Pulaski News PULASKI, WISCONSIN
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010
VOLUME LXX, NO. 2
Pulaski All-Americans march at bowl game in San Antonio By Julian B. Lacera Three of our very own seniors, Colin Duke, Kevin Ripley, and Blake Smith, departed for San Antonio, Texas and arrived on January 5. They begin their preparation for the exclusive, 97member All-American Marching Band’s performance during the tenth annual bowl game’s half-time show in the Alamodome. The seniors were provided an all-expense paid trip down to Texas, from the airfare and food, right down to the clothing. Accompanied by their families and Pulaski High School Band Director, D. Thomas Busch, the seniors not only went to represent their community of Pulaski, but also their home state of Wisconsin. Upon arrival, the students checked into the Grand Hyatt Hotel and were served a light lunch. Afterwards, a meet and greet was put on for the band members to get to know their new instructors. A dinner was then served, and when all was finished, the band members departed for the Alamo Stadium to begin a two-hour rehearsal. Before the actual departure for the once-in-a-lifetime trip, all three of the seniors had to have their music memorized. This was to make all of the rehearsals in San Antonio fixated more on the half-time performance and marching technique. “I learned that if I really want to be good at what I do, I must go back to the basics,” said Duke. “Before we started every practice, we went back to learning fundamental marching skills, something we learned as a freshman, and this would go on for 30 to 45 minutes.” On the second day of their stay, an early breakfast was
granted for the band members before another rehearsal was scheduled. A total of nine and a half hours were spent that day in perfecting the field show for the bowl game. These rehearsals, aside from being a means for the band members to learn the field performance, were also there to help instill the seven values of the Army—loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. These values were taught throughout the week, and made known to all of the band members. “The Army’s appreciation of these values caused me to develop more in each of those areas,” said Ripley. The third day of the musical experience required only five and a half hours of rehearsal for the performance, and concluded with the U.S. Army Welcome Barbecue at the Alamodome. The next day was reserved for seven and a half hours of rehearsal and a photo shoot. January 9, the band prepared one last time before getting ready to perform live in front of over 34,000 civilians and soldiers. The selections that the All-American Marching Band performed were two medleys entitled Buffalo Stampede/Stand Up and Be Strong, and Hoedown/ R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. “It was an awesome experience to perform for hundreds of soldiers who were going to Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Smith. The Pulaski seniors pushed themselves and strived for their very best. Though the combined total of rehearsals went past the 25 hour mark, they never gave up, and, in turn, presented a phenomenal show. (continued on page 6)
Colin Duke keeps great posture during the Friday dress rehearsal.
Kevin Ripley waits for the drum major to signal the step off during the dress rehearsal.
Blake Smith marches during the dress rehearsal at the Alamodome.
Friends of Haiti react to earthquake disaster By Kevin Ripley looded with solar-powF ered lighting night and day, the outdoor soccer field at the Matthew 25 Port-au-Prince guesthouse is filled with medical doctors treating over 1,300 refugees of the recent Haiti earthquake. Doctors are performing amputations and other painful surgeries without painkillers or anesthesia. Volunteers from the Friends of Haiti, Inc. (FOH) of Green Bay visit this same guesthouse every time they go to Haiti before heading off to other parts of the country. They would like to fly as many meds there as possible and will use all possible resources to do so. This is just one facet the FOH are involved in. They typically
operate in the central valleys and mountainous regions of Haiti, but due to the recent devastation which has taken over 200,000 lives in the Port-au-Prince area, they have expanded their outreach. “The death toll is just devastating,” said John Malcheski, a volunteer for FOH who has gone on 12 trips prior to his most recent on December 7 of last year. “All four volunteers that were in the country during the earthquake are alright.” The immediate need is for monetary donations which can be sent to Friends of Haiti, PO Box 1174, Green Bay, WI 54305. Recent projects in Cap-Haitian include experimenting with firebricks to make cooking more
efficient. Firebricks are made of sand and rice and involve a very labor-intensive process. FOH purchased 100 of these bricks to use at a school in Thomazeau, where there is a feeding program. Cooks used to use three large, open pots to provide food for several hundred children. FOH arranged the firebricks around three sides of two of the pots to find out if there is a noticeable difference in the fuel efficiency of the cooking. The Iranian government also gave 25 tractors with tilling equipment to Cap-Haitian. In order to stimulate the economy in the mountains, FOH helped start three commercial rabbitries. (continued on page 6)
LAS supports manufacturing education at Pulaski High School
Logistic Assembly Solutions, LLC (LAS), a subsidiary of MCL Industries in Pulaski, recently donated $5,000 to the Pulaski High School Technology and Engineering Education (TEE) Department’s Metals Manufacturing Program. The funds will be used to help purchase equipment for the new Metals Extended Learning Block – Machine Tool course.
During the fall 2009, TEE Partnership Team meeting plans were outlined to introduce a new course for the 2010-2011 school year that would provide NWTC credit for students interested in the machine tool program. The PHS Metals Extended Learning Block – Machine Tool course curriculum, projects, and learning expectations meet the standards set by NWTC for a transcribed course. The course
received school board approval and with this donation the department will have the necessary equipment to meet NWTC standards. Terry Hanstedt, general manager of LAS, has been a member of the TEE Team since the team was formed in 2003. Terry and MCL along with other partners have contributed to other curriculum development projects in the past. The part-
LAS (MCL) representatives present a $5,000 check to the Technology and Engineering Department at Pulaski High School. Pictured are Larry Treankler, Gary Lofquist, Terry Handstedt, and Carl Treankler representing LAS (MCL); and Tom Glinski and Harley Griesbach representing the Technology and Engineering Department at PHS.
nership team consists of multiple local area businesses that directly impact the career education experience of students in all of the Technology and Engineering Education classes. Partners include MCL, Baytek Games, Pulaski Auto, Vern’s Hardware, Keith’s Custom Metals, Tri-County Small Engines, Nickel Electric, WPS, Georgia Pacific, NWTC, and the Pulaski Community School District representatives. The Metals Extended Learning Block class is an opportunity for students to develop high-end skills for career development in the area of precision machining in a two-hour class period to allow for more hands-on learning. The course content includes the topics of safety, precision measurement, precision machining, precision drilling, boring, reaming, tool inspection, machine maintenance, lathe setup and operation, mill setup and operation, CNC machine setup and operation, and thread cutting. This upper level class will have a high emphasis on exact precision on student produced projects in accordance with the guidelines set by NWTC. With the generosity of the TEE business and community partnership team, the TEE department is able to provide excellent experiences and career education for our students. LAS exemplifies what it means to be
a business partner and in this situation their contribution will directly impact the lives of students by providing quality career experiences that would not otherwise be available at PHS.
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Gingerbread extravaganza at PHS - p 8
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Letter to the Editor
hard work and dedication it takes to get there. Sincerely,Team Mom: Denise Duke, Cathy Ripley, and Tyra Smith
Dear Editor: We want to thank the students, teachers, and administration at PHS and our community, for supporting Colin Duke, Kevin Ripley, and Blake Smith as they took the journey to become 2010 US Army All-American Marching Band Members. It shows how much you care about the students and band programs at PHS. The “band parent experience” was incredible. The people of San Antonio were so warm and welcoming, from hotel personnel to every vendor and business owner we met, to people on the street. The students were treated like rock stars and the parents were treated like royalty. The ONLY way we can describe it is simply to say...”WOW! How cool it was!” To have “three of our own” there, you can just imagine the pride, joy, and love multiplied by three. The US Army had a very strong presence there; many soldiers were part of the team that taught our students. Our students had top notch instructors from other educational areas as well. Every time we heard a soldier or educator speak to the band students, it was with the utmost respect and reflected a very positive attitude. Expectations were high, but our students were told that they are the best in the nation, and the very best was expected of them. Our students shone like stars in the night sky, and they represented our school, community, and state in a way that should make every person in Wisconsin, and the United States, proud. We would like to mention one very important aspect of the 2010 US Army All- American Marching Band. EVERY band and color guard member was a leader in their school and community, with an average cumulative GPA of 3.8. That speaks volumes regarding the close relationship between music education and academic excellence. When you support the music programs at PHS, you promote academic excellence in all areas of learning. It is our hope that we have many students in the future become members of the US Army All-American Marching Band; it is an experience like none other. Becoming one of the best 97 high school musicians in the nation is more than worth the
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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin would like to ask all to support the Fire on Ice. Ice racing on Shawano Lake will be held on February 20. Your donations will help meet patient care and equipment needs. Children’s Hospital still continues to provide the best pediatric care available through your generous donations. The Children’s hospital treats thousands of children each year with all types of illnesses. Thank you for your consideration to support the Fire on Ice. If you have any questions feel free to contact Denise L. Hajos at (920) 831-6400, and for tax purposes, the tax-exempt number is 39-1500075.
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Community Improving your home
By Lori Stephan, ABR,CRB,CRS,GRI Broker/ Owner Since 1999 Country Pride Realty, Inc. Whether you want to sell or just improve your home’s value before you tap into your equity, here are a few things experts suggest you consider before calling your bank or putting the “for sale” sign on your lawn. Make only renovations that count. Experts agree that the right renovations, especially bathrooms and kitchens, affect the marketability of your home. Improve what you can’t renovate. If you can’t afford to renovate, update and refresh key rooms instead. Maintain where you can. Depending on age of your house,
you can expect to spend between 1 and 3 percent of its value every year on maintenance and repair. Don’t over-improve. If your house is improved beyond the scope of all the neighborhood homes that surround it, it is likely that the value of your home won’t be realized when it comes time to sell. For All Your Real Estate Needs Call Lori Stephan @ 8224663
Village snow rules
Every winter the village manages to get a number of residents annoyed because they have received a charge for $150.00 for snow removal from their sidewalks. Put simply, each individual property owner is responsible for the winter maintenance of their sidewalk. All
sidewalks are required to cleared of snow and ice 24 hours after a snow occurrence. Snow can accumulate on a sidewalk not only by falling from the sky but also through blowing and drifting. The village does try once each season to notify property owners that they are in violation of the ordinance; second warnings are not handed out. The employees of the village’s Public Works crew inspect and pass out warnings and when warranted remove snow and issue bills for that work. Please be assured that no one is out to get you. Yes they do have better things to do with their time; however public safety is our primary concern. If you do receive a bill for snow removal you may appeal it to the Village Board. A note of caution, I have not seen the board reverse a removal decision in my 17 years on the board. Please anyone with sidewalks, when in doubt, clean the walk. Keith Chambers Pulaski Village President
Lions camp accepting applications
Brianna Payne, Brittany Lancour, and Emily Murphy raised money for the blankets at a rummage sale this summer in a bake sale. The three girls made 11 blankets and then gave them to the children at Freedom House.
The Wisconsin Lions Camp is accepting applications for this summer’s programs. This is an opportunity for children with special needs, including blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, cognitively disabled, or diabetes, to have a fantastic summer camp experience. There is NO COST for participation in any of the summer programs; however, a $25 refundable application deposit is required with the application. All sessions are filled on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Registration closes three weeks prior to the first day of the camp session. For more information, please visit the website at www.wisconsinlionscamp. com. There, you can view the summer schedule, review eligibility, and print applications. For a Diabetes Camp Application, contact Penny Kasprzak with the American Diabetes Association at (414) 778-5500, ext. 6509. The school nurses will also have brochures available. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your school nurse, or the Pulaski Lions Club Secretary, Tiffany Rondou at (920) 822-2119.
Knights hold annual free throw contest
By Kevin Ripley Local athletes aged 10 to 14 came to Assumption BVM Elementary, January 13 to participate in the 2010 Knights of Columbus free throw contest. A group of 15 students showed up to shoot 15 free throws each. Awards were given to first, second, and third place finishers. Those who made the most shots in each age group moved on to the district competition Wednesday of the following week where they shot 25 free throws in a row. Athletes from Seymour and Oconto Falls also came to Pulaski’s district competition. From there, winners moved on to the state-wide championship round. REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING Wednesday, December 2, 2009 PHS Library, 6 P.M. MINUTES CALL TO ORDER Board President Hendricks called the meeting to order at
We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer
Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:03p.m. in the Library at the Pulaski High School. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present. ROLL CALL Board members present: Pam Denzer, Barb McKeefry, Mark Wernicke, Trina Townsend, Jeff Rasmussen, Cindy Hendricks and William Hynes Board members absent: Administrators present: D r . Mel Lightner, Jenny Gracyalny, Pam Kercheval, John Matczak, Mary King, Darlene Godfrey, Pat Fullerton, Lisa Misco, Dan Slowey, Marc Klawiter, Pam Engel, Dexter McNabb, Jerad Marsh and Colleen Miner. Guests attending: Beth Babik, Marcee Gohr, Gary Birr, Dennis & Dawn Mellenthin, Kevin Deering, Donna Watermolen, Deb Schneider, Dorothy Grzeskowiak, Donna Severson, Diane Traub, Brian Hickson and Sheila Price CITIZENS’ FORUMDorothy Grzeskowiak – Wants to know where the money came from for the Pulaski News van and who pays for insurance and why we have 6 new coaches when other positions are being cut. DISCUSSION AND / OR ACTION ITEMS BOARD REPORT- Trudy Wied will post the delegate information before the January meeting 2. PAY BILLS Townsend moved, Wernicke seconded, to approve and pay the bills as presented. 7 voting aye, 0 voting nay,
motion carried. 3. MINUTES Hynes moved, Rasmussen seconded, to approve Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting (open and closed sessions) held on November 18, 2009.7 voting aye, 0 voting nay, motion carried. 4.PERSONNEL REPORT CONTRACTS Name , Reason Position Location Keely Bohm New Position Family & Consumer PHS (.30 FTE) Science Teacher U n i versity of WI-Madison – Bachelor of Science – Family and Consumer Education – December 2009 Denzer moved, Townsend seconded, to approve contracts as presented 7 voting aye, 0 voting nay, motion carried. EARLY GRADUATION McKeefry moved, Hynes seconded, to approve early graduation as presented 7 voting aye, 0 voting nay, motion carried. CHINESE EDUCATOR VISIT DEC 5-10 MRS. WANG –Jenny Gracyalny shared the itinerary that she put together for the visit of the Chinese Administrator next week. PULASKI HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE – Moved to LGI1 where Dan Slowey, John Matczak, Dexter McNabb, Jerad Marsh and Kevin Deering gave an update on the high school. HIGH SCHOOL COURSE APPROVALS – John Matczak shared with the board the new AP classes that will be offered next year. CLOSED SESSION
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Community concert a success By Cassie Alfheim On December 23, the musicians of the Pulaski area joined for the Community Christmas Collage Concert. The Community Band, Jazz Ensemble, Youth Choir, Adult Choir, and other selected acts performed in the show. The Community Band was directed by Tim Koslovsky, Donald Siegrist, and Keegan White. The Jazz Ensemble was directed by Keegan White. Directing the Youth Choir was Amy Wright, and Molly Suehs directed the Adult Choir. The program consisted of traditional carols and contemporary pieces arranged by a collection of various composers. Selected acts in the concert included a saxophone quartet, two piano solos, a flute ensemble, a brass group, and a guitar solo. The Ripley Performing Arts Center was packed with citizens eager to engage in holiday festivities. Some pieces that wowed
the audience were stunning renditions of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by the Community Band, “Innkeeper” by the Youth Choir, “Breath of Heaven” by the Adult Choir, and “Sleigh Ride” by the Jazz Ensemble. This concert was filled to the brim with acts, so in order to break up the music, door prizes were given out from the following businesses, people, and organizations: PACE, Remember When, Lois Holewinski, MCL, Pulaski Technical Department, Pulaski Community Fitness Center, Dynamic Design, Dairy Queen, ABVM, Figaro’s/ Cousins, Pulaski Shell, Pulaski FFA, Pulaski Chase Co-op, Furnitureland, Pulaski Football, and Vern’s Hardware. The directors would like to send a huge thank you to those businesses, people, and organizations. Also they want to give their gratitude to Amy Tubbs for her work as the House Manager working with the lights and sounds.
Amy Wright directs the youth choir at the 2009 Community Christmas Collage Concert.
The Community Choirs and Band perform under the direction of Tom Busch in the final piece, “Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.”
Area church collects food
Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Little Suamico reached their goal of collecting over 5,000 food items for area pantries. In July 2009, Pastor Solveig Zamzow challenged the congregation to collect 5,000 food items over five months in response to the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people in the Gospel of John. Over the next five months, adults and children brought in everything from baby food to pancake syrup. The food drive ended December 26, 2009, with a grand total of 5,405 items donated. Each week, members brought in boxes and bags full of food items, toiletries, and paper products. Young and old alike participated. As the pile of food grew
RaeAnnah Kissinger, a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, sits amidst the food that the church collected for area food pantries.
higher and higher, members were kept informed of the weekly total via announcements and signs. The final number of 5,405 items was reached shortly before Christmas, though not revealed to the congregation until January 3, 2010, in hopes of encouraging additional donations above the original goal of 5,000. “During these challenging economic times, many families in Northeast Wisconsin are hurting. As Christians, we are called to serve God and one another by sharing our blessings,” said Pastor Zamzow. “We purposely chose to complete the challenge after Christmas, so that our donations would reach area pantries after the holiday season, when they are typically low on supplies.” Four area food pantries will benefit from the donations including Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay, Pulaski Food Pantry in Pulaski, New Beginnings Food Pantry in Gillett, and the Kingdom Come Food Pantry in Oconto Falls. St. John’s Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It has 720 members from communities throughout the Brown and Oconto Counties. For more information, contact Pastor Solveig Zamzow at (920) 8267785.
By Tim Frisch January 9, DQ Chill & Grill, in conjunction with The Rolling Thunder organization, honored our small town’s firefighters. “This table ceremony is to honor all of our fallen firefighters, especially Frank Wichlacz,” said Bob Notz, Road Captain of The Rolling Thunder. “We normally bring awareness to prisoners of war and troops who have gone missing in action.” The Rolling Thunder does road-trips and other fundraisers to help “keep the faith” in our nation’s heroes, especially the military. Karen Birr, owner of DQ Grill & Chill, is the niece of our local, fallen hero, Frank Wichlacz. The restaurant was filled with a nostalgic sense of grief as the ceremony took place. The sincere feeling of those who attended truly displayed the love they had for their fallen firefighters, and pride for their nation. Before the ceremony began, Bob Notz said, “Do not think of these men we are honoring as ‘that guy who gave me that speeding ticket,’ or ‘that cruel police officer.’ Instead, remember them as heroes who willingly gave their lives in your defense.” During the ceremony, every item had a symbolic representation. “The table,” said Bob Notz, “which is round, shows everlasting commitment.” There also was an empty chair, which symbolized the absence of our fallen heroes, and how they will be remembered in our hearts and community. Thirdly, there was a white tablecloth, which represented purity and their willingness to respond to the call of duty. Fourth, there was the inverted wineglass, which characterized the fallen firefighters’ inability to toast to us, because they made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Next, there was the candle and a black ribbon tied around it; this candle symbolized a light of hope, and the ribbon reminds us of those who will not be
coming home. After the candle and the black ribbon, there was the single rose inside of a vase with a scarlet ribbon tied around it. The rose reminds us of the family of the fallen heroes, and how they loved them so. The ribbon around the vase is symbolic of their determination to achieve justice and safety for all. After that there was the lemon, which was the very essence of the bitter taste of the firefighters’ families’ losses. Then, there was salt, which acted as the tears and sorrow of the families. Finally, there was the Holy Bible and a faded out picture. The Holy Bible symbolized the divinely driven strength of these heroes, and their tremendous faithfulness. The picture was a reminder of the families, and how they are loved dearly, not only by their fallen heroes, but also by the community. Shortly after these items were assembled on the table, the candle was lit. This lighted candle was an example of their souls’ upward reaches and their willingness to save others despite the hazards. This was promptly followed by a moment of silence to honor them. After the silence, Bob Notz urged remembrance when he said, “As you look upon this empty table, do not remember ghosts of the pat, but remember the heroes they once were.” Shortly after, their ranks where dismissed with a big “hoorah!” Rolling Thunder was founded 23 years ago on Memorial Day as an organization that brings awareness to our nation’s innumerable heroes. This organization has done many road-trips and fundraisers and has worked with DQ Grill & Chill several times before.
The table holds the symbolic items.
Firefighters are Don Rudzinski, Brad Juedes, Kevin Bryfczynski, Randy Wichlacz, James Styczynski, Dennis Skialitzky, Brian Jarosinski, Brian Siolka, Bob Notz, Gary Wagnitz, John Hoes, Marianne Eastep, Mary Lou Harris, and Larry Phillips.
Fire on Ice donates to Luepke Benefit By Kyle Thyrion and Scott Scherer January 24, the Fire on Ice Auto Racing Club drivers donated all the monies won to the Reed Luepke Benefit. Reed Luepke is a 3 and a half year old Pulaski boy, the son of Brad and Lori Luepke. Approximately $800 was donated to the Reed Leupke Benefit. October 8, 2009, Reed was taken in for flu-like symptoms. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and also the flu. They thought Reed was getting better, but he kept running a slight fever and got really pale. Reed’s parents received a phone call from their doctor who told them to take Reed to St. Vincent Hospital immediately. The doctor said his blood counts were extremely low and it was a 95 to 99 percent chance it was leukemia. Reed received multiple blood transfusions to assure their suspicions were correct and also a bone marrow test the following day. The doctors told the parents it was Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Medically, Reed has a long tough road ahead of him. He will be receiving multiple medicines every day, most times twice a day for at least six months, along with weekly chemotherapy and blood tests. During the first phases of treatments, he will have at least four more hospital stays of four days. During this stage, he is likely to lose his hair. After six months of intense chemotherapy, Reed will move into the maintenance stage for the next two and a half years, which consists of chemotherapy and monthly blood testing. Any time in the next three years we can only hope that he won’t get ill or run a fever that will land him in the hospital. The friends and family of Brad and Lori Luepke are collaborating on a benefit for their son. Mark your calendars for the benefit, January 30, at the Comfort Inn & Suites Banquet Hall in Shawano. We are asking you to show your support for Reed and his family by donating items to be included in our silent auction and other drawings. In appreciation you/or your company name will be recognized in signage at our benefit. Donations needed for examples are as follows: certificates, dinners, other services, hotel stays, merchandise, product, entertainment packages, sports memorabilia/equipment, etc., or a financial contribution. Our success depends upon the support and generosity of people and companies like yours, and we would be extremely grateful for your assistance. Thank you in advance for your contribution and support! To learn more about the Committee for Reed Luepke, contact Brad and Sandy Luepke by phone at (715) 8533188, (715) 851-0054, or (920) 822-7598; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail at 252 E Green Bay St, Pulaski, WI 54162.
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Stella Koput By Carrie Trina I n a hundred years, change is inevitable; wars begin and end, cars and fuels evolve, computers are invented, and the way people live their lives is completely altered. Stella Koput has witnessed the progression of change throughout the last 100 years. Koput was born February 10, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents came to America as immigrants from Poland. Throughout Koput’s childhood her father worked as a farmer and a gravedigger and her mother was a homemaker. She had two brothers John and Stanley. At a young age, she moved from Chicago to Milwaukee, where she spent her childhood; she later moved to Sobieski. Growing up, Koput had to work and help around the house, but when she had free time, she spent it polka dancing. Koput finished school after graduating from eighth grade in Sobieski. She then worked as a waitress in Milwaukee, while her future husband served in World War II. She met her husband, Frank (Bob) Koput, in Milwaukee when she was 24 years old. Frank died in November 1959. Together Stella and Frank had four children: Robert Koput, 76, of West Bend; Richard Koput, 73, of Winlake; Ronald Koput, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 63; and Rosalie (Penny) Dettman, 61, of Angelica. She also has 15 grandchildren, 15 and a half great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Koput’s family is her greatest source of pride. Koput moved around a lot during her life, living in Milwaukee, Sheyboygan, and Mequon before coming back to the area. First, she lived in North Chase and then moved to Pulaski in 1961. Throughout her life, she worked several different jobs. She was a homemaker, a waitress, and she worked at a pickle canning factory. Throughout the past 100 years Koput has seen many changes, she has watched all of the modern conveniences evolve. Dirt roads used to be the norm instead of paved roads, and there were no phones or electricity during the early part of her life. Koput believes that the most important thing in life is to be tough. She is very outspoken and tells it like she sees it. Once, a
friend told her if she was a sergeant in the army, they would all go AWOL. She has beaten cancer six times, and is now fighting it for a seventh time. All Koput has done during her life clearly shows that she is a very tough individual. Everyone has much to learn from Koput, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on February 10. She lives life with great strength. Her story should inspire people to live life to the fullest and be tough, because although life can be difficult, the joys always outweigh the sorrows. February 10, 1910, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents came to America as immigrants from Poland. Throughout Koput’s childhood her father worked as a farmer and a gravedigger and her mother was a homemaker. She had two brothers John and Stanley. At a young age, she moved from Chicago to Milwaukee, where she spent her childhood; she later moved to Sobieski. Growing up, Koput had to work and help around the house, but when she had free time, she spent it polka dancing. Koput finished school after graduating from eighth grade in Sobieski. She then worked as a waitress in Milwaukee, while her future husband served in World War II. She met her husband, Frank (Bob) Koput, in Milwaukee when she was 24 years old. Frank died in November 1959. Together Stella and Frank had four children: Robert Koput, 76, of West Bend; Richard Koput, 73, of Winlake; Ronald Koput, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 63; and Rosalie (Penny) Dettman, 61, of Angelica. She also has 15 grandchildren, 15 and a half great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Koput’s family is her greatest source of pride. Koput moved around a lot during her life, living in Milwaukee, Sheyboygan, and Mequon before coming back to the area. First, she lived in North Chase and then moved to Pulaski in 1961. Throughout her life, she worked several different jobs. She was a homemaker, a waitress, and she worked at a pickle canning factory. Throughout the past 100 years Koput has seen many changes, she has watched all of the modern conveniences evolve. Dirt roads used to be the norm instead of paved roads, and there were no phones or electricity during the early part of her life. Koput believes that the most important thing in life is to be tough. She is very outspoken and tells it like she sees it. Once, a friend told her if she was a sergeant in the army, they would all go AWOL. She has beaten cancer six times, and is now fighting it for a seventh time. All Koput has done during her life clearly shows that she is a very tough individual. Everyone has much to learn from Koput, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on February 10. She lives life with great strength. Her story should inspire people to live life to the fullest and be tough, because although life can be difficult, the joys always outweigh the sorrows.
Glenbrook’s 4th and 5th grade students will be performing at the next Family Reading Night on Thursday, February 11th. Each Family Reading Night is held in the Lee Bock Library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend. Families have an opportunity to spend some quiet time reading together, enjoying a performance by a different grade level each month and making a craft. Mr. Kralapp, art teacher at Glenbrook, will also have an art show on display featuring projects from 4th and 5th grade students. Dairy Queen is sponsoring this month’s Family Reading Night. BUSINESSES interested in advertising in our Centennial Book please contact the Chamber @ 822-4400. There are still a few open areas to advertise. JR. AUXILIARY UNIT 337 meets every first Monday of the month from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 135 N. St. Augustine St. Girls ages birth to 18 years are welcome to join whose family members have served in the military forces. For membership information: call Dorothy at 822-5485 or Joan at 855-6486. WELCOME HOSTESS: The Welcome Hostess for Pulaski is Tiffany Rondou. If you know of any newcomers to the area, please contact Tiffany at 920-822-2119. AMERICAN LEGION MIXTACKI-JOHNSON POST 337 meets the second Monday of the month at the Veterans’ Hall, 135 N. St. Augustine St. Pulaski. A social begins at 6:30 p.m. and meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a delicious lunch after. All veterans and active service members are encouraged to visit us to find out what we are about. If eligible, we need you to join. Hall rentals – 822-6996. Membership information -8222337/822-3017. Commander LeRoy Holl: 826-5334. PULASKI AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE web site is: pulaskichamber.org THE PULASKI COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY, INC. is in need of dry goods, canned fruit, cereal, past and pasta sauce. The pantry is open every first and third Tuesday of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. If you can help the pantry with these items, or any other food items, please call 822-6050. The pantry appreciates your willingness to help feed the hungry. CLOTHING DONATIONS ACCEPTED – for local distribution through New Life Community Church. New or clean gently used clothes can be brought to the church office at 450 E. Cedar St., Pulaski (next to Subway) or call 822-7117. AMVETS POST 160 OF ANGELICA/PULASKI meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion building in Pulaski. We welcome all veterans from all E. R. A.’s. Delicious lunch served after each meeting. For more information: 822-5933. POLISH LEGION OF AMERICAN VETERANS AUXILIARY KRAKOW POST 178 meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion building, 135 N. St. Augustine St. Pulaski. New members are always welcome. Call 865-7617 for information. PULASKI LIONS CLUB meets every first and third Monday of the month at the Legion Hall located at 135 N. St. Augustine St., Pulaski. There is a 6 p.m. social and a 7 p.m. meal followed by the meeting. New
members are always welcome. Call 619-7762 for more information. JR. AUXILIARY UNIT 337 meets every first Monday of the month from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 135 N. St. Augustine St. Girls ages birth to 18 years are welcome to join whose family members have served in the military forces. For membership information: call Dorothy at 822-5485 or Joan at 855-6486.
FREE TAX PREPARATION BY AARP VOLUNTEERS for Senior Citizens and low income households at Pulaski Senior Center on THURDAYS, February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8 and 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last appointment starting at 3:00 p.m.) Call 8228100 for an appointment. PLAY WHO’S ON FIRST by Machickanee Players on Sunday, February 14. Take a husband, wife, lover and friend; add a strange lamp, a gun, a rubber chicken plus a party and you have this nightmare comedy. We will leave from The Senior Center at 1:00 for a 2:00 performance at the Park Avenue Playhouse in Oconto. We will stop for dinner afterwards (restaurant to be determined and cost each person’s responsibility). Call 822-8100 for more information. Cost is $12, which includes ticket and transportation. MOVIE MONDAYS on February 8 & 22 at Pulaski Senior Center. February 8 movie is “Pillow Talk” with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Movie starts at 12:30 p.m. Popcorn and beverage provided. GOLDEN AGE MEETING on Wednesday, February 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Pulaski Senior Center. PRICE IS RIGHT on Wednesday, February 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Pulaski Senior Center. CARDS every Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Pulaski Senior Center. If you are interested in playing CRIBBAGE, call the Pulaski Senior Center at 8228100. BINGO at Pulaski Senior Center Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. RED CROSS VAN will take senior citizens to Super Ron’s, bank, etc. on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., to hair appointments on Friday mornings, and to church on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. If interested, call Kitty at 822-8100. QUILTING WORKSHOP at Pulaski Senior Center on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No quilting the third Wednesday of the month. (February 17) BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING at Pulaski Senior Center on Mondays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by N.E.W. Rescue Service. BENEFIT SPECIALIST, Mary Kay Norman from the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County, Green Bay office, will be at the Pulaski Senior Center the second Tuesday of the month from
Pulaski News Page - 5 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. She will be here on February 9. Do you have questions about benefits for seniors that she may help you with? Call Kitty at 822-8100 or Mary Kay at 448-4308. FOOT CARE CLINIC at Pulaski Senior Center on Tuesdays February 9 and 23 starting at 9:00 a.m. Call 822-8100 to set up an appointment. Cost: $17.00 TOWN ‘N COUNTRY QUILT GUILD on Monday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Pulaski Senior Center. Sew- in workshop on Saturday, February 20 at 9:00 a.m. SEWING SIMPLE QUILT TOPS at Pulaski Senior Center Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Wii BOWLING at Pulaski Senior Center on Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. All ages welcome. Interested in joining a Wii bowling league? Call 8228100 for more information. SMEAR CARD GAME at Pulaski Senior Center on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Call 822-8100 for more information. All ages welcome. KNITTING / CROCHETING at Pulaski Senior Center on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Call 822-8100 for more information. All ages welcome. SIT & BE FIT CHAIR EXERCISES on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. at Pulaski Senior Center. Call 8228100 for more information. All ages welcome. Sponsored by Prevea Health. SENIOR STRIDERS Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. Held at Glenbrook gym. Sign up through P.A.C.E. at 8226050. BOOK GROUP at Pulaski Senior Center on Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light supper will be served for $2.00. February’s book will be Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini. Books available at the Senior Center. Call 822-8100 for more information. All ages welcome. SING-ALONG at Pulaski Senior Center on Friday, February 5th from 10:15 – 11:15. Call by 11:00 a.m. on Thursday to reserve lunch. PULASKI SENIOR CENTER MEALS FOR January 15 - 28. Meals served at 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation of $3.50 per day. Meals are available for delivery to the home bound. Reservations required by 11:00 a.m. of the previous day. Friday, January 29 –Baked fish Monday, February 1—BBQ pork Tuesday, February 2— Chicken Piccata Wednesday, February 3— Meatloaf Thursday, February 4— Chicken dumpling soup, ham sandwich Friday, February 5—Shepard’s pie Monday, February 8—Baked chicken Tuesday, February 9---Beef chop suey Wednesday, February 10— Roasted turkey Thursday, February 11— Apple cider pork
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Weddings Malczewski- Scharf
Tracy Ann Malczewski and Luke Anthony Scharf
Tracy Ann Malczewski, daughter of David and Linda Malczewski of Pulaski, and Luke Anthony Scharf, son of Constance Betz and Franklin Scharf, deceased, of Fond du Lac, were married on July 18, 2009. Tracy is a graduate of Pulaski High School and Marian University in Fond du Lac. Tracy now works in the New Holstein School District as a first grade teacher. Luke is a graduate of Lomira High School and Marian University in Fond du Lac. Luke is currently working at South Hills Golf and Country Club as an assistant golf professional. Honor attendants were best man JJ Raflik and maid of honor Carol Mijal. Other members of the wedding party included bridesmaids Christine Steger, Karen Myers, Angela Raflik, Lisa Eisner, and Katie Chlopek; groomsmen Ryan Koehler, Dan Luedtke, Josh Smith, Casey Hoffman, and Todd Carlson.
Greta Louise Erickson and Eric Michael Nelson
Greta Louise Erickson, daughter of Dan and Gayle Erickson of Hobart, and Eric Michael Nelson, son of Steve Nelson of Peshtigo and Jessica Nelson, deceased, were married on September 4, 2009. Greta is a Pulaski High School graduate of 2003. She graduated UW-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2007 and now attends Mount Mary College for her master’s degree in occupational therapy. Eric is a 2004 graduate of Crivitz High School and a 2006 graduate of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He now works as a respiratory therapist at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. Honor attendants were best man Ryan Nelson and maid of honor Ingrid Erickson. Other members of the wedding party included bridesmaids Kristen Quigley, Michelle Heuser, Sarah Icenogle, Angela Hauge, and Amanda Howarth; groomsmen Matt Robinson, Jacob Johnston, Curt Greene, Justin Baranek, and Jacob Scriven. Other members were ushers Matt Wiedemeier and Doug Benoit; flower girl Brook Vaillancourt; and ring bearers Tyler Schwartz and Kamden Johnson.
J&D Acquisitions, LLC aquires Carver Yacht January 20, 2010 - Minneapolis, Minnesota USA - J & D Acquisitions, LLC (J&D) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the Carver Yacht and Marquis Yacht Companies from the bankruptcy estate of Genmar Holdings, Inc. (Genmar). The new company will go forward as Marquis Yachts, LLC. Irwin L. Jacobs, Chairman of Marquis Yachts, LLC stated, “I’m very pleased that we were able to acquire the Carver Yacht and Marquis Yacht Companies through Genmar’s recent bankruptcy proceedings. I’ve been associated with Carver Yachts for over 19 years and Marquis Yachts for 6 years. Both companies have always been recognized leaders and innovators in building world-class, premier yachts. Although the past two years in our industry have been the most difficult throughout my 30-plus years in the recreational boating industry, I’m convinced that the worst is now behind us. Dealer inventory levels for both Carver and Marquis are at historically low levels throughout the world, which gives me great optimism that we should begin receiving several new orders for both Carver and Marquis Yachts from our dealers throughout the world.” Jacobs further stated, “Robert Van Grunsven will be President of Carver Yacht and Marquis Yacht Companies. Robert has been with Carver and Marquis for more than 34 years. Additionally, plans are already under way to begin rehiring both production and management personnel to get our Pulaski, Wisconsin yacht building facility up and running over the next ten days to two weeks.” Robert Van Grunsven, President of Carver/Marquis, stated, “I’m extremely pleased and excited that we will continue to build Carver and Marquis brand yachts and continue our heritage and reputation for building premium quality yachts to serve a global market. I have already received numerous inquires from many of our valued Carver and Marquis dealers throughout the world asking how soon we will be able to begin building the yachts from our facility in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Our plans are to begin production within the next two weeks and we plan on shipping our first newlycompleted vessels in early April 2010.” Marquis Yachts, LLC is a premier builder of world class yachts which are marketed under the Carver Yachts and Marquis Yachts brands. The company builds its products within a vertically integrated, state-of-the-art yacht building facility that is regarded as the most efficient and comprehensive within the industry.
Looking for a great afternoon of music? Come see over 500 Pulaski musicians “blow their horns” on Sunday, January 31 at 2 p.m. at the Pulaski Community Middle School gymnasium. The concert is open to the public and will feature selections by the PCMS sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands, as well as the PHS Concert, Symphonic, and Wind Ensemble bands. The Community Band will also perform a few selections. The concert will conclude with a combined effort from all the musicians performing a selected number together.
to get money from the soil at the Front page/ same time we are trying to save the soil from erosion.” Friends of Again, if you are able and willing to donate to the Friends of Haiti’s efforts, the aid would Haiti makes be greatly appreciated. improvements Front page/ Each shelter has 40 cages suspended from the ceiling with All-Americans wire to prevent predators from harming the rabbits. The three rabbitries cost about $3,000 in total. After the rabbits reach a certain point they are sold. “We hope that the breeders can sell the meat in the marketplaces and bring money back into the mountain villages, which helps the schools and the quality of life,” said Malcheski. Also in the ranges, FOH is helping to further develop tree nurseries to hold the soil for years to come. “We hope to have 4,000 trees planted by May, the start of the rainy season which is when the survival rate is much better,” said Malcheski. Just as the potato has served as important sources of food for other countries, the cassava plant is an important food in Haiti. The cassava plant takes one whole year to grow, even in great weather. In order to make bread, Haitians peel the cassava and run it through a grating machine and then put it into a press to squeeze the juice out of it. They then put the remains on the stove to brown it similar to making a very large pancake. FOH’s goal is to open up markets to farmers who can grow cassava. “They can’t live on two dollars a day like most Haitians do,” said Malcheski. “They have
“Each band member found a new meaning in the phrase, ‘pushing you limits,’” said Duke, referencing a quote from the director of the All-American Marching Band, Dr. Nola Jones. Jones would motivate the band members by saying “that was great…for 45 seconds ago,” after every time they performed the half-time drill. Her saying that caused the members of the band to continue to strive towards excellence. “I would definitely have to say that I have created a new outlook on life, and I have realized that no accomplishment can be made without putting in a bit of hard work first,” said Duke. Not only did the seniors practice and play hard down in San Antonio representing Pulaski, but they also met many new and unforgettable people. “We created such strong, family-like bonds in such a short amount of time,” said Smith. Duke, Ripley, and Smith have all honored Pulaski and Wisconsin. They have shown that excellence is always achievable, and that through great determination, even the impossible is indeed possible. “We are very proud of Blake, Colin, and Kevin,” said superintendent of the Pulaski Community School District, Dr. Mel Lightner.
School Updates PEEP: A dream come true
Academic Student of the Month: Carrie Trina
By Erin Holder Carrie Trina, daughter of Chris and Jean Trina, was named Pulaski High School’s Student of the Month for academic excellence for December 2009. Trina, a high school senior, is extensively involved in school activities. She is currently president of the Pulaski Leo Club, captain of the cross country team, an editor-in-chief for the Pulaski News, a member of the track team, and a leader on the Pulaski Red Raider Crew. Trina said, “My biggest accomplishments during my high school career include running at the state cross country and track meets and being named an AP Scholar.” If she had had the opportunity, Trina would have liked to take a wider variety of classes at the high school. Outside of school, Trina enjoys running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. About receiving this award, Trina said, “I’m grateful to have been named academic student of the month. It is an honor to have my hard work recognized.” In the future, she plans on attending St. Norbert College or the University of WisconsinMadison to pursue a degree in biology. Then, Trina hopes to earn a master’s or doctorate degree.
By Mary King, Sunnyside Elementary School Principal Four years ago a seed was planted in Pulaski when Hillcrest Elementary School Principal, Jenny Gracyalny, attended a state workshop showcasing 4-year-old kindergarten programs across Wisconsin. Jenny liked what she saw, and she quickly convinced the elementary leadership team that Pulaski needed to begin planning for a public preschool program to prepare all children to enter elementary school with a common set of readiness skills. Little did we know that it would take three years to convince the school board, because we’d need several hundred thousand dollars of start-up funding for year one of implementation. Along the journey, we have enjoyed several unexpected perks of a collaborative community-based 4-year-old program. Our community now has a close network of childcare providers and elementary schools, including five public schools, one parochial school, a district daycare, and three private daycares. We also enjoyed the partnership of a dedicated group of parents who worked on the PEEP planning team for an entire year. Why do principals, families and childcare providers believe in PEEP? We know that private preschool programs did a great job preparing children for elementary school, but many families could not afford the cost of preschool, nor could they figure out how to transport from their daycare or babysitter’s home to and from school while they were at the workplace. Research has shown that children who attend developmentally appropriate early learning programs do better in school, have fewer referrals for special education, and are less likely to need extra services or to be held back in a grade. Children who attend quality early childhood programs are more likely to graduate from high school, work, and avoid incarceration. Every dollar devoted to our PEEP program will bring our children, families,
and community priceless future assets. As I visit our PEEP classrooms, I can already see the fruits of the teachers’ work with the children. They are learning to play together, work together and tackle new challenges with confidence. The children know how to listen to an adult’s directions and how to treat other children with respect and patience. Through play and thematic experiences, they are exploring letters, numbers, science concepts, and social skills. I’m amazed at the success of one particular curriculum program called “Handwriting Without Tears.” This program has helped the children grasp their pencils correctly and to begin to draw lines and shapes that will create the alphabet with correct form, hopefully with fewer backwards letters. PEEP has definitely made a difference in Pulaski, and I can’t wait to watch how it improves our elementary schools in the future!
Hilbert gets grant
By Laura Dahms ebekah Hilbert, a third R grade teacher at Glenbrook, was awarded a grant for $150. The money will go to a project entitled, “Six Minute Solution Fluency,” which focuses on improving students’ fluency and reading abilities. During the project, the students will be timed for one minute on Monday, reading something they have never seen before. The number of words that they read will be graphed. Students will be expected to practice at home for one minute. When they come back to the project on Friday, they will be tested, and their results will be graphed again. The students are able to see their improvements throughout the year, therefore empowering them to strive for success. Hilbert expects that the educational benefit will be that the students will read more words per minute, while also better comprehending the stories. “Fluency is one of the key strategies to becoming a better reader,” says Hilbert. Thanks to the Community Grant, the 15 students in Hilbert’s class will advance their education to become better readers.
Rebekah Hilbert, third grade teacher at Glenbrook received a grant which focuses on improving students’ fluency and reading abilities.
Pat Berg Retires
By Katelynn Gohr After 32 years of employment with the Pulaski School District, janitor Pat Berg is retiring. Berg graduated high school and attended a Dry Cleaning School
Education is the transmission of civilization. ~Ariel and Will Durant
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in Maryland. Shortly after, she worked as a manager at a dry cleaner for seven years. Next, she worked at Fairview Elementary as an aid for two years and finally at Sunnyside Elementary as a janitor for 30 years. Berg has also been decorating Sunnyside School with fun holiday decorations. She spends her own money and time in order to decorate the school for the children. Berg enjoys her job because she loves being around people, especially children. Berg said, “I take pride in keeping the building safe and clean for the kids.” In her spare time she likes to travel, read, and spend time with her family. After retiring, Berg plans to volunteer decorating at Fairview and Sunnyside. She said, “I love being around people and helping, and I plan to keep busy after my retirement.”
Sunnyside janitor Pat Berg smiles with her snowman decoration.
The first place winner in Sunnyside’s Geography Bee was Emily Fischer with Hunter Budz in second place and Bobby Tilot in third. The question that gave Emily the win was: Wood Buffalo, which covers a vast area of forest and open plain, is the largest regional municipality by area in which North American
country? The answer is Canada. The fourth grade contestants were Emily Fishcer, Bobby Tilot, Ryan Winkler, Jenna Paul, Trace Everard, and Maria Parker. The fifth grade contestants were Hunter Budz, Jonah Wesloski, Nate Hickson, Jared Wecott, Jackson VerHaagh, and James Barkow.
Berg has a husband who is retired, two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren, and a soonto-be great-grandchild. One thing that concerns Berg is all the cuts to positions within the school system. However, throughout her time working in the Pulaski District she said, “The children, teachers, and support staff have all been wonderful.”
Sunnyside holds geography bee
Sunnyside Principal Mary King stands with the first place winner of Sunnyside’s Geography Bee, Emily Fischer, and with Hunter Budz, the second place winner.
Hillcrest January Optimists
Mitchell Mertens was nomi- our classroom. He is a great role nated by Lori Gray, his first model for other students. We are grade teacher, who said, “Mitch so proud of you Aaron!” Mertens is a responsible hard working first grader who always tries his best in everything he does. He is kind hearted and a good friend to all his classmates. I am proud of all his hard work in first grade. Keep it up, Mitch!” LeLony Michlig-Radtke nominated Aaron Tonn, who is a first grader in her homeroom. She said, “Aaron is a wonderful boy who walks into the classroom everyday with a bright smile on his face. He brings much joy to many with his easy going attitude and his willing- The January Optimist winners, ness to help others. He is very Mitchell Mertens and Aaron responsible and a hard worker. Tonn, stand with Hillcrest We are so lucky to have Aaron in Principal Jenny Gracyalny.
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Torres named Gingerbread student of extravathe month ganza held By Erin Holder Antonio Rosa Torres, son of Jessica Torres Ortiz, was named Pulaski High School’s Student of the Month for positive attitude for December 2009. Rosa Torres, a high school senior, has had a great number of community and school involvements. He has been a member and participant of the basketball team, the Pulaski Spanish Club, the track team, the Pulaski Leo Club, student council, BAA, and diversity club. He is also the crew leader of a translation group through the Convoy of Hope Program. In his free time Rosa Torres enjoys playing sports like volleyball, basketball, and boxing. He also spends time dancing, drawing, and listening to music. About receiving this award, he said, “It feels great to know that all of my hard work and my positive attitude are being recognized in school.” His first year of high school, Rosa Torres won the Officer Bob Award for youth of character. Sophomore year, he was elected to homecoming court. During his high school career, Rosa Torres has also stayed at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for an English program. Rosa Torres plans to attend UW-Stevens Point next year. He hopes to earn an undergraduate degree in business and foreign language and possibly a minor in the culinary arts. He said, “I’m glad that I came to the U.S. because it has been an adventure and a wonderful experience for the past four years. I wouldn’t trade the memories that I’ve had here for anything else. I want to thank Mrs. Dolata and Mrs. VanGheem-Rottier for nominating me.”
By Leah Andreini The culinary art students of Liz Moehr’s class had a gingerbread competition, and the results were extraordinary. “I was astounded by the creativity and craftsmanship my culinary students put into their gingerbread this year. The use of fondant, marzipan, and sugar glass made the creations some of the best pieces my classes ever produced,” said Moehr. Chef Stacy Egeness, a guest speaker from the Art Institute’s International Culinary School, said after she saw the winning creation that it was “honestly the best work she has ever seen come out of a high school program.” The first place winner was “Santa’s Getaway” created by Elle Anderson, Michael Kurowski, Dulcie Novak, and Marley Worm. The second place winner was “Fall into Old New York” created by Christian Guevara and Bridgette Henry.
“Santa’s Getaway,” created by Elle Anderson, Michael Kurowski, Dulcie Novak, and Marley Worm, was the first place winner in the gingerbread contest at Pulaski HIgh School.
PHS Music Boosters chili luncheon set
Antonio Rosa Torres, son of Jessica Torres Ortiz, was named Pulaski High School’s Student of the Month for positive attitude for December 2009.
The annual PHS Music Boosters Chili Luncheon will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the PHS Commons. We invite you to join us for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment from the music department before your Super Bowl party begins that evening. This is always a great time for family and friends to get together! Tickets can be purchased through Tom Busch, PHS Director of Bands, (920) 822-6828; Keegam White, PHS Associate Director of Bands, (920) 822-
6827; Kathleen Bader, PHS Director of Choirs, (920) 822-6826; and Roy or Tyra Smith, Pulaski Music Booster Presidents, (920) 822-4730 or e-mail: cloud9@ netnet.net. Ticket prices are as follows: adults and students, $6; children ages 2 to 7, $2; and children under 2 years are admitted free of charge. Tickets will be $7 at the door. Chili, sandwiches, desserts, and a variety of beverages will be served; in addition takeouts will be available! During the luncheon, talented PHS and PCMS band members and performances by the PHS choirs will fill the air with music and song. Raffles for many great prizes and Silent Auction with theme baskets will take place throughout the afternoon.
Earthquake relief for Haiti
Diversity Club members display wristbands that are for sale at all schools in the Pulaski district to help raise money for Friends of Haiti.
Friends of Haiti (FOH), a Green Bay-based organization that brings medical and developmental support to Haiti, is mobilizing to provide much needed supplies and support to the people of Haiti in the wake of this week’s devastating earthquake there. The immediate need is for monetary donations which can be sent to: Friends of Haiti, PO Box 1174, Green Bay, WI 54305. Please mark all donations “Earthquake Relief.” FOH normally conducts its The Pulaski Area Community Bands and Choirs presented a efforts in the central valleys and Christmas Collage Concert on December 23, 2009. The Pulaski mountains of Haiti. However, Youth Choir is directed by Amy Wright. since this area was not severely affected by the earthquake, support is being redirected to Port-au-Prince, and to Matthew 25, a mission guest-house operated by the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas. Matthew 25 is where the FOH teams stay when they are coming and going from the mission sites. On the evening of the earthquake, Matthew 25 was one of few places in Port-au-Prince with electricity provided by their backup generator. They cooked large pots of soup, lit up their soccer field and served as a treatment and triage center. Three Haitian doctors, the staff, and six guests provided support throughout the night. Supplies that had been gathered for FOH’s scheduled medical mission in April will be sent as soon as transportation can be arranged and will therefore need to be refurbished for the April mission. While supplies are appreciated, donations will be the most effective way for the organization to gather what is truly needed to be of service to the people of Haiti. Those who wish to contribute by volunteering in Haiti should contact the Red Cross in their area. Friends of Haiti sponsors two medical missions to Haiti every year, and conducts agricultural, educational and developmental work in Thomazeau and the villages around Grand Boulage. Upwards of 1,000 donors, mission participants, and volunteers are involved each year. Mission participants come from all over the United States, including Washington, Maryland, Ohio, California, and Florida. The medical teams treat approximately 5,000 Haitians at four to five sites on each visit, some sites reached only by steep hikes. These medical missions are often the only access to medical care for the people of the central valleys and mountains. To learn more about the work of Friends of Haiti, visit www. friendsofhaiti-gb.com.
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ABVM Update HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR Did you know that Assumption B.V.M. School will be hosting a Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, February 25? Details will follow in an upcoming newsletter. THANK YOU! Special thanks to everyone who supported our Dairy Queen Fundraiser. Twenty five percent of all purchases that evening benefited Assumption B.V.M. School. FOOD DONATIONS Boxes are placed in front of every classroom for anyone interested in donating food items to the Pulaski Food Pantry. The goods are collected on a regular basis by Margaret Burkel and taken to the pantry. FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS Students with birthdays during the month of February will celebrate at the special Birthday Table during lunch on Thursday, February 4. Parents are welcome to join the fun! KINDERGARTEN SCREENING If your child will be attending Kindergarten at Assumption B.V.M. School, we will be conducting Kindergarten Screening in the month of March. SECOND GRADE STORE Second Grade will be applying what they have recently learned in their money unit by operating a Classroom Store. Each student will be selling items at 25 cents or less. All are welcome to shop on February 2, 3, and 4 from 9:20 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. in the second grade classroom. All profits will benefit Diabetes Research/Education/ Awareness.
THURSDAY MORNING MASS All families are welcome to join us for mass on Thursday mornings at 8:15a.m. TOTAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK Celebration is coming January 25, through the 30. Watch for details in the upcoming weeks. This year’s theme is “Catholic Education: Dividends for Life – FAITH, KNOWLEDGE, DISCIPLINE & MORALS. RECYCLE PAPER If you have any recycled paper (one-side used) from any business that we could use in our copy machine, it would be greatly appreciated. THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS POSTER CONTEST WINNERS! Congratulations to the following Assumption B.V.M. School students who placed in the Knights of Columbus ‘True Meaning of Christmas’ Pulaski District Poster Contest: Grade 4 2nd Place Rachael Valeria 3rd Place Madelynn Gwidt 5th Place Gillian Holder Grade 3 2nd Place Andi Krawczyk Grade 2 1st Place Allison Brown 2nd Place Garrett Mihalski The Knights of Columbus would like to thank all students who took part in the contest! CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Allison Brown, who won a bicycle in the Seymour Buyers Guide “Say No To Drugs” coloring contest THANK YOU SHINING STARS Special thanks to the Assumption B.V.M. School Shining Stars Performance Group for providing entertainment at the McCormick Home in Green Bay in December. Thank you parents for bringing your stars out to shine! ATTENTION ALL PARENTS
Rosie Wenzel’s second graders at ABVM learned about natural resources! Several second graders brought in seeds and other items to share and demonstrate what we use our natural resources for, such as planting, harvesting, etc.
We have been offered the opportunity to stay connected with the Pulaski School District. They have invited us to become part of their database to receive weather alerts via your home phone (school closings, etc.) and ease in registering for summer school programs, etc. Our school office would be sharing your family information from the Assumption B.V.M. School Directory (name, address, and telephone number). If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know at (920) 822-5650.
Food Pantry Month January is Fairview’s month to help support the Pulaski Food Pantry. They are requesting canned fruit and macaroni and cheese, although other nonperishable items will be accepted. Every regular classroom teacher has a designated box in their room for these items to be collected. We will be accepting things until the end of January. The fourth grade Youth Power will collect and get a total count of all items collected. Thanks for your support. Box Tops, Campbells Soup Labels, etc. We are continuing to collect, Box Tops for Education, Campbells Soup labels, (the UPC code and little Campbells boy, not the front label), Morning Glory and Kemps milk caps and empty ink cartridges. We recently received a check for $400.20 from Box Tops for Education. Thank you for all your support in these programs.
Lannoye Reminders YOUNG AUTHORS/ILLUSTRATORS ANTHOLOGY EVENT The 6th Annual Young Authors/Illustrators Anthology Event for grades 3-8 is now underway. Submissions at Lannoye will be accepted between now and February 26th. No work will be accepted after that date. Students may submit written work of any genre, i.e. poetry, short stories, narrative, etc. as long as it meets the criteria. Each student will only be allowed to submit one written work and/or one illustration for publication. Students whose work is published will receive a copy of the Anthology and meet published author, Kashmira Sheth, at a special school event beginning at 10:30 A.M. on May 3, 2010. Entry forms and information may be picked up from the classroom or learning support teacher. If you have any questions please contact Linda Gantz, Learning Support Teacher, at 822-0420 or w@ pulaski.k12.wi.us. AMERIPRISE SCIENCE FAIR REMINDER Students in grades 2-8 can enter a science fair project for the Ameriprise Science Fair which is being held on March 13 at Shopko Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration deadline for entry in the Ameriprise Science Fair is February 5, 2010. There is a flyer posted on the bulletin board past the entrance doors of school. You can also find more information and registration forms at: http://einsteinproject.org/einstein/eventsnews/science+expo/ ameriprise+science+fair/default. asp FAMILY FITNESS DATES The dates are: January 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21
WRESTLING BOOSTER CLUB MEETINGS Meetings are open to ALL wrestling parents starting from PACE up through high school. All meetings are held in the High School Library at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting schedule is: February 8. ONLINE CONFERENCE SCHEDULING Scheduling parent teacher conferences will now be done online! You will be able to sign up for conferences when it best fits your schedule. Please look for a letter next week explaining this new system!
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Bella Rondou enjoys visiting with her aunt Krystal Morgan stationed in Iraq. This was made possible in Sara Malchow’s Glenbrook classroom. Bella is in first grade and the students used video program called Skype.
The third graders at Glenbrook Elementary adopted the Bay Area Humane Society this Christmas to help their furry friends. Blankets, paper towel, cleaners, food, and much more were donated by students and teachers to help this local shelter.
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2010-11 PEEP Enrollment Information Last January the Pulaski School Board voted unanimously to implement a four-year old kindergarten program in the Pulaski Community School District to begin in the 2009-10 school year. The district initiated the Pulaski Early Education Partnership (PEEP) program as a community collaborative approach where the preschool programming is conducted in private day care centers and select parochial and public schools located throughout the district. In its first year, the PEEP program services 201 students with classrooms located within the following partnering locations: Polka Tots Child Care Center, Assumption BVM Parochial School, Peaceful Beginnings Christian Child Care Center, Building Blocks Child Development Center, Hillcrest Elementary, Fairview Elementary, and Glenbrook Elementary. An abundance of research supports the value of four year old preschool for our children and in its first year the PEEP program has enjoyed tremendous success! This letter is being sent to inform you that the enrollment window for the 2010-11 PEEP program will open February 1 and will be available until February 26. Enrollment for the PEEP program will be done on-line through the PEEP website at http://connect.pulaski.k12.wi.us/ dist_stserv_4k.cfm. As part of the on-line enrollment process, you will be asked to complete the PEEP enrollment form, Ages & Stages Questionnaire, and a health history form. If you do not have access to the on-line forms, need assistance filling out the forms, or if you have questions about the program, you are welcome to attend the PEEP Enrollment Day: Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Location: Glenbrook Elementary Community Gym Enter PACE doors on Front Street Time: 2:00-7:00 On the enrollment form, parents will be asked to list their top three choices and we will try to honor one of your top three choices. The decision of placement will depend upon attendance area, availability of space, and transportation needs. If the family needs transportation, then the school district will decide upon the site. A child is eligible for the PEEP program that is 4 years old by Sept 1, 2010 and is planning to attend kindergarten in September 2011. If you are electing to enroll your child in kindergarten in 2012, then he/she would be eligible for this program in September 2011. This program is designed for the one year preceding 5 year kindergarten entrance. In early April, parents will be sent a letter notifying you of your child’s placement. That letter will include the date of your child’s site’s May Parent Meeting and other information needed to complete the PEEP enrollment process. As with any program, questions do arise. Enclosed are Frequently Asked Questions, PEEP Transportation Brochure, PEEP Partnering Sites description, and a PEEP Program Brochure. Also be sure to check out the Pulaski Community Schools website and click on the PEEP link for information regarding each site as well as a map http://connect. pulaski.k12.wi.us/dist_glance_ boundaries.cfm of the Pulaski Community School District and boundary area for each school/ site.
If you are not interested in having your child attend a PEEP program for the 2010-11 school year or if you are choosing to delay entrance to the 2011-12 school year for kindergarten, please call Rorie Gauthier at (920) 822-6021. We are excited for this wonderful opportunity for our four year olds and their families. If you have questions please contact Colleen Miner, Pulaski Early Education Partnership Coordinator at (920) 899-6300 or via e-mail at cmminer@pulaski. k12.wi.us.
FFA has hot dog eating contest Lannoye Winter Music Concert, directed by Ms. Amanda Kinney, music teacher.
Kindergarten registration set for Hillcrest
A special kindergarten meeting for parents in the Hillcrest attendance area of the Pulaski Community School District will be held on Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s commons at 4193 Hillcrest Rd., Oneida. The Pulaski Community School District sent out a letter inviting parents in the attendance area of each elementary school to their kindergarten night. Since the prospective list of kindergarten students isn’t always accurate, we want to make sure that we haven’t missed anyone. If you live in the Hillcrest attendance area or know of any neighbors, friends or family who may have been missed, please have them call our office at 272-6900 and attend the February 18th registration. If your child didn’t participate in the Pulaski Early Education Partnership (PEEP), please bring the completed Student Enrollment paperwork; your child’s birth or baptismal certificate to verify birthdate and a proof of residency. Parents will have an opportunity to tour the school. The principal, kindergarten teachers, and Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) representative will be available to answer questions following a short program to learn more about the kindergarten philosophy, curriculum, schedules, summer school/orientation programs, ideas for successful transition, busing, food program, and district and school health information. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Gracyalny, Principal of Hillcrest Elementary School at (920) 272-6900.
FFA Members enjoy the hot dog eating contest.
By Ashley Nischke and Kelli Badtke January 18, the FFA held its January meeting. The highlight of the FFA meeting was the hot dog eating contest. There were eight teams and each member on the team had the chance to eat as many hot dogs as possible for two minutes, and then partners switched. Each team received a bottle of water, and it was an option to have ketchup on the hotdogs. The teams consisted of Jacob Karcz and Kendra Ambrose, Ashley Nischke and Jamie Lardinois, Kayla Nischke and Andrew Ambrosius, Nik Schwartz and Jared Kuczer, Brandon Smith and Oakley Swiecichowski, Morgan Swiecichowski and Petey Vomastic, Kelli Badtke and Ashley Kaczmarowski, Katie Christopherson and Brianna Bliese. The winning team was Jacob Karcz and Kendra Ambrose, with a close tie with Nik Schwartz and Jared Kuczer. “The best part was when Jacob and Nik had a tie breaker. It was intense!” said Samantha Brabender. Everyone had fun participating and watching. This will be remembered as one of the many highlights of the FFA year. “I was able to eat 2 hotdogs in 2 minutes. That’s a hot dog a minute!” said Katie Christopherson.
Laura Dahms and Navjot Kaur do Christmas projects with Hillcrest students Simon and Joel Dahms.
Giselle Rottier – Kindergartener recites a line before the kindergarteners sing
Third grade students at Lannoye celebrated the winter season by decorating cookies during their holiday party. Their third grade teachers are Sue Hancock and Lisa Bowen.
Help Friends of Haiti
Students in photos; Colton Kimps and JD Johnson. Emily Jerovitz, Kaitlyn Schauske, Monica Malcheski, Katie Brockman.
Any monetary donations received by February 1st will receive a corporate match. If you are interested in helping our local organization please send money to: Friends of Haiti, P.O. Box 379, Pulaski, WI 54162. For any questions call the Pulaski Chamber, 920-822-4400.
Karyne Madden, Kelly Witczak, Courtney VanBoxtel, Kari Hackett, Stacy McNeil, and Sara Stensrud had a great time helping with and setting up Hillcrest’s Breakfast with Santa.
Hillcrest holds Breakfast with Santa
Hillcrest held its first annual Breakfast with Santa, December 5, 2009. Over 80 people attended the outing, and all had a great time. The kids made gifts and enjoyed a visit with Santa and his elf. Santa and his elf were played by Dr. Mel Lightner and Mark Heck. The families who attended enjoyed a wonderful experience!
The Pulaski Area Swim Club enjoyed a winter celebration at the Pulaski Community Pool. Swimmers donated winter hats and mittens which were given to the Pulaski Pantry. The swimmers competed in games and races during the winter party. The swim club is coached by Kathleen Olson and Nick Haydon.
I will not permit thirty men to travel four hundred miles to agitate a bag of wind. ~Andrew Dickson White
Thursday, January 28, 2010 second overall for their pom routine. Kaukauna Dance Classic was the last local competition before Regionals, State, and Nationals. The Regional competition will be held, January 30 at Oshkosh North High School. From there, the girls hope to qualify for the State competition which will be held February 6 at the LaCrosse Center. Come cheer on the Pulaski Dance Team as they work towards a victory! The dance team family wishes the best to Myra Rozmiarek, and her mother Rhonda, who will be moving to Appleton. You will be missed greatly but never forgotten. We love you Myra!
The Red Raiders had great ball control and dominated the press to secure their 45-35 win. Tasha Giese and Brooke Lauritzen both had a game high of 10 points. Kristin Halla had 6
points, while Megan Coonen, Nicole Lasecki, and Brittni Wirtz each had 5, and Laura Szela had 4. The Red Raiders stay 6-0 in conference matches.
The Pulaski Dance Team, coached by Jessica Korth and Michelle Reeb, competed at the Freedom Irish Invite January 9, taking fourth in jazz and second in pom.
Dance team competes By Jenny Oxley and Erin Holder The Pulaski dance team competed January 9, at the Freedom Irish Invite competition. The dance competition began in the late afternoon, following the cheerleading portion of the competition. The dance team was excited to get out on the floor and perform. The girls performed their jazz routine “Walk the Walk” first. They competed in the Division 1 Jazz category. The other teams that were in Division 1 Jazz included Kimberly, Kaukauna, Rhythm in Motion, DC Everest, and Appleton North. Overall, the girls felt good about their performance. The Pulaski dance team placed fourth in their division. After performing jazz, the girls switched their mindset to their next routine. The girls competed with their pom routine “Just Can’t Get Enough” in the Division 2 Pom category. Pulaski competed against Kimberly, Kaukauna, and Sheboygan South. The energy of the
girls as they performed radiated throughout the gym. Walking off the floor, the girls felt satisfied with their performance. The team took second overall. Following the Freedom Irish Invite, the dance team traveled to Kaukauna on January 16 to compete in the Kaukauna Dance Classic. The girls competed in the Division 1 Jazz. The other teams included Kaukauna, Watertown, Kimberly, Menomonee Falls, Stevens Point, Sussex Hamilton, DC Everest, and Mukwonago. The competition was fierce among all teams and Pulaski placed fifth overall. The team also competed in Division 2 Pom. There were a total of 12 teams, all with a similar goal in mind – to win. The other teams in the division included New Berlin Eisenhower, Kaukauna, Ashwaubenon, Wauwautosa West, Menasha, Hortonville, De Pere, Sussex Hamilton, Cedarburg, Green Bay West, and Waupaca. The girls did very well during their performance. Pulaski placed
Mallory Ruechel (10), Wesley Folk (10), Cole Slezewski (11), Kayla Slezewski (12), Cole Kazrowski (12), and Claire Tomashek (14) took first in each of their age groups at the free throw competition January 13. They had the opportunity of participating in the district contest January 20. Jack Wojcik and Vern VanLannen are proud of the winners.
Josh Kryger and the rest of the JV Bay Port/Pulaski Hockey team’s defensive squad are named the team’s Player of the Week.
The Pulaski-White 5th grade girls PYO team took 2nd at the Pulaski tournament January 10 and won the Bay Port tournament January 16. They are coached by Ted Matuszak, Roger Ripley, and Darrell Splan. The team is made up of #35 Dakota Pickering, #23 Marie Berna, #20 Sydney Ripley, #25 Natalie Nickerson, #34 Tessa Dimity, #3 Jenna Peterson/ Deyoung, #32 Emily Schuettpelz, #1 Anne Matuszak, #10 Hayley Splan, and #30 Tatum Gallenberger. They all pose for a selebratory picture after winning the Bay Port tournament. Dillon Palex and the rest of the JV Bay Port/Pulaski Hockey team’s defensive squad are named the team’s Player of the Week.
Red Raiders girls basketball pull out win By Samantha Brabender Tuesday, December 12, the Pulaski Red Raiders proved themselves in their ten-point victory over Sheboygan North.
The next issue of Pulaski News will be February 11, 2010.
Births and Deaths BIRTHS
January 8, 2010 Ebelt, Gretchen and Brad Pulaski, son January 8, 2010 Krol, Jennifer and Reyment, Jason Pulaski, daughter January 8, 2010 Mullins, Adrie and Nooyen, Jordan Pulaski, son January 12, 2010 Wade, Heather, and Tyler Pulaski, daughter January 13, 2010 Ridgley, Rachael and Phalen, Jeffrey Pulaski, son January 16, 2010 Nelson, Julie and Luke Pulaski, daughter January 17, 2010 McDonough, Rhonda and Patrick De Pere, daughter
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Adler, Edward Donald
Edward Donald Adler, 93, Mill Center, passed away January 8, 2010, at his home surrounded by his children. Ed was born May 20, 1916, in Pulaski to Francis “Frank” and Anna (Sayeski) Adler. On September 22, 1934, he married Esther Catherine Mason. Ed was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church serving as an usher, a greeter and a confirmation mentor. Ed and Esther farmed in the town of Pittsfield for many years, and he was employed as a supervisor at American Can Company for over 25 years. Ed was an avid gardener, golfer, fisherman (with special friends), deer hunter, card player, traveler and “Santa” to hundreds of children for 46 years. He was proud to have completed the Bellin Run at the age of 93. He loved gospel music as offered to our Lord by Magnify Gospel Choir on his many trips to North Carolina. Survivors include three children and their spouses, Donald (Sandy) Adler, Mill Center; Wayne (Judi) Adler, Woodstock, Georgia; and Kathy (Dan) Butterfield, Cornelius, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren, 15 greatgrandchildren; a sister, Angeline Schoeman, Chicago, Illinois; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Mason, Green Bay.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther; his parents; a brother, Ellsworth Adler; two sisters, Dolores David and Lorraine Smith.
Challis, Donald M.
Donald Martin Challis, Pulaski, passed away January 7, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born December 18, 1924, to George L. and Pearl (Martin) Challis in Hermiston, Oregon. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Pacific theatre, Don married his one true love, Lillian Ann Jisa, October 23, 1948, in Milwaukee. The couple eventually settled in the Green Bay area. In 1998 they celebrated 50 years together, with family and friends, and then quietly acknowledged 60 years together in 2008. Don shared his many talents as he enjoyed many hobbies & activities with family or friends. He successfully built two family homes and often “headed up” building or remodeling projects for his children. Prior to his retirement in 1986 from Carpenter’s Local 1146, Don worked as a carpenter, including eight years as the “Home Doctor.” He enjoyed puttering in his garden, Packers Sundays, family time, travel and camping. Don served as an usher at Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Pulaski, until Alzheimer’s made that impossible. In addition to his wife, Lillian, he is survived by his children and their partners: Kathleen and Ed Karnz, Melvin and Bonnie Challis, Marvin Challis and Julie Charles, Kenneth and Mary Challis, Diane and Stu Vervoren, Barbara and Tom Kuczynski, David Challis, Sandy Zahn and Tom Fry, Ronald and Wendy Challis, Mary and Stosh Skorulski, and Donna and Jim Roffers; grandchildren and their partners: Dusty and Rochea Karnz, Donald Karnz and Brenda Treml, Jeremy Karnz and Katie Rotter; Denise and Jerry Bronkhoarst, Dennis and Melissa Challis, Deanne and Nate Sylvester; Kelly Challis, Michael and Bev Challis; Allison, Rebecca, Katie, Emily and Caleb Challis, Clint and Katie Vervoren, Trevor Vervoren and Sarah Paluch; Christopher Boucher, Miranda Zahn; Zac Challis; Donna and Stoshie Skorulski; Jaimie (U.S. Navy) and Jacob Roffers; great-grandchildren: Hunter and Veronica Karnz; Ruby Karnz; Jared and Janelle Bronkhoarst; Tyler and Addison Challis; Dane and Nash Vervoren. He is further survived by his sisters: Georgia (Betty) Martin; Irene and Robert Boehm; Ruth and Art Tooze; brothers: C.R. Challis and friend Betty; Gene and Joyce Challis; sister-in-
Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. ~Norman Cousins
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law: Emily Heemstra; brotherin-law: Victor Stroik; a brother and sister-in-law: George and Irene Jisa, and many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws: Joseph and Mary Jisa; a brother and sister-in-law: Frank and Mavis Challis; sisters-in-law: Charlotte Challis and Agnes Stroik; brothers-in-law: George Martin and Orville Heemstra; sisters and brothers-in-law: Mary and Sylvester Chesner; Alice and William Selner and grandsons: Michael Stewart and Kyle Michael Vervoren.
Jeffrey Lee Gwidt, 34, Neenah and formerly of Green Bay, died January 8, 2010. The son of Dennis Gwidt and Peggy (Matuszak) Johnson was born in Green Bay on March 24, 1975, and was a 1994 graduate of Green Bay Southwest High School. He was employed at Valley Auto Transit in Neenah. On November 29, 2007, he married Jennifer Lindsay Sanders in Appleton. His children, Westin Lee (8), Elaina Francine (6), Harrison Jeffrey (4), and Colton Jeffrey (4 months), and his stepdaughter, Grace Ann (3) were the loves of his life. He loved to bring his children on walks in the woods and go on adventures. As a family, Jeffrey and his wife and children would spend time at his mother’s cottage, enjoying jet skiing, swimming, boating, and late-night campfires with George Strait playing in the background. Jeff was a wonderful person. As a man he was a very skilled and talented freight hauler with a perfect safety record. Although he enjoyed his work, Jeff was persistent in continuing his education towards a business management degree. However, Jeffrey’s greatest accomplishment was his children. The love and compassion he felt for them was monumental. His children were his world. In addition to his wife and his children, he is survived his parents, Dennis (Tracy) Gwidt, DePere and Peggy (Bruce) Johnson, Green Bay; two sisters, Tiffany (John) Foscato and their children, Madalyn and Nicholas (Jeffrey’s godson), Pulaski; Lisa (Jeff) Luedke and their children, Jack and Emma, Green Bay; a half-brother, Mitch Gwidt, DePere; two stepbrothers, Jason (Jessica) Johnson and their children, McKenzie and Kadence, Burleson, Texas; and Jacob (Annette) Johnson and their daughter, Emily, Mountain House, California; his maternal grandmother, Jackie Matuszak, Green Bay; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Kathleen Sanders, Buffalo, New York; a sister-inlaw, Sarah (Brent) VanGemert and their son, Reese, Naples, Florida; a brother-in-law, Robbie Sanders, Buffalo, New York, first wife, Frances Gwidt, Freedom; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Claire Louise; his paternal grandparents, Adam and Ione Gwidt, and his maternal grandfather, Herbert Matuszak.
Hugo, Nicholas William
Nicholas William Hugo, 78, Abrams, passed away January 12, 2010, at his home in the Town of Pensaukee. Nicholas was born October 7, 1931, in Oconto to the late Martin and Elizabeth Hugo. Nicholas served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Platoon
37 from 1952, until January 8, 1960, when he was honorably discharged. Nicholas worked for George M. Hougard Inc. for over 35 years as an Operating Engineer. He also helped out with the family business, Hugo & Son Excavating. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. On the side, Nicholas enjoyed farming and playing with equipment. Nicholas is survived by two sons, William (Ronda) Hugo, Sobieski; Ronald (Wanda) Hugo, Abrams; two daughters Kim Hugo, Oconto; Lisa Hugo, Oconto Falls; a sister, Annie Masterson, Illinois; a half-sister, Josie Mosier; a sister-in-law, Donna Hugo, Marinette; eight grandchildren, Tiffany Hugo, Casey Hugo, Tara DeHut, Brittany Hugo, Alicia Hugo, Alissa DeHut, Samantha Hugo, Nicholas Hugo; one great-granddaughter, Violet; and his exwife, Joyce (Robert) Ristow, Abrams. Nicholas was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Hugo; three sisters,Florence Cochenet, Eleanor Mocco, Mary Hugo; and four brothers, Martin, Joseph, Richard and John Hugo.
Engelbert “Bert” Herman Lasecki, Pulaski, passed away at his home January 8, 2010, with his family at his side. The son of the late Albert and Hattie (Wrzesinski) Lasecki was born June 4, 1923, in the Town of Maple Grove. On September 4, 1948, he married Arlene Lindsley. The couple had been happily married for 61 years. Bert lived and farmed his entire life on the family farm. He had also been employed as a diesel mechanic for Olson Trucking and drove milk truck for Laney Cheese Factory. Survivors include his loving wife, Arlene; their three children, Thomas (Abby) Lasecki, Cedar Rapids, IA, Randall (Bonnie) Lasecki, Pulaski, and Diane (Scott) Petersen, Eagan, MN; three grandchildren, Chad (Tina) Lasecki, Cory (Julia) Lasecki and Sara Lasecki, one brother Ezra Lasecki, Green Bay, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth; a daughterin-law, Naomi Jo Lasecki, two brothers, Emil (Louise) Lasecki and Edwin (Margaret) Lasecki; two sisters, Regina (Felix) Rozmiarek and Esther (Peter) Grzeskowiak; and sisters-inlaw and brothers-in-law, Anna Marie Lasecki, Isabel (Albert) Goral and Harold Lindsley.
Lemke, Darla J.
Darla J. Lemke, 38, Black Creek, passed away January 8, 2010, at her home with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 20, 1971, daughter of Nancy (Price) Pomeroy and the late Clifford Pomeroy. On August 22, 1998, she was united in marriage to Larry
Lemke at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the township of Cicero. Darla was a 1989 graduate of Pulaski High School and was employed with Plexus in Appleton until September of 2009. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, bowling, shopping, collecting snowmen and somewhat fishing, and loved children. Most importantly was time spent with her husband, daughter, son, and her entire family. Survivors include her husband Larry, and son, Brad, at home; daughter, Melissa Barclay, Seymour; her mother, Nancy Pomeroy, Pulaski; brothers and sisters, Debbie (Byron) Hall, Pulaski; Rick (Terri) Pomeroy, Sobieski; Brenda (good friend Steve) Shepherd, Rhinelander; Cheryl Bowers; Morgan, Brian (Bonnie) Pomeroy, Shiocton; Sandy Beyer, Seymour; motherin-law and father-in-law, John and Lois Lemke, Black Creek; brother-in-laws and sister-in laws, Lee (Lisa) Lemke, Black Creek; Lynn Bunnell, Shiocton; and Loren (Kris) Lemke, Black Creek. Numerous nieces and nephews and special friends, Chris and Nancy Sievert, Kaukauna and Troy and Joan Tollard, Appleton. She was preceded in death by one infant bother Clifford.
Hazel Redlin, 97, Pulaski, died peacefully January 15, 2010, at a Green Bay hospital with her family at her side. She was born April 27, 1912, in Green Bay, to Frank and Sarah (Beaucock) Ward. Hazel graduated from Oconto High School and, after working in Green Bay for several years, met and married Harold Redlin of Laney in 1937. She was known as the “Cookie Grandma” for her molasses, sugar, and sour cream cookies. She also made a very special chocolate cherry cake, which she brought to every birthday and other events and celebrations. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Roger (Eunice) Redlin, Pulaski; and one daughter, Jackie Westerfeld, Shawano; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Teri Westerfeld, Cecil; Pamela (Gregory) Conyers and their daughter, Larissa, Washington; Denise (Randy) Warzon and their children, Ashley, Sarah and Ryan, Sussex; Traci (Jeff) Diehl and their sons, Ethan and Corey, Greenville; Trisha (Billy) Springborn, Jr. and their children, Haleigh and Wylee, Shawano; Jeff (Jane) Redlin and their sons, Nick and Ben, Pulaski; Stacie (Rick) Andritsch and their daughters, Samantha and Louise, Oconomowoc; her sisters, Helen Deneau, Louisiana; and Margaret Cain, Oconto; one brother, Leland
Business Carrot Tree recognized for gift greatness
A great selection of gifts and decorative items fills Carrot Tree’s shelves.
By Emilie Schauer, Tadd Lewis, and Laura Dahms At the end of every year, Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine recognizes businesses for its greatness. Businesses are nominated by themselves or by others. Out of 100 businesses entries, Carrot Tree Coffee and Gifts, located at 1146 Mountain Bay Drive in Pulaski, placed in the top 25. Gifts and Decorative Accessories said winners were selected by presentations of snapshots displaying independent gift and accessory retailers that are using innovative approaches to marketing and merchandising and are making a difference in their communities. The magazine compiled this report by surveying independent retailers, researching business
newspaper archives, and speaking with gift industry insiders. Chris Richter, owner of Carrot Tree, said, “We have a diverse shop and a full-service coffee house. We also make our own chocolates and skin-care products. Our marketing approach is inexpensive but very effective.” Carrot Tree provides its costumers with loyalty program punch cards and emails to customers with coupons and information. Entertainment for costumers is provided through Ladies’ Nights Out, as well as, open- mic and music nights. “Open mic nights are a wonderful opportunity for everyone to share their unique talents, and I hope to see many more in the future,” said Julian Lacera, a loyal customer.
Hire character. Train skill. ~Peter Schutz
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Prom Exchange rises from Style Exchange By Chantel White, Race Noeldner, and Devin Hynes As a result of many customers calling Style Exchange asking where they could sell their prom dresses, Style Exchange will be opening a store that will sell prom dresses on consignment. The customers had wanted to sell their dresses that cost several hundred dollars and were worn only once. Prom Exchange is located next to Style Exchange on 2621 South Oneida Street, Green Bay, two blocks south of Bay Park Square. Prom Exchange will not only offer customers a way to earn money on their previously purchased prom dresses, but also offer great deals on purchasing a prom dress for this year’s dance. The prices of the gowns range from $49 to $279, and the sizes are 0-18. Prom Exchange will open for customers to shop for prom dresses beginning January 28 and will be open until the end of April. Store hours will be Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday from noon until 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Prom Exchange will continue to accept dresses on consignment once the store opens. Visit Style Exchange’s website at www.stylexchange. net or call (920) 497-1535 for details and updates on Prom Exchange.
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North Shore Bank collects financial donations for Haiti
Money collected will assist earthquake victims in Haiti North Shore Bank today announced it is collecting financial donations on behalf of the Salvation Army’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. Contributions, which will help the Salvation Army provide services to earthquake victims, can be made at any North Shore Bank office. The Salvation Army has been serving in Haiti since the 1950s, and there is now an overwhelming need for food, water, and medical assistance. Funds collected at the bank offices will go to support these needs and the Salvation Army’s efforts to mobilize personnel and resources to Haiti. “We wanted to do something to help our customers and neighbors make a positive difference during this difficult time for the people in Haiti,” said Steve Steiner, senior vice president for North Shore Bank. “The donations will certainly help those hit hardest by the recent earthquake, and we encourage people to give what they can to help the Salvation Army assist those who have been affected.” The Salvation Army is asking only for financial donations at this time, as it assesses what materials it may need for the clean-up effort created by the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that shook Haiti on Jan. 12. Each of the 44 North Shore Bank offices will collect relief funds beginning today and the effort will continue throughout the month of January. The bank will also match its employees’ contributions to the fund. North Shore Bank, headquartered in Brookfield, is one of the strongest banks in the country. It
Prom Exchange, located next to Style Exchange will open January 28 and offers great deals on gently-used prom dresses.
has assets of nearly $1.9 billion and 44 offices throughout eastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. Current Wisconsin branch locations are in metro Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Appleton, Menasha, the Green Bay area, Burlington, Union Grove and Door County. North Shore Bank also has two Illinois State Bank offices in McHenry County, Ill. The bank opened its 44th office in Mequon, Wis., in September. For a complete listing of North Shore Bank locations, visit www.northshorebank.com or call (262) 797-3833 or tollfree (877) 672-2265. Donations can also be made online at www. salvationarmyusa.org.
Pulaski Ace Hardware is just one of the many businesses in Pulaski that is eager to serve customers and community members.
Shopping local helps
By Joe Szczepanski Everyone wins when members of the Pulaski community shop at local businesses. Whether it’s for groceries, gas, food, or hardware, Pulaski businesses have what customers need with many benefits. Local businesses get to know their customers on a first name bases. Also, local businesses learn the needs of their customers and are able to adapt to the particular needs of local customers and carry the goods and services needed. Another huge benefit is that the money spent at local businesses stays in the community, local businesses agree. “Money stays in the community, it stays local,” said Jesse Weiland of Riesterer & Schnell, Inc. of Pulaski. How much money stays here? When a community member shops local, 68 percent of the money spent stays in the community. If the same person went
to a national retailer only 43 percent of the money would stay in the community. That means for every 100 dollars spent local instead of at huge retail chains 25 more dollars stay in the community. Not only does more money stay in the community, more money is reinvested. Tax revenue is generated to improve the town. Also, higher paying jobs stay in the community. Convenience is also a huge benefit in shopping local. Instead of having to travel into Green Bay, customers can drive down the road to their local businesses. When customers are at their local businesses they can expect to be met with helpful service. The people that are eager to serve you are neighbors, friends, family members, and community members. Todd Rosvold Manager of Pulaski Chase Cooperative agrees. “We are part of the community. We appreciate when customers support us. It helps everybody,” said Todd Rosvold. Grocery stores and gas stations are also a huge part of the community. Pulaski has multiple gas stations that help jump start a customer’s day, and Super Ron’s superb deli, bakery, meat department is just a start. Whether it’s to sit down for a family meal at a diner, grab a burger, sub, pizza, or just a cup of coffee, Pulaski has its share of dining establishments. Throw in computer repair, hair salons and barbers, telephone companies, electronic stores, banks, a pharmacy, churches, along with many other businesses that support the company and it’s easy to see how many local businesses Pulaski has to offer.
Polka Variety show makes a comeback By Candice Matuszak The television show Polka Variety is making a comeback in Pulaski. Fox 11 will be airing the show on Sundays from 10: a.m. to 10:30 am starting in midFebruary ... check your local listings. The show will be taped at Zielinski’s Ballroom in Pulaski. This show had previously been on for a number of years from the seventies into the nineties. It is now making a comeback due to the increased interest in polka music, and activities associated with the genre like Pulaski Polka Days and other similar events. This is also viewed as a bonus to the community since there are many polka fans in Pulaski. The show will also promote other local events like church picnics, dances, and the upcoming Pulaski Centennial Celebration. “Our goal is to keep the show running as long as we have sponsors, so we are looking for a lot of support,” stated Harold Otto the host of Polka Variety. The show will be broadcasted to an audience in 16 counties representing 444,000 plus households and in excess of 1.2 million people. Fox 11 has been very cooperative through everything as have also all of the bands that are scheduled to play during the tapings. Each band will appear on two episodes, for shows will be taped on one Sunday afternoon per month. The kickoff taping will be on January 31, 2010 for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m... Appearing that day will be New Generation and “Hauser’s Hotshot’s” from New London. There is a $5.00 cover charge for the entertainment; children under twelve will be admitted for free. Everyone is invited to come to the tapings to enjoy great polka music and dancing.
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BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (Never known to fail.) Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful one, splendor of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my Necessity. Oh star of the sea, help me and show me here you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart so succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Say this prayer for 3 consecutive days and then you must publish and it will be granted to you. Thank you Mother. For
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LOST AND FOUND 1975 PULASKI HIGH SCHOOL CLASS RING – name of Susan Matczak engraved on it. Please contact Pulaski News at 822-6800 with information on how to contact her.
CORRECTION Village of Pulaski notice: Recycling containers will be picked up every other Monday and not every Monday as stated in the Village newsletter. Sorry for the confusion.
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Sunnyside Elementary “North Pole Star” concert By Nick Seglund and Brian McMahon December 18, 2009, Sunnyside Elementary held its annual Holiday Concert. The holiday concert was performed by grades
third, fourth, and fifth, entitled “North Pole Star.” These talented elementary students presented two shows in the Sunnyside gym. The “North Pole Star” included many holiday favorites such as
Cole Hanlin plays the part of Prancer during the Sunnyside Elementary “North Pole Star.”
“Merry Christmas Bells,” “The World Says Merry Christmas,” and “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Teachers and parents that attended the concert said, “The concert was the best one yet.” Christie Nimmer, Sunnyside choir teacher, said, “It was a really good program, and I was very proud of the students.” She also said, “I was pleased with their performance.” Nimmer would like to extend a special thanks to Kathy and Tom DeBoth, Chris Wendorf, Jessica Rosenberg, the Sunnyside Student Council, Susan Drossart, Joanne Lundy, Donna Karcz, all the parents, third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers, and all the staff for their time, assistance, and preparation during the concert. “I would especially like to thank the students. They deserve a tremendous round of applause for all their time and effort in making this show so wonderful,” said Nimmer.
John Malcheski stands with two Haitian women before a newlyconstructed rabbit breeding shelter.
John Malcheski gives Tic Tacs to a group of children.