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Lifetime Income: A Great Mother’s Day Gift Mother’s Day will soon be here. If you’re a mother, you will (hopefully) receive thoughtful cards and gifts. But there’s one present you may eventually want to give yourself, and it’s a gift that truly does keep on giving: a strategy for your retirement. Of course, it’s important for everyone to build adequate financial resources for retirement — but the challenge is even greater for women. Largely due to family responsibilities, women spend, on average, 12 years less in the workforce than men, according to the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement. Less time in the workforce equates to lost earnings, missed promotions, smaller and fewer raises and reduced retirement plan benefits. In fact, men have, on average, about $91,000 in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), including all IRA types and the amounts rolled over from other retirement accounts into IRAs, compared to just $51,000 for women, according to a recent report issued by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Whether you’re married, divorced, widowed or single, you’ll want to build financial resources of your own and be prepared to manage your finances during your retirement WI-5001301326

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years. You’ll be helping yourself, and, by becoming financially independent, you’ll also avoid the possibility of depending on your grown children for support. To help ensure a financially secure retirement, consider these ideas: Fully fund your IRA each year. As the numbers above show, women are way behind men when it comes to funding their IRAs. And IRAs, with their tax advantages, are great retirement-savings vehicles. A traditional IRA have the potential to grow on a taxdeferred basis, while Roth IRAs have the potential to grow tax-free, provided you’ve had your account at least five years and you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59-1/2. So make it a priority to “max out” on your IRA each year. In 2011, you can put in up to $5,000 to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older. Boost your 401(k) contributions. Put in as much as you can afford to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. At the very least, contribute enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered. (In 2011, you can put in up to $16,500, or $22,000 if you’re 50 or older.) Your earnings have

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the opportunity to grow taxdeferred and you have a range of investment options, so your 401(k) or other retirement plan can be an effective, flexible way to put money away for the future. Invest in an annuity. If you’ve reached the contribution limits of your IRA and 401(k), you may want to consider purchasing an annuity, which can be structured to provide you with regular payments for the rest of your life. And this lifetime income source is especially important to women, who, at age 65, can expect to live, on average, almost 20 more years, compared to slightly over 17 for men of the same age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a mother, you willingly spend a great deal of time and effort on your children. But it’s important to also think about yourself and your future, so review your strategy for retirement with your financial advisor, and take the actions needed to help make sure you can enjoy all the Mother’s Days of your life in the comfort you deserve. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Short /Radio version: ANNCR: It’s almost Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom, you give much to your family. But it’s also important to think about your own financial future. For a variety of factors, including time spent away from the workforce to care for their families, women may accumulate less money for retirement than men. That’s why you should try to fully fund your IRA and contribute as much as possible to your 401(k). Once you retire, you’ll need to calculate how much you can withdraw from these accounts each year so that you don’t outlive your resources. If you’ve “maxed out” on your IRA and 401(k), you may want to consider other investments, such as a fixed annuity.,. Cards and flowers are on their way — but talk to your financial advisor about strategies to help you enjoy all the Mother’s Days of your life in the comfort you deserve.

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Make family memories while vacationing in Wisconsin


e never went on extravagant vacations when I was a kid. There were no trips to Disney World, despite my infatuation with Mickey Mouse, and I didn’t take my first airplane ride until I was 23 and I splurged on a trip to Jamaica with friends. But that certainly doesn’t mean that my family didn’t find plenty of ways to enjoy the great state of Wisconsin. Each year my mom’s side of the family — aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents — ventured to the Northwoods — usually Minocqua or St. Germain — for a week-long vacation. We’d cram into a cabin, pop up the cots and enjoy a week outdoors. We’d spend hours swimming in the lakes, fishing, tubing behind Grandpa’s boat as we got older and, of course, there was the annual visit to Wildwood Wildlife Park in Minocqua — also known as Jim Peck’s — to check out the friendly, furry creatures. The annual trip “up north” was something we always looked forward to as kids, and now that I have a family of my own, my husband and I have continued the tradition with our now 5year-old daughter, Emma. However, we now fill two cabins as my siblings also have spouses, boyfriends and children of their own.

Emma starts asking when she gets to go back “up north” and to Jim Peck’s — still a family favorite — the day after we return each year, and the annual countdown begins. Some of my favorite memories with Emma were made right here in the great Badger State. There was the year we witnessed the “Running of the Goats” as we were the first to arrive at Jim Peck’s that morning, and the year Emma told the goats to “Stop eating my mommy!” as they tried to find the “goat crackers” in my pockets. We also have a plethora of photos of Emma holding her “trophy-winning” perch and bluegills, the pride in her accomplishment radiating from her face. You don’t have to travel far to make great family memories, and that is one of the things we aimed to showcase in this issue of You magazine. We have focused on several of the most popular vacation destinations in Wisconsin and have highlighted some of the must-visit restaurants and lodging options; we’ve also included some hidden treasures you don’t want to miss and some side trips. And for those looking to create family memories a little closer to home, Melissa Sabel, communications manager for the Stevens Point

Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, has shared some of Portage County’s hidden treasures. You also won’t want to miss our special Mother’s Day section highlighting some of the best gifts local mothers have reJamie Jung ceived, some kidfriendly recipes children can make for Mom this year (with a little help from Dad), and some humorous and thoughtful comments from St. Bronislava School students who told us what they’d get their mom for Mother’s Day if they could get her “anything in the world.” There’s also a variety of recipes to help kick off the grilling season from You chef Michelle Syring, an article about Beth Cornelius from Suamico who has discovered a healthier lifestyle with the help of the annual Walk Wisconsin event, gardening tips from Master Gardener Lynn Caine and so much more.

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Your Wisconsin summer travel guide State offers must-see restaurants, attractions, lodging options Compiled by Nicole Strittmater and Jamie Jung

Wisconsin offers a plethora of options when it comes to summer travel destinations. From Minocqua and Superior in northern Wisconsin to Sheboygan and Milwaukee in the south and many locations in between, you don’t need to leave the Badger State to find top-notch summer fun. Here we highlight some of the best restaurants and lodging options of these summer vacation hot spots as well as some locations you won’t want to miss while traveling around Wisconsin.

 Wisconsin Dells Restaurant: High Rock Cafe is modern American cuisine with a sense of adventure. A must-try on the menu is the Soprano sandwich, created with sauteed garlic shrimp, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato and finished with tomato-basil mayo on toasted honey oat bread. Lodging: Sundara Inn & Spa was the first destination spa in the Midwest. Stay in a private villa built with green building practices, swim in the outdoor infinity pool, enjoy a restful night’s sleep in a king-size featherbed and schedule a spa service. Hidden Gem: Take an Upper Dells Boat Tour along the Wisconsin River. The tour makes two stops — one at Witches Gulch, where visitors walk through the cool, narrow walls of the “Dells,” and Stand Rock, where visitors see a recreation of the famous H.H. Bennett stop-action photo that first made the Dells famous. Side Trip: Wollersheim Winery, a national historic site in Prairie du Sac, was originally established in the 1840s by Hungarian Count Agoston Ha-

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you Spotlight raszthy. It is nestled in the hills overlooking the Wisconsin River Valley and features buildings with incredible character, outdoor seating with views to the vineyard, lovely gardens and a new tasting room. Details:

Door County Restaurant: Fred & Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar & Grill in Sister Bay is a casual outdoor dining hot spot right on the water which provides a tropical island-like vibe. Enjoy its signature Door County Cherry Margarita as you watch the sunset along the shore. Their casual menu offers burgers, sandwiches, wraps and appetizers. Lodging: Beach Harbor Resort, located near Sturgeon Bay next to Pottawatomie State Park, is a quaint waterfront lodging option that provides comfortable rooms and great waterfront amenities. Relax on the resort’s beach, enjoy their boats or rent a boat from them for a day of cruising. Hidden Gem: American Folklore Theatre in Ephraim is a true Wisconsin original. This local, yet professional, theater company performs in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater set amidst the tall pine trees in the middle of Peninsula State Park. Side Trip: Washington Island is the largest of Door County’s 34 islands and the only island that is home to 650 residents year round. Accessible by a 30-minute ferry ride, Washington Island offers visitors a variety of recreation and entertainment options. Details:

Minocqua Restaurant: Family-style meals are the backbone of Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty. Enter through the front door into the style and atmosphere of the ole time lumberjack cook shanties which dotted the Northwoods in the late 1800s. You won’t want to miss the Famous Camp Breakfast, featuring hot pancakes, sausage links, fresh scrambled eggs, smoked ham, camp-fried Wisconsin potatoes and buttermilk donuts. Lodging: Sill’s Lakeshore Bed and Breakfast Resort is located on the shores of Lake Minocqua. It is tucked away in a tranquil and private setting only steps from the downtown area. The bed and breakfast offers a romantic ambiance,

true charm and every amenity one could think of, including a gourmet three-course breakfast of 13 entree choices, ordered menu-style. Hidden Gem: Named for the Bearskin Creek it follows, the Bearskin State Trail is truly a gem for the Minocqua area. This 18-mile, compacted granite trail is suitable for walking, hiking or biking. It passes through the communities of Minocqua, Hazelhurst, Goodnow and Harshaw. Side Trip: Experience the beauty of the Northwoods on a scenic cruise down the Wisconsin River. Wisconsin River Cruises, located in Rhinelander, about 30 miles from Minocqua, is a trip you won’t want to miss. Sightseeing cruises, sunset dinner cruises, specialty cruises and more are available. Details:

La Crosse Restaurant: Step back in time as you enter The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor, Coffee Shop & Confectionery, a 1930’s era soda fountain and confectionery. It offers rich ice cream malts, shakes, sundaes, sodas, hand-dipped chocolates, espresso and more. Lodging: Four Gables Bed & Breakfast is a unique 1906 Queen Anne home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally a farmhouse and is now a bed and breakfast located in a rural setting, only 1/4 mile from the city. Hidden Gem: The Pump House Regional Arts Center, located in an historic water pumping station, offers a wide range of visual and performing arts activities. It features three exhibition galleries, a 140-seat theater, art education classrooms and more. Side Trip: Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center is located in Coon Valley, about 30 minutes outside of La Crosse. Experience the cultural heritage of the coulee region as you stroll through the 1800’s pioneer log homestead and view artifacts from Norwegian settlers. Details:

Milwaukee Restaurant: The Milwaukee Public Market offers a quick and reasonable lunch and dinner in the Historic Third Ward. It is a year-round indoor market featuring a bounty of the freshest products, including fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, cheeses, wines, seafood and ready-to-eat

prepared foods. Lodging: The Pfister Hotel has been Milwaukee’s preferred hotel since 1893. It has 307 rooms, including 82 luxurious suites, three restaurants, a 23rd story nightclub, lounge and boutiques. Hidden Gem: Built in 1888, the historic Milwaukee River Flushing Station is now home to Alterra on the Lake, a unique cafe/deli serving sandwiches, soups and salads, plus freshly brewed coffee drinks and bakery items. Side Trip: Historic Cedarburg is about 20 minutes north of Milwaukee. You’ll feel like you’re taking a step back in time once you hit the streets lined with boutiques and old-time ice cream parlors. Among the attractions are the Cedarburg General Store Museum, Covered Bridge Park, which has the last remaining covered bridge in Wisconsin, and Cedar Creek Winery. Details:

Madison Restaurant: The original Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. in downtown Madison has historic ambiance and attentive service combined with high-quality food and beer. It features three bars, an outdoor beer garden, flat-screen TVs, kids menus, Sunday brunch, billiards, shuffleboard, darts and more than 14 beers brewed onsite. Lodging: Arbor House: An Environmental Inn is nestled near Lake Wingra and the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. The 1800’s landmark and annex addition are surrounded by native gardens and mature trees, and the inn is located only five to 10 minutes from any capitol or campus site. Hidden Gem: At the University of WisconsinMadison Geology Museum you can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoes in Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures that used to live and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks of a mastodon while imagining yourself in the Ice Age. Side Trip: Visit Taliesin Preservation in Spring Green, about 50 minutes outside of Madison. The Taliesin, open for tours from May to October, is Frank Lloyd Wright’s private home, studio, theater and farm. The Spring Green estate features the Wisconsin architect’s personal architectural designs. Details:


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Kids learn about driving long before their first drivers ed class


remember the days when I could grab my car keys, walk out the door, get into my car and just drive. I’d turn up the radio to MY favorite station, blast the volume and think about where I was going. Those days were bliss. Now, I own a minivan, which I refer to as a rolling den of chaos. Every day is a 20-minute ordeal getting out of our door and leaving our garage. Getting on shoes, settling in car seats and making sure all seatbelts are fastened leaves me a seething ball of stress. And that’s before I’ve even put the vehicle in gear. Back when I had a 20-minute commute, I could at least think about my day and consider what I had to do in a rational, sane order. I was alone with my thoughts. Sometimes, I

could even effectively problem solve. Now, I am simultaneously listening to two conversations at once, answering very random questions usually involving Legos or Star Wars, refereeing arguments, thinking about the five errands I have to do after dropping the kids at school, worrying about the six errands I forgot to do yesterday and doing my absolute best to honor my promise to my husband NOT to check my Blackberry while driving. So (and this is going out to the very rude young man who honked at me this morning) if I don’t take off from that green light like an Indy 500 driver given the green flag, forgive me. I’m a LITTLE distracted. I do my best to be a safe driver. I really do. After all, I’m hauling precious cargo. My chil-

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you family dren’s safety means everything to me. Proper car seats, properly installed, side curtain airbags and anti-lock breaks can only do so much. A lot of moms out there are sleep deprived (a serious danger), distracted (likewise), stressed, angry and, most of the time, late. Which reminds me: I need to thank the Stevens Point police officer who gave me a polite warning about my speed last month. Yes, both kids were late to school that day. In less than 10 years, my kids will be driving. In that time, they will have spent an awful lot of time watching how I deal with the laws and rules of the road. My daughter already asks me what signs mean. She also questions why I turn right on red when, obviously, red lights mean “stop!” This makes me stop and think about what kind of driv-

ers I’m making them into. Will they be polite? Will they let others merge? Will they drive too fast? Questions like this make me think very carefully about my own behavior behind the wheel. And also my language. Our kids learn a great deal before that first drivers ed class. We should consider what we’re teaching them.

Lisa Pett, 40, lives in Stevens Point with her husband, Christopher, and children, Owen, 7, and Olivia, 5.

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Thanks to Walk Wisconsin, woman discovers a healthier lifestyle By Jamie Jung

marathon in Portage County that offers quarter-, half- and full-marathon options. She immediately signed herself and her husband, Art, up for the quarter-marathon event and started training. Cornelius found training schedules on the Walk Wisconsin website and then adapted them to fit the 15 weeks of training time she had remaining. She started by taking 2-mile walks and then gradually increased the total mileage until she reached 6.5 miles. A member of the Leisure Biking Club of the Green Bay area for five years, Cornelius used biking for cross-training. She built two rest days into her training schedule, but she tried to train every day. And when the big day arrived — June 5, 2010 — Cornelius and her husband turned their trip to Stevens Point into a “mini-vacation,” staying in a local hotel for a couple of nights. She said they both enjoyed participating in the event, and the training paid off because they left with only small blisters and minor aches and pains. “It was fun being part of a big group of people who were trying to be healthy,” she said. “At the end (of the walk), it was so delightful to be rewarded, walking across the stage with my medallion meant so much to me.” But the results that training for Walk Wisconsin had on her health is what made the most impact. Shortly after completing Walk Wisconsin, (Contributed photo) Cornelius had her blood tested once again. Beth Cornelius, 62, of Suamico says training for last year’s Walk Wis“All of my numbers had dropped,” she said. “My cholesterol was down consin event helped her develop a healthier lifestyle. She now walks 46 points, my LDL was down 37 points, my triglycerides were down 63 or bikes almost daily, and she plans to participate in several walking points and my blood glucose was down 23 points. I was very surprised, and biking events this year, including the seventh annual Walk Wisconsin on June 4. I couldn’t believe I was able to turn my numbers around that much, so quickly. “And now, 10 months later, my numbers are down a total of 255 points, hen Beth Cornelius of Suamico had her blood tested at a local drug store early last year, she was shocked by the and I’ve lost 30 pounds.” Cornelius said participating in Walk results. Her blood glucose level was Wisconsin also spurred her to partici117 and her total cholesterol level REGISTER FOR WALK WISCONSIN pate in five 5K events last year, and she was 299. The seventh annual Walk Wisconsin is scheduled for already is set to do seven walking events “Finding out my sugar was 117 scared me; that’s June 4 along the Green Circle Trail in Portage County. this year — including the seventh annual prediabetic,” she said. “Seeing people with miss- Full-, half- and quarter-marathon walking events will Walk Wisconsin on June 4. She and her ing limbs and black limbs from being diabetic, be offered. husband again plan to participate in the I didn’t want to have that. I knew I needed to do Participants will receive a T-shirt, sports sack and finisher medallion. There will be rest stops along the way quarter-marathon. something.” “I was headed to every disease you can It was at that moment Cornelius, 62, decided it where nutrition, fluid and restrooms will be available for participants. A finish-line celebration is planned. imagine,” Cornelius said. “Walk Wisconwas time to start living a healthier lifestyle. The registration fee is $25 through May 7, then $35 sin started me on a healthy lifestyle. I just The first step she took was looking online for thereafter. No registrations will be accepted after May can’t thank (the organizers) enough. It’s a walking event she could begin to train for. She 31. To register, go to just amazing what it has done for me.” discovered Walk Wisconsin, an annual walking


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Get more ‘vacation’ out of your vacation


he American English Dictionary defines vacation as “a period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee.” Pleasure, rest and relaxation. Ahhhhhh. Is that what your last vacation felt like? If not, there is still hope. This summer can bring time of rejuvenation, fun and health. It just takes a little balance. Before you travel this summer, take some time to plan a getaway that will not only be enjoyable, but healthy, too. ◆ Get active: Spend your vacation biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking or white water rafting. Wisconsin is full of gorgeous landscapes and offers opportunities to get active while enjoying nature. Hike the bluffs in La Crosse or Copper Falls State Park in Mellen; both locations also would be great for those with a family. Or perhaps kayak on the Wisconsin River or canoe the Flambeau in the Northwoods. The possibilities are endless for an inexpensive, active vacation close to home. ◆ Eat well: Resist the urge to vacation from healthy eating. If you eat nothing but fast food on your vacation, not only will you feel miserable, but your pocketbook will, too. Planning ahead is key to saving money and your waistline. Pack a cooler full of sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, water and juice for long car rides. Mix up your own trail mix or pack individual bags of pretzels for a quick on-the-go snack. Allow yourself a few meals out, just choose wisely and enjoy. ◆ Minimize commitments: If you choose to vacation in one of the many tourist attractions in Wisconsin, be careful not to get caught up in the need to do and see everything that is offered. Overscheduling is a surefire way to end up exhausted at the end of your trip. Agree ahead of time that you are not going to see and do all there is. Choose a few of the most important activities and plan on those. Then, if there is time left, add in attractions. If you are traveling with a family, be sure that everyone gets to choose one activity that is appealing to them. Beyond that, keep some margin in your schedule to be used as you see fit each day. And don’t forget the importance of down time.

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◆ Unplug: When possible, keep your phone turned off and your computer in its case. Vacation is most effective when work is left at work. Especially if you have kids, take this time to prioritize family and set the example that work can take a back seat to more important things. Vacation does not have to be stressful, time crunched and exhausting. With a little bit of planning, you can find yourself refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of your summer adventure.

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Turn your sedentary job into an active one ◆ Set an alarm in your office to go off every hour and remind you to get up and move around. ◆ Find reasons to leave your office, like walk to a co-worker to speak with them instead of sending an email. ◆ If you are on the phone or reading material, stand up, march in place, or do calf raises to increase more calorie burn. ◆ Create fitness breaks, instead of standing in the break area with coffee and a snack, take a quick walk around the building or up and down the stairs to get your blood flowing. ◆ Ask around the office and get others involved in walking during lunch breaks. This promotes social time, activity and the support of each other. These simple concepts will make a huge difference in your waistline and your energy level. Movement is essential in our lives. Any way we can create time to move and be active will help diminish the negative effects of being sedentary like poor health, high stress levels and increased risk for disease. Remember, a strong immune system makes workers less susceptible to illness and therefore less likely to miss work. Creating ways to keep moving while at work is easier than it seems, evaluate your work day and discover the many opportunities to add exercise every day.

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aking the time to exercise is a constant battle. Our desk jobs may present the biggest obstacle in reaching our fitness goals of devoting 30 to 60 minutes to exercise daily. Sedentary work keeps us sitting on our butts for a long period of time, slowly getting wider and fuller until eventually your hinder resembles the chair. You don’t have to wrestle with being chained to your desk; there are ways to sneak in small portions of exercise at work to help you incorporate 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity each day. I struggle with sitting at my desk all day for a couple of reasons. Prolonged sitting often leaves me feeling sluggish and a bit cranky. I’m accustomed to being active and I enjoy making an effort every day to get away from my desk and socialize with members and friends here at the Y. When I’m at my desk I use my special office chair that is an exercise ball on wheels. This cool conversation piece receives many compliments and helps me work on my abs, stay alert and be active at the same time. The following ideas will optimize your time by enhancing your mood, improving your concentration and keeping you active at work: ◆ If you drive to work, park at the farthest end of the lot and walk in. ◆ Wear a pedometer and keep track of how many steps you are taking every day. Keeping a log of your daily movement will prompt you to move more and make you feel proud of what you have accomplished.

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Plover woman selected for Mom Congress By Nicole Strittmater A Plover woman who is heavily involved in the Stevens Point school district represented Wisconsin at Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference in April in Washington, D.C. Lisa Falduto, 50, was one of 51 mothers chosen for her contributions and dedication to improving local schools. The conference, held at Georgetown University from April 10 to 13, offered the women a chance to connect with other mothers from across the country to share success stories and concerns. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be selected,” Falduto said. “I was shocked. There are so many parents that are involved in education.” Falduto, who has a 23-year-old daughter and a first-grader at Roosevelt I.D.E.A. School, subscribes to Parenting Magazine and received an e-mail from the magazine in January about the


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Rachel Allord of Stevens Point displays the three Chicken Soup for the Soul books which contain stories she has written.

By Jamie Jung “... And a year after she took her place in our arms and hearts forever, we sat before the judge as he dutifully and solemnly asked us to reaffirm our commitment as parents. “Did we promise to love, care for, provide for and parent our daughter to the best of our abilities? “Yes, yes. A million times yes.” It was this promise that prompted Rachel Allord, 36, of Stevens Point to share the story of her now 6-year-old daughter Maylie’s adoption from China. Allord submitted “A Promise” to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and it was selected for one of the company’s latest publication, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms.” “It’s really satisfying as a writer because you can take a section of your life and really reflect on it,” Allord said. “This piece sums up, for me, what the adoption process was like. I’m hoping that it is something that can be shared with kids and people who are curious about adoption.” This is the third narrative Allord has had selected for publication by the Chicken Soup series. The other two, both about her now 11year-old son Elijah, were published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat.” “I think my works have been selected because they read like stories,” she said. “They are true, personal narratives that read like fiction. It’s really allowed me to connect with the readers.” It was more than six years ago when Allord first stumbled upon the website for the Chicken Soup series.

“I don’t even remember why I was there,” she said. It was shortly after her first piece was published in 2010 that Allord decided to more seriously pursue her passion for freelance writing. Since then she has also had work published in MomSense magazine and Pockets, a magazine for children, and she has been working on a novel. Allord, who has a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, spends about three hours each weekday writing. “I enjoy it because I can work it around my family and kids,” she said. To study her craft, Allord has attended a variety of writer’s conferences to learn more about writing as well as publishing. Her husband, Doug, and a friend help edit her work. Allord said one of the most difficult aspects of freelance writing was getting used to rejection. “I wasn’t aware in the beginning what it would be like to be rejected,” she said. “You really have to get a tough skin. “You also have to accept that a lot of the process is a waiting game. When I submitted my first story for Chicken Soup, I didn’t hear back from them for four years.” In addition to writing, Allord also is teaching a course for young writers at UWSP. “(Freelance writing is) satisfying because you take a little portion of your life and share it with readers,” she said. “When you can really connect with the reader, that’s when I’ve done my job well. “And it’s fun to share the stories with my kids, because they are about them.”

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collecting musical instruments from the community for children in need and recruiting volunteers to serve as communication liaisons for the 14 schools and district administration. She also is a member of the school’s governing board and helps once a week in her daughter Meliah’s classroom, where she tutors, does clerical

work and helps the teacher, Susan Skrzeczkoski. “She even takes my pencils home and sharpens them sometimes. She noticed my colored pencils were dull and she volunteered to take the whole basket of 25 boxes of pencils and sharpen them for us,” Skrzeczkoski said. “She’s very giving. She’s made my year better.”

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t’s spring in Wisconsin and our attention turns to the great outdoors. All winter we have been dreaming of beautiful flowers, green foliage and planting the garden. But before you invest time and money into seeds and plants there are a few tips that can help promote success. Before you purchase any perennial plant be sure it is adapted to a Zone 4 growing region. Plants that are for Zone 5 or higher will die in a cold winter and often do poorly in central Wisconsin’s short growing season. Planting seeds or young shoots too early goes hand in hand with selecting a growing region. Seeds of many plants require warm soils to germinate, and young shoots can be nipped by a late-season frost. Tomatoes and peppers especially like warm nights and are often weakened by our region’s cool

spring. If you want an early start, try using black plastic to warm soils or water walls to protect young seedlings. Otherwise, just wait a few weeks and the weather will warm, giving your plants optimum growing conditions. Before planting, think about improving the condition of your soil by adding compost, doing a soil test or removing weeds and grass. Vegetable gardens, fruit trees, spring bulbs and many perennials will benefit from proper soil pH and fertility. A soil test will show you what your nutrient levels are and also whether your pH is correct to allow those nutrients to be available to the plants. Adding compost to garden beds not only improves fertility but also water-holding capacity. This allows the moisture to be available to the plant longer in sandy soil. If your soil is clay, compost can help to create spaces for airflow and

root growth. Creating a weed-free planting area gets the garden off to a good start by removing competition for water and nutrients. Existing plants in your landscape also will benefit from weed removal and may need added fertilizer. Before the weather gets hot and our landscape becomes dry, think about adjusting your sprinklers to only water the grass while using soaker hoses or rain barrel water to saturate garden beds and trees at the soil line and not overhead. The splashing of soil, wet leaves and damaging spray often result in blights or other fungal infections. If you must sprinkle, do so in the morning to allow the sun to dry foliage quickly. Try using a 2- to 4-inch layer of grass clippings, straw, bark or old shredded leaves to mulch around woody plants or in garden rows. This will hold the moisture in so you don’t have to water as

often and will help reduce splashing. Place mulch in the shape of a doughnut around plants, being careful to keep it away from the trunk or stems to prevent suffocation and disease. While we wait for summer, take the opportunity to plan your garden purchases. Do a little research on the growing needs of those plants. Take the time to improve your soil and prepare the area you want to plant. Make sure every dime you spend and every hour you invest bring a season full of enjoyment.

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Moms’ best gifts Pink carnation a symbol of precious ‘gift’ My best Mother’s Day gift was also my first. It was a single pink carnation given to me in 1995 compliments of the Ronald McDonald House in Madison. Our son was born with a litany of health complications. More significant, however, is the simple fact that numerous blessings are attached to being his mother. Sixteen years later, he continues to overcome the odds so obviously stacked against him, with his fighting spirit and easy smiles. What mother could ever ask for a better “gift” than total, unconditional

Bringing baby home on Mother’s Day The best Mother’s Day gift that I have ever received was bringing home my beautiful newborn baby girl on Mother’s Day of 2008. My daughter, who is now almost 3, was born on May 9, 2008 — Vanessa Elisabeth Hatfield. Becoming a parent for the first time is physically and emotionally overwhelming. The physical aspect of having a baby is not easy (us moms know that!), but the emotions that you face can be even more daunting. Will my baby be healthy? How will I know what they want when they cry? How will I make it through those middle-of-the-night feedings? Not to mention all the questions about their future. Fortunately for me I had an amazing husband right there with me through it all, and he has continued to be the greatest dad to Vanessa. The reward of having this amazing, ever-learning, incredible human being in your life makes every doubt and struggle and the unknown completely worth it! I will never forget that Mother’s Day, packing up our belongings from the hospital to take our daughter home for the first time ever ... full of joy and wonder of what each day would bring. Now almost 3 years later, I feel that unconditional love and joy from becoming a mom each and every day. Love you, Vanessa! — Jamie Hatfield of Plover

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love given so generously? So the “gift” wasn’t exactly packaged as one would imagine, nor was it even the pink carnation. It is the young life who made the carnation possible. Thanks, Brodie! — Nancy Koch of Stevens Point

The best gift money could never buy Two years ago, my son gave me the best Mother’s Day gift ever. He was 11 and had many ideas about what he wanted to get me. He didn’t want to borrow money from me to buy my gift, so he invited me on one of our traditional mother/son “dates.” Micah gave directions to a model home company. He asked me to stay in the car while he went in and returned with permission to show me the homes. He said we didn’t want to hear a sales pitch or need an escort. My son and I spent hours going through the homes together. We enjoyed deciding which room would be his and which would be mine and Dad’s. The homes were laid out as if in a cul de sac. We chose our home and designated one for each of our family members. Afterward, we shared lunch and headed home. Spending time with my thoughtful son was more precious to me than anything he could have purchased and gift-wrapped. Just put a bow on him! — Kaye Matuszak

you moms Handmade card makes lasting impact One of the best Mother’s Day gifts that I have received was given to me a couple of years ago. My oldest daughter, Amber Guzman, was in college so she didn’t have much money and she knew how much I love receiving greeting cards from my children. I have always made it known that my children don’t have to get me a gift for special occasions — a card means the most to me — and if you don’t have money a handmade one will do. Well, Amber did exactly that. On Mother’s Day I received a card with flowers and a sun using crayons and markers. It was clear that this card took more than just a few minutes to make. When I had read that the Stevens Point Journal was looking for moms to share their best Mother’s Day gift — Amber’s card immediately came to my mind. That is how much that card meant to me. Of course I still have that card, I save it in my special box that I have all the cards that Amber has given me throughout the years. Thank you Amber for always remembering me. I love you! — Carol Adams of Plover

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1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 large egg, lightly beaten Coarse salt and ground pepper 4 cups crisp rice cereal 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders Do it Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place flour in a shallow bowl, and egg in a second one; season both with salt and pepper. Pulse cereal and oil in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Season with salt and pepper, transfer to a third shallow bowl. Coat chicken: first in flour, shaking off excess; then with egg, letting excess drip off, and finally in cereal mixture, pressing to help it adhere. Place on a baking sheet, and bake until light golden brown and cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes, turning over halfway through.

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Do it Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together the first seven ingredients (through black pepper.) Slice French bread in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into three pieces. Spread butter mixture over the French bread slices. Top with rotisserie chicken. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over chicken. Bake 8 to 12 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown.

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Coconut Cupcakes

Get it 1 box classic white or vanilla cake mix 1 1/3 cups water 1/3 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 2 teaspoons coconut extract 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, finely chopped Do it Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin tins with paper cupcake liners and set aside. In a bowl, using an electric mixer, mix the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and coconut extract on medium speed until moistened and smooth. Stir in chopped coconut. Divide batter evenly among the muffin tins. Bake until the muffins spring back when lightly touched, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. After cool, add your favorite frosting and coconut flakes, if desired.

Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas

Get it 8 medium bananas, peeled 8 wooden Popsicle sticks 32 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup chopped peanuts

Do it Line a sheet pan with waxed paper. Cut 1 inch off the end of each banana. Insert a Popsicle stick into the cut-end of each banana, pushing the stick halfway in, leaving the other end exposed for use as a handle. Place the bananas on the sheet pan and freeze 1 hour. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally. Arrange the chopped peanuts on a flat plate. Working with 1 banana at a time, dip it in the chocolate and turn to completely coat. Roll the dipped banana in the chopped peanuts, and transfer to the sheet pan, and return to the freezer. Once frozen, store the bananas in an airtight container in the freezer.

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Calendar of events Events are from the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and are assumed to be accurate when published. For more events, visit

MAY MAY 1 Amherst “Swap-O-Rama, village-wide garage sales, 8 a.m., maps available at local businesses April 28.

MAY 2 Autism Night, 5-7 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-344-2003 or visit for details. Faces of Schmeeckle, 6-7 p.m., call 715-3464992 or visit for details.

MAY 6-8 UWSP Department of Theater & Dance presents: “The Taming of the Shrew,” 7:30 p.m., May 6 and 7, 2 p.m. May 8, Jenkins Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center, for tickets call 715346-4100 or visit theatre-dance. edu for details.

MAY 7 37th Annual AIRO Pow-Wow, 1-10 p.m., Berg Gymnasium at UWSP, grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., visit events.htm for details. 12th Annual Holly Shoppe Plant Sale, 8 a.m.5 p.m., Lincoln Center, call 715-346-1401 for details. Portage County Cultural Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Stevens Point Area Senior High, visit for details.

MAY 10 Moses Creek Restoration program, 6 p.m., call 715-346-4992 or visit www.uwsp. edu/schmeeckle for details.

MAY 11 The Hidden World presentation, call 715346-4992 or visit for details.

MAY 11-13 UWSP Department of Theater & Dance presents: “The Taming of the Shrew,” 7:30

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p.m., Jenkins Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center, for tickets call 715-346-4100 or visit edu for details.

MAY 12 Healthy Family Night, 5-8 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-3442003 or visit www.cwchildrensmuseum. org for details. The NASA Shuttle Launch & Dark Moon Ray Mystery lecture, 7 p.m., Pinery Room, Charles M. White Public Library, call 715346-4224 or visit LectureSeries for details.

MAY 13 Live jazz music, 6:30 p.m., Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, call 715-3437901 for details.

MAY 14 Amherst Quilt, Craft and Amish Furniture Auction, 8 a.m., Portage County Fairgrounds, call 715467-2800 or visit for details. CWN Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Moose Lodge, $7 member and $10 nonmembers, dressy attire requested, visit for details.

MAY 20-22 Central Wisconsin Area Community Theater Presents: “Night Must Fall,” 7:30 p.m., May 20 and 21, 4 p.m. May 22, Theater @1800, for tickets call 715-346-4100.

MAY 21 Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Jensen Community Center, Amherst, visit for details.

MAY 21-22 PWA Spring River Classic Bass/Walleye Fishing Tournament, Wisconsin River Flowage, call 715-341-1136 for details.

MAY 27 Live jazz music, 6:30 p.m., Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, call 715-343-7901 for details. 28 Train 2713 100th Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., call 715-344-0619 or visit www. for details.

MAY 28-29 Rising Star Mill Art Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 29, Rising

Star Mill, Nelsonville, visit www.pchswi. org for details.

JUNE JUNE 2 Monoprint 2011: A Gathering of Artists, 5 p.m., UWSP Carlsten Art Gallery in the Noel Fine Arts Center, call 715-346-2701 for details.

JUNE 3-5 Community Musical, 7:30 p.m. June 3, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 4, 2 p.m., June 5, Jensen Community Center, Amherst, visit for details.

JUNE 5 Korean War Homecoming, 11 a.m., Lake Pacawa, Plover, visit for details.

JUNE 6 Autism Night, 5-7 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-344-2003 or visit for details. for details.

JUNE 17-19 MREA Energy Fair, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Midwest Renewable Energy Association, Custer, call 715-592-6595 or visit www.the-mrea. org for details.

JUNE 18 Portage County Dairy Brunch & Open Farm, 8 a.m.-noon, Skinner Dairy Farm, 4909 Clover Road, Junction City, call 715-4572231 for details.

JUNE 18-19 Alexis Chandler Memorial Softball Tournament, Nelson Park, sponsored by the Tomorrow River Lions, call 715-824-2176 for details.

JUNE 25 CWN Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Blue Top Supper Club, $7 member, $10 nonmembers, dressy attire requested,


JUNE 9 Healthy Family Night, 5-8 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-344-2003 or visit www. for details.

JUNE 9-11 Special Olympics Wisconsin State Summer Games, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, to volunteer call 608-222-1324. June 11 CWN Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Shooter’s, Plover, $7 member and $10 nonmembers, dressy attire requested, visit for details. Cannonball Express Concert, 7 p.m., Rising Star Mill, Nelsonville, call 715-445-2954 for details.

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Riverfront Rendezvous, Pfiffner Pioneer Park, call 715-346-1531 or visit www.stevenspoint. com/rr for details.

JULY 4 Tomorrow River Lion & Lioness Charcoal Grilled Chicken Dinner, 11 a.m., Amherst Fairgrounds, call 715-824-5629 for details. Autism Night, 5-7 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-344-2003 or visit for details.

JULY 7-10 39th Annual Iola Old Car Show & Swap Meet, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. July 7 to July 9, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. July 10, Iola Old Car Show Grounds, call 715-445-4000 or visit www. for details.

Holly Shoppe Rummage Sale, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 15 and 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 17, Lincoln Center, call 715-346-1401 for details.

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Herrschners Million Dollar Warehouse Sale, Herrschners, call 715-341-8686 or visit

Bizarre Bazaar, Rising Star Mill, Nelsonville, call 715-445-2954 or visit www.pchswi. org for details. Stevens Point YMCA Lactic Edge Triathlon, 8:30 a.m., starting in Bukolt Park, call

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JULY 14 Healthy Family Night, 5-8 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-3442003 or visit www.cwchildrensmuseum. org for details.

JULY 14-17 Portage County Fair, Amherst Fair Grounds, call 715-824-5522 ext. 503 or visit www. for details.

JULY 15-17 22nd Annual Rosholt Thresheree, visit www. for details.

JULY 18-21 36th Annual National Wellness Conference, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, call 715-342-2969 or visit for details.

JULY 19 Take A Step 5K, 6 p.m., UWSP Allen Center, $25 to benefit CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center, call 715-343-7194 for details.

JULY 21 Kids from Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m., Theater @1800, $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for those 18 and younger, for tickets call 715-346-4100.

JULY 22 AIR Project presents: “Happenings,”

7:30 p.m., a dance, music and theater performance by local performing artists in central Wisconsin, Rising Star Mill, Nelsonville, $15 for adults, $12 for students/ seniors, call Pam Luedtke at 715-592-4140 for details.

JULY 23 Celebrate Plover, Lake Pacawa Park, Plover, call 715-341-7940 for details. CWN Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Shooter’s, Plover, $7 member, $10 nonmembers, dressy attire requested, visit www.cwn-singles. com for details.

JULY 29-30 16th Annual Relay for Life of Portage County, begins 7 p.m. July 29 and ends 9 a.m. July 30, Amherst High School track, call 715-824-3477 for details.


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Golden Needle Quilt Show, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Almond School gymnasium, call 715-366-2821 for details. Eddie and AJ (bluegrass), 7 p.m., Rising Star Mill, Nelsonville, call 715-445-2954 for details.

Healthy Family Night, 5-8 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-3442003 or visit www.cwchildrensmuseum. org for details.

JULY 31 Crusin’ 4 the Vets Poker Run, Plover VFW Club #10262, 2970 Hickory Drive, Plover. Registration starts at 10 a.m., $15 per driver, $10 per passenger (includes poker draw cards for each), Poker Run starts at 11:15 a.m., visit www.cruisin4thevets. for details.


AUG. 13 CWN Singles Dance, 8 p.m., Bernard’s Supper Club, $7 member, $10 nonmembers, dressy attire requested, visit for details.

AUG. 13-14 Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors and Equipment, 8 a.m., Iola Old Car Show Grounds, $6 for adults, $4 for children, call 715-445-4005 or visit for details.

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Autism Night, 5-7 p.m., Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, call 715-344-2003 or visit for details.

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Little Britches Rodeo Amherst Fairgrounds, 1 p.m., sponsored by TR Lions & the Amherst Boots & Saddle Club, call 715-8243344 for details.

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17th Annual Midwest Recumbent Rally, The Hostel Shoppe, call 800-233-4340 or visit for details.

Amherst Quilt, Craft, and Amish Furniture Auction, 8 a.m., Portage County Fairgrounds, call 715-467-2800 or visit www. for details.

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Not your usual grilled fare All it takes is the passing aromas of sizzling steak or grilled hamburgers to remind you that summer’s on its way. But you don’t have to stick to the classic barbecue fare this year. You Chef Michelle Syring has shared some creative grilling recipes that feature a twist on traditional grilled items like salmon and shrimp and some more unique recipes featuring oysters and pineapple.

Chargrilled Bruschetta Get it Fresh mozzarella balls, sliced in half Fresh basil, sliced thinly 1 pint of tomatoes, diced 1/4 cup balsamic glaze Coarse salt and ground pepper 1 loaf of crostini or French bread Olive oil for brushing bread

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Do it Slice the bread into 1/2-inch to 1-inch slices, then brush each slice with olive oil. Then place bread on the grill and brown on both sides. Take the bread off the grill and top with diced tomatoes, slice mozzarella and thinly sliced basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper, and then drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Chargrilled Oysters Get it 1 cup butter 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 12 to 16 oysters on the half shell 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese Do it Place the butter in a small saucepan on high heat and bring to a boil. Skim off the foam that rises to the top and discard. Then stir in the garlic powder. Put the oysters on an open-flame grill and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over them (do not cover completely with cheese), then let cook until cheese starts to brown (about 2 to 3 minutes). Drizzle garlic butter generously over each oyster. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes and remove from heat. Serve immediately.

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you recipes Chargrilled Pineapple with lce Cream Get it 1 fresh pineapple 1 quart vanilla ice cream

Clover honey 1 cup toasted almonds

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Grilled Salmon on Cedar Plank

Prepare the fresh pineapple; cut the top and bottom of ďŹ rst, then cut the sides of the pineapple off. Cut into round circles. Once pineapple is cut, place on hot grill, sear each side until the sugars come out of the pineapple. When pineapple is seared, take off the grill and cube. Place ice cream in a bowl, top with cubed pineapple and place toasted almonds on top with a drizzle of clover honey.

Get it Eight 3- by 8-inch untreated cedar shingles, soaked in water for 2 hours Vegetable oil for brushing the cedar shingles 8 salmon fillets (6 ounces each) Olive oil for brushing the salmon Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper Do it Preheat gas grill to medium, or prepare a charcoal fire. Remove the shingles from the water and brush with vegetable oil on both sides. Place on the grill and allow to heat through, about 10 minutes. Tear off eight 12-inch squares of aluminum foil and place one shingle on each square, using tongs. Brush each side of the salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place a salmon fillet on each shingle and fold edges of the foil together on all sides, to seal the pack. Carefully place the packs on the grill and grill until medium-well done, 6 to 8 minutes. Place the salmon packets on a large serving platter and carefully open them.

Garlic Shrimp Splashed with Sherry Vinegar Get it 1 cup olive oil 1 head garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped Coarsely ground white pepper 48 large shrimp, shelled and deveined Kosher salt 1/2 cup sherry vinegar 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves Do it Whisk together the olive oil, garlic and white pepper in a large shallow pan or baking dish. Add the shrimp and toss to coat completely. Refrigerate, covered, for 2 hours, no longer. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and shake off the excess (discard the used marinade). Season with salt and grill until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Place on a large platter and immediately drizzle with sherry vinegar and sprinkle with thyme.


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Top 10 hidden treasures in Portage County


hen you think of Portage County and the Stevens Point area, there are places that have created more than just a memory. They carve out a niche and create an experience, becoming an icon of what the area represents. Most people know about the Green Circle Trail, a 30.5mile trail that winds through the communities of Stevens Point and Plover, and along the banks of the Wisconsin and Plover rivers. It is hard to miss Schmeeckle Reserve, a 280-acre nature preserve on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. Of course, the always colorful K.A.S.H (Kids Are Special Here) Playground along the banks of the Wisconsin River in Mead Park is impossible to ignore. Then there’s SentryWorld Golf Course, Hilltop Pub and Grill, Stevens Point Brewery, Wooden Chair, Lake DuBay and Belt’s Soft Serve. There are so many things that make Portage County what it is. But, just beneath the surface, there are hidden gems. These places often get overlooked and taken for granted. So, to be sure you get the most out of your spring and summer, here is a short list of hidden gems to explore. 1. The history of Portage County comes alive through the work of the Portage County Historical Society, which maintains four distinct historical sites in Portage County. Heritage Park, in Plover, is a collection of historical buildings from the area’s past, dating from 1870 to 1910. Only one of the buildings, a church built in 1857, is on its original site. Others, such as the Hie Cor-

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n e r School, train depot and Yellowstone Trail cabin, were moved. The property is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 2. It isn’t quite spring in Portage County until a trip to Belt’s Soft Serve, and it isn’t summer until a trip to Sunset Lake. Hidden in northeastern Portage County, Sunset Lake County Park offers a large sandy beach front, with beautifully clear water. The park, which is adjacent to the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, is a perfect place to spend a summer day. The park offers plenty of space for picnicking, swimming, fishing and kayaking. 3. Just east of Plover, you will find

Standing Rocks, a 524-acre county park. The park is a haven for recreational opportunities regardless of the season. In the winter, you can make tracks with downhill and cross-country skiing. From May 1 to Nov. 16, blaze a path along miles of mountain biking trails winding through the woods with climbs, rocks and roots. Standing Rocks is also known for its hilly and wooded disc golf course, which has two 12-hole courses and one nine-hole course. 4. Portage County has no shortage of great recreational trails,

like the Green Circle Trail, the Tomorrow River State Trail and the Ice Age Trail. But, you also can explore some hidden gems, like the Jordan Park Nature Trail. Just northeast of Stevens Point in Jordan County Park, the non-surface trail cuts through the woods, winding through pines, wetlands and an oak/maple forest. Try starting the trail at the Nature Center at Jordan Park. Brochures for self-guided nature walks are available at the Jordan Park Nature Center (open Saturday and Sunday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day). 5. It is no secret that this area has a strong agricultural background. Most people know that the region is a hot bed for potatoes, but it offers much more than that. Since 1857, the Stevens Point Farmers Market has sold goods on the Mathais Mitchell Public Square and is one of the state’s longest running farmers markets. It is open daily through the growing season, typically May to October. For more local products, check out the Market on Strongs, 1332 Strongs Ave. Look for distinct local goods from small, local farms. In Plover, plan a stop at their farmers market at Village Park at Plover, which features local artisans along with produce, or head to Altenburg’s Country Garden to pick your own strawberries in early June. 6. The Godfrey and Maybelle Erickson Natural Area is known for extraordinary birding opportunities within Kozcizkowski Park, just off McDill Pond. More than 170 species have been viewed, with 33 confirmed nesting. The park, which offers a half-mile trail,

you to do is part of the newly established Green Circle Birding Trail. 7. Inspired by the beauty of the area, the arts are an integral part of Portage County. The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, which opened in 2010, joins the love for outdoor recreation and arts. Leisurely stroll past towering pines, along a stream and through wetlands to view artwork intertwined amidst nature along a scenic halfmile trail. Sitting on 20-acres and connected to the Green Circle Trail, the park features artwork from local, regional and national artists. 8. If you have a sweet tooth, there are few hidden gems you need to uncover in Portage County. In the quaint village of Amherst, visit the area’s only European pastry chef at New Village Bakery. Across the road, at the Morning Star Coffee & Bistro, sweet potato cinnamon rolls are a family tradition. In downtown Stevens Point, find out what cake pops are, or enjoy a root beer float cupcake complete with a straw at A Dash of Delicious. Just around the corner, visit Cozy Kitchen for homemade banana cream pie fresh from the oven on Tuesdays. 9. Offering one of the most extensive grass-

lands east of the Mississippi River is the Buena Vista Grasslands. Buena Vista, located in southwestern Portage County, is an 11,300-acre natural area home to the greater prairie chicken. It is also part of the extensive Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail. From Stevens Point, go south on I-39, to Highway W about 7.7 miles to the west, to the historical kiosk near the intersection of highways W and F. 10. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Portage County, named for the portage necessary between the Wisconsin and Fox rivers, has exceptional canoeing and kayaking spots. Try the route from Jordan Park to Iverson Park, for intermediate skilled paddlers, in early June and July. The route will meander through generally flat water and is an excellent trip for bird watchers. Once you have reached Iverson Park, enjoy a dip in the water near the swimming beach or walk on a short segment on the Green Circle Trail that makes its way through the park. And, because there are just too many hidden gems in Portage County to stop at 10 ... 11. Long before conservation became a buzz word, it was embraced by our area. Home to the

first College of Natural Resources (at UWSP) and the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (in Schmeeckle Reserve), it was in our blood. Today, the ReNew the Earth Institute, headquarters for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, calls Portage County home. Just east of Stevens Point, its annual Energy Fair, held the third weekend each June, is the world’s largest and longest-running event of its kind. For the rest of the year, they serve as a demonstration site for solar electric, solar thermal, wind and alternative construction technologies. There is more to discover here in Portage County. To learn more, call 800-236-4636 or go to the website at www.

Melissa Sabel is communications manager for the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Lori Schuler Director helps seniors enjoy life, cope with death Age: 50 City: Stevens Point Family: Two children, a 22-year-old son, Sam, who is a U.S. Marine, and a 19-year-old daughter, Stevie-Jean, who is going to school for cosmetology Job: Marketing and activity director for Central Wisconsin Senior Living. Lori coordinates events for the seniors, such as trips, afternoon activities, book clubs and fitness. If you weren’t activities and marketing director, you’d be ... I had a fitness business for 16 years, Reach Out for Fitness in Stevens Point, and I loved that. I substitute taught for the Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools. I would easily be able to fall back into either of those categories. My superhero power would be ... A gentleman’s been sick and possibly had a stroke (at the center). So if I had some power today, it would be to help ease their minds as they’re going through their sicknesses or illnesses all the way into their deaths. To be able to ... make it painless and spiritual. The one thing I wish I could do well but can’t is to ... I’ve always wanted to do downhill skiing, and I have a fear of speed. I’m strong enough to do it, but every time I’ve gone, I’ve had that fear. I remember going to Colorado with my family and staying on the bunny hill all day, and then all of a sudden I decided I’m going to meet them up at the top. What took people 15 minutes to go down took me 45 minutes and at one point skis went flying everywhere. The movie I can watch over and over is ... “Pretty Woman,” because I like the thought that she was making poor decisions and had an opportunity to better herself and truly was a really inspiring person. It’s like a true fairy tale. The gift that I want but never receive ...My gift would be to have more presence with my family. We’re spread out. My siblings are all over and it’d be good that we could spend more time together. The books I can read over and over again are ... A lot of books I read now pertain to seniors and Alzheimer’s. I can never get enough information on what I can do to just be there for them and help them. If you would like to be featured as our Woman to Know in an upcoming issue of You magazine, or to nominate someone, contact Jamie Jung at 715-345-2256 or

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