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Send Athens news to: phone: 715-223-2342 fax: 715-223-3505 P.O. Box 677 103 West Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI 54405 Circle of Joy

Tim Blake is the new director of the Athens-Area Circle of Joy. He takes over for Nathlie Venzke, who shepherded the pantry for many years.

Blake is an Athens School District resident who has a background with experience with food pantries. The Circle of Joy gratefully welcomes his volunteer spirit. He will take over as director of the Athens-Area Circle of Joy in October.

The Athens-Area Circle of Joy’s open hours of operation will change from Wednesdays to Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. twice each month.

College notes

Three students from Athens graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in spring.

Hannah Cole graduated college with a bachelor of arts degree in gender and women’s studies, Kristin Heller graduated with a master’s degree in accounting and Savannah Janke graduated with distinction with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Old Timers Band

The Athens Old Timers band will continue holding concerts at 7:30 p.m. every Friday night in Memorial Park until the Friday after Labor Day.

No food or popcorn stands will be available. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, refreshments and an optional mask to wear.

Senior Citizens

The Senior Citizens card group met on August 5 for weekly card playing at the Athens Area Fire and Ambulance Hall. Three games of Sheepshead were played. David Perrodin won the first game and Butch Boris took second place. Steve Klockziem won the second game and Norbert Lake placed second. Pat Frank won the third game and Andy Hoeft took second place. Jan Lake received low score.

The Senior Citizens card group will play cards again at 1 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Athens Area Fire and Ambulance Hall.

Children’s crafts Kids can craft their own firebreathing dragon by picking up a Grab & Go craft kit this Monday, Aug. 3 until Friday, Aug. 7, from the Marathon County Public Library’s Athens Branch.

Kits include all supplies and instructions needed to create the craft at home. Kits are free and limited to one per child.

Parents should call the Athens library at 715-257-7292 for more information or to schedule a time for their children to pick up a kit.

Farmers Market

The Athens Farmers Market is held every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m., at Memorial Park.