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The Waushara Argus

Senior Scene

Supplement to The Waushara Argus - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Waushara County Commission on Aging provides for area seniors Waushara County’s Commission on Aging has a mission: To maintain a high quality of life for the mature population of Waushara County by providing and encouraging services that foster independence. Carol Klabunde, Benefit Specialist, is a vital cog in the wheel that keeps the department rolling along. She is a welcome friend at the Waushara County Commission on Aging. She has been on staff since Feb. 29, 1988. “I have been doing this

for 25 years and I love it,” commented Carol Klabunde. “I like serving people and helping them find the answers to their questions. It is very rewarding when I am able to help them make life just a bit easier.” “Affordable Healthcare is one of the most important items on senior’s minds these days,” commented Klabunde. “The Waushara County Commission on Aging is here to help guide you through the confusing maze of options. Whether it involves the state prescription

plan or Medicare part D, we can help guide you through it.” She continued, “There have been so many changes in Medicare that I always consider it a continuous learning process.”  “In this job you just have to go with the flow and help people understand the changes that the government makes,” said Klabunde. “It’s our job to make that transition from working to retirement as easy as we can and to help seniors in any way we can.” Another helpful tool is

the Commission on Aging’s publication, “Loose Ends.” “We publish “Loose Ends” every month. This is a newsletter that fills seniors in on vital changes to Medicare and social security, as well as some fun facts and events,” commented Director Debbie Paavola. “It goes out to all the meal sites, home delivered meals, as well as mail

distribution. “Loose Ends” circulates about 2,200 copies a month.”  “In the next twenty years Waushara County is going to see a tremendous jump in the amount of seniors it helps,” said Paavola. “We have to stay abreast of the situation and adjust so we can continue to give the quality of help that we do today.”

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Facts on aging in Waushara County Within the next 10 years, for the first time in history the percentage of persons age 65+ in the world will be greater than those ages 5 and younger. Is Waushara County ready to meet the needs? Here is how those facts will affect seniors in Waushara County: •“Baby boomers” were born between 1946 and 1964. •The first baby boomers started turning 65 in January 2011. By 2030, one out of every five Americans—some 72 million people—will be 65 years or older. By 2050, the 65+ population is projected to be between is projected to be between 80 to 90 million. •Approximately 10,000 people turn 65 every day— this trend will continue for the

next 20 years. •One person turns 65 every 8 seconds. •The life expectancy of a boomer is 83 years. •There will be 21 million people age 85 and older by 2050, the fastest growing segment of America’s aging population. This age group is most likely to need the support of family, friends and the community to remain living independently. Waushara County Facts: •Waushara County’s estimated total population for all age groups is expected to increase from 25546 in 2010 to 27852 in 2035. •Waushara County’s 60+ population is expected to

increase from 26.9 percent in 2010 to 37.7 percent by 2035—an increase of 6.868 to 10511 people •The 65+ population is expected to increase from 18.7 percent in 2010 to 30.6 percent in 2035—an increase of 4777 to 8522 people. •Those age 85+ in Waushara County are expected to increase from 2.1 percent in 2010 to 3.5 percent in 2035—an increase of 542 to 965 people. (Source: Cindy Ofstead, Population Analyst, Wisconsin DHS, and UW-Extension Family Living Programs, “Creating Aging Friendly Communities”) prepared for the Waushara County Department of Aging. 

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Embracing an active lifestyle that leaves behind the comforts of the couch can be a difficult adjustment. But the payoffs of adopting a more active lifestyle are numerous. In addition to feeling better physically, men and women who embrace more physical activity typically notice improvements in their mood as well. The positive mental effects related to physical activity are no accident, as numerous studies have shown exercise can stimulate chemicals in your brain that improve your mood while also lowering stress and helping you relax. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aerobic exercise or a mix of aerobic exercise and strength-training activities three to five times a week for 30 to 60 minutes has been shown to improve cognitive ability and judgement, reduce a person’s risk of developing depression and improve sleep. The numerous positive effects of physical activity illustrate just how beneficial such a lifestyle can be. Even better, embracing an active lifestyle does not mean you have to start planning that expedition to climb Mount Everest or start training for the triathlon. In fact, a few minor adjustments to your current routine might be all it takes to reap the rewards of living a more active lifestyle. Walk This Way Walking more can help many people quickly and easily improve their physical and mental condition. Instead of retiring to the couch after dinner, take a walk around the neighborhood with your family or significant other. Or go it alone and use your nightly walk as a peaceful opportunity to collect your thoughts. Walking after dinner is a great way to get in some daily cardiovascular exercise, and a post-dinner walk might encourage you to eat less. Walking can be incorporated into your daily routine in other ways as well. On shopping trips, park further away from the store so you can walk more. And walk kids to school or the bus stop instead of dropping them off in your car. Do Your Own Chores It might be easier to cut your landscaper a check and let him look after your property, but that big green yard outside your front door presents a great opportunity for you to be more physically active. Mow your own lawn, choosing a push mower instead of a ride-on mower, and tend to your trees, shrubs and flowers yourself. This is a great way to be more physically active, and the physical and mental rewards might just be outdone by the pride you feel when seeing a beautiful landscape you tended to yourself. Embrace a Cause If the known physical and mental benefits of an active lifestyle are not proving to be ample motivation in your quest to be more physically active, then perhaps the opportunity to help others might do the trick. Numerous charities sponsor charity walks or runs that provide participants with an opportunity to raise money for a good cause. Even better, such events tend to take all comers, so you might be able to enlist your friends, family members or coworkers to join you. Signing up for a 10K might be just the motivation you need to get out and start training. And once the training begins, chances are you won’t want to stop even after the charity event has come and gone. Getting off the couch and embracing an active lifestyle has both physical and mental benefits that can improve all aspects of daily life.

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Kaiser instrumental in starting Shar-A-Gardeners In 1999, Bonnie and Fred Kaiser moved to the Wautoma area permanently, after having a cottage on Marl Lake since the late 1980s. She was retired from the AT&T telephone company in Fond du Lac, while her husband was retired from a management position at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. After moving to Wautoma, Bonnie worked as a sales representative for the Waushara Argus and Fred as the Waushara County Veterans Service Officer. Both are totally retired now and have many interests to keep their lives busy and enriched. The first winter they lived in Wautoma, Kaiser found herself bored, so she enrolled in a Master Gardener class, offered by the local UW Extension office. Kaiser had fond memories of helping her grandmother in her flower gardens and she, herself, had many perennial gardens and a large vegetable garden in Fond du Lac when their children were young, so she was enthused about the Master Gardener class. “I’ve always loved playing in the dirt,” laughed Kaiser. During the course of the classes, Kaiser became friends with her classmates, who also shared a love of gardening; they continued to get together as friends and eventually decided to start “Shar-A-Gardeners,” which was later officially named Waushara County Master Gardeners Association. Kaiser credits then UW-Extension Coordinator Dennis Dornfeld with helping the group get started. The Waushara Co. Master Gardeners Association now includes approximately 54 members and is one of 55 Master Gardeners Associations in Wisconsin. The Master Gardeners members work closely with the UW-Extension office in Waushara Co. to promote community education and to enhance community gardens by volunteering their time. Kaiser, along with Master Gardeners Sheri Irish and Diane Hughes, maintain the Dealy Deep Rock front garden in downtown Wautoma (east of Wautoma Hardware), while others maintain gardens at the WWII Memorial building, other parking lot gardens, the city hall and post office gardens, the fairgrounds exhibit building, and the Woman’s Club Park flag planter. Other members maintain gardens in Redgran-

ite, the Wild Rose area, Plainfield, and Berlin. Kaiser and other Master Gardeners also host an annual plant sale (May 18 in the courthouse demonstration room) and an annual garden tour (July 13, Wild Rose area). As one would imagine, Kaiser loves working with plants and gardens on her own property, located on the shores of Lake Alpine, just east of Wautoma. Kaiser admits she has had challenges in the sandy soil in Waushara Co. rather than the clay she was used to in Fond du Lac. “I’ve had to adapt and learn about plants that do well in the sandy soil,” said Kaiser. They also lost several trees a few years ago when they had to put in a new septic system, but did gain some sunny areas, which meant she could buy some plants that do well in the sun. Still, the shade is predominant, so Kaiser enjoys her Hostas, Ferns, Daylilies, Hydrangeas, Ligularia, and Astilbes, but has been able to add Dahlias, Roses, and Clematis since acquiring some sunny spots after the tree loss. “Fred has also gotten ‘into’ gardening with me,” said Kaiser. He has helped her with landscaping projects, planted and maintains a rain garden to catch the runoff from their driveway, and built and maintains a compost to mulch and enrich their gardens. Together they have also been working on their shoreline restoration by planting a buffer zone of native plants. Kaiser also has an organic food business (Wildtree), working with a team of 50 women from all over the U.S., and two team leaders and their teams. One team leader is her daughter, Lisa, who lives in Minnesota, and the other team leader lives in Alaska. Kaiser works with them to train and mentor other women, helping them to achieve their goals. “Helping women become successful is one of the most rewarding parts of my life,” said Kaiser. The Kaisers have a small vegetable garden and buy the produce they don’t grow from local farm markets and produce stands in the summer. As a result of her gardening and access to healthy, affordable produce and her Wildtree business, Kaiser enjoys cooking, using healthy ingredients. “I really believe that healthy eating is very important for

Kaiser remains very active with gardening, both at home and with the Waushara County Master Gardeners Association. “Retirement has been a true blessing for us,” said Kaiser. “Life is full of things we love to do.” all ages,” said Kaiser. “I believe that as we get older we need to be very concerned about diet and exercise.” For exercise, Kaiser enjoys taking water aerobics classes twice a week at a local hotel, offered through Wautoma’s Club TEAM, and enjoys “walking the lake” (referring to walking the 2 ½-mile road around Lake Alpine) with a neighbor, when weather permits. The Kaisers have been married for 43 years and have two sons and one daughter. They have five grandchildren, ranging from 4 to 10 years of age. They get together with their children and grandchildren as often as possible. Kaiser has a touching photo display of their grandchildren on one wall and numerous other family pictures throughout their home. “Family is very important to us,” said Kaiser. “We like to travel, too,” said Kai-

ser. They have traveled to several places in Europe, with longtime friends from Fond du Lac and are in the planning stages of their next big trip with their friends. They never plan their trips with tour guides, but rather plan their own travels and adventures by using Rick Steve’s (a PBS television travel host) tour books. Kaiser loves the quote: “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” and says, “you learn so much about yourself and other people when you visit someplace you have never been.” Kaiser also describes herself as a “big reader.” She is a member of a Wildtree book club, which is a book club of Wildtree leaders and friends, and especially enjoys books that are life-related and can help her become a better person or learn new skills.

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Wautoma Kitchen celebrates first year of operation The excitement of the move just over one year ago is still present at the Wautoma Kitchen. A lot of that may be due to the ongoing support of the community by way of sending donations, many of which are made in memory of a loved one, and by participating in and supporting the various fund-raising events that they have held. The goal set by the Commission on Aging and Nutrition Council to maintain local service delivery of and quality meals for the elderly nutrition program for many years to come has definitely been embraced by the community, and for that, they are extremely humbled and grateful. The kitchen staff love working out of a new facility and are determined to keep the kitchen looking new for a very long time. There is great camaraderie amongst the staff, the drivers, the vendors, and the occasional guest who stops in to say hello. But there were a couple of minor obstacles during the first year. A loose bolt in the exhaust draft was causing the exhaust hood to turn on and off when it shouldn’t, causing the hot water heater to lose its flame and creating problems with air pressure inside of the kitchen. Trying to get in or out of the doors of the kitchen was like trying to open the door of an airplane in mid flight. The problem was easily fixed once the bolt was tightened. The original track shelving installed in the storage rooms was inadequate and quickly started breaking apart. A 100 percent credit was given toward the cost of the shelving and new, higher quality units installed. The transition to the new shelving was an interesting process as the kitchen is not that big and there is a lot packed in a storage room that needed to be temporarily relocated. Getting the kitchen staff comfortable with starting later in the morning, now 6:30 a.m. rather than at 6 a.m., and making other adjustments in the work schedule due to an altered food production process and new responsibilities at the kitchen took a while to figure out but is now working very smoothly. It also took some time for the cooks to adjust to some of the new and much more modern equipment. Some of the equipment was well over 40 years old. They prepare about 50,000 meals a year. This can range from 200-300 meals a day depending on the day, because not all of the 8 dining centers are open 5 days/week:  54 percent are for meals delivered to the home; 46 percent are served at dining centers. Over the course of a year, there are typically about 1,000 people who attend a dining center or receive meals in the home. Over half of the people enrolling into the home delivered meals program

Wautoma kitchen staff members Fran Woyak, Valerie Ladwig, Isabel Breiham and Nick Spees love working out of the new facility in Wautoma. are initially determined to be at risk of majority of their route’s meals, milk, Cupboard, Friendly Neighbors Group, malnutrition. and other extras themselves, thereby Grace United Methodist Church, Rotary Dining centers are located at the reducing or eliminating errors, because Club of Wautoma, St. Mark’s & Sacred Coloma Community Center, Hancock they now all report directly to the Heart Church; Stevens Accounting, Waushara County Tavern League, and Community Center, Plainfield kitchen. Community Center, The House Next There is less waste because meals Wild Rose Lions Club) Door in Poy Sippi, Redgranite Civic that are not deliverable due to a person •$12,954 in fund-raising (events at Center, Saxeville Town Hall, Waushara- not being home are brought back dining centers, cookie sales, soup sales, Wautoma Senior Center, and Wild Rose directly to the kitchen and used later as rummage sales, etc) $190,000 of the total kitchen project Community Center. a frozen weekend meal. They have also been able to expand They now have the flexibility has been paid, or 48 percent, with the service by preparing the meals for the of adding more “choice” into menu $48,000, a donation of $32,197 from the annual volunteer recognition event, planning, offering more than one menu estate of Rex C. Hall, and miscellaneous caregiver support group meetings, and item selection on a day when there donations, and this year’s payment to other department sponsored seminars or is significant disagreement of food the county being generated with 2013 special events. preference. For example, when liver donations and fundraiser activity. There are five routes that meal and onions are served, they also offer a drivers go on – northeast, northwest, beef patty for those who don’t like liver A balance of $208,796 is southeast, southwest, and central and onions. Their next attempt is to offer still owed on the project. The committee, at its – covering almost all areas of the a second choice on fish day, as fish is executive county. The drivers deliver not just a not a favorite for some but appreciated March 11 meeting, recognized the effort meal but also a friendly smile for the by many others. They will continue to of the Commission on Aging in a short day and a safety check on the welfare of work on this goal throughout 2013 with period of time and discussed the balance due on the kitchen project. They made the participant. Many times they have various menu items. found a participant in need of medical They were able to help out the a motion to recommend to the full attention. head start program in December county board at its April 16 meeting Since centralizing the kitchen, and January while they were in the that the balance be paid with remaining they have realized a savings of nearly process of remodeling their kitchen funds from the recent bond issue. If $25,000 annually from expenses because nutritional requirements of the county board approves of this recommendation, the project will be directly and indirectly related to kitchen both programs are somewhat similar. operations. Since Feb. 8, 2011, the date when paid in full. The quality of food complaints are the county board officially approved minimal, and this is likely due to the the project, the kitchen has received The Department of Aging recognized all donors to the kitchen project during multiple features available on the new $48,000 as follows: equipment and the shorter distance •$30,971 from private gifts/ a summer picnic and open house celebration in June 2012 held at the between where the food is prepared and donations where it is delivered.  •$4,075 from service organizations Waushara County Fairgrounds and then The home delivered meals drivers / local businesses (including Alliant in February 2013 celebrated its oneare able to each pack and count the Energy, Cooperative Care, County year anniversary with a special dinner.

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Tai Chi class sponsored by Department of Aging The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Adams, Green Lake, Marquette, and Waushara Counties recently held a Tai Chi class at the Mound View Community Center in Mt. Morris. There were 16 individuals who completed the program. The class was scheduled at the request of a Mt. Morris community member. Many of the participants found the Tai Chi program to be relaxing and a good reminder that it’s okay to slow down and take time out for their general well-being. One of the participants stated that she felt at peace while performing Tai Chi and she liked the slow pace and gentle skill progression. Another participant liked how the movements could be adapted to sitting in a chair. Tai Chi is a four-week, eight-session workshop tailored for adults who wish to maintain an active lifestyle and who want to learn techniques to help improve balance and coordination. It is a slow, graceful Chinese exercise that may enhance relaxation skills and mental focus, and may help to build leg strength, endurance, and stability. During the course of the class participants learn the many benefits that performing Tai Chi may offer including reduction of stress and blood pressure, increased memory function, enhanced immune

function, and improvement in balance. This Tai Chi program was sponsored by Waushara County Department

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Floyd King: Coloma historian and storyteller To say that Floyd King saved Coloma’s history is not an overstatement. “It started in about 1958,” King said.  “We had a grocery store in town and I was approached to be a Scout Master,” he said.  “The Scouts wanted to earn a merit badge in citizenship so I thought it was a good idea for them to write up the history of Coloma for the badge.  All we knew was that the history started with Coloma Corners.”  After trying diligently to find any information to work on their histories, the frustrated scouts soon came back to their Scout Master and said to him, “There isn’t any history of Coloma.” “I started getting the word out that I wanted to save old pictures and the pictures kept showing up,” King said with a smile. King has over 800 old pictures since he started collecting.  Another major project came King’s way when Arden Bandt gave him a thick stack of old pictures of Coloma servicemen from WWII.  The photos may have been part of a display at the old M & I Bank as part of an Honor Roll board.  Some pictures were stuck together after all that time and needed to be painstakingly separated to preserve them. Names written on the back identified the military men and women, and they have now been carefully copied and placed on a new display board.  King, a Korean war vet himself, is still looking for photos of Coloma area service men and women who served in both of the World Wars, Korea and Vietnam to add to his collection. The Coloma Area Historical Society (CAHS) grew out

of a meeting of several local area residents, including Floyd King, in early 2007 who met to begin exploring ideas for the upcoming Coloma Sesquicentennial in 2008. What happened next was vital to CAHS as a new historical society.  President Sue Semrow got together with Floyd to see his pictures.  Semrow recognized that these pictures were invaluable to Coloma area history and began scanning every one of them and saved them to a disc.  This was the first step to preserve the old photos to be used in the future.  Two years later, CAHS had become a dynamic organization. King played a major role, along with many other volunteers to rescue, move and renovate the 1878 Spalding General Store for their museum in the Coloma Community Park.  He took on the job of faithfully cutting and caring for the lush green grass around the museum that set off the old building like a jewel.   King tells the story about how some of those 800 pictures saved on a disc became a bestselling DVD.  “My son, Rudy, and the family came up for a visit one day,” he said.  “He handed me a DVD so I played it.  It was a movie of an airshow they had been to with captions.  I asked ‘Can you do that for me for the historical society?’”  Father and son collaborated on the first version of “Coloma of Yesteryear” using old photographs, captions, and set to music.  When King showed the DVD to other members of CAHS, they talked about making copies to sell for the Coloma Sesquicentennial in

2008, but there was a problem. Music they used to make the DVD was all copyrighted, and the cost would have been prohibitive. “Rudy told me I had to do the next DVD with a timeline, and said I should write a paragraph about each of the 86 pictures,” King said.  Rudy produced and narrated the script for the new DVD.  Brent Clauson, CAHS member and musical director of the Clauson Family Music Show, saw it and agreed to make original music to match the scenes on the DVD.  “It took about six months to produce but it was a wonderful way to celebrate Coloma,” King said.  The DVDs sold out many times after they were first issued for sale at the 2008 Coloma Sesquicentennial.  It helps to know a little more about Floyd King and his personal history to understand his considerable drive and resilience today.  He and Helen married and raised a family of four children.  King lost his dear wife some time ago and he talks about his family with affection. Today, son Scott lives closest in Hancock; Brenda, Clintonville; Randy, Madison area; and Becky, Canada.  This close-knit family came to King’s side when a bad fall in February of 2012 put this vital and active man on the sidelines for 16 weeks.  “I got light-headed entering church one day, and when I knew I was going to fall, I hoped it wasn’t going to be the hard way,” he said. King fell the hard way, injuring his shoulder, fracturing ribs and his hip

King active in Coloma’s history

Floyd King told stories at the CAHS Cracker Barrel conversations about the history of Coloma over the summer. joint. He credits his family and his physical therapist, Courtney, for the tough love and encouragement that kept him out of a wheelchair and back on his feet today.  He was determined to be home in time for the annual Lions’ Chicken Chew in June of 2012 and back to his job as Spalding General Store volunteer ‘store keeper.’  And he made it.  King, his DVD and old photographs, keep visitors absorbed when he tells stories of Coloma in the old days.  When asked what he liked best about volunteering for CAHS and the Spalding

General Store Museum, he said, “I probably have learned as much as I ever knew before.” Coming up in June, Floyd and his brother, Wally King, are currently working on a very ambitious exhibit about the old Coloma Corners area where it all began. Pictures of every farm on his Coloma Corners route were taken by one of Coloma’s early mail carriers.  These pictures will be matched to each farmstead on an old plat map the King brothers found.  You can be assured that more of Coloma’s history has been saved and Floyd King has many more stories to tell.



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Shedding pounds after 50

Losing some weight is a goal for many people regardless of age. While youngsters and young adults might be able to get away with a few extra pounds without suffering any significant consequences, older adults carrying some extra weight might be putting their overall health at considerable risk. Shedding weight after the age of 50 is not always easy. As a person ages, muscle mass tends to dwindle while body fat has a tendency to increase. Since fat burns fewer calories than muscle, weight gain as a person ages is bound to happen. Diet Men and women need fewer calories as they age. For example, men and women in their 40s may need as many as 200 calories more per day than they will when they reach their 50s. Counting calories might seem difficult, so men and women in their 50s and older who don’t think they can count calories can try to eat more low-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Consuming fewer calories often requires changing dietary habits, not only with regard to what you’re eating but also how you’re eating and even how you shop for food. Men and

women used to dining out for lunch every day can start bringing their own lunches so they can gain greater control of their daily caloric intake. For those who find they’re frequently too exhausted to cook each night, they can prepare meals in advance to have healthy, homemade meals waiting instead of always ordering takeout or delivery. When shopping for food, people should avoid doing so on an empty stomach so they’re less inclined to buy unhealthy snacks. Exercise Exercise is another essential component to shedding pounds after 50, though men and women over 50 should always consult a physician before they begin a new exercise regimen. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that regular exercise can help older men and women prevent the onset of a host of ailments, including heart disease and diabetes. In addition, the CDC notes that regular physical activity as one ages helps muscles grow stronger, which increases the chances that an individual will be able to perform necessary daily activities without the assistance of others. Maintaining that independence into older adulthood is a goal for many men

and women, and it’s a goal that’s far more realistic for men and women who exercise than it is for those who don’t. When coupled with a healthy, low-calorie diet, routine exercise can help men and women over 50 shed extra weight and keep the weight off once it’s gone. According to the CDC, older adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, every week and musclestrengthening activities on 2 more days a week. These muscle-strengthening activities should work all the major muscle groups, including the legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms. Musclestrengthening activities include lifting weights, working out with resistance bands, exercise such as push-ups and sit-ups that use body weight for resistance, and yoga. Even gardening that involves digging and shoveling can be considered a muscle-strengthening activity. Weight gain is often an expected side effect of aging. But men and women don’t have to gain weight as they get older. Some simple dietary changes and a commitment to routine exercise is all it takes to shed weight after 50 and keep that weight off once it’s gone.

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Flying, sailing, fishing - Fred Erickson does it all Fred Erickson was born in raised in Rockford, IL, but enjoyed spending his weekends at his cottage on Pleasant Lake, located about three miles southwest of Coloma. During the week, he owned and operated a sports store in a large shopping mall in Rockford. He enjoyed everything that the Waushara County area had to offer, in all seasons, so 33 years ago, in 1980, he decided to study and obtain his Wisconsin Real Estate Broker’s License, move permanently to Waushara County, and then opened his own business, Erickson Realty, setting up his office in his home. He has since processed over 700 real estate transactions in the area. Eighteen years ago, in 1995, he became a Stratford Homes rep and has since “built” 57 Stratford Homes, including two for himself and one for his stepson. One of those homes replaced his original cottage and one is the home he now lives and works from; he also uses it as a model home for clients. He and his wife, Roberta, have lived in their home for the past 7 years. Erickson obtained his private pilot’s license in 1969 and finds that flying is not only enjoyable, but also helpful in his real estate business. He owns his own plane, a Cessna 172, which he keeps in his hangar at the Wautoma Airport, always ready to take a prospective client for a ride to get an

aerial view of the land he or she is considering for purchase. He also enjoys taking family, friends, and acquaintances for rides to see the beautiful area landscape from the sky. Downhill and crosscountry skiing have also been lifelong activities for Erickson. He’s skied in the Colorado and Montana Rockies, the Swiss Alps, and many other locations, and still continues to downhill ski at Cascade Mt., near Portage, once a week. He was also a ski instructor at Cascade for 8 years but has since “retired” as an official instructor and just teaches family and friends from time to time and just enjoys the exercise and exhilaration he gets from skiing. When summer comes, Erickson gets out his sailing gear, including his America 14-6 centerboard sailboat, for the summer sailing races he enjoys on Pleasant Lake, which is a 130-acre, spring-fed, 30-foot deep lake. “Several years ago, a cottager on the lake started up sailing races; it’s grown to 12 boats now,” said Erickson. “We do sailboat racing every Saturday afternoon, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, beginning at 4 p.m., after the water-skiing and jet-skiing are done.” Active in the races, Erickson not only races his own boat, but puts out the buoys before the races and determines handicaps for each boat (the boats are all different models, but all centerboard boats). He taught

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those “students” who have become champion Pleasant Lake sailboat racers. Always wanting to learn, Erickson said that when he loses a sailboat race, he gets out his sail book manuals and tries to figure out what he did wrong. “We’re competitive, but there are no disputes; we all get along,” said Erickson. And after the last race of the season, the sailing group has a get-together to celebrate a fun and successful sailing season. In addition to sailing, Erickson will teach his second year of swimming lessons to young people on Pleasant Lake this summer. “I did it last year for the first time and loved it.” In the spring, Erickson looks forward to trout fishing in Waushara County’s Class A trout streams. He has a number of rods and reels that he is ready to put to work when the trout season opens in May.

“I moved to Waushara County because it offers so much in terms of the recreation I like,” said Erickson. Until just a few years ago, Erickson was also an active bow hunter, duck-hunter, and grouse-hunter. Between him and his wife, they have five children and six grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them. He met his wife in Coloma while she was visiting her sister. She was from New Holstein. They were married in 1995. Erickson graduated from Rockford College in 1961 with a business administration major. Since his move to Coloma 33 years ago, he has served as the past president of the Coloma Lion’s Club, president of the Pleasant Lake Improvement Association, and president of the Adams, Marquette, and Waushara Board of Realtors. “I like to keep active,” said Erickson. “It’s good for the my mind and good for my body.”

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The busy life of Poy Sippi’s Mildred Struve Reflecting on the remarkable life of Mildred Struve, one would come to appreciate that she is an extremely hardworking. “Being busy is the important thing,” Struve says. Mildred Struve was born in McFadden, WY on March 13, 1927. After celebrating her birthday this past month, Struve affirmed, “I’ve always been a hard worker and just because I just turned 86 doesn’t mean I am going to stop doing things. If I want to continue to live, I have to keep busy.” At the age of three Struve moved to Harlan, IA, where she grew up. After graduating from high school she worked as a clerk in a five and dime store. In 1946 she married her husband, Gerald, and raised a family of five girls and one boy: Catherine (Benish), Jean (Boudah), Elizabeth Struve, Patricia (Lisko) and twins Deborah (Gabrilska) and James Struve. Presently she has twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Gerald’s job kept the family moving a great deal, starting in February of 1957, moving to Hinton, OK, then continuing through Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, then finishing up her years in Wisconsin, living in Green Lake, Ripon, and Oshkosh, and finally settling in Poy Sippi in 1991. It was while Struve was living in Ripon from 1961-1974 when her life got even busier. She worked at Ripon Foods and then at Standard Kollsman in Oshkosh. It was after that when she went to work at Ripon College, where her life’s work evolved in food service – becoming a baker. Struve’s career as a baker kept her busy for many years. After Ripon College the family moved to Oshkosh, where she worked at the Grey Fox until

the Golden Oven opened in Park Plaza where she worked as a baker for six years. Mildred Struve’s philosophy in life is a spiritual one. She believes that you should do unto others as you would want done unto you. Much of this is expressed in her volunteer work and how she raised her family. Struve was a Sunday school teacher at the Methodist Church and a Cadet Girl Scouts leader when she lived in Ripon. She was a janitor along with being the Secretary on the Board Council and a Communion Steward for the United Methodist Church in Poy Sippi. Because of ill health in 2009 Struve had to give up her church work. After 53 years of marriage, Struve’s husband died in 1999, yet she persisted in staying busy by continuing to do her volunteer work. She volunteered at the Second Time Around Shop in Berlin. She was also a Superintendent in the 4-H building at the Waushara County Fair for years. In past years she knitted infant sweaters for the needy children in Wautoma and also crocheted Afghans for cancer patients at Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh. To keep busy these days she knits little caps for newborns for the Berlin Hospital. Struve also used her life’s work as a baker to bake for bazaars and dozens of Easter Egg cookies for the Poy Sippi Public Library Annual Easter Egg Hunt, which was a star attraction for many years. Not to mention making up to 1,300 dozen specialty Christmas Cookies orders for others for many years. In the year 2000, Struve received a Certificate of Commendation Nominee for Waushara County Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year 2000 Award for outstanding service and in recognition

Mildred Struve stays busy these days by knitting caps for the newborns at Berlin Hospital. of her dedication to upholding a high quality of life for residents of Waushara County. She also won many awards for her baking and knitting. She won two Grand Champion awards and many other ribbons at the Waushara Country Fair. Struve also baked and decorated wedding cakes for many weddings, including all of the cakes for her children’s weddings. She has photo albums full of all the beautiful wedding cakes she made throughout the years. An additional activity that keeps her busy these days is decorating for holidays and seasons in the community room at the apartment building she lives in. She also bakes cookies and shares them with the residents there. She recently made Saint Patrick Day cookies and set them out for the residents to en-

joy, along with giving dozens away to family and friends. She also planted and kept up the flowers around her building for years until she had to have a knee replacement.

There isn’t much that slows Struve down, even health issues, because she can always keep busy with reading. Struve is such an avid reader that the Poy Sippi Library keeps a record of all the books she has read so as not to get a book she has already read. Despite her simple ways, her life’s body of work has been immense, notable to all those who know her. She even touches the lives of those that have never met her with the knitted caps, sweaters and Afghans that kept them warm and the delight of those that ate her baked goods.

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ers to use medication past an expiration date, most overthe-counter pain relievers and drugs in pill form should still be fine. Certain liquid antibiotics and drugs made up of organic materials can expire faster than others. For those

who still want to err on the safe side, routinely clean out medications from cabinets once they expire. However, if an expired medication is taken by mistake, there’s little need to worry about potentially adverse effects.

Stylish and Affordable Lift Recliners... a variety of fabrics that complement every home and decorative style, including Ultraleather™. We’re confident that once you try our UltraComfort America lift recliner you will agree that it is the most comfortable chair you have ever experienced!

See Our Fine Selection At

Wild Rose

Home Furnishings

800 Main Street, Wild Rose - 920-622-3158 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 9am-3pm or by Appt.

Nancy Smith Clerk

Donna Goldsmith Bookkeeper

Lora Stoltz Clerk

Cheryl Dittmer Clerk Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.4:30 p.m.;

Dorothy Prochnow

Mary Kronzer

Bernice Gaylord

Lois Dowhen

Henry Brown

Ginny Moon

Joyce Seavecki

Carol Rondue

Sat. 9 a.m.1 p.m.

Many hands work hard to help The Cupboard be the hub for serving our Community. Our policy of donations is carried out in many forms and we are proud to recognize the many Senior Citizens and others who have become a part of the Cupboard family.


Corner of Main Street and St. Marie St., Wautoma (920)


Waushara Argus, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Page 23

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