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Send Stratford news to: phone: 715-223-2342 fax: 715-223-3505 P.O. Box 677 103 West Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI 54405 Shindig is cancelled

The Rozellville Shindig that was originally scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 8, has been cancelled because of the ongoing uncertainty about COVID-19.

Library item pickup

The Marathon County Public Library Stratford Branch is now offering curbside pickup of materials.

Library patrons must call the Stratford library at 715-687-4420 during its hours of operation from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and also from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesdays to request items and schedule a pickup time, and then arrive at the agreed upon pickup time.

People can drop off library items 24 hours per day in a box located outside the library entrance.

Anyone wanting more information on curbside dropoff should visit or call 715-261-7200.

Memorial Day

Stratford VFW Post 6352 is cancelling its Memorial Day events in Stratford and Auburndale this year because of social distancing because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dairy breakfast is off

Members of the Stratford FFA Alumni voted to cancel the 2020 breakfast.

Becky Wirkus, Stratford FFA co-advisor, said in place of not having a dairy breakfast this year FFA members are working on some dairy product giveaways.

Village hall closed

The village hall of Stratford will be closed to the public in an effort to limit face-to-face contact and to combat the spread of COVID-19.

If you wish to make a utility payment, include your bill stub and payment in an envelope and place it in the drop box outside the village hall’s front door. Change will not be available for cash payments. Citizens are also advised to visit to pay online, and fees will apply..

To contact the Stratford Police Department for a nonemergency, call 715-687-3131. For further assistance, call the village office at 715-687-4166.

Blood drives

Organizer Helen Bornbach is hoping to still hold the blood drive from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on June 23 at the VFW Clubhouse.

Other blood drives at the VFW Clubhouse are scheduled for 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.

Virtual driver’s ed

Stratford students in eighth through 11th grades can visit the school district’s Facebook page to sign up for Virtual Driver’s Education class from June 9 until July 2.

Students who turned 14 years old on Jan. 1, 2020, can take the classroom portion of driver’s education. There is no cost for this class.

The behind the wheel portion is done throughout the year. Students who have successfully completed the classroom part of driver’s education can take the behind the wheel instruction. There is a fee for the behind the wheel training that will be determined by the school board.

After students submit the online form on the school district’s Facebook page, they will receive a course code to use to sign up for the driver’s education class in Google classroom.

Community garden

Village of Stratford residents can make plans now to reserve a four feet by eight feet garden plot located at Klemme Reserve.

People can find the plot registration form and gardener’s agreement on the village’s website. Village residents can click on the forms tab on the website, or pick them up at the Stratford Municipal Building.

Garden plots are free of charge and offered to village residents on a first come basis.