Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2008


Me and my sisters took a road trip to Canada this summer. The best part of the trip? Finding a real, authentic Merry-Go-Round in Minnesota. These were the sweetest part of a playground when I was a kid, but they're virtually impossible to find now. People decided that encouraging children to sit on a piece of hot, rusty metal while it spun around wasn't a good idea. Of course, it's not a good idea – that's the point! We had to learn early on that it's a dangerous world out there, and if you couldn't handle the merry-go-round you should just go home.

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Strange Happenings on Lowes Creek Hill

Strange Happenings on Lowes Creek Hill - Was It a Ghost?
Eau Claire Leader | October 11, 1908

Joe Browning, Olwin Peloquin and Max Fredick, three steady young men homebound last night of street fair got along bravely until they reached Lowes Creek hill (supposed to be haunted) and then something uncanny occurred. Something bright flashed in the trees on the creek and a curious sort of cork screw wind seemed to race around the wagon and scare the horses. Oliver’s and Max’s headgear was not interfered with, but strange to say Joe’s nice new Christie still was snapped from his head and taken aloft and they could not trace it that night. It was found however, next day, and the finder brought it to the Leader office and now Mr. Browning thanks the finder very much. There have been so many things lost in and around Lowes Creek of late that of there is really a ghost there or thereabouts it would not be amiss to put “it” in connection with the Leader office in the matter of lost and found.


Chad's Take:  Keep hold of your hat … 

The Lowes Creek area has been plagued with paranormal reports for over one hundred years. You might think that over the years things would have settled down at Lowes Creek, but they haven’t. A few moths ago I received this email about Lowes Creek:

My wife was on her way to work @ Luther Hospital, she takes Lowes Creek Rd. to State St. as her primary route. When she was coming to the bridge on Lowes Creek Rd. that leads over I-94, she started around a corner to find a woman in a light pink night gown with long dark hair standing on the side of the road facing the hill, she made no movement or did not react to her vehicle traveling past her. It was a very chilly morning and it was 6:40am just starting to get light. My wife was just was weirded out by the woman. She was debating turning around to see her, but did not. My wife thought that for the cold temperatures she should have had a jacket or reacted to the cold with her arms crossed or some sort of action to the surroundings.

Unfortunately the witness did not stop to get a closer look at the mysterious looking woman.  With all the odd activity taking place out at Lowes Creek you might just be the next person to lose their hat.  

Keep an eye out ...

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Found Footage Festival to Return ... and Rock You

Hey, for the third time, Volume One is bringing the Found Footage Festival to the Cameo Budget in downtown Eau Claire. If you’ve never been … well, it’s just awesome. The FFF is a touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, shown on big screens, with snarky, live commentary from the festival’s curators – Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher. Pickett and Prueher, both UWEC alums, will be presenting two shows Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7pm and 9pm. The shows feature a new line up of videos. 

The videos are found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Watch a bunch now! Some of the new clips to be featured in the 2008 show:

  • • 17 workplace sexual harassment videos, edited down to three minutes of just the best reenactments
  • • A brand-new collection of exercise videos featuring Playgirl’s 1985 Man of the Year, and a scantily-clad Angela Lansbury
  • • Video contributions by Chris Elliott and David Cross
  • • An instructional video on how to toilet train cats

The festival has earned acclaim across this great country of ours. So get ready – you can by tickets at the Cameo.

Found Footage Festival Sunday, Oct. 26 • Cameo Budget Twin • 7pm and 9pm • 552-0457 •

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Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 2008

Wednesday: County Jail Strike Force Takes Action!

Just a quick note to let you know that the County Jail Strike Force Special Committee to Resolve Jail Space and Site Needs is meeting tonight and has invited the entire community to stop by and share ideas, concerns, suggestions, cobbler recipes, and more. So get on over there tonight and be democratic. A note from CAJE (Citizens for Accountable Jail Expansion):

  • The Special Committee has invited the entire community to share our ideas about how to deal with the local jail and justice system issues that our community faces. Each of us has 3 minutes to speak and we all will have a chance to do so.  Please plan to attend and use this opportunity to voice what matters most to you about these important issues.

Public Forum: Special Committee (to Resolve Jail Space and Site Needs) Wednesday, Oct. 8  • County Courthouse Building, Room 2550 • 6:30pm

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Monday, Oct. 6th, 2008

Volume One Gets Comical

Rob Mattison, owner of Eau Claire Comics and Collectibles, says, “Had a great time at Fallcon. Got some shots just for V1, hope you all enjoy.” Here's a few of his new friends, enjoying Volume One. (And here's another.) Fallcon is The Midwest Comic Book Association’s celebration of everything comic – held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave., Saint Paul.

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V1 Kickball Team Plummets Like Raging Asteroid

Last night’s playoff game was a sloppy end to the kickball season. First, because of all the rain, and second, um, you know what, let’s just say the rain was at fault there, too. Volume One’s season was a rollercoaster ride. At least, the first part of a coaster, when you slowly go up the hill and then, really fast, plummet downward. We started off 3-0, which is more wins than either of V1’s two previous seasons, but finished the final five games at 1-4. Ouch. As our editor and shortstop Nick Meyer noted, we were this year’s “reverse Cinderella story” (Disney Studios are still working on the title for their next underdog sports movie starring Dennis Quaid). Regardless of the finish, the season was a blast. With the team’s sporting chance at the top-three playoff bid throughout the season, players never refrained from arguing with the umpire, heckling the opposing team, and then nervously checking the rankings the next day. We still stand firm that there were only two teams better than us (out of seven). But who knows? We have an entire off-season to spend in training (perhaps in Mexico’s winter leagues), so there’s no telling how long we’ll stay undefeated next year, before folding like a cheap napkin at the end.

Comments 1's Official Launch Party

Last Friday evening saw the V1 crew pull together the official "Amazing Machines" Launch Party for the amazing machine that is the new (the website you're on right now!). Roughly 250 invited guests stopped by the Volume One World Headquarters to enjoy free food (catered by Haymarket Grill, Stones Throw, Galloway Grill, and Dessert First), free drinks (thanks in part to General Beer Northwest and Stuart Sandler), and have fun with a variety of examples of other "amazing machines." These gadgets included the Lazy Drinker, a computerized machine that custom pours roughly 200 different drinks right before your eyes, and an Oxygen Bar, a machine that gets you "high" on a variety of flavored oxygens. Not only that, but partygoers could have their photo taken with an actual "sophisticated robot machine" (otherwise called a dude in a cardboard robot costume) while watching retro robot movies projected on one wall of the office. Yes, good times were certainly had.

BIG THANKS go to the various people and business that helped us pull it together through their services and expertise, some of which were named above. Additional thanks go to: Erik Christensen (invite illustration), Rob Mattison (old robot movies), Andrew Pernsteiner (oxygen bar), James Bartelt (the robot), Shannon Paulus (robot face), and Jesse Johnson (the robo-photographer).

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The Big Week, October 6

In this episode: corpses, the financial crisis, smoking citations, and the Chippewa Valley Book Festival. It's the big week. Get big.

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Sunday, Oct. 5th, 2008

Weekly Shakedown

Just in case you were locked in the truck of a car all week (we won’t ask) here’s some stuff you might have missed:

So enjoy all that stuff.

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Friday, Oct. 3rd, 2008

Saturday: Homecoming All Up In Your Face

There’s a few UWEC homecoming events on Saturday. Just a few ... thousand. Here's a taste:

… and of course, general sporadic mayhem. If you’re not into Homecoming, here’s some good stuff that doesn’t involve either UWEC or Water Street:

Have a good one!

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