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t looks like summer has finally slipped from Wisconsin’s grasp, but that’s OK — at least as far as I am concerned. This is a perfect time to grab the camera and go for an afternoon drive. Catch those changing leaves — if you are wondering where to go to get the best color, log on to www.travelwisconsin, and click on the color report. The site has a color-coded map to let you know what counties are in peak season for changing leaves. Of course, while you are out driving, you might want to take a few side trips — and there is plenty to do in the next few months — just take a look at the calendar. There are festivals and cranberry tours, and lots of craft shows in case you want to do some early holiday shopping. Speaking of holidays, check out our food page for some tasty fall treats. A lot of foods say fall — including pie! Try out the pie recipes — they are not just for Thanksgiving. Do you have a favorite holiday recipe you would like to share? Send it in! Did we mention pumpkins? There’s the Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin festival coming up the first weekend in October. There aren’t just giant pumpkins — there are all sorts of giant fruits and vegetables. Not to men-

tion a pie eating contest, bake-off and weigh-off, and a pumpkin rolling contest just for the little ones. A car show, craft show, and tractor show are just a few of the other attractions during the two-day event. Check out all the fun at There’s more to pumpkins that DEB eating, rolling and weighing — don’t CLEWORTH forget carving. We sure would like to see the creatures you carve up. Take a picture — or two — and send them in to share with other readers. For you hunters out there, we have “An Outdoorsman’s Journal,” by Mark Walters. Mark is an outdoor adventure columnist who lives near Necedah. He writes about hunting, fishing, lots of camping, canoeing and backpacking, so you are sure to find something of interest as we welcome Mark to Lake Country Snapshots. We’ve got some great reader-submitted photos of summer fun on and around the lakes. Why not join in the fun? Share your holiday recipes and photos in our next issue.

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September - November Calendar of Events » 17: Historic Point Basse Harvest Fair. Enjoy a day outside with the 19th century lifestyle of the Wakely family and feast on ethnic food, enjoy crafts, apple cider pressing, sauerkraut-making, old-time tractors and much more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 715-886-4202 or 715-4233120;; Turn on Wakely Road off Highway Z in Nekoosa. » 17: “Locals on Stage” is a fabulous and fun evening of entertainment, featuring all local performers who volunteer their time and talent to raise money for ODC, a local not-for-profit organization. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center, 1801 16th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. 715-424-2750. » 17: Elroy American Legion Post 115 birthday celebration. 4 p.m. Music, food, and fun. Food (Brat, hamburger, and hot dog plates ranging from $3 to $5) served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; 50/50 raffles and special give-a-ways. DJ from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free birthday cake. 402 Franklin St., Elroy. Email for more information. » 17: Fourth annual “Stepping for Hunger” 5K Run/Walk. Registration from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., race starts at 10 a.m. Shuttle bus leaves community center at 9:15 a.m./9:30 a.m. Omaha Bike Trail. Chip timing, great participant refreshments, and goodie bags. All proceeds benefit Juneau County food pantries. Day of event registration, $30. Registration at Hustler Community Center, Hustler. Contact Hollie at Mill Haven Foods at 562-6455 or at, or Gina at 608-562-5981 or at for more information.

» 18: Eleventh annual Downtown Grand Affair. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown Wisconsin Rapids. Arts, crafts, farmers market, live music, car cruise-in, antique tractor display, children’s activities, food vendors. Central Wisconsin Cultural Center open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area contestants and Cranberry Blossom Princesses fashion show, 1 p.m. J.C. Penney court, Rapids Mall; bus tours of historical Wisconsin Rapids, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Call 715-423-1830 to reserve a spot). » 23: Lester Public Library of Rome Fall Festival. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass, and beverages for your family), live music, apple tasting, crafts for kids, pumpkin hula toss, and bobbing for apples. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. Call 715-325-8990 to register or for more information. Lester Public Library of Rome, 1157 Rome Center Driver.; » 24: Friends of the Library » 23 to 25: The 39th annual Warrens Cranberry Festival. Warrens Cranberry Festival features over three miles of shopping and over 1,300 booths, including more than 850 booths, flea market and antiques, farm market, food and beverages, contests. Noon Sunday parade. www.cranfest. com. » 27: Story time at Lester Public Library of Rome for infants through 5-year-old children. 10 a.m. 1157 Rome Center Drive. Call 715-325-8990 to register or for more information.; » 28: Rome senior citizen’s pot luck. 1 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, Rome. » 28: Flu shots available from the Aspirus Clinic at the Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive. Noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. » 29: Home Town Players of Rome present their mystery dinner, “The Cat Screamed at Midnight,” a Jack Pachuta mystery. It will keep the audience guessing who the murderer will be. Tickets available at the Lester Public Library of Rome, 1157 Rome Center Drive. Tables of eight can be reserved; tickets are $30 per person. Proceeds will go to the Rome library building expansion fund. Call the library at 715-3258990 for more information.

OCTOBER » 1 and 2: Morning on the Marsh. Camp on the rim of Gallagher Marsh and see the migration of more than 5,000 cranes. 2 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday. $35 camping fee includes two meals, guide and entertainment. Bring your own gear. Call 715-884-2437. Register by Sept. 21. Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock.

Top: Altenburg’s Pumpkin Patch. Bottom: Altenburg’s 2010 Corn Maze.

» 18 to 31: Altenburg’s Pumpkin Patch. Corn maze, pick-your-ownpumpkins, not-too-scary Spook House for little ones, a goat walk and duck race, straw fort, and free family fun area with Boot Hill Cemetery, mini-corn maze, straw play area and cornstalk tunnel. Weekends feature corn cannon, horse-drawn and tractor-driven hayrides. 98 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. 7020 Plover Road (Highway 54), Wisconsin Rapids.,; 715-421-2943.

» 1 and 2: Nekoosa 14th annual Giant Pumpkin Fest. See giant produce from across the Midwest. Events include weigh-ins and awards, crafts, flea market, farmers market, antique tractors, games for kids, giant pumpkin drop, bake-off, car show and entertainment. Nekoosa Business Park, located on the corner of Highway 173 and Highway G. On-site parking available for $5, or park at Humke Elementary School, 500 S. Section St., Nekoosa, and take free shuttle bus. Gate fee is $3, and children 10 and under are free. » 2: Harescramble at Dyracuse Recreational Area, 1047 Archer Drive, Rome. 8 a.m. peewees; 11 a.m. larger classes. Concessions on grounds. Highway O, Rome. Call 715-886-3230 for more information or go to

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October/November 2011 • Lake Country SNAPSHOTS 5 » 6: The fourth Annual Women’s Night Out. 4 p.m. The event will feature Kinza Christenson and her inspirational presentation, “Live & Laugh Your Dreams.” The evening also will include health and wellness exhibits, interactive sessions, free gift bags, health screenings, door prizes, raffles, snacks, desserts and fun with hundreds of women, and new this year, a salad bar. . Mauston High School, 800 Grayside Ave. Go to www.milebluff. com or call 608-847-2737 or 608-847-1496 for more information.

St. Call Barb Karadi at 608-584-5036 for more information. » 11: Veterans Day celebration, 11 a.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive. » 12: Rome Sno-Bandits Snowmobile Club trail brushing and chili dump. Day starts with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Trail’s End Bar and Grill, 1497 Alpine Drive, Rome — or meet at 9 a.m. to begin trail brushing. Chili can be dropped off at the Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive, beginning at 11 a.m. Chili dump is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Desserts and additional dishes to pass are welcome. Event is open to all Sno-Bandits and anyone interested in joining the snowmobile club. Email or SnoBanditGary@solarus. net or go to for more information.

» 7 to 9: Bikes to Bogs. Weekend of motorcycle rides, music and more. Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids. Call 800-843-6323 for more information. » 8: Rome Fire Department Open House. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attractions include ThedaStar Air Medical helicopter, neighboring fire departments, and Sparky the fire dog.

» 12: Blood drive, 8 a.m. to noon, Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive.

» 8: Final Alarm Ceremony. Annual, statewide observance for fallen firefighters. Ceremony begins at Wisconsin State Firefigters Memorial at 3:33 p.m.; fire truck procession begins at 7 p.m. at memorial and ends at memorial.; 414-771-6794. » 11: Story time at Lester Public Library of Rome for infants through 5-year-old children. 10 a.m. 1157 Rome Center Drive. Call 715-325-8990 to register or for more information.; » 15: Chili Fiesta, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Woodland Lutheran Church, 280 14th Ave., Rome. 715-3253686; » 15: Saw-whet Owl Banding. Accompany staff biologists and UW-Stevens Point undergraduate students mist-netting Wisconsin’s tiniest owls as they migrate. There is a $15 fee. Register by Oct. 5. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock. 7-10:30 p.m. 715-884-2437.

» 19: Romemakers Home and Community Educators Club Holiday Craft Fair. Lunch will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive. Call 715-325-6244 for more information. » 19: Autumn Home Party Show. Rapids Mall, 555 West Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. 715-421-3500, June Brain of Rome runs her finger over her husband’s name on the back of the new Rome Veterans Memorial prior to the Veterans Day ceremony 2010, in Rome. (DEB CLEWORTH/Lake Country Snapshots)

crafters and other vendors. Events throughout the day include: Firefighter competitions, Giggalin Gil Entertainment, DJ by Dr. Bob, antique fire trucks, Jaws of Life demo, food, beer garden, bouncies, slides, hay rides, petting zoo, raffles, silent auction, Smokey the Bear, and fingerprinting by Juneau County Sheriff. Music by Music from Swifkick ($5 cover), 8 p.m. to midnight. Lyndon Station Fire Station/Village Hall, 116 Lemonweir St. Lyndon Station. Go to or call 608-495-1860 for more information. » 17: Adams County Home and Community Educators “Stitches of Love” will meet at the Adams Community Center, room 103, for a night of knitting and crocheting hats and mittens. These items will be donated to area children. Thrivent for Lutherans co-sponsors this event through a grant used to purchase yarn. A potluck meal will be served. The public is invited to attend. Contact Pat Hodel, 608-584-4424 for more information. » 22: Crane Watch. Experience the flight of 6,000 cranes as they return to the Gallagher Marsh after a day of feeding in surrounding fields. Rain or shine. Register by Oct. 14 .$15. Sandhill Wildlife Area, Babcock. 3 p.m. to dark. 715-884-2437.

» 15: Lyndon Station Fire Department 100th anniversary celebration. 10 a.m. to midnight. Schedule of events includes: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., wreath dedication ceremony at Memorial Park, Lyndon Station; 10 a.m. opening ceremony; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. car show; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. artists,

» 22 and 23: Mauston Pumpkin Bash. Activities include pumpkin carving contest, scarecrow contest, tug-a-war contest, pie baking contest, annual Mauston Pumpkin Dash, a 5k run-walk, and Spooky Sprint for kids. Other events and attractions include inflatable rides, pumpkin painting, games for kids, a haunted house, and food, craft and merchandise vendors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Veterans

Memorial Park, Highway 58 South-Juneau County Fairgrounds. » 22: Historical Point Basse spirit walk. Former citizens of Historic Point Basse emerge from their surroundings to talk of the 1840s and themselves in this lantern-lit, guided tour. Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 715-423-3120, www.

» 19: St. Francis of Assisi Parish 60th annual Hunter’s Dinner. Includes turkey, homemade dressing, real mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings, homemade pie and beverages. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. $9 for ages 12 to adult, $4 for ages 5-11 and free for children 4 and younger. Carry-outs will be available. 2001 S. Main St., Necedah. Call 608-565-2528 for more information.

» 25: Story time at Lester Public Library of Rome for infants through 5-year-old children. 10 a.m. 1157 Rome Center Drive. Call 715-325-8990 to register or for more information.; » 29: Historical Point Basse spirit walk. Former citizens of Historic Point Basse emerge from their surroundings to talk of the 1840s and themselves in this lantern-lit, guided tour. Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 715-423-3120, www. » 29: Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area Pageant. 7 p.m. Performing Arts Center, 1801 16th St. S. Wisconsin Rapids. Tickets are $15, available at Winslow’s in the Rapids Mall, 555 West Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. » 31: Town of Rome Halloween party, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive.

NOVEMBER » 5: Adams County Home and Community Educators annual Holiday Harvest Fest, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Our Freedom” in honor of our veterans. There will be crafts and gift items, a bake sale, cookie walk, lunch, silent auction, and entertainment by the “Country Pals.” Adams-Friendship High School, 1109 E. North

Lindsay Lobner reacts after hearing she won the 2010 Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area pageant next to runner-up Sarah Salewski. (DAN YOUNG/Lake Country Snapshots)

6 Lake Country SNAPSHOTS • October/November 2011 » 22: Energy Assistance applications accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rome Municipal Building, 1156 Alpine Drive.

Cranberry Marsh tours » Glacial Lakes Cranberries Late September to late October Mini-bus tours at Glacial Lakes Cranberries in Wisconsin Rapids 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. Saturday Call ahead to make a reservation: 715-887-2095;

» 25: Rekindle the Spirit. Enjoy carols, hot chocolate, and cookies, visit with Santa, roast marshmallows and check out the Holiday Gift Gallery at the Cultural Center. Downtown Wisconsin Rapids, 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., 715-4231830.

» Splash of Red Cranberry Tours 9:15 a.m. to noon, Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28 Reservations must be made by calling 715-8846412;

» 26 Autumn Community Show. Area church, school, and nonprofit organizations will be in the mall all day selling their products including many handmade, handcrafted, and home baked products to raise funds for their organizations. Rapids Mall, 555 West Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids. 715-421-3500, www.

Send calendar events to Deb Cleworth at deb. Include event and short description, time and place, any admission fees, and a number, e-mail or website address readers can go to for more information. Deadline for the September issue of Lake Country Snapshots is Aug. 4. Don’t forget to send pictures of the fun at these events for upcoming issues.

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ROME — The owner of a new restaurant in the Adams County town of Rome, The Stage Coach Cafe, couldn’t be happier with the way business has taken off. “It’s unreal. We were hoping for maybe 30 people a day to start out -- we’ve been averaging about 100 a day,” said Jerry Kline of Rome. The rustic-themed restaurant opened June 14 at 1158 Snow Pass, Rome, and is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for breakfast and dinner. “It looks like you walked into ‘Gunsmoke,’” Kline said, referring to the Western-themed television series that ran from 1955-75. The cafe seats 40 customers. The most expensive items on the menu are $6, said Barb Kline, Kline’s wife. Many of the customers have been local residents, she added. “I just think it’s very quaint here and a down-home feeling to come here,” said Deb Gerzmehle of Rome. Gerzmehle and three other women played bridge at the restaurant Friday morning. First-time customer Mary Ann Larsen of Kimberly was impressed. Larsen was visiting her sister, Kathy Maxwell of Nekoosa. “I loved it,” Larsen said. She had the egg and cheddar cheese sandwich on a toasted bagel (also available on artisan ciabatta) for $3. “It’s a lot of fun and it was very tasty.” Despite the rustic atmosphere, the restaurant offers some modern-day conveniences, like free Wi-Fi. Jerry Kline, who has a degree in business, has worked as a substitute teacher for Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, but the business gears always were turning. Comments he received after building his own home got those gears turning even more. “Everyone used to come in and say this place looks like a giant coffee house,” Kline said. He’s also had past experience working in the food industry, which he enjoyed, so he decided to give the restaurant a shot

Customers enjoy food and camaraderie at the Stage Coach Cafe in the Alpine Village Business Park, Rome, on Friday, July 15, 2011. The restaurant opened about a month ago and is open for breakfast and lunch. (DEB CLEWORTH/Lake Country Snapshots) Below: The Stage Coach Cafe in the Alpine Village Business Park, Rome, on Friday, July 15, 2011. The restaurant opened about a month ago and is open for breakfast and lunch. (DEB CLEWORTH/Lake Country Snapshots)

and started the project from the ground up about a year ago. Kline did a lot of the work himself, he said. It wasn’t always easy. “Everyone told me, ‘You’ll never make it down (in Rome)’,” Kline said. That said, business has been booming. “We thought it was going to (be) a ‘mom and pop’ business,” Kline said, adding in addition to his wife, Barb, he has six employees. The restaurant will be open for dinners Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 23. Stage Coach also will have beer and wine available to their customers and will offer a new dinner menu. The Stage Coach Cafe can be reached at 715-325-4000.

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Above: Romettes “Singing in the Rain”

Left: Rome Kountry Kickers seduce Pat Buzza

ROME — The Home Town Rome Players hosted the “Rome ‘N Fest” Aug. 13 at the Rome Municipal Building. Togas and Roman attire were worn by many attendees while they feasted on roasted chicken and pork catered by Bob’s Catering of Hatley. A skit by the players titled “Rinse the Blood Off My Toga,” by Wayne and Shuster, had the audience laughing out of their seats. Dancing the Roman” YMCA” and “Venus,” the players kept the crowd wondering what would come next. All in all, everyone had an enjoyable evening and are looking forward to next year’s festival. The event raised more than $3,000 for the Lester Library of Rome building expansion fund. The Home Town Rome Players started three years ago and have offered Mystery Dinners, dancing and singing shows as service to the community. They share all proceeds from each event with service groups such as Adams County Humane Society, Food Pantry, Lester Public Library of Rome, and Nekoosa School District. The Mystery Dinner is set for Sept. 29 at Lake Arrowhead. Another Jack Pachuta mystery, “The Cat Screamed at Midnight,” will keep the audience guessing who the murderer will be. Tickets are on sale at the Lester Public Library of Rome. Tickets are $30 per person and tables of eight can be reserved. Proceeds will go to the library building expansion fund. Barb Blair is a member of the Home Town Rome Players

Right: Dick and Lois Briggs model their togas and headwear. Far rigth: Diana Gundrum and Mike Saeger as Julius Caeser and Calpurnia Pictures submitted by Barb Blair of the Home Town Rome Players.


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ctober is ripe for pumpkin and cranberry festivals, and there a two that are ready to roll and worth the drive. » Billed as “the World’s Largest Cranberry Festival,” the annual event is set for Sept. 23 to 25 in Warrens. More than three miles of shopping opportunities fill the festival grounds — that’s more than 1,200 booths that include arts and crafts, flea markets and antiques, and a farm market. There’s something for every shopper — guys included. There are contests, food, cranberry marsh tours, food, more shopping, and did we mention, food? Don’t miss the big noon parade on Sept. 25. To get to Warrens from the Wisconsin Rapids area, take Highway 54 South to Highway 13 S to 173. Go to Mather, take County Road EW into Warrens. It’s about a 70-mile drive. Check out the Warrens

Cranberry Fest website at www.cranfest. com for detailed schedules. » The 14th annual Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Fest is set for Oct. 1 and 2 at the Nekoosa Business Park, on the corner of Highway 173 and Highway G, Nekoosa. While the giant pumpkins (some have weighed more than 1,000 pounds) and other larger-than-normal vegetables are a big draw, the festival offers something for just about everyone. Oct. 1 events include the giant produce weigh-offs, a pumpkin eating contest (1 p.m.), and Mind Games featuring James David at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ongoing events on both days include the craft show, farm and flea market, free pumpkin decorating and games for children, and an expanded carnival and midway. Of course, what festival would be complete without lots of food and beverages? There will be plenty on hand to satisfy hungry festival attendees. Southbound will perform from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct.


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Pour into pie shell.

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Bake in preheated 425-degree F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350-degree F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

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Combine pumpkin, pudding mix, evaporated milk and pumpkin pie spice in large mixer bowl; beat for 1 minute or until 1 blended. Fold in 1- ⁄2 cups whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm. Let stand in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving. Garnish with remaining whipped topping and raspberries, if desired. Serve immediately. Nutrition Facts per Serving: 280 calories; 100 calories from fat; 11g total fat;6g saturated fat; 10mg cholesterol; 380mg sodium; 42g carbohydrate; 2g fiber, 30g sugars; 4g protein; 130 percent DV vitamin A; 10 percent calcium; 6 percent DV iron.

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Volleyball players from Beloit and Chicago kick up some dirt during the Lake Camelot Summer Frolic in Rome (Photos by DEB CLEWORTH/Lake Country Snapshots.)

Volleyball players kick up some dirt during the Lake Camelot Summer Frolic in Rome.

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from children riding the trackless train, to adults enjoying beverages and conversation. “For this entire area, this is one of the biggest, family-oriented events you have around here,” said Pam Williams, lodge member services assistant. Sue Gohmann, Rome, enjoyed hitting the bull’s-eye on a modified form of a dunk tank, which resulted in a bucket dumping water on her son, Dan Gohmann, also of Rome. “It just really felt good to do that,” she said, with a laugh after hitting the bull’s-eye more than once. Heather Persinger, 36, and her daughter, Briana, 2, Green Bay, both had smiles on their faces as they flew down the inflatable slide. “It’s just a lot of fun to bring the little ones out to,” Persinger said.

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ROME — A lot of Fs — fun, fundraising, friends and family — combined for an A-plus day at the Lake Camelot Summer Frolic. The event, held Aug. 20 at the Lake Camelot lodge and lake, is an annual draw. “We’ve been coming for years and years and years,” said Tambi Prey, 54, Rome. “They just have so many things going on; there’s something for everyone.” The frolic is summer tradition for many families, whether they live in the area year-round, or spend weekends and summers at the lakes area. “Our whole neighborhood comes,” said Janet Price, of Crystal Lake, Ill., as she sat near her sleeping grandson, Tyler Price, 1. The family has had a cabin on Lake Camelot for about 30 years, said Price, 57. “It’s just a neighborly, fun thing to do,” Price said. Some entered and watched the horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, which included teams from throughout Wisconsin and even Chicago. Many sat in lawn chairs at the edge of the lake, enjoying the Shermalot Water Ski Show Team’s two performances. “They’re a talented group of (skiers) who work doggone hard for a lot of hours,” Prey said. The event also included live music, children’s games and rides, raffles, food and fireworks. While the frolic is free to attend, funds garnered from on-site activities go toward next year’s event, said Sharell Kopchik, lodge manager since 1993. Outside of a short hiatus some time ago, Kopchik said the event has been held every year since the late 1970s. Some Rome-based organizations, invited by the Lake Camelot Association, use the frolic as a fundraiser, Kopchik said. The Shermalot ski team, Lester Public Library and Rome Community Auxiliary all were on hand with a variety of booths or children’s games. A portion of money raised through the library’s food stand will go to the Lester Public Library of Rome, said Janet Reinhardt, a member of the Friends of the Rome Library. “It’s a good fundraiser for them,” Kopchik said. There definitely was something for every age group,

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re you thinking of buying a sofa? Why not buy a great sofa using these tips. The devil is in the details as they say. » The frame should not wobble or creak, it should be sturdy and sit squarely on the floor. » The frame and all the corners should be well padded. Run your hand over them firmly to see. » If you are buying a reclining sofa or a sofa bed, all mechanisms should work smoothly. » If the sofa has any metal parts, they should be smooth and free of sharp edges and all moving parts on a sofa bed or reclining sofa should clear the fabric completely to avoid tearing. » There should be no bumps or hard spots on the back. Run the palm of your hand over it. » If there are any buttons, check to see they are sewn on securely. » Cushions should be firm and resilient and fit snugly. They should regain their shape after you press down and let go. » Seats should be comfortable, and for reclining furniture, be comfortable in all positions. » The arms should not jiggle or move, and if upholstered, be well padded. » Check the sofa from the back, and pat the center to make sure it isn’t hollow. » Just as in well tailored

clothing, patterns and stripes should match at the seams. » Patterns should be centered, and all seams and welts should run straight. » For fire safety reasons, look for the gold UFAC tag, indicating that the sofa manufacturer certifies it is made in accordance with UFAC methods.

Choosing Upholstery Fabric Some aspects of choosing upholstery fabric might seem pretty obvious such as selecting a color, the single biggest factor in fabric selection. However, since it’s always good to take your needs into account, here are some other factors you might want to consider.

Fabric Durability Choose a fabric based on who will be using your sofa. If your pets will also be sharing your sofa with you, consider a microfiber fabric or leather as they can withstand heavy use. Consider fabric durability if your sofa will be placed in a high-traffic area of the home. Woven patterns hold up longer than printed ones, as do higher thread counts. Thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch of fabric, and denser fabric lasts longer.

Fabric Style Your fabric choice should approximate the style and character of the piece it is covering. For

example, a traditional fabric would look better on a traditional style of frame. Some fabrics appear casual, while others might look more formal. Choose a fabric to echo your own style or theme that you have established throughout the home. Consider the scale of the pattern. It should be appropriate to the size of the furniture it is covering, as well as the room size. A large bold, pattern might work better in a larger room, while a more muted or smaller one might be a better choice for a smaller space.

Fabric Color »Color is the most important reason people choose a fabric, so make

sure your color choice is appropriate. For instance, it may be best to avoid a very bold color for a smaller room, especially if your sofa is also large. »Avoid delicately colored fabrics around children and pets. »To strike the right mood, consider the color temperature. Since warm and cool colors affect the mood of the room, make sure you’re choosing the right fabric for the right

mood. » Avoid trendy colors, unless you happen to really like them. Color trends come and go so be careful. What if you don’t consider eggplant attractive in the first place? Will you be able to live with a color even when its popularity wanes?

Special Considerations » Fade Resistance: Consider if your fabric is fade resistant especially

if it will be placed in a room that gets plenty of sunlight, or will be placed close to a window. » Mildew Resistance: Look for fabric that is mildew resistant if you live in a humid climate that fosters mildew. » Allergies: Consider fabric such as microfiber for certain allergies because it is lint free and does not attract dust. » Pets: If you have pets avoid using delicate fabric such as silk, or any fabric with lots of texture. Select pet-friendly upholstery instead. Jill Livernash is an interior design consultant with Home Furniture in Wisconsin Rapids. She can be reached at

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The highs and low of bear baiting


ello friends, Sixty-five days ago I started the labor of love called bear baiting with the hopes that come September, my 10-year-old daughter Selina could put a tag on her first black bear. Though I had ran baits in Canada when I was camp manager at Chimo Lodge, and I had also done several stories over the years with bear hunting guides, I had no idea how this incredibly unique sport would take over my life for two to three months. I wrote a column in late July about my thoughts on Selina’s hunt and baiting bear. At that time I had my first “hit on what would be the 21st day of putting many miles on both my truck and my body. I am using two Cuddieback “Capture” trail cameras and the week after I wrote that column, all heck broke loose. At the time, I was running five bait sites in northern Juneau County and almost overnight, I went from no hits to two of my setups having 3 to 7 separate bear a night, gobbling up a smorgasbord of granola, chocolate candy and chips. I literally became addicted to the 50-mile round trip drive to see what was up in the woods. At night, I would insert the chips from my cameras into my computer and study the time that each site was being hit, and the shooters, versus non-shooter ratio. Sows with cubs are safe! Small bear get a free pass! Any bear hitting the bait after dark, gets a free meal. What absolutely built my confidence was that between my hottest three setups I had a solid 10 bear weighing more than 250 pounds (shooters) and at least two more than 400 pounds. Between Aug. 5 and 20, I had just as many bear coming in during daylight hours as I did after dark. Other preparations that were a must for this hunt were getting Selina ready to make a shot, if that opportunity should come along. My original idea was to have her use my Ruger .44 (carbine) — that idea evaporated with gun problems and so she was moved to my BAR 30:06, which was a tricky decision based on the size of the gun. I would have Selina practice from a ladder stand and shoot at an actual bear target, so she saw the kill zone every time she squeezed the trigger. The ladder stand and bear target were

as close to reality as I could get her, along with shooting in low light conditions as well. Because Selina cannot handle shooting 20 rounds out of the BAR at a time, I would have her start each shooting session with a scoped 22. MARK As far as shooting goes, I WALTERS am totally confident with her shooting skills. About 10 years ago, I was staying at the late J Bird Kornfehl’s cabin on the Flambeau Flowage. J Bird was a musky fishing and large, black bear hunting guide. The following morning, J Bird had eight hunters coming and he was darn confident of his set up. I was lying in bed — not able to fall asleep due to a caffeine buzz from drinking ice tea for the first time — when I heard something hit the roof. An hour later, I heard something else land on the roof, and than I heard J Bird yell out: “The dam acorns are falling!” Out of eight hunters, only one bear was killed — the bear pulled off the baits and began eating “fresh” natural food. Around Aug. 25, the acorns started falling on Wisconsin’s forest floors and every single report from all of my bear-baiting buddies went from they “can’t keep their baits piles loaded,” to “out of eight baits, I only had one hit in the last three days.” I receive zillions of calls from hunters and fishermen — it does not matter if it is deer in rut, how the ducks are flying or the walleye are hitting — fish or game activity, for the most part, is universally either good or bad in any region. Selina and I had a 5-day hunt planned that would have her missing school and camping. My baits are still being hit but the bear have become nocturnal. I will save the missed days of school for later in the season. We will still camp, hunt after school and live the good life! Come December, I need to hibernate with the bears. Sunset. Mark Walters is an outdoor adventure columnist who lives near Necedah. He can be reached at Mark Walters, N11371 16th Ave., Necedah, WI 54646; 608-5653005; or

Black bear in a tree (File photo/Lake Country Snapshots.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trinity Lutheran Church 110 S. Grant St. (608) 339-3515 Pastor Doug Steinke Sunday: 10:00 am


ARKDALE Trinity Lutheran Church 1650 Church Street (608) 564-7920 Rev. Terri Skildum Sunday: 8:00 & 10:15 am (except Holidays) BIG FLATS Big Flats Community Church 1326 Hwy. C (608) 564-7777 Pastor Milt Duntley Sunday: 9:30 am Zion Lutheran Church of Big Flats 886 Big Horn Ave. Pastor Doug Steinke Sunday: 8:30 am WI-5001376842

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

CAMP DOUGLAS Bethel Baptist Church N9498 First Ave. (608) 427-3580 Pastor Thomas Baker Sunday: 10:30 am & 7 pm

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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ou don’t have to be a professional photographer to take beautiful pictures. With these expert tips from 20-year National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, you could take the ultimate photo - one that you’ll love and that could win you a dream prize: Work the Reflections: Reflections always add visual drama to pictures and can make an otherwise ordinary scene interesting. But reflections require calm waters, so get out early in the morning before the winds kick up. Also, get lower and closer to the surface of the water to get more reflections. Even a small puddle of water can produce large reflections if you are right down to the surface. Collect the Details: Detail pictures do wonders for a set of travel pictures. Not only do they offer a welcome variety in the scale of the images (pictures get dull quickly when they are all shot from the same distance and viewpoint.) They can also reveal telling aspects of a place and its story. Keep it Simple: Clutter kills too many pictures. Simplicity is powerful. Usually that means cleaning up the background, leaving out extraneous, unnecessary detail. So watch your framing carefully, and especially watch the edges of the frame. Keep an Eye out for Shadows: It doesn’t happen every day, but occasionally a great shadow will make a great picture. Often you’ll need to get up higher to see the shadows well, and you’ll need to tune your eye to see how dark they can be and what sorts of interesting shapes they may form. Move Around to the Back: Trying different viewpoints is always a good idea, but too often we don’t go far enough. Going clear around to the backside of the action can make images that offer a fresh perspective. Too often we follow old habits and shoot everything from the front.



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Dream home becomes reality


ric and Patty Bernier’s family owned property in central Wisconsin for 42 years — and for 42 years, the family dreamed of having a cottage on that property. The land was purchased in their 1960s as a gathering place for family and friends. The Berniers tented, used pop-up campers, and had a 50-foot trailer home on the property. Now, thanks to Woodcraft Homes, the Berniers now have a gorgeous, two-bedroom home, with a full basement and wrap-around deck. “Eric and I have never built before and heard horror stories but we thought, what the heck, let’s just inquire about it,” Patty Bernier

said. “Our cousins built a Wausau home in the same area and were very pleased with building it, not to mention the home is very energy efficient and cozy.” The Berniers wanted that same efficiency and coziness. “When we stopped at Woodcraft Quality Homes in late December of 2010, we didn’t know what was all involved, but in talking to (Jean and Jim Schmidt of Woodcraft) you made the complicated, easy,” Patty Bernier said. “We were very happy to realize that we could use a model that Wausau provided and then customize it to our needs,” she said. “This is just what we did. (Jean and Jim Schmidt and

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staff) were very accommodating and patient as we went through the planning stages together.” After the plans were completed, it was time to set up the frame. The Berniers spent the a day at their lot watching the Woodcraft building staff put together their house on site. “It was amazing,” Patty Bernier said. “ Everyone worked so efficiently, you could have set the scene to music.” Even with the temperatures 2 degrees below zero that morning, Patty Bernier said it was worth watching and videotaping the whole building process. Then came the finishing of the interior and exterior of the home. The Berniers often checked on the progress, and each time, the tradesmen asked if they had questions. If they did, the questions were completely answered, Patty Bernier said. “They were very helpful and accommodating,” she said. “If we saw something we didn’t think was quite right, they made their adjustments. “Now we have a gorgeous home that is going to be enjoyed by our family and friends and will create new happy memories in the years to come,” Patty Bernier said. The Berniers said it was all possible through the hard work, professionalism, quality of work, and excellent customer service provided by Woodcraft Homes. “(Woodcraft Homes) made this pos-

sible for us,” Patty Bernier said. “We are so happy we hired Woodcraft Quality Homes to build our dream cottage. We will definitely refer your business on to others. Thank you personally to Jim, Jean, Jody, Warren and all of the building staff and other tradesmen. “ Submitted by Jean Schmidt of Woodcraft Quality Homes, Necedah. She can be reached at 608-565-2478 or WI-5001377420

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