Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sparta Rotary Club

Members of the Sparta Rotary Club unveil the WWII Memorial in Blyton Park Saturday. Herald photos by Pat Mulvaney
Monday, June 22, 2020 - 9:50am
It took a little longer than planned, but last Saturday, members of the Sparta Rotary Club finally saw its vision of a WWII Memorial in Blyton Park come to fruition. The monument, consisting of three marble stones with 598 names of Sparta area WWII veterans permanently etched into their surface,...
Former Sparta Chamber Director John Hendricks released trout into the La Crosse River Monday for the city’s summer-long fishing derby. A couple of kayakers also were caught in the photo, demonstrating what a great multi-recreational resource the river is. Contributed photo
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:18am
Fishing in Sparta just got even better. In a cooperative effort between the City of Sparta, the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce, BikeSparta (Sparta’s Tourism Council), Southwest ITBEC, and the Sparta Rotary Club, rainbow trout were released into the La Crosse River at Sparta's Evans-Bosshard Park...
Volunteers work on a concrete pad that’s part of the new World War II Memorial that being placed in Sparta’s Blyton Park. The Sparta Rotary Club project will be engraved with the names of nearly area 700 World War II veterans. The project will be completed shortly and a June 20 dedication ceremony is planned. From left – volunteers Bill Wissestad, Karson Knoll, Tony Polkoski, Todd Fahning and Kent Miller. Contributed photo.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 9:13am
With most area Memorial Day activities cancelled over the weekend, the Sparta Rotary Club opted to postpone a dedication ceremony for its new Blyton Park World War II Memorial until later next month. Sparta Rotary member Toni Wissestad, who helped organize the volunteer effort with fellow Rotarian...
Sparta Rotary Club member Toni Polkoski (right) and Sparta High School volunteer Karson Knoll (left) work on the footings of a new World War II memorial that is being erected in Sparta’s Blyton Memorial Park. The monument, which is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, will be engraved with the names of more than 600 area World War II veterans. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 10:40am
A new World War II memorial in Sparta’s Blyton Park is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, The Sparta Rotary Club project, spearheaded by Rotarian Tony Polkoski, is moving along nicely thanks in part to some nice spring weather. Polkoski and Sparta High School student volunteer Karson Knoll...
Pictured, from left are Tony Polkoski of the Sparta Rotary Club and Pete Fauske, representing area Vietnam Veterans who donated $1,000 to the planned WWII Memorial, which will be placed in Blyton Park in Sparta. Contributed photo
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 9:57am
Organizers of the planned WWII Memorial for Blyton Park in Sparta had to expand the monument after getting a lot more names than they expected. The monument, which will have the names of Sparta's WWII veterans engraved on it, was initially anticipated to have around 250 names. That quickly expanded...
U.S. Silica Representative Chelsea Parker presents Rotary President Andy Kuen with the check. Contributed photos
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 9:22am
The Sparta Rotary Club held a groundbreaking on July 16th for the WWll Monument to be placed in Blyton Park. US Silica presented the group with a check for $2,000. The event drew a nice crowd of members and local officials. The monument is set to be unveiled next Memorial Day. Additional names may...
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 10:10am
Over the past year, the Sparta Rotary Club has been working hard on making improvements to Blyton Park in Sparta by adding sidewalks. Currently the park displays a Vietnam memorial as well as a Korean monument. The club’s latest project is the purchasing of an eight-foot wide monument honoring...
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 9:53am
One year after installing sidewalks in Blyton Park, the Sparta Rotary Club is looking to enhance the one-block public green space off East Montgomery Street with a new monument. The club is beginning fundraising efforts for a six-foot tall, four-foot wide WWII memorial made of black granite....

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