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From Adams, Juneau and south Wood counties June 2012

Springing into summer People, pictures and places

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Ahh, the sweet smells of summer Y

do-it-yourself projects to freshen up es, as you read this edition of Lake Country your house. After all, you can’t spend Snapshots, the summer season is just around all your time on the lakes, can you? the corner. Or maybe you can. And while That said, you might find the food and bevyou are on the lake, take a camera. erage pages in this issue of particular interest. Fire up Skiing, boating, swimming? We want the grill and start cooking. to share your fun with other readWhile you are at it, snap a few photos of the fun ers. How about some sand castles? — and feel free to send a recipe to share, using the Preserve the fun on the camera contact information listed at the end of this column. before the water washes it away. Of course, despite what we’d like to believe, summer There are two ways to submit your isn’t all fun and games. For that reason, check out the DEB photos — send them by mail to Lake banking column on Page 8. A little money knowledge CLEWORTH Country Snapshots, 220 First Ave. S., can make your summer fun more affordable and Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495 (be sure stress free. to include a self-addressed, stamped When you think of summer sports, do you think baseball? We’ve included the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters envelope if you want the photos returned) or email the schedule in our calendar of events. A short drive for a photos to Are there any features you would like to see in Lake night — or afternoon — of fun. If baseball isn’t your idea of a fun afternoon or eve- Country Snapshots? Feel free to send us a note. Enjoy the weather. See you next month. ning, there are plenty of other events to enjoy, just a drive away. Check out the calendar for a plethora of activities. And, if you want to just hang out at home, we have some features on home improvement. You might be Deb Cleworth inspired to spruce up your summer or year-round Content editor home. There are tips for growing roses and some Lake Country Snapshots



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Summer Calendar of Events

Master Gardeners Plant sale - May 19

MAY » 19, 20: Badger Pro Am hosted by Wisconsin Archery Alliance, 8 a.m., Robinson Park off Apricot Street, north side of Wisconsin Rapids. No membership required, open to all archers, anyone can enter and win monetary pay-out. Shooters may register on site before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, must shoot both Saturday and Sunday. Spectators welcome, bring lawn chairs. $30 for flights, $80 for open divisions. To register or more information contact Mike Strassman at 715-834-9975. » 19: Village-wide Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Port Edwards. Coordinated by Port Edwards Business Council; countless garage sales; youth fundraisers; Port Edwards Fire Department open house; church bake sales; fun things to do and see all through Port Edwards. » 19: Master Gardeners Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Witter Field Shelter House, located on Eighth Street North, Wisconsin Rapids. Featuring nursery-grown

perennials specifically selected for soil and growing conditions in this area; member-raised annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs; worm castings; master gardeners will answer questions. » 19: Tenth Birthday Party for the Lester Public Library of Rome, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lester Public Library, town of Rome. Activities include free plant exchange, compost demonstration, Pat Paulus, the Monarch Butterfly Lady, children’s activities, storyteller Mary Norris, visit from Rosco P. Rafter; free birthday cake and punch; brats and hot dogs will be for sale. Contact 715-325-8990 or » 19: Ken Lonnquist Band, 1:30 p.m., McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids. Features music from their newly-released CD “Our Place and Time” with songs of history in the making from the Wisconsin governor recall. Special guests Sen. Julie Lassa and Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink. Contact 715-422-5136. » 19: Academie de la Danse Recital, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Lincoln High School

campus, Wisconsin Rapids. All tickets are reserved seating and $11. Contact 715-424-5585. » 19: Taste of the Vine & Stein, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse, town of Rome. An evening of wines, steins, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, music and more, all to benefit the Lester Public Library of Rome expansion. Purchase tickets at the library or Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Contact Krista Akers at 715-325-3341 or arrowhead. » 19: Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre presents the comedy, “The Madwoman of Chaillot”, 7:30 p.m. Gilbert and Jaylee Mead Auditorium, Centralia Center, 220 Third Ave. S. (off of the Rapids Mall), Wisconsin Rapids. $15., 715-421-0435, Last performance of this show. » 20: Motorcycle Hill Climb, 7 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. race, Dyracuse Motorcycle Recreation Area, Highway O, Rome. Motorcycle riders compete for the fastest time at this American Motorcycle Associationsanctioned event. Spend a day watching riders as they “climb” to the top of the rankings. Contact 715-8863230. » 20: Royal Event, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Assumption High School, 445 Chestnut St., Wisconsin Rapids. 32nd annual Royal Event with fun for whole family including: Live and silent auctions; bingo; raffles; food; vendors; kids inflatables and carnival games; bake sale; baskets; annual community fun run/walk. Rain or shine. Contact 715-422-0910. » 22: Preschool story time, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Lester Public Library, town of Rome. Children birth to age 5 welcome. Please call 715-325-8990 to register. Free. » 22: East Junior High Band concert, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Lincoln High School campus, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. Free. » 24: Lincoln High School Symphony Orchestra concert, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Lincoln High School campus, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. $3 adults, $2 students. » 26: N.Y.A.T. (Not Your Average Triathlon), 8 a.m. to noon, The Lure Bar & Grill, 1735 Archer Lane, Nekoosa (town of Rome). A not-timed triathlon for the average person; fun-filled event with bike, walk and canoe/kayak events — chose one, two or all three

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Taste of the Vine & Stein - May 19 events to participate in; additional activities include community-sponsored booths focused on health and wellness, post-event lunch, major raffle. Proceeds to benefit Lester Public Library of Rome. Contact The Lure at 715-325-6555 or Diane at 715-451-1389. Cost of being in Triathlon: Team of 3 or more, $20 a person; Adult, $20; Youth 4 to 12 years old, $15; Child 3 years and younger, free. » 26: First annual “Proud to be a Veteran” State Veterans Reunion, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Robinson Park, Wisconsin Rapids. Purpose of the reunion is to try to inform all veterans about all the programs that are available to them, such as pensions, medical, education and help from service veteran organizations telling them who to see and where to go for help; and to inform the public of our efforts at this information fair and community picnic. Featuring mock military boot camp, great food and drinks, firing of M119 howitzer, kids games, guest speakers, items for sale, music from Lincoln High and Nekoosa High bands. Contact Earl Arndt at 715-424-2210. » 26: Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., boat landing, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. A 90-minute guided tour of Mirror Lake; learn some of the geology and history of the area. Rentals are available at boat landing; please arrive 15 minutes early to rent a kayak/canoe. Contact 608-254-2333 or » 26: History of Wisconsin Dells in Story and Song, 7 p.m., Bluewater Bay Campground Amphitheater, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. A fun family evening of story and song telling about the area. Contact 608254-2333 or » 29: Lincoln High School choir concert, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, Lincoln High School

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JUNE » 2: Kids Fishing Day — Fishing for Fun! 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, 4 miles west of Necedah off Highway 21. Learn to fish and fishing derby. Contact 608-565-2551. » 2: Nature hike, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., park office, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. An hour hike around Mirror Lake. Contact 608-254-2333 or » 2: Fourth annual Big Feet Little Feet Family Fun Walk/Run to Tackle Obesity in Wood County, 9 a.m., South Wood County Park, Lake Wazeecha open shelter near Red Sands Beach, South Park Road, Wisconsin Rapids. Registration from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.; special guest race at 8:45 a.m.; walk/run starts at 9 a.m. Cost: $10 per individual; $30 for a family or team of four, and $7 for each additional member; no cost for children younger than 3. » 2: Law Enforcement and Summer Safety Day, 10 a.m., Rapids Mall, 555 West Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. Contact 715421-3500. » 2: Kiwanis Youth Outdoors Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Red Sands Beach, South Park Road, Wisconsin Rapids. A fun-filled day with 20 hands-on activities ranging from canoeing, archer, compass reading, animal calling/hunting/trapping, shooting sports, camping, kite flying and more. Each of the five shooting sport stations participants will receive one-on-one instruction. Every child must attend 45-minute “Hunter’s Education” session in order to participate in the different shooting activities, sessions at 8:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1 p.m. First 150 registrants will receive a free backpack. Hot lunch provided. » 2: Brat fry, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Villa Pines Living Center, 201 S. Park Ave., Friendship. Fundraiser for Villa Pines Living Center American Cancer Society Relay For Life team. » 2 and 9: Universe in the Park, begins around sunset, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. Students from UW-Madison Astronomy Department will present slide

show, discussion and question-andanswer session on new discoveries or current topics; telescopes are set up to view the moon, planets, star clusters and more. Contact 608-254-2333 or » 5: Friends of the Rome Library Bake Sale, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Proceeds go to the Rome Library Expansion Fund. » 8 and 9: New Lisbon City Wide Garage Sales. Lists of sites will be available on the chamber website, and in local businesses. Contact 608-562-3555. » 8, 9 and 10: WRYSA Boys Baseball Invitational, Mead and Kellner Fields, Wisconsin Rapids. Teams from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin will compete. More information 715-325-3595. » 9: Nature Geology Hike into Ishnala Gorge, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., boat landing, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. Join the naturalist and see Cambrian sandstone cliffs, woodland animals, ferns and other flora. Contact 608-254-2333 or » 9: Pioneer Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa. Ethnic music, dancing, crafts, games, and demonstrations are just a sample of the fun activities led by re-enactors and artisans at the Pioneer Festival. Contact 715423-3120. » 9: Juneau County third annual Dairy Best Breakfast and Farm Tour, 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Bell’s Udder Farm, N6689 County Road H, Camp Douglas. All you can eat breakfast includes homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, fresh pork sausage, squeaky cheese curds, coffee, milk, cranberry juice, FFA shakes. Farm tours; vintage tractor display; hay rides, little farmer contest; sawdust pile for kids; crafters and vendors; DJ music; animals. Breakfast costs $8; children 5 and under free with paid adult ticket. Contact 608-847-9329 or jcairs@ » 9 and 10: Hills of Juneau County Tractor Show, 7 a.m. opening, Bass Hollow Park, County Road K, Mauston. Ridge Runners host this annual tractor show with food stands, hay rides, tractor barrel race, mini barrel race. Contact Jennifer Luke at 608-853-0908 or Carl at 608-547-8658. » 14: Adams Community Band Concert, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friendship Village Park, Friendship.

Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake - June 16 Bring your own chairs.

» 16: Kayak/Canoe Tour of Mirror Lake, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., boat landing, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. A 90-minute guided tour of Mirror Lake; learn some of the geology and history of the area. Rentals are available at boat landing; please arrive 15 minutes early to rent a kayak/canoe. Contact 608-254-2333 or rebecca. » 16: Timber Wolf Alliance, 7 p.m., Bluewater Bay Campground Amphitheater, Mirror Lake State Park, Lake Delton. A family-orientated program about wolves in the Great Lakes region and across the U.S. presented by volunteers from the Timber Wolf Alliance. Supported by the Friends of Mirror Lake. Contact 608-254-2333 or rebecca. » 16: Refuge Wildlife Series: Black Bears, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Visitor Center, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, 4 miles west of Necedah off Highway 21. Learn about black bears on the refuge. Contact 608565-2551. » 17: Rome Classic Car, Bike and Snowmobile Show, 9 a.m. registration, 3 p.m. trophy presentation, Alpine Village Business Park, Town of Rome. Contact 715-325-6833 or » 21 to 24: Cranberry Blossom Festival, Wisconsin Rapids. Join us for a series of more than 20 events including live music, parade, arts and crafts shows, cranberry blossom tours, and, of course, culinary treats featuring Wisconsin’s tart and tangy fruit, the cranberry. View all the events at Blossom Fest. com. » 22 to 24: Grim Natwick Animation Film Fest, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids. Contact Betty Boop Festival Wisconsin, P.O.

Box 732, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. 54495-0732; or 715-323-1092 or » 23: Bingo Event, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Children’s games 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo and cash bar 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hot dogs, popcorn, baked goods and other snacks will be for sale. » 23: Refuge Wildlife Series: Bobcats, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Visitor Center, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, 4 miles west of Necedah off Highway 21. Learn about bobcats on the refuge. Contact 608-565-2551. » 23: Night Hike and Evening Program, 7 p.m. evening program, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. hike, Kiosk picnic shelter, Roche-A-Cri State Park, Friendship. Learn about the forest at night and take a hike along a tiki torch-lit trail. Refreshments provided by the Friends of RocheA-Cri. Contact 608-565-2789. » 30: Patriotic Days at Castle Rock, all day, Castle Rock County Park, County Road Z, Friendship. Sponsored by Castle Rock Lions Club, food stands all day and fireworks at dusk. » 30: Pie and Ice Cream Social, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lions Park, Adams. Homemade pie and ice cream with proceeds help support the Adams County Humane Society. Cost $2 slice of pie; $2.50 slice of pie with ice cream. Contact Lynn Moen 608-339-8286 or » 30: Rome Friends of the Library Sweet Treats at the July 4th Celebration, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (or until sold out), Sherwood Lodge, 1146 W. Queens Way, Town of Rome. All proceeds go to the Rome Library Expansion Fund. » 30: Adams County Hazardous

Waste Clean Sweep & annual HalfPrice Tire and Appliance Round-up, Agriculture Clean Sweep, 8 a.m. to noon; Household Clean Sweep, 9 a.m. to noon, Adams County Landfill.

ONGOING EVENTS » Rome’s Farmer’s Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Alpine Village Business Park, Town of Rome. Information at » Adams Flea Market, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. 556 S. Main St., Adams.

Contact 608-524-6343. » Wood Carvers, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Thursdays. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. » Rome Take Pounds Off Sensibly, 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. » Rome Riders bicycle club. The purpose of the group is to share an interest in biking, promote an active lifestyle and have fun. The group is open to families and all adults. Children need to be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child’s oversight. Call Darlene Rosencrans at 715-3257089 for more information. » Lunch by the River, 11:30 a.m., every Thursday, Veterans Park, First Street, Wisconsin Rapids. Entertainment by local groups, food vendors.

Send your calendar events to Deb Cleworth at 220 First Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495, or email deb.cleworth@ Be sure to include time, date, location, any cost, short description of the event and a contact name and number. Thanks.

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Time for ‘taters C

ookouts provide the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family in the backyard for quality time to celebrate the season. When hosting, look to delicious, wholesome ingredients and recipes everyone will love. One great go-to food that never disappoints is the Wisconsin potato, and with five varieties to choose from, these hearty vegetables are easy to add to all your favorite dishes. Get the facts about potatoes: Wisconsin potatoes offer a variety of health benefits. In fact, one medium potato (5.3 ounces with skin) contains: » Only 110 calories, zero fat and no gluten » 45 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, 10 percent of B6 and 8 percent of fiber » As much or more potassium (620mg) as spinach, broccoli or a banana Find more health information, as well as recipes and purchasing and preparation tips, at

KNOW YOUR VARIETIES There are five different types of Wisconsin potatoes. Use this guide to purchase the right potato for your favorite dishes: » Russet: Best used for baked dishes, or when making French fries or mashed potatoes; available year-round. » Round white: Great for casseroles, gratins, soups, salads or roasted; available year-round. » Round red: Best boiled, steamed, roasted or served in salads; available late summer to early fall. » Yellow flesh: Can be baked, mashed or roasted; available from late summer to early spring. » Blue and purple: Great for baked dishes, microwaved or steamed; available in the fall. Source: Family Features

GRILLED POTATO KABOBS WITH LEMON HERB DRIZZLE Prep Time: 20 minutes Grill Time: 10 minutes Servings: 6 Lemon-Herb Drizzle 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, rosemary, marjoram and sage) 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste Juice of 1 fresh lemon Freshly ground black pepper to taste Potato Kabobs 1 pound russet potatoes, scrubbed 1 (12 ounce) package precooked chicken sausage, sliced 1⁄4-inch-thick on the diagonal 2 ears fresh corn, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 zucchini, sliced 1⁄4-inch-thick on the diagonal



Prep Time: 30 minutes Grill Time: 60 minutes Servings: 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes Grill Time: 20 minutes Servings: 4

Non-stick cooking spray 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced 11⁄2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, very thinly sliced 11⁄3 cups shredded low-fat sharp cheddar cheese 1⁄3 cup real bacon bits 1⁄3 cup chopped bell pepper (any color) 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt

3 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh Rosemary leaves 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 1 ⁄2 pounds (about 4) unpeeled yellow potatoes, cut into 1 ⁄2-inch-thick slices

» Spray 9 x 9 x 2-inch foil pan liberally with nonstick cooking spray. Place half the onions, potatoes, cheese, bacon bits, bell pepper and garlic salt in pan. Repeat layers. Cover tightly with foil; grill over medium heat for 1 hour, rotating pan occasionally to avoid hot spots.

» Preheat grill. » Combine oil, garlic, rosemary and salt in dish. Add potato slices and turn until well coated. » Grill potatoes for 8 minutes or until soft. Turn and continue grilling 10 minutes longer or until cooked through. » Remove from grill and serve.

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 140; Fat: 2.5g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 370mg; Vitamin C: 45 percent daily value; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 10g; Potassium: 720mg

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 280; Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 310mg; Vitamin C: 37% daily value; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 4g; Potassium: 718mg

» Heat olive oil in small saucepan until very hot; remove from heat and stir in garlic. Let cool, then stir in herbs, salt, lemon juice and pepper; set aside. » Place potatoes in medium microwave-safe bowl and cover with lid or plastic wrap. If using plastic wrap, make sure plastic wrap is not touching any ingredients and poke one small hole in cover to vent. » Microwave on high for 10 to 12 minutes or until potatoes are tender (cooking time may vary depending on microwave). Use oven mitts to carefully remove from microwave. » When cool enough to handle, cut into large chunks. Thread potatoes, sausage and vegetables on skewers. Grill over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, turning frequently and brushing with a little of herb mixture during the last few minutes of cooking. Remove from grill and place on platter; drizzle with remaining herb mixture. Nutrition Facts: Calories: 340; Fat: 18g; Cholesterol: 55mg; Sodium: 680mg; Vitamin C: 200 percent daily value; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 15g; Potassium: 682mg Source: Family Features

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A toast to remember Tips and sips for the perfect celebration FA M I LY F E AT U R E S — Whether it’s an engage-

ment party — or a special get-together — professional event planner Alison Hotchkiss knows a thing or two about creating memorable celebrations. As the founder-owner of Alison Events, and author of “The Destination Wedding Planner: The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Wedding From Afar” (Chronicle Books), she’s produced stunning weddings all over the world. Whether you enlist the help of a planner or do it yourself, Alison’s tips on entertaining will help you make your celebration picture perfect. » Bubbles add a festive, celebratory note to any celebration. I love Cupcake Prosecco sparkling wine from Italy. It’s crisp and refreshing - an affordable alternative to pricey French

champagne yet equally delicious. » Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be remarkable. The finger foods here are varied and flavorful - but they’re not hard to make. To satisfy all guest preferences, I always recommend 3 to 5 appetizers including chicken, beef and fish plus two veggie options (ideally one being vegan or dairy free).

» A signature drink is a fun way to welcome guests and get the party off to a great start. The Prosecco Ginger Cocktail is delicious and memorable. I like to serve it in unconventional glassware and garnish with Persian cucumber “swizzle sticks” for even more impact. » A popular alternative to the traditional sit down meal at engagement parties or showers: food stations with a range of different foods offered at each. Pair a different wine with each station to create maximum variety and enjoyment as guests taste and mingle. » Factor in overall ambiance and the vibe you want for your wedding or event. Lighting is key. And when it comes to candles, more is more. » Flavored vodka is another big trend I’m seeing right

now. Look for vodkas infused with such exotic flavors as vanilla frosting, devil’s food cake and more. And don’t be afraid to mix spirits with wine: One of my favorite concoctions is a blend of lemony Cupcake Chiffon Vodka with muddled blackberries, fresh mint, sparkling grapefruit water and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon. » It’s not only more fun to serve bite-sized cupcakes at your wedding or event, but they offer more variety and unexpected flavor combinations than a traditional cake. » Be sure to have a good assortment of non-alcoholic beverages on hand as well such as bottled water, soft drinks and more to prevent dehydration and ensure that guests drink responsibly. For more tips from Alison for creating a bridal event to remember, visit www.



Yield: 12 servings, 2 pieces per serving

Yield: 12 servings, 2 pieces per serving

4 8-inch flour tortillas 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro 1 ⁄2 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño, or more to taste 6 ounces extra small (salad shrimp) cooked and peeled 1 shrimp, chopped (about 1 ⁄4 cups) 3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled ripe mango 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeño 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons thin sliced green onion (scallion) tops (garnish)

Extra virgin olive oil 4 slices (about 3 ounces) prosciutto, 1 cut into ⁄2-inch pieces 1 24 ⁄4-inch-thick slices Italian bread 4 ounces aged Gruyere, coarsely 3 shredded (about 1 ⁄4 cups)

» Preheat oven to 350 degrees. » Use ruler to trim tortillas into 4 large 6-inch squares. Cut 24 2-inch squares from the squared off tortillas; discard trimmings. » Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange tortilla squares on pan and spray with nonstick spray. Bake until toasted golden and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. » Puree avocado, lime juice, cilantro and jalapeño in a food processor until smooth. Set aside. » Combine shrimp, mango, cilantro, jalapeño and lime juice in small bowl. 1 » Spread about ⁄2 tablespoon avocado mixture in center of each toasted tortilla square. Lightly press a tablespoon of the shrimp salad in center of each. Garnish with scallion slices and serve.

1 2

» Heat ⁄ inch olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat until hot enough to sizzle a piece of prosciutto. » Stir half the prosciutto into hot oil and cook over medium heat until prosciutto is crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from with a slotted spoon to a side dish. Add remaining prosciutto and cook until crispy. Set aside. » Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray and arrange bread slices on tray. » Top each bread slice with a rounded tablespoon of cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven. » Stand a crispy piece of prosciutto in the center of each melted mound of hot cheese and serve at once.

PROSECCO GINGER COCKTAIL Yield: 12 servings, 2 glasses per serving Simmer on low heat, uncovered, 15 11⁄2 cups water minutes. Off heat let steep, covered, 1 cup (6 ounces) crystallized ginger 1 ⁄2 cup sugar 30 minutes. Cool. » Puree in blender until smooth. 2 bottles (750 ml) » Add 1 tablespoon ginger purée to Cupcake Prosecco, chilled each champagne glass. Add chilled 24 thin diagonal sliced seedless or prosecco, and stir well with swizzle Persian cucumber » Combine water, ginger and sugar stick until blended. Garnish glass in saucepan and bring to a boil. with cucumber slice. Source: Family Features




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Where does your bank fit?


hen you read the word “bank” what do you see? A skyscraper on Wall Street overrun with faceless billionaires? Or maybe you visualize the brick building down on Main Street filled with people you run into at the grocery store who helped you finance a new car or send your kid to college. Somehow, “bank” has transformed into a catchall word lumping together every company and institution within a large and diverse financial industry. It’s time to set the record straight. What does a Main Street bank do? Whether your money is with a small community bank or large national bank’s local branch, the financial institution does the same thing. These depository banks accept deposits from their customers, then lend that money out to other customers seeking loans. Essentially, banks distribute funds from one customer to another. As a bank receives more deposits and loan payments, it can make more loans. If the deposits and payments stop coming in, the stream going out drives

up. Fewer people and businesses are able to get loans to buy or create goods and services. As a result, the whole economy slows down. Sound familiar? How do depository banks make money? In order to make a profit (which businesses need to do in order to pay employees and keep the lights on), banks must charge for the services they offer. This can come in the form of service fees and overdraft charges, but the most common way for banks to keep running is to charge customers for borrowing money. That’s interest. Interest rates are higher or lower depending on how risky the loan is. The greater the chance a customer won’t be able to pay back the entire loan, the higher the interest rate. The banking business model is built on taking calculated risks. What about Wall Street banks? Wall Street Investment firms are more complex than depository banks. The average American knows very little about how investment banks work. Some even go so far as to compare

the business model to a Ponzi scheme! Despite being complicated, the way investment banks make a profit is based on risk assessment, just like depository banks. Investment banks guarantee the sale of stocks and bonds and advise corporations on mergers and acquisitions, and provide supplementary services like trading derivatives, foreign exchange, equity securities and commodities. They also transfer money from investors to companies looking to grow. If the company does well, the investor makes money. If the company does poorly, the investor takes a loss. It’s all about calculating risk, but with an entirely different set of products and services from a depository bank. According to a recent Rasmussen report, 51 percent of Americans lack confidence in the stability of the U.S. banking industry. If more of us learn how the system works and where our bank fits into it, that number is sure to improve.

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Couple named Citizens of Year

Fundraiser set for Adams theater RAISE THE ROOF What: Grand opening fundraising concert for the Adams Community Theatre Inc. When: May 18, 19 and 20 Schedule: May 18: 7:30 p.m. A Touch of Bluegrass, 8 p.m. Hot’ El Jam Band and 9 p.m. The Ravens May 19: 7:30 p.m. A Touch of Bluegrass, 8 p.m. 9D Proof and 9 p.m. The Incomparable Woz and Johnnie May 20: Noon to 2 p.m. A Touch of Bluegrass in the Afternoon Cost: A suggested donation of $5 a night to help support restoration of the 1946 landmark building at 157 S. Main St., Adams More: Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Raffles and concessions will be available.

Jim and Cindy Suzda of New Lisbon recently were named the Town of ClearďŹ eld 2012 Citizens of the Year. In recognition of their community service, they were awarded a citation of the Assembly by Rep. Ed Brooks on April 18 at a reception in their honor. Jim Suzda is a 1985 graduate of Assumption High School, works as an Equipment Technician at Oakdale Electric Cooperative and has been a town supervisor since 2005. Cindy is a 1990 graduate of Necedah High School, runs several home-based businesses, has been the town treasurer and 911 coordinator since 2004 and is an election worker. They have two children, Alicia, 10, and Christopher, 6. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

Hariet Dehlinger (from left), Anita Carter, Kay Ironside and Chuck Spargo work on the inside of the Adams Community Theatre. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

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Wisconsin Wildlife Ecology Taught to Local Youths


4H Instructor Norb Yogerst (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS)

he 4-H Shooting Sports project is much more than shooting targets with bows and guns. Adams County 4-H members and their parents learned that at the Shooting Sports meeting March 13 from Norb and Barb Yogerst, Washington County 4-H volunteer leaders. Wildlife Ecology is an event often overlooked and rarely practiced, yet it is the only event every competitor is required to compete in. The Yogersts taught 4-H members about animal habitat, animal tracking, identifying animals and using a compass — all key components of Wildlife Ecology and the Wildlife Habitat Education Program. Norb taught how to identify animals in different situations and what habitats you will find different animals in. Barb demonstrated how to take a plaster cast of an animal track and how to use a compass. Some of the highlights of their presentation were being able to make our own plaster casts and take on the challenge of mastering the compass course. “It was a great thing to learn and get involved with,” said Adams County 4-H Member Zach Olson. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot. Thank you to Norb and Barb for volunteering their time to drive here and give their presentations. For more information on Adams County 4-H or the Shooting Sports project contact UW-Extension at 608-339-4237 or check it out online at Justin Allard is a member of Adams County Firecrackers 4-H Club.

Barb Yogerst instructing wildlife ecology

Above: Florence Johnson displays her newly created animal plaster track. Right: Plaster animal tracks created by 4H students

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Wildlife display of an assortment of animal fur

ADAMS COUNTY 4-H CLUBS » Adams County Firecrackers 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. second Sunday of the month, Community Center Contact: Barbara Young 608-564-2477 » Arkdale Kings & Queens 7 p.m. First Monday of the month, Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale Contact: Debbie Sparby 608-339-4473 or Lenna Hamilton 608-564-7185

Above: 4H students, from left, Justin and Zach going over material

» Busy Bees, Friendship Call contact for date/time/place Contact: Nancy Akkerman 608-339-6452 or Christie Gauthier 608-339-4908 » Easton Great Eagles 6:30 p.m. first Monday of month, Easton Town Hall Contact: Marcia Sunderlage 608-339-0337 » Friendship Go-Getters 6:30 p.m. second Monday of the month, Friendship Congregational Bible Church Contact: Martha Marti 608-339-3905 or Bonnie Marti 608-339-9751 » Jolly Time Beavers (Lincoln) Weekends. Call contact for meeting information Contact: Florence Johnson 608-339-6570

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» New Haven Helping Hands, Wisconsin Dells 6:30 p.m. fourth Monday of the month (No meetings in November and December), New Haven Community Hall Contact: Sandra Jensen 608-432-2269 » Northwoods Stompers 4-H Club, Rome 2 p.m. third Sunday of the month, Bighorn Recreational Center Contact: Mary Gilbertson 608-778-5551 » Royal Wranglers (Wisconsin Dells) 2 p.m. third Sunday of the month, usually Dell Prairie Town Hall, call for confirmation Contact: Bev Gaedke 608-254-2427, Lynette Holderman 608-254-4829 or Joyce Ragan 608253-6532 » Thrifty Pals (Oxford) 3 p.m. third Sunday of the month. Call contact for location Contact: Tori Babcock 608-586-4462 or Joe Huber 608-586-5778 » Young Guns (Springville) 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month, Springville Town Hall Contact: Craig Wood 608-584-5240

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



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Inaugural event will raise funds for library ROME — Riding a red, one-speed, used bicycle with balloon tires does not qualify a person for an Olympic-style triathlon; nor does climbing into a 10-year-old kayak or canoe and paddling only if the waters are safe. Walking or running on a gentle road or trail alongside a beautiful lake might. The first N.Y.A.T. — Not Your Average Triathlon — is set for May 26 at The Lure Bar and Grill and Barnum Bay Yacht Club, 1735 Archer Lane, Rome. N.Y.A.T. is an event sponsored by the Friends of the Lester Public Library of Rome. The fee for adults is $25 and $15 for youth. All events will start and end at The Lure Bar & Grill. Throughout the event, on the green surrounding the registration area, booths will be available for businesses and local health related groups to promote their product and services. N.Y.A.T. is designed to provide an enjoyable Olympic atmosphere with a multitude of options. A person can choose one, two, or all three events to participate in. Awards will be presented to all entrants and there will be no timing of the events. Walkers or runners can choose between a one-mile trail on blacktop and a threemile trail on multiple surfaces that includes a section alongside the shoreline of Lake Petenwell. Bicyclists have the option of biking three to 10 miles on all blacktop surfaces through wooded subdivisions, with an option to rest at a local park alongside Lake Petenwell. Instead of splashing into cold waters wearing an Olympic swimsuit, individuals will enter a kayak or canoe, in comfortable clothing, and paddle one to three miles along the Lake Petenwell shoreline. The route and direction will depend on weather and wind direction the day of the event. A raffle drawing for two tickets to a Green Bay Packers home game and a second drawing for two tickets to a University of Wisconsin Badger home football game will be held following the events. Registration forms and more information are available at the Lester Public Library of Rome website at www.romepubliclibrary. org. Raffle tickets are available from members of the Friends of the Rome Library and at The Lure Bar & Grill. Dianne Genz of Rome is the chairwoman for the Not Your Average Triathlon.

IF YOU GO What: Not Your Average Triathlon When: 8 a.m. on-site registration; 9 a.m. event start, May 26 Where: The Lure Bar and Grill, 1735 Archer Lane, Rome Cost: $25 adults; $15 youth More info: www.romepubliclibrary. org; 715-451-1389 or 715-325-6555

Last year’s Rome library’s FunWalk was the precursor to the Not Your Average Triathlon, said Diane Genz, chairwoman for this year’s event. (PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY DIANE GENZ OF ROME).


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Trial and error salmon run H

ello, friends, Though I have fished on Lake Michigan for salmon out of a canoe, I have never rigged up my 16-foot boat and tried salmon fishing. This week I headed over to Sheboyan where I had been hearing positive reports of a good salmon bite in 15 to 40 feet of water. Sunday, April 29 High 71, low 42 I was extremely excited for this trip as I pulled into the harbor at Sheboygan with my MirroCraft in tow and my trusty pup Fire sitting beside me. That excitement was increased tenfold when two boatloads MARK of fishermen WALTERS pulled up to the landing with 20 salmon that had been caught between five fishermen. It was noon, and I had until noon the following day to kick some salmon butt. I pried every bit of info I could from these guys and was told to head down to Anglers Avenue, which is a local sport shop in town and pick up some Pro King as well as Stinger spoons. With great enthusiasm I idled out past the breakwall and began setting three lines, well aware that I would be icing my first king salmon any minute. Two hours later, I had been trolling among a group of about 20 boats and had yet to see a net go down. That did not matter, as I knew that the salmon had taken a siesta and that they would be very hungry later in the afternoon and early evening. While trolling, I had plenty of positive things to think about and one of them was a late discovery that Selina’s turkey actually had a double beard and the second one was 7 inches long. By 6 p.m., there was only one other boat as far as the eye could see and I still had yet to see a net go down. I tried

a lot, and were getting ready to pull their lines after what seemed like a fishless outing when three rods got smacked and their end result was a triple on kings including a four year old in the 15 pound range. I retired for the evening to the confines of the Chevy Hotel, which is my ’96 pickup truck that just happened to reach the 300,000-mile mark today. Monday, April 30 High 73, low 43 I was on the water at first light this morning and was completely alone for two hours, other then my pal Fire! It was cloudy, there were large rollers, which meant all work was completed on my hands and knees and I was not catching fish. My enthusiasm did not fade but the clock was ticking and I had a little girl named Selina to pick up from school at 3 p.m. My luck changed on the final pass when a green glow in the dark spoon made by Pro King was engulfed by something Left to Right: Scott Beaumont and Greg VandeKreeke with a nice salmon caught on Lake Michigan near from the deep. I was loving life Sheboygan! (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS) as I fought my trophy, tried to keep from falling out of the boat and planned how I would net the monster. Reality struck when my line broke between the planer board and the spoon and my line went limp! Another dose of reality hit me like a rock in the face when my 40 horse Mercury quit running, I was in high seas and very alone. Upon further examination, I discovered that my gas line had sprung a serious leak. I found a very used wad of duct tape in the bottom of the boat, did my best to wrap it around the gas line and made it back to the launch. 4-year-old salmon are generally I may not be ready to become smoked or canned a charter boat captain. Possibly I need a new truck! I probably could use an upgrade on my an assortment of spoons and boat, but by God I sure like my crankbaits and let me tell you A couple of fishermen with a fine catch of salmon job! folks that checking lines in Thanks for reading! Sunset. two-foot seas in a small boat overboard no one was going to was gonna fill the cooler in the is not an easy task. I actually be there to help me, I did all morning. Mark Walters is an outdoor adventure I had the pleasure of meeting tied the steering wheel up so of my work on my hands and columnist who lives near Necedah. Greg Vandekreeke and Scott that the boat would go some- knees. He can be reached at Mark Walters, At dark, I headed back to Beaumont at the fish cleaning what straight and that helped N11371 16th Ave. S., Necedah, WI a bit. Later in the day, when it the launch a bit fatigued but table tonight. These guys were 54646; 608-565-3005; or became obvious that if I fell in excellent spirits as I knew I in the other boat, fish this area

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Stalking wild asparagus I shared some hard-gained wisdom; its lighter shade of green makes it stand out, watch for old dried stalks where new ones are popping up, et al. Once she developed her asparagus eye, she was off and running. “There’s some!,” she said. She was instantly off her bike and cutting like crazy. It got to be the same as we drove. “Over there!” she’d shout. We’d screech to a halt and race each other into the weeds for the stuff. I did say “race”? We-asparagus seekers are competitive, you see. This explains why we’re also fiercely possessive. Once we find a good hunting ground, we’re incensed at seeing others on our road picking our spears! We often refuse to even tell friends where we find it. I once made the mistake of asking my good pal Jim where he found his. He just walked away shaking his head and laughing. I violated the secrecy rule last year when Ruthie talked me into leading her beginner friend to one of our treasured areas. I drove on ahead and flagged the spears I saw by slipping little white enve-








lopes over their heads. (I did mention we were pretty nuts with this, didn’t I?) Ruthie and Linda were following a ways back, so I cell-phoned to see if they were finding them. “Linda’s so excited about your flagged spears! She’s cutting merrily away!” After circling around to see how they’d done, I saw flags they’d missed, so I called to razz them about it. Ruthie laughed, “Really? Well, dear, Linda just found some un-flagged ones you missed!” I knew we had just added yet another member to our crazed ranks. And so, should you chance to see people alongside the road and up to their knees in weeds yelling and waving to each other, it’s just us hunting those lovely spears. If you want to join our zany crowd, I guess I could give you a hint as to where you might find some. Just head east on highway M and then ...? Whoa, what am I saying! On second thought, just get out there and start looking! Heh! Maybe you’ll get lucky! Gib Check lives north of Adams-Friendship

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Quaint shop offers variety By Deb Cleworth For Lake Country Snapshots


he log cabin look of Nancy’s Antique & Gift Nook on Highway 13 S. in Wisconsin Rapids is quaint enough to catch the attention of a passer-by. Nancy Shore, 65, of Wisconsin Rapids, opened the shop in November for a couple of months. She reopened it May and will be open until December. Shore retired nine years ago after about 20 years as a personal banker for WoodTrust Bank, Wisconsin Rapids. While she and her husband spend winters in Arizona, Shore said her ongoing love for antiques couldn’t be kept at bay. “I’ve been in antiques for about 20 years,” Shore said. “I decided to buy my own place instead of renting spots.” So Shore set up shop next to her daughter Misty Nelson’s restaurant, Misty’s Menu. It’s been a good, working relationship, Shore said. “We’re joined at the hip,” Shore said. Customers can grab a bite to eat and walk next door to shop. “I kind of tag it as a one stop eat and shop,” Shore said. A garden area is between the restaurant and the antique store, and garden art is for sale, as well. Shore carries a variety of

items in the shop, from new objects to very old pieces, and even some small pieces of used furniture. “I have a liquor license, so I carry wines; right now I have Door County wines,” she said. “It’s isn’t a real big shop, but there’s a lot in there,” Shore said. “It’s packed. “When you walk through, you have to walk through a couple times, because there is so much in there.” The shop also will carry seasonal items, Shore said. While she mainly runs the store herself, she does have friends who help out in her absence. Shore finds her unique store items from all over the country — and even Mexico. “You never know what’s going to show up, because I am always looking, always buying and always keeping it interesting,” Shore said. Shore doesn’t blink an eye about starting a new business at age 65. “My husband and I both like to stay active,” Shore said. “We’re not ready for the rocking chair. “We’ll do that when we’re 90.” Nancy’s Antique & Gift Nook is located at 9041 Highway 13 S., Wisconsin Rapids. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily May through December, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Call 715-570-7933 for more information.


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Adams-Fiendship freshman Emma Roenneburg fields a ground ball during practice, while her sister, Hailey Roenneburg backs her up at second base. (MARK MASSOGLIA/ LAKE COUNTRY SNAPSHOTS)

Prep softball: Adams-Friendship continues winning ways


pparently, it doesn’t matter what the playing surface is to the Adams-Friendship girls. All they do is win. Less than two months removed from South Central Conference and WIAA regional titles and a Division 3 sectional tournament appearance in basketball, the softball team — with eight girls on the roster from the basketball squad — is making noise on the diamond. “I stepped into a program that starts the girls playing together at a young age and it’s showing now,” second year A-F coach Dennis Hazel said. “This is an established program and this group is taking it to another level.” That experience has paid off. “As a senior, it would

Adams-Friendship senior Hannah Pease, center (in pink), and her teammates joke around between drills at practice on Tuesday. The Green Devils girls are gunning for their second SCC title after winning basketball during the winter season. (MARK MASSOGLIA/LAKE COUNTRY SNAPSHOTS)

mean the world to me and the whole team to win the conference title,” said shortstop Kayla Hazel, who is one of three seniors who were on the Green Devils’ basketball conference championship team. “It would be exciting to accomplish that goal.” Added senior second baseman Haley Roenneburg, “It’s fun to be successful in

both seasons and to be playing with a lot of the same people. We had a great winter season and it’s exciting to be successful in the spring, too.” Those two, along with senior catcher Hannah Pease, were on the regional championship team in 2009 and the SCC championship team in 2010, and are the

leaders of the squad. “The girls who played on the basketball team came to softball with that same winning attitude and expect to win,” coach Hazel said. “They’ve grown accustomed to winning and push everyone to be the best softball team we can be.” And the wins, like on the hardwood, have come in dominating fashion. Before the middle of May, the Green Devils recorded three shutouts and won by at least 10 runs four other times. In conference games, the Green Devils have outscored the opposition 97-15. “We play as a team so well,” Kayla Hazel said. “Opposing teams try to find a weak link, but I think we’re all such strong players that we don’t really have one.” The coach is confident in the entire lineup and also believes in the strength of

the Green Devils hitting from top to bottom. “From No. 1 to our ninth hitter, everyone has been getting solid hits and getting on base one way or another and that’s how we win,” coach Hazel said. It certainly doesn’t hurt for Hazel or basketball coach Loren Ebert to have

a talented freshman like Emma Roenneburg, who is the starting pitcher and was the leading scorer on the basketball team. “It’s really encouraging knowing we have young talent and that the young girls will learn from our seniors to carry on our tradition for years to come,” Hazel said.

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ekoosa Walleye Days wrapped up another year with the Jim Freeman Memorial Charity Challenge on May 2 at the boat landing named in his honor. This year’s event had very special meaning for 17 disadvantaged children from all over our state. The Nekoosa Walleye Days Committee partnered with the United Special Sportsman Alliance and in turn, paired children with special needs with anglers for a fun-filled day out on the Wisconsin River. Many fish were caught and tales told as the day wore on and the sun got hotter. Tommy O’Mally, Nekoosa, out fishing for the very first time, teamed up with Terry Stake and Dave Thiele. Tommy ended his day with a whopping total of 36 white bass! Not a bad take for a beginner! Tommy asked to take one fish home as a pet but he opted for a trophy instead. Casey Tiffany from Nekoosa was paired with anglers Todd Nieman and Chris Stimac. Everyone on the water realized rather quickly that Casey had hooked into something big when they all heard his shouts of excitement as he battled the huge fish. Casey was awarded a trophy for the largest fish caught that day, a 15-pound carp. Wesley Johnson from Spencer won a very nice rod and reel combo for registering the largest

walleye of the day, an 18 1/2 inch beauty. He was paired up with Dan Vukovich and Steve Finch. It was a memorable day indeed as the river gave up fish of all kinds to participants. At 4 p.m., folks all gathered by the boat docks at the conclusion of the contest. The day’s catch was shared with onlookers as fish were drawn from live wells and held up for photos. Afterwards, awards were presented and a full meal prepared by Nekoosa’s Piggy Wiggly which was truly enjoyed by all. A surprise appearance was made by three young sisters from Reeseville when Dale, Debbie and Delores Casperson entertained the group of weary anglers with song. Reaching out to this group of young kids reminded us all that day of how important we are to one another and that, with a little effort, an incredible impact can be made in the lives of others. Proceeds from Wednesday’s event were generously donated to the USSA kids by this year’s winners Dan Vukovich and Steve Finch. Brigid O’Donoghue, founder for USSA was present to accept the donation. O’Donoghue plans to hold the funds in an account to help support next year’s event. Submitted by Tim Radtke of Nekoosa, chairman of 2012 annual Nekoosa Walleye Days event. Walleye Days ended April 22; the charity contest was rescheduled in May due to weather conditions.

Participants in Nekoosa’s Walleye Days charity challenge (PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY TIM A fishermans hat is filled with past buttons from the Nekoosa Walleye Days. (CASEY LAKE/LAKE COUNTRY SNAPSHOTS) RADTKE) Top:

Ruby and Maria Semenchuk show their catch of the day (PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY TIM RADTKE)

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Top Five Tips for Growing Beautiful Roses From June to September, roses add a special flourish to yards, gardens and public parks throughout the U.S. But for many gardeners, tending roses may seem intimidating. With 23 years of experience, Jamie Shiffer, head gardener at Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pa., knows a thing or two about cultivating a beautiful rose, in all of its varieties. Here are Shiffer’s top five rose gardening tips for gardeners of all experience levels: Plant and fertilize early. Consider planting new rose bushes in early spring. “Both new and existing rose plantings will need to be fertilized at this time,” Shiffer said. He recommends applying a slow-release fertilizer surrounding the base, such as the GreenView with GreenSmart Rose Food, which is formulated with essential macro and micro nutrients that provide extended feeding for up to 12 weeks. Research reveals it helps to produce superior plant growth, improve plant health and vigor, and increase buds, blooms and plant yield. After fertilizing, thoroughly water your roses. If desired, you can apply two inches of mulch around the plant. Avoid over watering. “You should water roses sparingly throughout the very hot season,” Shiffer recommended. “The biggest mistake people make when watering is to water from overhead with a hose, instead of at ground level,” Shiffer said. Watering from above, Shiffer explains, can cause black spots to appear on the petals and throughout the day. As the heat intensifies, the water on the petals promotes fungal growth. To avoid this, water at ground level first thing in the morning. Prevent black spot While good watering techniques can prevent fungal growth, for some gardeners, a humid environment can still lead to the same problem. “Treat black spot using a fungicide spray application on the plants every two weeks,” Shiffer said. Prune for increased plant growth To encourage rejuvenation and growth from your rose bushes, be sure to deadhead through September. Count from the blossom down to the fifth leaf and make an angled cut. Maintain throughout each season Regardless of variety, roses require year round maintenance. Use this calendar as a guide to care for your rose bushes: » March: Thin out the plantings; cut them back to 8-or 12-inches in length. » April: Beginning in late April or early May, fertilize roses with a slow-release fertilizer that will last for three months, such as GreenView with GreenSmart Rose Food. » May to October: Use spray application on roses every two weeks. From June to September, deadhead your plantings, so they will push new growth. » September: Remove rose petals without cutting the bulb off completely. » November: Cut all roses back for the winter to 32-inches in height.

For novice gardeners, Shiffer recommends starting with star roses or knockout roses, as they are among the most disease and insect resistant. “They come in many different colors and produce blooms throughout the year,” Shiffer said. To discover more about Hershey Gardens, visit and to learn about GreenView with GreenSmart Rose Food, other plant-specific formulations, and find more gardening tips, go to Source: Family Features/Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pa.

With a little tender, loving care, beautiful gardens are just a green thumb away. (FILE PHOTOS)

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Do-It-Yourself Home Projects Help You Save This year, everyone is looking to save on their household budget. But just because you’re scaling back, doesn’t mean you can’t make some improvements around the house. Use these DIY home improvement and cleanup tips from the experts at Grime Boss to help revamp your home, without spending a fortune: Repaint the walls One great way to update your home without having to replace carpeting or furniture is to refresh walls with a fresh coat of paint. Determine the amount of paint needed by using an online calculator, such as the one provided at To save even more, simply update the paint on doors, cabinets and crown molding, rather than the walls. Likewise, you can paint an accent wall along a hallway, or within your kitchen or living room, rather than the entire space. Replace hardware If you’d love to renovate, but it’s simply not in the budget for this year; make small updates now that you can incorporate into later construction projects. One small trick is to replace the hardware in highly trafficked areas, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. Replace cabinet handles or knobs and drawer pulls. While replacing hardware, make sure to give your door hinges and drawer tracks a good oiling to prevent squeaking. Give your car a tune-up When it comes to saving, learning how to maintain your vehicle can go a long way in terms of managing your household budget. Remember, you should change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles or three months. Check out for videos on how to check, fill or change your oil and other auto maintenance tips. For quick cleanup post tune-up, use Grime Boss wipes to remove oil and grime from your car, your surfaces, and even your hands. Install shelving in the garage Who couldn’t use extra storage space? For

Jeanne Osgood of Romemakers presenting the $550 check to Gail Schultz, FAAC director, and FAAC board member, Donna Turcany. Wine Etc Benefit (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

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ROME — Many guests enjoyed tasting six different wines, several kinds of cheese, specialty chocolates, and appetizers provided by Lake Arrowhead Golf Club at The Wine Etc. Benefit, held May 5, at Lake Arrowhead clubhouse. To add to the ambiance of the event music was provided by the group called “The Two of Us.” Their melodious tunes complemented the easy conversations that occurred among the participants. Fawn Creek Winery provided the wine for the wine tasting and Cory Lesperance was the knowledgeable wine expert on hand. Hwy 13 Liquor and Cheese, and Stoneridge Market of Wautoma, with partial funding from Adams Co.

Dairy Promotions and Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, supplied the delicious variety of cheeses. In addition, Lil Chocolates offered samples of their unique truffles which are packed with fresh/seasonal Wisconsin ingredients. The basket raffle generated a great deal of interest among the guests. More than 30 baskets were prepared and packaged by donors throughout the county. Many people bought tickets in anticipation of winning the basket of their choice. Gary Zarcone, one of the FAAC volunteers, explained his hobby of making wine. He initially became interested in wine making because his Italian grandfather was an amateur winemaker. His next step was to take a class

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