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Cathy Hamblin has been preparing for her current occupation since girlhood. "God had been grooming me for ministry since my first speaking contest in 4-H at age 9," said Hamblin. "I didn't understand and act on that call to pastoral ministry until many years later." Indeed, Hamblin's path to becoming the new pastor of the United Methodist Church of New Richmond has been a winding trail. She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in marketing with a minor in public speaking.
The corner of Main and Spring Street will have one less bar. The building at 235 Main St. has seen many changes over the past few years. It had been MacDaddy's bar for a long-time before owner Fred Macalus decided to close it down. Since then it bore several name signs such as Country Nights, Club Metro, Bootlegger's and most recently, JohnnyRocks.
Last month the Village of Somerset board members decided not to buy the public works department new narrowband radios. This month they revisited their decision. At the Monday, June 20,board meeting, Ryan Sicard, public works committee chairman, brought the subject up for debate again. Sicard said that the Federal Communications Commission is requiring all agencies operating below 512 MHz move to the 12.5 kHz (narrowband) by Jan. 1, 2013.
Martell's Landing in Somerset will host a new festival this June: Solidago Bombago on June 25-26. The two-day festival will feature music and various workshops and market booths.
Somerset's annual Pea Soup Days enjoyed cool 60 degree weather this past weekend. The festivities kicked off with 268 registered participants on Thursday, June 9, with the OSI/Training Room Run - 255 ended up finishing the run. Friday, June 10, had a cloud covering for the Somerset Library book sale and Somerset Lions golf club event at Bristol Ridge. By the time the beer garden, booths and softball tournament started in late afternoon, the clouds had gathered enough rain during the evening.
What to do with stray animals has been a question at the Village of Roberts for years. At the monthly meeting of the Village of Roberts board on Monday, June 13, Police Chief Dan Burgess said that they may be able to open negotiations with a Woodbury animal shelter. "Sounds like we may be able to work with them for fees that we would pass on to the owners," said Burgess. "They are definitely our best option." Elsewhere on the agenda, the board discussed the proposed contract with local Mally's Sunshine Kennels.
For anyone looking to pay a tribute in stone to someone, there will be a discounted opportunity during Somerset's annual Pea Soup Days celebration. On Saturday, June 11, commemorative bricks for installation at the Old Town Hall will be available for half-price. The bricks will be sold by Venturing Crew 144 at their concessions booth at Pea Soup Days festival at the Village Park. The 8-by-4 inch bricks can be engraved with up to three lines of text anytime throughout the year for $100.
Things got pretty hot on Church Hill Road Saturday, June 4. A vacant house, located right across the street from St. Anne's Church, was used for training by the Somerset Fire/Rescue, St. Joe Fire and members of Hudson Fire. Instructors from WITC were also on-hand. The Somerset Fire/Rescue Department had been using the empty house for smoke training in prior weeks, but June 3 was the date for the full-scale burn. Firefighters were on-site at 8 a.m. to prepare for the training. Throughout the morning, each room was burned to allow the firefighters to train in a smoke-filled room.
"It was the best weekend weather the Park Art Fair we've had in recent history," said Russ Korpela, New Richmond Chamber executive director. The 44th annual Park Art Fair and Blues and Brews Fest in Mary Park took place on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4. After the last couple of years having rain one of the days, the drizzle throughout Friday morning was not a welcome omen. However, the rain stopped by noon and left the city with high humidity levels.
On Wednesday, May 18, Somerset Village property owners were given the opportunity to have their questions answered regarding the upcoming village -wide re-appraisal. Dean Peters, project manager with Associated Appraisals out of Oshkosh, visited Somerset Village Hall that day for an informational meeting. The whole event was prompted by the 2010 assessments.