Pine River Beautification Project

The Community of Pine River and the Town of Leon are coming together to remedy a longtime eyesore in Pine River. Anyone who has driven through Pine River has come to know the old house next to the library. Years have broken it down, with trees even growing up through it! The one-time stagecoach inn next door to the Leon Saxeville Library has been deteriorating since being abandoned several years ago.

Recently, the Town of Leon acquired the property from the County and is working together with community members to raise funds for demolition of the building and to transform the area into a community park and green space.

The original fundraising plans were to be in conjunction with the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Pine River Library with various events during the course of 2020.  The events were to culminate in a community-wide Fall Festival including a pig roast, festival events, and a community dance at the Golden Nugget. Along with the Library; the Pine River Restoration Association, Pine River Rainbows 4-H Club, and the Pine River Homemakers were to participate in the events.

Unfortunately, the celebration of the Library’s 60th and the fundraising activities have been put on hold. Becky Horvath, chair of the planning committee expressed her disappointment,” It was great that we could bring the community together to both celebrate the 60th and contribute to the reclamation and safety of the eyesore next door.” she said. “The virus [Covid 19] had other ideas, so our plan now is to celebrate the 61st anniversary next year.”

In the meantime, the building demolition plan must carry on. The committee is initiating fundraising through the “Pine River Beautification Library Enhancement Fund”.  Craig Zimmer, a library board trustee, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, “This will enhance public safety and bring the public a beautiful area for library programs and community use. The children and residents can enjoy [the space] for generations to come.”

In addition to the razing of the house, and planting of grass and a few trees, the vision for the future may include a gazebo, benches, and even a playground area. For now, the committee is focused on raising funds to bring down the house and address the required attention to the well and septic to make the property safely accessible. We need your help!

Chris Sorenson, Leon’s Township Chairman, hopes the demolition can be completed before winter sets in.

“It’s been a long process to get to this point,” he said, “things are falling into place to improve the property for safety and the beautification of the community.”

It is estimated the initial expense will run between $15,000 – $20,000.  Anyone interested in helping with this vision may make a tax-deductible contribution to the Town of Leon with a notation designating the Pine River Beautification Fund on the check and mail it to Pine River Library of Leon and Saxeville, PO Box 247, Pine River, WI 54695 or visit Go Fund Me 

Library Soft Reopening Tuesday May 26, 2020 2:00 p.m.

We are opening Tuesday, May 26 at 2:00 with patron behavior expectations:

1. Be Symptom Free
2. Wear a Mask
3. Less than 10 people in library
4. If under 16, be accompanied by an adult
5. Practice Social Distancing
6. No Loitering
7. Call to make an appointment for public computer use

Leon Saxeville Library in Pine River       Covid-19 Soft Reopening Information      Effective Tuesday May 26, 2020                  

  • We welcome those who wish to use the library, with the understanding that being in this public space carries some level of risk. 
  • No one is to enter the library if they have fever, symptoms or are feeling unwell.  (Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, or New loss of taste or smell.)
  • Everyone is to wear a mask* to enter the Library and keep it on during your entire visit.  Upon entering please use the hand sanitizer* provided on the circ desk.  Must be 6’ apart from other patrons and staff.
  • Limit the number of people in the Library to 10 people at a time.  Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied/supervised by an Adult.  No Group Activities, No Programs, no Book Club until further notice.
  • While this policy is in effect we regret to say the Library is not considered a Gathering Place as it usually is under normal circumstances.  Loitering is discouraged and patrons and staff are asked to transact business as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Toys, Water station and Candy Dish have been removed to cut down on sharing of touched surfaces. 
  • Placing holds are encouraged so staff can have your items ready for you---if you would like to call ahead we can even have them checked out to you and you just need to pick-up and leave.  
  • The Floor will be marked where patrons are to stand when they are ready for check-out to be sure it is 6’ from staff.  When ready to check-out, set your items down and step back, staff will check them out and return them for you to pick-up. Staff should position the Sneeze Guard between themselves and patron during check-out process.
  • Library Staff are taking precautions by quarantining returned items for 72 hours, so patrons may see the items they have returned are still on their library card.  The items returned will be discharged after the 72 hours are up.  All Winnefox Libraries are following this guideline, so you may see some delay in shared materials.
  • One public computer can be used at a time due to the Location and Spacing of the Computers and patrons are asked to make appointments for their computer time in advance.        Some services may be limited or not available until Full Opening returns. 
  • Cooperation with this policy keeps the Library available to the public.                             *Items available if Library can get them.


Subscribe to Front page feed