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SAHS will meet

The Straford VFW has canceled its steak feed on Tuesday, April 7, because of the coronavirus.

Internet safety

Two Internet safety adultonly presentations will be held in the Stratford High School gym Marathon County Sheriff’s Department detective Lt. Jeff Stefonek will present Part 1: Internet Safety from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 30, will now be rescheduled because of the coronavirus.

His presentation topics will include sexting, cyberbullying, online privacy and grooming. Pizza and beverages will be served prior to the event.

This event is sponsored by funds from a state Department of Pubilc Instruction AODA mini-grant and is supported by the WMCHC, the Women’s Community Center and the Marathon County district attorney’s office. Marathon County district attorney Theresa Wetzsteon and family advocate Kimberly Pufahl will present Par 2: Internet Safety-Sexting from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 6.

Their presentation topics will center around sexting laws, parental resources and response and what can be done.

This event is supported by funds from a state Department of Public Instruction minigrant, WMCHC, the Women’s Community Center and the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department.

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 Wednesday, April 8.

Parking restrictions

Village of Stratford winter parking restrictions are still in effect until Wednesday, April 1.

Whether or not there is snow on the pavement, vehicles can’t be parked on any village street or state highway between 2-6:30 a.m.

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 last Leap for Learning Day is from 8 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. on 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.

Dog licensing

Village of Stratford residents who own dogs are required by state law to get them registered. Residents need to bring proof of their dog’s current rabies vaccination to the village hall to purchase a license before the Tuesday, March 31, deadline. Residents will be charged a late fee afterward.

Bank merger

Following months of planning and preparations, First State Bank successfully recently completed its merger of Pioneer Bank, according to president and CEO Bob Van Asten.

First State Bank is an independent community bank headquartered in New London. The merger expand’s the bank’s service area in central Wisconsin by adding seven offices in Rozellville, Auburndale, Greenwood, Marshfield, Withee, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids.

First State Bank is planning on holding a grand opening celebration in mid-April.

Van Asten announced on Tuesday First State Bank is shifting to drive-up only access with the closure of all its lobbies this Thursday, March 19. The move is in response to the COVID-19 threat and in an effort to protect the health of the bank’s staff and customers.