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Tempo • Howards Grove Area Progress 2017 • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcoming barks grow at Happy Tails By Mark Sherry Everyone who walks through the doors of Happy Tails Pet Grooming & Boarding gets greeted—and not just by a human. With their keen sense of hearing and their desire to be reunited with their owners—a trait which makes them so darn lovable—a chorus of barks goes up from the dogs which are being groomed or boarded there at any given time. These days the chorus is much larger as Happy Tails owners Randy and Diana Schmidt have been very busy over the past year expanding their facility located at N7894 STH 42 just southeast of Howards Grove. One of the most significant aspects of the expansion has been the addition of an indoor training area. The training area is being used by Rebekah Hintzman of Ruff Academy, who has had a business relationship with the owners of Happy Tails for the past three years. Hintzman provides a wide range of dog training services through Ruff Academy, including obedience classes, agility classes for high energy and active dogs, Puppy Playhouse classes for puppies 10 weeks to five months, social events through A Dogs Life Social Club, and service dog training, among others. Having Ruff Academy on site has helped the Happy Tails facility move toward becoming a one-stop destination for pet owners. To handle the increased four-legged traffic, the Schmidts also in

the past year added four more doublewide kennels with an inside/outside option for the dogs. A sliding door allows the dog to move inside or outside during the day as it wishes but can be closed at night or when the weather turns bad. The progress list of the past year at Happy Tails does not end there. On the other end of the building, five more kennels were added a few months ago and another three small kennels were added in what had been a play room. The additional facilities have been needed as Randy said Happy Tails has generally been at boarding capacity on weekends and half to three-fourths full during the week. Happy Tails has come a long way from when the Schmidts started the business in the basement of their adjacent home in May 2008. Asked if he could have imagined back then the business being what it is today, Randy admitted, “I didn’t think it would work. It’s been very good.” Success does not come without work, however, and the Schmidts are often working seven days per week as boarding is open every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grooming takes place Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The couple also is quick to point, however, that they could not do what they do without their dedicated and talented employees. There is much to be done at Turn to happy tails/page 4

Randy and Diana Schmidt are the owners of Happy Tails Pet Grooming & Boarding located on STH 42 just southeast of the Howards Grove. Mark Sherry photo

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Tempo • Howards Grove Area Progress 2017 • Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Hillcrest has what home buyers want By Mark Sherry This is a great time to sell a home and perhaps build the home of a person’s dreams, and there may be no better company to build that home in the Shebooygan County area than Hillcrest Builders. “It’s clearly a seller’s market,” Hillcrest Builders owner Oyvind Solvang said. “Lot prices are still very reasonable around here.” He added that is not necessarily the case in larger markets which makes the Sheboygan County market very attractive. In that market Hillcrest Builders has plenty to offer both in terms of available developments and the variety of home plans within those developments. Just a short drive south of Howards Grove via STH 32 at the intersection of CTH O is Pigeon Creek, a community dotted with Hillcrest’s usual top-quality homes along with some remaining lots ready for the next home to be constructed. Pigeon Creek offers an exceptional location as it provides the feel of rural/ suburban living but is a very short drive away from connecting to STH 23 and I-43 as well as the amenities of Howards Grove, Sheboygan Falls, and Sheboygan. Variety of developments Pigeon Creek is just one of six Hillcrest communities in the Sheboygan area. Also in Sheboygan Falls are Highland Hills Estates and Willow Creek, and in Sheboygan are Green Meadows, Mueller Fields, and Windmor Estates. A person does not have to drive much further to check out additional Hillcrest communities in cities such as Plymouth, Kiel, and New Holstein.

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Willow Creek has been a condominium community and will continue to be that, but Solvang said a “vintage neighborhood” of single-family homes will be started soon on the west end of that development in order to satisfy the growing need for single-family homes which Hillcrest is seeing. Solvang said he has found that the success of residential developments can be equated to the proverbial snowball

rolling down a hill. The snowball starts small, but as it goes it gains speed and size until it has become all that it can be. He added that more area homeowners are now finding they can sell their existing homes at their price or at least close to it, enabling them to have more equity to put toward constructing a new home— perhaps the home of their dreams. A great advantage of Hillcrest Builders is that they are more than a construction

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Tempo • Howards Grove Area Progress 2017 • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hillcrest ought to be done to their existing homes in order to make them sell more rapidly and at a higher price. Hillcrest’s decades of experience in the home construction business helps it be a one-stop shop for home sellers, buyers, and people looking to build a new home. Those latter people will find that Hillcrest has dozens of available plans. “We keep refining and adding plans,” Solvang said. He said one plan which is very popular these days is the Sarah II, a 1,547 square foot L-shaped home with three bedrooms, two baths, and lots of natural light. “That’s a great plan that people just love,” he said. A Sarah II home will be on display in Plymouth next month as part of the Sheboygan County Parade of Homes. Hillcrest also will have a two-story home in Windmor Estates as part of the Parade of Homes. When it comes to trends among people looking to build a new home, Solvang said, “Above all people are looking for low maintenance, ease of maintenance.” He said a secondary trend has been a significant increase in people looking for country lots, although not necessarily huge lots. No matter where the person decides to build, if they go with Hillcrest Builders they are assured of getting a top quality home. “We benchmark ourselves against the Madison and Milwaukee competition,” Solvang said. He said Hillcrest strives to be the best builder in the Milwaukee market where Hillcrest has been very active in recent years, and it keeps that same standard in Sheboygan County where it got its start. From standard 2x6 construction with OSB sheeting and excellent insulation to premium windows and trim, Hillcrest Builders constructs an extremely energy efficient home. They even clean out the ducts when construction is done to make sure the customer has the ready-to-live-in home they want. “We’ve taken the A-plus approach,” Solvang said. People like the Premium Line Hillcrest offers a Premium Line of home plans which he said the vast majority of his customers choose. “We have such good pricing that very few people downgrade from that,” he added. Solvang has a degree in mechanical

engineering, and has found this to be a great asset when evaluating the best energy features and soundest construction while choosing the best value for Hillcrest’s customers. While it has a wide variety of standard building plans, the company’s longtime willingness to customize plans—giving customers exactly what they want— provides for infinite possibilities. Plans which offer multi-generational living options—such as an area in the residence for an elderly parent to live—are becoming more popular. Hillcrest Builders also has new ranch home plans with the popular open concepts which home owners seem to like these days. Solvang said Hillcrest’s success in development has been relatively simple. “Land and plans, plans and land,” he said. “Number one, have the right location, and then have the right plans—and we have both.” Beyond those plans, Hillcrest Builders also stays on top of the latest offerings when it comes to how to build those homes and what to put inside them. From premium line quartz counter tops to laminate flooring, new energy efficient walls, and so much more, Hillcrest Builders has it included. An interesting trend Solvang has noted is empty nester couples building new homes. There are several reasons for that—available equity, the ability to live at home longer these days, and the desire and ability to build a home which is ready for a person’s older years. Solvang said he sees empty nesters wanting simpler homes with features such as zero steps from the garage to the home and easy access throughout it, including a spacious master bath with no-curb walkin showers made with no-grout tile replacement materials for no maintenance. He said it is good to have such things in place even before they are needed. “It’s like bringing the umbrella so it doesn’t rain,” he said. “We often bring it up even if the customer hasn’t thought about it. It’s just good, solid planning.” Good, solid plans and good, solid homes is a great way to describe Hillcrest Builders. Whether it is the young, firsttime home buyer or the couple heading into retirement, now is a great time to get into a great home.

Happy Tails Happy Tails. The business’ dog grooming services include clipping, baths, ears, nails, and anal gland expressing. Cat grooming and bathing also are available. Regular grooming of dogs and cats helps control shedding and odor, prevents matting, and improves overall health and skin condition. Especially when younger, grooming helps kittens and puppies get used to being touched by people. Diana is part of a staff of four groomers at Happy Tails who keep dogs and cats looking good. In addition to grooming there is plenty of other work to do at Happy Tails; as a person might imagine, clean-up is part of that. Animals are taken out of their kennels every two hours for bathroom breaks and playtime. Randy said new business walks through the door almost daily as wordof-mouth advertising works for Happy Tails. It also does not hurt that the business has been named Sheboygan County’s best grooming and boarding business in each of the past two years as

continued from page 2 well as winning the Spectrum Award in 2017 for service excellence in Sheboygan County. Repeat business also is key for Happy Tails. Randy said the kennel’s boarding rates are very competitive with other area kennels, charging $18 per day for large animals and $16 for small animals, with reduced rates for multiple pets in the same kennel. Customers of Happy Tails find a facility which is wheelchair accessible, boards cats and dogs of all sizes, has four cat kennels and a separate cat boarding area, a 40x70 foot outdoor play area, an indoor play area, special needs services, and a local veterinarian on call 24/7. The business has even been known to board animals in addition to cats and dogs including rabbits, fish, birds, and a sugar glider—a type of gliding possum. To learn more about Happy Tails or to schedule grooming or boarding services, stop in, call (920) 912-6066, e-mail, or check out

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Tempo • Howards Grove Area Progress 2017 • Tuesday, August 22, 2017



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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Tempo • Howards Grove Area Progress 2017 • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

50 years in the family Vogel observes 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 held events in July to mark its first half century of business in the Kiel community. The celebration was held July 26 to 29 and included a special event 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 received 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. Helping to plan those anniversary celebrations was the fourth generation of Vogel family members to work in the business. Tara Vogel—a great-granddaughter 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.

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

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“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 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

continued from page 6 of 75. Charlie’s sons Scott and Mike had been operating the business, although 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. “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 and their employees to keep that reputation going. Technology has helped them do that, such as in the area of parts ordering. Mike recalled when it used to take 10 to 14 days for some parts to arrive. Now many parts can be obtained on the same day or, at worst, the next day after being ordered. Doing their homework People in the market to buy a new or used vehicle also use the latest technology to do their homework before heading off to a dealership. Tara said studies show that new car buyers spend about two hours in dealerships but many more hours than that studying online before heading off to the lot. Mike said, “Expectations always increase, but they are more knowledgeable than they used to be.” Vogel Chevrolet also keeps up on the latest technology in its Service Department with all the diagnostic equipment necessary to let the computers in today’s cars help technicians know what is happening. Just as generations of Vogel family members have guided the business over the past 50 years, so have generations of families been loyal in keeping their business at Vogel Chevrolet. Mike said he could name individual customers who have purchased as many as 15 different vehicles at Vogel Chevrolet. That is just one more success story of the first 50 years in Kiel for Vogel Chevrolet.

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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 9

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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 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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Howards Grove Progress briefs 2017

Edgewood Pools founded in 1979

Edgewood Pools & Spas of Howards Grove was founded in 1979 on the principles of hard work, exceptional customer service and a focused attitude. It is these qualities that keep customers satisfied. The company has built many pools in the area and has a list of references available upon request. Summer hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Edgewood Pools & Spas is located at 1003 N. Wisconsin Dr. Call (920) 5652606 for more information.

Sixel & Schwinn serves wide area

Sixel & Schwinn, Inc. is located between Howards Grove and Sheboygan just off STH 42. This location allows it to serve customers in eastern Wisconsin. Sixel & Schwinn has served customers with electrical, plumbing, water system, and sump pump needs since 1986. Whether it is a new venture or maintaining existing systems, their experienced and licensed employees will walk customers through each step of the way. They will recommend energy saving options for long-term efficiency. Sixel & Schwinn brings technology and experience to projects. More specifically, Sixel & Schwinn provides services in new construction, remodeling, plumbing design, pump repair and installation, excavation of underground water and drain lines, water conditioning, faucet repair and installation, water heater repair and replacement, RP valve testing, and garbage disposal installation, repair and replacement. For more information call (920) 5652131. Emergency service is provided 24 hours per day.

Franklin Haus celebrates history

Established in 1857, Franklin Haus Village Hall, Tavern & Market is complemented by a scenic Sheboygan River view. From the “spring” dance floor hall with original lighted German immigrant

well, to the smoke-free gilded tavern with 10 local brews on tap, and a large selection of Wisconsin wines to sip, people can relax and slow their pace. Family, business and community events are welcome in the historic setting. In addition to featuring Wisconsin food products, Franklin Haus offers locally made artisan goods. A growing selection of hand-crafted products includes caramel corn, honey, sorghum, CDs, candles, ethnic and local history books, cards, gift bags, and much more. Recently introduced are Franklin Haus brats which are 85 percent lean. With special spices and no preservatives, these brats are prepared and packaged by Miesfelds. Franklin Haus is nestled between Howards Grove and Elkhart Lake in Sheboygan County at the Sheboygan River in the village of Franklin. The address is N8133 Franklin Rd., Plymouth. C. A. Rittenhouse is the proprietor of Franklin Haus. For more information call (920) 565-2565; e-mail wicar@tds. net; or check out Franklin Haus is open Fridays through Sundays from 3 p.m. to close. Call to book meetings, parties, weddings, etc. Tour buses and groups are invited. The dance hall can accommodate up to 200 people.

Lincoln Street observes 10 years

Lincoln Street Sports Bar and Grill, owned and operated by Tim Petrie, opened in June 2007. The establishment has continued to maintain its goal of a feel good, relaxing atmosphere to watch sports and visit with friends over a cocktail or beer. The food has become a staple for many of the locals who have come to know the daily specials by heart and praise the wings and hand-pattied burgers as the best in the area. Friday night fish always is a big hit. The outdoor patio is open so people can enjoy food or a cocktail outside and view race cars from Road America. Lincoln Street continues to host more and more benefits for clubs, social groups and for individuals or families facing unfortunate medical or financial circumstances. “We believe in trying to help make a difference, and having a place to go and friendly staff to help make their event and day easier is worth it,” Petrie said.

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Tempo • Howards Grove Area Progress 2017 • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Howards Grove Progress briefs 2017

Falls Glass offers many products

Falls Glass offers a wide array of products, many of which are on display in their showroom. When you visit their showroom it becomes abundantly clear that Falls Glass Service supplies windows and doors, mirrors, shower doors, gas and wood fireplace inserts, awnings and railings, as well as three season rooms or under deck roofing systems. When building a new home or new commercial building, or when remodeling an existing home or business, it will surprise people how many products Falls Glass Service offers. Their motto—“We’re more than glass”—makes it clear as glass that they sell, manufacture, install, repair and replace a number of essential and useful products that enhance home and business life. They can install everything they sell. Falls Glass is located at 433 Monroe St. in Sheboygan Falls. Call 1-800-2423192 for more information. It is open six days per week, Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon. Check out

Comfort offered in all seasons

Four Seasons Comfort LLC does what its name says—providing cooling and heating comfort to area residents in all four seasons of the year. From its locations at W2074 Garton Rd., Sheboygan and 633 Eastern Ave., Plymouth, Four Seasons Comfort provides a wide variety of services in the heating and cooling areas. BX Series

There is still a little bit of hot weather left in this season, so perhaps the need is air conditioning. An air conditioning system consists of a unit that cools the air, and some means to deliver that air. Cooling methods depend on the type of unit. Some units also remove moisture (dehumidify) and dust from the air. The air-moving system could be a simple fan within the unit (as with a self-contained window unit), or it could be the same system of air ducts the furnace uses for heating the home. Four Seasons Comfort LLC is thoroughly familiar with all types of air conditioning systems. Heating season is right around the corner. The furnace is the heart of a home’s forced-air central heating system. It heats air, but that air must then be distributed throughout the home. That job is done by fans pushing the heated air through the system’s ducts. The air comes out of registers, usually located in the floor or low on the wall. Four Seasons Comfort LLC is thoroughly familiar with all components and operations of forced-air heating systems. The company also is experienced in boiler systems. Whether it is a brand new boiler system, maintenance, or repair, Four Seasons Comfort LLC can help with boiler needs. When a breakdown happens, Four Seasons has the equipment, spare parts, and expertise to address the problem and it is ready to roll at any hour. For installation, maintenance, or repair needs, or if you just have a question about your system, call (920) 565-2095 or e-mail

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Tempo • Howards Grove Area Progress 2017 • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Honoring Howards Grove’s GUARDIANS

Howards Grove Fire Department members are (front, from left) Bret Nikisch, Trevor Wehrmann, Jeff Meyer, Eric Kuhfuss, and Jeff Everette; (middle) Dan Sohn, Matt Osladil, Nick Moths, Jimmy Justinger, Darrin Christians I, Tom Weber, Jamie Noel, Cody Fuller, Glenn Grunwald, Ed Pahl, Derric Wilkinson, and Ryan Duening; and (back) Logan Nonemacher, Brian Neinhaus, Mark Eichhorst, Dave Klinzing, Jerry Wehrmann, Assistant Chief Scott Weber, and Chief Tyler Wuestenhagen.

Howards Grove Fire Corps members are (front, from left) Ashley Reinertson, Amanda Rabe, MaryAnn Korpi, Margie Niemuth, and Linda Lefeber; and (back) Tom DeTroye, Maryanne Justinger, Laverne Weber, Miranda Bill, Trista Neinhaus, Debbie Weber, Kristin Kuether, Tyler Wuestenhagen, and Scott Weber.

Honoring Ada’s Guardians Firefighters and First Responders

Howards Grove First Responders are (front, from left) JoAnn Gadicke, Jeff Meyer, Kelly Bertram, Jessica Wuestenhagen, and Amanda Rabe; and (back) Matt Osildel, Darin Christians, Jimmy Justinger, Trista Neinhaus, Scott Weber, Tyler Wuestenhagen, Mike Christian, and Dave Wright.

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Delta ‘gets the word out’ in variety of ways Delta Publications, Inc. owner Mike Mathes has used the phrase for years that the company is not a newspaper business, it is an information business. That is as true as ever as Delta Publications, Inc. seeks to bring information to people in a wide variety of ways. One of those ways is, the Web site of the Tri-County News. A redesigned iwantthenews. com continues to bring breaking news and information which changes daily to its audience. News, sports, and letters to the editor continue to be among the information posted at From its inception years ago, one of the most popular features has been the obituaries section. The Delta Publications, Inc. staff works to post local obituaries as soon as they become available, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Mark Sherry, editor of the Tri-County News, said, “With our weekly newspaper, if a person passes away on a Thursday and the funeral is going to be Monday, we can’t get that information in the printed newspaper—but it is there online so that people can know about it in time to attend the funeral services.” Similarly, the Delta Publications, Inc. staff works to try to get sports results from Kiel, New Holstein, Chilton, and Stockbridge high schools online as soon as possible after the events while providing more details of events in the following week’s Tri-County News. With the high school football season starting up again, game results are sometimes available online before everyone has cleared out of the school parking lot. Special sections—such as this Howards Grove Progress edition—are posted on and can be seen in their entirety there. The Web site also offers the continuing opportunity for people to do keyword searches for past information by using that feature on the site. The new and improved has brought sharper photos to viewers as well as improved calendar listings. Delta Publications, Inc. also continues to offer BizPost listings on its Web site. BizPost offers specials from local companies as well as online calendar information. While Delta Publications, Inc. continues to deliver in-

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