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Many have heard the story of the "Three Little Pigs" but there might be another side to the story not everyone has heard. The Ellsworth Elementary School Drama Club will put on its first performance, a musical by Robert Kauzlaric, Paul Gilvary and William Rush titled "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, A Musical Comedy."
At the April 9 Prescott City Council meeting, Interim Prescott Police Chief Rob Funk said a fund was started to raise money for a police department K-9 after Prescott Police Chief Gary Krutke died in August 2017. At that time, Krutke's family had asked people to donate to the K-9 fund in lieu of flowers.
School and community safety are at the top of many minds after the Parkland, Florida shooting Feb. 14, and Spring Valley Village Board's April 4 meeting was no exception. Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois told the board the police department is working with the school to improve safety. Currently, they are working on numbering all windows and doors at the school. "We've seen a number of school incidents and mental health issues [in other areas]," DuBois said. "We're trying to find ways to help with school safety."
Village ordinances and feral cat issues topped the Ellsworth Village Board meeting agenda Monday, April 2. Tanya Borg, director at the Farm, Feral and Stray organization, said Ellsworth residents had contacted FF&S about ongoing feral cat issues all over the county and in Ellsworth. She said her organization can help with trapping these animals and having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated for rabies. However, she pointed out that once these animals are fixed and vaccinated they will be returned to the original area they were taken from.
St. Croix County sheriff's office and North Hudson police department are working with Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence to start a new program in the area to help domestic violence victims. Turningpoint Executive Director Alena Taylor said the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a tool that law enforcement officers can use while responding to domestic violence calls that can help them evaluate victims' situations.
Transferring of funds for the new dispatch center, making changes to the administrative coordinator position, and changes to the Public Health Department home health aide positions were all items approved at the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee meeting on April 2.
For the artistic and creative or those who wish they were more so, a new business in Ellsworth may help people get in touch with their creative side. Kayleen Jakes, owner of Brush Strokes Paint Party, opened a related business in Ellsworth called Brush Strokes Art Supply in March. She held a grand opening celebration Thursday, April 5. Some in the area may be familiar with Jakes' painting party business. She said she started that business about four years ago. After listening to her customers, she decided to branch out into an art supply store.
When you call 911 you expect to hear a calm voice on the other end, ready to help and give you direction. You look to that voice on the other end of the phone line to provide you guidance, comfort and understanding as you explain your situation. This week (April 8-14) is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and Pierce County dispatchers are among those telecommunicators being recognized for their commitment to the communities they serve.
Victims of a crime may feel alone and vulnerable, unsure what to do and who to turn to. However, help is available to crime victims. During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which falls on April 8-14, organizations such as Turningpoint and the St. Croix County Victim and Witness Assistance Program want to make their services known to those who may be in need of them.
An alleged threat to the Spring Valley School District was investigated by the school district and Spring Valley Police this week. According to a news release from Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois Wednesday afternoon, April 4, police investigated a threat made on social media to "shoot up the school." The threat contained no specific time or date for the incident.