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Twin sons, Sawyer David and Nash Douglas, were born to Avery and Cole Peterson, Marathon, on March 20, 2020, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Sawyer weighed three pounds, 11 ounces and measured 17 inches at birth. Nash weighed four pounds, six ounces and measured 18 inches.

Legion auxiliary

President Colleen Handrick called the March 12 meeting of the Marathon Post 469 Legion Auxiliary to order with 16 members present. Opening meeting protocol was followed.

The minutes of the February meeting were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was approved as submitted.

Membership chairperson Bonnie Schult reported 102 members have paid. She read the names of members with March birthdays. There are no members on the Sick List.

Jenny Skrzypchak reminded everyone that the Juniors will help with spring cleaning at the Highground in Neillsville on May 9. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. RSVP to Nicole Skrzypchak by April 24.

Junior member Maddie Martin was present and crowned the Unit’s 2020 Poppy Princess. She will speak at Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day programs, distribute poppies, and promote poppies and their signifi cance throughout the year.

A thank you note was read from Margaret Meacham for the memorial for Dr. Mark Meacham.

A committee was formed to plan the Milestone Member Recognition Program that will be held at a later date. The committee members are Colleen Handrick, Betty Blume, Bonnie Schult and Edee Zuleger.

A committee was formed to present a recommendation at the April meeting for a raffle with proceeds to be given to Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Considerations include applying for raffle license, printing tickets, time/place of drawing and prizes. Lynn Witberler has offered to make a patriotic quilt to be used as a raffle prize. The committee members are Peggy Lemanski, Colleen Handrick and Kathy Grell.

Betty Blume moved a donation be made to Children’s Miracle Network, seconded by Joyce Braunel. The motion car- ried. Marlene Seubert moved a donation be made to Marathon Fun Run, seconded by Peggy Lemanski. The motion carried.

The scholarship committee requested an honorable mention scholarship be awarded this year in addition to the unit scholarship. The membership voted to accept the request.

Betty Blume reported that at a meeting with Joseph Koch, principal at St Mary’s, he agreed to have the seventh and eighth grade spring project include gathering a list of veteran’s names and commendations as found in the Marathon Cemetery. The project can be expanded to include gravestone rubbings and essays on each veteran which would be compiled and stored at the Marathon Heritage Center. He was also receptive to forming a patriotic choir of younger children.

Marvel Artus moved to have President Handrick proceed with scheduling a “Dine to Donate” fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse. Annette Southworth seconded the motion and it was approved.

Marlene Seubert and Bonnie Schult brought forward suggestions to improve the unit’s involvement in the Grade School Essay Contest managed by the ALA Department of Wisconsin. The suggestions were noted and will be decided on before next year’s contest.

Since the regularly scheduled April meeting will fall during Holy Week it was voted to move the next meeting to Thursday, April 16.

The closing procedure was followed and the meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Marathon Municipal Center.

Virtual Story Time

The Marathon County Public Library will provide Virtual Story Time on Facebook Live daily at 10 a.m. You can stream the Story Time from an iPad, laptop, Smart TV or other devices. Call 715-261-7230 for more information.

Emergency declared

Village of Marathon City President David Bellanger has declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and closed public access to all village buildings through April 6.

The village encourages residents to contact village staff over the telephone or through the mail. Village staff will maintain normal office hours during the state of emergency.

Residents seeking to vote early are asked to contact the village at 715-443-2221 to schedule a time to vote during the early voting period. Voters also may request an absentee ballots from http://myvote. All requests for absentee ballots must be completed by April 2.

Contact village administrator Andy Kurtz at 714-443-2221 or [email protected]

Heritage Center

Due to Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day falling on the 2nd Sunday of the months of April and May, the Marathon City Heritage Center will not be open on April 12 (Easter Sunday) and instead will be open on Sunday, April 5, from noon - 2 p.m. The center will not be open on May 10 (Mother’s Day) and instead will be open Sunday, May 3, from noon - 2 p.m.

Spring raffle

The Rib Falls Lions Club will host a spring raffle Sunday, April 19, at Don’s Bar, Rib Falls. Soda, beer and lunch will be provided. The event starts at 1 p.m. A drawing is at 3 p.m.

Garage sales delay

Carol Salber has announced that Marathon City garage sales have been postponed into either June or July.

“I just think with all of the unrest and uncertainties surrounding the virus with lockdown dates approaching the end of April into May, this is the best choice for us,” she said.