CVTC Seeks Board Applicants
EAU CLAIRE, WI— Applications are being accepted for three positions on the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Board of Trustees. Successful candidates will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2020.
The open positions include one member who is an elected official, and two additional members. At least one of the candidates should represent the diversity of CVTC’s 11-county district, based on recent demographic changes.
Applications are due by 4 p.m. Monday, February 24. Send applications to Lauren Sullivan, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701.
There are a number of requirements all candidates must meet in order to be eligible for Wisconsin Technical College System district board membership. Candidates must be residents of the technical college district, must submit an application/affidavit with a completed questionnaire and at least two written references, and must attend a district board appointment committee public hearing in person to be interviewed. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at the CVTC Business Education Center.
For more information or to request an application, contact Sullivan at 715-833-6500, firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.cvtc.edu/boardappointment.
Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Invited to Participate in Community Apiary
The Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association, in partnership with Xcel Energy and Beaver Creek Reserve, is offering plots for area beekeepers in a new community apiary in the town of Hallie in Chippewa County.
The apiary is particularly suited to individuals who wish to keep bees, but live in an area that is not suited to beekeeping, or in a community that heavily regulates or taxes beekeepers. Participants in the community apiary will be offered plots of 16 feet by 16 feet, suitable for up to four hives. The plots are set among 32 acres of developing wildflower habitat next to an Xcel Energy substation located just off Business 53 and 40th Ave. in the town of Hallie.
Beekeepers can rent a plot in the apiary for $20 per year. They must provide their own equipment and bees. Other requirements include a commitment to keeping bees safe and healthy and a commitment to follow access and safety guidelines. Plots will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available through the club’s website chippewavalleybeekeepers.com.
Participants in the program are required to be members of the Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association. Annual dues for a family to join the club are $10, and association president Galen Klisiewicz said the benefits of club membership are well worth it, especially for first-time beekeepers.
“Mentorship is critical for any new beekeeper,” said Klisiewicz, “and the club is full of individuals excited to share their knowledge with fellow beekeepers. The club also builds camaraderie, and we have honey extraction equipment that is shared within the club.”
Klisiewicz said the community apiary will have something to offer for beekeepers of all ranges of experience, including access to what will become prime bee habitat, avoidance of city beekeeping permit fees, and the promotion of pollinators of all kinds.
First-time beekeepers are eligible to rent a place in the community apiary, but are required to take a beekeeping class. Club vice-president Corey Grotte pointed out that the Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association partners with Beaver Creek Reserve to offer training sessions.
“Our Beekeeping 101 course in March is a day-long course that covers basic beekeeping skills, bee biology and needed equipment,” said Grotte. “The second class take place in May, and focuses on handling bees, bee health and hive-maintenance – and includes a hands-on experience with the hives the club keeps at Beaver Creek. The August class features presentations on preparing hives for winter, and class members will extract the honey from the Beaver Creek bees.”
The day-long classes at Beaver Creek in 2020 will be held on March 7, May 2 and August 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. Cost of each session is $40 for Beaver Creek Reserve members, $45 for non-members.
Prevea Health Expands Pediatric Offerings in Altoona
Two more physicians join pediatric team at the
Prevea Altoona Medical Office Building
Altoona, Wis. – Prevea Health is pleased to welcome two more pediatricians to the Prevea Altoona Medical Office Building: Dr. Oludayo Sarumi and Dr. Naghma Husain.
Drs. Sarumi and Husain specialize in routine care for children and adolescents, preventive medicine, well-child visits and sick visits. They are both certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Sarumi is seeing patients in Altoona now, and Dr. Husain will begin seeing patients in February.
The addition of Drs. Sarumi and Husain mean that there will now be four, full-time pediatricians seeing patients at the Prevea Altoona Medical Office Building located at 3119 Woodman Dr. in Altoona. Appointments for routine care for children and adolescents, preventive medicine, well-child visits and sick visits are also available with Dr. Katie Udenberg and Dr. Allison Schneider.
Appointments with any of the four pediatricians at the Prevea Altoona Medical Office Building can be made by calling (715) 717-6850 or online at: www.prevea.com
Prevea Health Now Offering MRI in Menomonie and Ladysmith
Eau Claire, Wis. – Residents in Menomonie, Ladysmith and nearby communities in need of MRI will now have another option closer to home as Prevea Health is now offering MRI at the Prevea Menomonie Health Center, 2919 Stout Road, and at the Prevea Ladysmith Health Center, 1101 Lake Ave. W.
MRI services are provided in a mobile unit, which travels to both health center campuses in partnership with Shared Medical Technology. The unit is staffed by an accredited MRI technologist and images are read by board-certified radiologists at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. Similar to receiving MRI in a hospital setting, services offered in the mobile unit are billable to insurance.
“Patients who receive MRI in our mobile unit are able to receive the same high-quality care and comfort as they would in a hospital setting, all while avoiding unnecessary travel ,” said Marlene Miller, Executive Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Prevea Health. “This is much more convenient for our patients and we are proud to be able to offer it to the Menomonie and Ladysmith communities.”
MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, provides detailed images of soft-tissue, organs and vessels within the body. Radiologists and physicians use MRI to navigate a variety of conditions such as back, joint and extremity pain, and to diagnose a variety of diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and tumors. To learn more about mobile MRI services offered by Prevea Health, in partnership with Shared Medical Technology, please visit: www.prevea.com/mri
The Jig's Up Ice Fishing Contest set for Feb. 8
The seventh annual Jig's Up Blugold Ice Fishing Contest — a day full of ice fishing, food, friends and cash prizes — will be held Feb. 8 on Lake Wissota, east of Chippewa Falls. Full story.
Special Forum presentation Feb. 27: Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi, a bestselling author and founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, will appear as a special Forum speaker at UW-Eau Claire Feb. 27 with his "How to Be an Antiracist" presentation. Full story.
Cabaret 2020: 'Game Over,' a gamer's fantasy tale
The annual campus "Cabaret" production opens Thursday, Jan. 30, and runs through Feb. 8. The show, a sort of "Jumanji meets Mario Bros." concept, takes three teen gamers into a realm within the games from which they must work to escape. Full story.
Matinee STOMP Performance Added due to Popular Demand
Addition of STOMP and several other performances brings Pablo Center’s second season to over 300 events
(EAU CLAIRE, WIS. January 17, 2020) - Although STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Eau Claire premiere at Pablo Center for two shows on March 20-21, it’s already making enough noise that a third performance has been added on March 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.
Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material; this year, it will incorporate two new pieces. It is safe to say you will never again look at supermarket carts or plumbing fixtures the same way… or paint cans, or kitchen sinks.
The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hand on that makes a sound,” says co-founder/director Luke Cresswell. A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression: both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.
Tickets for the STOMP matinee performance on March 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. go on sale to Pablo Center members on January 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. General public tickets go on sale January 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be found online at PabloCenter.org or by calling the box office at 715.832.ARTS.
With the addition of the STOMP matinee performance and several others, Pablo Center’s Season Two lineup now totals over 300 events. New additions include classic rock tribute show, Arch Allies whose performance features the music of Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Boston, REO Speedwagon, and Def Leppard. Minneapolis-based Arch Allies will perform in Pablo Center’s RCU Theatre on February 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Other mid-season additions to the Season Two lineup include: James Ignacio and Shane Leonard on March 27, 2020, The Secret Sisters on April 4, 2020, and S. Carey with Humbird on May 22, 2020. For more information about Pablo Center at the Confluence’s offerings visit PabloCenter.org.
For more information, please contact Stephanie LaBair, Marketing and Communications Manager at Pablo Center at the Confluence, at 715-471-6138 or by emailing email@example.com.
Royal Credit Union Announces Vice President-Small Business Lending Manager
Eau Claire, WI – Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Karlee Wallin Vice President-Small Business Lending Manager. She is responsible for leading the development of Royal’s Small Business Division and managing a team of small business lenders across the communities that Royal serves. The new division will provide the opportunity to build deeper relationships with Royal’s small business members and allow Royal a greater capacity to serve small business owners with custom solutions that fit their needs.
Wallin joined Royal in 2006 in a business support role. She quickly transitioned into the role of Business Loan Representative, Business Loan Analyst I & II, and Small Business Lending Officer, her most recent role prior to her promotion. Wallin has over 17 years of experience in the banking industry. Along with a technical degree in accounting, she has also received her Shockproof Credit College certificates in Commercial Business C&I Credit Decisions and Commercial Real Estate Credit Decisions.
Wallin participates in a variety of Royal committees focused on topics like corporate wellness and business to business relationships. She is also involved in Royal’s exploring leadership program, the business lending strategy team, and the social media team. Wallin stays active in the community by volunteering for the Red Letter Grant organization, serving as an Advisory Board Member for Western Dairy land’s Women’s Business Center, and serving as the Vice President of the Just Local Food Co-op Board of Directors. She enjoys educating the community about finances, business planning, and leadership and has been asked to speak on these topics to a variety of community groups.
Wallin currently resides in Eau Claire with her husband Tom and two daughters, Elise and Gwyneth.
Royal Credit Union and Chippewa Valley Technical College bring Income Tax Assistance to the community
Eau Claire, WI – Royal Credit Union is partnering with Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide assistance to community members with their tax returns. VITA was created to provide free income tax return assistance to taxpayers who cannot afford to pay for professional help. VITA volunteers provide free tax assistance to anyone with an adjusted gross annual income of $54,000 or less including disabled, non-English speaking, senior citizens and special needs taxpayers.
This service will be available on Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. from February 6 until April 9. Services will be provided at the Royal Credit Union Southwest office at 1049 West Clairemont Avenue Eau Claire, WI. The service will not be available the week of March 19. Appointments for VITA are required; to make an appointment please call 800-341-9911 and dial extension 6.
Royal Credit Union is among a number of credit unions in Wisconsin who are taking the initiative to help build financially strong, self-supporting families and communities by offering innovative services like VITA.
Tax returns are prepared by student volunteers from Chippewa Valley Technical College who have taken the steps to become certified by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. VITA offers free basic income tax return preparation and e-filing. Taxpayers with complicated returns or questions will be referred to an IRS publication, to the IRS, or to seek private professional assistance. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis by the VITA volunteer. If you decide to take advantage of this unique service, please bring photo ID, Social Security cards for taxpayer and all dependents, earnings statements, a copy of your tax return from last year, forms 1095(A, B or C) affordable health care statements, rent certificates from landlord or property tax statement, financial institution’s routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
Library Announces More Accessible Parking Options
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire announced today they are eliminating parking fees and time restrictions on most of the parking spaces in the library’s lower-level parking area. The announcement follows a successful amendment to the City Code of Ordinances requesting transfer of operational flexibilities and responsibilities from the City of Eau Claire Police Department to the library.
Under the new rules, a majority of lower-level parking spaces will be allocated for seniors, caregivers with small children, and other persons with limited mobility. “The library serves customers of all ages and abilities, and we want to make sure visiting the library is safe and accessible for each of them,” says Library Director Pamela Westby. Short-term “express” spaces will also be added.
“The ordinance amendment allows for flexibility of changes now and after the proposed Library expansion,” Westby continues, “so we will be able to assess the impact of this change and continue making improvements in response to community feedback.”
Elimination of parking fees in the lower-level lot will take effect immediately. Parking meters will be removed and new signage will be placed. Parking regulations for street-level and adjacent lots will remain the same.
For information, stop at Information & Reference on your next visit to the library, call 715-839-5004, or email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn Ukulele for Free at the Library
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire is offering free ukulele classes for all ages from February through May. All class materials, including ukuleles, are included. “Ukulele for Beginners” will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays February 8, March 14, April 18, and May 16 in the Dabble Box. Registration is required and space is limited. Learn more and register at www.ecpubliclibrary.info/ukulele.
“It’s a great beginner instrument for everyone” says Nicole Cook, who will teach the classes. “If you’re looking for a quick way to start making music, this is it!” Nicole Cook has been teaching music for 25 years. Her love of ukulele began in her elementary music classroom, and since then she has taught group and private lessons. Nicole is a long-term substitute music teacher in the Eau Claire Area School District.
Protect Yourself from Disinformation
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire presents “Information Self-Defense,” a free two-part program series on Tuesdays, February 4 and 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Eau Claire Room on the library’s lower level. The series presenter is Kate Hinnant, Head of Instruction and Communication at UW–Eau Claire’s McIntyre Library. She has been an Eau Claire resident for nearly 18 years and is also the Poetry Editor of Barstow & Grand literary journal. Participants may attend either or both programs.
February 4: Understanding Disinformation and Fake News
Disinformation, false information that is deliberately spread, has a long and storied history that predates our contemporary struggle with “fake news.” The program will include some notable historical examples, as well as a look at contemporary disinformation campaigns. We will look at how the Internet has changed the disinformation game, and whether fake news and other misleading, often viral, tactics have an effect on people’s behaviors and beliefs.
February 11: Tackling the Problem of Discrimination
Efforts to combat disinformation range from national solutions to personal ones. We will discuss the limitations of broad popular solutions, including the drastic Internet shutdowns deployed in several countries, as well as the idea of social media self-regulation. We will also look at a Stanford study that found that professional fact-checkers were better than both college students and history professors at determining trustworthy information, and we will practice some of the key techniques fact-checkers use.
For information, stop at Information & Reference on your next visit to the library, call 715-839-5004, or email the library at email@example.com. To learn more about library programs, check the library website at www.ecpubliclibrary.info.
If you have a need for a sign language interpreter or other special accommodations, please notify Information & Reference (715-839-5004, firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 48 hours before the program.
Attorney Greg Banchy Joins Weld Riley, S.C.
Eau Claire, WI - The Eau Claire law firm of Weld Riley S.C. is pleased to announce longtime attorney Greg Banchy is joining the firm.
“I’m truly excited to be joining the talented attorneys at Weld Riley. This is a great opportunity to help even more people and businesses plan for their future,” said Attorney Banchy.
Banchy comes to Weld Riley from his own practice in Eau Claire. His estate planning practice includes everything from preparing simple wills and powers of attorney to much more complex planning such as asset protection trusts and marital agreements. Greg also helps when guardianships are needed and works with clients to establish their businesses, as well as advising on business succession plans.Banchy attended Marquette University Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1987. He is very active in the elder law community in Wisconsin presently serving as a director on the Elder Law and Special Needs Section Board of the State Bar of Wisconsin and on the WisPACT Board of Directors. Greg also serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorney (NAELA).
“Greg has so much experience in estate and business planning. We’re grateful to have his insight and talents to help serve Weld Riley clients now and many years into the future,” said firm President and attorney John Robert Behling.
Weld Riley, S.C. has offices in Eau Claire, Black River Falls, Wausau, and Menomonie and serves families, private sector businesses, and public sector clients, including school districts, county governments, and many municipalities around western Wisconsin.
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HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital offers prenatal and breastfeeding classes in February
EAU CLAIRE – If you’re a soon-to-be parent, you likely have a lot of questions about what to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and more. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s Women and Infants Center is offering free prenatal education classes for first-time parents and those who would like a refresher Mondays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium (lower level) at the hospital, 900 West Clairemont Ave.
The hospital is also offering a prenatal class Saturday, Feb. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium (lower level) at the hospital. This is a one-day class that covers the same information as the several-week series.
In addition, the hospital is offering a breastfeeding education class Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Bishop Treacy (lower level) at the hospital.
These classes are free but registration is required by visiting www.sacredhearteauclaire.org/Events-Classes. For more information, call 715-717-4156.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Brings New, Powerful MRI Machine to Eau Claire – One of Only Two in the Nation with Enhanced Patient Experience Technology
EAU CLAIRE – A four-year collaboration with the National Football League and top research institutions around the world has brought advanced medical imaging technology to the Chippewa Valley.
The GE Healthcare SIGNATM Premier Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was developed after decades of research on the impact of concussion in sports. It’s designed to combine advanced clinical imaging with high-performance hardware that enables faster scanning and enhanced image quality. This device, now in use at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, is one of only three in Wisconsin. Add in enhanced patient-experience suite options, and HSHS Sacred Heart is one of only two hospitals in the nation with this technology.
The GE Healthcare SIGNATM Premier suite of enhancements allows patients to choose specific music, scenery and movies during an MRI procedure.
“We are thrilled to bring this technology to the Chippewa Valley,” said Andrew Bagnall, president and CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital. “We believe the advanced applications will help our clinicians push the boundaries of what’s possible with MRI.”
This new medical device brings a higher level of clinical capability and patient comfort. Ken Brown, director of Imaging Services at HSHS Sacred Heart, said this addition supports HSHS’s continued commitment to helping provide patients with improved diagnosis, care and treatment options.
“This will help our patients feel less apprehensive about having an MRI,” said Brown. “The faster and more comfortable procedure may reduce the need for sedation and hopefully reduce the anxiety some patients have about an MRI.”
Brown said HSHS colleagues have noticed a reduction of approximately twelve minutes off the average testing time. “This is particularly helpful in imaging elderly and very young patients who may have felt that the heavier coils of previous machines restricted breathing,” said Brown.
New Numbers Show Home Prices Climbing
Eau Claire, WI - New numbers from December 2019 show homes on the market sold quickly, and for more money than just one year ago.
“These numbers show we’re definitely operating in a seller’s market. If buyers are looking for a home they need to be prepared to move with their REALTOR® quickly, and with a competitive offer,” said RANWW Executive Vice President Brenda Barnhardt.
According to the latest December numbers, Eau Claire County saw median prices on single family homes up 4.6%, with the number of sales decreasing 24.3%, and the average days on market dropping by 5.7%. In Chippewa County, prices were up 30.6%, and homes sales dropped 3.0% with average days on market jumped 21.6%.
According to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association, closed sales in December increased over December 2018, up 14.8%, and median prices rose 10.1% to $197,000 over that same period. New data also shows the average home in Wisconsin is on the market just 96 days before being sold.
Barnhardt adds the silver lining has been the significant reduction in mortgage rates over the last year, which has served to keep Wisconsin housing affordable. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has remained below 4% since June of last year, and it stood at 3.72% in December. That compares to 4.64% in December 2018.
“Affordable rates are helping buyers get more home for their hard earned dollars. But they need to be ready to identify a great house and move quickly before it’s purchased by another party. That’s where working with a qualified and professional REALTOR® can make the process more successful, faster, and much easier,” said Gary Brenizer, 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.
Andrew Robertson Joins SFB as Senior Credit Officer
EAU CLAIRE – Paul Rudersdorf, CEO and president of Security Financial Bank (SFB), is pleased to announce that Andrew (Andy) Robertson has joined SFB as senior credit officer for the bank. He will be responsible for the development and enforcement of the credit policy and the credit quality of the loan portfolio for the bank. In addition, Robertson will manage and oversee all credit analysis and loan operations support functions throughout SFB.
“With Andy’s experience in the banking industry, he will be an outstanding asset for Security Financial Bank,” Rudersdorf said. “His expertise will be instrumental in leading SFB as we continue to grow.”
Robertson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW-Stout. Before joining SFB, he spent the past nine years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as a bank examiner. He also has an additional eight years of experience working within the banking industry in Wisconsin and Colorado with positions in the lending and credit departments.
Robertson will work out of SFB’s corporate office located in Eau Claire.
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