Lyme disease support group meets Oct. 31

Posted October 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm

A Lyme disease support group for Vernon County and neighboring counties will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Hillsboro Public Library meeting room, 819 High Ave.

The meeting is informal and conversational. Participants can come to talk with others, ask questions, take notes, or simply listen. Also, they can take home any of the free printed materials that are always set out. There are no charges for anything, and commitments are not asked of participants.

The goals of the meeting are the following:

• To help people grow in their understanding of tick- or insect-borne illnesses such as Lyme, babesia, bartonella, anaplasmosis, erlichiosis, mycoplama and others

• To give direction to

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    St. Joseph’s to give presentation on its 2011 affiliation with Gundersen

    The public is invited to attend an informational session about Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics development since their affiliation with Gundersen Health System in 2011.

    The presentation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at St. Joseph’s Outreach Center (formerly the Masonic Lodge, next to Hillsboro City Hall), 826 Prairie Ave., Hillsboro.

    Deb Smith, CEO at Gundersen St. Joseph’s, will speak “on specific actions taken to achieve where they are at today, and their aim toward

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    Royall concert is Oct. 28

    Correction 3:11 p.m. Oct. 21 — Note time change to 7 p.m.

    The Royall High School music department will present its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the high school gymnasium. 

    The concert band, concert choir and madrigal will perform. Admission is free.


    Elroy-Sparta State Trail gets award

    The Elroy-Sparta State Trail received the Gold Seal Award from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks on Saturday for being the best “Family Friendly Bike Trail” in Wisconsin. (For more information, go to Left to right: Roger Putnam III, president of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks; Dave Heilman and Eric Zingler, Elroy-Sparta State Trail Board of Directors; and Robert Ramsey of the Wildcat Mountain State Park Unit, which manages the trail. (Contributed photo)

    Royall to host blood drive Oct. 22

    The Royall High School FFA blood drive will host a Red Cross blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22.

    For an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS (733-2767), visit, or call Royall High School at 462-2600 and ask for agriculture instructor Beth Kolodzinski.

    For more information, call 800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit

    Scenic Bluffs to offer free workshop on stress reduction

    Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers will offer a free program, “Stress Reduction & First Aid for Anxiety Workshop,” from 2–3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at their Cashton location.

    Scenic Bluffs behavioral health counselor Barbara Mashak will host the event.

    For more information or to RSVP, contact Alicya Peterson at 654-5100, ext. 253, or at

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    Marten shoots bear

    Justin Marten of Wilton shot a bear, his first, on Sept. 20 in Wood County. It weighed 225 pounds. (Contributed photo)


    Wilton’s Harvest Fest

    Wilton hosted its annual Harvest Fest on Saturday. Here, as part of a scarecrow-decorating contest, a mannequin adorns the front of Margie’s on Main, a downtown hair salon. (Megan Espe photo)

    Couleecap to offer scholarships

    Couleecap Inc. will give out four $200 John Young Scholarships in 2015. One graduating high school senior from each county of Couleecap’s service area (Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon) will receive a $200 scholarship. 

    Students may pick up an application from their high school guidance counselors or download it from the Couleecap website at The completed application form and essay are due Monday, Jan. 26. 

    Couleecap is a private, non-profit organization that operates state and federally funded programs

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    Vernon County to offer immunizations

    The Vernon County Health Department will conduct an immunization clinic Thursday, Oct. 16, in Viroqua.

    The clinic will be from 9­–11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the health department, 318 Fairlane Drive (County Hwy. BB).

    Individuals may receive vaccinations through the health department if they are uninsured, have Medicaid or BadgerCare, or if their insurance does not cover vaccines.  A $2 donation per vaccination is requested.

    For more information, call the

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