Tom Giffey

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Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

New Place to Skate

Tom Giffey, photos by Jesse Johnson

skateboard plaza coming to Lakeshore Park

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

Free-use Floatation

Tom Giffey

Every summer there are tragic headlines about deaths on some of the many waterways in Wisconsin, deaths that often are entirely preventable. A new loaner life jacket program is aimed at keeping these waterways safer ...

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

That's A Story-able

Tom Giffey

children’s boutique features topical summer storytimes

Wed. Jun. 19th, 2013

Children's Theatre Stages Wacky Irish Wake

Tom Giffey

The beloved Patrick James Finnegan has dropped dead – after winning a casino jackpot, no less – and now its time for his quarrelsome Irish-American family to celebrate with a traditional Irish wake, complete with singing ...

Wed. Jun. 5th, 2013

Study: UWEC has Boffo Economic Boost

Tom Giffey

Conversations about money and college usually revolve around costs: ballooning tuition bill for students, for instance, or the millions of dollars in state aid provided by taxpayers. Rarely do we hear about...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 5th, 2013

Grab a pint, get an update on Barstow Street

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Now that the concrete has been crunched and the dirt has been dug, Eau Claire residents undoubtedly have questions about the progress of the reconstruction of South Barstow Street, which began in earnest the day after Memorial Day ...

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

Cookin’ Chiropractor

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire chiropractor promotes tasty nutrition

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

Speaking Volumes

Tom Giffey

programs’ goal is reading 1,000 books to your child

Tue. Jun. 4th, 2013

Souls that Survive

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

joint library, museum show spotlights deceased artists

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. May. 29th, 2013

A real downtown art heist

Tom Giffey

The mysterious theft of a valuable Italian sculpture from under the nose of a surveillance camera may sound like the plot of an art heist film, but it’s a real-life scenario in Eau Claire. A bronze sculpture titled “Mother and Child” valued at ...

Tue. May. 28th, 2013

Work on New JAMF Software office to start in June

Tom Giffey

South Barstow Street won’t be the only part of Eau Claire’s downtown getting attention this summer: Work will begin in June to prepare the site of JAMF Software’s new office next to Phoenix Park. On May 14, the Eau Claire City Council voted ...

Thu. May. 23rd, 2013

City Gives Final OK to Get Diggin' on South Barstow

Tom Giffey

All systems are finally a go for the reconstruction of South Barstow Street. On May 14, the Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously to approve a $1.65 million contract with Haas Sons of Thorp to rebuild a five-block stretch of downtown ...

Wed. May. 22nd, 2013

Visit Eau Claire, UWEC Join Forces to Boost Tourism

Tom Giffey

UW-Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire, the local tourism promotion agency, inked a deal May 17 they say could bring millions of new visitor dollars to the region. The agreement gives Visit Eau Claire “preferred scheduling” for ...

Wed. May. 22nd, 2013

UWEC Small Business Center Grabs Statewide Honor

Tom Giffey

UW-Eau Claire’s Small Business Development Center apparently has developed a reputation for taking care of business … and of businesses. Now, the center is the winner of the 2013 Small Business Development Center Service Excellence Award for ...

Wed. May. 22nd, 2013

Will This Venue Work?

Tom Giffey

consultant’s study says yes, Confluence Project will boost economy by $4.5M

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. May. 14th, 2013

Big Confluence Project report ready to drop

Tom Giffey

A year has gone by since it was announced, so what’s the deal with the Confluence Project? Remember, the multimillion-dollar performing arts center/student housing/commercial facility that was proposed for the coveted spot where the rivers ...

Wed. May. 8th, 2013

Opinions on the Street

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

design concerns delay South Barstow project vote

Mon. Apr. 29th, 2013

Sculpture Tour Comes to Water Street for 2013

Tom Giffey

Public art lovers, don’t let the empty pedestals get you down: Last year’s artwork may have been packed up, but the 2013 edition of Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is on its way.

Fri. Apr. 26th, 2013

JAMF Office Plan Moves Ahead

Tom Giffey

JAMF Software has cleared the first hurdle on the path to building a new office building next to Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire. On April 9, the Eau...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Apr. 25th, 2013

Design dispute delays South Barstow reconstruction

Tom Giffey

Now that our endless winter seems to be officially vanishing, we can look forward to the Chippewa Valley’s other favorite season: road construction. But it will be a little while longer before the jackhammers get jackhammering downtown ...

Tue. Apr. 23rd, 2013

A Blast in The Past

Tom Giffey

Chippewa Falls event revives fur trade, lumbering eras

Tue. Apr. 23rd, 2013

Deal (mostly) Sealed For City

Tom Giffey

The civic symbol-bedecked image you see here is now (kinda, sorta) the official coat of arms and seal of the city of Eau Claire. On April 9, the Eau Claire City Council adopted...

Tue. Apr. 23rd, 2013

Time to De-trash the Forest

Tom Giffey

The heavy-duty junk – stuff like tires, appliances, and even hazardous waste – illegally dumped in the Eau Claire County Forest has prompted a heavy-duty cleanup. The Our...

Tue. Apr. 23rd, 2013

To Work on Wheels

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bike to Work Week geared to promote local pedaling

Wed. Apr. 10th, 2013

Recycling Your Pad

Tom Giffey

carpet installer can trim landfill waste

Wed. Apr. 10th, 2013

Council Says 'Write On' to Poet Laureate Taylor

Tom Giffey

he second verse will be the same as the first, at least when Eau Claire’s poet laureate is concerned. On March 26, the Eau Claire City Council voted unanimously to appoint Bruce Taylor to a second term as the city’s preeminent poet.

Wed. Apr. 10th, 2013

Eau Claire Street Chief Amundson Soon Will Retire

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The man who ultimately oversees Eau Claire’s streets, water and wastewater utilities, buses, and other public necessities is stepping down at the end of May. Public works director and city engineer Brian Amundson, who has been with the city since 1986, submitted a 60-day

Tue. Mar. 26th, 2013

Meet the Candidates

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Ten candidates are competing for seats on the Eau Claire City Council. Here’s who they are and what they think.

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Mar. 26th, 2013

Ex-Burger King lot to be site of new Eau Claire Post Office

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It was a spot fit for a King, but now Uncle Sam wants it: The U.S. Postal Service has told the city of Eau Claire it wants to build a new downtown post office on a lot that was most recently home to a Burger King at the corner of East Madison ...

Tue. Mar. 19th, 2013

Some Like It Hot

Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer, Andrea Paulseth

lighting your tastebuds on fire in the Chippewa Valley

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Mar. 18th, 2013

UW-Eau Claire (most likely) has a new chancellor

Tom Giffey

The proverbial white smoke has risen from Van Hise Hall in Madison: We have a chancellor! OK, they don’t actually use smoke signals down at the UW System office (apparently that method of communication is reserved for the Vatican), but it’s still ...

Wed. Mar. 13th, 2013

JAMF Software Pledges $500k to Confluence Project

Thom Fountain, Tom Giffey, photos by Nick Meyer

JAMF Software is donating half a million dollars to help fund some new hardware in downtown Eau Claire. The firm has pledged $500,000 to the Confluence Project, a proposed public-private development that would include a performing arts center ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Mar. 4th, 2013

New V1 HQ, Local Store get top downtown honors

Tom Giffey

We’re celebrating here at Volume One, and it’s not just because today’s date is a palindrome (although you have to admit that is pretty cool). On Thursday night, we won not one but two awards at Downtown Eau Claire Inc.’s annual banquet at ...

Tue. Feb. 26th, 2013

Signing Off

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Taylor’s term as poet laureate winding down

Thu. Feb. 14th, 2013

Wanted: Innovators

Tom Giffey

foundation helps match hot new ideas with advice, money

Wed. Feb. 13th, 2013

Putting a Stamp on Downtown

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

pending post office move will open location for development

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Feb. 13th, 2013

City Council OKs Barstow Street Reconstruction

Tom Giffey

Get the orange cones ready: The Eau Claire City Council has officially approved the long-awaited reconstruction of South Barstow Street. The council voted 9-1 Tuesday (Feb. 12) to give the go-ahead to the rebuilding a five-block stretch of ...

Thu. Jan. 31st, 2013

See What Grows

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

new Lily Pad Lab aimed at littlest learners

Thu. Jan. 31st, 2013

City Keeps the Fire Burning

Tom Giffey

A collaboration between a group of fire spinners and the Eau Claire Fire Department has ensured that fancy flying flame performances will be safe and legal in the city.

Thu. Jan. 31st, 2013

Taste of the Valley Partners with the Community Table

Tom Giffey

Those who chow down at next summer’s Taste of the Valley will be satisfying their own appetites while also meeting the needs of the truly hungry. The Community Table is the new charitable beneficiary of the annual one-day festival, which features ...