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Tempo • Elkhart Lake Progress 2016 • Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Siebkens celebrates 100 years 4th generation owners plan summer events

By Mike Mathes Resort traditions have long been a part of the landscape in Elkhart Lake, and this year Siebkens Resort celebrates 100 years of its part in that community identity. Sisters Laurie Stecker and Lisa Sadiq are fourth-generation owners of Siebkens Resort, which stands proudly at the south end of Lake Street. They plan to mark their centennial observation with a huge “splash” of activities this summer, kicking off the events on Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. “We are excited about kicking off 100 Days of Summer Fun to celebrate 100 years,” Stecker said. The summer-long celebration will include live entertainment, food and beverage specials, customer appreciation events and nights, free gifts for children at meals, Sundae Fun Days at the ice cream shoppe and Root Beer Float Fridays. Throwback Thursdays will feature Weeden Creek Coffee, available at Sissy’s for just 50 cents. Siebkens will also be resurrecting Ollie’s Follies—the so-called “talent show” featuring staff performers and the time-honored bartender ballet and

waitress kick line. One of the major entertainment events of the summer will be the July 8 appearance of Copper Box, one of Wisconsin’s most loved bands. Two special dining events using Grandma Ollie’s special German recipes will also be featured. Both are open to the public. A German weekend is being planned, offering a German Buffet featuring traditional German recipes. Live music will take place both evenings, with Polka Potion featured as the Saturday band. In August, a Duck Dinner is planned, again combined with traditional Siebkens recipes and live music.

An open welcome As Siebkens Resort does every year, the resort is extending an open welcome not only to guests of the resort but to residents of the village and surrounding area to take part in the Siebkens experience. Lunch and dinner are served in the Stop-Inn Tavern Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 to 2 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. The Stop-Inn tavern is open throughout the year. In the summer season, the tavern seating expands to the outdoor deck and screened in porch. All entertainment is presented at the Stop-Inn Tavern and generally runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. On major race weekends, and the July 4th weekend, as well as for special events, the Main Dining Room is open for food service.

Sisters Lisa Sadiq (left) and Laurie Stecker are fourth generation owners at Siebkens Resort.

Sissy’s Coffee and Ice Cream Shop is located on the grounds adjoining Lake Street. The coffee shop is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. offering organic fair trade coffee and light breakfast items—along with the great tradition of Cedar Crest ice cream. Sissy’s offers beverages and sweets, traditional cones and root beer floats. “We have a lot of people who come by and grab a quick cup of coffee street side on their way to work, or the rest of their day.” Siebkens was founded in 1916 by Her-

man and Laura Siebken. Hotel owners in Germany, they came to America’s east coast, then moved to Wisconsin, eventually buying the resort, which was known as the Elm Park Hotel. For 25 years, the couple managed Siebkens until the resort was taken over by their daughter Ollie Siebken Moeller. Her tenure lasted for 36 years. Lisa and Laurie’s parents, Pam and Doug Lueck took the reins of the resort in 1977 and ran Siebkens for a period of Turn to SIEBKENS/page 4


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20 years. The two daughters began their tenure of ownership in 1996.

Elkhart Lake has many draws Stecker said that the resort business has changed some with each passing generation. In days gone by, families from Chicago or Milwaukee would come to Siebkens to stay for a month at a time. Today, that has changed as tourists come for the wider variety of reasons that makes Elkhart Lake an attractive destination. “We get a real variety of customers here. We see a lot of destination weddings and family reunions,” she said. Stecker recalled the stories of how her grandmother played an instrumental role in helping to promote Road America. “She helped sell the shares of stock for the track and saw Road America as an opportunity to help revitalize the resort businesses,” Stecker said. The great racing legacy of Road America is just one of the many reasons that resorts like Siebkens have continued to attract patrons to Elkhart Lake. Stecker cited the beauty of the lake and the quaintness of the village as drawing cards. Today, the lure has grown even stronger. “People are really beginning to find out about Elkhart Lake. Once they get here and realize the beauty of the lake and see all the opportunities for biking, hiking, water sports and outdoor activities, they get hooked,” she said. At Siebkens along the shores of Elkhart Lake, they also find the pleasures of great dining and entertainment. Once they find this treasure, families

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keep coming back to Siebkens. “We see lots of generations of families that keep coming back to Siebkens,” Stecker said. “It’s interesting to see people we may remember playing with as kids on the beach now bringing their families back. People just enjoy this area that much.” Generations of returnees Siebkens offers year round hotel accommodations. The construction of a new building in 2008 helped open up the all-season possibilities. Likewise the Stop-Inn Tavern is also a year round feature at Siebkens. Private parties are available throughout the year, although normal public dining remains seasonal. Siebkens offers a variety of lodging options, including hotel rooms and one-, two- or three-bedroom condominiums. The Elm Park and Lake Cottage Buildings offer a style of lodging patterned after bed and breakfast offerings. Condominiums offer full open-concept kitchens and fireplaces, with expansive verandas and a built-in laundry. Many rooms have a lake or pool view. Maintaining the charm For the sisters continuing the Siebkens Resort family tradition, the key to success lies in their ability to keep the old charm and feel. “That’s one of the great things about Elkhart Lake. The village has done a great job of maintaining and revitalizing the downtown area and keeping original structures,” Stecker said. That quaintness carries over to the great sense of community that visitors

Patrons enjoy some cold beverages at Siebkens Resort in Elkhart Lake.

can feel. “Elkhart Lake is just such a unique place, and Siebkens is proud to be part of that tradition. Together we all make Elkhart Lake the special place that it is,” she added. Both sisters raised their children in Elkhart Lake and were able to have

them help in the resort business while growing up. “It’s almost like a fairy tale place to grow up in,” Stecker said. For the past century, Siebkens Resort has been part of that fairy tale story for tourists and locals alike.





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In 1957, Ralph Sixel started his own electrical and plumbing business and named it R.L. Sixel Electric. Ralph worked on his own out of his garage on Dairyland Drive. As his business grew, his sons, Gary Sixel and Jeffrey Sixel, along with Leonard Schwinn came on board. After many years of work they were able to expand into a larger shop. After 28 years in business Ralph retired on December 31, 1985. Gary, Jeffrey & Leonard purchased R. L. Sixel Electric and renamed it Sixel & Schwinn, Inc. In 2001, Scott Sixel and Mike Milbrath became partners with Gary, Jeffrey & Leonard. Soon after, as the business continued to grow, land was purchased to build a new shop located at N7677 Rangeline Road, Sheboygan, which is our workplace today.

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Taking a step up National Exchange Bank account aids young adults

The National Exchange Bank StepUp Checking account is a step towards financial independence for young adults; with this account young adults are rewarded for making good financial choices. “Step-Up Checking is perfect for me,” said Olivia Graham, a sophomore at St. Norbert College in De Pere. Graham heard of the new product in development last summer when she was asked to be a part of the test group. Prior to the product’s release in October, Graham enrolled and provided bank decision makers with her feedback. “I was especially excited about the ATM Fee Refunds. When I am away at school, it’s super convenient for me to use any ATM I come across, and I get e-mail notifications sent directly to my phone, so I know when I meet the qualifications.” With Step-Up Checking, young adults under age 26 earn ATM fee refunds and interest bonuses for meeting certain qualifications. To qualify for rewards, account holders need to enroll in eStatements for all their accounts and then follow one of two paths—maintain a balance of $200 in a combination of

accounts of go electronic by having a direct deposit or Remote Check Deposit of more than $25, using their debit card four or more times and limiting checks to less than three in a month. “Meeting the qualifications has not been an issue for me,” Graham said. “Enrolling in eStatements meant I no longer had to deal with the paper statement that contained information I was already reviewing online.” Step-Up Checking customers can track their qualification progress and their rewards in Exchange OnLine, Internet Banking, which inspires young people to start a healthy habit of monitoring their finances. “It’s exciting to see the rewards I’ve earned and I remember to look at my accounts on a regular basis now,” she said. Statistics show that teens with a checking account are better prepared to handle their finances than ones with access to plastic. To learn more, visit National Exchange Bank & Trust at or stop in any of the 27 offices throughout southeast Wisconsin. National Exchange Bank & Trust is a locally owned, independent bank.

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Tempo • Elkhart Lake Progress 2016 • Tuesday, June 21, 2016

QQO highlights family golf options By Mike Mathes Golf is a game for the whole family to experience and enjoy. That message is being sent loudly and clearly by Quit Qui Oc Golf Club, which continues to expand programs that feature golfing options for everyone. Building those family golf opportunities is a strong tradition that continues to grow under the vision and guidance of owners Todd and Rachel Montaba, teaching professionals. “There’s a real void for family time and family opportunities today,” Todd said. “Kids are so heavily scheduled. But golf is one activity that has an opportunity to build back some fun family time.” From the perspective of the two teaching professionals golf brings a unique opportunity for inter-generational activity. For that reason, Quit Qui Oc continues to embrace a vision of growing the game’s reach to a wide variety of family members, placing special emphasis on programs for women golfers and for juniors. Some of their newest innovations also point to the desire to bring family members together in fun golf-related activities. Family league forms New for 2016 is a five week family league, which combines an adult family member and a junior, 17 years or younger. The league plays on Wednesday evenings with tee times from 5-6 p.m. Rounds are played on the original 18 hole course, mostly on the front nine. Starting the end of June, the league runs through the middle of August. Teams pay an entry fee of $20, but in return receive a generous rate of $16 per team for nine hole greens fees. “We are doing this to encourage play and to support an inter-generational opportunity,” Montaba said. Anyone interested in signing up should contact the clubhouse. Junior opportunities Quit Qui Oc has long touted programs for junior golfers. Two different five-week sessions are offered each summer, and are already sold out for this summer season. Lessons are culminated with a fun family scramble, where parents are invited to come out to the course to play with the kids. Quit Qui Oc also participates in a PGA junior league, fielding a team that

PGA teaching professional Todd Montaba works with a group of beginning golfers, helping orient them to the importance of a proper golf grip.

competes against other area golf courses. The league has six teams, including one full Quit Qui Oc Team and a combination of Quit Qui Oc and Town & Country. “All of the Sheboygan County courses, with the exception of the Bull and Riverdale are part of the league,” Montaba said. While teams have 12 members, only eight play at a time. Competition take place in the format of two-person scrambles and allows subsituting for any block of three holes. “We always have all our kids play at least six holes to give them opportunities and to ease them into the competition,” he added. “The kids just love it. It truly builds team spirit and camaraderie. And, it teaches them golf etiquette.” Montaba emphasized that the league is not about winning and losing, rather an opportunity to introduce kids to entry level golf competition. Both boys and girls participate in the junior league. In addition, Quit Qui Oc hosts its own “internal” junior league each Tuesday on the front nine. This provides an opportunity to bridge the player from junior lessons up through

high school golf. Teams are divided up according to ability, giving players a chance to meet and get to know other juniors. Ladies golf continues to grow Ladies golf has always been a popular offering at Quit Qui Oc, and the course continues to fuel that growth. LPGA Professional/owner Rachel Montaba said the course is in its seventh year of offering a Ladies Learn to Golf program. “We design this to introduce women to golf or to just get them more comfortable with the game,” she said. The program runs from June through the first week in August, and includes a 30-minute lesson with play that follows. Two sessions are held each Monday, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. “Both are sold out this year. They have been really successful,” she said. Montaba said the program has helped many women golfers learn to enjoy the game more, to become involved in leagues, but more important to make lasting friendships with their fellow golfers. Friday nights offer an opportunity for couples to compete in a casual golf

league. That league runs from midMay through the first week or two in September. Standard offerings Quit Qui Oc also continues to support family play through its many unique membership options, including an option for a social-only membership. To encourage play by young players a special offered on Sundays after 3 p.m. to any junior player (17 and under). Kids play for $1 on Sunday afternoons after 3 p. m. with a paid adult throughout the summer. Other online specials can be found on the Quit Qui Oc website, including July Family Golf Month specials for which you must download a coupon from Family Range Time - 1 Large basket of range balls, 1 soda & 1 beer only $12; Family Time on the Course - 9 Holes for 1 Adult & 1 Junior only $19. Good after 2pm, cart not included. 5 & 5 An adult that plays 5 holes with a child after 5pm plays for only $8. Golf cart not included.

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Schneider offers cleaning service

As the owner of Maid Perfect, Melissa Schneider’s cleaning services include rental properties, residential, commercial and construction, both new and remodeled. Foreclosure properties are also cleaned by Maid Perfect. Area real estate agents know of her services, understanding that a home or commercial building will sell if its appearance is neat and clean. When the job requires it, Schneider calls upon a well-trained sub-contracted support staff to assist her in the work. Schneider, who has performed cleaning tasks most of her life, prides herself on being flexible and open to client

needs. She employs hands-on cleaning methods—on hands and knees scrubbing floors—and gives attention to detail. She lives with the conviction that everything has a place. She will assist clients who wish that she organize things in a household or office. Cleaning assignments with Maid Perfect are routine or they could be a onetime thing only. Some clients call upon her to tidy up the house before a holiday, or perhaps clean the house before a party and return afterward. Some people call upon her services to do spring and fall cleaning. Other clients might need the assistance of a cleaning person aiding them in getting the job done. Such clients might be an elderly person, a stroke victim, or wheelchair-bound person. Or, they might simply be that busy person

whose job and child care are for them first priorities. Schneider will do carpet cleaning. Smaller carpet sections can be steam cleaned or if necessary rented equipment can be used. She will make arrangements to have a professional carpet cleaning firm perform the work if a client so desires. If the client wishes, Schneider will use her own supplies and equipment. Cleaning a residence might include walls, ceilings, blinds and windows. It might also include the garage. It might include organizing book shelves, getting spring things out of storage and putting winter items back in place. Schneider is fully insured and bonded. Her business is based in New Holstein where she can be reached at (920) 375-

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Founded in 2011, Mannenbach Mechanical LLC provides commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installations and service. Owned by Paul Mannenbach, Mannenbach Mechanical is located at 1251 STH 67, Kiel. To find out more about the company or schedule work, call 894-7776.

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Lulloff’s expanding, refreshing displays By Faye Burg Lulloff’s True Value Hardware has been a source of a wide variety of tools, products, services and expert advice for every project need for over 95 years. The business originally began in St. Nazianz in the 1880’s with Herman Lulloff selling hardware, tractors, oil pulls, and cars. “The railroad was crucial for us to get our big inventory, so eventually when the old Stoelting building became available we came to Kiel in 1920,” current owner Joel Lulloff explained. “So rather than hauling thrashers miles we only needed to bring them five blocks to the new and current location.” Joel said he has enjoyed learning from previous generations and passing it along to the future generations during his years in the business. Working side by side with daughter Aly and son Jason, Joel said the goal at Lulloff’s has always been and always will be satisfied customers. “We like to think that our customer service and years of experience is what sets us apart from the big box stores.” Refreshing store “We are currently in the middle of refreshing the store,” Aly said. “Some of our crucial departments didn’t have to opportunity to expand without some rearranging. Our hope is to better develop our product offerings.” Departments that will see an expansion in size as well as products include hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical. “We will be adding new merchandise, a new line of paint, and new displays,” Aly added. “The changes began

Aly, Jason, and Joel Lulloff said they are excited for the improvements and expansions under way in several popular departments of Lulloff’s Hardware in Kiel. Faye Burg photo

in November and we hope to be finished with the renovations by summer. It is quite the overhaul.” “It was time for a change,” Aly said. “We wanted to freshen things up.” Aly noted the last upgrades done in the store were in the 1990s. “Many people joke that we are doing it to just to confuse them, however, I am just as confused as

they are with all the changes.” “We hope to make it easier to find things and have more of what our customers need,” Aly said. “The end result will be easier access, more products, and still maintain what people come here for. We tend to luck out with having the obscure items and we still want that to be our niche along with having the popular

essentials. We still want to maintain our unofficial maxim, ‘If Lulloff’s doesn’t have it, you don’t need it’.” Lulloff’s is located at 203 Fremont St., in Kiel and can be reached at 894-3236. Additional information can be found on their Web site, lulloff.


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The Osthoff Resort offers its own pond setting but also overlooks Elkhart Lake and makes use of all the recreational opportunities the lake has to offer.


By Mike Mathes Whether you are a traveler or a local resident, the Osthoff Resort wants to be “your place on the lake.” With its blended offerings, casual and elegant dining, a world class spa, amazing events and beautiful settings for weddings, meetings and fun family recreation, the Osthoff offers something for all to enjoy. And, for those that need that respite or place to stay, the resort offers spacious and beautifully appointed accommodations on the shores of beautiful Elkhart Lake. Dining opportunities abound through the plentiful restaurant opportunities at The Osthoff Resort. Offerings vary between several dining choices. The great news for local residents is that all the options are open to guests from the surrounding area, not just those in town for an overnight Osthoff stay. Otto’s offers three meals At Otto’s, the Osthoff offers a threemeal restaurant, geared to most casual meal offerings. Otto’s is the Osthoff Resort’s take on the classic hotel restaurant which offers a wide variety of food to all types of guests. Breakfast starts the day with great options, including an absolutely delicious baked berry pancake recipe from the Wisconsin Lost Recipe Book. Lunch brings familiarity with local favorites like cheese curds and bratwurst atop the list. They are accompanied by a fine menu of wraps, sandwiches, soups and salads. Pork ribeye highlights the evening menu, but many other options are available. Local tradition abounds throughout the week at Otto’s but becomes even more evident on Friday’s when Otto’s pulls out the stops for its killer perch dinner—complete with homemade German potato salad. You can’t get more local than that! Walleye is also a regular staple on the menu, another evidence of the local influences in the dining traditions at The Osthoff. Lake Deck on the beach In the summer months, the Lake Deck features comfort food on the beach.

Travelers and locals alike can savor the experience

Great opportunities for dining, entertainment and relaxation are all part of The Osthoff Experience, whether you are a traveler, or a local resident.

Think of an outdoor barbecue, and a big cold glass of locally brewed beer, and you can begin to imagine the menu. Brats, burgers, nachos and home made pizzas are all part of the fare. Scoops ice cream from Chilton has been an important offering at the Lake Deck. The best part of all, though, is that Lake Deck patrons get to enjoy the beach food in the open air—with live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “Elkhart Lake has grown into a real food-centric destination. That means everyone has stepped up their product offerings,” Elk Room Lounge At The Osthoff Resort, the heart of the resort lies in the huge Elk Room, overlooking the main grounds that spill out toward Elkhart Lake. The Elk Room Lounge is a popular place to hang out while enjoying Osthoff sliders, the ever-popular Osthoff wings or deep fried cheese curds—all while having a great glass of beer, a glass of wine or a signature cocktail. The Elk Room Lounge is a great place to unwind on a Saturday afternoon, or for a nightcap after dinner. The Elk Room Lounge has the most specialty offerings of any lounge at The Osthoff. In addition to cocktails, the Elk Room also offers a great cup of coffee—fea-

turing the Colectivo brand—or an awesome cup of Rishi tea, using some of the best leaves and flowers from around the globe. Morning offerings also include light pastries, bagels and yogurt until 11 am. Signature dining at Lola’s Lola’s on the Lake is the signature fine dining option for The Osthoff. Meals feature ingredients of the area combined in unique and taste-sastifying style called fusion dining. Signature soups include lobster bisque, sweet corn chowder, and five-onion French onion. Dinner options might include brandybraised pork osso buco, shrimp pasta, and prosciutto-wrapped monkfish. Another Wisconsin flavor on the menu at Lola’s is trout. In season, The Osthoff’s own grownon-the-grounds heirloom tomatoes create an extraordinary heirloom tomato salad option. The Osthoff stamp of excellence No matter which dining option you choose, guests will find the Osthoff stamp of local tradition and excellence on all the food and beverage options. The Osthoff Resort takes the “eating local” theory way beyond the menu. Recently, the resort has moved significantly into organic gardening and on-site

production of its own foods. Fruits and vegetables grown in the Osthoff gardens are used to fill the bill for items already on the menu. That includes items like herbs and micro greens. Garlic is grown on the grounds as are French grey shallots, a delicacy, even in France. But, the gardening side of The Osthoff food service has begun to embrace specialty items as well. Viking potatoes, a purple variety, have been one of the latest additions. Last year, nearly six tons of food were produced and they are still finding their way to the dining table in the form of specially prepared sauces and soups. Butternut squash, grown on the grounds, was a staple for offerings on the Thanksgiving Buffet as well as Lola’s signature soup offerings. Elkhart Inn Off-site, just a few blocks away, the Osthoff is also managing the Elkhart Inn as yet another dining option for locals and travelers, with a unique food profile of its own. Call it a steak house with a supper club atmosphere, the Elkhart Inn offers a familiar Wisconsin supper club dining setting. The Elkhart Inn offers that familiarity right down to the old fashioned Turn to osthoff/page 9

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cocktail that is still muddled by hand right before your eyes. The menu, on the other hand, goes way beyond the familiar. In addition to a host of steak and seafood options, the menu expands with flexibility to match individual patron’s taste buds. For many of the steak and seafood options, the diner can select the variety of sauces in which their entree is cooked. You can also take a walk on the wild side at the Elkhart Inn, with a taste of different entree options including elk and red deer. Of course, the menu also includes many of the namesake dishes you would expect from a Wisconsin supper club. Aspira Spa cafe At the Aspira Spa cafe, guests can engage in unique healthful food choices. Osthoff menu planners are especially mindful of the ingredients for these offerings—matching the holistic nature of the spa. Smoothies and salads are featured. Osthoff Gift Shoppes The Osthoff Resort Gift Shoppe features swimwear, giftware, apparel, jewelry, home décor, children’s products and other souvenirs for your stay in Elkhart Lake. You’ll also find assorted sundries, snacks and refreshments. The Aspira Spa Boutique offers a wide selection of apparel, make-up, and skin care lines, books, health, and wellness products. In addition to its dining offerings, Osthoff also takes great pride in serving the wider community as a place to hold ma-

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jor events such as weddings, meetings, family reunions, class reunions, off-site business meetings, Christmas parties, conventions and more. With the addition of the Grand Libelle Ballroom in August 2014, the Osthoff features 38,500 square feet of meeting space. The Grand Libelle can host events that serve up to 850 people for dinner, while the Palm Garden can set up to 600. But the spaces are also conducive to serving smaller groups. Even the largest rooms can be configured to give an appropriate space to a smaller gathering. The same great food traditions and vision that drive The Osthoff’s dining options are put to use in taking the banquet menu experience way beyond the ordinary. A place for events The Osthoff also views its role as a host for major events, open to everyone. Dancing events are popular with a Ballroom Dancing/Big Band weekend in early March. October features the Harvest Moon ball. Musically, nothing at The Osthoff is bigger than the community event known as Jazz on the Vine. Hosted on the grounds the Friday and Saturday of Mother’s Day Weekend, Jazz on the Vine enjoys some of the finest jazz musicians from across the country. Patrons can enjoy two days of music for the price of what they might pay for an evening show in a major city. Holidays come alive at The Osthoff, with amazing brunch offerings on Easter, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Each holiday has its own special events in the resort. One of the most spectacular events of the year is the Fourth of July fireworks. Another standout event takes place prior to Christmas in the form of the Old World Christmas Market. For 10 days, The Osthoff is the destination for one of the “10 best Christmas markets in the country.” That’s according to the Huffington Post. People from all over the Midwest flock to the Old World Christmas Market to see the gift offerings that come from as far away as Germany and the Czech Republic. Other events take place throughout the year, including live music periodically in the Elk Room Lounge and live music each weekend in the summer season at the Lake Deck. For more information, visit www. on the web, or call (920) 876-3366.

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Boost fitness at Empower Pilates

Empower Pilates, LLC is designed to take care of a person’s fitness desires, including their psyche. Mikealynn Trimberger-Hendrickson helps people with a new awareness of their body, mind, and spirit. She said she takes a very balanced approach to physical fitness and Pilates. “You’ll find something that meets your needs and blends with your personality, hopes, and goals,” she said. Mikealynn has the most up to date certifications in her discipline. She is a licensed physical therapist assistant with 23 years of clinical experience, a certified personal trainer (ACE) for 15 years, a certified Pilates mat for 15 years, a certified weight loss solutions coach for five years, and a certified Pilates reformer for five years. Empower Pilates is beginning its fourth year with a facility in Kiel. The 900 square foot facility at 627 Fremont St. offers Pilates mat classes on Wednesday evenings, and private Pilates reformer sessions on Monday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, or Thursday afternoons. The business also has had a facility in Chilton for the past five years offering Pilates mat classes on Monday evenings and private reformer sessions on Monday afternoons or Thursday mornings. For more information about Empower Pilates call (920) 980-4976.

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‘Mill Street Live’ cast ready for season The “Mill Street Live” Summer Musical Series is celebrating its eighth year of performances at the Plymouth Arts Center in downtown Plymouth. “Mill Street Live” is a summer musical revue featuring songs that span the generations. Featured artists and music offer a wide variety of genres including “Mama Mia” and other Broadway shows, Madonna, Bruno Mars, the Beatles, etc. “This show is truly something for all ages to enjoy,” Director Thomas Moore said. The high-energy song and dance show is performed by members of the Mill Street Guild and is regarded as one of the most entertaining shows in the area. The musical series opens Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the summer on Friday evenings, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5 and 19, with the finale on Aug. 26. (The Plymouth Arts Center’s 13th Annual Jazz Crawl Fundraiser for the Arts is Friday, Aug. 12.) The show is suitable for all ages and families are encouraged to attend. Tickets are available in advance and at the door—$12 plus tax for adults, children age 5 to 11 are charged $1 per their age; kids under 5 are free. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Plymouth Arts Center, (920) 892-8409 (voicemail 24 hours); conveniently online at www.; e-mail; or visit the box office at 520 E. Mill St. in downtown Plymouth Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. The 2016 cast of “Mill Street Live” is comprised of ladies Sam Gretz, Elizabeth Gartman, Megan Burback, Amanda Hartlaub, and Courtney Kooistra. The gentlemen are Kevin Sievert, Jon Becker, Zach Glaeser, Sethe Jaymes, Alex Thiry, and Dallas Laurin. In addition to Director Moore, the 2016 creative team includes choreographers Gretz, Burback, Tricia Lutze, Emily Shircel, and Sievert. The choral director is Sievert. Pat Smith is the lighting director. Costumes were coordinated by Jamie Jeanty; poster design and photography is provided by Kristi Hasenstein. The performer’s motto is “We Sing! We Dance! We Entertain!.” Moore said, “This year’s show will feature several brand new, young, talented performers from across the area, while being choreographed by some veteran Mill Street

This year’s Mill Street Guild is comprised of (from left) Megan Burback, Dallas Laurin, Sam Gretz, Jon Becker, Amanda Hartlaub, Courtney Kooistra, Sethe Jaymes, Zach Glaeser, Alex Thiry, Kevin Sievert, and Liz Gartman.

Guild members. The show is all about separate messages conveyed in sets, and the cast is really looking forward to people coming to see and hear what they have to say.” He added, “The Plymouth Arts Center’s and the Mill Street Guild’s vision for producing an outstanding show would not be possible without the commitment and generosity of our private and corporate donors and playbook advertisers. Through our fundraising programs it is possible to present the show for community and visitor enjoyment at an affordable cost.” Businesses and individuals who wish to support the show through sponsorship or who would like to advertise in the playbook may contact the PAC office, (920) 892-8409. This year’s sponsors to date are Masters Gallery, Suhrke Insurance Agency, Rockline Industries, Sargento, and Wisconsin Bank & Trust. “We invite all generations to enjoy the Plymouth Arts Center’s ever growing line-up of visual and performing arts events,” Moore added. The Mill Street Guild was established at the Plymouth Arts Center in 2009.

They are local performers ages 17 and older from the greater area who come together with a common goal to provide an exciting and highly energetic experience not only for the audience, but for those in the show. Musical direction and choreography are organically produced within the group, as well as utilizing talents in art, costumes, staging, and general organization within the group. Auditions are

typically held each year in April or May. Together the Plymouth Arts Center and the Mill Street Guild have successfully been producing “Mill Street Live” for eight consecutive years as well as several fundraising musical performances, including recent productions such as “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Love is An Open Door,” and “An Evening of Mill Street Live.”

Elkhart Lake Progress briefs 2016

Lincoln Street offers relaxation

Lincoln Street Sports Bar and Grill, owned and operated by Tim Petrie, opened in June 2007. The establishment has continued to maintain its goal of a feel good, relaxing atmosphere to watch sports and visit with friends over a cocktail or beer. The food has become a staple for many of the locals who have come to know the daily specials by heart and praise the wings and hand-pattied burgers as the best in the area. Petrie said, “Changes of course eventually happen and we try to listen to our customers. Recently we have introduced new pastas on Thursday nights and a BBQ rib plate on Saturdays that have both been a hit. Friday night fish has always been a hit but our grilled salmon has given customers something

new and healthy to try.” He added, “We plan on continuing with our league activities as our washer toss league is going on six years now and look forward to expanding our teams in pool leagues or starting dart or bean bag teams to anyone out there who is interested. “Our outdoor patio is open so people can enjoy food or a cocktail outside and view race cars from Road America.” Lincoln Street continues to host more and more benefits for clubs, social groups and for individuals or families facing unfortunate medical or financial circumstances. “We believe in trying to help make a difference, and having a place to go and friendly staff to help make their event and day easier is worth it,” Petrie said. Hours of operation are Mondays through Wednesdays, 4 p.m. to close; and Thursdays through Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to close.

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Animal clinic offers compassionate care By Faye Burg A new veterinary clinic in Elkhart Lake aims for compassion and providing a family atmosphere for its patients and clients. Dr. John Prellwitz opened Compassionate Care Animal Clinic in February of this year and is excited to provide services to area residents. The full service 3,500 square foot veterinary medical facility offers a full range of medical, surgical and pharmaceutical services. The clinic is designed for efficiency, using paperless technology in addition to digital X-ray technology. With wife Susie handling the purchasing and finances for the clinic, Prellwitz is able to concentrate on his client’s needs. Longtime area vet Most recently Prellwitz was one of five owners of the St. Anna Veterinary Clinic, where he worked from 2002 until 2015. Between January of 2015 when he left the St. Anna practice and February of 2016 when his newly constructed clinic opened, Prellwitz said he did relief work for other veterinarians. It was something he said he really enjoyed. “I worked at the Animal Referral Center in Appleton,” he said. “I was able to work with cases sent there that I would see,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to grow.” Prellwitz said he had his eye on the

Elkhart Lake area for quite some time. “This is really the center of where my patients and the majority of my clients were located,” he explained. Enjoying running his own clinic, Prellwitz said he is able to practice medicine the way he thinks is right. “I can make the decisions on equipment purchases,” he said, adding he is very pleased with the design and flow of his new clinic. “It turned out beautiful.” Staying on top of things can be challenging for the doctor who is on call daily until 9 p.m. when emergency calls are referred to the Kiel Veterinary Clinic. “I am the only vet here so it is hard to take time off,” he said. “But so far things are going very well.” Endoscope a rare offering Prellwitz is thrilled to be able to offer his clients endoscope services. “It is unique,” he said. “Few vet clinics have this ability. I have wanted one for a long time.” The endoscope allows the doctor to view down the throat into the stomach and even the lungs. Lower intestinal tract is also a service available with the endoscope. “It involves a less invasive procedure for many diagnoses and helps rule out procedures that may be unnecessary in many cases,” Prellwitz said. “Our endoscope was used recently Turn to care/page 12



Dr. John Prellwitz and his wife Susie stand in front of Compassionate Care Animal Clinic with their dogs Winnie the black lab and border collie Jasmine. The full-service veterinary clinic opened in Elkhart Lake in February. Faye Burg photo


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Tempo • Elkhart Lake Progress 2016 • Tuesday, June 21, 2016

EL Progress briefs 2016

Goebel Builders posts big year

“Goebel Builders, LLC had a great year, thanks to our loyal customers and talented crew,” said owner/carpenter Jim Goebel. “In 2015, we continued to build on our mission of quality craftsmanship, strong integrity and easy working relationships.” Goebel, who has been in the trade for

20 years, said he is proud of his crew which completed a heavy load of projects this past year while providing clients topquality craftsmanship at a great value. “The amount of time we put in this year was record-setting and I really appreciate the dedication my crew has towards

every project,” he added. Goebel Builders has a crew of versatile carpenters with over 50 years of combined experience. Goebel said, “With our crew of Brian Birschbach, Mike Schaefer, Zach Perry and myself, I feel really confident that we will continue to

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Emergency mobile lab to make Kiel visit Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland has unveiled an Emergency Medical Services Mobile Lab which will benefit communities on the outer edges of LTC’s district by offering training to non-urban areas which need it. The Mobile Lab will be coming to Kiel in fall of this year. The EMS Mobile Lab was built in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development through a Blueprint for Prosperity grant in the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. The Mobile Lab offers access to where employer demand is in the area and gives students training closer to home. “Quality education for our EMS providers equates to quality patient care for the citizens of our community,” said Dick Isely, EMS chief for Kiel Ambulance. The EMS mobile lab represents the training environment in which an EMT will be working. It is a fully equipped ambulance with all the equipment needed to learn and be evaluated on the necessary skills for EMT training. This includes stretcher movement and loading, back boarding, splinting, bleeding control, airway management, medication administration, and CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use. The EMS mobile lab is designed to permit the laboratory component of the basic Emergency Medical Technician course to be delivered off campus, at the fire department or ambulance service. This benefits the LTC District by providing a local educational offering for those individuals looking to gain the knowledge and credentials to work

Lakeshore Technical College’s Emergency Medical Services Mobile Lab will be coming to Kiel this fall.

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and more time away from the families of Turn to LTC/page 14

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Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care still growing By Mark Sherry Businesses which do things right are healthy and grow, so Pieper Indoor AireCare of Kiel must be doing things right. As of June of this year, owner Jason Pieper will be in business for four years. In the past year the business has finally grown to the point where he has been able to employ his brother Jon full time. During December and January, brother Jeremy and another man were also employed full time. Being called upon to install heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in new homes is one of the reasons Pieper Indoor Aire-Care has become busier. While Jason said he would like to grow relationships with more area builders, some have obviously already discovered that they can trust him and his business to do the job right, quickly, and at a fair price. Jason said his business is roughly split into thirds these days. When he first started, duct cleaning occupied more of his time. These days, duct cleaning is joined equally by service calls on conventional services and those new home installations. “The new homes are great,” Jason said. “I think (construction) is picking up.” Working throughout area The new homes Pieper Indoor AireCare has worked on have been from Wilke’s Lake to Howards Grove, and Marytown to Glenbeulah. HVAC installation at new homes can take two or three workers, and time is often of the essence as they have to keep the construction timetable on schedule. “That’s why it’s nice to have the third guy,” Jason said. “If we’re on a home site and get a service call someone can run out and take care of it.” Asked why he thinks his business has grown over these last few years, Jason said, “I’m reliable and affordable. We’ve got 24-hour service. I can get there as soon as I can for people.” In the area of service calls, Pieper Indoor Aire-Care continues to service all makes and models of furnaces and air conditioning units, and installs a wide range of name brand new equipment including Burnham boilers, Payne furnaces (made by Carrier), Ducane Furnaces, Mitsibushi ductless air conditioners, and Aprilaire whole-house humidifiers. Jason said they have a lot of central air conditioning systems sold already and


our students, who are frequently taking this training to volunteer for their local communities,” said Ryan Skabroud, LTC dean of Public Safety. “We developed the mobile lab concept to take the training to the doors of those that need it,” continues Skabroud. “Just as our volunteer responders are willing to come to your door in the time of need, we felt that we needed to do the same with our training program.” Skabroud said the EMT program consists of two classes—EMT Part 1 and EMT Part 2. The EMT Part 1 (class number 62705) starts Aug. 29 and runs Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kiel Fire Station. Part 1 finishes up on Oct. 10 and the students move into the Part 2 class (class number 62707) that runs the same days of the week and times from Oct. 13 to Dec. 13. The Part 2 class also includes one Saturday (Oct. 29) where the students will

Jason Pieper stands next to his business’ van which has been driven around the four-county area a lot in the past year for service calls and new installations. Mark Sherry photo

have been installing them this spring. All those systems have one thing in common—ever increasing efficiency and use of technology. “They’re always getting more and more advanced,” he said of the systems. “You’ve got to keep learning. You’ll never know it all. The minute you think you know it all, they change it.” Pieper Indoor Aire-Care also provides preseason service prior to both the cooling and heating seasons. Duct cleaning still important Even if Pieper Indoor Aire-Care is busier these days in other areas, duct cleaning is just as important as ever. Pieper said furnace ducts are collection points for dirt, dust and animal dander, and they are breeding grounds for mold, mildew and pollen. The American College of Allergies has said that 50 percent of all illness is aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air, while the Environmental Protection Agency has said that levels of air pollution inside the home

continued from page 13 be performing ambulance emergency vehicle operations driving exercises on the driving skills course at the LTC Cleveland campus. This provides the EMT students with some hands-on experience driving an ambulance through a number of designated exercises set up on the closed driving skills course in Cleveland. Also in the Part 2 class, the students will perform a clinical rotation at one of the area hospital emergency departments where they will be assessing patients and working with the hospital staff to initiate appropriate care. So far, the mobile lab has been in Random Lake, Plymouth, and Two Rivers. This spring it was back in Plymouth, and for fall 2016 it will be coming to Kiel. So for those individuals in these areas looking for an opportunity to give back to their communities, the basic EMT course will be coming to their backyard.

can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Customers are often surprised at what comes out of their home’s air ducts. “I show them how much I get out,” Pieper said. “(One) guy said, ‘I’m not sure if I’m happy or grossed out.” Therein lies the issue with dirty ducts. If it is out of sight—as air ducts are—it is often out of mind. But in this age when people are trying to live healthier lifestyles, it only makes sense to think about the air people are breathing as well. Given that the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors—and given what the EPA says about indoor air pollution—it might be time to call Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care. Pieper’s business uses the most advanced air duct cleaning system available, designed and manufactured by one of the leading manufacturers of filtered vacuum equipment in the U.S. The powerful vacuum system is first connected to the air duct near the furnace. Various tools—including brushes—are used to dislodge contaminants and debris in the ducts. Pieper said the vacuum has been known to suck quarters out of vents. The vacuum pulls the contaminants out of the duct and through the filtration system. Once the system is cleaned, all access points are resealed and the cleaned ducts are returned to their original condition. Contributing factors Having pets or smokers in the home can contribute to dirty ducts. Experienc-

ing headaches, nausea, or burning sensations in the nose, throat or eyes when inside the home can be signals that the ducts need to be cleaned. Pieper said ducts should be cleaned every four to seven years on average. In addition to the vacuum system, Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care also fogs the inside of the ducts for an additional $25 charge. The fogging process kills and helps keep mold, mildew and other contaminants from growing inside the ducts. The duct cleaning process generally takes between three and six hours. Free estimates are available. Pieper also has the ability to use a camera to take pictures four to five feet inside the ducts to show homeowners their condition. In addition to the services already cited, Pieper Indoor Aire-Care also duct installation. Jason said he likes to make his own duct work as he has the right equipment and know-how, adding that every home is different so off-the-shelf duct work does not always work. The business also will do sheet metal work for other contractors. Installation of in-floor heating also is done by Pieper Indoor Aire-Care, whether that be in new construction or existing homes. In the latter, if there is not a ceiling in the basement the in-floor systems can be attached to the floor underneath and a heat shield installed to force the heat to warm the floor above it. To learn more about Pieper Indoor Aire-Care, get a free estimate or schedule work, call (920) 207-3297.

Elkhart Lake Progress briefs 2016

Kiel Auto Repair keeps cars going

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

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

Tempo • Elkhart Lake Progress 2016 • Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Raether continues to focus on service By Faye Burg Since its beginning in 1957, Raether Chiropractic Office has taken great pride in customer service. That same philosophy holds true today, as Dr. Jon Raether celebrates 20 years in business. The practice was originally opened by Jon’s father, Charles, with Jon taking the reins in August of 1995. Jon expanded the practice to Elkhart Lake in 1997, offering two convenient locations for clients six days a week. “We always welcome new patients,” Raether said. “If you call, we can always make room and get you in the same day. I don’t like to see someone suffer.” Your first visit includes a no charge consultation. Also done on your first visit is on-site X-rays, orthopedic exam and chiropractic adjustment.

Different types of adjustments Offering the gentler activator adjusting, along with the traditional manual manipulation, Raether performs a steady mix of different types of adjustments to meet the needs of his patients. “My main goal is to find out which spinal joint or vertebrae is misaligned, which puts pressure on nerves causing discomfort,” he explained. “We work to decrease pain and maintain optimal health.” Raether works on all joints of the body including knees, wrists, elbows, shoulders, plantar fasciitis and more. “There is

no better place to get relief than through chiropractic,” Raether said. Raether Chiropractic offers much more than chiropractic services. Raether is proud to offer many different forms of therapies including cold laser, ultrasound and electronic stimulation. “We offer additional forms of therapy to decrease pain and inflammation and speed up healing,” he added. Big changes since he started Raether said health care has seen major changes since he began his practice 20 years ago. “Health care has changed drastically, but our cornerstone is customer service. We want patients to feel at home here. We have a very comfortable atmosphere.” Raether said it is important for patients to be comfortable and at east in order to heal. “We take health very seriously,” he said, adding part of helping patients feel at ease is creating a happy atmosphere. “We are light hearted here and like to laugh,” he added. Raether has found that proper chiropractic care can improve other areas of his patient’s lives. “By treating chiropractic issues, we find it helps with acid reflux issues and other bodily functions such as constipation, asthma and allergies. People have fewer issues when they get adjusted.” Chiropractic services are not just for adults, as Raether sees many newborn patients as well. “Birth is traumatic and adjustments help babies with colic and it

Dr. Jon Raether of Raether Chiropractic Service is celebrating 20 years of providing services to area residents. Raether is assisted by Cassandra Stephanie. Faye Burg photo

helps them progress for overall health.” Thankful for a busy schedule, Raether is proud to be celebrating 20 years in business and would like people to know his practice offers other services in addition to chiropractic. “We offer shoe supports and orthotics,” he said. “We have some of the finest orthotics made right here in our office.” Patients feet are individually digitally scanned and custom orthotics are created and made especially for each individual foot. “Good foot balance is the base of spine health,” Raether said. “Right here you can get fitted for the best foot orthotics, and we

back them up.” The complimentary 3D digital thermal foot scan enables the ability to show the patient a computerized print out of not only where the feet have broken down, but it also shows how it has affected their knees, hips and spine. Nutrition important, too Nutrition is also an important component for optimal health, and Raether offers high quality vitamins and minerals to his clients as well. “We have proTurn to raether/page 16

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Elkhart Lake Progress briefs 2016

Abler Art Glass observing 40th

This year marks the 40th year in business for John and Bonnie Abler of Abler Art Glass, 16205 Little Elkhart Lake Rd., Kiel. Located just off STH 32/57 southeast of Kiel, Abler Art Glass specializes in decorative glass of the highest quality and commissioned projects for residential, commercial, and churches. Three gallery spaces offer a wide selection of art in several mediums, as well as outdoor yard art.

Throughout the year, Abler Art Glass now hosts three events. This year the Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour ( was held June 3, 4 and 5, and The Rural Arts Roadtrip ( is set for Oct. 7, 8 and 9. These events offer an opportunity to visit artists at their studio, demonstrations, and save local foods. Participants can enjoy the area’s small towns while taking part in the selfguided events. Also scheduled for November during the weekend of Thanksgiving is Abler Art Glass’ annual Holiday Open House. John, Josh and Aaron provide demonstrations in glass blowing.


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Elkhart Lake Progress briefs 2016

Preschool enrolling students

Kiel Cooperative Preschool is an equal opportunity program for children ages 2½ to 5 years old and has been in operation for over 40 years. It is a parent-owned, not-for-profit program located in the upper level of Kiel City Hall. There is a spacious classroom, attached child’s bathroom, and a large gym for active play. Lead teacher Barb Forstner and assistant teacher Amy Meyer use a curriculum that exceeds the Wisconsin Early Learning Standards. Activities are play-based and include early math and reading skills, science that encourages exploration and problem solving, social studies, and fine and large motor developmental skills. Parents have a

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now taking place. Parents may enroll their child by calling the preschool at 894-7451 or by e-mailing Forstner, at barb@ourkcp. org.

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ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS at Affi A nity Medical Gro Group-Kiel Clinic. You don’t d have to go far for p personalized care. With special spe interests in women’s health, d diabetes, weight loss and ma management, wellness, hype hypertension and tobacco cessa cessation, Mary Reszcynski, nurs nurse practitioner, offers comp comprehensive primary care Mary Reszcynski, APNP

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Road America has major impact

America’s National Park of Speed engages fans and fuels local economy Road America, known as “America’s National Park of Speed,” continues to serve as one of the nation’s top racing circuits. It’s also one of the most significant contributors to the economy of Eastern Wisconsin, as evidenced by a recent study commissioned through Lakeland College. Representatives from Lakeland College along with officials from Road America, recently released figures that highlight the racing venue’s positive economic impact on the region. Entering its 61st season, Road America has actively been a driving force for tourism in Sheboygan County bringing hundreds of thousands of race fans to the area every season while supporting local businesses in the region.   According to the research, the direct economic impact of Road America totaled more than $74 million for 2014 through 2015. This figure was derived from racing and ancillary activities held on-site based on the incremental dollars spent in the area by non-county spectators, participants, support personnel and others as a direct result of Road America’s business model. The indirect economic impact of the venue totaled more than $134 million moving through the regional economy. George Bruggenthies, president and general manager of Road America commented on the results of the study conducted by Lakeland College.  “One of the greatest things about Road America is that we come in contact with hundreds of thousands of people every year,” Bruggenthies said. “One of our favorite phrases at Road America is ‘come for the experience and stay for the  race’ and for  most of our fans, competitors and visitors, their trip to Road America isn’t limited to their time inside our facility.” Bruggenthies noted that a trip to Road America, whether from a local visitor or one from a distance, includes interactions and experiences while staying in nearby hotels, dining at local restaurants, filling up at the gas station, shopping around the village of Elkhart Lake, visiting local points of interest, and much more. “This area and Road America has so much to offer that our fans and visitors have a tendency to arrive before the event and stay longer just to enjoy the many experiences that are available. Quite simply, we are extremely fortunate to have such a supportive regional community and businesses that set the stage for this kind of impact,” he said. Dating back 61 years Established in 1955 as the first permanent road racing course in the United States, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The world’s best racers have competed at this legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit for 60 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers a variety of group event programs, the Road America Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. Road America continues to grow through its vision of constantly improv-

Elkhart Lake’s Road America continues to serve as a world class destination for racing fans, both local and from afar.

Verizon IndyCars Series racing returns for the Kohler Grand Prix this month.

ing the fan experience. Earlier this month, Road America held an official ribbon cutting with local chamber of commerce officials to commemorate the grand opening of its new 15,000 square foot retail and visitor center inside the paddock. Built on the site of the previous Paddock Shop, the new 7,500 square foot new retail Paddock Shop on the upper level stretches 100 feet along the midway with easy access to the paddock and new winner’s circle. Once inside, visitors will have the opportunity to experience an exciting mix of fan engagement features, retail items, historical displays and it will be open year round. Other offseason improvements include a completely new main gate near state highway 67 and a new winner’s circle location in the paddock. The new main gate will feature a prominent lighted monument guiding guests into the facility along with impressive stonework and information screens while allowing fans easy access. The new winner’s circle will allow fans to get the rare opportunity to experience the all the victory festivities near a structure that honors the old Pagoda of earlier years.  All of the projects were designed to improve the overall fan experience and Road America executives collaborated with McMahon and Associates and Quasius to integrate the look of the improvements with the traditional Road America architecture around the facility.   The 2016 marks the return of IndyCar

racing to Road America as the Verizon IndyCars Kohler Grand Prix is set to run the final weekend in June. Kohler Co. has signed on to be the title sponsor for the Verizon IndyCar Series event at Road America, and the race will be known as the KOHLER Grand Prix. The green-flag will fly on the event at approximately 12:15 p.m. CST on June 26.  “Kohler Co. is pleased to serve as the title sponsor for the KOHLER Grand Prix for the Verizon IndyCar Series at historic Road America. Verizon IndyCar events are among the most exciting in motorsports today as evidenced by the recent sell out of the 100th Indianapolis 500,” said David Kohler, President and CEO of Kohler Co.  “Kohler shares this passion and enthusiasm and we are excited to welcome Ve-

The Motorplex seen from above offers kart racing opportunities and is one of many features that continue to expand fan experiences at Road America. The track also features camping and zip lines as other examples of fan engagement opportunities.

rizon IndyCar fans to our home to take part in the return of IndyCar racing at Road America, one of the most beautiful and unique tracks in the world.” The Verizon IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix racing weekend is paired with the Pirelli World Challenge. Other major remaining race events for 2016 include:

J U LY 14 -17—T h e We a t h e rTe c h International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by Hawk (vintage) AUGUST 4-7—IMSA | Continental Road Race Showcase AUGUST 25-27—Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville NASCAR XFINITY Series / SCCA Pro Trans Am AUGUST 28—OPTIMA Faceoff at Road America SEPTEMBER 16-18—VSCDA Elkhart Lake Fall Vintage Festival To learn more about schedules and ticket opportunities visit

Elkhart Lake Progress briefs 2016

Goodfellas wins Chamber award

Goodfellas Barbershop Inc., 630 Fremont St., Kiel, specializes in fades, flattops, faux hawks, texturizing, tapers, and more. Men’s and women’s cuts are provided along with shampoo and cut specials and beard trimming. In addition, Paul Mitchell, American

Crew, Sexy Hair, and Hempz hand lotion products are available for purchase. Other products can be special ordered. Russ Horneck is the owner/manager of Goodfellas Barbershop. He graduated from Gill Tech Academy in 2008. The Kiel native resides in the community with his wife and three children. Goodfellas Barbershop recently was named the recipient of the Kiel Area Association of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award for 2015. Call 8944247 to make an appointment.

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Service, expertise flow like water at Meyer Plumbing By Mike Mathes When it comes to the water works in your home or business, Meyer Plumbing is a one stop-shop for plumbing fixtures and services. Meyer plumbing offers solutions for everything from leaky faucets to major remodeling, construction projects and septic needs. “We want customers to feel confident that they can call us for any and all plumbing services,” owner Brian Meyer said. The point is simple. If you have water you’re going to need a plumber some day, some way. “We are here for you,” Meyer added. All sorts of challenges Think for a minute. Which of these challenges have happened to you? n a clogged toilet, and the plunger won’t help; n a leaky faucet; n a water stain on a ceiling; n getting a swizzle stick caught in your disposal at the family Christmas party n sinks don’t hold water; n toilets run all hours of the day or night; n your water smells; n your water is discolored;

n you don’t have hot water; n you have no water at all; n your water heater sprung a leak; or n under the worst case scenario, your basement drains are backing up. Any of these sound familiar? Chances are if you have a home or business structure, you will run into these challenges. When that happens, Meyer Plumbing is always ready to help. One call to 894-8444 connects you to the team with over 70 years of combined expertise and experience to relieve your plumbing anxiety. Design showroom Tucked away on Ruh Court in Kiel is a resource that many may not be aware of. At Meyer Plumbing, those who are working through the design and planning phases of remodeling or new construction projects will find a 1,000 sq. ft. plumbing showroom. Fixtures and faucets from leading brands are on display; everything from toilets, shower heads and faucets to the proverbial kitchen sink. Showroom consultant, Linda Halfmann, has more than 20 years of experience in the plumbing and water treatment industries. Her knowledge of product innovation,

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Honeymoon Acres keeps growing By Mike Mathes Business is always growing at Honeymoon Acres. Whether you refer to the plants growing for this spring planting season, or to the way Honeymoon Acres has grown into one of Wisconsin’s top greenhouses, you are right on both counts. When they started their greenhouse business back in 1984, Joe and Marci McShaw set their sights on raising fresh produce and bedding plants. Today , the greenhouse business has grown in leaps and bounds from the 1,000 square foot greenhouse and three acre produce plot, Honeymoon Acres has evolved into a major destination for plant lovers. After 30+ years in the business, the McShaw family operates more than 122,000 square feet of greenhouse space, complete with a highly visible retail presence along Highway 57 north of New Holstein. “Aside from that, we are getting back into the fresh produce business,” Joe McShaw said. “We will be adding more display area to offer fresh produce all summer—seven days a week.” Honeymoon Acres plans to grow its own produce to supply its retail location, with more than 30 different vegetables being offered as they come into season. The vegetables will be grown free of herbicides commonly used for weed control. Pumpkins will also comprise a major fall offering. Customers can watch the digital marquee sign along the highway to see what tasty vegetables are in season as they drive by. Aside from seeing the plant growth at Honeymoon Acres, customers will see new growth in the retail center this year. “We like to do things for our customers. We always try to think of them first. Our business has always been built on our customers,” Joe McShaw said. This year, Honeymoon Acres opened up more retail space in the front of its facility. “We are trying to make the retail area better for our customers,” Marci McShaw said. “It may look to some people like we took away parking to do it, but we have actually added more parking. It just feels different.” In addition to the retail space, Honeymoon Acres has added a multi-media

It was another good spring for the McShaw family and their staff at Honeymoon Acres.

area to its welcoming area. A multitude of flyers will be available to help customers with plant information. Videos on plant care and other information will also be shown on newly installed television screens. “We have a relatively small staff for the size of our place,” Joe said. “People like to help themselves. When they have questions, they want to talk with someone who has the right product knowledge. Temporary people just don’t have that kind of background,” he said. “Our whole aim is to make it easy for our customers to walk around, find the plants they want and shop easily,” Marci added. Family affair Just as the Honeymoon Acres business has grown, so has the family that runs the business. Three of the McShaw’s adult children work in the family operation. They have

a love for the growing business as well. Son Dwight enjoys growing the plants and working side by side with family, but he gets his greatest joy from making people happy. “People enjoy their plants and they take pride in what they grow. They should,” he said. “When a customer comes in and finds satisfaction in what they purchase, that’s pretty fulfilling.” Clint is similarly proud of the business his parents have built. “I am so proud of the hard work they have put in and the way they have taught us all to value the hard work involved in running the business,” he said. Clint loves to see things growing and enjoys how things look different at specific times of the month and season. Falena McShaw has enjoyed being involved with the family business from her youthful days, and she is thrilled with the changes the business has seen over the years. Falena brings her self-learned technology background to keeping the

Meyer product,” she said. “There are no “cookie cutter” solutions and our showroom is a place to find more choices and options than can typically be seen in the big-box home stores.” Some of the brands available are Delta, Elkay, Kohler, Moen and Sterling. Price points are competitive but the real advantage lies in finding just the right products, tailored to mirror the personal taste and style that is reflected throughout the home. Halfmann emphasized that, as a fullservice plumber, Meyer Plumbing’s customer service doesn’t end with the sale. “Should problems arise, we’re a ready resource, familiar with your home and project, and able to provide whatever service is needed to resolve the issue— truly, a one-stop shop.” Change is good Leading manufacturers use market research to identify changing needs and implement feature enhancements where

Honeymoon Acres website up to date. “I love having pictures everywhere for people to look at,” she said. “My generation isn’t into gardening as much as others, so I see it as an opportunity to make it more accessible for them.” The website is a popular destination for Honeymoon Acres customers and gardening enthusiasts—getting nearly 2,000 visitors a week. Keary Krupp joined the staff in October. One who enjoys working outdoors, he enjoys his focus on working with plants and stocking, but mostly he is grateful to be treated as one of the Honeymoon Acres family. Amy Schoenborn joined the Honeymoon Acres staff in January 2015. “It’s truly a family operation here,” she said. “And I feel honored that they treat me as part of the family. This is a great family to work for, and I am amazed at all of Turn to HONEYMOON/page 26

continued from page 23 plumbing products are concerned. As a result, consumers now enjoy chair-height toilets for added comfort, handshowers that can be retro-fit to existing showers without opening the wall, kitchen sinks designed for soaking large pans and cookie sheets and toilet seats with built-in night lights. The “age-in-place” trend continues in the bathroom as more consumers opt to remove bathtubs and eliminate stepping over the rim in favor of a shower designed to slide into the same footprint as the tub had. “Products like these exist to allow consumers to remain in their own homes where the fixtures match the changing needs of the user,” said Halfmann. Septic systems Meyer Plumbing has extensive experience in every aspect of septic systems, including repair or replacement of an existing system and installation of new systems.

Meyer Plumbing can handle the entire septic system installation, from soil testing and pulling permits to system design and construction. Three steps are usually involved. n Soil testing – Determining the correct system for your property. n Septic design – Designing your septic system. n Construction – Construction of the septic system, including excavation and restoration of the site. Experienced staff Meyer Plumbing owner and master plumber, Brian Meyer, leads a staff of four licensed plumbers. Though his business officially got its start in Kiel in 2004, Meyer has been a plumber for the past 25 years. Plumbers on staff include Tom Dokey, Tyler Berenz and Scott Wilke. Gerry Schmitz oversees shop and property maintenance. Halfmann serves as office manager

and showroom consultant. Through Meyer Plumbing’s involvement with LTC’s Youth Apprenticeship Program, Nathan Olm serves as plumber helper for the team. Meyer is a member of the Lakeshore Joint Apprenticeship Committee and welcomed the chance to mentor Nathan toward a future career in the plumbing trade. Other professional affiliations include membership in the Wisconsin Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association and the Mid-Shores Home Builders Association, along with the National Association of Home Builders. Locally, Meyer Plumbing is a member of the Kiel Area Association of Commerce. Meyer Plumbing is located at 159 Ruh Court in Kiel. Contact them at 920-8948444 and, in case of an after-hours or weekend emergency, follow the prompts contained in the automated message. More information is also available at

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

level of product satisfaction, and other aspects that women value and trust in a brand. Restonic has received more Consumer Digest Best Buy awards than any other company, Bill added. “For the consumer looking for an alternative from one sided backs that sink, sag and get too soft, our new gallery will offer over 25 different comfort levels.” “All Restonic beds from our Midwest franchise use components made in Wisconsin,” Bill said. “Only two sided beds have the marvelous middle support system to prevent sinking and sagging.” A new Restonic Reality App is available for Apple and Android services where customers can find more information on Restonic products. New Flexsteel furniture Currently featured in the Meiselwitz show window is the new Flexsteel furniture introductions from the 2016 Las Vegas Furniture market. “Flexsteel actually is 10 different furniture companies in one,” Bill explained. “Flexsteel Home New World headquarters is located in Dubuque, Iowa. They offer a lifetime warranty on the seat, frame, and seat cushion core.” Flexsteel products include sofas, sectionals, accent chairs, occasional, motion, reclining, bedroom, dining, and home office furniture. The furniture is beautifully tailored and crafted using lifetime-guaranteed, blue steel seat spring construction. Custom orders on over 1,200 styles with thousands of fabrics and hundreds of leathers are available by visiting

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

Flexsteel began in 1893, and Meiselwitz Furniture has been an authorized dealer of Flexsteel for over 75 years. “The power reclining sofa, loveseat, and recliner are very popular and are offered in fabric, leather and the new Nuvo leather,” Bill said. “We have over 15 different styles of Flexsteel lift reclining chairs in stock.” Meiselwitz Furniture has furnished homes for the Sheboygan County Parade of Homes held during September for the last 25 years and enjoys participating in the annual event.

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


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Geothermal gets even more efficient By Mark Sherry Geothermal heating/cooling systems have always seemed relatively “hightech” to begin with, but new technology is making improvements to even these cutting edge systems. Led by owners Dan Walsdorf and Sean Steffes, Advanced Custom Geothermal in Kiel has been installing and maintaining geothermal systems throughout northeast Wisconsin for more than a decade. One key factor in its success has been their ability to stay on the lead edge of changes in both geothermal and conventional heating/cooling systems, and the two men said they are intrigued by a couple new developments in their industry. One of those is a new high temperature heat pump for geothermal systems. A geothermal heat pump is a central heating and/or cooling system that transfers heat to or from the ground. It uses the earth as a heat source (in the winter) or a heat sink (in the summer). This design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems. Steffes and Walsdorf explained that previous heat pumps could maintain the temperature of the liquid in the radiant system at around 120 F, but the new pump can get the temperature close to 150 F making it more efficient for heating homes and businesses. The men said they also are excited to be able to install or convert systems to take advantage of the new Symphony system from WaterFurnace. Symphony is a technology platform which can provide detailed feedback of a comfort system in real time and also provides the tools to control it all from any webenabled smart phone, tablet, or computer. Symphony is a Wi-Fi based comfort platform that ACG’s owners say is unsurpassed in its ease of use, feature set, and the level of information it provides. Symphony marries the Aurora controls of a WaterFurnace geothermal system with a WebLink router, giving the homeowner access to the comfort system from practically anywhere. Symphony is cloud-based so there is no software to install and provides control over the entire geothermal system, not just the

temperature as in other “smart thermostat” systems. A number of other potential features attached to Symphony add to its attractiveness. People can now have flushmounted temperature sensors in their homes instead of thermostats. Symphony can sound an alarm if equipment such as a sump pump fails. People can zone and control up to six areas of their home. In addition, a personalized dashboard provides quick access to the system’s settings, operational status and history, alert history, energy usage, and zone temperatures as well as local weather. Yet another new feature in the geothermal area has not even been tried yet by Advanced Custom Geothermal, although Walsdorf plans to serve as his own guinea pig soon. It is the new direct exchange or DX ground loop heat pump which buries the refrigerant lines. That used to be a no-no as the effects of moisture and being underground would eventually eat away at those lines, but a new material is now being used which allows those lines to stand up over time. Walsdorf and Steffes said the company which sells the system has been around for quite a few years and that they have seen it done but have never done it themselves. Walsdorf, however, said he will embark on building a new home for his family this spring and he will install the system as a way to test it. The system promises to be more efficient and take up less land, so the men said they are looking forward to working with it and seeing how it performs. In addition to these advancements in geothermal systems, Advanced Custom Geothermal is also keeping up with improvements in conventional gas, electric, oil, and boiler systems as ACG sells and services all those systems as well. They said it is interesting that manufacturers of conventional systems continue to try to make improvements to keep up with what geothermal has to offer. Modulating gas furnaces are one example of that. A modulating furnace will operate in a range from 40 to 100 percent depending on demand. Fuel prices are down right now which causes consumers to hold off on upgrading heating/cooling systems, especially geothermal systems. But ACG is still

Honeymoon what happens here. I don’t think a lot of people realize what all goes on to help grow all the flowers and plants.” Schoenborn said the work starts long before the growing season, when small cuttings arrive from all across the globe, and find their way into flats, baskets and planters through the transplanting process. The reward comes in the spring and throughout the growing season, when the staff sees the happy smiles on their customers, beaming as they walk through the doors and see all the greens and colors bearing potential for their own yards and gardens. Roy shares his thoughts Any insights about Honeymoon Acres would be limited without a comment from the Roy, the Honeymoon Acres canine—a two-year-old golden retriever who enjoys the run of the grounds and serves as the official “greeter.” A dog of few words, Roy simply said, “Bark,” when asked for his comments. Roy’s insights pointed to the landscap-

continued from page 24 ing services offered by Honeymoon Acres. Among those services is the opportunity to have bark chips dropped off and spread into place at a home or business location. “We take on a lot of the things other landscapers won’t do. We deliver and apply mulch. Some people hire use to clean up and care for their yards when they go on vacation, or if they can’t get to the work themselves,” Joe McShaw. Landscaping service requests can be made directly through the Honeymoon Acres phone lines at 920-898-4490. Open for the season This year, with the advent of an early Easter and warm weather, Honeymoon Acres officially opened for the season on March 23. That coincided with the opportunity to be available for customer visits on Easter weekend. Honeymoon Acres is located at 2600 Ford Dr., New Holstein and at www. on the internet. For more information call 898-4490.

Dan Walsdorf (left) and Sean Steffes of Advanced Custom Geothermal recently received an award from WaterFurnace “for outstanding achievements in sustainability and environmental stewardship, installing systems valued at $2 million.”

there to service all makes and models of existing furnaces, and they are ready to discuss geothermal systems anytime someone wants to—including the anticipated time when fuel prices begin to go back up. Tax incentives remain in place this year for installing geothermal systems. Some people are making that

decision now because they also do not like the thought of having combustible gases or liquids pumped into their residences to heat them. To learn more about geothermal systems or to schedule service or installation of conventional systems, call ACG at 894-3999.

Elkhart Lake Progress briefs 2016

EL development nearing 10th year

In 2006, Cedar Community broke ground with an inspirational “ground blessing” ceremony for a new senior living campus in the heart of the village of Elkhart Lake. Dirt from Cedar Community’s main campus in West Bend was spread onto the ground at the 14-acre building site that would one year later offer 40 accessible homes for men and women age 55 and better, and two years later a 27-apartment assisted living. An extension of the nation’s 92nd largest not-for-profit continuum of care’s mission, “to model Christ’s love for humanity by creating life-enhancing relationships, services and environments,” more than 80 people now call Cedar Landing at Elkhart Lake home, with nearly 15 more who call it their preferred place to work. The quality care, great dining, pond setting with central walking trails, park and gazebo, activities, outings, and social events including private parties, gamewatching, educational seminars and other fun times in the Clubhouse have attracted residents from a dozen different states, not to mention Kiel, Plymouth, Howards Grove, Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, and points between. Cedar Landing’s Winter Watchman program has made it possible for those who wish to travel south in the winter to relax and enjoy, knowing staff will watch for frozen pipes, set lamp timers and provide other services around their home while they are gone. Cedar Community’s exclusive “Passport to Travel” exchange program with 13 other communities throughout the country makes that travel all the more convenient and affordable. Kathy Simpson, RN, Cedar Landing

campus director, has been with Cedar Landing since November 2014 and said she enjoys working with families and residents in making their Cedar Landing experience special. To learn more about Cedar Landing, including assisted living, independent living, volunteer opportunities, floor plans, pricing, and upcoming events, visit to call Kathy at (920) 876-4050 to schedule a visit.

Mir Image offers fitness experience

Located at 815 Fremont St. in Kiel, Mir Image offers strength training, cardio and balance exercises for women of all ages. Owner/manager Pam Konen, who has 15 years of fitness experience, trains all members on the safe and proper use of the equipment. “You get one-on-one help at no extra cost,” Konen said. “We have a fun and friendly facility.” Konen said Mir Image’s workout gives people a complete, total body workout. “We work every muscle group,” she said. “Come in and check us out. You can even try it out before you join.” MIR Image is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays sand Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.; and Fridays from 6 a.m. to noon. Stop in or call (920) 286-3660 for more information.

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Cheddar and a whole lot more Henning’s Cheese adds the spice of life to Cheddar’s best By Mike Mathes At Henning’s Cheese, cheese lovers, and those yet-to-become cheese lovers can find a wide array of cheese flavors, thanks to the the cheesemaker’s attitude about adding the “spice of life” to the cheese making process. Master Cheesemaker Kerry Henning and his crews have shown their penchant for trying new cheese flavors. Their journey has taken them beyond the mundane to cheeses that “All of the cheese made here is good cheese. We want to open peoples senses up to appreciate the varying flavors that add to the taste experience,” Kert Henning said. Finding that right flavor takes a lot of tweaking and experimentation. While all the flavored cheeses work off the same quality Henning’s Cheese base, the process involves several factors—coming up with the right ingredients and learning the right aging window for each variety. “Sometimes it takes six months to a year for a new flavor that Kerry is working on to be ready for the market,” Kert said. Small batches are hand worked when a new flavor is tried. Then, the cheesemaker has to let the aging process take over. “Some cheeses taste different at three months than they do at six months. What might not peak at three months opens up to a whole new set of flavors when you try it again at six months,” he added. Peppers top the list In the process of working out new flavors, Henning’s Cheese has developed several successful flavors using peppers. Right now, hot peppers seem to be the rage in the industry. “For some people you can’t get it hot enough,” Kert said. Whether its jalapeño, habañero or hatch pepper, Henning’s tries to find the right blend to fit the tastes of the marketplace. Still, there are always those markets who favor things even hotter than can be made in the Midwest. At the request of one customer, Henning’s made a batch of cheese using scorpion pepper—one that grades out above ghost pepper on the Scoville scale for “heat.” The pepper is so volatile that it vaporizes when placed on cheese in a vat. To create the cheese, the vat crews had to wear gas masks, rubber gloves and aprons. The scorpion pepper was so volatile that any expose skin would literally be burned by the heat. That’s when the master cheesemaker said, “No more scorpion pepper.” Henning’s Cheese still serves the needs of those clients that like it hot, but they work with safer ingredients to generate the heat. Flavors that don’t bite back In addition to its peppered cheeses, Henning’s Cheese also produces flavors that don’t bite back. Italian and Mediterranean spicings are popular. A tomato basil flavored cheese is fun on its own, but also makes for great pizza and Italian food recipies. Cheese flavored with onion, chives or dill can be used on any kind of sandwiches, but they sure give new zip to the average cheeseburger.

Get all the Henning’s Cheese varieties and watch cheese being made at the cheese store and museum on Point Creek Road.

For the consumer, it’s all about experimenting with different flavors. That means being able to think creatively in the kitchen. Cheeses with flavors can be used as substitutes for traditional ingredients in many recipes. “Sometimes people are too worried about following a recipe to the letter. A flavored cheese allows them to proceed in the spirit of the recipe, making it possible to develop a more intriguing taste to their foods,” Henning said. Some cheeses tickle the palate with sweetness. Such is the Henning’s blueberry cobbler cheese, which stands on its own as close to dessert as cheese can get. Throw it in pancakes or a grilled cheese sandwich and you have just upgraded your breakfast and lunch. At holiday time, Henning’s cant keep its cranberry orange cheese on the shelves. New this year, the cheese was a big hit. “It had a phenomenal flavor,” Kert said. Cheese fans can also make their recipes work better with quality cheese. A quarter cup of traditional sharp cheddar will go a lot father to enhance a recipe than the low fat cheese called for in a recipe that calls for a lot more cheese. “It’s a way to get more from less, and the palate changing experience is amazing,” Kert said. Meanwhile back in the cheese room, one never knows what the mind of the master cheesemaker will conjure up next. Throwback cheese Beyond its traditional cheddar and low fat cheeses, Henning’s Cheese still gets a lot of inquiries for a cheese variety that

dates back more than 60 years, to Otto Henning’s era. The Colby longhorn, “the way grandpa used to make it,” is one of those treats common to cheese lovers who frequent Henning’s Cheese. Made in individual forms, the longhorns are formed with cheese cloth around the outsides then hand-dipped in was. “The flavor profile of this horn is so different from regular Colby. It still has holes all over it, which makes it more interesting. There is just no comparison in the taste,” he said. Aged cheeses gain popularity In addition to throwbacks like the longhorns, Henning’s Cheese has seen a growing interest in aged cheeses. The warehouse stock of older cheeses, four years and up has grown exponentially in recent years. The aged cheeses, longhorns and flavored cheeses might not all be found on the shelves of the local grocery store, but they aren’t far from home either. Out on Point Creek Road, near Wilke Lake, Henning’s Cheese operates its cheese store and museum as a source for people who want to savor the flavor on all levels. The store is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Henning’s Cheese store is a great place to find all of the Henning’s flavors, and all of the aged varieties of cheese. But, it’s a whole lot more, as Henning’s also brings in some specialty cheeses from other cheesemakers to round out the selections. Most are made right here

in Wisconsin, and might include varieties like aged brick cheese, bleu cheeses, various Sartori cheese selections, cooked cheese. One of the most unusual selections is a German hand cheese, an import which is gauranteed to “change the aroma of your refrigerator” when you bring it out of frozen storage to thaw it out. Henning’s Cheese also offers some variations of cheese that the company purchases and repackages. While shopping for your favorite cheese at the Henning’s Cheese store, customers can also browse through the selection of wines, cheese souvenirs and trinkets, specialty meats and snacks, including ice cream and speciality popcorn products. Always popular, Henning’s cheese curds are available every day, depending on the cheese making schedule. Call ahead to 894-3032 to find out when the fresh curds hit the counter. Perhaps the best opportunity of all awaits the visitor who wants the “full cheese” experience can be found in the cheese making museum which adjoins the store. Cheese making and other dairy manufacturing equipment from days of old is on display in the spacious museum room. As an added attraction, the room contains two large window bays that allow visitors to watch the cheesemakers as they go about the business of producing some of Wisconsin’s finest cheese. Henning’s Cheese is located at 20201 Point Creek Road, northeast of Kiel. You can find them on the web at


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

truck hoist makes it possible for Vogel Chevrolet technicians to also work on vehicles such as delivery trucks and mini-school buses. Wrecker, loaner service offered Vogel Chevrolet also offers another service which not every repair shop does. Noordyk said, “We pick up vehicles right at your work or home, service them, and then bring them back.” Free loaner vehicles are also available. Across a parking lot from the Service Department, Gene Buchmann and his body shop staff have been bringing vehicles back for years—back from various stages of destruction. Similar to the Service Department, the body shop can handle all makes and models. Buchmann said Vogel Chevrolet has many resources to supply quality replacement parts quickly. Buchmann has been with Vogel Chevrolet for 46 years and said the speed with which they can get parts is one of many improvements he has seen over the years. “As things change, technology changes, of course,” he said. “For example, years ago you didn’t repair bumper covers, but these days you do. That saves a lot of money if you can repair and not replace.” Other trends Buchmann said he is seeing in the body shop is the use of more aluminum and high-strength steel, making vehicles lighter and subsequently

improving fuel efficiency. That also necessitates changes in the equipment the body shop uses to repair vehicles, but GM and Vogel Chevrolet keep the shop up to date with what it needs and what works best. That includes such things as waterbased paint technology which Vogel Chevrolet added a couple years ago. Buchmann provided an update by saying the paint system is working great and providing good color matching. “We get very good help from BASF, our topnotch paint company,” he said. A hometown trust Buchmann spoke after just finishing up a quote for a customer from Kaukauna. The man previously resided in Kiel but drove down with his grandson’s vehicle which had collided with a snow bank. That is just one of many examples of people wanting to do business with a full-service dealership which has been doing business in a small town for a long time. “There’s a hometown trust here,” Buchmann said. “You treat people fairly. That’s the bottom line.” That last phrase holds true over on the sales side, where veteran salesmen Kelly Johnson and Ed Hartmann have a wide range of quality new and used vehicles for sale. Hartmann sees a positive difference in what Vogel Chevrolet has to offer, and he is also part of that difference. “I find that small town atmosphere is

here,” Hartmann said. He and Johnson know their vehicles inside and out, yet they are anything but the classic pushy car salesmen. They will provide their expertise to try to help a customer get in the right car for him or her, but in the end they know the decision belongs to the customer. Facelift for 1500 series There are plenty of good choices out there right now from Chevrolet, according to Hartmann. The 1500 series of trucks got a face-lift for 2016, including single-stack headlamps. The restyled Malibu for 2016 is getting a lot of good press, Hartmann said, as it offers a bigger, better ride compared to some other passenger vehicles. For even more style there is the Camaro which also will have some new features for 2016. Hartmann said pickup truck sales continue to be phenomenal in this area, but the Traverse and Equinox continue to do well too. The Traverse features three rows of seats, while the ever-popular Equinox is being freshened up for 2016. There are always new features being introduced in today’s cars and trucks. A new one Hartmann mentioned is wireless phone chargers built into armrests. Vogel Chevrolet stays on top of the latest offerings throughout all its departments while maintaining that smalltown, hometown dealership advantage.

Elkhart Lake Progress briefs 2016

Playback cites first anniversary

Playback Movies & Games, 2120 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57), New Holstein observed its one-year anniversary in late January. Owner Krystina Sherry said over 630 memberships accounts have been opened in a little over a year. With many of those memberships including family

members, she estimates around 1,500 people are listed on her membership database. Memberships are free unless the member wishes to upgrade to a $20 per year Premium membership. Sherry said many people have started with a free membership and then upgraded after they see the many specials and savings available to Premium members, more than paying back the $20 over the course of a year. Sherry also said she has been pleased

to see so many people coming in to rent or buy movies or video games from so many different places beyond New Holstein, including Chilton, Stockbridge, Kiel, the “Holyland” communities, Elkhart Lake, Valders, and elsewhere. Playback Movies & Games is Calumet County’s largest movie and video game store. When it opened last January it offered about 4,200 titles, but in just one year’s time that number has soared to over 7,000, Sherry said. From an entire

wall with the latest releases to historic movies such as “Gone With the Wind,” Playback Movies & Games has it—or if they do not, Sherry can almost always special order it whether the person wants to own it or just rent it. “I probably special ordered 20 movies in one recent week alone,” she said. Playback is only closed Mondays. For more information call or text 898-1650, check out its Web site at, or follow it on Facebook.

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Keeping people informed

Delta Publications ‘gets the word out’ in many forms Delta Publications, Inc. owner Mike Mathes has used the phrase for years that the company is not a newspaper business, it is an information business. That is as true as ever as Delta Publications, Inc. seeks to bring information to people in a wide variety of ways. One of those ways is iwantthenews. com, the Web site of the Tri-County News. A redesigned was launched in the fall of 2015, bringing new and improved features to its audience. Mathes said the redesign process is still ongoing and, in some ways, that is always true of good Web sites—they are ever changing with new information. That is true of as new information is added on a daily basis. That can sometimes be breaking news, with a recent example being a photo and information from a New Holstein fire scene while firefighters were still there. Popular posts News, sports, and letters to the editor continue to be among the information posted at From its inception years ago, one of the most popular features has been the obituaries section. The Delta Publications, Inc. staff works to post local obituaries as soon as they become available, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Mark Sherry, editor of the Tri-County News, said, “With our weekly newspaper, if a person passes away on a Thursday and

While the Delta Publications, Inc. staff does much of its work out and about in area communities and well beyond, home base is this office at 606 Fremont St. in Kiel.

the funeral is going to be Monday, we can’t get that information in the printed newspaper—but it is there online so that

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Delta and can be seen in their entirety there. The Web site also offers the continuing opportunity for people to do keyword searches for past information by using that feature on the site. The new and improved iwantthenews. com has brought sharper photos to viewers as well as improved calendar listings. In the past year Delta Publications, Inc. also has started offering BizPost listings on its Web site which offers specials from local companies such as Weber BP, Lulloff’s Hardware, Parker John’s, and Millhome Supper Club, among others. While Delta Publications, Inc. continues to deliver information in high-tech ways, words and images printed on newsprint continue to be a huge part of the company. The Tempo continues to be the premier free-distribution “shopper” publication for the area between Lake Winnebago and Lake Michigan. Distributed to approximately 20,000 homes in that

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Konen Sales has quality products

Konen Sales and Service provides customers with the quality of products and service that the local area has come to expect. Konen’s keeps a plentiful stock of various products throughout the year, rotating major displays seasonally. It carries a complete line of small engine parts and a complete line of Interstate batteries for ATVs, snowmobiles, and riders. Interstate Batteries has been voted the overall best brand of batteries for the past seven years. “Our showroom does change a bit throughout the year,” owner Mike Konen said. “But we keep out some snowblowers in the summer and tractors in the winter, because we know people are always looking to be prepared for the next season.” Along with Ariens, Simplicity, and Snapper, Konen also carries a complete line of Stihl products including leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, string trimmers, chain saws, attachments, and more. The showroom displays a wide range of Ariens products built close to home in Brillion. Konen’s showroom is featured in Simplicity and Snapper literature and advertising materials. Konen Sales and Service also is a U-Haul dealer, carrying trucks, trailers, etc. Inside, customers can also find a full line of bird feeders made in Chilton by Backyard Nature Products. The bird feeders are made of recycled plastic and carry a “lifetime warranty.” “We also service everything we sell,” Konen said. “That’s an important part of our business because we are always here for our customers if they run into problems or are in need of up-keep. We offer pick-up and delivery.” He added, “You can buy product anywhere, but without service and parts to back it, what good is it?” Konen Sales & Service is owned by Mike and Pam Konen and is located along STH 32/57 on Kiel’s southeast side. Contact Konen’s at 894-7000 or stop in during the week. Konen’s store hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


continued from page 31 area, the Tempo comes out each Tuesday and includes advertising for everything from local fundraisers to local grocery store specials to inserts for major area and regional retailers. The Tri-County News continues to be the respected source for information in the area. The news focuses on coverage of a geographic area which includes the Kiel, New Holstein, and Chilton school districts. Sherry said, “We’re extremely pleased with how the Tri-County News continues to be accepted in all our communities as the place people look to first to get their news and information. There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the supposed plight of newspapers, but local newspapers still play a critical role in communities.” Technology has even changed the way much of the news come to a newspaper office. Sherry said that, on average, he receives about 50 news items e-mailed to

him each week for the Tri-County News, and one recent week saw that number approach 70. “I take that as a great sign that people want to get their information in the Tri-County News because they realize it is the best single source of information in this area,” Sherry said. Not all the news, of course, comes to the Tri-County News electronically. Comments are often heard by editorial staff members that they “just seem to be everywhere.” Mathes and Sherry each have more than 30 years of experience covering the news of the area. In the past year, Faye Burg joined the full-time editorial staff after several years of working for the News as a correspondent. Fulltime sports editor Craig Hoffman is a mainstay in the gyms and at the athletic fields of the area. A recent sign of progress at the TriCounty News is the addition of a monthly Seniority section. Appearing on some of the first few pages of the News on the last

Thursday of each month, Seniority will focus on features and information about senior citizens and programs, events, and activities which are available to them in the area. The printed word also continues to be important to Delta Publications, Inc. in other ways as well. Special sections such as this and other Progress editions are important to the company and include two auto editions and two home improvement editions each year, along with June Dairy Month, Guardians, Calumet County Fair, and others. Delta Publications, Inc. also publishes Verve women’s magazine four times per year, and it produces the Depot Dispatch for the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce. Web site development is done for other businesses, organizations, and municipalities. These are just some of the ways Delta distributes information.

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