November 21, 2014

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November 21, 2014
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Darien’s new Municipal Building finally a reality
The Community Development Authority of the Village of Darien welcomed approximately 100 residents,
county, state and national officials to a
ribbon cutting ceremony at the village’s
new municipality building on Tuesday,
Nov. 11.
United States Congressman Paul
Ryan and USDA Rural Development
Wisconsin State Director, Stan Gruszynski, joined the Wisconsin Economic
Development Corporation (WEDC) and
the Community Development Authority
of the Village of Darien; along with village leaders celebrated the completion
of construction of the Village of Darien's
new municipal building.
Located in the historic downtown
business district, the new building now
houses both the Village offices and the
Village police department.
“I would like to commend those
local officials and community leaders
who worked to bring this proposal to
reality. The result is a safe, modern,
community facility for village business,
community events, and public use,” said
Gruszynski. “It stands as a sensible and
practical example of the importance of
initiative, cooperation, and federal
appropriations toward making positive
difference in the function of local government and the citizens served by their
action.”
Previously, the Village of Darien’s
administrative and police offices were
located in two separate buildings, both
70-plus years old and in need of significant upgrades. By consolidating the
Village Hall and Police Department into
one expanded facility, the village will
experience both cost and efficiency savings. The construction project included
a remodel of the village-owned building;
Congressman Paul Ryan and Village President Kurt Zipp address approximately 100 people who turned out for the dedication of the new Darien Municipal
Building on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
(Beacon photo)
demolition of several old, vacant adjacent buildings; and the construction of a
new addition. The completion of new
Village Hall will help to revitalize the
downtown area and the community.
“This is the perfect combination of
government working for the people,”
said Diana Dykstra, Executive Director
of the Community Development
Authority of the Village of Darien. “This
is the first investment for our historical
downtown redevelopment program. The
Village of Darien purchased this property ten years ago with hopes of building a
Municipal Building. After years of saving, and the help of WEDC and the
USDA Rural Development program,
this is nothing short of a dream come
true for our residents. We could not have
funded this project without their assistance.”
“We are pleased to support Darien in
a project that not only provides a more
efficient and modern municipal building, but has the potential to spur future
development downtown,” said Reed
Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the
state’s lead economic development
agency. “This project is special to me
because Darien was the first community
to receive one of our Community
Development Investment Grants, a program that has since benefited dozens of
communities around the state.”
In the process, the State Historical
Preservation Office determined the location of the Village’s municipal building
to be a site of historical significance.
The Village of Darien is applying to
have the downtown area listed as a historic district on the Register of Historic
places for the State of Wisconsin and the
National Register of Historic Places.
The Community Development Authority of the Village of Darien received
a $1,473,000 Community Facilities
Direct Loan from USDA Rural Development and a $50,000 Community
Development Investment Grant from
Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporation (WEDC). The Community
Development Investment Grant was a
new program launched in 2013 and the
Village of Darien was the first community to receive this Grant.
USDA
Rural
Development’s
Community Facility Programs provides
financial assistance for the development
of essential community facilities in rural
areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Loans, guarantees and grants are
available to public entities for the construction, purchase, and/or renovation of
various essential community facilities.
These facilities include schools, libraries, childcare centers, hospitals,
medical clinics, assisted living facilities,
fire and rescue stations, police stations,
community centers, public buildings and
transportation projects.
(Continued on page 19)
Delavan’s past comes alive in new book by Patti Marsicano
By Dennis West
Delavan Historical Society
President
Patricia
RuthMarsicano is celebrating the
publication of her second book,
“Forgotten Delavan.”
The book is a historian’s
dream. It provides a comprehensive pictorial record of
businesses, churches and other
structures that made up the city
from its beginning as a temperance community in 1836 to the
present.
With the help of more than
200 vintage images, Marsicano
details the city’s transformation
over the past 178 years, with
accompany captions that provide information about the
properties’ owners and what
they did there.
The book will be especially
enjoyable and useful for full
and part-time residents and visitors “of a certain age” who
might be able to remember “the
good old days” brought to life
by many of the photos.
“People are often amazed
when they learn about the fascinating history of Delavan,”
says Marsicano. “Most towns
have one thing to brag about,
while we have many. Delavan
has led a pretty interesting
life.”
The city has been host to
many intriguing and exciting
historical moments. As covered
in the book, Delavan has been
recognized at different times as
the “19th Century Circus
Capitol of the Nation,” a mecca
for early 1900s ballroom
dancers and a vibrant colony
for some of the art world’s
most prominent painters. And
of course there is Delavan
Lake, which has been rehabilitated so that it will continue to
be a fixture in the community
for generations to come.
“There aren’t many publications that cover Delavan’s
history, so by compiling the
images and information in this
book, I hope to inspire memories in readers and provide a
lasting tribute to its past,” says
Marsicano.
Highlights of “Forgotten
Delavan” include rare images
from the collection of late local
historian Gordon Yadon, photos from circus days in
Delavan and scenes of 1900s
tourism around Delavan Lake,
including those of the bands
performing at the biggest ballrooms.
The photo on the cover of
“Forgotten Delavan” is of the
famous Eat-n-time restaurant,
which has undergone many
changes and is currently home
to the Orange Tree Cafe. There
are also photos of the restaurants early evolution, from the
simple shack from which the
owners served carry-outs till 2
a.m. to dancers who left the
ballrooms that closed at 1 a.m.
and wanted something to eat
before their sometimes-long
drives home.
Not only are there pictures
of native son Gary Burghoff
receiving the key to the city
after he had become a famous
actor on Broadway and television, but as a high school junior
dressed as an Indian chief riding on a parade float sponsored
by a local department store.
(Continued on page 33)
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Nov. 21, 2014
Deborah Werner is Lake Geneva’s flower essence entrepreneur
By Jim McClure
Your nose knows.
Inhaling that first suitor’s gift of a
dozen roses, sniffing that bouquet of the
wine seller’s nouveau boujelais, savoring
that aroma of Grandma’s Thanksgiving
turkey and pumpkin pie, or sniffing in that
flu vaccine in hopes of staying healthy –
are all ways from commonplace to common sense that the sense of smell can bring
healing and comfort.
Since 1997, Deborah Werner has been
the self-appointed deliverer of a genie in a
bottle that every one of her committed customers wants to unleash. The flower doctor’s prescription is a healthy snootful of
flora-based potions that Werner claims can
bring energy, well-being, and even attraction.
Aromatherapy first came to prominence during the 1990’s, a downtown gift
shop sensation that the web site
Aromatherapy.com defines as ‘the practice of using the natural oils extracted from
flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other
parts of a plant to enhance psychological
and physical well-being.”
Practitioners believe that the aroma
inhaled from those “essential oils” stimulates brain function, and can also be partaken of through the skin, bringing wholebody healing as they travel through the
bloodstream.
Surprisingly, Werner traces her Earth
Wind and Flowers business back to when
she was a little girl growing up, not in
meadows or flower nurseries but in a heavily urban part of Chicago.
“I lived in a four-flat in the city and I
always had a garden growing, “says
Werner. “You could say I was an organic
natural farmer even then…growing tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and basil” in the
shadow of the rattling L-trains that passed
her family’s Ravenswood home.
After graduation from Barat College in
Lake Forest with a degree in Nutrition,
advanced study in Design at the Art
Institute of Chicago, and 20 years as a professional florist making designer arrangements, Werner founded her company with
a dead-center landing on a powerful
focus….the essence of a blooming flower.
“I put it all together – scent and enzyme”
says Werner, who conducts private health
consultations and markets more than 200
sprays of “flower essence” that custom treat
a condition or custom scent a profusion of
desired energy and emotional balance.
It may be all too easy to dismiss such
talk by the stunning, athletic and joyful
blonde as a little too much California
flower power and new age mystical centering of force and balance. But not so fast, at
least not so fast as the slipping of Werner’s
kayak through the Geneva Lake waters or
her graceful glide through Walworth
County nature areas and flower nurseries
in pursuit of the perfect combination of
mood and health.
“There is a definite science to how I
create these essences,” Werner points out,
taking care not to go too far in detailing
just what goes into each mixture or blue
spray bottle of well-being.
Good luck trying to find what exactly
is in each of the individually decorated
bottles. Werner’s balancing sprays, a combination of flower essences and aromatherapy oils, are every bit as secret as
the recipe of a Big Mac secret sauce or The
Colonel’s Southern herbs and spices.
“Because we are all energy, if we are
under stress or trauma it can cause imbalance in our physical, mental and emotional
systems,” explains Werner. “Scientific studies have proven that aromatherapy is a powerful tool that works with the olfactory and
limbic system to bring about well being.”
A brief spray of “Attraction” as a sample brought an immediate flush to the face,
beating of heart and, frankly, attraction to
the already alluring businesswoman. The
sprays do pack a punch, and Werner has
plenty of testimonials to back up claims
that start with product names that speak of
mood, and moment and calm. She sells
balancing sprays such as Open Heart,
Loving Protection, Playful and Creativity
online, at stores throughout the Midwest
and East Coast, and direct from her
www.earthwindflowers.com website.
Customers and distributors include
alternative health practitioners, veterinarians, acupuncturists and even realtors. One
of Werner’s creations found a boom during a real estate bust.
“I love it when I help people sell houses,” says Werner with a broad and confident smile; confidence that comes from
nearly 18 years spreading health and wellness by spraying it, not just saying it.
For private consultations, Earth Wind
and Flowers owner and founder Deborah
Werner can be reached via phone at 2459853.
Deborah Werner, founder of Earth, Wind and Flowers, custom blends balancing
(Beacon photo)
sprays, a combination of flower essences and aromatherapy oils,
“What we need are more people
who specialize in the impossible.”
Theodore Roethke
Specializing in
Some of the many essences Werner blends for her business, Earth Wind and
Flowers.
(Beacon photo)
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Tempus fugit is Latin for “time flies.”
And it do, too.
The reason this phrase comes to mind
is that Mrs. (Kathi) West and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary on
Nov. 28. Who woulda thunk it?
I met my future bride at a party on a
bank of the Rock River in Rockford in the
summer of 1962. She looked a bit down in
the mouth and I stopped to see if I could
brighten her day. It apparently worked.
She had just graduated from high
school and I had just finished my first year
at the University of Illinois in Urbana. We
dated that summer and kept in touch when
I returned to school and she went to
Quincy College in Quincy, Ill.
I dropped out of school after my second year, due primarily to the fact that I
had started with a total of $21, a state
scholarship and didn’t know enough to
borrow enough money to get me through.
Kathi transferred to Northern Illinois
University for her second year, so we were
able to see more of each other.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, I drove her
back to school. I walked her to her dormitory and we sat in the lounge. I had something on my mind, but had a difficult time
trying to make myself heard because every
female in the building was in the next
room screaming at the first appearance of
The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.
I overcame adversity and asked Kathi
to marry me. The answer certainly wasn’t
a foregone conclusion and I was thrilled
when she said yes.
I drove back to her house in Rockford
and knocked on the back door. Her mother
was afraid something had happened, but I
assured her everything was okay. I went in,
sat down and tried to get her father’s attention. I don’t know what television show he
was watching, but he wasn’t easy to interrupt.
I awkwardly said, “I wanted to ask
your permission to give Kathi an engagement ring.”
He didn’t look away from the television, just said, “How big?”
As he expected, I was a bit flustered by
that, but we managed to sort it out and I
had her parents’ permission.
Kathi was Roman Catholic and I was
Episcopalian, but I quickly agreed to convert. I may even have suggested it.
I had grown up in a Catholic neighborhood and had wanted to attend St.
Patrick’s School with the rest of the kids,
but we couldn’t afford the tuition.
Actually, I didn’t even know they charged
tuition. Besides, my grandmother, with
whom we lived, was a rather staunch high
church Anglican who, though she had married a Catholic, hadn’t converted and didn’t think my going to Catholic school was
a very good idea.
I later realized she was right. That was
back in the day when black-robed nuns
walked around with heavy rulers in search of
miscreants to punish. I’m sure I would have
fit into the category of miscreant, or worse.
So, in the summer of 1964, I settled
down to a course of instruction by Fr.
Andrew Plesa in the intricacies of Roman
Catholicism. The basics were the same as I
had learned at the knee of a priest at the
Episcopal church, but there were a couple
of important differences as to who should
have the final say in all matters corporal.
The Episcopalians (a shatteringly funny
name to youngsters who didn’t know
Episcopos was the Latin word for bishop)
didn’t have much use for the Pope, and by
extension, Roman Catholicism.
I once got into trouble when the
Episcopal priest was talking about Henry
VIII and I said something like,
“Wasn’t he a dirty old man who founded the church because he wanted to
divorce his first wife?” I believe I was
Nov. 21, 2014 — 3
Dennis West guides the knife while Kathi flirts with the photographer at their
wedding reception on November 28, 1964.
(Photo by Tony Matranga)
summarily expelled from the confirmation
class, though I must have finished because
I remember being confirmed. And a lot of
good it did me.
Fr. Plesa, who later served as pastor of
St. Peter’s church in Spring Grove, Ill.
from 1998 to 2001, was an outstanding
teacher and human being. I looked forward
to his joining us in matrimony. But
Monsignor McMillan stepped in and said,
“This is my church and I’ll decide who
marries whom. And in this case it will be
me, not a junior cleric.”
I didn’t realize that, in addition to not
wanting to have his authority contravened,
he was looking forward to receiving the
stipend that was customarily paid for performing such services. He probably had a
boat payment due.
(Continued on page 34)
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Perspective
Nov. 21, 2014
What makes a strong lobbyist?
Legislators and lobbyists
bond over mai tais on Maui
By David Horsey
I got into the news business covering
the Washington State Legislature as a student intern for the Walla Walla UnionBulletin. In those days, lobbyists would
host frequent fundraising events for key
lawmakers during the legislative session
and there was always lots of free food.
Since I was paid barely enough to cover a
dorm-type room and really cheap meals, I
dropped by as many of these parties as I
could and I’d head straight for the buffet. I
didn’t think about the ethics of it at the
time; I was just hungry.
The practice of special interests raising
money for legislators while they were in
the midst of deliberating legislation that
affected those same interests was banned
in Washington long ago, part of a general
trend of elected officials trying to eliminate the appearance of being bought off by
lobbyists. But in this second decade of the
21st century, there are still glaring examples of lawmakers getting cozy with the
folks who are paid to influence them.
A new case in point: A couple dozen
California legislators have signed up for
conferences at fancy resorts on the island
of Maui that are subsidized by special
interest groups, including pharmaceutical
companies, tobacco distributors, cable
operators, public employee unions and oil
corporations.
Legislators are getting their $350-anight rooms paid for, and that’s just a start.
These are annual events and, last year, an
average of $2,500 in expenses was covered for each lawmaker. A very innocently
named organization picked up that tab –
the Independent Voter Project. But guess
where the group gets all its money: from
Occidental Petroleum, the Western State
Petroleum Association, Eli Lilly, the state
prison guards union and many other
groups with a vested interest in the bills
that get passed or killed in Sacramento.
Defenders of the Maui gatherings say
the lawmakers need to escape the partisan
The
rancor of the state capital and go someplace nice where they can build camaraderie and kick around important ideas. A
statement issued on behalf of the
Republican leader of the state Assembly
said the junket gives legislators of both
parties a chance to talk with each other and
with “experts” about public policy solutions that will lead to “a better California
for all.”
Well, OK, in this age of obscene
expenditures for campaigns, I guess five
days of subsidized fun in the sun is small
potatoes. And I guess these folks really
need to fly off to Hawaii, since there are no
good beach resorts to be found in
California. And I guess it’s good that
Republicans and Democrats are actually
talking to each other – something that does
not seem to happen back in Washington,
D.C. And I’ll even stipulate that not too
many politicians sell their souls for a mere
$350 room and all the Mai Tais they can
drink. But here’s the problem: This is all
about access.
In those relaxed hours between heady
policy seminars when legislators and lobbyists are sitting around the pool or playing a round of golf or ordering another
round at the hosted bar, there are bonds
being forged, friendships blossoming and
good feelings being cultivated. This is an
opportunity most citizens do not ever get.
So, when those legislators are back at
work and someone knocks at their office
door, who gets in and who gets told to
come back some other day?
The lowly citizen might be given a
minute or two for a handshake and a snapshot, but guess who is invited for a private
word in the inner sanctum. You know who;
that nice guy or gal who was so much fun
back in Hawaii, the one who was nice
enough to pick up the check.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David
Horsey is a political commentator for the
Los Angeles Times.
©2014, David Horsey
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By Lee Hamilton
Because of its power to influence
public affairs, the press has long been
known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I
think the media may have been displaced. These
days, it’s lobbyists
who
seem to carry
the most clout
in Washington.
Here’s
a
case in point.
When
Congress closed at
the beginning
of August for
its end-of-summer recess, it
Lee Hamilton
faced wide-scale
derision for having accomplished next to
nothing during the year. In fact, the Pew
Center ranked the session as the least
productive in two decades.
But it wasn’t entirely unproductive.
Just before they left town, members of
Congress did manage to get three things
done: they passed a Veterans Administration reform package; they increased
aid to Israel; and they kept highway construction projects around the country
from losing funding.
Why did these three measures find
success when so many others did not?
There’s a two-word answer: Powerful
lobbyists. Veterans, supporters of Israel,
and the combined weight of highway
construction interests and state and local
governments are among the most influential forces in Washington.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, last year, some 12,000
active lobbyists spent $3.24 billion on
trying to influence the federal government. I don’t know of any other country
where lobbyists have those kinds of
numbers, spend that kind of money, or
get the kinds of results they’re able to
achieve here – in Congress, in the executive branch and, increasingly, in statehouses around the country.
But even among all those lobbyists,
some stand out for their effectiveness.
The National Rifle Association (NRA),
the American-Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC), veterans’ groups,
the AARP: all are very good at obtaining
laws and policies in their interests and
blocking laws and policies they consider
harmful.
I don’t mean by this that they’re allpowerful. They don’t win every battle.
But they do win most of them.
How do they do this? To start, lawmakers have to get elected. Good lobbyists don’t just provide large amounts of
money for campaigns, they provide
early money and expert help. They
donate, they introduce you to other
donors, and they help you establish connections that can help during your campaign and later on. Early money in politics is better than late money. Candidates
remember that sort of thing. They also
remember that if you oppose these
organizations’ views, they’ll come at
you hard.
Good lobbyists and their organizations also provide information in easily
digestible form. They’ll assign particular
staffers to develop relationships with
members of Congress – people who can
write a speech or testimony or legislative language quickly. They and their
colleagues are sophisticated observers of
public affairs who know whether, when,
and how to approach government policy
makers, along with the particular policy
maker who can help them best.
They are deeply knowledgeable
about the process of government and
have a wide network of friends on
Capitol Hill, in the agencies, and in
members’ districts – often, their most
effective voices aren’t Washington lobbyists, but the grassroots networks
they’ve built back home. They understand that at heart, lobbying is about
establishing relationships long before
any particular issue affecting them
comes up, so that when they go to talk
about a bill, they’re going in to see a
friend.
They build relationships in several
ways. There are all kinds of approaches
to members – the annual policy conferences to which members of Congress
flock, the sponsored trips and meetings
in out-of-the-way resorts where a lobbyist can get a few days of a member’s
undivided attention. But the best lobbyists are also friendly, approachable people who know how to talk to members
and policy-makers of both parties.
The best lobbying groups also have a
lot of money and resources not just to
woo policy makers, but to shape public
discourse. They make good information
available to their advocates, and make
sure that the advocates who speak for
them on television, online, and in newspapers are well informed. They know
that part of the battle is to shape public
dialogue.
The best lobbyists are masters at
making the system work for them. My
guess is that their influence over policy
surpasses the media’s clout, and they
have now become the fourth branch of
government.
Lee Hamilton is Director of the
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By Dave Bretl
The Walworth County Economic
Development Alliance, Inc. (WCEDA)
held its annual meeting on November 12 at
the Grand Geneva resort. WCEDA’s annual meetings are always well done, and this
one was no exception. In addition to
reporting on the state of the organization,
presenting awards to local businesses and
recognizing individuals for their
contributions to
WCEDA,
the
highlight of the
event was the
keynote speech
by Professor William Dougan of
UW-Whitewater.
A few years
ago, the University, together with
the city of WhiteDavid Bretl
water, built the
Innovation Center. That building serves as
a business incubator, encouraging the collaboration of University of Wisconsin faculty, students and private businesses. In
addition to teaching responsibilities, Professor Dougan founded a company that
figures prominently into the Innovation
Center. Blackthorne Analytics develops
software that collects and analyzes data for
use by business.
More than 200 people attended the
meeting. When WCEDA was formed, we
would have been lucky to get 20 people to
turn out. The organization will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this spring. Like
any start-up company, WCEDA has had its
ups and downs over the years. Through the
hard work of its board and officers, the
organization has been steadily adding
members and defining its role in improving the County’s economic outlook.
Walworth County was a relative latecomer to the field of economic development, maintaining only the barest of
efforts until 2004. Motivated by a desire to
expand and diversify the county’s property
tax base and create jobs, the county
engaged representatives of each city, village and town as well as business leaders
in a strategic planning process.
The outcome of those meetings was a
recommendation that economic development should be pursued at the county level
and that the goal could best be accomplished through a partnership between
government and business.
On April 19, 2005, the county board
endorsed the recommendation of the
strategic planning committee and provided
funding to the yet-to-be-named nonprofit
corporation that would come to be known
as WCEDA. Since then, the board has
appropriated funds to the organization
ranging from $50,000-$100,000 per year.
The county board just approved a 2016
appropriation of $80,000. In addition to
revenue from the county and other government partners, WCEDA receives money
from programs that it operates as well as
from dues that it collects from its business
members.
In comparison to other counties,
Walworth County’s contribution to its eco-
nomic development flagship is relatively
modest. Economic development is a
department of government in some counties. Walworth County’s cautious approach
has had one upside; WCEDA has had to
prioritize among numerous goals and
focus its resources on activities that are
both practical and have the potential to
make a difference in the county. These
include:
Education. In addition to hosting
workshops on marketing strategies and
government contracting opportunities,
WCEDA facilitates counseling services by
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) to business owners in the county.
Business retention and expansion.
While it would be great if the county could
land the corporate headquarters for the
next Google, realistically the majority of
business growth is going to be driven by
companies that are already located in the
county. Discerning the needs of businesses
through retention visits allows face-to-face
work with other organizations, including
Gateway Technical College, state agencies
and local governments to locate resources
and create an environment in which businesses can succeed. One retention effort
spearheaded by WCEDA this past year
was a program called “Dream It, Do It.” In
collaboration with the Job Center,
WCEDA attempted to create awareness
among high school students about jobs that
are available in manufacturing.
Business attraction. Businesses contact the county from time to time seeking
to relocate from other areas of the country
or to begin a new venture. When they do,
it is important that their phone calls are
promptly returned and information,
including the availability of suitable business sites, is provided.
Before there was a WCEDA, I was that
point of contact. With other responsibilities that I had, I was concerned that my
delay in responding to these in-quiries was
not creating the proper impression of our
county to prospective leads. WCEDA has
filled that role and today provides information about the county to site selectors and
firms seeking to start new businesses here.
WCEDA has gone through a leadership change this past year. Its executive
director, Mike Van Den Bosch, took a similar position in Colorado in May. In just a
few short years, Mike had worked his way
up from the organization’s intern to its
director through hard work, integrity and
his plain speaking style.
Taking the helm at WCEDA this summer is Derek D’Auria, who shares many of
the same qualities that made Mike so successful. Derek is well known in the Walworth County community for his years of
work in development at George Williams
College. Through the efforts of Derek and
its directors and members, WCEDA is
well positioned to continue the quality
work started by Mike and expand its
efforts to increase jobs and tax base for
decades to come.
The opinions expressed in these
columns are those of the author and not
necessarily those of the Walworth County
Board of Supervisors.
Nov. 21, 2014 — 5
World powers are again forming alliances,
as they did before World War I
By Robert Freeman
Los Angeles Times
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of
the 11th month in 1918, the Great War
was over. But the “War to End All Wars”
famously didn’t live up to its billing.
Still, it had greater impact on the world
than any event of the last thousand
years. The question is whether another
such war might be looming today.
It was in World War I that humanity
first practiced the industrialization of
human slaughter – 16 million people
were killed, more than 17 million were
wounded.
Nobody could seem to stop it.
During the height of the carnage, at the
battle of the Somme, about 60,000 died
the first day. Four great empires expired
in the war, more than in any other event
in history. The German, Austrian,
Russian and Ottoman empires were
destroyed and dismembered. Out of their
carcasses were born 11 new countries.
Five of those countries – Iraq,
Jordan, Palestine (now Israel), Syria and
Lebanon – are in the Middle East. They
are still the source of some of the most
intractable conflicts on the planet.
Communism came into being as a
state-based system as a result of World
War I. The war played a major role in
bringing down the government of the
Russian czar in 1917. Into the breach
leapt the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir
Lenin. Their seizure of power set the
stage for one of the most enduring conflicts of the 20th century, the Cold War.
And World War I was the moment in
history when the center of global power
shifted, from Europe to the United
States, where it has resided ever since.
In other words, industrialized war,
communism, the U.S. as the dominant
world power and the modern Middle
East had their origins in World War I. No
event of the last 1,000 years has so decisively rearranged the architecture of
global power.
But could such a tectonic upheaval
happen again? Three patterns of conflict
in the world today remind us of patterns
that presaged World War I.
The first is the fact of a declining
imperial power being confronted by a
rapidly growing upstart. In World War I,
Britain was the declining power while
Germany was the galloping upstart. In
1850, Britain controlled almost 60 percent of the entire world’s wealth, compared with 3 percent for Germany. By
1913, Britain’s share had shrunk to 14
percent, and Germany’s had risen to 21
percent.
Today, the dominant global power is
the United States. It is being challenged,
at least economically, by China. In
October, China became the largest economy in the world in purchasing power
parity terms. It could shortly surpass the
U.S. in raw terms. Economic power
inevitably translates into political power
– an echo of early 1900s.
The second parallel is the forming of
global states into blocs. In the lead-up to
World War I, Germany and AustriaHungary faced off against England,
France and Russia.
Today, world powers are again forming alliances. They are the U.S. and
Europe, as the dominant powers, against
Russia and China, the challengers. The
current conflict in Ukraine has driven
Russia and China closer together. They
may be joined in their alliance by Brazil,
India and South Africa. Think of it as the
“haves” versus the “want-to-haves.”
The final parallel is conflict in the
Middle East. World War I was fundamentally about who would control the
collapsing Ottoman Empire, with its oil
riches in the Persian Gulf. Germany had
made friends with the Ottomans. If they
seized the gulf it would have posed an
existential threat to Britain, which ran its
globally deployed navy on gulf oil. The
war had to happen.
The conflict in the Middle East today
is about oil as well. Oil is the lifeblood
of industrial civilization, but it is running out. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in
2003 is now notorious for having been
carried out under false pretenses, the real
story being oil. Still, today, we fight for
who will control the Persian Gulf, and,
therefore, the world.
It’s been said that “history never
repeats itself, but it does rhyme.” There
won’t be a second World War I, but we
can hear the rhymes of history echoing
from that tectonic upheaval of 96 years
ago.
Robert Freeman is the author of
“The Best One-Hour History” series,
which includes “World War I,” “The
Protestant Reformation” and “The Cold
War.”
He wrote this for the Los Angeles
Times.
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Mercy Health System urologist donates time to help Hondurans
By Dennis West
Dr. Donald Neff is taking some time
off from his urology practice at Mercy
Walworth Hospital and Medical Center.
Unlike those who head for the golf
course, he is taking a plane to Honduras
to practice more medicine.
When Dr. Neff was attending the
Medical College of Wisconsin in
Milwaukee, one of his mentors, Dr.
Peter Langenstroer, a urologist who is
affiliated with several hospitals in
Milwaukee, asked the young resident if
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Now he is accompanying Dr.
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The group will fly into the capital
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“It’s a lot like the Appalachian
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of winding roads,” says Dr. Neff.
“Our hosts are a Catholic hospital
that invites groups of doctors with different specialties to come and see
patients over the course of the year,” he
says.
“Unlike our modern hospitals, they
Dr. Donald Neff is a urologist practicing at Mercy Walworth Hospital and
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ward for men and another for women.
They have three fairly modern operating
rooms with donated equipment that is a
generation or two behind what we have
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“The main thing we see are wonderful, very gracious people who are grateful to have us come down,” says Dr.
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as an hour away. Otherwise, they would
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A: Your dentist will use a temporary
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– has exposed and compromised the
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may choose to use a temporary filling.
This is also sometimes referred to as
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The temporary filling contains the
decay and allows a wall of tooth structure to develop between the pulp and the
decay and let the pulp heal. After an
appropriate time, the dentist can remove
the temporary filling and take an X-ray,
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the pulp has healed, the dentist can clean
out any remaining decay and put in a
permanent filling.
If the pulp damage is too severe, you
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Nov. 21, 2014 — 9
in root canals – will remove the pulp,
clean out the interior of the tooth and fill
it.
In the most severe cases of decay and
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Thereʼs no doubt that Diesel-powered cars get better fuel mileage than
those that burn gas. But when the price
of Diesel fuel is $1 a gallon more than
gas, how far do you have to drive to
make up the difference? By the way, has
President Obama gotten any credit for
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United States controls fuel prices, or
much of anything else? (Beacon photo)
10 — The Beacon
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A five-year-old with eyes of brown
Came into the kitchen one day
He carried a game – Uncle Wiggly it
was
She knew he was going to say,
“Mom, play me a game, just one little
game
You promised
you’d
do
it
today!”
But company
was
coming,
things had to be
perfect.
“Not
now,
scoot, get out of
my way.”
Marjie Reed
She cooked
all day and the meal was fine
And the guests praised her food more
and more
But in the corner of the room, quiet as
could be
Sat Uncle Wiggly, and her boy, on the
floor.
When the guests had gone and he’d
fallen asleep
She reviewed the events of the day.
To the visitors she was gracious and
they had a good time
But her own son she had just pushed
away.
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For her son and the long-eared gent.
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those things.”
So to bed her son and she went.
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Not playing the game didn’t scar him
for life
Kids bounce back pretty well I do find.
But the thing that struck me from the
mother who told this
Was that, at 60, it was still on her mind.
I wrote this poem about 30 years ago
and it is a true story admitted to me by a
perfectionist grandma.
I’ve tried to reread it every holiday
season since. The truth of the story helped
keep me grounded especially when our
kids were small. Kids seem especially
needy on holidays.
It seemed that before Thanksgiving
dinner, the moment I put the sweet potato
casserole under the broiler to hopefully
lightly brown the marshmallows to maybe
avoid taking the usual burnt offering to the
table, a child needed me.
If I needed to stir the gravy to keep it
from resembling a lumpy lava flow that
was the exact time another kid needed my
attention. Sometimes I would lose patience
and order all kids O-U-T!
That didn’t make anybody feel good.
Finally, one year, my daughters, daughterin-law and I got the bright idea to put all
the dads on kid-duty before the meal. That
worked great.
The dads were still popping their heads
into the kitchen asking, “When are we
gonna eat?” But in the kitchen, we girls
had a good laugh, hearing the guys corralling all eight cousins and keeping them
out of the kitchen.
They played games with them, tried to
keep the small ones from unsetting the
table or getting into the cranberry sauce.
Then we’d hear them getting all 16 hands
washed and attempting to shoehorn the little ones into their highchairs. The guys
were exhausted, but successful, and dinner
was fun for all.
When inviting folks over to our house,
we all want good food and a neat, festive
house; but this year do yourself a favor and
erase the word “perfection” from your
vocabulary.
Striving for perfection is what wears
us to a frazzle before our guests even walk
through the door.
If your house is like ours if we are
hosting the holiday, we’re better off doing
the heavy cleaning after the crew has set
sail for their own houses. While they’re
here, there will be suction toys stuck to the
bathroom mirror leaving nice round
marks. At some point in the day, the craft
box will be in use and bits of construction
paper and glitter and crayons will be here
and there on the floor.
I have to say that the parents make sure
everything is cleaned up before they all go
home. How nice is that?!
Now that our kids are older, I find it’s
still futile to worry about perfection, so I
don’t. Before they all arrive, my husband
and I sweep the kitchen, do a once-over on
the bathrooms, run the vacuum and whisk
a dust cloth over the table tops and
shelves. Don’t tell her, but if my six-foottall daughter-in-law is coming, I try to
remember to dust one shelf higher than
usual.
Dear God,
The holidays are such great times for
families. Help moms and dads to keep
their focus on people, not perfection, when
they are entertaining this year. That way it
is fun for them and for all who come to
celebrate with them.
Help us as Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner to do what
we need to do to prepare, and to keep our
promises to “play later” if need be.
Help us to realize that, as a game,
Perfection is fun, but as a way of life, perfection can be needlessly exhausting.
Amen
Marjie Reed lives in Harvard, Ill., with
her husband, Bob. They have been married
nearly 45 years and have three children
and eight grandchildren. Contact Marjie
at [email protected]
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Nov. 21, 2014
Mercy Health
Donʼt underestimate the time your children
spend using electronic devices in school
According to the American
Optometric Association (AOA), 83
percent of children between the ages
of 10 and 17 estimate that they use an
electronic device for three or more
hours each day. However, the AOA’s
Ninth Annual American Eye-Q® survey revealed that only 40 percent of
parents believe their children use an
electronic device for that amount of
time. Members of the Wisconsin
Optometric Association (WOA) are
concerned that this significant disparity may indicate an oversight of warning signs and symptoms associated
with vision problems due to technology.
Children often report experiencing
burning, itchy, or tired eyes after using
electronic devices for long periods of
time. These are all symptoms of digital eye strain, a temporary vision condition caused by prolonged use of
technology. Additional symptoms of
eye strain may include headaches,
fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision,
double vision, or head and neck pain.
While confined to home use of digital
devices during the summer months,
being back in the classroom significantly increases children’s total use.
“When parents consider their kids’
mobile consumption habits, it’s understandable to overlook how much time
their children spend on devices in the
classroom because they’re not present,” explains Dr Rockwell. “Each
year when school starts, we see an
increase in kids complaining of symptoms synonymous with eye strain.
Essentially, their time on digital
devices often doubles as they return to
school, leading to strain on the eyes.”
When it comes to protecting vision
and eye health from digital eye strain,
taking frequent visual breaks is important. Nearly one-third of children go a
full hour while using technology
before they take a visual break.
Children should make sure they practice the 20-20-20 rule: when using
technology or doing near work, take a
20-second break every 20 minutes and
view something 20 feet away.
Additionally, children who do not
normally require the use of eyeglasses
may benefit from glasses prescribed
specifically for intermediate distance
in computer use, and children who
already wear glasses may find their
current prescription does not provide
optimal viewing of a computer screen.
Your eye doctor can provide recommendations for each individual child.
The WOA suggests the following
guidelines to help prevent or reduce
problems in children associated with
digital eye strain:
Check the height and position of
the digital device. Computer screens
should be 4-5 inches below eye level
and 20-28 inches away from the eyes.
Digital devices should be held a safe
distance away from eyes, slightly
below eye level.
Check for glare on the screen.
Windows or other light sources should
not be directly visible when sitting in
front of a computer monitor. If this
happens, turn the desk or computer to
prevent glare on the screen.
Reduce the amount of lighting in
the room to match that of the computer screen.
Adjust font size. Increase the text
size on device screen to make it easier
on the eyes when reading.
Keep blinking. Blinking keeps the
front surface of the eye moist when
using devices, preventing dry eye.
WOA recommends every child
have an eye exam by a licensed eye
doctor soon after 6 months of age and
before age 3.
“Parents should know that school
vision screenings miss too many children who should be referred to an eye
doctor for a comprehensive eye
exam,” advises Dr. Rockwell. “Eye
exams performed by an eye doctor are
the only way to diagnose visual diseases and disorders in children.
Undiagnosed vision problems can
impair learning while causing vision
loss and other issues that can significantly impact a child’s quality of life.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rockwell,
please call Mercy Walworth Hospital
and Medical Center at (262) 245-0535.
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Health Through Chiropractic
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By Dr. Bernice Elliott
There is no such thing as an ordinary
backache. Where you hurt and how you
hurt are important clues to the cause of
pain. When you
feel an ache on
one side of the
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near the hip, it’s
usually an indication of a
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The sacroiliac is made up
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torso, hips and
pelfis, attached
so that they move as one unit. In the
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as freely. You can’t hurt yourself by just
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Nov. 21, 2014
Home and Family
Woman’s Club to host ‘Homes for the Holidays’
The Elkhorn Area Women’s Club
will host their annual “Homes for the
Holidays” housewalk on Saturday, Nov.
22 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The funds
raised from this year’s event will be
donated to The Tree House Child and
Family Center, which is supported by
the Walworth County Alliance for
Children.
Nearly 4,900 abused children have
been served since 2009 when Children’s
Hospital of Wisconsin Walworth County
Child Advocacy Center began serving
local families. Since 20133 when The
Tree House opened, it has received more
than 1,000 referrals alleging abuse and
neglect of children, with more than 300
children having forensic interviews. The
Walworth County Alliance for Children
is dedicated to the belief that all children
are entitled to a life free of violence,
abuse and neglect. The Elkhorn Area
Women’s Club is happy to be able to
help this worthwhile organization.
Tickets are available at Pharmacy
Station, Friends of the Square, Peoples
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Peg and Neil Watsonʼs house at W5998 Hazel Ridge Rd., will be one of five on
the Homes for the Holidays housewalk to be hosted by the Elkhorn Area Womenʼs
Club on Saturday, Nov. 22.
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The first “house” on the tour will be
The Tree House, W4063 Highway NN
on the east side of Elkhorn.
The second will be Heritage Hall,
which was a funeral home before it was
taken over by the Walworth County
Historical Society.
Peg and Neil Watson’s house is a
two-story white clapboard located at
W5598 Hazel Ridge Rd. west of
Elkhorn.
Vicki and Mike Stern’s house is
located at 212 N. Lincoln St. in Elkhorn.
The owners enjoy decorating for
Christmas as well as other times of the
year.
Kathy and Mark Follett’s red brick
home is located at W4638 Pine Creek
Rd., northeast of the city.
The last stop on the tour is Peoples
Bank, 837 N. Wisconsin St. (Highway
67), where members of the Women’s
Club will welcome participants with
coffee punch and cookies at any time
during the housewalk hours.
The Elkhorn Area Women’s Club
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Lake Geneva House Walk Dec. 6
Celebrate the history and architecture of the Lake Geneva area with a holiday house walk on Saturday, December
6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lake
Geneva House Walk will offer a rare
opportunity to walk through five distinctive homes decked with holiday cheer.
The self-guided tour will begin at
The Baker House, where attendees will
begin the day with a tour of the main
level. A beautifully preserved Queen Ann
Mansion built in 1885, the Baker House
is located at 327 Wrigley Dr. in downtown Lake Geneva, and designated a
Nationally Registered Historic Property.
Tickets not only include access to
five homes in the Lake Geneva area, but
also to Holiday Home Camp’s Holiday
Lounge. Attendees will be able to relax
by the fireplace and enjoy seasonal
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refreshments in the historic 126-year-old
Founders Hall building, which will be
brilliantly decorated for the occasion. A
raffle will be available for a chance to
win a variety of extraordinary prizes,
including an autographed copy of “The
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The public is invited to attend this
event. At registration, attendees will
receive the Lake Geneva House Walk
program booklet which will include
descriptions and locations of each home.
The booklet is required for entry to each
home. Tickets are $65 per person and
limited in quantity. Group discounts are
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Dining room, probably at D. Sullivanʼs lumber camp in Antigo
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ʻOld Mary Ann,ʼ the logging camp boss
Women were always a rare sight in
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almost unheard of. “Old Mary Ann,”
long remembered in northeastern
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Mary Ann McVane came to Peshtigo
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She was famous not only for her tenderness, but for her toughness, too.
Mary Ann had a nasty temper and a
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She kept a flock of hens around
camp, and a particularly tough bully
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out of the river on a fishing line, just for
fun, until the bird died. Mary Ann saw
this and, “enraged beyond control, she
seized the offender, lifted him bodily
from the ground, and walked with him
into the river up to her armpits. Here she
shoved the squirming lumberjack under
the surface a dozen or more times until,
gasping for breath and half drowned, he
begged for mercy.”
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Historical Society, www.wwisconsinhis
tory.org.
A logging crew poses inside their bunk house c. 1900. In the upper left corner,
one of the loggers holds a cat.
(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society)
“I don’t actually like money,
but it quiets my nerves.”
Joe Louis
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Nov. 21, 2014
Time to donate to Toys for Tots
Volunteer Connection and their
Volunteer Elves are helping the Marine
Corps Reserve to collect toys for the Toys
for Tots program. Toys are needed to provide a brighter Christmas for less fortunate
children throughout Walworth County.
“Share a bit of your good fortune this
holiday season,” said Patti O’Brien.
“Just leave a new, unwrapped toy at one
of the 38 drop off locations in Walworth
County. You’ll recognize our boxes
because they have the Marine Corp logo
and Toys for Tots information on them.”
A toy may seem unimportant to
some people, but to a child at
Christmas, it sends a message that
someone cares and that they haven’t
been forgotten; proof that the magic of
Christmas hasn’t passed them by.
The final toy pickup date is
December 11, as Volunteer Elves will be
handing toys out to families in need on
Saturday, December 13. Anyone who
would like to make a monetary donation
instead should make the check out to
Toys for Tots and mail it to Volunteer
Connections, P.O. Box 1001, Room 104,
Elkhorn, WI 53121.
Box locations are listed on the
Volunteer Connection’s web page
w w w. v o l u n t e e r w a l w o r t h . o r g .
Toysfortots.org (sic).
Anyone who has questions, or knows
of a family in need that is not receiving
any assistance in Walworth County, may
contact Patti O’Brien at 723-5383.
Wendy Hall of Genoa City creates a centerpiece to take home and enjoy.
(Photo furnished)
UW-Extension to host fresh
holiday centerpiece workshop
Take some time out of the busy holiday schedule to participate in the
Holiday Horticulture Workshop. The
workshop will guide participants
through making their own fresh holiday
centerpiece to enjoy in the home or to
give as a gift.
UW-Extension staff has partnered
with Renee Cerny from Frontier Flowers
of Sharon and Fontana to present this
fresh holiday décor workshop to the
community. Materials provided include
local fresh greenery, fresh flowers, ribbon, oasis cubes, etc. Containers will be
provided, but participants may choose to
bring their own shallow (less than 5
inches in height) containers if they wish.
Please no vases.
The workshop is scheduled for 6
p.m. December 18 at the Walworth
County Government Center, 100 W.
Walworth St., on the square, in Elkhorn.
The cost for the workshop is $25 per
person and the class fills quickly, Small
groups are welcome and will be seated
together upon request. For more information or to request a registration form,
contact the UW-Extension office at 7414951 or visit http://www.uwex.edu/ces/
cty/walworth/hort/index.html.
Travis Berryman serves some early diners at the Fundraising Turkey Dinner at
Walworth Immanuel United Church of Christ, including: Mary Gorr, from Lake Geneva;
James and Joyce Kennedy, from Elkhorn; and Henry Gorr, from Lake Geneva. The
Gorrs come to this event every year and they were first to be seated.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
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Walworth Grade School Pre-Kindergaren student Izzy Burrus dressed as
Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz at the Halloween Fun Night. Instead of a dog, this
Dorothy had a cat named Toto. Burrus had just finished decorating a Halloween cookie with frosting and sprinkles. Her mom, Alison Palmer, joined in the fun.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
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Nov. 21, 2014 —17
Fontana Library to host
Black Point Book Club
A crew from Gage Marine removes piers for the winter at Geneva Inn.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
Darien Library collecting knitwear
Darien Public Library is collecting
winter hats, scarves, gloves and mittens
on their Mitten Tree for distribution to
local school children, many of whom
don’t have enough warm clothing this
winter. Some patrons donate hand-knitted items, and others pick up something
when they go shopping; all are greatly
appreciated.
The knitted items will be taken off
the Mitten Tree on Wednesday,
December 17, and taken to local schools
and the food pantry. Items in all sizes
and colors are needed.
Glorious music will fill the air on
Saturday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. as
the UW-Whitewater Music Department
presents their annual Gala Holiday
Concert in Young Auditorium.
This holiday tradition is filled with
joyous sounds from nearly every ensemble and takes place throughout the facility in the lobby, terrace, and stage. Small
ensembles play prior to the performance,
during intermission and post concert.
The event includes a dinner in the
Kachel Center at 6 p.m. and a silent auction will be held in the Fern Young
Terrace starting at 7 through the end of
intermission. All proceeds will benefit
the Music Department scholarship fund.
Call 272-2222 for concert and dinner tickets or order online at http://tick
ets.uww.edu/.
Holiday Concert at UW-Whitewater
The Fontana Public Library will host
Black Point Estate’s winter book club.
The book club will meet at the library
the first Monday of each month from
December through April.
“We are thrilled to be working with
the library on this program,” said Black
Point Site Director, Dave Desimone.
“The Estate is closed during the winter
so programs like the book club allows us
to connect with the community during
our off season.”
Books have been selected to help the
reader better understand Victorian life,
historic preservation, the 1893 Columbian Exhibition and Chicago’s role in
development of the United States.
The books will include: “Victorian
America: Transformations in Everyday
Life” by Thomas J. Schlereth; “The
Devil and the White City” by Erik
Larson; “The City of the Century: The
Epic of Chicago and the Making of
America,” By Donald J. Miller;
“Keeping Time: The History and Theory
of Preservation in America,” by William
J. Murtagh; “American Home Life,
1880-1930: A Social History of Spaces
and Services,” by Jessica H. Foy and
Thomas J. Schlereth
Meetings will take place at 2 p.m. on
the first Monday of every month.
The first meeting will take place on
Monday, December 1 from 2-4 p.m.
“Victorian America: Transformations in
Everyday Life” is a detailed, lively survey of the commonplace objects, events,
experiences, products, and tastes that
comprised America’s Victorian culture,
expressed its values, and shaped modern
life. Between the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 and the San
Francisco one in 1915, the US population doubled, redistributed itself, and
developed the character and lifestyle
identified with the middle classes in the
20th century
The meeting on Monday, January 5
will discuss “The Devil and the White
City” by Erik Larson. which intertwines
the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and
the cunning serial killer who used it to
lure his victims to their death.
Combining meticulous research with
nail-biting storytelling, Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of
newly discovered history and the thrills
of the best fiction.
For additional information contact
Black Point Estate Site Manager David
Desimone at [email protected]
sinhistory.org.
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Nov. 21, 2014
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OFFICE: (262) 248-1020
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NEW PRICE
BURLINGTON
PIN #32115 - Great investment
opportunity. Fully rented duplex has 3
bdrm., 1 bath unit on main level and 1
bdrm., 1 bath upper unit has recently
been remodeled. Exterior has new
roof, windows, doors, siding, fascia,
soffits and gutters. Located in the
downtown area. Tenants would like to
continue renting. $162,900
LINN
PIN #12445 - 2 blocks from the
lake, 4-5 bdrm. primary or secondary home has new roof, carpet,
flooring, paint, furnace, water
heater and more. Enclosed
porch/sunroom and lrg. mostly
fenced yard. $158,900
NEW LISTING
245-1877
BURLINGTON
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GENOA CITY
MLS 1268719 - Almost one acre of
level land ready for your new home
plans. Excellent location, Genoa City,
close to Hwy. 12 for easy commute.
Downtown is just steps away. Property
located on Petticoat Dr. behind
Pancho’s Restaurant. Bring your floor
plan and builder. $44,900
DELAVAN
MLS 1359452 - High visibility restaurant and
banquet/reception facility has been updated
and remodeled with a lodge-style décor. Room
for up to 300 diners in dining room and 400
banquet/reception attendees. Finish the commercial kitchen to your liking. Stage, zoned
sound system, dance floor, 2 full service bars
and dining room. Over 2 acres of land for cars
or buses. $899,900
NEW LISTING
MLS 1385527 - Private setting on almost
1 acre, on a hill, surrounded by trees. 3
bdrms., 2 baths, huge living room. Many
new improvements including windows,
siding, roof, flooring, deck and new family
room addition. Lower level walkout is was
a garage is now a workshop. 1/2 acre lot
next door. $179,900
LYONS
MLS 1391635 - Knob Hill subdivision, this
home sits on over 1 acre in the Lyon’s countryside. Home is all electric and has 3
bdrms., 1.5 baths. A wood burning stove is
great for those cold winter nights and a
sunroom with hot tub is perfect for any time
of year. All appliances are included. Just
minutes from Lake Geneva and major highways for easy commute. $239,900
TWIN LAKES
MLS 1375865 - 3 bdrm., 2 bath home.
Updated interior includes: approx. 800 sq. ft.
of finished LL w/lrg. media/family room,
den/office, full bath and storage room. Main
level has hardwood floors, updated bath and
new windows. Super-sized fenced yard
w/above ground pool, patio area and gardening spot. Short walk to the lake and very
close to IL and Hwy. 12. $164,900
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NEW PRICE
VACANT LAND
WILLIAMS BAY
MLS 1359472 - 3 bdrm. ranch home with large
living room, frplc., eat in kitchen, updated bath
and a side deck overlooking a private wooded
yard with a running, natural trickling stream.
Property has 1/2+ acres and is 2 blocks away
from Williams Bay beach, park and launch area.
RM-1 zoning would allow for a multi-family to be
built in place of existing home. $149,900
NEW PRICE
BURLINGTON
MLS 1391639 - 3 bdrm., 2 bath home with
Cedar Point Park Brown’s Lake access
rights. This diamond may need a little polishing, but will be well worth it. Over 1,750
sq. ft. of living area and a 1/3 acre yard,
Very short walk to the park and lake, close
to major roads for easy commute. All appliances included along with outdoor hot tub
and garden shed. $139,900
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bar/tavern on the WI/IL border. Full operation
business is turnkey. Appliances, equipment, furniture and inventory included in purchase. CD
jukebox, games and pool table are contracted
through amusement co. Municipal water and
sewer, almost 1000 sq. ft. of living. Parking for
30+. $359,900
Hotline: 262-814-1400 + 5 digit PIN
JANE DULISSE
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Darien
Continued from page 1
USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic
impact on rural communities across
Wisconsin. Since 2009, USDA Rural
Development has invested nearly $4.5
billion on essential public facilities,
small and emerging businesses, water
and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Wisconsin families. Each
year more than 100 rural communities
in Wisconsin receive assistance from
USDA Rural Development for community-improvement and public-safety
projects.
According to a press release from the
state, USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that
will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of
rural residents. As the lead federal
Darienʼs new 4,000-square-foot Municipal Building houses the village hall,
administrative offices and police department. Half of the building was remodeled and
the other half added by new construction.
(Beacon photo)
agency for rural development needs,
USDA Rural Development returned
over $832 million dollars this past year
to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds
are used to finance and foster growth in
homeownership, business development,
Getting ready for annual cookie walk at the First Congregational United Church
of Christ Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 6 are committee members Linda Priebe, Ellie
Buckingham, Mary Atwell, Pat Jenner, Cheryl Armstrong, and Karen Martinson.
Homemade cookies and candy will be on sale on the upper level of the church at 715
Wisconsin St. in Lake Genevafrom 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until everything is sold. Jerry
Rosenberg will entertain shoppers throughout the morning with holiday music on the
117-year-old pipe organ. Available will be a variety of Swedish, German, and other old
family recipes. The cost of the cookies will be $8 per pound. There will also be packaged nuts for holiday giving.
(Photo furnished)
and critical community and technological infrastructures.
By consolidating the village hall and
police department into one expanded
facility, the village hopes to attain cost
and efficiency savings. The building
Nov. 21, 2014 —19
also houses a larger boardroom and
offices for staff.
The construction project, which had
been subject to stops and starts for nearly 10 years, included a remodel of the
existing, 3,900-square-foot village
owned, building; demolition of several
old, vacant adjacent buildings; and a
new, 4,000 square foot addition. The
administrative and police offices had
been located in two separate buildings,
both of which were more than 70 years
old and in need of significant upgrades.
The village, which had allocated a
quarter of a million dollars for a village
hall, bought the land for the expansion in
2010.
Village President Kurt Zipp, who has
served on the board for 16 years and has
participated in many debates about what
to do to provide space for village government, said the project just had to wait
for the right timing to make it financially viable.
Five of the 14 Christmas Presentation Baskets on display at Barrett Memorial
Library in Williams Bay. Each has a Jim Shore collector Christmas ornament, plus
many items to go along with themes such as baking, a gift certificate for a one-night
stay at Geneva Inn and a bottle of wine, the wine tasterʼs basket has three bottles of
wine and a certificate for a wine tasting for eight people at Staller Estate Winery, another basket with a Nintendo DS and many other items. The baskets will be on display
and open for silent bids from Friday, Nov. 21 to Friday, Dec. 12 at noon.
(Beacon photo)
Walworth County Homeless Shelter receives ‘Neighbors in Need’ grant
❏ Thrivent Financial Foundation
grant aids efforts to support physical,
emotional and spiritual needs in community
The Walworth County Emergency
Homeless Shelter recently received a
$5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew
25: Neighbors in Need” grant from the
Thrivent Financial Foundation. The
funding was awarded based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emo-
DELAVAN
PIN #01405 - This charming 3 bdrm., 2 bath Cape
Cod is move-in ready and waiting for a new family to
call it home. Includes a mstr. loft suite with huge walkin closet or dressing room, spacious kitchen with
breakfast nook, huge garage. Corner lot with fencedin back yard. $149,900
CALL BARB BECKER 262-215-6597
tional and /or spiritual needs in the local
community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship, and care for the sick
based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:
35-36.
The Emergency Shelter has also
elected to participate in a complementary two-to-one challenge grant program
sponsored by the Foundation. For every
dollar raised from donors by Feb. 28,
2015, the Thrivent Financial Foundation
LAKE GENEVA
PIN #53025 - White River Villas at beautiful Grand Geneva
Resort. This one owner unit features a gorgeous view of woods
and the assoc. pool from the deck. Open concept main level
includes a utility room w/washer and dryer hookups. Mstr.
bdrm. loft suite w/full bath and sitting area. Great storage
areas. Discount prices at all Grand Geneva restaurants, spa,
skihill and more. $139,000
CALL DIANE PIERRARD 262-215-5807
will provide an additional 50 cents – up
to $5,000 – in support of the organization’s ministry.
“We are delighted to assist the
Walworth County Emergency Homeless
Shelter through this grant, said Richard
Kleven, vice president of the Thrivent
Financial Foundation. “We trust that this
support will strengthen the shelter’s outreach to those it serves.”
“We can’t thank the Thrivent
Financial Foundation enough for this
generous grant” said Lynn Curtis,
General Manager for the Walworth
County Emergency Homeless Shelter.
“We rely on community donations to
carry out our mission and this grant will
allow us to be able to look at additional
ways to help our gentlemen. We are
excited to be chosen and appreciate that
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Notre Dame grads run rings around
other alums. Thatʼs not what it stands, for,
but itʼs classified so we canʼt tell.
a Wisconsin company and its local representatives recognize the need to help
others and then take action.
A major goal for 2015 is to add counselling services to better help our Shelter
users. With Thrivent’s help, we will be
able to add these services. We are also
looking forward to raising additional
funds so that we may begin looking for
a permanent site where we can expand
the services we offer.”
The Shelter is a collaborative effort
between 20 church congregations in
Walworth County providing assistance
to homeless men from the middle of
October to the end of April. The shelter
was founded in 2005 and has helped an
average of 14-20 men per night regain
their self-respect, and obtain housing
and jobs while working toward positive
interactions within the community. In
the 2013-14 Shelter season, 58 men
were assisted for a total of 2,324 bed
nights, with 630 meals being served and
8,820 volunteer hours utilized.
For more information about the
Shelter, e-mail [email protected]
.com, call (262) 725-2016, or check their
Facebook page (search Walworth
County Emergency Homeless Shelter).
In Walworth County, Thrivent is represented by Jim Pfeil and Bill Duesterbeck. Their office is at 1407 Racine
Street, Delavan. 740-9040.
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Nov. 21, 2014
1940s ‘home of the future’ still looks like new in Lake Geneva
By Jim McClure
The last thing Carl Strandlund had in
mind when he designed the Lustron
Home was to create a collector’s item.
In fact he envisioned just the opposite; a
nation dotted with 300,000 of the massproduced, easy to assemble, family
homes made of metal from the roof and
chimney down to the baked enamel interiors and colorful porcelain outside
walls.
Construction of the homes started in
1949 and although they would find their
way to 30 some states including Alaska,
no more than 2,500 were built by the
time the Lustron Corporation went out
of business in 1951.
Three remain in Lake Geneva, and
only one of those has retained the original colors and design that rolled out of
the former World War II military aircraft
plant in Columbus, Ohio [bound for the
corner of Maxwell and Grant in lake
Geneva.]
The house belongs to longtime Lake
Geneva resident Mike Pody, who has
owned the Lustron for 15 years. Pody
has the house up for rent and while,
today, he has his eye open for prospective renters, he says that he has had his
eye on the home for most of his life.
Standing inside the surprisingly
modern looking and spacious all metal
starter home, Pody points outside toward
Grant Street and motions with a level
hand moving from right to left past the
big metal-framed window while relating
that back in the 1960s “I would ride my
bike past this window and imagine what
it was like inside.”
On the outside the is a light royal
blue color with pale yellow window
frames, one of four original color offerings: Maize Yellow, Dove grey, Surf
Blue, and Desert Tan, carefully selected
by Howard Ketchum, Inc., described in
promotional materials as “one of the
nations foremost color experts.”
And how does the house look to
Pody nearly 50 years later? “Exactly the
same,” he says with a laugh. “It hasn’t
changed a bit.”
Which was part of the original idea:
Pre-fabricate an all metal structure and
make it easy to use and maintain with
good looks that take little more than an
occasional wash-down by hose or rain.
Nothing to rust due to moisture or fall
prey to woodwork-eating termites. Even
the chimney is made of steel as is the
slate-look roof that has stood up to the
worst of southeastern Wisconsin winters
for a bit less than 65 years. As for the
home itself, Pody says “it’s built like a
tank!”
“The thing that amazes me is the
bedrooms,” says Pody, who slides back
the space saving pocket door to reveal a
large master bedroom. “These bedrooms
must have been really big for the time.
You don’t see many homes from the
1950s with this amount of room.”
Or storage. Near the bedroom’s mirror and built in vanity are shelf upon
shelf of little sliding doors that open to
reveal lots of space for clothing and
other things.
“It was really ahead of it’s time,”
adds Pody, who owns and leases a number of homes in the Williams Bay area.
So he knows a bit about architectural
styles and what makes this home desirable.
“Location,” he points out, adding
that “if you want to get anywhere in
Lake Geneva or downtown by the bay
this is extremely well situated. Its location near downtown restaurants and
short drive or long walk to the lake is
handy.”
Originally the home was a top-ofthe-line Lustron model called the
Westchester Deluxe 02, featuring two
bedrooms.
The Westchester line was divided
into deluxe and standard options, both
available with two or three bedrooms.
The square footage is the same in both
models, and all came with a Thor combination dishwasher-clothes washer.
Buyers could opt for a double sink
instead of the Thor system to save $215
on the price of the house.
The Thor appliances are extremely
rare (Pody’s doesn’t have one) in part
because the Thor idea of washing your
bloomers in the same bin where you
suds the spaghetti sauce off your plates
was more than some consumers could
handle. And they didn’t work all that
well.
Karl Strandlund didn’t start out to
build homes. After the war, he approached a government allotment board
with a request for enough sheet steel to
build panels for gas stations. The government said they didn’t need gas stations, but housing for 10 million veterans who had come back from overseas
and wanted to start families.
A board member suggested that
instead of constructing gas stations with
the panels, he should build houses.
Strandlund told the board that if they
would give him the steel and the money,
he would supply the homes.
The price was targeted at $9,500 for
a five or six room house, which was a lot
cheaper than anything else at the time.
The first Lustron was manufactured
in Hinsdale, Ill., but when the govern-
ment insisted he utilize the 1.1 millionsquare foot Curtiss-Wight airplane plant
in Columbus, he moved all of his manufacturing facilities from Chicago to Ohio.
One owner says the house is very
comfortable in the summer, but cold in
the winter – a common complaint
among Lustron occupants. The original
Lustron brochure extolled “the most
modern type of radiant panel heating.
No registers, no grilles, no circulating
currents of dust-carrying air. Each ceiling panel is a source of smooth, even
heat, sending warm rays downward. But
someone should have told Stranlund that
cold air doesn’t sink; it rises.The system
may have been adequate below the
Mason-Dixon line, but it doesn’t provide
enough heat for Wisconsin’s harsher
winters. Most were later modified.
Although itʼs nearly 65 years old, this porcelain-clad-steel Lustron house in
Lake Geneva has never had a coat of paint and still looks like new. The company,
which went bankrupt in 1950, was estimated to have lost an average of $10,000 on
each house it built.
(Beacon photo)
Postwar shortage sparked the
idea for Lustron metal homes
Much more enchanting has been the
overall space-age look of the home
which was seen as an easy solution to an
atomic-age problem: how to go about
solving a severe housing shortage for the
many World War II veterans who had
returned home since 1945 and wanted to
start or enlarge families in an affordable
and quickly available home.
Strandlund worked it out so that all
of the home’s 3,300 parts would fit into
one specially-designed semi-trailer for
unloading in sequence at the construction site.
An original 1949 sales brochure says
Pody’s Westchester model “offers many
deluxe features including built-in bookshelves, bedroom vanity/storage wall, 11
closets and overhead storage cabinets,
oil or gas radiant panel heating, Thor
dishwasher-clotheswasher combination,
china cabinet pass-through, large picture
windows, large service and storage area
and floor tile. Kitchen wall panels are 2
feet square.”
“Pictures and decorations are best
put up with magnets,” notes Pody, who
says that the real decorative feature is
the house itself with its bold colors and
bright porcelain design. “Every time I’m
in here I see people outside stop their
cars to stare and take pictures.”
For many reasons, Strandlund never
came close to reaching his goal of
300,000 houses. And, sadly, the houses
are becoming even more rare as they
give way to desires for larger homes on
pricey land, or to a wrecking ball.
The largest number were on the
Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., and
almost all of the dozens there were gone
by 2006, declared outdated and too
small for modern military families. Just
two remain as maintenance storage
sheds.
While Pody awaits his next rental
with a simple hand numbered sign out
front of 1005 Maxwell Street, he has a
pretty good idea of who will rent it next.
“It’s people who really like the idea
of a Retro House. And it’s easier to
maintain than most.”
Deep down, he acknowledges that
the house is neither his nor his tenants,
but everyone’s.
“I like sharing this property because
so many people like to see it,” he says.
The Lustonʼs kitchen has plenty of built-in storage, all of which is made of steel.
The manufacturer suggested homeowners hang pictures and other decorations with
magnets.
(Beacon photo)
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Nov. 21, 2014 — 21
Singing “Amazing Mayzie” in the Big Foot High School production of “Suessical the Musical” are (from left) Carrie Nickels as Mayzie, Shelby Lundin,
Angel Castro, Ann McGrail, Lauren Lindner and Anastasia Demco. This is at the point in the musical when the audience first meets Mayzie, who is the epitome of a diva who wants nothing to do with the egg that is in her nest. “Seussical the Musical” will be performed at Big Foot High School on Friday and Saturday,
Nov. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
Invites you to attend our upcoming musical event…
Home for the Hollldays
Starring John Ludy Puleo and Will Kruger
Saturday Nov. 29th at 3:00 pm & 6:30 pm
Spaghetti Dinner at Chapel on the Hill at 5:00 pm ($7 per plate)
Proceeds from Sat. shows & dinner will go to the Chapel Food Pantry
Sunday Nov. 30th at 3:00 pm
Proceeds from this show will go to the APFV
Association for the Prevention of Fami
Family Violence of Walworth County
Christian Arts Centre
of Chapel on the Hill
Hwy 50 West & Cisco Rd.
Lake Geneva, WI
Tickets $10- MC/Visa accepted
Call (262) 245-9122 for tickets & info.
or order online at
www.brownpapertickets.com
THANK YOU
To the Williams Bay Community:
We would like to thank the community for its approval
to build a new elementary school attached to the current
Junior/Senior High School. This support is not taken lightly
and we know that you have entrusted us with an important
task. We will honor the trust you have given us and create
a safe, modern, and efficient school building that will again
serve the community well for nearly one hundred years.
Thank you!
Williams Bay School Board
Fair to give students taste of reality
About 300 students from DelavanDarien and Elkhorn Area high schools
will take part in a “Reality Fair”
Wednesday, Dec. 3, at DDHS.
Business Education faculty at DDHS
are coordinating the event, which will
give students a perspective on what life
is like after high school. Yikes!
The event will give students an
example of the many bills to pay and
day-to-day challenges adults solve that
kids might not have ever considered,
said DDHS business teacher Jodi Scott.
Students are surveyed prior to the
event about their thoughts on the costs
of living, such as rent, food, college
loans, insurance, gasoline and the like.
Students must then specify their
intended job or career, and are assigned
family situations.
Each student is also assigned a credit score and monthly salary to “live” on
during the fair. By the end of the experience, the objective is to have a greaterthan-zero balance in the “bank.”
Students are encouraged to be honest
about their future plans. Some just say
they’ll be doctors or lawyers, feeling
that these are high-paying jobs, and they
are, but there are also steep college loans
associated with those careers. Students
are given that debt and other debts, too.
During the fair, students go from sta-
tion to station, which represent different
aspects of American life, including such
things as transportation, insurance, utilities, housing, childcare, unforeseen or
“fate” events, and others.
They are given different scenarios,
including costs, at each station. Some
may have serious health issues, or have
costly home repairs, or have to pay for
daycare.
As students go station-to-station,
they keep a running balance in a checkbook provided by event sponsor,
Educators Credit Union.
Many students start these activities
with the idea that ‘they know all of this,’
and that ‘it will be easy, Scott said.
Students quickly find that it is more
challenging than they would have
believed. It shows them the reality of
personal finance, balancing budgets and
life.
As in life, students might not always
get what they want, but they certainly do
get a lesson in real life at the DelavanDarien Reality Fair.
Organizers are looking for people to
volunteer for the fair by managing a
table station. Anyone who is interested
may contact DDHS business education
teacher Jodi Scott at 728-2642 ext.
4481, or by email at [email protected]
org.
Child Development Day returns
Child Development Day will return
to the Delavan-Darien community on
Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Parents can learn about where their
child’s development should be between
birth and 3 1/2.
They can also learn about the services available for families of young children, and normal child growth and
development from birth to age 5.
The screenings will focus on children from birth to age 3 1/2. All parents
of children in this age group who reside
in the Delavan-Darien area are encouraged to attend.
The screenings are set for 8 a.m. to
noon, Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Turtle
Creek Elementary School, 1235 Creek
Rd., Delavan.
Those planning to attend should call
728-2642 ext. 4359 (English), or ext.
4359 (Spanish) for an appointment.
The event is sponsored by the
Preschool Community Collaboration
Council and the Delavan-Darien School
District.
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22 — The Beacon
By Kathi West
You’ve probably seen our wedding
picture on page 3. Yes, we were married
50 years ago when we were very young,
and we are still married now that we are
semi-old. I say semi because we are still
21 in spirit but 50 years older in body.
When I speak of our high school or college friends, I refer to them as the kids
we knew. And they were kids.
Dennis and I bought this pattern and
fabric for the quilt medallion on this
page on a trip through Iowa. I started the
quilt about 8 years ago. The stumbling
block was the Mariner’s campus in the
center. I didn’t know about paper piecing then and therefore pieced each piece
and RE-DID EACH PIECE UNTIL I
GOT IT SORT OF RIGHT. Then I put it
away and really didn’t want to look at it
for a long time. I’ve taken it out and put
it away again many times. This year I
Nov. 21, 2014
that we get a summery feeling instead of
a frigid one.
QUILT GUILDS
Chocolate City Quilters meet the
second Monday of each month at 6:30
p.m. in the Burlington High School
library, 400 McCanna Parkway.
The Crazy Quilt Guild Quilters
meet the second Wednesday of each
month at 7 p.m. at the First
Congregational Church, 231 Roberts
Drive in Mukwonago.
Quilts of Valor and Quilts of
Honor Quilt Group meets at 6 p.m. on
the second Tuesday of the month at
Ellen Weber’s house on Theatre Road.
Bring your sewing machine, fabric to
make a QOV quilt or a quilt that you
have started and any sewing tools you
will need. The next meeting will be
February 10, 2015. There will be no
meeting in December or January.
Both of these basket quilts were on display at this yearʼs Mukwonago Quilt Show.
(Beacon photo)
The anniversary quilt for which I bought the pattern and fabric but havenʼt gotten
around to finishing for our 50th anniversary. Maybe the 51st?
thought I’d try to finish it and give it to
Dennis as an anniversary present. But a
couple of other projects got in the way
and the quilt is still not finished. So I’m
going to try again. I dislike winter and
need a project to keep me warm. This is
the project. I will give it to him on our
51st anniversary. He’d better stick
around.
Two years ago I started a snow flake
quilt right after Christmas. That winter
seemed longer and colder than any
(except for last winter) I could remember. This year I suggest we all start on
May baskets, flowers, and sunshine so
The Scrappers Quilt Guild meets
at 6:30 p.m. at the Lion’s field house on
Hwy 67 in Williams Bay on the third
Tuesday of the month. There won’t be a
meeting in December. The next meeting
will take place on January 20. Bring
your show and tell quilts. Guests are
always welcome.
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, and I
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Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth
Ave., Delavan. Library Hours: Monday Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 9:30 a.m.
- 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sunday
1-5 p.m. Computers shut down 15 minutes
before closing.
Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, Nov. 26, close at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 27, closed
Friday, Nov. 28, closed
Saturday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30, 1 to 5 p.m
• 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Long
before children start school, they begin learning the skills needed for success in school
and in life – including the skills that lead to
literacy. One of the best ways to encourage
learning is to spend time reading books every
day. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
program aims to ensure that all children
entering kindergarten have acquired such
skills through exposure to books and a language-rich early childhood experience. For
more information, call 728-3111, ext. 117.
Stop and sign up at the children’s desk .
• Adult Crafter Night, Monday, Dec. 1
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Have you missed some
of our terrific adult craft programs? Adult
Crafter Night is your second chance.
Leftover materials from this year’s projects
will be available along with written instructions or, if you prefer, use the craft materials
we provide to design your own creative project.
• Storytime
with
Ms.
Denise,
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. As the
weather gets colder, you can stay cozy and
warm having fun with Ms. Denise at library
story time. The themes for December are:
3rd, Tools; 10th, Reindeer. No story time on
December 17, 24 or 31.
• Tech Tutorials, Wednesdays from 9:30
to 11 a.m. Registration Required. Baffled by
technology? Sign up for a 45-minute one-onone 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 we
will use one of our computers.
• LEGO Club - Mondays Dec. 1 and 15
at 4:30 p.m. Work in teams or individually,
give your creation a name, then see it displayed in the Children’s Library.
• Book Boogie, Monday, Dec. 8 and 22 at
11 a.m. What could be more fun for babies,
toddlers, and their caregivers than a freeform story-dance-play time?
• Guilty Pleasures Book Club, “ Rivals in
the City” by Y. S. Lee, Monday, Nov. 24 at 6
p.m.
Knit and Crochet Club – For all ages and
experience levels, Knit and Crochet Club
meets at 6 p.m. on the scheduled dates.
Contact the library for this month’s schedule.
• Tail Waggin’ Tutors with Divot,
Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Make an appointment to read with a therapy dog the first
Saturday of each month.
• Santa at the Library, December 6 at
1:30 p.m. Santa Claus is coming to the
library. Take the whole family to see St.
Nick, sit on his lap and tell him your holiday
wishes. We will also be decorating holiday
cookies. Parents, don’t forget to bring your
cameras.
• Design Your Own Wrapping Paper for
Kids, Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Wrap your
holiday gifts in custom paper you made yourself. Come try your hand at wrapping paper
design. All materials will be provided.
• Creative Holiday Packages, Tuesday,
Nov. 21, 2014 — 23
Library Assistant Sally Adams shows some of the holiday gift baskets that are
being sold by silent auction at the Darien Public Library until Saturday, December 13
at noon. There are baskets with themes for both adults and children, including teddy
bears, children and adult books, popcorn nights with DVDs, snowmen, Santa Claus,
and many more. The baskets are being sold as a fundraiser for the library. Everyone
is invited to stop and check them out, and place their bids. The baskets are giftwrapped and available in a variety of price ranges for holiday gifting.
(Photo furnished)
• Video Game Tournaments, Fridays at 4
Dec. 9 from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Laura Z has
p.m.
just what you need to jazz up your holiday
• Lego and Beading Club: Mondays at 4
gifts – creative holiday packages. Registrap.m. Ages 9 and up.
tion required.
• Movie Showings. Watch our website,
• Pizza and a Movie: “The Giver” (PGwww.williamsbay.lib.wi.us, for upcoming
13), Thursday, Dec. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
dates.
Registration required.
• Scrabble Club, Wednesdays 10 a.m. • Gingerbread House Construction,
noon.
Tuesday, December 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. or
• Knitting Circle, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, December 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
All skill levels welcome. Take a project to
Gingerbread lovers of all ages can put their
work on.
construction skills to the test as they design
• The Saturday Morning Book Club
and decorate a house made entirely out of
meets the second Saturday of the month at 10
cookies, candy and frosting. All materials
a.m.
will be provided. Contact the library to sign
• “What Are Teens Reading?” book
up for a 45-minute time slot.
group meets the third Wednesday of the
• Hot Chocolate & How the Grinch Stole
month at 7 p.m. This group is for parents to
Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Enjoy
read and review teen books. Stop at the
a special reading of the holiday favorite,
library to pick from a great selection of
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr.
young adult books.
Seuss. There won’t be roast beast available,
• Ongoing sale of a great selection of
but there will be hot chocolate and cookies
used books. Browse Barret for Books.
for nibbling.
All programs are free and open to the
• Guilty Pleasures Book Club: “Miss
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 245Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by
2709 or e-mail [email protected]
Ransom Riggs, Monday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m.
wi.us.
• Credit/Debit Cards Accepted at APL.
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Aram Public Library now offers credit/debit
Brigham Memorial Library, 131 Plain
card payment service in the library for fines
St., Sharon. Hours: Mon. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.;
and fees totaling $10 or more.
Tues. 12-8 p.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs.
• Ongoing in-library book sale. We
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 9
always accept donations of gently used
a.m. - noon. Phone 736-4249.
books and movies.
• Story Time, Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
• Would you like to get library news by eA theme will unite a story and a craft.
mail? Contact the library at 728-3111 or
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email [email protected] to sign up.
Clinton Public Library, 214 Mill St.,
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Clinton. Hours: Monday and Friday 8:30
Barrett Memorial Library, 65 W. Gea.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.
neva St., Williams Bay. Open Mon. and Wed.
- 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m. - 6
Phone (608) 676-5569.
p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Check the library’s
• Storytimes at the library, Mondays at
new Web site at www.williamsbay. lib.wi.us/
10 a.m. for 3-24-month-olds; Fridays at 1
• StoryTimes: Tuesdays 10 a.m. and
a.m. for 2-5-year-olds.
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. Crafts to follow. Same
• 55+ Tech Desk. A new technology servbooks and craft both days.
ice offers free help to people 55 and older.
• Celebrate author C. S. Lewis’s birthday
Available every other Thursday. Call to regwith “Chronicles of Narnia,” Fri., Nov. 28, 1
ister. Free one-on-one help is available for all
p.m.
ages by appointment.
• Adult book discussion the fourth
Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
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Darien Public Library, 47 Park Ave.,
Darien. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Closed Friday and
Sunday. 882-5155.
• Book club for adults, third Wednesday
of the month at 5:45 p.m.
• Wireless Internet now available. Bring
your laptop and ask at the desk how to access
the wireless connection.
• Ongoing book sale.
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East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094
Graydon Ave., East Troy. Hours: Mon. Thurs. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Phone 542-6262.
• Story Time, Fridays, 11 a.m., for ages
18 months – 4 years.
• Lego Club, Thursdays at 3 - 4 p.m.
For more information, call 642-6262.
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Fontana Public Library, 166 Second
Ave., Fontana. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday.
• Happy-to-Be-Here Book Club, third
Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.
• Evening Book Club, third Thursday of
each month, 5:30 p.m., sometimes off-site.
The library will be closed for carpeting
from Sept. 6-13.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2755107 for more information.
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Genoa City Public Library, 126 Freeman St., Genoa City. Hours: Mon. and Wed.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m.
- 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Story time, Fridays, 10 a.m. for kids
ages 3-5 and siblings.
• Ongoing book sale. Donations of new
or slightly used books, including children’s
books, may be dropped off at the library.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2796188 or email [email protected] for
more information.
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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 the
Library’s website at www.lakegene
va.lib.wi.us.
Note: The library will be closed on the
following days: Thanksgiving, Thursday,
Nov. 27; Christmas Eve Day, Wednesday,
Dec. 24; Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25;
New Year’s Eve Day, Wednesday, Dec. 31;
New Year’s Day, Thursday, Jan. 1.
• Children ages three to thirteen are invited to visit the library for a “Holiday
Ornament Workshop” on Saturday, Dec. 6
from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will be
encouraged to decorate paper ornaments in
the shape of snowmen, gingerbread men,
Christmas trees, stockings, and mittens.
Decoration supplies will include glitter glue,
ribbons, stickers, markers, and sequins.
Children will make ornaments to be placed
on a special holiday tree in the youth services area of the Library and ornaments to take
home to put on their holiday trees or give as
gifts. Children may pick up their ornaments
from the library’s special holiday tree from
January 5-9. Walk-ins are welcome, and children under ten years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
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Nov. 21, 2014
Pet Questions and Answers
By Marc Morrone
Q: Last year I took in an adult African
grey parrot. His owner told me the bird
was 25 years old. I also have another grey
parrot and a Senegal parrot. The new guy
is very tame, and I was very happy when
they all got along. My question is, why
won’t the new bird sit still? I have a couple of big climbing trees and stands for the
birds to play on when out of their cages.
My original two sit and play all day; the
new guy just wants to walk around my
house. He is generally a good boy about
chewing things up if I’m watching him.
But I would rather he sit on the perch. I
have tried to entice him with new toys and
nuts to chew on, but he likes to wander.
Any suggestions on how to get him to settle down?
A: Your two birds are happy to stay on
their trees and perches because they grew
up with you and learned for themselves
from the time they were young that those
climbing trees are a great place to be _ better than any other place in the house. Wild
birds do the same thing; you can always
see wild birds in a particular tree, on the
same roof or parking lot, as they are happiest in those areas. The problem with the
older bird that you took in is that he has
learned to find his own entertainment. In
his mind, the grass is always greener on
the other side of the fence. Since your
younger birds never got the opportunity to
chew on furniture and other household
objects, they have no idea that this is an
option and thus they stay where you put
them and entertain themselves there. Your
new bird can learn that the climbing trees
are the only option, but it requires a lot of
management from your end.
You have to watch him when he is on
the climbing trees and if he leaves the
trees, put him back there right away, or in
his cage if you cannot watch him anymore.
As time goes on, and it may take a few
months, he will gradually forget about
walking about the house looking for entertainment and will be content to stay on the
climbing trees and playpens with whatever
amusing things you provide for him that
day. It is important to rotate the toys that
you put out for him as well. Instead of giving him six toys to play with, give him one
or two different ones every day so that he
always has something fun and different to
look forward to.
Q: We are buying a toy Pomeranian
from a breeder as soon as the puppies are
old enough to leave their mother, and we
need your advice. We really like the only
male puppy in the litter, but we live in a
small apartment on a high floor in an
apartment building, so we need the dog to
be able to relieve itself on Wee-Wee Pads
when we are at work. We do not want the
dog to be lifting its leg against our furniture and wonder if it perhaps may be better to get one of the female puppies, as we
can then be sure the dog will squat on the
wee wee pads. The breeder says if we get
the male neutered before he starts to lift his
leg he will always squat on the Wee-Wee
Pad. We wondered what you thought.
A: I tend to agree with the breeder on
this one. It’s the hormone testosterone that
causes a male dog to lift its leg when it urinates. Pheromones in the urine transmit
information about the power and authority
of the male dog to other males that may be
passing by, and the higher the dog can urinate against an object, the closer the urine
is to the noses of the other male dogs.
Some dogs with very high levels of
testosterone will also scratch at the ground
just in front of the object they have urinated on, as those marks act like arrows
pointing toward the scent mark. They are
scent marks, as well, impregnated with
sweat gland secretions from the dog’s feet.
However, none of this is a conscious or
thought-out behavior on the dog’s part.
The hormone is telling the dog to do this,
and if there is no testosterone in the dog’s
system, then there is no need to do this.
Neutering the dog prevents the testosterone from flooding the system of the
growing puppy and the male dog will continue to squat when he urinates for the rest
of his life.
You have to time it just right, though.
If you neuter a dog after the testosterone
has started to cause the dog to lift its leg
when it urinates, then it sometimes
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becomes a learned behavior and the dog
will continue to do so for the rest of its life,
even though it has no desire to breed. So if
you want to buy the male puppy, do so, but
when you take it to your vet for its vaccinations, be sure to explain to the vet that
you need to have the dog squat on the
training pads and ask exactly when the
puppy needs to be neutered. Each dog
matures differently, some faster then others, so the vet will decide on the proper
time to perform the operation based on
periodic examinations of the dog’s development.
Q: We have a 55-gallon fish tank that
has been set up now for three years. Two
silver dollars, six glowlight tetras, four
white tetras and four high-fin black tetras
are the only fish that have been in the tank
for the past two years. My little grandson
has now taken up an interest in the fish,
and we decided to get a few more to keep
his attention. So we bought two red swordtails, two red dwarf gouramis and two blue
dwarf gouramis, and they were all dead
two days after we put them in our tank. We
then went to a different pet store and
bought two kissing gouramis and four
more swordtails, and they all died in two
days as well.
Our original 16 fish are all just fine and
they did not bother any of the new fish,
and the water in our tank is so clear that it
does not even look like there is any water
in it at all. Since fish from two different pet
stores all died as soon as we put them into
our tank, we feel that there is something
seriously wrong. What can we do to fix the
situation?
A: Most likely this mystery can be
solved with a $10 test kit sold for home
aquariums [aquaria?]. Just because the
water is clear and your fish that have been
in the tank for the past few years are alive
doesn’t mean the water is perfect. The filter that you have on your aquarium can do
only so much in keeping the water in tiptop shape.
You need to change a percentage of the
tank water each month and to test periodically to be sure that the water quality in
your aquarium is as good as the water
quality in the aquariums at the pet store.
An aquarium that has been set up for as
long a time as yours will often suffer from
a drop in water quality. The pH could be
low or the ammonia could be high. There
are a number of things that can change
over time and, since the change is gradual,
the resident fish can acclimate to it as it
occurs and they are not affected by it.
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Tickets for this fundraiser to benefit The Tree
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SUNDAY, NOV. 23
Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at
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Admission will be $2 at the door. Children
12 and under will get in free.
MONDAY, NOV. 24
Bronze statue unveiling, 11 a.m., outside the Walworth County Government
Center in Veterans Park. This will be followed by the last Support Our Troops Rally,
which have been taking place every Monday
for 10 years.
TUESDAY, NOV. 25
The Lakeland Audubon Society will
meet at 7 p.m. at the Lions Field House in
Williams Bay to learn about endangered
species
“We often hear about rare or endangered
species in Wisconsin, but what does this really mean?” asks Dianne Robinson,
Milwaukee County Wildlife Biologist and
Regional Educator for the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources. She gonna
tell ya. Refreshments will be served before
and after the meeting. Everybody welcome.
FRIDAY, NOV. 28
Christmas Tree Lighting, 5:30-6:15
p.m., Tower Park, Delavan. The Delavan
High School choir will be performing carols,
Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck, and
Mayor Mel will conduct the ceremonial tree
lighting. Afterwards, head to Avant Bicycle
for hot cocoa and cookies.
Festival Of Trees, 6-7 p.m., Edgewater
Park, Williams Bay. The public is invited to
the official tree lighting ceremony. Come to
sing along and see the lights turn on.
SATURDAY, NOV. 29
Geneva lake Museum annual “History
Loves Company” Craft Show, 9 a.m. - 4
p.m. Wander inside on the Victorian Main
Street, which will be filled with more than 40
vendors offering beautiful and one of a kind
hand-crafted items for sale. Admission is free
to the museum for this event only. Geneva
Lake Museum, 255 Mill Street, Lake
Geneva.
“Home for the Holidays,” a musical
featuring John Ludy Puleo and Will Kruger,
3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Christian Arts Center
of Chapel on the Hill. A Spaghetti Dinner ($7
a plate) will be served between the two performances in the Parish Hall, proceeds from
which will benefit the Chapel Food Pantry.
All seats $10. Tickets at www.brown
papertickets.com or Chapel Office 2451922. The Chapel on the Hill Christian Arts
Centre is located 4 miles West of Lake
Geneva, on Highway 50 at Cisco Road,
across from Geneva Ridge Resort.
“An Out Of The Box Christmas” children’s musical, 4 p.m. at the Walworth
County Performing Arts Center (former
Sprague Theater). 15 W. Walworth St. in
downtown Elkhorn. All tickets are $10 and
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Blvd, Fontana. Children of all ages are
invited to experience the start of the magical
Christmas season at The Abbey’s annual
Tree Lighting Ceremony. At 6:30, Santa and
Mrs. Claus will select one special child to
illuminate the Christmas tree.
SUNDAY, NOV. 30
“Home for the Holidays,” a musical featuring John Ludy Puleo and Will Kruger, 3
p.m. in Chapel on the Hill’s Christian Arts
Center. Proceeds will benefit the Associatin for
Prevention of Family Violence of Walworth
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Arts Centre is located 4 miles West of Lake
Geneva, on Highway 50 at Cisco Road, across
from Geneva Ridge Resort.
“An Out Of The Box Christmas” children’s musical, 4 p.m. at the Walworth
County Performing Arts Center (former
Sprague Theater). 15 W. Walworth St. in
downtown Elkhorn. All tickets are $10 and
can be purchased at the Elkhorn Chamber
Of Commerce, by calling Beth at 742-2177
or ordered on line at www.lakeland-players.org.
GLAA Winter Art Exhibit, “All That
Glitters,” 1-4 p.m., Geneva Lake Art Association, 647 Main St., Lake Geneva. The
exhibit, which consists entirely of member
artwork, will display the work of featured
artist Pam Ring, Board Member and
Director of Art Education. The exhibit is
free and open to the public.
FRIDAY, DEC. 5
The Senior Travel Club of Walworth
County will meet in the Community Room at
Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn from
10 - 11 a.m. Sign up will continue for the
January 29 trip to Drury Lane to see “West
Side Story.” Begin signup for the February
trip to see “Disney On Ice – Frozen” in
Milwaukee. The program will be bingo followed by a catered lunch for members. The
lunch will cost $10 for those who have not
already paid for it.
Elkhorn Christmas Tree Lighting,
6:30 p.m. with Santa Claus and a special
helper who will wave their wands to magically light the tree in the downtown square.
Afterwards, all are welcome at the Matheson
Memorial Library for the Peoples Bank
sponsored Santa and Mrs. Claus Reception.
Enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies, music and
crafts while the kids wait for their turn to tell
Santa what they want for Christmas. Parents
will want to take their cameras to capture this
memorable moment.
Sharon’s Victorian Christmas, an
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annual event featuring a lighted horse drawn
carriage parade, beautiful lighting displays
and townspeople dressed in period costume.
Chapel on the Hill’s free “Live
Outdoor Nativity,” 5:30 pm. Actors and animals will reenact Christ’s birth outside the
Prayer Chapel. Free admission, limited seating. The Prayer Chapel is located adjacent to
the Chapel on the Hill sanctuary, 4 miles
West of Lake Geneva off Highway 50, across
from Geneva Ridge Resort, South on Cisco
Road, East to N2440 Ara Glen Drive.
Accessible to all via circle drive outside
Prayer Chapel.
Tree Lighting, 6-7 p.m., Flatiron Park,
Wrigley Drive and Center Street, Lake
Geneva.
SATURDAY, DEC. 6
21st Annual Holiday Cookie Sale, 10
a.m. until sold out, First Congregational
United Church of Christ, 76 S. Wisconsin St.,
Elkhorn. Choose from hundreds, if not thousands, of Christmas cookies, take part in the
holiday raffle ($1 donation or six for $5) for
a Christmas basket, cookie plate and cookies,
a Christmas Afghan, three knit scarves and a
decorative pillow. Money raised will go
towards high school scholarships.
Christmas Card Town Parade beginning at 1:30 p.m. in downtown Elkhorn will
feature decorated floats, novelty acts, music,
animals, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
“Christmas Tree Walk and Bazaar” at
Heritage Hall from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The
event, which is free, will feature more than
20 Christmas trees on display that have been
decorated by Walworth County businesses
and organizations. Christmas items will be
available for purchase and refreshments will
be served. Heritage Hall is located at 103
East Rockwell Street in Elkhorn.
Freeze for Life, a fun and worthwhile
fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gage
Marine, 1 Liechty Dr., in Williams Bay. Calling
all wake boarders, surfers, skiers, tubers and
even bare footers to participate in this event.
Boats, equipment and dry suits will be provided, along with a hot tub where water
fanatics can warm up before and after their
spin on the water. Participants are asked to
get sponsorship pledges from businesses,
family, friends and fans. The minimum donation to participate is $50. Proceeds from
Freeze for Life will help fund college scholarships for students attending the Alternative
High School in Elkhorn and help support the
Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer
Research. For more information, contact
Courtney Blackwell at 245-5501, extension 0
or email her at [email protected] or visit freeze4life.com where you
can also donate online.
Christmas Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. - 1
p.m., First Congregational United Church of
Christ, 715 Wisconsin St., Lake Geneva. Go
early, box your favorite cookies, which will
be sold by the pound. Nuts and honey will be
available, too. Complimentary coffee. Enjoy
the comfort of the sanctuary while listening
to music of the season.
“An Out Of The Box Christmas” children’s musical, 4 p.m. at the Walworth
County Performing Arts Center (former
Sprague Theater) 15 W. Walworth St. in
downtown Elkhorn. All tickets are $10 and
can be purchased at the Elkhorn Chamber Of
Commerce, by calling Beth at 742-2177 or
ordered online at www.lakeland-players.org.
Children’s Great Electric Christmas
Parade, 5 p.m., downtown Lake Geneva.
Chapel on the Hill’s free “Live
Outdoor Nativity,” 5:30 pm. Actors and animals will reenact Christ’s birth outside the
Prayer Chapel. Free admission, limited seating. The Prayer Chapel is located adjacent to
the Chapel on the Hill sanctuary, 4 miles
West of Lake Geneva off Highway 50, across
from Geneva Ridge Resort, South on Cisco
Road, East to N2440 Ara Glen Drive.
Accessible to all via circle drive outside
Prayer Chapel.
SUNDAY, DEC. 7
“An Out Of The Box Christmas” children’s musical, 4 p.m. at the Walworth
County Performing Arts Center (former
Sprague Theater) 15 W. Walworth St. in
downtown Elkhorn. All tickets are $10 and
can be purchased at the Elkhorn Chamber Of
Commerce, by calling Beth at 742-2177 or
ordered online at www.lakeland-players.org.
“Christmas Tree Walk and Bazaar” at
Heritage Hall from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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Christmas at Old World Wisconsin
Santa has company at Old World
Wisconsin this holiday season. Guests can
meet Krampus, the “Christmas devil,”
counterpart to St. Nicholas, who scares
children into being good, Jultomten, the
mischievous gnome-like gift bearer, and
pose for photos with the robed Father
Christmas and Thomas Nast’s Civil Warera Santa. The popular Wisconsin
Historical Society site will also expand its
holiday programming at An Old World
Christmas and Old World Holiday
Breakfast December 6-7 and 13-14.
Guests will be able to enjoy brief, live
holiday performances of 19th-century
favorites like “Yes, Virginia, There is a
Santa Claus,” “The Gift of the Magi,”
Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little
Match Girl” and “The Snow Man.”
Scrooge’s redemption story will be shared
and all are invited to join in a community
hymn sing at St. Peter’s Church. An oldfashioned horse-drawn bobsled ride (or
wagon, if snow isn’t in the forecast)
through the 1800s crossroads village is
included in the price of admission.
The homes, shops and businesses will
be decked for the holidays in the manner
of the era, with wood-burning stoves beckoning guests with warmth and homemade
holiday treats to sample. Civil War soldiers
will share food and stories around a campfire. And even the sauna at the Ketola
farmstead will be fired up, as the original
settlers would have done. Guests will be
welcomed with Victorian carolers, dressed
in their Dickensian best.
The Old World Holiday Breakfast
will take place in the historic Clausing
Barn, and feature a robust breakfast buffet,
special holiday performance, and opportunity for a photo with Father Christmas in a
specially decorated spot at the Museum
Store.
December 6, 7, 13 and14
An Old World Christmas: 10 am to 5
pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Adults $10, children 5-12 $7,
children 4 and younger free.
Old World Holiday Breakfast:
Saturday seatings at 9:30 and
11:30 am; Sunday seatings at
9:30 am. Adults $21, children 512 $10, children 4 and younger
free.
Best Value: Holiday Combo Ticket
(admission to An Old World
Christmas and Old World
Holiday Breakfast). Adults $28,
children 5-12 $14, children 4 and
younger free.
Reservations are required for Old
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Holiday Combo Ticket and are
available online at http://wihist.
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Little Norway closes after 86 years
Citing financial constraints, the
owners of the Little Norway Norwegian
homestead-turned-tourist
attraction have closed the facility, put
in on the market, and are donating or
selling its artifacts. The historic site just
outside of Mount Horeb was also
closed last season.
On its website, owner Scott Winner
detailed his decision to close the facility.
“For 75 years, four generations of my
family have had the good fortune to
share this charming valley with travelers
from around the world,” he wrote. “My
mother said to me ‘Weren’t we fortunate
all these years to have Little Norway in
our lives? When you close that gate for
the last time, you do so knowing that
three generations have their hands on
yours.’”
The Walworth County Historical Society extends a holiday invitation to attend
the annual “Christmas Tree Walk and Bazaar” at Heritage Hall on December 6 and 7
from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event, which is free, will feature more than 20 Christmas
trees on display that have been decorated by Walworth County businesses and organizations. Christmas items will be available for purchase and refreshments will be
served. Heritage Hall is located at 103 East Rockwell Street in Elkhorn.
(Photo by Austin Studio)
Updating endangered species list
The Lakeland Audubon Society will
meet at the Lions Field House in
Williams Bay at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.
25.
“We often hear about rare or endangered species in Wisconsin, but what
does this really mean?” asks Dianne
Robinson, Milwaukee County Wildlife
Biologist and Regional Educator for the
Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources.”
Attendees will learn the history and
facts behind Wisconsin’s endangered
species law, the necessary partnerships,
and successes. Also learn about the most
recent revision that began in 2009 and
delisted the Blanding’s Turtle, among
other species. The upcoming hunting
seasons will also be discussed, time permitting.
Although relatively new to the area
and her position, Robinson enjoys
speaking with residents and organizing a
wide variety of educational programs for
all ages within the seven county
Southern Fox area. She is an avid hunter,
hiker, watcher, and camper, and also
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Learn about cheese for the holidays
Terry and Denise Woods of
HighField Farm will host an evening of
learning and tasting, during which they
will discuss the seven categories of
cheese, how they are made and how to
serve them.
The couple milks a small herd of
eight to 12 registered Jersey cows on the
south side of Geneva Lake in the Town
of Linn. Terry is a licensed cheesemaker
and they are in the process of completing their creamery for final inspection.
They plan to be open for business in late
spring. In the meantime they are spreading the love of cheese through evening
classes in cooperation with the Big Foot
Recreation District.
The upcoming session will take
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at Big Foot High School The cost is $20
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There are a limited number of spots
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Chapel on the Hill to present live
outdoor Nativity on Dec. 5 and 6
Nathan McIntyre sings “Horton Hears A Who” during “Suessical the Musical,”
which will be performed at Badger High School on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and
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Chapel on the Hill will present a free
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December 6.
Attendees will experience the joy of
that first Christmas from comfortable
seats in the Prayer Chapel, “as actors
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Chapel on the Hill to present a
musical, ‘Home for the Holidays’
Rehearsing for Lakeland Playersʼ childrenʼs Christmas Musical, “An Out Of
The Box Christmas,” are (on floor from left): Abby Kiel, Molly Hahn, (second row)
Mariah Hernandez, Hannah Terpstra Mariah, (standing) Amber Glassel, Kayla Gall,
Grace Bournauf, Autumn Schauer, and Savannah Hernandez. The musical will be presented at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 6 and 7 at the Walworth
County Performing Arts Center, 15 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn. Tickerts are $10 and may
be reserved by calling 742-2177 or online at www.lakeland-players.org.
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Lakeland Players to present a
delightful children’s musical
Lakeland Players’ children’s Christmas musical, “An Out Of The Box
Christmas,” takes place at the final dress
rehearsal for a Christmas Pageant. The
costumes finally arrive and when they
are pulled out of the box, they are all
wrong. Working together, the children
come up with some unique, comical and
heartfelt ways to share the Christmas
message with their families and friends.
After all, if God can use a donkey to
speak to Balaam, and a burning bush to
speak to Moses....He can surely use
cowboys, pirates and cheerleaders to tell
his love story.
This delightful play, has up-beat
music, dynamite choreography, and
great lyrics that both young and old can
enjoy. It is Directed by Amberleigh
Aller, of Lake Geneva, with Rhionnon
Gregorne assisting. Linda Kouzes of Delavan is the producer.
“An Out Of The Box Christmas”
will be performed on Nov. 29 and 30
and again on Dec. 6 and 7 at the
Walworth County Performing Arts
Center (former Sprague Theater). 15 W.
Walworth St. in downtown Elkhorn.
Show time is at 4 p.m. for each performance and all tickets are $10 and
can be purchased at the Elkhorn
Chamber Of Commerce, by calling
Beth at 742-2177 or ordered on line at
www.lakeland-players.org.
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Chapel on the Hill will present
“Home for the Holidays,” a musical
journey featuring John Ludy Puleo and
Will Kruger, with special guests Pete
Thompson and Mark Fowler.
Audiences will enjoy a musical journey of songs from past eras, as four
grown men come back home in their
search for the true meaning of
Christmas. The performance will feature
favorite songs played during family
gatherings and special tunes that usher
in dreams of a White Christmas and a
fresh New Year. All performances will
include a special salute to our military.
There will be two performances on
Saturday, Nov. 29, at 3 and 6:30 p.m.,
and a matinee on Sunday at 3. The
shows will be held in the Christian Arts
Centre, 4 miles West of Lake Geneva, on
Highway 50 at Cisco Road, across from
Geneva Ridge Resort.
On Saturday Nov. 29 between the 3
pm and 6:30 p.m. shows, a spaghetti dinner will be served ($7 per plate) in the
Chapel’s parish hall, located next to the
Christian Arts Centre.
Proceeds from both Saturday shows
and the spaghetti dinner will benefit the
Chapel Food Pantry. Donations of nonperishable food items will also be welcome. Proceeds from Sunday's 3 p.m.
show will benefit the Association for the
Prevention of Family Violence of
Walworth County.
All seats are $10 at the door.
Advance tickets are available at
www.brownpapertickets.com or may be
obtained by calling the Chapel Office
245-1922.
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Calling all wake boarders, surfers,
skiers, tubers and even bare footers to participate in Freeze for Life, a fun and worthwhile fundraiser on Saturday, December 6
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gage Marine, 1
Liechty Dr., in Williams Bay.
Boats, equipment and dry suits will
be provided, along with a hot tub where
water fanatics can warm up before and
after their spin on the water.
Participants are asked to get sponsorship pledges from businesses, family,
friends and fans. The minimum donation
to participate in Freeze for Life is $50.
Proceeds from Freeze for Life will
help fund college scholarships for students attending the Alternative High
School in Elkhorn and help support the
Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic
Cancer Research.
Attendees are invited to stay after the
event for some Après-ski fun at Pier 290
Restaurant at Gage Marine, with food,
drinks and live entertainment.
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The event, which is free, will feature more
than 20 Christmas trees on display that have
been decorated by Walworth County businesses and organizations. Christmas items
will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. Heritage Hall is located at 103 East Rockwell Street in Elkhorn.
~ ~ ~ Ongoing events ~ ~ ~
Volunteer work day, every Saturday
from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Kishwauketoe
Nature Preserve, Highway 67, north,
Williams Bay. Meet at the main entrance.
The work location will be posted at the
kiosk. Contact Harold at (262) 903-3601 or
email [email protected] to get on the list.
AARP Local 5310, 9:30 a.m. the fourth
Tuesday of every month (except August and
December) at Peoples Bank, 837 N.
Wisconsin St. Elkhorn. For information, call
Shirley Grant at 473-2214 or email
[email protected]
American Legion Auxiliary meeting,
6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each
month at the Legion Hall on Second Street in
Delavan. The group raises money for scholarships and to send gifts at Christmas time to
the servicemen and women that are hospitalized due to injuries while in combat.
Ice Age Trail Alliance, monthly meeting,
third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at U.S.
Bank, Elkhorn (Downstairs in the community
meeting room, enter at the back door).
Bingo, second and fourth Thursday of
the month at the Delavan American Legion
hall, 111 S. 2nd St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,
a 15-game session begins at 6:30.
Progressive session follows. $1 face, progressive pot grows until it is won. $100 consolation prize.
Bingo, St. Andrew Parish in Delavan.
The games will be played on the first Friday
of every month, with doors opening at 6 p.m.
and play starting at 7 p.m. For more info see
www.standrews-delavan.org.
Bingo, St. Francis de Sales Church, 148
W. Main Street, Lake Geneva. First and
Third Wednesdays of the month. Doors open
at 5:30, bingo starts 7. Refreshments available. Games include 50/50, Pull Tabs,
Progressive. For info call Mary or Bill
Gronke at (847) 840-8878.
Civil Air Patrol, Walco Composite
Squadron, meets every Thursday from 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn National Guard
Armory, 401 East Fair St., Elkhorn. Visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ or call Maj.
Robert Thomas at (262) 642-7541.
Authors Echo Writers group meeting,
7 p.m., first and third Tuesday of every
month, Grace Church, 257 Kendall St.,
Burlington. Call Frank Koneska at 534-6236.
Yerkes Observatory, 373 W. Geneva
St., Williams Bay. The observatory offers
free, 45-minute tours, Saturdays, 10 a.m., 11
a.m. and noon as well as night sky observations for a fee of $25. Visitors may also view
the Quester Museum, which covers some of
the observatory’s history. For more information, call 245-5555 or e-mail [email protected]
Cards and games, Mondays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Darien Senior Center, 47 Park St., Darien.
Call 882-3774.
Thursday Senior Card Club, 11:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m., Matheson Memorial Library
Community Room, Elkhorn. Bridge, 500 or
bring your own group. Call Judy at 723-1934
or Liz at 723-5036 for more information.
Bridge, (open to new members), every
Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Lake Geneva City
Hall, second floor conference room.
Bridge - every Tuesday, 12:30-3:30
p.m., Lake Geneva City Hall, second floor
conference room.
~ HEALTH AND FITNESS ~
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 community
education rooms 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.
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.
Alanon self help program, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, VIP building, 816 E. Geneva St.,
across from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn.
Mindfulness and Loving kindness
Meditation each Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at
Elkhorn Matheson Memorial Library
Community Center Room, 101 N. Wisconsin
St. Beginners and experienced practitioners
are always welcome. No registration is necessary, just drop in. Meditation is practice for
being more awake and attentive in our daily
lives. Sponsored by Wisconsin Blue Lotus, a
meditation group led by Buddhist nun
Vimala (Judy Franklin). For more information, call 203-0120, or visit www.bluelo
tustemple.org.
Diabetes Support Group meets at 6
p.m. on the second Monday of the month,
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Izzy Burrus, Walworth Grade School Pre-Kindergaren student, was dressed as
Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz at the Walworth Grade School Family Fun Night on Oct.
30. Instead of a dog, this Dorothy had a cat named Toto. Her mom, Allison Palmer,
admires a Halloween cookie with frosting and sprinkles that Izzy had decorated.
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April through October at Aurora Lakeland
Medical Center, Highway NN, Elkhorn. This
group is for adults with insulin or non-insulin
dependent diabetes and their family/support
person. The purpose is to provide support
and education to the person with diabetes to
help manage this chronic disease. The group
is facilitated by a registered nurse. Call the
diabetic educator at 741-2821 for further
information.
Breast Cancer Support Group meets
the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Highway
NN, Elkhorn. The group addresses the fears
and adjustments faced by women with breast
cancer. It encourages participants to develop
a positive attitude about the future and discuss common concerns after being treated for
breast cancer. Contact Leann Kuhlemeyer at
741-2677 for more information.
Stroke Support Group provides emotional support through opportunities to interact with others who have experienced stroke.
Informational programs will also be provided
on topics related to stroke/brain attack. The
group welcomes individuals newly diagnosed
and those with a history of stroke. Family,
friends and caregivers are also encouraged to
join. The group meets the third Monday of
every month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Call Pat
Positano at 741-2402 for further information.
Free blood pressure screening, courtesy of The Walworth County Public Health
Department on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
every month from 9 – 10 a.m. at the
Walworth County Public Health office, located at the east entrance of the Department of
Health and Human Services building,
W4051 County Road NN, Elkhorn. The
screenings are open to all. Contact the Health
Department at 741-3140 for more information.
Free blood pressure screening, last
Friday of every month, 2 - 4 p.m., Williams
Bay Care Center, 146 Clover St., Williams Bay.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the
southern lakes area. Call (877) 434-4346
(toll free) for times and locations.
White River Cycle Club, 7 p.m., VIP
Services, 811 E. Geneva St., Elkhorn, second
Tuesday of each month. Contact Mike Lange
for more information at 723-5666.
Lake Geneva Alzheimer’s support
group, 6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the
month. Arbor Village of Geneva Crossing,
201 Townline Road, Lake Geneva. Call
Andy Kerwin at 248-4558.
Alzheimer's/Dementia support group,
third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.,
Delavan Community Bank Community
Center located at 826 E. Geneva Street in
Delavan. Call Bob Holland at 472-0958 or
Arlene Torrenga at 728-6393 with questions.
Alzheimer’s Support Group, first
Thursday of the month, 1:30 p.m.,
Hearthstone/Fairhaven, 426 W. North Street,
Whitewater. Facilitators: Janet Hardt,
Darlene Zeise 473-8052. Respite care is
available with no advance notice.
Parkinson’s Disease support group, 1
p.m., second Monday of every month, Lower
level conference room, Fairhaven Retirement
Community, 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater.
Contact Julie Hollenbeck, 431-4772, or by
email at [email protected]
Huntington’s Disease Support Group
for anyone affected by Huntington’s Disease,
meets the third Saturday of the month on the
lower level, conference rooms A and B, of
Froedtert Hospital, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee. Call (414) 257-9499 or go to
www.hdsawi.org for more information.
Harbor of Hope grief support group,
first Thursday of each month, 3 - 4:30 p.m.,
Aurora VNA of Wisconsin, 500 Interchange
North, Lake Geneva. 249-5860.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental
Illness, Support Group, first and third
Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Health and
Human Services building on Co. NN,
Elkhorn. Call 495-2439 for more info.
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Matthew Zaremba (Prince Dauntless), and Carter Skolnick (Princess
Winnifred) discuss events while Andrew Breen (Knight) watches. Williams Bay High
Schoolʼs production of “Once Upon a Mattress,” which will be performed on Friday and
Saturday, November 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and children three and
younger get in free.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
A support group called “Entouch,”
(Encouraging others Touched by suicide),
meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of
the month at Riverwood Church, 6919
McHenry St., Burlington. The group is for
those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Attendees do not need to attend the church
or, indeed, have any religious affiliation.
Everyone is welcome. Call 758-0886 for
more information.
Families Anonymous (FA), a 12-Step,
self-help support program for parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends who are concerned about, and affected by, the substance
abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one,
meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the
First Congregational United Church of
Christ, 76 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Enter
through the double glass doors on W. Geneva
St. Parking is available on the street or the
parking lot west of the church. Additional
information may be obtained by calling (262)
215-6893, Maureen at 723-8227 or through
www.FamiliesAnonymous.org.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS),
Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. Community Center, 820 E
Geneva St., Delavan. Encourages nutrition
and exercise with a positive attitude. Guests
are welcome, no weekly meeting fee.
Contact Marilyn Wilkins at 249-0304.
T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
Tuesdays 9:15 - 9:35 a.m., Community
Center, U.S. Bank, 101 E. Walworth St.,
Elkhorn (call 723-3791 with questions) and
Tuesdays 5:30 - 6 p.m., United Methodist
Church, corner of 2nd and Washington
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Milwaukee Keyboardist Al White,
Sunday, Nov. 23, 4-8 p.m., Ye Olde Hotel in
Lyons. 1 (262) 763-2701. No cover charge.
Pianist Rex Wilkinson, Wednesday and
Sunday nights 6:30-10 p.m. at Mars Resort
on Lake Como’s south shore.
Scott Thomas, karaoke, Fridays and
Saturdays from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Lake Lawn
Resort, Highway 50, Delavan.
The Eddie Cash Show, Sundays 12:30
- 4 p.m., Eddie Cash Music Hall, N1530
Powers Lake Rd., Genoa City. Arrive at
12:30 p.m. to enjoy your pre-selected lunch,
and grab snacks from the concession. Call
ahead for reservations and to pre-select your
meal choice. For those eating at home - the
show begins at 2 pm, and Eddie will entertain with his musical storytelling. With hundreds of stories to choose from, Eddie is sure
to keep audiences entertained for hours. Fans
of 50s and 60s music will love these classic
songs and stories from yesteryear.
Pianist Kathy Fry, Wednesdays from 58 p.m., Lobby Lounge, Grand Geneva
Resort, Highway 50 and 12, Lake Geneva,
and Fridays from 6-11 p.m., Lake Lawn
Resort, Delavan.
Guitarist Paul Silbergleit, Thursdays
from 5-8 p.m., Grand Geneva Resort.
Live entertainment, Saturday and
Sunday 2-5 p.m., Village Supper Club, 1725
South Shore Drive, Delavan. 728-6360.
Live Music Fridays 9 p.m. to midnight,
Champs Sports Bar & Grill, 747 W Main St.,
Lake Geneva. No cover charge. Call 248-6008,
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Brian Fictum, That Sax Guy,
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A Fireside Christmas, through Dec. 21
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The program is sponsored by the Friends of
the Lake Geneva Public Library.
• The reading series “Poems by the
Lake” will continue in the Smith Meeting
Room on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Each reading is led by Alisha Benson, who
received her MFA in Creative Writing:
Poetry from Bowling Green State University.
Those who attend the program are invited to
read their favorite poems aloud on any subject or simply listen. In celebration of poetry,
participants are encouraged to read their own
original works and poems they admire by
published poets. The theme for the December
reading is holiday poetry, and participants
may choose to share poems on the theme.
Benson will read examples of holiday-
inspired poetry and will present poetry exercises as holiday gifts. Everyone is welcome
to attend this program at no charge.
• Computer coaching and basic computer
problem-solving sessions are available at the
library for adults of all ages. Tutors will be
available Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in
the library’s reference room. Computer
coaching is led in a question and answer format by volunteers from Volunteer Connection of Walworth County. It is a one-on-one,
or two or more, training session that covers a
specific technology topic of interest, such as
setting up an email account. This service is
intended for all levels of users who need to
get more comfortable with specific computer
topics, such as using Google. People may
attend an unlimited number of sessions.
Topics covered include: email, Internet,
basic computer set-up, and basic troubleshooting. Topics not covered include:
hardware problems, Adobe Photoshop,
Linux Software, or other specialized, jobrelated software.
Please contact the reference desk staff to
register for a session at 249-5299 at least one
day in advance. Sessions are free.
For more information, call the library at
249-5299 or visit the Library Web site, www.
lakegeneva.lib.wi.us.
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p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 723-2678.
• 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 facil-
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feature healthy refreshments, programs for
seniors, good conversation, and of course,
coffee.
• Wednesday Readers Book Discussion
meets the third Wednesday of the month at
2:30 pm. To obtain a book, come to the information desk or call us at 877-4281. Books
will be: December 17, “Love Anthony” by
Lisa Genova
• Wee Reads for babies 0-2 years of age,
10:30-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 28. No registration required. Learn pre-reading skills the
fun way. A lap sit program designed just for
babies 0-2 years with plenty of activities
including stories, songs, bubbles, scarves,
and parachute play.
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10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Now offering wireless Internet service.
• Knitting and crocheting classes,
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Call for details.
• Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 9:45 –
10:30 a.m., for preschool-age children infant
to age 5 and their caregivers. The hour will
include stories, snacks, crafts and more.
• Children’s story hour, age kindergarten
through grade 3, Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30
p.m.
• Book Club for adults, third Saturday of
each month, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
All programs are free and open to
the public unless otherwise indicated. Call
275-6322 for more information.
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Nov. 21, 2014
2015 Kia Sedona is a handsome mini-van, but don’t call it that
By David Undercoffler
Los Angeles Times
Pop quiz: What kind of vehicle seats
up to eight people and has a pair of sliding doors, seats that fold out of the way
and a commanding view of the parking
lot at your local Gymboree?
According to Kia, it’s not a minivan.
The South Korean automaker recently
began selling its 2015 Sedona “multipurpose vehicle,” a third-generation
people mover that starts at $26,795.
It’s aimed at rivals including the
Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna,
Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge
Grand Caravan.
Kia, like nearly every other purveyor
of minivans, swears the Sedona is too
cool to be called a minivan.
Honda uses Run DMC and Judas
Priest to sell its Odyssey; Toyota had a
“Swagger Wagon” ad go viral online to
the tune of 12.7 million views on
YouTube; and Dodge has an R/T performance version of its Grand Caravan
that its CEO calls the “man van.”
Kia’s new ad campaign uses the tag
line “It’s not a sports car, it’s a Sedona.”
Lest Corvette owners start lining up for
a trade-in.
Curiously, buyers seem to have
much less problem with being seen in a
minivan. Honda, Toyota, Chrysler and
Dodge each sell at least 120,000 of them
a year. Perhaps a Stuart Smalley intervention is in order for minivan makers:
You’re good enough, you’re smart
enough, and doggone it, people like you.
In Kia’s defense, the new Sedona has the
styling moxie to back up this otherwise
silly identity crisis. By avoiding exces-
The 2015 Kia Sedona is a handsome minivan, but donʼt call it that. By avoiding excessive body cladding between the wheels, squaring off the Sedonaʼs profile,
and moving the wheels closer to the corners, the 2015 edition can almost pass as a
large crossover SUV.
(Kia/MCT)
sive body cladding between the wheels,
squaring off the Sedona’s profile, and
moving the wheels closer to the corners,
the 2015 edition can almost pass as a
large crossover SUV.
That similarity matters to Kia, which
says 54 percent of minivan shoppers –
regardless of what they call the thing –
are empty-nesters. Think grandparents
with “active lifestyles” who still appreciate minivan practicality but also crave
the style and amenities offered in many
crossovers.
Unfortunately,
segment-leading
handsomeness is all that distinguishes
the Sedona from its peers. Kia missed an
opportunity to set itself apart from a
pack of relatively stale competitors.
The inside of the Sedona is built for
seven people in standard trim, with a
pair of reclining captain’s chairs in the
second row and a bench in the rear (an
optional eighth seat wedges in the middle of the second row). Every seat in the
house is spacious enough for tall adults,
if not particularly plush.
Our nearly loaded, $43,295 SXL
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reclining, the seats move side-to-side
and fore-aft and each has a leg rest that
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adults. With the seats in place, their
cubby in the floor of the trunk creates a
useful cavern for gear.
The middle row doesn’t disappear
into the floor as in Chrysler and Dodge
models, though the seat cushion does
fold up, and the seat forward against the
front seats. This means users don’t have
to remove the middle row to get a
healthy amount of pure cargo room with
the third row stowed.
Overall, the Honda Odyssey and
Toyota Sienna have more room for both
people and cargo, while the Chrysler and
Dodge models rank about the same as
the Kia.
From the Sedona’s driver’s seat,
things were similarly average. The cabin
is quiet but the ride quality is harsh. A
276-horsepower V-6 is standard on all
models, as is a six-speed automatic
transmission and front-wheel drive.
That power figure is similar to its
peers’, though the Sedona’s acceleration
felt sluggish. This was disappointing,
especially since Kia uses a slightly more
powerful version of the same engine in
its (lighter) Cadenza full-size sedan to
great effect.
Our SXL test model is rated at 17
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Forgotten Delavan
Continued from page 1
The inside of the Sedona is built for seven people. Every seat in the
house is spacious enough for tall adults, if not particularly plush. (Kia/MCT)
Kia Sedona
Continued from page 32
$43,395 may sound like a lot for a
minivan – sorry, multipurpose diaper
wagon – but it’s on par with others in the
segment. Spend that much on the
Sedona and you get lane departure warning, a 360-degree camera system, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise
control, two sunroofs, an Infinity sound
system, leather seats and power tailgate
and side doors.
That’s an impressive roster of
options, though we’d like to see some
sort of DVD entertainment system
included in it. And Kia expects the average Sedona buyer to opt for the midlevel EX version, which starts at
$32,995.
All Sedona models come with six air
bags – including side curtain air bags for
all three rows, ABS, traction control and
brake assist.
This 2015 Kia holds its own, at least
for now. Though it’s less practical and
efficient, the Sedona is a hipper alternative to its older, more conventional
peers.
But its relevance won’t last.
Chrysler, which invented the minivan 30
years ago, is expected to debut a new
model a year from now. Expect big
things; as the segment’s sales and innovation leader, it takes minivans more
seriously than most.
And completely new versions of the
Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna
won’t be far behind. At that point, this
lukewarm new Sedona could become an
afterthought. No matter what Kia calls it.
© 2014 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information
Services
A photo of the Allyn Mansion after it
had been stripped of its gingerbread and
when it had been restored to its nationally famous glory shows a magnificent
transformation that is hard to believe.
The book is organized into sections
about the Downtown and Racine Street
areas, the East End, industry and agriculture and “out at the lake.”
Marsicano was born and raised in
Alsip, Ill., a bedroom community of
Chicago. She came to Delavan after
graduating from high school and has
enjoyed small town life ever since.
Her interest in local history stems
from a profound curiosity about her
family history. She quickly realized that
in order to understand people you need
to learn about where they lived. this
curiosity led to her interest in old postcards.
“It began with an old Delavan postcard that illustrated a long-gone business
at the lake,” she explains. What began
with one Delavan postcard has led to a
collection of more than 1,000, all depicting a view of local life in the early
1900s.
Marsicano has been president of the
Delavan Historical Society since its resurrection in 2003, and is a Past Exalted
Ruler of the Walworth-Lakeland Elks
Lodge, a member of the Daughter’s of
the Union Veterans of the Civil War and
other organizations and committees in
both the Town and City of Delavan.
Nov. 21, 2014 — 33
Her first book with Arcadia
Publishing’s Images of America series,
“Delavan,” was published in 2004.
She hopes that her latest book will
provoke nostalgic memories in its readers
and encourage more people to share their
images, stories and information with her
and the Delavan Historical Society to be
saved for future generations.
Not only will the book be an enjoyable read for the casual history fan, but a
valuable tool for researchers.
Upcoming Events
Marsicano will be available to discuss and sign her book at several
upcoming events:
• Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. - noon at
the Delavan Historical Society, 633 Ann
St. in Delavan
• Saturday, Nov. 22 from 1-3 p.m. at
the Walworth County Historical Society,
103 E. Rockwell St., Elkhorn
• Sunday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at
Jan’s Hallmark, 107 S. 3rd St.,Delavan
• Saturday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. - 1 pm.
at Bradley’s Department Store, 222 E.
Walworth Ave., Delavan
• Sunday, Nov. 30, noon to 3 p.m. at
the Village Supper Club, 1725 South
Shore Dr., Delavan
• Saturday, Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m.,
Remember When, 313 E. Walworth
Ave., Delavan.
“Forgotten
Delavan”
$21.99,
Arcadia Publishing, will be available for
purchase at these events, as well as area
bookstores, independent retailers, online
retailers and through the publisher at
http://www.arcadiapublishing.com, or
by calling (888) 313-2665.
All telephone numbers
published in The Beacon
are in area code 262
unless otherwise indicated.
The Delavan Public School, serving kindergarten through 12th grade,
was located at the corner of South Main and Wisconsin streets. It was razed
in 1894 to build a new school, which was destroyed by fire in 1904. Classes
were held in churches and other buildings around town until the new school
was completed at the same location in 1906.
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So, even though it was the last
Saturday of November, the day of the wedding dawned sunny and warm. The bride
was lovely, the church impressive and the
gathering suitably large. My best man was
my old high school chum and college
roommate, Larry Ryder. My second best
man, or whatever he is called, was Harvey
“Pep” Miller, another high school friend
with whom I had worked in a foundry the
previous summer. Both are now certified
Old Warriors with whom I reestablish contact every summer in northern Wisconsin.
Because I was young and foolish and
hadn’t recovered from my anger at the
Monsignor’s decision, when the service
was over, I told Larry to go to the office,
get the marriage certificate and not pay the
old man the money my father-in-law had
given me in an envelope.
Larry did as I asked and retrieved the
certificate, which attested to the fact that
Kathleen Bovi had married David White.
I quickly decided not to have it changed in
case the marriage turned out to be a disaster, and it might provide a technicality by
which I could have it annulled.
I sent the lads to a liquor store of their
choice to procure a drop of “the creature,”
which I felt might come in handy at the
reception, which was being held at a
YMCA facility that admitted no spirits,
except the Holy.
Not long after we got to the reception,
my new father-in-law braced me in a corner and asked what had happened to the
Monsignor’s stipend. When I told him, his
anger increased.
“I have to live in his parish and look
that man in the eye every Sunday,” he said.
“I wrote him a check, but I won’t forget
this, and neither will he.” Ah, such a lovely beginning to a new relationship.
Aside from that, and one other slight
misstep, it was a lovely reception.
It seems that one of my new uncles-in-
law was physically unable to tolerate alcohol and when he had a sip of the punch, he
immediately informed his wife that someone had spiked it with vodka. Although I
hadn’t done it personally, I had instigated
the deed and was guilty. (I often wondered
why, if he was not familiar with liquor he
was so readily able to identify the offending ingredient).
After berating me at some length and
sharing the information with my wife’s
other aunts, Aunt Helen dumped out the
punch and arranged for more to be made.
Ah, me.
The day that had begun so unseasonably warm stayed that way until the sun
went down, and then so did the temperature, which, in Milwaukee where we had
driven for a short honeymoon, dropped to
ten below zero.
Not having had enough religion the
day before, and perhaps wanting an opportunity to atone for my most recent sins, the
next morning found us at a Catholic
church in Milwaukee. The priest who
Nov. 21, 2014
greeted us explained that it was the first
day on which the mass would be said in
English instead of Latin. When I told him
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As you can see, it’s easy to remember
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future wife on the night The Beatles debuted
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the last day the Catholic church service was
said in Latin. Just Google it, bro.
With all of that behind us, Kathi and I
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marvelous half century. Although she
comes from a line of long-livers who
thought nothing of celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, none of my forebears’
marriages lasted anywhere near as long.
But they weren’t married to the wonderful
and patient Kathleen.
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Not enough sand.
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Four retired guys were
walking down a street in
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when they turned a corner
and saw a sign that read,
“Old Timers’ Bar - all
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They paused, looked
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iced martinis – shaken,
not stirred – and said,
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please.”
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the bartender for a
moment, then looked at
each other. They couldn’t
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They paid the 40
cents, finished their martinis, and ordered another
round.The bartender produced four more excellent martinis and said,
“That’ll be 40 cents,
please.
They paid the 40
cents, but their curiosity
was more than they could
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they’d spent less than a
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same.”
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were there.
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“Oh, they’re old
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☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A child asked his
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babies, and so on.” The
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into public coffers to comfort little crippled children, then I'm for it. This
is my position, and I will
not compromise.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A sportsman visited a
fellow hunter and was
given a tour of his home.
In the den was a stuffed
lion. “When did you bag
him?” asked the visitor.
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F uN a nd G a m eS
Crossword Clues
Across
1 Hollywood special effects, briefly
4 Did, but doesn’t now
10 1970s-’80s sketch comedy show
14 “Prince Valiant” prince
15 Brian McKnight/ Vanessa Williams
duet with the line “It conquers all”
16 Chain with stacks
17 Wine enthusiast’s list of killer reds?
20 “I __ Symphony”: Supremes hit
21 Hoover underlings
22 Stands the test of time
25 Out to lunch, so to speak
28 Shed tears
29 Kaput
31 Mineo of film
32 Barcelona bar bites
34 Dust particle
36 Wine enthusiast’s “That’s how it
goes”?
40 Bankrolls
41 Man-to-boy address
42 Feel ill
43 It’s saved in bits
44 Stinging insect
48 Effervesce, as some wine
52 Helter-__
54 “Uh-oh”
56 Sierra __: Freetown’s country
57 Wine enthusiast’s philosophy?
61 Champagne choice
62 First novel in Christopher Paolini’s
Inheritance Cycle
63 Take steps
64 Eggs sprinkling
65 Levels of society
66 __ down the law
All puzzle answers
are on
page 25.
♠
♥
Bridge
Deception
♦ ♣
Goren on Bridge by Tannah Hirsch
NORTH
♠ Q, 9, 7
❤ 7
♦ A, K, 5, 2
♣ Q, J, 8, 7, 3
EAST
♠ 5, 3, 2
❤ A, K, 10, 5
♦ J, 8
♣ K, 10, 4, 2
SOUTH
♠ K, J, 10, 8, 6, 4
❤ Q, J, 8
♦ 7, 3
♣ 9, 6
The bidding:
SOUTH WEST
2♠
Pass
Pass
Pass
Sudoku
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East-West vulnerable. South deals.
WEST
♠ A
❤ 9, 6, 4, 3,. 2
♦ Q, 10, 9, 6, 4
♣ A, 5
Down
1 Nut used in Asian cooking
2 Novelist Graham
3 Overrun
4 Arm bone-related
5 Lawn maker
6 Celebration time
7 Fall on __ ears
8 Choice piece
9 Singer K.T.
10 Judged, with “up”
11 Waters off Taiwan
12 Cargo unit
13 Cheney and Biden: Abbr.
18 Lost one’s temper
19 Sumac of Peru
23 Glimpse
24 __-Pei
26 Golfer Johnson
27 Antlered animal
30 Neighbor of Kobe and Kyoto
33 Mule parent
34 “Sammy the Seal” author Hoff
35 Cat burglar
36 Bon mot
37 Illicit
38 Google goals
39 Minn. neighbor
40 Scale notes
43 Hit the road
45 Like many a John Cage composition
46 Largest of New York’s Finger Lakes
47 Comely
49 Butler of fiction
50 Ornamental pond fish
51 Draws the short straw, say
53 Justice Kagan
55 Lasting mark
57 Lots of ozs.
58 Keogh plan kin
59 Ottoman dignitary
60 Sci-fi sidekick, often
NORTH
4♠
EAST
Pass
Opening lead: 10 of ♦
North’s jump to game was a slight
overbid. Perhaps a bid of two no trump, to
ask about partner's strength, would have
been better.
South was Tony Nunn, a top Australian
player, and a man who doesn’t give up easily. Nunn realized that he had no play – he
was off four top tricks – but he was not
going down without a fight. He won the
opening diamond lead in dummy and led
the queen of clubs, smoothly playing the
nine from his hand. West won his ace and
continued diamonds.
Nunn won in dummy and led the three
of clubs off the table. What was East to
do? Playing the 10 could lead to disaster if
South had started with a singleton nine. He
could now see his king get ruffed out to
establish a club trick in dummy that might
be declarer's 10th trick. Quite reasonably,
he played low and Nunn's six won the
trick!
Nunn continued with the queen of
hearts from hand and the defense could do
nothing at this point to prevent two heart
ruffs in dummy and Nunn had his miraculous game. Well done!
The defense could have prevailed had
West cashed his ace of trumps early. East
could then play a second trump when on
lead with a heart and limit declarer to one
heart ruff. A long club could still be developed by ruffing, but there would be no
entry to enjoy it.
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Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box (in bold
borders) contains every digit, from 1 to 9.
Taking part in a Veteranʼs Day service at Vintage on the Ponds are (seated,
from left) Dean Hollinger WWII, Army; Maddeline Schuldes, WWII Nurse; Raymond
Hewes WWII, Navy; John Cox, Vietnam, Navy; (standing) Earl Chapin WWII, Navy;
Nadeen Strohm, speaker, Vital Innovative Hospice Care; and Kay Ouimet Vietnam
Hospital Corps, Navy.
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Laughing Matter
Continued from page 35
the shield against winter chill, the taxable potion that puts needed funds into
public coffers to comfort little crippled
children, then I'm for it. This is my position, and I will not compromise.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A sportsman visited a fellow hunter
and was given a tour of his home. In the
den was a stuffed lion. “When did you
bag him?” asked the visitor.
(Continued on page 39) “Three years
ago, when I went hunting with my
wife,” said the host.
“What's he stuffed with,” asked the
visiting hunter.
“My wife.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A businessman told his friend that
his company was looking for a new
accountant. His friend asked, “Didn’t
your company hire a new accountant a
few weeks ago?”
The businessman replied, “That's the
accountant we're looking for.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A dinner speaker was in such a hurry
to get to his engagement that when he
arrived and sat down at the head table,
he suddenly realized that he had forgotten his false teeth.
Turning to the man next to him he
said, “I forgot my teeth.”
“No problem,” said the man. With
that he reached into his pocket and
pulled out a set of false teeth. “Try
these,” he said.
The speaker tried them. “Too loose,”
he said.
“I have another pair...try these,”
responded his new acquaintance.
The speaker tried them and said they
were too tight.
Undeterred, the other reached into
his pocket and said, “I have one more
pair. Try these.”
“They fit perfectly,” said the speaker
and with that he ate his meal and gave
his address.
After the dinner meeting was over,
the speaker went over to thank the man
who had helped him.
“I want to thank you for coming to
my aid,” he said. “I’ve been looking for
a good dentist. Where’s your office?”
Oh, I’m not a dentist,” said the man.
“I’m the local undertaker.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
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