Pictured (left to right) are Amy Breeggemann-Bechel, President of the Elmwood Community Club, receiving the funds from Joanne Baier. Photo by Missy Hubbard-Roatch
Pictured (left to right) are Amy Breeggemann-Bechel, President of the Elmwood Community Club, receiving the funds from Joanne Baier. Photo by Missy Hubbard-Roatch

ELMWOOD AND SPRING VALLEY, WI – 2019 is here and 2018 is passed into history, as those past 12 months fade away completely from our collective memories let’s continue this opportunity to look back with the “Year in Review” of the news from the pages of the Sun-Argus newspapers starting with July in the summer of 2018.

The big news in the July 5, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus was, “America’s Big Top Circus is coming to town! Watch the raising of the Big Top, take the tour, and catch a show Friday, July 13” Thanks to the sponsorship of the Spring Valley Lions Club, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is com­ing to Spring Valley, WI on Friday, July 13, 2018 to the North Practice Field located at N523 McKay Ave. with scheduled performances at 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. Now in its 33rd edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.

Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in your town is transformed into a bustling Circus City. Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for perfor­mances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime…

On Circus Day, our performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute performance. 

It was also reported in that July 5, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus that, “Elmwood Area Community Club receives generous donation - Thrivent rep Joan Bartz helps with startup funds for 40th UFO Days” Through the generous support of Thrivent Financial, and their "Live Generously" community support campaign, the Elmwood Area Community Club is the recipient of a $500 startup donation to help fund expenses for the 40th UFO Days celebration July 27-29, 2018.  

Thanks also to Jim and Joanne Baier for applying for the grant from Thrivent and to Thrivent's local representative, Joan Bartz of Glenwood City for helping to secure the "Live Generously" funds.  

The August 2, 2018 Sun-Argus was loaded with fun news, “UFO Days is way out of this world! - Taylin Delong is crowned Miss Elmwood” The 40th Annual Elmwood UFO Days for 2018 was way out of this world! It truly was a grand celebration in the Village of Elmwood, kudos to all who worked so hard on it. It began last Thursday, July 26 with great summer weather that continued right on through to the end of the 40th Annual UFO Days on Sunday night… It was an exciting coronation with the Junior Royalty of Taylor Asher and Riley Ginsbach crowned followed by the crowning of Princesses Araya Carson (First Princess) and Bailey Ginsbach. Lastly Taylin Delong was crowned the 2018-2019 Miss Elmwood.

Also in that edition of the August 2, 2018 Sun-Argus was this report for you, “Connors Kids Lemonade Stand is tremendous success - Generous donation to the SV Community Cancer Fund to be made” You have done it again generous community, your support of the Connors Kids Lemonade Stand II was a tremendous success has netted a substantial contribution for the Spring Valley Community Cancer Fund.

Connors Kids Business Advisor (and mom) Mindy Connors issued this delightful report on how the kids did this year: The final count is in from the 2018 Connors Kids' Lemonade Stand II and it was an overwhelming success!  With the generous support of many wonderful family, friends, and community members who visited the Lemonade Stand today, we took in a whopping $880.16! As promised in our advertising, with the matching donations from our generous sponsors for every dollar the lemonade stand received the Spring Valley Community Cancer Fund received $2.50--which means that SVCCF will receive $2200.40! 

That takes us through much of last year in the Sun-Argus and next week we will continue with more of the Spring Valley/Elmwood 2018 Year in Review.