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At least eight marathon runners from the New Richmond, Deer Park, Amery and Somerset areas are apparently fine, following two bomb blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today (Monday). According to a representative with the New Richmond Running Club, New Richmond resident Joe Kelzer had texted at about 2:50 p.m.
Teams are being sought for the second annual Vitalympics competition Saturday, Feb. 9, in New Richmond. Vitalympics teams can consist of up to 10 people, with a minimum of five members required for each team. Two team members need to be age 21 or older. Young people ages 15 and older are welcome to participate. Teams can be formed by local businesses, organizations, families, schools and more.
In an effort to save a few dollars in its shrinking municipal budget, the City of New Richmond is seeking partners to keep the community looking pretty. Support letters have gone out to businesses and individuals who might be interested in donating to a new flower fund for the downtown district. The city currently plants and maintains 26 hanging baskets and nine planters throughout the growing season.
When the managed care organization for northwest Wisconsin went belly up last year, the future was a bit uncertain for the clients with disabilities that the organization served. As the transition from Community Health Partners (CHP) to the new MCO for this five-county region, Southwest Family Care Alliance, falls into place, some of the anxiety about the future has lessened. Teri Buros, director of Southwest Family Care Alliance (SFCA), attended a meeting of the St. Croix County Council on Aging and Disabilities Thursday, Jan. 17, to provide an update on the progress being made in St.
After 28 years in St. Croix County's Public Health office, Health Officer Wendy Kramer is retiring. Kramer said she plans to travel a bit with her husband, Dale, and volunteer with various organizations now that she has some free time. She also hopes to spend time with her kids and grandchildren in her retirement. "I'm also a master gardener, so I'm going to take care of my garden more," she said. The Baldwin resident also plans to help with the newly established community garden there. As her final days tick away, Kramer said she looks back fondly at her tenure with the county.
Community volunteers are hoping to light a spark behind an idea to develop a winter festival in New Richmond. For the second year in a row, the annual Fire & Ice celebration and the Vitalympics will join forces to provide some winter fun for all ages. This winter's version of the festivities will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
New Richmond High School students are learning the ropes of the aquaculture business. The fish rearing facilities at the school are now filled with tiny fish, thanks to a couple of stocking efforts that were completed recently. About 200 bluegills were transported into one huge tank two weeks ago. Last Wednesday, Sept. 26, 500 baby tilapia fish were also moved into their new temporary home in the rear of the agriculture education department. "Finally, the big day has come," teacher Rachel Sauvola said.
So you know you have to start getting more active, but you don't know how to start. Tate Wheeler, fitness director at The New Richmond Area Centre, suggests people use the acronym F.I.T. to start developing a plan. The F.I.T. principle stands for "Frequency," "Intensity" and "Time." Frequency When starting a new exercise routine, Wheeler said, it's best to start slow and work up. "Getting started with anything is still better than nothing," he said. Exercising or going to the gym twice a week at first would be a good start, he said.
VFW Post 10818 of New Richmond continues to pile up the hardware. Just weeks after being honored as the top performing post in the state of Wisconsin, the local VFW organization picked up several national awards at the national convention in Reno, Nev. Commander Dave Green received a letter of commendation on behalf of the local group, which was named an "All American" post for 2011-12. A total of 138 posts in the United States were named "All Americans" for 2011-12, but New Richmond was in the top 10.
At 91, Vernice Evans may be one of New Richmond's best examples of someone living a life of vitality. "I think staying active and having a lot of friends helps you stay healthy," she said. "I've had my share of health issues, but I've kept going." Evans has been the front desk receptionist at the New Richmond News for more than 18 years and she still comes in several days a week to greet customers, proofread and answer phones. "At least people have stopped asking me when I am going to retire," Evans said with a laugh.