October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and each Saturday this month we have run guest columns from people who work on the issue in some way. We've heard from a health care professional, a counselor who works to rehabilitate abusers, a Women's Community counselor for victims and, today, a Wausau police officer who specializes in domestic violence. Each of them shared an important perspective and, we hope, helped to promote awareness of a problem that still tears apart too many local homes.
This is the last Saturday of October, which means today's contribution is the last in this series of columns. But the issue won't go away when we flip the page of the calendar. Let's maintain the community focus on this issue even after Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over.
Congrats to a local teacher
A marketing teacher at Wausau West High School received a big honor this week. Carl Hert was named one of the "40 Most Influential Teachers Under 40 in America," a list designed by consulting company Veritas Prep to help students prepare for postsecondary admissions. Hert's students nominated him, and he went through what sounds like a pretty intensive application process, writing essays and answering questions about his teaching style and approach.
It is a prety cool honor and we congratulate Hert for the award. We know his students appreciate the work he does for them each day.
American lumberjack in Germany
Today is the final day of the STIHL world championships in lumberjacking, held this year in Stuttgart, Germany. And a central Wisconsin resident, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point senior Ben Hansen, is competing with the U.S. Timbersports relay team.
The massive saws and swinging axes have been tools of the lumberjack trade for centuries, and in the past 50 years or so they've become the markers of athletic competition. The Lumberjack World Championships began in 1960 in Hayward, and lumberjacking as sport has only spread.
It is pretty cool that Hanson, 22, of Milladore gets to travel the world to pursue this competitve passion. In fact, according to Paul Doruska, associate dean for academic affairs at the college of natural resources at UWSP, said getting involved in timbersports took Hanson "from the quiet person in the back of the classroom to being an engaged, focused professional."
Whether or not his future profession involves the use of an ax, we are sure Hansen will go far.
Who is the 2013 Person of the Year?
Daily Herald Media has been naming a local Person of the Year since 2008. The choices have been sometimes controversial, sometimes nearly unanimous - but each year's process has been fun and, we hope, worthwhile. It's valuable to think about the members of our community who have really made a difference here, and it's fun - and always a good conversation-starter - to try to rank and compare different types of contributions.
We'll be launching this year's nomination drive on our website on Monday and in print Tuesday, so consider this a preview. Who do you think has made a difference here? Who would you like to see on Daily Herald Media's year-end list?