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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 Preschool starting

St. Joseph Catholic School in Stratford is beginning a new preschool learning center, which will provide a playbased learning environment, for children ages three and four during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Parents with children who’ll be three years old by Sept. 1 should call St. Joseph Catholic School at 715-687-4145 to learn more about this new program and how they can enroll their children into the new preschool learning center. Children need to be potty trained to participate.

Library will reopen

The Marathon County Public Library Stratford Branch will reopen with limited services this Monday, June 22, by appointment.

Stratford library will be open the following hours by appointment: Mondays 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, noon until 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 1-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The library will also still offer curbside pickup of items from 2-4 p.m. on Mondays, 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays and 2-4 p.m. on Fridays.

People need to call the Stratford library at 715-687-4420 to make an appointment to visit the library during its limited hours, or to request curbside pickup.

Basics of plants

The Marathon County Public Library and UW-Extension will offer a virtual class on growing ornamental plants from 3-4:30 p.m. this Tuesday, June 23, via the Zoom app.

People can attend the session virtually via webcam or by phone. This event is free but registration is required. People wanting to register should call 715-261-1230.

College notes

Mason Kauffman of Stratford, who is majoring in Kinesiology, has been awaded to the spring 2020 dean’s list at Northern Illinois University.

Kaylee Hollatz of Stratford received highest honors during the spring 2020 semester at UW-Green Bay.

Jordyn Warosh and Jadyn Gebelein of Stratford have been awarded to the dean’s list for the 2020 spring semester at UW-Whitewater.

Blaire Lindner of Stratford, who studies at the school of nursing, has been named ot the dean’s honor list for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The following college students from Stratford were awarded to the honor roll for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year at UWStevens Point: Sophomores Savannah Barrett and Jessica Schutz and junior Olympia Garrigan earned highest honors; sophomores MaryAnn Stangl and Trenton Heckel, and juniors Katie Krueger and Dahlia Gross, high honors; and juniors Dakota Singer and Kaylee Guldan, seniors Cade Lehman and Remington Mueller and post-bachelors Alexander Schneider, honors.

Blood drives

There will still be a blood drive from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 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.

Youth event

From June 22-27, children can visit the Marathon County Public Library’s Stratford Branch, located at 213201 Scholar St., and pick up a Grab & Go kit related to the famous story of “Jack & the Beanstock.”

Kits will be offered curbside and will contain a bean seed, supplies to grow the seed and a link to an online video of library staff reading the story. The kits are free but limited to one per child.

People can call the Stratford library at 715-687-4420 for more information on the bean kits.