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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Friday Memorial Library's crafternoons began last year as part of the summer reading program. The idea was to provide an opportunity for all kids to be involved in library activities, said Georgia Jones, youth services librarian. "Because our summer reading program begins when Summer Stretch is in session, we wanted to provide an alternative activity for the kids in the afternoon," she said. Crafternoons, which are geared toward those 8 to 12 years old, are designed so that they can be completed indoors, if needed. Last year's reading program theme was "Stories Around the World," Jones sai
Firefighters, EMTs and paramedics are some of the first people to call when something goes wrong, so Vinny Mustafoski thinks it makes perfect sense that he give back to them in the way of a fundraiser. Lola's Family Restaurant's fundraiser for New Richmond Fire Department and New Richmond Ambulance Service raised $1,671 on June 18. Mustafoski said he hopes to make the fundraiser an annual thing. "It's just my way of giving back to these guys," he said.
When Bill and Carol Ruyle moved to New Richmond they were looking for ways to learn more about the community.
Lynnete McCarty loves sixth grade science for the same reason as most of her students - the experiments. "I love the curriculum and how hands-on the curriculum is," she said. McCarty said it might not necessarily be the experiments she's most fond of, but more the students' reactions to the experiments year-after-year. "It's really fun to see them get excited about what we're doing," she said. Her favorite experiment is igniting a hydrogen balloon, she said. "There's a boom and a pretty big flash," she said. Don't worry, parents.
New Richmond seventh-graders took to the streets on Tuesday, June 5, in the third annual New Richmond Amazing Race. The race, started in 2010 by a few of the district's teachers, is designed as a fun way for students to use the skills they've been learning all year in the classroom. The middle school teachers came up with the idea after hearing about Wausau's race. New Richmond's race is broken up into two routes - north and south.
New Richmond firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire in Star Prairie Township on Wednesday, June 7. Reports of the fire came in at about 9 p.m. and when firefighters arrived on scene a farm house at 2334 County Road M was fully engulfed.
Dozens of projects were completed on Friday, May 18, when New Richmond High School students completed their annual day of service, known as Service Learning Day. Students, grouped by their homerooms, were tasked with projects ranging from painting playgrounds at the local elementary schools and spreading mulch in the gardens to picking up garbage along the road and volunteering with the local Friendship Games. The annual event, started several years ago, provides students the opportunity to give back to the community, applying the skills they've learned in the classroom to community projects
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.