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There’s no place like home INSIDE YOUR FAMILY BY LEE BORKOWSKI


veryday life does not stop when a soldier enters the service; it continues to ebb and flow. What seems like a few short years can be huge when seen in perspective; an 18 year old is now 22, four Super Bowls have been won and lost, a new president is ready for re-election, and a toddler is now starting school. So it makes sense that the first memory when returning to civilian life would be a poignant one. Oddly enough, it is sometimes the simplest thing that evokes the strongest memory. This was the case with my great uncle, Otis Murphy. I immediately thought of him when I saw the cover story in this issue of Your Family,

about veterans returning home and the varying struggles they have with returning to civilian life. As a child, I didn’t know my great uncle very well. However, I was fortunate to be able to spend a little time with him when I was a young adult and he was well into his 80s. We talked a fair amount, and I learned about his career at the U.S. Postal Service, his current hobby of driving his remotecontrol boat, how he met his wife Lowena (at a dance) and all about their courtship. It was not an uncommon love story at that time in history. Although they were madly in love, there was a war on – he shipped out. Their courtship relied on letters; an art of writing that has long since been forgotten.

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I don’t recall what branch of the service he was in, but I do know that he served as a medic. In retrospect, I find it interesting that he ended up working for USPS. If only I’d have thought to ask how that came to be. I don’t think I’ll ever forget his telling me about his experience coming home after the war ended. Even though the war had officially ended, there was still work to do and troops needed to stay behind to finish it up. My uncle was anxious to get home to his girl and make her his wife. The days passed slowly. Finally he received orders and shipped out, heading for home. The ship he was on pulled into Ellis Island on New Year’s Eve 1945. With tears in his eyes, he told me, “Lady Liberty never looked more beautiful than she did that afternoon.” After disembarking, the troops were transported by bus to a base in New Jersey. They arrived well after dinner but were told a meal would be waiting for them. The meal was a steak with baked potato. My uncle said that without a doubt that was the best steak he had ever eaten. And, whenever he ate a steak after that day, he wondered was the New Year’s Eve steak really that good? Or was he just so happy to be home? Home is a place where your feet may leave, but your heart will always be.. l Lee Borkowski is the general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes Your Family magazine.


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Sweet treats and delectable eats Story by Emilie Heidemann Photos submitted

Five Dane County bakeries offer twists on desserts


here is no better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with a sweet treat or dessert after a meal or with your morning coffee. Like the flowers that release their aromas as the Earth wakes up from its winter slumber, the pastries and delicacies from the following local bakeries fill their neighborhood streets with familiar scents of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. As the temperature outside gets warmer, a detour to one of these five Dane County stops might get your stomach to thank you and make you want to come back for more.

Madison’s Bloom Bake Shop offers specialties like its three layered cakes.

Bloom Bake Shop 1851 Monroe St., Madison (608) 509-7669 On Madison’s historic Monroe Street, Bloom Bake Shop adds to the area’s charm and atmosphere with a twist on sustainability. What makes this location unique is its vegan and gluten free offerings, its catering services and how it sources many of its products locally – even down to the paper products and cleaning supplies, the business website states. The shop team, the website states, enjoys baking cakes that honor Wisconsin’s growing season. They are made with organic buttercream and fillings. Staff also work with market produce, herbs and fresh flowers. Each cake is round with three layers, and serving sizes are “generous,” the website states. Bloom Bake Shop also offers options for breakfast and lunch with specialty coffees to wash everything down. 6 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020

Craig’s Cake Shop is known for its signature buttercream frosting.

Craig’s Cake Shop 604 W. Verona Ave., Verona (608) 848-6331

If you’re tying the knot, this Verona stop is perfect for all your wedding cake needs, especially with its “signature” buttercream frosting. Craig’s Cake Shop, at 604 W. Verona Ave., was founded in 2000 by U.S. Navy veteran Craig Barnhart and was bought by Andy and Elisa Romanowich in 2018. The business has come to be known for its cakes, mini cakes, cupcakes and other desserts, which are hand baked in store, as well as its tasty frosting. Staff put careful hours into each cake’s design, texture and flavor, the website states. For couples getting married, the shop works closely with them to make sure they get the treat they desire. Craig’s Cake Shop bakes desserts for other occasions as well, like birthdays. It starts with a consultation to talk about colors, flavors and themes and ends with a personalized treat.


Nothing Bundt Cakes offers a bakery equipped with the warmth and nostalgia of its home kitchen roots.

Nothing Bundt Cakes 7414 Mineral Point Road, Madison (608) 949-9370

This Madison location specializes in, as you might guess, bundt cakes. With a brand that has expanded nationwide, Nothing Bundt Cakes is a worthwhile Madison stop on 7414 Mineral Point Road, as its cakes are made with real eggs butter and cream cheese. Bundt cakes are usually made in Bundt pans, which shapes them into a distinctive doughnut shape. The shape is inspired by a traditional European cake known as a Gugelhupf. Founded in 1997, Nothing Bundt Cakes has bundt cakes and bundtini, with a dash of warmth and nostalgia in every location. Its website claims to be famous for its frosting – also made with cream cheese and butter – which adorns each bundt cake. If people want a “lighter touch,” they can choose a drizzle frosting option. Nothing Bundt Cakes staff also bakes for occasions like weddings, birthdays and holidays.

What opened in December 2002 as a small neighborhood bakery has turned into a full service cafe, the Rolling Pin Bake Shop.

Rolling Pin Bake Shop 2935 S. Fish Hatchery Road #4, Fitchburg (608) 270-9611

What opened in December 2002 as a small neighborhood bakery has turned into a full service cafe in Fitchburg. The Rolling Pin Bake Shop website serves breakfast, lunch, fresh soups and specials. And its bakery offers tastes and cuisines from Russia and Europe to here at home. People can choose from Rolling Pin’s three egg omelet for breakfast – from 7-11 a.m. daily – to its New Orleans muffaletta sandwich for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Save room for some dessert and order from a selection of pies, breads and cupcakes topped with fruits of every color. More items include wedding cakes, truffles and cookies – for every celebration, the website states.

Fosdal Home Bakery has a variety of treats, including its norwegian delicacies.

Fosdal Home Bakery 243 E. Main St., Stoughton (608) 873-3073

Fosdal Home Bakery found its home in Stoughton in 1939. Olav and Mildred Fosdal purchased a little bakery downtown from Hans Romnes, which was then named the Home Bakery, its website states. Today, Fosdal is known for its high quality products and old fashioned and friendly service. Fosdal has been named the 2018 Sweetest Bakery in Wisconsin, Madison Magazine’s Best of the Burbs Bakery in 2015 and 2016 and the 2014 Wisconsin Bakers Association Bakery Operation of the Year. Fosdal specializes in pastries, breads, buns, and custom cakes for occasions. Pastries specifically include donuts, norwegian specialties, cookies, brownies, scones and pies. It also has a selection of steep and brew coffees, tazo teas, soups. l

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Make wise choices to combat the afternoon slump TO YOUR HEALTH BY KARA HOERR


e’ve all been there – that dreaded afternoon slump. It’s that the sluggish feeling, the drooping of the eyelids and decreased alertness and concentration. And it’s a real thing. While caffeine or some quick energy (leftover holiday candy, anyone?) might seem like the simple and easy fix, it might not be doing the trick. With the holidays behind us, we often think things will slow down and we’ll have more energy again, but if you’re like me, it seems like things just pick up again at full speed and I’m left scrambling to get things checked off my to-do list once more. This year, let’s start the New Year with a focus on how to stay energized so you’re able to knock those things off your to-do list – even when 3 o’clock rolls around and you find yourself dreaming about your next vacation. That afternoon slump is more than just how much sleep you got last night (although that can definitely play a factor). Our natural circadian rhythm increases our desire for sleep between 1 and 3 p.m., as well as in the middle of the night (which is convenient for most of us).


While we can’t always take a nap in the middle of the day, we can make some wiser choices to help fight off those sleepy urges. Filling your coffee mug for some caffeine might seem like logical. While this might help your immediate attention span, the effects won’t last long and can negatively affect how you sleep at night. Instead, you’ll be better off if you stand up, stretch and go for a short walk around the office. A recent study found that going up and down a flight of stairs for 10 minutes was more effective in your motivation to work than if you had chosen to have a can of soda, which contains about 50 mg of caffeine. Not only does this add in some steps to your day, but it gets your blood pumping and can warm you up – exactly what I need this time of year! If you can get outside to soak in some sun rays, all the better. The light will also help increase your alertness. Melatonin, the hormone that causes sleepiness, isn’t produced when there is bright light. Before the afternoon slump happens, plan lunch into your day. It’s easy to want to skip out on lunch when the work is piling up, but you’ll end up being more productive in the afternoon by stopping to have a satisfying lunch now. Choose a lunch that contains whole grain carbohydrates, lean protein and good-for-you fats. When given the choice, opt for whole grains and complex carbohydrates, such as whole grain bread or pasta, brown rice, or starchy veggies, over refined grains. Complex carbohydrates can sustain you and keep you satisfied well into the afternoon.

When the afternoon comes and you start to feel a little hungry, have that snack. Think of your snack as a minimeal, and plan it into your day. When we’re feeling tired, our bodies naturally crave sweets, which are highenergy foods. Because a candy bar, chips or fruity candy are refined grains, our body gets that energy into our blood stream quickly (just what they are looking for). However, just as quickly as your blood sugar spikes, it falls and you’re left feeling tired and edgy. Nobody wants a moody co-worker. Instead, have whole grain crackers with cheese, some nuts paired with a piece of fruit (the fiber helps slow the release of the sugar), plain yogurt sweetened with fruit, popcorn (it’s a whole grain) or a hard-boiled egg. If you have to depend on what’s in the vending machine, choose the bag of peanuts or trail mix. That mix of healthy fats and protein will give you lasting energy. If you’re like me and you still like to have something sweet in the afternoon, have it in more nutrient-dense ways. This can look like cocoa dusted almonds, unsweetened dried fruit, a no-added sugar granola bar or trail mix with dark chocolate chips added. Lastly, stay hydrated. Being mildly dehydrated can make you sleepy. Have water nearby throughout the day and make it a priority to have at least one glass of water with each meal. Keep it interesting by choosing a sparkling water or adding your own fruit combinations to your water to flavor it. Here’s to a productive New Year! l Kara Hoerr, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Kara Hoerr Nutrition. Contact her at This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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A water wheel sits outside the National Mississippi River museum. The museum, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, features hours of discovery and learning about the ecology of the watershed.

Story and photos by Kimberly Wethal


ive in the Midwest long enough, and like clockwork, cabin fever will start to seep in by the time late February rolls around. Almost a month ago, as we entered the last week of January, the cabin fever was already going strong, and I wasn’t sure how many more weekends I could stand inside. After all, most of my interactions with the outdoors at that 10 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020

time were the run between my car and my apartment door. I’m not an outdoorsy person, by any means, but I couldn’t take being cooped up any longer. So on a Sunday morning, my significant other, Bryce, and I set out to try to connect with a little bit of nature in Dubuque. We set out on our journey to get simply just get out of the house, and

away from the couch and our Hulu account, but ended up finding a way to connect to nature, even with a few of our stops being indoors. As we drove from our west Madison apartment down U.S. Hwy. 18-151, it was a day with heavy fog, lending a sense of mysteriousness to the already scenic rock formations that line the highway through southwestern Wisconsin.


A map on the wall of the William Woodward Discovery Center shows how expansive the Mississippi River watershed extends.

While we couldn’t take in all of the outdoor attractions that Dubuque offers, as inches of snow blanketed the ground, we found a few that are a good starting point to explore what lies outside your front door. Our first stop should come as no surprise – listed as the top attraction in Dubuque on Tripadvisor, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is one of the city’s busiest attractions. We followed that up with lunch downtown and the Mines of Spain.

National Mississippi River Museum Because it was cold next to the river, when we got to the river museum, we ushered ourselves inside the closest door off the parking lot we could find. That led us to the Woodward Mississippi

River Center. Inside, we learned about the area’s ecology and the Mississippi River’s watershed and its significance to the North American continent. We only scraped the surface in our hour-and-a-half there. The museum and aquarium consists of a boatyard where attendees can tour the William M. Black steamboat, a second floor where you learn about the area’s innovation in Dubuque County Historical Society’s exhibit and multiple opportunities to watch the sealife get fed. On the eastern side of the museum, there’s a 4D theater, a Gulf of Mexico aquarium to explore, the River Library and archives and a conservation lab. You could spend hours inside the museum, and while still mostly inside, it’s still a step closer to nature than you’ll get on your couch. Continued on page 12

Ducks swim around at the Woodward Discovery Center. SPRING 2020 YOUR FAMILY 11

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Other locations to explore Crystal Lake Cave

Underneath the cornfields of Iowa, there’s a hidden gem that can take you back in time centuries. The Crystal Lake Cave, located at 6684 Crystal Lake Cave Road near the Mississippi River south of the city, reopens each year in May and offers guided tours through October. The hour-long tours through the cave would be best for older children – not only is it colder in the caves, but its layout prevents strollers or other wheeled modes of transportation to be used inside, as are pets and large baby carriers.

Swiss Valley Park and Nature Preserve

It’s not technically in Dubuque, but the Swiss Valley Park and Nature Preserve to the city’s southwest is worth a trip. The nature preserve features 10 miles of hiking trails, and is an ample place for fishing during the summer, as the state Department of Natural Resources stocks with trout. During the winter months, there are cross country skiing trails, as well as free snowshoe rentals and a nature center on site. Adjacent to the nature preserve, there’s a park where the kids can decompress for a while with a playground and nine-hole disc golf course. A campground is also nearby, for the people who really want to connect by nature by sleeping out in it during their trip, too. 12 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020


Kitchen-to-table I stayed in the museum as long as Bryce would let me – he was getting hungry, and not being a breakfast eater, he was starving by the time 1 p.m. rolled around. So after leaving the museum, we did a quick search of nearby restaurants and noticed one in particular that was hosting brunch. The two of us will never pass up an opportunity to go to brunch, so we headed to Brazen Open Kitchen, 955 Washington St., an “open scratch” kitchen that focuses on locally sourced ingredients. Bryce ordered a Juicy Lucy, which is a beef patty stuffed with cheese served on a brioche bun with lettuce and tomatoes, plus breakfast potato wedges on the side and a bourbon iced tea. Going against my usual pancakes or waffles order at brunch, I ordered a lunch staple for myself: A loaded grilled cheese, made with my favorite kind of cheese, muenster, and completed by caramelized onions, arugula and pears, all sandwiched between brioche bread. We felt we weren’t being “brunchy” enough, so we also ordered a cinnamon roll, made with brown butter cream cheese frosting. The foods flavors complemented each other well and it felt good to support local farmers, but prices can be somewhat steep outside of Sunday brunch hours. A more median-priced option in the Port of Dubuque is the Barrel House, located at 299 Main St., which features burgers, tacos, pizza and salads. Magoo’s Pizza, 1875 University Ave., features personal pizzas that is a favorite of one of our reporters who lived in Dubuque for years, as is Salsa’s, at 1091 Main St., which he recommended for sit-down Mexican cuisine.

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Mines of Spain Our next stop connected us to nature and a little bit of Dubuque’s history, as well. We drove to the Mines of Spain, on Dubuque’s southern side. There, trails can take you out to the bluff overlooking the river, where the Julien Dubuque Monument stands in honor of the French Canadian who was one of the area’s first settlers in 1788. The Mines have 10 trails ranging from a quartermile to three-and-a-half that will take hikers to the mines, forests, prairie and scenic overlooks. The mines, which produced lead and led to Dubuque becoming one of the cities where bullets were manufactured for the Civil War decades later, have since been closed off, but patrons can learn about them at the E.B. Lyons Center, a modest, volunteer-run museum. The museum includes an area for birding and provides information about the ecology and history of the area, as well as a children’s section set up in the downstairs floor of the building. The day we went to the mines, it was recommended that we didn’t go down to the path to the monument because of ice, but during the spring and summer months, we were told, it’s a beautiful hike with a fantastic birds-eye-view of the river from above. l

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The transition to civilian life has been a varied experience for area veterans Story and photos by Justin Loewen


n the heart of Madison’s isthmus, just a few blocks from the state Capitol, lies a tiny office nestled inside the CityCounty Building. The Dane County Veterans Service Office features a staff of just seven people, but they provide a service of vital importance. The VA-accredited office assists Dane County veterans and their families with securing benefits for their service at the federal, state and local levels, which requires the expertise to sift through seemingly endless quantities of bureaucratic paperwork. There are around 25,000 veterans living in Dane County, but veterans service director Dan Connery, an Army Gulf War veteran, said many do not know about the service office. Word of mouth, he said, is the most common way people hear about the resource. “It doesn’t matter when they served, he said. “Don’t hesitate to contact us.” Many veterans return home and immediately get back into the swing of civilian life. Connery is one of those, as is 103-year-old World War II veteran Leonard Swingen, who can still be found chatting it up at his local American Legion. Others, such as Iraq veteran Will Atkinson, have found the transition to be an ongoing process. Some shut out their negative experiences entirely and carve out successful careers for themselves, only for retirement to finally unearth their hidden wounds, as was the case with Vietnam veteran Karl Gutknecht. And even for those like fellow Vietnam veteran Art Johnson, who emphasized the ease of his reintegration, physical ailments from military service can continue to linger for decades. For veterans who return with disabilities, the service office helps


103-year-old Leonard Swingen, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Second World War, is still a regular at the American Legion bar that he founded seven decades ago.


Post-traumatic stress disorder common in veterans build the case for compensation claims and files appeals for claims already turned down. Recently discharged veterans can receive assistance in VA health care enrollment, while vets heading to college can get help in securing service-related education benefits. “In fiscal year 2018, between disability compensation dollars and needs-based pension dollars, over $68 million came into the pockets of Dane County residents,” Connery said. “That’s not solely our doing, because people can file their own, but we’re very instrumental in a big portion of that money.” The office even helps veterans who struggle psychologically with their wartime experiences by getting them in touch with the appropriate resources and treatment. The Dane County Veterans Service Office is one of 83 such offices in the state, including 11 that serve tribal communities, and it is almost entirely composed of veterans, save for one support staffer. State law requires veterans service officers to be veterans themselves, which lends itself to creating an environment of empathy and understanding. Connery, a Gulf War veteran, spent six months in the Middle East supporting the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division as a generator mechanic. He was discharged from the Army in July 1991 at the rank of specialist, two months after the war ended. “My assimilating back into the community was pretty easy,” Connery said. “I was obviously near some harmful things, but I wasn’t directly engaged in combat myself, so my transition maybe would be different than someone that was heavily engaged in combat and really suffers from profound PTSD symptoms.” As Dane County’s veterans service director, Connery now serves his fellow veterans of all military occupations, branches and eras. “One-third of our veteran clients that we see on an annual basis are post-9/11 era veterans and then (another) one-third are Vietnam veterans,” Connery said. “And then the rest of it is between World War II, Korea, peacetime.”

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Returning to civilian life was “beautiful” for World War II veteran Leonard Swingen. “I didn’t have a rough life in the service, but it was nice getting out again,” he said. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy in August 1946, Swingen hadn’t even hit the city limits of his hometown of Stoughton before the members of American Legion Post 59 were “jumping on him” to join the organization. He did and became the post’s commander just two Continued on page 18

Dane County veterans service director Dan Connery and his office help secure benefits for many of the approximately 25,000 veterans in the county, though many of them don’t yet know about the resource.

Many veterans leave the military bearing the psychological scars of their wartime experiences, a condition now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. “(PTSD is) one of the most common claims that we file,” Dane County Veterans Service Office director Dan Connery said. PTSD can affect anyone subjected to traumatic events and is marked by flashbacks, anxiety and emotional detachment. Though PTSD has received widespread awareness in recent decades, predecessors of the concept appeared throughout the last century. One of the earliest attempts to diagnose war-related mental trauma came during World War I with the term “shell shock.” The battlefields of Europe took their toll on American “doughboys,” with 158,994 U.S. service members “psychiatrically inactivated” at some point during the conflict, according to the September 1997 edition of VFW Magazine. After a brief decline in the awareness of traumatic disorders in the interwar period, World War II brought the issue back into the limelight. Around 1.4 million U.S. service members received treatment for “battle fatigue” across all theaters of war, according to historian Steve Bentley in “A Short History of PTSD.” Five years after the end of World War II, the outbreak of the Korean War saw diagnoses of combat fatigue that were based on many future PTSD symptoms, with troops that were irritable, easily startled, highly alert and overly preoccupied with their traumatic experiences. The definition of PTSD finally came about following the return of veterans from the Vietnam War and the American Psychiatric Association officially recognizing the psychiatric disorder in 1980. The veterans service office helps veterans file claims and get connected to mental health resources, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, individual counseling or group counseling. “There’s never a one-size-fits-all approach,” Connery said. SPRING 2020 YOUR FAMILY 17



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years later. The young commander was soon responsible for the creation of an impromptu bar at a Legion dinner, an idea that quickly blossomed into a permanent fixture at Post 59’s Stoughton location. Swingen went right back to his previous employer, the Stoughton Courier Hub newspaper, where he worked for 25 years before a job with twice the wages opened up at Straus Printing in Madison. “I outlived my job at Straus,” he said. “My job was antique by the time I was 30 years there, so then I retired. All those years, never missed a day. My life was kind of laid out for me, and I followed it – it’s been a good one.” Born Aug. 7, 1916, Swingen began his newspaper career on a paper route and was eventually putting the Courier Hub together by himself. After the United States entered World War II in December 1941, Swingen’s indispensable role at the paper led to three draft deferments before he was finally drafted into the Navy in 1945. Germany had already capitulated to the Allies by that point, but the war against the Japanese Empire was still dragging on. After finishing his training, Swingen reported to Naval Station Bremerton in Washington, where the U.S.S. Bunker Hill aircraft carrier was recovering from damage received in the Central Pacific during the Battle of Okinawa. The massive vessel had limped home after it was struck by two Japanese kamikaze planes on May 11. “We were there (at Bremerton) quite a while,” he said. “When the ship was ready to go to sea, we were to get into the Pacific and tango with (the Japanese), but before we got to Pearl Harbor, the Japanese surrendered, so the war was over.” The carrier returned to Bremerton and was reconditioned for a new mission of ferrying military personnel back from the Pacific. Swingen embarked on two long voyages before acquiring enough “points” to get out of the Navy – his repatriation brought him right back to his hometown.

The Orange blues For U.S. Air Force veteran Art Johnson, adjusting to civilian life was easy, though the physical repercussions 18 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020

U.S. Air Force veteran Art Johnson, left, lives in Madison with his wife Patricia and continues to fight heart disease, a result of exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

of his service have followed him. The 85-year-old native of Superior lives in Madison with his wife Patricia and with the effects of exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide used during the Vietnam War. The U.S. military used the defoliant to remove foliage that provided cover for enemy forces. “There’s so many people that have been damaged by Agent Orange, and some have really severe terminal illnesses,” Patricia said. “Art has heart disease from his. We have friends that had prostate cancer that have already passed – it was Agent Orange.” As an aircraft mechanic, Art spent a year at a clandestine air base in Thailand from 1967 to 1968, where he was inadvertently exposed to the chemical when it was sprayed on weeds around the base’s flight line. “They were operating out of Thailand right on the perimeter,” Patricia said. “They would send the aircraft off going over to Da Nang. They had these big orange tanks. They called it ‘foggy Friday,’ and they would just come through there and spray the perimeter and the aircraft and everything else.” When Art got out of the Air Force in 1973 as a master sergeant, he had concluded a 21-year career that took him across the globe. Many of his domestic assignments included Presque Isle Air Force Base in Maine, where he worked on F-89 Scorpion fighter jets, as well as George Air Force Base in California, Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico and Duluth International Airport, just 10 miles from his hometown. Art also spent many years at

strategically located air bases in Europe, which served to deter the threat of the Soviet Union. He was stationed at both RAF Bentwaters and RAF Wethersfield in England, British air stations used by the USAF during the Cold War, as well as Evreux-Fauville Air Base in France, where he married Patricia in 1959. Adjusting to civilian life was easy, Art said, as he continued to work for the Air Force as a contractor at McClellan Air Force Base in California and WrightPatterson Air Force Base in Ohio. His civilian contract work included writing papers for USAF generals and inspecting the KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft. Art also attended college at Sacramento State on the GI Bill and eventually received a degree in business, with a concentration in real estate. When Art finally retired from working with the Air Force in 1990, he was a “GS 13,” the civilian equivalent of a lieutenant colonel. For many years, Art spent his retirement working as a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker. Working with the Dane County Veterans Service Office, Art recently managed to win an Agent Orange disability claim with the VA, though the award amount has yet to be determined.

The journey to peace Sometimes it takes decades for veterans to finally come to terms with their wartime experiences, as was the case with Vietnam veteran Karl Gutknecht. The return to civilian life was a “rude


adjustment,” he said, and he had trouble sleeping. “I would walk into a grocery store, and I was dumbfounded at the choices,” he said. “I would get a cart, and I wouldn’t even know what to make of it, because things had changed in a year. People had just gone along with their lives, and I hadn’t. I lost two years of my life.” Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967, the Lone Rock native had dealt with the stressors of living in a war zone while serving as a combat correspondent from 1968 to 1969. It was just in the last five years that Gutknecht came to grips with his time in Vietnam and finally sought out help. “I spent 45 years not wanting to be a veteran, running away from the designation,” he said. “It wasn’t until I was able to contact the Dane County Veterans Service Office that there was somebody that understood a lot of my reactions to things, because I had post-traumatic stress. They referred me to medical professionals at the VA who could diagnose and understand the toll that this takes. It’s a not-so-well-hidden price of combat.” Gutknecht got out of the Army in 1969 at the rank of sergeant and forced himself to get on with his life. He completed a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent many years as the public information director for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Gutknecht retired from that role around 20 years ago and then spent his time organizing cultural tours in places like Europe, Asia and New Zealand, he said, all the while still haunted by his yearlong deployment to Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division.

“I still deal with the repercussions of my service on a daily basis It informs a lot of the stuff that I do.” Will Atkinson, Iraq veteran “I traveled by helicopter to battle zones (and) did reports back to this newspaper, the Tropic Lightning News,” he said. “Everything was dangerous, because you were in a counterinsurgency environment. We were in a base camp where Viet Cong, they were called, came up through tunnels with satchel charges strapped to themselves and blew themselves up.” Gutknecht rode on UH-1 utility helicopters, known by the troops as “Huey Slicks,” and on light “bubble” helicopters. He received several awards for distinguished service, including a Bronze Star, an Aircraft Crewman Badge, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and an Infantryman Badge (for service in an infantry division). “Your odds of survival were not good, because you were mortared and rocketed every night and there was no place to hide,” he said. “I slept underground in a dugout without ventilation. If you want to live, you do everything you can to survive.” He said he is “indebted” to the Dane County Veterans Service Office for helping him “own” his experiences after years of carrying around the burden of combat. “I think the journey to peace and adjustment has been exceedingly long, but I’m grateful for the help that I got from the VA,” he said. “That’s made all the difference.”

From battlefields to hospitals Iraq War veteran Will Atkinson is “just moving through life” as he continues to adjust to being a civilian. In 2011, the former U.S. Army combat medic concluded a career Continued on page 20

VFW and Legion offer camaraderie, support

When wars end, many U.S. veterans seek the company of those who best understand what they’ve gone through – fellow veterans. This camaraderie has led to the creation of the country’s largest veterans service organizations – the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the American Legion. Many groups spawned from the conclusion of the 1898 SpanishAmerican War and the subsequent Phillipine-American War, with returning veterans looking for ways to share their experiences and to secure benefits for their service. After years of growing independently of each other, these organizations merged in 1913 to form the VFW. Today, the VFW fights for veterans legislation and advocates for the creation of war memorials. At the local level, the VFW puts on community events, supports military families and provides academic scholarships. There are 6,160 VFW posts across the world and over 1.6 million regular and auxiliary members, according to a VFW fact sheet from December 2019. Dane County features 11 VFW posts, including three in Madison, along with Wisconsin’s oldest post in Stoughton, VFW Post 328. The state’s “mother post” received its charter in 1920 and celebrated its 100th anniversary on Jan. 20. Not long after the creation of the VFW, the country’s largest veterans service organization rose in the aftermath of World War I. Veterans of that conflict formed the American Legion in March 1919 while stationed in France, with Wisconsin posts popping up in Edgerton, Stoughton and Mount Horeb before the end of the year. Like the VFW, the American Legion lobbies for veterans legislation, assists military families and supports the community through youth programs, scholarships and volunteering. The American Legion has grown to over 2 million members and more than 13,000 posts worldwide, according to the American Legion website. There are 22 American Legion posts serving communities throughout Dane County, including a trio of Madison establishments and two posts in Waunakee. SPRING 2020 YOUR FAMILY 19



Continued from page 19 that included two deployments to Iraq and a subsequent three-year stint in the Wisconsin National Guard. “It’s like an anti-climax, you know, just the last day of the job,” Atkinson said. “I still deal with the repercussions of my service on a daily basis. It informs a lot of the stuff that I do.” He is now a student in the master of public health program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is looking to become a doctor. “I came back when I was 23,” he said.

“Most people are early in their careers or in college at that age. It’s a formative time, kind of transitioning from an old child to a young adult. Being in Iraq during that time, it’s meaningful by itself, and then being engaged in active combat operations is meaningful, too.” Atkinson’s first deployment to Iraq lasted from March 2004 to March 2005, where he worked as a member of a treatment platoon with the 515th Forward Support Battalion, and his second tour was in a supervisory role

Former U.S. Army combat medic Will Atkinson is now studying to become a doctor, though he still deals with his memories from Iraq on a daily basis.

from October 2006 to December 2007. During his time in the country, Atkinson served in both Baghdad and the city of Baqubah, which was a hub for insurgent activity. He finally got out of active duty in February 2008 and returned to Manitowoc, where he joined the Wisconsin National Guard. “It wasn’t time well spent for me,” he said. “I didn’t really do anything. I ended up on a rear detachment, because I was ‘stabilized’ as part of the incentive package that they offered me.”


“They really were pretty helpful when I was ready to file a claim. The process of engaging with government services can be challenging for some folks.’’ Will Atkinson

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Atkinson now owns a rental property, volunteers with the Cross Plains Fire Department and is involved with Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) Madison, the local chapter of a veterans-based nonprofit. He said he has used the Dane County Veterans Service Office for assistance with securing benefits for his service. “They really were pretty helpful when I was ready to file a claim,” he said. “The process of engaging with government services can be challenging for some folks l




erhaps it wasn’t the best idea to ignore the emails in my inbox. The constant threat of the email police shutting down my incoming mail meant nothing to me. In fact, I laughed at this possibility. I mean, it was just 13,397 emails, anyway. Let’s face it, I’m a creative type. I have zero tolerance for mundane tasks such as deleting emails. I have cakes to bake, quilts to design and a cozy mystery to finish writing and an endless stack of books to read. The idea of sitting for hours and scanning old emails from friends and foes doesn’t excite me in the least. This whole situation didn’t manifest itself overnight. I’m willing to confess that I haven’t deleted any emails since probably last spring. Unbelievable, but true. Here’s how I approach social media. In the wee early hours of the morning, I curl up with a steamy cup of coffee under a snuggly quilt and see what’s out there that grabs my attention. First, I scan my larger social media platforms and make sure I am up to date on my friend’s birthdays. With over 250 friends, it’s difficult to keep track. I rely on the handy algorithm to help me out there. Most of these friends I have not spoken with face-to-face since high school graduation, which was over 35 years ago. But I have chosen to befriend them online just to stay in touch. Then, I move onto my email Inbox. It’s not unusual that during the night and before the 6 a.m. hour I have accumulated over 75 emails. Most of these are passed over with a glance, or if I’m interested, opened and read and then passed on to the Everything Else file. And there lies the problem. The Everything Else file is a trap. It silently captures all of those

thousands of emails I simply do not want to manage. It’s convenient. Plus, it opens up space for more emails to gather secretly there each day… week by week, month by month, until finally the email police show up on my home screen threatening retaliation. I will admit, their warning shocked me at first. It did make me open my Inbox and see just how high my offense had risen. When I first checked, it was around 10,500 emails in the system waiting for my attention, and the next thing I knew I was over 11,000, 12,000 and yes, the dreaded 13,000 mark. Something had to be done, so I decided to ignore the problem. From experience, I would not recommend that as the first go-to solution. It wasn’t long before a low storage warning then started appearing on my screen, and then I couldn’t load any new apps. Things were getting desperate. I was in need of an Uber on vacation and couldn’t download the app due to lack of space available on my phone. I had to beg off my husband to line up my ride. This also meant he had to pay for the ride, since, as we know, all accounts are linked back to your debit card. Needless to say, he was not happy to be an accomplice to my crime of email hoarding. Finally, I did it. I started to delete. Page after endless page was deleted until I got my unread email number down to under 10,000. I almost stopped there thinking it would buy

me a week or two on the lam. Only one week later I was back up over 11, 000 edging on 11,500 sitting in the Everything Else file. This was unbelievable. These emails were multiplying, rather than diminishing! I realized the only thing to get me out of this predicament was to devote real time to this task of deletion. I needed to accept the fact I had a problem and deal with it. I brewed a whole pot of coffee and got comfy in my easy chair. I took a deep breath and started in. Four large mugs of caffeine and three hours of constant deleting later, I did it. My email boxes were all empty. I even got a note from my server (via email) congratulating me on completing my task. I have been free of emails in both my Inbox and Everything Else files now for three whole days. I have been checking my status a couple of times a day, and if I have an email, I deal with it right then and there. I am free! My online bondage has been lifted! Hallelujah! With that being said, let me take a moment to warn anyone who has sent me an email in the last six months and is still waiting for a reply that I no longer have your message. Just send me an email. I wouldn’t recommend waiting for a rapid reply. l In addition to her blog,, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef. SPRING 2020 YOUR FAMILY 21


Finding natural harmony

The Wild Harvest Nature Connection, now in its fifth year of offering programming around Dane County, has summer camp opportunities for kids to help build connections to the natural world.

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ometimes, to find the connection, you need to unplug. There’s getting kids outside, and then there’s getting kids outside the Wild Harvest Nature Connection way – tracking animals, learning bird calls, building fires and most, importantly, learning about our connections to the natural world. The group is now in its fifth year, offering year-round programming for kids – and adults – that focuses on a variety of outdoor skills and activities. The idea started from weekly nature immersion sessions Springfield, Ill., native Heather Hutchinson and “life and business partner” Alex Britzius attended for several years at the Weaving Earth Center for 22 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020

Relational Studies in Sebastopol, Calif. There, she said, they learned a variety of skills and concepts they were eager to pass on. “It was training of sorts for nature connection and community building and permaculture,” she said. “You go with a cohort of about 40 people, camping on a farm. Every Wednesday, you’d set up camp, and it’s lots of teachings and activities, immersing ourselves for two days.” Before long, they both knew they wanted to run a similar program, though they didn’t know exactly where or when. In the early summer of 2015, when they felt they had the training they needed, Hutchinson said, they

looked for places in Wisconsin, where Britzius grew up (Trempealeau County) and saw the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Monona was hiring for nature camps that summer. They jumped at the opportunity. And while they thought it would probably be a few years before they started their own business, within weeks, she made a connection through the center with a family who homeschooled their children and was looking for nature education opportunities. “We were telling them eventually we’d like to offer programs for kids and families with a natural connection,” Hutchinson said. “They said the homeschool community

FAMILYLIFE would really love that, and there are hundreds of families in Madison, and ‘we could reach out to email lists if you want to start.’ “It was very unexpected.”

“We aren’t really about teaching lessons as we are more about paying attention to kids’ curiosities, interests and passions and working to highlight those.” Heather Hutchinson By August, they formed Wild Harvest Nature Connection and were starting sessions. They have steadily expanded in the past few years, working with groups of homeschooled children during the academic year and public summer camps in the summer. Daylong homeschool programs are held at Lake Farm County Park once

a week, with kids split into groups based on age. There are typically two mentors and around 8-12 kids in a group. Summer camps start June 22 and are interspersed throughout the summer, with the last session the week of Aug. 24. They are held both at City of Madison or Dane County parks such as Hoyt, Elver and Indian Lake, as well as some private property. Registration opens Feb. 1. Hutchinson said the summer camps focus on “connection to the land.” “We aren’t really about teaching lessons as we are more about paying attention to kids’ curiosities, interests and passions and working to highlight those,” she said. “It’s asking good questions that support further curiosity, learning and relationships.” Hutchinson and Britzius, who used to run programs out of their 8-acre farm in Mount Horeb before moving last year, have a variety of skills between them to teach. That’s everything from learning about wild edibles, tracking and how to build a

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Through the Wild Harvest Nature Connection, kids can learn how to track animals, learn bird calls and a variety of other nature skills at locations around the Dane County area.

fire to making pottery, tools and cooking using traditional methods, including one of her favorites, clay baked pork roast. “You wrap a pork roast in leaves and some cordage you’ve made from plants that are obviously non-toxic, and pack it all in clay and put it under the fire,” Hutchinson said. “Let it sit for a couple hours and it’s really yummy.” A summer camp day generally starts with an opening circle, including a game and song, and then starting the day’s activities by going out exploring or setting up a crafting station, Hutchinson said. Kids bring their own snacks and lunch and everyone eats together, and at the end of the day, they return for a closing circle that includes sharing highlights, challenges and stories from the day. “We get to focus on some specific things, and the kids really love it,” she said. “That’s the goal of the immersion experience, so when people leave, they have these skills, because you’re mixed into that environment so much that it just becomes ingrained.” l SPRING 2020 YOUR FAMILY 23


A good ref is hard to find MAYSA, local clubs looking to bring in more soccer officials Story and photos by Mark Nesbitt


etaining and training qualified referees to cover local soccer games can be a challenge. There are numerous reasons why there can be referee shortages at some levels, including the increasing challenge of dealing with the treatment of unruly fans who challenge calls. The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association is one group that has experienced this and is taking a lead role in educating and training referees, with help from the Madison Area Soccer Resource Unit. There are about 740 MAYSA soccer referees in the Madison area, or 24.6% of the 3,000 statewide, Scott Irwin, president of MASRU, told Your Family magazine. MAYSA clubs are still looking to add more referees for the upcoming season that runs April through June, Irwin said, with the group increasingly turning to younger applicants to fill its ranks of referees. To boost numbers this spring, the U.S. Soccer Federation has revamped the referee educational program, bumping up the minimum age to become a referee from 12 to 13. Having the flexibility to use younger players as referees offers learning opportunities about the game, as well. For some teens, many of whom are players, becoming a soccer referee is an opportunity to earn some money and get valuable work experience. “For many of the 13, 14 and 15 year old kids, it’s their first job,” said Oregon


Soccer Club president Eric Anderson. Verona Soccer Club president Jon Longley said finding a large enough pool of referees has been a constant challenge, beginning with the U9 level. Games typically require three referees (two linespeople and one center referee), but sometimes that’s not possible when only two are available.

“No one volunteers to referee because they want to get yelled at.” Oregon Soccer Club president Eric Anderson “Since a big number of these refs are also players, not every game has three refs, but most of them do as our assigner tries to fill these holes with refs for as many games as possible,” Longley said. If there are not enough referees for a game, Anderson said, they will pull an older brother or sister from the crowd to use as a referee. MAYSA and MASRU have been proactive in the education and retention of referees. New and young soccer referees can have a more experienced referee observe them during a game and give them feedback. Anderson said the mentoring referee program from an older certified referee has been a strong program in helping develop young referees.

FAMILYFUN Another way some youth soccer clubs are trying to attract referees is by an increase in pay for some tournaments. Referees for MAYSA soccer games can earn in a range from $12 to $55 per game depending on the age group, whether they serve as the head referee in the center of the field or a referee on the sideline. When Oregon hosts its annual Fall Fury soccer tournament, Anderson said, the organization pays referees for a full game, even though the games during the Fury tournament are shorter. “We try to pay competitive rates to make it worth people’s time to come to a tournament,” Anderson said. Anderson said many of the MAYSA club soccer teams have agreed to small increases in registration fees with the stipulation that the extra money goes back into training and retaining referees. And he reminded spectators to remember good sportsmanship when considering the people officiating the games. “No one volunteers to referee because they want to get yelled at,” Anderson said. “We need the referees. We can’t do it without them.” l


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Early swim lessons can develop confidence, cognitive skills WATER SAFETY By Karen Kittleson Clay

Tips for effective baby lessons

If youre a first-time swim parent, make sure you pack the right bag, arrive early, set realistic expectations and ask questions. Being prepared goes a long way in making you and your child feel comfortable at swim class. Bring a bag with a towel and a change of clothes for each of you and a reusable swim diaper. Remember to also bring lotion, water or anything else you might want to have on hand before or after class. Give yourself extra time for the drive, getting dressed, and using the restroom or changing diapers if needed. This will help you both to ease into class relaxed and in a positive frame of mind. Being late is always stressful, and it sets a hectic tone for you and your child in baby swimming lessons. You are there to bond and have fun with your baby. Be calm and have fun. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your little one will be. Keep in mind there may be challenges at certain points. Whether your baby is especially fussy in a class or always yells when its back float time, baby swimming lessons arent always a cakewalk. If youre new to baby swim school, you might be surprised by how the classes are structured or what the curriculum entails. It might seem like a lot of playtime. However, they usually have specific milestones and skills in mind. Ask for a free trial lesson and visit the school before you sign up. They should want you to feel comfortable, ask questions and, most importantly, have fun! As your class progresses, ask your instructor to give you tips for what you can work on at home and let you know why they are doing skills, games or songs a certain way. 26 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020


wimming is one of the best-loved family activities. But many people wonder whether it’s appropriate or realistic to teach babies to swim. It is. One of the benefits of baby swimming is that it starts building water confidence early. Babies can start lessons at 4 months old to maximize their natural affinity to water. A warm pool is reminiscent of the womb for the baby and helps him or her relax and bond with mom, dad, grandma or grandpa. The pool is a wonderful environment for your child to explore, move and enjoy the weightlessness of water, and with the most loving teacher in the world – you! According to a study by Griffith University, children under 5 in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States who swim exceed their peer group in several developmental stages. These include understanding directions (20 months ahead), story recall (17 months) oral expression (11 months) and mathematics (6 months). Starting swimming lessons early in life also builds physical skills, of course. Swimming builds physical strength and confidence being in the water and for many becomes a lifelong skill for safely enjoying time at the pool, lake or ocean. Swim lessons are offered yearround and are a great way to keep your children active during the winter months. Early swim lessons also help improve coordination and balance. Because much of your baby’s body is supported by

water, the main focus for them is on maintaining balance. On the whole, babies who swim have much better balance outside of the pool. Exercising also helps build muscles and make them stronger. Swimming provides quality bonding time. Time in the pool is one of the few times when your child has your undivided attention for the duration. Swimming can improve a baby’s appetite. Lots of gentle exercise and warm water helps to make a baby hungry, so make sure you have some sort of snack or milk for after they finish. Swimming builds water confidence. Many parents pass on an uneasiness of water to their children because they themselves are not confident swimmers. But swim lessons can give your baby the tools needed to start learning breath control, floating and swimming all before turning 2. They can help you be your child’s first teacher, bond and help him or her learn to love the water. Baby lessons might be daunting at first, but if you prepare and are engaged, your first experience is sure to go swimmingly. Remember, a swim school is there to serve you and your child. Find a swim school with knowledgeable teachers that will lead you and parents just like you in activities, songs and games that will make your baby safer and smarter in the water. l Karen Kittelson Clay is the CEO of SwimWest and a member of the Safe Kids Coalition board representing water safety.

Turkey Vegetable Pot Pie with Whole-Wheat Crust

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Grilled Garlic Shrimp with a Fresh Heirloom Tomato Sauce For the marinated shrimp ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil ¼ cup red wine vinegar 2 garlic cloves, minced 36 large shrimp, peeled and deveined 12 6-inch wooden skewers For the tomato sauce 3 pounds assorted large heirloom tomatoes 1 small sweet onion, minced

1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon honey, preferably sourwood honey ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips (chiffonade is the formal name for this cut), plus more for garnish Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper

To marinate the shrimp, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar and garlic in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add the shrimp and allow to sit, covered, for 1 hour. Stir occasionally. Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal or gas grill. Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. To make the tomato sauce, bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Place one or two tomatoes at a time into the boiling water. Watch them and, as you see the skin split, remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cool water. At this point, it will be very easy to slip off the skins. Cut the peeled tomatoes into a small dice. Put the cut tomatoes into a large bowl. Add the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and honey. Stir gently to combine. Skewer the shrimp, 3 per skewer. Grill the skewered shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until they are pink. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and a couple grinds of fresh pepper. Just before serving, add the basil leaves to the tomato sauce. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Ladle the tomato sauce onto a serving platter and arrange the skewers on top of the sauce. Garnish with more basil leaves and enjoy! Serves 6

Turkey Vegetable Pot Pie with Whole-Wheat Crust

For the crust: 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 2 ⁄3 cup corn oil 1 ⁄3 cup orange juice

For the filling: 1 carton condensed cream of chicken soup (organic preferred) ½ cup low-fat milk 1¼ pound boneless, skinless turkey breast, thinly sliced into bite-size pieces To make the crust: Combine flours and salt in a medium bowl. Pour in oil and orange juice and stir until moistened. Press dough to flatten and chill. To make the filling: Blend soup and 1/2 cup of milk in a large bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Divide dough into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Roll the larger ball between 2 large sheets of waxed paper until it is 1/8-inch-thick or until it fits in the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper. Turn dough over and carefully place in the pie pan, removing remaining piece of waxed paper. Press out any bubbles and patch holes with scraps of dough. Pour filling into the prepared pan. Roll remaining dough and lay it on top. Cut any excess dough hanging from the edges and crimp the crust between your thumb and forefinger to seal. Cut a heart into the center to allow steam to escape. Place the pie on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until center of crust becomes golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the pie’s center reaches 165 F, covering browned edges only with foil about halfway through cooking. Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Serves 6

Black-Eyed Pea, Corn and Rice Salad 2 cans (15½ ounces each) no-salt-added or low-sodium black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 can (15¼ ounces) low-sodium or no-salt-added whole-kernel corn 1 package (8½ ounces) brown rice, microwaved according to package directions and broken into small pieces 2 medium ribs celery, chopped 1 medium bell pepper, seeded and chopped ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon water 1 ⁄8 teaspoon black pepper In large bowl, stir peas, corn, rice, celery, pepper, parsley, olive oil, water and black pepper until combined. Serves 6 Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association

1 cup thinly sliced carrots (or frozen sliced carrots, thawed) 1 cup leeks, quartered lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise, using white and pale green parts only 3 ⁄4 cup thinly sliced celery ½ cup frozen peas, thawed 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour 2 teaspoons dried herbes de Provence (or ½ teaspoon each thyme, rosemary and basil) ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon salt

Tiramisu 6 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1¼ cup mascarpone cheese 13⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream 2 12 oz packages Savoradi Lady Fingers ½ cup cold espresso or strong coffee ¼ cup coffee flavored liqueur (optional) 1 tablespoon cocoa for dusting Combine egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler, over boiling water. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. This is your sabayon. Remove from the heat and whip yolks until thick and lemon colored. Add mascarpone to whipped yolks, and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, whip cream to stiff peaks. Gently fold the whipped cream in the mascarpone-sabayon mixture and set aside. Mix the cold espresso with the coffee liquor, and dip the lady fingers into the mixture just long enough to get them wet; do not soak them! Arrange the lady fingers in the bottom of a 8 inch square baking dish (or 6X9). Spoon half the mascarpone cream filling over the lady fingers. Repeat the process with another layer. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Dust with cocoa before serving. Serves 9

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Wisconsin s k o Bo by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

Read On... and On and ON


‘Bad Axe County’ is realistic, raw, gritty reading “Bad Axe County” by John Galligan c.2019, Atria $26/$35 Canada 327 pages Your neighbor minds his business. And yours, the guy’s down the road and the lady’s next door. He sees everything and is happy to share – or so you’ve heard. Author John Gallinger As in the 2019 Photo by Ya-Ling Tsai novel, “Bad Axe County,” by John Galligan, nobody tells you a thing. When the National Weather Service

said that a storm was coming and it might dump 10 inches of snow, few in Bad Axe County worried. It was just another spring in Wisconsin and the snow wouldn’t last. Still, interim sheriff Heidi Kick needed to keep her deputies alert, and that was becoming a problem: Half her staff was loyal to the last sheriff, and they made little to no effort to hide their dislike for her. Much of Bad Axe County kinda seemed like that, ever since the night a dozen years ago when Heidi’s parents were killed in what authorities said was a murder-suicide. Heidi was serving as the county’s Dairy Queen then, and folks never forgot that those both set her apart. It surely didn’t make her job – or her life – easier. Readers who are fans of author John Galligan’s previous books may’ve wondered where Galligan’s

been since the last one. One possible answer: he may’ve been perfecting his craft, because “Bad Axe County” is as good as it gets. With a shiver and nod at today’s news, this novel opens with a scream of two different sorts as we’re introduced to a new, and quite reluctant, crimefighter in Heidi Kick, who wears armor that’s part platinum, part cotton, and she’s not afraid to get it dirty. Readers will also be delighted that Kick is fresh, open, not-quite-naïve, but willing to be schooled; surrounding her is a bawdy dispatcher, a too-handsome officer, an eager EMS volunteer and criminals that’ll make you cringe, gasp and dig your nails in. Readers of thrillers take note, then: “Bad Axe County” is wildly good, frighteningly realistic, sometimes raw, and gritty as dirt. It’s perfect for you. Make it your business to read it. l SPRING 2020 YOUR FAMILY 29


Smart home technology advances hold promise for elderly SENIOR LIVING BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH


icture the beloved elder in your life, maybe your mom, dad or sainted aunt. She walks with a walker and has been having trouble with falls or taking out the trash. Her spouse recently has passed away and she is not eating well or getting exercise other than doing menial household chores. She is lonely and sad and has few visitors and doesn’t take care of herself as she should. You probably work a full time job and see her once a week, and you think she might not care whether she lives or dies. But you know she will most likely live well into her 90s if you can give her more help. This kind of situation can take a toll on adult children, but it need not be that way. There have been many advances in elderly care and technology to allow your loved elder to remain in the safe and comfort of their home and maintain a lot of their independence. The increase in life expectancy is the primary motivation for advances in medical science and technology that make it easier for elders to live in the comfort and safety of their own smart homes, according to a 2017 publication in the open-access online medical journal, Sensors. “Smart homes, which incorporate environmental and wearable medical sensors, actuators, and modern communication and information technologies, can enable continuous and remote monitoring of elderly health and wellbeing at a low cost,” the article states. “Smart homes may allow the elderly to stay in their home instead of expensive healthcare facilities. Healthcare personnel can also keep track of the overall health condition of the elderly in real-time and provide feedback and support from distant facilities.” A smart home is an emerging concept that is still being defined. A fully 30 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020

functional and comprehensive smart home that addresses all aspects such as home automation, monitoring of residents’ health, safety and security and home environment is still to be realized. Some homes already have some of these items. Many do not. But there is an incredible amount of medical technology that is being tested and new developments are emerging virtually every month. Some of the more significant technological activities are wearable sensors, remote-monitoring sensors, electronic medical records, automated emergency calling, automated fall detection systems and reminding systems. Imagine this loved one of yours and the problems she might have. She doesn’t bathe or shower as often as she should. Her blood cholesterol is high as is her blood pressure. She has some minor cardiac problems. Many of these can be solved in the near future through these technologies. Wearable biomedical sensors allow the gathering of such real time monitoring of physiological parameters such as blood sugar for diabetes, heart rate, body temperature, weight, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, blood glucose, electrocardiogram, electromyogram, electroencephalogram, weight and oxygen saturation. All this is done without interrupting the daily activities of individuals. These sensors can be connected

to the appropriate network in order to obtain automated, continuous, and real-time measurement of physiological signs and can be reviewed by a medical professional. Separately, smart homes can be outfitted with unobtrusive and noninvasive environmental sensors and actuators that can facilitate remote monitoring of the home environment, such as temperature, humidity, the oven and smoke in the home. Communication technologies such as EMRs can digitize and automate healthcare processes and tasks, thus enabling services like e-prescription, e-supply and e-records for patients. EMRs can store and provide complete and detailed information about the medical history of patients, which can be accessed remotely and used by the authorized healthcare personnel for decision-making.

Smart home systems - Wearable medical sensors - Remote monitoring - Communication technologies - Automated emergency call sytems - Automated activity and fall detection systems - Smart beds - Reminding systems - Newly emerging technology -- “Smart Homes for Elderly Healthcare – Recent Advances and Research Challenges,” Sensors, 2017

FAMILYHEALTH appliances. The primary objective of a smart home is to allow the elderly person to receive continuous, non-invasive and seamless healthcare service while staying at home. It allows the elder to reduce their visits to, or length of stay in expensive healthcare centers, allowing them to lead independent and active lives. Smart homes can also monitor and control the home environment by assessing the behavioral and daily living patterns of the users. The significant

advancement in the technology is that it is paving the way toward realizing continuous monitoring services in a smart home platform from a distant facility or the home of an adult child or close friend. 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.


Skaalen is located in a quiet residential neighborhood.

Smart homes may allow the elderly to stay in their home instead of expensive healthcare facilities.

The beautiful campus offers walking paths and comfortable

reminding systems can be useful. They give a signal at a pre-scheduled time and can send detailed information to the user or the caregivers. Some fall detectors also include a reminder system, where elders can be reminded to take their medication, prepare their meals or eat and go to the bathroom. It also notifies the caregivers or family members for assistance in case of critical situations. Then there are newly emerging technologies, including cameras, lights, sound and voice that have recently sprung up throughout the country to monitor car thefts, home thefts and undesirables who can affect elder’s quality of life. Of course we have the pieces of some of these things like Amazon Echo and Ring Doorbells that are ubiquitous now, but it is merely the beginning of a smart home. Many other systems are being developed including music geared to the elder’s likes, facilitating easy communications with their children and grandchildren, monitoring of the food eaten and voice activated lights and


outdoor spaces. Skaalen’s continuum of care provides residents a full menu of living options from which to choose.

VENNEVOLL, SKAALENDAL, SKAALEN VILLAGE & SKAALEN RIDGE – INDEPENDENT CONDOMINIUMS Low-maintenance residence designed for carefree living offering a wide variety of comforts and conveniences.

Featuring 33 one and two-bedroom assisted living apartments. Providing assistance with medication administration, personal cares, meals, bathing, laundry and housekeeping services.

HERITAGE CENTER – ASSISTED LIVING Providing assistance with the activities of daily living while offering the security of having licensed nursing staff available 24-hours a day.

MAGNOLIA GARDENS – ASSISTED LIVING MEMORY CARE Providing a homelike environment focusing on safety, maintaining independence and continuing to enrich life to the fullest. Licensed nursing staff available 24-hours a day

SKAALEN THERAPY & WELLNESS CENTER In-patient and out-patient therapy services for people of all ages, following an accident, illness, or surgery. Wellness programs tailored to meet each individual’s personal fitness goals.


Automated emergency call systems and fall detection systems can monitor the environment of the home as well as the physiological parameters of the elderly and can communicate with service providers in case of an emergency. The system can generate an automated call to the EMS or caregivers in case of an emergency and provide them with the location information obtained from a GPS signal. An acoustic fall detection system detects a fall based on the sound of a fall. Some smart homes use video-based systems and motion sensors to monitor and recognize different activities. Smart beds embedded with vital signs sensors are used for monitoring elderly health as well as their sleep quality. Unobtrusive sleep monitor systems detect body movement and sleep patterns as well as apnea. And because cognitive function in elders declines gradually with age, causing memory loss and dementia,

Rehabilitative and restorative care to meet each individual’s need for long-term or short-term residency.

400 N. Morris St. • Stoughton, WI 53589 | 608.873.5651 • SPRING 2020 YOUR FAMILY 31


SPRING 2020 CALENDAR March 1 FFA Farm Toy Show, Evansville: Annual show featuring farm toys, Evansville, Aldo Leopold Weekend, UW-Madison Arboretum: Various events celebrating the works of Aldo Leopold, March 1-7 Aldo Leopold Weekend, UW-Madison Arboretum: Various events celebrating the works of Aldo Leopold, March 2-3 Creative Imperatives Festival, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse: this year’s festival will showcase arts and arts-connected work that celebrates female-identified artists, challenges patriarchal structures and disrupts gender norms in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, March 5-7 WIAA boys and girls hockey tournaments, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Decadent Cabaret, The Metro, Eau Claire: dozens of local artists performing original music and cover songs, WIAA team state wrestling tournament, University of Wisconsin-Madison Fieldhouse, March 6-8 Midwest Weirdfest, Micon Downtown Cinema, Eau Claire: horror, sci-fi, underground and documentary films, March 7 Taste of Fennimore, Fennimore: More than 20 area vendors including wine, cheese, beer, bakeries and butcher shops, World’s Largest Weenie Roast, Cable, annual snowmobile race and polar plunge with the longest line of hot dog cookers over one fire in the world, Bald Eagle Day, Ferryville programs and family activities, Coulee Region Polar Plunge, La Crosse: Music, 5K, fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin, YMCA Celtic Run Before You Crawl, Monroe: Annual Run Before You Crawl 5K and Kid’s Fun Run event, Weekend Wild Walk, guided tours, Devil’s Lake State Park: Wollersheim Winery open house, Prairie du Sac: 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, Dino Days, Madison Children’s Museum, Madison, a weekend of dinosaur-themed activities, fossil casting, Dino Yoga, thumbprint art and more, March 10 Oregon Chamber Spring Business Expo, Firefly Coffeehouse & Artisan Cheese, March 12-14 WIAA girls basketball tournament, Resch Center, Green Bay: March 13 Comedy on Main, Janesville: laugh with nationally acclaimed comedians and superb up-and-comers, March 13-14 Bike-o-Rama, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Thousands of bicycles to test ride and buy, March 13-15 Rutabega’s Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world, with over 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, Stand Up Paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing. March 14 Madison Shamrock Shuffle, downtown: 5K/10K run/walk benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, downtown Prairie du Chien: parade and festivities, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown La Crosse: Irish Jig Jog, Watertown: 5K, kid’s run, food, live music, Celtic Stories and Music, Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse: a night of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English stories and songs, Saturday Science, Discovery Building, Madison: Free event features interactive exploration stations, 32 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020

Shamrock Shuffle 5k and Little Leprechaun 1k, Eau Claire, all ages, Hooley in the Hollows, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds: Adults-only, at-your-own-pace tour, music, food and St. Patrick’s theme reception, March 15 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Capitol Square, Madison, Fondy Vintage Auto Club Swap Meet, Fairgrounds, Fond du Lac: March 16 St. Patrick’s Day parade, Monroe: Led with Irish flag, bagpipers and plenty of green, March 20 Art Glass and Bead Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, March 21-22 Model Railroad Show, Omni Center, Onalaska: March 22 Family Fest (formerly Natural Family Expo), Monona Terrace: Venue for families to explore local resources, March 26 Milwaukee Brewers home opener, Miller Park, Milwaukee: March 26-28 Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Studio Tour, Baraboo: Workshops, runway, history, March 27-28 On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Cultural demonstrations, exhibitions, intertribal dances, March 27-28 Fitch-Rona Art Crawl, Fitchburg-Verona: Artists complete live work at a variety of local businesses, Wisconsin Kids Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, March 27-29 Cajun music and dance weekend, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: March 28 Mushing for Meals, Horace White Park, Beloit: 5K and 10K run, Madison Area Doll Club Show and Sale, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: Appraisals, repairs, consultations, displays of dolls, Madison Area Doll Club Facebook page March 28-29 Gem Mineral and Fossil Show, Janesville: Displays, speakers, presentations, plus vendors selling specimens, carvings and jewelry, April 2-9 Wisconsin Film Festival, various Madison theaters: Around 150 film screenings in various genres, April 3 Lake Country Film Festival, Oconomowoc, April 3-5 UW-Madison Science Expeditions, UW-Madison campus: Campus-wide science open house, Swedish music and dance weekend, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: April 3-4 Quilt the Day Away, Prairie du Chien: socialize and share quilting techniques, April 3-5 Wisconsin Outdoor Life Field and Stream Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison: April 4 Easter Egg Hunt, Evansville: Egg hunt, photos with Easter Bunny, Evansville, Maplefest, MacKenzie Center, Poynette: Seasonal scavenger hunt, Devil’s Lake State Park: April 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 Lambing Days, Eugster’s Farm Market, Stoughton: Weekends through April, April 11 Cottontail Classic and Easter Egg Hunt, Fitchburg: 5K and 10K run,

Dane County Farmers Market opens outdoor season, Capitol Square, Madison, Midwest Gourd Fest, Olbrich Gardens, Madison: Classes, lectures, vendors, raffle, kids’ activities, art competition, music, April 16 Fitchburg Chamber Spring Business Expo, Wyndham Garden, EAA-431 Pancake Breakfast: Pancakes and airplane rides at Brodhead Airport, April 17-19 Midwest Horse Fair, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, April 18 UW Varsity Band Concert, Kohl Center, Madison, April 18-19 Spring Gift and Craft Show, Omni Center, Onalaska: more than 100 booths of home and garden items, April 19 Kids’ Art Adventures: Uncommon Accumulation, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison: Transform yourself into a creature of your choosing after exploring rich detail and wild fantasy in Robert Lostutter’s exquisite paintings of bird-humans in Uncommon Accumulation: The Mark and Judy Bednar Collection of Chicago Imagism. April 24-25 Eau Claire Jazz Festival, citywide Eau Claire: April 24-26 43rd annual Jefferson County Car show: Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, 3,100 classic cars to view, Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival, Southside Oktoberfest Grounds, La Crosse: 200 beers from over 35 breweries, 45 types of wine, gourmet cheeses, live music, April 25 Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship, Dodgeville: Maggie Mae Military Benefit Concert for the Brooklyn Veterans Memorial, Oregon High School: Dane Handmade, Madison: Upcycled materials and a variety of art vendors, April 30-May 2 Trout Days, Cross Plains: Fishing contest, village-wide garage sales, food stands, kids’ activities, library book sale, hikes on Ice Age Trail, fun on the creek, live music, May 1 Downtown Baraboo Wine Walk, downtown Baraboo: May 1-3 Wisconsin Dells Polka Fest and Expo, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells: Badger Steam and Gas Engine spring swap meet and auction, Baraboo: English Country Dance Weekend, Dodgeville: Dance and music workshops, May 2 Puppy Up Walk: 2-mile walk to promote awareness of canine cancer, dogs welcome, Fitchburg, Janesville Farmers Market begins, Janesville: Weekly farmers market in downtown Janesville, PurpleStride Madison, Warner Park: 5K run and 2-mile walk raising money to fight pancreatic cancer, Artful wine walk, downtown Sun Prairie: Rockin’ for a Cure, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Fitchburg: live music event supporting ALS patients, May 3 Mayfair Art Fair, West Salem High School, West Salem: fine arts and crafts fair, silent auction, concessions, live entertainment and children’s activities, May 4 Celebrate the Earth at Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, May 5 Springtime at the Farm, Schumacher Farm Park, Waunakee: May 7-11 Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, Horicon,


SPRING 2020 CALENDAR May 8-9 Driftless Outdoors Show, Omni Center, Onalaska: vendors selling kayaks, canoes, bikes and camping, fishing, archery and hiking equipment, May 9 Rock River Wine Walk, downtown Janesville, Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square, downtown Baraboo: River Prairie Festival, Altoona, May 14 Madison Night Market, downtown Madison: Explore shops, live music and food carts, May 15-17 Syttende Mai festival, Stoughton: celebrating Norwegian culture with art exhibits, demonstrations, live music, dancing, kids activities, Spring Fling, citywide Spring Green: wine walk, creative classes, psychic fair, cooking demonstration, May 16 Kids Building Wisconsin, Fitchburg: Interactive exhibits run by local trades, Civil War Days Historic Pub Crawl, Milton House Museum, May 16-17 Janesville Renaissance Faire, Traxler Park, Automotion, Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells: Swap meet of 1989 and older cars, parts and more, Morel Mushroom Festival, Muscoda: Events revolving around sales of the hard-to-find delicacy; carnival, games, flea market, fireworks, May 22 Swiss Historical Village opens, New Glarus: Historic pioneer settlement offers glimpse of pioneer life, May 22-24 World’s Largest Brat Fest, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Music Fest, New Glarus: May 23-24 Fort Koshkonong Rendezvous, Fort Atkinson: 1800s re-enactment, black powder shooting, pioneer demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, May 25 Memorial Day Parade, Janesville, Memorial Day, Evansville: Parade and rally along the downtown, Evansville, Memorial Day Chicken Barbecue, American Legion Park, Cross Plains: chicken dinners, pie and ice cream sale, bounce house, face painting, glitter tattoos, kickball games, Cambridge Memorial Day Parade, Cambridge: Firemen’s all-you-can-eat breakfast, parade, memorial service, May 26 Art Walk, Watertown: Stroll historic downtown and take in art displays by local talent, May 28 The Bodega at Breese Stevens Field, Madison: An outdoor market at a classic Madison venue, search The Bodega-May Edition on Facebook May 29 Comedy on Main, Janesville: laugh with nationally acclaimed comedians and superb up-and-comers, May 29-31 Festa Italia: Live music, Italian food, cultural exhibits, sporting events, McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, June 2 Ride the Drive, John Nolen Drive, Madison: The street is closed for biking with fun activities along the route, June 4-6 Corvette Adventures, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells: driving event featuring road tours leading to wineries, breweries, cheese factories and restaurants, June 4-7 PrideFest, Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee: Largest gay/lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival,

Cinder City Days, Altoona, rides, parade, good, drinks, music, June 5 Cars on the Square, Historic Courthouse Square, Monroe: Classic cars on display, prizes, food, June 5-6 Roger Bright Polka Festival, New Glarus: Polka bands from Wisconsin and the Midwest in the big tent downtown, plus Beer, Bacon and Cheese, June 5-7 Hometown Days, Verona: Food, music, beer, carnival rides, kids’ activities, June Dairy Days, Village Park, West Salem: food, bands, events, parade, fireworks, Spring Art Tour, Mount Horeb area: displays and demonstrations at a variety of locations, June 6 Yellow Brick Road 5K run/walk, Oconomowoc, Dragon Art Fair, Market Street, DeForest: Arts and crafts from dozens of area artisans. Beer, Bacon and Cheese, New Glarus: Craft brewers, cheese artisans, cured meats, music, Pokemon Regional Competition, Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, Tour of Fairy Homes, Mineral Point: Susan G. Komen South Central Wisconsin Race for the Cure, Alliant Energy Center’s Willow Island: 5K run/walk and 1.25-mile fun course, June 6-7 Wisconsin’s Free Fun Weekend, State residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy free fishing, free admission to state parks and trails and free ATV riding on public trails, June 7 Rob’s Sugar River Ramble, Mount Horeb: Bike, canoe to Paoli, return by bus for music, drinks and food, June 11 Madison Night Market, downtown Madison: Explore shops, live music and food carts, June 11-13 Blue Ox Music Festival, Whispering Pines Campground, Eau Claire: outdoor bluegrass, roots and Americana music festival, June 11-14 Summer Frolic, Mount Horeb: Music, entertainment, food, rides, fireworks, June 12-14 Walleye Weekend, Fond du Lac: Live music, children’s entertainment, sports and national walleye tournament, June 13 Taste of the Arts Fair, Sheehan Park, Sun Prairie: Arts and crafts, food vendors and entertainment. Artspire, Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse: visual, performing, literary arts and dance in a primarily outdoor setting, artspire. Dane County Breakfast on the Farm, Hinchley’s Dairy Farm, Cambridge: Breakfast, entertainment and education in support of dairy industry, June 13-14 Chippewa Valley Airshow, Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Eau Claire: Marquette Waterfront Festival, Yahara Place Park, Madison: Two music stages, local food vendors and kids games, June 14-15 Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin, Madison and surrounding communities, June 15 Concerts at McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg, June 18 Strawberry Fest, Fitchburg: Live music, themed offerings,

June 18-21 Baseball Festival, Fort Atkinson: Basketball tournament and carnival, Prairie Villa Rendezvous, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien: buckskinners and fur trade re-enactment, black powder shoot, primitive bow shoot and primitive cooking contest, Summer Fest, Oregon: Fireworks, music, carnival, food, car show, parade, run/walk, tournaments, June 19 Downtown Baraboo Brew-Ha-Ha, downtown Baraboo: June 19-21 Flea Market, St. Feriole Island, Prairie du Chien: hundreds of vendors display their wares, games/activities for children and food, Lakefront Festival of Arts, Milwaukee: festival features more than 100 national artists who display and sell, June 19-20 Onalaska Community Days, American Legion, Onalaska: food, entertainment, live music, bingo, wood bat tournament, euchre and Texas hold’em tournaments, June 20 Taste of Wisconsin, Beaver Dam: Craft beer and cheese tasting of Wisconsin-made products only, Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival, Copeland Park, La Crosse, boat race supporting Center for Breast Care and Boys and Girls Clubs, North Fondy Fest, Fond du Lac: Music, crafts, model train display, games, Horribly Hilly Hundreds, Blue Mounds: Grueling bike ride results in 10,000-foot elevation gain in Driftless Area, Midsummer fest, Coon Valley, highlighting Norwegian culture by celebrating the longest day of the year, June 20-21 Waterslide-athon, Wisconsin Dells: Benefits Ronald McDonald House, June 21 Twilight in the Park Concert series: First concert at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Brodhead (every Sunday through Aug. 9), Make Music Platteville, citywide Platteville: a free outdoor day of music held on the summer solstice, Father’s Day Chicken BBQ, Blanchardville: Ecumenical church service, music, softball tournament, Bring your Pop to Pop’s Knoll, Donald Park, Mount Vernon: Live music, hot dogs, activities for all ages, June 25-27 Wisconsin State Button Show, Marriott Madison West, Middleton: collectors, dealers, tailors and seamstresses, jewelry and costume designers, quilters and crafters, June 26-27 Music Fights Back, Prairie Du Chien, music festival/fundraiser for children with cancer, June 26-28 Heidi Festival, New Glarus: Drama performances, craft fair, mini expo, June 27 Tour da Goose, Watertown: Bike ride offers 100-, 62-, 42-, 22- and 12-mile routes, food and live music, Celebrate Onalaska, Van Riper Park, Onalaska: food, entertainment, fireworks, Behind the Scenes at Villa Louis, Villa Louis, Prairie Du Chien: an in-depth look at the Dousman family home, Blues, Brews and Food Truck Fest, New Glarus: Live music, beer, June 27-28 Spring Green Arts and Crafts Fair, downtown Spring Green, juried show featuring more than 200 national artists showcasing paintings, handwrought jewelry, sculpture, crafts, pottery, textiles, photography, glass and woodworking, l

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Metal matters

Local artist has been manipulating material with her hands for 30 years Story and photo by Mackenzie Krumme


cattered through Demetra Saloutos’ art studio are old oil cans, sausage grinders, wrenches, typewriters and C-clamps. After hours of hand manipulation, the rusty pieces are combined with new tubing and transformed into decorative art sold around the country. Saloutos has been a metalsmith for more than 30 years. Similar to a blacksmith, who works with iron or steel, or a goldsmith, who works with gold, a metalsmith is a crafter who works with various metals to create different useful or artistic objects. If she can’t hit it with a hammer, Saloutos said, she is out of her league. The art of metalsmithing and blacksmithing, she said, has grown in popularity since Etsy and Pinterest were founded, over the past 10-15 years. On Etsy, an online platform where artists can sell their items on virtual shops, there are more than 12,500 items listed under metalsmith.


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608-873-1842 11301 N. State Road 138, Cooksville Hours: By Appointment Salouto said she has tried selling her pieces online but prefers the face-toface interaction with customers. She has had some customers for 20 years and can make individualized pieces for them. When not in her studio she is selling at different juried art shows or sifting through junk yards and thrift stores to find the finishing touches on her croquet ball hedgehogs. Today, her studio is above Dr. Evermore’s workshop on Hwy. 138 in Cooksville. It sits directly next to the historic Cooksville store, where

In Demetra Saloutos’ studio in Cooksville, she collects antique sausage grinders, hammers and metal tubing to transform the pieces into yard art and jewelry.

Demetra’s seven cats and two dogs can get attention from the neighbors. A picture of her father’s 1957 painting of the four seasons on Lake Monona hangs on the wall. She remembers the first time she set foot in the studio – she had a set of sterling earrings the size of a quarter and she wanted to mimic them and create a two foot wide bird bath out of copper. The shop keeper at the time seemed hesitant, but 30 years later, Demtra still sells those bird baths at shows.

That is what she loves about metal smithing one thing always leads to the other. That is what she loves about metal smithing, she said, one thing always leads to the other. “I can’t picture myself doing anything else.” l

with Demetra Saloutos

YF: What makes metalsmithing different from other art forms? Saloutos: It is taking a flat piece of metal and using your hands, hand tools, hammers and transforming that piece of metal into something new. It is empowering art form and it is very gratifying to see what you made. You took something that is totally flat and gave it a dimension, depth and personality. I can use a torch and hammer to make a quarter-size earring and transform them into a three foot bird bath. My right arm is quite a bit bigger than my left – nobody wants to arm wrestle with me. 34 YOUR FAMILY SPRING 2020

YF: Do you have artists in your families? Saloutos: Everyone in my family is an artist. My dad made a linoleum print of Albert Einstein in the early 1950s and he actually sent that print to Albert Einstein and we got a letter back. My daughter, Alexandra, is a famous pastry chef in Minneapolis, and she has her own studio to sell paintings. She uses the same colorful wicker basket she used as a kid at her shows today. My son, Ellias is a carpenter and photographer. My father gave him a beautiful camera at a young age. He also helped me at shows when

he was a kid. He tried to “retire” from helping when he was a senior in high school, but I told him to get his ass back in the van. YF: You also taught metal smithing classes, was there an important tip in your classes? Saloutos: The very first thing my father ever taught me how to draw was a tree. He took me out into the backyard and under the pear tree. He gave me these beautiful oil pastels. And he said to “there is no such thing as a long line,” which means you always make the art work.




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