Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D.
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Three New Richmond eighth-graders recently attended the state History Fair competition in Madison. Ali Parfitt, Gaby Cruz and Harley Leavens were selected to represent New Richmond with their performance piece about Oprah Winfrey. The History Fair theme was "Revolution, Reaction and Reform," they said.
Twenty seniors at New Richmond High School were awarded $6,900 in scholarships from the Rotary Club of New Richmond for bettering their GPAs this year. Normally the club gives out about $3,000 in scholarship money, which makes this the largest group to ever be awarded scholarships, said Paula Gretzlock, high school counselor. The scholarships are part of the STRIVE program, a program designed to encourage students to improve their grade point average by at least half a letter grade.
Wheels are flying and bowls are forming as New Richmond students prepare for New Richmond Empty Bowls on April 26. Empty Bowls is a national campaign designed to help end hunger locally. In New Richmond, the event helps raise money for Five Loaves Food Shelf and the New Richmond Happy Kids Backpack program. This is the fifth annual Empty Bowls event, but the first at the New Richmond Community Commons. The event started in the fall of 2007 before being switched to the spring in 2009. Each year the event gains in popularity.
New Richmond art students won six of nine possible awards at the state art exhibit in Madison. The artworks of students across the state of Wisconsin were on display at the Capitol from March 18-30 before the awards were distributed on March 30. Fifty pieces were submitted from the northwest region, which includes Douglas, Bayfield, Iron, Ashland, Price, Sawyer, Washburn, Burnett, Polk, Barron, Dunn, St. Croix and Pierce counties. Nine awards were available to those artists and New Richmond won six of them.
Chili lovers don't need to wait much longer to taste some of New Richmond's finest chili - the annual New Richmond Fire and Rescue Chili Cook-Off is slated for April 14 from 4-8 p.m. The annual event started in 2010 as a way for the local fire department to raise money to help pay for training and equipment related to their duties. The event still acts as a fundraiser for the department, but the event has gotten bigger. According to Scott Lynch, firefighter, the first chili cook-off had only nine contestants.
New Richmond's Leadership Trust Initiative is all about developing local leaders and now those leaders want to help better the community. One leadership team, consisting of Bill Knutson, teacher; Morrie Veilleux, district administrator; Tom Heintz; Garry Krause; and Andrew Marrier, has set forth to get feedback from the community regarding the local schools. On April 19 at 7 p.m.
The New Richmond Board of Education has announced that the 2012-13 school year will begin Sept. 4 and end June 7, 2013. At the regular meeting on March 19, board members approved the school calendar, which include a week off for Christmas and a week off for spring break. The calendar is similar to the previous draft calendar, said Morrie Veilleux, district administrator.
New Richmond High School senior Misty Price has been awarded a Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students who show strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships. "I knew I was nominated for one, but when Mrs. (Jenny) Wander came and got me I thought I was in trouble," she said. Instead, she was shocked to learn of her scholarship. "I couldn't believe it," she said. "It made my day." The scholarships are typically used to help pay college tuition, Price said.
New Richmond students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the third annual History Fair held at the New Richmond Middle School Gymnasium on Thursday, March 8. Elementary projects were given feedback from high school students enrolled in the Advanced Placement History class. Middle School projects were judged by New Richmond teachers. Middle School projects are eligible to move on to the regional competition at UW-Eau Claire on March 29.
Anyone interested in extreme couponing can learn more about the process at Friday Memorial Library on Thursday, March 22. Katelyn Rustin and Cristy Wainionpaa will host an event called "Couponing 101" that will help local families save a bundle. Georgia Jones, children's librarian, said she had been flirting with the idea of hosting a coupon night for about a year. It wasn't until she overheard one of the regular story time moms talking about a couponing class she took that Jones' ears really started to perk up. "I asked her about it and, after exploring it further, I discovered another mo