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Village of Edgar President Terry Lepak has proclaimed a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

During the emergency, the Edgar Village Hall will remain open but Lepak has requested solicitors and salespeople not visit the hall. He said residents should request absentee ballots from the state (https:// myvote. wi.gov/enus/) and that people mail in second quarter water bills.

The village’s water department will not enter private homes for meter checks or meter replacements at this time. The water department will not disconnect service during the declared emergency.

The Edgar Branch Public Library has been closed by Marathon County.

The Edgar/Marathon Circle of Joy food bank housed in Edgar Village Hall will not have open pantry hours at this time.

The village hall will be staffed during the emergency and will provide normal service over the telephone. The village’s phone number is 715-352-2891.

The emergency declaration authorizes the village to purchase emergency goods and services, close public access to buildings and to empower the village administrator (Jennifer Lopez) to “take all appropriate measures related to village employees in addressing and responding to this state of emergency.”

Wellness Center

The Edgar Public School Wellness Center will be closed until further notice because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

FBLA

Edgar FBLA students have qualified for a state FBLA competition although, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has been cancelled. The students and their events are Caden Higgins, Sports and Entertainment Management; Kaleb Hafferman, Sports and Entertainment Management; Everest Brehm, Sports and Entertainment Management; Bailey Imhoff, Healthcare Administration; Allison Dvorak, Insurance and Risk Management; Desirae Rausch, Insurance and Risk Management; Rachel Brewster, Political Science; Carver Higgins, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure.

Kohl scholarship

The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has announced Caden Higgins, Edgar High School, will receive a $10,000 student scholarship. He is one of 193 students statewide to receive this scholarship.

Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Excellence Scholarship recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, and representatives of education- related associations and the program’s co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, and the Wisconsin Parents Association.

The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, philanthropist and businessman, in 1990. Currently in its 30th year of recognizing educational excellence, the foundation has awarded $20.9 million to Wisconsin educators, principals, students and schools. “Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation,” Kohl said. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students, teachers and principals and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future.”

Award recipients were notifi ed of their awards on February 14, 2020. A regional recognition luncheon honoring the recipient has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26, at North High School, Eau Claire.

Garage sales

The Edgar area community garage sales will be held Thursday, May 14, through Saturday, May 16. Deadline for sign-up is Monday, May 4. For more information, contact Brooke Borchardt at 715-218-3372.

County libraries

Due to the rising threat of COVID-19 (commonly known as coronavirus), and in compliance with the state’s effort to respond to and contain the spread of the disease, all nine Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) locations will be closed beginning March 17. This includes locations in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford. All locations are tentatively set to reopen on April 6. However, the library’s reopening date is subject to change as developments occur.

Due to the closure, all library programs and events that were scheduled to occur between now and April 6 have been canceled.

Some library services will continue to be offered throughout the closure. Patrons may still contact the MCPL Wausau reference desk for questions and assistance via phone (715-261-7230), email ([email protected] us) or online chat between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Wi-Fi at each of the eight branch libraries will remain on 24/7, providing patrons outside of the library (within range) with access to high-speed Internet.

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