Our view: Construction and learning opportunities make us proud

11:38 AM, May 3, 2013  |  Comments
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Groundbreaking for a shelter for homeless couples and families was cause for celebration this week. While we would love to live in a world where we didn't need a place like the Frederic Ozanam Transitional Shelter, it's good to know it will be a reality.

Fundraising for the remaining $150,000 for the project continues. The estimated cost to build the facility is $1.2 million. To donate, make checks payable to St. Vincent's Shelter and mail or deliver it to St. Vincent de Paul, 169 N. Central Ave., Marshfield WI 54449.

"Only thing that is going to make me happier than (the groundbreaking) is to come back to the ribbon-cutting later on this year when the building is all built," said Dennis Boucher, chairman of the St. Vincent de Paul steering committee to build the shelter.

Construction is slated to begin May 15, with the project completed by 2014.

? Construction also is under way on a new memorial to honor Marshfield's military veterans. Volunteers from the Marshfield Friends of the Veterans organization are helping measure and mark the site along Veterans Parkway for flagpoles and lights. Installation is expected by Memorial Day. Later, a howitzer and anchor will be installed.

The committee seeks donations to establish a fund that will provide for future costs and maintenance of the site. To donate, make checks to the American Legion Memorial Fund and designated to the Veterans Memorial Project. Mail to Associated Bank, Veterans Memorial Mural Project, 400 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449.

? Four local teachers were surprised this week as recipients of the Crystal Apple Award. The award, in its 11th year, honors the best educators in the Marshfield area. This year's winners are: Tami Wolff, director of the testing center at Marshfield High School; Kendra Haessly, a kindergarten teacher at Grant Elementary School; Scott Schiller, a sixth-grade teacher in Greenwood; and Margaret Miskulin, a sixth-grade math and science teacher in Spencer.

Students submitted 879 total nominations for 287 teachers. Of those, a total of 24 were named as teachers of distinction by peers at their schools. They then went before a selection committee, which included two college deans and business leaders in the community. The winners and the teachers of distinction will be honored at a reception in October.

"I don't know what to say, I'm just beside myself right now," Haessly said after she was surprised in her classroom.

? Another milestone of classroom learning was celebrated this week. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital nursing partnership program marked its 25th anniversary Monday.

It was the first and is the longest-lasting partnership of its kind in Wisconsin, said UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Linda Young. "I'm very proud that this distance learning program has been in place for 25 years. The partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's will always be central to us and will be our priority."

The program accepts 16 new students each semester, and 531 students to date have graduated from the program. More than half those work at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, and about 75 percent have stayed in central Wisconsin.

? And now, for something fun. Marshfield dad David Heron did what many parents would - provided a prom dress for his teenage daughter, Mariah. What's different is he sewed it himself.

"I jokingly asked my dad if he could make me a prom dress. When he said yes, I was surprised," Mariah said. The greater surprise was that the dress he made was really nice, she said. Mariah wanted a camouflage fabric prom dress that reflected her interest in hunting and her individuality.

"Mariah and I went to Hancock Fabrics and started looking at fabric and patterns. If it hadn't been for the ladies that work there, we would have walked out and that would have been the end of this," David said.

But, he persevered, and two months later, Mariah wore a strapless, black satin waisted gown constructed from fabric named Snow White Camouflage with a white under layer and overlaid with black tulle. A thin black ruffle trimmed the top of the dress while a black satin bow adorned with the tops of shotgun shells were fixed at the waist of the gown.

"I think she likes it. She asked me if I'd make her wedding dress," David said.

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