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For many of the 20 thousand members of the La Crosse area YMCA, the shift might not require much of a change in perception. The organization takes on a new identity this week. To be known simply as, "the Y." The La Crosse Y's Executive director, Bill Soper, says it makes perfect sense partly because everyone already calls it "the Y." La Crosse is one of the first in the nation to make the branding shift. Soper says it comes with a strategy to make members and the community more aware of the types of programs offered at the Y.
Got an alley? Want the city of La Crosse to plow it? You'll get the same response the guy who asked about that at a public works board meeting this week: Tough luck. City public works director Dale Hexom says it's just impractical to plow the alleys. It would fifty to eighty miles to the five hundred or so that plow drivers already have to tackle after a big snow. Also, because of the profile and width of paved alleys, some additional equipment would be needed. No exceptions, says Hexom. Not even for the guy who went to the public works board this week. He lives off of West Avenue and can't get to his house except through the alley.
City of La Crosse employees are showing the true spirit of the holiday season by donating toys, gifts and gift certificates to families in need this holiday season. Earlier this fall members of the City of La Crosse Human Resources Department contacted the School District of La Crosse to get a list of students and families that could use some extra support this holiday season. Since then, the pile of gifts has turned to a mountain in the Human Resources office.
It may sit empty now.......but next year the Kane Street Community Garden in Lacrosse will again produce close to 32 thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables. At least Shelly Krause hopes it will after a bumper crop this year. So how do you take care of a garden that size with only one half time paid position.1500 volunteers.
The Hunger Task Force now serves 57 food programs in the area. This past August, they had already surpassed the total distributed pounds from the year before. Krause says this past summer they even got a helping hand from Drew Johnson, who set out to travel to the forty-eight contiguous United States in forty-eight weeks doing a variety of volunteer/service work in each state
"They are going to still do what they do".......the words of Fort McCoy spokesperson Linda Fournier after WIZM news found out that they will no longer be a mobilization station next year.
After the government drawback of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan was announced a few months ago, 2 mobilization bases were notified that their training would be scaled back. So what does that mean for Fort McCoy?
Fournier says NO they are not closing........but yes 200 contracted jobs will be lost.....as well as many extra military personnel that were housed in the area for the training of the troops. A financial impact could be felt but she says it's way to early to tell. After September the base will go back to a typical day to day operation........ 3 thousand people working and 4 thousand soldiers training at the base.