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Accident injures one on motorcycle Mauston Police responded to a one vehicle accident on Saturday, April 19th. The operator of a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle suffered minor injuries after his glove became stuck in the throttle when he attempted to downshift. At the time of the crash, the motorcycle was traveling in a westbound direction on Highway 82E. The driver, 36 year old Kenneth Radavich was transported to Mile Bluff Medical Center for his injuries. He was ticketed for operating after suspension.
Fight results in drug arrest in Mauston Mauston Police received a call at approximately 8 p.m. on April 16th for a fight in progress in the 500 block of McEvoy Street. After investigation, 17 year old Jesse Willnow of Mauston was taken into custody, and has been tentatively charged wtih disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. Police also located a glass jar on Willnow’s person which contained a substance that tested positive for a schedule I narcotic. Willnow was also tentatively charged with a felony possession of a schedule I narcotic.
Monroe Co. warns of phone scam The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department recently warned that unknown individuals are making phone calls claiming to be Sheriff Quirin or someone from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. These individuals tell the person that there is a warrant for their arrest and the bond needs to be paid immediately or they will be arrested. These individuals request a money pak or money gram. Once the numbers are given to them, the money is immediately retrieved. These unknown individuals are disguising their phone number and using the Monroe County Sheriff's Department phone number, which comes up on the caller ID. This phone number used does go to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department phone tree. These scam calls are being done after business hours so there isn't a secretary to answer before going to the phone tree. Law Enforcement Agencies do not make these types of calls. If you receive one of these calls, contact your local Police Department, using the local Law Enforcement phone number (not the one on the caller ID) to verify the call. After hours, you will receive a phone tree and be given options. One of the options is to report an incident or talk to an Officer or Dispatcher. The local phone number for the Monroe County Dispatch Center is 608-269-2117. Take the extra time to verify the call before sending any money.
EASTER EGGS FOR ALL Last Friday parking was scarce around Riverside Park in Mauston as area families gathered for the Easter Egg Hunt. The event was a collaborative effort between the City of Mauston and the Mauston Chamber of Commerce. Donations to the event came from Festival Foods, Bank of Mauston, Better Buys, AliRose Salon & Nail Academy, Pizza Hut, and State Farm. EVA MARIE WOYWOD PHOTO
Shoplifting complaint leads to heroin charges BY EVA MARIE WOYWOD On Saturday, April 19th, Tomah Police Department Officer Jacob Jones released information stating that on Saturday afternoon a shoplifting complaint at Walmart led to the arrest of three individuals on tentative drug charges. Arrested was Ura E. Gingerich, 23 years old, of Cashton; Jaimee L. Perry, 23 years old, of Warrens; and Jeremiah J. Mowery, 23 years old, of Cashton. According to the information released by Officer Jacobs, the original call on the shoplifting complaint reported that three suspects had been concealing items and left the store with unpaid merchandise. Investigating the complaint, law
enforcement made contact with the suspects and arrested Perry and Mowery on tentative charges of shoplifting. It was while searching Perry Mowery, drug paraphernalia and unpaid merchandise was allegedly recovered. Further investigation and after a search of Gingerich's vehicle was when officers located 2.8 grams of heroin and additional drug paraphernalia "showing drug sales." Gingerich was arrested on tentative drug charges and $748 was seized. Law enforcement stated that the heroin recovered has a street value of approximately $1,400.00. The matter has been referred to the the Monroe County District Attorney for prosecution.
Gas odor causes alarm in Hillsboro on Easter BY EVA MARIE WOYWOD On Easter Sunday some residents in the City of Hillsboro had a scare when a strong odor of gas entered their homes. According to Hillsboro City Administrator Adam Sonntag, Alliant Energy sent six trucks to respond to the numerous
complaints and discovered the problem stemmed from recent work at one of the substations. Sonntag stated that, from what he was told, his understanding is an odorant was to blame. The odorant is inserted through equipment at the substation as a safety measure so that if there is a gas
leak, persons would be aware because of the strong smell. However, it appears that due to a malfunction too much of the odorant may have been used causing that strong smell of gas to enter into homes when furnaces kicked on. It is expected that the problem with excess odorant
will resolve itself in the next couple of days. However, residents are advised to notify Alliant Energy is there is a strong odor of gas and/or a leak is suspected. The Messenger attempted to contact Alliant Energy for comment but was unsuccessful by the time we went to press on Tuesday.
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Obituaries EILEEN J. NASH
Eileen J. Nash was called to her eternal home in Heaven on April 10, 2014. Eileen was born June 4, 1925 to Robert and Hulda (Foerster) Hochumth in LaValle, Wisconsin. Eileen married the love of her life Dane W. Nash on October 11, 1947. Their legacy of love for family and friends made their home a welcome place for gatherings of all kinds. Together Dane and Eileen kept the Big Band music alive through the Hal Edwards Orchestra - providing dancing and listening pleasure for those attending the Chateau at Devil’s Lake near Baraboo. Eileen will be remembered by her family and friends as a woman of love, friendship and great spirit. Her gift of hospitality was seen in her home and beloved cottage at Lake Rob. She had a zest for life and loved to entertain in and out of her home. She planned and promoted yearly class reunions for her class mates from 1942, a decade reunion, and two all class reunions. As an only child, Eileen made a special effort to stay connected to her wonderful cousins; those near and far. All cousins; their children and grandchildren were forever endeared to Eileen. Strangers Eileen met in life became dear lifelong friends. Eileen’s talents were many; encouraging others to learn and grow, cooking, dancing, all kinds of handwork, painting and in recent years braiding rugs. She cared deeply for all. Her family received gifts of love beyond measure. She founded the Care Ministry at her church many years ago. Eileen had a way to make everyone feel important. Her special care givers - Diane, Connie and Val - were a huge blessing to her the last year and as with all of us received blessings of her joy of life. Eileen was preceded in death by her beloved husband Dane. She is survived by their two daughters, Becky (Dennis) Levy of Madison, WI, and Bonny Nash of Nederland, CO, two grandsons, Eric and Andrew Levy, a “Wisconsin” sister Erna Schwartz of Reedsburg, and two dear cousins, Olive Tiller of Cranberry Township, PA and Vonnie Hansen of Bradenton, FL. Eileen’s funeral was held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wonewoc. Friends greeted the family at the church from 10 a.m. to time of service. Following the burial was a Celebration of Eileen’s life held at Club Chapparal. Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family
KENNETH R. GARRITY
Kenneth R. Garrity, age 75 years of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He was born on February 19, 1939 to Kenneth J. and Florence (Bliss) Garrity in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He grew to adulthood in the Kickapoo Valley area. Kenneth was united in marriage to Mary Madden on July 19, 1971 in Waukon, Iowa. They lived in Beloit for several years, where he worked for the Freeman Shoe Company. He also worked for Badger Ordinance at Baraboo and Lands’ End in Reedsburg. They then settled in Wisconsin Rapids. He enjoyed many things including the Horse and Colt Show in Viola, dancing, working on crossword puzzles and regular puzzles, playing cards and he would often sing to the family. Survivors include his wife, Mary; ten children, Lori (Michael) Giles of Wisconsin Rapids, Debbie (Roger) Giles of Beloit, Kristy (Joe) Bender of Elroy, Donna (Howard) Franklin of Orfordville, Kim (Raul) Medina of Beloit, Carolyn Ewing of Viroqua, Wayne Wilson of Arpin, Tammy Heiney of Wisconsin Rapids, Kenneth Garrity of Baraboo and Kathy Garrity of Marshfield; 31 Grandchildren; 42 Great Grandchildren; three brothers, Rod (Karen) Garrity of Viola, William (Sharon) Garrity of Viola and Dean Garrity of Hillsboro and two sisters, Alice Preuss of Hillsboro and Janice (Ron) Johnsrud of Gays Mills. He was preceded in death by his Parents; a brother, Steve Garrity and a sister, Kathy Garrity. Memorial Funeral Services were held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Elroy, with Rev. Emmett Kaske officiating. Interment was in the Plymouth Cemetery, rural Mauston. Friends called at the Picha Funeral Home in Elroy on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. For online information go to www.pichafuneralhomes.com
JUNIOR JAMES GOOD
Junior James Good, age 85 years, of Hillsboro, passed away peacefully and went to be with his Savior on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Heritage Manor in Elroy, Wisconsin. He was born on October 20, 1928 to James and Golda (Klingaman) Good. He grew to adulthood in Greenwood Township on McKenzie Road and attended the Greenwood School. Junior was united in marriage to Ernestine Langer on August 10, 1949 and they were about to celebrate their 65th Anniversary. Together they farmed for sixty-three years on their farm on McKenzie Road, which they sold to their grandson and moved into Hillsboro to live with their daughter. He enjoyed farming very much and when he moved into town he liked looking out the picture window and counting the number of cars that went by in a day. He also enjoyed watching all the birds and squirrels that came and ate from their feeder. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to him – always giving them advice, singing to them and telling them stories about the past. He will be dearly missed by his family, which includes his wife, Ernestine and children, Alice Good and James (Nancy) Good, all of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Todd (Heather), Teresa (Mike), Diana and family, Joel (Annie), Richard (Megan) and Matthew (Heather); great grandchildren, Tamber, Megan, Morgan, James, Evalina, Monty, Walker and Dakota; two sisters, Marlene Coleman of LaCrosse and Betty Schmitz of West Salem and sister-inlaw, Evalina Riddle. He was preceded in death by his Parents; two infant sisters, Doris and Margie Good; brothers-in-law, Gordon Riddle, Francis Coleman, Harold Schmitz and William Langer and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Langer. Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro, with Rev. Isaac Fleming officiating. Burial was in the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro. Friends called at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. For online information go to www.pichafuneralhomes.com
Robert Holig Memorial Dairy Pavilion Fund Local farmer Ross Schroeder, of Juneau County, Wisconsin, directed $2,500 to Robert Holig Memorial Dairy Pavilion through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. The donation will go towards the Robert Holig Memorial Dairy Pavilion in Juneau County Veterans Memorial Park. Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states. “The fund can really use the donation,” said Schroeder. “The Holig family has been working to raise funds for quite some time.” America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA. America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $13 million to more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions farmers make every day to our society. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.
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City of Mauston water utility operation specialist receives state award The Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) recently held its annual Technical Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Over 1,400 water & wastewater systems and industry personnel met for four days exchanging ideas and technology through technical sessions and exhibits. At the WRWA conference, David Bosgraaf of the Village of Mauston Water Utility received the Association's prestigious 2014 District Operations Specialist of the Year Award. This award is presented each year to individuals that demonstrate excellence in the field of waterworks operation. "The role of a water operations specialist has become increasingly difficult as state and federal governments have imposed tougher standards for water utilities," said Dave Lawrence, WRWA Executive Director. "David has been recognized by his peers as a well trained and dedicated operations specialist, deserving of WRWA's highest award for a state licensed water operator. The Village of Mauston Water Utility can be proud of David’s accomplishments." The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization representing most of the water and wastewater systems in the state. Its mission: “To assist our membership and the public they serve, improve and preserve the quality & quantity of water resources in the State of Wisconsin”.
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School on Wednesday, April 30: 6:00-6:30 p.m. - Band Room - Annette Hackbarth-Onson, Assistant Campus Dean from UW-Richland Alliance is coming to discuss dual credit options with students taking Environmental Science and Anatomy/Psy next year.
Free supper The Community Supper will be held on Wednesday, April 30th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave., Elroy. This community supper gives individuals and families a chance to share a meal and build relationships within the community. This FREE community meal is served on the last Wednesday of each month. For the April Supper, members of the Elroy Woman’s Club will be providing some of the food for this meal and members of the Boy Scout troop will be assisting with the serving of beverages and clearing tables. Representatives from Elroy Community Garden and Juneau County Domestic Violence Coalition will also be on hand to share information about resources and programs. Everyone is invited to share in this dining experience. Come and join your neighbors for a wonderful meal.
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Evan Miller and his family would like to sincerely thank everyone for their generosity and support. Whether it was a donation, attending his benefit, a thought or a prayer, your act of kindness was greatly appreciated. We would especially like to thank Mark Saemisch and his family for their time and hard work organizing the benefit. Our gratitude cannot be expressed enough. Again, thank you all.
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Mauston School Board approves 2014/15 budget BY EVA MARIE WOYWOD "Don't cut our core teachers," stated Angela Locken to the Mauston School Board during the public participation portion of Monday evening's meeting. Locken requested that board members reconsider the slated budget reductions for the 2014/15 school year which included Lyndon Station losing one FTE teaching position. Locken went on to state that the high school currently has 90 classes where the class size is 10 or fewer students. "The last few years’ cuts have been made at the elementary level," she said. Locken was not the only Lyndon Station voice to speak to the board, Dave Klicko, Village President, summarized to the board improvements the village
has made over the last three years in an attempt to boost economic development and promote growth to the area. He stated that the village has focused on improvements to infrastructure and revitalizing the downtown area, along with looking towards the future for the industrial park. "If the school closes, the village will be dramatically hurt," he said. 2014/15 Budget The board approved the 2014-15 budget Planning Worksheet which totaled $313,00 in reductions and additions. The district was facing a $293,000 shortfall. Reductions to the budget are as followed: 1.0 FTE Olson Middle School Teaching Position $57,000 (teacher retirement at grade six) 1.0 FTE Olson Middle
School Teaching Position $55,000 (due to decreased enrollment and re-configuring of Instructional schedule) 1.0 FTE Grayside Elementary Teaching Position $55,000 (due to decreased enrollment) 1.0 FTE Lyndon Station Elementary Teaching Position $55,000 (consolidate grades 4 and 5 into one classroom due to low enrollment at grade 5 or transport grade 5 students to Grayside Elementary) .5 FTE Mauston High School Teaching Position $21,000 (teacher retirement at high school) CESA 5 Agreement Reduce Student Placement Slots in Juneau County Adolescent Needs ((JCAN) Program $40,000 CESA 5 Contract Reduction of Special Needs Program $30,000 Additions to the budget are support staff longevity at .40 cents for 2014-15 for a total of $4,500 and Boys and Girls Soccer Program Expenses at $20,000. During the discussion on the budget, board member Betty Kryka questioned the addition for the soccer program. She stated that she did not remember the board holding discussions on the matter. Board members Carrie Buss and RJ Rogers stated that there had been discussions including ones held during the finance committee meetings. When it
At the Monday evening meeting of the Mauston School Board, the Oath of Office was administered to newly elected board members Lynda Vinopal, Dan Berkos, Pam Holmes, and Carrie Buss. Three of the elected are returning to the board after running in the spring elections - Holmes is a newcomer to sitting on the board. After Holmes was was administered the Oath of Office she was allowed to sit at the table with other board members but was unable to vote on actions until the the board has their reorganization meeting. Board member Mike Zilisch opted not to run for re-election. Pictured above, board member RJ Rogers administers the Oath of Office to Pam Holmes.
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came time to vote Kryka was the lone dissenting vote. Outgoing board member Mike Zilisch was not present for the meeting to issue a vote. Charter School Board members approved the district's application to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for an Instrumentality Charter School Grant. If the application is approved and funds are granted the district would receive $150,000 each year for three years.
The first year the money would be used for the planning process of a charter school housed at the Lyndon Station Elementary School. The following years the money would be for the implementation of that charter school starting with the 2015/16 school year. Administrators explained that the charter school would be based off of a Montessori model, being that it would be project based with structure. If implemented, the first two years it would offer two classes, one for 4 to 6 year old students, and another for 6 to 9 years old students. In the third year they hope to include a class for 9 to 12 year old students. According to Julie Lankey-Smallwood the DPI will be issuing out 5 grants but felt that Mauston had a good shot at being one of the districts selected.
At Monday’s meeting, Lyndon Station Elementary PTC President, Angela Locken, addressed the board. Locken stressed to the board her hopes that reductions to the budget would not include cutting core teaching staff.
Elwood B. Syverson, LUTCF Lyndon Station Village President Dave Klicko summarized to the board members the improvements the village has made and plans on making to improve economic development and growth.
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The successful 50th Annual Elroy American Legion and Legion Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt took place on Saturday, April 19th. Children up through the fourth grade each received a door prize and candy, and many colored a picture for entry in the Mauston Festival Foods coloring contest. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and all the children voted to name the bunny “Jack,” “Peter”, or “Dave.” “PETER” won by a landslide and promised to come back and see us next year. The children then attended the free movie “Hop,” sponsored by the Elroy Area Chamber, and Ed Brown donated a free bag of popcorn to each child. Pictured to the far right, Chelynn Schultz of Elroy, age two, smiles for the camera after finding an egg during the Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning. Each child found an egg and received a candy prize. Not only were kids able to get their photo taken with the Easter Bunny, but they also had the chance to choose a candy treat after finding an egg outside during the hunt. TASHA MUELLER PHOTOS
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MANY ATTEND EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday morning a chilly wind blew but it did
not prevent the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in New Lisbon from happening. Children lined Heritage Park waiting patiently to run onto the ground in search for a treasured egg. While they waited, the Easter Bunny made his rounds greeting all who came. The event was sponsored by the New Lisbon Lioness, New Lisbon Lions, New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce, and Leer Manufacturing.
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KOCA RECOGNIZED At last week's meeting of the New Lisbon City Council special recognition was given to Mary Koca for her many years of service as the Chief Election Officer. Pictured here New Lisbon's Clerk/Treasurer Lisa Vinz presents Mary with a plaque honoring her dedication. EVA MARIE WOYWOD PHOTO
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G.I.V.E. has been busy BY JUSTIN GIEBEL G.I.V.E. is a service organization at New Lisbon High School where students participate in organized volunteer events set up by the students and the G.I.V.E. advisor, Rachel Morey. With the conclusion of first semester, here’s an overview of what was going on in the organization this year. The first event took place while school was still out with the Kids Carnival during the Touched Twice Clinic that was held at the high school. Students provided free babysitting for the event with fun activities to keep the kids busy. Another important event for the community was called Welcome Home Warriors. This event was set up to have the students’ make Thank-you cards and goodie bags for the soldiers. These cards were distributed to soldiers and their families at the Veteran’s Day assembly at the high school. One of the most popular events among the students is Night Without a Home where students gather pledges to spend the night outside and then donate that money to Circle of Hope, another group that helps provide temporary shelter and job counseling. This event raised $3,100. With the weather getting cold near the end of October, and food pantry shelves bear, G.I.V.E. went trick or treating for the food pantry. Going door to door in small groups, they asked for non-perishable food items that could be donated to the food pantry in New Lisbon totaling 451 pounds of food. Around the holidays kids love to buy their parents gifts as well. With money and transportation an issue for kids, Santa’s Workshop provides kids with an affordable way to get their parents something nice. Sometimes money gets tight around the holidays for adults as well, so the Community Toy Workshop is a way for parents to provide their kids with something special for Christmas. G.I.V.E. students bundled up presents by age group and gender, making picking out a gift easy. The final event of the first half of the year was cookie baking and caroling. Students gathered in Mrs. Morey’s room, who is also the Family and Consumer Science teacher, and baked cookies to hand out to home bound citizens later that evening while caroling.
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Helen Stoughtenger was passionate about her family, children, and libraries. Before retiring she was a New Lisbon School Librarian for many years and loved her job. In honor of her memory, the family has donated $2,000 to the New Lisbon Memorial Library Remodeling and Expansion Fund. Our current balance is now $170,675.29. Thank you Stoughtenger Family and everyone that has donated to this community project. You generosity is greatly appreciated. For more information call 608-562-3213 or visit our website at http://www.newlisbonlibrary.org. Pictured above, from left: Tom, Jimmy, Buck, Gary, Mike, Dale Stoughtenger, and Deanna Laufenberg Library Director. Not pictured are daughters: Diane Norris and Donna Bohnert. CONTRIBUTED BY DEANNA LAUFENBERG
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36TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Saturday, April 19th was a great day for 115 youngsters in the Necedah area. That was the day of the 36th annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Once again they had great support from others in the community. The Necedah Lions Club, the Necedah Bank, and the Bank of Mauston, Necedah Branch all contributed to the effort. Also, the Vets hall provided free space for the event to take place, both inside and outside. The day began at about 10:00 a.m. with registration. Then it was time to color, play bingo, get a tattoo, or visit with the Easter Bunny. Many of the youngsters posed with the bunny to allow their parents or grandparents to take pictures. Each youngster also got a small prize when visiting the bunny. There were free donuts, punch, hot chocolate, and coffee for those waiting for the big event. Then at 10:30 a.m. everyone headed outside. The weather could not have been much better as it was sunny and fairly warm. The youngsters were divided into four groups according to age, starting with the youngest being sent out to find their eggs. They were each allowed to gather five eggs and then had to quit. After all four groups had been out and each had five eggs, everyone was allowed to go out again and at that time it was a free-for-all, with each youngster for themselves. It was a great time and all the youngsters enjoyed it. With the egg hunt over, everyone returned inside for a drawing of names. There were many prizes provided by the sponsors and a number of children won prizes. There were stuffed animals, Easter baskets, and other prizes. All in all it was a great day with all of the kids leaving happy and many of them hoping to return next Easter. STEVE NORLING PHOTO
CARDINAL GIRLS TAKE TIGERS Monday evening, April 21st, the Necedah Cardinal girl’s softball team played host to the Hillsboro Tigers. The game started out very well for the Cardinals with Morgan Kubicek doing the pitching and keeping the Tigers scoreless the first three innings. In the mean time, The Cardinals scored two runs in the second and three in the third to make the score at the end of three 5 – 0 in favor of Necedah. The Tigers then scored one run in the fourth inning and broke loose for four more in the fifth making the score at the end of five 5 – 5. It seemed that about this time, both teams were starting to make more mistakes. In the sixth inning Necedah scored one run and led going into the seventh and final inning 6 – 5. This meant that all they had to do was to keep the Tigers from scoring in the top of the seventh to have a win. It just didn’t happen that way. Hillsboro wound up scoring two runs in the top of the seventh making the score 7 – 6 in favor of the Tigers. Instead of getting out without having to play the bottom half of the inning the Cardinals had to try to come back. And come back they did scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning to win the game with a final score of 8 – 7. After all of the postponed and rescheduled games due to the weather it was great to get a game in and even better to win that game. Meanwhile the boy’s baseball team also won their game against the Hillsboro Tigers by a score of 5 – 3 with Ashton Knutson pitching a complete game and not allowing any earned runs. STEVE NORLING PHOTO
Heated discussion surrounds meeting BY STEVE NORLING The annual meeting of Necedah Township was held on Tuesday, April 15th. Ninety people were in attendance. Eighty-seven of these people were residents of Necedah Township and there were three guests. After the voting to okay last year’s minutes and going over the financial report and okaying that, the meeting turned into a very heated discussion. There was only one major item on the agenda and that was whether to join the village in funding a new public service building which would house the Camp Douglas ambulance service. The village would own the building but the township would pick up half the cost of the money needed to match the grant, which the village already has. That matching share would come to $146,958.00 for each entity. An idea was put forward to take the $50,000 given to the Town by the railroad
when they closed two crossings, plus $16,000 from money left over from doors and then to borrow $81,000 on a five-year loan at 1.95% interest. This is where the meeting turned into less than a meeting ruled by Robert’s Rules of Order. People just spoke up without being recognized and interrupted both Chairman Marchetti and anyone else that happened to be speaking. Some of the things that came up that could be gleaned out of the many voices were that some of the citizens did not like the idea that the village would own the building and that the Town would be paying half the cost. There was also the question of what the year-toyear upkeep cost would be. It was questioned as to why a new building was being built when there are many vacant buildings in the village, including the never used grocery store building. There was also much discussion about the amount and why
they were going to take out a loan when they have money in the bank that could be used. It was asked of the Town Treasurer whether this was a possibility and he stated that it was. Chairman Marchetti then asked for a motion for an amount not to exceed $146,958 be given to the village for the building of a public service building. This was immediately amended to note that the money be taken from savings and no loan be taken out. After the motion was made more discussion ensued. Chairman Marchetti was not able to answer all of the questions so Village Administrator Herried came into the meeting to answer questions. He tried to explain how the grant was applied for and what could be done if bids came in higher. Marchetti noted that they had been working on this for over a year and feel it was the best option. The Town must have an
Tallying the votes concerning the township helping the village to construct a building to house the ambulance service. ambulance service according to state law. Jack Jasinski read from state law that townships have no legal right to purchase property in the village. There were many more questions asked and comments made that could not be heard over the many
people talking at once. Finally ballots were passed out to the 87 citizens present for a non-binding vote. The vote turned out to be 27 yes and 60 no. This means that the citizens that were there were two to one against the township joining
the village in the building process. However, as this was in fact a non-binding vote, it remains to be seen what will happen.
New board members take oath of office BY STEVE NORLING The Necedah Area School District board meeting was held on April 21st. The first order of business after the approving of the minutes and financial report was the taking of the oath of office by Bill Hatch and Jim Collis. Both of these board members were re-elected in the April 1st election. Board member Dan Dutscheck was elected to attend this year’s CESA convention. The new CESA contract for the 2014/15 school year was also approved. Also approved was the health insurance contract with WPS. By keeping the HAS and a high deductible, the premiums will be the same for the
2014/15 year as they were this year. The last day of school for students will be June 3rd at 12:30 p.m., while the last day for teachers will be June 6th. Summer school classes were approved with the length of the sessions being three weeks for elementary students and five weeks for middle and high school students. There were several donations that were received in the past month. Marquis donated $4,000.00 for a backstop for baseball. Friends of McKenzie Center donated $1,000.00 as a scholarship and Money Smart Week donated $159.68 worth of books.
In the administrator reports it was noted that two new coaches were hired for Middle School track. Travis Hieman and Jamie Brown were the two new hires. Also noted was the fact that 70 students attended the after-prom party and all had a great and well-behaved time. The eighth grade students will be going to New Lisbon to attend a “Courage Retreat” on May 8th. The retreat is put on by “Youth Frontiers” and teaches students to stand up for themselves and lead by example. This year’s awards banquet will be on May 4th. The staff is working with parents to finalize next years holiday programs.
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OUTDOORS FOREVER SPONSORED YOUTH HUNT
At the recent Outdoors Forever Banquet, Carson Laridaen won a youth pheasant hunt sponsored by Mark Messer. This yearâ€™s hunt took place at Woods and Meadows Game Farm in Warrens as it has for the past several years. The business owner, Scott Goetzka, donated numerous additional birds for this special youth hunt. Shown above to the right, Carson and Scott pose for a photo at the game farm. In the photo to the left, Carson and Mark Messer, who mentored the hunt, with the great harvest from the hunt. Also pictured there are their retrievers, Chelsie, Gunner, and Berkly. Carsonâ€™s father David Laridaen also attended the hunt.
April 24, 2014
QUILT SHOW Recently the Hatch Public Library in Mauston was decorated in a kaleidoscope of colors and talent as members from the KTY-JUN Quilt Club displayed an abundance of examples of their handi-work. The pieces ranged from table runners to full sized quilts. The themes of the quilts also varied from delicate spring colors to visions of tribal art. Pictured here are a small sample of the many pieces displayed. If you missed their show last weekend, do not fret as later this year the group will have more of their work on display at the Juneau County Historical Society's Boorman House. The KTY-JUN Quilting Club is open for new members from the novice to experienced as all are welcomed to attend. The meetings are held at the Hatch Public Library in Mauston. For more information you can contact Kris Scharfenberg at 608-547-9576. EVA MARIE WOYWOD PHOTOS
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Tween Night held Friday evening, April 11th, young ladies from the area were treated to a Tween Night Out, an event that took place at Olson Middle School. The girls had plenty to do and learn as local businesses, organizations, and agencies had exhibit tables with interactive games and crafts. All who attended received a backpack filled with samples and information. In addition to the backpack the girls all had a chance to win a raffle prize. The event began at 5:00 p.m. and by 6:00 p.m. over 250 girls had registered and attended. The evening came to a close at 8:30. At various points throughout the evening speakers took to the gym with presentations ranging from skin care, self esteem, understanding depression and fitness. The speakers were Dr. Kim Sabey who talked about backpacks and safety; Dr. Ryan Plamann who spoke about skin care; Dr. Jane PetersonKattenbacker tackled the important topic of depression; Mile Bluff Athletic Trainers went over the keys to fitness fun and circuit training;
Shannon Moore spoke about the need to keep bones healthy and strong; and Shear Dimension tackled the discussion on beauty and self esteem. Lessons in Zumba were provided by "Courtney" and Mr. Morris provided tips on self defense. Exhibitors were Mauston Summer Rec; Juneau County Girls Scouts; Mauston Police Department and Juneau County Sheriff's Office; The Bank of Mauston; Piano Lessons with Mrs. Seebecker; Timber Creek Photography; Paschen Orthodontics; the antitobacco group FACT; St. Paul's Evangelical Church; Juneau County 4-H; Juneau County Health Department; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Hatch Public Library; Mane Image (hair and nails); Phillips Pharmacy; and the University Extension Office in Mauston. Tween Night Out was sponsored by The Juneau County Women's Health Initiative - a division of Mille Bluff Medical Center, Olson Middle School and the Bank of Mauston.
The Mauston Police Department and the Juneau County Sheriff's Office were exhibitors at Tween Night Out.
MILLION POUND CHALLENGE IS GREAT SUCCESS FOR SECOND HARVEST
The Million Pound Challenge sponsored by the Princeton Club benefits Second Harvest Foodbank of South Central Wisconsin. They donated 104,941 pounds of food to Second Harvest on behalf of the Necedah Food Pantry. The Challenge was to promote better health for our communities. For every hour of exercise, 10 pounds of food will be donated to Second Harvest to be distributed to the Food Pantries. Thanks to the students of the Necedah School District who exercised 10,494 hours. Their exercise hours placed them 2nd out of 33 school districts involved in the challenge across Southern Wisconsin. There were also individuals outside the school that exercised and raised an additional 2,876 pounds of food for the pantry. A very special THANK YOU to Mrs. Horbinski, Teacher and Leadership Coordinator of the Million pound Challenge. In the photo to the right: The Leadership Team individuals: (L to R) Front: Vada Olson Assistant Director, Dwayne Olson Director, Zach Olson, Christa Dutscheck, Lindsey Murphy, Isabelle Negaard, Elijiah Zavah, And Peggy Saylor Pantry Coordinator. Back: Jared Stout, Miles Saylor, Ethan Teumer, Everett Winters, and Kayden Yoss. A special THANK YOU to everyone for your continued support of your pantry.
Hatch Public Library ran a table on literacy and a lesson in making duct tape roses.
Only one hour into Tween Night Out and the commons area at Olson Middle School was packed with girls taking advantage of the free event that was organized just for them.
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48th Annual Hillsboro Lions and Fireman’s Easter Egg Hunt BY TASHA MUELLER The Hillsboro Lions Club and Hillsboro Fire Department held the 48th annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday afternoon with plenty of children in attendance. The Easter bunny made his way on a fire truck to the Albert Field Memorial Park as children scoped out a few of the hidden eggs around the park.
There were 21 lucky eggs with numbers on them meaning the finders were the lucky winners of baskets full of Easter goodies. Lucky winners of the Easter baskets, included: Harper Sullivan – Hillsboro, Bryce Miller – Hillsboro, Izabell Haugh – Wonewoc, Lucas McCormick – La Crosse, Mycah Makal – Wonewoc, Addyson Traeder – Cottage Grove, Theo Traeder – Lodi, Alexis Downing – Wonewoc, Cede Schnider
– Madison, Addilynn Asp – Wonewoc, Hannah Miller – Hillsboro, Tyler Ravenscroft – Hillsboro, Lea Traeder – Lodi, Sawyer Postel – Hillsboro, Ryan McCoic – Hillsboro, Zachary McCormick – La Crosse, Tyler Thundercloud – Hillsboro, Hayden Stahlke – West Virginia, Sophia Munson – Hillsboro, Blakely Halverson – Spring Green, Billy Stekel – Hillsboro.
3-on-3 Tournament winners
The Hillsboro boys and girls sixth grade basketball teams competed in the 3-on3 tournament held at Royall schools on Saturday. After over an hour delay due to losing power, both Hillsboro teams were champions. Pictured are, back row, left to right: Abby Nemec, Grace Stockwell, Savannah Urban (manager), Molly Crandall, Sierra Johnson. Front row: Reece Franke, Eli Stokes, Noah Feala, Jarod Onsager.
St. Joseph’s to offer “Ladies Night Out” BY TASHA MUELLER Ladies, it is your chance to spend the evening with your girlfriends, enjoying some time away from home and educating yourself about looking good, feeling great and staying healthy, all while having fun! The Hillsboro Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics and the Hillsboro Women’s Civic Club will be sponsoring the second annual Ladies’ Night Out event, which had such a large turnout from the first time around, the location has changed. This year, the event will be held on Wednesday, April 30 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Hillsboro Fireman’s Community Center, 203 Mill Street, and will offer more presentations and informational booths. Four presenters will be at the event, sharing their knowledge of what they know best. Presenters include: Mary Kuffel, MD; Alexander Wade, MD; Jennifer Kaus, FNP-BC; and Rhonda Siebecker. Dr. Mary Kuffel is an obstetrician-gynecologist in La Crosse, Wisconsin and is affiliated with Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and has been in practice for 16 years. She is one of 11 doctors who spe-
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Early dismissal inservice days into 14-15 calendar BY TASHA MUELLER
The new 2014-2015 school calendar for the WonewocCenter School District will be looking a little different for the next school year, as it was discussed at Monday night’s regular W-C School Board meeting. A proposed change is that the calendar would have an early release day every week of the school year as a teacher-inservice time. A 1:30 p.m. dismissal about every Friday of the year would give teachers a chance to come together and take part of PLC Time, Educator Effectiveness, and RTI Planning. A wide range of topics will also be used during that time to gain and help students in the classroom by integrating new curriculum standards. There would be a total of 31 Fridays, give or take, at the early dismissal time. There would also be an addition of five minutes being added to each school day, beginning at 8:05 a.m. and ending at 3:20 p.m. No other inservice days would be scheduled in the calendar, except at the end of the semester for the middle school and high school staff with one day for parent-teacher conferences in the fall and the possibility of an extra elementary parent-teacher conference day in the spring. The new schedule will be seeing longer breaks with the final day on June 5. Because of the early dismissal days, snow days would have to be made up. The board additionally agreed on having April 2 and April 7 to be possible make up snow days, depending on the minutes the district has accumulated along the year. The final day for the 2013-2014 school year will be on June 6 for students. Teachers will be attending inservice days on June 9-12. The district had encountered a few recent power outages. A 300K transformer is rented by the district and has lasted roughly 50 years so far. The board discussed the option of renting a new transformer for three times the amount the district is paying currently, purchasing a new transformer and
owning the transformer, or going to secondary power. Response to Intervention (RTI), is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. RTI became in effect in December 2013 as W-C is becoming more effective on getting the plan into the teacher’s curriculum. One addition the district may have in the future is a Business RTI position and implementing a Business curriculum. New purchases for the district included a partial intercom and paging system, which includes an intercom system inside and outside of the building, new tables for the concession area downstairs, a new softball machine, and two new pianos for the music department, including a Yamaha Polish Ebony Piano and a Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano. The press box has been completely finished by Allen Keller for his Eagle Scout project and will be getting the W-C emblem on the front of the press box and it will be put on this summer. Board members additionally approved a storage-building project, which will be a 30x70 shed that will accommodate athletic equipment and district storage. It will be built in the location of the former greenhouse, as the land will not need much preparation. In building this storage shed, the district will be able to use the internal space more effectively inside and outside of the building, have a cleaner and safer inside facility, and be able to better maintain stockpiles of desks and furniture. Funding will be from the current year funds as available with any extra costs coming from the fund balance. The board put a maximum limit on the project to $35,000. Members approved for Curriculum Director Sharon Ennis to attend the National MAPS Conference in Oregon, changes to the policies series 300, and the retirements from fifth grade teacher Sue Louis and kindergarten teacher Trudie Roloff, along with the resignation from boys basketball coach Dave
In the Loop... with the LaValle Library Thank you to everyone who came out in support of our bake and book sale. This week brought us Earth Day. If you are interested in such conservation methods as retaining rain and gray water, you might want to stop by and check out “The complete guide to water storage: how to use gray water and rainwater systems, rain barrels, tanks, and other water storage techniques for household and emergency use.” Something for the kids might be “Meadowlands: a wetlands survival story.” Ink and watercolor illustrations pair with tender prose to tell the story of the Meadowlands estuary in New Jersey, which bounced back from being "one of the worst places in America." April also brings the return of Wisconsin’s bat population. On Saturday, April 26, DNR Bat Monitoring Program volunteer Ben Johnston will lead a Bat Monitoring walk. We will meet at the bike trail parking lot at 8 p.m. for a short presentation before the
walk, which will begin at about 8:30. The walk will be approximately three miles long, lasting about one hour. Participants are welcome to leave the walk at any time. All ages are invited to take part. Contact the library for more details on the route and possible locations to leave a car to shorten your walk. Rain date will be Sunday, April 27. Here's what's happening at the Library: Wednesdays at 4 p.m.: Preschool Storytime with Ali Wilcox. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays and keep those little minds working and learning. Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.: Movie Night! The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (PG-13). Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m.: Bat Monitoring Walk - Meet at the Bike Trail parking lot. Thanks for reading and see you next time!
Wonewoc Police Department Purchases 2014 Patrol Vehicle FROM CHIEF JULIE OTT Every 5-6 years the Wonewoc Police Department sets sights on the latest and greatest in police package patrol units that best suits the village needs. With the high expectations of performance in all weather environment and space needed for the growing increase of equipment on board; the Wonewoc Police Department chose to purchase the 2014 Ford Interceptor SUV model. Village trustees voted several years ago to put away monies collected from municipal court forfeitures and parking citations into an account specifically for the purchase of a new patrol unit. The 2014 squad was funded totally from paid fines and forfeitures and not from tax payer dollars. In November 2013 Chief Ott and Officer Field did research and comparison on makes and models of police rated vehicles. The Village board approved the choice of the larger all terrain vehicle and the invitation for bids letters were advertised. The selected bid went to Ewald Automotive Group in Hartford, WI. The new squad was delivered February 2014 and the process of equipment transfer began. The 2008 Chevy Impala is now for sale by the Village. Some of the equipment such as light bars, mobile radio, and one of the petition cages were transferred to the 2014 Ford. The rest of the equipment was purchased through Communications Services in Portage. The Wonewoc Police Department was awarded a $4,000.00 Wisconsin Bureau of Transportation Safety Unfunded Equipment Grant in September of 2012. This was awarded for participation in the “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober, Get
Pulled Over” campaigns from the Department of Transportation. We were then able to plan ahead and utilize the grant money for purchase of the new equipment on the 2014 squad such as siren speaker, push bumper, red and blue LED rear deck and side lights, 40” amber LED arrow lights with control box, new center console, new computer assembly, and rear cage. Chief Ott and Officer Field have been on patrol protecting and serving the community with the 2014 Ford Interceptor since March 15th. Both are very pleased with the quality and performance of the vehicle and chosen interior set up and exterior design.
Benish. The next regular Wonewoc-Center School Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 19th at 7 p.m.
Wonewoc-Center School Board member Merry Preston was recognized for her 12 years of service and dedication to the students and staff of the Wonewoc-Union Center School District at Monday night’s regular school board meeting. Preston has served as the treasurer for the district and John Benish and Sandy Rogers were voted to a two-year term on the school board.
Picnic in the Park When: May 3, 2014 Where: Baker's field, Wonewoc Wi. Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Why: This event is being held to raise money for L.U.V.S. Morgan Horse Rescue, and Veterans Equine Trail Services. Two locally owned programs that are non profit. Activities: We will have a concession stand that will be selling hotdogs, burgers, fresh salads and a whole lot more. There will also be a bake sale where we will be selling all sorts of desserts. There will be a tack sale so if you have any unused or unwanted horse tack you can donate them to the sale. We are also going to raffle off a couple prizes. For more information contact Heidi at (608)548-8534. Thanks and I hope to see you there.
Free Community Meal You are invited to a Free Meal on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at the LaValle Advent Christian Church located at 200 LaValle St. LaValle, WI. Supper will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This supper is sponsored by Virgil Hartje, and the food will be prepared by The River Mill Restaurant. The food will be served by Zion & St. Paul Lutheran Churches.
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HOUSE FOR RENT: 2 bedroom in country on 20 acres. 4 miles North of New Lisbon on A between 58 & 80. Electric heat with LP back-up. Includes refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer, 2 car garage. $700/mo and $700/security deposit. 1 year lease and references. 608562-3577 or 608-542-0120. b30tf
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April 24, 2014
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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS TOWN OF FOUNTAIN Notice is hereby given by the Town of Fountain, Juneau County Wisconsin, that it will receive bids for Full Hot Mix wedging and Seal Coating of Town Shop Road TRIP Project # 13186 approximately 1.43 miles x 20 ft until May 1st, 2014 Bids will be opened and read aloud on May 13th, 2014 at the Town of Fountain Town Hall. Successful bidder will be decided on this date or at a later date to be posted by the Town Board. For bid requirements and specifications contact: Wayne Olson at (608)572-0236 The Town of Fountain, Juneau County reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, or accept the bid deemed most advantageous to the Town. BID REQUIREMENTS Notice is hereby given by the Town of Fountain, Juneau County, Wisconsin, that it will receive bids for Full Width Hot Mix wedging and Bituminous Seal Coating of Town Shop Road TRIP Project 13186, (1.43 miles x 20 feet wide) until May 1st, 2014 by Sarah Ann Shanahan, Clerk, Town of Fountain, W9921 Jacobsen Rd, Camp Douglas, WI 54618 (608)427-2381 or email@example.com. Seal Coating should be 4200 gallon, 150 ton single hard seal with blue chip granite. Contractor to state on outside of sealed envelope “TRIP PROJECT” Bids will be opened and read aloud on May 13th, 2014 at the Town of Fountain Town Hall. Successful bidder will be decided on this date or at a later date to be posted by the Town Board. Publish: April 17, 24, 2014 WNAXLP JUNEAU COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual meeting of the members of the Juneau County Economic Development Corporation will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM, at Burr Oak Winery, N5873 Hwy 12/16, New Lisbon, Wisconsin. YOU WILL FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that such other business as may properly come before the annual meeting will be transacted at said meeting. Publish: April 17, 24, 2014 WNAXLP
TOWN OF GERMANTOWN TOWN OF GERMANTOWN NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual Meeting for Town of Germantown will be held May 7th, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Community Center N7560 17th Ave. The Annual Financial report is on file in the Clerk’s Office in the Town Hall. Susan Ganther Clerk Treasurer Publish: April 24, 2014 May 1, 2014 WNAXLP
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Notice is hereby given by the Town of Necedah, Juneau County, Wisconsin, that it will receive bids for Crack Sealing until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Necedah Town Hall, 101 Center Street, P O Box 349, Necedah, WI 54646. Bids to be opened at the Town Board Meeting on Monday May 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. For bid requirements and specifications contact: Steve Bezemek, Road Supervisor, 608-548-2675 or Susan Kosinski, Clerk Town of Necedah, 608-565-3140, Fax 608-565-2246 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Town of Necedah reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, or accept the bid most advantageous to the Town. The envelope must be marked “Sealed Bid”. Susan Kosinski, Clerk Publish: April 24, 2014 May 1, 8, 2014 WNAXLP TOWN OF NECEDAH ADVERTISEMENT FOR QUOTES FOR GRAVEL Notice is hereby given by the Town of Necedah, Juneau County, Wisconsin, that it will receive quotes for Gravel until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Necedah Town Hall, 101 Center Street, P O Box 349, Necedah, WI 54646. Quotes will be reviewed at the Town Board Meeting on Monday May 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm. For quote requirements and specifications: The Gradation #2 base course is to meet WDOT Standard Specifications 304.2.6 of the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Standard Specifications for Highway and Structure Construction, 1996 Edition. Price per ton of gravel delivered to the Town of Necedah shop at W6130 25th Street, Necedah, Wisconsin. Contacts: Steve Bezemek, Road Supervisor, 608-548-2675 or Susan Kosinski, Clerk Town of Necedah, 608-565-3140, Fax 608-565-2246 Email: email@example.com The Town of Necedah reserves the right to accept or reject any and all quotes, or accept the quotes most advantageous to the Town. Susan Kosinski, Clerk Published: April 24, 2014 May 1, 8, 2014 WNAXLP TOWN OF NECEDAH ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS SEAL COATING Notice is hereby given by the Town of Necedah, Juneau County, Wisconsin, that it will receive bids for Seal Coating until 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Necedah Town Hall, 101 Center Street, P O Box 349, Necedah, WI 54646. Bids to be opened at the Town Board Meeting on Monday May 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm. For bid requirements and specifications contact: Steve Bezemek, Road Supervisor, 608-548-2675 or Susan Kosinski, Clerk, 608-565-3140, Fax 608-565-2246 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Town of Necedah reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, or accept the bid most advantageous to the Town. The envelope must be marked “Sealed Bid”. Susan Kosinski, Clerk Publish: April 24, 2014 May 1, 8, 2014 WNAXLP
Tracy Tomaloff, Administrator Publish: April 24, 2014 May 1, 2014 WNAXLP TOWN OF LEMONWEIR REQUEST FOR BIDS SEAL COATING NOTICE is hereby given by the Town of Lemonweir, Juneau County, Wisconsin, that it will receive bids for Seal Coating various town roads until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Lemonweir Town Hall, N3935 19th Avenue, Mauston, WI 53948. Bids to be opened during the Town Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The Town Board requests bidders to be present at this meeting to answer any questions that may arise. Bid requirements and specifications to include: Single Application over a hard surface Double Application over a hard surface Cost per mile x 20 feet in width Liquid Asphalt (PG 58-28 5% cutback) Cover Aggregate (3/8 inch gray Granite Chip) Additional necessary cost to complete the job Certificate of Liability and Workers Compensation insurance coverage must accompany the bid. Please mark envelope “Sealed Bid – Seal Coating. Send to: Town of Lemonweir, N3935 19th Avenue, Mauston, WI 53948. The Town of Lemonweir reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids or accept the bid deemed most advantageous to the town. For more information contact Chairman Marvin Havlik at 608-547-9173. Publish: April 24, 2014 May 1, 2014 WNAXLP
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TEN YEAR OLD Tenley Wopat shot this 24 lb turkey with a 10 inch beard on Sunday, April 13. She is the daughter of Ray and Heidi Wopat of Elroy. This was her very first turkey. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
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Grandpa Stories: A Pallbearers Party
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BY MARY WAARVIK, LIBRARIAN There are so many interesting books being written that we never seem to find unless someone else leads us to them. Have you ever been pushed to read one of those “oh ugh” books and find your eyes opened your eyes to something new? That is the joy of book groups. And if you can’t attend, you are still invited to ‘read along with the group. ‘ Our Mystery Book Lover’s Group will be meeting on Monday, April 28 at 6. Unlike other mysteries, this month we have read “Thunderstruck” by Eric Larson. It is nonfiction, and shows us England in the early 1900s. What did Marconi, the killer Harvey Crippen and others in the UK have in common? The Tuesday morning Book Group will meet on May 12 to talk about ‘Fordlandia,’ by Greg Grandin. Did you know that Henry Ford bought a big chunk of the Brazilian amazon, and built a model US town in the jungle? How well do you think that went? The group meets at 10, and dines out at noon. For the younger set, our monthly Computer Gaming Night will take place next Wednesday, April 30 at 5. Wear your thumbs out in virtual competition.
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gram, and leave plenty of time for just visiting. Thus was created the first “Pallbearers Breakfast” of which we are aware. We are not sure that it was the first one in the world, but we were not copying anyone else. To us, it was an original experience. We invited only our pallbearers and their spouses to have late breakfast with us on a Saturday morning at a Juneau County restaurant. Five of the six pallbearers responded within one week, way before the “please respond by” date. This helped confirm my original belief that the gathering was a very good idea. We held our breakfast, played some background music, had a program, and presented each pallbearer with a token gift of appreciation. The pallbearers seemed to like the token gift of appreciation that we chose; a notebook filled with copies of every “Grandpa Story” ever published. We highly recommend to every senior citizen that you preplan your funeral, preselect your pallbearers, and hold a gettogether with them. It can be a breakfast, a dinner, a barbecue, or a picnic. If you can’t afford to pick up the entire tab, make it a “dutch treat” or potluck affair. We think you will find it to be a very rewarding experience.
You’ve all heard of birthday parties and anniversary parties, but have you ever heard of a “Pallbearers Party?” Well neither had I until we held one. As grandma pointed out, it is probably in poor taste to call such an event a “party”, so we will just call it a “Pallbearers Breakfast”. After my second stroke, seven years ago, grandma and I decided to follow the example of many other older folks. We decided to stop thinking about pre-planned funerals and plan our own. Along with out funeral planning, we preselected our pallbearers. In our case, it was six nephews. We notified each of the pallbearers and requested their agreement to accept. They all responded positively within a few days. It seems as though the ones we chose looked upon their selection as an honor, and we believe that our relationship with them has become warmer since then. This winter, an idea sprang into my head. It was an idea that I had never heard of before. Where the idea came from, I do not know. But ever since the idea struck me, I became very anxious to put it into practice. The idea was to have a get-together (party) with the pallbearers. We would have a meal together, have a short pro-
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April 24, 2014
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The Messenger hires new Sales Associate The Messenger is proud to introduce Dan Winchell as the northern region sales associate for The Messenger. As a growing business we felt it was important to add a new sales associate to our team as we move forward and expand our regions of news. Dan Winchell will be servicing the Mauston, New Lisbon, Hustler, Necedah, Lyndon Station, and Camp Douglas areas, as well as the Tomah and Adams areas. Dan has worked in the customer service industry for years and we feel he is well suited for this position in our local business. We hope you will welcome him to our community and he is prepared to assist you in your advertising needs in any way he can. If you would like Dan to stop before he gets to your location
you can contact him at 608-387-1228 and set up an appointment. Eileen Nale will be working in the Elroy, Wonewoc, Hillsboro, Kendall, Wilton, and Vernon and Sauk areas as she has for the past 10 years as well as surrounding communities in the southern region. If you need to contact Eileen you can reach her at 608-547-3228 and she will be happy to meet with you also. Our mission is to
Taking Refuge BY STEVE NORLING Well, this past week Mother Nature pulled a dirty trick on us. We went from nice weather in the fifties and wound up with a major rainstorm then a snowstorm leaving us with four inches of snow on the ground. Then we wound up with temperatures in the teens and twenties at night. Not exactly what I would call spring or April weather. However with that there is still a lot of wildlife action on the refuge. For those of you following the whooping cranes, as of the 15th of April there were four nests on the ground. Apparently the cranes do not mind that the weather is not cooperating, they are going ahead with life anyway. One possible good that may come out of this cold snap is that it is possible that the black fly hatch will be postponed and the cranes will have a chance to tend their nests without bother. While we are still not sure it is the black fly problem that is causing the nest abandonment, this may help us to decide. Besides that biologist Brad Strobel is having his interns build flytraps to get an idea of how many flies are around the nests. This will give us a better idea of size of the problem. This is a year when we are going to be doing a lot of new experiments to determine just why the cranes are abandoning their nests. I will be keeping you updated in this column, so just keep checking this column every week. I mentioned the interns building flytraps. There are currently three interns working at the refuge for the summer. One of them is from San Francisco, CA; another is from Buffalo NY and the other if from Hickory, NC. That is quite a spread of states and they are all enjoying the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. On Friday the 12th of April I volunteered at the visitor center. We had about thirty people come through and every one of them reported seeing whooping cranes. There were cranes seen from the Observation Tower, from the parking area of Boghaunter Trail, on Suk Cerney and in the Goose/Sprague Pool area. With many whoopers on the refuge they are easier to locate than ever. There is one thing to watch for on the refuge now. The roads are turning very soft and becoming rutted. If you are out and about driving the refuge be very careful. You may have to back away from areas or be very careful going through them. I try not to any more driving on the dirt roads than necessary. There are some good areas to visit with doing much driving on the bad roads. If you come in on Headquarters Road you can get to the Observation tower without going off the blacktop. The best way of getting to the Goose/Sprague Pool area is to come in off Highway 80 at Sprague and then all you need to do is the short road between the pools. The less you have to drive on the unpaved roads the better at this time of the year. This past weekend, April 19 and 20 there were a group of thirty Boy Scouts that attended a merit badge weekend at the refuge. These are regular events and there will be another merit badge day coming up in November. This is a great place and a great way for the boys to earn their merit badges. This is a great time of the year to see young wildlife. It does not always hold true because of the weather, but this is about the time you will normally see goslings hatching. Birds like quail and pheasants are just now nesting. Before long there will be other young birds showing up along with some young animals. There are also birds like the whippoor-will, the purple martin and the warblers that are just migrating now. This is as time of rebirth and everything is becoming new and fresh again. This is probably my favorite time of the year. If the weather cooperates there is nothing like getting out on the trails and going for a hike. Most of the time I carry my camera, but on occasion I opt to just walk and observe. You might be surprised at the things that you can see if you just take the time to slow down and look. So let’s get out there and take a good look at what nature has to offer. Until next week, “See you at the refuge.”
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Water Logged Turkey Hunt and Camping Trip BY MARK WALTERS Hello friends, This is another one of those stories where I have way more to write then space to put it so here goes. KAMO (Kids And Mentors Outdoors) www.kamokids.org take kids on outdoor experiences. I was helping out at Mackenzie Environmental Education Center and a 13-year-old girl by the name of Anna Dunnick, who is the daughter of Joe and Jane Dunnick of Necedah, kept asking me if I would take her on some outdoor experiences. Anna got her wish and here is the story. Sunday, April 6th High 72, low 48 Today I picked Anna up and phase one of this adventure began. I took her to my house and my daughter, Selina, and her shot bb guns, 22’s and a shotgun. Though Anna has very little experience, she was a natural and Selina was an excellent teacher. Next we hooked up my pop up camper to my truck and headed down to the Portage area where we were fortunate enough to have been given access to a couple of quality properties to hunt and camp on (thanks to both families that did this for us). My old buddy from my high school days back in Poynette, Doug Cibulka, would meet us with his 15-year-old son Derek as they would also be a part of the following weekends adventure. Next we went scouting for turkey and then we headed home as the girls had school the next day Friday, April 11th High 64, low 34 There was major rain forecast for this weekend, which would also be Wisconsin’s Youth Turkey Hunt. Today after school we put out our blinds, tarped the roofs and then set up the camper, which we double tarped before the monsoons arrived. I had caught some walleye a day earlier and Doug created an awesome fish fry. The kids played outside, had a great time with my dog Fire, and Doug and I talked about the past, the present, and tomorrow. It was midnight before I hit the hay. Saturday April 12th High 58, low 40 Not a one of the kids had any trouble getting out of bed at 4:20 this morning and soon we found ourselves walking through the woods and then sitting in blinds as we waited for night to become day. We were scattered five-miles apart but both mentors had unique experiences as there were toms gobbling and soon gobblers heading to decoys. I felt like a real pro as I called my birds into range and was really excited about what was about to happen. At this same exact time my old buddy from Poynette was watching his son who he thought was about to knock the lights out on a beautiful gobbler, that was in love with his decoy. Well folks there is a reason that the Youth Hunt started before the regular season and in both cases the score was Toms ran away, kids not so proud of themselves. Whenever I am mentoring a kid and they miss a duck, big fish, or a buck I always say hey look at it from the deer’s point of view, it gets to live another day, this really does seem to help. After the turkey experiences, we had a huge coyote come by us which I believe was the biggest coyote that I have ever seen, it started raining, and about noon we headed to camp for lunch and a siesta.
At camp the kids played, the old timers relaxed, the kids took a nap, and one old timer took a nap. When we resumed hunting the monsoons really began and life became very interesting. Possibly our coolest experience of the day was watching many violent thunderstorms pass that had hail in them, while doing this we watched a herd of ten-deer play in a long since harvested soybean field in front of us. Actually there seemed to be a lot of deer in the Portage area. What was really cool is that two fawns kept doing long runs of 100 to 400 yards while jumping and kicking their hind legs. What was even cooler was that the fawns were both pigmented (partially white) as was their mother. Tonight this part of Wisconsin received the bulk of the over four-inches of rain it would receive and the pounding of rain on our camper’s tarp was very loud. The next day we did not see a tom, but four hens came in very close and I taught Anna how to relax and aim for when she gets her chance, when a gobbler comes in during her season in May. I predict Anna Dunnick will be on many KAMO experiences in the future! Sunset
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Princesses draw large crowd for Tiara Ball BY TASHA MUELLER The night was filled with excitement and pure bliss as girls were crowned with their princess tiaras at the first FatherDaughter Tiara Ball held on Saturday, April 12. There were roughly 260 participants, which included young ladies escorted by their grandfathers, fathers, brothers,
and uncles. The fundraising event, hosted by the Friends of the Wonewoc Library, was well received as the turnout filled the gym. The family event will make memories last for years to come and another hopeful event will be planned for next year.
Each couple danced the night away with plenty of music and lights to entertain a full evening agenda. Many photos were taken, as the gym was decorated from prom the evening before. Each princess received a tiara crown, as they were dressed in fancy dresses while their escorts wore suits and ties.
Princesses brought their favorite men â€“ grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles â€“ with them to the Tiara Ball and were escorted around the decorated gym. JENNIFER SHORE PREUSS PHOTOS