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Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Elects New Chief

Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Elects New Chief

Tory Strauss has been elected as the new chief of the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department.

Strauss has been a member of the SPVFD for 10 years, serving as a training officer, lieutenant and captain prior to assuming the role of fire chief. 

Strauss holds a bachelor's degree in Fire Science and is certified as a fire inspector, fire instructor and fire officer. 

Strauss served as a fire lieutenant and acting assistant chief in Iraq. He served seven years as an emergency response coordinator, and he served as the safety crew chief for Angell Park for five years.

The SPVFD is the largest all-volunteer fire department in the state of Wisconsin, serving more than 34,000 residents in a 97-square-mile territory.

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.

Holiday Wine And Cheese Tasting To Benefit Cheer Wisconsin

A holiday wine and cheese tasting and holiday gift open house will be held on Dec. 9 with the proceeds to benefit Cheer Wisconsin Booster Club's Uniform Fundraiser.

Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of gourmet Wisconsin cheeses hosted by Metcalfe's Market, paired with an array of premium California Wines. Presented by Jim "Abby" Abdnermolden C.S.W. (Certified Specialist of Wine).

Vendors will be available for holiday shopping. Some of the vendors participating are: Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, 31, Silpada, Art & Jewelry by Jennifer Reagles, Scentsy and many more.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Roundtable, 1611 North Bristol St. in Sun Prairie.

The cost is $25 per person.

There will also be a raffle, silent auction and cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Cheer Wisconsin, Metcalfe's or Prairie Athletic Club.

Local Church Hosts Local Vendor Fair

Local Church Hosts Local Vendor Fair

Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Sun Prairie will host Elves Night In Vendor Fair on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The church is located at the corner of Highway 19 and C.

Organizers said avoid the mall and find that perfect gift from a variety of vendors all under one roof.

Each vendor will highlight gift ideas to make shopping easy and affordable and it's all in a relaxed holiday shopping environment.

A silent auction will benefit the American Family Children’s Hospital Family Meal Program.

The Vendor List includes business such as PartyLite Candles, Tupperware, Miche Bags, Norwex, Discovery Toys, Cookie Lee, Wild Tree, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Cookie Lee and The Felted Soap Lady.

WatchDOGS Program Kicks Off At Royal Oaks

WatchDOGS Program Kicks Off At Royal Oaks

More than 100 fathers turned out last week at Royal Oaks Elementary for Donuts with Dad, the kick-off event for the school's new WATCH  D.O.G.S. program that asks fathers and father figures to spend one full day in the school each year to help out. The students will be one more positive male role model for students. 

The fathers, grandfathers and father-figures at the event nearly filled the calendar with each offering to spend at least one day at the school from January through the end of the school year.

To read more about the kick-off and see photos from the event, visit the district website at www.sunprairie.k12.wi.us/schools/royaloaks.

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging the public to buy local on Black Friday to help support local businesses in the area and return valuable dollars to the county's economy. 

Leaders and retailers from Dane Buy Local, a coalition that advocates for thinking local first, joined Parisi at the event Tuesday.

"Eighty-six percent of the county's businesses employ 10 or fewer people," Parisi said.  "By buying local on Black Friday, and throughout the year, we can support these working families, create and retain jobs in the area, and make a real positive impact on our local economy."