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From Adams, Juneau and south Wood counties July 2012

People, pictures and places

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Things to do • Rome Farmers Market in full gear Food and drink ideas • Calendar of events

Your Lakes Area Healthcare Team In the Town of Rome at... 1160 Rome Center Drive (715) 325-8300

Aaron Olson, MD

Jayzon Martinito, MD

Gail Wagner, FNP

Family Medicine

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Also with Clinics at... Riverview Medical Center 410 Dewey Street, Wisconsin Rapids (715) 421-7474 1015 Angelus Drive, Nekoosa (715) 886-2100

Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy are Available in Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa & the Lakes Area For These Services, Call (715) 424-8500

After Hours? Riverview Rapid Care! Always Open! Not able to make it during clinic hours? CanÂ’t get a clinic appointment soon enough? Colds


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Ear Aches 


Pregnancy Testing


Minor Burns


Bladder Infections

Blood Sugar Testing

Pink Eye

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Enter at the Riverview Medical Center Emergency Entrance

410 Dewey Street WI-5001510718

Wisconsin Rapids

(715) 423-6060

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Summer’s here with lots of fun things to do


s of June 20, summer officially is under way! This issue of Lake Country Snapshots is packed with glimpses of summer fun on the lake, things to do and ideas to make your summer more enjoyable. Check out the calendar for places to go. There are many attractions within driving distance. Enjoy baseball? A drive to Wisconsin Rapids will get you to a Wisconsin Rapids Rafters baseball game. The Rafters are part of the 16-team Northwoods League — the largest summer baseball league comprising the top college players from across the nation and North America. They win some, they lose some — but it’s always a fun night at the ballpark. There are summer band concerts and a plethora of festivals, which usually include music, food, entertainment and, of course, more food. What’s summer without a cookout? Check out the recipe page for ideas for your Fourth of July celebrations. Speaking of the Fourth, we’d love for you to submit your photos of your cookouts and other summer activities. That’s what Lake Country



Snapshots is all about. The photos from the Barnum Bay Yacht Club are breathtaking — kind of makes me want to jump aboard and set sail. The club has some events coming up DEB JAMIE — check them out. CLEWORTH JUNG On another note, this will be my last issue as content editor for Lake Country Snapshots. I’ll be handing over the reins to Jamie Jung. Jamie also is the Lifestyle editor for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune and Stevens Point Journal. I won’t be far from her and will help her with future issues as she, if you’ll pardon the pun, gets her feet wet and she dives into Lake Country Snapshots. Content now can be sent to jamie.jung@cwnews. net.

It’s been a pleasure helping prepare these issues for Adams, Juneau and, most recently, south Wood County residents during the past several years. I encourage you to continue to send in photos and stories. You are what makes Lake Country Snapshots a fun product. Enjoy your summer. Deb Cleworth Content editor Lake Country Snapshots

Cover photo: Sailboats on Lake Petenwell. Submitted by Doug Dannen.

Why not send your photos to Lake Country Snapshots? You never know, you might be featured on the next cover! Send your events, photos and stories to Lake Country Snapshots, 220 First Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495, or email jamie.

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Summer Calendar of Events & Blooms, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. children’s discovery time; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., butterfly viewing and butterfly gardening, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Necedah. More information 608-565-2551 or dah.

JUNE » 30: Craft show, 10 a.m., Lake Sherwood Lodge, Rome. Contact 715-325-4066.

» 30: Summer Smash Mauston, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park (across from Mile Bluff Medical Center), Mauston. Arts/crafts, flea market, swap meet, antiques, food and beer gardens, much more; snowmobile races, 8:30 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. racing begins; horse show, 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. show begins; vintage snowmobile show, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. show, 3 p.m. awards. Contact 866-516-1646 or www. Free admission, free parking. » 30: Cranberry Blossom Day 2012, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, 204 Main Street, Warrens. Special events include wine tasting, reduced rate on the museum, fantastic bakery, and cranberry ice cream and kids activities. See a marsh up close and experience what the cranberry blossoms look like, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wetherby Cranberry Marsh. Lunch available, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information: 608-378-4878 or www. » 30: Patriotic Days, Castle Rock County Park, Highway Z, Friendship. Sponsored by Castle Rock Lions Club. Food stands all day; fireworks at dusk.

» 30: Pie and Ice Cream Social, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lions Park, Adams. Homemade pie $2, pie with ice cream $2.50; proceeds help support the Adams County Humane Society. More information, contact Lynn Moen 608-339-8286 or www.adamscountyhumaneso

» 6, 7, 8: Wa Du Shuda Days, Riverside Park, New Lisbon. Car show Saturday at the Legion Hall; bands; kids’ inflatables; food stands; flea markets; karaoke contest; volleyball tournament; beer tent; much more. Fireworks display at dusk on Saturday; parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.

July 7: Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake, 807 W. Lake St., Friendship. Contact or 608-339-3485.

» 3: Randy Korb “Frog Guy”, 2 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Live frogs, toads, and salamanders visit the Lester Public Library’s summer reading program. Free.

» 3: Heart & Sole Road Race 2K


and 5K Run/Walk, 6 p.m., Riverside Park, Pittsville. Proceeds benefit the Pittsville Fire Department and Community Scholarship Program. More information: 715-884-6514 or www.pittsvillefiredepartment. com

» 1: Castle Rock Lions’ Pancake

» 3: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

Breakfast, Castle Rock County Park, Highway Z, Friendship.

» 1: Summer Smash Mauston, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park (across from Mile Bluff Medical Center), Mauston. Arts and crafts, flea market, swap meet, antiques, food and beer gardens, much more; ATV races, 8:30 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. racing begins; horse show, 9:30 a.m. registration, noon, show begins. Contact 866-516-1646 or Free admission, free parking.

» 2 and 3: Homemade bake sale, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church,

» 7: Railroad Centennial/Birth of Adams Celebration, car show open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Goggin Street, Adams; 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run 8:30 a.m., Burt Morris Park Pavilion; pancake breakfast 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Burt Morris Park Pavilion; displays reopen 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Community Center; Hobo Gathering 10 a.m., Burt Morris Park; Operation Safety, Terry’s Train Rides, fun stuff for kids 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burt Morris Park; Lost Arts Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Joseph’s Center; “Taste of Adams” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lions Park; various bands perform noon to 9:30 p.m., Burt Morris Park.

Baseball vs. Madison Mallards, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball. com for more information and promotions offered at this game.

» 4: Fourth of July parade, starts at 10 a.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds, ends at Carquest of Adams, downtown Friendship and Adams.

» 4: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. Madison Mallards, 1:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball. com for more information and

promotions offered at this game.

» 4: Aqua Skiers Street Dance with Fireworks on the River, 2 p.m. to dusk, fireworks at dusk, Veterans Park, Wisconsin Rapids. Featuring food and beverages, live music, kids’ games and a fantastic fireworks show on the Wisconsin River. More information 715-423-5737 or www.aquaskiers. org.

» 4: Railroad Centennial/Birth of Adams Celebration, opening ceremony 8 a.m.; Hobo Gathering 10 a.m., Burt Morris Park, continues through Saturday; model railroad, other railroad, and city displays open 10 a.m., Adams County Community Center; railroad reunion 11:30 a.m.; evening movie 7 p.m., Old/New Adams Theater, 157 S. Main St., Adams, presented by Adams Community Theater.

» 4: Mauston Fireworks Display, 9:45 p.m. The fireworks will be shot from the top of Mile Bluff and will be directed toward Veterans Memorial Park.

» 5: Railroad Centennial/Birth of Adams Celebration, displays reopen 10 a.m., Community Center; Hobo Gathering 10 a.m., Burt Morris Park; Lost Arts set up 10 a.m., St. Joseph Center, East State Street, Adams; petting zoo

July 5: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball opens 10 a.m., Lions Park, North Main Street, Adams; movie 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Adams Theater; Community Band/Pie Social begins 5 p.m., Lions Park, bring your own chairs; Adams Community Theater performance 8:30 p.m., Adams Theater.

» 5: “TeensRead @ the Library”, 6 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Lester Public Library’s summer reading program for ages 13 and up. Free.

» 5: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. Green Bay Bullfrogs, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball.

com for more information and promotions offered at this game.

» 6: Railroad Centennial/Birth of Adams Celebration, displays reopen 10 a.m., Community Center; Hobo Gathering 10 a.m., Burt Morris Park; Lost Arts Festival open, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Joseph’s Center; Operation Safety, Terry’s Train Rides, fun stuff for kids, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burt Morris Park; drive-in barbecue open for business 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lions Park; Jazz Band Concert 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Burt Morris Park; Melodrama and Afterglow Party 8:30 p.m., Adams Theater. » 6: Wildlife Series: Butterflies

» 7: Wa Du Shuda 2nd Annual 5k and Half Marathon Races, 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. registration, 7 a.m. half marathon begins, 8 a.m. 5k begins, Riverside Park, New Lisbon. 5k pre-register cost $15, day of race cost $20; half marathon pre-register cost $25, day of marathon cost $30. More information, or contact 608-562-6455. Sponsored by New Lisbon Wrestling Club, Fun Company and Mill Haven Foods. » 7: Car Wash, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the north lot of the Adams/Friendship Middle School. Sponsored by Adams-Friendship Middle School Student Council to benefit Adams County Humane Society. » 7: Mauston Fire Department Annual Chicken Dinner, 11 a.m. until sold out, Fire Department, 303 Mansion St., Mauston. Chicken dinner with all the trimmings. Call for details 608-847-5475. » 7: Sand County Fine Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Market Square, Historic Downtown, Portage. Outdoor arts festival featuring fine art, music, food,

July 2012 • Lake Country SNAPSHOTS 5 Portage Rotary Club beer and wine tasting. More information 608-617-3792 or 608-477-8062 or

The heat of the summer has to have affected them because these sales are W@CKY! Contact 715421-3500 or

» 7: Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mir-

» 19 to 21: “Love, Sex and the I.R.S.”, 7:30 p.m., Pittsville Schools Auditorium, Pittsville. Pittsville Area Community Theater’s family-friendly production filled with twists of fate, sight gags, and hilarious comic lines; misunderstandings and mistaken identities will provide much of the humor. More information, contact info@

ror Lake, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., boat landing, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. A 90-minute guided tour of Mirror Lake; learn some of the geology and history of the area. Rentals are available at boat landing; please arrive 15 minutes early to rent a kayak/ canoe. Contact 608-254-2333 or

» 19 to 22: 46th annual Wisconsin State Water-Ski Show Championships, Red Sands Beach, South Wood County Park, South Park Road, Wisconsin Rapids. Watch Wisconsin’s best water ski show teams compete for the state championship title; enjoy food and beverage and many other vendors. For individual times visit More information, call 715-459-6117 or visit pages/Wisconsin-Rapids-Aqua-Skiers/96299587234. Free admission.

» 7: Soaring Eagles Wildlife Rehabilitation, Bluewater Bay Campground Amphitheater, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. An entertaining and educational family evening program about birds and the rehabilitation process presented by volunteers from the Soaring Eagles Rehab Center and some of their feathered friends. Supported by the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park. Contact 608-254-2333 or » 9: Mauston Community Band Concert, 7 p.m., Juneau County Courthouse lawn, Mauston.

» 9: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. Eau Claire Express, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St,. Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715-424-5400 or www. for more information and promotions offered at this game.

July 14: Taste of Rome quired; reservations encouraged.

» 14: City-wide rummage sales, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wautoma.

» 14: Taste of Rome, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alpine Village Business Park, Rome. Music and much more awaits you during this community celebration. Call 715-325-7407 or 715-3251867 for more information.

» 10: “Doug the Jug” 2 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. A humorous juggling extravaganza at Lester Public Library’s summer reading program. Free.

» 11: Tea & Cake, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Juneau County UW-Extension Office, 211 Hickory St., Mauston. In celebration of 100 years.

» 11: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. La Crosse Loggers, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball. com for more information and promotions offered at this game.

» 12: “TeensRead @ the Library” 6 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Lester Public Library’s summer reading program for ages 13 and up. Free.

» 12: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. La Crosse Loggers, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball. com for more information and promotions offered at this game.

» 13: Hands-on History: HoChunk Basket Weaving, Children’s Workshop, session 1, Historic Indian Agency House, Portage. Con-

July 19 ot 22: 46th Annual Wisconsin State Water-Ski Show tact 608-742-6362 or agencyhouse. org/events.html. Fee required; reservations encouraged.

» 13: Creatures of the Night, 11 a.m., Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Necedah Wildlife Refuge will be bringing owls and bats to the Hatch Library. Contact 608-847-4454 or

» 13: Taste of Rome, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Alpine Village Business Park, Rome. Music and much more awaits you during this community celebration. Call 715-325-7407 or 715-325-1867 for more information.

» 13: Adams Community Band concert, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Adams-Friendship Middle School. Area talent performs music at the American Cancer Society Relay for

Life of Adams County.

» 13 and 14: Juneau County Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep, Juneau County Highway Department, Mauston. Agricultural waste collection 9 a.m. to noon Friday; household waste collection noon to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Event to help Juneau County residents rid their homes of old prescriptions/ medications, and their garages, basements, sheds of hazardous material. Do not mix chemicals. Leave in original containers. More information 608-847-7221 ext. 101.

» 14: Hands-on History: HoChunk Basket Weaving, Children’s Workshop, session 2, Historic Indian Agency House, Portage. Contact 608-742-6362 or agen Fee re-

» 14: Down the Garden Path, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., various locations, Wisconsin Rapids. Tours of area flower gardens to benefit Wood County Master Gardener volunteers. More information, 715-421-8440. » 14: Wildflower Photography, 8 a.m., Necedah Wildlife Refuge, Nechedah. Tips and tricks for flower photography in the field. More information 608-565-2551 or dah/. » 14, 15: Arkdale Open Horseshoe Tournament, Arkdale Lions Park, Arkdale. Contact 608-5652325. » 15: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. Madison Mallards, 1:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball. com for more information and promotions offered at this game.

» 15: Vesper Fireman’s Picnic, Vesper Community Park, Vesper. Old-fashioned family fun; lots of delicious food, corn on the cob,

baby reds, etc. Parade at 1 p.m. followed by a fireman’s water fight, rides for the kids, bingo, food, live music. More information 715-569-4404.

» 17: Bob Wolff “Bob the Science Guy,” 2 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Learn fun experiments at Lester Public Library’s summer reading program. Free.

» 17: Seeing Stars with Paul Kinzer, 6:30 p.m., Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Interactive program brings the night sky inside a “planetarium”; limited to 30 children, school age kids only. Thousands of stars and space images direct from NASA. Contact 608-847-4454 or » 17: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. Wisconsin Woodchucks, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715-424-5400 or www. for more information and promotions offered at this game.

» 18: Reptiles and Amphibians, 6:30 p.m., Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Program featuring wide variety of live reptiles and amphibians; along with sheds, skins and shells. » 19 to 21: W@cky Days, Rapids Mall, 555 West Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. Visit the many excellent businesses and enjoy the incredible deals they have to offer.

» 19: “TeensRead @ the Library”, 6 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Lester Public Library’s summer reading program for ages 13 and up. Free. » 19: Adams Community Band concert, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Grand Marsh Pavilion, Grand Marsh. Music from area talent; bring your own chairs. » 19: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. Green Bay Bullfrogs, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball. com for more information and promotions offered at this game.

» 20: Very Hungry Caterpillars Workshop, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Necedah Wildlife Refuge, Necedah. Childrens’ story time, butterfly viewing and craft. Contact 608-565-2551 or www.fws. gov/midwest/necedah/.

» 20: Lock-in, 6 p.m. to midnight, Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Scavenger hunt, games, food and fun for ages 12 to 15 years old. Registration will be held June 25 to July 18. Pick up forms at library’s front desk. More information 608-8474454 or www.hatchpubliclibrary. org.

» 20 to 22: Roche-A-Cri Lions Rec Days, Arkdale Lions Park, Arkdale. Softball and horseshoe tournaments; kids’ tractor pull; games; food; music. Saturday fireworks, weather permitting. Sunday pancake breakfast, car and truck show, parade. Contact 608-564-2053 or 608-564-7855 or

6 Lake Country SNAPSHOTS • July 2012 » 21: Karner Blue Butterfly Festival, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Downtown, Black River Falls. Butterfly learning center; butterfly’s habitat sites; pancake breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 507 Main St.; 5K, 10K, half-marathon runs 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Field of Honor Park; parade 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; trolley rides 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., runs continuously to various sites of the festival, free; Show & Shine Classic Car & Antique Tractor Show 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., parking lot on North Second Street and Harrison Street; Princess Tea 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., contact 715284-1511 or 715-284-4684; Karner Blue Princess Coronation 11 a.m., stage on North First Street and Main Street; Kids’ Land 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., games and activities in Field of Honor Park; live music 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. then 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., North First Street and Main Street; live music, Copper Box, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; artists and crafters; museum tours; food, beer tent. Contact 715-284-2503 or info@downtownblackriverfalls. com. » 21: 17th Annual Castle Rock Triathlon, 8:45 a.m. sharp, Castle Rock County Park, Highway Z, Friendship. Swim 1/4 mile, bike 16 miles, and run 3 miles; registration at or in the shelter at Castle Rock Park 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 20, or 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. day of event. Ten age divisions from age 15 to 60 and over; Clydesdale division for men over 200 pounds; Athena division for women over 150 pounds; teams division. Entry fee. » 21: Rudolph Fire Department Street Dance, 4 p.m. Rudolph Fire Department, Rudolph. Live music, hamburgers, brats, fries, and ice cream sundaes to benefit the Rudolph Fire Department and community needs. Contact 715435-3740 for more information.

» 21: Whodunit? 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa. Historic Point Basse, in conjunction with the Community Theater, will host this mystery solving party. More information 715423-3120 or www.historicpoint » 22: Old Car Display, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Travelers Inn and Convention Center, New Lisbon. Door prizes and dash plaques. Free show open to all makes and models 20 years or older. Food, cash bar, music and free parking. More information, call 608-562-5141.

» 22: “Love, Sex and the I.R.S.”, 2 p.m., Pittsville Schools Auditorium, Pittsville. Pittsville Area Community Theater’s family-friendly pro-

duction filled with twists of fate, sight gags, and hilarious comic lines; misunderstandings and mistaken identities will provide much of the humor. More information, contact

» 23: Mauston Community Band Concert, 7 p.m., Juneau County Courthouse lawn, Mauston.

» 23 to 27: A World of Wonder Day Camp, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Necedah Wildlife Refuge, Necedah. Children ages 6 to 8; registration required, limited space. Call 608-565-2551 or visit www.fws. gov/midwest/necedah/. » 24: Spoon Man, 10 a.m., Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Interactive comedy program for all ages; totally clean act never uses dirty silverware! Contact 608-847-4454 or www. » 24: Soda Pups Dog Show, 2 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Ginger Ale, Sierra Mist, Squirt, Dr. Pepper and RB (Root Bear) perform tricks at Lester Public Library’s summer reading program. Free. » 26: Soda Pups Dog Show, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Ginger Ale, Sierra Mist, Squirt, Dr. Pepper and RB (Root Bear) perform tricks at Hatch Public Library. Free. » 26: “TeensRead @ the Library”, 6 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Lester Public Library’s summer reading program for ages 13 and up. Free. » 26: Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball vs. Madison Mallards, 7:05 p.m., Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715424-5400 or www.raftersbaseball. com for more information and promotions offered at this game. » 27: Mauston Community Band Concert, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mauston High School Track, Mauston. Performance at the Relay for Life event.

» 27 to 29: 50th Wisconsin Model A Reunion, Wisconsin Rapids. Although the event starts on Friday afternoon, the best time to come out and see the cars is Saturday morning, and again on Sunday. The participants and their cars will be involved in various activities Saturday afternoon which may take them away from the reunion grounds temporarily; event wraps up around 3 p.m. Sunday. Public is invited out to look at the cars, and talk to the owners. Free event for spectators; charge for meals and refreshments. Location: South of State Highway 54, about 4 miles east of Wisconsin Rapids and about 11 miles west of Plover.

From Highway 54, turn south on 72nd Street South (about 1/2 mile west of County Trunk U), take first road left into the clubgrounds. Signs will be posted. Email the Model A reunion at for more information, or visit the web site at www.clubs.hemmings. com/clubsites/wirapidsmodela/in dex.html.

» 28: Karners & Art, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., children’s program, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., art technique and field exploration, Necedah Wildlife Refuge, Necedah. More information 608-565-2551 or » 28, 29: “Best of the Wurst” Wine Trail, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, Burr Oak Winery, Kennedy Vineyards LLC, N5873 Highway 12 & 16, New Lisbon. Visit one, two, three ... or all six wineries on this wine trail! Features locally made bratwurst, salami and sausages with fine artisan wines. Purchase of $10 per-person ticket will admit you to all six wineries (others located in Highland, Platteville, Kieler, Richland Center and Fennimore), and you will receive a souvenir wine glass. More information and map of the wineries, please call 800-2365555 or 608-929-7692 or visit com/Wurst-Wine_Trail.cfm.

» 29: Boys & Girls Club Motorcycle Ride, registration 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., ride leaves promptly after 10 a.m. rider’s meeting (rain or shine), Donahue Super Sports, 6821 Highway 54 East, Wisconsin Rapids. Ride concludes at Heritage Park, New Lisbon. All makes and models welcome; proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area. $20 donation per cycle includes passenger, lunch and door prize ticket. Call 715-4241762 or 715-424-2582 for more information.

» 29: Cowboy Church and Pot luck Picnic, 9:30 a.m., Reed Park, Second Street, Reedsburg. Church service with country gospel music followed by a picnic lunch and more country music. Open to all. Hosted by First Presbyterian Church, Reedsburg. Contact 608-524-2812 for more information.

» 31: Summer Speaker Series: Historic Preservation, lecture 2 of 4, Historic Indian Agency House, Portage. Mike Jackson, chief architect of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, will speak on the importance and impact of historic preservation. Contact 608-742-6362 or agencyhouse. org/events.html.

July 22: Old Car Display » 31: Lester Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Awards Day and Party, 2 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome.

ONGOING » Every Monday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Hatchlings Summer Reading Program, ages 0 to 3 years old with adult, Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Contact 608-847-4454 or www. » Every Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., Lunch Bunch Summer Reading Program, ages 9 to 12 years old, Riverside Park, Mauston. Hatch Public Library program provides lunch; wear old clothes. Pick up permission slips at Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Contact 608-847-4454 or www. » Every Tuesday, 2 p.m., “Dream Big, Read @ Your Library” summer reading program, Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Celebrate reading and enjoy books, crafts, and live performances. Free.

» Every Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Craft Day Summer Reading Program, ages 13 to 15 years old, Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St., Mauston. Variety of crafts and delicious snacks. Contact 608847-4454 or www.hatch No program July 4 as library is closed. » Every Thursday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Red Hot Readers Summer Reading Program, ages 4 to 8 years old, Hatch Public Library, 111 West State St. Mauston. Stories, songs, games, crafts exploring “Night” - the time of dreams,

July 29: Boys & Girls Club Motorcycle ride » Every Sunday, 3 p.m. to 7

nocturnal animals, and the night sky. Contact 608-8474454 or www.hatchpublicli

» Every Thursday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aqua Skiers Water Ski Show, 3600 N. Biron Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, near Anchor Bay Restaurant. Contact Michael 715-7120919. Free. » Every Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rome Farmer’s Market, Alpine Village Business Park, Town of Rome. More information www. » Every Saturday, 8 a.m., Adams County Running/Walking Club, Friendship Village Park, Friendship. More information www.adamscountyrunningclub. com.

p.m., live music at The Lure Bar and Grill, 1735 Archer Lane, Rome. 715-325-6555.

July 27 to Sept.12: Animation - Cartooning (Betty Boop), Central Wisconsin Cultural Center, 240 Johnson St., Wisconsin Rapids. More information 715-421-4598 or June 29 to Aug. 7: Photographic artwork by members of Focal Point Camera Club, Alexander House, 1131 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards. More information, call 715-887-3442 or go online www.alexander

» Every Saturday and Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Shermalot Water Ski Show Team performance, Lake Arrowhead Dam, Town of Rome. More information www.sherma or call Brian Daliege 715-451-8458.

» Every Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Adams Flea Market, 556 S. Main St., Adams. Contact Sarah 608-524-6343.


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Summer fun at Rome library T

he Lester Public Library of Rome has had a very busy spring. We celebrated our 10th birthday May 19 with a party at the library which included a birthday cake, a visit from Rosco P. Rafter, a storyteller, a plant exchange and plenty of good food and library supporters. Following the birthday party, the celebration continued with “A Taste of the Vine and Stein” at Lake Arrowhead, where participants toasted the library’s 10th year in Rome with samples of beer and wine and delectable appetizers. All proceeds of the event, which was sponsored by the Library Rosco P. Rafter and children at the library birthday party. Below: Mary Norris told Foundation, were earmarked for stories to children at the Lester Public Library’s birthday bash. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS) our Library Expansion Project. es to the top two youth readers this The Friends of the Library Group summer. All participants who fulfill hosted the annual Not Your Average Triathlon on May 26 at The Lure Bar the minimum requirements for their and Grill. This untimed triathlon was age group will receive a prize. The Teen Summer Reading designed for the average person. Program for students 13 years old Participants enjoyed a fun-filled and older will start June 28 with a event biking, walking, running, planning session at the Lester Public canoeing or kayaking at their own Library of Rome at 6 p.m. Pizza and pace. Community sponsored booths soda will be served while the teens focusing on health and wellness decide how they would like to see the activities were available to peruse. program develop. Please RSVP to the Other upcoming events include: “Dream Big, Read @Your Library” library at 715-325-8990 if you plan to is the theme of our Summer Reading attend. High school students who read five Program which kicks off at 2 p.m. hours a week for four weeks will be June 26 at the Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, and will eligible to win either an E-Reader continue every Tuesday through July or two tickets to a Wisconsin Dells Water Park. 31. Children, parents and grandparents are invited to celebrate reading Jan Hutton is the library assistant at and enjoy books, crafts, live perforthe Lester Public Library of Rome, 1157 mances, and lots of fun this summer. Rome Center Drive, Rome. The library We will give away two fabulous prizcan be reached at 715-325-8990.

OTHER EVENTS » A Fun Night of Bingo 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 23 Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome Children’s games 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., regular bingo and cash bar, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hot dogs, popcorn, baked goods and other snacks avaiable for purchase. » Fourth of July celebration

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 30 Sherwood Lodge, 1146 West Queens Way, Rome. The Friends of the LIbrary will be selling sweet treats at the Schwan’s Ice Cream Trailer. All proceeds go to the Rome Library Expansion Fund. » Taste of Rome July 14 and 15 Alpine Business Park Stop by the Rome Library booth




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Barnum Bay Yacht Club to set sail


his month, Barnum Bay Yacht Club, or BBYC, will join hundreds of organizations and thousands of sailors worldwide in the Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing to bring awareness and participation in the sailing lifestyle. BBYC will join sailors around the world now making plans to celebrate the sailing lifestyle by sailing “together” June 23, the weekend closest to the summer solstice. Now in its 12th year, the Summer

Sailstice sailing holiday invites all sailors to join together by hoisting their sails wherever they are, aboard whatever they sail and showcasing to the world the who, what, where, why and how of sailing. The year 2011 saw the largest celebration yet with sailors in all 50 states and more than 40 countries start their summer with a Summer Sailstice celebration. Participants sign up for free at www. letting folks know

their sailing plans or creating Sailstice events, recruiting crew, posting stories and learning about other Sailstice events being organized in their areas. It’s just one day in the life of sailing but the one day all sailors sail and celebrate “together.” Submitted by Doug Dannen, commodor, Barnum Bay Yacht Club. For more information, visit or email

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Cooperative Extension marks 100 years of working for Wisconsin ADAMS — The Adams County Extension office will have displays set-up for public viewing from July 4 to 7 at the Adams County Community Center, 569 N. Cedar Street in Adams. Cooperative Extension’s first agent, E.L. Luther, hired in 1912 in Oneida County, made farm visits using a two-cylinder motorbike. One hundred years later, both modes of transportation andCooperative Extension programming have changed, but one important point remains the same. Cooperative Extension educators continue to serve as a portal to educational resources from the University of Wisconsin to address issues faced by individuals, families, businesses and communities around the state. “The centennial creates opportunities to celebrate 100 years of Cooperative Extension history through stories that highlight how we’ve evolved and changed to meet the needs of people, businesses and communities in Wisconsin and beyond,� said Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Richard M. Klemme, Cooperative Extension dean and director. “Our past serves as the foundation for our

current work. “Throughout 2012, we will explain and demonstrate how the work we do today positively influences the future of Wisconsin.� In 1911, the Wisconsin legislature provided funds for counties to jointly employ with the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture “an agriculturist who is an agent of a restricted area, a county or a part of one.� The Oneida County Board was the first county to send three of their members to Madison, asking the University for this service, with expenses to be shared on a 50/50 basis. Luther was hired in February 1912, and two additional agents were hired that same year, one in Eau Claire County and the other in Barron County. In 1912, Luther provided agricultural information about livestock, winter feed, soils and legumes. Today, Cooperative Extension is home

to four program areas offering local information in person and online, providing research-based information 24/7. Local Cooperative Extension offices also connect communities with University of Wisconsin campuses, where Cooperative Extension faculty and staff provide research-based information about the issues facing the people of Wisconsin. With an office in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and on three Native American reservations, Cooperative Extension develops practical educational programs tailored to local needs and based on university knowledge and research. Cooperative Extension delivers expertise to the public, addressing a wide range of needs, in both urban and rural areas of the states. Information about County Cooperative Extension offices is available online at . Colleagues in Cooperative

Extension, a division of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, will be incorporating the 2012 Centennial Celebration into a variety of conferences, workshops and educational programs throughout the year. Examples include the Garden Expo in Madison in February; Farm Technology Days in Outagamie County in July; county fairs; and the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair. “Our centennial provides us with a timely opportunity to thank our clients, partners and friends for their continued support of our educational programs,â€? Klemme said. “It also creates opportunities for people to share their memories of Cooperative Extension, highlight our relevance and celebrate the impacts of our educational programming.â€? More information about the Cooperative Extension 2012 Centennial, including historical photos and timeline, is available online at www.100.ces.uwex. edu. Submitted by Linda Arneson, Adams County Extension ofďŹ ce support staff. The ofďŹ ce can be reached at 608-339-4237 or




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Surviving life’s financial emergencies


lanning for anticipated expenses, like paying for your child’s college education or saving for retirement, is something that most people already do. But what about the unexpected financial emergencies? Tornadoes, earthquakes, house fires and other disasters rarely give advance warning and can happen anytime. Fortunately, there are steps you can be doing right now. First, what qualifies as a financial emergency can fall into the following categories: Job loss; partner/ spouse passes away; you or spouse/partner becomes disabled; and being a victim of a natural disaster. Here are a few steps to take to prepare financially

for the unexpected. Build an emergency fund by setting money aside each month to establish a case reserve equal to nine to 12 months of living expenses. Regardless of how much you are able

to set aside, the funds should be easy to access. Money market or savings accounts are good option for this. Periodically review your insurance coverage to determine what is and is

not covered by your medical, car, and homeowner’s insurance as well as your disability and personal liability insurance. Keep accurate financial records by collecting and organizing information that you may need in the event of death, fire, theft or other emergency. Make sure other family members know where to find bank account and PIN numbers, safe deposit box keys, insurance policies and contact information for you attorney, CPA, and other professional advisors. Educate yourself on how to access your accounts via the Internet so you can manage your funds from anywhere. Meet with a certified public accountant (CPA)

who can work with you to review your plan and ensure that you are well protected in the event of a financial emergency. Additionally, here are a few items that you should have ready in case of a financial emergency: » Identification and other key documents that may be needed to restore your financial records — copies of driver’s license (or state identification cards for non-drivers), social security cards, passports, birth certificates, insurance cards and your inventory of personal property; ATM/debit cards and credit cards, front and back. » Phone numbers and account information at your financial services providers — bank, credit card companies, insurance companies

that you do business with will be helpful if you need to replace lost cards or documents or need assistance. We cannot control all things, meaning natural disasters, so being prepared financially for the unexpected and having an emergency savings fund set up is one way we can control how we recover and get back on our feet. Submitted by Bruce Rokke, vice president of KeySavings Bank, with locations at 292 Matterhorn Trail, Rome, and 811 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Drive-up hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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Bait ‘em with a fish tale Visiting son Kevin usually just shoots us a quick “hello,” then dashes down to our boat and tosses in his tackle. I’ll give him this; he’ll at least holler to see if any of us want to come along. But if we’re slow to answer, we’re left staring at his wake as he zooms off to his secret fishing holes. He knows where those lunkers hide, too, and usually does pretty well from our little boat. This proves we don’t need a bigger one equipped with all sorts of electronic gadgetry. We were fishing for blue-gayles when a northern went for the bait (Ruthie’s, not mine, curses!). Meantime, a big powerboat approached. Sporting fancy rods and working the depth-finder, the people stared down at us as they passed. The skipper called out disgustedly, “Spent a ton for this boat, but so far, we’re batting zero!” Then he looked down at us and smirked, “How are you doing in your itty-bitty boat there?” My wife held up her northern and smiled sweetly. “Care to borrow it?” she asked. Come to think of it, I’m no different from my friends, not even when it comes to telling fish stories. It was Memorial Day and we were hard at work in our yard. As we rested our sweaty selves, we noticed all the fishing boats out on the lake. It dawned on us, “Why aren’t we out there?” Within minutes we were anchored up in the creek where (ready for this?) the perch were running so hard and hungry, they were jumping into our boat and gobbling worms out of


Gib Check, in his yard north of Adams-Friendship. the can. Wait a minute, you say. Is this just one of those bogus fish tales? Or, are you suddenly itching to find out where this magic perch place might happen to be? If it’s question No. 2, then join the club. You are a true fishing person. Gib Check lives north of Adams-Friendship.

lan to be on the square in Rome’s Alpine Business Park on Fridays for the Rome Farmers Market. The park is located just off Highway 13 and County Road D (Alpine Road). The Rome Farmers Market meets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors usually come earlier, so if you’re working on Fridays and live close by … stop in and take a look. Produce vendors should have early salad greens and vegetables. Some vendors have green houses, so look for some surprises. Local vendors also provide meat, chickens, seafood, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, bakery, plants and shrubs, garden and lawn ornaments, bird houses and so much more. A unique feature of the Rome Farmers Market is their weekly event presentations. The park has a beautiful gazebo where a special event is featured at 9:30 a.m. each Friday. On June 8, opening day, the Wisconsin Womens Health Foundation’s Grapevine Project presented “Women and Heart Disease.” Lori Rudolph and Ardyce McMillen, parish nurses at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo distributed free pedometers to those attending and also offered free blood pressure screening. The Rome Farmers Market is the place to be on Friday mornings. Submitted by Judy McCormick, market organizer








Top: Judy McCormick, market organizer, with Arnold Lancour from Lancour Nursery. The market has several plant and shrub vendors. Above: Parish nurse, Ardyce McMillen, takes Sheri Stronach’s blood pressure. Free blood pressure screening was part of the Women and Heart Disease program.

UPCOMING FEATURES: » June 22: How to Pot a Pot? Hands-on demonstration from Twin Creeks Nursery, Friendship. » June 29 : Pet Parade. Bring your pet — costumes optional. Adams County Humane Society and Craft and Small Business Day » July 6: Christmas in July. Demonstrations on quick and easy projects. Antoinette’s Quilt Shop, Plover. » July 13: Market to be held at Lake Arrowhead Parking Lot due to Taste of Rome event » July 20: Cooking Fresh with Dan Clausen, UWSP nutrition student » July 27: Craft and Small Business Day

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ith all the lakes and streams in these parts, all anyone talks about is fishing. I tried gabbing with friends Jim and Tim about something else for a change. “So, Jim, we’re laying tiles on our …” “Uh-huh. Tell me, are the perch running in your creek?” I switched to Tim. “See, these tiles we’re using …” “Swell. Anyway, at the landing near your road, I hooked this huge … (fill it in).” I must admit, though, that Ruthie and I enjoy tossing our lines from our little boat, and it’s also fun to just cast from our pier. Just look at all the lures and bobbers snagged up in the branches. We do have lots of lures, by the way, except I’m the one who’s hooked by them. With all their dazzling colors and interesting shapes, I know I’d sure go for them if I was a bass. But, all I seem to reel in on these beauties are weeds with bubbles trailing behind. These bubbles are from the walleye snickering down there at my new lure. Are these pretty-looking gadgets mainly designed to catch me? Gifted with lightningquick reflexes like a born angler, our little granddaughter hooked her first one ever with her very first cast. After excitedly reeling it in, she held it up and beamed with pride. “Look at my blue-gayle!” Fired-up to catch more, she merrily did just that. Ruthie and I were so taken with all the fun she had, we call them blue-gayles to this day.

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Adams Assembly of God 2202 Hwy. 13 South (608) 339-3878 Rev. Mark Stevens Sunday: 10:00 am; 6:00 pm Faith Baptist Church 150 Goggin St. •P.O. Box 279 (608) 339-2678 Rev. Steve Poludniak Sunday: 10:45 am & 6:00 pm Immanuel Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) 243 North Linden St. (608) 339-6102 Pastor John R. Krebs Sun: 9:00 am Mon: 7:00 am

St. James Catholic Church 100 Bartell St. (608) 427-6762 Father John Ofori-Domah Sat: 6:00 pm Sun: 10:30 am

Arising Christian Church 205 W. Second St. (608) 339-7766 Pastor Doug Schauer Sun: 10:00 am Thur: 7:00 pm

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 33458 Hwy. 21 (608) 427-3114 Rev. Maxine Gray Sunday: 10:30 am

Friendship Congregational Bible Church 100 S. Adams St. • (608) 339-9522 Pastor Richard Church Sunday: 9:30 am

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church 215 Douglas St. (608) 427-6592 Rev. Maxine Gray Sunday: 9:00 am DELLWOOD

Trinity Congregational Church 148 N. Grant St. (608) 339-6717 Pastor Richard Corning Sunday: 9:00 am

United In Christ Lutheran Church 1857 Hwy. Z (608) 564-7848 Pastor T. Christian Nelson Sunday: 8:30 am

Trinity Lutheran Church 110 S. Grant St. (608) 339-3515 Pastor Bob Fisher, Interim Sunday: 10:00 am


ARKDALE Trinity Lutheran Church 1650 Church Street (608) 564-7920 Rev. Terri Skildum Sunday: 8:00 & 10:15 am (except Holidays) BIG FLATS Big Flats Community Church 1326 Hwy. C (608) 564-7777 Pastor Milt Duntley Sunday: 9:30 am Zion Lutheran Church of Big Flats 886 Big Horn Ave. Pastor Bob Fisher, Interim Sunday: 8:30 am CAMP DOUGLAS Bethel Baptist Church N9498 First Ave. (608) 427-3580 Pastor Thomas Baker Sunday: 10:30 am & 7 pm

East Lemonweir Lutheran Church W8943 Cty. Rd. (608) 562-3946 Pastor Wendy Ruetten Sunday: 10:30 am Grace Lutheran Church 226 Erickson St. (608) 462-5398 Sat: 5:00 pm Sunday: 9:00 am St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 110 Spring St. (608) 462-5875 Father Brian Konopa Sunday: 9:30 am Word of Grace & Truth Christian Fellowship 227 Main St. (608) 462-8932 Pastor Dale Toltzman Sunday: 9:30 am FRIENDSHIP Adams-Friendship Church of Christ 1183 Czech Ave. • (608) 3392645 Sunday: 10:00 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church 807 W. Lake St. • (608) 3393485 Father James P. McNamee Sat. 5:30 pm; Sun. 8:00 & 10:30 am The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 406 E. Lake (608) 339-9655 Bishop Dyer Sunday: 11:30 am GRAND MARSH First Congregational UCC 2537 Franklin St. (608) 296-3255 Sunday: 10:30 am LYNDON STATION St. Mary’s Catholic Church 117 Juneau St. (608) 666-2421 Father Ronald Zinkle SJ Sat: 8:00 pm Sun: 9:30 am MAUSTON Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church 701 Grove St. (608) 847-6690 Pastor Dan Dibbert; Assistant John Stake Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 am Bible Baptist Church 148 Grayside Ave. (608) 847-6059 Sunday: 10:45 am Church of the Nazarene 975 Nazarene Drive (608) 847-6299 Pastor Michael Postell Sunday: 10:45 am

Faith Christian Church N4691 Hwy. 12 & 16 W. P.O. Box 296 (608) 847-4019 Pastor Paul Shirek Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 am Wednesday: 7:00 pm


Mauston Church of the Nazarene 975 Nazarene Drive (608) 847-6299 Rev. Michael Postell Sunday: 10:45 am


Monroe Center Community Church 993 Hwy. Z Pastor Robert Collies Sun: 10:00 am

First Baptist Church W6295 23rd St. (608) 565-3880 Rev. Dr. Vernon H. Parks Sunday: 10:30 am

Mauston United Methodist Church 420 Suszycki Drive (608) 847-5964 Pastor Bob Kenas Sun: 8:15-9:15 am; 9:45-10:45 am

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic 2001 S. Main St. (608) 565-2488 Fr. Hector Moreno Sat. 4:30 pm Sunday: 8:00, 10:30 & 12:00

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church N6865 Evergreen (608) 562-3125 Father Amala Joseph Sunday: 8:15 am

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church 1106 S. Main St. (608) 565-7252 Rev. James Link Sun: 10:30 am Wed: 7:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 401 Mansion St. (608) 847-6054 Father Cheriyan Thomas Sat: 5:00 pm Sun: 8:00 & 10:30 am


St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church-WELS 517 Grayside Avenue (608) 847-4108 Pastors: Joseph Fricke & Collin Vanderhoof Sunday: 7:45 & 10:30 am Mon: 7:00 pm

First Baptist Church 525 South Washington St. (608) 562-3519 Pastor Delbert P. Oatsvall Sun: 10:45 am & 7:00 pm

The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses N3540 Hwy. 58 (608) 847-4551 Sunday: 9:30 am The Lighthouse Church 318 E. State St. • P.O. Box 456 (608) 548-6222 Sun: 10:45 am Wed: 7:00 pm

Bethany Lutheran Church 618 W. River St. (608) 562-3807 Pastor Wendy Ruetten Sun: 9:00 am

Lone Rock Baptist Church N8197 6th Avenue (608) 427-6471 Pastor Ray Anderson Sunday: 10:30 am & 7:00 pm St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church 208 Allen Rd. (608) 562-3112 Pastor Martin Luchterhand Sun: 9:15 am St. Paul’s Catholic Church 408 River St. (608) 562-3125 Father Amala Joseph Sat: 6:30 pm Sun: 10:00 am

United Methodist Church 116 W. Bridge St. (608) 562-3811 Pastor Jury Sun: 10:45 am NEW MINER St. Paul’s Lutheran Church N15296 19th Avenue (608) 565-7252 Rev. James Link Sunday: 8:00 am QUINCY St. John’s Evangelical-LCMS 2823 Hwy. Z (608) 339-7869 Pastor T. Christian Nelson Sunday: 10:15 am ROME Lakes Area Christian Fellowship Rome Town Hall (715) 325-6026 Rev. Delbert Rossin Sunday: Informal Worship 9:30 am (bring lawn chairs) Woodland Lutheran Church (ELCA) 280 14th Avenue (715) 325-3686 Pastor Stan Kwiecien Sunday: 9:00 am WONEWOC St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran 119 Southeast St. (608) 464-3212 Pastor Kevin Cortez Thur: 7:00 pm Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 am United Methodist Church 208 N. East St. (608) 464-3942 Pastor LaVerne Larson Sunday: 11:00 am



14 Lake Country SNAPSHOTS • July 2012

Searching for whitetail deer fawns proves ‘interesting’


ello friends, In early June, I spent two very interesting days walking through the fields and forests of Sawyer County near Winter looking for whitetail deer fawns. I was working with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources crew leader Christine Priest and nine field staff. » Monday, June 4 High 74, low 53 Here is the basic plan — seven to 15 people walk across either public or private (where permission has been obtained) land within 5 to 15 feet of MARK each other. The WALTERS line of reasoning being that everything that is on the ground should be able to be seen between you and the person next to you. This morning, this crew found an already captured and radiocollared fawn and caught a fawn that would give them their 27th tagged fawn for this section of a very interesting study that is taking place near Winter (the northern section) and near Shawano (the east central section). Here in the northern zone, when the 30th fawn has been captured, the study that began in December of 2010 with the same amount of fawns captured last spring, will go to telemetry work on the collared fawns and 339 adult and yearling deer that have been captured in both zones. The reason for this study is to evaluate survival and cause specific mortality in adult and fawn whitetail deer in northern and east central Wisconsin. Our first fawn this afternoon was not doing so well, as all that we found was its head and ribcage from what appeared to be a very recent predator kill. Of the 30 fawns that were captured and radio-collared in the spring of 2011 in the northern section, there have been 22 mortalities (73 percent). Most (64 percent) were attributed to pre-

All fawns in the whitetail study are weighed and a radio collar is attached.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources field staff Cody Strong, left, and Erin Wood attaching a radio collar to a whitetail fawn.

Black bear and bobcats consumed a high percentage of the fawns in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources whitetail study in its northern section. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF WWW.OUTDOORSMANSJOURNAL.COM)

dation, bears and bobcats. For myself though this study was very interesting, I also found the field staff to be just as interesting. People like Christine Priest, Erin Wood and Cody Strong are all well educated in the field of wildlife with goals of finding fulltime employment in wildlife management. Up to 13 field staff share a home near Winter and they are intelligent, tough and common sense workers, that can laugh when they fall off a log or a rock. Know that their honor means going though whatever mud or brush lies in their path and just might wear the same dirty pair of pants a few days in a row.

This afternoon, there were not any live captures, that would change the following morning. » Tuesday, June 5 High 75, low 55 Our first fawn of the day was hiding in an alfalfa field, was a male and was tagged and released in about five minutes. That put us down to one more, and the goal of 30 would be reached. Another part of this study is the capture of adult animals, that takes place in the winter months with Stephenson box traps; drop nets and helicopter drop nets! As of December 2011 of the 339 adult (over 18 months) and yearling (8 to 10 months) deer, there

have been 106 mortalities from (70 males and 36 females) adult and yearling radio-collared deer. Hunter harvest (38 percent) and predation (26 percent) were primary sources of adult mortality across northern Wisconsin. Hunter harvest (61 percent) and collisions (24 percent) were primary sources of adult and yearling mortality across east central (Shawano area) Wisconsin. That last fawn (number 30) was captured and tagged in another alfalfa field (most are in the forest) and there were high fives with a very happy crew after its radio collar was attached and it ran into another field.

It’s a good thing that it ran into another field because just moments later a farmer began mowing the hay in that field which may have caused a mortality in record time for this crew of hard working young women and men. I will return for the winter capture. Sunset.

Mark Walters is an outdoor adventure columnist who lives near Necedah. He can be reached at Mark Walters, N11371 16th Ave. S., Necedah, WI 54646; 608-565-3005; or


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16 Lake Country SNAPSHOTS • July 2012

Annual catch-and-release event a whopping success


e had a record number of teams this year for our 2012 16th annual Catch and Release Petenwell Musky Challenge — 170 contestants forming 85 teams battled for a pay-out of more than $10,000. Our tournament started Friday night at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids with the registration and rules meeting, which was sponsored by St. Croix Rods. Here teams verified that their paperwork was complete, picked up tournament papers, Ace Hardware sponsored Boat Towels, Joe Bucher Outdoors provided split rings and Pepsi provided soda or water for all boats. Super Slayer Tackle Company was back supporting our kids this year, all eight kids received a couple of lures each. Even though we weren’t on the water, our “On the Water Raffle” was handed out to a lucky team, bucktails and glide baits compliments of T-N-T Tackle & LPM Manufacturing. I informed everyone that this year’s stocking is dedicated to a long-time contestant and friend of the tournament, John Theama. This fall, we’ll stock these muskies into the flowage in his memory. Once again, we’ll be working side by side this weekend with our local DNR, checking fish for PIT tags and insert tags if needed. After the announcements and rules were reviewed, we opened up the evening to some raffles. We raffled off some custom St. Croix Rod bucktails and St. Croix Musky Rods with proceeds going to stocking. Saturday morning showed signs of being a beautiful day, blue bird skies and the water temps were warm, 67 to 69 degrees, hinting of summer pattern temps. Our contestants chose from four landings to take off from. At 7 a.m., all boats were dismissed in an orderly fashion. Veolia Environmental Service is helping us to keep our landings “green.” At each landing, they have provided garbage and recyclable cans to dispose our garbage. Our first musky came in at 7:30 a.m., a healthy 42 1/2-incher caught just off the river channel. We received some more midmorning reports of fish being

caught throughout the flowage. I’m amazed when contestants call in with a fish, knowing it’s undersized and are willing to wait for us to come and insert a PIT tag. These teams are willing to give up tournament time to tag their musky. It proves the support we have gained and dedication by our contestants to gather valuable information about these fish. Afternoon sun was high, requiring sunscreen and the winds were strong making boat control difficult. Several teams were trolling and it proved to be a successful for some. We found our Saturday “On the Water Raffle” team winners, winners of bucktails from T-N-T Tackle and glide baits from LMP Manufacturing. By the end of day one, we recorded eight fish, with five of them being tournament legal fish (34-inches or greater). Saturday evening, all the contestants met back at the Ridges for our banquet to share stories, enjoy great food, examine the musky board and purchase tickets for the amazing raffles prizes. Our musky board showed five fish on it, meaning it was anyone’s tournament. We acknowledge our “big fish” winners, a 42-1/2 incher, I paid tribute to our 2012 sponsors and donors. These sponsors and donors provided us with a variety of prizes that covered multiple raffle tables. We are blessed to have such great sponsors, sponsors who believe in what we’re doing…stocking muskies. Our tournament fund raiser proceeded the dinner. We had six raffles that night, each raffle displayed a variety of prizes from our great donors. A buzz was generated from a great and longtime sponsor of the tournament,

$1,500 to support one vet. I asked the group if we could collect $1 from everyone in the room to First place (tie): put us over the $1,500 mark; that » Matt Brinkman of Wisconsin way we could say … the 2012 Rapids and Scott Estlund of PMC, sponsors and contestants Kronenwetter: 40 1/4-inches and fully sponsored one vet. Well, we 38-inches for 101 points, $3,450 generated another $236, giving » Kent Ott of Wisconsin Rapids us a grand total of $1,661. I was and Justin Van Meter of Wisconsin lost for words. True Americans, Rapids: 38-inches and 40 1/4-inches Americans who LOVE our vets! for 101 points, $3,450 I’ll be very proud to send this Third place: check to Operation Muskie! » Jim Ostrum Jr. of Wisconsin We totaled up all the money Rapids and and Jerry Ostrum Jr. of raised from our raffles, plus Nekoosa: 39-inches and 39-inches all the monetary donations and for 100 points, $1,800 it gives me great pleasure to Fourth place: announce we raised $4,150 to Justin Jaminski of Marshall and stock muskies this fall. Dave Novak of Waterloo: 46-inchSunday morning was a little es for 86 points, $1,100. cooler and cloudy. Water temps Fifth place (tie): remained the same but the winds » Brian Harlson of Eau Claire and were much stronger. The wind Josh Chase of Altoona: 43 1/2and wind gusts gave boaters a inches for 76 points, $300 battle for boat control. The first Dave Schmitz of Pittsville, WI fish was caught right away in the and Gary Langsdorf of Wisconsin morning, a nice 43 1/2- incher. Rapids: 43 1/2-inches for 76 points, As the day passed we had word $300 of two teams adding to their catches from yesterday, doubling up and one team catching Sportco Marketing. You see Kirk two muskies. Sunday’s “On the and his team donated a Tranx 500 Water Raffle” winners were prereel. This reel was the excitement sented their prizes from T-N-T Tackle and LPM Manufacturing. during the show season and that As we watched the contestants, excitement carried over to this trolling seemed to be the preweekend. Another surprising raffle was ferred technique for day two. Three of the 11 fish caught today our Operation Muskie raffle. we registered from contestants We were honored to have with trolling, which also produced us the executive director of Operation Muskie, Jeff Wiegand, Sunday’s “big fish.” This year is no different than past years and veterans coordinator, Chris where at least one team catches Greene. They talked about how a beautiful brute. Sunday’s big Operation Muskie works, to fish measured in at a fat and learn more check out OM at and on “sexy to our eyes” 46-incher. At the end of day two, 11 more fish Facebook at Operation Muskie (non-profit). I’m proud to say we were caught. Seven of those fish raised $1,425 for OM. We needed were tournament legal.


Back at the Ridges our awards ceremony took place. First we acknowledged our “big fish” winners, a 46-incher. Our updated musky board showed three doubles for the tournament and a tie for first place and fifth place. Our tournament caught 21 fish with 12 being tournament legal. Our DNR placed 14 PIT tags in these fish. We also, caught two fish that had PIT tags in them, recaptures as we call them. A big “thank you” to Justine, Jennifer, and their team for their help. Justine Hasz, Fisheries biologist supervisor presented us, the Petenwell Musky Challenge, with a “Friends to Fisheries” award for our generous donation that will help muskellunge management in the Petenwell Flowage and Wisconsin River system — “Your actions confirm your commitment to the fisheries resources of Wisconsin,” and signed by Michael Staggs, Director, Bureau of Fisheries Management. I must to extend a “thank you” to you, our sponsors and contestants. Our hard work has being recognized. I said this last year and I’ll say it again … a heartfelt “thanks” to all our sponsors and contestants! I know firsthand that this tournament and everything we give back to the sport and community would not be possible you. I hope, that by sharing all of what we do will keep you inspired to support the GREAT tournament. I work hard and enjoy promoting all of you and this sport.

Submitted by Todd Forcier, tournament director

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The Rome Fire Department and the Big Flats Fire Department participated in joint training exercises May 14 and 21 at the Rome Fire Department training tower. The purpose of the exercise was to develop a team building between the two departments. The training consisted of fire behavior, hose lays, pump operations and tender operations. A fire was started in the training tower burn room and firefighters were sent in

to experience the heat and smoke that was generated. They experienced temperatures in excess of 400 degrees and loss of visability due to the smoke. The Big Flats Fire Department and the Rome Fire Department have been training together for many years and also have an agreement for automatic aid for fire calls. Submitted by John Frantz, Rome Fire Chief

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Annual festival enjoyed by many By Deb Cleworth Lake Country Snapshots

While many people spent June 10 huddled around air conditioners and fans, the 800 people who flooded Historic Point Basse for this year’s Pioneer Festival had to rely upon shade and the breeze. But that is the way organizers intended it. What better way to get a sense of life in the 1880s than to experience heat the way everyone did back then? The Point Basse festival is a historical re-enactment of life during that era. Attendance at the festival in Nekoosa was up compared to the last few years, said Mike Hittner, president of the group that organizes the event. Hittner portrayed Robert Wakely, whose family founded the homestead in the 1880s. “One of the nice draws for us this year was the animals,” Hittner said, referring to the petting zoo. The annual festival invites visitors to step back into the mid-1880s, when cellphones probably weren’t even a glimmer of a future invention. Visitors can try food served during that period and attend a variety of demonstrations of period crafts and techniques such as blacksmithing and yarn spinning. Don and Judy Pelot of Wisconsin Rapids enjoyed a visit to the blacksmith, watching as Tracey Rice heated and pounded a piece of metal into a decorative hook for Rick Serrano, 10, of Milwaukee. “They don’t do this anymore,” Don Pelot, 72, said, as the couple left the blacksmith shop. “I just like to know how everything is made from scratch,” Judy Pelot, 71, said. “Our grandparents actually did things this way. I remember my great-grandma spinning her yarn.” The vast differences from today’s lifestyles weren’t lost on visitors. “You take your grandchildren out for a trip and you say, ‘Look at this,’” Don Pelot said, pointing abstractly. The grandchildren often are more interested in their cellphones or other electronic devices than the point of interest highlighted by the grandparents, Pelot said. A visit to the one-room Columbia School House, one of the attractions on the grounds, tends to widen the eyes of young visitors. The room contains oldstyle school desks with inkwells and is bordered with blackboards. An old wood stove sits in one corner. Across the room is an old-style Concordia record player, which needs to be cranked to play a 78 RPM record. Hittner placed the needle on a record, and scratchy music began to play. “(Children) think it’s a CD that’s really huge,” Hittner said. “They’re so used to that technology. The kids are amazed at it.” The educational aspect of the visit wasn’t lost on Rick, who learned that chemistry and physics are important to blacksmithing. His grandmother, Cindy Stelter of Milwaukee, agreed. “I thought it was interesting,” she said. “I learned something new about science.”

Ted Orgish of Saratoga (right) talks about his tools on June 9 to Casissa Frank, Rylan Frank, Ella Frank, Jaydan Frank, Jarek Frank, Julianna Frank and Pam Dressen, all of Adams, during the Point Basse Pioneer Festival in Nekoosa. Left: A basket of corncobs with feathers sticking in them wait to be used in a pioneer game at the Point Basse Pioneer Festival in Nekoosa. (PHOTOS BY CASEY LAKE/LAKE COUNTRY SNAPSHOTS)

Carissa Frank, Adams, (second right) plays an old-time game of throwing a corncob with a feather attached to it into a basket as her brother, Rylan Frank, watches.

20 Lake Country SNAPSHOTS • July 2012

Triathlon deemed a fun success


h, what a day! The first NYAT (Not Your Average Triathlon) is history, but many people can now say they participated in a triathlon and had fun. The Friends of the Lester Public Library of Rome have been on the lookout for ways to finance an addition to the library. NYAT proved to be a good idea. From supporting the event, obtaining pledges for individual support, purchasing raffle tickets, volunteering on committees throughout the event, more than 300 people were involved. The event was held May 26 at the Lure Bar & Grill and Barnum Bay Marina. All the events were noncompetitive and included kayaking, walking and bicycling. Participants could choose which and how many of the events they wanted to enter. More than 50 kayaks entered Lake Petenwell for a paddle along the shoreline of the lake. On the trail, walkers enjoyed the view of the lake below and

watched the kayakers. Bikers found out that Adams County does have a few hills as they biked through wooded subdivisions. Booths by local health agencies and businesses promoted healthy living. Local law enforcement officers from the Monroe and Rome towns provided EMT support both on land and on the water. Oh, what a day it will be when all the volunteers and all participants of all the fundraising events can say, “We walked, baked goodies, paddled, sampled wine, watched dancers, biked and solved mysteries at so many events. We are ready to just build it!” Dianne Genz is a Rome resident who writes about roads into retirement and life in the town. She can be reached at or 715-254-4457.

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New stairway at Roche-A-Cri State Park


new stairway now leads to the top of the mound at Roche-A-Cri State Park, just 1 1/2 miles north of Friendship on Highway 13, located on the west side of the highway. The original stairway was built between 1992 and 1994 by the Wisconsin Conservation Corps crew. This replacement stairway was started last fall and cost $450,000. It was funded by by the Friends of Roche-a-Cri Park and the state of Wisconsin. The park offers hiking, camping, fishing and picnic areas. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources describes the park on its website: “Flat-topped and cliff-sided, Roche-ACri Mound is really a rock island in what was once Glacial Lake Wisconsin which covered much of central Wisconsin about 15,000 years ago. After the glacial lake disappeared, this rocky island, composed of Cambrian sandstone, stood above the surrounding countryside. The weathering that helped fashion the Roche-A-Cri Mound continues at the edges of the rock. The sandstone slowly breaks and crumbles along its joints and outer edges and is blown away. A marker describing the park’s glacial history can be found on the west side of the mound.” The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; the stairway to the top of the mound is open from 6 a.m. to sunset. Go to and click on parks or call 608-565-2789 for more information on Roche-A-Cri State Park. Information from Carla Byrnes and the Wisconsin Deparment of Natural Resources website


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Have a Sizzling, Sparkling Fourth


n July 4, the perfect party calls for friends, food, fireworks and plenty of red, white and blue. “It’s an easy party to pull off,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Our celebration experts have created a patriotic themed spread of sweet and savory treats to provide star-spangled fun for everyone.” Start the festivities off with a bang using festive tableware and decorations

like Fouth of July party pics — a simple way to add spark to any celebration. Play up the Independence Day theme throughout — from beverage to dessert. “Serve an easy-to-eat meal dressed up with holiday colors,” Siler said. “All Star Sliders on Cornbread Buns are a delicious spin on the classic burger. The cornbread buns are baked using the Wilton star whoopie pie pan to add a festive twist to the traditional bun. Patriot’s Peanut

Butter Popcorn — a yummy mix of popcorn, peanut butter and colored candies — is an ideal salty-sweet treat. Packed in star-studded gift bags, this easy-to-make goodie is a party favorite and a perfect take-home for guests.” Cool down when the temperature rises with refreshing, fruity Red and Blue Raspberry Lemonade. Have a blast decking out the glasses with stripes, stars and swirls using edible blue Sparkle Gel.

1 BANANA SPLIT SURPRISE CAKE Makes 8 to 10 servings 2 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1 3⁄4 cups granulated sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1⁄4 cups) 1 cup sour cream 1 cup (about 8 ounces) hot fudge sauce 1 pint (about 2 cups) strawberry ice cream, softened 1 box (10 ounces) Vanilla Whipped Icing Mix Fresh strawberries, halved Star Pics

» Preheat oven 350 degrees. Spray Fancy Fill pans from set with vegetable cooking spray. » In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking

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2 powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and mashed banana; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream; blend thoroughly but do not overmix. Pour into prepared pans. » Bake 33 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on rack; remove from pan and cool completely. » Divide fudge sauce and spread evenly into cavities of cake; freeze 10 minutes. At same time, remove strawberry ice cream to soften. Fill cake cavities with ice cream. Assemble cake by inverting top layer onto bottom layer. » Prepare icing mix according to package directions. Ice top and sides of cake; freeze at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with strawberries and star pics.




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⁄ cup all-purpose flour ⁄ cup yellow cornmeal 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon black pepper 3 ⁄4 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten

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» Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until center of bun springs back when touched. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling grid. Repeat with remaining batter.


⁄ pound ground chuck 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 ⁄3 cup yellow onion, minced 1 ⁄3 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese 1 teaspoon garlic powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon chili powder 5 to 6 dashes hot sauce, or to taste

» Preheat grill or broiler to medium high heat. » In large bowl, combine all ingredients until well incorpo1 rated. Form into 12, 2 ⁄2-inch patties. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side. » Serve with star buns and your favorite condiments.




Makes about 8 servings 1 1 ⁄3 cups (about 6 ounces) fresh raspberries, divided 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate Water Blue Sparkle Gel

Makes about 8 cups 1 bag (3.2 ounces) butter flavored microwave popcorn 1 ⁄2 cup peanut butter 1 ⁄4 cup firmly-packed brown sugar 1 bottle (3 ounces) patriotic nonpareils or other patriotic sprinkles 1 package (12 ounces) red candy melts candy

» Place one raspberry in each cavity of the Star Ice Cube Silicone Mold. Cover with water; freeze several hours to set. Reserve remaining raspberries. » In large pitcher, mix lemonade according to package instructions. In food processor or blender, pulse remaining raspberries until smooth; strain through sieve to remove seeds. Stir raspberry puree into lemonade. Serve with raspberry ice cubes in glasses decorated with Blue Sparkle Gel.

» Make popcorn according to package directions. In large bowl, microwave peanut butter and brown sugar for 1 minute; stir to combine. Add popcorn and stir until well coated. Sprinkle liberally with nonpareils, stirring to distribute. Spread onto parchment-lined sheet pan. » Melt candy melts candy according to package directions. Drizzle over popcorn. Let set at least 10 minutes before serving.

July 2012 • Lake Country SNAPSHOTS 23

Keeping Bugs at Bay

Hunter Cook, 9, caught this 16-inch largemouth bass over Mother’s Day weekend just off the dock on the channel between the lakes of Lake Camelot. (SUBMITTED BY LIZ COOK, RIPON)

When the weather’s right for enjoying the backyard, the last thing you want is to have your good time spoiled by pesky insects. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect family and friends from mosquitoes and other insects.

Controlling Mosquitoes Not only are mosquitoes a nuisance, they can be harmful to your health. To reduce your risk of getting mosquito bites — and exposure to West Nile virus — the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you take some preventative measures around the yard: » Eliminate standing water. Check old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or other containers where mosquitoes can breed. » Empty and change water in fountains, bird baths, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential mosquito habitats. » Drain or fill temporary pools of water with dirt. » Keep swimming pools treated and circulating. » Make sure rain gutters are unclogged. One of the easiest steps you can take is to select an insect repellent that is right for you and your family. “As a pediatrician and as a mom, I get questions all the time about the correct insect repellent to use,” said Dr. Gwenn O’Keeffe. “It’s important that families remember to use repellents regularly, just as you would sun protection.” Cutter brand offers a range of insect protection, from personal repellents and sprays to backyard foggers. It’s important to consider the length of time you plan to

stay outdoors and your activities — it will impact the type of repellent and active ingredients you choose, O’Keeffe said. Whether hosting a party or just spending time in the garden, homeowners can protect themselves and their guests by taking simple actions to help prevent insect bites. Consider the following steps when protecting your guests and outdoor spaces from mosquitoes: » Select a personal insect repellent that works best for you and your family — consider the length of time you plan to stay outdoors and your activities. Keep an eye out for ingredients like CDC recommended DEET or Picaridin. Other options for families are plant-based ingredients like Lemon Eucalyptus or oil of Geranium. » When entertaining on the deck or patio, consider citronella candles made with real citronella oil — not just a fragrance— that offer up to 40 hours of protection. » Create a barrier around your entire home with backyard sprays and foggers, such as Cutter Backyard Bug Control. Visit for Keeping Bugs at Bay. Source: Family Features

Isabella Rucker, Wisconsin Rapids, smiles from ear-to-ear after her dad, Shane, caught a small northern pike out of Nepco Lake. (SUBMITTED BY SHANE RUCKER)

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