284-4301, ext. 375.
Book review topic of Grandparents (and Others) Raising Grandchildren
The monthly group meeting of Grandparents (and Others) Raising Grandchildren will be starting a review of the book “Grandparenting with Love and Logic.”
The group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Woodland Center, located at the end of S. Seventh St. in Black River Falls. The group will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and activities are planned for the youth. Copies of the book will be available at the meeting.
The book will discuss how grandparents can have loving and fulfilling relationships with adult children and grandchildren, and during the book talk, discussion will look at grandparenting styles. Authors Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline have included 40 “Love & Logic Pearls” that offer practical advice for handling common conflicts within a family.
For more information, contact Luane Meyer at the Jackson County UW-Extension office at (715) 284-4257.
New Jackson County plat books available
The new 2012 Jackson County 4-H plat book has arrived.
Books are available for sale from the UW-Extension office, the Jackson County Treasurer’s Office, Jackson County Bank, Moe Hardware and Scholze Ace Home Center. The books feature new aerial photos on facing pages.
The 4-H Executive Board is working to deliver plat books to its advertisers and other sale locations. Plat book sales are a key fundraiser for the Jackson County 4-H program, and plat book funds are distributed across the county to benefit the entire 4-H program.
Those interested in purchasing a book may stop at any of the above listed locations or call (715) 284-4257 to have a book sent to their mailing address. Plat books can be purchased for $35, and an additional $4 will be charged per book that is mailed.
Melrose Area Pool receives donations
The Melrose Area Pool has received several donations and memorials during the fourth quarter of 2011.
Among donors are the Lunda Charitable Trust, Orville and Sherry Semke and the Melrose Rod & Gun Club in recognition of the Melrose Rotary Club.
Memorials received were:
* In memory of Ronald Larson: Richard and Debra Kirchner, Robert and Bonnie Byom and Mark and Sherry Johnson.
* In memory of Paul Tracey: Elaine Sawyer.
* In memory of Patricia Aleckson: Greg and Luanne Totten.
* In memory of David Anderson: Beji and Pamela Varghese.
* In memory of Micki Radcliffe: Leo and Beverly Brown, Winston Zeman, Lawrence and Georgia Button, Elizabeth Harebo and Michael and Linda Knudson.
* In memory of Doug Paisley, Bob Allen, Micki Radcliffe and Joe Mayer: Mark and Mary Hatlevig.
* In memory of Joe Mayer: Greg and Luanne Totten and Lawrence and Georgia Button.
* In memory of Olive Halett: James and Barbara Underheim.
* In memory of Rose Alyce Johnson: Winston Zeman, Mike and Paula Proft and John and Cindy Tracey.
* In memory of Melva Young: Winston Zeman, Adell Ruhter and Richard and Debra Kirchner.
Economic development conference held in Warrens
Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson will deliver the keynote address at the “Exploring Regional Economic Opportunities” conference to be held Feb. 23 at Three Bears Lodge Convention Center in Warrens.
Open to area elected officials, local business leaders and the general public, this event is organized by the Monroe County Economic Development, Commerce and Tourism Committee.
“We’ve put together a program to look at the economic climate of our region and to learn more about some of the issues affecting Monroe and the surrounding counties,” said Sharon Folcey, chairperson of the committee.
There will be panel discussions on regional economic development strategies, future energy needs of the region and mining in Wisconsin, along with presentations on the business climate of Monroe County and the impact of tourism on the region, Folcey said.
Speakers for the panel on regional economic development strategies include Terry Whipple of Juneau County Economic Development Corp; Sue Noble of Vernon Economic Development Association; Bryan Law of Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission; Vicki Markussen of 7 Rivers Alliance; and David Martens of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
Discussing the region’s future energy needs and the Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project will be Brian Rude of Dairyland Power Cooperative; Mike Herro of Xcel Energy; Bill Jordahl of Alliant Energy; and Charles Gonzales of American Transmission Company.
Panelists for a discussion on mining in Wisconsin include Thomas Woletz of Wisconsin DNR; Karl Green of La Crosse County UW-Extension; Lee Turonie of the Wisconsin Towns Association; and Bruce Brown of Wisconsin Geological Survey.
Monroe County UW-Extension community, natural resource and economic development agent Will Cronin will share results of a survey in his presentation “A Closer Look at the Monroe County Business Climate.”
Sarah Klavas of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism will kick off the day-long conference with her presentation on “The Power of Tourism.”
Attendees will have a chance to visit with representatives from 25 government agencies, non-profit organizations, tourism destinations and others who will have informational displays at the conference.
The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with registration opening at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per person through Feb. 15; registration at the door is $20 per person. The fee includes a buffet lunch, refreshments and handout materials.
For more information or to register, visit www.monroe.uwex.edu/conference or call (608) 269-8722.
Partners of BRMH installs new officers
Members of the Partners of Black River Memorial Hospital braved the cold for an officer installation ceremony on Jan. 12.
Partners officers who will serve two-year terms for 2012-13 are president Barb Brower, president-elect Ann Pederson, secretary Jill Kaphengst and treasurer Mary Bue.
Partners of BRMH is a volunteer organization for the hospital with over 100 members.
BRMH volunteer services manager Cindy Clark presented each new officer with a flower and recognition of service.
“We are so grateful for these smiling faces that greet our patients, families and staff each day,” Clark said. “Our volunteers help us provide excellent care through escorting patients, working in the gift shop, providing family respite, helping with hospital projects, doing educational outreach, fundraising and so much more.”
Pederson also spoke to members about her attendance at the “What’s Right in Healthcare” conference and how impacted she was by the experience.
Badgerland Financial scholarship applications are available
Badgerland Financial has announced it will award up to 20 $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing post-secondary studies in agriculture or an agriculture-related field.
“Badgerland Financial recognizes the dynamic role agriculture plays in our local economy,” said Badgerland Financial CEO Diane Cole. “This scholarship program is a way to help deserving students open the doors of opportunity in continuing their education. We are pleased to support the agricultural leaders of tomorrow.”
Requirements include that an applicant must live within the 33-county area served by Badgerland Financial, including Jackson County, and be a graduating high school senior pursuing their interest and studies in an agriculture-related field at a short course, technical college or college. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 5. Payment will be made after Badgerland Financial receives proof of completion of the first semester.
Applications are available for download at
www.badgerlandfinancial.com or upon request from any Badgerland Financial office. Office locations include those in Arcadia, Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Burlington, Chilton, Darlington, Dodgeville, Fond du lac, Janesville, Lancaster, Madison, Mondovi, Plymouth, Sparta, Viroqua and Watertown. Applications also have been sent to area high schools and may be obtained from agriculture instructors or guidance counselors.
Exercise classes for seniors held at hospital
Black River Memorial Hospital will be hosting the Senior Stay Fit classes at the hospital.
The classes will be on Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. starting on Jan. 26 and running to March 29.
“The classes will focus on balance, coordination and general strengthening as well as reducing the risk for a fall,” said BRMH group fitness instructor and personal trainer Becky Windsor.
There is a $25 course fee, and participants can get registration forms at the hospital’s registration desk in the lobby or online at www.brmh.net. Transportation is available for Black River Falls residents.
For more information, call (715) 284-1330.
FSA’s 2012 DCP, ACRE sign-up to begin
Enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election program will begin Jan. 23 and continue through June 1.
This is the final year of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, also known as the Farm Bill.
The USDA computes DCP and ACRE direct payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Payments will be issued in October to eligible producers at rates established by statute regardless of market prices.
“The signup for this year’s program is starting a little later than in the past, so we are working on setting up appointments to get everyone in before the planting season starts,” said Julie Dokkestul, Jackson County FSA executive director. “The contracts need to be signed annually to receive DCP and ACRE program benefits.”
All signatures must be obtained by the deadline for both the DCP and ACRE programs. In all cases, it is the responsibility of the operator and owners of a farm to obtain and submit all necessary signatures on election and enrollment forms by the deadline.
Jackson County FSA takes applications by appointment, and appointment cards for anyone who has participated in the past will be mailed this week. For more information or to schedule an appointment to enroll in the programs, call (715) 284-4515.