Friday, November 16th

Local

A green space and gathering place will be created out of the ashes of a restaurant destroyed in an arson fire in 2011, according to a recent briefing for the Friends of the Black River.

Town of Albion Chair Leonard Olson and supervisors Tom Tomter and Dan Hannan presented an update of the park project planned for the former Rustic Mill restaurant site located on State Hwy. 54, south of Black River Falls.

Before being remodeled in the 1960s, the Rustic Mill was the Charter Oak Mill. Built in the mid-19th century, the grist mill ground grain for area farmers.

“A lot of us have good memories of the Rustic Mill,” FBR member Grady Gutknecht said.

After the fire, charred wreckage remained piled on the site until this year. Acting on complaints the wreckage was a public nuisance and an eyesore, the town pressed the county to allow it to remove the debris.

Co-op Credit Union recently donated supplies and monetary support to area domestic violence shelters through an event held to mark the credit union’s 80th anniversary.

CCU held a week-long supply drive for Bolton Refuge House Inc. and New Horizons Shelter & Outreach Centers Inc. this summer that collected more than 500 items for the two organizations. The credit union also donated $250 to each shelter to help support their programs and services with a match of a dollar for nearly every item collected.

“We’re honored to be able to help important organizations in our region for CCU’s anniversary,” said Eric Chrisinger, CCU’s president and CEO. “Giving back and practicing our ‘People Helping People’ philosophy is part of our mission as a cooperative and credit union.”

CCU received its charter and was officially founded in 1938 in the midst of the Great Depression and at a time of rural electrification when consumers were seeking credit to pay for new appliances.

Co-op Credit Union recently named a new vice president to its leadership team.

Cassie Perenchio has taken on the role as the credit union’s vice president of marketing. She will lead and continue to handle all aspects of the credit union’s marketing and communication initiatives.

Perenchio joined CCU’s staff in fall 2016 as marketing specialist. Eric Chrisinger, CCU’s president and CEO, said Perenchio will be an asset in her new position.

“I am excited and pleased Cassie is taking on this role, as she is passionate about serving our members and our communities,” Chrisinger said. “Her skills will be valuable as we plan for the future and the growth of our credit union.”

Perenchio worked as a reporter and news editor for the Jackson County Chronicle and River Valley Media Group before joining Co-op Credit Union’s staff, bringing knowledge of communication, media and the area’s local communities to her position.

The Rotary Club of Black River Falls recently fulfilled its pledge of $20,000 to the Skyline Legacy Fund with the final payment of $4,000.

The Rotary Club of Black River Falls is part of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide. Its purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards and to advance goodwill and peace throughout the world. The Club meets every Monday at noon at the Skyline Golf Course. For more information, visit www.brfrotary.org or find the club on Facebook.

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Members of the Jackson County Farm Bureau will hold their annual meeting at noon Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Steve and Pat Kling Party Barn in Taylor.

All Farm Bureau members are encouraged to attend this important meeting to help create policy resolutions and vote in elections for county board directors.

The county’s voting delegates also will be selected for the WFBF Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells Dec. 1-3.

As a grassroots organization, it is Farm Bureau members on the county level who set the policy goals of the state’s leading farm organization. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is often asked to get involved in issues affecting production agriculture and rural Wisconsin both in Madison and Washington, D.C.

This fall, Farm Bureau members across the state will be crafting, discussing and forwarding policy recommendations on emerging agricultural issues.

Made up of 61 county Farm Bureaus, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization representing farms of every size, commodity and management style.