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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress 2019 • Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hetzner to retire after 33 years By Mike Mathes As Dr. Michael Hetzner retires this year from active medical practice, he is both humbled and thankful for the opportunity to have served the greater Kiel and tri-county areas for the past three decades. Dr. Hetzner still remembers fondly the process that brought he and his family to the Kiel area in 1986. “I had just finished training in Michigan and I was looking for a nice small town to begin my medical practice,” Hetzner recalled. Joe Schumacher, then the administrator of Calumet Medical Center, and Kiel physician Dr. Alvin Theiler worked in cooperation to recruit Hetzner to the practice in Kiel. “I met with Al Theiler, who was looking to have a partner join him in his practice in Kiel. I was instantly charmed by both Kiel and the hospital. I felt it was everything I wanted in a practice. Kiel was a nice small town to bring a family into.” He can still remember the warm welcome offered to his wife, Nora and their two daughters. “The Kiwanis Club had a pie on the counter in our house. I had my picture in the paper, and it seems everyone knew who I was,” he said. Dr. Hetzner considers himself fortunate to have partnered with Dr. Theiler during his start-up time as a family physician. “It was great to have him as my mentor. I worked with him for seven years until his retirement,” he said. In those early years, Dr. Hetzner carried the added responsibility of working one day a week in the emergency room at Calumet Medical Center. The added work was simply part of the partnership that came with the hospital connection. In his tenure, Dr. Hetzner, along with his associates has seen several transitions

in the health care delivery system. “Dr. Gene Tipler was instrumental in working with other doctors and the hospital to help bring things together,” Hetzner said. During Hetzner’s time serving Kiel, the Kiel Family Clinic became known as a member of the LaSalle Clinic, as Calumet Medical Center also networked with St. Elizabeth Hospital. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, the group became Affinity Medical Group, with several clinics aligning, along with Calumet Medical Center, St. Elizabeth’s and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. All along, the changes were made to help patient access to medical care and services. Two years, ago, the name changed once more to reflect further growth, creating Ascension Medical Group-Kiel and renaming the hospital to Ascension Calumet Hospital.

Commitment to caring All those name changes failed to diminish the most important part of the equation­—Dr. Hetzner’s commitment to caring for his patients. Under Affinity, Hetzner’s Kiel location moved from Fremont Street to its current site at 1160 Service Road. As demand for his services in the wider system grew, Affinity assisted the practice of Dr. Hetzner by adding Nurse Practitioner Mary Reszczynski at the Kiel location. Two years ago, as Dr. Hetzner was beginning the transition toward retirement, he took on some of the clinical duties in Chilton, helping support the transition of Dr. Tipler from clinical work to administration. “I was fortunate to be able to come Turn to hetzner/page 4A

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PARTNERS in progress and community growth Kiel is known far and wide as “The Little City That Does Big Things.” Kiel is a great place to work, live and play. The City of Kiel believes strongly in partnering with local businesses, industries, organizations and individuals to promote a sense of community growth and progress. We believe in partnering solutions to enhance economic growth, job development and our overall well being as a community. We remain committed to working with local industry to support their needs and the infrastructure to help them be successful. Expansion and growth continue to grow from those partnerships. Kiel has grown in a sen-

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Hetzner up and help out here in Chilton, where I have worked part time the past two years,” he said. Dr. Hetzner said the Kiel location continues to be served well because of the nurse practitioner role. “Mary has remained in Kiel, and they are in the process of hiring another provider there.” he said. Nurse practitioner Christine Holzwart is expected to begin her duties in Kiel April 19. “The Kiel office is such a nice accessible location and it’s a perfect office for two providers,” he added. “The Ascension Medical Group-Kiel will continue to be fully functional and will work in collaboration with Ascension Calumet Hospital and the Clinic.” Dr. Hetzner said some of the changes in the system are a result of the nationwide shortage of physicians. “We are fortunate to continue to provide accessibility and medical functionality to the community in this fashion,” he noted. Between the hospital and the two clinic locations, a total of five nurse practitioners and an M. D. will be available to see patients come April. As he ponders retirement, Dr. Hetzner gets admittedly a little watery-eyed about the change. “I still value the personal relationships that have been built up with patients oneon-one over the years,” he said. “Getting to know people and getting them to trust me, that’s what I treasure most, and I think that hasn’t changed,” he said. “I love to hear people’s stories.” Hetzner said it has been great to see the growth in the medical care capabilities

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of the Ascension Medical Group, but he takes great pride in knowing that the care has kept “the personal touch.” The growth has been important in providing patients with accessibility to a greater level of care. Future plans As for the future, Dr. Hetzner already has plans in the formative stages. “I love being in this community. I don’t plan to move,” he said. Hetzner plans to continue his commitment and involvement in his church— Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. An avid fan of theater, he also hopes to continue to find enjoyment in his efforts in community theater performances in both the New Holstein and Chilton area. He has already been positioning himself for the next part of the journey. Dr. Hetzner has been preparing to teach mindfulness meditation, an endeavor he hopes to launch this fall. “I would not be thinking of myself as a physician in this role,” he said. Instead, Hetzner would be offering training in a practice he has engaged in casually for the past 40 years. “About two years ago, when I started thinking about retirement, I felt this would be a worthwhile undertaking to teach in this area,” he said. In a way, he sees it as a post-retirement way to do something he has always loved to do—help other people to healthier life pathways. Travel might also be part of his future plans. A March medical conference in Jamaica sounds like a great way to transition to that role.

Dr. Dellaria joins medical staff

The newest physician for the Ascension Medical Group-Chilton is Dr. Ben Dellaria, on board as a full-time family practice doctor since August. Dr. Dellaria graduated with honors from Creighton University School Of Medicine in 2015. Having more than 4 years of diverse experiences, especially in general practice. “I always wanted to go into full scope family practice,” Dr. Dellaria said. “Part of my thought process was to get the degree and work for the under served. I always thought that might be in a big city somewhere. But, we find the need right here in Calumet County. Doctor shortages are critical in most rural areas, so I thought this would be a good way to go into practice.”

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Familiar name, face joins Vogel team By Mark Sherry Familiar names and faces staff the sales offices adjacent to the showroom at Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel—which means Kevin Gutschow should fit in well. The 1997 graduate of Kiel High School began working at Lulloff Hardware in Kiel while he was still a high schooler and continued on there until seven years ago when he went to work for Sargento in Kiel as a line operator. Living and working in Kiel his entire life, Gutschow now brings that familiarity with the community and its people to Vogel Chevrolet as its newest salesperson. Kelly Johnson has been a fixture in sales at Vogel for several decades, and Ed Hartmann is a veteran of the sales team as well. Gutschow is currently occupying Johnson’s office while Johnson is on leave. “We’re eager to have him,” Tara Vogel said of the addition of Gutschow to the staff. “I’m glad he knows people.” Gutschow agreed that his familiarity with Kiel area residents is a great starting point for his new career in automotive sales. “A lot of people know me,” he said, referring back to his years of helping customers at Lulloff Hardware. He said he also enjoyed his years of working at Sargento, but when he saw the help wanted ad published by Vogel Chevrolet he decided to have a talk with Mike Vogel—and that led to his new career. “Instead of washers and dryers it’s cars and trucks,” Gutschow said with a smile. Gutschow has really been involved in sales since he first began working at Lulloff as part of the School-to-Work program. “I like sales,” he said. “I like talking to people.” The son of Bob and the late June Gutschow also said he considers himself a rather handy guy—having learned a lot at Lulloff—and a bit of a car guy, although not necessarily in terms of fixing things which are wrong under the hood. “I’ve had enough of them,” he said about his familiarity with vehicles, but prefers to let the experts like those in Vogel Chevrolet’s service and body shop departments handle repairs and maintenance. Gutschow recalls his first vehicle being a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta, which Chevrolet produced from 1987 to 1996. These days he says he is a “truck guy,” and added, “I think Chevrolet is the highest quality.” Even though he had only been with Vogel Chevrolet for a few days at the time of this interview, a chat with Gutschow showed that he already had

Kevin Gutschow stands next to a new Chevrolet Silverado in the showroom of Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel. Gutschow has joined the sales team at Vogel Chevrolet. Mark Sherry photo

extensive knowledge about Chevrolet’s different makes and models. But he also admitted, “I’ve got a lot to learn.” The cold, snowy days of February were allowing him time to do that before people emerge from their winter cocoons to shop for a new or used vehicle. Part of what Gutschow is working to be well versed in is all the technological changes and options available in new vehicles these days. That includes the infotainment systems on new and newer used vehicles. Gutschow is studying to learn the systems inside and out so that he can help set them up and train new users in them. “Everything your phone will do your car will do,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing in new vehicles—the technology.” Gutschow is learning about all the aspects of Vogel Chevrolet and the automotive business. That includes a service department which is able to do all types of service work on all makes and models of vehicles, not just Chevrolet. The body shop also works on all makes and models, fixing everything from small scratches to major collision damage. Tara said both departments are presently looking for additional technicians and anyone interested is encouraged to

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rolet. “That’s the way it was at Lulloff’s, it’s just a family, fun atmosphere, low pressure. This is my kind of thing, more laid back.” He encourages people to stop in at Vogel Chevrolet and say “hi”—those people who already know him, and those whom he would like to meet for the first time.

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Salon staff strive to make customers feel beautiful By Faye Burg City Limits Hair Studio & Day Spa is a full service hair, skin, and nail salon serving customers since 1999. They will proudly celebrate 20 years in business with a special customer appreciation event in March. City Limits offers women, men and children haircuts, color, balayages, ombres, highlights, perms, waxing, body waxing, up-do’s and makeup, in addition to the more advanced offerings including scalp treatments, chlorine treatments, manicures, pedicures, massage, facials, spray tanning and tanning beds. Co-owners Rachael Lubach and Rebecca Orth offer convenient business hours to meet their customer’s scheduling needs. The staff is available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the three years Lubach and Orth have owned and operated City Limits they have expanded the staff in many ways. Stylists in addition to Rachael and Rebecca include Katie Mathes, Paige Steffes, Jamie Eckardt and Denise Kosnicki. Nail Technician Alexis Gilbert is available for clients in the spa, offering acrylic nails, gel nails, manicures and pedicures. In-house certified massage therapist Megan Lubach offers a wide range of massages, ear candling and soon reflexology. Spa services also include esthetician Peggy Smith. She offers City Limits clients the popular dermaplaning, glycolic

peels and facials. “We have also welcomed Val Hickmann owner of Inspired Solutions. Val is a certified massage therapist with a wide range of specialty services.” Many new services added “We have added services to our menus since 2016. It’s all about the lashes! Individual lash extensions and lash lifts are the most popular services.” The color line and styling products Redken are now part of the wide range of product offerings at City Limits. “Bridal parties are more than welcome. We have a practical location, an elite salon environment and a great size staff to accommodate wedding partes of all sizes which allows servicing to all types of guests to be made simply,” Lubach said. “We also come to you! We offer to travel to you on your special day. Please feel free to contact Rachael or Rebecca for more information.” “We absolutely love making someone feel beautiful inside and out,” Orth added. “Nothing is more gratifying than seeing someone happy walk out your doors. We strive to make each day the best, and by that we get to meet, talk to, get to know and create a relationship with great people on a daily basis. Who wouldn’t want to do that?” City Limits staff members thoroughly enjoy time spent with their clients and they welcome new clients to call and stop in. City Limits is located at 101 Persnickety Place in Kiel. You can reach them by calling (920) 894-4777.

City Limits Hair Studio and Day Spa owners Rebecca Orth and Rachael Lubach along with Jamie Eckardt, Paige Steffes, Alexis Gilbert, Marilee Krebsbach, Val Hickmann of Inspired Solutions, Heather Brunner, Katie Mathes, Madison Vogel and Denise Kosnicki offer a wide range of popular services for their clients. Missing from the photo is Megan Lubach and Peggy Smith. Faye Burg photo

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Olig celebrates key business anniversaries Advisor has 10 years in Kiel, 20 years with New York Life

By Mike Mathes New York Life agent Todd Olig has earned his stripes in his career as an financial service professional. This year, Olig marks two key anniversaries that speak to his longevity and his success on behalf of his clients. Twenty years ago, Olig embarked on a pathway to work with clients to secure their financial needs through New York Life. In that span of two decades, Olig has become a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table for New York Life, an honor indicative of his dedication to service, sales and ethical business conduct. Ten years ago, Olig opened his own New York Life office on Kiel’s main street, making himself even more accessible and visible to the clientele he serves. A key element of that change was the development of a team approach with his executive assistant Katie Scheidt, who has been with Olig since just prior to the Kiel office opening. “Katie has been a mainstay in our office. She worked for me before we started opening the doors. She puts the nuts and bolts together, and spells out the details for our clients,” Olig said. Taking care of clients is the greatest measuring stick for us, Olig said. Scheidt’s role is all about adding optimum customer service to the equation. Strong company partner Olig’s strong partner is the company he has worked with from the start—New York Life. “New York Life is a leader in the industry, and it helps us to know that they have the financial strength to make sure everything we do is in the best interest of the client,” he said. New York Life’s strength is evident in many factors, Olig said. As the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States, New York Life offers great benefits to its policy holders. New York Life has received the highest financial strength ratings currently awared to any life insurer—A++ from A.M. Best, AAA from Finch, Aaa from Moody’s and AA+ from Standard & Poor’s. New York Life has a consecutive 164-year history of paying dividends to eligible policy owners. In 2017 alone, New York Life paid $1.85 billion in dividends, and another $10.6 billion in policy owner benefits. Payments of $5.4 billion were made to beneficiaries in 2017—representing promises kept to policy owners. These are payments that helped keep people in their homes, helped keep businesses running and made a whole lot of other dreams possible, Olig said. Because New York Life is a mutual life insurance company, it is able to put the customer at the center of everything the company does. New York Life is uniquely positioned to deliver on its long term promises, according to the company’s prospectus, because— “We have no shareholders—we are not publicly traded, so we can take a long term view; “Which means we don’t have to follow

Todd Olig and Katie Scheidt have teamed together for the past 10 years to serve their New York Life Customers from their Fremont Street office. Olig also celebrates his 20th year as a New York Life agent in 2019.

the crowd when it comes to our investments and the choices we make; “And we can make prudent decisions that build our financial strength for the benefit of our present and future policy holders; “Because if there’s one thing that we’ve learned, it’s that trust and relationships matter—the ones we build with all of our customers help fuel their success and ours.” Seeing the payback Olig’s longevity in the business has offered him the opportunity to see the value of the pay backs from sound financial planning, and life insurance investments. “The longer you are in this business, the more you see clients who are paid claims,” he said. “The more your see their wise planning pay off.” “In the past year we have handled an unusual number of death claims,” Olig noted. “Nothing will ever bring that person back. But fortunately we did some important planning, and that life insurance will have a positive effect on that family for the rest of their lives. The promises and the planning come to fruition when a family needs them most. We can never replace a loved one, but we sure can help soften the blow.” Seeing families and survivors benefit from smart planning is one of the greatest rewards Olig has as a financial services professional. “Coming through with the promises we make with people is the most important thing. Because of how New York Life operates and because of how dependable it is, we can be there immediately in a time of loss. That’s when Katie and I get to team up and work our magic. That’s when we show people why they committed to us—because we are committed to them.” Retirement planning Olig stressed the importance of using wise investment strategies for retirement planning. “We want to give people the peace of mind that they will have financial secu-

rity in retirement. If we are able to plan well and plan in advance, we can help them insure income for life,” Olig said. “What we do is like social security in a way, providing them with a check every month. We help them guarantee an income stream for their retirement years.” Throughout the process Olig helps clients to sort through their priorities and needs to find the best tools to manage those financial plans. Investing strategies are built according to the risk level clients wish to tolerate, and Olig uses consultation with certified public accounts to assure the most tax efficient planning possible. “If you work really hard for your money, the last thing you want to do it turn it all over to the government in retirement,” he said. In that light, he sees himself primarily as an educator, trying to help people make sense of the decisions they are making with their investments. “If you don’t understand what you are doing, it’s pretty hard to play the game,” Get the process started No matter where an individual is on their life journey, Olig invites them to get serious about the prospect of planning for their future—it’s never too early and it’s never too late.

“The biggest challenge is that people are afraid to ask for help, or they don’t know how to ask for help,” he said. “We invite them to give us a call or stop in,” he said. Just look for the New York Life sign at 323 Fremont Street, or give a call to 920-894-2244. Community service commitment In addition to his work with New York Life, Olig continues to maintain a strong presence in the Kiel area community beyond his business doors. He recently retired from the St. Vincent de Paul store, serving as the St. Vincent de Paul Board president for eight years. “We made some pretty good things happen in a short time with that effort,” he recalled. Olig is also an EMS crew chief for the Kiel Ambulance service. He has been an EMT for the past 22 years in Kiel and 35 years overall. Olig is also a member of the Kiel Fire Department, a volunteer effort he has made for the past 35 years, of which 22 with Kiel Fire Department. He has taught hundreds of CPR students each year for as long as he can remember working through the American Heart Association. Olig has also offered defibrillator training for local churches.

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Quality furnishings offered at Meiselwitz By Faye Burg In business since 1898, family owned Meiselwitz Furniture continues to offer new and exciting quality fine home furnishings to their customers. Operated for the last 40 years by Mike and Bill Curry, great-grandsons of Carl Meiselwitz, Meiselwitz Furniture is located at 328 Fremont St. in Kiel, the same location the business began in when founded by C.J. Meiselwitz in 1898. This year the brothers plan to remodel the original European-style apartment on the upper floor of the building to display new Flexsteel living room and dining room introductions. “My brother and I are proud to be a part of the Kiel community,” Bill said. “It’s a great retail town and always has a lot of new and exciting things happening. We are excited about the Kiel Mill restoration project headed by Markus Ladd of Kiel.” Fourth generation owners Bill and Mike are also excited to be celebrating their 121st year offering fine products to their customers. “We feature Restonic mattresses, the best two-sided mattress construction in the U.S.A. and one of the top bedding manufacturers. They have won many awards recently including the Women’s Choice Award and Consumer Digest Best Buy Award.” Restonic was founded in 1938 when a group of independent mattress manufacturers developed a better method of building a quality mattress. Only the highest-grade materials are used in the

expertly tailored mattresses and box springs to ensure the highest degree of comfort, support, and durability. “All Restonic beds are made with components from Wisconsin. Only two sided beds have the marvelous middle support system to prevent sinking and sagging. The mattresses last longer and provide a better night’s sleep.” Many brands of furnishings offered Meiselwitz Furniture offers many significant brands of home furnishings including a fine selection of options of beautiful and quality built products from Flexsteel. Meiselwitz Furniture has been an authorized deal of Flexsteel for more than 80 years. 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 spring construction. Custom orders on over 1,200 styles with thousands of fabrics and hundreds of leathers are available. The Blue Steel Spring is the core of Flexsteel upholstered seating. Flexible and sturdy, the spring is designed for lifetime-guaranteed durability. “The benefits of Flexsteel is how it is constructed. The Flexsteel spring makes the difference. They offer a lifetime warranty on the seat, frame, and seat cushion core.” The staff at Meiselwitz Furniture en-

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Improvements made at Absolute Car Wash By Mark Sherry The peak of the car wash season is almost here as people will line up their vehicles to wash away winter’s salt and dirt. Most people will put their payment in the machine, drive into the car wash, sit for a couple minutes, then drive away happy to have a clean car but not thinking much about what went on behind the scenes to make that happen. The answer to that is “a lot,” and a lot also has been going on over the past year at Absolute Car Wash, 55 E. Park Ave., Kiel. Co-owner Keith Riemer provided a look into the control room at Kiel’s only car wash, and to the layperson it looks like a labyrinth of wires and tubes running from huge water tanks and colorful small containers toward their ultimate destination inside the car wash. Helps to be an electrician There is a lot of electrical work which goes into making an automatic car wash operate smoothly and efficiently, so it is a good thing that Riemer and car wash partner Rob Davis also happen to be coowners of Abstract Electric, LLC based in Hilbert. Riemer said Abstract Electric had done some electrical work for car washes—although not the Kiel one—when the opportunity arose in the fall of 2014 to purchase the business. Since they had the know-how to handle the electrical aspect of the business, Davis and Riemer entered into the car wash business not just in Kiel but also with car washes in Chilton (near Dairy Queen), Brillion, Valders, and Sherwood. Last fall the owners undertook a significant renovation of Absolute Car Wash in Kiel. “This is a nice face lift,” Riemer said. Certainly the biggest part of the renovation was the acquisition and installation of a new washing mechanism, sort of the guts of the automatic car wash bay. Riemer said there are major vendor shows for the car wash industry, and at one of those shows the Razor system caught their eye. When they learned that the system is made by Washworld based in nearby De Pere—and subsequently took a tour of the company—they were sold that the Wisconsin-made product was the right one for them. Many advantages to new system There are numerous advantages to the Razor system for both the customer and the car wash owners. For starters, there is no more ramp to drive up just right in order to activate the car wash. The wash bay is flat and much more open. At Absolute Car Wash in Kiel, motorists just need to drive between the widely spaced reflectors on the floor until the red stop light activates. In addition to visual cues, an automated voice command tells the driver what to do next—whether it be to drive in slowly to maximize the undercarriage wash, put the car in park, or drive out when the wash is completed. At the risk of overstating the experience, taking a vehicle through the updated Kiel car wash is a little like being at a drive-through disco. Depending on the level of wash and options selected, there are all kinds of colored foams and lights going on—from purple foam followed by a reddish-orange “lava” rinse to green, purple, red, and blue lights. Put the kids in the car, turn on some ‘70s music and enjoy the show. But seriously, the new wash system provides a cleaner wash for the customer while also offering the owners a system which should be long lasting, more

A new pay station outside (above) and an all-new system inside (at right) will greet customers of Kiel’s Absolute Car Wash as they wash away the salt, dirt, and grime from another winter. Mark Sherry photo

efficient, and more environmentally friendly. Riemer explained for those customers that choose the new and exciting Foam and Flow option a high foaming, Carnauba based hot wax is applied. This creates a protective coating, leaving a long lasting shine. Plus, for added pleasure, people can turn the fan up in their vehicle and enjoy the tropical fragrance left from the product. “Being a new machine there’s going to be a few glitches, but it’s a phenomenal machine,” Riemer said. New pay station added At the same time, Davis and Riemer also installed a new pay station which should be more reliable and easier to use for customers. Riemer said they did that following input from customers. “We’re trying to provide a quality service so when the customer leaves they’re happy,” he said. Customers also have the ability to buy tokens to significantly reduce the cost of each of their car washes. As many as 10 tokens can be purchased for $60 to get the maximum value, or smaller quantities as well to save some money. Riemer suggests people should visit the car wash at least monthly to get the salt, grime, and other corrosive road materials off their expensive vehicles. The owners also have installed upgraded lighting, a security camera system, and a 2018 software system. They also can reset the system remotely from their cellphones if there is a glitch as they receive automated e-mail notices from the wash system. There also are two self-service bays at Absolute Car Wash, three powerful vacuum units, and vending machines to buy air fresheners or shammy towels. Riemer said mid to late spring and fall are the busiest times of the year for the car wash business. For as little as $6 and not more than $13 per visit, he said people really should be protecting their vehicles. “It’s a fun venture,” Riemer said of the car wash business, adding that at least it is fun for electricians who enjoy seeing all the moving parts come together just right to provide for much cleaner vehicles.

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Big enough to serve you, small enough to know you at Collins State Bank By Faye Burg Customized financial solutions that make banking easy can be found at Collins State Bank. Kevin Moehring, AVP of Business Development, said the bank strives to remain closely tied to the communities it has served for more than 100 years. “In 1914 we started the bank in Collins, Wisconsin,” Moehring said. “That branch served as our sole branch until 2009 when we opened an office in Random Lake.” Collins State Bank increased its presence in area communities by adding a branch in Kiel in 2013 and Brillion in January of 2017. “Our goal is to understand your financial needs and customize solutions to solve your financial goals,” Moehring explained. “We understand that you need a bank that makes banking easy for you. That’s why we focus on finding ways to make your banking experience simple, efficient and productive.” Offering customized personal service Moehring said staff takes pride in local decision-making and specialized personal service. “We understand the value of relationship banking. There are many financial options for you, our customer, and we understand that we must earn your business. Our staff is ready to assist you with your financial needs.” Collins State Bank staff follow the

bank’s slogan, “Big enough to serve you, small enough to know you”, which Moehring said really speaks volumes to their clients and the communities they serve. “We are able to offer a wide variety of deposit and loan services. For the busy business professional, no longer do you have to fill out deposit slips by hand or drive to the bank to make a deposit, it’s all done from your desktop with Remote Deposit Capture.” Also offered at Collins State Bank is ACH capabilities and merchant services designed to fit customer needs. “On the loan side, we are able to help our clients with consumer, residential, and business loans. Residential we have the ability to get long term fixed rates that we keep the servicing on, meaning we will not sell your mortgage, so no more guessing where your payment needs to go from month to month. There are a number of different business programs we offer including but limited to; SBA 7A and 504, WHEDA Business Development, FSA and Farmer Mac.” Celebrating customers and specials Every year the bank celebrates their customers with Customer Appreciation Day and offers Brewer and casino bus trips in order to build a stronger relationship with their customers. Collins State Bank runs a variety of specials throughout the year and just recently released the new GRAND Re-

Kevin Moehring serves as vice president at Collins State Bank, where quality services and customer service is top priority. Faye Burg photo

wards Checking account where clients can earn a nice interest rate as well as other perks. Residential mortgages applicants can receive $200 off of closing costs. “We also have a business line of credit special going,” Moehring said. “Please call us at (920) 894-4272 or your local branch if you are interested in any of these products.” “Being the size we are, we are like a little family. Everyone knows everyone, we see our majority owner everyday as he pops into every location,” Moehring said. “That speaks volume of his dedication and interest in making sure we keep succeeding as a bank.” Collins State Bank is a community bank able to offer the vast majority of the products that are on the market. “We will always do what is best for our customer and keep looking at new ways

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Treatment plant upgrade moves ahead By Mike Mathes After five years of planning, Kiel’s $26 million wastewater treatment plant renovation is beginning to take shape. The costliest public works project in the city’s history, a three-year construction effort, will accommodate increased capacity needs due to industrial expansion and more stringent treatment standards. These upgrades will help the treatment facility address new wastewater standards for the next 40 years, according to Kiel Utilities Manager Kris August. Actual work on the three-year project showed its first visible signs of progress this past fall, as contractors began to replace infrastructure leading into the plant along the Sheboygan River walking trail. In an effort to handle increased flows to the plant, existing 15 and 18 inch sanitary mains were increased to 30 inch piping. A new lift station and force main is also being construction to handle increased flows of waste water. Prior to the changes, the facility could only pump about 3.2 million gallons per day. The new capacity will increase to over 5 million gallons daily, allowing for industrial growth and wet weather flows. “Another added benefit to this work, is that we have eliminated a substantial amount of inflow and infiltration in that area,” August said. Addressing phosphorous Starting in 2023, all Wisconsin communities will have to address more stringent needs for phosphorous reduction in their waste effluent. Currently, Kiel’s system reduces phosphorous to about three parts per million. The new requirements will ask communities to get down to one part per million. “We aren’t currently at that level,” August said. “Taking the content down that last little bit makes our costs increase exponentially.” August said that the upgrading process will involve use of a different style of filtration to remove the smaller particles of phosphorous trapped in the effluent. New dryer system in play For many years, the City of Kiel has produced a sludge with about 40 percent water content. Drying reached its life expectancy, and more efficient means are available. Replacing the dryer technology will create a sludge that is 90 percent solid. “In the end, it will take up less storage volume,” August said. The sludge produced as a by-product is made available for fertilizer use in non-commercial settings. Landscapers

Electric lines to be replaced on STH 67 By Mike Mathes Kiel’s wastewater treatment plant may be the largest project untaken by the Kiel utilities, but it hardly stands alone in the city’s attempt to keep its infrastructure current. Kiel’s electric utility will be working on major infrastructure improvements of its own in 2019. Utilities General Manager Kris August said that the first project in line is a rebuild of the power lines extending along Highway 67 from the south roundabout to Holzmann Road, which represents the south boundary of the electric utility’s service area. This rebuild coincides with the anticipated resurfacing project planned by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for Highway 67 from Kiel to Elkhart Lake. “This should strengthen some of the old parts of our system, and it and homeowners can use it. Farmers can spread it on fields as a dry application. Sludge from Kiel’s wastewater treatment operation is not eligible to be sold commercially. Meeting the standards for a commercial product would cost considerably more, August said. Industrial impact A large share of the improvements in the infrastructure leading to the plant and the actual capacity are related to growth in local industry. Land O’Lakes is Kiel’s most wastewater intensive industry, and growth at the cheesemaking plant has forced the city to expand capacity. Land O’Lakes is also the city’s most significant rate payer. A developer’s agreement is being crafted with Land O’Lakes to outline cost sharing. Mayor Mike Steinhardt said that the Kiel City Council has worked out an agreement for Land O’Lakes to pay its fair share of the capital costs based on the waste stream the industry provides. “It’s tied into an agreement for debt service and a minimum rate for 20 years,” he said. In addition, Land O’Lakes will continue to pay its user rates under the structured rate system Land O’Lakes is expected to contrib-

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could mean benefits elsewhere in making the system more dependable,” August said. Additionally, the city utility will be looking to upgrade is service northward to County X. Increasing services out in that area are prompting the need for the improvements. Meanwhile, the Kiel electric utility substation, located on Meyer Road, is continuing to pay dividends for the electric service. This past year, SCADA upgrades have helped diagnose maintenance needs at both the substation and throughout the system. Electric rates continue to hold steady for users of the system. Purchases of power through the Great Lakes Utilities consortium, including long-term contracts have contributed to that stability. Water utility work Work on the Kiel Water Utility’s infrastructure will continue to focus

on replacement of lead laterals. In conjunction with a street repair project on Fourth Street this year, those residences from Paine Street to North Street will have their laterals replaced. Once the laterals are replaced, the road will be resurfaced.

Road projects In addition to the Fourth Street project, August indicated that the city will address First Street this year with a resurfacing project. Surfaces will be milled and replaced. Bids will be let out shortly for the resurfacing and paving projects on First Street project. The bid was awarded in 2018 for the work on Fourth Street, which should start as soon as the construction season begins.

ute about 58 percent of the wastewater volume to the newly upgraded plant when all of its expansion plans are completed. Kiel’s decision to renovate its treatment facility directly supports anticipated investments of approximately $130 million by Land O’Lakes in its Kiel cheese making and whey processing facilities. “They have decided that this will be their cheese making facility,” Kiel City Administrator Jamie Aulik said. “That’s a true feather in our community’s hat. They are telling us they will be here for another 50 years.” Kiel’s other major dairy industry partner, Sargento, contributes about 11 percent of the waste stream by comparison. Their volume level would not have forced the city to expand its plant capacity, the mayor said. Impact on rates Kiel wastewater rate payers have already seen increases in their sewer rates as a buildup to the project. The first of those rate increases came in 2015. “Our intention is to get the rate up to the level of offsetting the loan payments for the borrowing we will be doing,” August said.

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Kiel’s sewer rates have been well below average in recent years. Back in the early 1980’s, when the current plant was built, Kiel’s rates were among the highest in the area. But, meeting the regulations at that time put the community ahead of the game for decades to come. “We will be bumping up our rates, but soon other communities will have to meet them too,” August said. “Our rates are going to jump ahead of others for a while, but they will catch up in the long run.” Hardly noticeable The infrastructure work along the Sheboygan River walkway will be some of the most visible improvements to the plant’s capacity. Other work, done on site, will not be as visible. In fact, it might be hard for the human eye to detect $26 million worth of change. The footprint of the facility will not change much, only its ability to handle larger volumes of waste more efficiently. Work along the Sheboygan River is expected to be finished in early June. Following that, the trail system will be repaved, and the trail will also be extended on both sides of Rockville Road.

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Bank First cites 125th this year Bank First is celebrating 125 years of relationship-based banking in Wisconsin. Headquartered in Manitowoc, Bank First was founded in 1894 with a capitalization of $50,000. The bank was located on the southwest corner of York and North 8th streets in downtown Manitowoc. Early years The bank achieved great financial success during its first 75 years in business, experiencing both physical and monetary growth. In 1971, Bank First acquired the assets of the Francis Creek bank. The bank soon needed additional space at its headquarters to support its growth, and selected a new site in the 400 block of North Eighth Street in Manitowoc. The construction of the new bank with approximately 22,000 square feet of space began in August 1973 and was completed in September 1974. This bank location still serves as Bank First’s headquarters today. Strategic growth In 1983, Bank First’s Board of Directors appointed Thomas Bare to the role of president and chief executive officer. During Bare’s 25-year tenure, Bank First grew from $75 million in assets to $794 million in assets. Additionally, Bank First engaged in a number of strategic acquisitions and de novo offices, grow-

ing from 2 to 15 locations in northeastern Wisconsin. In 2008 Bare retired from his role as president, and the Board of Directors appointed Michael Molepske as his successor. Under Molepske’s leadership, Bank First opened a new office in Valders and merged its St. Nazianz office into it. Additionally, after completing extensive remodels of its Mishicot and Custer Street offices, Bank First merged its Francis Creek and Newton offices into each, respectively. In 2015, Bank First constructed a new state-of-the-art facility in Two Rivers and relocated to 1703 Lake St., overlooking Lake Michigan. In recent years, Bank First has expanded into new markets, including Appleton and Oshkosh. In October 2017, Bank First closed on its merger with First National Bank of Waupaca. This was the largest acquisition carried out by Bank First to date, increasing its branch size by six and its asset size by approximately $500 million. Bank First today Today, Bank First has assets in excess of $1.8 billion and operates out of 18 locations throughout Wisconsin. On Jan. 23, 2019, Bank First announced the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Partnership Community Bancshares, Inc., solidifying its position as the third largest publicly traded bank headquartered in Wisconsin with assets

This is the original location of Bank First on the southwest corner of York and North 8th streets in downtown Manitowoc.

to be in excess of $2.1 billion post-close. With the addition of four new offices, the bank’s valued customers will have access to an increased lending capacity, a wider range of products and services, an expanded branch network, and a larger team of bankers dedicated to providing superior financial solutions that are value driven. “As we prepare to celebrate our 125th anniversary in 2019, we would like to thank our wonderful employees, customers, shareholders, and communities we serve for the continued support over the years,” said Molepske, chief executive officer of Bank First. “It is our mission to

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Giebler helping people live healthy, fuller lives By Faye Burg Helping people live healthier and fuller lives is the goal of chiropractic care at Dr. Nic Giebler’s chiropractic office in Kiel. Giebler opened the clinic in 2009 and enjoys helping patients live their best lives with a combination of chiropractic care and good nutrition. Chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system by adjusting the vertebral column in order to improve function in the nervous system. Just a few of the many health problems that can be helped through chiropractic care include ankle, back, shoulder and neck pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel, bursitis, headaches, fibromyalgia, allergies, sciatica and sprains and strains. According to Dr. Giebler, vertebrae that are misaligned or have lost their normal range of motion can interfere with normal body functions. “Treatments in our office are designed to help restore your misaligned vertebrae back to a normal position, allowing your body to heal itself naturally.” Chiropractic care for all ages Chiropractic treatment can also help reduce or eliminate pain due to work and sports injuries and auto accidents. Children are welcome at the clinic as many spinal problems in adults begin in childhood. “As a child grows, it is important to have spinal check-ups to detect small problems that may result from minor falls, poor posture, hours of playing video games or sports like gymnastics, soccer and football. If left undetected, these misalignments may result in spinal problems as adults.” Using a gentle combination of techniques on children, Dr. Giebler believes chiropractic is one of the safest forms of healthcare. “Many parents bringing their newborns in and are amazed at how much their infant enjoys their first adjustment.” A certified nutritional consultant and avid health enthusiast, Dr. Giebler has been certified in Active Release Technique, often considered the “Gold Standard” of soft tissue (muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments) treatment. “Your body can only heal itself with

the nutrients provided to it through your diet,” he explained. “Because of this, Giebler Chiropractic has a strong focus in helping their patients understand how to make better diet choices. By making healthier diet choices, our patients are able to reduce the chronic inflammation their body must deal with on a daily basis.” Giebler Chiropractic also offers nutrition classes at the office that are open to the public. Changing lives with chiropractic care Tammy Augsburger has been a satisfied client of Giebler’s for ten years after going to the clinic for help with sciatica nerve problems, cramps and migraines. “With his chiropractic work and supplements I am back enjoying life,” Augsburger said. “He is a really great man and it doesn’t take long to get to know him and his family.” Augsburger continues to use Giebler’s services and even worked in the office for about two years. “He is so knowledgeable and passionate about nutrition, running, and helping people.” The adjustments are pain free according to Augsburger and trust in the doctor is important. “It’s nothing scary and it doesn’t hurt. Dr. Giebler knows people put trust in him and he doesn’t take that lightly.” Augsburger decided to bring her mother to Dr. Giebler after she was still experiencing pain after a double knee replacement. After just over a week of treatments her mother was pain free. Assisting Dr. Giebler is his wife Ellie who serves as office manager, and knowledgeable and friendly office staff including Holly Prigge and Heather Thiry. Well-known and popular office mascot Bertha, an English bulldog, entertains clients and helps put them at ease with her friendly disposition. If you need help getting your health back on track and are considering chiropractic care, contact Dr. Giebler’s office. “We will work with you to improve your total health. You can feel better and live pain free with the help of chiropractic care.” Office hours at the clinic at Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until 6

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AgriStaff continues steady growth rate Since opening its doors in 2014, AgriStaff USA has experienced a steady growth rate, led by co-founders Frankie and Becky Rodriguez. AgriStaff USA was formed to fill a great need in the dairy industry—helping farms attract and manage their personnel. The company works with local dairy farms to help with typical Human Resource duties—recruiting, hiring, and training employees. AgriStaff USA also offers English-Spanish translations and provides safety training to the farm’s employees. “We’ve made it a priority to listen to our client’s needs, and adjust our services accordingly,” said Becky Rodriguez, operations manager. “Not every farm is the same, and the dairy industry is changing, so it’s very important to us that we provide our clients with the best possible service.” The company has made it a focus to provide outstanding service to both its clients and employees. “I always say, we have two clients—the companies we work with, and the employees,” Frankie said. “Like any type of relationship, it’s important to find common ground, and find a solution that’s acceptable to both parties. That’s a lot of what we do. We help break down any cultural or communication barriers that the farms may be experiencing with their employees so that we can help everyone move forward and keep the farm running smoothly and efficiently.” LaborOne USA, a division of AgriStaff USA, also has been growing steadily in large part because of the company’s Workforce Relocation Program. They have experienced huge success with their

Relocation Program over the past couple years, a program where LaborOne USA relocates individuals from other areas of the U.S. to live and work in the community. All employees go through a rigorous interviewing and pre-screening process to ensure they will be a good fit for the company they will be working for, as well as having the right mindset to make such a huge life change. The employees who come through this program are making a permanent move to Northeast Wisconsin to live and work. LaborOne USA has focused this program in the manufacturing industry. When an employee has been given an offer of employment, LaborOne USA will assist the employee with travel arrangements and finding housing and transportation once they arrive. Frankie said, “This program is so rewarding. I know it sounds cheesy, but we’re not just finding people jobs, we’re changing their lives. When you take someone who is making barely above minimum wage and give them an opportunity to be able to provide a real future for themselves and their families, they’re so grateful. These are responsible, reliable, hard-working individuals who come from areas of the U.S. with high unemployment and a high cost of living and are just looking for a chance to provide for themselves.” AgriStaff USA was honored at a luncheon on Dec. 13, 2018 at the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development. They came in first runner-up for the Minority Business Enterprise’s Rising Star Award. The award recognizes a minority-certified small business that has strong growth potential by past

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Award winning senior living at Felician Village By Faye Burg Felician Village is a beautifully maintained senior living community located in Manitowoc that celebrates active lifestyles and offers numerous stages of living. “We aim to keep our residents as independent as possible for as long as possible while keeping them secure and happy,” said Barb Fricke who serves as Director of Marketing. Founded as St. Mary’s Nursing Home by the Felician Sisters in 1887, the senior living community has grown from a nursing home and orphanage to a 23-acre continuum of care campus that houses independent living, assisted living, nursing home and rehab center. “Each of these buildings are connected by internal walkways so our approximately 300 residents can walk indoor from place to place as they wish,” Fricke said, adding the facility continues to be sponsored by the Felician Sisters. Included in the levels of services offered at Felician Village is The Gardens independent living offering a carefree lifestyle in apartments with underground parking and condos with attached garages and no monthly condo fees. Many levels of living offered “Two forms of assisted living are available on our campus,” Fricke explained. “The Court is a Residential Care Apartment Complex with various sizes of apartments and care available 24 hours a day. The Villa is our group home where residents each have their own room with private bathroom/shower but share common areas such as the dining room and living room and have care 24 hours/day.” Also a part of Felician Village is St. Mary’s Nursing Home, which is a longterm care area where residents usually need additional care or mobility assistance and Next Step Rehab, a shortterm unit for those recovering from a hospital stay or surgery such as knee replacements. “Therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy are available on an inpatient as well as outpatient basis,” Fricke said. “Memory care for those with dementia is available in The Villa (early to mid stage) and at St. Mary’s (late stage).” A SNOEZELEN Sensory Room® in both locations provides relaxation and stimulation modalities to residents with dementia as well as family members. SNOEZELN® carts containing some of the same modalities are available to take directly into a resident’s room. Many amenities for residents Felician Village is home to 315 residents who are served by approximately 260 full and part time employees including certified nursing assistants, house-

keeping, maintenance, culinary services, quality of life staff, social workers, business office staff, administrative staff and pastoral staff. Many amenities are offered to residents living on the Felician Village campus including a hair salon, massage therapy, and a robust, age appropriate monthly schedule of activities to keep everyone busy and entertained. In addition to dining areas for residents, there are three restaurants on campus that provide home-cooked meals and snacks for residents, visitors and staff. Daily Mass is held in the chapel with services for other faiths once per week. “Special events are held on our campus throughout the entire year. During the summer we have free outdoor Bistro Concerts with local musical talent in June, July and August. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair, enjoy a burger or brat and settle in for a relaxing evening of music. In June we have a free Car Show for our residents and the general public, which is co-sponsored by Shoreline Credit Union. Area car enthusiasts bring their classic cars while admirers stroll our grounds and enjoy food and beverages,” Fricke said. “We also host a Valentine and Christmas Gala at The Gardens.” Also offered throughout the year are a number of free educational events including Caregiver College to help enhance the skills of those in the community caring for a loved one and a variety of health talks. The Culinary Department of Felician Village is able to cater events, big or small, on or off the facility campus. Home-like and caring atmosphere “Our home-like atmosphere, caring staff, long-time commitment to the Manitowoc community along with our innovative dementia care set Felician Village apart from other facilities,” Fricke said. “As a continuum of care campus, we offer the full array of care which allows our residents to move from one area of campus to another as their needs change. With everything on one campus, a resident who needs more care can still see their spouse or friends daily even if they can no longer live together, and they are familiar with staff and the buildings as opposed to needing to move when care needs change.” Seeing the smiling faces of the residents on a daily basis and developing relationships with them and their family is the most rewarding aspect of her job for Fricke, who has been with Felician Village for ten years. “We have caring and devoted caregivers who are dedicated to their job and our residents and Felician Village has been voted the best senior independent living, assisted liv-

Therapy services are one part of the many services offered through Felician Village in Manitowoc. Faye Burg photo

ing, nursing home, and rehab facilities for the past nine years in a row, according to the yearly Best of the Lakeshore survey sponsored by the Herald Times Reporter.” Felician Village is located at 1635 S.

21st St. in Manitowoc. To schedule a tour contact Fricke at (920) 684-7171 or at fvmarketing@felicianvillage.org. More information can be found by visiting www.felicianvillage.org.

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Meat’s Opera Haus welcomes all ages By Faye Burg With a new menu and a variety of remodeling projects complete, Meat’s Opera Haus makes young and old feel welcome. Owned and operated by Eric “Meat” Mueller for the past three and a half years, Meat’s Opera Haus is fast becoming a favorite destination. Born and raised in the village of St. Nazianz, Mueller started working at the Opera Haus, known as Butch and Nanner’s, working as a stock boy at the age of 13. He studied and learned the food service business while working his way up to becoming a regular and popular bartender by age 18. Mueller left to attend college, receiving a degree in business management from UW-Oshkosh. He gravitated back to the restaurant business when the opportunity to purchase the Opera Haus was presented in November of 2015. Since becoming owner of the business, Mueller has worked to continually improve the facility and services offered while providing consistently high customer service and good food. Many improvements made Recently remodeled areas of Meat’s Opera Haus include the banquet hall and bar, dining room and back bar, front entrance, outside of building, and parking lot. With the remodeled banquet hall, Mueller can now offer a variety of different setting for different types of

events from 20 person parties to 200 person sit down meals for larger events and ceremonies. Many loyal employees have been with Mueller since he purchased the Opera Haus and work with Mueller to provide great food and service to his customers. “Young and old all feel welcome here,” he said. “Our reasonable prices, great food and service, fun atmosphere and variety of charity events held through out the year help us to stand out from other area establishments.” Successful fund raising events for area families in need and local organizations are an important part of Mueller’s business and involvement in the community. The annual Skibby Scramble raised $15,000 for the local fire department last year alone. The Meat Fest parade held in September helps benefit the Historical Society and Lion’s Club. Open seven days a week with weekly specials has proven popular with Opera

Meat’s Opera Haus owner Eric Mueller and bartender Tammy Wallander enjoy offering great food and refreshments to their customers. Faye Burg photo

Haus patrons. Seeing repeat customers is rewarding for Mueller. “It shows we are fulfilling their needs.” Weekly specials include Wednesday steak night and Thursday pizza night, Friday fish fry and weekend breakfasts and broasted chicken as well as a nice rotations of live entertainment featuring popular local bands and DJ’s keep customers coming back for more fun and great food and drink. A new daily menu includes favorite

regular and specialty burgers, sandwiches, soups, a large variety of side items and more. “Follow us on Facebook to check out our live entertainment on weekends and also daily or weekly food specials,” Mueller said. Meat’s Opera Haus is located at 204 S. 4th St. in St. Nazianz and can be reached by calling (920) 773-2803. More information can be found by visiting www. meatsoperahaus.com.

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Fine dining on tap at Millhome Supper Club By Mike Mathes Millhome Supper Club remains synonymous with fine dining experiences in a variety of settings. Savor their chef’s mouth-watering cuisine in their spacious dining room. Host your banquet event in one of their well appointed banquet rooms. Enjoy their appetizers in the comfort of the bar and lounge. Have a meal on the deck in the warmth of summer. Better yet, have Millhome Supper Club bring their food to your location for a catered event. No matter the occasion, Millhome Supper Club remains a great option for all varieties of dining experiences, from the quiet candle lit table dinner, to major community events. Dining room availability Although most people connect with Millhome for special occasions like weddings or community banquets, their dining room provides an outstanding menu “Our goal is to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. You’ll enjoy impeccable service from start to finish, and mouth-watering cuisine from our chef,” said Matthew Riese. Millhome Supper Club’s dining room is open every night Tuesday through Sunday, featuring a full menu that includes steaks, seafoods, pastas. “We have a wide choice of selections for all tastes,” Riese said. Friday features the popular land and sea buffet with broasted chicken, beef tips, snow crab, fried haddock, shrimp, potatoes and vegetables. The buffet is topped off with the well-known Millhome soup and salad bar offerings. For diners who prefer something unique, the chef likes to prepare special features such as jambalaya, pan-seared duck breast or arctic char. “We like to try just about anything we can get our hands on to offer something different to the dining experience,” Riese said. Sunday’s champagne brunch is also a special offering at Millhome, with a menu that includes chicken, tips and breakfast fare such as bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, waffles and desserts. The made-to-order omelet station is also popular with diners. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Millhome Supper Club’s dining room is open beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Bar and lounge A spacious cocktail lounge and bar offers a guests an opportunity to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, or just a drop-in cocktail. The bar opens every day at 3:30 offering both bar and lounge seating. New drink specials are offered each night of the week. Tuesdays through Thursdays, customers in the lounge and bar can order half-price appetizers. “That’s been a real popular feature for us,” Riese said. Daily bar specials include— Tuesdays - Two for One - Double Bubble every Tuesday 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays - Wine by the Glass Enjoy $4 glass of any of our wine by the glass. Thursdays - Thirsty Thursday - A great compliment to our weekly card game. Drawing takes place at 6 p.m. each week. $2 bottles of Domestic Beer or $3 Rail Old Fashioneds. Sundays - $5.50 Bloody Mary with your choice of Absolut and a Bud Light chaser. Finished with your choice of garnishments, a spicy beef stick and a pickle spear. Millhome Supper Club is also widely

known throughout Eastern Wisconsin for its spacious banquet facilities. Several options exist for those who wish to host an event. The main banquet hall seats up to 350 people. The adjacent River Room can seat 150. The two rooms can be combined for larger events. Millhome also offers its VIP room for smaller gatherings of up to 30 people. Popular for weddings, Millhome Supper Club is already booking dates into 2020. “We have years of experience in working with brides and grooms to make their event memorable. Our supper club offers personalized service, beautiful rooms, courteous, attentive staff and many items that we include in the cost of your meal,” Riese said. “We can offer a wide range of banquet meal menu items. We have the full-gamut buffet, family style or plated dinners. The menus range from the traditional chicken and tips to things like cordon bleu and ribs. We have a lot of flexibility. If there is something you want, we an probably make it for you,” Riese added. Catering options Millhome’s food options aren’t just restricted to the confines of the supper club. Catering opportunities are available to both individuals and organizations. The catering service customizes its efforts from individual parties all the way up the line to larger corporate customers. “We will cater within 60 miles, and we have had calls as far as Milwaukee and Green Bay for our service,” Riese said. “You might see us working at Road America, or serving a family party in someone’s back yard,” he added. Whatever the season, Millhome Supper Club probably has the answer to your dining and hospitality needs. You may be familiar with Millhome Supper Club because of a wedding or community event, but don’t forget to come back for dinner, or one of the buffets. You might like the affordable options of nice, warm, comfortable food in the cold of Wisconsin winter. Or, you might prefer the warm sum-

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Best things in life found at Lilybee Flowers By Mark Sherry Step into Lilybee Flowers in New Holstein and experience many of the best things in life. It is hard if not impossible to walk around the shop at 2126 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57) and not think about family, friends, good times, and the beauty of the world. Owner Carrie Strobl brings those thoughts and feelings to her customers by continually stocking the shop with new, fun, and interesting items which can quickly take the edge off a sometimes harsh world. “We try to keep it different and trending, make it fun to stop in,” Strobl said. “We try to have the freshest product.” How about starting with a little bit of wine? Strobl has family members who own Honeywood Winery in Salem, Oregon. The winery actually dates back to 1933 and is the oldest producing winery in Oregon. Lilybee Flowers carries 17 of the 38 varieties of wine produced by Honeywood. Strobl said most of them are of the sweet variety, and most of them also are very reasonably priced at just $12 per bottle. Lilybee Flowers has hosted wine tastings over the past year and will continue to do so by request from small groups. Simply get a group together, call Lilybee Flowers at 898-5660 to schedule a date and time, and enjoy tasting three wine varieties for free and purchasing a larger glass of those which are preferred. Our Daily Wine is another brand of wine that is organic and sulfate-free and is carried by Lilybee Flowers. And if there is wine there has to be

Wine, gifts, flowers and more are sold by owner Carrie Strobl at Lilybee Flowers in New Holstein.

chocolate, right? Lilybee Flowers began carrying handmade truffles from the Texas-based Sweet Shop as of July. There are 14 varieties of truffles—including a sugar-free option which tastes anything but sugar free—and a few other types of candies also are available to satisfy a sweet tooth or sweeten a gift.

Visitors to Lilybee Flowers also can celebrate the beauty of the world with the pleasant sights and smells of all the fresh flowers and plants available in the shop. Strobl said many people remembered their loved ones on Valentine’s Day with flowers, but flowers and plants are more than a one-day-per-year thing. Strobl has

Mark Sherry photo

brought in more varieties and quantities of house plants, succulents, cacti, etc. than ever before. One of those interesting new additions is air plants—small plants which can survive just on the moisture in the air and, therefore, do well in bathTurn to LILYBEE/page 20A


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KAAC promotes Kiel community

The Kiel Area Association of Commerce strives to promote business, industry, and the community of Kiel. The organization has been an active and driving force in Kiel since it was created in 1919. Through the years, the Association of Commerce has made its presence known through a series of promotional and educational events that have grown in scope and size. Some have become part of the annual fabric of the Kiel community. One of the key events that the association leads is the Ice Sculpting event that it just had the first weekend of February. That event brings in people from all over Wisconsin. Past President Shawn Mangan spoke with two people from the Appleton area at this year’s event that made the trip to Kiel after seeing it on the morning news. Kiel German Day is scheduled for June 14 and the Kiel Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 11. In 2019 the KAAC will be partnering with the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce on a golf outing that will be held at Quit Qui Oc Golf Course in Elkhart Lake. This is tentatively scheduled for June 25. This will be a fun, social event open to both Kiel and Elkhart Lake Chamber members. The outing will consist of nine holes and then appetizers and a social to follow. In the Know meeting The In the Know meeting will be hosted by the Kiel Area Association of Commerce on Wednesday, March 13 starting at 6 p.m. in the Kiel High School auditorium. Current KAAC President Kevin Moehring said, “As we did last year with this event we are looking to keep all organizations and leadership of Kiel in the loop on what is going on in the city. Often times in the past, the disconnect between the organizations and the community has led to a lack of understanding and support for short- and long-term visions that we have.” He added, “This meeting is open to the general public, and the participation and attendance of meetings of this stature will really determine the success that we can have as a community.” Kiel Parade Moehring said, “Our Parade Committee has planning under way. This is our biggest and most visible event that we host on a yearly basis. The parade is primarily funded by our Kiel German Day event and the 50-50 raffle.” Volunteers who help run those events are vital to the Chamber’s success each year and while participation is good, they are looking for additional volunteers to help keep the organization successful, Moehring said. Educational workshops are offered as topics of need are identified. The Chamber be hosting a digital and social media event at Delta Publications during it meeting in June. Other events include topics on marketing, employee retention, and growing business more efficiently and effectively. Remaining meetings and events for the year are as follows: March 13—In the Know meeting, 6 p.m., Kiel High School auditorium April 10—board meeting/morning social, 7:30 a.m., Riverview Restaurant May 8—board meeting, noon, Kiel Community Center June 12—speaker, “Digital Advertising,” 5:30 p.m., Delta Publications, Inc. June 14—German Day June 25—joint KAAC and Elkhart Lake Chamber golf outing at Quit Qui Oc July 10—board meeting/social, Fork & Dagger, 5 p.m. August—no meeting Aug. 11—Kiel Parade Sept. 11—board meeting, 7:30 a.m., Kiel Community Center Oct. 9—board meeting, 5 p.m., Kiel Community Center Nov. 13—board meeting, 7:30 a.m., Kiel Community Center Dec. 11—board meeting, noon, Altona Supper Club in New Holstein The Chamber also offers a public kiosk in the 500 block of Fremont Street to allow members an opportunity to promote their businesses. In 2019 this benefit will be offered at no charge. Along with the kiosk, they provide Facebook promotional ideas as a no-cost-added benefit. Please contact Missy Brandt for additional information. Governed by a Board of Directors, the Chamber lead-

Melissa Brandt

Mark Brown

Joan Lechler

Shawn Mangan

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ership group includes the 2019 officers and Board of Directors, as follows: President Moehring, Vice President Melissa Pharis, Past President Shawn Mangan, Secretary Pam Mathes, Treasurer Joan Lechler, and directors Mark Brown, Emily Matthews, Morgan McCaskill, Patty Schreiber, Mary Vogel, Dennis Weber, and Therea Zimmermamnn. Moehring said, “As we move forward in 2019, the Chamber expects to make giant leaps forward. We don’t want to settle as a community, bettering ourselves should be our number-one goal.

Our organization is always looking for new suggestions, ideas that can make us better or the community better. “There is a lot of value that comes with Chamber membership, not just direct sales but also finding employees, free avenues for advertising, and much more,” he added. “We are always looking for volunteers to help us at our events, but being a member you can do as little or as much as you would like. Make the Chamber what you want it to be, to best fit your business needs.” Theresa Zimmermann

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rooms and kitchens while still providing the occasional colorful bloom. Lilybee Flowers also is now carrying the Nora Fleming line of collectible serving ware. The stoneware serving pieces are generally just white but people then buy seasonal/holiday mini collectibles to put on the edges of the serving pieces—perhaps a Santa at Christmastime or a colorful bunny at Easter. This allows the same serving pieces to be used year-round instead of pulling out the “Christmas platter” once a year. Not feeling very creative? Lilybee Flowers offers a variety of classes in painting, crafting, plants and florals, etc. The new way of signing up for Lilybee classes is to go on the website lilybeeflowersinc.com and go to the classes tab. Similar to the wine tasting, just get a couple people or a group together, get the class scheduled, and prepare to have some fun. Lilybee Flowers is also ready, willing, and able to help

continued from page 19A out at life’s biggest events. Strobl said she loves doing weddings and—while she has floral services scheduled for a number of weddings already this year—has plenty of room for more. “It’s just such a special time,” she said. Wedding invitations also can be ordered via Lilybee Flowers from Carlson Craft, a company with a longstanding, dependable tradition of delivering what the couple wants and standing behind their work. Strobl said invitations are available to fit any budget, and she also cautioned couples to be careful about trying to accomplish this important step via unknown internetbased ventures. Lilybee Flowers also offers floral services for funerals, birthdays, arrivals of babies, anniversaries—any of life’s special moments. Strobl said it best by simply stating her motto for the business: “When it matters most, ask for Lilybee.”


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New pastor takes reins at Trinity Lutheran By Mike Mathes Trinity Lutheran Church officially installed its new pastor Sunday, Jan. 20 during a special installation service. Pastor Brett Naumann accepted the call of the congregation to fill the pastoral role vacated by the retirement of longtime pastor the Rev. David Laabs. A Wauwatosa native, Pastor Naumann comes to Trinity Lutheran with a strong background in ministry, having served the past 14 years at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac. “I truly look forward to serving the people of Trinity Lutheran and the people of the wider Kiel community,” Naumann said. Pastor Naumann said his experiences of pastoral leadership at Good Shepherd have prepared him well for his new calling at Trinity Lutheran. Called at a young age Pastor Naumann said he felt called to a career in ministry at a young age. He recalls being summoned to the office of his own pastor during a grade school confirmation class. “When he called me into the office, I thought I was going to be in trouble for doing something wrong,” he said. Naumann was surprised when his pastor—a former seminary professor— told him that his gifts would fit quite well with a career in ministry. “He told me that I had the gifts to serve as a capable and faithful pastor,” Pastor Naumann said, adding that made quite an impression on him. Educational background Naumann completed his high school education at Wisconsin Lutheran High, taking many of the pre-college courses he would need there. From that point, his educational journey led to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, the college of ministry where all WELS

pastors and teachers attend. Pastor Naumann then shifted his focus to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, where he completed his theological training. He was first ordained into the Lutheran ministry in June 2005. From there his first call came from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac. “We went through some challenges and we enjoyed some great blessings in our time together,” he said of his first church/pastor connection. “I look forward to using the lessons learned there to help serve the people of Kiel,” Pastor Naumann said. “Pastor Laabs has served here faithfully and well for the past 20 years and has helped Trinity Lutheran build a solid foundation. I hope to use my abilities and experience to continue to improve the ministry we offer here at Trinity Lutheran,” Pastor Naumann said. “I enjoy talking with people about their faith, and I even like to talk with skeptics. I relish conversations with people that makes them think. If anyone wants to have a conversation, my office door is always open,” he added.

Pastor’s interests Pastor Naumann said he has a passion for worship leadership and enjoys preaching. He also brings musical gifts to his ministry, using his talents for playing organ, piano, and singing. At Trinity Lutheran one of his key areas of focus will be building family connections and engagement. “We want to be seeking ways to involve people in their faith, and encouraging them to foster their connections in Christ,” he added. An avid hunter and angler, Pastor Naumann said he feels he and his family will fit well in the the Kiel community. In fact, they have already purchased a home on Southridge Drive and said they

Pastor Brett Naumann was officially installed as the new pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, Jan. 20. Mike Mathes photo

look forward to making Kiel their home. Pastor Naumann and his wife, Mary, have five children ranging from twins at

7 years of age up through a 12-year-old. All the children are attending Trinity Lutheran School.


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Providing eye care...from here to Haiti By Mark Sherry Dr. Cheryl Roers provides eye care to people of all ages—whether they live within driving distance of the eye care centers in New Holstein, Chilton, Sheboygan, and Grafton, or if they live on the island of Ile-a-Vache off the coast of Haiti. The unusually long distance between places Dr. Roers practices dates back to the spring of 2012 when—upon the invitation of another eye doctor/friend—she volunteered her time and skills for the first time providing eye care to residents of the Caribbean island of Haiti who did not otherwise have access to it. At that time they provided care to people in the community of Thiotte in the mountains of southeast Haiti. Dr. Roers said by the second day there she knew this would be more than a one-time trip for her. “It’s very gratifying to help people,” she said. “I think I get so much in return.” After five visits to Thiotte over the ensuing years, Dr. Roers said she felt it was time to see another part of Haiti. In 2017 she was part of a team which went to Ile-a-Vache, home to between 15,000 and 17,000 people. There are no cars or roads on the island, let alone any eye care. Dr. Roers’ team saw 150 patients in a day and a half and knew they would have to come back. Taking a “boat” to the island Ile-a-Vache is accessed by boat from the mainland, but Dr. Roers said with a laugh that the boat is little more than a “glorified canoe.” It is a five-hour car ride from the airport to get to the boat, then another 45 minutes in the boat to the island. In 2018 Dr. Roers and her team saw 400 patients in five days, making three trips to the island. She was back again for two weeks in January of this year and brought a surgical team with her. That team performed 54 eye surgeries during their stay. There is a small medical clinic on the island run by a foundation from New York. “We just take over the clinic pretty much,” Dr. Roers said. Ile-a-Vache residents go from village to village using a bullhorn to announce that the eye doctors have arrived. The doctors charge about 35 cents for a visit, with the money going back to the clinic. The average income of an Ile-a-Vache native is about $2 per day. The doctors and manufacturers of eye care equipment and supplies donate needed materials. Dr. Roers also is a member of the New Holstein Lions Club, and she said that club and a number of other area Lions clubs have been great supporters of her volunteer work in Haiti. Some equipment has been shipped to Haiti via the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein. “I couldn’t do it without my supporters,” she said, adding that the entire area has backed her efforts. She said she is willing to speak to local organizations about her experiences in Haiti. Same eye issues there The Haitian people have all the same eye-related issues as Americans do but without the access to eye care. As a matter of fact, Dr. Roers said about 20 percent of the Haitian people have glaucoma, a condition where the eye’s optic never is damaged by increased pressure in the eye. “You slowly lose your vision and you don’t know why,” Dr. Roers said, adding that some Haitian people with the condition believe they are suffering from a voodoo curse. Last September she was on Ile-a-Vache

with a team from Ireland. They saw an 8-year-old boy who had cataracts and was essentially blind. The doctors were able to get him to the mainland to do surgery on him. When Dr. Roers returned in January she saw the boy again, and now he can see well because of what she called the “life changing” care. Dr. Roers has now formed a nonprofit organization known as International Vision so that any donations of equipment, supplies or money to the cause can be tax deductible. Her plan is to continue to serve Ile-a-Vache although she said she might someday expand her scope as requests are being received from other parts of Haiti. Her plan is to visit Haiti three or four times per year and eventually get an eye care clinic established on Ile-a-Vache which can run itself, perhaps with the help of doctors being trained at a school of optometry in the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince.

Accepting new patients In the meantime, Dr. Roers continues to keep very busy seeing patients at New Holstein Family Eye Care, 1405 Milwaukee Dr. The New Holstein location is now open an extra day of the week and is welcoming new patients. Dr. Roers’ staff will assist new patients in getting their charts and records from previous doctors transferred to New Holstein Family Eye Care. Customers of the business can take advantage of a new program which offers a $100 rebate on a second pair of frames or lenses. As Dr. Roers pointed out, one pair of eyeglasses is not necessarily supposed to serve every purpose. Hunters, athletes, and other people involved in special pursuits may find a second pair of glasses to be beneficial. Other people may want a second pair just for style purposes. New Holstein Family Eye Care also now has EyezenTM lenses available which provide an adaptive boost especially for looking at things up close—such as cellphones. There are different lenses recommended for different age ranges starting with late teens, but all of them work by helping to relax eye muscles. This is important because of eye strain/ fatigue and increased exposure to harmful blue light from the hours and hours people spend looking at devices up close. Dr. Roers also said the lenses should help with the growing number of people with myopia (nearsightedness), something she said she is even seeing in Haiti—and will help to treat on her next trip back.

Dr. Cheryl Roers gives a hug to her favorite Haitian patient.

Dr. Cheryl Roers conducts vision screening at an orphanage in Port au Prince with a “spot screener” borrowed from a local Lions club.

All these Haitian people had cataract surgery with Dr. Nicolini, a Danish ophthalmologist who works with Dr. Roers at International Vision.


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City works to build bridges for progress By Mike Mathes Nurturing community progress involves a fine line at times. The City of Kiel has been working diligently to honor that fine line, seeking both to partner with other units of government and the private sector to bring growth to the community. Yet, city officials are also keenly aware of the need to stand aside and give permission for growth to happen in its own measure. Either way, the City of Kiel remains committed to bringing progress to the community. Partnering efforts Evidence of strong partnering is available in many areas of the community. City officials have worked in the past year to partner with the Kiel Area Schools to create a plan to resurface the Belitz Park tennis courts. Support for the Kiel River Walk District has helped the community upgrade the appearance of its downtown business district, seen in the presence of potted plants and Christmas decorations. The city remains committed with both its budgetary support and organizational support of the River Walk District. Partnering with scouts and other organizations, the city has seen additions to some of its park facilities, while at the same time upgrading scout meeting facilities at city hall. Recently, the city pledged its support to Eagle Scout candidate Austin Wilke for a project to improve pier facilities at Sisson Park. The city is working in cooperation with local service clubs to upgrade facilities in the Kiel City Park. One such upgrade is a planned storage building in city park to house equipment used by the Kiel Picnic, German Days, the Kiel Car Show, Kiel Kraftacular and other community events. This effort is being coordinated through the Kiel Optimist Club. Key role increases Renewed partnerships with senior citizens and volunteers have infused energy into programming at the Kiel Community Center, where director Missy Brandt is encouraging a wide range of programming for various age groupings. In 2019, Brandt’s increased role includes a partnership agreement between the City of Kiel and the Kiel Area Association of Commerce, whereby Brandt continues to manage the community center and serve simultaneously as the executive director of the Kiel chamber. In her newly expanded role, Brandt is also taking on many key informational duties for both organizations. Those include maintenance of web pages and social media postings. She also coordinates rentals of facilities for the Stoelting House and Kiel Community Center, along with park facilities.

In her partial role as community recreation director, Brandt is also spearheading the installation of new playground equipment on the hill in the Kiel City Park. “All of these things are viewed as quality of life improvements in our community,” Kiel City Administrator Jamie Aulik said. “In 2019, it’s important to be able to offer nice amenities in your community. That’s how you compete and attract great talent for your community and for local industry,” he noted.

Private sector partners The City of Kiel continues to work diligently with private sector partners as well. Mayor Mike Steinhardt pointed to the city’s relationship with Land O’Lakes and its expansion in Tax Incremental District #5. “This year should present the finalized agreement to help expand the wastewater treatment facility. It’s a key partnership that allows us to expand the facility—allowing a business to expand while also protecting the rest of the ratepayers in the city,” he said. Looking for partners In addition to working with existing partners, the city always has an eye open to potential new partners in progress. A project to move fill and soil on the north side of Rockville Road is preparing two potential sites for development to occur in TID #4. The city is entertaining interest for development on the north side of the road from limited industrial types of clients. Meanwhile on the south side, of Rockville Road, the city hopes to encourage residential development between Premier River Rock Apartments and the Sheboygan River to the east. “We hope to amend our TID by the end of the year to allow for a developer to improve this area,” Aulik said. “We have already had some interest, and we would prefer to have the private sector take this on. Kiel is growing and we need to continue to look at areas in and outside of the city to expand our residential base.” Commercially, the city is looking for private sector possibilities for two areas along STH 67, including a lot adjacent to the Collins State Bank and another lot on the northwest corner of the north roundabout. Both parcels are privately owned, but the city has indicated its desire to support growth in those areas. Lulloff/Kwik Trip parcel One of Kiel’s most intriguing parcels for potential development involves the lots formerly owned by Kwik Trip and Lulloff Hardware at the corner of Second Turn to city/page 2B

The Kiel footbridge links Indian Hill with Hingiss Park. A new Parks and Recreation plan is being drafted this year to qualify the city for grant assistance in replacing the footbridge—now 40-plus years old—with a new spanning structure.

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Optimist Club brings hope, positive vision By Faye Burg The Kiel Optimist Club’s mission is simple, to provide hope and positive vision while bringing out the best in kids. Many club members say that simply hearing the creed recited just one time was enough to inspire them to join the club. In their creed, Optimist members promise themselves: n to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind; n to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet; n to make all your friends feel that there is something in them; n to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true; n to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best; n to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own; n to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future; n to wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile; n to give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others; n to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. More than $20,000 donated annually The Kiel Optimist Club has put all the money they have raised back into the community over the past three-plus decades, especially into projects and programs to help the youths of the Kiel area. In order to donate that much money, it first has to be raised. The organization donates more than $20,000 to the Kiel community every year. This motivated group is also busy providing children in the community with the SafeAssured ID program, talking about the risks and dangers of prescription drug abuse, and being an original sponsor of the Building a Brighter Tomorrow partnership with Kiel School District.

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and Fremont Streets. The city has offered its assistance in facilitating some form of development on the two parcels, including completion of a site assessment that would lead to site acquisition. Mayor Steinhardt said that its a process that involves a series of steps. “It’s all a matter of getting everything in order. It’s a step-by-step process, but I think we could see something pretty exciting happen there when it eventually comes through,” he said. River-connected projects The presence of the Sheboygan River in Kiel continues to be a significant component to the city’s identity. To that end, a pair of projects will be in the works for 2019. Development of a comprehensive outdoor recreational plan will get started soon. This will include an inventory of parks and recreational sites in the community, along with a 20-year visioning process to identify potential improve-

During the annual Ice Sculpting event in Kiel, the Optimist Club worked with local families to ID children in case of emergencies through the SafeAssured ID program. Children have their fingerprints electronically scanned and personal information unique to each child is put onto a privacy-protected mini-CD which offers a single repository of important information. Children are photographed and streaming video is also taken showing mannerisms and gait with a linked audio file providing the child’s voice inflection and accent. Private information such as general physical descriptions, street address, date of birth, life-threatening medical conditions, and identifying scars or marks are recorded. Families also receive a full-color photo data card and a Parents’ Guidebook with prevention tips, written in conjunction with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Raising fund a large part of club Kiel Optimist Club members have always been good at finding events or activities which generate a lot of funds. The Club’s top event for more than the past decade has been co-sponsoring the Kiel Picnic each August in conjunction with the Kiel Lions Club. President Beth Hecker and Tom Lefeber of the Optimist Club explained that a committee of Optimists and Lions plan the picnic each year, meeting toward the end of every month except December. There are about eight different planning areas with one Optimist and one Lion serving in each area including food, beverages, advertising, raffle, etc. The Optimists and Lions split the profits from the picnic, each reinvesting that money back into the community. Asked if the planning gets easier after having done it for so many years, Lefeber said it might if they did not try to keep making the picnic bigger and better each year. “We try to do more every year,” he said. “We turned the picnic into a four-day event,” referring to the Thursday Family Night which has become a very popular night of the event. The collaboration with the Lions does

Tom Lefeber holds the distinction of being the first member of the Kiel Optimist Club—having founded the group in 1980—and is one of the only original members still part of the organization. He will celebrate 40 years in the club in 2020. Faye Burg photo

not end with the picnic, as the two groups also work together on the annual chicken and ham dinner which has been served at Millhome Supper Club each September for more than 15 years. In past years, some of those funds raised have gone toward Challenge Day at Kiel High School. More recently the club has donated to the Teaming for a Brighter Tomorrow initiative that funds Challenge Day. Challenge Day works to pull classmates and school communities closer together by ending bullying and helping students get to know each other better as individuals. Hecker, Lefeber and other Optimists have volunteered their time at Challenge Day and have seen its power. Lefeber has even donated some of his time to help Valders High School bring the program there. “It’s nice to see that program staying alive and growing,” he said. “You almost have to live it.” The Kiel Optimist Club also has donated toward the Kiel Area Youth Theatre. In the past it has given to Kiel youth sports and the Kiel robotics team. It continues to sponsor the annual Easter

Egg Hunt in the community, it still sends youth representatives to the Closeup program in Washington, D.C., and it donates toward local seventh graders going to camp each year. There are a multitude of projects for local Optimist members to be a part of, members who take time trying to make a fundamental difference in other peoples’ lives. Lefeber holds the distinction of being the first member of the Optimist Club, having founded the group in 1980, and is one of the only original members still part of the organization. He will celebrate 40 years in the club in 2020. “Helping people is rewarding,” he said. “We have some great programs.” The Kiel Optimist Club meets the second Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. with the location of those meetings changing on a monthly basis. They welcome new members. To learn more about the Optimists, please contact Beth Hecker at (920) 9014641 or by e-mail at bnbhecker@tm.net, Voland Verlyn at (920) 946-4239 or Tom Lefeber at (920) 286-4110.

continued from page 1B ments needed to fully utilize the resources. Such a plan is also critical to the city’s intention to apply for a grant to replace the city’s aging footbridge connecting Indian Hill to Hingiss Park. Grant funds would be an important component of the estimated $300-$400K project. “That’s directly connected to work we might see take place on the Kwik Trip/ Lulloff lots. We are really excited about that area,” Aulik said. In addition, the city is also expecting to undergo a maintenance project on the Kiel dam, shoring up the concrete pilings, walkway and scaffolding on the dam to improve its appearance and functionality. Economic development The mayor and city administrator also emphasized the revitalization of the city’s economic development committee. “We have reassembled our team with a new group of community leaders, and it’s an exciting time,” Aulik said. After being dormant for several years,

the group is beginning to show some renewed energy. “It’s a good forum for us to react and plan to our community’s needs,” Aulik said. “We are trying to encourage people to invest in the things they need for their businesses to be successful without trying to be ‘Big Brother.’” A revamped revolving loan fund is one of the key tools available through the city to assist local business upgrades. Aulik has also been working regularly with Progress Lakeshore through executive director Peter Willis.

“We have been meeting monthly to do site visits and talk with local manufacturers and businesses. This has given me a great opportunity to get a sense of the pulse for the city of Kiel. We have learned what we are doing well and what’s lacking,” he added. Mayor Steinhardt, now seeking his fourth term in office, is also positive about the community’s opportunity for growth. “I still enjoy helping the city. I enjoy working with the people we have. We truly have a great staff here at the city and they get a lot done.”

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PFCU ready for smooth 2020 transition Expansion of Kiel office considered

By Mark Sherry Early next year a significant transition will take place at Premier Financial Credit Union, but the pieces are already in place to make it a smooth one. President/Chief Executive Officer Steve Nothem will be retiring early in 2020, but already in September 2018 the next president/CEO of the credit union was on board. Brad Grant is currently the executive vice president of Premier Financial and is learning the ropes this year under the tutelage of Nothem. “We welcome him,” Nothem said. “Brad’s going to do a great job. We’re thankful that we were able to find him.” Grant said he is equally happy to be at Premier Financial. “It’s a good organization,” he said. “I like the fact that we’re community driven.” Born and raised in Rhinelander, Grant is a graduate of Nicolet College and has years of experience working in financial institutions. He said he enjoys small communities and he and wife Kelly are looking to relocate to the area. They have an adult son and three grandchildren, all under the age of 5. Grant said his outlook toward credit unions is much the same as that of Nothem, who has talked in the past about how he came to know and love the credit

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union difference only after joining Premier Financial. Grant said he comes to PFCU already understanding the advantages of a member-owned financial institution. “I always thought credit unions filled a niche that banks don’t,” he said. “What I see confirms what I thought.” Grant indicated he appreciates how Premier Financial is consumer led yet also does business loans, even if PFCU’s loans tend to be to small and

medium size businesses. He added that he is continuing to pick up the nuances of the credit union. “There’s a learning curve,” he said. “The learning curve is the member-driven aspect,” adding that he likes the fact that membership at PFCU is open charter to everyone in the community. Grant is learning that there are a lot of benefits to being a member of Premier Financial, and a new benefit will

be launched soon as PFCU will start providing instant issue of debit cards at all three of its offices—New Holstein, Kiel, and Chilton. Members who lose their debit card, have a damaged card, or who have had their account compromised will be able to go into any of the three offices and get a replacement card on the spot. Turn to pfcu/page 4B

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They no longer will have to go days or longer without a card as they wait for the replacement to arrive in the mail. New members will be able to get their first PFCU debit card immediately handed to them. There is no additional fee for this service. Taking a trip abroad? Premier Financial also can order foreign currencies and have them delivered to the office in most cases the next day. This members-only service arose from member demand as people wanted to have a little spending money in their pocket before arriving at their foreign destination, saving the potential hassles of doing currency exchange in a foreign country. If the member has unused foreign currency when they return they can resell it to PFCU at the same exchange rate at which the currency was acquired. The credit union exchanges most foreign currency (but not coins) for a nominal fee. Also new to Premier Financial is an e-newsletter which has now made its debut. People can provide their e-mail address to PFCU to receive the free monthly newsletter which will include news about the credit union, upcoming events, financial literacy articles, lifestyle content, etc. It is possible that one of those e-newsletters might someday soon include confirmation of some potentially exciting news for PFCU’s Kiel office—a physical expansion of the office. Nothem said PFCU is currently doing a feasibility study for the expansion and remodeling of the Kiel office. PFCU officials are working with an architect to determine the projected costs of doubling the size of the office, with the

continued from page 3B projected expansion coming to the east of the existing building. If undertaken, the expansion would provide for two additional offices, a conference room, an employee lounge, and the addition of safe deposit boxes which that office does not currently have. Nothem said the expansion of the Kiel office is being considered because of the growth of the credit union and to better serve its Kiel area members. He said he is hoping to have a decision by the end of March on whether or not the project will proceed at this time. Along those lines, Nothem said PFCU also is planning to do some redecorating of its New Holstein office—including new carpeting—to better match the motif being established between all three offices. Premier Financial Credit Union continues to be a good corporate citizen in all the communities it serves. One of many examples of that are the free little libraries it created outside its offices last October in celebration of Credit Union Week. PFCU placed financial literacy books in the free little libraries but welcomes the exchange of all types of books from the libraries which are located just outside the main doors and which are indeed being used by the public. PFCU also works to be a good citizen to the environment by continuing to move toward paperless offices. In 2018 it implemented signature pads for members to sign electronically for receipts—just one more way in which Premier Financial serves the communities in which their members live, work, and play.

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Animity places focus on total wellness By Mike Mathes The word “animity” refers to the state of the soul. For Victor Schueller, the term carries great symbolism as the basic component of his health care business—Animity Health & Wellness Center. A doctor of chiropractic medicine and a teacher by trade, Schueller opened Animity Health & Wellness Center in 2018 combining chiropractic care with a wellness philosophy that puts faith, family, integrity and loving kindness at the forefront of his practice. For Schueller, the journey to this place has encouraged him through meditation and mindfulness, spiritual growth and his chiropractic training to take a wholistic approach to health care for his patients. Chiropractic care remains at the root of his practice, but Animity Health & Wellness Center goes beyond adjustments to incorporate wider wellness concepts. A journey of growth Dr. Schueller resumed his public chiropractic practice in 2018 after a journey in other career pathways. He retains his full time teaching position with Lakeshore Technical College instructing on anatomy and physiology. Schueller originally earned his chiropractic certification from the National University of Health Sciences in 2004. After practicing for one year, he shifted his focus to the teaching career. Throughout those years, he maintained his license, caring for family and friends on a casual basis.

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Animity began to delve into the spiritual side of wellness. “As I learned more about meditation and mindfulness, I began to realize that God was at the heart of this. When I reconnected in that spiritual relationship, everything started to fall into place,” Schueller said. In the fall of 2017, he received the spiritual “nudge” that it was time to pull everything together, to return to chiropractic care, but to also focus on the idea of creating a wellness center. “Chiropractic care is at the core of what I do, but Animity Health and Wellness Center is intended to be a place where people can come for help with any aspect of wellness,” Schueller said. That can range from wellness coaching to nutritional advice.

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that a first objective of care is usually to reduce a person’s pain, either from an acute injury, or a chronic medical condition. “We work first on decreasing a patient’s pain, helping their pain to go away when we can. We want people to know we are here for them if they can’t make their pain go away, or if pain is keeping them from sleeping at night,” he said. “As we start to see improvement, we see how they respond and try to work them toward being independent from the procedure.” That can involve things like rehabilitative exercise programs, use of nutritional supplements or other wellness coaching plans. “We know that insurance companies would rather see people work toward managing their own health, once we relieve their pain,” he added. Schueller is also keenly aware that his services may only be a starting point for a patient. “We make referrals as needed, and help them get what they need,” he noted. “The whole goal is to give our patients the ideas to help themselves and the means to sustain themselves. As much as I enjoy seeing people and work-

ing with them, I would rather see people on the street than having them being dependent on me and the care we give.” Kiel area connections Schueller is a Kiel resident, married to Shelly, who has lived in Kiel her entire life. They have two daughters, Brianna and Ava. As the owner and sole operator of Animity Health & Wellness Center, Schueller is a member of the Kiel Area Association of Commerce and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association.

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Still need expert when tax time comes By Mark Sherry While some government officials might try to make the claim that they are making it easier for a person to fill out their tax forms, the true experts in the field—like Jeremy Fromm of Fromm Accounting—know that really is not the case. Despite currently being in the middle of tax preparation season, Fromm took some time out recently at his Kiel office to discuss some of the changes in tax preparation for 2019 and to again emphasize the advantages of having a trusted, experienced accounting staff handling business and/or personal tax and financial matters. “I still feel like my niche and focus is on tax planning for very ‘normal’ people in different stages of life, and for small businesses and their owners,” Fromm said. “That’s where I cut my teeth and where I try to set myself apart.” Having an accounting firm complete and file a person’s tax return is not just for business owners, people with intricate financial situations, or the wealthy. “Our goal here is to provide value for our clients in all we do, and at reasonable rates,” Fromm said. He added that Fromm Accounting provides tax services for many individuals and families who work at jobs and have a variety of financial situations. He provides free estimates of his fees and encourages people to shop around, adding that they might be surprised to learn they can have the experience and knowledge of an accounting firm working for them at a lower cost than some other options. Speaking of surprises, Fromm said

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Brack’s agency touts customer service By Mike Mathes The main objective for American Family Insurance Agent Cheryl Brack and her team is simple—help people. “Customer service is our most important objective. We do everything we can to help people. We make ourselves available to our customers as much as possible,” she said. “That’s our biggest goal.” Brack and her team manage a pair of American Family Insurance offices in Kiel and New Holstein. This year marks her 10th year in the business, working the entire time for American Family Insurance. “Technically, I am an independent contractor, but we deal strictly in American Family lines, unless for some reason they don’t have a product to match a customer’s need,” Brack said. Cheryl Brack first opened her agency in the 300 block of Fremont Street back in 2008. In August 2016, the office was moved when Brack opened her current location at 617 Fremont Street. In 2017, the agency took another giant step forward taking over the New Holstein American Family Insurance operation. “We have been operating out of the two locations since that time, with two fully licensed staff members at each location in addition to me,” Brack said. Being fully licensed means the staff members can handle any issues connected to American Family Insurance, putting coverage in force. Staff members include Gina Voland, who has been with Brack since the agency’s beginning. Other full time team members include Wendy Mertens, Elizabeth Loose, and Brack’s own son,

American Family Insurance is served by agencies in Kiel and New Holstein. Members of the American Family team locally include Austin Brack, Cheryl Brack, Elizabeth Loose, Wendy Mertens, Gina Voland, and Harmony Wusterbarth.

Austin. Harmony Wusterbarth is a parttime staff member. “Our commitment to this community and the area shows we are in this for the long haul,” Brack said. Wide range of coverage Because of her affiliation with American Family Insurance the Cheryl Brack

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Pieper Indoor Aire grows in first 5 years

By Mark Sherry When Jason Pieper began his Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care business, his biggest concern was finding enough work to keep himself busy. Six years later, Pieper has two fulltime employees and a full-time office manager. That is a good indication that Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care is accomplishing what Pieper originally set out to do—provide quality service at a fair price. “I think I do quality work because I do things the right way, not the quickest, easiest way,” Pieper said. “I never say, ‘It’s good enough.’” New home market up An aspect of Pieper’s Indoor AireCare that will keep them busy in 2019 is installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in new homes. Pieper has installations lined up in many new homes this year, with many more to come. Helping Pieper get the work done are full-time employees Adam Raquet and Joe Butschli. Tom Prange helps Pieper on a parttime basis with sheet metal work, a necessity for duct work installation especially in new homes. Pieper mentioned that his business will do other “odd” sheet metal jobs when called upon as it has the materials, the equipment, and the person to do it in Prange. Local roofers have used his services on made-to-order flashing projects. Jason’s girlfriend, Jaime Otto, is the full-time office manager. While Pieper does the HVAC installations in a lot of new and existing homes, he and his crew also do service work on all types of HVAC equipment. One of the reasons his business has grown so rapidly in its first five years is his willingness to answer the call regardless of the day or time. It is an understatement to say people are relieved to have a qualified HVAC technician show up at their door on a cold winter’s night when the furnace has stopped working. Having created a good working relationship with some area builders, Pieper said he and his crew are doing more multiple zones and in-floor hydronic tube heating systems in new and exist-

Jason Pieper, owner of Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care, stands next to one of the hydronic in-floor heating systems he recently installed. Pieper said the systems are very popular in new-construction homes these days.

ing homes. In simplest terms, today’s hydronic heating is an energy efficient home heating system that uses tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along base-board heaters, or through radiators to heat homes. Also referred to as radiant heating, this type of system has become increasingly popular among families that want added comfort and control in their heating zones, savings through lower heating bills, and a decrease in their environmental impact by making smart green building choices. While Pieper Indoor Aire-Care will service all makes and models of HVAC equipment, its installation work in new homes and system replacements tends to focus on Carrier furnaces, air condition-

ers and split systems, Burnham boilers, and Reznor garage heaters. In addition to heating and air conditioning work, Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care also continues to do duct cleaning. With spring right around the corner, now would be a great time to make sure ducts are clear of dust and anything else which might get in the way of having the cleanest possible air in a home. Duct cleaning services are available all year round. The service area for Pieper’s Indoor

Discounts through technology Brack and her team are excited about the new options to reduce premiums for clients through the use of technology. KnowYourDrive is a phone-app based program that monitors your driving, much the way a fit bit might observe your exercise habits.

The application can be downloaded at no cost, along with an immediate 5 percent premium discount. Depending on how you drive during your evaluation periods, you could receive up to 20 percent in discounts. You can view your own driving score and figure out how to improve on your next evaluation period. You can talk to any of the staff members at the offices of Cheryl Brack to get more information about KnowYourDrive Smart Home Technology American Family Insurance offers a proactive home protection discount for homeowners that install and activate a qualifying smart home system. Smart home systems are devices and sensors that monitor various things through broadband, wireless or cellular technology. Examples include— n smoke/carbon monoxide detectors; n smart thermostats; n motion detectors; n moisture and humidity sensors;

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Aire-Care seems to have expanded over the years as well. He said when he first started most of his jobs were in the Kiel and Howards Grove areas, now he has expanded his business to all of Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Calumet counties.

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American Family takes on park naming rights American Family Insurance has recently announced its intentions to take on the naming rights to the Milwaukee Brewers home stadium, known currently as Miller Park. American Family offers this explanation to is policy holders and clients to a question that has been raised. Q How does investing in baseball impact our bottom line? A Over the course of this partnership, the Brewers’ Milwaukee stadium will be visited millions of times and receive extensive national TV exposure. The stadium will be used not only by local fans, but by baseball enthusiasts from across the country, providing additional brand recognition for our company. Such efforts are particularly important as American Family’s advertising budget is a mere fraction of what our competitors spend. Rather than flooding the air waves with commercials, we pursue creative and authentic opportunities that cost-effectively promote American Family. We also strive to combine our marketing efforts with components that help the community.

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have an opportunity to work toward improvement. TrueMotion Family app users have been shown to be almost 4 times safer than typical drivers. Successfully implementing the use of this app for teens is also rewarded by American Family Insurance with premium reductions.


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Offering foundation for health care CACHF plays major role in supporting Calumet County area health care options By Mike Mathes When it comes to assuring quality health care for Calumet County and the surrounding area, a vital organization plays a quiet, but key role. CACHF is the acronym for Calumet Area Community Health Foundation, an organization supported by local donations. Governed by a Board of Directors, CACHF has taken direct aim at upgrading health care capabilities in Calumet County in various ways including: n renovation and modernization of Ascension Calumet Hospital; n upgrading the outpatient operating room; n revamping the administrative area, public entrances and community room; n acquiring new equipment for the hospital; n recruiting doctors, nurses and other staff members to serve community needs; n staff enhancement and professional growth opportunities; and n expanding the community’s access to medical personnel and care options. Making the area attractive Dr. Gene Tipler, medical director for Ascension Calumet Hospital said one of the key roles of the foundation is to help

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Plans under way for ‘19 Kiel Picnic

The 2018 Kiel Community Picnic was a huge success, organizers said, and they are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2019 Kiel Community Picnic Aug. 8-11. This year’s picnic is scheduled to kick off Thursday night, Aug. 8 with the traditional alcohol-free Family Night and a prize drawing which will be available to kids 16 and under. A weekend of free entertainment will be led off on Friday night, Aug. 9 by the

Kiel Municipal Band in the band shell and followed up with a band yet to be determined in the main tent. Look for the County B Boys to be playing by the beer stand as well. For the polka lovers, Jerry Schneider will perform Saturday morning, Aug 10 in the main tent. The Entertainment Committee is busy working on booking the Saturday afternoon band shell entertainment with more being announced at a later date. To finish up the evening, Johnny Wad will be on the stage in the main tent and people will find the Two Timers playing by the beer stand. Sunday morning, Aug. 11 will start

with the Association of Commerce Parade down Fremont Street, followed by the Kiel High School Show Choir performance in the park. Stay to close the weekend with Vic Ferrari. Rides and games for the young or young at heart will be provided by Christman amusements with three days of wristbands for rides available. The food stand will be serving up a weekend of food featuring grilled hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, grilled chicken breasts, and the famous steak sandwiches. Also be sure to check out the sandwich of the day specials—last year’s chicken cordon bleu sandwich was a big hit. Then do not forget to stop down Sunday morning before the parade and pick up a ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich or two to go. To quench one’s

CACHF assistants, nurse practitioners and even physicians. “It is difficult at times to recruit and retain qualified providers in our rural area.  But, the foundation’s support allows us to garner a critical advantage during the recruitment process.  We are blessed to be able to collaborate in this way.  “Our community is fortunate to have the foundation rooted in the Calumet County area because it means we can provide comprehensive healthcare close to home. Attracting specialists “For a small community, we are truly blessed with a nice facility, and we have access to a wide range of specialists. Almost every kind of specialist comes here. Specialists are willing to come here. And, it’s all because we have a great facility and a good working environment. The support of CACHF helps us build partnerships with these professionals, giving the community more access to health care locally.” Tipler said the support of CACHF also helps Ascension Calumet Hospital in providing quality care, keeping its equipment, facilities and staff as current as possible. Modern surgical services Tipler said that the community served by Ascension Calumet Hospital can be proud of the facilities and services offered. Dr. Peter Janu, head of surgery, pointed to the continuing value of the modernization at Ascension Calumet Hospital. “With the upgrades to the operating rooms, we’ve been able to offer more technically advanced surgical procedures with outcomes that rival or exceed those of the best institutions across the country.” Janu said the upgrades have also offered improved surgical options to patients at Calumet Ascension Hospital “Because of the upgrades, we’ve enhanced our surgical technology with more minimally invasive options that are not only more effective but are safer, offer less pain, and an earlier return to full activity.” All of this has been accomplished through the support of CACHF for the recent renovations. Behavioral health needs Jenny Watts, Marketing Manager and Regional Community Health Improvement Leader, points to communitybehavioral health access continues to be one of the key community health care needs. Again, CACHF funding has helped with the delivery of programs to address

thirst enjoy a wide variety of beverages including assorted sodas, Bud and Miller products as well as some specialties such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Spotted Cow. This year’s raffle once again will include a top prize of $1,000. Tickets will be available for sale from many local merchants or from members of the Kiel Lions Club and Kiel Optimist Club starting around June 1. The picnic would never be a success without the help of all the volunteers from the community. Organizers expressed appreciation to all who helped last year. If anyone would be interested in volunteering to help with this year’s picnic, please contact Al Schreiber at (920) 242-5155.

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those needs. Watts said, “Here at Ascension Calumet Hospital we are doing our best to educate our staff and community about mental health resources and initiatives we are a part of in the tri-county area (Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties). ACH partners with the N.E.W. Mental Health Connection, NAMI, Catalpa Health and Samaritan Counseling. ACH utilizes best practices such as QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) training and the Zero Suicide Initiative for healthcare professionals, educators, law enforcement, and the general public. The hospital was also behind getting the school-based mental health program HOST-Chilton into the Chilton Schools and financially supports Challenge Day.” Two-way street Health care, and the community’s support for those options is a two-way street. The same can be said for Calumet Area Community Health Foundation and its connection to community. While the Foundation supports the hospital, it’s also important for the community to understand it has a role as stakeholders in CACHF. The foundation depends on the community’s generosity to keep positive things happening in local health care. Anyone in the community can contribute to support the life-sustaining work of the foundation by offering their donations, whether they be individuals, businesses or organizations. CACHF is totally funded by donations, which are in turn earmarked for projects. The organization has no paid staff, thus all donations are used for the promotion and support of health care. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. CACHF President/CEO Glen Calnin said, “We are very fortunate to have Ascension Calumet Hospital within our community. It does a great job of serving Calumet County, but as with any organization the hospitals funds are not unlimited.  The Calumet Health Foundation can help by supplying funding for services we see a need for and help to make that service available. “To that end, financial support from individual donations, estates and corporate contributions are critical in allowing us to continue to fill these needs and guarantee quality health care now and for future generations.  We are neighbors helping neighbors.” Dr. Tipler added, “It is important for everyone to understand that contributing to CACHF is another way to insure that our hospital will continue to be a great asset to the community. We all have that responsibility assuring a quality of health care.”

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Customers tell Chilton Furniture’s story Customer comments speak louder than anything to consumers these days. Whether you are looking to stay at a hotel, or dine at a restaurant, it’s easy to find reviews that help guide your decisions. How many of you have connected to Trip Advisor, Google Reviews or Yelp to see what others have to say before making a decision? Where do you turn for advice when you are looking for furniture or interior design assistance? At Chilton Furniture, we are grateful not only for the many positive reviews our service has received on line, but we are also thankful for the many positive comments we have received the oldfashioned way through hand written cards and thank you notes. So, instead of asking you to take our word for the positive nature of the Chilton Furniture shopping experience, we thought you might like to hear first hand from our customers about their experiences. We invite you to browse their comments, gleaned from both modern technology and old-school sources. And, when you are done, we hope you, too, will embrace the laid back shopping experience that we provide at Chilton Furniture. Here’s what our customers have to say...... Dear Jerry and Rhonda, Just a little note to let you know how much I appreciate your helpfulness, guidance and suggestions in our recent project. The colors came together beautifully, and I couldn’t be happier with the

quality of the products we purchased from you. I truly appreciate having the opportunity to browse without being bothered. I appreciate the professionalism and courtesy extended to me in our interactions and especially all of your time, talent and energy in helping me coordinate my styles and colors. I absolutely love my new living room, and the kitchen floor is amazing! —Jennifer H

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why we should buy local. Your customer service and product quality rates 100%. Thank you. —Betty

We were very pleased with everything (including help with the selection) from start to finish! Thank you. —Mary

Great saleswoman, great store, great experience, great protection plan, will keep coming back for all my furniture.

Dear Jerry, I just wanted to thank you for all you did for me with regards to my carpeting. You went far beyond my expectations, and I’ve been telling everyone I know about the service you gave us. Please tell Gail and Kathy how much I appreciated their help as well. It’s wonderful to have your business as part of our community. —Shirley

Thank you for your kindness in letting us use your truck to deliver Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Your generosity made delivering and loading the cartons into the Samaritan’s Purse semi so much easier. May God abundantly bless you! —Judy—Faith Alliance Relay Center Coordinator

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Dear Chilton Furniture folks, Thanks goes out to your fine staff for the wonderful service offered us while picking out furniture for our recent remodeling project. A special thank you goes out to Rhonda for her kindness in finding coupons to use for us. Best wishes for continued success in your business. —Deanna Thank you again for the wonderful service and quality product your store has offered. My furniture is so beautiful! Rhonda was so helpful in helping me choose fabrics and styles. Also your delivery staff were friendly and careful with my new furniture. I will certainly recommend your store. Thanks again. —Barbara

Sales staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Nice selection and displayed well. Free delivery and very reasonable rate for removal and disposal of old furniture. —Douglas Great staff, prices AND locally owned. Buy local! —Marsha Friendly helpful service, great prices and large selection. They also have a wonderful and reasonable delivery service. Always happy with my purchases. —Madelynn Five star service and support from our home town furniture experts!!! —Russell

I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your efforts to make my new bed comfortable for me. Your service is awesome! Thanks again. —Jayne

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Thank you for your generous donation. We appreciate your support of our brat fry . Your support allowed all of our qualifiers to attend nationals. —Chilton FBLA We had the opportunity to buy some new furniture and carpet at your facility and had the occasion to work with Gail. We just want to tell you what an excellent employee she is. She was so helpful, knowledgeable and always pleasant to be around. It is always important to tell someone when they do a good job, so I am happy to write this note and tell you “Gail goes the extra mile..” Thanks a lot. —Karen and Roger We can’t thank you enough for fixing the problem with our beautiful new chairs. They’re perfectly wonderful now, work properly, and we’ll be enjoying them for years to come. Next time we need new furniture, Chilton will be at the top of our list. Thank you, thank you! All the best, —Linda and Tom

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Multi-faceted Briess continues to grow The growth of the American craft brewing industry is slowing, but it is indeed still growing—and Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. of Chilton is growing along with it. Ryan O’Toole, president and chief operating officer of Briess, said it also important to note that Briess serves much more than just the brewing industry. “Briess is a complex operation, and it’s understandable that many people don’t know just what it is we do,” O’Toole said. “I tell people that, as they walk through grocery and convenience stores, it’s likely several of the foods and beverages they see are made with one or several Briess ingredients. Many of the craft beers in liquor department coolers likely contain one or more Briess specialty malt or malt extract. “You won’t see ‘Briess’ on any list of ingredients, but you may see ‘malt,’ ‘malt extract,’ ‘malted barley flour,’ ‘tapioca syrup,’ ‘brown rice flour,’ and other easily understood ingredients that could have been supplied by Briess,” he added. Finding its way into products In a nutshell, Briess makes ingredients for craft beer, food, pet food, and nonalcoholic beverage products. O’Toole said, “Everything we make is natural, and we produce non-GMO and organic ingredient options. We’ve set ourselves apart from competitors by focusing on the production of natural, specialty ingredients that are typically used in smaller quantities than commodity ingredients for better flavor, color, aroma and function. For example, just a small percentage of our caramel malted barley

Briess President/COO Ryan O’Toole meets with Stacey Schneider (Inventory) and John Friedman (Distribution) in the Irish Road Distribution Center.

flour in pizza crust dough adds flavor and improves proofing and color of the finished, baked crust. “Malting is our core capability, and our line of flavorful, colorful specialty malts for American craft beer is unrivaled

by any single malting company in the world,” he added. “We further convert our malt into malt extracts, malted milk powder, and whole grain flours. We also operate two heat treating facilities where we precook raw grains and starches,

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Briess the 7,000 craft breweries in the U.S., and breweries in more than 25 foreign countries. Briess malts are used by artisan distillers to produce authentic American whiskey. Some of the largest and most innovative food, beverage, and animal nutrition manufacturers in the world are supplied with standard and custom ingredients from Briess. O’Toole said, “Many people I meet associate Briess with American craft beer, which is fitting because we were the first malting company to offer specialty malts to craft brewers in the 1980s. And our commitment to American craft beer hasn’t changed. “But many people don’t know that we are the largest manufacturer of malted milk powder in North America, thus our reputation for using Briess Malted Milk Balls as our signature calling card. We don’t make them, but our malted milk powder is inside the crunchy center. That’s why they’re so flavorful.” Craft beer still important Despite the slowing in craft beer growth it “remains a key target audience for Briess and our growth plans,” O’Toole said. “Artisan distilleries and homebrewers are also supplied by our Beer Ingredients Division.” The Briess Food Ingredients Division—which started in the 1980s with two product lines—has been growing as consumer demand for healthier, betterfor-you foods and beverages increases. O’Toole said, “Since everything we make is natural, our ingredients make it possible for food manufacturers to improve their labels with claims like

continued from page 17B ‘natural,’ ‘whole grain,’ ‘gluten free,’ and other statements perceived as healthier by consumers. That’s our best fit, and our tagline ‘Put a Better Label on the Table’ appropriately describes why more and more food manufacturers are using Briess ingredients.” Briess initiated an environmental program several years ago which continues to decrease energy usage and emissions annually. “In the past several years, we have greatly expanded our green initiatives, implementing a comprehensive Seed to Specialty™ sustainability program that encompasses our environment, our communities, and our people,” O’Toole said. “Our efforts were recognized last year when Briess was named a Business Friend of the Environment by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.” In the past five years Briess staffing has increased by more than 100. “Today, our staff of 260 are committed to meeting customer demand and developing innovative ingredients for future growth,” the president/CEO added. “Spurring growth has been increasing consumer demand for better-for-you foods and beverages. Our portfolio of natural, healthy ingredients is the perfect ft the expanding health and wellness platform, and we are focusing efforts on innovative solutions and services to expand the industry and grow as a company.” Growth seen in Manitowoc In recent years Briess has expanded its facilities locations to include Manitowoc. “We acquired the Manitowoc facility just one year after purchasing a large barley

elevator and processing operation in Wyoming,” O’Toole said. “Manitowoc completed the Seed to Specialty™ cycle that we needed to grow. It receives the barley grown for Briess in Wyoming and Montana, and has the capability to properly clean, grade, and store it. This gives Briess complete control over our barley supply chain. “In addition, recommissioning a large malthouse on the property a year after we purchased the facility more than doubled our capacity,” he added. “Manitowoc has been key to our growth and expansion. And it continues to offer opportunity. Currently, an expansion project will add roasting and packaging capabilities at Manitowoc. This provides redundancy for consistent supply of ingredients to our customers, and additional capacity for growth.” Asked about how Briess is handling the challenge many businesses are facing in finding qualified workers, O’Toole said, “Briess is feeling the same recruiting challenges as other businesses in Wisconsin, as the state is basically in a state of full employment. To attract qualified candidates, we continue to review our total compensation program which already includes a generous vacation package, 401k matching and profit sharing, training opportunities, and a premium health insurance plan with low deductibles and low employee contribution. “As a family-operated business, we also strive to maintain a culture that’s conducive to family life and offers rewarding employment, educational opportunities, and growth potential.”

Asked what sets Briess apart from its competitors, O’Toole said, “Besides being focused solely on the production of natural, specialty ingredients, Briess sets itself apart with our portfolio of capabilities. It is unmatched by any ingredient manufacturer in North America and includes growing, sprouting, malting, roasting, pregelatinizing, extraction, starch conversion, drying, milling, blending, and packaging. “Briess is also the only totally vertically integrated malting company in North America with the capability to produce malt extract from its own barley. Using our own specialty malts, we produce malt extracts with a range of flavor and color for application in beer and many food and products.” O’Toole added, “Further setting us apart is our commitment to customers. We are recognized as a partner by many customers by the relationships we have built with them, and the superb quality of service and products we offer. The Briess family malting tradition was founded on quality and service, and we remain dedicated to those values today.”

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Elkhart Inn steeped in gasthaus tradition By Mike Mathes Rich in history and tradition, The Elkhart Inn offers guests a unique dining experience that weaves European gasthaus tradition with the trappings of a Wisconsin supper club. The Elkhart Inn offers a cozy dining atmosphere at its Lincoln Street location, where dining patrons are welcomed in to have a drink at the bar and sample Elkhart Inn’s eclectic menu. Building its dining philosophy of tradition, The Elkhart Inn serves classic dishes to family and friends, old and new, as it has for close to 100 years. Along with its traditional menu options, Thursday nights feature baby back ribs and brews. A half rack of ribs comes with your choice of barbecue, teriyaki or blackberry balsamic sauce. The ribs are accompanied by a wedge salad, loaded baked potato, and beer-braised beans. The pairing is enhanced with your favorite SwitchGear beer, brewed right in Elkhart Lake. Fridays are seafood nights with a variety of fresh fish and seafood choices available—including the Inn’s version of the Friday night perch fish fry, Dover sole, sea scallops, swordfish, and pistachio crusted walleye. If steak is your choice of entrée, then you may choose from three different prime steaks on Saturdays—prime rib, New York Strip, and prime rib eye. Along with your steak, you can enjoy a wedge salad, vegetable, potato or risotto. At any time of the week, the menu features classic starters like Wisconsin cheese plate, wild mushroom flat bread, and one of the best shrimp cocktails in town. Beer cheese soup is a staple, along with classic French onion and several salad options. House featured entrées include grilled bone-in rib eye, beef short

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Elkhart Inn speaks to the rich German heritage. When you walk into the restaurant today, you cannot help but notice the hand-carved walnut bar, back bar, and millwork, all part of the original decor. The charm of the curved entry ways to the dining rooms, tin ceiling, and fireplace continue to add to the Old World experience. The Elkhart Inn’s Rathskeller offers an intimate dining venue that accommodates up to 40 guests, featuring a dining area, bar, and fireplace. Historical connections Part of the ambience of The Elkhart Inn comes from its rich history in the community. The Elkhart Inn’s history began 133 years ago, when Una Tillman bought the land in 1886 from Osthoff Resort owner Otto Osthoff and built a substantial Tudor-style home for herself. Since that time, the property has been owned by a number of entrepreneurs— three different inventors, a retired brewing executive, a World War II pilot and German chauffeur, among others. In 1916 the house was sold to Peter Brecheimer, who owned it for the next 18 years and carried on a business of blacksmithing, wagon-making, and securing over 100 patents on his inventions. The property was later purchased by a Hungarian immigrant and inventor from Budapest named Carl Schwartz. In 1935 Schwartz received $35,000 from selling one of his inventions and transformed the private residence into a Europeanstyle restaurant, naming it The Club Elkhart. Schwartz also invented many

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well-known things, including the coin sorting machine, gas pump meter, and a cheese processer. His best-known invention was the “music changer,” or jukebox, for which the patent was purchased by RCA in 1927. One of the most memorable owners was World War II pilot Joe Schmid. He was known to entertain patrons with his stories of how he came to America, claiming he was a chauffeur for a prince in Bavaria. After three more owners, the property was sold to Larry Knowles and Steve Thomas, who renamed the restaurant to Sal’s Elkhart Inn. “Fine Dining in an Old World Atmosphere” became the tagline, and that tagline holds true today. Over the years a restaurant tradition, started in 1935, was carried on in fine fashion by the following restaurateurs— Joe and Anita Schmid, Ermen Lueck, Wally and Frieda Voeks, John Kastner, Brian and Wendy Schoof, Chris and Julie Loebel, Steve Thomas and Larry Knowles. Today The Osthoff’s Chef Al Behnke and Restaurant Manager Pam Klotz welcome you to The Elkhart Inn, carrying on the tradition of serving classic dishes using locally grown food, just as Carl Schwarz did in 1935 when he opened Club Elkhart at the same location of 91 Lincoln St. Stop out to sample both a little piece of Elkhart Lake history and a great gasthaus dining experience, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. For reservations call The Elkhart Inn at (920) 876-3133.

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Willowdale focus remains on residents By Mark Sherry In an age when the health care industry—including skilled nursing centers— is facing a myriad of changes and challenges, Willowdale Health Services of New Holstein continues to focus simply on providing the best care possible for its residents. While it would be easy to get caught up worrying about coming changes in the Medicare system, fewer “Baby Boomers” than expected needing skilled care, challenges in working with insurers, misconceptions on paying for skilled nursing care, and the same struggles all industries face in finding employees, the experienced staff at Willowdale focuses on just one thing—taking good care of their residents. “We’re the little building with a big heart,” said Social Services Director Naomi Heus, borrowing a phrase which has been used in the past at Willowdale. “We’re small enough that all the staff know all the residents.” Market Liaison Wendy Jacobs added, “There’s just a lot of good things going for us.” One of those good things is the smalltown location of Willowdale. Heus, Jacobs, and Willowdale Therapy Director Melissa Voelker all agree that there is a higher standard of care when employees who were born and raised in the community are taking care of residents who also were born and raised in the area. Employees such as Voelker (24 years) and Heus (18 years) are now providing care for their second generation of family members at Willowdale. “This is my hometown and there isn’t anyone I don’t know,” Voelker said. “Our

philosophy has always been ‘you do what’s right for the patient.’” She said she understands that businesses today—even health care facilities—look to be as lean and efficient as possible but Willowdale will not sacrifice doing its best for the patient, she added. Willowdale Therapy is certainly another one of the strengths of the facility located at 1610 Hoover St. Formerly called Progressive Step, Willowdale Therapy is owned by a different company than the one which owns Willowdale but the two are connected by a hallway—and, more importantly, by decades of working hand-in-hand. Voelker said she has a fantastic team working with her at Willowdale Therapy. “It’s just like any athletic team,” she said. “If you don’t have the right chemistry, you don’t succeed.” Physical Therapist Colleen Mazza has been working at the therapy facility for 25 years. Sue Vollmer is trained to help people with urinary incontinence and has had great success doing so, Voelker said. Gineen Magiera is the new speech therapist at Willowdale Therapy, joining the team which also includes Sara Conrad, COTA; Amber Schmidt, PTA; and Paula Heller, DPT. Therapy area to be remodeled By the end of this year that staff hopes to be working in a completely remodeled area, including some new equipment. The fresh look will be welcome by not just Willowdale Therapy employees and Willowdale residents, but also all the outpatients who make use of Willowdale Therapy’s services.

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Staffing, tech additions boost Kiel Vet Clinic By Mike Mathes A combination of new staff and new technology are helping the Kiel Veterinary Clinic make progress in its efforts to care for both small and large animals. Four new associate veterinarians have joined the Kiel Veterinary Clinic staff in the past two years. On top of that, the vet clinic has added some key equipment and services helping to modernize and expand the practice based on Belitz Drive. Since 2017, Dr. Kate Stollen, Dr. Brett McCaskill, Dr. Becca Lust and Dr. Holly Hovanec have joined the team as veterinary associates. They have teamed up with long-time veterans Dr. Jeff Schuette, Dr. David Mueller and Dr. David Baemmert to expand the treatment and care opportunities afforded through the Kiel Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Kate is a graduate of St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine with clinical studies at the University of Minnesota. Her background includes work in dairy, small ruminant and camelid medicine with a focus on herd health and preventive care. Dr. Brett is a native of North Carolina, having grown up in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountains on a small beef cattle farm. He holds a degree from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on ruminant and equine medicine. His practice interests include dairy production medicine, calf health and reproduction as well as equine preventative, wellness care and emergency medicine. Dr. Becca is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She is excited to work in a mixed animal veterinary practice. Her interests include preventive medicine, surgery and equine medicine. Dr. Holly earned her DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. She is thrilled to join the team as the newest member, and devoted to tackle a little bit of everything. She especially enjoys working with cattle, sheep, goats and also enjoys small animal surgery. A great team mix This consortium of seven veterinarians brings a great mix of backgrounds to the practice. “We all come from different schools and different backgrounds,” Dr. Kate said. “That means we bring a lot of new ideas, which is a positive thing for the clinic, and it’s all for the betterment of our patients and clients.” Dr. Brett added, “We have the opportunity to work closely together and consult with each other on complicated situations. The fact that we all came here with different strengths helps us be a stronger team. We can usually find the answer we need among the seven vets we have here.” Wellness focus This consortium of veterinary doctors has chosen to place great focus on the preventive side of veterinary medicine. “We want to be less reactive and more proactive in creating a healthy environment for our patients, whether it is dairy, equine or small animal,” Dr. Kate said. “We like to speak with our clients and give them the background they need to help them understand, along with recommendations to make the best health care choices for their animals,” Dr. Brett said.

The assets of the well-round team provided a great advisory service for farmers and clients to help them through whatever challenges their animals may present for them.

New technology The Kiel Veterinary Clinic staff is committed to technological improvements that help serve clients. Recently, the clinic invested in new digital x-ray technology. The portable imaging equipment gives the doctors mobility, as they can bring the equipment right to a dairy farm, for example. Access to the images are immediate. Better quality images and quicker access to them, helps the doctor address concerns as quickly as possible. “We are also able to communicate and collaborate with other specialists, sending images to others, consulting with them and maybe finding better answers for our patients,” Dr. Brett said. The Kiel Veterinary Clinic has also added an in-house mastitis lab to help identify and treat cows that are affected. “Most importantly, we can better identify those that don’t need treatment, helping us to reduce or avoid the use of unnecessary antibiotics,” Dr. Kate said. Clinic facilities The Kiel Veterinary Clinic boasts a modern facility, equipped to handle both small animal and large animal needs. A portion of the clinic includes a dedicated small animal surgical area, equipped with four exam rooms and digital x-ray capabilities. Although the small animal practice deals primarily with dogs and cats, the clinic has been known to take on pot belly pigs, rabbits or other pets. “We have a great flow here from the lobby to the exam rooms to bereavement rooms when necessary,” Dr. Kate said. “It helps us give the most thoughtful experience possible to our clients and animals—and it also helps us manage the stress levels for both pets and people.” A team of 15 highly skilled small animal technicians and support staff works directly with clients. “Our technicians are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the patients that come in,” Dr. Kate said. “They offer a warm and welcoming environment. We all try to be as inviting and compassionate as we can be.” The Kiel Vet Clinic is also able to offer after-hours emergency animal care, giving clients and patients a local care option without having to drive an hour. Normal clinic hours for small animal care are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is open later on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m. and is also open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Part of the small animal care process at Kiel Veterinary Clinic also involves a focus on nutrition and wellness. “We consult with our clients when they need help in choosing a diet for their pets. We offer Fromm pet foods, but also work with special prescription diets,” Dr. Kate said. Large animal capabilities In addition to on-farm care for large animals, the Kiel Veterinary Clinic also offers specialized care at the clinic. The clinic has a large animal surgery suite and patient housing area. The clinical surgery suite offers doctors an opportunity to perform necessary procedures in a cleaner environment, with reduced

chances of infection. “We do a lot of the more involved procedures here,” Dr. Brett said. “This would include procedures like C-Sections. We really encourage the clients to bring their animals here for those surgeries.” The Kiel Veterinary Clinic also has a cow-floating service. This involves a procedure to give cows who are unable to stand a second chance at recovery from their ailments. “We put the cows on a mat and get them into a large tank of heated water, where their buoyancy helps them float up, and make them able to be upright. It

gives them a second chance at survival,” Dr. Kate said. At the Kiel Veterinary Clinic all floated cows are under the watchful eye of a veterinarian who can watch the cow daily and adjust treatment programs as needed. Similar services aren’t available from lay people who might offer cow floating. “We go all over to pick up cows for floating treatment,” Dr. Brett said. Kiel Veterinary Clinic is located at 575 Belitz Dr. in Kiel, or at kielvet.com on the web. To schedule a consultation or service call 894-3414.

Willowdale As the acuity level of care required by residents at nursing centers such as Willowdale continues to increase, the nursing staff at Willowdale also continually keeps up on training to provide that care. As an example, Willowdale’s nurses recently went through oxygen and IV training. Kristine Kopp is the director of nursing at Willowdale Health Services and brings many years of nursing experience to the approximately 40-bed center. Samantha Platz is the activities director at Willowdale, providing weekly and special events and services for residents. One of those special offerings is the trishaw bicycle which will be taking residents for rides around the community once warmer weather arrives. Megan Dennison is the executive director of the center owned by North Shore Healthcare, which owns approximately 50 centers primarily in Wisconsin but also in Minnesota and North Dakota. North Shore Healthcare’s corporate offices are located in the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale. Focusing on needs of residents North Shore Healthcare’s website states, “We pride ourselves on being the cornerstone of healthcare in the communities we serve. We focus on your needs and preferences, from the time

continued from page 21B you inquire about one of our centers through your entire healthcare journey. In our skilled nursing centers we offer 24/7 admissions and have the clinical capabilities to accept and treat varying diagnoses. Our approach is to ensure your clinical care, dietary services, social activities, and rehabilitation are delivered with compassion.” That compassion extends to the sometimes difficult discussions of paying for skilled nursing care. “Naomi does a great job helping with those things,” Voelker said. While everyone knows skilled care can be expensive, Heus knows all the options for making sure the focus stays on getting people the care they need. She encourages people to stop in or call her at Willowdale if they have any questions about the financial aspects of skilled nursing care. While people are doing a better job of taking care of themselves in their later years, statistics show that 57 percent of the population still will need the services of a care facility at some point in their lives. With many of Willowdale’s staff members being very active in community organizations, referrals often come from someone knowing someone. It is one of the benefits of being in a small community, and those benefits are felt by the residents of Willowdale Health Services.

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Farm & Home increases focus on top quality products By Mark Sherry Farm & Home is stepping it up in 2019. Kim McKeen, who owns the Chilton hardware and much more store with wife Nancy, said it did not require getting hit on the head with a hammer to see the need to do so—but in a way it did. Kim told the true story which occurred in the past year in which two men who work for contractors came into the store at separate times, each looking to buy a new hammer. Farm & Home has 32 different hammers displayed in the store. Both men left without buying a hammer. “If he goes out empty handed, we failed,” McKeen said. The incidents bothered him so much that he e-mailed both men to find out why they left the store without buying a hammer. Both men graciously replied with very detailed specifications as to what they want in a hammer, with one of them even sending a photo of their preferred hammer. Price did not matter to them—when a person swings a hammer a lot and every day for their job, they want the best. Today Farm & Home has 37 hammers displayed in the store. One of the men came back and found and bought the hammer he had been seeking. Giving customers what they want That is just one example of what McKeen calls “stepping it up” in 2019. “In order to better meet our customers’ expectations, Farm & Home is looking

Kim McKeen of Farm & Home in Chilton stands among some of the Weber and Traeger grills and grilling accessories which the store has added in the past year. Mark Sherry photo

to enhance many of our product lines by adding in some recognized premium brand names and also expanding on current product lines with additional choices,” he said. McKeen added, “We all fall in the trap

of putting dollars and cents first. My goal is to not eliminate anything in the store but to bring in some premium products.” Another example of how Farm & Home is stepping it up is in the area of grills. The store has long carried lines

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The Osthoff Resort earns accolades Aiming to deliver best Midwest resort experience to each guest

By Mike Mathes Situated on the shores of Elkhart Lake, The Osthoff Resort continues to gain accolades as one of the finest resort experiences in the Midwest. Set on 500 feet of pristine shoreline on Elkhart Lake, The Osthoff Resort continues to shine as a beacon of Midwest hospitality. Guests from both near and far have the opportunity to bask in the spacious suites, cozy surroundings, elegant and casual dining, a world-class spa, a cooking school, and beautiful settings for weddings, meetings, and fun family recreation. Whether a guest is coming for an extended family vacation or just dropping in for a bite to eat on a night out on the town, the Osthoff experience is offered to all who come. Awards speak to experience The aim of The Osthoff Resort is to deliver the the best Midwest resort experience to its guests, and others are sure taking notice. The Osthoff Resort has commandeered the headlines with its consistently high ratings of excellence in tourism circles. Consider the following accolades: n For the 21st year in a row, the resort was granted the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating. n Earlier this month the resort’s Aspira Spa landed the number two spot on spa and wellness travel website Spas of America’s “Top 100 Spas of 2018” list. n The resort’s Old World Christmas Market was voted the number one holiday market in the U.S. in the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards from USA TODAY. n The Osthoff Resort was named one of the “Top Resorts in Texas and the Midwest” in the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. n Named the 2018 Best Lakeshore Resort by Wisconsin Meetings magazine in its annual “Best of Wisconsin Meetings” survey. n The Aspira Spa was named the “Best Solo Getaway” by Organic Spa Magazine for 2018. Team commitment Achieving such recognition recognizes the total staff commitment to delivering the best Midwest resort experience to all guests. “Our goal permeates through everything we do, throughout our organization year in and year out,” Osthoff manager Lola Roeh said. “Of course one of the keys to that constant recognition is maintaining an outstanding staff. We have a great team of tenured directors who have been with us for a good many years. That team helps set a culture that filters all the way through our organization.” Roeh praised the 500-plus member team of associates who help deliver the best Midwest resort experience. “Most of our people come from places like Kiel, New Holstein, Chilton, Glenbeulah, Elkhart Lake, Plymouth, and Sheboygan Falls. In this area where we draw our team members from, we are blessed with great Midwest values and work ethic.” How each associate interacts with the guests of the resort truly is reflected in the recognition The Osthoff has received. “Our business is highly dependent on every single touch point and interaction our guests may have—from the first sign they see until the time they wave good-

bye,” Roeh added. “Delivering that kind of experience depends on people, and our people have just as much interpersonal skill as they do for whatever position they hold. The only way we can achieve our goal is through the positive experience delivered through out associates and their interactions with our guests.” Roeh said that one of the most gratifying parts of receiving the accolades is that it bears a reflection of how the guests of The Osthoff Resort value their experience. “Many of these awards are the Reader’s Choice Awards of wellrespected tourism publications,” she said. “When we are able to deliver on our goals and promises consistently enough, it’s great to be rewarded by such recognition from our guests,” Roeh added. Experience available to all One of the great benefits of having a Four Diamond resort in its midst is that the communities of eastern Wisconsin, the residents and business alike, have access to the same experience available to guests from afar. Not only does The Osthoff Resort draw from the area to build its team of associates, the resort makes all its amenities ready to the surrounding communities. From the award-winning Aspira Spa, to cooking schools, to restaurants like

Lola’s On the Lake, Otto’s, the Elkhart Inn and The Lake Deck in summer, the Osthoff experience is open to everyone. You don’t have to be an overnight guest to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities. Roeh added, “We want our local neighbors to understand that they have access to this great Midwest resort experience. It doesn’t matter if they come from Kiel or Chicago, whether they are just staying for dinner, or for an extended vacation. They are all welcome to enjoy the same high level experience here at The Osthoff Resort.” Roeh underscored the importance local guests play in supporting The Osthoff. “We are so grateful for local businesses and individuals who use our restaurants, hold their special events, reunions and meetings here. They are a vital part of our success,” Roeh said. “We are thankful that so many consider us for those types of events, whether personal or professional.” Wellness initiative Always seeking to improve its ability to deliver the best Midwest resort experience, The Osthoff team continues to work through a “wellness from within” initiative. The wellness push actually started in

the spa, combining wellness practices and healthy food offerings. “We have seen a trend to great interest in healthy food and where it comes from. And, we are trying to appeal to that through all our menu offerings,” Roeh noted. “People are growing more focused on how nutritious food is so important to good health.” A component of that involves the growth of organic gardening right on The Osthoff Resort property. Last year alone, The Osthoff produced over 14,000 pounds of its own food to be used in its restaurants. “We are excited to use these ingredients and cooking concepts not just in our spa and cooking school, but on all the menus throughout the resort,” she added. “It’s a growing focus on ‘wellness from within’ that is expanding to all phases of our operation. You can expect to see some new things on the menu at Otto’s and Lola’s and alongside the traditional burgers and brats at The Lake Deck in summer.” Roeh said The Osthoff team is focused on finding other ways to promote and use the “wellness from within” philosophy throughout the whole Osthoff experience. To learn more about The Osthoff experience and the opportunities that await you, visit www.Osthoff.com.


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Farm & Home along with a full line of accessories for both lines,” McKeen said. “Traeger has a complete line of flavored wood pellets to spice up your cooking. We also fill propane tanks so we can keep your Weber grill hot.” McKeen added that Traeger makes pellet-fed grills which can even be synced to a cellphone to feed in pellets upon command so that grillers do not need to turn their attention away from watching the big game or whatever else they are doing at the time. Toro zero-turn riding mowers are another example of how McKeen’s vision for Farm & Home has changed in recent years. He said a couple years ago he finally bought in to bringing one of these top-of-the-line mowers to the store—and it sold right away. Since that time other Farm & Home customers have walked away as new owners of Toro zero-turn mowers, and McKeen said all of them have been thrilled. “We are bringing in new models with extra features this year,” he said. “If we don’t stock the model you need, we can get it.” McKeen added, “We have done the same thing for our Husqvarna riding mower selection. The trend the past few years has been for larger riders with more options. This spring we will have them.” Yet another example of stepping it up is in Farm & Home’s expansive Pet Department. The store is adding some very recognized, top-end brand name pet foods such as Blue Buffalo. They are not low-cost options, but pet owners want the best when it comes to their littlest family members.

continued from page 23B It is not just the products in the store that sets Farm & Home apart but also the many services it provides. “As always, we service the mowers we sell and all equipment is set up and running when it leaves the store,” McKeen said. “We will even take care of the warranty registration for you.” Farm & Home’s connections with Do it Best Corp. also allows customers to shop from the convenience of their homes. “Just go to doitbest.com and you can have your order shipped directly to your home or have it delivered freightfree here to Farm & Home,” McKeen said. Farm & Home also does fun promotions for its customers such as its Shopping Spree Give Away. Each spring and fall it runs the $500 Give Away where two customers will each win the big prize. In the past, catalogs were passed out in the store informing customers of the promotion but this year—in order to include more customers—Farm & Home will be distributing over 10,000 catalogs with the help of the Tempo shopper. Watch the Tempo for more information and for the catalog announcing the promotion. The catalog provides just a sampling of the more than 67,000 items Do it Best has to offer. “Every single item is available to our customers,” McKeen said. And if customers cannot find what they want at Farm & Home, McKeen urges them to let any employee know before leaving the store. That will go a long way toward helping Farm & Home along its path of stepping it up in 2019.

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Chilton Wireless Plus keeps upgrading By Mark Sherry Has any industry changed more dramatically in terms of technology over the past decade than wireless communications—cellphones, tablets, connected devices, etc.? Given that fact, it probably should not come as a big surprise that a business like Chilton Wireless Plus which works in that industry has seen its fair share of changes as well in recent years. That includes the name of the business. Manager Nathan See said he hears customers refer to the Chilton store as RadioShack, U.S. Cellular, or Farm & Home and, to some degree, they are correct on all counts. RadioShack continues to be a supplier of many products which can be found in the store; Chilton Wireless Plus continues to set up U.S. Cellular service for customers; and the store is indeed located inside Farm & Home as it has been for many years. Several years ago, Kim McKeen bought out longtime partner Dwight Bloohm on the Farm & Home hardware side of the store, but both men continue to own Chilton Wireless Plus. “We’re still locally owned,” See said. “We’re still the same company we were since ‘99.”

Store remodeled Late last year the store received an extensive remodeling. See said it provides a better layout, including more consultation stations for employees to work with customers and a small seating area for customers who might have to wait for the next available consultant. “So far it’s working really well,” See added. “Customers seem to like it.” Those consultation stations stay very busy as a large part of Chilton Wireless Plus’ business is helping people with new cellphones and data plans. The store carries all the major makes and models of cellphones including iPhone, Samsung, Motorola, and LG, as well as iPads and other connected tablets and devices. People who have not shopped for a new cellphone in a while might have a little sticker shock when they note the price of some of the newest iconic devices, but See pointed out, “The biggest thing is how you pay for your phone now. It’s definitely changed.” People now pay for their phone over a series of monthly payments. Data plans have become more streamlined, less confusing, and less costly, thus balancing out some of the increased cost of phones. Also helping to reduce the financial impact of being connected is U.S. Cellular’s Total Unlimited Plans with Payback. See explained that the program provides a credit back to customers if they do not use all their data during the month. The amount of data a person needs can be an unknown for new users and can vary from month to month, and Unlimited with Payback takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out how much data is right for an individual. Capabilities greatly increased The higher cost of phones is certainly understandable when a person considers their increased capabilities these days and the huge role they play in many people’s lives. They are not just telephones but also serve the role of being a portable computer, TV, gaming console and, of course, a nonstop mode of connection to family, friends, coworkers, and clients. Cellphones also connect people to today’s growing movement of “smart homes.” With products from companies such as Amazon and Google, people can use their cellphones to remotely control and monitor everything from furnace settings to lights to security systems and

The staff at Chilton Wireless Plus in Chilton includes (front, from left) Zech Bennin, Nathan See, and Dave Buda; and (back) Jai Preston to Jennifer Bartel.

more—even trail cameras connected to U.S. Cellular’s data network so you can control the trail camera settings and receive the pictures right on your smartphone without needing to go to the woods. These devices also work great for security at a home or business. Chilton Wireless Plus also sells and assists customers with smart home products. Last November the store also added a new service called Fix-It-Here Mobile Device Repair. They service Samsung, iPhone, and iPad devices. Get broken screens repaired, batteries replaced, or many other repairs in-store by trained technicians, most the same day in approximately one hour. Not ready to upgrade that broken phone to a new device yet? Fix-It-Here at Chilton Wireless Plus. Another service now provided by U.S. Cellular and Chilton Wireless Plus is inhome high-speed internet plans in both rural and urban areas. The plans are not presently available in every area because

of data capacity limitations, but See encourages people interested in the service to check at the store or at uscellular.com. Lots of other items in store Stopping at the Chilton store also allows people to see the vast array of other items available from Chilton Wireless Plus. From headphones, charging stations, electronic games and novelties to diodes, cables, build-it-yourself kits and so much more, Chilton Wireless Plus has what people interested in technology and electronics are seeking. Some people are more technology savvy than others, and Chilton Wireless Plus offers a couple great advantages for those people who might be on the “less savvy” end of the spectrum. For starters, See and the other five employees of the store—four of whom are full time—will take the time to answer any questions a customer might have and will set up the new device and transfer all data from

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Fuhrmann a service giant for over 39 years By Faye Burg After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 39-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well. Jarred Ellman joined the partnership in June of 2015 to allow Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. to begin serving the area’s plumbing needs. Plumbing services offered include new construction, remodels, sales, repairs, water heaters, and water softeners. Due to the demand for plumbing services continuing to grow, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. has added Master Plumber Greg Van Lanen, Journeyman Wayne Hoerth and a plumbing helper. These employees are all from the local service area with 20+ years combined experience. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. also continues to be available 24/7 to provide residential and business heating and cooling needs. Residential and commercial From new home and business needs to existing homeowners and owners of small commercial buildings who would like to replace, upgrade or repair their heating and cooling equipment, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. thrives on their busy schedule of providing quality service to their clients. Service tune-ups have been strong through fall and winter with additions and remodeling work keeping the firm busy along with new commercial construction projects, such as Brillion City Center. 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, wood, and oil. Fuhrmann does a lot of work in new construction and existing homes, performing a nice mix of retrofits and remodeling work. Approximately 80 percent of its business is forced air heating and cooling. With the expansion of natural gas into more rural areas, system conversions have also kept the employees busy to ready their customers for spring hook-ups to the natural gas lines. 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 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. With today’s new home construction

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Quit Qui Oc deals in business of fun By Mike Mathes At the start of every new golf season, Quit Qui Oc Golf Course owners meet with staff to focus on the year ahead. One of the typical reminders Rachel and Todd Montaba share is, “We are in the fun business. We are here to help people have fun and enjoy their lives more.” Whether the opportunity comes on the golf course or in the clubhouse, Quit Qui Oc shares that attitude with all its customers. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1923. The current ownership is the third generations of the Wiese family, dating back more than 60 years. Rachel and Todd continue the commitment to offering golf and hospitality as a great social outlet for both individuals and families. “We want people to look at Quit Qui Oc Golf Course, our bar and restaurant not just as a golf course, but as a great place to enjoy life,” Rachel said. “You don’t have to play golf to come here,” Todd added. “Our restaurant is open to the non-golfing public as well as our golfing customers.” To that end, Quit Qui Oc even offers a social membership, specifically geared to non-golfers who want to be part of the larger hospitality experience at the golf course and restaurant. “We have a lot of people who really enjoy our food and our atmosphere, and we are grateful that they are part of what we offer,” Rachel said. As a third generation family business owner, Rachel values the larger family connections to the golfers and restaurant patrons who are part of the Quit Qui Oc scene. She and Todd continue to welcome each of their customers as part of their extended family circle.

Socializing aspect The Montabas believe strongly in the relationships that are built through the game of golf. Golf can be geared to competition for those who seek it. More often, though, golf is about building relationships and spending time with the people you enjoy being around, Todd said. “Golf is a socially driven game. It can be whatever you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be about hard-driving competition, though there are options for those who want that as well,” he added. Rachel said being able to spend a few hours together with friends or family brings people close together. “We have seen over the years that the game of golf forges friendships that last a lifetime,” Todd added. Great family opportunities Rachel emphasized the growing trend toward family golf opportunities. “Where else do parents or grandparents get to spend a couple of hours of quality time with their children and grandchildren?” she asked. For the LPGA professional, the evidence is personal. She has savored the opportunity to enjoy golf experiences with her own daughter, including her mother on some occasions. “Where else could a parent, grandparent and teenager find this kind of common ground?” she asked. “Time is the most precious thing to so many of us, and golf gives us an opportunity to spend time together with the people we value the most,” she added. Quit Qui Oc extends itself to make it easier for parents and grandparents to welcome young players to the game of golf. The course offers the opportunity to just play five holes instead of the tradition nine, for those who are just starting the game. On Sunday afternoons, kids are welcome to play nine holes for just $1

Quit Qui Oc Golf Course offers a scenic golf setting in the hills of the northern Kettle Moraine, but much more. The golfing and dining opportunities offer great places to get away from the stresses of life and enjoy time with friends and family along with an opportunity to make new friends.

after 3 p.m. along with an adult. Add to that the emphasis on youth instruction and league playing opportunities, and Quit Qui Oc reveals its value as a place for all ages to connect with the game of golf. Parent/child season passes are available, or for families who wish other options, the pass could be taken out for a grandparent/child combination. Business connections Todd pointed to business networking as a key opportunity offered through golf. “Golf is a great game to provide networking opportunities for young professionals. It offers an opportunity for great connections with employees and clients through the networking leagues.” In a social setting business people can get to known each other, learn about their playing partners. “Life is about connections, and the golf course is a great place for people to connect,” the PGA professional said. Businesses often use golf opportunities at Quit Qui Oc to build teamwork, offer client appreciation, or simply have fun together. “There are a lot of ways companies can use golf as a tool We are here to help assist them in talking about budgets, opportunities and course availability. Beyond the business networking opportunities, Quit Qui Oc offers league play for men and women nearly every weeknight. “Leagues are always looking for subs and new players,” Todd said. “Individuals that are interested in league play should give us a call at the clubhouse. We can usually get you connected with a league that will work for you.” He emphasized that leagues add to the social networking so many golfers seek. More than that, it helps golfers commit to more playing time—more time to get away from the stresses of life. Men’s and women’s clubs are also offered for those golfers who want to connect with others and enjoy tournament opportunities. They are open to all golfers, not just season pass holders. 27 holes of golf Quit Qui Oc sports 27 holes of golf for public play–including the original 18 hole course, along with the Glacial Nine. Golfers can play any combination of the nines by contacting the clubhouse. Several options are available for season passes. Full memberships cover all 27 holes, while a Glacial nine-only season pass is also available. Passes can be for weekdays only or for unlimited play

on all days. Quit Qui Oc also offers a partial associate membership involving pre-paid rounds of golf. While season passes are restricted to the pass holder, associate member prepaid rounds come as nine-hole coupons and can be shared. “We have businesses who take out associate memberships and share the passes as perks for employees and customers. Likewise, an individual associate member could offer passes to family and friends,” Rachel said. The associate member passes are good any time, including weekends. Quit Qui Oc also offers range passes, power cart passes and lesson packages for the golfers who want to invest more time in their game. The course is open to everyone, not just season pass holders, with great availability for daily fee golf, that 9- or 18-hole round that you want to play with a tee time on your day off, or that afternoon where your schedule is freed up. Great restaurant options Quit Qui Oc Golf Club’s Clubhouse Restaurant is open year round. Our “19th hole” hosts a unique blend of golfers, businessmen and women, and local residents who are always stopping in to visit old friends or to see what’s new.

Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features house made soups, salads, and sandwiches (closed on Tuesdays December-March). As the golf season gets underway the restaurant has extended hours and serves MondayThursday evenings. On Friday evenings, Quit Qui Oc hosts its traditional Friday Fish Fry & Dinner Menu. Chef Andrew Goch offers ever-changing Friday specials that might range from baked red snapper to baked sea scallops. “Andrew does a great job for us,” Rachel said. “He makes all our soups and sauces from scratch.” The third Thursday of the month Chef Andrew and Quit Qui Oc offer a Rib Night from 5-8 p.m. On Sundays, plated breakfast is served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bar hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to close and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. to close. For more information about any of the golf or hospitality options available at Quit Qui Oc, see the website - www. quitquiocgolf.com. To inquire about league opportunities or any other Quit Qui Oc playing opportunities, call the club house at (920) 876-2833.

Fuhrmann ees 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 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

continued from page 27B is on duty overnight and on weekends. The company will mark 39 years in business with 17 full-time employees along with many part-time employees who work together to provide top-notch customer service and products to Manitowoc, Calumet, Brown, Sheboygan and Outagamie counties.

Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is located at 304 E. Water St., Brillion. More information can be found on their Web site at www.fuhrmannheating.com. The firm also may be reached by calling (920) 756-3277 or e-mailing fuhrmannhtg@fhtgc.com.

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