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Forget must-see TV. Next week a series of events kicks off aimed at getting people of all ages off the couch and moving. Whether you feel like getting some fresh air while cleaning up Heritage Park, reading a book with a child or learning about nutrition, there's something for everyone during national TV Turn Off Week.
Customers will be tickled pink, blue, and even black and gold at the re-opening of Sidelines Team Gear. New owner Suzanne Thatcher has put a fresh twist on the store, which offers a host of school spirit apparel. Along with the familiar Superior High School Spartan gear, Thatcher has added a section for Tiger fans from Northwestern High School and a new line of Superior apparel designed to appeal to tourists. As new items hit the racks, Thatcher is seeking customer input. "If you're not finding what you're looking for, let me know," she said, so the business can adapt to customer's needs.
There was little fanfare but lots of emotion as soldiers from the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 724th Engineer Battalion and 950th Engineer Company stepped off a Krug Tours bus Tuesday in Superior. Loved ones enveloped the soldiers in hugs before whisking them home. The troops, who have been training at Fort McCoy for the past month in preparation for deployment to Iraq, were granted a final four-day pass this week. First Sgt. Matt Shunk of the Superior-based 950th said it was a time to relax and decompress from all the training. "I'm not leaving the house," said Staff Sgt.
Chancellor Julius Erlenbach's legacy will be buildings erected on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus and the barriers among the campus, community and alumni he broke through during his 14 years of leadership. "When I started at the Superior/Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, a lot of people viewed the university as a private entity," said Dave Minor, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber. "Julius brought the community onto the university and the university into the community." Erlenbach became UWS' 11th chancellor in 1996.
The stars of Celebrate Children Day gathered in the Government Center on Friday. Holding colorful pictures over their heads, the Cathedral School kindergarten students smiled. "Hands are not for hitting," they said in chorus. "Feet are not for kicking." "Fingers are not for pinching," they continued. "Feelings are not for hurting." Their artwork depicted the children with their friends, family members or pets. In the pictures, youth were playing dress-up, holding basketballs and playing with friends.
If it's time for an oil change or tune-up, owners take their vehicle to the shop. When it's time for a yearly physical, people make a doctor's appointment. If someone's finances are rocky or their income doesn't cover their monthly bills, help is available. Free, confidential financial "tune-ups" are available through Lutheran Social Service of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, which has an office in Superior. "I refer people to them all the time," said Linda Bruce, family living educator for Douglas County UW-Extension.
A new event aimed at breaking the silence surrounding sexual violence will march through Superior streets April 16. "Speak Out, Superior" combines a walk, rally, entertainment and speakers into a surge of community activism. This is no somber event, said coordinators Jamie Olson, Amanda Barnard, Lisa Kane and Krisi Patterson. "This is more of a 'Bring your positive energy, let's do this, let's tackle the problem," said Olson, who works with Stepping Stones for Living. "Let's problem solve this community issue." The "Speak Out" begins at 4 p.m.
A trio of federal actions, all tied to jobs, were served up to local labor leaders by Congressman Dave Obey during a Wednesday meeting at the Old Town Restaurant in Superior.
Michael "Rex" Kern passed away a year ago, but his legacy of giving lives on. Tuesday, cases of food poured into Faith United Methodist Church, stocking food pantry shelves with soup, beans, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, noodles, canned peaches, rice side dishes, tuna fish, and more.
Jolene Sajec returned to her roots when she opened Serenity Spa on March 1. After seven years in the cosmetology business, the stylist and spa technician found a smaller, more personable site - her own. "We're here to pamper you, make you feel like a million dollars," Sajec said. "That personal touch is the big thing." While small, Serenity Spa offers a full range of services, including massage, manicures, pedicures, facials, body treatments, waxing and make-up application.