House is demolished
Demolition began last week and continued this week of a house owned by Glenn and Beverly Kafka, located at the intersection of STH 97 and 153 in the village of Stratford. It’s unknown what the Kafkas plan on doing with this parcel of land after the demolision project concludes.
Stratford Continuing Education is offering a Gentle Yoga class on Wednesdays from Feb. 5 through May 6 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Stratford.
Advanced sign up is required. People wanting more information and who want to sign up for the class can visit www.stratfordclasses.com.
Blood drive results
Stratford High School’s FFA chapter held a successful blood drive last Wednesday, in which 71 people signed up to donate blood.
Four Stratford community members, seven Stratford School District staff members, 21 Stratford High School seniors, 31 juniors and eight sophomores donated blood at the drive.
Becky Wirkus, Stratford High School FFA advisor, said the 31 juniors who donated blood makes up one third of its graduating class. She said sophomores are eligible to donate blood only if they are at least 16 years old and have their parent’s permission.
Stratford FFA’s next blood drive will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
All area Sheepshead players are welcome to play games from 1-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Stratford Community Hall.
Stratford High School will present Screenagers, a video for parents and their childrenthat discusses the balance needed of screen time, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 in the high school gym. Punch, cake and baked goods will be provided for attendees.
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 be treated to a light lunch of sandwiches and refreshments.
Play & Learn is held from,:45 a.m. until noon each Wednesday, from September 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.
The December meeting of the Marshfield Area Retired Educators Association (MAREA) was called to order by president Ruby Thomas, followed by a Pledge to the Flag. There were 26 members and one guest, Mary Albrecht, in attendance.
The secretary and treasurer reports were approved and Ruby Pinter’s report was placed on file. Pinter noted the two scholarship payments will be made soon.
Additional volunteer hour sheets were available to members, as was the new membership directory. Carol Subera gave a pension update.
Sunshine and shadows: Carol Ballerstein reviewed members’ sign up for Christmas visits to homebound members. Updates on several of those members were given.
Community Action Project: Cheryl Eckert noted a new schedule will be given at the January 2020 meeting.
Ongoing business consisted of MAREA being in need of an Education Committee Chairperson.
JoAnn Runge was the door prize winner. December birthdays were recognized with song.
Dorothy Dietsche will deliver the meeting’s donations to Kings Pantry in Spencer.
The January program will be led by Cathy Taylor on the topic of Healthy yoga. The meeting was adjourned, followed by a Christmas reading by Elaine Haas and cookies from Carol Subera.
Carol Ballerstein provided Christmas Trivia and Christmas bingo, provided by prizes from members who each bought a pound of something to the meeting. Mavis Wood led a game of identifying animal species.
The Stratford VFW hosts its monthly steak feed on the first Tuesday of each month from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Stratford VFW Clubhouse.