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Enjoy winter –we’ll be back in the spring ‘Tis the season for leaves, turkey, and snow. That means this is the last Lake Country Snapshots until spring. That doesn’t mean residents in Adams, Juneau and South Wood County will be at rest. In fact, for some, winter an opportunity to enjoy more of the outdoors. The Rome Sno-Bandits worked hard to get snowmobile trails ready for the season. Many hours were spent cleaning the trails of rubbish so club members and others can enjoy riding the miles this winter. Check out their story on Page 5. Now is the time to spend time tuning up your snowmobile. There are events throughout the winter — several which are listed in the calendar on Page 4. In addition to the Rome

SnoBlast event, there are activities for those who prefer to stay. The cold weather might be a great time to learn a new game like bunco, or a hobby like woodcarving. Of course, holidays DEB reign supreme during CLEWORTH this time of year, and in this issue, there are decorating and party ideas. Use some of nature’s elements to decorate your home and outdoors. Check out the suggestions on Page 6 and Page 12. This time of year, deer hunting is a popular sport. Mark Walters of Necedah shares his views on deer camp on Page 13. His story could bring back memories

for some — and entice others to venture out into the woods. As hunters don their bright orange apparel, remember to stay safe. Enjoy the hunt and good luck. Speaking of hunting, holidays and outdoor fun, remember to grab your camera and capture the fun of ventures. We’d love to share your bounty with readers in our spring issue. Skiing? Snowboarding? Snowmobiling? Snowmen? Pictures, pictures, pictures, and pictures! Enjoy your winter. We’ll see you when the snow melts.

Cover photo: Sharon Mundt of Lake Sherwood caught this shot of a sunset. Why not send your photos to Lake Country Snapshots? You never know — your photo might be featured on the next cover! Send your events, photos and stories to Lake Country Snapshots, 220 First Ave. S., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495, or email deb.cleworth@cwnews.net.

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Calendar of Events ONGOING EVENTS

NOVEMBER » 18: All-you-can-eat spaghetti supper. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. United in Christ Lutheran Church, 1857 Highway Z, Dellwood. Adults, $7, children, $3, Children ages 5 and younger, free. » 19: Romemakers Home and Community Educators Club Holiday Craft Fair. Lunch will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive. Call 715-3256244 for more information.

» 19: St. Francis of Assisi Parish 60th annual Hunter’s Dinner. Includes turkey, homemade dressing, real mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings, homemade pie and beverages. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. $9 for ages 12 to adult, $4 for ages 5-11 and free for children 4 and younger. Carry-outs will be available. 2001 S. Main St., Necedah. Call 608565-2528 for more information. » 22: Energy Assistance applications accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive. » 24: Thanksgiving » 25: Rekindle the Spirit. Enjoy carols, hot chocolate, and cookies, visit with Santa, roast marshmallows and check out the Holiday Gift Gallery at the Cultural Center. Downtown Wisconsin Rapids, 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., 715-423-1830. » 26 Autumn Community Show. Area church, school, and nonprofit organizations will be in the mall all day selling their products including many handmade, handcrafted, and home baked products to raise funds for their organizations. Rapids Mall, 555 West Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. 715-421-3500, www.rapidsmall.com.

DECEMBER » 3: Christmas in Rome: 6 p.m. tree lighting, hot chocolate apple cider cookies Santa-delivered treat bags, Rome municipal building

Professional Services » 31: Lake Arrowhead New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring entertainment by Rumours. Lake Arrowhead Clubhouse. Open to the public. Free dance. For dinner reservations or more information, call 715-325-3341.

JANUARY » 6: Rome Karaoke Idol contest qualifying contest. $5 entry fee. Camelot on the Lake. For more information, call 715-325-2904. » 14: Rome Karaoke Idol contest qualifying contest. $5 entry fee. Trail’s End Bar and Grill, 1497 Alpine Drive Rome. For more information, call 715-325-2904 or 715-325-9898. » 21: Rome Karaoke Idol contest qualifying contest. $5 entry fee. Lake Arrowhead, Rome. For more information, call 715-3252904. » 27: Snowshoe birding. Naturalist-led snowshoeing and birding hike. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located two miles north of Highway 21 on Headquarters Road, four miles west of the village of Necedah. For more information, go to www.fws.gov/midwest/nece dah; email Necedah@fws.gov or call 608-565-2551. » 28: Rome Karaoke Idol contest qualifying contest. $5 entry fee. Sherwood Lodge, 1146 E. Queens Way, Rome. For more information, call 715-325-2904 or 715-325-9898. » 28: Story time snowshoe. Fireplace tales and snowshoe hike. 2

p.m. to 5 p.m. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located two miles north of Highway 21 on Headquarters Road, four miles west of the village of Necedah. For more information, go to www.fws.gov/midwest/ necedah; email Necedah@fws. gov or call 608-565-2551.

FEBRUARY » 3: Rome Karaoke Idol contest qualifying contest. $5 entry fee. Romano’s Pizza and Pub, 108 Highway Z. For more information, call 715-325-2904 or 715325-6700. » 11: Sweetheart Snowshoe. Naturalist-led showshoe hike with your valentine. Optional poetry reading. 7 p.m.. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located two miles north of Highway 21 on Headquarters Road, four miles west of the village of Necedah. For more information, go to www.fws. gov/midwest/necedah; email Necedah@fws.gov or call 608565-2551. » 11 to 13: Lake Arrowhead Winterfest/SnoBlast. Fun for the entire family. New this year is the Door County Sled Dogs Team. For more information, go to www.lakearrowhead-golf. com. » 18: Rome Karaoke Idol contest qualifying contest. $5 entry fee. The Lure Bar and Grill, 1735 Archer Lane, Rome. For more information, call 715-325-2904 or 715-325-6555. » 25: Cabin fever event at Nece-

dah National Wildlife Refuge. Indoor and Outdoor activities to beat the winter blues. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located two miles north of Highway 21 on Headquarters Road, four miles west of the village of Necedah. For more information, go to www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah; email Necedah@fws.gov or call 608-565-2551.

» 25: Rome Karaoke Idol contest qualifying contest. $5 entry fee. Cruisers by the Lake, 386 Highway 13 S., Rome. For more information, call 715-325-2904 or 715-325-2030.

MARCH » 9: Owl Prowl. A chance to check out the activity of the Great Horned Owls. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located two miles north of Highway 21 on Headquarters Road, four miles west of the village of Necedah. For more information, go to www.fws.gov/midwest/nece dah; email Necedah@fws.gov or call 608-565-2551.

» 30: Wisconsin Junior Duck stamp judging. 8 a.m. to noon. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located two miles north of Highway 21 on Headquarters Road, four miles west of the village of Necedah. For more information, go to www.fws.gov/midwest/necedah; email Necedah@fws.gov or call 608-565-2551.

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ROME — The Rome Sno-Bandits started in the late 1960s when about eight couples from the Rome area decided to form a club and call themselves the Bentley Hillbillies Snowmobile Club. The Bentely Hills moniker was connected to the “rolling hills” of the Rome area. They originally would meet at the Hideaway supper club on the Petenwell flowage. The group that would meet for rides did not have the luxury of the trail system The Sno-Bandits spent many man-hours to clean we have now. up garbage that had been dumped on a small sec“We really had some great rides … tion of our trail system. All work on the trail system without the benefit of trails like there is done by volunteers. We picked up six loads of rubbish on a short section of our trails. are now … we made our own” one (Submitted by Kathy Halverson) founding member was quoted. The Bentley Hillbillies were instrumental in laying the foundathat time,” Ebbe tion of what we know now as our trail system. As the sport said. “Just seemed logical to me.” and the club grew it was decided to change the name of the Through the work of the clubs early board, the club was able club to the Rome Sno-Bandits. On March 9, 1978, the club was to get state funding to help with the “dragging” of the original granted incorporation as the Rome Sno-Bandits by the State if trails. The club contracted with local excavators and farmers Wisconsin. to groom the trails for the club. Talking with Ken Hoffman, he The Rome Sno-Bandits held their meeting and met at Trail’s can remember grooming the trails on an open cab bulldozer End Bar and Grill, according to former bar co-owner Yvonne in sub-zero weather. The equipment used today is designed Hoffman. To this day, Trail’s End is still the home of the Rome for the sole purpose of grooming snowmobile trail. The SnoSno-Bandits. Bandits now own two pieces of grooming equipment to mainLooking through old newsletters, summer and winter pictain the trail system. In 2003, a section of trail was dedicated to nics, poker runs, fall hayrides and bonfires were some of the the late LeRoy “Pete” Yanke who was a lifetime member and social events held by the club. There are stories of great sumtrail boss for many years for the club. The Pete Yanke memomer barbecue feasts at Petenwell Park, frozen deviled eggs at rial sign can be seen at the entrance to the trail by the Lake a fall picnic, and individual characters that legends are made Camelot lodge. The snowmobiling community has these early members to of. Dances were popular in the mid 1970s, with bands like thank for having the vision and applying the hard work that has the Wayne Aschenberg Orchestra. The Sno-Bandits also held helped develop the sport to what it is today. yearly raffles and dances at the Rome town hall to raise money The Sno-Bandits have always been involved in the community, to support the trails. as well. We have always found a way to give back to the comThe Rome Sno-Bandits’ Linda Ebbe became the states first munity through fundraising activities. Years ago, the club sponfemale Department of Natural Resources safety instructor. sored a Halloween haunted house for the kid in the community “I stressed hand signals, as they were not even mentioned at

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as well as supporting the Fire Department Fund. We continue to provide and set up the decorations at the Rome Town Hall for the Holidays and bring in Santa on a fire truck for the kids to meet after a lighting ceremony. For years the club has partnered with the Meylor Open to help fund local charities and scholarships. We also continue to support the MS Society and several local needs. The Rome Sno-Bandits have grown in many ways. We are now a club with more than 160 members, and we now maintain about 35 miles of snowmobile trails. In 2008, the Saratoga Chug a Bugs merged with the Rome Sno-Bandits. With the merger, the Sno-Bandits picked up an additional 10 miles of trail and some members of the Chug a Bugs as new members of the Sno-Bandits. Fundraising is the core that supports most snowmobile clubs today. The Rome Sno-Bandits have several fundraising activities each year. Since 2001, the club has sponsored a Classic Car Show the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. It is held at the Rome Alpine Village business park. This remains to be our largest fund raising activity of the year. The Car Show has grown each year. We also partner with the Taste of Rome committee as well as hold a poker run the month of January. Today, the Sno-Bandits have grown to having its own website (www.RomeSnoBandits.com) and a line of Rome Sno-Bandit apparel. The Sno-Bandits always have fun in everything we do — no matter if we are working on trails or enjoying a club ride. The Rome Sno-Bandits is a community based club that supports the local businesses and the surrounding area. The Rome Sno-Bandits remain to be a strong clubs in the area.

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This recipe offers a tasty twist on a long-standing holiday drink tradition: grog. Spice up each cup by bringing together sweet-scented cinnamon and crisp apple cider. Tea-Spiced Grog 6 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Stand time: 20 minutes 2 bottles 100 percent Natural Lipton Iced Tea with Lemon 1 cup apple cider or apple juice 5 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick Bring all ingredients to a boil over high heat in a 2-quart saucepan. Remove from heat and let stand 20 minutes. Strain out spices and serve warm. If desired, garnish with sliced apples. Tip: For spiked grog, add 1/4 cup light rum or brandy.

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Mystery Dinner

“The Cat Screamed at Midnight,” by Jack Pachuta. It was directed by Pam Hyland and assistants, Lois Briggs and Barb Blair. The Mystery Dinner was a fundraiser by the Home Town Rome Players for the Lester Public Library of Rome, building expansion fund. Thrivent Financial supplemented funds for this project. Photo submitted by Penny Miller.

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SUMMER SERENADE: When the weather outside is frightful, take a look at these photos from Sharon Mundt of Lake Sherwood.

Sharon shares one of many beautiful sunsets on Lake Sherwood.

Sharon’s grandchildren, Madeline Rebsamen, 12, Arlington Heights, Ill., Alec Rebsamen, 10, Arlington Heights, Ill., enjoy fishing from the pier of Mundt’s Lake Sherwood home.


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Celebration

The fourth annual Veterans Day service and recognition was held Nov. 11 at the Rome Municipal Building. Starting with just 12 participants three years ago, the event now has grown into a community-wide event. Rome-area clubs, organizations and businesses help sponsor the event. This year, 150 veterans and their spouses enjoyed a complete Thanksgiving dinner catered by Stagecoach Cafe, and Riverview Clinic donated hats to each veteran. Dancers and singers from The Home Town Rome Players entertained the veterans with songs including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Soldier Boy,” “Red, White and Bluegrass,” “The Great Defenders,” and “In the Navy.”

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Long time Red Brush Hunter Doug Cibulka teaching the kids how to skin a raccoon. The campfire has always been a popular hangout for The Red Brush Gang. Right: Building camp is a group effort for The Brush Gang. Photos courtesy of Mark Walters

— or better — they were like a hero. This part of Wisconsin does not have the right minerals in the soil and zero agriculture which means (at least in my eyes) an 8-pointer with a 14-inch spread is the equivalent of an 8-pointer with an 18-inch spread in much of the rest of the state. What makes The Red Brush Gang different than many groups is that we live by the compass, hip boots, and a fanny pack. After opening weekend, the only way that we hunt is by driving deer, and, with up to 20 hunters on a drive, we have become a deerharvesting machine with each and everyone of us absolutely loving the beautiful, red meat called venison Today camp was built, firewood was cut for the season and then the cigars were pulled out. Drinks were mixed and a non-stop barrage of laughter and practical jokes began that would last until 3 a.m. There are people that might not think this is responsible, considering that there are so many kids in camp. Just about everyone here has kids in camp, and these days, all of the former kids are tax-paying Americans who love their families, generally do not make the police report, and do a lot of volunteering in the community where they live. Later in the week, I sat in a tree

with the ever-present safety harness around my body (just in case) and watched what I consider is nature at its best in Wisconsin. Zero agriculture, no car kills, interstates or factories. The only tourists are generally in a tent or camper, and starting the Monday after Thanksgiving, this place has about the same amount of human activity as the moon. This deer season there will be the usual flood of anger with landowners and trespassers. Two people claiming they shot the same deer, safety issues, and, as I mentioned before, folks falling out of trees. Before you fall into one of those categories think about this, how much do any one of those issues matter once deer season is over? Wear a safety harness! Do not trespass! Always check the safety on your firearm and keep your finger off the trigger unless you plan on shooting. Always know what is beyond your target. Most importantly take the time to keep the experience fun and safe for kids! Sunset. Mark Walters is an outdoor adventure columnist who lives near Necedah. He can be reached at Mark Walters, N11371 16th Ave. S., Necedah, WI 54646; 608-5653005; or sunsetoutdoors@tds.net.

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ello friends, Forty years ago, I was a scrawny punk in Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s fifthgrade class at Poynette Elementary School. Forty years ago, I set my eyes on Juneau County’s, Meadow Valley Wildlife Area and the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge for the first time. I have been hopelessly in love with Meadow Valley ever since day one, and in the meantime, relocated to the MARK area, and became a WALTERS syndicated outdoor adventures writer, in part, so that I can play in Meadow Valley and get paid while doing it. Saturday, Nov. 6: High 55, low 30 Yesterday, I hunted deer with a bow and arrow; did not see a deer and did not care. Last night, I watched the Necedah Cardinals end what was an excellent football season at the hands of highly skilled Lancaster team in the third round of the WIAA playoffs. Today, 25 people ranging in age from 10 to 74 showed up on the same piece of property, as we always do, to put up deer camp, talk hunting, drink beer and generally just have a good time. There were three generations of Cibulkas, with Tony Cibulka being the camp elder these days. My brother-in-law, Dick Schuster, also represented three generations of family with his 10-year-old grandson, Austin, one of the three 10-year olds in camp. Back in the mid-50s, my dad started hunting here when he was going to UW- Madison, and that is how The Red Brush Gang was born. For 25 years, we stayed in the same canvas tent, saw gazillions of deer and rarely killed a buck with more than a pair of spikes. If someone killed a forkhorn

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