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Another step in modern recycling



’m a big fan of recycling. My natural tendency not to waste anything – from the last drops of a beer at a restaurant to the back of an envelope that I scrawl notes on – meshes well with our society’s growing interest and skill in sustainable living. As my wife could tell you, I’m prolific when it comes to nagging my family into separating our garbage, reducing our use of materials and energy and reusing grocery bags and other items. And sometimes I’m not sure whether she’s more annoyed or amused at how much I’m willing to inconvenience myself (and sometimes

others) to avoid using any gas in my hybrid electric car. I’m no pioneer and certainly could do more – composting, for example, and bringing my own bags to the grocery store – but I’m always looking for ways to do better. And it seems the world is coming up with new ideas every day. This issue of Your Family magazine explores one of the most intriguing recycling ideas I’ve heard of – urban wood. Just the concept of repurposing dying, unsafe or in-the-way trees, rather than sending them to the woodchipper, is ultra cool. Especially when you see artisans getting involved and turning these trees with their own histories into individualized wood products. But the coolest part to me is how it’s being done. Rather than having a single company searching for scraps, Wisconsin Urban

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Wood uses networking to get producers and consumers of these trees together. That opens the possibility to spreading the idea quickly and thoroughly throughout the state and into other states and making this truly a thing. It’s a beautiful and, most importantly, sustainable. It points at the true wonder of our modern society, the rise in communication technology. Of all the many gifts technology has brought us in recent years, our ability to communicate better has perhaps changed our lives the most. Some parts of this change have been disruptive or have created problems we never anticipated on a personal level, like catfishing, cyber bullying, unfriending and the relentless spread of misinformation. On a larger scale, this newfound power has put some entire industries out of business and created serious threats to others. The old-fashioned pirating of music turned into a massive peer-to-peer operation with Napster, shaking the music industry to its foundations. Old-fashioned carpooling among strangers that was once seen in places like San Francisco eventually morphed into Uber, threatening the established taxi industry. We newspapers have rejoiced at the Internet’s gift of instant information and the access social media has given us to thousands of on-the-scene correspondents and contributors. But those things have also dismantled our business model and made it difficult for many people to discern what is trustworthy from what’s trying to persuade us. It’s hard to imagine urban wood reuse having that sort of disruption. Our society’s diminishing demand for paper and wood products is a far greater threat to traditional logging, even if the urban wood thing were to spread to a peer-to-peer level and turn into its own app. But it would be fantastic to see this lead to other networks to modernize the reuse of raw materials the way Freecycle, Nextdoor and Facebook have helped people get rid of their old couches, dining room tables and kids’ toys. l Jim Ferolie is the group editor of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes Your Family magazine.




t used to be that we enjoyed four seasons every year – spring, summer, fall and winter. Not anymore, my friends. We now have a fifth season, known as pumpkin spice. It has miraculously been squeezed in between the end of fall and the beginning of winter. You won’t find it officially on calendars, but it’s kind of a thing now. Let me be the first to applaud whoever came up with this brilliant marketing idea! Like many of you, I can’t seem to pinpoint an actual year when I began waiting for this season of bliss to roll around. Suddenly it was just something I looked forward to. I believe my first introduction was at a famous coffeehouse. I was at the cream and sugar station, and lo and behold, I saw pumpkin spice in a sprinkle jar. I gave it a little shake over my grande coffee in a vente cup with creamer and was hooked. From that moment on, I have had a sixth sense for when to start expecting the season of pumpkin spice to roll around. The rules are that it has to be cool in the mornings, warm in the afternoons and the leaves have to start beginning to turn. Some leaves may fall before the first pumpkin spice sighting, but that’s OK, too. Growing up in the Midwest, pumpkins

always had their place in the limelight, and that was Halloween. We carved them, set them out with a candle and enjoyed them for maybe about a week before they were tossed into the trash. Some talented friends of mine also scraped out all the seeds and dried and toasted them up for snacks, but those seeds reminded me of chewing up shredded wooden toothpicks, so I gave up on that activity altogether. You might be wondering whether this column is about pumpkin spice or pumpkins themselves. The question really is whether pumpkin even has a spice. Let’s do a little experiment. If we were to carve up a pumpkin, pry off a hole around the stem chunk and stick our faces inside the squash and inhale deeply, what would we smell? Cinnamon? Ginger? Nutmeg? Cloves? Nope. Nothing. Just squash. Hmm… so where does this pumpkin spice come from? It’s marketing, my friends: Our sense of smell brings back memories. Let’s think about it. Imagine a traditional Thanksgiving holiday. The family gathers around the table, enjoys a wonderful dinner and shares stories, laughter, good times and memories of holidays and happy times. When dessert rolls around, chances are one of the relatives brought a pie or two — chances are even better that pumpkin was one of them. The spicy

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bite of cloves, cinnamon and pumpkin all tucked inside a flaky crust is like no other. We serve it in the fall because it’s in season. Personally, I’m hooked. Marketing or not, I have to have it. I love it so much that I mix up a quart-sized container of pumpkin spice mix in September and leave it out on my counter through December. I can’t get enough of it. When I go out for coffee, the first thing I look for on the menu boards is anything beginning with the word pumpkin. I even purchased a whole case of canned pureed pumpkin to keep on my pantry shelf for the season, because, hey – you just never know when you might need some pumpkin pie, scones, bread or let’s see…pumpkin anything. So, enjoy this season of pumpkin spice. Embrace it, don’t fight it. It will be gone before you know it so live it up. Here’s to you, my pumpkin spice lovers. l In addition to her blog,, Rhonda Mossner is a professional speaker, quilter and chef. She is known as The Quilter Cook and travels throughout the area sharing her quilts, stories and recipes.

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5 Friday night

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old weather makes me crave two things: a pot of chili on the stove and Friday night fish fry. Since nobody makes chili like grandma (and I’m not about to give out that recipe), I figured I’d share my favorite places to go out for fish fries … so far. From beer-battered to baked and walleye to cod, each Wisconsin establishment is within an hour’s drive of Madison and has its own twist on the fish fry – and a special place in my heart and stomach.

Photo by Dave Radcliffe. The fish fry at Elias Inn comes with baked and fried fish, broasted chicken and a Lazy Susan of potato salads, oriental salad, baked beans, bread and tartar sauce.

Elias Inn Supper Club

200 N. Second St., Watertown (920) 261-6262 Each year my in-laws fly across the country to visit family in my hometown of Watertown. The spot we always gather for conversation, cocktails and fish fry is Elias Inn Supper Club. The only thing offered on the menu that night is the all-you-can-eat fish and chicken dinner. You can’t make reservations, so leave your name with the hostess, Tammie, and grab a brandy old-fashioned or kiddie cocktail at the bar, which opens at 3:30 p.m. The $13.99 meal is worth the drive and wait. Once you’re seated in the intimate dining area, you’ll be greeted by a Lazy Susan of homemade side dishes (baked beans, oriental cabbage salad and American and hot German potato salad) and a basket of rye bread. Then come the family-style platters of battered and baked cod, broasted chicken and French fries. Don’t be shy about asking for more tartar sauce or melted butter to dunk your fish in.


Warm up with a side of clam chowder with the cod fish fry at Flying Hound.

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Shortly after my husband and I moved to Madison two years ago, we saw a sign near our apartment for a new pub, The Flying Hound Alehouse. The ever-changing list of international beers on tap caught our attention, but their fish fry got us hooked. Flying Hound doesn’t take reservations, but we’ve never had to wait to get a table or spot at their bar. On Fridays, they serve fish all day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. We always start with a new brew and order the Ellsworth cheese curds ($7.50) dipped in their parmesan peppercorn dressing. Then we go for their three pieces of fried wildcaught Alaskan cod ($10.95), which is lightly seasoned and breaded, never greasy and just the right portion. They also offer five pieces of fried Lake Erie yellow perch ($13.95) or a large fillet of Canadian walleye that’s fried ($13.95) or grilled and topped with herb compound butter ($14.95). Each of the fish fry options is served with house slaw, homemade tartar sauce, a lemon wedge and fries or salad greens with a shallot vinaigrette, tomatoes and cucumbers. They also offer their fried cod with French fries ($11.50) daily after 5 p.m.


Photo by Ziegler Photography. The Dorf Haus haddock fish fry is shown with fritters and honey, coleslaw, German potato salad and a brandy old-fashioned.

Vintage Brewing Company 674 S. Whitney Way, Madison (608) 204-2739

When we bought a house near Whitney Way last year, my husband and I wanted to get to know our neighborhood. We started by stopping in at Vintage Brewing Company one Friday night to see how their fish fry stacked up. Our waitress suggested we newbies start with the one- or two-piece fish fry “because the pieces are really big.” We snickered, thinking nothing could dwarf the monster cod we were used to from Mercer T’s Bar & Grill in Clyman, and ordered the three-piece fish fry. When the plates arrived, our jaws dropped. Each piece must’ve been the size of my forearm, and we definitely took home more than we ate at the table. The restaurant recently changed their fish fry a bit, offering smaller (4-ounce) but higher-quality North Atlantic cod that holds the beer batter better. Vintage uses its wheat beer Weiss Nix, which makes for a light and airy texture on the Friday all-you-can-eat ($16.50) and two-piece fried cod ($13 or $14.50 on Fridays). On Fridays you can also get two pieces of baked cod ($14.50). Meals also come with their signature spicy coleslaw, tartar sauce, lemon and choice of fries, mashed potatoes, tater tots, pub chips or vegetables. Vintage takes reservations on Fridays after 5 p.m. for parties of six or more.

Vintage Brewing Company’s beer-battered cod, coleslaw, lemon and pub chips.

Dorf Haus Supper Club

8931 County Road Y, Sauk City (608) 643-3980 Just outside of Sauk City is an award-winning supper club known for its authentic German cuisine, including Friday night fish fry. The Maier family started Dorf Haus Supper Club in 1959 with all-you-caneat chicken and fish dinners for $1. Now their children co-own the “small village inn,” which reminds me of the Bavarian Lodge look of Elias Inn, but on a grander scale. We arrived 10 minutes after it opened on a fall Friday and waited over an hour in the bar area for a table. But we had been warned it fills up fast, and no wonder. The food and service have kept customers coming back to rural Roxbury for decades. The Friday night fish fry selections all come with homemade fritters (sweetened bread dough) that you can drizzle with honey. The family-style fried haddock ($12.95) is served with flavorful coleslaw and French fries or rich German potato salad. There’s also an expansive salad bar ($3.50). Other Friday night dinners include three baked haddock pieces ($14.50) with a lettuce salad and choice of potato, a seafood platter ($20.95) and the Maier family chicken special ($11.95). Dorf Haus opens Fridays at 5 p.m., but reservations are only accepted for parties of eight or more.

Toby’s Supper Club

3717 S. Dutch Mill Road, Madison (608) 222-6913 Friends on the east side of Madison told us the place to go for fish fry is Toby’s Supper Club. And five minutes after the restaurant opened 5 p.m. on a Friday, cars overflowed across the street. The long oval bar is the focal point, with dozens of tables on the perimeter. Bartenders take your order and let you know when a table is ready. The bar opens at 4 p.m. Our table was set with platters of pickles and raw vegetables (radish, carrots, celery and green onions), buns and packaged breadsticks. Then came the fish, coleslaw, fries and hashbrowns – made from scratch daily and served family-style with onion and slices of American cheese melted on top. The gals had the cod (2 pieces $10.95, 3 pieces $12.95), and the guys had the lake perch ($14.95) and baby pike ($13.95). Also on the Friday special menu is catfish ($10.95). Toby’s also has bluegill ($13.95) and grilled salmon ($14.95) among its dinner specials other nights of the week. l

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Toby’s lake perch with a side of hashbrowns. WINTER 2017 YOUR FAMILY 9


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History WWII submarine allows visitors to step back into time Story and Photos by Scott De Laruelle

The restored submarine U.S.S. Cobia, credited for sinking 13 Japanese ships during World War II, sits docked in the Manitowoc River, near Lake Michigan. 10 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2017

The Cobia – the most fully restored WWII submarine in the United States – is the prized jewel of the museum’s collection.


Left: There’s not much room to squeeze between compartments in the Cobia, which has been almost fully restored to resemble its war-time condition more than 70 years ago when it roamed the depths of the Pacific Ocean. Right: Outside the submarine, there’s plenty more to see and do – historical artifacts, artwork, memorabilia and lots of hands-on stations are all on display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, in Manitowoc, located around two-and-a-half hours from the Madison area.

It’s July 18, 1944. Somewhere in the vast, empty stretches of the Pacific Ocean, the klaxon horn sounds battle stations about the U.S.S. Cobia, as a Japanese patrol has been spotted. Through the crowded compartments of the submarine – now bathed in red lights as the crew prepares for a fight – sailors flash into action. Sonar operators track the nearest ship – a Japanese troop carrier – as the men in the forward torpedo room load their massive payloads into place and wait for the captain’s order to fire. Seconds later, through his periscope, he sees an explosion as a torpedo hits its target, the Nisshu Maru, carrying the 26th tank regiment. While most of the enemy crew manages to escape, their 28 tanks destined to fight U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima are sent to the bottom. The Cobia would go on to a brief but distinguished career, credited with having sunk 13 enemy ships and more than 20,000 tons of shipping, and that encounter would earn its mark in the annals of U.S. Naval history. It’s all part of Wisconsin’s unusual maritime history, in year-round display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.

The Cobia – the most fully restored WWII submarine in the United States – is the prized jewel of the museum’s collection. And despite her advanced age of 73, the well-restored submarine looks like it surfaced right out of the history books into the mouth of the Manitowoc River as it flows into Lake Michigan. Many stations are still operational on the vessel, restored to look like they did on patrol during the war, including two of the diesel engines, radio “shack” and what’s considered one of the oldest working

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radars in the world. Tours are conducted throughout the year on the submarine, where visitors can explore the various compartments, and even sit in the ship’s crowded mess hall, where 20-some sailors had to eat meals in a space more fitting for 10. Original table settings and even magazines still lay on the tables. Everything is compacted in the cramped quarters of the submarine, where being short has its advantages, and for some visitors, getting through some of the compartments could be tricky. While the Cobia is undoubtedly the biggest attraction at the museum, there is far more to see and do that will appeal to people of all ages, including a 19th century port city, artifacts and manuscripts and kids’ activities. From November to mid-March, the museum closes an hour earlier than the rest of the year, so plan your trip accordingly. It’s normally open Thursday through Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours lasting around 45 minutes are offered throughout the year, and museum staff suggest allowing three or four hours to explore the submarine and museum. Continued on page 12 WINTER 2017 YOUR FAMILY 11



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Maritime heritage

Most people don’t think of Wisconsin – located in the Midwest – as an important naval center, but in fact, around half the state is connected to the rest of the world through the Great Lakes. As the territory grew into a state in the mid-19th century, port cities like Superior, Green Bay, Manitowoc and Milwaukee were vitally important trade destinations, and continue to be important centers of naval commerce. People can also check out

information and artifacts from recovered shipwrecks, with interactive areas to learn about “wreck hunters” who search the chilly bottoms of Wisconsin’s lakes for sunken ships – and what might still be inside them. Kids can partake in a “pack your own” travel chest, deciding which items a sailor would have needed 150 years ago on a voyage. There are QR codes on the Cobia’s sailors, where you can pick up an ID card, scan it and learn more about each one’s life after leaving the Navy,

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from the ship’s executive officer, Montrose “Monty” McCormick of Pasadena, Calif., to cook Russell Donen from Edmonton, Ky. For school, scouts and other groups, the museum offers opportunities to stay overnight on the Cobia, as well as other educational programs. The museum is also a treasure trove for historians, hosting a manuscript collection “considered one of the finest on the Great Lakes,” according to the museum’s website. Researchers have access to hundreds of photographs, blueprints, maps, charts, ship’s logs and more, including more than 300 linear feet of manuscripts, containing primary source documents, records and personal papers from the vessels and crews who once sailed Wisconsin’s waters. l

About the U.S.S. Cobia

A Gato-class diesel-electric submarine similar to the ones built in Manitowoc for World War II, the U.S.S. Cobia was launched Nov. 28, 1943, serving on six patrols in the Pacific Theatre, hunting Japanese shipping. She was decommissioned in May 1946, but was later recommissioned to serve as a training vessel for naval reservists in Wisconsin. In 1970, the Navy removed Cobia from its register, and it was towed to Manitowoc to serve as an “international memorial to submariners,” according to the museum’s website.


What you need to know about organic foods TO YOUR HEALTH BY KARA HOERR


rganic foods have moved from being a niche market, found only in natural food stores, to being available in any mainstream store. Popular questions I receive from individuals are if organic foods are better for them and whether or not they need to make the switch from conventional to organic. Those are tough to answer with a quick yes or no, because there’s usually not a black and white answer for things related to science. As a registered dietitian, my goal is to help meet individuals where they are culturally, socially and economically and help them set realistic goals to improve their health over time. So what helps one individual isn’t always going to be the best advice for someone else. Let’s start by identifying the difference between the label “organic” versus “all-natural.” These two seem interchangeable, but can be misleading and actually be very different from each other. Foods labeled as “certified organic” must meet the United States Department of Agriculture’s strict guidelines on how the food is sourced, grown, harvested and processed, while “natural” foods don’t have any criteria or mandatory regulations that need to be met. An organic food is also “natural,” but a food labeled as “natural”


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Having the organic label doesn’t automatically mean the product is more nutrient-dense than conventional or natural foods. isn’t always organic. Now, back to the question at hand. Having the organic label doesn’t automatically mean the product is more nutrient-dense than conventional or natural foods, though. This can depend on a variety of factors, including the weather during the growing season and the soil composition. Selecting organic foods means there’s likely a reduced amount of pesticide and antibiotic residue, and the farming practices used were sustainable. However, people often get hung up on the little things and forget about the big picture. Whether you buy organic or conventional, it all comes down to the overall nutritional quality of your diet. The first goal we should have is to get adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables – regardless of how they’re grown – in our diet, since many of us fall short.

Before we get overly concerned about whether or not we’re buying organics, we need to start by simply buying a wider variety of fruits and vegetables in order to give our bodies more nutrients. We’re doing more harm than good if we completely avoid certain fruits and vegetables in order to make sure we don’t consume the small amount of pesticide residue that may be left behind on conventional produce. Another thing to keep in mind is that food companies’ marketing is strategic and does an excellent job of convincing us their product is “more nutritious” or “healthy” because it contains the organic label. It’s important to remember that just because packages of cookies, crackers or chips are organic doesn’t make them a healthy choice. Organic potato chips are still potato chips and still contain excess calories and fat. Organic cookies are still cookies and still contain calories, fat and sugar. Organic added sugar is still sugar, no matter what form it comes in, and is an ingredient we should try to have less of. While these organic packaged foods usually have a “cleaner” or shorter ingredient list, they’re not a replacement for whole foods. Rather than spending the extra money on organic processed food, consider using that additional money towards organic produce instead. Choosing to buy organics is a personal decision. Let’s all start by aiming for more fruits and vegetables in our diet in general, and avoiding the more processed foods – both organic and conventional – and start including more whole foods into our diet. It’s one step closer to a healthier lifestyle and a direction we could all benefit from. l Kara Hoerr, MS, RD, CD, is the registered dietitian at the Fitchburg Hy-Vee. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice. WINTER 2017 YOUR FAMILY 13


20 years of art appreciation

Promega showcase

This hallway and the lobby of Promega Corporation’s BioPharmaceutical Technology Center serve as the focal point for the majority of the showcases that have been held in the building since 1996. The current exhibit, on display through early January, features work by three generations of Wisconsin photographers dating back to the 1800s.

Story and Photo by Kate Newton

In the Promega Corporation’s BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, all lines – or lack thereof – point to art.


t has graced the curved, long lines of its walls and open spaces of its lobby since the biotechnology company started sponsoring art showcases in 1996. And while its constant presence goes largely unquestioned by visitors and its roughly 1,200 employees today, curator Daniel Swadener said persuading artists to participate when the showcases first began “was almost like begging people to come out in the middle of a cornfield and have an art show.” A lot has changed in 20 years. Fitchburg, where Promega is based, has shifted from a predominantly agricultural area to a city of about


28,000 that rivals Madison, its closest neighbor, in facilitating innovation in both the arts and business communities. In Promega’s case, those two worlds converge four times each year – including an annual employee art show – through the showcases, which Swadener launched at the encouragement of his longtime friend and Promega founder/CEO Bill Linton. “Bill believed in me, because it was a hard sell for a lot of people to bring art into a business like that,” Swadener said. “Twenty years later, here we are, and it’s part of the business model and for a lot of people around there now, it’s hard to imagine

(Promega) without that.” It’s a sentiment many staff members share, especially those who work closely with Swadener to help coordinate the showcases. Penny Patterson, the director of corporate affairs for the company, said the “energy and support of the art enthusiasts” who come in daily to view the art has not only set Promega apart, but has proved almost intrinsic to its “past 20 years of success.” “When this building first opened, Promega took an integrative approach and made a point to share it with the community,” Patterson wrote in an email. “These art exhibits are an example of that gesture.”

The opening reception of the most recent showcase in October, which features the work of four Wisconsin photographers spanning three centuries, attracted a crowd of about 400 people. That level of response has remained more or less consistent for years, Swadener said, and each reception includes seasonal and local foods provided by Promega Catering, as well as live music typically designed to complement the theme of the show. The most popular symposium yet happened in 2008, when visitors packed in “elbow to elbow” to meet Pedro Guerrero, the world-renowned architectural photographer who had worked extensively with Frank Lloyd Wright. Swadener said he’s “learned to trust (his) judgement” over the years and let his own experiences and interactions with fellow artists (he works as a photographer in Arizona, where he resides) dictate how he plans for future shows. His explanation that “each project is different” puts it mildly. The showcases have brought eclectic and impactful themes – like “mold art,” an exploration of the symbiotic relationship between arts and the sciences, a motorcycle-themed exhibit and a celebration of the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary – to the forefront while incorporating work by artists from China, Japan, Africa, the southwestern United States and more. The first participating artist in the


showcases, meanwhile, remains a permanent fixture at Promega in the form of a 7 1/2-foot walnut sculpture of a mother and child in the lobby of the BTC. Exiled from his home country of Uganda while it was under the rule of dictator Idi Amin, sculptor and artist Francis Nnaggenda traveled extensively and was one of Swadener’s instructors during his time as an art student at the University of Indiana-South Bend. Nnaggenda’s art collection narrowly escaped being lost forever when Swadener located it in Nairobi, Kenya, in the mid-1990s, and after reconnecting there, Nnaggenda returned to the United States in 1995 and carved the sculpture using the wood of a tree from the Promega property. While Swadener said he prioritizes mining new connections over replicating the themes or success of previous shows, some relationships he’s made with artists might warrant revisiting. One showcase, “Pop Life III,” in 2006, involved a collective of young American-Indian painters, poets, graffiti artists, sculptors and artists in other mediums who incorporated skateboarding, slam poetry and other interactive elements into their exhibit’s opening. Ten years later, several “are now pretty famous artists,” Swadener said, and it would be meaningful to bring them back and share what they’ve accomplished since the show. Continued on page 29

Submitted photo: Daniel Swadener, who has served as curator for the Promega art showcases since they began in 1996, speaks during the opening symposium and reception of the current showcase, “WIS-CON-SIN: Three Generations of Wisconsin Photographers.”

CURRENT EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHTS WISCONSIN PHOTOGRAPHY Three generations of Wisconsin photography are the focal point of Promega’s fall art showcase, which runs through Jan. 2. The “WIS-CON-SIN: Three Generations of Wisconsin Photographers” exhibit features work by a “a self-taught artist, a contemporary collaborative team and a small-town studio photographer, each who created lifelong photographic projects based in Wisconsin,” according to a Promega news release. The exhibit includes about 90 images that aim to show “compelling intersections” among the four featured artists: Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910-1983), Charles Van Schaick (1852-1946) and J. Shimon and J. Lindemann, who collaborated from 1983 until Lindemann’s death in 2015. Von Bruenchenhein, a Marinette native, worked as an artist in Milwaukee for 40 years and created several thousand works across various fields of media, while Van Schaick served as the Black River Falls town photographer from 1887 until the 1940s. Of the 5,700 glass plate negatives he produced that still exist, about “60 percent” are studio portraits. One section of the showcase, called the “Wall of Twos,” displays a selection of couples who came to his studio dressed alike, proving “the idea of the portrait as a small performance was not lost on subjects in the 1800s,” according to a display at the exhibit. The collaborative work of Shimon and Lindemann, meanwhile, focuses on rural Wisconsin subjects using antiquarian cameras and printing techniques “to record post-industrial settings, rural landscapes, small towns and shifting modes of life,” the release said. Together, all four photographers have “provided rich archives of life in Wisconsin – its oddities, grit and beauty,” another display reads. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy., Fitchburg. Groups larger than 10 should call 443-3098 to make an appointment before visiting. For information, visit WINTER 2017 YOUR FAMILY 15

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wice a week, November Project tribe members meet rain or shine to exercise and promote wellness in the heart of Wisconsin’s capitol. Either on the steps of the capitol or the top of Bascom Hill on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the “tribe” meets at 6:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Ryan Zea, a dedicated member, often comes early to prepare for each of the early-morning exercises. “It’s about community. It’s a place where I can feel accepted,” said Zea. Founded in Boston in 2011, the November Project started with two friends who challenged each other to exercise outside every morning through November. Through social media, the pair turned into a group as more people found out about the challenge. “If you work out and run in the 40-degree rain or sub zero winter then you know you’ve accomplished something really awesome before the sun even rises,” explained Moriah Consigny, one of the group leaders. “The biggest part of the November Project is being weatherproof.” Eventually, the movement spread as accountability took over and positive encouragement helped less dedicated members continue to show up. Now, the tribes take hold of 32 locations worldwide and meetings occur, on average, twice a week. The Madison tribe was founded in 2013, and new members show up to every meeting, said Zea, who has been a member for a year-and-a-half. The “weatherproof’ group meets year round, which includes during snow storms and heat waves. Some members are training 20 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2017

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for marathons while some are simply recreational runners. People of all ages show up, according to the group leaders, from high school aged to senior citizens. Mornings start off with “the bounce,” where the group literally bounces up and down to get the energy flowing. That’s followed with a warmup lap and then the workout of the day. The workouts run in a circular pattern, which allows for the group to remain in one cohesive unit. The goal is that the person in the lead can high-five the rest of the team and provide positive encouragement. “It really enforces the community because we’re all working out together and nobody feels like they’re falling behind,” said Zea. “Encouragement and positivity are the core values.” Consigny and Nicole Martin lead the

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More to g ve How urban tree recycling promotes local economies while capturing carbon by Bill Livick Photos by Jeremy Jones healthy and strong,” Jan-McMahon explained. “But when they have to come down, then we take that wood.” She reasons that using dead trees as lumber for products ranging from flooring to furniture, instead of running them through wood chippers or burning them as firewood, is a way to sequester carbon dioxide that would otherwise contribute to climate change and global warming. It’s ultimately about ensuring the “highest and best use” for trees at the end of their life cycle. “These pieces needed to be connected in order for this to have sustainable longevity,” she explained. “Wisconsin Urban Wood is here to provide that organizing principle.”

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Baraboo Woodworks general manager and wookworker Josh Rice works on a piece of urban wood at his shop on the eastside of Madison.


wink Jan-McMahon was a United Church of Christ pastor and community organizer on Madison’s near-east side when she walked outside one day in 2011 and noticed a beautiful tree missing from the corner it had long occupied. “Saddened and disgruntled,” she contacted the City of Madison forester who had removed the tree and arranged to meet him at a local café to talk about trees in the Atwood Avenue neighborhood. Jan-McMahon and a group of friends had formed Sustainable Atwood the year before, and one of the group’s “big issues” was trees in the neighborhood. At the café, she and the forester “talked for an extended period of time about the trees and his approach to forestry and the upcoming emerald ash borer and the devastation we expected,” Jan-McMahon recalled. “He said, ‘With


your level of interest, you may be interested in applying for a DNR urban forestry grant.’” That was the beginning of the succession of grants and conversations that eventually led to the founding of Wisconsin Urban Wood in 2014, a nonprofit network of arborists, sawyers, kiln operators, woodworkers, tree care operations, retailers and artists dedicated to recycling urban trees “back into the social and economic lives of the community.” Now WUW’s executive director, JanMcMahon described how 34 independent businesses from around the state are working to create a sustainable urban wood economy and to show that people can have “hyper-local wood.” Wisconsin Urban Wood’s philosophy is to never harvest wood for its timber value. “Our preference is for trees to stay

Stoughton and the city of Eau Claire are the only two municipalities to formally join WUW. But the organization has partners in nearly 20 towns and cities, Jan-McMahon said, and works on a different level with many municipalities. “(We) help develop agreements with the cities so they can make access to logs easy and helpful to local people,” she said. WUW also helps partner businesses by using its brand as a marketing tool. Jan-McMahon noted that Schmidt Custom Floors Inc. in Milwaukee, which “does $1 million in flooring each year,” used the WUW logo in its most recent products catalogue. In addition to businesses, sawyers, arborists and urban foresters, the organization has partners on such professional entities as the Urban Forestry Council, the Forestry Council and Wisconsin Arborists Association, a network of 700 arborists. Its advisory group includes people from UW-Extension, UW-Madison Wood


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Department and Madison College Wood Department. One of its business partners is Citywood Treecyling in DeForest, where owner Dave Arnold has been working to use felled trees for about 14 years. “I think Wisconsin Urban Wood fills a tremendously valuable role in not only working to promote the general concept of using urban timber, but also serving as a clearinghouse for information to people who may have heard something about it but don’t know where to turn for information,” Arnold said. “It also has provided a tremendous network for individuals such as myself all the way ranging up through your architects and producers.” Paul Morrison has been finding creative ways to use dead trees for years at his business, Wood Cycle of Wisconsin, on Fish Hatchery Road in the Town of Oregon. He operates a kiln for drying green wood, runs a sawmill and has a gallery displaying items he’s crafted from recycled trees. He increased his kiln capacity in response to a growing demand for local wood.

“Our preference is for trees to stay healthy and strong, but when they have to come down, then we take that wood.” Twink Jan-McMahon, WUW executive director In October, Morrison published a book on the subject: “Tree to Table: Emergence of the Urban Wood Movement.” Arborist Randy Nelson, who became Stoughton’s urban forester in 2009, had organized a small network in that city. Before joining the city he ran his own business. “When we had to remove a tree for whatever reason and haul it away, I would hire a sawyer to come and cut it into boards,” he said. “I have thousands of feet of old lumber sitting in an old haymow at home. “So it’s something I had been doing, and I just kind of carried it over to the city when I started working here. I had a pretty good head start on sawyers and kilns and grading.” Continued on page 22

Dave Arnold describes Wisconsin Urban Wood as “a springboard to propel the use of urban timber to the next level.” The owner of Citywood Treecycling in DeForest, he was one of the early advocates of urban tree recycling, establishing his business in 2002 and running the small operation ever since. He said he uses the network to fill in certain types of tree material he lacks and to put excess wood to a good use. Arnold said he first became aware of the need to recycle trees in 1999. He’d seen a number of subdivisions go in wooded areas where he’d grown up, and “they had moved all these trees to a big pile as they were putting in the infrastructure and were going to burn them,” he recalled. “I thought there’s got to be a better way. I’ve always been a woodworker -- though a poor one at that – and thought there had to be something else that could be done.” After a year or two of trying to come up with a way to implement his idea, Arnold got in touch with the Forest Products Lab in Madison. He realized he’d discovered a potential outlet for the boards he planned to mill from felled trees, and then decided to invest in his vision. “Finally after a number of years of trying to get others involved to see if there was any grant funds or such available, I thought if I truly believe in this, I might as well bite the bullet and buy the equipment and kind of begin my process,” he recounted. “My sole purpose in the beginning was focused on the urban timber aspect, trying to help people utilize on a small level or a larger level material that historically would have gone into either being dumped or firewood. So I say I’ve been doing the urban timber thing since before it was cool.” Arnold said he never planned to get rich off the business and hasn’t. But he feels proud knowing that trees that would otherwise be burned, chipped or landfilled are being used for practical purposes. “When I started, I had a hard time finding anybody that would even kind of go along that it was a good idea,” he said. “They all said it can’t be done. They said there’s no money in it.” Since then, he’s worked with municipalities like Middleton and DeForest to take what would have been waste lumber, kiln dry it and mill it into useable boards. He said most of the businesses recycling urban wood in the Madison area are “much larger than I am, but I do take pride in the fact that you are seeing this finally come to the public and more and more people being aware of it and embracing it.” WINTER 2017 YOUR FAMILY 23



Continued from page 21 A member of Stoughton’s Tree Commission, Nelson persuaded the city to join WUW in 2015. “Just being a partner in the urban wood network is the key,” he said. “It opens up opportunities and it’s a great hub to bring everybody together, versus everybody trying individually to figure it all out.”

Stopping the stream

City of Stoughton forester Randy Nelson shares a photo of a rainbow eucalyptus with Wisconsin Urban Wood executive director Twink Jan-McMahon in front of the city’s mobile solar kiln.

“It opens up opportunities and it’s a great hub to bring everybody together, versus everybody trying individually to figure it all out.” Randy Nelson, Stoughton urban forester

But it has taken several years to build that network, and it started serendipitously with Sustainable Atwood’s use of that first Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grant in 2011. The grant allowed Jan-McMahon’s organization to conduct an inventory of more than 5,480 private trees in the Atwood/Schenks Corners neighborhood. The group worked with the UW-Madison Wildlife and Forest Ecology Department to conduct the survey, Jan-McMahon said. The organization wanted to know what kind of trees were in the Atwood neighborhood, how many were ash trees, and extrapolate that information to all of Madison to get an idea of the “actual impact” the emerald ash borer would have on the city’s urban forest.

‘Stoughton Model’ systemizes recycling efforts When the city of Stoughton Tree Commission voted in February to join Wisconsin Urban Wood, it became only the second municipality in the state to formalize the partnership. One of the Tree Commission’s goals includes finding uses for lumber harvested from city trees that had to be removed, and WUW’s network of partners can help. “I think it’s a great benefit to be part of Wisconsin Urban Wood,” said city forester Randy Nelson. “If we’ve got an issue or questions, we can reach out to our partners and say, ‘Hey, how are you doing this? What are you doing with that? How are you doing with sawyers; how are you doing with the kiln, with architects, with sourcing?’ “It’s an excellent local resource in helping to find solutions.” Recycling urban trees keep wood out of landfills while also capturing carbon dioxide, a major contributor to climate change, Nelson said. The effort to recycle trees has gained urgency with the arrival of the emerald ash borer in Stoughton, which was identified last March and will require removing 320 ash trees from city property. Even before the ash borer was discovered in Stoughton, Nelson had identified some 350 trees that 24 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2017

need to be removed in the next year or two. He noted that Dane County has been using urban wood in its parks to build shelters. “We donated some of the trees that we have removed to them for their project,” he said. He was also involved in helping to turn trees from Stoughton Hospital into park shelters. “Wisconsin Urban Wood is good in those communication efforts and connecting people and entities like that so we can all work together,” he said. Nelson joined WUW executive director Twink JanMcMahon in February at the Wisconsin Arborist Association/DNR winter conference in Green Bay, where WUW was honored with WAA’s annual Innovation Award. McMahon invited Nelson on stage to accept the award. “I’ve known Randy for years now and have been watching him organize his city’s urban wood program to make better use of those resources,” she said. “We officially, from now on, will be calling the ideal urban wood recycling program the ‘Stoughton Model,’ where you have a motivated forester who champions the effort to mine the resources of urban logs and works with the community to do so.”

FAMILYLIFE During the course of the inventory, Jan-McMahon said, a critical question came to the fore: What to do with trees that come down? Even before the arrival of the emerald ash borer was discovered in Wisconsin in 2008, the U.S. Forest Service had estimated 3 billion board feet of lumber were going to waste every year. Experts say the destructive beetle has invaded more than half of the state’s 72 counties, and the city of Madison expects to lose more than 8,000 ash trees in coming years. Sustainable Atwood used a second DNR grant in 2012 to organize a “community café” at Edgewood College in its sustainability program. “At that initial meeting we had representatives from every part of the material stream, which we have come to replicate in our current Wisconsin Urban Wood model,” Jan-McMahon recalled. “We were interested in building around the whole material stream, from arborists to end-user, with wood-using industries in between.” She said the three-hour meeting “determined what it would take to create a sustainable urban wood economy, and we’ve been following that outline ever since.”

Mike Point: Mike Point works on a large dice for lawn Yahtzee at the Stoughton Senior Center.

As Jan-McMahon began looking for examples of people working to create a sustainable urban wood economy, she discovered an organization in Michigan,, that got together a group of sawyers who took dead and dying ash trees, milled the lumber and sold wood under a shared brand at recycle stores.

“They were our initial model,” she said. “But we didn’t want to limit to sawyers; we wanted to cover the entire material stream.” WUW organized as a nonprofit in 2014 and began recruiting partners and found examples close to home of arborists and Continued on page 26

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Continued from page 25 wood professionals who were already engaged in the type of work that JanMcMahon had envisioned. But they were doing it individually and on a small scale. “We knew that with the resource being inconsistent,” she added, “the public didn’t really know it was available and that producers needed access to the wood.”

Still growing

Jan-McMahon said WUW hopes to grow in coming years by adding new partners and obtaining more grants, with an emphasis on marketing its brand. She sees more “public outreach” and education on the horizon, as well. “We are working arm and arm with other organizations who really care about the forest and are helping determine the direction of our organization,” she said. In conjunction with operations in Illinois, Michigan and Missouri, WUW has received a Full Circle Grant from the U.S. Forest Service and is “exploring what it would take to certify our wood,” Jan-McMahon said. “We’re also looking into LEED certification with the Wisconsin Building Council.” Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. WUW is also working with the American Institute of Architects, Wisconsin Chapter, to “see what we can do about helping them understand

Robert Schneider talks about the wood he’s milled at his Stoughton home with Wisconsin Urban Wood executive director Twink Jan-McMahon and Keith Kvalheim.

what our wood is providing and how we can encourage their industry to use this wood and specify it in their architectural designs,” Jan-McMahon said. She added that part of the Full Circle Grant is being used to document how WUW works with municipalities. She said the organization would like to be part of cities’ urban forestry management plan. “We want to show municipalities that urban wood recycling is good and also an economical thing to do,” Jan-McMahon said. “We can either neutralize or reduce their disposal costs.”

McMahon imagines a state where every municipality has an urban wood program. every woodworker in their area is using wood that grew in the local environment and people in the community are buying products that were locally made and sourced. “That’s the vision,” she said. “You have ongoing benefits with the trees, you have beautiful wood products that will last, and you have an economy that’s completely local. “It’s just like local foods,” she added. “When you buy local foods, you’re supporting local farmers. Buying local wood supports your urban forest and local economy.” l

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1 lb. farfalle 1⁄2 lb. asparagus, trimmed and sliced diagonally, 1⁄4-inch thick 10 extra-large eggs 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 garlic clove, minced 1⁄4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving 2 Tbsp. heavy cream 1⁄2 lb. cooked lump crabmeat 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh chives 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh Italian parsley Freshly ground black pepper Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the farfalle and cook until al dente, following the suggested cooking time. About 2 minutes before the pasta is done, add the asparagus. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with a fork or whisk until slightly frothy. Set aside. When the pasta and asparagus are done, drain and set aside. Immediately melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the pasta and asparagus and toss briefly to coat them with the butter mixture. Pour in the eggs, add 1⁄4 cup Parmesan and the cream, and stir and toss the mixture until the eggs start to form moist curds, about 2 minutes. Add the crabmeat, chives and parsley and continue cooking and tossing until the eggs have formed more solid curds that cling to the farfalle, 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve immediately, passing freshly-grated Parmesan and black pepper for guests to add to taste. Send your favorite recipe(s) to

For the sauce: 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes 1⁄4 tsp. dried basil 1⁄4 tsp. dried oregano 2 pinches salt 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 tsp. honey For the chicken: 3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 2 Tbsp. whole-wheat flour 1⁄2 tsp. salt, divided 1⁄4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1⁄4 tsp. dried basil 1-1⁄2 pounds chicken breast, cut into 6 pieces, pounded to 1⁄4 inch 2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 4 cups baby spinach 1 tsp. lemon juice 3⁄4 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 6 medallions (or shredded) 6 cups cooked whole-grain thin spaghetti tossed in 2 tsp. olive oil Preheat oven to 375° and coat the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan with olive oil spray. To make the sauce: Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic and cook gently for 30 seconds. Do not brown. With your hand, squeeze each tomato into the pan and add basil, oregano, salt, pepper and honey. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 20 minutes, lowering the heat as needed. To make the chicken: Combine parmesan cheese, flour, salt, pepper and basil in a medium dish and coat chicken with cheese mixture. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp. of oil. When oil is shimmering, add chicken, rounded-side down, and cook until golden on one side, about 5 minutes. Arrange chicken in a baking pan. Pour remaining 2 tsp. of oil into skillet and add spinach. Cook spinach for 1 to 2 minutes until wilted and swirl in lemon juice. Gently press spinach to release water and divide spinach on top of chicken. Spoon sauce around and over the chicken, place mozzarella on top and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt. Bake for 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Serve over spaghetti.


Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust Serves 8 to 10

Crust 1-1⁄2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs 1⁄2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 1⁄4 cup sugar Filling 1-1⁄2 lbs. cream cheese, at room temperature 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 large egg yolks 1-1⁄2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 1 cup solid-pack pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix) 1⁄2 cup créme fraîche, homemade (see below) or store-bought, or sour cream 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly butter an 8 or 8-1⁄2-inch springform pan. To make the crust: Stir together all of the ingredients in a medium bowl until the crumbs are moistened. Press the mixture over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Increase the oven temperature to 425°.

To make the filling: With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large deep bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and then the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and pumpkin pie spice and beat on low speed until just combined. Add the pumpkin purée, créme fraîche and vanilla, and beat until just combined. Pour the filling into the shell. Place the cheesecake on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 250° and continue baking for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 2-1⁄2 hours. Then transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate tightly covered for at least 10 hours, until thoroughly chilled and set or for up to 2 days. To serve, run a knife around the side of the cheesecake and remove the side of the pan. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature, cut into thin wedges with a sharp knife dipped into hot water and wiped dry after each cut.

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Créme Fraîche

Makes about 1⁄2 cup 1⁄2 cup heavy whipping cream 1⁄2 cup créme fraîche or sour cream with live cultures Pour the cream into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and spoon in the créme fraîche. Let sit on the counter, with the lid slightly ajar, until the mixture thickens, from 4 to 24 hours depending on the weather. Refrigerate, tightly covered, until ready to use.




Continued from page 15 The spring 2017 show will likely feature Ho-Chunk artist and sculptor Truman Lowe, the former curator of contemporary art at the National Museum of the American Indian, alongside two or three other artists in a theme centered around “water and vessels,” Swadener said. He has ideas on tap for the next two or three years, but keeps the schedule flexible in

case a spontaneous opportunity comes along. And while Swadener said he’s “long since accomplished” whatever he expected to gain from starting the showcases, the sheer spontaneity of the job keeps the process enjoyable. “I guess I never imagined this would be my life’s work, but evidently it is,” he said with a laugh. “I figured it

would be a few years, and we’d see what happened or that someone else would continue it. “There have been many, many times where I come up and think, this has got to be my last show, I’ve run out of ideas. And then something will happen, and I get all inspired, and think, one more year, I’ll do one more year.” l


An article from the March 1996 edition of The Madison Times details the first Promega art showcase, which featured the work of acclaimed Ugandan artist Francis Nnaggenda.


Promega employees began participating in their own annual showcase in 1998, a tradition that continues today. Kids’ artwork is also displayed as part of the showcase.


The relationship between the science and art fields, a theme that’s played a role in in the showcases since their inception, was the focal point of an exhibit titled “Art/Science, Science/Art” in the spring of 2001.

The most popular symposium and reception to date was for the showcase focused on the work of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who worked extensively with Frank Lloyd Wright. The works of several of Guerrero’s family members were also featured.


Promega partnered with area Peace Corps volunteers to commemorate the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2011 with a showcase titled, “Bringing the World Back Home.”


The current showcase, on display through early January 2017, features the work of four Wisconsin photographers spanning from the mid-1800s through the present day. WINTER 2017 YOUR FAMILY 29


Urinary tract infections in the elderly SENIOR LIVING BY STEPHEN RUDOLPH

A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria in the bladder or kidney multiplies in the urine.


ecently, an elderly woman whom we were caring for through Comfort Keepers had a sudden change in behavior. Our caregiver noted she had quickly become confused, agitated and angry and appeared withdrawn, not wanting to engage in conversation or activities. She was unable to explain how she felt or what was troubling her. Our nurse was called in and immediately took her to a physician, who diagnosed the elder with a urinary tract infection and put her on an antibiotic regimen. She was back to normal within three days. UTIs in elders aren’t just a nuisance – they can cause serious health problems.

A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria in the bladder or kidney multiplies in the urine. Left untreated, a urinary tract infection can become something more serious than merely a set of uncomfortable symptoms. UTIs can lead to acute or chronic kidney infections, which could permanently damage the kidneys and even lead to kidney failure. UTIs are also a leading cause of sepsis, a potentially life-threatening infection of the bloodstream. The population most likely to experience UTIs is the elderly. Elderly people are more vulnerable to UTIs for many reasons, not the least of which is their overall susceptibility to all

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Mindful Yoga for those Affected by Cancer

Whether you are a survivor, newly diagnosed or going through treatment, yoga can help specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. Friends, family and caregivers are also invited to this class offered by Stoughton Yoga. Please bring a mat if you have one. Chairs will be available for those who have trouble getting up and down from the floor.

Sat., Jan. 7th at 11 a.m. FREE

Weight Management: Tools to Succeed

Join Dr. Janet Droessler, SSM Obesity Specialist, and Virginia Kersten, Manager of SSM’s Weight Management Department, to learn more about obesity and how it’s treated. Information will be provided about SSM’s Weight Management Department.

Wed., Jan. 11th at 6 p.m. FREE

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The Double Void

After urinating, stand up, rotate your hips as if doing hula hoop in one direction, rotate using the same action in the other direction, rock your hips and pelvis back and forwards, rock your hips and pelvis side to side. Then sit back down and repeat your voiding technique While this technique is called ‘Double Void’ which implies two attempts at emptying; however it can be used as many times as you choose to help you empty your bladder more effectively.

Other bladder emptying techniques

Dementia Conversations:

Learn to have honest and caring conversations about common concerns when someone begins to show signs of dementia. This presentation is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

infections due to the suppressed immune system that comes with age and certain age-related conditions. It is also important to be aware that any infection could speed up the progression of dementia, so all infections should be identified and treated quickly. Younger people tend to empty the bladder completely upon urination, which helps to keep bacteria from accumulating within the bladder. But elderly men and women experience a weakening of the muscles of the bladder, which leads to more urine being retained in the bladder, poor bladder emptying and incontinence, which can lead to UTIs. UTIs can cause sudden confusion (also known as delirium) in older people and people with dementia. If the person has a sudden and unexplained change in behavior, such as increased confusion, agitation, or withdrawal, this may be

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• Never strain to empty your bladder. • Running water helps some initiate emptying. Try turning on the tap if you’re having difficulty getting started. • Monitor and control your caffeine intake. Caffeine is a diuretic and increases the volume of urine in the bladder. • Pat dry front to back • Wear breathable cotton briefs

FAMILYHEALTH It’s helpful to drink extra water to flush bacteria – doctors recommend four to six 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Emptying the bladder completely is also important. A technique to empty residual or retained urine having just emptied your bladder is called the Double Void and involves rotating hips back and forth before sitting again. If your loved one’s symptoms are consistent with a bladder infection, it is recommended that his or her healthcare provider be called for an appointment the same day that the symptoms are recognized. If it appears the infection

might involve the kidneys, call the healthcare provider immediately to consult on whether a trip to urgent care or the emergency room is necessary. To notice a UTI in elders really requires detective-like work from the caregiver. Be alert! l Stephen P. 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.


RETIREMENT SERVICES Skaalen is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. The beautiful campus offers walking paths and comfortable outdoor spaces. Skaalen’s continuum of care provides residents a full menu of living options from which to choose.

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because of a UTI. The afflicted person might not be able to communicate how he or she feels; therefore it is helpful to be familiar with the symptoms of UTIs and seek medical help to ensure they get the correct treatment. As a report from explains in its 2014 story about UTIs, if a 30-year-old woman experiences painful burning when she urinates, it’s almost certain she has a UTI. But an elderly urinary tract infection rarely causes such clear symptoms and might not involve pain or discomfort at all. As people age, their immune response changes. This is a normal part of aging and happens to everyone. A sudden change in behavior is, in fact, one of the best indicators of a urinary tract infection in elders, the report noted. “Some common warning signs might include the onset of urinary incontinence, confusion or not being able to do tasks the patient could easily do a day or two before. Anytime there’s a sudden change in an older adult, a red flag should go up in a caregiver’s mind.” Other risk factors include: those who require a catheter in the urethra and bladder; those who are diabetics; elders with kidney stones and women who’ve gone through menopause. If you’re prone to UTIs, don’t take bubble baths. Avoid alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine. These can irritate the bladder. UTIs rank as the body’s second-most common infection type, UTIs in women – and less often in men – account for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. “A bladder infection places stress on the body,” Dr. Mary Ann Forciea, an associate clinical professor for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, told That stress can result in confusion and abrupt changes in behavior in older adults with an elderly urinary tract infection. And for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or other dementia, “any kind of stress, physical or emotional, will often make dementia temporarily worse,” she explained. Diagnosing and treating it is usually simple – a urinalysis and antibiotics, often clearing up in only a few days. But severe infections or those in older or less healthy patients can take much longer. Some techniques used during treatment of UTIs can help prevent them as well, in patients with increased risk factors.

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WINTER 2016/2017 CALENDAR Dec. 1 to Jan. 9 Nutcracker in the Castle, Oshkosh: Evening candlelight tours of decorated rooms, live music, snacks, Dec. 1 Get Festive with the Agora, Fitchburg: free carriage rides, music, appetizers, s’mores, ugly sweater contest, Yahara Bay Distillery tasting, Dec. 1, 8 and 15 Polar Express train ride, Wisconsin & Southern depot, Middleton: Step into the pages of the classic children’s story, Dec. 2 Holiday Wine Walk, Waunakee: Horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, photo booth, food carts and more than a dozen stops, Christmas Parade of Lights, Whitewater: Lighted holiday parade, cookie decorating, Community Tree Lighting, downtown Oregon: Santa Claus, caroling, hot chocolate: Lighted Christmas Parade, Monroe: Arrival of Santa, Taste of Chocolate, Janesville: Evening of chocolate decadence, crowned by holiday light show at Rotary Botanical Gardens, Hometown Holidays, Verona: Tree lighting, chili supper, Santa on firetruck, Christmas parade, Alpine carol sing and tree lighting, Monroe: Dec. 2-3 Fire and Ice Festival, Brodhead Square: Lighted parade, ice sculptures, photos with Santa, car giveaway, Dec. 2-4 Classic Christmas, Lake Mills: Explore local businesses, tree lighting, tour of homes, Victorian Holiday Weekend, Stoughton: Holiday concerts, carriage rides, parades, shopping, events for the kids, performance of the Christmas Carol Ballet, arts and crafts fair, Janesville’s Jolly Jingle, downtown Janesville: tree lighting, theater, holiday market, ice show, reindeer: Madison Symphony Christmas, Overture Center: The orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with classic holiday music performances, Caroling in the Cave, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds, Dec. 3 Candlelight shopping, Gallery Night and Santa Day, Mineral Point: Can’t Depend on Show, Fort Atkinson: Sled dog races and weight pulls, pictures with Santa, Christmas in the Village, McFarland: Pancake breakfast, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts, illuminated fire truck parade, Santa, caroling, Christmas Parade, Oconomowoc: Music of Christmas theme, Fair Trade Holiday Festival, Monona Terrace: Shop among 50 fair trade vendors, Healthy Hoedown Barn Dances, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: Holiday Cookie Decorating and Craft Fair, Oconomowoc: Crafters, cookies, Santa and the elves, Parade of Lights, Jefferson: Annual lights parade features holiday floats, marching bands, caroling and refreshments, St. Nicholas Day, New Glarus: Cookie sale, crafts, downtown shopping, Christmas in the Village, McFarland: Horse-drawn carriage rides, parade, Santa Claus, Christmas carols around bonfire, 32 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2017

3rd Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, Eclipse Center, Beloit: gingerbread house decorating, Santa Claus, crafts, caroling, Community Action fundraiser: Snowflake Craft Show, Edgerton: Holiday shopping, Edgerton Chamber Singers caroling, hourly door prizes and lunch, Winter Farmers and Art Market, Fort Atkinson: Handmade crafts and food, Winter Festival, Taliesin, Spring Green: Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate opens for one-hour wagon rides, fireside beverages, kids’ activities, lunch, Midnight Magic, Mukwonago: Town-wide indoor and outdoor holiday festival going from 10 a.m. until midnight, including parade, carriage rides, dog sled races, vintage baseball game, gingerbread forest, East Troy Santa Train, fireworks. 41st annual Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade, Lake Geneva: Tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment including the arrival of reindeer and Father Christmas, shopping and more, Christmas Light Parade, Lodi: tree-lighting and visits with Santa and a chance to learn how to curl, Dec. 3, 10, 17 Holiday open house and pictures with Santa, Madison, DreamBank: Holiday crafts, free hot cocoa and photos with Santa, Dec. 3-4 A Wade House Christmas, Fond du Lac: 19th-century Christmas theme, activities, period games, holiday refreshments, Classic Christmas, Cambridge: Horse-drawn hayrides, visits and photos with Santa, kids activities, shopping, Old World Christmas, Eagle: 19th-century Christmas celebration, Old World Wisconsin storytelling, horse-drawn bobsled rides, caroling, Dec. 3-31 Holiday Express, Olbrich Gardens, Madison: Model train sets zip through miniature landscapes lined with hundreds of poinsettias, Dec. 4 Holiday Bazaar, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona: Peruse and shop from sustainable businesses, Dec. 4-18 Holiday Concerts, Olbrich Gardens: Enjoy holiday music in the Evjue Commons each Sunday in December, Dec. 6 Canadian Pacific Railroad Holiday Train and Music Show, night-time stop in Columbus, concert, raffles, Dec. 9-10 Very Merry Holiday Fair, Baraboo: Local artisans in festive environment, Edwardian Christmas at the Sauk County Historical Society Van Orden Mansion, Baraboo Dec. 9-11 A Christmas Carol, Milton House, Dec. 9-11, 15-23, 26-30 Holiday Light Show, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville: 400,000 lights, 100 decorated trees and more than 2,500 luminaries in 20-acre gardens,

Dec. 10 Breakfast with Santa, Monona Community Center: Arts and crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, Cookies and Milk with Santa, Horicon: Jingle Bell Run, Verona Area High School: 5k run/walk or a 10k run to benefit arthritis research, Old World Christmas, Eagle: 19th-century Christmas celebration, Old World Wisconsin storytelling, horse-drawn bobsled rides, caroling, Verona Youth Ballet “Nutcracker Suite,” Verona Performing Arts Center: Winter Festival, Taliesin, Spring Green: Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate opens for one-hour wagon rides, fireside beverages, kids’ activities, lunch, Downtown Historic Living Windows, downtown Portage, live actors fill the stores with holiday entertainment, Dec. 10-11 A Wade House Christmas, Fond du Lac: 19th-century Christmas theme, activities, period games, holiday refreshments, Dec. 10-12 Madrigal dinner, Stoughton: Stoughton High School Madrigal Singers provide an evening of entertainment during a multi-course dinner in a medieval atmosphere, Dec. 11 Children’s Holiday Party, Fitchburg Community Center: Meet Santa, face painting, crafts, games, Kids’ Art Adventures, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: Kids and their families can make art together following guided discussions of pieces around the museum, Dec. 16 Winter Solstice Celebration, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona: Enjoy guided twilight hikes, a campfire, crafts for the kids and snacks, Dec. 17 Cave after Dark, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds: Adults-only, at-your-own-pace tour and theme reception, German Tree Lighting, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: Singing, dancing, candelight, potluck supper, Lighting of the tree, Mount Horeb: Fire truck parade, Christmas music, potluck dinner, The Nutcracker Ballet, Whitewater: The Dance Factory performance, St. Patrick’s Day parade, Monroe: Dec. 18 Big band christmas PDS Dec. 22 Beloit Janesville Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, Janesville Performing Arts Center, Dec. 26-30 Camp Brigham Winter Fun Day Camp, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds: Dec. 28-Jan. 1 Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: Learn international dances, singing, take part in games, crafts, blacksmithing Dec. 29-Feb. 26 Mamma Mia!, Fort Atkinson, The Fireside Theatre, Dec. 31 U.S. Bank Eve, around Madison: Ring in the New Year with celebrations around Madison, including at Olbrich Gardens and the Monona Terrace Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Dash, Quaker Steak and Lube, Middleton: Benefiting the Autism Society of Greater Madison, Jan. 6-8 Home Expo, Monona Terrace, Madison: Vendors and displays spark ideas for home improvement projects,


WINTER 2016/2017 CALENDAR Jan. 7 Candlelight Ski, Hike and Snowshoe, Mirror Lake and Blue Mounds state parks: a torch-lit trail, bonfires and hot cocoa for winter outdoors enthusiasts,

Feb. 24-25 Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Prairie du Chien, educational exhibits and displays, birding experts on hand, outdoor viewing of Bald Eagles through spotting scopes,

Jan. 13-14 Bald Eagle Watching Days, Sauk City: Birds of Prey shows, guided bus tours, wildlife photography seminar, Native American legends, aerial antics and family activities, Winterfest Veterans Rally, New Glarus: Parade, dance, music, run, auction, social gatherings,

Feb. 24-26 Fishing Expo, Alliant Energy Center: Featuring a diverse lineup of fishing tackle, equipment and boats,

Jan. 13-15 The Big Chill, Racine: State snow sculpting competition, arts and crafts fair, family activities, Jan. 14 Madfest Juggling Extravaganza, Barrymore Theatre, Madison: Juggling, comedy, music and more, Jan. 14-15 Winter Bridal Show, Alliant Energy Center: A show to help calm the stresses of wedding planning, Jan. 20-21 Well Expo, Monona Terrace: Local resources for healthy eating, weight loss, wellness programs, Jan. 20-22 JanBoree, Waukesha: Family fun winter celebration, Jan. 21 Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike, Horicon: Bonfire, warm refreshments, Candlelight Snowshoe Hike, Monona: Hot chocolate by the fire after snowshoe hike, aldoleopoldnaturecenter.og Cave after Dark, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds: Adults-only, at-your-own-pace tour and theme reception, Jane Farwell Night, Folklore Village, Dodgeville: Dancing, games, family activities, Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Alliant Energy Center: Find the best Wisconsin has to offer in cheeses and beers and meet the brewers and cheesemakers behind the magic,

Feb. 24-March 5 Beloit International Film Festival, Feb. 3-5 Scandihoovian Winter Festival, Mount Horeb: Outdoor sports activities, bonfire, carriage rides, vintage snowmobiles, cross-country skiing, ice skating, Hot Air Affair, Hudson, winter ballooning event with parade, a craft fair mooshboarding, volleyball in the snow, geocaching, bird watching, dances and other winter activities, Feb. 4 Winter Carnival at Christmas Mountain, Wisconsin Dells, dog sled races, snowman-building contests, log splitting, turkey bowling, live music and more, Feb. 4-5 Under the Earth Groundhog Days, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds: Feb. 6 Knickerbocker Ice Festival, Lake Mills: Ice sculptures, golf tournament and fisheree on ice, chili cook-off, raffle, Feb. 10-12 Sturgeon Stampede Ice Extravaganza, Fond du Lac: Ice bowling, games, bonfire, WPT Garden Expo, Alliant Energy Center: A midwinter oasis for those ready to go out and dig their hands in the dirt, Feb. 11 Dip for Dozer, Cambridge: Dip into frozen Lake Ripley for a football scholarship fund,

Jan. 22 Bridal Fair, Watertown: Annual fair with booths, bridal show and prizes,

Feb. 11-12 Snow Train, North Freedom, Mid-Continent Railroad: scenic ride through Sauk County, dinner available,

Jan. 27-29 Monster Truck Nationals, Coliseum: See the trucks up close and meet the drivers,

Feb. 12 Norse Afternoon of Fun, Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers: Authentic Norse costumes, Scandinavian dancing, music, bake sale, raffle,

Jan. 28 Stoughton Conservation Club Ice Fisheree, Lake Kegonsa: Ice fishing contest, outdoor activities, Folk at 408 Education and Outreach Fundraiser, Janesville Performing Arts Center: singer/songwriter showcase and scholarship program benefit: Jan. 28-29 Cabin Fever Fest, Beaver Dam: Chili cook-off, wagon ride, bonfire, ice sculpting, Jan. 28-Feb. 12 Winterfest and National Snow Sculpting Championships, Lake Geneva: Music, magic, food and refreshments and the magnificent snow sculptures, Feb. 2 Jimmy the Groundhog Prognostication, Sun Prairie. Jimmy will arrive by fire truck at 7 a.m. to give his prediction. Feb. 3-4 Lake Ripley Fisheree, Lake Ripley,

Feb. 17-18 Zor Shrine Circus, Coliseum, Feb. 17-19 Sky Circus on Ice, Delavan, kite performers and ice and snow sculptors, Feb. 18 Cave after Dark, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds: Adults-only, at-your-own-pace tour and theme reception, Polar Plunge, Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center: Grab some friends and jump into freezing water to raise money for local Special Olympics athletes,

Feb. 25 Bockfest, Capital Brewery, Middleton: Age 21-plus, food, music, costumes, 1K race: Overture’s International Festival, Overture Center: A day of food, music and entertainment from around the world, Feb. 25-26 Vienna Boys Choir performance, Edgerton Performing Arts Center, March 2-April 16 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fort Atkinson, The Fireside Theatre, March 3-4 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, March 4 Madison on Tap Craft Beer Festival, Madison: More than 150 releases from craft breweries around the U.S., Wollersheim Winery open house, Prairie du Sac: March 4-5 Madison Kids Expo, Alliant Energy Center: More than 100 exhibitors showing products, and services in family health care, education, recreation, food, fitness, safety, entertainment and more, March 10-12 Midwest Bicycle Show and Sale, Alliant Energy Center: Test ride, accessorize and more, Canoecopia, Alliant Energy Center: Giant sale of canoes, March 11 Celtic pub crawl, Monroe: Live music and entertainment, March 12 Natural Family Expo, Monona Terrace: Venue for families to explore local resources, March 13 Farm toy show, Monroe High School: Collectibles, vendors, toys, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day parade, Monroe: Led with Irish flag, bagpipers and plenty of green,

Feb. 18-19 Madison Winter Festival, Capitol Square: More than 90 truckloads of snow brought to Capitol Square make for sled hills, snowsculpting for families, ski races, a 5K run/walk, a dog jog, Model Railroad Show, Alliant Energy Center: Over 90,000 sq. ft. of models train exhibits, merchandise and activites,

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“Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White” “The Fortress: A Love Story” by Danielle Trussoni c. 2016 Dey Street Books $27.99 336 pages Every good princess needs a castle. It must have turrets and stone steps, a moat and a drawbridge and a knight in shining armor for that happily-ever-after, but in the new memoir “The Fortress” by Danielle Trussoni, the castle has a dungeon and the knight’s armor is tarnished. She watched him from afar for a few days; he was handsome and exotic, but Danielle Trussoni was married. They had a lot in common, loved the same music, shared careers and wanderlust, and he took her heart. It didn’t take long for things to become rocky. But did she stay or didn’t she? I won’t tell because I want you to have the same deliciousness of finding out for yourself. 34 YOUR FAMILY WINTER 2017

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld c. 2016 Liberty Street Books $27.95 256 pages The fix won’t be quick. It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately, but, says Kareem AbdulJabbar, but they can be repaired. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explains in his new book (with Raymond Obstfeld), “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.” (with Raymond Obstfeld), he explains. Remember when your grade school teacher told you to put on your thinking cap? You’ll need it again as you’re reading “Writings on the Wall.” Readers with the right mindset will find this book to be informative and entertaining. but be prepared to take your time to get the most from it. There aren’t a lot of pages inside “Writings on the Wall,” but what’s here is deep and wide and nowhere near quick.

“My Son Wears Heels” by Julie Tarney c.2016 University of Wisconsin Press $24.95 213 pages The first day your toddler said he could dress himself was a day you’ll never forget. He tried, you have to hand it to him: Part of his outfit was out of season and the other part was out of style. You figured he’d learn and, as in the new book “My Son Wears Heels” by Julie Tarney, so would you. “My Son Wears Heels” showcases how one mother encouraged her son to openly explore who he was, and how his journey allowed understanding within hers. And if that was all there was in this book, you’d probably be very happy; instead, there’s a lot of plumping-up in this tale. Great premise, good story, too much fluff, and if that bugs you, too, then take a pass. “My Son Wears Heels” is no shoe-in. l

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