Ready to party?
New Richmond's first ever "Get to Know Your Neighbor Day" is looking quite promising. The special day, slated for May 13, is being promoted by the City of New Richmond and the YOUth and Families Initiative.
Volunteers are asking as many neighborhoods as possible to hold block parties or special gatherings to help promote a stronger sense of community throughout the region. Parties can be planned in New Richmond or in the rural areas.
Organizers report that at least 16 parties are already planned, with even more possible. The number of people willing to organize a neighborhood event is encouraging and has surpassed the original goal of 12.
If you'd still like to get involved, contact the Community Education office at 243-7423 or Bridget Anderson-Kling at 243-1256.
The city has an interesting potential offer on the table. The Simma land on North Knowles might be up for sale in the next six to seven years. The land's owner wonders if the city wants the property to build a new civic center, library and police department. The city plans to continue to talk about the possibilities.
There were more than a few interesting write-in votes cast during last week's local elections.
Not only did Renee Keating pick up 29 write-in votes for her city council seat, she also gathered one vote for a seat on the New Richmond School Board.
Among the other school board race write-ins were M.A. Mazzarella, Sr., Bill Moore and Vernon Conrad.
In the race for New Richmond City Council, one vote was cast for "Anybody Else" and J.D. Salinger picked up one vote.
The plans for the first ever St. Croix Art & Culinary Show are moving forward. The event is set for April 22 at "The Space" in New Richmond. A ticket will get you some great food, beverages, wine tasting and entertainment.
Those attending can also bid on pieces of art from area artists, with the money raised going to the STRIVE Scholarship programs in New Richmond and Somerset, as well as other Rotary efforts.
Tickets are available at Bean Bag Coffee Shop, Sweet Greetings, S&C Bank, First National Bank and Lumberjack Liquors.
The New Richmond Golf Club is planning to sell off some of its excess land, to the southwest of the current clubhouse. Then, with the remainder of the property purchased a few years back, the golf course plans to put in a new driving range.
Club officials hope the expanded driving range will allow more golfers to get some practice. The facility's current range only allows a handful of golfers to hit a bucket of balls at one time, according to general manager Ross Johnson.
Johnson said the driving range will likely be one of the last big "improvements" at the club, which is already known for its high quality facilities.
The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a "New Resident Program," patterned after the old Welcome Wagon idea.
Welcome tote bags, filled with useful information about the area, can be picked up at the Chamber office. The organization will be sending post cards to new residents telling them about the free offer. It's a good way for area businesses to introduce themselves to the many new families moving to the region.