New scholarship to honor legacy of beloved North High School grad/staff member
[EAU CLAIRE, WI] The Mai Kou Lee Scholarship Fund of the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation has been established by ECASD staff members in memory of Mai Kou Lee, a beloved North High School graduate and staff member.
Mai Kou began her work as a Bilingual Education Assistant at North High School in 2018, and served in the role until her passing in February, following a courageous battle with cancer. She also served as a General School Assistant for North High School in the summer months.
Colleagues at North High School have glowing memories of her. “Mai Kou’s transition into our EL team here at North was flawless,” shared Monica Pritchard, English language learning teacher. “She made instant connections with our students. They trusted her and responded to her encouragement.”
February Wisconsin Housing Sales Robust
Eau Claire, WI - The winter home sales season set records for the second straight year, according to the latest numbers from the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association.
"February was again strong for sales, even with low inventories, continuing the trend we saw in December and January," said REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin Executive Vice President Brenda Barnhardt.
Along with record-setting sales, WRA also reported record-low inventories in February. Still, buyers are motivated to work closely with REALTORS® to find opportunities to find their next home.
In the western region, year-to-date sales in Eau Claire County are up 16.2% from the same period in 2020, and median prices are up 11.7%. Jackson County sales are up 70.6% compared to the same period last year, with prices up 16.9%.
"With continued low mortgage rates, our REALTOR® members are working with buyers to move quickly when they find their perfect home," said Deb Hanson, RANWW Board President.
The REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin is the professional trade association that all professional REALTORS® residing within the association jurisdiction belong to. The association provides educational opportunities for its members, is active in local, state and national advocacy efforts, engages in community outreach through charitable giving, operates its own private foundation to help homeowners in need and remains a positive force for the members they serve.
For more information on the REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin, log on to www.ranww.org
Individuals with certain medical conditions now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Eau Claire, WI, March 22, 2021 – Beginning today, individuals aged 16 and older with nearly 20 different medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, pregnancy, and others, become eligible for vaccine. This full list of eligible conditions includes:
• Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
• Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
• Chronic kidney disease
• COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
• Cystic fibrosis
• Down syndrome
• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
• Hypertension or high blood pressure
• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
• Liver disease
• Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
• Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30-39 kg/m2)
• Overweight (BMI of 25-29 kg/m2)
• Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
• Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2 or more)
• Sickle cell disease
• Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
• Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
“We know that all three COVID-19 vaccines available are incredibly safe and effective at preventing infection, serious illness, and death. That’s why we are working to get shots in arms as quickly as we can,” says Lieske Giese, Health Department Director.
Pablo Foundation Funding Supports Diversity Equity Inclusion Programs at Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley has received a $24,000 grant from Pablo Foundation to advance its Diversity Equity & Inclusion Initiative at Lee & Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire.
In June 2020, leadership within Boys & Girls Clubs began an intentional effort to evaluate and build upon the values of diversity equity and inclusion in its youth development programs. By focusing on developing expert staff, quality programming, community partnerships and strategic promotion, the Clubs at all four locations are advancing their efforts to provide an environment where all feel respected, understood, appreciated and valued for who they are. Pablo Foundation funding is supporting the DEI Initiative at the Eau Claire location to create structure and strategic focus on breaking down barriers of racism and inequity for youth, staff, volunteers and families at the Club.
Lee & Mary Markquart Center Director, MarLee Johnson, stated, “Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion in all its activities. Kids at the Clubs learn about their own cultures, as well as the variety of cultures and beliefs throughout the world. Youth development staff also model and foster kind, caring and respectful conversations to create understanding between Club kids. It’s great to see how open kids are to learning about and appreciating each other. It helps all kids feel special and valued and helps them grow and thrive.”
Women’s Giving Circle Offers Grants of Up to $6000 in 2021
The Women's Giving Circle will once again be offering grants of up to $6000 to Eau Claire area nonprofits that work to enhance the well-being of local women and/or children. The window for submitting grant applications opens on April 1, and the deadline is July 1, 2021.
Any nonprofits interested in applying can call the Eau Claire Community Foundation at (715) 552-3801 or visit the “Women’s Giving Circle Grant Cycle” page on the ECCF website (www.eccfwi.org) for more information.
About WGC: The Women’s Giving Circle is a fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation. Its approximately 250 members use the power of collective giving by pooling their donations to fund grants to nonprofit organizations that work to enhance the well-being of local women and children. The impact of each member’s $250 or more contribution is considerable: Together, the WGC members have distributed almost $358,000 in grants since their Fund was established in 2007. The WGC is open to everyone who wants to become a member.
JENNY EBERT JOINS THE PREVAIL BANK MORTGAGE LENDING TEAM
Prevail Bank is pleased to announce that Jenny Ebert has recently joined the Eau Claire team as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Being an Eau Claire native, Jenny graduated from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Jenny brings to the team 37 years of combined local mortgage and real estate experience, along with an outstanding track record of customer service and knowledge for the entire homebuying process.
“Jenny will be a great addition to our growing Eau Claire team. She has a proven history of serving her customers well, and we are excited to have her on the Prevail Bank mortgage lending team,” states Brent Arndt, Senior Vice President and Mortgage Manager at Prevail Bank.
COVID-19 Vaccine And Summer Tourism On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The West Side”
Eau Claire, Wis. - COVID-19 vaccine availability in western Wisconsin and a look ahead to the impact of the pandemic on tourism are the topics of this week’s edition of “The West Side” at 10 a.m. Friday, March 26 on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach welcomes Lieske Giese, director of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, to the program. She will provide updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Chippewa Valley and the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) vaccination clinic set to open April 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena.
Next Kallenbach brings on Benny Anderson, executive director of Visit Eau Claire, and Michelle Martin, director of Washburn County’s Tourism Department. They will talk about how the pandemic has impacted the tourism industry over the past year and what businesses are doing to salvage the spring and summer seasons.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and live streamed at wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615, or email the show at email@example.com. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
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Ongoing Commitment to Service Earns Elizabeth Thompson, CENTURY 21 Affiliated, 2020 Quality Service Pinnacle Award
Altoona, Wis. (Grassroots Newswire) March 23, 2021 -- Daniel Kruse, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Affiliated announced today that Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized sales affiliate Elizabeth Thompson with the CENTURY 21 2020 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award.
"The Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award is an integral part of our brand's commitment to excellence and recognizes Elizabeth Thompson's dedication to making each and every client interaction a positive one," said Michael Miedler, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC.
The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey (QSS) which is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home. To earn the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 50 percent of their transactions surveyed from January 1 - December 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percent or better for 2 consecutive years.
"Elizabeth Thompson provides clients with knowledge and advice related to their real estate transaction and offers them confidence during what may be the most significant purchase of a lifetime," said Daniel Kruse, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Affiliated.
Elizabeth Thompson will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference.
About CENTURY 21 Affiliated
CENTURY 21 Affiliated is an independently owned and operated franchise affiliate of Century 21 Real Estate LLC (century21.com), franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21(r) brand. Century 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 13,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 84 countries and territories worldwide with more than 146,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs. They are century21.com, century21Global.com, commercial.century21.com, century21.com/finehomes, and century21espanol.com.
Chinese Folk Art Exhibit Opens at Artisan Forge Studios in Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI- The Shanxi Folk Art Exhibit opened on March 12, 2021 in the main gallery in Artisan Forge Studios. Shanxi is a province of China, known as The Mother of Chinese Civilization because Shanxi is the home of Chinese characters, silk, and woodcut painting. The exhibition includes silk art including bags and scarfs, Chinese traditional ink paintings by Shanxi’s famous artists, Chinese calligraphy, handmade and polished lacquerware, paper art, woodcut paintings, and more.
The Shanxi Folk Art exhibit is hosted by MingXin Chinese Cultural Exchange and Tearoom LLC. It is presented in collaboration with Shanxi Xingrong Import and Export Co., Ltd. and Shanxi Yulei Cultural Media Company.
MingXin Chinese Cultural Exchange and Tearoom is a local business operating out of Artisan Forge Studios owned by Yu Xin Obaid. The Tearoom offers imported Chinese teas, tea sets, and art as well as private tea parties and tastings. For more information about MingXin Chinese Cultural Exchange and Tearoom, visit them on Facebook.
Prevea welcomes new child and adolescent psychiatrist
Eau Claire – Prevea Health is pleased to welcome child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Dane Jensen, to its behavioral care family in Eau Claire.
Dr. Jensen, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, specializes in the following
The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely Will Reopen in June 2021
After over a year of closure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Eau Claire’s only independent boutique hotel and restaurant willreopen welcome guests back this summer.
EAU CLAIRE, WI – March 25, 2021: It’s official – The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely, Eau Claire’s boutique hotel and farm to fork restaurant in downtown Eau Claire, will reopen later this summer, on June 1, 2021, after over a full year of closure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The property, which offers 30 boutique hotel rooms, a full restaurant and bar, and a music and event venue, is known for highlighting all things local and authentic to Eau Claire. In March 2020 both the hotel and the restaurant closed, being one of the first and only properties to remain closed through the end of 2020, and beyond. While the decision to keep the business closed was a challenging one to make, the safety of the community, staff, and guests remained paramount concern, in addition to the general decline in travel and tourism.
Virtual Viennese Ball set for April 8 and 10
Since 1973, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Viennese Ball has been canceled only two times — once in 1991 when Davies Center was under construction and again in 2020 due to the pandemic restrictions.
Through creative determination, abundant talent and the genius of technology, the grand traditions of the Viennese Ball return for 2021, with the Virtual Viennese Ball set for Thursday, April 8, and Saturday, April 10. Both nights’ activities start at 7 p.m.
UW-Eau Claire camps and conferences manager Kyran Hamill plays a key role in the annual ball preparation and is thrilled to present a safe and virtual way to participate this year.
“We’re excited to present a once-in-a-lifetime program celebrating the Viennese Ball,” Hamill says. “We have gathered the best musicians UW-Eau Claire has to offer, along with a few special guests. This will be a V-Ball experience to remember, from the comfort of your own home. For those who have never attended, get a taste of what awaits when it returns next year.”
Kristin Schumacher, director of University Centers, knows that the ball was established as a fundraising venture, and has become a beloved community tradition and signature campus event.
Blugolds in sports industry to discuss COVID’s effect on business
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumni who work in the sports industry will discuss during an upcoming webinar how COVID-19 has radically affected their businesses.
The webinar, titled “COVID’s Effect on the Business of Sports,” is from noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 2. The event is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire’s College of Business.
Participants are required to register for the event.
“This is to give students from across the university, alumni and community members a chance to see what the business of sports is like,” says Dr. Brewer Doran, dean of the College of Business, who will moderate the panel discussion. “It will let people talk with insiders about what it was like the day sports stopped.”
Panelists will be:
Virtual International Poetry Reading scheduled for April 28
Readers are sought for the 15th annual International Poetry Reading hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, to be held virtually from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.
Those who can speak and read in a language other than modern standard English are invited to read a poem of their choosing at the event. In previous events, community members, faculty and staff read and listened to poetry written in as many as 40 languages, including Korean, Hmong, Icelandic and many more.
Event organizers have set a deadline of Friday, March 26, for interested readers. The deadline for poem selection is Friday, April 9.
“Even though the event will be virtual this year, the International Poetry Reading remains an annual event to gather the Blugold family and community members in Eau Claire to appreciate the beauty of languages and to celebrate cultural diversity," said Dr. Kaishan Kong, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of Chinese and co-organizer of the International Poetry Reading, along with Josh Bauer, senior web developer in UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services department, and Dr. Dorothy Ka-Ying Chan, assistant professor of English.
Futurefinder Sessions Offer Ways to Explore CVTC
College programs, facilities, student assistance highlighted
Eau Claire, WI - Chippewa Valley Technical College is offering a chance for people to explore ways to discover their future through a series of free virtual sessions throughout the entire month of April. Future Finder begins April 1 with a kick-off session and concludes April 30 with a wrap-up. In between are 29 different topics offered at various times and dates. The content has been crafted to cover all aspects of the College.
The sessions are designed to help prospective students discover program pathways that fit their skills and interests, learn about the real CVTC experience from current students and faculty, and explore the hands-on learning opportunities at all CVTC campuses. Sessions, divided into categories of Discover, Explore and Enroll, will include virtual tours, program breakouts, student panels, ask-the-expert employer interactive panels, and much more.
WisDOT seeks input on second train across Wisconsin
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