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Three Things We Love Right Now | Jan. 13, 2022

cool cars, a timely tot, and a zippy zookeeper

Parker Reed |

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Photo: WEAU

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CHI-HI SENIOR TWINS NICK AND MICHAEL BASSETT, received a brand-new car at the end of December. The vehicle was donated by Chippewa Valley Mazda and Ken Vance Automotive as part of their “60 Days of Giving” promotion. The two young men lost their mother suddenly last summer, prompting their orchestra teacher to nominate them for the chance to win the fancy new wheels. The two plan to take the car home with them later this month when they receive their driver’s licenses. 

 

Photo: Andrea Paulseth
Photo: HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

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THE FIRST BABY BORN IN EAU CLAIRE IN 2022 WAS JACKSON TSCHUMPERLIN. Jackson was born amid celebratory fireworks to parents Brittany and Kyle Tschumperlin from Mondovi at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire at 2:21 a.m. on New Year’s Day. At birth, he weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds and 10 ounces, measuring 20 inches. The proud parents are now home with their newborn son, who holds the bragging rights of being the first baby born this calendar year.

 

Photo: Joe Turner
Photo: Andrea Paulseth

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IRVINE PARK ZOOKEPER JENNIFER LONDON (NOT PICTURED HERE!) WILL RETIRE AFTER TWO DECADES, ending her 20-year career at the Chippewa Falls park. She has fed them, cleaned their enclosures, and celebrated the big moments in their lives for the better part of her professional life. “I know all the animals like me, and appreciate me,” she told the Leader-Telegram. London will return to her hometown of Pittsburgh to be with her ailing mother. Her final day with the animals will be Jan. 15.