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Fall edition returns to focus on women’s Welcome to our second annual YOU Magazine Health edition which includes a variety of articles dealing with the different facets of health. Owning a pet can contribute to the overall health of an individual. Did you know four in 10 U.S. households own at least one dog, whereas three in 10 own at least one cat? Choosing a pet can be difficult. A treasure trove of dog-related tips came from Marshfield Police Department Ordinance Officer Dan Leonard, who owns two German Shepherds. Since people often see Leonard in the community


either with his dogs or responding to reports of stray animals, he’s often asked to explain the traits of a dog that will be good with children or for a family. “I tell people about the puppy aptitude test. It’s in the ‘Monks of New Skete’ book about dogs,” Leonard said. Some of the tips are included in this edition of YOU Magazine in an article where Leonard explains how to prevent dog bites. What do you know about chemicals and cancer? You might be surprised when you read this month’s Top 10 simple ways to reduce exposure to potential cancer-causing chemicals.

Women are 20 times more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia. Learn how two area women cope with the illness. Their stories are surprising and inspiring. There’s a growing set of women called Moms in the Middle — those who are parenting their children while also caring for their parents.Well-known Marshfield columnist Carolee Ruhnke writes a gently humorous piece about finding herself torn between the needs of her children and her mother. There’s also a growing set of women who wait until later in life to marry so

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People get badges for all sorts of things — a police badge is a symbol of authority; a purple heart is a symbol of courage; and an ID badge is a symbol of who you are. Well, there is another badge — the Badge of Motherhood. It often is overlooked or taken for granted by onlookers, but not because of its unimportance. Most would argue that this is the most important badge of them all. This badge is the symbol of taking on the greatest task there is: raising a child. While we don’t get an official badge to wear, others can tell when we have that badge on. The badge comes in all fashions, and mothers wear it proudly. Here is a condensed listing of the Mommy Badge you might see (or wear). 1) Spit up. While sitting in a meeting you happen to glance over at your shoulder. Yep, it is full of dried spit up — nice. Oh well, what are you gonna do? 2) Poo. Now this one we might not be as proud to wear, and it certainly does

not stay on long (if we can help it). When sitting so nice and still, zoning out a little as my son finished his bottle, all of sudden there was a noise and then my lap was warm. How does such a little guy have such a big poop?! And here is another new skill to learn: get baby to the changing table to get his clothes changed and yours (who do you change first?) without dripping any of the poo on your carpet. 3) Pee. This one comes with very little warning (especially from the baby boys). Mothers must learn cues leading up to the spray or get really quick with the new diaper. My son always gets a little sparkle in his eyes and half a smirk before letting loose. 4) Drool. What could be sweeter than having a sweet, little baby fall asleep on your shoulder, even if he does leave behind a puddle. 5) No makeup. Face it, no one is really looking at us these days anyhow. The cute, chubby cheeks of Junior grab all of the attention and may-

be people notice the person holding him. 6) Makeup — but half done or somewhat smeared. Again, what are you gonna do? It is an accomplishment just getting any makeup on for the day. 7) Mismatched outfit. Funny how we spend more time worrying about what the drool machine will wear each day than ourselves. They inevitably will spit up on the outfit, needing to change, and it seems that always happens the second you finish snapping the snaps of the clean shirt. Again, it is just an accomplishment to get your own clothes on for the day (instead of your pajamas) and maybe you had a chance to shower.

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8) Zipper down. How do we even find time to go to the bathroom? I have gotten in the habit of asking my husband how I look each morning before leaving the house (because it is usually a mad dash out — making sure I have the diaper bag, the baby, my work bag, maybe a lunch for the day, oh, and my purse with continued on page 8 7

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cell phone). He gives me the once over and always graciously says I look great. Well, on this particular day I did look great, but I didn’t intend for others to see that I was able to match my underwear to the rest of my outfit. 9) Boogers. Now in the early stages of Junior’s life, this is a welcomed badge. We try so hard to get that stubborn booger out with the little booger picker (a.k.a. aspirator) and it just won’t budge

(that is if he lets you even get it in his nose). So when you notice it has come out, you celebrate, even though it happens to be on your cheek. 10) Milk. OK, I saved the most embarrassing for last. For all of you breastfeeding moms out there, you know what I am talking about. This was the biggest surprise to me as a new mom. How does that just happen? It is one of the most interesting

and sometimes frustrating mysteries of a new mommy. If you found yourself in one of these items (or most likely you have had all of them at one time) then you officially have been awarded the Mommy Badge. Wear it proudly. If you see someone with any of these (and yes, men can wear the Mommy Badge, too) please don’t stare. But instead offer a sym-

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Schwantes began her makeover day with a session at Contours Body Sculpting LLC., City Hall Plaza, 630 S. Central Ave., Suite 110, Marshfield. There she had a facial and a Cellular ElectroAesthetics Biogenie Body Treatment. “I could tell a difference after the treatment,” Schwantes said. The treatment delivers detoxifying microcurrent directly to cellular fluids and fats cells. Fats are emulsified,

pumped out and magnetically driven to the lymphatic system where it is filtered and permanently eliminated through natural means, said Jennifer Dragt, who owns Contours. Body sculpting is not a permanent solution and needs to be maintained with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, Dragt said. The favorite for Schwantes was her facial at Contours. “It felt so good,” she said.

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Next a full spa pedicure was waiting for Schwantes at Forget Me Not Nails, which shares the location with Contours. “First Amy soaked in my whirlpool spa pedicure chair in a lemon-drop soak,” said Robin Rode, who owns Forget Me Not Nails. “Her toenails were trimmed and shaped and her cuticles pushed back. Her foot was then rubbed and exfoliated with a lemon foot-scrub. All

her calluses were removed as well. Then Amy was given a massage using a lemondrop foot lotion. “All pedicures include a paraffin wax. This is a small bath of warm wax. The foot is submerged in it, it in turn opens up all the pores in the feet and delivers a deep moisturizer,” Rode said. “Last, Amy’s nails were then polished with her favorite color.” continued on page 12

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At Studio 211, Amy’s hair length was shortened and highlighted. “I started by color filling her previously lightened hair to insure even coverage,” said Mercer, a 211 stylist, 211 W. Second St., Marshfield. “I color blocked, which is scattering golden blond highlights through the interior.” A color glaze was the next step which gives the highlighted area the same tone as the base color to gradually lighten the hair.

This process also allows for a greater length of time between re-application of the highlights, said Mercer. Her hair was cut to give it more movement and a versatile length. “By using a cream or gel there are different looks, like using a curl enhancing cream for soft natural body or a gel to define her curls,” said Mercer. “I love it. I can put a part in it wherever I want. There’s a lot of ways to style it, too,” Schwantes said.

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A family trait, black circles under Schwantes eyes, was easily addressed at Merle Norman Cosmetics, 249 S. Central Ave. “They were able to pretty much make them disappear,” she said. A Bare Minerals product, Well Rested, was brushed on top of a concealer which Schwantes said she will continue to use. “I always struggle with lip color for myself. They picked out a very nice color that looks good on me, Maple Sugar. It’s a pinkish brown and goes well with my skin tone. I like what they did. Since I don’t have a lot of time to myself in the morning to get ready, it’s good to have some idea of what to do that is easy and quick,” Schwantes said. Prior to applying any makeup, her skin was cleaned with

a Luxiva cleanser for normal to oil skin, said Jayne Wenzel, make-up artist. “It features moisturizing botanicals that help minimize shine. After cleansing I used a Luxiva toner containing a complex of alpha hydroxy fruit acids to gently exfoliate, which improves skin tone and clarity. Then I used Luxiva wrinkle smoother moisturizer. “For foundation I used Luxiva Lasting Foundation which is lightweight and has an SPF 12 and stays put for over seven hours. Over this I applied Luxiva Ultra Powder, which is an oil absorbing pressed powder for oil skin. On her eyes I used Dreamy Pink Glimmer Bars eye shadow with Pacific Blue eye pencil. I finished the eyes with Lash Lift waterproof mascara,” said Wenzel.


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Since 1999, Therapies Plus has been providing care and support for children with special challenges, like Ella Mathews of Wisconsin Rapids. Ella, 3, was born with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. She works with physical and occupational therapists at Therapies Plus a few times a week. “She’s been going to outpatient services since January of last year, but received in home services before that,” said Ella’s mom, Steph Mathews, Wisconsin Rapids. “The occupational therapy has been huge in helping her gain function in her hands,” Mathews said. “In physical therapy, they work on stretching her legs and range of motion.” It’s all part of Therapies Plus services at any of its pediatric clinics. Though it started in the basement of co-owner Kristy Apuakehau’s home, the business now has clinics in Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Wausau and Stevens Point. 14

Kristy Apuakehau had experience in rehabilitation, but when she moved to central Wisconsin from Hawaii with her husband, she found no services outside of the school system for children. “So we formed a company and that’s how we got started,” Apuakehau said.“The first nine months we functioned out of the basement of my house.” Within a year, the first pediatric clinic was up and running. Four years ago, the Marshfield center opened. “And just last month (June), we developed Stevens Point,” she said. Clients range in age from 2 months up to 21 years old. Children who have cerebral palsy, spina bifida, in-utero strokes, visual impairments, and Down syndrome all can receive services. Traeh Paulin’s mom, Rhon-

da Paulin-Sanders, said her daughter, who has Down syndrome, responds favorably to the away from home therapy. “I felt that maybe she would progress better getting services there than having them come to my home where she knew that if mom was right there and she cried, therapy was done,” Paulin-Sanders, Wisconsin Rapids said. “I was right.” In addition to physical and

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occupational therapy, Traeh gets speech therapy. “I love taking her to Therapies Plus because the whole staff is awesome and they have so many different learning toys and things to do for your child — nothing like you would have at home.” Mathews said Ella has developed more independence since she has been in therapy at the clinic. Some children come in with undiagnosed overall delay

your health and development, Apuakehau said. “We also see kids with challenges in behavioral and cognitive issues in the autism spectrum,” she said. Including the Birth to 3 program, as many as 500 children throughout central Wisconsin have received services. “They’re always happy and excited to come to our facility,” Apuakehau said. “It’s truly their place.” Mathews said Ella has developed more independence since she has been in therapy at the clinic. Including the ABC Children’s Enrichment, the child care center owned by the business, support staff and therapists, there are almost 50 staff members. Mathews also appreciates the respect she gets from the staff. “I like that they listen to me as a parent, and take into consideration my thought and feelings as a parent,” she said. Both mothers are very ap-

preciative of the care and success their daughters have received. “Therapies Plus has done wonders for Traeh,” PaulinSanders said. “She loves to go there; she has progressed tremendously since she started going for outpatient services and has made many great strides even with her many disabilities.” It’s a team effort, Apuakehau said. “I never dreamed someone would say you have four outpatient clinics, in four different cities,” Apuakehau said. “It’s amazing we have such a great staff. “Each one of them and they give these kids every day ... that makes Therapies Plus what it is.” For Mathews, it’s the only choice for Ella. “I don’t go there because it’s the only place in town,” she said. “I go there because I believe they are doing the absolute best for her.”


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By YOU Magazine Staff Both Jacob Thompson of Marshfield and Jinco, a male German shepherd, are 5 years old. When the two stand sideby-side, Jacob’s head rises just a couple of inches above Jinco’s. While the boy and dog are buddies, their mutual devotion is a relationship that was built with practice and time, says Jinco’s owner, Dan Leonard, a Marshfield Police Department ordinance officer. Since the majority of dog bites happen to young children, Leonard said, he teaches a dog behavior awareness program at community elementary schools and for any organization that requests it by calling the police department. “Nationally, 55 percent of those bitten by dogs will be second-graders or younger,” he said, adding that it’s generally because children that age have no fear. “They don’t know the difference between what a dog looks like when it wants to play and when it’s fearful,” 16


Leonard said. A dog’s instinct is to protect itself, which often is to bite, when it feels threatened or scared. Leonard is the city police officer most likely to respond to a complaint about an aggressive dog. He says a dog’s behavior usually is because of a lack of training or the action of a human. “Dogs are masters of body language. That’s how they communicate. Before you go up and pet a dog, you should always ask permission first. Then when you approach the dog, you should put your hand out first and let it smell you,” Leonard said. Using his two German shepherds, Leonard teaches children how to safely interact with dogs. With Jacob as his model in the backyard of his home, Leonard asked Jacob to demonstrate how to approach a dog. From a short distance away, Jacob asked, “Can I pet your dogs?” “See how Jacob is about

five giant steps away from us when he asks? That’s a good guide for how far away you should stay away from dogs you don’t know,” Leonard said. Then Jacob slowly approached the dogs with his hand out and allowed the dogs to smell him. “I really like dogs,” Jacob said as their sniffing progressed up his arm. Jacob let his hand slide so that he was gently rubbing under Jinco’s chin. As Jinco’s tail wagged, Jacob’s hand shifted to slowly petting his head. “That’s how you pet a dog’s head. You should never pat

the dog’s head. They don’t like that,” Leonard said. Dogs also don’t like to be interrupted when they are eating, Jacob said. All dogs need training and all people should train their dogs, Leonard said. “Dogs need daily exercise, too,” he said, which is also a way to reinforce their training.


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By Anthony Wolf For YOU Magazine The world of dating today is all new to me and filled with all sorts of new rules. In fact, the No. 1 rule is that there seems to be no rules. The days of a polite young man asking a father for permission to see his daughter are gone. The supervised visits of a young couple required to stay in view of the parents have been replaced by the

cell phone leash. In some ways, the new social networking done on the Internet has allowed some parents to keep up with their children on a whole new level. Parents now can view the websites of their dating teen and all their friends. The over-abundance of dating sites also have allowed single adults to find

like-minded individuals to date as well. People are finding people to spend time with both far and near. We no longer are limited to those we might see at work, in the store, at church or in the bar. In fact, the crowded “bar-scene” might be the last place to go with a person you are taking on a date. A great location is a place that allows you to talk

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and visit. Being attentive to your date is what makes the top of my list. That also means holding the doors open for each other and being on time. My best practical rule is to leave the cell phone in the car or shut it off. No exceptions. If you can’t go the length of a date without calling, texting or checking your e-mails, then


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you are not ready to date. Or, you should be out on a date with the person who is constantly texting you. Pay attention to your date, and be a good listener. Often a “good sense of humor” rates near the top of what people are looking for in another person. We all want to have an enjoyable time with the people we choose to spend time with in our lives. I figure only a

person who can carry on a conversation can show their sense of humor, unless you are on a date with a stand-up comedian. Finally, when it comes to dating: Be your honest self. If you try to put on a false front, you will lose the other person. Know and love yourself, and look for someone who will provide the dignity and respect you deserve.


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Trends for the fashion season By Carol Knauf of Rae Baxter’s Fashion Shop For YOU Magazine “What’s new in fall fash- look stylish when the seaions?” is the question on ev- son comes. Fashion trends ery fashionista’s mind. The change every season in order fall season is a favorite for to bring out something new many women — rich fab- and innovative to the fashion rics, interesting textures and industry. You will see incredcolorful accessories. The ible collections this season cooler weather means lay- that feature deep rich colors, ering, means extra clothes, interesting textured fabrics and means extra detail that and chunky chic jewelry. allows you to work into your This fall season, animal wardrobe. With the new sea- prints have made a huge son comes new looks and, for comeback, dominating the those that aren’t new, new designer fashion collections. takes on established fashion The fall 2010 animal print trends. trends look stunning and It’s time to clean out your stand out due to the variety closet before shopping of animal prints and colors for fall. So take out what available. Zebra, leopard, doesn’t fit, is worn lookand snakeskin are ing, or you haven’t the leading aniworn this past year mal prints for this and give it to your fall season. favorite local charCardigans lead ity. This will help the sweater fashyou figure out ion trend. Wear what items you cardigans that will need for the pop with bold cooler weather. colors, stunning Knowing what is stripes or flirty fashionable this 2010 prints. Structured fall season can help you to cardigans can be worn over 20

a tank, T-shirt or blouse. Look for cardigans with design details including scalloped edges, belts, embellished beading or embroidered patterns. Cardigans can be long, short or cropped and worn with a skirt, dress, trousers or jeans. Accessorize with chunky jewelry or a smashing scarf. One piece of jewelry is all it takes to spice up an outfit and complete a look. Look for colored jewelry, long necklaces and statement pieces such as something funky or chic. The key to wearing jewelry and accessorizing an outfit is originality. Scarves will lead the way in accessorizing this fall season. Scarves come in a variety of colors, textures, patterns, sizes and with creative beading or embroidery. They provide a simple way to add a layer to any style. A scarf can be worn loosely around the neck, se-

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cured in a loop or intricately tied for a more creative look. Pashminas, shawls and caplets are also a unique way to play up a particular style or to create an individual fashion statement. Tweed, fleece, textured jackets create stunning looks with unique details such as buttons and embroidery. The benefit of a stylish jacket is not only warmth but a long-term fashion item to be worn for many seasons. Denim is always in fashion and the versatility is what makes it so incredibly popular. Denim jeans come in many colors and can be worn in a casual style or dressed up for a night out or any style in between. The change of the seasons welcomes change to your wardrobe. Along with cool air and crisp weather comes a shift in one’s wardrobe. Now’s the time to begin your shopping for fall.


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The Marshfield Youth Hockey Association is offering free on-the-ice instruction for children ages 4 to12. It begins with basic skating and continues with introduction of hockey equipment. All necessary equipment is provided with exception of skates. Skaters should arrive 45 to 60 minutes early for equipment fitting the first night. Skaters should wear winter gloves. Skate rental is avail-

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able at Nelson’s Shoe and Shoe Repair, 912 S. Central Ave., Marshfield, 715-3849657. Cost is $3 per day. For more information, call Eric Gruen at 715-389-2391. Advance registration by phone is required. Fundamental Hockey Skills Programs (First Year Skaters/ Beginners) These programs start Oct. 25 and follow Learn to Skate. Participants are encouraged,

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and also was called upon in the private husband seating to answer a question about me,” she said. Growing up in a household with three brothers, Hasenbank was a tomboy intrigued by the pageants she saw on television. “I grew up with three boys,” she said. “And was kind of a tomboy myself, but as I got

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By Ashley A. Smith For YOU Magazine Patty Hasenbank of Marshfield had so much fun at her first competition for the Mrs. Wisconsin-America title, that she’s preparing for another crack at the title in March. The event features women from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The televised pageant also includes competitions for the Mrs. Minnesota-America and Mrs. Iowa-

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the evening gown section judges how a contestant carries herself. Those that make it to the final five contestants answer questions from judges. In the 2010 pageant, Hasenbank was first runner-up. Hasenbank said she thrives on the interview section. “I’m going as Mrs. Marshfield,” Hasenbank said. “I’m there to represent Marshfield. Being that I’m a Realtor, I know a lot about Marshfield. It comes easy to me.” Todd Hasenbank said he

encouraged his wife to pursue the competition and has always been confident that she will win the title. “This had always been a dream of hers,” said Todd Hasenbank. “I’m open to her doing more pageants. I’m going along with for however long she wants to.”


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at Golden LivingCenter is wonderful. They are friendly and they get to know the residents by name. “I’ve never had issues here. Everyone treats residents with respect,” Gail said. Sometimes,Alzheimer’s can be tracked back generations and to other family members who have been stricken with the disease. But this is not the case with Viola. There aren’t any other family members who’ve had Alzheimer’s, said Gail, who has worked in the medical profession for many

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From the moment you walk through the doors, there is an upbeat atmosphere that draws you in. The music, giggles, laughter and fun atmosphere beckons you to come in to join the fun. It’s motivating all by itself, or is it? Can exercise be that fun? Kathy Forrest, owner of Curves in Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids, believes it can be and has a remarkable track record to prove it. “I have always loved exercise, fitness and health,” Kathy said. “And I really got into it when my friend Jodi Larson invited me to check out Curves back in 1999. I enjoyed it so much, I had to


check into the operations.” After investigating, researching and attending a training session, Kathy was completely hooked and opened her first Curves in Medford. “The response was incredible. We had 100 appointments in three days,” Kathy said. During the next couple of years, Kathy’s ambition was on fire, and she opened a total of seven Curves facilities throughout Wisconsin — in Medford, Merrill, Wisconsin Rapids, Chippewa Falls, Antigo and two in Oshkosh. In 2001, the Marshfield facility became available

for purchase. Kathy and Jodi jumped at the opportunity,delighted to finally have something close to home. Kathy and Jodi turned the 80 membership business into a thriving 500 membership success. In 2002, Kathy began downsizing and currently owns only two locations, Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield. “I just love being here, working with the members, sitting down and helping them reach their goals,” Kathy said. “I am so lucky to have the caring and compassionate staff and that makes such a difference. We care about our members. They are like family.” Kathy has two daughters, 12 and 14, and enjoys the extra time to spend with them. “We enjoy camping and

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boating. I have also been trying to inspire my oldest to come in and exercise, and she is beginning to really enjoy exercise,” Kathy said. One of the unique aspects Kathy inspires in her business is the compassion and care for each individual customer. “I want a place where women can build their self-esteem and create a comfortable environment where they can strive for their personal goals,” Kathy said. “We have just implemented a new addition to Curves, the ‘Smart Program’, which allows each

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member to be coached to their individual abilities on each piece of equipment. This is a great way for the ladies to work to reach their own strength and goals. “When clients are on a piece of equipment, the monitor cues them whether or not they are reaching their goals or if they need to work harder. It’s like having their own personal coach pushing them along on each station of equipment. They can see their calories burned at the end of their workout and also see where they could have worked harder on each piece. It is truly a ‘smart’ workout! I am so excited for this new program.” In addition to dedicating her time to creating a successful program and helping so many women, Kathy also believes that it is important to give back to the community. “We are always organizing various fund drives for charities around our community.

Our members are very giving and caring. We are currently working on a ‘Back to School’ drive, but we have also organized donations for the Hannah Center, Mary’s Place, which is a homeless refuge, and we are looking at various possibilities to helping Shirley’s House of Hope, a new domestic violence shelter in Marshfield.” Living off of positive energy is important to Kathy. Giving back to the community is one way she achieves this, but she also had influence from her mother, who taught her to always find the positive in every situation. “It’s just something I have always done, even during the worst situations. I just take a breath and say it’s gonna be OK. I honestly believe things happen for a reason, and it has been my experience that there is usually a more positive result following the momentary ‘catastrophe,’” she said. continued on page 30

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Kathy is always trying to reinforce how important it is to reduce stress in life and increase energy to create positive energy. Exercise, fitness and health are all so important, especially to women.


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does reduce stress. It’s what makes Curves so unique is that we concentrate on women’s needs.” In March 2010, Kathy bought out her partner Jodi and has been operating

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By Anthony Wolf For YOU Magazine Looking for a little vacation? I have had the opportunity to visit a number of exotic places during the years, and have discovered that I don’t always need to go that far to get a sense of escape from the same old things. One place that allows a person to find a little piece of paradise is Anchor Bay Bar and Grill. The location is on the Wisconsin River at Lake Biron. Looking on a map, you will see it right in the middle between Stevens Point/Plover and Wisconsin Rapids. Your mind will quickly escape to your favorite place and memories of vacation.

Anchor Bay is a life-long dream of the Dennis and Doris Moon family. In 2007, this dream became reality. Dennis grew up and lived and worked on the same location where Anchor Bay sits today. In fact, the large stone fireplace is from the family house, which was removed to build the new place. In the days of making the best use of our natural resources, Dennis and Doris used the trees that were cleared to create much of the interior decor. With the view overlooking the Wisconsin River at the wide part known as Lake Biron, one can see why Den-

nis has spent his life here. Anchor Bay Bar and Grill The view is now 3460 North Biron Drive available to anyWisconsin Rapids one visiting AnFor reservations, call 715-423-0010 chor Bay. Large For more information, log on to windows in the dining area as well as at the more. There are 80 types of bar allow everyone a view. A beer available. large outdoor patio and sand Nightly specials: filled area allow visitors more MONDAY: Closed options. The outdoor area is TUESDAY: Prime Rib French also the stage for live music. Dip, Moroccan Stir Fry, AdmiMenu ral Steak and Broasted ChickThe Anchor Bay Bar and en. Grill serves many foods inWEDNESDAY:Bluegill,Perch, cluding sandwiches, wraps, Smelt or Jumbo Shrimp. salads, burgers, homemade THURSDAY: Bacon Wrapped pizzas, soups and much Tenderloin Fillet with Three Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled Tuna Steak with Pineapple Salsa. FRIDAY: Deep Fried Haddock, Baked Haddock, Baked Au Gratin, Jumbo Deep Fried Shrimp. SATURDAY: Ribeye, Prime Rib, Jumbo Deep Fried Shrimp, Smothered Chicken. SUNDAY: Live Bands. Special menus are available for parties. Open daily at 11 a.m. Kitchen hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Bar hours 11 a.m. to close. Closed Mondays from Labor Day to Memorial Day.


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By Eleanore Sullivan For YOU Magazine Pain is something that everyone tries to avoid. From drugs to prayer, pain is resisted in many ways. But what if the pain never went away? Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition not completely understood. It affects the ligaments and tendons throughout the body, as

well as causing fatigue and intense mental stress, and about 5.8 million Americans suffer from it. Jane Hafenbredl of Marshfield is afflicted by fibromyalgia. “I was very young when I began to notice my condition. Physical labor was always hard, and others could do more then I could,” she

said. Despite the countless physicians she saw, Hafenbredl’s pain was undiagnosed for decades.“That alone is stressful,” Jane said. “Doctors at the time did not know what to do. So I stopped going until my daily functioning was greatly impaired due to the pain.”

The disease slowly took control of Jane’s life. The pain was so great that it limited her physical activity to the point were she practically had to force herself to do daily necessities. Weight gain was inevitable, and that, too, worsened her health. “The pain took over, and it was difficult to make the

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became livable again.“It turned my entire life around. Now I work out every day I can and always try to stay active,” she said. Also, Jane decided that to continue her fight against Fibromyalgia, having weight-loss surgery was her next step. It was one of the wisest choices she has made, she said.

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By Chelsey Gruetzmacher For YOU Magazine For almost 10 years, Harvey Hill has been tattooing Marshfield residents at his business, Ace Tattoo, on Central Avenue. Harvey’s staff maintains a loyal following in central Wisconsin, with women making up nearly 60 percent of all tattoos and 98 percent of body piercings. Morgan Burke, of Marshfield, has been a tattoo artist for three years at Ace Tattoo

and regularly tattoos women.“I like to do color portraits, anything with photo realism. Not things like tribal tattoos or black and white ones,” Morgan says. Colored tattoos are the new big trend with women customers. According in Harvey, Morgan is one of the top true tattoo artists in this part of the state, and no one does colored tattoos better.

“Color is big. Right now, a lot of women are requesting roses, smaller stars and sharp lines. They keep having more and more fantastic ideas, and even if they think they want just one, after the first tattoo, ideas just start coming and they need another,” Harvey says. But Harvey’s favorite tattoos are the ones that mothers get of their children

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Minomthe middle By Carolee Ruhnke For YOU Magazine I was asked to write a column on being a woman in the middle. In the middle of what? A couple of connotations came to mind, but I was sure that wasn’t what was wanted. What was meant was a column on being a daughter trying to take longdistance care of the medical needs of an aging parent and at the same time sharing the concerns of a first-time pregnant daughter. What does that make me? A tweeny? There must be a word for people in this circumstance. My mother at 91 does not accept that she is aging. She doesn’t look her age, she is still in her own home and still insists on hanging her laundry outside. I guess dryers are for sissies. She has strong opinions, which she is more than willing to share. She insists on doing things her way and is fiercely independent. That independence has temporarily slipped several times in the past 10 years. A few illnesses and a couple of falls have had her either re38

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experience for her. At this stage it is also an uncomfortable one. When asked what the baby would be named, Cathy refused to tell me. There had to be some surprises. What? This from the daughter who had to search out hidden Christmas gifts and find her sisters’ Easter baskets first. I am not sure how to take care of her except to fall back on my own experience as a new mother. The best I can do is help with household chores so she can bond with her son. I can keep my mouth shut and give advice by example. I can teach the importance of a crooned lullaby. It relaxes both mother and child. I wish I could split into two of me. One could leave home with peace of mind. The other could stay in case her mother again needed help. But that is impossible. Other family members have been asked to take care of mom’s needs. This time I will take care of my daughter and enjoy the role of grandmother to an infant boy. Carolee Ruhnke is a freelance columnist for the Marshfield News-Herald.

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she has always dreaded. She lasted one night, calling early in the morning to get her “the H- - -” out of there. I have never known my mother to curse. She suggested I tell the administrators that I was taking her out for breakfast and then we just wouldn’t go back. That didn’t seem like a reasonable option. There were other avenues I could pursue and eventually got her “sprung” before lunch. We immediately got her out of town and up to Marshfield. Then there is my daughter. The youngest who has the same ferocious independence as her grandmother. It must have skipped a generation. Anyway, Cathy and Erik have wished to be a family for a long time, so this baby will truly be a blessing. They have asked me to be with them before the baby’s birth and to stay several weeks. Of course I am excited. It is nice to be needed by a child who could always “do it ‘mineself.’” The same daughter who once knew more than I is asking for advice. Maybe that is a request for moral support. She has called with weekly updates on the pregnancy’s progress. It is a new

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Getting back into the school routine can be challenging for any student after a summer off. It can be even more grueling for a student with attention deficit disorder, but there are some tips to make the transition from summer to school a little smoother. One of the first things to do is to let teachers know of the child’s ADD, said Trudy DeSimons, director of pupil services for the Wisconisn



Rapids Public Schools. That helps open the door to communication, she said. “Be your child’s advocate,” DeSimons said. Students with ADD often can be sensitive to the disorder, so it’s a good idea to discuss strategies with your child’s teacher to help foster success in the classroom without making them feel like they are being singled out.


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Here are 10 tips that can help all children, especially those with ADD and ADHD, keep on track. • Create a schedule. Try to follow the same routine every day. • Hang a copy of the schedule to provide visual reinforcement. Post the schedule in a prominent place so your child can see where he or she is expected to be during the day and when it’s time for homework, play, and chores. • Try to keep tasks simple. Try not to have too many things on the schedule for your child to remember. This way he or she has a better chance of completing each task–this can provide a sense of accomplishment. • Help your child get organized. Work with your child to create a “home” for his or her backpack, toys, and clothing so these items will be less likely to get lost. • Always try to use brief and clear directions. For example, when reminding your child to pick up his or her clothes, consider saying,“You need to pick up your clothes and put them away” instead of “It would be nice if you picked up your clothes.” • Limit distractions. It helps to have the TV, radio, and computer games off when your child is performing tasks, especially homework. • Offer choices so your child feels involved in making decisions. However, it’s best to offer no more than 2 alternatives so that he or she isn’t overwhelmed or over stimulated. • Goals and rewards can be effective. You can use a chart to list goals and track positive behaviors, and then reward your child’s efforts. Goals should be realistic (think baby steps, not overnight success) and rewards need not be expensive (eg, an extra half hour of TV time, choosing the movie on family movie night). • Decisive, positive discipline usually works best. Using timeouts or removal of privileges can help, but try to tie the consequences to the inappropriate behavior (eg, if your child doesn’t wear a helmet while bike-riding, take away bike) • Help your child discover his or her natural talents. You know your child has unique skills. When others see those skills as you do, it can lead to greater success for your child. Plus, when your child is doing something he or she loves and is good at, it builds confidence and self-esteem. Source:

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First, we live longer after we retire, with many of us spending 15, 25, even 30 years in retirement. Second, you might have to shoulder a greater chunk of the cost of your retirement because fewer companies are providing traditional pension plans. Many retirement plans today, such as the popular 401(k) plan, are paid for primarily by the employee. Many women mistakenly still believe Social Security will pay for all or most of their retirement needs. While Social Security is a vital program, especially for women, it never was intended to cover all of your financial needs. A comfortable retirement usually requires Social Security, pensions, personal savings and investments. Of concern is that of the 62 million wage and salaried women (ages 21 to 64) working in the United States, just 45 percent participate in a retirement plan. Paying for the retirement you truly desire is ultimately

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your responsibility. You must take charge, and ignorance is no excuse. There is an unlimited amount of information at your fingertips (see samples below) to help you become the architect of your financial future. That might sound like an impossible task. Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck, barely making ends meet. You have more pressing financial needs and goals than “buying” something so far in the future. Or perhaps you’ve waited until close to retirement before starting to save. Yet you still might be able to afford to buy the kind of retirement you want. Whether you are 18 or 58, you can take steps toward a better, more secure future. The U.S. Department of Labor and Certified Financial Planner Boards of Standards Inc.published a booklet called Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future. It is available online at or by calling 866-444-3272. This

your money booklet shows you how to manage your money so you can afford today’s needs, yet still fund tomorrow’s goals. It will help make saving for retirement and other goals a habit. Social Security has published a booklet called What Every Woman Should Know. It is available on its website or by calling 800-772-1213. If you are young and think Social Security is something you won’t need to understand until later in life, think again. Some subjects covered in

this publication include: • What Social Security means to you. • Your Social Security record and number. • If you change your name. • If you are a victim of family violence. • Social Security numbers for children. • What your Social Security taxes pay for. • Some special employment situations. • When you retire. • If you become disabled. • Benefits for your family. • If you have income from a

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Being with your baby By Leah Meidl For YOU Magazine Infant massage is an ancient tradition held by many cultures that recently has been rediscovered and adapted to the Western World. It is a wonderful way to provide the touch that is essential to baby’s development. The first sense to develop in

babies is their sense of touch, that’s why babies love to be held, swaddled and cuddled. Infant massage provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to bond with their new baby. Infant massage has been shown to have many ben-

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massage, complete with baby safe massage oil. Leah Meidl, a public health nurse from Wood County who recently received the massage training, really enjoyed watching all of the infants respond so positively to the infant massage. “As soon as the massage started, the babies seemed to be so happy and content. You could tell that the parents enjoyed it as well, they were having lots of fun interacting in this way with their babies.” If you would like more information about infant massage or upcoming class dates and times, call the Wood County Health Department at 715387-8646 or 715-421-8911. Leah Meidl is a public health nurse for the Wood County Health Department.


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It goes without saying, but we’ll do it anyway, baseball is a popular sport for children and adults. As an athlete and former coach, Randy Montalvo of Marshfield says children aren’t learning the skills to have a lifetime of fun playing baseball. Montalvo is beginning to organize a pitching machine baseball league for

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players ages 10 and younger to start June, 2011, which will teach children skills that will benefit them in baseball and many other sports. “My goal is to develop the fun and excitement that baseball has provided me throughout my life. After witnessing the programs in the area, I have decided to take action and teach the game

of baseball to our youngsters to play at a fun and exciting pace,” Montalvo said. “I strongly believe that the youth programs now in existence do not allow the players to develop the skills necessary to be successful, because it does not incorporate enough repetition and instruction. I am a strong believer in coaching before

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the pitch as opposed to correcting mistakes that should have been prevented. “I am looking to run the league on Sunday afternoons to avoid any conflict with any other league already in existence.” As a semi-professional player with the Maui Stingrays in Hawaii and after having a successful collegiate

you spotlight el that I previously did while I was an educator in Hawaii. My passion for the game and my love for kids refuses to let me sit back and watch the current system to go on year after year without the proper instruction to develop the skills to be successful at the game of baseball,” Montalvo said. To kick off a future season, Montalvo said he needs sponsors willing to donate money or equipment. For more information, call him at 715-207-8618.



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Former city business site becomes showplace By Anthony Wolf For YOU Magazine

This summer, I had the opportunity to visit the Guy and Janice Brandl home in Marshfield. Actually, it was the garden area where I spent all my time. In fact, I wish I could sit next to the garden’s running stream with the soft sounds of running water as I do my daily writings. All my senses were filled with both a relaxed feeling and overwhelming inspiration. The visit and tour through the gardens forced me to sit down, which allowed my mind some time to process so much beauty in one place. It has been about 16 years since I Brandl Inc. moved its


excavating business from 503 East Edison St. to 9151 Praschak Ave., on the south end of Marshfield. The heavy excavating equipment, trucks and materials all were uprooted and moved. This move left 2.5 acres of land looking rather empty and perhaps an unattractive site in a residential area. The wide open spaces once occupied by piles of sand, rocks and trucks became the clean canvas for the creative and hard working Brandl family. In a creative moment, Guy built an outside wall on the inside of the large building that once housed the business office and equipment.

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you spotlight This was the start of turning the complete interior of the building into a hacienda-themed area. Walking through the doors you are instantly transported to what could be the hotel bar of the Posada de las Flores in Loreto, Mexico. An iron sculpted multi-member mariachi band stands ready to strike up their instruments to set the mood. The Brandl family enjoys this space together with friends and as a way to relive memories of travels both far and near. The same creative themes run through the entire property. Every turn from the large stucco arched entry, to upside down tree planters, to

the gently swimming coy in the ponds, fill a person with wonder and awe. The outdoor areas have been created using trees, flowers, boulders, water and sitting areas. Many of the family members enjoy the outdoor fireplace area as a wonderful gathering spot in the evenings. During the many years, plenty of hard work has gone into making the space the beauty it is today. This past year, the large herds of deer, sometime numbering 20 or more, needed to be fenced out to protect the plants. I thank all the Brandl family for the tour of the gardens and for their hard work in creating such an oasis.


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sued this year, 5.3 million people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately $172 billion is spent annually on the disease and there are more than 10 million unpaid caregivers. The disease usually has moved beyond the beginning stages by the time a diagnosis has been made and


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families have already made changes to help their loved one. The options often are living with someone who can care for them or a nursing home where care is available around the clock. In addition to the time it takes to care for a loved one with dementia, there is a great deal of expense involved, says Tami Drew-Huiras, a social worker for the Aging and


Alzheimer’s is a disease that steals the mind of the patient and places a tremendous burden on family members. According to the 2000 census, 116,000 people in Wisconsin were diagnosed with the disease, and 7,000 lived in Wood, Clark and southern Marathon counties. The new census will show that the numbers have increased. According to a report is-

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• 5:30 p.m. first Monday of the month Riverview Hospital Conference Room, 410 Dewey St., Wisconsin Rapids Contact: Andrea Carter at • 9:30 a.m. second Thursday of the month Centralia Center, 220 3rd Avenue S., Wisconsin Rapids Contacts: Ann Egge at 715-422-2795 or Tami Drew-Huiras at 715-421-0014 • 7 p.m. last Thursday of the month Marshfield Area Respite Care, 205 E. Third, Marshfield Call Marilyn Seidl-Kramer at 715-384-8478 to reserve a spot • 9:30 a.m. to noon, Mondays Monday Morning Club for people with early memory loss, Centralia Center, 220 Third Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids Contact Ann Egge at 715-422-2795 for more information.


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Exhibits & Museums LuCille Tack Center Gallery (300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499) • Photography by Mac Bailey of Marshfield: Runs Oct. 1-30. Opening reception, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Capturing the local scenes of Wisconsin come naturally to this seasoned photographer. Barns, churches and the beauty of the great outdoors will brighten the gallery through the lens of the artist.

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• Paintings and scratchboard art by John Boettcher of Park Falls: Runs Nov. 12-26. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 12. Bringing history to the forefront in the form of the scenic north woods, where wildlife and past logging adventures will be relived in oils, watercolors, acrylics and scratchboard art. Exhibits may be viewed during opening receptions, at the time of a performance and by appointment.


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Upham Mansion (212 W. Third St., Marshfield; 715387-3322) • Restored home of former Wisconsin governor William Henry Upham, this house represents mid-Victorian architecture at its finest. The featured display through the month of September is the “Deer Camp” exhibit featuring local wild game hunting and trapping history. During October and November, the featured exhibit is “Readin’, ‘Ritin’

and ‘Rithmetic” — history of and more. area schools. Open 1:30 p.m. • Sweet Adelines — Harmoto 4 p.m. Wednesday and Sat- nizing the World Through the urday. Joy of Song: 2 p.m. Nov. 14. Enjoy a capella four-part harMusic Chestnut Avenue Center mony concert. LuCille Tack Center for the for the Arts (208 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield; 715-389- Arts (300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499) 8999) • Celtic Crossroads: 7:30 • Masquerade!: 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Enjoy an p.m. Oct. 16. Reserved seatevening of fun, phantoms and ing: $25. Seven world-class dancing. Event features good musicians play more than 20 food, rock and roll dance, priz- instruments for a spectacle of es for best costumes, cash bar extraordinary musical fusions

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• Fall Concert featuring the UW-M/WC and Wausau symphonies: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Helen Laird Theatre; featuring two of the area’s finest orchestras performing individually and together. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for 16 and younger; $12 and $8, respectively, at the door. • Music @ the Wood: Music for a Winter’s Evening: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Helen Laird Theatre. The Symphonic Band & Jazz Ensemble take the stage presenting both seasonal favorites and standard works.

Celebrate the start of the holiday season. Tickets are $7. Wildwood Station (Wildwood Park & Zoo, 608 W. 17th St.) • Keri Noble (acoustic/pop/ soul): 7 p.m. Sept. 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door.

Storytellers, Celtic Tales, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Black Box Theatre. Heroes, heroines, gods, goddesses and more take center stage in these ancient tales from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and the Isle of Man. Tickets are $7. • Black Box Workshop Series: On Stage Reader’s Theatre, “Omnium LuCille Tack Center for the Gatherum,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Arts (300 School St., Spenand 22, Black Box Theatre. cer; 715-659-4499) Other • Joseph and the Amazing U W - M a r s h f i e l d / Wo o d Guests dining on an exquisite Technicolor Dreamcoat: 7:30 County (2000 W. Fifth St., feast rise to hilarious debate about contemporary society. p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 2 p.m. Marshfield; 715-389-6534) • Black Box Workshop Series: Tickets are $7. Nov. 14. General admission: $8 212 N. Central Ave., Marshfield, WI


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you spotlight Miscellaneous • Final Friday Open-Mic session: 7 p.m., Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 29, Thimbleberry Books, Marshfield. • Central Wisconsin State Fair: Sept. 1-Sept. 6, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. • Antique Tractor & Stock Truck Pulls: 10 a.m. Sept. 4, in Lindsey. • Pepsi Central Wisconsin State Fair Draft Horse Show: Sept. 4-6, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. • ATV Pulls: 10 a.m. Sept. 5, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park.

• NTPA Tractor Pull: Noon to 3 p.m., Sept. 6, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. • Auto Action Demolition Derby: 5 p.m., Sept. 6, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. • Children’s Miracle Network WYTE Radiothon: Sept. 8-10, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital. • Granton Fall Festival: Sept. 10-12, downtown Granton. • Fall Shootout: Sept. 10-12, Marshfield Motor Speedway. • Locals on Stage Variety Show: Sept. 11, Marshfield High School.

• Main Street Dance: 4 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 11, downtown Greenwood. • McMillan Fall Festival: 3 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 11, town of McMillan Town Hall grounds. • Car & Motorcycle Show: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 12, downtown Loyal. • Diversity Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 14,The Highground, Neillsville. • Friesian Keuring Horse Show: Sept. 17-18, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. • Heart Walk: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sept. 18, Wildwood Park

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Dr. Marjorie Miller is a board certified general surgeon with Surgical Associates of Wisconsin Rapids. She joined the Riverview Hospital medical staff in September 2002 and serves as Trauma Director for Riverview Hospital Association and as a member of the Riverview Hospital Board of Directors. She takes a special interest in breast surgery, advanced laparoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Dr. Miller received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She completed her internship and surgical residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Buffalo. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, the Wood County Medical Society, the Wood County Surgical Society, the Business & Professional Women’s Association, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Most recently Dr. Marjorie Miller has been named Medical Director of the new Riverview Wound Healing Center. Opened in June and located on the second floor of Riverview’s main medical building, Riverview Wound Healing Center specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions and offer hospital-based outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Surgical Associates of Wisconsin Rapids, SC. has been privileged to provide state of the art, compassionate care for the Wisconsin Rapids community for a combined 22 years. Our only concerns are for your health, well-being and convenience. Dr. Miller and her partner Dr. Garde offer a broad and complete variety of General Surgical/Cancer/Vascular Thoracic Services, including many minimally invasive procedures. Insist upon excellence. Simply ask your doctor to refer you to Surgical Associates of Wisconsin Rapids, or call us directly at 715-422-7771 for a consultation or second opinion.

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• Warrens Cranberry Festival: Oct. 24-26, downtown Warrens. • Annual Chili Cookoff & Car Show: 10 a.m., Oct. 2, The Highground, Neillsville. • Kiwanis Enormous Equipment Playground: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 2, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. • Thorp Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 2, downtown Thorp. • Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival: Oct. 2-3, Riverside

Park, Nekoosa. • Annual Pumpkin Patch Party: noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 10, Tufts Mansion, Neillsville. • Fall Polka Jam: noon, Oct. 17, Belvedere Supper Club, Marshfield. • Fall Fest/Halloween Party: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 24, Upham Mansion, Marshfield. • Children’s Halloween Party: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, American Legion Hall, Marshfield. • Treasures of Tomorrow

Quilt Show: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 30, Marshfield High School. • Gun Show: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Oak Avenue Community Center, Marshfield. • Alpine Holiday: 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Columbus Catholic High School, Marshfield. • Craft & Art Show: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 5 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5; American Legion

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Hydration, nutrition and rest are recommended by sports medicine experts across the board for keeping high school athletes healthy and at peak performance, especially during practices or games in hot weather for sports like football, baseball and soccer. Dr. Laurel Rudolph, medical director of sports medicine at Marshfield Clinic, said parents should make sure their athletes are getting plenty of rest, eating three balanced meals per day and staying hydrated, especially when temperatures are high. “A general rule of thumb is for every pound (of water) lost, athletes should be consuming a minimum of two 16-ounce glasses of fluid,” Rudolph said. Breaking new cleats in before the first practice and properly fitting pads, helmets and shin guards can 60

prevent blisters and increase safety, Rudolph said. Taking the time to warm up and cool down can prevent injuries and muscle pulls during practice, said Aaron Wanish, a licensed athletic trainer at Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville. A dynamic warm-up routine mimicking some of the motions used in the sport before practice and a static stretch to maintain flexibility and prevent soreness after practice are good preventative measures, Wanish said. Dave Smith, a physical therapist at Marshfield Clinic, said it’s also important to remember that training in the off-season can prevent injuries when grueling practices start. Agility, control, speed and strength are equally useful to athletes, especially as their bodies are growing, he said.

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“Strength tends to be the thing most kids focus on ... but what we usually see from a physical therapy point of view is a lot of injuries happen because kids don’t really have the agility or control of their bodies to play sports that involve cutting and jumping,” Smith said. Athletes should also be careful not to play a sport all

year long if they can help it, because overuse of muscles can cause injuries. “Kids are playing one sport, but they’re playing it year round while they’re playing other sports,” Smith said. “I think parents have to do a really good job of monitoring that, and unfortunately a lot of parents are pushing that.”

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Almost 30 families now are part of Gettin’ Down of Central WI, a support group for families who have children with Down syndrome. Jody Hanneman of Wisconsin Rapids got the ball rolling a few months ago, after talking to Pam Ironside of PIER — Parents’ Information and Education Resource group. “I had mentioned to Pam Ironside a few years back, sometime I would like to gather some names and just get a summer picnic with people in our area,” said Hanneman, whose son, Nick, 18, has Down syndrome. The first meeting wasn’t a picnic, it was a gathering of about five families at Pizza Hut in Wisconsin Rapids. It has since grown to include almost 30 families from Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Marshfield and cities in between, with children younger than 1 to those in their early 20s. There has been a swim event at the South Wood County YMCA in Port Edwards, a bowling party in 62

Stevens Point and a picnic at the Marshfield home of one of the members, Becky Martorano. “Now, we’re away over to Abbotsford and down to Waupaca,” Hanneman said. “We are so successful, because everyone has input on this.” Those who are part of the group say leave the Kleenex box at home. While this is a support group, it’s almost more about sharing information and networking. There is no “woe is me” attitude. “It’s exactly the opposite,” said Becky Martorano, a Marshfield mother of four, ages 9 to 19. “It’s always, ‘Guess what my kid did today.’” Martorano’s youngest child, Angie, 9, has Down syndrome and has had heart problems throughout her life. It’s a bond she shares with Nick Hanneman, and Martorano appreciates having Jody Hanneman to go to with questions. It’s not just health and

development issues. It can mean things like sharing information about specially made glasses to fit children with Down syndrome or things to ask the doctor in regard to health problems. “(Another mom) is always bringing stuff along for resources for parents of kids with Down syndrome,” Martorano said. The group also is a place where the children can relate to each other. “The first thing I noticed when we went to the Y, was Angelina,” Martorano said.

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“For the first time in her life, she realized she was different, and not in a bad way. “She walked up to (another child) and said, ‘Hey, you look like me,’” Martorano said. “Then she looked around the room, and said, ‘Everyone looks like me.’” Since in the early stages, Hanneman hopes to fine tune the gatherings to include guest speakers. After attending a few national conferences for families of Down syndrome members, Hanneman vowed she would bring that information to her

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home communities. “I’m thinking that eventually, we will be able to get more informational speakers for legal matters, education matters and medical matters,” she said. Both Martorano and Hanneman are surprised how fast the group is growing. “I think it’s going to get huge,” Martorano said. As the group grows and develops, parents might be able to branch off into different areas. Perhaps one of the best things in the group is the positive energy. “I think it’s good to be proactive,” Hanneman said, “It’s a positive, public perception to improve the quality of life for our kids.” Outside of the group, the families hope to bring education about people with disabilities to the public, and share the talents and gifts their children have. Hanneman said a lot of people just are not educated about people with disabilities. She shared something she heard years ago: “You don’t have to blow out my flame to make yours shine brighter,” she said.

Find out more What: Gettin’ Down in Central WI, a support group for families of children with Down syndrome When: There are no specific meeting times, but the group plans gatherings throughout the year at different locations throughout central Wisconsin. Who: Gettin’ Down in Central WI is open to any family who has a child of any age with Down syndrome. The varied ages allow for a unique sharing opportunity as families go through different stages of life. Contact: Jody Hanneman at 715-424-4128;


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What’s in your By YOU Magazine Staff Moving day became opportunity day for Sarah Krenn, the Marshfield Area United Way community impact volunteer center coordinator. “I never decorated my old office. I was waiting for a slow time,” Krenn said. “But there really never is slow time or down time here. I decided this was going to be my opportunity to decorate my office. Since I spend a lot of time in my office, I wanted to make it more like my home.” By nature a very organized person, Krenn had culled her paper work piles to the minimum needed for the task at hand prior to the move her office made from the south


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side of Marshfield to the new downtown office. “Maybe I’m kind of anal,” Krenn said as she described that she also files completed projects so that piles remain minimal. When simultaneously managing five to six projects, organization is necessary to prevent using precious time to search piles for a par ticular piece of paper. Some of Krenn’s organizing tips are: • Label file folders and keep the current project folders on her desk. • Make a list of the things to accomplish each day. When personalizing her office Krenn used old picture frames to create a collection of small bulletin boards. Here’s how to do it: • Use picture frame as is or paint the desired color.

• Cut a large bulletin board into correct size for frame. • Use tacky glue to adhere piece of fabric to bulletin board. • Frame your new bulletin board. “I also took the glass from a frame and sprayed it with chalk board paint. When it dried, I put it back in the frame, and now it’s a memo board outside my office,” she said. People who visit the office leave messages for her on the chalk board. A pleasant feature of Krenn’s office is the natural light from a window overlooking Central Avenue.“I love it. I see people, cars and the light is wonderful. I’ll be able to actually have a plant that will live here.” Another source of light is from a lamp on her filing cab-

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inet. “I like the indirect, soft light,” she said. The pleasant atmosphere of Krenn’s office is accented by photos of her children decorating spare shelf and cabinet space. “This is a great location. Here we’re a hub in the community,” Krenn said, describing the new United Way office. “We have walk-ins now, and it’s exciting. People are coming in because they need help or they want to know more about United Way. It’s been a great move. We are reaching more people who need help.”


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By Cherie Stechly For YOU Magazine About 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The illness started off with pain and stiffness but quickly escalated to many other symptoms. Soon fatigue, fog brain, sleep deprivation, skin sensitivity, irritable bowel syndrome, bladder problems such as kidney stones, urinary tract infections and interstitial cystitis, food allergies, Candida and adrenal fatigue all were a constant reminder that I had fibromyalgia. It was very frustrating at the time that not one medical doctor could explain to me what the underlying problem was or even how to repair the illness. Once I was diagnosed, doctors and specialist all wanted to do the same thing

for me and that was to give me medicine. Since I have always been drug sensitive, this was not an option for me. I decided to take matters into my hands by learning as much as I could about the disease and how my body worked so that a healthy balance could be obtained. My family doctor agreed to assist me on this quest. To my delight, he willingly accepted my challenge of working with me to become well naturally. We agreed that I would do the research, and he would approve any type of natural remedy. Looking back, lifestyle contributes to health. It was apparent that years of eating poorly, never drinking water, only drinking diet soda and

occasionally some coffee and that my stress levels were outrageously high, all contributed to me becoming ill. Developing healthy eating patterns to strengthen my immune system was something that needed to be addressed immediately. The problem was that I just did not know how to eat right. Eating improperly is something that most of us are guilty of. It was a challenge at first for me to learn how to eat well and what nu-

trition my body needed. In my research, I learned not eating right causes the body to become acidic. Then pH levels become imbalanced, and this irritates the muscles, which causes pain. Toxins that accumulate in the body aren’t just from eating improperly, they can be from products we use every day. Such products are (but not limited to) lotions, deodorant, toothpaste and cleaning products, all which can have

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body and helps to regulate bowel movements. My first step was to eliminate sugar, caffeine, alcohol and all together unhealthy food choices from my daily diet and to add eight glasses of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juice or herbal teas to my menu. Within 30 days of eating a good healthy diet, I started to see a reduction in pain and fog brain that I suffered from. Eating right, bringing the correct balance of vitamins, amino acids and hormonal levels, along with reduction of stress was the key in reversing my fibromyalgia. It took me approximately three

and one-half years to become healthy, and I am proud to say that I have been in full remission now for five years. Fibromyalgia is one of the most common diseases affecting the muscles, however the cause is currently unknown. Recent research shows there is elevated nerve growth factor in the spinal fluid along with levels of substance P, which is a nerve chemical signal causing pain in some. Others have found that the levels of the brain chemical serotonin are commonly low in patients with fibromyalgia. More and more research has been conducted to understand this baffling

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With the holidays right around the corner, many will face numerous social gatherings/events, family gettogethers and festive parties. The stress of baking and preparing delicious delights may become a burden, but there is a solution. “A Slice of Heaven, Catering by Ruth” might just be the answer. Ruth Elderbrook got her caterer’s license in 2009 and has created decadent dessert and scrumptious breakfast menus. The hard part is making a decision. With cheesecakes as her specialty, Ruth offers more than 20 different temptations. With careful consideration, her menu concentrates on specialties such as tiramisu, red velvet cakes, derby pie, pecan pie bars, almond joy bars, cheesy nut bars and many more. Her breakfast menu includes muffins, egg bakes, quiche, coffeecakes, breads and breakfast bars. “I had a wonderful teacher in my mother,” Ruth said.“She 68

was always baking breads, pies and cookies for our large farm family and was often called to make meals for various church and school functions. I have always loved baking, and my kids were always encouraging me to start catering. Last summer, with the uncertainty of our library positions and budget cuts within the UW Colleges, the timing was finally right.” During the years, Ruth has been very involved in community fundraising and has donated and catered her delights to various organizations and events, including the UW-Marshfield/ Wood County Foundation’s “Food for Thought,” the Hannah Center and Leadership Marshfield for the Education Day segment of the class. Her baked donations have become a hit through many Marshfield fundraisers, and now her part-time catering business is beginning to take off. “The business keeps evolv-

ing as people keep making requests,” Ruth said. “Baking is therapeutic for me, and I enjoy being creative. I even created a Bucky Badger Cheesecake for a friend and avid Badger fan for his recent retirement gathering. I have a love for baking and making people happy.” What better way to make people happy than to cater one of the most important events of her son’s life? Ruth prepared 288 specialty cupcakes for Matthew’s and Alana’s wedding, which included white chocolate cheesecake cupcakes topped with fruit and white chocolate drizzle, Matthew’s childhood favorite chocolate cupcake with a cream cheese and chocolate chip filling and cream cheese frosting along with the traditional white cupcake with white frosting. Weddings have been popular for Ruth, catering 20

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different cheesecakes for one and providing 75 people with white chocolate cheesecakes with fruit and the chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese and chocolate chip filling for an upcoming wedding in November. Ruth is licensed through the UW Marshfield/Wood County kitchen and has a great support system through colleagues and family. Glenn White (Glenn James Catering and UW Campus Café food service manager), Glenn Kuehn (professional chef and UW philosophy professor) and Melissa L a k e (UW-

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Marshfield/Wood County University Relations Director) have been very supportive helping establish “A Slice of Heaven” Catering by Ruth, offering advice and ideas, she said. “The name was actually founded from a campuswide contest,” Ruth said.“The winner would win a cheesecake of choice, and it was Mat Bartkowiak who came up with ‘A Slice of Heaven.’ Mat’s 3-year-old daughter, Ella, is one of my favorite cheesecake critiques. She has a developed quite a taste for fine food at an early age!” The business and catering is dedicated to Ruth’s daughter, Melissa Elderbrook who was killed Oct. 1, 2003. They both

had a passion for cheesecake and a love for the kitchen. Behind every successful business beats the heart of family. Ruth’s husband, Gary, is right by her side, assisting her in any way. From helping transport to even donning an apron and helping with preparation. “We enjoy doing this together,” Ruth said. “I have made him my CTO — Chief Tasting Officer, which he takes very seriously!” Ruth’s daughter Megan and son Michael, both attending college, are very supportive of her business. However, they would prefer to be tastetesters, rather than assisting with baking and cleaning up, but they do help when they

are at home. To plan your catering event or to treat a loved one to a specialty dessert, call “A Slice of Heaven” at 715-384-5213 or 715-207-9891. A week or two advance notice is sug-

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All About You

❙ fall 2010

Owned by Our Community... another Great Team Riverview Hospital was organized by community volunteers in 1912. Today, we are proud to remain independent and owned by our community, continuing our mission “To provide compassionate, affordable, state-of-the-art healthcare to our communities.” It’s your health and your choice. Choose your community-owned Riverview Hospital.

410 Dewey Street Wisconsin Rapids (715) 423-6060 �

Hope is Here! Patients at UW Cancer Center Riverview are cared for with exceptional attention and compassion, along with world-class expertise. The UW Cancer Center Riverview team includes specialists in radiation oncology, medical oncology/hematology, social work, medical physics, radiation therapy, nursing, medical technology, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, imaging, nutrition and more.

A Department of Riverview Hospital 410 Dewey Street � Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-7442 5001159233




FURNITURE Hwy. 51, Exit 185, Wausau


South of Cedar Creek Factory Stores

113 W. 9th Street, Marshfield

Mon.-Fri. 9-9; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 11-5

Mon. 9-8; Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9-6 Fri. 9-8; Sat. 9-5; Sun. 11-4



You magazine fall 2010  

The fall 2010 edition of the Marshfield News-Herald's You magazine.