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Creating smiles in our residents' eyes always!


As we have turned the calendar to the New Year, we have to reflect on the many individuals and groups that have brightened our days at The Deerfield. Once again, our special community provided music, gifts, fellowship and holiday cheer for our residents around the holidays.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Alice Smith and family for putting on a great Christmas Eve celebration. Jim and Donna Tilly were also a hit as our Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Area church and school students really brightened up our residents' Christmas Day with their thoughtful gifts and cards to them. Finally, St. Thomas Episcopal Church members provided us with a blessed Christmas Eve Service. Without your extra time, our events would not have been extra special!

Our musical volunteers were all exceptional! Music is a powerful piece for us and it puts spirit into our residents' well being. Our days would not be as joyful without our gifted musicians. All of your extra time embraces happiness into our residents' hearts. Thank you to the school groups that took the time out of their busy schedules to entertain for us. The residents enjoyed all of them!

The New Richmond community is filled with many individuals who are so thoughtful to serve and provide our residents with kindness, cheer and love. On behalf of all of us at The Deerfield senior community, we thank you for making our days grand and putting wonderful "smiles in our residents' eyes"! We hope you think of us next year again and blessings for a blessed New Year!

Jackie Waalen

Housing Director

and The Deerfield Residents and Staff

A cause for hope


We stand at the end of a year in which our government's ideological rejection of climate and environmental science has wrought long-term damage to public health and the earth, virtually guaranteeing that our children's and grandchildren's lives will be more difficult and dangerous than our own.

I watch the news and connect the dots.

In December the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a report on the accelerated melting of Arctic ice. Emily Osborne, a NOAA researcher, says, "This data shows that the magnitude and the sustained rate of warming of the sea ice decline is unprecedented over the last 1,500 years and likely longer."

The melting of the Greenland ice cap alone adds about 270 billion tons of ice and water to the ocean each year, contributing to sea level rise that threatens coastal areas worldwide.

Also in December came the new United Nations estimate that around 258 million migrants are now living outside their birth countries. This number includes the vast influx of refugees stressing the capacities of host countries to which they've fled. We can attribute a significant portion of these to geographical crises resulting from climate change such as the loss of coastal homeland and economic devastation of drought.

One bright light in this gloom is a New York Times report that German consumers are now sometimes being paid to use power instead of vice versa.

This is a dividend of Germany's far-sighted investment of $200 billion in cleaner electricity sources over recent decades.

Here at least is cause for hope, even in the time of Trump and his regressive promotion of harmful dirty energy sources. There is a way out of the pit we've dug for ourselves. Let's muster the political will to extricate ourselves from this trap in the year ahead.

Thomas R. Smith

River Falls

Shame on Republicans


This letter is to the Republican representatives and senators who thought it was more important to give massive tax breaks to the millionaires, billionaires and giant corporations than to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program.

Shame. On. You.

Your constituents elected you but it appears lobbyists, special interests and your campaign donors "bought" you—lock, stock and barrel. Soon, they will be reaping the rewards of their investment.

There is, however, some good news in all of this.

The same people who voted to put you in office can vote to take you out of office.

See you at the ballot box.

John Salwei