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March 28, 2014
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County Board says no to using local health inspectors
By Dennis West
The Walworth County Board voted 7
to 2 on Thursday, March 20, to retain the
services of state health inspectors,
instead of letting the local Health and
Human Services Department assume
their duties.
The amendment to the code of ordinances that received a yes vote specified
“That county resources, including staff
time, shall not be expended in further
planning or promotion of the activities
specified in [Human Services Priorities]
without prior approval of the board of
The duties to which the amendment
refers include licensing and inspection
of establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, hotels and motels, bed
and breakfasts, tourist rooming, vending
machines, recreational camps, swimming pools, tattoo and body piercing
parlors, shall not be a priority of the
Department as long as said licensing and
inspection services are provided by the
State of Wisconsin.
Members of the Walworth County
Health and Human Services Department
had submitted a five-year plan to take
over the inspections. They argued at previous committee meetings, including the
meeting held on Wednesday, March 19,
that the state is overburdened, understaffed and unable to complete the
inspections in a timely manner.
The March 19 meeting was attended
by a crowd that overflowed the county
board meeting room and stood in the
hall. Fourteen members of the public
addressed the committee during the public hearing; five in favor and nine
Under their proposed Environmental
Public Health Expansion of Service Plan
for 2014-2018, the county would have
gradually assumed responsibility for
licensing and inspecting more than 990
Walworth County Public Health Officer Jan Ellefsen explains the proposed
Environmental Public Health Expansion of Services Plan during a public hearing at the
Health and Human Services Committee meeting on Wednesday, March 19.
(Beacon photo)
❐ Undersheriff Kurt Picknell has
announced that he will be a candidate
for the position.
After 42 years of service in
Walworth County law enforcement
Sheriff David Graves has announced
that he will not seek another term as
Walworth County Sheriff.
According to a press release from
Graves’ office, he began his law
enforcement career August 1, 1972 as a
police aide for Whitewater Police
Department. One year later, at the age of
20, he was promoted to patrolman.
Graves left the Whitewater Police
Department in 1976 to become a
Walworth County Deputy Sheriff.
During his time at the Sheriff’s
Office Graves has held the rank of patrol
deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, undersheriff, and sheriff. During the past 14 years
that Graves has been Sheriff, the
Walworth County Sheriff’s Office has
met and overcome many difficult challenges. The Sheriff’s Office has also
managed to decrease its operating budget while maintaining excellent public
The Sheriff credits all of his staff for
helping reach and maintain this achievement.
“We have a dedicated team,” said
Graves. “The members of this agency
are community oriented. They consistently look for ways to deliver the best
countywide public safety. They have,
and continue to do a great job.”
Graves said he especially appreciates
the job done by his Undersheriff, Kurt
“Kurt has been my Undersheriff for
the past 14 years. He holds a bachelor’s
degree in Criminal Justice Management
and a master’s degree in Business
Administration. As the second in command, he has been vital to the administration of this office. Based on his education, years of experience, dedication,
and personal values, I strongly believe
that Undersheriff Kurt Picknell should
be the next Walworth County Sheriff.”
Sheriff Graves thanked the citizens
of Walworth County for their confidence
and support during his 14 years as
Walworth County Sheriff.
(Continued on page 2)
establishments in the county.
The plan, as presented to the board
and the public during the March 19
meeting, would have guaranteed annual
inspection, focused on partnering with,
and building relationships with establishments, provided a staff that was on
call 24 hours, seven days a week to
respond to business needs, as well as
providing improved response time to illness and complaints.
Chuck Warzecha of the State
Department of Health and Human
Services testified at the public hearing
that the state is doing a better job than
they had in years past. He said his
department has as many as four inspectors, part of whose responsibility is
Walworth County. He said that, although
100 locations hadn’t been inspected, he
expected that all of them would be
inspected by the end of the department’s
year, which ends in June.
Although he spoke in support of
local control of the process, he warned
that “this planned approach can’t be successful without the community support
and support of the industry groups who
are being inspected.”
The Walworth County plan called for
one licensing fee and said there wouldn’t
be a duplication.
“Until 2018, the fee will be set by the
state,” said Health Officer Jan Ellefsen.
“After that, the county board would set
the fees. There is no state funding for the
program that could be cut. It is paid for
by licensing fees and the state mandates
that the fees can’t exceed the amount it
costs to operate the program. Ellefsen
said there would be no tax levy increase
to pay for the local program.
In answer to a question by Health
and Human Services Committee mem-
ber William Wucherer, Warzecha said
that it is possible that the fees will be
increased by the state by 2018. “We are
required to set fees that will cover only
the cost to administer the program. Fees,
however, do tend to go up.”
Walworth County Supervisor Joe
Schaefer, who also serves on the H &
HS committee and owns Ye Olde Hotel
in Lyons, said he was concerned that
business owners would have to bear the
cost of fee increases to support the program.
“Many restaurants are operating at a
break-even point now and can’t afford to
pay higher fees to support a program
that we don’t see a need for,” he said.
Schaefer said 136 Walworth County
restaurant and tavern owners had signed
letters in opposition to the proposal. A
number of county restaurant owners
spoke against the proposal at the public
hearing on March 19.
The proposed plan called for one
inspection per year by the county instead
of the state. Licensees would be regulated by the same state codes and follow
the same procedures.
“More than 70 percent of the local
health departments in Wisconsin now
provide these services,” said Ellefsen.
According to the plan, the county
would assume inspection of grocery and
retail food establishments in July 2015.
They would begin to inspect hotels and
motels, tourist rooming, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds, pre-packaged
restaurants and vending machines in
July 2016. The department would continue to plan and build its capacity in
2017 and begin to inspect restaurants,
camps, pools and water attractions, tattoo and body piercing parlors in July
A number of opponents said they
preferred to have a degree of separation
between the business and the inspectors.
(Continued on page 8)
Sheriff Graves won’t run for re-election in November
Walworth County Sheriff David Graves (right) has announced that he will not
seek re-election in November. Undersheriff Kurt Picknell (left) has announced his candidacy for the position.
(Beacon photo)
2 — The Beacon
Sheriff Dept. changes
Continued from page 1
In a press release issued on March
20, Undersheriff Picknell said, “First
and foremost I thank Sheriff Graves for
his 42 years of law enforcement service
and his endorsement of me as the next
Sheriff for Walworth County. I am a
Republican candidate for the office.
Serving in Walworth County law
enforcement for the past 26 years has
been an honor and responsibility that I
have taken very seriously. I currently
serve as the Undersheriff (Second in
Command) for the Walworth County
Sheriff’s Office for Sheriff Graves , as I
have done throughout his entire 14 year
term in office.”
Picknell has been a law enforcement
officer since 1987, serving part time at
the Town of Delavan Police Department, seasonally with the Geneva Lake
Law Enforcement Agency, a part time
Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer, a patrolman for the
Town of East Troy Police Department,
also at
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1990-1991; Walworth County Deputy
Sheriff Patrolman from 1991 to 1999;
promoted to Sergeant (re-titled to
Lieutenant) 1999 and Lieutenant (retitled to Captain) 2001. He was promoted to Undersheriff in 2001.
Picknell was named Walworth
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an evening became aggravated when the
staff eventually got them out the door and
locked it behind them at the 10 p.m. closing time.
The couple returned and began banging on the windows so hard that fixtures
inside fell to the floor
As staff called police, the couple
allegedly smashed through a window.
Bossard is said to have grabbed a curtain,
made a wick out of it and used it to light a
bottle of homemade moonshine on fire.
Fortunately, the fire resulted in no serious
The staff of Whirled Pies apparently
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In a Facebook post, they thanked the community for their support and said they
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I was somewhat skeptical when
Camille Siedelmann told me that her
daughter, Linda, had written a new book.
This was, in fact, her third book, and her
mom was understandably proud of her offspring.
When I found it was available on
Amazon’s Kindle for the ridiculously low
price of $1.99, I decided to read it to see
whether it was just a proud mom talking or
if Linda Schmalz (the author’s married
name) actually has talent.
What a surprise! Her latest book, “To
Find You,” ($10.69 paperback, $1.99 ebook) is not only good for a self-published
author, but a professionally written novel
any author would be proud to claim.
I love the fact that the book is set in
1912, a fascinating time in the history of
the United States – one of the last years
before World War I and subsequent events
turned our world comparatively sour. As a
fan of history, I was interested to find it an
accurate portrayal of those times.
The main character is Brigid O’Brien,
who is not in love with David Cavanaugh,
but agrees to marry him and move from
England, where she has been staying with
an aunt, to America in order to escape an
arranged marriage in Ireland. Cavanaugh
sends her ahead to her new home while he
wraps up some business in England.
All hope of a bright future for Brigid
quickly fades, however, when David perishes on the Titanic. Kicked out of what
was to have been her home by her formerly prospective sister in law and with
nowhere to turn, Brigid finds work as a
kitchen maid in the stately mansion of millionaire Charles Ransom and his wife
Eliza. Unfortunately, Charles and Eliza
each have their own plans for the new
Thomas Ashton is a medical student,
studying in New York. Hearing of the Titanic
also at
Author Linda Schmalz reads from her most recent book, “To Find You.” The
Madison resident is the daughter of Camille and the late Ron Siedelmann, former owners of the Delavan Ben Franklin and long-time Common Council member. This is
Schmalz’s third book.
(Beacon photo)
disaster, and hoping to aid the survivors, he
goes to Pier 54, but can’t reach the ship due
to the crowds. It is there that he meets the
beautiful Irish immigrant, Brigid. Over the
next few weeks, Thomas and Brigid become
friends, and romance blossoms.
Brigid’s employer, Charles Ransom
decides he’s waited long enough to put his
ideas for her into action, but his plan goes
awry and when Brigid inexplicably disappears, Ashton teams with Eliza Ransom,
and together they search for Brigid, as well
as Eliza’s missing child. Say, what?
If this sounds complicated, the reader
can rest assured that it all flows smoothly
as each character appears and interacts
with the others.
Schmalz says she likes her main characters, but “you can do more with the the
supporting characters. You don’t have to
get them from point A to point B, so they
give you more freedom.”
“To Find You” is a historical fiction
novel and a mystery. What more could I ask?
Even though it is “the tale of romance
between a man and a woman, and a story
about the never-ending love between a
mother and child,” my cynical nature that
feared a saccharine weeper was overcome
by the skillful way in which Schmalz tells
her story.
“I was inspired to write this novel when
the movie, “Titanic,” made me wonder what
happened to the immigrant survivors of the
shipwreck who were coming to America
and lost a spouse, the or other members of
the family? How did these people, brand
new to America adjust and survive?’
“I began by being fascinated by the
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“By the time I finished, I was a bit tired of
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Schmalz constantly ran into little
details that she had to verify or research.
“When Brigid walks up to the front
door of the Ransom mansion, I was going
to have her ring the doorbell. Then I wondered, ‘Did they have electric doorbells
back then?’ I mentioned the Indianapolis
500 race after I discovered that the first
one was run in 1909. I had someone offer
a child an Oreo cookie when I learned that
they went onto the market in 1912. Then I
saw a TV documentary about the notorious
Typhoid Mary and it gave me another plot
twist that fit in perfectly.”
Schmalz began writing about 12 years
ago after she decided to quit work and stay
at home with her son, who was five at the
time. She joined the Wisconsin Romance
Writers of America and the Mad City
Romance Writers, which gives an idea of
her favorite genre.
“It took eight years to write my first
book, but you learn from each one and the
process gets faster,” she says.
Schmalz (nee Siedelmann, daughter of
Camille and the late Ron Siedelmann, former owners of the Delavan Ben Franklin
and a longtime Delavan Common Council
member) lives in Madison with her husband, teenage son and a terrific terrier
named Tally. Aside from writing, Linda
works part-time at a branch library, and her
interests include reading, movies and
attending Renaissance Faires.
Prior to publishing “To Find You,”
she wrote “A Lonely Sky,” and “What
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also at
Obama’s uncertain style as president
By David Horsey
Sen. John McCain, who demonstrated questionable political acumen by
picking Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008, has joined
other Republicans in blaming Vladimir
Putin’s seizure of Crimea on President
Barack Obama’s limp-wristed approach
to foreign policy.
The implication is that a different,
stronger, more resolute American leader
would have so intimidated the Russian
tough guy that he would not have dared
to snatch off a piece of Ukraine. This
assertion is dubious in at least three
The first is that Obama’s predecessor, a man who swaggered around the
world starting wars and acting “resolute” was also the guy who said he
looked into Putin’s eyes, saw his “soul”
and came away rather smitten. Who was
bamboozled there?
The second is that when past Russian
leaders barged into neighboring countries
Afghanistan in 1979 — other American
presidents also found they lacked the
leverage to undo those invasions. Does
anyone believe the Russians sent their
tanks rolling on those occasions because
they thought the man in the White House
was a wimp?
Which brings me to point three: Just
like Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid
Brezhnev, Putin was driven by nationalist imperatives. The macho of the
American president — or lack thereof
— was not a factor.
Nevertheless, Obama’s leadership
style does not exude the Clint
Eastwood/Dirty Harry directness that
many Americans prefer. Some have
called him a “post-imperial” president.
He opts for drone strikes over boots on
the ground, multilateral action over unilateral projections of American force
and private diplomacy over hot public
In the long run, Obama’s approach
may be prove wiser than the muscular
militarism of George W. Bush who
mired the nation in two lengthy wars
with not much to show for it. Obama
ended those wars (while ordering the hit
on Osama bin Laden) and no one,
including 99 percent of Republicans,
wants to start another conflict over
Would perceptions of Obama
improve if he more fully embraced the
theatrics of the presidency? He is a
decent, rational man with a quick intelligence and a street-smart attitude. His talents include giving a great speech and
throwing a hard elbow on his way to a
layup. But he doesn’t look as if he loves
his job, the way Bill Clinton did. Nor
does he have the stagecraft of Ronald
Reagan who fully inhabited the role of
president and, for many people, embodied the right look and style of an
American leader.
Even if he wanted to change, a shift
in style would be coming too late.
Democrats who once had the loftiest of
hopes for Obama’s presidency are now
disheartened. The achievement gap is
wide between all that was anticipated in
the heady days after the 2008 electoral
triumph and the subsequent years of
gridlock. The relentless rain of slander
from the right during those years has not
helped Obama’s leadership image either.
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March 28, 2014
Fixing Congress
By Lee Hamilton
These are hard times for Congress.
Its approval ratings have seen a bump
from their historic lows of a few months
ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone
political institution is widely
derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly
out of touch.
It is no coincidence that
while Congress
has developed
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a taste for socalled “unorthodox lawmaking,” wandering far outside its traditional procedures. That’s why I would argue that as
grim as things seem now, there is a fix
for what ails Congress.
Broadly speaking, it involves congressional process. Let me quote John
Dingell, the canny U.S. House member
from Michigan who recently announced
his retirement. “I’ll let you write the substance,” he once told a House Judiciary
subcommittee, “ let me write the
procedure, and I’ll screw you every
time.” In legislative bodies, whoever
controls the process controls the result.
If it wants to restore itself, Congress
must make its processes exemplary and
Members should begin by opening
the floor to more amendments. At the
moment amendments are tightly limited,
if not banned outright, in an effort by the
leadership to control the outcome. This
restricts debate, impedes the free flow of
ideas, and strengthens leaders while disempowering ordinary members.
The leadership also needs to give up
its concentrated power and hand more
authority to congressional committees.
However worthy congressional leaders
may be, they cannot do the job that the
committee system was designed for:
holding hearings, inquiring deeply into
issues, eliciting facts, laying out options,
arguing over amendments, finding the
common ground needed to advance legislation.
The simple truth is that members of
Congress are there primarily to legislate
– not to raise money or score political
points on television. Yet Congress seems
to devote less and less time to crafting
and passing legislation; it is losing the
habit and the skills, and its work product
suffers. It needs to work harder at the job
Americans expect.
To make this possible, the Senate
should do more of its business by simple
majority vote of the senators present and
voting. I know that many senators like
the ability to filibuster, and do not want
to abandon the rule that requires 60
votes to close debate. But here’s the
thing: the super-majority rule, as it has
been applied recently, has become a formula for impotence and disorder. Every
democratic institution in this country
operates by majority rule except the
Senate, where a small minority can completely gum up the works.
It’s important for the majority to
assure fair procedures that take minority
views fully into account, but at the end
of the day Congress needs to work, not
be hamstrung by loyalty to a Senate rule
that has outlived its purpose.
Which is not to say that tradition has
no place on Capitol Hill. Many of the
procedures it developed over long years
of practice were designed to improve its
functioning – especially in designing
and enacting the federal budget. That
process is completely broken now.
Congress needs to focus its attention on
returning to the traditional budget
process of considering separate appropriations bills, as opposed to lumping
the entire budget into a single bill.
Other key processes also need mending. The confirmation of presidential
appointees is absurdly slow, seriously
jeopardizing a president’s ability to govern. Some 50 ambassadorial nominees
await votes in the Senate, some of them
having cooled their heels for months,
and foreign governments are noticing
and taking offense. The congressional
ethics committees are dormant. Travel
privileges are routinely abused – the
government should pay for legitimate
congressional travel and no trips should
be paid for by special interest groups.
The crucially important oversight
process has become a political sideshow.
Campaign expenditures should be limited and donors should be disclosed.
The point of all this is that Congress
is listing, but it can right itself. It may
not be able to tackle all of these proposed fixes at once, but each is within its
power. Members should quit throwing
up their hands and protesting that they
can’t do anything about their own institution’s problems. It’s their job to put
Congress back in working order and
they have the power to do it.
Lee Hamilton is Director of the
Center on Congress at Indiana
University. He was a member of the U.S.
House of Representatives for 34 years.
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Lessons from Easter Island
By Dave Bretl
Sometime between 1400 and 1600,
according to scientist and author Jared
Diamond, someone chopped down the last
tree on Easter Island. The 63-square-mile
island, best known for its giant stone statues, had been covered with trees when settlers first arrived there sometime in the
first millennium. The island’s remote location, over 1,200
miles from the
nearest civilization, made its
complete deforestation particularly unfortunate.
In addition to
and shelter, trees
were a critical
part of islanders’
food supply, providing habitat for
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numerous species
of birds. Most
importantly, trees represented the only
way off the island; without a source of
wood with which to build ocean-going
canoes, its inhabitants were stuck in the
world they had created.
By the time the first Europeans arrived
in 1722, the island’s native population had
plunged from 15,000 to less than 3,000.
Given the importance of trees and the
calamity that resulted from their extinction, one of my favorite parts of
Diamond’s book, “Collapse,” is when he
speculates what could have been going
through the mind of the person as he cut
down the last one.
I sometimes think about Easter Island
when the topic of long-range planning
comes up. Like the island’s inhabitants, we
tend to be caught up in the here and now,
like getting tonight’s fire started or building that new canoe while ignoring less
urgent, but far more important, issues.
Planning provides the opportunity to step
back from our daily routine and look into
the future to avoid potential disaster and
take advantage of new opportunities.
Earlier this year the Southeastern
Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
(SEWRPC) released a report entitled The
Economy and Population of the
Southeastern Wisconsin Region. The
report makes predictions about the future
population and economy of our region
through the year 2050.
Before I place too much faith in any
study, I like to look at the author’s track
record. Fortunately, the folks at SEWRPC
made this easy and did something I don’t
often see in studies; they analyzed how
accurate their past predictions have been.
The last time SEWRPC looked at this
issue was in 2004. Its predictions regarding population were within two percent of
actual 2012 values.
The Commission was less accurate
when it came to predicting employment,
overestimating the number of jobs that
would be available in the region by five
percent. The major recession of 2008 likely figured into this miss. The study predicts a number of important future trends,
including the following.
Slow and steady. In contrast to dramatic changes that took place in the region
during the previous 35 years, SEWRPC’s
also at
vision of our region’s future is relatively
calm. The entry of women into the workforce and the exodus of jobs and people
from Milwaukee County, hallmarks of previous decades, will moderate in upcoming
years. By 2050, according to the study, the
percentage of women between the ages 16
and 64 who are working, will remain
unchanged. Waukesha County will continue to lead the region in job creation; however, all counties are expected to add jobs,
including our own, which is expected to
add 16,600 positions to its overall workforce.
Service industry expasion. Another
trend that is expected to continue is growth
of the service industry. Employment in
service-related jobs is expected to increase
by 29 percent between now and 2050, with
Manufacturing job opportunities will continue to decrease throughout the region,
shedding nearly 30,000 positions over the
next 35 years. By 2050, manufacturing
will represent just nine percent of all jobs
in the region, while the share of servicerelated employees will stand at 55 percent
of the total workforce.
We are getting older. Our region’s
population will age dramatically between
now and 2050. If I am lucky enough to be
around in 2050, I will be part of the “85
and older” crowd. This segment of the
population will increase three-fold over
the next 35 years. While twelve out of
every 100 residents of Southeastern
Wisconsin are currently over the age of 65,
that figure will stand at twenty-one of
every 100 by 2050.
Not everyone accepts Jared Diamond’s
explanation for the demise of Easter
Island. In their book, “The Statues That
Walked,” anthropologists Terry Hunt and
Carl Lippo blame a proliferation of rats,
rather than overharvesting, for the deforestation that occurred there. Rather than
disintegrating as a society, Hunt and Lippo
argue that the population adapted by eating
a diet consisting largely of rat meat.
Regardless of why the trees became
extinct, there is no question that people
can adapt to harsh circumstances. Over a
number of generations, islanders probably
didn’t even give a second thought to their
limited menu options; it was all that they
In this respect, there is a parallel to the
SEWRPC report. Household income,
measured in constant dollars, fell by 11
percent between 2000 and 2010. While
politicians and the media focus on the
number of jobs being created, the question
of how much those jobs will pay is largely
ignored. SEWRPC doesn’t make any predictions regarding future income, which in
my view, may have a more significant
impact on the lives of residents of the
region than any other statistic contained in
the report. For now at least, it seems that
people have adapted to the decline in
If you are interested in looking into the
future, you can read the SEWERPC study
yourself on the Commission’s website at
The opinions expressed in these
columns are those of the author and not
necessarily those of the Walworth County
Board of Supervisors.
March 28, 2014 — 5
A better workforce for a better Wisconsin
By State Sen. Neal Kedzie
In previous columns, I have discussed the “skills gap” in Wisconsin –
that is, employers who have difficulty
finding qualified workers to fill skilled
positions within their company. Adding
to the problem is an aging workforce
nearing retirement coupled with high
school graduates who earn a college
degree here,
but leave for a
job in another
state. Both
factors require
real solutions if
Wisconsin is to
compete for
skilled workers.
To that end,
the legislature
has passed a
number of iniNeal Kedzie
tiatives to connect job seekers with employers.
First, the 2013-15 state budget
invests nearly $100 million to fund
apprenticeship programs, re-employment services support, and an on-line
system to bring employers and potential
employees together. Next, the Senate
recently passed Special Session Assembly Bill 2 to provide more than $35 million in workforce training grants. The
grants will be awarded to technical colleges to reduce waiting lists for enrollment in courses and programs in highdemand fields.
Grant money will also be put toward
collaborative projects among school districts, technical colleges, and businesses
to provide high school students with
industry-recognized certifications in
high-demand fields. In addition, funds
will be provided by the Department of
Workforce Development to public and
private organizations or services to
enhance employment opportunities for
persons with disabilities. The bill has
passed the Legislature and awaits the
Governor’s expected signature.
To further grow the economy and
better train workers, the legislature
passed an $8.5 million workforce development package for training and apprenticeship programs. These programs will
offer Wisconsin residents the opportunity to access worker training programs
and gain employment. The funds will
also attract an additional $15.5 million
in new federal funds for vocational rehabilitation programs designed to help
people with disabilities enter the workforce.
One such bill, which was signed into
law last December, creates a career and
technical education incentive grant program for high school students interested
in a skilled trade career. Beginning in the
2014-15 school year, grants will be
awarded to school districts for each student who, in the prior year, obtained a
diploma or technical education high
school diploma from a district school
and successfully completed an industryrecognized certification program. For
each qualifying student, the district will
receive $1,000 per pupil to defray
upfront costs of implementing the training. The new grant program allocates
$3 million for distribution in the 201415 school year.
This grant program encourages high
school students with an interest in the
skilled trades to graduate with industrycertified credentials and may encourage
school districts to offer more in the technical education fields.
A similar program in Kansas has had
great success. The Kansas program
graduated 4.6 percent of their 12th grade
population with industry certificates. If
Wisconsin were to realize the same success rate, more than 3,000 students
would graduate with industry-certified
credentials, which would go a long way
toward connecting skilled workers with
high-demand and good paying jobs.
As Wisconsin continues its climb out
of a struggling economy from years past
and a more prominent role in the state,
national, and even international economy, the Legislature will continue to do
its part to facilitate quality jobs in the
private sector. A better Wisconsin begins
with a better workforce, and these workforce development initiatives will produce results, bolster the economy, and
improve lives.
David Horsey
suited to run a snooty, has-been country
like France. All can agree he is not a
flawless leader. On the other hand, we
could have done much worse. Vice
President Palin, anyone?
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
David Horsey is a political commentator
for the Los Angeles Times. Go to latimes.
com/news/politics/topoftheticket/ to see
more of his work.
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Distributed by Tribune Media
Continued from page 4
The conception of Obama that many
Americans hold in their minds is so far
from reality that it is impossible to think
of anything the president could do to
alter that faulty perception.
He is who he is – a cool customer.
Many of us still appreciate his sophistication; plenty of others think he is better
Sen Kedzie can be reached in
Madison at P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI
53707-7882 or by calling toll free 1 800
578-1457. He may be reached in the district at (262) 742-2025 or online at
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Veterans ask Gov. Walker to veto
just-passed asbestos suit cap bill
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By Shawn Johnson
A coalition of veterans groups is asking Gov. Scott Walker to veto a bill that
changes the rules for asbestos lawsuits,
after the plan cleared its final legislative
hurdle late Thursday night, March 20.
The plan would require people
harmed by asbestos to disclose up front
how many companies they plan to sue. It
would also require them to go after
money from an asbestos trust before
they can sue for a bigger award in court.
Republican Rep. Jim Ott of Mequon told
his colleagues it was about protecting
those trusts.
“Every company that has produced
asbestos is going to go bankrupt if we
don’t put some control on this pot of
money,” Ott said, “which is not an endless pot of money.”
Natural gas prices to stay high
By Richard Kremer
Wisconsin utilities say the price of
natural gas has jumped this winter and
customers can expect to keep paying
more for a while.
Natural gas is still considered to be
the most economical way to heat a
home, but thanks to a colder than usual
winter, demand has skyrocketed.
Xcel Energy Director of Gas Supply
Tim Carter says in a normal year they
rely on massive gas reserves purchased
at lower prices during the summer. But
this year Xcel and other utilities have
depleted their reserves and have had to
buy gas on the open market, which costs
the company and consumers more.
“We were estimating that prices
would be up probably 10-15 percent,”
Carter said. “I’ve got to think they’re
going to be quite a bit higher than that,
because not only have we seen the
wholesale prices go up, but we’ve also
seen the consumption go up.”
Xcel Energy says their average
household paid $144 for heat in January.
That’s about 34 percent higher than the
same time last year.
Kerry Spees, a spokesman for
Wisconsin Public Service in Green Bay,
says they, too, have had to make purchases on the open market, which means
customers will pay more over the entire
“We expect that this year they will
probably pay about $155 more than they
did last year for the winter season,”
Spees said, “and that’s from November 1
to March 31.”
Spees says prices should stabilize in
coming months.
“Hopefully we’ll get a turn in the
weather here and we can start to get back
to normal, but it’s going to be an expensive year to heat your home.”
Both WPS and Xcel Energy say the
high costs this winter won’t have any
affect on utility rate case requests made
with the state’s Public Service
Several veterans groups, including
the VFW and American Legion have
steadfastly opposed the plan, however.
Veterans are more apt to have been
exposed to asbestos and they worry this
plan will make it harder to collect damages before they die from asbestos-related illnesses.
Assembly Democratic Minority
Leader Peter Barca asked Republicans
why they wouldn’t listen: “Veterans are
practically on their hands and knees
pleading with you and you are
unmoved,” Barca said.
Several business groups reported
lobbying in favor of the plan, including
3M and Koch Industries. The bill passed
the Assembly on a party-line vote.
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Wisconsin ranks 35th in
private sector job growth
By Shawn Johnson
The latest “gold standard” numbers
from the federal Bureau of Labor
Statistics show Wisconsin continues to
lag behind most of its Midwest neighbors and the nation as a whole in private
sector job growth.
Wisconsin ranked 35th in the nation
in private sector job growth in the oneyear period ending in September of last
year. Private sector jobs here grew by
1.2 percent compared to 2 percent at the
national level.
By comparison, private sector jobs
increased by 2.7 percent in Michigan,
1.9 percent in Minnesota and 1.6 percent
in Iowa. Among neighboring states, only
Illinois trailed Wisconsin, adding private
sector jobs at a rate of 0.9 percent.
The numbers come from the Bureau
of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of
Employment and Wages, which economists say is the most detailed and accurate measure of job growth.
Wisconsin ranked 37th in the nation
the last time these numbers were
released. It ranked 44th in a similar
report a year ago.
Marquette University economics
professor Abdur Chowdhury says that
compared to other states, Wisconsin
does not fare well. “Things are not getting better the way we would like to
see,” said Chowdhury. “From 37th to
35th I would say is just a marginal
Overall, the numbers show the state
added 28,351 private sector jobs
between Sept. 2012 and Sept. 2013.
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Health inspections
Continued from page 1
“We don’t know state inspectors,”
said Williams Bay Business Association
President Jim D’Allessandro, who owns
the Harbor View Motel. “Local people
could lobby a County Board member or
Health & Human Services employee to
‘pick on’ a business. This way we know
the inspector doesn’t have an agenda to
make life difficult for the business or
Sue Pruessing, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Walworth County Fair, said she has been
dealing with state inspectors for 14 years
and has found them to be responsible
and helpful.
“We send the state a list of the 60
vendors at the fair each year and the
inspectors are there on the first day of
the fair to inspect them. We have a great
working relationship and they have
made many suggestions that help us to
keep the food area safe. We feel the state
is doing a competent job and hope you
will continue to have them provide the
Elkhorn resident Sara Nichols, who
spoke in favor of a county inspection
program, said she has had 15 years of
experience in public health area and is
now the manager of the Open Arms Free
Former Walworth County Public
Nurse Pat Grove, who retired last year,
said “We have a strong partnership with
the state, but the state discontinues programs all the time. They used to provide
lead inspections, but stopped doing it.
also at
We found that there were some chilodren with lead poisoning and contracted
with a lead inspector from Jefferson
County. So we should be prepared to
take over these duties. I would like to
see us move forward with the proposal.”
Grove said the proposal was nothing
new; it had been in her desk drawer for
10 years. According to Walworth
County Health and Human Services
Director Linda Seemeyer, the plan had
made it through the budgeting process at
one time, but not through the administrative review. “It fell victim to other priorities,” she said.
Wucherer moved that the decision be
tabled until the July meeting when there
would be two years’ worth of statistics
available as to whom had been inspected
and what the results had been.
Schaefer said he thought the decision
should be made before the April 1 election when there might be two new county board members on the committee
with no background on which to make a
Jim D’Allesandro had said that it
was difficult for business owners to
attend a meeting in the middle of the day
at this time of year, but that tabling a
decision until July when restaurant owners would be their busiest at the height of
the tourist season would make it all but
impossible for them to participate.
The committee voted 4 to 2 in favor
of the motion not to proceed with the
plan, with supervisors Jerry Grant and
Joe Schaefer opposed.
As reported earlier, however, a vote
by the entire county board at a special
meeting the next day superceded the
March 28, 2014
LaVonne Horgan, co-owner of Delavan Lanes, speaks during a special County
Board meeting on Thursday, March 20 in opposition to the plan for the local Health and
Human Services Dept. to take over inspections from the state of Wisconsin.
(Beacon photo)
motion. The roll call vote showed that
Rick Stacey, Joe Schaefer, Jerry Grant,
Dave Weber, Daniel Kilkenny, Richard
Brandl and Nancy Russell voted in favor
of the motion, while Carl Redenius and
Kenneth Monroe, who is also a member
of the Health and Human Services
Committee, voted no.
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March 28, 2014 — 9
Woman dies after
using Vaseline to
increase breast size
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An Argentine woman died after she
reportedly injected herself with Vaseline
in an attempt to give herself a breast
Sonia Perez Llanzon, 39, suffered a
pulmonary embolism – or blot clot in
her lungs – and died several weeks after
she reportedly injected herself with the
petroleum jelly, according to a translation of an article in La Capital.
In an article dated March 18, the
Argentine newspaper reported that
Llanzon went to a Santa Rosa hospital
after she developed difficulty breathing.
Doctors said she initially denied injecting herself, but later admitted that she'd
tried to give herself a breast augmentation.
“In all my medical career, I’ve never
seen a case like this,” said Dr. Julio
Cardenas, chief of surgery at Lucio
Molas Hospital in Santa Rosa. “The
human body has antibodies to remove
bacteria and viruses, but it doesn’t have
any mechanisms to fight against this
type of product.”
The Vaseline entered the woman’s
blood stream, where it caused blood
clots that eventually traveled to her
lungs, doctors said. Llanzon died as a
result of pulmonary embolism following
a month-long hospitalization.
Llanzon is remembered as an athlete,
a marathon runner, a boxer and a future
winner of the Darwin Award.
Q: How does a toothache get started?
A: What actually causes the pain of a
toothache is your body’s reaction to
infection. A toothache certainly is one of
life’s more unpleasant experiences. It
can start as a dull throb and escalate to
the point of excruciating pain. A couple
of things are certain; a toothache is a
sign of a problem and that problem
should get prompt professional attention.
Generally, a toothache is the result of
decay in the tooth. When a cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth it can let in the
bacteria that cause infection. The body
fights the infection by increasing blood
flow to the infected area. But since the
tooth’s pulp and nerve are encased in
enamel, the pressure of the increased
blood flow causes the swelling and pain
that are the trademark of the toothache.
Pulpitis, incidentally, is the name for the
acute state of pulp infection.
As the infection spreads to the periodontal ligament, the membrane that
holds the tooth in its socket, you will
experience pain when the affected tooth
comes into contact with another tooth.
Anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or
ibuprofen may ease the pain of a
toothache. One caution, though, is to not
put aspirin directly on the gum. The acid
in aspirin can burn or irritate it. Call the
dentist at the first sign of a toothache.
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Time to test private well water
If your family gets drinking water
from a private well, do you know if your
water is safe to drink? What health risks
could you and your family face?
Approximately 15 percent of Americans rely on their own private drinking
water supplies. Unlike public drinking
water systems serving many people,
they do not have experts regularly
checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap.
These households must take special
precautions to ensure the protection and
maintenance of their drinking water supplies. Now is a good time for the nearly
35,000 people in Walworth County that
get their drinking water from private
wells to test the water’s safety, county
and state drinking water and public
health officials say.
“Most private wells provide safe
drinking water, but we tend to see an
increase in well contamination problems
after spring thaw,” says Steve Ales, who
leads the private water section for the
Department of Natural Resources drinking water and groundwater program.
“Public water systems are tested regularly. But the only way to know if your private well water is safe is to test it at least
once a year,” says Dr. Henry Anderson,
State Health Officer with the Wisconsin
Department of Health Services.
Most private wells provide a safe
source of drinking water, but some
become contaminated with bacteria that
is not filtered out as the water soaks into
the ground. Surviving bacteria can find
its way into the groundwater by moving
through shallow fractured bedrock,
quarries, sinkholes, inadequately grouted wells or cracks in the well casing.
Insects or small rodents can also carry
bacteria into wells with inadequate caps
or seals. An extremely high number of
public wells that were sampled during
the 2013 calendar year tested positive
for bacteria, indicating that it would not
be unlikely for private wells to also be
Walworth County Public Health also
recommends that people test their private well at least once a year for nitrate
contamination. It is especially important
to know nitrate levels in wells if the
water is to be consumed by a pregnant
woman or an infant. Too much nitrate in
a well could harm a fetus or infant.
Elevated nitrate is most common in agricultural districts, like Walworth County.
A 2009 survey found that well owners are not testing as regularly as they
should be and are not testing for the
range of contaminants that may be in
groundwater. Contact Walworth County
Public Health for information on how to
test your well. The Walworth County
Public Health Water Lab offers testing
of private wells for bacteria and nitrate
for a fee. For more information contact
Walworth County Public Health at 7413140 or [email protected]
Health Through Chiropractic
By Dr. Bernice Elliott
Is shoulder, arm or hand pain causing
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The nerves
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and hands come
from your neck
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Spinal misalignments,
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epicondylitis, numbness, tingling, weakness or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Ignoring the pain or masking the
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or hand. A thorough, careful chiropractic
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vertebrae of the spine and neck may help
to eliminate the nerve pressure that has
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If you are experiencing pain, numbness or tingling that extends into your
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Rep Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) meets with 4H members at the Capitol in
Madison on Wednesday, March 19. Four of the youngsters were from the Elkhorn area
and the rest were from Clinton. “Since 1914, Wisconsin 4-H has been helping youth
become community leaders and gain the skills necessary to be successful,” said
Loudenbeck. “More than 800 youths and volunteers came to Madison on March 19 to
meet with their legislators and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with youth
from 4-H clubs in Walworth and Rock County.” 4-H Youth Development is part of the
University of Wisconsin-Extension. The first 4-H club meeting in Wisconsin took place
in the Town of Linn in Walworth County on October 30, 1914, with seven young people in attendance. Today, more than 35,000 are enrolled as club members, and more
than 68,000 are involved in 4-H through in-school and after-school clubs, day camps,
mentoring programs and other opportunities.
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Mercy Foundation to host
free estate planning seminar
Mercy Foundation will host a free
estate and long-term care planning seminar
for older adults at Mercy Walworth
Hospital and Medical Center, N2950 State
Road 67 (at the intersection with Highway
50), on Tuesday, April 8, from 5-7 pm.
Presenters will include Edward Thompson,
Amanda Anderson and John Clair, attorneys at Clair Law Office, Delavan.
Topics will include basic estate planning, advance directives, wills and
trusts, guardianship, Medicaid planning
and long term care insurance.
Refreshments will be provided.
Registration is required and seating is
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Mercy Health Line
April is Foot Health Awareness Month
Most of us don’t give much thought
to our feet, until they start giving us
trouble. Almost 75 percent of Americans
will have foot problems in their lifetime.
Unlike other parts of our bodies, feet
really take a pounding, literally. They’re
stuffed into ill-fitting footwear for hours
on end, are subject to viruses like warts
and fungi like athlete’s foot, are easily
injured when we walk barefoot, and
often bear the first signs of more serious
health problems like arthritis, diabetes,
anemia, kidney problems, gout, and
nerve and circulatory disorders.
The average person walks several
miles a day, adding up to almost 115,000
miles or more over a lifetime. The pressure exerted by walking is more than a
person’s body weight; running can triple
or quadruple that pressure. As the miles
add up, so does the wear and tear. That’s
why many foot problems tend to occur
as we age.
Ill-fitting shoes are the major cause
of foot problems. Many of us wear shoes
that are too small, too narrow in the toe
box, pointed, poorly-made, worn out or
have an excessively high heel. Foot
problems caused or aggravated by ill-fitting shoes include blisters, bunions,
corns and calluses, hammertoes,
ingrown nails, heel pain and neuromas.
You don’t have to be an athlete to be
concerned about finding and wearing
comfortable and well-fitting footwear.
Taking the time and investing the money
to purchase quality shoes, boots and sandals is time and money well spent. Here
are some tips on choosing proper
• Determine your needs. Will you
wear your shoes to run 20 miles a week,
to the office or factory, to a formal event,
to the beach, to play racquet sports? Of
course you wouldn’t wear steel-toed
work boots to the beach, but you may
think that your walking shoes are good
enough for running, your office shoes
will work fine for a day at the shopping
mall, or your cheap tennies will do for a
full day of cycling, which is not always
the case.
• Where to shop. Reputable stores
specializing in certain types of footwear
are the best places to purchase shoes that
will best meet your needs. For example,
uniform stores carry footwear for
employees who are on their feet all day.
Remember that “one style fits all” doesn’t apply to shoes. Knowledgeable
employees can help you determine your
foot type (flat, normal or high-arched)
and then suggest the size, style and type
of shoe you need.
• When to shop. Shop for shoes late
in the day when your feet are at their
• How to shop. Always take along
the socks or hosiery you’ll be wearing
with the shoes, and if you wear
orthotics, take those as well. Most of us
have one foot bigger than the other so
choose the size for the bigger foot. Try
on both shoes and walk more than just
once around the store. Wiggle your toes
and make sure your big toe is one thumb
width from the front of the shoe. Feel for
areas that are being pinched or rubbed. If
your feet feel cramped or the shoe feels
tight, don’t count on them to stretch;
well-fitted shoes don’t require a “breaking in” period. Avoid shoes with heels in
excess of two inches.
Feet flatten as we age so you may
need to increase your shoe size as you
get older. Weight gain and pregnancy
change foot size too. Your athletic shoe
size may differ from your dress shoe
size. If you’re unsure about your size,
ask a clerk to measure your feet while
you stand.
If, despite purchasing new shoes that
fit well, you are still experiencing problems, see a board certified podiatrist; a
physician who specializes in the treatment of foot and ankle problems.
As mentioned earlier, your feet mirror your general health so you could
have something more serious going on.
Foot pain is NOT normal so don’t ignore
it. Untreated foot problems can lead to
larger complications, including a change
in your gait, which can lead to knee, hip
and spine problems. And if you’re the
fix-it-yourself type, know that improper
self treatment can turn a minor problem
into a major one.
People with diabetes have special
concerns regarding their feet. About 60
to 70 percent of people with diabetes
have mild to severe forms of diabetic
nerve damage that can impair feelings of
pain in the foot. Foot disease is the most
common complication of diabetes leading to hospitalization.
If you have diabetes, it is extremely
important that you work closely with
your doctors and diabetes educators.
Between appointments, examine your
feet daily for signs of redness, warmth,
blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail
problems. Check between toes, the
entire bottom of the foot and around the
ankle. Call your doctor immediately if
you experience any injury to your feet.
Even minor injuries are an emergency
for people with diabetes.
Our feet are biological masterpieces
that serve us well when we serve them
well. They deserve to be pampered with
regular exercise (walking is the best
form of exercise for the feet), daily
hygiene, properly fitted shoes and medical attention when needed.
By Shamane Mills
Health advocates have proposed “sin
taxes” as a way to curb behavior like smoking or snacking, but a new study suggests
extra sales taxes on soda won’t decrease obesity.
Health advocates say soft drinks are an
unhealthy source of sugar in American diets
and contribute to weight gain. A recent study
done by researchers in three states, including
Wisconsin, finds that increased taxes on soft
drinks do lead to less soda consumption, but
that there was no corresponding drop in overall calories consumed.
Jason Fletcher, a health economist with
the LaFollette School of Public Affairs at
University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducted the study with researchers from
University of Iowa and University of
Washington's School of Public Health. “If
you reduce their consumption of soda,” said
Fletcher, “they have a lot of other choices –
including choices that may be very good for
you otherwise like milk and orange juice, but
they can be high calorie drinks.”
Wisconsin does not have a special soda
tax – legislative proposals were introduced in
2005 and 2007, but never went anywhere.
Efforts to implement soda taxes elsewhere
have generally failed, largely due to a wellfunded lobbying effort.
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The ebony angel
The time was eleven years ago, the
place was a dollar store in Woodstock. My
88-year-old mother was very sick and I
was quite worried about her. The dollar
store has lovely, affordable greeting cards
and I wanted to get several to send her.
I had noticed a very pregnant black
woman in her
when I entered the
store. It was very
hot and I quickly
thought how uncomfortable she
must be, but said
nothing to her.
After a few
came over to me
and said someMarjie Reed
thing so startling
and perceptive that I’ll never forget it.
“You look troubled”, she said in a gentle voice with a strong accent I didn’t recognize, “I know something is wrong, can I
help you?”
I was as surprised as she was when tears
suddenly streamed down my face. “My
mother is very sick and I am very worried
about her,” I sobbed to this stranger.
“Well, then, we must pray for her right
now.” she said gently. “God knows about
this sickness, and we will pray that she
gets well.”
Before I knew it, she started to pray. I
never heard such a prayer; no one I know,
except for my husband and my mother,
prays with the fervor and faith she did. I
felt as if we had been ushered into God’s
presence, rather than standing in the card
section of the dollar store. Comfort flooded over me.
She had no idea, nor did she care at
that , that I was a woman of faith. I surely
wasn’t exhibiting it with my countenance
so sad and downcast that a stranger noticed
it. She had the faith that her God could and
would heal my mother.
She didn’t care that we were in a store
and she didn’t care that she would give
birth in a few days and she didn’t care that
it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. It was clear that my mom and I were
her only focus.
When she finished praying, she looked
me straight in the eye and with the most
beautiful smile I ever saw said in her lilting African accent, “She will get well,
Miss, I know it”
I knew it, too.
All of a sudden, I realized she was
gone and I didn’t even know her name. I
ran outside and found her sitting on a
bench under a tree and joined her.
She told me she was from Nigeria.
Her name was hard for me so she told me
to just call her Dari. (pronounced Dahree). She now lived in Atlanta, and was in
Woodstock visiting her brother.
I’ve urged her to call me Marjie, but
she never will. I am older than she and,
according to Nigerian custom, elder ladies
are called “Miss.” I’ve learned to embrace
it as we’ve kept in touch through the years.
A few years ago she was returning to
Chicago for a relative’s wedding, and i
was very excited to be invited.
I was the only white person there, but
that made no difference to any of us.
Many of them, including Dari, had on
traditional Nigerian garb. Her outfit was a
brightly colored and intricately designed
tunic-type dress. On her head she wore a
matching, high-sitting, complicatedly
wrapped turban. She was a vision of
Nigerian loveliness.
I experienced African dancing, food
and celebrating. But best of all was feeling
the love that flowed from person to person
– including me. It was as electrifying as
Dari’s prayer had been for me that day
years before.
How happy I was to hear her lovely
lilting accent this morning. When I told her
that mom is doing well and will be 99 in
August, her joyful voice exploded into the
phone, “Amen and Amen!”
Dear God,
How I needed Dari that day to pray for
Mom and encourage me.
First of all, dear God, please help us to
see people through “color blind” eyes, as
Dari did. And instead of seeing someone
downcast or unpleasant and thinking sarcastically, “Well, what’s their problem,”
help us to do no less than pray for them.
Maybe not aloud in a store, as Dari had
the courage to do, but at least pray for
them in our heart right then, and smile and
say a kind word if possible.
Help our kids to learn by our example
that a prayer, smile and words of kindness
can bring others peace and courage
because someone took a moment to show
them they care.
Amen and Amen!
Marjie Reed lives in Harvard, Ill., with
her husband, Bob. They have been married
nearly 45 years and have three children
and eight grandchildren. Contact Marjie
at [email protected]
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March 28, 2014
Medications, soaps and caffeine
are tainting state drinking water
By Shamane Mills
Scientists at a health policy forum in
Madison last week said more needs to be
done to keep chemicals like medication,
caffeine, and antibacterial soap out of
drinking water.
Barb Bickford from the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources estimates 13 million pounds of medication
and personal care products are sold in
Wisconsin annually. She says only 2 percent of that is collected, meaning it doesn’t
go into the garbage, or the toilet.
“So for all of our efforts we didn’t collect a whole lot,” she said. “Some of the
challenges are destruction: All of the waste
that is collected has to be transported outside of the state, because we want to incinerate it and we have no incinerators in
Chemicals come from a variety of
everyday activities: washing flame retardant clothes, using antibacterial soaps or
hygiene products with microparticles, and
taking prescription drugs.
Dr. Bruce Barrett, a family physician
in Verona, said society, in his opinion, has
become “pill-happy” to the point we may
be causing more harm than good.
“Medications approved by the FDA
require some statistical proof of benefit,
but they almost universally neglect to
properly assess harms,” Barrett said. “The
downstream harms of taking pharmaceuticals can be in the environment, can be in
the individual, society.”
One such harm is the effect of low
levels of Prozac on fathead minnows.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s
School of Freshwater Sciences recently
conducted a study indicating behavior
changes in the native fish when exposed to
the antidepressant. Associate Professor
Rebecca Klaper notes the fish “become
less interested in going after their prey, and
they become very obsessive-compulsive
about cleaning their nest, to the point
where it decreases their reproduction.”
Klaper says more research is needed
before determining which chemicals to
Wisconsin Public Radio News
Assembly passes amended chemo bill
By Shawn Johnson
The Wisconsin State Assembly passed an
amended version of an oral chemotherapy
bill Thursday night, March 20, following
an emotional debate that at times got heated and personal.
The original version of the oral chemo
bill that passed the Senate on a nearly
unanimous vote last week would require
insurance companies to charge the same
for chemotherapy whether it’s delivered in
a pill or through an IV. Right now, chemo
pills taken at home can cost thousands of
dollars per month.
State Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Milwaukee, tried to get Republicans to pass that
bill without changes, asking them to say,
“You know what? Enough of that. I’m
going to do what’s right for my constituents. I’m going to do what’s right for
the people of Wisconsin. I’m going to save
some lives tonight.”
While Democrats got two GOP lawmakers to join them, Assembly Speaker
Robin Vos said he and several other
Assembly Republicans were troubled with
passing an insurance mandate. To placate
those concerns, they amended the plan to
allow insurance companies to charge copays on chemo pills of up to $100 a month.
“What we have here before us today,”
Vos said, “is an opportunity to pass a bill
that will improve the lives of a whole lot of
Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempeleau
bristled at the idea that Republicans were
leading the way on this issue, pointing out
that just a week ago, Vos and other
Republican leaders were prepared to use
parliamentary tricks to block this bill for
the rest of the year.
“Let’s not pretend it’s about anything
other than the fact that you were shamed
into doing this,” Danou said.
Many lawmakers shared stories of their
families’ battles with cancer. Rep. Tom
Larson, R-Colfax, was choked up as he
shared his: “I sat in a room, and I held my
daughter’s hand while she took her last
breath,” he said. “Don’t tell me that I have
to be shamed into signing this bill.”
In the end, the Assembly’s version of
the plan passed on a vote of 75-18. The
State Senate still needs to approve the
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By Mike Simonson
Even though there has been a large
amount of snowfall in Wisconsin this
year, snowmobile deaths haven’t been
higher than normal.
Department of Natural Resources
Chief Warden Todd Schaller said one
death is too many, but that the 22 people
killed so far this year could have been
worse. Schaller says 19 of the fatalities
came from too much speed or a combination of speed and alcohol. Fourteen of
the fatal crashes happened at night.
Bayfield County had its first fatal
crash in March. Sheriff Paul Susienka
said that’s better than usual. He too says
heavy snow statewide has helped.
“When there’s a great deal of snow,
there’s less concentration,” said
Susienka. “Deep snow tends to slow
people up if they go off the trail. The
trails haven’t been very icy.”
The high number of snowmobile
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Spring Home and Garden
March 28, 2014 — 13
Tips on how to ‘green’ your
home and garden this spring
A house in worn condition can lose 10 percent of its appraised value. Keep
up with exterior maintenance before it gets away from you and costs you more in the
long run.
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Keep up with home maintenance
(StatePoint) After a busy work week,
it can be hard to get motivated to complete chores and tasks around the house.
And knowing what tasks to do and when
to do them may not come intuitively for
everyone. But neglecting home maintenance is a mistake, say experts.
“Regular home maintenance can
benefit your family’s health, safety and
pocketbook,” says Elizabeth Dodson,
Co-Founder of HomeZada, a digital hub
to store pertinent information about your
home. “Consider creating a home maintenance schedule to stay organized and
With this in mind, here are several
examples of how to maintain your home
and why it’s important:
Avoiding Replacements
• Mineral deposit build-up in your
refrigerator’s ice maker can eventually
cause a leak that could damage the
refrigerator and its contents. Clean water
lines annually to prevent the need for a
major appliance replacement.
• Lubricate your garage door for
smooth operation and to delay the need
for parts replacement.
Improving Safety
• Lint build-up in dryer ducts is flammable and a common cause of house
fires. An annual cleaning eliminates this
dangerous situation. You should also
clean your dryer’s lint filter after every
couple of loads. Likewise, you can prevent fires with checks on electrical and
gas equipment and fireplaces.
• Maintain the air quality of your
home by replacing or cleaning the filters
on your home’s heating system quarterly, or as needed.
• A regular schedule of battery
replacement in your home’s smoke and
carbon monoxide detectors could be
Reducing Utility Bills
• Periodically ensuring that your
home is properly sealed and insulated
can lower utility bills. Use weatherstripping to close gaps around windows and
• Inspect heating and cooling equipment on an annual basis, to ensure it’s
running optimally.
• Ensure your fireplace damper closes and opens properly. When your fireplace is not in use, keep the damper
closed to maximize your climate controlled environment.
Improving Value
A house in worn condition can lose
10 percent of its previous appraised
value, whereas proactive maintenance
can increase the appraised value each
year by one percent, according to the
National Association of Realtors.
And you don’t have to invest a ton to
improve your home’s value. Plenty of
projects offer great returns on investment. This becomes especially important if your home is on the market. From
replacing elements of your home’s exterior to updating your kitchen, your realtor can offer suggestions for updates that
can help you sell.
Consider new tools to help you track
home improvement projects in one
place. For example, by signing up for
HomeZada, you will automatically
receive comprehensive home maintenance checklists, as well as automated
alerts and reminders when it’s time to
complete a task, so you never miss anything important.
Additionally, the site provides howto videos and other free resources for
do-it-yourselfers. For more information,
Don’t let key maintenance tasks fall
by the wayside. Let new tools help you
keep your home safe and up-to-date.
And when it comes to hiring work
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(StatePoint) Going green at home
doesn’t have to turn your life upside
down. There are simple measures you
can take in your kitchen and garden to
run a planet-friendly home.
Reduce Waste
Ensure that your kitchen is properly
outfitted with labeled paper and plastic
recycling bins. Keep these receptacles
handy to encourage your family and
guests to make use of them.
Take your waste reduction a step further by setting up a bin for food scraps,
which you can add to your yard trimmings. Composting creates a natural fertilizer that makes a planet-friendly alternative to the chemical variety.
By recycling and composting, you
can join the ranks of Americans reducing the waste they send to the landfill. In
fact, recycling and composting prevented 86.9 million tons of materials from
being disposed in 2011 in the United
States, up from 15 million tons in 1980,
according to government estimates.
Protect Wildlife
You may think of your yard as
“yours,” but you are actually sharing the
space with furry creatures, insects and
birds. Habitat destruction and loss, as
well other manmade and natural threats,
put beautiful species like humming birds
at risk. Make your garden a safe haven
with bird feeders and by planting native,
sustentative shrubs, trees and flowers.
Unfortunately, bird vs building collisions, particularly with windows, are
estimated to kill between 100 million
and 1 billion birds in the United States
alone, according to a new report from
the Cooper Ornithological Society.
Ensure the safety of your airborne
visitors by applying static-cling decals
to your windows, which helps birds
detect glass, thereby avoiding injury or
death. Decals from WindowAlert, for
example, rely on special ultravioletreflecting coating that looks like etched
glass to humans, but is quite visible to
birds, and add a decorative appearance
to your home.
The coating can fade over time, so
remember to replace decals every six to
nine months. More information can be
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Eat Local
Source your food locally to reduce
your carbon footprint. If possible, buy
local, in-season fruits and vegetables
that didn’t have to travel the world to
reach your plate.
And while flowers are beautiful to
look at – and the right ones can provide
nectar for pollinating insects and birds –
consider turning at least part of your garden into a space for herbs and vegetables
to grow. When dinner comes from your
own back yard, it means fresher produce
that’s good for your family, and good for
the planet.
Don’t just enjoy nature this season,
take care of it. With a few small tweaks,
it isn’t hard to run your home more sustainably.
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Five things your parents
didn’t mean to teach you
By Beth H. Macy
Parents do the best they can to raise
you with the tools they have. Many parents would be shocked to know that their
children were little sponges, soaking up
every word and action and interpreting it
in their own way. Since each brain and
view of the surrounding world is so different, it is no wonder therapists have a
constant flow of clients.
Although many thoughts, fears, reactions, and actions get imprinted upon
children at an early age, it is never too
late to recognize where these things
come from and to decide whether or not
you wish to continue to hold onto them.
Here are five things, out of potentially
many more, that your parents inadvertently taught you!
1. How to Swear
Fathers are especially good at
“teaching” this one. Ever been around
your dad in his workshop when he hit his
thumb with a hammer? Or how about
when he came home from work and
tripped over the cat? What about your
mom’s reaction when the dog pooped on
the floor? Or what your mother said
when your father threw the baby up in
the air and played catch? There are many
every day situations that can cause a parent to inadvertently let loose a blue
streak! How do you react to surprise,
pain, fear, or fatigue? What swear words
are your children learning?
2. The White Lie
Ever overhear one of your parents
calling in sick to work? “Cough, cough,
cough, I seem to have caught a bug from
one of the kids. Can’t make it in today.”
You look around the house to see which
one of your siblings is sick. Then you
wonder if it could be you who is sick!
But when your parent comes into the
room, he/she is perfectly healthy sounding. How confusing is that? In later
years, you make a note to tell your therapist about it! What are some other
white lies you overheard, and how does
that affect your behavior today? Are you
a master at the “mental health day”
phone call to work?
3. Fear of (Spiders, Mice, Lightning,
and Other Events)
Parents tend to have different parenting styles here. Your father may have
run around the house after a mouse with
a shotgun declaring, “I’ve got it!” and
your mother may have picked the mouse
up by its tail and thrown it out. However,
do you remember the reaction to a spider
in the bathtub? Which parent screamed
and ran away? And how was the offending critter taken care of? Was it squashed
into a piece of toilet paper and flushed
down the toilet, or trapped in a cup and
let go free outside? Now look at your
reaction to these critters and events.
Where did it come from? Is it a carbon
copy of one of your parent’s reactions or
is it the exact opposite?
4. How to Mess Up a House
Are you a piles person, compulsively orderly, or somewhere in between?
Chances are that you are a reaction to, or
an embodiment of, the way your parents
lived. We all know the basics of cleaning
a house, but our houses reflect not as
much our ability to clean the house but
our ability to mess it up! The best way to
analyze your style is to look at how your
parents live once the children have
flown the nest.
5. How to Procrastinate
It’s 9 pm on a school night, and your
mother is putting you to bed. You mention that you haven’t finished your big
craft project for the Science Fair, and it’s
due tomorrow. Your mother lectures
you on leaving something so late and
then runs around the house gathering
materials for your science project. The
two of you sit for the next two hours at
the kitchen table modeling a papiermâché volcano, complete with a baking
soda eruption. You proudly carry it to
school the next day and get an A on your
science project. When do parents enable
self-learning and stick-to-it behavior, or
when do they, from fatigue, and their
own need to have some quiet time and
get to bed at a decent hour, inadvertently encourage procrastination? Any attention can be good attention, even if children are being scolded by their parents.
There are many ways parents, and
you, yourself, as a parent, model less
than desirable behavior. When you internalize this behavior, you can model it
yourself or model the exact opposite
behavior — or even model a behavior
that stems from your own unique interpretation of that behavior. Ever wonder
how two siblings who grew up in the
same household can have two entirely
different interpretations of what went on
in that household?
Everyone sees the world differently,
and everyone chooses how to react to
that world. Even years after the original
incident that formed our behavior has
taken place, you can still chose to react
differently. What behaviors do you have
that you can trace back to your parents?
How did you chose those behaviors, and
do you still chose to keep them?
Beth H. Macy, M.Ed. Psychology,
LMHC, is the author of “Many Years
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Backyard safety tips for families
Taking part in the local DAR awards ceremony in March were (standing, from
left): Pat Blackmer, Vice Regent of Samuel Phoenix DAR; Pam Larson, District
Administrator, Walworth Schools; Anise Machado, 8th grade teacher at Walworth;
Tammy Mikrut, student support team member from St. Francis De Sales; Irene
Strauss, teacher at Lakeland School; Shelly Robb, 7th grade teacher from Phoenix
School in Delavan; Maggie Marjanovic, Asst. Principal at Phoenix; Timmie
Clementson, Regent of Samuel Phoenix DAR; (seated) Carla Zuniga, Walworth
School; Rylyn Donahue, St. Francis De Sales; Angie Bishop and Meghan McEneany
Lakeland School; and Katelynn Riviere, Phoenix School.
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DAR salutes local students
The Samuel Phoenix Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution
honored several Walworth County students at the Geneva Lakes Area Museum
during their March meeting.
Students receiving the Good
Citizenship Award at the middle school
level included: Katelynn Riviere from
Phoenix Middle School in Delavan;
Carla Zuniga from Walworth Grade
School; Keisha Payne from the
Wisconsin School for the Deaf; Angie
Bishop and Meghan McEneany from
Lakeland School in Elkhorn; and Rylyn
Donahue from St. Francis De Sales
Catholic School in Lake Geneva.
The students were selected by the
staff members of their school for exhibiting honor, service, courage, leadership
and patriotism.
Following the awards ceremony,
docents from the museum led a tour to
explain the collections that are housed
(StatePoint) Your backyard is a space
where you enjoy quality time with your
family all year long. But accidents can
happen anywhere — even in the oasis of
your backyard. For parents, taking extra
safety precautions out back should be
just as important as childproofing done
To prep and maintain your yard for
outdoor safe play and relaxation, here
are several important steps:
Remove tree stumps and level concrete footings to avoid tripping. Lawn
debris such as rocks could become projectiles when cutting the grass. So be
sure to clear the yard. Additionally, children should never be nearby while
you’re using motorized equipment.
Store potentially dangerous tools, equipment and chemicals completely out of
the reach of children, such as in a locked
shed or garage.
A yard without a fence is like a house
without walls. Fences help protect children from danger, keeping toddlers out
of swimming pools, hot tubs, ponds, or
away from traffic or strangers. Fences
can also improve pet safety, keeping
your pets in your yard and other animals
out, and can reduce your liability by preventing injuries to uninvited guests on
your property.
With that in mind, be sure your
fences and gates are functional and free
of rust that can render them useless or
“Rusty metal gate hardware that no
longer functions properly or becomes a
threat to children is a top homeowner
concern, according to our research,”
says Jim Paterson, senior vice president
of D&D Technologies, which manufactures gate latches and hinges made of
ultra-strong engineering polymers.
Eliminate this worry by installing
high-quality fencing impervious to seasonal weather, ground settling and other
factors that can cause gates to become
misaligned over time. Opt for gate hardware that can be easily adjusted to function properly over the long-term. For
example, some models of TruClose selfclosing tension adjustable hinges are vertically and horizontally adjustable.
Additionally, be sure to install pool
barrier access gates with adjustable selfclosing hinges like TruClose and selflatching gates where the latches are out
of the reach of children, such as the
Magnalatch Safety Gate Latch. Both
products carry lifetime warranties and
are adjustable both vertically and horizontally for easy adjustments.
Homeowners can peruse a bevy of
rust-free gate hardware and child safety
latches online at
or in person under the Stanley Hardware
brand available through most hardware
Sun Protection
When the sun is bearing down, skin
can be susceptible to burns and permanent damage year-round. And children’s
skin can be even more sensitive to harmful UV rays. Your yard should have
plenty of shady areas to seek respite.
Plant trees and watch them grow. Install
a canopy. Adorn patio furniture with an
Your backyard can be one of the
most exciting places for your children to
play through the entire year. A little prevention along the way will keep it safe
and fun.
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Questions and answers about renting/buying/owning property
Q: I rented an apartment for 12
years, signing a new lease every year.
Several months ago, the bank foreclosed
on my landlord. Since then, I have been
trying to figure out how to get my
$1,200 security deposit back, to no avail.
What do I do?
A: Because you are an existing tenant in the building when the foreclosure
began, you almost certainly would have
been served in the lawsuit and should
have responded by letting the court
know about your lease and security
deposit. This would have allowed the
court to include the return of the deposit
in the final order of foreclosure.
You can sue your former landlord for
the money, and you don’t necessarily
need to hire an attorney. You will have to
lay out the cost of filing the suit and
finding and serving the landlord with
legal papers – it may cost you several
hundred to $1,000 – but you can have
the judge award those fees back to you.
For some people, filing a lawsuit
over $1,200 is not worth the time and
hassle. You may find it more advantageous to forget about the security
deposit and instead pursue as much or
more money from the lender – your new
landlord – through a “cash for keys”
In all likelihood, the lender will not
renew your lease once it expires. But
you may be offered $1,000 or more if
you agree to turn over the property
quickly and in good condition at the end
of the lease. Contact the lender and see if
this is a possibility.
Q: My limestone house was built in
the 1920s. Streaks have developed over
time on the limestone in the area where
a porch is attached. What caused them,
and how can I remove them?
A: After reviewing photos of your
house and talking with you further,
Mariangela Pfister of the Ohio Historic
Preservation Office determined the
streaks are probably either efflorescence
– salts that have migrated out from the
stone – or leachate from the mortar or
limestone. They were probably caused
by a roof leak, which you addressed long
She recommended gently brushing
the streaks with a natural bristle brush
and hot water. If staining remains, try
cleaning it with the same kind of brush
and some water mixed with a very gentle dish washing liquid, such as a natural
product. If suds are left behind, rinse
them gently with a garden hose.
Pfister said she wouldn’t recommend
cleaning stone on a house where water
damage is recent. Wait till the house
dries out, she said. She also cautioned
against using commercial cleaners.
While they can be used successfully,
they need to be tested properly on your
particular stone, she said. Otherwise
they can react and cause a worse stain.
Pfister said every state and Puerto
Rico has an historic preservation office
that can answer questions from its residents on maintenance issues with older
buildings. She also noted that the
National Park Service has free preservation briefs and other information at
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MLS 1343145 - Great investment opportunity.
Fully rented duplex has 2 bdrms., 1 bath unit on
main level and a 2 bdrm., 1 bath upper unit. Both
units have enclosed porch sunrooms. Located in
downtown area, your tenants are close to shopping, dining and easy access to Hwys. 2 story
outbuilding used for tenant storage. Tenants pay
all utilities, have spearate meters and would like
to continue renting. $149,900
PIN #90165 - Almost 1 acre of level
land ready for your new home plans.
Excellent location, Genoa City, close
to Hwy. 12 for easy commute.
Downtown just steps away. Property
located on Petticoat Dr. behind
Pancho’s Restaurant. $45,900
MLS 1333566 - Beautiful, lightly wooded,
1.22 acre lot is located next to the Kettle
Moraine State Trails & Horse Riders
Campground. Blocks away from the historic downtown area of Palmyra. Country
living with all the amenities. $79,900
PIN #12445 - 2 blocks from the lake,
4-5 bdrm. primary or secondary home
has new roof, carpet, flooring, paint,
furnace, water heater and more.
Enclosed porch/sunroom and lrg.
mostly fenced yard. $159,900
Turn-key bar/restaurant. Includes all bar and
kitchen commercial equipment, furniture, furnishings and collector beer mirrors. TV, pool tables
and sound system are included. Fenced beer garden and separate 3000+ sq. ft. concrete block
building can be converted into banquet hall. All
updates have been done. 2 separate parcels total
1.5 acres. Plenty of parking. $359,900
MLS 1349134 - Build your dream home
on one of the highest points in the
Bohners Lake community. This .47 acre
lot has an open and level building site
with great country views. The southern
side of property is heavily wooded which
leads to farm fields. Great recreational
area with access to Bohners Lake for
swimming, boating and fishing. $37,900
MLS 1349230 - Very affordable 3
bdrm., 1 bath home in the Village of
Sharon. The backyard has a deck and
backs up to the Village park with play
area. This home has a full bsmt. that is
already partially finished. Lower level
refrigerator is included. Ask about the
pool table, it needs a new home!
MLS 1327815 - Lake living without lakefront
taxes!! This custom built 3+ bdrm./3+bath home
is located 1 block from Powers Lake boat launch.
Open concept kitchen has 11 ft. ceilings, granite
counters, stainless steel appliances, maple floors
and cabinets, Jenn-Aire cook top and convection
oven. Super sized mstr. retreat has huge walk-in
closets and private bath. Lower level is finished.
Deep 3.5 car garage. $479,900
MLS 1343135 - Great investment opportunity. Fully rented duplex has 3 bdrm., 1 bath unit
on main level and 1 bdrm., 1 bath upper unit that
has been recently remodeled. Exterior of building
has new roof, windows, doors, siding, fascia,
soffit and gutters. Located in the downtown
area, your tenants are close to shopping, dining
and easy access to highways. Tenants would like
to continue renting. $169,900
MLS 1301880 - The Hideaway is a full service bar/tavern at the WI/IL border. Business
is in full operation and is turnkey as owner is
retiring. Appliances, equipment, furniture and
inventory are included. Just had municipal
water and sewer connected and is paid in
full. 3 bdrm., 1 bath living quarters are
attached with almost 1000 sq. ft. of living
space. Parking for 30+ vehicles. $379,900
Hotline: 262-814-1400 + 5 digit PIN
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The Beacon
Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth
Ave., Delavan. Library Hours: Monday Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9:30
a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 728-3111.
• Storytime
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mornings
are for babies and toddlers, afternoons are for
• Knit and Crochet Club, for all ages and
experience levels, meets the first two
Mondays and the last two Wednesdays of
every month.
• Do you have a Check Out Sundays
card? Pick up your free card at the library
any time. Visit the library on Sunday and
have your card stamped. When you receive
10 stamps you earn a library reward plus a
chance to win our big prize – an authentic
NFL football autographed by Jermichael
• Ongoing in-library book sale. We
always accept donations of gently used
books and movies.
• Would you like to get library news by email? Contact the library at 728-3111 or
email [email protected] to sign up.
Barrett Memorial Library, 65 W.
Geneva St., Williams Bay. Open Mon. and
Wed. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9
a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check the
library’s new Web site at www.williamsbay.
• Story Times, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and
Thursdays at 1:30pm with crafts to follow.
Same books and crafts both days.
• Scrabble Club, Wednesdays 10 a.m. noon.
• Knitting Circle, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.
All skill levels welcome. Take a project to
work on.
• The Saturday Morning Book Club
meets the second Saturday of the month at 10
• “What Are Teens Reading?” book
group meets the third Wednesday of the
month at 7 p.m. This group is for parents to
read and review teen books. Stop at the
library to pick from a great selection of
young adult books.
• Ongoing sale of a great selection of
used books. Browse Barret for Books.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2452709 or e-mail [email protected]
Brigham Memorial Library, 131 Plain
St., Sharon.
• Story Time, Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30
a.m. A theme will unite a story and craft.
Snacks will be available.
• Young adult book club, every second
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Clinton Public Library, 214 Mill St.,
Clinton. Hours: Monday and Friday 8:30
a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.
- 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Phone (608) 676-5569.
• Lapsit on Mondays at 10 a.m. and
Preschool storyhour on Fridays at 10 a.m.
Darien Public Library, 47 Park St.,
Darien. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 882-5155.
• Wireless Internet now available. Bring
your laptop and ask at the desk how to access
the wireless connection.
• Ongoing book sale.
East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094
Graydon Ave., East Troy.
• Book club, 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of
each month.
• Story time, 11 – 11:45 a.m., for children
and their caregivers. Registration required.
• Story Time, Fridays, 11:30 a.m., for
ages 18 months – 4 years.
For more information, call 642-6262.
Fontana Public Library, 166 Second
Ave., Fontana. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday.
• Happy-to-Be-Here Book Club, third
Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.
• Evening Book Club, third Thursday of
each month, 6:30 p.m.
• Fontana Library Writers Group, Saturdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All genres
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2755107 for more information.
Genoa City Public Library, 126 Freeman St., Genoa City.
• Story time and craft time, Fridays, 10
a.m. For kids ages 3-5 and siblings.
• Ongoing book sale. Donations of new
or slightly used books, including children’s
books, may be dropped off at the library.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2796188 for more information.
Lake Geneva Public Library,
918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva.
Century 21 Affiliated
Phone 249-5299 or visit the
The Ryan Team Library’s website at www.lakegene
OFFICE: (262) 740-7701 ex. 323
• Teen Reads series, Saturday,
March 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The
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book selected for this month’s Teen
Reads is “Unwind” by Neal
Shusterman. Teens are invited to
enjoy the refreshments and talk
about young adult books.
Bob & Julie Ryan
“Unwind” is an exciting advenCentury 21 Affiliated
ture story that asks the questions:
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“When does life have value?” and
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troublesome teens by signing them up to be
Unwound. Unwinding isn’t killing since all
of the body parts are still alive… All the
organs in the teen’s body will be donated to
various people who can’t afford them.
Connor, the “bad boy,” Leve, “the sacrifice,” and Risa, “the ward of the state,” are
all on their way to a Harvest Camp when
Connor’s sudden actions give them all a
chance to escape. But where can three teens
go who are running for their lives in a world
where they are supposed to die?
• Fairy and Goblin Craft Party on
Tuesday, April 1 from 4-5 p.m. Boys and
girls between 4 and 10 years old are invited
to dress up as friendly fairies or impish goblins and travel to the Library’s Smith
Meeting Room, which will be decorated thematically to look like a fairyland. The children may choose to make lovely fairy accessories and/or magical trappings fit for a goblin. The crafts will include wands, masks,
headpieces, and wearable wings. Magical
decorating supplies will include jewels, lace,
tulle, stickers, ribbons, feathers, stars, sea
shells, webs, artificial flowers and butterflies, and paper snakes and spiders. No registration is required.
• One-on-one training sessions covering
specific technology topics such as e-mail,
internet, basic computer setup, and computer
troubleshooting, Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
This service is intended for all levels of users
wishing to become more comfortable with
their computers. Call the library to pre-register and tell them your desired topic for your
one-on-one session. Coaching is free and
presented by technology savvy volunteers
with Volunteer Connection.
For more information, call the library at
249-5299 or visit the Library Web site, www.
Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N.
Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Open Monday Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 6
p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 723-2678.
• Are you a busy mom looking for ways
to live with intention, grace, and passion in
the midst of chaos? Or do you know someone who is? Kayla Furton and Amy Kazda
will lead an interactive workshop designed to
provide tips and inspiration to live well no
matter the situation, based on their book, “A
Busy Mom’s Guide to a Green, Clean, and
Balanced Life.”
Five aspects of wellness will be addressed, including foods for wellness,
healthy homes, joyful parenting, meaningful
relationships, and a grateful and happy self.
For more details, check out their book ahead
of time (available on Amazon). For more
information call 723-2678.
• Social Security 101, to be presented on
April 15, at 1:30 p.m., is a class designed to
re-introduce the Social Security income
program and prepare beneficiaries to make
the best decision on when to collect. The
class will cover the basic rules on taxation
of Social Security Income as well as the
various options of collecting it. The class
will be presented by The Retirement
• In celebration of National Library Week
(April 13-19), patrons may pay library fines
with food donations. From April 1 - April 30,
patrons who have late fees or current overdues
may pay for fines by donating non-perishable
food items; limit five items per card. The food
for fines payments may only be applied to
overdue fines and not to other fees, such as
lost or damaged items. The offer is only good
at Matheson Memorial Library. All food
“payments” must be brought to the circulation
desk. All food donations will benefit the
Elkhorn Food Pantry.
• The library hosts two book clubs per
month. The Page Turners meet on the first
Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the
Afternoon Book Club meets on the third
Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. You can
check out a copy of the book club selection
3-4 weeks prior to the book club meeting. All
meetings are held at the library and are facilitated by staff librarians.
• Story times are about 30 minutes and
are filled with books, songs and more. Each
week will bring something new. No registration required. Toddlers on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
and 11 a.m.; Books n Babies on Thursday at
10 a.m.; Preschool age on Wednesday at 10
a.m.; and Tiny Tots 2nd and 4th Monday at
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6:30 p.m. We Explore, ages 3+, Friday 10
• Slipped Stitches, every Wednesday, 68 p.m. in the Youth Services story room. A
group for anyone who does some sort of
stitching: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint,
tatting etc.
• The Lego Building Club for all ages
meets every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in
the community center. Each meeting will
feature a different building theme. Creations
will be displayed in the library and online.
Lego donations greatly appreciated. Messy
Art Club meets on the alternate Thursday at
3:30 p.m.
• The Walworth County Genealogical
Society Library is open Tuesdays from 10
a.m – 3 p.m. and by appointment, which can
be made by calling the WCGS librarian at
215-0118. A board member will always be
there to render assistance if needed. To
obtain membership information or find literature regarding Walworth County, visit
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 7232678 or visit for more.
Twin Lakes Community Library, 110
S. Lake Ave., Twin Lakes. 877-4281. Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Thurs.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday 12-4 p.m.
• Senior Coffee Hour, 10-11:30 a.m. on
the second Wednesday of each month will
feature healthy refreshments, programs for
seniors, good conversation, and of course,
• Storytime, Thursdays, April 3 and April
17, 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Develop listening
and language skills while enjoying books,
storytelling, puppetry and crafts. Ages 2-5
with an adult. Registration required.
• Simple Items/Several Uses, Monday,
April 7, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. If you could learn
how to take a strand of uncooked spaghetti
and do something different with it; or take a
pill reminder container and use it in a surprisingly new way, would you? This seminar will
show you how to repurpose many of our
everyday items that we already have in our
homes, in brand new ways that will not only
save you time, but will save you money.
Presented by Judy Williams, the Racine
Frugal Lady. Registration required.
• Community Crafters
Tuesday, April 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Adults, 18 and
older, can bring their favorite craft to work
on while you meet and socialize with other
crafters at this informal monthly meeting.
The library will provide some light refreshments. Registration is not required.
• Wee Read, Fridays, April 4, April 11,
April 18, and April 25, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages
from birth to 2 years with an adult. Learn
pre-reading skills the fun way. A lap sit program designed just for babies 0-2 years with
plenty of activities including stories, songs,
bubbles, scarves, and parachute play.
Registra-tion not required
• Books and Boogie, Thursdays, April
10, April 24, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Ages 2-5
years with an adult. Play our rhythm instruments, dance to music, and hear lively tales.
Registration not required
• Paper Quilling, Saturday, April 12, 1 –
3 p.m. Ages 10+. Create fun flower and/or
butterfly quilling designs. Paper quilling is
the art of rolling strips of paper into coils of
strips to create art. Registration required
Walworth Memorial Library, 101
Maple Ave., Walworth. Open Mon. and Wed.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Now offering wireless Internet service.
• Knitting and crocheting classes,
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Call for details.
• Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 9:45 –
10:30 a.m., for preschool-age children and
their caregivers. The hour will include stories, snacks, crafts and more.
• Book Club for adults, third Saturday of
each month, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2756322 for more information.
Librarians and Friends Groups: Send
information about upcoming library events
by mail to: The Beacon, P.O. Box 69,
Williams Bay, WI 53191; by fax to 245-1855;
or by e-mail to [email protected]
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March 28, 2014
Pet Questions and Answers
By Marc Morrone
Q: I have an African clawed frog that
my son got years ago, which now is mine.
She is about 4 years old and looks happy
and healthy. Is it safe to add another frog to
her tank? I would like for her to have company. My son is now away at college, so
she doesn’t get as much attention as she
used to. I have her in a 10-gallon tank now
but would consider a bigger tank if we got
her a friend. I know she’s a female because
she lays many eggs. Are there any toys I
could buy for her to keep her busy?
A: I had one of those clawed frogs as a
child, and he lived with me for 16 years.
They make the very best amphibian pets,
as they are totally domesticated. Keeping
them as pets doesn’t affect the natural
world at all, and they don’t need to eat any
live foods, as do other frog species.
They do recognize humans and events
and seem to think about situations rather
than just react to them, as do other frog
species. I really can’t say whether your
frog is lonely: She does not have hopes
and aspirations, as humans do, but when
you have two or more of these frogs
together, they spend most of their time
next to each other. If you choose to get her
a companion, male or female, be sure it is
almost her size. (Offspring are unlikely in
an aquarium environment.) If you put a
baby in with her, she may swallow it,
thinking it is food. A 20-gallon tank, one
that is 30 inches long, would be fine for the
time, I have mice living in my home.
Perhaps it is because of the bad winter –
my husband thinks all the snow and cold
have forced the mice to look for food in
areas they never have before. I have two
cats, brothers that I adopted five years ago
from the animal shelter, and I find it curious that one will catch and kill any mouse
it sees, yet his brother does not even try. I
even saw a mouse eating out of the same
dish the cat was eating out of. Why is my
one cat such a good hunter, yet his brother
is such a pacifist?
A: The instinct in cats to hunt is just
that, and some have that instinct to a
greater degree than others. This talent is
hereditary. In fact, cats were domesticated
because humans valued their rodent-catching skills. Farmers noticed which of their
barn cats were “good mousers” and valued
those cats over the others and cared for
them a bit better. Thus, it was those cats
that had kittens, and the kittens, in turn,
were “good mousers.” These days, there is
no selective breeding of cats for their
predatory instincts, and cats are allowed to
breed at random.
Today, a cat born without the predatory instinct can thrive, grow and breed
because it is no longer important to its survival. It then passes that trait to the next
generation. I suspect this is what happened
here: The kitty brothers inherited different
talents from their parents, just as my brother and I inherited different talents from our
Q: Our 10-year-old cat recently started
to hate the noise made by clinking silverware and dishes when we unload the dishwasher. He will yowl and yowl as soon as
the noise starts (but won’t leave the room).
We try to unload dishes when he is elsewhere in the house. I assume the noise
hurts his ears, but why would it have started only recently? The vet checks his ears
at each visit, and we haven’t noticed any
other issues with him.
A: If the vet said the cat’s ears are OK,
then I would imagine this cat is just joining in on the clatter in a good way. If it
truly hurt his ears, he would run out of the
room. No cat will voluntarily subject itself
to any kind of discomfort. What your cat is
doing is along the same lines as the dog
that howls at organ music when the sound
triggers something inside the animal. Cats
only meow to their mothers or to their
human caretakers, so the yowling that your
cat is doing is normal for this type of situation.
Q: I play a lot of golf at the West
Sayville (N.Y.) Golf Course. A number of
foxes reside on or near the course. Over
the years, I have seen golfers feeding
them, myself included. I keep a plastic bag
with Milk Bones in my golf bag and drop
a couple near them when they come out to
greet us. My friends swear it’s my red golf
bag that tells them the guy with the Milk
Bones is here. My question is: Am I hurting them by feeding them the Milk Bones?
I know they are not dependent on humans
feeding them, since I have seen them eating a bird or squirrel on a number of occasions.
A: Whenever wild animals become
habituated to humans feeding them, no
matter if they are pigeons, squirrels, deer,
alligators or, in this case, foxes, they right
away learn that humans equal food and act
There is actually nothing at all in the
dog biscuits that you are feeding them that
will hurt them – red foxes can eat just
about anything – however, if there is one
thing that history has shown us, it is that
wild animals tend to have a lot less drama
Q: After 20 years of living in the same
house, I notice that this winter, for the first
• Clay Cat Litter • Kitten Food • Dry & Canned Cat Food
• Canned Dog Food
• Kitten Milk Replacement Formula (KMR or Mother’s Helper)
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but she manages to get a short nap anyway.
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in their lives if they live in fear of humans.
Whenever a wild animal learns that
approaching a human no longer brings it
harm, there is always the chance that it
will approach the wrong human one day,
even a child. So the answer to your question is that the dog biscuits will not hurt
the foxes, but the process of feeding biscuits to the foxes may cause them or
humans harm in the future.
Q: My little shih tzu is almost 2 years
old and is a perfect, well-behaved, lovable
little guy, except for this one problem: He
has developed, over the last six months, an
excessive anxiety and fear of any feeding
dish or bowl. I don’t know what has so
severely scared him. He will only eat his
food off the floor. In the summer, he’ll
drink water poured on a cement patio and
now eats snow. I have tried glass, pottery,
metal, plastic plates, bowls and pans, all
placed in different locations. He shies
away, leaves the room and won’t go near
them. I have coaxed, praised, etc. to no
avail. He will go days without eating or
drinking if food and water are in any
receptacle. He will just lie in his bed, shut
down and become lethargic before going
near any food or water in a dish. Can you
offer any recommendations?
A: My goodness, this little dog has
issues. [No, Marc, the dog doesn’t have
issues, he has problems. Don’t be wuss.
Call a spade a spade. Editor.] You really
need to ask your vet if he or she knows of
a good behaviorist (not a dog trainer) who
can come to your home and figure out the
trigger that causes this behavior and try to
desensitize him.
While you are at it, ask the vet if the
dog may be a good candidate for one of the
new anti-anxiety medications now available for dogs. These drugs may help take
the edge off.
Meanwhile, you can sprinkle his kibble on a flat baking sheet. This way, it is
not all over the floor, and try to spread
some ice cubes on another baking sheet so
that as they melt, he can lick the water off
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By Kathi West
April showers bring May flowers, or
so we hope. I don’t whether to start a
Log Cabin quilt indicating cabin fever
or a May basket – one with loads of
spring flowers. I’m trying to think
spring, with tulips of red, pink, yellow,
lavender, and orange. Pansies, irises,
daffodils, crocus, bleeding hearts and
peonies and poppies are dancing in my
head. These quilt flowers will never
droop or shrivel up and wilt; they will
always be fresh. So when the next dusting of snow, or an April shower, comes
along, don’t despair; pull out your
sewing machine, scissors and fabric and
stitch a flower quilt that will be fresh for
years to come.
There are many patterns to choose
from, including Grandmother’s Flower
Garden, Ohio Rose, Caroline Lily and
Rose of Sharon. I think a basket of flowers would be perfect for May Day or
Mother’s Day. If you need some patterns
for inspiration see www.quilterscache.
com. Here are some patterns I liked: Iris
Wreath, Amish Dahlia, Basket of lilies,
Carolina Lily, Crocus Wreath, Daffodil
Wreath, Dogwood, Fancy Flowers, Sage
Bud, Starflower, Sunflower, Texas Rose,
Tulip Nine Patch, and Wild Zinnias.
Think Spring!
Quilting Shows and Events
March 30-April 1, Prairie
Heritage Quilt Show, will be held at St.
Albert’s Church Center, 2420 St. Albert
also at
March 28, 2014 —19 for forms, email janell.wein
[email protected] or call Janell at
(608) 318-1624.
April 24-27, the American
Quilter’s Society Quilt Show will be
held at the Exposition Hall in Paducah,
Ky. I googled AQS Quilt Shows and all
the AQS shows around the country were
listed. The Paducah show is open now to
choose workshops you may want to
take. When I went a couple of years ago,
there was so much to see that I didn’t
find time to go to a workshop.
April 26-27, Crazy Quilters will
have their annual show at Parkview
Middle School, 930 N. Rochester St.,
Mukwonago. There will be more than
200 quilts on display, a quilt raffle, a
Bernina sewing machine raffle, and
about 20 merchant vendors. If you want
to enter a quilt it must be postmarked
April 16.
April 26-27, Stitcher’s Garden will
be presented by Lakeside Quilters at
Lourdes High School, 110 N. Sawyer St,
Door 7, in Oshkosh. There will be judged
and non-judged quilts, vendors, door
prizes, and food available. If you are
interested in submitting a quilt, see sideQG/ for how to
do so and information on deadlines, or
email LakesideQuilt [email protected]
com. The deadline for entries is April 4.
June19-21 International Quilt
Festival at the Donald E. Stephens
Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.
This quilt with baskets of flowers was shown at the Oconomowoc show in 2012.
(Beacon photo)
Quilt Guild Schedules
Chocolate City Quilters meet the
second Monday of each month at 6:30
pm. in the Burlington High School
library, 400 McCanna Parkway.
The Crazy Quilt Guild Quilters
meet the second Wednesday of each
month at 7 pm at the First Congregational Church, 231 Roberts Drive in
The Harvard Village Quilters meet
the third Wednesday of the month at 1
P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church 504
East Diggins Street Harvard, IL. Guests
are Welcome.
Quilts of Valor and Quilts of
Honor Quilt Group meets the second
Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Ellen
Weber’s house on Theatre Road. This
group makes quilts for men and woman
who have served in the military. Bring
your sewing machine, fabric to make a
QOV quilt or a quilt that you have started and any sewing tools you will need.
The Scrappers Quilt Guild meets
on the third Tuesday, of every month, at
6:30 pm in the Lions Field House on
Hwy 67 in Williams Bay.
This imaginative quilt shows all kinds of fun flowers growing every which
way. Appropriately enough, it was on display in Rosemont in the spring of 2011.
(Beacon photo)
the Great Dr., in Sun Prairie. There will
be more than 200 quilts on display, vendors, demos on Sunday only, and food
available Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. 1:30 pm This is a judged show with
money prizes. See www.sunprairiequilt
Classes are back by popular demand.
There will be 32 classes offered and two
mid-day lectures, demonstrations on the
exhibit floor, special exhibits, and vendors from all over the world. For more
information see
In Stock Flooring
In Business Over 60 Years
5785 State Hwy. 11
Elkhorn, WI
This very springy quilt was seen at the International Quilt Exposition at
Rosemont, Ill., in 2011.
(Beacon photo)
20 — The Beacon
Plan ahead. Look through the calendar to
make advance reservations for events that
require them. Phone numbers are in area
code (262) unless otherwise indicated.
American Red Cross Blod Drive, 12-6
p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall, 416 W. Geneva St.,
Delavan. Call Kathleen Deedee Murray at
(262) 882-5312 with questions.
Elkhorn Limber Timbers Square
Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m., Elkhorn Middle
School cafeteria, 627 E. Court St. (Hwy. 11),
Elkhorn. Caller Mike Krautkrammer, cuer
Kathy Nichel.
Senior Travel Club of Walworth
County, 10-11 a.m. in the Community Room
of Matheson Memorial Library. This will be
the last day to sign up for the four day trip
“Nine Countries Without a Passport,” to
Omaha, Neb. The trip will include exposure
to the foods, culture, singing, dancing, etc.,
of the German, Ukrainian, Czech, Greek,
Scottish, Swedish, Lithuanian and, Hindu
cultures – a step-on guided tour of Omaha,
and visits to an Old World Market and Boys
Town. Sign up for the day trip “An EPIC
Adventure” to Madison and Monona, on
May 8 will continue. Begin the sign-up for
the June 18 trip “County Gems” in
Manitowoc County, Wis., which will include
a visit to a cheese factory/store and museum
and a dinner theatre.
Bingo at St. Andrew Parish & School,
Delavan, in the school cafeteria. Doors open
at 6 p.m., play begins at 7. Progressive
Jackpot $500. Free Coffee and popcorn.
Other concessions available for purchase.
Geneva Lakes Burger Throwdown
noon-3 p.m. at the Geneva Ridge Resort,
four miles west of Lake Geneva on Highway
50. Unlimited tasting while they (burgers)
last, along with extra items to enjoy with
complimentary soda and water. The cost in
advance is $15 for adults 12 and older and
$10 for Children. Last year’s event sold out
with more than 800 people in attendance. If
any are still available, tickets will be $20 and
$15 at the door. Purchase tickets online with
Visa or MasterCard at: http://www. acfwiscon or with cash or
credit/debit cards during normal office hours
at Badger High School. Proceeds from the
Burger Throwdown benefit The Badger High
School Culinary Arts ProStart Program.
All-you-can-eat chicken dinner, 1:30-8
p.m. at Crandall’s Supper Club in Hebron,
Ill. Tickets may be purchased from a Lake
Geneva Lions Club member or at the door.
Chicken dinners, served family style, are $13
for adults and $7 for children under 8 years
of age.
The event, co-sponsored by
Crandall’s and the Lake Geneva Lions Club
raises money for people throughout the community.
Blood Drive, sponsored by BloodCenter
of Wisconsin, 2-7 p.m. at Matheson
Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St.,
Elkhorn. Anyone who donates a pint of blood
will receive an admission pass for four people to Mt. Olympus in the Wisconsin Dells,
that can be used between May 24 and July 2.
Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-232-4376, or by visiting or on their mobile
device. Appointments are preferred to ensure
a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in
donors are also welcome.
German Interest Group – Wisconsin,
will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7 at St.
Mark Lutheran, 2921 Mount Zion,
Janesville. Jean Hoffmann will discuss her
genealogy trip to Europe and show historical
documentation. The meeting is free and
open to the public. For further information,
contact John at (608) 362-4311.
Richmond Garden Club Spring Floral
Design Show on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at the
Richmond, Ill. Twice a year, the club hosts
these shows to feature talented local floral
designers as they create beautiful spring and
holiday-inspired centerpieces on stage. All
creations are raffled at the end of the show.
Many audience participants get to leave the
show with a centerpiece of their own.
Admission is $10 and includes a raffle ticket.
The money raised from these shows helps
also at
fund a college scholarship for the RichmondBurton High School. The club also donates
each year to the local food pantry, the
Nippersink Library, the Silver Trees
Retirement Community, and the public
Delavan American Legion Bingo. Door
opens at 5:30 p.m., 15-game session begins
at 6:30. Progressive session follows. $1/face
progressive pot grows until won. $100 consolation prize. Legion Haol, 111 S. 2nd St.,
Walworth Co. Fur & Feather Swap, 710 a.m. at the Walworth County Fair
Grounds, Elkhorn. It costs $5 to sell outside,
$10 inside. There is a $1 admission charge.
Poultry, rabbits or other small animals, along
with any animal-related items are welcome.
There will be a food stand available inside.
Between 500 and 600 people usually attend.
All money raised goes to support the Fur &
Feather Sale, Labor Day at the Fair. All poultry must have health papers, which may be
obtained at
Poultry/index.aspx. Due to health regulations, hoofed animals are allowed at the
swap, but must stay outside the admission
gate. For more information call Dale at 8823633 or go to
Spaghetti fundraiser, 4:30-7 p.m., First
Baptist Church, 212 S. Main St., Delavan.
All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with salad,
garlic bread, spaghetti, drinks and dessert.
Adults $7.50, children $3.50, 5 and younger
free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by
calling the church at 728-6280 or at the door.
Free family game night, 6:30-9:30 p.m..
at the UU Church of the Lakes, 319 Broad
St., Elkhorn. Participants will be able to learn
a variety of familiar card and/or board games
or learn a new game. Drinks and snacks will
be available. For more information call 7237440, e-mail [email protected] or go to
~ ~ ~ Ongoing events ~ ~ ~
Volunteer work day, every Saturday
from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Kishwauketoe
Nature Preserve, Highway 67, north,
Williams Bay. Meet at the main entrance.
The work location will be posted at the
kiosk. Contact Harold at (262) 903-3601 or
email [email protected] to get on the list.
AARP Local 5310, 9:30 a.m. the fourth
Tuesday of every month (except August and
December) at Peoples Bank, 837 N.
Wisconsin St. Elkhorn. The speaker for the
meeting on Sept. 24 will be Dr. Edward
Gimbel from UW-Whitewater speaking on
the U.S. Constitution. For information, call
Shirley Grant at 473-2214 or email
[email protected]
American Legion Auxiliary meeting,
6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each
month at the Legion Hall on Second Street in
Delavan. The group raises money for scholarships and to send gifts at Christmas time
to the servicemen and women that are hospitalized due to injuries while in combat.
Attention horse lovers – Walworth
County Boots and Saddle Club is looking for
new members. Meetings take place at 7 p.m.,
second Saturday of each month for potluck
and to plan events. Sugar Creek Town Hall,
N6641 Co. Road H, Elkhorn. Call Fred
Campisano, 716-6355 for more information.
Geneva Lake Museum, Mon, Thurs.,
Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sundays 123p.m., 255 Mill St, Lake Geneva. Call 2486060.
Women of all ages who enjoy singing
are invited to visit Spirit of the Lakes Sweet
Adelines International chorus. Discover just
how fun it is to sing with Sweet Adelines
International. Tuesday Nights 7 p.m. at
Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva.
OFA-LG, meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth
Monday of each month at Caribou Coffee in
Lake Geneva. Come join us for discussion
and updates on the happenings in
Washington, D.C.
Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge #12,
1007 S. 2nd St., Delavan. Stated meetings
are second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m.
Geneva Masonic Lodge #44, 335 Lake
Shore Dr., Lake Geneva. Regularly stated
meetings, second and fourth Tuesdays, 7:30
p.m. 725-3062.
Ice Age Trail Alliance, monthly meeting,
third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at U.S.
Bank, Elkhorn (Downstairs in the community
meeting room, enter at the back door).
Home-brew Club, 7 - 9 p.m., Lake
Geneva Brewing Emporium, 640 W. Main
Street, Lake Geneva, meets the third
Wednesday of every month. Call 729-4005
for more information.
Butchers Model Car Club 4H models
project meetings take place on the third
Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
at the Delavan Community Center, 826
Geneva St., led by 4H scale models key advisor Keith Reimers. Bring models for display
and projects to work on. Sale and swap items
are also welcome. The club also hosts the 4H
scale models project and young people in the
project are encouraged to attend. Call Keith
at 728-1483 for more information.
Walworth County Toastmasters Club
meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every
month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at VIP Services,
811 E. Geneva, Elkhorn. Check www.wal
Bingo, second and fourth Thursday of
the month at the Delavan American Legion
hall, 111 S. 2nd St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,
a 15-game session begins at 6:30.
Progressive session follows. $1 face, progressive pot grows until it is won. $100 consolation prize.
Puzzle Answers
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was in the — “UNDER” WORLD
The outfielder went fishing in the
hope of a — GOOD CATCH
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Bingo, St. Andrew Parish in Delavan.
The games will be played on the first Friday
of every month, with doors opening at 6 p.m.
and play starting at 7 p.m. For more info see
Bingo, St. Francis de Sales Church, 148
W. Main Street, Lake Geneva. First and
Third Wednesdays of the month. Doors open
at 5:30, bingo starts 7. Refreshments available. Games include 50/50, Pull Tabs,
Progressive. For info call Mary or Bill
Gronke at (847) 840-8878.
Civil Air Patrol, Walco Composite
Squadron, meets every Thursday from 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn National Guard
Armory, 401 East Fair St., Elkhorn. Visit or call Maj. Robert Thomas at (262) 642-7541.
Authors Echo Writers group meeting,
7 p.m., first and third Tuesday of every
month, Grace Church, 257 Kendall St.,
Burlington. Call Frank Koneska at 534-6236.
Yerkes Observatory, 373 W. Geneva
St., Williams Bay. The observatory offers
free, 45-minute tours, Saturdays, 10 a.m., 11
a.m. and noon as well as night sky observations for a fee of $25. Visitors may also view
the Quester Museum, which covers some of
the observatory’s history. For more information, call 245-5555 or e-mail [email protected]
Support Our Troops rally, 11 a.m.,
Mondays, second floor of the Government
Center (formerly the Walworth County
Courthouse), downtown Elkhorn on the
square. The names of servicemen and service
women with ties to Walworth County who
are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
will be read. Call Bob Webster at 275-6587
for more information.
Cards and games, Mondays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Darien Senior Center, 47 Park St., Darien.
Call 882-3774.
Thursday Senior Card Club, 11:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m., Matheson Memorial Library
Community Room, Elkhorn. Bridge, 500 or
bring your own group. Call Judy at 723-1934
or Liz at 723-5036 for more information.
Bridge, (open to new members), every
Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Lake Geneva City
Hall, second floor conference room.
Bridge - every Tuesday, 12:30-3:30
p.m., Lake Geneva City Hall, second floor
conference room.
Cancer Support Group meets in the
church at Chapel on the Hill, 4 miles west of
Lake Geneva on Highway 50, the third
Friday of the month at 3 p.m. For more information, or to receive answers to questions,
call Lou Kowbel at (847) 922-5461.
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Intentional Meditation Circle brings
together the Intender’s Group and Meditation
Circle, both of which have proven benefits
for your life. Group meets weekly on Fridays
5:30-6:30 p.m. at Essential Yoga, 422 N
Wisconsin St, Elkhorn. All levels welcome;
come as your schedule allows. Free-will
offering accepted. For more information contact Laurie Dionne Asbeck, 745-4051. Check
Essential Yoga’s website, www.essential, weekly for schedule changes.
Alanon self help program, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, VIP building, 816 E. Geneva St.,
across from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn.
Mindfulness and Loving kindness
Meditation each Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at
Elkhorn Matheson Memorial Library
Community Center Room, 101 N. Wisconsin
St. Beginners and experienced practitioners
are always welcome. No registration is necessary, just drop in. Meditation is practice for
being more awake and attentive in our daily
lives. Sponsored by Wisconsin Blue Lotus, a
meditation group led by Buddhist nun Vimala
(Judy Franklin). For more information, call
203-0120, or visit www.bluelo
Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m.
on the second Monday of the month, April
through October at Aurora Lakeland Medical
Center, Highway NN, Elkhorn. This group is
for adults with insulin or non-insulin dependent diabetes and their family/support person.
The purpose is to provide support and education to the person with diabetes to help manage this chronic disease. The group is facilitated by a registered nurse. Call the diabetic educator at 741-2821 for information.
Breast Cancer Support Group meets
the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Highway
NN, Elkhorn. The group addresses the fears
and adjustments faced by women with breast
cancer. It encourages participants to develop
a positive attitude about the future and discuss common concerns after being treated for
breast cancer. Contact Leann Kuhlemeyer at
741-2677 for more information.
Stroke Support Group provides emotional support through opportunities to interact with others who have experienced stroke.
Informational programs will also be provided
on topics related to stroke/brain attack. The
group welcomes individuals newly diagnosed
and those with a history of stroke. Family,
friends and caregivers are also encouraged to
join. The group meets the third Monday of
every month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Call Pat
Positano at 741-2402 for further information.
Divorce Support Group, free and open to
the public, is an educational and supportive 12-
week program meeting at Luther Memorial
Church in Delavan on Sundays from 2 – 3:30
p.m. beginning March 2. Register by February
24, as there is a minimum of four registrants
required for the group to begin. The program
will cover topics such as grief, stress, guilt,
dating, and spirituality. Groups are held weekly in a safe, private and confidential environment, to work through some of the most difficult and emotional issues of divorce. For more
information visit:
To register email [email protected],
or call 728-6482.
Free blood pressure screening, courtesy
of The Walworth County Public Health
Department on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
every month from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Walworth
County Public Health office, located at the
east entrance of the Department of Health and
Human Services building, W4051 County
Road NN, Elkhorn. The screenings are open
to all. Contact the Health Department at 7413140 for more information.
Free blood pressure screening, last
Friday of every month, 2 - 4 p.m., Williams
Bay Care Center, 146 Clover St., Williams Bay.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the
southern lakes area. Call (877) 434-4346
(toll free) for times and locations.
White River Cycle Club, 7 p.m., VIP
Services, 811 E. Geneva St., Elkhorn, second
Tuesday of each month. Contact Mike Lange
for more information at 723-5666.
Lake Geneva Alzheimer’s support
group, 6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the
month. Arbor Village of Geneva Crossing,
201 Townline Road, Lake Geneva. Call
Andy Kerwin at 248-4558.
Alzheimer's/Dementia support group,
third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.,
Delavan Community Bank Community
Center located at 826 E. Geneva Street in
Delavan. Call Bob Holland at 472-0958 or
Arlene Torrenga at 728-6393 with questions.
Alzheimer’s Support Group, first
Thursday of the month, 1:30 p.m.,
Hearthstone/Fairhaven, 426 W. North Street,
Whitewater. Facilitators: Janet Hardt,
Darlene Zeise 473-8052. Respite care is
available with no advance notice.
Parkinson’s Disease support group, 1
p.m., second Monday of every month, Lower
level conference room, Fairhaven Retirement
Community, 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater.
Contact Julie Hollenbeck, 431-4772, or by
email at [email protected]
Huntington’s Disease Support Group
for anyone affected by Huntington’s Disease,
meets the third Saturday of the month on the
lower level, conference rooms A and B, of
Froedtert Hospital, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee. Call (414) 257-9499 or go to for more information.
Harbor of Hope grief support group,
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Karen Krowlow, inventor and owner of The Poppet Company, Williams Bay,
shows a poppet to Kerry Cichowski, from Pampered Chef. A poppet is a light weight,
attractive wrap that can be stored in a pocket. They are available in most sizes and
many colors.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
first Thursday of each month, 3 - 4:30 p.m.,
Aurora VNA of Wisconsin, 500 Interchange
North, Lake Geneva. 249-5860.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental
Illness, Support Group, first and third
Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Health and
Human Services building on Co. NN,
Elkhorn. Call 495-2439 for more info.
A support group called “Entouch,”
(Encouraging others Touched by suicide),
meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of
the month at Riverwood Church, 6919
McHenry St., Burlington. The group is for
those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Attendees do not need to attend the church
or, indeed, have any religious affiliation.
Everyone is welcome. Call 758-0886 for
more information.
Families Anonymous (FA), a 12-Step,
self-help support program for parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends who are concerned about, and affected by, the substance
abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one,
meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the
First Congregational United Church of
Christ, 76 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Enter
through the double glass doors on W. Geneva
St. Parking is available on the street or the
parking lot west of the church. Additional
information may be obtained by calling
(262)215-6893, Maureen at 723-8227 or
through the Families Anonymous website:
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS),
Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. Community Center, 820 E
Geneva St., Delavan. Encourages nutrition
and exercise with a positive attitude. Guests
are welcome, no weekly meeting fee.
Contact Marilyn Wilkins at 249-0304.
T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
Tuesdays 9:15 - 9:35 a.m., Community
Center, U.S. Bank, 101 E. Walworth St.,
Elkhorn (call 723-3791 with questions) and
Tuesdays 5:30 - 6 p.m., United Methodist
Church, corner of 2nd and Washington
Streets, Delavan.
Scott Thomas karaoke, Fridays and
Sturdays from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Lake Lawn
Resort, Highway 50, Delavan
Live entertainment, Saturday and
Sunday 2-5 p.m., Village Supper Club, 1725
South Shore Drive, Delavan. 728-6360.
Live Music Fridays 9 p.m. to midnight,
Champs Sports Bar & Grill, 747 W Main St.,
Lake Geneva. No cover charge. Call 248-6008,
or log on to
Karaoke, 9 p.m. - close., Snug Harbor
Lakefront Campground Pub and Restaurant,
Highway A and P (not the food store)
Richmond, Wis. Call (608) 883-6999 or log
on to for details.
Pianist Tom Stanfield, Thursdays 6-9
p.m. in the music parlor of The Baker House,
327 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva; every Friday
and Saturday from 6-9 p.m. and Sundays
from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Fontana Grill
and 9:30-11 p.m. in The Helm, Abbey
Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd.
Monday Morning Dixieland Band,
Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., FIBS Restaurant,
105 W. Main St., Rockton, Ill.
Brian Fictum, That Sax Guy,
Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at B.J. Wentkers,
230 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington.
Dan Trudell’s Contemporary Jazz
Trio, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 p.m.,
Lobby Lounge, Grand Geneva Resort.
Trudell also plays piano every Monday from
5-8 p.m.
Live Entertainment, Fridays and
Saturdays, 7:30 - 11 p.m., Bella Vista Suites,
335 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. 248-2100,
Mary Poppins, through April 20, The
Fireside Dinner Theatre, Fort Atkinson. A
new production of the beloved Tony Awardwining musical. Call the box office at 800477-9505 or log on to www.fireside for schedules, prices and more.
John of Damascus (675-749)
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East Troy Expo 2014 to take
place on Saturday, March 29
Members of the Glitz All-Star Cheer championship team are (standing, from
left) Sophia Edmonds, Bethany Rigg, Jordyn Nicoson, Ariel Young, Cassie Hanly,
Kayla Sunke, Penny Brooks (kneeling) Brynn Casillas, Alexis Witt, Abigail Beles, and
Celeste Beles. Not pictured are Sydney Brovold and Alysa Rothfelder. The team won
an international championship title.
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Glitz All-Star Cheerleading team
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(Milton); Abigail Beles, (Delavan);
Celeste Beles, (Delavan); Brynn
Casillas, (Elkhorn); Kayla Sunke,
(Milton); Penny Brooks, (Fontana),
Sophia Edmonds, (Delavan); Ariel
Young, (Delavan); Jordyn Nicoson,
(Janesville); Lexie Witt, (Janesville);
Cassie Hanly, (Janesville); and Sydney
Brovold, (Davis, Ill.).
Glitz serves more than 50 athletes
with different skill and age-level teams.
This season they have won multiple
competitions in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Their Youth and Junior teams will
travel to US Finals in Indianapolis to
compete for US rankings for the best in
the nation. Glitz prides itself in being an
affordable program for all families and
training all athletes that come to them,
for success. Glitz is celebrating its fifth
year in business and will be finding its
new home this season.
Owners Ashley Sheppard and Pam
Valenti have been coaching together
for 10 years with programs in Delavan
and Janesville. For more information on
Glitz, visit or email
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Woman allegedly stabs husband
for ‘worshipping NASCAR’
Stephanie Hamman was arrested
Sunday for trying to murder her husband,
Steven Hamman, near their Church Hill,
Tenn., home.
The 23-year-old crashed her car into a
church, lay on the altar and then called her
husband, who came running from their
house across the street. When he bent over
her, she rose up and stabbed him in the
chest because the “devil was in her” and
her man was worshipping the NASCAR
race at Bristol. He had reportedly been
watching TV instead of paying attention
to her.
The woman claimed to have been baptized at the church that day, but the minister said he had never seen her before. She
admitted she smokes marijuana every day,
but said God told her she shouldn’t smoke
weed all day; just at night. Her husband
survived the stabbing.
• Square Side Boutique Fashion
Show at 11 a.m.
• Food court featuring pulled pork,
hot dogs, walking tacos, Elegant Farmer
4-inch pies, soda and water
• Pet Therapy Demonstration
• Cub Scouts Pack 92 Pinewood
Demo/presentations schedule
Improvement Projects,” by Martin’s
Hardware, Rental & Pet Store
10:40 a.m., “Growing and Using
Herbs” by Christine Welcher of Michael
Fields Agricultural Institute
11 a.m., “Enchanted Fairy Gardens”
by Belinda Abendschein of GardenMart
11:20 a.m., “Improve a Home’s
Energy Efficiency” by Cindy KnutsonLycholat of Knutson Bros. II, LLC
11:40 a.m., “From Seed to Centerpiece” by Andrea Clemens of Lovelight
Noon “Home Inspections Checklist”
by Ryan O’Leary of O’Leary Home
More than 50 local businesses and
organizations will be on hand to talk
about their products and services.
Kellie Copeland Swisher will be
speaking during “Women of the Word,”
to be held at Grand Geneva Resort,
April 3 - 5. The conference is sponsored
by Christian Life Church, Delavan.
Swisher is an Outreach Minister at
Kenneth Copeland Ministries and developer of the Superkid Academy curriculum. Through her ministry as “Comman-
der Kellie,” she fulfills the mission of
drawing people of all ages into a personal, growing and powerful relationship
with Jesus Christ. Kellie and her husband, Dr. Stephen Lowell Swisher, minister the word through various churches
and at meetings. They are the parents of
five children and reside in Fort Worth,
Zachary Boynton, 31 was reportedly
arrested for DUI two times in one night
at the same McDonald’s in Oneonta,
First he ran into the back of another
car in the drive-thru Sunday morning.
He was charged with DUI after tests
showed his blood-alcohol content was
.25 percent, more than three times the
legal limit of .08.
Then he drank once again and four
hours later was right back at the same
McDonald’s where he hit the building
with a car before he fled the scene. He
was arrested on another DUI and taken
to a hospital for his injuries.
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Glitz All-Star Cheer, Inc., along with
thousands of all star cheerleaders, traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort in
Orlando, Fla. from March 9-10 for the
22nd Annual International All Star
Cheerleading Championship, produced
by Universal Cheerleaders Association
(UCA), a division of Varsity. More than
500 all star teams competed in divisions
based on team size, grade level and level
of skill. An estimated 15,000 spectators
attended the event, held on four stages at
the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
All star cheerleading developed in
the late 1980s as a competitive style of
cheerleading not affiliated with a school
or university. There are an estimated
450,000 all star cheerleaders in the
United States.
A local non-profit organization, Glitz
All-Star Cheer, Inc, located in
Janesville, competed at this prestigious
event and won an International
Champion title. A small group of 13
girls competed in Small gym, Small senior division. The athletes were Alysa
Rothfelder, (Milton); Bethany Rigg,
The East Troy Expo 2014 will take
place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, March 29 at East Troy Middle
School, 3143 Graydon Ave.
Organized by the East Troy Area
Chamber of Commerce, the event will
feature a Home and Garden showcase
and related demonstrations and presentations, kids’ activity area, entertainment
all day, raffles, giveaways and free
Contributions of non-perishable food
items for the East Troy Food Pantry will be
welcomed at the door. All attendees 21 or
older will be eligible to enter a free raffle.
This year’s Expo highlights include:
• Cupcake Wars, with the theme
“East Troy, Home Sweet Home” and
silent auction for cupcake entries. The
2014 Cupcake Wars Champion will be
chosen by a panel of local celebrity
• BloodCenter of Wisconsin Blood
Drive, hosted by St. Peter’s Catholic
Church and School, in the gym from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Performances by Kay’s Academy of
Dance at 10:30 a.m. and East Troy High
School Varsity and JV Poms at 11:30.
Phone: 262-882-5515
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For 87 years local women have gathered in May to enjoy an evening of friendship, entertainment and community outreach. Members of the 2014 Williams Bay
Banquet committee (back row, from left): Sue Vandenbroucke, Sheila Mason Connie Gluth, Sharon Ripple, Kristin Gregory, Kare Pfeil, Laura Lombardo, Ann Callison (middle
row) Mary Ong, Deb Olson, Kathy Hartman, Sandi Conrad, Darla Thiel (seated)Halina Marra (not pictured) Barb Isaacson, Sandy Johnson, Lois Morava, Julie Poplar and Michelle
Weber, plan the event, which is to take place on Tuesday, May 6 at Lake Lawn Resort. A social hour and silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment at 7. Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased at Burroughs Floor Coverings in Williams Bay, Impreza Salon in Delavan or from a committee member. Questions may
be directed to Halina Marra at 245-9373.
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each year,” said Crandall’s Restaurant
owner Dean Beck.
The chicken dinner is one of our
largest fundraisers, generating more than
$10,000 for community needs,” says Ray
Jacobson, President of the Lake Geneva
Lions Club.
For more information on this fund raiser or to buy tickets contact Rob Sheets at
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community on Sunday April 6 at
Crandall’s Supper Club in Hebron, Ill.
The all you can eat dinner will feature Crandall’s famous broasted chicken
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By Terry Box
The Dallas Morning News
Hybrids generally pack all the sizzle of
a potluck church social or a three-hour
investment seminar. Not exactly smoking
stuff, though I suppose they all serve fairly lofty purposes.
We could lazily cruise down to green
Austin, Texas, in the whispering ‘brid and
get aurally assaulted by Disk Lock and the
Fried Electrons.
I’ll be the only guy on Sixth Street
with gray hair and a flip-top cellphone that
my daughter thinks should be in a museum.
Still, would you really want to be stuck
in a social, a seminar or a hybrid on a sultry Saturday night?
Me either – or so I thought.
But here’s what I learned about the
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid on a frigid
afternoon recently: It is much quicker to
60 than a regular four-cylinder Accord and
will get 50 miles per gallon in town. That’s
almost like dating an exotic dancer who
can prune trees.
Think about it: You can be an utter
loon with your driving – doing doughnuts
in icy parking lots and such – and still rack
up a socially responsible 40-plus mpg.
As you probably know, Honda hasn’t
exactly led the charge on the hybrid front.
Its mediocre Insight hybrid sedan, a
weak competitor to Toyota’s green-king
Prius, has sold so poorly that the Japanese
automaker is reportedly considering
killing it.
But the white Accord Hybrid Touring I
had recently takes a much more sophisticated approach to gas-electric propulsion
than the Insight.
And more important, it works. The
Accord has a 2-liter four-cylinder engine
augmented by a 166-horsepower electricdrive motor.
The result is a combined 196 horsepower in a car that only gains about 100
pounds as a hybrid, mainly because of an
unusually small battery pack.
It’s also a sedan that can draw from
three different power sources: In EV, the
electric motor alone spins the front wheels.
In gas drive, used for acceleration or higher speeds, the four-cylinder engine drives
the front wheels. And in hybrid, the gas
engine powers a generator that supplements the EV battery.
Consequently, the Accord lacks the
clumsy transitions you feel in most hybrids
as they cycle from electric motor to gas
engine and back.
In fact, most people probably wouldn’t
even know that the Accord is a hybrid if it
weren’t for the blue do-gooder badge on
the back – plus a $3,600 premium over a
comparably equipped Touring sedan, for a
total of $35,695.
Mine looked like any new Accord
sedan, which is mostly OK these days.
Big wrap-around headlamps flanked a
conventional two-bar Accord grille up front.
A prominent character line zipped off
the back of the front fenders, cutting at a
slight upward angle through the door handles.
A second, more adventurous line down
near the rocker panel gave the Accord a
light touch of muscle.
Moreover, mine rode on 225/50 tires
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wheels, neither of which really shouted
Like most hybrids, the Honda starts
silently, causing us old-schoolers to wonder what in the blankety-blank is wrong
with the battery.
Shortly, though, the four-banger would
shudder and spring to life.
That was pretty much the end of the
hybrid experience. Push hard enough on
the brakes at a red light, and you can activate the automatic start-stop system, but
even that is not too intrusive.
When I accelerated, I mostly got real
engine sounds as the car easily merged
with traffic.
Keep your foot on the right pedal, and
the Accord Hybrid will reach 60 mph in an
impressive 7.2 seconds – a full second
faster than a regular Accord four-cylinder,
thanks mostly to the torque of the electric
motor, according to Car and Driver.
One oddity: With three different sources
of power, the Accord lacks a real transmission, relying on a one-speed direct drive.
As a result, it sometimes seemed to
drone faintly under hard acceleration. But
most of the time, you’re just not aware of
the transmission.
Accords, of course, have long been
silent four-door rebels. When pushed,
most can carve up corners pretty effectively for front-wheel-drive, midsize sedans.
Although the steering felt a bit light, it
was quick and linear, responding crisply to
inputs from the leather-wrapped wheel.
In corners, the Accord displayed some
slight body lean, but its suspension – a
multi-link setup in the rear – was actually
pretty tight and athletic, making the car
feel light on its feet for a hybrid.
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Some drivers, in fact, would probably find
the car’s ride to be kind of stiff, and I
admit it could get intense on rough roads.
But it mostly felt just well-controlled,
providing the kind of ride that might bring
a faint smile to a BMW engineer on vacation.
And there’s plenty of room in the
Accord for his beer-drinking buddies, as
well. I found the back seat highly accommodating, with really good head- and
As you may recall, Accords from a few
years back typically got fitted with hard,
unappealing interiors. They’ve received a
couple of strong shots of Audi since then,
which was evident in the tan interior in my
Two big hoods molded into the
swoopy black dashboard that shaded the
driver’s instrument panel and a recessed
display screen.
The instrument panel, as a matter of
fact, had one major gauge – a large
speedometer – and none of those gimmicky high-tech hybrid dials.
Graph-style gauges on either side of
the speedometer indicated the power
charge, battery strength and fuel levels.
The black dash rolled down onto a tan
lower dashboard that matched the seats
and door panels.
They contrasted nicely with a flat black
console. Though the door panels were
mostly plastic, they had soft tops and arm-
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The seats were tan leather, sectioned
with perforated centers.
While maybe not luxurious in a pure,
high-end sedan sense, the interior fit the
techy Accord well.
With every hybrid, you have to wonder
whether the price premium is worth the
savings in fuel and how long it will take to
recover it.
I would give the Accord pretty high
marks for its performance, drivability and
fuel economy – its city rating is 7 mpg
higher than the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
`But Car and Driver actually did the value
computation for me, using $3.50 per gallon for gas and 15,000 miles of driving
Using those numbers, owners will
need to drive their Accord Hybrids 5.7
years to break even on the premium they
paid, the magazine said.
I put more weight on two other numbers: 0 to 60 in 7.2 seconds and 50 miles
per gallon – lots of miles with smiles.
March 28, 2014— 25
• Type of vehicle: Front-wheel-drive,
five-passenger sedan
• Fuel economy: 50 miles per gallon
city, 45 highway
• Weight: 3,575 pounds
• Engine: Two-liter four-cylinder with
141 horsepower and an AC permanentmagnet synchronous electric motor with
166 horsepower, for a combined total of
196 horsepower
• Transmission: One-speed direct drive
• Performance: 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds
• Base price, excluding destination
charge: $29,155
• Price as tested: $35,695
SOURCES: American Honda Motor
Co.; Car and Driver
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Laughing Matter
A man walked into a
doctor's office. He had a
cucumber up his nose, a
carrot in his left ear and a
banana in his right ear.
“What's the matter with
me? " he asked the doctor.
The doctor said, “You’re
not eating properly”
“I got an ‘A’ in
spelling,” Jimmy told his
“You dope,” replied the
old man, “there isn’t any
“A” in ‘spelling.’”
“I was married three
times,” explained a man to
a newly discovered drinking partner, “and I’ll never
marry again. My first two
wives died of eating poison mushrooms and my
third wife died of a fractured skull.”
“That’s a shame,” said
his new friend. “How did it
“She wouldn’t eat the
At the scene of a bank
robbery a police officer
came running up to his
inspector and said, “He
got away, sir!”
The inspector was
furious. “But I told you to
put a man on all the
exits!” he roared. “How
could he have gotten
“He left by one of the
entrances, sir!”
An elderly fisherman
wrote to a mail order
house the following:
“Please send me one
of those gasoline engines
for my boat you show on
page 438, and if it’s any
good, I’ll send you a
In a short time he
received the following
reply: “Please send check.
If it’s any good, we’ll
send the engine.”
Two men were eating
in a restaurant when one
said to the other, “Who is
the big fella at the table
across the way?”
“He’s the Russian
ambassador to the United
States,” answered his
“You know, he eats
like there’s no tomorrow,”
he said.
“Maybe he knows
A man was leaving a
tavern one night when he
was approached by a man
who said he needed subway fare because he had
just lost all his money in a
card game.
“Are you a poker player,” the first man asked.
“No,” said the other,
“but I just left four guys
who are.”
A personnel director
who was checking the references of a prospective
secretary called her former boss.
“How long did she
work for you?” he asked.
“About eight hours,”
her former boss replied.
“But she told me she
was with you for three
“She was!”
Mother: “Don’t worry,
dear. Mother will tell you
everything you should
know before you get married.”
wonderful? Then I’ll be
able to get as much alimony as you did.”
There were two business partners who had
never had an argument in
30 years. One weekend,
one of them came down
with the flu and missed a
few days at the office.
About the third day,
the partner at worked
phoned his ailing friend
and announced, “I just
found that there is
$10,000 missing from the
safe. What should I do?”
To which his partner
replied, “Put it back!”
A man came home
from work to find his new
bride visibly upset.
“Darling, I’m afraid
your dinner is a little
burned tonight.”
“The hell you say!”
exclaimed her husband.
“Don’t tell me they had a
fire at the delicatessen.”
“Does your wife listen
to you?” one husband
asked another.
“The only time my
wife shows the slightest
interest in my conversation,” his friend answered
sadly, “is when I’m talking to another woman.”
A father took his
daughter to the Catskills
to find a husband. He
pointed out an old fellow
to his daughter.
catch,” said her father.
“But Dad,” she complained, “Don’t you think
he’s a little too old to be
considered eligible?”
“My dear girl,” said her
father, “he’s a little too eligible to be considered old.”
“Mom, there’s a man
at the door collecting for
the Old Folk’s Home.
Shall I give him Grandma?”
A teacher asked,
“Billy, if your father borrowed $200 and promised
to give his benefactor $10
a week, how much would
he owe at the end of eight
“Two hundred dollars,” replied Billy.
“I’m afraid you don’t
know your lesson very
well,” said the teacher.
“I may not know my
lesson,” answered Billy,
“but I know my father.”
(Continued on page 31)
also at
Pickles by Brian Crane
March 28, 2014 — 27
28 — The Beacon
Mr. Boffo by Joe Martin
also at
by Jim Davis
March 28, 2014
The Beacon
Mr. Boffo by Joe Martin
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Willy & Ethel
by Joe Martin
March 28, 2014 — 29
also at
30 — The Beacon
March 28, 2014
FuN and GameS
Crossword Clues
1. Tropical fruit
6. Bug enemy
9. ____ bargain
13. Relating to Quechuan people
14. Monetary unit of Afganistan
15. “_____ Science” (1985)
16. Daughter of a sibling
17. “But I heard him exclaim, ____ he
drove out of sight...”
18. Wall hanging of handwoven fabric
19. *Anti-Communist ______ Doctrine
21. *U.K. and U.S.S.R. to U.S (19391945), e.g.
23. One-shot Atticus Finch’s forte
24. *He sent naval fleet to support North
in Civil War
25. Big fuss
28. Relinquish, as in property
30. Win an auction
35. Dull or dense
37. Dutch cheese
39. Game ragout
40. Carpet layer’s calculation
41. Indy 500 entrant
43. Cajole
44. Earvin Johnson, Jr.
46. Of long ago
47. Burkina Faso neighbor
48. Olympian Ted Ligety’s sport
50. Feudal laborer
52. Bathroom sign
53. Like unwelcome neighbor
55. Web address
57. *Underground Railroad conductor
60. They are notoriously slow
63. *Location of General MacArthur’s
last war
64. ET carrier
66. Nymph of lakes and springs
68. Liturgy instrument
69. In favor of
70. _____ br˚lÈe
71. Bookkeeping entry
72. Unwelcome deduction
73. Industrial center of the Ruhr
Spot The Winning Line
Goren on Bridge by Tannah Hirsch
East-West vulnerable. South deals.
A, Q, 9, 8, 5
❤ K, J, 6
♦ Q, 7
♣ 6, 3, 2
♠ 10, 6
❤ Q, 7, 5
❤ A, 10
♦ J, 10, 8, 5 ♦ 6, 4, 3
♣ Q, 10, 7, 4
♣ K, 8, 5
K, J, 7, 4,
♠ 3
❤ 9, 8, 4, 3, 2
♦ A, K, 9, 2
♣ A, J, 9
The bidding:
1. Bathtub hooch
2. “U” in I.C.U.
3. Tree or shrub type having winged fruit
4. Absence of matter, pl.
5. Like one with low hemoglobin
6. *Nixon worked to do this to relations
with China
7. Hudson’s Bay Company original ware
8. Bubonic plague carriers
9. Disembodied spirit
10. Italian money, 1861-2002
11. *The Colonial Period and Roaring
Twenties, e.g.
12. Highly anticipated during Super
15. Toothy marine mammal
20. Arabian chieftain
22. ___-tzu
24. High tea padded accessory
25. *Washington’s veep
26. Relating to dura mater
27. Opposite of alpha
29. *June 6, 1944
31. A boor lacks this
32. “Ulysses” protagonist
33. Candidate’s concern
34. *Mason’s partner
36. Get-out-of-jail money
38. Insignificant
42. Old episode
45. Charles Ponzi, e.g.
49. Bygone bird
51. *Gave us Miss Liberty
54. A pinch in the mouth
56. Pinocchio and his kind
57. Civil wrong
58. Craving
59. Beacon light
60. Tender
61. *Things Washington didn’t tell?
62. “The more things change, the more
they stay the ____”
63. Ornamental carp
65. Joker to Batman, e.g.
67. Bear home
Opening lead: 10 of ♠
Spot cards receive no value in the point
count. However, no one will deny that J 10 9
of suit is an infinitely better holding than J 3
2 - in some cases two tricks better. Spot cards
played a vital role on this deal from a match
at the recent Spring North American
Championships. Sitting South was Julien
Levesque of Vancouver, BC.
The first three bids of the auction were
automatic. North's three clubs was fourthsuit forcing and South duly showed his club
stopper. North corrected to game in the
known eight-card major-suit fit.
West led the ten of spades, obviously
from a doubleton, and South was not thrilled
by his prospects. There were two, perhaps
three, trump losers and at least one club.
Also, the fourth diamond had to be taken care
off. However, the opening lead offered some
Declarer won the first trick with
dummy's ace and immediately returned the
nine. East covered with the jack and declarer
ruffed. A low trump to the jack lost to the ace
and the ten of hearts was led to the table's
king, leaving West with the master trump.
South continued with queen of spades
and, when East elected to duck (covering
would have been no better), declarer sluffed
a club. Declarer now had a choice of ways to
get home. The one we like best is for declarer to continue with a spade, discarding his
remaining club loser from hand. Since the
fourth diamond can be ruffed on the board,
declarer loses only one spade trick and two
(Tannah Hirsch welcome readers’
responses sent in care of this newspaper or to
Tribune Content Agency, LLC., 16650
Westgrove Dr., Suite 175, Addison, TX
75001. E-mail responses may be sent to
[email protected])
Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box (in bold
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March 28, 2014 — 31
Laughing Matter
Continued from page 27
Bank manager: “I’m sorry, sir, you
can’t open an account with this sort of
money. They’re wooden pieces!
Lumberjack: “But I only want to
open a shavings account.”
An office boy was arrested and sent
to trial on a charge of stealing $1,000 in
postage stamps. He retained a clever
young lawyer who made a brilliant
defense plea, and he was exonerated.
After the trial, he rushed over to the
lawyer, shook his hand and said, “You
were great. How can I ever repay you?”
“Just pay me my fee, that’s all,” said
the attorney. “It’s $1,000, but there’s no
rush if you’re a little pressed.”
“Well,” suggested the office boy, “I
can’t pay you in cash right now, but
would you be willing to accept stamps?”
A mother told her neighbor that they
had figured out a way to keep their son
from being late to school.
“What is it?” asked the neighbor.
“We bought him a car.”
“How did that help?”
“Now he has to get there early to find
a parking space.”
Two acquaintance met at the door of
a psychiatrist’s office.
“Are you coming or going?” asked
“If I knew that,” replied the other, “I
wouldn’t be here.”
“I hear Warren got married,” said one
man to another.
“Yes, he met his wife at a travel
agency. She was looking for a vacation
and he was the last resort.”
According to Bob Hope, a gentleman
is a fellow who, when his wife drops
something, kicks it to where she can
pick it up more easily.
All puzzle
answers are on
page 20.
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March 28, 2014
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