New to the area? Recently married? Turned 18? Recently moved? Whatever your situation, have you updated your voter registration since those changes in your life? Or made certain your voter registration matches your name or current address? Depending on the extent of those life changes, some people need to re-register to vote, but every voter should confirm their voter registration before every election.
It's been gratifying to see the progress our society has made to be more inclusive of people with disabilities. I expect opportunities for employment, independent living and community involvement to continue to increase. There are many reasons for this, but one that's worth noting is the role of direct-support professionals. These are caring people who work hard to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their goals. They make their lives better in many ways. ProAct employs more than 100 direct support professionals across its six locations.
Arrr ye ready for some pirate fun? Then join Hudson Hot Air Affair to observe "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" at a special event promoting the 2019 Hot Air Affair theme: Pirates Fly'n the Croix-ribbean. The pirate party fundraiser will be held 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Hop & Barrel Brewing Company, 310 Second St. in downtown Hudson. This free admission event is open to the public.
St. Croix County Public Health and Community Development have learned of a manure spill reported in the Town of Rush River on Sept. 11, 2018. The reported spill occurred at 2061 30th Ave., Baldwin, which is a half mile from the Rush River. The area is sparsely populated and there are no wells within a short distance of the spill location. However, this area has several sinkholes that could be a conduit to groundwater. Residents who are concerned should consider testing their well water for bacteria.
St. Croix County Historical Society will host its annual Vintage & Variety Yard Sale Fundraiser Sept. 20-22 on the lawn of the Octagon House Museum at 1004 Third St., Hudson. The sale hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. This unique sale features an eclectic collection of vintage pieces, antiques, furniture, home and garden items and much more.
I spent much of Saturday watching clips from the memorials for Sen. John McCain. As I wiped away tears, one question kept sounding in my mind: Who will be the next John McCain?
The Hudson Hometown Music Fest offers a day's worth of local and area talent at the fourth annual festival Sept. 8. The free family-friendly day of music will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU, east of Hudson. The event will showcase talented musicians in the Hudson area with bands including Boondoggle, The Buck Tucker Band, Laura & the Lagerheads, Trandy Blue, Dog of Roq Denny Cooper, Truth & Rumors and Boondoggle Unplugged. The music schedule includes country, blues, folk, classic and current rock and roll.
There are only a handful of foods that are just too delicious to resist, and bacon is one of them! With this in mind, the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau presents the sixth annual Bacon Bash, the nation's largest free bacon festival, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.
Tropical Wings will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will begin at YMCA Camp St. Croix's River Center, 532 County Road F with a bird hike guided by Brian Collins, Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Project volunteer. Participants will then move to The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St. for lunch, followed by a meeting.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will welcome more than 1,300 new students and their families to campus for New Student Move-In Day on Saturday, Sept. 1. Traffic around campus and residence halls will be restricted to single-direction and designated parking zones. The day is filled with many firsts for the new UWRF students – living in a new city, their first college roommate, their first Falcon football game, their first college class, and much more.