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Official’s Den hosts family entertainment By Mark Sherry Jim Schmidt has spent a lot of time in bowling centers over the years. These days he is spending a lot of time in the bowling center which he now owns with wife JoAnn. The Schmidts became the new owners of the Official’s Den in Hilbert at the start of this year, and since then they, their family, and their employees have invested countless hours to continue to make Official’s Den a welcoming, modern facility. “We want it to be a family entertainment center,” Jim said. “We’re here to provide good food, customer service, and camaraderie.” Jim lived in the Fox Cities all his life and has been a bowler all his life. He said he probably first started bowling when he was 3 years old as his father and grandfather were both bowlers. Jim currently carries a 217 average but said he never really entertained thoughts of trying to do it professionally. “I do it mainly for enjoyment,” he said. “I enjoy the bowling and the people.” The thought he has entertained for some time, however, was owning his own bowling center. Son Mike is working as an engineer in Ripon and son Rob is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie studying to become an engineer. With the nest empty, Jim and JoAnn were looking to “retire” to a smaller community, one in which they could make an impact as volunteers and by bringing with them their passion for bowling. Jim said they had been looking for the right community for about five years and explored several available bowling

centers in northeast Wisconsin. When Official’s Den became available along STH 32/57 on Hilbert’s north side, they knew it was the right place and the right community. The couple moved to the community in January. “We love the community and the people,” Jim said. “It’s a great family atmosphere. We’re looking forward to the town growing with the businesses that are here.” The Schmidts also are hoping to grow Official’s Den and have already invested a lot of time and money to try to make that happen. “I’ve always been a gogetter,” Jim said. The previous owners had done electrical upgrades and some painting. The Schmidts have already replaced all the carpeting throughout the building. In the dining/meeting room area they have redry walled and are putting the finishing touches on making that area much more inviting for customers grabbing a bite to eat at Official’s Den. Jim said they would like to host more business and family gatherings and can handle as many as 250 people in the establishment. The Schmidts also have updated all the kitchen equipment, including adding a pizza oven which can make up to 12 16-inch pizzas at one time. They are making their own homemade pizzas which are getting rave reviews, Jim said. He added that they also are planning to expand the menu this month, with new features joining the popular wings with homemade special sauces, burgers, wraps, fried foods, etc. Daily food and drink specials are offered. They also are adding free food delivery in Hilbert from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Jim and JoAnn Schmidt are the new owners of Official’s Den in Hilbert, a bowling, dining and entertainment center. Sons Mike and Rob also help out.

The Official’s Den features eight bowling lanes which were resurfaced this year as well. One of their next projects will be to rebuild all the pin setting equipment in back of the lanes. Outdoors, the Schmidts have rotated

the direction of the volleyball courts and added horseshoe pits. An attractive wooden deck area with ample seating overlooks the outdoor area, and Jim said Turn to OFFICIAL’S DEN/page 4

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Abstract Electric creates team focus By Mark Sherry Changes are coming at Abstract Electric in the next few months—positive changes which co-owners Rob Davis and Keith Riemer believe will help the company reach greater heights. Davis said the internal changes will be more of a shifting of company culture, putting a greater emphasis on all employees taking ownership and responsibility in what happens on a day to day basis and long term at the Hilbert-based company. “We want the employees to feel like they are part of something, accomplishing something,” Davis said. “We’re trying to create that team atmosphere. We’re seeing progress. We’ll have it completely unveiled within the next three months.” Davis said he could not reveal a lot of details about the changes at this time as they have not been completely unveiled to employees, but they will include a new set of values and goals and new sales strategies. He calls the company’s new goals aggressive and would like to see them reached by 2018. One of those is to have a shop of 20 to 25 employees. Abstract Electric has held steady around 18 employees, but to make that jump to around 25 would be significant growth for the company. Davis said they have hired a couple new employees in the past year and have two men going into the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin apprenticeship program, with two more scheduled to enter the program next year. Working in its favor toward reaching its growth goals are the facts that Abstract Electric is a multi-faceted company with a broad service area. While

Abstract Electric’s trucks, vans and trailers can be found just about anywhere from Green Bay to Sheboygan to Fond du Lac and beyond. The Hilbert-based business does all types of electrical work—from the smallest job to the largest—for residential, commercial, industrial and public sector customers.

commercial/industrial electric work is about 80 percent of its business, Abstract Electric also does residential and public sector jobs both big and small. Davis said machine shops and feed mills are a couple of big focuses of Abstract Electric as the company has Turn to ABSTRACT/page 4

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Essential boosts area technology Located at 820 W. Ryan St. in Brillion, Essential Technologies provides cellular phone, internet, TV, computer, and video security services to its customers. More specifically, the business is a provider of Cellcom cellular services, Excede satellite internet, DirectTV, computer sales and service, and video security systems.

An inviting deck area outside Official’s Den in Hilbert overlooks volleyball and horseshoe courts, and next year there are plans to add kickball.

Official’s Den he will be adding more picnic tables as those leagues have been drawing some big crowds. The Official’s Den is open every day from 11 a.m. to close and, during the season, offers bowling leagues every night and open bowling whenever leagues are not using all the lanes. Moon glow bowling is offered Fridays and Saturdays after 7 p.m. Jim said they already are seeing a bump up in business with the closing of Shenanigan’s in Sherwood. In addition, Official’s Den takes part in two bean bag leagues, two volleyball leagues, and dart and pool leagues. Jim said he is hoping to add kickball next year in the large open area adjacent to

continued from page 2 the volleyball courts. A five-week summer bowling league will be starting soon, a volleyball tournament is planned for Aug. 20, and a foosball tournament is planned for Oct. 1. Jim has coached youth bowling for a number of years and said he hopes to put an emphasis on youth bowling at Official’s Den with a Saturday morning program. “I think bowling is a great family activity that anyone can do at any age,” he said. He encourages youths to go online and check out the Kids Bowl Free program at in which they can print coupons to bowl two free games every day between now and Halloween.

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strong experience in serving both those industries and will travel throughout Wisconsin to do so. On a daily basis, Abstract Electric’s primary service area is about a 60-mile radius from Hilbert ranging from Green Bay to Fond du Lac and Oshkosh to Manitowoc and Sheboygan. “We’re pretty comfortable with that,” Davis said, adding that the company also does a little work in the agricultural sector. Abstract Electric has remained busy, Davis said, by focusing on taking care of all their customers in the best possible manner. “When you call us, at the end of the day you know we take pride in our work,” he said. “You will get a quality job at a fair price. We’re going to go above and beyond. We’re going to look at other processes that will save you money.” Davis said they have made it a point

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to sit down with some of their bigger customers and ask them why they chose Abstract Electric and if there are any ways in which the company can serve them even better. “We’re here for them,” he said. “We’re here to meet their needs. In today’s world, things are changing rapidly.” One place things have changed in recent years is America’s homes as people seek to upgrade home theater/ entertainment systems either in new construction or remodeling projects. That is another area of specialization of Abstract Electric. Fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, Abstract Electric also provides energy evaluations. To learn more about Abstract Electric or to schedule an electrical job big or small, call (920) 871-4014 and/or check out

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St. Paul Elder Services expands its offerings By Faye Burg St. Paul Elder Care Services in Kaukauna provides compassionate care and specialized services for the community. Started by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in 1943, St. Paul offers a comprehensive continuum of care including St. Paul Home which includes long term care and specialty memory care programs; St. Paul Center of Rehabilitation, the newly expanded and renovated rehabilitation center offering post-acute and rehabilitation services; St. Paul Villa Assisted Living; St. Paul Life Enrichment Center offering Club Gabriel Adult Day Program, Foot and Nail Clinic, and a warm water therapy pool; St. Paul Hospice Services; St. Paul at Home offering in home non-medical care, meals on wheels, transportation services, and emergency response systems, and The Hoffman Memory Care Center. The newest addition to the St. Paul campus is St. Paul Manor, a memory care specific Assisted Living facility that includes the Hoffman Memory Care Community Resource Center. The facility will provide an array of quality memory care resources as well as support services to individuals, couples, and families affected by all types of memory loss. Educational programming, care management and planning, social activities, support groups, resource referral, brain health and enhancement groups along

with a Memory Cafe are all part of the offerings available at the new resource center that opened on July 1. St. Paul is a Catholic, Franciscan sponsored community dedicated to enriching the life experience. The mission and ministry flow from the gospel values of dignity, compassion, respect, hospitality and stewardship. St. Paul employs 330 associates to assist with the wide variety of services offered. The skilled nursing home is licensed for 129 people. The Center of Rehabilitation is a distinct 30 bed unit within the St. Paul Home. The Villa Assisted Living has 89 apartments. Rated a five star facility by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Overall Quality and Clinical Quality Measures, St. Paul Elder Services has been named consecutively to the Best Nursing Home Rankings by US News and World Report. There is great pride in the recent campus expansion and renovation that included St. Paul Manor and the Hoffman Memory Care Center. From the beginning, St. Paul Elder Services has grown exponentially in all aspects of operations. The team at St. Paul Elder Services strives to be the provider of choice by offering a continuum of care which includes community outreach, inhome care, hospice care, long term care, memory care programs, and rehabilitation services. St. Paul Elder Services, Inc., is located


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Helping the do-it-yourselfers Hardware Plus builds reputation on sales and service By Mike Mathes Great hardware product lines and a focus on service comprise the foundation behind Brillion’s Hardware Plus. The Do-It-Best Hardware store, operated by Mike and Joy Buboltz and their team relish their niche as a traditional hometown hardware and service center. “We are here for all those do-it-yourselfers that need anything in the line of hardware to complete their projects,” Mike Buboltz, the owner of the store said. Offering a helping hand to clients has been the mantra of Hardware Plus since Buboltz purchased the store from Henry Carstens and Sons in 2011. As he nears his five-year anniversary, Buboltz is doing what he loves—working with people and helping people, a quality that has served him well in a retail-oriented career. Buboltz, who has spent all of his adult career in retail, knows how important it is to fill people’s needs. “There is no greater sense of satisfaction that when we are able to help solve someone’s problem,” he said. “That’s what we are here for at Hardware Plus.” He said it is common place for people to come to Hardware Plus not knowing exactly what might be neede to get a job done. “When we can give them answers and see them leave with a smile, that’s awesome. There is no better feeling than knowing you have helped a do-ityourselfer to connect with what they need,” he said. “Knowing you have helped somebody out is what the retail hardware business is all about,” he added. While some may associate the previous business with a feed mill operation, Hardware Plus operates as strictly a hardware store. And, the store is open to customers seven days a week, making it a convenient stop for do-it-yourselfers. Hardware Plus is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.—Saturdays until 3 p.m. Sunday hours are 9-1. Great inventory Hardware Plus continues to tout its hardware inventory as its main offering. Under Buboltz’s guidance, the hardware store has increase its item offering by more than a third in just five years.

Brillion’s Hardware Plus offers a wide range of products and services to help do-it-yourselfers with all their project needs.

Jon Mignon, left, and Rich Dreier man the service department, fixing any equipment needs.

“We have an excellent inventory of hardware items on our shelves. What we don’t have in stock, we can order directly for you from our Do-It-Best warehouse,” Buboltz said. Some of the main product lines include power tools, home and garden, automotive, paints, housewares, and all the traditional nuts, bolts and tools needed to complete your work projects. Service department Service work has been a major focus for Hardware Plus, and it is a growing segment of the business. Hardware Plus has been growing its reputation as a respected small engine repair shop. With a full- and part-time mechanic on staff, the service department works on all varieties of small engines, chain saws, ice drills, power washers and the like. Pickup and delivery is available for

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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. Other services Other services that have been popular at Hardware Plus include screen and glass repair, key making and LP gas tank filling. This past winter, Hardware Plus Storage and Warehousing began offering storage space for campers, vehicles and other storage needs, taking advantage of a large on site storage facility. Arrangements for storage any time of the year can be made at Hardware Plus.


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Hilbert store seeks volunteers, manager By Mark Sherry People come from throughout Calumet County and beyond to shop at the St. Vincent de Paul store in Hilbert, looking for good deals or those hard-tofind treasures. Ironically, the folks who operate the store also are looking for some things— such as more volunteers, a full-time paid manager, and more discernment on the part of the public when it comes to donations of items. Joanne Kopack currently serves as the volunteer manager of the store located along STH 32/57 on the south side of the village, across the highway from the Sargento Foods, Inc. plant. She said volunteers are the engine which makes the St. Vincent de Paul store go, and they have between 40 and 50 volunteers at the store. A person might think that is more than enough help, but Kopack points out most of them are elderly and might only volunteer an hour a week, or even once a month. Kopack said she needs more volunteers on whom she can call, and will take anyone from high school age and up. A person does not have to be Catholic or even of any religion to volunteer at the store. High school or confirmation students needing community service hours can fill them by volunteering there. Having fun while helping Kopack said the volunteers have a lot of fun while helping out at the store. It gives people a reason to get out of the house and to remain active. “It’s a good socialization thing,” she said. Retail store experience also could be a good resume builder for a person looking to acquire paid work in that job sector. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to stop at the store at 463 S. Eighth St. (STH 32/57) or call 853-3449 and ask for the manager. Along those same lines of store staffing, Kopack said she has been serving as the store manager but the position and the hours have become too much for her. That is why the Hilbert St. Vincent de Paul store is currently looking for a full-time paid store manager who will be the only paid employee there. Kopack said she will help train the new manager as there is much which goes on behind the scenes at the resale store. While St. Vincent de Paul would prefer applicants with retail experience, all applications will be considered. Anyone interested in applying for or learning

New signage on the outside of the furniture building at St. Vincent de Paul in Hilbert helps customers realizes that both buildings are part of the store and both hold treasures looking for their next owners. Mark Sherry photo

more about the position is encouraged to contact Kopack. A key point in that training will be how the St. Vincent de Paul store receives donations and eventually gets those items on the store shelves. Kopack said she and everyone else at St. Vincent de Paul are very grateful for all the donations they receive from area individuals and businesses, and that the volume of those donations continues to be excellent. Keeping disposal costs down But she also said she feels the need to issue the reminder to donors that the quality of items donated needs to be worthy of being put on a shelf for resale to the public. She said items need to be usable and clean—something which can be resold. One standard which donors might consider is if they would not consider selling it at their own rummage sale, they should not bring it to the St. Vincent de Paul store. Donors should keep in mind that the store has to pay for having its refuse removed, and the less it has in those dumpsters the better for the store’s bottom line. Kopack said some people have even used the dump-

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sters outside the store as their after-hours garbage dump, which is why the store has improved its video camera system and will be reporting violators of the law to the proper authorities. New security cameras are not the only new feature at the Hilbert store as new signage also is helping to attract more attention to the store’s location. A new digital sign is being installed this month on a main sign located adjacent to the highway. In addition, a new St. Vincent de Paul store sign has been affixed to the front of the “furniture building” which is located just to the north of the original and main store building. Yes, St. Vincent de Paul operates two side-by-side buildings in Hilbert. The north building is filled with furniture, but as part of a store reorganization effort in recent months volunteers also have moved mattresses from the main store into the furniture building. That created additional space in the main store building, allowing volunteers to spread things out a little more and also create a clearance section. Sales are very popular at the St. Vincent de Paul store. Once a month there

is a sale done by the color of the ticket on items. In addition, the first Friday of each month is a storewide 50 percent off sale which continues to attract big crowds. Kopack said the store’s normal customer base is all of Calumet County and the Fox Cities, but the first Friday sale brings bargain hunters from even further. Not to be lost in a discussion of any St. Vincent de Paul store is where the donations and proceeds go. St. Vincent de Paul stores are able to provide household goods, clothing, furniture and other necessities for free to those in need. In addition, the stores process vouchers given to those in need by its Personal Service Center and by the many conference volunteers throughout the greater Green Bay area. Store sales fund the society’s many charitable programs and all donations of merchandise are tax-deductible. While people are finding bargains on everything from clothing for the whole family to books, jewelry, craft supplies, furniture, electronics, and much more, they also are helping people in need— some of whom might even be their neighbors.

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Outstanding care, home setting at West Haven 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 approach 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 Turn to WEST HAVEN/page 10

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Hackbarth joins CMC’s primary care team Nurse Practitioner Amanda Hackbarth symbolizes Calumet Medical Center’s (CMC) commitment to “Personalized Care Close to Home.” “I was raised in Hilbert and have made my home there today. I love country life and this is my community. I feel blessed that a position was open for me here at CMC,” Hackbarth said. Hackbarth attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for her bachelor’s degree in nursing and recently completed graduate studies at Marian University in Fond du Lac. Her face is already familiar to many clinic patients since she had been under the tutelage of Gene Tipler, MD during the fall. “It was an honor and exceptional learning experience to follow Dr. Tipler and an advantage to become acclimated to the clinic before seeing my own patients,” Hackbarth said. Hackbarth is a board-certified, adult-

gerontology nurse practitioner. She is licensed to treat adolescents and adults and, like a physician, is able to assess, diagnose, manage, and treat chronic and acute disease. As a nurse practitioner she is also able to order and interpret laboratory tests, prescribe medication, and perform minor procedures. “My special interests include preventative health, dermatology, hospice, and palliative care. I also have an interest in chronic disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF),” she said. While away from the clinic, Amanda enjoys her hobby farm with husband Kyle and their three young children. “I am exactly where I want to be,” Hackbarth said. To learn more about Amanda Hackbarth, APNP or to schedule an appointment with her contact Calumet Medical Center Clinic at 849-3800.

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Hardware takes front-row seat By Mike Mathes Despite its variety of product offerings, hardware continues to take a front seat at Farm & Home, Chilton’s hometown hardware store. A Do-It-Best Hardware store, Farm & Home is celebrating 20 years under the current ownership team of Kim McKeen and Dwight Bloohm. In many ways, the changes that the store has implemented in the past year have emphasized a return to the core concept of the local community hardware store. “We have worked hard the past year on bringing hardware back to the forefront,” McKeen said. “We have been working on that transition, and are just putting the finishing touches on it now.” The return to a true hardware store identity has involved a sorting out of the most important items for local shoppers. “We have tried to clean things up and focus on what is most useful and necessary for our customers,” McKeen added. “Most importantly, we want to thank all of our customers for their patience and understanding through these changes. We certainly hope they like the finished product when it’s done.” Take even the simplest of categories, like light bulbs. The review process has weeded out some of the old bulbs and replaced them with the new varieties. “Buying light bulbs used to be pretty simple,” he said. “These days, with halogen, LED and all other sorts of options, a light bulb purchase is almost a research project. And, we are here to help that process.”

Hardware takes a front-row seat at Farm & Home in Chilton. Above, Hank Gillig shows that it boils down to the nuts and bolts, featuring Farm & Home’s aisles of hardware components. At left, Kim McKeen demonstrates that the paint department has a large selection from which customers can choose.

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Farm & Home The same concept of filling hardware needs comes to play in what McKeen refers to as the “Aisle of Widgets.” “We offer all the nuts and bolts, but it’s more than nuts and bolts. Our aisle of widgets has all those strange little fittings, anchors and hangers that you can’t find anywhere else,” he said. More than 70 new drawers of widgets have been added to the aisle in recent months. McKeen tells the story of a shopper from the Chilton area who came to Farm & Home claiming he couldn’t find a particular widget anywhere he had shopped. “Our hardware guy went right to the drawer and found it. He put a lot of miles on when he could have come right here to find what he needed,” he said. That theory of deep inventory lines for projects pertains to other hardware departments as well. Whether the project is electrical or plumbing, Farm & Home strives to carry all the accessories to get the job done. Part of the move to bring “hardware to the front” has been to improve the offerings of plumbing and electrical components and accessories. Farm & Home has also sunk its teeth into a wider set of tool offerings. Through Do-It-Best, the store has widened its Channel Lock tool inventory—ranging from pliers to hand tools, sockets, wrenches and ratchets—all the staples of the do-it-yourselfer’s toolbox. Do-It-Best has also upgraded its warehouse stock for Milwaukee Power Tool accessories, including Sawzall blades, tool bits and power tools. Farm & Home offers many other customer advantages through its Do-It-Best affiliation.

continued from page 11 Do-I-Best is one of the largest hardware cooperatives in the country today. They stock more than 67,000 different items in the warehouse, available to Farm & Home customers just arm’s length away. Farm & Home customers are able to order through the semi-annual catalogs, or through online shopping at doitbest. com. Their purchases can be delivered directly to Farm and Home with two to three days. “They pay zero freight, and they don’t have to drive 30 or 40 miles to pick the item up. And they save all the gas, time and money chasing around,” McKeen said. “It’s like having Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menard’s all in one at your fingertips,” he added. Customers can find items like cabinets, flooring, curios and more that are available through the Farm and Home/Do-ItBest cooperative arrangement. “The good news is, if you live in our small communities here in Eastern Wisconsin, you don’t have to leave town to find the big and cool stuff. It’s all right here at your fingertips at your local hardware store.” Most customers, once they get familiar with the catalog and online shopping process are amazed. “They didn’t know that Do-It-Best had all this stuff.” Meanwhile back at the local hardware outlet, shoppers continue to be greeted by the familiar offerings. And, right there, in the front row, are the traditional hardware needs that have been the staple products. Easy to find... close to the forefront...right where hardware belongs.

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Meiselwitz offers quality furnishings By Faye Burg In business since 1898, family owned Meiselwitz Furniture continues to offer new and exciting fine home furnishings to their customers. Operated for the last 35 years by Mike and Bill Curry, Meiselwitz Furniture is located at 328 Fremont Street in Kiel; the same location the business began in when founded by C.J. Meiselwitz in 1898. Meiselwitz Furniture has recently worked to upgrade their website to offer increased web services and information to customers. “We are excited about our new website from Delta Publications,” Mike Curry said. “Mike Mathes and Pam Mathes have done an outstanding job, and we have received many compliments on our new site located at” Fourth generation owners Bill and Mike are also excited to be celebrating their 118th year with a new mattress gallery opening within the next several weeks. “We feature Restonic mattresses,” Bill said. “The best two sided mattress construction in the U.S.A. and the winner of the 2011-2016 Women’s Choice Award.” Consumer best buy awards The Women’s Choice standards rated Restonic excellent in several areas including the likelihood that women consumers would recommend a Restonic mattress to their family and friends. More than 96 percent of the women polled said they would. Other standards

included the salesperson’s knowledge, women-friendly customer service, high level of product satisfaction, and other aspects that women value and trust in a brand. Restonic has received more Consumer Digest Best Buy awards than any other company, Bill added. “For the consumer looking for an alternative from one sided backs that sink, sag and get too soft, our new gallery will offer over 25 different comfort levels.” “All Restonic beds from our Midwest franchise use components made in Wisconsin,” Bill said. “Only two sided beds have the marvelous middle support system to prevent sinking and sagging.” A new Restonic Reality App is available for Apple and Android services where customers can find more information on Restonic products. New Flexsteel furniture Currently featured in the Meiselwitz show window is the new Flexsteel furniture introductions from the 2016 Las Vegas Furniture market. “Flexsteel actually is 10 different furniture companies in one,” Bill explained. “Flexsteel Home New World headquarters is located in Dubuque, Iowa. They offer a lifetime warranty on the seat, frame, and seat cushion core.” Flexsteel products include sofas, sectionals, accent chairs, occasional, motion, reclining, bedroom, dining, and home office furniture. The furniture is beautifully tailored and crafted using lifetime-guaranteed, blue steel seat

Flexsteel furniture and Restonic mattresses are just a few of the popular fine furnishings offered at Meiselwitz Furniture in Kiel. Faye Burg photo

spring construction. Custom orders on over 1,200 styles with thousands of fabrics and hundreds of leathers are available by visiting Flexsteel began in 1893, and Meiselwitz Furniture has been an authorized dealer of Flexsteel for over 75 years. “The power reclining sofa, love seat, and recliner are very popular and are offered in fabric, leather and the new Nuvo leather,” Bill said. “We have over 15 different styles of Flexsteel lift reclining chairs in stock.” Meiselwitz Furniture has furnished homes for the Sheboygan County Parade of Homes held during September for the

last 25 years and enjoys participating in the annual event. Meiselwitz Furniture is located on the corner of Fourth and Fremont streets and can be reached at (920) 894-2250. Open seven days a week, they invite you to visit their showroom. “We offer free delivery and interior design services are available.” “We look forward to assisting you with all your home furnishing needs. From bedding to dining room to living room selections, C. J. Meiselwitz proudly offers the finest brands and the most intriguing design selections.”


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Vogel Chev experienced in every area By Mark Sherry When it comes to getting full service from an experienced, easy-to-work-with team in the new and used vehicle business, it doesn’t get any better than Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel. From some of the hottest selling new vehicles in America to quality used vehicles, Vogel Chevrolet has them for sale with assistance offered by a knowledgeable but no-pressure sales team. Need service for a vehicle whether or not it was purchased at Vogel Chevrolet and whether or not it is even a General Motors product? The service department at Vogel Chevrolet works on all makes and models and has an experienced crew doing that work. Perhaps the service needed is more cosmetic in nature—such as fixing the dents and missing pieces caused by a deer, a snow bank, or another vehicle. Vogel’s on-premises body shop also can handle all makes and models with the most up-to-date equipment and a staff which has seen just about everything in their many years on the job. All those departments work together to provide solutions for whatever best serves the customer at Vogel Chevrolet. Customers easy to work with That atmosphere of teamwork certainly includes the customers as well. Service Manager Joel Noordyk has observed that as a relative newcomer at Vogel Chevrolet. He has worked there for three years, including the last year as Vogel’s service manager. Prior to that he worked for 15 years in the Fox Valley and said, “The customers here are easier to deal with than at a larger dealership.” The fact that many of those customers have been getting their service work done at Vogel Chevrolet for decades if not generations—not to mention having bought their vehicle there—helps them feel right at home. Noordyk started working at a GM dealership when he was a 16-year-old high school student doing oil changes. Now that he has a year under his belt as a service manager, he said, “It’s been what I expected. It’s been good. I got to work with Wayne (Miller) for two years and learned a lot.” Now Noordyk is the one passing along experience and knowledge to others as the Service Department at Vogel Chevrolet is making use of an internship program. Hunter Grunow, an 18-yearold recent graduate of Plymouth High School, is getting GM service training in Appleton while he works at Vogel. “It’s a GM-only program,” Noordyk said. “He gets to learn on their latest and greatest.” Noordyk added that the hope is Grunow someday soon becomes a full-time service technician at Vogel Chevrolet. If he does he will join a team which services all makes and models of cars and trucks at an hourly rate lower than most new car dealerships. A heavier duty truck hoist makes it possible for Vogel Chevrolet technicians to also work on vehicles such as delivery trucks and mini-school buses. Wrecker, loaner service offered Vogel Chevrolet also offers another service which not every repair shop does. Noordyk said, “We pick up vehicles right at your work or home, service them, and then bring them back.” Free loaner vehicles are also available. Across a parking lot from the Service Department, Gene Buchmann and his body shop staff have been bringing vehicles back for years—back from various stages of destruction. Similar to the Service Department,

Plymouth High School graduate Hunter Grunow is working as an intern at Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel while receiving General Motors training in Appleton, hoping to join the team of experienced technicians at Vogel. Mark Sherry photo

the body shop can handle all makes and models. Buchmann said Vogel Chevrolet has many resources to supply quality replacement parts quickly. Buchmann has been with Vogel Chevrolet for 46 years and said the speed with which they can get parts is one of many improvements he has seen over the years. “As things change, technology changes, of course,” he said. “For example, years ago you didn’t repair bumper covers, but these days you do. That saves a lot of money if you can repair and not replace.” Other trends Buchmann said he is seeing in the body shop is the use of more aluminum and high-strength steel, making vehicles lighter and subsequently improving fuel efficiency. That also necessitates changes in the equipment the body shop uses to repair vehicles, but GM and Vogel Chevrolet keep the shop up to date with what it needs and what works best. That includes such things as waterbased paint technology which Vogel Chevrolet added a couple years ago. Buchmann provided an update by saying the paint system is working great and providing good color matching. “We get very good help from BASF, our topnotch paint company,” he said. A hometown trust Buchmann spoke after just finishing up a quote for a customer from Kaukauna. The man previously resided in Kiel but drove down with his grandson’s vehicle which had collided with a snow bank. That is just one of many examples of people wanting to do business with a full-service dealership which has been doing business in a small town for a long time. “There’s a hometown trust here,” Buchmann said. “You treat people fairly. That’s the bottom line.” That last phrase holds true over on the sales side, where veteran salesmen Kelly Johnson and Ed Hartmann have a wide range of quality new and used vehicles for sale. Hartmann sees a positive difference in what Vogel Chevrolet has to offer, and he is also part of that difference. “I find that small town atmosphere is here,” Hartmann said. He and Johnson

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Dental office celebrates 35 years of smiles In 1981, when Dr. Rob Asp purchased the dental office on Main Street in Hilbert, his goal was to provide the community with the best comprehensive dental care and that is exactly what he has done for the last 35 years. Dr. Asp and his team are committed to building long-term relationships with their patients. They provide a comfortable environment, take time to explain available treatment options, and answer any questions patients may have. Over the past three decades, Dr. Asp and his team have had the privilege to care for over 6,500 patients, many of them families who have been patients of his since he first came to Hilbert. Some families he has treated for five generations, while others have moved away and still travel back for cleanings and check-ups. “I am truly grateful to have a job I love and honored to be able to work in a community where I know and care about the people,” Dr. Asp said. “It’s been a delight to watch kids I’ve treated grow up, start their own families and now bring their children to the office.” Along with the ever-changing area and people, there have been many advancements made in dentistry to which Dr. Asp attributes his longevity. “Much has changed in dentistry since I first started practicing,” he recalls. “I have a great team, most of whom have been with me over 30 years. All of us are hungry to learn and we value bringing new technology and treatment options to our patients.” With the many changes over the past 35 years, one thing remains constant— Dr. Asp’s commitment to helping every

Dr. Rob Asp and his experienced team have been serving dental patients from their Hilbert office for the past 35 years.

patient Live Life Smiling. By frequenting continuing education courses, completing in-office training sessions, and keeping current with the latest products and systems available, Dr. Asp and his team are able to provide the highest level of care to their patients. Laser therapy is being used in his offices to help treat gum disease, tooth decay, and TMJ dysfunctions in a non-invasive way. With safe LED technology, Dr. Asp can detect decay, breakage and problem areas before they are visible with X-rays. By diagnosing these issues sooner, he is able to offer early treatment options to patients and help avoid costly and painful procedures further down the road. Dr. Asp is also one of the only dentists

in the area to offer the iTero digital scanner, which allows for full-mouth impressions to be taken by a small camera without the hassle of messy putty materials or uncomfortable impression bite trays. The iTero provides more accurate images of the mouth and takes less time than traditional impression gathering methods so patients do not have to deal with the discomfort of having their mouths open for long periods of time. Dr. Asp has extensive training and experience with both fixed and invisible orthodontics. He has been providing fixed orthodontics since the early ‘80s and was one of the first dentists in the state to offer Invisalign invisible braces when the product first came out over 15

years ago. He is one of only a handful of dentists in the state to be recognized as a Premier Provider by Align Technology, the parent company of Invisalign. Looking towards the next 35 years, Dr. Asp said he cannot imagine the day when he is not practicing dentistry, but ensures he is thinking about the future of the dental office with the needs of the community in mind. “It’s important to me that quality, affordable dental care remains available to the Hilbert community, and I hope our office on Main Street will continue to treat patients for many decades to come,” he said.

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Cleveland State Bank uses ‘Lending Tag Team’ The core of Cleveland State Bank’s value statement is to “Make a difference in someone’s life.” Recent additions to the CSB staff effortlessly live this statement and are eager to work with area businesses in the community who share the same values. Cari Sabel and Brad Dassler are CSB’s “Lending Tag Team.” Their ultimate goal is to promote financial growth for area businesses, on both a commercial and personal level, while sustaining the growth of Cleveland State Bank. Cari and Brad both bring to the team an essence of pride for the community and respect for the people they serve. About the “Lending Tag Team” Lending and finances have been Cari’s focus for over 30 years throughout the surrounding counties and continues to be her focus as part of the Agriculture & Business Services team at Cleveland State Bank. She currently serves on the Ag Advisory Committee for Fox Valley Technical College and is an active member of the Chilton FFA Alumni. Her involvement in the community, and the relationship she has with the people in the community, is a vital quality for which she continually strives. Cari resides in Calumet County with her husband Gerald and has four grown daughters. Brad grew up with small community values that convey in his position as a consumer and mortgage lender. Growing up and working with his father at the family business in Cleveland provided him the opportunity to create a connection to the village and the people who reside there. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in

2008 with a bachelor’s degree in finance, he decided to return to his roots and create a home in Cleveland with his wife, Anna. To further his lending knowledge, Brad is continuing his education with Wisconsin Banker’s Association. “Lending Tag Team” focus Although Cari’s expertise is distinctly developed in the agricultural lending field, she has experience working with businesses of all types—production agriculture as well as small business. She thrives to understand your specific operation and find the best solution to allow you to be successful and prosperous. The definitive goal is minimizing interest rate risk coupled with appropriate loan structuring to allow for positive cash flow and proper balance sheet growth. One of Cari’s many resources include her working knowledge of the USDA-FSA direct and guarantee loan program. Brad will review your options so your personal finance needs match your business needs. He will walk you through the pre-qualification process and review your lending portfolio in order to obtain a long-term, fixed-rate loan, to diversify your risks as the market changes. There are many loan options available for your specific needs including bridge and construction loans. For more than 100 years, Cleveland State Bank has been providing financial solutions for the neighboring communities. Cleveland State Bank has two convenient locations, Cleveland and Howards Grove; however, for even more convenience, CSB’s “Lending Tag Team” has no geographic boundaries and will travel directly to you.

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Cobblestone offers specialized dining By Faye Burg Cobblestone Creek Dining and Banquet strives to provide outstanding dining and banquet facilities at their family owned business in Brillion. “Our mission is to provide our guests superior service in an excellent atmosphere while serving outstanding meals and drinks,� General Manager and Partner Aaron Kabat explained. “We offer a full service restaurant with full service bar serving lunch Tuesday through Friday; dinner Tuesday through Sunday; and Sunday brunch.� “In addition we have complete banquet facilities to accommodate groups over 500 for weddings, anniversaries, business meetings, civic events, fundraisers, funeral dinners, class reunions and showers,� he added. Cobblestone Creek also offers off-site catering from full-service meals to hors d’oeuvre functions. Originally owned by the Levash and Kabat families, the business is now solely in the hands of the Kabat family. “In September of 2014, the Levash family who started Cobblestone with Gary and Nancy Kabat decided to retire from the restaurant business. My brother and his wife, Seth and Amanda along with me and my wife Lindsey, purchased the ownership rights from the Levashes. It was a bittersweet transition and we thank the Levash family for everything they did to make Cobblestone what it is today.�

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Adult basic education offered at Fox Valley For adults who have always wished they had gotten their high school diplomas, Fox Valley Technical College’s Chilton Center campus (FVTC-Chilton Center) can provide the path to success. One-on-one instruction is offered for students in a wide range of ages and abilities. No matter why or when our students’ education was interrupted, they are welcome to continue learning at the Chilton Center. In order to get a high school equivalency diploma (GED or HSED), adult students (18-1/2 and older) must go through the technical college system to register and receive an educational assessment, known as TABE (Tests of Adult Basic Education). This step is important for students because it indicates their proficiency, is used to measure their improvement and identifies areas where they need additional study. TABE also determines the program’s effectiveness and provides statistics that ensure funding to keep the adult education program tuition-free for students. The TABE assessment is in two parts. Locator Tests cover Reading, Mathematics, and Language—all three areas can be completed in about 35 minutes. Locator Test results will determine the appropriate level of TABE test the student will take. The TABE test is the next step, and covers Reading, Math Computation, Math Applied, and Language—25 questions in each section. Study at center, home, or online From there, students can study with an instructor in a classroom setting at the Chilton Center, or at home with an instructor’s guidance, or completely online. Students who demonstrate an advanced level through the TABE can begin preparing to take their GED (General Education Diploma) tests. The instructor will help students identify their educational weaknesses and begin their test preparation in those areas. When students are ready to test for their GED, the tests must be taken at the Chilton Center or at another technical college location. Four academic areas are tested—Reading/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. Although there are no fees for the program, GED testing costs $33.75 per test. Unfortunately, there are many “completely online GED” scams advertised on the internet. Prospective students should be aware that these claims are false—the only true path to a GED is through the Technical College System. The Chilton Center offers GED testing every month. Students in the HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) program will work on reading, writing, communication, math, science, and social studies,

Vogel there right now from Chevrolet, according to Hartmann. The 1500 series of trucks got a face-lift for 2016, including single-stack headlamps. The restyled Malibu for 2016 is getting a lot of good press, Hartmann said, as it offers a bigger, better ride compared to some other passenger vehicles. For even more style there is the Camaro which also will have some new features for 2016. Hartmann said pickup truck sales continue to be phenomenal in this area,

either in a classroom setting or independently in a lab setting. They will work through a book in each of these subjects matched to their level of ability. HSED students do not have to take tests. They also take Health, Civics, and Employability skills classes. What times are classes offered in Chilton? The ABE Lab hours at the Chilton Center are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and also Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Students can arrange their hours to fit around their work schedules or family obligations. ABE students do not feel singled out or self-conscious about coming here to the Chilton Center, because students of all ages are coming and going during the center’s open hours for a variety of classes besides our ABE program. How long will it take to complete a GED or HSED? ABE is a self-paced program—students work at their own pace. Each student and each course is unique, but the instructor can often estimate when the student will be finished. It is up to the student to put in the necessary time and effort to complete the assigned work. About our instructor Sally Thiede is the Adult Basic Education instructor at the Chilton Center. She is from Neenah and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and her master’s degree at Viterbo University in La Crosse. Before joining our staff in January, she was an adjunct ABE instructor for nine years at other Fox Valley Technical College campuses. Sally is fluent in Spanish, having also taught middle school Spanish for several years. She is married with two daughters, and lives in Sherwood. What do students have to say about FVTC Center and our Adult Basic Education Program? One of our students told us that he quit school to take a job at age 18 “by signing a paper in his high school guidance counselor’s office and walking out the door.” Now in mid-life with a family, the student needs a diploma, because “there are no job options without one” and he really wishes he had stayed in school or gotten his HSED years ago. Being older, he feels more driven to do this. As a result, the student is coming in to the ABE Lab at the Chilton Center and working toward his HSED. He also has told us that he feels comfortable learning in this environment. Another one of our ABE students is also taking an additional class here for Technical School credit. She is enrolled in a Microsoft Office class to increase

Sally Thiede is the Adult Basic Education instructor at the Chilton Center of Fox Valley Technical College.

her future work options. FVTC Chilton Center is having an Adult Basic Education Program Open House on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prospective students and their families are invited to come and

meet our instructor, Sally Thiede, tour our ABE classroom area and the rest of our campus, and learn more about our programs. For more information, please call FVTC Chilton Center at 849-4416 or toll-free at (800) 843-4131.


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Fuhrmann expands into plumbing area After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 36-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well. Jarred Ellman joined the partnership last June 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 continued to grow in the second half of 2015 so Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. added another plumber, Greg Van Lanen, to the company. Coming from the Brillion area, Van Lanen has been a journeyman plumber for four 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. According to Sales Manager Andy Geiger, 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 Chilton

Truck & Auto Repair and Carstens Mill in Brillion. 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. “We do a lot of work in new construction and existing homes, performing a nice mix of retrofits and remodeling work,” Geiger explained. “About 80 percent of our 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. Ductless AC systems installed 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

Lyle Lannbrecht, Jarred Ellman, and Marcus Behnke (left to right) are the owners of Furhmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.

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,” Geiger said. “We do a lot of that. Our firm also does duct cleaning and appliance and bath fan venting to improve indoor air quality.” Annual check-ups done Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & CoolTurn to FUHRMANN/page 20

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State Bank expands services, locations 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, State Bank of Chilton is proud to be one financial institution operating with five community focused banking offices with combined assets of over $260 million. Executive Vice President Laura Hoerth said the acquisition of Calumet County Bank will expand the State Bank’s local footprint to Brillion and Sherwood. “Until the systems merger is complete in September, customers are asked to continue to conduct their banking business as usual at their respective offices,� Hoerth said. “We will provide plenty of advance notice of the systems merger and any limited impact it may have on customer banking.� State Bank continues to move forward with a number of projects that will modernize the Bank as they celebrate their 125th year. Web site redesigned Recent improvements for State Bank customers include a redesigned Web site allowing customers to easily find information pertinent to their banking, a redesigned retail online banking platform, eBranch Online with new features including easier navigation, larger font, and better integration with Billpay and Popmoney services. “On July 8, MoneyPass network was added to our ATM and debit cards so you will enjoy surcharge-free access at any of our eight State Bank of Chilton ATMs and now at more than 23,000 ATMs nationwide,� Hoerth explained. “Customers can download the convenient MoneyPass ATM locator app for easy access while on the go.� In addition, Hoerth said mortgage lending has never been higher. “Our mortgage lending has exploded this year,� she said. “We’ve already doubled our mortgage volume over last year, and I attribute it to a pickup in the local real estate market and also our lower rates and closing costs.� Mortgage rates have dropped and Hoerth said State Bank continues to see an

influx in demand for both home purchase mortgages and refinances. “Rates are already at historic lows. The UK’s exit from the EU almost certainly guarantees they will remain low (and possibly go lower) over the next few months. If you were thinking of buying your first home or trading up to the house of your dreams, this may be the time to act. The cost of money may never be better for a potential buyer.� she added. Decades of experience Mortgage Lenders Kathy Burg, Suzanne Hostettler, and Jill Micke provide over seven decades of banking experience in the lending department and are eager to assist customers with all of their lending needs. The three said they are passionate about their work and eager to share the variety of products offered at State Bank and are excited to explain the advantages of the menu of lending products offered at State Bank. Guiding customers to take advantage of the best available option, Hostettler emphasizes there is no charge to initiate the application process. “You will not lose any money exploring your options and we are happy to guide anyone in their search,� she said. 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 myriad of choices that can overwhelm and confuse the general public. “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. It is not unusual for a first-time homebuyer to openly share their anxiety about entering the mortgage world. Hostettler keeps their angst in mind and aims to reduce their worries. “We bring forward all the options that can assist a person in purchasing their home and there are pro-

Fuhrmann ing 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 fund local causes and trades educational development programs with generous contributions. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. holds professional memberships in the Brillion Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Shores Home Builders Association, Inc., and the Manitowoc County Home Builders Association and employees are trained on a regular basis. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. participates yearly in the MidShores Home Builders annual Home Show each March in Chilton. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is also

continued from page 19 associated with Focus on Energy and WPS program with money back rewards. Service at Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is available 24/7, 365 days of the year with an employee always 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 36 years in business with 15 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

Mortgage Loan OfďŹ cer Jill Micke is just one of the dedicated employees available to serve customers at State Bank of Chilton.

grams 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 government has offered these grants, which are capped. So, it is best to inquire early about the availability of funds,� Hostettler said. 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. “We’re excited to celebrate our bank anniversary on a year when we are making so many changes to position ourselves for future success,� Hoerth added. “Many times customers are surprised to find we offer the same products and services as the big banks, but without the fees.� State Bank of Chilton’s locations are in Chilton, Stockbridge, Milwaukee, Brillion and Sherwood. More information can be found by calling (866)742-2823 or visiting their Web site at

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Health care support

Calumet Area Community Health Foundation funds vital By Mike Mathes 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.” Make a difference Fou nd at ion Boa rd member Tim Richman eyes great things for the future of health care in the greater Calumet County area through the supportive relationship between the Health Foundation and Calumet Medical Center. “Together, the Foundation and Calumet Medical Center will be focusing on three major health care needs identified in our community health assessment,” he said. That assessment identified— ■ diabetes; ■ obesity; and ■ alcohol abuse as the three most significant health challenges for the Calumet County area. “We have entered some exciting discussions as a foundation to look at how the financial support of the foundation can help address this issues,” he said. Richman said these three health issues are costing big dollars for people in our area communities. By applying foundation funds to support preventive and proactive programming, the Calumet Area Health Foundation hopes to make an impact. “We want to be able to look back year after year at what the Health Foundation has done to improve these conditions and be able to share that impact with the community,” he said. Richman said these issues, which speak to people, will require the support of the foundation moving forward. To date, approximately CACHF/page 23

Calumet Medical Center’s recent expansion was supported by the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation.

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Shopping fun doubled at Seasons by Design

By Mark Sherry Double the locations means double the awesomeness for northeast Wisconsin gift shoppers when it comes to Seasons by Design. Owner Jillayne Bertram now has two locations from which to pleasantly surprise first-time visitors and thoroughly please her many repeat customers. Bertram makes one thing immediately clear—the Seasons by Design store in New Holstein located near Honeymoon Acres is still open and will stay that way. That is great news for area shoppers, just as it is great news that Bertram has now accomplished a longtime goal and opened her most prominent location to date—next to Chilton Furniture in Chilton’s Southside Shopping Center. “I just want people to know we didn’t leave New Holstein,” Bertram said. Look at it as just the most recent transformation of a business which has undergone location changes in the past. She started Seasons by Design in her garage, then moved it to her home, then to a former church, then to the current New Holstein location behind the Gruett’s implement dealership on the city’s north side. It was no secret that Seasons by Design is a bit of a secret in New Holstein based on its location, but a secret which is well worth finding out for the many customers who have. “The majority of my customers didn’t know we were there or came from a long distance,” Bertram said. “I wanted to open the second store just a few miles up the road in Chilton to give those shoppers another opportunity.” Location is not a challenge in Chilton’s Southside Shopping Center located along STH 32/57. “We’ve received a wonderful welcoming,” Bertram said. “The support has been incredible.” She said being surrounded by a number of other retail and service establishments in the shopping center is helping more and more people come to know what Seasons by Design has to offer. They might decide to stop in after renewing their driver’s license next door, shopping for furniture, doing some banking, or getting their hair done, but just about every first-timer who does stop is amazed at the quality, quantity, and value which Seasons by Design has to offer. As they have in the New Holstein store, people stopping in the new Chilton store are saying they feel like they are in Door County. Bertram said each of her two stores will have their own unique offerings and lines, although there will be some overlap as well. As some examples, the New Holstein store will have a discount area which customers will not find in Chilton. The New Holstein store will have more lawn and garden and concrete items to take advantage of the adjacent Honeymoon Acres traffic in the spring and summer. Green Bay Packers and other Wisconsin sports items can be found at both stores. One area which clearly sets the Chilton store apart is Jillayne’s Boutique at the rear of the store. Customers walk up a small ramp to the elevated area where pharmacists once dispensed drugs in the former drug store. Now it is dresses instead of drugs found in that spot, but also a lot more. Seasons by Design has women’s fashions from literally head to toe, both for special occasions and everyday, on-trend items. Clothing lines include Coco & Carmen, Simply Noelle, and Charlie Paige. A large dressing room is available to try on clothing, and even that is done in typical Seasons by Design uniqueness— chalkboard paint on the door to enter the dressing room so that sayings and notes can be written on it, and more inspira-

Among the women assisting Seasons by Design owner Jillayne Bertram (seated) at her new Chilton store are (from left) Jane Loose, Mary Jaschob, and Brenda Mueller. Not pictured are Hailey Tasch, Terri Mader, and Cathy Dreiling.

Toni Rodriguez, Jane Loose, and owner Jillayne Bertram continue to serve customers at Seasons by Design’s store in New Holstein. Not pictured are Tina Gozdziewski, Lori Binversie, and Hailey Tasch. Mark Sherry photos

tional messages on the walls inside the dressing room. “I want to encourage and uplift,” Bertram said. Clothing sizes up to XXL can be found in the store, and special orders can be made. Free layaway is offered. There also is an area for “tweens” in the boutique. Strolling around the Chilton store, customers find that Bertram has the unusual, unique, and practical, all at reasonable prices—just as she has for years at the New Holstein store. There is Caren lotion made in the U.S., Ginger Snaps interchangeable jewelry (buy 10 and get the 11th free), Duke Cannon men’s hand soaps with a portion of profits going to veterans, Sassafras interchangeable floor mats, interchangeable light boxes, For Tea’s Sake teas, Insignia gifts, and a seemingly endless number of other examples.

One of the front corners of the Chilton store will change seasonally, but anyone who has shopped Seasons by Design knows things are always changing as Bertram works to make her stores the best they can be and to continually bring in the latest for her customers. As an example, she said she hopes to add a selection of wine to her Chilton store to go along with an already broad selection of wine accessories. Wine and/or tea samplings certainly pair well with Ladies Day every Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. Ladies Day includes unadvertised specials, a free gift with every purchase, and other specials. “Special” is a good word to describe the shopping experience at either Seasons by Design store. “I certainly have plenty of staff in both stores,” Bertram said. “It’s still that one-on-one service.”

Hours vary between the two stores and change seasonally. Presently the Chilton store is open every day except Sundays, while New Holstein is open Thursdays through Saturdays in the winter. Bertram asks that customers pardon their progress as they spring clean and enlarge their discount area. Seasons by Design is in the process of making that area much larger as they mark down more product. The goal is to make the majority of that entire room in New Holstein their discount and clearance room. Bertram said she plans to split her time between the two stores as much as possible, allowing her to see the looks on customers’ faces in both locations when they find that special item they never would have guessed could be found in a small town gift shop.

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CACHF 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 281 scholarships, with a value of $411,000. Scholarship recipients in 2015, included Hilbert High School graduates Anna Heid (UW-Madison) and Kelly Kuehl (St. Norbert College); New Holstein High School graduates Karissa Preston (Marian University), Lauren Voelker (UW-LaCrosse), Joel Feider (UW-LaCrosse) and McKenna Jacobs (UW-LaCrosse); Brillion High School graduate Rachel Daun (Mount Mary University); Chilton High School graduates Renee Schmitz (UW-Madison) and Caitlin Bloomer (Marquette University Dental School); and Kiel High School graduates Kelly Winkel (University of Colorado grad school and Matthew Ritger (UW-Madison). Growing the base fund 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


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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 Paul Hugo said. Tax exempt public trust 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 was Calumet Medical Center 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 term future. Through a partnering 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

How you can help build the foundation Private citizens, businesses or organizations can offer help by— ■ Naming Calumet Area Community Health Foundation as a beneficiary in a life insurance policy; ■ Leaving the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation a bequest in your will; ■ Making an outright donation to the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation; or ■ Establishing a donor advised fund in the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation. Please contact us, or have your legal representative contact us for more information about supporting Calumet Area Community Health Foundation. Calumet Area Community Health Foundation Phone: (920)849-8700 E-mail: Mail: CACHF, Suite 6, 451 E. Brooklyn St., Chilton, WI 53014

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 Tim Richman, Paul Hugo, Norbert Keuler, Joe Mathes, Glen Calnin, T. J. Friedrichs, Daniel Thiel and Gene Tipler, M. D.

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10-year anniversary

Mud Creek Coffee Café now known as much for its food By Mark Sherry It has been a decade since Mud Creek Coffee Café opened its doors in Stockbridge but, to paraphrase an old ad slogan, they’re not getting older, they’re getting better. “It’s really hard to believe,” owner Julie Parsons said when asked to reflect on the fact that as of June 5 Mud Creek will have been open for a full 10 years. “We’ve changed so much in the scope of the 10 years,” Julie added. She recalled how she planned for Mud Creek to be a coffee shop with a little food available, but how today it is known just as much for its food as its coffee. She attributes that to two primary reasons—listening to what their customers want, and the growth of daughter Taylor in the business. Still just 23 years old, Taylor is now the manager of Mud Creek Coffee Café. Julie said Taylor has become the face of the business. “She is who the customers know,” Julie said. Starting as a young teen Taylor was just 14 when she started working in the business about a year after it opened. When she first started she was doing dishes but progressively worked her way up. “She was dying to get into the coffee bar,” Julie said. In recent years the biggest thing Taylor has helped bring to Mud Creek Coffee Café is a greater focus on ever fresher and healthier menu choices and ingre-

dients in their food. They said customers are loving the taste of their food, so they are eating healthier and enjoying it even more. As examples, Mud Creek Coffee Café chops its own fresh romaine lettuce for salads and serves spring mix and spinach as well. Diners can get chips or housemade pasta salad with their paninis, wraps, and sandwiches, but Mud Creek Coffee Café also now offers a side salad. Their new soup line carries the slogan “nothing artificial, everything delicious.” All deli meat is now 100 percent natural, no preservatives. Milk alternatives such as soy, coconut and almond are offered for customers who are seeking those. “There’s something on our menu for everybody,” Julie said. Taylor even has been experimenting with a very healthy green smoothie using kale and avocado which she hopes to introduce by this summer. Menu has grown tremendously Back in June 2006 Julie could not have imagined the menu they have today with dozens of offerings and a gluten friendly line-up. They started with a single breakfast croissant but now have eight breakfast offerings served all day and another 10 served until 11 a.m., including a variety of scrambles (eggs over roasted potatoes with a variety of other toppings available), breakfast burritos (including Turn to MUD CREEK/page 25

Taylor Parsons is the manager of Mud Creek Coffee Café in Stockbridge.

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Hilbert Progress briefs 2016

New Hope Center gives opportunity to disabled 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. New Hope Center also introduced its Made by M.E. workshop which is in its infancy growing stage. “We can screen print your shirts—give us a call,” CEO Greg Logemann said, adding that a full-time graphic artist recently was hired to help in the process. Other key personnel at New Hope Center are Joe Weidensee, director of commercial services; Martha Leppanen, director of services; and Lisa Wollersheim, business manager. New Hope Center sprang from the efforts of 13 families who, in January 1953, began an association to advocate for their children with disabilities. One parent in attendance at their very first meeting said, “We must speak for these children who cannot speak for themselves.” The superintendent of the Chilton Public School District pledged his support of the group and predicted that “this small group would soon become a powerful force.” Shortly thereafter, special education classes were offered to area children with disabilities for the first time. Since its creation, NHC continues to change based on the needs of those served. On the first day of operation, New Hope owned a table and chairs and served 10 individuals. Today, several buildings, a fleet of vehicles, a team of staff members, and volunteers allow NHC to serve approximately 150 individuals each year. Services have expanded to include a variety of vocational opportunities, residential services, personal care, adult day services, and specialized transportation. Officials said NHC’s success can be attributed to strong support from area individuals, service organizations, businesses and county government. Learn more at

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Julie said people often leave Mud Creek Coffee Café with something in their hands, but they also often leave with something else—a new friend in the staff of the café. “It is so nice to see strangers become really good friends, and all of a sudden they’re telling Taylor their life story. It’s all walks of life.” The same can be said of Mud Creek Coffee Café’s other employees. “We have been blessed with very loyal and talented employees along the way,” Julie said. “We definitely haven’t done it by ourselves.” Sometimes those new relationships become even more—like Taylor’s boyfriend, who came into Mud Creek often for coffee or something to eat over a period of a couple months until one day he asked her to go out with him. Count that as one more great story in the 10-year history of Mud Creek Coffee Café, right up there with the story of how the coffee house and cafe first got its start. When Julie joined husband Bill at Parsons Construction

in 2000, she said she was used to the amenities of the big city but could not get those in Stockbridge. “My friends would want to meet for lunch and we would have to drive somewhere or go to a bar,” she said. While on a trip out of the country in 2004, Julie said she answered the question in the Jana Stanfield song “If I Were Brave” by saying she would open a coffee shop. With the help of another couple and her husband, they purchased the former Karls Hardware building in Stockbridge, completely remodeled it, and today have Mud Creek Coffee Café. A decade later, Julie watches her daughter successfully managing the business and customers leaving full and happy on a daily basis. They continue to be very busy so they do not always take a moment to reflect on how far they have come. When Julie finally took that moment, she said, “It’s like you’re in the dream but you don’t even realize you’re in it.”

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original, veggie, deluxe, and spinach and feta), belgian waffles, and a gluten friendly quesadilla. The lunch menu is even more extensive, offering grilled paninis, wraps, cafe sandwiches, the soup of the day, and signature salads. Julie and Taylor said just a few of the most popular selections are chipotle chicken, turkey club, and pizza paninis; chicken salad, tuscan chicken, and chicken Caeser wraps; the Mud Creek club, Dirty Bird (smoked turkey and ham), roast beef, and ham and cheese sandwiches; and the Greek chicken salad and chicken Caeser salad. All of those favorites have been around since Mud Creek opened, but they have added so many more selections since inception. “People consider us a restaurant,” Julie said, but they still come from miles away for the coffee. There is the delivery driver who always stops on his way through Stockbridge for what he calls the best iced mocha available. There is the woman from Appleton who comes down for what she says is the best chai tea around. There is the motorcyclist from West Bend who rides up here in the summer just to go to Mud Creek. And there are the people on their way to and from Door County who swing through the village for that reason as well. “We put a lot of love into everything we do,” Julie said. The women said Mud Creek Coffee Café has changed over the past 10 years because they have listened to their customers, kept a close eye on trends, and have adjusted to what works and what does not. They no longer offer suppers— instead closing at 3 p.m. daily—but have branched out more into offering other items for sale including wine and wine accessories, chocolates, greeting cards, honey, tea, soaps, lotions, and more.



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