Issue #310 June 29, 2016

Big Dreams for Tiny Houses

new nonprofit builds little homes for the homeless

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

On a hot and muggy Friday night and Saturday in June, 15 or so volunteers – who ranged in age from 10 to 70-something and came from all walks of life and faiths – gathered with hammers ...

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Issue #310 June 29, 2016

Acupuncture for Your Pet?

it could help relieve pain and boost their immune system

Hailey Novak

If the idea of inserting tiny needles into specific places in your pet’s body to provide health benefits sounds a little out of the ordinary to you, you’re not exactly alone. That said, there are some Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVMs) right here in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #310 June 29, 2016

New Digs for Cats

Eau Claire Humane Association upgrades its feline facilities

Sammy Gibbons

The Eau Claire County Humane Association recently remodeled the hangout area for the 15 cats that it currently fosters. A local foundation funded the extreme makeover, which was completed in March, with an $8,000 grant. The space, known as the cat colony room ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Final Push

if matched, $1.5M challenge grant will put Confluence over top

Tom Giffey

A newly announced $1.5 million challenge grant will put fundraising for the Confluence Arts Center over the top – as long as donors chip in another $1.5 million to meet the challenge ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Party in the Park

public places for your gathering abound

Tom Giffey

Park pavilions in the city of Eau Claire were rented more than 1,000 times last year, and it’s no surprise. From traditional open-sided shelters full of picnic tables perfect for family ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Stage a Shindig in the Street

the city of Eau Claire is making it easier to block off your block and throw a party

Tom Giffey

Have a hankering to throw a backyard barbecue this summer? Maybe a few burgers and a couple of lawn chairs? Think bigger, people. Instead of firing up the grill for just the family ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Starlight VS. Streetlight

ensuring the LED revolution doesn’t worsen light pollution in the Valley

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

All over the world, the stars are vanishing. This is not the plot to a sci-fi thriller: It’s reality, as light pollution from our streets, businesses, and dwellings squeezes out the comparatively faint light ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Feathers Will Fly

Great Wisconsin Birdathon participants race to count as many species as they can

Bill Hogseth, photos by Margo Dolan

The Chippewa Valley is home to some of the most diverse bird habitats in the entire state of Wisconsin. From the gigantic floodplain forests of the Tiffany Wildlife Area to the expansive oak savannas ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Whither Whoo's?

museum forms committee to find permanent home for beloved pagoda

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Two years ago this month, one of the Chippewa Valley’s most beloved – and quirkiest – landmarks was saved from demolition with the help of the Chippewa Valley Museum ...

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