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February 2017 Aaron Folsom A Master Artist at Fifteen

Read more about this amazing young artist and how his work is helping locally and internationally.

Travelling Perspectives Less is More?

Paula shares her tips for travelling light during her 10 day adventure through Thailand.

Dave Thorson The Guide to Discovering the History & Beauty of the Eau Claire Lakes Area


This Month’s Featured Articles


Aaron Folsom - A Master Artist


Travelling Light - Less is More?


Dave Thorson Memorial

Monthly Columns by Our Local Authors 3 06 07

Editor’s Note


Tech Talk


Natural Connections

The Book Corner


Pastor’s Corner


Ask a Master Gardener


Barefoot Snow Running with Yula


Adventures in Living

Travelling Perspectives

Town and Local Events 10

Church Directory

Food & Fun 19

14 Area Dates & Events/Barnes Town Info


Regional Community Notes & Events



Business Ads

Recipes Sudoku Crossword Puzzle


Business Listings (and throughout) Business Listings (and throughout)


Business Listings (and throughout)


Forest & Lakes Column Contributors Maralene Strom - Forest & Lakes Editorial Maralene grew up in the northwoods of WI. She is a consultant, author, and co publisher of Forest & Lakes Monthly.

Marianne Mueller - Ask a Master Gardener Marianne Mueller, Master Gardener, M&M Greenhouse, Barnes, WI.

Dr. Leo Carlson - Tech Talk Leo is the Business and Technology Manager at Norvado, and a professor at the University of Northwestern St. Paul and Maranatha Baptist University.

Paula Greenspan - Travelling Perspectives Paula grew up and resides in the northwoods of Wisconsin and shares her adventures in travelling abroad.

Emily Stone - Natural Connections Emily is an author and the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum.

Town of Barnes News

Tom Krob and Judy Bourassa - Barnes Town News Tom Krob is the Chairperson of the Town of Barnes Board. Judy Bourassa is the Town of Barnes Clerk/ Treasurer.

Pastor Phil Markel - Pastor’s Corner Pastor Phil is the Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Hayward , WI. 13713 W. Thannum Fire Lane, Hayward, WI. 715-934-5000

Maureen Palmer - Book Corner Marueen is the owner of Redbery Books in Cable, WI

Bill Kokan - Car Care with Sparky Bill is the owner/operator of Bills Garage in Drummond, WI. He has over 35 years of automotive maintenance and repair experience.

Dr. Monica Brilla, DVM - Vet Corner Monica Brilla, DVM of Northland Veterinary Services in Iron River, WI

Yulia Welk Yulia is the owner of Yulia’s Natural Skin Care products. She teaches classes about herbs, mushrooms, and natural living. Yulia’s: Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 2

If you have an editorial piece, article, press release, news event, or would be interested in contributing a monthly column, please contact Maralene at 715-579-9768 or via email at mcsbiz@aol. com.


Editor’s Note 2017 feels like a respite from all the turmoil of the last 15 months of political foray. I’m aware not all people have agreed politically, yet our lives really turn on everyday activities of family, work, enjoying the activities of our community, and getting out into our wonderful natural environment to enjoy the water, woods, and more. Forest & Lakes Monthly’s goal is to bring our reader an awareness of the wonderful diversity of northern Wisconsin activities, natural environment, businesses and organizations serving our communities and the people who make up the culture we live in. As always, we are so grateful to those of you who have given us ideas to bring to the readers interesting people, sights, and events for all to enjoy. This month we are happy to introduce you to Aaron Folsom, a fifteen-year-old master artist from Washburn. His story will inspire adults and youth alike to cultivate their passion for arts, gardening, reading, and more to make a difference for themselves and for others to enjoy. We have all been saddened by the recent untimely death of David Thorson, owner and guide of Down to Earth Tours. His passion for the outdoors and history was unparalleled. Last fall he did the Gordon McQuarrie tour in collaboration with Buck n Bass Resort. His parting is a great loss to this community and to visitors to the area to learn the many facets of the environment, sites, and great stories of historical significance. Forest & Lakes Monthly will miss his passionate contribution as he suggested many of the stories we presented and for the future. We are excited to introduce to you our newest contributing writer, Yulia Welk! This month, she is sharing with us the benefits of Barefoot Snow Running! Yulia is the owner of Yulia’s Natural Skin Care products. She teaches classes about herbs, mushrooms, and other natural living topics at The Cable Natural History Museum and the Forest Lodge Library. Yulia lives with her family in Cable, Wisconsin. For more information about Yulia’s Natural Skincare, be sure to stop by her website at! Due to the postal semi rollover on Interstate 94, our mail subscriptions for January 2017 were destroyed in the accident. To view the January 2017 edition, please visit our website at and click on the menu archives. We have extended all of our current mail order subscriptions by one month to account for the loss of January’s delivery. Enjoy this issue, enjoy the activities of the area, stay safe on the lakes and trails as you enjoy the outdoors. Maralene Strom, Editor

February Cover Credits

Submitted by: Aaron Folsom Place: Mason, WI Thank you this month to our featured artist, Aaron Folsom for the cover artwork! Read more about Aaron, his talent, and his work on pages 4-5 of this month’s edition! Thank you Aaron for sharing your work and your talent with us this month!

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Photo Courtesy of the Folsom Family

Aaron Folsom - A Master Artist at 15 Submitted by Maralene Strom, and the Forest & Monthly Editorial Team Aaron Folsom is a 15-year-old teen with a gentle voice, and a bit shy about talking about himself in an interview about his artistic gift. His mother, Beth says, “We keep advising him that he has a unique talent and sharing it with people is a good thing to do, particularly to the youth. Most of all, God gave him the talent of painting and be thankful at all times, do it to His glory. From this perspective, Aaron’s parents have offered him opportunities to develop his gift since he was 6 years old. Beth has worked at Karlyn’s Gallery, in Washburn as bookkeeper. Next door to the gallery, D’Thomass Studio with an art school. The Folsom’s offered Aaron, at age 6, the opportunity to take basic painting lessons with retired art teacher Doug Thomass. Thomass taught skills in charcoal, pastel, watercolor, pen & ink, among other mediums. While his classes with Thomass continued, Thomass encouraged his art student to become a member of the “Eclectic Show” at Karlyn’s Gallery at age of 7. This was his first experience with other artists showing his paintings. Aaron’s skills developed quickly. He went on to join the Chequamegon Bay Arts Council Art Show entering the “The Wheel” at age 8 (2008). Sadly, Thomass passed away and for a time Aaron was afraid he’d not be able to paint as he did. With continued encouragement from his parents and Karlyn’s Gallery opening art classes for kids as an after-school program to encourage artistic skills he found the impetus to move forward. The classes were led by veteran art teacher Steve Nesheim. Under his guidance, Aaron expanded his skills with pastels and painting wild animals. Aaron’s enthusiasm for creating art was boosted and his finished products began to create an inventory. Subsequently, Aaron expanded his skills attending a “block printing” classes at the Bluerock workshop with instructor Mark Nutt. Aaron had been going to public schools in early primary grades, however, chose to begin homeschooling in the 5th grade and joining 4H. Given the flexibility of homeschooling, Aaron could develop his artwork and joined the Cultural Art Festival and Bayfield County Fair where his artwork went on the road to the State Art Show in Madison winning consecutive awards for two years. A family with strong values of giving back to society, Aaron donated artwork to a Philippine church his family helped construct. He also assisted in a medical mission church project in 2013 while the family visited the church. Since then, he has also donated pictures for worthy causes to raise funding. With an insatiable desire to learn skills, at age 11, Karlyn Holman, an internationally known artist and owner of Karlyn’s Gallery, invited the young artist to attend her workshops. Aaron found the level of instruction high and her classes filled with adults with professional standing. In those classes, he learned about Fun and Free watercolor, collaging, abstract and other art forms. He was the youngest student in the classes but that did no phase him while he amazed the adults and the instructor as well with his natural gift. Starting in 2013, Aaron began selling his work through art shows where he won awards. He’s received two Purchase Awards from the Memorial Medical Center in Ashland where his work is displayed. He has entered the BMO Bank Art Show yearly, and featured as the Artist of the Month Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 4


where he displays his art in the lobby and sells paintings. Aaron’s paintings are among the Northern Lights Rehabilitation’s hallway which offers residents positive therapeutic art therapy as they engage in walking therapy. In 2015, Aaron began his foray in solo art shows beginning at the Chequamegon Food Coop which has been a point of purchase for his work. His work is also at Karlyn’s Gallery displaying his paintings and greeting cards. Among Aaron’s loves is as an active member of 4H currently serving as one of the New Ambassadors of Bayfield 4H and Vice President of the club. He loves helping on the farm, loves fishing, and pursues learning to play the piano with Susan Grube in Washburn. He keeps up with his art skills continuing to take classes with artists Tonja Sell, and regular instruction with Wei Lan Lorber. Having returned to public school he finds art classes have had to be curtailed to some degree as he pursues his academic preparation for future college career. He takes Spanish, really likes US History, and looks forward to next semester taking a robotics course. School keeps him busy, but the paint brush is waiting for the breaks and summer. When asked how he found painting to be his art medium, he replied, “My Grandma was a painter and she continues to paint. We critique each other’s work. She uses acrylic paints and usually does landscapes.” He also reminded me his parents have always been very supportive of his desire to paint. He calls his mother “talent manager” and his dad critiques and helps him name the pieces. “My Dad is very creative with naming”, Aaron said smiling. Mom makes sure he gets to the shows, lessons, and more as she manages to assure his work is displayed and she seeks more opportunities for his art to be displayed in shows. Aaron’s advice to kids who enjoy creative pursuits is to remember, “It’s not so much the talent, but your willingness to work at it, learn what you can, and keep trying.” He mentioned some of his favorite pieces get sold but is grateful he’s sold at least one at every show he has done. To see Aaron’s work, visit Karlyn’s Gallery in Washburn, and visit the Drummond Public Library where his work is on display until March 31; Chequamegon Food Coop April 1 – 30.

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The Book Corner Submitted By Redbery Books in Cable, WI The Literary Awards for children’s books were announced for 2016 on January 23rd! Here are just a few of the award winners: The John Newbery Medal is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The winner this year is The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. “Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth s surface. And the woman with the Tiger s heart is on the prowl . . . “The author of the highly acclaimed, award-winning novel The Witch s Boy has written an epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to be a modern classic.” The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished picture book for children. This year’s winner is Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, “A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe. Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful. The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding book for children and young adults went to John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for March: Book Three. “Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and a key figure of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world. By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.” To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. The Michael L. Printz Award is given for excellence in literature written for young adults. This year, March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin was given this honor in addition to the Coretta Scott King Award. The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginner reader book went to Laurie Keller, for her very popular We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book. “Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!” Elephant & Piggie are two of the most fun characters you’ll ever encounter in a children’s book. They’re a hit with preschoolers and elementary age kids and fun for parents and grandparents to read aloud too! Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 6


Travelling Perspectives -Less is More Submitted by Paula Greenspan, teacher and traveler from Barnes to Asia to …

I know I’m not the first to say this but I’ve found travelling light to be very rewarding. Especially as I get a bit older, I appreciate not dragging big heavy bags around with me. And these days, it’s also cheaper as more and more airlines, trains, etc. charge for bags and lower their weight limits on luggage. “Okay, that’s fine in principle but how do I do it?” you might ask. Here are a few tips that work for me. Since your priorities and comforts are your own, you may find that some of these are great while others are just crazy. If you’d like to lighten your travelling load, just pick and choose from these and any other advice you find to create your own solutions! Don’t sacrifice your happiness or comfort to match someone else’s style. Pack mix-and-match items that can be worn in layers to easily adjust if the weather is cooler or warmer. I like to have at least one nicer outfit that can work for going out but often it’s something simple that I can dress up with a nice scarf or jewelry. Don’t forget a jacket, hat, etc. My favorite clothing to pack is a sarong or large scarf. It can be rolled up tightly for packing but acts as a light blanket, A selfie of Paula wearing her usual day-pack and waiting beach wrap, scarf or shawl, or even a makeshift skirt or dress for a ferry on 10-day trip to Thailand, 2015 if you know how to tie it. I also like to include an artificial chamois (like the miracle towels advertised on TV or sold for washing cars) if I may need my own bath towel. It can be used over and over, wrung out and packed damp in its carry case. It’s small and lightweight, and I’ve had mine for about 20 years – still going strong. Don’t be afraid to wear clothes several times. To help extend their wearable time, you can hang them in fresh air on a balcony. You can also spot clean stains or other areas with hand soap and water, wash a few things by hand in a sink, or send things out to the hotel laundry. I usually pack a small bottle of laundry soap or sometimes a little stain remover stick or wipe. Some of my friends carry a few small clothespins and rope, too. And one friend told me of a backpacker she met who carried just 1 change of clothing for a month’s trip. When he needed, he showered while still wearing his clothes, then hung them to dry while he wore the other outfit. That’s too extreme for me, but it certainly kept his pack light!

Paula using a sarong as a dress 2010 Bali

I sometimes use Hostels, Couchsurfing or AirBNB to stay cheaply outside hotels, and that often gives me access to a washer. Technology makes things both easier and more difficult. I often read e-books while travelling or play electronic games instead of carrying crossword puzzles or other paper pastimes. And the electronic forms of travel guidebooks have been very helpful, as have automatic translators and bilingual dictionaries. But don’t forget to a pack charger(s), plug converters, earphones, an extra battery pack or memory card, and a padded, waterproof case – depending on what you’re doing and what your electronic items are. Make sure you’ve got space in your pocket or bag to carry them easily and access them when you want. It’s still handy to have a little paper notebook and pen with you, in case of device failure or a need to write down some information quickly. You might use your camera or phone to take pictures of your passport and credit cards and have them easily available in case of loss, but a backup paper copy can be helpful in addition. I try to keep toiletries to a minimum especially if I’ll be in nice hotels which furnish shampoos, etc. Otherwise, I usually pack a mild shampoo/ body wash combo. You can usually pick up a toothbrush if you forgot yours, and can purchase sun screen or insect repellent where you’re going. But do have a bit of awareness about where you’re going. I’ve been to places where things that we take for granted aren’t available – dental floss and feminine hygiene products weren’t to be easily found in certain areas of SE Asia. And you’d need to be flexible on brands, of course. Prescription medicines should always be carried in their original packages if possible, and take a bit extra as not all countries have access to the same medications. Some kind of tummy medicine is advisable if you’re travelling to an area where you can’t drink the water. I favor activated charcoal as I find it quick-acting and very effective, with no side effects. To allow for my impulsive acquisition of extra souvenirs, I often pack an extra canvas or nylon duffel bag which I can bring as an extra “personal item” on the way home. Ideally, of course, I wouldn’t need it but I know myself well enough to go prepared. Using these tips, I find that I can easily travel for a week or so with a small carry-on day pack and for a month or more with a slightly larger rolling suitcase which still fits the carry-on restrictions.

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Tech Talk - Http or Https, Which is Better? Submitted by Dr. Leo Carlson, Business & Technology Manager at Norvado Hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) was developed in the early 1990’s to handle the explosion in consumer internet usage. It was tied to the development of the web browser and HTTP quickly became a standard for nearly all internet traffic. Over time, HTTP has morphed and evolved along with the internet itself and though it is still being used today, the protocol is much different from the version released in the early 90s. One of the main issues with the HTTP protocol was that it was notoriously insecure and much of the information transferred was transferred in plain text. This means that nothing was encrypted and anyone with the right program on their computer could intercept and see the data being transferred. This is where HTTPS comes into play. No, the “S” does not stand for super, instead, it stands for secure. The HTTPS protocol encrypts the data being transferred makes it much more difficult to intercept and read the data. So when would I use HTTP and HTTPS? Actually, there is a movement going on now to stop using HTTP altogether and move to HTTPS only. Eventually, this might happen but for now, it is good for users to know the difference. HTTP is used for any web browsing that does not require a secure connection. Simple searches and basic web browsing to simple web pages are just fine to use the HTTP protocol. The HTTPS protocol should be used in anything that is remotely secure. Online banking, or shopping, are two activities that should always use the HTTPS protocol. A good rule of thumb is that any activity that requires you to enter a password should really be using the HTTPS protocol to transfer the information. In future, it is likely that HTTPS will be the only option, but for now, be aware that if the web address is HTTP://********.com you are going to a website that is not secure and you do not want to put in any personal information. Happy Browsing!

SALES ASSOCIATE Tired of sitting behind a desk all day? Like to learn new things? Enjoy helping people solve problems? Then Norvado’s Sales Associate position may be the job for you. Our Sales team has a full time opening for a dynamic self-starter to promote our technology services to area businesses. Norvado is the area’s premier provider of communication and broadband products and services. Headquartered in Cable, our service area extends to businesses throughout NW WI, bordered by Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands Nat’l Lakeshore on the north and the Hayward lakes area, home of the world-renowned American Birkie ski race, on the south. We are looking for the right person to help grow our business and to be the “go to” customer service person for business customers. Work hard and share the rewards including a guaranteed salary, uncapped commissions, and generous family medical, dental, and 401k contributions. The ideal candidate will have direct business sales experience, great people skills, and a good aptitude for technology. Check us out at and submit your cover letter and application and/or resume by Mon. 2/13/17 to: Norvado Human Resources P.O. Box 67, Cable, WI 54821 715-798-7136; Fax 715-798-4441 Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 8


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Local Church Directory

Submitted by Forest & Lakes Monthly Editorial Team with the help of local area churches

St. Ann’s Catholic Church

Country Peace Presbyterian Church

Trinity Lutheran Chapel

Gordon First Presbyterian

Brule Presbyterian Church

Living Hope Community Church

Solon Springs First Presbyterian

Lake Nebagamon First Presbyterian

St. Anthony Catholic Church

Calvary Baptist Church

Barnes Community Church

Cable Congregational United Church of Christ

Father Gerald Willger 13645 County Highway M, Cable, WI 54821 Church Office: 715-798-3855 (Cable) 715634-2867 (Hayward) E-mail: Worship Time: 8:30 am Sundays 8:00 am confession Rev Richard Blood 14465 S. Antoine Circle, Gordon, WI 54838 Rev. Blood: 218-343-4850 Leslie Anderson 715-790-1863 Email: Worship Service: 9:00am

Rev Richard Blood 9243 E. Evergreen Solon Springs, WI 54873 Rev. Blood: 218-343-4850 Leslie Anderson 715-790-1863 Email: Worship Service: 10:30am

Phil Markel, Pastor 13713 W Thannum Fire Lane Hayward, WI Church Office: 715-934-5000 Home: 715634-0506 E-mail: Website: Worship Service: 9:00am Sunday School 10:00am Sunday

Rev Richard Blood 4694 S. County Rd. A Superior, WI 54880 Rev. Blood: 218-343-4850 Leslie Anderson 715-790-1863 Email: or Worship Service: 11:00am Rev Richard Blood 5810 S. Country Rd. H Brule, WI 54820 Rev. Blood: 218-343-4850 Leslie Anderson 715-790-1863 Email: Worship Service: 9:15am

Rev Richard Blood 6880 S. 1st Avenue West Lake Nebagamon, WI 54849 Rev. Blood: 218-343-4850 Leslie Anderson (Lay Preacher) 715-790-1863 Email: Worship Service: 8:00am Reverend Jon Hartman, Pastor 3200 County Rd. N Barnes, WI 54873 Church Office: 715 795 2195 E-mail: Website: Worship service 10:30 a.m. (1st Sunday of the month is Communion) 2nd Sunday Hymn sing 10:15 a.m

Reverend Brian Weber 13520 Spruce Street, Cable, WI 54821 Church Office: 715-798-3417 / Cell: 517- 6144236 E-mail: Worship Time: 8:00am Sunday

43170 Highway 63, Cable, WI 54821 Church Office: 715-798-3712 E-mail: Website: Worship Time: 9:00am Sunday School 10:15am Worship

Fr. Andrew Ricci Pastor, Fr. Adam Laski Parochial Vicar 11648 E Cty Rd B Lake Nebagamon, WI Office 715-374-3570 Email: Mass Times: Sunday 11:00am, Thursday 8:30am

Reverend Philip Milam 13445 County Highway M, Cable, WI 54821 Church office: 715-798-3066 Home: 262-4700736 E-mail: Website: Worship Service: 10:00am Sunday

First Lutheran Church

Hayward Wesleyan Church

Trinity Lutheran Church

The Oaks Community Church

Bethany Baptist Church Pastor John Dudley

St. Paul’s UCC at Delta Pastor Phil Milam 61190 Pike River Rd. (14 miles S. of Iron River on Hwy H to Pike River Rd. Phone 262-470-0736 E-mail: Website: Worship Service: 8 a.m. Sunday

10680 Main St, Hayward, WI Church Office: 715-634-2141 Website: Worship Service:8:15am

14695 County Hwy N Drummond, WI 54832 Church Office: 715 739-6344 E-mail: Website: Worship Service:10:00am

Mark Wilson, Senior Pastor 10655 Nyman Ave, Hayward, WI 54843 Church Office: 715- 634-4613 Email: Website: Worship time 9:00 am & 10:30 am

21020 Co Hwy E, Mason, WI 54856 Church Office: 715-746-2442 Email: Website: www. Sunday School 9:30am Worship Service 10:30 am

Pastor Mark D. Triplett 10576 Gresylon Dr, Hayward, WI 54843 Church office: (715) 634-2260 E-mail: Website: www.trinitylutheranchurchhayward. org/home Worship Service: 9:30am Sunday

If you would like your church information featured in our directory, please contact Christie at 715-798-3572 or via email at

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Pastor’s Corner - Why All the Gossip? Submitted by Pastor Phil Markel of Calvary Baptist Church in Hayward, WI According to the a recent study, the average person will spend at least one-fifth of his or her life talking. That is enough words spoken in a single day to fill a fifty page book! In one year’s time, the average person’s words would fill 132 books, each containing 400 pages! Is it any wonder that gossip runs rampant through our communities?

A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.

The Bible tells us plainly that no human being can tame the tongue. In James 3:8 (nkjv) the Word of God says, “...But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” There is only one Person who can control your tongue, that is the Person of the Holy Spirit. When you receive Christ into your heart, you have the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God. Then, as a believer in Christ, your daily walk with the Lord in obedience to His Word, will bring about a Spirit controlled temperament and a tongue that God will guide.

Proverbs 16:28 Do you enjoy the gossip that you hear? Do you relish every opportunity you get to spread some false tale or a filthy joke? If you do, it could be because you’ve never let Christ come into your heart and clean up your life. God’s Word is clear, when God changes your heart, He will also clean up your mouth, as His Word tells us in Luke 6:44-46 (nkjv), “For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Pastor Phil Markel is the Senior Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church located at 13713 Thannum Fire Lane in Hayward, WI . Worship service on Sunday Mornings begin at 10:00am with Sunday School starting at 9:00am. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Youth Group meet at 6:30pm. If you have any questions about our church or about your eternal salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, please call us at 715-934-5000. We are here to help.

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Natural Connections - Foggy Fen

Submitted by Emily Stone, a Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum

Mystical fog hung thick over the fen, and droplets of water glistened from the tip of each evergreen needle. Dark, craggy sculptures of black spruce trees faded into the mist with eerie calm; their silhouettes stark against a melting snowpack. The Namekagon Fen State Natural Area is a beautiful place in every season, even when March comes in January. It seems like only yesterday that the dripping droplets came from sweat glistening at the tip of my nose, and we all squinted into the sweltering, late-July heat. On that visit, I brought along a TV crew and four teenage cast members to shoot an episode of “Aqua Kids” for public television. The show aired in November, and is now posted to their YouTube site ( Watching the video, my toes remembered how warm the surface water on the bog felt, and how cold the bog pole remained when we pulled it up from 20 feet below the surface. We never found the bottom, but we did discover where the deep cold of winter hides. The vibrant greens of July were nowhere to be seen on this most recent visit. Under the dim light and fog, the scene was etched in grayscale. With the Aqua Kids, I’d dissected a red-veined pitcher plant leaf and poured a mass of squirming larvae out of its miniature ecosystem. Those leaves are buried now, but the tall, dried stalks of their flowers poke up above the snow like periscopes searching for spring. Life was humming then. The fen is silent now, and still. Until you look closer. Shifting my focus from the faded distance, I noticed a smattering of black specks on the snow at my feet. Snow fleas! As I stared— trying to bring them into focus—they vanished one by one. Snow fleas (also known as springtails) aren’t even insects. They do have six legs, but a lack of wings, simple instead of compound eyes, differences in molting, and a special mouthpart for drinking, set springtails apart from true insects. When startled, a snow flea releases a clasp, and a forked appendage snaps open against the ground. Launching up to 100 times their body length in an uncontrolled flight, they appear to vanish into thin air. Springtails are unbelievably abundant in moist habitats, and happily live in the soil and leaf litter year-round. Just one or two species come out on the snow, though, and they have a unique protein that works as antifreeze down to about 21 degrees F. While crouched low and peering at snow level to watch the snow fleas, we finally spotted a dash of color. On a snow-free hummock under the thick boughs of a black spruce tree, lay a ruby-red cranberry on a bed of emerald moss. The fog seemed to lift for a moment as the tangy juice burst onto my tongue. Snowshoeing on the semi-frozen, snow-covered surface of the bog was slightly easier than wading through the drifts of soggy, summer sphagnum moss. Occasionally, though, we broke through into a snow cave propped up by a scaffolding of leatherleaf twigs. At the bottom of each hole, and often at the bottom of our footprints, was a little pool of slush. I saw one collapsed tunnel of a meadow vole, but not more. In a normal winter, with cold temperatures and plenty of fluff, small mammals Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 12

Foggy Fen: No matter the weather, Namakagon Fen State Natural Area is cloaked in beauty. Photo Courtesy of Emily Stone

seek refuge in the subnivean zone at the boundary between earth and snow. This melt turned that magical world into a slushy mess capped by ice. I’m not sure how the former residents will manage. At least one of the subnivean citizens came to the surface. The small black dot resolved into an eight-legged spider on the snow as I bent closer. It was hard to see details in the low light, but I tried for an extreme close-up with my camera. Later, on the computer, I zoomed in to discover hairy legs and a dew-covered abdomen. Wolf spiders are common predators on the forest floor all year round. They overwinter as adults and sub-adults, and continue their lives in the subnivean zone. The cold doesn’t seem to slow them down as much as it slows down their insect prey, which gives them a hunting advantage. In the perpetual twilight under the snowpack, wolf spiders have another advantage. Two large eyes (in addition to two medium and four small eyes) give them excellent vision. A layer of special tissue in their eyes improves their sight in low light, and also results in eyeshine from probing flashlights. The dark bodies of spiders on the surface of the snow occasionally absorb so much heat from the sun that they begin to melt themselves into a divot. There was no sun today, but fog had condensed into sparkling water droplets on everything in the fen—including each of the spider’s bristly hairs. With the long view obscured these days, beauty must be found close at hand. Special Note: Emily’s book, Natural Connections: Exploring Northwoods Nature through Science and Your Senses is here! Order your copy at Listen to the podcast at www.! For 50 years, the Cable Natural History Museum has served to connect you to the Northwoods. Visit us in Cable, WI! Our new phenology exhibit: “Nature’s Calendar: Signs of the Seasons” is open through March 11.


Ask a Master Gardener - Switch and Indian Grasses

Submitted by Marianne Mueller, Master Gardener and owner of M&M Greenhouse. lease continue to send your questions to Please reference “MG” or “Master Gardener” in the subject line so that the junk mail filter doesn’t swallow it up! We will get to all your questions in future issues.

Along with Big and Little Bluestem, Indian Grass and Switch Grass once dominated millions of acres in central North America. These four species underpinned the framework of the Midwestern Tallgrass Prairies and are sometimes called “The Four Horsemen of the Prairie”. Indian Grass is a clumping, warm-season grass, that produces dense leafy tufts in lateral shoots from its base. The leaves are usually pale or medium green but can vary in color from gray-green to almost blue and turn golden-yellow in fall. In late summer, 12” long narrow light brown flower clusters rise well above the foliage on stiff, vertical, cylindrical hollow stems. Each cluster has many wiry tan branches bearing ¼” spikelets. T he ripe seed that follows is a metallic bronze or copper color that glimmers in late afternoon light. The plants average 3-5’ tall but can reach up to 7’ in optimum growing conditions. It also remains upright throughout the winter months and the dried seed and foliage assume an amber hue, providing winter interest. Plants self-seed and may need dead-heading in smaller settings to prevent excess seedlings. Indian Grass is a striking vertical accent in your garden and provides erosion control, fall color, and winter interest with interesting blooms and seedheads. Use this plant in your cottage garden, low maintenance plantings, rain garden, perennial border or restoration project. Switch Grass is an elegant vase-shaped grass, with smooth blue-green stems. The arching linear leaves are positioned alternately on the stems and are gray green, medium green, or bluish Indian Grass Courtesy of Marianne Mueller green with yellow or red fall tints. In late summer as the plant reaches its mature height of 3-6’ pyramid-shaped bunches of finely-textured, pink-tinged flowerheads appear, consisting of many spikelets held on wiry stems. Soft tan seeds follow in late summer; both seed and foliage dry to develop a coppery winter hue. Plants are anchored by an extensive fibrous root system that can go as deep as 10’ into the earth, making it an excellent planting choice for slopes that are prone to erosion. Both grasses prefer sunny spots in rich silty loam soils; however, are robust species and will grow in clay, sandy or gravelly soils, and thrive in alkalinity, drought, moderate salinity, and seasonal flooding. The only consistent maintenance need is to cut or burn these grasses to the ground in late winter. These are also both warm-season grasses, and so should be planted only after the soil warms up in late spring, at about the same time as you would put in your bean or corn seeds, as the roots will only grow in warm soil. Switch Grass is the host plant for the caterpillars of several skipper species; songbirds eat the seed from both grasses, and the plants provide excellent nesting sites as well as winter cover for wildlife. When we plant the “Four Horsemen” in our gardens, we create tiny bits of prairie where birds and insects can once again find food and refuge.

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Cable Natural History Museum Events Calendar submitted with permission from the Cable Natural History Museum

If you would like to register, or have any questions regarding programs listed, please contact the Cable Natural History Museum at 715-7983890. Dates and times are subject to change, please visit for the latest dates, times, and details. February 2, 2017 Snowshoe Hike to Heron Rookery (Adult Naturalist Program) Register by February 1, 2017

Barnes Town News & Info Submitted by Town of Barnes Clerk/Treasurer Judy Bourassa Town of Barnes Calendar of Events January 30, 2017 Absentee Voting Begins February 1, 2017 Potawatomi Property Owners Association Reservations begin for full island and week long rentals.

February 4, 2017 Falling Snow Activity. All ages welcome. Ages 8 and February 15, 2017 Potawatomi Property Owners Association - Reservations open for all rentals on 02/15/2017 under should bring an adult. 10:30am - 11:30am February 7, 2017 Backcountry Film Festival at the Sawmill Saloon 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. $5.00 with student ID February 8, 2017 Sax-Zim Bog Birdwatching Trip (Adult Naturalist Program) Register by February 4, 2017 February 8, 2017 Backcountry Film Festival at Northland College 7:00pm - 9:00pm $10.00 suggested donation for the general public. February 9, 2017 Backcountry Film Festival at The Great Lakes Visi tor Center. 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. $5.00 with student ID

February 16, 2017 BAHA Meeting at 9:00am at the museum 715795- 2936 February 20, 2017 Town Board Meeting at 6:30pm at Barnes Town Hall February 21, 2017 Spring Primaryfor the office of the State Superin tendent of Public Instruction. Polls are open 7am to 8pm. February 28, 2017 VFW Post 8329 Meeting at 6:00pm at the VFW Hall 715-795-2271

February 11, 2017 My What Big Teeth You Have Activity. Every one is welcome. Ages 11 and under should bring an adult. 10:30 - 11:30am February 11, 2017 Rag Rug Workshop at the NGLVC 12:30pm - 3:30pm. Space is limited. Register by February 9, 2017 715-685-9983 $5.00 per person February 16, 2017 Dinner Lecture: Editble insects (Adult Naturalist Program) 5:30 pm at the Rookery Pub. Register by February 15, 2017 February 18, 2017 Oh, Deer, Oh, Deer Activity. All Ages are welcome. Ages 8 and under should bring an adult. 10:30 - 11:30am. February 24, 2017 Family Snowshoe Hike. 10:00am - Noon. Adult and Children’s snowshoes are available to rent during the activity. Call the Museum at 715-798- 3890 to register and reserve your snowshoes. February 25, 2017

Camp Birkie for Kids Activity. Children Kinger garten through 6th grade are welcome to partici pate in this day long event. Registration is required. Visit Conserve School’s website at www.conserve or call 866-547-1300

February 28, 2017

The Copper Pot Basket (Adult Naturalist Program) 9:00am -3:00pm. Space is limited. Register and get your supply list by February 14th. All registrations are final after this date.

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BenefitsSubmitted of Barefoot Snow Running by Yulia Welk of Yulia’s Natural Skincare One of my favorite things about winter season is snow! When I see snow, it means I can start my daily barefoot runs. I go to my mailbox and back. I don’t really know how it started... When I moved to Cable 14 years ago, I just remember going to my garage with a load of firewood barefoot. I just enjoy this intense tingling feeling your feet get, the circulation is increased and you are feeling hot afterwards. I feel full of energy, awake, it also stimulates release of serotonin and endorphins, so I feel happy. Many times when we get up, we are feeling for our cozy slippers on the floor with our feet. We are not really used to go barefoot. The Russian physiologist Pavlov wrote: “The human body is a self regulating system. It corrects, supports, restores and develops itself ”. That self regulation is allowing the body to adapt to a wide range of changes. One of the self-regulatory functions is keeping the inner temperature of the body despite the temperature changes outside - the ability to thermoregulate. We have nerve endings all over our bodies, called thermoreceptors, that respond to the heat and cold. If we feel cold, the thermoregulatory center in our brain turns on our reserve heat. We have the most cold and heat receptors on the soles of our feet, that is why non cold tempered people get chilled easily and become more susceptible to cold viruses as a result. When we wear shoes full time, our feet are in a comfort microclimate. If thermoregulatory sole receptors are not being used, their reactivity is greatly reduced. Also, our feet reflectively are in close relations with upper respiratory membranes, so if our feet get chilled, the upper respiratory membranes’ temperature also drops. So if we have any viruses inside the body at that time, they get activated when temperature drops. However if the temperature was constant, they would get deactivated and die without making us sick. By gently and continuously conditioning our feet to cooler temperatures, we turn on the thermoregulation, allowing us to withstand environmental seasonal challenges. The more people train, and I noticed this about myself as well, the fewer colds they seem to get. People also stop being susceptible to influenza viruses, that beats getting a unreliable flu shot! Increased immunity, active functions, healthy heart and circulation, feeling alive, what could be better? We actually use some of this cold therapy already. Remember the ice packs when you have a bump or strain? There are also specialized cryotherapy centers that use extreme cold temperatures as restorative treatments for the body and mind. If you feel inspired to throw off your socks and join me outside here are a few recommendations. First of all, if you feel like you need to consult your doctor prior to trying, please do. I am just giving general information based on my personal experience. Start gently and be consistent. First switch to socks indoors for 10-15-20-30, etc..minutes every day if you are used to wearing slippers. Then introduce bare feet. Then try outside with your bare feet, on the ground, sand, gravel, grass. Increase gradually. By the time spring, summer and fall pass, you are ready for action. Start with 15-30-60 seconds on fluffy snow. Move around, run, and walk in place to keep muscles activated. If the weather is very cold and windy take extra care so you don’t get a frost bite. I like to put a foot towel on the floor, so when I come in I have something to stand on. To protect the feet from freezing in extreme temps, its a good idea to rub them with some fat-oil-butter prior to running. If you want to skip the gentle conditioning go ahead, try the snow right away, and remember to keep it very short at first and stay consistent. Sometimes after, you might need to clear your nose/throat as it gets rid of things your body is releasing - don’t be surprised. Keep your routine daily, and soon you will be amazed at what your body can do. Let’s embrace the power of the cold! May be the cold shower coming up next?... These statements have not been evaluated by FDA and for educational purposes only. Yulia Welk lives in Cable, WI and is the owner of Yulia’s Natural Skin Care products. She also teaches classes about herbs, mushrooms, and other natural living topics. For more information, visit www.

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Adventures in Living - Coming from the Heart

Submitted by Maralene Strom. Maralene is the co-publisher of Forest & Lakes Monthly, and CEO of MCS & Associates, International.

February is heart month with Valentine’s Day and the promotion of healthy hearts and the care we can take to promote heart health. Both are significant to recognize for our health. I still smile with the memory of late husband coming into our home on Valentine’s Day morning after feeding and watering our 100-head herd of Herefords. It was a Sunday morning, and our children were around ages 4 and 6. There he stood in the doorway of the entry hall and announced to us, “Look at what the Valentine Chicken brought this year for Valentine’s Day.” He stood there with a smile on his face and winked at me, as the children ran to him to find out about this new being he called the Valentine Chicken. I sat aghast, at his preposterous imagination creating a Valentine Chicken bringing goodies and a toy for the children and even for Mom. Asking him what a Valentine Chicken looked like, he responded with such convincing description of a White Rooster with a red comb, wings, and feet shaped like red hearts. The kid’s imaginations soared with questions to find out more of this unheard special holiday gift giver. One of the things the children were told was the Valentine Chicken was quite happy with their kindness for others and willingness to share at school and more. Since it was Sunday that year, the Valentine Chicken told them how happy he was they were getting ready to go to Sunday School and Church that morning. As I’ve recalled that morning, it seems the lasting message my husband was sharing was the acts of kindness in action, speech, and contributions was an important part of the heart actions we endeavoured to follow in school, work, activity, and in our family. Those of us on social media, watching the media, and interactions in our community and among our country have sometimes been dismayed with the communication seemingly negating kindness and acceptance. One of my favorite scriptures is, “Do Justice, Love Kindness. Walk humbly with God.” Micah 6:8 I find this reminder one I return to when I feel that spirit of negativity rise. Steve Maraboli, (Life, the Truth, and Being Free) said, “How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” This quote is so timely as we seek to come from the heart of kindness not only for heart month, but throughout the year. We’ve endured a very volatile political season with a lot of harsh and judgmental speech. How do we recover from this episode in our own circle of community? We remember to speak from the heart of love and kindness. We let go of judgements and remember everyone is carrying a burden within their circumstances. Desmond Tutu reminds us, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” In that good we do, let us remember to eliminate preconceived notions of others, refrain from negative gossip, be forgiving, and give everyone a second chance, or more. As Henry James said, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” So, let us enjoy the month of heart and love by opening our hearts to loving and kindness in our community, those who serve us, friends, and family.

CARE RACE LOGO Contest Submit a logo design for the CARE 2017 5K/10K Walk/Run! Your design will go on signs, posters, registration, T-shirts etc. The winner will receive $100! Logo Design Must include 1. CARE 2. Cable Area Resources Resource in Emergency 3. July 4, 2017 4. 5K & 10K 5. Can only be Black, Red, & Blue. Format can be digital or in format that can be digitized. You must agree CARE can make changes to logo. Submit by March 1, 2017 Winner will be announced on March 15th. Send entry to Brenda Brueske at Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 16


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Regional Community Notes & Events

All Community Notes & Events are also published on our website at, and on our Facebook Page.

Meetings and Group Announcements Mature Lunch Brunch Meals are served Monday thru Thursday at noon at the Barnes Town Hall 3360 County Highway N. in Barnes. Sign up at the meal site the day of, or call Dana at the Bayfield County Aging and Disability at 715 7952495 for questions or to rsvp. WI HS State Nordic Ski Championships February 10th -12th at the Telemark Resort in Cable. This event showcases the best HS and Middle school Nordic skiing athletes from all over WI. Skiers will be competing in races featuring classic & freestyle techniques. Area Snowmobile Club Information Barnestormers (Barnes) Suzette Trembley Brule River Riders Snowmobile Club - Allan Makela - president@bruleriverriders. com Get- ER -Done Club John Ruud Waino Riders Dean Baille, 715-372-4876 Four Seasons Recreational Club - Mark Hanson

Barnes Book Club The February Barnes Book Club will be discussing the book “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, on Monday, February 27 at 9:30 A.M. at the Barnes Community Church. All Readers are welcome. BAHA Recipe Book BAHA is collecting recipes for a recipe book! Share recipes special to your family or you got from a family in Barnes, we’d love to include them. Please include any anecdotes or stories about when that food was eaten, the person who usually cooked it, or anything else interesting about the recipe. You can email them to or call 715-795-2145 to get her mailing address. Barnes Community Dinner Barnes Community Church is hosting a FREE Community Dinner on February 7, 2017. The meal will be served from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Bring your family and friends! Aging Gracefully Classes “Aging Gracefully” is a low-impact exercise class free to adults of all ages and fitness levels. Class meets Thursdays at 10:00am through March 23rd at Barnes Community Church

Barnestormers Meeting Notice The Barnestormers will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, February 12 at 9:30 am at Windsors in Barnes. The Trading Post will host the Barnestormers Meat Raffle on Sunday, February 19th at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to come for the this fundraising activity. UFO Craft Meeting Meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 1:30 pm at the Barnes Town Hall. Judy Wilcox 715-795-3247 Free Snowshoe Program FREE Snowshoe Program at The Iron River National Fish Hatchery. Snowshoes available for FREE everyday from 7:00am - 4:30pm For use on hatchery trails only. Location 10325 Fairview RD, Iron River, WI (from hwy 2 in Iron River take Hyw A north for 7 mi, turn right on Fairview RD. Follow for 1 mi to Hatchery) 2017 NHS Dessert Theater The NHS Dessert Theatre presents “My Fair Lady”, Feb.11th at 7:30pm & Sunday, Feb. 12th at 2:00pm. Adults $10, K-12 & Seniors $8.00. Tickets available at NHS Main Office Monday-Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm 715-363 2434 ext 2000

Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe The Candlelight Ski and snowshoe will be held on February 11, 2017 from 5:00pm - 9:00 pm. Candles will light two miles of trails including a part of the snow shoe trail. Grills, picnic tables, and a bonfire will be provided. Trail passes not required for this event, which is sponsored by the Brule River State Forest with volunteer assistance from the Brule Valley Ski Club. Free. Shelter. Restrooms. The Winter Wildlands Alliance Film Festival Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center hosts “The Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival, celebrating the human powered winter experience through film on February 9 in the GLVC auditorium. Enjoy the films, win raffle prizes and support the Cable Natural History Museum’s educational programs. Tickets $10 at door ($5 with valid student ID) Caution: some films may contain casual profanity and intense situations). Red Hat Ladies Meeting The February Red Hat Ladies lunch will be Wednesday, February 15th at noon, at Cedar Lodge in Barnes WI.

Area Food Shelf/Holiday Meals, Drives, Dates & Sites Cable Food Shelf Date for February

Ruby’s Pantry in Hayward

Barnes Food Shelf Date - February

February 23, 2017 11:00am - 6:00pm Cable Professional Bldg./ Corner of Hwy 63 & Spruce St.

Ruby’s Pantry will be in Hayward from 5:30 - 7:00pm on February 16th. Food shares are available for a $20.00. For more information, visit

February 8, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am Barnes Community Church 200 Highway N in Barnes

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Dave Thorson - The Guide to Discovering the History & Beauty of the Eau Claire Lakes Submitted by Maralene Strom. Maralene is the co-publisher of Forest & Lakes Monthly, and CEO of MCS & Associates, International.

This tribute to Dave Thorson, owner and guide of Down To Earth Tours, is to recall the depth of contribution and friendship he offered to those who live in the area and who came as visitors. Dave lived in the Eau Claire Lakes Area with a passion for the unique natural offerings of the landscape and for the people who left their special watermark on the area. When he retired from the Idaho Forestry Department, he returned to his home in Barnes, WI and became the local storyteller of history and sites. He began his Down to Earth Tours to offer visitors and locals alike the opportunity to see the hidden treasures of the natural environment and the people who settled here. People boarded his very recognizable van, sat back to view the landscapes while Dave narrated facts and legends. His stories entertained and educated the guests with little known facts often unknown to most. He loved history and the natural environment he shared with folks. His love for the area was the underpinning of his strong belief to assure the area with all the diversity of wildlife, waterfowl, fauna, lakes, rivers and forests were retained in their natural state.

Dave Thorson organized a memorable MacQuarrie Tour, more a “Pilgrimage” to the enthusastic, dedicated, loyal fans of MacQuarrie who attended. MacQuarrie Tour participants at the MacQuarrie cabin. (MCStrom Photo)

Dave wrote several book, his most notable “Barnes, A Breath Of Fresh Air”, which is sold by several outlets and at the Barnes Area Historical Association Museum from which proceeds assist in the funding of the museum which Dave supported in numerous ways.

Dave’s plans for 2017 included doing area museum tours to let visitors and locals experience the history of the area he so loved. Last September, he led a Gordon MacQuarrie tour of renowned outdoor journalist who wrote for the Superior Evening Telegram and the Milwaukee Journal. People from various Midwest locations came for the three day tour and most had read his books as well. Yes, Dave has left a void in the area with his informative tours and storytelling he was so gifted with to share the lore and history of the area. His knowledge was shared in schools, workshops, and more. In honor of Dave’s legacy, let us all remember to care and nurture our northern Wisconsin natural environment for generations to come. To remember the historical significance as well as the importance of maintaining our landscape, lakes, rivers, and historical sites. Let us remember to keep the landscape free of damaging chemicals, unhealthy devastation of our forests, fauna, and water ways and forest animals and waterfowl. A special thanks to Ted Eastlund for providing photos and memorials.

Dave Thorson - Obituary

Submitted by Maralene Strom. Maralene is the co-publisher of Forest & Lakes Monthly, and CEO of MCS & Associates, International.

Dave Thorson, 68, of both Cumberland and Gordon, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was born October 9, 1948. He is survived by son Kevin (Tina) Thorson of Spokane, WA; mother Ruth Thorson of Cumberland; brother Rick (Lynne) Thorson of Robbinsdale, MN; sisters Jean (Robert) Odell of Cumberland and Judy (Eugene) Catlin of Comstock; grandsons Alexander, Gaebriel and Zachery Thorson. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Thorson, and an infant brother. A full obituary will be published prior to the memorial service that will be held in the spring. Skinner Funeral Home is serving the family. (printed in the Cumberland Advocate) Dave taking a pic after Fall 2015 LEEP field trip with Drummond 7th grades

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Remembering Dave Thorson - Memories from Family, Friends, and Co-Workers Submitted by family and friends of Dave Thorson


e was a key player in establishing the leadership for the initial ad hoc Eurasian Water Milfoil Committee in the Town of Barnes. His leadership established the first DNR grant for our EWM problem. This grant provided the necessary funds to: activate an aquatic plant point-intersect study of some 15 plus lakes in our area; to provide lake landing monitors at our busiest lake landings; to purchase the large EWM warning signs at all of the public lake landings in our area; and, to, eventually establish a permanent and active Aquatic Invasive Species Committee within the umbrella of the Town of Barnes. Ingemar Ekstrom (Former Chair, Aquatic Invasive Committee, Town of Barnes. Past President, FOECLA 1999-2003)


his is sad news. He was such a great guy and so interesting and knowledgeable. He will be greatly missed. Jeremy Bates, Wisc DNR


have known Dave for many years and have developed a closeness to him, not just because my summer place is close to his home, but because I’ve developed a somewhat kindred connection with this singular individual. I believe we shared a love for all that makes northwestern Wisconsin what it is - nature at it’s finest. And, a burning desire to keep what we have. He had a unique way of conveying this knowledge to anyone who would listen. Reading his book “Barnes, A Breath Of Fresh Air” gives the reader a glimpse into the depth of his knowledge and dedication. I had the distinct honor to assist Dave in a small way as he compiled this wonderful collection of information. His passion for the out of doors was contagious to say the least. He was a true ambassador in promoting stewardship for the preservation of all of God’s gifts to us in the north. HE WILL BE SO VERY MISSED! Lloyd (Buzz) Pickering (friend)


o unexpected...such a terrible loss to family, friends and the entire community. Dave will be missed and all of his contributions remembered long into all of our memories...with thanks for all he shared over the years. Thanks, Ted, for letting us all know. Carol K LeBreck (Retired UW professor, environmentalist)


lost a dear friend! He was a source of history and nature and we will miss him. I hope the lake association will do something at his memorial.

John Kudlas (Retired educator, curriculum developer, volunteer museum curator)


first met Dave while serving with him on the Property Owners Association board. His love for the lakes and natural beauty in the Barnes area was contagious. While serving on the board as president, Dave was always looking for new ways to get the message of lake stewardship out to the public. Some of these efforts included publications like the 10 best things you can do for our lakes (not sure if this title is correct), but the publication provided the lake property owner with a check list on how to protect and enhance the quality of our lakes. Dave also organized numerous seminars on lake stewardship which were usually held in the basement of Cedar Lodge. Dave’s knowledge of the area, his environmental ethic and his natural ability to educate others will be missed by many. Sue and Lee Wiesner (retired DNR warden and biologist, lake association past president 20052008, Chair, Aquatic Invasive Committee, Town of Barnes)


ur Eau Claire Lakes area is losing one of its biggest fans, a man who was a devoted advocate for its environmental, cultural, and historical resources. Like you, we will miss our good neighbor. Bill & Cindy Patza


first met Dave while serving with him on the POA board. His love for the lakes and natural beauty in the Barnes area was contagious. While serving on the board as president, Dave was always looking for new ways to get the message of lake stewardship out to the public. Some of these efforts included publications like the 10 best things you can do for our lakes (not sure if this title is correct), but the publication provided the lake property owner with a check list on how to protect and enhance the quality of our lakes. Dave also organized numerous seminars on lake stewardship which were usually held in the basement of Cedar Lodge. Dave’s knowledge of the area, his environmental ethic and his natural ability to educate others will be missed by many. Lee Wiesner, (retired DNR warden and biologist)

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Facts About Dental Disease in Pets

Submitted by Dr. Monica Brilla, DVM of Northland Veterinary Clinic 8560 Topper Road Iron River WI 54847 (715) 372-5590

85% of all pets over the age of 2 have developed periodontal disease, which is the most common disease in pets. Periodontal disease starts when plaque, a mixture of bacteria and food debris, mineralizes into calculus. This process takes only 48 hours and once formed it cannot simply be “brushed away”. The calculus leads to gingivitis (infection of the gum) and periodontal disease that if left untreated can result in the loss of bone and eventually teeth. Periodontal disease also causes infection in your pet’s mouth. The bacteria from this, infection enters your pet’s bloodstream 24 hours a day and showers their organs. This can cause significant damage to the heart, kidneys and liver. However all hope is not lost! A professional tooth cleaning is available here at Northland Veterinary Services and we also offer a wide range of at home care that you can utilize to help prevent periodontal disease in your pet. At Home Care for Your Pets Teeth Daily Brushing: This is the most effective method of prevention available, but must be performed on a daily basis. Daily brushing will prevent 80% of tartar buildup. Handouts highlighting how to properly brush your pet’s teeth are available at Northland Veterinary Services. Rinses and Gels: The next best prevention is to use a gel or rinse on your pets daily. We offer two options here at the clinic: Products: Maxiquard is a tasteless cleansing gel that is applied to the gums and aids in tissue repair as well as freshening breath. Chlorhexidine Oral Rinse is a mild disinfectant that kills bacteria, reduces plaque and freshens breath. When used daily these products will prevent 60% of tartar buildup. There are a number of other products available as well. Both in the rinses/ gels and chews/treats categories. Wax Sealants: OraVet, which is a wax sealant, is a once weekly oral treatment that will prevent 50% of tartar buildup. The initial application of this product must be applied to clean, dry teeth. This can be done at our facility following their teeth cleaning or can be applied to your puppy or kitten while they are under anesthesia for their spay or neuter. Chews, Treats and Food: When used on a daily basis these products can reduce tartar buildup by 40% Products: Enzydent Chews Greenies for cats and dogs Science Diet T/D and Oral Care All Eukanuba & Iams brand dry foods When considering these options, keep in mind that the best choice for your pet is the one that will actually get done. Please choose an option that works best for both you and your pet.

Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 22

Recipe Corner - Warm and Delicious Meals for Cold Winter Days Reciepes credited from various websites, cookbooks, and otherwise noted sources.

Chicken and Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

Orecchiette with Spinach, Sausage & Tomatoes

Ingredients: 2 tsp plus 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided ½ cup carrot or diced red bell pepper 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut into quarters)

Ingredients: 1 1/4 lbs bulk hot Italian sausage 3 cans Italian-herb diced tomatoes (5 1/4 cups), divided 12 oz uncooked orecchiette pasta 2 1/2 cups water

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1 large clove garlic, minced 5 C. chicken broth 1½ tsp dried marjoram 6 oz baby spinach, coarsely chopped 1 15-oz can cannellini beans or great northern beans, rinsed ¼ C grated Parmesan cheese ⅓ C lightly packed fresh basil leaves Freshly ground pepper to taste ¾ C plain or herbed multigrain croutons for garnish (optional)

4 garlic cloves, pressed 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional) 1/2 tsp salt 2 C grape tomatoes 1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup packed) 5 oz fresh baby spinach leaves (8 cups)

Directions: Heat 2 tsp oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Drain canned tomatoes into mixing bowl; reserve 1 cup of the tomato liquid for later use in the recipe.

Add carrot (or bell pepper) and chicken; cook until the chicken begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add drained canned tomatoes, tomato liquid from mixing bowl, pasta, water, pressed garlic, pepper flakes, if desired, and salt to skillet. Cover and cook 13-15 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Stir in broth and marjoram; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces to a clean cutting board to cool. Add spinach and beans to the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 5 minutes to blend the flavors. Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, Parmesan and basil in a food processor (a mini processor works well). Process until a coarse paste forms, adding a little water and scraping down the sides as necessary.

Directions: Cook sausage in skillet over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, breaking into crumbles.

Meanwhile, cut grape tomatoes in half, and set aside. Grate parmesean cheese, and set aside. Add grape tomatoes, spinach and reserved 1 cup tomato liquid to Skillet. Cook 1-2 minutes or until spinach is wilted, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Nutrition Information: Serving Size: about 1.5 Cups Per Serving: Calories 470, Total Fat 16 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 30 mg, Carbohydrate 57 g, Protein 22 g, Sodium 1370 mg, Fiber 6 g Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 low-fat meat, 2 fat (3 carb)

Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Stir the chicken and pesto into the pot. Season with pepper. Heat until hot. Garnish with croutons, if desired. Nutrition Information Serving Size: about 1½ cups Per serving: 226 calories; 9 g fat(2 g sat); 6 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 19 g protein; 77 mcg folate; 28 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,866 IU vitamin A; 29 mg vitamin C; 93 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 211 mg sodium; 525 mg potassium Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1 fat

Forest & Lakes Monthly February 2017 p. 23

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