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Pulaski News PULASKI, WISCONSIN

THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011

Pulaski polkas for its 33rd year by Laura Dahms or 33 years, Pulaski has been F welcoming polka fans from near and far for the annual Polka Days, and this year’s festivities continued to show that polka is just always better in Pulaski. Although the official events began on Thursday, July 21, the preceding days saw the arrival of many excited visitors, a polka day at the Pulaski library, and the Dynamic Designs pre-polka sidewalk jam. The fan favorite and muchawaited “Buck Night” took off Thursday evening at 5 p.m. as people crowded onto the Polka Day Grounds and Zielinski’s Ballroom. The musicians fired off their greatest songs, and fans readily polka-danced to their hearts content in the many tents and dance floors. By 6:30 p.m. the crowds were ready to find out who would be this year’s Polka Days Queen. Many beautiful contestants were escorted to the stage and announced by Superintendent of Pulaski Schools Dr. Mel Lightner. Crowned for this year was Queen Ali Carmichael and Jr. Miss Queen Celia Glime. The Polka royalty greeted the crowd, and they then joined the dancers again. Any dancer could join the fun--from beginners to advanced polka pros. The perfect end to the night began at dusk when the American Tradition Fireworks of Sobieski sponsored the Polka Days firework show.The bright bursts of color in the sky reminded all that Pulaski loves to celebrate Polka, and there is nothing that the community wouldn’t do to make the celebration memorable for all participants. At 3 p.m. on Friday, dancers and musicians began another evening of non-stop toe-tapping and accordian-playing frenzy. For any and all musicians, a jam session was available from 11 p.m. to midnight. All participants enjoyed the all-music and dancing focus that Friday evening offered for the low cost of $10.

Pulaski area businesses invited to student registration days

The Pulaski Red Raider Marching band performs in the Pulaski Polka Days parade.

All businesses in the Pulaski Community School District are invited to the school district’s student registration on August 10 from 1 to 7 p.m, set up time for businesses is 12 to 1p.m. School district parents will be registering their children for the upcoming school year. This year, all elementary, middle, and high school students will be registering at the Pulaski High School. “Because thousands of students and parents will be at Pulaski High School on those days, we thought it would be a great opportunity to have the businesses in our community showcase their products and services,” said Dr. Mel Lightner, Superintendent of Schools. The high school commons will be made available for area businesses. Tables will be provided. Businesses can display products and hand out flyers, business cards, coupons, etc. “We know that it is crucial in this economy that we encourage our citizens to do business locally. Our intention is to make our families aware of the many fine businesses in our school district,” said Dr. Mel Lightner. Any business that would like a spot at student registration on August 10 should call or e-mail Registration Coordinator Kris Reed at (920) 822-6009 or kkreed@pulaskischools.org. Businesses can either have someone present during the registration or display flyers, business cards, etc., for families to take.

Sound Check-Radio Shack’s float for the parade on July 24.

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VOLUME LXXI, NO. 15

Bernie’s Polka Band performs during the Pulaski Polka Days parade.

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Polka Days/front page The next morning, polka enthusiasts had a different opportunity to get a good work out besides polkaing all night long. The Pulaski Area Swim Club hosted the Annual 5k Polka Trot at 8:30 a.m. Food and drinks were rewarded to all finishers of the race, who came from near and far to test their strength and speed in Pulaski. If, however, arts and crafts happened to be a polka fan’s interest that morning instead, they could walk downtown to the Craft Fair that began at 9 a.m. Local craftsmen and women lined Main Street with their unique artwork while shoppers enjoyed the beautiful weather and variety of things to do. Food, drinks and sweets were offered by many different businesses, including Smurawa’s Bakery, which focused on dishing out the Polish culture to each customer. Polish Sausages, which were the very food that started Polka Days back in 1968, were ready-to-eat all day long. “We had vendors from as far away as Minnesota this year. Eighty percent of vendors were returning, and they’ve been here for years. There were a good selection of crafts; we have very talented artists,” said Lisa Shelton, organizer of the Craft Fair. At 11 a.m., participants could decide to keep shopping or to head back to the Polka Grounds or Zielinski’s Ballroom for more music and fun. For those who felt confident and competitive about their polka dancing, Zielinski’s Ballroom hosted a dance competition at 6 p.m.

The Pulaski Fire Department displayed its firetrucks and the courage of its volunteers at that time, when they put on the annual Firefighters’ Water Fight. Firefighters stood on two sides of a field, a barrel hung from a pulley, and the men and women would blast water at the barrel to push it to the other side. Spectators could choose whether or not to get soaked from the spray. The festivities on Saturday lasted until 1:30 a.m. On Sunday morning, the Polka Grounds hosted the Pancake and Porkie Breakfast. Polka Church was also available in two sessions, one at 8 a.m. with Lutheran Pastor Don Behrendt and another at 9:30 with Catholic Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski. Music from the Maroszek brothers was played during the Catholic church service. Many tents from Saturday’s Craft Fair also decided to come back for another day of sales during these morning hours. This time, the vendors were not the only ones to line the street because thousands of spectators parked their lawn chairs in the grass to get ready for the Annual Pulaski Polka Day Parade. The parade boasted hundreds of honored veterans, the Pulaski Red Raider Marching Band, many historic vehicles and a very special tribute to firefighters created by Cub Scout Pack 4031. Speckled throughout the parade lineup were many polka bands that kept the tunes rolling. According to Harold Otto, there were visitors from Sweden and New Zealand who saw previous

years’ parades online and were so impressed that they then decided to come see it for themselves this year. Polka Days Parade Marshal for this year was Tony Harmoniczak, who was honored for his many years of community service. Each float and vehicle displayed in the parade was entered into a contest.The following were judged as the best in the parade: Pack 4031 Boy Scouts, first place; Apple Valley Nursery, second place; Pennies for Pasadena, best youth entry; 1966 John Deere/ Waterloo Boy, best antique entry; tractor club, best organizational entry; Beever Machine, best commercial entry; Polish Heritage Society, best entry that made a difference. Later, free admission was granted at the Polka Grounds for music from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. The last hurrah for the Polka Days event was the raffle at 5 p.m. Two thousand dollars were given away to lucky visitors at that time. After that, dancers and musicians packed up and left the grounds. Every participant of this year’s 33rd Annual Polka Days will remember the beautiful weather, variety of musicians, and abundance of Polish culture. Everyone will be looking forward to next year’s festivities when Polka will be the king once again. There are those who must be thanked for their efforts to make Polka Days another success. Harold Otto, General Chairman and Organizer of Polka Days for the past 33 years, wants to thank the merchants of Pulaski, the residents, the Police Department and Police Cadets, the Lessor/ Navarino First Responders, Pulaski Village Board, Presidents of Pulaski, the firefighters, Tom Holewinski and his village crew and all the clubs that were involved. “So many people were there that helped out. All of these people were from Pulaski, trying to make sure the grounds were perfect,” said Otto. So what’s next for Polka Days? “We always like to have something new every year,” said Otto. Pulaski News will cover any Polka Days 2012 updates in the upcoming year.

Pulaski News increases social media At the beginning of the summer, Pulaski News increased its presence on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. By posting videos, photos and poll questions, the sites have allowed for increased interaction between readers and Pulaski News staff on a daily basis. Social media also allows alumni and former Pulaski residents to remain connected to the village, even after moving from the area. Overall, social media traffic on Pulaski News’ Facebook site has doubled over the last month. Similarly, Twitter allows subscribers and fans to get caught up on all the latest Pulaski news quickly and easily. Like Facebook, Pulaski News Twitter followers have boomed as well. To support Pulaski News online, search Pulaski News on Facebook and ‘Like’ us. On Twitter, search @PulaskiNews.

P-News Point Of View Taking on the tunes by Laura Dahms

Behind the classroom lectures, gym class horrors and bus travels to and from school, there exists a subtle source of power for all Pulaski students: music. More than almost any other method, it influences, motivates and shapes the lives of kids, for better or for worse. For this reason, the school district and community should be more aware of the sound waves that blast through the speakers and toward young people’s ears and minds. This past year, my six and ten year old brothers came home from school, and I was appalled to hear them singing the lyrics to a catchy, popular song by Ke$ha. This song boasts the lines “brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack,” “trying to get a little bit tipsy,” “ain’t got a care in the world, but got plenty of beer” and “boys tryin’ to touch my junk, junk.” I asked them where they heard that song and they told me their school bus played it all the time. How ironic that the bus, whose official rules state that “profane or indecent language will not be tolerated,” would essentially promote those same profanities through the music that it plays. My parents had my brothers transferred to a different bus which had the radio tuned to a country station. Though country music is slightly better, it still is stacked with sexual innuendos and alcohol references. Take, for example, Craig Campbell’s song “Fish.” The song tells of his girl that, beneath all the jokes and foolishness, really enjoys a different four-letter word that starts with ‘F.’ Unfortunately, buses are not the only hosts of this problem. Though many teachers play soothing, classical, or inspirational music as a background for their classroom study times, many do not. Some would argue that reform is pointless since students listen to this type of music at home. I believe, however, that the school system should be a safe haven for kids in a time of insecurity and peer pressure. Through their schools, children should be given the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of clean music that empowers the mind rather than corrupts it. If tuned into some appropriate music with a good beat, music can increase students’ ability to learn and process information. According to R.R. Konrad in “Arts and Social Sciences,” “The systems that [music] nourishes are shown to be the driving forces behind all other learning.” Thomas Jefferson and Einstein both found that playing the violin stimulated their minds whenever they needed a boost in brain power. Similar brainiacs, such as technical designers and engineers in Silicon Valley, are almost all practicing musicians. Supported by my parents, I took three years of guitar and six years of cello lessons. Participating in the Green Bay Youth Symphony and my music lessons created an excellent opportunity for me as a non-athletic child. The symphony gave me experience within a team, and each cello and guitar performance gave me a renewed sense of self-confidence. Everyone knows that the music programs here in Pulaski are stellar (hence...we’re going to the Rose Bowl Parade...again...booyah!) It’s a good thing, too, because research shows students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group insociety. High school music students have also been shown to hold higher grade point averages than non-musicians in the same school. According to research, one can experience similar effects by simply listening to classical music rather than actually playing it. Mice made to listen to a variety of music were then tested on how well they could navigate a maze. Those listening to Mozart were found to repeatedly finish the maze faster than all others, including the mice that listened to nothing. In this district of superb teachers, community involvement and way-above-average education, we should expect nothing less than a professional way to counteract the music that often raids the schools’ sound waves. When I contacted Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mel Lightner and District Transportation Coordinator Tracey Szymanski, both informed me that there are no official regulations regarding music played in classrooms or on buses. Instead, it is left up to the district employees’ judgment to filter out inappropriate songs and artists. Unfortunately, this current system has not always been effective, and students of all ages are often exposed to “PG-13” or “R” rated concepts in the music. I encourage all members of this school district to support music, played inside and outside the classroom, but to also be wary of the quality of the tunes. Ask your student(s) what kind of music they hear throughout the day. If you don’t like what they report, make a call to the district employee playing the music. They are always open to comments. Music presents a great way for students to learn, grow, and begin to define their tastes and personalities. The band, choir, and general music courses offer an excellent way to experience the best of music. Make music a priority in you and/or your families life, and make sure that your school district represents the best of messages through the tunes that it plays.


Community Maroszek farm takes down old silos

Happiness never decreases by being shared ~Buddha

Cellcom/ Nsight Picnic

Pictured are Mike Maroszek, James Strzelecki, and Lee Bergsbaken, who assisted with the take-down of the Maroszek silos.

Silos, just like any other thing, have a life expectancy, which is why the silos at the Maroszek’s farm are being taken down. Instead, they are going to disassemble and sold for scrap iron. The largest silo they had was 20 feet by 80 feet. All of the participants involved with the silos were Mike Maroszek, James Strzelecki, Lee Bergsbaken, and Dale Bergsbaken.

Cellcom/Nsight held its annual customer appreciation and summer sales event in Pulaski on Monday, July 18. Guests were treated to a free lunch and free mp3 downloads, as well as discounted Cellcom wireless plans, accessories and devices. Maroszek Excavating, Inc. taking down a silo.

Super Ron’s makes donation

Super Ron’s donated more than $1,500 from its July 6 Midnight Madness sale to the Pulaski American Legion and area Veteran’s Organization. The money will help fund many local projects.

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On June 29, area farmers Rick and Valerie Adamski invited Congressman Reid Ribble and other guests to their farm to learn about the benefits of organic agriculture. The event was sponsored by Organic Valley. The Adamski’s converted their land into organic farming 15 years ago, and have continued since. “We try to do things as simply as possible,” Valerie Adamski said. For the Adamskis, that means everything from discontinuing the use of herbicides on their farm as well as centering daily milking sessions on each cows’ individual behavior. Turning family farms organic has been a major trend throughout the country, often to farmers’ advantage. In fact, Organic Valley plans to reach $700 million in sales this year, a far cry from the $20 million in sales they earned in 1997. “It’s been a bright sport in agriculture… in a time when there aren’t a whole light of bright spots out there,” Jerry McCeroge, a member of Organic Valley’s management team, said. Besides increasing profits, organic farming also attracts a younger generation to the agriculture industry. Presently, the Adamski family is working with Andy Jaworski, a 2003 Pulaski High School graduate, so that he can take over the farm once Rick and Valerie retire. Jaworski has always enjoyed dairy farming, and was drawn to the organic industry as a healthier alternative. “We look at our healthcare issues and people are just getting sicker… is there a correlation between where our food comes from and our health? Maybe,” Jaworski said. “It’s something we need to look at.” During his visit, Congressman Ribble, who is a member of the House’s Committee on Agriculture, listened to the concerns of area farmers so he could address them while in Washington D.C. “Part of my responsibility is to get up to speed,” Ribble said. The Adamski farm was just one of Ribble’s many agriculture stops throughout the district during the end of June.

Son Harvest County Fair to host Vacation Bible School by Sam Schwartz Son Harvest County Fair will host a Vacation Bible School of its own from Sunday, August 7 through Thursday, August 11. The VBS will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Pulaski from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The kick-off will be on Sunday with a county fair for the students. There will be games for kids and families and there will also be a petting zoo. A pie and ice cream social will be put on by the Woman’s Guild as well as other food being served. To register for the class call (920) 822-3511.


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Senior announcements SHAWANO SHOPPING TRIP on Thursday, August 4 at 12:30 p.m. Leaving from Pulaski Senior Center. Returning to Pulaski at 4:30 p.m. Transportation is $3.00

FOOT CARE CLINIC at Pulaski Senior Center on Tuesdays, August 9 & 23, starting at 9:00 a.m. Call 822-8100 to set up an appointment. Cost: $17.00 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 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. BOOK GROUP at Pulaski Senior Center on Wednesday, August 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light supper will be served. August’s book is Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts. Books are available at the Senior Center. Call 822-8100 for more information. All ages welcome. BAY BEACH PICNIC on Friday, August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch and entertainment provided. Cost: $3.00. Reservations required. Call 822-8100 to make reservations. ON GOLDEN POND at Abrams Theater on Sunday, August 14. Leaving from Pulaski Senior Center at 1:00 p.m. Dutch-treat dinner at Luigi’s after the show. Cost: $12.00 includes ticket and transportation. Call 822-8100 for more information or to make reservations. MOVIE MONDAY on August 15 at Pulaski Senior Center. We will be watching “My Dog Skip”. Show starts at 12:15 p.m. Snacks provided. SEYMOUR MUSIC IN THE PARK CONCERT on Wednesday, August 24 at 5:00. Leaving Pulaski Senior Center at 5:00, dutch-treat dinner at DQ in Seymour, concert at 6:30. Cost of transportation is $3.00. Call 8228100 to make a reservarion. 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 Center on Mondays from 11:45 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 10:30 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 822-8100 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 July 29 – August 12. Meals served at 11:30 a.m. 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, July 29 –veal parmesan Monday, August 1 – pork chop suey over rice Tuesday, August 2 – baked chicken Wednesday, August shredded beef on a bun

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Thursday, August 4 – lasagna Friday, August 5 – roast turkey Monday, August 8 – meatloaf Tuesday, August 9 – scalloped potatoes & ham Wednesday, August 10 – swiss steak Thursday, August 11 – pork cutlet Friday, August 12 – beef tips over noodles

PACE Setters to hold lunch cook-out PACE Setters will meet for lunch on Wednesday, August 17, at Pulaski High School. A lunch of grilled brats, burgers and picnic side dishes will begin at 11:45 a.m. The food will be grilled by Superintendent Dr. Mel Lightner and PACE director Mark Heck PACE Setters is a senior organization run through PACE for active senior citizens in the Pulaski area. PACE setters is free to join, and offers seniors in the Pulaski area an opportunity to travel to various locations around the state, and attend useful classes and workshops in Pulaski. For information on PACE Setters, call PACE at (920)-8226050.

Pulaski votes in recall election

Residents of the Village of Pulaski voted in the state’s first recall election on July 29. Democratic incumbent Sen. Dave Hansen was challenged by Republican candidate David VanderLeest. Hansen ultimately won, capturing 66 percent of the vote. Thirty-three percent of Pulaski’s eligible voters (566 individuals) turned out to cast their ballot.

Trivia questions 1. How many words rhyme with ‘purple’? 2. What country is directly south of Detroit? 3. Who has been the most frequent host on Saturday Night Live? 4. What is Wisconsin’s oldest city? 5. What was the first music video played on MTV when it debuted in 1981? 6. During the 2010-11 school year, about how many students attended Pulaski High School? 7. Who wrote ‘Pride and Prejudice’? 8. How many Superbowls have the Green Bay Packers won? 9. How many member countries are in the United Nations? 10. What classic TV show featured the stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley?

Know the answers? Emails us at pulaskinews@pulaskischools. org. The winner will recieve a gift card to Carrot Tree Coffee and Gifts in Pulaski! Check back in the August 11th issue for the answers!


School Updates Dudek receives scholarship

Megan Dudek, a 2008 Pulaski High School graduate, recently received the Robert Matson and Constance Fults Endowed Scholarship from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Biology Department. Dudek will be a senior during the 20112012 school year and is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. Dudek plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Trivia Answers from the July 14th issue 1. 118 East Pulaski St. 2. Canberra 3. Balzin 4. Jack Johnson 5. Pulaski Area Community Education 6. Wood violet 7. Cosmo 8. Zippin’ Pippin’ 9. Lieutenant Dan 10. John Steinbeck Congrats to Kathryn Halama winner of a Dynamic Designs Polka Days t-shirt!

Public notification of Nondiscrimination Policy It is the policy of the Pulaski Community School District that no person may be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against inany curricular, extra-curricular, pupil service, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person’s age, sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap as required by S. 118.13, Wisconsin Statutes. This policy does not intend to prohibit the provision of special programs or services based on objective standards of individual need or performance to meet the needs of pupils, including gifted/talented, special education, school-age parents, bilingual, bicultural, at risk, and other special programs or programs designed to overcome the effects of past discrimination. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972(sex), Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 (handicap) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The District encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. A formal complaint resolution procedure is available. To address allegations of violations of the policy in the Pulaski Community School District or ask any questions concerning Section 118.13 Wisconsin Statutes, or Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, should be directed to: Title IX Equity Coordinator Pulaski Community School District P. O. Box 36 Pulaski, WI  54162 (920)-822-6020 Inquiries related to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, should be directed to: Section 504 Coordinator Pulaski Community School District P. O. Box 36 Pulaski, WI  54162 (920)-822-6020

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence ~Eddie Robinson

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UW- Madison graduates

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P.E. students go rafting

The following area students were awarded degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the commencement ceremonies in May: Steven John Meyers Jr, Bachelor of Arts, History, Political Science; Amanda Kay Rudersdorf, Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharmacy; Amanda Leann Rudie, Bachelor of Science-Natural Sciences, Wildlife Ecology; Trenton G Styczynski, Farm & Industry Short Course One Year Certificate.

St. Norbert College graduates

The following area students received degrees from St. Norbert College at their May 2011 spring commencement ceremonies: Mitchell Todd Koehne, Bachelor of Business Administration; Kelly Elizabeth Luebke, Bachelor of Arts; Kyle Joseph Ripley, Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude; Jodee Ann Vecchie, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude.

UWWhitewater graduates

Students and PHS Athletic Director Jared Marsh enjoy the rafting trip. (Picture courtsey of Riversport Digital Photography.)

by Jack FitzGerald This summer, a few Pulaski High School students were given the opportunity to experience an entirely new kind of gym class. On Wednesday, June 29, 18 students physical risked life and limb on the Menomonee River to go whitewater rafting with Kosir’s Rafting. “The kids have been such a treat to work with this summer and have worked so hard.  This trip was something I knew that we would all remember for the rest of their lives and I am hopeful that it may spark some interest in some great outdoor sports that some might have never tried on their own,” teacher Dennis Bogacz said. “It truly was a thrill to see everyone having such a great time!”  The level 4 rapids provided screams, excitement and amazing fun, not only for the students but for PHS administrators Dan Slowey, John Matczak and Jerad Marsh as well. “It was really fun. It was a huge adrenalin rush,” student Lauren Marosczek said.

The following area students were awarded degrees from UWWhitewater during their spring commencement ceremonies in May: Benjamin P Koehler, Finance BBA,; Brian C Rettmann, Management Computr Systems BBA,; Amanda J Schaumberg, Elementary Education BSE, Cum Laude.

Marquette deans list Jennifer Oxley was named to the Dean’s List at Marquette University for the spring 2011 semester. She is pursuing a B.S. in business administration.

Childen’s theater performs plays The Children’s Theater, a PACE summer school class offered throughout July, will host two plays on Friday, July 29, in the Pulaski Community Middle School auditorium. The two public performances will be held at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for admisson. Students in 1 through 3 grade will perform “Bugz,” while the students in grades 4 through 6 will perfrom “A Kid’s Life.”


Sports

If you don’t settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives ~Vince Lombardi

Memorial Park reconstruction meeting held

by Sam Schwartz Pulaski area baseball and softball players will have improved fields when the season starts next spring. On July 14, The Village of Pulaski’s Parks and Recreation Committee held a meeting to discuss future action towards improving the Memorial Park Baseball Diamonds. Over the past year, conditions at the Memorial Park diamonds decreased as a result of the unpredictable weather and severe rainfall. In fact, nearly every game scheduled at Memorial Park during the first three weeks of the 2010-11 Pulaski High School baseball and softball seasons were cancelled due to unplayable diamond conditions. Presently, the village has a budget of $75,000 for overall improvements of the park including diamond improvements, player and spectator safety, facility maintenance and other work. At the meeting, members agreed to repair the drainage system before upgrading the park in any other way. According to the Parks and Recreation Committee, the diamonds at Memorial Park are nearly incapable of draining water in a timely manner. As a result, fields are sometimes unplayable for days after a heavy rainfall causing a backup in scheduled games per week as well as a shortened season for area baseball teams. Because Memorial Park is home to nearly every baseball team in the Pulaski area, approximately 70 games are split between four of the five diamonds at Memorial Park. Overall, one day of heavy rain can set the park back about 16 games. Lee Novak, President of Robert E. Lee and Associates, proposed using drainage tile on each field tying into a mainline drainage pipe branching off to each indivial field. According to Novak, the mainline drainage pipe would run from the concession stands at the center of the park south through the park and into the Pulaski crick near the Pulaski Community Middle School grounds. By grooming and flattening soil in the infields first, each diamond could gain depth in its south end, allowing for proper water runoff to flow more smoothly.

Overall, the plan was broken down to estimate about $40,000 for the mainline drainage pipe as well as $12,000-$15,000 per field, meaning the fields would have to be individually tiled at a rate of one per year. After the presentation by Novak, board members gave their insight on the proposed reconstruction plan. It became apparent that the board felt the drainage tile seems to be an expensive and ineffective fix for the park, and decided to leave the drainage tile installation out of any future plans. While no plans were finalized at the meeting, board members felt mainline drainage pipes are completely necessary considering the current mainline drainage pipe is too small to keep up with the extreme weather. Members

also agreed to amend the current soil, allowing for better drainage, while still leaving a large sum of money for safety renovations at Memorial Park as well. “I feel comfortable with our decision because the board was well-informed prior to the event and everyone seemed to come to some sort of agreement on the matter,” Pulaski High School Athletic Director Jerad Marsh said. Another meeting is set for August 10 to finalize plans. The board members plan to have the Memorial Park Baseball Diamonds playable and reliable for the upcoming high school baseball and softball seasons.

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Float honors Chief Wichlacz

The annual Polka Days parade, held on Sunday, July 24, featured floats from many area businesses.

A variety of handcrafted items were for sale during the ABVM craft show on Saturday and Sunday.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 4031 honor late Fire Chief Frank Wichlacz with their Polka Days float.

Kids from around Pulaski took part in many games and activities through Polka Days weekend.

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by Adam Styczynski

Members of Cub Scout Pack 4031 teamed up with their parents to build a float honoring Pulaski’s late Fire Chief Frank Wichlacz and all fallen firefighters. The group of volunteers started working on the float on July 10, guided by the slogan “On Fire for Scouting.” The Randy Wichlacz Family sponsoried the float honoring Chief Wichlacz, who died in the line of duty 3 years ago, the day before this year’s parade. Josh Leisner, who donated his Kenworth W-900 and a 48 ft. flatbed trailer, Rescue Wrench Mobile Repair Services, Air Pro Heating and Cooling, Jim Ambrosius, the Sasse Family, Colortech, and others also sponsored the float. “It’s important that we never forget what our heroes do for us,” said Treasure and Float Committee Chair Kara Pickering.“It is a rare opportunity to show respect for all selfless firefighters everywhere.” The float won first place in the Polka Days parade for its workmanship, eye appeal, beauty, style, decoration and carried out theme or representation, earning a prize of $50.00

A member of the Pulaski High School color guard marches in the parade.

Pulaski Firefighters face off during the annual Fireman’s water fight during the evening of Saturday, July 23.

Polka lovers from across Wisconsin hit the dance floor on Thursday, July 21, for ‘Buck Night.’

Pulaski firefighters during the waterfight. Members of the Pulaski Community Middle School band marched in the Polka Days parade for the first time this year.

The Pulaski Fire Deparment showcased an old firetruck during the parade.

Check out more Polka Day coverage online at www.pulaskinews.org


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Tri County Optimist Baseball Leagues

Jr. T-Ball Dodgers Baseball Team

Jr. T-Ball Brewers Baseball Team

Jr. T-Ball Cardinals Baseball Team

Jr. T-Ball Twins Baseball Team

Little League Blue Jays Baseball Team

Little League Brewers Baseball Team

Little League Cardinals Baseball Team

Little League Giants Baseball Team

Little League Rangers Baseball Team

Little League Tigers Baseball Team

Little League Twins Baseball Team

Minor League Blue Jays Baseball Team

Minor League Brewers Baseball Team

Minor League Cardinals Baseball Team

Minor League Cubs Baseball Team

Minor League Giants Baseball Team

Minor League Rockies Baseball Team

Minor League White Sox Baseball Team

Minor League Tigers Baseball Team

Pony League Brewers Baseball Team

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Pony League Cubs Baseball Team

Pony League Dodgers Baseball Team

Pony League Giants Baseball Team

Pony League Pirates Baseball Team

Pony League White Sox Baseball Team

T-Ball Brewers Baseball Team

T-Ball Mets Baseball Team

T-Ball Cubs Baseball Team

T-Ball Marlins Baseball Team

T-Ball Tigers Baseball Team

T-Ball Phillies Baseball Team

T-Ball Rockies Baseball Team

Football mini-camp held

by Matt Zey The Pulaski High School football team held a five-day minicamp from July 18 to 22. During the camp, players performed drills and exercises to prepare for the upcoming season.

Basketball camp held

submitted by Coach Dave Shaw Kids from grades four through six had the opportunity to attend Pulaski High School basketball coach David Shaw’s basketball camp. Todd Gutzman, owner of Home Team Sports, donated the shirts to all of the camp participants.

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Pulaski Area Girls Softball

3rd & 4th Grade Laney Cheese Softball Team

3rd & 4th Grade MCL Softball Team

3rd & 4th Grade Nsight Softball Team

3rd & 4th Grade Performance Auto Softball Team

3rd & 4th Grade Safeguard Insurance Softball Team

5th & 6th Grade Knights of Columbus

5th & 6th Grade McKeefry & Sons Softball Team

5th & 6th Grade Premier Bank Softball Team

5th & 6th Grade Pulaski Lions Softball Team

5th & 6th Grade Pulaski VFW Softball Team

7th & 8th Grade BayTek Softball Team

7th & 8th Grade Competetive Sewer & Water Softball Team

7th & 8th P&D Sales & Service Softball Team

7th & 8th Grade Sound Check Softball Team

K-2nd Grade DQ Grill & Chill Softball Team

K-2nd Grade Figaros Softball Team

K-2nd Grade McDonalds Softball Team

K-2nd Grade Olson Oil Softball Team

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Business

All lasting businesses are built on friendship ~Alfred A. Montapert

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What does debt ceiling debate mean for you?

Submitted by Andy Sulskis If you’re like most Americans, the term “debt ceiling” probably didn’t mean that much to you until recently. Now, of course, the debt ceiling debate is front-page news, day after day. As a citizen, you’re no doubt hoping the situation is resolved in the best interests of the country. But as an investor, you may be especially concerned about what might happen to your holdings, and your overall investment strategy, if the debt ceiling is not increased by the Aug. 2 deadline. Before you consider how the situation may affect you, let’s quickly review just what is meant by the term “debt ceiling” and what might happen if no agreement is reached. Essentially, the debt ceiling is the legal limit on borrowing by the federal government. If Congress doesn’t increase the limit, borrowed funds wouldn’t be available to pay bills, so the U.S. could be forced to default on its debt obligations, which would be unprecedented. No one can really predict what might happen if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, but virtually everyone agrees that it would be an undesirable outcome. That’s why Congress has, more or less routinely, always raised the debt ceiling in the past — in fact, it’s been raised every year for the past 10 years. This year, however, political and philosophical differences between Congressional leaders and the current Administration have, thus far, blocked the lifting of the debt ceiling. Nonetheless, there’s still time for Congress to take action before Aug. 2, which is the estimated date of when temporary actions to avoid default are exhausted. (The actual debt ceiling was reached in midMay). And as an individual investor, here’s what you can do: Don’t panic. It’s hard to imagine that an agreement won’t be reached to raise the debt ceiling, even if such a deal doesn’t happen until the last minute. But even if the Aug. 2 deadline passes, the U.S. may still find ways to make payments on its debt for a while. So don’t rush into investment decisions based on this scenario. Overlook short-term results. Even if the U.S. finds ways to pay its debts after the Aug. 2 deadline, lenders — who don’t like uncertainty — could become more concerned and start demanding higher interest rates on their investments in U.S. Treasury securities. As a result, market interest rates could rise across the board, leading to declines in bond and stock prices. Remember that the market can drop for any reason, and this would be no exception. While such a drop could well be sharp the resulting distress would likely jolt Congress into taking quick action on the debt ceiling. Don’t let debts and deficits drive your investment decisions. Even after the debt ceiling issue is resolved, concerns will exist about the country’s debt and deficit issues. As an investor, you should make investment decisions based on your individual goals, risk tolerance and time horizon rather than the level of debt being incurred by the government. The debt ceiling story can certainly be unsettling — but it doesn’t mean you should let the roof fall in on your investment strategy.

Smurawa’s Country Bakery 920-822-8655 http://www.smurawabakery.com/

How long have you been in business? 12 plus years Who’s the owner? Greg and Jan Smurawa How many people do you employ? 17 What’s your primary business? Retail Bakery What do like about Pulaski and its surrounding areas? The people and the heritage What puts you above your competition? The quality of baked goods and customer service What motivated you to start your own business? The desire to be more creative and to offer customers more variety of bakery items Any additional comments? Its been great providing baked goods to Pulaski and Northeast Wisconsin. And we look forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come. If your business is interested in being featured in our Business Broadcast, please contact us at 920-822-6800, or email us at pulaskinews@pulaskischools.org


Births and Deaths Births

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 STEWART, Jessica, and WESOLOWSKI, Eric, Green Bay, son. SWANSON, Rachael, and LINDSTROM, Jesse, Oneida, son.

Deaths

Births and deaths are a complimentary service from Pulaski News. If you wish to place an obituary, please have your funeral home director email it to us. If you wish to place a photo with the obituary, there will be a $20 fee. Contact Laurie Fischer at (920)822-6800 for more information.

The daughter of Anton and Wilhemina (Kerker) Rowinsky was born April 1, 1943, in the Town of Chase. On December 17, 1966, she married Wallace Downey at St. Joseph Church in Chase. He preceded her in death in 1973. Darlene owned and operated the Happy Tap in Lakewood. She enjoyed cooking and baking for everybody. Her Christmas cookies and candy were an extra special treat. Darlene is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Wallace “Jay” (Lori) Downey, Merrill,

and their children, Ashley and Adam; John (Andrea) Downey, Mill Center, and their children, Alyssa, Hunter, and Blake; one brother, Anton “Tony” (Cecelia) Rowinsky, Ashwaubenon; one sister, Donna Dombrowski, De Pere. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace; an infant son, Joe; one sister, Mary Rowinsky; one brother-inlaw, Stanley Dombrowski Online condolences may be expressed at www.marnochafuneralhome.com

Redlin 50th Anniversary

Gajewski, Arthur

Arthur Gajewski

Arthur H. Gajewski, 92, Pulaski, died peacefully Monday morning, July 11, 2011 at the Jack and Engrid Meng Hospice Residence. The son of the late Henry and Malvina (Peplinski) Gajewski was born June 11, 1919 in Pulaski.     He was a US Army-Air Force veteran of WWII, and belonged to the American Legion Post #337, Pulaski. On June 9, 1948 he married Evelyn Wielgus at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski. Art worked for the State of Wisconsin in administration as a management analyst in Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Madison.   He retired in 1984, at which time he and Evelyn moved back to Pulaski. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, gardening, and doing yard work.        Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; three sons and daughters-in-law, Alan (Linda Kuehl) Gajewski, Manitowoc; Robert (Elaine) Gajewski, Pulaski; Don (Mary) Gajewski, Westby; one daughter, Jean Shafer, Cokato, MN; one grandson, Arthur R. Gajewski; and one granddaughter, Eva Lynn Gajewski.      He was preceded in death by one brother and sister-in-law, Chester (Valeria) Gajewski; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Amanda Gajewski; Virginia (Norbert) Dolacin; and Alexandria Behan.       The family would like to extend a special thank you to Unity Hospice for their kind and considerate care.

Downey, Darlene

Darlene Downey

Darlene Downey, 68, Green Bay, died Thursday morning, July 14, 2011, at a Green Bay hospital following a long illness.

Roger and Eunice (Paul) Redlin

Roger and Eunice Redlin recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 23 at the Reforestration Camp Ski Lodge. They shared their special day with family and friends. Roger and Eunice were married July 22, 1961, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rankin, Wisconsin. They Have four children: Pam (Gregory) Conyers, Denise (Randy) Warzon, Jeff (Jane) Redlin, Stacie (Rick) Andritsch; eight grandchildren: Larissa Conyers, Ashley, Sarah and Ryan Warzon, Nicholas and Benjamin Redlin, Samantha and Louise Andritsch.

Our families rejoice – a new life’s begun. Our circle is richer with the birth of this one! ~Unknown

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Church Services ASSUMPTION B.V.M. CHURCH, Pulaki. Satuday Mass: 4:00 p.m.; Sunday Masses: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 7:00 a.m.,Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Thursday 8:15 a.m. Rite of Reconciliation: 11:00 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Patrick Gawrylewski. (920) 822-3279. CORNERSTONE FAMILY CHURCH, 2780 School Lane (Cty. B) Suamico. Sunday morning service 9:30 a.m. Children’s service provided and nursery available. Wednesday evening service 6:45 p.m. Children and Youth activities provided. Pastor Dennis Toyne (920) 662-1146 ST. JOHN LUTHERAN LCMS, 910 S. St. Augustine St., Pulaski. (across from Pulaski Middle School) Worship Service: Thursday 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m.]; S.S & H.S. Youth Classes, 9:15 a.m.; Adult Study, 9:30 a.m.; (A/C & Wheelchair accessible). Pastor Vern Heim, Church Office (920) 822-1511. ST. STANISLAUS CHURCH, Hofa Park. Masses: Tuesday 7:00 p.m. & Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Vigil of Holy Day 8:00 p.m.;Sacrament of Reconciliation, Saturday 7:30 p.m. or upon request. Rev. Patrick Gawrylewski.Parish Office: (920)-822-5512 HOLY CROSS NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH, Pulaski. Mass 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month at 2:30 p.m. (715) 6932241. NEW LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH, Sunday Worship Services and Kids’ Church at 10:00 a.m. Nursery provided. Meeting at the Pulaski Community Middle School auditorium. Pastor Bob Wied, (920) 822-7117, www.PulaskiNewLIfe.com. OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) Lessor, Cty. Rd. S, Pulaski. 3 miles west and 3 miles south of Angelica on Cty. Rd. S. June through Labor Day 9am, Sundays Sept. - May 8:45am Sunday School, 10am services Sunday. Pastor Mike Dismer. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Angelica. WI586 Cty. Trunk C, Pulaski. Sunday Worship Service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday School at 8:30 a.m. Pastor Loretta Waegli, Cell (715) 853-4444; Church (920) 822-1743. PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1954 County Rd. “U”, Green Bay WI 54313. Worship Schedule: Thursday evening 7:00 p.m.; Sunday Morning 8:00, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School & Power

Hour 9:15 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated on the 1st & 3rd Sundays and Preceding Thursday evening service at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Don Behrendt. Member of ELCA ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, W 1978 Church Drive., Angelica. Church Services. Zachow location, Sunday 10:00 a.m. Pastor Phillip Geiger. (715) 758-2275 ST. CASIMIR CHURCH, Krakow. Rev. James Esser, OFM. Masses: Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. Holy Days 8:00 a.m. & 8:00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday 7:007:45 p.m. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, Little Suamico. (East of 41-141 on Cty. S, right on Cty. J ¼ mile) Church 826-7785. Sunday Service at 9:00 a.m. Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. Member ELCA. ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH, Morgan. (920) 8463453. Worship Sunday, Contemporary Service at 8:00 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Class, 9:30 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:30 a.m. Pastor Paul Heykes. Member ELCA ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE (St. John Cantius Site), Sobieski. Fr. Gerald Prusakowski, Pastor. Masses: Saturday, 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 9:45 a.m. Confessions: Saturday 10:30 a.m. or by appointment. Phone (920) 822-5255. SS. EDWARD AND ISIDORE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3667 Flintville Road (County M) Green Bay. Saturday Masses at 4:00 p.m.; Sunday masses at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. Phone (920) 865-7677. Rev. David Kasperek. (715) 745-4558. Sunday Worship Services are 10:30 a.m.; Holy Communion the 1st & 3rd Sundays; Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. (Sept. –May 20). ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS), Hobart, corner of overland and J. Worship Services: Sunday 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & High School Youth Classes 9:15 a.m. Adult Class, Sunday 9:15 a.m. and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Summer Schedule: May thru September, Thursday 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. Pastor Vern Heim, (920) 8692777.


Classifieds FOR SALE

3 BDRM HOME IN PULASKI. 1.5 BATH. All brick, well maintained. Close to the park and schools. Great neighborhood. 140 Memorial Dr. $139,900. Please call 920-676-6759 if interested. BRAND NEW! Queen pillow top mattress set sealed in plastic. Delivery avail. $175. Call 920-590-1110.

FOR RENT 1 BEDROOM UPPER IN

Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles. ~Paul Fussell

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KRAKOW. Stove & Ref. included. No Pets. Located in Quiet Residential Neighborhood. Call: 920-9949503. Please Leave Message.

now! Call Lori @ 246-3000. PARKSIDE APARTMENTS- 920-822-4653. 2 bedroom available now for low- income elderly (62 & over). Heat and water included.

1 BDRM APARTMENT – 109 S. ST. AUGUSTINE ST. Security entrance and off street parking. Laundry facilities available. $375 + security. 920-819-5057.

SENIOR HOMES- 920822-4653. 1 bedroom available now for low-income elderly (62 & over). All utilities included.

1 BDRM CHARMING AND UPDATED UPPER APARTMENT – downtown Pulaski. $475/month. Utilities included. Available

2 APARTMENTS – EACH 2 BDRM. SOUTH CHASE SALOON. $550 & $500. 920-822-3121. 2 BDRMS AVAILBLE in large 3 bdrm country home near Sunnyside School. Female preferred. $400 w/utilities and garage. Call Jamie @ 621-6748. PULASKI HOUSING AUTHORITY 822-3887. 55+ senior living. 1-bedroom, rent based on income. All utilities included. Low-income family units available, 3-bedroom, rent based on income.

NOVENAS HOLY ST. JUDE, Apostle and Martyr great in virture and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need, to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart and humbly beg you to whom God had given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return, I promise to make your name known and cause to be invoked. Say 3 Our Father’s. 3 Hail Mary’s and 3 Glory Be’s for 9 consecutive days. St. Jude pray for us and all who invoke your aid. Amen. Publication must be promised. This novena has never been known to fail. V.B. 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. V.B.

RUMMAGE SALE N2342 ELM GROVE RD. Two miles west of Pulaski off

Hwy 160. Little of everything. 8 am – 5 pm. August 5 and 6.

ESTATE SALE AUGUST 4-5-6. 8 am – 4 pm. Household items, chairs, washer/dryer, end tables, lamps, pictures, dishes, old tools, electric stove and lots more. N2234 Green Valley Rd. (off of Hwy 160 and Crest Dr.) Watch for signs.

HELP WANTED CBRF now hiring all shifts. Call 920-822-1300 –Marla

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or 920-434-8650 – Waylene. Customer Service/Sales. 10-12 hours per week. Monday & Tuesday 3 to 7p.m., some Fridays 2-5 pm and occasional Saturdays, 9 to 1. Assisting customers in showroom, helping with displays, answering phones. Must be detail oriented, have an “eye” for what looks good, and a positive attitude. Fill out application at Dynamic Designs, 220A South St. Augustine Street, Pulaski, or email resume to: dynamictammy@netnet.net.


Hobart development increases While many areas of the country have still not fully recovered from the economic downturn, one area of the Pulaski Community School District seems to be defying the odds. Over the last three years, the village of Hobart has turned a former soybean field into Centennial Centre: an area bustling with homes, apartments, townhouses and manufacturing companies. The village purchased more than 400 acres of land in 2007 and has been working on the development since. Throughout 2008, the village conducted listening sessions with residents in an effort to find out what types of services and needs were being left unmet in the area. Local government officials then took the suggestions and incorporated them into the centre’s master-plan. “We listened very, very carefully to our Hobart residents,” Elaine Willman, director of community development and tribal affairs for the village, said. By the fall of 2008, the village was negotiating their first contract with Centerline Machining. The company took occupancy in March 2010. EMT International, a manufacturing company that makes publishing and newspaper printers, came in next. They have been open since the fall of 2010. EMT opened with 125 employees, but has already expanded to 250 employees and anticipates a staff of 400 by the end of the year. Residential growth in the area began shortly there after. Centennial Estates, an apartment complex built by Lexington Home, holds 115 multi-family units, all of which are currently leased. A second building in the

complex will open next summer, with an additional 141 units available for rent. Across the street the Rovello Townhouses are being built. Currently 48 units are under construction, with 24 set to be occupied by the end of the year. Besides townhouses and apartments, however, the area will also feature homes as well. The Cobblestone neighborhood currently has 84 total units, 55 of which have been sold, with another 13 under construction. The neighborhood’s three and four bedroom homes range from $150,000 to $175,000 and are also being built by Lexington Homes. “We’re extremely pleased at the pace that the development has taken. We are nearing our last 25 lots out of 84 in just over a oneyear period,” Michelle Stimpson, vice president of Lexington Homes, said. “It’s really turned out to be everything we hoped for. “ The first residents moved into Cobblestone in June of 2010. Presently, ten homes are for sale in the neighborhood, according to Stimpson. “We’re meeting unmet needs. We have police officers, and firemen and teachers, who cannot afford to live in Hobart but work in the area. There were no apartments in Hobart… no reasonably priced housing, so Centennial Center master plan fills in those gaps,” Willman said. While the village has made major strides in developing the area, according to Willman, the process is not yet complete. Presently, she is working with the owners of a fitness center, as well as an assisted living facility, hoping to bring them to the area. As the economy continues to improve, the village hopes to con-

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tinue to bring in consumer driven businesses, like restaurants, to Centennial Center as well. Ultimately, Hobart hopes to have the area fully developed within the next ten years.

The master plan for Centennial Centre will feature business, residences and retail shops.


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