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Handcrafted maple products offered locally By Faye Burg What began as a side business for Angela and Jim Schumacher has quickly evolved into a successful company that supports nine full-time employees. Smoky Lake Maple Products began in 2010 in the Schumacher’s garage. It has since grown to a full manufacturing facility located in the TIF district in Hilbert. “We started out in this business by making maple syrup ourselves. Each year we would upgrade and refine our equipment to make the process of making maple syrup easier and more efficient. Soon we started helping friends upgrade their maple equipment and everything took off from there.” “It started out as a side business but it was such an instant success that we soon discontinued our full time jobs to pursue this instead,” Angela explained. “There are currently nine of us working full time and we are looking to hire more fabricators, welders and office help as soon as possible.” “Our industrial park is in a TIF district,” Angela said when asked why they chose Hilbert for their business. “This is a government program that offers a financial incentive to help grow businesses. The TIF money enabled us to build a much larger shop and add more amenities like in floor heat. Also, Hilbert’s central location enables us to draw talented workers from Manitowoc, Green Bay, Appleton and Plymouth.” Maple syrup equipment made Smoky Lake Maple Products manufactures stainless steel equipment that is used in the maple syrup industry. “These items include evaporators with many dif-

ferent accessories as well as filtering and bottling units,” Angela said. “We currently have an online store and we have a beautiful showroom where folks can come and see our equipment in person.” The company offers products that cater to large commercial maple producers as well as the backyard hobbyist. “We have had many customers who started out as hobbyists but worked with us each year to expand into a larger business,” she said. Owning our own business has given Jim and I the freedom to make decisions that will move the company forward and create opportunities for ourselves,” Angela shared. “We enjoy implementing our ideas and moving our industry forward. This has been very rewarding.” Switching from a side business to a full time company can be challenging. “When you own a small business, you must take on a much wider array of tasks than you would if you were working for a large corporation,” Angela explained. “Originally my background had been in design and marketing. However, since owning this business, it has been necessary to teach myself accounting, human resources, and other tasks that I had not originally envisioned myself doing. Sometimes there are steep learning curves but I have identified a lot of excellent resources in the community that have helped. The SCORE mentorship program for example has helped us make smart business decisions which add efficiencies and improve our bottom line.” “Our goal is to craft premium stainless steel equipment for the maple industry,” Angela added. “We have built a name for ourselves for high craftsmanship and

Smoky Lake Maple Products owners Angela and Jim Schumacher said they are thrilled with the growth of their business. Faye Burg photo

ingenuity. We work to move the maple industry forward.” “We offer several innovative products that are not produced by any other maple manufacturer. One example is the Murphy Compensation Cup, which makes density testing with a hydrometer easier and faster. Another product exclusive to Smoky Lake is the stainless steel filter press. Competor filter presses are made from plastic or aluminum, which is a dirtier, less desirable metal.” All of the company’s pans, bottlers, and evaporators are handcrafted on site in Hilbert. “Most of our competitors are importing these items from Canada,” Angela said. “Purchasing from Smoky Lake helps support American jobs and keeps money in the community.”

The Smoky Lake facility is open year round. “We receive a lot of custom orders during the summer,” Angela said. “Equipment demonstrations are offered during the maple syrup season.” “We really love the maple community. Our client base is made up of a lot of really hard-working, creative, down-toearth individuals and it has been very rewarding to give our all for them.” “We are Wisconsin’s maple syrup headquarters. Whatever you need for making maple syrup can be found right here in Hilbert, Wisconsin.” Smoky Lake Maple Products is located at 208 N. 12th St., in Hilbert, and can be reached at (920) 202-4500. Additional information can be found by visiting their website at

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Ornua Ingredients continues to see growth By Faye Burg Ornua Ingredients North America is experiencing great growth and has plans to continue expanding its services. Located in Hilbert, the Ireland-based company formulates and manufactures a complete line of pasteurized process cheese products in the heart of Wisconsin cheese country. The Hilbert facility has had a lot of exciting growth happening in the last five years including the addition of a new production line of approximately 24 third shift workers. This year Ornua has invested in bringing in a whole new production line for dicing and shredding. The addition will add another 10 employees to the staff at Ornua. “When I started working at Ornua in 2014, we had about 115 employees at the Hilbert location,” said Human Resources Generalist Billie Jo Emmer. “With the addition this fall we will be up to approximately 180 employees.” “I’ve seen a tremendous amount of growth happening within Ornua,” she continued. “Ornua are keen to see me develop as an employee and an individual. As part of this, I recently returned from a leadership training in Ireland, which was an extraordinary opportunity.” For more than 80 years Ornua has been associated with quality cheese, bringing flavor to products for food manufacturers and food service operators nationwide. Ornua Ingredients customers range from well-known Fortune 100 companies to small businesses in the food processing and foodservice markets. A leader in restricted melt cheese technology, customer service continues

A full line of pasteurized process cheese products are manufactured at Ornua Ingredients North America in Hilbert.

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The Plus means you get a little more By Mike Mathes At Hardware Plus customers can always expect a little more. The Plus means spells itself out in many different ways. ■ more product choices; ■ a greater range of department options; ■ more personalized service; and ■ last but not least a little more fun. That’s right, you can expect a little more of all these things when you visit Hardware Plus. “We are here to take care of people, but we really like to have fun too,” owner Mike Buboltz said. “Any time you hear people laughing in the store, it’s a good thing.” That hometown service atmosphere is at the core of Hardware Plus’ business philosophy, and it shines through in the unusual details like offering donuts on Saturday mornings, or a candy treat for kids. “People get pushed around all week long. It’s kind of nice when they can come here and feel at home,” he said.

Do It Best Center Buboltz, his wife Joy, and their team of employees pride themselves in top notch service as a Do It Best Hardware Center. For the past six years, they have served the Brillion-Hilbert area in the best way they know how—taking care of the hardware and service needs of their customers. Their hometown service mentality permeates all departments at Hardware Plus because they believe in giving their neighbors something they won’t find in big box stores.

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Live Life Smiling welcomes Dr. Josephine Meis Dr. Rob Asp is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Josephine Meis as an associate dentist at Live Life Smiling Family Dentistry. Dr. Meis is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Meis will provide a wide range of dental services at both the Hilbert and Appleton dental office locations beginning July 10 and is currently accepting appointments. “We’re looking forward to Dr. Meis joining our team,” Dr. Asp said. “She joins us with a strong focus on general dentistry and will bring a special quality and value to our practice, our patients, and our community.” Dr. Meis was born and raised in Mon-

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throwers. Major brands Hardware Plus is a local authorized dealer Ariens power equipment, both lawn mowers, snow throwers and log splitters. In addition to selling Ariens equipment, Hardware Plus also offers repair service by factory trained technicians. Service also includes parts and repair service for Gravely equipment lines. Stihl is the quality power tool line of choice at Hardware Plus including chain saws, weed trimmers and more. “We service everything,” Buboltz said, noting that service extends beyond the brands offered for sale. Paint products A complete paint center at Hardware Plus features Valspar paints and Cabot stains. Computer color aided matching systems allow Hardware Plus to custom mix any paint to specific customer needs. Scanning equipment makes matching any color a snap, including competitor’s color swatches. Paints and stains for both interior and exterior services are offered, along with the typical painting project needs— brushes, rollers, pans, and more.





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Innovation key at Village Hearthstone By Mark Sherry When people think of rural dining in Wisconsin, most people think of supper clubs. Many times, this means the same old menu choices they have seen for the last 50 years. This is not an issue at Village Hearthstone in Hilbert. General Manager Jeff Milhaupt and Assistant General Manager Tory Walter seem to thrive on mixing things up. Not just seasonally, but on a weekly basis. As much as possible, organic and locally sourced ingredients are used. The staff’s flair for the innovative provides a fresh experience every time customers dine at the Village Hearthstone. “Special food for every day of your life” is a motto used and one the staff truly embraces. Many who have dined at the Village Hearthstone know it for their pizza. “We’ve been trying to focus on the woodfired pizza,” Milhaupt said. He spent many hours coming up with and fine tuning his own pizza dough recipe. The Village Hearthstone has some mainstay pizzas and rotates others in and out seasonally. The margherita is one of their most popular, featuring San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. Another popular choice is the steak and mushroom, with caramelized onion sauce and Gruyere cheese. For you pizza lovers who like your tried and true favorites, the Classic is available (sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella blend, pizza sauce) or you can build your own. On the other end of the spectrum is a pizza made with duck confit,

Village Hearthstone on Main Street in Hilbert is as attractive outside as it is inside. When the weather is conducive, the outdoor patio is an inviting place to enjoy a meal. Mark Sherry photos

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Hilbert Progress briefs 2017

New Hope Center gives opportunity New Hope Center is a leader in meeting the needs of the disabled in the community. From employment opportunities to educational or residential services, NHC has built the strongest, most experienced core of long-term supports in the greater Calumet County area. As clients of NHC’s network of services, families have learned they can count on high quality, compassionate staff to provide the best experiences possible. As members of the community, NHC is dedicated to greater independence for all, and responsible stewardship of public resources. CEO Greg Logemann said, “New Hope Center is always wanting to improve our buildings/environment.” New Hope Center also has introduced its Made by M.E. workshop which continues to grow. “We can screen print your shirts—give us a call,” Logemann said. Founded in 1965, New Hope Center, Inc. is located at 443 Manhattan St. in Chilton. For more information call 8499351 or go to

Sohrweide part of city for 72 years Sohrweide Insurance Agency, Inc. has been part of Chilton for 72 years. Owner Deb Bohn has 35 years of

experience working in the insurance industry. Lynda Karls is an agent and office manager and has been working with the agency since 1989. Sharon Allen is a part-time secretary and has been with the agency since 2003. Sohrweide Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent agency offering auto, home, farm, business owners, commercial, life, health, disability, and bonding. It is located at 17 E. Main St. For more information call 849-4541 or toll-free at 1-888-317-7075, or e-mail

Schneider opens Manitowoc office Schneider & Schneider Construction of New Holstein has been providing residential and commercial new construction and remodeling services since 1991. With its home office at 1908 Wisconsin Ave. in New Holstein, Schneider

& Schneider also opened a location in Manitowoc this spring. Owner Dan Schneider and his crew of experienced craftsmen also are working with the Lakeshore Technical College/ Kiel High School Youth Apprenticeship Program. The company’s Web site——has been updated to make for smoother operation. Schneider & Schneider Construction is a past Builder of the Year winner from the Midshores Home Builders.

Hearthstone Havarti cheese, shaved fennel, arugula, garlic sauce, and cherry gastrique. All sauces are made in-house, cheeses come from Vern’s Cheese in Chilton, with Wisconsin creameries providing much of the original product. Produce with Purpose Farm near Fond du Lac is a large supplier of the fresh ingredients which go into Village Hearthstone’s menu items. It seems to be mandatory for Wisconsin restaurants to offer a good selection of fish, and the Village Hearthstone is no different. Fish comes fresh out of Chicago and is never frozen. This writer enjoyed a Friday perch plate lunch which had the same copious quantity that the dinner plate offers. Walleye, smoked salmon, and even clams can be found at various times on the menu. Corvina—a flaky fish similar to sea bass—has been featured recently. They are focusing on “new American cuisine.” The menu provides familiar, “comfort food” choices for diners. At lunch that might mean a cheeseburger,

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chicken tender melt, ham and cheese, or a veggie melt. At dinner “big plate” selections can include chicken pasta, shrimp tacos, beef brisket, beef tenderloin, or a bone-in pork chop. The difference Village Hearthstone brings to the table is the from-scratch preparation and the use of fresh, organic ingredients. Sunday brunch is popular at the Village Hearthstone offering changing selections weekly. Candied bacon, traditional eggs benedict, a benedict special, and two plate-size buttermilk pancakes with different toppings each week are just a few of the menu items brunch diners can enjoy. Cocktails are a main focus at the restaurant. Bloody Marys are served five different ways. Rhubarb mojitos, lavender lemonades, and a burnt-sugar old fashioned are house favorites which go alongside a large selection of craft beers. “We have people coming in here from all over,” Walter said, saying they regularly get visitors from Door County, Green Bay, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and

Sheboygan. There are special dinners done by Village Hearthstone throughout the year; the beer and wine dinners are coming back this fall. These ticketed events feature plated, coursed-out meals served with beer or wine pairings. The Pfister is a banquet room located a couple doors down from the restaurant. The completely renovated room can host up to 50 people for events, baby or bridal showers, meetings, etc. In the summer months, patio dining is available in a beautiful area that lines the side of the building. Village Hearthstone is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with dinner starting at 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (closed Mondays). So give Village Hearthstone (326 W. Main St.) a try and to check out the Web site to see what they are planning next.


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Hitting its mark

Official’s Den boosts food service, bowling in Hilbert By Mark Sherry With their first full bowling season in the books and the next one starting soon, Jim and JoAnn Schmidt seem to be hitting their mark at Official’s Den Bowl & Spirits in Hilbert. On both the bowling and food service fronts, the Schmidts said they have seen increases in the past year as they continue to work hard to make Official’s Den the place for food and fun in the community. “We really appreciate the support of the people of Hilbert and the surrounding area,” Jim said of the response they have received since opening. JoAnn added that she enjoys meeting all the people who are making Official’s Den their destination. A year ago at this time the Schmidts were in their first year of ownership of the establishment and had spent most of those first few months doing significant renovations both inside and outside, the latter including turning the direction of the volleyball courts for leagues which have been going strong this year. One of their goals for this past year was boosting interest in bowling among youths, and the Schmidts have had success in that as well. With the help of Hilbert Middle School staff members, Official’s Den started a middle school bowling team for Hilbert. A high school traveling team will be added to compete from November to March, similar to what Jim accomplished in Neenah. There is a statewide high school and middle school bowling association which the Schmidts said is growing, and they would like Hilbert to be well represented. Both league and open bowling at Official’s Den also has been on the rise.

Leagues are available on a number of nights during the week and are forming now for the fall. Go to officialsdenbowl. com or call the business at (920) 8714023 to find out more about how to join a fall league. Bowling continues to be a great family activity any time of the week, JoAnn said, adding that moon glow bowling is available at Official’s Den. That same phone number above can be called to order food carryouts, or dine in to enjoy Official’s Den impressive menu. Eat around the bar or dine in the adjacent dining room. People eating at Official’s Den will find an expanded fish menu featuring more variety and bigger portions, JoAnn said. Baked haddock has been added and larger butterfly shrimp are being served. An all-you-can-eat white pond fish is the Friday special and includes french fries, American potato salad, coleslaw, and rye bread. The night before Friday’s all-you-caneat white fish is an all-you-can-eat pizza and boneless wings buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. for just $8. The pizza is homemade at Official’s Den. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, all-you-can-eat boneless and traditional wings are served. Official’s Den is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. to close except on Sundays in the summer, when the establishment opens at 3 p.m. There are specials every day, including all-you-can-eat boneless wings and fries on Mondays and tacos on Tuesdays. Offered daily at Official’s Den are a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and wraps and just about any appetizer a diner could want, including such unusual offerings as jalapeno corn nuggets,

Kiel Auto Repair keeps cars going Wally Wright is the owner of Kiel Auto Repair, located at 1301 STH 67 on Kiel’s northeast side. The business focuses on auto repair including check engine lights, tires, air conditioning repairs, tune-ups, engine work, transmissions, oil changes—just about anything a vehicle might need. Kiel Auto Repair does custom exhaust work and has a smoke machine to

help identify leaks in air conditioning systems. Kiel Auto Repair also helps the community by serving as a drop-off site for aluminum cans with proceeds going to Special Olympics in Manitowoc County. To learn more or to schedule service for a vehicle, call Wally or Kevin at 894-3456.

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Jim and JoAnn Schmidt—pictured with sons Mike and Rob—are the owners of Official’s Den in Hilbert, a bowling, dining and entertainment center.

chicken cordon bleu bites, mac-n-cheese bites, and spinach artichoke wontons. With volleyball league on Tuesdays and the Thursday night buffet, weeknights at Official’s Den have been busy. Official’s Den is involved in local pool, dart, and bean bag leagues, and the establishment also has horseshoe pits. One of the next projects for the Schmidts will be the creation of a sepa-

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Thrivent consultant enjoys helping others By Faye Burg Paul Yancy enjoys serving the Christian community by helping members make wise choices with their money and live generously. A Thrivent Financial consultant for 17 years, Yancy provides a vast array of financial planning products and services to Calumet County and the surrounding areas to help clients meet their lifestyle goals. Retirement income strategies, financial needs analysis, asset allocation, accumulation strategies, estate protection, and fee based financial planning are part of the financial services Yancy provides for clients. Educational funding options are also a part of Yancy’s offerings as well as retirement income planning, estate strategies, investments and mutual funds, insurance, annuities and charitable giving options. Through advanced education, Yancy has earned and attained CFP, Certified Financial Planner status, ChFC, chartered financial consultant designation, and he is a CLU, chartered life underwriter. “Less than two percent of Financial Advisors in the nation have these designations,” Yancy said. Office Professional Lisa Geiger has worked with Yancy for the past ten years and is licensed in life and health insurance. “She knows our members and they know her. She is a valued part of the business,” he said. Proud to be a part of Thrivent, which is a membership organization of Christians with members as owners, Yancy said Thrivent’s purpose is to serve its members and society by guiding both

to be wise with money and live generously. “We believe that all that we have is a gift from God and that generosity is an expression of faith,” Yancy said. “We succeed when our members and their communities thrive. We value our relationships.” Thrivent Financial strives to connect faith and finances for good, and shows members how to make an impact in their communities. Thrivent Action Teams one of the member benefits Thrivent offers. The one time volunteer project opportunity makes it easy for members to support a cause in their community. Adult Thrivent Benefit members are eligible to lead up to two action teams per year. Thrivent provides those that lead with invitation cards for volunteers, a “Live Generously” t-shirt for each volunteer, promotional banners for the event, a $250 gift card to use for expenses, and thank you cards. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity connects members with opportunities to share their time and talents on construction and building repair projects in area communities and other states and countries. In July of 2015 Yancy traveled to Guatemala City to participate in a Thrivent Builds project where a home was constructed for a deserving family. In 2016 Yancy and his wife Deborah flew to Haoi, Vietnam to join with over 200 volunteers in a Thrivent International “Big Build” to help build over 20 homes in the Phu Tho Province in Northern Vietnam. The Thrivent Choice program gives members the opportunity to recommend where Thrivent distributes some of its

Financial Consultant Paul Yancy along with Office Professional Lisa Geiger are available to help people with their financial planning needs. Faye Burg photo

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St. Vincent de Paul more than thrift store By Mark Sherry The St. Vincent de Paul store in Hilbert is more than a “thrift” store—it is a place for people to receive assistance. “The store is here to help people in need,” said Susan Wittmann, who almost a year ago became the store’s first and only full-time paid employee. “Profits” from the store enables St. Vincent de Paul to assist area families with housing assistance, food, and household and unexpected financial emergencies. If referred to by another agency, the store can provide certain necessities of life such as clothing and furniture at no charge. In the past year three Calumet County area families learned that in the event of a home fire St. Vincent de Paul is there to provide clothing and furniture. Many people in this area are culturally adverse to asking for assistance; however, everything is confidential and hardship falls on everyone from time to time and that is what SVdP’s mission is, to assist those in need. Wittmann and her crew of volunteers continue to work hard to make the Hilbert store successful so that they can be ready whenever anyone needs assistance. Wittmann started last August after having worked in customer service at a business in the Fox Cities. The Hilbert resident lives just blocks from the St. Vincent de Paul store and said she was looking for “a new change of pace closer to home and a new challenge.” Now coming up on her first anniversary, “I love the job, and the volunteers. Every day is a new challenge.” Turn to ST. VINCENT/page 17

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Packed Rippn-Lips selling worldwide By Mark Sherry No, it is not just the imagination of local outdoorsmen—every time they stop in at Rippn-Lips Tackle Company in Stockbridge there really is more product for sale than ever before. “I’m at full capacity,� owner Bill Lodi said recently from his shop located inside the same small shopping center (Stockbridge Square) at 106 S. Military Rd. (STH 55) in which Mud Creek Coffee Cafe is located. “The inventory is always being added.� One of the key expansions of the past year is in the area of on-site custom painting of lures, something Lodi and others do at Rippn-Lips. Order sheets are filled out as to what the fisherman is seeking, and then anywhere from four or five days to a couple weeks later the fisherman has his or her custom lure which very likely could aid in the catching of fish on nearby Lake Winnebago or any other waterway. Lodi said any variety of colors can be used which seem to attract fish to the lure and, of course, the adjacent bait and hook. An entire wall of colorful, ready-to-buy custom painted lures can be found inside Rippn-Lips. Along those same lines Rippn-Lips is a participant in popular online lure clubs such as the Custom Painted Walleye Club. For a $24.99 per month membership, fishermen receive anywhere from $35 to $45 worth of lures and baits each month—not just from Rippn-Lips but from a variety of other companies as well. Similar clubs exist for people who like to fish for bass, musky, panfish, and other types of fish. As the only full-service tackle and

With a wall of lures behind him, Bill Lodi of Rippn-Lips Tackle Company in Stockbridge holds up one of the lures which he painted and has for sale there. Custom painting of lures is a service the business provides. Mark Sherry photo

live bait store on the east shore of Lake Winnebago, Rippn-Lips carries rosy reds, small and large fatheads, shiners, waxworms, crawlers, flats of crawlers, redworms, butterworms, hellgrammites, spikes, leeches, and more. Fresh bait is

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Helping to handle the increased work load at Rippn-Lips are part-time employees Dennis Totzke and Scott Schwarz, both of whom are experienced in the activities for which Rippn-Lips customers are likely to seek advice. With the business now having been in Stockbridge for several years, Lodi also has become well versed in what is happening on nearby lakes. “I’m pretty in touch with the lake and what’s going on,” he said. “A lot of people know that I’m here and I’m open seven days a week.” Lodi said he has even been known to grant a customer’s request to jump in their boat with them and show them a few things about Lake Winnebago and its fishing hot spots. It is not just fishermen who know that or are finding out but other outdoor sports enthusiasts as well. Rippn-Lips also serves area hunters of deer and other animals with everything from ammunition to crossbows and much more. “It’s taking different directions,” Lodi said of the store’s hunting supplies. “I’ve let the consumer guide which way we go.” One of those directions is also doing more to serve area campers. With High Cliff State Park and Calumet County Park just up the road and other campgrounds in the area, Rippn-Lips is reacting to customer demand by stocking more staples needed by campers. That includes everything from snacks to sunscreen and batteries to mosquito repellent. Lodi said he works with 11 different

wholesalers to try to use his available shelf space as wisely as possible. “It’s a store owned by a sporting goods minded person and run by sporting goods minded people,” Lodi said. “We always want to help people to catch fish and hunt deer. You have to be outdoors oriented if you want to work here.” Beyond that, Rippn-Lips also is becoming something of a tourist stop. Signs, T-shirts, jewelry, artwork, etc. which is oriented to Rippn-Lips, Stockbridge, and Lake Winnebago can be found and purchased at the store as a memento of a trip or as a gift to help someone think about one of the great fisheries and outdoors areas in the country. Rippn-Lips also sells hunting and fishing licenses and has a line winding machine for fishing reels. More and perhaps significant changes could lie ahead for Rippn-Lips Tackle Company as it continues to grow. That also holds true for the Lodi family as he and his wife had a baby in the past year and are now looking to move closer to the Stockbridge area so that he can better help his family grow while still growing his business. To learn more stop in the store which is open during the summer on Mondays through Wednesdays, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also find out more at online COMMUNITY! contribute•share•inform•link•learn•enjoy•participate


St. Vincent Wittmann has now weathered her first spring at St. Vincent de Paul which she calls “overwhelming” in terms of the amount of donated items received by the store during this time. As is often the case, the store also could use more volunteers. “Volunteers are great,” Wittmann said, urging anyone interested to call or stop in to learn more. Volunteers do not need to commit to any certain hours during the week but can come in to help anytime the store is open. “We have a very good board and an awesome group of volunteers,” she added. Most of the volunteers are area retirees although the Hilbert store does have some men who volunteer their time to do furniture pick-up and (for a fee) delivery throughout Calumet County. The delivery men have been known to go above and beyond the call of duty when possible, such as moving furniture down from an attic or putting a bed together for a resident. “We get many compliments about our delivery guys,” Wittmann said. Back at the store, Wittmann has implemented many changes since taking over last summer. Drop-off of donations is now allowed only during normal business hours as the store was receiving a significant amount of items after hours which simply were not of sufficient quality to go into the store and had to be disposed of at an additional cost to St. Vincent de Paul. Fixtures were purchased from a closed retail store and have been put to use inside the Hilbert St. Vincent de Paul store. The separate and large furniture building located across the parking lot from the main store now has its front room

continued from page 14 staged with suggested room settings, which have boosted sales. People regularly travel from as far away as Green Bay and the Fox Valley to check out the furniture building and the rest of what the store has to offer. Wittmann and her volunteers continually work to departmentalize and make other “tweaks” to the store, such as putting all the similar items together in one area. A sticker system is now in place to help with the rotation of stock. St. Vincent de Paul has outlets for items it cannot use with those items going to missions and other people in need. Also helping to move a lot of merchandise out of the store is the 50 percent off storewide sale held the first Friday of each month. The sale is hugely popular with people often lining up before the doors open. One woman from Green Bay attends regularly to buy items she uses to stage homes for sale, while other items are purchased as props for theatre groups. The Hilbert St. Vincent de Paul store is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon, and closed Sundays and Mondays. Find St. Vincent de Paul Hilbert on Facebook for more information and to learn of upcoming sales.

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Brillion Power offers new concept store

By Mike Mathes A strategic partnership between two well-known Brillion businesses has forged a new retail presence in outdoor power equipment. The Ariens Company and the owners of Hardware Plus joined forces to open a new concept store May 6 known as Brillion Power Equipment. A showcase retail sales store for Ariens, Gravely and Stihl brands, the store also offers logo apparel for those who want to show off their brand allegiance. “The whole idea for the concept store was developed by the Ariens Company,” said Brillion Power Equipment manager Mike Buboltz. “Dan Ariens approach us to run the store for him, and we wholeheartedly jumped at the chance.” The new Brillion Power Equipment store is helping to put Brillion on the map well beyond Eastern Wisconsin. “The store offers Ariens a chance to show things in the store that they can market to their other dealers—kiosks, parts rooms, new items and products,” Buboltz said. “Ariens recently held a dealer summit and had representatives from nine countries here,” he added. The store serves not only as a retail store for people looking to purchase outdoor equipment, but as an idea store for other retail dealers throughout the country, and international settings. Turn to POWER/page 23

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Residents like friendly atmosphere at Hillcrest By Faye Burg As you walk into Brillion West Haven you will be greeted by friendly staff and residents who are smiling and enjoying life. The warm, home-like atmosphere and smell of freshly baked cookies makes residents and visitors of all ages feel comfortable and at-ease. West Haven strives to provide outstanding care. They are heavily staffed with 24-hour awake caregivers who provide assistance with activities of daily living, dressing, bathing, health monitoring, medication administration, diabetic assistance and more. Brillion West Haven’s Administrative Assistant Briana Abel explains, “Brillion West Haven is an all-inclusive assisted living facility specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care with full-time licensed nurses on-site. We provide three home-cooked meals daily, snacks, housekeeping, laundry services and a variety of activities to keep our residents stimulated and engaged.” “Our focus is on assisting residents to maintain the highest level of function, along with the highest level of quality care through to the end of life,” Abel said. “We care for residents who are fairly independent to those requiring many cares. Each staff member at West Haven, no matter their role or title, completes ongoing training in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The training ensures all staff members have a better understanding of the disease process, how to re-direct a resident, how to properly ap-

proach someone and more.” Brillion West Haven was built in 2008 with an addition added two years later that is secured for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. “We offer individual furnished apartments with private bathrooms, full size refrigerator and microwave, utilities, a state of the art air-filtration system, an on-site beauty salon and barber, podiatry services, a private room which is available for personal gatherings, cable television and Wi-Fi,” Abel added. Brillion West Haven provides a simple community lifestyle that is staffed by caregivers who provide personalized, quality care. Respect for life is one of the goals of Brillion West Haven, where life is celebrated daily. Staff members get to know and develop personal relationships with the residents and their families and enjoy learning about each residents past and background. “Our energetic Life Enrichment and Activities team provides a stimulating environment to keep the residents engaged, offering daily exercise, arts and crafts, games, pet therapy, gardening, baking, various clubs, aromatherapy, massage therapy, live entertainment, outings and worship services,” Abel said. West Haven employs 60 part-time and full-time staff, all bringing joy to the 50 residents that call Brillion West Haven home. “We enjoy interacting and talking with the residents, listening to their stories and learning from them,” Abel said. “Smiling, laughing, reminiscing and

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Fuhrmann a service giant for over 37 years By Faye Burg After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 37-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well. Jarred Ellman joined the partnership lin June of 2015 to allow Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. to begin serving the area’s plumbing needs. Plumbing services offered include new construction, remodels, sales, repairs, water heaters, and water softeners. Demand for plumbing services continues to grow so Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. added another plumber, Greg Van Lanen, to the company along with a plumbing helper. Coming from the Brillion area, Van Lanen has been a journeyman plumber for five years. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. also continues to be available 24/7 to provide residential and business heating and cooling needs. Residential and commercial From new home and business needs to existing homeowners and owners of small commercial buildings who would like to replace, upgrade or repair their heating and cooling equipment, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. thrives on their busy schedule of providing quality service to their clients. Service tune-ups have been strong through fall and winter with additions and remodeling work keeping the firm busy along with new commercial construction projects, such as Altitude Roofing and Country Visions Co-op. While they service most heating and cooling products, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is primarily a Carrier dealership receiving numerous awards over the years from Carrier acknowledging their quality workmanship. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. specializes in commercial and residential heating, air conditioning, boiler systems, radiant in-floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, geothermal, wood, and oil. Fuhrmann does a lot of work in new construction and existing homes, performing a nice mix of retrofits and remodeling work. Approximately 80 percent of its business is forced air heating and cooling. With the expansion of natural gas into more rural areas, system conversions have also kept the employees busy to ready their customers for spring

hook-ups to the natural gas lines. Central air is now standard in nearly every new home and also can be added to existing homes. Homes that have hot water heat and are without duct work can be a bit tricky to air condition and can be costly. The ductless split system air conditioners work well—and is very affordable—in those situations if duct work is not feasible. Popular in today’s homes is radiant or in-floor heat, which is often called for in basements of new home construction projects even if the owners do not plan on using it. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. does a large number of in-floor retrofits in cold floor areas and warms the area with radiant tubing either under the sub floor or in a concrete slab. It is most efficient if tubing is installed in concrete or some type of conductor of heat, as opposed to wood which is a non-conductor source. The company has seen geothermal gaining in popularity in some areas as different fuel types and different utility rates determine the feasibility of that type of investment. Depending on rates that you are paying for natural or LP gas as opposed to the same amount of heat with geothermal determines the pay back. “All our geothermal systems have been done in new construction. A retrofit is more of a burden and more costly,” Geiger explained. “With geothermal we like to do a dual fuel geo system so when the geothermal runs down to a certain temperature, then the fuel (natural or LP gas) system will take over to keep down the cost of the geothermal.” With today’s new home construction built tight and insulated well, indoor air needs to be exchanged with outside air to prevent health problems and other issues such as excess moisture and mold. Air exchange units are very common today and highly recommended. Fuhrmann installs many units along with performing duct cleaning and appliance and bath fan venting to improve indoor air quality. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. offers residential customers the opportunity to join an annual computerized list where annual check-ups are performed and they also offer free estimates for customer projects. While offering quality products and services is important, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. practices good community relations as well. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. actively supports and helps

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available to take customer calls. When customers call Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.’s regular number outside of business hours, emergency calls are transferred to the employee who is on duty overnight and on weekends. The company will mark 37 years in business with 17 full-time employees along with many part-time employees who work together to provide top-notch customer service and products to Manitowoc, Calumet, Brown, Sheboygan and Outagamie counties. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is located at 304 E. Water St., Brillion. More information can be found on their Web site at The firm also may be reached by calling (920) 756-3277 or e-mailing

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By Mark Sherry Just a short drive down STH 32/57 from Hilbert to Chilton is the new office of Premier Financial Credit Union. A number of Hilbert area residents had already been members of Premier Financial, and now they have a new and improved facility at which they can handle all their financial matters. Located at 50 E. Chestnut St. on its previous lot and one adjacent to it, the new Chilton office is professional and efficient without being extravagant— befitting of an office owned not by a big corporation but by the very members who trust it to handle their hard-earned money. The Chilton office features a private conference room, expanded drivethrough service, a children’s area, a drive-up automatic teller machine, and a full staff eager to serve their fellow members. Fritzy Brady continues to serve as the branch manager in Chilton. She is also Premier Financial Credit Union staff and family members took part in the Hilbert Parade on July 4. one of three Premier Financial employees who in the past year became Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFC). Kiel Branch Manager Peggy Goch and New Holstein Member Relations Specialist Karen Lisowe joined Brady in receiving the designation through months of reading, study, and examinations. Goch explained new CCUFCs received training on lending for the under-served populations, budgeting for households, and budgeting so that loan payments are at a comfortable level for consumers. Goch said she feels the information she learned in obtaining her CCUFC designation has already benefitted Premier Financial members. Lisowe emphasized that financial counseling is not just for current PFCU members but for anyone WE who might be struggling NOW OFFER with finances. “They need to want the help,” she PLUMBING! said, adding that all assistance is confidential and nonjudgmental. She Whether you’re looking for a new state-of-the-art system or just want your current heating and d cooling li system to encouraged anyone in need of help to simply call perform at its peak, there’s only one person you need to know, your Carrier dealer. He (or she) knows how to deliver their local PFCU office. the comfort and efficiency you need, regardless of your current system or budget for a new unit. So make the most “We get them on track,” comfortable decision from the start. Call your Carrier dealer first. Lisowe added. “It’s very individualized.” Financial counselors can help members make wise financial decisions, and one example of that could be doing a loan “flip flop.” In recognition of summertime flip flop weather, Premier Financial is currently offering members the opportunity to “flip flop” their auto, motorcycle, boat, camper, We can help you… or recreational vehicle Call us! loan from any other fi-

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‘New’ owners keep local store growing By Mark Sherry The two “new” owners of Chilton’s Farm & Home are not really new to ownership of that store—nor to each other. Husband and wife Kim and Nancy McKeen were part owners of the store for a little over 20 years along with Dwight and Colleen Bloohm. The Bloohms retired last May, selling their portion of the business to the McKeens. While the McKeens were very familiar with the business they now found themselves owning, they also realized they had to answer some very important questions during the second half of 2016. Should they make significant changes? Should they change the name of the business? In what direction should they take Farm & Home? In the end, they decided to largely stay the course. They will keep the Farm & Home name which has been around for 50 years. They have and will continue to make some changes behind the scenes. Changing—like it always has Under the direction of the McKeen and Bloohm families, Farm & Home has always changed with the times and with customer demands—and that has continued in the past nine months with the McKeens in charge. Regular customers will notice the new 40-foot display of Philips light bulbs, made possible by a deal worked out with Farm & Home’s hardware supplier, Do It Best. “They made it much more consumable,” Kim said of the display in today’s somewhat confusing world of light bulbs. Just finished in mid-February is a new 40-foot counter in the Plumbing Department featuring a lot of new fittings making simple plumbing jobs even easier for the do-it-yourselfer. Changes have been made as well in the fastener aisle including new deck and pole barn screws which are coated and colored to stand up to Wisconsin weather. The display of fuses and circuit breakers has been updated. A 32-foot display of furnace filters is available, including increasingly popular higher end filters which do a better job eliminating such things as dust mites and pet hair. Stepping up as floor manager These are just some of the visible changes made by Farm & Home in the past year, something the business has always done. One difference now is that Nancy has been a driving force

Kim and Nancy McKeen have continued to make changes and improvements to Farm & Home since becoming the sole owners of the Chilton store last May. Mark Sherry photo

behind the changes as Farm & Home’s floor manager. Nancy managed Farm & Home’s Lawn and Garden Department for over 10 years. Kim now calls her his “problem solver” and special projects manager. “We’re trying to be a service to this community,” Nancy said. Kim added, “I wanted to make positive changes in the business.” He said hardware is changing and trendy. “It’s become much, much more user friendly these days,” he said. No matter how user friendly it gets, however, there always will be the need for advice. That is an area in which Farm & Home has always excelled and set itself apart from the “big box” stores. The McKeens said they love employing semi-retired men and women who have encountered all kinds of home repair issues in their lifetimes and can impart that knowledge on others. “Our staff has been phenomenal,” Kim said. “We’re the problem solvers. Farm & Home is here to serve. If we can’t help them, we can put them in touch with someone who can.” It is rare, however, when Farm & Home cannot come up with the product or solution for a person, thanks in large

part to being backed by Do It Best. Kim pointed out that the average “big box” store has about $3.5 million worth of merchandise in its store. While Farm & Home itself is not at that level, it is backed by Do It Best warehouses containing 67,000 different items valued at $186 million. Farm & Home customers can shop online at, order anything from the Web site and have it delivered to the Chilton store within days. Deliveries are made every Tuesday and Friday. “It’s a full catalog online,” Kim pointed out. He added that the closest Chilton customers can find some of those products is a 26-mile one-way drive. The McKeens advise people to make better use of their time and money and let the products be shipped right to Chilton. New Web site helping Speaking of Web sites, Farm & Home has revised its site in recent months with the help of Delta Publications, Inc. of Kiel. The new site includes direct links to Do It Best, Valspar paints, and Penske trucks. The latter is a new relationship for Farm & Home and is serving customers much better than a previous vendor. Pen-

PFCU nancial institution and Premier Financial will beat the person’s current loan rate by .5 percent. Call the office at 898-4232 or stop in at the Chilton office to apply or get more information. Members also may apply online at Not a member? Becoming a member of Premier Financial is as simple as living or working in the service area of Manitowoc, Calumet, and Sheboygan counties, along with portions of Fond du Lac and Outagamie counties, and opening a $5 savings account. Once again, stop at the Chilton office to find out more or to become the newest member of PFCU. Among the many advantages of being a member of a credit union is the fact it has multiple tools to improve a person’s financial picture. Among those tools are Premier Financial’s regular loan deals like the one previously described. Premier Financial Credit Union does

ske guarantees delivery of trucks right to Chilton with a few days notice, although Kim told a story of the company getting a truck to Farm & Home in a matter of only four hours. Quotes and reservations for trucks can be made at Farm & Home or via the Web site, Nancy also spends some of her time keeping Farm & Home’s Facebook page up to date with the latest store news as well as a few fun things. The positive changes continue at Farm & Home. Kim said he is working with an independent finance company which will provide financing for Farm & Home customers on any purchase over $300. Multiple plans will be offered to help finance equipment customers need quickly but might not be able to afford on the spot; for example, a selection from the long line of riding mowers displayed at Farm & Home. While the “new” owners and their employees continue to work hard to make Farm & Home the best it can be, Kim succinctly summed up the last nine months at the store. “Farm & Home carries on,” he said.

continued from page 21 home mortgages—not to mention loaning money for cars, boats, all-terrain vehicles, campers, motorcycles, vacations, weddings, debt consolidation, etc. People have even come in to one of the offices in Chilton, New Holstein, or Kiel to borrow money for a replacement washing machine. “We still make $50 loans,” said Steve Nothem, president and chief executive officer of Premier Financial. The credit union has 10 employees who work in the lending area and between them they have 165 years of experience in lending either at Premier Financial or other financial institutions. There are at least two employees skilled in all aspects of lending at each of Premier’s three offices, and all decisions are made locally. One thing which sets Premier Financial apart in the lending arena is the fact that it still takes into account who a person is when making loan decisions.

“Character is important here,” Nothem said. In return, Nothem said he continues to be amazed at the loyalty which members have shown to the credit union. Construction loans, fixed rate, ARM loans, and home equity lines of credit are available at PFCU. These credit union loan products can be used for a person’s primary residence, a second or vacation home, investment property, vacant land, or mobile homes. Prequalifications also are available at Premier Financial. People can find out ahead of time if they qualify for a home loan, the amount for which they qualify, the monthly payment they can afford, and which type of mortgage best serves their needs. Having a prequalification amount increases a person’s negotiating power with the realtor and/or seller and saves time and money by allowing the buyer to look for a house they can afford. They will know the loan requirements

ahead of time, putting them in a better bargaining position. If the depth of the credit union’s lending capabilities catches some people by surprise, they really might be interested to note that Premier Financial hired a full-time business lender last May. Chris Schultz is based in PFCU’s New Holstein office but will travel anywhere to meet with current or prospective clients in the credit union’s primary service area. “We have the ability to serve most small businesses in our market,” Nothem said. With 21 years of experience in business lending, Schultz brings the same philosophy to PFCU’s members—the belief that the business owner still matters. Nothem also said that Premier Financial continues to explore options for how to better serve the greater Hilbert community. It is all part of a culture of caring about members which permeates PFCU.

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CMC’s orthopedic surgeon enjoys work By Janet Murphy Dr. Craig Olson’s orthopedic surgery practice at Calumet Medical Center has experienced steady growth during the past ten years, increasing from a half day a week when he started to the four days a week he currently spends at CMC. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Olson is a 1976 graduate of Orcas Island High School, having grown up on Orcas Island in the Puget Sound. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he majored in Chemical Engineering. After some time working in engineering, Olson found his way to the medical field, and, having always enjoyed working on cars, he recognized that Orthopedics was a part of medicine that was really kind of a mechanical engineerish type thing. He said, “I realized engineering was pertinent to orthopedics. Half of the stuff I do now is really engineering-it’s surgery, but it’s engineering.” Olson graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1988 and did his residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. He also attended Western Sydney Orthopaedic Associates and Affiliated Hospitals in Australia on a one-year fellowship for extra training in shoulder and sports medicine. Personal experiences With personal injuries stemming primarily from playing high school football and basketball and college intramural sports that ranged from torn up ankles

and a broken toe, to a broken wrist and a torn ACL, Olson admitted he was also drawn to Orthopedic medicine due to the many surgeries he underwent himself. He estimates that between football and basketball, he broke his nose about ten times. He said it’s straight now because the last time it was broken was during a hospital basketball league game, and one of the guys on the team was an EMT who fixed it on the spot. “And I had to go to shoot some foul shots and I made them both.” The procedures Dr. Olson usually performs encompass pretty much all of the joints from the neck down, including a lot of rotator cuff and shoulder surgery, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, carpal tunnel releases, De Quervain’s release, foreign body removal and some ACL and MCL. Olson estimated he does 100 to 150 office-based procedures a year at CMC, and the total approaches 500 when inpatient and outpatient surgeries are included. According to Olson, office-based surgery and outpatient joint replacement are two of the things moving the field forward, as the surgical techniques become more streamlined and safer for the patient. Examples include carpal tunnel surgery which is now done in the office, and knee replacement which is now an outpatient procedure. Olson said the office-based carpel tunnel procedure eliminates the hospital OR Turn to CMC/page 24

Dr. Craig Olson is an orthopedic surgeon at Calumet Medical Center. Janet Murphy photo

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In the winter season, snowblowers can be tested in the back parking lot. Buboltz believes strongly in making sure a customer is confident in the product they are purchasing. As an Ariens, Gravely and Stihl dealer, Brillion Power Equipment offers all the amenities of any other retail outlet. But there are advantages in having the manufacturer right across the street, as well as invested in the power center. The Gravely brand is also manufactured by Ariens. It represents a line that Ariens purchased several years ago. Brillion Power Equipment also pro-

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Customer service focus at State Bank By Faye Burg State Bank of Chilton has been a family owned Bank since its inception, 125 years ago, and it is presently being operated by the sixth generation of the founding family. With the recent acquisition of Calumet County Bank complete, which added Bank locations in Brillion and Sherwood to the original Chilton, Stockbridge, and Milwaukee sites, State Bank of Chilton is proud to be one financial institution operating with five community focused banking offices with combined assets of over $255 million. With five locations adding to customer service convenience, Executive Vice President Laura Hoerth said new options added for customers have also been extremely popular. “Mobile banking with mobile deposit capture, adding Apple Pay to our debit cards, and a revised State Bank website with new transactional platforms for both retail and business customers have been well received,” Hoerth said. The mobile deposit capture allow customers to deposit checks simply by using an app on their phones. “It is great for students at college who can continue to bank with us using the mobile deposit capture.” “Another nice consumer product we rolled out this year is surcharge free access to over 23,000 ATMs,” Hoerth added. “We may be a small community bank, but our ATM network is huge.” Mortgage services popular Vice President Kathy Burg and Mortgage Loan Officer Suzanne Hostettler continue to provide over six decades of banking experience in the Mortgage and Consumer Lending department and are happy to assist customers with all of their lending needs. Burg and Hostettler are passionate about their work and eager to share the variety of products offered at State Bank. As they highlight the advantages of the menu of lending products offered at State Bank, they guide customers to take advantage of the best available option. At State Bank there is no charge to initiate

The fountain and square area outside State Bank of Chilton provide an attractive setting for customers coming to do business at the downtown bank.

the application process. Helping sort out the programs Loans including traditional secondary market fixed rate loans, WHEDA (Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority), In-House, Home Equity Line of Credit, construction, as well as federal grant programs and more, provide a wide array of choices for customers to choose from. “Most people are familiar with a fixed rate loan but have limited knowledge of other products. A Home Equity Line of Credit can be utilized for more than home improvements. Currently the home equity loans are at a historic low and are for any need. It is a flexible product that

could be used to even purchase a car. A personal loan can be used for multiple reasons, such as car purchase, recreational vehicle, or debt consolidation,” Burg said. “We bring forward all the options that can assist a person in purchasing their home and there are programs out there, many of which can be combined for their benefit. A WHEDA loan is a qualifying income-based loan that has an easy close option. This is a down payment assistance program where nominal money or even no money is needed for down payment. Federal grant programs exist as well. A qualified individual could receive up to $6,000 toward the purchase of a home. Annually, the federal govern-

CMC charge and the anesthesia charge, noting, “What we found is that the overall cost is less than 50 percent, so for patients paying out of pocket, it’s a huge savings for them, especially with a big deductible.” Olson added, “Who would have thought ten years ago that’s an outpatient procedure, but we have a lot of patients that have total hips, total shoulders, total knees that go home the same day. Ten years from now, hopefully that will be the norm as opposed to the exception. Right now it’s the exception.” Prefers spinal anesthesia Olson also gave his rationale for preferring spinal anesthesia to general anesthesia for some of the procedures, noting the spinal usually numbs the patient from below, and after it wears off and the patient’s pain is under control and they become mobile and do some physical therapy to show that they’re safe, they can go home that day. He said up to 10% of their hip- and knee replacements will go home the same day. Olson feels with the spinal anesthesia you’re just polluting the lower half of the body, so vital organs, including the heart, lungs, brain, and most of the nervous

Vice President Kathy Burg (left) and Mortgage Loan Officer Suzanne Hostettler provide over six decades of banking experience in the Mortgage and Consumer Lending Department at State Bank of Chilton.

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continued from page 23 system, are not as affected. “We know that their pain is better controlled when they kind of wake up from the spinal, because the anesthesia person can adjust and really make sure their pain control is right, because they’re awake.” Olson said the tighter pain control “also helps with patient rehab because the fear factor has changed a little bit for them, so the therapist now has more of a chance to say ‘OK, we’re going to get you up and move you.’” He also said the rate of infection and blood clots is higher with general anesthesia than with spinal anesthesia, which are additional factors he tells his patients facing surgery. He admitted it’s easier for patients to be put under general anesthesia, but praised the anesthesiologist at CMC, saying, “We’re lucky with Mike Klaeser who’s here. You know he is not a guy to take the easy way for anything, and he’s a big part why I work here because he’s so dedicated to figuring out better ways to do stuff. It’s nice to have a partner like him helping me with pain control. He’s unbelievable, the hospital is so blessed to have him.” One of the more recent procedures Dr. Olson offers is anterior hip replacement,

noting it doesn’t require cutting through any muscles like the posterior surgery does. He said it became clear about two and a half years ago that anterior hip replacement surgery was something he had to look into after one of his patients from Manitowoc insisted he be the one to do the procedure for her. Olson said, “I did her first hip in Manitowoc, and then it was easier to develop the system here because I always had the same team. Mike and the people working in the room were a very consistent team, which I wouldn’t get in Manitowoc. So it was easier for me to improve the process, and a year later she came and had her other one done here.” Olson added, “Frankly she said she was impressed with the experience. People coming from a bigger hospital are going to wonder about going out to this little place, but once they have the experience and just realize that everyone here is so focused on taking care of local people that most of the time they know, the level of service is different. It’s a whole different perspective. Whereas as the hospital gets bigger, it’s not really personal because there’s no real connection.”

He compared the process to doing a NASCAR pit stop, saying, “You want to have six people take care of your car that know exactly how to do it to get it done efficiently and quickly. So the team really becomes an important part to the driver because if it’s a bad pit stop, you lose a bunch of spots. It’s the same way here. They’re all so valuable.” The NASCAR reference is no accident, as Olson’s other passion is driving and restoring racecars. Olson said he’s been going to Road America since 1983 when he came to Chicago for medical school. While he’s been the driver, having raced mainly at Road America in Elkhart Lake and a few laps at Kaukauna and the Milwaukee Mile, he said he and his mechanic, Kyle Bauknecht from Value-Pro in Reedsville, now restore cars together, including mostly NASCAR cars and old muscle cars, like mustangs and camaros going back to the late 60s and early 70s. “I really like that part. I can be a racer over there, or I can be an orthopedic surgeon over there, and they’re both things I’m passionate about which makes it fun.” Olson resides in Elkhart Lake with his wife, Renée.

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50 years in the family Vogel to observe half century as Kiel’s vehicle dealer By Mark Sherry Walter Vogel was selling cars in the small Manitowoc County village of St. Nazianz since 1929, and in the 1960s he saw an opportunity to expand to the nearby bigger city of Kiel. His sons Charlie and Chester were largely tasked with getting Vogel Chevrolet off the ground in Kiel. That was in 1967—50 years ago—and this year Vogel Chevrolet will be holding events this July to mark its first half century of business in the Kiel community. The celebration is being planned for July 26 to 29. A special event is being planned for children on Saturday, July 29 including the opportunity for parents to have their children protected by the Optimist Club’s Safe Assured program. Parents will receive an encrypted disc containing personal information, a photo and video of their child(ren) that only can be read by a police department, along with an ID card. If weather permits a bouncy house will be set up as well. Helping to plan those anniversary celebrations will be the fourth generation of Vogel family members to work in the business. Tara Vogel—a greatgranddaughter of Walter—joined the business last August. Her father, Mike, 58, continues to own the business but said the plan is for Tara to someday become the fourth generation of Vogel family members to take the helm there. “I like meeting people,” Tara said when asked about her first impressions of working at Vogel Chevrolet. “I was kind of closed in at factory work. (Customers) are very dedicated to us. They like how we treat people.” Vogel’s small-town advantage Mike said, “We’re small-town with small-town tactics,” adding that is a good thing for customers. They get friendly, low-pressure sales help but knowledgeable, state-of-the-art service in all departments including service, body shop, and sales. That was the philosophy brought to Kiel in 1967 by the Vogel family which purchased the auto/farm implement building from the Hingiss family. Longtime residents will recall that the building has since housed other businesses such as Bella’s Custom Design and Treasured Moments Photography. The

Vogel Chevrolet was not at the downtown Kiel location (above) for long before moving out to Park Avenue (below).

Vogel family purchased the building on Jan. 1, 1967. A grand opening was held March 31 of that year. Just two years later what was known as Vogel Chevrolet-Olds (Oldsmobile) built and moved to its new and much larger home at 710 Park Ave. where it continues to operate today as Vogel Chevrolet. Chester, who had operated Vogel School Hill Garage for 12 years after getting out of the Navy, served as the president and service manager of Vogel Chevrolet-Olds for 21 years until retiring in 1988. He passed away in 1992 at the age of 62. Charlie was still active in the business in 2009 when he passed away at the age of 75. Charlie’s sons Scott and Mike had been operating the business, although Turn to VOGEL/page 26

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Not just laid back but well-rested, too By Mike Mathes Are you looking for a great night’s sleep? Your answer may be simpler than you think. The latest and best innovations in sleeping comfort are now available at Chilton Furniture Chilton Furniture’s laid back approach has always been about customer comfort. Since July, Chilton Furniture has introduced the Tempur-Pedic line of sleep systems in its sleep center. Tempur-Pedic mattresses have a growing reputation in sleep solutions thanks to new technological advances that allow for improved sleep and rest. “The whole goal of Tempur-Pedic is to offer better sleep and rest in order to make our day to day life just a little better,” Jerry Mallmann, Chilton Furniture owner/general manager said. “In our many years of experience as a sleep center, we have learned and recognize what works for people and what doesn’t.” Latest advances The Tempur-Pedic line seeks to solve some of the biggest sleep challenges people face with new and innovative materials. Many people may be familiar with memory foam mattresses, an innovation in recent years. The Tempur-Pedic mattresses go well beyond that concept of comfort. That’s because TEMPUR® material is not typical memory foam. The company’s proprietary formulation changed the way the world sleeps. And it can do the same for you. Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt precisely to your body. TEMPUR material responds to your body’s temperature, weight and shape for truly personalized comfort and support. As it conforms to your body, TEMPUR material minimizes pressure points

Bank State Bank’s portfolio loan is an inhouse product that can be used when a fixed rate product is not available to a customer, for example, if someone would want to purchase a unique property such as a hobby farm. “Despite recently regulatory changes there are still financing options available for those who want to pursue their dreams,” Burg said. Working as a team The mortgage loan duo will work via phone, e-mail, and fax to provide the same personal service for out of area residents that takes place with in-person contact. “Our mortgage area spends time with each customer,” Hoerth added. “We sit down with them and make sure they understand everything, what they can afford, and what their options are.” Appointments during and after banking hours add to customer convenience and the outstanding service State Bank is known for. “We embrace the small bank atmosphere by taking the time to sit down with each of them and thoroughly educate. We ensure that they have an understanding of the products and process and encourage them to ask questions. We provide full disclosure of the entire process and follow our customers from the beginning of the application until closing and the numerous contacts in between. It is not unusual for someone to call us multiple times with questions. That is OK, we are here to help.”

A Tempur-Pedic sleep system mattress, complete with power base not only brings a great night’s sleep, but a chance for the owner to determine how “laid back” they would really like to be.

that keep you awake. The bottom line result is a elimination of that dreaded tossing and turning that disrupts sleep patterns. The TEMPUR material dramatically reduces motion transfer so your sleep partner’s movement won’t disturb you. Chilton Furniture’s decision to move to the Tempur-Pedic line is based on the needs of its customers. “As time has evolved, we are aware

that the conventional innerspring mattresses aren’t necessarily serving the needs of all customers,” Mallmann said. People may have specific rest needs that justify making the investment in a mattress that is more adaptable to the individual person, in turn offering a more Restful night of sleep.


Also popular with area residents is the free of charge annual historical calendars produced and given to customers by bank staff. “It is a favorite each holiday season,” Hoerth said, adding the publication features Chilton, Stockbridge, Brillion, and Sherwood area residents and buildings, and promotes the history of the local areas. “Photo submissions and information are always welcome,” Hoerth added. “Many times customers are surprised to find we offer the same products and services as the big banks, but without the hefty fees,” Hoerth said. “We also provide excellent customer service and have a great staff waiting to assist customers. Our employees have a lot of experience.” “We are locally owned and operated and we are the only Bank headquartered in Calumet County,” Hoerth stated. “When customers deposit their money at our Bank, we are lending to farmers, small businesses, and consumers right here in our local area.” State Bank of Chilton’s corporate office and main branch is located at 26 E. Main St in Chilton. Additional locations include 401 W. Lake Street in Stockbridge; 7155 N. 76th Street in Milwaukee; 103 N. Main Street in Brillion, and W4443 Veterans Avenue in Sherwood.

Scott left in March 2007. Like most children of business owners, Mike found himself being enlisted into helping at the family business as a young child. He recalls washing parts being one of his first jobs. Other than one summer after high school working at Walsdorf Roofing in Kiel, Mike has spent his career at Vogel Chevrolet. Long service tenures have been common at Vogel Chevrolet in all departments, including Charlie’s daughter Jennifer Lulloff who works in the office, is an officer of the company, and is part of the third generation of Vogel family members in the business. A number of non-Vogel family members have spent decades at the business as well, which speaks highly of Vogel Chevrolet as a place to work. It also is a win-win as Vogel Chevrolet does not have to spend a lot of time hiring and training new employees, and customers benefit from the consistency of working with familiar, experienced employees. Other family members who have spent time working in the offices are Charlie’s daughter Becky Meyer, as well as Mike’s daughter Leah Hersey. Another of Mike’s daughters, Megan Vogel, did vehicle detailing for the Collision Center, and Mike’s granddaughter, Isabella, is also currently working in the detailing department.

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“The body shop earned a tremendous reputation years ago along with the service department,” Mike said. It has been the task of the more recent generations

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Cleveland State Bank brings program to classrooms By Mark Sherry Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. Cleveland State Bank is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make curriculum available to local schools completely free. “Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,� Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. “But because Cleveland State Bank is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it’s important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Cleveland State Bank realizes that and they’re doing something about it.� Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It has become the largest program of its kind, servicing more than 25,000 teachers and available in all 50 states. Cleveland State Bank has offered time, money, industry experience, and a variety of bank resources to help local schools teach personal finance in the classroom. Students using the program are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget—but it is not always easy. Students must learn to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges, and overdraft fees. The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings, and more. “Too often students get out of school and they just aren’t ready for the financial roller coasters life can give us,� Vandagriff said. “Banzai teaches students to navigate those twists and turns and come out on top. We’re excited to work with Cleveland State Bank to improve financial literacy in local schools.� For over 10 years, Cleveland State Bank has earned the reputation of promoting financial literacy from Wisconsin Bankers Association for their participation in Teach Children to Save and Junior Achievement programs. Along with the Banzai Financial Literacy Program, schools are welcome to invite a speaker from Cleveland State Bank to join their classroom and answer any questions teachers or students may

have. Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit or call 888-8-BANZAI. Both teachers and students from the area are finding Banzai to be a valuable program. Patrick from the Sheboygan Falls School District told Cleveland State Bank, “I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you sponsoring our use of Banzai. Not only did it make the use of the site more enjoyable, but it also was a great opportunity for the students to see how local businesses and the school can work together to benefit our students and their education. Thank you again!� Jennifer Mischler, student in the Sheboygan Falls School District, said, “I didn’t know that it was so hard to budget and try and save money. I also learned all the vocabulary words and what they mean. I also learned you have to be extra careful when it comes to insurance and bills. I didn’t know that so many things could happen so fast. In all I learned a lot and hopefully I will be ready for the future and soon-to-come bills.� Sienna Compton, a student in the Sheboygan Falls School District, said, “I learned that it is a lot of work to control your money and pay your bills. You have to take some changes when you are paying those bills. It is very hard to earn extra money, unless you have another side job. It’s best to have a side job because one job in Banzai was not going to work for me. I never knew that life was this hard with bills and money, but now I know what to expect in the future.� Vickie, a teacher from the Sheboygan Falls School District, said, “I just started using the program this week with one of my classes. So far so good. Students like to work with the Web site and all feel they can be rich, but then life’s normal expenses get in the way.� Lastly, teacher Jennifer from the New Holstein School District said, “I used it last quarter in my technology class with sixth graders. I had them complete the scenarios and then put some questions on Google Forms that they needed to answer before going on to the next scenario. Many got to the independent game and some even played it more than once to see if they could save more money than the last time. I even had some students say that their parents were glad that they were learning these things as it is important to their independent life later.�

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AFR looking for people to grow with it By Mark Sherry It may have taken a little time, but the acquisition of Chilton’s American Finishing Resources (AFR) by Ohio-based DuBois Chemicals is starting to create some big advantages for AFR. To meet those growing opportunities, AFR is going to need some qualified additional employees to join a team which talks very highly of AFR as a great place to work and one which has its eye on continued growth and top-notch service to its customers. DuBois finalized the acquisition of AFR in November 2014, combining DuBois paint pre-treatment expertise with AFR’s coating line fixtures, material handling, and coating removal solutions to reduce total cost and provide quality improvements for customers. At the time the deal was finalized it was thought that DuBois Chemical’s sales team would help in lining up new customers for AFR’s services. While Joe Dyer, director of operations for AFR, said there were some growing pains in both companies getting comfortable with their new relationship, he said in mid-2016 a sales plan began to be formulated and steps are now being taken to integrate that plan. Getting comfortable with each other “It took a bit for people to know everyone,” Dyer said. Both he and Brad Davis, AFR’s director of business development, report to DuBois, which views its holding of plants such as AFR as product lines of the company. The acquisition has not changed the fact that AFR is still a specialized business but one which has been willing to change to meet the ever changing needs of its customers. One change which occurred late last year was the addition of inside sales which also helps respond to and solve customer issues when they arise. The inside sales team and utilization of a large sales force from DuBois Chemical is working to sell AFR’s products and services. Responding to customer needs is something AFR does well, even when it means designing and producing new products or new ways of doing things. “The way we do business, we’re still so focused on quality and customers,” said Dan Nesper, fabrication business development manager. Nesper has worked for AFR for 13 years and said he loves working for the company because all 60 of his coworkers have bought into doing their best for the customer. He also said he enjoys “working with real American companies” which are the customers of AFR. Enjoys company’s flexibility Cody Schwarz creates prototypes for AFR and has worked for the company for the past 4-1/2 years. On a personal level, Schwarz said he enjoys “the flexibility of the place—they work around you.” He added, “We get an unusual amount of vacation right from the start.” On a professional level, Schwarz said he is excited to be part of the creative team which is taking AFR in some new directions. Dyer said the company has transformed from basically being a reclamation company to now finding solutions for customers. “It’s the engineering part that sets us apart,” Dyer said. Nesper said customers are no longer just looking for the production and/or refinishing of simple hooks for their paint lines but also designs of more intricate equipment. AFR is providing those solutions, and Nesper said he believes there

is room for additional growth in fabrication as products can be shipped across the country and into Canada where it already does some business. But, again, AFR is going to have to find additional employees if it is to grow, especially people with some technical skills. Once they get a taste of how AFR operates they just might stay a while— just like Glenn Mueller, who is in his 18th year at AFR and works first shift as the lead in coatings removal. Fast turnaround times Mueller said he has observed that better quality paints and paint processes are leading to less need for refinishing services, which is why AFR’s expansion into other products is important. He also has seen a greater emphasis on turnaround times, with customers from Chicago to northern Wisconsin sometimes seeing orders turned around in as little as 12 hours. Dyer pointed out that AFR’s diversified customer list also is an advantage to the company as it does work for multiple end users, including agriculture and recreational. The added sales power of both DuBois and AFR is helping to bringing in a lot more requests for quotes in all sectors, according to Jason Dyer, lead design engineer. Jason is one example of an employee who has worked his way up in the company, having started 12 years ago as a welder in the shop. Jason reiterated how AFR’s products have grown more intricate in recent years, adding that improved technology has helped the company keep up with those changes. “Our designing CAD (Computer-Aided Design) has conceptually changed,” he said, adding that the company is getting about double the work done now with the same number of people. Working together Davis said AFR’s success is attributable to more than just improved technology. Davis came to AFR after working for a large chemical company. He said, “It (AFR) is a smaller company. Coming from much larger companies, I see that everyone here can work together, everyone is solving problems together. I’m having a ball.” AFR officials said the company’s plant in Indiana also is growing rapidly because of its work with the automotive industry. AFR also has a plant in Iowa. “The marketplace is telling us they want to work with us,” Davis said. Joe Dyer added, “It’s all intertwined.” That includes the pool of available employees. To try to help that grow, Jason Dyer serves on the Welding Advisory Committee at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, while Nesper serves on a committee at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton which is trying to encourage University of Wisconsin colleges to help more in filling the needs of state manufacturers. With a company cookout planned for the same day as this interview, Joe Dyer also pointed out that AFR offers a good employee referral program and an attractive 401K program in addition to other benefits already mentioned here. “We want to be the employer of choice,” Joe said. One way to check out current career opportunities at American Finishing Resources is through the web link www.

A recent workday cookout is just one example of how American Finishing Resources focuses on trying to provide an enjoyable workplace for employees.

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CACHF provides strong support to community By Faye Burg Health care has a strong supporting partnership in the greater Calumet County area. The partner is a community-supported public trust known as the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation. Through community contributions the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to support medical training, education, and health care equipment/facilities needs for the benefit of the wider Calumet area. Since the foundation was created in 1998, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation has served its mission statement well. That statement reads, “Promoting the health, welfare and health related education which indirectly or directly support and benefit Calumet Medical Center and the health of citizens residing within the Chilton, New Holstein, Kiel, Hilbert, Potter, Stockbridge and Brillion Zip Codes.” To date, approximately 90 percent of all grant money awarded by the foundation has gone to support Calumet Medical Center, in conjunction with its mission. Largely, the fiscal backing has supporting infrastructure needed for continued excellence in health care through services provided at Calumet Medical Center. Even in that commitment, education has ways been a major focus of the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation.

The Health Foundation has awarded 291 scholarships, with a value of $421,000. Such generosity requires a solid financial base. Calumet Area Community Health Foundation currently has approximately $6 million in its base fund. However, the goal sought by the foundation to carry on its mission is about twice that amount. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to reach out to individuals and groups in the community to request their help in building up the fund’s balance. “We truly rely on the community to keep this fund working properly to pay dividends back to the health care community,” Calumet Area Community Health Foundation President Glen Calnin said. Calumet Area Community Health Foundation (CACHF) is a tax exempt public charity trust, operating exclusively within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation was created in 1997 with the same spirit and sense of community, as when Calumet Medical Center began in 1954. Prior to Calumet Medical Center’s decision to affiliate with Affinity Health System almost 20 years ago, Calumet Medical Center’s Board of Directors had the foresight to establish the foundation. They accomplished that task as a means of maintaining the presence of the hospital in Chilton for the community’s long

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation recently paid the fifth of six installments of the $3 million pledge for the Calumet Medical Center renovation. Pictured are CMC Administrator Jenny Derks and CACHF President Glen Calnin. Faye Burg photo

term future. Through an agreement with Affinity Health care and its affiliations, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundations gives assurances to the community that Calumet Medical Center will always be part of the area’s health care provider systems. When the foundation was created, its base of funds stemmed from a portion of community investments that had previously supported the hospital. Over time, other contributors both small and large, have continued to help the fund grow. The foundation’s presence provides community members with a reliable entity though which their contributions support continued, quality-driven health care facilities and professionals in the Calumet area. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation is governed by a local board of directors. Current directors include

Andy King, Kim Rietbrock, Jenny Derks, Joe Mathes, Glen Calnin, T. J. Friedrichs, Daniel Thiel and Gene Tipler, M. D. Foundation President Glen Calnin looks forward to working together with Calumet Medical Center and the community at large to advance health care in the greater Calumet County area. “We are very fortunate to have the hospital we have right here in the heart of our county,” he said. “The work of many before us as well are recent efforts such as the successful capital for the addition to Calumet Medical Center which the Foundation was proud to contribute to shows those efforts continue to this day.” “The quality of staff and health care workers in our modern facility is very impressive,” Calnin added. “Donations to the Foundation have the ability to make all of our lives better for generations to come.”



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Delta expands coverage in Calumet Co. Delta Publications, Inc. has expanded its news coverage area in Calumet County to include the Stockbridge area. The change occurred several months ago when the Chilton Times-Journal ceased publication. The Tri-County News was created in 2001 when Delta Publications combined the Chilton Spirit, New Holstein Reporter, and the Kiel Tri-County Record. The Tri-County News continued the long-

standing tradition of those newspapers to cover the news and provide editorial commentary in the respective school district areas of Chilton, New Holstein, and Kiel. With the surprise announcement on Tuesday, March 21 that the Chilton Times-Journal would no longer be publishing a newspaper effective immediately, the staff at Delta Publications, Inc. immediately went to work to make sure

both the readers and the municipalities covered by the Times-Journal still would be covered by the News. That includes coverage of Stockbridge village and school meetings as well as events in the community, such as the picnic and parade held last weekend. Stockbridge sports coverage is being handled by veteran Sports Editor Craig Hoffman of Delta Publications along with other staff members. Since

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Furniture variety of options, including all varieties of sleep surface comfort levels. Tempur-Pedic mattresses come in every size imaginable, matching all the size options one would find in conventional mattress lines. The TEMPUR materials also offer a cooling technology option which allows people to “sleep cooler.” This is particular important for those whose body chemistry changes throughout life. Adjustable power bases popular Additional comforts and advantages are available by pairing you new Tempur-Pedic mattresses with an adjustable power base. Putting the mattress on a power base gives the individual options to elevate the head , the feet, or both. A soothing massage feature can also be added. Power bases can serve a variety of needs: ■ For those customers who make lack

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body strength, the option of raising the bed to a sitting position allows one to get in and out of bed without the assistance of a family member. ■ Raising the head can offer assistance with acid reflux problems and in many cases helps clear up air passages to reduce snoring. (This is a very common discussion among mattress shoppers!) ■ Finding the “0” gravity position with raised head and raised legs does wonders to relieve lower back pain. ■ And of course, some people simply want to watch TV in Bed or use there other electronics. “With today’s busy lifestyles, people need time for their body to rest and recuperate. The Tempur-Pedic mattresses and power bases offer great solutions for those needs,” Mallmann said. No one has to take the manufacturer or salesperson’s word for the amazing comfort offered by Tempur-Pedic. Chilton Furniture welcomes you to

stop in the store to try the mattresses out for yourself. “Come prepared to spend a little time and do some relaxing,” Mallmann said. After all, things are really laid back at Chilton Furniture. Even that laid back approach has a couple of caveats. The store doesn’t offer overnight stays, or breakfast in bed. You don’t need an overnight stay at the store to test out the system. Tempur-Pedic mattresses come with a bold 90-day sleep comfort guarantee, however. This allows customers to give a full in-home trial for their new sleep systems so they can try out the good night’s sleep and have breakfast in bed in their own homes if they wish. Although Tempur-Pedic sleep systems are custom-ordered at Chilton Furniture, your new system can be delivered and set up in your home within 2-3 weeks of your selection. Realizing that Tempur-Pedic is not

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