Wednesday, October 18th

Local

Although the members of the Jackson County Bird Club always enjoy their meetings, a recent gathering at the home of Darrel and Marilyn Eberhardt of Hixton ended with a perfect way to celebrate the crisp fall weather-a good old fashioned hay ride.

After the meeting the members situated themselves on hay bales on a trailer and with Darrel at the wheel of his UTV, they took a tour of the property which included food plots, an apple orchard and they even saw a few birds.  

To top off the autumn themed meeting, all enjoyed a piece of Marilyn’s delicious apple crisp along with apple cider freshly pressed the day before.

Although the members of the Jackson County Bird Club always enjoy their meetings, a recent gathering at the home of Darrel and Marilyn Eberhardt of Hixton ended with a perfect way to celebrate the crisp fall weather-a good old fashioned hay ride.

The Black River Falls Fire Department hosted several activities in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week to educate students and the public about fire safety.

The department visited Black River Child Care to meet with pre-school and 4-K students Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and then went to Teddy Bear Family Child Care pre-school afterwards at 11:15 a.m.

On Wednesday, the department went to Forrest Street Elementary to talk about fire prevention with 4-K students throughout the morning and early afternoon. 

The department then came back the next day to talk to kindergarten students in the morning and first grade students in the afternoon.

On Friday morning, the department welcomed second graders from Red Creek Elementary to the fire station for tours.

The Friends of the Black River Falls Public Library will celebrate a national week dedicated to library support groups as it also marks its second anniversary.

The Friends of BRF Public Library plans to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 15-21 with a special bookmark at the library. The local Friends group was formally launched two years ago and will also hold its Annual Meeting at the library on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. where it will look to welcome new members.

“It’s a very special month for our Friends group and Friends groups across the country,” said Linda Heller, current chair of Friends of BRF Public Library. “It’s an exciting opportunity to highlight our mission and our passion for supporting the library.

Wisconsin Honey Producers Association Fall Conference will be held Thursday, Nov. 2 through Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Holiday Inn in Eau Claire.

Keynote speakers will be Ross Conrad, author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture; David Tarpy, Professor at UNC and Extension specialist in honey bee biology and beekeeping; and .Dr. Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor in Entomology.

The conference will also feature a young commercial beekeepers panel, honey show, Queen’s auction, Kids and Bees Expo and more.

Registration form and conference schedule can be found at wihoney.org. You do not need not be a member of WHPA to attend.

Costs for members is $60, spouse $20, 12-18 yrs $20; non-member $70, spouse $30, 12-18 $30.

Theisen’s “Dog-O-Ween” Canine Costume Contest is coming soon. This year’s contest is taking place at 3 p.m. (registration starting at 1:30 p.m.) on Sunday, Oct. 29 at Theisen’s of Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Marshalltown and Davenport. Dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes are encouraged to enter. Entry fee is a $10 donation to a local pet related non-profit.

Contestants can enter into one of two categories: dog only or dog and person(s). A panel of judges will evaluate each dog’s costumes and the three highest scoring contestants from each category will be awarded a trophy and a Theisen’s gift card [see prize list below].

Donation jars will be provided for those that wish to donate, but will not be participating in the event.