Walkers on the 12th Annual Veterans Day Road March on Sunday (11-11-18). Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Walkers on the 12th Annual Veterans Day Road March on Sunday (11-11-18). Photo by Paul J. Seeling

SPRING VALLEY AND ELMWOOD, WI – Here is a final look back at 2018 with our “Year in Review” of the news from the pages of the Sun-Argus newspapers starting with the November 8 edition of 2018.

It was on those pages we reported to you that the, “SV Elementary Halloween parade is a ‘treat!’” The annual Spring Valley Elementary School Halloween parade took place last Wednesday, October 31 at about 2:30 p.m. A bright blue sky and fall chill in the air had all the students mov­ing briskly up McKay Avenue to the families gathered on the sidewalks to take in the parade and be “treated” to all of the wonderful costumes.

In the November 15, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus we brought you the news, “Veterans Day tradition continues with 12th Annual Road March- Snowy ground and chilly weather didn’t impede the mission.” Snowy ground and chilly weather didn’t impede the mission or the tradition of the hearty twenty plus walkers that assembled at the Spring Valley Community Center for the 12th Annual Veterans Day Road March last Sunday, November 11, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. It was a chilly blustery fall (more like winter) morning again this year. But that only served to strengthen the resolve of the marchers to honor those who have served our country by walking the 7.1 miles along the traditional route on the Veterans Memorial State Highway 29.

The tradition of the Annual Veterans Day Road March began with three local vets to bring aware­ness and remembrance to our veter­ans. Annually since 2006, National Guard Reservists Wyatt Anderson, Andy Johansen, and Matt Dodge have marched from the downtown of the Village of Spring Valley west along Veterans Memorial State Highway 29 all the way out to the Red Barn near Martell in Pierce County, Wisconsin at Highway 63 some 7 miles away from the Village.

Also, in the November 15, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus we reported that, “Elmwood Schools coordinates with Legion for 2018 Veterans Day Program.” The Elmwood Schools and the Crain-Ottman American Legion Post 207 along with the Auxiliary Unit 207 held their annual Veterans Day Program on Thursday morning, November 8 at 9 a.m. in the Red Zone Gym. Many members of the community were on hand to attend the inspiring commemoration of Veterans Day 2018.

Additionally, in the November 15, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus we reported the, “Unofficial November 6, 2018 General Election results.” Governor (Dem) Tony Evers - 1,323,545, (GOP) Scott Walker (i) 1,292, 969. The incumbent Governor Scott Walker is defeated.

Congratulations voters your voices were heard!

Lastly, we will conclude this “Elmwood/Spring Valley 2018 Year in Review” with two items from the pages of the December 6, edition of the Sun-Argus. First was the report of the, “‘Winter Wonderland’ Adult and Youth Choir concerts pack theatre - Twenty-second season for director Cindy Kongshaug as choirs sing in holidays.”

The snow was falling Saturday night and it was brisk on Sunday afternoon, December 1 and 2, but that didn’t keep the crowds away from the Spring Valley Stage Hands Theatre for the “Winter Wonderland” Adult and Youth Community Choirs con­certs.

The nearly packed Theatre enjoyed the sights and sounds of the sea­son that the 22nd Annual Christmas concert “Winter Wonderland” deliv­ered.

There was the Adult Community Choir, under the direction of Cindy Kongshaug, and the Children’s Choir, under the direction of Aarynn Bosshart and accompanied by Charlotte Nellessen as they performed favorite Christmas classics along with some new favor­ites.

The last item of 2018 Year in Review news from the December 6 Sun-Argus was, “Chamber of Commerce awards Business of the Year at annual Christmas dinner.” The Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Christmas Dinner and December meeting on Monday, December 3, 2018. The meeting with 30 or so members in atten­dance at Sneakers Pub and Eatery began with a pleasant social hour for members to visit before the annual delicious meal and meeting…

President Peg then introduced the new owners and staff of Sneakers Pub & Eatery; they are Heather Landin, Ryan Pfeifer, Zack Buxton, Ruthie Malddonado, Rose Landin (Heather’s daughter) and Audrey Bigaoutte…President Vorlicek announced then it was time to make the presentation of the 2018 Annual President’s Award plaque and she called up Claudia Traynor and her husband Mike of Claudia Traynor CPA and thanked her and Mike who does a lot for Claudia for their contributions to the community as she pre­sented the traveling plaque to Claudia to proudly display for the next year in her office.

“Thank you so much, I am surprised and honored to get this award from the Chamber. I thank you all very much!” said Claudia Traynor the smil­ing CPA.

That brings you to the conclusion of the “Elmwood/Spring Valley 2018 Year in Review.” I hope you have enjoyed this look back at some of the real local news from 2018.