After nearly four decades of service to the library, John Stoneberg, the director of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, has announced his retirement effective January 1. In October 1977, the new library building had only been open for 11 months when Stoneberg started his career as a freshly-minted, 24-year-old reference librarian. The Eau Claire library was the third library in the state to computerize its circulation system and Reference Services adopted the Internet early on for answering questions. Today the library’s website is a dynamic virtual library “branch” and staff use social media as a regular communication tool. The library led the way nationally in checking out substantial numbers of iPads under Stoneberg’s leadership and staff continues to find new ways to help customers in the digital age.
Wiley Law, S.C. is pleased to announce the addition of Timothy J. (TJ) Proue as an associate attorney. Proue brings experience from the corporate law and litigation sectors, adding to Wiley Law’s tradition of serving the Chippewa Valley business community’s legal needs for more than 100 years.
Northwestern Bank of Chippewa Falls has donated the Fanny Hill property to Hope Gospel Mission. The gift of land will be used for the long-term strategy for the mission to address the growing needs of the homeless and poor of the Chippewa Valley.
Karen Stuber and James Ward were among alumni and university staff emerita who recently received awards from the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, recognizing their professional and personal successes as well as their contributions to UW-Eau Claire, their communities and their professions.
The Altoona City Council recently purchased 469 MemberSolar subscriptions from Eau Claire Energy Cooperative. The local clean renewable solar energy purchased will be enough to power a number of the City of Altoona’s traffic lights, pumping stations, water towers and more, which are located on the south and east sides of the city. The subscriptions purchased for these accounts served by Eau Claire Energy Cooperative will provide a significant portion of the energy used by the City. All of the 2,816 solar panels in the MemberSolar array were recently installed on a four-acre field owned and operated by Eau Claire Energy Cooperative. Only members of the Cooperative, including the City of Altoona, are eligible to purchase subscriptions.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.