CHIPPEWA FALLS — Mike and Barb Tzanakis moved to Chippewa Falls in 1996 from Pittsburgh when Mike was transferred to the Johnson Matthey (now TTM Technologies) facility to be project manager. They really didn’t expect to stay long. “I thought it would be a three-year run,” Mike Tzanakis said. “But here we are, 22 years later.” The Tzanakises fell in love with the Chippewa Valley. Barb joined the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA, serving on some
Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainmentreporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 1. Oktoberfest (Friday through Sunday at Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls. $16 weekend pass, $9 single day. gochippewafalls.com): The change of seasons would be incomplete without this annual German celebration, complete with my personal favorite rendition of the Oktoberfest beer, Leinenkugel’s. The fun kicks
Editor’s note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview on a topic of local interest. • • • Miranda Mahr Title: Programs director at the Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce. Talks about: Oktoberfest. • • • Can you give me a brief rundown of the event? Oktoberfest is a three-day celebration of authentic German cuisine, music, dress and much more. This event is fun for all ages, complete with kids inflatables, games and entertainment.
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Carol Gienapp dedicated her life to serving the Chippewa Falls community through her work starting the Chippewa Area Mentor Program and later as leader of the Community Foundation of Chippewa County, along with a variety of other civic boards and organizations. Gienapp, 74, died Friday. A funeral service is planned for Friday, Sept. 7. Gienapp started the mentor program in 1988 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on the West Hill of Chippewa Falls, and it now matches
Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 1. “A Real Super Time: A Post-Superhero Play” (7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at The Grand Theatre, 102 W. Grand Ave. $15 general admission, $10 students. Recommended 12 and older): While we all love a good classic, original theater is as important as any in the community theater world, and Logan Toftness’s