Greeting guests to the 11th Annual Elmwood Area Fire Department BBQ Chicken Dinner fundraiser are Brook (L) and Colleen Bowen. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Greeting guests to the 11th Annual Elmwood Area Fire Department BBQ Chicken Dinner fundraiser are Brook (L) and Colleen Bowen. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

ELMWOOD AND SPRING VALLEY, WI – 2018 has passed into history, here is another look back with our “Year in Review” of the news from the pages of the Sun-Argus newspapers starting with October of 2018.

It was on the pages of the October 4, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus we reported to you, “Annual Dam Days celebrated in SV (Part II).” Dam Days 51’s Sunday morning was abso­lutely gorgeous, and people got out for a bite at the American Legion’s Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale, the other delicious food stands were open and busy. As the morning gave way to afternoon, people started to grab their spot along the curb on McKay Avenue in anticipation for the 51st Annual Dam Days Grande Parade that started pretty much on time at 2 p.m. with about 75 spe­cial units led by this year’s Grand Marshals: the Huepfel Family of Matt, Mary, Ella and Mary Huepfel…

(The coronation of new Spring Valley Royalty followed the parade.)

The first Spring Valley princess crowned was Rachel Bell, followed by Sina Nystrom. With only two lovely young ladies left, the next crown was for Miss Spring Valley and Leigha Prudlow passed it over and over heads before finally placing it on Alexis Megrane to great applause of the crowd. Rebecca Schneider then received her crown as the Spring Valley First Princess.

Congratulation ladies and congrat­ulations to the Spring Valley Lions and Village of Spring Valley and all involved with the 51st Annual Spring Valley Dam Days Celebration!

In that same edition of the Sun-Argus we informed you about the “Annual Elmwood Fire Department BBQ is another winner! (Part II).” There were fantastic prizes again to be won at the 11th Annual Elmwood Area Fire Department BBQ Chicken Dinner event. Here are the winners of the raffle tickets: Sleep Number Bed - Al Baier, 90 Second Shopping Spree at Sailer’s - Ty Newton, 58” TV - Craig Flanders, Kayak - John Harmon, $75 cash - Tammy Jo Bales, $50 cash - Skylar Prinsen… If you missed 2018 11th Annual Elmwood Area Fire Department BBQ Chicken Dinner fundraiser for the Elmwood Area Fire Department, put it on your calendar for next year. It’s a great meal for a great cause!

In the November 1, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus brought you the news about the, “SV students selected for State Honors Choir.” Congratulations Spring Valley High School Choir members Brenna Schreiber, Elijah DuMond and Charlie Maier for being selected to perform as members of the WSMA All-State Honors Choir held in Madison, Wisconsin, this past October 25 and October 27.

It is a rigorous process to audition for this official state honors choir in Wisconsin and only the best in the state are selected. Students compet­ed against vocalists from all schools regardless of size to be in this presti­gious choir and were selected based on their vocal and musical ability through sight singing and a solo per­formance.

Also, in the November 1, 2018 edition of the Sun-Argus edition of the Sun-Argus we reported the interesting news that, “George Klink and his 5th graders work on ‘Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case-WPT Education releases online video game.” After collabo­rating with educators and students from across Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) Education has released a new online video game, “Jo Wilder and the Capitol Case,” that encourages students to experience history as they discover it for themselves. The game is now available to play online for free at WPTeducation.org. George Klink, a fifth-grade classroom teacher at Elmwood Elementary School in Elmwood, along with a num­ber of his students, contributed to the development and testing of the fun and engaging new online video game.

That takes us through the first of November of last year in the Sun-Argus and next week we will bring you the conclusion of the “Elmwood/Spring Valley 2018 Year in Review.”