Three Things We Love Right Now | Jan. 14, 2021
a trailblazing scout, winter wonderlands, and a deer in the water
V1 Staff |
STRONG FEMALE LEAD. In February, Eau Claire student Maddie Branco will be among the nation’s first female Eagle Scouts. While being an Eagle Scout requires only 21 merit badges, Branco has a whopping 36. “I really wanted to get Eagle before my brothers,” Branco said in a WEAU interview. “It feels like I’m creating, I’m starting a path for other girls.” Branco is also a Girl Scout working to receive the gold award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.
winter events. The pandemic has canceled a lot. Understatement of the century, we know. But it hasn’t canceled our ability to swing by some sweet events safely this winter, like the Silver Mine Invitational, Powder Keg Snowshoe, Fat Bike, and Ski event, the annual Jig’s Up ice fishing contest on Lake Wissota, the Polar Plunge at Pinehurst Park – the list goes on. An added bonus: Wearing a mask keeps your face nice and warm! Keep on top of “chill” local events at VolumeOne.org/events.
OH DEER. In early January, the Eau Claire Fire Department rescued an unlikely local: a deer that fell through the ice and found itself trapped. Fire officials immediately responded to the location near Forest Street, according to WQOW. Unlike most things in the past year, this story has a happy ending: Bambi was rescued safe and sound. Local Joe Turner drove by at the right time to snap this photo of the fire crew pulling the deer to the eastern shoreline, which he posted to Facebook. Go team!