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e live in a part of the state that is beautiful in any season. In the winter, our area glistens in its white coat of snow which slowly gives way to gentle spring rains and the countryside painted in pale hues of blooming leaves. There is nothing else in the world like the Wisconsin countryside in summer. But fall in Wisconsin is the season that shines above all the rest. The colors are spectacular. Against the backdrop of a sapphire blue sky, leaves glow in every shade of red, orange and yellow. The air is crisp while pleasantly warm enough to be outside and the first frost has killed off the mosquitoes that are the bane of summer. This edition of YOU Magazine will enhance your enjoyment of fall and all the activity that goes with it. Our cover stories are about young, vibrant teachers who inspire their students to learn and achieve. The fall chill during the early morning rush calls for a cup of coffee. Curious about buying coffee beans roasted locally? Check out the Shops We Love story about a Wisconsin Rapids business. Since anyone who lives around here knows that fall means a bounty of fresh garden produce from gardens and farm markets, we share some of our favorite baked goods. How many times have you graciously accepted another bag of zucchini with a forced smile on your face? There’s just so much of vegetables one family will eat. Surprise your family with spicy heavenly scented muffins. The delightful scent alone is enough to wake up the sleepy heads. And they won’t know that they’re eating zucchini or carrots. We feature an article about Door County which is close enough for an over night trip or a weekend of relaxing fun. The peninsula offers a wide range of activities, shopping and dining to easily become a Girls Weekend Out adventure. While thinking about a new winter wardrobe, why not buy one nice piece which can upgrade many outfits? The cost makes sense and utilizing accessories can make the new piece like a blazer or jacket just a bit different each time it’s worn. Carol Knauf owner of Rae Baxter’s shares her ideas using the hottest fabric this fall – faux leather. Enjoy the colors and beauty of fall ! -- Liz Welter

YOU M AGA Z I NE S TA F F General Manager Mike Beck Editor Liz Welter Advertising Manager Tara Marcoux Contributing Writers Deb Cleworth, Jesse Austin, Kris Leonhardt, Eli Marg, Cherie Schmidt, Breanna Speth, Nancy Quick, Laura Ullman and Anthony Wolf Operations Manager Terri Hansen Photography Laura Hiller, Casey Lake, Kris Leonhardt, Megan McCormick, Jesse Austin and Penny Pelot Design Amanda Holladay


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, 144 N. Central Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449 | email: YOUR CONTACTS Content: Liz Welter at 715.384.3131 ext. 356. Advertising: Tara Marcoux at 715.384.3131 ext. 303.

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6 Marshfield Cover Story

32 Kitchen Remodeling

Developing the future leaders

10 Wisconsin Rapids Cover Story Teaching with joy and passion


Haas Builders showcases affordable ideas, materials & supplies

40 Gardening column Tips for a successful harvest

14 Makeover

Nails, hair and attitude support breast cancer survivors

19 Top 10

Must-have tools for anyone

20 Marshfield Restaurant Review

Melody Gardens

40 House column Creating order out of chaos


42 Your Health Focus on reflexology

22 Wisconsin Rapids Restaurant Review

44 Your Pets

Chatterbox Cafe, Kellner

Stray cat finds haven with Marshfield family

24 Shops We Love

46 Girlfriend Adventures

Rae Baxter’s, Marshfield

Door County beckons

26 Shops We Love

48 Fashion Trends

Atomic Joe’s Coffee Co., Port Edwards

Faux, liquid leather create autumn style

28 Women to Know

50 Makeup Basics

Denise Pozayt, Devon Carlson, Jamie Nieveiski, Jackie Schreck and Marabeth Esperes


56 Do-it-Yourself Easy back-to-school projects

58 Your Baby’s Health

Area child care providers support breastfeeding

60 Importance of Vaccinations Busting the myths

60 Ask the Kids Learning to drive a car

Choose skin care products carefully



62 Book Reviews

Bookworm recommendations

52 Recipes

Fresh produce to make delicious breakfast, snacks & desserts


62 Financial Tips for Women

Ways to easily save money for college

64 Caught You Looking Good!

Bella Vita Gala for Hope Lodge in Marshfield and scenes of summer fun in Wisconsin Rapids

66 Things to Do

What’s happening in our communities



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Amy Beil-Larson teaches her Madison Elementary School third grade class on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

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Amy Beil-Larson at work in classroom Thursday, May 23, 2013.


my Beil-Larson’s dream came true when she got a job teaching two years ago. She says it’s something she’s wanted to do since she was a little girl playing school at her grandmother’s house. “There was nowhere else that I wanted to teach besides my home town of Marshfield,” she says. Amy teaches third grade at Madison Elementary. “Teaching, for me, has truly become my life; it’s not just a job. I think about it all day, all night and am constantly looking for new ideas to bring into my classroom,” Amy says. But it’s not ‘her’ classroom at all. Part of her unusual strategy is letting her kids know that. “My students know that anywhere in this classroom is theirs. It wouldn't be uncommon to come in and see kids working at my desk. I don't even call it my desk, it's our desk,” she says. There were 25 students in Amy’s class last year. During a visit to her classroom in May, her students talked about why they liked their teacher. Among the responses: “She teaches a lot of cool things.” “She’s funny and loud.” “She keeps our brains busy all day.” While visiting the classroom, the students sang a song about the solar system they had learned three months earlier. They also spoke about their journal and book project, learning

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Amy and Ryan play golf in their backyard.

about the Chinese New Year, writing tall tales and getting to spend money in class. Amy says the kids earn play money for good behavior, and they can spend it at the classroom store to buy small toys. One of the students said they were saving their money for something bigger. “If you get $200, you get to eat with the teacher somewhere!” Amy says she has very few behavior problems in her classroom because she gets the kids involved right away. “I run a pretty tight ship in here. The first few months I'm really strict on behavior. The kids set up their own rules. They follow them because they chose them. That first two months is huge in setting up your classroom because that sets up how the whole rest of the school year is going to run,” Amy says. Her enthusiasm for teaching rubs off on her students. “I get them excited for learning.

Even if I'm really not that excited to teach it, my kids have no idea. We just started a body systems unit and they were so excited about that. It wasn’t because they were overly interested in it, but it was because I was really excited to teach them about it, and that made a huge difference.” Amy says she cares about each and every one of her students. “I'm not only a teacher, I'm a mother to some of these kids. I'm a nurse, and a friend and a counselor. If my job was just teaching, it would be so easy.” Amy is currently working on getting her master’s degree in educational technology. She says that benefits her students as well. “Anything that I read or learn, I want to try. There's nothing that we do one day that's the same the next. They are young and need a lot of things going on.” When she’s not in the classroom, Amy keeps Amy Beil-Larson teaches her Madison Elementary School third grade class on Thursday, May 23, 2013.



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Melissa Miller interacts with a student during summer school at Woodridge Elementary.

Teacher leads by example — and adventure By Deb Cleworth Photos by Megan McCormick For YOU Magazine

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Melissa Miller tries something different – skydiving! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Melissa Miller practices what she teaches to her students: Give everything your all and don’t be afraid to try something different. “I think I’m a very emphatic teacher, but at the same time, I say, ‘try your best,’” says Melissa, 25. Melissa will begin her second year of teaching this fall at Mead Charter School in Wisconsin Rapids. “This year, I am actually looping with my first grade class, and teaching second grade,” she says. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Melissa was an elementary student. “Growing up, I wanted to be so many things,” she says. Some of those young career choices included a paleontologist, oceanographer and fighter pilot. But, she’s always loved working with children. “When I didn’t go the aviation or military route, and entered (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) with majors in elementary and exceptional education, I quickly found that being a teacher is what I was meant to do,” Melissa says. Melissa always enjoyed school as a student, she says. Melissa grew up in the Milwaukee area, moving to Wisconsin Rapids in the middle of her freshman year. “While grade school was somewhat easy, high school was tough for me,” she says. “I was excellent at some subjects, but struggled with others, such as math.”

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THREE THINGS WITH MELISSA MILLER: Three things I never leave the house without: Chapstick, cell phone and my Invisalign aligners case. Three things I like to do when I have time for myself: Gather teaching/house decorating ideas on Pinterest, work on house projects/decorate and sleep. Now I have a new puppy to play with, too! Three fave indulgences: McDonald’s mocha frappes, anything chocolate and shoes! Three things I am most passionate about:

Melissa Miller and her husband, Andrew, play with their new puppy, Driver, in their side yard. Her struggles and successes are helpful to her as she works with her students, she says. “When kids have a hard time with math, I can totally understand, and I can think of new ways to help them understand it.” But she works hard, and makes it a point to do things she loves, whether it was sports or school. “I am stubborn and determined,” she says. And even though she’s grown up, Melissa is an example of lifelong learning — she plans to start working on her masters in education within a couple of years. It’s not just all work and no play for the young educator. Melissa and her husband, Andrew, will celebrate three years of marriage in October, and recently added a new member to their family, a black golden doodle, “Driver,” named for one of her favorite Green Bay Packers, Donald Driver. She and her husband, who also teaches, want to get Driver certified as a therapy dog to bring into their classrooms, hopefully by the next school year. She participated in the AmeriCorps program for one year and has been a member of the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department Auxiliary since October. “I had always been intrigued by law enforcement, but what really sparked my interest was the Citizen’s Police Academy,” she says. “I have learned so much about law enforcement and the work police officers do every day. I am now a sergeant with the Wisconsin Rapids Police Auxiliary, and, on top of working community events and being a presence in the community, I do a lot of behind the scenes work.” That might be exciting enough for some people, but Melissa goes above and beyond — literally. Last fall, she rappelled down the side of Lambeau stadium as part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Always looking for an adventure, Melissa crossed an item off her bucket list earlier this year — skydiving. This year’s students should be excited to hear about that adventure. “All (last) year, the kids kept asking, ‘When are you going to jump out of a plane? When?’” she says. “I just really enjoy sharing my life,” Melissa says. “You’re not just a teacher; they need to know you’re a person, as well.”

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My students – I feel developing a relationship with each of my students is the key to success in the classroom. Yes, the academic curriculum is important, but the social/emotional curriculum is just as important. I strive to create a community in my classroom. It is the relationships and trust among one another that helps students feel safe and be able to succeed. Without the relationship and the feeling of safety, there is no academic learning. Teaching is the hardest job I’ve ever had to do, but I love every minute of it. It is so much a part of me and comes so naturally, that it really isn’t a job; it’s just what I love to do. Life – No matter what cards you’ve been dealt, you have the power to change it. Sure, there are tough times and trying times, and times that really make you feel crummy, but all of those times are learning experiences. I feel the best things in life are earned, and there is no greater feeling than knowing you worked hard to achieve a goal. I am one to procrastinate, but I always try to do the best I can. There is no better time than now. My husband and family – They have taught me so much and shaped me into the person I am today. I would do anything for them. Three things on my bucket list: Earn my pilot’s license and fly my family, camp at and kayak the Apostle Islands, and visit Europe.

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Morning friendly Makeover Woman shows support for breast cancer victims with pink nails, hair donation By YOU Magazine Staff Photos by Megan McCormick


ammy Livingston got out of her hairstyle rut and while doing so, she did a good thing. After decades of having long hair, Tammy got it cut off and donated it to the American Cancer Society to be used in wigs for cancer patients. “I’d been wanting to do it for a while, but I just hadn’t. I was used to having long hair. I like to read the makeovers in the YOU Magazine and thought maybe this would be the way to finally just get my hair cut,” Tammy says, explaining why she called the YOU Magazine office and asked to participate in the YOU Magazine makeover section. After years of always having long hair, it was hard to imagine parting with it, but Tammy says it was easier than she thought it would be.

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Nails polished to make a statement Maybe it’s because her makeover started with a manicure at Forget Me Not Nails with Robin Rode. “Robin is so nice, and it was fun to talk with her,” Tammy says. Robin is passionate about her work and her products. She wants customers to enjoy themselves and have nails they are proud to show. “My nails were in pretty bad shape because I’m a nail biter,” says Tammy. But Robin fixed up her nails and created a bit of art while she was at it. “She painted them a beautiful breast cancer pink color and then painted a small white ribbon on each nail. I love it,” Tammy says. Almost two decades ago, Tammy found a lump in her breast, which was found to be benign. Experiencing this emotional roller-coaster caused her to be a supporter for breast cancer victims and survivors. Robin used Backscratcher acrylics on Tammy’s nails to create length and strength before the gel polish. She topped the Backscratchers off with Take Action, the name for the polish that is the same color as the iconic ribbon for breast cancer. The 21-Day Get Polish used at Forget Me not Nails strengthens nails while maintaining the shine, says Robin. “These polishes hold up extremely well for all nail types and problems,” Robin says.

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ince Tammy wanted to donate her hair, the first thing hair stylist Lisa Meddaugh did was to cut it. After Lisa cut 12 inches off of Tammy’s hair, she created a sculpted, short style. “I always thought I looked younger with long hair. That’s not true. this new cut and the highlights make me look younger. I love it,” Tammy says about the work Lisa did cutting her hair, highlighting it and creating a style that is easily wash and go. “I work two jobs, have two kids and a husband. I really don’t have much time to get ready, and this hair cut is perfect,” Tammy says. Tammy’s hair has a natural wave, which adapts well to a short trendy bob style, says Lisa. “She can wear it curly or straight. Tammy has these gorgeous eyes, and adding bangs

created the eye-popping look we wanted,” Lisa says. “After her cut was finished, we gave her an ‘ocean’ technique from Paul Mitchell,” Lisa says, explaining deep chocolate brown was used to frame her face and to show off her eye color. She used a warm copper color on Tammy’s crown area to add a lift effect and added tonal highlights. “The overall color was beautiful and really gave her a cut with a fun edge. Tammy has a new look to go with her beautiful personality,” Lisa says. “I love my hair like this,” Tammy says. The style is quick and easy every morning. “I also like that there are different ways I can style it and create a different look. I plan to continue to go to Studio 211 when I need it cut. I also like the highlights, so I’ll follow up on that, too,” Tammy says.

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For a foundation, we wanted to keep a light weight and natural finish, so we chose Sheer Defense tinted moisturizer SPF 25,” Katie says. Katie used a light mauve cheek color and brown based bronzer called Faux Tan to enhance and contour Tammy’s bone structure. “I really wanted to introduce her to an eye color that she wasn’t familiar with, so we chose a mono-chromatic palette of purples to enhance her hazel eyes. I concentrated my deepest purple shade, Plum Surprise, and a purple liner called Earthy on her lash line rather than her crease. Then I kept light shades of Sugar Plum and Sun Beam towards the top of the eye to really enhance and open her eye shape,” says Katie. “We topped everything off with waterproof black mascara and a complementary lip pencil called Sugared Plum,” Katie says.

ammy’s goal for her makeup session was to learn more about skin care. “We started by explaining a basic skin care regimen that she would be comfortable using every morning and night,” says Katie Dahlke, makeup specialist at Merle Norman Cosmetics and Day Spa Boutique. Applying makeup is something Tammy generally doesn’t have much time to do every morning before heading to work. “The only makeup I usually use is for my eyes,” Tammy says. “Katie understood that I really don’t wear much makeup, so she showed me other things I could apply if I have an event to dress for.” The session started with using cleanser and toner for normal to dry skin. “I used our favorite Merle Norman moisturizer Wrinkle Smoother. We also introduced two serums that are skin care must-haves, Fine Line Minimizer and Energizing Concentrate.












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Smooth skin remains for weeks following body sculpting “I loved the facial. It felt really good. I was surprised that the body sculpting took off about five inches,” Tammy says. While the facial felt good, the best part was the smoothness of her skin afterward, Tammy says. “It’s been weeks since I had it done, and my skin is still very smooth,” she says. Body sculpting reduces cellulite as well as tightening, toning and defining the body, says Echo Means, who owns and manages the business. By reducing the cellulite, body sculpting tightens then firms a person’s skin. The skin is treated with a detoxifying micro current, Echo says. “Fatty cellulite is emulsified and driven into the lymphatic system via the micro currents combined with a light suction technique,” she says.

“From there, the toxins are filtered and permanently eliminated through the renal system, live and kidney, leaving the skin tighter and smoother resulting in immediate inch loss and a 21-day metabolism boost,” Echo says. A treatment usually lasts for 21 days, says Echo. All of the products used are natural and help the body to eliminate toxins to restore nutrients lost through aging or sun damage. These restoring products replenish the skin’s natural elasticity, she says. The facial is similar to a nonsurgical face lift, Echo says. Micro currents clean and feed the skin so that it brightens and tones, giving a visible glow. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles while slimming and defining the facial features to restore a youthful appearance, she says. “The makeover was a wonderful experience, and I’m glad I had this opportunity,” Tammy says. Her family was happy for her, too, and approved of the new hairstyle. “When your kids say they like something, they mean it,” Tammy says adding her husband, who wanted her to keep her long hair, says she looks great with short hair.


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avigating the aisles of a hardware store isn’t just for men anymore. Whether it’s your first time picking up a hammer or you’re an HGTV guru, Phil Hiller of Hillers True Value Hardware in Marshfield offers guidance for any woman with a DIY project. When it comes to using tools, Hiller says people may have more fears than they should, but they shouldn’t let that stop them. “We’re here to help, and this even goes for homeowners of both genders,” says Phil. “Let me show you step by step and, ‘Voila!’ you can do it.” Safety is always important, and Phil explains that each job requires different protection. “The job that they would be doing determines what level of safety equipment they will need, from safety glasses to gloves, etc.” he says. Many tools are also project-specific, but Phil shares the Top 10 tools that every woman should always have in her home or apartment.

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➊ Hammer ❷ Screwdriver (a 6 in 1 is great) ➌ Tape measure ➍ Pliers (regular and needlenose) ❺ Vice grips ➏ Wrenches (adjustable) ➐ Level ➑ Putty knife or scraper ➒ Hacksaw ➓ Flashlight

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1. Drill (cord or cordless) With lithium ion batteries resulting in lighter drills without the hassle of a cord, a drill is an easy, effective power tool for any woman. “If you’re going to own a drill, you’re going to want a set that gives you all the options,” says Phil, which includes the drill bits. 2. Circular saw This style of saw makes it simple to cut just about anything. 3. Palm sander It’s a handy tool to use on most small or large projects.

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4. Oscillating tool “It’s something new in the world of power tools. Not that it’s a top priority, but it’s a nice little tool that does a lot of things. It sands, can cut and it does it in an oscillating manner,” he says. 5. Shop vacuum Hiller’s carries products to complete any project. Whether dry walling or yard work, gardening or remodeling, Hiller’s is happy to

help, Phil says. Renting tools also is an option at Hiller’s. Adding up the cost of these tools results in a sizable investment, he says. “I don’t want to scare anyone away from doing a project or making sure someone has the right tools,” he said. “The really important thing to remember is you don’t have to own these. We have a rental department. Why buy an $80 tool when you can rent for $15?”

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Comfort food at comfortable prices Melody Gardens in Marshfield serves classic home-cooked meals By Karl Enghofer Photos by Megan McCormick YOU Magazine Staff


ometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came!” The cheerful waitstaff at Melody Gardens, 1200 S. Oak Ave., Marshfield, makes you feel right at home by remembering customers’ names and offering great hospitality. Dennis and Margie Schmidt are the current owners of Melody Gardens, but the restaurant has been in the family since the grand opening in 1980. What makes Melody Gardens special is everything on the menu is homemade, from soups to ice cream. Dennis says they sell about 100 gallons of ice cream per week and have about 70 recipes. Customers can purchase cones, sundaes and quarts to take home, or even the 3 gallon buckets the ice cream is served out of. I ordered the recommended “Hot beef special” for lunch and was surprised to see the price of $4.90. What didn’t surprise me was the appearance and taste. It was exactly what I expected — steaming hot beef in between two slices of bread with mashed potatoes on top and smothered in gravy, just like Mom makes it. In fact, most menu items cost less than $5 and customers eat there for precisely those reasons. It’s very affordable, and who doesn’t love basic comfort food to remind you of home and family? Popular items on the menu include roast

The Calepp family enjoys lunch at Melody Gardens. beef, pork roast and, of course, ice cream. The pies in the display case look delectable as well. Another main attraction at Melody Gardens is breakfast served at any hour of the day for those who like their waffles at 6 a.m. when they open, or 9 p.m. when they close. If you like to get down and boogie disco style, you’re welcome to take your waffles or roast beef into the roller rink attached to the restaurant! And when you’ve boogied all you can boogie, you can roll up to the window and order a refreshment. For delicious home-cooked meals at reasonable prices and a staff that treats you like friends and family, there’s no other place like Melody Gardens.


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A touch of home cooking in Kellner By Deb Cleworth Photos by Casey Lake For YOU Magazine


ELLNER — Kathi Havitz is

all smiles – her business, Chat-R-Box Café in Kellner, is doing well. Havitz reopened the café on Nov. 14, 2011, the day she turned 50 years old. The restaurant had operated under the same name from November 2004 to September 2007. The restaurant gig was new to Havitz, who completed a six-year stint as a Marine Corps sergeant. “I missed (the café) when it closed; I just had no I idea I would be the one opening it,” Havitz said at the time of the reopening. Almost two years later, Havitz is pleased with business at the little café. The homey feel is everywhere, from placemat replicas of Havitz’s postcard collection, capturing the Wisconsin Rapids community of years ago, to the red tablecloths and touches of nostalgia throughout the restaurant. An original poster of the 1962 Green Bay Packers hangs on a wall behind the counter.

Tomato Eggs Benedict served at Chat-R-Box Café.

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Kathy Havitz of Chat-R-Box Café in Kellner. “Things have been going well,” Havitz said. “We’ve been growing a lot as far as our repeat customers. We’ve picked up a lot in catering and we’ve added a fish fry every Friday until 8 p.m.” The catering aspect of the business started in January, after customers asked if the café was available for events. Chat-R-Box has catered some weddings and community events. The restaurant has 10 employees — including four of the original six that were hired when the restaurant reopened in 2011. That’s an excellent retention in the food service industry, Havitz said. “They tend to be gypsies in the restaurant business,” she said. In addition to dedicated employees, Havitz attributes the café’s success to good, homecooked food. “Our menu is primarily made from scratch,” Havitz said. “Ninety-five of what we sell, we’ve made specifically for that customer. “It takes a little more time to serve, but everything is top notch. When it’s served, it will be hot and fresh.” The menu prices range from about $3.50 to $8, with most selections priced at $6.95, Havitz said. With hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day except Friday, when the café is open until 8 p.m.,

Kathy Havitz of Chat-R-Box Café in Kellner serves Bill Senn, left, and Colete Senn breakfast tends to be the busiest time. About 80 percent of her business is breakfast. “They really love their breakfast out here, for sure,” Havitz said. “Probably our most popular item is the Kellner omelet,” Havitz said of the dish that bears the name of the restaurant’s home. “The Kellner skillet has a little bit of everything on it, including our gravy from biscuits and gravy – topped with two eggs and served with toast. Another popular item is “Dad’s Pancakes.” “I call them ‘Dad’s Pancakes’ because he served them to me,” Havitz said. There are a few unique items, as well. “We make hush puppies, but with a Wisconsin twist — they’re made with sour cream and beer,” Havitz said. Homecooked food served with a smile — it might not be listed on the menu, but that’s what you’ll get at the Chat-R-Box Café in Kellner.

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Carol Knauf, owner of Rae Baxter’s Fashions, poses for a photo outside of her store.

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Coffee lovers are the roast of the town Story and photos by Jesse Austin For YOU Magazine



time coffee drinkers, Joe and Alice Wallner have allowed their personal tastes to guide their career choices for the past 13 years. These choices have led to a life they both savor.

Today, the Wallners own Atomic Joe’s Coffee Co., a small-batch coffee roaster in Wisconsin Rapids. Joe and Alice have roasted coffee since 2003, when they owned From The Ground Up coffeehouse in downtown Wiscon-

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sin Rapids. “The owner of the Mission Coffee House in Stevens Point decided to move to another state and ended up selling his equipment to us,” Alice says. “He taught Joe the entire roasting

process.” After selling the coffeehouse in 2006, the Wallners turned their attention exclusively to selling fresh roasted-to-order coffee. The coffee is sold by the pound, halfpound or in smaller pillow packs. Wholesale customers include coffee shops, universities and churches. Customers also can purchase their coffee online at “We are only one of about three coffee roasters in the central Wisconsin area, and we’ve been doing it the longest,” Joe says. The complex roasting process and expensive equipment discourages people from entering the business. Grinding and roasting coffee beans requires close attention to temperatures, bean chemistry and even the weather, Joe says. According to the Wallners, the rewards outweigh the challenges. “This is a fun business to be in,” Alice says. “You’re selling a popular commodity that sells, even when the economy is down. “People consider a good cup of coffee an affordable ‘luxury.’” As a batch of beans roasts, Joe takes detailed notes regarding temperature and pressure levels, while making sure to listen for the cracking of the beans that signal when he can start adjusting the

length of heating for different blends — light, medium or dark. He reveals a coffee roaster’s secret: the lighter the batch, the stronger the brew. All told, the Wallners can roast up to 500 pounds of coffee beans per week. They ensure freshness and flavor by putting their love of coffee to good use, personally taste-testing a sample from each batch. Atomic Joe’s specializes in Arabica coffee beans grown in eight countries, which are purchased through a distributor in New York. “Many of our regular roasted coffees from Costa Rica and Peru have Fair Trade certification,” Joe says. Fair Trade is a global effort to help small-scale family farmers achieve long-term financial security by guaranteeing a minimum price and linking them directly with importers. By earning better incomes, farmers are able to hold on to their land and invest in environmentally sustainable farming practices. In addition to standard brews, Atomic Joe’s features a range of personalized house blends, decaffeinated brews and flavored coffees. Flavors include fanciful creations such as Death by Chocolate, Dicker Snoodle, Totally Nuts and Jamaican Me Crazy, along

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It takes two to make a ring go right Story and photos by Karl Enghofer YOU Magazine


here are two halves to every marriage, and in Denise Pozayt’s case, two halves to every business. When she met her husband Mike, now a goldsmith of 37 years, she started selling jewelry for large chain stores. In September 2010, they opened their own store on South Central Avenue called Jewelers Palette; Mike does the crafting, and Denise does the selling. In October 2011 they moved to a larger location — directly across the street. “This is probably three or four times bigger,” Denise said. Now more jewelry is displayed in a less cluttered space and the larger windows allow better visibility for window shoppers, she said. In the back, Mike has more tools than Santa’s workshop, including a kiln, an ultrasonic polisher, a rolling mill, a steam clean-

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Sample of unique jewelry sold at Jewelers Palette.

er and casting machines — all used for repairing or creating custom jewelry at buyers’ requests. Denise not only does the selling, but also the paperwork and strings some beaded bracelets together. Jewelers Palette, now located at 242 S. Central Ave., not only has engagement rings, Citizen watches, fine diamonds, precious and semi-precious gems, but also offers affordable pieces like charm bracelets and beaded

Denise Pozayt smiles as she displays some jewelry in a case at the Jewelers Pallette in Marshfield. bracelets starting at $5. “We have jewelry for every budget,” Denise said. She doesn’t want the younger crowd to be intimidated by shopping at a jeweler instead of buying at department stores. When she isn’t working in the store, Denise works full time at BMO Harris Bank, which doesn’t leave much time for hobbies, Mike said. However, she likes to be outside and enjoys gardening, he said. Denise and Mike have 25 grandchildren, ages five months to 16 years old, who take up the remaining hours in their day. Denise said she enjoys fun visits as well as the exhausting ones. Like an artist’s palette of paints, there are endless possibilities of outcomes, using different stones, mounts and styles. Denise and Mike pride themselves on their creative, one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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Kellner salon focuses on multiple services By Deb Cleworth Photos by Casey Lake | For YOU Magazine


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initially went to school for elementary education but soon realized that career wasn’t for her. So, she decided to turn to something she had a natural knack for — cosmetology. Now, at the age of 32, she has been in the business for 12 years and has owned her own salon, Devon’s Trends, for more than two years. Devon, who is married with two children, Kobe, 11, and Miley, 7, worked her way to owning her own place, she says. State regulations require newly graduated students to work for two years before getting their manager license. Devon worked in Stevens Point and Plover, renting a chair before getting her manager’s license. Her full-service salon shop now has two chairs, one of which is rented to another stylist, Jen Weiker. After buying the Kellner building, Devon took a couple more businesses under her roof, including Jamie’s Massage & Spa LLC, operated by Jamie Nievinski, 38, also of Kellner. “I worked as a home designer for 10 years, which was stressful,” Jamie says. So stressful, in fact, it affected her fertility, she says. Jamie decided to make a career change, and went to Health Touch Spa School of Massage, Rothschild, to learn the art of massage. She also completed a cosmetology degree, allowing her to offer facials, pedicures, manicures and waxing. Jamie uses therapeutic massage, Thaicompression and incorporates stretching and hot stone massage techniques. “Best decision I made,” says Jamie, who also is the mother of two children. “Two months into massage school, I became pregnant. I think it was the weekly massages we received in school that helped my body to relax.”

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Devon Carlson, left, trims John Clark’s hair at her shop Devon’s Trends in Kellner.

Devon Carlson, left, and Jamie Nieveiski, right, in Devon’s Trends in Kellner.

The women all appreciate the flexibility their careers offer: They can work around their schedules to attend to family needs and their clients can get different services under one roof. In addition to the salon services and massage, Laura Sparhawk is the owner of Glow Sunless Tanning. “We’re kind of a one-stop shop,” Devon says. There’s no competition between the businesses, adds Jamie. While cosmetology services have been around for ages, trends and styles change — as does the way customers stay in touch with their professionals. Each of the businesses has a Facebook page, which has helped each niche area. Not only do the stylists post pictures of finished looks, but clients can use the social media site to check

on appointment availability. Each business has contact information and their hours on their sites. The ladies love their work. “I truly don’t work a day in my life, I love my job that much,” Jamie says. Devon’s favorite part of the job is coloring hair. “That’s a fun way to transform somebody and brighten them up,” Devon says. “I like making people happy and smile.”

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enter the activity room at the Retirement Community of Nekoosa, the first thing you see is a table filled with colorful necklaces and bracelets. At the same table is a work area where one of the residents is making the jewelry. That activity has brought joy not only to the women who work on it, but to those who wear it. “Some residents buy the jewelry for themselves, but a lot of it is bought by children for their parents, grandparents and for themselves,” Jackie Schreck says. Although Schreck, 86, and her sister Marabeth Esperes, 90, had never made jewelry, they were willing to give it a try when a former employee of the retirement community donated beads

Sisters Marabeth Esperes, left and Jackie Schreck, Nekoosa make hand-made jewelry CASEY LAKE/YOU MAGAZINE

and elastic. “It has been an opportunity to meet many people here, both residents and employees,” Schreck says. Many of the friends that Schreck and Esperes met at the Retirement Community of Nekoosa also join in the fun of creating unique, one of a kind, designs. All of the necklaces and bracelets at 2 Sisters and Friends Jewelry Shoppe are available for a $5 donation. The money is used for more beads and some needs that benefit the residents. In addition, the activity helps pass the time and is enjoyable, Schreck says. Both of the women, who are widowed, have not lived under the same roof since growing up in their family home, and they feel this is a golden opportunity. All of the jewelry is made of various designs and colors.

Jewelry made by sisters Jackie Schreck and Marabeth Esperes, of Nekoosa. “I see a design in my head and lay out the pattern, after that, it’s just a matter of following through,” Schreck says. Although her hands shake, she never has a problem threading the beads. “There are no tools involved. “I did work in a jewelry store at one time, and Marabeth is a very crafty person,” Schreck says. She and her sister have been at the Retirement Community of Nekoosa for a little more than a year and they been involved in activities from the beginning. The women grew up in the Milwaukee area and when they retired, Schreck and her husband moved to Lake Camelot in the town of Rome and Esperes and her husband to Wautoma. It’s not surprising that the sisters would be interested in an artistic venture since both are artists and prize-winning quilters. “We didn’t start quilting until we retired and took a class,” Schreck says. Employed in a variety of jobs including working on the atom bomb at Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee during World War II,

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Schreck also worked as a secretary and bookkeeper. Esperes worked for an insurance company for many years. They both raised families and now have grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “The jewelry project helps the sisters feel they are doing something good for the community,” says Laura Mumper, Life Enrichment coordinator at the Retirement Community of Nekoosa. Mumper also manages the money that comes in from the sale of the jewelry. A recent purchase was for a Wii that is available for all of the residents to enjoy. The public is invited to a monthly open house at the Retirement Community of Nekoosa which features the handiwork of the 2 Sisters & Friends Jewelry Shoppe. Call 715-886-5353 for more information.

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Mystery of the Harvest By Teri Lessig For YOU Magazine t can be a mystery when to harvest some vegetable crops – especially when they are new to the garden! It is fun to try growing new things, but they need to be harvested at the right time to actually enjoy them. Here are a few tips to get the best results: » Cabbage is best when the heads become solid. Excessive water pressure causes splitting of solid heads. To avoid splitting solid heads that you don’t want to harvest immediately, pull plants upward enough to break a few roots. This reduces the inflow of water from the soil. » Muskmelon should be harvested when the base of the fruit stem starts to sep-

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arate from the fruit. It will be fully ripe when a crack appears completely around the base of the fruit stem and slips easily. Muskmelon will ripen off the vine if harvested too early. » Onions from sets can be harvested anytime to enjoy through the summer. Mature onions from sets do not keep well. If grown from seeds or plants, harvest when the tops fall over and begin to dry. Pull with tops on and dry them in a protected place, cutting tops one inch above the bulb for further drying. Sweet Spanish onions may not keep as well as the more pungent-type storage onions. » Peppers can be harvested anytime once they reach good size. If left on the plant,

they will fully ripen to red, yellow, or orange, depending on variety. So if you like the sweet, colored peppers, leave them on the plant for an extra couple of weeks. » Winter squash should be harvested when the fruits are full size, the rind is firm and glossy, and the part of the fruit that was laying on the soil is cream to orange in color. Harvest before a hard freeze to prevent storage problems. Also, plan to “cure” the fruit to have the longest storage life. Do this by placing the fruit in a dry location where the temperatures are around 80 degrees for 10 days. This will toughen the skin and heal over any blemishes where pathogens could enter. Do not cure

acorn squash as it tends to get stringy. » And the ever elusive watermelon. When the fruits are dull in color and the portion touching the soil turns cream are the first two indicators. When the tendrils nearest a melon curl and dry up and the stem of the melon begins to show brown, dry streaks, the fruit is ripe. You may think I am crazy, but I am a watermelon thumper. I hold the melon in one hand and tap it with the other. If I can feel it vibrate on my supporting hand, it is ripe. It is important to get watermelon at the right time because it does not ripen off the vine and it will be over ripe if left on too long.

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By Anthony Wolf For YOU Magazine any of us are fortunate enough to have a garage that we can use for nearly anything, and sometimes, even to park our car. My home is older, and its small singlecar garage is a challenge. I notice many new homes being built today have two and three car garages, and where space is allowed, a second building with even more room. These buildings are wonderful to store cars, boats, RV’s and other large toys. They also double as places to host parties, workshops, man caves and to store seasonal decorations. I’ve seen some wonderful uses of garage spaces. I have also seen


three car garages packed floor to ceiling with stuff, and expensive cars parked outside subject to the elements. I would have an internal struggle if I was scraping ice and snow off my car in the freezing cold, when it could be kept in a garage. If you find your garage packed full and want to make room for the cars inside, then it might be time to clean out and declutter. My parents’ solution was the promise to throw a party — graduations, birthdays, wedding receptions, any type of large gatherings that necessitated the use of the three car garage. This would require one of us motivated fall 2013

children to clean all the clutter out and reorganize. Following the clean up, there was always the hopes and desires to keep it clean and everything in its place, which only lasted a few months.

What I learned: » Always have trash and recycle containers available and empty them weekly. » Have a broom and dustpan always available, which makes messes easier to clean immediately. » Create zones for items. Tools, bikes, landscaping equipment, storage, pets and sporting equipment should all have their places. » Inexpensive hooks and

nails can go a long way to make use of the walls and rafters, keeping the center areas open for vehicles. » No cardboard boxes! They tend to collect items and waste valuable time with the need to open and look inside. Plus, they tend to collect moisture, mold, mildew and the bottoms fall out. Well marked, clear totes and shelves are much better. » Labels will save you a lot of time in the future. I like painters tape and a good marker for labels. It is a good idea to take everything out once a year, dust, clean, sell, toss, recycle and donate unused clutter.



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Relaxation on a whole new level By Karl Enghofer Photos by Megan McCormick For YOU Magazine


ost people who meet Diane Gilbertson fall asleep within minutes. But that’s supposed to happen. “I’m not doing my job if you aren’t relaxed, or you don’t fall asleep during a session,” said Diane, a state-licensed reflexologist who graduated from the Bloomer School of Reflexology in 2011. Reflexology is an ancient practice done by the Egyptians and Chinese that stimulates the nerve endings in the hands and feet. There are reflexes in the hands and feet that correspond relatively to every organ, gland or muscle in the body, she said. By using a technique called the caterpillar crawl with her thumbs and fingers, Diane stimulates nerves, circulation and blood supply throughout the entire body. Her practice, Soothing Hands, is located in the Century Plaza at 252 S. Central Ave., Marshfield, where customers of all ages go for three main services: reflexology, ionic foot baths and ear can-

dling. The practice of ear candling has been around for thousands of years, she said. A thin hollow tube with one tapered end fits into the client’s ear while the other end is lit. Smoke then dislodges foreign debris, softens old earwax and helps evaporate excess moisture. “It’s for people with sinus infections,” Diane said. “The smoke softens up the earwax, and whatever you happen to have in your sinus cavity, and brings it up non-evasively.” As for ionic foot baths, what appears to be a plastic bin holding salt water does much more. The bath is used to increase energy and stamina, and to rid the body of toxins, chemicals, radiation and pollution in the skin, Diane said. It only makes sense that gravity pulls all of it to our feet, she said. “We’re cleaning the body from the inside out.” Depending on the person’s health and kinds of substances they put in their body, the water turns shades of orange, green or black. The client can then see where in their body they have the most toxins. Effects of an ionic foot bath

An ionic foot detoxification is where a person puts their feet in an ionic bath in order to cleanse and restore energy.

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Mary Pupp receives a stimulating massage from Diane Gilbertson at Soothing Hands Reflexology. can include reduced inflammation, improved memory, greater bladder control, a more balanced pH, and pain relief from headaches, gout and arthritis. Diane said an open mind is a key component to her services and she is flexible with appointments. “If people are willing to put the time into a session,” she said, “I have the time to make it work.”

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Volunteer Celia Sturzl gave timid cat, Medgar, a chance at finding a happy home.

Chatty cat learns to love Story and photos by Breanna Speth For YOU Magazine

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elia Sturzl is no stranger to the furry and feathered. Her hobby farm south of Marshfield is home to horses, chickens, turkeys, dogs, cats, a duck, a rabbit and a hermit crab. It was at Clark County Humane Society, CCHS, last April that she met the newest addition to her furry family, a beautiful, uniquely toned, black and white cat named Medgar. “I went to volunteer appreciation and came home with the prize of a cat,” she recalls, laughing. “I was asked to see if I could foster a cat that they weren’t sure if it was wild, feral or scared.” Medgar, whom Celia named after Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers, had arrived at CCHS through the Share the Care program with Marshfield. Unlike most cats, he did not relax as his time in the shelter progressed. Instead, he became more scared and aggressive with volunteers and staff fretting about his future happiness.

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“I’ve had timid cats before and I just wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt,” Celia says. “And if he was truly feral, I had a place to release him.” After arriving home with Medgar, Celia housed him in a quiet bedroom so that he would feel safe and have places to hide. As he hid under the dresser, Celia would talk to him or read in the same room just to be with him. She soon discovered that though Medgar is very timid, he is also affectionate and talkative. “Medgar is really coming around,” she says. “He has a really great personality. He loves to mew and talk to me, and he is a very loving, affectionate cat.” Now an official member of Celia’s family, Medgar has many years of treats, petting and happiness ahead. Further to the benefit of the local pet population, Celia’s kindness extends beyond her own menagerie. She instructs obedience classes through the Wood County 4-H Dog Project, teaches a small-animal care summer school class in Loyal (where she is band director full time for the district) and fosters kittens for CCHS, where she has been a volunteer for more than 20 years. She believes that everyone can do something to make a difference in the lives of pets. “I work full time, it’s not like I do this full time, though it would be fun,” she says. “You can help out at whatever your comfort level is. Just start by doing a little and see where it takes you.”

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One of the small towns along the Green Bay side of Door County. DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAU

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s the weather turns colder, the leaves of Door County erupt in warm shades of red, orange and yellow. Though colors are most brilliant in mid-October, there is plenty of beauty to enjoy throughout the autumn. Michelle Rasmusson, director of Marketing and Sales for Door County Visitor Bureau, highlights some of the region’s best getaways. “I can’t speak for every woman, but by the time fall roles around, I am ready for some R&R,” Michelle says. “My personal favorites are shopping the farmers markets and specialty shops, hiking the trails through some of the best fall foliage you’ll ever see and finding the perfect chair along the water to enjoy a book and a really good cup of coffee.” Michelle enjoys experiencing the variety of activities offered in Door County with girlfriends in tow. “When I’m out with friends, it’s all about the experience,” she says. “We make a point to try a new restaurant, hear some live music and then try to do something we’ve never done before.” Last year, a group of friends tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). “Let’s just say our attempts got some good laughs, but all in all it was

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Even local skin experts express differing opinions on cosmetic safety, but they agree reading labels and consulting an educated skin care professional can help consumers avoid skin irritation. Dr. Clayton Green, a Marshfield Clinic dermatologist, said some cosmetic ingredients, such as fragrances and formaldehyde, can cause a poison ivy-like rash called allergic fall 2013

contact dermatitis in some people. He said it is difficult to determine who will experience an allergic reaction, but people with histories of eczema, rosacea and previous contact allergies are at increased risk for developing skin irritation. Skin care specialist Billie Jo Brown, an aesthetician at Spa Eliana in Marshfield, said she often sees clients with dry, red, irritated

skin and sometimes acne caused by ingredients in cosmetics and skin care products. Brown said drying chemical agents and synthetic fragrances strip skin of its protective oil barrier and can cause skin irritation, headaches, dizziness and long-term side effects, including hormone disruption. She said natural products that include hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera and grapeseed oil, plant-based extracts and mineral ultra violet light reflectors such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safe for the skin. "What we're putting on our skin should be food for our skin," Brown said. Green, however, said, "Skin does not treat natural products differently than it does products with a long chemical name." Green said facial gels are the most common skin-irritating cosmetic product he encounters as a dermatologist. Gels feel nice when applied to the skin because they are non-greasy, but gels are alcoholbased and can be drying, he said. Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, detergents that cause products such as

shampoos and some facial cleansers to foam, are known to dry and irritate skin, according to Brown. Green also suggested avoiding thick moisturizers, which can promote acne. Consumers should look for products labeled noncomedogenic, which means they do not clog pores. Shelley Babcock, owner of Merle Norman & The Day Spa Boutique, said people with rosacea or extremely sensitive skin should look for products labeled safe for those skin conditions or dye-free and fragrance-free products. "Test products on a small patch along the jawline and wait 24 hours to make sure you don't develop an allergic reaction," she said. Green suggested avoiding applying cosmetics to open or irritated skin to prevent further irritation or introduction of microorganisms into the product. "If you have an infection, completely throw out any cosmetics after use because they could be contaminated, and you could reinfect your skin," Babcock said. She suggested pouring makeup in a cosmetic tray, using brushes or sponges to apply

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Tempting breakfast, snacks and desserts made healthier I

t’s that time of the year when kids are heading back to school, the weather is cool and the time is right to bake some afterschool snacks. There’s a wonderful bounty of fresh produce to use, available until winter starts, which can be found at area farm markets. There’s a few food and nutrition savvy moms on the YOU Magazine staff who know a thing or two about making and baking tasty treats. While they baked and the rest of us ate, we had no clue that we were eating good-for-you vegetables, fruits and wholegrains. Instead of checking the chocolate chip package for a recipe, try some of these ideas instead.

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Veggie Pizza

This recipe can be made more health-friendly by eliminating the can of Pillsbury dinner rolls and assembling the mix on nutritious crackers. Another method makes this recipe a fun eating experience for young children. Use sliced whole grain bread with the crusts removed. Flatten each piece of bread with a rolling pin and cut into favorite cookie cutter shapes. Decorate the shapes with the cheese mixture and top with vegetables. Ingredients: 1 can (8 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 1 package (8 oz) low-fat cream cheese, softened 1 ⁄4 cup skim milk 1 teaspoon dried dill weed 1 ⁄8 teaspoon, or less, garlic powder 1 cup small fresh broccoli florets 3 ⁄4 cup small fresh cauliflower pieces 1 ⁄2 cup diced celery 1 ⁄2 cup shredded carrot Unroll crescent roll dough and place in bottom of 9x13 baking pan. Followiong package directions and bake 13 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. In small bowl, mix cream cheese, milk, dill and garlic powder until smooth. Spread over cooled crust. Top with broccoli, cauliflower and celery pieces. Sprinkle top with shredded carrot. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Cut into squares. fall 2013

Sweet Potato Spice Cookies (Snacks)

This recipe is grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and sugar-free. Of course, don’t let your children know any of this. And you might want to simply call these “a yummy snack” since most children I know would suspiciously eye any cookie that has sweet potato in it. Playing around with the shape, such as making each piece flatter, creates a nice platform for a piece of cheddar cheese and your kids will never know they also were eating their vegetables. Best of all, these are very easy to make and smell delicious while baking. Ingredients: 1 medium baked sweet potato-skin removed 1 1⁄2 cups cooked white beans, well-rinsed 1 ⁄2 cup almond milk 1 ⁄4 cup ground flax 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄4 cup pecans, chopped Preheat oven to 400. Make sure the beans are well-rinsed. Puree in a strong blender or food processor until smooth. Mash sweet potato and mix with beans. Add milk, cinnamon, baking powder, flax, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Spoon by tablespoonfuls on a ungreased baking sheet. Top each cookie with chopped pecans. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Apple Pie

Get Up and Go Muffins

This recipe will have everyone salivating when they wake up for breakfast. It also packs in good protein with fruit and vegetables (but don’t tell anyone.) Ingredients: Dry: 1 cup oat bran 1 cup oat flours (make your own by simply processing oats in a blender or food processor until smooth) 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda 1 ⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt Wet: 2 eggs 2 Tablespoons coconut oil 2 apples (or 1 cup applesauce) 2 carrots, finely grated 1 ⁄3 cup raisins 1 ⁄3 cup walnuts, optional Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease or line 12 muffins cups. I used coconut oil to grease mine. Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl. In a saucepan, chop the apples and add a small splash of water. Let simmer and cover for 5 to 10 minutes, or until soft. Smash with a fork until it resembles a chunky applesauce. Alternatively, you may use 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce. Mix the applesauce with the rest of the wet ingredients. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and fold in raisins and walnuts. Spoon batter into cup and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let muffins sit in tin for one minute, and then cool on rack for five minutes before serving. The muffins continue to cook and set while in the muffin pan for the extra minute, and the cooling rack helps prevent the muffins from becoming soggy.

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This is too simple to not make. There is little difference between pre-made pie crusts found in the dairy section at grocery stores and the ones you fret over to make from a cook book. The resulting pie is the right combination of sweet and tart without being a time consuming project. Ingredients: 1 box of pre-rolled refrigerated pie crusts 5 Granny Smith apples, or any sweetly tart apple at the farm market or roadside stand 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup of white sugar Cinnamon to taste Follow directions on the pie crust box. Roll out one crust into a pie plate. Slice the apples and mix with the sugar & cinnamon. Pour into the crust. Top with the remaining crust and scatter sugar and cinnamon on top. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Without opening the oven door, reduce heat to 375 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.

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Back to School Projects By Kris Leonhardt For YOU Magazine


e feature two projects you and your child, or children, will enjoy doing together. Both projects create useful school equipment to carry lunch or art projects. Older children may need less help than youngsters to create these useful items.

Bike Frame Lunch Bag

Create a bag to hold lunch, snacks and other items on your student’s bike. Supplies (Figure 1): » Fabric: One 8- by 8-inch piece and one 13- by 8-inch piece » Contrast Fabric: One 3- by 22-inch piece » Matching thread » Velcro and Velcro ties 1. Cut fabric to specified sizes. Sew 3x22 contrast piece to 8x8 piece with right sides together, pivoting at corners. (Figure 2) 2. Fold top of piece over ¼ inch and over again ¼ inch. Sew in place. (Figure 3) 3. Sew the 13x8 piece to back of unfinished bag, with right sides together. Extra material will hang over top to create flap. (Figure 4) 4. Fold over edges of flap ½ inch and sew in place. (Figure 5) 5. Turn right side out and affix Velcro ties to top of bag. Add enough Velcro to bag and flap to securely hold together. (Figure 6) 6. Attached bag to bike using Velcro ties. (Figure 7)

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Art Project Portfolio

Help get your student’s masterpiece home safely. Supplies (Figure 8): » One mailing tube, approximately two feet long » Fabric, child’s drawings, computer print-off or other items to decorate tube » Mod Podge (spray or brush on) or other adhesive » Duct tape (colored or patterned) » Colored markers 1. Remove label from mailing tube. If label cannot be removed, it may be covered later when decorated. Remove plastic ends. 2. Lay 36 inches of duct tape (sticky side up) on flat surface. Place another 36-inch piece of tape (sticky side down) on top of the first piece. This will create a two-sided strap. 3. Tape strap to one end of the mailing tube. Check to make sure strap will fit comfortably on student. Secure the strap to the other end of tube. (Figure 9) 4. Using Mod Podge, secure cutout designs from fabric, artwork or printer to tube. (Figure 10) 5. Have child write name on portfolio with markers. 6. To protect the portfolio, Mod Podge the entire project and reinsert plastic ends. (Figure 11)

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hild care providers have an opportunity to support breastfeeding mothers and make the separation of mom and baby a smoother transition. Having a supportive child care provider will allow mom to focus on spending time with baby when at home, as opposed to worrying about leaving baby or deciding whether to continue breastfeeding. Providers participating in the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care program must: » Have an individual or team responsible for ensuring adherence to the 10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care. » Establish and follow supportive breastfeeding policies for consumers and employees. » Annually provide education opportunities to all staff on breastfeeding promotion and support. » Maintain a culturally competent, breastfeeding friendly environment, including a comfortable area for breastfeeding mothers to nurse or pump. » Provide accurate information and resources for families, by maintaining connections with local breastfeeding coalitions. Child care providers must meet the 10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care and pass an assessment to be recognized as breastfeeding friendly and pass re-assessment every two years to maintain recognition. Providers participating in the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care program receive staff training on breastfeeding basics and support, assessment, guidance and monitoring. In May, 15 child care providers in Wood County become the first in the state to be recognized as breastfeeding friendly. The following child care providers in Wood County have completed the 10 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care. They are dedicated to supporting families and to providing the best nutrition possible to the infants and children in their care. » ABC Children’s Enrichment Center, Wisconsin Rapids » Ann Bluhm’s Inhome Daycare, Marshfield » Bizzy Bee’s Childcare, Nekoosa » Chakh ha Chee Head Start, Nekoosa » Christ Cares for Kids, Marshfield » Country Tots Child Development Center, Wisconsin Rapids » Karen’s Daycare, Wisconsin Rapids » Little Loved Ones, Wisconsin Rapids

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Driving do’s and don’ts for teens By Eli Marg For YOU Magazine

Eli Marg is a senior at Stratford High School.


ditor’s Note: When it comes to learning to drive a car, everyone has a story. As parents, we want our children to be safe drivers. And, unless you live where you don’t need a car, sooner or later, everyone learns to drive. Looking back on your own experience, do you cringe thinking about the near misses? What advice will be give your young teen? YOU Magazine columnist Eli Marg asked Stratford High School students and parents about their experiences. The major goal for parents and driving instructors is to teach students how to be safe and knowledgeable drivers. Safety was the major theme of parents and driving instruc-

tors interviewed. Reflecting on the learning-to-drive experience many, students said, parental advice often involved “Turn the radio off” or else keep the radio volume low. Parents often reminded their teens about paying attention to the sounds outside the car, such as the vehicle in front of you suddenly hitting the brakes, or even your own vehicle making unusual sounds that may be a result of a failing component of the vehicle, some of the students said. A common word of advice from parents was “Don’t be concerned about an impatient driver.” In Driver’s Education class, students are taught about the IPDE, which means identify, predict, decide

and execute which is a process to use when confronted by an aggressive driver. Many students said IPDE was a helpful way to understand safe driving. Some students said they preferred their parents teaching them how to drive over an instructor because it’s less stressful and not as embarrassing when they made a mistake. Other students said a driving instructor was better because they are up-to-date on traffic laws and have teaching skills parents don’t have. Teenagers who receive their licenses are excited — no longer do they need to travel everywhere with a parent. But with the driver’s license also comes a lot of responsibility.

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t may be hard as a new parent to imagine that at one time diseases such as polio, measles and other deadly illnesses were all too common in the U.S. Today, we rarely hear about these diseases, including some that have been eradicated in the U.S. thanks to lifesaving vaccines. But for some parents, the idea of giving their children a series of shots at a young age raises concerns such as safety, necessity and effectiveness. Unfortunately, most of these questions are based on longstanding myths. One of the most common questions regarding safety is in regards to whether vaccines cause autism. Numerous scientific studies have proven no link exists between autism and vaccines; the largest study that did attempt to connect the two was proven to be fraudulent. With more than 20 years of experience as a pediatrician, I would never recommend a vaccine for a child if I had the slightest suspi-

cion it was linked to autism. Overall, vaccines are very safe. Side effects are short-lived, minimal – sore arm and mild fever are the most common – and the health risk, compared to getting one of these serious diseases, is far outweighed by the benefit. For instance, two in 1,000 people who get measles will die, compared to one in 1 million who will have a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s easy to become complacent about the deadliness of these vaccinepreventable diseases. If these immunizations were never developed, the prevalence of crippling diseases such as polio would likely still be high in the U.S. Take measles for example, when the vaccine was released in 1963, the number of cases fell from 500,000 to less than 50,000 by 1970, according to CDC data. That is nothing short of remarkable. We’ve seen the return of some vaccine-preventable diseases in the fall 2013

U.S., such as whooping cough, even in central Wisconsin. Also, it is important to remember these diseases can come into our country easily through visitors or through Americans traveling abroad who bring a virus back. During 2011, 222 measles cases and 17 measles outbreaks were reported to CDC in the United States. The vast majority of the people infected had not been vaccinated. This is an unsettling trend among some parents to not vaccinate their children and likely is to blame for these outbreaks. It’s disheartening when I see a sick child who could have avoided the illness. As a physician, mother and grandmother, I take every concern that a parent raises seriously. We know, though, that vaccines have saved millions of lives and I never want to see the day where these preventable diseases make a comeback. Dr. Edna DeVries is a pediatrician at Marshfield Clinic Marshfield Center. Additional safety guidelines are available at

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ll summer long, you’ve been run, run, running. You’ve been everywhere around town, several different places around the state, maybe even other places in the U.S. – and sometimes, it feels like you’ve done that all at once. So now, with fall on the way, maybe it’s time for a little YOU time – and a good book. Summer’s heat may be leaving us, but you can keep it around a little longer by reading “Decadence” by Eric Jerome Dickey. This is the story of a woman whose lover is never around, so she finds her own partners by joining a very private club. The club, Decadence, is just

what she needs. The problem is that another former lover goes there, too. And he brings his new wife. This book is hotter than hot, so beware and bring oven mitts. And yes, it’s got a thin plot… but really: plot is not why you’d read this book, right? If your plans this fall are to get a dog (or spend more time with the one you’ve got), then look for “FourLegged Miracles” by Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger. This book is filled with stories of lost dogs that, somehow or other, came back home – sometimes after years. Though these are happy stories, this is

a four-hanky book for pet lovers only. And finally, maybe now’s the time to relax a little bit – and that includes at work. In “Is Work Killing You?” by David Posen, MD, you’ll find out why your wagon is draggin’ every night after quittin’ time and what you can do about it. Yes, workplace illness is rampant, and not just run-ofthe-mill, contagious viruses. Headaches, body aches, forgetfulness, and agitation can all come from stress, and your boss may be able to help. So there you are: four books to fall into this season. Happy Reading!

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How to save money for college By Claudine Konrardy For YOU Magazine

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aving money for college is a job in itself. For those on a modest income, it will take determination, discipline and patience — but it can be done. Financial choices we make daily will determine if money is available later. There are several viewpoints as to how, when, or if to save for college. Some parents feel that not funding their child’s education is, in some way, being selfish or harming their child. Other parents feel that education funding should come only after they have gotten out of debt, saved up their emergency fund and invested for their retirement. If you are a parent who wants to save for your child’s education, here are some ways to help: » The secret to saving money is time, so start saving when your child is in diapers. Even modest savings can pack a punch if you give them enough time to grow.

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and student loans from things like buying groceries, shopping online, filling your gas tank and more. You can link your family and friends to your account for even bigger savings. » Invest in an educational savings account, or ESA. An ESA has an annual contribution limit of $2,000, per child, that grows tax free. The beneficiary must be under 18 years old and the money must be used for education purposes only, otherwise penalties and taxes will apply. Income limits apply. » Set up a 529 plan. The money grows tax-deferred, but you may contribute up to $12,000 annually with no income restrictions. This is a better plan for those who are able to contribute more than $2,000 annually. Qualified education expenses are more broadly defined and include tuition, room and board, fees, books and even computers. Unlike ESA’s, the beneficiary doesn’t gain control of the money at a specific age — the

account owner always controls the money — eliminating worries about your child spending the money frivolously. There are no restrictions on who can open an account for whom; you can open an account for your child, a relative, the paper boy, or even yourself. If it turns out the beneficiary won’t be using the money in the 529, you can change the beneficiary or roll the funds over into a different qualified investment product. Contributions to 529 plans qualify for the $14,000 ($28,000 for married couples in 2013) annual gift tax exclusion. If you are lucky enough to receive an inheritance, you can contribute up to five years of gifts during the first year. Money deposited into and drawn from a 529 does affect financial aid eligibility. Use a combination of the methods above to help achieve your goals. But be sure to inform your children they have a lot of resources besides you to help feed the tuition monster.

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caught you looking good! Contributed photos from the Bella Vita Gala which is an annual benefit for Marshfield’s Hope Lodge. Volunteers dressed as leading ladies, from left to right, Audrey Hepburn (volunteer Rebecca Sanford), Marilyn Monroe (volunteer Brooke Hoss), Elizabeth Taylor (volunteer Authrene Ashton), Judy Garland as Dorothy (volunteer Jewel Quelle) and Shirley Temple (volunteer Chayse Blenker). CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

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caught you looking good! Photos taken by Penny Pelot at summer events in the Wisconsin Rapids and Nekoosa. WEBBFEST is an event that raises awareness about suicide risks and supports suicide prevention initiatives. The event was held in July in Nekoosa.

Morgan Saunders, Denise Hoefer, Joyce Lundy and Tracey Neukirchen at the Grand Rapids Fireman’s Picnic.

Leah Getzloff, Corena Moscinski, Lisa Combs and Robin Van Ert at WEBBFEST.

Kayla Vangroll, McKenna Witt and Ashley Hamelton at WEBBFEST.

Pam Sorbo, Kendra Marcouex, Sarah Bulin, Brynn Pelot and Tammy Kobishop at WEBBFEST.

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Nina Nelson, Tasha Woodard, Jessica Buenring, Tasha Neukirchen and K.C. Moody at WEBBFEST.

Tami Brost, Kenzi Brost, Bailey Voss and Bryanna Lamb at WEBBFEST.

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THINGS TO DO: MARSHFIELD AND SURROUNDING AREA September to November Exhibits & Museums Governor 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. “Treenware (small handcrafted wood items), wooden folk art, wood carvings and duck decoys” is the featured exhibit during the months of September and October. Upham Mansion is open for public tours from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. LuCille Tack Center Gallery (300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499, » “A Collected Progression” by Sam Herder of Eden Prairie, Minn.: Runs Oct. 4 to 27. Exhibit features a variety of works in acrylics, pastels, watercolor, graphite and digital animation. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4. » “Carvings” by Dr. Julio Hochberg of Marshfield: Runs Nov. 1 to 30. Hochberg is a plastic surgeon at Marshfield Clinic. The focal point of this diverse exhibit will be a large abstract city made of wood from all continents of the world, along with paintings, drawings and other carvings created in soap stone and wood. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1. 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, » “Conversations in Stitch: On Abstraction” by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition: Runs Sept. 9 to Oct. 25. Opening reception 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8. » “Conservation Nature Photographs” by Azael Meza and Wooden Sculpture by Matt Thies. Runs Nov. 4 to Dec. 27. Opening reception 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Highground Learning Center (W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville; 715-743-4224, » “Living Through the Forgotten War-Portrait of Korea”: Ongoing through the month of September. » “Civil War Sesquicentennial-Civil War Living History”: During the months of October and November. Learning Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 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 4:00 p.m. Wednes-

Monroe Crossing to perform at Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts day, 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, » Monroe Crossing Bluegrass: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. » Country Line & Partner Dance: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and Nov. 23. » Masquerade!: 8 p.m. Oct. 19. » Green Tea (Indie roots/rock): 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. LuCille Tack Center for the Arts (300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499, » Lorie Line: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Reserved seating $25 for adults and $10 for youths. » Five by Design in Club Swing: 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Reserved seating $20. UW-Marshfield/Wood County (2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield; 715-389-6534, » Symphony Orchestra Concert: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. » Symphonic Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Wildwood Station Pavilion (608 W. 17th St., Marshfield) » An Evening of Music with Teddy Geiger and

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special guest Olivia Millerschin: 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Tickets will be available at the door for $23 or $18 at until end of day on Sept. 7. » An Evening of Music with Elenowen: 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Tickets will be available at the door for $23 or $18 at until end of day on Sept. 24. » An Evening of Music with the Ragbirds & Tony Furtado: 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 or in advance for $20 at http:// until end of day on Nov. 4. On Stage Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts (208 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield; 715-389-8999, » “Looking for Normal”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28; 3 p.m. Oct. 29. » “Lillian”: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17. UW-Marshfield/Wood County (2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield; 715-389-6534, » Campus Community Players fall drama: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 through 9.

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Miscellaneous Aug. 31: Race Night, Marshfield Motor Speedway Aug. 31 to Sept. 2: Pepsi Central Wisconsin State Fair Draft Horse Show, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 2: NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 2: Auto Action Demolition Derby, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 6 to 8: Wisconsin Trappers Association 50th annual convention, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 6 to 8: Granton Fall Festival, downtown Granton Sept. 7: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Wildwood Park, Marshfield Sept. 7: Race Night, Marshfield Motor Speedway Sept. 7: McMillan Fall Festival and 25th Anniversary, town of McMillan Town Hall grounds Sept. 13 to 14: Annual Fall Shootout, Marshfield Motor Speedway Sept. 14: American Heart Association Heart Walk, Wildwood Park, Marshfield Sept. 14 to 15: Maple Fall Fest, Wildwood Park, Marshfield Sept. 21: Zoo Crew Raptors and Vultures Program, Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield Sept. 23 to 24 Midwest Dutch Friesian Keuring Inspection, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 24: Diversity Day, The Highground, Neills-

Demolition Derby at Central Wisconsin State Fair FILE PHOTO ville Sept. 27 to 29: Warrens Cranberry Festival, Warrens Oct. 5: Kiwanis Enormous Equipment Playground, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Oct. 5: Thorp Pumpkin Festival, downtown

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Thorp Oct. 5: Annual Chili Cookoff and Car Show, The Highground, Neillsville Oct. 5 to 6: Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival, Nekoosa Business Park Oct. 11 to 13 Boy Scouts of America Jamboree; Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Oct. 12: Breast Cancer Awareness Ride/Run, The Sports Den, Marshfield Oct. 13: Annual Pumpkin Patch Party, Tufts Mansion, Neillsville Oct. 19: “Masquerade,” Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, Marshfield Oct. 25: Downtown Marshfield Trick-or-Treating at local businesses Oct. 25 to 26: Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show, East Gate Alliance Church, Marshfield Oct. 24 to 27: Harvest Days, Medford Nov. 1 to 2: Alpine Holiday, Columbus Catholic High School, Marshfield Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony, The Highground, Neillsville Nov. 14: Annual Main Street Holiday Parade, downtown Marshfield Nov. 23: PEO Boutique and Luncheon, Belvedere Supper Club, Marshfield Nov. 29 to Dec. 31: Rotary Winter Wonderland, Wildwood Park, Marshfield For more details, go to the Things to Do at

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» United Way of Inner Wisconsin brat fry: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 31, Quality Foods IGA, 1021 W. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. Proceeds to benefit the United Way of Inner Wisconsin 2013 campaign. » Wisconsin Rapids Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7., Centralia Center, Participate in the 1 ½- or 3-mile walk. Event will feature lunch, raffles and prizes. Virtual walkers welcome. 220 Third Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids. » United Way Day at McDonald’s, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17, 2128 Eighth St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. All proceeds go to the United Way campaign. » United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s Volunteer Center Day of Caring: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 26. Grand Rapids Lions Club, 36th Street and Highway W. Call United Way at 715-421-0390 for more information.


» Wood County Crimestoppers benefit concert,”Britins Beatles Tribute,” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. » Opportunity Development Centers presents: “Locals on Stage,” 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. Tickets $15; 11 years old and younger, $12. » Concerts at McMillan Memorial Library: Michael Johnson, Sept. 12; Prudence Johnson, Sept. 26; Dala, Oct. 10; John Jorgenson Quintet, Nov. 14; Green Tea, Dec. 5. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. There are no tickets, but space may be limited . McMillan Memorial Library Fine Arts Center, 490 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. » McMillan Memorial Library Monday movie series, 7 p.m. Mondays, 490 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. Call 715-422-5136- for movie selection. Free. » Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre: “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage,” comedy by Jane Martin, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12; and 17 to 19; 2 p.m. Oct. 13. “Christmas Among the Vikings, by written and directed by Mike Edgren, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 to 14 and 19 and 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 15; Tickets $15, Gilbert and Jaylee Mead Auditorium, 220 Third Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids.; 715-421-0435;

People stop to have their photos taken Wednesday, Nov. 21 2012, with holiday lights after they were turned on for the Rekindle the Spirit Parade in Wisconsin Rapids.

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Locals On Stage variety show happens again this year. Check the calendar for the date. » Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area pageant, Oct. 25 (dress reheasal, open to public) and Oct. 26, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. » Doc Severinsen Orchestra, Nov. 13, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. Tickets $35.70 to $42. Arts Council ,; 715-424-2787.


ALEXANDER HOUSE CENTER FOR ART AND HISTORY (1131 Wisconsin River Drive, Port Edwards, 715-8873442) The Alexander House, a Center for Art and History is a combination art gallery, with frequently changing exhibits, and historical center, with displays emphasizing the local lumbering and paper-making industry. The Alexander House is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, or by appointment. » Watercolor paintings by Connie Henke of Wisconsin Rapids and Pottery and Sculpture by Nancy Briggs of Des Moines, Iowa. through Sept. 10 » “Holes I Heaven,” the bird art of Walter Anderson of Ocean Springs, Miss. with Pottery by Lora Hagen of Stevens Point, and Mosaics by Pauline Merry Pray of Stevens Point. Opening is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20; exhibit runs through Nov. 12. » Celebrating Native American Culture through the arts: Oil and Pastels by Deann De La Ronde of Almond; Iroquois Raised Beadwork by Karen Ann Hoffman of Stevens Point; Watercolors by Geri Schrab of DeForest; and Basketry by Dianne BrownHahn of Wisconsin Rapids.

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» Fifth annual Lake Classic Auto Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7, South Lake Center, Rome. Car show, silent auction, music. Profits donated to Never Forgotten Honor Flight. (Note: No pets allowed) » Downtown Grand Affair, downtown Wisconsin Rapids, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8. » Wisconsin River Woodcarver’s 13th annual Woodcarving Competition & Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point. Admission $3; children 13 and younger free. The Wisconsin River Woodcarvers meet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the Cultura Center, 240 Johnson St., Wisconsin Rapids. » >Glacial Lake Cranberries Harvest Tours: 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 26. 2480 Highway D, Wisconsin Rapids. Tours are $15. Call 715-887-2095 to make reservations. Cameras welcome. » Warrens Cranberry Festival, Sept. 27 to 29, Warrens. Arts, crafts, food, parade. » Rekindle the Spirit, Nov. 27, downtown Wisconsin Rapids. Parade, fireworks, food vendors and a tree lighting ceremony. Lighting is at 5:45 p.m., followed by parade. Cookies and hot chocolate served after parade at Hotel Mead.

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