Brookwood Special Olympics has outing at Three Bears Resort

Posted March 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Three Bears Resort in Warrens hosted Brookwood Special Olympics athletes and their families in early February, offering complimentary waterpark passes and hotel stays and a pizza party. Here, Riley Graewin and his niece Claira attend the pizza party. (Contributed photo)

    Vernon County sets dates for immunization clinics

    The Vernon County Health Department will conduct immunization clinics at the following locations in March:

    • Hillsboro — 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Joseph’s Health Services, 400 Water Ave. (clinic entrance)

    • Viroqua — 9-11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Vernon County Health Department, 318 Fairlane Drive (County Hwy. BB)

    People may receive immunizations through the health department if they are uninsured, have Medicaid or BadgerCare, or

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    Auditions for Viroqua Community Theatre production set for next week

    Auditions for Viroqua Community Theatre’s summer production of “Mame” will be from 6–9:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, and Tuesday, March 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1004 Broadway St., Viroqua.

    Each person who wishes to audition should come with a prepared song and its sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Also, those who try out should be prepared to read from script. Numerous roles are available; the age bracket ranges from 8 to 80 years old. A large role is available for a 7- to 14-year-old boy

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    National Weather Service to offer weather-spotting class in Monroe County

    The National Weather Service will hold a SKYWARN Severe Weather Spotter Training class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Oakdale Fire Station.

    The class will last about two hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but it is open to the public and free of charge. A review of tornadoes from 2013 will be included.

    The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from spotters, which can include sheriff’s departments, local

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    Tomah Memorial Hospital to offer Safe Sitters classes

    Later this year, Tomah Memorial Hospital will offer a number of Safe Sitter classes, which focus on babysitting safety and are for 11- to 15-year-olds.

    Coordinated by the hospital’s community-outreach department, classes will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31; Saturday, June 14; Friday, July 18; and Friday, Aug. 15, in the hospital’s lower-level classrooms.

    Early registration is suggested, as space is limited for each class. The cost of the class is $36 and includes a

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    Genealogy group meets March 4

    The Monroe, Juneau, Jackson Genealogy Workshop group will meet Tuesday, March 4, at the Tomah Area Museum, 1112 Superior Ave.  

    Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will be at 7 p.m. Josh Sonnenburg of Sonnenburg Funeral Home will be the guest speaker.

    For more information, call 372-3635.  

    History presentation to focus on the privy

    Ron and Frieda Nowland will present “History and Lore of the Outhouse,” a public history program, at 7 p.m.  Thursday, March 13, at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta. 

    Attendees can contribute $1 admission donations.  The Monroe County Local History Room is at 200 W. Main St. For more information, call 269-8680. 

    Dancing with the Hill Country Stars event slated for Feb. 23

    Local couples will show off their best moves in Dancing With the Hill Country Stars, a St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Foundation fundraiser set for Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Hillsboro High School auditorium.

    The dancing will start at 1 p.m., and doors to the building will open at 12 p.m. Mike Burns-Gilbert of COW97 will serve as master of ceremonies.

    Dancers will perform 2 ½- to 3-minute dances to music they have picked themselves. Trophies will be awarded to the

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    New surgeon takes position at St. Joseph’s

    Alex Wade recently joined Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics as a general surgeon.

    A mortgage lender in Albuquerque in the early to mid-1990s, Wade never would have “dreamed he would one day practice medicine in the heart of Wisconsin’s farmland,” as stated in a press release prepared by Gundersen St. Joseph’s. But that’s exactly what happened, the press release notes. Wade joined the Gundersen Viroqua Clinic in 2008 after completing his general surgery residency with

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    Royall FFA pancake breakfast is Sunday

    The Royall FFA will host a pancake appreciation breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Royall High School cafeteria.

    Because this is an appreciation breakfast, the FFA will charge $1 for each meal, which includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk. Or, to eat for free, bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry.