Daily Archives: January 16, 2020

Cross Country Ski Instruction

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Course Title:  Cross Country Ski Instruction

Fee: $30 (minus $5 if registration received by Dec. 20); Includes $10 discount subsidized by the Turtle River Pursuit, and $10 MECCA trail fee.  Scholarships available.

Dates:  Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 13, 15, 20, 22, 2020

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Mecca Ski Trail, 4686 Fierick Rd., Mercer WI, 54547  http://www.skimecca.org/

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, students will understand the basics of both diagonal stride and skate style skiing, as regards both technique and equipment.  They will be able to stand comfortably on skis, compress each ski and grip the snow, kick off and then repeat with the opposite leg. They will be able to glide forward on the gliding ski after their kick, maintaining balance, as they shift their weight forward over the gliding ski.  They will be able to engage their poles at the proper time and push, assisting forward movement.            Continue reading

Repairing the Harm: The Root of Restorative Justice

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Title: Repairing the Harm: The Root of Restorative Justice, Dr. Jane Nicholson, Instructor

Fee: $30 minus $5 early bird discount if registration is received by December 31. This course is offered for less than half the normal Fe U rate for a 16 hour class to introduce students to the concept of Restorative Justice.

Dates: January 14, 16, 21, 23, 2020

Time: 1:00-5:00 PM

Location: Mercer Library, 2648 Margaret St., Mercer, WI 54547

Overview:  The field of Restorative Justice emerged during the late 1970’s in response to historically high incarceration rates around the world.  Currently, Restorative Justice is endorsed by the E.U. and the U.N., in addition to many nations. In particular, we can recognize its impact globally in peace and reconciliation processes, juvenile justice, and as an alternative to suspension and expulsion in schools.  Restorative Justice is a distinct approach to justice that involves everyone (stakeholders) affected in the particular harm caused; they share their perspectives, determine the appropriate accountability for the harm caused, and determine what resources are available to ensure better future outcomes.  Depending on the harm and its context, Restorative Justice may be mandated as a parallel process in Criminal Justice matters. Continue reading

Repairing the Harm: The Root of Restorative Justice – Winter 2020

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The following materials are provided as a supplement to Dr. Jane Nicholson’s course, Repairing the Harm: The Root of Restorative Justice, January 2020. These materials are for personal use only; all rights reserved.

Course Syllabus

Session 1: January 14, 2020

Session 2: January 16, 2020

Session 3: January 21, 2020

Session 4: January 23, 2020


The Making—and Unmaking—of the United Kingdom: 1283 to the Present

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Course Title:  The Making—and Unmaking—of the United Kingdom: 1283 to the Present

Fee: $38 minus $6 if registered by Jan. 15

Dates:  Wednesdays, January 29, February 5 & 12

Time:  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Location:  Mercer Community Center, 2648 Margaret St., Mercer


The objective of this course is to survey the long and complicated history of the multinational state known as the United Kingdom. Today the country is much in the news because of the ongoing political crisis caused by “Brexit”—its 2016 vote to leave the European Union. In fact, the crisis caused by Brexit has been building for a very long time: its roots lie in the distant past—in the English Crown’s conquest, over a period of some 500 years, of its nearest neighbors Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Only since the end of that period of conquest in 1801 has the “United Kingdom” as we know it even existed.

Today the future of that multinational state is not assured. For not only did these three conquered countries “make” the United Kingdom, they may yet prove to be the unmaking of it. Committed and well-organized nationalist, independence-demanding movements challenging the very existence of the UK have developed over time in all three countries—and are still growing and active today. Understanding these historical complexities is essential, for only then can we make sense of the current precarious predicament of the first Western nation to develop a representative form of government and one of our oldest and closest allies. Continue reading

Background to the Vietnam War

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Course Title:  Background to the Vietnam War

Dates:  Wednesdays, Feb. 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18

Time:  4:00 – 6:00 PM

Location:  Room 430, Hurley High School, 5503 W Range View Dr., Hurley, WI 54534

Course fee: $40 with $5 early bird discount if registration is received by Feb. 5th. This class is free for Vietnam veterans.

Class size: Limited

Objectives:  To understand the history leading up to the Vietnam War Continue reading