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Johnelle Minor of Stratford graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha during a prerecorded virtual commencement ceremony on May 23. A traditional celebration will be held on campus at a later date.

Minor was named to the Carthage College dean’s list for the 2020 spring semester. Minor won the Most Valuable Performer award for women’s cross country at Carthage College during the 2019-20 academic year. Jaren Fischer, Michael Schneider and Nicholas Stofl et, all of Stratford, were awarded bachelor of science degrees from UW-Platteville in the spring and summer of 2020.

Fischer earned a college degree in civil engineering, Schneider in chemistry and also forensic investigation and Stoflet in electrical engineering.

Blood drives

Blood drives will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 25 and Oct. 27, at the VFW Clubhouse.

People are encouraged to walk in the door of the VFW Clubhouse to donate blood.

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 is open

The Marathon County Public Library Stratford Branch is open with limited services 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.

Fitness center available

The Knoll Fitness Center inside Stratford High School reoponed last week.

It’ll now be open to adult members from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m., but closed for cleaning from 11 a.m. until noon, on Mondays thru Fridays. The fitness center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Adult members need to sign up for time slots to use the fitness center on the following website: http://www. aspx?DomainID=1336.

A maximum of 10 adulsts are allowed to use the fitness at a time. Minor children aren’t allowed in the fitness center at this time.

Village Hall closed

The village hall of Stratford will be closed to the public in an effort to limit faceto- 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.