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Father Ed Sippel His love of the outdoors motivates gardening By Lois A. Pflum | Photos by Patrick Flood / Action Publications
fter a long winter, and an even more unpredictable spring many are looking forward to a respite. Gardeners especially, are eagerly waiting to get into their gardens. Perhaps some have already purchased their seeds, and are planning the layout of their garden. Right now the soil is too wet on the property for the Fond du Lac community gardens, on the land owned by Fond du Lac County on the west side of the city. Fond du Lac’s own Father Ed Sippel noted. “There is still standing water on the property.” He added, “It all depends on when the land is workable.” He continued, “Patty Percy, the coordinator of the community gardens will hold a meeting to those interested in renting a garden plot for the upcoming growing season.” Those who plan to rent a plot in the gardens will attend, and “rules” will be reviewed for those tenants, according to Fr. Sippel. (This meeting was held after this interview and prior to the publication of the June Experience issue) Percy commented the gardens were in existence for more than a dozen years and remembers Fr. Sippel was one of the earliest tenants. He said, “I inherited the garden,” referring to the times when his parents always had a garden and he and his brother John, now 93 years old and living in South Carolina, always helped in the family garden. “We could help ourselves to the goodies in the garden.” He remembers with fondness, the raspberries,
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tomatoes, rhubarb and other vegetables. “When the tomatoes were done, the garden was over.” Fr. Sippel always enjoyed working in the gardens. He recalled years earlier, as a priest, he and Norbert Riegert took over the Sisters garden out by St. Mary’s Springs and all their produce was given to the Sisters at Nazareth Heights, “where the “deer and the antelope roamed,” he joked. He recalled “We had”at least 100 feet or more of climbing green beans, along with squash, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. The garden and the old barn had to go when the new Motherhouse for the Sisters of St. Agnes was built.” He remembered buying little tomato and pepper plants for 15 cents apiece. “Of course if we bought in bigger quantities, we’d get a better price,” he laughed. Working in the community gardens is a joy to him. He commented, just getting outside, the gardens motivate him. “We have to keep up with nature because nature won’t work for you.” He went on, “Having a garden includes obstacles … it is always a challenge … sometimes too wet; sometimes too dry.” Yet, he feels the community gardens are like a hobby to him and enjoys seeing the progress as the season passes. Fr. Sippel has been renting these garden plots for several years. During all his years out in the community gardens he noted he has met many excellent gardeners out there. On his 20 x 100 feet and 20 x 80 feet plots, he raises a
lot of squash, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant and gives most of it to the retired Sisters at St. Francis Home. Dressed in long trousers, a long shirt and a wide-brimmed straw hat and wearing work shoes, one would not think he is a priest. He joked, “I don’t like the bugs to bite me.” He also wears knee pads and admits to accepting more help these days.” He has his own rototiller, and uses a hoe, and an assortment of small handheld garden tools, as he works. Although he has met many different peple over the years, he said, “We don’t talk much.... everybody is so busy, it doesn’t leave a lot of time to talk.” Fr. Sippel, a native of Fond du Lac, was born on July 2, 1922, and grew up here. He joked, “I celebrate with fireworks and two days later, everybody celebrates with me.” After attending St. Joseph’s and graduating from the ninth grade, he attended St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary for five years, followed by five more years at St. Francis Seminary in St Francis (Milwaukee). He noted his choice to become a priest was influenced by the late Monsignor Henry Riordan, who was known as Fr. Riordan at the time, and served as pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. “He influenced a lot of vocations.” Ordained as a priest in the Milwaukee diocese on June 6, 1947, by the late Archbishop Moses Kiley at St. John’s Cathedral in Milwaukee.
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Altar and Rosary Guild when St. Pat’s was an active parish.) The event was held at Holy Family. When asked if he had any favorite hobbies or pastimes, he wittingly replied, I’d rather be fishing but a lot of times you can’t go fishing, so then you can be gardening. For several years he participated in the annual Walleye Weekend fishing tournament but he and his partner, Joe Longo, never placed in the money. He still likes to go fishing occasionally, when the weather is “reasonable.” He said both golf and gardening are advantageous to older people because they can get out and enjoy the outdoors and fresh air. There is great value in gardening when we are competing with nature ... it has its demands and as I get older, I find it motivates me.” He also enjoys a weekly gettogether luncheon with friends. He loves to tell stories and has a great sense of humor. Fr. Sippel has no long-range plans in the works. “I’m kinda content living here, where I was born. It’s very satisfying living in this environment and I feel at home here.” Well-known in and around Fond du Lac, Fr. Sippel is a treasure, not only a priest, but a gardener, fisherman and friend. For more information about the community gardens, one can call Patty Percy at the UW Extension at 929-3170. ✦
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Fr. Sippel noted there were four of us together who entered the seminary with him. He and fellow priest Rev. Brendon McKeough are the two surviving priests. Fr. McKeough will be celebrating his milestone as a priest this summer, he noted. Fr. Sippel served 20 years (19711991) as a pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. “Things went well at St. Pat’s and we got a lot of things done.” His first assignment was at a parish in West Alllis where he served as assistant pastor, and then at St. John Nepomuk (a Bohemian parish) in Racine and then at St. Mary’s Parish in Juneau. He was quick to comment that St. Pat’s was his favorite parish! He was well loved and respected by his parishioners there and others that knew him. Although St. Patrick’s has closed as a Catholic Church, Fr. Sippel is happy that it is well-kept up. Officially retired since 1991, he admits to still like having something to do. “The worse thing you can do is rest on your laurels.” He “helps out” quite a bit at Presentation Catholic Church in North Fond du Lac and “a little bit” in Fond du Lac, and occasionally presides at funerals. “I don’t want to work too hard,” he joked. Fr. Sippel celebrated his 90th birthday last year; the celebration was hosted by the St. Pat’s Rosary Guild (comprised of several former members of St. Patrick’s
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June Calendar 1 • Tour De Marsh Horicon Marsh Int’l Education Center, N7725 Hwy. 28, Horicon 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Get your friends and family together and have a fun day at Tour de Marsh! Join bicyclists, hikers, motorcyclists and autos touring around and through famous Horicon Marsh. Starting/rest points with parking areas, refreshments, maps and restrooms available. For a printable map and other information visit www.horiconmarsh.org 1 • Birky Challenge Grace Christian Church - Word of Faith, 1596 Fourth St., 6:30 a.m. Memorial bicycle ride to honor fallen Fond du Lac Police Office Craig Birkholz badge #67. The memorial ride raises money for a student scholarship; all proceeds will go towards funding a Law Enforcement college scholarship. The 67- and 40-mile routes leave Fond du Lac and head towards the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest. The route is very scenic and will have rest stops approximately every 12 miles. Food and water will be supplied at all rest stops. There will be vehicle SAG support and professional bike mechanics along the route. Bike helmets are mandatory. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • Farmers Market 50 Western Ave., 7 a.m. - noon. On Saturdays, over 90 vendors sell the freshest Wisconsin-grown produce, plants, flowers, baked goods, meats and cheese. Crafts, arts, pottery, and other hand-made items are also available. At the height of the season the market brings over 2,000 shoppers downtown weekly. 2 • Fond de Vettes 42nd Trip Around the Lake Forest Mall, 835 W. Johnson St., registration 7 - 8:45 a.m. Forest Mall Parking Lot. Free event for all Corvettes. Trip around Lake Winnebago. Registration 7am-8:45am. Forest Mall parking lot, West Johnson St. Fond du Lac, WI. First car out at 9 a.m. A stop at Waverly Beach approx.10:15 a.m. Lunch and refreshments available from the Noon Kiwanis Club at end of run at Holiday Auto Budget Center. Live music, raffles, door prizes, free button. Please bring a non-perishable food item and be entered into a drawing for four tickets to the June Sprints at Road America at Elkhart, Wis. This Free event made possible by Tim’s Alignment, Holiday Auto, Twohig Flooring America.
June 5, 12, 19, 26 50 Western Ave., Fond du Lac, 7 a.m. - noon
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2 • Art on the Island Lakeside Park, 555 N. Park Ave., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Now in its 45th year, the Fond du lac Artists Association Summer Art Fair, “Art on the Island” will be held in Fond du Lac on Oven Island at Lakeside Park. Over 70 artists/craftspeople representing a wide variety of arts and crafts fill a tree-lined park on Lake Winnebago. Food, live music, kids’ crafts, free admission and parking. A family event featuring a variety of talented art and craft vendors selling pottery, glass, jewelry, paintings, photography and so much more! 5, 12, 19, 26 • Farmers Market Main Street Plaza, 30 S. Main St., noon - 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, 15 vendors sell Wisconsin-grown produce, plants, flowers, and hand-made items. This smaller market brings a weekly attendance of 250 shoppers downtown. The Lunchtime Live! series also runs in coordination with the Wednesday Farmers Market. Make sure to stay for lunch and live music while checking out Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market! 6 • Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division Street 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by Tedd Young from 5-8pm. Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $1 off every drink. 7 • Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by Cookee from 5 - 8 p.m. Happy Hour from 3 - 6 p.m., with $1 off every drink. 7-9 • AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Classic Road America N7390 Hwy. 67 Elkhart Lake 7-9 • Walleye Weekend Free Family Festival Lakeside Park, 555 N. Park Ave. Fri. 3-10:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Family entertainment, national and local music acts, sporting events and hundreds of other attractions. There’s something for everyone at Walleye Weekend: music, great food, entertainment, contests, rides, games. A great way to enjoy Wisconsin in the summer. Walleye Weekend only happens one weekend, so be sure to make it! In addition to .38 Special, guests of Walleye Weekend can rock out to acts like Rooftop Jumpers, Separate Ways, The Presidents, Chasin Mason and Love Monkeys. 7-9 • Mercury $1,000,000 Hole-InOne Shootout Lakeside Park, 555 N. Park Ave. Friday 3 - 9 p.m; Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $1 per ball or 11 balls for $10. Qualifying rounds take place throughout the month of May and early June at area golf courses, and the winner from each qualifying round, closest to the pin or a hole-in-one, will advance to the final round at Walleye Weekend June 9. Finalists will shoot for a chance to win three amazing prizes if they sink a hole-in-one.
Regardless of whether any finalist makes a hole-in-one shot, the closest to the hole and the second closest to the hole will walk away with a brand new boat and a travel getaway package. 8 • Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by TJ & Lynn from 5-8pm. Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $1 off every drink. Offering a combined experience of over 30 years in popular valley area bands, this talented duo features Diane “Lynn” Rulseh on vocals and percussion and Tim “TJ” Rulseh on acoustic and electric guitars. Most of their selections are aided by their own pre-recorded rhythm tracks, which enables them to offer a full, live band sound that is uniquely their own and is suitable for any venue. Their set list consists of many of the most popular Pop, Classics, Country, Rock and Blues selections from the 60’s to the present. 8 • 1860s Dairy Days Wade House Historic Site, W7824 Center St., Greenbush, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Adults $11, Seniors (65 and older) $9.25, Children (5-17) $5.50, Family Rate (up to 2 adults and dependent children under age 18) $30. Where can you help make real Wisconsin ice cream, butter and cheese? At Wade House in Greenbush during the historic site’s 1860s Dairy Days event! The Wade House stagecoach inn provides the perfect venue to experience the charm and simplicity of Wisconsin’s earliest dairy farmers. 8 • Polka Dance Mayville Park Pavilion, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bob Klinger Band from Madison to perform, event to be June Dairy themed, with cheese and raffles. Sponsored by the Mayville Lion’s Club. $10 adults, $5 students. All welcome, handicapped accessible. Contact Donna Gudex-Kamrath at 960-5318 for more information. 12 • Buttermilk Festival-Glenn Miller Orchestra Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 6 p.m. The World Famous Miller Orchestra returns for its third Festival appearance. With its unique “big band” sound, it is the most popular touring band today, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Now under the leadership of vocalist Nick Hilscher, “The Miller Sound Lives Forever!” 13 • Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by Diamond Jim from 5-8pm. Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m., with $1 off every drink. 13-16 • SCCA June Sprints Road America, N7390 Hwy. 67, Elkhart Lake Road America’s longest running annual sports car event. 14-15 • North Fondy Fest Village Park, 200 Winnebago St., North Fond du Lac – Fri. 5 - 10 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m. - midnight
Annual family fun event to celebrate pride in the community of North Fond du Lac. Raffle, food, games, and music. 15 • Fond du Lac Fun Fly Remote Control Air Show Fond du Lac Aeromodelers Assoc., N4841 Hickory Road, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., $5 per car. Open Fun-fly for all. See all kinds of radio controlled airplanes, jets and helicopters. The air show will include acrobatic planes, big birds and even amazing twohundred-mile-per-hour remote control jets that fly, look and sound like the real ones. 15 • Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by Cookee from 5-8pm. Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $1 off every drink. 15 • Rienzi Cemetery Walk Rienzi Cemetery, N6101 Hwy. K, 9:30 a.m. Learn early Fond du Lac history with a walk to visit gravesites of those who helped to shape the community. Costumed actors may portray historic people. 16 • Antique Car and Truck Show Lakeside Park, 555 N. Park Ave., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The car show will feature hundreds of cars and trucks from all over Wisconsin. The car show will also feature ’50s and ’60s music, raffle, food, drinks, trophies and lots of family fun! 16 • 1860s BaseBall Game Wade House Historic Site, W7824 Center St. (Greenbush) 1:30 p.m. Entire site and game: Adults $11; Seniors (65 and older) $9.25; Children (5-17) $5.50; Family Rate (up to two adults and dependent children under age 18). Ever wonder how baseball was played in its early days? Come out to Wade House this Sunday and play base ball with the Greenbush Dead City’s using the rules of the 1860s! Every year on Father’s Day the Wade House invites members of the public to play or watch alongside members of the team! The match begins at 1:30 p.m. with many participants, young and old, to be chosen from the crowd! After a short briefing on the rules and etiquette of the 19th century game, a nine round match will be played. No need to bring your ball glove, because during the 1860s gloves were not a part of the game! Hot dogs and other concession items will be available for purchase at the ball field. Bring the whole family out for some base ball fun! 16 • Greek Fest FDL County Fairgrounds Recreation Building, 541 Martin Ave., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will hold its annual Greek Fest on Sunday June 16 at The Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds in the Recreation Building Greek music, Greek food and a good time will be shared by all. It is also Father’s Day. This would be a wonderful opportunity to treat your father on this special day. Food items will include, spanakopita, Greek spinach pie with feta cheese and spices layered between filo dough, pastitso, Greek lasagna, souvlaki, shishkabobs,
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and a Greek-style chicken dinner. Traditional Greek desserts which will be prepared by the churchâ€™s ladiesâ€™ club will be sold. These treats are: baklava, nuts, sugar, and spices layered between buttery filo dough, Koudiabiethes, a butter cookie immersed in powdered sugar, karethopita, a nut cake with syrup, diples, a thin potato chip like pastry immersed in honey, loukomathes, a Greek doughnut hole fried and immersed in honey and topped with chopped nuts and cinnamon sugar, and loulourakia, a braided coolie. These sweets are made by the Ladiesâ€™ club. Women from the community also bring their own baked goods to sell. There will also be a Greek Agora (a Greek market). Many Greek herbs and spices and other items which cannot be purchased in town can be found here. There will also be vendors. Bring your father and make this day a family affair for all. For more information contact Julie at 920-922-1568 or ja60phillips@yahoo. com.
from many eras, vocal selections, featured soloists, and marches.
18 â€˘ Tanzanian Trunk Show First Presbyterian Church, 1225 Fourth St., 4 - 6:30 p.m. The Tanzanian Trunk Show highlights Fair Trade items from around the world, hand-made items from the Empowering Womenâ€™s Future AIDS Orphans Sewing Project, music, food, entertainment.
21 â€˘ Tour the Town Art Walk Downtown Fond du Lac, 130 S. Main St., 5 - 8 p.m. Stroll historic downtown Fond du Lac during Tour the Town, held the third Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. All manner of artists - from painters, to jewelry makers, to mixed media artists, to cheese artisans, and every medium in between - grace our downtownâ€™s venues with their wares for purchase. This event is always free!
19 â€˘ Buttermilk Festival Symphonic Band Concert Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7:15 p.m. Under the baton of Maestro Ray Wifler, the Symphonic Band opens its 25th Buttermilk Festival season with a program of light classics, popular music
20 â€˘ Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by Cookee from 5-8 p.m. Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m., with $1 off every drink. 20-22 â€˘ NASCAR Nationwide Series Road America, N7390 Hwy. 67, Elkhart Lake Bringing intense wheel-to-wheel stock car racing action to the nationâ€™s most intimidating road course. 21 â€˘ Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by TJ & Lynn from 5-8pm. Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $1 off every drink.
21-23 â€˘ No Name Rendezvous Izaak Walton League Grounds, N6491 CTH K, Sat. 9 - 5; Sun. 9 - 4. Come join us for the rendezvous
at Izaak Walton League Of America. Bordered to the east is the Niagara Escarpment, a location central to the Native American culture. Kidâ€™s games, tomahawk and knife throws, and blacksmithing re-create the history of the area. Teddy Bear Hunt on Sunday from 10-2. 22 â€˘ Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by Diamond Jim from 5-8pm. Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $1 off every drink. 23 â€˘ Breakfast on the Farm 3-D Dairy, N8148 Schaefer Road, Malone, 8 a.m. - noon. 3-D Dairy invites you to get a firsthand look at a working dairy farm. Educational displays will help breakfast goers learn as they tour the farm. The Alliant Energy Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull will again be a highlight of the event. Animal exhibits and antique tractors will also be on display. As always a delicious breakfast of eggs with ham and cheese and all of the fixings will be served. Ice cream sundaes will again be available for $1, with ALL of the proceeds benefiting the Fond du Lac Agricultural Ambassador Program. 23 â€˘ Edge the Ledge & Kids Adventure Race Kiekhaefer Park, W4235 Kiekhaefer Pkwy., 8 a.m. Organizers are pleased to announce the adventure race now has become a family affair. While adults slough through mud-filled pits, climb up walls and beat up their bodies, the kids races will be easier and cleverly designed to make this a fun event for them.
Ages 5-10 are encouraged to enter and each age group will have their own start beginning at 10:30 am which is after the adult event. The obstacles will be within the viewing site for parents to watch and the staff will provide assistance. Participants will receive a t shirt, sport bag and medal. Cost to enter is $15 each and for more than 2 children $10 each. To register go to active.com or call Midwest Sports Events at 800-4298044. The Kidâ€™s Adventure Race includes a 100 yard dash followed by a series of fun obstacles that are just their size. This exciting event is topped off with a crawl through the mud pit to the finish line. Edge the Ledge is a 3 mile adventure race in Kiekhaefer Park. It features challenging, creative and fun obstacles. Obstacles include, but are not limited to: lateral tire hopping, water crossings, wall leap, hurdle maze, balancing planks and climbing the famous EDGE that overlooks Lake Winnebago. Finish by crawling through a mud pit, which all athletes must do to complete the event. 25 â€˘ The Reveal Windhover Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St., 5 p.m. Our doors will not open until September but come find out what is the next big thing happening at your downtown arts center! Tuesday 5 p.m., in the street in front of Windhover. Milwaukeeâ€™s own Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound will perform. Free music, cash bar and complimentary food.
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his is a little off topic as traveling goes, but I believe it is one that is worth mentioning. The impetus for writing this topic was that some friends went to Prague (on their own) recently. They had a wonderful trip but did experience a very harrowing cab drive from the train station to their hotel. They were taken on a very long ride in which they at times feared for their safety. When they had reached their hotel they were charged double. It was very upsetting to say the least. Most travelers have their own stories about cab drivers or other public transportation vehicles on trips. As American travelers, we tend to be trusting. You need to be aware of safety issues for not only ourselves, but also for those you are traveling with. To illustrate this point, most airports have signs posted prominently warning people not to accept a ride in a cab from any person that approaches you. Go to a standard taxi stand for your cab. In my early days of traveling, I often found myself anxious if I was alone in a cab with only the driver. As a single woman, I felt vulnerable. As I traveled, I have found that one of the best things you can do to relieve anxiety is to strike up a conversation
with the driver. As a result, I have learned that most cab drivers are very hard working and conscientious. I ask questions like, “How long they have been driving a cab?” or “Where are you from?” It seems that most drivers are from a country different than the country we’re in, so I love to ask them what is something they like most about the United States (or the country we’re in), followed by asking if they like their job. Most do not. The positive is this makes the ride seem much shorter and the conversation reduces my own apprehension. As I have traveled more, and used this approach, I can honestly say that most cab drivers have been truly helpful. The story I mentioned at the beginning stuck with me and I began to think of times I had to rely on cab drivers. Here are a few of my favorite situations both positive and not so positive.
Years back, I was attending a National Conference in New York. This was a one of my first trips alone as a young professional. The cab driver was from a different country and he began to ask me questions about where I was from and he asked me why I had come to New York. I said “for a business conference.” He then asked me if I was married and if I had children. I answered, “Yes, I have a wonderful husband who is home taking care of our two daughters.” To my shock he abruptly said, “If you were my wife I would beat you!” Needless to say I was stunned and of course the rest of the ride we rode in silence. A more positive story was when Wayne and I attended a business conference in San Francisco. We got into the cab and I began talking to the driver, who was from a different country. It was during our presidential
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elections. I asked him what he thought about our election process here in the U.S. I will never forget what he said. “In my country the day after an election there is blood in the streets. Here in the great U.S. there is no violence. You accept the vote and get on with life.” WOW!
Another story was when I led a group to Mexico City. To prepare for the trip I read Rick Steve’s travel book and made note of his caution about taking only cabs that were registered and to take down the cab number before getting into the cab. One morning as we were touring, we visited the great Cathedral in the middle of the city. On the other side of the block was a museum that our guide wanted the group to visit. One of our travelers was walking with a cane and I knew it would take him a long time to walk to the museum. So I hailed a cab off the street, and he and his wife got in - and there was room for two more occupants. My two sisters decided to join them. About 10 minutes later, our group arrived at the entrance of the museum. Imagine my shock when my four tourists were not there. The guide and I both began to look for them, but couldn’t find them. Panic began to set in. Neither of us knew the cab company’s name nor could we describe the color of the cab, even though I had just read Rick Steve’s notes. Every worried thought that a person can think of at such a moment flashed through my mind. The guide did find them in a coffee shop across the street. They had arrived so quickly that they decided
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to wait for us in a little shop and enjoy a rich cup of espresso. I was so grateful they were safe. I also made a mental note to make note of taxi colors, name and number of cab in the future.
On my first time to Houston, a colleague and I decided we had to see the Astrodome. We hired a cab and off we went. At that time it was a tourist attraction - one not to be missed. After the tour, we came out and could not find a cab. The Astrodome was in an industrial area so there were no cabs to be hailed or seen. With no cabs around, we decided to take the bus. As we stood at the bus stop we realized we were in an area that was less than desirable. It was a very long wait and both of us were feeling a bit vulnerable. Just then a woman came up and joined us, introduced herself, and explained she was from Latin America and was visiting a friend in Houston so she was touring herself. We joined her for
the rest of our tour day and had a great day together. We also made a note that in the future we will be sure to know where to catch a cab for a return trip, before we are dropped off in an area not familiar to us. When you become a world traveler you enter a world outside of your comfort zone and need to rely on strangers and your instincts. What I have found over the years is while not every experience is wonderful, I do return with some great stories and new friends. And yes, our group, no matter what country we arrive in, will be met by a representative who speaks the native language and sees us all safely to our bus. It is our start-tofinish commitment to making travel stress-free for our travelers. As I write this, we are off to see the Queen — so our July travel column will cover our May trip to England. I am sure our travelers and I will return with stories to share. ✦
26 • Buttermilk Festival - Dorf Kapelle Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., 7:15 p.m. Under the leadership of Ernest Broenimann, the 15-piece Dorf Kapelle returns for its 17th festival appearance, featuring vocals by Guenther Uhlig! Enjoy the music of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland, plus fun and audience participation. 27 • Live Music at Trinity Trinity Restaurant and The Hall, 40 E. Division St., 5 - 8 p.m. Live music in the bar area by Ted Young from 5-8pm. Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m., with $1 off every drink. 27 • Lobster Boil Whispering Springs Golf Course, 380 Whispering Springs Drive, 5 p.m. Ninth annual fundraiser includes great silent and live auction items (all proceeds are used for enrichment activities, oneto-one mentoring, and support services to children, volunteers, and families involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dinner includes a four-course meal, with your choice of lobster or steak (or both); 5 p.m. cocktails, silent auction 6:30 p.m. dinner, program, auction 27-30 • The Wizard of Oz FDL High School Performing Arts Center, 801 Campus Drive. June 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. and June 30 at 2 p.m. Musical based on the 1939 MGM movie. Come join the Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion as they are off to see the Wizard. Your entire family will be captivated as you travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening! Tickets will be on
sale at Wegner’s Office Department Store, Fond du Lac, starting June 13. Tickets will also be available at the Fond du Lac High School PAC box office one hour before each performance. 28 • “We Are Family” Maximillian’s Hall, Pub & Eatery, 155 FDL Ave., Mt. Calvary, 8 p.m., $16 adults; $8 children 5-12. We Are Family is a high energy song and dance musical revue full of local talented young adults! ‘We Are Family’ includes your favorite family hits such as ‘Love and Marriage’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and more! 28 • Commonwealth Classic Main Street Plaza, 30 S. Main St., 10:25 a.m.10 p.m. Spectators free. Racers see registration for cost. Juniors U15 begins the racing day ending with the Pro Men 1/2. Racing excitement takes place on the streets of Downtown. Activities include Kids Bike Race, High School Race, and celebration with live music near Trinity Restaurant. 28-29 • Horses & Hogs ~ AllAmerican Ford & Harley Show Open Road Harley-Davidson, 24 S. Rolling Meadows Drive, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Join us for this unique Midwest event! Show off your car or Harley in the show or enjoy the many activities of the day. What is this show you ask? The Horses and Hogs Show is the FIRST of its kind anywhere in the United States. It partners Mustang and Harley enthusiasts who will gather together in a day of appreciation for each other’s hobby.
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Walk-on vans 60+ years of age
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Wheelchair use or mobility impaired No age restrictions
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Are you ready for an emergency? Take steps to ensure you have an adequate food supply. Having an emergency food supply is important to your emergency preparedness.
Have a three-day supply of food
You probably have a better idea than anyone else how much food you and your family members would need for three days so consider that when creating your supply. An emergency food supply doesn’t have to sit on a shelf, ready for disaster to strike (although it can). It can be part of the food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of time, replace items before they run out, and buy items when they are on sale. A large duffle bag or plastic tub with a lid makes a great storage place for an emergency food supply. Make sure your family, including pets, will have what they need when disaster strikes. Follow the BUS rule to help you: ● Balance: You may already buy food that provides a balanced diet for your family which includes a variety of foods from each of the basic food groups. This is especially important for people with certain health conditions. Also include high energy foods (such as nuts and protein bars) and comfort foods (such as graham crackers or chocolate). ● Usability: Choose items that don’t need to be cooled, heated, or need a lot of water. Examples include canned or dried meat, dry cereal, and canned vegetables. Make sure you have a manual can opener if you plan to use canned goods. ● Shelf-life: Look at the expiration date listed on the food item and use and replace foods before the expiration date. Take steps to make sure food in your refrigerator and freezer will stay safe.
ENsure food in your refrigerator and freezer will stay safe
During an extended power outage, temperatures in your fridge and freezer will begin to rise, even if the doors stay closed. As the temperature rises, harmful bacteria may begin to grow on your food. If the temperature in your freezer stays above 41 degrees Fahrenheit for more than one to two days, food may be unsafe to eat. Food that still contains ice crystals should be safe. Always check the color and odor of food, particularly meat when it is thawed. If it is questionable, throw it out but make sure it is discarded where animals can’t get to it. What you can do to ensure safe food temperatures: ● Install a thermometer in your fridge and freezer. ● If you anticipate a power outage, such as a
Make sure you can meet special dietary needs in your household
Some people are on special diets for health reasons. There can be serious effects if the right food is not available during a disaster. If you use special equipment, like a blender, food scale, or feeding tubes, make sure you take those with you. Think about keeping extra equipment at a friend or relative’s home in case you have to evacuate. Talk to your healthcare provider or a nutritionist about nonperishable menu options that can be used if you can’t get to a grocery store or that can be prepared at an emergency shelter. Keep a description of your medical condition and the diet in your emergency kit.
Would you use a coupon worth $16 each month? Receiving FoodShare is like getting an automatic coupon each month. FoodShare could give you monthly deposits to help with food purchases, freeing up money for bills, medications, and other necessities. It’s easier than ever to apply and you can even get free, confidential assistance. Did you know? : ● Even the minimum benefit would give you
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winter storm, reduce the temperature of your fridge and freezer. The colder your food is, the more time it takes to thaw. ● Keep containers of ice in your freezer to keep the temperature down. When the power goes out: ● Cover the fridge or freezer in newspapers and blankets. Keep vents clear in case the freezer starts operating again. ● Avoid opening the door to the fridge or freezer. ● Use dry ice, if available. Identify a source for dry ice in advance and remember that if the power outage is wide- spread, there may be a lot of competition for this resource. If you don’t know the temperature of your fridge or if the fridge was off for more than four hours, the food should be discarded. Eating perishable food that has not been kept cold can cause food poisoning, even if it is refrozen.
$192 per year. ● Nearly 30,000 seniors in southwest Wisconsin are NOT claiming their benefits. ● Eligibility is based on income and certain expenses (not assets), so you can own a home and car and even have a savings account. ● Most people only receiving Social Security and even a small pension are eligible. ● Claiming FoodShare helps your
community. The USDA estimates that for every $5 spent in FoodShare benefits, about $9 circulates through local businesses and to our farmers. ● Receiving benefits does NOT take away from others. EVERYONE who is eligible and applies will get benefits. For more information, call Second Harvest’s FoodShare Helpline at 1-855-366-3635 today!
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Managing chronic conditions workshop set for July
hose struggling with chronic health issues can learn ways to cope with these challenges and improve their quality of life through an upcoming workshop entitled “Living Well with Chronic Conditions,” set for Tuesday, July 9 to Aug. 13, in Fond du Lac. The workshop empowers those living with conditions like arthritis, heart problems, asthma, stroke, pain, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, emphysema, and cancer and allows them make the best of their situation through: ● Symptom management ● Dealing with anger, depression, and other emotions ● Goal setting and problem solving ● Improving nutrition and developing a suitable exercise program ● Medication management
● Breathing exercises and managing stress ● Communicating with family, friends, and health care professionals The workshop meets for 2½ hours once a week, for six weeks. Two trained leaders facilitate the workshop, which will be held at the Aging & Disability Resource Center, 50 N. Portland St., Fond du Lac, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. There will be a door prize awarded to one lucky workshop participant. This workshop, created at Stanford University, is designed for people who have one or more chronic conditions or live with someone with chronic conditions. Space is limited, registration is required. To register for workshop or for more information, call 929-3114. Workshop is sponsored once a year at no charge to by Fond du Lac County Senior Services and All About Life Rehabilitation Center.
St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Mount Calvary honored their grandparents on May 3, with breakfast, entertainment and classroom visits. Among the special guests were 99-year-old Millie Tomten, who is great-grandmother to second grader Teagan Clark. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Area volunteer opportunities Get involved with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
ADVOCAP’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service with over 500,000 senior volunteers nationwide. The ADVOCAP RSVP program matches adults age 55 and over with organizations in Fond du Lac County that need support, experience and talents.
● Contact ADVOCAP RSVP Volunteer Development Specialist Bridget Bestor at 922-7760 or via email at bridgetb@advocap. org. You can also get more information by visiting Bridget Bestor their Web site: www.advocap.org. ● Choose an opportunity that interests you or tell ADVOCAP about your experiences and hobbies and they will help match you with a community need. ● Begin a rewarding volunteer experience, where you are in control of when and for how long you volunteer. It is important to try on an opportunity and see how it fits. You can try any volunteer opportunity with no commitment necessary.
Volunteer opportunities Companionship/Outreach
● Bethesda outreach volunteer. Visit one to one with individuals with disabilities. ● Social Services friendly visitor. Offer friendship and encouragement to individuals and families. ● All About Life activity leader. Lead seniors in recreational activities and positive social interaction. ● All About Life outreach. Engage in visits with seniors.
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● FDL Senior Center Community Cares. Make monthly group visits to lonely seniors at local nursing homes. ● FDL Senior Center senior companion. Regular visits with lonely seniors. ● FDL Senior Center telephone reassurance. Make regular reassurance calls to lonely seniors. ● Lake View Estates activity leader. Lead social and recreational activities. ● Heartland Hospice bereavement volunteer. Outreach to families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. ● Heartland Hospice volunteer. Provide regular companionship visits. ● Home & Hospice Advantage activity leader. Lead social and recreational activities. ● Home & Hospice Advantage. Provide regular companionship visits.
● FDL Library Opportunity Center. Assist job seekers in the Opportunity Center computer lab. ● Senior Center computer instructor. Tutor other seniors on computer use or coordinate Computer Club.
● Altrusa special events. Assist with various service projects. ● Salvation Army FDL special events. Many seasonal events such as food drives, community dinner, bell ringer. ● YMCA FDL special events volunteer. Assist with special events like YMCA Annual Golf Outing, Walleye Weekend 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and family nights.
● FDL County Social Services Food Pantry transporter. Pick up and transport food from food pantries to Social Services. ● FDL Library Homebound delivery driver. Pick-up materials from the library and deliver them to homebound residents. ● Fondy Food Pantry “Food For Thought” driver/loader. Load packed bins of food bags into their vehicle and together, with a student from the “Wings” program at FDL High School, transport the food to one of our local elementary schools and unload it at the school.
● FDL Conflict Resolution Center mediator. Work with clients to mediate various legal issues.
● FDL Senior Services nutrition. Serve elderly and disabled that are in need of a hot, nutritious meal during the lunch.
● AAUW Book Drive volunteer. Assist with planning and coordinating an annual book sale ● ADVOCAP Head Start Family Fun event volunteer. Assist staff with Family Fun events
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● Fondy Food Pantry Food Drive pick-up. Use own vehicle to pick up food that is donated to the pantry after a food drive. ● Solutions Center mover. Pick-up and deliver donations made to the Solutions Center.
● Altrusa Mobile Meals delivery. Deliver meals to the homes of local elderly who need a daily nutritious meal.
● 4-H fund developer. ● Boys & Girls Club fund raiser. ● Solutions Center fund raiser.
Food Program Volunteer
● Broken Bread volunteer. Assist food recipients by handing out food items, serving meals, or carting boxed items to cars. ● Broken Bread Sorting volunteer. Sort, pack and portion food for distribution-does not work with recipients. ● Fondy Food Pantry “Food For Thought” volunteer. Sort food and pack small bags with food items for nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to elementary school age children on holidays and weekends throughout the school year ● Fondy Food Pantry volunteer. Pack food boxes and sort and shelve food donations. ● Salvation Army Food Program. Greet participants, assist participants in food selection, help load boxes into vehicles
● FDL Audubon Society volunteer. Control invasive species by removing Garlic Mustard in the Spring and Buckthorn in the Fall
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● FDL Library Book Cellar volunteer. Organize, shelve, and sell books in the lower level of the Library. ● FDL Library General volunteer. Shelve DVDs, and clean and sort books ● Senior Center General volunteer. Choose from a variety such as recreational coordinator, committee member/ director, educational facilitator, fund raising coordinator, maintenance, office assistant, computer instructor, craft shoppe, newsletter crew, receptionist, etc. ● FDL Historical Society volunteer. Help to preserve past heritage through various positions at the Galloway House and Village ● Habitat for Humanity RE-Store volunteer. Work in the store cashiering, stocking shelves or picking up donations. ● Salvation Army FDL Thrift Store. Help sort, hang and price clothing and miscellaneous items. Help consumers who shop ● YMCA FDL towel service. Assist the YMCA in folding and/or laundering towels.
● TRIAD/S.A.L.T volunteer. (Senior and Law Enforcement Together) Assist group with planning and implementing projects and presentations for senior safety
● Habitat for Humanity construction. Assist with rough or fine carpentry, carpeting, cabinets, tiling, windows, drywall, landscaping/yard work, roofing, painting, and plumbing ● Project Linus – FDL blanketeer. Create blankets and
quilts for children that are seriously ill.
● Boys & Girls Club FDL van driver. Transport youth and staff to off-site locations and activities ● FDL County Social Services transportation. Provide transportation to Social Services clients to medical appointments, school, youth programs, work, and job interviews. ● FDL County Veteran Services volunteer driver. Provide rides to veterans to and from various U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in our state. Use county vehicle or own.
● 4 H Project leader/mentor. Help youth choose and develop their 4-H projects for display at the fair. ● 4-H Club volunteer. Coordinate community service events, and provide leadership. ● ADVOCAP Head Start classroom. Assist children age three to five with a variety of learning experiences. ● BBBS FDL mentor. Develop a caring relationship with a child in need. ● BBBS FDL school-based mentor. Spend one hour each week during a child’s lunch hour at their school. ● Boys & Girls Club activity monitor. Monitor activities in the front entrance, computer lab, etc. ● Boys & Girls Club After School Project. Encourage youth to participate in community service by teaching them the value of service through quarterly projects. ● Boys & Girls Club mentor/ tutor. Encourage academic
achievement through homework help, games, etc. ● BRAVE after school enrichment activity volunteer. Introduce youth to new hobbies and activities (Ripon). ● BRAVE after school free time monitor. Monitor activity during snack and recess times (Ripon). ● BRAVE after school homework helper. Help youth with homework (Ripon). ● FDL Social Services youth mentor. Develop nurturing friendships with young people in need of guidance and companionship. ● FDL Literacy Services Jail tutor. Tutor provides one to one basic literacy instruction to incarcerated adults at the FDL County Jail. ● FDL Literacy Services tutor. Basic literacy instruction to adults. ● FDL School District mentor. Mentor a young person in a school setting. ● Volunteer Center Hope mentor. Create positive relationships with women over 18 that need an adult female role model. ● New Beginnings Resident Assistant volunteer. Encourage and teach effective parenting and life skills. ● Solutions Center client educator. Restore hope by educating clients in job and life skills. ● YMCA FDL childcare volunteer. Engage with children in a positive way by playing games, reading, eating lunch, etc. ● YMCA FDL youth sport coach. Coach or assist in coaching children in YMCA youth sports such as football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tee ball, dance, cheerleading, and racquetball. ✦
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senior Dining Menu MONDAY, JUNE 3
Chicken Marsala Baked Potato Carrots Pear Slices Cinnamon Roll * Sliced Bread
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
Swedish Meatballs Mashed Potatoes Swiss Spinach Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Applesauce * Dinner Roll
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
Ham Rolls Squash Health Slaw Pineapple Tidbits Butterscotch Pudding * Sliced Bread
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
Pork Jaegerschnitzel Mashed Potatoes Corn Birthday Cake Plum Halves * Dinner Roll
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
Beef Stroganoff Casserole (incl. veg.) Tossed Salad Green Beans * Cantaloupe Slice Sliced Bread
MONDAY, JUNE 10
Country Fried Steak Mashed Potatoes Summer Blend Vegs. Choc. Banana Torte Fruit Cocktail * Sliced Bread
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
Salisbury Steak Mashed Potatoes California-Blend Veg. Petite Banana Fudge Brownie * Dinner Roll
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
FRIDAY, JUNE 21
Crispy Fish Fillet German Pot. Salad Winter Blend Veg. Pear Slices Tapioca Pudding * Sliced Bread
MONDAY, JUNE 24
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
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● Riverview Apartments, 101 Western Ave. (Mon.-Fri.) – 11:45 a.m. ● Westnor Apartments, 653 W. Arndt St. – noon ● Portland Square Apartments, 55 N. Portland – 11:45 a.m. ● Senior Center, 151 E. First St. (Mon.-Thurs.) – 11:45 a.m.
Teriyaki Chicken Red Skin Potatoes Chinese Ramen Cabbage Salad Sugar Cookie Pineapple Tidbits * Sliced Bread
Roast Pork Loin Mashed Potatoes Carrots Applesauce Cookie * Sliced Bread
Pork Steak Mashed Potatoes Green Beans Apricot Halves Frosted Cake * Sliced Bread
MONDAY, JUNE 17
Meatloaf Au Gratin Potatoes Spinach Salad with Rasp. Vinaigrette Coconut Cream Pie Watermelon Slice * Dinner Roll
TUESDAY, JUNE 18
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
All persons 60 years or older, or married to someone 60 years of age or older are eligible for the Fond du Lac County Elderly Nutrition Program. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied beneﬁts of, or be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of: race, color, creed, sex, national origin, or their ability to pay.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27
Each meal contains 1/3 of the current Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences: ● Meat or alternative – 3 oz. cooked ● Vegetable and fruit – 2 half cups ● Bread or alternative – 1 serving ● Butter/fortiﬁed margarine – 1 teaspoon ● Dessert – half cup ● Milk – half pint.
Chili Casserole (includes veg.) Corn Vanilla Pudding Peach Slices * Cornbread
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19
Roast Turkey Mashed Potatoes Baby Carrots Cranberry Gelatin Cinnamon Roll * Sliced Bread
THURSDAY, JUNE 20
Pepper Steak Baked Potato Tossed Salad Peas and Carrots * Chocolate Chip Cookie Dinner Roll
TUESDAY, JUNE 25
Baked Chicken Twice-Baked Style Pot. Copper Penny Salad Pineapple Tidbits Frosted Cake * Sliced Bread BBQ Pork Cutlet Red Skin Potatoes Corn & Black Beans Apple Pie Honeydew Melon * Dinner Roll
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Swiss Steak Mashed Potatoes Wax Beans Fruited Gelatin Chocolate Pudding * Sliced Bread
Baked Chicken Twice-Baked Style Pot. Three-Bean Salad Fruited Gelatin Cookie * Dinner Roll Salmon Loaf Escalloped Potatoes Peas/Pearl Onions Butterscotch Pudding Seedless Grapes * Sliced Bread
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● Northgate, 350 Winnebago St. noon
● Russell Manor, 504 Russell Dr. – 11:45 a.m. ● Willowbrook Apartments, 615 W. Oshkosh St. – noon
● Senior Center, 301 E. Main St. – noon
Those attending are required to preregister at least one day in advance by 1 p.m., either by signing up at a meal site or by calling: ● Fond du Lac Courthouse — 929-3937 ● Waupun Senior Center — 324-7930.
There is a suggested donation of $3 for those 60 years of age or older or married to someone 60+. Mobile Meals suggested donation of $3.50.
Menus are subject to change 2% milk, and margarine served Fond du Lac County Senior Services Department – 929-3937
If you must cancel due to illness or an emergency, please call the Department of Senior Service at 929-3937 before 1 p.m. the business day prior to the cancelled meal.
Volunteers are needed for the Senior Dining Program of the Fond du Lac County Dept. of Senior Services. Call 929-3114 for more information.
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Strong families survive; Social Security helps By Karyl Richson, Social Security public affairs specialist
n June we celebrate National Family Month, which is a great time to reflect on your family and how to make it stronger. As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reminds us, strong families share many valuable qualities: trust, commitment, communication, growth, affection, fun, and love. Strong families are more likely to grow through a crisis, allowing the difficult experience to bring them even closer together. In the unfortunate event of a family member’s death, we want you to know that Social Security is here to help. In addition to the emotional difficulty family members experience, there is often a financial burden as well, especially if the family’s main wage earner dies. In such cases, Social Security survivors benefits will help. Did you know that nearly every child in America could get Social Security survivors
benefits if a working parent dies? And Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other federal program. Although many people think Social Security is just a retirement program, you should know that Social Security also provides survivors insurance benefits for workers and their families. If you’re like most people, the value of the survivors insurance you have under Social Security is probably more than the value of any individual life insurance you may own. And you don’t even need to sign up for a separate policy; by working and paying Social Security tax, you are most likely already insured without even knowing it. Family members who may be able to receive survivors benefits based on your work record include a widow or widower, unmarried children up to age 19 and still in high school,
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Don’t let these myths rain on your retirement party Brandpoint Media
Employers are feeling pressure to cut costs, and with high unemployment, finding work is always a challenge. A disability also could force you to stop working prematurely. Many people think they can simply work longer if they don’t have enough money to retire. According to a recent survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 74percent of workers plan to work at least part time during their retirement years, and Schaffer notes working in retirement has become a necessity for many. Good planning doesn’t rely on good fortune. Rather, your plan should both keep you from having to work the rest of your life and deal with the consequences of unexpected surprises that prevent you from earning a paycheck.
o you dream of the day you can retire, but aren’t sure how to get there? You’re not alone. Many people find it easier to avoid reality when it comes to planning for retirement. “That can lead to big mistakes in their retirement income planning,” says Zachary Gipson, vice president of retirement and wealth planning at USAA. Here’s a look at five common myths that could derail your expectations for income when you retire.
Myth 1: You won’t be around long enough to go through your money
The reality: Life expectancies are at record highs in the United States, so it’s important to acknowledge that you or a family member may spend as many years in retirement as you did working. According to a 2010 report by the National Academy of Social Insurance, for a 65-year-old married couple, there’s a 48 percent chance that one spouse will live to age 90. To help stretch your money, consider incorporating immediate and deferred annuities into your planning. Created to provide guaranteed, lifelong income in retirement, they can also offer guaranteed growth while you’re saving for it, Gipson explains. A long retirement extends your exposure to one of financial planning’s most subtle enemies: inflation. As you invest, it’s important to seek a mix of assets that guard against the declining value of the dollar and that is in line with your risk tolerance and goals.
Myth 2: You should get out of stocks when you retire
The reality: Stocks can help provide the long-term growth you need to make your assets last longer since your retirement could span several decades. You’ve probably heard you should reduce your investment risk as you age. But with traditional pensions being replaced by 401(k) plans, you’re wholly responsible for making asset allocation decisions. As Gipson puts it, “Everyone now has to be a pension fund
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Myth 4: An inheritance will bail you out
The reality: You may be hoping for an inheritance as a potential retirement boost. But hope is not a strategy, and counting on an inheritance can create big problems if it doesn’t come through. Many people who expect to inherit money never do so, Gipson says. And even for those who do inherit money, it’s often too little or comes too late to make a difference in their retirement planning, he adds. The safer thing to do is to treat an inheritance as an unexpected bonus rather than relying on it.
manager with their own money, and most people just aren’t equipped to do that.” Gipson agrees with the notion of dampening portfolio risk at retirement, but that doesn’t mean getting rid of stocks entirely. Rather, regularly reviewing, and if necessary, rebalancing your portfolio based on your risk tolerance can lock in gains from strongperforming asset classes and allow you to buy those that underperform at cheaper prices.
Myth 3: You can just keep working
The reality: Counting on being able to work as long as you want is dangerous, Gipson says.
Myth 5: Your taxes will be lower in retirement
The reality: Big government deficits make future tax increases much more likely. Also, taking money out of retirement accounts, such as traditional IRAs and 401(k)s, creates taxable income that can push you into higher tax brackets. One suggestion Gipson offers is to consider converting part of your eligible retirement assets to a Roth IRA. By doing so, you’ll pay taxes now, but you’ll create a tax-free pool of money to tap in retirement. Diversifying with both Roth and traditional IRAs is a possible way to handle future tax uncertainty.
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You can help to make your loved one’s home fall-proof; safer Finally, it’s nice outside. Suzy, a friend decides to switch from her heavy-duty winter rugs to the spring light-weight rugs. She enjoys the nice color and seasonal switch of the rugs. Another year has gone by and with it, Suzy has lost a little more of her eyesight and has become a little less stable in her walk. Suzy has been grabbing onto chairs and other items for balance. One night Suzy gets home late and upon entering her house she trips on the lightweight rug and spends the next 27 hours on the floor trying to get help. Suzy has broken her leg and is badly bruised. After her leg is set, she is released to her family for home care. Many others have tripped upon their nice rugs over the past year. Visit a hospital, a physical rehabilitation clinic or a nursing
home and ask a few questions and you’ll find that many people in the community have fallen. Falls are one of the leading reasons why emergency responders are called in the city of Fond du Lac. According to a report titled “The Burden of Falls in Wisconsin, Released August 2010,” there was 294 fallrelated inpatient hospitalizations for age 65 and over, in 2008, in Fond du Lac County. Please take some time to look around your home for rugs or other tripping items. A little prevention may keep you out of the emergency room. Here are a few questions to consider and discuss with your loved ones: ● What is the purpose for having this rug? ● Does this rug bundle up and create a tripping hazard? ● Does this rug cause a potential tripping hazard for a visitor?
● Has my walking or seeing abilities changed to the point that I can’t step over the edge of the rug or see it?
If you are interested in Falls Prevention, there are classes available throughout the county. Please enroll in a class by calling 929-3466; or stopping in at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Fond du Lac County, 50 N. Portland Ave., Fond du Lac.
Social Security reveals most popular baby names in Wisconsin for 2012 The Social Security Administration announced the most popular baby names in Wisconsin for 2012. Mason and Emma topped the list. Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security, announced that Sophia and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the United States. How does Wisconsin compare to the rest of the country? Check out Social Security’s Website www.socialsecurity. gov/OACT/babynames — to see the top baby names for 2012. While having fun with baby names on www. socialsecurity.gov, people may create a “my Social Security” account. Social Security’s Website has the top-rated online services in the U.S., including the services available with a my Social Security account, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits.
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More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history, and earnings record instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online. People age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can sign up for a my Social Security account to get a personalized online Social Security Statement. In addition to each state’s top baby names, Social Security’s Website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2012; and offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880. To read about this year’s winner for the biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/ babynames2012-pr.html.
Top five boys and girls names in Wisconsin for 2012 Boys: 1) Mason 2) Liam 3) Jackson 4) Ethan 5) Owen Girls: 1) Emma 2) Sophia 3) Olivia 4) Ava 5) Isabella
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offering hope for those with tinnitus - or ringing in the ears Brandpoint Media
f you experience a constant ringing in your ears that’s bothersome at best and debilitating at worst, you are far from alone. Tinnitus affects roughly one in five Americans and about 16 million people have serious tinnitus that requires medical attention. It’s also the most common disability for military veterans, since it can be caused by extended exposure to loud noise.
While tinnitus is a common condition, it’s one that can affect each person differently. While the general description involves a ringing in the ears audible only to the person with tinnitus, sufferers also report hearing a hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring or chirping sound. It also varies in severity - merely an unwelcome distraction for some but completely debilitating for others. Those who have tinnitus often report trouble sleeping, an inability to concentrate or complete tasks and changes in cognitive ability. If left untreated, tinnitus can lead to extreme stress for sufferers, and present challenges at work and at home.
No cure, but treatment available Tinnitus is often related to
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hearing loss, although it can also be associated with earwax, head injuries, medications and other conditions. Much like hearing loss, there’s no known cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments available. Counseling and sound therapy are often used to provide relief for those with tinnitus, and the hearing aid industry has also recently developed products than can help alleviate the problems caused by tinnitus. For example, Xino Tinnitus from Starkey is an innovative, nearly invisible, behind-the-ear device that provides relief for tinnitus sufferers. The device has adjustable features designed to allow the wearer to experience a maximum level of relief, including volume and memory controls that can be controlled with the touch of a finger. The device can help offset the irritating sounds and thus many of the problems caused by tinnitus. This device can also be used as a hearing aid for tinnitus sufferers who also have a hearing loss and could benefit from amplification. More information can be found at www.starkey.com.
Charlie visits Harbor Haven
Charlie, 4-1/2-month-old companion service dog in training, visits with Vivian Kohn, left, at Harbor Haven in Fond du Lac, on May 8. Though Charlie is being trained not to jump up on people, Vivian wanted Charlie on her lap and dog trainer Jake Guell obliged. PATRICK FLOOD/ACTION PUBLICATIONS
What to do if you think you have tinnitus
Tinnitus is a condition that can often be treated by a hearing care professional, although certain conditions might require medical treatment from a physician or ENT. A specialist can help you develop a treatment plan and determine if a tinnitus treatment device can help alleviate your symptoms. If you’re suffering from tinnitus, the time to get help is now. The right treatment methods can help you manage your condition and prevent it from reaching a debilitating level. Visit www.tinnitushearing.com to learn more about this condition and find a hearing care professional near you.
St. Peter’s Place proclamation
Regis Westphal, left, and Irene Majerus, right, along with Renee Leasa, of St. Peter’s Place holding the Older Americans Month proclamation they received at the Fond du Lac City Council meeting on May 7. Other representatives of Lutheran Homes & Health Services who were present for the proclamation, but not pictured here include: Mari Beth Borek, chief executive officer; Jeanette Jones representing Tarfa Terrace; and Don and Myra Wilhelms representing the Wellness Center. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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