New Richmond News
The Finale Carnival was an amazing success! I want to say a big thank you to all of the families that came out to celebrate the summer reading program. The weather was perfect and the activities were enjoyed by everyone. It was one of those events that went down in the books as, "how do we top that?" Well, at least we have nine months to see what we can come up with for next summer.
New Richmond Emergency Services Night Out and the Hammond National Night Out events took place on Tuesday, Aug. 1.
Any library is a reflection of its community and New Richmond is no exception. What a wonderful group of engaged citizens. Since I started at the library in 2014 I have been nothing but impressed over and over again with the passion and dedication our community puts into projects big and small. The St. Croix River Crossing is a prime example of what happens when hard work, dedication, and public input finally pay off.
The Friends of the Hammond Community Library would like to invite you to attend their Building Blocks Block Party event 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9. All proceeds from this event will be put towards a new library facility. This is a family-friendly event that is sure to have something for everyone. From 4-8 p.m. you and your family may enjoy carnival games and food, and don't miss out on laser tag, jump houses, and a special surprise that will be brought out for the very first time at the carnival.
Staying connected with people is a highlight of being at the library. This week I've had several conversations with families about how busy they are more busy than ever this summer. There is a constant pressure, real or perceived, that we can't say NO to opportunities and invites or to our kids. It seems we have become a society that keeps adding more to the calendar: the sports activities, the pool parties, the instrument lessons, the dance lessons; you know how long your list is.
The public library is an institution that prides itself on being a place open to all, but that wasn't always the case. In celebration of the grand opening of the John Doar History trail, Friday Memorial Library, WITC and Table 65 are excited to present a unique opportunity to meet Geraldine Hollis, one of the "Tougaloo Nine" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the WITC New Richmond campus.
The 2017 Ox Cart Medallion hunt has begun. The medallion is a silver disk with the Lion's logo on it. It is located on public property in the Village of Star Prairie. Starting July 26, one clue will be published weekly at oxcartdays.org and in the New Richmond News. One lucky winner will be awarded $100 at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The medallion will never be hidden where a person would have to disturb or destroy any Village plant life or property. Clue No. 2: "I am near, I am far, you can see me everywhere you are."
TO THE EDITOR At the last Town of Richmond Planning Commission meeting, a member asked for a vote allowing a real estate developer to change the county-mandated restriction on lot size and allow the developer to change lot sizes to 1 acre.
Trinity Lutheran Church completed its 2017 fundraising drive in support of St. Croix Central High School and its efforts to provide activities and programs regarding suicide awareness and prevention. For the past three years, Trinity has determined that one of the needs in the SCC community is to financially help the school provide activities and programs that provide insight and knowledge of suicide and its extreme effect on all people.
The Immaculate Conception Church of New Richmond will host an Irish Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, featuring the Irish band Switchback. Mass will be repeated again at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's church in Erin Prairie. All are welcome. According to the Rev. John Anderson, the Mass — which is called "The Hibernian Mass" and was written by Switchback — will be about an hour long and will be very similar to a normal Catholic Mass.