GENEALOGY: The Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park.

A short business meeting will be followed with a program, “Mayflower 101,” by Bill Hopkins, governor of the Society of Mayflower Descendents in Wisconsin.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 715-874-6678 or visit

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FAIREST OF FAIR: The 11th annual Fairest of the Fair competition for the Northern Wisconsin State Fair will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls.

The finalists for the 2019 Fairest of the Fair crown are Parker Lehmann, Alexis Schuebel and Alissa Maier.

The event’s master of ceremonies will be Alice in Dairyland Kaitlyn Riley.

The event includes a meal, dessert, door prizes, raffles and silent and live auctions.

Money raised will be used to help fund the Fairest of the Fair’s travel in 2019, crown and sash, and registration fees for the state fair convention.

Doors open at 5 p.m. The coronation program follows the dinner at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the fair office at 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls.

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RESEARCH: Hannah Wright of Eau Claire was one of more than 180 Central College students who presented academic research at the Fall 2018 Undergraduate Researcyh Symposium.

Wright’s presentation was titled “How Does Physical Education Help Children Learn in the Classroom?”

Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college.

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AWARD: Abigail Engel of Baldwin was recently awarded a Love of Learning Award worth $500 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.

Engel is one of 100 recipients nationwide to receive the award.

Love of Learning Awards are designed to help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching and research and career development.

Engel, a veterinary student at UW-Madison, will use the money to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Engel was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 2017 at Hillsdale College.

The selection process for a Love of Learning Award is based on the applicant’s academic achievement, campus and community service, intended use of award funds as it relates to academic and career goals, and a personal statement.

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GOLDEN RULE: Chippewa Falls High School student Faith Ford and McDonell High School student Jessica Eisenreich were recently honored as “Golden Rule Students” by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

In honor of their recognition, the club donated $50 to the charities of the students’ choice.

Ford, daughter of Eli and Tammy Ford, selected the Greenhalgh Memorial Music Endowment Fund through the Community Foundation.

Eisenreich, daughter of James and Lori Eisenreich, selected the Boys and Girls Club.

Throughout the school year, the Kiwanis Club chooses seniors from each Chippewa Falls high school, nominated by the respective schools’ teachers, using criteria including:

• Respect for all nationalities, race, ages and gender.

• Would be willing to stand up for the rights of others.

• Active in doing community service.

• Being goal-oriented.

• Taking responsibility for one’s own actions.

The Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club meets at noon Wednesdays at Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls.

For more information about the club, visit

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SCHOLARSHIPS: Two area residents were awarded scholarships from the UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences.

Mitchell Biging of Durand received the Charles E. Cottle International Scholarship.

Alumni and friends established this award in honor of Cottle, professor emeritus of political science, who has been a longtime supporter of study-abroad opportunities for students. The scholarship is awarded to select students who are pursuing a study-abroad or travel-study program for the first time.

McKayla Streit of Augusta received the A.A. Upham Scholarship, the Metcalf Family Scholarship and the McLean Family Scholarship.

The first scholarship is made possible by the late Ethel Upham, daughter of A.A. Upham, a former science teacher at UW-Whitewater. It is for students studying biology, chemistry or physics. The second scholarship was established by Robert Metcalf in memory of his wife and daughter.

The third scholarship was established by Julie Saecker Schneider in memory of her mother.

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