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t did not take long that day in late February 2018 for Heidi Brill and her daughter Ashlyn to know something was wrong after Ashlyn had received a vaccination for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at her doctor’s office. Before they had even left the office, Ashlyn had a lump the size of a softball on her left arm.

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The Brill family had no way of knowing that would be the start of a journey which still has no end in

LIFE | Fighting for health, rights sight, one which has taken them from Milwaukee to Madison and Minneapolis to California searching for answers which they still do not have. It has seen Ashlyn have as many as four seizures per day, fall down stairs at school, almost drown in a pool, and have episodes which have lasted as long as 17 hours. It also has seen family members lobby state-elected officials to not change a law which would take away their right to not give the same vaccination to their younger daughter Kaylee, 12, because Heidi said she will go to jail before she would do that. “I just want parents to understand what the risks

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are,” said Heidi, making it clear that she is not opposed to all vaccinations. “I kind of feel cheated that I didn’t know about this risk.” The most emotional Heidi got during this interview was when she recounted the first time she felt like she was responsible for having put Ashlyn through this by agreeing to the HPV vaccination, even though there was no way anyone could have envisioned what was to come. Staff members at the doctor’s office told her to put some ice on the inflammation as she was obviously having a reaction to the shot. In the three days which followed, Ashlyn said she was sick and had a

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temperature of 101. Being late winter, the doctor’s office said she probably had the flu and prescribed fluids and rest.

Aches, passing out, seizures The fever went away, but then the muscle aches in her knees, shoulders, and elsewhere began. The doctor said it was likely growing pains which the then 13-year-old was experiencing. Then came May 8, 2018. Ashlyn, a young athlete, was at middle school track practice when her life-long acid reflux began. She headed to the empty locker

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Ashlyn Brill stands with parents Jamie and Heidi and her younger sister Kaylee. to sharpen a pencil when she passed out again. The next night after a school dance, father Jamie was driving Ashlyn out to the family’s campsite at Lakeview Campground. Ashlyn was in the back seat when she became unresponsive to Jamie’s questions—he believed she had passed out again. After a campground neighbor who is an emergency medical technician could not wake Ashlyn, an ambulance was summoned to take Ashlyn to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. The Brills loaded Ashlyn into their truck and met the ambulance in the parking lot of the Calumet County Highway Department garage in Sherwood. On the way


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to Sherwood, Heidi said she thought she saw Ashlyn’s right hand shaking but assumed it was because of the chilly evening. Ashlyn regained consciousness in the ambulance. Doctors in the ThedaCare emergency room said they thought her increasing number of incidents might be heart related, but Ashlyn’s blood work came back normal and she was released from the hospital that night.

Regular episodes Two days later at the campground Ashlyn had a five-minute “episode,” then the next day at school came another one in which she really began to shake— convincing Heidi and others

for the first time that she was experiencing seizures. The non-epileptic seizures continued on a regular basis, with Ashlyn sometimes foaming at the mouth and having her lips turn blue. Jamie and Heidi are both first responders, and they noted that her oxygen levels tested low during her seizures. During one trip to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, the doctor was adamant that Ashlyn be taken to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. She spent five days there and was “forced” to have an episode while hooked to monitoring equipment which showed she had no abnormal brain activity. Doctors said they thought Ashlyn’s episodes

might be related to stress and anxiety, so the next step was to see a psychiatrist. The episodes continued. Heidi’s partner at Inspire Dreams Learning Center in Chilton was researching Ashlyn’s symptoms online and found an article which described almost identically what Ashlyn was going through, and the article indicated the cause might be a reaction to the HPV vaccination—something which some estimates say one person in every 1.1 million experience. Heidi said she believes the incident rate may be higher. Friends said she needed to start letting other parents know what she suspected, and she agreed. She posted her story to Facebook, and

LIFE | Fighting for health, rights within a week it had been shared 500 times. A woman from Ohio contacted her, and Heidi also became aware of similar cases in Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, and elsewhere in Wisconsin. Heidi also learned that officials in Japan and Thailand had both banned the HPV vaccination.

Natural treatments tried The Brills received advice that they needed to try more natural treatments for Ashlyn. They sought help from The Wellness Way in Fond du Lac, which helped the family discover that Ashlyn is gluten intolerant. Herbal supplements helped

rid Ashlyn of the acid reflux which she had all her life. Her episodes also reduced to having one every 6 to 10 days, once going 21 days without one. But they were and are still there, sometimes getting quite violent including thrashing about on the floor of a room. Another four-day stay at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee was followed by a second opinion at Children’s Hospital in Madison, then a referral to the Minnesota Epilepsy Group which also treats non-epileptic patients. Ashlyn was hospitalized there twice. Doctors there told the family that Ashlyn subconsciously would not put herself in danger at the onset of a seizure;

for example, if she were climbing a ladder her mind would tell her to come down before the seizure started. Jamie and Heidi said they believed that, until Ashlyn fell down the stairs at school during a seizure and had to be pulled from the campground pool during another one on Memorial Day weekend this year. It was at the campground this spring when Ashlyn had yet another serious incident. While walking back to the campsite after listening to a DJ, she had a very violent seizure. Jamie got his truck, drove back to Ashlyn, and with the help of others loaded her into his truck to take her back to the camper. She continued to have her seizure on the floor of the

camper, then seemingly went to sleep. Heidi said she was concerned when they could not wake her a few hours later, but they also thought she might be exhausted from the intensity of the seizure. When Heidi awoke at 7 a.m. and found Ashlyn still in the same position and still unable to be awakened, it was back in an ambulance to ACH which suggested an immediate ground ambulance transfer to Minneapolis. Ashlyn said she recalls very little from that trip until they got into Minnesota, meaning the incident had lasted about 17 hours. That incident, however, led to some paralysis for Ashlyn. She has constant tingling in her feet which

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A trip to California During this journey, Heidi became aware of Dr. Mark Flannery in Simi Valley, California. He is currently treating 37 girls who are having non-epileptic seizures and has treated over 200 teenagers and close to 3,000 people with similar stories. While it is an unproven opinion, the doctor’s nurse said the HPV vaccination is almost certainly the cause of Ashlyn’s condition. The Brills had to fill out a 25-page application and get all of Ashlyn’s medical records together to try to get an appointment with Dr. Flannery. Two days later they received a phone call saying the doctor wanted them to come out to California to see him, something they planned to do in August 2019. They also did a 2-1/2 hour Skype

session with the doctor on July 3—during which Ashlyn had a brief episode—and likely will receive follow-up assistance via Skype going forward. The Brills were told that all 37 girls being treated by Dr. Flannery currently have one thing in common— gluten intolerance. Heidi said that begs the question, “Why are we not testing these kids before we give it (the HPV vaccination) to them?” Dr. Flannery also told them that he believes inflammation of the brain may be a cause of the seizures. The Brills also said they see huge diet changes coming the family’s way, eliminating gluten as much as possible from the household. They said they have learned that gluten can be passed along in any number of ways—by using the same dishes or the same toaster, or even licking the glue on an envelope. There have been silver linings in this family’s dark storm clouds. From bus drivers to school officials and teachers, Heidi said they have received great support. Some people who


Hard at first to accept help Heidi said she and Jamie were always the ones to try to help others in need. When it came time for them to be on the receiving end it was difficult, she said. She said she also appreciates all the prayers directed toward Ashlyn and the family. “I couldn’t imagine living in

any other community,” Heidi said of the response of the greater New Holstein area. Whether it be at school, the campground, or elsewhere, many people know about Ashlyn’s condition and stand ready to help. Still, Jamie said “pandemonium” broke out at a public event recently when Ashlyn had a seizure even though many people there knew about her. Some people were ready to call 911 before Jamie convinced them that it was under control. Ashlyn’s sister Kaylee understands how frightening it can be to witness a seizure. The day after the wind storm which hit New Holstein last August, Kaylee was home alone with Ashlyn

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LIFE | Fighting for health, rights when Ashlyn had a mild seizure which caused her hand to shake—the first time Kaylee had witnessed that. “It was scary enough to see that,” Kaylee said, adding that she has witnessed more serious seizures since then. Another silver lining has been the people the family has met along the way—like the good friends they now have in Illinois whose son passed away a short time after receiving the HPV vaccination.

as a reason why not to give a vaccination. All Ashlyn knows is that her life has been changed. She was only able to play four innings of her first softball game this past season. The New Holstein

High School football program has guaranteed her a spot on the team for the next four years, but right now she would have all she can do to walk up to the edge of the field.

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More families, more questions Heidi said she knows of 10 families in Wisconsin currently dealing with this, 15 in Illinois, and one in Ohio. One of those 10 from Wisconsin is a family in Sheboygan whom she found out about within the past month. Those families are asking many of the same questions. Are parents being told of all the risks of vaccines such as that for HPV? Is there a link to gluten intolerance? Should youths be tested for gluten intolerance prior to receiving the HPV vaccine? Why are there so many more vaccinations today than there were a generation ago? Should vaccinations be spread out more? Do doctors know and believe this is happening and are they trying to figure out why it is happening? In May, Ashlyn spoke on the steps of the State Capitol in Madison about her journey. Heidi is helping to fight some state efforts to remove “parental conviction”

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great to an even higher level. Check out what some of the following businesses have to offer as you work to create an even better version of you this fall!

Depke Shoe Store Depke Shoe Store in downtown Sheboygan Falls is a family shoe store which has been in service since 1966. “We provide quality footwear and personalized service,” said Melissa Geisthardt of Depke Shoe Store. “We measure your feet and supply you with the correct length and width shoes for your needs. Our inventory includes all sizes and widths. We also special order shoes if needed.”

Depke Shoe Store also sells arch support products including Lynco, Power Step, and Spenco, and fills physician prescriptions for foot care products. It also carries Smartwool and Extra-Wide socks along with Baggallini purses. “We enjoy serving our customers and educating them about wearing the correct size shoes,” Geisthardt said. “Yes, your shoe size does change over the years. Please stop in and get your proper measurement so you can have happy, healthy feet.” Depke Shoe Store is located at 105 Pine St. in Sheboygan Falls. Please see their ad on the inside front cover of this issue of Verve.

Jazzercise Jazzercise classes have been held in the Kiel area for over 20 years at various locations. Kiel City Hall’s secondfloor gym (621 6th St.) has successfully hosted Jazzercise classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. for years. Rachael Vorpahl-Heeler, a Kiel resident, is the certified instructor. Classes in Kiel are offered 52 weeks a year. Participants are primarily Kiel residents; however, some attend from New Holstein, Valders, and Elkhart Lake. Heeler said, “Jazzercise is a specialized, medically approved workout that

adapts to every fitness level. Customers are high school, college, young to mature adults working out to improve their cardio, strength, flexibility, and balance. Jazzercise provides the modifications and motivation to achieve the best possible outcome in fitness. My students see their increased fitness level contributing to their overall health. We start each class with a warmup, marching, skipping, running, and dancing in patterns, followed by strength training using weights and tubes. Each class ends with stretches and breathing to assist in the recovery process.” She added, “Whether couch potato or athlete, everyone is able to increase or decrease their intensity because our instructors give plenty of options along the way. New students usually wonder why they waited so long to try their first class!” There are a few men in the Kiel class. “They love the music, and shine in the strength portion of our classes,” Heeler said. A new Jazzercise LO class is offered in Kiel on Tuesdays starting at 4:30 p.m. LO stands for Low Impact (no jumping) full energy. “In this class we use muscle, not momentum, to get a total body workout without the impact on joints—perfect for all fitness levels. Since March, this class has brought former and new students with knee, hip, and back challenges the fun and benefits of Jazzercise without the hop.” Debbie Klingeisen has operated

Jazzercise classes in Kiel, Valders, Manitowoc, Mishicot, Two Rivers, De Pere, and Sturgeon Bay for 33 years. “I love helping people improve their fitness level, and get improved results at their doctor appointments,” she said. “Women are juggling work, families, schedules, and the stresses of daily life. Women typically are taking care of the needs of others before themselves and Jazzercise gives women one to three hours weekly to relieve stress and build physically, emotionally, and mentally to be able to survive and flourish. If women don’t take the time to take care of themselves, the daily demands take a toll on their health.” She added, “Surrounding themselves with positive, upbeat, supportive people allows them to leave class feeling accomplished and confident.”

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Animity Health and Wellness Center Animity Health and Wellness is a chiropractic and wellness center located in downtown Kiel. “We’ve been at our location since the summer of 2018,” said Victor Schueller of Animity. “We specialize in treating patients with a computerized adjusting instrument that adjusts the spine without any cracking of the joints, or any twisting or bending the body while adjusting. This instrument provides a customized adjustment, tailored to the individual characteristics of each spinal joint that we treat. The result is a comfortable adjustment, safe for all ages. We want to make chiropractic accessible to those who are uncomfortable with the idea of getting their neck or back ‘cracked.’” Animity Health and Wellness specializes in

Victor Schueller operates Animity Health and Wellness, which is a chiropractic and wellness center located in downtown Kiel providing care for neck, shoulder, and back pain. They also provide nutritional counseling, meditation sessions, wellness coaching, and community wellness education classes for businesses and the public. In the back of their wellness center they have added a yoga and meditation studio, and in collaboration with geM Yoga and Meditation they offer yoga classes several times a week. “We really try to be “different” when it comes to chiropractic care,” Schueller said. “That really begins with the use of an adjusting instrument instead of manual adjusting. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to adjust the spine, but we want to help the percent of

the community that does not respond to or is hesitant to be adjusted by hand. In all that we do at the center, we try to provide a holistic approach, addressing as many wellness needs as our patients and clients choose to address. While we of course want to help people reduce their pain, and while that is usually the primary reason why people come to see us, we want people to know that we also want to help address their other health care needs. If we believe that we cannot help someone at our center, we will make referrals to practitioners who we believe can help our patients meet their wellness goals. We do accept insurance and Medicare, and for those

Schueller also has been a full-time college anatomy and physiology instructor at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland for the past 14 years. He lives in Kiel with his wife and two daughters. “I have enjoyed helping with the Kiel Area Youth Theatre for the past five seasons,” he added. “In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, meditating, spending time outdoors, and traveling with my family.”

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The salon offers Eufora as the salon’s main product and color line. Eufora is an organic aloe-based product line using over 100 unique plant and flower extracts that are classified as a renewable resource. “Studio 360 Salon strives to provide a healthy environment, not only for our valued guests, but for the stylists who work here every day,” Susan said. To that end, Studio 360 Salon has eliminated the use of tanning beds to ensure doing their part in offering the safest services possible.

As Studio 360 Salon continues to grow, stylists are encouraged to apply and join their close-knit family of staff and clients.

Susan and her staff attend training on a regular basis (some around the

Susan is a loving and dedicated wife and mother of four daughters. She spends her free time with family and friends enjoying time at family cottages and camping.

Healthy Living Acupuncture Healthy Living Acupuncture is an acupuncture clinic focused on healing the body through a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) medicinal

art. “We take pride in goal-oriented treatment strategies that heal the root problem and prevent further disease progression,” said Sarah Atkinson of Healthy Living Acupuncture and Wellness.

Oct. 3 — Acupuncture 101 Oct. 24—Open House Nov. 14 — Acupuncture 101 Nov. 26—Ladies Night You can find more information on their website, and Facebook@healthylivingacu, or call (920) 893-8796. Classes and events are free and open to the public.

The practice offers TCM-style acupuncture with national board-certified therapists. They incorporate modalities such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, diet recommendations, supplements, and lifestyle recommendations.

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Whisk Bakery Whisk Bakery in Sheboygan produces beautiful and delectable allergy-friendly baked goods for special events. Owner Shawna Silberzahn’s treats contain no gluten, dairy, soy, or refined sugars.

Andre Wagner and Davijon Aguinaga of GreenHouse Sheboygan opened their business on July 4 of this year. by opening on July 4, 2019,” said Andre Wagner of GreenHouse. “We provide holistic and natural alternatives to pharmaceutical products. The experience and vibe you receive in our boutique is like no other. We also offer CBD Enhanced Yoga from Stretch + Breathe as a way to find balance for mind and body.” Davijon Aguinaga of GreenHouse Sheboygan added, “We are here to help you find an alternative way to achieve relief from anxiety, stress, inflammation, or pain. The increased mood and sleep regulation that comes from CBD should be experienced for yourself.” He added, “Andre and I both love to golf, and we’ve played all across the country. California, Nevada, South Carolina, and Florida have great golf courses to play, but nothing beats our home Wisconsin courses. We love to work helping other people find relief and love to spend time with our family and friends.”


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“I found my passion for grain-free baking after making several lifestyle changes that greatly impacted my health,” Silberzahn said. “Now I want to be able to provide delicious, beautiful bakery that doesn’t compromise the joy of celebrating with family and friends because of a restricted diet. “I grew up helping my mom—who also happens to be a baker—in the kitchen,” she added. “I loved mixing things up, tasting it, and seeing the joy on people’s faces when they tasted what we made. I have fond memories of picking a flavor birthday cake each year for my birthday and enjoying my mom’s homemade creation.” After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, Silberzahn became more and more aware of the importance of food and how it impacted her health. She said, “Unfortunately, shortly after school my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and my dad was battling high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and prediabetes. Something had to change. After reading about it, I switched over to a Paleo-based diet. I was convinced diet and lifestyle played a huge

Shawna Silberzahn, owner of Whisk Bakery. role in chronic disease and prevention. I saw amazing changes in my health and my family including reduced medication for my dad and a clear cancer diagnoses for my mom. I was really convinced that this was something I needed to share. “To this day, my own two kiddos are grain-free and follow a Paleo-Based diet. I love making them treats for their birthdays and other special occasions that I can feel good about and know that they won’t make them feel ‘yucky’—even my baby who is allergic to eggs can enjoy cake and cookies.” Silberzahn added, “I decided to support those making healthier lifestyle changes with something that we all agree is hard to avoid—parties, events,

weddings, and other celebrations. Who can say no to cake? Not to mention, if you’re like me, and you battle an autoimmune condition such as celiac disease, it can be downright detrimental to your health. Now you can have your cake and eat it too. Enjoy the sweeter side of Paleo and celebrate with your friends and family again, without compromising your health.” To learn more about Whisk Bakery in Sheboygan, check out https://www., e-mail, or call (920) 453-8860. It is located at 633 N. 8th St. in Sheboygan

Empower Pilates If two heads are better than one, then it must resonate that two pilates instructors must offer a better way to serve the community. At the House of Pilates located on Fremont Street in Kiel, two pilates instructors offer classes to clients geared to improve their physical health and stamina. Not only do they broaden the amount of time and training available, they come from vantage points on the journey to improved health.

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LIFE | Building a better you her cope with fibromyalgia and arthritis. It also helped her rehabilitate herself after a hip replacement. “For someone who hadn’t done any exercise at all, after two years of pilates, I was able to ride in the Door County Century Bike Ride,” Mary Lee said. “It was just amazing.” Mary Lee is proud of dropping 50 pounds through her pilates journey, along with improving her health to the point where she no longer required insulin.

Mikealynn Trimberger and Mary Lee Fleming teach Pilates for their cleints. Empower Pilates, operated by Mikealynn Trimberger-Hendrickson, and Pilates Living Free, operated by Mary Lee Flemming, are co-hosted businesses that have been operating under the House of Pilates roof for the past three years. But their connection runs deeper. Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s. Mikealynn became interested in pilates through her career work in physical therapy, earning her teaching certification 12 years ago. Her first Empower Pilates

studio was located on the north side of Fremont Street. Interestingly enough, one of her early clients was none other than her teaching collaborator Mary Lee.

Mary Lee continues to teach pilates in retirement from her other professions. For 20-plus years she was an art instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. She also worked for the Chilton Housing Authority for 16 years. Now, though, it’s just pilates instruction on her platter.

“I began working with Mikealynn because of my health challenges and simply fell in love with pilates,” Mary Lee said.

On the other end of the spectrum, Mikealynn has worked with top level athletes in their pilates training programs.

While Mikealynn comes from a therapy background and an athletic lifestyle, Mary Lee’s route to pilates instruction came from a different perspective. She was drawn to pilates because of her health difficulties. The healing and health benefits of her pilates journey inspired her to get her teaching certification in 2016.

One of her clients intends to compete in the Kona, Hawaii triathlon, the pinnacle of such competition.

Together, the two divergent paths offer hope for clients of all health and fitness levels. Mary Lee explained that her pilates journey helped

Last summer, Mikealynn offered her pilates training to a local swimming club for eight weeks. “The coach commented that she could tell the difference in her swimmers through those sessions,” she said. Whether you are athletic, or more of a couch potato, pilates can make a difference, the instructors emphasized. Programs are tailored to the needs of the individuals. “Pilates is a method of conditioning,” Mikealynn said. “It helps build functional strength in your core that carries over into every area of your life. Our goal is to be able to do this into our 90s.” She spoke of a recent pilates magazine that featured a lady from New York, still using pilates training at age 102. “We have to drop the bar in Wisconsin to the 90s because the beer and the cheese probably won’t let us get to 100,” she joked. Mikealynn, who still works as a physical therapy assistant for Aurora Medical half time, said pilates training can be focused on improving the weakness of a specific muscle. “We train

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LIFE | Building a better you the whole body, but we also do muscle specific work as needed,” she said. Both instructors welcome anyone interested to stop in for a free 30-minute pilates session. Classes involve work on mats, or with equipment known as reformers. Partners are encouraged to work out together if they choose. To contact Mikealynn at Empower Pilates, call (920) 980-4976. To contact Mary Lee at Pilates Living Free, call (920) 203-6896.

Curves Curves® is a weight loss center specially designed for women featuring Curves Complete®, the only program that includes exercise, meal plans, and coaching—all in one place. The Curves workout is convenient, combining strength training and cardio activity plus stretching— all in just 30 minutes—to strengthen the whole body. Curves Sheboygan Falls opened its doors about 19 years ago. On staff they have six circuit coaches, five of whom are also Cleveland Clinic-certified Curves Complete coaches. “I purchased the club in 2010 along with two other business partners,” said Laura Townsend of Curves. “In 2017, my last business partner retired which made me the sole owner. Even after retirement she still remains very active at Curves assisting with some of the day-to-day tasks.”


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Asked about the future of Curves, Townsend said, “With new specialty classes every month, new technology, and having a coach at each workout we continue to grow our membership. We are very excited for what the future holds.” Members seem to agree with that assessment. Townsend said she hears comments such as these: “Great atmosphere and support system not just from the staff but from other members as well. I love my Curves workout! The monthly challenges and coaching helps me stay accountable! I have noticed a huge improvement in my balance thanks to the balance classes.” Please see the Curves ad on the inside front cover.

K Lorraine Salon Spa Boutique K Lorraine Salon Spa Boutique opened Dec. 1, 2018 as a full Aveda Concept Salon and Spa. K Lorraine is located in the newly renovated and historic Richardson Emporium Building at 202 Pine St., Sheboygan Falls. “Our warm and relaxing environment is the perfect choice for renewing and revitalizing yourself,” said Kathryn Hillstrom of K Lorraine Salon Spa Boutique. “Our hairstyling team at K Lorraine has over 35 years of experience, specializing in hair color, to give you just the perfect change you may be looking for. That along with our private spa

area and relaxing fireplace helps our spa team pamper you from head to toe. Our spa services include Aveda customized massage and facials, as well as full body waxing and dermaplaning. With individualized attention to detail, it is our mission to be sure each guest feels beautiful inside and out.” Hillstrom and Vicky LeMahieu are the owners of K Lorraine Salon Spa Boutique. They said they followed their dream of opening an Aveda Concept Salon in Sheboygan Falls. When the opportunity presented itself to capture the historic site, remodeling soon followed. “From the minute you walk into this gorgeous space you immediately feel

relaxed,” Hillstrom said. “It truly is our mission to provide not only top quality hair, skin, and body services but to also incorporate what Aveda stands for—a true meaning of wellness in mind, body, and spirit. We are able to do that through our wellness classes that we hold each month. We pick various topics of interest. Aveda’s mission is to create holistic beauty, a beauty that embodies the entire person and is focused on wellness. At K Lorraine we strive to promote opportunities for self care. We are excited to host an Open House for our Wellness Center that will provide our guests with a sense of well-being and balance. Designated for wellness events, the

Readings by Monica See What’s In Store For You!

SHEBOYGAN - Monica Stevens has been a psychic for many years. She has set up her psychic business, “Readings by Monica,” in her home, 1523 Colorado Ct., Sheboygan (Corner of Business Dr. and Colorado Ct., just north of Union Ave.). She offers: astrology readings, tarot card readings, palm readings. “I give neverfalling advice on all matters of life such as love, courage, marriage, divorce and business transactions,” Stevens said. “All my readings are treated with complete privacy and confidentiality,” she stressed. “I am available for house calls and parties too.”

Clients interact with her for about an hour in her office. She also provides palm, tarot card, crystal and sand readings, which take about 20 minutes. The most popular are psychic and tarot card readings. “A lot of clients are nonbelievers when they come in here,” Stevens said. “When they walk out, the are believers.”

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adjoining building at K Lorraine Salon Spa Boutique hosts yoga classes, essential oil classes, bridal parties, a teen empowerment camp, and much more. Come to celebrate and learn more about living Aveda! Join us on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Open House.” Hillstrom added, “K Lorraine would love to be part of your wedding day. We are the perfect location for wedding day services, with a private bridal area which opens up to our courtyard. By fall of 2019, we will have the boutique open, which will feature handmade creations made by local artisans, as well clothing, jewelery, cards, giftware, and some housewares. All merchandise will be unique, that little something special you’ve been looking for, all at an affordable price.” Asked what customers say about K Lorraine Salon Spa Boutique, Hillstrom said, “The community support and outreach has been outstanding! From the minute they walk in to the moment the leave, guests have commented on how relaxed and comfortable they feel at K Lorraine.

They love the warm, inviting space and feel completely pampered when they leave. We even have guests stop in just to sit, relax, and enjoy a cup of Aveda comforting tea while sitting by the fire. Please come and experience what we are all about!” Please see K Lorraine Salon Spa Boutique’s ad on the inside front cover.

Chiro-Health Chiropractic Care Center Chiro-Health Chiropractic Care Center is celebrating 25 years of serving individuals and families in Sheboygan County with chiropractic care. Dr. Cindy Munson said, “We welcome every member of the family, from babies, children, and sports enthusiasts to grandmas, grandpas, and moms-to-be.”

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and every patient is getting our very best.” She added, “Since 1994, we have made family wellness the focus of our practice. We are kid

friendly, family focused, and mom-approved. Maximizing neurologic function and helping the brain communicate with the body in a more efficient way is the foundation of

Chiro-Health has two doctors—Dr. Cindy Munson and Dr. Londa Jozwowski. “We take a unique team approach with every person who is under our care,” Dr. Munson said. “Our practice members benefit from two heads, two hearts, and two sets of hands. This team approach ensures that each


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chiropractic care. Care plans include thorough case histories, examinations, and full reports outlining care goals and action steps to achieve them. Our mission is to send people out the door better versions of themselves than when they came in. Our entire team is dedicated to helping our members’ overall wellbeing by taking a whole body/person approach. We will give you the tools you need with chiropractic adjustments, nutritional support, sleep, exercise, and work with mind-set.” Dr. Munson added, “We are known as the go-to practice for quality chiropractic wellness care. Our office is the place to go where everyone knows your name. Our team members have 95 years of


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accumulated service at our clinic. We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we’ve lovingly built with our practice members. People genuinely feel cared for in our office. Whether you’re just getting started with chiropractic care after years of poor health or are looking for proactive neurological support to add to your healthy lifestyle, we welcome the opportunity to partner with you in achieving your health goals.”

adventures, and relaxing by reading good books. Dr. Londa and her husband Dale enjoy snowmobiling, golfing, and working in their beautiful gardens. Chiro-Health Chiropractic Care Center is located at 710 Eastern Ave., Plymouth; phone (920) 893-2345; website www.

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Dr. Londa added, “We enjoy teaching our patients healthy habits to last a lifetime.” Dr. Cindy, her husband Darren, and their two daughters, Maggie and Molly, said they enjoy exercising and cooking together, traveling

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 by Dr. Nic Giebler, D.C.

The Benefits of Mindfulness


arlier this year, I wrote a couple of columns on a new interest I decided to investigate—meditation and mindfulness. Because of ongoing and, quite frankly, worsening, issues with anxiety and poor sleep, I found myself looking for ways to “quiet my mind” more. I simply was not very good at being present and taking deep breaths and working through the big and little stressors of this thing called life. I often was thinking about past mistakes or worrying about future issues long before they arrived, leaving me unable to simply enjoy whatever present moment I was in.

Because of that, I faced a pretty big fear of mine. Well, several of them. I forced myself to spend time alone, in a confined space, without sound or other people or other sensory distractions. I went “floating”. I spent several sessions in a “Sensory Deprivation Tank”. The sessions were anywhere from 60 minutes the first time (which was terrifying!) to 90 minutes. The entire idea of the tank is to remove sound, vision, and skin sensations, so that one is left to simply ‘be present’ and focus of one’s thoughts (or lack thereof) and one’s breath. I won’t get in to all the details of that experience (but you can find my article in the February 6, 2019 Tri-County News. Search “Nic Giebler Sensory

Deprivation Tank” on the internet and you should see it.) but I will definitely say that while it was incredibly difficult it was also incredibly rewarding and has had positive impacts on my life, to this day. Interestingly enough, not long after I began those sessions of “Floating”, Dr. Michael Hetzner approached me about a new group he was hoping to start in the area. We had a wonderful discussion about the possibility of him leading Meditation Classes, and I was more than excited to bring them to my office! Personally, I know that for a long time, if someone told me they ‘meditated’, I would scoff at the idea, or brush it off. “Okay,” I’d think to myself, “so you sit on the ground with your eyes closed for a while. Big deal.” It actually is a big deal…and there’s so much more to it than that! “I have been meditating, sometimes irregularly for about 40 years, since I became interested in studying world religions in college,” Dr. Hetzner shared with me. “Within days to weeks one may notice increased calmness and awareness of what is going on in your world. In the longer term, these qualities are more persistent,” he continued.

Some common misconceptions about the practice of meditation is that it’s “selfish “—it increases communication and compassion with other people. Also, many think it’s too complicated, and that only special people can do it. “While meditation is quite simple, it isn’t easy. Anyone can do it with time and energy,” he added. I can attest to Dr. Hetzner’s ideas on it. Many aspects of life are ‘simple’ but not ‘easy’ and being present and calm in one’s mind is one of them! All kinds of people are welcome from teenagers to seniors. The class is designed for beginners, but those with meditation experience would likely benefit as well. “Beginner’s Mind” is something we all need! The classes at Giebler Chiropractic will run on Tuesday evenings beginning in September. There will be other locations and times available as well, and details are still being planned. While September seems to be a long time away…can you believe we are already through July?!

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Additional information can be found on a Facebook page titled, “Mindfulness Group of Kiel/Chilton Area”. If you have any questions about Sensory Deprivation Tanks, or meditation, or how to better handle some of those stressors of every day life, don’t hesitate to call me at 894-2399 and let’s chat! We only get to take care of today…worry of the past is waste and we aren’t guaranteed anything in the future…so “Be Present!”

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Recipes, Recollections & Reminiscings from Marge By Marge Petts Many years ago, the great Kahkawkonty told how the Great Spirit appeared to a wise forefather and showed him how to plant “corn”. The Great Spirit told him to preserve the two ears on the plant until the next Spring, and to plant the kernels. He told him to preserve the whole crop and send two ears to each of the surrounding nations, with the stipulation that they were not to eat any of it until their third crop. The wise Indian did as he was commanded. By this means corn was distributed among all American Indians. Thanks to the American Indian, corn is not only a staple in the Native American’s diet, but also appears on the white man’s table in many forms. August is known as the gourmet’s month for sweet corn.

Microwave Spaghetti Squash Makes 2 servings – about 4 to 6 cups

Note: Spaghetti squash is a vegetable that’s in season in early fall. This squash is a healthy substitute for pasta. 1 spaghetti squash (3 to 4 pounds) 1 teaspoon olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup tomato sauce ¼ cup crumbled feta or shredded parmesan cheese Use a paring knife to carefully score a line lengthwise all the way around the squash, to mark where you will be cutting it in half later. Use a fork or knife to poke several holes in the skin to ventilate. Microwave squash on high 5 minutes. Carefully remove squash from microwave and slice in half with a chef’s knife. Don’t try to cut through the tough stem; rather,


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pull the cut squash halves apart with your hands. Scoop out seeds. Drizzle flesh with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place squash halves face down in a microwave-safe baking dish. Fill dish with about 1- inch of water. Microwave 5 minutes. If you can easily poke a fork through the skin, it’s done. If not, continue to cook in 2-minute intervals until tender. Carefully remove from microwave and place the halves face up on a cutting board or plate. Scrape the flesh with a fork to create thin “noodles”. Serve each half topped with ½ cup tomato sauce and 1/8 cup cheese.

There is an old saying that when the water boils, it’s time to pick the corn. The simple fact is that corn begins to toughen and lose its flavor the instant it leaves the stalk, so the shorter the time between the garden and the table, the better. Hurry the shucking process by chopping off the tops and bottoms of the ears with a sharp knife. A twist of the thumb peels off the remaining husks. To shorten the cooking time, boil enough salted water to cover the corn completely. Drop in the ears, cover lightly and leave the heat on high. When the water boils again, turn off the heat immediately. Let the kettle sit for five minutes and serve. My love of sweet corn began many years ago at the Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. My mother had cousins who lived in Sun Prairie, who we occasionally visited. On one trip they invited us to visit the festival. Of course, the corn prepared at these festivals is always above and beyond in taste from the corn you prepare at home – and my love affair with corn began. Every August you can experience this festival, in this town of about 32,000, which is a suburb of Madison. The festival starts on Thursday, August 15, until Sunday, August 18 this year. It is located at Angell Park, Highway N and Park Street. Corn is served on Saturday and Sunday only, from noon to 7 p.m. Sun Prairie sets aside four days every August to celebrate this golden vegetable. See Meals with Marge weekly in the Tri-County News.

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4 ears of corn ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon fresh parsley - optional

20 gingersnap cookies, crushed into crumbs, about 1 cup ½ cup pecans, finely chopped ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted 2 – (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened ¾ cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat grill to mediumhigh heat. Husk corn; remove silk. Rinse under cold water; shake off excess water. Wrap each ear in foil. Grill 15 to 20 minutes or

until corn is tender, turning occasionally. Remove from grill and unwrap corn. Meanwhile mix butter, parmesan cheese and parsley. Spread butter mixture on corn.

Zucchini Potato Pancakes 2 cups coarsely grated zucchini 2 large eggs, beaten ¼ cup chopped onion ½ cup flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon dried oregano Oil for frying

Put zucchini in strainer after grating and drain out excess moisture. Combine with eggs and onion. Combine dry ingredients, mix and add to zucchini, mix again. Drop into hot skillet with oil and fry until brown on each side. Serve with applesauce or syrup.

Grilled Parsley Potatoes Grilled Parsley Potatoes 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped ¾ teaspoon dried thyme Salt and ground pepper to taste ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 4 to 5 potatoes, thinly sliced

In a Ziplock plastic bag, shake together parsley,

thyme, salt and pepper. In a heavy skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and remove from heat. Cover bottom of skillet with potato slices and dot with butter. Sprinkle on herbs and repeat layers. Cook potatoes over fire until golden and crispy on the bottom, flipping once, about 10-15 minutes on each side. Cut into squares and serve hot.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, pecans and butter until blended. Press into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. In an electric mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, ½ cup of the

sugar and the vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Remove 1 cup of the batter, cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. To the remaining batter, add the rest of the sugar (1/4 cup), the pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until well blended. Remove the reserved batter from the refrigerator and spoon about half onto the crust in dollops. Then, layer the pumpkin batter over the top. Spoon the remaining half of the reserved batter over the top. Using a butter knife, swirl through the batters several times, creating a marble effect. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the pan. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

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roud, fun loving, hard working, professional—those are just a few of the positive adjectives which describe the women in our local communities.

resources and financials. Kari handles the accounts receivable, retail purchasing, and advertising. Kristi is the pricing coordinator, office supervisor, and oversees production and inventory.

From owners and employees of various sized companies to key members of the chamber of commerce, women play a huge role among the community’s businesses.

Vern’s Cheese distributes cheese along with other food service items such as meats, butter, milk, candy, specialty food items, and beverages. The business currently employs 45 people with the third generation of the Knoespel family now active in its operation.

In this continuing series of Verve features focusing on businesswomen in a particular community, meet some of the women who put VERVE into their businesses in the area.



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Vern’s Cheese Inc. Vern and Edith Knoespel started Vern’s Cheese on March 1, 1964, and their daughters Kari Meyers, Kelly Kress, and Kristi Schnell continue to play key roles in the operation of the Chilton business. Kelly is the office manager in charge of human


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“We distribute throughout three-fourths of Wisconsin, as well as parts of Upper Michigan, northern Illinois, and parts of Minnesota and Iowa,” Kari said. “We have a specialty shop located at 312 W. Main St. in Chilton which is open Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There you will find a large selection of Wisconsin cheese, Wisconsin wines and craft beers, Wisconsin souvenirs and gift items, and much more. We also have a website—www.—where you can place an order and have it shipped anywhere throughout the U.S.” Kari said the future for Vern’s Cheese will be to simply continue serving customers with quality products and service. Customers often comment about the friendly customer service at Vern’s Cheese

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Kari Meyers, Kelly Kress and Kristi Schnell along with their large variety and good quality products. Many customers have been buying from Vern’s Cheese for generations. When they are not working for the familyowned company, Kelly enjoys going up north and traveling. Kari is active in the Chilton Chamber of Commerce, is on the Board of Directors of the Chilton United Fund, and is the president of Ebenezer United Church of Christ. She also enjoys going up north to the family cottage and

spending time with family. Kristi enjoys watching her son play in sports activities, watching the Green Bay Packers play in person and on TV, and teaching Sunday school.


diedricH Floors, Etc.

Sara Diedrich started Floors, Etc. LLC in September 2018. “You will recognize the

for floors, showers, and backsplashes.

building as it had been Hilbert Tile, Inc. since 1987,” Diedrich said. “I started working for Bill Hilbert at Hilbert Tile, Inc. in 1992 where flooring for both residential and commercial were sold.” Over the years, the building expanded as had the flooring selections. In early 2018, Diedrich said Hilbert asked her if she would be interested in taking over the residential part of Hilbert Tile, Inc. so that he could stay focused on the commercial tile side. Diedrich said, “After a lot of thought, I decided ‘I can do this.’ So in September 2018 Floors, Etc. became a reality. I deal with residential and small commercial businesses for their flooring needs.” She added, “The favorite part of my job is seeing a

Sara Diedrich client’s expression when they see their ideas come to life. It could be new flooring, a walk-in shower, or a kitchen backsplash.” Floors, Etc. LLC carries all types of flooring including carpeting, luxury vinyl tile and plank, wood, laminate, and a large selection of tile

“I like to make each client’s project unique and tailored to meet their taste and expectations,” Diedrich said. “I will work with you from the early stages of going through the floor plans to making selections to installation. Shopping for flooring, a shower or backsplash is not like shopping for a shirt—if you don’t like it, get rid of it—this is an investment and you want to love it in the years to come as much as you do now.” She concluded by saying, “I am very excited to have a business in Chilton where I was born and raised. Everyone is so supportive.” Floors, Etc. is located at 31 E. Chestnut St.



Health Insurance Solutions & Benefits Kate Suttner, owner and health insurance advisor at Health Insurance Solutions & Benefits in Chilton, has been in the health insurance industry since 2011, a bit before the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented and mandated health insurance for everyone in 2014. “I have been fortunate to work with doctors, government officials, pharmacist, engineers, and scientists by working in pharmaceutical sale positions with Ortho-McNeil/ Johnson & Johnson to research and development

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positions at Abbott Laboratories in Illinois since 1993,” Suttner said. “If you were to ask me 30 years ago if this is where I thought I would be today, I would be fooling you. There is a pathway and journey for all of us, we sometimes navigate to needs versus wants and before you realize it, 30 years pass and you realize this is exactly where I wanted to be. “Helping people of all ages and backgrounds has brought me closer to my purpose here in this world,” Suttner added. “Granted, I have 10 to 15 more working years—this is where I want to end my career. The sense of helping anxious and hopeless people understand what options are out there for either retirees, business owners or someone who just lost their job gives me such satisfaction knowing I am making a difference for someone each and every day.” Suttner said Health Insurance Solutions & Benefits brings a nice advantage to residents of the greater Chilton area. “There are far and few independent agents in the region that focus solely on health insurance with as much knowledge and products as us,” she said. “We truly try to be the experts in this ever changing industry of health insurance whether it is Medicare or Obamacare (Marketplace), all governed by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid. “Government regulation has always been challenging and an ever changing


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to help everyone, even if they are not our client. Maybe they are just trying to understand their group coverage or feel the need to retire and want to know if they can afford health insurance—we try to help everyone.”

Kate Suttner event. Every year we have changes that we must know so we can pass along to our clients to ensure there are no penalties or cancelled policies for late enrollment or have the proper forms/ applications completed for certain deadlines. “For Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage products, there are dozens of plans offered right in our area. Many clients walk in to our office and do not know how their coverage works or what they have, not knowledgeable on who their networks of doctors and hospitals are. Some people do not know there are other products from other companies to choose from, whereas the individual health world has maybe one, two, or three companies offering plans depending on the area you live in. These plans can be extremely affordable or not affordable at all depending if you are eligible for a subsidy.” Suttner added, “People call with COBRA questions and questions with their group insurance. We try

A licensed agent for nine years, Suttner opened the agency in April 2018. She is joined at the agency by Sue Herrmann (please see information on Herrmann in a separate article). Suttner said they are in the process of hiring additional staff as the business grows. “Our goal for the healthcare insurance industry is to empower people to understand their

health insurance products and help navigate them to find the product that fits their health needs, income and personality,” Suttner said. “Often times people do not know what they have and we work with them to understand their coverage. There is no silly question in my opinion. Every question lends an answer and empowers them to utilize their policy to the maximum that is offered. Many policies offer additional benefits that they may not be aware of that can help improve their health.” Suttner explained how she became involved in the industry. “I was approached by Barb Van

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Kate Suttner or Sue Herrmann Independent Registered and Licensed Health Insurance Advisors

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Communities Grinsven, a financial advisor with Thrivent Financial, who helps with retirement planning. She mentioned the need for clients to understand what health insurance options there are after retirement and no longer have group health insurance coverage, but yet are not Medicare eligible. “We now help many financial advisors from Appleton, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Fond du lac to assist in helping their clients transition from the working world to retirement world. It’s very rewarding to see these retirees walk out knowing they have affordable health insurance

options. “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing people and businesses know there are affordable options and solutions for health insurance at any point in time of their life. I focus on the policy and money saved based on the what meets the needs for the client. Many are paying too much and not understanding their coverage. It seems most of our clients leave with an understanding of their products and the process of how we got there. Clients and customers are very kind to us and say they are very appreciative or our knowledge and patience. Some clients truly find cost

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C h i lt o n savings when they know all their options and are very grateful of our service.” Health Insurance Solutions & Benefits offer full-service Medicare, individual, and group medical health insurance options. They are certified agents in Medicare and Marketplace/Affordable Care Act Exchange, and are able to consult and sell products that fit the needs of anyone looking for Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage or Individual polices with or without tax-credit subsidies (Marketplace). Medicare and Marketplace enrollments are taken all year round—just call (920) 418-5483 to set

up an appointment. Health Insurance Solutions & Benefits is located at 52 W. Main St.



Uptown Commons II Uptown Commons II is a new, independent senior living community at 29 W. Main Street in Chilton offering one- and twobedroom apartment homes to those 55 and older. Uptown Commons II is unique in that it offers apartments through the section 42 program, allowing for affordable rent

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on all of its apartments to those who qualify. Uptown Commons II has a property manager on-site at its sister property, Uptown Commons Senior Apartments, and a maintenance technician as well as 24-hour emergency maintenance. Tina Truehart is the property manager for both Uptown Commons I and II. “I have been in the property management industry for over 10 years and have taken a specific interest in affordable housing for the last five years, specializing in filling new buildings,” she said. Truehart added, “We see Uptown Commons II as a thriving community for those 55 and older offering an array of amenities and full social calendar. The location of Uptown Commons II allows for residents to easily access all that downtown Chilton has to offer. “Uptown Commons Senior Apartments has had limited vacancies over the last 10 years because of the fantastic residents who make it such a great community to live at,” Truehart said. “We hope to continue as we fill Uptown Commons II with additional fantastic residents from the Chilton area, as well as those in the surrounding areas.”



Health Insurance Solutions & Benefits Sue Herrmann is an independent and licensed


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Tina Truehart health insurance advisor within Health Insurance Solutions & Benefits located at 52 Main St., Chilton. Sue was approached by Kate Suttner in the fall of 2018 through a referral from a mutal friend, as she was looking for a business partner to support her growing client base. “With a few years of business risk insurance experience, an interest in the industry, and wanting to find a career that helps people, this was the start of great partnership,” Herrmann said. “We educate our clients as it relates to their insurance needs, assist them with the enrollment process, and provide post-enrollment support,” Herrmann said. “We are appointed with most major insurance carriers to support Medicare and the Marketplace/Exchange. In addition we are appointed with Delta Dental and National General for ancillary insurance products including dental, vision, and shortterm medical.” Herrmann added, “There is a great need for education as it relates to each

individual’s health insurance needs which allows for infinite growth opportunities. This is true for both Medicare-aged individuals as well as those who are under 65 and require health coverage outside a group plan. Our focus is solely health care—we are here to educate on the many health insurance options available to our clients and empower our clients to make decisions that support their health, personality, and financials. ”Our customers are so very thankful for our support before, during, and after enrollment. Our clients’ referrals are our sole source of growth today. We are

camping, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, movies, outdoor games including their handmade giant jenga, cribbage, and exploring Wisconsin and surrounding states. “Some of our favorite vacation spots were Niagara Falls and South Dakota,” she said. “We are all about the adventure, memories, and spending time together.”

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Hilde’s Deli & Bakery Hilde’s Deli & Bakery in Chilton was established and opened for business in May 2011. Currently it has three employees but owners Hilde and Dennis Bennin said they are looking to add two additional employees.

Sue Hermann grateful for each and every one of our customers and enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces as we educate them on their options, help them enroll, and provide support all year long. Serving our customers is such a reward.” Herrmann is from Sherwood where she lives with her husband, two children, and two cats. As a family she said they enjoy

“As a deli and bakery, we have multiple products and services which range from fresh deli and bakery products, but Hilde’s is your tri-county destination for mouthwatering fresh bakery, hot and cold deli foods, homemade artisan crust pizzas, luscious desserts, and bakery treats,” Dennis said. “The market is brimming with gourmet pastas, soup mixes, spices, and sauces, along with sumptuous Door County wines, teas, and more.” The couple operates the business together although Hilde manages the business and runs the day to day operation, including food preparation and baking of her famous potato bread. “We started the business


C h i lt o n I’m quite sure her artisan sandwich list will increase.”

together and I was more involved with the buildout or reconstruction of the facility,” Dennis said. He added, “I’m seeing a slow, gradual growth in many aspects of the business specifically with the catering side of the business. Hilde is getting more orders for nescos of broasted chicken or ham or pulled pork. I’ll often see Hilde make various party trays or large orders of her delicious desserts. What is interesting to watch is her customer base grow as well. It must be remembered that when we started in this location it was an empty building without any customer base and Hilde is drawing more and more walk-in customers

Dennis added, “The reviews that come in are all good, but what’s fun to hear from our customers is their reaction to the how good the food is, but also the motif or atmosphere. They feel ‘comfortable and at home’ is a common

response along with everyone here is so friendly and helpful. Many say they never tasted pizza this good or that they have eaten a sandwich like the Sassy Hawaiian before. ‘Excellent food’ is a common review many customers post on our page.” 

Hilde Bennin too. Changing people’s habits—or rather they are remembering Hilde’s Deli & Bakery is in business and a great opportunity for excellent food—takes time. With Hilde’s creative energy

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Uptown Commons II is an independent senior community situated on the river in Downtown Chilton allowing for easy access to all of your shopping, dining & entertainment needs. Each apartment features a washer & dryer, balcony or patio and stainless steel appliances. Additional storage is available. Uptown Commons II features heated, underground parking, professional management, 24 hour emergency maintenance, a fitness center, community room and beautiful river views. Uptown Commons II is a smoke-free community.


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Fall Happenings in the verve area CRAFT FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Aug 21 & 22 Cederburg Wine & Harvest Festival 2019 47th Annual Wine & Harvest Festival in historic downtown Cedarburg! The festival opens Saturday, September 21 from 10 am 6 pm (with the Gruber Law Office Main Stage open later that evening until 8:30 pm playing live music) and Sunday, September 22 from 10 am - 5 pm. Sept 21 - Holy Hill Arts & Crafts Fair 1525 Carmel Rd, Hubertus, WI More than 230 artists & craftsmen present their work in a natural setting on the grounds of Holy Hill. Door prizes are selected from fair exhibitors. Free parking for the public. Admission fee. August 25, 2019. 10:00am-4:00pm. Wade House 59th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Join over 75 of Wisconsin’s best artisans and craftspeople as they display and sell their wares. Rural Arts Roadtrip - Oct 11 & 12 9am-5pm Enjoy a weekend in October traveling the scenic roads of southeastern Wisconsin! Embark on a self-guided road trip to bask in the fall colors on rural roads and scenic small towns. Discover local artists, see artists demonstrations, shop original art, antiques, vintage and reclaimed home decor, locally made foods and skin care products. Along the way enjoy our fine restaurants, businesses and boutiques.


Chilton’s Farmers Market Klinkner Park, 815 Memorial Drive, 11am-4pm, thru Oct 25, 2019 Sept 7 - Crafty Apple 9am-4pm Crafters Circle meets on Wednesdays at 6pm at the Chilton Public Library.


Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm. May 25-October 5, Elkhart Lake Farmers Market Aug 12 - 5-9pm Downtown Night. Take a stagecoach ride and bid on flower pots decorated by local talend during the silent auction.


Kraftacular - Craft Show Sat Aug 24 103:00 in City Park Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) weight loss support group, meets on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 at Ray’s of Hope Center, 410 Fremont Street, Kiel


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Aug 17 - Food Truck Festival II 11am - 5pm at The Blind Horse Winery 6018 Superior Ave. Food trucks from all over the state, live music all weekend. Sept 21 - Harvest Festival at The Blind Horse, 6018 Superior Ave. Behind the scenes of the winery, grape stomping contest, live music.


Aug 5 - Foodie Series, “Tastes of Summer”, 4:30pm at Public Library Through September - Tri-City Nights 4-9pm parking lot across from Honeymoon acres. Music, food trucks, and family fun!


August 16 Cheese Capital Wine Walk - 16 business in downtown Plymouth will turn into “tasting rooms”, where wine walk participants can visit and receive a 1 oz. at each location. In addition to wine, there will be live music, local cheese tastings and more! Tickets must be bought in advance at Chamber office 920-893-0079 Plymouth Arts Center Sept 6, 7-10pm 50’s Sock Hop with II Cool Sept 27, 6-9pm Paint the Towns Reception Oct 6, Joseph Sartori Concert Oct 25, Halloween dance


Aug 20 6-8pm. Free Concert: Generations II Cool (50’s & 60’s hits) Bring

Cleaning Supplies to donate to Safe Harbor Featuring Pic a Deli Grill, Dancing, Plymouth Brewing Company, 50/50 Raffle, FUN RAIN or SHINE Sept 9 5-7 pm. Sensory Sensitivity Night. A fun night out for families of children with special needs! Enjoy reduced numbers of visitors, space and freedom to explore at your own pace, adapted exhibits, a quiet area, fun craft & sensory activities and the opportunity to connect with other families. Snacks provided by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt! Sensory Sensitivity Night is a FREE event held every 2nd Monday of the month. Call 920-458-4263 for more information.


Aug 28, 6-8pm. Join us in beautiful Settler’s Park in Sheboygan Falls along the Sheboygan River for free summer concerts. Oct 17, 5-9pm Ladies Nite Out is “pink” for breast cancer awareness. This night of shopping and pampering is for all the “special” ladies. A $8 registration gets you a tote bag and carnation. Take a chance in the “pink” raffle with proceeds to support the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund. Thanks to your generosity and support, CMS has donated $9,500 to the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund. Stop at Fasse Decorating Center to pick up your bag and “Passport to Pampering.”



Burgers & Bloody Marys

Sobleman’s brings classic Milwaukee to the burbs


hen it comes to burgers and Bloody Mary’s, Sobleman’s North Shore brings Milwaukee’s best closer to the folks in Ozaukee County and beyond.

offers top-notch service food and beverages to all its clients.

Located at 10352 North Port Washington Road, in Mequon, Sobleman’s Pub & Grill North Shore

They met in the food service industry in 1993, when Melanie worked as a waitress for Dave. Six years and

The North Shore location is one of three sites owned by founders Dave and Melanie Sobleman.

two daughter’s later, the Sobelman’s were offered the opportunity to buy into one of Milwaukee’s original Schlitz taverns at 1900 W. St. Paul Avenue, and the Sobleman’s Pub & Grill legend was born. Sobleman’s Pub & Grill has been a Milwaukee staple since 1999. Fall 2019|


featured restaurant | Sobelman’s Pub N Grill From the start Dave and Melanie have aimed to provide customers with the cleanest environment, the friendliest service and the most pleasant atmosphere possible. Their recipe worked so well, you can now find the Sobleman’s Pub & Grill option at five locations, three owned by the original owners, and two others by franchisees. “We are all about quality food, coupled with an inviting atmosphere and a passion for providing customers with the best burger and Bloody Mary experience in town,” Dave said.

Wide range of burger options Sobelman’s Pub & Grill NorthShore offers the standard burger menu options with almost twenty different burgers choices. Burger choices range from the standard to the complex, all featuring fresh Black Angus beef patties on fresh baked country rolls and accompanied by flavorful toppings. The result is a mouth-watering experience that has repeatedly earned the Sobleman’s burgers accolades as Milwaukee’s best. “The Sobleman” is the standard bearer, a hamburger with American, Swiss and Cheddar cheeses, accompanied by bacon, fried onions and diced jalapeños. If one is hungry enough, the choices expand to the “Double Sobleman,” or the “Big Sob.” For hamburger lovers, the Big Sob comes with three premium Black Angus patties and all the other aforementioned accompaniments. The list of titles goes on to include the likes of the Hangover, the Frescho, the Widmer Melt, the Bomb, the Cool Ranch, the Cali, the Cheeseburger, the Loser, the Al Pastor, the Veggie Burger, the Dino, Dave’s Fave. Of course, you can still get the straightforward hamburger or cheeseburger if that’s where your preferences lean. Sobleman’s sandwich menu is rounded out by other choices


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featured restaurant | Sobelman’s Pub N Grill including southwest chicken, chicken cordon bleu, a grilled or fried chicken sandwich, a grilled fish sandwich, a turkey burger or various chicken wraps.

Bloody Marys abound As popular as the Sobleman’s burgers may be, their Bloody Mary concoctions have earned similar fame in Milwaukee and the suburbs. Sobleman’s claims to make the best Bloody Mary anywhere, and their menu speaks to a variety. All Sobleman’s Bloody Mary’s are made with Tito’s vodka, and they range from the simple Bloody Mary to the Masterpiece, which includes every kind of appetizing accompaniment known to Bloody Mary making. Of course, there is always the world famous “Beast” to talk about.

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The “Beast” at Sobelman’s is famous for the entire fried chicken heroically perched on top of a Bloody Mary, seemingly defying gravity. Once customers disassemble the food on top, there’s 80 ounces of Bloody Mary to enjoy. The couple says their original location sells 25 to 30 of the Beasts each week. “The ideas for these Bloody Marys seem ridiculous, but it turns out, nothing is too ridiculous when it comes to Bloody Marys in the Midwest,” Dave says.

Appetizers with Milwaukee flair At Sobleman’s, the appetizer menu also speaks to Milwaukee and Wisconsin traditions. Cheese balls can be found atop the list, again from the simple to the extraordinary. Customers can order their fried cheese balls plain, half naked, wrapped in bacon with jalapeño, or Green and Gold if they wish. Other appetizers include baked pretzels from the Milwaukee Pretzel Company, gouda mac ‘n cheese, wonton wrapped mozzarella sticks, wings/with or without the bones, pickle fries, brat bits, spinach and artichoke dip, chicken strips, bacon cheese cracks or a sausage sampler. The Sobleman’s experience also includes a great Friday night fish fry and a host of microbrews on tap. Miller and Pabst special deals are available on Mondays and Thursdays. “We are unique in that we serve our bloodies and burgers in a very classic Milwaukee-style environment. It’s almost as if our restaurants have become a destination spot, or a landmark of sorts,” Sobleman said. “We are just trying to keep it simple and keep moving forward with the Milwaukee Classic theme.” For more information, check out Sobleman’s on the web, at or call(262) 236-9899. 


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In own backyard FVTC’s regional presence brings college to students The Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Chilton Regional Center supports busy rural students looking to either jump-start their profession or make a career change. Regardless of an individual’s circumstance, all of the college’s regional centers are now designed so students can complete a degree without ever leaving their community. The Chilton Regional Center provides complete academic pathways in Farm Business & Production Management, Emergency Medical Technician, and Nursing Assistant, in addition to a plethora of business offerings. Those range from options in accounting and administrative professional careers, along with opportunities in management. Some of these in-demand careers

aligned to meet the needs of a robust economy can be pursued as early as high school through articulated credits, like the Nursing Assistant program. The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) field is an ideal starting point for people interested in nursing careers. “The coursework is quick, affordable, and gets students into the health care industry with foundational knowledge in caregiving,” said Allan Mitchler, director of the FVTC Chilton Regional Center. “We have great relationships with regional health care employers who value the quality of our graduates. Our innovative nursing lab and focus on developing soft skills create a winning formula to grow talent for an underserved sector.” According to a recent article in Nurse Journal, the impact of CNAs

flies under the radar. These frontline caregivers not only personalize care to patients but also offer comfort to family members. That unique balance requires a steady application of technical and communication skills, setting the stage for a well-rounded caregiver to further develop into a marketable employee. The CNA profession innately gives caregivers a rewarding platform to make a difference while furnishing opportunities to network in various settings. “There is no better time to get into nursing, and the CNA route bridges a bright future for those who believe in changing lives,” Mitchler added. He encourages the community to visit the Chilton Regional Center to tour its Nursing Lab and learn how to customize a pathway for any career right in their own backyard. Fall 2019|


Patchwork Al & Al’s Stein Haus & Tavern - Home of Sheboygan’s Oktoberfest

Al & Al’s Stein Haus under the new ownership of Steve & Faye Bruette, has been a family owned and operated Sheboygan dining destination for over 58 years. We serve breakfast & lunch all day in the tavern. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday in the Stein Haus dining room. Stop in for Sunday brunch from 10am 1:30pm. For 12 years running, the first weekend in October, Al & Al’s is the proud home of the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area! Other Services: Private parties for up to 225 served buffet or family style, after funeral luncheons, Friday night fish fry, Sunday brunch, broaster chicken to go, Sheboygan’s authentic Oktoberfest, monthly specials, and live entertainment every Friday night.

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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 resonate with customers because they


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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, Beekos, and Bogs, New Balance, Red Wing, SAS, Hush Puppies, Aravon, Ros Homerson, Spring Step, and Fly Flot Aetrex, Alegria, P.W. Minor, Drew, Minnetonka, Dunham, Old Friend, Vionic, 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-6pm; Sat 9am-noon.

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Klips & Tips

It’s time for you to be pampered! Klips & Tips is a full service salon that has something

for everyone in the family! We have been a family team going on 8 years, located at 435 E Mill Street in Plymouth. Our staff members include Terri, Brenda, Gail, Kelsey, Kay, Maria and Michelle. Our receptionists, Michelle, Suzanne, Debbie, or Allie would be happy to assist you in scheduling your appointments and will help to make your visit with us memorable.  We have a wide variety of services to make you look and feel amazing such as hair, nails, waxing, tinting, candling, tanning and massage therapy! We use salon quality product lines for each individuals needs. Loma, which is our all natural organic hair care line. Joico, My Amazing, Neuro, and our hair regrowth system Bosley. In our CND nail department, we carry Vinylux for everyday wear and Shellac for long lasting gel wear.  To see a complete list of our services, head over to: klipsntips. com, stop in for a menu, or call us at 920-627-4247. Hours Mon-Thurs 9-7; Fri 9-4; Sat 9-Noon or by appointment. Remember to follow us on Facebook to stay updated on specials!

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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. 4811 Venture Dr (HWY 42), Sheboygan. 920-565-6328.

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Millhome Nursery & Greenhouses

Your beautiful living spaces start here! We carry a wide and unique variety of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and landscape supplies to help you create your beautiful surroundings! Come see our selection of fresh fall plants to perk up your planters & landscape. Watch our website for end of the season clearance prices on plants as well as select retail items. Let our knowledgeable staff assist you with plant selection, design and plant care suggestions that will make your gardening experience a success. Save the dates! Oct 11 & 12 we will once again be a host site for the Rural Arts Roadtrip! We are located in a beautiful country setting surrounded by plantings that will inspire your gardening palette! Enjoy a relaxing stroll through our garden center, take in the fresh country air and let the beauty of our plants overwhelm you! N9469 Rhine Rd (Cty E), Elkhart Lake. 920-894-7877. www. SEE YOU SOON!”

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Plymouth Arts Center

Plymouth Arts Center, located at 520 East Mill Street in historic downtown Plymouth was founded in 1993 as a non-profit community arts organization. We are Western Sheboygan County’s premier arts destination and are well known throughout Wisconsin and beyond for our ongoing fine arts program. Wisconsin artists are showcased in changing exhibits in Gallery 110 North, our stunning, recently renovated gallery; open to the public six days per week and admission is always free.

Bus tours, community, school, and other groups are always welcome to schedule special docent or artist led visits. You’ll also enjoy visiting our gift shop where you’ll find a variety of original paintings, 3-D artwork, books, ceramic mugs, scarves, purses, and so much more all created by our artist members. We also present many popular events that are enjoyed every year, such as the Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts, our signature live music extravaganza featuring 10 jazz and blues bands; Mill Street Live, a high energy song and dance summer musical revue highlighting talented college age performers; Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour, a free admission, three-day selfguided art tour with over 35 artists in 18 different venues. Consider bringing a group of friends and spend the weekend meeting artists working as painters, printmakers, potters, furniture makers; fiber, glass, metal and leather artists, and photographers. Then in fall, artists are invited to Plymouth

for a weeklong paint out, for our Paint the Town, en Plein Air. More than 40 artists will create paintings of the areas beautiful facades, landscapes, and more. The finale includes a celebratory reception, which is open to the public, artists’ awards, and silent auction. Plymouth Arts Center provides opportunities for all ages for participation and enjoyment through our music and theatre program. If you are a performer or artist, we would love to meet you. Art classes are offered year round for adults and children, including special summer art and theatre camps for kids. Additionally, other nonprofits, schools, businesses, and community members frequently choose the Plymouth Arts Center for their special events, such as recitals, concerts, weddings, private parties, and meetings. There really is something for everyone at the PAC. We invite you to visit us today. Parking is available in our parking lot or in northern end of the adjacent lot or alongside our building. Hours Tues-Fri 10am-

4pm; Sat & Sun noon-3pm; or by special arrangement. Find us on the web: www. or on Facebook: PlymouthArtCenter. 920-8928409

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The Laundromat LLC

Open 24/7/365 days a year, The Laundromat in New Holstein has the newest and largest machines in the area. Owner, Mike Hartmann is local to the area, and tends to any issues right away. There is a 75 lb. washer that will wash two three quilts/blankets in one load, along with many other large washers for your convenience. Ten minutes of drying is only 25¢. The Laundromat in New Holstein is located on Hwy 57, is the cleanest laundromat in the area, it’s well lit, safe, airconditioned in the summer & heated in winter. There is a child’s play area. Laundry pickup and delivery is also available. Follow us on Facebook at The Laundromat LC/New Holstein. For questions or issues please feel free to call Mike anytime 920-

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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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Packers Director of Brand & Marketing, will give a keynote presentation on “Branding.” Karmen Lemke, CEO Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, will also give a keynote on “Inspiring and Mentoring the Future Leaders in Your Community.” Additional workshops and breakouts relevant to the audience will also be offered. Registration includes lodging, meals and conference materials with an early bird rate now through August 30th. Link here: Continuing Professional Education is part of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Community Education and Community Engagement.

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your voice | an essay

OLD DOGS  by Darlene Buechel


om T. Hall painted a “real life” picture with his song lyrics to “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine.” Anyone over 50 can probably picture Tom. If you’re under 50, just ask one of the three wise women—Google, Alexa, or Suri. I listened to the gravelly, pure country voice of Tom T. Hall as I grew up in the 1970s. I’d share my problems with Frisky, our old Heinz-57 mutt, and the lyrics to “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine” would come alive. My pitchy 12-year-old voice would chime along with, “Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes; God bless little children while they’re still too young to hate.” If you’re not familiar with the song (or if Suri didn’t enlighten you yet), Tom’s 1972 country song was written about an experience he had in Florida. Tom, along with George Jones and Tammy Wynette, performed in a Miami Beach music festival that year. Tom went back to his hotel after the show. Seemed like everyone else was busy nominating Senator George McGovern at the Democratic National Convention held elsewhere in Miami Beach so Tom bellied up to his hotel bar. The place was

deserted except for a bored bartender and an old man. The old geezer struck up a conversation and Tom was quoted as saying, “The rest of it is in the song.” Tom T. Hall scribbled the lyrics on an airsickness bag as he flew back to Tennessee the next morning. He was due in Nashville for a 10 a.m.

recording session and walked in the door with barf bag in hand. Tom finished the melody at the studio and recorded the song that very day that would become his third number-one country single. Tom T. Hall has been dubbed “the storyteller” for writing and singing common man themes. Most true

Cheeseheads are familiar with, “I Like Beer” (It makes me a jolly good fellow), and “Your Man Loves You Honey” tells a sweet story too. While Frisky was my first beloved old dog, I’ve been blessed with a few more over the years. Our kids were ages 2 and 4 when we moved onto our current farm and inherited Skeetz, Fall 2019|


an O.T.D. (older than dirt) farm dog. Skeetz, a big wise dog with matted yellow fur, spent his time outside and slept in the barn. Skeetz took a shine to all of us from day one, but Ben (age 2) was his person. As Ben grew older and spent more time outside, I didn’t have to watch him every minute because I knew Skeetz was on the job. When Skeetz died in 1993 I wrote a poem about Ben and his beloved dog that still brings tears to my eyes.

Goodbye Skeetz Tiny shoulders shaking. Head bent down in pain. A 6-year-old stands sobbing at a grave down by the lane. Skeetz was old and mangy, but her brown eyes never strayed. She met him at the bus each day to “talk” about first grade. There were no fancy papers, or a trophy to her name. But she listened to his problems, and she didn’t judge or blame. He doesn’t understand it as he nails a cross of wood. He wants to pet her one last time, if only that he could. Tiny shoulders shaking. Head bent down in pain. Tears stain tattered tennis shoes as he shuffles down the lane. These days I think of the song “Old Dogs” when I pet my old blue heeler. Otis, named after the town drunk in the old Andy Griffith show, is a pure-bred cattle


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dog who has never herded cattle. Otis started as an outside farm dog when we got him as a pup over 11 years ago but he quickly latched onto me as his person and I caved and let him become a house dog. Now in his golden years, Otis spends more time napping in his fuzzy, yellow dog bed than running around outside, but he still likes to go for walks and bark at birds and cats. In late December 2017 we welcomed Corby, a corgi pup, to our household. I’d always admired corgis for their short, stocky legs and big ears and thought if they’re good enough for the queen that’s good enough for me. I figured Otis would take Corby under his paw and show him the ropes of life in the Buechel household. “They’ll be best buds,” I told myself. Too bad I was wrong! Otis gave me the stink eye the entire first week we got our new pup. We’d had a few months to prepare for our tri-colored cutie so I had plenty of time to stock up on pup food, chew toys, and pee pads. I should have also stockpiled sleep while I could. You know how it takes a baby three to six months (or more) before they sleep through the night? Same thing with a puppy, but at least a baby can have his diaper changed in his cozy bedroom at 3 a.m. Personally, I was not a fan of taking Corby outside at 3 a.m. in the middle of a horrible Wisconsin cold snap. Otis usually ventured out too, but he’d give me “that look” as if to say “You brought this on yourself, fool.”

Otis spent the first couple of months alternating between ignoring the new pesky pup and growling at him, but now that Corby is a potty trained 1-yearold the dogs get along OK. While I was the one intent on adopting a Corgi, my husband is the one Corby claimed as his person. I joke that Corby is such a daddy’s baby, but I am still Best Person to old Otis. Since Otis is almost 12 I know his doggie years are numbered and I sometimes feel bad about bringing a pup into his life. Still, I think his new hobbies of growling and chasing Corby help keep Otis active. I know the day will come when Otis dies naturally or we have to put him down but I try not to think of that. I’ve shared

my ups and downs with my sweet blue heeler for more than a decade and he’s been an excellent listener and friend. Cartoonist Charles Schultz was right in saying “Happiness is a warm puppy,” but an old dog warms the heart in an extra special way. Photographer and writer Roger Caras said it best when he explained, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Speaking of wise words, Tom T. Hall penned a lot of them when he wrote that infamous song on that airplane barf bag. “Ain’t but three things in this world that’s worth a solitary dime. But old dogs and children and watermelon wine.” 

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