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Around Town Briefs 3/19/17

posted March 19, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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YOUTH ROTARS: The Eau Claire Noon Rotary Club has honored six high school seniors for March:

Memorial High School: Leigh Krieger, daughter of Jay Krieger and Deana Cantley.

Krieger has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years.

Krieger is a four-year letter winner in swimming and qualified for sectionals three times. She participated in track and field for four years.

Krieger tutors at Putnam Heights Elementary School and volunteers at various races including the Turkey Trot and Puddle Jump.

Krieger hopes to attend Northwestern University to study foreign policy.

Memorial High School: Tyler Wessels, son of Bruce and Brenda Wessels.

Wessels plays basketball and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Wessels gives tours to new students and has been a volunteer coach for a middle school traveling basketball team for two years.

He is also a member of Peace Lutheran Church.

Wessels plans to attend North Dakota State University to major in marketing and management.

North High School: Meghan Weix, daughter of Ann and Jeff Weix.

Weix has played on the volleyball team for four years and served as its captain.

Weix has been a volunteer coach for Special Olympics.

Weix plans to attend UW-Eau Claire to major in elementary education.

North High School: Nikki Kilboten, daughter of Sean and Kari Kilboten.

Kilboten played both volleyball and basketball.

Kilboten was second team all conference in volleyball. In basketball, she was second team all conference for three years, third team all state as a junior and a member of the all tournament team in 2015 and 2016 in Oshkosh.

Kilboten plans to play basketball at St. Cloud State University, where she plans to major in early childhood education.

Regis High School: Jack Usher, son of David and Patricia Usher.

Usher participated in cross country, where he was a two-year letter winner and team captain in 2016, and in football, basketball, track and field, and tennis.

Usher is a member of the Student Council and is currently president. He received all conference honors for both band and choir.

Usher attended the Youth Conference on National Affairs in 2016 and was the team captain for the 2016-17 Academic Challenge/​Quiz Bowl. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Usher became an Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, in 2015. As a Scout, he volunteered for the air show, Scouting for Food, highway cleanup projects and Cub Scout events.

At Immaculate Conception Church, Usher volunteered for fall bazaars, fish boils, Confirmation retreats and family choir, and also served as a lector, cantor and altar server.

Usher is undecided about a college but plans to double major in business and science.

Altoona High School: Bailee Bontje.

Bontje is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Interact Club.

Bontje participated in cross country for four years and was a 2016 Badger Girls State representative.

Bontje volunteered for four years with Altoona Middle School’s science day camp and served as an usher for events at Eau Claire’s State Theatre.

Bontje will attend UW-Madison. Her major is undecided.

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OPEN SKATING: The Eau Claire Parks and Recreation Department is holding open skating sessions next week at Hobbs Ice Center, 915 Menomonie St., in connecting with the Eau Claire school district’s spring break.

Open skating sessions are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Admission is $3 per skating session, which includes free skate rental.

For more information, call 715-839-5040.

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GENEALOGY: The Chippewa County Genealogy Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the History Center, 123 Allen St., Chippewa Falls.

Brent Redmond will share his experiences about getting organized with the family tree “stuff” we’ve collected.

Research assistance will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. and following the program.

The meeting is open to the public.

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ROLL BENEFIT: A musical benefit for Dave and Ronnie Roll will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie.

A $10 donation can be made at the door.

The event includes a bake sale, silent and live auctions, and a cash bar.

Music will be provided by 2 Cabernets & an I.P.A., RSSP, Jayne Loves Cheez, Maria Verven, Clyde & the Fabulous Cornsnakes, and Howard “Guitar” Luedtke & Blue Max.

Dave and Ronnie Roll’s home was destroyed during the Sept. 21 flood.

For more information or to make a donation, visit​DaveRoll.

Donations are also being accepted through Charter Bank.

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FUNDRAISING DINNER: The fourth annual Great Futures Dinner will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls.

The event features food, silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $60 per person. Tables of eight, which include two seats reserved for members of the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley, are available for $350.

Tickets may be purchased at the Boys & Girls Club, 21 E. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls, or online at

All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club — Chippewa Center.

For more information, call Travis Austad at 715-726-2065.

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WEATHER CHANGES: “Phenology in a Changing Climate” will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, and repeated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.

The program, co-sponsored by the Eau Claire Garden Club, will examine how plant cycles are affected by weather and climate.

No registration is required.

Participants will learn:

• How changes in the start of the growing season have played out over the last century, especially in North America.

• How the start and end of the growing season can be measured in different and complementary ways.

• How to record observations from the start and end of the growing season in our area, as well as other phenological events.

The program will be led by Mark Schwartz, phenoclimatologist and distinguished professor of geography at UW-Milwaukee. Schwartz is the president of the International Society of Biometeorology, and co-founder of the USA National Phenology Network.

For more information, call 715-839-5004 or send an email to

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COMPETED: Emily Hayden, a marketing major from Eau Claire, competed for UW-Whitewater at the Wisconsin Collegiate DECA State Conference and will advance to the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Hayden and her team took second place in business ethics and were national qualifiers in the Advertising Campaign event.