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Watching out for our pollinators, one hive, one bee at a time INSIDE YOUR FAMILY BY LEE BORKOWSKI
y now, I would expect all of our readers have heard about the plight facing the world’s honeybees. In this edition of Your Family, we are reminded of their declining numbers and just how intertwined their existence is with ours. So it makes what happened to me a couple of days ago take on more meaning. I saved a bee. I didn’t consider it a big deal at the time. It was simply instinct and the voice of my grandmother in my head. I had no other recourse; I was raised to believe it would really matter to the bee!
On this particular fall day, I went to a local restaurant with two business
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Unfortunately, it fell in. It struggled, treading water without success. No one seemed to be concerned with its efforts. Fortunately for the bee, I was raised in large part by a grandmother who believed every living creature had value and deserved to be here as much as anyone or anything. She didn’t believe in killing bugs. She’d say, “Free them outside.” When I’d scream, “Snake!” hysterically, I would hear, “Do you honestly think he can hurt you?” (My answer: Yes, yes I did, and yes I still do!) But as I’ve matured, I find myself remembering her teachings. Her words echoed in my head, and I knew I couldn’t just sit and watch that bee drown. I reached across the table, took the glass and used a fork to lift the bee to safety – placing it gently on the table. It didn’t seem to be moving very well, so I used my water to rinse it off. My associates watched, looked at each other and shook their heads. I can’t help but wonder whether I did the right thing. Would it recognize that I was trying to help by rinsing it off? Or would it think I was waterboarding it? It really didn’t matter what it thought; I’d done just what my grandmother would’ve wanted me to do. My bee survived. It flew away in search of a better source of sugar, hopefully pollinating everything it could find along its journey. Just one bee on a mission – one more bee, my bee!. l
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Stoughton bee enthusiast John Thompson takes care of the hives at Fort Littlegreen Gardens. Thompson and other local beekeepers are part of a growing trend of backyard enthusiasts who have been getting recent help from local ordinances in their quest to keep bees alive through the winter and hopefully have a positive impact on the environment in the process.
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Rest and rejuvenate 5 relaxing spas with a wide variety of services Story by Emilie Heidemann Photos submitted For many Wisconsinites, the winter months mean more time spent indoors, shorter days and of course, preparations for the upcoming holiday season. And once all that is over, you’re faced with the doldrum months of January and February, when it feels like the ice will never thaw. By this time, you’re likely burnt out from the stress of the holidays – family gatherings, shopping, cooking meals and wrapping gifts. And you might even experience seasonal affective disorder, which comes with fatigue, social withdrawal and depression due to lack of sun exposure. But some self care and a little pampering can do the trick. That’s where the following Dane County area spas have you covered. Whether you’re seeking a zen afternoon massage, some Reiki energy healing to reset your mind or even light therapy to balance those chakras, these five destinations offer a wide array of services.
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Soleil Wellness and Day Spa, located on 130 N. Main St. in Oregon’s downtown, offers a wide array of services beyond standard bodywork and massage. Clients can make appointments for halotherapy and chromotherapy and even psychic guidance services. Halotherapy is also known as dry salt therapy. The client sits inside an enclosed environment where dry salt air is dispersed by a halogenerator. The salt is heated and ground into tiny particles, which the client inhales. It is said the salt helps remove mucus build up in the lungs and expand constricted airways. Soleil offers another unique service, called chromotherapy, or light therapy. Its website states this treatment uses colors to “adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony.” Open seven days a week it also offers sauna, tanning and lash extension services.
SolEscape Healing Arts 2007 Atwood Ave., Madison • 608-216-9500
SolEscape Healing Arts in the heart of Madison’s east side offers what it calls “community-based” spa services. Located at 2007 Atwood Ave., it offers massage and bodywork services, plus a line of skincare products and aromatherapeutic blends. It also offers full-body waxing, facials, reflexology, body brushing, Reiki energy healing, craniosacral therapy and unusual types of massage. One is Lomi Lomi, a traditional Hawaiian massage that uses nut oils, specific techniques some elements of prayer and dance. Another is Ashiatsu, a massage technique originating from the Eastern Hemisphere in which the practitioner balances suspended on a bar and uses feet to deliver a deep tissue massage. SolEscape also has customized massages for pregnant women, athletes and seniors and infrared sauna. Massages are by appointment only.
Renu Massage, Energy and Bodywork 6417 Normandy Ln, Madison • 608-438-5342
Renu Massage, Energy and Bodywork in Madison maintains a focus on healing. It offers a wide range of massage packages for couples and singles, as well as energy therapy services – even salt scrubs and acupressure. Therapists are well versed in both western science and Eastern techniques when it comes to how they massage. Clients can choose from Swedish massage, cupping therapy and more. Renu proclaims its massage therapists and bodyworkers to all be LGBTQIA+ friendly. Clients are welcome to ask their therapists for their pronouns. This spa uses eco-friendly and natural products for its services. All practitioners are trained in Madison.
Cornerstone Spa and Salon 213 S. Division St., Stoughton • 608-673-5542
In a city rich with Norwegian heritage, Stoughton’s Cornerstone Spa and Salon, 213 S. Division St. makes for a charming destination for those in search of some zen. In addition to facials and massages, it offers a variety of hairstyles, including cuts, updos and perms, and eyelash extensions, as well as aesthetic services such as acne treatments, chemical peels, skin extractions, pore cleansing treatments and makeup services. Cornerstone also does nails, with manicure and pedicure offerings. Cornerstone offers many massage options, including a “Rainbow Maker CBD Hot Stone Massage,” in which muscles are massaged with hot stones and warming hemp CBD oil. Cornerstone is open six days a week and is closed Sundays.
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Bare Studio, 245 Horizon Dr. #107, Verona, offers facials, threading, sugaring and waxing services. While most people are familiar with waxing, sugaring is one of the most ancient forms of hair removal, according to the Bare Studio website. It is considered a less painful method than waxing. Sugaring originated in the Middle East as a natural paste made of sugar, lemon juice and water. The substance is applied to the skin against the natural direction of hair growth. Threading is another means of hair removal, using a cotton thread twisted into a double strand and swept across the skin, the Bare website states. It lifts the follicle in short rows. Bare Studio offers facials in 30, 60 and 90 minute increments with organic skincare multi-step treatments. The studio is open Tuesday through Saturday. l WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 7
You’re not cheating if it’s allowed TO YOUR HEALTH BY KARA HOERR
old on tight, the rush of holidays is upon us! From Halloween and Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s, there are a lot of festivities, food and fun ahead. For some, this brings about great excitement – a chance to embrace each and every party. But for others, it can be a source of anxiety and fear, especially when it comes to what to eat. This anxiety can be the result of food guilt – the feeling we sometimes get after eating foods we think we “shouldn’t” be eating or after eating too much. It’s as though we’ve done something wrong when we chose to eat the fudge, mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie, even though there’s nothing inherently wrong with eating these foods at all. While some people try to resist the fun foods and keep to a strict diet during the holidays, many of the individuals I know treat the holidays like “cheat days.” They throw in the towel for that one day (or week), eating as much as they want of the foods they wouldn’t normally allow themselves to eat. They tell themselves they can enjoy all of these foods guilt-free since it’s a cheat day and they’ll resume their healthy eating afterwards. However, we can change our perspective and acknowledge that cookies, cinnamon rolls and stuffing are all part of a healthy diet. Having a healthy diet doesn’t mean we need to deprive ourselves of all foods that taste good – the ones that bring back fond memories, warmth and comfort. For me, those are homemade chocolates and Oreo truffles. Having a “cheat day” makes it sound like healthy eating is a punishment. But when you look at healthy eating as a way to enjoy all foods, it’s no longer an either/or. You can have the salad and the cookie anytime – not just on your “cheat
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day.” Depriving ourselves of these indulgent foods can lead to resentment or obsessively thinking about them, eventually causing us to binge on the foods later (aka your “cheat day”). This brings about guilt, shame and overall negative feelings that only further increases our stress. This unhealthy relationship with food isn’t helping us any more than if we consciously indulged in our favorite foods.
You don’t have to give up your favorite foods; you can enjoy your holiday favorites, without overdoing it and regretting your choices the next day. Life is about balance – even (or especially) during the holidays. Instead of having cheat days – which imply you’re doing something wrong for having the food – enjoy conscious indulgences. As the name implies, this doesn’t mean you’re just mindlessly eating all the things. You’re consciously making a choice to savor, enjoy and appreciate the flavors of the foods you selected to have. Giving yourself the freedom to have these foods can actually create more enjoyment, since you’re not constantly thinking about how you shouldn’t be eating it and feeling guilty before you even finish it. You might even notice that you’re satisfied
sooner. Once the food is no longer off limits and you know the food is always going to be there, the urge to have as much as you can isn’t there anymore. Indulge mindfully. Ask yourself why you want the special item and if right now is a time when you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy and savor it. If not, save it for later. It’s not off limits, but you’ll get maximum enjoyment from it when you’re hungry, not distracted and can have a chance to sit down and notice how each bite tastes. A healthy diet isn’t all or nothing. It includes balance, variety and moderation. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods; you can enjoy your holiday favorites, without overdoing it and regretting your choices the next day. Once you consciously make the decision to have the special food, enjoy it! You’re not cheating and don’t need to feel guilty when the food is allowed. l Kara Hoerr, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Kara Hoerr Nutrition. Contact her at karahoerrnutrition.com. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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tapped into my inner child last month to find a collection of museums located in the heart of our state’s biggest city to see what I could find. It ended up being a solo adventure, partly because the 25 year old “child” I call my significant other was stuck at work all day, and the real kiddo I wanted to go with, his 5 year old niece, was justifiably busy in her kindergarten class on the weekday I had available. I set out on my journey still hoping to find some childhood wonder by myself, weaving through museum halls and checking out activities that are fascinating enough to chase away anyone’s winter blues for a day. I had planned to go to at least three museums, four if I was being frugal with my time, but got so enamored with what I saw, I had a hard time pulling myself away even after a few hours. The only thing that got me out of the first museum was my growling stomach that demanded sustenance. 10 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2019/2020
What I found were worlds of learning and imagination unfolding in front of me. At times, I felt so immersed in the museums, as I wandered through rainforests and the Ice Age and gazed upon more models and makes of motorcycles than I’ve seen in my lifetime.
I left Milwaukee during rush hour that day wishing I’d had more time to really dig into them and thinking about when I might be able to make it back and who would come with me this time. So I did some research on a few other places I might wander to and added them to my list of must-visits.
Other locations Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Milwaukee Public Museum If the roars of the dinosaurs and the claps of thunder at the Milwaukee Public Museum are a little bit too scary, don’t worry – you can always run over to Old Town Milwaukee for an escape. The 137-year-old museum, also known as the Wisconsin Natural History Museum, lets you walk through time as the Earth ages before your eyes, stroll the streets of a Milwaukee from yesteryear and get personal with butterflies as they float around you. Located at 800 W. Wells St., it features exhibits about the Earth’s early days, teaches about life forms and how a rainforest’s ecology, Wisconsin woodlands and the planet’s continents and oceans. Consisting of three floors, you could spend hours in the museum soaking up all of the knowledge its walls hold. I was personally enthralled by the realistic nature of the exhibits – as I started my way through the museum, I was impressed with how realistic the exhibits looked. The walls and doorways, decorated to look like the landscape of what the Earth looked like at the time, really set the scene for me to immerse myself in the museum’s lessons. It was so realistic that even the floors were realistic, too, causing me to instinctively slow my walk over a patch of floor that was designed to look like ice as I walked into the Ice Age. The exhibit I found to be the most awe-inspiring was the Jack Puelicher Butterfly Garden. It was in this room that I was able to see butterflies float
past me inches from my face, and I was able to get a decent look at them before they’d fly elsewhere. The room’s serenity had a calming presence over me – which also might be just what your child needs if they’re getting a little too excited throughout the rest of the museum.
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A cold, wintry day can quickly turn into hours of learning for those who both need it the most and are most eager to do it. The Children’s Museum, located at 929 E. Wisconsin Ave., features multiple exhibits and creator spaces meant to spark learning and creativity, all for free. Some of those exhibits include Science City, where children can learn about simple machines and learn about the Periodic Table, a train where children can “operate” the training while using simple machines and a “Be a Maker” space that holds special monthly activities. Discovery World A little bit out of the way from the rest of the downtown museums, at its location at 500 N. Harbor Drive along the Lake Michigan lakefront, the museum strikes a similar chord as the other science- and play-oriented museums. All of its programming is educational, featuring a “Design it!” lab, an aquarium, virtual reality exploration and environmental learning exhibits about the Great Lakes and renewable energy. The cost of admission for children ages 3-17 is $16, with $20 admission for adults and children under 2 free. WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 11
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Harley-Davidson museum Children who are both interested in things that go “vroom-vroom” or older children who have a passion for learning can both take something away from a museum dedicated to the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Through two levels of the museum, attendees can look at a collection of around 400 motorcycles, go back in time to the early 1900s, when the founders first built the original bike in a 10-foot-by-15foot shed, and customize their own bike.
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The museum also features special exhibits that look into more than the history of the motorcycle. Its exhibits examine the design of bicycles throughout the years and the fashion and design of the bikes and their riders. While the Harley-Davidson Museum didn’t exactly match my interests, I still found the history of the industry fascinating and spent a lot of time looking in awe at the sheer number of motorcycles in the expansive facility. l
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s the holidays approach and to-do lists begin to rule your days, don’t despair. Take a breath and look around you. Life is what we make of it, so challenge yourself to find something each day that brings a smile to your face. For instance, every week I watch a bizarre routine at a local library where I volunteer. The library has an automatic buzzer lock that unlocks the front door on the strike of 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday. At this time, people zoom into the parking lot like they are going for the pits in the Indy 500, park, jump from their cars, run to the front door and yank on it only to find it locked. Hello... did they not see the crowd gathered on the sidewalk also waiting for 9 a.m. to roll around? Another funny incident was something we saw out of town recently. We had just parked our car on the fourth floor of a busy downtown garage on a Saturday afternoon. As we approached the entrance to the elevator, we noticed a posted sign that read, “Fire Extinguisher Available on 1st Floor M-F 6am-8pm.” We could only hope our vehicle would not catch fire, since it was Saturday. Once, it was with a good friend of mine at a woman’s retreat. Every now and then she’d lean across the front seat and pinch my shoulder making remarks such as, “Hmm, no,” “Yes,” “Not yet.” Finally, I asked her what she was doing. She then pointed to the next “Soft Shoulder” sign along the side of the road and said she was just checking whether indeed I had a soft shoulder or not. My brother-in-law took this idea to a new level. When his kids were young, he
packed them up in the car and took them for a drive. When they came to the Illinois-Indiana state line, he asked them to get out and find the line so he could take a picture of them with it. They came back to the car and told him they couldn’t find it. He asked them if they knew what a line was. They said they did and went looking once again. Never finding an actual state line left them wondering if someone had picked it up and taken it. Eventually, he explained it was there, but not physically. The family still chuckles about that today. That reminds me of an oddity of speech from when I was a nanny in New York before college. I would get confused when people would refer to standing on-line. Being from Iowa, we say in line, as we would stand in line for tickets. But out East, they stood on line. It was explained to me that we were on line because you made a line by standing in line. What? It still is puzzling. But whatever. These days, we have the one word online, which as we all know means something totally different. So, I guess someone in New York can be online while waiting on line. As you gather with friends and family, it is my hope that you take some time to just sit back, unplug the technology and enjoy the little things life has to offer all of us, like this recipe for fall apple cake. Challenge yourself to find how many more of these little things you can discover. Happy Holidays! l In addition to her blog, TheDanglingThread.blogspot.com, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef.
Fall Apple Cake 2 cups sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour 2½ teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) 3 cups sliced apples (peeled) 3 eggs, beaten 1 cup oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in center and add beaten eggs, oil and vanilla extract, apples and pecans (optional). Stir together, but do not beat. Pour into an ungreased angel food cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 min. Serve with whipped cream. 12 servings *Recipe from Faith Lutheran Church Cookbook, Pierre, SD WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 13
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What to do after you have an estate plan in place ESTATE PLANNING BY DERA L. JOHNSEN-TRACY
ore than half of U.S. adults do not have estate planning documents such as a will or living trust, according to Caring.com’s 2019 survey. For the 43 percent who do, congratulations on taking the necessary steps to provide peace of mind for yourself and for your family. But there are a few more steps to make the process as smooth as possible for your loved ones upon your death or incapacity. Keep your documents safe and accessible, inform people of their roles in your estate plan and keep your information updated. I used to advise my clients to keep their original estate planning documents in a safe deposit box. However, I no longer do so because I have discovered how unlikely you are to review your documents when they are there. Life circumstances will inevitably change, and you might be surprised at how many people have wills in place from decades ago, perhaps at a time when their children were minors and they were planning a vacation. Because the laws might also change, it is important to review your
documents every two or three years or immediately after a significant life event such as a birth or death in your immediate family. In most situations, the ideal location for your original estate planning documents is a fireproof safe at home so they are easily accessible to you and to your family when needed. It is essential that you notify at least one trusted individual of the location of your documents along with instructions for gaining access. It is also generally advisable to inform family members of their various roles, including guardians for minor children, personal representatives (“executors”), trustees, financial agents and health care agents. However, whether you should provide these individuals with full copies of your documents will depend on your personal circumstances. Consider whether you would be comfortable requesting the return of these copies when you revise them, along with an explanation. You copies of any health care documents with your health care provider(s) so they are available in the event of an emergency. Estate planning attorneys now often
provide clients with digital copies, making the task of delivering or even storing them in a password-protected online file convenient. However, in Wisconsin, your original will must be filed with the court upon your death. I also suggest regularly updating several pieces of information: * A list of key advisers, such as your estate planning attorney, accountant, financial adviser, life insurance agent, home and auto insurance agent, bank and employer. * I nformation regarding your primary health care provider and health insurance. * A list of relatives and close friends to contact, including phone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses. * B urial and funeral instructions, including information regarding any prepaid funeral policies. Keep in mind that your plan is truly the ultimate gift for your loved ones and should be maintained as such. l Attorney Dera L. Johnsen-Tracy is a shareholder and co-founder of Horn & Johnsen SC, a Madison law firm dedicated to estate planning, business law, and real estate.
I suggest regularly updating several pieces of information: A list of key advisers, such as your estate
planning attorney, accountant, financial adviser, life insurance agent, home and auto insurance agent, bank and employer. Information regarding your primary health care provider and health insurance. A list of relatives and close friends to contact, including phone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses. Burial and funeral instructions, including information regarding any prepaid funeral policies. WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 17
Keeping buzzy FAMILYLIFE
Jeane Hansen works with the National Guard in 2012 to teach about beekping. Hansen said the trops were heade to Afghanistan and expectd to work with farmers, some of whom kept bees.
Backyard beekeeping growing as a hobby as pollinators grow endangered Story by Bill Livick Photos submitted
oneybees and other pollinators are in trouble across the planet. Entomologists say there are many reasons for their decline, but the bottom line is it’s bad news for the world’s food supply. Bees play a vital role in fertilizing more than 100 major crops, including fruit and nut trees, flowering plants and vegetables. But there’s also some good news when it comes to honeybees. The American Beekeeping Federation reports that it’s seen a 45 percent increase in membership since 1999, the majority being small-scale beekeepers with fewer than 25 hives.
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The number of hobbyists, known as backyard beekeepers, appears to be increasing throughout Wisconsin, as well, said Rich Schneider, owner of Capital Bee Supply in Columbus. He cited an increasing number of cities and towns that have passed laws recently to allow backyard beekeeping. That includes the bigger cities of Milwaukee and Madison and smaller municipalities like Janesville, Fitchburg and Stoughton, each of which have adopted beekeeping ordinances in the past several years. “It’s somewhat parallel to what’s happened with backyard chickens,”
Schneider said. It’s tough to get accurate data on the number of bees and backyard beekeepers, he acknowledged, because Wisconsin doesn’t require hobbyists to register their hives. “We go to most of the beekeeper clubs in the southern half of Wisconsin and a lot of them have grown in size over the last nine or 10 years,” Schneider said. “Some have doubled, some have tripled, and some have started from scratch because there wasn’t a club in the area.” Successfully maintaining honeybee hives is highly technical, backyard
FAMILYLIFE beekeepers say. It typically doesn’t require a big investment of time, they say, but can get to be expensive. They’re willing to invest the time and money – and risk the occasional bee sting – because honeybees are “fascinating,” several beekeepers told Your Family. They also enjoy the way it connects them to nature, say it’s a fun challenge and find it rewarding to know their bees are well cared for and thriving in light of threats to their existence. Dane County Beekeepers Association member Tim Aure said he finds tending hives and observing the bees can teach people a lot about the natural world. “You feel good if you can keep a
colony going,” he added. “It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for the bees.” Despite a growing awareness of the ecological value of honeybees (and other pollinators) and the threats they face, the number of colonies in America is half what is was 50 or 60 years ago, said Scott Wegner, president of the Rock County Beekeepers Association. “The average age of the beekeeper is near or past retirement age, and we’re going to need young people to keep it going,” he said.
Clubs provide support Clubs are valuable to hobbyists because beekeeping is challenging and technical.
They provide a way for beekeepers to find support and even mentors. Wisconsin Pollinators.com lists 21 beekeeping clubs or associations throughout the state. Most backyard beekeepers lose a percentage of their hives each year, particularly in the first few years as they learn the ins and outs of how to help colonies survive. Madison resident Jeanne Hanson joined a handful of others in starting the Dane County Beekeeping Association in 2009. The Group has about 200 members and meets each month, with attendance ranging from about a dozen to more than Continued on page 20
If at first you don’t succeed…
Betsy True cares for six colonies in the Town of Middleton .
Betsy True A few decades passed between Betsy True’s first encounters with backyard beekeeping and her more successful efforts. True, a retired medical illustrator who holds a degree in fine art, was living in Massachusetts in the 1970s when she built four bee hives from plans she’d found in a magazine published in Waterloo. “I had four colonies and they all died the first year,” True matter-of-factly recalled. A member of the Dane County Beekeepers Association, she said without the support of a club or information via the Internet, she wouldn’t have figured out why her bees died or what to do to prevent it from happening again. In the late 1970s, True moved to Wisconsin and again attempted to raise honeybees. She purchased some package bees – literally several
thousand honeybees that come in packages – and had put a couple of hives out on a friend’s land. When True went to check on the bees the next day, they were gone. “Someone stole them right away,” she remembered. “Someone must have known I was putting package bees out there and took them. So I kind of gave up after that and sold all my equipment.” Now, almost 40 years later, True is once again tending to bee colonies. She started seven or eight years ago, she said, and has six hives that she keeps in the Town of Middleton. True said after retiring several years ago, she “decided my project in retirement would be lifestyle changes – the bees are only one part of the plan.” Her “lifestyle” now centers around “a little homestead on 1.2 acres with fruit trees and vegetables, and bees and chickens. We got chickens because they close the system a little bit so that you don’t have to have all the garbage.” When Dane County Beekeepers got going about eight years ago, she joined right away. She values the group for its advice and support. “It’s become a good group to mentor beginners,” she said. “We have an online forum, and it’s been wonderful. “With every seasonal change, people are discussing what to do now and the pros and cons of everything,” she explained. “People are all over the place with their opinions, but if you pick a philosophy, you can kind of decide what you want to do.”
True described beekeeping as a “fun, technical challenge, and I love a challenge.” “I have a lot of technical support around me with the forum, and my husband’s an engineer, and I also have a technical background,” she said. She also enjoys the community of like-minded people – what she called “homesteader-types” – and how it pushes her to follow the seasons more. “I’m much more aware of seasonal changes,” she said. “I’m watching the weather a lot.” True said the social aspect of beekeeping and being a club member is “a big part of it – even if it’s virtual.” “Three or four or the best contributors to the forum never come to the meetings, but they can still have an influence on the other beekeepers,” she said. Along with caring for bee colonies, True said, she loves being a member of Dane County Beekeepers. The group gathers at her house a couple of times a year, where meetings become a party. “We have a pizza oven, and people do a round robin about our hives,” True said. “We talk about our tips and tricks, about what to do and what not to do. So it’s a lot of community support. “People show off their equipment that they’ve developed,” she added, “and then we do a lot of eating and drinking. We try to make a trip to each person’s apiary if they’re willing to see how they’re set up. It’s fun to see each other’s systems and techniques.” WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 19
Got started ‘on a whim’ “instrumental” in getting the city’s beekeeping ordinance written, which the city council adopted in May 2012, Hanson said. She maintains two colonies and had 10 hives at the height of her efforts. But she always struggled to keep her colonies alive through winter, when bees huddle together in the hive to stay warm and protect the queen. Hanson’s concerned that her bees are malnourished and isn’t sure whether they’ll survive to the next season. “They need nectar to make the honey Dane County Beekeepers Association co-founder and to live on, and they need pollen, Jeanne Hansen with her granddaughter. and if they don’t have both they’re not Jeanne Hanson well,” Hanson explained. Jeanne Hanson got into beekeeping She’s been giving the bees an “on a whim.” artificial pollen substitute weekly all A co-founder of the Dane County summer long since early spring in Beekeeping Association and its past hopes of improving their chances of president, she was helping a friend survival. make beeswax candles one day “Every year I try something different,” about 12 years ago when the woman she lamented. “We’ll see if this is the suggested Hanson take up beekeeping. year where they’re actually going to “I thought, that’s a good idea,” she live over winter.” remembered. “My husband had just Despite the challenges, Hanson gobbled up seven jars of honey, five said she loves beekeeping because it pounds each, in one summer. I thought keeps her connected to nature and she I could make the honey myself and enjoys working outside. save some money, and have some fun I’ve always liked flowers and thought I doing it.” knew a lot about wildflowers, but when Hanson, a retired chemist who’s lived you’ve got bees, you’re suddenly a lot in Madison for 30 years, played a key more interested in the flowers – when role in establishing the Dane County they bloom and for how long and Beekeeping Association in 2009. which ones are blooming,” Hanson After embracing her friend’s explained. “And when you’ve got bees, suggestion to take up the hobby, she you pay close attention to the weather read books on the subject and later and whether the flowers are growing attended a class. and if it’s sunny and warm.” Hanson noted there had been a She said beekeeping is among the beekeeping club in Madison, but it most interesting things she’s done. disbanded before she began tending “It’s so rewarding to see how the bees hives in 2008. are doing and know that you’re taking “The president of the state care of them well,” she said. beekeeping association thought there But, Hanson noted, bees are not should be a beekeeping group in domesticated like farm animals Madison, so he held a class here,” she and people’s pets. She finds them recalled. “fascinating because they’re mostly After class, the presenter invited wild.” people who were interested in forming “We can cooperate with them. If we a local club to meet in the back of the give them the right kind of box, they’ll room. Hanson and a handful of other live in it,” she explained. “And if we beekeepers gathered and decided can provide them with what they need where and when the group should meet, and the Dane County Beekeeping to live, then they’ll stay there and make honey and thrive. But really, they’re Association was born. wild. For the most part, they go Members of the club worked with out and find their own food.” city officials in Madison and were
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KEEPING BUZZY Continued from page 19
40 at its October meeting. “We didn’t have officers right away,” Hanson recalled. “I just kept on scheduling a meeting every month, so I sort of became the president by default. “I joined them because I was just wild to meet with other beekeepers,” she added. Chris Hansen, owner of Hansen Honey Farm in Rhinelander, began as a hobbyist with two hives in 1998 and went full-time six years ago. He now tends more than 700 hives in 42 locations. He and his family run a retail beekeeping equipment store and a beetransporting operation, sell package bees and harvest honey for the retail market. He said beekeeping is a growing hobby, particularly for retired and semiretired people. “We’ve definitely noticed the trend of more backyard beekeeping,” Hansen said. “For most people, it’s a hobby. “Our store here is about supporting the backyard beekeepers that do it as a hobby,” he added. “Most have one to four hives and they do it to pollinate their gardens or fruit trees. Some of them get the reward of honey, and they’re tickled to death about it.”
A social hobby Also important to many beekeepers is the community of like-minded “homesteader types,” observed Betsy True, a member of the Dane County Beekeepers Association. “I think even if I didn’t keep bees I would want to keep in touch with club members,” she said. “The social aspect is a big part of it.” Fellow club member Aure agreed. “There definitely is a culture that surrounds beekeeping,” he said. “The club has been a big plus in our area, and it’s a good group of people. “I came in just watching to see what everybody else is doing, and I try to follow those who are more successful,” he explained. Club members post questions online, and there’s never a shortage of answers from other members. But you’ve got to learn to “spit out the bones because everybody’s got their own opinion,” Aure said. “There’s a saying that if you ask a dozen beekeepers a question, you’ll get 13 answers.” Wegner said there are “all sorts of management styles” and different Continued on page 29
Threats to honeybees abound developments and modern agriculture, he explained. “The mowing of roadsides and prairie burns also have consequences, along with planting crops like corn.” Honeybees and native pollinators need things blooming all summer long in order to thrive, Evans explained. But with modern agriculture, things tend to all bloom around the same time. “We must create habitats that are healthy to pollinators,” he said. Research into the threats posed by pesticides is ongoing and has indicated that insecticides pose the most direct threat to honeybees and native pollinators. Pesticides, in particular a group called neonicotinoids, may cause disorientation in bees and may also weaken their Mark Evans - a beekeeper and entomologist - is also aimmune member of systems, according to numerous scientific reports. Dane County Beekeepers Association. He said the loss of habitat “If bees can’t find their way back to the colony, the colony due to human development and climate change, pesticides starve and die,” Evans observed. and varroa mites present the biggest threats towill honeybees. Neonicotinoids were designed to help plants survive and Scientists and honeybee experts have identified major grow and produce blooms. They’re systemically taken up threats to the survival of bees and other pollinators, including in the plants, which then produce tainted seeds from a loss of habitat, exposure to pesticides and mortality from pollinator’s perspective. mites and other parasites. Evans explained that colony collapse disorder is a term Beehives in North America, Europe and elsewhere have given to a host of things that probably cause a healthy colony been hit by a mysterious phenomenon called colony collapse to die. disorder. The blight has been blamed on mites, pesticides, “People reported it a lot in the ‘90s, and ‘colony collapse viruses or a combination of factors. disorder’ became the name for it,” he said. “They use that Last year, the United Nations declared 40 percent of name less often now.” invertebrate pollinators – particularly bees and butterflies – A lot of things can cause it, Evans said. A queen can die, risk global extinction. or yellow jackets and other aggressive insects can attack a “Loss of habitat, pesticides and mites – those three things colony, kill the bees and steal the honey. are the key threats to honeybees,” said Mark Evans, an “It can also be because a neighbor sprayed pesticides entomologist and backyard beekeeper for eight years. Evans, that are toxic,” he said. “Or it can be a virus or bacterial a member of Dane County Beekeepers Association, said disease. Those are among the things that can have the same there are over 500 bee species in Wisconsin, and “they’re all consequence.” hurting.” Some beekeepers have reported colony collapse happening “When we talk about honeybees specifically, along with in weeks, Evans said. He experienced it firsthand last year. habitat loss it’s also disease and parasites, especially varroa“Last winter, I had five colonies that were alive in the mites,” he explained. “They’ve become problems in North beginning of March, and they were all dead at the beginning America since they first got into Florida in the 1980s.” of April,” he recalled. “So they survived the polar vortex and Evans noted that entomologists and citizen-scientists at there was plenty of honey in the hive. They died for other places like the Low Technology Institute in Cooksville have reasons. been trying to find answers to reduce the threat of mites. One “Now I have five colonies that are very robust, and I would strategy is attempting to breed mite-resistant bee colonies. like to think they’ll survive the winter,” Evans added. “But I’m But he’s not very optimistic about the chances for long-term not sure. Call me next April and I’ll tell you.” success because mites and other parasites will likely evolve in reaction to resistant bees. “People in the U.S. and Canada are working hard on this,” he said. Some bees apparently can sense the presence of varroamites in the hive and demonstrate behaviors to mitigate their threat, Evans said. “So people are hoping to find a way to breed those behaviors in bees,” he explained. Human development in the form of roads and housing also pose a threat because it reduces the number of wild plants that pollinators need for nectar and pollen. “The loss of habitat for honeybees is a problem,” Evans said. Although bees will forage for up to three miles away from the hive, sometimes it’s not far enough with housing Photo by Kimberly Wethal WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 21
One more cast FAMILYFUN
Anglers fish even in the coldest temperatures Story by Mackenzie Krumme Photos submitted
quarter of all fish caught in Wisconsin are hooked during the winter months, when the air is so cold three feet of ice rests on top of the water. Ice fishing has been a snowy, Wisconsin tradition since before our 1848 statehood. As Madisonians drive along the Isthmus, they can look out of their car and see speckled ice shanties scattered over the many lakes. Each winter, Tom Robertson spends 22 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2019/2020
his afternoons drilling a hole in the thick layer of ice and waiting for a catch. Sometimes the temperatures are frigid enough to freeze snot running from your nose, and other times, Robertson remembers, taking his shirt off and sunbathing in the snow. Robertson has 70 years ice fishing experience and has fished around the Midwest. His favorite fishing spots are along the Mississippi, Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota and near his house
on Lake Kegonsa in Stoughton. At the age of 77, the cold stiffens his joints more than it use to, so he enjoys several ice fishing resorts around Wisconsin. The resorts have already placed ice shanties on the body of water and anglers just need to show up. There are ice fishing castles available, too, for those who want the most luxurious experience. Robertson points out there are 10 species of fish no Wisconsin angler is allowed to catch because they are on the state’s endangered list. His short list of the most important equipment to bring on any ice fishing journey is simple. “A fishing pole, bait, your lunch and what you’re gonna drink,” Robertson quipped. l
Ice fishing oddities Drunk fish
After the first ice, but before a layer of snow blocks sun to underwater plants, a maximum amount of light reaches greenery. The extra oxygen, caused by photosynthesize, is trapped at the surface. Anglers report seeing fish swim on their sides, drunk by the extra oxygen.
Friends of veteran ice fisherman Tom Robertson enjoy a Wisconsin winter on the ice. Some shanties can be warm enough to shed a couple layers of clothing.
Tom’s top four ice fishing resorts
Whether you are a veteran angler or experiencing your first season on the ice, some planning can help you start the season off right. If you want a relaxing ice fishing journey, veteran ice fisherman Tom Robertson vouches for several ice fishing resorts, and we’ve thrown in a couple extra.
Border Bobs, International Falls, Minnesota
Unlike most fish that enjoy laying eggs in the spring, the burbot fish spawns in the winter. The Wisconsin native, with a flat head and eel like body, finds the cold dark depth of the lake and spawns under the ice.
Algae blooms affect fish and water stability even during the winter. As the algae blooms decompose at the bottom of the frozen lake, it sucks oxygen from the water. If there are enough algae blooms that area can become anoxic or oxygen-starved. In small lakes, winter kill events take place where oxygen is so depleted fish suffocate. – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and UWMadScience, a blog for for “all things science” at the University of Wisconsin- Madison
The best part about this ice fishing resort near Lake of the Woods, Robertson says, is the heated portable toilets for the day anglers. The fish houses have a pre-drilled hole and keep visitors out of the wind. Owners of this resort move the fish houses around the lake throughout the day to follow the schools of walley.
River Bend Resort, Watertown
This resort offers multiple-day packages. Visitors can spend up to four nights on the water with personal accommodations. The resort stays include everything one needs including meals, bait and even toilet paper.
Blue Ribbon Outdoors, Milwaukee and Madison Noted as a family friendly company, Blue Ribbon Outdoor ice fishing adventures are based out of Milwaukee. Visitors take the day searching for panfish, perch, walleye and pike. A guide accompanies the group during tours in Milwaukee and Madison.
Lyback’s Ice Fishing, Wahkon, Minnesota
Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota is a well known for ice fishing. In years past there has been as many as 5,500 shanties on the water. Although Mille Lacs is a four hour drive, this lake is known as the best. Lyback’s Ice Fishing has been renting fishing houses for 70 years. The family business wants to preserve the tradition of ice fishing and keeps their shanties secluded from loud noise and activity. WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 23
The Bobblehead Museum represents every national football, baseball, hockey and basketball team. It opened in February and has a collection of 10,000 bobbleheads.
A nod to our legends Bobblehead museum honors 10,000 different heroes, characters and others Story and Photos by Mackenzie Krumme
hen you walk into the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, you’ll pass through 6,500 figures neatly stacked on more than 100 bookshelves. Characters are as varied as Flo, the Progressive insurance spokesperson, civil rights leader Nelson Mandela and local musician Pat McCurdy. Of course, the largest group of these American trinkets at the museum –
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the only one of its kind – is sports. It represents every national football, baseball, hockey and basketball team. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum opened in February 2019 in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, known as a hotbed for gay bars and farm-to-table restaurants and the location of Milwaukee’s community radio station. There, thousands of guests from all
over the world wander into the 1895 industrial building and meander through the shelves trying to find their favorite sports player, politician, mascot or musician. They might stumble upon bobblehead history, which dates back to the 18th century, discover the rarest set of bobbleheads or learn about a bobblehead superfan who donated 1,500 to the collection. They might also find the museum’s
The Bobblehead Museum is located in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee. Guests from all over the world come to the museum to search for their favorite icon.
very first custom bobblehead – Michael Poll – a 20-year University of WisconsinMilwaukee Panthers manager and a good friend of the museum’s owners. Co-owner Phil Sklar said the iconic knick-knack – described as a character with a spring under its head – is an American tradition. “Bobbleheads are a great way to honor someone,” said Sklar. Sklar and business partner Brad Novak have been producing bobbleheads
Personalized Bobbleheads The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum creates personalized bobbleheads, which are often given as birthday presents, made as wedding toppers and gag gifts. “We’ve made bobbleheads of people sitting on the toilet in the nude,” said Phil Sklar, the museum’s co-founder. But no request has ever been so distasteful they’ve had to deny it, he said. First a customer sends in an image of the person, or pet to replicate. Then the design is brought to a crafter who hand sculpts and paints the clay bobblehead. “They look remarkably like the image,” said Sklar.
since 2013, and the production, collection and interest in bobbleheads has grown in that time. The museum’s receptionist Ariel Kassulke said tour buses, families, kids, sports fans and people from all walks of life come to the museum. “Everyone is very shocked when they walk in here; no one is expecting this many (bobbleheads),” Kassulke said. Total, Sklar and Novak have 10,000 bobbleheads in their collection, 3,500 of which are in storage. Some are timely, like “chance the snapper,” the alligator that mesmerized Chicago in July, by becoming the city’s only reptile caught in a lagoon. Or Sister Jean, the 98 year old nun and superfan of the Loyola University Chicago basketball team. Three thousand of the bobbleheads are from the owners’ personal collection, like The Beatles bobblehead set, which was made in 1964 and is known to be the rarest collector worth roughly $1,000. A large portion of the collection, however, comes from donations. “We get donations on a weekly basis,” Kassulke said. The largest was from Robert “bobblehead Bob” Manak, who gave them 1,500 just one month before he died of cancer. A fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Browns, Manak
‘The most bobblin heads the world around’ Midwestern singer and songwriter Pat McCurdy produced the personalized theme song for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Co-founders Phil Sklar and Brad Novak made a bobblehead of McCurdy to honor his local celebrity status in Milwaukee. McCredy like it so much, he agreed to write a theme song, said Sklar. “It’s catchy and everyone loves it, “ said Sklar. If you want to see heads bobble up and down The most bobblin’ heads the world around. Superstar, athletes and VIPS, Politicians, doctors and celebrities, Where can you go to see? At the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Bobblehead, bobblehead, bob bob bobblehead had searched garage sales, antique shops and the internet to find them. Sklar said Manak wanted everyone to enjoy his collection as much as he did. Manak did hold back two, however, to be buried with him. “His family is coming to the museum to visit this summer,” Sklar said. “It’s pretty special.” Owners hope the collection continues to grow, although they despise the occasional dusting of the 6,500 figures in the museum. “Fortunately we’ve only had to do that once,” Sklar joke. l
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Bobblehead history dates back to the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that bobbleheads became a tradition at stadiums and homes around the country. Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Willie Mays were the first player-specific, non-mascot bobbleheads. WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 25
Wisconsin s k o Bo by MICHAEL TIDEMANN
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Finucan biography reads like hard-edged fiction Wild Counselor by Jim Finucan Lighthouse Point Press ISBN 9780979299834 Writing a coming-of-age novel can be tricky. In the wrong hands, an adult writing of some past event in his or her adolescence can often be self-centered or maudlin or even preachy. That is not the case with Wild Counselor by Jim Finucan of Merrill. Finucan’s poignant memoir shows how 11-year-old Jamie Finucan acts as the lone tether of reality to his father, a former attorney, who has plunged into mental illness and homelessness. Finucan’s memoir also shows how young Jamie matures from boy to a young man as he and his brothers try to cope with the loss of their father as they scramble to reform their own identity. Despite his homelessness, Jamie’s 26 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2019/2020
father Pat still takes on a father’s role, the one thing he never abandoned. A good example was when Jamie told his father about a bully. “This was one of the times I had presented him a problem and he rushed to my assistance, in whatever way he could, even if there was nothing that he could do. He would do that countless times through my life until he died. My dad was champion of my life.” Homelessness did not keep Pat from wanting to help others. As he said to Jamie, “One of the worst things about having nothing is that you can offer no real help to those around you, and that’s what we’re called to do.” Jamie’s story goes beyond his father, though. It also tells how he develops the courage to face bullies and the strange but welcome feelings he has for Trish, who returns his interest in her. Unfortunately, Trish is the daughter
of a man who shot through a window, narrowly missing Jamie’s father. All were circumstances that made Jamie, now Jim, the man he is today. “That summer I learned there is a reckoning. I am not the same person leaving the summer as I was going into it. I could touch a loss of naivety someplace inside. I had aged, and felt it for the first time. I played out the remaining days of that summer knowing I was leaving the boy behind.” This is a wonderful memoir that brings home what homelessness means to people in America. It demands a sequel. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward building a homeless shelter in Merrill, Wis.. l Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann.
Pork Chops with Butter Bean Salad
Chicken and Spinach Salad With Avocado and Fruit
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Chicken and Spinach Salad With Avocado and Fruit Sweet-and-Sour Dressing 1/4 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon grated onion 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1â „3 cup vegetable oil 8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts 1 half cantaloupe or other melon, or 2 oranges, peeled and divided into segments 8 ounces spinach, trimmed, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces 1 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced Salt and pepper Sweet-and-Sour Dressing: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and vinegar; cook stirring, for 2 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Cool. Stir in onion, paprika, mustard, and salt. Transfer mixture to a blender; with motor running, add oil in a slow stream through the feed tube. Meanwhile, put chicken in a saucepan with 1/4 inch water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer, turning once, for 5 minutes, or until just cooked through. Remove chicken, cool and cut crosswise into 1/4inch slices. Scoop out melon with melon baller or cut into cubes. In a large salad bowl, toss spinach, chicken, avocado, melon, dressing, and salt and pepper to taste. Tip: The dressing can be made, covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week. The chicken can be cooked, cooled, covered, and refrigerated up to 2 days. Serves 4
Stareos Chocolate Shortbread 11/2 cups all-purpose flour Pinch of kosher salt 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 8 ounces (16 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup granulated sugar Flour for dusting Filling 1 cup mascarpone cheese 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract To make the chocolate shortbread: In a bowl, stir together the flour, salt and cocoa powder and set aside. Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on low speed until the butter and sugar begin to incorporate, about 15 seconds. Add the dry ingredients and continue to mix until the dough comes together, about 3 minutes. It will look dry just before it comes together. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2-inch star cutter, cut out as many cookies as possible. Gather together the scraps, reroll, and continue cutting out cookies until you have 36 cookies. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 300 F. Bake the shortbread until firm, about 35 minutes. At the midway point, switch the baking sheets between the racks and rotate them 180 degrees to ensure even baking. Let cool on the baking sheets to room temperature. To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the mascarpone, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Turn 18 of the cookies bottom-side up on a work surface. Using a table knife or a small icing spatula, spread about 1 tablespoon of the filling on the bottom of each cookie. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom-side down. Makes 18 cookies 28 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2019/2020
Pork Chops with Butter Bean Salad 1 slice sandwich bread, torn into pieces 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 scallions, sliced Kosher salt and black pepper 4 boneless pork chops (1 inch thick; about 1.5 pounds total) 1 bunch spinach, thick stems removed and leaves thinly sliced (about 4 cups) 1 14-ounce can butter beans, rinsed 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano Heat oven to 400 F. In a food processor, pulse the bread and 2 tablespoons of the oil to form coarse crumbs. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Toss with the scallions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the pork until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. In a large bowl, toss the spinach and beans with the vinegar, oregano, the remaining tablespoon of oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Top the pork with the bread crumbs mixture. Serve with the salad. Serves 4
Tortilla Soup 4 corn tortillas, freshly made or a few days old 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus extra for frying 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 14-ounce can plum tomatoes, drained 4 cups chicken stock Small bunch cilantro Salt and ground black pepper Using a sharp knife, cut each tortilla into 4 or 5 strips, each measuring about 3/4 inches wide. Pour vegetable oil to a depth of 3/4 inch into a heavy frying pan. Heat until a small piece of tortilla, added to the oil, floats on the top and bubbles at the edges. Add a few tortilla strips to the hot oil and fry for a few minutes, until crisp and golden brown all over, turning them occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a double layer of paper towels. Cook the remaining tortilla strips in the same way. Heat the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large, heavy pan. Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spatula, until the onion is soft and translucent. Do not let the garlic turn brown or it will give the soup a bitter taste. Chop the tomatoes using a large, sharp knife and add them to the onion mixture in the pan. Pour in the chicken stock and stir well. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, until the liquid has reduced slightly. Chop the cilantro. Add to the soup, reserving a little to use as a garnish. Season to taste. Place a few of the crisp tortilla pieces in the bottom of four warmed soup bowls. Ladle the soup on top. Sprinkle each portion with the reserved chopped cilantro and serve. Serves 4
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Part of the circle of life
Wegner said there are “all sorts of management styles” and different schools of thought on the best way to maintain bee colonies. There are different motivations for people to take up the hobby, as well. “For one, it’s good for the environment,” he said. “Two, they do produce a little bit of a product with the honey and the wax. “I enjoy it because it’s actually kind of quiet and peaceful,” Wegner added.
Allure of a challenge Another alluring element for some beekeepers is the challenge of sustaining a hive. Aure, who works in construction and homebuilding, is nearing retirement and said he had never considered having honeybees until a friend from Madison asked if he could keep a hive on Aure’s property in Cottage Grove. “I enjoy gardening – I have fruit trees and raspberries and strawberries and vegetable and flower gardens – so I thought sure, it’ll help my gardens,” he recalled. “He brought a hive out, and I’m watching over his shoulder and thinking, I could do that. That’s what got me into it.” “It didn’t look like it was hard,” he added. But looks can be deceiving, and during his first couple of seasons, all of Aure’s bees died over the winter. “I lost my bees through mites and lack of knowledge,” he said. “In fact, I’ve only gotten through winter with hives intact a couple of times.” It’s a common experience for backyard beekeepers, who typically lose 50 percent or more of their colonies during the long Wisconsin winter, Wegner estimated. He added that the longer people do beekeeping, the better their chances of success. Helping honeybees to survive the winter is a complicated mix of making sure they get enough nutrition earlier in the year, knowing when and when not to divide a hive, fending off viruses and mites, and perhaps, a bit of luck with the weather. Aure has been beekeeping for seven or eight years and now maintains about a dozen hives. He said the challenge of maintaining colonies became part of his motivation. “It’s kind of like seeking a girl that doesn’t want you – it makes you want her more, he explained. “It might be a weird way of putting it, but I like the chase.” He also admitted to developing a kind of affection for his bees, similar to a family pet. “I can spend hours looking at bee sites and monkeying with these bees and talking to people about it,” Aure said. “It’s kind of a passion now.” “I used to hunt a lot, but I’ve pretty much given it up now, and instead I put my energy into beekeeping and gardening and my grandkids.” l
Scott Wegner Scott and Janis Wegner have been beekeepers for over a decade and manage about 35 colonies that provide honey and material for a host of other products. Scott manages the couple’s hives and offers a swarmremoval service, while Janis runs the business, Mandt Honey Works in Stoughton, and makes honey-related products – beeswax candles, lotions, balms and soaps. They live in a rural subdivision and began backyard beekeeping after their children were raised. “I originally got into it because we became empty-nesters and I didn’t have anything to do with my time,” Scott explained. “My daughter bought me a book on beekeeping, and I read it and thought, oh, I could do this.” Shortly after the couple acquired their first hives, they joined the Rock County Beekeepers, where Scott now serves as club president. Along with beekeeping, he’s also an experienced firefighter and serves as chief of the Stoughton Fire Department. He and others in Rock County Beekeepers were active in the City of Janesville’s beekeeping ordinance debate, which the City Council adopted in April after previously voting against it. “At first the City Council turned it down, and then they
involved our club,” Wegner said. Likewise, when the Stoughton Common Council approved its beekeeping ordinance in May this year, Wegner provided some input. “When the city passed its beekeeping ordinance, I did get some questions from the planning department and others,” he said. “I was in support of Stoughton’s ordinance.” Wegner said his neighbors know about the bees in his backyard and that they’ve never been a problem. He said he likes working with the bees because of their importance as pollinators. And he’s concerned about the threats to honeybees in particular, stemming from the loss of habitat, the effect of pesticides and infestations of mites. Like most beekeepers, Wegner said, his bees have been affected by changes in the environment. “I experience the same losses that basically everybody else does,” he said. “Usually in the 50 percent range. “The number of colonies in the U.S. is half what is used to be 50 or 60 years ago,” he added. Wegner says there are different motivations for people to do beekeeping. For him, it’s because bees are “good for the environment, and they do produce a little bit of a product with the honey and the wax.” Harvesting and selling honey, along with making beeswax products, is part of a lifestyle that includes “a few fruit trees and some berry bushes,” and Janis’ effort to raise 43 monarchs last summer, Scott explained. “We’ve got a little milkweed in the backyard, and there are all sorts of pollinator protecting organizations out there working to save the bees and butterflies,” he noted. “Ecology is important. Bees have been described as synergistic. They’re part of the circle of life.” WINTER 2019/2020 YOUR FAMILY 29
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The U.S. Census Bureau has sounded the alarm, calling 2030 a “demographic turning point” for the country. get worse, worker shortages increase and more isolation among older people. This demographic anomaly has already occurred in Japan, where 25% of its people are at least 65 years old. Its population has already started to decline and, by 2050, it is projected to shrink by 20 million people. Europe is headed down the same demographic path. Countries like Germany, Italy, France and Spain already have populations that are older than the United States, and within a few years, many of their populations are projected to begin shrinking. These countries are simply not having enough babies to replace the population that is dying. This graying of America is for many reasons, including reduced birth rates, people living longer, adults marrying at a later age and couples postponing having children or having no children. One reason for delayed marriage and children, according to a story in “The Christian Post,” is debt. We’ve all heard of the Baby Boom, when children were born at a high rate between 1946 and 1964 after World War II.
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walk to stores, community centers or doctors?” No one knows for sure what the impact will be on retail stores, grocery stores, housing and city services, but rest assured, it will be a new experience for all of us. l Stephen Rudolph is a consultant for Comfort Keepers of South Central Wisconsin, a home care agency that provides skilled nursing and personal care services for aging adults, those with disabilities and others needing assistance.
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Now, we have the Baby Bust. The 78 million Baby Boomers are moving into old age while the Baby Bust generation is not keeping up. According to the Census, the birth rate fell from 30.1 births per 1,000 people in 1970 to 14.8 in 1990 and 11.8 in 2018. That shows we are farther away from a viable replacement rate – the standard for a generation being able to replace its numbers. This reflects a cultural shift. People are waiting longer to tie the knot and having their babies in their 30s or 40s – or none at all. While women in their 20s have historically given birth to the most babies in the United States, women in their early 30s had a higher birthrate in 2017, for the first time, according to statistics from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With Baby Boomers turning 65 at a rate of 8,000-10,000 each day, the U.S. Census Bureau has sounded the alarm, calling 2030 a “demographic turning point” for the country. “With this growing number of older adults, the country could see greater demands for healthcare, in-home caregiving and assisted living facilities,” writes Jonathan Vespa, demographer with the US Census Bureau. This also will have profound consequences for Social Security, which is projected to exhaust its $2.9 trillion reserve by 2035. The Census predicts the number of working-age adults for every person eligible for Social Security dropping from 3.5 in 2020 to 2.5 in 2060. By 2030, America’s dependency ratio – or the percentage of nonworking citizens who rely on those who are employed – will exceed 70 percent, according to the Social Security Administration. Already, employers have mostly eliminated pensions, and Boomers have an average of only $152,000 in retirement savings – far too little for a 20-year retirement – with 45 percent of Boomers having no retirement savings at all. A Gallup poll found that 74 percent of Americans plan to work past 65. Spending on health care, the Census Bureau predicts, is expected to rise from about $4 trillion a year to $6 trillion by 2027, with increasing shortages of health-care workers. By 2025, health-care providers expect to be short 500,000 home health aides, 100,000 nursing assistants and 29,000 nurse practitioners, and by 2032, the doctor shortage is expected to be up to
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WINTER 2019/2020 CALENDAR Through Jan. 4 Holiday Fantasy in Lights, Olin Park, Madison: Drive-through display with animated light sculptures, fantasyinlights.com
Norskedalen’s Old Fashioned Christmas, Coon Valley: Horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers, foods from lefse and rommegrot to Norwegian meatballs, norskedalen.org Wintertime in the City, Eau Claire: Visit from Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, hot cocoa, tree-lighting, downtowneauclaire.org
Through Dec. 8 “Hamilton,” Overture Center. Madison: Lottery held two days prior to show date. overture.org
Dec. 7-8 Schumacher Farm Christmas teas, Waunakee: holiday music, stories, games, tea and three courses of light holiday fare, schumacherfarmpark.org
Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 German Christmas Market, Downtown Oconomowoc: polka bands, German beer, German cuisines, shopping, live music, Santa, germanchristmasmarket.org
Dec. 7-31 Holiday Express, Olbrich Gardens, Madison: Model train sets zip through miniature landscapes lined with hundreds of poinsettias. olbrich.org
Nov. 30 A Vintage Christmas, Wollersheim Winery, Sauk Prairie: Experience Old World charm, caroling, find gifts and taste wines paired with festive food, wollersheim.com
Dec. 8 Gale Singers Holiday Concert, Portage: Portagecenterforthearts.com Children’s Holiday Party, Fitchburg Community Center: Meet Santa, face painting, crafts, games, fitchburgchamber.com Food Fest - Hanukkah, Temple Beth El, Madison: Cooking lesson and learn about Hanukkah, tbemadison.org
Dec.1 Winter Festival, Taliesin, Spring Green: Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate opens for one-hour wagon rides, fireside beverages, kids’ activities, lunch, taliesinpreservation.org Fireside Christmas. Pendarvis: Holiday-themed crafts, treats, and readings of classic tales. uplandsguide.com Dec. 5 Get Festive with the Agora, Fitchburg: Free carriage rides, strolling carolers, laser tag, photo booth, pop-up boutiques and Dash with Santa, silent disco, Giving Tree, agorafitchburg.com Dec. 5-8 Victorian Holiday Weekend, Stoughton: Holiday concerts, carriage rides, parades, shopping, events for the kids, performance of the Nutcracker Suite, arts and crafts fair, stoughtonwi.com/victorian Dec. 6 Lighted Christmas Parade, Monroe: Arrival of Santa, mainstreetmonroe.org Holidazzle, Beloit: celebration featuring artists and craftspeople in thirty-plus locations, live music, Santa visits, children’s events and holiday treats, trolley rides, visitbeloit.com Christmas Parade of Lights, Whitewater: Lighted holiday parade, cookie decorating, whitewaterchamber.com Sparta’s Annual Holiday Parade and Holiday Festival, Sparta: Ceremony of over half a million lights, bonfire with carolers, bikesparta.us Let It Glow, Eau Claire: Lighting ceremony, fireworks and parade, downtowneauclaire.org Dec. 6 Caroling in the Cave, Blue Mounds: 13th annual charity concert series, caveofthemounds.com Dec. 6-7 Hometown Holidays, Verona: Tree lighting, chili supper, visits with reindeer, ice sculpture carving, veronawi.com Fire and Ice Festival, Brodhead Square: Lighted parade, ice sculptures, photos with Santa, car giveaway, cityofbrodheadwi.us Dec. 6-8 Jolly Jingle, Janesville: Ice skating, live reindeer, lighted parade, live theater, holiday market, fireworks, a tree lighting, kids activities, janesvillecvb.com Country Christmas, Spring Green: Winter fireworks, holiday light parade, tree lighting, caroling and more, springgreen.com Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland, Platteville: Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive via fire truck, grand lighting, childrens’ activities, music of the season and luminaires, platteville.com Hometown Heartfelt Holiday, Lancaster: Festival of trees, night time horse drawn carriage rides with luminaries, lancasterwisconsin.com 32 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2019/2020
Dec. 12 Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra holiday pops dress rehearsal concert, Beloit College Eaton Chapel: janesvillecvb.com Dec. 7 WinterFest, DeForest: Craft fair, make/take ornaments, bingo, movie, piano concert, Business.deforestarea.com Christmas in the Village, McFarland: Pancake breakfast, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, illuminated fire truck parade, Santa, caroling, mcfarlandchamber.com St. Nicholas Day, New Glarus: Cookie sale, crafts, downtown shopping, tree lighting swisstown.com Fair Trade Holiday Festival, Monona Terrace, Madison: Shop among 50 fair trade vendors, fairtrademadison.org Winter Farmers and Art Market, Fort Atkinson: Handmade crafts and food, fortchamber.com Gala Holiday Concert, UW-Whitewater, dinner, concert, silent auction, small ensembles, uww.edu/youngauditorium Parade of Lights, Jefferson: Holiday floats, marching bands, caroling and refreshments, jeffersonchamberwi.com Christmas Parade, Oconomowoc: Music of Christmas theme, oconomowoc.org Midnight Magic, Mukwonago: Parade, carriage rides, dog sled races, vintage baseball game, gingerbread forest, East Troy Santa Train, fireworks, Mukwonagochamber. org Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade, Lake Geneva: Tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment, arrival of reindeer and Father Christmas, shopping, lakegenevawi.com Lunch with Santa, New Glarus: Photos with the Big Guy, crafts, a movie, lunch, swisstown.com Breakfast with Santa, Monona Community Center: Arts and crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, mymonona.com Snowflake Craft Show, Edgerton: Holiday shopping, Edgerton Chamber Singers caroling, hourly door prizes and lunch, edgerton.k12.wi.us Candlelight Shopping, Mineral Point: Streets lined with lighted candles, carolers, decorated shops, mineralpoint.com Holiday Tree Lighting, New Glarus: Caroling by Kinderchor angels, alphorns, historic Swiss architecture, shops aglow, old fashioned street lights, swisstown.com
Dec. 13-14 Very Merry Holiday Fair, Baraboo: Crafts, books, food, theverymerryholidayfair.com Dec. 13-15 Country Christmas, Spring Green: Winter fireworks, holiday light parade, tree lighting, caroling and more, springgreen.com A Madison Symphony Christmas, Overture Center, Madison: Annual tradition embraces the season, Madisonsymphony.org Winter Fantasia by the Kanopy Dance Company, Overture Center, Madison: kanopydance.org Dec. 14 The Nutcracker- The Dane Factory, UW-Whitewater: uww.edu/youngauditorium Jingle Bell Run, Verona Area High School: 5k run/walk or a 10k run to benefit arthritis research, arthritis.org Holly Jolly Sauk Prairie: Fireworks, parade, chili cookoff, carolers, craft fair, saukprairie.com Christmas Light Parade, Lodi: tree-lighting and visits with Santa and a chance to learn how to curl, travelwisconsin.com Downtown Historic Living Windows, downtown Portage: live actors fill the stores with holiday entertainment, travelwisconsin.com Kiddie Christmas at Indian Agency House, Portage: meet Santa and his reindeer, agencyhouse.org Cave After Dark, Blue Mounds: Underground cocktails lounge for adults 21 and older, caveofthemounds.com Christmas Lights Parade, Lodi: lodilakewisconsin.org Sankta Lucia Crafts Workshop & Ceremony, Dodgeville: Celebrate the Swedish tradition marking the return of light in the darkness of winter, folklorevillage.org Dec.14-15 A Wade House Christmas, Fond du Lac: 19th-century Christmas theme, activities, period games, holiday refreshments, wadehouse.org Dec. 14, 15, 16 Madrigal dinner, Stoughton: Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers provide entertainment during a multi-course dinner in a medieval atmosphere, stoughton.k12.wi.us
WINTER 2019/2020 CALENDAR Dec. 15 Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra holiday pops concert, Janesville Performing Arts Center, janesvillecvb.com
Feb. 8 Polar Plunge, Menomonie: music, 5k, fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin, polarplungewi.org Frozen Assets Festival, Edgewater, Madison: Free activities include ice skating, games, ice fishing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, ice science labs, performances, cleanlakesalliance.org
Dec. 21 Verona Youth Ballet presents the “Nutcracker Suite,” Verona Performing Arts Center, veronayouthballet.org German Tree Lighting and Dance, Dodgeville: Potluck supper followed by lighting the candles on a freshly cut 14-foot tree with singing and dancing around the tree, folklorevillage.org
Feb. 9 Norse afternoon of fun, Stoughton High School, Stoughton: SHS Norwegian Dancers and announcement of the 2020 Syttende Mai king and queen, stoughtonnorwegiandancers.com
Dec. 22 Hanukkah Extravaganza, Temple Beth El, Madison: Games, songs, crafts, food, friends, and festivities, tbe.org
Feb. 15 Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice Festival, Sturgeon Bay: Amateur and professional carvers transform blocks of snow and ice into works of art, sturgeonbay.net
Dec. 28-Jan. 1 Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions, Dodgeville: folklorevillage.org Dec. 31 Skyrockers New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Bluff, La Crosse: Midnight fireworks on Grandad Bluff light up the Mississippi Valley, skyrockers.org Droppin’ off the Carp, Prairie du Chien: Capping of a weeklong carpfest with a bonfire, entertainment and a countdown to New Year’s, carpfest.org New Year’s Day Dash, Middleton: 5-mile chip-timed run and 2-mile walk, followed by a party, great prizes, and giveaways, fleetfeetmadison.com Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Dash, Middleton: fleetfeetmadison.com Jan. 4 Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe, Mirror Lake State Park: dnr.wi.gov/calendar Jan. 11 Moonlight/candlelight hike, Storrs Lake Wildlife Area, Milton, janesvillecvb.com Winter Festival at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, La Farge: Archery, ice cave hikes, wildlife & bird presentations, face painting, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, dog sled race, interactive snow sculptures, hiking with llamas, skijoring and more, kvr.state.wi.us/winterfest Jan. 16-19 Winterfest Veterans Rally, New Glarus: Parade, dance, music, run, auction, social gatherings, swisstown.com Jan. 17-18 Bald Eagle Watching Days, Sauk City: Birds of Prey shows, guided bus tours, wildlife photography seminar, Native American legends, aerial antics and family activities, saukprairie.com Winter Gallery Night and Day, Milwaukee’s Third Ward: Discover galleries, explore museums, browse shops, historicthirdward.org Jan. 18 Candlelight Snowshoe Hike, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona: Enjoy guided twilight hikes, a campfire, crafts for the kids and snacks, aldoleopoldnaturecenter.org Taste and Tunes, craft beer and listen to amazing music, Janesville Performing Arts Center: janesvillecvb.com Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: isthmus.com
Feb. 15-17 Alpine State Ski and Snowboard Championships, La Crosse: High school snowboarders and skiers, explorelacrosse. com/wialpinechamps Feb. 21-March 1 Beloit International Film Festival, beloitfilmfest.org
Jan. 18-19 Winter Free Fishing Weekend, all inland waters, Great Lakes and Mississippi River: dnr.wi.us Jan. 22 Well Expo, Monona Terrace, Madison: Local resources for healthy eating, weight loss, wellness programs, wellexpomadison.com Jan. 25 Sing-A-Long: The Greatest Showman, UW-Whitewater, uww.edu/youngauditorium Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 Winterfest, Riviera Park, Lake Geneva: Snow sculpting competition, music, magic, shopping, food and other activities, visitlakegeneva.com Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 Scandihoovian Winter Festival, Mount Horeb: trollway.com Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament, Westby: Featuring competitors from five countries on an Olympic-size hill, snowflakeskiclub.com Fisheree, Prairie du Chien: Annual ice fishing contest, prairieduchien.org Feb. 1 Stoughton Conservation Club Ice Fisheree, Lake Kegonsa: Ice fishing contest, outdoor activities, stoughtoncc.com Candlelight ski, hike and snowshoe, Mirror Lake State Park: dnr.wi.gov/calendar Winter Carnival at Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin Dells: dog sled races, snowman-building contests, log splitting, turkey bowling, live music, dells.com Winter Festival, Elver Park, Madison: celebration of outdoor recreation includes cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow sculpting, sledding, running, visitmadison.com Feb. 2 Jimmy the Groundhog Prognostication, Sun Prairie: Jimmy will arrive by fire truck at 7 a.m. to give his prediction. 3nd annual Mineral Point Ice Lantern Festival, Mineral Point: See amazing ice artworks,nartsmp.org/ice-lantern-fest
Feb. 22 Flannel festival, craft beer and music, downtown Janesville, janesvillecvb.com Arftic art for animals, Pontiac Convention Center, Janesville: artists showcase unique items for people and their animal friends, janesvillecvb.com Feb. 23 Polar Plunge, Eau Claire: Music, 5K, fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin, polarplungewi.org Feb. 28-29 Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Prairie Du Chien: Live Bald Eagle and raptor programs, educational exhibits and displays, birding experts on hand, craft activities for children, and more, prairieduchien.org March 7 Taste of Fennimore, Fennimore: More than 20 area vendors including wine, cheese, beer, bakeries and butcher shops, fennimore.com Coulee Region Polar Plunge, La Crosse: Music, 5K, fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin, polarplungewi.org March 7-8 Madison Kids Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: products, and services in family health care, education, recreation, food, fitness, safety, entertainment and more, madisonkidsexpo.com March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Prairie du Chien: prairieduchien.org St. Patrick’s Day Parade, La Crosse: irishfestlacrosse.org March 17 St. Patrick’s Day parade, Monroe: Led with Irish flag, bagpipers and plenty of green, mainstreetmonroe.org March 22 Natural Family Expo, Monona Terrace: Venue for families to explore local resources, naturalfamilyexpo.com
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You rah rah, Wisconsin
UW students help ‘Bucky Badger’ come to life
Story by Scott De Laruelle Photos submitted
aving a fierce-looking mascot on the sidelines to inspire fans and players is a great idea. But for early University of WisconsinMadison cheerleaders, chasing a faster-thanyou’d expect, ill-tempered badger across a football field wasn’t what they had in mind. These days, when UW teams hit the field, track, pitch or even the ice, they’re accompanied by a familiar, fierce-butlovable mascot who won’t dash off to dig holes. Buckingham U. “Bucky” Badger has been one of the most recognizable college mascots in the country for the past 70 years, portrayed at innumerable games and events by members of the UW Spirit Squad. The school adopted the nickname of Wisconsin, dubbed the “Badger State”
Find out more Name: Buckingham U. “Bucky” Badger Website: uwbadgers.com/sports Contact: UW Spirit Squad director Josette Jaucian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-6703 to describe how early miners lacking housing burrowed into the earth to keep warm during winters, according to the UW website. With the advent of college football in 1889, the badger became the official UW mascot. An actual badger, however, proved too
Bucky Badger performs at a recent University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s volleyball game at the UW Field House.
much to control, several times temporarily escaping its handlers before being officially “retired” to the Madison Zoo. The mascot more familiar today was “born” in 1940 when artist Art Evans first drew a cartoon badger sporting a cardinal and white sweater. But “Bucky” didn’t truly come to life until 1949, when UW art student Connie Conrard was commissioned to mold a paper-mache badger head for the homecoming game. Today, the UW Spirit Squad has eight students who perform as Bucky, and senior Mike Elbing, in his third year in the role, is one of the longest-tenured. The Amery native is majoring in kinesiology and has a career goal to be a physician assistant specializing either in the emergency room or surgery. l
with Bucky Badger (Mike Elbing)
YF: What are some ‘Pro Tips’ on being a good Bucky? Elbing: Don’t talk. If Bucky ever has a voice, it ruins the “illusion.” Other than that, you basically act like a 5 year old and do whatever you want, as long as you don’t do anything too edgy, because you’re just a cute badger. Since there are eight of us, consistency is the biggest key, (so) we need to make sure our walk, mannerisms and signatures are all the same. We are entertainers, so we always have to be moving and trying to “pop the bubble” and be as big as we can possibly be. YF: Do you practice push-ups for when the football team scores? Elbing: Absolutely! The form goes against everything you were taught in gym class and is pretty uncomfortable, but it makes Bucky look good. The most I have had to do was 42, but the hardest part is when we score two touchdowns 34 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2019/2020
within a minute or two and you have to get right back on the board! YF: What are some of your favorite moments portraying Bucky Badger? Whether it’s going to the Big 10 championship for football, throwing out the first pitch at a Brewers game or going to the national mascot competition at Disney World, my favorite part is the people I get to meet. (This) spring, I had an event at an assisted living place that specializes in Alzheimer’s in Eau Claire. There was a lady there named Dolly who had one final wish, to dance with Bucky. About 40 members of her family showed up, and it was truly something special. (They) told me afterwards that was the most she had moved in many years. YF: What’s the best part about being Bucky? Elbing: (It’s) the ability to change a person’s day or even their life by just being a normal person dressed up in a
giant costume. Every month, there is “Bucky Bingo” at the children’s hospital in Madison (and) usually a few kids come down to the main floor to play while others who may not be able to move out of bed will watch and play on a screen. It’s super awesome to see these kids that are struggling with so many different things light up and smile when they see Bucky. YF: How will performing as Bucky help you in a future career? Elbing: You need to be able to appeal to everyone (and) interact with crazy kids, babies who hate you, adults who get a little too close, which is great for any field of work. Over the years, it’s been easier for me to identify people very quickly and recognize if they are angry, apprehensive or any other feeling. In the medical field, you need to be able to work with everybody, and this has given me a great start.
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