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January 16, 2015
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Humorist Dave Barry reviews more of 2014
By Dave Barry
This article is continued from the
Jan. 2 issue.
It was a year of mysteries, many of
them brutal. Speaking of brutal, in...
...the Ukrainian crisis intensifies when a
Malaysia Airlines plane is shot down
over Ukraine by a missile apparently
fired by separatists backed by Russia.
This is the last straw for the U.S. and
Europe, which retaliate swiftly with a
stern statement warning that any
Russians planning to dine in U.S. or
European restaurants in the future can
expect to receive “very slow service.”
In other July Russia-related news,
the Russian space agency launches a sixton satellite carrying, among other animals, five geckos – four female and one
male – as part of an experiment to determine how weightlessness will affect
their sex lives. Sex Geckos In Space! We
are not making this item up.
In state news, Colorado calls up
Mexico at 1:30 a.m. and attempts to
place a takeout order for 65,000 beef
General Motors, in an efficiency
move, announces that it will start recalling cars while they are still on the
assembly line.
In sports, LeBron James decides to
return to Cleveland, revealing his decision in a heartfelt and deeply personal
first-person essay written by Lee
Jenkins. Overjoyed Cavaliers fans rush
to purchase LeBron James jerseys to
replace the ones they burned when he
left. The Tour de France is won by Derek
Jeter as part of his seemingly endless
farewell tour.
Speaking of seemingly endless, in...
...President Obama announces that the
U.S. military, which finally, with much
fanfare, managed to get out of Iraq after
a long string of operations including
Operation Desert Fox, Operation Iraqi
Freedom and Operation New Dawn, is
commencing an operation in... Iraq. This
new operation – against a group called
“ISIL,” an acronym that stands for
“ISIS” – is hampered when a technical
glitch causes the Pentagon’s Operation
Name Generator to spew out a string of
unacceptable candidates, including
Operation Iron Tapeworm and Operation
Thunderous Bidet. While technicians
work to solve the problem, the military
is forced to refer to the new operation as
In other endless-conflict news, a
cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is
broken three-thousandths of a second
after it is signed, setting a new Middle
East record that is celebrated by rocket
fire far into the night.
In Thailand, the national assembly
chooses, as the new prime minister
replacing Yingluck Shinawatra, General
Prayut Chan-O-Cha, whose appointment
becomes official when it is approved by
King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
In a potentially troubling development, Russia annexes Canada.
Domestically, the big story is in
Ferguson, Mo., which is rocked by a
wave of sometimes-violent protests following the fatal shooting of Michael
Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.
The shooting ignites a passionate national debate whose participants have basically as much solid information about
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Two collectors spend 46 years restoring a rare 1954 Ferrari
By Charles Fleming
Los A ngeles Times
ORANGE, Calif. — In 1968, college
teachers Charles Betz and Fred Peters
went to look at a busted-up Ferrari a fellow
car collector was selling for $1,100.
A wreck had destroyed the body of the
1954 375MM Spider convertible. The
engine was missing. The chassis had been
chopped and shortened.
The price was too high, but the Spider
came with an extra set of wheels, and Betz
had seen driver Dan Gurney race the car –
capable of speeds in excess of 170 mph –
at the 1958 Times Mirror Grand Prix in
Riverside. He knew what the car had been,
and could be again.
The collectors resolved to find the
missing parts, restore the car to its original
glory and sell it for a profit. They didn’t
know then that the task would take
decades, outlast their marriages, compromise their bank accounts, test their
patience and ultimately earn them millions.
Betz was a college economics professor who bought and restored English and
Italian sports cars. Peters taught psychology at a different college and specialized in
German cars.
In 1966 they attended a dinner party
thrown by a friend, who thought the two
professors who loved old cars would like
each other.
Charles Betzʼs son, Brooke, who now does much of the work on the partners'
cars, drives the 1954 Ferrari 375MM in Orange, Calif.
(Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
They did. Each admired the other’s
tactics with classic cars.
“He was smart,” Betz said. “Rather
than buying impractical cars, like me, he
was buying Volkswagens.”
“Charles was more sophisticated than I
was,” Peters said. “He was working on
MGs and Austin-Healeys.”
They bought and sold Porsches,
Jaguars and Maseratis, generally breaking
even. They acquired and restored Alfa
Romeos, always seeing gold but never
turning a profit.
In time, they began to specialize in
Ferraris. Through the ’60s and ’70s, those
cars were relatively cheap, partly because
they were hard to work on. Few American
mechanics understood them, and Ferrari
didn’t provide service manuals.
“The people who owned them had
tried to repair them – and failed,” Betz
“You could buy a used one for almost
nothing,” Peters said.
Almost. The two men were paying
$3,500 to $4,000 for each car, at a time
when Betz’s college salary was $14,000 a
year. Peters was making even less.
The partners made some mistakes.
“It was just a hobby that got out of
hand,” Peters said.
Often, they had to sell a car to buy a
car, or borrow money from Peters’ mother
or from finance companies, to close a deal.
On several occasions, Betz and Peters put
up their furniture as collateral.
“It was a little stressful on my marriage,” Betz said.
Sometimes, they lost money. They
bought a Bugatti, but for five years couldn’t make the engine function properly.
When they finally sold it, Peters remembers telling the buyer, “It’s a great car. Just
don’t try to make it run.”
Trying to be more professional, they
opened a used Ferrari dealership in late
1968. That lasted two years.
“Everyone wanted a new Ferrari – not
a used one – so nobody liked us,” Betz
said. “The bank didn’t like us. The insurance company didn’t like us.
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Year in Review
Continued from page 1
what actually happened as they do about
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,
responding to criticism of his handling
of the Ray Rice case, announces a strict
new policy under which the league will
assume that an unconscious woman
being dragged off an elevator “probably
is not napping.”
In entertainment news, the big winner in television’s Primetime Emmy
Awards, taking home five Emmys
including Outstanding Drama Series, is,
to nobody’s surprise, Derek Jeter.
Speaking of drama, in...
...the FBI announces that it is investigating the distribution of hundreds of
naked-celebrity photos that were helpfully uploaded from the celebrities’
iPhones to the “cloud,” which also has
all of your personal information despite
the fact that you have NO idea what it is.
An outraged Miley Cyrus threatens to
sue Apple when she discovers that none
of the photos are of her.
In government news, the troubled
Secret Service once again comes under
withering criticism when an intruder is
able to jump the White House fence,
enter the White House through the front
door, overpower a Secret Service agent,
run through the Central Hall, enter the
East Room, deliver a nationwide radio
address and appoint four federal judges
before being overpowered. In a congressional hearing probing the incident, the
Secret Service director promises to
improve White House security, but suggests that in the meantime the First
Family should “consider adopting a
larger dog.”
Abroad, Scottish voters, in a closely
watched referendum, decide by a surprisingly large margin that they, too,
hate bagpipe music.
In a sad development, the Russian
space agency announces that when the
satellite containing the five geckos in the
weightless-sex experiment returned
from orbit, the geckos were dead. On a
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more positive note, the agency notes that
“they were all smiling.”
On the weather front, eastern Asia is
hit by a tropical storm named (really)
“Fung-wong.” Incredibly, Fung-wong
does not strike Thailand.
the celebrity social event of the year,
George Clooney marries Amal
Alamuddin in what it is believed to be
one of the most elaborate and expensive
weddings ever held in a Chuck E.
Cheese. Sources describe it as “like a
fairy tale, until Anna Wintour threw up
on Matt Damon in the ball pit.”
But the mood turns less festive in...
...when the Ebola virus takes center
stage as a parade of medical authorities
appear on cable news to assure the
American public that there is absolutely
no reason to panic about Ebola so we
should just stay calm regarding Ebola
because given what we know about
Ebola there is probably no danger that
you will get Ebola so just stop worrying
about Ebola Ebola Ebola OMIGOD
EBOLA! After a solid week of being
reassured 24/7 about Ebola, the public
has been soothed into a state of panic,
which is not improved when the director
of the Centers for Disease Control does
an interview for CNN from inside a bubble.
President Obama, responding decisively to the mounting crisis, appoints as
his “Ebola Czar” Ron Klain, an attorney
who is never heard from again.
In military news, the Pentagon
announces that it has finally come up
with a name for the current U.S. actions
in Iraq and Syria: “Operation Inherent
Resolve.” Seriously, that is the actual
pleased by the endorsement, although he
name. They should have gone with
refers to the president repeatedly as “Mr.
Thunderous Bidet.
In politics, the big story is the loomAbroad, Joko Widodo is sworn in as
ing midterm elections, which have
President of Indonesia, succeeding
President Obama crisscrossing the
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. It is not
nation at a hectic pace in a last-ditch
known whether Widodo plans to visit
effort to find a Democratic candidate
Thailand, and if so whether he plans to
willing to appear in public with him. The
take his eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming
president is finally able to schedule an
event with 94-year-old R. Nordstrom
In baseball, the Giants defeat the
Fleener, who is running for his 17th term
Royals to win the World Series, with the
as road commissioner of Carwankle
Series MVP award going to Derek Jeter.
County, Tenn. Mr. Fleener appears
Speaking of defeat, in...
...the Democrats get creamed in the
midterm elections, which means the
Republicans will control both houses of
Congress, as well as the road commis-
Jan. 16, 2015
sionership of Carwankle County, which
R. Nordstrom Fleener, despite being
unopposed, loses badly, although his
wife elects not to tell him. With the federal government now facing total gridlock, Republican and Democratic leaders realize that the only way they can
attack the many serious problems facing the nation is to stop their endless
cheap-shot partisan bickering and work
together in the spirit of... Wow, this is
some STRONG stuff I am smoking
In other political news, the debate
over U.S. immigration policy intensifies
when President Obama, in a move that
infuriates Republicans, signs an executive order giving Texas back to Mexico.
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It may have been the weather. When
the new year arrived, the temperature
plummeted and snow began to fall, I
suddenly felt a desire to read something
humorous, as opposed to serious.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it
is increasingly difficult to find anything
funny; and by funny I don’t mean childishly vulgar or shocking. So I turned to
an old standby – P.G. Wodehouse.
Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse,
(October 15, 1881 – February 14, 1975)
was an English humourist whose work
includes novels, short stories, plays,
humorous verses, poems, song lyrics,
and magazine articles. He enjoyed enormous popular success during a career
that lasted more than seventy years, and
his many writings continue to be widely
A quintessential Englishman, born
during the Victorian era and living his
early youth in Edwardian London, he
also resided in France and the United
States for extended periods during his
long life. His writing reflects this rich
background, with stories set in England,
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France, and the U.S., particularly, New
York City and Hollywood. Probably best
known today for his characters Bertie
Wooster and his manservant, Jeeves,
Wodehouse wrote 96 books in his
career (1902 to 1975).
Wodehouse was also a playwright
and lyricist who was part author and
writer of 15 plays and of 250 lyrics for
some 30 musical comedies, many of
them produced in collaboration with
Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton. He
worked with Cole Porter on the musical
“Anything Goes” (1934), wrote the
lyrics for the hit song “Bill” in Kern’s
“Show Boat” (1927), wrote lyrics to
Sigmund Romberg’s music for the
Gershwin – Romberg musical “Rosalie”
(1928) and collaborated with Rudolf
Friml on a musical version of “The
Three Musketeers” (1928). In 1917, he
had five musicals running on Broadway
at the same time. He is in the
Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Wodehouse spent the last decades of
his life in the United States, becoming
an American citizen in 1955.
Although I own the entire “Jeeves
and Wooster” TV series on DVD, I also
enjoy reading the stories. And so I
embarked on a re-read in January. It may
have saved what is left of my sanity.
Wodehouse’s writing style is notable
for its unique blend of contemporary
London clubroom slang with elegant,
classically-informed drawing-room English. All except one of the stories in
question is narrated by Bertie Wooster.
Wodehouse gives Wooster a rich vocabulary of slang, from abbreviated words,
like enjoying the “b & e” at breakfast, or
“seeing at a g, (glance),” to “lubricating
the tonsils” for enjoying a drink. He
describes one character as looking like
“a tiger after his morning ration of
He also wrote: “I once got engaged
to his daughter Honoria, a ghastly
dynamic exhibit who read Nietzsche and
had a laugh like waves breaking on a
stern and rockbound coast.”
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lose too much from being out of context:
• “I pressed down the mental accelerator. The old lemon throbbed fiercely. I
got an idea.”
• “I shoved the envelope into a drawer, locked it and trousererd the key.”
• “Uncle Willoughby trickled silently into the smoking room when I was
alone and spoke to me before I knew he
was there. I broke the record for the sitting high jump.”
• Bertie is willing to admit that he is
not the sharpest knife in the drawer, as in
the following passage. “I tried to think
of something to say, but nothing came. A
fellow has to be a lot broader about the
forehead than I am to handle a jolt like
this. I strained the old bean till it
creaked, but between the collar and the
hair parting nothing stirred I was dumb.
• Instead of saying he was in the
soup (in trouble), he said, “knee deep in
the bullion.”
• “I was in bed, restoring the
physique with my usual nine hours of
the dreamless.”
• Wooster often speaks of how
Jeeves tends to appear suddenly and
silently. “There was Jeeves, standing
behind me, full of zeal. In this matter of
shimmering into rooms, the chappie is
rummy to a degree. You’re sitting in the
old armchair thinking of this and that
and then suddenly you look up and there
he is. He moves from point to point with
as little uproar as a jelly fish. The thing
startled poor old Bicky considerably. He
rose from his seat like a rocketing pheasant. I’m used to Jeeves now, but often in
the days when he first came to me I’d
bitten my tongue freely on finding him
unexpectedly in my midst.”
“Jeeves flowed in with the tray, like
some silent stream meandering over its
mossy bed, and I saw daylight.”
“He streamed imperceptibly toward
the door and flowed silently out.”
• “An hour before he had seen his
aunt off to whatever hamlet it was that
she was the curse of.”
• “[He was] as vague and woolenheaded a blighter as ever bit a sandwich.”
• “Honoria, you see, is one of those
robust, dynamic girls with the muscles
of a welter weight and a laugh like a
squadron of cavalry charging over a tin
bridge. A beastly thing to have to face
over the breakfast table.”
• “He had that kind of stunned,
glassy expression that I used to see on
my own face in the shaving mirror during my brief engagement to the Glossop
• “Old Biffy asked me to come and
join you in mangling a bit of lunch.
Biffy’s man came in with the nose-bags
and we sat down to eat.”
• Speaking of some relatives, he said,
“I hadn’t seen them since I was ten, but
I remember them at that time striking me
as England’s premier warts.”
• “He looked haggard and careworn,
like a Borgia who has suddenly remembered that he has forgotten to shove
cyanide into the consommé.”
• “You don’t think young Bingo
would have the immortal rind to try to
get me into some other foul enterprise.”
• “Jeeves made a long arm and
opened the front door and the old boy
crawled in looking licked to a splinter.”
If you have the good fortune not to
have seen the Jeeves and Wooster TV
series or read the books, I suggest you
get thee to a library and remedy the situation. If you have an e-reader, the books
are available online. If you enjoy language, Wodehouse is just what the doctor ordered for the gray days ahead.
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Perspectiv e
Jan. 16, 2015
Looking forward by looking back
Rude and crude French cartoonists
died for our freedom
By David Horsey
I have received many messages of solidarity from friends and readers in the couple of days since Islamic terrorists stormed
into the Paris office of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and murdered 12
people, including several cartoonists.
One friend – a prominent officeholder
who, despite getting his share of barbs
from reporters, nevertheless understands
the absolute necessity of maintaining an
unfettered news media – wrote in an email:
“I am thinking of you following the assault
on French journalists. It follows the loss of
something like 40 journalists in the
Mideast. Freedom cannot exist without
people willing to ferret out the truth.”
I appreciated his words, but I responded with a crucial caveat: “Not only can
freedom not exist without truth tellers,
freedom cannot exist without obnoxious
expressions of opinion, no matter who is
Throughout my career of giving
offense, I have received an unending
stream of comments from people who disagree with what I draw or write.
Sometimes they are rude. Sometimes they
are insulting. Sometimes they are seriously angry. And sometimes they are just having fun sparring with me. Only once have
I gotten anything like a death threat, which
was unsettling, but quickly forgotten. One
guy offered to fight me, but he lived 3,000
miles away, so the bout never happened.
Love or hate the way I think, though,
just about everyone would agree that my
right to free speech is unassailable. That’s
what makes America great, of course, and
why there is near unanimous shock about
the attack on the cartoonists in Paris. But,
as people get a closer look at the kinds of
images those French satirists were publishing, some are having second thoughts
about all this freedom.
Editorial cartoonists in the United
States are an essentially tame species.
Traditionally part of the establishment
media, American cartoonists mostly poke
fun at obvious targets. Even when the cartoons my ink-spewing compatriots and I
produce are sharply barbed and a little
bold, they stay within fairly tight boundaries of social responsibility and good
taste. I don’t think that’s a terrible thing –
even though it encourages too many bland
cartoons with elephants and donkeys and
labels galore – but it does mean we very
seldom really test the limits of what our
readers will tolerate.
The martyred cartoonists at Charlie
Hebdo were different. Unrestrained mockery, not reasoned commentary, was their
raison d’etre. Page after page, week after
week, they turned out scatological, simplistic images attacking not only the political
figures everyone picks on, but the cherished
images and idols of organized religions.
There were cartoons of Christ partaking of
three-way sex with God and the Holy
Spirit; nasty cartoons of the pope that got
the magazine sued numerous times by
Catholics; images of Orthodox Jews reminiscent of the anti-Semitic art of Nazi
Germany, and, of course, caricatures of
Mohammed doing all manner of disgusting
things, sometimes with his genitals
It is those images that outraged the
Parisian Muslim community and brought
the cartoonists into the extremists’ line of
fire. The magazine office was firebombed
in 2011 and the publication’s editor,
Stephane Charbonnier, received enough
death threats to justify hiring a bodyguard.
The editor and the bodyguard are now
among the dead.
Even with all our proud proclamations
in favor of free speech, would a wildly
iconoclastic magazine like Charlie Hebdo
be tolerated in the USA?
Conservative religious people would
be deeply offended, of course, but neither
would such a publication fare well on liberally minded university campuses.
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By Lee Hamilton
With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused
intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade,
immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care
Act there’s a
long list of
issues and one
burning question: whether a
Congress and a
President can
find common
Yet before
we get worked Lee Hamilton
up about what’s to come, we need to
take a hard look at the Congress that just
ended and ask a different question: Why
was it such an abject failure?
Let’s start with a basic number.
According to the Library of Congress,
296 bills were passed by the 113th
Congress and signed by the President.
Just for comparison’s sake, the “donothing Congress” of 1947-48 got 906
bills through. The Financial Times
called this most recent version “the least
productive Congress in modern U.S. history.” The only silver lining was that the
cost of running Congress was down 11
Congress failed most spectacularly
on the basics. Not one of the dozen
annual appropriations bills passed, while
the budget resolution, which is supposed
to set overall fiscal policy, never even
got to a vote. In both houses, the leaders
did what they could to make the legislative body of the world’s greatest democracy as undemocratic as possible. Senate
Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid
used legislative maneuvers to block
amendments more often during his time
as majority leader than any of his five
predecessors. In the House, Republican
leaders used so-called “closed rules,”
which prohibit amendments, a record
number of times. Both approaches
denied by legislative device the opportunity for Congress to work its will.
When Congress did legislate, it did
so in the worst possible way – by using
an “omnibus” spending bill into which it
crammed everything it could manage.
The bill was put together in a single
week, guaranteeing minimal study by
the members of Congress who voted on
it. Ostensibly meant to fund the government through September, it contained a
host of provisions that deserved a full
Instead, with virtually no public
debate, Congress multiplied the amount
of money that wealthy donors can give
to the political parties; loosened regulations on Wall Street; cut funding for the
Environmental Protection Agency, forcing it to its lowest staffing level in more
than two decades; and hacked funding
for the IRS. This last measure, a gift to
tax cheats, was an especially egregious
assault on ordinary taxpayers, who will
now be asked to foot a bill that robust
enforcement of the tax laws would have
spared them.
Congress’s reliance on omnibus
bills, which are written in secret, has had
a variety of pernicious effects. The procedure violates every rule of good legislative process, denying transparency
and accountability. It allows Capitol Hill
to curry favor with all sorts of special
interests but no public reckoning. It
forces – or allows – members to vote for
provisions that would have had little
chance of surviving on their own. And it
puts enormous power in the hands of the
leadership of both parties – not least
because lobbyists have come to understand that they need to have a representative in the room where the omnibus is
crafted, and therefore they focus money
and attention on leaders.
The last Congress maintained one
other lamentable trend: it took “oversight” to mean injecting its investigations with excessive partisanship –
Benghazi, the IRS’s examination of conservative groups, the VA’s mishandling
of health care for veterans – while forgetting the crucial, ongoing oversight of
government. It allowed itself to be coopted by the intelligence community,
which persuaded Congress to neglect a
public debate on massive surveillance,
hacked the Senate’s computers, misled
Congress about the nature and extent of
torture, and leaked classified details to
the media.
The congressional leadership is now
under pressure to show Americans that
they can be successful. Let’s hope they
consider “success” to include avoiding
the bad habits of the past – by paying
more attention to their constituents than
to special interests; enforcing their own
ethics rules more vigorously; and most
of all, following the “regular order”
based on 200 years of legislative experience, which would allow the full debate
and votes Congress needs to serve as a
true coequal branch of government.
Lee Hamilton is Director of the
Center on Congress at Indiana
University. He was a member of the U.S.
House of Representatives for 34 years.
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Walworth Countyʼs ties to the railroad business
By Dave Bretl
One reason I enjoy working in county
government is because of the wide variety
of services that it provides. In addition to
providing many of the same services that
are offered by city and village governments, such as law enforcement and road
maintenance, counties support the court
system, run jails and, in the case of
Walworth County,
operate a nursing
While some
county programs
are highly visible,
like the deputy
parked in the
highway median
that you pass on
your way to work,
many folks are
unaware of other
programs that we
David Bretl
Many of the programs run by our
health and human services department,
such as child support, mental health counseling and economic support fall into this
category. Unless you or a member of your
family is in need of one of these important
services, you may not be aware that they
even exist.
One line of business that I am confident few county taxpayers know we are
involved in is a railroad. Walworth County
has been part of a nine-county consortium
called the Wisconsin River Rail Transit
Commission since 1983. The Commission
manages train tracks and other rail assets
under an agreement with the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation.
The River Rail Transit Commission
has an interesting history. As the demand
for rail service declined throughout the
U.S. in the 1960s and ’70s, many railroads
faced insolvency, forcing them to abandon
unprofitable routes, merge with competitors or cease operations entirely.
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul &
Western Railroad, known as the
Milwaukee Road, was no exception. That
railroad operated passenger and freight
service on thousands of miles of track
throughout the United States and was a
major operator in Walworth County.
Concerned that the abandonment of all
of its track would have a negative impact
on economic development, the State of
Wisconsin obtained some of the Milwaukee Road’s former routes out of the bankruptcy estate and encouraged the creation
of transit commissions. These commissions, comprised of consortiums of counties, would manage and improve the assets
under the plan. The commissions, in turn,
would lease the tracks to a railroad. In the
case of the River Rail Transit Commission,
the Wisconsin and Southern has been the
exclusive operator on its tracks since the
The original River Rail Commission
consisted of six counties: Crawford, Dane,
Grant, Iowa, Richland and Sauk. As additional track became available, typically
through abandonment by other operators,
new counties joined the consortium. Our
county’s turn came in 1983 in order to
retain service on the Fox Lake to
Janesville line. Those tracks pass through
the southern part of Walworth County,
between Zenda, in the Town of Linn and
Bardwell, in the Town of Darien.
Jefferson County was the last member to
join the Commission, which occurred last
In addition to the Fox Lake route, two
additional tracks managed by the Commission affect our county. One line passes
through Whitewater on its way from Milton to Waukesha. Another line connects
Elkhorn to Bardwell.
One interesting footnote to the
Milwaukee Road bankruptcy concerns the
creation of recreational trails. When the
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
triaged all of the railroad bankruptcies, it
made decisions regarding which lines
should be saved and transferred to transit
commissions and which ones should be
“banked” or saved for future use.
The banked category was further broken down into segments where rails remained intact and others where they were
removed and made available for recreation.
The White River State Trail, which our
county board approved in 2002, was actually the eastern extension of the Bardwell
to Elkhorn line; rails end in Elkhorn, but
the right-of-way continues twelve more
miles to Burlington.
The second “rails to trails” story is my
personal favorite. In the midst of the
Milwaukee Road bankruptcy, Darien developer Gerry Pelishek spearheaded the
private purchase of six miles of right-ofway between Bardwell and Clinton. That
acquisition eventually became a Rock
County park called the Pelishek-Tiffany
Nature Trail. One of my highlights each
fall is to travel a portion of the trail with
Gerry and hear the story firsthand.
Governance of the River Rail Transit
Commission is straightforward enough.
Each county appoints three commissioners
and makes an annual contribution to
underwrite administrative costs and to pay
for improvements on the line, $28,000 in
2015. That figure falls far short of the
amount that is needed to replace aging
infrastructure, which is becoming a serious
issue for the Commission. The quality of
track has limited the speed of trains on
some portions of service area to ten miles
per hour, which deters some businesses
from rail shipping. Sharon residents who
used to cross the Peters Road Bridge are
constantly reminded of the Commission’s
deteriorating facilities. The bridge was
deemed unsafe and needed to be closed
last summer. The town is working with the
Commission to resolve the issue.
Despite its shortcomings, the state’s
decision to keep portions of the old
Milwaukee Road open was a good one.
Trains provide an important option to businesses, particularly when it comes to moving grain and soybeans. Recreational trails
were an added bonus of the right-of-way
acquisition. With much of its infrastructure
over 100 years old, however, keeping
trains moving in the next century will be a
challenge for the Commission and its
member counties.
The opinions expressed in these
columns are those of the author and not
necessarily those of the Walworth County
Board of Supervisors.
Jan. 16, 2015 — 5
Stand up for free speech
By Trudy Rubin
The Philadelphia Inquirer
(TNS) — [The recent] shocking terror
attack on the French satirical journal
Charlie Hebdo should finally awaken
Western publics to the threat posed by radical Islamists to free speech worldwide.
That threat may seem obvious when 10
journalists from a newspaper that published caricatures
of the Prophet
Muhammad are
masked men with
shouting “Allahu
Yet these assassinations follow
a rising number of
death threats and
violent protests
by Islamic fundaTrudy Rubin
mentalists against
Western books,
films, or newspapers they deem offensive.
Many Western observers have blamed the
authors – for disrespecting Islam – rather
than those who organize the violence.
Let’s hope the Charlie Hebdo murders
debunk that fuzzy thinking. Religious
zealots can’t be permitted to define the
limits of our free speech.
That was the attitude of Charlie
Hebdo, whose comic jibes spared no one.
In 2011, the magazine’s office was firebombed as it was about to publish a cartoon cover depicting the prophet
Muhammad saying, “100 lashes if you’re
not dying of laughter.”
“We want to laugh at the extremists –
every extremist,” staffer Laurent Leger
said in a French TV interview in 2012.
“They can be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic.
Everyone can be religious, but extremist
thoughts and acts we cannot accept.”
“In France, we always have the right to
write and draw,” he added. “And if some
people are not happy with this, they can
sue us and we can defend ourselves. That’s
democracy. You don’t throw bombs; you
discuss, you debate. But you don’t act violently.” (Leger was wounded yesterday but
Yet when Islamic fundamentalists
repeatedly threatened violence for Western
media portrayals of the prophet
Muhammad, many commentators blamed
the victims. These threats began when
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa
in 1989 calling for the death of author
Salman Rushdie because his novel The
Satanic Verses supposedly “insulted”
Islam. Many Western critics labeled
Rushdie a provocateur.
When the Danish newspaper JyllandsPosten published cartoons of Muhammad
in 2005, leading to deadly riots in several
Muslim countries and death threats against
the cartoonists, many observers blamed
the newspaper. They ignored those who
incited the mayhem – such as the Danish
imam who traveled to Cairo and stirred up
riots over cartoons few Egyptians had
Death threats against Jyllands-Posten
continued for years, including a plot by a
Pakistani terrorist group that was discov-
ered. Only four U.S. newspapers had the
guts to print any of the cartoons to inform
their readers. I’m proud to say The
Inquirer was one of the four.
The editor at Jyllands-Posten who had
assigned the cartoons, Flemming Rose,
explained the rationale for running them:
“The idea wasn’t to provoke gratuitously –
and we certainly didn’t intend to trigger
violent demonstrations,” he wrote in the
Washington Post in early 2006. “Our goal
was simply to push back self-imposed limits on expression that seemed to be closing
in tighter.”
Rose was referring to a series of decisions at the time by European book editors
and museums to avoid photos or exhibits
that might offend Islamic fundamentalists,
along with the request of a group of
Danish imams that the Danish government
censor press coverage of Islam.
I spoke by phone to Rose in
Copenhagen. (He recently published a prescient book in the United States titled The
Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon
Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of
Free Speech.) “Today cannot be a surprise
to anyone who has followed events over
the past 10 years,” he said, sadly.
“Charlie Hebdo was maybe the only
paper in Europe that, didn’t cave in after
what we went through or after the fatwa
against Rushdie,” Rose continued. Most
other media in Europe accepted self-censorship due to intimidation or fear of violence, but “Charlie Hebdo kept making fun
of all kinds of religions, including Islam,
despite the death threats. Today they paid
the price for not being willing to shut up.”
The question now, says Rose, is how
Europeans and Americans will react to
these murders. “Are we going to accept
this new order _ in which we have to be
very careful of what we say? Or are we
going to ask ourselves what are the minimum limits in order to live in peace with
each other?”
In Rose’s mind, those limits should
exclude any incitement to violence. “It
should be a criminal offense to say ‘attack
Muslims’.” he says, but not to offend
Muslims – or any other religious group –
in a newspaper or text. That, he says, is the
price of living in a democracy, where the
right to free speech distinguishes between
words and deeds.
Moreover, giving in to self-censorship
does no favor to Muslims. Would-be
Muslim reformers in the Arab world and
elsewhere are suffering from blasphemy
laws that threaten death to anyone who
criticizes their religion. And the Charlie
Hebdo murders are likely to help the
European far right and create more prejudice against Islam than any cartoons.
It’s long past time to stand up against
the assault on free speech in Europe and
elsewhere. As Charlie Hebdo’s editor,
Stephane Charbonnier told Le Monde in
2012, “I am not killing anyone with my
pen. I am not the violent person here.”
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Business, Tax & Inv estment
Walworth County Sheriff Kurt
Picknell appoints Captain
Kevin Williams Undersheriff
The Lakes Area Realtors Associationʼs 2015 Board of Directors is made up of
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Geaslen, Brad Lois, Andy Szymanskyj, Tom Keefe (seated) Margaret Labus, Molly
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appoints Denise Schultz new CEO
The 2015 Board of Directors of the
Lakes Area Realtors Association begins
the new year with a focused strategic
plan aimed at raising the bar of professionalism among their members, and
increasing community awareness of
their services.
“We are committed to the lakes area
and the people who own property and
homes here,” says Rick Geaslen, 2015
president of the association. “We felt it
was important for our members to have
a committed full time Chief Executive
Officer at the helm as we realign our
sails on our focused course, and we are
pleased to have reached an agreement
with Denise Schultz, who has been our
part-time staff executive for the past several years.”
Schultz was hired in 2011 on an
interim basis as volunteer leadership
evaluated the long term course of the
“As a homeowner who is grateful
every day for the decision we made to
relocate our family to the lakes area 17
years ago, this position has been a natural fit for me,” says Schultz. “I enjoy
working with the professionals who help
people realize the American dream of
home ownership, and working on their
behalf with legislators and other organizations.”
The volunteer members of the 2015
Board of Directors, representing diverse
real estate backgrounds and companies,
were installed on December 5 at Grand
Geneva Resort.
The Lakes Area Realtors Association
is a proactive Realtor resource and advocate, promoting the highest standards of
professionalism while protecting private
property rights for the communities they
serve. The definition of a Realtor is a
real estate professional who is a member
of the National Association of Realtors
and subscribes to its strict Code of
Ethics. (Not all licensed real estate
agents are Realtors.)
With approximately 500 members,
the Lakes Area Realtors Association is a
chapter of the Wisconsin Realtors
Association and National Association of
Realtors. Its offices are located at 5 S.
Ridgway Court in Elkhorn. Their phone
number is 723-6851.
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Captain Kevin Williams to serve as
Undersheriff. Williams has more than 24
years with the Walworth County Sheriff’s
Office. He started as a deputy sheriff
patrolman and
ranks to hold
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training, as he
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force” disciplines to include firearms. He
was also a member of the department’s
Special Weapons and Tactics team
Prior to joining the Walworth County
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Palmyra, bringing his law enforcement
experience to more than 29 years.
Williams has also been very active in
the fire and Emergency Medical Service
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and advanced Emergency Medical
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years of experience in those fields and has
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Northwestern University School of Police
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“Undersheriff Williams is well prepared for his new duties,” said Sheriff
Picknell. “His appointment will reinforce
the professional delivery of law enforcement and public safety services to the citizens of Walworth County.”
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Less than a year after winning final
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local financing, Amazon.com Inc.’s new
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east of I-94 between Burlington Road and
38th St., features two buildings totaling
1.5 million square feet. The smaller
building, with just over 500,000 square
feet, is on the site's northeast portion.
Operations began there in late
October, with Seattle-based Amazon so
far hiring hundreds of employees. It is
expected eventually to have 575 fulland part-time employees, according to
an operations plan filed with the city.
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will take place in University of Phoenix
Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., a suburb of
Phoenix. The game was originally supposed to be played in Kansas City, but
voters turned down a referendum to
build a rolling roof for the stadium, so
the game moved to Arizona.
Opened August 1, 2006, the facility
is a multipurpose football stadium that is
the home of the NFL Arizona Cardinals.
It replaced Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium
as the Valley of the Sun’s main outdoor
The 49th Super Bowl will be played in University of Phoenix Stadium.
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any other purpose (such as seating for
concerts) without damaging the turf.
The University of Phoenix acquired
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shortly after the stadium had opened
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planned to play there until a new stadium could be built in Phoenix. However,
the savings and loan crisis derailed funding. Over time, the Cardinals expressed
frustration at being merely tenants in a
college football stadium. Notably, it
denied them access to additional revenue streams available to other NFL
teams. The Cardinals campaigned several years for a new, more modern facility.
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He al th & Fi tne s s
Jan. 16, 2015
January is Radon Action Month
“January is a good time for
Walworth County residents to test their
homes for radon,” says Janis Ellefsen,
Health Officer for the Walworth County
Division of Public Health. “This is the
time of year when radon levels will be at
their highest in most homes. Across the
nation, local health departments spend
January raising awareness about the risk
of radon in indoor air.”
Radon is an invisible and odorless,
radioactive gas caused by the decay of
uranium found in the soil throughout
Wisconsin. The house acts like a vacuum cleaner on top of the soil, sucking
sub soil air containing radon into the
building through foundation cracks,
underground pipes, and other openings
due to pressure differences between the
dwelling and outdoor air.
Breathing in elevated levels of radon
for extended periods of time can affect
health. According to the Environmental
Protection Agency, radon is the second
leading cause of lung cancer in the
United States, causing an estimated
21,000 deaths annually in the US.
Walworth County is estimated to be
a high risk area for radon by the EPA.
“The challenge with radon,” said
Ellefsen, “is that it’s not just in one
neighborhood, or just one city. It’s
everywhere, and it’s sporadic. Your
home may have high radon and meanwhile your neighbor’s house is fine.
We’ve seen test results where one house
has ten times the EPA’s recommended
action level and just down the street is a
house with radon well below the level of
Testing your home is the only way to
know if you have elevated levels of
radon. Radon testing kits are available
from the Walworth County Public
Health Department for $10. As a part of
a grant received by Walworth County,
during 2015, 125 radon test kits will be
sold for $3 to people who take a copy of
this article to Public Health. Discount
kits are limited to one kit per household
but homeowners may purchase as many
kits at the regular price as desired.
Fortunately action following a high
radon result to lower the indoor air concentration of radon to below the EPA’s
action level is possible. Radon is not regulated in Wisconsin so action is not
mandatory for an elevated level, but mitigation is strongly suggested. The State
of Wisconsin maintains a list of contractors certified to mitigate radon, as well as
other information on radon, on the state
radon website, www.dhs.wisconsin.gov.
“The first step is always to test,”
Ellefsen said, “That’s how you know if
there’s a problem and can make an
informed decision on how to proceed.”
More information on radon and
obtaining a test kit may be found by contacting Walworth County Public Health
at 741-3140 or emailing [email protected]
David Horsey
demands. College administrators may
think it is the politically correct thing to
do. Politicians may believe it will keep
their constituents calm. But, without the
freedom to offend – even in the most outrageous way – freedom is circumscribed
and tepid. The French cartoonists were
constant offenders, and most people would
not like their work, but they believed in
freedom with a dedication few of us can
match. And they died for it.
As Parisians are now saying in
response to the terror, “Je suis Charlie.”
Continued from page 4
Given the social sensitivities in the
academic world, a student cartoonist who
drew even one cartoon of the type regularly produced by the Charlie Hebdo crew
would be pilloried and run off campus.
My own take? Most of the Charlie
Hebdo cartoons I have seen are crudely
drawn, crass and juvenile. Giving offense
simply for its own sake has never been my
style. Yet I appreciate the principle on
which Charbonnier took a stand. He kept
publishing outrageous depictions of
Mohammed mostly because people kept
insisting he had no right to do it.
Religious fundamentalists may believe
limits to free expression are what the deity
Heidi Lloyd, Executive Director of the Association for the Prevention of
Family Violence, and Sara Johnson of the Williams Bay UCC admire the Christmas
gifts that members and friends of the United Church of Christ, Williams Bay donated
for 14 families served by APFV, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide supportive services throughout Walworth County to people affected by domestic
violence or sexual abuse, to promote a coordinated response to these problems, and
to increase awareness and prevention efforts. For more information, contact APFV at
723-4653 or log on to www.apfvwalworth.com.
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WTMJ Community Baby
Shower to visit Elkhorn
Q: What is oral mucosa?
A: The soft flesh that lines the inside
of a healthy mouth is called oral mucosa.
There are actually three types of oral
mucosa. Lining mucosa covers the
inside of the cheeks, the lips, the soft
palate and the area under the tongue.
Specialized, or gustatory, mucosa covers
the top of the tongue. Your taste buds are
a form of oral mucosa. A third, hardier,
type that can stand up to the rigors of
chewing, covers the gum and the hard
Oral mucosa has two layers of tissue.
The top layer is called the epithelium.
Like other layers of the body’s outer
skin, the epithelium is designed to be in
contact with the environment. Under the
epithelium is a dense layer of connective
tissue that holds nerves and blood vessels.
A special part of the oral mucosa is
called the gingival. Gingival tissue is
what makes up the gums. It is bound
firmly to the base of the teeth. Along
with the underlying jaw bone, gingival
tissue is what supports the teeth. The
tight fit of the gums against the teeth
helps prevent the infiltration of bacteria.
Depending on a person’s skin color,
the oral mucosa can range from dark
pink to brown. Extremely pale mucosa
can be a sigh of anemia, while dark or
patchy mucosa may indicate some other
medical conditions. Talk with your dentist about ways to keep your oral
mucosa, and the rest of your mouth,
Tooth Chatter is presented as a public service by Dr. Paul Kreul, who has
been practicing general dentistry since
1990. His office is located in the West
Side Professional Building at 715
Walworth St. in Elkhorn. To make an
appointment, call 723-2264.
Tooth Chatter is a paid column.
“I view the doctor-patient relationship
as a true partnership. Education and
prevention are our strongest tools as
we work together toward an active
and healthy life. My care reflects the
patient as a whole, not just simply
a disease or set of symptoms.”
Brandon J. Orr, MD, MS
Family medicine
Mercy Health System is happy to welcome
Dr. Orr, who joins the family medicine staff
at Mercy Delavan Medical Center.
Dr. Orr’s special interests include:
• Asthma
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Preventive medicine
• Exercise science
• Men’s health
• Allergies
• School and sports physicals
Dr. Orr now welcomes new patients. To make
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An annual event that helps local
needy families with newborns and
infants is returning to Elkhorn. Today’s
TMJ4 will take their Community Baby
Shower to Daniel’s Sentry Food Store,
801 N. Wisconsin in Elkhorn on Friday,
January 23.
The Community Baby Shower will
be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors to
the store will be greeted by volunteers
from Volunteer Connection. There they
can donate items for young babies such
as infant formula, diapers, new clothing,
baby food, and bedding. The donations
will go to local organizations like the
Elkhorn Food Pantry and Mary’s Room
and will be distributed to Elkhorn area
families they serve.
To read more about the Community
Baby Shower, visit the WTMJ website at
http://www.todaystmj4.com and click on
the link for the Community Baby
Shower or visit the Elkhorn Sentry Food
Store on Friday, January 23.
Anyone who has questions or would
like to volunteer should call Patti
O’Brien at Volunteer Connection (262)
Walworth County officers and
deputies get trauma tourniquets
Enbridge Energy of Superior
Wisconsin, through their Community
Investment Program, has provided a
grant to purchase trauma tourniquets for
two hundred forty (240) full and part
time law enforcement officers in
Walworth County.
The simple-to-use, but very effective, device will give police officers and
deputy sheriffs the immediate capability
to stop severe blood loss from an arm or
leg arterial injury. The grant covered the
entire $5,570 cost of the tourniquets,
which are the same type used by U.S.
armed forces.
“Walworth County’s law enforcement community is very grateful to
Enbridge Energy for their generous
donation and commitment to the safety
of our citizens and peace officers,” said
Fontana Police Chief Steve Olson.
“Time and again these tourniquets have
proven that they can mean the difference
between life and death for someone who
has suffered a severe injury and seconds
Law enforcement agencies who
received the tourniquets are: Village of
East Troy PD; Village of Fontana PD;
Town of Geneva PD; Village of Genoa
City PD; City of Lake Geneva PD;
Village of Mukwonago PD; Village of
Sharon PD; UW-Whitewater PD; City of
Whitewater PD; Village of Walworth
PD; Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.
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Jan. 16, 2015
Child psychologist expands practice to full time
David W. Thompson, Ph.D., will
devote himself to full-time private practice in Burlington following his January
9 retirement from his position as Deputy
Director of the Walworth County Health
and Human Services Department.
Thompson first worked for
Walworth County Health & Human
Services as a contracted psychologist in
1993, and provided psychological evaluations and consultation to the department 24 hours per week. When asked to
step up and fill a gap, Dr. Thompson
served as Interim Director of the department for about six months in 2006 and
2007, and since that time has served as
the Deputy Director of the department.
His duties included oversight of several
department divisions including those
responsible for Juvenile Justice and
Child Welfare services, the County
Birth-to-Three program, Public Health,
and Aging and Long Term Care programs.
“I am extremely proud of my time
with the county, “ Thompson said. “We
successfully implemented evidencebased, effective treatment services for
those in need and have clearly demonstrated how relatively small investments
in innovative programming can provide
a huge return on investment for our taxpayers.”
During his tenure with the county,
Thompson helped design, implement,
and evaluate a number of evidencebased treatment programs, including one
designed to eliminate repeat drunk driving within Walworth County. Known as
the C.A.T.E. (Commitment, Accountability, Treatment, and Evaluation) program, this initiative successfully treated
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more than 90 participants with only
about a six percent re-arrest rate. That
program has developed into the
Walworth County OWI (Operating
While Intoxicated) Court, which has, to
date, provided treatment services to an
additional 96 persons.
Thompson has been practicing as a
psychologist in Burlington since 1991.
In his work at Clinical Psychology
Associates, Thompson provides services
to children, adolescents, and families.
He is also certified as a forensic psychologist by the American Board of
Professional Psychology, and in that role
provides evaluations for attorneys and
the courts for individuals involved in
various legal proceedings.
“I’m leaving the county in excellent
hands, “ said Thompson. “I’m excited to
have more time to devote to my private
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Jan. 16, 2015 — 11
A lesson from the tank
Polar plungers take to the frigid water at noon on Thursday, Jan. 1. Notice the
ice lining the shore that these 100 or so Persons Of Questional Mental Stability must
jump over to get to the water. The temperature was near 20 degrees, but the wind chill
was about six above zero.
(Photo by correspondent Penny Gruetzmacher)
Mercy Foundation receives grant
for heart care equipment/education
Mercy Foundation, the philanthropic
arm of Mercy Health System, recently
received $5,000 from the Medicare Rural
Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Grant through
the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health.
The funds will be allocated to Mercy
Walworth Hospital and Medical Center,
to purchase new equipment and educational materials for patients with congestive heart failure.
About 5.1 million people in the US
have heart failure. Congestive heart failure
is a condition in which the heart’s function
as a pump is inadequate to meet the body's
needs. The treatment of congestive heart
failure includes lifestyle modifications, addressing potentially reversible factors,
medications, heart transplants and mechanical therapies.
For more information about the Mercy
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By Marjie Reed
When your husband comes home
from the pet shop with a large
bucket…be afraid, be very afraid.
Sometimes I love our aquarium, and
sometimes it makes me queasy. My feelings about it
seem to depend
on how thick the
water is. Yes, I
said thick.
If it hasn’t
been cleaned for
a while, the fish
that are still visible seem to be in
a state of suspended animation in the oMarjie Reed
paque liquid.
A r o u n d
Thanksgiving, the aquarium was the last
thing on my husband, Bob’s, mind. I
couldn’t really blame him.
We were to host Thanksgiving dinner for 17 people in a house that some
days doesn’t seem big enough for two. I
made the subtle suggestion that either he
change the water or send the fish byebye and get the tank out of the living
room. It was no asset and we could sure
use the space.
He groaned, but within a couple of
hours, out came the supplies to change
the water. After some hours of hard work
and the house smelling like the bottom
of a dank, foul river, the tank finally
looked terrific.
“You know,” Bob said with renewed
enthusiasm, “Now that we can really see
the fish, it looks like we could use a few
more!” And off he flew to the pet shop.
He arrived home with the typical
plastic bag containing two new goldfish.
Ah, the tank was just right now – to me,
anyway. Looking into the tank, Bob
made the comment that there was a
another goldfish at the pet store that he
liked. What did I think? He really didn’t
want to know.
Back he bounded to the pet store.
Eventually, I heard him struggling to get
in the front door.
“Uh oh,” I thought, as I saw him
make his way into the living room with
a five gallon bucket.
“Uhh, what’s in there?” I asked fearfully.
“Our new resident of the tank!”
“Why does it take a bucket to get it
home? Was the shop out of little plastic
“No, she didn’t have a bag big
enough!” he explained.
I just closed my eyes and shook my
head in disbelief, then ventured over to
take a peek.
There lay the biggest goldfish I’d
ever seen. His nose touched one side of
the bucket, and his mast-sized tail bent
against the other. He wouldn’t just be a
resident of the tank, he’d be President of
the tank.
Bob beamed with pride at his new
acquisition, while I just kept staring at it.
“It is beautiful,” I admitted, “But
will he have enough room to swim?”
“Oh, sure, the tank’s plenty big”,
Bob reassured me.
For a while, the fish did pretty well
in the tank, and then we noticed he was
slowing down and not looking so good.
About the same time, one of the little
fish, who happened to have been in the
same tank as the big one at the pet shop,
seemed to notice his buddy was struggling.
We were amazed as we watched the
little fish begin to nip the big one to keep
it moving. For two days, whenever the
big one stopped, the little one nipped
him again to get moving; it never left his
It was as if the small one knew the
big one had to keep moving to stay alive,
and had accepted the challenge.
Finally, we realized the air pump that
had been sufficient for all the little fish,
was not adequate for them and the big
Within a couple hours of a new, larger, pump being installed, the big fish was
reenergized and doing great. At that
point, the little one left his side and went
about its own business in the tank.
The two fish swim together now and
then, but the little one has not nipped the
big one since we installed the larger
pump to give the big fish the oxygen he
obviously needed to swim alone.
Dear God,
As parents, it is our job to come to
the aid our children if they are discouraged or in trouble. If our kids are old
enough, they need to be responsible
enough to see when their parents are in
need of encouragement or help, and
come along side us.
Whether family or friend, if we
know someone is struggling, help us to
get into action by taking a lesson from
the tank.
Remind us to come along side them
and let them know we are there. Please
God, help us to do what we can to help
them till they are renewed and can once
again swim through life on their own.
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]
116 Cherry Street
Williams Bay, WI
Call Deb Huebscher
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Jan. 16, 2015
Mercy Health
Cold, exposure, frostbite and hypothermia
Hypothermia is a condition resulting
from a fall in body temperature below
95F due to lowered external temperatures from cold weather, falling into icy
water or being in an inadequately heated
area. Hypothermia can also occur at
external temperatures between 40-50F
in persons who have become wet or
Symptoms of hypothermia include
drowsiness, lowered respiratory and
pulse rates, shivering, slurred speech,
memory loss, muscle stiffness, pale
color, cold skin and loss of consciousness.
Hypothermia may also occur with or
without frostbite.
Frostbite is freezing of the skin or
underlying tissues caused by prolonged
exposure to cold. Frostbite causes tissue
damage on exposed body parts when the
temperatures outside are frigid. The
lower the external temperature, the
quicker the damage may occur. Wind,
blizzard and rainy conditions can also
hasten the onset of frostbite.
When injured by frostbite, skin color
may gradually progress from white to a
bluish-white color and feel cool to the
touch. The skin then becomes red and
swollen and may later turn purple in
color. Progression to a black color indicates tissue death. Itching may also be
present. After thawing, blisters form on
the skin.
The level of severity of frostbite is
determined by degrees:
• First degree: There is numbness
and whitening of the skin, and may be
accompanied by tingling;
• Second degree: The outer layer of
skin feels hard and frozen, but underlying tissue has normal resiliency;
• Third degree: Skin is white or
blotchy and blue. Skin and underlying
tissue are hard and cold.
If you or someone you are with gets
frostbite, follow these tips:
• Get out of the wind and cold, if
• If there is a chance of hypothermia,
treat it first. Warm the person with your
own body heat by wrapping blankets or
a sleeping bag around both of you.
• Don’t re-warm the frostbitten skin
if there is a possibility it may become
refrozen; get to shelter first.
• Once you are out of the cold, warm
small areas of frostbitten skin with warm
breath or, if possible, by placing the
affected area next to warm, bare skin.
• If warm water is available, immerse
frozen skin in 100-105F water for 15-30
minutes until the skin is warm and red.
After thawing, keep frostbitten areas
warm, elevated and free from irritation
with blankets or soft gauze bandages.
Avoid rubbing or massaging the area,
walking on frostbitten feet until all feeling has returned, drinking alcohol, or
breaking blisters that appear during rewarming.
A call to a doctor is warranted if:
• There is third-degree frostbite;
• Blisters develop;
• Signs of infection develop (increased pain, swelling, redness, fever,
purulent discharge or red streaks leading
from the area);
• There are signs of hypothermia.
Here are some tips to avoid the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia:
• Anticipate sudden temperature
changes and prepare accordingly;
• Stay dry and out of the wind;
• Wear layers of insulating clothing
such as polypropylene and wool;
• Wear windproof outer layers and
waterproof boots;
• Wear mittens and a hat that covers
the ears;
• Keep extra clothing and blankets in
your car;
• Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol;
• Maintain moderate physical activity when in the cold; move your arms and
The elderly are especially vulnerable
to frostbite and hypothermia. They may
experience a drop in body temperature
without realizing it and have less ability
to recover than younger people. The elderly should have their household thermostats set to at least 65F. If you have
elderly relatives or neighbors, check on
them regularly to make sure they have
adequate heat, blankets, warm clothing
and nutritious food
Mercy HealthLine is a paid column.
For information on this or dozens of
health-related questions, visit the Mercy
Walworth Hospital and Medical Center
at the intersection of Highways 50 and
67, call (262) 245-0535 or visit us at
No primary election in Fontana
Village of Fontana voters will have
four candidates to choose from in the
race for the three trustee positions up for
election in the April 7 Spring Election.
The deadline for filing nomination
papers for ballot placement in the Spring
Election was January 6, at 5 p.m.
Incumbent Trustees George Spadoni,
Tom Whowell and Tom McGreevy, as
well as outgoing Village President Arvid
Petersen, filed papers for the three
trustee positions.
Incumbent Trustee Pat Kenny was
the only person to file papers for the
position of Village President. President
Arvid Petersen filed his notification of
non-candidacy for Village President on
December 10. Village Clerk Theresa
Linneman says she anticipates that no
primary will be necessary.
The Williams Bay Lioness Club recently donated $1,500 to the Williams Bay
Historical Society. Participating in the ceremony are (from left) Judy Bausch, President,
Wms Bay Historical Society; Rena Monroe, President Wms Bay Lioness; Pat Grove,
Wms Bay Historical Society VP; and Doreen Collins, Treasurer Wms Bay Historical
(Photo submitted)
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9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
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4:30 p.m. - Deadline for turning in COMPLETED
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Historical Society Booksale
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February 6 & 7
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Williams Bay Women’s Civic League
“Chili Cook Off” at the Lions’ Field House.
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50-50 Raffle
• Gage Marine Lake Tour Tickets
• George Williams Music By The Lake Tickets • WBBA: 32” Flat Screen TV
• Gift Baskets and Gift Certificates to Local Restaurants, Shops & Resorts
• Gage Marine • Café Calamari • Harpoon Willies • Walworth State Bank
• George Williams College • Dog Harbor Grooming • AIM Tax Service
• Clear4Life Electrolysis • Mid-America Bank • The Studio
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Jan. 16, 2015 — 13
Health Through Chiropractic
By Dr. Bernice Elliott
Josh Ambach, Elkhorn and Melissa Wilson, Delavan, served the Town of
Delavan Fire and Rescue Squad as Emergency Medical Technicians before joining the
U.S. Air Force.
(Photo furnished)
Now that winter has reached Walworth
County, the daunting task of snow shoveling is
upon us. Shoveling is hard work and can
cause injury if not
done properly.
comes to shoveling, many people
don’t realize their
physical limitations. It is a very
strenuous activity
and can be difficult even for
those in top physical condition.
Here are a few Dr. Bernice Elliott
tips to help you
avoid back strain and other injuries.
❄ Shovel early and often. Newly fallen
snow is lighter than heavily packed, or partially melted, snow. Before you begin, warm up
your muscles with 10 minutes of light exercise.
❄ Push the snow instead of lifting it. Keep
the shovel close to your body. Space your
hands on the shovel; it increases your leverage.
❄ If you must lift the snow, lift it properly. Squat with your legs apart, knees bent
and back straight. Lift with your legs. Do not
bend at the waist. Scoop small amounts of
snow into the shovel and walk to where you
want to dump it.
❄ Do not throw over your shoulder or to
the side. This action requires a twisting
motion that stresses your back.
❄ See what you are shoveling. Do not let
a hat or scarf block your vision. Watch out for
ice patches and uneven surfaces. Avoid falls
by wearing shoes/boots with slip resistant
❄ Use a shovel that feels comfortable for
your height and strength. Avoid a shovel that
is too long or too heavy.
❄ Pace yourself. Shoveling snow is an
aerobic activity comparable to weightlifting.
Take frequent breaks and replenish fluids to
prevent dehydration, which affects muscles.
Never move deep snow all at once; do it
piecemeal. Shovel an inch or two, then take
off another inch. Rest and repeat if necessary.
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Town of Delavan EMTs join Air Force
Two Town of Delavan Fire & Rescue
Department members joined the U.S Air
Force in the past year. EMTs Josh
Ambach, Elkhorn, and Melissa Wilson,
Delavan, started their service to the community by joining the Rescue Squad in
2013. Ambach and Wilson provided dedicated service as Emergency Medical
Technicians prior to joining the Air Force.
Ambach enlisted in April of 2014 and
is studying intelligence at Goodfellow Air
Force Base, San Angelo Texas.
Wilson enlisted in September of 2014
and is studying Linguistics at the Defense
Language Institute in Monterey Calif.
Both Ambach and Wilson say they credit
the Town of Delavan Fire & Rescue
Department for instilling a foundation of
service and sacrifice that continues to
affect their military service.
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“I want my patients to feel comfortable, so I create a calm and
inviting environment for them. I’m here to listen to them and
address their every issue to the best of my ability.”
Ese Efemini, MD
Board certified obstetrics
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Mercy is pleased to welcome Dr. Efemini to the physician staff at
Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center, Lake Geneva.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois, Chicago,
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Home and Family
Jan. 16, 2015
Students have ‘eye-opening experience’ at Financial Reality Fair
By Mike Heine
Active learning and a bit of creative
budgeting took place on Dec. 3 at
Delavan-Darien High School as students
participating in the school’s annual
Financial Reality Fair Expo did their
best to make their monthly incomes
stretch to cover their living expenses.
Just about every student participant
agreed it was an eye-opener when they
realized how much money it takes to pay
for daily living expenses. They came to
appreciate the stress involved in balancing a family budget and gained a new
respect for their caregivers. And yes,
parents and guardians, they promised to
think twice before saying they need
something, when in fact, the need is
really a want.
“Students walked away from the
expo with the knowledge that they may
have to sacrifice their wants in order to
afford their needs,” said DDHS Business
Education teacher Jodi Scott, the event’s
Students were also grateful for the
opportunity to interact with community
business members and volunteers.
Expert advice was dispensed to those
seeking it in a variety of areas, including
insurance, the cost of purchasing a home
and vehicle, investments, daycare,
checkbook maintenance, and balancing
a budget.
“It provides an excellent networking
opportunity for students who are looking
for part-time employment, as well,”
Scott said.
Delavan-Darien School District Superintendent Robert Crist checks a studentʼs budget worksheet during the Reality Fair, which took place at Delavan-Darien
High School on Wednesday, Dec. 3.
(Photo furnished)
The expo is always a hot topic of
conversation after students experience
it. They walk away with a genuine
appreciation of the event. In sharing
their experiences with friends and teachers, students speak of the importance of
saving money when they are young, not
spending cash if you don’t have it, how
expensive it is to live, the importance of
having a budget to see where the money
goes, and a variety of other lessons
This event is a part of the curriculum
for all students taking Personal Finance,
a required class that must be taken during students’ junior or senior year.
Students participating in the school’s
RISE program joined in this year’s
activity, too, along with peers from
Elkhorn Area High School.
The 2014 Financial Reality Fair was
made possible with the support and help
of local businesses and community volunteers including: Victor Frasher,
Educators Credit Union; Sharon
Gonzalez, SPX Technologies, Denise
Pieroni, City of Delavan, Dr. Robert
Crist, Ted Caucutt, Mary Kilkenny, Keefe
Real Estate, Allison Cunningham, Matt
Drefs, Lynette Phillips, Shorewest Realty,
John Andreoni, Kunes Ford, Liz Bauman,
First National Bank, Erik Pike, Mathew
O’Brien, Walworth State Bank, Lisa
Pohl, Ron Warrenburg, Jaime Ginner, Jeff
Hahn, Hahn Law Office, Brad Grabow,
State Farm Insurance, Matt and Deb
Venema, Mark Zugay, Rural Mutual
Insurance, Peggy Fleck, Cheryl
Kaufenberg, Wendi Hembrook, Jeff
Tortomasi, Linda Alberth, Pat Smith,
Cindy Wuttke, Sarah Logterman, Joe
Lefko, Team Industrial Services, Shelly
Benzing, Lynn Dutton, Dutton Welding
& Millwright, Jennifer Cunningham,
Alli-Mc-B’s, Dawn Krueger, Carrie
Dodge, The Stitchery, Barb Bauer, Bill
Duesterbeck, Jim Pfeil, Thrivent
Mackenzie Stronach, Andrew Slawson,
Aaron Slawson, Cindy Yager, Dave
Markley, Rhonda Brovold, Rita Butke,
McDonald’s, and Accounting students:
Brody Cunningham, John Loomer,
Madison Stronach, Rodrigo Mendoza,
Chris Aguilar, Carlos Gomez, Macie Hill,
Alonzo Ortiz, Jacob Scheff, Maggie
Sirkman, Mia Villareal, and Jessica
Fontana Fire and Rescue to
host Ice Gone Wild funder
The Fontana Fire and Rescue
Department will host its Fourth annual
“Ice Gone Wild” Party on January 24,
starting at noon and going until it’s over.
The family-friendly event will take
place at The Abbey Harbor, snow, rain or
shine, ice or no ice.
The event will feature appearances
by Chicago Blackhawk Alumni as well
as ice fishing, exciting games, outdoor
activities, ice skating and hockey.
The Al Wetzel Band, Mr. Meyers and
DJ Kelly Kelly will be on hand to provide
musical entertainment. “As in years past,
great food and hot and cold beverages
will be served,” said Larry Decker. “The
Harbor House will serve as party central
for game and activity registration as well
as a festive warming place for all.”
Proceeds from the event will support
the Fontana Fire and Rescue
Department’s ongoing commitments to
providing emergency services to the
Two crumbs hijack cookie truck
Two men have been accused of stealing a trailer packed with $18,000 worth
of cookies and crackers in North Austin,
Joshua Schoen, 33, and Gustavo
Banda, 29, have both been charged
with theft after police stopped them
with a trailer thought to have been
stolen from a Pepperidge Farm distribution center.
Police officers became suspicious
when they noticed that both men were
dressed in black clothes, wore black
gloves, and had bolt cutters and flashlights in the truck.
Shoen and Banda were driving a
truck with an attached trailer on January
3, when they were stopped by Austin
police for a turn signal traffic violation.
The pair allegedly told police they
were hauling motorcycle parts and scrap
items, but were unable to open the
locked trailer.
When police searched the trailer,
they found it loaded with $18,000 worth
of Pepperidge Farm products.
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Germaniaʼs business area after construction of Samuel and Angelina Hartwellʼs
livery and 24-room hotel. Samuel Hartwell was born in Groton, Conn. and came to
Germania at age 13.
(Historical Society Photo)
Religious Utopia in Marquette Co.
The word “commune” makes most
of us think of hippies or Bolsheviks, but
150 years ago tiny Germania, Wis., hosted a commune of a quite different sort.
It began in Massachusetts when a
group calling itself “The Community”
joined together to prepare for the second
coming of Christ, which they calculated
would happen in 1844. When their prediction failed, they set about purifying
their lives so they’d be ready whenever
he did arrive. This involved daily prayer
and meditation, as well as working to
abolish slavery and the exploitation of
factory workers.
In the spring of 1860, the entire
Community moved 1,000 miles west to
Marquette County, Wis., to work and
pray together in the wilderness. A central
building housed the worship space and
lodging for unmarried members, and
separate farms were established nearby
for families. Although most property
was owned by individuals, every member also worked in The Community’s
mill, stores, hotel, and shops.
They tried to live a pure spiritual life
in this world and be ready at any
moment to be called to the next one.
They didn’t try to recruit new members
or ally themselves with any church.
They just went quietly about their business according to Micah 6:8 – “to act
justly and to love mercy and to walk
humbly with your God.”
Although three generations lived this
way in Germania, today nearly all The
Community’s buildings, like its members, have disappeared beneath the soil
of Marquette Co. Its graveyard remains
the only monument to its vision.
This and many other fascinating stories about history in Wisconsin are available on the website of the Wisconsin
Historical Society, www.wisconsinhistory.org.
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Jan. 16, 2015 —17
Pet Questions and Answers
By Marc Morrone
Q: My husband and I have a medium-size beagle mix who is the love of
our lives, but the dog has no use for children whatsoever. We can’t trust him
around small children at all. Since our
two kids are grown and gone, and thus
far we have no grandkids, this is not usually a problem. However, we have relatives from the West Coast coming to stay
with us for a few days, and they have
twin 6-year-old boys. My husband feels
that the best thing for us to do is to let
Buddy stay at our vet’s for a few days
while the guests are here, but I’m sure
that I can manage him staying in our
home with the guests by just being careful to keep him away from the kids.
Buddy is like family to us, and I hate to
think of him away from us for so long.
A: I am sure there are those who
would disagree with me, but I side with
your husband on this one. I know a lot
about both animals and people, and one
thing that I can say with certainty is that
animals are a lot more forgiving than
humans. No matter how careful you may
be to monitor Buddy and the children, an
accident is just that – an accident. If
Buddy snaps at the face of a child – no
matter how provoked or justified he
feels that the bite was – that child can
have a scar for the rest of his life, not to
mention all the family drama that this
will cause. If you board Buddy at the vet
for those few days, there will be no
drama at home.
Q: We bought two Blue Point
Siamese kittens – a brother and sister –
from a breeder who didn’t allow us to
pick up the kittens until they were 12
weeks old. We had them spayed and
neutered when they were 6 months old,
and all seemed well until now. One
month after the surgery, the male cat
seems to have a taste for wool. If we
leave a sweater out of the closet, he
chews it all up and actually eats it. We
scold him and chase him off when we
see him do this, but it has no effect. His
sister doesn’t seem to have any fascination for wool at all. What should we do
about this, and do we have anything to
worry about?
A: This is not uncommon. I’ve seen
many cats with fetishes for eating wool,
paper, plastic or houseplants. There is no
logical reason for any type of fetish. I’ve
heard that a cat weaned off the mother at
too early an age will do this, but your cat
obviously wasn’t.
I had a Siamese cat years back that
was an indoor/outdoor cat with a very
full and interesting life. He also had a
wool fetish like this and would eat and
chew at any wool article in the house
that he could find. When this cat was 6
years old, I switched all my cats from
dry food to canned food, and he slowed
down and eventually stopped seeking
out wool. Some people have told me that
this was because the canned food is
more satisfying to cats and makes them
feel more full than dry food, but it also
could have been because he was 6 years
old and just grew out of it.
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I’m not sure what you feed your cats,
but if it’s dry food, perhaps it wouldn’t
hurt to give them just canned now to see
what happens.
In any case, you need to think of this
as a management issue. Do your best to
keep all wool garments locked up so that
the cat can’t find them. Hopefully, if he
doesn’t get the opportunity to act on this
fetish for a long enough period of time,
he will no longer think it is an option.
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a lot. Should we brush him every day as
we do our Yorkshire terrier, and if so,
can we use the same slicker brush?
A: Long-haired guinea pigs do need
to be brushed daily, but don’t use the
same brush that you use on the dog.
Guinea pigs keep themselves very clean,
and I’m sure yours wouldn’t appreciate
having a brush that smells like a dog
rubbed all over him daily. They are also
very ticklish, and a wire slicker brush
would be too stimulating. A better bet
would be a stainless steel grooming
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By Kathi West
When it’s snowing, blowing and
mighty cold what do you do? Quilt, of
course. Put a fire in the fireplace, mix
some hot chocolate or spiced cider, and
wrap yourself in a nice warm quilt. The
weather outside in January and
February may be dreadful, so stay
warm and quilt. It’s the only way to get
through winter in Wisconsin.
I was asked by the Walworth
County Arts Council to display some
quilted things in the case in the
Government Center (the old court
house) in Elkhorn. My display will be
there during the month of January. You
are all invited to see some of my smaller creations. There isn’t room for large
bed quilts.
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classes available on line and enroll in a
class or two.
AQS Quilt Week in Paducah,
Kentucky is April 22-25. This show is a
little bit farther away, but if you can get
there and get a hotel room it’s well
worth it. There are classes and workshops and quilts and venders everywhere. See www.A QS.com to get more
Quilt Expo in Madison is
September 10-12. If you want to enter a
quilt, entry forms and photos must be
postmarked by June 30. You can visit
www.wiquilt expo.com to print entry
forms and to learn more about the expo.
Chocolate City Quilters meet the
second Monday of each month at 6:30
January is a great time to build snowmen outside, or even better, inside on a
(Beacon photo)
and tell quilts and the block of the
month, “churn dash.” Guests are
always welcome.
If you have some quilting news to
share with quilters in the greater
Walworth County area, e-mail me at
[email protected] or mail to P.O.
Box 69, Williams Bay, W I 53191.
Make sure you send it about a month
before the event. I will try to get it into
the next issue.
Quilts in the Walworth County Arts Council display case at the Walworth
County Government Center in Elkhorn.
(Beacon photo).
(Beacon photo)
There are some great quilt shows to
look forward to in the spring. the
International Quilt Festival in
Rosemont will be held on March 25 to
28. They are offering about 40 classes
(quite a variety, from beginning to
advanced). Class enrollment deadline is
March 13. There will be hundreds of
quilts on display from all over the
world. Special exhibits and venders
selling every gadget involved in quilting, and more.
If you are looking for a certain fabric to match something, you will find it.
If you want a new iron, it will be there.
Machines of all makes will be on display. as well as books, patterns, pictures, soaps, jewelry, and much more.
It’s one enormous market. There is a
raffle quilt you could win. There are
also quilts for sale. It’s the closest big
show to us. If you have any questions
call (713) 781-6864, fax (713) 7818182, e-mail [email protected] or see
www.quilts.com. You can also view the
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
The Harvard Village Quilters meet
the third Wednesday of the month at 1
p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 504
East Diggins Street Harvard, Ill. Guests
are Welcome.
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. Take
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.
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. The next meeting is on January 20. Take your show
This is a great way to use scraps of fabric; colorful and fun.
(Beacon photo)
Sawdust & Stitches
13 S. Wisconsin St.
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Mon.-Fri. 10-5; Sat. 10-4
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Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth
Ave., Delavan. Library Hours: Mon. - Thurs.,
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
• 1,000 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 1,000 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Credit/Debit Cards Accepted at APL.
Aram Public Library now offers credit/debit
card payment service in the library for fines
and fees totaling $10 or more.
• Ongoing in-library book sale. We
always accept donations of gently used
books and movies.
• Would you like to get library news by email? Contact the library at 728-3111 or
email [email protected] to sign up.
Barrett Memorial Library, 65 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay. Open Mon. and Wed.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m. - 6
p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Check the library’s
new Web site at www.williamsbay. lib.wi.us/
• StoryTimes: Tuesdays 10 a.m. and
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. Crafts to follow. Same
books and craft both days.
• The Williams Bay Historical Society
and The Friends of the Barrett Memorial
Library welcome antiques appraiser Barbara
Eash on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 9:30 a.m. - 2
p.m. Registration is required, first come first
served. Bring in two treasures for Mrs. Eash
to appraise for free. Toys, sewing memorabilia, and lamps make great items to bring in.
No coins, stamps, or firearms.
• Video Game Tournaments, Fridays at 4
• Lego and Beading Club: Mondays at 4
p.m. Ages 9 and up.
• Movie Showings. Watch our website,
www.williamsbay.lib.wi.us, for upcoming
• Scrabble Club, Wednesdays 10 a.m. noon.
• Knitting Circle, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.
All skill levels welcome. Take a project to
work on.
• The Saturday Morning Book Club
meets the second Saturday of the month at 10
• “What Are Teens Reading?” book
group meets the third Wednesday of the
month at 7 p.m. This group is for parents to
read and review teen books. Stop at the
library to pick from a great selection of
young adult books.
• Ongoing sale of a great selection of
used books. Browse Barrett for Books.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2452709 or e-mail [email protected]
Brigham Memorial Library, 131 Plain
St., Sharon. Hours: Mon. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.;
Tues. 12-8 p.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 9
a.m. - noon. Phone 736-4249.
• Story Time, Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
A theme will unite a story and a craft.
Clinton Public Library, 214 Mill St.,
Clinton. Hours: Monday and Friday 8:30
a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.
- 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Phone (608) 676-5569.
• Storytimes at the library, Mondays at
10 a.m. for 3-24-month-olds; Fridays at 1
a.m. for 2-5-year-olds.
• 55+ Tech Desk. A new technology service offers free help to people 55 and older.
Available every other Thursday. Call to register. Free one-on-one help is available for all
ages by appointment.
• Adult book discussion the fourth
Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Darien Public Library, 47 Park 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.
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.
Fontana Public Library, 166 Second
Ave., Fontana. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday.
• Happy-to-Be-Here Book Club, third
Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.
• Evening Book Club, third Thursday of
each month, 5:30 p.m., sometimes off-site.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2755107 for more information.
Genoa City Public Library, 126 Freeman St., Genoa City. Hours: Mon. and Wed.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m.
- 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Story time, Fridays, 10 a.m. for kids
ages 3-5 and siblings.
• Ongoing book sale. Donations of new
or slightly used books, including children’s
books, may be dropped off at the library.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2796188 or email [email protected] for
more information.
Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W.
Main St., Lake Geneva. Hours: Mon. - Thurs.
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat. 9
a.m. - 1 p.m. Phone 249-5299 or visit the
Library’s website at www.lakegene
• Families and people of all ages are
invited to attend the library’s ongoing
“Family Movie Nights,” with the movie
Jan. 16, 2015 —19
“Dolphin Tale 2” on both Monday, Jan. 19
and Thursday, Jan. 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Inspired by actual events, “Dolphin Tale
2” is about a group of sympathetic humans
who help a dolphin named Winter with a
damaged tail. In this sequel, the story
revolves around Winter and her need for a
Children are encouraged to visit the
library in comfy clothes, bring pillows and
blankets, and relax in front of the library’s
movie screen. Popcorn will be served.
• The Play with Science series will continue on Tuesday, January 20 from 4:30-5:30
p.m. Children ages 5-11 are invited to attend
a Flight Workshop. Librarian Miss Sara will
guide the children as they experiment with
making and testing paper airplanes. The participants will experiment with paper designs
that may fly far or in loops. Miss Sara will
have books and instructions handy along
with the paper the children will need to
design the perfect plane. No registration is
required. The program is sponsored by the
Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library.
• TV program producer Tom Laughlin
will bring his fourth PBS documentary about
old barns to the library on Wednesday,
January 28 at 6:30 pm. His latest program is
the fourth overall old barns show and the
third in the “American Barn Stories” series.
Laughlin will share the story of how this latest film was created, display the related camera equipment, and answer questions. With
stunning visuals, inspiring music, and much
information for those with a barn project at
hand, “American Barn Stories and Other
Tales From the Heartlands,” makes a case to
preserve, maintain, or renovate the historic
structures that are swiftly disappearing from
our rural landscape. This latest program features two stories about the barn quilt craze
happening across North America as well as
an old barn being saved and relocated by
high school students in West Des Moines,
Iowa. Laughlin’s final story profiles an old
fashioned barn raising with horses that
occurred a few seasons back in Edgerton.
Laughlin invites people who might know
of a good barn story to contact him with the
details. Contact information is available at
the website for the program at www.americanbarnstories.net.
Everyone is welcome to attend this program at no charge.
• The library will begin a new discussion
series, “Adult Fans of Teen Fiction,” on
Thursday, Jan. 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The
group will be led by Youth Services
Librarian Sara Soukup. Adults are encouraged to take their favorite teen books, share
why they love them, and give book suggestions to other adults interested in reading teen
books. Refreshments will be served, and preregistration is requested at the Library’s front
desk. Registrants may also email
[email protected]
• 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.
Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N.
Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Open Monday Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 6
p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 723-2678.
• The Friends of Matheson Memorial
Library will host their Semiannual Big Book
and Bake Sale January 15-17 with more than
2,000 books and materials for sale. Fill a
brown paper bag on all items for only $5.
Become a Friends member for only $10 and
take advantage of the Preview Sale on
Thursday, January 15 from 4-6 p.m. The public is welcome to shop the Book and Bake
Sale on Friday, January 16 from 9-6 p.m. and
Saturday, January 17 from 10-1 p.m. All proceeds go toward programs and special projects at the library. If you would like to donate
books or baked goods to the library, call 7232678 for more information.
• Spend Fridays with Oscar. The Friends
of Matheson Memorial Library are sponsoring their 3rd Annual “Fridays With Oscar”
film festival to showcase 2015 Academy
Award-nominated films every Friday night
from January 30 to February 20. Stroll down
the red carpet to view some of this year’s
nominated films before the ceremony!
Admission, popcorn and soda are all provided by the Friends. There will also be trivia,
giveaways, and more! Check the library
website www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us or call 7232678 for film titles and ratings. All showings
will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dressing like a
Hollywood star is encouraged.
• Valentine card making program, Sat.,
Jan. 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Attendees will
have the opportunity to make up to three different cards. It is not necessary to take anything. Registration is required because space
will be limited to 15. Adults only. Register on
the website calendar at www.elkhorn.lib.
wi.us/, at the information desk or by calling
the library. Registration is Required. Space is
limited to 15.
• Green living tips by the green mamas
on Wednesday, Jan 28 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Local authors of “A Busy Mom’s Guide to a
Green, Clean and Balanced Life” will be
back for another exciting and informative
program on living green. They will present
tips on easy, inexpensive and effective ways
to clean your home and offer some makeand-take examples of their favorite recipes.
• The library hosts two book clubs per
month. The Page Turners meet on the first
Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the
Afternoon Book Club meets on the third
Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. You can
check out a copy of the book club selection
3-4 weeks prior to the book club meeting. All
meetings are held at the library and are facilitated by staff librarians.
• Story times are about 30 minutes and are
filled with books, songs and more. Each week
will bring something new. No registration
required. Toddlers on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and
11 a.m.; Books n Babies on Thursday at 10
a.m.; Preschool age on Wednesday at 10 a.m.;
and Tiny Tots 2nd and 4th Monday at 6:30
p.m. We Explore, ages 3+, Friday 10 a.m.
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Plan ahead. Look through the calendar to
make advance reservations for events that
require them. Phone numbers are in area
code (262) unless otherwise indicated.
Butchers Model Car Club 4H models
project meeting , 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the
Walworth County Fair Grounds Activity
Center, 411 E. Court St. (Hwy. 11), Elkhorn.
Take models for display and projects to work
on. Sale and swap items are also welcome.
The club also hosts the 4H scale models project and young people in the project are
encouraged to attend. Call Keith at 728-1483
or Barry at 248-1075 for more information.
[email protected] presents the scoop on glass
paper weights, with collector and glass
expert, Rex Newcomb, who will share how
they are made and how history has affected
their development. Be sure to take your special ones to share. Geneva Lake Museum,
255 Mill St, in downtown Lake Geneva. Free
to museum members and a guest, $5 for nonmembers. Free parking at the rear of the
museum. Call 248-6060 for reservations.
Mercy Hospice Grief Care Support
Group, 6 p.m. at Mercy Walworth Hospital
and Medical Center, lower Conference room.
Have you recently lost a loved one? Share
and receive the support of other individuals
facing the challenges associated with the
grieving process. There is no charge for
attendance. Family and friends are welcome.
RSVP by calling (888) 39.MERCY.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental
Illness, will feature Susanne Malestic, the
Senior Resource Coordinator for Aurora
Health Care in Western Racine County. The
meeting will take place from 7:15 - 8 p.m. at
the east entrance of the Walworth County
Health and Human Services Building on
Highway NN east of Elkhorn. In addition to
being a Registered Nurse, Malestic is a freelance writer, professional clown, ventriloquist, and a bee charmer. She will talk about
bee charming and how it can be used as a
therapeutic method. A NAMI Support Group
meets every first and third Wednesday of the
month for members, non-members and families. For more information about NAMI or
the guest speaker, call (262) 495-2439.
Elkhorn Limber Timbers Square Dance
Club, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Elkhorn Middle
School cafeteria, 627 E. Court St, (Hwy 11)
Elkhorn. Caller Dave Schulz, cuer Doris
Palmen. For information call Barb at (608)
Elkhorn Roatary Wine, Beer & Food
Expo, 5-8 p.m., Monte Carlo Room, 720 N.
Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Enjoy different
foods, bers and wines. Ticket price includes
admission, 10 taste samplings, silent auction
and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 in
advance, $30 at the door. Additional taste
samplings can be purchased for $1 each after
admission. Call Elkhornn Chamber at 7235788 for more information and tickets.
Fourth annual “Ice Gone Wild” Party,
hosted by the Fontana Fire and Rescue
Department at the Abbey Harbor House from
noon till it’s over, regardless of snow, rain or
shine, ice or no ice. The event will feature
appearances by Chicago Blackhawk Alumni,
ice fishing, games, outdoor activities, ice
skating and hockey. The Al Wetzel Band, Mr.
Meyers and DJ Kelly Kelly will provide musical entertainment. There will be food, hot and
cold beverages. Proceeds from the event will
support the Fontana Fire and Rescue
Department’s ongoing commitments to providing emergency services to the community
Elkhorn Lions Club All-You-Can-Eat
Roast Beef and Chicken Dinner, 11 a.m. - 6
p.m., Monte Carlo Room, 720 N. Wisconsin
St., Elkhorn. Adults $10 in advance or $11 at
the door; Seniors 62+ $9 in advance, $10 at
the door; children age 6-10 $6; age 5 and
younger can eat free. Advanced tickets can
be purchased at the Elkhorn Chamber of
Commerce or from any Lions Club member.
[email protected] presents Sanitariums (or
should that be sanitoria?), a topic that is
interesting now but was rarely talked about
then. Sonja Akright is ready, willing and able
to talk about “those places.” Geneva Lake
Museum, 255 Mill St, in downtown Lake
Geneva. Free to museum members and a
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guest, $5 for non-members. Free parking at
the rear of the museum. Call 248-6060 for
Audubon Society meeting, 7 p.m., Lions
Field House, Highway 67, north, Williams
Bay. Kyle Cudworth and his daughter,
Christiana, will talk about their experiences
participating in the Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology Bandathon in the Baraboo Hills
the past five years. The meeting is free and
open to the public. Refreshments served
before and after.
The UW-Whitewater Piano Trio, comprised of faculty members MyungHee
Chung, piano, Leanne League, violin and
Benjamin Whitcomb, cello, will perform
Chopin’s Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8, and
Albert Roussel’s very colorful and Romantic
Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 2. This talented trio has been performing beautiful music
together for 15 years. Their performance will
take place at 7:30 pm in theLight Recital
Hall. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $4
for seniors over 65 and $3 for those under 18.
Call 472-2222 or purchase online at
Big Robot is a computer-acoustic trio
that creates live media-enriched art and
music, interweaving aesthetic expression
with computer interactivity and networked
technology. The group includes Scott Deal,
percussion and programming; Michael
Drews, keyboards, guitar and programming;
Jordan Munson, winds, video and programming. The ensemble utilizes live instrumentation, real-time video and motion tracking to
create a unique live experience. Their performance, which is part of the UWWhitewater Music Department series, will
take place at 7:30 pm in the Light Recital
Hall. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $4
for seniors over 65 and $3 for those under 18.
Call 472-2222 or purchase online at
~ ~ ~ Ongoing events ~ ~ ~
Geneva Lake Museum will be open every
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11
a.m. -3 p.m. from Jan. 2 through March 31.
Special hours during Winterfest will be
announced later. The museum is located at 255
Mill St. in downtown Lake Geneva.
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.
Attention horse lovers – Walworth
County Boots and Saddle Club is looking for
new members. Meetings take place at 7 p.m.,
second Saturday of each month for potluck
and to plan events. Sugar Creek Town Hall,
N6641 Co. Road H, Elkhorn. Call Fred
Campisano, 716-6355 for more information.
OFA-LG, meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth
Monday of each month at Caribou Coffee in
Lake Geneva. Come join us for discussion
and updates on the happenings in
Washington, D.C.
Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge #12,
1007 S. 2nd St., Delavan. Stated meetings
are second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m.
Geneva Masonic Lodge #44, 335 Lake
Shore Dr., Lake Geneva. Regularly stated
meetings, second and fourth Tuesdays, 7:30
p.m. 725-3062.
Ice Age Trail Alliance, monthly meeting,
third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at U.S.
Bank, Elkhorn (Downstairs in the community
meeting room, enter at the back door).
Home-brew Club, 7 - 9 p.m., Lake
Geneva Brewing Emporium, 640 W. Main
Street, Lake Geneva, meets the third
Wednesday of every month. Call 729-4005
for more information.
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
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.
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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.
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)
Mercy Walworth’s Stroke Support Group
provides compassionate and understanding
care for those who have experienced a stroke
as well as their caregivers. The group meets
on the second Tuesday of every month at 2
p.m. in the lower level community education
rooms at Mercy Walworth Hospital and
Medical Center, corner of highways 50 and
Cancer Support Group meets in the
church at Chapel on the Hill, 4 miles west of
Lake Geneva on Highway 50, the third
Friday of the month at 3 p.m. For more information, or to receive answers to questions,
call Lou Kowbel at (847) 922-5461.
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
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3 miles north
of downtown
7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva
MLS #1386792 - Luxurious home, 2
separate family rooms on main floor w/frplc.,
huge mstr. bdrm. w/spacious mstr. bath
including ceramic tile and Whirlpool. Huge 6
car garage w/2nd floor rec room, bdrm., bath
and storage room. Fenced cement patio, inground pool, sauna/hot tub, and 16x15 pool
storage room. Home is built on 2 lots and
both are sold together. $599,900
LT. 3 & 4 STATE HWY. 14
MLS #1336364 - Build your own
farmette on 11.5 acres of premium
agricultural land in the town of
Walworth. Great location, easy to
find. 2 separate tax parcels, both
are off State Hwy. 14. Bring your
ideas. This is exactly what you have
been looking for. $159,900
MLS #1317170 - Very well maintained
4 bdrm., 3.5 bath home just blocks from
the lake. Wooded lot. 3 season room,
gigantic mstr. bdrm. w/walk-in closets.
Double sided frplc. Huge lower level
with much storage space. Roomy driveway and garage. So many updates.
Priced to sell. $344,900
MLS #1343645 - Very large industrial building on 2+ acres. Original brick
building was used as a milk plant
many years ago. Newer roof on half
the building, 10,000 gallon water
tower (Historic). Approx. 11,000
square feet! Office upstairs has just
been remodeled by seller. Many possibilities on this property. $89,900
400 E. MAIN ST., 400 & 402
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Promotion in Motion. U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Connor Fox of Williams Bay (left) and
Adam Glaysher of Cary, Ill., both celebrate their promotion to Petty Officer First Class.
The cadets are members of the Edward Benfold Division in McHenry County, which
consists of cadets from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois who meet twice a
month for drill and go to advanced training in a wide variety of military specialities
throughout the year. For more information on the sea cadet program visit www.sea
(Photo by Jim McClure)
MLS #1365923 - Unbelievable
opportunity to have your own vacation home with 8.5 wooded acres
and a creek. Endless trails throughout wooded land. Seller has just
painted the exterior and most of
interior as of May, 2014. New roof
and driveway. $339,900
MLS #1390879 - Spacious 3 bdrm.,
2.5 bath tri-level home with Lauderdale
Lake access and an outside boatslip. New
cabinets, counter tops, flooring and
recessed lighting in kitchen. New hardwood floors, new skylight in bath and roof
is 1 yr. old. Gigantic pole barn w/100 amp
service. Water and gas has been piped
underground to pole barn. $229,900
MLS #1392349 - Sellers have poured
heart and soul into this home. 3 bdrm.,
1.5 baths on main level, another 2 bdrms.
and bath on finished lower level. Marble
tile floor in kitchen, dining room and hall.
New carpet, all rooms cable ready, surround sound wiring on both levels. 12x20
vinyl shed, 3 tiered deck one with hot tub.
New vinyl fence. $199,500
MLS #1381286: Very will maintained 3 bdrm., 2.5 bath home in a
private wooded area. Gorgeous
deck overlooking lrg. backyard.
Huge mstr. bdrm. w/spacious mstr.
bath. Numerous storage areas with
walk-in closet and full bsmt. April
Aire, paved driveway, brick sidewalk, new kitchen floor. $193,500
MLS #1216288 - Unbelievable
business opportunity! Over 8800
sq. ft. 2x6 construction building,
10’ ceilings, 10” deep concrete
foundation floor, web-trussed main
level floor w/1.5” plywood. Property
also comes with 2 bdrms., 1 bath.
MLS #1389627 - 4 bdrm., 2 bath
well cared for Cape Cod home. 1st
floor laundry, main floor mstr. bdrm.,
spacious living room, gas frplc.,
huge kitchen w/newer appliances,
1 year old furnace. Most windows
and roof replaced in 2010. Lrg.
fenced yard w/pool and cement
patio. Home Warranty. $164,900
MLS #1339078 - 4.12 acre
farmette, 3 level pond w/waterfall.
Spacious wrap around deck. 4
bdrms., 2 bath farm house has an
open kitchen. Inside parking for 5
cars and machine shop with upper
floor office space. $199,900
MLS #1368957 - 175’ of frontage on
Pleasant Lake. Quiet, private, no wake
lake. Pleasant Lake is a clean 145 acre
lake with a depth of 29 ft. Visitors has
access to lake from a public boat landing. Small 1 bdrm. cottage on this land,
but there are specific plans available for
a 2 story, 3 bdrm. home for this property to interested buyer. $244,900
“Choosing the right Realtor DOES make a difference”
MLS #1333032 - Privacy. 3.3
wooded acres situated at the end
of Oscar Rd. Seller has updated
home with new paint throughout
and new carpet. The landscaping is
brand new! Roof is only 4 years old.
Elkhorn School District. Very
secluded property. $184,900
Richard Geaslen
MLS #1348226 - Well maintained 3
bdrm. ranch sitting on a beautiful lot.
Newer roof, furnace and central air. Gas
frplc., Florida sunroom has gorgeous
views and plenty of space to make into
your own 3/4 season room. Bsmt. is dry
and clean, 2 sump pumps on opposite
ends of property. Iron filter is leased.
MLS #1377909 - 4+ acres, 60x30
heated, insulated with 2 overhead
doors pole barn. Large barn with
hayloft and a newer storage unit
outbuilding connected to the barn.
8 (10x10), 1 (10x36), 1 (10x40)
and 1 (20x36) units. Conventional
septic and well on site. $139,900
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Jan. 16, 2015
Entries wanted for July art fair
A juried fine art and fine craft exhibition, limited to 75 exhibitors will take
place in Williams Bay’s Edgewater Park
on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26.
It will be presented by the Williams Bay
Cultural Arts Alliance and the Williams
Bay Recreation Department.
Organizers are calling for entry applications from artists.
• All works must be original in concept
Esther Rice was named Artist of the Month by the Geneva Lake Art Foundation
(GLAF) for January. Each month, a member is chosen to be featured in Lake Geneva
Public Libraryʼs “Artist of the Month” exhibit. Riceʼs work can be seen at 918 W. Main
Street in Lake Geneva during regular Library hours through January 24.
Rice, a self-taught Mexican-American doll artist, creates Frida Kahlo dolls and Day
of Dead dolls as well as other types of dolls. She was an art major in high school and
college and worked in drafting after she graduated. She worked in engineering for
International Harvester/Navistar for 28 years. Rice began making dolls when she wanted a Frida Kahlo doll and thought she could make one for herself. “The longer I make
Frida dolls,” says Rice:”the more I want them to be Frida Kahlo and be ethnically accurate.” She has read extensively to research Frida Kahloʼs life and attire. “With Day of
the Dead dolls my imagination can go wild,” exclaims Rice. She was interviewed by
Joe O'Connell for the Wisconsin Arts Board Folk Arts survey. She is the Director of the
Geneva Lake Art Foundationʼs Art in the
Park art festival this year. She has shown
her dolls in Geneva Lake Art Foundation
Gallery and in the Manteca Quilt and Doll
show in Manteca, California.
(Photo furnished)
and design
• Application deadline: The event is
open until filled. Priority will be give to
applications received by April 16.
• There will be cash awards in two categories: 1) Fine Art and 2) Fine Craft.
For more information and applications
call (262) 729-5089, email wbcul [email protected],
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Additional tasting can be purchased for $1 each after admission
Tickets available at the door and the following locations:
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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,
April through October at Aurora Lakeland
Medical Center, Highway NN, Elkhorn.
This group is for adults with insulin or noninsulin 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 7413140 for more information.
Free blood pressure screening, last
The Williams Bay Women’s Civic
League’s Seventh Annual Chili CookOff will take place on Saturday,
February 7, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at
the Lions Field House in Williams Bay.
For the price of a ticket ($7 for
adults/$5 for children under 10) tasters
will be able to sample chili from local
eateries. Those attending are encouraged
to vote for their favorite chili. Trophies
and bragging rights are given to the top
three winners.
For answers to questions or information, call 245-9373.
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Jan. 16, 2015 — 23
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. 2495860.
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
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.
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New Chevy Colorado is better in every way than the old one
By Terry Box
Poor sales-hungry Chevy couldn’t
even get the headlights right on its last
hapless Colorado pickup.
They always looked upside down to me,
making the entire truck seem a bit twisted _ as
if it had been styled by Keith Richards, my
favorite senior citizen.
Colorado’s turn signals and parking
lamps above the headlamps, giving it a
dizzy, slightly demented look.
Every time one passed me on the
road, I halfway expected to see Billy
Bob Thornton behind the wheel.
And the Colorado didn’t get much
better from the grille back.
Skinny, square and kind of tinny
looking, Colorados squeezed power
from harsh four- and five-cylinder
engines. The trucklet screamed young
and financially distressed, and finally, I
guess, people got tired of hearing it.
Chevrolet buried the tired Colorado
in 2012, leaving the stale midsize pickup
segment to the aging Toyota Tacoma and
Nissan Frontier.
But that was old Chevy. New, reorganized Chevrolet plans to make a dramatic re-entry into the segment with an
all-new, much-larger Colorado that’s
bent on bullying Toyota’s old segmentleading Taco.
Get this: The metallic-gray 2015
Colorado I had recently rolled on a chassis that was fully boxed, running thick
frame rails that resembled those beneath
a full-size Silverado.
It weighed around 4,500 pounds – at
least 500 pounds more than the old truck –
and was equipped with a V-6 engine, Z71
off-road package and four-wheel drive.
Some people even mistook it for a
Silverado that had taken up jogging after
The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is built with the DNA of a true Chevy
truck and is expected to deliver class-leading power, payload and trailering ratings.
Like all new Chevys, the Colorado
sported a big gold bow tie in the center
of a bold grille.
This time around, the Colorado greets
the world with glaring, properly placed
headlamps, a raised, chiseled hood and
squared-off flared fenders similar to those
on the Silverado. The crew-cab model I
had stood about 71 inches tall and was 74
inches wide. That compares with 74 inches in height for a Silverado crew cab and
80 inches of width.
It felt bigger, though – enhanced by
thick, unadorned sides, squared-off
wheelwells and an especially long-looking 140-inch wheelbase.
Large vertical taillamps and a rear
bumper with steps pressed into the corners added to the Silver in its genes.
The pumped-up pickup was a stretch
for me because of the slightly raised Z71
suspension and burly 255/65 tires on
gray-and-silver 17-inch wheels.
In fact, if you parked the Colorado
next to a Silverado from a decade or so
ago, I’d bet the Colorado would be just
as big – or bigger.
Chevy says the Colorado is aimed at
people who don’t want or need a fullsize pickup. But no one will call the new
truck small.
My pickup – a loaded model at
$36,535 – had the optional 3.6-liter V-6
engine with 305 horsepower under the
hood, an engine that sees duty in dozens
of GM vehicles.
With 269 pound-feet of torque, the
double-overhead-cam motor might not
be a perfect truck engine, but it has good
power and can tow up to 7,000 pounds.
Bolted to a solid six-speed automatic, the engine felt lively and capable in
most situations, propelling the Colorado
to 60 in about 6.6 seconds, according to
Car and Driver. If pushed really hard,
the engine felt and sounded as if it was
working pretty hard. While admirably
quick, it just wasn’t quite as competent
as a good V-8.
But, then, buyers in this segment
may not expect that. If they’re looking
for superior fuel economy, though, they
may not find that, either.
The four-wheel-drive Colorado I had
was rated at 17 miles per gallon in the
city and 24 on the highway. A full-size
Silverado equipped with the base 4.3liter V-6 gets 18 mpg in town and 24 on
the highway.
I’m not sure whether prospective
buyers will cross-shop Colorados with
full-size pickups, but fuel economy
could be an issue with some. (The base
2.5-liter four in the Colorado is rated at
20 mpg in town and 27 on the highway.)
Nonetheless, buyers should be
impressed with the ride and sophistication of the Colorado.
Though firm, the truck’s suspension
absorbed rough pavement well. Even
direct hits on a pothole were minimized
by the Colorado’s stiff body and frame,
which muffled squeaks and squirms.
In fact, the ride is so decent that most
of you could live with a four-wheeldrive Colorado as your primary vehicle.
The burly-looking pickup also benefits
from GM’s growing expertise with electric power steering, which can feel numb
if not properly tuned. Reasonably quick
and well weighted, the steering seemed
suited to the truck’s weight and helped
make it feel reasonably agile – or at least
more agile than most full-size trucks.
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Bicycle ‘dashboard’
is inspired by Audi
Blending cues from its bigger brother Silverado with a style all its own, the
interior of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is comfortable, cleverly equipped and well connected.
Chevy Colorado
Continued from page 25
Although hardly built to handle, the
Colorado felt composed and balanced in
moderate-speed corners. That’s about all
I was willing to tempt in a tall pickup
with knobby tires.
As you might expect in a midsize,
medium-price truck designed to be taken
off-road occasionally, the gray interior
in my Colorado had plenty of hard surfaces. But they were well-designed,
beginning with a flat-gray, color-coordinated gray dashboard that wrapped
around an eight-inch touch screen at the
top of a broad center stack.
Simple knobs and buttons sprouted from
the stack for the audio and climate-control systems, and a comfortable T-bar shifter controlled the six-speed automatic.
Though the door panels also were
mostly plastic, padded light gray centers
added a dash of upscale, as did a gray
Likewise, two-tone gray seats offered
leather bolsters and cloth centers that,
like much of the interior, just seemed to
fit the pickup’s personality well.
The legroom in the back seat felt fine
to me but was not generous. Headroom
was so ample that I could sit back there
in one of my old Roy Rogers outfits with
room to spare for my good-guy hat.
(Hey, I’m in Colorado.)
Many Colorado consumers are
expected to be so-called lifestyle buyers
looking for a pickup to cart bicycles and
camping equipment or tow small boats.
For now, the Colorado isn’t a great
alternative to full-size pickups. But wait
a year and the truck will be available
with a four-cylinder diesel that should
enhance its “truckliness” – and provide
better fuel economy.
Still, it’s already the best pickup in
the midsize segment and a massive
improvement over the last Colorado.
It’s also a truck you don’t need boots
to drive.
Type of vehicle: Four-door, midsize,
five-passenger pickup with four-wheeldrive
Price as tested: $36,535
Fuel economy: 17 miles per gallon
city, 24 highway
Weight: About 4,500 pounds
Engine: 3.6-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Performance: 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 6.6 seconds
SOURCES: Chevrolet; Car and
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(TNS) —Why can’t a bike’s dashboard be more like an Audi’s? That’s
what a small group working with the
German automaker’s “connected car”
systems wanted to know. So they left
Audi to find out.
They started a new company named
iCradle. The result is the COBI, a $159
all-in-one electronic system you can
mount on your handlebars. It includes
turn signals, a headlight, a tail light, and
a smartphone dock that will recharge
your device while the system’s app optimizes routes via GPS, plots distance and
speed, counts calories and heart rates
and logs the results on health apps such
as Apple Health and Google Fit. It plays
COBI bicycle dashboard from iCradle.
music. There’s a theft alarm too.
Riders can operate the smartphone
without touching it: thumb controllers
let riders keep hands on the handlebar
grips. And the speedometer only appears
after hitting 18 mph, to avoid rider distraction. “We have a responsibility to not
get the rider into dangerous situations,”
said iCradle co-founder and head of
software Heiko Schweickhardt.
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has changed so that it can be richer if
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Year in Review
Continued from page 2
In a close vote, the U.S. Senate
defeats the Keystone Pipeline, which
would, at peak capacity, have delivered
830,000 barrels of oil per day from the
Canadian tar sands to Leonardo
DiCaprio’s yacht.
A monster early snowstorm paralyzes much of the nation, dumping more
than four feet of snow on Buffalo, N.Y.,
which fortunately is uninhabited. As
highways become impassible, New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo declares a
state of emergency moments before
being carried off by a yeti.
In what some international observers
see as a deliberate provocation, a
Russian fighter jet shoots down the
Goodyear Blimp.
On the science front, a module from
the space probe Rosetta, having traveled
310 million miles, lands on a comet and
sends back clear images of what
astronomers identify, based on the planets orbiting it, as Kim Kardashian’s butt.
In a much-anticipated decision, a St.
Louis County grand jury elects not to
indict Darren Wilson, setting in motion a
vintage performance of the timeless
Kabuki theater of American racial relations, with all parties – blacks, whites,
conservatives, progressives, politicians,
the media, police, protesters, racists,
rioters and, of course, the Rev. Al
Sharpton – playing their traditional roles
and delivering their traditional lines, following a script that could have been
written five years ago, or 10, so there is
no risk that anybody will say, do or think
anything remotely unexpected, or
emerge in any way changed. (This doesn’t apply to YOU, of course. I’m talking
about everybody else.)
As the month draws to a close, the
healing begins, with the Thanksgiving
holiday bringing Americans of all races
and religions together to fight over discounted electronics.
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– that his new Secretary of Defense will
be Chuck Norris. The nomination is
swiftly approved by the Senate Armed
Services Committee after Norris, in lieu
of making an opening statement at his
confirmation hearing, reduces the witness
table to kindling with his forehead.
In a shocking political bombshell,
Rob Portman announces that he will not
run for president in 2016, setting off a
nationwide frenzy of Googling by people wondering who “Rob Portman” is.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of
politicians in both major parties thinking
about getting into the race, thereby
assuring that the voters will ultimately
be able to choose their next president
from a wide range of fresh, exciting
options, be it Jeb Bush or Hillary
Elsewhere on the political front,
Democrats on the Senate Intelligence
Committee release an explosive and
controversial report alleging that the
CIA repeatedly poured buckets of ice
water on people’s heads. CIA defenders
claim this was done for a good cause,
although nobody is sure what it is.
Air travel in the Midwest is disrupted when four unscheduled Russian
bombers land at O’Hare during rush
hour and refuse to leave until they
receive fuel and Egg McMuffins. Prince
William and Kate, the Duke and
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York City for a whirlwind visit that
begins with a four-hour ride from the
airport to their hotel in a taxi with a driver complaining the entire time about
In sports, the top college football
teams play in the traditional year-end
bowl games, including the TaxSlayer
Bowl, the Bitcoin Bowl, the Popeyes
As the year draws to a close, happy
Bahamas Bowl, the Duck Commander
revelers jam New York’s Times Square
Bowl and the Thunderous Bidet Bowl.
to watch the traditional dropping of the
All but one of these are actual bowl
illuminated ball, while in Denver a melgames.
lower throng gathers to ring in the new
In another year-end tradition, milyear with the lighting of the Two
lions of children stay up late on
Hundred Foot Doobie. And all across
Christmas Eve, eagerly awaiting the
America, voices join in singing “Auld
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A computer programmer’s wife told him to go
to the store and pick up a
loaf of bread. “If they have
eggs, get a dozen.”
The programmer returned with 12 loaves of
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
My grandmother was a
really tough cookie. She
buried three husbands.
Two of them were just
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
The other day my
house caught fire. My
lawyer said, “It shouldn’t
be a problem. What kind
of insurance coverage do
you have?”
I told him I had fire and
The lawyer frowned.
“Uh oh,” he said. That’s
the wrong kind. You
should have fire OR
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
An officer turned to an
enlisted man and said,
“Soldier, do you have
change for a dollar?”
“Sure, buddy,” said the
“That’s no way to dress
an officer,” said the other.
“Now, let’s try it again!
Soldier, do you have
change for a dollar.”
“Sir! NO sir!”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
“It’s just too hot to
wear clothes today,” said
Jack as he stepped out of
the shower. “Honey, what
do you think the neighbors would say if I mowed
the lawn like this?”
“Probably that I married you for your money,”
his wife replied.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A married couple
received a statement from
the bank showing that
they were significantly
overdrawn. They also
received a final demand
for the gas bill, so they
agreed to save money.
That evening, while
they were watching TV,
the man got up and told
his wife that he was going
down to the tavern.
Outraged, his wife
informed him that he had
no right to go to the tavern
and leave her home when
they needed to economize.
The husband nodded
and told her to put on her
coat. Surprised, the wife
asked, “Why? Are we
going out together?”
“No,” he said, “I’m
turning off the heat.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A new mother got out
of bed for the first time
since her childbirth, put
on a robe and walked
down the hospital corridor
to the nurses’ station
where she asked for a
phone book.
“What are you doing
out of bed?” asked the
nurse. “You should be in
your room resting.”
“I want to search
through the phone book
for a name for my baby,”
replied the mom.
“You don’t have to do
that,” said the nurse. “The
hospital furnishes a book
to all new mothers to help
them pick out a first name
for their baby.”
“You don’t understand,” said the woman.
“My baby already has a
first name.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A Norwegian went to a
carpenter and said, “Can
you build me a box that is
two inches high, two inches wide and 50 feet long?”
“Hmm,” mused the
carpenter, “it could be
done, but what would you
want a box like that for?”
“You see,” said the
Norwegian, “my neighbor
moved away and forgot
his garden hose.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A woman called the
police to report her husband was missing. The
police arrived and asked
for a description.
“He’s 6 foot 2 inches
tall, blonde wavy hair and
has a smile that makes
everybody love him,” she
The police then went
next door to verify the
“You can’t believe
her,” replied the neighbor.
“He’s 5 foot 4 inches tall,
has no hair and wears a
perpetual frown on his
After the police left, the
neighbor went and asked
the woman why she had
given the police such a
false report.
“Just because I reported him missing,” she said,
“doesn’t mean I want him
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
“My wife made me join
a bridge club,” said
Rodney Dangerfield. “I
jump off next Tuesday.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Wanting to surprise her
husband, an executive’s
wife stopped by his office.
Opening the door, she
found him with his secretary sitting in his lap.
Without hesitating, he
dictated, “…and in conclusion, gentlemen, budget cuts or no budget cuts, I
cannot continue to operate
this office with just one
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
W. C. Fields once
reported that the cost of
living had gone up another dollar a quart.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Comedienne Rita Rudner says that every time
she dates a guy she asks,
“Is this the man I want my
children to spend their
weekends with?”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Do you know what it
means to come home at
night to a woman who’ll
give you a little love, a little
affection, a little tenderness?” asked George Burns.
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Crossword Clues
1 Elevates
6 Nearly
15 Reaction to flatness
16 Not predestined
17 1975 Pulitzer winner for criticism
18 Early German fliers
19 Whiskey purchase
20 Jolts
21 Substantive part
22 Sanskrit term of respect
23 Old Spanish bread
25 Safe investment choices
28 Bad mark
33 “Monster” Oscar winner
34 Court service
35 Accessory
36 “Shirt Front and Fork” artist
37 Drum accompanying a fife
38 Team nicknamed the Halos, briefly
40 Risk
41 Five-time 30-game winner of early
42 Got tight
43 Moisture overload results, in plants
45 Manhattan part
47 Door support
51 Source of a cc
52 “Lolita” co-star, 1962
54 Side unit
56 One way to think
57 Court expert
58 “The Liberty Bell” composer
59 Made more attractive, as a deal
60 Serf
Goren on Bridge with Bob Jones
♠ 10, 7, 6, 3
❤ 4
♦ 10, 8, 6, 5, 3
♣ Q, J, 9
♠ 4, 2
❤ Q, 8, 6, 3, 2
♦ 2
♣ 8, 7, 6, 5, 2
♠ A, J, 9, 8, 5
❤ 9, 7
♦ A, K, 7
♣ A, 10, 4
The bidding:
♦ ♣
Double and Lead a Trump
Both vulnerable. West deals.
♠ K, Q
❤ A, K, J, 10, 5
♦ Q, J, 9, 4
♣ K, 3
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answers are on
page 20.
1 Gripes
2 Event celebrated in “Through the
3 When “you’re gonna want me for your
girl,” in a 1963 hit
4 Mongolian dwelling
5 Jedi foes
6 Spices (up)
7 Eye parts
8 Absorbed
9 Adviser of a sort
10 Cannon attachment
11 Soother
12 Drama Desk relative
13 Prismatic bone
14 Lab work
23 Parker product
24 “The Joy Luck Club” author
26 Campus town near Bangor
27 Shoe part
29 Semi-hard cheeses
30 Album that includes “Michelle”
31 Disbeliever’s comeuppance
32 London flat?
33 It’s 1 on the Mohs scale
34 Some coll. students
36 Constantine native
39 Back
40 Some microwaves
42 Caught stealing, say
44 Chop up
46 Stop by
47 Little bits
48 Fresh
49 Place for a rock group?
50 Something to pick?
52 Plymouth potato dish
53 11-Down substance
55 Young louse
Opening lead: A of ❤
Time-worn bridge wisdom holds that,
when you double a partial, lead a trump unless
you have a good reason not to. The same can
often be said after the double of a game contract, especially when the defense rates to be a
close affair.
West’s abundant high-card strength made
him feel that he was going to give this contract
a serious spanking. He innocently led the ace
of hearts and never had another chance. West
shifted to the king of trumps, but it was too
late. South won, ruffed his remaining heart,
and played a trump to his jack. West won the
queen, but was end-played! A heart would
allow a ruff in dummy while declarer shed his
diamond loser. A club would be instantly fatal.
West tried the queen of diamonds, but South
won the ace, cashed the king, and played a
third round to West. There were now two good
diamonds in the dummy for club discards and
the 10 of trumps for an entry. Four spades
doubled, bid and made!
The contract could have been defeated
without a dramatic heart underlead at trick one
to partner's queen. Had West led a trump, the
defense would have been quite simple. South
can win and play another trump, but West will
win this and now play two rounds of hearts.
Declarer can ruff in dummy, followed by the
ace, king and another diamond, but West
escapes by playing a fourth diamond. There
will be only one good diamond in dummy and
West will still come to a club trick.
Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box (in bold
borders) contains every digit, from 1 to 9.
This is one tired cowboy, or cowherd. He seems to have gotten very close to
one of his charges, who makes a nice pillow, but could be a problem if she decides to
crawl up in his lap.
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Library Notes
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• Slipped Stitches, every Wednesday, 68 p.m. in the Youth Services story room. A
group for anyone who does some sort of
stitching: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint,
tatting etc.
• The Lego Building Club for all ages
meets every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in
the community center. Each meeting will
feature a different building theme. Creations
will be displayed in the library and online.
Lego donations greatly appreciated.
• Messy Art Club meets on the alternate
Thursdays from the Lego Building Club at
3:30 p.m.
• The Walworth County Genealogical
Society Library is open Tuesdays from 10
a.m – 3 p.m. and by appointment, which can
be made by calling the WCGS librarian at
215-0118. A board member will always be
there to render assistance if needed. To
obtain membership information or find literature regarding Walworth County, visit walworthcgs.com.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 7232678 or visit www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us for
Twin Lakes Community Library, 110 S.
Lake Ave., Twin Lakes. 877-4281. Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Thurs.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday 12-4 p.m.
• Senior Coffee Hour, 10-11:30 a.m. on
the second Wednesday of each month will
feature healthy refreshments, programs for
seniors, good conversation, and of course,
Walworth Memorial Library, now located in the West Garden Plaza, south of Aurora
Health Care, Aurora Pharmacy and the Tracy
Building in Walworth. Open Mon. and Wed.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Grand Opening on January
24 from 2-4 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, Weds. from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
• Book Club for adults, third Saturday of
each month, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
• Digital downloads of electronic books
(e-books) are growing in popularity. The
Digital Download Center (http://dbooks.
wplc.info) is sponsored by the Wisconsin
Public Library Consortium. You can also
access the Digital Download Center through
your library’s online catalogue.
Available to all Wisconsin residents, the
Digital Download Center offers e-books,
audio books, videos and music that you can
download to devices such as iPods and other
MP3 players, Kindles, Sony eReaders,
Nooks and iPads, to name just a few. For a
complete list of supported devices, visit the
Digital Download Center and use the link
near the bottom of the left column. While all
new titles will not be available immediately,
the purchase of new titles has already begun
and will continue.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2756322 for more information.
Librarians and Friends Groups: Send
information about upcoming library events
by mail to: The Beacon, P.O. Box 69,
Williams Bay, W I 53191; by fax to 2451855; or by e-mail to [email protected]
Jan. 16, 2015 — 31
Laughing Matter
Continued from page 27
“It means you’re in the wrong house.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Answer: Catch-22.
Question: What do the Los Angeles
Dodgers do with 100 pop flies?
Johnny Carson
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A man came home from his regular
Saturday round of golf and his wife
asked him why he didn’t include George
in the games anymore.
“Would you want to play with a guy
who regularly cheats, swears up a storm
over everything, lies about his score and
has nothing good to say about anyone
else on the course?” he asked.
“Of course I wouldn’t,” she replied.
“Well, neither would George.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A famous Irish footbballer died and
upon arriving at the Pearly Gates was
asked by the angel waiting for him, “Do
you know of any reason why you
shouldn’t be admitted to the kingdom of
“Well,” said the athlete, “once I was
playing for Ireland against England and
I used my hand to push the ball past an
English defender. The referee never saw
it and I went on to score.”
“Ah, that’s OK,” said the angel. “We
can let you in.”
“Oh, great!” said the footballer.
“That’s been on my mind for ages.
Thanks, St. Peter.”
“That’s OK,” said the angel. “Oh, and
by the way, laddie, “St. Peter’s off today.
I’m St. Patrick.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A man walked into a dentist’s office
and said, “I think I’m a moth.”
“You shouldn’t be here,” said the dentist. “You should be seeing a psychiatrist.”
“I am seeing a psychiatrist,” replied
the man.
“Then what are you doing here?”
asked the dentist.
“Your light was on.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
What do the World Series and bears
on birth control have in common? No
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
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32 — The Beacon
Continued from page 1
Nobody likes you if you’re in the used
Ferrari business.”
Sometimes they turned a small profit. In
1970, someone paid $5,500 for a Ferrari
Berlinetta they’d acquired for $5,000.
Later that year, they paid $4,000 for a
Ferrari 250 Lusso that needed a new engine.
Six years later, they sold it for $12,000.
“Now we thought we were major capitalists,” Betz said.
The men began to formulate what they
called a “30-year-plan.”
“We decided we wanted to each have a
nest egg of $300,000 when we were done,”
Betz said. “The people who knew us thought
we were crazy – including our wives.”
They kept their day jobs, but their side
business continued to grow. They moved out
of their garages and into a rented industrial
space. Soon they were restoring a dozen cars
at a time.
All the while, they were patiently trying
to acquire the missing pieces of the 375MM.
Ferrari made only 14 of the 375MM
Spiders, and two are known to have been
destroyed. Still, always asking around, the
men found a door, then a door pull, then
other parts.
Another collector had many of the key
elements from the original car. But he refused
to sell. Betz and Peters waited him out, and
worked on other vehicles. Ferraris, meanwhile, started commanding higher prices.
(The 250 Lusso that Betz and Peter sold for
$12,000 changed hands again 10 years later
for $80,000 – and would sell a few years after
that for $580,000.)
Ferrari parts also got expensive. A pair of
original headlights for the 375MM cost
$5,000. An exact replica of the grill cost
But profits were going up too. The two
men began making money from selling parts
they’d collected, but didn’t need for their own
cars. They also sold cars for what seemed
astronomical sums.
In 2002, the pair sold a rare 1957 Ferrari
Testarossa they’d spent years restoring.
Though the men are reluctant to identify the
buyer, or name the sale price, it was their first
really big score.
“My half of the profit on that car was
more than I made in my entire 38-year career
as a college professor,” Betz said. “So, we
did all right on that one.”
No matter what they bought, sold or traded, they held onto the 375MM.
In 1986, the collector who owned the
original parts decided to sell – not to Betz
and Peters, but to the English Ferrari restorer
David Cottingham.
The partners were friendly with
Cottingham, and he agreed to let them look
through the inventory before he shipped it
back to England. Among the many old parts
Peters and Betz eagerly bought were the
car’s original gas tank, shift knob, hood and
passenger seat.
They began the final phase of the
375MM’s restoration. They rebuilt the frame
and reassembled the engine. The body was
repaired, the paint reproduced.
Betz’s son Brooke, who now does much
of the work on the partners’ cars, estimated
the men put $400,000 into the engine alone,
and at least $1 million in other parts.
After more than four decades, the car
was showroom ready – Ferrari-red paint
gleaming, 12-cylinder motor firing, chrome
wire wheels shining. The wood of the steering wheel, the leather of the seats and even
the leather straps of the hood latches were
restored to factory perfection.
In early 2014, the two men decided it
was time to sell. They were ready to liquidate
the collection they’d spent almost five
decades assembling.
“When you’re 75, and your partner is 83,
you can’t have a 30-year plan,” Betz said.
In August, the two men put the 375MM
on a flatbed truck and shipped it to Monterey,
where during the annual Car Week it would
go up for sale at an event conducted by the
Mecum auction house, which is based in
Walworth, Wis.
Peters and Betz had reason to be opti-
Jan. 16, 2015
In their garage workshop in Orange, Calif., Fred Peters, left, 83, and Charles
Betz, 75, carefully replace the hood of their 1954 Ferrari 375MM over the 12-cylinder
(Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
mistic. The week had already seen some
record-breaking sales. A 1962 Ferrari 250
GTO had sold for $38,115,000 – the highest
price ever paid for a car at auction.
That hot, dry afternoon, the partners
watched as collectors feverishly bid for their
car – and then stopped before reaching the
sellers’ stated minimum. The top offer came
in at just under $5.8 million.
It was tempting, but not enough.
A tired-looking Peters, wearing jeans,
suspenders and sandals, stroked his wispy
white goatee. Betz, in baggy shorts, sneakers
and trifocals, sighed and shrugged his shoulders.
“In terms of what we’ve spent, we would
have been way ahead,” he said. “But we’ve
owned it for 46 years, and $5.8 million just
won’t do it.”
Back in Orange, where the partners store
the 375MM and the six other classic cars left
in their collection, Peters and Betz continued
to get inquiries. An unidentified collector had
made an offer for the 375MM, but was
unable to find buyers for the cars he needed to sell to raise the money. Another
offered the same price, but couldn’t
arrange the financing.
The men seemed almost relieved.
“The good news is that we like the car
well enough to keep it,” Betz said.
The car did look pretty good, all fixed
up, sitting in the garage, Peters said, and
selling their restored cars always came
with “a little twinge.”
“You put your heart into these cars,” he
said. “You remember what they were.”
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