Debbie Traun is enjoying her new job as Activity Director at Heritage of Elmwood. Submitted photo
Debbie Traun is enjoying her new job as Activity Director at Heritage of Elmwood. Submitted photo

SPRING VALLEY & ELMWOOD, WI – With the end of 2016, let’s take a little more time to review it. For Spring Valley and Elmwood and surrounding communities there were many things reported on in the 52 weeks of the Sun-Argus last year.

Beginning with the April 7, 2016 editions of the Sun-Argus it was reported by me with Spring Valley Stagehands president Lori Peterson that the 31st season for the community theater group got off to a good start with their first play of the 2016 season. The 39 Steps is a hilarious spy comedy that featured a talented cast of four in black and white as if you are watching the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock-directed film of the same name that was of course only available in black and white film.

In the April 14 editions of the Sun-Argus, Kaye Bird reported that Debbie Traun had assumed the position of Activity Director at Heritage of Elmwood. Her smile and the sound of her voice tell it all. Debbie Traun likes her job at Heritage of Elmwood. “I am enjoying my new position and learning new things. I have a great group of people who work here that are helping me. Heritage is a great place to be, and I enjoy seeing all the residents. They bring lots of smiles and laughter,” said Traun.

Deb is not new to Heritage . . . far from it. She has been an employee since November of 1993.

Also in that edition of the Sun-Argus, Colleen Kelly from Wilson shared her Four generations together after newest family member is born story. The Brian Kelly family was recently blessed with the arrival of Samuel Hayes in Kentucky.

Little Samuel Hayes was born on February 20, 2016 to proud parents Zeb and Tiffany (Kelly) Hayes weighing in at 5 pounds and 9 ounces. All are doing well.

The family was able to get together and welcome ‘Sam’ into the family and get a picture with four generations represented for the occasion.

Kaye Bird reported in the May 12, 2016 on two school items. First was her report: Spring Valley Elementary Dinner Theater presents ‘Believe.’ Once again the students, faculty, and staff at Spring Valley Elementary delighted their audience with their annual dinner theater. This year’s theme was “Believe.”

Second and third grade students took to the stage to sing some Disney favorites, which included “Be Our Guest,” as well as highlights from “Tangled” and “Frozen.”

Other numbers included “Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King,” and “When Will My Life Begin.”

A slideshow featuring the theme “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” captivated both audience and students alike, and the teachers performed a popular '80s number “Oh Mickey You’re so Fine” much to the delight of everyone present. At the end, principal Ken Lasure and administrative assistant Bonnie Tully made an appearance as Mickey and Minnie.

Kaye also reported Elmwood holds 2016 prom - A night to remember with the Hollywood stars shining brightly. With a Hollywood theme, the students at Elmwood High School celebrated this year’s prom in grand fashion. With the ladies looking especially beautiful and the gentlemen so dapper and handsome it was meant to be a night of wonderful memories of the Elmwood Prom.

In the June 2 edition of the Sun-Argus the Spring Valley HS Graduation ceremony was featured as was the hiring of Ellen Larson as the new administrator at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.

This is Part II of the year in review for 2016, we will take another look next week with Part III.