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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cleveland ● Francis Creek ● Kellnersville ● Kiel ● Mishicot ● Newton ● Osman ● School Hill ● Reedsville ● St. Nazianz ● Valders ● Whitelaw ● Branch

SCENES OF FALL Ryan Ott from L&S Farms in Reedsville operates a combine as he harvests soybeans recently in a field off of Thunder Road in Kellnersville.

Jill Lukasek reads a story from the Highlights High Five magazine to her son Noah, 4, as they enjoy warm fall weather from the front lawn at their home in Kellnersville. Fall color and blue sky surround St. Anne Church in Francis Creek. The historical church dates back to 1872. Photos by Sue Pischke/HTR

Cleveland remembers those who served in military house will follow the program.

Youngsters who want to learn about plants — and the animals that visit the plants — can sign up for the Sun Catcher Garden Club. The group meets twice a month after school. Topics for the upcoming year include butterfly gardens, bats and worms, seed dispersal and fruit and vegetable identification. It’s all free, but contact the school for a permission slip.

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niversary. Ron Schmidt generously donated the stone and supervised the installation. Also honored will be the eight charter members of the Ladies Auxiliary — Bernice Dassler, Audrey Ertel, Margaret Jost, Audrey Knier, Adeline Kolb, Alice Matthias, Selma Vogel and Deloris Wesener. A reception in the club-

Williard Matthias, a WWII veteran from Cleveland, will be taking a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6. He is the proud recipient of an Honor Flight, a program that flies veterans to our nation’s capitol to view the WWII Memorial and many other historic points of interest. The veterans will enjoy a mail call on the flight home. Honor Flights currently focus on WWII vets; Korean and Vietnam vets will be honored in the future. Best wishes to Matthias on his trip of a lifetime.


This memorial marker to Sgt. James Gahagan will be dedicated on Nov. 7 outside the Cleveland VFW Post 8974 clubhouse. Mary The day at Cleveland EleTooley photo mentary and NEW Montes-

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sori School doesn’t end with the last class. From sports to gardening, afterschool activities enable students to explore their special interests.

Many of these programs are free, including the volleyball clinic for grades 2 to 5 on Nov. 1, 8 and 15. Presented by the Cleveland Athletic Club and Cleve-

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gt. James Gahagan was the only Cleveland veteran killed in the Vietnam War. From Nov. 30, 1965, to Jan. 17, 1969, the date of his death, Sgt. Gahagan served with Co. A 1st BN Mechanized 16th Army Infantry. The cause of death was hostile ground fire in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam. He was the son of the late Hugh Gahagan and Arlene Gahagan, who resides in New Holstein. A monument honoring Sgt. Gahagan’s life and service will be dedicated at 1 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the flagpole site beside the Cleveland VFW Post 8974 clubhouse. Mike Demske of Manitowoc will be the featured speaker. All Vietnam veterans are invited to attend and will be recognized by Wayne Schuette of Centerville. The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8974 inaugurated the memorial project to coincide with its 60th an-

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Almost 10 years ago, Mike and Linda Linsmeier made a simple decision that changed their lives forever. The couple was farming and raising their family at 2033 County H, in Cato. Like many local farmers, they struggled with long hours, low milk prices, high feed costs and multiple veterinary bills. They decided to start grazing their cows. The couple set up special fencing comprised of three hard wires of electric fence around the perimeter and lanes of their 70 acres. A single line of plastic-coated electric fencing was moved daily to give the cows access to a fresh halfacre of grassland. After one year of grazing their cows, the Linsmeiers were amazed at what they found. Their cows were in better health, with stronger feet and fewer infections. The overall costs for the Linsmeiers had gone down and their workload had decreased. “The next natural step for us was to go organic,” Mike said. “At that time, there really wasn’t much difference in the amount of money an organic farmer made versus a conventional farmer. But over the years the milk prices have gone up for organic farmers.” The Linsmeiers belong to Organic Valley, a group based in La Farge. A truck from Gibbsville, near Sheboygan, comes and picks up their milk. They decide if the milk is needed for organic cheese, butter or fluid milk, depending on consumer demand. “We don’t usually know where the milk is going

Three firefighters have joined the Valders Fire Department volunteer roster. Adam Schetter, Elizabeth Winkel and Luke Hickman have joined the team of those making our community safer.

Garbage dumping times have changed in the village from whenever it is convenient to only when the Valders Recycling Center is open — from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays There are also fees for recycling large electronics, with the amounts matching what the Manitowoc County Recycling Center charges. The cost is $10 for microwaves, computer monitors, computers and televisions with screens smaller than 27 inches, and $20 for larger-screen TVs. Carole Curtis: (920) 905-1755;

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Mike and Linda Linsmeier say turning to organic farming a decade ago was a great decision. Photo by Chris Meulemans that day unless the truck driver tells us. Our milk can be used for all those products,” Mike Linsmeier said. Linda Linsmeier adds that their family had a “history of cancer on both sides. We wanted to make healthy changes for our family. We were cutting out junk food and soda and microwaved food. We saw the health benefits for us and we saw benefits for the cows when we started a more natural lifestyle.”

says. “We do a lot more hands-on things to help our cows. We use approved homeopathic medication that our vet recommends. We use some of the oldtime balms and massage treatments. The overall health has increased so much that our herd health bills are down to one-tenth of what they were 10 years ago. “ The Linsmeiers say organic farming involves a different mindset. “We milk our cows twice a day,” Mike said. “We feed Requirements less corn and soybean. We The couple had to follow don’t push our cows to prosome guidelines to have duce so much and they their cows and milk certi- have a six- to seven-year fied as organic. For three lifespan.” years before certification, their cows had to be raised Less milk, but … without additives in their He said cows give about feed, chemicals on the land 150 pounds of milk per day or preservatives on the on a “conventional” farm. seed that was planted for Their cows produce about their oats and corn. Once 90. That translates to about those new ways were estab- 25,000 pounds of milk per lished, there was no turn- year that a cow gives on a ing back. conventional farm, versus “We are farming like my 16,000 pounds that a cow on grandfather did,” Mike an organic farm will give.

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A building project in miniature

St. John’s students up to the challenge BY LEANNE BOOHER

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Seventh- and eighth-grade students participating in the model-building assignment at St. John’s School, Newtonburg, include, in front from left: Brett Krueger, Zak Kenneke, Reuben Vogt, Kyle Kasten and Ben Behnke. In second row are Gabby Hackmann, Ruby Liermann, Annalisa Schuette, Katie Petersohn, MacKayla Menges and Hannah Nass. In third row are Jacob Leu, Heidi Raddatz, Kristina Schuette and Alison Booher. In back are Eli Liermann, Peter Lindemann, Caleb Liermann and teacher Mike Wisniewski.

Also participating in the project were, foreground from left, Alyssa Jost, Hannah Schleis, Sarah Yagodinski, Heidi Knutson and Miriam Headrick. In background from left are Rachel Gries, Seth Hillmer, Lincoln Raddatz and teacher Mike Wisniewski. Photos by Leanne Booher

The seventh- and eighthgrade class of St. John’s School, Newtonburg, was given an assignment in science class by their teacher, Mike Wisniewski — make a three-dimensional model of a place they were interested in or very familiar with. The students were required to collect measurements and then scale the model down to make it fit on their desktops. They also were required to analyze construction materials to determine what would be best suited for their models. Wisniewski said he was trying to get the students to think and work like scientists. “This model-building project is an example of a tool scientists use,” he said. “I wanted the students to gain a better understanding about how scale models work. Also, to realize that to construct a model, you have to find out all kinds of information to make the model realistic.” A majority of the students seemed to enjoy doing the project, while learning how to properly scale “It took a little more time than other projects,” Rachel Gries admitted, but “in the end it was worth it.” Most agreed, although there were some frustrations. Eli Liermann said he

Heidi Knutson displays her model project. wished he had started earlier, while Heidi Knutson remarked that, “nothing ever turns out exactly how you want it to.” I asked youngsters about the most difficult aspect of the project. æ “Cutting out the walls and floor took a while.” — Alyssa Jost æ “Just getting mine to stand.” — Hannah Nass æ “Cutting out the pieces.” — Annalisa Schuette. I also asked the children about the best part of the project: æ “Being done with it!” — Ruby Liermann æ “Putting it together

with the help of my dad.” — Hannah Schleis æ “Seeing my room so small!” — Katie Petersohn æ “Seeing how it turned out and how it looked like a little dollhouse.” — Alison Booher. The project took some children only hours, while other spent up to two weeks working on theirs. Wisniewski has made this an assignment in his class for several years. “It is great to see some students going above and beyond the requirements because they really enjoy doing the project,” he said. Leanne Booher: (920) 732-3888

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Mishicot Pumpkinfest coming Saturday BY VIRGINIA PARLATO

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Pumpkinfest will soon be celebrated in Mishicot. The village will be abuzz with activity to remind us of our agricultural roots. There will be contests, food, vendors of every kind, and fun galore. The Mishicot farmers market vendors will be there on Oct. 16 with their produce, crafts, and specialty products. The vendors who bring their products to Mishicot every Wednesday morning throughout the summer also enjoy celebrating

Pumpkinfest, which marks the final day of the farmers market season in the village. Pumpkinfest this fall offers more variety for those who come hungry. The annual pancake breakfast begins the day at 8 a.m. at the Mishicot High School. Craft vendors also will be inside the school. On Main Street you will find live music, a magic show, chainsaw artist Dave Barthels, pumpkin carver Jerry Rathsack, a blacksmith, a woodcarver, farmers market vendors, craft and food ven-

dors, jewelry vendors, bake sales and much, much more. A big parade begins at noon, when you can see all the children in their imaginative costumes who participate in our Children’s Costume Classic. They will be riding in a horse-drawn wagon that provides rides for a small fee the rest of the day. Mishicot’s 23rd annual Pumpkinfest will bring the same family fun that has been provided in the past, but with a few key differences this year. Every contest will award

cash prizes. The baking contest provides participants the chance to win a $100 Best of Show award. A giant pumpkin weigh-in top prize is $300. Prize winners will be announced at 11 a.m. on Main Street in front of the village hall. Look online at and follow the “Calendar” link for all the contests and their rules. Be sure to mark Oct. 16 on your calendar. Pumpkinfest is held rain or shine. Come to Mishicot to celebrate the fall harvest season. You won’t be disappointed.

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Equal coverage of 13 Manitowoc county communities, local correspondents, and reader Submitted Photos.

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Equal coverage of 13 Manitowoc county communities, local correspondents, and reader Submitted Photos.