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Vision screens offered free to youth


Pat Dearth (right) and Carol Crusan (left) of the Seneca Lions Club recently provided free vision screening for students in Crawford County schools. Prairie Catholic School 4K students pictured (from left) are Ellie K., Benjamin O., Ava K., Abigail L., Erin N., Jorey T., Blake K. and Collin V. (Submitted photos)

 By Correne Martin

The Seneca Lions Club, in conjunction with the Crawford County Public Health Department, recently conducted vision screening at area schools. The free screening was targeted for the elementary students in the Seneca, North Crawford, Wauzeka-Steuben and Prairie du Chien school districts.

Pat Dearth, president, voluntarily provided the fast and accurate test to the many students, with some assistance from Carol Crusan, third vice-president, using the Plusoptix vision screener. The small, portable camera-like machine helps to identify possible vision problems by taking pictures of the eyes so trained Lions Club members can check the pupil for potential abnormalities. The Lions then refer the students and their parents to the eye doctor for more thorough examination.

“I’ve done 600 kids this year,” Dearth said. “at the schools and a few small day cares.”

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Richard “Dick” Mark Boland

 

Richard “Dick” Mark Boland, 65 of Seneca passed away, surrounded by family, to be with God on Friday, March 24. 

 

He was born on July 26, 1951, in Prairie du Chien, to Daniel and Mary Rita (Finley) Boland. He married Susan Schreck, of Seneca, on Aug. 4, 1979, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Seneca.

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Theresa M. Bushnell

 

Theresa M. Bushnell, 81, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, March 25, at the Crossing Rivers Health Care in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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Sheila Marie Noordhoek

 

Sheila Marie Noordhoek, 48, of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, March 21, at her home in Prairie du Chien. 

 

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Virginia (Jeanie) Arlene Doll

 

Virginia (Jeanie) Arlene Doll, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, 95, of Wauzeka, died on March 23, at Boscobel Care and Rehab., Boscobel, after a long period of declining health. 

 

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Calvin G. Koecke

 

Calvin G. Koecke, 89, of Dubuque, Iowa, peacefully passed into the loving care of Jesus at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque on Monday, March 20, due to dementia-related pneumonia. 

 

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Donna Foley

 

Donna Foley, 75, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died suddenly March 22, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

 

Donna Jean was born on Aug. 22, 1941, in Prairie du Chein, the daughter of Lawrence and Eileen Price Doll. She married Dick R. Foley on Feb. 11, 1961, in Wauzeka. Dick died in 2010.  She was an office manager for Methwick Manor for 15 year, retiring in 2013.

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Sharon A. Mezera

 

Sharon A. Mezera, 74, of Eastman, passed away Tuesday, March 21, at the Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.

 

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PdC Handmade to showcase trendy, local craft vendors April 1

‘Not your typical grandma craft fair’

By Correne Martin

The number of trendy, talented local crafters is on the rise. Consumers are looking to shop small and support local entrepreneurs. Combining the area’s most up-and-coming handmade crafters with an opportunity for potential customers to purchase their products, PdC Handmade is a first-time vendor fair unique to the area.

On April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Barn Restaurant, PdC Handmade will showcase about 10 innovative and stylish creators and in-home shop owners along with their customized pieces. The mix of products range from jewelry and baby clothing to artwork and bath essentials at a range of price points appealing to every age. Admission to the vendor fair is free and open to everyone.

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Rotary exchange to India spreads friendship, understanding


Cheryl Mader, Prairie du Chien Rotary Club exchange coordinator, enjoyed a personal Rotary Friendship Exchange to three communities in India recently. She is pictured in a girls hostile in Vapi, in west-central India. (Submitted photo)

Cheryl Mader dressed in a locally-traditional kurti tunic for one of her days sightseeing in Junagadh. She’s pictured at a botanical garden at an agricultural university.

The scenic beauty in Junagadh, and all of India, is spectacular.

By Correne Martin

One of Rotary International’s mottos is “World Peace through Understanding.” It is to convey that, when you know people better, they can’t be your enemies.

Rotary Club members in Prairie du Chien and all over the world strongly believe in that mantra, so much so that Rotarians like Cheryl Mader, the local Rotary exchange coordinator, have immersed themselves into some unforgettable globe-trotting adventures.

Mader visited England in 2011 and Nigeria in 2014. And, just over one month ago, she spent 10 days in India. All of her trips have been with family and friends through the Rotary Friendship Exchange Program. The Prairie du Chien club is working with Peru, Denmark and Iceland to affirm friendship (and even youth) exchanges to those countries as well.

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