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It’s been said that prayer is like talking to God and intuition is like God talking to us.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 Intuition can be our ally in making decisions. Intuition is our sixth sense, a gut instinct about what to do. We all have intuition, but how do we learn how to use it and trust it? In this program, you will learn some practical exercises to help you grow stronger in your intuitive decision-making skills. This workshop begins with registration and continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and ends by 4 p.m. Cost includes a delicious noon meal.

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18 Susan Lamb: When The Travel Bug Bites 22 Yang Herr: Works To Share Higher Education With Local Youth 26 Kasandra Mathews: Perfect Hair Day Everyday 30 Luanne Sojka & Stacy Wolf: Relax, Unwind And Let Your Troubles Drift Away 46 The Cancer Chronicles 50 What Changes When You Put Your Phone Down 52 Celebrating Fall With Fashion

local woman to know 89 Kayla Rombalski

90 Shannon Faithe Young 91 Patricia Akey


38 Makeover


The 6000 series gas fireplace. The right look, the right size, the right price.

58 Point Woman Seeks Makeover To Try Something New


28 Top Events: Our Picks Of Things To Do This Season

64 Specialized Care When It’s Needed Most


68 Family Caregiver Contacts: Planning For Long-Term Care

96 Newch’s Banh Mi Brings New Flavors To Wausau

77 Physical Activity Guidelines

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37 Recipe Makeover

98 Tommy’s American Grill Ready To Cook

78 Take Time To Give Back 82 Stand Tall: Through Being Bullied 85 Social Muttworking: Understanding Canine Social Development


14 Adventures In Spring Green 32 Be A Here: Help A Child 34 Paradise For Your Furry Family Members

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48 Wood County Nurse 72 Rare Detailed Personal Memory A Burden And Ultimately A Gift 80 Using E-Cigarettes: Safe As The Claim? 81 Best Workout Video 84 Tops Program Offers Weight Loss For Personal Wellness

48 Pretty In Pink

86 Are Supplements Needed?

56 Art Insight: Shore Sightings

92 Doulas Provide Pregnancy Support And Care

70 Easy Diy Halloween Luminary 94 New Shelter Manger At Marshfield Area Pet Shelter 106 Caught You Having Fun

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Sensational autumn colors are right around the corner and memories of brilliant summer days are still in the mind’s eye. A new season brings change which also brings excitement. Each day offers new opportunities to press forward in pursuing fulfilling adventures and the chance to help change things around you for the better. Whether it’s in the little things you do or the large strides you take, we can always use more people passionate about improving the world around us. By offering a bird’s eye view into the lives of numerous influential women in the area, it’s easy to become even more motivated to accomplish your own goals as well. It’s encouraging to hear the stories of success as well as empowering to hear the struggles each woman has overcome to get there. Rough moments hit home for everyone at some point in time. We’ll be tackling tough issues ranging from how to stand tall through bullying and will also discuss

what you can do to help put a stop to child abuse. We need to be a voice for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Together we can be a part of improving each other’s lives for the best. Inspiration surrounds us on a daily basis. The question is, will you pass it by or take time to indulge yourself in creative processes to encourage positive change? One person alone can make an incredible difference and there’s no cap to your potential. Challenge yourself to accomplish your dreams and pursue what your heart has been longing for.

YOU MAGAZINE STAFF General Manager LAURIE BOLLE Editors SARI LESK and TIM LANGTON Advertising Manager TARA MONDLOCH Graphic Artist MARIE RAYOME-GILL YOU Coordinator STARLA GOLIE Photography JACOB BYK LAURA SCHMITT HILLER SARI LESK MEGAN MCCORMICK SERENA SBLENDORIO MARIE WALKOWSKI YOUR CONTACTS content & advertising information TARA MONDLOCH 715-297-7514 tmondloch@gannett.com YOU MAGAZINE is published by the Wisconsin Media. Contents of the magazine are by USA Today Network. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior consent of Wisconsin Media. YOU MAGAZINE 144 N. Central Ave., Marshfield WI, 54449

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et your walking shoes on, girls, we’re taking this trip to new heights with rock climbing and sight seeing in Spring Green. The Sauk County town, located about two and a half hours southwest of Wausau, is rich in outdoor beauty, architecture and the arts. Although it’s doable for a day-trip, you’ll likely want the weekend to fit in all the attractions. Here are 7 stops to make while in town: 1. Tower Hill State Park is one of the many state parks that draw outdoor enthusiasts to this region. It covers 77-acres of land sited above the Wisconsin River with upland forests, hiking trails, campsites and picnicking facilities. Hike up the bluff to explore a piece of Wisconsin’s history where there’s a reconstructed 1800s shot tower and smelter house. On the way down, go through the 90-foot tunnel at the base of the bluff. The park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 2. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Estate is a 700-acre national historic landmark featuring six of the famous architect’s structures. Browse the bookstore and gift shop as well as 14 | YOU | FALL 2016

enjoy a glass of wine at The Riverview Terrace Café before touring the property. A variety of tours are offered daily in May through October and weekends in April as well as November. Reservations are recommended. 3. The House on the Rock is a manmade wonder that many Wisconsinites have visited during family vacations. Check it out with a group of gals and experience The Dark Side, a spooky night time Halloween event. Or stay overnight at the House on the Rock Inn or resort with a golf course, spa and dining. The house, built on a 60-foot chimney of rock, is open all year. 4. American Players Theatre houses a nationally acclaimed outdoor theater where Shakespeare and other classical performances are held. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before the show and then head uphill to the amphitheater. Performances run through November. 5. Spring Green General Store takes you back to a time when one storefront had it all. There’s a café serving up international dishes and a retail

store with women’s clothing, jewelry, gifts, toys as well as housewares. Weekend visitors are often treated to a bluegrass band or acoustic jam by local talent in the café. 6. Wisconsin Canoe Company rents kayaks and canoes for exploring the Wisconsin River. If your feet are tired from walking around Spring Green, see it by the shoreline as you paddle at your leisure. Shuttles depart from Peck’s Landing. Reservations can be made online at www. thebestcanoecompanyever.com. 7. Silver Star Bed & Breakfast Inn is a country style log lodge that’s within a few miles of the other Spring Green attractions. A hearty breakfast in the main dining room is included in your overnight stay. Fine artwork and collections are displayed throughout the Inn. Check for availability at www.silverstarllc@live. com. For more information about visiting Spring Green or making reservations, see the Spring Green Chamber of Commerce website at www.springgreen.com.

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Where Adventure Begins BY STARLA GOLIE

DIVEPOINT SCUBA PADDLE & ADVENTURE CENTER With two locations, you’ll likely want to make an appearance at both! This place is where the most delightful expeditions begin with focusing on scuba diving, kayaking, camping and climbing. Classes are offered for all ages and skill levels. Plus you can rent some of the gear for your next trip. With being able to try before your buy, you can be sure that it’s the best fit for you. 944 Main Street, Stevens Point or 106 East Wausau Avenue, Wausau

SPORTS DEN Searching for a variety of equipment? Take some time to visit and you’ll find a vast selection of bikes, exercise equipment, clothing, snowboards, skis and even snowshoes. No matter where your next voyage leads you, you will have the perfect gear for the journey. All you have to do is let the good times roll! Rental gear and repair shop services are also offered. 1202 South Central Avenue, Marshfield

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BRING’S CYCLING & FITNESS It’s still the perfect time for a bike ride and this is the spot to find everything you need for your next outing. As Queen states it best, “I want to ride my bicycle” and Bring’s is here to help for any of your fitness needs. Soak up the gorgeous weather while making some of the most splendid memories. They also offer home gym supplies, free weights, cardio machines and more. Fitness equipment and bicycle repair services are available too. 1710 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids

SHEPHERD & SCHALLER SPORTING GOODS By offering multiple options of summer and winter supplies, this is a great stop before you take off on your upcoming escapade. Find all the essentials for biking, kayaking, tennis, disc-golf, watersports and camping here! Looking to prep for winter? They can help you there as well with snowboards, Nordic skis, snowshoes, skates and even more. Rent some of the supplies if you prefer or bring it home to make it part of the family. A repair shop is available to help fix any of your gear to ensure a smooth trek. 324 Scott Street, Wausau

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Susan Lamb

When The Travel Bug Bites BY JOY MARQUARDT Whether it’s zip-lining in Honduras or riding a camel in Egypt, Susan Lamb of Wisconsin Rapids is as adventurous as she is caring. Lamb, co-owner of TLC Travel, a business she started with husband John, has been on the go since taking her first plane ride at the age of three. “I’ve had the travel bug forever,” she said. 18 | YOU | FALL 2016


“My parents enjoyed traveling and we went on trips often when I was a child. I went on a cruise to Alaska when I was 12.” Growing up in Corpus Christi, Texas, Lamb, a 1989 graduate of Ray High School, was able to participate in a 38-day trek across Europe during her senior year. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1993 from Colorado College, Colorado

Springs, where she met her husband, a native of Wisconsin Rapids. The couple, both mortgage brokers, relocated to John’s hometown where they started TLC Travel, initially a home-based business, more than nine years ago. The agencies newest location at 3111 8th St. in Wisconsin Rapids has grown to include six employees to keep up with client’s travel

needs. “We started working out of our house, I was working another job full time and my husband was working full time,” Lamb said. “I quit my job and started doing the travel agency full time, and after six months, my husband quit his job, too.” The travel agency moved to a small kiosk in the Rapids Mall and out grew a larger storefront before finding its present location. Serving a customer base from Wisconsin Rapids, Plover, Stevens Point, Marshfield and Madison, clients come from as far as Colorado and Texas. The company handles all types of travel arrangements and specializes in all inclusive trip packages. “A big part of our business is winter getaways and newlyweds or honeymooners and family or multi-generational trips,” Lamb said. “We do cruises and trips where the grandparents and parents and the grandkids are all included in the trip.” Lamb who gas traveled extensively throughout Europe and Mexico has also visited Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Fiji, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, among others. Mother to Krista, 25, of Milwaukee and Cody, 19, of Corpus Christi, Texas, Lamb is an experienced family traveler as well. “When we first started the business, we booked a group cruise for my husband’s family and it was such a fun time we did it for three or four years after that,” she said. “The kids have been to places like Fiji, Mexico and Jamaica. This year we went to Hawaii. My daughter got a Mediterranean cruise for her graduation. I think it’s important for families to take kids different places, you realize how good you have it here in this country.” Lamb who recently traveled to Egypt would like to visit Israel and Jordan sometime in the future. She is already planning a trip to Africa next spring. “Even with everything that’s happening in the world I won’t let anybody keep me from going where I want to go,” she said. “You want to travel smart and stay in safe areas. If you can travel with a tour company, that’s the best thing to do.” In all of her travel adventures some of her favorite memories are of riding a camel in Egypt, zip lining in Honduras and experiencing an actual Red Wood forest in New Zealand. “I use to want to relax on vacation but now I’m into experiencing whatever there is to do,” she said. “I like to experience everything so I can look at it from my point of view and the point of view of my clients.”

The biggest advantages of booking a trip through a travel agent are the reliability and security an agent can provide, Lamb said. “There are a lot of people who have gone on line and done it themselves and gotten burned,” she said. “On line you have no one to help if you have problems while you’re on your trip.” Customer service is an important part of the business for Lamb who provides an extra measure of care to her clients by listening to their needs. When booking a trip the agency sends a Goodie Basket filled with items a traveler might need on a vacation and follows up with clients after they arrive home. “I enjoy seeing people who have never traveled before outside the state and walking them through the process and hearing how they enjoyed the trip when they got back,” Lamb said. “We always talk with our clients and find out how things went. If there is something unsatisfactory we want to fix it.” Greg Stelmacher and wife Sally of Wisconsin Rapids book an annual winter get away for a group of 10 to 16 people each year. The informal travel group is made up of friends and couples they have met on previous trips. “Susan books us on at least one major trip a year,” Stelmacher said. “One of the biggest things we found when we booked off the internet is that you have no contact if things go wrong. You send it in and hope all goes well when there is no one to help.” The group has gone on 10 day trips booked by TLC Travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Costa Rica for five years. “Susan has been very accommodating and very prompt in responding to our needs,” Stelmacher said. “She enjoys working with

people and getting them what they want. She is already working on our trip for next year.” Seasoned traveler Mike Duellman of Nekoosa and his wife, daughter and friends have been traveling with the help of TLC Travel for more than four years. They have planned trips to Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, Norway and New Zealand. “All of our trips have been very well organized and went off without a snafu,” Duellman said. “She always suggests things for us to do on every tour. I can’t believe any travel agent has been everywhere but she has been to a lot of places.” Active in the community Lamb is an ambassador for the Wisconsin Rapids Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Sports Commission for the WI Rapids Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She also served as president of the WI Rapids Hockey Association for two years. As chamber ambassador Lamb works with Krista Coon, director of programming and events, assisting with special events such as the June Dairy Breakfast and Business After-Hours. “She has a great personality and is great to work with,” Coon said, “She’s a hard worker and gets involved in the community.” During the school year, TLC Travel hosts an interdenominational Bible study in its building, which is open to the public. “There’s a lot of potential and a lot of great things about this area,” Lamb said. “The seasons are beautiful even with the days you freeze and don’t want to leave your house. There’s beauty in that as well and the people here are just great.” For more information about TLC Travel, call 715-423-8687 or visit www. tlctravelangel.com.

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Taste of Fall Nothing says Fall like Apples!

Gala: raw, salads, sauce, juice Granny Smith: raw, salad, cooking, baking, juice. Caramel Apples! Freezes well. Honey Crisp: raw, salads, cooking, baking, juice. Freezes well. Jonathan: baking, sauce Jonagold: raw, cooking, baking, awesome for sauce! Freezes well.

Fall has arrived and with it baskets full of crispy, juicy, red apples. Visions of a refreshing glass of Apple Cider with a fresh Apple Cider Doughnut, Caramel Apples, warm Apple Pie, Apple Cobbler and Apple Dumplings dance before our eyes and tempt our taste buds! Apples come in many varieties, each with their own unique taste and uses. Below is a list to help you decipher which apple to choose: Braeburn: raw, salad, cooking, baking, butter, sauce. Freezes well. Cortland: raw, salad, sauce, baking, pie. Freezes well.

McIntosh: raw, salad, baking, sauce, juice Pink Lady: raw, salads, baking, not sauce Red Delicious: raw, salads. Do not freeze. Golden Delicious: raw, salads, butter, sauce


from www.pocketchangegourmet.com Selection: A good quality apple will be firm with smooth, clean skin and have good color for the variety. Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.

Storage: Store apples in your refrigerator when possible, this will ensure they maintain their flavor and texture as long as possible. If you do not have room then find the coolest area in your house to store them. Avoid storing apples with dark spots or soft areas, use these as soon as possible to prevent waste. Remember, one bad apple will ruin the entire bunch. So when in doubt, remove any that you suspect may be bad.


from www.thesouthernladycooks.com 1. A medium-sized apple has about 80 calories. 2. The only apple native to the United States is the crabapple. 3. The Red Delicious is the most popular apple in the United States. 4. Apples ripen 10 times faster at room temperature than in the refrigerator. 5. A bushel of apples weighs about 42 pounds and will produce anywhere from 20 to 24 quarts of applesauce.

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We currently have an upcoming cooking class to help you with your bushel of apples: FALL FLAVORS BAKING EVENT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a baking novice who wants to learn, it’s a perfect time to stop by the Chef’s Center and stock up on the bakeware you need to make all those recipes you’ve earmarked for the holidays! Spend the morning with our staff, who will help you brush up on the baking basics and put a fresh twist on a few holiday favorites that might inspire you to try something new.

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS • Free seminars that offer tips, tricks and recipes to excite and motivate you for your Fall baking • Discounts on featured bakeware in the Chef’s Center. • Enter a drawing to win a basket of baking essentials. • Sample gourmet products and coffees from New Roots, Redwood St. Roasters and Nespresso.


10:00 AM BAKING BASICS This crash course in all things baking will help you: • Use the right baking pans and tools • Substitute different flours, sugars and more • Measure ingredients correctly • Prep your pans properly (for no burning or sticking) • Choose the best ingredients for your baked goods

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11:00 AM FALL BAKING WITH A TWIST Pumpkins, cranberries and apples are the usual suspects for fall baked goods for a reason—everyone loves them! Learn how to make some new recipes that use these ingredient favorites in creative and delicious ways.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 6:30–9:00 PM Under the tutelage of Caroline Imig (25-time winner of the National Pie Contest!) you will learn the tricks of the trade and secrets to successful pie-making, learn how to roll crusts for a double crust pie, and make delicious pie fillings and toppings. You will create a double crust Apple Pie that you have made yourself to take home to bake and enjoy with your family and friends. Please bring your favorite pie dish. Caroline will also have other flavored pies she has made for your sampling enjoyment.

This evening only: there will be an opportunity to purchase an Emile Henry Pie Dish for $25.00(a $40.00 value). This is a hands-on class. Sign up early, as registration will be limited to 13 people. • The Chef’s Center is an exciting and innovative environment for cooks of all skill levels. • We provide the knowledge, the products and the tools for you to succeed in expanding your culinary creativity. • We invite you to join us and experience an evening of exploring new recipes, learning new skills and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow foodies. • We look forward to seeing you at the table!

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“We are teachers, lawyers, CFOs, guidance counselors, professors. We’re in all different fields,” said Maysee Yang Herr, associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Yang Herr, 40, described today’s Hmong women as being significant contributors to their communities who seek to influence positive change in the world. As a Wausau native of Hmong descent, she has witnessed the challenges of Hmong families assimilating into the American way of life. It has been 40 years since Hmong refugees started settling in central Wisconsin. The process of cultural assimilation wasn’t easy but there are success stories to prove the struggle was worth the strife. “We are hard working people who learn quickly and adapt quickly,” said Yang Herr. “We are proud of our Hmong heritage but especially those of our generation. We have very much embraced who we are and not just as Hmong individuals but as Americans and members of this community.” Yang Herr is a shining example of what’s possible when individuals embrace change and strive for prosperity. Education has been her key to success. After graduating from Wausau West in 1994, she earned a bachelor’s degree from UWWhitewater, a master’s degree in education and human development and a doctoral degree in curriculum studies and early childhood education from Indiana University. She was a teacher in Indianapolis until moving back to central Wisconsin to be closer to family

in 2008. Currently, she is collaborating with other educators of the UW system to establish a course on social justice for the new education doctorate program offered at the university. “It will be one of only a handful of programs like it that exists across the nation but is quickly gaining popularity,” she said. “I’m excited about the kinds of professionals this will be preparing for our world.” Helping others find opportunities to excel is important to Yang Herr. “If my presence can inspire someone to pursue higher education or to see what’s possible, I will have fulfilled part of what I’m here for,” she said. One way that Yang Herr makes sure that other’s dreams are attainable is through her work with the Hmong American Center, Inc. and the Dream Big: 2056 fundraising event. The first annual event was held last April in Wausau to raise money for scholarships for local Hmong students who are attending college and plan on returning to Marathon County to work as well as raise a family. “We had several community leaders on the planning committee which made it an even greater success. I’m excited about our second year,” said Yang Herr, who chaired the event and was a keynote speaker. Yang Herr has been instrumental in sharing her culture with younger generations in an effort to keep it alive. In the summer of 2012, she helped launch Camp Phoojywg-Friend so children in grades K-12 could gain knowledge about the Hmong heritage, which is gradually fading away as the

Hmong population becomes more rooted in America. The weeklong camp held at local schools is open to all children but is mostly attended by Hmong students. “When we first started, we weren’t sure if we would have even 20 students in the program but ended up with a little over 60 participants enrolled,” said Yang Herr. The camp now exceeds 100 participants who learn about the ethnic group’s language, history, music, folklore and art. “Being that we are living in an increasingly globalized society where jobs often require one to be able to successfully adapt to various cultures, an experience such as Camp Phoojywg-Friend is valuable.” Working with the camp has prepared Yang Herr for her latest role of coordinating College Days for Kids at UW-Stevens Point where sixth graders are introduced to a university setting as a way of encouraging them to establish long-term educational goals. Yang Herr’s desire to guide youth along the path to higher education was shaped by her own valuable experiences. “At this point in my career, I have more choices and I’m happy to be spending more time on projects that I’m most passionate about,” she said. “I’m finding that it’s a wonderful feeling when one’s personal and professional passions come together as they have for me.” Along with her husband Aisa, Yang Herr is raising their two-year-old son, Elijah, to have a multi-cultural experience. They enjoy travelling together while visiting extended family and friends who live in different states. FALL 2016 | YOU | 23

Shoe buying tips that may save your sole

Here are ten tips to help you find the best fit. Warm weather is here. With it, many people in central Wisconsin will be shopping for new athletic shoes. Some people will find shoes that fit just right...others will spend months recovering from corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes, and strained arches caused by poorly fitted shoes. Don’t let this happen to you. Properly fitted shoes are an important aspect of health and performance - even if you are just walking. Here are ten shoe-buying tips from Bone & Joint Center to help you find the best fit this spring. Know your arch type. High, low, or in-between, your arches affect the way your foot strikes the ground and the

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way your leg moves. You need the right arch support for your foot. Feet with high arches underpronate and strike the ground with the outside of the foot. This can lead to pain that starts in the foot and travels to the lower back. High arches need extra shock absorption and more lateral or side-to-side support to prevent ankle sprains, stress fractures, and shin splints. Flat feet or feet with low arches overpronate or roll to the inside of the foot. This type of foot needs proper support and lateral control to minimize the risk of arch strain, development of Achilles tendonitis, or pain on the inside of the knee. Not sure what type of arch you have? No problem. You can take a simple wet foot test at home. Wet the bottom of your barefoot. Step on a paper bag or colored paper to make a footprint. The shape of the print shows where your foot bears the most stress. If your footprint looks like a block with toes, you probably have flat feet. If it looks like a question mark, sickle, or the pattern breaks on the side, you most likely have high arches. A normal arch will have a slight curve between the ball of the foot, the area just below the toes, and the heel. If you have experienced stress fractures in your feet or legs in the past, working with a podiatrist, a doctor specializing in care of the feet and lower legs, may help you achieve the best shoe fit. Buy your shoes from a specialty shoe store. A shoe store that specializes in the sale of athletic shoes or a store that employs a pedorthist will know which shoe will give you the best fit. A pedorthist, a medical professional specializing in orthotics and the biomechanics of the foot and lower leg, or a knowledgeable salesperson will examine your foot. He or she may ask you to walk across the room to assess your gait. Based on how you move and your activity, the sales professional will recommend shoes that fit your foot and your performance expectations. You may pay a little more at a specialty shoe store, but often you will buy a higher quality shoe that provides better support for your foot, your gait, and your sport. Always check your size. The shoes in your closet from last year, may not fit as well this year. Don’t worry, your feet are not still growing. But, there may be subtle changes in your foot structure that require a different shoe size. Studies show that people 40 years old and older increase their shoe size by a half size every ten years because their feet flatten and elongate as they age. Your shoe size can fluctuate due to pregnancy, weight gain, or weight loss. When you are shoe shopping always get your feet measured, then try on shoes to make sure they are: • the right length. Your shoe should be a finger width (approximately 3/8 or 1/2 inch) longer than your longest toe. If your shoes are not long enough, they will cramp your toes and cut off circulation. They may even cause hammertoe or bunions. If your shoes are too long, they can create a tripping hazard. • the right width. Always buy shoes to fit the widest part of your foot. This will usually be an area called the toe box, which surrounds the toes and the ball of your foot. Marathon walkers, runners, and hikers often buy shoes a full size larger than their dress shoes. Walking or running long distances can cause your feet to swell. Shoes that are too small can cause serious injury to your feet.

If you have feet that are different sizes, always buy shoes to fit the larger foot. Shop for shoes late in the day. After a day of walking, standing, or sitting, your feet swell. They will be their largest in the afternoon or evening. Shopping later will ensure a good fit all day long. Your old shoes hold clues to the proper fit. If you are working with a professional, showing him or her, the wear and tear on your old shoes can provide clues to shoe fitting. Wear on the outside may indicate a need for support that rolls the foot in; wear on the inside shows more support is needed on the inner structure of the shoe. This information along with a foot analysis and gait observation will help a trained salesperson recommend the best shoe for you. Consider your activity. Whether you walk, run, play tennis, or golf your shoes are foundational to your movement. Since a long-distance runner’s foot will strike the ground differently than a sprinter’s foot, shoemakers have designed and developed shoes to accommodate different activities. People dedicated to walking or running need shoes structured for forward motion with more cushion in the heel area to support the Achilles tendon. Athletes who play tennis or racquetball need shoes that support quick side-to-side motions. Hikers need shoes that provide tread for uneven terrain and extra stability in the foot and ankle area. A multi-purpose shoe may not be the best choice if you participate in your activity several hours during the week. The extra cost of a well-designed, sport-specific pair of shoes may save you the pain and frustration of injury. Take your workout socks. Trying on shoes with dress socks or nylons may not be the best test. If you plan to wear athletic socks, you should try shoes on with your thicker socks. If you wear orthotics, remember to take them with you. This sounds obvious, but many people forget about their orthotics until they have their shoes home. To save yourself an added hassle, have your orthotics handy ensure the proper fit. Place your orthotics in the shoes and walk around the store bit. Before you purchase your shoes, check for defects. Sometimes, problems occur during the manufacturing process. Examine each shoe for tears, stitching issues, or other defects. Next, place the shoes together on the counter. Are they balanced? Do they sit even and straight? Even small structural issues can have a big impact on the health of your feet. Take new shoes for a test run. Many stores will let you take shoes home to try them. Some stores stipulate that you only wear the shoes indoors or workout on a treadmill at the gym. If you would like to take your shoes for a test drive, ask the salesperson about the store’s return policy.

If you try out the shoes and they hurt your feet or don’t perform as well as you would like them to, take them back for an exchange or a refund. High-quality athletic shoes should not require a “break-in” period to fit right. Your shoes should be comfortable right off the rack. If the shoe does not fit your foot in the store, it will not fit your foot in a week. (This is not to say you shouldn’t “break in” your shoes before a long race. You will want to wear new shoes during practice for a few weeks prior to the race for the best results.) Other factors to consider when choosing new shoes. Shoes are designed to support specific arch types, provide support for particular movements, and allow correct foot and leg alignment. A shoe’s structure is critical for pain-free and productive motion. Poorly fitted shoes can cause pain from the tips of your toes to your lower back, and every point in between. Since all parts of the shoe work together to provide the proper fit, you will want to consider flex, cushion, and the lacing structure in addition to size and support. Flex in the middle of the sole of the shoe is important to shoe mechanics. Too much flex will stress the plantar fascia; too little flex will stress the Achilles tendon. The reason flex impacts foot health is explained by simple science. When you run or walk, your feet and legs work together like levers and fulcrums. To fit correctly, shoes need to flex at the point where the toes meet the foot (the fulcrum). This allows calf muscles to function properly and avoids over stretching the tendons in the legs (the lever). If any part is out of balance, it can cause painful problems. How much cushion should you have? Today’s shoes can have us walking on cushiony foam or running on air. But, there’s a danger when there’s too much cushion. You can overstretch your Achilles tendons. Are you laced too tight? This may be the problem if you feel pain on the tops of your feet or the front of your ankles. Left unchecked, tight laces can cause nerve impingement in the front of the ankles and over the big toe. If your shoes are causing pain on the tops of your feet, try skipping some of the eyelets. If this does not relieve the pain, you should talk to a podiatrist. Remember, proper shoe fit will work with the mechanics of your leg and foot movements. Make sure: • your shoe has between 3/8- and 1/2-inch of room between your longest toe and the end of the shoe • your shoe fits the widest part of your foot • your shoe bends or flexes where your foot bends and flexes • your heel feels stable and does not slip in and out of the shoe • you take your shoe for a walk to test how it feels Shoes will wear with use. If you walk every day, you may want to consider replacing your walking shoes every three to four months. Running shoes may need to be replaced every 350 to 400 miles.


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Kasandra Mathews of Plover is in the business of making women and their families look their best. “The right hairstyle makes us feel good and gives us confidence,” said Mathews, owner of Fantastic Sams in Plover and Studio M Salon in Wisconsin Rapids. “Our stylists strive to help people get out there and present themselves to the world.” Mathews, 27, celebrated the first anniversary of owning both stores this year. She seized the opportunity to reopen Fantastic Sams at 1820 Plover Road in the summer of 2015 after having a goal of establishing her own franchise of North America’s largest full-service hair care salon. With eight employees, they offer everything from haircuts, coloring, perms and waxing. Her dream to become an owner took root as a stylist for five years at Fantastic Sams in Wisconsin Rapids. “It’s something I really wanted to do and it finally became a reality when the Stevens Point location became available,” she said. The “no appointment necessary” salon is ideal for busy families who want quick services that offer the latest trends in cuts and color. At Studio M, designers create an avantgarde experience in a more intimate setting. “We appeal to a clientele that’s often after trendy and up and coming styles,” Mathews said. At both salons, you’re likely to see bold color jobs or balayage and ombre highlighting fashioned with the latest cutting techniques. “If you ever wanted to try a daring color, now is the time to do it,” she said. 26 | YOU | FALL 2016

When Mathews and the Fantastic Sams crew aren’t serving their regular clients, they can be found at local schools each month giving free haircuts to kids in need. They’re also working with a women’s shelter and The Salvation Army to distribute vouchers for free cuts. “Styled hair just makes you feel better about yourself,” she said. “It’s our way of giving back to our community.” Juggling the responsibilities of two salons is more complicated than Mathews originally thought, but she makes progress by firmly sticking to a schedule and employing talented managers. “I have to stay organized,” she said. “I schedule out everything from paying the bills to time with my daughter.” Every Tuesday when it’s typically slower at the salons, Mathews spends the day with her two-year-old daughter, Maya. Being a business owner allows her to prioritize what’s most important in life. She also manages to find time for her rare hobby of aerial silks, an art where performers do acrobatics while hanging from fabric. “It’s an amazing workout,” she said. “It uses upper body and core strength by hanging in the air.” She started classes at Monarch Aerial Arts Studio, Stevens Point, as a way to gain some personal freedom after having a child and running the businesses. “It’s a form of exercise that I really look forward to and one of the few things that I do just for myself,” Mathews said.

Hair Trends by Kasandra

What’s your most requested celebrity hairstyle? If I had to pick one it would be Kaley Cuoco from Big Bang Theory. Most popular hair color? Definitely balayage. What is your favorite hairstyle to do? If I had to choose one thing to do all day it would be hand painting balayage baby lights. Are bangs in or out? Both. What would you say is a must-have styling tool? A flat iron. It’s so versatile and can do curls, waves or straight hair.

What’s the difference between balayage, ombre and sombre? BALAYAGE is a hair coloring technique that uses freehand painting of highlights rather than traditional foils and caps. It offers a soft, sun-kissed look throughout. OMBRE is the transition of a lighter shade from a darker shade and works best on brunettes. SOMBRE is used on blondes and is subtler.

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Our picks of things to do this season. BY STARLA GOLIE


Kick off the season on the 400 Block October 1 from 10am-3pm. Trade a nonperishable food item that will benefit the Neighbor’s Place for the perfect pumpkin in the patch. Ride in a horse drawn carriage, enjoy pumpkin carving, paint some canvas, listen to tunes, soak up story time and more!




Make an appearance for this art extravaganza September 10-11. The festivities will be held at Marathon Park (1201 Stewart Avenue), Festival of Arts (427 4th Street), Center for the Visual Arts (427 4th St) and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (700 North Twelfth Street). There will be free handicap accessible shuttle buses running every fifteen minutes from 10am-5pm from select locations. Call 715-845-7010 for more details.

CENTRAL WISCONSIN STATE FAIR. It has been held annually for roughly a century in the heart of Wood County (513 East 17th Street) and has quite a bit to offer! Scope out the central Wisconsin draft horse show, carnival rides, demolition derby, tasty food, beer gardens, free grandstand entertainment and even more.


Your mind will be blown by the gorgeous autumn colors from sensational views October 1-2 from 11am-4pm. The charge is $9 per person with the purchase of a daily or yearly state park pass. There’s no entry fee for children five and younger. You are able to decide if you want to start at the Base Village at the Granite Peak Ski Area or at Rib Mountain State Park (3605 North Mountain Road). You’ll have a round trip ticket to a stellar day of adventures. 28 | YOU | FALL 2016


Meet at Wildwood Park (1800 South Roddis Avenue) for the festivities! Enjoy Amish specialties, maple syrup, potato as well as regular pancake breakfast, maple dessert contests, food court along with more. It will be held from 9am-5pm on September 17 as well as September 18 from 10am-4pm with free admission.


Dance the day away during a free event at the Marshfield Eagles Club (1104 South Oak Avenue) on October 9 starting at noon. Join the fun and feel free to bring an instrument to play! Dance to superb music, relax and mingle with great people.



CELEBRATE AMHERST RIVER FEST. Don’t miss the celebration of Amherst’s exceptional recreation, natural resources and culture! It’s a free family event that features hayrides, street musicians, farmer’s market, artists, crafters along with more options on September 10 from 10am-10pm.


Celebrate the breathtaking autumn season on West Grand Avenue on September 11 from 10am-4pm. Enjoy live music, food vendors, children’s activities, a car show as well as arts and crafts.


Collect glow sticks as you compete in this night run/walk with local law enforcement on October 5 from 5pm-9pm at the Centralia Center (220 3rd Avenue South). To help guide your way through the course, it will be lined with lights and sirens from law enforcement vehicles. All proceeds for this event will benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.


Take part in a non-competitive hiking challenge where you can choose between the 8K or the 13K. Play in the leaves while you absorb the spectacular scenery at Standing Rocks County Park (7695 Standing Rock Road) on September 24. The winding trails are well marked, there are comfort stops along the way and even brunch at the finish line.

47TH ANNUAL ART IN THE PARK. Meet at Pfiffner Pioneer Park (1100 Crosby Avenue) on September 17 to indulge in what local artists have to offer. With a beautiful setting along the banks of the Wisconsin River, you’ll be able to stimulate your creative senses as well as the view. This event will be held outdoors rain or shine.


This is a great way to start the month! Take part in the giant pumpkin drop, music, great pumpkin bake-off, craft show, giant pumpkin carving, delicious food and much more. It will be held on October 1 from 9am-5pm as well as October 2 from 9am-4pm at Riverside Park (Prospect Avenue, Nekoosa).

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Relax, Unwind and Let Your Troubles Drift Away BY BREANNA SPETH Yoga can have a positive and powerful impact on any life or body. Luanne Sojka and Stacy Wolf, co-owners of Off The Mat Yoga in Marshfield, want to help everyone find and embrace the transformative power of yoga. What started with alternating shifts teaching classes at The Y has grown into a lifetime passion and business for Luanne and Stacy. Founded in May 2015, Off The Mat Yoga aims to provide a space where people can be themselves without expectations, judgments or competition. Luanne began practicing yoga to complement her marathon training and Stacy became interested during pregnancy. 30 | YOU | FALL 2016


What began as exercise soon became a passion on its own, and both women soon after attended a Yoga Alliance training together to become certified to teach. Starting with classes at Auburndale Sport & Spine, Luanne founded what would become Off The Mat Yoga. Joining forces with Stacy, the two women opened their own studio on the third floor of The Thomas House in downtown Marshfield. “We were both traveling yoga teachers but we just wanted a home,” said Stacy. “It’s different, even as teachers and definitely as students, to practice in a designated studio spot,” added Luanne. “I called it ‘Off the Mat” because my

philosophy is that each of us, especially myself, has fallen off the beaten path, the mat, the boat...it’s more about picking yourself back up and getting back on, whatever IT is.” With Stacy being a mother of five boys, ranging in age from 20-months-old to 11-years-old, and a husband (Tony) who owns his own business, as well as Luanne married (to Jesse) with four children between, both women appreciate the support of the other in making their entrepreneurial adventure a success. “To do it alone would have been a huge undertaking,” said Stacy. “And you wouldn’t have the support,”

added Luanne. “What I’ve found is not only the support of helping each other out when there are kid’s activities or sickness, but that support as a teacher and as a business owner. I know that there’s no way I could have done it by myself. The motivation to keep each other going is tremendous.” While there is no state mandated formal education to teach yoga in Wisconsin, both Stacy & Luanne are certified in “Power” yoga, and appreciate having the credentials to back up their practice. A powerful, energetic form of yoga, Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga involves fluidly moving from one pose to the next while connecting breathing to movements. “It’s empowering yoga, a little bit more athletic based and heavy on breathing,” explained Stacy, adding that there isn’t any humming or chanting. “We want to move, sweat and breathe.” Because it is a more athletic form of yoga, all ages and body types are encouraged to enjoy Power yoga. “What I enjoy about it physically is getting grounded, finding that safety and security that’s on my mat, grounding myself and reminding myself to be present,” said Luanne. “I just feel open, big. It’s beautiful. It fills me up. When I practice yoga, those are the things that I enjoy.” Added Stacy, “When I teach yoga, my favorite thing is when a student finally gets it, whether it’s a pose or the breathwhen you can tell they aren’t thinking about anything, when they feel successful and they feel amazing.” Having been in business for just more than a year, Stacy and Luanne

have enjoyed meeting people and watching them learn and improve. “I love now that we’ve been here over a year, seeing how people have grown,” said Luanne. “It’s amazing.” The most challenging part with their small business is the work/ life balance. Luanne still works as a pharmacist for Marshfield Clinic. “It’s a constant challenge of logistic of times and days and finding the fit for the community to bring them in and keep them in,” said Luanne. “It’s hard, balancing all of the kid’s schedules,” added Stacy. Both moms have enjoyed sharing yoga with their kids and make time to volunteer at their schools as well as with local sports teams to help teach students and athletes about yoga. Both women are also thankful for community support. “The community that has surrounded us, has welcomed us, has supported us this whole time, that continues to lift us up,” said Luanne. “It’s is humbling and we are very thankful.” “When we opened, no one knew anyone else,” said Stacy. “But now before class, listening to all the chit chat and all these people that didn’t know each other before, it’s just amazing. You want it to feel like one big family, whether you come here one hundred times or once. If you’re here, we are happy.” For those hesitant to try a class, Luanne

and Stacy encourage everyone to “be a yes, just try.” “We’ll take care of you,” said Stacy. “We were beginners once. We know what people are worrying about. People have this misconception of a yoga teacher up on a platform in a sports bra and booty shorts and dinging bells and weird stuff like that, but a lot of times I’m usually just lying on the floor with my legs up the wall. We’re on your level, always.” FALL 2016 | YOU | 31

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torn frenulum. “His father said that his finger slipped while he was trying to pacify him with his finger during a diaper change. This was odd, but I believed him. He had never shown any violent tendencies in the past and why would he abuse his own son?” Stephanie questioned. Unfortunately, she would soon find out that this was the first sign of child abuse. She began noticing that Alex would routinely have bruising on his arms, legs and neck. When

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hey say you can never judge a book by its cover. I believe this goes for people as well, there is so much depth into a person’s soul and life experiences. Alex will be turning two in September and has an incredibly contagious smile. Although he’s still quite young, he’s already been though a lot and narrowly avoided having brain surgery at the mere age of roughly three months. It all began when Stephanie Dischinger brought Alex into the hospital for a fever and

Help A Child she interrogated his father, he stated he was holding him too tight and would try to be gentler. As a result, Stephanie had Alex’s blood tested to try to find the cause for the bruising but all his blood work came back normal. It was on November 28th, 2014 that she discovered she had been wrong about how Alex was treated by his father when left alone. After returning from her day at work, Alex’s father admitted to spanking him.

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Stephanie explained she “was horrified to see a handprint welt on Alex’s bottom.” She headed to Urgent Care with her mom to file a report. They were both also concerned because Alex had been acting lethargic and fussy when he was awake which was unlike him. “When we arrived at Urgent Care, it was found that his fontanel was bulging. He was taken to radiology for a CT scan of his head, where it was found that he had acute and chronic bleeding on his brain.” Stephanie continued, “this means that Alexander was hurt that day and also in the past.” After being evaluated by many different specialists, Alex was diagnosed with Shaken Baby Syndrome or Non-Accidental Trauma. As a result, he spent a grueling week in the hospital. “He had so many blood draws and radiology tests. He had a blood transfusion due to the bleeding on his brain,” Stephanie explained. “After he was able to come home, the fluid on his brain was not absorbing like it should.” This meant he needed to have surgery

to drain that fluid and have a permanent ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt to keep the fluid from building up. The day before his scheduled brain surgery, he was given his very first haircut in the neurosurgery department. After the final test, his surgeon found that the fluid was not getting worse and had in fact started absorbing on its own. It was an absolute miracle and he no longer needed the surgery. The chances of him surviving without any effects were less than 1% but thankfully, he has been developing physically as well as neurologically on track. The miraculous outcome motivated Stephanie to make a difference for families and children that are not so lucky. “I think it is important to know the signs of child abuse and neglect. We need to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves,” states Stephanie. “If you do feel a child is being abused or neglected, speak up. It is better to be wrong than to be too late.” Since Alex’s abuse, Stephanie was inspired to create the Be a Hero Foundation which is dedicated to the prevention and awareness of

child abuse as well as neglect. “Our ultimate goal is to end child abuse and neglect,” said Stephanie. “While the overall goal is being achieved, there needs to be support for those going through the devastating effects of child abuse. With greater support comes greater voices for our children.” The first annual Be a Hero 5K run/ walk will be held on September 10, 2016 at Wildwood Park in Marshfield. There will also be a free fun run for children ages 3-10 prior to the 5K run/walk. Proceeds will benefit the Marshfield Clinic Child Advocacy Center which will be used to create a support group for families that have been or are going through the traumatic effects of child abuse. For more information regarding the cause please email be.a.hero54449@hotmail.com or check out the Be a Hero Facebook page. Register for the Be a Hero 5K in person the day of the event or at www.active.com/ marshfield-wi/running/distance-runningraces/be-a-hero-5k-2016?int=. Children do not need to register for the fun run.

PHOTOS LEFT TO RIGHT: Day Before Surgery - The day before Alex’s scheduled surgery for the VP shunt. He already had his haircut and the markers in place before surgery was cancelled. (Photo Credit: Stephanie Dischinger) Hospital - Alex was on the mend in the hospital after being diagnosed with SBS. (Photo Credit: Stephanie Dischinger) Boating - Alex and Stephanie on his first boat ride. He loves to be on the boat with his loved ones. (Photo Credit: Stephanie Dischinger) Dairy Fest - Alex and Stephanie at the Dairy fest Parade this year. We walked with the Personal Development Center float. PDC is another great program for families and helped Alex and I greatly. (Photo Credit: Kristina Howey) Be A Hero - The most recent picture of Alex, posing for his photo shoot for the Be a Hero campaign. (Photo Credit: Kristina Howey)

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ucked away just south of Marathon City, there’s a family owned business that has quite a bit to offer. “One step into our store and you won’t



believe your eyes,” said Christine Heise who can be found running the day to day operations of the shop.

items for yourself. Find an array of canvas prints, metal art, essential oils, diffusers, home décor, ladies fashion, bulk gourmet chocolates, garden supplies, grilling supplies and more. If you’re looking for your

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Satisfy your hunger with their delicious restaurant The Scoop. It serves breakfast and lunch from 7am-1:30pm. There are daily homemade soups, desserts, sandwiches, pizza, Italian cheese fries as well as Cedar Crest Ice Cream,” she stated.

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KEEP YOUR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE ON SCHEDULE By: Mike Molitor, Auto Select 715-355-4050

A generation ago, drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle’s preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed. For example, almost everyone used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition systems, which meant ignition points, spark plugs and coils had to be replaced and the timing adjusted every few years. As long as the vehicle was in for a tune-up, the vehicle was inspected and you took care of any needed repairs at the same time. Today’s engines have electronic ignition systems and engine control computers. Spark plugs can last for up to 100,000 miles. Vehicle reliability has vastly improved in the last few decades, and surveys report fewer problems with new vehicles than ever before. That also means that our vehicles don’t experience a huge performance drop when they’re ready for some car care. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t need it. Drivers need to rely on calendars and mileage intervals to know when to schedule maintenance. Owner’s manuals contain recommendations on when different types of maintenance should be performed. Also, your vehicle service provider can provide advice about auto maintenance schedules. They know that benefits of staying on top of preventive maintenance are substantial. First, you’ll get better engine performance and fuel economy. Those two things alone return the cost of preventive maintenance: in fuel savings and safety. Also, routine maintenance has been proven to prevent major car repairs later on. Again, the cost savings can be significant. As the old saying goes, “Spend a penny, save a dime.” Modern vehicle engines may be more durable and reliable than their predecessors, but they’re more sophisticated and complex as well. For this reason, preventive maintenance today is even more critical than the old tune-up. Modern engine systems

have a lot of parts that have to stay lubricated. These parts can be made of aluminum, plastic or steel. Special additives in lubricants are required to keep each of these materials from breaking down or corroding. Over time, these additives are depleted, even if the vehicle isn’t driven. This makes fluid changes a critical part of scheduled maintenance if you want to keep your car on the road. As an example, coolant fluid in your engine is a sophisticated mix that not only keeps your vehicle engine cool but also protects and maintains its components. However, this fluid gradually gets contaminated and anti-corrosion additives are depleted. It can become corrosive and actually damage the vehicle engine parts it was designed to protect. It can actually eat holes in your radiator and other engine parts. Changing the coolant could have prevented this damage, and it’s a whole lot easier and cheaper than replacing a radiator. Timely oil changes are more critical for drivers than they used to be. Skipping just one oil change can start the build-up of oil sludge in your engine. Sludge can clog small engine passages, which cuts off the supply of lubricant to engine parts. Just this small bit of sludge can reduce the life expectancy of your engine. If the build-up continues, it could lead to engine failure within two or three years. One word of warning to anyone who purchases used automobiles: take care when buying a leased vehicle. Folks who lease vehicles only intend to drive them for two or three years, generally the years when the vehicle is least likely to experience any problems. One of the reasons people lease vehicles is that they don’t want to be bothered with maintenance or car care. Before buying a pre-leased vehicle, be sure to inspect it for signs of damage that result from lack of proper care. We can all be grateful for the improved reliability of our modern vehicles. With proper maintenance and care, we can expect them to last longer, perform better, get better fuel mileage, and require fewer repairs than ever before. We just have to be more conscientious about scheduling time for their care.

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allowed her to completely relax and unwind for an hour. Being a mom is quite a bit of work and she enjoyed taking time to be rewarded for all of it. Our makeover team did a superb job at taking the very best care of Amy. After her makeover, she felt renewed and refreshed. Taking a little time to spoil yourself is good for the soul and necessary at times.

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Amy came in with hair that was just past her shoulders with golden and red highlights that had grown out. During the consultation, Kelsy and Amy discussed that she would like to grow her hair longer. They decided to do a light trim on the ends

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to cut some of the warmth. She also added a chocolate brown to enhance the warm tones that were left in Amy’s hair for a more balanced look overall. After completing the color and cut, Kelsy added volume as well as soft curls to complete Amy’s look. MAKEOVER CONTINUED ON PAGE 40 >>>

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Start with the eyes, always, always start with eyes. It makes things a little quicker and easier. Some shadows have fall out which means the powder falls down onto the face and it makes things easier to clean up before setting your foundation. For a base on the eyes, I used a white shadow in oyster. Having a white or cream base will help blend out other shadows you put on top of it. I then started blending a light brown shade in the crease of her eye as a transi-

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it won’t feel heavy on hot days but it has enough coverage to cover redness or discoloration in the skin with an SPF of 30. To set the foundation I used ultra powder to help the longevity and create a matte finish to the look. I gave her a little color using teakwood long lasting cheek color on the apples of the cheeks. I also filled in her brows with a little brown brow powder, and finished the look with Bear Hug Lip Glaze.

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Amy was such a fun person to have on my table! She had been maintaining her brows for a long time now and doing pretty good! We tweaked the shape just a little bit with waxing and trimming giving her a little correction at her arch. We then tinted her eyebrows to better match her hair, this helps fill in and pigment the hair all the same. It will last her about 4 to 6 weeks! I then taught her how to fill her eyebrows in using the motives eyebrow kit which has wax and powder in it. It is very forgiving and extremely natural looking! This will help her while she is in between eyebrow waxes and will help correct the shape a bit.

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Vibrant Splash Of Color Amy is a regular customer and today we chose purple! Gel polish has really been a top choice in the salon overall. It has taken over acrylic nails as a preferred service simply because of its ease on the nail plate. I also feel, at least in my salon, there has been a shift in what women prefer. They are leaning more towards the natural looking nails. Thinner but strong. The idea of not having acrylic unexpectedly lifting or popping off is really a great upside to gel polish. There are literally thousands of color combinations! My pedicuring services are also very popular right now because ladies are enjoying our beautiful weather while it still lasts. A full spa pedicure in the Whirlpool spa, trim, file and warm paraffin wax dip for deeper moisturizing are all done in a tranquil, private room. Then top it off with your favorite color! If clients prefer to skip all the fluff, they can opt to have just a mini pedicure for a quick clean up. This includes a simple file and polish!

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reflexology Getting Rid Of Toxins

Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. The studies also showed it enhances relaxation and sleep. Everyone has daily stress to cope with such as being a parent, balancing work as well as home and finding time to exercise. Soothing Hands Reflexology gives you that hour to forget about the rest of the world and be reenergized. It’s an affordable way to get some time to yourself and it works into pretty much anyone’s schedule. This was Amy’s first experience with reflexology and it was definitely a success! She stays incredibly busy with her children.  Each day is a busy day for her! This makeover was a much needed escape to give her a little time to be pampered like she deserves.


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Let Your Worries Fade Away Amy came to my office and was so excited to get her Swedish massage session. She is a busy mother of four and never takes time for herself. She is always busy helping everyone else instead. Amy had massages in the past but it was been a long time ago. “I just want to do nothing for an hour, wake me up when you are done,” she stated. I started the session like normal and I could tell that Amy was enjoying every minute of it. She was able to fully relax, focus on her breathing and drift off into massage land. Her body was starting to loosen up and all of her tension melted away. She responded great to her session and was catching up on lost sleep that was greatly needed. Amy was awesome to work with and it was a joy to meet someone that is so caring as well as deserving of this hour of relaxation. In Amy’s session I used a couple different modalities. I started with Swedish (relaxing) massage then added in some myofascial (stretching) massage as well as cranial (relaxation of the base of your skull) massage. She had great results, at the end of her hour she was completely relaxed, slept great and felt renewed as well as ready for the rest of her day. We forget how important self-care is and get so busy meeting the needs of everyone else that we forget about ourselves. It is very easy to become rundown and fatigued from the stresses of everyday life. An hour massage will decrease the cortisol (stress hormone) in your body while restoring growth and longevity. Amy was very satisfied and plans on returning in the future. She is excited to share her experience at April’s Healing Hands Massage with others.

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In the latest edition we learned the news that Tara Mondloch, YOU Magazine and Wisconsin Media advertising manager, was believed to be cancer free after her mastectomy surgery. In this installment of The Cancer Chronicles, Tara handles the side effects from her surgery and prepares for what is to come in the future.

still not having too much sleep. I was able to make the bed and sweep the floor. That feels good and at least Pep’s not having to do that too. It’s not a lot of help but at least I’m helping a little. He’s making the deviled eggs and I’ll help with the actual mixture since there’s no real recipe of course.

DECEMBER 23. Pep’s trained on the stripping of the drains. He was pretty nervous but in true Pep fashion, he did what he needed to do. We’re headed home at about 10:00. My mom came up to help pack things up and to see me before I head out. That first day was bad. It was more about figuring out how to move and how to not move than anything else. My friend from Kansas sent me some cancer socks. Pep’s there every step of the way and that’s huge for me. He’s making sure my pain meds are there as well as the antibiotics. Making sure I’m warm enough and that I’m eating a little something. Night one was not as smooth, I tried sleeping in the bed. I hate not sleeping with Pep but it was too painful. I feel awful making him get up all the time to help me but I can’t reach the night stand. It’s on my left side and I can’t move that arm nearly as well as my right. We move me to the recliner.

The boys come home and we open the gifts. They get ready for Jake’s Christmas concert which Pamcakes is coming for and that’s good. I feel like a tool for missing it but I can’t go anywhere when I have four drains. Pep is amazing in everything but I think it’s really hard on him. Hearing she got all of the cancer was huge for him but this is a lot. I’m worried about the pressure on him. I slept in the recliner again and it was a pretty good night. I got about 4 hours and then 5 hours in a row which was pretty comfortable. Sitting up in the morning is hard but it’s pretty temporary.

DECEMBER 24. I feel okay,

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DECEMBER 25. Merry Christmas! It’ll be kind of a slower day, we have the bulk of the day to get everything ready. Pep has the ham in the oven around 9 and made a quick run to the store to get a hand held shower from town. He gets that hooked up and it feels pretty amazing to “shower” which is really just the lower half and then Pep washes my hair. It’s the small things and taking a shower is one of those things. The family comes over including John, his kids, the boys, Jess, Pamcakes and my gramps. It was a long day but all in all a good day. Felt pretty good for most of it. I hadn’t looked at my chest at all yet, I know there’s not much there. I can see the outline of the expanders and when I finally move the bandages I’m pleasantly

surprised. There’s no gruesome incisions like I was expecting. I know there’s the one underneath in the crease under each breast but I can live with that. I’m very happy until I notice that my left nipple is black. I’m thinking its dried blood but it’s not. It’s the skin which can only mean one thing, it’s dying. That is not a good thing. There will need to be some additional procedures and now I’m not sure if they will be able to save my left nipple. They said it can happen, the breast tissue is very sensitive and tender which can easily be damaged where they lose blood flow, dying as a result. That my friends is where I’m thinking I am. DECEMBER 26. The night was not a good one. The last time I looked at the clock it was 3:45am and I woke up at 7:30. The boys try to be quiet but it’s not really in their nature. I have no escape to sleep but in the recliner. I fell asleep around 10:00am but only for a little while on and off. They are excited to be home and are talking. It’s their home and I can’t fault them for that. I’m just tired. My mind would not shut down from the issue I

found yesterday. I need to do some more research on the issue and what can be done or what is done in most cases. From what I have found so far it’s not a good sign. I’m just hoping that it’s not more severe and it stays in the small area it’s in right now. Jess and I took down the Christmas tree, it really is kind of our thing. We tear that sucker down almost immediately after Christmas. It’s nice for me to get the house back to normal. The tree had been up for almost a month and even with watering it, she was dry. I moved more today than I have since the surgery. I made breakfast for Shane and Pep, folded some laundry and washed the dishes. Then after my short catnap, Jess and I tackled the tree. Once we got the tree undecorated, Pep tossed it outside and did the clean up afterward. My Aryn came over for Christmas and that was a nice visit. I was so tired though. I’m not used to being down and out like this. I feel horrible that I fell asleep but I need to remember I can’t do it all. DECEMBER 27. The hard part of having a blended family at times is the different set of rules that come from both houses. This is my world today. Long visits are hard when we kind of have our ways set and then all of a sudden have someone in the house 24/7 again. DECEMBER 28. First day back to work. Yay me. My nipple is still black.

I’m guessing that the Neosporin thing I read online isn’t really a thing but it was worth a shot. What’s a little triple antibiotic ointment going to do to save a dead nipple but I’ll keep slathering that stuff on there. Tomorrow will be more informative when I see the plastic surgeon. It’s been less than a week and I am already sick of being “sick.” I hate not being able to just move things along. If these dumb drains were out, I’d be a happy camper. The expanders are hard and sore so I’m not looking forward to going through them filling them. It’s going to be worth it in the end so I can at least feel somewhat normal though. I still can’t even bring myself to really look at myself, harsh I know. The biggest thing on my mind right now is that I’m cancer free. I’m feeling better than I expected but what will Pep think and feel towards me. They say that it’s a normal thing to deal with but still hard to face. Pick up the next edition of YOU Magazine for another installment of The Cancer Chronicles. FALL 2016 | YOU | 47

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Wood County Nurse BY AMBER FRANCE & SARAH SALEWSKI Wood County WIC (women, infants and children) was recently awarded a $200,000 National WIC Association (NWA) grant funded by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) to reduce and prevent chronic disease by improving access to healthy food environments. It will also aid in improving access to prevention and disease management services, like WIC. Wood County WIC is one of 32 local agencies to receive this funding out of 1,900 local WIC agencies in the nation. Grant work has

already begun and will culminate May of 2017. Wood County WIC, Healthy People Wood County Coalition teams and many area partners will come together to work on the following five key strategies, to increase the number of: • Grocery stores/farmer’s markets with new on site and in store placement with promotion strategies for healthy foods •

Restaurants/bars with new healthy menu options and/or using nutrition labeling to identify healthy menu options • Primary care providers/pharmacies that develop and/or implement policies to support breastfeeding in the target community • Primary care providers/mental illness

providers that make “prescriptions” for non-pharmaceutical interventions like exercise and WIC in the target community • Primary care providers and/or staff that receive basic training in (a) WIC services and benefits, (b) community chronic disease prevention and management services referrals and/or (c) breastfeeding in the target community Why is this funding so important? In Wood County an average of “34% of adults are obese.”1 According to Wood County WIC an average of “24.5% mothers are overweight while 49% are obese and 15.7% of children ages 2-5 are overweight and 12% are obese.”2 Obesity is a rising problem within Wood County, Wisconsin. “Obesity is linked to chronic diseases and 80% of chronic diseases are preventable.”3 Through increased farmer’s market promotion, grocery store promotion, breastfeeding policy work, non-RX prescriptions and increased community/clinical linkages Wood County will be in a better position to combat chronic disease. To learn more contact Amber France at afrance@co.wood.wi.us or Sarah Salewski at ssalewski@co.wood.wi.us 1. 2016 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps: Building a Culture of Health, County by County. 2. Wisconsin WIC Program: BMI Trend Report, Wood County WIC, June 2016. 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System

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What Changes When You Put Your Phone Down BY TRACY HOUGUM, M.S. ED.S, CPCC, ACC A couple of days ago I started chewing on something. It is one of those questions of this era...how much time do I really spend on my phone? It came after staring at my nine year old, twelve year old and husband. Each happily disconnected from the other on a trip of a lifetime. Did we enjoy our vacation? Absolutely! Could we have enjoyed it more with our phones not in hand half the time? Absolutely! A week later after the laundry and luggage was all put away, I looked up from my phone and saw pretty much the same thing as I did on vacation. Everyone silently disconnected together and yet we couldn’t be farther away from each other. I think in our house each and every one of us have now accused the other of being on their phone all the time. My excuse, I’m building a business and need to be attached to my followers or leadership tribe mates. Husband, probably decompressing after an often 10-12 hour workday. Twelve year old trying to drown out her parents and annoying brother. Nine year old taking every chance he can get to build some world out of pixelated characters bludgeoning cows to death for meat. The truth is I took a very conservative even number and did the math. A simple number of two. Two hours a day, times 365 days a year, equating to 730 hours. Even knowing 50 | YOU | FALL 2016

that two isn’t always accurate and that sadly some days it has been more. 730 is a number that defines time I have justified as time for me, time for my business, for connections with people that...no offense...aren’t my first loved ones. I broke it down further to 1/12 of my day also meaning 1/12 of my TRACY HOUGUM, M.S. ED.S, CPCC, ACC REALIGN REDESIGN LIFE COACHING, LLC. year. This girl has taken one month out of the last twelve and spent it between the apps of Facebook, Happier, LinkedIn and Google+. I looked at my husband this week and put it this way. If I had 12 months to live, would I be giving one full month - 24/7 - to social media. Hell NO! I do want to be clear, I had an epic year in a leadership program with 20 of my now dearest colleagues, I found several clients, developed an amazing deck of cards about to hit the market and saw that quite a few people do follow my crazy antics, thoughts as well as trips with my family. But 730 equates to over 18 full time work weeks on social media.

I have to admit I am a huge Audible fan. Truthfully, I have the attention span of a gnat. So most of my books are best read in audio format. In my queue most of my books are a five to seven hour listen. In wasted social media time that would be 104-146 books I could be getting into my noggin. Hell 730 would give me a heck of a lot of time sleeping, working out, actually talking to people, being in a true relationship with my husband and being present for my kids. August 30th is my 45th birthday. Funny that 30 is also what I think of as a month. So in this last month of my 44th year I am giving myself one hell of a gift. No diamond earrings or Corvette convertible (my son is not going to be happy this isn’t in the driveway on my birthday). Those were my original thoughts of the perfect gifts. Nope, I am giving myself a break from all social media. Giving this up feels scary, I am not going to lie. Will I be forgotten, will I not get a client or will I miss out on the lives of the people I care about? To be honest the lives I care about most are those under my own roof. I want to spend 30 days being absolutely present. This next month I want to be incredibly curious about what comes up in real time, with real people. I want to care for my body, get the sleep I need and write in a paper journal about what I took from the day, not what I can capture in a Facebook post. My kids are not going to catch me on my phone because it will be tucked away, notifications turned off. People that need to find me will. I have a fantastic new website that people can message me through. My email works and I look forward to actually picking up my phone and saying hi to people. Coffee with friends and book studies will continue. My husband will know that I am eyeballing him, not a social media feed. I can’t reclaim those past 730+ hours but I can reclaim me and that is a gift that keeps on giving. So consider the amount of time on your phone. What is the gift and what is the cost? Maybe your phone isn’t a problem for you, maybe you’d rather watch the Bachelor or endless reality TV or maybe you have a different vice altogether. But do some simple math and find the truth about what isn’t getting created based on how you are living now. There is the old adage that on your deathbed you are never going to say you wished you worked more. So what else can you insert in that statement. I know for sure that on my deathbed I am not going to say...I wish I spent more time on my phone scrolling though social media. No, I am going to die knowing I lived a fierce, passionate life surrounded by people who I connected with and knew me for who I really was.

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The 36-year-old Stevens Point resident is busy with her job as a project manager at Skyward and her board of directors position at the Humane Society of Portage County. Kunst said she has four pets at home -- two dogs and two cats. “I might not have a family, but I have a lot of animals,” she said. “I try to get everyone else to have a lot of animals, too.” With everything on her plate, she doesn’t have the time she wants to keep up on coloring her hair – which she hadn’t highlighted in 10 years – and she cuts her own bangs. When Kunst learned of the opportunity to get a free makeover at Salon Envy, she saw a chance to update her hair and learn some new techniques with makeup that she can incorporate into her life. “With time being short and sometime money being short, student loans and all that, I don’t really get to do

stuff like this very often,” she said. The Stevens Point-based Salon Envy treated Kunst to free services, including a new haircut and color, makeup and a manicure.

ADDING DIMENSION Kunst said she wanted to keep her hair dark but add more life to it, while cutting it a bit shorter but nothing drastic. Salon Envy owner Jessica Richie mixed highlights and lowlights for Kunst’s hair to give it more dimension. She chose golden tones to foil in so that Kunst’s hair would look warmer when her makeover was complete. Once the color set, Salon Envy stylist Lauren Karaliunas washed out the excess dye and started in on Kunst’s new style. Karaliunas angled Kunst’s hair toward her front and took six inches off the back while adding layers. She parted Kunst’s hair off-center to the right. Karaliunas added curls using a flat iron. Typically used for making hair


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Salon Envy stylist Monica McCovery applies eyeshadow to Lisa Kunst’s eyelids.

Salon Envy stylist Monica McCovery applies eyeshadow to Lisa Kunst’s eyelids.

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Salon Envy stylist Monica McCovery applies mascara to Lisa Kunst’s eyelashes.

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Salon Envy stylist Lauren Karaliunas teases Lisa Kunst’s hair to add volume.

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straight, Karaliunas instead twisted the tool as she moved down Kunst’s locks to give them bounce. She then used a comb to tease the top back of Kunst’s hair to give it more volume. To hold all her work in place, Karaliunas applied hair spray.

SMOKY THE EYES Kunst said she typically wears basic make-up, including concealer, eyeliner and mascara. She told Salon Envy Stylist Monica McCovery that she was interested in trying a smoky eye, but she didn’t know how to apply the eyeshadow without getting too dark. McCovery showed Kunst how to dress up her eyes with a bolder look without going overboard. She started with a pink shadow as the base on each lid, then added a gray-purple shadow up to the brow. She added a charcoal shadow on top and blended the two together. McCovery then filled in Kunst’s eyebrows with a brown eye shadow, darker toward her nose and lighter on the outside. Then she added a black eyeliner on Kunst’s top and bottom lids, smudging the lines to make them blend into the smoky theme. She then added mascara. Under Kunst’s eyes, McCovery used a trick to cover up dark circles by applying a red contouring face powder. After adding a liquid concealer on top, she blended the two together to make the dark circles disappear. McCovery then used a light layer of foundation around the rest of Kunst’s face before contouring her jaw and cheek. To finish the look, McCovery used a blush-bronzer on Kunst’s cheeks up to her hair line, then added a light pink lipstick for a pop of color.

TRYING SOMETHING NEW FOR NAILS Kunst said she likes to wear nail polish but doesn’t always find the look worth effort, so she typically only polishes her nails for special occasions.

Lisa Kunst after her makeover.

“It feels like I paint them and the next day it’s wrecked,” she said. Kunst worked with Salon Envy stylist Michelle Hetzel to select a nail polish color for her manicure, ultimately settling on a shade of purple called “Vampsterdam” by OPI. The color is a darker purple, one Kunst said she was interested in trying but was worried how it would look. Hetzel filed Kunst’s nails keeping the square shape she prefers with some rounding on the edges, then pushed back her cuticles to reveal more of her nails.

Hetzel used a sugar scrub to exfoliate Kunst’s hands, then set to work on her nails. She applied a base coat and two coats of polish to make the color appear as it does in the bottle. Following her makeover, Kunst said she felt “shiny.” “I like all of it,” she said. “I really like the lighter hair, just feeling like it’s lighter weight, too.” She said she watched the stylists’ techniques so she could replicate the look at home. FALL 2016 | YOU | 61

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taining its purpose and functionality. “No project is the same for me,” Sether said. “I always like to do something new and different.” Design solution: Sether begins a backyard makeover by meeting with the homeowners and discussing how the space will be used and any preferences they may have. “I first try to capture the goals or style of the homeowner, what they like to do,” he said. “I try to capture as much information as I can and have a clear understanding up front. Design options can vary depending on family size, how often they entertain and the number of people that will use

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“We can tie in some natural stone or brick that’s existing,” Sether said. “We focus on keeping the continuity or similarity between new materials and what is pre existing.” Backyard areas exposed to the sun can be shaded by adding a pergola, or wooden slated structure which provides partial shade. A pergola can be attached to a home or be free standing. Shade sails or woven pieces of removable fabric can be attached to posts for added shade. Fire features such as fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens are becoming a popular option when updating a patio. The kitchen can be equipped with everything from a pizza oven to refrigerators and a bar with built in grill. “A lot of requests will be for a built in outdoor kitchen or seating area making them more of an outdoor space,” Sether said. “People are trying to utilize the

space that they have.” Lighting such as low voltage LED lights are being used in a backyard space as part of the landscape design. Up lighting can accent pillars on a home or a wall bump-out. For a more intimate feel lights can be tucked inside a pergola or behind a wall seat. “We can provide a system that includes path lighting as you go around the house or it can be used to highlight shade trees or flower beds,” Sether said. “The nicest thing is that with a system available lights can be controlled by your iPhone or Smart phone. With some systems you can change the color of the lights with an app control. When the holidays come around you can turn the lights from warm LED to red or green.” When planning a hardscape it’s important to leave room in your budget for landscaping or soft scaping, Sether

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There currently are no SANE programs north of Wausau, so making it a standard of care at Aspirus becomes even more valuable. It’s important for victims to receive the proper medical care and resources as soon as possible, not only for themselves, but also to help law enforcement prevent similar situations from happening again. “We see these individuals on one of the worst days of their lives, so anything we can do to improve the experience the better,” said Jillian Kurtzhals, patrol officer and member of the Domestic Abuse Response Team with the Wausau Police Department. “Having a good SANE program at a hospital expedites the whole ordeal for the victims by allowing nurses to perform exams before we even get there and ensuring that the evidence we need is obtained properly so we can use it if the victims proceed with charges.”

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While many individuals are willing to voluntarily care for a loved one without any promise of compensation, a growing number of families are entering into Caregiver Contracts. A Caregiver Contract is a formal agreement among family members to compensate a person providing care. A Caregiver Contract has several advantages. In addition to providing financial resources to the family member doing the ATTORNEY AMY EDDY work, particularly where the caregiver has given up other employment, it assures other family members that caregiving is fairly compensated and describes the care and personal services that are expected in return for a specific amount of compensation. This can alleviate family concerns over who will provide care and how much money will change hands, as well as avoid potential misunderstands over the loved one’s reduction in assets (and the amount of money that would otherwise be inherited upon death). Such contracts are also a key part of Medicaid planning, helping to spend down savings so that the recipient of care might more easily be able to qualify for Medicaid benefits. More importantly, without a Caregiver Contract, payments made to a family member for providing care will be considered a “divestment” for Medicaid eligibility, resulting in an ineligibility period. While payments to unrelated third parties for caregiving and personal services are not divestments, caregiving provided by a relative is considered gratuitous absent a contract that meets certain requirements. Under the Medicaid rules, all payments to relatives for care and services made within five years of an application for Medicaid will be considered a divestment, unless all of the following are true: • The services directly benefited the individual applying for benefits.

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Markie Pasternak from De Pere, a senior at Marquette University (foreground), discovered with help from psychology professor Kristy Nielson (rear), that she has superior autobiographical memory, a rare condition that allows her to remember details from every day of her life. - Michael Sears

Rare Detailed Personal Memory A Burden And Ultimately A Gift BY JIM STINGL Markie Pasternak remembers exactly when a calendar formed in her brain. She was in fifth grade in De Pere, where she grew up. “I was about to turn 11,” said Markie, now 22 and set to graduate from Marquette University next Sunday. “Starting in the midweek of February, around Feb. 13, 2005, I can put together every day and what I did every single day.” 72 | YOU | FALL 2016

By put together, she means remember each day of her life since then in dizzying detail, even the routine Tuesdays most of us would consider utterly forgettable. What she did, whom she talked to, where she went, what she ate, when she went to bed, even how she felt — it’s all there for her to retrieve, sometimes whether she wants to or not. And she’s quick to connect big news events of the

last decade with the dates they happened — the death of Michael Jackson, for instance, or the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Her remarkable ability is called highly superior autobiographical memory, or HSAM. So far, we know of fewer than 100 people in the world who can do what she does, but the number is growing as awareness of HSAM increases. Markie is among the young-

est in the group, which includes actress Marilu Henner. The ability was first documented by neurobiologist James McGaugh and fellow researchers at the University of California, Irvine, in 2006. The discovery was featured on “60 Minutes” in 2010. In an interview with Markie last week in a psychology department office at Marquette, I tossed a random date at her, June 19, 2010. She became quiet for a moment and seemed to stare into space. In her words, she was reconstructing. “Gosh, OK, yeah. Right now what I’m thinking is, OK, this was the beginning of summer. It was a Saturday and my family and I were on our boat. And actually I was dating my first boyfriend at the time, and my dad

taught him how to drive our boat so we could take it out on the Fox River and the Green Bay during the week.” And on she went from there. “It almost gets overwhelming because so much comes back,” she said. She feels like she can land on dates like squares on a Candy Land board, and that months and dates have their own unique colorful aura. Her mother, Donna, said her first clue of Markie’s unusual brain power was that, starting about sixth grade, she couldn’t let things go. They talked and talked about feelings that kept coming back. “At first, she thought everybody remembered everything, and that she was just more passionate about things than everybody else,” said Donna, who lives in DePere and works at an assisted

living facility with elderly people, many of whom can’t remember much. Her husband, Bob Pasternak, died in 2014. Markie is their only child and was very close to her father. “Sometimes not great stuff happens to you in life. I didn’t know how this was going to affect her,” Donna said. That’s still an open question, though Markie tries hard to be an upbeat person. She was sometimes giggly and playful as we talked, but also introspective. “There’s a lot of people who say, ‘Wow, I wish I could do that.’ But why do they say that? It’s because they want to relive the good things. I said in a talk I was giving once to some people that it’s my goal now to wake up every day and make that a day I wantto remember the rest of my life,” she said. MEMORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 74 >>>

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What Markie does is not a parlor trick, though she has been known to win drinks from bartenders by telling them what day their birthday fell on in a particular year, and to dazzle her friends and family by putting together days and dates and sharing very specific memories. Her mom has witnessed this many times. “With our extended family, she’d say something and we’d check it and find, oh yeah, that’s right. And now we don’t check. We’ve got this calendar and no one doubts it anymore. She’s a resource for us,” Donna said. Markie has struggled in her young life with obsessive-compulsive disorder and with rituals she has learned to control, like not listening to music on her iPod before 3 p.m. for fear the day would take an ominous turn. She has

been upfront about this and has organized mental health awareness events at Marquette through an organization she leads, Active Minds. But she didn’t have a name for her highly superior autobiographical memory until 2014 when she took a class in learning and memory taught by Marquette psychology professor Kristy Nielson, who mentioned on the first day of class that they would study people who can pick a date and remember everything they did that day. Markie cornered Kristy in the hallway after class: “That’s me. I can do that,” she said. Along with graduate students Kate Reiter and Nick Pennington, Kristy has done extensive testing of Markie and found she can indeed recite her life story day by day. With Markie as both


subject and co-author, they hope to publish their findings. “This is particularly fascinating for me because of what memory is for and how it works,” Kristy said. “Is it really that her forgetting mechanism isn’t there, or are some of the theorists right that really you don’t actually ever forget anything, and things just get foggier over time?” A couple weeks ago, Markie traveled to California and visited researchers at Irvine who quizzed her and did an MRI scan of her brain. She awaits the results, and suspects they will show certain structures of the brain as particularly well-developed. Also in California, Markie met with a film crew from “60 Minutes Australia,” which was doing a piece on an Australian woman in her 20s with

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TOPS Program Offers Weight Loss For Personal Wellness BY PAT AKEY

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a nonprofit and noncommercial network of weight loss support groups. Founded in 1948 in Milwaukee Wisconsin, TOPS is administered by a nine member board of directors. Approximately 500 field staff assist volunteer chapter leaders to help and support our members throughout the United States and Canada. TOPS has experts in the fields of medical research, nutrition, fitness and psychology. Since 1966, TOPS has funded obesity and metabolic research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. It also has provided more than $8 million from earnings and members to date. Weekly meetings offer a professionally written program that provides the members with the knowledge they need to excel in their weight loss goal. We offer the tools and programs for healthy living as well as weight management. When a prospective member arrives as our guest, he or she will always receive a warm and genuine welcome. “At TOPS we understand that losing weight is a journey. Members provide understanding and support every step of the way,

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e live in a society that tends to pursue the quick fix and this can hold true when it comes to our health. There is an abundance of products out on the market, including vitamin/minerals, weight-loss supplements, sports-enhancing supplements and specialty blends. They come in the form of pills, liquids, powders, snack bars and beverage mixes. These things can be appealing because they are easy to take and tout many health benefits, but are supplements really right for you? In some cases, yes, but for the general population, getting needed nutrients through food is the best option and here’s why. Regular food offers greater nutrition overall. Actual food offers a host of nutrients, not just one thing. When foods are eaten, those nutrients work together in a way that provides us more beneficial effects then if we were to take a supplement containing only one nutrient. For example: you could take a vitamin C supplement and just get vitamin C, or you could eat blueberries and get vitamin C, manganese, vitamin K, fiber and a host of antioxidants. We always want to get more bang for our buck, so including foods that provide several benefits is better than trying to get everything separately. SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE CURES. Many people take supplements thinking they are going to fix a certain problem or cure a specific diagnosis. Supplements are not always well regulated and need to carry a disclaimer that explains that the product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to treat, cure or prevent disease. This is not to say that some supplements can’t play a role in improving health but they are not generally meant to take the place of a medication that is prescribed by a physician. Doing things naturally is always a good ambition but usually not when it goes against medical advice that could potentially jeopardize health. WHEN DO I NEED A SUPPLEMENT? There are several scenarios where supplements are warranted. Pregnant women, for instance, need to take a prenatal vitamin, 86 | YOU | FALL 2016

folic acid and sometimes additional iron. These things are important for the growth and development of the baby. Another example is vitamin D. We get the majority of vitamin D from sunlight, though some foods contain it. Living in Wisconsin, especially in the winter, we often don’t get the vitamin D that we need. If your doctor tests your vitamin D level and it is low, supplementation would be recommended. If you have a medical condition that impacts intestinal absorption, you may need a supplement. If you are a vegetarian or vegan and find it difficult to eat certain protein foods, you may need a supplement to replace what you are missing. If you do not consume enough calcium, you might benefit from a supplement. If you are in need of weight loss or weight gain, certain supplements may be of use if utilized correctly. This is a long list. For these people, it is definitely worth the time to explore if a supplement is right for you. WHAT DO I NEED TO REMEMBER? When it comes to supplements, you need to remember that it is not a one size fits all. You shouldn’t take something just because you’ve heard it’s healthy for you. Some people benefit from certain supplements, others don’t need them. When clients ask me what they should be taking, my response is always something along these lines: If you are eating from all the food groups and your diet is relatively well balanced, you likely don’t need a supplement. Will it hurt? Probably not. But are they really helping as much as you think they are? We can’t always be sure and you don’t need to take something you don’t actually need. When there are certain medical conditions at play, then it may be more important to take a closer look and decide if something is needed. This would be a good conversation to have with your doctor and a dietitian. When it comes to supplements, you need to do what’s right for you. If you are taking a host of things, you may want to re-evaluate that necessity and decide if those things are truly warranted. If you can safely replace what you are taking with real food, there are definitely benefits.

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local woman to know you KAYLA ROMBALSKI, 29, is the director of talent development at the Portage County Business Council (PCBC).

My work: My primary role at PCBC is to address workforce development and employee recruitment/retention efforts for Portage County and the region. A 16,000-person workforce shortage is projected for Central Wisconsin in the next 10 years if we continue to attract and retain professionals at the rate we have been. Together, our Partners in Education (PIE) programs and other regional initiatives are working to try to address that shortage now, proactively. What led me here: My career in nonprofit started with an internship. I was fortunate to land my first job, at the American Red Cross, largely because I had interned there earlier in the year. My career path has followed things that interest me. I served as the Volunteer Center Director at United Way for four years prior to starting at PCBC. For me, volunteering is a passion. Many

young professionals my age may not have large sums of dollars to donate to an organization or cause, but we can contribute time to give back. I’ve really grown to love this community and I am a big advocate for its many charms. Family: My husband Nathan and I are both only children, so our immediate family is pretty small but we are fortunate to be surrounded by an amazing group of close friends we consider family. We also have two (very) spoiled and silly cats, Oliver and Zeke, who keep us on our toes. My greatest achievement: I am the first individual on both sides of my family to attend a four-year institution and graduate. I also received the Chancellor’s Leadership Award upon graduation from UWSP. I would tell my 20-year-old self: I would give my younger self and the 30-year-old self I’m about to become the same advice.

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45, is the principal and counselor at Enrich, Excel, Achieve Learning Academy (EEA) which is a charter school in the Wausau School District. My work: Because my official duties at EEA are split between being the school counselor and the principal, it is important that I recognize as well as provide what staff and students need to ensure kids get a quality education. I have the responsibility of creating an environment where students feel safe, supported and know they belong so that they are then able to learn. Sometimes that means I spend more time working with students individually in the counseling role. Other times that means I focus more energy on whole school priorities such as how we are going to improve students’ reading ability or what professional development I need to ensure is provided for my team. What led me here: I believe I am where I am today because it is what I am meant to do. I

don’t view it as a job but rather a calling. Now that I am where I am and can look back, I see why some answers were a “no” for certain jobs even though I thought they would be the perfect job for me. I work with the most amazing team and the most incredible kids. While I know God’s path for me may lead to other things down the road, I am so grateful to be where I am now! Family: I am blessed to be married to a fabulous man who I began dating when I was 17! This year Tony and I will celebrate 24 years of marriage. We have two amazing daughters Alissandra and Haley who are now 21 and 19. We have always had a house full of pets. Currently that includes two dogs named Larry and Lucy as well as two cats named Charlotte and Ophelia.

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My key to success: It’s all about relationships. Let people know they are valued. Honor what each individual brings to the table. Work hard. Know what you value and live accordingly even though it isn’t always easy. I would tell my 20-year-old self: Trust in God and His plan for you. You might not always understand why something you want so badly isn’t happening, or why other things are happening but God has you. You need the bumps in life to remind you to appreciate when things are smooth sailing. Give what you can and no matter what “it” is, leave it better than you found it. Life’s most defining moment: When I got my diagnosis of Rheumatoid Disease in April of 2012, shortly after completing my doctorate. I knew then that

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My work: I have been the TOPS area captain for five years, left to sing with my brother in Assisted Living homes for two years and then returned to area captain one year ago. As an area captain, I oversee twenty seven chapters in a seven county area. In addition, I visit all chapters once during the year. I hold three quarterly meetings and one fall rally. I have also volunteered as a motivational speaker for TOPS members during our State Recognition Days (SRD). I was recognized and received the top area captain award in Wisconsin in 2010 for service and support of my Chapters as well as members. I taught CCD (religious education) to children for several years and volunteered with the 4-H organization directing plays and skits for approximately

five years. I also served on the board for United Way for two years as well as volunteered to speak to local organizations to promote contributions to the United Way organization. I was a member of Toastmasters International for approximately ten years and volunteered to serve the members as a leader in different capacities including district 35 (state of Wisconsin) governor and earned a distinguished district status. What led me here: My love of people. I was born in Chicago, Illinois but moved with my parents as well as brother to Wisconsin Rapids when I was about eight years old. Family: Married to Earl for fifty years on June 11, 2016. I have two children and five grandchildren. My son Bill is a dentist in Wisconsin Rapids and he married Sue who

teaches nursing at Mid-State Technical College. My daughter Ann is a nurse practitioner with the Marshfield Clinic and her specialty is Nephrology. She is married to Patrick who is a farmer/wildlife artist. My key to success: Perseverance. I never settle for anything less than the best from myself. My greatest achievement: Writing a program and song to education grade school children on the importance of reforestation in Wisconsin when I worked for the DNR. I was honored to receive the Forest Appreciation Outreach program award from the governor of Wisconsin in 1994. I would tell my 20-year-old self: Do more and do it sooner. My hobbies: I am a crafter with my girlfriend of sixty years. We make beautiful

scarves, cute jewelry and I crochet kitchen towel toppers. I love line dancing and I walk for exercise. Life’s most defining moment: The moment I said “I do”. My inspiration: It comes from within my heart. I know who I love, what I respect and the person I am. My guilty pleasure: Love Wisconsin cheese, especially sharp cheddar.

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Doulas Provide Pregnancy Support And Care BY LIZ WELTER Editor’s note: Laurie Frahm’s baby was born five days early on July 1 at 5:05 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long. Laurie and her husband, Rick Frahm, and big brother, 2-year-old Thorsten, are happily adjusting to life with a newborn, Laurie said. This story was originally written before the baby’s birth. WAUSAU - When Laurie Frahm was planning for the birth of her first son almost three years ago, she was adamant that it would be as natural as possible — free of drugs or medical interventions. And it was — in no small part due to the help of Kathy Pehlke, a trained doula who used back massages and other techniques to ease the sharp pain of contractions before Frahm’s son was born. “Kathy was our cheerleader and she helped us to do this in the most natural way possible,” Laurie Frahm said. A trained doula, similar to a labor coach, is a woman who understands and anticipates a mother’s needs during pregnancy and provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support for the mother before, during and after birth, Pehlke said. “Doulas provide one-on-one coaching during labor that unfortunately isn’t available from hospital staff,” she said. There are no statistics about the number of doula-assisted births, but the numbers of women certified through DONA International, one of the oldest and largest doula associations, is increasing. Membership has tripled since the

organization was founded in 1992 to more than 10,000 in 2013, according to the DONA International website. More women wouldn’t be seeking doula training if there wasn’t a need to be met, Pehlke said. Women in central Wisconsin and across the nation are turning to doulas because they want someone who is trained and experienced to provide the emotional and physical support necessary to have a birth with few or no medical interventions, she said. Doulas also support women who want medications during labor or are having a scheduled cesarean delivery, she said. “Doulas don’t provide any medical care,” Pehlke said. “We’re there to help the mom, or the parents, to have a successful birth experience.” A recent study also suggests that women who are assisted by doulas may save almost $1,000 per delivery by reducing cesarean and preterm births, though the study did not specifically say how doulas do that. It is possible that a doula who persists to work with a mother during a very slow labor may deter the need for a cesarean birth, Pehlke said. The study, published in March in the professional jour-

nal “Birth,” showed there were fewer preterm births and cesarean deliveries among almost 2,000 women in Minnesota who used doula services covered by Medicaid. The outcomes for the women were compared to about 67,000 Medicaid-covered women throughout the northern and Midwestern U.S. who didn’t have help from doulas. The doulas in the study visited the mothers four times leading up to the birth, provided support during labor and delivery and made two postpartum visits to the new mothers, according to the study that was conducted by a team led by a researcher at the University of Minnesota. Earlier studies show women who receive continuous support from doulas were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals or other interventions than those who used traditional medicine only, Pehlke said. “Honestly, what doulas do is something women have been doing for centuries — helping women to birth their babies,” Pehlke said. Doula is a Greek word for a woman who serves, she said. Prior to the advent of modern medicine, childbirth involved a support system of women who assisted a woman through her pregnancy, childbirth and in the immediate postpartum period. With obstetricians and midwives to provide prenatal care and assist a woman to deliver her baby, doulas fill the role

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to provide emotional support and help the mother communicate with medical staff, Pehlke said. Similarly, parents given emotional support during pregnancy and labor adapt easier to their new family dynamics, Pehlke said As doulas become more common at births, the central Wisconsin medical profession also is adapting to their presence during labor and delivery, said Dr. Zachary J. Baeseman, a family medicine doctor in Waupaca who has additional training in advanced obstetrics. “The work a doula does at a birth is very important for the entire family,” he said. A doula explains and uses comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation, movement and positions to ease the stress and pain of labor, Baeseman said. The reassurance and comfort a doula gives the laboring mother also helps to ease stress for family members at the birth, particularly the father, he said. When Baeseman’s wife, Rebecca

Thieme-Baeseman, became pregnant, the couple hired a doula themselves. “We wanted someone there who could help both of us because I just wanted to be in dad mode,” Baeseman said. While doula-attended pregnancies are common in larger cities including New York and Chicago, the practice is gaining momentum in central Wisconsin, Pehlke said. She completed her training in 2003 at a Milwaukee hospital. The Central Wisconsin Doula Network has seven trained doulas who cover parts of the region from Wausau to Waupaca including Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids. The cost for a doula in central Wisconsin ranges from $500 to $700, Pehlke said. It includes three visits during pregnancy, support during labor and delivery and a postpartum visit about a week after the birth. “With Kathy being our doula, we were able to have the birth that we wanted,” said Laurie Frahm, who is pregnant with her second son due July 4. Among the top tasks on her to-do list when

her pregnancy was confirmed months ago was contacting Pehlke, and Devlin Patoka who was an apprentice for the birth of her first son, Laurie Frahm said. Patoka also is a doula for the couple during Laurie’s second pregnancy. While the birth of Thorsten at Aspirus Wausau Hospital was an exhilarating and empowering experience for Laurie and husband Rick Frahm, having Pehlke present actually helped the Wausau couple to deepen their bonds as spouses and parents. Pehlke’s calming demeanor and attentive support for Laurie Frahm helped the couple have the confidence to focus on the birth of their child. “I wanted to be the support for Laurie and with Kathy there helping us, I knew what to do, how to help and it was an incredible experience for both of us,” Rick Frahm said. To learn more about a doula: Check website at centralwidoulas. blogspot.com or Central WI Doulas on Facebook.

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here is a lot of tail-wagging and purring happening at Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS) this month, as the animal rescue organization celebrates the hiring of its first full time employee. What began as a grassroots effort to provide a more humane outlet for animals in the Marshfield area has grown into a full-fledged shelter in just five short years. Originally housing animals in foster homes and providing education, adoption and microchipping to pet-owners at temporary locations throughout town, now MAPS manages a Microchip & Adoption Center at Marshfield Mall as well as a small shelter in the former airport terminal building on 29th Street. With contracted responsibility for the city’s stray cats (and soon to add dogs), MAPS (a 501c3 non-profit and donation dependent organization) realized it was time to hire someone to oversee the multitude of animals and volunteers associated with animal rescue work. Fulfilling the new role of Shelter Manager is Kaitlin Loberg, a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 2014. After graduation, Loberg worked at Wildwood Animal Hospital until accepting the job at MAPS. “I became a technician to eventually work in shelter medicine, just wasn’t expecting it to happen so quickly!” said Loberg, who has volunteered with MAPS since moving to Marshfield two years ago. “I like working with animals because it’s very rewarding. They don’t have a voice, so they need people to protect them. That is why the job at MAPS interested me so much.” 94 | YOU | FALL 2016

EXERCISE INDOORS “We are so proud to welcome Kaitlin as our first staff member and shelter manager,” said MAPS President Karen Rau. “She has been volunteering with us since September so she already has a great deal of knowledge from her volunteer experience.” Loberg’s days begin at the airport building shelter, where she does rounds, checks on every pet, assesses sick animals, gives medication and makes veterinary appointments if needed. She then performs intake exams on new animals, giving vaccines and deworming as scheduled. Animals coming off of stray hold require blood test and microchips. Each Tuesday she prepares transport for necessary spay and neuter surgeries. Loberg is also responsible for assessing which cats are ready to transition to the Microchip & Adoption Center at the mall. “They must be healthy, have their surgery done, be healed from that well and socialized enough to interact with the public,” she explained. “If anyone is ready, I take them over mid-day.” Afternoons are spent helping the new transfers get settled into their new environment, maximizing mall space while keeping the cats comfortable, monitoring cat relationships, and checking on their health, as well as updating all computer records.

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Loberg still works part time on Tuesdays at Wildwood in an effort to keep her technician skills sharp. “It’s definitely a busy and difficult job handling about 70 animals at a time (and all of the volunteers), but it’s something that I believe in and something that I know the animals of Marshfield desperately need so I’m just trying to do the best I can and do right by them,” she said. Added Rau, “MAPS continues to strive toward making our community a better place for people, pets and innocent animals. One step at a time, through the generosity of our donors and volunteers, MAPS is fulfilling our mission to rescue and protect homeless animals through our lifesaving work.” Though there is now a dedicated staff member for the organization, Rau says that volunteers remain just as important to MAPS’ success. “MAPS has come this far because of our many hard working and dedicated volunteers,” she said. “We continue to rely on those volunteers to be successful because it takes a small army to care for the average 80 animals in our care every month.”

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Newch’s Banh Mi Brings New Flavors To Wausau BY LAURA SCHULTE, FOR YOU MAGAZINE

WAUSAU - Newchee Lor is proud to be opening Wausau’s only banh mi sandwich shop. Lor, 22, started cooking when he was only 12 years old, making ramen noodles and other easy dishes. Eventually, he moved up to fried rice, fried noodles and pad Thai, and he hasn’t stopped since. “I love cooking,” he said. “And I thought maybe it was time to start a business with banh mi.” Lor wanted to do something a little different in town, and starting July 7, that’s exactly what he’s been doing. His shop, Newch’s Banh Mi, serves sandwiches like Wausau has never seen

before, he said. “It’s a Vietnamese sandwich,” he said. “It has baguette bread, pickles, carrots, daikon (Vietnamese radishes), cucumbers, jalapenos and a meat choice. Then it’s garnished with cilantro and a house mayo sauce.” Lor offers pork, chicken, beef and tofu for those not keen to try the meat option. The sandwiches cost between $5 and $6 for a meal, which includes an egg roll and a soda. The banh mi sandwich is the product of French influence in Vietnam, Lor said, which is where the baguette originates from.


Lor’s shop is located at 514 Fulton St. , across from Tacqueria Tres Hermanos, on the east side of Wausau, which is the perfect spot. “The east side didn’t have much Asian food,” he said. “This side needed something over here.” But Lor welcomes customers from either side of the river. “I want it to become a local hangout,” he said. “I’ll have TVs, a sound system and free Wi-Fi. And I’m thinking about offering free coffee.” Lor held a free tasting on June 25, opening up his sandwich shop to the community to try his sandwiches and

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Tommy’s American Grill Ready To Cook BY NATHAN VINE, FOR YOU MAGAZINE

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