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The year 2008 seems to have sped by without lingering for even a minute; maybe that is because we have wonderful residents and visitors who are active in so many areas that we keep each other busy all year long. Frequently I hear that there isn't much to do in Onalaska – wow – that sure isn't the case; you just have to look at what is going on and decide to jump in.

Here is a short list of things you can be a part of: AARP, Square Dancing (and lessons for the inexperienced), Lions and Lioness Clubs, Senior Citizens morning activities daily, most churches have various men's and women's groups, and several have youth opportunities. Our schools have booster clubs for band, ROTC, PTO meetings, and you do not have to have a child to volunteer to work for the better schools or serve as a child mentor (share your life experiences with others). There is a homemakers group that meets monthly and helps out with bake sales for various deserving programs. Kids Free Clothing Exchange always welcomes volunteers (watch a child's face when they get "new" used clothing or shoes and you will get hooked on this one). There are also several self-help programs - AGAPE Ministries for example, where you can participate, support or use the services for yourself. The key to success is that you have to jump in. Come join any of them – even most church groups don't require that you immediately join the church, just drop in and see if there is a match for what you are looking for.

There are several builders putting up new homes, and the new restaurant at Lakeside RV & Marina is nearing an opening date. The boat stalls and the “point” are complete and the American and Texas Flags flying in the breeze are inspiring. There are some new cabins for rent at Northshore RV Park. More people are moving to the Onalaska area to take advantage of our lake. As a result of this growth, the Onalaska school district has built a Junior/High School, which is a wonderful attraction for young families with children.

Onalaska is preparing for the 2009 3rd Annual Leprechaun 5K Walk; and last year we added a 5K Fun Run, this event will be held at the High School on March 14th starting at 9 a.m. Also, the 25th annual Easter Parade and 10,000 Egg Hunt will take place April 4th. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the fire station and ends at Bonner Park on Old Trinity Road where the egg hunt begins at 11 a.m.

It is my privilege to work with many of these programs and the fine employees and volunteers of the City. They make the task of being Mayor rewarding, and it is exciting to be a part of the continued steady growth in our community. Please feel free to visit us at City Council meetings the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Drop by City Hall if you have any questions, suggestions or just to say “Hello.” I am always available by phone at 646-4330.

Lew Vail

Mayor

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