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Thursday, April 15

Ithaca Township will be replacing culverts starting this week. The work will begin at the intersection of County BA and Nebraska Hollow Road. Fifteen culverts will be replaced proceeding up the Nebraska Hollow to Apple Ridge Road to the intersection of Hell Hollow and then back down to the township line in Munz Hollow. Construction is anticipated to start by Thursday, April 15 and will last approximately one week.

The Richland Area Retired Educators' Association (RAREA) meeting on Thursday, April 15th has been canceled. RAREA members will recieve a unit update through email or USPS mail by the end of April.

A series of public meetings to discuss the plan and vision for Richland Center over the next 10 years will continue on Thursday, April 15. The Richland Center Open House meeting invites Richland Center residents to visit the Richland Center Community Center between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM for community input and ideas about the future of Richland Center. A zoom meeting will start at 5:00 PM and the topic for the meeting is on land use and implementation. Zoom meeting information including links are available at the City of Richland Center's website. (The Zoom meeting link is also available by clicking here.)

The Richland Center Rockets Home Talent baseball team will host a share night at Papa Murphy's Thursday, April 15th from 4:00 to 8:00. A portion of the proceeds will go to the baseball team.

The Walk with Grace committee meeting Thursday, April 15th will start at 6:00 PM at the Richland Center Free Methodist Church.

American Legion Post 13 meeting on Thursday, April 15th will start at 6:30 PM at the Richland Center American Legion. Social Distancing will be practiced and masks are required.

Evening Conversations with Pam and Teresa sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country are held Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. The conversation is centered around caregiving for someone with dementia and is held virtually or by phone. For more information on attending the program call Pam at 647-4616.  

Sign up now for the SWCAP Start, Launch, Grow free small business workshop starting on Tuesday, April 20th. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 27th on Zoom from 4:30 to 6:00. Register by visiting swcap.org or call 608-935-2326 ext. 222. The deadline to register is Monday, April 19th.

Registration is being accepted for the 2021 Savvy Virtual Caregiver Class sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country. The seven week online program is for family caregivers of a person with dementia and will meet Thursdays from April 15th through May 27th from 10:30 until noon. Registration may be made by calling Pam at 548-3954.

The Richland Center Landfill would like to remind the community that tires are NOT accepted. Used tires are accepted at Bindl Tire and Auto, R&K Tire and Auto and at L&M Salvage. Used tires will also be accepted at the Richland County Tire Recycling Day Saturday, May 1.

The Ithaca School District is asking alumni to participate in a survey to help better prepare Ithaca graduates for college and work success. Surveys can be found under the news tab on the Ithaca School District website. The deadline to register is Friday, April 23rd.

Friday, April 16

There will not be school in the Richland School District Friday, April 16, with the exception of students in the Thursday/Friday 4 year old kindergarten classes at Lincoln Elementary School.

The SWCAP Pop Up Food Bus will hand out food bags Friday, April 16th in Rockbridge from 10:00 to 11:00 at the Natural Bridge Grocery Store and in Cazenovia from noon until 1:00 near Alibi’s Bar & Grill on East Main Street.

Register now for the Tom Layton Memorial Scholarship Bean Bag Tournament Saturday, April 24 at Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green starting at 11:00 AM. There will also be raffles at the event. To register call Bill at 588-5156,

The Ithaca Lions Club is looking for items for the 12th annual spring consignment auction scheduled for Sunday, April 25th at the former Koch Tractor lot on Highway 14, Richland Center. For commission rates, or to consign your items call 574-1688 for Dick Hauser or 604-4692 for Dean Rinehart.

Lone Rock EMS is looking for volunteer ambulance drivers. Volunteers must have a clean driving record, and pass a background check. Training and an emergency vehicles operations course certification will be provided. Those interested should call Teresa at 583-0099 or Steve at 604-0113. Anyone interested in joining the Lone Rock EMS are welcome as well.

The Hillsboro Public Library community book read will run from April through June. The featured book is Todd Burpo's Heaven is For Real. Those interested in participating may pick up the book at the Hillsboro Public Library. Book discussions are scheduled for Thursdays May 13th and 27th at 7:00 PM at Beezer's Shack in Hillsboro. The movie showing of Heaven is For Real will take place on Saturday, June 5th at 8:30 PM. The location for the movie showing will be announced at the last book discussion and will also be available on the library Facebook page or website. For more information call 608-489-2192.

Register now for The Richland Hospital Spring Sprout Ready Set Grow 5K on Saturday, May 15th. Cost to register is $35 for adults and $15 for children age 17 and under. The deadline to register is April 22nd. The registration link can be found on the WRCO community calendar webpage (Registration Link Here). The virtual 5K will raise money for the safeTALK program. This program teaches staff and the community how to recognize signs of personal crisis and how to engage and connect someone to an intervention resource to prevent suicide. Sugguested routes for the 5K are located the Richland Hospital Facebook event page or track your route by downloading Runkeeper from your App Store onto your mobile device. Participants are encouraged to share pictures of your run/walk on the Richland Hospital Facebook page using the hashtag #SpringSprout.​

The Spring Green Lions Club Food Pantry Challenge will continue through the month of April. Due to COVID-19 there will not be any food pantry donation boxes at local businesses this year. Cash donations may be mailed to the Spring Green Lions Club Attn: Food Pantry, PO Box 313, Spring Green, WI 53588. Make checks payable to Spring Green Lions Club and note Arena, Lone Rock, or Spring Green in the memo line of your check. For every $1 donated the Spring Green Lions Club will match your gift with a $1 contribution up to $1000.

Saturday, April 17

The Kickapoo Area Food Pantry curbside distribution on Saturday, April 17th will run from 9:00 to 11:00 and Monday, April 19th from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Viola Municipal Building. For more information call 627-1910 or 629-5663.   

The Brewer Public Library live virtual event "Cereal Box Art with NY Artist/Author Michael Albert" on Saturday, April 17th will start at 10:00 AM. Learn the techniques and make your own creation along with Michael. All ages are welcome. For more information and to register, visit the library's website or call 608-647-6444.

The Daisy/Brownie Troop 7251 cookie booth Saturday, April 17th will run from 9:00 to noon at the Richland Center Walmart.

Sunday, April 18

The Hillsboro Lions Club Bingo event on Sunday, April 18 is canceled.

The Girl Scout Junior/Cadette Troop 7227 cookie booth Sunday, April 18th will run from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at the Richland Center Walmart.

Monday, April 19

Richland County Highway Department has announced that the County will replace the bridge on County Highway B between County Highway BB and Highway 130 starting Monday, April 19. The bridge is located just west of Highway 130. The road will be closed during work, which is expected to last up to two months. Motorists should plan an alternative route during this time.

Free COVID-19 testing Monday, April 19 will run from 9:00 to 11:00 or until 120 tests have been administered at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Richland County residency is preferred to obtain a free COVID-19 test at this event. Appointments are not required, but pre-registration is requested at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 UW Platteville-Richland Outstanding Alumni. Past students of the Richland County Teachers College and the UW Platteville-Richland are eligible. Nomination submissions should include the name, last year of attendance in either of the two schools, further education, outstanding professional achievements, qualities of leadership and dedication in professional and/or community activities and other information about why the person is deserving of the honor. Nominations may be sent to Association President Kathy Granger, E17384 County V, Hillsboro WI 54634 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information call 489-3629. The deadline to submit an application is April 30th.

The River Valley Area Community Gardens in Spring Green has garden plots to rent for residents living in the River Valley Area. The seasonal rental fee includes water, tilling, marsh hay for mulch and other perks. There are 3 sizes of plots for rent sizes. A 20 x 20 square foot plot rents for $30 for the first year. A 10 x 20 square foot plot rents for $20 for the first year, and a 10 x 10 square foot plot rents for $10 for the first year. Families or elderly persons that are on a limited budget, unemployed, disabled, or qualify for Quest, SNAP, TANF, or SSI benefits may qualify for a free plot. For more information phone 608-588-6040; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check the Gardens web site at rvacg.org or their Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 20

Vernon County National Guard Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, April 20 will run from 11:00 to 5:00 at the Old County Highway Shop located at 602 North Main Street, Viroqua.

Court and Community free legal clinic Tuesday, April 20 will run from 3:00 to 5:00. Those with legal questions can call 608-475-2437 and an intake person will take down your legal question and have an attorney contact you within the week.

SWCAP Head Start/Early Head Start applications are now available for the Richland County Head Start program for children age 3 to 5, and Early Head Start program for children ages 3 and under and pregnant moms. For information on applications call 553-1429.

Wednesday, April 21

The Richland Community Food Pantry drive through distribution Wednesday, April 21 will run from 4:00 to 5:30 outside of the Lighthouse Chapel. People are asked to not arrive prior to 3:30. People should remain in their vehicle and volunteers will bring the food to each vehicle. 

Saturday, April 24

Youth for Change and the Partners for Prevention Coalition of Richland County will be partnering with the Richland Center Police Department for Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 until 2:00 at the Richland Center Police Department. Vape cartridges will also be accepted. For a complete list of allowable items to bring, visit the Partners for Prevention Richland County Facebook page. 

Monday, April 26

Free COVID-19 testing Monday, April 26 will run from 9:00 to 11:00 or until 120 tests have been administered at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Richland County residency is preferred to obtain a free COVID-19 test at this event. Appointments are not required, but pre-registration is requested at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

The Plain Red Cross Blood Drive Monday, April 26th will run from 1:00 to 6:00 at the Plain American Legion. Appointments may be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

Wednesday, April 28

Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry distribution Wednesday, April 28th from 2:00 to 3:00 will take place at the Gays Mills Community Center.

Saturday, May 1

The Richland County Tire and Electronic Recycling event Saturday, May 1 will run from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Richland County Highway Shop located North of the Richland County Fairground on County Highway AA. For ore information call Carla Doudna at 647-6859. Information on pricing can be found by visiting recycling.co.richland.wi.us/.

Sunday, May 2

Blackhawk Bethlehem United Methodist Church drive through chicken and dumpling supper Sunday, May 2 will run from 4:00 to 7:00 at the church. The church is located at S10174 County Road C, 12 miles West of Sauk City. Cost for a meal is $10. All meals will be carryout.

Monday, May 3

Free COVID-19 testing Monday, May 3rd will run from 9:00 to 11:00 or until 120 tests have been administered at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Richland County residency is preferred to obtain a free COVID-19 test at this event. Appointments are not required, but pre-registration is requested at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

Tuesday, May 4

Vernon County National Guard Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, May 4 will run from 11:00 to 5:00 at the Old County Highway Shop located at 602 North Main Street, Viroqua.

Thursday, May 6

The Park Street Christian Church program on Dementia, Alzheimer's and Short Term Memory Loss will be Thursday, May 6th at the church from 6:00 to 8:00. There will be a movie and a question and answer panel. The event is free and social distancing will be followed. For more information call 647-3702.

Saturday, May 8

Spring Clean-Up dates for Eagle Township are Saturdays May 8th and 15th from 8:00 to noon at the Eagle Town Hall. Attendants will be on duty.

Monday, May 10

Free COVID-19 testing Monday, May 10th will run from 9:00 to 11:00 or until 120 tests have been administered at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Richland County residency is preferred to obtain a free COVID-19 test at this event. Appointments are not required, but pre-registration is requested at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

The Lone Rock Community Food Pantry distribution Monday, May 10 will run from 5:00 to 6:00 in front of the former Lone Rock Elementary School Building. The distribution is for residents of Lone Rock only and face masks are required.

Monday, May 17

Free COVID-19 testing Monday, May 17 will run from 9:00 to 11:00 or until 120 tests have been administered at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Richland County residency is preferred to obtain a free COVID-19 test at this event. Appointments are not required, but pre-registration is requested at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

Tuesday, May 18

Vernon County National Guard Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, May 18 will run from 11:00 to 5:00 at the Old County Highway Shop located at 602 North Main Street, Viroqua.

Monday, May 24

Free COVID-19 testing Monday, May 24th will run from 9:00 to 11:00 or until 120 tests have been administered at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Richland County residency is preferred to obtain a free COVID-19 test at this event. Appointments are not required, but pre-registration is requested at register.covidconnect.wi.gov.