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Brunch 101 Spring-themed recipes lighten the mood


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Spring hues Bright colors chase away winter blues

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pring is right around the corner. This issue of YOU Magazine is a celebration of spring. Our fashion, food and home sections have lots of good information about trends, tips and ideas. Fashion is always fun, but even more so this season. Check out some of the tips on page 19 shared by Carol Knauf, who owns Marshfield’s Rae Baxter’s Fashions.

The Marshfield YOU magazine staff entertained co-workers with a spring-themed brunch. In the process, it was discovered that eggs are not everyone’s favorite food. What everyone did agree on were the drunken monkey muffins. Check out the recipes starting on page 58. How the furniture is placed in a room can take it from blah and boring to fun and functional. The story about staging a room, beginning on page 48, is well worth a peek. While not all of us can get away with a spring vacation, it’s possible to pretend by eating authentic Mexican food prepared while you watch at Marshfield El Jalapeno. The story starts on page 56. And here’s another local spring get-away idea: Pamper yourself with a manicure, or a facial, or a new hair style. The YOU magazine featured makeover begins on page 10. The spring edition of YOU also unveils a new look for our publication. We began a redesign of the magazine with the Winter Edition and have completed our work for this issue. YOU magazine staff worked to create a fresh and vibrant design. Many people researched topics, including type styles, magazine design options and color trends. If you want to share your thoughts about these or other improvements, we would like to hear from you. Happy spring!

Liz Welter Liz Welter, editor


YOU MA G A ZI N E S TA F F Publisher Mike Beck General Manager Jonathan Gnieser

Editor Liz Welter Advertising Manager Tara Marcoux

Contributing Writers Cherie Tham, Anthony Wolf, Deb Cleworth, Karen Madden, Carol Knauf, Jill Bohn and Breanna Speth Operations Manager Terri Hansen

Photography Dan Young and Laura Schmitt Design Sirena Mankins


YOU MAGAZINE is published by the Marshfield News-Herald and Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. Contents of the magazine are by Gannett Wisconsin. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior consent of the Marshfield News-Herald. YOU Magazine, P.O. Box 70, Marshfield, WI 54449 ❙ e-mail: YOUR CONTACTS: Content: Liz Welter at 715.384.3131 ext. 356. Advertising: Tara Marcoux at 715.384.3131 ext. 303.

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CONTENTS: FOOD 52 Headed to the market Specialty groceries can be found at local stores

HEALTH, BEAUTY AND FASHION 9 The diet diaries Confessions of a yo-yo-dieter.

10 Makeover From before to after, follow Wendy Foth as she updates her hairstyle and learns some makeup techniques.

54 Gluten-free life Alternatives for those with celiac disease.


15 Sweet totes

58 Recipes

Bags add pizazz to wardrobe

Brunch 101

16 Get a leg up Pants go beyond jeans for all occasions

19 Spring fashion


Casual comfort key for spring

33 The ‘money talk’ Don’t wait to share financial information with your partner.

20 Got color? Liven up your winter wardrobe with spring-time hues


22 Earthy chic

5 From the shelf

Non Toxic Chic’s products good for you, environment

The Bookworm reviews “How to Shop for Free,” “What Women Want” and “Unbearable Lightness.”

24 Fight the blues Winter workout can help your mind, body feel better.

34 Caught YOU Looking Good! In the spotlight: Festival of Light.

69 Things to do

30 Fitness finds

Get out and about this spring

New ways to get in shape.




When necessity becomes the mother of invention.

8 Celebrate women March 8 is International Women’s Day 29 Women

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44 Spring cleaning Declutter tips make dreaded task less painful.

48 All the home’s a stage

The Whimsy Sisters turn recycling into fashionable art.

Furniture placement is key to comfort.

40 What’s in your office?

64 Top 10

No office? No problem!

New year brings new trends for your home

56 Restaurant review The authentic flavors of Mexican food are found at Marshfield’s El Jalapeno

65 Wisconsin’s new CO detector law

68 Parenting

Keep your home carbon monoxide free.

Tales from baby’s birthday bash

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From the shelf: The Bookworm offers her take “How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing” By Kathy Spencer with Samantha Rose, c.2010, DaCapo Lifelong, $14.95, 237 pages, includes index You make resolutions each year about saving money, but that’s hard to do. So why not learn to get your clothes, food, even gasoline for free. You can, if you’ve got “How to Shop For Free,” the new book by Kathy Spencer. With an infectious enthusiasm, personal anecdotes and weigh-ins from fans who’ve saved, Spencer and Samantha Rose explain how they regularly bring home food and other necessities without opening their wallets.

“What Women Want: The Global Market Turns Female Friendly” By Paco Underhill, c.2010, Simon & Schuster, $25, 214 pages, includes index How do you shop? In the new book “What Women Want” by Paco Underhill, you’ll see yourself on just about every page. In this book, you’ll learn why vacuum cleaners sell better to men, why change is not always good and why department stores often are empty these days. You’ll see the reason for the shape of displays, why stores should strategically add staff and which three little words sum up the female shopper’s wants. There’s a fine line between want and need, though.

“Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain” By Portia de Rossi, c.2010, Atria Books, $25.99, 308 pages Imagine denying almost all foods. Imagine living on 300 calories a day, then read “Unbearable Lightness” by Portia de Rossi. Amanda Rogers always wanted to be special. She was a smart kid and aspired to become a lawyer in her native Australia, until the modeling bug bit her. She changed her name to Portia de Rossi and hit the runway. Later, when given the chance to be in a movie, de Rossi was surprised that she loved acting but wasn’t confident about her beauty. She thought her face was too round, her cheeks too fat, her thighs too chubby. Embarking on a nutritionist-recommended low-calorie diet didn’t quell the diet demon in de Rossi’s mind, so she went on a program all her own. y

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ife sometimes takes unexpected turns. But when you have dedication and determination, a person can find she’s still on the right path. Back in 2002, Robin Rode of Marshfield lost her job and found herself wondering about her future. “I always knew I wanted have my own business since I took a career assessment course in high school. I received the results that read what I would be good at — business owner. I remember it vividly. I always had that in mind, but never knew what to do with it,” Robin said. “I came home from getting my nails done and a light bulb went off! It was right up my alley to open a nail salon.”


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With the support of her fiance (now husband) David, she enrolled at Mid-State Technical College and later opened her salon, Forget Me Not Nails, 252 S. Central Ave., Marshfield. She offers an array of services, from gels and acrylics to full spa manicures. “I pride myself on being a manicurist who really does care,” Robin said. “I am happy to say my clients are my extended family. Coming from a small family here, it really is wonderful having the kinds of bonds I have with these women. They are amazing people, and it is awesome being able to be let into their lives. We get very close.” Her business is her passion. Serving her clients by using the best possible products is one of her goals. Robin enjoys researching new products and keeping abreast of fashion trends. She would like to expand the business into a small spa and add more services. “I have no problem carrying one product for one client just so she can stay with me,” Robin said. “Not all products work on every skin type. I need to work with that, and I do love the challenge.” Robin understands how important it is to give back to the community, and while her busy schedule does not allow extra time to volunteer, she donates to a variety of organizations and programs whenever she can. Between hours at the salon, Robin is a mother of two children, one in kindergarten and the other in preschool. After dropping them

“Stresses will come and go. ... All I need to keep me motivated is to see smiles on my boys’ little faces, and know I’m a good mother.” — Robin Rode, Marshfield off at school, she enjoys time at the gym before heading to work. “I love hitting the gym. It is my other passion — health and fitness. If you don’t have your health, you don’t have much,” Robin said. “If you are physically stronger, I think it carries into being strong in your everyday life.” Robin also has a great husband who helps and supports her career. “He knows (that), many nights, I need to work from home after the kids go to sleep. He is not afraid to take care of laundry, supper, dishes — whatever it is,” Robin said. “He has always been a great support system for me, even helping me with marketing ideas.” Family time is important to Robin, and there is nothing better than spending time outside. “No Netflix for us. We love to camp, hike or just sit around summer fires,” Robin said. While owning a business can be stressful, it is the support and love from her husband and children that gives her motivation. “Stresses will come and go. It is what makes life so wonderful. In the scheme of things, I have my boys and my wonderful husband and my health,” Robin said. “All I need to keep me motivated is to see smiles on my boys’ little faces, and know I’m a good mother.” y

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Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8

I Anthony Wolf is a Marshfield manabout-town who enjoys cooking and traveling.

always try to keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming holidays, especially those that require gift giving. The guys out there who have missed an important event such as a birthday, anniversary or some other important date know what I am talking about. There is an event coming up March 8 called International Women’s Day. This is not a new holiday made up by card companies or anyone trying to make a quick dollar. This is a holiday to honor all women for who and what they mean to us. The day has been described as a mix between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. A great twist to this wonderful day is that it’s for all women, and not just those blessed with children or who might at the time have a valentine-type love to celebrate. It is to celebrate everything about and for women. It was 100 years ago German Socialist Clara Zetkin presented the idea of this day for women. At the time, it was very much a political thing and called to attention the lack of women

in leadership roles. Each year, a serious theme still is taken up to highlight women who are suffering. In the past, there have been themes of equal rights, equal opportunities, peace, HIV/AID and many other worthy causes. The United Nations 2011 theme is: “Equal access to education, training and sci-

ence and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.” The 2011 theme can be interpreted and used in any way people see fit. Groups will gather all around the world, speeches will be given, plans will be made and many good women will be recognized for works accomplished. It also is the hope that changes will be made for better days to come. I discovered women artists and authors also are a big part of the events around the globe. In Italy, all women are given yellow flowers. Many other countries celebrate with gifts given to all women, great and small. Yes, chocolates always are a nice gift for women of any age. This is a wonderful day for all women. You don’t need to wait for someone to send a card, invite you to dinner or expect a man to remember. This is a day where women make things happen. Get the girls together and celebrate the things that make women great and discuss the issues that could be changed for a brighter future. y

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Time once again to get on diet, exercise wagon


’d like nothing more than to be able to write this story and say the challenge I took on almost exactly one year ago not only was accomplished, but maintained. You guessed it: getting in shape. I did make my goal, climbing up on that proverbial exercise and diet wagon and working hard to lose weight and get in shape. Secretly, I think I cursed myself when I admitted aloud that I’d reached my goal. I really should know better than to open my mouth about such things. Realistically, we know that’s not what happened. Well, I did open my mouth — and put too many of the wrong things in it. And I fell off the exercise wagon. It wasn’t exactly a “kerplunk,” but more like a child who drags his feet on the ground to get his bike to stop eventually. One day of not exercising led to two days, then a week, and well, it’s been awhile since my gym shoes actually saw the gym. I learned eating right and exercising really are the key to getting fit. Not doing enough of either definitely can lead to fitness failure. And that, in turn, leads to frustration. At least in my world.

It’s not fun to be back at square one. It felt good to feel and look good. I miss that — but I know I am the only one who can get me back there. I worked hard to get where I was, and now I have to start over. Of course, that’s the good thing. You can start over. It’s not like someone is going to shut the door on exercise and say you can’t come in. I just have to get off of the couch. y

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t’s not often that a woman will tell a hair stylist, “do whatever you think will make my hair look great.” But Wendy Foth, 40, of Marshfield took the leap, said those words and has no regrets. STORY BY YOU STAFF PHOTOS BY LAURA SCHMITT/FOR YOU MAGAZINE

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THE HAIR “I love the color. I’m still getting used to the hair length; this is the shortest I have ever had my hair. But I like how it looks,” Wendy said about participating in the YOU Magazine Spring Makeover. Her hair was highlighted, cut and styled by Sara Mercer at Studio 211, 211 W. Third St., Marshfield. As Wendy ran her hands through her hair, she said the length will be easier to style than long hair. “The stylist, Sara Mercer, asked me a lot of questions about what I do with my hair, how much time I have in the morning. She wanted to make sure the cut fits my lifestyle,” Wendy said. The cut allows Wendy, who has naturally curly hair, to use just a bit of styling cream or gel, and her hair looks terrific. “Or else if I style it, the look is more sophisticated, more updated,” she said.

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Prior to the hair makeover, Wendy had a facial at Contours Body Sculpting, City Hall Plaza, 630 S. Central Ave., Suite 110, Marshfield. “I’d never had a facial before this one. It was really nice!” Wendy said. “My skin is really, really soft.” At Contours, the skin is treated with a detoxifying microcurrent. Fats are emulsified, pumped out and magnetically driven to the lymphatic system. There, they are filtered and permanently eliminated through natural means, said Jennifer Dragt, Contours owner. “I can see a difference, too,” Wendy said.

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THE NAILS In the same suite as Contours, Wendy had her first manicure. “I’ve just never had the time to do something like that. But it’s also a really nice thing to do,” she said about her manicure at Forget Me Not Nails. “The cold weather is so hard on my hands that this is nice. It’s nice to not have any flakes or dry patches,” she said. The polish used will last 14 days without chipping, said shop owner Robin Rode. “It’s a new product, and I absolutely love it because it applies nicely and looks just as good two weeks later,” Robin said. The name is Shellac, and it’s a combination of UV gel and polish.


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THE MAKEUP The makeover was completed with a session at Merle Norman Cosmetics and Day Spa Boutique, 249 S. Central Ave., Marshfield. Again, Wendy was asked questions so that the stylist could tailor the makeover to her lifestyle. “I think that is a really good thing to do. I told her I usually don’t wear much makeup and that my mornings are kind of busy,” Wendy said. The Merle Norman makeup stylist explained the products and how to apply them to achieve a smooth, natural look. “Since I don’t wear a lot of makeup, it was nice to learn about it. She also showed me the colors that look good on me,” Wendy said. The products Wendy liked and thought she would continue to use are the eye shadow and blush. “I am getting older, but I don’t want to look old,” Wendy said. y

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A step ahead Spring fashion about color, comfort


he robins soon will return, the tulips soon will emerge and our thoughts will turn to spring fashions. Fashion is a dynamic concept that is constantly changing. Designers create innovative styles to make distinct fashion statements. These new designs will allow you to freshen your wardrobe for spring 2011.

We will be introduced more than ever before into the world of casual wear. Simple is the key to the new spring fashions, and for many women this is a relief. We live in a very high-paced society, and the more time we have to spare, the more our day will be successful and relaxing. The great thing about spring is that you can take your layering techniques from the fall and add more color and femininity to them. “Romance” and “femininity” are the watch words that will dominate the spring 2011 fashion scene. The color palette for spring is varied, with corals and pinks very dominate. Dresses are a must-have, as they offer the style, comfort and femininity every woman needs. Pants are one of the most comfortable pieces you could opt for, and there are a variety of styles available to choose from to match any occasion and body type. Bermudas and capris are high on the casualwear list of items to own and come

in a variety of styles and colors. Cardigans are a definite musthave this year and can be paired with a variety of stylish outfits, from skirts to jeans, dresses and dress pants, with each look being equally fabulous. Cap sleeve tee-tops will be everywhere in all colors. A scarf can add creativity to your spring outfit, as well as interest and a splash of color. Thinking ahead to the sunny, warm spring days, fashion always is one step ahead. So this spring you will see a wide range of interesting, playful styles with different textures, colors and details. Spring 2011 is all about comfort and simple, stylish fashions with bold accessories. Spring is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. y

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hen Sherry Early and Laura Kangas opened Non Toxic Chic last year, they weren’t just starting a store, but a place for people to learn how to take care of themselves and the environment. The moment you walk into Non Toxic Chic, 126 S. Central Ave., Marshfield, there is a white board hanging directly in front of the entrance offering tips for water conservation or recycling. “We want to inform consumers about what is in our products and causing issues in our body,” Early said. “And we also want it to be affordable, whether you’re a bag boy or a lawyer.”

Cleaning detergents, nail polish, vitamins, baby blankets and shampoos — each product on a shelf at Non Toxic Chic is 100 percent natural and environmentally friendly. “I research,” Early said. “I don’t want anything made in a sweat shop. It’s just morally wrong. We wanted to make a movement on finding out who makes the product and how to find them at a cheaper rate.”

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Early, who continually studies new vitamins and products, said she doesn’t have a problem removing products from the shelf that violate the store and owners’ ethics policy, especially since many companies abuse the word “natural.” Kangas said as people become more aware about how dangerous some health and beauty products are, there is interest developing in buying organic or natural products.

“I don’t want anything made in a sweat shop. It’s just morally wrong.” Sherry Early co-owner, Non Toxic Chic “We have customers who come in (who) know what they want,” Kangas said. “And then we have those who come in wanting more information and, usually, they end up leaving with bags of stuff.” Unlike local health food stores, Kangas said Non Toxic Chic provides a variety of household and beauty products that will keep customers from searching online. The store has gone a step further and is running two recycling programs: One through Preserve, which makes eco-friendly home products, and the other through Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program. People can drop off old gym shoes to the store to donate to the Nike program, which goes to repurposing the shoes for basketball or volleyball courts, Kangas said.

Through the Preserve program, donations of No. 5 recyclables such as plastic dairy and deli containers go toward making toothbrushes, Tupperware or shavers. “Everyone says that natural means it’ll cost more,” Early said. “But that has to do with how each retail store prices things. Our prices are very comparable to the junk on the shelves. Our No. 1 goal is to inform customers of what’s going on so they can make better choices.” The store also offers classes on natural products. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to or call 715-996-1089. y

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engaged socially and decrease their stress levels, Reardon said. Personal trainer Ren Bredda at One On One Fitness in Wisconsin Rapids sees the difference in his clients when the sun hasn’t been out for several days. People tend to come in more depressed. “After the workout, you see a big change from them,” Reardon said. “(Exercise) releases endorphins, which improves your mood.” Getting outside is the best way to combat the blues, Reardon said. Even walking around the block once or twice helps. However, in Wisconsin, that’s not always possible. Working out


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Exercise improves mood, helps reduce stress levels indoors still releases positive hormones and allows people to feel the accomplishment of mastering a skill. Bredda suggests lifting weights to get the best results. There are many good books available with instructions on calisthenics for people who don’t have weights, he said. Learning the right way to exercise from a personal trainer can help people get the most effective use of their workout time. A trainer can help people exercise correctly. Getting injured will make depression worse, Bredda said. Everyone should do some form of exercise, Bredda said. Even a few minutes a week will help and hopefully lead to more activity. “The human body is the only

machine that gets worse if you don’t use it,” he said. Although exercise can help mild cases of depression, it’s important for people to get help if depression becomes a problem, Reardon said. Many people have days where they feel like staying snuggled under the blankets in bed. But people who find it difficult to go to work, interact with family members or do other daily activities should seek medical help. Some other signs of seasonal affective disorder include craving food, especially carbohydrates, as well as sleeping more, Reardon said. Exercise also helps fight these symptoms. Physical activity gives people energy and cuts down on cravings, she said. y

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Fostering a breastfeeding culture makes sense


e live in one of the most industrialized, educationrich countries in the world, yet have some of the lowest breastfeeding rates. In the United States, it is estimated that 1,000 babies would not die each year if 90 percent of families breastfed exclusively for six months. Recent research also shows that the United States would save about $13 billion per year in medical costs by meeting those recommendations. That sounds like the ultimate health care reform, right? We know how good breastfeeding is, we should do better. It takes a change in our culture to one that actively supports families. Our media often sends the message that processed milk (formula) is normal and healthy. Yet we know children who receive formula have an increased risk of illness, cancer and even death. We also know that mothers who don’t provide breast milk have an increased risk of health problems. Some medical providers might lack the time or training to assist mothers with common concerns, often instructing mothers to “supplement” their babies with formula. This sends the message that formula is the answer and the mother or her milk is inadequate. In most cases, mothers could benefit from guidance to improve infant feeding, increase their milk supply or supplement with their own milk. A little reassurance with adequate follow-up can go a long way to ensure success. However, we often see moms and babies who are exhausted, frustrated and feeling like formula would be the easy answer. All young babies must eat frequently, and formula is not the answer. Many mothers also work outside the home. This leaves little time to let their body heal from delivery, let alone care for a newborn and prepare for their return to work. Babies were meant to be breastfed. The mother’s body nourishes the developing baby in utero until birth. When the baby is born, the breasts take over to provide the perfect balance of nutrients. Keeping your baby as close as possible (skin to


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skin), especially in the first hours of life, helps ease the infant’s transition and facilitates breastfeeding. Mother’s body helps maintain the baby’s temperature, preventing time spent in the nursery under a warmer. Colostrum, the first milk, is rich in nutrients and antibodies. These antibodies protect this tiny new life from illnesses that he would otherwise be defenseless from. The colostrum also has special properties that help “prime” the baby’s intestines and allow them to mature, preventing another way for dangerous microbes to cause disease. Breast milk is the ultimate immune boost. Formula has no live cells or hormones necessary for proper growth and development. Formula is a man-made recipe that has failed to duplicate the critical components of human milk. Mother’s body was meant to breastfeed after delivery as well. Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of disease, such as diabetes and osteoporosis. It also helps prevent breast and ovarian cancer, to name a few. Women who follow the natural hormonal path, by breastfeeding, have a decreased risk of postpartum depression. The hormones produced by breastfeeding are referred to as “mothering hormones” because they literally help us relax, bond and protect our babies. Breastfeeding or providing breast milk for your baby saves a family an average of $1,500 per year, when comparing the costs of “average” formula and feeding supplies. The costs are much higher if the baby requires a different formula. The cost of formula feeding places an added burden on our environment through the manufacturing process, not to mention the waste in landfills. Breastfeeding is the ultimate, organic way to feed children. Research shows mothers are much more likely to breastfeed successfully if they have the support of their loved ones. Fathers

Breastfeeding saves a family an average of $1,500 per year compared to the costs of ‘average’ formula and feeding supplies. and grandmothers are key factors. Having a new baby is exciting and exhausting, regardless of the method you choose to feed your baby. Breastfeeding is an art and takes practice for mother and baby to learn. However, it becomes easier and efficient once well established. What can we do to support breastfeeding in America? Each one of us can help create a culture that supports mothers and babies who breastfeed. If you know an expecting family, ask them if they plan to breastfeed and encourage them to take classes at their hospital to learn more. If anyone needs help with breastfeeding related issues, contact a lactation specialist at your hospital, clinic or local health department. When you see a mother and child nursing in public, understand that it’s normal — and it’s their right. The state of Wisconsin protects nursing mothers and their children by enacting legislation to allow them to breastfeed in any location in which they are otherwise authorized to be. y Jill Bohn is a public health nurse and lactation consultant for the Wood County Health Department. WI-5001260882

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Mary Olson of Wisconsin Rapids shows off a necklace she created from recycled materials. Right: Jeanne Weymouth, left, and Olson display one of Weymouth’s wearable art clothing items. YOU MAGAZINE FILE PHOTOS

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The art of recycling As a self-confessed pack rat, I tend to hang on to odds and ends, convincing myself there is something I can make from the saved object. While my imagination runs wild — and the creative clutter grows — the Whimsy Sisters and Mary O actually put their ideas into practice, making and selling wearable art. Jeanne Weymouth and Mary Olson, both of Wisconsin Rapids, and Kate Hernandez of Rudolph are among a group of “sisters” (none actually are related) who offer their recycled, wearable art and jewelry for sale. The “sisters” include Ginny Jenson and Linda Gannon, both of Madison. Jenson goes by “Whimsy G” and Gannon, “Whimsy B,” as her maiden name was Brewer, and Weymouth is known as “Whimsy J.” Their

Artists work to make recycling fashionable STORY BY DEB CLEWORTH • FOR YOU MAGAZINE friendship and love of art has spanned 40 years. About seven years ago, they deemed themselves “The Whimsy Sisters,” each creating specialty pieces. Olson makes new jewelry from items people no longer wear, and she creates other unique pieces, incorporating book pages and coins. Weymouth creates clothes by using old clothing items; she sees the designs as a fashionable way to help the environment. “It’s the rage to recycle because it’s very green, but it’s the ultimate in creating,” Weymouth said. Synthetic, polyester and acrylics

don’t decompose, Weymouth said. By taking a little from a sweater and an outdated dress, Weymouth produces a fashionable item. Her clothing — which her blog describes as “whimsical, asymmetrical, slightly off-beat” — includes sweaters, vests, hats, wraps and scarves, all one of a kind. “It starts out as a blank canvas, and Jeanne just paints away,” Olson said. Although not a Whimsy Sister, show participant Hernandez takes baby sweaters and kicks them up a notch. “I’m embellishing around the edges with crochet, and I found


some fun fur, which makes it more unique,” she said. While she prefers to work with items for children 7 and younger, Hernandez also makes things for adults. The women are keeping items out of landfills, but their basements and other areas are a different story. Olson admits her husband goes a little crazy because she always is envisioning a new creation out of something he might discard. “You have no idea — the sky’s the limit of what these things can become,” Olson said. Olson, who has fashioned necklaces, rings and bracelets from bottle caps and old keys — things most of us would toss in the garbage — said the women’s art is a win-win option. “It’s good for art; it’s good for the Earth,” she said. y

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he first big “money talk” can be a pivotal moment in any committed relationship. Not only is it essential to effectively merge finances, it can set the tone for future household dynamics. “Money is one of the most common topics couples argue about, and it’s important they sort out major issues before making any type of permanent commitment,” said Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, a national nonprofit credit counseling agency based in Phoenix. “You can prevent much stress and friction by simply opening up the doors of communication, and keeping them open.” Sullivan offers couples tips to make the most of money conversations and avoid conflict: ■ Set a date. Don’t try to have an in-depth conversation when either you or your partner is crunched for time. Find a time that’s convenient for both of you and set a date in neutral territory. ■ Gather financial documents. Compile necessary documentation beforehand, such as bank statements, budgets, tax returns and credit reports. You can obtain one free credit report each year at ■ Set ground rules. Establish some guidelines that will enable the conversation to flow smoothly. For instance, it can be helpful to bar interrup-

tions and make sure each partner has equal time to answer and ask questions. ■ Establish goals and priorities. What do you want to achieve from your money talk? Couples should discuss daily financial management, as well as short- and long-term goals. Where do you see yourself in one year, five years or 20 years? It’s important to be on the same page. Saving for a common goal also can bring you closer together. ■ Be honest. It’s vital couples are honest with each other — honest about spending habits, debt, savings and upcoming purchases. Those fibbing about their financial status simply are pouring fuel on future fires. ■ Define financial roles. Couples need to decide who spearheads each aspect of their financial lives. While some duties might require a joint effort, others might suit one partner more than the other. For instance, who is responsible for paying monthly bills? Who is responsible for monitoring credit accounts? Who will ensure the monthly budget is on track? ■ Find common ground. You’ll likely encounter some challenging topics, such as when to merge finances, how to adapt your spending style or how to approach retirement. It can be easier to work through these topics if you first find

some common ground. Which of your financial goals already are aligned? In what years do you hope to achieve financial milestones? What are you willing to give and take? Can you agree on a spending limit for entertainment or luxury items? ■ Enlist third-party help. If you can’t seem to find common ground on certain issues, consider reaching out to a neutral third party for assistance, such as a credit counselor, accountant or financial planner. A professional can help you identify priorities, create a workable budget and provide you with the steps necessary to achieve your financial goals. ■ Keep the conversation open. One conversation isn’t enough. Couples should establish regular talks to monitor progress and hold each other accountable. Consider weekly to start. Monthly or quarterly talks might work well once the relationship progresses and short-term goals are met. For more financial tips, log on to y Contributed by Take Charge America Inc., a nonprofit financial education, credit counseling and debt management agency, dedicated to helping consumers nationwide improve their financial futures.

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So they started the boomerangs. “You can use them as boomerangs, but most are just for decoration.” While her daughters — now 6, 8, 11 and 12 — are at school, Averyl works on her craft. It’s a very time-intensive endeavor. “Staining takes a whole day,” she said. “It’s a lot of dry time. “If we did one boomerang, it would probably take us four to five days with all the dry time.” But then she gets to paint. “I usually get the vision in my head before I even start painting,” Averyl said. The public will get to see those visions at the “Moulin Rouge Juried Art Exhibit” (Main Gallery) and “Film Noir Photography, Figure Drawings” (East Gallery) exhibits at the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center. The shows run through March 15. Other members of the Grand Avenue Artists, to which Averyl belongs, also will have work on display. Averyl recently started painting canvas bags. “You can’t lose that creativeness,” she said. “It’s got to be fun.” Is it? “It’s fun,” she said. “Yes.”

Averyl and Gary Fultan make a great team — not only in marriage, but in art. The Wisconsin Rapids couple works together to make original, hand-painted boomerangs. Gary, 38, cuts the boomerangs. “He sands them down and cuts them out and gets them looking all pretty, and I take over from there,” said Averyl, 37. Taking over means staining each piece before she gets to the fun of creating her art. Until the last of the couple’s four daughters was born, Averyl showed her creativity in a different way — she was a cosmetologist. Averyl decided it was time to be a stay-at-home mom. But she also wanted to delve into her creative side. Then her husband — who is from Australia — suggested she try her hand at Australian-inspired dot art. “I just fell in love with it,” Averyl said. “For me, it’s like ‘natural.’ “A lot of people can do the dots.” As her love for the art grew, the couple had another idea. “One day, we’re like, let’s do something different that no one else has.”


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Central Wisconsin Cultural Center Where: 240 Johnson St., Wisconsin Rapids Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Contact: 715-421-4598;; www. Exhibit: The Moulin Rouge Juried Art Exhibit (Main Gallery) and Film Noir Photography, Figure Drawings (East Gallery) at the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center, which runs through March 15.

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No office space? No problem! Doubled up work area, doing books at home keeps Janet’s Yarns and Crafts organized


ational Organize Your Home Office Day is celebrated March 8. If the thought of organizing your office has you in stitches, Janet Stellmach, founder of Janet’s Yarns and Crafts in Marshfield, should be an inspiration. Janet’s store, 401 S. Central Ave., is full of yarn, beads, crochet work, ribbon, embroidery floss, birdhouse kits, paintbrushes, buttons, needles, puzzles, books and homemade beeswax candles. What’s missing is a store office. However, by applying some “crafty” techniques, Janet successfully manages her business despite the lack of office space. Her desk doubles as a checkout and workspace. The large counter is strategically placed to allow her to work (adding new inventory, bookkeeping, etc.) and to greet customers. On top is the traditional cash register and beneath there are file cabinets organized with paperwork.


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Janet works a twice-weekly night shift at a hospital as a nurse, so she hired a part-time worker to help oversee the store. Otherwise, she administers everything herself. Due to the limited space, much of her bookkeeping is done at home. She spends four to 10 hours every week (but never during a Green Bay Packers game) working with files she hauls back and forth, to and from her store. Technology helps facilitate the transition, with a program called LogMeIn, which Janet uses to access her work computer from home, via the Internet. She also strongly recommends the accessible QuickBooks program for small businesses, which reduces the paper load and conveniently links payroll, bookkeeping and point-of-sale software. In the comfort of her own house, she has the ability to relax, take a short break if needed and really focus on the paperwork. This complies nicely with her “customers first, bookkeeping second� policy. spring 2011


When at the store, Janet rarely is behind the desk because the favorite part of her job is meeting the customers and discovering the talents people possess. When working at home, she said she doesn’t need to worry whom she is “not paying attention to.” Despite the extensive collection of craft items, Janet’s store is far from cluttered. When Janet was preparing to open the store in October 2009, 600 boxes of yarn were delivered to her business. Instead of being overwhelmed by the amount of space they consumed, she decided to “just pick one and start.” The hundreds of skeins of yarn are all now carefully organized and


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CLOSETS: Take everything out. (This really does not take very long.) Anything that you have not worn in a year goes into your car to be donated. Do not put it in another room, or it never will make it out of the house and it becomes clutter. Organize your clothes by what you wear most often. Then organize by color. Relocate seasonal items to the back of the closet. You only want to see what you wear now. Shoes and purses also get organized by color. Tip: Do not hang onto clothes that are too big or too small.

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MAKEUP DRAWER: Say good-bye to old makeup and replace what is almost gone or needs to be retired. We all have too much of this, so think about simplifying things and tossing what you don’t use. PANTRY: Remove items that are not food or paper products. Say good-bye to old food, condiments, anything that you will never eat. Tip: This is a good time to toss old spices and replace.

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All the home’s a stage Marshfield woman transforms home interiors


ome improvement is not confined to reality television shows on HGTV. A do-it-yourself home makeover can be easy, economical and effective, said Tammy Redetzke, founder of Winterbury Home Makeovers in Marshfield. Whether looking to rejuvenate living quarters or ready a home for sale, home staging is the new “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” said Redetzke, who works as a home stager. Her job involves recreating the interior of a home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. She can also “stage for living,” helping homeowners get the most out of their abode. She describes her job as transforming a home into a “product.” Redetzke, an Accredited Staging Professional master, excels at showing potential buyers and current owners the possibilities of their residence. With more than 20 years of experience in decorating, Redetzke specializes in making a home feel warm and welcoming. “People tell me I’m creative. I feel like God has blessed it in so many ways,” she said. Her art isn’t just decorating but creating a mood for a house that makes people want to live there.


Tammy Redetzke, shown in the living room of her home in rural Marshfield, owns Witnerberry Home Makeovers. She helps homeowners and real estate agents prepare homes for sale.

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“If you’re thinking about selling your home, you want to put the best product out there. ... Staging your home is like detailing your car. You wouldn’t sell your car without putting the best out there.” The process begins with a phone call from a Realtor or a seller. Next, Redetzke does a oneto two-hour consultation where she instructs on “what to do or what not to do” with the home and gives a bid for her work. Staging, which can take anywhere from one to four days, involves shopping, color consultations, painting, lighting and carpet work. She can do “as little or as much as someone likes” and works within the designated budget and time frame. She can make a current residence look larger, depersonalize and update, add lamps and other decor, paint to warm or neutralize a room, and ultimately “pull everything together,” she said. If the home is vacant, it often needs more work because it has been “picked apart,” said Redetzke, explaining that she will bring in furniture and completely redesign a room. Her favorite part of the job is “seeing the transformation,” she said. From a real estate perspective, staged homes sell faster and get higher offers, she said. In this poor economy, that makes a big difference. “If you’re thinking about selling your home, you want to put the best product out there. You have to stand out in this buyer’s market,” Redetzke said. “Staging your home is like detailing your car. You wouldn’t sell your car without putting the best out there. “The way you live, and the way you sell are different,” she said. “You have to see a house through a buyer’s eyes.” spring 2011


The following are tips to rejuvenate a home: Color Redetzke encourages owners to embrace different color combinations and style. “Don’t be afraid of color because color is the ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhhs’,” she said. The most efficient way to bring in color is with the accessories, such as pillows. This year’s “in” colors are honeysuckle and blue. Accessories “A home that looks old and outdated can be transformed to feel warm and inviting by adding furniture and accessories,” Redetzke said. She gets her products from “everywhere and anywhere.” She strives to be frugal, updating instead of buying when possible. Adding new upholstery to couches or painting old wooden furniture can save a fortune. Her top recommendation is adding throw pillows, which

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instantly can brighten any room. Lighting Redetzke said, “Nothing can outdate your home more than lighting,” so it is important to update lamps and fixtures. Updating helps get the “biggest bang for your buck” and gives a room a brighter, warmer look. Layout There should be a combination of function and fashion in a room’s layout. “It’s important to think of balance. Don’t have too many focal points. Every room needs one, but not more,” Redetzke said. Having a television and a fireplace on opposite sides of a room should be avoided as it “confuses the space.” The most common mistake is having all the furniture placed against the wall, which makes it “look scared.” Strive for open concepts, place pillows in the center of the couch, and bring furniture together and angle to facilitate conversation. Most importantly, get rid of clutter. Maintenance It’s important to remember to update homes annually. This saves time, money and effort in the long-run. “People don’t realize that you need to update often so it’s not so overwhelming,” Redetzke said. “It’s hard to do your own home, because it’s hard to see it in a new light,” she said. “Staging is about unattaching and seeing potential.” Redetzke’s art lies is helping sellers reveal the possibilities of their home. To learn more about Redetzke’s business, log on to or call 715-3054531. y

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Gluten-free products market’s specialty need something special for school,” Tonn said. “(Cristi) found it and brought it in for me.” Though neither has celiac disease, Hildebrandt and Boettcher often attend celiac support group meetings in Wisconsin Rapids. “I think that says a lot,” said Lori Cesare, a town of Rome resident and facilitator for the celiac support group at Riverview Hospital. Carol Farber of Saratoga is a frequent shopper. She learned about the store through the support group. “What I really love is if they don’t have something I want, they are happy to order and carry many of the things I use on a regular basis,” Farber said. While a boon for those looking for glutenfree products, the store offers other items. Boettcher said the business increased its stock 100 percent since it opened. “I like that they’re so willing to get things in for you,” Cesare said. “They have a lot of other things beside gluten-free things — soaps, vitamins and an array of other things. It’s not just for people on a gluten-free diet; you have to diversify.” y


NEKOOSA — Sheena Tonn always is looking for good-tasting, gluten-free food for her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Emmalee, 6, who has celiac disease. One of her favorite places to go is CJ’s Old Tyme Marketplace in Nekoosa. The store offers a variety of hard-to-find and unique items. “We get our pasta from there, we get our bread from there, and there’s frozen pizza crust, too,” said Tonn, a Stevens Point resident. Judy Hildebrandt and Cristi Boettcher, mother and daughter, own CJ’s. “We just kind of tossed (the store idea) around five years ago,” Boettcher said. When Boettcher was laid off from her job, the store became a reality in September 2004. Boettcher’s dad, JR Hildebrandt, owns JRs Kitchens, and the store takes up some of the space in his building. Boettcher said she and her mother pride themselves on customer service and unique products chain stores can’t offer. While Tonn, her fiance and Emmalee enjoy

CJ’s Old Tyme Marketplace Address: 531 Highway 93 S., Nekoosa Owners: Cristi Boettcher and Judy Hildebrandt Products: Organic and gourmet natural foods, gluten-free products Opened: September 2004 Employees: 2 Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday Contact: 715-570-0973; 715-572-9839;; several of the products, including the pasta, some are purchased just for Emmalee. “If someone is looking for something, I’ll try and find it and get it in,” Boettcher said. Tonn said she recently searched for glutenfree licorice for Emmalee. “I’ll call (the store) because Emmalee will

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Celiac disease means gluten-free lifestyle BY DEB CLEWORTH FOR YOU MAGAZINE

Imagine sitting at the dinner table, smelling and seeing freshbaked rolls, pies, cookies and other baked goods. Then imagine not being able to eat anything containing wheat, rye or barley as an ingredient. Not even one bite. That’s what life is like for people with celiac disease, a digestive condition that can damage the small intestine. People with the disease cannot absorb the protein gluten, which is found in many foods and even everyday items such as stamp and envelope adhesive. Those who have the disease can manage it with a proper diet. “It’s very overwhelming at first, until you get used to what (you can) and what you cannot have,” said Lori Cesare, a Riverview Hospital registered dietetic technician, who has known for about six years that she has the disease. Cesare also is

the facilitator for a local celiac disease support group, which meets throughout the year at the hospital. Cesare said people are born with the genetic disease, but it can be dormant for years. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, about one in every 133 people have the condition. The foundation estimates about 97 percent go undiagnosed. Often, people attribute the symptoms — which can include intestinal gas, joint pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation — to numerous other health issues. “Some people just think, ‘That’s how I am,’” Cesare said. Once the disease is diagnosed — usually by a blood test and biopsy of the small intestine — people must rethink their diets. Like many who have the disease, Carol Farber, 68, of Saratoga has become an adamant label reader. Farber started having symptoms about 10 years ago, and she thought she was going to die. Finding the reason for her health problems and

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we didn’t know what celiac was at the time,” said Cristi Boettcher, one of the owners. Cesare explained the disease, and CJ’s started offering gluten-free items months later. “We carry a lot of different stuff now,” Boettcher said. The shelves feature a variety of flours, ready-to-eat cookies, frozen goods, crackers and soups that all are free of gluten. Many who have the disease use gluten-free substitutes in recipes. For Paul Dorn that meant coming up with a new way to make bread. Eight years ago, Dorn, 53, found out he had the disease. He would eat and eat, but he was losing weight and had severe stomach problems. He also was anemic, another symptom. Even a crumb of regular bread would make him sick for days. “When I was diagnosed, it was pretty hard to find gluten-free products,” he said. “The biggest (thing) for me was I was not going

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changing her diet changed her life. “It was like a miracle,” she said. “I gained back the 25 pounds I lost. Within two weeks, I already felt 100 percent better on the correct diet.” Farber described gluten as her “poison.” “Goodbye, bread. Goodbye, rye bread. Goodbye, cinnamon rolls,” Farber said. “Hello, life.” The good news is the disease can be controlled solely through dietary changes and without medication. The challenge is finding products that taste good and are safe to eat. Foods without gluten are becoming more readily available, said Darlene Flatoff, 68, of Seneca, who has been living a gluten-free lifestyle for 20 years. “It’s getting easier and easier to make stuff,” she said. CJ’s Old Tyme Marketplace in Nekoosa opened in September 2004 without any gluten-free products. “Lori Cesare came to us and asked if we carried anything, and

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Find out more The Wisconsin Rapids celiac support group is led by Lori Cesare, a Riverview Hospital registered dietetic technician. The group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, except June, July, August and December. For more information, call 715421-7446. The Marshfield support group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of every other month (next meeting is March 21) at Marshfield ClinicLawton Center in Marshfield. Please bring a dish to pass or a recipe to share, if you like. It is not required, but greatly appreciated. For more information on celiac disease, visit the Celiac Disease Foundation website,

Places to shop to give up my sandwiches.” So Dorn, who said he likes to cook, set out to develop his own gluten-free bread. “I think it took me 18 tries to get a good recipe,” he said. Along with pumpkin pie, cookies, rolls and other traditional dishes, Dorn’s warm, fresh-baked bread was enjoyed in December at a celiac support group potluck. During the meeting, exchanges of information were rampant — where people can get

products (which often come at a higher price), new products, recipes and information about restaurants that have gluten-free choices available. Many people with the disease keep separate appliances from other family members to avoid gluten food contamination. People often think a little bite won’t hurt, but it can. “That’s why they call it gluten-free,” Cesare said. “Otherwise, they’d call it a low-gluten diet.” y

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El Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant brings flavor, experience to central Wisconsin

Anthony Wolf is a Marshfield manabout-town who enjoys cooking and traveling.


n the center of the Mexican state of Jalisco is the second largest city in Mexico, Guadalajara. In this huge, modern-day city you will find all the latest things the developed world has to offer. While this city of 1.5 million has a booming modern economy, it also is filled with a rich 500year history. Along with all the history is the food that fed this population during the years and continues to fuel them on a daily basis. Weather always is warm in Guadalajara, with it getting all the way down to the mid60s in January. The open-air street vendors grill in the bright sunshine, bringing forth incredible tastes and freshness that involve all the human senses. The street vendor would have someone deliver fresh

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About El Jalapeno Address: 126 North Central Ave., Marshfield. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Carry-outs are available. Phone: 715-207-0510.

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produce as the needs arrive during the day. Also, watching someone prepare your food is very interesting, especially if it is not something you had before. The different preparations, styles and techniques are something to be enjoyed. El Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant brings the taste and experience of Guadalajara right to the center of Wisconsin. In the middle of Marshfield, you will find the brightly lit restaurant in the Founders Square Building. The bright warm casual atmosphere is a place, “Where good friends meet for great food.” In fact, the restaurant has removed a row of booths to accommodate the large groups and families that tend to show up for any occasion. One aspect I really enjoy is the open grill, where you order your food. As a customer, you often directly tell the chef what you would like and instantly the sizzle begins. If you know what you like, then you can quickly pass informative menu boards and let the chef know what you want to eat. I really enjoy the freshness of the ingredients used. One of the direct imports from Guadalajara is the torta, a Mexican sandwich. I can easily picture myself standing on the corner watching a street vendor fixing me a sandwich to stay or to go. These tortas can be made with steak, chicken, pork, chorizo/Mexican sausage, shredded pork or a combination of the above meats. Other favorites such as tacos, burritos, gorditas, fajitas, flautas, quesadillas and chimichangas can be enjoyed at El Jalapeno, or be prepared for take-out. y


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Mimosa Note: Since this was during the work day, we substituted lemon-lime soda for champagne. 3 ⁄4 cup champagne, chilled 1 ⁄4 cup orange juice Tip: Mix three parts of your favorite sparkling white champagne to one part of your favorite orange juice.

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Drunk monkey muffins Before cooking the muffins, we questioned whether 1⁄4 cup of whiskey would over-power the flavors. But we found everything combined to make a good texture and taste. 13⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt 4 ripe bananas 1 ⁄3 cup softened unsalted butter 3 ⁄4 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ⁄4 cup whiskey (such as Jack Daniel’s) 1 ⁄2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut 1 cup mini chocolate chips 1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl; set aside. 2. Beat the bananas, butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and whiskey. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the coconut and chocolate chips, mixing just enough to evenly combine. Pour into muffin pan. 3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. Servings: 12 Comments: “These are really good!”

⁄ pound thick sliced bacon aside. Cook spinach accord1 (10 ounce) package froing to package instructions. zen chopped spinach, thawed Allow to cool, then squeeze 1 (8 ounce) container sour dry. cream 2. Heat olive oil in skillet salt and pepper to taste over medium heat. Sauté 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie onions until soft and translucrusts cent. Stir in mushrooms, and 2 tablespoons olive oil cook for 2 minutes, or until 1 onion, finely diced soft. Stir in ham and cooked 1 ⁄2 pound fresh mushrooms, bacon. Remove from heat. 3. In a large bowl, combine finely diced spinach, sour cream, salt and 2 cups finely diced smoked pepper. Divide, and spread ham into pie crusts. Layer with 8 ounces Monterey Jack bacon mixture. Mix together cheese, shredded Monterey Jack, cheddar and 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded parmesan, and sprinkle over 4 ounces parmesan cheese, pies. Whisk together eggs, grated half-and-half and parsley. 8 eggs Season with salt and pepper, 11⁄2 cups half-and-half and pour over pies. cream 4. Place pies on baking 1 tablespoon dried parsley sheet, and bake on middle Salt and pepper to taste shelf in preheated oven for 40 1. Preheat oven to 375 minutes. The top will be puffed degrees. Place bacon in a and golden brown. Remove large, deep skillet. Cook over from oven, and let stand for 5 medium-high heat until evenly to 10 minutes. brown. Drain, crumble and set Servings: 16 Comments: “This is delicious!”

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Hawaiian sandwiches Initially, this recipe did not look appetizing. We were surprised that it tastes very good. And it was easy to make. 16 slices bacon 8 slices toasted white bread 1 (20 ounce) can sliced pineapple, drained 8 slices cheddar cheese 1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. 2. Place 8 slices of toast on a baking sheet. Place a slice of pineapple, two slices of bacon and a slice of cheese on each. Broil until cheese is melted. Serve hot. Servings: 8

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Color trends will carry over from 2010 to 2011 with the soothing aqua and green hues that draw their inspiration from the verdigris deposits found on weathered copper statues, predicts design expert, TV host/spokesperson and bestselling author Kathy Peterson. For outdoor furniture and accessories, she sees sassy colors like lime green, bold orange and Caribbean blue, along with more subdued hues such as sage green, barn red and mocha brown.

As living green becomes more ingrained in our lives, LED lighting will continue to light the way, according to Jeff Dross, senior product manager of Kichler Lighting, who will introduce several new under-cabinet systems and landscape products with an ultraefficient technology next year. For a casual, contemporary twist, Dross also suggests hanging chandeliers in new areas such as bathrooms, bedrooms and closets, and embracing today’s art glass applications, which are much more chic and casual than the Tiffany lamps of the past.




Taking a nod from the awardwinning AMC series “Mad Men,” Linda Fougerousse of Interior Transformation Inc. also sees furniture styles returning to the ’50s and ’60s with round tapered legs on angles, geometric accents and seating with curved backs. Jase Frederick of Jase Frederick Sustainable Interiors adds that classic wood pieces made from sentimental stock such as fallen trees or scrap wood from ancestral or historic structures will become heir-

In a recent video posted on her website, Michelle Lamb, co-founder and chairman of Minneapolisbased Marketing Directions Inc. and editorial director of The Trend Curve, spoke about a resurgence in neutrals in 2011. These more complex “chameleon” neutrals will have more color and will shift and change based on the light and whatever’s around them. Lamb claims that these neutrals will be “the likes of which we haven’t seen in 20 years or more.”

M. Grace Sielaff of M. Grace Designs Inc. envisions rich-looking herringbone-patterned hardwood floors in an ebony oak finish — paying attention to board thickness and giving special consideration to products that meet industry LEED requirements. For a green touch, Frederick suggests hardwood flooring from reclaimed wood or sustainably grown and harvested sources. To add warmth, Marta Cullen of Dream Interiors suggests round rugs — the bigger, the better.


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The kitchen remains the “heart of the home,” according to Andrea Vollf of Andrea Vollf Interiors. Consumers interested in remodeling their kitchens should consider a well-designed, open, airy layout that integrates the kitchen into the rest of their homes. Dross also suggests new countertop materials in lieu of granite, such as quartz stone or binding crushed recyclable glass underneath a solid, smooth surface for those seeking green alternatives.

According to Janet Davidsen of Details in Design Inc., homeowners are casting their eyes upward. The ceiling will be embellished and noticed more as the “fifth wall,” and may be painted or architecturally enhanced to play more of a focal point in a space. Sielaff also suggests homeowners consider a painted metallic ceiling with a large, eyecatching chandelier.

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GREEN IS KEEN According to Kathy Hoffman of Susan Fredman Design Group, products and materials such as bronze, copper, clay, cotton, linen and hemp — which are environmentally friendly, contribute to healthy indoor air quality, and can be repurposed or recycled at the end of their lifespan — will be in high demand. Vollf said that using such natural textures as hemp, jute, organic cotton, recycled polyester, bamboo fiber, organic wool and linen, and soy silk will help keep it simple but still green. — ARAContent y

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FOR YOU MAGAZINE MADISON — On Feb. 1, a new law requiring carbon monoxide, or CO, alarms to be installed in all one- and two-family dwellings took effect. Newly constructed homes now require CO detectors that are directly wired to the home’s electrical service, and existing homes can use battery-powered, standalone detectors. State law includes a similar requirement for multifamily dwellings. “The presence of carbon monoxide in homes is more common than people realize, especially during the cold weather months,” said Dr. Henry Anderson, chief medical officer in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. “The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is with a carbon monoxide detector.” Detectors work like smoke alarms to alert you to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide. Battery powered portable CO detectors also are available for use away from home. Health officials recommend installing CO detectors on every level of On the web your home and near sleeping areas. Winter weather safety tips and inforCO is a colorless, odormation on carbon monoxide from the less gas that can be emitted Department of Health Services: from poorly functioning or unvented furnaces or other gas powered home appliances. Outdoor appliances such as portable generators, heaters and stoves also can create dangerous levels of CO in cabins, campers, tents and hunting and fishing shacks. Symptoms of CO poisoning are flu-like and include headache, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea and mental confusion. High levels of exposure can lead to more serious health problems, including loss of consciousness and death. y

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What if all Wood County schools, worksites, and restaurants made healthy choices easier? What if it was easier to become more physically active, to find nutritious foods and to create a healthier environment for everyone? We all have a role to play in taking back the health of our community, and we can make it happen. Visit our website, ask yourself, “What if” and get active turning if…into when.

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What surrounds us, shapes us

Wood County program aims to make healthy food, activity more accessible


ife’s balancing act is getting more complicated. Everyone, it seems, is juggling family life with work, school and personal time, while health and nutrition take a back seat. In fact, more than 60 percent of adults in Wood County are either overweight or obese. Nearly half of the adults in Wood County report being physically inactive, and more than 75 percent aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables. Even more troubling, excess weight among our children could make them the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents because of obesity-related illnesses. “Everyone’s busy these days, and unhealthy choices are typically quick, cheap and easy,” said Kristie Rauter, community health improvement planner with the Wood County Health Department. “We are surrounded by things at work, home, school and in our community that encourage us to eat poorly and avoid physical activity. Unhealthy, inexpensive food is within arm’s reach, and we have to search for opportunities to be active. The good news is that in Wood County, we’re making changes in our community to increase access to nutritious food and physical activity.” Wood County has been selected as one of 50 grantees from across the country to participate in a comprehensive program to build healthier, stronger communities. It is a two-year program, funded by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and Wisconsin Department of Health Services, to reduce obesity and chronic disease.

The grant has enabled area health coalitions to expand prevention efforts, working with schools, businesses and community groups to improve public places and create polices that help make it easy, safe and affordable to live a healthy lifestyle. The program’s campaign (called “Get Active — Cause. Community. Change.”) is working to make modest, but effective, changes in schools, at worksites and in the community. In schools, the program is connecting local farmers and schools for a “Farm to School” initiative that teaches kids about locally grown produce and incorporates farmfresh foods into lunch menus. Kids are participating in afterschool programs that provide hands-on experience with nutritious foods (such as passion fruit) and physical activity (like yoga) that they might never have tried before. Most Wood County schools have no nutritional standards for foods sold a la carte or in vending machines, so the Get Active program is also seeking to create nutritional guidelines

for all foods and beverages sold at schools where many kids get up to two-thirds of their nutrition daily. In the workplace, Get Active is working with businesses interested in providing more affordable healthy food options. It also is offering employees on-site access to purchasing shares of fresh produce, and developing incentives and organizational policies that promote health. In the community, the program is working with restaurateurs interested in labeling their lower calorie, more nutritious menu selections. It also seeks to increase healthy snacks, physical activity and limits on TV viewing in child care centers and after-school programs. Increasing access to affordable and safe places for physical activity is also part of the compre-

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hensive mix. “No program is going to make people get up off the couch and stop eating junk food. You have to take personal responsibility for your heath,” Rauter said. “But it’s been proven that to fight the obesity epidemic, we need to make changes in the environment we live in so it’s easier for people to make healthy choices. That’s what we’re doing in Wood County, and we believe we can be a model for others to follow.” To find out more about how you can help make healthy changes in your home, school, workplace and community, log on to www. or contact the Wood County Health Department at 715421-8911.

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First birthday party requires plenty of planning

I Jill Kurszewski is a new mom, balancing family life with her husband and 1-year-old son and her career as the special events coordinator for Marshfield Clinic Development.

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am a professional event coordinator — I plan events all year round and have been doing that for five years. I planned my wedding with all of the little details. I have planned golf outings, galas and even a trap shoot. But planning a first birthday party was the biggest event-planning challenge I have encountered! My son celebrated his first birthday in January. What a milestone and what an exciting time for my husband and me. The day really snuck up on us, especially since it was right after the holidays. I know my son wouldn’t know if I had a birthday cake for him with candles or if I even gave him a present. But I love birthdays and I wanted to set the precedent for the rest of his life — homemade birthday cake, wrapped gifts and of course a chorus or two of “Happy Birthday.” My mom set the bar high when I was a kid, treating my sister, brother and me to breakfast in bed on our birthday, an incredible birthday cake (always our favorite flavor and sometimes special shapes — my She-Ra cake was my favorite) and of course several gifts. I think I did all right with my son’s special celebration for our immediate family. That stuff was easy. It was his first birthday party with invited guests that gave me a few more gray hairs. First, choose a theme. Every child’s birthday has to have a theme. Well, he doesn’t really talk too much yet (at least nothing I can understand). He

loves just about everything, especially cardboard boxes. We couldn’t have a “Box Party.” So, we ventured into the large party store with aisle after aisle of Dora, Elmo, pirates, safari animals and Barbie. I picked two I thought would work and let him pick between the options. He picked “1st Birthday” themed invitations and dinosaur plates and napkins. Of course we also had party hats, balloons and party horns. Seventy-five dollars later, we have the basics set — almost. We couldn’t find a dinosaur cake pan, so Grammy and Auntie searched all over Wisconsin until they found one (good thing we started planning this party about three months ahead). Next, finalize the guest list. I know what you’re thinking, how many guests could a 1-year-old really need to invite? We didn’t even invite any of his friends. We invited nearly 30 people to include all of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, great-grandparents, great-aunts and uncles, a great-great-aunt, some significant others and his godparents (and throw in there my husband and me and our two dogs). Quite the list, and if you could read between the lines of this guest list, you would see all of the family dynamics to take into account as well. We couldn’t exclude anyone in fear of hurt feelings (and not my son’s feelings — he didn’t care who was there just as long as there was cake with lots of frosting). So, we invited everyone, and we waited to see who would come. Where should we have this party? If we had planned ahead and tried to time our pregnancy for a summer baby we would have been just fine with our big backyard (that helps with the family dynamics too — some people inside and some outside), but we had our son in the dead of winter. Looking around at our small two-bedroom home, we figured renting a hall

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would be best to accommodate 20+ guests. I couldn’t find a place for a decent cost (I am not paying a rental fee similar to that charged for a wedding), so we opted to stay home. This would be easier anyhow, so we would have our highchair and all of the other items needed to handle a 1-year-old. We would just cram into our tiny house. Luckily, we have been hoarding furniture as we transition our home from a couple’s abode to a family home (no sharp corners on our furniture now). So we had extra tables and chairs — everyone would have a seat. That brings me to the next issue — seating arrangements. For my wedding, I didn’t even try to tackle this. For my events, we only have had assigned seating at one. To have seating arrangements for a first birthday party sounds silly. I am so glad I did though. I have learned through my career and through a few gatherings at our home that it is better to over-plan than to just assume people will fall into place and do what you hoped they would. Tell them what to do, where to sit and when to eat. Guests appreciate it, and you can rest easier knowing your mother-inlaw and your step-mother-in-law won’t end up sitting by each other. And of course the most important seating arrangement — where do you put the birthday boy? I have to give credit to my husband here. It was his great idea to put our son away from all of the tables so not one grandparent would get the seat next to him (turf wars) and everyone there still could see everything he did. This worked great, and I think everyone ended up with a good seat for the ceremonial birthday cake smush in the face. We probably over-planned for this party, but it was perfect. Our son was on his best behavior — playing with his new toys, giving his grandparents a snuggle and eating all of his cake. Our guests were on their best behavior, too. They let our son have his space to play, and they all got along. I know I joke about how hard this was. We really have a good problem to have with so many people who love our son and want to be a part of his big birthday. I know many people don’t have that. I am very grateful for all of our family and friends who care about my son — it does take a village to raise a kid. And we are very fortunate to have such a large village — granted there are some crazy villagers in this village, but it wouldn’t be complete without them. y

Things to do EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS EXVOTO ART & DESIGN STUDIO 219A N. Seventh St., Medford; 715-748-4261 ◆ Black & White themed show; continuing through April 1. LUCILLE TACK CENTER GALLERY 300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499 ◆ Victoria Montoya Mesa of Marshfield: Runs March 4 to April 1. Working with acrylics, the focus is on fruits, vegetables and flowers. Brilliant colors with beautiful lush brush strokes capture the elegance of this exhibit. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 4. ◆ Bill Widenbeck of Madison, Angela Prond of Bozeman, Mont., and Linda Veale Prond of Manistique, Mich.: Runs April 8 to 29. Exhibit features wheel-thrown pottery of stoneware and porcelain, oil paintings of lush landscapes and watercolor images of scenic grandeur. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 8. ◆ Student Artwork: Runs May 4 to June 3. This diverse multi-media exhibit showcases Spencer Junior and Senior High School students’ creativity, imagination and experimentation with new techniques. Exhibits may be viewed during opening receptions, at the time of a performance and by appointment.

NEW VISIONS GALLERY Marshfield Clinic lobby, 1000 N. Oak Ave., Marshfield; 715-387-5562 ◆ “Emerging Talents”: Exhibit features artwork by public and private school students in Marshfield. Runs March 7 to April 22. ◆ “Artwork by Kathryn Petke”: Solo exhibition by Marshfield native Kathryn Petke, a printmaker, painter and sculptor. Runs May 2 to July 1. 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; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily ◆ During the month of March, exhibit will feature World War II portraits by James Gill; in April, photos of Desert Storm by Mike Weber will be on display. THOMAS HOUSE CENTER FOR HISTORY 103 S. Central Ave., Marshfield; 715-384-5867 ◆ A military exhibit, “Lest We Forget,” is the special feature. Open 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. UPHAM MANSION 212 W. Third St., Marshfield; 715-387-3322 ◆ Restored home of former Wisconsin governor William Henry Upham, this house represents mid-Victorian architecture at its finest. Open 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

MUSIC CHESTNUT AVENUE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 208 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield; 715-389-8999 ◆ Bill Staines Folk Music Concert to Help Autistic Children: 7:30 p.m. March 5; presented by the Kiwanis Club. PITTSVILLE AUDITORIUM 5459 Elementary Ave., Pittsville; 715-884-6694 ◆ Ariane Lydon Concert: 7:30 p.m. April 2. Tickets are $10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, students. ◆ Art Stevenson and High Water Concert: 7:30 p.m. May 7. This four-piece bluegrass band comes from the heart of Wisconsin. Tickets: $10, adults; $8, seniors; $5, students. UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY 2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield; 715-389-6534 ◆ Music @ the Wood: Symphony Pops Concert: 4 p.m. March 6, Helen Laird Theatre. The annual Pops concert features the Symphony playing more “popular” fare, including selections from the stage and screen and wellknown classical melodies. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for 16 and younger; $12 and $8, respectively, at the door. ◆ Music @ the Wood: Spring Concert: 7:30 p.m. April 26, Helen Laird Theatre. The arrival of spring brings out the lighter side of both the Concert Choir and the Jazz Ensemble. Enjoy an evening of contemporary and traditional jazz, as well as folk songs and songs of love and nature. Tickets are $7. ◆ Music @ the Wood: Sousa X: 2 p.m. May 1, Helen Laird Theatre. This highly anticipated, annual concert features the music of John Philip Sousa and his contemporaries, including marches, overtures, humoresques and other classic wind band literature. Tickets are $7. ◆ Music @ the Wood: Symphony Mother’s Day Concert: 7:30 p.m. May 6, Helen Laird Theatre. The symphony will close the concert season and kick off Mother’s Day weekend with this annual concert featuring a prominent guest soloist. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for 16 and younger; $12 and $8, respectively, at the door.

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ON STAGE LUCILLE TACK CENTER FOR THE ARTS 300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499 ◆ “Deer Camp — The Musical”: 7:30 p.m. March 19. Deer Camp hilariously follows four fearless deer hunters on their annual trek to deer camp. Reserved seating: $25. ◆ “Pinocchio” by Missoula Children’s Theatre: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 2. General admission: $7 adults; $4 youths. ◆ “Click, Clack, Moo”: 2 p.m. May 14. Farmer Brown negotiates with the animals’ demands in this hilariously “moo-ving” new musical about compromise. Reserved seating: $8 adults, $5 youths. UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY 2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield; 715-389-6534 ◆ Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”: 7:30 p.m. April 14 and

15, April 21 to 23, and 2 p.m. April 17, Helen Laird Theatre. Relive Shakespeare’s comedic romance featuring the magician Prospero and his daughter Miranda, who are banished to an isle after Prospero’s brother Antonio usurps his title as the Duke of Milan. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; students $5; groups of 10 or more $5 each. ◆ Just for Kids theater production: 7:30 p.m. May 20, and 2 p.m. May 21, Helen Laird Theatre. Starring area youth ages 6 to 10, this production will be a beloved Disney “Broadway Kids” production. Tickets are $8. For more information, sign up to receive Continuing Education brochures and notices about upcoming classes, trips and other offerings. Call 715-389-6520.

OTHER UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY 2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield; 715-389-6534 ◆ An Afternoon with Author Victoria Houston: 3 p.m. March 6. Free admission; refreshments available along with author’s books. ◆ Black Box Workshop Series — New Playwrights: 7:30 p.m. March 10 and 11, Black Box Theatre. An evening of new plays

by area and/or student playwrights. Tickets are $7. ◆ Black Box Theatre Workshop — Solo Performance Cabaret: 7:30 p.m. May 12 and 13, Black Box Theatre. An evening of solo performances that could include everything from stand-up comedy, to monologues and 10-minute plays, to performance art. Tickets are $7.


Head to the Marshfield Fairgrounds Park May 20 and 21 for a Wild horse and burro adoption event.

◆ Central Chamber Chorale Concert: 7:30 p.m. March 18; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford. ◆ Central Chamber Chorale Concert: 7:30 p.m. March 19; First Congregational Church, Wisconsin Rapids. ◆ Lantern Ski: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 19; Marshfield School Forest. Comedian Mary Mack will ◆ Central Chamber Chorale Concert: 7:30 p.m. March 20; First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield. perform during the Miracle Fest ◆ 19th annual Polka Jam: 12:30 p.m. March 20; April 21at the Wildwood Park Belvedere Supper Club, Marshfield. pavilion in Marshfield. ◆ Arts, Crafts, Stamping & Scrapping Show: April 16 and 17; Shoppes at Wood Ridge mall, Marshfield. ◆ Miracle Fest 2011: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 21 featuring comedian and folk humorist Mary Mack; Wildwood Park pavilion, Marshfield. Admission $30. Call 715-387-9965 or e-mail or go to ◆ 38th annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1; Marshfield High School Fieldhouse. For information, call Cynthia at 715-387-8782. ◆ 30th annual Home and Garden Show; April 30 and May 1; Shoppes at Wood Ridge mall, Marshfield. ◆ Mother’s Day Art Fair: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 8; Marshfield High School Fieldhouse. Free admission. ◆ Vita Bella Celebration: 5:30 p.m. May 19; Holiday Inn, Marshfield. Benefits American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Marshfield. Call Mallory, 651-255-8146 or e-mail ◆ Wild Horse & Burro Adoption: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20 and 21; Marshfield Fairgrounds Park. Call 800-293-1781 for information. ◆ Memorial Day Ceremony: 1 p.m. May 30; The Highground Memorial Park, Neillsville.


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