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Pulaski News

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Ten PHS students named AP Scholars

P-News Examines: Our local economy

This home, located in the Village of Pulaski, is just one of the houses for sale in the greater Pulaski community.

The local real estate market

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by Matt Zey For most of the 1990s, and the first few years of the 21st century, America’s housing market seemed to be booming with no end in sight. That all changed in 2008, however, when economic conditions began to decline both nationally and internationally. The housing market throughout Northeast Wisconsin, like most areas of the country, was not spared, and has suffered during the last three years. Today, new home sales are on the decline, while foreclosures are increasing. Just because foreclosures are increasing does not mean that the real estate market is completely dry, however. According to Zoe Vanoss from Zimm’s Realty, although the Average American family placing their house on the market may struggle, foreclosure sales are high, which means people are buying real estate, even if its not through traditional channels. Foreclosed homes are often cheaper because they need work but may be worth the effort. Since buying a home is a long-term investment for most families, buying a fore-

closed home can potentially offer individuals the best bang for their buck. These homes are certainly easier to find now, as there has been an increase of 22,000 foreclosures in the state during the last 10 years, according to the University of Wisconsin- Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. In the second quarter of 2011 alone, Wisconsin had 5,372 foreclosures (no data was provided from Portage County). Brown County was in the top counties for foreclosures, with 192. The two main contributors to these statistics were Milwaukee County and Dane county with 1,073 and 306 respectively. While there are some bright spots throughout the area, with development booming in Hobart and an increase in home sales within the village of Pulaski, there is still room for improvement within the greater Pulaski real estate market. Lori Stephan, broker/owner of Country Pride Realty of Pulaski, offered some information for buyers braving the rough market. Obtaining financing and having a

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good enough credit score are the biggest barriers for home buyers right now and, according to Stephan, buyers need better credit scores than in previous years. A credit score of 720 is ideal, although individuals with a lower score can improve it by working to pay off all bills, credit cards and other payments. Stephan recommends using as well as obtaining four sources of credit earning. In addition to having a strong credit score, buyers should work with banks for a pre-approval before searching for a home. Stephan mentioned that many people get their hearts set on a home only to be heart-broken when they find out it exceeds their price range. When looking for homes, individuals also need to consider the amount of money they are comfortable borrowing. According to Karen Welcing of Citizen’s Bank in Pulaski, previously, individuals often took out loans for more than the amount they could handle, which was a major contributor to the housing crisis. Today, most banks also require a

down payment of at least three percent from potential home buyers. On a positive note, though, many banks are offering loans at rates from 4 to 4.25 percent, the lowest rates in 40 years. Some borrowers looking for short term loans may even get rates as low as 3.3 percent. Welcing recommends budgeting and planning ahead before buying a home. While buying a home today offers more risks than in previous years, there are still benefits to owning your own property. “Real estate is an investment, you have control…much unlike the stock market now,” said Stephan. Ultimately, while other sectors of the economy have begun rebounding, the real estate market still needs to make strides before it fully recovers to pre-2008 levels. The market will likely fully recover once the unemployment rates have decreased and consumer confidence has increased. Until then, real estate agents throughout Northeast Wisconsin are ready to sell homes and banks are in a prime position to lend money to customers.

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submitted by Bec Kane Ten students at Pulaski High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. Of those students, the College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams. At PHS, ten students were recognized for their accomplishment on AP exams. Two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Andrea Gjerde and Alex Rentmeester. Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Jordyn Anklam, Megan Dooley and Joseph Lhuillier. Five students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Laura Becker, Kaitlyn Hilliard, Kaci Hoverson, Paige Lightner and Isaiah Robertson. Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Continued on Page 4

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-Thursday, December 1, 2011

P-News Point of View Civic involvement is key

by Jack FitzGerald It is evident in America, more now than in any generation before, that people are disconnecting themselves from incorporation in society.   Citizens are less likely to spend a day on the beach, or to take a Sunday picnic, or to get involved in athletic activities. In fact, in 2000, Harvard political scientist and professor of public policy Robert Putnam, dedicated an entire book to the decline of political, social and civic engagement throughout America. The book, entitled “Bowling Alone,” argues that the decline’s negative effects have been felt across the country. Dismal, yes, but what is scariest is that Americans have shifted away from participating in their governments directly; namely, they have become less likely to run for local elected office.   Ironic isn’t it?   Americans seem to complain gradually

about politics and their elected officials with more and more intensity than years prior. However, while local governments still play an important role in our daily lives, and offer the best chance for average individuals to become more involved in the political process (outside of a trip to the ballot box a few times each year) no one seems truly willing to step up to the plate and make changes. Thus, with the seemingly never-ending discontent with all things government, people withdraw from activities and sink into more sullen ways of living, crime rates increase and economic structure descends.   America needs a remedy. Normal, everyday individuals need to step up to the plate. Entering the realm of politics has not become any less prestigious, nor has it grown to be more difficult, and yet, so many citizens are no longer pushed or encouraged to run

for a position at a local office. Sure, running for office can be scary- elections can be competitive and candidates often have to work overtime in order to convince their fellow residents to vote for them. Running for office also opens an individual up for attacks—both of personal and political nature. These factors alone are scary; no one wants their personal lives made public and their secrets advertised, and most people are too exhausted after their normal workday to think about doing even more work. Plus, as if those factors aren’t enough, those running also face the potential threat of losing, a harsh attack on anyone’s self-esteem. Do these undesirables really justify not running though?  To take office is to assume the voice of the people, a job more esteemed than any.   The responsibility is enormous yes, and the outcomes are frightening, but the possibilities are endless.  

Correction: In our November 17 issue, we referred to individuals with Autism as “sufferers.” We did not intend for this to be offensive in any way.

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Letter to the Editor

We noticed an ad placed in the Classifieds section of a recent Pulaski News. The ad says that the Pulaski-Chase Cooperative does not redeem equity to living members. It states that the only time our cooperative pays out equity is upon death. We had nothing to do with this ad. In fact, the person placing the ad does not identify himself, but asks members to send their name, address and phone number to a post office box number in Pulaski. The assertion made by this anonymous person that a member must die before getting their equity is totally false. Since 2006, the Pulaski-Chase Cooperative Board has authorized $529,844 in cash equity redemption to living members. We paid out $110,544 this last annual meeting alone to 92 living members. This information has been printed often in the Pulaski News and in Co-op newsletters. In fact, since 2006 we have paid out equity to living members 4.5:1 over deceased redemption requests. Because of our previous fi-

nancial condition, a few years back we were unable to pay out equity. The Board and employees of the Co-op have worked very hard to bring the Co-op back to financial health and be able to resume equity revolvement. As previously mentioned, this is several hundred thousand dollars since 2006. Anyone attending our annual meetings in the last few years would have seen active members receiving their cash checks. We encourage the anonymous author of the letter claiming the Co-op has not redeemed active equity to contact us with any concerns he or she may have. We also encourage members who may have questions on equity revolvement to contact the Co-op office at 423 Third Avenue-PO Box 79, Pulaski or call us at 8223235 to get these questions answered. Sincerely, On behalf of the PulaskiChase Cooperative Board Allen Kohn, Board Chairman

Community CHIEF’S Corner Reports Generated: Oct. 21- Oct. 31 10/21/2011 - Welfare Check – Patrick Lane 10/21/2011 3:00 a.m. Worthless checks – Dairy Queen 10/21/2011 8:32 a.m. - Lockout – Residential – Camelot Park 10/21/2011 8:57 a.m. Traffic Hazard - E. Pulaski Street 10/22/2011 1:27 a.m. Suspicious Person/Activity – Unique Custom Upholstery 10/22/2011 2:25 am - Traffic Citation - E. Cedar Street 10/22/2011 1:45 p.m. Found Items/Property - W. Glenbrook Drive 10/22/2011 4:03 p.m. Assist - Law Enforcement Agency - STH 32 10/22/2011 9:15 p.m. Animal at Large – Highview Road 10/23/2011 12:21 a.m. Welfare Check – Karcz Drive 10/23/2011 1:17 am Welfare Check – Spirits Sports Bar 10/23/2011 3:31 a.m. - Suspicious Vehicle - W. Pulaski Street 10/23/2011 2:07 p.m. – Harassment – Johnson Street 10/23/2011 6:19 p.m. Welfare Check – Colonial Courts 10/23/2011 10:09 p.m. Welfare Check – Colonial Courts 10/24/2011 5:00 am - Information-general – Trailside Convenience Mart 10/24/2011 11:35 am Assist EMS – Patrick Lane 10/24/2011 12:28 p.m. Assist Shawano County Sheriff – Deer Drive 10/24/2011 3:30 p.m. Found Items/Property – Crest Drive 10/24/2011 4:38 p.m. Assist EMS - S. St. Augustine St. 10/25/2011 10:00 a.m. – Fingerprinting – Pulaski Police Dept. 10/25/2011 11:39 a.m. Emergency Detention – Pulaski High School 10/25/2011 4:30 p.m. - Drug Sale – Colonial Court Apts 10/25/2011 8:09 p.m. - Juvenile Problem - E. Glenbrook Drive 10/25/2011 10:42 p.m. Emergency Detention/CDTP – Colonial Court Apts 10/26/2011 1:45 p.m. Fraud - NSF Checks – Super Ron’s Food Center 10/26/2011 1:45 p.m. Fraud - NSF Checks – Super Ron’s Food Center 10/26/2011 1:45 p.m. Fraud - NSF Checks – Super Ron’s Food Center 10/26/2011 1:45 p.m. Fraud - NSF Checks – Super Ron’s Food Center 10/26/2011 7:27 p.m. Traffic Citation – Williams Street 10/26/2011 8:32 p.m. Assist - Law Enforcement Agency - STH 32 HWY 10/26/2011 9:42 p.m. Vehicle Equipment Violation – Chicago Street 10/26/2011 9:51 p.m. Vehicle Equipment Violation – N. St. Augustine 10/27/2011 12:33 a.m. -

Criminal Damage To Property – Colonial Court Apts 10/27/2011 1:06 a.m. Criminal Damage To Property – Karcz Drive 10/27/2011 1:19 a.m. - Suspicious Person/Activity – Blue Heron Drive 10/27/2011 4:58 a.m. Traffic Citation - E. Green Bay Street 10/27/2011 8:10 a.m. Criminal Damage To Property – Nancy Lane 10/27/2011 7:22 p.m. - 911 Hang up call – Patrick Lane 10/27/2011 7:33 p.m. Vehicle Equipment Violation – Grant Street 10/27/2011 8:09 p.m. Vehicle Equipment ViolationPine Street 10/28/2011 11:20 a.m. - Information-general – Bay Area Humane Society 10/28/2011 2:20 p.m. Assist EMS - E. Pulaski Street 10/28/2011 2:32 p.m. Criminal Damage To Property - S. St. Augustine Street 10/28/2011 3:00 p.m. Criminal Damage To Property – Nancy Lane 10/29/2011 1:45 a.m. Assist - Law Enforcement Agency - STH 32 10/29/2011 11:00 a.m. Child Abuse - Agency Assist – Blue Heron Drive 10/29/2011 2:00 p.m. Traffic Accident - Property Damage – Citizen’s Bank 10/29/2011 4:22 p.m. Assist Shawano County Sheriff - W. Pulaski Street 10/29/2011 9:32 p.m. Traffic Warning – Corporate Way 10/29/2011 10:08 p.m. Vehicle Equipment Violation – Blue Heron Drive 10/30/2011 3:31 a.m. - Disturbance/Emergency Detention – Steno Trl. 10/30/2011 10:30 a.m. Theft - All Other – Raiderland Mini Warehouse 10/30/2011 7:45 p.m. Welfare Check – Golden Eagle Ct. 10/31/2011 4:55 p.m. Welfare Check – Colonial Court Apts 10/31/2011 6:54 p.m. Open Door/Window – Carver Boat 10/31/2011 8:35 p.m. Animal Complaint – Colonial Court Apts Visit for the full report!

The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace. - M. Scott Peck

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Angelica 4H holds end of year banquet submitted by Amanda Bodart On November 10, the Angelica 4H club held their end of the year banquet. Elections for the new officers were held at the event as well. Abby Brown was elected president, Aly Splan was elected vice president, Ben Borwn was elected as treasurer, Craig Samp was elected secretary and Amanda Bodart was elected to serve as club reporter. The club may also add the position of activity directory to its leadership. That individual would lead a different activity at each meeting. Members are also thinking of creating a club scrapbook for the organization. The reporter would be in charge of the book, and it would be judged when all of the members’ record books are judged. Also at the meeting, member Abby Brown gave a demonstration about a necklace she made. She told the club about where she gets her supplies and how she made the necklace. She showed the necklace at the Shawano County Fair and it will be shown at the Wisconsin State Fair. Allison Brown gave a demonstration at the meeting as well, showing members how to decorate a ceramic plate. As part of its community service project, the club will be ringing bells for the Salvation Army at Super Ron’s in Pulaski. The organization’s next meeting will be December 4 at 7:15 p.m. at the Angelica Town Hall. The club’s Christmas party will be held at that time. Every member should bring a $5 gender neutral gift to exchange. All families need to bring a treat to share, while the drinks will be supplied by the Brown family.

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PACE-Setters enjoy fall events

PACE-Setters learned about important financial information at the PACE Financial Fair on Wednesday, October 26. Vendors and experts from around the area attended the event.

Members of the Pulaski PACE-Setters organization enjoyed a trip to Lambeau Field on Wednesday, November 16. Members of the group were able to tour the stadium and ate lunch at Curly’s Pub.

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Pulaski bank named “Branch of the Year”

April Stevenson, Katie Walters, Mistine Thompson, Karen Jach, and Brittney Bystol celebrate their ‘Branch of the Year’ award for the third consecutive year. The team is lead by Mistine Thompson, who was also awarded Branch Manager of the Year.

North Shore Bank announced that its Pulaski branch, located at 165 N. St. Augustine Street, has earned “Branch of the Year” honors for the bank’s northeast region for the third consecutive year.  The branch’s manager, Mistine Thompson of Pound, was also named the region’s “Branch Manager of the Year,” for the third year in a row. Susan T. Doyle, vice president of branch operations for North Shore Bank, said the Pulaski branch achieved all service, operations and business growth objectives and received superior scores in service quality.  Additionally, Thompson surpassed all service and operational objectives and helped grow branch deposits. “We’re thrilled to once again present Mistine and her team in Pulaski with these prestigious awards,” Doyle

said. “These are high honors, and they mean that our Pulaski branch is the best of the best.  Its strong leadership and team that demonstrates high-touch service, financial know-how and respect for detail that has helped make North Shore Bank one of the strongest financial institutions in the country.” In addition to Thompson, the Pulaski branch staff includes:  Karen Jach, April Stevenson and Katie Walters, all of Pulaski, and Brittney Bystol of Shawano. “We extend our congratulations and gratitude to Mistine and the entire North Shore Bank team in Pulaski,” Doyle said.  “They are tremendous ambassadors for our bank and their community, and they personify the hard work and dedication that has helped North Shore Bank continue to grow and thrive over the past 88 years.”

Ladies Night Out held

Carrot Tree Coffee and Gifts held their Ladies Night Out promotion on Friday, November 18. The annual event featured live musical entertainment, food, chair massages and merchandise sales.

Tender Hearts hosts open house On Tuesday, November 15, TenderHearts Learning Center hosted an open house. Guests could tour the facility’s new, 3,200 square foot expansion, participate in a zumbatomics demonstration, take part in art projects, watch a performance by Mr. Billy and his daughter, and were even treated to free food. TenderHearts is located in Suamico and offers childcare for children from age one through age 14.

Szczepanski joins Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Jacqueline Szczepanski of Pulaski, Wisconsin, has joined Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as a Financial Associate with the organization’s Northeast WI & Upper MI Regional Financial Office.  Szczepanski offers area Lutherans comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products.  Her office is located at 160 S. Madison Avenue  in  Sturgeon Bay, WI. Before joining Thrivent Financial, Szczepanski worked at Peninsula School of Art. Szczepanski graduated from St. Norbert College, in De Pere, WI, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. We see Jacqueline as a valuable addition to our office’s field staff,” said Janelle Fuhrmann, managing partner of the Northeast WI & Upper MI Regional Financial Office in Appleton. “We look forward to the energy and dedication Jacqueline will bring to the team. She will play a key role in our mission of serving our members’ financial needs.”

This activity room is part of the facility’s new, 3,200 square foot expansion.

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Children get their faces painted at the TenderHearts open house event.

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Pulaski-Chase Co-Op holds annual meeting Senior Center become a target for increased submitted by Melony Prothero merge with another larger co-op. announcements competition, and that the multiWhile “achieving some The Pulaski-Chase CooperaCenter on Mondays from 11:45 CAROLING AT WOODHAVEN on Friday, December 2 at 1:00. Want to join us? Call 822-8100. CHRISTMAS CRAFT (wooden snowman hanger) at Pulaski Senior Center on Thursday, December 8 at 12:15. Cost is $3.00. Call 822-8100 by December 5 to reserve your supplies. FOOT CARE CLINIC at Pulaski Senior Center on Tuesdays, December 13 and December 27 starting at 9:00 a.m. Call 822-8100 to set up an appointment. Cost: $17.00 BENEFIT SPECIALIST, Mary Kay Norman from the Green Bay office of the Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center will be at the Pulaski Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13. 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. BOOK GROUP at Pulaski Senior Center on Tuesday, December 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light supper will be served. December’s book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. January’s book is Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Books are available at the Senior Center. Call 822-8100 for more information. All ages welcome. PULASKI SENIOR CENTER CHRISTMAS PARTY (Potluck) on December 14 at 5:30 at the Legion Hall. Call 822-8100 by December 9 for a reservation. CHRISTMAS FUN TOUR on Sunday, December 18, starting at 1:00 from the Pulaski Senior Center. We will visit historic Hazelwood in Green Bay, stop for an early dinner at Golden Basket, see the Garden of Lights at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens and attend the Baylanders Christmas concert at St. Agnes Church. Cost is $17.00 which includes transportation and cost of admissions. Lunch is dutch-treat. Call 8228100 to make your reservation. MOVIE MONDAY on December 19 at Pulaski Senior Center. We will be watching “A Christmas Story”. Show starts at 12:15 p.m. Snacks provided. CARDS (sheephead and pinocle) 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 822-8100. BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING at Pulaski Senior

a.m. to 12:45 p.m. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by N.E.W. Rescue Service. SIT & BE FIT CHAIR EXERCISES on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. at Pulaski Senior Center. Call 822-8100 for more information. All ages welcome. Sponsored by Prevea Health. BINGO at Pulaski Senior Center Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. ZUMBA GOLD (chair exercise dancing) on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Pulaski Senior Center. Call 822-8100 for more information. 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. Wii BOWLING at Pulaski Senior Center on Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. All ages welcome. Call 8228100 for more information. SEWING SIMPLE QUILT TOPS at Pulaski Senior Center Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PULASKI SENIOR CENTER MEALS for December 2 – December 16. Meals served at 11:30 a.m. to anyone over 60 years of age. Suggested donation of $3.50 per day. Meals are available for delivery to the homebound. Reservations required by 11:00 a.m. of the previous day. Friday, December 2 – meatloaf Monday, December 5 – Swedish meatballs Tuesday, December 6 – BBQ pork on a bun Wednesday, December 7 – beef stew Thursday, December 8 – mostaccoli casserole Friday, December 9 – baked chicken Monday, December 12 – turkey alfredo Tuesday, December 13 – cheddarwurst on a bun Wednesday, December 14 – veal parmesan Thursday, December 15 – Swiss steak Friday, December 16 – salmon loaf

tive held the 81st Annual Meeting of its members on November 10 at the Rock Garden Banquet Hall in Green Bay. At the meeting, the Co-op paid retired members $110,544.35 in redeemed equities. Carlson and Highland LLP auditor Roger Van Someren presented the audit report. Van Someren reported sales of $22,153,316, an increase of 29 percent over the previous year, with earnings of $263,511, for the cooperative’s fiscal year ending July 31, 2011. Van Someren told members that they should be pleased with the results, and he noted that the cooperative’s financial condition continues to be solid, and well within the normal range for Wisconsin Farm Supply Cooperatives. Lastly, Van Someren reported that the accounts receivables, at 97 percent compliant, and other assets at the cooperative are in excellent condition. Chairman Allen Kohn spoke on behalf of the Board stating that they are pleased to report very good financial results despite a very wet and late spring. Kohn said that “The strong operating results again allow the Board to achieve their goals for paying cash patronage and equity redemption.” Kohn noted that at this meeting, “The equity of those 75 years of age will be retired, less the $1,500 retained, as we have done in the past.” In addition,” Kohn said, “ (I was) pleased to report that the retained equity of those 85 and older will be retired along with all equity earned prior to 1980” without regard to a member’s age. Chairman Kohn reminded those present that for the last two annual meetings he has reported that the Board has been “exploring ways to grow in sales and service, and to achieve business goals for service, fixed asset replacement and equity redemption.” Kohn noted that cooperatives in the area and around the State have merged as a way to achieve these goals, with one cooperative reaching nearly $500 million in sales. Kohn said that the Board had examined a merger with the Shawano farm supply co-op, which has now decided to

success in sales growth, major gains in sales and territory have not happened,” Kohn said, and went on to say that while healthy now, “The Board is questioning our ability to survive long term with these changes happening around us, and the Board recognizes that we need a major infusion of capital in the future, especially in our two largest departments: Feed/Grain and Agronomy. This could be $4 million or more.” “The Board has taken a proactive approach in the last few months and visited progressive cooperatives in our outlying trade territories,” Kohn told the membership, and “the result of this is that the Board has signed a letter of intent to merge with United Cooperative, headquartered in Beaver Dam.” Kohn said that the Board voted unanimously to move forward with the merger, and was impressed with “United’s record of success, their management team, and their record of growth over the last 20 years.” Kohn went on to say that the unification will “help our business compete more effectively in all areas, give us the size and scale needed to be successful long term, enhance services while maintaining identity, maintain and improve equity revolvement and increase bottom line profitability.” Kohn completed his co-op update by inviting members to an upcoming merger informational meeting. The meeting will give members a chance to ask questions and air any concerns they might have regarding the planned merger. Todd Rosvold, General Manager, spoke next and noted the change that the Pulaski-Chase Cooperative has experienced over the years. Rosvold said that Agriculture is experiencing vibrant times, bringing opportunities but also bringing challenges. One of the opportunities he noted was the growth of grain farming, and that purchases from members who buy inputs for grain farming, and sell the Co-op grain have grown 40% since 2002. Along with opportunities, Rosvold noted that our area has

national grain company, ADM, has entered the local market, competing against much smaller, locally owned businesses like the Pulaski-Chase Cooperative. Rosvold told the crowd that 10 years ago three neighboring cooperatives were much stronger than the Pulaski Co-op, but since then; one has disbanded, another has sold off most of its assets and is 80% smaller in sales, and another one is in severe financial trouble and unable to survive on its own. Of its closest cooperative neighbors, “Only the Pulaski-Chase Cooperative has grown in financial strength, sales and service,” but Rosvold added “that this growth may not be enough to thrive long term in the new business climate favoring large farms and large agri-businesses serving them.” “The Board has exhaustively analyzed our options and found a win/win in a planned merger with United Cooperative,” said Rosvold, and he went on to say “All cooperatives and businesses need to take part in evolution progressive change to adapt to the emerging marketplace, as we have.” Rosvold said that “not progressing will later result in reactionary change that often happens too late and does too little.” Employee service awards were given to: Doug Lasecki, Judy Manthei and Mark Yanke for 10 years of service; Joyce Winkler for 15 years of service; Kevin Gunderson for 25 years of service. Director elections were held and Allen Kohn, Greg Tauchen and Gary Drzewiecki were re-elected to three year terms. United Cooperative Chief Operating Officer Karl Beth presented a DVD on United Cooperative, and encouraged the membership to attend the merger informational meeting. He said United Cooperative is excited about joining with the PulaskiChase Cooperative and maintaining and improving cooperative service to area members. Chairman Kohn again thanked the crowd for another successful year and for their continued and future support.

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Pulaski village board meeting minutes VILLAGE OF PULASKI – REGULAR BOARD MEETING – 10-03-2011 The Regular Board Meeting of the Village of Pulaski was held at the Municipal Building on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 7:30 PM. President Ronald Kryger called the meeting to order and upon roll call the following Trustees were present: Edward Krause, Doug Prentice, Richard Styczynski, Robert Van Lannen, Gerald Wojkiewicz, Reed Woodward, and Ronald Kryger. Also present: Chief Randal Dunford, Tom Holewinski, Jodi Przybylski, Tom Rodgers, Barbara Krozell, Attorney Bill Vande Castle, and Lee Novak – Robert E. Lee & Associates. MOTION BY PRENTICE AND SECONDED BY KRAUSE to approve the agenda as presented. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY WOJKIEWICZ AND SECONDED BY STYCZYNSKI to OPEN the Public Hearing – ORDINANCE #510-2011 – An Ordinance Amending Sec. #44.01 of the Municipal Code of Ordinances, Regarding Weapons and Firearms Regulations Within the Village. MOTION CARRIED. Persons heard:Attorney Bill Vande Castle. MOTION BY STYCZYNSKI AND SECONDED BY PRENTICE to CLOSE the Public Hearing – Ordinance #510-2011. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY KRAUSE AND SECONDED BY WOJKIEWICZ to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on 0906-2011 and to dispense with the reading of these minutes. MOTION CARRIED. Persons heard: None. Committee Reports: N.E.W. Para-Medic Rescue/ Public Safety: September 26th, 2011 -As per Trustee Robert Van Lannen. Committee of the Whole: September 26th, 2011 -As per President Ronald Kryger. MOTION BY STYCZYNSKI AND SECONDED BY WOODWARD to refer the discussion and possible recommendation of the Disability Insurance – Short & Long Term to the Labor Negotiations Committee for review. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY WOODWARD AND SECONDED BY KRAUSE to approve and if anything we can do to encourage development – the TIF Funds for the Allen Morin Proposal – Estimated at $83,000 with Mountain/Bay Plaza – Proposed Driveway Access off STH#32. As per Attorney Vande Castle, an Addendum to the Developers Agreement is needed and stating that the $83,000 will be paid back thru TIF Credits. Attorney Vande Castle, Lee Novak – Robert E. Lee & Associates, and Brad Frank – Schenck & Associates will be working on this TIF Project. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY WOJKIEWICZ AND SECONDED BY VAN LANNEN to DENY payment request of $82.50 – Motquin & Associates LLC – Invoice #39 as discussed. ROLL CALL VOTE: KRAUSE-NO, PRENTICE-NO, STYCZYNSKIYES, VAN LANNEN-YES, WOJKIEWICZ-YES, WOODWARD-NO, AND KRYGERYES. MOTION CARRIED. (Payment Request is denied.) MOTION BY PRENTICE

AND SECONDED BY VAN LANNEN to amend the Discipline & Grievance Policy and Procedure that was approved and adopted on 0906-2011 – Resolution #107311. To eliminate the Village Clerk review step two in the proposed grievance process. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY PRENTICE AND SECONDED BY STYCZYNSKI to open the floor for discussion on agenda item #E – as per C.O.W. Meeting held on 09-26-2011. MOTION CARRIED. Persons heard: -Barbara Krozell. MOTION BY WOJKIEWICZ AND SECONDED BY KRAUSE to CLOSE the floor for discussion. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY KRAUSE AND SECONDED BY STYCZYNSKI to approve and adopt Resolution #1074-11 – A Resolution Appointing Temporary, Interim Zoning Administrator – Barbara Krozell and to be compensated $500.00 per month for the months of October, November, and December 2011. Monthly compensation for 2012 shall be negotiated and determined as part of the 2012 Village Budget. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY STYCZYNSKI AND SECONDED BY KRAUSE to approve Halloween – Trick-or-Treat for the Village of Pulaski on Monday – 10-31-2011 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. MOTION CARRIED. Fire Dept. Board of Directors: September 27th, 2011 -As per President Ronald Kryger. MOTION BY PRENTICE AND SECONDED BY WOJKIEWICZ to approve and adopt Ordinance #510-2011 – An Ordinance Amending Sec. #44.01 of the Municipal Code of Ordinances Regarding Weapons and Firearms Regulations Within the Village. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY STYCZYNSKI AND SECONDED BY WOODWARD to TABLE agenda items #9, #10, & #11 – As per Attorney Vande Castle, these agenda items are all linked to the Reimbursement Agreement and waiting for Chateau/Razorback to approve. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY VAN LANNEN AND SECONDED BY STYCZYNSKI to approve payment requests to Robert E. Lee & Associates, Inc. – -Inv. #64447 – Memorial Park Ball Diamonds $1,575.45 -Inv. #64448 – Special Assessments for Whimbrel Court - $4,559.85 – Bituminous Pavement. -Inv. #64436 – Elevated Storage Tank - $6,800.57 – (Water Dept. Invoice) MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY KRAUSE AND SECONDED BY PRENTICE to approve payment request to MCC, Inc. - $60,344.80 – Contract #295-11-01 – 2011 Bituminous Paving Improvements – Whimbrel Way & Whimbrel Court & Settlers Creek – as per Lee Novak. MOTION CARRIED. MOTION BY PRENTICE AND SECONDED BY WOJKIEWICZ to approve payment request #1 to H & K Sports Fields, LLC $47,405.00 – Memorial Park Baseball Diamond Restoration – Contract #295-11-05 – as per Lee Novak. MOTION CARRIED.

MOTION BY STYCZYNSKI AND SECONDED BY KRAUSE to approve the Operator/Bartender License Application ending 06-30-2012 for: Tammy Vieaux – CONTINGENT UPON CERTIFICATE OF SCHOOLING, AND SIGNATURE OF THE POLICE CHIEF. MOTION CARRIED. Such other matters: -Attorney Vande Castle in reference to further review of the DRAFT of the proposed revisions to Chapter #44 of the Code of Ordinances Regarding Sexual Offender Residency Restrictions. -Lee Novak in reference to the Final Resolution for Special Assessments for Whimbrel Way & Settlers Creek for consideration for approval and adoption at the 11-07-2011 Regular Village Board Meeting. Persons heard: None. Department Reports: -Public Works – Tom Holewinski in reference to Leaf Pick-Up thru 11-15-2011 (WEATHER PERMITTING). -Sewer & Water Dept. – As per Tom Rodgers. -Police Dept. – As per Chief Dunford. -Administration – As per President Ronald Kryger. Communications: -Committee of the Whole Meetings – Budget Workshops – at Pulaski Village Hall: -Tuesday – October 18th, 2011 – 6:30 PM Closed Session – Police Admin. Assistant Interview and then 7:00 PM with the Open Session and Informational Discussion with the D.O.T. – Hwy. #32 & Hwy. #160. -Tuesday – October 25th, 2011 – 7:00 PM. -Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting – Wednesday – October 19th, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Pulaski Village Hall. MOTION BY STYCZYNSKI AND SECONDED BY PRENTICE to adjourn to CLOSED SESSION at 8:27 PM as per Wisconsin State Statute 19.85(1)(c). Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. VILLAGE OF PULASKI – Update on Police Administrative Assistant Position and guidance on eligibility. ROLL CALL VOTE: KRAUSEYES, PRENTICE-YES, STYCZYNSKI-YES, VAN LANNEN-YES, WOJKIEWICZ-YES, WOODWARDYES, AND KRYGER-YES. MOTION CARRIED. (Chief Randal Dunford was present for the Closed Session.) MOTION BY STYCZYNSKI AND SECONDED BY PRENTICE to return back to OPEN SESSION at 9:14 PM. ROLL CALL VOTE: KRAUSE-YES, PRENTICE-YES, STYCZYNSKI-YES, VAN LANNENYES, WOJKIEWICZ-YES, WOODWARD-YES, AND KRYGER-YES. MOTION CARRIED. potential candidate for the Police Administrative Assistant will be interviewed in Closed Session at 6:30 PM at the C.O.W. Meeting on Tuesday – 10-18-2011. MOTION BY KRAUSE AND SECONDED BY VAN LANNEN to adjourn the meeting at 9:22 PM. MOTION CARRIED. Minutes by: Karen Ostrowski, Village Clerk

School Updates Pulaski students participate in Honors Band Festival

Pulaski High School students Nate Hilliard, Adam Morgan, Karlye Whitt and Tim Smoot were selected to participate in the Honors Band Festival. (Photo courtesy of Gloria Morgan)

by Laura Cortright On Nov. 4 and 5, select Pulaski band students traveled to Winona State University and Saint Norbert College to participate in the annual Honors Band festivals. Honors Band, an event that compiles advanced band students into one ensemble, allows students to work with the “best-of-the-best” musicians. As they collaborate with other instrumentalists in their age group, the participants perfect a piece of music with the help of a college professor and wind ensemble. Honors Band is separated

into three categories: middle level, high-school level, and state level. For each level, different criteria must be met in order to participate in the festival; admission is truly an honor, and, according to D. Thomas Busch, band director at Pulaski High School, attending honors band is a great personal experience. For the middle level, students from seventh to ninth grade were selected by their band directors and ranked in their musicianship, and are then evaluated on everything from

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FFA members attend conference submitted by Amanda Bodart Logan Reet, Logan Paschke, and Ryan Paschke of the Pulaski FFA chapter attended the National FFA Organization’s 212˚ Conference at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on Nov. 11 and 12. Over 340 FFA members and advisors from around the state of Wisconsin participated in this biannual event. The 212˚ Conference, which is held at locations throughout the country, is a two-day personal development seminar designed for high school freshmen and sophomores involved in FFA. The event focuses on student development, and challenges students to push their limits. Themes for this conference include: Virtues, Growth and Collaboration. “FFA’s personal development conferences are an exceptional opportunity for FFA members to participate in a national conference without leaving their home state,” said Cheryl Zimmerman, state FFA executive director. “These conferences bring out the very best in students and advisors who participate. It really helps the students focus on who they are and what they can become. We are also excited that this is the second year for this new leadership curriculum offered by the National FFA Organization.” Leadership development is a key focus of the National FFA Organization. Helping FFA members develop their leadership skills and focus on who they are and what they can become is the key to the mission of the organization. Members start at the local chapter level in their home high schools and can become active at both state and national levels. Conference staff members are college students who are former state or national officers. Many staff members also worked as counselors for the Washington Leadership Workshop, FFA’s national leadership seminar held in Washington, D.C. each summer. Premier Leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education are the missions of the National FFA Organization and the 212˚ Conference is only one of the many opportunities that the FFA organization offers its members to develop lifetime leadership skills. The Wisconsin Association of FFA is comprised of 250 local chapters preparing over 18,000 students in high school and junior high for careers in agriculture. With a long history, FFA continues to make a positive difference in the lives of young people, today and in the future.

The education of a man is never completed until he dies. Robert E. Lee

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ABVM students participate in fall events

Frankie the rolling dog and her mom Barbara Techel, visited Assumption B.V.M. Frankie and Techel write books and tell Frankie’s story, promoting the importance of overcoming challenges, thinking positive and making a difference. The children loved to meet Frankie in person. The assembly was sponsored by the school’s box top and milk cap collection profits.

On Nov. 15, students gathered on National ‘I Love to Write Day’ for a school assembly. The Student Council read a story called “Letters to God.” Then all students had an opportunity to each write their own letter to God and place it in a box. Students were also encouraged to add other letters to the box throughout the year.

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Left: Santa and Hecky the Elf pose with children at the Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce “Frosty’s Holiday Party” in 2010. This year the event will be held Friday, December 2nd at the Pulaski Library. Josh the Elf, Tammy, Santa and Concertina Elfie play some Christmas music outside Dynamic Designs during their Holiday Event in 2010. This years Holiday Happenings will be held December 5th through December 10th.

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Holiday Happenings in Pulaski

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Students welcomed at Diversity Club by Clarissa Grathen and Hannah Bloch For the past four years, Pulaski High School students from every background and walk of life have been welcomed as members of Diversity Club, where acceptance is a virtue. The club, which meets during the school’s activity period sessions, addresses the walls built up by judgmental views and tears them down one by one. As a result, students’ perceptible views change dramatically to form tolerance and togetherness as a whole. No student is turned away from membership. Diversity Club welcomes everyone as students accept others for who they are no matter what. A visionary of non-judgmental scrutiny, Corey Livieri, an enthusiastic social studies teacher at PHS, leads Diversity Club. Livieri continues to motivate students with his exciting activities and fresh, inspiring ideas. This motivation rubs off on others as they speak up amongst the group to con-

tribute their own thoughts and opinions on the matter. In the past, activities offered by Diversity Club have varied. Last year there were many musicians in the club who came up with outstanding ideas to bring people together. Carrot Tree, a coffee and gift shop located in Pulaski, hosted frequent open mic performances of fellow students in the club and others outside of the club that found interest in these events. Whether students want to try out a club event or simply meet new people, Diversity Club welcomes everyone. “The reason I joined this club was actually through a friend,” said current member Jon Jensen. “I had no idea what it really was about until I went to the first meeting.” Ultimately the club is guided by the principle of increasing student’s acceptance for other cultures and ways of life, and hopes to expand its message and presence in PHS during the coming years.

Class Spotlight: SNC English by Sam Schwartz Pulaski High School senior students are offered a course that few area schools offer: St. Norbert English. As a college level class, St. Norbert English offers students the opportunity to enroll in two separate, four credit college level classes. As a result, PHS seniors can earn a total of eight possible English credits before ever enrolling as student on a college campus. The students enrolled in this class are required to maintain a B+ average in both Expository Writing and Advanced English 11 as well as take an entrance exam prior to the class in order to become enrolled in the class. The prerequisites for this course help to ensure a successful year for students. According to St. Norbert College statistics, 99.7 percent of students enrolled in St. Norbert College English courses pass the class and receive all eight possible credits compared to 58 percent of students nationally that take and pass AP exams each year. Since the partnership began in 1992, over 1,000 PHS students have received eight credits in English from St. Norbert College through this program. St. Norbert English, commonly known as “NORBS” by many students at Pulaski High School, consists of college credit writing in a much more relaxed and easy-going atmosphere than typically found in most large lecture halls at universities. Although the reading material and class expectations are on par with college classes, the atmosphere provides a less stressful setting than what is found on most campuses. According to the students, the class

allows them to work through difficult writing styles together with people they know, rather than being thrown into a large lecture hall where one may not even know the student he or she is sitting next to. “College Credit English has given me the opportunity to reach my full potential as a student writer and I have become a much better writer because of this class,” said senior Mackenzie Nickerson. “I love being able to discuss essay topics and thesis ideas with people I know and feel comfortable with which makes this college level class much more beneficial in my eyes.” In this class, students have the opportunity to read and comprehend famous authors such as Sophocles, William Shakespeare and many other famous authors and playwrites. After discussing previously read stories and plays, the students are typically required to write an analytical essay at a college level in a timely manner, the same requirements a freshman at a university would face. Throughout the course of the year, the students will also have the opportunity to perform speeches with similar college level requirements. Overall, the students receive the base knowledge of college level writing and get a taste of what college education is like. “The college credit program through St. Norbert College provides tremendous opportunities for out students,” said instructor Glenn Blohowiak. “They are allowed to take two college classes with the most cost-effective credits during their senior year in order to get a big jump on their college education.”

PCSD welcomes former students as teachers by Zach Suess and we Rachel Feivor This year, the Pulaski Community School District welcomed back many former students as teachers. Kari Kropp, one of the latest teachers to join the Pulaski staff is currently teaching third grade at Glenbrook Elementary, just down the road from Pulaski High School where she graduated in 2007. The support and inspiration Kropp received from two of her former teachers, including PHS Spanish instructor Tracie Vangheem-Rottier and science teacher Billi Jo Vertz, guided her on a path towards earning a teaching degree. She chose to come back to Pulaski because of the atmosphere. “I chose to come back to my home town because I had always felt at ‘home’ here,” said Kropp. As a teacher, she loves interacting with her students and using her smartboard to allow for more hands-on learning. She gained the benefits of hands-on learning from her time as a student in the district, and is excited to pass it on to her students now. Because she receives so much support from her fellow colleagues, Kropp feels that the PCSD is where she belongs. Lindsey Wilcox, a 2005 graduate, returned to Pulaski to teach civics, world history, and U.S. history at PHS. Wilcox loves the family and experience she has gained from the Pulaski community and from her the teacher who inspired her, Joan Brylski. The use of technology is the biggest change for her, but she continues to excel as a new teacher to the community. Both Wilcox and Kropp also coach Red Raider volleyball at the high school level. Another new member brought to the district is Jessica Ullmer. Ullemer is a kindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School, and a 1999 PHS graduate. “I have always lived here so working in the community where I live is a dream come true,” Ullmer said. “Giving back to the community that has helped make me the adult I am today is the ultimate gift a teacher can give.” Now that she is on the other side of the teacher and student spectrum, she loves working with the colleagues she does because they give her so much support and help her with her teaching methods. Ullmer was greatly influenced by many of her teachers. “Many teachers are an inspiration for me. Mrs. Christman taught me how to get over my fears and take charge in Kindergarten, David Halla and his always entertaining math class, Mrs. Steide and her counseling wisdom as a new student to public education; also, Jennifer Gracyalny and her endless support and wisdom as an FFA advisor, Mr. Berken and his constant push to always be on my toes and do my best!” Kyle Christiansen, Jessica Stock, Samantha Watermolen and Jodi Sams are also the most recent former students who have returned to Pulaski as teachers.

Alumni profile

Gina Blohowiak Class of 2001

Where do you live? San Francisco Where do you work? Google. Recently, Brandon Ripley (also from Pulaski) started at Google. Do you have any kids? No What did you do after high school? College, then moved out to San Francisco to find a job and have an adventure. Did you go to college? If so, where? Yes, University of WisconsinMadison. I graduated with degrees in Finance and Marketing. How were your grades in high school? Good – I got a 4.0 and was valedictorian. Did a certain teacher have a positive impact on your life? Overall, I felt like PHS was such a community and all of the teachers contributed to my success and happiness throughout high school. I spent study halls in Faye and Amy Tubb’s classrooms helping them and talking through problems. And Mike Berkin somehow made calculus interesting and fun. Of course my father (English teacher Glenn Blohowiak) had a positive impact. When I took his class, I really learned to push myself – he was definitely harder on me (and gave me my first C on an assignment). That was a rude awakening.

Ultimately, he fueled my work ethic and drive. All of the students loved him and I was glad to have him as a teacher and musical director. What is your favorite band? I don’t really have one… What is your favorite TV show? Psych What activities did you participate in during high school? I was always very active in high school. My favorite activity was being involved in the musicals. The entire cast and crew was like a family and I feel I learned so many life-long lessons by being on stage. As a lead in the musicals, I learned about the importance of teamwork and how to be comfortable and confident speaking in front of large groups, which has definitely helped me in my career. My other activities in high school included: the one act play, variety show, volleyball, national honor society, drama club, choir, Spanish club, and dance lessons (outside of PHS). What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Cookie Dough How did you use what you learned in Pulaski outside of school? I learned so much by growing up in Pulaski. Two things that stick out are Wisconsin values and work ethic. People from Wisconsin are warm, welcoming and genuine people. In San Francisco, people often comment on my genuineness, which at first I thought was odd. But now I can appreciate what growing up in Pulaski gave me. I’ve been able to keep my small town, core values while living in a big city. I think this, along with my work ethic, separates me from most. Being genuine and a hard worker goes a long way in your personal life and career. What, if anything, do you miss about the Pulaski area? My family of course! Also, huge yards with no fences and all the different seasons.

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Band makes final Rose Bowl preparations by Laura Cortright fter 100 hours of band A camp, 10 parades, and $150,000 worth of fundraising, the Pulaski High School band is almost ready to board the plane to Pasadena, California. Almost. After all, there are still over 30 hours of band camp to go, not to mention the in-class preparations. As one of 22 bands from across the world selected to perform in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade, Pulaski High School is truly living up to its slogan: “Pride of Pulaski, Pride of Wisconsin.” However, Pulaski isn’t just representing its home state; the band also has the honor of epitomizing Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. The Pulaski High School band will march 5.5 miles through the streets of Pasadena, performing alongside multimillion dollar floats, highstepping horses, and bands from Puerto Rico, Japan and Sweden. Broadcast partners such as ABC, NBC, Univision (in Spanish) and Hallmark Channel will televise the parade on January 2, 2012. That’s one billion people watching world-

wide. Needless to say, the pressure is on. “I’m both nervous and excited,” says Pulaski alumnus Jamie Rodgers, class of 2011, who will be returning to march in the parade. “I know the second that we step down Colorado Blvd. playing ‘On Wisconsin!’ that it will hit everyone that this is real. The world is watching us. I know we’ll all be in the zone.” In addition to the parade, each participating band will perform a field show: i.e., a string of marching formations put to music. Pulaski High School will feature five tunes in its field show, ranging from Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ to Robert Lamm’s ‘25 or 6 to 4.’ Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without Pulaski’s signature brand of music: ‘Red Wing,’ a polka. Ali Carmichael, senior, shares her perspective: “All the good times being silly on the bus and the bad times when we had to march in the pouring rain or steamy 90 degree weather….that last moment is one that I will always remember for the rest of my life.”

The Pulaski Music Boosters received $500 from Smurawa’s Bakery. Members of the boosters worked at the bakery during Polka Days. The funds will be used for the band’s upcoming trip to Pasadena.

Glenbrook hosts career fair On Friday, November 11, Glenbrook Elementary students participated in the annual career fair. Area businesses set up booths in the school’s gym to inform students about all of the possible career options that will be available to them as they get older.

Students learn about the careers in the electronic industry from Dean DeKeyser, owner of Soundcheck.

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Vannieuwenhoven sets single-season passing record

Red Raiders senior quarterback Tanner Vannieuwenhoven set the team’s single-season passion record during the 2011 season, helping to lead Pulaski to the second round of the WIAA playoffs.

by Craig Thompson Under new head coach Gary Westerman, Pulaski Red Raiders senior quarterback Tanner Vannieuwenhoven broke the single-season record for passing yards with 1,919 yards. The record includes all regular season games as well as playoffs. While he did not break Dennis Bogacz’s 1987 passing yard record for regular season games only, Vannieuwenhoven still earned a rightful place amongst the school’s best quarterbacks. Vannieuwenhoven’s one season as a starter put him fifth on Pulaski High School’s alltime passing yardage list. He also tied Blake Kuchta’s 2001

record of 15 regular season passing touchdowns but holds the single season record of 21 touchdowns. He also completed 62 percent of his passing attempts, ranking second all-time behind Matt Kuse, who completed 65 percent of his passes during the 1989-1990 seasons. While the 2011 football season will go down in the PHS record books, Joe Brzezinski, the team’s quarterback coach, was not surprised by Vannieuwenhoevn’s success. “No matter what Tanner does, he wants to be the best,” Brzezinski said. “His competitiveness and drive for perfection fueled his work ethic so

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The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort. Colin Powell

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Senior Profiles

Name: Brock Manning Sport: Wrestling

Name: Alli Reed

Age: 18

Age: 18

Position: Weight class- 182

Position: Captain

Years Involved: 4

Years Involved: 15

Favorite Subject: Business and Social Studies

Favorite Subject: Spanish

Post High School Plans: 4 year college for business Favorite High School Memory: Being in senior year spirit day guys dance and being a senior skit MC Favorite Food: Buffalo Wild Wings Favorite Musical Band: Toby Mac


Hobbies: Fishing Favorite TV Show: The Office Goal for the season: FRCC Conference Champions Rivals: Bay Port, Ashwaubenon

Sport: Dance

Post High School Plans: UW- Stevens Point, Major in Spanish and International Studies Favorite High School Memory: Winning State freshman year Favorite Food: Pasta Favorite Musical Artist/ Band: Bruno Mars Hobbies: Shopping Favorite TV Show: Dance Moms Goal for the season: Place top 3 at every competition Rivals: Southwest

PHS bowling team starts season by Teri Lewins The Pulaski Bowling team recently kicked off its 2011 season with practices that began on Nov. 18, and the first meet was held on Nov. 30. Currently, more than 20 Pulaski High School students participate in the sport. The team is coached by Ron Ross, while his grandson, William Durfey, serves as the assistant coach. Although the sport is not an official WIAA, school-sponsored athletic organization, the team usually enjoys high participation each year. In pervious years, both the girl’s team and boy’s team competed at the sectional competition. At the Nov. 30 meet, the team competed against Marinette. The match was held at Dome Lanes in Marinette. The scores are based on strike/spare percentage, meaning the team only scores points when bowlers earn a strike or spare. If a bowler does not earn a strike or spare, the frame is counted as “open” and reduces the individual’s final

score. During competitions, bowlers have the opportunity to earn points on both an individual and team basis. While the team may not be as competitive as other school sponsored athletic activities, it does provide students a fun way to stay active throughout the long winter months. The team also provides students the opportunity to learn new skills and improve their bowling game. “I like bowling because it’s a fun time to hang out with friends and they (the coaches) give you helpful tips along the way,” said senior Brandyn Horn. While no one from Pulaski attended the state meet last year, the team hopes to improve and be a part of the sectional meet this winter. Unlike most organized sports, which many students stop competing in after graduating from PHS, bowling is a sport they can carry throughout their lives and play at almost any age. “Bowling is a fun sport to know and I’m glad I joined,” said junior Heather Tossava.

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Pulaski debuts cross country ski trails by Brittany Boyea There may not be snow on the ground yet, but the Pulaski community is already gearing up for cross-country skiing season. Most recently, the Village of Pulaski has developed new trails in the Pulaski Community Park that will be available for public use throughout this winter. The trails will officially open once six to eight inches of snow has fallen. Influenced by the Bay Area Nordic Ski Club and the Ashwaubenon Cross Country Ski Club, Pulaski will provide skiers with four miles of classical and skate ski trails to enjoy. The park will also feature approximately a half-mile of limited lighting trails for public use. The lighted route will be directly in front of East Pulaski Street. PACE representatives Matthew Mroczynski and Mark Heck, who helped to develop the course, will work with Village of Pulaski officials to manage and maintain the trails, so they will remain in good condition for all to use. “We’re excited to bring something new to Pulaski, to get outside and ski,” Mroczynski said. While this is only the first year that Pulaski has offered cross-country skiing trails, students from throughout the Pulaski Community School District have enjoyed skiing as part of the Bay Area Nordic Ski since it began in 2009. The club, which is open for youth ages three to 12, offers children the opportunity to learn to ski. Members of the club can even rent skiing equipment for use throughout the winter. The club also holds clinics from December until March to teach the youngest members of the sport how to be successful skiers. For more information about the Bay Area Nordic Ski Club, visit http://www.baynordic.

WIAA AllConference Cross Country

Jacob Egelhoff Second Team All-Conference


If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them. Jane Fonda

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Cellcom CEO elected CTIA board chairman Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA)���������������������� -The Wireless Association announced today the election of its 2012 officers, who were chosen by its 38-member board of directors. Patrick D. Riordan, president and CEO of Nsight and Cellcom, was elected as chairman and will begin serving a one-year term on Jan. 1, 2012. Other newly-elected CTIA officers include Mary Dillon, President and CEO of U.S. Cellular, Vice Chairman; Dan Mead, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless, Secretary; Bret Comolli, Chairman at Asurion, Treasurer; and Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint Nextel Corporation, Chairman Emeritus. “2012 will be a pivotal year for the wireless industry on a number of policy topics, including spectrum. CTIA is fortunate to have these experienced industry executives to provide their leadership and guidance as we educate the policymakers from federal and state legislative and regulatory agencies so we remain the world’s wireless leader,” said Steve Largent, President and CEO of CTIA- The Wireless Association. According to Riordan, the industry’s largest mandate is enabling the USA to provide a leadership role in productivity, education, mobile home health care, innovation, cyber security and sustainability through the use of enhanced wireless technology. “To accomplish this goal, the industry will need additional quality spectrum to ensure its carriers have the capacity to deliver the technology being developed,” Riordan said. “As an industry, we must, as far as we are able, develop standards to protect our country, customers and companies from cyber attacks.” In unifying the industry to take on these initiatives, the new board chairman expects CTIA to make great strides in 2012. Riordan was also re-elected to the CTIA board of directors as a small carrier representative. He has been a member of CTIA since 1992 and has served on the board of directors since 1993.

Patrick D. Riordan, CEO of Nsight and Cellcom, was elected to serve as chairman of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet association.

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Births and Deaths Births

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011 SOBIECK, Shanna and Michael, Oneida, daughter. THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011 KIRST, Melissa and Scott, Abrams, son. SWAN, Lisa and Brandon, Sobieski, daughter. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011 GLINSKI, Bonnie and Christopher, Sobieski, daughter.

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Liss, Richard

Richard Liss

Richard J. Liss, 92, Pulaski, died peacefully at his home on Monday afternoon, November 14, 2011.   He was born on February 13, 1919 to the late Frank and Mary (Wesolowski) Liss.  On September 17, 1946, he married Lucille H. Mroczynski at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski.  He was a lifelong resident of Pulaski, where he and his wife raised seven children. Richard served as a Staff Drill Sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and had been stationed in Hawaii until 1945.   He had served as president of the Holy Name Society of Assumption B.V.M. Parish, was a past Commander of American Legion Post #337, and past Chief of the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of the Assumption B.V.M. building committee responsible for building the current Catholic grade school in 1956, which all his children attended.  He worked 30 years as an agent for the Standard Oil Co. (BP Amoco) and four years as an independent jobber owning his oil delivery business prior to retiring in 1981. Richard loved nature and seeing wildlife, and was an

avid hunter and fisherman.  He especially liked deer hunting at the family deer camp in Marinette County, where he became known for his excellent tracking skills.  He raised and trained top notch beagles.  Hunting rabbits with his boys on Saturdays was a regular winter pastime. He played fast pitch softball and liked pitching horseshoes. Richard enjoyed spending time with his family at his Anderson Lake cottage and playing cards with everyone.   He will be remembered as a good, faithful husband and caring father and grandfather, helping family members and others when the need was there. He is survived by seven children, Connie (Richard) Crites, Roanoke, Virginia; David (Karen) Liss, Pulaski; Bill (Rachael) Liss, Riverton, Wyoming; Jim (Ginger) Liss, LaCrosse; Rick Liss, Pulaski; John (Brenda) Liss, Suring; Barb Manske, Krakow; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one brother,   Ray Liss of Pulaski, and one sister, C. Alinda Levinson of Boise, Idaho; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lucille, who died in 2005.  He was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Tim Manske; three brothers, Edward, Stanley, and Walter; three sisters, Elinor Banky, Lucille Mancheski, and Dorothy Zablocki; four brother-in-laws, Ed Banky, Ben Mancheski, Joseph Zablocki, and Harry Levinson, and two sister-in-laws, Eunice and Wanda Liss. 

Baranczyk, Dennis

Dennis Baranczyk

Dennis John Baranczyk, 56, Green Valley, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at his home, following a long battle with diabetes.  The son of Adolph and Joanne (Siolka) Baranczyk was born September 8, 1955 and lived in the Krakow area most of his life.  He was a 1974 graduate of Pulaski High School, where he developed his passion for wrestling and won a state championship in his senior year.  He had been employed at Nicolet Paper in DePere and Carver Yacht in Pulaski for several years.        Dennis loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing.   He was a truly wonderful person who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Survivors include his children; Kelly (Josh) Magnin, Oconto Falls, Wes Baranczyk, Gillett, and Tanya Severson, Green Bay; four grandchildren; Landon Magnin, Isaac, Kolin, and Patrick Schunk; four brothers and two sisters; Jerry (Chris) Baranczyk, Angelica, Ralph Baranczyk, Krakow, Rosemary (Mike) Bonner, Plant City, FL, Marty (Lauri) Baranczyk, Green Valley, Bernie (Karen) Baranczyk, Krakow,

and Laura Beam, Clearwater, FL; his best hunting buddy, Kevin Ruatti, Angelica; many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.      He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Larry Baranczyk, and a nephew, Trent Baranczyk.  

Bartelt, John

John Lloyd Bartelt, 85, Pulaski, passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at Longview Terrace, in Suamico. Born on Jun. 20, 1926, in Pulaski, he was the son of the late August and Ella (Kroening) Bartelt. On Jul. 1, 1950, he was united in marriage to Shirley F. Lehman in Chicago. She preceded him in death on Jun. 15, 1981. John worked at J.I. Case, in Racine, for more than 30 years before retiring and moving to the Angelica area. On Dec. 11, 1982, he was united in marriage to Lorraine B. (nee Lamb) Kroll. John was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow, where he was an elder of the church. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers #180 in Racine. John loved spending time with his family. His grandchildren and greatgrandchildren were the light of his life and, without fail, could always bring a smile to his face. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. John is survived by: his wife, Lorraine; three daughters, Karen (Richard) Beilfuss, Cecil; Paula (Ron) Lhotte, Pulaski; Ann (Dave) Innis, Madison; three stepsons, Dean (Judith) Kroll, Mt. Pleasant, N.C., Ronald (Valerie) Kroll, Jr., Zephurhills, Fla.; Timothy (Adelle) Kroll, Roxboro, N.C.; six grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and 14 stepgreatgrandchildren. He is further survived by: one sister, Caroline Zielinski, Krakow; four sisters-in-law, Geri Lehman, Deltona, Fla.; Loretta (Lonnie) Lodholz, Antigo; Joanne Lamb, Racine; Diane Sillars, Berkley, Wash.; and two brothers-in-law, Ron Lamb and Bill (Lois) Lamb, all of Fla. John was preceded in death by: his first wife, Shirley; his parents; a sister, Margaret Bonnin; and two brothers, Norbert and Martin Bartelt.

Wroblewski, Jerry

Jerry Wroblewski

Jerry D. Wroblewski, 52, passed away Nov. 1, after complications of diabetes. Jerry was born to A. John Wroblewski and Jeanne (Rosenberg) Wroblewski April 5, 1959. He graduated from Pulaski High School in 1977. After high school Jerry had his own logging business and worked for TriCounty Sand & Gravel. He worked in Ohio at a steel mill as a millwright and most recently he worked at a sugar beet refinery in North Dakota, where he passed away. He loved to fish and hunt, he was a gentle giant who loved life and nature. He worked hard, was very intelligent and he could do or fix just about anything. He

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West

Thursday, December 1, 2011 didn’t always say much but his words were worth listening to. We all loved his droll sense of humor. He is survived by twin daughters, Jennifer and Heather Wroblewski. He will be sadly missed by his mother; four sisters, Nancy Jaworski, Sobieski; Monica Cisler, North Little Rock, Ark.; Terri (Ken) Denis, Suamico; Lynn Zajac, Sobieski; two brothers, John Wroblewski (Chris Voigt), Brussels, Wis.; and Jeff (Shelly) Wroblewski, Sobieski. Jerry is further survived by nieces and nephews, Tina, Larry, Bobbie Jeanne, Luke (his godson) and Ben Jaworski, Erica, Stephanie Cardwell and Matt Cisler, Nicole and Angie Denis, Robyn and Nick Zajac and Elizabeth and Zachery Wroblewski; great-nieces, Seyler, Kassidy, Gracyanna, Penny and Brynn; many aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father, A. John Wroblewski; his brother, James; brother-in-law, Larry Jaworski; grandparents, Antone and Ida Wroblewski and Dorothy and Norbert Rosenberg. He will be missed by all his many friends, especially Kathy and Jeanette. A memorial service and celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at a later date

Szczepanski, Verna

Verna Szczepanski

Verna Szczepanski, 81, formerly of the town of Chase, died peacefully Tuesday morning, October 25, 2011.  The daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Holewinski) Lawniczak was born April 25, 1930 in the town of Pittsfield.  On February 8, 1958 she married Edmond Szczepanski at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski.  The couple farmed in the town of Chase until their retirement.  Verna was a member of SS. Edward & Isidore Parish in Flintville, where she belonged to the Altar-Rosary Society.      She enjoyed spending time with her family, and especially loved her grandchildren.  Mom loved to garden.   She was a great baker; the entire family loved her goodies, and especially her homemade rolls and chocolate chip cookies.        Survivors include six children; Allan (Sue) Szczepanski, Pulaski, Rose (Tom) Judkins, Green Bay, Louis (Sherri) Szczepanski, Sobieski, Sharon (Rick) Schroeder, Green Bay, Dan (Shirley) Szczepanski, Sobieski, and Helen (special friend, Bruce Gensler) Seiltz, Pulaski; thirteen grandchildren, Jacqueline Szczepan-

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ski, Stacy (Matthias) Glatting, Sara (Wayne) Pierre, Rebecca (Monty) Brink, Lisa (Luke) Bingham, Joseph Szczepanski, Jonathon Szczepanski, Katie Schroeder, Kevin Schroeder, Kelly Szczepanski, Zachary Seiltz, Heather Seiltz, and Hayley Seiltz; three great-grandchildren, Lydia and Caleb Pierre, and Jaxun Brink; a brother and sister-in-law, Aloyzy (Helen) Lawniczak, Howard; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Lawniczak, Pulaski, Eunice Lawniczak, Green Bay and Lenetta Wesolowski, Green Bay.        She was preceded in death by her husband on November 26, 1998; four brothers, John (Gladys) Lawniczak, Pete Lawniczak, Tom Lawniczak, and Harry Lawniczak; a sister, Martha (Edwin) Zepnick and her twin sister, Victoria (James) Jaskolski, and Edmond’s family; Anna (John) Lapacz, Alice (Antone) Jankowski, and Edward Wesolowski.   The family wishes to thank all those who helped care for Verna throughout the course of her illness.

Wengrzyn, Frank

Frank Patrick Wengrzyn was called by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 27, 2011 at the age of 52. He was born on March 8, 1969. The son of the late Harry and Lucille (Ptaszynski) Wengrzyn. Frank’s brother, Mathew preceded him in death also. Frank is survived by his sister Marion and his brother David. Frank is also survived by his relatives and friends. Frank will always be missed.

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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. K.K. PRAYER TO THE 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. A.M.

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when his opportunity arrived, he would be ready. Combine those traits with his relentless pursuit of knowledge and that made him a great student of the game.” Despite the record-breaking season for Vannieuwenhoven, he and the Red Raiders unfortunately lost to Cedarburg 49-28 in the second round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs. “From day one to the last day of the season, we got better.   We did better than

anyone thought we would, and we played a heck of a season,” Vannieuwenhoven said. After high school, Vannieuwenhoven is looking to pursue a post-secondary education in engineering and a future quarterbacking career. Currently, he is considering studying at Michigan Tech, Valparaiso or the University of Dayton, but has not yet made a final decision. “It was a pleasure to coach Tanner, I know he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do with his life after high school,” added Brzezinski.

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Honors band/cont. Continued from page 7 tone to sight-reading ability. Based on these nominations, judges sifted through the applications from Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and decided which participants to admit. The 17 accepted middlelevel students from Pulaski traveled to the Saint Norbert College campus, rehearsed with the college’s Wind Ensemble (the highest-ranking band at the college) and performed at the Walter Theater. At the high-school level, the 12 Pulaski attendees were nominated and ranked by Busch; however, they also had

to prepare an audition. Participants—whose home-states included Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois—attended a week-long band camp where they rehearsed with thweir conductor and selected coaches for each instrument. The final rehearsal was one day before the performance. “You’re surrounded by people who have an incredible passion for music and strive to share their passion with the audience,” said Karlye Whitt, a high-school-level Honors Band participant. “I took away more of an appreciation for music

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and how it can affect not only myself, but the listeners.” State-level Honors Band, after a process of nomination and auditions, allows participants to meet world-renowned composers and conductors such as Frank Ticheli, who wrote, ‘Angels in the Architecture,’ a piece performed in October at this year’s festival held at The Overture Center in Madison. “I would recommend anyone to audition for state honors,” said Whitt. “It’s an experience you will never forget.”

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