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Our view: Helping others, community pride deserve cheers

5:20 PM, Apr. 12, 2013  |  Comments
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We're naturally proud of our giving community. Last weekend, The Pointless Brothers gave back to House of the Dove Hospice Home through a fundraiser at the Eagles Club, which donated the use of its facility and a portion of food and drink proceeds.

Band members appreciated House of the Dove staff members for their treatment for family members.

"At some point in your life, you're going to face these issues," said Marshfield Clinic doctor and guitar player Jerry Goldberg about dealing with caring for an elderly parent. "It's much easier with a guide, and the staff at House of the Dove knows how to deal with that kind of suffering."

The fundraiser will help families with costs not covered by insurance or Medicare, such as room and board.

"Most of our patients don't have the means to pay for room and board, but we don't turn anyone away," said Tricia Thumann, the home's manager. "For the band to pull this together on their own is just huge."

It will be wonderful to see improvements continue to downtown properties. The city fašade improvement program will provide another $50,000 in matching grants to five additional properties this spring or summer. Originally paid by the area's Tax Incremental Finance district, now a contribution from Main Street Marshfield and an allocation from Marshfield Utilities' dividend to the city for economic development provide money for the program.

"The success of this program is nice. It makes a big difference," said Jason Angell, director of the city's economic development department.

We look forward to seeing the results at Crabby Dave's, Endless Design, Off the Wall, Circle the Date and Moneywise Mortgage.

Marshfield Community Television and Marshfield City Council President Ed Wagner have created a way to get to know who serves you better. Wagner and Dan Kummer, director of Marshfield Community Television, developed a weekly series, "Meet Your Alderperson," to profile council members. (All but one agreed to participate.)

We know people don't run for office for the attention. Serving others can be a challenge and hard work. But this video series will give viewers a chance to get to know their council members as people, too. It might even inspire someone else to join a committee or run for office. Kudos to those who participated in the project, both in producing it and being subjects.

There still is time to participate in the Best of Marshfield contest. Voters can take the survey through April 21. To vote, log on to www.visitmarshfieldwi.com and click on Best of Marshfield Area 2013 Survey in the middle of the page.

In its fifth year, the contest was developed by the 2009 Leadership Marshfield class to increase awareness of local businesses among residents and visitors.

Winners will be announced May 9 at the bureau's annual tourism banquet. Be sure to cast your votes.

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