Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tasha Schuh Will Speak at CRC Youth Meeting

Tasha Schuh is a Christian motivational speaker who helps other Christians overcome challenges and struggles by giving a relevant message filled with humor and real life stories. Tasha grew up in Ellsworth and was a happy normal teenager. She was involved in sports, music, work and theater.

Tasha's life changed dramatically when she was in an accident during a theater practice which left her paralyzed from the chest down. She now is traveling and speaking in the midwest to share her story of overcoming tragedy and living a life of purpose. Her goal is to help people know God more by inspiring, challenging, and encouraging others. She has two bachelors degrees and works part time at her church as the director of services.

Tasha will speak at a meeting of area youth groups on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church a mile north of Baldwin on USH 63. A free will offering will be
taken to help pay for her expenses.

Fusion Finish Undefeated Season

The St. Croix Valley Fusion completed regular season play last week with three wins for finish with an undefeated 19-0-1 record.

The Fusion beat New Richmond 4-2 on Monday, Chippewa Falls 3-2 on Tuesday night and the Point-Rapids Red Panthers 5-3 on Saturday. The Fusion also wrapped up the Big Rivers Conference championship with win over Chiipewa Falls on Tuesday.

"It was quite a thrill for all of us to make it the entire year without a loss. We have a great coachable bunch of kids," said Coach Matt Cranston. "(Goalie coach) Ann Rock has done a fantastic job with Devin (Roen). We couldn't have pulled this off without assistant coach Karl Erickson, his hockey knowledge and great coaching. Karl is a student of the game."

It was all on the line to complete the undefeated season on Saturday afternoon against the fifth ranked team from Stevens Point/Wisconsin Rapids.

"We had to do it against a very good team," Cranston commented.

The Fusion got on board at the 6:59 mark when Amanda Robinson tooka pass from Tara Frey and fired a hard on-ice wrist shot from the point into the back of the Red Panther's net. The Red Panthers answered with a goal at the 12:10 mark ending the first period 1-1. Cranston scored four minutes in to the second period from Tanis Klingler. Five minutes later the Red Panthers tied it up again.

The Fusion popped in two goals in the last five minutes of the second period. Myrrhia Kleinbrook from Tara Frey and Frey from Lindquist from a 4-2 lead. Each team scored once in the third period. Nikki Plunkett scored for the Fusion.

The Fusion are the top seed in the region, so they get a bye in the first round. The Fusion will play the winner of Hudson and New Richmond on Tuesday the 19 in River Falls at 5:00 or 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play for the sectional championship in New Richmond Saturday, February 23.

Bus Crash Sends Passengers to Hospitals

It was as medical condition that caused a bus crash on I-94 at about milepost 21 and not a crash that caused medical problems to the driver of the bus on Thursday, February 7, according to emergency personnel at the scene.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a bus that had been traveling eastward crashed into the median of I-94 at 2:18 p.m. on February 7. The bus was operated by Tourcos Northern Tours of Eau Claire.

The driver of the bus was identified as Curtis D. Prindiville, 39 of Eau Claire. He was transported by ambulance to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire for treatment of an undisclosed medial condition.

The State Patrol said there were a total of 49 passengers.

Twenty passengers on the bus complained of sore backs or necks and were transported by ambulance to Baldwin Area Medical Center and other area hospitals for evaluation.

A total of 12 patients were taken to BAMC and all were seen by Dr. Joel Stoeckeler who was the emergency room physician on duty, according to Director of Patient Care Jean Peavey. All the injured came in by ambulance.

"I'm real proud of how well the staff handled the situation," noted Peavey. She said none of the injuries to the bus passengers were serious and all were discharged.

Other patients were taken to New Richmond, River Falls and Eau Claire.

According to Baldwin Station Chief Gary Newton of United Fire and Rescue, the other passengers on the bus who didn't complain of inures were all taken by a Baldwin-Woodville school bus to the Baldwin Municipal Center. They waited there until all the passengers who were taken to hospitals were reunited with them and then a bus took them all back to Eau Claire about 9:00 p.m. where they were able to pick up their luggage from the first bus that was in the accident. Newton said a van from the bus company was dispatched initially to transport those who sought medical treatment from the hospitals to the Municipal Center. It was only when everyone was present at the Municipal Center that the second bus left to make the trip to Eau Claire.

SnoDays at B-W this Week

Senior candidates for Queen and King of B-W's SnoDays celebration from left are Michelle Johnson, Dan Barnes, Carrie Vanasse, Nathan Zacharias, Dannel Kielmeyer, Tyler Howard, Mary Hovde and Eric Dorwin.

Underclass attendants from left are juniors Dylan DeMotts and Morgan Trunkel; sophomores Tanner Bee and Laci Moe; and freshmen Jake Keefer and Megan Smith.

Throughout the week a "Where's Cupid?" hunt will be held for class points. Class valentines will be judged.

During the week B-W High School will hold dress up days. Monday was Pajama Day; Tuesday is Ugly Sweater Day; Wednesday will be Cops, Robbers, and Cowboy Day; Thursday is Valentine Day; and Friday is Spirit Day.

A pep fest will be held Friday at 2:15. Activities included will be a Lip sync contest; male cheerleading; coaches/club advisors speeches, mattress races, saran wrap relay and balloon popping activity.

Following the boys basketball game Friday night against Somerset, a dance will be held beginning at 9:00 p.m. Coronation will begin at 9:30.

The entry fee for students is $3 and for adults it is $2.