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hen Connie Loewe received the call on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2009, she knew it would be tough. What she didn’t know was how a rescue mission would turn into a lifelong friendship. Loewe, a first responder from Stockbridge, had just returned to land after participating in the sturgeon-spearing season on Lake Winnebago, when her pager went off at approximately 11:30 a.m. “When I arrived at the scene in Quinney Theda Star had just landed,” Loewe said. “Two flight nurses and I


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jumped into a pick up truck which took us to the scene.” The scene was on Lake Winnebago in Calumet County between the Quinney Road boat landing and Ecker Lakeland Drive where a truck with three occupants had broken through the ice. Dan Kleinhans along with his 9-year-old daughter Savannah, and Savannah’s 7-year-old friend Tiffany Dombrowski, were about a half mile south of Quinney and about a half mile off shore when their vehicle hit a large crack and quickly sank.

The girls were in the water approximately 20 to 30 minutes before they were pulled out of the water by Stockbridge Fire Department firefighters who used long polls to reach in the back window of the truck, hook onto the girls, and pull them out. The fire department continued to search for additional occupants while they waited for the Fond du Lac dive team to arrive. “When I arrived they had just pulled Savannah out and were working on her. They took her to shore,” Loewe said. “Then they were able to get Tiffany out.”

First Responder Tim Hemauer along with an area fisherman immediately began CPR on Tiffany. Loewe along with the flight nurses, continued to work on Tiffany in the back of a van while being driven to shore. Tiffany was then loaded onto the Theda Star helicopter and flown to Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah.

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“I went back out on the lake and after about an hour or so they were able to pull Dan out,” Loewe said. “The Fond du Lac dive team put him in the back of a pick up truck and we did CPR all the way to the shore.” Tragically, both Dan and Savannah could not be saved and both lost their lives that day. After medical personnel at Theda Clark stabilized Tiffany, she was flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee where she would remain for the next five weeks. Loewe went home and thought about the lives lost and the little girl who was fighting for her life. “About a day or two after the accident, I called Children’s Hospital and was able to speak to Tiffany’s dad who told her they had set up a Caring Bridge web page for those wishing to keep up to date on Tiffany’s progress. “Every day they would put updates on the web page and I talked to the parents a few times,” Loewe said. “About a month later when Tiffany was able to go home, I asked if I could stop in and meet her. I brought her a yellow dress and a crown and we took photos.” Tiffany still remembers Loewe’s first visit and the princess dress and crown that she gave to her.

Tiffany and Connie pose on the shore of Lake Winnebago just south of where the 2009 accident occurred.

On June 22 of that year, those who had participated in rescuing Tiffany gathered and had a party at the Stockbridge Fire Station. “We celebrated with Tiffany and her family,” Loewe said of the little girl that was and remains so embedded in her mind and heart.

Valentine’s Day and how things might have turned out differently if only they could have had the right equipment readily available. “If we could have been there right away and went down,” she said. “Both girls were under for 30 minutes. If we could have gotten them out right away, they might have all lived.”

Loewe along with fellow emergency personnel continued to think about what had happened on the lake that

Fundraising efforts began immediately to fund a Calumet County dive team. In early October, member

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Tiffany was made an honorary member of the Calumet County Dive Team in 2013 after completing her first open water dive.

“On Saturday, Oct. 3, Savannah’s family came to the team’s training at Green Bay Scuba and presented us with a $5,000 donation check from Savannah’s Pay It Forward Foundation, an organization started by Savannah’s mother, to help with training and equipment.”

mother Tina Katze, who knew Savannah would want to pay it forward and help others as she had proven so many times in her short life. Through yearly fundraisers, SPIFF has raised close to $90,000 for the Calumet County Dive Team. “It’s how we got everything,” Loewe said.

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strong women | Friendship grows daughter and goes on and does all this good for other people. She is my forever friend.” In addition to helping fund the Dive Team, Loewe said SPIFF also provides youth grants and scholarships including funds given to a school in Pennsylvania, who wrote a book and dedicated it to Savannah. “It’s all about helping others and paying it forward.”

overnight visit during the holidays in 2010.” Each Valentine’s Day is special to Loewe and a reason to celebrate. “Tiffany and I always spend that day together. I call it her second birthday,” she said. “We have a celebration with balloons and cake.”

A yearly golf outing at Hickory Hills each year continues to be one of the biggest fundraisers for SPIFF. “This year they raised $9,000 for the dive team,” Loewe said.

At the age of 10, inspired by the work she saw being done by Loewe and others, Tiffany decided she wanted to participate and learn about diving. “I wanted to learn how to dive so I can be on a dive team someday so I can help people like Connie does,” Tiffany explained.


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Also instrumental in aiding the dive team with the funds necessary to continue is Dave Van Elzen who organizes workers for the Eve of Destruction in Kaukauna each year. According to Loewe, volunteers work at the event parking cars and helping to run the 50-50 raffle. “Last year we received $4,500,” Loewe said. Loewe along with 12 firefighters completed the extensive training. Loewe has reached the level of dive master and assistant scuba instructor. “Today we have 12 fully trained divers, all members of Calumet County area fire departments, and we also have a lot of people on the dive team that aren’t divers but assist with trucks and equipment, ropes, etc.,” she said. The Calumet County Dive Team serves all of Calumet County in addition to serving as the back up dive team for Sheboygan County. To date, the dive team has assisted in about half a dozen or more calls in the High Cliff, Hilbert, and Sheboygan areas. Loewe also continued to keep in touch with Tiffany through frequent phone calls and visits. “At Christmas time, I asked if I could spend a few days with her. She came for her first

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In July of 2012, Tiffany’s journey to become a diver began with the help of Green Bay Scuba and with Loewe at her side. On Sept. 15, 2013 Tiffany took her first open water dive. “It was pretty scary, but she was not afraid at all,” Loewe said. “She loves the water and is a good swimmer, but she was nervous.” “It was very emotional,” Loewe admits, “I was amazed that someone who almost lost her life would want to do that.” Shortly after her first open dive, Tiffany was presented with a plaque making her an honorary member of the Calumet County Dive Team. “Tiffany does have

cognitive issues that remain after the 2009 accident and tends to forget,” Loewe said. “Tiffany will always have a brain injury and need some sort of assistance. She is not certified yet, but she is working on it,” Loewe explained, adding she continues to practice periodically with Tiffany. Tiffany and Loewe get together several times a year and enjoy going to movies, shopping, going out for dinner and other adventures, and even taking a recent trip to Disney World in Florida. “We have so much fun. She is my little miracle,” Loewe said. “Tiffany is just as happy sitting and watching movies and talking as she is going

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Loewe said the accident that occurred on Valentine’s Day in 2009 has had a lasting effect not only on her, but also on many others while also helping to spark the creation of the Calumet County Dive Team and Savannah’s Pay It Forward Foundation. “I’ve met so many neat people,” she said. “Out of all bad things there is always good that comes out of it too.”

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One of those good things is the special relationship that has grown between a little girl and the woman who helped to save her. “I totally love her,” Loewe said.

Now 15, Loewe said she still gets emotional when she thinks of Tiffany. “It feels like she should be mine. She’s so special.”

“Connie means the world to me,” Tiffany said. “She is funny and we have a lot of fun together.”

“She had no pulse, no heart beat. To be able to help save a person, it makes everything that we’ve done and worked for worthwhile,” Loewe said.

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LIFE|Great Lakes beauty “One day, I was walking along the shore of Lake Michigan when I noticed what looked like a pack of dogs way down the beach,” she said. “It took a moment for me to comprehend what I was seeing and then it hit me—it’s a herd of deer. There were six or seven and they were running in the shallow water. “The wind must have been blowing my way because they kept coming as I crouched down behind a sand dune. I had the presence of mind to quickly adjust my camera for the morning light and set a fast shutter speed. I got down on all fours and crawled as close to the ground as I could, ducking behind a dune.... Occasionally I could get a glimpse of (the deer) still coming at me, and when I thought the moment

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—John Dankwardt features nine local photographers and over 100 photos in a collection that represents the lake in all its glory, in every season, from the Kenosha Sand Dunes to the Sheboygan lighthouse to the Door Peninsula. Especially interesting are images of the ever-changing ice formations along the shore in winter, something most people never see. “One day there are delicate floating ice plates, tinkling in the gentle waves,” Lehmann said. “The next day, everything is smashed up and wiped clean by the powerful surf, leaving smooth mirror-like patches in frozen sand. The shore keeps changing with fluctuations in temperature and wind.” The book is dedicated to the lake that Lehmann fell in love with upon moving to Sheboygan in 2005. As a

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LIFE|Great Lakes beauty child growing up in Plymouth, her family visited the lake once or twice a year for a picnic or fishing trip. “When I was little, I’m not sure that I even knew where we were going,” she said. “After leaving Sheboygan County for college and then moving back as an adult, I was just taken by the everyday outstanding awesomeness of this lake. The colors, the sound, the power, the sky—it is a local treasure. I think it gets taken for granted, so the photographs in the book provide a way for people to experience what it’s like all year long.” In fact, the book was used to illustrate the natural beauty of the region when a local hospital sent it to woo a doctor from another area of the country. It has also been sent to the mayor of Esslingen, Germany, Sheboygan’s sister city. The other photographers featured

are Sandy Kwas, Aaron C. Jors, Matt Moeller, Ron Klunk, John Dankwardt, Sandy Barnick, Dan Armstrong, and Steve Back. “Lake Michigan: The Wisconsin Shore” is for available at a number of local stores and art galleries. More information about the book can be found at or More information about the NIEA award can be found at indie-results-2015-finalists.htmft87. Lehmann said she first considered a career in photography as people complimented the photos in her office. She had some experience taking photos for her side business designing Web sites, but she had never done portrait photography. She spent the next few years taking classes and creating her business, Lehmann Photo Art.

Desperate for help, she reached out to other local photographers. A few were very nice, letting her use their studio or taking her along on shoots. One in particular changed her life. This woman shared her techniques and business practices, like how to price work, how she took stunning portraits, which lab to use, etc. As a very competitive person, Lehmann could hardly believe this generosity and said she was stunned by the realization that giving back was more fulfilling than holding back. Lehmann took on any project to earn money, including photography, graphic design, Web site creation, marketing, and consulting. Another businesswoman gave her a big break into the art world when she let Lehmann show and sell photography in her store. It took a few years to develop

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KIEL Nov. 26 Kiel Christmas Parade, 6:30pm, downtown Kiel Nov. 27 Jr. Achievement Brunch with Santa, vendor fair, pictures with Santa, Millhome Supper Club 11am-3pm Dec. 2 Frolic on Fremont, noon-8pm Dec. 2 Holiday Open House at Millhome Nursery and Greenhouses 9am-5pm Dec. 3 Holiday Open House at Millhome Nursery and Greenhouses 9am-4pm Dec. 3 Kiel Municipal Band Christmas Concert, 6pm at Kiel City Hall Dec. 3 Annual Sleigh Bell Run/Walk 10am

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KOHLER Nov. 18 Holiday Market at The American Club 9am-6pm Nov. 19 Holiday Market at The American Club 9am-5pm Nov. 20 Holiday Market at The American Club 9am-3pm

MANITOWOC Nov. 23 Lakeshore Holiday Parade 6:30pm. Visit Santa Claus at the Rahr-West Museum Nov. 23-Jan 8 Christmas in the Mansion, Rahr-West Art Museum Tue.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. & Sun. 11am-4pm Nov. 25-Dec. 25 Lights in Lincoln Park, Wed.-Sat. only 5-8pm Dec. 10 A Pinecrest Christmas, Pinecrest Historical Village, 11am-3pm. www.

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NEW HOLSTEIN Nov. 26, 27 Christmas at the Timm House, 1-4pm, www. Dec. 2 Christmas at the Timm House, 5-8pm, special music by the Leverenz family, www. Dec. 3, 4 Christmas at the Timm House 1-4pm, www. Dec. 4 A Country Christmas 12-4pm, New Holstein High School, holiday craft projects, food & beverage, photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus, choral concert, free carriage rides Dec. 10 Christmas at the Timm House 1-4pm, www. Dec. 11 Christmas at the Timm House 10am-4pm, www. Dec. 17, 18 Christmas at the Timm House 1-4pm, www.

PLYMOUTH Nov. 25 Christmas parade 7pm, merchant specials, chili cook-off 4-7pm Dec. 9-11 “Colors of Christmas”, Plymouth Arts Center Singers, Fri. & Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 2pm www. Dec. 2-Jan. 20, 2017 21st Annual Holiday Membership Exhibition, Plymouth Arts Center, Dec. 31 “Cheese Drop” downtown Plymouth, 10pm, music, family fun, champagne toast at midnight. www.

SHEBOYGAN Ongoing-Nov. 25-Dec. 31 Making Spirits Bright Drive-through Lights Show at Evergreen Park, 5-9pm, www. Nov. 25 12pm through Dec. 30 5pm, Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum, Holiday MemoriesStorybook Christmas, www. Nov. 27 Sheboygan Jaycees 24th Annual Holiday parade, 5pm Dec. 25 Join us for our Christmas Day Buffet 11am-2pm, reservations recommended, Al & Al’s Stein Haus Dec. 31 Join us for our New Year’s Eve special menu 5-8pm, reservations recommended. Enjoy II Cool 8pm-12:30am, Al & Al’s Stein Haus

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Finding their voices

 by Denise Shaffer

C h o r a l g r o u p c e l e b r at e s e n j o y m e n t o f sound through a capPella singing


cappella singing, or singing without musical accompaniment, seems to be all the rage these days—especially in colleges and, in the last few years, two movies. “Pitch Perfect” and then “Pitch Perfect 2” brought laughs and great harmonic sounds to the masses. In fact, “Pitch Perfect 2” even brought select Green Bay Packers into the a cappella fold featuring Clay Matthews, David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, T. J. Lang and Don Barclay; however, what many do not realize is that the Sheboygan/ Plymouth/Fond du Lac area has its own place for women who love to sing a cappella. One of the area’s unique cultural offerings is its women’s barbershop chorus, aptly named Sound Celebration. It is a chorus composed of


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women from a variety of backgrounds. Most members are not formally trained musicians or vocalists, but each possesses a love of music and a passion for singing. They are ordinary

the most part, “hams” and love to “celebrate the sound” as they perform. Sound Celebration can be found throughout the year singing in schools, nursing homes, for fraternal and business groups, in malls, on cable TV, in parks and even in grocery stores.

Perform anywhere

women, making extraordinary music. Coming from the three cities they gather every week for 2-1/4 hours to learn about barbershop style and to sing four-part a cappella harmony. The 27 chorus members are, for

“We perform anywhere we are asked,” said longtime member Marianne Cooke, the group’s president. “We rehearse once a week throughout the year—there’s no summer or winter break, just an occasional nonrehearsal Tuesday around the Fourth of July or Christmas. There’s a Chorus Christmas Celebration, a summer picnic and a retreat every other spring for fun and to build camaraderie. The retreat offers opportunities for musical and performance coaching from experts in the field.”

LIFE | Voices of harmony “Performance” is a key word here. The chorus does not give “concerts” as most choirs and chorales do, but it gives to the community a yearly October “show” performing in a vaudevillian style that puts smiles on the faces of young and old alike. Held for the last several years at the Plymouth Performing Arts Center, the show is always themed for fun and laughter. The 2016 performance, its 50th, was a “Trail Blazin’ Harmony” performance of jokes and one-liners about cowboys, boot hill, Annie Oakley, Wild Bill Hickok, horses, undertakers and the funny and unusual town folk of a mythical “Wild West” town.

a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Chartered with Harmony Inc. since 1967, its membership has since ebbed and flowed, but for 50 years the ladies have continued to “ring those barbershop chords.” Competing regionally in the Midwest area since 1968, the chorus also competes internationally throughout the U.S. and Canada including Nova Scotia, Windsor, Orlando, St. Louis and this November in Providence, Rhode Island. In the spring regional competition of 2016, Sound Celebration placed second in the Gold Division which qualified the chorus to compete nationally in November against the best women’s barbershop choruses throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Director Janice Westphal

Previous years have featured other fun themes including “The County Fair,” “Southern Belles,” “New York City,” “Pirates,” “Rock & Roll,” and “The Circus,” each providing a bedrock of jokes and songs that left the audiences wanting more. Although their “Big Show” is designed as a fund raising event featuring a cash raffle, a free-will offering and a basket raffle to support the group’s competitive activities, the shows are free and open to the public.

Personal fulfillment “I have been a singer my whole life, but have never had to work so hard to have so much fun,” said Kerry Wilson of Plymouth. “The harmony this chorus produces is personally fulfilling in ways no other musical style has provided for me. The chorus is tight in its personal relationships and in the music

President Marianne Cooke it produces. Our members work hard and remain committed to this group because they get payback from the chorus—joy from a cappella singing that cannot be found anywhere else and friendships that are as tight as the harmony they create.” Sound Celebration is a member of the international women’s singing organization Harmony, Inc., whose purpose is to empower all women through education, friendship, and

Its current director, Janice Westphal, formerly of Sheboygan and currently of Fond du Lac, has had the pleasure of directing the group for the last 25 years. A retired choral and mathematics teacher from Sheboygan Falls High School and named Teacher of the Year in the Sheboygan Falls District in 2003, Westphal is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been involved in the Sheboygan Theater Company, the Plymouth Performing Arts Center, and Memories Theatre in Port Washington. She started singing with Sound Celebration in 1989 and has been its director since 1990. Spirited and dynamic, she is constantly learning and directs the chorus every week with a love for barbershop


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LIFE | Voices of harmony music that inspires each member and brings passion, enthusiasm, and humor to every rehearsal. Her teaching experience drives her to do more than direct. Janice teaches and inspires her diverse membership to feel the music as they perform it. She said she believes that singing is more than mere notes and words, but also is the feeling conveyed through expression, tone, vowel sounds, pitch, volume, body movement, proper breathing, and the placement of each person’s unique voice as they stand in chorus position. Her expressive face and hands work magic as she merges 27 voices into one harmonic sound that brings “overtones” or a blend of harmonic pitches ringing through the rafters.

Career in music “I have always known that I would be an educator and a musician,” Westphal said. “After a career of teaching music to high school students, I am able to continue teaching music as a director, vocal coach, singing teacher, musical theatre director and performer. Music is my passion and I love sharing my passion with Sound Celebration members.” Friendship is a critical ingredient of the group’s success. The chorus was founded in 1965 by two women friends who liked to sing and decided to form a women’s barbershop singing group. The enthusiastic comrades immediately went home and called all their


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singing buddies. Their first rehearsal was held in a living room. The chorus’ six charter members knew they had to have four different voice parts in order to sing barbershop harmony and were delighted to discover that their respective voices ran the gamut of tenor, lead, baritone and bass. They rehearsed once a week and before long became a membership of 12. The small chorus soon outgrew its living room space and found a home in a local church hall. They established membership dues so they could purchase music and pay a director. After a few weeks of rehearsal, the subject of naming the group came up, and they decided on The Chord-a-lettes, a classic 1960s title. The move to a church hall proved to be a strategic one for the young chorus as one of the church ladies listened in on a rehearsal and afterward asked if they would like to sing for her church organization. They jumped at the opportunity and the word was out. Before long they were singing at community functions everywhere within driving distance.

Name changed In 1992 the group changed the chorus name to Sound Celebration and asked the renowned barbershop composer Tom Gentry to write a theme song for the group. The result was the upbeat and jubilant “Sound Celebration”

theme song that is sung now at each of their performances. Gentry said, “I wrote and arranged this energetic song honoring music and other sounds of life around us.” It is a song that is loved and sung often among both male and female barbershop choruses throughout Canada and the U.S. but for Sound Celebration, well, they are delighted to share “their song” with other choruses, but they know it was written for them and it technically “belongs” to them. In an effort to grow, the chorus arranges “Find Your Voice” rehearsals the first two Tuesdays of January inviting women who might be interested in singing with

them to attend a rehearsal, get to know fellow singers and generally find out what singing a cappella harmony in a barbershop chorus is all about. The guests dance with the group taking part in the group’s physical and voice warm-up exercises, learn about four-part singing style and what it takes to get the most out of membership. It can be a life-changing hobby that helps women not only discover their own voices, but themselves as well. Denise Shaffer of Oakfield has been a member for four years. “I heard Sound Celebration sing for my Fond du Lac Noon Kiwanis Club’s Christmas party,” she said. “They looked stunning in red jackets, black blouses



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Inspired with our desire to grow and flourish; Nourished by our devotion to our music; Constructive in our work for Harmony, Inc. At every rehearsal the rest of the world falls away and there is only

music, the moment, and the “right now”—and the time flies as Sound Celebration sings, indeed creating harmony with their voices that comes from their hearts. For more information about Sound Celebration visit 

The songs the chorus sings are of all genres, from classic to contemporary and from ballads to lively up-tunes. Their repertoire is large and varied. Besides the show the group produces each October, it also tailors programs to fit requests including patriotic, weddings, valentines—you pick the event, they will have a song that suits the occasion. One of their fun fund-raisers happens every Christmas when they send Singing Christmas Cards. Individuals can pay a minimal charge ($10) and on a specified Tuesday night, the group will call a selected friend, colleague or loved one, and sing two Christmas carols for them. “It’s a unique Christmas gift,” Cooke said, “and it’s especially good for folks for whom it is hard to buy a present. It’s personal, it’s charming and it’s fun, and it’s so easy.” The ladies of the chorus live by the Harmony Inc. principles and in fact close each rehearsal with a song chosen by a member, and repeating together the “Harmony Creed”: Harmony from our hearts as well as voices; Affection for each other, oft expressed; Radiant with our love of barbershop; Mindful of our principles and ideals; Outstretched hands to every race and creed; Neatness in our dress and in our thinking; Young at Heart, for singing keeps us young; holiday 2016 |


Recipes, Recollections & Reminiscings from Marge By Marge Petts Growing up in a family that included three adult women meant that making Christmas cookies was a big event. My grandma and an aunt lived with us. At the time I felt very fortunate to have all this attention.

table and chairs are now settled into my garage while I make the difcult decision of what to do with this treasured piece of furniture. What I am happy about is that maybe I am what my husband refers to as a “pack rat,” if I weren’t, I wouldn’t have kept that table all these years, and it wouldn’t now be a part of our family history.

I didn’t realize the amount of history that followed this simple act of making molasses cookies. My grandma didn’t have much when she moved in with my mother and dad, but the few pieces of furniture she had, included a solid wood table and chairs. Eventually my parents downsized and when I left home to move into my rst apartment, the table and chairs went with me. That table moved with me to two apartments and then to my rst home when I got married.

Hopefully making the following gingerbread cookies can become one of your family traditions during this holiday season.

The table continued to move with us over the years to ve different houses. While in our fth home, Mark, our oldest child, left home to go to college in Minnesota. The table and chairs went with him. He took it with him to a second apartment and then to the rst house he bought when he got married. While living in his rst house, Mark gave me a call one weekend to tell me he was rolling out dough and cutting out molasses cookies on my table. I couldn’t help but get goose bumps when I realized that he was the fourth generation to make cookies on the table that my grandma used to make the same cookies, over 70 years ago.


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SOLUTIONS | Recipes minutes. Discard water. Use raisins as eyes, mouth and buttons. You could also use other cookie decorating items. Bake 9-11 minutes, being careful not to brown. Transfer to cool at surface with spatula. Icing: 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar) 1 to 2 tsp. milk

To prepare the icing: Whisk sugar and milk together in a small bowl until mixture is smooth but liquid. If it seems dry, add 1/4 tsp. more milk. Spoon icing into a pastry bag tted with a small piping tip. Decorate gingerbread men with raisins or sprinkles before baking or with frosting after baking and cooling.

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In a large saucepan combine water, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for ve minutes. Remove cinnamon. Stir in orange juice, burgundy, and pineapple juice. Cook over medium-low heat just until mixture almost boils. Pour into heatproof punch bowl. Float lemon or orange slices on top.

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1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar, divided 1 tsp. vanilla 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 cup nely chopped walnuts

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1 large onion, coarsely chopped


1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream

2-1/2 cups chicken broth, regular or low-sodium

2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped

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1/2 cup aked coconut, optional

are tender. Add stufng and mix lightly. Spoon stufng mixture into greased 3-quart shallow baking dish. Cover baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until stufng mixture is hot. Tip: For crunchier stufng, bake stufng uncovered.

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1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries 2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 oz. each), shaved or nely chopped 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and vanilla on high until foamy. Add sugar; beat until thick and lemon-colored. Combine our, baking powder

and salt; fold into egg mixture, a third at a time. Pour into two greased and oured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. Stir in sour cream, nuts, coconut, if desired and cherries. Fold in chocolate. Beat cream and remaining sugar until stiff peaks form; set aside. Fold remaining whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Split each cake into two horizontal layers; spread 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture on one layer. Repeat layers. Frost sides with reserved whipped cream. Refrigerate until serving.

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Christmas Gift Ideas New Holstein’s Timm House will be decked out in its holiday best again this year.


rom more time with family to more bling on the bodies of family members, here are some ideas for unique Christmas gifts from some great northeast Wisconsin businesses and organizations.

New Holstein Historical Society One of the best holiday gifts a person can give is time for family and friends. The New Holstein Historical Society is offering a self-guided tour of the first floor of the Timm House. This year’s theme is “Frosty at the Timm House.” People will find snowmen in every room and even on the decorated Christmas trees. This is a great opportunity to include family and friends in holiday plans. At the end of the tour you can even treat yourself to a Frosty cookie and hot cider. The Historical Society is also selling afghans with historic scenes of New Holstein for $20, which is half price. These can make wonderful Christmas gifts.


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Admission to Christmas at the Timm House is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. The Timm House will be open weekends starting Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. with the last weekend being Dec. 17 and 18. On Dec. 11 special hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the weekend hours, tours will be held Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. with Christmas music provided by the Leverenz family. The New Holstein Historical Society was formed in 1961 with the goal of preserving the history of the New Holstein community and educating people on its history. The society sponsors various events within the community.

Making Spirits Bright Since 2012, Making Spirits Bright has provided a unique holiday offering in the Sheboygan community. Beginning the Friday night after Thanksgiving and running through New Year’s Eve, visitors can enjoy a nightly drive-through holiday lights

show in Sheboygan’s Evergreen Park. Vehicles follow a 1.1-mile-long forested route through the park and past a variety of lighted displays, synchronized to a musical score on a dedicated radio channel. Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of pantry items that are provided to the Sheboygan County Food Bank for distribution. In addition to viewing the lights show, patrons are encouraged to visit the Quarryview Center, across the street from the park, to enjoy refreshments, musical performances, and photo opportunities with Santa. Visitors may enter raffles to win unique holiday wreaths created by local designers, as well as purchase a memory tree ornament that may be personalized in the honor of a deceased loved one. Making Spirits Bright provides a special occasion for family and friends to spend time together, immersed in a festive holiday environment. Making Spirits Bright is provided as a service project by the three Rotary

IDEAS | Holiday gifts clubs of Sheboygan County and has as its mission to gather supplies for the Sheboygan County Food Bank. In 2015, through the generosity of visitors and sponsors, more than 73,000 pounds of canned food and nonperishable goods were collected and distributed to 10 area food pantries.

Bob Schoenborn’s Jewelry Bob Schoenborn’s Jewelry has been in business since 1905 as a full-service jewelry store located in downtown Kiel. They offer a wide variety of jewelry, watches and clocks. People can find jewelry in yellow, white or rose gold and fine Italian

sterling silver set with gemstones or diamonds. All jewelry repairs are done instore by the staff. They also carry an extensive selection of the highest quality timepieces from Citizen, Bulova, Bering and Tense Wooden Watches. They have a large in-store collection of grandfather, wall, mantel, musical and antique clocks as well.

“You are sure to find some bling at Bob Schoenborn’s Jewelry,” Schmitt said. “Shimmering diamond and gemstone pendants set in white or yellow gold and sterling silver make great holiday gifts. The diamond or gemstone is set in the pendant so that the stone

shimmers with her every move. We have a large selection in stock, all for a price you’ll love. “We have also brought in several new jewelry lines just in time for the holidays, Schmitt added. “Shop our latest fashion jewelry by

Kristin Schmitt of Bob Schoenborn’s Jewelry said, “Here at Bob Schoenborn’s Jewelry we strive to provide the best quality and the best customer service, all for a better price.” Christmas is a great time to shop at Bob Schoenborn’s Jewelry.

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Join us for the annual “Christmas at the Timm House” self-guided tours of the beautifully decorated first floor of this Victorian home. This year snowmen of many different kinds will invade the rooms and brighten everyone’s Christmas spirit. Come see how many Frostys you can find at the Timm House. Bring family and friends and make this a holiday tradition. Admission: Adults $5, Children $2.50.

Enjoy cookies and cider in the kitchen! Sponsored by New Holstein Historical Society

Hours: Nov. 26, 27, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 17 & 18 1-4pm; Dec. 2 5-8pm (special Christmas music by members of the Leverenz family); Dec. 11 10am-4pm; or by special appointments call 920-898-5746.



Plymouth Arts Center Established in 1993 as a nonprofit community arts organization, the Plymouth Arts Center is western Sheboygan County’s premier arts destination.

Bob Schoenborn’s Jewelry staff is ready to help customers cross off Christmas wish list items for loved ones. They are (from left) Bob Schoenborn, Sue Schoenborn, Cindy Freund, and Kristin Schmitt. Murat Paris, Genuine Crystal Jewelry from Preciosa, Tense Wooden Watches and an all-time favorite Germandesigned jewelry—Breuning.” Take advantage of Bob

Schoenborn’s 0 percent interest on layaway items and their no sales tax specials through the end of the year. Also check out the business on Facebook to stay up-to-date with daily specials and sale items.

“We are celebrating our 24th membership year in our recently remodeled facility located at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Mill and North streets in downtown Plymouth,” said Donna Hahn of the Arts Center. “The PAC continues to present new fine art exhibitions every six to eight weeks showcasing Wisconsin artists and offers a wide range of musical and theatrical performances, art tours, lectures, special events, and ongoing art classes for all ages. Original art is for sale in our art gallery, Gallery 110 North, and through our Member’s gift shop.” Hahn suggested a few Christmas gift ideas—tickets to the “Colors of Christmas” concert by the Plymouth Arts Center Singers, directed by Barb

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Zirwes-Nysse; tickets for the February performance of “Memories,” a Celtic folk concert; and/or tickets to the “Sound of Music” at Milwaukee’s Marcus Center. The latter is a one-day allinclusive chartered bus trip which includes orchestra seats for the matinee performance, a tour of the Pabst Mansion decorated in Christmas splendor, and lunch at the Rock Bottom Brewery. Other ideas include memberships to the Plymouth Arts Center and gift certificates for the gift shop. Artwork is for sale in the fine art gallery and gift shop. The PAC gift shop features fine art and fine crafts including paintings,

jewelry, sculpture, fiber/ leather/glass art all created by PAC member artists, art books, scarves, greeting cards and PAC memorabilia. “With our full schedule of fine art exhibitions, numerous performing and special events and art classes for all ages, there’s always something fun happening at the PAC,” Hahn said.

who wish to be considered for a future exhibition may submit their proposals to the PAC Visual Arts Team.

Vern’s Cheese Vern’s Cheese has been in business for 52 years, a threegeneration, family-owned business which offers a large variety of Wisconsin-made products. Those products include cheese, meat, dairy, ice cream, glass-bottled milk, and specialty products. “With the upcoming holiday season feel free to choose the perfect gift from our premade gift boxes, or we can custom make one for you,” said Kari Meyers of the Chiltonbased business. “Our large selection of wine and craft beer is sure to complement any cheese item you purchase, or

New Members are welcome to join anytime during the year. Gallery 110 North is open to the public six days per week and admission is always free. Bus tours, school and community groups are invited to call ahead to schedule a docent or artist led tour. Wisconsin artists

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Even when the snowflakes start flying, Boelter’s Jewelers is ready to help Santa Claus fill his “bling” list.

The Taste of the Holidays open house at Vern’s Cheese is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meyers reminds people to ship early to help ensure the gift arrives before Christmas.

Boelter’s Jewelry Boelter’s Jewelers—“Manitowoc’s Busiest Jewelry Store”—has been in business since 1927. On May 4, 2015, Tom and Kathy Muench purchased Boelter’s Jewelers, making it once again locally owned. Kathy was employed with Boelter’s Jewelers for 29 years prior to purchasing the store.

“We look forward to helping you with your holiday entertaining needs,” she said. Regular store hours are Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. People can order online as well at

Boelter’s can add bling for any budget, from fashion jewelry to fine jewelry. “We have engagement rings


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such as diclofenac, ibuprofen, and naproxen) to reduce swelling and treat minor pain, codeine to treat more serious pain, and muscle relaxants. More serious cases are sometimes treated with amitriptyline, which reduces nerve pain in some cases, but which also has undesirable and uncomfortable side effects.

Neck arthritis has been treated by chiropractors for many years with a great deal of success. While much of the clinical evidence has been anecdotal, a study published in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics validates the use of spinal adjustments to manage the pain of neck arthritis and improve function. The study is a retrospective case review of older patients who were diagnosed with cervical arthritis and treated in a multidisciplinary clinic that provided both chiropractic and orthopedic services. All patients were thus treated by a chiropractor with a combination of upper cervical manipulation and mechanical mobilization device therapy. Their progress was measured by physical examination and X-rays, and their pain levels were determined by self-assessment, using a numeric pain scale (NPS). The patients’ perceptions of their pain levels before spinal manipulation averaged 8.6 on the NPS, with a range of 7 to 10. After manipulation, the average NPS rating was 2.6, with a range of 0 to 7. However, the patients’ improvement wasn’t limited to their subjective

HEALTH | mind & body assessment of pain relief (though this is important, of course). They also experienced substantial improvement in mobility. The patients’ ability to freely rotate their C1-C2 vertebrae increased from an average of 28 degrees at the start of the study to an average of 52 degrees. Clinical improvements in pain were seen in 80 percent of patients, and clinical improvements in range of motion were seen in 90 percent of patients. The researchers therefore concluded that chiropractic treatment of neck arthritis was denitely effective, and provided both physical and psychological benets to the patients in the study. These ndings conrm that chiropractic care can provide safe, effective, drug-free relief to older adults suffering from neck arthritis. The ndings supplement earlier research that has found that chiropractic adjustments can reduce arthritis symptoms in the knees, hips, and hands.

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roud, fun loving, hard working, professional— those are just a few of the positive adjectives which describe the women of the New Holstein business community. From owners and employees of various sized companies to key members of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce, women play a huge role among the community’s businesses. In the second of a series of Verve features focusing on businesswomen in a particular community, meet just a few of the women working in and for New Holstein.

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Jen Wirtz SGT Lighting

Jen Wirtz & Gina Werdeo SGT Lighting

Senergy Green Technologies (SGT Lighting) is a commercial lighting contractor in New Holstein specializing in retrofitting industrial, commercial and warehouse buildings with updated, energy efficient lighting. “We specialize in LED upgrades by retrofitting and recycling HID and fluorescent light fixtures, giving you more white


Gina Werdeo SGT Lighting light while saving energy and money,” Operations Manager Jen Wirtz said. “Working with Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Small Business Program and other national utility big business programs, we are able to provide commercial lighting upgrades nationwide while utilizing these energy saving programs to benefit

our customers’ return on investment. SGT Lighting has been in business since 2011 and employs 10 people. We have offices located in New Holstein, West Bend, and Theresa and are currently looking to hire additional positions in sales and installation due to our consistent growth.” Wirtz started with the company in 2014 and her position as operations manager involves overseeing the production of goods and provisions of services. “It’s my job to make sure we are running as well as possible, with an efficient service that meets the expectations and needs of our customers,” she said.

Also working in the New Holstein office is Kiel native Gina Werdeo. She started with the company in February 2016 as the business development manager. Werdeo has been an integral part of the business as her daily responsibilities include locating and proposing potential business deals by discovering and exploring new opportunities. Wirtz said, “We are working on our plan to continually grow this business by preparing to add additional employees, internet sales and many other new, exciting products to our existing line card. We will remain dedicated

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to seeking out new, innovative ways to continue to be green and reduce waste while increasing our services and efficiencies. As the economy continues to improve, we plan to address our expansion plans and look forward to additional SGT Lighting offices in the future.” The New Holstein SGT Lighting office is located at 2205 Wisconsin Ave. Go to for more information.

Kathy Horneck Crafter’s Studio

Crafter’s Studio opened its doors in October 2006 in Kiel. In 2014 an opportunity presented itself to owner Kathy Horneck to move in with Floral Studio 1796 in New Holstein. The studio sells supplies for card making and scrapbooking projects which includes stamps, papers, card stock, dies, inks, stickers, adhesives, and various other embellishments. It also carries some items for

Horneck originally started the business with partner Janie Siehs, who was co-owner. “Both of us had an interest in crafting and wanted to continue to learn more and share with others,” Horneck said. Siehs left the business in September 2014.

Kathy Horneck Crafter’s Studio mixed media projects. The studio holds a monthly card class to learn different techniques, with Horneck often bringing in other instructors for those classes. Classes can be found on the Web site, Facebook or through e-mails. Contact the studio to reserve a spot for a class. Horneck said, “Currently we also have Make N Takes where you make a card for $1. These are held the third Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each month. Six to eight sample cards are available to choose from with supplies provided. You can make as many as you want and don’t need to

Asked about where she sees her business headed, Horneck said, “Over the past several years I have seen a shift from scrapbookers to card makers. Today many photos are taken with phones and cameras but I’m not sure how many of these photos are actually printed for traditional hand-made scrapbooks. Some people have converted to digital scrapbooking; however, I intend to keep supplies for people who still like the touch and feel of supplies for their projects. “There has been a trend for do-it-yourself and mixed media projects with the inception of Pinterest and do-it-yourself programming on TV,” she added. “My competition for supplies is mostly online; however, I don’t intend

Crafter’s Studio to become an online business. That would require large inventory and expense of dependable, up-to-date technology for ordering, payment, shipping and closer inventory control needs. “I enjoy providing the environment for customers to physically come in to shop, get and share ideas and purchase supplies. The studio is also an avenue for customers to get together, socialize, and share their ideas while attending classes.” Horneck said she gets good feedback from customers. “Scrapbookers mention I have unique papers not found at other stores. They feel the studio has a friendly atmosphere where they can get help versus a big box store. Also that I carry a good variety of dies. Customers are also appreciative that I do honor competitors’ coupons.” Crafter’s Studio has a customer purchase program where with every seventh purchase the customer receives 25 percent off their entire purchase. Horneck also is introducing a customer referral program

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where they can earn a discount on their purchase and a new customer’s first purchase. Studio hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional classes such as painting and other projects may be scheduled during different times of the week. “So if you are attending a weekend craft retreat, an afternoon of crafting with friends, or just hanging in your own craft room, stop in at Crafter’s Studio for ideas and supplies,” Horneck said. She also can be contacted at

Melissa Reese

Melissa Reese NH True Value she was in eighth grade and continued working along with her parents until she purchased the store and is now the sole owner.

New Holstein True Value is a locally owned store in its second generation ownership in the Reese family.

The store has changed tremendously over the past 30 years including a location change. In 1994 the store moved from one corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Washington Street to another corner. The previous location currently houses Floral Studio 1796, which still has the store’s shop and storage shed on the site.

Melissa Reese purchased the family business on June 1, 2013 from her parents who owned the store since Jan 1, 1987. Melissa has worked in the store since

NHTV has been in the same location for 22 years and has added a lean-to and this year built a warehouse and purchased the adjoining cleaners property which will

New Holstein True Value

NHTV currently has seven employees and offers a variety of services. The employees include Melissa Reese, Jeffrey Dietz, Marlene Schwantes, Kristin Peters, Paula Anhalt, Ronald Reese Sr. and Taryn Reese. Some of the many services the store offers are window and screen repair, cut glass and plexiglass, DNR license sales, UPS shipping and drop-off, rekeying locks, key cutting and computer chipped key making, fax machine service, custom paint matching, laminating services, cutting and threading metal pipe, deliver softener salt in town, saw sharpening drop-off, and dry-cleaning drop-off and pick-up. Along with those services there is a Rental Department. The Rental Department rents everything from a carpet cleaner to a sewer snake to a sidewalk edger to a 40-foot Biljax lift. Newly added rental items are the Vermeer towable chipper, a Bobcat skid steer and a Bobcat mini excavator. There are so many items that are available to rent for any home project. The rental equipment is

always being updated with newer models and is well maintained. NHTV is a core hardware store with all the major departments including Hardware, Automotive, Pets, Lawn & Garden, Outdoor Living, Housewares, Paint and Paint Sundries, Tools, Electrical and Plumbing. Some of the major brands that it carries are Melissa & Doug Toys, Benjamin Moore Paints, DecoArt chalky and craft paints, Weber Grills, Sloggers slipon garden shoes, and Mrs. Meyers cleaning supplies. NHTV continues to carry greeting cards and seasonal gardening décor while always adding new items. A core hardware store is still the focus of the team. Melissa and Jeff continue to add items weekly. Within the past few years, some of core items added are tire and tubes for garden equipment and trailers, hydraulic fittings and hose, two-inch water hose and fittings, bee keeping supplies, Tingly slipon rubbers and boots and Imperial universal blades for oscillating tools. This past summer the store had a major facelift on the front and rear of the store with all new doors

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Ellenbecker Bleating Heart Haven

Bleating Heart Haven Farm and Fiber Arts got its start in Arpin, Wisconsin in 1988 when Cindy Ellenbecker learned to spin on her antique spinning wheel and bought some fiber animals—Angora goats and Jacob sheep—so she could have a ready source of fiber.

“It was a part-time avocation for a few years while I finished my Ph.D. in Adult Education at UW-Madison and worked full-time teaching at the

Cindy Ellenbecker Bleating Heart Haven post-secondary level,” Ellenbecker said. “In 1991 I moved to the Lakeshore area on my current farm, W1993 Thede Rd., New Holstein, and brought all my animals along—and added a few more. I only knew how to spin in 1991 and had the walls of my old farmhouse literally insulated with wool skeins.

New Holstein and eventually opened a shop in my home in 2004 to supplement the weekend vending I was doing. In 2007 I moved into a bigger space on the farm and in 2014 I renovated an old machine shed and now have a serious-sized shop.” Bleating Heart Haven sells raw, skirted fleeces and roving from five breeds of sheep and Angora goats (product is mohair from Angora goats), and Angora bunnies for the hand spinners, fiber artists, and crafters. Ellenbecker also sells yarn exclusively from her animals, both natural colored and hand-dyed. In addition, she has a substantial line of knitted, felted, and woven apparel (gloves, hats, socks, vests,

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scarves, shawls, skirts) “because ‘done’ is a good word—and I enjoy creating finished pieces,” she said. Bleating Heart Haven also has consignment jewelry, photos on canvas, and rustic furniture in the store as well. “I also keep a small amount of cotton and linen product for those with an aversion to wool. Yes, I spin the flax into linen and spin the cotton as well,” she said. Ellenbecker added, “Because fiber arts is a niche business and I’m in a very rural location, I’ve invented ways to get people to the farm. I began with a spring offering called Fiber Facets on the Farm which morphed into the fall event, Rural Arts Roadtrip, now

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in its fourth year. I have written four successful Joint Effort Marketing Grants through the Department of Tourism. Two of those grants gave the Rural Arts Roadtrip start-up marketing money ($17,000 and $11,000, respectively), and the other two gave a new spring venture of mine, Rites of Spring: Fiber Frolic, now in its third year, start-up marketing money ($14,000 and $9,000, respectively). “In addition to bringing customers to the farm, I pack up the shop and attend the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in September, the American Club Christmas Market in Kohler in November, the Old World Christmas at Elkhart Lake in December, the Madison Knitting Guild’s monthly meetings and the annual weekend Knit-In in March. “And just for fun, I’m closing in on a Master Spinner degree from Olds College in Alberta, Canada (there are no colleges offering a spinning degree exclusively in the U.S.). I have six years of coursework in and am completing my final paper/study on exotic fibers—Australian possum, quivit from musk ox, cashmere, mink, yak, and bison. It is my plan to attend graduation in Canada in June 2017. “What my customers like about my product is that it’s all natural, and the whole process happens here; they can meet the animal the fiber is from. In addition, I’m told that my dye pots yield very pretty colors. “Since I live on the farm, the shop is ‘always’ open with a phone call in advance (920-286-0971) to make

Erica Boll-Feltes Erica Boll-Feltes Insurance certain I haven’t dashed off to the grocery store or I’m not away at a show,” she said.

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Boll-Feltes added, “I enjoy working with multiple insurance companies to give my customers a choice in the best coverage for them. My office provides superior insurance coverage from many quality insurance carriers. We provide insurance for auto, home, business, and recreational vehicles including motorcycles and watercraft. We also provide medical coverage and prescription drug plans from multiple top-rated health insurance companies.” Boll-Feltes is joined in the business by Michelle Thiel, a licensed insurance representative who can assist in property and casualty insurance. She has been with the office since 2005. “Our customers value

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Diane Thorson BMO Harris Bank

BMO Harris Bank has been in New Holstein for over 100 years as Peoples State Bank and then M&I Bank. “We provide a full array

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the personalized service they receive from our office,” Boll-Feltes said. “We maintain those valuable relationships and continue to service those customers who leave the area. A customer said recently that the confidence I place in their best interest keeps them from looking elsewhere for their insurance needs.”



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Diane Thorson BMO Harris Bank of financial services for businesses and consumers,” Branch Manager Diane Thorson said. “We have six employees in the branch with over 45,000 throughout the company.” Thorson has been in banking for over 40 years and in New Holstein for over 25 years. She said, “As the manager of the branch I enjoy helping our customers achieve their financial goals. Our staff is also very good at assisting customers with their needs. I have earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees while working for BMO Harris, formerly known as M&I Bank.” As for the bank’s future, Thorson said, “BMO Harris will continue to serve the communities in which we have offices. We will continue to strive to be a leader in the financial industry offering new and innovative products to our customers. We want to be our customers’ bank of choice.


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Lackershire Hair’s to You

Hair’s To You is a friendly, full-service, family-oriented haircare salon, according to owner Sheila Lackershire. “I have been in the business 31 years and owned Hair’s To You for 23 years,” she said. Lackershire has two full-time employees. Ashley Hausler has been in the profession for 15 years and with Hair’s To You for 12 years. Andrea Mueller has been in the profession for 11 years and with Hair’s To You for two years. Hair’s To You carries Aveda haircare and color products along with ISO products, Nioxon and American Crew. Services include coloring, perming, haircutting, waxing, manicures, and pedicures. Appointments for consulations are always welcome at no charge. “We feel it’s important to take the time with a client looking for ‘a new look’ and to discuss what service is needed for them,” Lackershire said.

New Holstein She reflected on her years of owning the business, saying, “I will never forget the day my husband Al said to me, ‘I think I found the perfect place for you to open your salon.’ We drove up to this little old house and I thought, ‘You have to be kidding.’ We went forward and laid out the plans, gutted the place out and created Hair’s To You. The experience really opened my eyes to keeping an open mind and the possibilities of taking something old and creating something new. I love it.” Lackershire said she simply plans to continue doing what they have been doing—taking excellent care of clients and welcoming new clients. “We may not be a big salon but we do big stuff,” she said. Lackershire recently asked some of her clients what they think of the salon. “Not only was it fun, but truly rewarding,” she said. “Some of the comments were, ‘I always leave feeling better about myself.’ ‘I’m always very satisfied.’ ‘It’s a fun salon— happy environment.’ ‘You’re

Sheila Lackershire Hair’s To You like part of the family.’ Actually, that is how I feel. Our ‘clients’ are more than that—they truly are a part of our family and considered friends. “We are professional and what happens in the salon stays in the salon. Sometimes people just need to vent and we have the listening ear. Sometimes there are tears of laughter, tears of sadness, hugs, or a comfortable silence. It is all about our clients.” Lackershire added, “I believe we have the best and most gratifying job. From a first haircut, proms, donating haircuts (10 to 12 inches off), to the special

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wedding day, the client not only trusts us but has invited us into their lives. There are so many avenues as well that you can take in this career choice. I am also licensed to teach at beauty schools. As a stylist you can grow into specializing in color, become a platform stylist, product consultant and trainer, and so much more.”

Melissa Schneider Maid Perfect LLC

Maid Perfect is a cleaning service for residential, rental properties, commercial, real estate, new construction and remodel customers. Owner Melissa Schneider said, “I have been in business since 2009 but my cleaning talents have started way before I started my business. I started cleaning for a few families while working a full-time job before I decided to started out on my own. As a young girl with chores to accomplish before I was able to spend time with friends I learned the trade at a very young age to appreciate an organized and clean home or space. With the drive of my mother who taught me my skills and the support of both my parents to start my own business, I am forever grateful.” Schneider added, “Each job is specific to their cleaning needs. Not everyone needs a full service, some may only need help with scrubbing of floors whereas others appreciate a full service of

Melissa Schneider Maid Perfect detailing kitchen and bath to dusting and vacuuming of family, living and bedrooms and damp mopping of floors, hardwood, linoleum and tile. I meet with potential clients and walk through the home or office taking notes of your cleaning requirements. I give them an estimate of how long it will take and we decide together how to proceed and schedule. “We come with our own equipment and supplies that are natural or environmentally safe— from Nature’s Sunshine Concentrate infused with essential oils, Norwex products, Watkins and Meyers—and some of the basics such as bleach, vinegar and baking soda.” Maid Perfect has a staff of seven people whom Schneider said she has known for a good part of her life. Her business is insured and bonded. As the owner of Maid Perfect, Schneider said she is “a single parent striving to provide a good home that needs the flexibility to care for my daughter. I wanted to be able to get her off to

“Every year brings me growth in my business,” she added. “I would like to strive to have a few more employees to accommodate all of the requests, which I am working on.” She said she would like to be able to serve clients in other areas of Wisconsin and even other states. “With my extended families located in different parts of the U.S., I get asked that a lot,” she said. Customers appreciate the luxury of coming home to a clean house after a long work day and being able to devote their time to family and friends. “As a few renters to rental properties have said, ‘Your place is just perfect!,’” Schneider said.



Floral Studio 1796 LLC Floral Studio 1796 is a full-service flower shop that is honored to be there for all the big and small events in peoples’ lives, owner Kerri Brantmeier said. “We do flowers for weddings, funerals, baby and wedding showers, parties, thinking of you, get well, holidays, etc.,” she said. “We also have unique gift items such as Zand skirts, Mixture candles, hand-painted wine glasses,

essential oils, and Lip Sense lipstick.” Brantmeier has owned the business since 2011 when she purchased Country Floral from Mary Jaschob, who started her floral business in New Holstein in 1979. The newest addition at Floral Studio 1796 is Carrie Strobl. The Green Bay-area resident has been an event florist for a number of years.

Kerri Brantmeier Floral Studio 1796 “We enjoy working together to provide the best service and selection that we can,” Brantmeier said of Strobl. “We take the time to make sure we can bring our clients’ ideas to life. Carrie and I like to think of our work as big-city style with hometown charm.” She added, “We would like to continue to serve our existing community while expanding our wedding services to larger markets. We are more than happy to travel for our brides, frequently doing weddings in a 45-minute radius from the shop.” Brantmeier said firstholiday 2016 |


Communities time customers often seem surprised by the variety Floral Studio 1796 has to offer. “We also often hear how long our fresh arrangements last,” she added. “We work really hard to keep our stock as fresh as possible, occasionally offering $1/stem cash and carry sales to make room for our new shipments if we had a slow week or if I just had to have everything I saw on the flower truck.”

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The location has been a furniture store since 1903. Julia Bushman-Mayer is the sixth owner, having owned it since June 1999. Traditionally the site has sold furniture and flooring but Julia has added custom picture framing and window treatments to provide a complete home decorating experience. “We help you with your style and you leave with a smile,” she said. She added, “I keep my finger on the pulse of current trends, colors, and styles by going to a minimum of four markets per year to see what is new and happening, and, by doing so, keeping a diverse selection to provide a unique experience for varied customers who range from local to 100 miles away.


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“Ann does the custom framework and has been doing that type of work for 30-plus years. With an eye for detail, she does an above-and-beyond job on such things as Packer jerseys or any favorite team items, along with doing memorabilia shadowboxes to preserve those exceptional memories. And don’t forget those special photos, needlework, wedding invites, and puzzles, signed and numbered prints, and any unique items. All work is done museum quality. Custom framing help is available during all store hours with no appointment necessary.” Julia said, “Paula brings her extensive background in customer service to the store to help patrons make decisions on products they want for their homes. She spends time with the customers getting to know them, asking pertinent questions to make sure they get what best serves each individual’s needs and wants.” As Julia’s Furniture, Flooring, Framing, & Custom Window Treatments continues to add to the long business history at that location, Julia said they will “continue our excellent service to the area and provide a unique selection of goods that could be found by only going to a larger city, like our current modern glass dining room tables and chairs. Window treatments have been our newest addition, and it has been exciting. Graber is a strong brand. But if they don’t have what our customer needs

New Holstein or wants, we can easily accommodate them with a custom solution.” She added, “Customers from the Valley say how successful the store would be there. I always state that it is the location that helps keep my prices reasonable. Also, the floor installer who installs our flooring does amazing work and has a strong reputation for excellence in the area.” “Sometimes customers are intimidated to walk into a store, afraid of highpressure sales. That is not the case at Julia’s Furniture. Ollie, our shelter rescue, greets people at the door with a wagging tail. We ask people what they need and based on their responses

provide the service that fits. Plus, our low overhead allows us to focus on what our customers need. That low overhead also comes across in savings. We can compete with the big box stores and provide a quality product. Also, we have free delivery and at-no-charge custom measuring for floors and window treatments. Let our location be your savings.”

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customers are my friends,” she said. “They’ve been friends for a long time. They tell me, ‘Don’t stop working.’”

“My business mostly consists of haircuts, colors, and perms,” Voss said. “I also carry Paul Mitchell products for retail as well as Biolage and Roux.” Voss started hairdressing in 1972 after finishing cosmetology college and began her own salon. She returned to school in Milwaukee for a year to obtain her instructor’s license but there were no positions open at that time. In 2000 Voss bought Ken Wenzel’s building on Wisconsin Avenue where he had worked as a barber for many years and was retiring. Now, Hairstyles Unlimited is on the move. Voss said she will be moving her business from the city of New Holstein to the town

New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Voss Hairstyles Unlimited of New Holstein. “It will be a rural setting, southeast of town,” she said. “The timing is undetermined right now, but it will be new and exciting.” Voss said she knows the move will not be a problem for her loyal customers. “My

There are no glass ceilings when it comes to the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce.

From the current president to the secretary to the treasurer and many of the key committee chairmanships, women hold the majority of important positions in the organization.

Wendy Jacobs is a busy woman just with her marketing duties at Willowdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Holstein as well as Meadow View Manor, Morningside Health Center, and Sheboygan Progressive Care Center. But Jacobs finds time to serve as the Chamber’s president and is just one of the people who make it fun to attend Chamber meetings and events. “I have been an active member with the New Holstein Chamber for fiveplus years, serving on (and continuing to serve on) the Promotions Committee as a member, Country Christmas Committee as co-chair, Reality Check as chair, Soup Cook Off Committee as a member and Annual Dinner

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And I love the trendy spin that we are also surprising people with, like the Cash Mobs and VLOG, keeping us current.”

Among the women who serve on boards or committees for the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce are (front, from left) Cheri Reedy and Kerri Brantmeier; (second row) Wendy Jacobs and Melissa Reese; (third row) Renee Jaeckel and B. J. Jaeckels; and (back) Paula Pethan, Sonny Schaar, Pam Pirkov and Ann Hansen. Not pictured is Pam Van Dera. serving as chair,” Jacobs said. “I also volunteer in the Chamber Raffle Night yearly, and have been involved with the New Holstein Parade, promoting the Chamber. I have attended Airport Day, helping to promote the Chamber during the event as well. I have participated in our other activities hosted by the Chamber, as a golfer—if you call it that—in the Annual Golf Tourney fundraiser, a hopeful winner in the 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser, and consumer of spirits in the Night on the Town, and have consistently attended the Business After Hours, helping to support and promote members in our Chamber.” For all that and more, Jacobs was named the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013. A member of the Chamber since 2011 and its president since 2014, Jacobs


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said, “I have embraced the mission of the Chamber and truly have seen the benefit to our members in the support the Chamber gives through various events and activities. “Growing up in New Holstein, you take for granted the businesses that are in your town. As you age, you realize the real asset of having these businesses locally, not only the convenience, but the friendly, small town attitudes of the owners and employees.” Asked about the future direction of the Chamber, she said, “I am always amazed at the fresh and new ideas the Chamber comes up with, while embracing the tried and true events and activities. The use of social media has continued to give our members added recognition, and I feel that will only continue to get stronger.

Jacobs’ duties at Willowdale have gone hand-in-hand at times with her volunteer service to the Chamber. She said, “Our affiliation with Affinity/ Ascension and the clinic that houses Dr. Sharon Kaplon, DNP, has also proven to be a huge success, which was a fantastic opportunity for not only Willowdale, but also made the Chamber president in me smile, being able to replace the retired and only physician in New Holstein, all while seeing another new business open locally.” When B. J. Jaeckels moved her Olive Branch Custom Picture Framing Services business to New Holstein from Kiel, she also renewed her efforts in helping the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce. “I have been involved for only one year, but was a member and volunteer several years back when my business was in town in 1995 to 2000, Jaeckels said. “I serve as the chairperson for the Promotions Committee and was the past chair for the Festival of Wreaths. I enjoyed volunteering for the Annual Golf Outing a few years back. “Being an active chamber member gives me an opportunity to meet other members, put names to faces, be educated about what they do, and it presents me numerous opportunities to build on relationships that were merely acquaintances and

turn them into friendships,” she added. “My business is relationship based. Being a member is good personally and professionally. I am a relationship-based shopper, not price based. I enjoy spending my money at shops/businesses that my friends own or work at. I want my money to first go into the pockets of my friends and family who work hard to offer us the local conveniences.” Asked where she sees the Chamber headed, Jaeckels said, “We are a tight-knit community. I see Chamber businesses growing and cultivating their existing relationships with each other and with their customers through new programs, cross promotion, education and relationship building. This Chamber is dedicated to seeking out opportunities to encourage, educate and support their locals.” Cheri Reedy began attending monthly meetings in 2010 and eventually became the treasurer of the Chamber, a natural fit for the employee of BMO Harris Bank in New Holstein. She has served on the Golf Outing, Raffle Night, Festival of Wreaths/ Country Christmas, and Distinguished Citizen of the Year committees. “As a member of the community BMO Harris feels it’s important to be involved in community organizations,” Reedy said. “I as an employee of BMO Harris felt volunteering my time and knowledge to the Chamber was something I could do. When businesses are successful in the community everyone benefits including BMO Harris Bank. Therefore

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Communities we feel it’s important to be involved with the Chamber.” Reedy said she envisions the Chamber continuing “to assist with the businesses that are established and any future businesses that would look to join the New Holstein community. We see the Chamber continuing to assist new businesses that come to the area as they have in the past years.” Renee Jaeckel began working part time for the Chamber in January 2013 as its executive secretary. “As the only paid employee of the Chamber, I have the honor of working for all of the Chamber members in helping them promote their business through our Web site, Facebook page and newsletter,” she said. “I also manage the e-mails coming to and from the Chamber. I report directly to the board. I volunteer on the Promotions Committee but I do attend other Chambersponsored events, take photos and promote these events on our Facebook page and Web site.” She added, “The Chamber is a working organization of volunteers. Many volunteer year after year and others volunteer when they can. This input provides the Chamber with an energetic infusion of ideas and helping hands. The current roster of Board of Directors and committee members are a mix of seasoned and new volunteers. In the three years I have worked for the Chamber, each decision or Chamber event is based on what has worked


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with a willingness to try something new. It is an inspiring organization to be a part of and without these volunteers there is no Chamber.” Sonny Schaar has been involved with the Chamber for six years. She is the cochair of Country Christmas, serves on the Soup Cook-Off and Promotions committees, and has done Reality Check classroom presentations and volunteered on Reality Check Day. She also was elected to the board in January 2014 and continues to serve as a board member. “Growing up and continuing to live in New Holstein, I take great pride in the community and all it has to offer,” said Schaar, who works as the marketing coordinator for Premier Financial Credit Union. “I enjoy being involved in the Chamber and helping make New Holstein a great place to live and work.” Ann Hansen is another BMO Harris Bank employee who volunteers time for the Chamber, serving on the Country Christmas Committee and co-chairing the Festival of Wreaths. She has helped with the Festival of Wreaths for about nine years, with proceeds going to the New Holstein Community Chest which helps a wide variety of local organizations. “I got involved with the Chamber because I feel it is a great way to give back to the community,” she said. “I was originally asked to help out at Country Christmas by someone.”

New Holstein Hansen said she sees the Chamber “continuing to help promote the current businesses we have in town and sponsoring different events to get people to come into the city to see what New Holstein has to offer.” She said she chose to work for a New Holsteinbased employer because “New Holstein is a great place to live and raise a family.” She works as a service manager at BMO Harris Bank and has worked at that location for 23 years. Melissa Reese has been involved in the Chamber for roughly 10 years, serving on the Promotions, Soup Cook-Off, and Annual Raffle Night committees. She also

has been the Chamber’s secretary since 2010. Reese said, “New Holstein True Value has been a Chamber member since my family owned the store since 1987, and in past years my mom was active in the Chamber. I personally got involved in the Chamber when Bob Bosma approached me and asked if I wanted to become an active member and I decided it was time for me to be a part of the community. “Being involved in the Chamber shows my employees that we all work together to make the small town thrive and try to lead by example,” she added. “I feel the Chamber brings a


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sense of joint business in the community, that each of us makes a difference. There is a realization of the other businesses out in the community and we work together as a team to promote each other.� As for the future of the Chamber, Reese said, “With so many diverse businesses it’s hard to promote all the different venues. The Promotions Committee is working on Vlogs and Cash Mobs which is truly showing support from within the membership. These also bring awareness to the other members and community about what our local businesses have to offer. The Chamber will continue to be part of New Holstein and promote business within. I believe if we are passionate about

local business, we can make a difference.� Reese added, “New Holstein is my hometown, born and raised here. My heart and soul are in this community. I never planned to be in New Holstein owning a business. Things have a funny way of working themselves out. I am proud to be a part of New Holstein and the Chamber and call this my hometown.� Kerri Brantmeier joined the Chamber shortly after she purchased Country Floral—now Floral Studio 1796—in 2011. “I have primarily been involved with the Promotions Committee,� she said. “We look to promote businesses that belong to our Chamber. We do things like Coupon

Hoopla, Chamber-sponsored ads, and have recently added Cash Mobs and Take 2 Vlogs. We are also looking into adding educational programs for business owners.� Brantmeier added, “I think the Chamber adds value in part and to the extent that you are involved in your Chamber. As a member of the Promotions Committee I can tell you we are always looking for input on how to better our Chamber promotions. “I think the Chamber will strive to keep the local flavor of our small community doing what it can to help promote businesses unique to New Holstein large and small. “New Holstein is where I grew up and it’s such

a wonderful feeling to watch families I grew up with grow and change. It is especially fun at Homecoming and Prom time when I get to help many of my classmates’ kids pick out something special for their dates. It’s nice to feel connected to the community and be able to say ‘I went to school with your mom and dad.’� Pam Pirkov is a longtime contributor to the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Chamber in 2001 and has served on the Golf Outing Committee for 13 years and on the Distinguished Person of the Year Committee for five years. She also served two terms as a director. Pirkov, the owner of Heaven Scent Salon, said


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starting at 7:15 a.m. at the Community Center. “I became involved because New Holstein Utilities believes it is important to be part of the community they serve,” she said. “The Chamber helps build contacts with other area businesses to promote themselves.”

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“I think it’s a strong organization that looks out for the business people in the community and strives to have the business people in the community prosper,” Van Dera said. “I think it’s a good organization.... I think it’s heading in the right direction.” 

As for the future, Pethan said, “I see the Chamber becoming even more involved in assisting businesses to promote themselves with a variety of opportunities.” Pam Van Dera, a mortgage loan officer for First Merit Bank which is now part of Huntington National Bank, served as

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Sheboygan’s Authentic German Restaurant. Al & Al’s Stein Haus & Tavern - Home of Sheboygan’s Oktoberfest. German Food, Bier, Wein & Gemütlichkeit. Al & Al’s Stein Haus has been a family owned and operated Sheboygan dining destination for over 54 years. We serve breakfast & lunch all day in the tavern. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday in the Stein Haus dinning room. Stop by for Sunday Brunch 10am-1:30pm. Al & Al’s is the proud home of the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area for six years running! The first weekend in October every year. See us this holiday season for Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

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Allechant Boutique

Allechant Boutique has been having a great time helping our customers purchase Alex and Ani Bangle Bracelets for themselves and others. We enjoy hearing stories about their special person’s life or something in their own life that inspires them to purchase one of the bracelets. Best of all the Alex and Ani bracelets are made in the USA out of recycled materials and many of them are Charity By Design meaning that a percentage of their sales go to some very wonderful charities. Besides these great bracelets we carry a ton of other jewelry, purses and trendy clothing to keep you looking up to date fabulous. Consider booking a Boutique Bash during the doldrums of winter. We supply the yummy ore de overes and some retail therapy to make the evening fun filled for you and your guests! If you are interested in a no pressure fun shopping party that includes yummy food, door prizes and some fashion advice give us a call and we will tell you all about them or stop by. Birthdays, bridal showers, office parties, just because or

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Bemis Bath Shoppe

Bemis Bath Shoppe located in downtown Sheboygan Falls, is a stunning two-story boutique that boasts nine inspirational lifestyle vignettes displaying hundreds of Bemis’ signature company toilet seats. The Bemis Bath Shoppe also offers a variety of luxurious bath & body products, bath linens & accessories, cabinet & bath hardware, candles, gifts, clothing and more! 1 Store. 2 Floors. Endless Ideas. resonates with customers because they immediately see the infinite possibilities to enhance the look of their home or find beautiful gifts and personal items. Bemis Manufacturing Co. and the Bemis Bath Shoppe are proud to be located in Sheboygan Falls. The Sheboygan County area is the bedrock for the company and the Bemis family is committed to manufacturing here for years to come. To learn more about the history of Bemis Manufacturing Co., visitors can browse the second floor at the Bath Shoppe to enjoy historic company images and informational video. Store hours are Mon-Wed 9-5; Thurs-Fri 9-6; Sat 9-3.

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Depke Shoe Store

Depke Shoe Store in Sheboygan Falls offers shoes for your whole family in all widths and sizes. We have a wide selection of quality brands for you to choose from. We measure your feet and are dedicated to fitting you properly. Depke Shoe Store has been in our family since 1966. We are proud to serve your footwear needs. We offer shoes from 4a - 6e, men, women and children’s shoes, work boots, dress shoes, doctor’s prescriptions filled, Jumping Jacks, Beekos, and Bogs, New Balance, Red Wing, SAS, Hush Puppies, Aravon, Ros Homerson, Spring Step, and Fly Flot Aetrex, Munro American, Alegria, P.W. Minor, Drew, Orthaheel, Dr. Weil, Minnetonka, Dunham, Old Friend, Clinic, Trotters, Comfort-Rite and Smartwool. Arch support products we carry Lynco, Power Step and Spenco. Whether it’s for casual or formal events, we have the perfect shoes for you. 105 Pine St, Sheboygan Falls. 920-467-4181. Mon-Thurs 9am-5:30pm; Fri 9am-7pm; Sat 9am-noon. See our ad on page 20

Dreams Unlimited Music Store & Studio

Dreams Unlimited Music Store & Studio is a full line music store offering sales of all instruments and accessories. Dreams Unlimited Music also offers a full array of music lessons covering all instruments and voice. We service school accounts and instrument rentals and do inhouse repairs on all instruments. Come see us for all of your musical needs to include printed music.

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Empower your journey of life with Empower Pilates LLC of Kiel. The Pilates method of body conditioning is a unique system of stretching & strengthening exercises developed over 90

years ago by Joseph H. Pilates. It strengthens and tones the muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites the body & mind, and creates a more streamline shape. Personal Pilates Training Sessions & Pilates Mat classes available. Mikealynn TrimbergerHendrickson owner; licensed physical therapist assistant; certified personal trainer; certified Pilates instructor; certified TLS weight loss solutions coach. 920-980-4976.

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Enchanted Floral

Start a trend. Impress your single (or even your married) friends with the fact that you do not need to wait for anyone to send you flowers. Forget casual Fridays—start up Flower Fridays in which the whole office orders in flowers! Who needs a reason? Send yourself flowers just because you feel like it! “They just make me happy and I haven’t met anyone yet who didn’t like being around flowers,” owner Mary Forstner stated. In October 2012, Mary opened Enchanted Florals of Elkhart Lake and started working on holiday floral, wedding and banquet orders and flowers for everyday gift giving. “I’m greatly I inspired by the local business and community of Elkhart Lake,” she added. Most of her previous work was based out of her home and through word of mouth. Mary has an open heart and an open door for customers looking to stop in and smell the roses. “I can spend several hours working on a project or arrangement and think nothing of the time,” she said. “I love what I’m doing and it’s not like work at all.” In essence, Mary sends a gift to herself each day. Now available, tuxedo rentals.

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The holidays are quickly approaching. If you are looking for a new look or just need to freshen up your current hairstyle, schedule an appointment with one of our seven-experienced stylist. Of course, you will want to look extra special for that holiday party. We offer makeup lessons and application, as well as manicure and pedicure services in lacquer, gel and acrylic. Are you looking for a gift for someone, we have a variety of scarves, purses and jewelry to help add a little something to your favorite outfit. Can’t find that perfect gift, then come in and grab a gift certificate in any amount. We offer a variety of other services such as lip & brow waxing, GK hair straightening treatment, and tanning in a booth or bed. We welcome past, present and new clients. Don’t wait, call today for an appointment 920-894-2110. Hours Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm; Fri 8:30am-4pm; Sat 8am-1pm.

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When you hear Jazzercise you think legwarmers and leotards, right? Or a workout for your Mom but not for you? We admit our workouts got so popular in the 80’s that we created a fitness revolution that people still associate with us today. It’s true that we were the original dance party workout. But today the leotards—and the 80’s—are long gone and our classes are way too hot for legwarmers. We’re still evolving and transforming people’s bodies and their lives. Why are we still here 45 years later? Because our program works! Jazzercise is a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping, body-blasting fitness program that gets you results…fast. It’s a high intensity dance party that fuses cardio, strength, Pilates, hip-hop, yoga and kickboxing. Burn up to 800 calories per hour in any of our 60-minute classes. Why do people stay? If you try our classes, odds are you’ll stay with our program for seven years. That’s our average and we’re proud of it. Why do people stay? Because we keep it fresh so you never plateau and never


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get bored. We have a variety of classes to challenge you— Strike, Fusion, Core, Strength and Dance Mixx. So how do you want to work it? Kiel offers three classes weekly at City Hall on second floor. Class times are Mon & Thurs 6pm; Sat 8am. Attend once, twice or three times weekly. Check us out at or 920.775.9305.

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Klips & Tips

Do you want to be pampered? Klips & Tips is a full service salon that has something for every member of the family. We have been in business for 4 1/2 years in our location at 435 East Mill Street, Plymouth. Our staff members include; Terri Hollister owner, stylist, nail tech; Brenda Knutson stylist, nail tech; Jodi Schultz stylist, manicurist; Gail Gahagan stylist; Rae-Ann Westergaard stylist; also Suzanne Stoffregen our receptionist that will assist you in scheduling your appointments and helping to make your visit a memorable one.  We offer a wide range of services, which are all hair and nail services including pedicures and acrylic or gel nails, waxing and ear candling, as well as ear piercing and many other services. If you want to feel like you are on vacation, come in for a day of pampering or enjoy our tanning bed that now has new bulbs and feel like you are in the tropics.  Our products are top notch. We use Joico color and perms that are made to work with each other. Klips & Tips now also is proud to carry an ORGANIC line, which is LOMA. The first ingredient is Aloe Vera. Both Joico and LOMA will make your hair very manageable and feel and look it’s best. MonThurs 9am-7pm; Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 8am-noon. Please call us or go ONLINE to book your appointment. 920-627-4247

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Miesfeld’s Meat Market

Miesfeld’s Meat Market is a family-owned and operated meat market located in Sheboygan. Our staff has more than 50 years of combined experience and is committed to providing our customers with quality products

and services that meet and surpass their expectations. Over the years we have earned an enviable reputation by offering only the finest quality of meat available in the United States. Each piece of food that passes through our doors is guaranteed to be restaurant quality and we receive fresh shipments daily from locations throughout the United States and worldwide. If you love to cook, then come into our store to learn more about how we can help you put delicious meals on your table. Miesfeld’s Market Inc. has won the Chamber of Commerce Retailer of the Year award for 2013 and 2014. 4811 Venture Dr (HWY 42), Sheboygan. 920565-6328.

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Millhome Nursery & Greenhouses

Your Beautiful Christmas Starts at Millhome Nursery. A relaxing drive through the gentle rolling hills of the area countryside will find you at our garden center. At this time of year the colorful greenhouse of spring and summer gives way to a vast sea of red and white! We feature all the traditional Poinsettia colors as well as a variety of other colors & styles. All the Poinsettias are locally grown at our nursery. We also hand craft our own wreaths in a range of sizes and shapes, as well as planters, baskets, kissing balls and custom work. The retail area is ready with plenty of ideas for decorating and gifts. We also have gift certificates for the undecided. A step inside the store fills your senses with the sights and smells of Christmas.

This year Sneak Peek will be Sat, Nov 19, 9am-4pm. Our Christmas Open House is Fri, Dec 2, 9am-5pm and Sat, Dec 3, 9am-4pm. Come out to the country and enjoy a relaxing stroll through our garden center. Take in the fresh country air and let the beauty of our plants overwhelm you. See you soon!

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Molly’s Cobbler Shop

Molly’s Cobbler Shop has been serving Sheboygan and the surrounding community since 1904. We repair both men’s and ladies shoes. Dress shoes, work shoes, motorcycle boots, cowboy boots and more. We also repair leather bags, belts, replace eyelets, rivets, and Velcro. You will also find a selection of shoe care products along with a large selection of laces. If new work shoes are what you need, we special order Thorogood work and uniform shoes, made here in Wisconsin. Visit to see the selection available. You can also find a selection of men’s hats from traditional Pub Caps to Fedora’s, Bowlers and Pork Pies. We also carry a selection of Stormy® Kromers manufactured in Ironwood, Michigan. Open Tue-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-1 pm. Located 1003 Michigan Ave., Sheboygan. 920452-7838.

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permanent cosmetics since 2002. She is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and has worked in a variety of medical specialties, including facial plastics. In addition to operating her permanent cosmetics business Heidi is also a hospice nurse. Heidi’s initial experience with permanent cosmetics began in 1993 when she had the permanent eyeliner procedure done. She has since had her eyebrows and lip liner done as well. Heidi made the decision to pursue training in permanent cosmetics because she was so thrilled with the results other own permanent cosmetics and she realized that others would be too! Her nursing background has proven to be very beneficial in her work with permanent cosmetics. Permanent Cosmetic Make-Up, look your best 24 hours a day with no effort. Locations: A. Prive’ 815 Riverfront Dr, Sheboygan; GJ’s Salon-N-Spa1604 Washington St, Two Rivers; Bella Wellness & Aesthetics Center 105 Western Ave, Suite 3, Waupaca. 920950-2250.

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Plymouth Arts Center

Plymouth Arts Center is the premier art destination in western Sheboygan County. Located in historic downtown Plymouth. This community nonprofit organization is dedicated to its mission, “To enliven the spirit of our community and to enrich the lives of all, by providing diverse experiences in the arts!” “We are celebrating our 24th membership year in our recently remodeled facility located at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Mill and North Streets in downtown Plymouth,” said Donna Hahn of the Arts Center. “The PAC continues to present new fine art exhibitions every six to eight weeks showcasing Wisconsin artists and offers a wide range of musical and theatrical performances, art tours, lectures, special events, and ongoing art classes for all ages. Original art is for sale in our art gallery, Gallery 110 North, and through our member’s gift shop.” New members are welcome to join anytime during the year. Gallery 110 North is open to the

public six days per week and admission is always free

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Seranya Studios Art Boutique

Seranya Studios Art Boutique located at 307 E. Mill St in one of the most beautiful and historically significant buildings of downtown Plymouth, Seranya Studios Art Boutique is a unique treasure. We offer a fantastic selection of fine art and fine craft by local artists and makers. Visit Seranya Studios to experience a visual symphony of beautiful colors, textures and forms. You’ll find exquisite, one-of-akind items with an unmatched depth of variety and selection, including jewelry, home décor, garden art, finely crafted wood items, fine art paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, fashion accessories and wearable art, gourd art, fine metal sculpture, greeting cards, luscious handmade natural soaps, lotions, lip balms and salves, art journals, books by local authors, doll clothes, hand carvings, painted antique saws, painted home furnishings, hand woven baskets, and much more. Seranya Studios also offers art parties, classes and workshops in many forms of art. Just ask and we’ll put something together just for you if you don’t see what you’d like on our current class offerings schedule. We are also honored to be partnering with Pourvino Wine Bar offering Art & Vino art and wine parties at Pourvino.  Easy parking in back off Stafford Street with a rear entrance makes us easy to get to. Of course we have a front entrance off Mill Street too. We are open seven days a week for your shopping convenience. Mon-Thurs 10am-5:30pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-4pm; Sun noon-4pm. See our ad in this issue for a sneak peek at all the beautiful things you’ll find. 920893-9000 seranyastudiosartboutique

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Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum

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Society has as its primary mission to collect, preserve, and educate about the history of Sheboygan County. Hours Apr 1-Oct 31. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Admission-adult (18+) $6; reduced rates for children & seniors; members free. Free admission to the nation’s active duty personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. 3110 Erie Ave, Sheboygan, 920 458-1103. We are a Blue Star Museum. bluestarmuseums

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Studio 360 Salon

Studio 360 Salon is Sheboygan’s Cutting Edge Salon. Located in the North Side Walmart Plaza, we not only offer a convenient location, but outstanding service at even better prices. With an experienced team of stylists, Studio 360 Salon will have you looking your best for day-to-day wear or for special occasions. Our salon is a great place to bring your bridal party

or friends to get your special occasion hair done. With experience in styling women, men, and children, Studio 360 Salon is able to bring your whole family ‘s looks up to date. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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The Blind Horse

Merge a “Napa Valley Style” restaurant and a world-class winery and you create the rustic elegance of The Blind Horse. Nestled on seven beautifully landscaped acres near the village of Kohler, food and wine are the catalyst for a one-of-akind experience. Award winning food and wines await you in this spectacular Wisconsin destination. The winery features California style wines with award winning Syrah, Cabernet and Chardonnay. Make sure to try our famous Gourmet One Bite Food & Wine Pairing or delight in our Chocolate & Wine Pairing in our elegant tasting room. In the summer, enjoy live music every Thursday and

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Friday night on our back patio where you can listen to jazz with a bottle of wine or enjoy our gourmet pizzas with your favorite cocktail. We always have special events at The Blind Horse, such as our Gourmet Food Truck Festival or our Art & Wine Festival. Our fine dining restaurant is the epicenter of the property, where you are invited to indulge in our vision of today’s fine dining experience. We embrace sustainable practices from local artisan farmers and feature what is fresh right now in Kohler. It’s a celebration of food and wine when you come to The Blind Horse. Come see what everyone is talking about. Owners Bob, Connie, Matt & Heidi Moeller purchased the property in 2012. As they researched the history of the property, they were intrigued with the story of a blind horse on the property. Anton and Josephine Dreps originally purchased the land and started a farm in 1862. Generations of the Dreps family carried on this farming tradition. In those days, teams of horses were used to work the

land, and Birdy was a lead horse that happened to be blind. The Moellers wanted to honor the family and the story of Birdy, the Drep’s favorite horse, by naming the property The Blind Horse.

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The Laundromat

The Laundromat in New Holstein has the newest machines in the area. We have a child’s play area, open 24/7/365 days a year. The owner Mike Hartmann is local to the area, so any issues are attended to right away. The Laundromat has the largest washer in the area. A 75 lb. washer, which means you can wash two-three quilts/ blankets in one load, along with many other large washer for your convenience. Ten minutes of drying for 25¢. The Laundromat in New Holstein is the cleanest Laundromat in the area. The Laundromat is located on Hwy 57, well lit, safe, air-conditioned in the summer & heated in winter. For questions or issues please feel free to call Mike anytime 920-773-2270; cell 920-9013327.

Victorian Chocolate Shoppe

Experience Sheboygan’s Old Time chocolate and candy store offering over 80 varieties of homemade hand-dipped truffles and chocolates, perfect for any occasion. We also carry 22 kinds of delicious sugar-free chocolates. Gift boxes filled with goodies are made to order. Take a walk down memory lane with our wide selection of nostalgic candy. You haven’t visited Sheboygan unless you stop in for our famous chocolate dipped raspberries. There’s something for everyone. 519 S. 8th St, Sheboygan. 920-208-3511.www.

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Wolf’s Cycle & Fitness

will be happy to assist you with all of your cycling needs and questions. No matter what style or brand of bicycle you ride we are your one stop store. Check us out! We have an extensive inventory of accessories including helmets, men’s and women’s apparel, sunglasses, shoes, gloves, soft luggage. We have a large supply of replacement parts and a large inventory of tires including many special purpose types. We also carry child trailers and trail a bikes. Our Fitness Department includes treadmills, recumbent and upright exercise bikes, ellipticals and other exercise equipment. Come in and try them out. We have Boy Scout uniforms and accessories. Our helpful sales staff and expert mechanics are here to serve your needs. If you need something or have a question give us a call or better yet stop in for a visit. Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-5pm.

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Grandparenting is great!  by Darlene Buechel


y world has changed in many ways since I became a grandma for the first time in 2010.

wooden chairs made of branches. The cabin boasted three bedrooms (one of which had bunk beds for the boys) and an upstairs loft. We all agreed there

A recent article by the American Grandparents Association (AGA) states 72 percent of grandparents list being a grandparent as the single most important and satisfying thing in their life. Do I agree with the 72 percent? You bet! Whether it’s playing outside in the sandbox, drawing with chalk on the driveway, going to a movie, or just goofing around, hours in the company of grandsons Maverick and Axel are always full of fun. According to the AGA, there are 70 million grandparents in the nation. In fact, grandparents represent onethird of the population and 1.7 million new folks join the ranks of “proud grandparent” every year. Since my husband Rick and I live only five miles from our grandkids, we’re lucky to get to spend lots of time with them including outings to the zoo and Ledge Park. While we’ve done short day jaunts, we’ve never taken an overnight trip with the grandkids until January 2016. It was then that we joined the 66 percent of grandparents who travel with their grandkids as we decided to take the plunge (literally) and join our daughter Danielle, her husband Mark, and our grandsons on a two-night trip to The Wilderness Water Park in Wisconsin Dells. Our son Ben was drafted to do the milking and hold down the farm, so we packed our swimsuits and snacks and set off for the Dells. All six of us shared a beautiful log cabin complete with gas fireplace and gorgeous pine furniture. Huge log beams ran across the ceiling and the island in the kitchen was complete with

Papa Buechel enjoys the waterpark with Axel (left), Danielle, and Maverick.

was plenty of sleeping space—too bad a few little boys did not stay in their nifty bunk beds the whole night. The cabin came complete with outside deck and grill, so our son-inlaw Mark grilled his famous brats the first night of our vacation. Those brats and potatoes in foil really hit the spot after an afternoon at Wild WaterDome which included the Great Wave pool and small water slides. The Wild WaterDome is an impressive indoor waterpark with a see-through roof. The dome boasts 70,000 square feet of wet and wild fun and the Great Wave is America’s largest indoor wave pool. Our trip to the WaterDome also included a few raft rides with daughter Danielle and Maverick (then 5). I let myself get talked into the raft adventure even

though I’m not fond of enclosed spaces. Had I known the ride would be in complete darkness and I’d be going backwards the whole time, I would have had more than second thoughts. Even though it was scary and my throat was scratchy from all that screaming, I have to admit it was fun. They talked me into a second raft trip with the promise that I wouldn’t have to go backwards that time. The three of us carefully maneuvered into the raft and held on tight only to have the lifeguard spin it around at the last second so I was again backward bound. Maverick laughed at all my screaming, but it really was a blast. The Dells waterparks are so family friendly that even 2-year-old Axel had a blast. He wore a little blue life jacket and got to do some smaller water slides and the Great Wave pool too. Folks can rent a hotel room, condo, or cabin at the Wilderness Resort which includes a wristband for each guest to grant admission to the indoor waterparks in winter and both indoor and outdoor waterparks in the summer. That first day we took a shuttle for the short ride over to the Wild WaterDome, but the second day we drove over to the Wild West Waterpark so we wouldn’t have to wait for shuttle service. The Wild West Waterpark was awesome too. This waterpark is also 70,000 square feet of fun and features twisting tube and body slides and a dumping bucket—just to insure no one walks away dry. Since Maverick had no fear, he led the way to zipping down the open air waterslides and talked me into the Fantastic Voyage family raft ride. This raft ride was even bigger than the one at the WaterDome and catapulted us through the speedy twists and turns while again enclosed holiday 2016 |


in pitch darkness. Danielle got the pleasure of going backwards this time, so even though I screamed just as much (or more) I enjoyed my forward facing raft ride. Grandpa Rich skipped the Wild West in favor of going antiquing that morning since him and the chlorine smell are not a good mix. All of us went back to the cabin for lunch and naps for the kids, and then I skipped the afternoon water fun in favor of going to the casino and candy store with Rich since my legs were pretty tired from all the steps at the waterpark. That night we feasted on pizza we had delivered to the cabin and then Rich and I stayed with our grandsons while Dani and Mark went out for a

drink and a break from their energetic boys. While I tossed and turned that night amid a few killer leg cramps, I thought back to 20 years ago when we took daughter Dani (10) and son Ben (8) to the outdoor waterpark in Plover. They had such a blast we ended up going several more times. Plover was small potatoes compared to the Wilderness Resort, and even though the Plover Park shut down a number of years ago, the memories remain. That’s the great thing about spending time with kids and grandkids—you can relive the memories long after the leg cramps and happy screams are over. The final morning of our adventure featured leftover

pizza for breakfast and plans for more waterpark fun for the Grandkids. Rich and I decided to hit the road that morning and make our way back to the farm while I still had the energy to climb into our Jeep. While we had a blast at the Wilderness, I’m not sure Rich and I would be able to

handle a trip with just us and the grandkids until the boys are a bit older. Still, I’m glad we took the plunge and I hope you’ll consider taking a multi-generational trip yourself. (For more information on the Wilderness Resort check out their Web site at 

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Victorian Chocolate Shoppe

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