Pictured (left to right) are Senior Princess Sonja Zupancic, Miss Spring Valley Andrea Stockwell, and Senior Princess Savanna Klinger. This picture was taken at the Hudson Booster Days Queen's tea at their photo booth. Submitted photo
Pictured (left to right) are Senior Princess Sonja Zupancic, Miss Spring Valley Andrea Stockwell, and Senior Princess Savanna Klinger. This picture was taken at the Hudson Booster Days Queen's tea at their photo booth. Submitted photo

SPRING VALLEY & ELMWOOD, WI – With the end of 2016, let’s take a little more time to look back at it with Part III of the year in review this week.

For Spring Valley and Elmwood and surrounding communities there were many things reported on in the 52 weeks of the Sun-Argus and MyGatewayNews.com last year.

Beginning with the July 7 edition where it was reported that WESTconsin Realty welcomed Emily Helmer to their team joining her dad Jim Helmer.

Also in that edition “Elmwood introduces new wastewater treatment plant with open house,” was reported for their new state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant modifications. Tim Stockman, Lead Civil Engineer of Foth Infrastructure and Environmental, LLC, led the well-attended tour of the new equipment, and the many things that were recycled from the old facility, and how the system works from start to finish.

Attendees then toured the garage where computer control screens were live for the operators. Lastly, they had the opportunity to meet with Elmwood Village staff and Board members, and enjoy some light refreshments.

Additionally, in the July 7 Sun-Argus there was the news for Spring Valley and Elmwood that “Father Prince was installed as Sacred Heart Pastor,” when the Dean of the Durand Deanery, the Very Reverend Kevin Louis, installed Fr. Prince Amala Jesuraja as Pastor of the tri-parishes of Sacred Heart Catholic Churches of Elmwood and Spring Valley, and of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Boyceville.

Father Prince comes from a strong Catholic Christian community in India, where he attended his local Catholic church named Our Lady of Lourdes. Father Prince attended seminary school at St. Peter's, where he studied English, theology, philosophy, parish service, and spirituality. He was ordained a priest in 2009, and first served in his home diocese as Rector of their Minor Seminary and as a social worker.

Many people are surprised to learn that there are Catholic priests from India, considering that the population is 80% Hindu. But Father Prince comes to our area from southern India, which historically was first evangelized by St. Thomas the Apostle in A.D. 52!

Also of note in the July 7 edition of the Sun-Argus was the “Royalty busy promoting Spring Valley,” with the Spring Valley Royalty: Senior Princess Sonja Zupancic, Miss Spring Valley Andrea Stockwell, and Senior Princess Savanna Klinger attending the Hudson Booster days in downtown Hudson. They went to the Queen's tea at Pier 500 where they saw the Winter Carnival Royalty, including Klondike Kate and the Vulcans, which was fantastic! 

Finally, in that informative July 7 edition of the Sun-Argus was the exciting news that “West Side Story opens tonight in Spring Valley,” after months of hard work and rehearsals that are over. It’s show time, and you wouldn't dare miss this summer musical hit at your community Stagehands Theatre. This marvelous production draws on a wealth of young talent from all over the area that can sing, dance, and act! What blew this reporter away was the high caliber of acting, singing, and dancing in this production of West Side Story. And there are photos and a video clip on the award-winning mygatewaynews.com that you can still view on line in the website archives.

We reported in the August 4, 2016 edition of the Sun-Argus that Elmwood's 38th Annual UFO Days was another ‘out of this world’ success and the weather made for a perfect community celebration. We also had the pleasure of reporting that Rebekah Connell was crowned Miss Elmwood and Kendra Kern was chosen as 1st Princess and Sophia Tiffany as Elmwood Princess during the UFO Days coronation ceremony.

Lastly in the September 8 Sun-Argus we reported that “Son-Bow Farms, SSR Race Cars was to be featured on Discovery Wisconsin.” With the episode about dairy farmers with unique side hobbies and businesses to air in 2017. On Friday, August 19, 2016 host Mariah Haberman and crew were in the area at Son-Bow Farms and SSR Race Cars and Parts in Spring Valley.

They were filming an episode entitled "Beyond Dairy," with dairy farmers Jay and Kristi Richardson and their two sons Jacob and Jason, who have a unique side-hobby and business building and selling race cars and parts, as well as racing. The race-car business is called SSR Race Cars and Parts, and is something the Richardsons and others in the community have successfully partnered in.

This was Part III of the year in review for 2016, we will take another look next week with the conclusion of this series with the final Part IV.