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The Worst Gifts Volume One Contributors Have Ever Received

consider our painful memories of gifts-gone-wrong

I had an aunt who used to give my sister and I her used lingerie for Christmas. “For dress-up!” she’d say, but it was hardly the sort of clothing young girls should be wearing!

The Last Waltz

stage production immortalizes The Band’s farewell show

Ending the Jock Talk

our priorities need re-adjustment when athletic programs dominate school funding talks

What kind of a message are we sending when we find ways to build billion-dollar stadiums and are willing to pay to support them, but treat school districts like enemies?

My Best Thanksgiving Memory

a huge dinner, my family, and a busted Nerf ball

Actually, I probably should have thrown up. I’d just eaten enough turkey and Stove Top Stuffing to choke a goat – just being outside and moving around was a miracle in and of itself.

"Scrambling" on Christmas Eve

My family was scurrying around, rummaging through dressers and closets trying to find belts/ties/shoes that matched our brown/black/navy socks/pants/skirts. Mom and I were sequestered in separate bathrooms, singeing our foreheads with curling irons.

With joyful ring. All caroling.

Hidden Treasures organizes carolers to take holiday cheer to the streets around the Valley

If you are looking to share some holiday magic, consider warming others’ hearts in the cold winter weather. For the second year, Hidden Treasures invites you to sing Christmas carols around the Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, or Foster area.

Hire local singers or musicians

area schools and the university make it easy to book a group for the holidays

Instead of throwing in a totally familiar Andy Williams album at your holiday party this year, consider adding some extra vigor with live (and local) musicians.

Angels in America

play dives into controversial themes amid AIDS epidemic

Oh Snap!

last second ideas for your holiday card

Go to Hope Gospel, Savers, or Goodwill and find bad holiday sweaters, turtlenecks, vests and/or large prescription glasses.

A Buy Local Gift Guide (2010)

Here’s an idea: why not pepper this year’s “gifts to buy” list with a number of fine items crafted right here in the good ol’ Chippewa Valley? It’s fun, thoughtful, and it helps contribute to the place you call home.

Local Letters to Santa

colorful correspondence between area folks and the big, bearded guy

You’ll have to forgive us BECAUSE WE ARE A LITTLE ON EDGE. It’s just, you know, when your absolute destruction is coming, but you just don’t know when … THAT GUY HAS FIREWOOD – WAS IT PURCHASED LOCALLY?!?

Local Appearances by Mr. Claus

You wanna see the Big Guy face-to-face this year? Here's where to go.

You wanna see the Big Guy face-to-face this year? Yep, you do. Here's where to go.

Interview with “The Big Guy”

For the past four years, the role of downtown’s jolly old soul has been filled by John Curtis for Christmastime in the City.

What Local Kids Think Santa Does

what area third graders think Santa does at the North Pole each day

“I’ve got to win because Santa has never won, but not this year because I’m going to dominate! You’ve got to be ready for this day or you can die!” – Alex on the Santa's annual snowball fight

What Area Third Graders Would Serve for the Holiday Dinner

He picked it up and Santa almost ate it, but then the cookie said, “Don’t eat me!!!” And then Santa fainted. Then he got up and said “I am going to bed so I am not crazy anymore.” – Tyler N, Locust Lane Elementary

The best one-liners from kids’ letters

kids say the darnedest holiday-related things

Why does he deliver presents? If he has ninja elves the ninja will be quicker than Santa so he must let the ninjas deliver the presents for him and Santa can go to bed and rest. – Johnny, Locust Lane Elementary

The Ronald Raygun

after three-year breakup, band reunites for album

Sometimes all it takes for a band to release a second album is to break up, wait three years, have a child, start a successful business, have a friend move up from Tennessee, and have a clear ...

Double Fisting Degrees

comparing a UWEC studentship to some new adventures at CVTC

I feel more confident right now than I did walking across the stage to receive my bachelor’s … I’m rather disturbed by the reputation tech schools get, by the thoughts I had of it when I was in high school.

Note from the Editor | Nov. 18, 2010

A lot has been changing at Volume One over the last several weeks. As we’ve mentioned, we re-arranged our office quite a bit to make room for a retail space called The Local Store.

UWEC's Master Plan

college plans big changes within the next 20 years

This may mean an off-campus arts center facility that could be used for multiple functions such as athletic games, concerts/forums, graduation ceremonies, and community events.

Thanks for Asking | Nov. 18, 2010

our local jack-of-all-facts tells you how it is

When the Genealogical Research Society of Eau Claire (GRSEC) did a survey of Drammen Cemetery in 1996, they found 18 graves. Ten years later, a fellow named James Seidelman went through and photographed the stones – all 11 of them. Now there are six.

Stout Grad Designs Brand New Hog

UW-Stout alumnus Rich Christoph not only loves Harley Davidson, he also designs for them. Christoph’s latest design, the Forty-Eight, is an idea that came to him one night when he couldn’t sleep.

Library of Congress Hits the Road

What has 18 wheels, expands to three times its road width, contains priceless historical treasures, and rolls into Eau Claire on Nov. 19 and 20? It’s the Library of Congress’ newest traveling exhibit, the Gateway to Knowledge.

Shortcuts | Nov. 18, 2010

condensed local news about civic and cultural goings-on

Investigators are at it again. November 19 will mark the second time the local group of occult sleuths have been featured on Animal Planet’s The Haunted (Frank Smoot appeared in the first episode).

The Shillelagh Lads

local Irish folksters keep the crowd going

The Shillelagh Lads consider their audience members to be Irish the second they walk through the door. As the only band in Eau Claire that exclusively plays Irish pub music ...

Sword Story

new fantasy adventure novel The Bone Sword

Local fantasy author Walter Rhein has just released his latest epic adventure tale, The Bone Sword, distributed by Rhemalda Publishing, this month.

New Grandma-Tica Tome

For seven years now, editors Nancy Clark Scobie and Judith Bredeson have been gathering stories/poems of, by, and about grandmothers and publishing them in a book called Poetica Grandma-tica.

Visual Poetry

artist Andy Ducett weaves together array of imagery

You know that saying? The one that goes, “those who cannot do, teach?” Well folks, that is definitely not the case for Andy Ducett.

Printed in Cricket

local illustrator published in big-time children’s magazine