March 11, 2016



March 11, 2016
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Fairgrounds must raise prices to meet expenses
By Dennis West
For more than 160 years, the Walworth County Fairgrounds has operated
in approximately the same way. Now
financial losses have moved the
Fairgrounds’ board to look at making
According to Walworth County Fair
manager Larry Gaffey, in a press release
distributed on March 3, unlike many
county fairgrounds across the country
that are owned and maintained by local or
regional governments, the Walworth
County Fairgrounds is privately owned
and maintained.
“In Rock County and Jefferson
County, taxpayers own and fund the
maintenance of their fairgrounds.
Waukesha County taxpayers own their
fairgrounds and they lease it to their fair
board. All three are public property but
Walworth is not.
“In Walworth County the fairgrounds
are owned and maintained by a nonprofit
organization called The Walworth
County Agricultural Society. The members elect a board of volunteer directors
who manage the operation of the fair and
the facilities. For 167 years the Society
has maintained the property for the benefit of the community as a whole.
Anyone can be a member of the Society
by simply buying a season pass to the
fair or becoming a lifetime member.
“No one in the Society profits from
the fairgrounds. Board Members are volunteers and are reimbursed for some, but
not all expenses and a small portion of
their time, but their total compensation
is very small.
The Walworth County Fairgrounds occupies nearly 100 acres in Elkhorn. Unlike many fairgrounds, Walworth
Countyʼs is privately owned and maintained by the non-profit Walworth County Agricultural Society.
(File photo)
“The only people [who] benefit
financially from the fairgrounds are our
community. While the annual fair is the
most famous event, hundreds of other
events the rest of the year have a tremendous economic effect on area businesses
and civic organizations.
“Private promoters such as the
Demolition Derby in May or the Car
Show in August, the Flea Markets, Dog
Show, Tractor Pull, Consignment
Clothing Sale and the like make a profit
because of the availability of the fairgrounds. Then there are the food vendors,
commercial vendors, carnival companies
and more. Everyone benefits financially
from the property except the fairgrounds.
Ask any restaurant or retailer in the area if
their business improves when an event is
happening at the fairgrounds.”
Gaffey says the board is determined
to make decisions that will ensure that
future generations will be able to enjoy
all of the benefits the fairgrounds bring
to the community.
The big problem is that expenses
have skyrocketed while revenues have
remained fairly steady. Gaffey says insurance premiums are more than $120,000,
utilities more than $130,000, famous
entertainers that used to charge $25,000
and perform two shows, now cost as
much as $7 million.
“Everyone charges more today than
they did 10 years ago, while the
Fairgrounds maintained below market
prices to the public and its vendors,” he
Because of the financial contribution
the Fairgrounds makes to the community, Walworth County funded a 2015
study to help develop a long range strategic plan for the facilities. The study
revealed areas of intermediate and long
term opportunity but also areas where
immediate change is needed.
(Continued on page 2)
Gravel pit owners seek to allay neighbors’ concerns
By Dennis West
The Town of Delavan’s March 2 Plan
Commission meeting convened to an
overflow audience of nearly 50 people,
all but two of whom were there to obtain
information, and/or express concerns,
about a proposed aggregate washing
operation at the sand and gravel pit on
Highway 67 that is owned by Corporate
Contractors, Inc.
The company wants to use equipment to wash clay and other contaminants from sand it takes from the quarry
so that it can be used to make concrete.
According to CCI spokespeople, the
washing operation would would use
approximately 27,000 gallons of water a
day that would initially be pumped from
a well to be drilled on the property. Since
it will be a closed system that will recycle the water, the well will be used to
“top up” the water that either evaporates
or is carried away on the sand it has
Residents in the Lockwood Heights
subdivision adjacent to the pit expressed
concerns that the water drawn from the
aquifer could draw down the water table
and make their wells go dry, which
would result in their having to drill new
and deeper wells.
Rob Montgomery of Montgomery
Associates Research Solutions LLC in
Cottage Grove, provided an explanation
based on an extensive hydrogeology
study of Geneva Lake that had been done
Engineering Consultant Robert Montgomery explains to the Town of Delavan
Plan Commission how drilling a deep well through a layer of shale will protect wells
owned by the neighbors of the sand and gravel quarry on Highway 67.
(Beacon photo)
approximately a decade or so.
Montgomery explained that there is a
shallow aquifer, from which residential
wells draw their water. Underneath that
aquifer is a layer of shale that separates it
from a deeper aquifer. The shale provides
a natural barrier that keeps one aquifer
from flowing into the other. In order to
address the concerns of residents about
the effect of CCI’s drilling operation on
their wells, the company explained that
it has decided to drill a well through the
shale into the lower aquifer so that any
water drawn from it will have no effect
on the residential wells. The commercial
well will be 600 feet deep.
At last month’s Plan Commission
meeting, residents also complained
about noise from the pit, including the
beeping from trucks when they back up.
Montgomery said they have installed
new warning devices that are supposed to
be quieter, but that they haven’t been in
use enough this winter to determine their
As far as noise from the washing
operation is concerned, CCI President
Brad Austin said it will be relatively
quiet. The motor to drive the pump that
will bring the water to the surface will
be buried, just as it is in a residential
well, so there will be no noise detectable
on the surface.
Another concern was possible overflow from the operation that would pollute Southwick Creek and Kishwauketoe
Nature Conservancy.
“The wash plant will be about the
size of a small bedroom,” said Austin.
“Sand goes in, the water washes off any
clay and silt in a polishing operation,
and then out. The water flows through
three ponds in which the water is filtered
so that it can be re-used. It’s a closed
loop to those ponds. The ponds are bigger than the wash station. They will be
lined with plastic or clay so that the
water can’t leak out.
(Continued on page 9)
2 — The Beacon
Continued from page 1
In the study, consultants stated that
no business can sustain continued annual losses and advised the board that if the
fairgrounds are to survive, this trend has
to change quickly.
In 2015 the fairgrounds ended the
year with its best bottom line in 6 years
with a loss of $6,700. In 2014 the property lost more than $70,000.
Gaffey announced that, for 2016, the
Fairgrounds leadership, with the help of
the strategic plan, has decided to make
some adjustments to bring some fees
closer to current industry trends.
“The Board is determined to balance
the budget, but is trying to keep the
changes in areas that won’t hurt the fairgoing family’s pocketbooks,” he says.
“New sponsors have been added this year,
along with the retention of past partners.
Many area businesses will be introduced
to target marketing opportunities that
not only benefit the fairground but return
a quality marketing opportunity for their
products. All sponsors will be
announced as the annual fair draws nearer.
Food vendor and commercial vendor
space rent will see significant increases.
Gaffey maintains, however, that even
with the increases, vendor space is priced
well below other area fairs. “Families
will save significant money if they purchase tickets, season passes and carnival
wristbands in advance online or in the
office. If tickets are purchased on line,
families will be able to print the tickets
at home.”
Adult daily passes will remain at
$10. Senior daily passes are discounted
from regular adult prices to $8. Child
daily tickets for those 5 years old to 12
will be $5. Children younger than 5
years will continue to gain free entrance.
Adult season passes will remain at $25
but only if they are bought between
June 1 and August 5. After August 5,
they will cost $40. Junior season passes (5 years to 12 years) and junior exhibit passes will be $15 but if they are purchased in advance and in conjunction
with a carnival wrist band there will be
a $5 savings.
Discount packages of tickets and
wristbands will be available for purchase
in advance on line at or in the office starting
in April.
A new ticket scanning system is
being installed to improve accountability. Every ticket, including workers’, will
be scanned at the gate. There will be QR
codes on each ticket that will eliminate
double use or copied versions. Lifetime
members will receive a new scan card at
the information booth near the front gate
Taking License
We donʼt know if this pair of plates
belonged to two people in one family, or
one game-player with two cars, but it
would make sense.
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during the fair.
With the exception of standard
reserved seats on the track for concerts,
grandstand and side areas on the track
will now be $5 every evening show
while the Demolition Derby will remain
at $10. Daytime grandstand shows will
remain free. All of the entertainers for
the 2016 fair have been hired and official
announcements will happen in the coming weeks.
Premium prize money will increase on
open class livestock shows, but entry fees
will go from $1 to $5. Parking will
remain free but there will be some parking
spaces close to the main gate that the pub-
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lic can use if they are willing to pay $5.
Every year people are curious about
whether the fair will have beer for sale.
The fair will not have beer for sale anywhere on the property during the fair.
This has been the tradition for the fair
since its beginning and remains in place
for 2016.
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The Beacon
There’s great news for history buffs.
Delavan’s Aram Public Library and the
Wisconsin School for the Deaf recently
joined forces in applying for a grant to
digitize unique and valuable historic
newspapers. Issues of the Delavan
Republican from April 1868 through
April 1924 and issues of the Wisconsin
Times from December 1884 through
May 1968 can be found at -andgenealogy/ and
/witimes/. Although I had a hard time
doing it, they say the newspapers are
searchable by date and keyword. The
project was supported by Library
Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
funds, awarded to the Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction by the
Federal Institute of Museum and Library
In perusing some of the issues, I ran
into some items that I thought might be
of interest to those who would like to
gain some insight into the first decade
after the Civil War. These items appeared
in the March 3, 10 and 17, 1870, editions of the Delavan Republican.
• • • •
The roof of the new City Hall in
Chicago fell in on Saturday last, burying
six men beneath it and injuring them,
but not fatally.
• • • •
The Banner reports that drunken
Indians have been prowling about Black
River Falls. According to our way of
thinking some whiskey seller should be
prowling around the Devil’s Kingdom –
hell, for short.
Fond du Lac Commonwealth
Three men were killed in Chicago
Friday morning by the falling of a plat-
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form on which they were at work painting
the cornice of the five-story building on
the corner of Lake Street and Wabash
Avenue. The men were shockingly mutilated.
• • • •
General Butler has appointed Charles
Sumner Wilson of Salem, Mass., as a
cadet to the Military Academy at West
Point. The appointee is a colored boy,
about the same complexion as [Sen.
Hiram R. Revels of Mississippi, the
first Negro member of the U.S. Senate].
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case of the appointment of a colored boy
to the Military Academy. John Brown’s
soul is marching on.
The editor must have had some fascination with Sen. Revels, as the following also appeared in the Republican.
Very Like A White Man
Senator Revels visited the Capitol
Saturday, arranged his desk, drew stationery and duly installed himself as an
occupant of the Senate Chamber. The
first letter with the frank of a negro was
dropped into the Capital Post Office.
Many remarked, on hearing of it, the
change, since it was against the law for
a colored man to carry mails, and reference was made to the fact that a negro
could not, by the regulations of
Congress, enter the Capitol grounds.
Local News
There are a number of boys, or rather
young men, who congregate in the
vestibule of the Baptist Church in this
place [Delavan] every Sunday evening,
both before and after service, and amuse
themselves by laughing, pushing, cracking jokes and making low remarks about
the ladies who pass in and out. Young
men who have nothing higher in view
than this when they attend church had
much better stay at home.
• • • •
Beloit has a soap manufacturer that
has a capacity of turning out 6000
pounds of soap per day no wonder that it
is a clean looking city.
• • • •
On Friday last, Edward Holland shot
a wildcat that weighed 32 pounds in
Hollisters woods in the town of
Richmond. On Monday, Malachi Fitzer
shot one in the same woods that weighed
Sen. Hiram R. Revels (R-Miss.), an
obviously light-skinned Negro, which
was apparently the editorʼs motive in
mentioning him.
Wilson is 17 years of age, and a graduate
of Salem High School. His father was a
private in the 55th Massachusetts
Volunteers during the [Civil] War and
was killed in battle, and his mother has
been supporting him by her toil as a
seamstress. Young Wilson ranks among
the first of his class at Salem and general Butler selected him on his merits as a
scholar and for the services his father had
rendered the country. This is the first
19 and a half pounds. About a half dozen
of these animals have been killed in that
neighborhood within a year or two.
• • • •
A s the following will demonstrate,
there was no love lost between the editor
of the Delavan Republican and the
Village of Elkhorn; whether or not it
reflected the general attitude of the two
municipalities is left to conjecture.
The Walworth County Courthouse
During the late trial of Dr. Duvall,
the floor of the courthouse at Elkhorn
sank 6 inches or more and nothing but
the prompt, but quiet and orderly,
adjournment of the court by Judge Lyons
preventative fearful catastrophe.
It has long been felt that the present
courthouse was a disgrace to Walworth
County and that we ought to have a fine,
commodious building that shall not only
be substantial but an ornament and a
credit to this old[?] and wealthy county.
And now in addition to its unfit appearance it is demonstrated beyond a doubt
that the building is actually unsafe and
that people’s lives are endangered by it.
This brings us to the point we want
to set before the people and that is that
the county seat out to be moved to
Delavan where it always should have
been. This declaration we are prepared to
back by saying that if the county will
move the county seat to this place the
citizens of Delavan will present a handsome and appropriate county building
costing at least $40,000, as a free gift to
the county. We are prepared to say this
because we have heard the men say it
who carry the stamps[?]. Here is an
inducement that the people of Walworth
County should take advantage of.
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Perspectiv e
March 11, 2016
How to reform institutions
After Super Tuesday, only desparate
measures can stop Donald Trump
By David Horsey
Late in the evening on Super
Tuesday, the Republicans’ former House
majority leader, Tom DeLay, appeared on
MSNBC and told Chris Matthews that
party leaders would deny Donald Trump
the party’s nomination if he arrives at
the national convention in Cleveland
lacking a delegate majority.
This was on a night when Trump’s
victories in seven primaries set him up
to dominate in the winner-take-all states
coming down the pike later in March. An
incredulous Matthews asked DeLay if the
Republican establishment would really
be bold enough to reject the man with
the most delegates and anoint someone
else as the GOP standard bearer. DeLay
grinned like a shark and said it was a
plain matter of math. If Trump does not
win a majority of delegates on his own,
DeLay said, then that would mean a
majority of Republicans had voted
against him.
It may be simple math, but the simple reality is that such a scenario would
blow the Republican Party apart. The
Trump people would bolt, their candidate
would probably try to run as an independent if he could still get on enough
state ballots, and the likely Democratic
nominee, Hillary Clinton, could take a
three-month vacation in the Hamptons
until she glided to victory on Election
After Tuesday’s results, there is
almost no mathematical possibility of
either Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz besting
Trump in the delegate count, short of
Trump coming out as a gay Muslim (and,
even then, his uncritical admirers might
still stick with him). That leaves the
anti-Trump forces one desperate hope: a
convention coup. It appears most institutional Republican leaders, big money
donors and movement conservatives
would burn their house down rather than
turn their party over to Trump.
The most notable dissenter from this
tactic among establishment leaders is
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. After
his own feisty candidacy went dead in the
water, he shocked everyone by defecting
to Trump. A former finance official in
Christie’s presidential campaign, Meg
Whitman, quickly spoke up to say what
was surely on the minds of many
Republican leaders. She called Christie’s
move “an astonishing display of political opportunism.” Past New Jersey Gov.
Christine Todd Whitman joined in the
criticism, telling the Newark StarLedger, “I am ashamed that Christie
would endorse anyone who has
employed the kind of hate-mongering
and racism that Trump has.”
Nevertheless, Christie has not shied
from being Trump’s new best buddy. On
Tuesday night, Trump ran his victory
rally like a presidential press conference
on a stage at his Mar-a-Lago estate in
Florida festooned to look like a flagcluttered corner of the White House. And
there, just behind Trump’s right shoulder, Christie stood like a faux vice-president.
Christie looked decidedly uncomfortable in the second banana role. Maybe he
was recalling the times he had characterized Trump as a “carnival barker” unfit for
the presidency. Maybe he was wondering
why it had taken Trump three days to disavow endorsements from former Ku Klux
Klan leader David Duke and other white
supremacists. Maybe he was stewing
about the six New Jersey newspapers that
had just called for him to resign as governor.
Or maybe he was just stunned by having ended up in such a humiliating situation. This was not at all the outcome he
had hoped for in this presidential campaign. Clearly, that is a sentiment
shared by the entire shattered, impotent
Republican establishment.
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By Cal Thomas
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In the film “Girl, Interrupted,” the
character played by Winona Ryder is
watching TV in a psychiatric hospital.
There is a news
report about a
dem o n s t rat i o n
and the narrator
says: “We live in
troubled times.
The institutions
we once trusted
no longer seem
As I begin
process of doing
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taxes, I am again
reminded – thanks to withholding and
other payments I must make to the government – that I am paying for many
things that aren’t working. The D.C.
that follows Washington could easily
stand for “dysfunctional city.”
What other institution, or business,
could long survive with such a record of
failure? Would a car dealer who consistently sells lemons be in business for
long? Would a fast-food chain continue
to attract customers if the hamburger
meat was tainted and they became ill?
Only the federal government endures
with no requirement that it function
effectively and efficiently. As Ronald
Reagan quipped, “a government bureau
is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll
ever see on this earth.” He also observed:
“No government ever voluntarily reduces
itself in size.”
Six weeks before the 1994 election,
Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) published a
“Contract with America.” Among other
things it promised voters that if they
gave Republicans a House majority for
the first time in 40 years, Republicans
would “select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive
audit of Congress for waste, fraud or
Asked about it, Gingrich responded
in an email: “We promised to audit the
House. We brought in Pricewaterhouse
Coopers. After a year they reported that
they couldn’t audit the House (because)
there were no coherent records. We then
hired them to build a system that could
be audited and since then there has been
a transparent audit every year.”
Unfortunately that has not been
enough to stem the growth of government under either party.
A November 13, 2000 article by
Edward H. Crane, president of the libertarian Cato Institute, said, “...the combined
budgets of the 95 major programs that the
Contract with America promised to elimi-
nate have increased by 13 percent.”
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)
noted in 2011, “Since taking office
President Obama has signed into law
spending increases of nearly 25 percent
for domestic government agencies – an
84 percent increase when you include the
failed stimulus. All of this new government spending was sold as ‘investment.’”
If the Republican presidential candidates want to capture voters’ attention in
this turbulent and unpredictable election
season, they should compose a new contract with voters. Every federal agency
and program either has a charter that
established it and/or authorizing legislation in which its purpose is stated. Heads
of those agencies should periodically be
required to come before Congress and
justify, not just their budgets, but their
existence. Are they living up to the charter or legislation that created their agency? If not, at least three options present themselves: 1) Downsize the agencies and reduce their budgets to the size
commensurate with whatever success
they are having; 2) privatize the agencies
or 3) eliminate them.
There remains a strain of the Puritan
ethic in most Americans that begins
with parents telling their children to eat
their food because there are starving people in the world who don’t have access to
such nourishment. Not wasting money
is also a part of that ethic.
First, though, we must get beyond
the notion of “entitlement” and back to
what our ancestors taught about personal responsibility with government as a
last resort, not a first resource. That is
going to take something akin to a spiritual awakening because government is
not about to shrink itself or give up the
power it has over the lives of its citizens.
Perhaps a good starting point would be
to consult the wisdom of Thomas
Jefferson, who Democrats like to claim
as the first Democrat. In a letter to
Thomas Cooper, dated November 29,
1802, Jefferson said: “if we can but prevent the government from wasting the
labours of the people, under the pretence
of taking care of them, they must
become happy.”
During what has been described as a
“revolutionary” campaign season, the
pitchfork brigade might consider among
their demands chopping off the heads of
a lot of unnecessary and costly government agencies.
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Personal property tax
By Dave Bretl
If you feel that government only
enacts new taxes without ever repealing
old ones, you might like this week’s column about the demise of the personal
property tax. While it’s true that taxes
rarely go away, Wisconsin’s personal
property tax is an example of one that did.
Wisconsin homeowners are familiar
with the tax bills
they receive each
December. The
value of our land
and home is multiplied by the
mill rates of various taxing entities and the
resulting sum is
the tax that we
owe. While it
might be little
comfort to taxDavid Bretl
payers, there was
a time in our state when taxable property encompassed far more than just real
When it was originally devised, in
the 1830’s, property taxes meant a tax
on all property. In addition to one’s
home, the value of items such as stocks,
jewelry, furniture and vehicles were
included in the property tax calculation.
I always knew that our state’s personal property tax is a shadow of what it
used to be, but I really didn’t know how
its demise came about.
The Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance
(WTA) performed an autopsy of the tax
in its January edition of The Wisconsin
Taxpayer. While the tax technically
exists, and is still paid by many business
owners, in the case of individual taxpayers, exceptions to the tax essentially
swallowed up the rule.
In 1837, even before Wisconsin
became a state, lawmakers exempted the
first $75 of furniture as well as libraries,
mechanics tools and farm implements.
In 1849, the first $200 of personal property was exempt from taxation. Over the
course of the next century, everything
from clothes to mules were taken off the
tax roll.
Large business exemptions were
some of the last to make the list.
Manufacturing machinery and equipment, known as M&E, left the tax rolls
in 1974. Business computers followed a
few decades later. By 2005, personal
property only represented a bit more than
two percent of the property tax base. The
figure had stood at nearly 18 percent in
1950. Aside from its interest as a historical curiosity, the demise of the personal
property tax has some important implications today.
There were some sound administrative reasons why the personal property
tax no longer exists in its original form.
First, since personal property is by definition moveable, the opportunity for
fraud must have been irresistible.
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Hiding the family jewels in an old coffee
can was a lot easier than concealing a
2,500 square foot colonial from the tax
A subplot to this problem involved
the equity of the tax. It was more difficult for a poor person to conceal all of
his possessions – say a few sticks of furniture and the clothes that he was wearing – than it was for a wealthy person to
hide a stack of US Steel debentures.
The question of valuation was also
problematic. What is the value of a
twenty-year old sofa? (My wife has an
answer to that one.)
Those are all fine reasons to grant
exemptions, but there is another trend
that I find more salient today. As the
WTA article points out, the timing of
personal property tax exemptions was
not accidental. When Wisconsin was an
agrarian society, hay and horses were
struck from the list. As manufacturing
became a stalwart of the economy, its
movable property was exempted. When
computers became ubiquitous in every
office, they were removed from the tax
In my opinion, a parallel exists with
our current property tax system. In each
session, the Legislature creates additional exemptions for entire classes of real
property. Those exemptions now cover
seven pages in the statute book.
There is a tendency for taxpayers to
become indifferent or even cheer when
someone achieves tax exempt status.
Some reason that government will be
forced to cut back spending when the tax
base is reduced. This might happen, but
probably won’t. Taxes are reduced only
when government cuts spending or
increases other revenues; otherwise, the
tax burden is simply shifted to those
who don’t enjoy exempt status.
As I have mentioned in previous
columns, the largest group of taxpayers
who are not exempt from real property
taxes are the owners of residential property. All of the exemptions that have
been granted over the centuries explain
why residential taxpayers now pay the
vast majority of the property tax levy.
Each one of those exemptions, from
horses to automobiles, was not offset
by spending decreases. They simply
represented a shift in the tax burden,
first to other personal property taxpayers and then to other real property taxpayers.
I predict that the personal property
tax will eventually be repealed in its
entirety. It probably should be. As the
WTA, notes it now fails most of the
basic tests of sound tax policy. More
important to me, however, is the question of who will fund local government
when real property tax exemptions follow the course of personal property tax
exemptions. The “last man standing” in
that process, will undoubtedly be the
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March 11, 2016 — 5
One-third of all U.S. presidents appointed a
Supreme Court justice in an election year
By Barbara Perry
Eminent Supreme Court Justice
Oliver Wendell Holmes famously
described his fellow judges as “nine
scorpions in a bottle,” but now they are
reduced to eight. Justice Antonin
Scalia’s passing had hardly been made
p u b l i c wh en
R epubl i cans
began proclaiming that President
Obama should
not appoint the
late justice’s successor.
President Obama countered
that he would
perform his constitutional duty
and nominate a Barbara A. Perry
successor to Scalia, adding, “Your job doesn’t stop until
you are voted out or until your term
The historical record supports that
position: 14 presidents have appointed
21 justices during presidential election
years. A half-dozen presidents, classic
lame ducks, filled Supreme Court seats
even though their successors had been
These six lame duck presidents
appointed Supreme Court justices before
their successors took office
• President Benjamin Harrison had
been defeated in his 1892 re-election bid
by former president Grover Cleveland,
for example, when Associate Justice
Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar died
in office in January 1893. At that time,
and until 1937 (and the 20th amendment), presidents were inaugurated in
March, not January.
While running for reelection,
Harrison had appointed his third justice
the previous July; he made a fourth nomination to the high court, despite his
dwindling White House tenure. But
Republican Harrison bowed to partisan
realities by nominating his Democratic
friend, Howell Jackson.
The Senate was soon to change hands
from Republican to Democratic control,
and Harrison’s bipartisan gambit worked:
The Senate unanimously approved
Jackson one month before Cleveland’s
This is why Judge Sri Srinivasan of
the D.C. Circuit is receiving so much
attention as a potential nominee to the
nation’s highest tribunal. He served his
judicial clerkships for Reagan appointees and moderate conservatives, 4th
Circuit Court Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson
III and Supreme Court Justice Sandra
Day O’Connor, suggesting that he may
have bipartisan appeal.
He was born in India and grew up in
Kansas, a compelling story of the
American dream – and having the first
Indian American justice replace the first
Italian American on the Supreme Court
would maintain a historic symmetry.
Further, the fact that Srinivasan is
Hindu would add religious diversity to a
bench populated solely by Catholic or
Jewish justices for the past six years,
and would follow a long presidential tradition of placing religious minorities on
the Supreme Court long before that religion was represented in high elected
office. Srinivasan more than meets the
standard of exceptional merit, with his
Stanford degrees and professional experience. And the Republican-controlled
Senate approved him unanimously when
Obama nominated him for the D.C.
Circuit, a Supreme Court proving
ground, in 2013.
Although Benjamin Harrison was the
most recent lame duck to place a justice
on the Supreme Court, five other presidents (Hayes, Tyler, Van Buren, Jackson
and Adams) did so as well. All but
Jackson, who named a justice on the last
full day of his two terms, had been
defeated or had withdrawn from the election. Adams’s last-minute appointment
of his Secretary of State John Marshall
to chief justice, a parting Federalist slap
at the Jeffersonians, makes today’s partisan rows look tame by comparison.
“That gloomy malignity,” as
Thomas Jefferson inaccurately described
Mar-shall, would preside over the court
for 34 years, long after the Federalist
Party faded from the scene. The Supreme
Court labels him the “Great Chief
Justice” for his masterful leadership and
foundational interpretations of the
Aside from genuine lame ducks, onethird of U.S. presidents appointed justices during presidential election years. A
handful were, like Obama, not running
for reelection. George Washing-ton, who
established precedents that shape the
office to this day, declined to run for a
third term, but he added an associate justice and a chief justice during the election
year of 1786.
Jackson and Cleveland followed the
two-term tradition, and each appointed
two members of the Supreme Court in
the election year before leaving office.
Like Obama, Jackson faced an obstinate
Senate, which had postponed a vote on
his nominee Roger Taney for an associate justice position early in 1835. Old
Hickory renominated Taney nearly a year
later, this time to chief justice, upon the
death of John Marshall. Taney, the
Court’s first Catholic, assumed his seat
just seven months before the 1836
presidential election.
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March 11, 2016
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Fans of Gateway Technical College’s
WGTD public radio stations have a new
way to connect.
In collaboration with the App
Factory at the University of WisconsinParkside, WGTD listeners can now
download the WGTD app for Android and
iOS devices. There is even a version for
Apple TV.
UW-Parkside Computer Science
Lecturer Tim Knautz says WGTD
approached the App Factory after hearing
about an app developed for Kenosha Area
“As part of rebranding our website,
we wanted to give our listeners in
Southeastern Wisconsin and, literally,
around the world, another option for
accessing the station,” said WGTD
Station Manager David Cole. “Prior to
launching the app in late January, listeners were able to access our services via
the web. The app makes connecting
much faster and easier.”
While WGTD is available over the
air at 91.1 in Kenosha; 101.7 in
Elkhorn, and 103.3 in Lake Geneva, the
WGTD jazz station, 24/7 Jazz HD2, was
only available prior to January via the
web and, in the Kenosha-Racine area, via
HD radio.
“The app gives everyone with a
smart phone, internet connection and ear
buds a chance to enjoy jazz, big band and
the blues around the clock,” Cole said.
Sportsweb – an internet-only station
now available on the app – features primarily local high school sports.
The Gateway Radio Reading Service,
designed for visually-impaired listeners
who want to enjoy articles and other
items from the Kenosha News and
Racine Journal Times read by volunteers
– had only been available via a specially
equipped radio that was provided by the
station. While those radios are still
available on loan, the service is another
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Walworth Police Officer Daniel Hammott reads a story about Officer Buckle and
Gloria, the Police Dog during the YESS (Youth Enpowerment Success Strategies)
Spring into Reading Night at Walworth Grade Schoolʼs Pam Knorr Library on Friday,
March 4. The book was full of safety tips for adults and children.
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Chamber to hold Community
Expo and Candidate Forum
The Geneva Lake West Chamber of
will hold a Candidate Forum for local
government offices in the Villages of
Fontana, Williams Bay, Walworth, and
the Townships of Linn and Walworth on
Tuesday, March 22, at The Abbey Resort.
The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s forum will once again be
combined with the Chamber’s semiannual Shop Local Community Expo.
The event offers the residents of local
communities an opportunity to check
out all of the products and services
offered by local businesses, and at the
same time provide them a chance to hear
firsthand each candidate’s views on the
most important issues facing their communities.
Local businesses will exhibit their
products and services from 5-8 p.m. in a
trade show format, while the formal
Candidate Forum will be held from 67:30 p.m.
Appetizers and a wine tasting will be
available compliments of Mercy Health
System. Door and raffle prizes will be
awarded following the Forum. Mercy
Health System will also provide complimentary blood pressure testing for attendees.
Dave Bretl
I think the services provided by local
government would compare well against
state spending decisions. Until that happens, the Legislature will continue to
exempt property from taxation. As I said
at the beginning of this column, you
might like this story about the demise of
a tax, but then again, you might not.
Continued from page 5
A better outcome, and one I am sure
will not happen any time soon, would be
to simplify, and help taxpayers understand, our current tax structure. If state
and local programs were both paid for by
a single tax, citizens could better understand who was spending their money and
on what. Income taxes, the primary
source of state revenue, increase by billions of dollars without even a headline.
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Compost Management expands product lines, services
By Dennis West
It was in 1997 that Tom Yakes
opened Compost Management on the
grounds of the old Lakes Outdoor drivein theater. For 18 years the company
provided contractors with compost,
mulches, soils, lawn maintenance products, decorative stone and boulders.
Last year, Yakes sold the business to
Mark Solowicz, who had recently retired
from a business he had founded and was
looking for something to keep him
Solowicz says he was fortunate to
retain the services of Operations Manager Diane Hohisel, who had been with
the business since its beginning. It’s
Diane who figures out how much material a contractor or homeowner needs to
complete a project he has in mind.
In January, Dean Brandner left the
position he had held at Delavan Ace
Hardware for 18 years to join the
Compost Management team.
“I enjoyed my many years at Delavan
Ace,” says Brandner, “but I wanted weekends off to spend with my family,
including grandchildren. That was
impossible at a hardware store that is
devoted to serving customers seven days
a week.”
Brandner is Compost Management’s
parts and service manager, which is a
responsibility that grows from day to
day. Solowicz had decided that he wanted
to offer customers equipment sales and
service and, over the winter, he became a
franchisee for Ariens, Grasshopper,
Stihl, Gravely and eXmark equipment.
He is also a dealer for Belgard
“Compost Management used to close
for the winter, but there were so many
contractors that said they had to travel 45
minutes to get their equipment serviced,
that I decided to get into the equipment
Compost Management owner Mark Solowicz and operations manager Diane
Hohisel inspect a Gravely mower in the companyʼs new showroom. (Beacon photo)
sales and service business in a big way.”
Solowicz says it has resulted in a
major commitment. He and Hohisel
have spent a good part of the winter
installing and configuring computer
hardware and software to inventory,
machinery and parts.
“Gravely, alone, has 34,000 parts to
keep track of,” he says. “I’m proud to
have Ariens and Gravely that are made
by the same company in Wisconsin,” he
says. All of the brands are top quality
that will give our customers the reliabil-
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ity they need.”
The only vestige of the drive-in theater is the projection house that stands
among the piles of organic material,
boulders and other materials in the
multi-acre yard. A huge wood chipper
will grind up four-foot sections of large
trees to make mulch.
Several municipalities in the area
deliver the leaves they pick up in the
“We’re a drop-off spot for organic
materials , including grass clippings,
leaves, etcetera, that used to go to landfills,” he says. “But government regulations now say they can’t be put into
landfills, but have to be recycled. Now
the leaves are arrayed in long piles where
they have been composting over the
winter. A large cultivator straddles the
piles and turns them when they reach a
certain interior temperature. When they
are sufficiently broken down, they are
run through screens to remove pieces of
plastic, twigs and other foreign material
in order to produce commercial grade
Piles of horse manure and straw are
turning into high-grade compost for use
on mushrooms.
Then there are piles of fine grade soil
with no stones or other detritus. Much of
this is put into a metal building so there
will be dry material for landscaping as
soon as the weather breaks.
“It’s amazing to see the trucks lined
up out the driveway and down Theater
Road as soon as spring arrives and contractors can get going,” says Solowicz.
“When they need it, they need it now,
and it’s our job to make sure it’s ready
for them.”
Huge piles of leaf compost remain
under plastic covers so that it doesn’t get
“When compost gets wet it acts like
a sponge and you can’t get the moisture
out,” he says.
Landscapers use rock from the size of
huge boulders to small gravel, all of
which is separated throughout the yard.
There are also various sizes of pavers and
other bricks, as well as fertilizer, grass
seed and straw that landscapers use.
While most of their customers are
commercial contractors, some homeowners do take advantage of their quality
“The big difference is that when they
go to a big-box store they can buy it in
bags,” says Solowicz. “We don’t bag it,
so we have to deliver it in bulk and leave
it on your driveway. It’s Diane’s job to
see that customers don’t order too much
or too little.”
Solowicz says they may get into
bagging mulch and soil for retail sale at
some time in the future.
When it comes to mulch, some
homeowners and landscape contractors
like to use colored material. But they
should know something about it before
they decide to apply it to their yard.
“Colored mulch is a decorative product that is made from kiln-dried wood in
products such as pallets,” he says.
“There is no nutritional value in it; in
fact it will actually pull some of the
nutrition out of the soil. But as long as
someone realizes it, there is no better
way to make a Green Bay Packer logo on
your yard than colored mulch.”
Compost Management is located at
3136 Theater Road, just south of
Highway 50. They are presently open
from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday, with expanded hours
during the busy season. Call 728-6123
for more information, including current
specials, warranty work or to arrange
pick-up for equipment within a limited
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Mercy named top company for
executive women for sixth year
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as his sister, Sammy, relaxes during the YESS (Youth Enpowerment Success
Strategies) Spring into Reading Night at Walworth Grade Schoolʼs Pam Knorr Library
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Who is still smoking in the U.S.?
Cigarette smoking among U.S.
adults has fallen to the lowest rate in
generations, according to data released
by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. That’s good news, considering that smoking still accounts for
about 480,000 deaths annually in the
United States, along with an estimated
$300 billion in health costs and lost
But the CDC numbers also offer an
interesting glimpse at the 17 percent of
adults who continue to light up. People
in the Midwest, for instance, smoke
more on average than Americans elsewhere in the country. People on
Medicaid are more than twice as likely to
smoke as those on Medicare. Adults with
a GED certificate smoke at eight times
the rate of those with graduate
degrees. Asians smoke less than other
ethnic groups. Men smoke more than
women, but not by much.
1) Half a century ago, more than two
of every five adults were smokers. But
that has fallen steadily over time. From
2005 to 2014, the adult smoking rate
declined from 20.9 percent to 16.8 percent. Public health officials are hoping
to to drive that rate below 12 percent by
2) Cigarette smoking has fallen
sharply among 18- to 24-year-olds. In
fact, the percentage of smokers in that
age group dropped by nearly a third over
the past decade, CDC data show, the
sharpest decline of any group. But
that striking change might be attributable, at least in part, to the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, hookahs and other
“non-cigarette tobacco products,” CDC
officials said.
3) People with lower levels of education tend to smoke at higher rates. The
new data also show that smoking among
people with graduate and undergraduate
degrees has fallen more sharply over the
past decade than among most other
4) Smoking among multiracial people and those classified as American
Indian or Alaska Natives (AI/AN) far
outpaces that of other ethnic groups.
Notably, Asians continue to have the
lowest rate of smokers and, along with
Hispanics, have cut their smoking rates
steeply over the past decade. CDC officials said the disparities across ethnic
groups, which are consistent with previous research, might partly be due to cultural differences related to the acceptability of tobacco use.
5) Midwesterners still smoke at
higher rates than anyone else in the
country. This was true a decade ago. But
Thursday’s data show that while other
regions have cut smoking rates by 20
percent or more since 2005, the
Midwest’s dropped only 14.4 percent.
6) U.S. adults who are uninsured or
on Medicaid smoke at rates more than
double that of people who have Medicare
or private insurance. There could be
many factors at play here. But health
officials said one contributing factor is
likely the “variations in tobacco-cessation treatment coverage and access to
evidence-based cessation treatments”
across different insurance types.
7) The number of heavy smokers
seems to be declining. Between 2005 and
2014, the number of daily smokers
dropped from 36.4 million to 30.7 million. Those daily smokers also reported
smoking fewer cigarettes over time,
from an average of 16.7 a day in 2005 to
13.8 a day in 2014. The number of people smoking more than 30 cigarettes a
day fell by almost half.
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The National Association of Female
Executives (NAFE) recently named Mercy
Health System as one of its “NAFE Top
10 Nonprofit Companies for Executive
Women” for 2016 in recognition of it
being an organization that identifies and
advances women through its ranks. The
list recognizes organizations whose
policies and practices encourage
women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership
demonstrate that commitment.
At the Top 10 Nonprofit Companies,
women represent 62% of top earners and
39% of those holding executive positions.
“For 10 consecutive years, we have
found women succeeding at nonprofit
organizations at a faster pace than at forprofit companies,” says NAFE President
Dr. Betty Spence. “Forty percent of our
Top Nonprofit Companies winners have
women CEOs, compared to five percent
of the Fortune 500. This is a clear indication of opportunities for advancement at
nonprofits that young women should
keep in mind when planning their
“We are very honored to be listed
among the top companies for executive
women for the sixth year in a row,” says
Javon R. Bea, president and CEO of
Mercy Health System. “We truly have an
outstanding leadership team that is com-
mitted to creating a work environment
that promotes career advancement and
Sue Ripsch, system chief nursing
officer and senior vice president, is celebrating 25 years as a Mercy employee,
having served multiple roles in various
capacities. She has overseen the drive
toward nursing excellence that resulted
in Magnet® recognition in October
2015. Sue says she feels Mercy understands the value women have in the
workplace. “Like many other women in
our organization, I have been provided
with the opportunity to grow in my
career; advancing from a nurse director,
to VP and now senior VP and CNO for the
system,” Ripsch said.
Ripsch is one of 22 people serving
in executive leadership, 12 of whom are
women. “It is an honor for us to have
received this recognition for so many
years in a row,” Ripsch continues. “I
have been part of the Mercy family for
25 years and I am proud to be part of an
executive team that is committed to continual growth and education that results
in exceptional service and care for our
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In another shot at Elkhorn, the
Republican reported:
The Elkhorn public school was dismissed on Tuesday afternoon last so that
the scholars might have an opportunity
to listen to the murder trial of Dr. Duvall
– a questionable place for children,
though we did not see more than a half
dozen school children in the courthouse
availing themselves of this opportunity.
Ammunition trade
F. H. Lassiter is still doing business
opposite the Andrus house where he is
prepared to do repairing of guns, pistols,
locks, umbrellas and in fact almost any
trinket which may need fixing up.
He keeps a supply of ammunition,
but says so many grocery and hardware
stores sell it also that the trade is so
divided as not to amount to much to anybody.
Times are very dull for this business
and, as he is the only one in the special
line of trade, it seems but proper and just
that he should have the entire ammunition trade. With this he could do moderately well, while those who now keep it
would hardly know the difference. We
want to keep him in town for it is very
handy to have such a mechanic to go to
occasionally. We hope those who have
occasion will give him a call.
• • • •
The Geneva seminary will commence
it's spring session on April 28th. The
expression of satisfaction by its patrons
and its continued growth promise a large
school family for the spring term. The
classes in music and art are all that can be
desired by those wishing for these particular accomplishments. A thorough class
in botany is arranged for this session.
Those desiring board should apply to
Mrs. Julia Warner, principal.
• • • •
D. D. Goodrich, formerly connected
with the Kenosha Union, was recently
killed and scalped by the Indians while
on his way to California.
• • • •
Circuit Court term begins next
Monday at Elkhorn. The business houses of Delavan continue to increase. There
is now no vacant store in town.
• • • •
Several cases of malignant diphtheria
are reported from Janesville, which defy
the skill of the physicians.
• • • •
An anti-Bible bill has been introduced in the assembly and it is reported
that it will pass that branch of the legislature. The assembly is Democratic and
apparently opposed to the Bible and all
its teachings. They first voted to have no
praying done for themselves and are now
trying to exclude the Word of God from
the public schools it would seem that
democracy and Christianity are antagonistic.
• • • •
At about 4 o’clock p.m. on Monday,
six tramps made their appearance on the
streets of Darien and while passing the
store of People and Lathrop, three of
them helped themselves to hunting
boots and overshoes that were hanging
outside as a sign, and started off for the
woods as fast as they could go. But they
were soon overhauled, the goods taken
from them and they were put in the custody of our constable until the next day
at 10 o’clock a.m. when they were sentenced by Justice Williams to the county
jail for 90 days at hard labor and we hope
our sheriff will carry out the program to
the letter and have them earn the bread
they claim they want so much.
• • • •
Mrs. Ovid Reed was thrown from a
buggy and seriously injured on Monday.
The horses started suddenly and the back
seat gave way, letting Mrs Reed fall
heavily, striking the ground on her head
and shoulders. One of her ears was torn
about 3/4 off. She also had her head
badly cut besides receiving a severe
shock to the spine which will no doubt
confine her to her room for many weeks
if not for life. Dr Cook was called in to
dress the wounds in a skillful manner
and [despite the foregoing statement]
thinks she will recover from her injuries
in a few weeks.
• • • •
We understand that Mr. J.D. Devoe,
late proprietor of the Elkhorn
Independent is quite ill. We are not
advised as to the nature of his complaint.
• • • •
The Friends of F. Herbert Parmeter,
at one time a clerk with C.H. Britten,
were startled to hear of his shocking
death at Lake Station on the St. Paul
Railroad. It appears that he attempted to
board a passing freight train, slipped and
fell beneath the wheels.
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Social Phobia
Many of us get nervous in certain
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uncommon to feel anxious about making
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well. However, for people with social
phobia, also known as social anxiety
disorder, these situations can be overwhelming.
Social phobics have an extreme fear
of being the center of attention and
being judged by others. They think that
everyone is looking at them and don’t
want to embarrass themselves. As a
result, they go to great lengths to avoid
the social situations they fear. Their
experience of intense anxiety is out of
proportion to the event.
Social phobia is more than shyness.
It can cause significant interference with
a person’s occupational, personal and
social life. It is a chronic disorder that
usually begins in adolescence, although
symptoms like extreme shyness may
occur in earlier years.
There are two types of social phobia.
In one type, the person is afraid of a specific situation, such as public speaking
or performing. This severe “stage fright”
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several, if not most, social situations.
This type usually has more serious
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situations that can be difficult to avoid.
In both types, anxiety before, during and
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Common social phobia-producing
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• Performing or speaking to an audience;
• Attending social gatherings;
• Going on a date;
• Entering a room full of people;
• Interacting with strangers;
• Making eye contact;
• Talking on the phone, especially in
front of others;
• Dealing with authority figures;
• Expressing disagreement or disapproval;
• Eating in front of others;
• Ordering food in a restaurant;
• Using public restrooms.
Either type of social phobia, in any
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• Dry throat and mouth;
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Social phobics may also fear that
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symptoms, which further fuels the
Unfortunately, the exact cause of
social phobia is not yet known.
However, researchers believe it is a combination of biological and environmental factors. Some people may be genetically predisposed to social phobia.
When they experience negative social
interactions or a particularly stressful
event, the disorder may be set off or
The good news is that about 80 percent of people treated for social phobia
experience significant improvement and
are able to get the disorder under control.
Treatment can include cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation training and/or
Although social phobia responds
readily to treatment, many people
remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, in
part because they are embarrassed to
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professionals don’t know how to recognize social phobia. Because a large number of people with social phobia also
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become more complicated.
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overcome your fears, feel more comfortable interacting with other people, and
lead a fulfilling life. You may still get
anxious in some situations, but not
enough to keep you from doing the
things you want to do.
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Gravel pit
out.” Austin estimated that the useful
life of the operation would range from 10
to 25 years, including the 13 acres to the
west that they have not begun to excavate.
When asked by an audience member
if there will be any more trucks operating in the area as a result of the proposed
operation, Austin admitted that they
hope the enhanced operation will result
in an additional three trucks an hour,
which will add to the traffic on Highway
67. One of the conditions suggested by
the Plan Commission is that the roads
within the pit be watered down periodically throughout the day to keep dust
down. By its nature, the washing operation will not create any dust.
Austin explained that sand and gravel
are usually sold to be used within a 10mile radius of the plant because trucking
costs are so high that it doesn’t pay contractors to haul it any farther.
Continued from page 1
They will be dredged periodically so they
don’t fill up. In addition, there will be
berms around the ponds that are so high
that we could have four 100-year storms
without them overflowing. So silt and
clay won’t leak into the surrounding
Visitors expressed concerns about
noise and dust from the gravel mining
and crushing operation, pointing out that
some houses are approximately 200 feet
from the pit.
“This is a non-conforming quarry
[that has been in operation on and off
since the 1930s, so it will continue to
operate,” said Austin. “The aggregate
washing operation will help us to sell
more product, which means it will shorten the life of the quarry as it is mined
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Tuberculosis: what you need to know
New cases of tuberculosis in the
southern region of the United States
have raised questions about this deadly
disease. It is caused by bacteria that
spread from person to person through
microscopic droplets released into the
air. The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention says there are almost 2 million TB-related deaths worldwide each
year from the disease that was once the
leading cause of death in the United
“Only those who are in close contact with people infected with tuberculosis are at risk of becoming infected
with TB,” says Mayo Clinic Center for
Tuberculosis Associate Executive
Director Dr. Stacey Rizza. “It is prevented by identifying people who have
tuberculosis infection, isolating them
from others until they are no longer
infectious, and treating them for either
active or latent tuberculosis.”
Although TB is contagious, it’s
not easy to catch. You’re much more
likely to get tuberculosis from someone you live with or work with than
from a stranger. Most people with
active TB who have had appropriate
drug treatment for at least two weeks
are no longer contagious.
There are two types of TB conditions:
1. Active TB disease: This condition makes you sick and can spread to
others. It can occur in the first few
weeks after infection with the TB bacteria, or it might occur years later.
2. Latent TB infection: Those with
this condition don’t feel sick, don’t
have symptoms and can’t spread TB
germs to others. But, if their TB germs
become active, they can develop TB
Signs and symptoms of active TB
_ Coughing that lasts three or more
• Coughing up blood
• Chest pain, or pain with breathing or coughing
• Unintentional weight loss
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Night sweats
• Chills
• Loss of appetite
Rizza says more than 10,000 new
cases were reported in the U.S. in 2011
and, globally, TB is a leading cause of
death from infectious disease.
“We need to be aware of TB and
treat and diagnose it quickly so we can
rid our country of this disease,” she
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Court appointments
Continued from page 5
Three presidents who appointed
Supreme Court justices in an election
year (Hoover, Taft and B. Harrison) were
running for re-election but ultimately
lost. If Hoover hadn’t replaced retiring
Justice Holmes in February 1932, the
court might have been denied the intellectual services of Benjamin Cardozo, by
all accounts a stellar justice. Hoover
faced a closely divided Senate, but
Cardozo was so universally admired that
his confirmation was unanimous.
William Howard Taft, who would
lose his 1912 reelection campaign,
achieved the position he most coveted,
chief justice of the United States, when
appointed to the high court by Warren
Harding in 1921. In an interesting twist,
Taft served on the Supreme Court with
the associate justice, Mahlon Pitney,
whom he had appointed in his last year
before leaving the White House.
Franklin Roosevelt and four other
presidents (Nixon, Eisenhower, Wilson,
Cleveland and Jefferson) placed justices
on the Supreme Court during election
years that led them to a second term. Ike
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faced an opening just three weeks before
the 1956 election when Justice Sherman
Minton left the bench in ill health.
Looking for support from the electoralvote rich Northeast, Eisenhower immediately selected William Brennan, a New
Jersey Catholic, in a recess appointment.
Catholics, a key component of the
FDR’s New Deal coalition, were also
represented in FDR’s 1940 election-year
nomination of Frank Murphy to fill the
seat of deceased Catholic justice Pierce
Nixon’s two appointments in 1972
of William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell
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carried out his campaign promise to
reshape the court to counter the liberal
Warren-era decisions, and contributed to
his landslide victory over George McGovern. Nixon couldn’t have predicted
that a mere two years later, his reshaped
bench would unanimously rule against
him in the Watergate tapes case, with
only Rehnquist recusing himself.
Two other presidents (Lincoln and
Grant) named Supreme Court members
after they had been re-elected but before
their second inauguration. When Roger
Taney died in late 1864, after 32 years on
the bench, Lincoln happily replaced the
Jacksonian chief justice with his
Republican Secretary of the Treasury
Salmon Chase.
Justice Scalia’s 30-year tenure confirms President Gerald Ford’s observation that “few appointments a president
makes can have as much impact on the
future of the country as those to the
Supreme Court.” That truism, even
more apposite now when the Court is
evenly split on the most contentious
political issues of the day, explains why
the Founding Fathers spent so much
time debating the process of selecting
Nearly silent on judicial qualifications, the founders gave considerable
thought at Philadelphia’s 1787 constitutional convention to the best method of
choosing them. The delegates initially
considered appointment of federal judges
Pennsylvania’s James Wilson, a future
member of the Court, opposed the proposal, arguing that “[i]ntrigue, partiality,
and concealment” resulted from judicial
appointments by legislatures.
Future president James Madison,
often called the “Father of the
Constitution,” added that members of the
legislature “were not judges of the requisite qualifications” for jurists. Wilson
thought that the newly created office of
the president should have sole authority
to choose judges, but John Rutledge of
South Carolina thought that plan too
As so frequently happened at the convention, perhaps because it operated in
secret, the delegates reached a compromise, eventually settling on nomination
to the Supreme Court by the president,
with appointment contingent on the
Senate’s prerogative to advise and consent.
While the exact nature of that prerogative has been endlessly debated, the
original intent of the Constitution’s
framers, which the late Justice Scalia
squarely embraced, was to produce qualified Supreme Court justices by checking
and balancing the “ambitions” inherent
in the chief executive and Congress’s
upper house. It was not to allow the
voter (even the white, male, landed-gentry electorate of that era) a direct role.
Barbara A . Perry is the Miller
Professor of Ethics and Institutions and
director of presidential studies at U-Va.’s
Miller Center. She is a former Supreme
Court fellow.
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Home & Family
Sup some soup for charity
Phoenix Middle School will once
again host an all-you-can eat soup
extravaganza. The school’s Empty
Bowls event will benefit Twin Oaks
Homeless Shelter, which often provides
temporary housing for Delavan-Darien
school district students and families.
The event is scheduled for 5-7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 22, at the Phoenix
Middle School cafeteria, 414 Beloit St.,
Tickets are $5 per person and can be
purchased at the door. The $5 donation
will get attendees a hand-crafted glazed
clay bowl made by a student, Phoenix
staffer or community volunteer. The
unique bowls come in a variety of
shapes, sizes and colors and will be used
Walworth Grade School Administrator Dr. Mary Anne Kahl (in sweater),
approximately 60 students and parents, enjoy a story during the YESS (Youth
Enpowerment Success Strategies) Spring into Reading Night at Walworth Grade
School on Friday, March 4.
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to contain all the soup attendees can eat.
Soups and all the “fixins” will be
provided by the Phoenix Middle School
staff chefs, volunteering families and
area restaurants, including Sweet Aroma,
Brodie’s Beef, El Nevado, Daddy
Maxwell’s, Jo Jo’s Pizza, Piggly
Wiggly’s deli and even more
There will also be a silent auction
with many items donated by area businesses and families, including gift baskets, sports memorabilia, gift certificates and more.
Phoenix Middle School student
musicians and choral singers who performed in the Wisconsin School Music
Association’s Solo and Ensemble contest will provide entertainment.
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Delavan’s Borg Road to close
The Town of Delavan and City of
Delavan are jointly working to replace
the Borg Road Bridge over Swan Creek.
This construction work is scheduled to
begin on Monday March 14 with the
complete closure of Borg Road at this
Borg Road will be closed to through
traffic from Phoenix Street to Blue
Heron Drive. A detour route is being
posted, using Linn Road and North
Shore Drive.
The new bridge is scheduled to be
open for traffic before the Memorial Day
weekend. To enable this early construction schedule, the contractor, Concrete
Structures Inc., is coordinating with the
Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources to ensure the protection of the
water flow in Swan Creek.
“Built in 1940, and last rehabilitated
in 1979, the bridge is past its’ serviceable life, with several holes completely
through the concrete decking,” said
Delavan Director of Public Works Mark
Wendorf. “The rebuilt bridge will allow
wildlife to pass under the structure, and
include both bike lanes and sidewalks
across the new bridge deck.
“The new bridge will also significantly increase motorist safety with the
removal of the concrete pillars that are at
the corners of the present bridge,”
Wendorf explained.
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Curvy Barbie, great!
Now whereʼs Dadbod Ken?
By Celia Rivenbark
Mattel has introduced three new
Barbies in hopes of finally shushing the
ever-louder protests that the iconic
doll’s nutty measurements give girls
lifelong body image problems.
A lot has been written about the new
“curvy” one even
made the cover of
Time magazine, a
reserved for the
Pope, Putin or
There’s also a tall
and short new
Barbie but it’s
the fat one that’s
getting most of
publicity. Celia Rivenbark
She’s pretty with
a full face, big butt and a thick midsection, Picture every woman ever cast as
“supportive best friend” in a movie with
a skinny, blonde lead actress. She’s the
one who hears you got dumped and is on
your doorstep in under an hour toting
spinach dip she made herself and it will
even be in a bread bowl she hollowed
out. What’s not to love?
The new tall and short Barbies aren’t
nearly as different looking as the curvy
one but they do share an admirable commitment to normal calves and smaller
busts. Much smaller. Proportions are
less porn star and more girls’ lacrosse,
bless God. At the press conference introducing the three new shapes of Barbie,
Mattel execs practically dropped their
mics before leaving the room. All you
hater millennial moms? We heard you.
I hate to be the poo in the punchbowl
here but there’s one teensy little prob-
lem with all this fanfare about Barbie’s
momentous makeover: They’re still selling the original.
While Mattel is acting like it had a
burning bush-style conversion on the
road to profitmaking, it’s not exactly
sincere when you’re still mass-producing a doll with real-life measurements of
39-18-33, a size so top-heavy one
researcher noted that “she’d have to walk
on all fours.”
Mattel is committed to making
Barbie more realistic to please the moms
who have taken their money elsewhere,
particularly in the past few years. But I
haven’t read anywhere that they’re shutting down production on the doll they
now call “Original Barbie. ” No way
Mattel is going to kill the goose that
laid the golden egg even if the egg has
been more gold-tone lately profit-wise.
So, let’s not get too braggy, Mattel
execs. As long as there’s still a porn-star
looking Barbie doll crawling on all fours
to the door to greet her friend with that
spinach dip, we’re not going to give you
too much credit. But, yes, like 100
Donald Trumps at the bottom of the
ocean, it’s a start.
Meanwhile, the whole world awaits
the unveiling of “Dadbod Ken.” It’s only
fair that Barbie’s longtime beau should
also get a more realistic overhaul for the
new millennium. No more 12-pack abs,
board shorts and chiseled jaw. “Dadbod
Ken” will keep it real with a slightly
receding hairline and a wardrobe dominated by billowy Polo style college logo
shirts that almost but not quite conceal a
pudgy midsection, the result of too many
pitchers and chimichangas. What’s good
for the goose...
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Milwaukee’s maverick aviator
Milwaukee native Billy Mitchell’s
life was forever changed in 1908 when
the Wright brothers demonstrated their
flying machine to the U.S. Army. He
soon learned to fly, commanded the first
U.S. aircraft units in 1917, and became
the leading U.S. advocate of air power.
But Mitchell’s enthusiasm fell on
deaf ears. Military leaders had spent their
careers expanding the Navy and dismissed the notion that a new technology
could make it obsolete.
In 1923, Mitchell warned that
Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, the principal
U.S. naval base in the Pacific, could be
destroyed by planes. He proved it by
sinking two battleships from the air.
Abrasive and domineering, Mitchell’s outspoken criticism led his superiors to demote him from general to
colonel in 1925. Later that year, when
needless crashes of military aircraft killed
pilots, Mitchell accused top government
officials of “incompetency, criminal negligence and almost treasonable administration of the national defense.”
He was charged with insubordination
and his court-martial became a media
extravaganza. Though he was convicted
and resigned, Mitchell became a hero to
military reformers and proponents of air
Soon after his death in 1936, he was
proven right by the bombing of cities
during the Spanish Civil War and by the
devastating 1940 Blitz on London.
In 1941, even his prophecy about
Pearl Harbor was tragically fulfilled.
Today, Mitchell is considered the
father of the U.S. Air Force. Milwaukee’s airport is named after him.
General William “Billy” Mitchell,
about 1916 when he took flight instruction at the Curtiss Aviation School at
Newport News, Va. Curiously, one of
Mitchellʼs flight instructors was Walter
Lees, an aviator from Mazomanie.
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Delavan-Darien District to adopt ‘center school’ system
By Mike Heine
District’s Board of Education voted 4-3
at a special meeting Feb. 29, to change
the elementary school grade configurations within the district.
Starting in September, the three elementary schools will house the following grades:
• Wileman Elementary: Early
Childhood, 4-year-old Kindergarten, 5year-old Kindergarten and possibly a privately-run day-care facility;
• Turtle Creek Elementary: Grades 13;
• Darien Elementary: Grades 4-5.
The present structure has all elementary schools with preschool through
grade 5, and Darien also housing the
Early Childhood program.
Voting for the proposal were Board
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Steve Logterman, Dr. Chad Kort and
Roxann Kelton. Board members Jim
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favored the idea but wanted to institute
the change in 2017-18.
“The wide-ranging educational needs
of our students are best served by this
new model,” said Superintendent Robert
Crist, who originally suggested changing the school structures two years ago.
“This will totally integrate our student
population and improve the educational
situations of all students, regardless of
their race, language, educational needs,
family income and living arrangements.
We will not have population pockets or
isolation of any of these groups as all
students will be together from their very
first day of school through graduation.”
The Wileman students who are not
within walking distance will have their
Under the new system, Wileman Elementary School will house early
Childhood, 4-year-old Kindergarten, 5-year-old Kindergarten and possibly a privatelyrun day-care facility.
(Beacon photo)
own separate bus routes apart from any
other students. The students in grades 15 will ride together with Turtle Creek
being a transfer point for grades 4 and 5
as those students go to or come from
Darien Elementary. Students who live
within walking distance of their school
would not ride the bus.
There are no changes to the busing or
grade configurations at Phoenix Middle
School and Delavan-Darien High
Crist and the district’s administrative
team believe the switch to this “center
school model” will allow the district to
integrate all students better no matter
their background, become more efficient, have better staff collaboration and
planning, balance class sizes and save
money, which could be used for retaining
existing programs and staff.
An estimated $500, 000 or more
Lake Geneva Symphony to team
with The Dance Company April 2
The Lake Geneva Symphony
Orchestra will present its third concert of
the season April 2 at Elkhorn Area High
School. Members of The Dance Factory,
a dance school in Delavan, will join the
orchestra in a performance of Sergei
Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite No.
2. The program will also include
Rossini’s ever-popular Overture to the
Barber of Seville, and Beethoven’s
Symphony No. 4.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome back the talented dancers from The
Dance Factory,” said Music Director
David Anderson. “Bringing two art
forms such as music and dance together
is a perfect example of the kind of connections we are highlighting with our
overall season theme. What’s even better
than hearing the artists of the LGSO perform Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet?
could be reallocated following anticipated staff reductions via attrition. With the
ability to balance class sizes in all
grades because inter-district boundaries
are removed, the district could have fewer
teachers while still keeping appropriate
class sizes. And, students who move
homes within the district, or who are
homeless, would not have to switch
schools or teachers under the model,
something that 60 elementary students
have had to experience this year.
Additionally, the model promotes a
district-mentality vs. a single-school
mentality. Instead of having one school
judged as being better or worse than
another one, successes and outcomes
will be looked at as district-wide accomplishments.
“We are in the business of education,
and we have to be responsible to the taxpayers while providing the best educa-
tional system to all our students with the
resources we have,” Crist said. “This
model levels the playing field for our
students. It truly is one that promotes
fairness for all kids, no matter where
they live within our district boundaries.
“I believe this model will also allow
for greater student achievement by having teams of teachers together where
they can focus on their grade level and
the developmental needs of their students. There is a lot of potential for
innovation by teachers, too.”
Logterman said the district had to
find a way to better integrate the district’s students. The district has nearly
70 percent of students qualifying for free
and reduced lunch, more than 100 students who have been homeless this
school year and approximately 47 percent of the student body is Latino. Turtle
Creek currently has higher percentages
of all three groups when compared to
Darien and Wileman elementary schools.
“I’d like to live in community where
we all work together and everyone has a
fair chance, so I’m for it,” Logterman
Scherer acknowledged that not every
parent or family would be in favor of the
model, which will make for more school
building transitions, logistical changes
to families’ routines and potentially
splitting up siblings between different
However, “there area lot of things in
the plan that I like,” Scherer said. “It
answers a lot of things we can’t solve
now (with the existing building structures). One of the things I’m concerned
with is student achievement. This allows
us to have better Gifted and Talented programs. Our Special Education needs will
be met much better. There won’t be transition issues at Phoenix.
Hearing the music with exceptional
artists from The Dance Factory portraying the story in dance!”
The Fourth Symphony is the latest
offering in the “Beethoven Project,”
Anderson’s ongoing effort to present one
of the nine Beethoven symphonies each
season. The Fourth is one of the most
technically challenging of the symphonies
and also the least often performed.
Beethoven’s contemporary,
Berlioz, was so enamored with the symphony’s second movement that he claimed
it “was the work of the Archangel
Michael, and not that of a human.”
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults, free for students K–12, and can be purchased at or at the door.
For more information visit the website
or call (262) 359-9072.
Tom Zinnecker, from Walworth, and Tim Blackman, from rural Delavan, enjoy
their meal during the Ninth Annual Chili fundraising Dinner at Faith Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Walworth on Saturday, March 5.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
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A fun, Dollar Store birthday
Volunteer Ginny Hall (right) trains other volunteers to give tours at Black Point
Estate and Gardens.
(Photo furnished)
Black Point Estate and Gardens is
recruiting volunteers for 2016 season
Black Point Estate, the historic
house museum on Geneva Lake, is
recruiting volunteers for the 2016 season. The estate, owned by the State of
Wisconsin and operated by the
Wisconsin Historical Society continues
to grow in popularity as a community
history resource and tourist attraction.
Attendance at estate programs was
roughly 7,500 people in 2015.
“Attendance to this lovely estate has
steadily increased since we’ve opened,”
said Black Point director David
Desimone. “We are fortunate to have
such dedicated volunteer support but we
are always seeking additional help.
Welcoming visitors to the historic property is a lot like having company on a
daily basis; there is a never ending list of
chores and tasks that need completed.”
Desimone says he anticipates another very busy year and hopes to recruit
additional volunteers so that they can
provide the best possible visitor experience.
“Volunteering at Black Point is a
wonderful way to learn about the history
of the region, make new friends and give
back to the community at the same
time,” he says. “There are numerous volunteer opportunities, ranging from giving tours to flower arranging. New volunteer training will begin in April.
Registration is open now.
Volunteers were asked what they
liked most about helping at Black Point
earlier this winter.
“The people are very nice and it is a
wonderful experience greeting the many
visitors each day” said Lois O’Brien,
Black Point’s resident piano player.
“Working with the other staff members and researching the rich history of
the Seipp family and Geneva Lake creates a strong feeling of friendship in the
support of keeping history alive,” commented Burlington resident Tom Yoder.
“I look forward to my days at Black
Point because I learn something new
each time,” said Jan Palzkill.
Finally, Diane Thompson commented that volunteering allows her to share
her knowledge.
“Teaching is fun and as a retired
teacher I am still teaching, only this
time with different material and to a variety of people,” she said. “Not only is
giving a tour rewarding, but getting to
know the staff and volunteers has been
fun. We have researched various topics,
formed a book club and often gone on
historical outings that have strengthened
our friendships. I would encourage anyone to become a docent and discover a
new world.”
“If making new friends and helping
people develop a greater appreciation for
local history sounds fun, contact Black
Point volunteer coordinator Jill
Westberg at 248-1888 to learn more,”
says Desimone.
Black Point Estate and Gardens was
the summer home of Chicago beer baron
Conrad Seipp. The estate evokes the
sense of time and place when wealthy
urban families escaped to Wisconsin to
spend lazy summer days entertaining
guests on large verandas or sailing on
Geneva Lake. The Wisconsin Historical
Society operates the estate and welcomes
guests from May 1 to October 31 each
By Marjie Reed
My husband Bob’s birthday was last
Wednesday. Our daughter, Nina, happened to have the day free, so she came
to help us celebrate. We celebrated
“Pops” in grand dollar store style.
I made Pennsylvania pot pie
like Bob’s mom
did when he was
growing up. It
turned out “just
like moms” so
the party started
out well.
asked for a warm
triple berry pie. I
went to Walmart
and hired Marie
Marjie Reed
Calendar to help
with that. Well, actually, Marie did all
the work; my only job was to remember
to bake the frozen pie so it would be
warm when we ate. The pie was a warm,
flaky success. We topped it with double
strawberry ice cream and, for a short
time, it was as if spring had arrived in our
dining room.
We will be celebrating the family
adult birthdays on another day, so our
daughter stopped by a dollar store on her
way to our house so Pops would have
something to open on his day.
She found a hysterical card and a
book called The Generals. “You’ll please
look inside the cover at the price,” she
said to her dad. “You’ll notice that the
price is $35. Nothing’s too good for my
dad,” she said with pride and a bit of
This type of attitude is not at all typical for Nina, so Bob got a bit suspicious. “Where did you say you got this?”
he asked.
“Oh, where isn’t important, it’s the
thought and money I put into your gift
and card that really counts,” she said as
she broke into a gut laugh. “Ok, I got
everything at the dollar store, but you
can see that at one point, folks paid $35
for that book. I just don’t happen to be
one of them.” Happy Birthday, Pops.
The joke turned out to be on her
because Bob is in the middle of watching
a series about our past great, and not-sogreat, generals. He loved the book.
She had also purchased party hats and
party blowers for us at the dollar store.
When we attempted to put the hats on,
the over-stretched elastic bands snapped
and smacked us in the face leaving
delightful little red welts.
Birthday, Pops.
We came to the conclusion that perhaps the elastic had been measured for
heads a bit smaller than ours.
The blowers were fun and the three of
us blew and blew. Finally, Nina started to
laugh again and said, “I just realized that
dollar store blowers are ten for $1
because they don’t have any noise makers in them; they just roll and unroll.
Finally, we three adults were getting
light headed and had to quit the blowers
before we all passed out. We needed
someone conscious to call 911 if need
be. Happy Birthday, Pops.
After our pie, and at the point where
in the old black and white movies everyone is relaxing and a box of expensive
chocolate butter creams is passed around
a fancy table, we passed around the first
aid cream to apply to the red welts still
on our faces from the snapping elastic
on our hats. Happy Birthday, Pops.
The three of us finished our fun day
by Nina taking us all to the movies to
see Eddie the Eagle. It’s a feel-good
movie about a young boy with leg problems who wanted to be an Olympian
some day.
After facing years of discouragement,
Eddie finally entered the 1988
Olympics. The movie was a perfect way
to end Bob’s birthday. As we left the
movies, Eddie had warmed our hearts and
created a renewed never-give-up energy
which soared within the three of us.
Happy Birthday, Pops.
Bob had an unforgettable birthday
with a one-on-one with one of our adult
kids. Not realizing it, Nina gave her dad
the most valuable gift she had to offer - a
day set apart, just for him.
That evening, our other kids and
their families called to wish Pops a
happy birthday.
Pot pie, berry pie, a visit, a movie,
phone calls and goodies from the dollar
store topped off with a healing dollop of
first aid cream.Wow! Happy Birthday
Dear God,
Help us to remember that it isn’t the
amount of money we spend for birthdays, but rather the time we spend
together with our family and friends, in
person or on the phone, that counts.
Thank you for dollar stores and other
relatively inexpensive stores that make
it possible to celebrate without breaking
the bank to say to each other, “Happy
Birthday, it’s your day, so let’s celebrate.”
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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
• Adult Craft Night: Chunky Bunnies,
Monday, March 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Registration required. These adorable
wooden-block bunnies will hippity-hop
into your home bringing a much-needed
touch of spring. Space is limited. All materials will be supplied and directions will be
• Baby to Three, Come Wiggle with
Me, Mondays at 10 a.m. Words and wiggles go together like peanut butter and
jelly in this special story time/open
play/dance party for babies, toddlers, and
their grown-ups. Read, dance, repeat.
• AARP Tax Aide, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Tax professionals
will be on duty Tuesdays and Wednesdays
through mid-April. Call for information
and an appointment.
• Tech Tutorials, Wednesdays from 9:30
to 11 a.m. Registration is required. Baffled
by technology? Sign up for a 45-minute
one-on-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.
• Traveling Exhibit on Wisconsin
Waters, through March 27. Wisconsin has
a wealth of water and the Sea Grant Program
and University of Wisconsin Water
Resources Institute have created a traveling
photography display to celebrate it and
encourage its stewardship.
• Fabric Egg Hunt, through March 31. I
spy with my little eye…oodles of fabric
eggs. Kids, join us in a month-long egg
hunt. Find and count all the eggs you can
and bring your answer to the children’s
desk for a special treat. Everyone who participates will have his or her name put into
a drawing to win a quilt. This program is
possible thanks to a generous donation by
the Scrappers’ Quilt Guild.
• March Makerspace: 3D Printer
Returns. Contact the library to reserve a
time slot to learn about or use the 3D printer. Plans for items you can print are available at The printer is
not capable of producing very large or
complex items, so keep this in mind when
picking out what you’d like to make.
• Formal wear donations needed. The
library is looking for gently used formal
wear donations for our upcoming Style for
Nothing, Swag For Free program, April 8
and April 9. Donated items will be made
available to area teens – at no cost – for use
at prom and other formal functions.
Donors will receive tax receipts, if desired.
Donations can be dropped off at the library
any time during normal business hours.
• AARP Tax Aide, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
and Wednesdays at noon. Tax professionals
will be on duty at the library on Tuesdays
and Wednesdays through mid April. Call for
information and an appointment.
• 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
This program aims to ensure that all children entering kindergarten have acquired
necessary learning and literacy skills
through exposure to books and a languagerich early childhood experience. The program is open-ended, so you can read at your
own pace, year-round. Stop by the children’s desk for more information or to sign
• Story time with Ms. Denise,
Wednesdays at 10 a. m: March 16,
Leprechauns, Rainbows, & Pots o’ Gold;
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March 23, Eggs and Chickens…Which
Came First?; March 30, Feelings.
• Knit and Crochet Club, Monday,
March 14; Wednesdays, March 23 and 30 at
6 p.m. For all ages and experience levels,
Take your own project to work on, share
your expertise, and learn from others.
• Speak with Senator Baldwin’s Staff,
Thursday, March 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. Here
is your opportunity to share your concerns
with Senator Tammy Baldwin via one of
her staff members.
• Aram Book Club, Thursday, March 17
at 6:30 p.m. “The Storied Life of A. J.
Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin.
• Options in Healthy Eating, Tuesday,
March 22 at 6 p.m. April Yuds of LOTFOTL
Community Farm will offer a celebration
of Spring by talking about new ways to
think about the food we eat. Take a look at
seasonal eating, choosing local foods, and
how CSA (community supported agriculture) fits in to making the best choices for
you and your family’s health.
• The Great Great Lakes, Thursday,
March 24 at 6 p.m. Delavan is located
about 40 miles from Lake Michigan, the
world’s fifth largest lake. It, and its fellow
Great Lakes, make up the world’s largest
freshwater system. Wisconsin Sea Grant’s
Moira Harrington will share some lake
facts and information on recent research
and outreach projects related to the lakes.
• Guilty Pleasures Book Club, Monday,
March 28 at 6 p.m., will discuss “Board
Stiff,” by Annelise Ryan.
• Food Patriots Film Screening,
Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p. m. “Food
Patriots” is a new, feature-length documentary film and public engagement campaign
with the goal of getting people to improve
their buying and eating habits by 10%. The
documentary includes the story of the
entire UW men’s and women’s athletic
departments, where student athletes are
taught how to shop and cook healthy
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.
• LEGOS and Beads, Mondays, 4 p.m.
• Story Time, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Crafts
to follow.
• Pi Day Celebration, March 14.
Beginning at 1 p.m., Friends of the Library
will be selling sweet and savory pies.
• “Doctor Who” Day: Friday, April 8, 4
• Saturday Morning Book Group, second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. Read
and discuss a new book each month. April
9: Anything Goes (bring any book to discuss).
• BINGO, Wednesday, March 17, 1 p.m.
Try your luck, win prizes!
• “Doctor Who” Day: Friday, April 8, 4
• What Are Teens Reading? book group
meets the third Monday of the Month at 7
p.m. This group is for parents to read and
review teen books. Stop at the library to
pick from a selection of young adult
• 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.
Town of Lyons resident and
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser
will speak at the Lake Geneva Public
Library on Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30
(Photo furnished)
• Story Time for infants through Pre-K.
Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m. A theme will
unite a story and a craft.
• Coffee Hour, Wednesdays from 9:3011 a.m. Social hour with free coffee and
pastries for adults.
• Kids Club, kindergarten through
fourth-graders are invited to hear a story
and make a craft, too. Registration required
one week in advance. Mondays at 4 p.m.
Clinton Public Library, 214 Mill St.,
Clinton. Hours: Monday and Friday 8:30
a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.
- 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30
p.m. Phone (608) 676-5569.
• Storytimes at the library, Mondays at
10 a.m. for children 3 to 24 months;
Fridays at 10 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)
• Entries for the annual raffle of two
Easter baskets will be accepted from
Monday, March 14, thru Wednesday, March
• Free “Coloring for Adults” gettogether on Tuesday, March 15 from 1-2
p.m. in the library’s conference room.
Enjoy a relaxed hour away from home and
re-introduce yourself to a favorite childhood pastime. The library will provide the
coloring pages, the colored pencils, the
coffee, and the fun! Please call (262) 8825155 to register.
• Photocopies 10 cents per page. Faxes
sent or received for $1 per page
• Free Wireless access
• Ten computers for patron use at no
• 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.
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 5426262.
• Story Time, Fridays, 11 a.m., for ages
March 11, 2016 — 17
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 offsite.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call
275-5107 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, Thursday, 10 a.m. for kids
ages 2-5 and siblings.
• Ongoing book sale. Donations of
new or slightly used books, including children’s books, may be dropped off at the
• Lego Club, the first Monday of every
month from 4-6 p.m. All school age children are welcome.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call
[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
• Preschool Story Time, every Friday
through May 29 from 9:30-10 a. m.
Children ages 3-5 years are especially
encouraged to attend this half hour reading
program. However, families and children
of all ages are also invited. Library staff
will read stories that are based on a seasonal theme. Preschool Story Time may
include singing, dancing, and other participatory activities.
• Every Thursday through May 28 from
9:30-10 a. m. , the library will host
“Toddler Time” for babies through 2-yearold children. Toddlers are invited to enjoy
stories, rhymes, songs, and play.
• Pajama Story Time on select Thursday
evenings. On Thursday, March 24, from
6:30-7, busy working parents and babies
to 5-year-old children are especially
encouraged to attend this half hour reading
program. However, families and children
of all ages are also invited. Library staff
read aloud stories that are often based on a
seasonal theme. “Pajama Story Time” may
include books, singing, magnetic board
activities, and other participatory activities. The program will be held once a
• Teen Writing Workshop, Monday,
March 21 from 4-6 p.m. Teens who like to
write are invited to bring their poems, fiction, comics and other work in progress to
receive feedback and suggestions from
peers. If teens would like Youth Librarian,
Miss Sara, to make copies of their work to
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By Kathi West
March 19 is National Quilting Day.
Most of the quilt shops are calling
March National Quilting Month. Celebrate by going to your favorite quilt
shop, see all the new fabrics and patterns
and plan a new quilt.
I will have a spring quilt exhibit at
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute,
W2493 Co. Road ES, in East Troy from
March 20 (Spring starts) until June 18.
There will be an opening reception on
March 19 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Come to
see some of my spring quilts, visit and
have a bite to eat.
A number of people have asked me
what they can do with scraps left over
from making a number of quilts.
Planned quilts with 2-8 different fabrics
are quite stunning. But scrappy quilts are
more interesting and quite beautiful.
There are many scrappy quilt books at
the quilt shops and at quilt shows. But
the queen of scrappy quilts is a charm
In a charm quilt each fabric is used
only once. Some quilters repeat one of
the fabrics one more time and get people
to search for the duplicate. Lore associated with charm quilts says the quilt
should have 999 pieces. I’m not sure
everyone who has made a charm quilt has
reached that goal, but I’m pretty sure I
have enough scraps to make a king sized
bed quilt with 999 pieces.
But many people don’t have as many
leftovers. Charm quilts, at one time,
were called beggar quilts. Quilters would
trade or beg for pieces of fabric. Some
women would put a notice in magazines
and newspapers for pieces of fabric for
their charm quilts. Most of them asked
for 6-inch squares because they could cut
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out more shapes from that size. If you
should decide to make a charm quilt, ask
friends at quilt guild. They always have
scraps left from other quilts.
There are many great patterns that
make lovely charm quilts: Apple Cores,
Tumbling Blocks, Pyramids, Clamshells, Hexagons, Kites and more. The
great part is that you can do a little at a
time. Then collect more pieces of fabric
and add that to your on-going project. In
no time you can get up to 999 different
In McCall’s Quilting Magazine from
April 2007 there is a Charm quilt wall
hanging that has 169 two-inch flower
squares, with three larger appliqued flowers on white 6 inch x 4 inch squares to
break up the colorful little squares. This
person asked her friends for 2-inch
squares. Almost everyone has some extra
2-inch squares of cotton fabric.
April 2-3, Mukwonago Crazy
Quilters Annual Show at Park View
Middle School, 930 N. Rochester, St.
Mukwonago. I love this show; great
quilts, it’s close, it’s judged, and it only
takes about half a day to go through it.
There is a raffle quilt, and a sewing
machine raffle. There will be more than
300 quilts on display. A very good lunch
is available in the cafeteria. There is a
vendor mall, demonstrations and a bed
turning. You can enter a quilt – see All the
rules and instructions to enter are there
including a entry form. Entries must be
postmarked by March 21, 2016.
April 6-9, International Quilt Show
at Rosemont, Ill. This show is so close
to us that it’s a must-see. It isn’t as big
as Paducah but it’s a good size. It takes
This lovely quilt with baskets and eggs won a ribbon at the Expo in 2015.
(Beacon photo)
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Oriental Dreams was presented at the Madison Quilt Expo in 2011. It is the closest example of a charm quilt I could find.
(Beacon photo)
me two days to go through the exhibit of
quilts and the vendors. But I’m not a
rush-through person, and I take a lot of
pictures to put in the paper.
April 20-23, AQS Quilt Week in
Paducah, Kentucky, at the PaducahMcCracken County Convention & Expo
Center. For more information see There will be exhibits
and classes with the best instructors in
June 3-June 25, Wisconsin State
Shop Hop is scheduled again. I put this
in early so you can plan for this event.
Maybe plan a car full of quilters every
weekend to go around to all, or at least
some, of the stores.
If you have some quilting news to share
with quilters in the greater Walworth
County area, e-mail me or mail to P.O.
Box 69, Williams Bay, WI 53191. Make
sure you send it early, about a month
before the event. I will try to get it into
the next column.
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Pet Questions and Answers
serve no purpose and usually cause few
problems, but you have to keep a close
eye on the nail since it tends to overgrow
quickly and needs to be trimmed periodically by a groomer or vet.
Q: We have a great new pet, a 12week-old female standard poodle. She
loves to walk and run – just not on the
road and blacktop. Once we leave the
backyard she gets very skittish. I can
clearly see she is afraid of cars but even
on a quiet street she basically refuses to
move and just sits. I don’t want to be too
pushy with her at this point because she
is only a puppy. Or should I be?
A: Being pushy rarely works in these
situations. She clearly doesn’t feel comfortable out of the yard, and if you push
her she will feel that her fears are justified. It’s always important to remember
that animals never accept our assurances
about how safe a situation is; they need
to figure it out for themselves. If she
wants to determine for herself that the
situation is safe then just hold the leash
and lean against a tree. She’ll get tired of
sitting down as she smells all the different odors around her and sees the new
sights and sounds, and in no time at all
she will figure out for herself that being
out of the yard is a great place to be.
Q: I got a male guinea pig named
Hercules for Christmas and I want to
know if I can teach him to come when I
call him like my dog does. He is 12
weeks old now and seems to be very
smart, but when I say his name he doesn’t seem to pay attention to it.
A: Guinea pigs are actually a lot
smarter than we give them credit for, but
since they have so many enemies in the
world it takes a while for them to relax
and let their guard down. He doesn’t see
very well, so if you are far away from
him and standing up while you call his
name it is hard for him to respond to you
like a dog would.
It’s better to sit on the floor with
him about two feet away with a piece of
lettuce tied to a string. Say his name in
a clear and loud voice so that it sounds
different from the way you usually talk,
then toss the lettuce to him and as he
reaches for it just slowly tug it toward
you so that he has to follow it, all the
while saying his name. When he can do
this from only two feet away, move him
four feet away and then farther and farther
until he is following the lettuce to you
from across the room. Then try it while
you are sitting on the floor just calling
his name and holding the lettuce in your
hand. Most likely he will get the idea
By Marc Morrone
Q. We have three cats that are always
indoors and they all get along well. One
is 5 years old and we got two kittens
over the summer. The problem is that
the older cat seems to be teaching the
other two to open the cabinets in the
kitchen. He always did this and we
thought it was cute. He would just open
a cabinet and crawl inside and go to sleep
there. But now we see the younger cats
opening the cabinets and pulling out
bags of bread and other foods and scattering them across the floor. The cabinets
have very strong hinges and we can’t
imagine that they learned this through
trial and error. How do we stop this?
A. I doubt that the older cat consciously taught the younger ones to
open the cabinets, but the kittens did
learn for themselves through what I call
observational learning and what a scientist would call social learning. This
always fascinates me as it is not a behavior that is taught or learned through trial
and error; the behavior is performed
spontaneously in its complete or near
complete form after the animal has
observed it being performed by another
member of its social group. It is almost
like one generation passes a talent down
to another, just like in human culture.
I’m not sure if this is mimicry or actual
problem solving. Dogs have been proved
in laboratory situations to mimic human
actions but to my knowledge this has yet
to be proven with cats. At any rate, the
problem is that your groceries are all
over the floor. I would suggest using the
same kind of locks that you put on cabinets to keep babies out of them
I would also give the cats some kind
of other enrichment that mimics the fun
they have by going through the cabinets.
A big cat tree with those carpeted tunnels
on them is great, and even a simple
thing like a few cardboard boxes with
holes cut in the sides and half filled with
crumpled newspapers is a great substitute for playing in kitchen cabinets.
Q. We got my son a baby guinea pig
for Christmas and we are very happy
with him. On his back feet he has three
toes that seem fine, but on each foot is a
very small toe that is loose and floppy
and does not seem to work at all. Is this
a big problem?
A. Guinea pigs typically have four
toes on the two front feet and only three
on the back, so those extra toes on the
back feet that you see are vestigial toes
that we call dew claws. Dew claws that
occur on the back legs of any animals
This Russian Blue cat is trying to keep warm on a frigid, cloudy day. He/she
would no doubt rather be lying in the sun, but, if it doesnʼt get too hot, this radiator will
have to do.
(Photo furnished)
right away and soon every time he hears
the word “Hercules” he will stop and
look up as he has learned that this means
his lettuce is forthcoming and good
times are at hand.
Q: I purchased a puppy at the end of
November. She was then 10 weeks old.
I have been trying to housebreak her ever
since. If I time it right, all is well.
However, it seems at least once a day she
will either poop or pee in the house. She
is a Chinese crested powderpuff and now
weighs 5 pounds, 8 ounces. I have to
take her outside at least 15 to 20 times a
day. I stay outside with her in a fenced
area on my property to watch what she
does. When she goes I give her a treat
hoping that will work. What happened
today makes me question if she will ever
get trained.
She was playing in the kitchen with
her toys – the gates were up to keep her
in the kitchen area – when I suddenly
noticed she seemed to be getting ready to
poop in her bed. I yelled at her and picked
her up, put her in her crate while I put
my coat on and took her out. It was only
later I discovered that she had actually
peed in her bed. She could have easily
peed on the kitchen floor but she chose
her bed. I thought dogs would never use
their bed. Most of the time she keeps her
crate clean. About twice a week she will
poop in the crate. What is wrong with
her? Will she ever get it?
A: She is young and lost control, and
that is the only explanation. The whole
reason that we are able to teach dogs to
eliminate where we want is that dogs
like to do it in the same area and surface
substrate, no matter if it is outdoors in a
corner of your yard or indoors on a wee
wee pad. The whole key is to be proactive and watch the dog as much as possible so that it doesn’t have the opportunity to eliminate where you don’t want it
to. If the dog never gets the opportunity
to do this, it will never think it is an
Scolding the dog when it does make
a mistake doesn’t do any good. Dogs just
don’t have enough folds in their brains to
comprehend that pooping or peeing can
be a bad thing if by some chance they are
forced by circumstance to do it in an area
that they don’t normally use.
Of course there are some dogs that
figure out where to go faster then others
do and some dogs, such as larger ones
with bigger bladders, have more self control. Some dogs also have better spatial
awareness skills and thus have a better
grasp of where the preferred elimination
area is at all times. But it’s hard for a
small dog that’s in your living room to
figure out that it has to go from there
into the kitchen and then through the
back door to get to the area to eliminate.
Just about all dogs do figure it out in
time if you start at a young enough age,
are very, very, very, very (that is four
very’s) consistent, and do your best to
look at the situation from the puppy’s
point of view.
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Elkhorn native in print again
Richard Van Scotter has published
his fourth book, and first novel, “Thin
Ice: Race, Sports and Awakening in the
Richard Van Scotter
The Elkhorn native has set the story
in a southeastern Wisconsin city named
Elk Woods, which he says is “mildly disguised and based on actual settings and
events with creative license.” Walworth
County residents will have little trouble
identifying the models for villages,
their high schools and teams.
In 2010, Van Scotter wrote a book
called “Thinclads: A Small Town 1950s
Track Team and Then Some,” about Elkhorn High School’s 1956 track and field
team that outperformed all expectations.
In “Thin Ice,” he traces a year in the
life of students, teachers, staff and
townsfolk in his mythical Elk Woods
and the Antelopes football, basketball
and track teams, whose name is abbreviated to the “Lopes.”
The year is 1957 and the United
States is living through perhaps its most
carefree and affluent decade. For those
who care to learn from the past and look
into the future, however, the problems
that will face the teenagers and their families in the latter part of the 20th and
beginning of the 21st centuries are
already beginning to show signs of
Van Scotter draws on his experience
as an educator to construct two of the
main characters, teachers Miss Van Meer
(English) and Sam Hartman (history)
who try to help students find the middle
ground between recreation and scholarship that will prepare them to be useful
Van Scotter uses “values in tension,”
the theme of a book he co-wrote with
James Davis and Michael Hartoonian in
2012 for the Colonial Williamsburg
Foundation, to inform his students about
the basic questions faced by citizens of a
republic/democracy and teach them how
to think for themselves.
The book alternates between classroom discussions and athletic endeavors
to provide the tensions necessary for a
successful novel. In so doing, the author
makes the reader work (think) harder
than he or she might want, but the result
is a satisfying experience as the book
leaves the reader with more than she or
he might have anticipated.
Other sources of tension, or conflict,
in the book include:
• the appearance of the city’s first
black students, a brother and sister
whose way is made easier by their athletic talent.
• the divide between the crew-cutwearing athletes (and good students) and
the less intelligent classmates Van
Scotter characterizes as the “ducktails”
• a track coach who isn’t ready for the
idea of girls competing in athletic contests above the GAA level
• a basketball coach who may have
problems accepting a black player on
his team
• a runner who needs to enlist the
help of coaches and fellow athletes to
beat the record in the mile
The inclusion of discussion questions at the end of the book and the
availability of a study guide makes it
obvious that Van Scotter hopes the book
will be used in classrooms to help students in the real world ponder, and learn
from, the questions posed in the novel.
I found it difficult to read the book
straight through. The switch between
play-by-play descriptions and classroom discussions of difficult questions
called for a cooling-off period to let the
latter sink in.
Although there are a lot of characters
in the book, they are memorable enough
that the reader will have no problem
keeping track of them. If he/she does,
there is a list of them in the beginning to
Big Foot High School Jazz Band member Greg Kovarik plays a trumpet solo
during the Pops and Popcorn Concert, which was held in the gym on Feb. 29. The
auditorium is being remodeled and wonʼt be ready until September.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
Delavan Lions offer corned beef,
cabbage and baked chicken, too
The Delavan Lions Club’s 53rd
annual, all-you-can-eat corned beef and
cabbage and baked chicken dinner is set
for Sunday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m.
to 7 p.m. at the Village Supper Club,
1725 South Shore Drive on Delavan
The meal will include corned beef,
steamed cabbage, baked chicken, Irish
potatoes, carrots, horseradish, rye bread
and butter, plus coffee or milk. There
will also be an hourly 50/50 raffle for
cash prizes.
Advance tickets are available from
any Delavan Lions Club member or
from these Delavan locations: Village
Supper Club, Stinebrink’s Piggly
Wiggly, Bradley’s Department Store or
Hunter’s Service.
Tickets may also be purchased at the
event. For more information or advance
tickets, call 262-949-5387.
Artists and crafters wanted
which one can refer. I don’t suggest trying to commit them to memory before
you delve into the book.
Occasionally, some of the high
school students can sound a bit too prescient and articulate. I found myself
thinking, “no high school student would
have said that back then, ” or, “we
weren’t thinking about gas guzzling cars
becoming a problem in 1957.” But giving the author some latitude in those
instances allows him to introduce some
important subjects that were just over
the horizon and would become important
in the near future.
“Thin Ice” is a pleasure to read, and
perhaps re-read; especially for someone who grew up during the 1950s and
will be able to recognize/visualize the
era and its culture. But that isn’t to say
it’s a book of nostalgia designed for
gray-beards. It’s even more important
for young readers who are being, or
wi l l be, faced wi t h l i vi ng i n an
increasingly complicated world.
“Thin Ice” (222 page paperback,
$16.95 or ebook, $9.99) is available
through the publisher, HenschelHAUS,
phone at (414) 486-0653, A,, Kindle and from
select book stores.
Organizers of the 40th Annual
Williams Bay Fine Art & Craft Fest are
looking for artists. The 2016 festival
will take place on Saturday, July 30 and
Sunday, July 31 in Williams Bay’s
Edgewater Park
The juried fine art and fine craft exhibition will be limited to 60 exhibitors.
All works must be original in concept
and design and applications will be taken
until the maximum number has been
reached, but priority will be given to
applications received by April 16.
There will be cash Awards in two categories: 1) Fine Art and 2) Fine Craft
More information and applications may
be obtained by calling (262) 729-5089,
www.wbrecdept .com
The event is being presented by the
Williams Bay Cultural Arts Alliance
(WBCAA) and the Williams Bay
Recreation Department (WBRD).
Audubon Society to learn about
the exotic birds of Pagagonia
The Southern Lakes Audubon
Society will host a special program on
Tuesday, March 29. Naturalist Bill
Volkert will give a presentation on his
travels throughout Chile to see and
explore the wild areas of the far south.
Among the regions they visited was
Patagonia, the southern-most wilderness of South America. This is a remote
area of mountains and glaciers, crowned
by the towering peaks of Torres del
Patagonia is also home to ostrichlike rheas, and a wild relative of the
llama, the guanaco. With the cold
Antarctic waters moving north along the
coast, this region provides a home to
two species of penguins, the Humboldt’s
and Megellanic penguin. Along the
coast, seabirds swirl about in the ever-
present winds, and the rich seas provide
a food source that lures albatrosses,
shearwaters, skuas and other seabirds.
With its numerous wetlands and shallow lakes, there are a variety of waterfowl that inhabit this land, and like
many birds of this south-temperature
region they are distinct from those found
in North America, yet represent ecological counterparts. Patagonia is the wild
outback of Chile, with abundant wildlife
and spectacular scenery. This program
will take attendees to the far south of the
Americas and provide a visual tour of
this outermost land.
The program, scheduled for 7 p.m. at
the Lion’s Field House on Highway 67,
north, in Williams Bay. It is free and
open to the public. Refreshments will be
served before and after the program.
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to make advance reservations for events
that require them. Phone numbers are in
area code (262) unless otherwise indicated.
For a more complete listing of activities at
area businesses, log on to www.visitwalworth
American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10
a.m. - 3 p.m., Mercy Walworth Medical
Center, N2950 State Road 67 and Hwy 50,
Lake Geneva.
“Flow,” documentary screening, 6 –
7:30 p. m. , Michael Field Agricultural
Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy.
“How did a handful of corporations steal our
water?” Water is the very essence of life. It
sustains every living being on this planet
and without it, there would be nothing…”
Come learn about the issue of our time.
“Who owns water?" Water promises to be to
the 21st century what oil was to the 20th
century: the precious commodity that determines the wealth of nations.” The Nation.
Ye Olde INHotel
(262) 763-2701
Hwy. 36-Halfway between Lake Geneva & Burlington
from Hwy. 50 turn on South Road, 3 miles
Open Wednesday-Friday at 4:00 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday 11:30 All Day & Evening
LASAGNA DINNER.............$11
CHICKEN PARMESAN.............$12
Thursday, March 17
Serving from 11 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Corned Beef & Cabbage Plate......$10
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner...$13
Reuben w/Baby Red Potatoes..........$8
14 oz. Ribeye or NY Strip.................$26
Kid’s Menu: Mac & Cheese...............$6
Chicken Strips........................................$6
FISH COMBO PLATTER....................$13
FISH FRY......................................$11
LAMB CHOPS..........................$26
RIBEYE or NY STRIP.........$26
TURKEY or PORK DINNER........$12
Milwaukee’s Famous Keyboardist
4:00-8:00 P.M.
Easter Sunday, March 27
Serving 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Turkey or Pork...........................$12
Ham Dinner................................$13
Prime Rib....................................$22
Leg of Lamb................................$22
Plus Regular Menu • Children under 12: $6
SURF ‘N TURF..........................$36
Plus Regular Menu • Carry-Outs Available
Delavan Model Train Show, 9 a.m. - 4
p.m., American Legion Hall, 111 S. 2nd
St., and 12 other locations. The free show
features model train layouts from throughout the Midwest, interactive train activities, raffles, prizes food and beverages.
Home & Garden Show, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
Burlington High School, 400 McCanna
Pkwy, Burlington. A great opportunity for
your to get all of your questions answered
and gain new ideas for your home or business. Enjoy food, fun and free workshops
by The Master Gardener, Chocolate City
Quilters and many others.
Delavan Model Train Show, 9 a.m. - 2
p.m., American Legion Hall, 111 S. 2nd
St., and 12 other locations. The free show
features model train layouts from throughout the Midwest, interactive train activities, raffles, prizes food and beverages.
Delavan Lions Club’s all-you-can-eat
corned beef and cabbage and baked chicken
dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Village
Supper Club, 1725 South Shore Drive on
Delavan Lake. The meal includes corned
beef, steamed cabbage, baked chicken,
Irish potatoes, carrots, horseradish, rye
bread and butter, plus coffee or milk. There
will also be an hourly 50/50 raffle for cash
prizes. Advance tickets are available from
any Delavan Lions Club member or from
these Delavan locations: Village Supper
Club, Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly,
Bradley's Department Store or Hunter's
Service. Tickets may also be purchased at
the event. For more information or advance
tickets, call (262) 949-5387.
Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra
chamber music, 3 p.m., Holy Communion
Episcopal Church, 320 Broad St., Lake
Geneva. The LGSO chamber music ensembles will perform works by Dvorak,
Beethoven, and Brahms. Admission is free.
Visit lakegeneva or call (262)
359-9072 for more information.
Mercy Hospice Grief Care Support
Group, 6 p.m., lower conference rooom at
Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical
Center, Hwys. 50 and 67, north of Williams
Bay. Have you recently lost a loved one?
Share and receive the support of others facing the challenges associated with the
grieving process. There is no charge for
attendance. Family and friends are welcome. Please RSVP by calling (888)
The Delavan Historical Society will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at 1 p.m. at the
society’s Resource and Exhibit Center,
Ann and South Seventh streets in Delavan.
Lives of some of Delavan's Irish will be
remembered. Bring any histories, stories
and mementoes in the life of Delavan's
Irish to share or just come and enjoy them.
Blood Drive sponsored by the Williams
Bay High School Student Council from
6:45 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. in the school's
Wisconsin will be accepting blood donations from anyone 16 years (with parental
consent) or older and in good health. Walkins will be welcome, but appointments are
encouraged. To schedule an appointment,
please call the school at 245-6224. The
donation process takes approximately one
hour. Please remember to take a photo ID.
This year's goal is 120 donors. Each blood
donation may save as many as three lives.
Storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak will
portray Eleanor Roosevelt in a one-woman
theatrical presentation “This is My Story”
at 4 p.m. in the Seabury Room, located
inside the Beasley Campus Center on the
George Williams College campus of Aurora
University, 350 Constance Blvd. ,
Williams Bay. Frontczak brings history to
life highlighting the First Lady during the
Great Depression and first-hand experiences witnessing her husband’s second
term as president during the New Deal.
Although these events are free and open to
the public, reservations are required. To
register or get more information on the
series, visit daysat4 or
call 245-8536.
Milwaukee keyboardist Al White, 4-8
p.m., Ye Olde Hotel in Lyons. No cover
charge. (262) 763-2701.
American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12-5
p.m., East Troy Bible Church, 2660 North
St. (Hwy. 20), East Troy.
Bingo at the American Legion Hall, 111
S. 2nd St., Delavan. Doors open at 5:30
p.m., 15-game session begins at 6:30.
Progressive session follows. $1 face.
Progressive pot grows until won. $100
consolation prize.
Audubon Society, 7 p.m., Lions Field
House, Highway 67, north, Williams Bay.
Naturalist Bill Volkert will give a presentation on his travels throughout Chile to see
and explore the wild areas of the far south.
Among the regions they visited was
Patagonia, the southernmost wilderness of
South America. This is a remote area of
mountains and glaciers, crowned by the
towering peaks of Torres del Paine. The
program is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served before and
after the program.
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The Delavan Historical Society, 663 E. Ann
St., at the intersection with Seventh St.
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(Highway 50), is open free to the public
from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Mondays and
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 info., 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.
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.
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.
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 information 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
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 5346236.
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]
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
248-3536 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
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 67.
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Summer Fun and Resource Fair
Geneva Lake Museum Director Karen Jo Walsh examines the display in the
Walworth County Arts Council showcase at the Government Center in Elkhorn. The
museumʼs offering, which will be on display through the end of March, provides a preview of the exhibit, “Chairs,” which will open at the museum on April 15. Also included
in the WCAC display are three paintings by artist and GLM board member Vern Magee
and a collage done by artist and Exhibit Director Walsh.
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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
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 (Judy
Franklin). For more information, call 2030120, 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.
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 741-2402 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.,
Williams Bay.
Narconon reminds families that abuse
of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the
rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug
abuse and get your loved ones help if they
are at risk. Call Narconon for a free
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The Delavan-Darien School District
will host its first-ever Summer Fun and
Resource Fair for Walworth County families from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday,
April 16, at Phoenix Middle School,
414 Beloit St., Delavan.
Admission is free for attendees, who
can learn about opportunities at area
summer camps, parks and recreation programs, summer sports programs, library
programs and various other community
resources that are focused on helping parents and families.
“We want this to be a communitywide event where people can come and
learn about the summer activities available to kids, and where adults can learn
about services available to them to help
create stronger families,” said Steve
Gross, Phoenix Middle School counselor and event organizer. “Kids can sign
up for programs they’re interested in so
they can continue to learn, develop and
have fun over the summer. And parents
will be able to learn about the many
community agencies that can provide
help or resources in times of need.”
The district is in the process of getting vendors to sign up. An updated list
will be provided at: http://www.dd Vendors and organizations can sign up for free booth space
at the website.
Gross said he has reached out to the
various summer camps and municipal
recreation departments in the area. The
school district is also working with the
new Delavan-Darien Community Alliance, which is a coalition of various area
community organizations and that provide services to families in need (health
and human services, job services, child
services, etc.). Several of those agencies
may also take part in the Summer Fun
and Resource Fair.
“Living in a rural area as we do, people often say ‘there is nothing to do,’ or
‘there is nobody that can help me,’” Gross
said. “This fair is designed to help put
those myths to rest. There are plenty of
opportunities out there for kids and lots of
great resources for families. We want to
connect our residents to them with this
totally free event. I think it’s going to be
a big hit, even in its first year.”
For more information contact: Steve
Gross, school counselor, 728-2642 ext.
4220 or by email to [email protected] Vendors can reserve booth
space at:
Corned Beef
& Cabbage
5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Featuring All-You-Can-Eat Fried Cod $11.50
At the crossroads of words about God and works for the Earth
Simone Nathan
Services at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
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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
Hollenbeck, (414) 469-5530.
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
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brochure on the signs of addiction for all
types of drugs. Narconon also offers free
screenings and referrals. Call 800-4311754 or Narconon
can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free
screenings or referrals. 800-431-1754.
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
Alzheimer's/Dementia support group,
third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.,
Town Bank Community Center located at
826 E. Geneva Street in Delavan. Call Bob
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. Additional information may
be obtained by calling (262) 215-6893,
Maureen at 723-8227 or through the
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS),
weigh-in Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. with meeting
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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 question.
T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
meets Tuesdays,
1:30-2:15 p. m. ,
Church of Christ, 111 Fremont St. ,
Walworth. Group support with self help,
good times. Information: 275-8071.
Milwaukee keyboardist Al White, 4-8
p.m., Sunday, March 20, Ye Olde Hotel in
Lyons. No cover charge. (262) 763-2701.
Pianist Rex Wilkinson, Wednesday and
Sunday nights 6:30-10 p. m. at Mars
Resort on Lake Como’s south shore.
Served Fridays
4:00-9:00 P.M.
2 piece dinner $9.00 • 3 piece dinner $10.00
4 piece dinner $11.00 • Extra piece $1.75
BROILED COD DINNER............... 12.50
FRIED SHRIMP DINNER.................$9.00
Serving From 5:00 P.M.
All dinners are served with a choice of potato, salad
tray and garlic bread
Cup of Soup $2.75 • Fish Sandwich $6.00
Extra Salad Tray $4.50
FISH FRY................................$11.50
BAKED or FRIED COD...........$11.95
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Delavan, WI
All You Can Eat Fried Cod $10.99
Broiled Cod $10.99 • Fried Perch $12.99
Grilled Salmon $13.99
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Open Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Broiled or Beer Battered Cod
Pabst Blue Ribbon Breaded Fish & Chips
Choice of potato pancakes or seasoned fries, fresh coleslaw,
applesauce, tarter sauce and cheddar biscuit bites
Deep Fried Battered Perch
Generous portion served with choice of potato pancakes or seasoned
fries, fresh coleslaw, applesauce, tarter sauce and cheddar biscuits
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Entrees include coleslaw, tartar,
lemon wedge, corn on the cob,
homemade cornbread and your choice of
potato pancakes, fries or potato chips
Fish Fry
Baked Cod
Beer Battered
Black Tiger Shrimp
Pan Fried Walleye
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$ 99
Beer battered with homemade
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Saturday Prime Rib $1599
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Lake Perch Dinner............ONLY $9.95
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6 pieces of shrimp, fries, coleslaw & regular drink
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Holy Thursday, March 24 • 7:00 p.m.
Ham • Lamb • Prime Rib
Easter Sunrise, March 27 • 7:00 a.m.
Serving 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Regular Menu & Children’s Menu Available
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Easter Worship • 9:30 a.m.
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Join our staff of three Culinary Institute of America Chefs
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• Chef Attended Pasta Station
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• Carving Station • Displayed Hot & Cold Buffets
March 23 - Lunch & “The Beat Goes On” Show
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April 13 - Lunch & “Radio Days” Show
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The Delavan Historical Society will
celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Thursday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at the
society’s Resource and Exhibit Center,
Ann and South Seventh streets in
Delavan. Lives of some of Delavan’s
Irish will be remembered. Attendees are
invited to take any histories, stories and
mementoes in the life of Delavan’s Irish
to share or just go and enjoy them..
When the Irish first began arriving in
the area around the 1850’s, they were
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boundaries. As more came, and those
already here became a more accepted part
of the area, the opposition lessened but
still lasted for many years.
A number of the Irish became successful farmers and tradesmen, and more
came. Eventually, over the years, the
Irish became successful attorneys, druggists, postmaster, mayors and a part of
the fabric of the community.
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Comedians stand up for standup
“Apparently one in five people in the
world is Chinese. There are are five people in my family, so it must be one of
them. It’s either my mom, my dad or my
other brother, Colin. Or my younger
brother, Ho Cha Chu. But I think it’s
“Did you hear about the new French
tank? It has 14 gears. Thirteen go in
reverse and one goes forward in case the
enemy attacks from behind.”
A . Nonny Moose
“Two Syrians were driving with a
bomb in their car.
“Don’t drive so fast,” said one, “you
may set off the bomb.”
“Don’t worry,” replied the driver. “We
have another bomb in the trunk.”
“I bought a box of Animal Crackers
and it said on it, “Do not eat if seal is
broken.” So I opened the box, and sure
Brian Kiley
“You can’t please everybody. I have a
girlfriend. My girlfriend is, to me, the
most wonderful, most remarkable person
in the world. That’s to me. But to my
Jackie Mason
“In the beginning there was nothing.
God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there
was light. There was still nothing, but
you could see it a whole lot better.”
Ellen DeGeneres
“When I started to play golf my goal
was to shoot my age. But I shot my
weight instead.”
Bob Hope
“When it comes to my health, I
think of my body as a temple. Or at least
a moderately well-managed Presbyterian
youth center.”
“You can bet that just before that
first Thanksgiving dinner there was one
wise old Native American woman saying, ‘Don’t feed them If you feed them
they’ll never leave.’”
Dylan Brody
“Why is there always to much pressure to spend Independence Day with
other people?”
Betsy Salkind
“I just bought a new house. It doesn’t have any plumbing. It’s uncanny.”
Morey A msterdam
“Do you know how the Amish hunt?
They sneak up on a deer and build a barn
around it.”
“I know a man who thinks marriage
is a 50/50 proposition. Which proves
that he doesn’t understand women or percentages.”
“They say moving is one of the most
stressful things in life. Death in the family is the second most stressful. And
moving a dead spouse is the third.’”
Kevin Nealon
“I’m a secretary. On a good day I type
95 words per minute. On a bad day I
show up drunk in my pajamas.”
Mary Beth Cowan
“Secret Service guys are very brave.
In what other job are you asked to take a
bullet for your boss? Well, other than
On Saturday, Feb. 13, Big Foot High Schoolʼs Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the regional competition in Waunakee. Twenty-five students
participated in the competition and 16 are eligible to represent their school at the state competition in La Crosse in April. In order to qualify for the state competition, they had to
place in the top three in their event at regionals. Students who participated were (first row, from left) Gloria Esarco, Morgan Grunow, Dana Sorensen, Riley Davis, Jenna Fort,
Julia Gilstrap, Evan Karabas; (second row) Juan Mercado, Josh Navin, Colton Oldenburg, Jack Heidenreich, Mike Heidenreich, Tyler Jones, Kevin Daleen and Braydn Lentz.
Not pictured is Christian Karabas. State qualifiers and their categories are: Evan Karabas and Josh Navin in 3D Animation; Gloria Esarco in Job Interview; Morgan Grunow and
Dana Sorensen in Emerging Business Issues; Mike Heidenreich and Jack Heidenreich in Sports/Entertainment Marketing; Julia Gilstrap in Web Site Design; Riley Davis in
Computer Applications; Tyler Jones in Accounting; Kevin Daleen, Braydn Lentz and Juan Mercado in Business Plan; Christian Karabas in Intro to Business Presentations; Jenna
Fort and Colton Oldenburg in Digital Video Production.
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A Canadian psychologist is selling a video that
teaches you how to test
your dog’s IQ. Here’s how
it works: If you spend
$19.95 for the video, your
dog is smarter than you.
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After a talking sheepdog got all the sheep in
the pen, he reported back
to the farmer: “All 40
accounted for,” he said.
“But I only have 36
sheep,” objected the farmer.
“I know,” said the
sheepdog. “But I rounded
them up.”
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When I stepped on the
scale at
my doctor’s
office, I was surprised to
see that I weighed 144
“Why don’t you just
take off that last four?” I
joked to the nurse’s aide
as she made a notation on
my chart.
A few minutes later,
my doctor came in and
flipped through the chart.
“I see you’ve lost
weight,” he said. “You’re
down to 14 pounds.”
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A couple were sitting
watching TV when a commercial for a product
promised to let them live
pain-free in their golden
“Am I in my golden
years?” the husband asked
his wife.
“No,” she replied, “but
you’re yellowing fast.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Just before starting the
service, a minister was
handed a note by one of
his staff.
“It says here that there
will be no B.S. tomorrow,”
he read. “I’m hoping they
mean Bible study.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A woman told her husband that she dreaded hunting season because she
seldom saw him. So he
decided to teach her how to
hunt so she could accompany him. He bought her a
shotgun and gave her lessons on how to use it. On
the first day of deer season,
he took her with him to
the woods.
“You go over that way
and if I hear a shot, I’ll
come help you with the
deer he said. “I’ll go that
way, and if you hear a shot,
you come to help me.”
He hadn’t even gotten
into the woods when he
heard a shot. He turned
around and ran toward his
wife. When he came over a
rise he saw here standing
in front of a man with his
hands in the air. He heard
the man say, “Honest lady,
you can take the deer. Just
let me get my saddle off it
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A defendant wasn’t
happy with how things
were going in court, so he
gave the judge a hard time.
Judge: “Where do you
Defendant: “Here and
Judge: “What do you do
for a living?”
Defendant: “This and
“Take him
Defendant: “Wait; when
will I get out?”
Judge: “Sooner or
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
When a neighbor’s
home was burglarized, a
woman decided to be more
safety conscious. But she
realized her cheap frontdoor lock wasn’t going to
stop anyone, so she hung
a sign outside that read
“Nancy, don’t come in.
The snake is loose.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Bubba?” asked the pastor.
“I need you to pray for
my hearing,” said Bubba.
The pastor put his
hands on Bubba’s ears and
prayed. When he was finished, he asked, “So how’s
your hearing?”
“I don’t know,” said
Bubba. “It ain’t till next
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Two boys were arguing
when the teacher entered
the room.
“Why are you arguing?”
asked the teacher.
“We found a ten dollar
bill,” said one of the boys,
“and decided to give it to
whoever tells the biggest
ashamed of yourselves,”
said the teacher, “When I
was your age I didn't even
know what a lie was.”
The boys gave the ten
dollars to the teacher.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
“This is the third time
you’ve been late to work
this week,” said a boss to
one of his employees. “Do
you know what that
“That it’s only Wednesday,” replied the worker.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
An elderly man was on
the operating table waiting
his son, a renowned surgeon, to perform the operation. As he was about to
receive the anesthesia he
asked to speak to his son.
“Yes Dad, what is it?
asked his son.
“Don’t be nervous,
son,” said the father. “Do
your best and just remember, if it doesn’t go well, if
something happens to
me… your mother is
going to come and live
with you and your wife.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
In the beginning, God
created Heaven and Earth.
After that, everything was
made in China.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
I found a Justin Bieber
concert ticket nailed to a
tree, so I took it. You
never know when you
might need a nail.
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F uN a nd G a m eS
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Crossword Clues
1 “Invisible Cities” author Calvino
6 “I ran away from you once. I can’t do
it again” speaker
10 Ford Field player
14 Surgery acronym
15 It’s a gas
16 “Snow White” character flaw
17 Forgeries that are easy to spot?
20 By way of
21 French pronoun
22 Habituate
23 Dude in the CIA?
28 Essen’s valley
29 Spotted
30 Slug relative
33 Roll
34 Word after clip or pop
37 Trivial blunder?
42 Colorado native
43 “About his head he wears the winner’s __”: “The Two Noble Kinsmen”
44 Guanaco cousin
45 Beantown athlete
47 Peek follower
49 Pancake cook in pinstripes?
54 Some Highlanders
56 U.N. workers’ agcy.
57 Roasting time in Toulon?
58 “My fireplace is defective!”?
63 “Footloose” co-star Singer
64 Word after “funny” that clarifies its
65 1995 Stallone title role
66 City NNE of Boston
67 Senate Republican leader before Frist
68 Sources of wisdom
All puzzle answers
are on page 21.
Defensive principle
♠ 3
❤ K, Q, 7, 3
♦ 9, 4, 3, 2
♣ 9, 6, 3, 2
♠ J
❤ 8, 5, 2
♦ Q, J, 10, 7, 5
♣ J, 8, 7, 4
A, Q, 9, 6, 5, 4, 2
J, 10, 9
A, K
The bidding:
Goren on Bridge with Tannah Hirsch
North-South vulnerable. South deals.
♠ K, 10, 8 7
❤ A, 6, 4
♦ 8, 6
♣ A, K, Q, 10
1 Affectionate text
2 It’s often just inches
3 Syrian leader
4 Full deck Nero wasn’t playing with?
5 Gave a thumbs-up
6 Like some soccer games
7 Pope before Benedict III
8 Plant
9 Taylor of fashion
10 Pressure
11 Finish, as a tat
12 Finished
13 Where to see MMM
18 “Toy Story” character who draws
19 County on the Firth of Forth
24 Composer Satie
25 Gag __
26 Isaac’s eldest
27 Team whose logo involves a “wishbone C”
30 Mustangs’ sch.
31 Trivial objection
32 One-spot
33 Pan for Yan
34 Recipe words
35 Mojito ingredient
36 Not yet determined, in skeds
38 It’s surrounded by white
39 Game ender
40 Morlock prey
41 Bomb
45 He served between Warren and Herbert
46 Bay State motto starter
47 Like most rafts
48 Rorschach image
49 Ache
50 “__ Men Out”: baseball scandal film
51 Pequod co-owner
52 Chopin’s “Winter Wind,” e.g.
53 Orchestra group
54 Fish feature
55 “Hi, sailor!”
59 Vezina Trophy org.
60 Lao Tzu principle
61 Some pop-ups
62 Brother
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Opening lead : A of ♣
Today's deal is from a high-stakes
rubber bridge game. North-South had a
30-point partial and South was hoping
he could squeeze nine tricks out of this
hand and claim the rubber. West didn't
think so.
West continued with a second club at
trick two, ruffed by South. Declarer led a
low heart, playing dummy’s king when
West played low. A trump was next, South
covering East’s jack with the queen, losing to the king. West exited with another
club, again ruffed by South, who cashed
his ace-king of diamonds and led another
heart. This time, West won his ace and
continued with a heart, won in dummy
with the queen.
South ruffed another club. With three
cards left, declarer held the ace-9-6 of
trumps and West held the 10-8-7. South
exited with a low trump and West was
forced to win and lead a trump from his
10-8 into declarer's ace-9. Contract made
and rubber won!
Declarer played this deal with great
skill, but the defense should have prevailed. Can you spot the error? When
defending against a trump coup or a
trump end-play, a defender should not
help declarer reduce his trump length. It
was convenient for West to play a club
after winning the trump king, but it was
an error. Had he played the ace of hearts
followed by any red card, he could not
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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• Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser
will present a talk on Wednesday, March 23
at 6:30 p.m. Blaeser will share key pieces
from her creative collection of “PictoPoems,” which combine nature and wildlife
photographs with her acclaimed poetry.
(Continued on page 31)
Blaeser often takes her photographs
while on nature expeditions, and her
“Picto-Poems” explore intersecting ideas
about native place, nature, preservation,
and spiritual sustenance.
Blaeser has been called “a brilliant naturalist” by critic Tom Gannon, and her program will be given in honor of
Wisconsin’s greatest naturalist, author
Aldo Leopold.
Blaeser is of Anishinaabe ancestry and
is an enrolled member of the Minnesota
Chippewa Tribe and a native of White Earth
Reservation in northwestern Minnesota.
She appreciates the opportunity to live
with her family in the woods and wetlands
of rural Wisconsin in Lyons Township.
Author of three collections of poetry:
A pprenticed to Justice, A bsentee Indians and
Other Poems, and Trailing You, Blaeser’s
work creates harmonies between the
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vibrant natural world and the resonant
human imagination.
Blaeser was appointed Wisconsin Poet
Laureate for the 2015-2016 term and is a
Professor at University of WisconsinMilwaukee where she teaches Creative
Writing and Native American Literatures.
Everyone is welcome to attend this
program at no charge.
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. 7232678.
• The library will be an official AARP
Foundation Tax-Aide site offering free,
individualized, no-strings-attached tax
preparation and counseling to taxpayers
with low to moderate income in Walworth
The AARP Foundation operates the
Tax-Aide program under a cooperative
agreement with the IRS. Tax returns are
prepared by IRS-certified volunteers who
are trained each year to understand individual tax issues, especially provisions of the
tax code that apply to those age 60 and
Interested taxpayers can pick up an
informational flyer at the library that outlines what types of tax returns are within
the scope of the program, and what taxpayers are required to take to their appointment. This information can also be
obtained by calling (888) 227-7669 or by
visiting the Tax Aide website at
• The library hosts two book clubs per
month. The Page Turners meet on the first
Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and
the Afternoon Book Club meets on the
third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. You
can check out a copy of the book club
selection 3-4 weeks prior to the book club
meeting. All meetings are held at the
library and are facilitated by staff librarians.
• Story times are about 30 minutes and
are filled with books, songs and more. Each
week will bring something new. No registration required. Toddlers on Tuesday at 10
a.m. and 11 a.m.; Books n Babies on
Thursday at 10 a.m.; Preschool age on
Wednesday at 10 a.m.; and Tiny Tots 2nd and
4th Monday at 6:30 p.m. We Explore, ages
3+, Friday 10 a.m.
• Slipped Stitches, every Wednesday,
6-8 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
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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 in the Mary Bray Room of
the Matheson Memorial Library will close
for the holidays on December 22. Regular
library hours will resume Tuesday January
12, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and the third
Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. - 3
p.m., or by appointment, which can be
made by calling the WCGS librarian at
215-0118. A board member will always be
there to render assistance if needed. To
obtain membership information or find literature regarding Wal-worth County, visit
All library programs are free and open
to the public unless otherwise indicated.
Walworth Memorial Library, now located in the West Garden Plaza in Walworth.
Open Mon. and Wed. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Trans p o rt at i o n
With 2016 F-Type, Jaguar allows you to tame the beast
By Barry Spyker
Tribune News Service
With its muscular hips, vented hood
and big-cat arrogance, the Jaguar F-Type
has been and remains one of the sexiest
sports cars on the planet.
Happily for drivers, controlling all
that sexiness has become far easier with
the 2016 rendition of the car.
First, a tight, smooth-shifting, sixspeed manual transmission is now available on the base model’s 340-horsepower, supercharged V-6 engine. With short
throws and fast shifts, the driver has full
control of the power and fun. Forget
those dull, sometimes sluggish paddle
The manual transmission is only
available with the V-6, which in the
slightly souped-up S (sport) model delivers 380 horses and nearly 340 pound-feet
of torque.
In base or sport, the V-6 sprints to 60
mph in about 5 seconds.
Second, a new all-wheel-drive system
helps drivers keep the F-Type under control on bullet-fast straightaways and
while powering up out of a turn. The
system generally behaves like a rearwheel-driver but can send up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the front
axle if it senses wheel slippage.
The all-wheel-drive system is a
sophisticated one – Jaguar calls it
Instinctive All-Wheel-Drive – and it uses
sensors and monitors to detect not only
slippage but also oversteer, which it can
correct while the car is still coming
through a corner. It is a technical marvel
and it’s so smooth you won’t even know
it’s at work.
The car’s top-line R (race) trim combines seductive beauty with a growling,
supercharged V-8 that gets 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. The
R is only available with all-wheel-drive
and eight-speed automatic transmission,
which makes quick, rev-matching downshifts during dynamic runs.
It’ll leap to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds
The 2016 Jaguar F-Type, with its muscular hips, vented hood and big-cat
arrogance, remains one of the sexiest sports cars on the planet. (Jaguar/TNS)
and growl all the way from its quad
exhausts. Do that too often and you’ll
wind up with less than the Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 15 mpg
city and 23 mpg highway. For better
economy, the V-6 bests those figures
with an estimated 19 mpg in town and
28 mpg highway.
Perched on 20-inch wheels with yellow brake calipers – bigger in the front
and rear than the other trims – the FType R also gets an electronic active differential with torque vectoring, which
enables the differential to vary the power
sent to each wheel.
F-Type handling is exceptional; you
won’t meet a corner you don’t like.
Improving the experience is a new and
nicely weighted steering system; All FTypes now have electric power steering
instead of the hydraulics of last year.
On the highway, the Jag quiets down
to a purr and has the feel of a true luxury car. Around town, an adaptive suspension system helps to smooth out ruts in
the road. Still, the ride isn’t as smooth
as in many in the luxury segment.
Inside, as might be expected from a
$100,000-plus car, the F-Type R offers
craftsmanship and comfort. But it’s the
racecar-like look, with contrast stitching
and a grab handle on the center console,
that will elicit the first smiles.
You’ll notice a brash orange start
button. When you tap it, the engine
cranks up and air conditioning vents
come up from the dash. A flat-bottom
steering wheel and metal pedals complete
the racecar theme.
The F-Type also gets some tech
upgrades this year to go with its 8-inch
touchscreen. And, standard on all trims
now is the symphonic-quality 12-speaker Meridian sound system.
Bolstered sport seats are firm but
comfortable enough for the long rides.
Head room is good but opinions on leg
room may be divided among taller driv-
Likewise, cargo quarters are a bit
cramped with only 11 cubic feet of space
– just 7 in the convertible. That’s barely
enough for even midsize suitcases. Plus,
the awkward dimensions might make it a
strain to get anything else in there. The
coupe does have a power hatch, though.
The two-seater comes as a hardtop coupe
with a panoramic glass roof or convertible, and is available in base, S and R
trims. The base gets 18-inch wheels,
fake suede upholstery and lots of tech
goodies like eight-way power, Bluetooth
and navigation.
The S gets more power, 19-inch
wheels and adaptive suspension, plus
selective driving modes. The R gets the
supercharged V-8, 20-inch wheels and the
electronic diff.
Any way you go, you’ll be in one of
the most aggressive luxury-performance
creatures on the planet. And you’ll be in
greater control of the power band but not
your excitement level.
2016 F-Type R
MSRP: $106,600
Drivetrain: 550-horsepower 5.0-liter
supercharged V-8; 8-speed Quickshift
Options: Adaptive front lighting,
parking sensors and blind-spot monitor
($2,100); 20-inch wheels, carbon ceramic brake rotors, yellow calipers
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