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Send Marathon news to: phone: 715-223-2342 fax: 715-223-3505 P.O. Box 677 103 West Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI 54405 Rib Falls HCE

The Rib Falls HCE met at the Rib Falls Townhall with COVID- 19 guidelines and social distancing.

President Judy Baeseman provided packaged individual cupcakes and individual bottles of water with packages of Crystal Llight along with ice cream sundae treats for refreshments.

Roll call was asked with a question, “Do you get your news from print or TV?” All members were present.

Congratulations went to Carol Uekert who received her 50year HCE pin from president Baeseman. Uekert gave a brief report on the history of HCE.

President Judy Baeseman read the letter from President Linda Krenz she received from UW-Extension Department Chairman Jason Hausler stating stating the club is no longer connected to the Extension.

Nancy Anderson said she could do the HCE booklets and the Learning Day forms if it works out as she has the template.

The club elected Carol Uekert as president and Gloria Kreager as secretary. They will be sworn in at the next meeting.

Membership dues will be due at the meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Rib Falls Town Hall with Diane Obermeyer hosting. Meeting was adjourned with Creed II.

Donna Kaldunski, Terri Steinke and Gloria Kreager all received their birthday gifts from their Secret Pals. The birthday song was sung to each.

Diane Obermeyer received the hostess prize.

Judy Baeseman gave each member a gift of appreciation in remembering her 53 years in HCE.

Book festival

The Marathon County Public Library will sponsor a Central Wisconsin Book Festival this coming week in Zoom online presentations.

Several of the presentations are slated for Saturday, Sept. 26. Award winning author and columnist Steve Hannah will discuss his Wisconsin-based book, Dairylandia,” from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wisconsin author Chris Fink will share his short fiction and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Wisconsin historian John Kinville will present a virtual multimedia presentation on the subject, “Wisconsin Women in the KKK,” 2-3 p.m.

Kathie Giorgio, author and director of the AllWriters’ Workshop in Waukesha, will offer a fiction workshop from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo will read her work in a virtual event, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fall clean-up

The Village of Marathon City will hold a fall clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Veteran’s Park, Marathon. Large dumpsters will be placed at the site for the event.

The clean-up event is for Marathon City residents only. Identification will be required.

The clean-up will accept car, truck and tractor tires, washing machines, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, furnaces, water heaters, humidifi ers, freezers, refrigerators, window air conditioners and dehumidifiers for a fee.

Electronics, including computers and printers, as well as building materials and yard waste will not be accepted.

St. Anthony’s

St. Anthony’s Spirituality Center, Marathon, will sponsor a retreat, “Franciscan Living: The Spirituality of Beauty,” Friday to Sunday, Sept. 25-17. The presenter will be Br. Jerome Schroeder, a Capuchin Franciscan for over 50 years whose ministry was in the urban Midwest. He is a poet.

Guests will be asked to wear a mask or cloth face covering in common areas except at mealtimes. The spirituality center strongly encourages each guest to bring his/ her own face covering. A limited number of masks will be available for those who do not have their own.

To register, call 715-443-2236, or e-mail

New business

The Copper Mug, a decorating and gift shop, will open for three days in October as a “pop up shop,” at the site of the old Marathon Brewery, 207 Pine St. The dates the business will be open are Thursday, Oct. 1, 5-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.