Sophomores attend their first day of high school Tuesday afternoon at D.C. Everest Senior High School in Weston.
Welcome back to school, students, teachers, staff and parents. This week marked the return to classes for many local schools, with all the frenetic energy and sense of a new beginning that the start of the school year implies.
We all have memories of the first day of school - the new clothes, the new teachers, all the questions and the sense of possibilities about what the new year will hold. It is a special time, and the emotional connection it still holds for many of us in the community is a sign of the way our school experience shapes our lives.
And the beginning of the school year really is a communitywide event. Even those who don't have children or don't have children in school have noticed the yellow school buses back on the roads, the safety officers in fluorescent vests ushering young ones across the street before school. It's nice to see them back.
This fall also marks the launch of 4-year-old kindergarten in the D.C. Everest School District, where about 320 pre-kindergarten students started classes this week. That is an important step forward for vital early childhood education services, and we congratulate Everest for making it happen.
Goodbye, Dick Dudley
The community said goodbye to "Mr. Wausau" this week. The funeral for Richard "Dick" Dudley on Wednesday brought hundreds of people out to Saint Michael Parish in Wausau. Dudley, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who left a lasting mark on this community, died Aug. 27 at 89.
Dudley loved Wausau and its downtown, and he was a generous, good-humored man who cared for others. His acumen as a businessman and investor are manifest, but his ability to reach out to individuals and community institutions in need are what formed the close bond he had with this city. The Dudley Foundation Inc. has donated more than $2.5 million to community causes since 2001 - but even Dudley's business investments often doubled as community services, building local firms and institutions, even reshaping Wausau's skyline.
We thank Dudley, one last time, for all he did for the community.
Talking football with former Packer
Did you catch our new online football talk show? Daily Herald Media this week premiered "On the Line with Bill Ferrario," our new weekly webcast featuring the former Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers offensive lineman. Ferrario and Gannett Central Wisconsin Media sports editor Christopher Dabe talked Badgers, previewed the Packers season and shared fantasy football tips.
It's football talk! It's analysis of the game by an insider. And it's a fun new digital feature that we hope you'll make part of your weekly routine of getting geared up for the games. "On the Line with Bill Ferrario" will appear every Thursday on our website. Visit http://wdhne.ws/18wct0T to catch the replay of this week's episode.