Valley Sentinel - 09-08-2022

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Spring Green, Wisconsin

Thursday, September 8, 2022 | Vol. 3, No. 21 FREE, Single-Copy

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Wisconsin Life: Meet the real John Wick

Community Calendar: Live music, exhibitions, theater

RV Fall Sports Season Preview

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Ben Mulwana selected as 2022 Spring Green Musician in Residence

Wisconsin Life: Meet the real John Wick of Mazomanie, Wisconsin

Kim Nolet, Contributed

Matt Geiger, Contributed

The Spring Green Musician In Residence Board has selected Ugandan native and current Kenosha, WI resident Ben Mulwana as the 2022 Spring Green Musician in Residence. A singer and songwriter, Ben shapes his music through unique experiences, culture and people he has grown up with, not only through his upbringing in Uganda but also in Kenya, Ethiopia and America. This has all combined to give him a writing perspective, musical cadence and approach ideal for further development during the Residency. Ben will be in Spring Green from September 11th to the 24th, and his stay culminates with a sold-out show at The Sh*tty Barn on Friday, September 23rd. He will also be performing at the Spring Green Fire Department/EMS fundraiser

event on Saturday, September 17th at 11 am and will participate in the monthly Songwriters Round at the Slowpoke Lounge on Sunday, September 18th at 6 pm; both of these events are open to the public with no tickets required. He will also provide the foundation for a collaborative video with local musicians during his time in town. Watch the Musician in Residence Facebook page ( for more details. The Spring Green Musician in Residence program was created to show more support for the art of musicianship in Wisconsin by providing time and funding that can be dedicated to musical inspiration and creation. Past Musicians in Residence are Zach Pietrini, Laura Sellner, Zach Vinson and Bubbles

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Photo contributed by Spring Green Musician in Residence program Pictured is Ben Mulwana, the 2022 Spring Green Musician in Residence.

You know the action movie character John Wick? The assassin who avenges the death of his dog? Well, did you know the real John Wick lives in Wisconsin? Matt Geiger introduces us to him. I’m sitting in a roadside diner in Arena, Wisconsin, when John Wick walks through the door. The John Wick. The John Wick you may be better acquainted with is an assassin in a black suit with matching hair and beard. Over the course of three movies, he has killed somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 bad guys. Played by an earnest Keanu Reeves, he uses a pencil and a dusty book of Russian fairy tales, among other things, as lethal weapons. The films earned nearly universal praise from movie critics and thrill-seeking audiences

alike. Back at Grandma Mary’s Café, the man next to me is 96 years old, deaf, and uses a walker to get around. He eats here six days a week, and shortly after he arrives a tall glass of cold milk and a bowl brimming with fruit are placed on the table in front of him. Wick has lived in Mazomanie since 1955. He wears a baggy, blaze orange sweatshirt featuring the logo for a nearby shoe store. He also wears a wedding ring in remembrance of Helen, the woman he married in 1947. How did this John Wick and the movie “John Wick” come to share a name? Screenwriter Derek Kolstad happens to be the real John Wick’s grandson. “And he wrote a movie called ‘Scorn.’ And in that movie, he named the

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Photo contributed by Angela Major/WPR John Wick stands outside of his home Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Mazomanie, Wis.

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The (not so) Plain and Simple Correspondent: Gorby Farewell Katie Green, Columnist Gorby, farewell. Not that I spent many waking hours thinking about him in recent years, but I regret the passing of Mikail Gorbachev, a courageous and visionary man, who tried to buck the system in the USSR after the death of Stalin. For a while he was successful, putting his reputation and career on the line as President in order to pursue important goals dear to his heart: he wanted to ratchet down the Cold War by opening up lines of dialogue with the US, reduce the stockpiles of intercontinental ballistic missiles each of the great powers had, enlarge openness in the rigid political climate at home. His concepts of glasnost (a form of governmental openness where many points of view are included and a wider distribution of information is allowed) and peristroika (restructuring the economic and government system) are political attributes we could stand to apply to our own system of lopsided economics and dysfunctional government today. I, for one, am tired of feeling as if we are walking a tightrope over fiery coals...or watching the inmates of a home for the criminally insane act out their unhinged scripts. After a succession of dowdy, hardline premiers, and ineffectual drunks, Mikail (outgoing and actually possessing a sense of humor) and his smart, stylish wife Raisa were a dashing addition to the international scene, as well as allowing the whole world some respite from terror. Just maybe we wouldn't die in a flaming nuclear disaster after all! Apparently Gorbachev is much more admired in the Western countries than in Russia, where he was and still is blamed for the break-up of the conglomerate of countries bundled together as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, considered by them as the Golden Age of Soviet influence. His legacy was eclipsed for a long time and the hardline returned. Even so, his funeral was attended by many thousands – with the conspicuous absence of Mr. Putin at the public ceremony, who disdained to be seen honoring a man dedicated to diplomacy

Katie Green and world peace. One of my sons, while taking a year of study abroad long ago, picked up a cheap souvenir watch in Slovenia featuring pictures of George H.W. Bush and Gorbachev on it. That's a little weird, since it was the previous president, Ronald Reagan, not Bush, with whom Gorby met to try to iron out a non-proliferation agreement. Anyway, wouldn't it be wonderful if the death of Gorbachev revived ordinary Russians' memory of a better time and bolstered their courage to insist on glasnost and peristroika again? If that occurred, then we would have to observe more openness and reconstruction of

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rewarded was worth having to cross an ocean and join the campaign to rid the country of unethical politicians and exploitative businesses. Ghana's gain is our loss. Meantime, I give a lot of thought to the “erratic ethics” that everywhere abound, worldwide. In politics, I heard there are two candidates for office in the northern part of our state who have been convicted of felonies and are still on the ballot. Other countries suffer from similar inferior leaders. Surely there are better options for voters than these characters! Then there's the brouhaha about college debt forgiveness. There's enough sour grapes out there from those who already paid off their loans to make many vats of vinegar. Whiners don't think it's fair that now a helping hand is extended to those who struggle to pay back the loans. Sounds like the outraged dutiful son in the parable of the prodigal son. And anger is expressed by people who don't see the point of educating the populace and resent chipping in to make that happen. Who helped them along the way, I wonder? If those critics are church goers, I suggest they reacquaint themselves with the parable and the concept of “jubilee” in the Bible. Life isn't necessarily “fair” but better to rejoice with some of our fellows at their good fortune than simmer in resentment because you weren't one upon whom fortune smiled this time. In some circles such carping is termed “vulgar criticism.” Getting free of envy and the other six deadly sins is the work of a lifetime. Isn't easy but puts hair on your chest. Meanwhile, when the foibles of the human race get to be too much, the sandhill cranes stalking in slow motion ballet across the street from where I live fill me with awe and keep me somewhat grounded in the real world. Katie, who until recently lived in Plain, has been writing for fun and profit since childhood. Self-described as opinionated, she writes in the interests of a more loving, better-functioning world for all. She may be reached at

Photo contributed by Katie Green A sandhill crane in "slow motion ballet."


Dear Editor, On June 10, 2016, Republican State Senator Howard Marklein issued a statement on drug addiction and abuse,

our system, too, wouldn't we? For my pie-in-the sky agenda, on the national level I'd like to start with scuttling the cumbersome Electoral College (with its outrageously-flawed conception and tendency to aid corruption ever since) and institute universal health care. I'd like to see programs to provide nourishing food for everyone in danger of going hungry, decent shelter for everyone who needs it, full employment for the able bodied, and a guaranteed annual wage to keep money in circulation and give the poor a fighting chance to climb into the middle class. Don't be fooled, reapportioning the wealth of this richest of nations would pay for such righteous goals. A nation hums along more efficiently, without frequent destructive convulsions, if everyone has enough and is treated with dignity. Two young African American women were interviewed on the radio recently who had moved to Ghana to live. Worn out from being harassed and maltreated in their native Maryland and North Carolina, they expressed the joy and relief at being able to blend in with other people of color and not have to keep a fearful watch out for the police or white gangs. Ghana is not perfect, of course. It has political corruption and exorbitant inflation, as the women acknowledged, but being accepted and their talents

including abuse of prescription opioid pain relieving medicine. Senator Marklein stated that addictive drugs including opioids were “destroying families and taking lives from us every single day, out in the open, in our homes, our schools and our communities” and noted that almost 19,000 of 47,000 drug overdoses in 2014 were caused by opioids. Now, in the summer of 2022, Wisconsin has received $31 million in settlement funds from a multi-state lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)

wants to use the first payment of $6 million for community prevention efforts, increased availability of Narcan to reverse overdoses, and creation of treatment facilities. But Senator Marklein, as co-chair of the legislative Joint Finance Committee, responded that there was an objection, which he did not identify, and that the DHS was not free to implement its plan. Senator Marklein, who only six years ago inveighed against the unchecked abuse of opioids, now says the DHS plan is and will be blocked indefinitely to “improve” it in ways not described. So the Republican

legislature, under the leadership of Senator Marklein, is preventing the use of millions of dollars to alleviate the serious problem of opioid addiction in Wisconsin. Senator Marklein owes it to Wisconsinites to explain why on earth he is blocking the use of newly-available funds to implement the DHS opioid plan, what the alleged Republican “improvements” to the plan will consist of, and how quickly he, as a Republican leader, will act on this urgent public health problem.

Dear Editor, I am voting for Leah Spicer for the 51st State Assembly District because she cares about democracy. The 51st is a purple district. Up until May, the only choice for me and my neighbors was red. Out of 56,000 people here in the 51st district, she is the only person who stepped forward to challenge Todd Novak by putting

her name on the ballot. Her decision to put herself forward when no one else would illustrates to me that she is serious. It shows me that she is committed to fighting for our democracy and providing bold ideas and options to the people of the 51st. It shows me that she cares about us. While certain assembly members strip away our rights, Leah Spicer is working two jobs, raising three little kids, helping her

aging parents, and campaigning for all of us. We must begin to build back our progressive power on the state and local level, and Leah Spicer is the best chance we have. If you are pro-democracy, join me in voting for Leah Spicer on November 8th.

Dear Editor, If you want to understand the urgency of our current moment, look to young parents. More than most, we’re the ones who bear the brunt of the unprecedented problems we face today. That’s why I am voting for Leah Spicer who in running against Todd Novak for the 51st Assembly District seat. As a mother of young children, Leah understands the challenges facing parents

with little kids: the struggle we have finding and paying for childcare; the reality of juggling school, daycare, work, and family time; and the worry that our kids could grow up in a world with less rights and economic opportunities than previous generations. Leah cares about public education and teachers, administrators, after-school teachers, cooks and janitors. I know that Leah will always strive to prioritize and

fully fund rural public schools, and that she cares about the well-being of families. Her opponent, meanwhile, is out of touch with the struggles parents and working people face. If you want a candidate that will fight for us, I hope you will consider voting for Leah Spicer on November 8th.

Marilyn Martin Richland Center, Wisconsin

Marie Baker Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Erin Crooks Lynch Spring Green, Wisconsin


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Our Fragile Democracy — Part 4: Voters and Parties Beverly Pestel, Columnist “Our Fragile Democracy” is a series of thought-provoking columns by retired local professor Beverly Pestel exploring the history and struggles of our nation's form of government from its founding to our current social, cultural and political tensions — looking at solutions and means of learning to work with one another, in hopes of preserving our democracy. … Late in the evening of Aug. 2 nearly 60% of Kansas voters let out a sigh of relief. The Kansas Legislature had included in the primary election an amendment to the state constitution. If passed, it would have allowed them to enact anti-abortion laws that are currently unconstitutional – it failed. The Republican legislators, the agents of the representative democracy system, were overturned by the voters of our direct democracy system. The voter turnout during this primary broke all records and reached the level of a Presidential election turnout. Three cheers for democracy. This begs the questions: Do voters always engage in our democracy as they should? Do our representatives always honor the wishes of the voters? I hope to get to those two questions later, but the thing that intrigues me at the moment is how our political party system influences our vote. In a recent video, Heather Cox Richardson, American historian and professor of history at Boston College, made an interesting point. According to her, the writers of the Constitution did not consider that political parties would form, much less that they would become a

controlling part of our political decisions. They probably should have. The vote to amend the Kansas Constitution was a nonpartisan issue, it was included on both the Republican and Democratic primary ballots and Independent voters were also able to vote on it. As such, it allowed voters to divorce themselves from their party affiliation and vote directly on an issue. This happens, but probably not often enough. After getting rid of the King, the Founders wrote the Constitution assuming that everyone was going to be on the same team, we are all just Americans, right? So, when and how did political parties emerge? If you go to multiple sources, you will get multiple answers. Groups with differing views on how government should work have been with us from the beginning, and that is one thing. Deciding to band together to promote or impose specific views on the functioning of government or place certain people in office is another. This banding together actually showed up very early in our political history. When George Washington stepped down as President after two terms, the constitutional process of selecting candidates for the presidency began to morph. When Washington was selected as President using the Electoral College, the proportional system as designed worked just fine with individual electors of each state functioning independently to cast their votes. As the election of 1796 approached, however, Jefferson realized that if the Virginia delegation all worked together and backed him as a winnertake-all candidate, his election was almost guaranteed. From here onward, political parties were off and running.

Should the Founders have seen this coming? As early as 1780, before the Constitution was even written, John Adams wrote: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into

Beverly Pestel two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” Washington in his farewell address warned of the emergence of these political parties. “…combinations or Associations…may now & then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the People, & to usurp for themselves the reins of Government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” Adams and Washington called it. So, we have entrenched parties, complete with loyalties that call to us regardless

of whether the positions of that party tend toward our benefit. Because of party primaries, we are locked out of expressing our choices on some important races that only appear on the other ballot. We have bills dying in Congress when one party does not have a large enough majority to pass them and the opposite party refuses to function in a bipartisan manner. We have congratulatory fist-bumping when a bill proposed by one party is subverted by the other even when the benefits would go to sick and dying veterans. Oh dear, it is too depressing to continue with this. CRACKED, from the earliest days of our union. Fractured now almost to the point of no return. But wait, in Kansas, the parties fell away and the voters prevailed in an independent decision based on a need to preserve individual rights and freedoms. Direct democracy won the day over an out-of-control representative democracy. The Pledge of Allegiance prevailed – “liberty and justice for all.” Democracy, cracked and fragile, but with the promise and pledge still alive and fighting. “We the People…in Order to form a more perfect Union…promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution…” A Constitution and democracy protected only by our informed, well-reasoned, and overwhelming votes. A victory in Kansas to be celebrated and learned from. Beverly is a retired professor. She lives in a remodeled farmhouse and tends 40 acres of woodland in Richland County. When not in the woods she spends her time reading, writing and enjoying the beauty of the Driftless Area.

Your Right to Know — Outsiders can’t block records access Christa Westerberg, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council

Wisconsin’s open records law is most often used by requesters seeking to obtain records from a government agency. But occasionally it works in reverse, allowing someone to block the release of records to a requester. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has recently affirmed important limits on such efforts. Ironically, it was the court that created the opportunity in the first place. Up until 1996, the notion that someone could prevent a records custodian from fulfilling someone else’s records request was not recognized in Wisconsin law. But that

year, the court created a private right of action to seek the denial of records access in a case, Woznicki v. Erickson, concerning a school district employee accused of improper contact with a minor. Public employees and others were given a pre-release right to review and attempt to suppress certain records. But for years afterwards, in the words of former Freedom of Information Council President Jeff Hovind, “public record keepers struggled with the hows, whos, whens, and whys of this new process.” Many records were now being released only after “a long, often expensive legal jangle.”

Christa Westerberg The Wisconsin Legislature created a special committee to study the issue and make recommendations. That

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led to the bipartisan passage in 2003 of what was known as the “Woznicki Fix.” It limited the ability of nonrequesters to review records before they were released to a few narrow categories of people: public employees who were the subject of a disciplinary investigation, persons named in records created by private employers, and persons named in records obtained through subpoena and search warrant. And it set strict timelines, so that disputes could be

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quickly resolved and any responsive records made available as soon as possible. Problem solved, right? Wrong. In 2020, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce brought a case that, had it succeeded, would have made the Woznicki Fix almost meaningless and the right to block the release of public records expansive. Alerted that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

intended to release data on certain businesses with two or more COVID-19 cases, WMC and two other trade groups sued to block release under a different law: Wisconsin’s declaratory judgments act. Initially, WMC was successful. It convinced a circuit court to put a stay on the release of records while the case was litigated. But this summer, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the Legislature had “in no uncertain terms” limited the right to review and

block release of records. It concluded that WMC’s claim was barred by the statute. The group has since filed a motion for reconsideration, which remains pending. While WMC lost the case, it did succeed in blocking the release of these records for nearly two years, until long after this information was useful from a news-gathering or public health point of view. And it demonstrated that battles transparency advocates think they have won sometimes have to be fought

again. Let’s hope that this time, the win sticks. Your Right to Know is a monthly column distributed by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council (, a group dedicated to open government. Christa Westerberg is the Council’s vice president and a partner at the Pines Bach law firm in Madison, Wisconsin. She filed an amicus brief in this case on behalf of the Council and other organizations.

Wisconsin Life: Meet the real John Wick of Mazomanie, Wisconsin continued from page 1 assassin John Wick, for his grandfather. And the assassin’s wife, Helen, for his grandmother,” said Wick. “It was Keanu Reeves, who in a desire to create a series of movies, removed the name ‘Scorn’ and gave it the name ‘John Wick.’” So, what does he think of the movies that bear his name and have racked up more than half a billion dollars at the global box office? “No, I haven’t seen them. And Derek knows I haven’t seen them. But on the internet I followed them and kept track of the numbers — the showing,” said Wick. “I don’t go to movies, because I can’t hear them. I don’t have a television, because I can’t hear it.” Despite not seeing — or hearing — them, he has enjoyed the movies’ success. “Oh yeah, it’s been a lot of fun,” he said smiling. In the movies, Wick fights against villains who killed a puppy that was a gift from his recently deceased wife. As I sit

here with Mr. Wick, it occurs to me just how important Helen, who died five years ago, is. The real John Wick grew up on a farm, joined the U.S. Navy, and had a long career in construction. He proudly points out the size of his family — his “clan” as he calls them — which includes 58 people. Despite all the fun, outlandish aesthetics and action of the film, perhaps what makes these movies so popular is how they capture the bond between two people. When someone we love is taken in real life — usually simply by time rather than assassins — we are left to go on without them. But we refuse. We hold on, and in our memories, in the stories we tell, we keep them here in our world, just a little longer. “Over the years, Helen and I often went into Madison, to eat and go to a movie. Just the two of us,” reminisced Wick. John Wick’s grandson told a story that’s been seen and heard by millions of

people. Here in Grandma Mary’s diner, surrounded by clattering dishes and far from Hollywood, the original John Wick tells his own story. They’re not about the movies that bear his name, but of the films he used to see, all those years ago, and the person with whom he saw them.

Photo contributed by Angela Major/WPR John Wick, right, and Rosie Peterson, left, share a greeting at Grandma Mary’s Café.

Ben Mulwana selected as 2022 Spring Green Musician in Residence continued from page 1 Brown. The idea was born from a collaboration between Springboard, a local civic

incubator, and The Shitty Barn Sessions, a local music venue known for bringing a variety of high quality music to Spring Green. We wanted a way to provide a


An original version of this story ran on Wisconsin Public Radio's 'Wisconsin Life.' Matt Geiger is a Midwest Book Award Winner, a national American Book Fest Finalist, and an international Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist.

fair wage for creation and performance, promote growth among local artists via collaborations, and bring even more original music to Spring Green.

Administrative and financial support for the program is generated from volunteers, local performance venues, The Shitty Barn Sessions, River Valley ARTS and The Wisconsin Arts Board.

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Reflections from Lost Horizon Farm — The Dairy Barn (Part 1) Barb Garvoille, Columnist Each edition, retired dairy farmer Barb Garvoille brings her musings on dairy farm life from her own years of experience on Lost Horizon Farm with her late husband Vince “Mr. Farmer” Garvoille. This mooving memoir focuses on 1980-2000, join Barb as she rises with the herd.

The focal point of any livestock farm is its barn. Lost Horizon Farm's 32’x90’ barn is a bank barn with limestone walls 2 feet thick, pine sideboards painted red, and oak flooring and beams. The original part of the barn (30’x30’) with 2 bays was erected in the 1860's. In 1907, an additional 3 bays were added. 1968 saw the downstairs completely remodeled with new mangers, walkway and gutter cemented in as well as new stanchions and dividers installed. Left in place on the lime rock walls and still visible to this day were the metal rings to which horse teams were tied years ago. The Hay Mow Component of the Dairy Barn Left remaining upstairs was an historic wooden hay diverter on its railed track in the center of the haymow. When loose hay used to be stored in barns and before motordriven hay elevators were widely used, a hay diverter received either loose hay or baled hay that was brought up to it in the jaws of a fork with 3 or 4 curved tines four feet in length. The forked load was moved upward via a pulley drawn by either horsepower or a tractor. The loose hay was released from the fork onto the diverter that was tipped either to the left or to the right. Once both sides of a mow were full, the diverter could be pulled out of the way to the next mow, and the center of the mow could then be filled by allowing the fork to drop its load straight down. Our hay mow was filled with hay during summertime, and year-round had storage bins for both calf feed and cow feed. When fresh feed had been delivered, there was the lingering smell of molasses, corn and oats, and when first, second, or third crop hay had been stacked in the mow, there was the sweet smell of freshly cut grass and alfalfa. New hay made the mow an olfactory paradise! A multitude of barn cats had their homes in the haymow, and in

wintertime, especially, the smell of cat urine was inescapable. Mingled in were the musky animal smells of visitors and sometime residents in the hay barn: raccoons, opossums, rats and

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mice, and the occasional woodchuck. When a new hay crop was in the mow, the giant double doors at the top of the inclined plane that was the driveway to it were left open for maximum ventilation. At twilight, bats would fly in and out of the doorway on their hunt for insects. On one occasion, a terrified, injured doe had run into the darkened hay mow through that open doorway. Her presence was detected because of the unusual sound of her footfalls on the oak floorboards! In the wintertime, on very cold days, hoarfrost made the hay mow an incredible crystalline landscape. On every blade of hay poking out of the stacked hay bales, on the loose hay on the floor, on hay ropes, fork handles, shovels, interior barn boards, and stretches of electric wire over feed bins were shimmering ice crystals. Thousands of abandoned spider webs became a showcase of gossamer beauty. When the sun shone in between the barn boards, the directed rays of the sunlight on the frosted contents of the hay barn made the confines look as one might imagine Heaven to appear. Constructed to the walls of each mow were homemade ladders to help a person get atop stacked hay or reach a shielded light fixture, and on the floor of each mow was a chute with a recessed sliding cover that could be opened in order to throw small squares of baled hay into the mangers below. Sometimes the chutes were left open to provide better ventilation in the dairy part of the barn. Several of the mows had grated or covered openings through which loose hay or straw could be pitched into a pile below and then used either to bed the cows or to line

Photo contributed by Barb Garvoille The girls roller blading in recently opened mow space and Mr. Farmer observing.

Photo contributed by Barb Garvoille Inside the dairy barn with a view of the hay diverter.

Photo courtesy Eva and Leo Lins Family The Barn, circa 1969.

the gutter. Anyone walking in the hay part of the barn always had to remember to check for or be aware of open chutes. A slip from the top of a mow full of hay to the cemented manger in the diary part of the barn would mean a fall of roughly 25-30 feet. When the chutes were left open, it was not uncommon for young kittens exploring their environs in the hay mow to fall through. Usually the small animals suffered no ill effects. The hard part was for the human to figure where amongst the thousands of bales of hay the kitten's litter mates were located and then to maneuver to that spot. Careful listening for kitten sounds or observing the path of a returning mother cat could be helpful. The hay mow was the residence of the stationary feed mixer and assorted conveyors. Silage could be mechanically unloaded from the silos into the conveyors and deposited into the mixer. When full enough, the mixer would be turned on, bagged supplements such as salt or mineral poured in, and the entire batch would be rotated by the mixer's great augers into a kind of custom tailored cow feed. A critical step in operating the feed mixer was to never neglect a visual check of its cavernous interior before loading. Raccoons or opossums would sometimes crawl into it to feed on leftover bits of grain. If any animal were to be inside when the mixer was started, it would,of course, be killed and its body stretched on the auger to an incredible length. The dead animal would also contaminate the ton of feed just mixed. We knew this from bitter experience! As the year's crop of hay was fed out of the mow, it left open space for the basketball hoop on rollers that could

be brought out of storage, positioned on the mow floor, and weighted down with barn lime bags. The greater the amount of hay used, the bigger the basketball "court" became. When a sufficient space was free of hay, the rope swing would be unwound from its beam, and another play activity created. In the spring, it was not unusual to send someone up to throw hay bales down to the cows, and hear the hollering of a delighted person having a ride on the swing or hear the basketball thumping on the mow floor. Once in a while, a ricocheting ball might even come sailing down an open chute in front of a very surprised cow! Open mow space above the barn driveway was a godsend in the summertime because it could be used as one more place (besides the machine sheds) where a hay wagon loaded with newly baled hay could be parked when a sudden rainstorm stopped the process of getting the bales onto the elevator and into the mow. Sometimes, when calf hutches were full, a space on the mow floor provided the temporary and cozy home site for a newborn calf. A wire calf panel could be coaxed into a ring and tied in place with baler twine. Loose hay or straw in the mow would provide the bedding for the calf ring, and hay bales would be moved into place around it to prevent draftiness. Barb has called Lost Horizon Farm, just north of Spring Green, her home for the past 42 years. She is fond of all creatures (including snakes). Her joy stems from being able to be outdoors every day observing and treasuring the plant and animal life on her small piece of this planet. She loved milking cows and is proud to have been a dairy farmer.

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COmmunitycalendar Events for September 9 - September 22 Friday, September 9 Richland County Fair 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM . Richland County Fairgrounds, 23630 Co Hwy AA, Richland Center . . Carnival rides, balloon creations and magic shows, axe throwing, demolition derby, beer garden and more! Check online for the full schedule and event details!

Saturday, September 10 Spring Green Farmers Market 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM . S230 E. Monroe St., Spring Green . Spring Green Farmers Market Is a year-round outdoor market offering seasonal produce, local meats, baked goods and many other wonderful items. Held outside the Spring Green Community Public Library every Saturday morning. Pre-orders are recommended. Visit our Facebook or Instagram page or email for a list of participating vendors and their contact into. Driftless Landscape Tour 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM . Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, 5607 Cty. Rd. C, Spring Green . . Adult $25, Student, Senior & Military $20, Kids 6 and under are free . Join us for a conversation about the interconnectedness of land and culture while enjoying a 1-mile walk across the Taliesin estate. This outdoor tour will speak to the natural history of the estate, using Frank Lloyd Wright as the connecting theme between topics. Explore the landscape that Wright felt drawn to and learn about the geology, ecology, and agricultural history of southwestern Wisconsin that attracts so many people to the Driftless Area. APT: Saturday Salon 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM . American Players Theater, 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green . . A casual conversation with APT and Leadership about whatever is on your mind. Free event. LIVE MUSIC: Richland County Fair 12:00 PM - 10:30 PM . Richland County Fairgrounds, 23630 Co Hwy AA, Richland Center . . Carnival rides, balloon creations and magic shows, axe throwing (No open toed shoes), pedal pull, meat animal sale, beer garden and more! Live music from High Mileage Band at 7! Check online for the full schedule and event details! THEATER: Play Talk – The Rivals 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM . American Players Theater, 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green . . Learn more about the plays. Visit our website for specific topics and speakers as they become available. $5 or Free with an APT Insider's Card. LIVE MUSIC: Bluegrass Jam 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM . Spring Green General Store, 137 S. Albany St., Spring Green . 608-5880-707,, . Free event. All ages welcome! Bluegrass Jams will be held on the second Saturday of each month. While the weather permits they'll be held on our back deck. Bring your instrument and play along or come to listen; all are welcome. LIVE MUSIC: Rare Element 7:30 PM . Slowpoke Lounge, 137 W Jefferson St., Spring Green . . Rare Element performs high energy instrumental funk music in a truly unique manner. The band’s highly talented roster coupled with it’s creative and intricate arrangements make Rare Element a must-see act. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Sunday, September 11 APT: Sunday Salon 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM . Post House Garden, E. Jefferson St. Spring Green . . A casual conversation with APT and Leadership about whatever is on your mind. Free event. Richland County Fair 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM . Richland County Fairgrounds, 23630 Co Hwy AA, Richland Center . . Carnival rides, balloon creations and magic shows, axe throwing (No open toed shoes) and more! Live music from High Mileage Band at 7! Check online for the full schedule and event details! Fall Garden Cleanup—End of Season Lessons Learned 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM . Community Gardens, Corner of Westmor Street and Locust Drive, Spring Green . As the growing season ends, we can look back and learn, plus plan for next year. For gardeners, winter is the time to evaluate, research and plan for next year. Bring your stories, thoughts and questions for a fun and educational discussion about gardening. The discussion will be led by Roger Reynolds. For more information, look up River Valley Area Community Gardens on Facebook! Tarot Readings with Gwyn Padden-Lechten 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM . North Earth Crystals & Gifts, 124 W. Jefferson St, Spring Green . . Dianne Walters-Butler is a Psychic Medium of over 30 years. Besides connecting with your loved ones on The Other Side. She is gifted with insight into such issues as relationships, business, addiction, and untimely deaths. $60 per half hour session. Walk-in appointments will be taken as availability allows. Time slots fill up quickly, so please call 608.588.3313 to set up an appointment. River Valley Stadium Open House 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM . River Valley High School Sports Stadium, 660 Varsity Blvd, Spring Green . . During this time, we invite everyone from the community to check out the new synthetic turf and track and have any questions answered by River Valley staff. In addition, the River Valley Athletic Booster Club will be serving free popcorn.

Monday, September 12 Morrill Lecture Series: Being the change — Getting from concern to action Rob Greenfield 6:30 PM - 5:00 PM . . Octagon Barn, E4350 Horseshoe Rd, Spring Green . Rob Greenfield, activist, humanitarian and Wisconsin native, will share how he began his transformation from "drunk dude" to "dude making a difference." He'll share what inspired his move to action, what obstacles he encountered and how he overcame them, and how he maintains his resilience and energy. Trivia Night 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM . Slowpoke Lounge, 137 W Jefferson St., Spring Green . . Join us for a night of Trivia! Kyle Adams will host as we put teams together for a contest of trivia. Come for the prizes, stay for the fun! First Question at 7:00 - and it should last about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Tuesday, September 13 Monthly Community Potluck 11:30 PM - 1:00 PM . Spring Green Community Center, 117 S Washington St, Spring Green . . Bring a dish to pass! All are welcome! Ending time is an estimate only and varies.

Wednesday, September 14 Fall Storytime 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM . 234 N. Broadway St, Lone Rock. . . Join us for storytime and crafts! Storytime 10:00 AM . Spring Green Community Library, 230 E. Monroe St. Spring Green . . (608) 588-2276 . Join Ms. Grace for storytime at the library. We'll have stories, songs, and fun! We ask that people sign up in advance through the library website, as storytime will not be hosted if less than 3 families sign up. Families are still welcome to attend if they have not signed up, but be sure to check the website or Facebook page to ensure we have not cancelled for that day. Homeschool Group 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM . Twin Valley Lake, Gov. Dodge State Park, 4175 WI-23, Dodgeville . 608.553.3292 . Homeschooling? Interested? Area Homeschool families meet to play, explore, share resources and experience. ALL are welcome! LIVE MUSIC: Shitty Barn Session 274 — Gaines & Wagoner // Three Hours 7:00 PM . 506 E Madison St, Spring Green . . Doors open at 6 . Tickets are $15. Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines have been in-demand private instructors session musicians and performers in the Midwest for over three decades with tours spanning the US and Europe. They bring together multiple genres as founding members of Harmonious Wail (vintage jazz), The Common Faces (original “folk-soul”), The Bob Westfall Band (original “jazz-grass”), The Moon Gypsies (Americana), The Stellanovas (“cafe jazz”) and more!

Thursday, September 15 Stitch and Bitch 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM . Spring Green General Store, 137 S. Albany St. Spring Green . . The Spring Green General Store’s Stitch and Bitch handwork group meets Thursday afternoons weekly. All are welcome. LIVE MUSIC: The Honey Pies @ Local Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM . Post House Garden, Jefferson Street, Spring Green . Look up “The Shed” on Facebook for more . Grills will be fired and beverages available, so come and enjoy the best that River Valley has to offer! Wine & Yoga 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM . Wild Hills Winery, 30940 Oakridge Dr., Muscoda . . Come for the wine specials...stay for a peaceful and rejuvenating yoga session with certified instructor Lara Carpenter. All sessions are held outdoors in our vineyard. Yoga sessions are $10 cash only. Knit Night at Nina’s 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM . Nina’s Department Store, 143 E. Jefferson St. Spring Green . . Every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome. Store closed after 5:30 pm.

Friday, September 16 Tour of Wyoming Valley School Cultural Art Center 11:00 PM - 3:00 PM . 6306 State Road 23, Spring Green . 608.588.2544 or see us on Facebook . 45 min tours of Wyoming Valley School Cultural Art Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours at 11, 1 and 2. Adults $6; Seniors, students and military $5; under 6 free. St. John's Family Tailgate 5:30 PM . 6306 State Road 23, Spring Green . In true tailgate fashion, this is a BYOE (bring your own everything) event! We bring the heat. You bring the meat. There will be several grills available for you to use to grill your meat. Come to St. John's parking lot & enjoy some fun before the River Valley Football game! Game time is 7:00PM. Go to the game or keep hanging out and listen on WRCO. Questions? Contact Meg at

Saturday, September 17 Spring Green Farmers Market 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM . S230 E. Monroe St., Spring Green . Spring Green Farmers Market Is a year-round outdoor market offering seasonal produce, local meats, baked goods and many other wonderful items. Held outside the Spring Green Community Public Library every Saturday morning. Pre-orders are recommended. Visit our Facebook or Instagram page or email for a list of participating vendors and their contact into. Driftless Landscape Tour 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM . Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, 5607 Cty. Rd. C, Spring Green . . Adult $25, Student, Senior & Military $20, Kids 6 and under are free . Join us for a conversation about the interconnectedness of land and culture while enjoying a 1-mile walk across the Taliesin estate. This outdoor tour will speak to the natural history of the estate, using Frank Lloyd Wright as the connecting theme between topics. Explore the landscape that Wright felt drawn to and learn about the geology, ecology, and agricultural history of southwestern Wisconsin that attracts so many people to the Driftless Area. Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: Local Stop - Mary’s Organic Farm 10:00 AM 4:00 PM . E3346 Kessenich Road, Plain . Free . . The Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: a celebration of rural living is a unique opportunity to explore the vibrant and resilient small farm community of Northern Sauk and Richland Counties! For the full list of participants, visit: Slo-Pitch Softball Tournament 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM . Kaul Park, WI-130, Bear Valley . 9v9 (can have subs if needed), 10 teams max, $150 per team, Top 3 payout, Teams must sign up via Great Lakes Sports Leagues, not at event. For more information, look up the event on Facebook! LIVE MUSIC AND FOOD: Spring Green Fire and EMS Open House 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM . Spring Green Fire Department, 327 S Winsted St, Spring Green . . We are excited to invite the community into the station to see what we do and to remind our neighbors how to stay safe when an emergency arises. This awareness day will include: Live local music, fire truck rides, fire hose spray competitions, jaws of life demos, DNR/WI River Project life jacket safety, canoe/ boating safety, Med Flight, SG Police, Alliant Energy Wires and Fires, Free blood pressure and blood sugar check. Also a variety of raffle items, as well as hot dogs, brats, chips, and a drink for sale. Live music from Ben Mulwana, Musician in Residence. THEATER: Play Talk – A Raisin in the Sun 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM . American Players Theater, 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green . . Learn more about the plays. Visit our website for specific topics and speakers as they become available. $5 or Free with an APT Insider's Card. Savanna Institute Spring Green Campus Open House 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM . Savanna Institute, North Farm, E6828 State Rd 60, Spring Green. Come explore the agroforestry research and education going on at Savanna Institute. Deep rooted foods table ongoing, Driftless nutshells 1:30-2:30, River float with the River Alliance of Wisconsin Meet At Pecks Landing 1 PM (must register through their website to participate), Farm tour 2:00-3:00.


Community Events for September 9 - September 22 Saturday, September 17 cont. LIVE MUSIC: Gerri DiMaggio 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM . Slowpoke Lounge, 137 W Jefferson St., Spring Green . . With the sound of a night club singer right out of a 1940's film noir Gerri DiMaggio evokes romantic nostalgia with a modern edge. Tickets $10 in advance/$15 at the door.

Sunday, September 18 YOGA: Sunday Series — Yoga for Rural Bodies 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM . North of Plain in a private studio space . Cost varies . . This series, held on select Sundays thru October, will help you build a regular movement and mobility practice based in the yoga traditions. This Sunday will focus on the spine. Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: Local Stop - Mary’s Organic Farm 10:00 AM 4:00 PM . E3346 Kessenich Road, Plain . Free . . The Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: a celebration of rural living is a unique opportunity to explore the vibrant and resilient small farm community of Northern Sauk and Richland Counties! For the full list of participants, visit: OPEN HOUSE: Harrisburg School & Museum 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM . Harrisburg One-Room School House, E7646 Cty Rd. B, Spring Green . . . Restored one-room school, veterans exhibit, farm equipment museum, area historical memorabilia. LIVE MUSIC: Acoustic Jam 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM . Spring Green General Store, 137 S. Albany St., Spring Green . 608-5880-707,, . Free event . All ages welcome! Acoustic Jams will be held on the third Saturday of each month. While the weather permits they'll be held on our back deck. Bring your instrument and play along or come to listen; all are welcome. THEATER: The Backstage Series — Mission Control: Stage Managers Make It all Happen 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM . American Players Theater, 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green . . $5.00 or Free with APT Insider's Card . Interested in learning firsthand from the extraordinary team that makes sure each performance runs smoothly? Come listen, learn, and laugh with American Players Theatre's exceptional stage management team as we go backstage. LIVE MUSIC: Ben Mulwana at Slowpoke Songwriters Round 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM . Slowpoke Lounge, 137 W Jefferson St., Spring Green . . No cover, but tips are always welcome. Featuring Tracy Mangold, Jay Hoffman, Tom Miron and Ben Mulwana. Musician in Residence, and honorary Driftless resident for two weeks, Ben Mulwana will perform as part of the Slowpoke Songwriters Round. These are great, stripped-down, "storytellers" sessions with multiple musicians taking turns sharing their works. Check out Slowpoke Lounge's events page for more details.

Thursday, September 8, 2022 Page 7 Thursday, September 22 cont. Knit Night at Nina’s 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM . Nina’s Department Store, 143 E. Jefferson St. Spring Green . . Every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome. Store closed after 5:30 pm. Songs for a New World 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM . Slowpoke Lounge, 137 W Jefferson St., Spring Green . . Join us for a River Valley Players concert production of Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make. Brown introduces his audience to an array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket, to a woman whose” dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage.Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

WHAT’S HANGINg ? ongoing art exhibitions

Local Art at the Library: Sharon Nicholas and Amber Westerman Hours Vary . Spring Green Community Library, 230 E. Monroe St., Spring Green . Sharon Nicholas is exhibiting her Bead Architecture in the Glass Case Gallery. Amber Westerman is illustrating a variety of her architectural design projects with hand-drawn sketches, color marker presentation drawings, hand drafted plans and elevations, computer aided drafting (CAD) plans, photographs and more in the Community Room Gallery . Monday-Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM . Friday: 10 AM - 5 PM . Saturday: 9 AM - 1 PM . Art in the Woods Sunrise - Sunset . Throughout APT property, 5950 Golf Course Rd, Spring Green . . FREE . Art in the Woods is a series of art installations displayed throughout the APT property. Art that evokes conversation, that intertwines with our landscape, that sparks your imagination. Art in the Woods is presented with major support from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Monday, September 19 Healthy You 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM . Spring Green Community Center 117 S. Washington St. Spring Green . . Free event . Dawn Kabot will host sessions on health issues. You will be provided with simple, realistic steps that you can take to achieve and maintain your best health. Myths will be debunked. Be prepared to share the health topics that you would like most addressed and ask questions about health that you would like to have answered. Evenings Afield: Controlling Invasive Plants 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM . Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, 5607 County Rd C, Spring Green . . Learn how to identify and control common invasive plants in our area from people who have battled them for many years. See plant samples, tools that work well, and both print and online resources that help in the field. Registration required. Exploring the Caves of the Driftless 6:30 PM . Grandma Mary’s Brisbane Hall,175 Hwy 14, Arena . (608) 228-0261 . Doris Green, local author of “Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines and Tunnels” will present a visual power point of the local caves of Southwest Wisconsin. Sponsored by Arena Historians. Free. Open to all. A Night of Words 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM . Slowpoke Lounge, 137 W Jefferson St., Spring Green . . An open mic. Watch. Listen. Speak. Share. Maybe you have a favorite poem, or passage from a book you’d like to share. Or maybe you write your own and are ready to share it with the rest of us. Maybe you just want to tell a story. Or maybe you just want to listen. It’s all good. Let’s hang out and share words together. Poetry. Stories. Original work and old favorites.

Tuesday, September 20 Family Storytime 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM . Plain Kraemer Library and Community Center, 910 Main St, Plain . . Fun stories, songs, and themed activities each week for children and their caregivers. Stories and songs 20-30 minutes followed by craft/activity. Children under 6 must be accompanied. Taliesin Program with Keiran Murphy 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM . Spring Green Community Library, 230 E Monroe Street, Spring Green. . Speaker Keiran Murphy began as a Taliesin tour guide over 25 years ago and has become an historian for the building. She will give a history of the home in a PowerPoint presentation including unusual photographs. Her presentation will be one-and-a-half hours with questions. This free event is open to the public and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 21 Open Play 10:30AM - 11:15 AM . Spring Green Community Library, 230 E. Monroe St. Spring Green . (608) 588-2276 . There will not be a storytime, as Ms. Grace is out, but families are still welcome to come in for open play in the community room! These will be cancelled if we have less than 3 families signed up, so make sure to sign up here if you plan on attending! Fall Storytime 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM . 234 N. Broadway St, Lone Rock. . . Join us for storytime and crafts! Arcadia Book Club discusses "Mercury Pictures Presents" by Anthony Marra 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM . Virtual/ Zoom . . Mercury Pictures Presents explores fascism, propaganda, censorship, the myths of the movies, ambition, inequality in the workplace for talented women, greed, guilt, and family. Anthony Marra deftly blends the crosscurrents of political and social history, life in Italy and America, and the world of Hollywood to create an expansive vision of mid-twentieth century life. Through it all shines his belief in these complicated, often tender individuals willing to fight with dignity. SOLD OUT – LIVE MUSIC: Shitty Barn Session 275— Night Moves // The Nunnery 7:00 PM . 506 E Madison St, Spring Green . . Doors open at 6 . This Minneapolis-based quartet returns with a psychedelic new song “Fallacy Actually,” a head-spinning swirl of layered synths, harmonica, and guitar. Advance tickets sold out. That sald, tickets often come up that people can't use. Check website or socials for the latest detalls about ticket availability.

Thursday, September 22 Stitch and Bitch 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM . Spring Green General Store, 137 S. Albany St. Spring Green . . The Spring Green General Store’s Stitch and Bitch handwork group meets Thursday afternoons weekly. All are welcome. LIVE MUSIC: Sugar Mama and the Rent Check @ Local Night 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM . .Post House Garden, Jefferson Street, Spring Green . Look up “The Shed” on Facebook for more . Grills will be fired and beverages available, so come and enjoy the best that River Valley has to offer! Wine & Yoga 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM . Wild Hills Winery, 30940 Oakridge Dr., Muscoda . . Come for the wine specials...stay for a peaceful and rejuvenating yoga session with certified instructor Lara Carpenter. All sessions are held outdoors in our vineyard. Yoga sessions are $10 cash only.



For everyone asking “where have all the Bridge and Cribbage clubs gone?” (those go in our general community calendar, but nice try), “why won’t any young adults attend village board meetings?” and “how do I get more people at my service organization meetings?” — this is the calendar for you! This calendar will be a place listing (for free) the typical meeting dates for area governmental bodies,

This calendar will grow and change, but is not necessarily intended to be exhaustive. We can't build it alone, if your service or community organization would like to be included, please let us know. Please email us with these meetings, or use the form on our Community Calendar page — and let's build community together: September 9: VOLUNTEERING: Ridgeway Pine Relict Workday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM . Ridgevue Road, Ridgeway . Ridgeway Pine Relict State Natural Area is known for its large, quality wetlands and spring complexes. With prescribed burning and brush control, DNR crews and volunteers have increased efforts to improve this site. Questions or to RSVP to attend this workday, contact Mary Kay Baum at or 608-935-5834. September 12: COMMUNITY GARDENS: RVACG Board Meeting 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM . River Valley Area Community Gardens, Corner of Westmor Street and Locust Drive, Spring Green . Bring lawn chairs if attending. SERVICE: Hillcrest Riders Snowmobile Club - First Club Meeting of the Season 7:00 PM . American Legion Dr, Plain . Please join us for the first meeting of the season. Membership dues are $20 and need to be paid by November. All members receive a discount on trail passes! Come find out how you can help and become a valuable part of a great organization! September 13: SG Library Board Meeting 5:00 PM . Community Room, Spring Green Community Library, 230 E. Monroe St., Spring Green . Changes to this schedule are posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. The meetings are open to the public. Iowa County Sheriff Candidate Forum: Be an Informed Voter 6:00 PM . Dodgeville High School Auditorium, 912 West Chapel St, Dodgeville . Myra Enloe will moderate the public forum, wherein the two candidates, Kim Alan (I) and Michael Peterson (R), will make short introductory statements, followed by a timed question and answer session, and concluding with the candidates’ closing remarks. September 21: SERVICE: Friends of Governor Dodge Sept. Meeting and Cookout 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Governor Dodge State Park, 4175 WI-23, Dodgeville . Bring your own drinks. Hot dogs and s’mores provided.

The Community Calendar is curated and designed by Julianna Williams. Events are subject to change, always check ahead for up-to-date information on any events you are interested in.

“The good stuff.”

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COVID-19 Dashboard Wisconsin Summary

Cases as of 9/7/2022

1,620,223 Positive Cases +15,547 from 8/24

13,377 Deaths +68from 8/24

Updated: 9/7/2022

Vaccine Summary Statistics

covid case activity level

Updated: 9/7/2022

Updated: 9/7/2022 This map shows the current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for each county in Wisconsin. Community levels measure the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and health care systems in communities. COVID-19 community levels can help communities and individuals make decisions based on their local context and their unique needs. Community vaccination coverage and other local information can also inform decision-making for health officials and individuals.


Moderna doses administered



Total boosters administered

First Booster Administered


Johnson & Johnson doses administered


Second Booster Administered

Vaccine Data These two core measures are measures of herd immunity in Richland, Sauk and Iowa County. We do not yet know what level of vaccination leads to herd immunity for COVID-19, or how current or future variants might affect herd immunity. We know based on other diseases that herd immunity is likely at least 60%, and if more transmissible variants become more common, that threshold may become higher, so the current target range is 60-90%. -Adapted from Madison Public Health and Dane County

+50 from 8/24


+1 from 8/24

52 Deaths

Pfizer doses administered

Total doses administered

county level weekly statistics Richland County 4,575 Positive Cases



Target Range




Percent with at least one vaccine dose

Iowa County 6,281 Positive Cases

+54 from 8/24

31 Deaths

+0 from 8/24

Percent with at least one vaccine dose



Percent fully vaccinated

Percent fully vaccinated

Sauk County +168 from 8/24

142 Deaths

+2 from 8/24

Updated: 9/7/2022

Target Range


19,103 Positive Cases

Target Range

70.3% Percent with at least one vaccine dose

67.7% Percent fully vaccinated

Cases per zip code

Percent of Wisconsin residents ages 5-11 who have received at least one dose by county

Cases as of 9/7/2022

Updated: 9/7/2022

Lower %

Higher %

Richland County Ages 5-11


Iowa County Ages 5-11

Percent of Wisconsin residents who have received at least one dose

33.3% Sauk County Ages 5-11


26.8% Dane County Ages 5-11

Graphic by juliAnna Williams


5-11 12-17 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+

Updated: 9/7/2022 29.3%

Data From:

62.5% 61.3% 65% 69.8% 72% 78.3% 84.8%


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River valley High School Fall sports Preview

RVHS Football Alumnus: Coach Eastlick’s legacy, football program in good hands with Maxwell, Machovec Kalen Scott, Contributor I would first like to start off by saying, thank you Coach Eastlick. All of the River Valley area and community greatly appreciates what you’ve done for the football program during your tenure as a coach, and as a mentor. Coach Eastlick has been a great coach and mentor for many players throughout the years. Eastlick was always willing to go above and beyond for his players and the program. He’d individually coach, scout and talk to players, taking time out of his day just to be a better coach as well as make his players better. On and off the field Eastlick cared for his players as athletes and as students, making sure that they stayed on track no matter what was going on. A great leader, Eastlick coached from experience of his own, as well as his surrounding staff, making sure he had all bases covered for any game. Using information from his past experiences as well as other coaches' experiences, a plan for a game was almost always guaranteed, especially for conference games. One of the most defining traits of Eastlick’s coaching was his knack of knowing exactly where to put or move a player, either mid-game, or midseason, and doing so allowed them to excel at that position. Coach Eastlick

CROSS COUNTRY Brian Krey, RVHS Cross Country Head Coach

always knew where to put talent so that it would thrive underneath his mentoring, always willing to coach the players personally, no one can doubt Eastlick’s prowess as a head coach. Coach Eastlick excelled during the regular season as well as in the playoffs, multiple conference championships and numerous playoff appearances. His coaching résumé is chalked up with a state championship appearance as well as a few deep runs into the third and fourth levels of playoffs. Coach Eastlick ended his coaching career with another playoff appearance, one of his many, making it another addition to the long streak of appearances in a row. Thank you Coach Eastlick, for being a coach of the players and being so supportive of the River Valley community. … The future of the River Valley football program now rests in the hands of new co-head coaches Chadd Maxwell and Dan Machovec. Both coaches are familiar with the River Valley football program and high in football IQ on both offensive and defensive sides. Machovec is a civics teacher at the middle school and has been a coach for years in the football program. Machovec was an assistant coach for

An overview for this boys and girls cross country season:

the defensive line, coaching up one of the most successful defensive line games for years in the conference. While Maxwell coached up the defensive backs and safeties, even having a player for a while being number one for interceptions in the state, and keeping high flying offensives grounded. Holding multiple conference rivals to very small amounts of points, while winning through offensive talent. Making a Division 4 playoff run, making it to the fourth level as the semi-finals for the State championships, with a great defensive game, holding all opponents to beneath 20 points up until the final game of that playoff run. The year after, between Machovec and Maxwell, their defensive game held an all-state running back and a Max Preps ranked top 20 team (Mineral Point) to just 28 points while being able to put up 19 points of their own, making it look as if competition in the big leagues was possible. They as well beat down their opponents that same year in the playoffs out-scoring them 80-13 before playoffs were stopped due to COVID-19 concerns. Multiple years the scoring differential, not only offensively but also defensively, has shown that the coaches are the real deal, giving confidence in the choice of new two co-head coaches who had put together a spectacular

Head Coach: Brian Krey Years Coaching: 2nd Year Assistant Coach: Jon Novak, 2nd Year Conference: SWC WHERE DID YOU FINISH LAST YEAR IN CONFERENCE & POST SEASON: Boys team finished 2nd at Conference. This was the highest finish at the conference meet for our boys’ team since 1989. Boys team placed 10th at Sectionals. Girls team finished 6th at Conference and 14th at Sectionals. LETTER WINNERS LOST: Boys: Julius Ross (1st Team All Conference), Mason Henkel, Josh Maes, Ethan Wastlick, Eli Johnson Girls: Abi Cummings, Anna Johnson, Jayla Maier, Madeline Hutnik, Madison Krey LETTER WINNERS RETURNING: Boys: Noah Radtke (Sophomore), TJ Strine (Senior); Girls: Bobbi DuCharme (Junior), Emma Anding (Junior), Kylie Morrey (Senior) CONFERENCE FAVORITES: Dodgeville-Mineral Point are the heavy favorites for the boys’ and girls’. The battle in conference will be for 2nd place between Platteville and Lancaster in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions. WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU WILL FINISH: Our team lost almost 50% of our team to graduation, so we will be looking to rebuild this year.

résumé for tough defensive football, while their offensive counterparts, who they sometimes helped coach as well, did more than enough to take advantage of what the defensive had done. There will be some bumps and tough goings, as it is their first year, and a lot of seniors and previous starters have been lost. With some good players coming up the next few years and the seniors this year, there could be some great games, but expect a tough conference, as there are always some stubborn teams that stand between River Valley and success. The new starters and new leaders can cause changing climates and affect team cohesiveness, as well as a possible new playbook. Between Machovec’s high football IQ, great relationship to the players, his hard-nose attitude towards always training to win, and Maxwell’s intuitive teachings and understanding of offenses, the ability to stop pass games and always willing to kindly teach players how to get better, the River Valley football program is in good hands. Kalen Scott is a 2021 River Valley High School alumnus, having played football all four years of his high school career. He is currently attending UWPlatteville for History Education.

GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT TEAM: Our team will have a lot of new faces this year. The boys will be led by Noah Radtke and the girls will be led by Bobbi DuCharme – both were 2nd team All-Conference runners last year. We are starting the year with many unanswered questions in regards to our lineups and depth, but I know that our student athletes will bring a great attitude and work ethic to practice each day. Last year’s senior class left a very positive impact and impression on the current roster to continue building the program. ROSTER BY NAMES AND CLASS: Boys: Isaac Limmex (9), Ben Reis (9), Noah Radtke (10), TJ Strine (12) Girls: Grace Morrey (10), Aubrey Frazier (10), Anya Seffrood (10), Emma Anding (11), Bobbi DuCharme (11), Kortney Sebranek (12), Emma Knoble (12), Kylie Morrey (12) SCHEDULE: 8/25: @ UW River Falls 9/3: Darlington Invite 9/10: River Valley Invite (@Spring Green Municipal Golf Course) 9/15: Boscobel Invite 9/24: Reedsburg Invite 10/1: Platteville Invite 10/8: Riverdale Invite 10/13: SWC Conference at River Valley (@Spring Green Municipal Golf Course) 10/22: Sectionals at Prairie du Chien

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Dan Machovec, RVHS Football Co-Head Coach River Valley vs. Wisconsin Dells Recap: Q&A The River Valley Varsity Football team came into this September 2 game 0-2 on the season. They lost versus Wisconsin Dells, 28-35. Q: Trey had quite a game passing for 275 yards and running for 15 of your 52. He is listed on your roster as a receiver and he did not QB the first game. Is he set at that position now and talk about his improvement since taking over calling signals A: Dan — Our original starting QB was Rece Rhoades, but he hurt his ankle pretty badly in the Edgewood game. The injury is still limiting him, but Trey has stepped up nicely to fill that gap. Trey

was our best WR and it was hard to get him the ball. Now that he’s the QB, he touches the ball every single play. He is very shifty and has a great arm. He’s starting to read the field. It looks like there will be a strong position battle for that spot. When Rece has had to sub in the last two weeks, he’s made great reads as well. Q: The Dells appeared to have their rushing game going for them. What were their strengths in the run game and how did you slow them down? A: Dan — The Dells did do a lot of good things in their run game, but we had plenty of missed tackles that helped with a large portion of that. They did a good enough job making initial holes but the cutback lanes got us. Our guys were over

Photo contributed by Cory Schmidt The RV Boys Varsity Soccer team is having too dominant of a year to summarize here.


running plays and missing key open field tackles. When we filled the gaps, we were very successful against the run game. Q: How did this game help prepare the Hawks for the SWC which starts for you this week? A: Dan — The Dells is a strong team. We were able to improve our special teams and find a way to get into the endzone offensively multiple times. It was a big confidence booster. It also showed that we are not going to give up. We were down 21-7 at one point and just kept battling back. We are very proud of them and hopefully, they bring that momentum to the SWC. There are going to be some very competitive games in the upcoming weeks. Q: Prochaska, Radtke and Gilbertson

had six catches each. Talk about their pass catching and how they helped you move the football A: Dan — Prochaska had an amazing game. Three touchdowns in one game is a phenomenal accomplishment. He is someone who has been battling to see the field and is finding his spot in the offense. He’s starting to learn how to line up at WR to help set himself up before the play even starts. Radtke has been a solid RB/WR type for us. Again, he is someone who needs the ball in his hands. He’s reliable and runs strong routes to get open. Chayse is a big sophomore with excellent hands. He’s still learning the game, but he improves each week. I cannot wait for him to build that confidence in his route running.

Photo contributed by Dan Machovec Trey Schulte hands off to Landon Radtke as Chayse Gilbertson runs a route.

Mariah Hill, RVHS Volleyball Head Coach River Valley Blackhawks Girls Volley Ball team won their first conference match September 1, in a hard fought 5 set battle against Dodgeville. The Blackhawks started strong and took a 2-0 lead, but the Dodgers pushed back and took the next 2 sets. Set 5 was back and forth, but ultimately RV came out the winners 15-13.

I was very happy with how we started and finished the match. We let off the gas a little in the 3rd and 4th set and Dodgeville has a strong defense and they definitely turned up their offense. 5 set matches really test your mental and physical abilities and I am proud of this team for never giving up and pushing through till the end. Leaders for the

Blackhawks were Senior Katie Hahn with 23 kills, Senior Morgan Brickl with 2 ace serves and 7 kills, senior Lydia Weiss had 4 blocks, Senior Brooke Anderson with 30 assists, and Senior Brianna Zaemisch and junior Hannah Hegland both had 21 digs. We headed to Southwestern on September 4 and won the tournament

beating Argyle, East Dubuque, East Troy, and Southwestern, and only losing one match to Brookwood. We did a lot of good things this weekend and I was proud of my team for bouncing back after a loss and not letting it bring us down and coming back and winning 2 more matches to win the tournament.

CROSS COUNTRY Brian Krey, RVHS Cross Country Head Coach The River Valley Cross Country team competed against 19 other teams at the Darlington Redbird Invitational on Saturday, September 3 at Darlington High School. The girls' races were fortunate to be dry, while the boys had to run after a 75 minute weather delay, leaving the course very wet and muddy. Individually, Bobbi DuCharme was the first female runner to finish for River Valley and earned a medal by placing 15th in a time of 22:05. Noah Radtke was the top runner for the River Valley boys, just missing a medal in 28th place in a time of 19:36. Many runners for River Valley ran

their first high school cross country race and did a fantastic job. Runners that ran their first race included seniors Kortney Sebranek and Emma Knoble, junior Arie Snow, and freshman Isaac Limmex. Head coach Brian Krey stated that he was thrilled with the way these four new runners handled the hard parts of the race, and is eager to see how they continue to improve as the season progresses. Krey also said that he was impressed with the resolve the boys showed, as they had their race delayed by 75 minutes, and all gave solid efforts considering the conditions.

Photo by Steph Hegland Tournament champions River Valley High School Varsity Girls Volleyball at Southwestern.


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The Sauk County Gardener Bringing Houseplants Indoors Jeannie Manis, Wisconsin Certified Master Gardener

"Happily we bask in this warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures." -Henry David Thoreau Even though it’s still early September, I know I need to plan ahead for my houseplants if I don’t want it to be a mad scramble if we get an early frost. Many of us have houseplants that take a summer vacation out on the deck or patio. But before you bring them back indoors for the winter, there is some prep work you’ll want to do. The houseplants that I allow to go on summer vacation are typically tropical plants as they can appreciate the warmth and humidity of our summer weather. Just like in the spring, they need to get acclimated to our indoor temps, warmth, and lighting so they don’t throw a fit by withering and dropping all their leaves. Knowing when to end your houseplants’ summer vacation can

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An Outdoorsman’s Journal Mark Walters, Columnist

crawler harnesses or a crankbait that I would switch about every two hours as I Hello friends, experimented. This past week I headed to Green I had been trolling for four hours and Bay with my 18.6 War Eagle, both of had not had a hit when one of my rods my golden retrievers Ruby and her with a crawler harness started bending 5-month-old pup “Red” for two days and it was fish on. The fight was great on the water and a night of camping. and soon I netted what would be a 27My plan was to troll for walleye and inch walleye. As far as I was concerned see what I could catch. my trip was a success. Monday, August 22 It seemed that my action was slow High 82°, Low 57° but steady, three hours later I had my The old Chevy would turn 350,000 next strike and this time I caught a miles this week and it still has its 24-inch walleye and I was a very happy original motor, transmission and camper. It seemed 27 feet of water with exhaust. To be honest, I was very my harness back, 100 feet behind my satisfied to see it do an excellent planer board was the right number and job pulling the War Eagle to Little my third and last hit of the day came Suamico where I would launch at just before dark and it was another 24Geano Beach. inch walleye. Anytime that you put a boat in the I pulled lines, headed to some private water with a plan of camping and land which was remote and beautiful, fishing it’s kind of a big deal to have built camp, and slept on the sand with all of the right gear. I had the gear my two pups. and secured some solid advice at the Tuesday, August 23 landing and that was to head out to High 84°, Low 53° 27 feet of water and troll with night I had camp broke and was on the crawler harnesses. water before sunrise with high hopes. I The last time that I launched at joined the growing pack of fishermen in Geano Beach was with a canoe and I deep water and let me tell you it is quite limited out on walleye and caught a a world out there. Trolling with planer 47-inch musky on a crawler harness. boards is a game of skill and common I had no idea the musky was a musky sense, especially when you are alone. and it pulled me around for a half an You have to be wise or you are going hour before I saw it. to have an almost constant issue with The time before that I was three other trollers and when you get a fish miles from shore, fishing in the War on, especially a good one, getting it in Eagle and I got a call from Jeff Moll the net and not messing up your other that a bad storm was going to hit. I lines is a very cool challenge. got whacked hard on the ride back to I did not get a hit until I had been the launch and it was one of the top fishing for three hours and my first 10 “I should have died” experiences of whack would be an 18-inch walleye my life. and that made me feel like I was doing Today would be different, almost no something right. In some ways I am wind, sunny skies and it seemed like extremely patient and when it comes there were at least a hundred boats to trolling and tip up fishing I am very on the water. I would be pulling two patient. You have to be checking your Green Bay for Walleye

Photo contributed by Mark Walters Walters camp on Green Bay.

Photo contributed by Mark Walters The pups at the beginning of a new day.

Photo contributed by Mark Walters Mark Walters, Red, and the first walleye of the trip.

lines at least every fifteen minutes or you will be weeded up which means that you are wasting your time. It would be another three hours before I had another chance and this fish would be another 24-incher, which made me very happy. The pups were awesome in the boat and to keep them cool I just put wet towels over their bodies and they were fine. Red and Ruby always wrestle and Red is probably the sweetest golden retriever that I have ever had. I needed a trip like this and was thankful that it worked out with relative ease. Live large! Sunset

Follow along the adventures of Mark Walters, a syndicated outdoor adventure columnist who lives in Necedah, Wisconsin. He began writing his column, An Outdoorsman’s Journal, in 1989. It includes hunting, fishing, lots of canoeing and backpacking. He currently writes for around 60 newspapers on a weekly basis. He hopes you enjoy reading about his adventures!

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