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Heights Sharing Tree starting up again

The Wisconsin Heights Sharing Tree will be hosted by New Heights Lutheran Church and supported by the people of the Wisconsin Heights community this year. We all know that not all families have family support available and may need some help for the Holidays.

New powersports business opens in Mazomanie


Pictured, Aaryn and Kali Handel.

Mazomanie has a new business for powersports enthusiasts. “Handelbar Performance, owned and operated by Kali and Aaryn Handel, offers service, parts, repair, diagnostics, general maintenance, and shock rebuilding on a variety of powersports equipment.

Optimists name Middle Level Leaders

Optimists name Students of the Month

Sauk Prairie Optimist Club hears from Indonesian Exchange Student


Pictured: Optimist member and October Program Chair Ellen Paul, Host family representative Jon Sabotke, SPHS Exchange Student Dipta Danena from Indonesia, the island of Bali, and Bart Mauch, Optimist President, holding a gift from Bali.

On October 3, Dipta Danena, SPHS foreign exchange student, shared with the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club information via slides and explanation of her Indonesian homeland of Bali. 

Meghan Pierce, of Sauk City, recognized by Sierra Club

The Sierra Club Wisconsin Chapter presented 2021 Chapter Awards to volunteers and community leaders for outstanding service and accomplishments on behalf of Wisconsin’s environment. Nine awards were presented at a virtual celebration to volunteers from new activists to lifetime achievement awards for long-standing leaders.

Community Read program finishes distributing books

The Sauk Prairie Social Justice and Equity Initiative is very pleased to announce that its Community Read selection of “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi has distributed all English editions of the book in the first three weeks.

Veterans honored by Pines staff


The Pines Senior Living in Prairie du Sac hosted special events to commemorate Veterans Day. Each veteran received a boutonniere and special certificates of appreciation from area businesses. Barb Knopf, founder of Veterans Equine Trail Services (VETS) in La Valle, also spoke to Pine Glen tenants about the volunteer-run farm that helps veterans heal by working with rescued horses.

The Pines Senior Living in Prairie du Sac hosted special events to commemorate Veterans Day. Each veteran received a boutonniere and special certificates of appreciation from area businesses.

Park Hall concert


Shawndell Marks, area vocalist and pianist, will perform a Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on December 4 at historic Park Hall (aka Free Thinkers Hall). Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students and will be sold at the door. All profits will go to the Free Congregation of Sauk County Historic Restoration Project. Marks grew up singing in church, at family reunions and in the back seat of the family car while harmonizing with her mother. As a teen, she performed Patsy Cline’s beloved “Crazy” nightly at the Wisconsin Opry in Wisconsin Dells and later with an Elvis impersonator who sweated profusely. While studying music at UW-Madison, she played and sang with the classic rock and country band Thunder Road at bars & festivals throughout the state, opening for acts such as George Jones & the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. She now fronts her own original band and is involved with several Madison area projects including Girls Rock Camp, Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets, Gold Dust Women, and various studio ventures. Shawndell has been nominated for 15+ Madison area music awards, including Vocalist of the Year, Best Cover Band with Gold Dust Women, and Vocal Ensemble of the year with Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets. Marks has recently released her fifth album, Punk Ballads, piano ballad interpretations of punk songs from bands like Black Flag and The Cure. She lives in Baraboo with her teenage daughter and sometimes in the hills of Roxbury with her partner. She is currently a student at UW-Green Bay with plans of continuing her education to earn a Master’s degree in Music Therapy.

Shawndell Marks, area vocalist and pianist, will perform a Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on December 4 at historic Park Hall (aka Free Thinkers Hall). Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students and will be sold at the door.  All profits will go to the Free Congregation of Sauk County Historic Restoration Project.

From the Mazomanie Historical Society

Murrish & Sons General Store operated in Mazomanie over seventy years. John Murrish was a businessman in Mazomanie from 1861 to his death in 1886. Then his sons carried on. His firm of Murrish & Sons was established in 1865.

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