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VOL 15, NO. 29
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Elmwood man charged with 9th OWI on I/90 BY EVA MARIE WOYWOD In Juneau County Circuit Court on Monday, 51 year old Gary Sueppel of Elmwood, Wisconsin was released from the Juneau County Jail on a $5,000 signature bond for a 9th OWI offense. Conditions of bond include absolute sobriety and that he not drive a vehicle without a valid driver's license. The incident leading to Sueppel's arrest happened on Sunday morning just after 9:00 a.m. when a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper attempted to stop three vehicles traveling 85 miles per hour along eastbound I-90 in Juneau County. The Trooper requested assistance in stopping the vehicles. One Trooper was able to stop the two lead vehicles and the other Trooper was able to stop the trailing vehicle and that is when he observed that the driver, Sueppel, appeared to be upset and acting nervous. The report states that there was a strong odor of intoxicants. Sueppel was arrested without incident and transported to Mile Bluff Medical Center where a blood draw was taken. From there he was transported to the Juneau County Jail. Sueppel has multiple prior OWI convictions dating back to 1990 in Iowa County and the most recent prior to current charges being a Pierce County 2006 case. Sueppel, if convicted, may be fined not more than twenty five thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both. The release noted that under statutes, a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
JUNEAU COUNTY 4-H & PONY PROJECT DONATES FUNDS
The Juneau County 4-H Horse & Pony Project offers members the opportunity to learn about their favorite animals â€“ horses. They practice riding skills as well as equine care through a variety of horserelated workshops throughout the year, culminating with a public horse show at the Juneau County Fair. In addition, they simply enjoy getting together to have fun with other kids who like horses too. The group met on January 4, 2014 for their annual holiday party. This time they added something special to their plans. Over the past several years, members of the 4-H Horse and Pony Project have raised funds by selling raffle tickets with the main prize of a foal. Proceeds have added up. Recently, youth leaders of the group voted to use a portion of these funds to support the building of a new dairy facility at the Juneau County Fairgrounds. Why would horse project members donate to a dairy building? The answer is that 4-H members support each other. The Holig family of Cattail Dairies, along with many other volunteers, has spearheaded the effort to erect a new dairy complex at the fairgrounds in memory of local dairy farmer, husband, father, and grandfather - Robert (Bob) Holig. The current dairy building, which doubles as the primary show ring during the Juneau County Fair, was built in the very early 1960â€™s and is showing significant signs of age. There is a concerted effort to replace all the buildings on the fairgrounds beginning with the dairy barn, for use throughout the year, not just during the fair. The Juneau County 4-H Horse & Pony Project members saw this as an opportunity to take that effort another step toward fruition when their donation of $2500 was presented to representatives of the Holig family during the holiday party. Plans are to begin construction this spring. Members pictured above, standing left to right are: Mariah Teske, Kara Kidd, Makala Teske, Abby Erikson, Maggie Martin, Heidi Finucan, Twyla Pufahl, Kailey Miller, Aly Kidd, Alli Wallace, Michaela Honnold. Kneeling: Kayla Denofrio, Matti Wafle, Alexis Denofrio, Elizabeth Sheard, Trey Honnold.
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Elroy man charged with felony bail jumping An Elroy man, Todd M. Sanborn Sr., was released from the Juneau County Jail this Monday on a $1,000 signature bond on charges of felony bail jumping and operating a motor vehicle while revoked. Sanborn is scheduled for a March 12, 2014 initial appearance before Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John Roemer. Sanborn was arrested in Elroy on Sunday when Elroy Police Department officer Todd Krueger observed Sanborn driving a blue colored Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on Academy Street. In his report, Krueger wrote that
Sanborn was known to him and that he also knew his license had been revoked due to an OWI incident. Sanborn was pulled over and subsequently arrested for operating a motor vehicle while revoked-revocation due to alcohol/controlled substance/refusal. Earlier this year Sanborn was charged with felony forgery as well as being cited for operating an unregistered snowmobile.
Obituaries NICHOLAS MICHAEL MATHEWS
Nicholas Michael Mathews, 27, of College Station, born September 28, 1986, entered into rest on February 18, 2014 in Beaumont, Texas. The family received friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, February 24, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A celebration of Nick’s life was scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Nick was born in La Crosse, WI, the son of Jerrie and Michael Mathews. He was a wonderful loving young man. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him can attest to his silly sense of humor, infectious personality, and ongoing persistence. Nick was working toward his degree at Blinn College while employed at Texas A&M and caring for his beautiful daughter, Hazel. He had just recently proposed to a lovely young lady, Kelsey Woods, and was looking forward to their wedding in the near future. Nick enjoyed going to the park with his daughter and his most recent favorite past time of rollerblading. He was passionate about football, especially the Green Bay Packers. He was also an accomplished musician, playing both the guitar and saxophone and also sang. Survivors include his parents; Jerrie and Marty ComStock and Mike Mathews; daughter, Hazel Buckalew; fiancée, Kelsey Woods; grandparents, Chris and Carol Zindorf, and Mary Zindorf. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hazel Buckalew Benefit Fund at any Prosperity Bank.
ANGELINA CARMELLA TODD
Angelina Carmella Todd, 84, formerly of Kendall, Wisconsin, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Artisan Living Center in Middleton, WI after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born May 15, 1929 to Frank and Anna Marie (Savino) Gangone in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Riverside, New Jersey until she met Richard Todd. Two months later, Angie became a Navy wife when she married Dick on June 3, 1950 in Riverside. He preceded her in death on July 20, 2009. The Navy led their family to live in New Jersey, Washington D.C., Rhode Island, San Diego, Hawaii, and La Mirada, CA, before settling Kendall in 1978. She had various factory jobs, working the longest for the Amoco Company in La Mirada for 10 years, and for the Toro Company in Tomah, WI for 15 years. She enjoyed watching her shows, collecting Betty Boop memorabilia, canning, sewing, and cross stitching. Angie made quilts for all of her grandchildren. She was an excellent cook specializing in spaghetti, lasagna, and cheesecake. She loved being Italian and loved to laugh and joke. She never had a unkind thing to say about anyone. Her family was most important to her, she was loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling to see her family and when her family would come home to visit. Toward the end of her life her sweet disposition held on to the last. She is survived by 4 children, Richard (Julie) Todd of Van Dyne, Anna Marie Corey of Manitowoc, Frank (Karla) Todd of Montrose, CO, Lavonne (Daniel) Dettmers of McFarland, a daughter-in-law Janice Todd of New Castle, DE, 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers Louis (Betty Lou) Gangone of Pennsylvania, and Larry (Tracy) Gangone of Florida, 2 sisters Marie (Dennis) Duckworth of Riverside, NJ, and Lucy Ridgeway of Riverside, NJ, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son George, an infant son Tracy, a grandson, Luke Todd, a brother Frank Gangone, a sister Jenny Jones, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, 2:00 P.M. At the Ev. Free Church, 104 East Hall St. Kendall. Pastor Robert Washek will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Madge, WI. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. The Smith-Nelson Funeral Home of Kendall is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to www.sonnburgfamilyfh.com
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Richard Jedrzejczyk, age 57 of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at his home. A Memorial Service will be held a later date at the VFW in Necedah, Wisconsin with Military Honors provided by the VFW Post # 2180 of Necedah. Richard was born December 27, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Kenneth and Anna (Rohr) Jedrzejczyk. He served 10 years in the US Air Force and was a lifelong member of the AMVETS. He was a self-made mechanic and he loved tinkering in his garage. His greatest enjoyment was restoring old cars. Richard is survived by his mother, Anna and her friend, Charles Roth; son, Adam of Madison, WI; daughters, Wendi of Madison, WI and Dawn of Michigan; twin sister, Helen Behn of Lyndon Station; his grandchild, Aleo and hid good friend, Dennis Blitz. He was preceded in death by his father. The Conway-Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin assisted the family with arrangements. For On-Line condolences and information, go to www.pichafuneralhome.com.
February 27, 2014
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Bring It Home Biofuels Coop to host March 15 conference CONTRIBUTED The recent price spike for propane, that many of us rely on to heat our homes, makes us all aware of the need to reduce our dependency on energy sources that we have no control over. Diesel fuel is another essential form of energy in rural areas like ours. Most of our farm equipment and many of our pickups use diesel, which recently jumped to about $4 per gallon. Bring It Home Biofuels Coop was formed in 2012 to provide our rural community with access to an affordable, local supply of sustainably produced biofuel. The supplier of that high quality fuel was Sunpower Biodiesel, out of Cumberland Wisconsin. Staff from Sunpower will be the keynote speakers at our Saturday, March 15 conference that will be held at the Wilton Community Center from 9am until 11:30am. After the keynote we’ll have a panel discussion on topics that matter for our community: • On Farm Usage and Growing Oil Seed Crops • Fleet and Municipal Usage • Driving Clean with Biodiesel • Introduction to Biodiesel • Plenty of time for Q&A There will be a light lunch to follow, which should be a good time to talk further about these topics with other folks who have similar interests. Growing oil seed crops to be pressed and processed into biodiesel locally represents a long term opportunity to make our farms and homesteads more energy selfreliant and to boost our local economy. Farms that are more diversified are less subject to the volatile corn and soy bean commodity markets. We talked about this with Keith AshleyWright, who farms 100 tillable acres in the La Farge area as pasture for his 60 sheep, plus growing hay and row crops (corn, soy, barley and oats). Keith first learned about biofuels from another young farmer in the Gays Mills area who used straight vegetable oil pressed from locally grown oil seed crops. Keith liked the idea, but biodiesel was a better fit for him because, ‘with biodiesel you just pour it into the tank, no complications.’ Keith especially likes having Bring It Home Biofuels to help on the sourcing side. ‘Having the Coop sourcing fuel locally helps keep the price stable and competitive. I like having a buffer from the world market and want to support the local economy. If you can grow it here, why import it?’ Last spring Keith was one of six area farmer members for whom Bring It Home Biofuels coordinated delivery of ASTM certified B99 at a price below the diesel market. ‘It was easy. The Coop had locked in the price before I had to make a purchase commitment. The driver made an appointment, delivered the fuel and I paid for it on the spot. No surprises! It wasn’t like driving up to a pump and finding out what you have to pay.’ Finally, Keith said that Bring It Home Biofuels relieves him of the need to research volatile fuel prices. ‘They figure all that for me. I can concentrate on my farm and not spend my time thinking about the fuel market’. I know the Coop is
looking out for me.’ Bring It Home Biofuels also makes B99 and B20 biodiesel available to its community members at a $.05 per gallon discount at Organic Valley’s biodiesel pump site in La Farge. Zach Biermann manages that biodiesel pump and is responsible for the use of biodiesel in Organic Valley’s truck fleet. Asked about the benefits of biodiesel, Zach said, ‘it's a locally grown fuel, grown and produced in Wisconsin. It provides jobs in our communities all along the chain: where it is grown, manufactured and sold.’ Another positive Zach sees is that ‘it provides local farmers with a place to sell their crops’ and, ‘it touches the whole community’. Speaking of community, wouldn’t it be great if the school buses that pick up and drop off our children every day would start to use biodiesel? Compared to diesel, biodiesel reduces emissions linked to asthma by almost 50%. With Sunpower’s help this is already happening in the Cumberland area. We’d like to talk at the event about the opportunity for our local schools to move in this direction, and would greatly welcome participation from folks working with our community school bus fleets. along the chain: where it is grown, manufactured and sold.’ Another positive Zach sees community’.
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Legislators vote to provide loans to pay for propane BY EVA MARIE WOYWOD In response to high prices for propane, in what is being called a shortage, the Wisconsin Assembly has passed a measure to help offset high propane prices for some Wisconsin residents. If passed by the senate, that assistance would come via a loan program. The assembly bill if passed by the state Senate would guarantee loans up to $2,500 to purchase propane or other heating supplies and pay down interest on loans. Borrower's household income may not exceed 200 percent of the county median household income. “Thousands of people across our state understandably did not budget for this crisis and do not have enough money to pay their heating bills,” Rep. Mary Czaja said in a recent news release. “While assistance is currently available for low-income individuals, this bill will help ensure those in the middle class are also able to pay their propane bills and heating expenses.” "Not only have people had difficulty getting propane, they also do not have the resources to pay their heating bills due to the unexpected jump in price we have seen," recently commented Senator Tiffany. "Creating a loan guarantee program will help people get approved for loans in order to pay their bills on time and avoid high interest charges and penalties." The legislation is authored by the following legislators: Senators Tiffany, Petrowski, Darling, Harsdorf and
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Representatives Nygren, Czaja, Bernier, Marklein, Mursau, Murtha, Kulp, Krug, Nerison, Petryk, Swearingen, Tranel. Just recently, Governor Scott Walker announced temporary programs to open up $8 million in lines of credit to existing propane dealers and other small businesses for the purchase of propane or propane equipment. It was just a couple of weeks ago the Messenger reported that some area propane customers were seeing prices as high as $6.90 per gallon if they were without a contract with their supplier. In some areas in Wisconsin it was reported that even customers with contracts were being charged prices higher than their agreed upon prices. When prices of propane were skyrocketing the Messenger interviewed Joe Mueller, owner of Reliable LP in Richland Center and Elroy. Mueller stated then, "Companies like mine are hurting. We are honoring our customers' contract prices meaning they pay for what we can deliver at prices that can be under $2 while last week I was paying $5 wholesale. That is how we do business even though the contract we may have with our suppliers are not being honored." In a recent news release Governor Waller stated,“We are doing everything possible to ensure that Wisconsin residents can get propane in their tanks. While there is no silver bullet that will fix the current propane crisis, my administration has been moving forward with initiatives aimed at helping residents across the state keep the heat on during this bitterly cold winter.”
Kendall Library news BY LYNETTE VLASAK Our next movie night will be on Friday, March 7, at St. John’s Church fellowship hall. Mr. Holland’s Opus will be the movie and it begins at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. This PG rated movie, starring Richard
Dreyfuss, follows the life of a would-be music composer turned teacher. Popcorn and pop will be available. At the February book club meeting we discussed The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Our March meeting will be on March 25, when we will be dis-
cussing Kristin Hannah’s Angel Falls. If you are interested in joining us, stop by the library to pick up a book. We meet at 6 p.m. and go for about an hour. Watch the paper for upcoming news regarding the new software system that will be coming to libraries in
the Winding Rivers Library System, including Kendall. This transition is scheduled to happen later this month and there may be some inconveniences that accompany the change. Please be patient as we attempt to work out all the details with the new system.
Elroy Library news BY MARY WAARVIK LIBRARIAN The WRLSWEB catalog is moving! Toward the end of March area public libraries will be upgrading to a new catalog and checkout system. The new online catalog will be easier to search , offer direct checkout of e-book titles, and later this year will allow patrons to use texting to manage their library accounts. Important dates to know for the move to the new WRLSWEB catalog: March 13-18: No HOLDS may be placed in the catalog March 15: Last day to print your reading history and lists. March 17 & 18: The library catalog will be unavailable
Area girls basketball teams will be looking towards finishing their regular scheduled season this week and a jam-packed finale of games. On Monday, February 24, the Royall girls basketball team traveled to Cashton and were unable to overcome a 12-point first quarter lead. The team lost 55-28 as Ally Stanek led in points with 12, Rachel Smith with 7, Cara Masters with 5, Emma Herek with 2 and both Kelsey Vieth and Lauren Miller both tallying one point a piece. Hillsboro racked up another conference win on Monday against Wonewoc-
Center with a final score of 41-28. On Thursday, February 27, final girls games include: Bangor traveling to Necedah, Brookwood travels to New Lisbon, Royall hosts Hillsboro, and Wonewoc-Center hosts Cashton. The road to the Resch Center will begin on Tuesday, March 4 as the WIAA released the girls basketball tournament brackets. On Sunday, coaches got together this past weekend to seed teams, as tournament time will make the ride as bumpy as a winter’s drive on one of Wisconsin’s “buckling” highways.
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Regional pairings announced for area teams BY TASHA MUELLER
A year ago, 16 of the 20 teams that ended the postseason in Ashwaubenon began the tournament as No. 1 seeds. Of the four that weren’t two were No. 2s and two No. 4s. Time will tell with sectionals providing the expected and unexpected, but knowing who’s playing will unleash the anticipation. In Division 5, Hillsboro received a No. 1 seed and will take on Royall (No. 8). Wonewoc-Center placed No. 5 and will travel to La Farge (No. 4). Cashton (No. 3) travels to Weston (No. 6) and New Lisbon (No. 7) will travel to Bangor (No. 2). The first round of games will begin on Tuesday,
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February 27, 2014
Richards cited again for dogs running at large BY EVA MARIE WOYWOD
Since first reporting on a December 2013 fire in Kildare Township which reportedly took the lives of 30 plus dogs their owner, Sharon Richards (aka Lambrecht) has been cited in Juneau County Circuit Court with numerous citations regarding the animals she is in charge of. The most recent citation stems from a February 2, 2014 incident at a 64th Street location in Lyndon Station. According to police reports, a neighbor of Richards/Lambrecht observed a dog on his front porch and stated that it had been acting in an aggressive manner. The neighbor went on to report he was able to scare it back to Richards/Lambrecht's residence. In a voluntary statement the complaint wrote that prior to the incident he had repeatedly requested his neighbor to control the dogs and that he was afraid that the "lady" would retaliate against his property as reportedly he spoke to a "guy" who said she would make "life Hell" for him. The call records show that at the time the complaint came into the Juneau County Sheriff Department, it was reported that Richards/Lambrecht had six German Sheperds, four were tied and two were running loose. On the citation issued to Richard/Lambrecht the deputy wrote she had been warned and cited numerous times for allowing her dogs to run at large. Court records show that since the start of the year Richards/Lambrecht has been cited a total of four times and only one of those cases is closed where she pled no contest and was fined $263.50. The remaining cases she has entered
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a plea of not guilty. Court records also indicate that as of last week Richards/Lambrecht no longer resides in Juneau County. She submitted a change of address which now reflects an address on Gale Drive in Wisconsin Dells. The very same address where she was living at in 2012 with her partner Michael Myers, who held a breeding license. They were cited from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and trade for violating a quarantine order. In September 2012 the Department of Agriculture and Trade issued a buyer beware notice alerting the public to seven puppies being released from the dog breeding facility in Wisconsin Dells after a quarantine order was issued. The notice went on to state that the premises had been quarantined since June 28, 2012 and after dogs tested positive for Brucellosis. According to news reports in November 2012, some dogs at the facility were euthanized. Richards/Lambrecht has a significant criminal background which includes two 2001 Washburn County cases where Richards was convicted of two felony counts of mistreatment of animals resulting in death and three misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals. The convictions were reached as part of a plea deal resulting in 48 misdemeanor counts of intentionally mistreat animals, 23 misdemeanor counts of failing to provide food for an animal, and two felony counts of mistreating an animal resulting in death being dismissed but read into the record for the purpose of sentencing. Richards owes WCAHS restitution that currently exceeds $43,000 as they rescued and treated the remaining animals at the time the 2001 charges were filed.
Mauston Golden Eagle Soccer looking for support BY EVA MARIE WOYWOD As reported last week, members of the Mauston Golden Eagle Soccer Club (MGES) spoke during the public participation portion of the school board's monthly meeting. The players shared their experience playing soccer with the club, including their start in soccer by participating in the Mauston Area Youth Soccer (MAYS) club - a separate entity from the school's club. As explained by the players, the MGES has been a self supporting club with monies raised to support it coming from various fundraisers. What was not known by the audience listening in, was that prior to the meeting, the club issued a letter to Mauston School District Superintendent Christine Weymouth and the board members requesting the continued support of the district, including for the first time financial support. In a release to the Messenger from the MGES Treasurer, Denise Laridaen, she provided the following information: "Formed in 2006, Mauston Golden Eagles Soccer is in it’s eighth school year. High school soccer is supported by fundraisers and donations. Soccer is a WIAA sanctioned sport at MHS, for which students can earn a
school letter. With input from the coaches, the Athletic Director coordinates matches, buses, and referees. Soccer gives kids, who would otherwise sit out a season, an opportunity to participate in sports. The teams’ rosters are growing, anticipating 55-60 participants, this 2013-2014 school year. Girls have varsity and junior varsity teams. Boys had their largest team yet, with 23 players. Several Mauston graduates have continued playing soccer at the college level. With the popular youth soccer club and established high school program, Mauston has the opportunity to become the South Central Conference leader in this up and coming sport." Laridaen went on to write: "Mauston Area Youth Soccer (MAYS) is a separate
entity. While their club has sponsored scholarships for graduating seniors and purchased a scoreboard the high school teams use, there have not been cash donations. Golden Eagle Athletic Booster Club helps toward purchasing equipment or uniforms. This year, we are also working at their concession stand on several dates to share the events’ proceeds. Player’s fee was set at $30, per agreement with the School. Fundraising is a year round effort for parents and players, even while kids participate in other sports. Fundraising includes business donations, concession stands, pizza & brat sales, collecting aluminum cans, and working events such as the Devil’s Lake Triathlon and Dell’s Sports Dome. MGES promptly pays the
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Wireless network installation coming for Royall
BY TASHA MUELLER As technology keeps advancing, the Royall School District will be moving forward towards installing wireless network. During their regular board meeting Monday night, board members approved of getting the network installed for the district, that will not only benefit the students, but also staff and public events. Having the network will open a wider range of possibilities, as currently the district is “a step behind,” commented Superintendent Mark Gruen. The school received a
$17,000 quote on the items needed for the installation. Money left in the Technology budget will be used, with half of the total to be paid this year, and the other half next year. No further information has been made towards the roof project, but the school board and administrative team have been working toward their goals on beginning the 2014-2015 budget. The large capital-improvement item is including deciding on three different roofs that will be looked at in the spring. The district is looking towards making a huge payment on the $566,000 debt,
which will be falling off the budget books annually starting next year. Once the debt is falling off, board members will be looking towards the public’s help on how to use the extra money towards the future of the district. The board approved the 2014-2015 school calendar and discussed exactly when graduation will be for 2014 seniors. An event that would affect roughly eight students on the same night as graduation would lead to having the date changed. Track sectionals held in Boscobel occurs during the same day as graduation, Friday, May 30. High school principal
Scott Uppena met with the senior class and was in favor of changing the date if need be. A proposed change would be having the graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 31 in the morning, which would also effect next year’s graduation date. Uppena plans on making a decision that could move the date to the Saturday, or possibly a different day. The board approved of hiring Assistant Softball coach Jennifer Jefferies and High School Assistant Track Coach Sara Thonesen. Two different teachers were interested in the Middle School Track position and will be
interviewed within the next few week. Additionally, the board agreed on hiring Stephanie Bortz for a Speech and Language Pathologist with a contract from CESA 5. The position begins on July 1, 2014. Moved to closed session included: Superintendent evaluation, Administrative/ Supervisor compensation for 2013-2014 and Administrative/Supervisor contracts for 2014-2015. After closed session, the board approved of the following Administrative/ Supervisor increases: Jennifer Jennings, Jeff Lankey, Darcy Uppena and
Kim Simmons - $500, Scott Uppena - $1500, Mark Gruen, Melanie Benson and Jim Burch all receive a 0 increase. The board tabled the Administrative/ Supervisor contracts for 2014-2015. The next regular Royall School District Board meeting will be held on March 24 at 7 p.m. Also approved was the May regular meeting date, which will be on May 19 instead of on Memorial Day.
A note from the Superintendent BY MARK GRUEN ROYALL SUPERINTENDENT If you have visited our schools during the school day in the past 2 weeks, you already know that our new door buzz in camera system is up and running. We have all the doors locked in the district from 8:15 – 3 p.m. daily. If you visit, and we encourage you to visit, please be patient as we buzz you in. I also want to thank our parents for adapting so quickly, and understanding that these have been installed for the safety of our students. Civic Duty - The Royall School District Staff participated in the million pound challenge sponsored by the Princeton Club of Madison to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Our staff members logged hours of exercise and the Princeton Club donated pounds of food as a match. 1,560 pounds of food will be donated to the Elroy Food Pantry as part of this challenge. Staying on the topic of charity, our National Honor Society sponsored a penny drive this week. Students were asked to bring in pennies and the teacher they donated toward was given the task of counting and wrapping them during class. The money was then all donated to a charity chosen by the NHS. The 3rd annual Booster Club Alumni Social on Saturday, January 18th was a great success. It was held in conjunction with the alumni weekend when alumni competed in basketball and volleyball. The winners of the drawing were as follows: $250 Winner: Courtney Christnovich (Royall Graduate Carol Houzner’s daughter) Packer Picture Winner: Sue Tillman Wilderness Hotel package: Ryan McKittrick $100 Winners: Emma Gruen, Matt Braund, $50 Winners: Dalton Zmolek, Louis Hurd, Stacy Myers, Jim Schneider. Look for advertisements for this again next year and plan on joining in on the fun. Our Booster Club Members put a lot of time and effort into this fundraiser, so make sure to thank and support them when you can. One of the projects that the Booster Club took on was the interior décor of our front entrance and the gym. This has been a multi-year process interrupted initially by the Brunner donation and project and our Pep Grant, but this summer a sub-committee was formed and picked up the pieces. This project was started with the refurbishing of the gym floor, followed by a new sound system, the new regional and sectional plaque display, and the conference player of the year displays. We also have an updated Wall of Champions and updated conference banners on display. The finishing touches include a new digital record board running all Royall Athletic Records in the front entrance. This doubles as an academic and activity resource as we broadcast and advertise a number of different events/activities on the front entrance TV. We recognized the Meckstoth family on Friday, January 17th for their donation in memory of Jim as the money went toward this new display. And last but not least, our new Championship Banners. Kayela Neuman led us on this project
as she and many other volunteers put in countless hours cutting and sewing on the banners. If you have not seen them yet, they are worth a special trip! I am sure you are aware that this is the final year of our PEP grant. It will come to an end September 30, 2014. We are working on plans to sustain many of the grant components including as many after school activities as we can and opening up our fitness center to the public. Please look for ways to become involved as we will be looking for volunteers. I want to invite you to get involved with our winter sporting teams as the tournaments are right around the corner. We have solid girls and boys basketball teams, and some wrestlers with very high expectations. As you join us for the exciting games/matches, please remember that sportsmanship does matter. We need to be role models to our athletes and to our future athletes. Thank you in advance for making us all proud to be Panthers! The school board and administrative team are constantly thinking about the future of the Royall School District. On an annual level, we are beginning work on the 2014-2015 budget. Our goal is to prepare a balance budget with limited cuts to personnel and no programming cuts. As we work through the annual process, we are also looking at our 10 and 20 year plan. We have a relatively large capital improvement list that includes parts of three different roofs. As I have promised for the past 4 years, this is our last year of making a huge payment on our debt. We have $566,000 worth of debt falling off the books annually starting next year. The question that I would propose to the public is how much of this is acceptable for the board to use
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of New Lisbon February 27, 2014
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NEW LISBON CHAMBER PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS
Several area High School Graduates received academic scholarships from the New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce towards their successful first semester of college, the Fall 2013 term. These four students each received a check for $500 to use towards college expenses: Hunter Berry of New Lisbon; Elayne Hansen of New Lisbon; Krista Ulrich of New Lisbon; and Jenna Washetas of Camp Douglas. Berry, Hansen, Ulrich, and Washetas applied for their scholarships last spring (2013) during their final semester as High School Seniors along with many other students. The rigorous selections process considered each applicant’s past performance as well as future vision. At the Chamber’s 2013 Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet last April, these four winners were announced. Finally, after each one successfully completed his/her first semester of college last Fall (2013) he/she received a $500 Scholarship Award check from the Chamber! Photos of two recipients are shown here: Elayne Hansen, right, and Krista Ulrich, left. The Chamber President, Jenny Kochie, is seen here presenting each young lady with their Scholarship Award.
Branson Missouri’s “Cat’s Pajamas” coming to New Lisbon BY BETH ROOD March is MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH and there is no better way to get involved in supporting the New Lisbon Music Department than to spend an evening enjoying the talents of our students and a professional a cappella group of energetic young men. “THE CAT’S PAJAMAS” a cappella group, originally based out of Madison, now performs most of the year in Branson, MO after years of performing onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines and appearing on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”. Every year these
five guys return to their roots to inspire students and give back to the music programs that helped them get to where they are today. In the past seven years, the Cat’s Pajamas have successfully raised over $700,000 for music programs all over the nation. For a sneak preview go to www.vocalmeow.com or www.facebook.com/ vocalmeow The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. with opening numbers performed by the 6th Grade Choir, Junior High Choir and High School Choir followed by our guest performers “THE CAT’S PAJAMAS”! And why cook
that night? Join us for a SPAGHETTI DINNER beginning at 6:00 in the Multipurpose Room prepared by Catering Cousins. The meal will include spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, garlic bread, and milk or coffee. The cost of the dinner is $6 per person. Children 3 and under are free. Dinner reservations should be made by Friday, March 7th by calling Bev Rood at 608-562-3700 Ext. 1345. Tickets for the show may be purchased separately or in combination with the spaghetti dinner. “Show
Welcome to the World A son, Anton Dennis, was born on January 11, 2014 to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Baumgardt at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Racine. He weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. and was 19” long. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Haske, New Lisbon, and Mrs. Mary Jane and the late Dennis Baumgardt of Racine, WI.
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The City of New Lisbon has received a $5,000.00 donation from a local foundation to help with the cost of the swimming pool repairs that are necessary before the pool can reopen this year. The donation was made in memory of Lloyd (Hutch) Hutchinson. Hutch was the chairman of the original fund raising committee for the pool. Other members of the original committee were Larry Arnold, Darleen Ulrich, and Orville Reisenauer. The funds raised originally were from New Lisbon residents and businesses, including a very large donation from Leer Manufacturing, Walker Stainless Equipment, Bickford Salvage, and New Lisbon Lion’s Club. It made the swimming pool a reality in 1989.
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Cardinals have a busy week of action BY STEVE NORLING During the past week the Cardinal Boys and the Lady Cardinals each played two games. Both the boys and the girls played one conference game and one non-conference game. On Tuesday February 5th, the Lady Cardinals played host to Pittsville in their nonconference game. The game started out okay for the Lady Cardinals and in the first half it was a very close battle. The second half started out good and at the start of the fourth quarter the girls pulled to within two points of Pittsville. However, it was like they ran out of steam and they wound up losing the game 60 – 41. Thursday night it was the Lady Cardinals hosting the Hillsboro Tigers in a conference matchup. This game was a different story. The
Lady Cardinals were never really in the game. The Hillsboro girls were much bigger than the Cardinals and were very physical. The first half found the Lady Cardinals scoring only eight points and being behind 29 – 8 at half time. The second was no better as the only were able to score eight more points. The larger, more physical players from Hillsboro controlled the boards and were able to block several shots. While the Necedah girls tried hard they wound up losing 52 – 16. On Friday evening the Cardinal boys played host to the Wonewoc-Center team in a conference matchup. This was a game that was not really a contest at all. The Cardinals outscored WC in all four quarters including a 24 – 8 lopsided fourth quarter. The final score was
88 – 45 Cardinals. While the WC team had two players in double figures, Necedah had seven. For WC it was Miller with 15, including one threepointer and Krueger with 12. For Necedah it was Murphy with 15 and three threes, Trey Horbinski with 13 and two threes, Tripp Horbinski with 11 and one three, Krupa with 11, Brown with 10 and one three and LaFountain and Dutscheck with 10 each. On Monday February the Cardinals hosted the Weston Boys. While this game was not quite as lopsided as the WC game the Cardinals still outscored the Weston team in every quarter and wound up winning by a 67 –35 score. The only player in double figures for Weston was Boland with 18. Deitelhoff had the only three-point basket for Weston. For Necedah it was Murphy with 18 points and
Congressman holds session in Necedah BY STEVE NORLING Seventh Congressional Congressman Sean Duffy held a Town Hall Meeting in Necedah on Wednesday, February 19th. The meeting was held at the Necedah VFW hall and about a dozen people attended. Duffy opened the meeting with a short talk before opening the floor up for questions. During his talk he noted that the house and senate approved a budget and that he was concerned that there were too many cuts to the military in the deal. He stated that there are bills in process now to get the budget talks back to the appropriations committee where it historically has belonged. He also noted that he is not happy with the Affordable Care Act due to the many people that have called him about higher premiums and higher deductibles along with the individual mandate still being in effect. This mandate being in effect for individuals while it has been delayed for businesses. The first question asked was why the Post Office, Homeland Security and other departments that have no business doing so are purchasing billions of rounds of ammunition. Duffy replied that it really bothers him that places like the Post Office are purchasing. Where Homeland Security is responsible for out safety, there is no reason that he can see for the Post
Office or some of the other departments to make these purchases. However, up until now, Duffy stated that he has not been able to get any answers. A question was asked on global warming and why Washington is making it harder for oil and natural gas production. Duffy’s answer was that we are the leader in natural gas and if the government would let us take advantage of it, the people would not be taxed out of their homes. Duffy also answered questions on how the cost of living is figured and questioned about the debt. He agreed that the price of groceries and is much higher than the cost of living shows. He noted that quantitive easing is making it worse and with a debt over 17 trillion dollars when quantitive easing ends it will be even worse. He also noted that the House presented a budget that would balance the budget in ten years and that the Senate would not agree to it. A question was asked about E15 ethanol and if it is made mandatory that there are many engines, including automobiles that are not able to run on it. In fact using it would void the warranties in most newer vehicles. The answer was that there is still much info to obtain and there needs to be a bill to guarantee consumer protection on this. Duffy was asked what would happen if the
Getting the crowd going during one of the games. two three pointers, and Brown with 12 and one three pointer. Garcia also had one
three-point basket. These two wins by the Cardinals brings their record
to 15 – 4.
Seniors recognized at Senior Night BY STEVE NORLING On Tuesday, February 18th the Necedah Boys Cardinal Basketball team celebrated Senior Night. They celebrated the night by defeating the Brookwood Eagles. The first quarter went very slow and ended in an 8 – 8 tie. The second quarter saw Necedah start to pull away, outscoring Brookwood 21 – 14 and taking a halftime lead of 29 – 22. The third quarter once again saw the Cardinals outscoring the Eagles. This time it was by 18 – 12 giving Necedah a 47 – 34 lead at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was a complete blowout by the Cardinals, outscoring Brookwood by 28 – 7. This made the
final score 75 – 41 in favor of Necedah. Two of the Brookwood players were in double figures. Luxton wound up with 15 and Rynes with 10. Schwartz, Martin and Luxton each made three-point shots. In double figures for Necedah were Trey Horbinski with 15, Brown with 13 and Murphy with 12. With three-pointers for Necedah it was Trey Horbinski with three, Brown with three, and Garcia with one. Prior to the game the seven seniors were introduced to a rousing round of applause. These seven players were Trey Horbinski, Tripp Horbinski, Taylor Krupa, Logan Lowery, Marcel La Fountain, Jordan Garcia, and Cameron Stewart.
Congressman Sean Duffy Affordable Care Act actually crashed. He replied that there are several bills that would fix the problem. He was also asked if he was in favor of a flat tax. He stated that making the present code easier and better needs to be done first and then a different method could be looked at. He stated that he is currently working with several other House members on bills to do that. After the question period Congressman Duffy stayed around for a few minutes and met many of the attendees one on one. Everyone that was in attendance seemed to be satisfied with the congressman’s answers.
Seniors recognized, left to right are: Jordan Garcia, Cameron Stewart, Logan Lowery, Marcel La Fountain, Trey Horbinski, Taylor Krupa, and Tripp Horbinski.
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NEW LISBON FFA
was one of several recipients of Hillsboro Equipment donating $500 to local FFA chapters. The New Lisbon FFA members are pictured here.
February 27, 2014
OUT FOR SOME FUN New Lisbon FFA Officers enjoying the Lazy River at Jellystone, Warrens, WI. Pictured, left to right are: Amy Gosda, Alanna McCullough, McKenzie Dahlke, Sierra Cook, Taylor LeTexier, Aaron Frisk.
TIME IN CLASS Alex giving directions for an activity in Mrs. Dorn’s Animal Science class.
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OFFICERS LEARN On September 18th, the 6 officers and Mrs. Dorn traveled to Tomah for the Section 3 Sectional Leadership Workshop. During this workshop, the officers were split up and attending officer meetings with the state officer team that held a similar office. They also participated in workshops that would help them to achieve success as an officer and push the chapter’s members to excel to do great things for our chapter. From left to right: Aaron Frisk – President, Amy Gosda – Parliamentarian, McKenzie Dahlke – Vice President, Alanna McCullough – Vice President, Taylor LeTexier – secretary, Sierra Cook – sentinel.
Four local wrestlers move forward to state tournament BY TASHA MUELLER Wrestlers have been putting their bodies, mind, and determination into the final day of wrestling that decided their fate into moving on to the state tournament. Necedah hosted the Division 3 sectional on Saturday and has four wrestlers that will be vying for a state championship. Royall’s Dalton Lunde (182) was able to uphold a 42-1 season record after facing his one loss and receiving the first place finish. Lunde first won by fall over Joe Stephens of Poynette at 1:23 in the quarterfinal. During the semifinal, Lunde faced his one season loss, David Chadd of Lancaster and won in sudden victory – 1 at 6-5. In the first place match, Lunde won by fall over Cody Rider of IowaGrant/Highland at 3:33. Hillsboro’s Max Sebranek (195) advanced to state with a
second place finish. In the first place match, Sebranek was unable to uphold a lead on Mineral Point’s Nate Cody after losing by decision 8-6. In the second place match, Sebranek won by rule over Fennimore’s Logan Sheckles. New Lisbon has two individuals moving onto state, whom includes Cullen Pedersen (152) and first-time qualifier Myles Connor (160). Pedersen also ends his season with a 42-1 record after winning by decision 6-0 over Scott Pittz of Mineral Point. Pedersen ended the day with a first place finish. Connor also received first place after winning by decision over Luke Nowak of Iowa-Grant/Highland with a final score of 8-4. Lunde will be wrestling in Madison this Friday, around noon after receiving a first round bye. He will face Damion Blechinger (Turtle Lake/Clayton) or Tyler Schuh
(Reedsville) in the first round match up. Sebranek will wrestle on Thursday evening, around 8 pm and will face Mitch Lien (Clear Lake). If moving on, Sebranek will then face Dondrick Tackes (Stratford). Pedersen received a first round bye and will await Thursday night’s winner between Tevin Anderson (Unity) and Brandon Tousey (Oconto). Connor also received a first round by and will face the winner between Connor Handrick (Edgar) or Ryan Zierk (Ken. Christian Life). There are six defending champions returning in Division 3, including two-time champion Ethan Soderstrom, a senior from Lancaster. He moves up a weight class to 170 after winning at 160 last year and 152 in 2012. He has a 20-3 record heading into State competition. Sophomore Hunter Dischler of Weston/Ithaca brings with him a
41-2 record to the State Tournament at 113. He moves up a class after winning the 106 title last season. Junior Kal Gerber of Cameron moves up to 120 this season after claiming the crown last year at 113. He has wrestled to a 41-2 mark this season. Junior Cole Martin of Lancaster has yet to lose this season after capturing the 120 title last year. He is 20-0 and has moved up two weight classes to compete at 132 this year. Junior Devin Lemanski of Edgar moves up three classes to compete at 145 this season after snatching the 126 championship last season. He has suffered just one setback this season at 36-1 heading into State competition. Senior Trenton Cornell of Lancaster qualifies at 152 this year following a State championship last year at 145. He possesses a 41-2 record this season in his pursuit of a second gold medal.
In Division 2, those still undefeated heading into the State Tournament are freshman Devin Bahr of West Salem/Bangor (49-0) at 132, senior Justin Dolata of Mauston (30-0) at 170 and senior Luke Destiche of Luxemburg-Casco (41-0) at 220. The unblemished records in Division 3 belong to sophomore Riley Lull of Riverdale (43-0) at 106, junior Cole Martin of Lancaster (20-0) at 132, and sophomore Henry Fielding of Shiocton (38-0) at 182. There are an additional 49 wrestlers in the meet that have suffered defeat only once this season. The 71st Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament will be held Thursday-Saturday, February 27-March 1, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.
Ticket prices per tournament session are $8. Tickets are available on-line on the WIAA website up until the start of any respective session with the printing of the ticket by the purchaser. Tickets are also available at the Kohl Center during the tournament. The championship finals for all divisions will be aired tapedelayed on FS Wisconsin. The Division 1 title bouts are scheduled to air March 22 at 9 p.m. The Division 2 championship match is scheduled to air March 24 at 6 p.m. The Division 3 championship match will be shown on April 3 at 7 p.m. Please check local cable listings for the FS Wisconsin channel in your area. Good luck to all area wrestlers in your state tournament matchups!
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Griffin and Olson win Dancing with the Hill Country Stars
BY TASHA MUELLER Dancers brought all their talents to the stage on Sunday for the first Dancing with the Hill Country Stars presented by the St. Joseph’s Memorial Foundation. A great turnout for the event at the Hillsboro High School proved to many that the event should be continued for years to come. The idea came about after attending a dance showcase at Tomah as a fundraising event. As members on the St. Joseph’s Memorial Foundation viewed this event, they wanted to bring the same thing to Hillsboro. Helping with the same event, WCOW 97.1 radio personality Mike Burns-Gilbert, brought the same kind of humor to the crowd and received plenty of laughs throughout the entire competition. Seven teams competed for a top three finish. Tor Eness and dancing partner Eddi Blakley started out the competition with a country two-step to Eness’ record song “As Good As It was Back Then.” Hillsboro High School principal Greg
Meredith Griffin and Jacob Olson won first place in the first St. Joseph’s Memorial Foundation “Dancing with the Hill Country Stars.” The couple danced to “Better Dig 2” by The Band Perry with a rousing Rumba dance with plenty of kicks, dips, and attitude.
Country dancers Eddi Blakley and Tor Eness danced to one of Eness’ recorded songs “As Good As It Was Back Then.” The couple ended the day with a second place finish after the judges voted.
Al and Doris Skemp put in plenty of hard work and determined practice a few months before the program. The couple showed off a two-step to “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones.
Zimmerman and wife Kristi put on a good Cha Cha dance to the tune “Drive By” by Train. Sisters Charlotte Allen and Theresa Robinson put together a choreographed routine to Taylor Swift’s “You Belong To Me,” as another pair of sisters, Esther and Lydia Krug, tap danced to “This Is A Happy Little Ditty” by Shirley Temple. Doris and Al Skemp danced a two-step to “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones. The final two couples included Meredith Griffin and Jacob Olson dancing a Rumba to “Better Dig 2” by The Band Perry and a fatherdaughter team, James and Lanaya Coblentz, doing a swing dance to “In The Mood” by the Glen Miller Orchestra. After all of the first round dances were completed, audience members were able to vote for one dance couple, with the top three moving on and performing their dance for a second time. During intermission, spectators were able to add donations to each dancing couples bucket for a chance to benefit the patients and families for Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics in Elroy, Hillsboro and Wonewoc and surrounding communities and to win the People’s Choice award.
Kristi and Greg Zimmerman danced the Cha Cha to “Drive By” by Train. ALL PHOTOS TASHA MUELLER
Sisters Esther and Lydia Krug tap danced to “This Is A Happy Little Ditty” by Shirley Temple. Older sister Esther wanted to tap to the selected song as her younger sister resembled Temple with curly hair.
Spectators were asked to contribute monetary donations into dancing couples buckets to get the highest amount and win the People’s Choice award. Money raised will be used to benefit the patients and families for Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics in Elroy, Hillsboro, and Wonewoc and surrounding communities.
The 2014 judging panel included Tom Lambries, Chris Tengblad, Kim Verbsky, and auditor June Hooker. The voting consisted of visual presentation, stage presence, music choice appropriate to dance, and overall performance. The father-daughter team won the People’s Choice award, as well as the third place trophy. Blakley and Eness won over the crowd with their fantastic country two-step selection for the second place finish. Coming in first for the competition, was Griffin and Olson with their outstanding Rumba moves. A big thank you goes to the Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics, Brenda Sonnenberg and Marilyn School of Dance to offer their help for couples to practice their dance routines, Hillsboro Brewing Company, Hillsboro High School Music Department, Hillsboro Parent Music Coalition, Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro Telephone Company, Inc., Magnum Broadcasting, WTMB 94.5, WNFM 104.5, Michelle Rice, Warrior Awards, St. Joseph’s Memorial Foundation for sponsoring the event and WCOW 97.1.
Sister pair Charlotte Allen and Theresa Robinson have always danced to songs and made up routines at home. The two signed up and performed Taylor Swift’s “You Belong To Me” with a choreographed routine.
Father-daughter team, James and Lanaya Coblentz won third place and the People’s Choice award, after raising the most amount of money. The couple performed a swing dance to “In The Mood” by the Glen Miller Orchestra.
Radio personality Mike Burns-Gilbert from COW97 served as the Master of Ceremonies as Sue Zimmerman, director for Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics, also announced dancers and talked with the judging panel.
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Zimmermans share thier “Hope’s Cause” story BY TASHA MUELLER
Some might think traveling to another country would be a luxury and a time to relax. But for the Zimmerman’s, a trip to Liberia was something much more than that. The trip proved to be something of hope, change, and helping students in a village. On Thursday, February 13 Greg and Kristi Zimmerman were asked to share their most recent story about their trip to the West African nation of Liberia during the Hillsboro Public Library Drop-In. Kristi, a teacher at Wonewoc-Center School, and Greg, Principal of Hillsboro High School, traveled to Liberia in efforts to train teachers at a faith-based school and at Borto School and Orphanage. Dressed in traditional African attire, the Zimmermans presented their opportunities, challenges, and hopes for change from their mission through sharing stories and captivating images. The couple traveled in late December, early January and it was the first trip for Greg, while this was the second mission to Liberia for Kristi. Reporting on her first trip to the Hillsboro Lions Club, she enlightened the members with her kind-hearted stories and pictures of children. During their recent travel, they spent six days of an eightday venture carrying supplies, mentoring teachers, and learning more of the third world country and helping to feed some desperate children. Kristi explained to the crowd that the target of the missions are the Borto faith based school and Borto Orphanage operated by a Liberian couple in Paynesville, a suburb of the Liberian capital of Monrovia. After her first visit, Kristi become close friends with the superintendent of the school, Langley, and Quita, the director of the orphanage for 26 children. As both traveled there, the Liberian couple have become close to the Zimmermans and give them daily updates on how things are going for the village. Once arriving, the couple rented a small house in a compound about a block from the school, but the orphanage was about an hour drive in the “bush country.” Their experience of driving was described as “expressways” and potholes scattered. Greg was explaining that he did most of the driving, while borrowing a friend’s car. He also mentioned that people “packed” into cars, much like a community taxi, fitting as many people in a van, stating, and “at one time I counted 15 people (in the van).” Liberia was founded by United States colonization while occupied by native Africans. The West African nation is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Ivory coast. Beginning in 1820, the region was colonized by black people from America, who were freed slaves. The new country became the Republic of Liberia in 1847. The nation is still reeling from a civil war from 1989-1996 that left a scar covering the entire country.
Liberia has been, and still remains, a friend of the United States, although the Civil War left to remove the dictator Charles Taylor. The leader bankrupted the already poor country. Taylor fled to Nigeria with what was left of the treasury. He was extradited from Nigeria in 2005 at the request of the newly inaugurated president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president. While giving their helping hand, a group of midwives from Utah were also there at the same time, teaching and helping many of the nurses and pregnant women. When asked about how they went about communicating, the Zimmermans explained that some English was spoken but it’s mixed with a tribal language and comes out of a pidgin English. Their nutrition for the duration was also an issue. There was a cook on site to prepare rice meals with chicken or fish, but extreme caution had to be taken. “One night I got really sick,” commented Kristi, “and I even had to be put on an IV. I didn’t know if I’d make it home!” Kristi suspected it was from some fish she ate or Greg said it might have been ice in a restaurant soft drink. The couple brought bottled water and energy bars with them and used hand sanitizer everywhere they went. The Borto School does not have electricity and uses chalk boards and few books for all of their lessons. There is no running water, as it is brought to the school in buckets. There’s even outhouses out back with a pit for waste disposal. Greg and Kristi have brought back much of what they have learned and are sharing it with the community, their staff and faculty, but most importantly with their students. Greg commented to the crowd that some Hillsboro High School seniors are making “lap boards” for the students by cutting them out of wood and applying chalkboard paint. The Borto School and orphanage is seeking to use education to help their country, as many parents are illiterate. The Zimmermans have taken on the task of “adopting” a student, whom is Hope, of “Hope’s Cause” to sponsor her tuition costs. With sponsor funding, she is now with a foster family and attending the Borto School. Other family members have sponsored other students to make sure they are fed, clothed, and educated. Kristi has created a non-profit organization to help the students any way possible. A current donation group has been formed at the Hillsboro Wesleyan Church with a website to gain more information and give donations at: http://www.hopescausetoliberia-borto.com. Refreshments were served and questions were answered after the event. The couple plans on making another trip in July and meeting with the President of the country. Also, they will be taking back with them plenty more supplies, which can be dropped off at the Hillsboro High School office or by contacting Greg or Kristi. Their son, Gavin, who may also go along, is hoping to study at a medical school and is considering helping at the hospital in Liberia.
February 27, 2014
GREG ZIMMERMAN, dressed in traditional African attire, points out a few of the eyeopening photographs during a Drop-In event at the Hillsboro Public Library. Greg, and his wife Kristi, traveled to Liberia sharing their stories and experiences. The couple has begun “Hope’s Cause” after sponsoring a child where costs will pay for food, clothing, and most importantly education.
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THE MESSENGER OF JUNEAU COUNTY
Snow days mess up regular school calendar for W-C BY TASHA MUELLER The Wonewoc-Center School Board looked over the their snow days from this past winter season that has led to adjusting the school calendar. The calendar is always scheduled for 178 student contact (face-to-face) days, only 175 days are required for districts. The district can have up to three non-made up contact days if the total hours per school year exceed the minimum instructional hours required. W-C currently has enough hours even after deducting the three non made up contact days. Students will need to make up days on April 17th and April 22nd, with the 17th being a half day. Proposed in-service dates would be June 9th and 10th for teachers. If no additional snow/cold days would occur, then June 6th would remain the last day of school as scheduled, and June 11th becomes the last day for staff.
If any additional snow days will occur, the last day for students will be discussed. The board did approve of the changes. Data from MAP testing has been collected and will be going through within the next month. Faculty have been learning additional information for teaching in the classroom. During a quarterly report, Curriculum Director Shannon Ennis proposed to the board of having early release dates for teacher in-service so teachers can collaborate together and set goals through the new teaching standards. Ennis is hopeful that by March 15, all of the curriculum will be aligned with the state standards. The district will be looking towards scheduling for the 2014-2015 school year. A hopeful change to all on-line scheduling will be attempted. The middle school concept will need to be worked through the schedule and have enough
sections for the students. The Valedictorian for the senior class is Adam Shore, and the Salutatorian is Katie Skaro. Both are attending out of state schools, which leaves neither of them eligible for the Academic Excellence Award. In which, goes to the third student in line, which is Mason Huebel. The district will be performing a soft lock-down, as well as a hard lock-down within the next few months. Parent notifications will be sent home to students when they will occur. Board approvals included: 2014-2015 preliminary budget, CESA 5 contract, summer school program for 2014, summer food service program, policy 100 series (new additions), policies 200 series (changes), and a change for the April meeting to April 28th. The next regular Wonewoc-Center school board meeting will be held on March 17th at 7 p.m.
Wonewoc competes in 8th grade tournament CONTRIBUTED The WJCI 8th grade basketball team participated in the Ithaca 8th grade tournament on February 22nd. Other teams playing in the tournament included the host school Ithaca, along with Wauzeka, Hillsboro, River Ridge, and AdamsFriendship. The Wolves began the day facing off against the AdamsFriendship Green Devils. It was a slow, methodical start in this one as the clamp down defense took out the rhythm of both teams offensively. The Wolves found themselves down at halftime in this one by a score of 8 – 4. It remained a tight game for most of the second half also. Late in the game, WC still was within striking distance down by a score of 18 – 14, but they could get no closer than 4 points the rest of the game and lost by a score of 23 – 17 against the Division 3 Green Devils. Taylor Geitz, Kory Helm, and Noah Shore did all the scoring in this game with Geitz and Helm scoring 6 each and Shore scoring 5. The next opponent for the day was a battle against River Ridge. With only two 8th graders on the roster, this would be a tough battle for the Wolves as River Ridge brought a fast and lightning quick roster of 8th graders to this game. River Ridge jumped out to a quick double digit lead, but the scrappy Wolves hung around and climbed back to within a 6 point deficit late in the first half. But River Ridge, with a flurry of players able to come off the bench, pushed the pace and increased their lead to 27 – 12 at halftime. W-C was never
able to cut into that lead in the 2nd half and ended up on the short end of a 44 – 23 score. Kory Helm had a fine game on the offensive end in this one and led the scoring with 9 points. Dylan Degner and Dawson Miller each scored 4. Noah Shore, Jordan Norling, and Tucker Needham each scored 2 points to round out the scoring. The last game of the day was against the Wauzeka Hornets. had lost to Wauzeka in the tournament the weekend before at Wonewoc-Center. This would turn out to be the most exciting game of the day for the Wolves. The Hornets stung the Wolves right off the bat in this and jumped out to a quick 8 – 2 lead before W-C knew what hit them. But back they came with some aggressive defense behind guards Jordan Norling, Andrew Jacobson and Noah Shore and the aggressive board work underneath of Noah Shore, Taylor Geitz, Dylan Degner, and Kory Helm. By halftime, the Wolves had taken a 12 – 9 lead. In the 2nd half, Taylor Geitz, Noah Shore, and Andrew Jacobson started dropping their mid-range jumpers and midway through the 2nd half the Wolves held a strong 20 – 12 lead. But then, the Wolves became turnover prone and Wauzeka came back to make this an exciting game down the stretch. With the Wolves clinging to a 28 – 26 lead, Wauzeka continued to knock down a couple of shots and hit their free throws down the stretch and scored the last 7 points of the game to take a frustrating 33 – 28 win over the Wolves. Offensively, the Wolves had a solid game with Taylor Geitz leading the way with 12 points. Noah Shore followed with 6
and Andrew Jacobson chipped in with 4. Jordan Norling, Kory Helm, and Tucker Needham each scored 2 to complete the scoring. The next tournament for the Wolves will be Saturday, March 1st at Dodgeville.
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Spring elections set for W-C Board of Education seats BY TASHA MUELLER The votes have been tallied and the results have come in from the Primary Election at Wonewoc-Center. The School District of Wonewoc-Center has two seats open on its Board of Education, and there were six candidates who filed for election: John Benish, Tonia Schumann, Sandy Rogers, Shannon Miller, Johnna Baldwin, and Merry Preston. Both Preston and Rogers are the incumbents. A primary that was held last Tuesday narrowed down the candidates to four because only four names can appear on the spring election ballot. The four candidates who
received the highest amount of votes were: Benish, Rogers, Baldwin, and Preston. Benish received 26 percent of the votes for the top spot, Preston following with 20 percent, Rogers had 16 percent of the votes, and Baldwin had 15 percent. Schumann and Miller both
received 11 percent of the votes and have been eliminated from the Spring elections. These names will appear on the Spring Election ballot. Spring elections take place on April 1st.
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February 27, 2014
The Messenger of Juneau County’s want ads are just $10 for the first 20 words. Additional words are 10 cents each. To place an ad, call 1-(608)-462-4902, fax to 1-(608)-462-4903 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We reserve the right to reject any ad that does not meet our standards.
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HOUSES FOR SALE FOR SALE: Three bedroom 2 bath, 14" X 70" for $17,000 mobile home includes stove, refrigerator and air conditioner recently remodeled at Mauston Mobile Manor; Call Dennis at (608) 548-5129. b28-4
CROP LAND WANTED: Looking for crop land to lease within Juneau and Monroe Counties – paying competitive rates on multiple year contracts. Contact Joseph at 608-427-3990. b27-4
HIRING NOW! FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING COMPANY IN HILLSBORO VARIOUS SHIFTS Potential for permanent! $10-$10.60 PER HOUR MUST HAVE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA Contact Tomah Manpower at 608-374-2040. EOE b29-5
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February 27, 2014 STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT JUNEAU COUNTY U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,as Trustee for Asset Backed Securities Corporation Home Equity Loan Trust, Series 2004HE9,c/o Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, its attorneyin-fact, Plaintiff, vs. Defendants. MICHELE A. BARR and JOHN DOE unknown spouse of Michele A. Barr; and GB HOME EQUITY LLC; Case No. 12-CV-150 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 16, 2013, in the amount of $115,127.18, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME:March 25, 2014, at 10:00 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate
Transfer Tax. PLACE:Lobby of the Juneau County Justice Center, located at 200 Oak Street, Mauston, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: The East Half of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (E1/2 NW1/4 SE1/4) of Section Twenty-three (23), Township Sixteen (16) North, Range Two (2) East, EXCEPT Lot One (1) of Juneau County Certified Survey Map No. 2232 recorded in Volume 8 of CSM, Page 199, Town of Fountain, Juneau County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: N5799 Zindorff Road, Town of Fountain. TAX KEY NO.:290100519 /s/Brent Oleson Sheriff of Juneau County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue, Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. Publish: February 27, 2014 March 6, 13, 2014 WNAXLP
STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT JUNEAU COUNTY U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF8 MASTER PARTICIPATION TRUST; Plaintiff, vs. Defendants. JAMES NILES AND BRANDY NILES, husband and wife; and STATE OF WISCONSIN; and PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES; and MIDLAND FUNDING, LLC; and UNIFUND CORPORATION, Case No. 13-CV-71 Code No. 30404 Foreclosure of Mortgage Dollar Amount Greater Than $5,000.00 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on June 13, 2013, in the amount of $139,475.79, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 25, 2014, at 10:05 o’clock a.m. TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or certified funds at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances.
3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax. PLACE: Lobby of the Juneau County Justice Center, located at 200 Oak Street, Mauston, Wisconsin DESCRIPTION: Lot One (1) of Juneau County Certified Survey Map No. 3336, recorded in Volume 14 of C.S.M. on Page 116, being a part of the SW1/4 of the NW1/4; and a part of the SE1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 10, T14N, R5E, Village of Lyndon Station, Juneau County, Wisconsin. PROPERTY ADDRESS: 107 N. Washington Street, Village of Lyndon Station. TAX KEY NO.:291460363.01 /s/Brent Oleson Sheriff of Juneau County, WI O’DESS AND ASSOCIATES, S.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff 1414 Underwood Avenue, Suite 403 Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (414) 727-1591 O’Dess and Associates, S.C., is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. If you have previously received a Chapter 7 Discharge in Bankruptcy, this correspondence should not be construed as an attempt to collect a debt. Publish: February 27, 2014 March 6, 13, 2014 WNAXLP
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE H&H Storage, Hwy 82 East, Mauston, WI 53948 will hold a Public Sale Friday, Febraury 28, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Preview at 8:00 a.m. on the day of sale only. Bidding is on the complete contents of the unit. CASH ONLY. Unit included in sale is: Unit #28 owned by Lloyd Vodvarka, Mauston, WI containing: Bikes, Clothing, Furniture, Tools, Household, Decorations, Camping supplies, Sporting goods, Misc. items, etc. (10x25 unit). Note: Call 608-847-6159 after 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014 to confirm sale will proceed as scheduled. In addtion to bid amount a $50.00 deposit will be held to ensure complete removal of all items and clean up of storage unit. Publish: February 20, 27, 2014 WNAXLP
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VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. To Obtain An Absentee Ballot, You Must Make A Request In Writing. Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the School Board Election. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office or other specified location, complete a written application, and vote an absentee ballot during the hours specified for casting an absentee ballot. THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING APPLICATION TO VOTE ABSENTEE BY MAIL IS 5:00 P.M., ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014. (Military electors should contact the Municipal Clerk regarding the deadlines for requesting or submitting an absentee ballot.) The first day to vote and absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is March 17, 2014. The deadline for voting an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is 5:00 pm on Friday, before the election, March 28, 2014. The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on April 1, 2014. Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the Board of Canvassers if post-marked by Election Day and received no later than 4:00 pm on the Friday following the election. All voted ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk so the clerk can deliver them to the proper polling place before the polls close on April 4, 2014. Any ballots received after the polls close will not be counted. Type E Notice Publish: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP
TYPE E NOTICE - VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT SPRING ELECTION, APRIL 1, 2014 Any qualified elector, unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day, for any reason, may ask to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is a person who is a U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on election day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where the person wishes to vote at least 28 days before the election. If voter registration is required, the elector must also be registered. TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT YOU MUST MAKE A REQUEST IN WRITING Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary election or both. You may also request an absentee ballot by letter. Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military or hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk. You can also personally go to the clerk’s office, complete a written application, and vote an absentee ballot. MARK STEWARD, ADMINISTRATOR/CLERK 225 MAIN STREET ELROY WI 53929 608/462-2400 OFFICE HOURS 8:00 A.M TO 4:00 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY THE DEADLINE FOR MAKING APPLICATION TO VOTE ABSENTEE BY MAIL IS 5:00 P.M. ON THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014. THE DEADLINE FOR VOTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE IS 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014. ALL VOTED BALLOTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE MUNICIPAL CLERK SO THE CLERK CAN DELIVER THEM TO THE PROPER POLLING PLACE BEFORE THE POLLS CLOSE AT 8:00 P.M. ON APRIL 1, 2014. ANY BALLOTS RECEIVED AFTER THE POLLS CLOSE WILL NOT BE COUNTED. Posted by Lynn Thorson, Deputy Clerk Publish: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP
TOWN OF LINDINA REQUEST FOR BIDS SEAL COAT SURFACING SPECIFICATIONS Sealed bids will be accepted by Chairman Bill Robinson at W7991 Robinson Road, Elroy, Wisconsin, 53929 until 12 noon on March 11, 2014. Please write “BIDS” on the envelope. Bids will be opened on March 12, 2014 at the Board meeting. Work shall consist of patching, wedging and top sealing over repaired areas. The bidder shall recommend and clearly specify the following: Type of materials used for wedging and patching. Cost of materials for wedging per ton, cubic yards. Type and application temperature of liquid asphalt to be used. Gallons of liquid asphalt to be used per mile, 20 feet wide. Unit price per ton of cubic yard of cover aggregate. Proof of insurance and worker’s compensation insurance shall accompany the bid. The Board shall reserve the right to reject any or all bids, or accept the bid deemed most advantageous to the Town. Bill Robinson, Chairman Publish: February 20, 27, 2014 WNAXLP
CITY OF ELROY CITY OF ELROY TIF DISTRICT NO. 6 CREATION SECOND JOINT REVIEW BOARD MEETING MARCH 6, 2014 – 3:00 P.M. ELROY CITY HALL 225 MAIN STREET ELROY, WISCONSIN Agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Review TID No. 6 Project Plan 3. Review TIF Statutory Requirements (Joint Review Board Report) 4. Questions and Answers 5. Discuss and Take Action on Resolution for TID No. 6 Creation 6. Adjournment Mark Steward, City Administrator City of Elroy, Wisconsin Publish: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP
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Letter to the Editor: Why Did Ron Kind Vote Against the 2014 Farm Bill? In a recent listening session held in Mauston, Ron Kind was asked why he voted against the bi-partisan farm bill recently passed by congress and signed by the President. His reply was because it “benefitted big business.” This is the most curious response we have ever had from him since he championed the Affordable Health Care Act as the best way to lower health care costs. That proved to be wrong for us then and his vote against the farm bill is equally preposterous now. The farm bill’s single largest segment is the SNAP program, commonly known as “Food Stamps.” The SNAP expense in the farm bill is 75% of the total federal expenditure each year, some 100 billion per year. I fail to see how voting NO reins in big business. The 2014 Farm Bill helps in a variety of important conservation programs and is endorsed by Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever as an important tool in wildlife conservation and habitat preservation. There are provisions in the bill to protect critical wetlands and save native prairie habitats. I fail to see how this helps big business. Instead of direct government subsidy payments, the 2014 bill provides crop and commodity insurance provisions that benefit all farmers regardless of their size. Federal insurance subsidies for agricultural risk coverage provides a safety net to all farmers regardless of size. I don’t see where “big business” has any advantage. Ron Kind helped big business when he voted to give large health insur-
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Dear Editor, Thank you to all who have helped the Elroy Area Food Pantry during the past year. To continue our mission, the Elroy Area Food Pantry is again part of the Feinstein Foundation $1 Million Challenge to Fight Hunger. The more food and money we raise from March 1st to April 30th, the more Feinstein Challenge money we will get. All donations will be used to feed those we serve within the Royall School District. Please send your donation to 226 Erickson St, Elroy WI 53929. With gratitude, Veronica Sustar Elroy Area Food Pantry Board Member
BY NANCY J SCHNEIDER
Well folks I debated about whether or not to write this column. After some much needed thought I decided to go ahead with it and write it. After all, I’ve shared so much of my personal life before I may just as well continue. Besides the cat is already out of the bag and many folks already know what’s going on so might as well fill the rest of you in on it. I want to state first of all that this is totally all my fault. I do know better, I just don’t always use good judgment. Especially when it comes to doctor issues. I hinted last week that things weren’t quite right with me but I hadn’t decided to go to a doctor yet. I was still in the “it might get better” stage of things. You see I’m the type of person who does not like to go to doctors, period. I always have this attitude of if I wait long enough it will get better on its own. I can pretty much fake things and pretend there’s nothing wrong until it gets better. I mean I have so much I have to do, so much to take care of I can’t afford to get sick. So if no one knows but me - who am I hurting? Well, me I guess. Anyway it’s been quite some time since I’ve felt really good. I was doing a pretty good job of hiding it though. But eventually those closest to me figured out that something was wrong. People like Ray, Wendy, my Mom, my sister, and my co-worker Carol. Once they started watching me a bit closer and making little comments I knew the jig was up. I will admit when they first started harping at me to go to a doctor I gave my pat response. “Yea I know, I will.” But I didn’t do it right away. I waited until I couldn’t stand it anymore. Well to make a long story kinda short I did go to my doctor and after a bunch of tests and xrays she told me I have fluid on my lungs - pneumonia. I got enough drugs to open my own store and I have to rest, rest, rest and go back to the doctor in one week.
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Let me tell you it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this lousy! And from what I understand it will be a while longer till I feel like my old self. No ambition, no oomph, no nothing. All I want to do is sit quietly. Movement of any kind causes the coughing which causes the can’t breathe. So for a while I guess I will be sort of out of commission. It is giving me time to read, which is something I like to do of course, but the guilt I feel about not being able to do much around here is pretty heavy. Ray said it’s his turn to take care of me and do for me. But it sure doesn’t sit very well. I much prefer to be the one doing things. At least when he was in the hospital someone was taking care of him so all I had to do was take care of the home front and make sure I visited him every day. Well I did have to feed his cat, but that’s not much in the whole scheme of things. Now it seems that he has to take care of me plus take care of all the things around the home front too. Makes me feel rather guilty and useless. But there really isn’t much I can do about it at this point cause I just can’t. But I’ll make it up to him when I’m better. And so now you all know the scoop out here at Schneider’s Ridge. It’s been one heck of a winter, one heck of a past year and seems like I’m going to make this new year memorable also. So I will do my best to keep writing my column and hopefully in no time at all I will feel like my old self again. One can only hope. I’m not about to give up at any rate. So until next week I’ll leave you with this shortened version and also this NO-nonsense thought: Hold on to life even when its easier to let go. n Nancy J Schneider is a member of The Wisconsin Regional Writers Association and writes freelance. Nancy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mauston Community Sharing Food Pantry year-end information CONTRIBUTED BY KATHY GREEN The goal for the Mauston Community Sharing food pantry this past year was to increase the amount of food available to our families. In 2012 we served 779 different families 232,561# of food; 2013 we served 808 different families 294,441# of food. You helped us achieve this goal. Our directive is to serve low income families in need in the Mauston/Lyndon Station School district. Our current average is 407 households served each month. We also have 75 to 100 people in that group that we serve each month from other Juneau County pantries for a variety of reasons. A summary of the pantry stats for 2013 are (each household and person counted just one time): 808 Different Families were served by our pantry; 935 children + 265 seniors (age 60 and older) + 1434 other adults = 2,634 different people served; of the 808 families served - 184 families only came one time during the year for assistance and only 87 families needed to come each month (mostly elderly, disabled and large working families). We want to thank they entire community
Taking Refuge BY STEVE NORLING Saturday, February 15th was this year’s second snowshoe hike at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. This was a great day for a hike. The snow was in good shape for snowshoeing and the weather was not too cold. It was just cold enough that you would not sweat while hiking and not so cold that you would catch the chills. Over twenty people showed up and took part in the hike. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and had a good time discussing what they had seen while having a cup of hot cocoa or coffee afterward. The next snowshoe hike is scheduled for March 8th and with the forecasts I have seen; there should still be plenty of snow. Another nice thing about a March hike is that the weather is usually fairly warm. That date, March 8th is also important because that is the date of the showing of the movie, “Ordinary Extraordinary Junco.” This is a science film for all ages that takes you into all stages of the Junco’s life. The movie follows the snowshoe hike and lets everyone make a full day of it if they so choose. You can also do one or the other; you do not need to do both. While talking to some of the guests at the refuge on Saturday, I found that there were several sightings of our golden eagle. I am not sure whether there is one or a pair but only one at a time is seen. These big beautiful birds show up here just about every winter. No one knows exactly why as this is not their type of territory. Golden eagles normally like areas like the bluffs and are not normally seen in flat, forested areas. I guess the big guy just likes us or our surroundings. Once again I would like to remind everyone about the Junior Duck Stamp Contest. All entries must be in by March 15th and the judging is on March 28th. Some people at the snowshoe hike were told that the judging date was to be March 22nd but that was in error. Judging is always the last Friday in March. This year that is March 28th. It’s that time of year again. The refuge is now taking applications for this year’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC). They will be hiring four teens, ages 15 to 18. The employment begins on June 16th and will last for eight weeks. This is an excellent way for teens to not only earn some money but also learn about nature and conservation. Four hours per week will be environmental education. The crew will be working on improving hiking trails, landscaping, painting facilities, constructing signs, preparing whooping crane pens and many other biological, visitor services and maintenance projects. The students will be paid minimum wage. Students interested in these jobs are asked to complete an application and return it to the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. If you are mailing the application in it must be postmarked no later than April 18th, 2014. Mail to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, N11385 Headquarters Road, Necedah, WI 546468289. Hand delivered applications must be received at the visitor center by 4:00 p.m. on April 18th, 2014, emailed applications should be addressed to Necedah@fws.gov and be sent by 4:00 p.m. April 18th, 2014 and faxed applications should be sent to 608-565-3160 by 4:00 p.m. on April 18th, 2014. For further information, call the refuge at 608-5652551 and ask for Dave Trudeau. This would be an excellent way for a youth to decide whether he feels that a career in environmental work would be to their liking. Both boys and girls are encouraged to apply. If it ever warms up and quits snowing, the whooping cranes will begin to return. As that happens I will keep you up to date with what is going on with the new program to increase the population of these great birds. I am once again going to be volunteering on the project and will let you all know the latest developments. Things like nest counts, pairs nesting, abandoned nests and re-nests will be part of this column. Of course that depends on spring even getting here. This is one of the coldest and longest winters I can remember in a long time, but this too will end. Until next week, “See you at the refuge.”
for helping us to feed our local neighbors in need, we could not do it without you. Follow up Information regarding Juneau County Emergency Food and Shelter meeting on Feruary 13, 2014 The Juneau County Emergency Food and Shelter Board will be receiving $5,913 from Phase 31 (last year’s funding program). The Board met on Feb. 13, and the recipients of the funds are as follows: Central Wisconsin Community Action $2,413 for rental housing assistance; Hope House $1,500 for domestic violence shelter and food; Juneau County Senior Nutrition Program $500 for senior meals; $1,500 to Second Harvest Foodbank in Madison to be distributed with food purchased from Second Harvest to: Community Sharing Pantry, New Lisbon Food Pantry, Necedah Food Pantry, Elroy Food Pantry. Kathy Green is the Director of the Community Sharing Food Pantry and Juneau County Emergency Food and Shelter Board Chair.
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KAMO and Friends, building fish cribs in Florence County BY MARK WALTERS Hello friends, I met Mick Mlinar and Dwaine Drewa on March 2nd 2007. We were at the Natural Resources building in Florence, and I was there to talk with these two guys and 7 other people about what would eventually become KAMO (Kids And Mentors Outdoors). My buddy Jeff Moll was a part of that first meeting and still is a member of what would become the Northwood’s Chapter of KAMO. This week I traveled to Florence County and observed what happens when some hard working individuals set a goal and achieve it. Saturday, February 15th High 22, low minus 15 Here is the scoop! Mlinar is President, Drewa is Vice President and Moll is Secretary of the Northwoods Chapter. I am the President of KAMO, which has six chapters. Besides one on ones with kids on outdoor experiences, these guys have three annual events. They host what is called Hooked on Fishing and that is held on Lake Emily (where we would be today) and with a whole bunch of locals in pontoon boats they take kids fishing, provide a meal, and give each kid some type of a gift. In October, they do a shooting class, a pheasant hunt, and the big job comes in the dead of winter. Four years ago they built three fish cribs on Lake Emily, and the learning process began. Mick Mlinar has always stressed community involvement, which means working together with non-KAMO members. In this case it would be working with Gregg Matzke, who is the WDNRs fish biologist for Florence and Forest Counties, and Aaron Nelson along with Brad Shucha who are both fish techs. For two weeks several KAMO members, as well as, Shucha and Nelson have been gathering and placing all of the material for what would become 18 fish cribs at the end of today, and would give Emily Lake a total of 39 built by KAMO in the last four winters. I made the 240-mile drive this morning and was amazed at the material and organization required for this project. A semi load of hemlock was milled down to six- foot 8x8s and donated by G&G Lumber. Ten cement blocks that were recycled from torn down buildings would be used in each of the 18 cribs as weights. Rebar was purchased by KAMO and cut to size to hold the cribs together along with a type of rope that is supposed to last longer than rebar. After each layer of hemlock, pine boughs are placed in the crib, which is where minnows and small panfish and gamefish will have a secure hiding spot. In other words, what we achieved today was about a 50-yard, long reef that along with the others on Emily Lake is going to insure that this fishery has a solid future longer then most people reading this will be alive. My goal is to get every chapter of KAMO to work with their WDNR fish biologists and build reefs all over Wisconsin, and in the meantime to load the state up with
KAMO Chapters. We will get kids in the outdoors, adults active with kids, and adults in the outdoors. Today my buddy Jeff Moll could not be here because he broke his leg in a skiing accident. Just to keep his end of the bargain he sent his 19-year-old son Ross along to do what truly was a day of bull work for everyone on the ice. Ross has been on a ton of KAMO adventures and what will be a true sign of success is when we start seeing some of our KAMO kids become mentors. Think about the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Conservation Corps back about 90 years ago. First it was an idea and then that idea became reality. We can turn the situation around to where more of our youth are spending more time in the outdoors, and like the crib project on Emily Lake, we can help our habitat in the process. I urge you to please go to www.kamokids.org. We could use more chapters, mentors, and kids. Smile Lots! Sunset
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