November 6, 2015



November 6, 2015
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Federal government to regulate recreational drones
By Dennis West
Drones have been increasingly in the
news since the military began to use
them in the Middle East. About three
years ago, they moved from the battlefield to the backyard as hobbyists began
to fly their own. Americans are projected to buy about 700,000 drones this
year, a 63 percent increase from 2014.
Dan and Marjie Danno, owners of
HobbyTown USA in the Geneva Square
shopping center, have been following
the phenomenon since it began. Today,
they carry the largest selection of
remotely controlled recreational flying
vehicles in the area.
“The difference between a quadcopter, for instance, and a drone with
four propellers is that the latter has a
camera onboard that sends video –
called first person view, or FPV – back
to the operator who has a remote control
to guide it,” said Danno. “We have at
least a dozen different drones in stock
with cameras.”
Recreational drones vary from about
six inches across to Danno’s favorite, the
Yuneec Q500, which is about 21 inches
square, has four blades and many features.
“Models run from $50 to $2,000,”
said Danno, “with the Q500 giving you
about anything you want for $1,100.”
Like all recreational drones, the
Q500 runs on batteries. It will fly for 12
to 30 minutes on a single charge. Danno
suggests that anyone who buys a drone
should get a spare battery for longer flying time.
The Q500 has a gimbal-mounted
HobbyTown USA owners Dan and Marjie Danno show a few of the many drones
they have for sale at their store in the Geneva Square Mall.
(Beacon photo)
camera that shoots 1080P 60FPS HD
Video, which is the same definition as a
HD flat screen TV. It will also shoot still
photos that are comparable to a 18
megapixel camera.
The gimbal, which is a swiveling
sphere underneath the fuselage, has a
gyroscope to keep the camera trained on
its object without shaking from the
motion of the copter, and a GPS unit that
tells it, and the operator, where the drone
is located at all times.
“When you turn on the unit the GPS
system establishes a ‘home’ location,”
Danno explains. “When you turn it off,
or hit the ‘home’ switch, it will return to
that point.
“About two years ago a man came in
and bought a drone,” Danno said. “A
while later he called and was in a panic
because it had flown away and he had
lost it. I told him not to worry, that I
would help him find it. A few minutes
later, he called to say he had gone home
and found it sitting in his driveway
where he had turned it on before driving
to the place he wanted to fly it. Just as it
was meant to do, it ‘went home.’”
The Q500 will attain a height of 400
feet and a distance of about 1.5 miles
before losing its controlling signal. The
WIFI stream from the drone to the
remote control lets the operator know
where it is, what it’s doing, seeing, and
enables him to tell it what to do.
“The touch-screen display on the
remote tells you the altitude, speed
(about 22 mph maximum), the distance
from the operator, the number of satellites available, and what the camera is
seeing. You can double-click on the
screen to zoom in and out. With the
GPS, if you are flying and you stop
controlling it, the drone will stop and
hover in place until it receives further
instructions. The unit will fight a wind
as high as 25 mph, but because of the
electronics, you don’t want to fly it in
the rain.”
The Q500 even has air pressure sensors that let it know when it is approaching the ground, or any object below it, so
that it settles gently instead of crashing.
A Steady Grip that was an option is
now included in the purchase price. It
allows the operator to turn the drone into
a personal camcorder by placing a cell
phone onto the top of the pistol grip and
watching it for information.
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Snowy, spectacled owls fascinate members of local Audubon Society
By Dennis West
Dianne Moller works with birds. Not
just any birds, but raptors.
During her program at the Lakeland
Audubon Society on Oct. 27, she asked
the bird-savvy audience if they knew
how many groups of raptors there are.
The answer was five: hawks, 200
species; eagles, 60 species; owls, 223
species, falcons, 37 species; and vultures.
Moller is executive director of Hoo’s
Woods Raptor Center in Milton, which
she founded in 1998. She is a state- and
federally-licensed educator, falconer,
rehabilitator and eagle handler. In April,
she was named Wildlife Conservationist
of the Year by the Wisconsin Wildlife
She currently has 10 raptors in residence. A packed house of bird fanciers
attended the meeting on a cold, windy,
rainy night to learn about, and see, a
Snowy Owl named Wesley, that Moller
saved and rehabilitated this summer.
“Snowy Owls aren’t native to
Wisconsin,” Moller told her audience.
“They originate in the arctic but winter
as far south as southern Wisconsin.
Snowys like open places. Don’t look for
them high in a tree. They can be found
sitting on fence posts, rocks, on the
grounds or mounds of snow. Because
they sit close to the ground, it’s hard to
tell when they have been hurt.”
That’s what happened to Wesley,
who had a seriously damaged wing.
Motorists stopped to move him out of
the road for several days in June before
someone reported that there was an
apparently sick bird that needed help.
“He was so filled with parasites that
the veterinarian didn’t think he would
live,” said Moller. “But with a great deal
of care and medication which added up
to about $1,500 at cost, he is finally a
healthy bird. Because he has a permanent wing injury, he will never be
released into the wild. He could live for
another 30 years in captivity. Snowy
Owls live about nine years in the wild.”
Moller feeds him rats and mice.
Unlike most owls, Snowys are diurnal,
which means they eat during the day and
sleeps at night. She has rigged up a web
camera so she can keep an eye on
Wesley in the barn.
“To tell you the truth, he doesn’t do
much,” she said.
According to Moller, Snowys are the
largest owls in North America. The
female is larger, with more prominent,
darker markings than the male. She will
be 24 to 18 inches long and weigh 4.5 to
6.5 pounds, while an adult male has
fewer bars as he ages and is 20 to 24
inches long and weighs 3.5 to 4 pounds.
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Dianne Moller introduces Wesley, a Snowy Owl, to members of the
Lakeland Audubon Society on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
(Beacon photo)
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The female’s wingspan is six feet, while
the male’s is four. In comparison, an
eagle has a six foot wingspan.
Snowy Owls are related to the Great
Horned Owl. The Snowy has the same
eyes and the same temperament, but is
four pounds heavier.
Owls have small eyes for their size.
They are far-sighted, which means they
can see up to a mile away and recognize
small prey, like a mouse or lemming,
from half a mile.
“They use their sense of hearing
more than their eyes to hunt, though,”
said Moller. “A Snowy Owl can hear
prey as deep as 10 inches beneath the
All raptors mate for life. The female
Snowy makes a nest in a shallow bowl
on the ground and lays 3 to 5 eggs in a
typical year, but 7-10 in an exceptional
one. Chicks are grey for camouflage.
The female sits on the eggs for 32 days.
After they hatch, she feeds them 3 to 4
lemmings a day per chick (courtesy of
the hunting male) for about 5 weeks.
The chicks fly after about 50 days, but
may stay with their parents for as long as
a year.
In the wild, Snowy Owls’ main diet
consists of lemmings, arctic hares,
ducks, fish and small birds. Their enemies are arctic foxes, polar bears, wind
farms and airports.
As a surprise for the audience, and
especially for a group of children who
were there with their parents, Moller
introduced a Spectacled Owl named
“Spectacled Owls are the largest
tropical owl,” she explained. “They live
in the rain forests of Central and South
America. They get their name from the
white feathers that give the appearance
of wearing spectacles, or glasses, around
their eyes. Their vocal activity tends to
be most prominent on calm, moonlit
nights. The primary sound that they
make consists of a tapping with a popping effect. While their numbers are stable, their greatest threat for survival is
disappearance of the rain forest.
Spectacled owls are about 8 to 20
inches high and weigh between 2 and 3
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Moller explained that Hoo’s Woods
is dedicated to environmental education
and conservation of birds of prey
through public education.
“Our mission is to provide an educational opportunity to understand and
appreciate the co-existence between
wildlife and man and the importance of
preserving the world in which we live,”
she says. “We teach about raptors, the
environment and other ecological concerns, explaining how all things are connected and what we can do to help.”
As seen from the cost to rehabilitate
Wesley, running a raptor center is expensive. Last year, Moller spent $6,500 on
food and vet care for her birds. She says
that, since her tax-exempt 501 (c) 3
charitable organization receives no state
or federal support, it depends upon
donations for its existence. They provide
housing, food and medical treatment for
the birds.
Anyone who would like to help can
send donations to Hoo’s Woods, P.O.
Box 21, Milton, WI 53563. More information may be obtained by calling (608)
Dianne Moller shows a Spectacled Owl named Oakley at the Audubon
883-2795, emailing [email protected], or
meeting in Williams Bay. Spectacled Owls are native to South and
visiting their website at www.hoo
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This Delavan trick-or-treater looks
as though he was digitized to protect his
identity. Great costume.
(Photo by Kyle Shafer)
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Our Composition Manger, Wendy
Shafer, and I were recently talking about
the expectations some people have that
anything can be accomplished with
computer software, especially Adobe
The cartoon at right is an example of
what she runs into on a regular basis.
When people want something in an ad,
they assume it can be created by using
Photoshop. ‘Taint always so.
Although Photoshop is amazing, and
fun to use, we need to have the components before we can enhance or modify
I have, I’m marginally ashamed to
admit, cloned someone’s eyes in a photo
to replace those of someone who blinked
when the shot was taken. I have taken a
few pounds off someone when a photo
was unflattering and it was easy to do.
I once got into trouble by doing that
when the woman standing next to the
man in the photo said, “You (unprintable). Everyone knows how fat he looks.
When you made him look thinner, you
made me look fat in comparison.” I
think that falls into the category of no
good deed goes unpunished.
Although journalism ethicists might
argue that removing power lines from a
photograph is dishonest, I do it with no
compunction because the wires are distracting. If the point of the picture had
been to illustrate the clutter of technology,
or some such idea, I wouldn’t have done it.
I remember our former ad salesman
“Beacon Bob” Ryan coming to the
office and saying to Leslie Gostomski,
who was our composition manager at
the time, that he needed some specific,
but very unusual, illustration for an ad.
When she told him she didn’t have any-
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thing like that in her art library, he said,
“Oh, sure you do. And if you don’t you
can just make it.” As a former ad salesperson myself, I recognize the symptoms of unreasonable expectations.
Clients just need to be a bit more understanding.
Having said that, I want to take this
opportunity to praise Wendy for the
amazing job she does with the ads for
The Beacon. She has great taste, is creative and a pleasure to work with. She
has been with us more than ten years
now, and, even though we might not
think to say so as often as we should, we
appreciate her more all the time.
Speaking of advertising sales, I am
looking for the right person to work with
business people in an excellent territory
to help them use our affordable and
effective advertising.
Unfortunately, my specifications are
a bit complicated. The right person
would be a retired advertising – preferably newspaper – salesperson who
knows Lake Geneva and is looking for
something to keep him or her active and
is willing to work solely on a commission basis with expense reimbursement.
The key words are experience and
commission. With no base salary
involved, it needs to be someone who
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could afford to work to build up a clientele. I hope the right person will email me
at [email protected] or call 245-1877.
Regular readers are aware of my fascination with unusual names. Although
there has been a surge in “creative”
names, especially within the entertainment and African-American communities, it is by no means a recent phenomenon. Some of the names from the 18th
and 19th centuries range from quaint to
A case in point is Ruby Laffoon. Not
only is the last name unusual, the fact
that this person was a man named Ruby
makes it even more notable.
Laffoon (January 15, 1869 – March
1, 1941) was an American politician
who served as the 43rd Governor of
Kentucky from 1931 to 1935.
A Kentucky native, at age 17
Laffoon moved to Washington, D.C., to
live with his uncle, U.S. Representative
Polk Laffoon. (You thought Ruby was
the only one?) He developed an interest
in politics and returned to Kentucky,
where he compiled a mixed record of
victories and defeats in elections at the
county and state levels. In 1931, he was
chosen as the Democratic gubernatorial
nominee by a nominating convention,
not a primary, making him the only
Kentucky gubernatorial candidate to be
chosen by a convention after 1903. In
the general election, he defeated
Republican William B. Harrison by what
was then the largest margin of victory in
Kentucky gubernatorial history.
Following his term in office, Laffoon
returned to his native Madisonville,
where he died of a stroke in 1941.
Among his gubernatorial legacies was
appointing a record number of Kentucky
colonels, including Harland Sanders,
who used the title “Colonel” when he
opened his chain of Kentucky Fried
Chicken restaurants.
Other unusual names I have recently
seen in print are: Brookings researcher
Elizabeth Kneebone; recently killed in
an automobile crash was 16 year old
Isabella Chinchilla; there is a Chicago
Tribune photographer named Zbigniew
Bzdak, which I realize is only strange if
you aren’t familiar with Polish names;
Gretchen Grape is director of the
Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers
Association (she should obviously be
connected with the wine industry);
Fordham Law School is home to a professor named Zephyr Teachout (I understand his courses are a breeze); Ms. Ira
Kemelmacher-Schlizerman is an assistant professor at the University of
Washington; Chastidee Davis was a PR
Specialist at Wills Communications,
Inc.; I don’t have details on Capt. Orson
Swindle; Beatrice Bugnosen was a
Immediately PR in NYC; Zeke
Krautwurst lives on a farm in North
Carolina; and finally, Nancy Doom is
the Deputy Warden, Kentucky State
Penitentiary. Do she throw the switch?
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Perspectiv e
Flashback to 2008 when Hillary
wooed Christian conservatives
By David Horsey
In the midst of a heated presidential
campaign, it is interesting to occasionally
look back to a moment in a prior election
that offers an informative contrast. This is
especially true when one of the current
leading candidates — in today’s case,
Hillary Clinton — was also in the thick of
things in a past contest.
In some ways, the autumn of 2015 has
been deja vu all over again for Hillary. In
2007, she had been the dominant candidate
going into the early stages of the presidential race; if not the “prohibitive favorite”
that she was assumed to be in this election,
certainly the strongest bet to win the 2008
nomination. Then, along came an outsider
with exceptional appeal. This year, it has
been Sen. Bernie Sanders, the veteran
socialist from Vermont, who has never
before run as a Democrat. Eight years ago,
it was Sen. Barack Obama, a young,
Hawaii-born, African-American politician
from Chicago who had barely been in
office long enough to know the path from
his office to the Senate floor.
In November 2007, Obama got a pivotal endorsement from Oprah Winfrey.
After the entertainment superstar subsequently traveled to Iowa to barnstorm for
Obama, he took the lead among the state’s
Democratic voters. When the Iowa caucuses were held on January 3, 2008,
Obama won, ex-North Carolina Sen. John
Edwards came in second and third-placeHillary was suddenly faced with a crisis: If
she did not win the New Hampshire primary the following week, her candidacy
would be in free fall.
Over the next seven days, the tightlymanaged, overly cautious candidate finally began to show a bit of humanity, even
coming close to tears at an event one day
before the vote. She squeaked through to
win New Hampshire and, 11 days later, triumphed in Nevada. By the end of that
month, a couple of prominent U.S. senators — Joe Biden from Delaware and
Chris Dodd from Connecticut — Ohio
Rep. Dennis Kucinich and New Mexico
Gov. Bill Richardson had pulled out of the
race. Edwards would hang in for a while,
(withdrawing before a sex scandal suddenly wrecked his political career), but the
central story of the 2008 primaries had
begun: the marathon battle for delegates
between Clinton and Obama.
Having won that crucial New
Hampshire victory by letting down her
guard and sharing her private side, Hillary
tried to share even more. One new element
she added to her campaign resume was her
religious history. By playing up her youthful devotion to the Methodist Church,
Clinton thought she might even attract a
few votes from evangelical Christians.
That did not get her far with the religious right. On a tour through the western
states prior to the Super Tuesday primaries, I talked to a young minister at the New
Life Church in Colorado Springs (a mega
church founded by Ted Haggard, the powerhouse pastor who disgraced himself in a
drug and gay sex scandal). The minister
told me he and other conservative clergy
had been wooed by the Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, in 2004.
Kerry had shown the Bible he claimed to
tote around with him, but the pastors did
not buy it. Neither would any evangelical
give a hoot about Hillary’s Methodism, the
New Life preacher said.
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Doing For Yourself
By Cal Thomas
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A recent New York Times headline
read, “Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest
Would Pay for Bold Plans.” The story
says that by soaking the rich “the
could raise large
amounts of revenue … while
them to take
home a majority
of their income.”
Nowhere in
the story, nor in
the endless promises of DemoCal Thomas
cratic presidential candidates, is there a single word
about whether more government spending will produce the promised outcomes.
We are to take this on faith, despite past
performance being a good indicator of
future results. Also absent is any expectation that individuals have more power
than government to direct and improve
their lives.
That’s because to the left, government is much like a deity to be worshipped rather than a servant of the people. If you don’t worship at the leftist
shrine, you’re labeled unsympathetic
toward the poor. Republicans should
respond: “We care about the poor, but
unlike you, who have spent over a trillion dollars fighting poverty with little to
show for it, we want the poor to become
independent of government.”
What keeps most of the poor locked
in poverty is propaganda from the left,
which tells them they cannot succeed
without government assistance, which,
in turn, leads them to a series of bad
choices and a state of perpetual victimhood. Look at America’s big cities, dominated by Democrats, to see how that’s
working. Once we talked about people
who overcame difficult circumstances;
now we just sing about overcoming …
Charles Koch and his brother David
are reviled by the left because they contribute large amounts of money to
Republicans. Never mind that George
Soros does the same for Democrats. The
normally reclusive Charles is doing
interviews to promote his new book
“Good Profit: How Creating Value for
Others Built One of the World’s Most
Successful Companies.”
Speaking with Megyn Kelly on the
Fox News Channel, Charles read a letter
his father sent him about his inheritance:
“If you choose to let this money destroy
your initiative and independence, then it
will be a curse to you and my action in
giving it to you will have been a mistake. I shall regret very much to have
you miss the glorious feeling of accomplishment. Remember that often adversity is a blessing in disguise and is certainly the greatest character-builder.”
Where are you hearing anything like
that in contemporary political discourse,
especially among Democrats? It’s all
about free college tuition, free health
care, free everything. The United States
will become a giant ATM and those evil,
miserly, insensitive “millionaires and
billionaires” will pay for it all because it
isn’t fair that they have more money
than you have.
Even if government confiscated all
of their wealth there wouldn’t be enough
to pay off the $18 trillion national debt.
What happens when the money runs out;
when all of the wealth of the successful
is exhausted and the incentive to make
money disappears with it? Where will
the left turn then? Who is asking these
questions? Not debate moderators, who
seem more interested in getting the candidates to attack each other, as though
the debates were just the latest reality
shows. This is the future of the United
States at stake. Could we please hear
some adults conversing like adults?
Need a plan for success, or at least
independent living? It isn’t new. Stop
turning to government as a first
resource. Get married before you have
children, stay married and if things get
tough seek counseling. Stay in school.
Don’t take drugs. Develop good character and a sound work ethic. If a good job
with a future isn’t available where you
live, move to a city that offers more
opportunity, or start a small business.
In the bidding war for votes, the left
is preaching a message of envy, greed
and entitlement. Human history proves
that message doesn’t improve a life. The
old values worked. If you’re a millennial, ask your grandparents about them,
why they worked and how we lost sight
of them along the way. Since these values succeeded for previous generations,
why don’t we reclaim them?
(Cal Thomas’ latest book is “W hat
Works: Common Sense Solutions for a
Stronger A merica” is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal
Thomas at [email protected])
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Budget hearing increases transparency
By Dave Bretl
The Walworth County Board held a
public hearing on the county’s proposed
2016 budget on the evening of October 29.
The hearing, which is required by state law,
has evolved over the years. When I first I
started here, the meeting was called to order
and the floor was immediately opened up
for public comment. Today the hearing
begins with a thirty minute overview of the spending plan.
nothing wrong
with the old way
of conducting the
hearing, from a
legal perspective,
but I prefer the
current format.
For starters, the
David Bretl
presentation tends
to preempt a number of questions that were often asked by
citizens who just wanted basic information
about the budget, like how much taxes
would be increasing. I have also seen it
prompt questions when those in attendance want to learn more about a particular topic that has been presented. In addition to educating the public, the presentation provides refresher for supervisors.
They have been immersed in the budget
details for the past eight weeks and the
presentation allows them to step back and
take one last look at the big picture.
This year Jessica Conley, the county’s
comptroller, narrated an excellent PowerPoint presentation. Even though I prepared
the first draft of the budget, I learned a few
things from some of the research conducted by our finance department for the meeting on two important topics.
Assessed value. I have been writing
about this topic for some time. Assessed
equalized value is the value of all taxable
property in the county. I have expressed
concern in the past that property values
have been slow to recover in our county.
At the time of the 2008 banking crisis, the
county’s equalized value stood at $15.6
billion. Today that figure is $13.4 billion.
That much I knew, but Jessica mined the
data further and the results did not make
me feel any better.
The amount by which our equalized
value increased from 2014 to 2015, a mere
0.71 percent, was the sixteenth smallest
increase among the 72 Wisconsin counties.
Twenty-one counties have fully recovered
from the great recession, in terms of equalized value. Only two counties have had a
slower recovery than ours.
Equalized value does not affect the
amount of taxes government collects;
spending determines that. Equalized values are relevant in at least two ways, however. First, it is a proxy for home prices
and economic activity in the county.
Equalized value increases because of new
construction and the appreciation of existing real estate. Since 2008, $2.2 billion
have been erased from the balance sheets
of county home and business owners.
Paying property taxes is never fun, but
it is a little more palatable when taxpayers
see the value of their property increase.
This has not been the case here, in recent
years, which is one reason why the county
has been trying to hold the line on taxes.
From 2010 to 2015 (the levy supporting
the 2016 budget), our tax levy has
increased by just 1.24 percent, far below
the increase in the consumer price index
during that time.
Secondly, equalized value determines
who pays taxes and this is becoming an
issue in the county. The movement in
equalized value has varied considerably
among the towns and municipalities in
Walworth County. All of this can be confusing for taxpayers. Our 2014 tax levy,
used to support the 2015 budget, rose less
than one-half of one percent. Despite this
fact, I received calls from taxpayers wondering why the county portion of their bill
had increased by five percent or more.
Increases that these taxpayers experienced
were primarily due to equalized value. In
many cases the “fair market value” of their
homes increased, or even stayed the same
since 2009. Because other property values
dropped, these taxpayers were paying a
larger share of the levy. The assessed value
of your home is determined by your local
assessor and equalized by the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue.
Debt service. I have been an advocate
of paying off debt as quickly as possible.
There are number of good reasons to avoid
debt, but I had forgotten how much our
prepayments of bonds have actually saved.
Some of the bonds that we sold to fund
past projects like building a new nursing
home and school, had a prepayment or
“call” option; that is, after a certain period
of time, we are allowed to repay our bondholders principal and accrued interest and
retire the debt. We have been doing this at
every available opportunity. By “burning”
these mortgages early, Jessica reported
that we have saved $700,000 over the past
seven years.
Bonds sold to finance construction of
the Lakeland School in 2007 are scheduled
to mature in 2027, but we have options
that will permit us to call them as early as
2017 and 2018. Paying off that debt early
would save an additional $2.4 million in
If you’re interested in learning how
your tax money will be spent next year I
would encourage you to check out
Jessica’s presentation on the county’s website at It is presented in plain English so you don’t have
to be a CPA to understand it.
If you have any concerns feel free to
call me, or better yet, contact your county
board supervisor. Supervisors still have the
ability to modify the plan through amendments. The final budget is scheduled for
adoption on the evening of November 10.
That meeting begins at six o’clock.
The opinions expressed in these
columns are those of the author and not
necessarily those of the Walworth County
Board of Supervisors.
Nov. 6, 2015 — 5
Paul Ryanʼs turn to herd cats –
maybe lions as House Speaker
By Lee Hamilton
The following editorial appeared in
the San Jose Mercury News on Saturday,
Oct. 31:
Now it's Paul Ryan’s turn to herd the
434 cats with whom he shares the U.S.
House of Representatives – including
the den of testy lions in the tea party
We hope, for the country's sake, he
has better luck as House speaker than his
predecessor, John Boehner.
Not to disparage Boehner. The
longer he held the position, the more we
respected him for trying to get things
done in a divisive – poisonous, really –
atmosphere. A house divided sharply
along partisan lines is tough enough for
a speaker to manage, but Boehner also
faced deep rifts inside his own majority
party that he could not bridge.
Ryan, the GOP’s vice presidential
candidate in 2012, was comfortably
elected the 62nd speaker of the House
on Thursday. At 45, he's the youngest in
the post since 1869.
His ascension to the prestigious
office that is second in the constitutional
line of succession to be president is
unusual in that he had not actively
sought it. In fact, he deflected early
approaches after Boehner’s protege,
California’s Kevin McCarthy, flamed
Ryan took it only after establishing
some conditions, one of which was adequate family time. Nice thought. We’ll
see. Or rather, he will.
As he steps up, Ryan might want to
study the mathematical discipline
known as chaos theory, pioneered by
brilliant French thinker Henri Poincare
around the turn of the 20th century.
As Poincare fashioned it, chaos theory refers to an apparent lack of order in a
system that nevertheless obeys particular laws while exhibiting an inherent
lack of predictability. Sounds like the
House to us. Particularly on the
Republican side of the aisle.
Much like Newt Gingrich in the
1990s, Boehner left the speaker’s chair
because he could not handle the most
conservative segment of his majority.
Known now as the Freedom Caucus, this
group is the latest of many throughout
American history to argue that the
speaker has too much power. Members
want more say in what they see as
important decisions.
Ryan, who has often voted with the
caucus, will make at least nominal procedural changes to accommodate that
wish. But the price for them will be solidarity on issues that Ryan considers
vital. We’ll see how that works, too.
Boehner gave him a gift by negotiating a bipartisan $80 billion budget deal
as his final major act. That will give
Ryan a little time to find his management legs. He needs to work effectively
not only with the Freedom Caucus but
also with Democrats to address some
critical national issues.
Ryan is very conservative, but we
don’t believe he wants his name on
another government shutdown or a debt
default that would send the U.S. economy into a tailspin. So we’re hopeful. We
don’t believe compromise is a dirty
word – and neither should the speaker of
the House.
©2015 San Jose Mercury News (San
Jose, Calif.)
Distributed by Tribune Content
Agency, LLC.
Paul Ryan is rising, but heʼs not a party of one
Whether Paul Ryan succeeds as
speaker of the House is not entirely up to
Paul Ryan. The Wisconsin Republican
who ascended to the post is well-suited
to lead. He’s a skilled communicator and
veteran legislator who can tap deep
wells of respect inside and outside
Congress. But the question is whether
his party is willing to let anyone lead –
and succeed – in Washington.
John Boehner’s speakership was
broken by the insatiable demands of his
party’s right-wing fringe. Throughout
his tenure, Boehner repeatedly appeased
its drive toward destruction, offering up
shutdowns and debt-ceiling brinkmanship to enable anti-government legislators to take symbolic stands. Substantive
legislation took a backseat to show
votes. Confrontation was lionized and
compromise condemned. Eventually,
Boehner was consumed by the very
forces to which he had surrendered.
Ryan has the skills and credibility to
break this ugly pattern, but only if a
majority in his conference summon the
courage to stand with him against the
ultras. Already, a chorus of voices on
radio and the Internet is attacking Ryan
as too compromising and accommodating.
As it happens, the American political
system is built on precisely those qualities. If the right wing of the GOP wants
to dictate the terms of U.S. policy, there
is a familiar, well-worn path to follow:
Earn more votes than the other guys. As
long as Americans put one party in
charge of the executive branch and
another in charge of the legislative
branch, successful governance will
depend on mutual compromise.
The recent bipartisan budget deal,
negotiated behind closed doors, was not
ideal. Ryan said the secretive process
“stinks.” He also voted in support of the
deal. He was right on both counts.
(Continued on page 10)
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Nov. 6, 2015
Valerie Etzel recently announced that
a sale of county-owned properties is
being conducted by Wisconsin
Surplus Online Auction through
Friday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. Anyone
interrested in bidding should visit for a
complete listing of properties for sale
and information on how to bid.
Properties are located in the city of
Lake Geneva; towns of Bloomfield,
Delavan, Geneva, LaGrange, Linn,
Lyons, Richmond, Sugar Creek; villages
of Bloomfield, Darien, and Sharon.
Specific questions may be directed
to the County Treasurer’s Office from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
by calling 741-4251, emailing treasur
[email protected], or visiting the
at under County
Postings “Treasurer In Rem Tax
By Rich Kremer
A bill legalizing automatic knives
like switchblades is being hailed as common sense reform by a national advocacy group for knife owners.
Knife Rights is a nonprofit organization that aims to fight legal restrictions
on knives in America. Legislative
Affairs Director Todd Rathner said
Wisconsin’s current law banning switchblades and other assisted-opening knives
is confusing and harmful to law abiding
“The law is so poorly written that
many common pocket knives you can
buy in any kind of a sporting goods
store could potentially be illegal,” said
Rathner. “It all depends on the police
officer who may stop you, or in the
worst case the judge that you end up in
front of if you actually end up at a
A bill introduced by state Rep. Kathy
Bernier, R-Chippewa Falls, would make
it legal to carry a switchblade. Convicted
felons would be prohibited from carrying the knives.
(Wisconsin Public Radio News)
County-owned properties for sale
Knife advocates approve
of proposed Wisconsin law
Glass litters the entry to the former WMIR Radio building in Lake Geneva.
Vandals broke out windows and performed other acts of vandalism during the morning
hours of Monday, Oct. 26. The station had been off the air since 2014. (Beacon photo)
Former Lake Geneva radio
station building vandalized
By Jim McClure
Senior Correspondent
The radio dial in the Geneva Lakes
area currently spins between three local
stations, WLKG-FM 96.1 for top 40 fare,
WGTD-FM from Racine, broadcast locally on 101.7 (Elkhorn low power translator)
and 103.3 FM (Lake Geneva low power
translator) the NPR news and classical
music outlet of Wisconsin Public Radio
and WSLD-FM 104.5 for country music.
But Lake Geneva’s original station sits
dormant, and now vandalized, on the eastern outskirts of town along Highway 50 in
the Town of Lyons near the Grand Geneva
Walworth County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Rob Hall confirms that the
shuttered station that opened in 1964 as
WMIR-AM 1550 was broken into and
vandalized sometime between the hours of
11 p.m. Sunday October 25 and 5 a.m.
Monday, October 26.
As the sun came up that morning
observant drivers passing the familiar
brick one-story structure on the south side
of highway 50 could see that all the windows on the north and west side of the
building had been shattered and two entry
doors smashed in. A three-sided glass
foyer at the main entrance was also completely shattered with the interior of the
building left completely open to the elements. Temperatures dipped for the first
time into the high 30’s overnight as the
radio facility that had provided many
warm community memories remained in
the vandalized condition until a workman
hired by its new Milwaukee owner had the
windows and doorways boarded up.
“It makes me very sad to see that
someone would do this,” said Chris
Brooks, a retired Lake Geneva teacher and
live radio actress with the WGTD Radio
Theater’s 91.1 Players. “I remember being
in the station’s little one-room studio as a
teenager. All the high school forensic team
members went there to appear on the air.”
The hard day’s night for the tiny station with its twin towers and dual satellite
antennas was apparently tied to another
incident according to Hall.
“Walworth County Sheriff’s Dispatch
was notified of a nearby burglary at 7:30
a.m., about the same time we went to the
station, surveyed the damage and contacted the owner.”
Joel Kinlow of Milwaukee, who
bought the station last year for $100,000
after it went silent in January, 2014, could
not be reached for comment. Kinlow owns
Milwaukee gospel and talk station WGLBAM, which operates on the adjacent 1560
frequency. When the station, which last
operated as a satellite outlet of Catholic
Relevant Radio, was turned over for sale,
most of the contents consisted of outdated
computer and phone equipment from
when the station had personnel based there
in the years after 2000.
The station was briefly knocked off the
air in 2012 when vandals broke in and
stole all of the copper wiring in the building.
A source familiar with the new owners
confirms that the most valuable asset at the
facility, it’s sophisticated modern transmitting software and hardware, had been
removed by the new owners and is in use
up in Milwaukee. With the license
removed by request to the FCC shortly
after the sale, the transmitter was operational if only for a minimal signal required
for use in potential national emergencies.
Just prior to last year’s sale the station
still had hope of being sold for use as a
broadcast-originating facility.
“It’s ready to go with twin towers and
two satellite dishes that can download two
different streams of satellite programming” said the former the owner’s chief
engineer, Denver Plett, in mid 2014.
Plett says he had continued to receive
calls inquiring about the station from a
sign with his name, which is now still
taped to the hundreds of shards of glass
piled in the entryway, even though his
employers no longer own the yellow brick
The Walworth County Sheriff’s
Department is asking anyone who may
have information about the break-in and
vandalism, especially witnesses, to contact
Capt. Hall in Investigations at (262) 7414421 or via e-mail at [email protected]
The station operated under the WMIR
call letters between 1964 and 1995,
WAUX from 1995 to 2001 and finally
“It had local news and features and
commentaries” said Brooks of the station’s
original format, which is increasingly rare
in local radio as small family stations are
taken over by impersonal syndicators.
Brooks said her first radio experience was
reading her written speech at the station.
“I remember I was in the drug store
and we having sodas one day and all the
girls heard my mother’s birthday
announced. My mom wondered how so
many people knew to wish her Happy
Birthday that day,” says Brooks with a
smile. “We girls had entered her birthday
in the WMIR tent at the Walworth County
Fair a few weeks before.”
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Nov. 6, 2015 — 7
Eames family has been part of Walworth County for 178 years
By Dennis West
Retired newspaper publisher Frank
Eames, whose family owned the
Elkhorn Independent from 1898 until
1987, is understandably very interested
in history. His ancestors were among the
first to settle in Elkhorn. He appeared at
the Community Room of Matheson
Memorial Library on Monday, Oct. 26,
to tell, on behalf of the Walworth
County Historical Society, many interesting stories about the county and his
family’s part in its history.
Contrary to expectations, the
Wisconsin Territory wasn’t settled from
south to the north, but the other way
around. It was French trappers and
explorers who went from Detroit, up
Lake Huron and over to Green Bay who
first came to what was to become
“This part of the state wasn’t settled
until the 1830s, after the Blackhawk
War,” Eames told his audience. “When
surveyors plotted the lines in what was
to become a state, they noticed that
Walworth County was a perfect square.
They decided that a point in the exact
center of the county would be an appropriate place for a county seat. They
placed a stake at the exact center of the
county, which is still there in a manhole
on the Speedway property at the intersection of Lincoln and Geneva streets.
Eames’ great, great grandfather, Dan
Bradley sent his son, Milo, to build a
home in what would become Elkhorn.
He and his father came in 1837, cleared
the land and began to build a home for
the two families. Dan went back to New
York State to get the families.
“They built the first ‘log shanty’ in
Elkhorn,” Eames says. “They lived
downstairs and rented rooms to travelers
on the second floor. The guests ate their
meals with the family. One of the reasons for the popularity of the ‘hotel’ was
that Dan served liquor. Since the two
other settlements in the county, Delavan
and Spring Prairie, were dry temperance
towns, his inn was very popular with
most of the men passing through.
“My claim to fame may be that my
great, great grandfather was the first tavern keeper in Walworth County,” he
laughed. In fact the community was
called Bradley for awhile until it was
renamed Elkhorn. Land sold for $1.25
an acre.
Colonel Samuel Phoenix, who settled Delavan, was traveling home from
Milwaukee when he stopped to rest at
the present location of Elkhorn Area
High School. He happened to glance up
and saw a large rack of elk antlers in a
tree. Since they were too high to have
been left there by an elk, he realized they
must have been placed in the tree as
some sort of trail marker. He decided
that the settlement should be named Elk
Horn Prairie.
Former Elkhorn Independent owner Frank Eames entertains an audience at Matheson Memorial Library with stories about the rich history of
Walworth County and Elkhorn.
(Beacon photo)
“Some time later, Elkhorn pioneer
LeGrand Rockwell, who, along with the
Bradleys, Hollis Latham and John
Coleman had bought large tracts of land
in the area, removed the horns from the
tree and took them to his office/store and
hung them on the wall.
“At some point, his family loaned
the antlers to the county and they hung
in the light and water commission office.
In 1930, the last member of the
Rockwell family tried to sell them to the
city for $50, but the mayor was too
cheap to buy them.
“Rockwell took them to Delavan and
sold them to Mayor and County Board
member Ray Morrison, who hung them
over the back bar in his tavern, which
was located across from Tower Park.
“Frank Eames’ father and some of
his friends had decided that the antlers
belonged in the city that was name for
them. They went to Morrisey’s bar and
while they were enjoying a drink, sent
two of their number out back to create a
disturbance. When people went to see
what was happening, Eames and an
accomplice grabbed the antlers and went
out the front door.
“It was about then that some sense
started to prevail and the perpetrators
decided they should ask Morrisey if they
could have the antlers. Somewhat to
their surprise, he readily agreed that they
belonged in Elkhorn and said they could
have them on three conditions. First, he
wanted immunity from parking fines in
Elkhorn. Second, he wanted to be a
member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club that met in a local restaurant every Monday morning. And, third,
he wanted his picture on the front page
of the Elkhorn Independent.
The miscreants readily agreed to all
of the conditions and the antlers returned
to the place from whence they had come.
“They hung at city hall until it was
remodeled and they were given to the
Walworth County Historical Society
which has displayed them ever since at
the Webster House Museum.
According to Eames, Elkhorn’s first
paper was the Western Star, which was
established in 1845. There is a copy of
the first issue framed in the research
room of Matheson Memorial Library. At
the time of its founding, it was one of
only 13 newspapers in the Wisconsin
“Two brothers founded another
paper in 1853. It became a very political
publication. When their candidate lost in
1856, they closed it and sold the equipment to the Elkhorn Independent, which
had been established in 1854.
“It was about 1890 that my grandfa-
ther, F.H. Eames, began part time work
at the Independent as a printer while he
was still in high school. In 1898 he
became a full-time employee and in
1898 a part owner.” The family owned
the paper through three generations until
Frank sold it in 1987.
Frank’s father wanted to be an artist.
He enrolled at the Chicago Art Institute
and was studying there when his father
died in 1919. His mother tried to run the
paper for two years with the help of editor Walter Strong. When Strong left, she
hired a typically hard-drinking editor
who was prone to making mistakes.
“In March, 1921, the paper ran a
story announcing that Elkhorn would
hold Easter services to commemorate
the birth of Christ. When she got dozens
of Christmas cards as a result, she called
her son, Claude, told him he had to come
home to run the paper and dismissed the
man she had hired. Which is how my
father, against his wishes, got into the
“My father’s name was Claude, but
everyone knew him by his nickname,
“He and his elder brother, Cliff, were
swimming beneath a railroad trestle one
hot summer day when some older boys
passed above and began spitting on
them. Claude’s brother reached down
and grabbed a big clump of mud, flung it
at the boys above and missed. The
goopy handful landed on his brother,
who was immediately christened ‘Mud.’
When people called him that, he
expressed his displeasure in no uncertain
terms, guaranteeing that the nickname
would stick.
“In 1918, just after he graduated
from high school, Mud and a couple of
friends thought it would be fun to make
a dummy and place it on one side of a
hump-backed railroad bridge. When
cars came over the hump and ran over
the dummy, the boys screamed and
groaned to scare the driver. According to
Mud, no one ever stopped.
“The boys soon tired of the prank,
left the dummy by the side of the road
and went home. Some other wag came
along and placed the dummy on the railroad tracks. When a train came along,
the engineer applied the brakes, but
couldn’t stop in time to avoid running
over what he thought was a person on
the tracks. He climbed down from the
cab, couldn’t find the victim and hotfooted it to the nearest farmhouse where
he called for help.
“A policeman, doctor and undertaker
soon appeared, but couldn’t find
whomever, or whatever, it was that had
been run over.
“My grandfather thought it was so
funny that he ran a front page story
about it. In fact, everyone but the railroad thought it was hilarious.
(Continued on page 10)
He al th & Fi tne s s
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Medicare provides free annual
wellness visits for seniors
Mercy Health System urges senior
citizens on Medicare to take advantage
of free wellness visits offered by the program.
Although Medicare doesn’t pay for
routine yearly preventive physical
examinations, it does offer two types of
wellness visits at no charge: A one-time
Welcome to Medicare visit and an annual wellness visit.
Within the first 12 months after
enrollment, Medicare Part B covers the
Welcome to Medicare Visit, which
includes a review of your medical and
social history related to your health, and
education and counseling about preventive services such as certain screenings,
shots and referrals for other care that is
“The visit is a great way to get up-todate with your doctor about how to stay
healthy,” says Ladd Udy, Manager of
Mercy’s Accountable Care Program.
“You are eligible for your first Annual
Wellness Visit if you have been enrolled
in Medicare for more than 12 months
and haven’t had a Welcome to Medicare
Visit in the past 12 months.”
During a Welcome to Medicare
visit, the doctor will: record your medical history; check your height, weight
and blood pressure; calculate your body
mass index; give you a simple vision test
and, if you wish, talk with you about
end-of-life planning, including advance
Advance directives are legal documents that allow patients to put in writing what kind of health care they would
want if they were to ill to speak for
“Talking to family, friends and
health care providers about your wishes
is important, but the legal documents
make sure your wishes are followed,”
explains Udy.
Depending on your general health
and medical history, the doctor may
order further tests. The patient will get
advice to help prevent disease,
improve their health and stay well.
They will also get a written plan (like a
checklist) letting them know which
screenings and other preventive services they need.
Someone going to a Welcome to
Medicare Visit should plan to take: medical and immunization records. If you
have a new doctor, call your former doctor to get copies of these records.
Patients should also have a family health
history to help a doctor determine if you
are at risk for certain diseases and a list
of prescription and over-the-counter
drugs that you are taking, how often you
take them and why.
The Annual Wellness Visit has a lot
in common with the Welcome Visit. The
main difference is the timing. Patients
are eligible for the Welcome Visit within
the first 12 months after enrollment to
Medicare. The annual Wellness Visit can
take place every 12 months, and the first
visit can be scheduled either 12 months
after the Welcome Visit or after more
than 12 months of your enrollment in
The Welcome and Annual visits differ from an annual physical in that, in
addition to collecting a medical history,
a physical may include a vital signs
check, lung exam, head and neck exam,
abdominal exam, neurological exam,
dermatological exam and extremities
exam. Clinical and laboratory tests are
not included in either the Welcome or
Annual Wellness visits. If your doctor
needs to evaluate and treat a medical
condition during one of these wellness
visits, he or she would need to list that as
a separate service and the cost of the
tests would be applied to your
deductible or copay.
There is no deductible or copay for
either the Welcome to Medicare or
Annual Wellness Visit, but either could
result in out-of-pocket expenses if additional services are ordered beyond the
purpose of the wellness visit.
It is important to realize that, when
scheduling the appointment, you should
point out that it is for a wellness visit,
rather than an annual physical, which
isn’t covered as a preventive service by
Medicare and will be applied directly to
a deductible or copay.
People ask whether Medicare covers
other kinds of doctor exams. They do. If
a patient experiences physical symptoms
or complaints after a Welcome or
Annual Wellness Visit, he or she can
schedule a problem-oriented visit or
“sick visit” with a doctor. The fees for
the exam and related medical tests will
be submitted to Medicare and applied to
the deductible or copay.
A Guide to Medicare’s Preventive
Services explains in detail which are
covered and how often. The guide may
be obtained online by logging on to
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For either types of wellness visit,
contact your primary care provider or if
you don’t have one, call toll-free (888)
396-3729 to find one in your area who is
taking patients.
Two trick-or-treaters take a time out in the movie theater display during Geneva Lake Museumʼs Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 25. Dark-lights,
screams and frights played Trick or Treat as more than 200 children showed
up to walk down the old Main Street inside the museum to find witches, goblins, candy and cookies.
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Mercy Walworth Hospital to host
Holiday Market on November 9, 10
The Annual Association of Volunteers’ Holiday Market will be held at
Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical
Center, N2950 State Road 67, Lake
Geneva, on November 9 and 10, from
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Products available for
purchase will include holiday textiles,
home décor and framed artwork, jewelry, gifts for children and babies, and
much more. Attendees will save 25 percent on all items.
Proceeds from this event are used
to fund important projects like medical
education scholarships, equipment purchases and funding for Hospice Care,
for Mercy Walworth Hospital and
Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and
Trauma Center, and Mercy Harvard
The Mercy Health System Association of Volunteers works to provide the
highest quality of volunteer services for
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October is National Chiropractic Health Month
By Dr. Bernice Elliott
Please take a moment to think about
your spine and what you have been
doing to care for
it. Good posture
health go hand
in hand. Many
times when you
someone being
seen by a chiropractor it is because he or she
is having back
pain. While ma- Dr. Bernice Elliott
ny times this
may be the case, being in pain should
not be the only time to be seen by a chiropractor.
As you would go to the dentist for
periodic checkups on your teeth, so
should you have periodic spinal and posture checkups.
You may ask, “ What are some indicators for having my spine evaluated,
even if I am not having pain?”
When you look at yourself in the
mirror is one shoulder higher than the
other? Is one hip higher than the other?
Do you carry your head forward, which
means your ears don’t line up with your
If any of these imbalances are visible, you should have a posture and
spinal evaluation done. If you’re still
not sure, we can perform a posture scan
to show you your posture spinal imbalances. The posture scan is a digital scan
that will give you a good indicator as to
whether you need further evaluation.
Maintaining your spine with chiropractic care helps retain good posture, it
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Stop in and let us help you.
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Nursing Career Days events for high
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speaking with current Mercy nurses.
• November 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and
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Refreshments will be provided and
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With Stroke, Every Minute Counts
Stroke is the third leading cause of
death in the United States and is also a
significant cause of long-term disability
in adults. About 600,000 strokes are
reported each year in the U.S.
Stroke, or as it is sometimes called,
“brain attack,” is a sudden disruption of
the blood supply to a part of the brain.
When this occurs, brain cells in that area
begin to die from lack of oxygen and
nutrients. Without these, brain tissue
starts to die rapidly, resulting in a sudden
loss of function.
There are three major types of
strokes: thrombotic, embolic and hemorrhagic. The most common type, thrombotic, occurs when arteries in the brain
become partly closed by fatty deposits.
Blood flow around these deposits is
slowed and clots can form and lodge in a
clogged vessel.
In an embolic stroke, a floating clot
becomes lodged in a cerebral (brain) artery
and blocks the blood flow. Thrombotic and
embolic strokes are also known as
ischemic strokes, or strokes caused by an
obstruction of a blood vessel.
The remaining 20 percent of strokes
are hemorrhagic, and are caused by a
blood vessel that breaks and bleeds into
the brain; the fatality rate from this type
of stroke is extremely high.
Brain attack is a medical emergency
and every minute counts when someone
is having one. The longer the blood flow
is cut off from the brain, the greater the
Ischemic strokes can be treated with
a t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator), a
drug that dissolves blood clots that block
blood flow to the brain. The window of
opportunity to start t-PA treatment of a
stroke is three hours. In order to be properly diagnosed, however, a patient needs
to arrive at a hospital within 60 minutes.
Because every minute counts, it is
extremely important to recognize the
symptoms of a stroke and act quickly.
Symptoms occur suddenly and differ
depending on the part of the brain affected multiple symptoms generally arise
simultaneously. These can include:
• Numbness or weakness of the face,
arm or leg (especially on one side of the
• Confusion, trouble speaking or
understanding speech.
• Deafness or ringing in the ears.
• Difficulty swallowing, talking or
comprehending others.
• Dizziness or falling.
• Trouble walking, loss of balance or
• Sudden severe or unusual headache.
• Abrupt personality disturbance.
If you believe someone is having a
stroke, call 911 immediately!
T.I.A.s, or transient ischemic attacks,
serve as warning signs for a stroke.
T.I.A.s, also known as mini-strokes, are a
temporary blockage of the blood supply
to the brain caused by a blood clot. T.I.A.
symptoms are very similar to stroke
symptoms but usually last less than 10
minutes, although they may persist as
long as 24 hours.
People often ignore the symptoms of
T.I.A. because they are temporary, but
T.I.A. is a serious condition and those
who have one are at a significantly
increased of having a full-blown stroke
in the near future.
With either a stroke or T.I.A., diagnosis can include one or more of the following: blood tests, a neurological and
physical exam, an examination of your
medical history and a variety of imaging
The best treatment for a stroke is prevention. Attention to lifestyle habits and
underlying diseases that are linked to
strokes can reduce your risk substantially. The following risk factors, which you
can control, increase your chance of having a stroke:
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease
• Obesity
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Drinking alcohol excessively
• Smoking
• Diabetes
• High cholesterol levels, particularly
LDL (low density lipoprotein).
If you smoke, quit. If you have high
blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or
high cholesterol, get and keep them under control. Exercise regularly, eat a
healthy diet low in saturated fat and high
in fiber, and drink in moderation (no
more than two drinks a day for men or
one for women). This will greatly reduce
your chances of having a stroke.
Remember, if a stroke or T.I.A. is
suspected, don’t delay in calling for
emergency medical help. Every minute
Mercy HealthLine is a paid column.
For information on this or dozens of
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Learn how to adapt a home for
a person with Alzheimer’s disease
The Alzheimer’s Association will
present a program on “Adapting the
Home Environment for a Person with
Dementia” on Monday, November 9
from 10 a.m. to noon at Delavan
Community Center, 826 East Geneva
Street, in Delavan.
The two hour program will review
how Alzheimer’s disease and other
dementias affect the brain and the perception of one’s environment. Tips will
be shared on how to make changes in the
home to decrease safety risks, how to
promote personal independence and
how to address the triggers for some
behavioral challenges that may occur
during the disease process.
This program is being provided by
the Alzheimer’s Association at no
charge, and is open to all family caregivers. Registration is required. To register contact Bonnie Beam Stratz at (920)
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The Alzheimer's Association is the
leading voluntary health organization in
Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement
of research; to provide and enhance care
and support for all affected; and to
reduce the risk of dementia through the
promotion of brain health. The organization’s vision is a world without
Alzheimer's. For more information
about Alzheimer’s disease and local
services visit or call
the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7
Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
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Continued from page 7
They sent a couple of detectives who
searched until they found the remains.
They discovered the name ‘F.H. Eames’
on a label of the coat, which was part of
the editor’s wedding suit.
“Mud was arrested and sentenced to
community service, which he said was a
much lighter penalty than the wrath of
his father.”
Eames told his Monday night audience that probably the biggest story the
paper had covered was the apprehension
of the gangster Roger “The Terrible”
Touhy and his gang.
“Touhy was on the Ten Most Wanted
list when he and three of his gang were
driving down Highway 12. When they
reached a point about where Tibbetts
Church is, they ran off the road and
snapped a telephone pole. A neighbor
called the Elkhorn Police and said a car
with front end damage was headed their
“Officer Harry Ward, who was relaxing in a local watering hole without his
uniform or weapon, drove north, flagged
down the car and told the occupants they
would have to pay for the damage. He
hopped onto the running board and guided the driver to the police station.
“While the arrestees were cooling
their heels and the officers were trying to
find someone from the phone company
to tell them how much it would cost to
fix the pole, a couple of officers walked
out to look at the gangsters’ car. When
they opened the trunk they found an
arsenal, including a Thompson submachine gun.
“One of the officers called a friend of
his who worked for a newspaper in
Chicago and described the felons. The
man called him back and said they had
probably apprehended one of America’s
most-wanted criminals. The feds came
to take them away and Touhy was sent to
prison. A few years later, he escaped and
there were people in Elkhorn who were
Ryan rising
Continued from page 5
But the deal, like the House vote in
favor of renewing the Export-Import
Bank (which Ryan opposed), put competent government ahead of partisan
For Ryan to build on those successes, he will need the sensible majority
of his conference to take responsibility
and stop buckling to fears of primary
challenges from the far right. “I know
many of you want to show the country
how to fix our tax code, how to rebuild
our military, how to strengthen the
safety net, and how to lift people out
of poverty,” Ryan said in a statement
to his party colleagues.
History shows that even during
election years, and even when government is divided, big legislative accomplishments are possible. Bipartisan
welfare reform was signed under both
such circumstances during the presidential campaign of 1996. Bipartisan
tax reform and immigration reform
were passed during the run-up to the
1986 midterms.
Ryan is young, ambitious and no
doubt eager to succeed. But he can’t
do it alone. If conservative lawmakers
can push back against the anti-government fringe, the nation will benefit –
and so will their party.
The preceding was written by the
Bloomberg editorial board.
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Distributed by Tribune Content
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looking over their shoulders until Touhy
was gunned down by someone he had
Frank Eames, who was born in 1929,
says he grew up in the back room of the
Elkhorn Independent. He was studying
at Beloit College in 1950 when his
father joined a group of newspaper editors on a Caribbean cruise on a destroyer sponsored by the Department of
Defense. Frank took a break from school
to edit the paper and continued to work
at it part time until he graduated. He
took over in 1960 and ran the paper until
he sold it in 1987.
He owned the historic building on
Walworth Avenue, the inside of which
looked like a Norman Rockwell painting
of a newspaper office, until about three
years ago. When he was clearing out the
equipment, someone on the Historical
Society board suggested they move it to
the former Betts Funeral Home, which
had become part of the Webster House
Museum complex. They are in the
process of putting together an old-time
print shop.
“We will finish it this winter,” says
Eames. “By next summer, members of
the public will be able to visit and see
Eli Edington and Trent Smith sell donuts and caramel apples during
what it was like to be a printer and newsthe Boo In The Bay pumpkin race on Saturday, Oct. 24.
(Beacon photo)
paper publisher ‘way back when’.”
“Through patient education based
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develop goal-oriented wellness
plans for today and the future
during each patient encounter.”
Kamil Krukowski, DO
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Mercy Health System welcomes Dr. Krukowski to
the staff of Mercy Lake Geneva Medical Center,
where he joins family medicine physician, Gary
Myron, MD, and podiatrist, Mark Pfeifer, DPM.
Dr. Krukowski speaks fluent Polish.
His special interests include:
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• Smoking cessation
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• Wellness exams for all ages
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Elks to host Thanksgiving dinner
Once again this year the WalworthLakeland Elks will host a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for people who might otherwise
do without, or have no family with
whom to celebrate the holiday.
The dinner will be served at the
Community Building in the Town of
Delavan Park, Highway 50 and South
Lakeshore Drive, on Thursday, Nov. 26,
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All food is being donated, cooked
and served by volunteers. Transportation
to and from the Town Park in the
Delavan/Elkhorn area may be obtained
by calling 749-4621.
To schedule food delivery to the elderly and/or homebound, call the same
number. Delivery will be compliments
of Boy Scout Troop 328, Cub Scout
Pack 327 and Venturing Crew 2010.
For more information, or to make a
donation, call Chris at 745-4043 or Patti
at 745-9473.
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Artist Lester Crisman was named Artist of the Month by the Geneva Lake Art
Association for November. His work can be seen at the Lake Genevav Library, 918 W.
Main Street during regular Library hours throughout November. Crisman enjoys capturing photos of nature, animals, sunrises, sunsets, and also creating abstract pictures
of patterns, and shadows. He has won awards and ribbons exhibiting at the GLAA
gallery, Walworth County Fair, Fran Achen Photography Exhibit, and at the State
Wisconsin Regional Art Show in Madison. His photos also have been exhibited in “Art
in the Park” and at Daddy Maxwellʼs in Williams Bay.
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Drug take-back
is a big success
Following the Prescription Drug
Take Back initiative held on October 17,
the cooperative efforts of the Walworth
County Sheriff’s Office, Elkhorn, Lake
Geneva, Sharon and Whitewater Police
Departments resulted in the delivery of
487 pounds of old prescription and overthe-counter medications to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Sheriff
Picknell thanked members of the community for their participation in the program and says he looks forward to its
continued success on future collection
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“My goal is to provide the very
best in dermatology care in a
way that is supportive and
empowering to my patients.”
Kevin M. Burns, PA-C
Dermatology physician assistant
Mercy Walworth Dermatology is happy to welcome
Kevin Burns, PA-C, to its staff. He joins board certified
dermatologist Marguerite Compton, MD, in providing
exceptional dermatologic care.
Kevin’s areas of special interest include:
• Moles
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Fort McCoy trains a record
number of soldiers in 2015
The Steve Meisner Band entertains at the Town of Delavanʼs Oktoberfest in
the Community Building on Saturday, Oct. 24.
(Beacon photo)
By Hope Kirwan
A record number of people went
through military training at Wisconsin’s
Fort McCoy again this year, according
to U.S. Army officials.
The exercises drew 155,000 personnel from across the U.S. and Canada.
Fort McCoy exceeded last year’s
record attendance by more than 10,000
people and has reached capacity during
the regular training season from May to
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“As a family physician, it is essential
U.S. Army Col. Steven Nott said the
fort’s record numbers aren’t an accident
and come from a renewed focus on
training after their overseas mobilization
mission ended in late 2011.
“In early 2012, we really took a hard
look at what that means and where we
should go,” Nott said. “So, we identified
what we thought were going to be the most
likely future needs of the military for training.”
Nott said Fort McCoy has developed
several original programs for the army
and is one of only a few bases that hosts
training exercises involving multiple
branches of the military.
“We have some very special capabilities especially in urban training,” he
said. “Some of the products that we have
developed are home grown and are quite
literally unique in the army as well.”
Nott said Fort McCoy hopes to
maintain their high attendance numbers
and even expand opportunities to train
more personnel during the off-season.
“We can still grow more in the winter training realm,” Nott said. “We’re
doing things right now to make that happen to include acquiring the most recent
and up-to-date, newly fielded equipment
in the department of the army for winter
Fort McCoy is located in western
Wisconsin’s Monroe County and is the
state’s largest military base.
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His special interests include:
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Unless it has a sail and runners,
itʼs time to put it away for the winter.
Was this driver the second Canadian to apply for this plate, or does it
mean there are two of them?
What does cat man do?
This plate brings back memories
of pastrami at the Carnegie Deli with a
dill pickle, and, of course, cheesecake.
14 — The Beacon
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Holiday donations being sought
for needy Walworth Co. families
With the holidays approaching, the
Walworth County Department of Health
and Human Services is once again seeking support from the community in
remembering families who are in need.
In 2014, the department’s annual
Holiday Care Program served 411 families that included 873 children.
The Holiday Care Program is seeking donations of new toys and clothing
for children and money to purchase gift
certificates for food. The Holiday Care
Program is a cooperative effort between
the Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy
Association, and the Health and Human
Services Department. Community partners are integral in helping to provide
assistance to the growing number of
families every year who are not able to
afford a holiday dinner and gifts.
Organizers say all donations go
directly to the program participants and
are not used for administrative expenses.
The generosity of the people and busi-
nesses of Walworth County are what
make the program successful every year.
Donations can be delivered to the
Department of Health and Human
Services Center, Attention: Holiday
Care at W4051 County Road NN,
Elkhorn (just west of Aurora Lakeland
Medical Center). Collection boxes are
also located at all county buildings and
at various businesses throughout the
county. Monetary donations are also
accepted and checks should be made
payable to Walworth County Holiday
Care and sent to the attention of the
Holiday Care Program at Walworth
County Department of Health and
Human Services (WCDHHS), P.O. Box
1005, Elkhorn, WI 53121.
Individuals or groups who wish to
donate to the 2015 Holiday Care
Program should contact Patricia
Crement at 741-3746, (800) 365-1587,
or by e-mail at [email protected]
As the holiday season approaches,
many people will be cooking and entertaining. Food safety is a major issue for
everyone. Here are some tips to help.
Keep everything clean
• Wash hands under warm water with
soap before preparing food.
• Wash fruits and vegetables under
cold running water before cooking or
eating them raw.
• Wash dishes, cutting boards, utensils and countertops thoroughly with hot
soapy water. Use clean dish cloths, not
sponges, as they trap and spread germs.
• When using a cutting board, wash it
thoroughly with hot soapy water
between uses for different foods, especially after using it to cut raw meat. It’s
preferable to have one different colored
cutting board for meats and one for
fruits and vegetables.
Food preparation
Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator, under cold running water or in the
microwave. Never thaw meat on the
counter or in a bowl of standing water.
Cook foods thoroughly and use a clean
meat thermometer. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the
meat or roast.
Cook to the following internal temperatures:
• Roasts, steaks, and seafood 145°F
• Ground beef 160°F
• Whole poultry 180°F
The Walworth County WIC program
can help with food safety guidance,
along with nutrition guidance and
healthy food benefits for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding mothers, and
children up to the age of 5. With the new
eWIC card, shopping with WIC benefits
is even easier. Anyone who would like
more information about nutrition or to
see if they qualify for WIC (The Special
Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and Children), call the
office at 741-3146.
DeAnna Miller, CWI Board member and volunteer, prepares boxes for shipping
food packages to people in need around the world. This yearʼs food packaging event
will be held December 4 and 5 at Geneva Ridge on Highway 50 in Lake Geneva.
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Children’s World Impact (CWI) will
host its seventh Annual Food Packaging
Event on December 4 and 5 at Geneva
Ridge Resort. Volunteers will package
150,000 meals for hungry children
around the world, with 50,000 of those
meals staying here in Walworth County
for families in need.
Over the past six years, CWI has
packaged and shipped almost a million
meals to orphanages and schools in Haiti
and Africa. CWI has donated 100,000 of
the meals they packaged to Feeding
Walworth County which helps distribute
large amounts of food four times each
year to 23 local food pantries.
According to organizers, more than
500 volunteers are needed to help package the meals. Volunteers can choose
from five different 90 minute sessions
on Friday evening or Saturday morning.
Anyone who is interested in helping can
register online at: www.CW or by
calling (844) 444-2900. There is no cost
to volunteer, but there is a suggested
donation of $25 per person. Groups and
supervised children are welcome to participate.
Donations to cover the cost of the
food and packaging supplies may be
sent to Children’s World Impact, 431
Geneva National Ave., S, Lake Geneva.
Children’s World Impact is a local nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty for
orphans and widows in southern
Wisconsin and around the world. More
information about CWI may be obtained
by calling Judy Moser at (262) 686-3131
or visiting www.CW
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A very merry unbirthday to you
A group of lumberjacks with their tools in northern Wisconsin.
(Wisconsin State Historical Society)
The champion lumberjack
and his wooden leg
Fist fights were to loggers what gunfights were to cowboys. “One crew was
always ready to fight any other crew,”
one veteran recalled, “and when we was
in some lumbering town it was often
In the early 1890s, Bat Meagher, “a
hard-boiled and hairy giant” from
Marinette was widely feared. But one
winter he heard about a fighter who said
he could lick him; a logger-turned-bartender named Pete Curtis, the
“Champeen of Michigan.” When spring
came, Meagher crossed the state line to
Curtis’s tavern in Hardwood, Mich.
A crowd was waiting when he burst
through the door. The fight began immediately and both men were soon bloody.
As the fight dragged on, neither would
go down.
Eventually Meagher lifted Curtis up
and threw him over a cast-iron stove.
The blow momentarily knocked the
wind out of the Champeen, but he pulled
himself up and charged his opponent
with renewed fury. Meagher halted in
amazement, because when Curtis rose,
his right leg was turned entirely around
with the toes facing backwards.
“Hold on,” Meagher shouted, “You
win. Any man that’ll look for more with
a broken leg is too much for me. I’m
through.” And he stumbled out the tavern door.
Meagher didn’t know that Curtis had
lost his lower leg years earlier in a logging accident and been fitted with a
wooden one. The prosthetic had twisted
around backwards and stunned
Wisconsin’s best fighter. He disappeared
down the tote road and history doesn’t
record whether he ever learned the truth.
This and many other fascinating stories about history in Wisconsin are available on the website of the Wisconsin
Historical Society,
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Thanksgiving is a time of reflection
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review the year and pick one thing for
which I am especially thankful. This
year I’m thankful for fun.
months ago I had
an idea – and
what fun it was
to see it bloom to
life this past
week. It had been
a while since our
family had a
party, so the idea
came to me to
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Turvy UnbirthMarjie Reed
day Tea Party for
our grandkids, their parents and a few of
my close friends. As with most of my
ideas, it started simply, but didn’t stay
simple for long.
I remembered the delicious A lice in
Wonderland movie and the hysterical
March Hare and Mad Hatter singing about their very merry UNbirthdays at
their Unbirthday party; thus, my idea
was born.
The Topsy Turvy part of it got my
brain really going and I Googled topsy
turvy party ideas. I was amazed at all the
items that popped up.
I found cute party plates with colorful tea cups tentatively balanced on each
other from a company called “Punchbowl.” Such a silly party needed to be
colorful so I also ordered plastic table
covers in yellow and green, purple plastic knives, turquoise forks and red
spoons. Napkins were pink and orange.
That was all I could afford to order,
although the ideas were endless and very
cute. Everything was of good quality
and inexpensive, so I was pleased when
the box arrived.
I made invitations featuring the
March Hare and Mad Hatter which
turned out to be very funny. Everybody
was told to wear dressy clothes and
something pretty or something funny in
his or her hair.
Since it was an unbirthday party, we
needed presents. Everyone was asked to
bring one gift-wrapped can of food that
would later be taken to the food pantry.
We played a fun game seeing who could
guess closest to what was in each package before it was unwrapped. Everyone
loved the idea of helping the food
We had six pots of different types of
tea which we had fun sampling. One
type everyone especially enjoyed is a
flowering tea. The “flowers” start out as
hard little balls of tea leaves. When
added to hot water in a clear tea pot, the
hard knot of a ball magically begins to
soften and open into a flower.
The partially opened tea-flower
floats at the top of the pot for a few minutes until it becomes saturated. It then
drops to the bottom of the pot as it continues to unwrap into an amazing tealeaf flower offering fragrant and beautiful tea.
It’s mesmerizing to watch and was
probably the only quiet few minutes of
the entire party. (Target and World
Market sell the clear pots and flowering
tea online and sometimes in their stores.)
I had made a couple kinds of cookies
and was to make more, but I ran into
trouble with my back early in the week,
so my daughters and granddaughters
sweetly bailed me out and started baking.
When things settled down a bit at the
party, we did a fun craft and read a few
Bible verses around the table. By this
time, the hands of the clock had swung
around to 5 p.m. and dinner time.
We had CAKE for dinner! I really
had to laugh as the kids all asked, “We
really get to just have cake for dinner?”
That’s where the topsy turvy part of the
party helped it all make sense. Truth be
told, we were full up on cookies and tea,
but by 5 p.m. we needed just a little
something and cake filled the bill.
I used my grandmother’s spring
form pan to make her chocolate mousse
cake with lady fingers. It tasted wonderful and was the perfect end to a crazy
Topsy Turvy Unbirthday Tea Party.
Dear God,
Life with our kids can be quite
topsy-turvy when they get themselves
into “hot water” situations. Help us as
parents to take a deep breath, try to stay
calm and use these situations as teaching
Please remind us that hot water has a
way of softening things and by handling
“hot water” situations wisely, our child’s
hard heart can soften and change, resulting in a blossoming and beautiful spirit.
This year, I wish a fun and Happy
Thanksgiving and a very merry Unbirthday to all my Beacon readers.
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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I drew a cartoon to illustrate the reception
Clinton was likely to receive from conservative Christians, featuring a kid announcing her as the Antichrist. It seemed like a
pretty good joke at the time. After Obama
won the election, though, religious right
websites were pushing the ominous possibility that he was the Antichrist — and
they were not joking at all.
This time around, Clinton will probably not be trolling for votes in the mega
churches. Her current rival, Sanders, has
pushed her in a more progressive direction
that promises to pay bigger dividends in
the primaries. She has also gone out of her
way to connect on a personal level with
individual voters and to show her funny
side on “Saturday Night Live” and “The
Tonight Show.”
A win this time is far from guaranteed,
but Hillary Clinton is working hard to
avoid the mistakes of her crimped campaign in 2007.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David
Horsey is a political commentator for the
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Pet Questions and Answers
Q: My kids finally broke me down,
and I agreed to get a dog, the first either
my husband or I ever had. Of course, we
went onto the Internet to research the
breeds, and we are 100 percent confused
as to which we should get. Should we
get a pure breed or a mixed breed, contact a breeder or rescue a dog from a
A: This is not an easy question to
answer, as all dogs make good pets. That
being said, some dogs have physical and
mental abilities that make them easier
for some humans to raise. Note I say
easier and not better. If you don’t have
time to comb a dog daily, then don’t get
a dog with long hair unless you are prepared to take it to a groomer regularly.
Better to get a short-haired dog to begin
with. If you don’t have time to take a
dog outside to be exercised two or three
times a day and can’t afford a dog-walker, then don’t get a breed that needs lots
of outdoor time. Instead, get a small dog
that can tire itself out by chasing a ball
around the living room. If you are a control freak and need a dog that pays attention to your every command, then don’t
get a breed of dog that was selectively
bred to think for itself and make its own
These are the things that you should
be researching. The dog doesn’t have to
be a puppy, either. An older dog that is
down on its luck and in a shelter for
whatever reason is a good option. After
you adopt the dog, you just take it home
and walk in the door with it and feed it
and let it pick out a place to sleep and,
presto, you have a dog. You don’t have
to housetrain it or do anything else.
The best dog I ever had was Barney,
a medium-size mixed-breed setter-looking dog, 5 or 6 years old, that I just happened to find in a shelter. He had been
dumped there because he had chronic
gingivitis that even my vets couldn’t fix.
And he had horrible and expensive dental problems for the 10 years I had him.
There was just something about him that
appealed to me. Our connection was
instantaneous, and he never stopped
going out of his way to help me and did
his best to do whatever he could to make
my life easier. I never felt worthy of his
Q: We have two male cats that are
brothers whom we adopted as very
young kittens when we found them
abandoned in our backyard. We raised
them and got them neutered and they are
house cats and lead a luxurious life.
They get along very well. One cat is
clearly the boss and is dominant to the
other, but there is never any conflict
between the two. However we notice
that the dominant cat rubs against our
legs all the time. Sometimes when he
rubs against my wife he almost knocks
her down, especially when she comes
home from work. The submissive cat
never does this, and we wonder if you
can explain this behavior.
A: Rubbing itself against your leg is
not really a sign that a cat is feeling
affection toward you. Rather, it is an
issue of reassurance that all is well in its
home territory. Cats have scent glands
on their chin, forehead, cheeks, rump,
toes and tail, and these glands can all put
forth a small amount of scent that we
can’t detect but other cats can.
You and your wife are the most
important assets in the lives of your cats
and the dominant one just wants to be
sure that the two of you are well marked
and labeled as such in case any other
cats think they can muscle in on his territory. When your wife comes home
from work, most of the scent that he laid
on her is gone and that is why he is so
eager to mark her again to reassure himself that his job of keeping his territory
safe for him and his brother is done.
Q: How often does a bird’s cage need
to be cleaned? We have an African grey
parrot in a huge cage, and my wife takes
it apart and cleans the whole thing every
day. The job seems to create a lot of
drama. This bird is the cleanest pet I
ever had – his poop doesn’t smell at all
and he eats these dry pellets that make
very little mess. I was wondering how
important it is that she go through this
A: I have to agree with your wife on
this one. A bird’s cage needs to be
cleaned as often as possible. Even
though a bird’s poop may not smell and
is much less offensive than that of a dog
or cat, the dried poop creates a lot of
dust that is offensive to some humans
and birds as well.
Another problem is that a bird must
never come into contact with any molted
feathers that are lying at the bottom of its
cage. This is very, very important. In the
natural world when a feather falls off a
bird it gets blown away, and the bird
never has any chance to interact with it.
A pet bird sitting in a cage can go down
to the bottom and pick up a stray feather
and play with it. The bird may soon
become enamored of it. So if a bird gets
used to thinking of a feather as a plaything, there is nothing to stop it from
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pulling out its own feathers and playing
with them when it runs out of stray
feathers at the bottom of its cage. This
can lead to many of the feather-plucking
behaviors that some pet birds suffer
from, and the best way to keep this habit
from starting is to keep the cage as clean
as possible.
Q: We don’t know what to do with
our kitty. She’s a rescue and we have had
her for almost nine months. She’s wild
and runs all over the house from room to
room, sliding over rugs, up and down
furniture. She loves to play, but is
always climbing on something she
shouldn’t – window screens, kitchen
counter, windowsills, etc. We’ve tried
scolding and spraying with water, but
neither works. Does anyone “obedience
train” cats?
A: You need to get the idea that the
cat is doing something wrong out of
your head. Cats have no idea of right and
wrong behavior. There is not a thing in
the world that a cat would think of as
something that should not be climbed on
except perhaps an electric fence.
Otherwise, the world is theirs for the
taking and spraying it with water just
reinforces the cat’s idea of how ridiculous and random your actions are.
You have to get the cat a couple of
those big cat trees that have shelves and
tunnels on them and put them in her
favorite rooms.
Make the cat tree even more attractive by rubbing catnip all over it. This is
more fun for her to play on than your
couch. Get a big cardboard box and tape
the top closed and then cut a few holes in
the sides so that she can crawl through
the holes and explore the inside of the
box. Something like this can keep her
busy for a long time and thus tire her out
and divert her attention from the household objects that she is knocking over.
To keep her from jumping onto the
kitchen countertops, you can put a few
strips of double-sided tape on them so
that when she does jump on the counter
she will feel the sticky tape touching her
paws and decide for herself that this is
not a nice place to be.
If she likes to jump on the windowsills, install a couple of those cat
window seats in front of her favorite
windows so she can lie there and look
out the window as long as she wants,
thus leaving the curtains alone.
Only by looking at the situation from
the animal’s point of view can you
understand why it is doing what it is
doing, and when you understand that,
you can trick it into making your choices its choices.
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Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth
Ave., Delavan. Library Hours: Mon. - Thurs.,
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Thanksgiving holiday hours: Wednesday,
Nov. 25, close at 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26,
closed; Friday, November 27, closed.
• Food for Fines, November 1 to 30. Do
your part to replenish food pantry supplies at
the same time you reduce your overdue
library fines. For each nonperishable food
item you bring in, we’ll take $1 off your
overdue fines. All donations must be in good
condition and not past their expiration or
sell-by dates. (Ramen noodles and gelatin
mixes will not be accepted.) Food for Fines
does not apply to charges for damaged or lost
• LEGO Club, 1st and 3rd Monday at 4
p.m. Give our LEGO blocks a workout building anything from a dinosaur to a spaceship.
Work in teams or individually, give your creation a name, then see it displayed in the children’s library.
• Knit and Crochet Club, Mondays, Nov
2 and 9 and Wednesday, Nov 18 at 6 p.m. For
all ages and experience levels. Bring your
own project to work on, share your expertise,
and learn from others.
• Storytime with Ms. Denise Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Crisp air, crunchy
leaves, and story time at the library. What
could be better? Themes this month are:
November 11, Pumpkins, and November 18
– Gobble, Gobble.
• Tech Tutorials, Wednesdays from 9:30
to 11 a.m. Registration is required. Sign up
for a 45-minute one-on-one session with a
librarian for assistance with anything computer-related. Bring in your own device or
use one of the library’s computers.
• Book Buzz: Parent-Child Book Club,
Wednesday, November 11 at 4 p.m. A brand
new book club aimed at 8-12-year-olds and
their parents. Meet the second Wednesday of
every month at 4 p.m. to discuss a chosen
book, have snacks, and do an activity or
craft. Parents are invited, but not required, to
participate. This month’s book will be
“Wonder,” by R. J. Palacio. Contact the
library if you’d like a copy of the book
reserved for you.
• Elephant and Piggie Party, Monday,
November 16 at 1 p.m. We love Elephant
and Piggie! Let’s celebrate the fact that they
are awesomely hilarious with funny stories,
crafts, and snacks.
• Tween & Teen: Warm n Cozy No-Sew
Throw Pillows, Tuesday, November 17 at 6
p.m. Registration is required. Snuggle up
with your very own homemade throw pillow.
No worries if you don’t have sewing skills;
this is a no-sew project that would also make
a fantastic gift.
• Cook-the-Book Club, Wednesday,
November 18 at 6 p.m. Registration is
• Aram Book Club, Thursday, Nov. 19
at 6:30 p.m. Discuss “Leaving Time,” by
Jodi Picoult. Contact the library if you would
like a copy of the book reserved for you.
• Guilty Pleasures Book Club will discuss “Frozen Stiff” by Annelise Ryan,
Monday, November 23 at 6 p.m.
• Baby to Three, Come Wiggle with Me
– Mondays at 10 a.m. Special story
time/open play/dance party for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups.
• Tail Waggin’ Tutors with Divot, first
Saturday of each month, at 10 a.m.
Registration is required, so call 728-3111,
ext. 117 to reserve your time slot.
• Tech Tutorials, Wednesdays from 9:30
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to 11 a.m. Registration is required. Baffled
by technology? Sign up for a 45-minute oneon-one session with a librarian for assistance
with anything computer related, such as
downloading e-books and audiobooks, filling
out online applications, signing up or managing email, or learning to use Microsoft Office
software. Bring in your own device or use
one of our computers.
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.
• Children and Teen Programs
LEGOS and Beads, 4 p.m.
Story Time, 10 a.m. Crafts to follow.
After School Movie, 3:30 p.m.
Story Time, 1:30 p.m. Crafts to follow.
Zentangle, 3:30 p.m., first Thursday of
Collage Making, 3:30 p.m., second
Teen Book Group, 4 p.m., third Thursday
Rock-Paper-Scissors Club, 3;30 p.m.,
fourth Thursday
Wii U, 3:30 p.m.
Programs for Adults
• Saturday Morning Book Group, second
Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. Read and discuss a new book each month; Nov. 14, “Me
Before You,” by Jojo Moyes; Dec. 12, “One
Summer America: America 1927,” by Bill
• What Are Teen’s Reading? book group,
third Monday of the month, 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 YA (young adult) books.
• Scrabble Club, Wednesdays 10 a.m.noon.
• Knitting Circle: Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.
All skill levels welcome. Bring a project to
work on.
Brigham Memorial Library, 131 Plain
St., Sharon. Hours: Mon. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.;
Tues. 12-8 p.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 9
a.m. - noon. Phone 736-4249.
• Story Time, Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
A theme will unite a story and a craft.
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.
• Storytimes at the library, Mondays at
10 a.m. for children 3 to 24 months; Fridays
at 1 a.m. for 2-5-year-olds.
• 55+ Tech Desk. A new technology service offers free help to people 55 and older.
Available every other Thursday. Call to register. Free one-on-one help is available for all
ages by appointment.
• Adult book discussion the fourth
Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Darien Public Library, 47 Park Street,
Darien. Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed
Friday and Sunday. Phone: (262) 882-5155.
Web page:
• Free family show about reptiles and
amphibians by Jim Hyatt from the Schlitz
Audubon Center, Monday, November 9, at 6
p.m. This family show will feature live animals. No registration is required.
• Photocopies 10 cents per page. Faxes
sent or received for $1 per page
• Free Wireless access
• Ten computers for patron use at no cost
• Book Cub for Adults, third Wednesday
of the month at 5:45 p.m.
• Ongoing library book sale: children’s
books for 25 cents; adult paperback books
for 50 cents; adult hardcover books for $1;
and DVDs for $2.
• Wide selection of magazines, music
CDs and DVDs to check out
East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094
Graydon Ave., East Troy. Hours: Mon. Thurs. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Phone 542-6262.
• Story Time, Fridays, 11 a.m., for ages
18 months – 4 years.
• Lego Club, Thursdays from 3 - 4 p.m.
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, 5:30 p.m., sometimes off-site.
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. Hours: Mon. and Wed.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m.
- 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Story 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 or email [email protected] for
more information.
Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W.
Main St., Lake Geneva. Hours: Mon. - Thurs.
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat. 9
a.m. - 1 p.m. Phone 249-5299 or visit
www.lakegene Note: The
library will be closed for holiday observances on Nov. 26, Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1.
• Mystery Book Sale featuring suspense,
thriller and mystery books until Friday Nov.
13. Sale items will be shelved on the Friends’
ongoing book sale shelf. Paperback books
will be sold for $1, trade paperback and hardcover books for $2.
• Enrichment Speaker Dr. Hal Tinberg
Identifying America’s Fallen Heroes,” in celebration of Veteran’s Day on Wednesday,
November 11, at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Tinberg will
reveal how state of the art testing by the
Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory was used to identify both the Unknown
Vietnam Soldier and the first casualty of the
Vietnam War. There are more than 1,600
MIAs still unaccounted for from the Vietnam
War, and DNA Testing can provide closure
for the families of these heroes by identifying
their loved ones. Dr. Tinberg will also detail
how newly developed DNA technology and
forensic detective work was used to identify
more than 60 percent of victims from the 911
attacks. The presentation also discusses the
amazing effort to find and separate the
remains of the hijackers from those of the
Nov. 6, 2015 — 19
911 victims, thereby preserving the sanctity
of those who perished. Everyone is welcome
to attend this program at no charge.
• Family Movie Nights, Monday, Nov. 9
and Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6-8 p.m. will
feature the Disney/Pixar movie, “Inside
Out.” Children are encouraged to visit the
library in comfy clothes, bring pillows and
blankets, and relax in front of the movie
screen. Popcorn will be served. This monthly program features family friendly films
especially appropriate for children ages 4-11,
accompanied by an adult. However, people
of all ages are welcome to attend at no
• On Thursday, November 19 at 6:30
p.m., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
professor, Dr. Susan Huss-Lederman, will
present “Letters from Emigrants.” Her program will highlight the German immigrant
experience as described in letters from
Wisconsin to the Old Country. Her talk will
include letters 19th century German immigrants wrote from the U.S. to family in
Germany to explain life in their new country.
Participants will be encouraged to draw parallels between the experience of these immigrant peoples and the immigrant families in
Cather’s book, “My Antonia.” Copies of
“My Antonia” and “Little House on the
Prairie,” are available at the library’s front
desk while supplies last. The program and
books are sponsored by the 2015 Young
Auditorium Big Read project, which is
engaged in activities inspired by Willa
Cather’s novel, “My Ántonia.”
There is no charge for the program.
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.
• Crossing Borders with UW-Whitewater’s Dream Scholars, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6
p.m. in the Community Room. This month
we’re promoting a community reading of
“My Antonia,” by Willa Cather. To celebrate
this, the Elkhorn Library will be hosting the
Dream Scholars, a student organization made
up of immigrants and children of immigrants, as they discuss their experiences as
migrants, English language-learners, and
first generation college students, and draw
parallels between their experiences and those
of the characters in “My Antonia.”
• Computer coaching and basic computer
problem-solving sessions are available at the
library for adults of all ages. Tutors will be
available Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in
the library’s reference room. Computer
coaching is led in a question and answer format by volunteers from Volunteer Connection of Walworth County. It is a one-on-one,
or two or more, training session that covers a
specific technology topic of interest, such as
setting up an email account. This service is
intended for all levels of users who need to
get more comfortable with specific computer
topics, such as using Google. People may
attend an unlimited number of sessions.
Topics covered include: email, Internet,
basic computer set-up, and basic troubleshooting. Topics not covered include:
hardware problems, Adobe Photoshop,
Linux Software, or other specialized, jobrelated software.
Please contact the reference desk staff to
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By Kathi West
It’s getting down to the deadline,
for Christmas that is. If you haven’t
finished quilting presents, you need
to put on the speed. If you don’t have
a long-arm machine, my suggestion
is to rent one at Quilting Connection.
It’s a fast way to get your quilts finished in time, without stress. Sue
Schmieden and her daughter, Angie,
are there to help you and believe me
I needed help.
Some suggestions for Christmas
giving are tote bags, eye glass cases,
pillow cases, pillows, lap quilts,
table runners, place-mats and napkins (napkins don’t need to be quilted), wall hangings, coasters and of
course bed quilts. You can make a
quilt in a day if you get one of
Eleanor Burn’s “Quilt In A Day”
Another thing to think about is
what you want from Santa.
November 12-14, Original
Minneapolis. The actual address is
Double Tree Bloomington, 7800
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quiltmaking and machine embroidery will be given by the finest
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The vendors will have all the latest
tools and supplies for sewing and
Chocolate City Quilters meet the
second Monday of each month at
6:30 p.m. in the Burlington High
School library, 400 McCanna
The Crazy Quilt Guild Quilters
meet the second Wednesday of each
month at 6:30 p.m. at the First
Congregational Church, 231 Roberts
Drive in Mukwonago.
The Harvard Village Quilters
meet the third Wednesday of the
month at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran
Church 504 East Diggins Street
Harvard, Ill. Visitors are always welcome.
Quilts of Valor and Quilts of
Honor Quilt Group meets at 6 p.m.
on the second Tuesday every other
month at Ellen Weber’s house, 2789
Theatre Road. The next meeting will
be November 10 and there will be no
meeting in December. Take your
sewing machine, fabric to make a
QOV quilt or a quilt that you have
started and any sewing tools you will
The Scrappers Quilt Guild
meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Lion’s field
house on Hwy 67, north, in Williams
Bay on the third Tuesday of the
month. The next meeting will be on
November 17. It’s a Christmas
Nov. 6, 2015
This quilt, simply named “Autumn,” was made by SueAnn Wiltse from Harbor
Springs, Mich., and displayed at Madison Expo 2015.
(Beacon photo)
Potluck Party. Take your show and
tell quilts and Christmas Stockings
to give to needy children. Visitors
are always welcome. There is no
meeting in December because it’s
too close to Christmas and you may
be busy doing things for your family.
If you have some quilting news to
share with quilters in the greater
Walworth County area, e-mail me at
[email protected] or mail to P.O.
This wall hanging called ʻOak Branches,ʼ was quilted by Cathy Geier of
Waukesha and won a blue ribbon at this yearʼs Mukwonago show. (Beacon photo).
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June Krause from Benton, Ky., and shown at Madison Expo 2015.
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Plan ahead. Look through the calendar to
make advance reservations for events that
require them. Phone numbers are in area
Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair, 9 a.m. - 3
p.m., First Lutheran Church, 1101 Logan St.,
Lake Geneva. Admission is $1 at the door.
Food, beverages, and raffles will be available
for purchase.
Operation Gratitude and The Shoreline
Group will assemble boxes to be sent to
troops overseas from 8-11 a.m. at the
American Legion Hall, 111 2nd St. in
Delavan and Veterans Terrace, 588
Milwaukee Ave., Burlington. Volunteers are
needed to help assemble these care packages.
WGTD Radio
Detectives Times Two in a live radio broadcast from station WGTD, Kenosha, Racine,
Lake Geneva and Elkhorn. The live broadcast takes place in the Wisconsin room,. The
show recreates the old time radio shows of
the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, complete with actors
and sound effects. Arrive early for a breakfast buffet in the Frontier Restaurant at 9:30
a.m., then catch the pre-show warm-up at
10:30. Cost for the show and breakfast is
$20, and the performance alone just $10. Call
725-9155 for reservations for this trip back in
Elkhorn Grand Ballroom Dance, Elkhorn
High School varsity gym, 482 E. Geneva St.,
Elkhorn. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance
from 7-11. Free bossa nova dance lesson at
7:15. Complimentary refreshments, free
drawing and prizes. All adult couples and
singles invited. Casual dress or dress to
impress. Admission is $10 per person. For
more information, call the Elkhorn Park
District at 741-5114.
Community Movie House, presents
“Jurassic World,” 7-9 p.m. at Big Foot High
School, 401 Devils Lane in Walworth. Watch
movies indoors on a 16' x 9' inflatable outdoor movie screen. Admission $1.
Concessions available. Children younger
than 10 must be accompanied by a patron at
least 13 years old.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble and
University Band, Whitewater Chamber
Players, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Light Recital Hall,
UW-Whitewater, 950 W. Main St.,
Whitewater. UW-Whitewater’s Music
Department presents the Symphonic Wind
Ensemble and University Band, conducted
by Glenn Hayes. The program will include
soloist Megan O’Connell and pieces by San
Miguel, Arnold, Brahms, McBeth, SaintSaens, Chaminade, Hutchinson and Toch.
The University Band, in its second year,
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Annual Association of Volunteers’
Holiday Market will be held at Mercy
Walworth Hospital and Medical Center,
N2950 State Road 67, Lake Geneva, from
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Products available for purchase will include holiday textiles, home
décor and framed artwork, jewelry, gifts for
children and babies, and much more.
Attendees will save 25 percent on all items.
Walworth County Area Retired
Educators will present a program on elder
abuse by Theresa Stalzer, Senior Advocate
for Walworth County. The program will follow a luncheon at Sperino’s in Elkhorn at
noon. Reservations required. For more information call 742-2693 or 684-5500.
Annual Association of Volunteers’
Holiday Market will be held at Mercy
Walworth Hospital and Medical Center,
N2950 State Road 67, Lake Geneva, from
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Products available for purchase will include holiday textiles, home
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[email protected], Geneva Lake Museum,
Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake
Geneva. Meet the Meats: Lake Geneva meats
are a part of our celebrations and family
gatherings just as apple pie is. Come meet
the meat man, Nick Vorpagel, and learn what
makes meat neat. No charge for members, $5
for non-members. Call 248-6060 for a reservation or email [email protected] lakemu
Christmas Shopping Extravaganza, 6-9
p.m., Calvary Community Church, N2620
Harris Rd., Williams Bay. The annual MOPS
(Mothers of Preschoolers) Christmas
Shopping Extravaganza, with more than 40
Veterans’ Day Program hosted by the
Walworth County Historical Society, 1 p.m.
at Heritage Hall, 103 E. Rockwell St.,
Elkhorn. The keynote speaker will be Major
General Grant Mulder, USAF, Retired.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive,
2-7 p.m., at People’s Bank, 837 N. Wisconsin
St., Elkhorn.
Harvest Ham Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m., Creek
Road Community Church, W7778 Creek
Rd., Delavan. Ham, vegetables, cheesy potatoes, bun, beverage, choice of dessert.
Donation of $10 for adults, $5 for children
younger than 10. Free to Veterans wearing
their hats. Baked goods available for purchase. Door prizes. Questions? Call (262)
882 2416 or (262) 949-3156
Weekly guided hike, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.,
Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, 251
Elkhorn Road (Hwy. 67), Williams Bay. Start
at 7:30 a.m. and hike for about an hour.
During this time we talk about the history of
KNC, the vegetation and events.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive,
8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Aurora Lake Geneva, 146
Geneva Square in Lake Geneva.
Holiday Affair “Round Robin” Craft
Show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.,Walworth County
Fairgrounds, Elkhorn. More than 250 talented artisans. Admission $3. Free shuttle buses.
Food available. Locations include Walworth
County Fairgrounds, Elkhorn Middle and
High Schools, Jackson School, The Monte
Carlo Room, St Patrick's Grade School. For
more info contact: Peggy at the Fair Office,
Spaghetti Luncheon Benefit to help support the Walworth County Emergency
Homeless Shelter that provides safe emergency shelter for homeless men. The event
will take place at Calvary Community
Church (Hwy 50 & Harris Rd, Williams Bay)
from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Choose to dine in or
carry-out for lunch. The price per plate is $10
for adults, $5 for children 3-12, and free for
anyone younger than 3.
Friends’ Nut Sale, 10 a.m. - noon, Aram
Public Library, 404 E. Walworth Ave.
Delavan. Specially decorated half-pound
packages of premium praline pecans will be
available for $5 each at the Adult Services
Desk, as well as from a Friends’ board member on Saturdays. Call ahead to have large
orders boxed and ready. It’s a unique and
tasty way to say “Thank you” and “Happy
Holidays” during this busy time of year. Last
year we sold out, so be sure to stop by and
shop early and often.
American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12-5
p.m., East Troy Bible Church, 2660 North St.
(Hwy. 20), East Troy.
[email protected], Geneva Lake Museum,
Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake
Geneva. Petticoats, Corsets and Bloomers: a
great follow up to “Undressed” will be a talk
by historian Noel Payne, who will share what
isn’t evident under those gowns. No charge
for members, $5 for non-members. Call 2486060 for a reservation or email [email protected]
Braving the Holidays Workshop, 6 p.m.,
hosted by Mercy Hospice Care. The holiday
season can be the most difficult time of the
year for people who have experienced the
death of a loved one. Mercy Hospice Care is
hosting a workshop called “Braving the
Holidays” during which guests learn ways to
prepare themselves for the upcoming holiday
season, and find the comforting support of
others facing the same challenges. The work-
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shop will meet at Mercy Walworth Hospital
and Medical Center, lower level community
education room A, Hwys. 50 and 67, N2950
State Road 67, Lake Geneva. The workshop
is free and open to the public. To learn more
or to RSVP, call (888) 39-MERCY. For more
information, visit
Cheese Tasting, “Be Thankful for
Cheese,” 7-9 p.m., Big Foot High School,
sponsored by the Big Foot Recreation
District. $20. Hosted by Denise and Terry
Woods of Highfield Farm Creamery in
Walworth. Call 275-2117.
Limber Timber Square Dance Club, 7:30
to 10 p.m. in cafeteria of Elkhorn Middle
School, 627 E. Court Street (Highway 11)
Elkhorn. Caller, Curt Braffet, Cuer Ray
BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive, 9
a.m. - 1 p.m., Gateway Techical College, 200
County Road H, Elkhorn.
Holiday Craft Fair, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
Lakeland Health Care Center. More than 30
booths of crafts, ceramics and baked goods.
Business such as Avon Stampin Up and
Tastefully Simple will also be there. Lunch
will be available and admission is free.
LHCC is located at 1922 Co. Rd. NN,
Elkhorn. Call 741-3600 for information.
Community Movie House presents
“Inside Out,” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sharon School
104 E. School Street, Sharon. Watch movies
indoors on a 16' x 9' inflatable outdoor movie
screen. Admission $1. Concessions available. Children younger than 10 must be
accompanied by a patron at least 13 years
“Anne of Green Gables, The Musical,” 7
p.m., Faith Christian School, Highway 67,
west, Williams Bay. $7. Call 245-9404 for
ticket information.
Turkey Trot, 8-11:30 a.m., Big Foot
Beach State Park, 1425 S. Wells St., Lake
Geneva. Warm up your Thanksgiving
appetite in Lake Geneva for the 11th Annual
Turkey Trot sponsored by Clear Water
Outdoor with benefits to the friends of Big
Foot Beach State Park. Bring the whole family and join runners, joggers and walkers for
some lighthearted fun. The costume theme of
this years Trot is Lumberjacks and
Lumberjills. Spot awards may be awarded
for best costume. Like the temperature of
your bird in the oven, the price increases the
closer we come to Thanksgiving dinner, so
register today to receive the best pricing.
8 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. 1 mile jr Gobbler Race (15yrs
and younger). $5 early registration.
9 a.m. 5K Race starts. $10 early registration
9:30am 10K Race starts. $20 early registration. Call 348-2420 or log on to
www.clear for information
and registration.
Butchers Model Car Club 4H models
project meeting , 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the
Walworth County Fair Grounds Activity
Center, 411 E. Court St. (Hwy. 11), Elkhorn.
Take 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
or Barry at 248-1075 for more information.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive,
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at East Troy Middle
School, 3143 Graydon Ave.
“Anne of Green Gables, The Musical,”
dinner theater, 6 p.m., Faith Christian
School, Highway 67, west, Williams Bay.
$35. Dinner will consist of pumpkin soup,
salad, slow-roasted beef, whipped potatoes,
green bean almondine, dessert. Reservations
by Nov. 13. Call 245-9404 for ticket info.
“Anne of Green Gables, The Musical,” 3
p.m., Faith Christian School, Highway 67,
west, Williams Bay. $7. Call 245-9404 for
ticket information.
Premier men’s vocal ensemble Cantus
presents “Voices of Christmas” at 4 p.m., in
the Seabury Room, inside the Beasley
Campus Center on the George Williams
College campus of Aurora University, 350
Constance Blvd., Williams Bay. The ensemble will perform songs inspired by the holiday season.
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Historical Society to host
Veterans Day program
Honoring the sacrifices of those who
served in the Armed Forces of the
United States from Walworth County
will be the goal of the third annual
Veterans’ Day program hosted by the
Walworth County Historical Society.
The event will take place at 1 p.m.,
November 11 at Heritage Hall, 103 E.
Rockwell St., Elkhorn.
The keynote speaker will be Major
General Grant Mulder, USAF, Retired.
Mulder joined the Air Force in 1964. He
served in Vietnam and then was
Commander of the 64th Tactical Airlift
Squadron. He also served as Mobilization Assistant to the Director for
Logistics of the United States Atlantic
Command, retiring in June of 2001.
Mulder has received many military
awards for his distinguished service.
The program will conclude with the
introduction of veterans or current military personnel. The Walworth County
Historical Society Veterans’ Museum
will be open for visitors and refreshments will be served.
“We encourage the Walworth
County community to attend and honor
these dedicated men and women who
preserve our freedom and allow us to
live in the greatest nation on earth,” said
Robert Webster, Sr.
WGTD Radio Theater will return to
Lake Lawn Resort for its second live
mystery radio shows at Lake Lawn
Resort on November 7.
Area visitors are invited to sit in on
the live broadcast as part of the in-studio
audience for an inside look at the action.
Audience members will marvel in mystery with the revival of “Yours Truly,
Johnny Dollar.”
Following the adventures of
America’s freelance insurance investigator, audience members will unravel
unusual claims with Johnny.
Picking up on Lake Lawn’s history
of hosting radio broadcasts during the
1940s and 1950s, this season’s programs
will be performed live in the resort’s
Wisconsin Room and air throughout
Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties
on WGTD 91.1 FM.
The Frontier Restaurant will host a
breakfast buffet prior to the show.
Tickets for both the pre-show breakfast
and live broadcast are $20, while tickets
for the show alone are $10. Reservations
are encouraged, as space for the show is
limited. Reservations can be made by
calling Lake Lawn’s Frontier Restaurant
at 725.9155.
Major General Grant Mulder
WGTD Radio Theater will
return to Lake Lawn Resort
Vanetta Powell as Calpurnia (standing) and Delaina Kuzelka as Scout are
among the 20 Walworth and Kenosha County actors in the play ʻTo Kill a Mockingbird,ʼ
which will be performed from Nov. 6-21 at the Rhode Center in downtown Kenosha.
Tickets may be obtained by calling (262) 657-7529 or logging on to
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Symphony to present concert Nov. 21
The Lake Geneva Symphony
Orchestra will present its second concert
of the season on Saturday, November
21. The program will feature Clarissa
Schilling, a high school junior from East
Troy, performing Handel’s Concerto for
Harp in B-flat Major. The concert will
open with the
Overture to Die
Fledermaus, by “Waltz King” Johann
Strauss, Jr., followed by Mussorgsky’s
popular Night on Bald Mountain. Ralph
Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 2
will round out the evening.
Schilling is the LGSO’s 2015 Young
Artist Concerto Competition winner,
and recipient of an annual award given
by the Rotary Club of Lake Geneva Neal
Heffernan Art Scholarship Fund. A
home-schooled student, Schilling has
studied harp for seven years with Gerry
Elliott of Waukesha, and also plays
piano and classical guitar. She attended
the prestigious Interlochen Center for
the Arts in Michigan in the summer of
2015 and will return there by invitation
in 2016. She presently performs with the
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
and the LGSO.
The Vaughan Williams Symphony
No. 2, often referred to as the “London”
symphony, holds the distinction of being
the most-performed symphony by a
British composer. Critics have praised
its “incredibly substantial outpouring of
musical ideas.” While the composer
maintained that he did not intend any
extra-musical references in the piece,
audiences may feel differently.
The work opens seemingly in a fog
with Big Ben chiming in the distance.
The fourth movement epilogue depicts
passing through London on the Thames.
The first main theme of the piece bears a
striking resemblance to a melody in the
musical Phantom of the Opera, which
was written more than 60 years after the
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m.
at Calvary Community Church, Highway 50 at Harris Rd, Williams Bay.
Admission is $12 for adults, free for students in grades K through 12. For further
details visit
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Bragi to host ‘The Other Woman’
On Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Pelajia
Productions, in cooperation with Bragi Café
of Williams Bay, will join theaters, libraries,
and colleges nationwide in the simultaneous
staged readings of “The Other Woman,” a
full-length, one-act play adapted from five
essays appearing in the bestselling anthology
with the succinctly catchy title, “The Other
Woman: Twenty-one Wives, Lovers, and
Others Talk Openly About Sex, Deception,
Love, and Betrayal.”
“The Other Woman” tells the stories of
five women with very different viewpoints
and experiences around infidelity. Authors
whose work appears in the play are Caroline
Leavitt, Aviva Layton, Mary Jo Eustace,
Connie May Fowler, and Maxinne Rhea
Leighton. The play's first reading took place
at the Players Club in Manhattan, with parts
read by Kathleen Chalfant, Ellen
McLaughlin, Penny Fuller, Winslow Corbett,
and Connie May Fowler.
The Pelajia production will be directed
by JaNelle Powers, with roles read by Anne
Sperry Connors, Viki DuMez, Joan Hay,
JaNelle Meyers Powers and Joy Powers.
For more information, contact: 2487242 or (262) 686-8016
Admission is free. Wine and coffee will
be available for purchase. There will be a
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The Word Detective
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“like” the verb is related to that other
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applied to people,
“like” is often
used in explicit or implicit contrast to
“love,” connoting a weaker emotion.
“Like” as an adjective came from
Middle English, followed by the adverb,
preposition and conjunction a bit later. The
adjective “like” carries the sense of similarity and resemblance: something is
“like” something else. As an adverb, “like”
means “in the manner, fashion or to the
extent of something or someone” (“Bob
dances like a robot”), which leads us to the
idiom “like that,” in which the “that”
refers to something indicated or previously mentioned (“What was the use of his
talking like that?” 1872).
Incidentally, “like” the adjective originally had comparative (“liker”) and
superlative (“likest”) forms, but these have
long since faded away. On the bright side,
we still have the handy adjectives “alike”
and “likely.” Interes-tingly, “likely” originally meant simply “resembling,” but it
came to mean “probable” in the late 14th
century, based on the sense of “resembling
the truth or what is known.
Like It Like That,” written and recorded by
Chris Kenner and Alan Toussaint in 1961
and later covered by the Dave Clark Five.
The refrain of the song was “The name of
the place is I like it like that,” and while it
lacks the narrative subtlety of, say, “Louie
Louie,” it’s a catchy tune.
The two “likes” are indeed related,
both coming ultimately from a Germanic
root (“likam”) that meant “body, shape,
form,” with the added sense of “same.”
The verb “to like” is somewhat older than
the adjective in English, first appearing in
Old English as “lician.”
Curiously, the original meaning of the
verb in English was “to be pleasing or suitable,” rather than “to be pleased or find
suitable.” Thus if you were happy with
your dinner, you might well announce that
“It likes me.” This usage persisted into the
19th century (“I rode sullenly Upon a certain path that liked me not.” D.G. Rossetti,
1861), but beginning in the 12th century
our modern transitive form (to find agreeable, attractive, admirable, etc.) gradually
became more common. “Like” has produced dozens of idioms in English (e.g.,
“Like it or lump it”); interestingly, when
“like,” whatever part of speech it is. —
Alan C.
In that particular case, it’s either an
adverb or an adjective, but “like that” is an
established idiom, and idioms are weird,
so it’s a bit hard to pin down. In any case,
“like” can also serve as a preposition, conjunction and noun (as in Facebook
“likes”). Speaking of weirdness, had I
been in the back seat of your car at that
moment, I might well have started humming a song from the early 1960s called “I
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public, reservations are required. To register
or get more information on the series, visit or call 245-8536.
Gingerbread House Display, all day,
Grand Geneva Resort, 7036 Grand Ave.,
Lake Geneva. Area residents, in both amateur and professional, adult or child categories, display their masterpieces through the
holidays, just outside Ristorante Brissago.
Grand Illumination Ceremony, 4:30-6:30
p.m., Grand Geneva Resort. Kickoff of the
annual six-week Christmas in the Country
Celebration. Watch as technicians flip the
switch on more than 2 million lights throughout the property, then follow it up with a dazzling grand fireworks display. Discover even
more holiday magic this season with all-new
kids activity stations and live entertainment
throughout the Grand Ballroom, Evergreen
Ballroom and the lobby. Enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider, too. The resort asks
that all guests bring a new, unwrapped toy to
donate to Toys for Kids in partnership with
the Walworth County Deputy Sheriffs
Activities begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Grand
Ballroom, Evergreen Ballroom and the Lobby.
Photos with Santa begin at 4:30 p.m. in the
Evergreen Ballroom. Raffles by the Walworth
County Deputy Sheriffs Department for Toys
for Kids to support kids in need in Walworth
County. Gather outside by the large Christmas
tree at 6 p.m. for prize winners and the countdown to the illumination of holiday lights and
fireworks. All are welcome to come back
inside after fireworks for more games, activities and photos with Santa
~ ~ ~ Ongoing events ~ ~ ~
Geneva Lake Museum is located at 255
Mill St. in downtown Lake Geneva. Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10
a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Delavan Historical Society, 663 E.
Ann St., at the intersection with Seventh St.
(Highway 50), is open free to the public from
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays.
Volunteer work day, fourth 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. For information, call
Shirley Grant at 473-2214 or email
[email protected]
American Legion Auxiliary meeting, 7
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.
Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge #12,
1007 S. 2nd St., Delavan. Stated meetings
are: July and Aug. fourth Monday only; Dec.,
second Monday only; all other months, second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m.
Geneva Masonic Lodge #44, 335 Lake
Shore Dr., Lake Geneva. Regularly stated
meetings, second Tuesday, 7 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).
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.
Bingo, St. Andrew Parish in Delavan.
The games will be played on the first Friday
of the month, except July and August, with
doors opening at 6 p.m. and play starting at 7
p.m. For more info see
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 Commander Ronald Sorenson, 751-0677.
Authors Echo Writers group meeting, 7
p.m., first and third Tuesday of every month,
Aurora Hospital, East entrance 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]
Cards and games, Mondays and
Wednesdays 1 – 4 p.m. Darien Senior Center,
47 Park St., Darien. Call 882-3774.
Senior Card Club, every Thursday 11
a.m.- 3 p.m., Matheson Memorial Library
Community Room, Elkhorn. Bridge, 500,
and other games. Everyone welcome.
Bridge - every Tuesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.,
Lake Geneva City Hall kitchen. Call 2483536 for more information.
Duplicate bridge, first and third Tuesday
at 7 p.m., The Highlands at Geneva Crossing,
721 S. Curtis St., Lake Geneva. Call Mary or
Dick Koehler at 248-4632 or 374-9164.
Mercy Walworth Grief Support Group
provides comfort, guidance and stability in
times of loss. Experts in the field of grief
counseling provide their expertise and compassion when healing is needed. The group
meets on the third Tuesday of every month, 6
p.m. in the lower level conference room A at
Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical
Center, highways 50 and 67 in the Town of
Geneva. For more information or to reserve a
spot in the next meeting, call (888) 396-3729.
Mercy Walworth’s Stroke Support Group
provides compassionate and understanding
care for those who have experienced a stroke
as well as their caregivers. The group meets
on the second Tuesday of every month at 2
p.m. in the lower level community education
rooms at Mercy Walworth Hospital and
Medical Center, corner of highways 50 and
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous Walworth
County Hotline is 723-1224. Their website is Call or check online to get
information about meetings in your area.
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
Matheson Memorial Library Community
Center Room, 101 N. Wisconsin St. in
Elkhorn. 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 (nee Judy Franklin).
For more information, call 203-0120, or visit
Diabetes Support Group, Tuesdays Aug.
11 and Sept. 8, 6-7 p.m. on lower level of
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 further 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 1-2 p.m. at
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, lower level
conference room. Call Pat Positano at 7412402 for further information.
Walworth County Public Health immunization walk-in clinics, the second
Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. and fourth Tuesday
from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at W4051 County Road
NN, Elkhorn. Immunizations available for
uninsured children or children on Medicaid.
Some adult vaccines are available at competitive cost. To check availability of vaccine or
to make an appointment, call Bill FitzGerald
Fleck, RN 741-3133.
Free blood pressure screening, last
Friday of every month, 2 - 4 p.m., Williams
Bay Care Center, 146 Clover St.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the
southern lakes area. Call (877) 434-4346
(toll free) for times and locations.
Lake Geneva Alzheimer’s support group,
6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the month. No
meeting in August. 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.,
Town Bank Community Center located at
Nov. 6, 2015
826 E. Geneva Street in Delavan. Call Bob
Holland at (262) 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, Pam
Hatfield, 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, (414)
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental
Illness, Support Group, first and third
Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at Matheson
Memorial Library in Elkhorn. There is a support group for loved ones on the third
Wednesday of the month from 6-7 p.m., followed by by a program with a guest speaker
from 7 - 8 p.m. Call Dan or Jean at 459-2439
for more information.
Huntington's Disease Support Group for
anyone affected by Huntington’s Disease
meets the third Saturday of every month
except June, July, August at Froedtert
Hospital, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee, lobby level, North Tower Room
2209, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. For more information contact Jean Morack (414) 257-9499
or visit
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
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS),
weigh-in Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. with meeting
from 9-10, Community Center, 820 E
Geneva St., Delavan. Encourages nutrition
and exercise with a positive attitude. Guests
are welcome, no weekly meeting fee.
Contact Debbie Keizer, 728-4317.
T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
Tuesdays 9:15 - 10:30 a.m., Community
Center, U.S. Bank, 101 E. Walworth St.,
Elkhorn. Call 723-3791 with questions.
T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
meets Tuesdays, 1:30-2:15 p.m., Immanuel
Church of Christ, 111 Fremont St.,
Walworth. Group support with self help,
good times. Information: 275-8071.
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2016 Jaguar F-Type gets even more sure-footed
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By Terry Box
The Dallas Morning News
Sideways might be the right way to
conquer life’s mean curves.
Call me a low-plains drifter, but I
find slithering tail-out through the corners of an empty road to be highly therapeutic – kind of like dancing with the
devil on the way to work.
Think of it as low-level rebellion, a
little outburst before getting in line and
submitting to the daily beating on scenic
Central Expressway.
But my brief moments of raggedy
fun in the sun may soon be ending –
thanks, as always, to technology and this
silly notion that we need to be protected
from ourselves.
“What do you mean that Miller Lite
and a Marlboro aren’t the breakfast of
I offer the Jaguar F-Type R as
Exhibit A: a slinky, snarling coupe that
just a year ago promised lots of heartstopping moments in curves and corners
if you got western with the loud pedal.
Rear-wheel drive and 550 heavily
squeezed horsepower tend to act that
Climb under the 2016 R, though, and
you will find fun-sapping differentials
front and rear as part of the F-Type’s
new all-wheel-drive system.
Once the domain of rock-pocked
Jeeps and mud-spattered pickups, allwheel drive is increasingly being fitted
to high-end, high-horsepower luxury
vehicles _ everything from Bentleys to
Mercedes-Benzes and Porsches.
Next in line, I predict: mainstream
Most people won’t complain, and
even I have to admit that all-wheel drive
doesn’t diminish the F-Type’s grin factor
by much. And it does make the car far
more stable in curves, rain and even ice.
But I’ve been married twice. I have a
fine appreciation for instability.
Fortunately, the silver F-Type coupe
I had recently still shimmered with the
ghostly genes of the fabulous E-Type
Jag, one of the most beautiful cars ever
Like the E-Type, the F-Type wears
its long hood and powerful curves really
Up front, a long, slinky hood with a
subtle power bulge in its center slid
gracefully down onto a large, oval
blacked-out grille.
Slender, distinctive headlamps cut
What’s Happening
Continued from page 24
Pianist Rex Wilkinson, Wednesday and
Sunday nights 6:30-10 p.m. at Mars Resort
on Lake Como’s south shore.
Scott Thomas, karaoke, Fridays from 9
p.m. - 1 a.m., Lookout Room, Lake Lawn
Resort, Highway 50, Delavan
Karaoke, Saturdays 9 p.m. - close (usually 2 a.m.), Snug Harbor Lakefront
Campground Pub and Restaurant, Highway
A and P (not the food store) Richmond, Wis.
Nov. 6, 2015 — 25
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type wears its long hood and powerful curves well. Its 5liter V-8 enginegets 15 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.
into the tops of the fenders, and the Jag’s
giant asphalt-mashing tires – 255/35s up
front and 295/30s in back – were pushed
to the car’s corners and wrapped around
20-inch wheels.
The overall impression, enhanced by
a taut carbon-fiber top, was one of muscle and curves. The rear fenders, for
example, were flared with broad shoulders on top, and the F-Type’s unusual
slim wrap-around tail lamps terminated
in a round main taillight – sort of E-Type
meets F-Type.
Getting Started
And just in case you had any doubts
about the R’s virility, four 3.5-inch
exhaust pipes – two on each corner –
seemed to spit gravel and fire with every
blip of the throttle.
As sweet as the F-Type R looks, the
real pleasure arrives with a push of its
starter button, stirring an energetic 5liter V-8, supercharged to the hilt.
The engine’s 550 horses don’t awaken gently, erupting instead in a concerto
of thick growls, snarls and pops.
All of that lyrical twist and shout is
channeled through a quick-shifting
eight-speed automatic that then distributes it to all four wheels.
The system typically sends most of
the power to the rear wheels but can
quickly apportion more to the front
wheels if the rear starts to slip and slide.
It’s kind of like having a driver’s education teacher on board with his own brake
Actually, the most noticeable effect
Call (608) 883-6999 or log on to
www.snughar for details.
Pianist Tom Stanfield, Thursdays 6-9
p.m. in the music parlor of The Baker House,
327 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva.
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.
“It’s A Wonderful Life,” Through Dec.
27 at the Fireside Dinner Theater in Fort
Atkinson. Log on to www.firesidetheatre.
com or call (800) 477-9505 for schedule,
prices and reservations.
of the system is in curves, with the Jag
feeling a little less frisky turning into
them and a tad bit heavier, which it is.
But the stiff-riding F-Type still corners flatly and confidently, able now to
rely on immense all-wheel-drive grip.
Best of all, the Jag’s two tons of
mass don’t weigh on the steering, which
remains light, very quick and nicely
alive with sensations from the road.
As you can imagine, acceleration is
stunning with 550 horses and no wheel
spin. Slam the accelerator down and the
Jag’s dark snarl quickly becomes a
howling, chest-mashing surge of power
that will shove you to 60 in a blazing 3.4
seconds, according to Car and Driver.
Burning rubber isn’t even an option.
Zero to 100? How about 8.1 seconds.
Keep your lawyer’s cell number handy.
Be prepared also to see the R’s modest
15 mpg city fuel-economy drop into single digits.
Looking Inside
Just don’t expect a lavish interior to
accompany the Jag’s lofty $131,895
price tag.
The black interior in mine seemed a
bit basic, but I thought it fit the car’s polished street fighter personality – sort of
high-end jeans and a $100 sweatshirt.
Jim Peck
The black leather-covered dashboard
curved gracefully down onto a large center stack topped by a modest display
screen that didn’t even rate as much of a
Although storage space and elbow
room were limited, the interior had some
really nice touches.
The dash, for example, was stitched
on its edges, and the door panels were
covered in subtle black suede. A flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel had a
smooth leather cover, while the black
leather seats got suede centers.
More suede was used on the headliner, and the car’s console was trimmed in
carbon fiber.
Appropriately, a grab handle for
squirmy passengers – and many will be
– was also covered in suede.
Granted, it wasn’t flashy MercedesBenz opulence. But I thought it looked
sort of sublimely spare and functioned
just fine.
To be honest, I’m still not sure about
all-wheel drive. It adds density to the
Jag’s handling dynamics, making it
more difficult to tell what all four wheels
are doing. I think I still prefer old-school
rear-wheel drive, which feels lighter and
more lively to me.
But most reasonable people would
have a quick retort to slip-sliders like
me: Get a grip.
At a Glance
2016 Jaguar F-Type R coupe
Type of vehicle: All-wheel-drive,
two-passenger sports coupe
Price as tested: $131,895
Fuel economy: 15 mpg city, 23 highway
Weight: 4,080 pounds
Engine: Supercharged 5-liter V-8
with 550 horsepower and 502 poundfeet of torque
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Performance: 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds
SOURCES: Jaguar Land Rover
North America; Car and Driver
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Distributed by Tribune Content
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Stand up for comedy
“My wife ran off with my best
friend. Now I don’t have a dog.”
Rodney Dangerfield
“My brother said he went to bed with
a model. He didn’t bother to mention it
took him all night to glue it together.
Jay Leno
“Last month my aunt passed away. She
was cremated. We think that’s what did
Jonathan Katz
“When I finally met Mr. Right, I had
no idea his first name was Always.”
Lily Tomlin
“The only difference between
Charles Manson and the women I’ve
dated is that Manson had the decency to
look like a nut case when you first meet
Bill Maher
“I think blind dates get a bad rap.
They’re really not so bad once you find
a restaurant that doesn’t mind the dog
and has a menu in Braille.”
Kelly Maguire
“I used to be a heavy gambler. Now I
just make mental bets. That’s how I lost
my mind.”
A llen
“I was expelled from the Girl Scouts
for creativity. They had another name
for it: pyromania.”
A urora Cotsbeck
“I dreamed that God sneezed and I didn’t know what to say to him.”
Henny Youngman
“My grandfather likes to give me
advice, but he’s getting a bit forgetful.
One day he took me aside and left me
Ron Richards
“I’m all in favor of gun control. I
have to use both hands because sometimes I shake a little.”
Kelly Greene
There’s a very fine line between
hobby and mental illness.” Dave Barry
“People who live in glass houses
might as well answer the door.”
Morey A msterdam
“I saw a billboard for a small hotel
that said, ‘We treat you like family.’ Sure
enough, 9:00 the next morning, someone
was banging on my door yelling, ‘When
the hell are you gonna get a place of
your own?”
Brian McKim
“You can always tell when it’s cold
and flu season. You go to your favorite
supper club and you can’t see the salad
through the sneeze guard.”
Jay Leno
“I have a friend who’s a billionaire;
he invented Cliff Notes. When I asked
him how he got such a great idea, he
said, ‘Well, to make a long story
Steven Wright
“The inventor of Crest passed away.
Four out of five dentists came to his
Jay Leno
“Seize the moment. Just think of all
those women on the Titanic who waved
off the desert cart.”
Erma Bombeck
“I’m from Los Angeles. I don’t trust
any air I can’t see.”
Bob Hope
“My father always told me to marry a
girl who has the same belief as the family. I said, ‘Dad, why would I want a girl
who thinks I’m an idiot?”
A dam Sandler
“My uncle was thrown out of a mime
Does this qualify as ʻconcealed carry,ʼ or did the purse manufacturer make a
model that looks as though the owner has a gun when itʼs just a gun-shaped bulge?
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show for having a seizure. They thought
he was heckling.”
Jeff Shaw
“I asked my mother if I was adopted,
She said, ‘Not yet, but we placed an ad.”
Dana Snow
“When you’re about 35 years old,
something terrible always happens to
Steve Race
“Women like the sport of curling.
They get to see men pushing brooms.”
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A mother firefly led her
large family of fireflies
through the jungle one night.
To avoid being eaten by
marauding bats or other nocturnal foragers, she ordered
everyone to keep their lights
out. But after nearly an hour,
she turned around to see that
one of the youngsters at the
back had his light on.
“What are you doing?”
she said. “You’ll get us all
killed. I told you: no lights!”
“I know,” said the young
firefly, “but if you’ve gotta
glow, you’ve gotta glow.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A little-known fact about
William Tell is that, in addition to being an expert with
a crossbow, he was an
accomplished chef. One
day he had prepared a new
dish for his Swiss friends,
but, ever the perfectionist,
he felt there was something
missing in the sauce.
“More berries in the
sauce?” he suggested.
“No, no,” said his guests.
“I think you have just the
right number of berries.”
“More salt, then?”
“No, the amount of salt
is perfect.” they insisted.
“Herbs, that’s it,” he said
triumphantly. “I should
have put in more herbs.
What do you think?”
“Hmmm,” pondered one
of the guests, tasting the
sauce. “Perhaps only
thyme, Will Tell.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Did you hear about the
bailiff who moonlighted as
a bartender? He specialized
in subpoena coladas.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
What did the grape say
when it was stepped on?
Nothing. It just let out a
little wine.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Judge: “I thought I told
you I never wanted to see
you in here again.”
Defendant: “Your honor,
that’s what I tried to tell the
police, but they wouldn’t
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Although only married
for a short time, a husband
and wife quickly realized
that they weren't compatible and filed for divorce.
In court, the judge asked
the husband, “What had
brought you to this point?
Why aren’t you able to keep
this marriage together?”
“In the eight weeks
we’ve been together, your
honor, we haven't been able
to agree on a single thing.”
The judge turned to the
wife and said, “And what
do you have to say?”
She said, “It’s been nine
weeks, your honor.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
One day three men were
walking along and came to
a wide, raging river. They
needed to get to the other
side, but had no idea how to
do it.
The first man prayed,
“Please, God, give me the
strength to cross this river.”
And Poof! God gave him
big arms and strong legs
and he was able to swim
across the mighty river in
just two hours.
Seeing this, the second
man prayed, “Please, God,
give me the strength and
ability to cross this river.
And Poof! God gave him
a rowboat and he was able
to row across the river in an
The third man saw how
this tactic worked for the
other two, and so he
prayed,”Please, God, give
the strength, the ability and
intelligence to cross this
river. And Poof! God turned
him into a woman. She
looked at a map, then
walked across the bridge.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A woman who applied
for a job in a lemon grove
seemed to be over-qualified.
“Do you have any actual
experience picking lemons?”
asked the foreman.
“As a matter of fact, I
do,” said the woman. “I’ve
been divorced three times.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Two women were arguing about whose dog was
The first woman said,
“My dog is so smart that
every morning he waits for
the paper boy to arrive, then
he takes the paper off the
porch and brings it to me.”
“I know,” said the second woman.
“How do you know?”
“My dog told me.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A police recruit was
asked during his exam,
“What would you do if you
had to arrest your own
“Call for backup!” he
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
At a gathering to celebrate the church centennial,
several former priests and
the bishop were in attendance. Prior to the formalities, the vicar gathered the
children at the altar to talk
about the importance of the
day. He began by asking,
“Does anyone know what
the bishop does.?”
There was a moment’s
silence before one small
boy said, “He’s the one you
can move diagonally.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Reading through a newspaper, a woman suddenly
started laughing. She turned
to her husband and said,
“There’s a classified ad in
hire where a guy is offering
to swap his wife for season
tickets. You wouldn’t swap
me for season tickets,
would you?”
“Of course not, honey,”
he replied.
“Ah, that’s sweet,” she
“The season’s half over,”
he explained.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
“You think so much of
golf that you don’t even
remember when we got
married,” said a wife.
“Of course I do,
honey,” he said. “It was
the day after I sank that
forty-foot putt.”
by Brian Crane
Nov. 6, 2015 — 27
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Mr. Boffo
by Joe Martin
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Willy and Ethel
by Joe Martin
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F u N an d G am e S
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Crossword Clues
1 Help for Holmes
5 All hands on deck
9 Baby food, usually
14 “Can you give me a __?”
15 Bass’ red triangle, e.g.
16 Dove rival
17 Fraternal meeting place
19 Sense & Spray air freshener maker
20 “Here are the facts,” briefly
21 Garden outcast
22 Dark suit
23 Central church area
25 Pacific Northwest capital
27 “The Cask of Amontillado” writer
31 Reduced in number
32 Track tipsters
33 Train cos.
35 Yankee nickname since 2004
36 Asparagus, mostly
37 Nemesis
38 ENE or WSW
39 Set straight
40 Golfer Palmer, to fans
41 Where to read candidate endorsements
44 Much of the time
45 Kitchen add-on?
46 Yemenis’ neighbors
49 “__ been thinking ...”
50 NASA thumbs-up
53 Acme’s opposite
54 Periphery ... and, literally, the periphery of 17-, 27- and 41-Across
57 Most clubs in a pro’s bag
58 Scott Turow memoir
59 Vulcan mind __: Spock’s skill
60 Principle
61 Superstorm response org.
62 Functions
All puzzle
answers are on
page 21.
Goren on Bridge with Bob Jones
♠ J, 7
❤ K, Q, 4
♦ 7, 4, 3
♣ A, 10, 7, 4, 3
♠ 5, 4
❤ 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 3
♦ K, 10
♣ Q, 9, 2
♠ A, 9, 3
❤ A, J, 2
♦ A, Q, 9, 6, 2
♣ 8, 5
The bidding:
1 NT
3 NT
The Road to Nine Tricks
Neither vulnerable. South deals.
♠ K,Q,10,8,6,2
❤ 9
♦ J, 8, 5
♣ K, J, 6
1 “Cutthroat Kitchen” competitor
2 Easter bloom
3 Critical comment
4 Aliens, briefly
5 Prosperous, after “in”
6 Took the bus
7 Fabergé creation
8 Reason for hand-wringing
9 Sloppy farm digs
10 Tanning booth light, for short
11 Freeway, e.g.
12 Earth, to Hans
13 Windows to the soul, so they say
18 “Reading Rainbow” host Burton
22 Mattress supports
24 Matured
25 Liqueur in a fizz
26 Barnard grad
27 Like 27-Across’ work
28 Clothes
29 Fruity drinks
30 Bert’s buddy
31 Fleeting fashion
34 “Get it?”
36 Schedule openings
37 Sassy tyke
39 Initially
40 More fitting
42 Salt additive
43 Low parking garage floor
46 Bad mood
47 Bern’s river
48 Noodle bar order
49 List component
51 Gawk at
52 Classic sneakers
54 “That knocked the wind out of me!”
55 Sorbonne one
56 Aussie runner
Opening lead: K of ♠
The late Max Hardy used to say that
"The road to nine tricks is the road to
nine tricks." He meant that, in a tough
three no trump contract, once you envision a route to nine tricks, follow that
route and don't get distracted. There may
be some bumps in the road that need to
be dealt with.
South won the third round of spades
and took a moment to make a plan. West
had to be kept off lead at all costs. Even
if the club suit split 3-3 and West could
be kept off lead in that suit, the trick
total would only come to eight - not
enough. The road to nine tricks was the
diamond suit! South needed a 3-2 diamond split with East holding the king,
but care might be required to keep West
from gaining the lead.
Declarer crossed to the king of hearts
to lead a diamond. Had East risen with
his king, a good shot, South would allow
East to win the trick. When East actually played low, South played the queen
and was relieved to see that hold the
trick. Another heart was led to dummy
for a second diamond play. When East
produced the king this time, South let
him hold the trick and the mission was
accomplished. Well done!
(Bob Jones 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])
©2015 Tribune Content Agency
Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box (in bold
borders) contains every digit, from 1 to 9.
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Library Notes
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• International Games Day, Saturday,
Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This is the
day libraries across the country set aside to
celebrate the excitement, creativity and educational value of video games, board games,
and role playing games. Join us and play
some exciting video games on our massive
screen, and then take a break by learning to
play some of today’s most fun board and card
• 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
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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
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
Thursdays from the Lego Building Club 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. The WCGS Library is also open
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All programs are free and open to the
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Twin Lakes Community Library, 110 S.
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Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Thurs.
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• Wee Reads, Fridays 10:30-11 a.m.
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A lap-sit program designed just for babies 0
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Walworth Memorial Library, now locat-
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• Knitting and crocheting classes,
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• Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 9:45 –
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• Children’s story hour, age kindergarten
through grade 3, Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30
• Book Club for adults, third Saturday of
each month, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
All programs are free and open to the
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spy on people, especially children, for
nefarious purposes.
“In addition to snarling air traffic, nuisance drones across the country have interfered with firefighters, flown into tall
buildings and crashed into bystanders on
the ground,” wrote Craig Whitlock in the
Washington Post. “Criminals have used
them to smuggle contraband into prisons.
Some property owners,including one man
in California who said the operator had
been using it to peek into his windows,
have become so irritated that they have
blown the copters out of the sky with shotguns.” Unfortunately for the California
man, he was arrested for discharging a
firearm within city limits.
Administration is particularly worried
about irresponsible flyers whose drones
encroach on the airspace that could put
them on a collision course with aircraft.
Some people look at the size of a recreational drone and say, “How could something that small cripple a big airplane?”
But something as small as a bird that gets
sucked into a jet engine can cause a crash.
The same could happen if a small unit hit
a windshield or other vulnerable part of an
During a California wildfire that skipped
across a highway and set vehicles ablaze,
firefighting organizations were unable to
send airplanes with loads of fire retardant
because people had flown small drones into
the area, causing a risk of collision.
As of the end of August, pilots had
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“If you hit the ‘follow me’ button, it
will go to altitude and follow you. If you
push ‘watch me,’ it will record you as you
walk along.”
Danno said they have sold the units to
dairy farmers who use them to keep track
of their herds so they know where they are
and where to go to get them home. Realtors
use them to produce videos of property.
Building inspectors use them to look at
roofs – especially in the winter – without
having to climb up and maybe fall off.
Danno is licensed and insured by the
180,000-member Academy of Model
Aeronautics, through which he took classes in operating the units. He says he is
happy to provide free demonstrations.
But all is not well in the recreational
drone community. The government recently announced that they plan to set up a registration requirement for owners.
“I can see where they are coming
from,” said Danno. “It isn’t our customers
they’re worrying about as much as the
people who are modifying their drones to
go higher and farther, and building some
that are much bigger. I saw an octocopter
[with 8 blades] the other day that must
have been eight feet in diameter.”
Regulations already exist that forbid
flying a drone over a playground, school,
park or within five miles of an airport.
Officials are worried about operators who
Nov. 6, 2015
reported 700 close encounters with drones
to the FAA, already tripling last year’s total.
The government will announce by Nov.
22 what it plans to do with a registration
program. Danno says such a plan is problematic because manufacturers don’t even
put serial numbers on the units they sell.
“Public education about the dangers of
drones is crucial, particularly because the
government has had a hard time enforcing
its rules on amateur drone flights,” wrote
the editorial board of the Washington Post.
“Next, the government should require that
drones sold to amateurs come with a lot
more safeguards. An obvious upgrade is
which is designing
firmware so that these devices can’t ascend
more than their legal limit of 400 feet or
breach any restricted airspace, such as
around airports where passenger planes
descend into low altitudes. It’s worth investigating whether hobbyists’ drones should
come with transponders or some other
technology to alert air traffic controllers or
security details to their presence.”
“A stock Q500, for instance, won’t go
higher than 400 feet, so that isn’t a problem,” said Danno. “But there are always
people who – like computer hackers –
want to modify equipment to do things
they shouldn’t. People can buy parts from
China to build just about any size drone
they wish. And they aren’t the people who
will register them, anyway. So I can understand why regulators are worried.”
Danno said he generally flies at 100 to
150 feet.
“At 150 feet, I can see all of Lake
Geneva and some of Delavan,” he said.
“Why would anyone need to go higher?
In addition to the Q500 with the 1,080
megapixel camera, he has one with a 4k
capability, which is the next step in monitor resolution.
“The units use SD cards for memory,”
Danno explains. “The Q500 comes with an
8 gigabyte card that will record about two
hours of high definition video. If you were
to record 4k video it would take a 10 gig
card to get two hours. But you can get bigger SD cards at retail stores to record for
10 hours. When the card is full, you take it
out of the camera, download it to a computer and you’re ready to go again.”
Danno says they have sold more than
1,000 drones of all sizes since they opened
the store 2 1/2 years ago; about a hundred
of which were Q500s.
The government has been slow to
come up with regulations for commercial
drones, like the ones and
UPS want to use to deliver packages.
While the government wants to have regulations for recreational drones in place
before this year’s Christmas buying season, it looks as though licensing for commercial drones is more than a year off.
The Dannos say they are more than
happy to explain anything about recreational drones at their store, HobbyTown
USA, 168 E. Geneva Square Mall, in Lake
Geneva. They are open Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and 11 a.m.
- 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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