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We’ve had an interesting week of weather. I’ve learned something, too.

A friend asked me if we were getting a corn snow. A what snow? Apparently that’s what some people call snow that comes down in pellets or pebbles instead of flakes. The snow held off this weekend, long enough to allow fun activities like the Youth Fishing Contest and sledding and field trips before it started in on Saturday afternoon. Oh boy, then did the wind blow — felt like a blizzard going on out there, but surprised to hear that there was only about 3 or 4 inches of snow on Sunday.

Congratulations to Doc Strandberg, who was chosen as Valentine Royalty at Pigeon Falls Care Center.

I love happy endings. And the Domino effect. Both together is awesome. After a successful resuscitation of a heart attack victim that happened last year at Hixton Travel Plaza, the experience led several of the employees to take CPR classes and they now have a machine installed in the event of something like that happening again. Hats off to you all.

Speaking of the Travel Plaza, it will be holding a coloring contest for children 10 and under with a prize of a 5-foot plush Easter Bunny. It should start by the first weekend of March and the drawing will be around Easter.

Plum Hill Farm was the place and the members of Hixton Lucky Clovers 4-H were the lucky ones to visit, get acquainted with lambs, have a sweet lamb decorated treat and sledding.

Brielle Lien recently was accepted to the University of Minnesota School of Veterinary Medicine and will be joining this fall as a freshman. Shows what hard work and dedication does.

You’ve got to love clever. I read where students in 8th grade literacy arts were surprised with a “Book Tasting” in “Chateau de Recobia” complete with different books on silver trays, and flowers on the tables.

Hixton T-ball and rookie ball sign up will be 5 to 7 p.m. March 14 at Village Hall. They need a T-ball coach, so if you would really like to have fun and make a difference, call 715-299-4132.

I see Marion Olson has several of her antique quilts on display at the Blair Public Library, I believe through March.

Emery Smith had his panda artwork earn a berth at regionals and is on display at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts in West Salem.

Way to go to Them Coulee Boys who are in the process of recording a new album.

It pays to clear off my computer desk once in awhile. I found a note from awhile back telling me that Morgan Lindow and Riley Hentsch participated in the Math Fair. They made a farm-based game called Save the Sheep.

The spring musical at Black River Falls High School, “The Little Mermaid” will be March 9, 10 and 11. There will be more than 40 students in the cast, not to mention those helping with costumes, props, light and sound and backstage helpers. Benett Bucek is set to play Prince Eric. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

Here are a few “save the date” items. There will be a women’s retreat — “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. March 24 at the Black River Falls United Methodist Church. Keynote speaker will be Julia Costa and music will be provided by Pat Congdon singing. More information and registration forms in gathering area or the church office.

Garden Valley Gatherings has already been taking reservations for events for later in 2018, but the one that I am most interested in learning about is a celebration for the folks living in Garden Valley. The Town Board announces that there will be a Sesquicentennial Celebration on Sunday, July 15. The committee is looking for pictures of the township throughout the years. If you have pictures to share, please contact Lori Janke at 715-964-5584. For more information, contact Gerald Johnson at 715-896-0295.

By the time you read this it will be another Happy Birthday to me. I always spend each birthday amazed how fast the years have gone by and then moaning that if I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself. Right now I am battling my second cold of the season, thanks to hubby sharing his with me. It’s really a weird one this time. We are both barking like seals and when I’m not coughing, the wheezes that I am producing sound like a cross between a cat yowling and Darth Vader taking his last breath. What a way to spend a birthday.

As always I am sending heavenly greetings to my birthday buddies Shaun and Jake.

Scott Humphrey, 57, of York, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at his home. Memorial services were held Monday at New Hope Community Church.


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