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e’ve found in the five years publishing YOU Magazine that there are many women in our communities who have great stories we want to share with our readers. This edition kicks-off a new feature, with two cover stories focused on women from each end of Wood County. YOU Magazine now has two covers — one to highlight Wisconsin Rapids area content and another showcasing Marshfield area articles. Jennifer Kidder, who works at Paul Gross Jewelers, Wisconsin Rapids, is the cover for this Summer edition of YOU Magazine in southern Wood County, while Tammy Kirsch, whose Mary Kay Cosmetics business is based in Marshfield, is the cover for the northern half of the county. Moving forward, each edition will include stories about two women who represent the different areas, yet share similar stories. A common theme Jennifer and Tammy share is the importance of strong family bonds. Each woman has worked hard to establish a successful career while managing to create a balanced life. That is no small feat. Both women also have husbands who are terrific partners that can be relied on to help carry the load. YOU Magazine premieres a second new feature this edition — DIY, or Do-It-Yourself for those new to the world of at home projects. DIY isn’t new to me, but the information Kris Leonhardt provides in her first “How-to” article is full of information I didn’t know about prepping a surface and choosing the appropriate paint or varnish. If you thought you knew everything there is to know about outdoor clothing, make sure you read our Top 10. It’s a fun piece on new clothing lines, such as running apparel made to reduce body odor. Wondering what to plant in the garden that will survive with little effort on your part? Check out the suggestions and tips from a local garden shop we feature on page 46. I hope YOU Magazine inspires you to enjoy our delightful summer weather —
YOU MAGA ZI N E S TA F F Publisher Mike Beck General Manager Jonathan Gneiser Editor Liz Welter Advertising Manager Tara Marcoux Contributing Writers Deb Cleworth, Cherie Schmitt, Kris Leonhardt, Breanna Speth, June Thompson, Laura Ullman and Anthony Wolf Operations Manager Terri Hansen Photography Casey Lake, Laura Schmitt and Cherie Zogleman Design James Hoslet
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Deborah Annâ€™s Home and Garden boutique store Story on page 36 Photo by Laura Schmitt For YOU Magazine summer 2012
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From driving a school bus to selling cosmetics, Edgar mom does it all with style
Story by Laura Ullman / Photos by Laura Schmitt / For YOU Magazine
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pend five minutes talking with Tammy Kirsch, and you can’t help but feel better about yourself. She has a positive attitude that is contagious, and she says it contributes it to her success. “So many of us spend most of our lives feeling like ‘when we’re successful’ or ‘make more money’ or ‘get that next promotion’ we’ll be happy. I believe that when we are happy, those things will come to us easier,” says Tammy. Her journey began when she joined the service in 1983 and discovered Mary Kay Cosmetics. “I started when I was in the Air Force. And I thought that if I was going to use this stuff I may as well sell it,” she says adding she’s been with Mary Kay for 26 years. She became a sales director in 1992. She trains and motivates the local beauty consultants in Marshfield as well as works with customers. She earned her first free Mary Kay car when she was just 23 years old and has earned nine cars in her career. “My car is the only car that I know of that has eyelashes on it. They are called car lashes. It comes complete with crystal eyeliner,” she says. Cosmetics are only one aspect of Tammy’s full life. She and her husband, Tom, have been married for 21 years. They
live in Edgar with their two teenage sons, Tyler and Taylor. Being a good mother and positive role model to her sons is important to her. “I feel valued as a mother, and it’s a great feeling knowing that what I do is appreciated,” she says. Tammy likes to be involved in her kids’
lives. She volunteers at their school when she can. She even started subbing as a bus driver for the school, mainly for sporting events that her sons are in. “I like to think I’m the smartest parent of all because I get paid for watching my kids do things that I would watch anyway,” Tammy says.
Tammy Kirsch gives high-fives and wishes the Edgar Middle School chorus good luck after driving them in the school bus to a competition at Columbus High School in Marshfield.
Tammy congratulates a Mary Kay consultant on her sales during a meeting. summer 2012
Tammy laughs as they tell jokes during a Mary Kay consultant meeting.
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Tammy is also very involved in the community. She donates blood regularly and has memberships in the Marshfield Women’s Alliance, Powerful You Women’s Network, Edgar Jaycees, Edgar American Legion and her church. “I like to say that I am as busy as I want to be,” Tammy says, adding that she enjoys the variety of ways she helps and volunteers in her community. Traveling also has kept Tammy busy. Trips to Puerto Vallarta and a cruise to the Bahamas were earned by her Mary Kay sales. She even took a trip to Europe on her own. One night while in Poland, she had to walk through a dark park alone to find a place to stay. “I look back now and think, ‘Wow, I did that.’ Things that I didn’t think that I would ever do and I think ‘Yeah, I can handle it,’” she says. Tammy leads a Mary Kay consultant meeting at the Marshfield office.
I like to think I have a master’s degree in people, because I do a lot of coaching with other people, such as self-improvement. I have a lot of experience and the book knowledge, but not a degree to go with it,”
Tammy and Sara Marcis use Mary Kay Satin Hands treatment in Tammy’s home.
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Tammy Kirsch and her husband, Tom, with their sons Tyler and Taylor.
Another opportunity arose to do something out of the ordinary — hunt a bear. “I spent 48 hours sitting in this tree stand,” she says describing her adventure. “I sat through rain, light and dark, and never saw a bear.” On the last day, Tammy rounded a curve and came upon a bear. “I have it mounted in my living room,” she says. Tammy has gained her success without attending college. “I like to think I have a master’s degree in people, because I do a lot of coaching with other people, such as self-improvement. I have a lot of experience and the book knowledge, but not a degree to go with it,” she says. Tammy’s optimistic attitude might just be her greatest asset. She says she wants to share it with others. “My purpose is putting smiles in our hearts, with joy, hope and possibilities,” Tammy says. “It’s a goal to have every interaction with others be a positive one that brightens their day. It would be a great thing to encourage others to live their best.”
Tammy plays cards with her family around their kitchen table. summer 2012
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Family support crown jewel for busy momâ€™s home, work life Story by Deb Cleworth | Photos by Casey Lake | For YOU Magazine
Jennifer Kidder, manager of Paul Gross Jewelers, Wisconsin Rapids, works with a customer.
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any people are warned about mixing business with family — but that doesn’t worry Jennifer
Kidder. The working relationship she has with her mother, Robin Koeshall, owner of Paul Gross Jewelers, couldn’t make Kidder happier. “I actually love working with her,” Kidder, 31, says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way, that’s for sure.” It’s not the job Kidder had planned on as a child. Kidder entertained careers as a veterinarian, an attorney or a pharmacist. She has degrees in business and accounting and says she really likes the accounting aspect of those careers. But after a stint in corporate accounting, she realized something. “I decided sitting behind a desk crunching numbers all day wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Kidder says. “I missed the people aspect (of the job).” She realized her heart was home-town based at a locally owned business. She wasn’t exactly new to the jewelry industry, Kidder says. Koeshall has been in the business for 30 years and sole owner for 20. “I have worked here since I was little,” she says with a soft laugh. “Ever since I was 18, I was working on the sales floor, part-time, in-between going to school and working other jobs.” While she was growing with the business, her personal life also grew. Four years ago, she married Christopher Kidder. The couple has two daughters, Abigail, 2, and Samantha, 6 months. “We have another one on the way in October,” Kidder says. “We will have a busy house.” To add to her schedule, Kidder is taking classes in the gemology field. “I have one class to finish this summer and I will have my Graduate Diamonds diploma,” she says. Kidder’s calm tone reflects the attitude in which she approaches her busy life. She attributes some of that calm to her husband. “I would say the thing that makes it the easiest, and what has mostly evolved in the years of adding children is my husband; he is awesome,” Kidder says. Her husband usually has dinner ready when Kidder gets home from work, and the two work together on household duties, she says. “It just all kind of balances, so no one
Being an independent person creates a good work ethic, because you’re doing what you want to do, something that makes you happy,” Jennifer Kidder
FUN STUFF ABOUT JENNY JENNY KIDDER NEVER LEAVES THE HOUSE WITHOUT: » Her cell phone » A credit card » Coffee (Though that will change with her pregnancy, she says.)
WHEN SHE DOES GET TIME TO HERSELF, JENNY LIKES TO: feels left out or something isn’t getting done,” Kidder says. “We just have this great chemistry.” Despite busy schedules, family time is priority for the young family, Kidder says. “We always sit down as a family and eat supper,” Kidder says. “I think that’s very important.” Kidder attributes some of her views to life lessons learned to her ancestry. “From both my mom and my grandma, one of the major things that we’ve learned, as kids, and as women, is to be very independent and self-sufficient,” Kidder says. Being able to take care of herself is something she values, and it’s something she wants to make sure her daughters learn, Kidder says. “Being an independent person creates a good work ethic, because you’re doing what you want to do, something that makes you happy,” she says. Her nurturing role as a parent also seeps into her role behind the counter at the jewelry store. She enjoys sharing those special occasions in the lives of customers “Working in this industry kind of reaps an appreciation for what other people have going on in their life and you’re a part of that,” Kidder says. Kidder also recognizes a little downtime is needed from time-to-time. “Every once in a while, I like to do something for myself,” she says, adding she does enjoy an occasional pedicure. summer 2012
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HER FAVORITE INDULGENCES ARE: » Chocolate » A good latte (from The Ground Up Coffee House is her favorite)
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“That’s important, too, not to forget to take care of yourself.” When life does seem a little hectic, Kidder tells herself the moment won’t last forever. And while she values her independence, she knows there are times a little help from family and friends is needed
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— and welcomed. “You have to learn to lean on other people, other family members, other support
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behind you, a good core family, you can work (problems) out with the help of other people.”
I would say the thing that makes it the easiest, and what has mostly evolved in the years of adding children is my husband; he is awesome,” Jennifer Kidder
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Makeover tips for the big wedding day By YOU Magazine Staff | Photos by Cherie Zogleman | For YOU Magazine
This makeover features a fun twist — YOU Magazine photographer Laura Schmitt was the subject.
Young, athletic and a busy career woman, Laura doesn’t wear make-up and has a wash-and-go lifestyle. She often deals with her long hair by pulling it off her face and twisting it up with a clip to hold it in place or wearing it in a pony tail. Laura agreed to a YOU Magazine makeover because her wedding is at the end of May, and she wanted some ideas for her big day.
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“Usually I take the photos. So it was a lot of fun to be on the other side of the camera. Every time I’ve photographed the makeover for the YOU Magazine, I’ve thought that it looks kind of fun, and it was,” Laura says about her experience.
The makeover began with a session at Contours Body Sculpting, Marshfield, where owner and manager Echo Means gave Laura a facial and completed a body sculpting session. The facial is a non-surgical version of a face lift. Detoxifying microcurrents clean and feed the skin so that it brightens and tones giving the skin a visible life. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles all while slimming and defining the facial contours to restore a youthful appearance, Echo says. “I noticed a difference in the feel of my skin. It felt tighter and looked good, too,” Laura says. The facial was followed by the body
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A pedicure at Forget Me Not Nails was next, which started with Laura soaking her feet in a whirlpool spa, with a lavender soak. “I had a pedicure, which had damaged one of my toe nails. Robin knew exactly what to do and fixed it. Now my toe nails look really good,” says Laura. Owner and shop manager, Robin Rode says that Laura had a full spa pedicure where each foot was manicured, cuticles were pushed back and trimmed and nails were trimmed and buffed. “Then I used a sweet orange foot scrub to gently exfoliate her feet and then took a callus remover to them to get off all the tough calluses. Lotion and massage came next, and then we topped it off with a warm paraffin wax dip to open up all her pores in the feet. This helps absorb the moisture to its fullest and it feels great,” says Robin. Laura picked an OPI mint green polish for a great spring, pre-wedding look, says Robin. Forget Me Not Nails also offers full manicures and pedicures using Shellac or My 21 Day Polish on toes for even longer durability.
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Laura’s hair is long and thick, which is a factor for styling, said hair stylist Sara Mercer at Studio 211. “From the several pictures Laura brought of her dress and asking her questions, I knew she wanted something unstructured, loose-looking and natural. I set her hair in hot rollers to give the style a base. “With the amount of hair Laura has, I had to take a section out in the nape of her neck
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The makeup used at Merle Norman Cosmetics and the Day Spa Boutique in Marshfield provided the precise look Laura said she wants for her wedding. The cosmetologist was Katie Dahlke. “Usually when I wear makeup, it looks like I’m trying to cover up something. But the makeup Katie used was perfect. “The look she gave me is very natural and enhances my features instead of trying to change or cover them up. I really like this, and now I know what to wear for my
wedding day,” Laura says. Katie began the session by using Merle Norman Foundation Primer plus, which includes SPF 15. It was followed by a light dual-action concealer. “Laura’s skin is normal but a little dry and sensitive. We used the Delicate Balance Skin care line, which is free of colorants, perfumes and oil. It also makes a good base for the foundation, which was Flawless Effect Liquid Foundation for a smooth, lightweight and photo friendly semi-matte finish. This foundation also has an SPF 12. “Laura’s dark eyes were enhanced by using an eye base first. It’s called Lasting Eye Shadow and the color was Cream Puff,” says Katie. “To keep the look natural and dewy while complementing her brown eyes, we chose a variety of beige and brown Merle Norman eye shadows,” Katie says. “These shadows highlighted the depth of her eyes with lighter tones above the brow bone and on the intersection of the eyes. Then I used darker shades on the outer corner. “To define the shape of her eyes, we followed with Soft Touch eyeliner in teak color and lined it thicker at the outer edge of the eye and thinner on the inner edge of the eye. I also lined half-way along the bottom of the eye for openness. “I finished the eyes by applying a lash prep followed by Extreme Length mascara in brown to accentuate her naturally thick and long eye lashes,” says Katie. Katie chose Dusty Rose for Laura’s cheeks, which highlighted her medium light skin tone and then added a touch of Bare Minerals Faux Tan for a natural sunkissed look on the corners of her face. Laura’s lips were finished with Merle Norman Lip glaze using a light berry shade. The glaze moisturized her lips and gave them a glossy natural finish, Katie says. “I learned a lot about makeup doing this. And overall it was a good experience and a fun time,” Laura says.
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Easy to become a regular at Cravings Coffee & Wine Shop By Anthony Wolf | Photos by Casey Lake | For YOU Magazine
Anthony Wolf is a Marshfield man-about-town who enjoys cooking and traveling.
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ravings is one of those places that I easily could see myself becoming a regular visitor to when in the Wisconsin Rapids area. I suspect regular patrons might not want me to give too much attention to how wonderful the coffee house is to visit. There are those who make a daily stop inside, or use the drivethru to treat themselves to a morning coffee and sweet treat. While inside Cravings it is very easy to feel at home. The building itself is a house, re-purposed into a full-service coffee and wine house. I was very impressed with the layout, which makes it very functional in service, while keeping the comfortable home feel. In good weather, the outdoor patio is available. The upper sitting level is away from the service counter and lends itself to visiting with a friend, alone time with a book or a little catch up on the computer. The morning hours at Cravings are focused on the fresh made coffee. The specialty coffees are a big hit with folks heading off for work. Cappuccino, latte, espresso or nearly
any other coffee creation you might dream up can be created for you and your enjoyment. I had planned my visit around lunch time as I wanted to try one of the gourmet sandwiches offered only for lunch. My eyes fell upon the spicy chicken wrap with a warm flour tortilla fresh cut onions, tomatoes, pepper cheese, homemade spicy ranch sauce and Cajun chicken strips. It was a difficult choice as the portabella mushroom melt, chicken pesto and turkey-artichoke-spinach creations all looked very good. Also, offered at lunch time is a bowl of soup with fresh foccacia bread. Seasonal treats, fresh cookies and other pastries are offered daily. I have a huge weakness for cookies, so when I saw the double sized fresh cookies, I did not explore all the other tasty options. Yummy! In the afternoon and evenings, Cravings is a cozy place to meet for a visit, and perhaps choose from the wide selection of wines and beers. Arrangements and reservations can also be made for private parties. It might be a wonderful place to host
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onnie Selje’s path to her current profession took a few turns on her way to church. Selje is the assistant pastor at Baker Street Community Church, a position she’s held since 2010. But it’s not what she’s done her whole adult life. “What’s interesting is I was raised in a denomination that, to this day, does not recognize women in ministry,” Selje, 59, Wisconsin Rapids, says. She moved to Wisconsin Rapids in 1998 to take a job at the Wisconsin Rapids Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I’ve always been active in my church,” says Selje, who has a ready smile. “It’s just part of who I am. “I was still working when I starting wrestling with the whole women in ministry thing,” she says. She felt a call to serve God in a leadership role, she says. But she didn’t know how. “I was raised that women didn’t do that,” she says. “So my call to ministry was extremely challenging.” Then she realized something. “God isn’t going to give someone a gift that he doesn’t want to be used,” Selje says. “It was definitely clear I had gifts for leadership within the church.” After about six years, she lost her job — and a door opened. She had never heard about the Wesleyan Church until she moved to Wisconsin Rapids. While still needing to pursue education, Selje found out she could become a minister without
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Fulfilling a need in church and community
attending Bible College or seminary. She started out serving in an administrative capacity in 2006. “Then, as my level of education progressed — my role in the church did, as well,” she says. She has served in the role of assistant pastor since 2010; in June, she will be commissioned in Hayward. “That just means I don’t have the same level of education (as other pastors),” Selje says. Female pastors are becoming more common, she says. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is one of the three general superintendents of the Wesleyan Church. Having female and male pastors available to serve the congregation is a good thing, Selje says. While she is a part-time pastor, that doesn’t mean Selje is idle. She refers to herself as “bi-vocational.” Part of her duties include services at an assisted living center in Wisconsin Rapids. She works with Helping Hands Gospel Mission, a shelter for homeless, and does follow-ups with residents who visit the Shepherd’s Loft, an in-church ministry that provides clothing and shoes to those in need. “I love to see people’s lives changed for the better — because that is what we strive for,” Selje says. If anyone was surprised her life took this path, it was Selje, she says. “I think I was more surprised than my family and friends,” she says. “I think for me, it was being worthy of being called by God. “I think that’s where the surprise was.”
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WHAT’S ON YOUR PATIO?
Outdoor Living By Breanna Speth Manufacturer’s promotional photos For YOU Magazine
he interior of Michael and Karen Rock’s rural Stratford house is not the only place the couple can relax, thanks to their modern backyard patio. What once was a concrete slab is now a beautiful outdoor living area, complete with fireplace, pillar lighting and a unique water sculpture. The couple worked with local business Sternweis and Sons to turn their yard from stones to style. “The idea just came through some photos,” Karen says of the process to transform the backyard. After she and Michael decided it was time to do something with the area, they looked at photos of fireplaces, bricks and other features. They ordered the material from Sternweis, but completed the manual labor themselves, with the help of Karen’s brother Steve Waddell. Karen says that the process wasn’t difficult, unless she counts knowing when to stop. “There was no hard part. It all just went together. It was so wonderful. It was very cool to put together.” The leftover bricks were used to create the circular fountain, which Karen declares is her favorite part of the area. The fountain incorporates an old millstone
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from the late 1800s that was given to the couple by a close friend. She adds that the best part of having an elegant backyard patio is being able to share it with family. “It’s just my husband and I, with a whole pack of grandchildren,” Karen says. “We kind of just needed to do (the patio) for the family.” The couple finished the project the first week of April. “It was nice to have it done for Easter,” Karen says, adding that the only remaining task for the patio is a minor amount of landscaping. She also looks forward to the blooming of her miniature flower garden, which is contained in a small dirt plot cut into the concrete. Nestled between their house and the edge of a leafy wood, the enclosed brick patio epitomizes the peaceful seclusion of country living. “Just sitting out there by the fire at night, listening to the fire going and the fountain running,” says Karen describing her enjoyment of the patio. “The peacefulness of it all.” The low lighting adds a certain ambiance, and the low walls are perfect for seating and holding drinks, Karen says. Michael found old candles in their home, which now are a complement to the fireplace. Karen and Michael often share their patio with raccoons, possums, deer and foxes. “Our backyard just kind of falls into the woods,” Karen says. Karen encourages anyone looking to spice up their backyard space to look at brochures and ask suppliers for ideas. “Sternweis had neat little books,” she says, adding that the project was relatively inexpensive. To keep costs down, she says the best way is to do the labor yourself. “Just keep looking to find what fits in your space.”
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There are many important features to consider when buying new outdoor gear. YOU Magazine headed to local retail experts to learn about new features and talked to Denny Riedel and Breanna VanDettey of the Sports Den in Marshfield, and Jenny BringRockwood of Bring’s Cycling and Fitness in Wisconsin Rapids. ❶ Many running shorts/ tops and running dresses are being made with a new fabric that utilizes crushed volcanic rock for odor management and moisture control, says VanDettey at the Sports Den. Look for products made by Bontrager, Sport Hill and North Face.
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Tilley hat a lot of bicycle padded shorts and the riding skirts have padding. It’s a little more fashion forward,” says Riedel. There are also the knickers that offer knee and calf muscle protection. “Some shorts are made of Lycra or fitted and loose-fitting styles,” says Bring-Rockwood, of Bring’s Cycling and Fitness. ❸ New fabric designs provide graduated compression to promote better circulation. Smart Wool has “graduated compression socks,” which helps improve circulation, says VanDettey. There are also compression tops/sleeves for arms and legs. “They can be used for running and biking. The ben-
efit is better circulation,” says Bring-Rockwood. ❹ If you don’t have clips on your bike pedals, you can buy shoes that do it for you. There are shoes made to go with clipless pedals. Cycling shoes fit snugly and feet won’t slip and you don’t lose pedal power, says Bring-Rockwood. ❺ Both stores have a wide selection of hats and helmets that coverage a variety of needs. The Tilley hat (Tilley Endurable) is quite popular, says Riedel. It has a strong sun blocker, repels rain, and UV blocker. It’s lightweight, breathable. There are multiple
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ways to wear the hat. They’re washable and won’t shrink, he says. Helmets offer protection for bikers. Some helmets offer a bug screen so bees can’t get caught in the helmet, says Bring-Rockwood. There’s also a no-pinch closure, she says. ❻ North Face and Patagonia make water-proof jackets that are windproof and stylish, lightweight, hooded and breathable. Fuel Belt makes a lightweight, mesh vest that’s reflective, says VanDettey. ❼ Gloves with gel padding offer hand protection for such sports as biking. Sport Hill makes water belts that hold a water bottle. ❽ Funkier is a company that makes bike jerseys with waterproof pockets that keeps important things dry, says VanDettey. ❾ Tyr and Speedo have race suits and a compression-type
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WOMEN TO KNOW: LISA BERG
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on’s Chuckwagon Catering in Marshfield might have been serving delicious meals for decades, but current owner Lisa Berg always is willing to cook up something new. Lisa’s father, Ron Moen, founded what residents fondly term The Chuckwagon in 1966, and Lisa officially took over the family business with husband Jeff Berg in 2000. “All in all, it’s kind of been my life,” says Lisa, who started waitressing at age 9. Although she worked at a few local businesses after graduating from Marshfield High School in 1988, she always ended up back at the Chuckwagon. “I tried to get away from working for my parents, because it was hard working for your mom and dad,” she says, “but it seemed like I always came back.” There are benefits to being the boss. “No more dishes — I did enough of those when I was little,” Lisa says with a chuckle. Now, instead of the dishes, Lisa divides her time between cooking and driving Marshfield’s only “mobile catering truck.” Every weekday at a specific time (each company’s respective lunch break), dozens of workers at local businesses wait eagerly for Lisa to pull into their driveway with her refrigerated lunch truck full of warm, home-cooked food. “I have a certain route that I do every weekday,” Lisa says. “I stop at approximately 35 places.” She arrives at each business, opens up her truck, and the workers choose their meal and pay for it. “The coolest thing about the lunch truck is that it’s the only one that has always been in Marshfield,” Lisa says. “It’s something that people really like. You get hot, homemade food delivered right to your workplace.” A few years ago, both Lisa and Jeff had separate truck routes, but the poor economy forced the combination of the two lunch routes into one big route, with one truck left in the garage. “I drive around Marshfield for five hours everyday. Gas prices kind of kill me,” Lisa says, but she has every intention of keeping the business open. “The lunch truck is out there every day and people just love that, so I’m really trying to keep that afloat and keep the business afloat.” The catering end of her business has also been slow. “With the economy, a lot of people are not having things catered in as much,” Lisa says. Fortunately, there’s pizza. “It was Jeff’s idea to start making pizza, selling it in bars and gas stations,” Lisa says. “Now I’ve been wholesaling pizza for probably 10 years.” The pizzas, which are made fresh every week, are frozen and delivered to local taverns and gas stations, and she sells about 250 pizzas a week. Lisa’s Chuckwagon Pizza is nestled in gas station freezers between national pizza brands, but they offer more varieties than the
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traditional cheese and sausage. “When I’m in the kitchen all day, all of a sudden something will just come to me,” Lisa says of the unique flavors that include bacon cheeseburger pizza, Reuben pizza, chicken Alfredo and bacon pizza, bacon cheeseburger pizza and Philly cheesesteak pizza. “I try to come up with pizza that no one else has,” she says. “I wanted to do something that was gonna be a little bit different.” New pizza recipes are just one goal Lisa has for the Chuckwagon’s future. She also hopes to cater more. “When I did a lot of catering, I never had a day off,” Lisa says. When her son Brandon was born in May 2001, she was back at work eight days later. “I loved that time when we first bought it. I worked every weekend it seemed like, and it was good. I’m kind of anxious to get back into getting busy again.” Interacting with the customers is her favorite part of the job, but
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WOMEN TO KNOW: JULIE CRAVILLION
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n 2007, Julie Cravillion learned that on any given day in Marshfield there was at least one family seeking help related to domestic violence. “I was appalled,” she says. She immediately began pursuing options to help. With the assistance of a dedicated group of volunteers, and a lot of prayer, Julie helped found Shirley’s House of Hope with friend Sue Poole. Julie moved to Marshfield in 1998 with her husband, Jeff. As a mother of two and a new grandmother, Julie understands the importance of a safe home environment. She was working as director of Women’s Ministry at Faith Fellowship Church when she began to develop ideas for helping victims of domestic violence. Now Julie dedicates her life to Shirley’s, working 60 to 100 hours a week and accepting no pay. “I know this is God’s calling in my life,” Julie says of her passion for the project. “I want to be obedient and trust him. Just because the need is so great, I can’t imagine there not being a place for the women who are courageous enough to step out.” Though there were challenges along the way, many aspects of the project, including the location of the shelter, just fell into place. Local interior designer Tammy Redetzke coordinated the décor,
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local businesses sponsored everything from lighting to furniture and churches “adopted” rooms. The abundance of community support is evident in every corner of the shelter. “When the ladies come in they just know that the community loves them. And that’s huge,” Julie says. The shelter is funded by community donations, and the women staying at the shelter take turns with various chores, such as cleaning and cooking. They also attend food preparation and health classes, as well as courses in anger management and conflict resolution. They participate in a daily devotions and individual counseling. Shirley’s volunteers also assist with legal advocacy and medical needs, and staff the shelter 24/7. “No one is paid to work at Shirley’s,” Julie says with pride. As board chairwoman, Julie is responsible for the development of the shelter, and most of her day is spent connecting with people in the community and building relationships to ensure support is provided for Shirley’s House of Hope. She also coordinates fundraisers, including the Striking out Domestic Violence and Iron Chef events. As a woman who has a masters in education from University of Wisconsin-Stout and taught high school consumer education for 14 years in Granton, Julie often laughs about how much her current job centers on business rather than education. “Everything’s challenging,” she says of her position, but adds that she always is trusting God to meet every need. “It doesn’t matter what the needs are, God meets them,” she says. “There are times I want to operate out of fear — then I realize that it’s just sin. God has provided so amazingly.” Her favorite part of the job is the people. “It’s fun to get to know people in the community and also very rewarding to work with the ladies here at the shelter,” she says. “After they’ve been here a few months, they start smiling, have confidence and can hold their head high. They can have a better life. We’re giving them hope.” Shirley’s House of Hope has served more than 65 clients since it opened. “It just meets a huge need,” Julie says. In October 2007, as Julie was preparing to open Shirley’s, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In the midst of major chemotherapy treatment, radiation therapy and surgery, Julie turned to her faith for inspiration. “God works amazingly,” she says. “Isaiah 43 was telling me that I would walk through the fire and not be burned. I knew that I was going to survive and make things all new.”
Meetings were moved to accommodate Julie’s doctor’s appointments, and she maintained an active role in the project. Reflecting on her illness, Julie is positive. “Going through that experience really changed me,” she recalls. “It helped me to really more fully put my trust in God.” She explains, “I always ask myself the question. Why am I a cancer survivor? I know that every day could be my last day, so I’m very intentional about the things that I choose to do each day. I don’t take my life for granted any more. “I know that before you are even born, your days are numbered,” she says. “You’re here today because God has something for you to do. It really makes my life so much more meaningful. “Some people don’t understand why I sacrifice my life. Why do I work 60 to 100 hours a week at SHOH and I don’t even get paid? What they don’t understand is this is what God created me to do, so it gives me much purpose and joy,” she says. “It’s exciting and rewarding and I collapse in bed and know that I have given someone life.” “It’s always exciting to be a part of something bigger than yourself,” she says. Julie has no doubts that her God-given purpose in life is to bring hope to victims of domestic violence. As one of the founders of Shirley’s House of Hope in Marshfield, she is faithfully following that calling. “I’ll do it until l die, that’s how I do things.” If interested in helping Shirley’s House of Hope, visit the website at www.shirleyshouseofhope.org. Volunteers and donations always are welcome and needed. Julie adds, “We always need people’s prayers for these women, for them to break free from domestic violence.”
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athy Wenger has been a mainstay with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church’s preschool program for almost 30
years. Wenger, 64, Wisconsin Rapids, will retire from her position as preschool director at the end of the school year. Her husband, the Rev. Timothy Wenger, retired in August as pastor of the church. “It definitely keeps you young,” she says of her job. “It’s fun; it’s exciting; it’s challenging.” Although Wenger will be succeeded by Marcy Clark, who begins the director position June 1, the retiring director plans to stay involved at some level. “(The school) kind of becomes a big family,” Wenger says. Wenger and her husband have been members of the church for more than 40
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years; Wenger started with the preschool when her oldest son began classes there. Her four children — and three of her seven grandchildren — also attended the school. Wenger also worked as a classroom aide for about 15 years. “She has had a great vision for the preschool,” says Holly Johnson, parish administrator. That included building enrollment from fewer than 10 children to more than 150 at the school’s peak, Johnson says. Enrollment has declined since the inception of 4-yearold kindergarten, Johnson added. The preschool offers classes for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children. “Wenger was instrumental in building the school to the size that it was,” Johnson says. Currently, about a quarter of the school’s more than 50 children come from the summer 2012
parish. “So we serve the community pretty substantially,” Wenger says. Wenger’s responsibilities were vast, likened to the principal of a school. She was responsible for overseeing the board of directors, making sure all legal, city and state codes were observed and coordinating the curriculum. Wenger has seen many changes in regulations through the years, but she always enjoyed her work. The dedication she showed to the school went beyond the paperwork, Johnson says. “Her passion is children and making sure they get that quality Christian education,” Johnson says. The staff members and families have been great to work with, Wenger says. “It’s a nice place to come every day,” she says.
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WOMEN TO KNOW: BRIDGET CHARITON
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ridget Chariton has been at the helm of the South Wood County Humane Society since the beginning of the year, taking over the reins from Phil Hartley. Chariton, 23, was a community resource officer at the Community Foundation of Greater South Wood County since July 2010. While she loved her job at the foundation, Chariton, a 2006 Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School graduate, says there were draws to the shelter job she couldn’t resist. “First of all, of course, a love for animals,” Chariton says. “I have four pets of my own. All of them have been adopted from a humane society. “Things are going really good, actually,” Chariton says of her first few months on the job. But it’s been a change, both professionally and personally. One of the simplest changes has been her work wardrobe. She has gone from business casual to jeans and T-shirts, joking she’s usually covered with dog hair. But the changes go beyond the clothing. While working with animals at the shelter seems to come naturally, Chariton learned she also needs to focus on the human element of the business — people having to give up pets, or those coming in to adopt. “At first when I started, I thought, oh, I’m working with animals, that will be easy,” Chariton says. “It’s been a bit of a learning curve, but I am really enjoying it.” There were adjustments in her personal life, as well. She recently celebrated her one year anniversary of marriage to her husband, Nick. The couple doesn’t have any children, but consider their two dogs and two cats family. Chariton also is providing foster care for two cats, which she had to
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THE PERFECT PLACE FOR MUSIC AND HISTORY By June Thompson | For YOU Magazine
ufts’ Mansion Bed and Breakfast is one of Neillsville’s popular local sites. It’s a place to visit for a tour or spend the evening listening to Front Porch Swing jazz ensemble. An overnight stay at the bed and breakfast might feel like a night in a museum since Tufts’ Mansion has an abundance of Neillsville’s early history. The original part of the mansion was built by William H. Mahar in 1879. Emery Bruley became the next owner who added on to the home in 1885, and later Richard Dewhurst became the owner of Tufts’ Mansion. It wasn’t until 1961 that Col. William B. Tufts and his wife, Jennie, owned the home. It was established as a museum when Jennie Tufts bequeathed the mansion to the city of Neillsville. Jennie Tufts’ heirs sold the mansion to Joe and Stacie Boe who restored a lot of the home to its Victorian stature. In 2004, James and Dawn Voss became the new owners of Tufts’ Mansion. “The Mahar Suite is the biggest suite with a fireplace and king-size bed. It is called the bridal suite,” Dawn Voss says. “My favorite is the Maid’s Quarters.” There is also the Bruley Suite and the Dewhurst Suite.
Tufts’ Mansion is decorated for celebrating an anniversary Tufts’ Mansion is the location for Front Porch Swing jazz ensemble.
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For several years, the Vosses have been a part of Front Porch Swing jazz ensemble at the mansion. James sings and plays bass, Dawn sings, Jim Rickard plays keyboard and John Rickinger plays drums. Guest musicians Brian “Zoot” Simmonds plays saxophone and Jerry Teclaw plays acoustic guitar. During the summer, Front Porch Swing jazz ensemble performs outside behind the mansion and occasionally has a wine-tasting event featuring Munson Winery products. “We do this for the love of music,” says Dawn Voss. “We (James and I) wanted a place people can come to hear good music and get together with neighbors and friends. “James’ dream was to ‘own this house and be a rock star,’” Dawn says of her husband. “We really enjoy opening it to the public. We’re here for a lifetime. We love it here,” she says.
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Thousands of people helped at American Cancer Society Hope Lodge MARSHFIELD SITE ONE OF 31 IN NATION Contributed article | For YOU Magazine
ach year, more than 2,000 adult cancer patients travel from throughout Wisconsin and neighboring states to Marshfield for weeks, sometimes months, of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and other life-saving treatment at Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital. For many of these patients and their caregivers, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 611 Doege St., Marshfield, serves as their home away from home. Provided at no charge, Hope Lodge offers them a place of safety and comfort in the company of others experiencing the same journey. “Hope Lodge gives a peace of mind to people and families dealing with cancer,” says Joleen Specht, Hope Lodge manager. “For those patients and caregivers who need to travel to Marshfield for their cancer treatment, Hope Lodge is a home away from home. Needing to drive to Marshfield everyday for treatment, eat in restaurants and stay in hotels on top of medical expenses can be overwhelming. Hope Lodge exists to minimize those expenses and concerns.”
Marshfield’s Hope Lodge was built in 2003 by the American Cancer Society in partnership with Marshfield Clinic, Saint Joseph’s Hospital and numerous north central Wisconsin businesses and residents. More than $4.5 million was raised locally for the construction of the three-story facility on Doege Street. The home-like lodge opened as Wisconsin’s first Hope Lodge for cancer patients with 22 large private bedrooms and bathrooms, spacious common living and sitting rooms, four fully-equipped kitchens and dining rooms for cooking and sharing meals and other amenities such as a laundry. Today, Marshfield’s Hope Lodge remains the only one in Wisconsin (and one of only 31 in the United States) and the Marshfield area community continues its generous support through private donations and the annual Vita Bella (Beautiful Life) celebration. In the past two years, the celebration has raised nearly $150,000 to aid with the cost of maintaining Hope Lodge. In its nine years of service, more than 15,800 cancer patients and their caregivers have stayed at Marshfield’s Hope Lodge. More than 9,000 of these guests
have been Wisconsinites with all kinds of cancer; others traveled from 13 other states. Their stays have added up to more than 42,000 free nights of service. They’re people like 26-year old Eric Bohl of Chippewa Falls who in August 2010 was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, cancer of the body’s lymph fluid system. After his body rejected chemotherapy treatments, his final hope for survival was a bone marrow transplant performed last September. Eric had to come to Marshfield for the transplant, a complex procedure performed only in larger medical centers. He stayed at Hope Lodge for nearly a month to recover from the transplant and to be checked every day by doctors for any signs of infection or other problems. “Hope Lodge is a wonderful place for people like me,” says Bohl. “It’s so comfortable and friendly, and on weekends my Mom and Dad came and stayed with me. I don’t know if I could have managed without it.” Bohl is now cancer-free, and looking forward to going fishing again and getting on with his life.
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EVERGREEN BED & BREAKFAST, A HISTORIC FIND FOR SALE By Laura Ullman | Photos by Laura Schmitt | For YOU Magazine The only bed and breakfast in Marshfield is no more. As a matter of fact, the Evergreen Bed & Breakfast closed its doors nearly five years ago. Now, the iconic Victorian house is for sale. The current owners, Norm and Ginny Kommer, say it’s time for them to downsize and move into town. The move will, however, be bittersweet. “We will definitely miss this house. We’ve been here for 17 years,” Norm says. The couple say they also will miss being host and hostess, and welcoming the many guests into their lovely home. The Johnson brothers built the house for their mother in 1885, on property near the Marshfield Public Library. When the library needed to expand, the house was in the way. In 1981, it moved to its current location. It sits on just less than four acres at M226 Highway E in the town of McMillan. If you’ve ever driven past it at night, you couldn’t help but see the large house all lit up. Several people owned the house after the move. During the years, renovations were done, including making two upstairs bedrooms into one, and adding closets and bathrooms.
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The Kommers purchased it in 1995. “The former owners had operated the bed and breakfast for less than a year. We wanted
to continue the tradition,” Norm says. They did some renovations of their own, before opening the house to guests in August 1997. The house boasts three bedrooms upstairs. Ginny has decorated each in its own distinct Victorian style. The Masters Chamber bedroom is the biggest and has an attached bathroom. The Garden Room has a floral theme throughout, with a matching bathroom next door. The Kommers recently updated The Vintage Room by adding a bathroom and jacuzzi tub to the room. A cozy living room downstairs welcomes guests to enjoy the fireplace and television, often with the Kommers. On the south side of the house is the sunroom. “This is our favorite room,” Ginny says. It’s easy to see why with lots of windows and views of the property. The floors are all the original hardwood. Ginny says former owners had painted the floors and some of the woodwork a dark brown. It’s all since been restored to the original color. Norm and Ginny look back on the 15 years they spent taking guests in, with fond memories. They’ve had people come from all around the country to stay there. Many were
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Plants that survive fickle summer weather By Cherie Schmidt | For YOU Magazine
Cherie Schmidt is a Marshfield mother of two teenagers and a regular contributor to YOU Magazine
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other Nature must have felt a lot of anticipation for spring this year, for the warm weather arrived far earlier than normal. Knowing what to plant in central Wisconsin is key to having a garden that blooms with little effort. We asked the experts for suggestions. Jeanne Batten of Mill Creek Gardens suggests selecting perennials that will bloom freely all season. “Choose flowering plants that tend to cycle in and out. The key is to having blooms in the early spring, early summer, mid-summer and then ones that will flower in the fall,” Jeanne says. Of course picking blooms that will best grow in the location you have picked is important, so if in doubt, ask your greenhouse specialist. Jeanne recommends Columbine, or Aquilegia, which are very easy to grow and blooms with a variety of colors. They do best with partial shade, particularly from the afternoon sun, which can be harsh.
Another suggestion is Lupine. These flowers, once established, are easy to grow and very seldom are attacked by insects. “Adding color to the perennials adds to the attraction,” Jeanne says. “This can be done with foliage, such as Heuchera.” According to theprimrosepath. com, Heuchera are most successful in light shade, again, against the sharp afternoon sunlight. This is another plant that has few pests or diseases. However, too much moisture and shade might stimulate fungus. As far as mid-summer blooms, Delphinium, Cone-flowers and Monarda or Bee Balm were recommended by Jeanne. According to www.garden.org, Delphinium does not do well in hot, dry summers. Cool and moist will make this bloom successful. However, this plant likes more sun and less shade. Bee Balm will attract butterflies, bees and humming birds. This is a low-maintenance plant and tolerates full sun. Cone flowers also like full sun and is drought and pest-resistant.
What’s even more spectacular about these three plants is that they are deer resistant — perfect for central Wisconsin! In the fall, the weather starts to change and Jeanne believes that fall Asters and Rudbeckia (blackeye Susans) will keep your perennial garden attractive and vibrant. The website www.garden.org explains that these two plants also are disease resistant. While the Rudbeckia is drought resistant, the fall Aster needs moisture, and care should be provided to ensure the plants are receiving adequate amounts. Both plants love full sun. By selecting the proper plants for your garden site, staggering the blooms throughout the season and adding a little time and care, perennial gardens can add appeal to any yard.
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Tips for easy lawn mower maintenance By Anthony Wolf | For YOU Magazine
Anthony Wolf is a Marshfield man-about-town who enjoys cooking and traveling.
he warm days of spring and summer bring the joy of the great outdoors. This might not be so great if you are the one in charge of the home and property. Many chores come with maintenance and beauty of home ownership. Perhaps the most obvious is lawn mowing and yard cleaning. Yard use and care is different from one house to the next and part of the responsibility of having your own place. There are those who use their green spaces for gardens, others who create a place of play for their children, and still others who do as little as possible. However, sooner or later, someone needs to pull the lawnmower out to cut the grass. Usually, the mower pulled from the garage will fire back to life with a fresh tank of gas. Things that should be checked are your spark plug, air filter, blades
and oil. Not sure how to tackle an oil change, nor where the owners manual is located? Search your mower on the Internet, and I am sure you will find a manual. Some local businesses will come to your house with o their service equipment to give your equipment the ps needed checks and tune ups and even take the used oil with them to be disposed of properly. It is good to ask them for tips to keep the y. machine running smoothly. These check-ups will pay for themselves in both peaceof-mind and longevity of your investments. Another simple thing is to keep your mower clean of grass clippings. These clippings can hold moisture and
as such will cause your mower to rust and shorten its life. Always wait until the machine is totally cooled before cleaning. A hot engine always is dangerous. I recommend sweeping grass off. Sometimes washing is neede needed, however I would limit that, a as water is an enemy of both steel and engines. So, getting iit dry after a washing is just as important as the washing. Cu Cutting grass is really up to e each and every owner. Adv Advice for just a good looking yard is to mow the grass re regularly. Best to keep it at tw two to three inches and not llet it get above five inches tall. Regular mowing will allow the shorter grass clippings to become fertilizer for the lawn. Happy mowing!
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A Fresh Coat TIPS ON PAINTING VARIOUS SURFACES AROUND YOUR HOME Story and photos by Kris Leonhardt | For YOU Magazine
fresh coat of paint can do a lot to feign newness on surfaces that have become dull, damaged or outdated over time. In addition, painting can be an inexpensive way to make changes in your home this summer. However, if the surfaces are not prepared correctly the paint job might not have longevity and the result might look worse than the original. The following tips will help guide you through your summer painting projects, to give you the longevity you desire.
Preparation: Remove any oil spots with an oil dry product or cat litter. Scrub clean with trisodium phosphate. Allow to thoroughly dry. Use concrete patch to fill any unwanted cracks in the surface. Painting: Apply a coat of concrete sealer with a roller brush with a short nap and extension handle. Next, apply several coats of epoxy paint or other paint product specially made for concrete floors.
Preparation: Scrub the surface with trisodium phosphate and rinse with white vinegar. Be sure the surface dries well. Painting: Apply a layer of masonry sealer, using a 1-inch brush to get into grout lines, cracks and crevices and a long nap roller to cover the area. Follow in like manner with your interior or exterior paint. When painting exterior brick, be sure to look for paint that is made to expand and contract with the brick.
Preparation: Sand the surface of your ceramic tiles with a fine grit sandpaper, to dull the surface. Scrub the surface with trisodium phosphate. r Painting: Apply a layer of bonding primer to surface. Follow with several applications of latex paint using a roller brush with a short nap.
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Preparation: For both old and new drywall, dry mop the drywall surface. For drywall that has already been painted, scrub the surface down with trisodium phosphate and fill in any holes with compound. Painting: For new drywall, apply a wallboard sealer. For previously painted drywall, use stain sealing primer. Follow with several coats of paint using a roller brush for both types.
Preparation: Scrub floor with trisodium phosphate and sand with a very fine grit sandpaper. Wipe all excess grime from floor and apply a liquid deglosser product. Painting: Prime the floor using a roller brush with extension handle. Next, paint the floor using epoxy paint made for floors. Apply two coats of water-based polyurethane after paint has dried completely. Application will have to be completed as quickly as possible, as the polyurethane is quick to dry.
Preparation: rface Scrub down surface pirits. with mineral spirits. Remove any rust with a rust removal product. Sand with a coarse grit sandpaper and follow with a finer grit sandpaper. Painting: Apply a coat of metal primer and follow with paint specially made for metal surfaces. summer 2012
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Preparation: Clean surface with a strong household cleaner and sand with a fine grit sandpaper. Fill holes or gouges with a wood compound and sand until smooth. If painting paneling, texture and a trowel can be used to fill in grooves. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove dust and excess compound. Painting: Apply a stain sealing primer. On cabinets and doors, use paint specially made for these surfaces; otherwise, any finish of latex can be used on paneling and most other wood surfaces.
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How to paint a house By Anthony Wolf | For YOU Magazine
Anthony Wolf is a Marshfield man-about-town who enjoys cooking and traveling.
he siding on your house can be a huge part of your property, and during the years has faded or become quite dirty. The idea of cleaning it might frighten most people, and painting will challenge everyone. The secret is to break these big projects down into safe easy steps. To help you choose or find motivation, go to the back of your house with a brush and a warm pail of water. This will show you just what color your house is under the dirt. It also will help you choose if you want to just give everything a good washing, a painting or forget about it all together. Choosing to paint can be a big choice.
Vinyl siding can be painted just as any other siding. Vinyl expands and contracts as heat and cold comes each day, so the proper paint must be used. The paint professionals at any store should be able to help you pick paint. They also might guide you not to go darker in the color you already have, as the dark color might absorb more heat than intended for your vinyl, which will lead to warping of the siding. It might be best to look at as many houses as possible to see what colors you like best. It is also important to note that painting is very dependent on the weather. An overcast low
humidity day with temps around 70 during the day and nights above 55 are ideal for the best painting results. They are also the best days for nearly anything else more exciting than house painting. Direct sunshine is not a good time to paint, as the paint will dry too quickly. Buy just a gallon of paint as a trial. Maybe the color you chose is not what you were hoping, once it is on the walls. Best not being stuck with 10 gallons of it. Also, know it will take two coats, so plan according to that with concerns to the weather. If, you hire someone, then ask for references and check out their work. Still the best way to get a good idea about what you have is to take the pail of water and start washing your house. Many times that is all that is needed, and it also will give you a great idea of how involved you want to be on a painting project. Remember ladders are dangerous. Be safe, no clean nor newly painted house is worth getting injured.
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Great recipes for light, delicious meals IDEAS TO PLEASE EVERY TASTE
By YOU Magazine Staff | Photos by Laura Schmitt It’s time to think light, easy and healthy for the summer months. » Eat a healthier breakfast Be consistent with your portions. For most people, a perfect breakfast has three components: one serving of a whole grain carbohydrate, one serving of a dairy or high-calcium food and one serving of fruit. Together, that would add up to roughly 300 calories. A high-protein serving (i.e., a meat or an egg) is unnecessary but certainly acceptable, as long as it doesn’t add too much fat or calories to the mix. Here are a few winning combinations, based on this formula: » A bowl of high-fiber, multigrain cereal, lots of strawberries and low-fat milk on top. » A granola bar, an apple and a cold glass of milk. » A cup of nonfat yogurt, fresh blueberries mixed in and a slice of whole wheat toast with a fruit spread on top. » A mini whole wheat bagel, spread lightly with cream cheese and jam, a peach and a cup of yogurt. » A scrambled egg, a whole wheat roll, fresh fruit salad and a cup of low-fat milk. » A low-fat muffin, a wedge of cantaloupe and a cup of latte made with skim milk.
Apple cinnamon oatmeal INGREDIENTS 1 cup water 1/4 cup apple juice 1 apple, cored and chopped 2/3 cup rolled oats 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup milk
DIRECTIONS Combine the water, apple juice and apples in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, and stir in the rolled oats and cinnamon. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until thick, about 3 minutes. Spoon into serving bowls, and pour milk over the servings.
Tangy cucumber salad INGREDIENTS 2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon salt, divided 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup cider vinegar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano Dash cayenne pepper
California melt INGREDIENTS
4 slices whole-grain bread, lightly toasted 1 avocado, sliced 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds 1 tomato, sliced 4 slices Swiss cheese
Preheat the oven broiler. Lay the toasted bread out on a baking sheet. Top each slice of bread with 1/4 of the avocado, mushrooms, almonds and tomato slices. Top each with a slice of Swiss cheese. Broil the open-face sandwiches until the cheese melts and begins to bubble, about 2 minutes. Serve the sandwiches warm.
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» Maintain midday momentum Try this openface vegetarian sandwich with avocado, almonds and mushrooms. Consider serving it with tangy cucumber salad.
DIRECTIONS Place cucumbers in a strainer; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and toss. Let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse and drain well. Place in a large bowl; add tomatoes and onion. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients; pour over cucumber mixture and toss. Cover and refrigerate for several hours. Serve with a slotted spoon.
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Honey mustard grilled chicken INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon steak sauce 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
DIRECTIONS Preheat the grill for medium heat. In a shallow bowl, mix the mustard, honey, mayonnaise and steak sauce. Set aside a small amount of the honey mustard sauce for basting, and dip the chicken into the remaining sauce to coat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill chicken over indirect heat for 18 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until juices run clear. Baste occasionally with the reserved sauce during the last 10 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup fat-free milk 1/4 cup canola oil 1/4 cup egg substitute 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Topping: 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon melted margarine
DIRECTIONS In a mixing bowl, beat milk, oil and egg substitute. Combine the dry ingredients; add to milk mixture and beat until smooth. Spoon into 8-inch square baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Courtesy of allrecipes.com.
Âť Finish the day strong This simple, tangy, delicious grilled chicken dish is a tasty finish to your day. Serve with roasted vegetables, and for dessert enjoy light cinnamon coffee cake.
Roasted vegetables INGREDIENTS 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices 1 large zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional) 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced
DIRECTIONS In a mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, zucchini and red pepper. Combine the remaining ingredients; drizzle over vegetables. Stir to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until tender.
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Fire up the grill for more than meat By Cherie Schmidt | For YOU Magazine
Cherie Schmidt is a Marshfield mother of two teenagers and a regular contributor to YOU Magazine
ummer is a great time of year. Not only is the weather warm and people are outside, but take a walk and see if that robust aroma doesn’t dance somewhere in the air — that wonderful scent that tickles the taste buds and makes you want to hurry home and strike up the grill. We all know how to grill brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks and chicken. Yeah, there are 1,001 recipes to dress up any of those. But what about the side dishes? Ever grill vegetables? There are so many great ideas for vegetables.
Grilled corn on the cob is great but how about spicing things up? Try adding some bacon and chili powder or even horseradish. Did you ever grill the pickle or tomato for your hamburger or create grilled potato salad? By grilling your vegetables you can add that wonderful robust flavor to all of your side dishes! Try grilling beets, eggplant, squash and radishes. Do them separately or combine them. A great way to grill is using vegetable basket for the grill or a grill wok topper. But that’s not all. Grilled desserts are growing in popularity. Forget S’mores! Did you know that you can grill a banana split? This is one that is fun in the back yard or on a camping trip. Stay healthy and light and add a little zing to peaches or mangoes. How about lightly grilling a slice of pound cake or angel food cake and adding fresh berries and whipped cream? Grilling is a great activity. Let your mind wander and see what delights your imagination can create this summer.
Campfire banana split INGREDIENTS One whole banana Chocolate chips Marshmallows
DIRECTIONS Cut banana in half lengthwise, with or without skin on. Wrap in foil. Add chocolate chips between the slices and stuff the marshmallows on top. Grill over flames to your perfection. There are many variations to this recipe. Try adding crushed pineapple, cherry topping and peanuts. Or grill the banana slices and add ice cream. Either way it’s an incredible summer treat.
Bacon-wrapped asparagus INGREDIENTS 10 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed 1/8 teaspoon pepper 5 bacon strips, halved lengthwise
DIRECTIONS Place asparagus on a sheet of waxed paper; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with pepper; turn to coat. Wrap a bacon piece around each spear; secure ends with toothpicks. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp. Discard toothpicks. Yield: 2-3 servings.
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Grilled potato salad INGREDIENTS 8 medium red potatoes (about 2 pounds), cut into 1-in. slices 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup fat-free mayonnaise 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped 1 dill pickle spear, chopped 3 tablespoons dill pickle juice 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
DIRECTIONS Place the first five ingredients in a large bowl; toss to coat. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill potatoes, covered, over medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender, turning once. Cool. Cut into quarters and place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over potatoes; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6 servings. â€”from tasteofhome.com
Pineapple satay with coconutt caramel INGREDIENTS 1 ripe pineapple 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted 3 tablespoons dill pickle juice 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
DIRECTIONS 1. Trim ends from pineapple, then stand it on one end and cut off peel. Quarter pineapple lengthwise and cut out core. Reserve half the pineapple for another use. Cut each remaining quarter into 4 lengthwise slices, then cut each slice in half to make 16 thin wedges. Skewer each lengthwise. In a small saucepan, combine sugar with 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, swirling to dissolve sugar; boil, swirling occasionally (do not stir), until just golden and honeylike. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in coconut milk (mixture will bubble furiously). Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for high heat (450 degrees to 550 degrees; you can hold your hand 5 inches above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). Using a pastry brush, coat pineapple pieces with caramel sauce. Grill just until marks appear, then turn to mark other side, 4 to 5 minutes total. Put skewers on a platter, sprinkle with toasted coconut, and serve with remaining caramel sauce. â€” from Myrecipes.com summer 2012
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Creating community STONEY RIVER ASSISTED LIVING BRINGS MAIN STREET INDOORS
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magine taking a stroll down main street, past the Laundromat, movie theater, tavern, water fountain, and through the town square before taking a seat in a charming café for a scrumptious lunch. You might think you were in a quaint European village or in the small town where you grew up. But you would, in fact, be inside the doors of Stoney River Assisted Living. As the baby-boomer generation of seniors demands more amenities, new assisted living homes being built around the country are designed to cater to this growing need. Stoney River in Marshfield is no exception. The building is designed like an indoor town, complete with a main street reminiscent of an old-time downtown shopping district. A sidewalk blackboard outside the tavern entrance is updated regularly to reveal the next scheduled banana
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spilt social, happy hour or other activity. Hanging signs such as Lucky Duds Laundry and Happy Heart Fitness Center identify the amenities and create the illusion that old-time businesses have located their shops along the main street. Stoney River’s dining room or the Brookfield Café as it is known transforms
into a dance hall where polka bands and other musical events are held, and the theater marquee displays the movie or football game being shown on the large projection screen. “The theater is very popular,” said Jenna Thieme, assistant administrator of Stoney River. “They watch Brewer games in there, and of course, they use it a lot for movies.” The fitness center also has proven popular. “Some residents use it every day,” said Thieme. “I use all the machines to work on my arm and leg strength,” said Lucille, a resident at Stoney River, Marshfield. “I do 20 reps on each machine so when I am done I have 100 reps in.” Even the residents’ quarters follow the indoor-town theme. The 50 resident suites are divided into six “neighborhoods” of eight or nine suites each, and each neigh-
borhood includes a central community room with a flat-screen television and comfortable furniture. “The neighborhoods promote a welcoming atmosphere,” said Ashley Fredrick, administrator. “New residents feel right at home because their neighbors help them get to know their way around by answering questions, walking with them to meals, and just simply being a friendly neighbor.”
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Family life changes around baby By Jill Kurszewski | For YOU Magazine
A Jill Kurszewski is a mother of two-year-old with baby due in June.
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nd baby makes four (actually six if you count our two dogs). Are we nuts?! We are expecting our second child in June — a girl — who will join our 2-year-old son. I grew up in a family of five, so I always knew I wanted a big family. I just never knew how hard it would be and all the change that comes with it. My mom made it look so easy! She does remind me, though, that she did not work a full-time job out of the house on top of caring for three children. That certainly makes things a little more challenging. There is a lot of change coming our way this summer, and having a baby is only part of it. For some reason, we decided to take on some other changes in our life at the same time, just to add to the excitement. First, we needed more space for our growing family, so we just bought a new house. It is quite an upgrade going from a two-bedroom to a fivebedroom house. We don’t even have enough furniture to fill the house. But this way each of our kids will have their own room, and my husband and I will each get some space to ourselves as well. We knew we would need to move eventually, but didn’t plan to do it at the same time we are having a baby. I sure wouldn’t recommend this game plan to anyone. I have been waddling around our house trying to help clean, pack and prep it for selling and get us set for moving. I’m not allowed to do much, even though I really want to get things done. My little girl reminds me when I have done too much. So, the process of
getting more space is turning into this: fix up house to sell; hopefully sell the house; have the baby; move in August. Busy summer! Speaking of having the baby (just before our big move), I am busy preparing for the big trip to the hospital, which is quite the production this time around. As I write this I am nearly 33 weeks pregnant. My bag is packed for the hospital. My son’s bag is packed for Grandma’s house. My husband is at least keeping the truck full of gas this time (last time we stopped for gas on the way to the hospital). He will likely pack his bag once I tell him “we gotta go!” We need to make arrangements for picking up my son from day care, or bring him with us if it is in the middle of the night. Then there are the dogs. Who can come and let them out and feed them? And hopefully we don’t have a house showing scheduled for that same time the baby decides to come! The planner in me is screaming because every detail of this trip cannot be coordinated yet — we have to take it as it comes. I am going crazy with the waiting game now. I know I likely have a long way to go yet, my doctor kindly reminded me of that, adding that my discomfort is going to get worse. My son came three weeks early, so I have it stuck in my head that my daughter will too. So it is really hard to plan anything at work and at home. Once she is here, we need to have a place for her. Well that is quite the challenge when we already have a full house. Since we don’t move into our new house until August, we will be bringing our daughter home to our two-bedroom house. That will be fine since she will be sleeping in our room for the first few months. But, where do I put all of her stuff? While she doesn’t have quite as much stuff as her big brother did before he was born, her stock pile is growing quickly. Luckily, with my limited maternity wardrobe (especially now at the end summer 2012
I only have a few tents that fit) I was able to clear out one of my dresser drawers to put her tiny clothes into. We will need to haul up the swing from the basement, the bouncy chair and the cradle. I think those will wait until the last minute, though, because we are trying to keep our home clutter-free while we try to sell it. Wish us luck! With a toddler that has hundreds of toys and a newborn that will require her own supply of care and distraction items, how will we ever keep our home clutter-free? The nesting instincts of this mother are going crazy all through this process. It is almost as if I have two (sometimes three) personalities. Personality No. 1, the mother hen, wants to prepare a pink bedroom with a crib and all of baby sister’s clothes neatly put away. She is at war with Personality No. 2, the HGTV house stager ready to sell her house for the best price. The house needs to be de-cluttered, cleaned and strategically organized to maximize space and features for potential buyers that come through. Every once in awhile Personality No. 3 comes out — she is just plain tired after working all day and then coming home to cook, clean and entertain a 2-year-old. When we aren’t entertaining our 2-year-old (actually, he entertains us these days), we are making lots of changes to his routine in preparation for baby sister’s arrival. We moved him from his crib about 6 months ago when he figured out how to climb out. Then he went into the toddler version of his crib and now we have him in a huge twin bed to free up the crib. We also are attempting the chore of potty training. He understands the concept. He just isn’t interested. Friends have told me if we potty train him now, he might want to go back to diapers when he sees the baby in the diaper. His teachers at day care say it isn’t worth trying until he is ready. So we try, but not too hard. We ask him to use the potty every day, which he responds with “no” most times. One thing at a time, I guess.
Hot vehicle dangerous for children SAFE KIDS WOOD COUNTY WARNS ABOUT THE RISKS OF HEATSTROKE IN VEHICLES By Tyler Zastava, MPH, CHES | For YOU Magazine
s outside temperatures rise, the dangers for children being seriously injured or even dying from being left alone inside a hot car also rise. That’s why Safe Kids Wood County has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, in an effort to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke in young children. “More than half of all vehiclerelated heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and more than 30 percent are from a child getting into a hot car on their own,” said Ty Zastava, coordinator of Safe Kids Wood County. In an effort to prevent these needless tragedies, parents and caregivers are urged to do three things: 1) NEVER leave a child in a vehicle unattended. 2) Make it a habit to look in the backseat EVERY time you exit the car. 3) ALWAYS lock the car and put the keys out of reach. And, if you ever see a child left alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 right away. According to NHTSA, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatalities for children 14 and younger. In fact, one child dies from heatstroke, nearly every 10 days, from being left in a hot vehicle. Warning signs of heatstroke include: Red, hot and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs after being in a hot vehicle, cool the
child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. “Children’s body temperatures can rise up to five times faster than that of an adult, and heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees,” said Zastava. “On an 80-degree day, a car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.” NHTSA and Safe Kids Wood County want to remind everyone of a few key safety tips to prevent deadly accidents and to prevent vehicular heatstroke: » Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicleeven if the windows are partly open, or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on. » Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area. » Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away. Take these steps to remember not to leave a child in a vehicle: » Write yourself a note and place it where you’ll see it when you leave the vehicle. » Place your purse, briefcase, or something else you’re sure to need in the back seat so you’ll be sure to see a child left in the vehicle. » Keep an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. Once
the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she leaves the vehicle. » Always lock vehicle doors and p trunks and keep keys out of chil-dren’s reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk. hild » Ask your child care center to call d you if your child doesn’t arrive on time for child care. » If you see a child ehicle, call alone in a hot vehicle, al emergency 911 or your local number immediately. If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose).
Ty Zastava is the Wood County Health Department Quality Improvement/Emergency Preparedness Manager Wood County Health Department.
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Members credit YMCA for a positive impact By Molly Michalek | For YOU Magazine
recently sent out an email asking current Marshfield Area YMCA Members how the Y has made a difference in their lives. I was looking for a few short testimonials. Instead I received some powerful “stories” that get to the heart and soul of what the YMCA is all about. The Marshfield Area YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all with three “Areas of Focus”: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. It was easy to see in the responses I received that many people were experiencing a positive change in all three of these areas. A current member began her response by stating that when
she started at the YMCA she was overweight with a blood pressure of 180/105. She was unhappy with herself, feeling defeated and frustrated. She knew she needed change and was ready to start her journey back to health. This journey started by swimming alone in the YMCA pool. From there she got enough courage to take a beginning group exercise class. She found the class challenging, but the class members were very encouraging and non-judgmental. With new-found strength, and with the absence of any real peer pressure, she worked her way to more challenging classes (and more of them). Along the way it became easier and easier. Today (weighing 65 pounds lighter and with her blood pressure down), this member is con-
tinually amazed at the things she can do and what she has accomplished. In addition she has found friends, structure and encouragement through YMCA staff and members — all of which she gives credit as she does not think she could have done it alone. Another member never had a background in fitness or in sports, and after having children she was finding it hard to get back into shape. With encouragement of a friend who took group classes, she signed up and gave class a try. She felt uncoordinated, but with instructions, encouragement and modification from the instructor she improved with each class. Classes have now become a social part of her life too. “The friends I’ve met are of all ages and abilities, all shapes and sizes, all walks
of life.” Now this participant is the one encouraging others (including her own children) to be involved at the Marshfield Area YMCA! The Marshfield Area YMCA is so much more than the exterior you see when you drive by. Inside we are a large extended family here to welcome you in. This “family” includes health and fitness, youth and family, aquatics, member services, senior wellness, sports for all ages, education and more. So no matter what your needs are, the Marshfield Area YMCA can help you along your journey to a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Molly Michalek is the wellness coordinator at the Marshfield Area YMCA. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Renting vs. owning your own home By Claudine Konrardy | For YOU Magazine
W Claudine Konrardy is a vice-president at Pioneer Bank.
ith housing prices still low in many areas and a favorable mortgage-rate environment, people who don’t own their home might be thinking about buying instead of renting. Here are points to consider:
If you don’t have a certain amount for a down payment — generally 20 percent of the home’s value — the lender may require you to also pay for mortgage insurance, which will add to the cost of your loan. » No need to worry about major maintenance costs: As a renter, you’re unlikely to be responsible for replacing a leaking roof or a broken furnace. » Monthly costs are often lower: Rent-related expenses usually will be less than what a homeowner would pay each month in “PITI” — principal and interest on a mortgage, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance. If you rent, you should consider purchasing renter’s insurance, which is likely to be less costly than homeowner’s insurance.
» Freedom to move: If you unexpectedly need to find less-expensive housing or move to a different location, as a renter you won’t have to worry about the risk of selling a home for less money than you paid for it. This situation of owing more than your home is worth could occur if there were an over-supply of housing on the market. And, if you already are planning to move in just a few years, renting often is a better choice financially. Even if the value of your home goes up during that short time, the costs associated with selling it would likely exceed your profits. » Smaller up-front costs: Renting might be the way to go if you don’t have the cash needed for a down payment on a home and for closing costs on a mortgage. For renters, the big initial payout is a month or two of rent as a security deposit. Compare that to the tens of thousands of dollars that many home buyers need for a down payment, plus closing costs.
» Wealth creation: By paying the mortgage each month over many years, you likely will build up equity — the current value of the home minus what you owe on your loan — for a down payment for your next home or for some other purpose, such as retirement. And, if you live in a home long enough to pay off the mortgage, you will have a valuable asset to sell or leave to family. In contrast, after 30 years of paying rent, you will have nothing to show for it in
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terms of a home that also may serve as your nest egg. If you pay off your mortgage, you’ll have one fewer payment to worry about each month. You will still have to pay for real estate taxes, insurance, repairs and any homeowner or condominium association fees. » Emotional satisfaction: You can put down roots in a community you like. Owning a house can be satisfying in itself. » Fixed-rate mortgages add stability: Landlords can raise rents, but if you buy a home with a fixed-rate mortgage, most of your monthly payment — the part not including real estate taxes or insurance — won’t change for 30 years, 15 years, or however long you have that mortgage. It’s important to remember, though, that taxes or insurance could, and most likely would, still go up.
How can you learn more about renting vs. buying a home? A good place to start is the “Buying a Home” page on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, website at http://go.usa.gov/Xu6. And, to speak to a HUD-sponsored counseling agency that can offer free or low-cost advice on renting or buying a home, visit www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/ hcc/hcs.cfm or call 800-569-4287.
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acation time away from the hum-drum routine of life is a much-anticipated getaway that can have lasting memories when souvenirs are kept of the destination. Those souvenirs don’t have to be expensive; they can be free if you know where to look and who to ask about a keepsake you want. They can also be something unusual that doesn’t come with a hefty price tag, but its sentimental value far exceeds any small monetary value it could have.
Postcards One valued souvenir is the destination postcard. Hotels sometimes will have a complimentary postcard of the hotel or landmark that can become part of a traveler’s postcard collection. Many shops sell the postcards for less than a dollar. Unique postcards might be made of copper found at Copper Falls, Mich., or wooden postcards found at Glacier Park, Mont.
Sea shells The beach is the best location to find these pretty free souvenirs in many sizes, shapes and colors. They are washed ashore by the tides and easy for the picking. Before picking and keeping any shells, make sure there isn’t a sign posted not to take shells.
Maps and brochures Finding directions is a necessity to any vacation spot, and the destination map is usually available at the Visitor’s Information Center or Chamber of Commerce office. Sometimes, they are complementary at the hotel/motel. Mark on the map the sites you visit.
Mugs or coffee cups These can be relatively inexpensive, depending on where you find them. Everyone can use a mug for drinking their morning coffee.
Rocks Scenic places like mountains and lakes provide plenty of rocks or stones. Souvenir shops will sell them as lucky rocks, but you can pick them up free, unless there is a sign prohibiting it.
Ticket stubs They are unusual mementos, but they are nice reminder of a trip and they fit easily into a scrapbook.
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Off the shelf: The Bookworm offers her take
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Embrace the diva inside you, and read â€œRedefining Divaâ€? by Sheryl Lee Ralph. A diva isnâ€™t a bad thing, Ralph says; in fact, â€œdivaâ€? comes from the Latin word for deity. That means a diva is a goddess. In this book, Ralph writes about her life and her career on Broadway and in Hollywood, and she offers lots of advice about being your absolute best.
â€œHollywood Boulevard,â€? by Janyce StefanCole, is a quirky read on an awardwinning actress who leaves her career behind, without saying why. She moves back to California to be with her director husband while heâ€™s working (even though she said sheâ€™d never go back to California). Sheâ€™s bored in La-La Land, so she spends her days shopping and peoplewatching. But while sheâ€™s watching her neighbors, someoneâ€™s watching her. â€œHollywood Boulevardâ€? starts out slow, but it ratchets up soon enough. Stick with it. You wonâ€™t be sorry.
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Support the local economy Think Local, Shop Local, Be Local By Carol Knauff | For YOU Magazine
ecently there has been a lot about “Local First” or “Think Local” or “Buy Local”, which is the 3/50 Project that probably has not been explained in detail. The goal of the Project is to educate shoppers on how their spending impacts their community and to increase their spending in a way that is beneficial to their own local economies. The message is simple and reflected in the tag line “Saving the Brick and Mortars Our Nation is Built On”. The mission is to help retain locally owned, independent businesses, whose dollars provide a large portion of annual revenue critical to funding public resources and services. Think of three local, independent businesses you would miss if they disappeared. Your transactions are what keeps the doors open, the number 50 ties to the fact that if just half (50 percent) of the employed U.S. population dedicated $50 of their current monthly spending to locally owned independent businesses (instead of the national chains), more than $42.6 billion of revenue would be generated annually. The 3/50 Project then explains that for every $100 spent in local, independent brick and mortar businesses, more than $68 dollars returns to the local economy; when spent in a national chain, the amount
drops to $43, and to zero with on-line purchases. Many studies have been done that illustrate the numbers, but the point is constant: Local stores return much more money to the local economy than a national chain does, and on-line shopping takes all the money out of the city, region and state. Independent, locally owned businesses are light years ahead of what the national chains can provide for customers. More than anything else, they are on the floor to actually have conversations with the actual people who choose to shop in their businesses. They provide you with personal service from one person to another. So, the simple question is “What is better for your local economy?” If you can get it from a “local”, 50 percent more revenue recirculates in and around the town and region. How? We hire local people to work for us such as: Graphic artists, CPAs, architects, attorneys and so on. Large corporation don’t do this. We support other locally owned businesses and recommend them. We’re the places the kids come to help them raise money for school projects.
In Marshfield, the local businesses support the many medical projects, also. Money is recirculating, reinvested in your community in which you live. Your Local Businesses provide community character, the backbone of local economies, civic life, local charities, and financial stability for the citizens of your community. Leverage your income and the weight of your local dollars will provide positive change and ensure a vibrant, flourishing community of independent locally owned businesses.
— Carol Knauf is an independent business person who owns Rae Baxter’s Fashion Shop, Marshfield.
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THINGS TO DO: WISCONSIN RAPIDS AND SURROUNDING AREA EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS ALEXANDER HOUSE CENTER FOR ART & HISTORY
(1131 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards, 715 887-3442) The Alexander House, a Center for Art and History, is a combination of art gallery with frequently changing displays and historical museum, which emphasizes local lumbering and papermaking exhibits. The center is located in a stately, old colonial home on the banks of the Wisconsin River. »» Stone and Bronze Sculpture by Charlotte Darling-Diehl, Appleton, with Watercolor and Acrylic paintings by Lee Mothes, Kaukauna. Exhibit runs through June 26. »» Photographic artwork created by members of the Focal Point Camera Club, Stevens Point. Exhibit runs June 29 to Aug. 7. Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays or by appointment.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN CULTURAL CENTER
(240 Johnson St., Wisconsin Rapids, 715-421-4598, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.culturalcenterarts.com) The Central Wisconsin Cultural Center is a nonprofit visual, literary and lyrical art organization. »» Aqua-Fluid Motion Fine Art Exhibition, opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 8. Exhibit runs through July 27.
SOUTH WOOD COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
(540 Third St. S., Wisconsin Rapids, 715-423-1580, email@example.com, www.swch-museum.com) The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. »» The Civil War will be featured as this summer’s main exhibit. Regular exhibits include Grim Natwick, old-time school room, doctor’s office and general store, cranberries and logging.
WISCONSIN RIVER PAPERMAKING MUSEUM
(730 First Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids, 715-424-3037) The Wisconsin River Papermaking Museum features exhibits on papermaking history, focusing on the Wisconsin River Valley and the Consolidated Water Power & Paper Co., which was headquartered in Wisconsin Rapids for more than 100 years. The museum currently features three exhibits: »» History of the 111-year-old mansion that now houses the museum. The mansion was built in 1901, and two families involved in papermaking on the Wisconsin River called it home. The exhibit tells the story of the home, with a brief look at the families who lived there, giving visitors a picture of life at the turn of the century. »» Story of the formation of the Consolidated Water Power and Paper Co. The company was founded in 1894 to bring together the various
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water power owners’ land and properties to build a single dam across the river, believing “that the water-powers at said cities (Grand Rapids and Centralia) would be of more value if consolidated and improved upon one general plan.” »» “Coming Home to Wisconsin — Dard Hunter, The Man Who Knew Paper,” is a traveling exhibit on loan from the Robert C. Williams Papermaking Museum in Atlanta, Ga. Hunter was a modern-day renaissance man. He traveled the world learning papermaking processes, recording the cultural and historical data about papermaking and collecting paper samples that continue to provide insights into the science, art and technology of papermaking. In many instances, his photos and writings have provided the only records on papermaking and the lives of the papermakers in remote areas of the world. »» Museum hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Free.
MUSIC »» McMillan Memorial Library adult concert series: Willy Porter (McMillan Concert series) 7 p.m. June 7; Bluegrass/Country innovators Bearfoot (McMillan Concert series) 7 p.m. June 28; Art Stevenson & High Water. 7 p.m. Aug. 16 All concerts in this series start at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public. There are no tickets, but space may be limited in our Fine Arts Center. 490 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. 715-422-5136, www.mcmillanlibrary.org Free. »» Wisconsin Rapids City Band concerts: 7:15 p.m. June 19 and 26, July 10, 17 and 31, and Aug. 7 and 14, Robinson Park. 1150 17th St. N., Wisconsin Rapids; 7 p.m. July 4, Centralia Center, 220 Third Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids; and 2 p.m. July 29, Performing Arts Center, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. www.wrcityband.org. »» Big Band Memories, featuring “The Swing Doctors,” 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 22, Performing Arts Center, 1801 16th St. S, Wisconsin Rapids. Part of Cranberry Blossom Fest. www.blossomfest.com. »» Aqua Skiers Street Dance, July 4, downtown Wisconsin Rapids.
MISCELLANEOUS »» Savor the Flavor-Cancer Survivors Celebration, Marshfield Clinic - Wisconsin Rapids. Event kicks off with a 5-mile and 2-mile walk/run, followed by a special ceremony honoring all cancer survivors. Food, music. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cancer Care Fund at the Marshfield ClinicWisconsin Rapids Center and the Pink Ribbon Garden. The Cancer Care Fund is used to increase the comfort of patients by purchasing new chairs for lengthy treatments and other comfort items. More information at www.marshfieldclinic.org/giving/ ?page=giving_savor. »» American Cancer Society annual Walk/Run,
4:30 p.m. June 6 Lincoln High School Track, 1801 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids. To register or the event, visit UW Cancer Center Riverview or sign up online at community.acsevents.org/wisconsinrapids. Walk/Run Registration Cancer survivors also may register and place their Survivors T-shirt order by visiting UW Cancer Center Riverview. »» Classes at Lighthouse Books & Gifts: Open scraps: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10. Check the website at www.lighthousebooksandgifts.com or call 715-423-7773 for class cost and more information. » Lunch by the River, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday starting June 7; Dinner by the River, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 21; at Veterans Memorial Park, Wisconsin Rapids. Vendors, entertainment. » Historic Point Basse Pioneer Festival, ethnic music, dancing, crafts, games, and demonstrations are just a sample of the fun activities led by reenactors and artisans, June 9 and 10; “Whodunit?” 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 21, Historic Point Basse grounds, 364 Wakely Road Nekoosa. »» Cranberry Blossom Festival, June 21 to 24. Highlights include: Evening of Elegance, 7 p.m. June 20, Centralia Center, 230 3rd Ave. S. Wisconsin Rapids. Variety show featuring past Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area contestants and winners. Hors d’oeuvres will start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. Downtown Classic Cinema Under the Stars, 7:30 p.m. June 21, West Grand Ave. Concert will follow movie. Free. June Dairy & Berry Breakfast, 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. June 23, Lincoln High School, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. Cranberry Blossom Quilt Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23, Witter Field Warming House, Eighth Street South and Apple Street, Wisconsin Rapids. $1, proceeds to fund palliative care quilts for Riverview Hospital. Blossom Dance, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 23, Bull’s Eye Country Club, 2800 Ridgewood Trail, Wisconsin Rapids. Tickets, $10, cash bar, 715423-2230; Cranberry Blossom Fest Parade, 12:30 p.m. June 24, route goes from Grand Avenue from 11th Street, over the Grand Avenue bridge to Second Avenue South. Go to www.blossomfest.com/ for a full schedule of events. »» Summer Hummer golf event, 9 a.m. July 10, Ridges Golf Course, sponsored by Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce. $100 per golfer prior to June 1, $125 per golfer after June 1. Dinner guest only, $20. 715-423-1830, www.heartofwi.com. »» Taste of Rome, July 13 and 14. July 13 events will include the Classic Car Cruise In and music by Rumours. July 14 events include parade, craft show, fun for the kids, and music by Southbound. Food and beverages will be available both days. Call 715-325-1867 for more information. »» 46th annual Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships, Lake Wazeecha. »» Port Edwards Fun Fest and car show, Aug. 10 and 11, Edwards Alexander Park, Port Edwards.
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THINGS TO DO: MARSHFIELD AND SURROUNDING AREA EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS (212 W. Third St., Marshfield; 715-387-3322) » Restored home of former Wisconsin governor William Henry Upham, this house represents midVictorian architecture at its finest. “Marshfield Fire Memorabilia” is the featured exhibit through July 31. “Historical Baseball Photography and Memorabilia” will be featured in August. Upham Mansion is open for public tours from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.
6 p.m. June 29: Concert featuring Grace Weber (soul-filled) 6 p.m. July 21: Concert featuring Michael McDermott and Heather Horton (rock) 6 p.m. July 27: Concert featuring Caleb Hawley and Dan Rodriguez (indie soul) 6 p.m. Aug. 18: Concert featuring Ernie Halter and Michael Shynes (acoustic soul) 6 p.m. Aug. 25: Concert featuring The Delta Jets (Delta blues/surf) 2 p.m. Aug 26: Concert featuring Meg Hutchinson and Hayward Williams (Americana)
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(Marshfield Clinic lobby, 1000 N. Oak Ave., Marshfield; 715-387-5562) » “The Art of Victory, The Art of Defeat,” features the athletic photographs by Dmitri Von Klein of Eugene, Ore. Runs through June 29. » “Culture & Agriculture,” featuring a wide variety of technique, media, process and subject matter all relating to agriculture, runs July 9 to Aug. 31. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
THE HIGHGROUND LEARNING CENTER
(W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville. Call 715-748-4224) » “Branch” Tribute and Medal of Honor Recipients: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through June. » “Faces of Freedom,” paying tribute to all who served: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during July and August.
THOMAS HOUSE CENTER FOR HISTORY
(103 S. Central Ave., Marshfield; 715-384-5867) » A military exhibit, “Lest We Forget,” is the ongoing feature. Open 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment.
MUSIC CHESTNUT AVENUE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
(208 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield; 715-389-8999) » 7 p.m. June 13: Open Mic Series. Read poetry, play music, drum, dance. Perform a monologue or skit, comedy or improve sketch and much more. Free event open to the public. » 7:30 p.m. July 20: Art Stevenson & High Water bluegrass show. Tickets: tba
(201 W. Arnold St., Marshfield) » Civic Band concerts (outdoor concerts, free admission) 7:30 p.m. June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11, July 18, July 25 and Aug. 1 » VOX concert series (www.voxconcertseries.com) (outdoor concerts, free admission) 6 p.m. June 16: Concert featuring Michelle Lewis (self-inspired) 6 p.m. June 23: Concert featuring Kelly McGrath (country)
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(608 W. 17th St., Marshfield) » VOX concert series (www.voxconcertseries.com) (admission charged) 7:30 p.m. June 21: Concert featuring Keri Noble. Tickets: $13 advance/$15 at door/$25 for pre-concert meet and greet and show. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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(10853 Highway H, Marshfield; 715-384-8325) Go to www.marshfieldspeedway.com for complete schedule.
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MISCELLANEOUS » June 1: Dairyfest Cheese Chase, contact Marshfield Area YMCA » June 7-10: Stratford Heritage Days, Klemme Park » June 8-10: Greenwood Dairy Days » June 9: “Make A Wish” truck convoy, Fairgrounds, Neillsville » June 9-10: Camping with The Critters, Wildwood Park & Zoo, Marshfield » June 9: Truck Pull and Super Farm Tractor Pull, Chapman Park, Stanley » June 15-17: Dorchester Days » June 15-17: Stanley Steamer Rodeo Days, Chapman Park, Stanley » June 16-17: Northern Lights Goat Show, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park » June 21-24: Cranberry Blossom Fest, Wisconsin Rapids » June 21-24: ABATE of Wisconsin Summer Hummer Rally, ABATE Acres, Greenwood » June 22-24: Auburndale Music Festival, village park » June 23: Gospel Fest, Clark County Fairgrounds, Neillsville » June 25-30: Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Performing Arts Center, Pittsville » July 3-4: Pittsville celebration including Fire
Department Heart & Sole Road Race on July 3. » July 4: Independence Day Observance, The Highground, Neillsville » July 4: Polish Heritage Picnic, Northside Park, Thorp » July 5-8: Neillsville Heritage Days » July 7: Grand Avenue Run/Walk and Bike, Neillsville » July 12-15: Neillsville Heritage Days » July 12-15: Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet » July 13-15: Colby Cheese Days » July 14: Archie Fest bluegrass festival, Mondeaux Dam Lodge, Westboro » July 15: Levis/Trow 100 Mountain Bike Race; Clark County » July 19 to 22: Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships, South Wood County Park, Wisconsin Rapids » July 20 to 24: WI Ayrshire Association Show and WI Guernsey Association Show » July 25: George Carden Circus, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park » July 26 to 29: Taylor County Fair, Medford » July 26 to 29: Betty Boop Festival, downtown Wisconsin Rapids » July 27 to 28 Hub City Days, downtown Marshfield » July 28 and 29: Sew and Sew Quilt Show, Timber’s Restaurant, Stanley » July 29: Watermelon Festival, Chapman Park, Stanley » July 31 to Aug. 5: Wisconsin Valley Fair, Wausau » Aug. 2 to 5: Annual Highground Bicycle Tour, The Highground, Neillsville » Aug. 2 to 12: Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis » Aug. 8 to 12: Clark County Fair, Neillsville » Aug. 10 to 12: Ice Age Days, Rib Lake » Aug. 10 to 12: First City Days, Abbotsford » Aug. 11: Art in the Park and Taste of Stanley, Soo Park, downtown Stanley. » Aug. 11: Bulls and Barrels, Chapman Park Rodeo Grounds, Stanley. » Aug. 13 to 15: WI State Jersey Show, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park » Aug. 16: Blues in the Zoo, Wildwood Park & Zoo, Marshfield » Aug. 16 to 19: Athens Fair, Veterans Memorial Park, Athens » Aug. 17 to 19: Marshfield Area Kennel Club Show, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park » Aug. 17 and 18: Annual Ride to Remember Motorcycle Rally, The Highground, Neillsville » Aug. 22 to 26: Loyal Corn Festival » Aug. 24-26: Central Wisconsin Steam & Gas Engine Club Show, Kurt Umnus Farm, Highway N, Edgar » Aug. 29 to Sept. 3: Central Wisconsin State Fair, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park For more details, go to the Things to Do at www. marshfieldnewsherald.com.
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