Friday, April 26th


The Black River Falls Rotary Club celebrated the end of the Rotary year with the Passing of the Torch Party June 26.

Current club president Kathy Laudon handed over the reins to president-elect Kristin Franks.

Laudon expressed thanks to the club and shared some of the highlights during her term.

“Rotary continues to provide financial support for needs in the area such as the Western Technical Impact Scholarship program, Badger Boys and Badger Girls and this year supporting an outbound student traveling to Finland, Laudon said”

Not only does the club provide financial support, members assist other area organizations such as the Karner Blue Garden Club with mulching the area gardens, and assisting each month at the food pantry. Rotary again sponsored the high school athletic banquet and has done so since 1929.

Incoming president Kristin Franks has been a very active club member, helping with events and community projects.

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers received strong support at its 21st annual golf outing and has set a fundraising record for the event.

The Interfaith Golf FUNdraiser, held June 15 at Skyline Golf Course, raised more than $8,600, which exceeded last year’s record-setting amount. The golf outing has drawn in nearly $120,000 for Interfaith throughout its tenure.

“It was a spectacular day for golf at the beautiful Skyline Golf Course,” said Lori Chown, Interfaith’s program director. “Each year, we try to make it a really fun day for the teams, but it is honestly the teams that make it so much fun.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people come out to help Interfaith help others in our community.”

Interfaith, a non-denominational faith-based organization, offers volunteer opportunities that assist older adults and people with disabilities improve their quality of life and remain independent through a variety of programs.

The Friends of the Black River will hold its annual Lake Wazee kayaking instruction event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

The public will be able to try kayaking and can receive basic instruction or more advanced skills such as the roll. All equipment will be provided. The admission fee to enter Lake Wazee County Park does apply.

For more information about the paddle event, contact Jeff Polzin at 715-896-5534.

Becky Windsor, group fitness instructor and personal trainer at Black River Memorial Hospital, is teaching Tai Chi for Rehabilitation starting July 10.

This class is for senior citizens recovering from an injury, operation or struggle with stress and fatigue. This three-week class takes place at the Lunda Community Center and costs $25.

If you are interested, contact Becky at 715-284-1379. Space is limited to 15 participants. For more information about this class and more, go to

Our nation is getting ready to party as we celebrate our 242nd birthday July 4.


Even though summer has just begun, I always viewed the Fourth of July as the midpoint of summer when I was a kid. Perhaps it’s because my perspective of summer was influenced by the school year. In those days we were out of school by the end of May and starting at the end of August.

It seemed like most July 4 holidays involved a little break from farming -- of course the cows had to be milked -- but there was usually a family gathering. It also helped that my great Aunt Sara’s birthday was July 2.

Naturally because it was the Fourth of July we had some fireworks. Of course we had sparklers and snakes, but we tried to obtain larger artillery like roman candles, bottle rockets and firecrackers.

Boaters and paddlers on Wisconsin's waters June 29-July 1 could see more state conservation wardens and local boat patrols on the water during the 10th annual national Operation Dry Water.

Lieutenant Adam Hanna of the Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills section said wardens will be on the water with one mission: keep the waters safe for all to enjoy.

"We intend to stop and remove intoxicated boaters from our lakes and rivers. We also will take the time to educate as many boaters as possible about the hazards of boating under the influence," Hanna said. "Alcohol is a leading factor in boating fatalities."

Wisconsin defines impaired operators as having a blood alcohol level over the state limit of .08 percent. Officers will use the field sobriety test to determine the boater's level of intoxication. There also is a breath test.

Hanna said a boat operator or passenger with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a boating accident.