Walk A Mile Next Week
You can’t really understand another person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. This famous proverb is the inspiration behind an innovative walk to raise money and awareness of domestic violence. It’s called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” a men’s march against domestic violence. Men in our area are being asked to put on high heels and walk two laps around Riverside Park. The goal is to have more than 350 men (and women) join hosts, the La Crosse Riverfest Commodores, for a fun, thought-provoking event, raising money and awareness for this very serious issue and showing support for survivors of domestic violence. Joining the Commodores, will be a number of civic leaders and local celebrities.
Walk a Mile in her Shoes will be held during Riverfest on Thursday, June 30, in Riverside Park, La Crosse. Registration and check-in is from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be a selection of high heels in men’s sizes for you to use for the event and shoe pick up is from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The walk then starts at 6 p.m. with a reception following. Funds raised will help support the YWCA of the Coulee Region and Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation’s Carilee Fund which offers confidential financial assistance to victims of domestic violence.
To learn more about the event or to register online, go to www.walkamilelacrosse.org
Plastics Recycling Leaves Xcel Plant Unaffected
It was one of the arguments against starting a plastics recycling program in La Crosse in the first place. Worries that the Xcel garbage to energy plant on French Island would be negatively affected by taking #1 and #2 plastics out of the waste stream. Unfounded concerns over the past year, as it turns out, says Xcel environmental boss, Tina Ball. Neither the energy output or the emissions from the plant have changed in the last year.
Ball says she doesn't know for certain if that would change if all the rest of the types of plastics were recycled in the city. But she's certain that emissions would not increase.
Traffic Circle Numbers 2 and 3 in La Crosse (corrected)
The latest traffic circle in La Crosse isn't meant just as a way to slow traffic. It's also meant as a so-called 'rain circle.' A way to soak up some rain water at 20th and Farnam on the southside to prevent flooding at the intersection. Public works director Dale Hexom has never been certain that it will work as advertised. And still isn't certain it will do much to alleviate flooding that occurs with heavy rainfall. Besides that traffic circle, another one may go in just a few blocks away.
Inmates Washing Their Own Linens
Starting July 1st.....if you get locked up in Crawford County, you better know how much laundry detergent is used in a washing maching and when the rinse cycle is. Inmates will do their own laundry at the jail in Prairie Du Chien......and it could save the county about 7 grand a year. Right now they send the laundry out to a professional service. Just a cost savings measure says Sheriff Dale McCullick. The cost of the laundry has run from 500-to-700 dollars a month, depending on the jail’s population. Crawford County already has the washers-and-dryers for the job. McCullick says it’s nice to save money, and not have to cut any services.
****Bomb Scare Update***** 10:41pm
A bomb scare has cleared out several blocks near downtown Tomah.
Tomah police say the car was found parked near the First Bank of Tomah. Right now all lanes of Highway 12 are blocked off from Monroe street to Council street. A four block area in the city has been evacuated. A robot from the Fort McCoy Fire Department is also there. The car is actually parked in an intersection of Superior and Monowau Streets. The Dane County Bomb Squad is on scene as of 9:45pm and federal agents have been called out.