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After more than 15 years of servicing the village, Olson's contract was going to be replaced by Waste Management in accordance to the board's decision at the Village of Somerset's December meeting. However, the 4-3 board vote to change refuse carriers didn't sit well with Ryan Sicard, chairman of the public works committee.
"It was just a financial decision." Ryan Sicard, head of the public works commitee, told the Village of Somerset Board at their meeting Tuesday, Dec. 21. The committee had recommended switching the village's refuse and recycling carrier to Waste Management. They had been with Olson Sanitation out of Somerset for more than 15 years. After asking for bids a month ago, the committee received two bids: Waste Management and Olson Sanitation. The 64-gallon rate for 2011 Waste Management is $12.75 Olson's comparative rate was $15.00 per month.
The Grace Place/Salvation Army annual Christmas party was Sunday, Dec. 19.
Several middle school students from St. Anne's School took part in packaging meals for the Feed My Starving Children project on Thursday, Dec. 2, at St. Joseph's Church in Amery. Approximately 49 students and 18 adults participated in the service project. "A parent suggested we look into a Feed My Starving Children project," said Michelle Rochel, St. Anne's middle school teacher. "What a perfect way for our students to realize how much we have and how much we waste in our country." The group made the trek to Amery after school.
Police Chief Dan Burgess told the board that he had gotten bids back for purchasing a new department vehicle. The board considered all the information at the meeting Monday, Dec. 13. Burgess said that the Crown Victorias -- the traditional squad car -- are getting more difficult to find as many of the larger departments are buying them before the new model is introduced. As an alternative, he began looking at SUVs. They got a bid back from Hudson Ford for a new Ford Expedition for just over $22,000.
It was something like out of a fairy tale. For the past three years, homeowner Lacey Scottum and her husband have been finishing the basement in their 4-bedroom, three-bath Osceola home.
Looking for a place to do one-stop Christmas shopping, and help out local youth as well? St. Anne's is hosting their fifth annual Christmas Boutique and Cookie sale on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 12 p.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The boutique features home-based businesses and homemade craft items. Vendors can rent an 8-foot table for $10 to display their wares. Proceeds of the table rentals will go towards the St. Anne Home and School general fund. The cookie sale offers a variety of homemade holiday cookies made by St. Anne Home and School families.
The Somerset Music Boosters will host an upcoming concert event for the entire family, with proceeds going to support music in schools and the community. The event, "an Evening with INPULSE, A Cappella Band," is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Somerset High School. INPULSE, an award winning a cappella group, endeavors to advance the art of a cappella vocal music through the education of young singers.
Clear away the last vestiges of Thanksgiving, it is now time to usher in the next major holiday season. For many, that means shopping the sales, addressing the cards, hanging the lights and choosing a tree. Of course, there are plenty of parking lots and stores that sell pre-cut, already-wrapped trees. However, for those people who want to venture into the forest itself and choose a tree, or simply continue a nostalgic tradition, there are plenty of tree farms in the area. St.
Somerset Fire/Rescue Chief Travis Belisle isn't kidding when he said his department's garage was packed. Located behind one of their two engines is their newest acquisition: a 19-foot G-3 boat. The boat brings the number of vehicles in the department's fleet to thirteen: two engines, two tankers, one rescue truck, one rehab/command vehicle, two brush trucks, one squad car, one medical truck, one ATV (Argo) and two boats. Belisle said that a member of his department was approached by a person who wanted to sell them an airboat originally. "It would have required two to three weeks of traini