Friday, April 26th


Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers recently offered dementia care training to new volunteers in its Time for You Program.

The training was held July 26 at Family Worship Assembly in Black River Falls and gave 16 volunteers and other individuals who work in area nursing home and elderly care facilities important caregiving skills.

Sharlene Bellefeuille, community outreach specialist from the Alzheimer’s Association, conducted the presentation entitled “Effective Communication Strategies.”

“Individuals with dementia cannot change to meet our needs – we must meet them where they are,” she said. “The Alzheimer’s Association has many great resources and you can call them with any questions, big or small.”

Interfaith’s Time for You Respite Program assists individuals with dementia and their caregivers. It is one of several programs that Interfaith offers in Jackson County and surrounding areas that serve older adults and people with disabilities.

“Many of our volunteers have cared for a loved one with dementia and want to be able to help others.

A recent survey revealed working parents in Jackson County have child care concerns.

The online survey, coordinated by a local taskforce, shows more than two-thirds of those surveyed have been unable to work overtime due to child care arrangements and just over 56 percent do not have alternative options if their child becomes ill.

“It’s important to gather the information to get a true picture of the impact childcare is having on our workforce and the community,” said Marianne Torkelson, Co-op Credit Union’s vice president of business development and training who is a member of the task force. “When working parents struggle to find appropriate child care, it affects the community as a whole.”

The Jackson County Childcare Task Force has been meeting to share concerns and look for solutions as the county grapples with a lack of adequate and available childcare.

The survey, which concluded in June, covered questions about what options parents currently utilize, what type of care children receive at their current providers and if or how arrangements have interfered with employment.

The Black River Falls Public Library has wrapped up a successful 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program was Libraries Rock!, and the total number of adults who participated in the “reading” portion of the program was 66.

Those 66 participants returned a total number of 479 completed bookmarks for books read during the program period of June 9 through Aug. 3. The lucky winners were chosen by drawing two of the 479 bookmarks that were returned to the library.

Pamelia Waughtal won the cedar rocker/glider donated by Black River Furniture Outlet.

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Alyssa Ross received a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card donated by a library patron.

Perhaps the only thing these days as moody as presidential tweets is the fickleness of Mother Nature.

It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I was complaining about the fact that it seemed to rain every other day, making it hard to bale hay. My how times have changed.

Yes, I like to complain about the weather — anyone with dirt running through their veins always does — but this latest dry weather is more than just perception.

The National Weather Service said as of Aug. 2 a good chunk of Wisconsin from west-central, east northeast and northeast Wisconsin was classified as “abnormally dry.” Those parts of the state from June 1 through July 31 had between 4.5 and 10 inches of rain, resulting in deficits of up to 4.5 inches.

Technically speaking, abnormally dry is short-term dryness heading into a drought. There are lots of curled cornfields and the pastures in sandy soil like mine have stopped growing.

Registration is open for the Friends of the Black River Falls Public Library Antique Appraisal Event Aug. 25.

Registration forms will be available at the library’s circulation desk—just ask a staff member for assistance.

For more information about this event, including what will or will not be eligible for appraisal, please visit the library’ web page:, or inquire at the library’s circulation desk.

All this talk lately about tariffs and trade wars is leaving me a little confused.

Is protected trade better for our economy than free trade? I seem to recall a lesson in economics class once that explained it.

“In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the ... Anyone? Anyone? ... the Great Depression, passed the ... Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered? ... raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression.”

Yes, former presidential speech writer Ben Stein’s appearance in the 1986 movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” tried to explain to his sleepy class the disastrous effects of one particular tariff.

The debate between fair trade or regulated trade with tariffs is as old as our nation.