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College notes

Sydney Boeger of Stratford has been named to the Dean’s honor roll for the fall 2019 semester at the University of Missouri. She is studying toward earning a degree in print journalism.

Boeger worked as the summer intern at The Record-Review last year.

Shaylynn Griesmer, a Stratford High School graduate, was awarded to the dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester at UW-La Crosse.

Military supper

A Military Appreciation supper will be hosted by the Wien Wildcats 4H from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Edgar High School.

Current and former military service members and a guest are invited. People planning on attending the supper need to RSVP by Feb. 3 to 715-897-5354.

VFW blood drives

The following is the 2020 schedule for Stratford Community Blood Drives from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the VFW Clubhouse: Feb. 25, April 28, June 23, Aug. 25 and Oct. 27.

People are encouraged to walk in the door of the VFW Clubhouse to donate blood, and then they’ll be treated to a light lunch and refreshments.

Contining Education

Stratford Continuing Education is offering a Gentle Yoga” class on Wednesdays, from Feb. 5 until May 6 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Stratford.

Advance sign up is required. For more information and to sign up, people should visit

Leap for Learning

St. Joseph Catholic School in Stratford is offering Leap for Learning Days, which are half days at school for children who will be in Pre-Kindergarten next school year, to try out the school. Children would need to be four years old by Sept. 1, 2020 to start Pre-Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year.

The following are upcoming Leap for Learning Days from 8 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.: Feb. 10, Valentine’s Day activities; March 13, St. Patrick’s Day activities and April 8, Donuts with Dad/Grandpa/Uncle.

Children who attend the Leap for Learning Days should come to school with a coat, snow pants, boots, hat and mittens for playing outside for recess. Children would also need to wear a pair of shoes to wear inside the school when their wet boots are removed.

Genealogy training

Adults can work on their family histories and swap genealogy tips with one another during a free monthly event that from 1-2 p.m. at the Marathon County Public Library’s Stratford Branch on Feb. 12, March 11 and April 8. Continued from page 14

Play Sheepshead

All area Sheepshead players are welcome to play games from 1-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Stratford Community Hall.

Resource Center

Play & Learn is held at 10:45 a.m. each Wednesday through May in the Resource Center inside the Marathon County Branch Stratford Library.

Play and Learn is free for familes who live anywhere to attend. It provides an opportunity for parents to meet other parents and find out about community resources available.

Family Story Time

Stratford-area parents and their young children can attend Family Story Time at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday from Jan. 15 until May 27 at the Marathon County Stratford Branch Library.

MAREA meets

The January meeting of the Marshfi eld Area Retired Educators Association (MAREA) was called to order by president Ruby Thomas with 27 people in attendance.

Pledge to the Flag was followed by approval of the secretary report and treasurer reports to be placed on file.

Under committee reports, extra volunteer sheets are available. Scholarship recipients received their money. WREA Foundation box was circulated. Two long time members’ upcoming birthdays were noted. Membership directories are available and they are continually updated as needed.

Doreen Schultz gave a legislative report including information on safe school funding, the need for transparent voucher costs and district maps.

Cheryl Eckert distributed the 2020 Community Needs schedule. January recipient is the Stratford Food Pantry with Carol Ballerstein delivering the donations.

Under new business, the spring district meeting is May 6 with District Director Lynne Kagelmann presiding. MAREA is in need of a treasurer and education committee chair. A vice president is also needed. Meeting greeters, treaters and 5 Minute Spotlight are needed.

In ongoing business, thanks to the DeSmets for the meeting treat and to Carol Ballerstein as greeter. January birthdays were recognized. AnneTeska reported on upcoming Lucille Tack performances.

The meeting was adjourned to speaker Cathy Taylor, who is a retired nurse and yoga instructor leading the group in yoga exercises. A question and answer period followed.

Cindy Prust and Steve Coy spoke on modern square dancing opportunities in the Marshfield area.