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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.
The clouds hung threateningly overhead as a crowd gathered at St. Anne's cemetery on Monday, May 30, for a Memorial Day service.The Somerset American Legion, the Ladies Auxillary, representatives of the Somerset Boy and Girl Scouts and the Somerset Spartans marched in the parade down to the Apple River Bridge. A member of the Ladies Auxillary tossed a memorial wreath into the water. The parade continued on to Vet's Park in Somerset.
There are new events at the Pea Soup Days celebration June 9-12 in Somerset. Craft Fair A craft fair has been added to the lineup on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. at River Road in Village Park. Gwen Wright, co-owner of All Up in Your Business, which is organizing the craft sale, said that they have approximately 30 businesses so far. "We'd love to get more handmade crafts and upcycling products," said Wright. "Or if you have a business that you want to promote." The cost is $40 for a 10-by-10 foot spot outside.
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.
The Somerset Village board did its own version of spring cleaning when they had extensive discussions and made decisive actions on many of its Tuesday, May 17, agenda items. Updating radios is denied Ryan Sicard, chairman of the public works committee, told the board that the Federal Communication Commission requires municipalities to switch to narrow band -- or some other digital spectrum -- within the near future. He made the recommendation to purchase as few radios as possible, not to exceed $8,832.
It was a surprise to them. Sharon Ammerman and Eloris Rivard have been named the 2011 Grand Marshals for Somerset's annual Pea Soup Days parade. Although both women have extensive volunteer experience, they are not accustomed to being in the forefront. "David Bracht (of the Somerset Lions) called me and insisted," smiled Rivard. "I happened to be in the (Christ Lutheran Church) office when he called," recalled Ammerman. "He said that Eloris from St. Anne's Church said yes if I would say yes." "He told you that?" asked Rivard quickly.
It's official: there will be a concert at the Somerset Amphitheater Music & Event Center this summer. The weekend of August 18-19 will see more than 30 bands descend on Somerset, in the first annual SoundTown Music and Camping Festival. "It's been a busy few months trying to balance the planning of the festival with the start of all the improvements at the concert site," said Matt Mithun, owner of the Somerset Amphitheater.
The Lookout Patio Bar at 701 Spring St. will play host to some rather distinguished officers on Saturday, May 21. Four-legged officers, to be exact. Cash, Doc and Dex -- the three K-9 officers with the St. Croix County Sheriff Department -- will be on hand with their partners to provide demonstrations of the K-9 techniques. "They'll be at least the three, possibly six dogs there," said Josh Stenseth, patrol deputy for Sheriff Department's K-9 unit.
The last meeting of the 2010-2011 school board was a positive one. Students from the state solo ensemble choir, state solo ensemble instrumental and state FBLA participants were recognized at the meeting. The board also acknowledged Amanda Kirk, student representative to the board of education, for her involvment this past year.