Fort McCoy open house is May 17

Posted March 20, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Fort McCoy’s annual Armed Forces Day Open House will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Free and open to the public, the event was cancelled in 2013 due to sequestration.

Armed Forces Day recognizes past and present members of the armed forces and is observed across the nation on the third Saturday in May.

At Fort McCoy, the History Center and all Commemorative Area buildings will be open throughout the day, as will Veterans Memorial Plaza and the recently expanded Equipment Park, which now displays 70 pieces of historic and present-day military equipment.

Guests can have personalized ID tags made, view military vehicles, test their skills at the interactive marksmanship shooting van,

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    ‘History of Fort McCoy’ program set for April 10 at Monroe County Local History Room

    Roger Hallingstad will present “History of Fort McCoy” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Monroe County Local History Room, 200 Main St., Sparta. 

    Hallingstad will describe wartime Camp McCoy, soldiers marching through the area, and Camp McCoy’s expansion. 

    A $1 admission donation would be appreciated. For more information, call 269-8680. 

    Program to focus on history of the Ho-Chunk

    The Vernon County Historical Society will offer a program entitled “The Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) People: From the Treaty of 1825 to 2014” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Vernon County Museum, 410 S. Center St., Viroqua.

    Chloris Lowe, past-president of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will speak about the modern history of the Ho-Chunk, the original inhabitants of Vernon County. Involved in recovery of native lands in Wisconsin and the preservation of the Ho-Chunk language, Lowe works across the United States, consulting with businesses that want to work in Indian

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    Elroy community supper slated for March 26

    A free community supper will be served from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at the Elroy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 204 Royall Ave.

    This community supper is offered on the last Wednesday of each month and, according to event organizers, “gives individuals and families a chance to share a meal and build relationships within the community.”

    Boy Scouts will help serve beverages and clear tables at the March dinner.


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    Genealogy group meets April 1

    The Monroe, Juneau, Jackson Genealogy Workshop group will meet at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta on Tuesday, April 1.

    Doors will open 6:30 p.m.; the meeting will be at 7 p.m. After the meeting, research can be done.

    For more information or to arrange for a ride, call 372-4913.  

    WIC check-issuance days set for April

    The Monroe County Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will offer check-issuance days in April.

    Participants can come to the WIC office in Sparta (14301 County Hwy. B) from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, or from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.

    For more information or to determine eligibility requirements, call 269-8671.

    Final pesticide training session set in Viroqua

    The last private pesticide-applicator training session for the season in Viroqua will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, in the basement of the Erlandson office building.

    Those who wish to register for the Viroqua class can do so by stopping at the UW-Extension Office or at Nelson Agri-Center, Premier Coop, Koon Kreek Feeds, Ag Consulting and Products, or Chaseburg Farmers Union.

    A private pesticide-applicator license is required for farmers who purchase, use and apply restricted-use pesticides. The registration fee

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    Lyme disease support group meets March 28 in Hillsboro

    A Lyme disease support group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Hillsboro Public Library meeting room, 819 High Ave.

    The group is for residents of Vernon, Juneau, Monroe, Sauk and Richland counties and is open to those who have tick-borne illnesses or wish to learn more about the diseases and their prevention and treatment.

    For more information, contact Gary Cepek at to, at 489-2725 or by writing to S1468 Cepek Road, Elroy, WI 53929

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    Class for caregivers will be offered in Viroqua

    “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” an educational series, will be offered in Viroqua in April and May.

    Staff from Bethel Home and Services, Vernon County Unit on Aging, UW-Extension and Vernon Manor will teach the classes, which will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Monday from April 14 to May 19. Several class leaders will conduct each session, offering interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming.

    There is a class fee to cover expenses and materials. Grants and respite care are available. 

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    Vernon County siren testing begins April 7

    Vernon County will begin siren testing Monday April 7, in all communities that have severe-weather alert sirens.

    The siren lasts a few minutes. Testing will be done at 11 a.m. the first Monday of every month through September.