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here has been a substantial increase in students taking online college courses, changing significantly how modern learners access information, and librarians have adjusted to keep pace with an ever increasing demand for knowledge in the digital age. Sixty-three percent of academic officers at the nation’s colleges and universities believe that within five years the majority of students will be taking at least one course online, according to a survey conducted in 2013 by Babson Research. Given this anticipated growth in online learning and that anyone, not only college students, can access information on just about anything via the Internet, some may think that libraries and librarians are becoming less relevant in the digital age. The truth is that they are needed now more than ever. Libraries and the professionals who staff them have risen to meet the needs of a constantly changing digital environment, shifting from gatekeeper of information to educator, a role that extends well beyond the college campus.

Today’s librarians support users by providing access to electronic resources and instructing those who may be unfamiliar with how to use the varied formats in which these resources may exist. As they experience more new forms of technology, librarians have to stay on the forefront of how these technologies work, that everyone has equal access to information and to be proactive in their outreach to all users. In the modern library, users will find opportunities for self-paced learning through video tutorials and professionals who tailor resources for different proficiency levels. Underpinning all of these skills is the ethical use of information along with the ability to interact with others in the virtual environment. In doing so, the modern library gives users the ability to become both consumers and producers of information. Libraries continue to serve as gateways to learning more and librarians still provide the keys to unlocking the potential knowledge that can be obtained. Librarians are the unsung heroes of information in the digital age.

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at Horace Mann High School, 225 McKinley St., North Fond du Lac. Registration prices vary depending on event. 15k run, 1 mile run, 3 mile walk, kid’s run Expo, chip timing, cash awards, elite entries offered, tech tee, family fun. 2–3, 8–10, 15-17, 24, 29–31 • music On tHe PatiO –at Jim and Linda's Lakeview Supper Club, W3496 County W, Pipe. Various bands performing, during and after the dinner hour. Call (920) 795-4116 for information. 3 • escarPment BicycLe tOur – 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ledgeview Nature Center, W2348 Short Rd., Chilton. Varied ticket prices. Enjoy a relaxing pedal through scenic rural areas, views of Lake Winnebago and optional Kettle Moraine. Full-service ride with six routes from 8 to 100 miles.

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ith a life-long love of sports, “people person” Jack Francis, 70, of Fond du Lac, has found his niché in life. Long before high school, Jack learned the value of a good work ethic by having a paper route and working at Frazier’s Restaurant as a bus boy. After graduating from St. Mary Springs Academy in 1962, he wasn’t sure what direction his life would be headed. “As a kid, I was very shy,” he said. “In September 1962, Herb Niederehe (whom eventually became president of the National Exchange Bank), approached me and offered me a position at the


bank as a messenger. After a while, I advanced to teller, and eventually made it to head teller, and was in charge of teller operations.” During that period, Jack began making a lot of friends through the banking experience, and his confidence began to grow. He credits the late Herb Niederehe and the late Miles Phalen as sort of mentors in his banking career of almost 22 years. “I enjoyed my work at the bank, and they both were fantastic. They helped me so much,” said Francis. It was through friends and his love of baseball

— which he inherited from his father, who was a very good baseball player back in the 1930s — that Jack began to coach Little League baseball in Fond du Lac, which he enjoyed doing for about five years. After high school, Jack was really involved in softball and volleyball, and he recalled in his early 20s, he was playing softball five times a week. With his love of sports, an opporunity opened up to become athletic director at Sacred Heart School, as a volunteer. He served in that position for about 10 years and credits that time as another learning experience.


After leaving the bank in 1984, Jack started to work for Jeff Hopper at Hopper’s Ski and Sport Center (which was at the present Gino’s location) for about three years. Again, he stated: “It was another learning experience, and the people there were fantanstic.” Then in May 1987, Jack had the opportunity to buy Klaetsch’s Sport Shop on Main Street. Leslie “Curly”  Klaetsch stayed working for Jack, and he continued with the hand-sewing and handembroider on letter jackets for many years. That was before computerized embroidery machines took over. He called the store Jack’s Team Sports and hired lots of good employees over the years. In the early ’90s, his sister Mary Lang came on board and served in co-worker, manager, and trophy builder positions until October 2008, when ill health ended her work in Jack’s store. Over the years, his business progressed and grew. Again he commented: “It was a very good learning experience.” His store became a fixture in the community and people referred to the store as “Jack’s store” even though  it was initially known as Team Sports. The store carried everything related to sports — uniforms for Fond du Lac area sports teams, baseball and equipment, batting gloves, baseball gloves, bats — and also football, basketball, volleyball and soccer accessories, and trophy building. When Jack owned the store, glove relacing was also a big part of the business. “I've met a lot of friends over the years. The flood of 2008 really challenged my business, but several of my friends came to my rescue.” Jack sold the store in May 2011 to Byron and Jill Pegram, but stayed on with them during the transition, to help them learn the business. Jack continued glove relacing and also began to do relacing from his Fond du Lac home. Jack officially retired in May 2013, and has not been involved with the store since then, but has been continuing the art of relacing baseball gloves. When asked  about some of his best

memories from running his store, he was quick to reply, “The people … the customers … I’ve met so many people who have become friends … the downtown sidewalk sales (that was a lot of work but fun) … hiring good people … and the neighbors near his store.” Jack had so many wonderful memories that included having his father helping out at the store almost every day (until his death in 1998). When asked if he ever met any famous people during is ownership, he commented that he sold licensed products for professional teams like the Packers, the Brewers, and the Badgers. He also met several Packers players  in by-gone years when they came to Fond du Lac for “signings.” His favorite players were receivers Don Beebe and Robert Brooks. Jack explained he learned the  art of glove relacing, “As I went along, using specialty tools that Curly had in the store.” Jack continued with some very interesting facts: Baseball gloves are made mostly of leather. One size does not fit all. Kids gloves start at about 10 inches and go up to 14 inches for adult softball players. Generally, the cost of a glove starts out at $15 for a kid, and could run up to hundreds of dollars for an adult. He noted, the average price for an adult softball player’s glove would be between $60 and $90.  It depends on normal wear and tear and how well the glove is taken care of to determine how long a glove will last. A catcher’s mitt and the glove for a first baseman are the hardest to relace. The first step in the process (of relacing a glove) is to examine the glove to see what condtion the fingers and the pocket are in and then he conditions the glove  with a special leather cream (conditioner) and starts out by pulling out the broken leather laces. Jack noted it usually takes a minimum of an hour to relace a glove, depending on the condition. “If it’s a simple fix, the cost will start out at about $10, depending on what all has to be done. A complete glove relace would run about

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$45. Most players prefer to keep their old glove and have it relaced because it’s broken in.” When Jack is called upon to do a  relacing job, he dons his taylor’s apron, and gets out his assortment of tools, which include scissors, bentnose pliers, lacing needle and the leather laces. The laces come in several different colors and the length can run from 48 to 72 inches. Sometimes Jack  will work long hours during the baseball-softball season, but also at any time of the year. “Often a player will call me and  drop off his glove in the fall, and request it be ready for the next season,” he said. Besides relacing baseball gloves, Jack enjoys gardening, fiixing up his house, watching softballl games at Lakeside Park with friends, and being a good neighbor. One of his future goals is to restore his ’72 Pontiac convertible. “Right now I’m too busy to get into that,” he said with a laugh.


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How to qualify To qualify for this free service you must be 60 years of age or older and have a current property tax bill that verifies ownership. Homeowners must reside in the City of Fond du Lac or in Village of North Fond du Lac. Income guidelines are as follows: single $1,702 per month and couple $2,294 per month. There is a limit to the number of households that can be serviced so there is no guarantee that service will be able to be provided. Selection of participants will be based on income, age of heating equipment, and order in which application is received. Applications are due to Senior Services no later than Sept. 15. To obtain an application for eligibility you must call Julie Hilbert, benefit specialist for Fond du Lac County at (920) 929-3521, or stop at the City/County Building, Third Floor.





Betty Trent, foster grandparent volunteer “Grandma Betty,” as she is affectionately known by the students at Pier Elementary School, is a Foster Grandparent Volunteer in Joyce Finn’s kindergarten classroom. The classroom is full of 24 busy little kindergarteners ready to learn academics and enjoy their day as they develop social and emotional skills. There is no better person to help them with that positive development than Betty Trent. Betty says “I feel I can give the children the gift of time and love. I can listen to them and help them in their growth and development.” Sometimes, with that many children in the classroom, another person to listen to a child read or help them complete a project is the difference in making a successful day for a child. Somehow, Betty’s smiling face and

positive attitude seems to have a way of communicating to the children that she believes in them and they can accomplish anything. The best part is, they believe it. Joyce Finn, the kindergarten classroom teacher, notes that “Betty is talented and fun loving. She works so hard to strive to make every child feel special and unique.” Betty explains what it’s like volunteering with the kindergarten students in the classroom — “Years seem to disappear as you are welcomed and included into their young lives. They accept you and you become a part of their world of learning, loving and growing. Joyce opens her class and heart to encompass you. She makes you feel valued and appreciated.” When asked why should others consider volunteering in the schools,

Fond du Lac County Senior Dining Menu AUGUST 1 Chopped Steak in Burg/Mush Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Fudge Brownie, Seedless Grapes,* Sliced Bread AUGUST 4 BBQ Pork Cutlet, Baby Red Potatoes, Green Beans, Applesauce, Cookie,* Sliced Bread AUGUST 5 Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole, Spinach Salad with Rasp. Vinaigrette, Choc. Chip Cookie, Peach Slices,* Dinner Roll AUGUST 6 Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Peas and Carrots, Fruited Gelatin, Ice Cream Cup,* Sliced Bread AUGUST 7 Baked Spaghetti Casserole, Mixed Italian Salad, Birthday Cake, Pear Slices,* French Bread AUGUST 8 Orange Glazed Chicken Breast, Baked Potato, Chinese Ramen Salad, Pineapple Tidbits, Tapioca Pudding,* Sliced Bread AUGUST 11 Ham, Rolls, Au Gratin Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Rasp. Frozen Yogurt, Plum Halves,* Sliced Bread

AUGUST 12 Baked Chicken, Twice Bk Style Pot., Pickled Beet, Salad, Apricot Halves, Cookie,* Dinner Roll AUGUST 13 Pork Jaegerschnitzel, Mashed Potatoes, Red Cabbage, Applesauce, Cake, Honeydew Melon,* Sliced Bread AUGUST 14 Hawaiian Meatballs, Baby Red Potatoes, Carrots, Watermelon Slice, Cinnamon Roll, * Dinner Roll AUGUST 15 Beef Stew, Tossed Salad, Butterfinger Torte, Apple Slices,* Cheddar Biscuit AUGUST 18 Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Cranberry Gelatin Frosted Cake,* Sliced Bread AUGUST 19 Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Peas and Carrots, Coconut Cream Pie, Pear Slices,* Dinner Roll AUGUST 20 Escalloped Potatoes & Ham Casserole, Winter Blend Veg., Cantaloupe Slice, Cookie,* Sliced Bread

AUGUST 21 Beef Frank on a Bun, German Pot. Salad, Summer Blend Vegetables, Ice Cream Cup, Peach Slices AUGUST 22 Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Three Bean Salad, Petite Banana, Fudge Brownie,* Sliced Bread AUGUST 25 Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Swiss Spinach, Choc. Rasp. Torte, Fruit Cocktail, * Sliced Bread AUGUST 26 Cranberry Glazed Pork Cutlet, Baked Potato, Peas and Carrots, Fruited Gelatin, Vanilla Pudding,* Dinner Roll AUGUST 27 Baked Chicken, Twice Bk Style Pot., Health Slaw, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Applesauce, * Sliced Bread AUGUST 28 Pepper Steak, Baby Red Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Pineapple Tidbits, Sugar Cookie, * Dinner Roll AUGUST 29 Roast Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Egg Custard Pie, Honeydew Melon,* Sliced Bread


Meal Sites: FOND DU LAC – Riverview Apartments, 101 Western Ave., Mon-Fri 11:45am; Westnor Apartments, 653 W Arndt St. noon; Portland Square Apartments, 55 N. Portland, 11:45am; Senior Center, 151 E. First St. Mon-Thurs 11:45am; NORTH FOND DU LAC – Northgate, 350 Winnebago St., noon; RIPON – Russell Manor, 504 Russell Dr., 11:45am; Willowbrook Apartments, 615 W. Oshkosh St., noon; WAUPUN – Senior Center, 301 E. Main St., noon. Eligibility & Nutrition: All persons or married to someone 60 years or older are eligible for the Fond du Lac County Elderly Nutrition Program. Each meal contains 1/3 of the current daily Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Registration: Preregister at least one day in advance by 1pm, by signing up at a meal site or calling Fond du Lac Courthouse, 929-3937; Waupun Senior Center, 324-7930. For cancellations call the Department of Senior Service at 929-3937 before 1pm the business day prior to the meal. Donations: There is a suggested donation of $3 for those 60 years of age or older or married to someone 60+. Mobile Meals donation of $3.50. Volunteers: Volunteers are needed for the Senior Dining Program of the Fond du Lac County Dept. of Senior Services. Call 929-3114 for more information.


Betty replied “It helps make your life richer and purposeful. The acceptance and love you receive is priceless.” Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is currently recruiting tutor volunteers for the 2014/2015 school year. All volunteers 55 years and over receive support and training, mileage reimbursement, excess accident/liability insurance, and annual recognition. Some volunteers who are over age 55 and meet specific income guidelines may also qualify to receive a small stipend through the Foster Grandparent Program.

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Experience - August 2014  

News for boomers and beyond

Experience - August 2014  

News for boomers and beyond