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FROM THE EDITOR:
Time for the post-summer routine
ince YOU Magazine is published quarterly, our editions tend to be focused on things to do and stories about people in our communities with a seasonal
focus. Summer is waning, and fall is right around the corner. The seasonal change brings us back-to-school. It’s also time to prepare for winter. Our cover story continues our tradition of featuring women in our communities who inspire others to achieve personal goals. Vangie Tam of Marshfield is one dynamic woman who enjoys multiple roles in the community and relishes her family life. Back-to-school means many parents struggle with helping their child make healthy food choices. Tina Opelt, a mother and nurse practitioner, offers great tips on packing lunches and making meals with that dreaded “healthy food.” A nurse practitioner at the Memorial Medical Center Loyal Clinic, Tina has lots of experience counseling patients about healthy eating habits and choices. As much as I enjoy being a parent, I’m happy most of my children are adults. I’m reminded of this while reading Tina’s article and another one written by YOU columnist Jill Kurszewski. Kurszewski writes about the contortions a parent goes through every time a toddler goes
into or comes out of a carseat. Are you ready for some football? You will be when you serve up these recipes for game-time treats. From wings to meatballs and more, we’ve got what you need to feed a hungry team. Outside, it’s time to prepare the garden for spring. We feature a number of articles that specify what you need to do at home as well as some ideas to spark creative landscaping designs. If you, or someone you know, will be Christmas gift shopping and have jewelry in mind, now is the time to shop. Take a look at our Top 10 list for inspiration. When it comes to shopping, I learned something from a woman who moved to this area from California. I complimented her new handbag and necklace, and she was surprised I didn’t know they were available at Marshfieldarea stores. To learn more about the community, she said she made a point of going to a new store every week. “Get away from your computer and go inside some stores,” she told me. Whether it’s shopping, cooking, parenting or having fun, I hope this magazine sparks some ideas.
YOU MAGA ZI N E S TA F F Publisher Mike Beck General Manager Jonathan Gnieser Editor Liz Welter Advertising Manager Tara Marcoux Contributing Writers Deb Cleworth, Cherie Schmidt, Breanna Speth, June Thompson and Anthony Wolf Operations Manager Terri Hansen Design Sirena Mankins Photography Deb Cleworth, Laura Schmitt, Breanna Speth and Dan Young
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HEALTH, BEAUTY AND FASHION
6 Cover story
A mom on the move
How to put your best face forward, easily
24 What’s in your office?
20 Shops We Love Stylish city fashions found locally
28 Restaurant Review
38 Fall fashion trends
Two terriﬁc restaurants in one location
Local fashion tips, ideas
30 Top Ten
64 YMCA more than exercise
Plan now for holiday season gifts
Donations of time and money allow YMCA to help community
32 Hannah Center Center shifts to care for all women in need
62 Ministering Women Ministry fullﬁlls life for Pasor Joyce Heintz
56 Your Home
WOMEN TO KNOW:
Gardens make a scene
16 Kendra Schmitke
56 Spring beauty
40 Nicole Dolan
It’s not too early to prepare for next year’s garden
34 Jennifer Hoes
58 Lawn, garden care
42 Kids and college
Fall is the season to prepare lawn, shrubs for spring
Advice for parents to help your child succeed
66 Under construction
Award-winning builder offers one-stop homebuilding
Winning the car seat challenge
44 Child-seat safety
State urges safety seat inspections
THIS AND THAT
FINANCES 46 Lost wallet? What you need to know to protect yourself
FOOD 48 Recipes Game day party made easy
52 Farm to School
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Fighting obesity initiative
5 Book reviews
53 Healthy eating tips
36 Caught You Looking Good!
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Photos from Hoot at the Zoo, Business After 5 and Betty Boop Festival
54 Farm markets
60 Circle of Women
Fresh, local food
Women Helping Others makes donation
59 Bounty from the garden
68 Shopping in Tomah
Tips to handle the overload of garden produce
70 Things to do
A nostalgic trip in time What’s happening in our communities
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PASSION for FITNESS F
or 25 years, fitness and aerobic classes have been a huge part of Vangie Tam’s life. From running to cycling, you can spot Vangie along the streets of Marshfield just about any day. But Vangie was not always a fitness guru. She once was a corporate accountant who worked nearly 60 hours per week and traveled throughout the United States defending her company, Reltech, a subsidiary of Rockwell International, against state income tax audits. She also served in the U.S. Army as a reserve officer from 1990 to 1999. Despite the hectic schedule and demands, Vangie managed to find time to stay fit and trim. An exercise enthusiast, she approached Molly Michalek, wellness coordinator at the Marshfield Area YMCA, and requested to become an instructor. “Molly taught me the foundations of step aerobics. She helped me develop and encouraged me,” Vangie said. While some of the disciplines were challenging, Vangie dedicated herself to learning and perfecting her skills and obtained a position at the YMCA. “They set up certification classes for me to attend so that I could sub for instructors who
“My family motivates me and inspires me. ... My job at home is truly the most rewarding job.”
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were unable to teach their regularly scheduled classes. I took every opportunity to sub for classes that I was qualified to teach. This allowed me to develop as an instructor and help at the same time,” Vangie said. At the YMCA, Vangie teaches spin (a type of indoor cycling), yoga and Zumba (a high energy fitness class using dance steps and resistance training). She has subbed for the YMCA’s boot camp, kickboxing, step/floor aerobics and body sculpting. And, Vangie teaches a class at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital and a new class at the University of WisconsinMarshfield/Wood County. “I am certified for all the classes I teach. My general group fitness instructor certification came from the YMCA of the USA, which is affiliated with ACE (American Council on Exercise),” she said. “From this basic instruction, I specialized and certified in spin (through YMCA of USA-Onalaska), yoga (yogafit conferences in Wausau and Stevens Point for levels 1 and 2), Zumba (Zumba conference in Minnesota), step aerobics (YMCA of USA held in Marshfield), and Hip Hop Hustle (Turbokick-Chalene Johnson, La Crosse).” Vangie is passionate about teaching fitness and finds it very rewarding. “For some, classes provide a means of escaping stressful situations in their lives just for that hour. The influence of friends and the social interaction in a fall 2011
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class setting also draw people. The discovery of others sharing your interests, beliefs and values promotes friendships inside and outside the class setting,” Vangie said. While she maintains a rigorous training and teaching regimen, Vangie dedicates herself to her family. Much of her work is performed while her two children, Alex and Kathrynn, are at school and her husband, Clarence Tam, is at work. “When at home, it’s not all fun and games, but we do cherish the quality time we spend as a family,” she said. “Each summer, we travel to Florida and California. More locally, we enjoy taking the kids to Minocqua so we can play on the lake. We also like to go to the YMCA to play basketball and swim. Fitness is an important part of the children’s lives. “My family motivates me and inspires me. I love my family. My job at home is truly the most rewarding job. I consider myself blessed to be given the
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New look for cancer survivor
fter surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Kendra Schmidtke of Stratford was ready for a makeover. “I am so happy I did this. Everything was wonderful,” Kendra said of her recent series of appointments at Marshfield businesses. Kendra and her family recently celebrated her oneyear anniversary of being breast cancer-free. Participating in the YOU Magazine makeover was special, Kendra said, because her 13-year-old daughter came along to enjoy the fun. “It was really nice to do this with her. We enjoyed the time together,” Kendra says. Cancer is a life-changing journey, and Kendra was ready for a new look to commemorate being a survivor.
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With her daughter as fashion adviser, Kendraâ€™s makeover began with a visit to Contours Body Sculpting LLC, City Hall Plaza, 630 S. Central Ave., Suite 110, Marshfield. Through body sculpting, Kendra lost more than four inches, said Echo Means, who owns the business. At Contours, the skin is treated with a detoxifying microcurrent. Fats are emulsified, pumped out and magnetically driven to the lymphatic system. There, they are filtered and permanently eliminated through natural means. Kendra said she was impressed with the body sculpting. To maintain the lost inches following body sculpting, a person needs to eat healthy foods and exercise, Echo said. The treatment also tones, lifts and firms the skin.
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THE HAIR The next stop was Studio 211, 211 W. Third St., Marshfield, where stylist Lisa Meddaugh began the session by painting lowlights and highlights onto Kendra’s hair. “Kendra’s hair is naturally very curly,” Lisa said. “To soften her look, we added lowlights and highlights, which makes her hair appear softer. “For the lowlights, we used a medium mocha gold, and for the highlight we used a soft golden blonde. The mocha gold really brought out her eye color and softened her skin tones.” For the hairstyle, Lisa said she focused on keeping the length but cutting it so Kendra could leave it curly or style it. “We put in lots of textured layers. (The cut) needed to be refreshed because she had let it grow out following the (chemotherapy) treatment,” Lisa said. Lisa showed Kendra a new way to style her hair by adding a matte finish cream, messing it up a bit and finishing off the style with hairspray. “I really like it. It’s easy, and a new style,” Kendra said.
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THE MAKEUP Merle Norman and Day Spa Boutique, 249 S. Central Ave., Marshfield, was the place to learn about and try new makeup. “This was so much fun. The Merle Norman girls are wonderful,” Kendra said. A foaming cleanser gently removed makeup and impurities from Kendra’s face. A toner was used next to exfoliate and improve the skin tone and clarity, the stylist said. An energizing concentrate containing gingseng was used to stimulate and invigorate Kendra’s skin. This was followed by Fine Line Minimizer, which diminishes fine lines after about eight weeks of use. A cream that acts as a concealer was smoothed onto Kendra’s face before foundation was applied. The cover-up cream conceals uneven skin tones for hours, the stylist said. Luxiva Lasting Foundation with an SPF of 12 was applied because it’s lightweight and lasts for seven hours. The foundation was set using Ultra Powder Foundation. The tone of Kendra’s skin was enhanced by using Luxiva Purely Mineral Cheeks, which creates a soft, radiant glow. The eye makeup began with Sun Beam Luxiva Luminous, which is an all-over color eye shadow to illuminate the eyes. A powdered eye shadow, Lava, was applied next. Lava lasts about seven hours without creasing, smudging or fading, the stylist said. An earth-tone eyeliner was used, followed by Luxiva Extra Length Mascara.
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sually, birthdays and anniversaries are the dates cemented into a person’s memory. But Kendra Schmidtke will always remember March 1, 2010: It was the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I had been exercising a lot, and I had a pain under my right arm,” she explains. “Something told me that something was not right.” After undergoing a mammogram that reported abnormal results and then a biopsy, doctors confirmed that she had a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She describes her initial reaction to the diagnostic phone call, saying that she “kind of laughed at first” and insisted that her records were mixed up with someone else. “You never think it’s going to happen to you, but it does,” she said. After a few minutes of digesting the news, the denial transformed into, “Now what?” The first person to receive the news of Kendra’s diagnosis was her husband, Kevin, a volunteer firefighter. The couple also owns and manages Schmidtke Carpet Cleaning in Stratford. After learning Kendra’s next doctor’s visit wasn’t for another week, Kevin immediately became active moving up appointments.
“We were just following our life plan on Monday, and on Monday afternoon we changed it a little bit,” Kevin said about that life-altering day. That night, Kendra and Kevin sat with their seven children — Sean, 20; Shane, 18; Luke 18; Troy 18; Paul, 16; Karissa, 13; and Kody, 9 — and explained the diagnosis. The children were stunned, but ready to help in any way they could. The next day, the couple was at the hospital making the rounds of appointments to form a plan for treatment. When they returned home, they told the kids to pack and then went to the Dells for three days. The following day, Kendra began chemotherapy. “The first two months, I went every other week,” she said. “That was the really, really bad chemo. I was really sick, and I lost my hair.” On May 13, 2010, Kendra had a mastectomy, and in June of that year, she began 16 more weeks of chemotherapy. In October and November, she underwent six weeks of daily radiation. “Dad never missed any appointments,” Karissa said. “Him,” Kendra adds, smiling at Kevin, “My rock. He never missed a single appointment, and all of the kids would take turns sitting with me.” Also during the second round of chemotherapy, Kevin
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WOMEN TO KNOW surprised Kendra by transforming their business shirts, cards and invoices to pink and incorporating the breast cancer emblem in her honor. Even the yellow duck on the business water damage trailer was painted pink. “I cried and cried that he would do something like that for me,” Kendra said. Following the breast cancer diagnosis, the business became a way for Kendra to get out and talk to people beyond her family, something that helped her appreciate that she was not alone in her diagnosis. “I never realized until I went through it how many people went through the same thing,” she said. Customers were compassionate and caring, demanding that Kendra cancel appointments if she was too tired. “Our customers were great,” Kevin said. Kendra also gained strength from family and her church. “I had everybody. My church. My family. My whole family was so wonderful. Even my oncologist,” she said. “She told me, ‘Stay positive, and that’s half your battle right there.’” Kevin further commends the hospital staff. “They were all wonderful and they were all positive. They explained everything. We got to see the machines. The people up there were great; (we) never ran into a not-nice person through the whole thing,” he said.
“Even when I went through all of the chemo and the bad stuff, the chemo nurses were so funny,” Kendra said. Every Friday, to keep her spirits up during the nauseating and exhausting chemotherapy, Kendra would wear a pink “Fight like a Girl” Tshirt to her appointment to remind herself that the procedure was “like an insurance policy” that would ultimately help make her better. On Dec. 8, 2010, Kendra’s scan showed the cancer was in remission. “That was the best Christmas present ever,” she said, with a laugh. Though the fear of recurrence is omnipresent, she does her best to maintain a positive attitude. “There’s always times where you sit and think. I still think about it, but I beat it once. If I have to,
I can beat it again,” she said. Her family, which provided enormous support through the cancer, continues to help. “I always tried to stay positive through the whole thing. You have good days and bad days. My family was my biggest support. Even though I was so sick, they’d keep my mind off it. They’d make me laugh,” she said. “We didn’t give her time to think,” Kevin said. Having cancer has given Kendra a new perspective on life. “I count my blessings each day that I get to wake up and see my family.” Kevin explains, “Our motto is, ‘Don’t worry about tomorrow.’” Kendra said that, while she takes it one day at a time, she doesn’t let anything hold her back from doing what she wants. “I used to always say, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow,’ but now you do it right away. You don’t procrastinate. You do what you want to do.” With breast cancer awareness month approaching in October, Kendra offers the following advice to those suffering: “One day at a time. The biggest thing, as hard as it is, you have to have hope, faith and courage, and stay positive.” On March 1, a cancer-free Kendra and her family enjoyed a dinner at Texas Roadhouse to celebrate her one-year anniversary of diagnosis. “I just hope that everyone who is going through it has the support I have,” she said. “I don’t think I could have done it on my own.”
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SHOPS WE LOVE: BROADWAY HOME, FLORAL & DESIGN Brenner understands that many of her customers make a conscious decision to travel to Broadway. In return, she is focused on creating a relaxing, enjoyable experience for them. From the time customers enter the store, the staff at Broadway is focused on providing superior, personalized service. Visitors can enjoy a glass of wine or a margarita on the front brick patio, or sip a mimosa as they leisurely browse the two-floor store. Broadway’s shopping experience has something for everyone. In addition to apparel and accessories, the store offers a full-service fresh floral shop, a gourmet coffee bar and a delicious assortment of truffles. Customers also enjoy the selection of unique gifts, home decor, luxury spa products and wine. “We enjoy seeing ladies excited about the new finds they discover,” Brenner said. The boutique maintains a packed social calendar, anchored by fashion shows in the fall and spring. In addition to hosting monthly birthday parties, special events and holiday parties, Broadway also offers personalized shopping parties, complete with gourmet goodies and beverages and a special discount for attendees. If you haven’t been in the store recently or are looking for a great ladies’ night out destination, consider this your invitation to come see what’s new at Broadway.
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WHAT’S IN YOUR OFFICE?
TREASURES among the tomes Bookstore offers tips to get organized Walking around Thimbleberry Books, 166 S. Central Ave., Marshfield, can be overwhelming to the untrained eye. Luckily for bookworms, the seemingly endless shelves of literature are organized chaos to owner Kim Hartley and her staff. “It’s in my head,” says AnnaRita Quinn, who manages the store a few hours a week. “It’s very well organized. I’m always going through stacks and making sure they are alphabetical.” Books are grouped according to subject, and then alphabetically by author, with duplicate copies placed behind the stacks. Kim, who became sole proprietor of the store in 2005, formerly worked as a librarian. By taking that experience and applying it to Thimbleberry, she was able to make the store’s inventory more accessible. As for the office aspect of the store, AnnaRita shares some of the tips for smooth office workflow: 1. Important phone numbers are written on slips of paper and placed beneath a transparent desk cover for easy viewing. Story and photos by Breanna Speth For YOU Magazine
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2. Expandable file folders are essential to managing book orders. 3. Small containers hold receipts and other miscellaneous paperwork. 4. Material that is requested often, such as business cards or the credit policy, is displayed prominently near the front of the counter. The desk at Thimbleberry doubles as both office space and a repair shop. When books are traded, the staff immediately cleans, prices and shelves all reading material. â€œDo it quick, donâ€™t procrastinate,â€? AnnaRita offers as advice to anyone with a busy desk, which in her situation means, â€œGetting those books on the shelves.â€? To minimize the paper-load, Thimbleberry
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WHAT’S IN YOUR OFFICE? passes on responsibility of holding on to credit slips to the customer. If someone trades in a book for store credit, they alone are accountable for it, which AnnaRita says “minimizes fright” on the store’s behalf by removing that responsibility. Thimbleberry also doesn’t maintain a computer file of its books, because store browsers are constantly moving material around. Rather, it’s up to the staff to be familiar with the shelves. “We just have to know what we have in stock and what we need,” AnnaRita said. As for people looking for a certain book: “It’s just serendipity. If the book is meant for you, it will be here.” Over the years, book hunters have found treasures among the tomes. AnnaRita shares how one man found a book he’d been searching 20 years to find. Another woman stops by once a year just to stock up on books for the next twelve months.
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IF YOU GO WHAT: Blue Heron Brew Pub HOURS: 11 a.m. to close WHAT: West 14th Restaurant HOURS: 5 p.m. to close ADDRESS: 108 W. 9th St., Marshfield PHONE: 715-389-1868 SPECIAL EVENTS: 715-2072099 MORE INFORMATION: www. blueheronbrewpub.com; www.west14threstaurant. com
Above: The Blue Heron BrewPub offers Hub City Lager, a re-creation of one of the first beers brewed by the Marshfield Brewery in the 1890s. The Marshfield Area Society of Home Brewers (MASH) collaborated in the creation of the beer. (Dan Young/For YOU Magazine) Left: The Blue Heron BrewPub and the West 14th Restaurant are housed in the same building at 108 W. 9th St. in Marshfield. (Laura Schmitt/For YOU Magazine)
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HOT The holiday season is fast approaching, and you are wondering what to buy those special people on your list. Here are some of the hottest gifts ideas that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Not only will you make them happy this holiday season, these gifts will provide memories and cherished keepsakes for many years to come.
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Socially responsible jewelry. There are many different jewelry lines that have give-back programs. One, for example, is Sarah’s Hope Jewelry. All jewelry pieces by this designer are made with sterling silver and crushed quartz. A portion of each sale goes to provide micro-loans for women in start-up businesses in under-developed countries. Enjoyed by women, made by women, to support women.
Sterling silver jewelry. You’ll find some of the most fashion-forward, fun jewelry in sterling silver. Ever heard of Hot Diamonds? This collection of sterling silver jewelry has diamond accents and a rhodium finish, which prevents tarnishing. Make sure to ask if your sterling silver jewelry has a rhodium finish; it will save you a lot of cleaning in the future.
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Women’s home experiences Focus switches T to women in crisis By Breanna Speth For YOU Magazine
IF YOU GO WHAT: Annual fall fundraising banquet for The Hannah Center WHEN: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 WHERE: Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 750 S. Central Ave., Marshfield THEME: “Giving for Life”
he Hannah Center’s motto, “Where new life begins,” is now especially appropriate, because over the past year the Center has received a new life of its own. The Hannah Center, which is governed by a board of directors, decided it needed to take a step back and reevaluate its mission. In the wake of its reinvention, the Center hopes to get the message out to area residents that it is here and eager to help. Functioning as a maternity home since 1993, the Hannah Center has assisted thousands of women. In an effort to expand its outreach, the Center has added the more collective “women in crisis” to its focus. “In April, it became more of a home for women,” said Jennifer Hoes, the Center’s new program coordinator. “The board felt we were able to help more people if we expanded a little bit and changed our mission.” Primarily, the goal of the Center has been to provide options for pregnant women who could not remain in their home environment. According to its website, the Hannah Center “strives to meet the emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs of its women so that they and their families can achieve full potential.” The Center is able to house up to four women at a time, with three rooms geared toward single, pregnant women and a fourth designed to accommodate a woman with small children. Hoes estimates that more than 100 women have been housed in the Hannah Center since its
inception, with an average of 20 women helped every week through the clearinghouse and donations. “We can help people who aren’t directly living here,” Hoes said. The Hannah Center also is a clearinghouse for Marshfield and surrounding communities, providing maternity and infant clothing, baby items and furniture. The basement of the Center is the storage area, which is managed by volunteers. The shelter periodically publishes a wish list of frequently requested items. Those looking to acquire items from the clearinghouse simply call the Center. In the future, the Hannah Center hopes to expand and add new programs. “I think our main goal is to continue to help people and have women living here,” Hoes said. “We want to be able to expand on our programs. We want to expand our donor base, as well as provide awareness and alternative programs.” Such programs include parenting classes, child development courses and classes that teach women how to live independently. “We work with the girls on those things to help them be successful when they leave,” Hoes said. The Hannah Center works with Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital and other referral agencies, such as the Family Resource Center, to develop its programs. Hoes also is in talks to recruit speakers from these places, adding the agencies have a symbiotic relationship.
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The words of the late Mother Teresa are quoted on the Hannah Center’s website: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” New program coordinator Jennifer Hoes certainly has made quite a beginning in her few months at the home. The Hannah Center has existed since 1993 as a maternity shelter, but it underwent a transformation and in April 2011 became a shelter for any woman in crisis. Residents of
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the Hannah Center can expect room, board and transportation; referrals to social support services; counseling; life skills education; opportunity for continued education and job placement; 24-hour supervision; and on-site library resources on women and family issues. The program director assists the women in goal setting, life-skills training, educational opportunities and job placement. A central Wisconsin native with a background in recreational therapy, Jennifer has an understanding of the needs of women in the area. Jennifer was born and raised in Colby and moved to Milwaukee where she gained
job experience working with a long-term care, assisted living community. She also was the vice president of Milwaukee Area Activity Professionals, as well as the group’s education coordinator. Her job involved running seminars to educate other activity professionals, where she spoke or she recruited the speakers. Working eight years in long-term care and four with assisted living, she saw a shift towards a person-centered care spectrum. Upon returning to Colby, she worked with atrisk youths, an experience she says helped her learn to work with families in crisis. To add higher education to her experience, Jennifer is
obtaining a degree in human services management from the University of Phoenix. Her work experience and personality are perfect for her new job as program coordinator. “I think I bring a lot of care and compassion,” she said. “I am very passionate about what I do.” Jennifer takes her new position as the “face” of the Hannah Center very seriously. “My ultimate goal is that that face stays positive,” she said. “With this particular line of work, you have to stay positive. Daily things can be emotionally stressful. You have to constantly remind yourself that you are doing the best you can.” Jennifer’s understanding and empathy for those with disabilities is evident as she ponders what other jobs she would enjoy if she hadn’t found a position at the Hannah Center. She describes how she would probably be working with “two of my favorite populations” — people in long-term care suffering with memory impairment or other disabilities. “I think it’s because it’s where my experience came from and my goals and career aspirations originated from,” she said. “(The people) touch me in so many ways, as well as their families.
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The way I’m able to help them and the way I’m able to give them that comfort when they can’t understand the disease.” Jennifer was able to combine her experiences with the philosophy learned from each avenue of work as the program coordinator at the Hannah Center. “I was moved by what I read about (the Hannah Center’s) mission,” she said of her decision to apply for the new position. The Colby native also is “very close” to her family, and enjoyed moving back to the area to spend time camping and fishing with them. Jennifer’s workday begins with a meeting with her night staff to debrief about the night. Then comes traditional office work, but if an issue arises with a resident, she makes sure it takes priority. “I’m not a professional counselor,” she said, “but we talk about the things they are working on and what I can do to help them achieve goals faster.” After she helps with appointments and resources with the residents, she works on grant-writing, researches for donors, develops outreach programs, creates awareness of the
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Running makes mother of eight ‘feel good’ By Deb Cleworth For YOU Magazine
NEKOOSA — If you saw Nicole Dolan out running, you might think the mother of eight was running away from her kids. But Dolan isn’t running from her family; she’s training for a marathon. Dolan, 37, participated June 1 in the 35th annual Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. About 17,000 runners participated in the three-race event. Dolan finished with a time of 3:30:06, better than the average time of 4:16:34 for race participants. According to the event’s website, 6,337 participants finished the event; Dolan finished as the 997th entrant overall, and was 195th out of 2,679 women. Her husband, Jim, and children, ages 1 to 13, were there to cheer her on. She was a runner in high school, but after she started smoking cigarettes, running lost out to tobacco. The habit of 15 years ended five years ago, when she quit cold turkey. She didn’t have a specific reason for quitting, other than she was tired of smoking, she said. “And the kids were encouraging me a little bit, as was my husband,” Dolan said. Dolan has realized other benefits of running, in addition to not smoking. “Of course, losing the baby weight was a nice bonus, but it was really mainly for stress relief,” Dolan said. “It gave me an hour, or however long I was running, for a time to focus and gave me time to figure out my day a little bit. “A runner’s high doesn’t hurt a little bit, either,” Dolan said, explaining the body releases endorphins while running. “It makes you feel good.” Dolan started walking, then running. As her stamina increased, she started thinking about running marathons — some-
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thing she had floating around on her bucket list that sometimes got interrupted by life. “She was supposed to do Grandma’s Marathon last year, but she got pregnant right after she registered for it,” said Dolan’s husband, Jim. Dolan said her husband, who works at Renaissance Learning, has been very supportive of her quest. fall 2011
Dolan gets up at 4:30 a.m. to work out at the Port Edwards YMCA, where she arrives at about 5 a.m. “We work out a three-hour block (on the weekends), where I go and he mans the troops,” Dolan said. “Occasionally, we get a bike rider to come along, or I take one of the young ones in a stroller.” Dolan’s goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. In the meantime, she’ll keep running — and perhaps inspire others along the way. “She’s pretty dang amazing to be doing what she is doing,” said Jody Parks, 41, of Port Edwards, who met Dolan at the YMCA. “She has inspired me as far as she can get herself (to the YMCA) every day and works so hard,” said Parks, who also runs and does marathons. “(She) has motivated me to push myself a little harder. “It’s been fun to have the opportunity to get to know her and try to push myself even farther, too, these last couple of years.” Dolan is pretty modest about her accomplishments. “Anyone can do it,” Dolan said. “It just takes time and hard work.”
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Connie Eisch is the Family Living Agent for the University of Wisconsin Wood County Extension. She can be reached at 715-421-8440.
he decision to go to technical college, community college or a four-year university is made. Now, you need to have the discussions that will help guide your student to success. The transition to higher education is filled with many positive experiences, such as making new friends and taking on new social and academic challenges, which help set students up for success in adulthood. The transition also can be filled with difficulties. You can help your student by creating a plan to face issues, conflicts or crisis situations that could arise. Four concepts to discuss before your student heads out the door are academics, finances, relationships and making healthy choices. Having serious discussions and making a plan before your child leaves home can help you both feel more secure that your child is prepared for the experiences he is sure to encounter. » Academics: As your child works through the decision-making process on
choosing a major, be supportive. Help your student identify his strengths and interests. Don’t pressure her to make a choice based on your needs or expectations. Discuss with your student the resources that are available to her for choosing classes, adding or dropping classes, and what to do if she is experiencing academic difficulties. Resist the urge to become a “helicopter parent.” It is not your responsibility to give him a wake up call every morning or help her write their English composition. Refrain from asking too many questions, but be sure he knows you are there to support him and perhaps find the assistance he needs without reproach. Parents should allow some leeway for slightly lower grades, especially freshman year. Promote the concept of doing your best rather than being the best. » Finances: Students learn valuable lessons by living on their own. When considering housing options, think about the potential loss of opportunities or other non-financial benefits of living on
or off campus or at home. Dorm, apartment, living with relatives or friends all will affect your child’s college experience. The cost of food, transportation, cell phones and computers are other considerations to discuss. Will your student have a campus debit card, a checkbook or a credit card? College students are bombarded with credit card applications. Students need to establish a limit and a strategy if planning to use a credit card. Have the discussion and help her prepare a college spending plan. Your role as parent is not to make your student’s financial decisions, but to give her the foundation for making good choices. » Relationships: Students at this age are learning who they are in the world as an individual. They need to make decisions on their own. As a parent, it is your task to trust his judgment, give advice but don’t expect compliance and communicate regularly. Try to be a “backbone” parent — warm but firm, and able to explain rules and expectations. Listen more, respond with “I”
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instead of “you” and wait patiently. Talk with your student about ways to stay in touch. Give her time to adjust and get connected and comfortable in her new life. Create a safety net for addressing stressful times. Remind him to make new friends, but keep the old. Make a plan to deal with homesickness and roommate troubles, discuss diversity, new values and lifestyles and accept that he will experiment. Your student is growing up and must make her own way. Keep thelines of communication open. » Healthy choices: Leaving home and experiencing life on his own can cause stress for your student. Discuss positive coping strategies — exercise, prayer, meditation, talking to friends, writing in a journal, yoga and catnaps all are positive coping mechanisms. Discuss negative coping mechanisms, too: drinking, drugs, iso-
lation, cutting class, eating disorders, overspending and sex. At this point in life, communication with your student is about strengthening your connections. Instead of lecturing, try to listen. Talk without dictating, judging or criticizing. Keep communication going on a regular basis and model positive stress management strategies. Your children are about to experience a new phase in their lives. Just as when you let go when they walked into their kindergarten classrooms, you need to let go as they walk on to their collage campuses. Feeling anxious, excited and apprehensive is normal. You cannot make decisions for your child, only help them along. Let go while staying connected. Handouts and worksheets from “Are You Ready? The College Transition” course are available at the University of Wisconsin Extension office.
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‘Car seat wars’ test mom’s patience
he title alone sends a wave of panic and exhaustion over parents. And I am sure “car seat wars” elicits at least one drag out, knock-down battle that you have had with your child — or even the seat itself! Much like the University of Wisconsin’s school song, when you say “The Car Seat Wars,” you’ve said it all. But let me elaborate on some of my favorite stories — parents can commiserate with me, and soon-to-be-parents can start mapping out their battle plans. Now, to battle successfully in these wars, you always have to be on your toes — develop new strategies, distractions and techniques. I am an adult with a college degree, so tell me, how does an 18-month-old beat me in this struggle nine times out of 10? It’s all in the arch of the back.
Just a quick lunch One quiet Sunday morning, my husband was working, so my son and I were enjoying some time together (at 6 a.m., his wake-up time no matter what day of the week it is). My favorite coffee shop does not open until 8 a.m. on Sundays, so I typically try to find other “wakeup” methods on those mornings. By about 11 a.m., I was still dragging, so I convinced myself that sandwiches from the coffee shop would be a great lunch (and I could get my latte, too.) I packed up my little angel, and we headed down the road. He had been so good all morning, so I was an unsuspecting target. We parked a block away (thanks to road construction), got out of the car and made our way to the coffee shop. For some reason, they were not open. Strike one: Road construction. Strike two: Coffee shop closed for the day. I should have seen strike three coming. I opened up the car door and bent over the seat (which already is hard enough to do, thanks to the awkward angle you have to maneuver your kid — not to mention his 27 pounds and growing legs). And the battle begins. He arches his back. He kicks his feet. And then he starts to scream (meanwhile, I am screaming too — but mostly under my breath because it so happens that a couple parked right behind us just in time for a front-row seat to my son’s meltdown. I try my favorite trick first — distraction item. It is usually a cracker or fruit snack. If I can get one in his hand or mouth, he usually sits right down to await a second. If I have no food in the car (which is a rare occasion, thanks to his frequent battles in the car seat) I go for an item for him to play with. Sometimes his own toys work, but not often enough. I usually have to get creative. My son is a fan of the garage door opener, my
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DON’T FORGET TO INSPECT CHILD SAFETY SEATS This is alarming: Four out of five child safety seats are not installed correctly. With motor vehicle crashes being a top injury for Wood County children, Safe Kids Wood County is urging parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed. It’s the responsibility of every single parent and caregiver out there to make sure their children are safely restrained — every trip, every time. We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes. For maximum child passenger safety, parents and caregivers can visit their local inspection stations and refer to the following Steps for Kids guidelines that determine which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size: 1. For the best possible protection, keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing
cell phone, my house keys or my sunglasses. Unfortunately, those are all items I need at some point on our journey, and another battle usually ensues when I need to take the item back — but at least by that time he is strapped in. On this particular not-so-quiet Sunday morning, the distraction item doesn’t work. Plan B: Try to force him in. This is my husband’s method — hold our son down as best we can until he gets tired out and gives up his fight. Most of the time, I tire out first (thanks to my son’s kicking and screaming.) Eventually, a combination of my two tricks works. Or at least I think it was because of my efforts that he finally sat down. I in all actuality he probably just realized he won the battle and wanted to get home for his victory lunch. What was supposed to be a quick trip to get lunch and coffee turned into a marathon — I was exhausted and, oh yeah, I still need to find something to serve for lunch.
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child safety seats, as long as possible, up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at they are at least 1 year old and weigh at least 20 pounds. 2. When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 years and 40 pounds). 3. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or 4-foot, 9inches tall). 4. When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use the adult seat belt in the back seat, if it fits properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest). Remember: All children younger than 13 years should ride in the back seat. For more information on child passenger safety or to make an appointment to get your child’s seat inspected, call the Wood County Health Department at 715-421-8911 or 715-387-8646. — Tyler Zastava is the health educator for the Wood County Health Department
But, why do you need to read a 20-page instruction manual (which is generally not enough — you end up asking someone else for help at the hospital or at the car seat checkpoints) just to be able to figure them out? As if battling with my son was not enough, I have had some epic wars with each of our car seats. First, the infant seat — I watched closely as our nurse showed us how to secure our tiny little baby into the seat. Then I watched my husband do it. And then I even read through the manual. How hard can it be to put a sleeping infant into a car seat? Well, I broke a sweat trying to figure it out on our first outing, and we nearly missed our first doctor’s appointment. For the life of me, I could not figure out how to loosen the straps. I fiddled with everything on that seat, turned it upside down and back up again. Thankfully, my husband answered his phone at work and explained the release button tucked inside by the strap you pull out to tighten the straps. Duh! Seems simple now, but they should put
“pull here,” “push there” right on the seat. It would save a lot of tears and frustration.
On to the toddler seat I never thought I would miss the infant car seat — until we started using the forward-facing toddler seat. It was so easy to take the infant seat in and out of the car, with my son safely secured. And, we could have our battles with the seat in the privacy of our own home. Now, everyone in the daycare parking lot gets to see me struggle with my son or the car seat almost every day. One hot, summer day after a long, long day of work, I snuck out of the office a few minutes early and picked up my son from daycare with no problems. I was feeling pretty good because he wasn’t too crabby (after a long day of playing and nearing dinner time), and we were running ahead of schedule. Well, that quickly changed. I put my son in his seat with no problem, get the straps around him and
connected, and then I pull the straps to tighten them. Nothing. They don’t tighten. They don’t even move. There is no time to spare, as you know, if you are lucky enough to get your child into his seat without a fight. You need to finish the job and get him secured as quickly as possible so you have him restrained by the time he realizes he’s in his seat. I pulled and pulled; still nothing. To fiddle around with the seat and try to check the straps and what it might be catching on, I have to take my son out of the seat. I eventually remove the seat from the car because, of course, the problem is on the back of the seat. We’re in the parking lot, so I can’t just let my son out of the car. So he gets to crawl around the car while I try to troubleshoot the car seat and keep at least one eye on him. He ends up falling into the front seat, while I continue to sweat and curse at this seat. My husband isn’t answering his phone, and no one is stopping to offer
help (which I was actually thankful for, since I was a frazzled, crazy mess by this point). After 20 minutes, I discovered the problem — a buckle on the back end of the strap had gotten stuck on a little compartment on the back of the seat. It wasn’t easy to get the strap unstuck. (Luckily I didn’t break the seat, but at that point I wouldn’t have cared.) Finally! The straps were unstuck, my son sat in his seat (thank goodness I didn’t have another battle to fight), and we were on our way — now 30 minutes late instead of the original 10 minutes early. I am so grateful to the makers of car seats. It is wonderful to have my son safe and to know that manufacturers are always reviewing their product. But I have to know: Are they truly “testing” their products with exhausted parents and squirrely kids? If not, I would be happy to volunteer my son. If the experts can build a seat that I could get my son into effortlessly every time, I would be their best customer.
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Lost wallet? Tips can help protect your credit
onsider this: Your wallet is lost or stolen. You immediately call your bank and credit card company to report the problem, close old accounts and open new ones. You even remember to call the Social Security Administration to notify them that you had your Social Security card in your wallet. At the end of the day, you feel fairly confident the incident is behind you. But weeks later, you receive past-due notices on bills for merchandise you never purchased. A few months after that, your application for an auto loan is rejected because someone has used your name and Social Security number to open new accounts and run up thousands of dollars in debt. The good news: Your actual liability for these unauthorized purchases is limited by law or industry standards. The bad news: It’s likely
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your wallet is lost or stolen. You’ll want account numbers and phone numbers that can be used to report your losses or request new cards. Some people make copies of the front and back of all the cards or important notes in their wallet to help jog their memory. 3. Review your credit card bills and your checking account statements as soon as they arrive to make sure no fraudulent activity is taking place. In today’s technology-rich world, commerce (and therefore fraud) move very quickly. There is a better solution to waiting for your credit card bills and checking account statements to arrive in the mail. If you have a computer with Internet access, you have the tools to be proactive by using your financial institution’s online banking and estatement options. Many credit card companies offer secure websites so you can check your
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Experts often suggest that, to maximize your monitoring capability, you spread out your requests and receive a report from each of the three credit reporting agencies at separate times rather than all at once. If you are married, don’t forget to request your spouse’s credit history, too. Although I have yet to request a report from Equifax, the report cover page from Experian provides at-aglance information indicating potentially negative items in your report and has links to guide you through reviewing important information. TransUnion provides all pertinent information, but at first glance might seem overwhelming. These free reports will not contain your credit score. If you want your
credit score, the sites provide a link but will charge you a fee. A bit unnerving to me was the list of companies in the inquiry section of my report that received my name, address and other limited information about me so they could make a firm offer of credit or insurance. Unsolicited “prescreened” offers for credit and insurance must include a toll-free phone number you can call if you choose to remove your name and address from these lists. You can opt-out with the nationwide credit bureaus at 888-567-8688. Yes, these recommendations can be time consuming. But being proactive is far preferable to the many hours you will spend trying to erase a criminal’s fingerprints from your credit record.
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GET YOUR GAME ON Finger-licking good game-day appetizers
he fall sports season is upon us, and nothing goes better with game day then sharing a variety of appetizers and entrees with family and friends while watching your favorite team. Here is a sampling of recipe ideas, courtesy of allrecipes.com.
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DIRECTIONS 1. In a bowl, combine the uncooked beef, olives, onion, Parmesan cheese, tomato paste, oregano, salt and pepper. Spread to the edges of the cut surface of the bread. 2. Broil 6 inches from the heat for 8-10 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked. Top with tomatoes and cheese. Broil 2-3 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
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1. Divide popped popcorn into two shallow, greased baking pans; add peanuts. Set aside. 2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, margarine and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring enough to blend. Boil for 5 minutes while stirring constantly. 3. Remove from heat. Stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will be light and foamy. Immediately pour over the popcorn in the pans, and stir to coat. Don’t worry too much at this point about getting all of the corn coated. 4. Bake for 1 hour, stirring each pan well every 15 minutes. 5. Line counter top with waxed paper. Dump corn onto waxed paper and separate the pieces. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight containers or resealable bags.
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1. Cream cream cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, soy sauce and lemon juice. Spread mixture into a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. 2. Layer salsa, green onions, black olives, lettuce, cheddar cheese and tomatoes over the cream cheese mixture. 3. Cover with plastic wrap and gently press the ingredients down to tighten the layers. Chill before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a medium baking sheet. 2. In a large bowl, mix thoroughly the ground beef, hot pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, onion, bread crumbs, milk and egg. 3. Form the mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until there is no pink left in the middle. 4. In a small bowl, combine the barbecue sauce and peach preserves. 5. When meatballs are done, place in a serving dish and cover with the barbecue sauce mixture. Toss to coat.
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Fresh produce goes back to school
s we gear up to send the kids back to school, don’t be surprised to see a few new additions around the school yard and lunch table. Vegetable gardens have been growing all summer at many schools. Greenhouses have been erected. And locally grown produce is beginning to make its way into classroom lessons and onto lunch menus, thanks to recent growth in the Farm to School movement. The Farm to School initiative that is part of Wood County’s Get Active obesity prevention campaign has been preparing all summer to help your children make healthy choices about what foods fills their lunch boxes and lunch trays. “Farm to School is a wonderful work in progress,” said Beth Hanna, school nutrition educator for Get Active. “We’re definitely on the right path to making healthy changes that can stick with kids into adulthood.” The growing trend of Farm to School in Wisconsin bodes well for
the health of our children. Not only are we seeing more locally sourced, healthful foods in school cafeterias, but the experiential approach to food education has the potential to affect and improve children’s eating habits for the long term, said Sara Tedeschi, Wisconsin Farm to School Program Director. “Farm to School in Wood County means learning about, growing and, most importantly, tasting new foods,” Hanna said. “We can’t expect kids to start gobbling down vegetables without giving them the time to get comfortable with them. Farm to School offers students the chance to create that comfort level.” Through Farm to School, students in six Wood County school districts entered the vegetable comfort zone in the 2010-11 school year. The
program featured 70 classroom lessons, 49 gardens and 25 cafeteria taste tests of local apples, carrots, dried cranberries, potatoes, honey, spinach, lettuce, bison sticks and certified organic summer sausage. “It was great to watch the kids sink their teeth into a local product,” said Sue Anderson, food procurement coordinator for Farm to School. “Sometimes, kids hadn’t tasted a food in its whole form before, a spinach leaf for instance. Other times, there was instant recognition as in, ‘We grow carrots at home!’” Ideally, some local foods would be featured in school lunch and breakfast lines on a more regular basis. “School food service directors have many regulations and criteria they need to meet with each meal,” Anderson said. “During the next school year, we hope to address some of the constraints they have in using local foods, especially cost and preparation time.” It’s no surprise that making healthy food choices is a lot easier
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hile each child certainly is unique, parents can take some solace in knowing that shared challenges exist among most families. One of those common challenges is getting our children to eat healthy foods. There are three easy steps to follow: Understand portion size, make meals fun for kids and role model for success.
Toddlers are picky eaters, there’s no doubt about it. And this often makes parents worry that their children aren’t getting enough nutrition. The relief comes once we discuss the realities of portion sizes. Based on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, toddlers need 1⁄4 the recommended portion size of adults. For example, a 1⁄4 piece of fresh fruit, 1⁄4 cup dry cereal, 1 to 2 tablespoons cooked vegetables, 1⁄3 cup yogurt, 1 ounce chicken (one to two chicken nuggets), and 24 to 32 ounces of milk.
plays, the appearance and creativity of your child’s meal can help sell them, too. Each day, try to offer colorful foods — something green, red, orange and yellow. Aim to incorporate foods from all the food groups — meats, dairy, cereal/grains and fruits and vegetables. Tip: The more variety you continuously can introduce into your and your child’s diets, the more likely your child will be to eat a wider variety of foods, versus rejecting it because it “smells or tastes funny.” Reward children for trying new foods, but continue to offer the variety. Children are fickle — something they didn’t like last week might be their favorite food this week. And don’t stop with the plate. What about the beverage? While milk might be “boring” to your child, try serving fruits and vegetables in smoothies by combining them with ice and low-fat yogurt. They taste and look great, and your kids won’t even know it’s healthy. Being sneaky isn’t against the rules.
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Some to try Here are some easy crowd pleasers to try: » Grate raw cauliflower on top of your pasta dishes instead of, or mixed with, cheese. » Use “light” dips for veggie sticks or fruits. Even though they can carry additional calories, if your child will eat his carrots or apple with a dip, it’s a net win. » Kabobs — perfect for home or school lunches, you can use whatever foods are in season, on sale, or on hand. Combine low-fat cheeses (such as mozzarella), turkey, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. You also can combine a variety of fresh fruits on a stick.
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Farm markets offer the best of summer food
Anthony Wolf is a Marshﬁeld man-abouttown who enjoys cooking and traveling.
he early bird really does get the best selection. I always have enjoyed going to local farm stands and farmers markets — anything from a guy selling sweet corn along the side of his field, to the huge gatherings that fill the bigger cities. When it comes to buying American, supporting local farmers and creating jobs, you can’t do much better than local markets. Most of the time, in the very early morning hours, the farmers load their trailers, trucks, cars, buggies, carts and head to the city. Sometimes, this is a family affair, or even groups of families. Much work and pride is put into setting up stands, tents and signs, and in displaying their produce. The results display their long hard work of the past few months. Growing up as a farmer, I could go on about the many hours put into gardening — weeding, watering, disappointments with weather, theft from animals and humans — but that is another story. The joy of the market for me today is seeing all the wonderful possibilities laid out at the market
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SPRING planning Prepare landscape, garden now By June Thompson For YOU Magazine A beautiful landscape requires some planning if the garden is expected to be attractive in the spring, and there is preparation needed to ensure that it will be successful. According to Bud Arnold, manager of the garden center at Schalow’s Nursery in Marshfield, people see things flowering around town and come to his nursery to find it. Before a new garden landscape is possible, however, a gardener needs to know how much space is needed for certain shrubs and plants, and Arnold can help with that. His background is in landscape architectural design. He will help customers measure an area and place plants and shrubs — visualize a landscape, but not overcrowd, he said. The goal is to keep plants and trees alive. Once they’re planted, Arnold suggests weeding or getting rid of debris around the plants or shrubs for the next spring season. The best seasons for planting are spring and fall, Arnold said. Tulip bulbs can be planted in the fall. Put pine boughs over the planting area to keep it from deep freezing, and remove them in the spring. Other plants, such as hostas, grasses and perennials, can be pruned, but don’t cut
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into the crowns, he said. For shrubs and trees, it’s important to plant them before the first frost. Arnold hopes gardeners do some research on plants and shrubs before starting a garden landscape. This is Zone 4 area for plants, he said. Plants for Zone 3 will be OK — the lower the number, the more cold-hardy. He likes helping customers, giving them individualized attention. “We send out as much information as possible about plants and trees that people buy. They’re an investment,” he said. Jenny Ebsen, of Ebsen’s Greenhouses Inc. in Wisconsin Rapids, said bulbs can be planted in late summer and early fall before frost. Central Wisconsin is a good area for tulips in the spring, she said. Tulips, daffodils and iris (any variety) bulbs need to be planted 6 to 8 inches deep and covered with mulch or grass leaves, she said. Planting in fall for spring flowers might require soil preparation for a successful garden. Ebsen suggests using bone meal to add nutrients to the soil. » Schalow’s is on Highway A in Marshfield. Call 715591-3478. It is open through October. » Ebsen Greenhouses Inc., 411 E. Jackson St., Wisconsin Rapids, 715-423-2500, is open year-round.
Local gardens can inspire Besides creating a welcoming entrance, a garden or well-planned landscaping greatly adds to the curb appeal of any home. Before attacking the front yard with a shovel, draw a plan. Collecting photos of appealing plants or gardens and keeping them in a file is a way to start a plan. We feature some of Marshfield’s beautiful residential gardens, which are sure to spark ideas. Jim and Nancy Brost of Marshfield have been developing their gardens together for more than 22 years. Their yard plays host to several flowerbeds, a small grove of trees and two vegetable gardens. The couple prides themselves on being “green” gardeners, recycling dead leaves for compost and using natural chipped wood as a weed repellent. Nancy enjoys watching the plants evolve every year. “I like to see the growth and how (the plants) fill out,” she said. Help is essential for anyone looking to begin a garden, Nancy said. “Have a good partner to help you. My husband in my muscle,” she laughs. “It’s not a one-person thing.” Jim has added his own touch to the gardens. Describing himself as a “putterer,” he explains how he has recycled the lid from a Weber grill and old barrel rings. He’s even turned wine bottles into ornaments and support for the larger plants. “Some of this stuff I must dream up in my sleep,” he chuckles. Story by Breanna Speth | For YOU Magazine
GARDENING TIPS » Perennials Plants that die to the ground in the fall and come up again in spring and live three years or longer. Examples include hollyhocks, columbine, aster, bleeding heart, day lilies, hostas. » Shrubs that bloom in spring and summer Weigela: Shrub has trumpet-shaped flowers and blooms in late spring/summer. Forsythia (meadowlark): Shrub blooms in spring with yellow-bell-shaped flowers. Some can survive extreme cold. Lilacs: Extremely hardy, long-lived
shrubs. The bloom season can be extended over several weeks. Shrub roses: Superior winter hardiness compatible to various soil types and landscapes, blooms spring to fall. » For acid-loving plants For azaleas, rhododendrons and blueberries, use sphagnum moss sulfate, mulching with wood chips, sawdust and pine needles to help control weeds. » Planting/fertilizing trees and shrubs A fertilizer high in phosphorous will help in the development of the root system; mulching helps retain soil moisture.
Irene Heeg’s Marshfield garden feels far from urban, capturing the aura of rural Wisconsin. Bordered by city-owned woodland, Irene has made the most of her country roots and created a setting that feels serene and secluded. Though she laments that her garden is not at its most prolific during the tour, those nearby assure her that it is beautiful. Irene advises potential gardeners to peruse gardening publications and participate in garden tours to acquire new ideas. Featured in Irene’s garden is an assortment of stepping-stones, each created by a grandchild. Irene gave each grandchild a kit to make the stones and told them to be creative. Of her own gardening interests, she smiles and shrugs. “I just have the love of working with flowers, I guess,” she said.
The Marshfield home of Dennis and Kay Kmiec is shaded, but sun-loving perennials and hostas flourish in the backyard. An assortment of birdhouses, a raised vegetable garden and a sandbox provide a rustic feel to this city garden. Kay encourages zealous horticulturists to embrace their own personalities and unleash it into their garden. “I suggest they don’t copy anybody,” she said, “Do what they would like to do. I’m more satisfied that I myself did it.” Kay’s garden feels like a treasure hunt, as miscellaneous knick-knacks, including a teacup, a duck and a tiny turtle, are hidden among the flora. She says the best place to acquire trinkets is at local thrift stores, though she does make some herself to add a “little accent” to the space.
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Fall lawn, garden care will ensure healthy start next spring It’s been a long, hot summer in central Wisconsin, but the work on our landscapes is only beginning. Good fall care is important to keep plants healthy and prepare them for the long, cold winter. Let’s begin with the lawn. Fertilizing the grass with 1 pound per 1,000 square feet of nitrogen on Labor Day is the most important time to give your grass the nutrients it needs. Don’t grab the so called “winterizer” type. New University of Wisconsin research shows this type of fertilizer isn’t necessary in fall and can promote growth of snow mold. Nitrogen is all the lawn needs, and the cool, wet days of fall are the perfect time to apply.
Lynn Caine is the summer horticulturist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Portage County.
Weeds, be gone As long as we are working on the lawn, let’s kill those pesky weeds as well. Creeping Charlie, violets and dandelions are best controlled in the fall. Apply triclopyr, MCPP or 2,4-D when plants are drawing nutrients into their roots for winter storage. It also allows the grass to fill in because the lawn is actively growing in the cool weather. Always follow label directions for dosage and safety.
Do not prune or fertilize your evergreens or woody shrubs at this time. Either of these actions will promote new growth at a time when the plant is hardening off for the winter. However, evergreens need ample water to prevent them from drying out during the winter. They should receive an inch of water per week until the ground is frozen.
disease control. Fall is a good time to do a soil test so improvements can be made before planting in the spring. Manures applied in the fall will have time to degrade disease-causing organisms such as E. coli and will be safe for plants grown for food. It is also good to add organic matter or soil pH correction in the fall when time is available and plants aren’t present.
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Perennial beds also will benefit from some fall care. Remove any diseased plants or dried up leaves to prevent a source of infection for next year. It is OK to leave foliage for visual interest, if it is healthy. Many grasses will benefit from the extra protection the dried blades provide in winter. Inspect plants for egg masses or rotten root crowns that should be removed, and add a layer of mulch to protect plants from heaving in the winter temperature changes.
Fall, of course, is also time to plant bulbs. Tulips, daffodils and crocus are popular favorites, but don’t forget allium, hyacinth and Siberian squill. Bulbs should be planted in midSeptember ,with enough time to allow the bulb to produce a root system before the ground freezes. Temperatures should be below 50 degrees to signal the bulb to produce roots. Then, after the cold of winter, the bulb will be signaled to flower in the warmth of spring. Taking time in the fall to do a little landscape maintenance will pay off with a healthy start next spring.
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Make the most out of your garden’s bounty August and September are the seasons of bounty. Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, onions and peas are shared willingly with friends, neighbors and co-workers, sometimes with just a sign that says, “Enjoy!” To those of us who love vegetarian fare, these sights stir the senses and imagination. While I enjoyed the abundance of the season, I needed a pinch of extra creativity when devising meal plans with the diversity of ingredients. Whether you grow your own vegetables, are provided them by friends and family, or frequent the many farmers markets in the area, know that there are seemingly infinite numbers of ways to present and partake of this abundant yet simple seasonal feast. You do not need complicated recipes and exotic spices to enjoy nature’s bounty. Instead, keep it simple.
CHICKEN SALSA SALAD INGREDIENTS 3 large tomatoes 1 can black beans 1 ⁄2 cup fresh corn kernels (or 1⁄2 can corn) 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 chicken breasts, roasted, or 8 ounces chicken breast 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves or Arugula (torn) Italian or other salad dressing (optional) Directions Slice tomatoes into 1-inch pieces, toss gently with beans, corn and garlic in a large bowl. Add chicken and spinach. Toss with dressing, if desired. Serve at room temperature. Makes three to four servings.
PEPPER-SPIKED MARINARA SAUCE This recipe creates a great sauce for any pasta dish. During the summer and early fall, you can experiment with hot and sweet fresh peppers to create a variety of delicious results. Ingredients 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes; or five fresh tomatoes, blanched and drained
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoons salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sugar 1 ⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil 1 ⁄4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil 1 ⁄2 cup chopped onions 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 2 red bell peppers, seeded, cut in ⁄2-inch dice Directions In a mixing bowl, crush the whole tomatoes with your fingers to form a course puree. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper flakes, sugar, basil and parsley. Stir in and reserve. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onions. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until the onions begin to soften. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes (do not brown the garlic). Add the tomato mixture, and simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the bell peppers, and simmer until the peppers are tender. Taste and adjust seasoning. 1 Makes about 3 ⁄2 pints
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Charity event helps women help women The Women Helping Others 2011 Charity Golf Scramble was held July 19 at the Marshfield Country Club, with 87 women golfing. It was an extremely hot day in Marshfield, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees. The women who turned out to support WHO were undaunted by the heat and had a great day golfing. WHO also sponsored a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a choice auction. Many local businesses and individuals supported the day. This year’s hole sponsors included ESE Inc.; the Dental Clinic of Marshfield; Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union; High Street Salon, Spa and Travel; Ameriprise Financial Services; Bill and Sue Heiting; Pat Allen; Slumberland Furniture; I Brandl Inc.; Ken and Joan Shong; Security Health Plan; the Marshfield Country Club; and Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The WHO golf outing began in 1998, when Jane Wagner and other Marshfield teachers decided a golf outing would be a fun way for women to come together and raise money for good causes. Throughout the years, the event has raised almost $30,000 for local charities. The outing’s beneficiaries have included the Family Resource Center, the Marshfield Area Respite Care Center, Soup or Socks, Samaritan House, Personal Development Center, the Pediatric Child Abuse and Neglect Program,
Companion Day Services, Mary’s Place Boarding House, the Ronald McDonald House of Marshfield and Shirley’s House of Hope. This year, WHO has partnered with the Marshfield Area Community Foundation and the Women’s Giving Circle. The Women’s Giving Circle is a fund held at the foundation that focuses on collective giving, where women coming together have more power than an individual donor. The Women’s Giving Circle focuses on issues facing women and children, including economic security, jobs, education, health, nutrition, parenting skills, substance-abuse counseling, affordable housing and day care, financial literacy, domestic violence prevention and more. About 45 percent of WHO proceeds will go directly back to charities that help women and children, 5 percent will be used for fund expenses, and 50 percent will go to help establish an endowment so that local women and children can be helped forever. This partnership is a natural fit and will allow the event to become an entity that will go on forever. Women’s Giving Circle members will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Mid-State Technical College to decide what organization will be the beneficiary this year. With needs increasing in our community, it should be a lively discussion.
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‘This strange journey’ For Bethany pastor, ministry is in the blood
s she cheerfully greets her congregation, the Rev. Joyce Heintz shows confidence with her divine call. It’s easy to see that she and her job are a match made in heaven. Though she has been preaching at Bethany Lutheran Church in Sigel for just 4 1/2 years, her love for the ministry extends much longer. Joyce, along with two sisters and a brother, grew up in Ohio, where their father was a minister. Joyce graduated from high school in Freemont, obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from Capital University in Columbus and taught for seven years in public schools while obtaining a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She then attended seminary in Ohio and interned in South Dakota, which she says, “started this strange journey.” Working in the church is a family tradition. Joyce’s brother also is a pastor, and her surviving sister is a church organist in Pennsylvania. Although her dad undoubtedly was an influence on her career path, Joyce claims it was unintentional. “I would say that, as I look back on my life, he definitely was an influence in my becoming a pastor. ... But he didn’t do it on purpose. When I became a pastor (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) had only been ordaining women for 13 years. When I started seminary, I went to get a little more theology, but didn’t expect to be a pastor.” While Joyce pursued music and education, she says God had other plans for her. Over the years, people encouraged her to look into being a pastor and “step beyond the comfort zone.” She now is on her sixth call, having been a pastor since 1983. Her first call was in the unincorporated town of Yorktown, Ill. Continuing her tour of the Midwest, she then moved to Rockford, Ill., and later Mayville. Next came Johnson Creek and Wakefield, Mich. Finally, she was called to Bethany. Though she is “happily single,” she often thinks of her small congregation as an
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extended family. The congregations is about 90 people every Sunday, and Joyce shares that the best part of preaching at a small church is, “I look out and I know the people.” She doesn’t feel a small congregation is a limitation, though. “What’s really neat about Bethany, is that there’s young families and there’s all ages represented,” she said. Bethany keeps Joyce busy, with much of her time spent helping in various areas of the church, including a card ministry, vacation “I remember thinking I can be a better advoBible school, Sunday School and confirmation cate for lay people by being a pastor,” she said. classes. “I could be that symbol of authority that valiThough a modest church, Bethany has had its dates lay ministry.” share of adventure. In June 2007, Joyce walked The authority that accompanies being a pasin on a fire. tor manifests as Joyce begins a recent service “My day was so crazy that day,” she said. “We at Bethany, where she warns those in attenwere meeting the insurance guy. I went up to dance that as a Christian it is their mission to the hospital to see a baby. I spread God’s word. made a home call. For some “I’m going to be right here, reason, I kept talking and in your face,” she tells them. Editors note: YOU Magazine talking, but didn’t leave until She describes the process is highlighting area churches I got here right before a she uses to craft her serthat have a female pastor. If meeting.” mons: “It’s not just about the there is a pastor you would When she arrived at the sitting down and writing. It’s like to nominate for a future church, she opened the not just about the researchstory, email Liz Welter at Fellowship Hall door and ing. It’s about the living with found it full of smoke. A firstname.lastname@example.org and growing with the text age closet was on fire. and the people you are pre“(The smoke) was just a paring it for.” haze over our heads,” she She explains that, while said. she uses the Internet as well as texts to prepare The experience led a church member to give her sermons, she mostly likes to let her mesJoyce a firefighter’s hat, which she proudly dis- sage “simmer through the week and see what plays in her office. themes are popping up. What seems to be the Even before the fire incident, Joyce was word that needs to be spoken here?” no stranger to adventure. As a pastor in Her Sunday sermon is radically different Wakefield, she weathered severe flooding. And from Wednesday’s. the self-declared non-traveler spent some of “Wednesday is exploring where we are her first weeks at Bethany on a mission trip to going,” she said, describing the casual services Guam, where she helped rehabilitate a house as almost a mini Bible study. that had been bequeathed to a local church. At any service, she hopes that whatever mesJoyce knows she has been called to this prosage she preaches helps whoever needs to hear fession. it. “I can’t imagine going back to what I had “I try to get people to be thinking for thembeen doing,” she said. selves in the context of the sermon. I look at If she were not a preacher, Joyce said she sermons as an intersecting between God and would be living out her faith in some other way. the people, and me and the people,” she said, fall 2011
noting how the analogy makes a cross. For those listening to her preach, she said she hopes “that somehow the Spirit will bring the words out of my mouth into some semblance of what they need to hear.” Joyce cherishes any opportunity to spread the message. During the summer months, she especially enjoys preaching at Grandpa’s Village, where Sigel resident Bill Haas has recreated many buildings from the past, including a church complete with an old pump organ, offering basket and other visuals from churches of the past. “I do have fun going to Grandpa’s church,” she said. “That’s such a delight.” Joyce clearly takes pleasure in living her beliefs. “For me, being a women of faith gives me a sense of peace. ... It gives me a sense of hope for the world, and while people will find different avenues, different faith journeys, for me I can’t imagine any other path except through Jesus — seeing his life example, his total love, his total mercy and compassion. His example says that’s something I want to be. “I have been privileged to have little kids call me Jesus, and that’s a lot to live up to. It almost gives me a tear to have the awesome responsibility to live up to that name.” For women interested in entering a position of church leadership, Joyce encourages them to “follow where the spirit leads and keep praying and trusting.” She paraphrases her favorite Bible verse, Matthew 28:19-20: “Get out there and preach the gospel, baptize and teach the word and let the world know that God is in charge.” Clearly, Pastor Joyce listened.
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Help YMCA meet the community’s needs
Rochelle Hill is the marketing and development director for the Marshﬁeld Area YMCA.
t feels good to do good. We should know, because that’s what the Marshfield Area YMCA has been doing in central Wisconsin for nearly 25 years. Every day, we see many faces of need. Children are in need of safe and affordable after-school care that deepens their motivation to learn. Some children need youth sports and other healthy programs to combat childhood obesity, and all children need programs such as day camp to offer the thrill of meeting a new friend or developing a new skill. Teens need positive role models and engaging activities during critical times when good choices must prevail over bad. Our seniors, who are the fastest growing group today at the Y, need affordable opportunities for stimulating activities and socializationd. Most of all, our families need a healthy place to belong and grow in spirit, mind and body. The Marshfield Area YMCA provides the hope and promise to fulfill-
ing these needs, and more. Earlier this year, after three months of cardiac rehab at a local hospital, a participant joined the Y’s Healthy Hearts membership program, which offers financial assistance. He was a bit nervous at first to commit to exercise, but upon being supervised by a personal fitness coach who monitors his program, he has made new friends, some of whom have had similar cardiac events. Now a frequent member of the Y because of the scholarship program, he has lost nearly 25 pounds, feels better, has more energy and is, once again, playing ball with his grandson. Community support has a significant affect by making the Y available to all, regardless of financial circumstances. In 2010, 21 percent of Y participants in programs or services qualified for financial assistance — that’s up 6 percent in a year. As a nonprofit charitable organization, the Marshfield Area YMCA is committed to strengthening communi-
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Builder offers one-stop home shopping
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welve years ago, I told my dad that we were going to bring a retail atmosphere to custom home-building,” said Jason Wanke, owner of Wanke Builders of Medford. “I realized that home buyers wanted a one-stop location where they could get their new home designed and outfitted with everything.” And that’s exactly what Wanke Builders and Wausau Homes did. The company created a seamless home-building process by having the most complete new-home design center in central Wisconsin. This past year, Wanke Builders, along with Wausau Homes, remodeled and updated its Design Center to further realize its goal of “redefining the building experience.” From the moment you enter the Design Center on Highway 13, just south of Medford, you get a sense of calm and confidence. You know in the first few minutes you are there, that it’s all right here. The company’s Design Center is made up of several key areas: the
welcome area, the kids area, the discovery area, the dreams area and the heart-of-the-home area. Each area has a specific function in providing customers with the easiest, most hassle-free home-building experience. The welcome area has a warm fireplace and comfortable sitting areas, and allows prospective home buyers the opportunity to learn and understand the process that is utilized to build a Wausau Home. The kids area allows children to play while parents discuss particulars. The discovery area has hundreds of pre-priced floor plans to help customers get control of budget concerns. The dreams area allows customers to make changes to their favorite plans and view them in 3D. And last, but not least, the heart of the home gives customers a sense of quality and variety, as they take the journey through the many sample and color choices. “I grew up in the building industry,” Wanke said. “Many nights, clients would be at the house, sitting at the kitchen table going over plans
with my dad, kids screaming in the background. I realized that, with today’s fast-paced lifestyles, home buyers need to shop when its convenient for the them, and it can be uncomfortable for people to come into someone’s private home.” Jason Wanke has five children of his own and knows how demanding life can get for parents today. The design center is a place where prospective home buyers can come in when they have time and get information they can use to make good decisions. The Wanke family has been in the home-building industry for more than 50 years. Wanke Builders is a family-owned and operated company with “hands-on” owners. Few home builders have built as many homes or possess the experience acquired over years by the Wankes and their employees. Jason Wanke, 37, took the reigns of the family business 12 years ago and has grown the company to one of the largest home builders in central Wisconsin. He and head of design Terry Steinman have perfected
the home-building process and are known throughout the industry for their high levels of customer satisfaction. “Most of our clients are referred from previous clients,” Wanke said. “We’ve stayed very busy through the recession with the help of great referrals from our loyal client base. It really is the greatest compliment when a client refers you to his or her friend or relative. It says, ‘These people will treat you right.’” Wanke Builders also is one of the state’s most award-winning builders. This year, the company won the Wausau Homes Builder of the Year Award, which included keys to a new pickup truck. It also won the Marvin C. Schuette builder of the year award for its high customer satisfaction ratings and 3D software capabilities.
Using the latest software comes easy to the designers at Wanke Builders. They are young and embrace new technology because they know it makes it easier for the buyer to see and understand what they are buying — and that leads to satisfied customers. “We are a company of old craftsmen,” Wanke said, “but we employ the latest and most innovative design and estimation software.” “On time, firm pricing, your way” is the Wanke Builders motto. Be sure to stop in and see how this Wisconsin company is redefining the building experience. Business hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment. To make an appointment, call 877926-5348. — Story and photos contributed by Wanke Builders
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Tomah store celebrates 100 years By Sally Rose For YOU Magazine
It was 100 years ago that the Tomah Cash Mercantile opened for business in what was a lumber company store. Six years later, the three young men who started the business — Herman Rose, John Bettinger and Alois Fix — built a new store on the corner of Superior Avenue and Milwaukee Street in Tomah, the store’s present location. The store opened in 1907. My husband, John Rose Jr., and his brother, Mark, are the owners of what is now called the Tomah Cash Store. They are the great-grandsons of founder Herman Rose. The “Cash,” which has stayed in the name, refers to the early practice of paying local farmers cash for their produce, rather than bartering for goods. John Rose, Herman’s grandson, likes to say that although many things have changed during the years, customers who shopped in the store in the ’30s could come in today and find it familiar. Gone are the groceries, which first were delivered by horse-drawn wagon, and the barrels of apples that were stored in the basement and shipped to Chicago by rail. In fact, in the early days, the store got most of its goods by rail and in huge quantities, and they were stored in the basement. The years also have seen cash registers replace the cups on wires for handling the money. But the store still sells name-brand fashions, as well as bib overalls. One thing hasn’t changed, according to John. “Quality and service might be a lost art, but we’ll keep providing them here,” he said. That just might be what it takes for the Tomah Cash Store to stay in business for another 100 years.
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THINGS TO DO EXHIBITS & MUSEUMS LUCILLE TACK CENTER GALLERY (300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499) » Shirley Mount and Judith Pentz: Runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 30. Mount, from The Basket Patch in Gilman, will share her knowledge of weaving. View her many types of woven baskets and watch her demonstrate this craft. Pentz, a fabric artist from Greenwood, will display her quilting projects. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 7. » Kris Leonhardt: Runs Nov. 4 to Nov. 27. Leonhardt will share glimpses into the uncomplicated, peaceful life of the Amish community. Opening reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Exhibits may be viewed during opening receptions, at the time of a performance and by appointment.
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GOVERNOR UPHAM MANSION (212 W. Third St., Marshfield; 715-387-3322) » Restored home of former Wisconsin governor William Henry Upham, this house represents mid-Victorian architecture at its finest. The featured exhibit during the months of September and October is “Bogs & Orchards,” all about cranberries and apples. “Dashing through the Snow” will be featured in November and December, focusing on sleds and sleighs and Santa’s helpers. Upham Mansion is open for public tours from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday. The annual open house will be held 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, with the Winemiller Sisters “Tri Sis” Trio singing classic Christmas carols on Dec. 3.
CHESTNUT AVENUE CENTER FOR THE ARTS (208 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield; 715-3898999) » Brian Miller Concert: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Brian Miller will sing Lumberjack songs, Irish and Scottish music from the Northwoods with several guest performers. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. » Chris Silver Band: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Enjoy bluegrass blues, folk and jam band music. Call for ticket information. » “Masquerade!”: 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Piano bar, silent auction, photos with friends. Rock ‘n’ roll dance at 8:30 p.m. with music provided by the Pointless Brothers, plus prizes for best costumes and cash bar — an evening of fun, phantoms and dancing. » Pete Neumann & the Real Deal: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Band will perform blues music. Call for ticket information.
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(W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville; 715-748-4224) » Korean War Portraits by James Gill: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during September. » Veterans Art Exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during October. » Highground Photo Fundraiser: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during November.
(300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499) » Feelin’ Groovy: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, featuring Jim Witter performing the music of Simon and Garfunkel. Reserved seating is $20. » Steve Meisner and Friends: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, featuring Steve Meisner of Whitewater, a multi-talented musician, composer and arranger, voted No. 1 polka artist for four years. Reserved seating is $10.
(103 S. Central Ave., Marshfield; 715-384-5867; thomashousemuseum.org) » A military exhibit, “Lest We Forget,” will bring before your eyes the history and stories of those who served from the Civil War to Afghanistan. Open 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment.
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ON STAGE LUCILLE TACK CENTER FOR THE ARTS (300 School St., Spencer; 715-659-4499) » Vince — The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi: 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Veteran actor John Pinero’s one-man play and riveting portrayal of the greatest professional coach in football history is a force to be reckoned with. Come early for the 5:30 p.m. Tailgate Party featuring traditional Wisconsin fare. Reserved seating is $15, plus $10 separate ticket for Tailgate Party (must be purchased by Sept. 23).
(Marshfield Clinic lobby, 1000 N. Oak Ave., Marshfield; 715-387-5562) » “Photographs by John Higdon and Sculpture by Jake Weigel,” runs Sept. 12 to Oct. 28. Higdon of Pensacola, Fla. has done extensive photographing in Antarctica. Weigel of Marshfield employs discarded everyday industrial objects, found natural materials and photography in his sculpture as a means of discovering and preserving the essence, history and memory of the objects through recycled manifestations. » “Divine Inspirations: Spiritual Expressions in Art” is the notion of the spiritual in art, featuring works by Northwoods artists Christine Alfery, Karen Kappall and Barbara McFarland. The exhibit runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 30. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble performing seasonal favorites and standard works.
UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield; 715-389-6534) » Fall Concert: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16; Helen C. Laird Theatre; $7, featuring UW-M/WC Concert Band. » Music for a Winter’s Evening: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29; Helen C. Laird Theatre; $7, featuring
(2000 W. Fifth St., Marshfield; 715-389-6534) » Campus Community Players Fall Comedy: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to Nov. 12, and 2 p.m. Nov. 13; Helen C. Laird Theatre; $10 in advance, $12 at door; high school students $5. Call for more information.
MISCELLANEOUS Aug. 31 - Sept. 5: Central Wisconsin State Fair, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 2-5: Arpin Lions annual softball tournament, Kandy Kane Park Sept. 3-5: Flea Market/Craft Show/Antique Tractor Show, Thunderbird Village, Hatfield Sept. 3-5: Pepsi Central Wisconsin State Fair Draft Horse Show, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 5: Truck and Tractor Pull, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 5: Auto Action Demolition Derby, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 9-11: Annual Trappers Rendezvous, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 9-11: Granton Fall Festival, downtown Granton Sept. 10: McMillan Fall Festival, Town Hall grounds Sept. 10: Main Street Dance, Greenwood Sept. 11: Car & Motorcycle Show, downtown Loyal Sept. 14-17: Central Wisconsin Horse Sale, Clark County Fairgrounds, Neillsville Sept. 17: Locals on Stage Variety Show, Performing Arts Center, Wisconsin Rapids Sept. 17: American Heart Association Heart Walk, Wildwood Park, Marshfield Sept. 17: SlamFest, Marshfield Motor Speedway Sept. 17-18: Maple Fall Fest, Wildwood Park, Marshfield
Sept. 17-18: Hatfield Fun Days, Thunderbird Village, Hatfield Sept. 18: Marshfield Cranberry Century Bicycle Tours, Wildwood Park and Zoo, Marshfield Sept. 18: Fly-in and drive-in breakfast, Neillsville Municipal Airport Sept. 20-21: Friesian Keuring Horse Show, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Sept. 23-25: Warrens Cranberry Festival, Warrens Sept. 27: Diversity Day, The Highground, Neillsville Oct. 1: Annual Chili Cookoff & Car Show, The Highground, Neillsville Oct. 1: Kiwanis Enormous Equipment Playground, Marshfield Fairgrounds Park Oct. 1: Thorp Pumpkin Festival, downtown Thorp Oct. 1-2: Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Festival Oct. 1-2: Grass Drags, Swap Meet and ATV Pull, Marathon Oct. 9: Annual Pumpkin Patch Party, Tufts Mansion, Neillsville Oct. 9: Arts and Crafts Fair, Simek Center, Medford
Oct. 9: Fall Polka Jam, Belvedere Supper Club, Marshfield Oct. 15: Trick-or-treating at Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield Oct. 28: Downtown Marshfield Trick-ortreating at local businesses. Oct. 28-29: Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show, East Gate Alliance Church, Marshfield Oct. 29: Children’s Halloween Party, American Legion Hall, Marshfield Oct. 30: Farm Toy and Craft Show, StanleyBoyd High School Nov. 4-5: Alpine Holiday, Columbus Catholic High School, Marshfield Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony, The Highground, Neillsville Nov. 12: Craft Show, Neillsville American Legion Nov. 17: Annual Main Street Holiday Parade, downtown Marshfield Nov. 18-19: Seasonal Treasures Craft Show, KC Hall, Marshfield Nov. 19: PEO Boutique and Luncheon, Belvedere Supper Club, Marshfield Nov. 25: Holiday in the Park, Greenwood City Hall Park
Nov. 25-Dec. 16: Wagon and buggy rides, downtown Marshfield Nov. 25-Dec. 31: Rotary Winter Wonderland, Wildwood Park, Marshfield Nov. 26: PTA Craft Sale, Spencer schools Dec. 1: Thorp Christmas Parade Dec. 3: Abbotsford Christmas Parade Dec. 3: Thorp Jaycees Fantasy Bazaar, Thorp High School Dec. 3: Lunch with Santa; Spencer Olde Hall Dec. 3-4: Christmas open house, Governor Upham Mansion, Marshfield Dec. 10: Rudolph’s Country Christmas, downtown Rudolph Dec. 10: Arpin holiday parade, lighting of Kandy Kane Park and visit with Santa Dec. 10: Reindeer Day, downtown Marshfield Dec. 10: Owen-Withee Lions Santa Day, OW High School Dec. 10: Owen-Withee Jaycees Christmas Arts and Crafts Show, O-W High School For more details, go to the Things to Do at www.marshfieldnewsherald.com. Dec. 11: Breakfast with Santa, Neillsville American Legion
LuCille Tack Center for the Arts 2011 - 12 Fall Performance Season
John Pinero is VINCE LOMBARDI Thursday, September 29 • 7:00 p.m. A riveting portrayal of the greatest professional coach in football history
Feelin’ Groovy - starring Jim Witter Saturday, October 8 • 7:30 p.m. A journey through the 60’s featuring the music of Simon & Garfunkel
Steve Meisner & Friends Saturday, November 12 • 7:30 p.m. Traditional & contemporary polka from Wisconsin
Natalie MacMaster - Christmas in Cape Breton Friday, December 9 • 7:30 p.m. Fiddling ﬁreworks on Celtic melodies and holiday carols
Guys & Does by American Foiklore Theatre, Singing Sportsmen Tour Saturday, January 21 • 7:30 p.m, WI-5001362142
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