Carve out thanks: Veterans pick up plaques made for them
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Carve out thanks: Veterans pick up plaques made for them

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Ron Bauer happily picked out his plaque from the tables full of plaques Tuesday morning at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in Chippewa Falls.

“It means a lot,” said Bauer, who served in the U.S. Air Force. He picked out a plaque that will look good in his living quarters at the veterans home.

The plaques were made by the Western Wisconsin Wood Carvers Guild, which meets every Thursday at the Masonic Hall at 650 Bridgewater Ave. in Chippewa Falls and the second and fourth Wednesday at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire.

The guild previously made walking sticks and canes for the veterans, but decided this year to broaden the program by making plaques.

John Allen, the former public utilities manager for the city of Chippewa Falls, made two of the many plaques the veterans could choose from. Allen said he has seven uncles who survived serving in World War II.

Allen said the plaques are nice because they are something the veterans can look at and enjoy each day. “It’s fun for us to see what we can create,” he said, noting the plaques combined carving, using woodburning tools and painting.

Sue Erickson of Eau Claire made 15 of the plaques. She said she completed the work in a couple weeks.

She said guild went out of its way so it could honor the veterans at the home at 2175 E. Park Ave., in Chippewa Falls.

“There’s a lot of great stuff here,” Erickson said of the selection of plaques.

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