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June 1 - 15 , 2012
Gun sales are booming throughout Wisconsin
By Joe Taschler
MILWAUKEE — Americans are
arming themselves as never before.
Firearms-related business owners in
Wisconsin say they are hard-pressed to
meet demand, which they say is being
generated by factors ranging from the
state’s concealed carry law to presidential politics.
“It’s incredible,” said Steve Lauer,
owner of Lauer Custom Weaponry, a
manufacturer of firearms, firearm coatings and accessories in Chippewa Falls.
“We can hardly keep up.”
Precise figures on firearms sales
don’t exist. But based on the number of
calls made to the FBI and Wisconsin
Department of Justice for background
checks related to firearms purchases,
more guns are being sold this year than
The number of calls to Wisconsin’s
handgun hotline set a record in February,
with nearly 16,000 calls. So far this year,
the hotline has handled more than
53,000 calls. That’s on pace to far
eclipse 2011, when the hotline handled
just shy of 90,000 calls for the full year.
Nationally, calls for firearms purchases using the FBI’s instant criminal
background check system totaled nearly
1.2 million in March, according to the
National Shooting Sports Foundation, a
firearms industry trade group. The number is up 20 percent over a year ago and
marks the 22nd straight month-overmonth increase, NSSF said.
“The wholesalers are having a hard
time getting guns from any of the manufacturers on a nice even flow,” said
Brian Rafn, portfolio manager at
Morgan Dempsey Capital Management,
which has offices in Milwaukee and
Delafield. “The backlogs go for months
on end.”
Rafn says the rise in gun sales in
recent years has been “stratospheric.”
He estimates that 11 million guns were
sold in the United States in 2011.
The increase in gun sales isn’t universally considered a good thing.
“Higher household gun ownership
correlates with higher rates of homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings,” says the Brady Campaign to
Prevent Gun Violence, one of the
nation’s most prominent gun-control
The Brady Campaign also says “the
percentage of American households with
a gun has been steadily declining over
time” and that gun sales are concentrated among people who already own guns.
Regardless, the renewed interest in guns
has been good for arms-related businesses nationally.
“Most people tie the increase in sales
to the new concealed carry law in
Wisconsin,” said Mike Palenske, owner
of Delavan’s Dam Road Gun Shop, “but
sales have been up for the past four
years. I think it has more to do with gun
owners worrying about what the next
presidential election will bring than the
fact that they can now carry concealed
weapons in Wisconsin.”
A shooter practices her aim at The Shooters Shop’s gun range. Americans are
arming themselves as never before. Owners of firearms-related businesses in
Wisconsin say they are hard-pressed to meet demand, which they say is being generated by factors ranging from the state’s new concealed carry law to presidential politics.
(Jeff Sainlar/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)
Whatever the reason, and whether its
handguns or long guns customers want,
Palenske has enough merchandise in
stock to satisfy the need.
John Krieger, owner of gun barrel
manufacturer Krieger Barrels in
Richfield, Wis., doesn’t sell directly into
the retail market but keeps a close watch
on the industry.
“Manufacturers are bringing out
more and more products all the time,”
Krieger said. “They wouldn’t be doing it
if there weren’t a market for it.”
At Fletcher Arms in Waukesha,
demand for shooting practice range time
has been so strong, the business had to
add additional shooting lanes, said
owner Sean Eaton. “We’re busy every
Other evidence of the trend is showing up in the amount of business being
done by manufacturing companies and
retailers nationally:
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Sheriff’s personnel receive awards during National Police Week
By Dennis West
Walworth County Sheriff David
Graves welcomed officers, family and
guests to the annual departmental
awards ceremony in the Health and
Human Services Building auditorium on
Thursday, May 17. The event takes place
each year during National Police Week.
Before the ceremony began, Graves
explained that it is not he, but fellow
employees and supervisors who nominate the recipients of the awards.
Sheriff Graves said that, while he is
sad to see an old friend retire from the
department, he was proud to present him
with the Deputy of the Year award.
In nominating Deputy Gilbert
“Gibby” Maas, Jr., Sgt. Jeff Patek and
Deputy Jason Rowland wrote: “Maas
joined the Walworth County Sheriff’s
Office as a patrolman on June 18, 1990.
His investigative talent was almost
immediately recognized and, shortly
after completing his field training, he
was selected to serve in the Metro Drug
Unit. He was also selected as a charter
member of the newly formed Emergency Response Team, which has since
been renamed the SWAT Team.
Maas has served multiple tours in the
Metro Drug Unit and was a founding
member of the patrol division’s Fugitive
Task Force and Bicycle Patrol units.
Twenty-two years later, he remains one
of only two original members of the
SWAT Team who is still active on the
“Maas is a consummate team player
who always works toward what is best
Sheriff David Graves presents the Employee of the Year Award to Gilbert
‘Gibby’ Maas on Thursday, May 17. Maas, who has been a member of the Sheriff’s
Office for 22 years, is retiring.
(Beacon photo)
for the organization and never seeks the
spotlight,” the nomination read.
“The Deputy of the Year award recognizes performance above and beyond
what is expected and achievement over
and above his peers, not recognition for
a career’s worth of successes. Maas is
approaching retirement, a time when
many people reach the point when they
slow down and take it easy, but not
Gibby. He continues to demonstrate the
high level of drive and dedication he displayed as a young deputy. When he
could have used his seniority to work on
the day shift, he preferred to remain with
the higher operational tempo of second
shift. He has taken it upon himself to
advise and mentor his replacement and
new members of the SWAT Team. He
freely shares his decades of experience
with his shift to make sure his wealth of
knowledge gets passed on to the next
generation of deputies. He continues to
search for Walworth County’s most
wanted criminals with enthusiasm and
“Gibby never shies away from taking the lead on an assignment or being
first through the door on a high-risk
SWAT call. And he’s never first in line
when accolades are handed out.
• • • •
Distinguished Service Unit Award to the
Office’s Firearms Training Team.
In nominating them for the award,
Sgt. Tim Otterbacher wrote: “The [team]
has put forth an extraordinary effort to
make firearms training productive and
educational by developing real life scenarios to challenge the deputies. This
builds their confidence and hones their
skills. The training not only entails
firearms handling but reviewing the laws
and justification of the use of firearms.
The training they have brought to the
department goes well beyond the minimum required by the state.
(Continued on page 2)
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Sheriff’s awards
June 1, 2012
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The team works hard to make sure
training runs smoothly. Training is held
monthly so deputies can qualify in the
use of firearms or just practice. The
trainers are invariably at the range early
to set up and stay late to take down the
equipment. In addition to these duties
many of the trainers take the time to
make sure duty rifles and shotguns are
kept clean and properly maintained. And
some trainers help by reloading the
department practice ammunition. The
effort of reloading has saved the department a great deal of money.
This dedicated group has improved
on the training and professionalism of
the department. They are not only trainers, but deputies who have their general
assignments to perform. They have continued to give a high level of service to
the department. Members of the
Firearms Training Team who received
awards were: Capt. Dave Gerber, Lt.
Jamie Green, Deputy Wayne Blanchard,
Deputy Dan Long, Deputy John
Czerwinski, Deputy Alan Gorecki,
Deputy Dan McKinney and Deputy Kirk
• • • •
The department’s Records Management System (RMS) Team received a
Meritorious (Unit) Award. After years of
trying to receive financial approval to
implement a new Records Management
System, the Sheriff’s Office finally got
the go-ahead in late 2007. This process
began with selecting and hiring a consulting firm to assist with identifying the
department’s needs and finding software
developers who could produce a system
to fulfill those requirements. After an
exhaustive search, ProPhoenix was
selected in 2008 as the system to bring
the Sheriff’s Office up to date. Then the
difficult work began.
Members of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Firearms Training Team who received the Distinguished Service Award
(Unit) were (from left) Deputy Wayne Blanchard, Lt. Jamie Green, Capt. Dave Gerber, Deputy Dan Long, Deputy John Czerwinski,
Deputy Alan Gorecki and Deputy Dan McKinney.
(Beacon photo)
Captain Jay Maritz (now retired) was
the first RMS project manager, and
Capt. Dave Gerber took over as project
manager in January 2011. He finalized
the team that would take the project to
its conclusion and completely integrated
them into the process.
Each member possessed special
skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to complete the project. Each
worked above and beyond her or his
shifts, providing valuable insight on how
to set up the system so it worked with all
divisions. They were assigned many
tasks throughout the project and each
member completed them in a timely and
professional manner. Team members
met at least weekly, and more often than
not many times each week, to work
through various challenges. The team
members worked well together and collectively were able to implement the
system in November 2011.
They coordinated training in each of
their areas as well as troubleshot many
fixes between the information technology staff and the ProPhoenix RMS company. In addition to their RMS tasks,
they continued to perform their normal
duties within the Sheriff’s Office.
Despite the frequent ups and downs
during this seemingly never-ending
project, the RMS Team stayed focused
on the goal of a state-of-the-art system.
As the implementation date approached
in late 2011, Team members shifted their
focus to training all divisions on its use.
Manuals, quick reference guides, and
numerous “cheat-sheets” were produced; formal and informal training sessions were conducted; countless “bugs”
were identified and fixes were implemented. The process was maddening,
frustrating, and painful for all, but the
goal was reached and the department
went live in November. Adjustments are
still being made, and as with anything
new, Sheriff’s Office personnel are still
learning and getting used to the system
and realizing its benefits.
Undersheriff Kurt Picknell has said,
quite accurately, that “bringing all of the
records functions into one system effecting change for the entire Sheriff’s Office
was the largest and most complex project we have undertaken since physically
moving to the new Sheriff’s Office
Building in 1995.”
“The members of the RMS Team have
performed above and beyond their normal
duties,” said Sheriff Graves. “They have
done what was asked and more. They
have foreseen problems and worked
through them. They trained their staff and
they set up procedures for system use.
Each person embodies the mission of the
Sheriff’s Office and each one is an excellent example for others to follow.”
(Continued on page 10)
“Cost of Freedom”
The Town of Delavan Friends of the Park, Town of Delavan and City of Delavan are working together to present this memorable event June 13-17 at Community Park. The
centerpiece is the indoor tribute to those who gave their lives in defense of our country. It includes a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Wall, tributes to each of the other
wars, tributes to firefighters and police service, as well as those who lost their lives on 9/11.
4 p.m. Escort Parade, from Downtown Delavan
to Community Park
Noon- 9 p.m. Exhibit Opens
9 a.m.-9 p.m. Exhibit Opens
4-6 p.m. WLKG live remote
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flea Market/Craft Fair/Sidewalk Sales
3 p.m. Kids’ Bicycle Parade
3:30 p.m. “Blackwater” Band, 3rd Street stage
3:30 p.m. Military Re-enactors, Phoenix Park
7 p.m. “Ladies Must Swing” Band, Phoenix Park
9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Exhibit Opens
10 a.m. Elks Flag Day Ceremony
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Food Vendors/Beer Garden
4 p.m. “Echo” the singing bird (from Dancing
Horses Theatre)
6 p.m. The Stars & Stripes Dance, Lake Lawn Resort
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flea Market/Craft Fair/ Sidewalk Sales
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Military Re-enactors, Phoenix Park
10 a.m. Frank Landi program on “Historic
Downtown Delavan”, Aram Public Library
11 a.m. “Col. Webb’s Band of Musick”, Phoenix Park
3 p.m. “Dixie Doodlers” Band, Phoenix Park
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Exhibit Opens
10 a.m. Vietnam Rememberance Presentation
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Military Equipment display
Noon Wall Touching Ceremony
1 p.m. 484th Army Band
2:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony
Saturday, June 16
Lake Lawn Resort
6:00 P.M.
Cocktails & Hors d’oeurves (Cash Bar)
7:00 P.M.
Dance the night away to the
With a Special Salute to our Military
All Events/Times Subject To Change. For Updates, Go To:
we invite you to attend:
With a nod to the Canteens of the 40’s,
25 in advance • $30 at the door
Ticket price include hors d’oeurves
and entertainment
Tickets available at: Delavan Chamber of
Commerce, Bradley’s, Village Supper Club,
Community Bank Delavan, Walworth County
Visitors’ Bureau, Walworth State BankDelavan, M&I Bank-Delavan and Piggly
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I was leafing through a copy of the
“Word Watchers Handbook: A
Deletionary of the Most Abused and
Misused Words,” by Phyllis Martin,
when I came across the chapter called
“Pronunciation Pitfalls.” Since I have
always had a “good ear,” which allows
me to mimic what I hear, including
accents and speech variations, I assumed
that I have very little problem pronouncing words, as long as they aren’t French.
Surprise! Out of the 300 words listed
in this chapter, I was wrongly pronouncing 80. I was chagrined.
So, at the risk of causing a “Oh no,
Emily, he’s off on another one of his boring lists” responses, here are some of the
words I got wrong.
absurd. “Contrary to common sense,
it’s pronounced ab•surd, not ab•zurd.
acumen. a•kyoo•men, not ak•yoo•
almond. ah•muhnd, not all•muhnd.
amateur. am•u•tur, not am•u•chur.
apartheid. uh•part•hate, as though it
ended with a “t” instead of “d.” I thought
it was a•part•hide.
aspirin. as•pur•in. There are three
syllables to the word. Avoid aspern and
asprin pronunciations. I pronounce it
barbiturate. Sound the second “r.”
Don’t day bar•bi•chu•ut.
bisect. bye•sect with the emphasis on
the second syllable, not the first.
brouhaha. broo•hah•hah instead of
broo•hah•hah. These are obviously the
author’s version of corrrect, not common, pronunciations.
chiropodist. ki•rah•pe•dist, not
kun•tro•lur, not the way it is spelled.
desultory. de•zul•taw•ree. I always
have problems with this word. I somehow got the idea it would be best to pronounce it dess•ul•tree. Wrong.
diamond. die•u•mund. Pronounce all
three syllables, not die•mund.
diaper. die•u•pur, not die•pur.
diphtheria. dif•thir•ee•uh. Despite
the way I have always said it, there is
no”dip” in this word.
dirigible. dur•u•ju•bul. I have pronounced it deer•u•ju•bul.
en route. ahn•root. Damned French
Pronounce the “n” in the middle. I think
I say en•vye•yurn•ment.
err. ur, not err.
experiment. ek•sper•u•ment. There
is no “spear” in it.
fission. fizh•un, not fish•un.
flaccid. flak•sid, not flass•id.
forbade. The past tense of forbid is
pronounced for•bad.
grocery. gro•sir•ee, with three syllables, not gro•shree.
harass. har•us.
homage. Pronounce the “h,”
hospitable. hahs•pit•u•bul, not
hahs•pi•tu•bul. I think that makes it
awkward to say, but what do I know?
internecine. in•ter•nes•een. I thought
it was in•ter•knee•sine.
knew. nyoo, now new.
lambaste. lam•baste, with the accent
on the second syllable.
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liaison. lee•ae•zahn, not lee•u•zahn.
long lived. lawng•lyved, not
machinate. mak•i•nate.
Pronounce all four syllables, not
ophthalmologist. ahf•thal•mahl•u
•gist, not op•thal•mahl•u•gist.
patina. pat•u•nuh, not pa•tee•nuh.
piquant. pee•kunt, not pee•kahnt.
poem. Two syllables, please. Not
posthumous. pahs•choo•mus.
prelude. prel•yood is the preferred
proboscis. pro•bah•sis. A long nose,
like an anteater. Don’t pronounce the
prohibition. pro•i•bi•shun. The “h” is
quay. kee. A wharf.
reservoir. re•zur•vwah, not vwahr.
revenue. re•ven•yoo, not re•ven•oo.
thought it was spelled sacreligious and
pronounced the way it looks. But it ain’t.
sauterne. soh•tairn, not saw•turn.
sexual. sek•shoo•ul, not seks•yoo•ul.
sotto voce. sawt•oh•voh•chee. Very
softly; in an undertone.
species. spee•sheez, not spee•seez.
tarot. ta•roh.
temperamental. Pronounce all five
syllables, including both the “eer” and
the “a” syllables in the middle of the
word. Not tem•pra•men•tul.
toward. tord is the preferred pronunciation in the United States, the author
says. Hmmm.
valet. val•et.
vaudeville. vode•vil, not vawd•vil.
veterinarian. vet•ur•u•nair•ee•un.
not vet•ruh•nair•ee•un.
victuals. vit•ls. An oft-used word for
food that seems archaic.
virago. vi•ray•go. A bad-tempered
voyeur. vwah•yur.
what. hwaht. Sound the “h.” Not
Xavier. Zay•vee•ur. Pronounce the x
as a z.
zoology. zoe•ahl•u•jee. The first syllable rhymes with go rather than with to.
• • • •
One of my pet peeves is the pronounciation of Illinois and Wisconsin as
Ellinois and Wesconsin. I don’t know
how this got started, but it is very common. When I managed a television station, I got upset one day and called a
meeting of all the reporters. “I’ve heard
you get frustrated when you edit videotape. You don’t say “shet!” so I know
you can pronounce the letter i. The next
person who says Wesconsin or Ellinois
on the air will be fired.”
They thought I was crazy, but it did
make them stop and think how they pronouced those oft-used words. I often
hear anchors on cable network news
programs make the same mistakes, bless
their ignorant little hearts.
And when did the word diabetes,
which I always heard pronounced
“dye•uh•beet•uss,” come to be pronounced dye•uh•beet•ease? The only
person who pronouces it the first way in
commercials is the actor Wilfred
Brimley. The second way sounds like it
should be a plural.
Tasch will
do anything to
completely make the
customer want to continue
doing business with them.
H.Y., Delavan
dealership with
a super staff!
is the fourth
car I’ve bought
from Tasch,
E.R., Elkhorn
S.K., Williams Bay
Located minutes from everywhere
Highway 67
just south of I-43
at the Elkhorn exit
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June 1, 2012
Is this really the best we can do?
The boy genius of political mythmaking
By David Horsey
There’s a reason George W. Bush
called Karl Rove “Boy Genius.” When it
comes to attack ads, no one is smarter.
Bush also had another nickname for
his chief political guru, “Turd Blossom.”
Given the high level of B.S. in Rove’s
ads, that moniker is well earned. Then
again, truth is never the point in any
political ad; effectiveness is everything.
There has probably never been a
completely honest advertisement done
for any candidate. Way back in the presidential campaign of 1840, William
Henry Harrison was sold to the public as
a humble frontiersman. The log cabin
and hard cider were his campaign symbols. In reality, he was born into a
wealthy, slave-owning plantation family
in Virginia.
If creating positive spin about a candidate has been around for a long time,
negative campaigning has been part of
the political process for just as long. The
presidential election of 1800 between
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
remains one of the nastiest on record.
But the gargantuan amount of money
available in contemporary campaigns
promises to produce a quantum leap in
Currently, the Obama campaign is
circulating tough attack videos that
claim to expose the truth about Mitt
Romney’s time as a venture capitalist.
The ads feature beleaguered workers
who lost their jobs when Romney’s firm,
Bain Capital, came in to restructure the
companies they worked for. Several
Democrats, including Newark Mayor
Cory Booker and former Pennsylvania
Gov. Ed Rendell have criticized this line
of attack, saying it goes too far in condemning a perfectly reasonable type of
business practice, but the Obama campaign is not relenting.
Republicans, meanwhile, got into
their own internal spat when one conservative ad shop proposed revisiting
President Obama’s long relationship
with firebrand Chicago pastor Jeremiah
Wright. Sarah Palin was all for it, but
Romney nipped the idea in the bud.
Rove agreed with Romney.
Replaying the Wright debate would be
“stupid,” he said. Instead, his super
PAC, Crossroads GPS, is spending $10
million to broadcast a video that hits the
president on economic issues and makes
its appeal to middle-of-the-road women
who may have voted for Obama in 2008.
It is the biggest ad buy so far in the 2012
In the video, a mom worries about
the national debt and her kids’ future.
There is a visual reference to burdensome student loans, a verbal assertion
that federal spending has skyrocketed
during the Obama years, a plea to cut the
deficit and a warning that Obama wants
to raise taxes. This heavily focus grouptested package ends with a plea to join a
grassroots effort to tell the president he
must change his profligate ways. It is
expertly executed and, of course, it is
also hugely misleading.
On student loans, Obama doubled
Pell Grants and eliminated banking fees
from the student loan equation, while
Romney and the Republicans are all for
cutting federal student aid. Skyrocketing
federal spending? More deception. It is a
plain fact that spending has flattened out
during Obama’s time in office.
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By Lee H. Hamilton
As you know if you pay attention to
national affairs, the United States faces a
perfect fiscal storm at the end of this
year. A confluence of deadlines and policy
anything I can
remember in a
half-century of
public life will
produce massive
cuts and serious
amounting to a
3.5 percent hit
on the nation’s Lee Hamilton
Gross Domestic
At least, it will if Congress and the
White House don’t act. It would be, as
Princeton economist Alan Blinder put it
recently in The Wall Street Journal, “a
disaster for the United States.” So surely
it must be all hands on deck in
Washington, right?
You know where I’m going with this.
A rational government would be in high
gear, yet what do we see? The House has
worked for roughly a third of 2012 so
far, and will be out of Washington campaigning or tending to constituents for
half the remaining weeks of the year.
The Senate, meanwhile, has been working on several bills, but the two houses
are largely ignoring the coming fiscal
The looming crisis is a result partly
of bad timing – the tax cuts enacted
under George W. Bush are due to expire
and Congress faces yet another vote on
raising the debt ceiling – and partly a
result of earlier decisions to defer hard
decisions. The temporary payroll tax
cut, which members of Congress went to
the mat over just a few months ago, will
expire. Unemployment benefits are due
to be cut back. And, of course, the failure of the congressional “supercommittee” to agree on a deficit-cutting deal has
triggered $1.2 trillion in spending cuts.
Those cuts are scheduled to go into
effect starting at the turn of the year.
Most commentators in Washington
agree that Congress and the President
will eventually act. A few optimists hope
for a “grand bargain” that would resolve
Democrats’ and Republicans’ differences over taxes, spending and entitlements. But the consensus in Washington
seems to be that policy-makers will
dither until after the November elections. Then, in a desperate scramble –
with a lame-duck Congress and either a
lame-duck or a new President – they’ll
find some way of postponing the hard
decisions for yet a few more months.
There is a very real cost to this delay.
It’s not a good time to be anyone
dependent on the federal budget, and
that includes millions of people and 28
percent of the American economy.
Pentagon planners and transportation
program managers have no idea what
their budgets will be. Federal contractors
don’t know if funds will be available to
pay them. People receiving unemployment benefits have to worry they’ll run
out soon. Every taxpayer faces an
increase in income taxes.
Nobody knows if we will be able to
pay our debts as a country, and everyone
involved in the financial markets has to
worry about what happens if Congress
by its inaction allows the economy to
contract sharply. The uncertainty will
surely erode the confidence of markets
and investors, and even worse, of business-people. As PIMCO’s Mohamed ElErian recently wrote in The Washington
Post, “[P]rolonged political inaction is
likely to encourage companies to postpone building plants and purchasing
equipment and to discourage them from
We’ve never quite had a situation
like this, where so clearly ahead lies a
fiscal crisis with enormous implications,
yet Congress cannot enact a comprehensive annual budget and blithely assumes
that its leaders and the White House will
eventually get around to acting — but
meanwhile, its members will go home
on recess. If the CEO of a major enterprise saw problems of this magnitude
looming, it’s hard to imagine he’d call
his employees together and tell them all
to go on vacation.
Reducing the deficit is difficult, but
can’t we get our political leaders to act
before we go over the fiscal cliff? The
only way to do it in a sluggish economy
is by raising taxes and cutting spending.
Both are unpopular, and our leaders
can’t seem to summon the courage to
confront hard choices even as we move
inexorably closer to a fiscal reckoning. It
all makes me wonder if the skeptics who
say our government cannot work are
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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Capital Improvement Planning
By Dave Bretl
Walworth County Administrator
It didn’t seem like it was that many
years ago that visits to the garage or a veterinarian were pretty straightforward transactions. The dog was de-wormed or the
“U-joint” replaced, and I got a receipt
showing me the work that had been done.
The mechanic usually handed me one
of those burry,
handwritten, carbonless forms. I
seem to remember even being
able to pay in
cash, most times.
Today, settling up
for both of these
reminds me of a
real estate closing, or at least, a
real estate closing
David Bretl
when those were
from the price of car and dog repairs,
which rival mortgage payments, I’m handed a computer-generated stack of paperwork when I leave.
I’m fine with all of the detail that pertains to the work for which I am paying.
What is depressing, however, is the long
“punch list” of recommended services that
apparently need to be performed, but which
they figure I can’t or won’t spring for, at
the time.
There is clearly an element of marketing in all of these pages. Some of the suggestions seem so frivolous that I can’t even
read them with a straight face. In fairness to
my vet and mechanic, however, I should
take their suggestions in the spirit in which
they were offered. Even though I might be
disappointed with the prognosis, I shouldn’t shoot the messenger. The list allows me
to anticipate and prioritize upcoming
expenses, and if I ever find myself with a
little extra cash I might just spring for that
new serpentine belt for the van or “Tommy
John” surgery for my dog Max.
Walworth County attempts to prioritize
its big-ticket expenses through a capital
improvement planning (CIP) process. Our
CIP covers a five-year period. The plan is
approved each year with the annual budget,
but only projects in the first year of the plan
are funded. Even those typically require
additional votes, particularly when it
comes to approving construction contracts
or borrowing money.
Just because a project is on the list
doesn’t mean it will happen. A case in
point was our recently planned jail expansion. Supervisors had serious reservations
about the projected price of $10 million,
but kept the project in the CIP because it
was our only option at the time; Walworth
County’s jail population was projected to
exceed available space within a few years.
Rather than accepting the expansion as
a foregone conclusion, however, the county board, sheriff and criminal justice coordinating committee spent the next two
years figuring out better options. An elec-
tronic monitoring system for work-release
offenders and a driving-while-intoxicated
court were developed. As a result of these
new programs the expansion was taken off
of the CIP.
Our CIP process is, by no means, on the
cutting edge. Most local governments have
some type of long-range plan. Given where
the county began, however, the fact that we
have a CIP at all is a good thing.
A decade or so ago, Walworth County’s
CIP was a relatively new, and not universally appreciated, plan. Like my initial
reaction to the long list of suggested
repairs, some supervisors viewed the
process with hostility and suspicion. To
borrow from the old Arabian folk story,
putting a new building on the five-year
plan was viewed as the camel putting its
nose under the tent. If it was allowed in the
five-year plan, even merely for planning
purposes, it was reasoned that the whole
camel would soon be inside the tent. Rather
than serving as a starting point for discussing alternatives, the plan became a
source of conflict. Capital improvement
planning makes good sense for several reasons:
• Finding the money. By definition,
projects that make it onto the CIP are tangible and expensive. They typically
involve “bricks and mortar,” but computer
servers and large information technology
projects are increasingly showing up on the
list. The five-year plan provides plenty of
time to figure out how to fund each project.
Current tax levy, the general fund balance
and debt are the most common methods.
• Priorities. By putting all of the projects on a single list, they can be compared
to each other rather than each being viewed
in a vacuum. It’s fine to discuss expanding
a parking lot, but it’s important to keep in
mind that other projects, such as an aging
bridge or failing highway, need to be dealt
with, as well.
• Avoiding surprises. A good CIP can
help avoid the kind of crises that can disrupt operations and cause additional
expense. The only thing worse than having
to replace the boiler system, something the
county is currently doing at our HHS building, is having to do it in the middle of
January, after it has failed.
Our formal capital planning process for
2013-2017 will begin this month. Staff
from our public works department will
meet with various county departments to
determine their needs for the next five
years. The public works director will then
prioritize the requests and place them in the
plan. If there were no unforeseen circumstances and the departments have been
proactive in their planning, most of the new
requests will land in the fifth year of the
new plan. I take the next look at the draft
CIP before presenting it to the board, along
with the 2013 operating budget, on
September 6.
. The opinions expressed in these
columns are those of the author and not
necessarily those of the Walworth County
Board of Supervisors.
June 1, 2012 — 5
Dick Lubar’s departure is a sign
of Washington paralysis
By Dick Polman
The Philadelphia Inquirer
I doubt that the average American is
pondering the political death of Dick
Lugar. Heck, most might think “Dick
Lugar” sounds like the name of the hero
of a spy novel.
But what happened to Lugar last
month is a sign
of the polarization that cripp
Wa s h i n g t o n
and is likely to
impede rational governance
no matter who
wins the White
The 6-term
Dick Polman
senator from
Indi-ana was knocked off in a primary
for a number of reasons. But what really
fueled his landslide defeat at the hands
of a tea-party insurgent was this fundamental fact: He occasionally had the
temerity to work with Democrats.
That’s basically the way government
was once supposed to work. The quaint
terms for it are bipartisanship and compromise, which appear to have gone the
way of the cassette tape.
Lugar devoted decades to the bipartisan issue of nuclear disarmament. In
doing so, he worked with Democratic
Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia during the
’90s and, around six years ago, with a
Democratic Illinois senator named
Barack Obama.
Lugar had a 77 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative
Union, but that’s an F on today’s litmus
test. The Club for Growth, a well-heeled
group that likes to knock off Republican
incumbents deemed insufficiently pure,
told GOP primary voters that “Dick
Lugar might be a statesman, but he's not
a conservative.”
That line from a radio ad tells us
plenty about today’s rancid political culture. It’s now a liability to be tagged a
statesman. There’s apparently no room
in the Senate for someone who sees
beyond his own party’s trench.
The preferred Senate denizen is
someone like Richard Mourdock,
Lugar’s successful challenger, who says
the problem in Washington these days is
– seriously – “too much bipartisanship.”
Which is like saying the typical big-city
rush hour suffers from insufficient congestion.
Mourdock’s rise and Lugar’s demise
are symptoms of a looming crisis of
governance. Indeed, Lugar joins a
lengthening list of mainstreamRepublican exiles who know that one
occasionally has to cut deals to get
things done – Chuck Hagel, Lincoln
Chafee, Olympia Snowe, and so on.
Maine’s Snowe, who is retiring from the
Senate and blasting her GOP brethren on
the way out, said this week: “There has
to be tolerance for varying views if you
want to become the majority party in
this country and sustain that majority. I
think we have to demonstrate that we
have the ability to govern ... and not just
engage in ideological absolutes.”
Yes, I’m well aware that Democrats
are at fault, too. But I won’t claim a false
Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein,
the nation’s most prominent analysts of
Senate behavior, also refuse to play that
game. As the storm clouds darkened over
Lugar, they warned that “divided government has produced something closer to
complete gridlock than we have ever
seen in our time in Washington.” Their
time has spanned more than 40 years,
long enough to know which party
deserves the brunt of blame:
“In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it
was warranted. Today, however, we
have no choice but to acknowledge that
the core of the problem lies with the
Republican Party. The GOP has become
an insurgent outlier in American politics.
It is ideologically extreme; scornful of
compromise; unmoved by conventional
understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of
its political opposition. When one party
moves this far from the mainstream, it
makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with
the country's challenges.”
Mourdock celebrated knocking off
Lugar by offering his treatise on governance: “Bipartisanship ought to consist
of Democrats coming to the Republican
point of view.” That is delusional, as any
Democratic fantasy of Republican surrender would be. But that’s the operative
mentality, which is why Mann and
Ornstein believe “Washington’s ideological divide will probably grow after the
2012 elections.”
If Obama wins, his ideological congressional foes will treat him with the
same disrespect as before, and he will
also be a lame duck. And if Mitt
Romney wins, his ostensible ideological
allies will dog him mercilessly, forever
on the alert for apostasy, while the vanquished Democrats thirst for payback.
It’s enough to make us yearn for
Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican
president who said: “Things are not all
black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all
of the usable surface. The extremes,
right and left, are in the gutters.”
Ike was lucky he never had to run in
a modern Republican primary.
Dick Polman is a columnist for the
Philadelphia Inquirer. Readers may
write to him at: Philadelphia Inquirer,
P.O. Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101,
or by email at [email protected]
com; blog: http:// www.dickpolman.
© 2011, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune
Information Services.
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Business & Investment
New look at Geneva Ridge Resort
According to a company press
release, if you haven’t been to Geneva
Ridge Resort lately, there are many
changes that you should see. Located
just West of Lake Geneva on Highway
50, the resort is now under new management, being re-named and re-branded, in
addition to seeing close to $2 million in
improvements since last fall.
Anvan Corporation first opened the
property in 1973 as a Holiday Inn, and
then named it the Interlaken Resort until
2007 when the hotel closed for renovations. In 2008, it reopened as The Lodge
at Geneva Ridge. Now, with a sale pending to a new owner group, OIFGR,
passersby will soon see a new sign and
logo for the Geneva Ridge Resort.
Last summer, the new owner of the
property retained the Paloma Management Group, owned by the same company that owns and manages Geneva
National Golf Club, to run the resort,
and for the last year, the group has been
mid-June. Guests and visitors of the
resort will soon be able to walk out the
back door and enjoy a beautiful patio area
featuring a full bar with kitchen, fire pit,
outdoor dining, and a view of Lake Como
and Geneva National’s Clubhouse.
Now, after nearly a year of re-branding, re-staffing and numerous capital
improvements, the hotel will debut this
month as Geneva Ridge Resort, and
show off a new logo that integrates the
well known Geneva National seal.
“We are excited to position Geneva
Ridge with the golf club, and begin marketing a full service resort with 54-holes
of Legendary Golf,” said Kevin Paluch,
COO of Geneva National Golf Club and
Vice President of Paloma Management.
There will be a pool membership
open house on Friday, June 15 from 3-6
p.m., during which the public will be
able to check out the pools, spa and patio
for summer pool membership information.
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b e g i n s o n p a g e 35 .
No joke.
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Park amenities include boat launch, swim pier.
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Shorewest, Realtors Lake Geneva
office celbrates March sales record
The Lake Geneva Office of
Shorewest Realtors recently celebrated a
record sales month at a breakfast held at
the Geneva Inn.
According to a press release from
Shorewest, the Lake Geneva office
broke an office sales record in March
followed by increased sales in April and
good sales in May. The office is located
at 623 Main St. in Lake Geneva and is
June 1, 2012 — 7
home to 36 sales associates.
“The real estate market is definitely
picking up,” said John Tisdall, sales
director at the Lake Geneva Office.
“Besides the numerous homes on the
market for sale, we’re seeing a lot of
traffic in our open houses and offices, as
well as multiple offers. Our agents are
busy and excited to be helping people
buy and sell homes.”
Boy Genius
tificate. He knows the economy is the
biggest concern of most voters. And he
knows that the average Jane or Joe does
not have a command of the economic
facts and so will not question the false
assertions Rove’s team has injected into
a heartstrings-tugging scenario.
Election campaigns are not about
facts and truth, they are about images
and myths. Karl Rove is a master of
myths; the boy genius of the good old
boys club.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
David Horsey is a political commentator
for the Los Angeles Times. Go to to see more of his work.
© 2012, David Horsey
Distributed by Tribune Media
Continued from page 4
Deficit reduction? Obama’s present
plan is projected to cut the deficit by $2
trillion over the next 10 years while the
scheme proposed by Romney would
increase the deficit by $5 trillion over
the same period, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. And taxes?
The president is pushing higher taxes for
the rich, not for struggling middle class
Oh, and that grassroots effort? That’s
really Karl Rove and the millionaires
and billionaires who pay for his ads.
What makes Rove brilliant? He
knows better than to waste time with
silly issues, like the president’s birth cer-
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Soybean crop may not meet demand
By Steve Roisum
The U.S. soybean crop this year is
expected to be big – but it might not be
big enough to meet demand at home and
Farmers are expected to plant even
more soybeans than last year, but
despite the numbers, export obligations
could put a strain on the U,S, supply.
Tim Goodenough is one of the
Wisconsin Soybean Association’s
National Directors. He says countries
such as China, Brazil, and Argentina are
depending on American soybeans.
“If we run that short of beans, we
could possibly be exporting beans
into the country just to supply our
supply,” Goodenough said. “So it
could get to the point where it would
be really critical.”
According to the American Farm
Bureau Federation, the U.S. could possibly drop to a 16-day supply.
Goodenough says that could raise the
price of a variety of soybean-based
“You have a lot of food areas;
there’s soy flour meal, tofu, and just a
host of other different food products
that come from soybeans.”
But Goodenough says southern
states could help increase soybean supply at the end of this season because
farmers there are wrapping up their
wheat crop ahead of schedule, and
might be able to double crop that land to
grow soybeans.
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Health & Fitness
Dementia Care Conference will
be held in Elkhorn on June 21
The second annual Dementia
Caregiver Conference will take place at
The Monte Carlo Room (Sperino’s), 720
N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn, on June 21.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and
the event will begin at 9 and end at
12:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker, Lynda Markut,
Workplace Education Coordinator for the
Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern
Wisconsin and co-author of “Dementia
Caregivers Share Their Stories: A Support
Group in a Book,” will present the topic,
Ambiguous Grief.
Professionals will lead five round table
discussion groups relating to: personal
care, Alzheimer’s disease and related
dementia behaviors, activities and communication technique and medical professional information about the diagnostic
process, partnering with your doctor and
medication management.
In addition to the educational speakers,
the morning will include vendor booths, a
hot breakfast, raffle items, conference
materials and free on-site respite care.
Anyone wishing to take advantage of
respite care must call Cindy Lester by June
8 at (262) 210-9783 to register a loved
one. Pre-screening is required to qualify
respite attendees,
The Walworth County event is intended to heighten the awareness of available
resources within the community and provide caregivers with valuable education to
help them cope better with a loved one
with memory changes. Caregivers face
many challenges in providing care for their
loved ones. Successful caregivers recognize the importance of taking care of themselves so they can continue to give quality
This event is co-sponsored by A
Day in Time, Inc., the Alzheimer’s
Association of Southeastern Wisconsin,
Home Helper’s and Mercy Walworth
Hospital and Medical Center.
To register call Bonnie Beam-Stratz at
262-210-9783 by June 13.
On May 15 Williams Bay Women’s Civic League President Sue
Vandenbroucke and Vice President, Betsy Arney (right and left front, respectively),
presented donation checks to (rear, from left) Barry Butters, principal at the Williams
Bay High School and Barb Isaacson, principal at the Williams Bay Elementary School.
Also in attendance was Williams Bay School District Superintendent, Vance Dalzin.
The checks, totaling $2,400, will assist the schools with transportation costs and math
reinforcement materials.
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By Phil Galewitz
Kaiser Health News
Having trouble finding a doctor?
You’re not alone.
Tens of millions of adults under age 65
– both those with insurance and those
without – saw their access to health care
worsen dramatically over the past decade,
according to a study abstract released in
The findings suggest that more privately insured Americans are delaying
treatment because of rising out-of-pocket
costs, while safety-net programs for the
poor and uninsured are failing to keep up
with demand for care, say Urban Institute
researchers who wrote the report.
Overall, the study published in the
journal Health Affairs found that one in
five American adults under 65 had an
“unmet medical need” because of costs in
2010, compared with one in eight in 2000.
They also had a harder time accessing dental care, according to the analysis based on
data from annual federal surveys of adults.
“For decades, Americans have been
facing costs rising well above wage levels,” said Lynn Quincy, senior policy analyst for Consumers Union, a nonpartisan
group. “These are real families. ... It’s very
The 2010 health care law, which will
expand health coverage to 30 million people starting in 2014, won’t necessarily
solve all those access problems, the study
said. That’s because the law, which is
under review by the Supreme Court, may
not alter the trend toward private insurance
policies with larger deductibles and higher
co-payments or address some of the barriers within public coverage. While the law
does increase payments temporarily to primary care doctors who see people covered
by Medicaid, it will not force more doctors
into the program, or require states to provide dental coverage to adults.
Quincy noted that the law does offer
several new strategies, such as new payment methods to control rising costs,
which could help improve access, but
there’s no guarantee they will work.
The study underscores what’s at stake
in the law’s coverage expansion: People
with private or public health insurance
have significantly better access to care
than the uninsured. If the law is overturned
or scaled back, “we would be likely to see
further deterioration in access to care for
all adults – uninsured and insured alike,” it
The percent of adults with private
insurance who reported an “unmet medical
need” doubled to 10 percent from 2000 to
2010, while those who delayed seeking
care because of cost rose from 4 percent to
7 percent in the same period, according to
the study.
One analysis by the consulting firm
Milliman showed health costs for an
American family of four have more than
doubled since 2002.
“As employers shift more costs onto
workers, that is something we are going to
continue to see,” Cunningham said.
For insured Americans, a shortage of
doctors in some parts of the country was a
factor, but not as important as cost, he said.
An increasing number of consumers
are also facing delays finding a primary
care doctor when they are sick because
physicians leave less room on their schedules for walk-ins, said Arthur Kellermann,
director of the research firm RAND
Health. To make more money, physicians
prefer to fill their days with quick turnaround type patients, such as those with
chronic illnesses that need regular monitoring, he said.
Poor and uninsured adults had greater
difficulties not just with health care costs,
but finding doctors who would see them.
Health care increasingly out of reach for millions of Americans
About one-third of 41 million uninsured adults delayed getting care because
of costs in 2010, compared with 25 percent
in 2000, the study found.
Nearly half the uninsured said they had
an unmet medical need in 2010, up from
33 percent in 2000.
The uninsured who had a “usual
source of care,” such as a family doctor or
community health center, fell to 38 percent
in 2010 from 44 percent in 2000. The finding was startling, given the billions of
additional federal funding to community
(Continued on page 9)
Welcoming ...
Mark Grzeskowiak, MD
Family medicine
Mercy Lake Geneva Medical Center is pleased
to welcome Dr. Mark Grzeskowiak to its staff.
Dr. Grzeskowiak joins Gary Myron, MD, family
medicine physician, and Mark Pfeifer, DPM,
As a family doctor, Dr. Grzeskowiak is trained
in all areas of medicine and diagnoses and treats
a full range of health concerns. His areas of
special interest include:
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Preventive care
Physical exams and wellness checks
Dr. Grzeskowiak is now accepting new patients.
For more information, call Mercy Lake Geneva
Medical Center at (262) 249-0221.
also at
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Health care
Continued from page 8
health centers over the past decade,
Cunningham said.
Toni Wolf, 45, of Roanoke, Va., says
she’s put off going to the doctor for the
past year, even though she has diabetes
and suffers from a lung disorder that causes her to be short of breath. “It makes me
feel very stressed and worried,” said
Wolfe, who works as a teacher at a day
care center but can’t afford the employee
coverage it offers. She also recently got
care through Project Access.
The study found that among adults getting care through public programs (more
than two-thirds were enrolled in Medicaid,
the state-federal insurance program for the
poor) 26 percent said they had an unmet
medical need in 2010, up from 20 percent
in 2000. About 19 percent experienced
delays getting care due to non-cost factors
in 2010, up from 14 percent in 2000.
Nearly one in four people in public programs in 2010 had an unmet dental need,
up from 15 percent in 2000.
The problems indicate that too few
providers are taking Medicaid and an
increasing number of states are dropping
dental coverage, which is an optional benefit, Kenney said.
The American Medical Association,
which has backed the 2010 health care
June 1, 2012 — 9
law, said the study findings were not surprising.
“The ability for patients to access medical care is fundamental to the success of
our health care system, since without timely health care access the uninsured live
sicker and die younger,” said Dr. Peter W.
Carmel, association president.
RAND’s Kellermann noted that even
as the nation’s total health care bill doubled in the past decade to $2.6 trillion,
many Americans had difficulty getting
“We’re paying more and more and getting less and less,” he said.
Asked if there was any good news in
her report, Kenney said that in contrast to
adults, millions more children gained
access to care in the past decade, likely
because of the availability of public coverage for children through Medicaid and
CHIP. The study found the percent of children who had been to a doctor in the past
year rose to 92 percent in 2010, from 89
percent in 2000.
(Kaiser Health News is an editorially
independent news service of the Kaiser
Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health
care policy organization that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.)
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Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association during a conference at Kalahari Resort in
Wisconsin Dells on May 6. Dr. Kolar was recognized for his significant contributions
during his 32 year career as a physician in the Lake Geneva area, where he helped
many seniors and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and
served as the Honorary Chairperson for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Pictured with Dr.
Kolar are Stephanie Sherman, Administrator at Geneva Lake Manor and Andy Kerwin
of the Geneva Crossing Senior Community.
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Sheriff’s awards
June 1, 2012
Continued from page 2
RMS Team members who received
the Meritorious Service Award on May
17 were: Undersheriff Kurt Picknell,
Captain David Gerber, Jail Superintendent Howard Sawyers, Records Supervisor Vicki Runnells, Sergeant Mark
Roum, Detective Robert Craig, Deputy
Jon Albrecht, Deputy Todd Neumann,
Correctional Officer Keith Clayton,
Correctional Officer Ruth LaLoggia,
Correctional Officer Heather Martin,
Communications Officer Kathy Nitsch,
Records Clerk Kristy Laue and Retired
Captain Jay Maritz.
• • • •
In nominating Deputy Ken Brauer
for the department’s Public Service
Award Detective Bob Sharp wrote:
Every year, the organization, Concerns
of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) hosts a
summer camp at the Salvation Army
Camp in East Troy for the children of
police officers who have died in the line
of duty.
C.O.P.S. Summer Camp provides
surviving spouses with children ages 614 the opportunity to work with professional counselors and trained mentors to
improve communications within the
family and resolve grief issues together.
Organized activities are supplemented
with counseling during the week-long
camp. Friendly competition, planned
activities that encourage team-building,
and shared fun times in a camp atmosphere help families recognize that the
teamwork approach will help them cope
with their grief.
Several years ago, Deputy Brauer
was introduced to the camp and realized
how important it was to the lives of hundreds of children and their surviving
parents. Brauer decided he needed to do
something to ensure the continued success of the annual camp. Over the years,
Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy John Czerwinski accepts the department’s
Medal of Honor during a ceremony on May 17.
(Beacon photo)
he has donated countless hours assisting
at the camp and has organized many
fundraisers for the it.
Ken recently recognized the need to
help prepare law enforcement families
for the unthinkable. With the help of
C.O.P.S. he conducted presentations to
all interested deputies about the importance of having all of a family’s financial documents together and organized
in case they are needed in the event of a
tragedy and provided a financial “diary”
Plastic Surgery
to assist with this.
He also volunteered to be the
Sheriff’s Office liaison with the County
Human Resources Department in case
there is a line of duty death.
The Public Service Award was presented to Deputy Ken Brauer in recognition of his passion for assisting his fellow deputies and the families of fallen
law enforcement officers.
• • • •
In nominating Tracy Hillenbrand for
the Civilian Employee of the Year
Award, Deputy Gibby Maas explained
that Hillenbrand has been a Communications Officer for the Sheriff’s Office
since 2002. “During that time she has
developed a reputation for being
extremely thorough in the performance
of her duties. She is always willing to go
to great lengths to provide the information deputies need to complete their calls
and conduct investigations,” Maas said.
“Tracy is extraordinarily skilled at
digging up information that isn’t readily
available which has led to the arrest of
numerous fugitives. In one incident,
while trying to locate a subject on a
felony warrant, she began researching
information on the fugitive’s wife. She
soon discovered that there was also a 15
year-old out-of-state extraditable felony
warrant for the wife under her maiden
“Tracy constantly finds new addresses, telephone numbers, and family members that greatly assist the Fugitive Task
Force in bringing fugitives to justice.
She does all this while handling the frequently high volume of 911, fire, rescue,
and other calls for assistance as well as
the radio traffic from other officers and
deputies. In the past year there have
been several very intense calls, but
through them all she has remained calm
and professional while gathering and
disseminating all relevant and pertinent
information that responding officers and
deputies require to do their jobs.
“Tracy always goes above and
beyond her duties, taking great pride in
her work,” Maas concluded.
• • • •
On Wednesday, June 29, at approximately 9:20 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Lockhart’s Service on
Highway 12 at Abell’s Corners for a
report that a vehicle had fallen off a hoist
onto an employee in the service bay.
(Continued on page 13)
“My philosophy in treating patients
is to educate and explore all their
options so they can fully achieve
their goals.”
Robert Paresi, MD, MPH
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Dr. Paresi is excited to join the Lake Geneva community. He has
a true passion for cosmetic surgery and also enjoys treating
patients with a variety of reconstructive needs. He prides
himself in establishing a good rapport with his patients
and working together to make the best decision. He is a
perfectionist and will make sure you get the results you expect.
Areas of special interest:
Injectable products, such as,
BOTOX® Cosmetic, Juvederm®,
Restylane® and Sculptra®
Rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping)
Reconstructive surgery
Dr. Paresi joins the practice of Dr. Gerson at Mercy Walworth
Hospital and Medical Center. To meet Dr. Paresi and discuss
your needs, please call (262) 245-0535.
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Health Through Chiropractic
June 1, 2012 — 11
Chiropractic Care For Chronic Pain Sufferers
By Dr. Bernice Elliott
Community Chiropractic Center
Pain is a useful indicator that something is wrong with the body that requires
tends to occur
suddenly, often
in response to
an injury or a
change in mobility or function. For example, if you run
into a door and
hurt yourself,
or awaken with a Dr. Bernice Elliott
stiff neck that
was not there before, that is acute pain.
Chronic pain may also start suddenly,
but what differentiates it from acute pain is
that it persists; it extends beyond the normal range required for healing. Accidents
and diseases can result in pain that lingers
long after the event that caused it. The
problem is that the longer we feel a chronic pain, the more our bodies and brains
compensate and change to accommodate it.
This can lead to not only a decreased
sense of well-being but actual degradation
of our physical health. Medical treatment
of chronic pain tends to rely on drugs to
mask or reduce the pain, but rarely addresses the root cause of the pain. Chiropractic
treatment has been found to be a safe, drugfree, non-invasive treatment for many
types of pain, but may be most effective
when dealing with chronic pain.
We can define chronic back pain as
pain that has persisted longer than three
months. The pain may be neuropathic
(caused by actual nerve tissue damage, and
usually experienced as a sharp pain or
burning sensation), or nociceptive (caused
by an injury or a source outside the nervous
system, experienced as a constant dull
ache). This type of chronic pain commonly
occurs in adults between the ages of 30 and
50, but may also appear in other age groups
as a result of lifestyle practices or injury.
Chronic pain due to nervous system
irritation or nerve injury can lead to a number of corollary symptoms – lower back
pain, changes in posture or stature, lack of
mobility, problems with balance, and over
time, actual muscle loss. Chiropractic can
be very effective in treating these conditions. Because the long-term goal of chiropractic is to create a healthy spine as the
basis for general wellness, it can also help
to reestablish normal functioning and
eliminate the root causes of chronic pain.
Many chiropractors are also trained in
methodologies such as trigger point therapy and massage, which have been shown
to alleviate chronic pain. Your chronic pain
treatment may also include some form of
exercise plan, to help you rebuild your
strength in the affected areas.
If you are experiencing this kind of
pain, consult your chiropractor to assess
whether it may be successfully treated
with chiropractic adjustments and/or related therapies. Chiropractic care can be very
effective in treating chronic pain on its
own, but also integrates well with traditional medical care, without the risk of
drug side effects or surgery. Chiropractic
treatment may be an effective therapy for
you to help with long term pain management, and possibly achieve the elimination
of the pain itself.
Community Chiropractic Center is
located at 541 Kenosha St. (across from
Walworth State Bank) in Walworth. We
accept most insurances and medicare
assignment. New patients are always welcome and can usually be seen the same day.
Call today, or stop by to see how chiropractic care can benefit you.
Sponsored by Community Chiropractic
Sara Szczap invites passersby to stop and stuff the taxi with non-perishable
food items for the Walworth Food Pantry. The annual even is sponsored by Community
Chiropractic in Walworth.
(Beacon photo)
Health report says we may be
living longer, but not better
By Shamane Mills
A report on the health of Wisconsin residents shows we’re living longer, but not
necessarily well. Obesity has increased,
and excessive alcohol use continues.
Ten year trends in a new health
report show progress: rates of smoking
have gone down significantly and there
are fewer teen births in Wisconsin. The
report from the UW Population Health
Institute also shows death rates in all age
groups have declined or stayed the same.
But people’s perceptions about the quality of their life hasn’t gone up says
Associate Dean of Public Health Dr. Pat
“When you ask people about their
self-reported health whether they’re in
fair or poor health the percentage of people who say they’re in fair or poor heath
has been increasing about six-percent in
the last decade. So it appears we’re living longer, but maybe not better "
The report also shows the state is
going backwards, not forward, in creating healthy communities.
“We’ve seen increased rates in people who are uninsured; in high school
dropouts, unemployment and the rates of
poverty; even rates of rates of violent
crime have increased,” Remington says.
“So if you think of these as the foundation for a healthy community, we’re
going in the wrong direction”
Remington says these social and
economic factors, along with increasing
rates of obesity by more than three-percent a year, could mean widespread poor
health in the future.
Wisconsin Public Radio News
When he had heart problems,
he did what people around here do.
He turned to a neighbor.
Shawn King spends his days building custom hot rods and visiting
with friends and family in the community. He never knew that he had
heart problems and he never imagined that a casual conversation with
a friend would actually save his life. Shawn’s friend (who also happens
to be an Aurora physician) recognized red flag symptoms and referred
him to the specialists at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. Shawn
required five life-saving heart bypasses and thanks to the experts at
Aurora’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, he is back to normal, back in
the community and back with the people (and cars) he loves.
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Have a Safe Trip
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Associates (volunteers) awarded four scholarships totaling $6,000 at a recent appreciation luncheon to four students who are pursuing careers in health care. Students pictured with members of the Scholarship
Committee are (front, from left) committee member Shirley Richter, students Juana
Rodriquez, Anthony Ruzga and Lisle Blackbourn, committee member Joann Baars,
(back) committee member Gordon Peaslee and student Emily Johnson.
(Photo furnished)
Their shells are not as strong as stone, as some people believe.
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Over the next several months, many
of us will be traveling. Some of us will
trek around the state while others will
visit exotic destinations. Whether you’re
traveling to the North Woods for a week,
or to Outer Mongolia on a tour aboard
the Orient Express, there are a few common sense steps you should take to
make sure the experience is safe and
healthy for all.
First, make sure you’re healthy
before you start your trip. If you are in
the early stages of an acute illness such
as the flu, a respiratory infection or any
other disease for which you would otherwise consider staying home, make an
urgent care appointment with your doctor a day or two before leaving. Don’t
just wait to get better, especially if your
symptoms aren’t improving. An acute
medical illness may put you at risk,
while at the same time exposing people
around you – such as those in an aircraft,
bus or train – to your germs.
If you have a chronic illness requiring
regular maintenance such as diabetes,
emphysema, or an active heart condition,
it’s worthwhile to see your family doctor
for a “tune-up” before you travel.
Second, take an adequate supply of
your prescription medications, as they
may not be available locally, especially
in countries that have substandard health
facilities. Having both the generic name
and the brand name of your medications
will make getting replacements easier.
To avoid any problems, it’s also wise to
take a legible prescription or a letter
from your doctor that proves you legally
use the medication.
Even if you don’t use prescription
medications, it’s a smart move to make
up your own medical kit that may contain:
• Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for
fevers and generalized aches and pains.
• Antihistamine (such as Benadryl®),
which is useful for allergy symptoms
and itching caused by insect bites and
stings; it’s also useful to take immediately when an allergic reaction occurs,
before you are able to locate professional help.
• Antiseptic cream or triple-acting
antibiotic cream for cuts and grazes.
• Calamine lotion for itching due to
insect bites and poison ivy.
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen lotion with an SPF of 30,
plus lip balm with sunscreen.
• Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride
(Sudafed®), a nasal decongestant, is
helpful if you’re flying with a cold.
Third, if you’re heading to a foreign
country, it’s recommended that you seek
medical advice at least six weeks prior
to travel to make certain all of your vaccinations are up to date. Leave plenty of
time to get your vaccinations since some
require an initial shot followed by a
booster some weeks later.
Also, some vaccinations should not
be given together. Record your vaccinations on an International Health
Certificate, which is available from your
physician or local health department.
If you plan to leave the country with
infants or when you are pregnant,
remember that some vaccinations are
not recommended for these groups. The
safest policy is make plans with your
doctor well ahead of time.
Exotic locales also can harbor
exotic illnesses. Consult your primary
or infectious disease physician before
you leave. You may be able to get a
supply of prophylactic antibiotics
and/or anti diarrhea or anti-emetic
(vomiting) medications to take along.
Other helpful tips:
! Carry a card at all times that lists
your medical problems, medications and
! Your medications should be easily
accessible and clearly marked at all
! Do not put medications in
checked luggage that could get delayed
or lost in transit.
! Before embarking on a long journey, schedule a dental checkup. You
don’t need a surprise toothache when
you’re climbing Mt. Everest.
! If you wear glasses or contact
lenses, take a spare pair plus your prescription.
Notes about water recreation
According to the Centers for Disease
Control, a variety of infections (e.g.,
skin, ear, respiratory and diarrheal infections) have been linked to wading or
swimming in the ocean, freshwater lakes
and rivers, and swimming pools, particularly if the swimmer submerges his head.
Water can be contaminated by other
people, from sewage, animal wastes and
wastewater run-off. Accidentally swallowing even tiny amounts of contaminated water can cause illness, so avoid
swallowing water in any aquatic activity.
Pathogens can also enter through injured
skin, so avoid swimming when you have
any cuts, scrapes, open sores, or have
recently had tattoos or piercings.
Popular recreational spots that families with children like to frequent are
water parks, and hotel pools and hot
tubs. Even though commercial facilities
are routinely checked for bacterial levels, that does not guarantee they are
germ-free. Chlorine takes time to
destroy bacteria in water, plus some
organisms have a moderate to very high
resistance to chlorine. Also, the high
water temperature of hot tubs actually
makes chlorine evaporate faster. Even if
you smell chlorine, don’t assume the
water is germ-free.
Skin infections are the most common
infections spread through hot tubs and
spas. And a swimming pool is, after all, a
common bathtub. Tell children to avoid
swallowing pool and spa water, a practice that may lead to diarrheal infections.
Other tips for safe aquatic activities:
" Shower immediately after being
in the pool, hot tub, lake, ocean or river.
" Never swim alone or under the
influence of drugs or alcohol.
" Never dive or jump into an unfamiliar body of water.
" When outdoors, be aware of
weather conditions and forecasts.
" Use a personal flotation device
when boating, skiing or using personal
watercraft, regardless of the distance
you’re traveling, the size of the craft, or
your swimming ability.
" In the ocean, riptides and strong
currents, which aren’t always visible on
the surface of the water, can carry even
expert swimmers far from shore. Ask the
lifeguard about water conditions before
Have a safe journey and remember
that the first part of your trip should be a
trip to the doctor. Visit your primary care
physician or the Mercy Travel Clinic for
the best advice.
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Sheriff Awards
Continued page 10
Deputy John Czerwinski was one of the
first of several emergency responders to
arrive at the scene.
Upon his arrival, he discovered that
Nicholas Van Dyke, age 28, was trapped
under a Dodge Charger. Completely disregarding his own personal safety, Dep.
Czerwinski immediately crawled under
the unsecured vehicle to determine Van
Dyke’s condition.
June 1, 2012 — 13
Dep. Czerwinski remained under the
vehicle, rendering what aid he could as
others worked to raise the vehicle to free
the victim. Despite its extremely dangerous, unstable condition, the deputy
stayed under the car with Van Dyke until
it was raised to a sufficient height to permit the victim’s extraction.
“Though Dep. Czerwinski’s selfless
and heroic actions weren’t enough to
save Van Dyke that day, they were a testament to his personal courage and a
clear demonstration of his dedication to
the service of the citizens of Walworth
Golden age … golden care
Specializing in senior health care
right here in Walworth County
Correctional Officer of the Year award
that she received during a ceremony on
May 17.
(Beacon photo)
County,” said Sheriff Graves. “In recognition of these traits, I am proud to present Deputy John Czerwinski with the
Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Medal of Honor for 2012.
• • • •
Janeen Mehring started her career in
1984 working in the Process Division. In
1992 she transferred to the Administration
Division, and was promoted to Business
Office Manager in 2006.
“The Distinguished Service Award is
given to employees in recognition of the
sustained delivery of a high level of performance,” said Sheriff Graves. “Janeen
is an example of that definition.
Throughout her years of service she has
shown a dedication and ability to function as the Business Office Manager.
Some of her duties include monitoring
the Sheriff’s Office annual budget. She is
in charge of processing the accounts
payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing transactions. In others words she
takes care of our checkbook.
(Continued on page 20)
James McCoy, MD
Specializing in
Geriatric Medicine
fellowship trained at
Northwestern University, Chicago
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Walworth County Correctional
Officer Richard Craig receives a
Distinguished Service Award during a
ceremony on May 17. Craig has served
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June 1, 2012
Spring Home and Garden
Green Leaf Inn practicing woodland management
The mile-high glaciers receded and
scraped across the land and in their place
Lake Geneva began to form. The Kettle
Moraine – made from rocks that were
piled high by the receding glaciers – was
thrust into place. The ground began to
heal and cover itself and over time grew
into a prairie, an oak savanna and forests
full of hardwoods and understory plants.
Then civilization came, many of the
oaks were cut down for timber and the
prairies and savannahs were cleared for
farming. Unexpected consequences followed; invasive trees, bushes and plants
– some thriving from lack of competition, others planted by people in ignorance – were able to overcome the
young native seedlings that were growing alongside their native parents. As the
old trees matured and the invasives took
hold, the native seedlings could no
longer compete for light and nutrients.
The result of these consequences can be
seen in most of the Wisconsin woodlands today.
Invasives, like garlic mustard, a
plant that was brought from Europe for
the settlers’ herb gardens, take over the
forest floor or prairie and smother the
native plants and tree seedlings so that
only the invasives survive. Thus the first
step in small woodland management is
to remove those invasives – the trees,
bushes and weeds. Removal includes
cutting them down, pulling them out by
the roots, cautious poisoning, and careful burning of the unwanted aggressive
species. Once this is done, native species
can be replanted to, hopefully, regain
control of the land and forest floor.
At the Green Leaf Inn (GLI), the
woodlands were filled with buckthorn
and box elder trees. Garlic mustard and
Creeping Charlie covered the ground
like a winter blanket. In 2011, the inn’s
co-owners, Fritz Kreiss and Catherine
McQueen, began the process of cleaning
a half-acre of land that borders Highway
50, cutting down invasives and trees that
were dying or dead already, as well as a
young ash tree that will inevitably be
lost to the ash borer beetle that is now on
its way into Wisconsin. To the casual
observer, it looked as if all of the lush
foliage was being removed, but in reality, the only things missing were the
invasives and dead or dying trees.
Little native growth was found once
the invasives had been removed, since
the responsibility of thinning the woodlands and clearing brush had been
ignored for many years. The battle
between native plants and invasive ones
had gone on until the natives lost. But
the GLI is taking control of the grounds.
A workman from Wisconsin Wood Harvesters loads a hickory log that will be
kiln-dried and turned into furniture for the Green Leaf Inn.
(Photo furnished)
‘The Green Team,’ a herd of 20 female goats, nibble their way through garlic
mustard and other invasive species on the Green Leaf Inn property. The goats cleared
out the unwanted plants in three days this spring.
(Photo furnished)
Their goal for this half-acre as well as
the the rest of the property is to restore
the native forests, oak stands and meadows as much as possible.
After clearing the half acre, the GLI
took a bold, unique and sustainable next
step. A crew of 20 female goats, was
brought in. Nicknamed the “green
team,” they eat the invasives and fertilize at the same time. Since they will eat
just about anything, the recently planted
swamp oak trees had to be carefully protected as well.
The goats were kept safe and moved
around to various sections via a portable
low voltage electric fence. They spent
about three days on the grounds and ate
their way through a smorgasbord of
plant invasives; handling everything
neatly except the box elders and the
large buckthorn. These invasive bushes
and trees were cut down and their
branches chipped to be laid on the forest
The native trees that had to be
removed – a young ash and a dead
maple and oak – were delivered to the
saw mill to be cut, kilned dried and
turned into lumber for new custom furniture for the Inn. Gifford Tree Service
did the tree removal and chipping, and is
also doing the lumber milling and kiln
drying along with Wisconsin Wood
Local furniture makers, like Lakes
Area Woodworking, are helping with the
design and creation of some beautiful
pieces for the Inn. The box elder trunks
that were not suitable for lumber were
chopped and piled to dry, and will supply energy for heat and hot water this
coming winter for the wood boiler at the
The next step in the GLI woodland
management plan is happening now. They
are replanting native trees and plants that
will do well in this area of the property,
and throughout the five acre campus. In
the spring, because there is normally
standing water in the front acre for a period of weeks, plants will need to be chosen
that can adapt to these conditions.
Roy Diblik, of Northwind Perennial
Gardens, has begun by planting swamp
oak trees, choosing the breaks in the
shade canopy so they have sufficient light
for their growth. Further wetland species
will be planted this summer, keeping in
mind the state’s plan to expand the road
in front of the Green Leaf Inn to four
lanes at some time in the future. Due to
this change in plans, the next set of trees
must help serve as a sound barrier against
the noise from additional traffic. Proper
landscaping, due to its density, can more
effectively dampen noise than just putting
up a fence.
In the end, the life cycle of the woodlands at Green Leaf Inn comes full circle, providing sustainable resource
material for the Inn’s furniture and heating, while delivering a boost to the local
economy by providing work for local
businesses from tree removal to furniture making.
The Green Leaf Inn, located east of
Delavan on Highway 50, is designed to
be the sustainable building of the
future; a comfortable luxury retreat
amid a living laboratory and catalog of
new technology, products, and
providers. This will be the first net zero
and regenerative energy hotel to be
built in North America and will include
eight different sustainable energy systems integrated into the project for
demonstration purposes. The Inn will
include a remodeled section; existing
home containing three suites, eating
area, commercial kitchen and laundry,
and new construction; 19 hotel suites
and conference center. Anticipated
opening is late summer 2013. More
information may be obtained at www.
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Turning Into Stone
By Pete Roth
Back in the 1970s and ’80s, my
father and I worked in a sawmill to use
up some material and help pass the winter. I remember two middle-aged farmers talking about how an oak fence post
would last 25 to 30 years in the fence
line before it would rot off. But that’s no
longer true.
Some say it’s the next generation of
trees being cut at an early age. I think
that may have something to do with it,
but I’ve seen wood from the same truck
– half installed on one side of the street
and the other half installed on the other
side – and one would last nearly twice as
long as the other.
Here’s why. Wood deteriorates differently from sun to shade and from different minerals in the soil. But the
biggest factor is moisture. Wood will rot
when it’s wet, then dry – not when it’s
wet and not as fast when it’s dry.
Think about this: When do you find
petrified wood (wood that has turned to
stone)? In swamps. If it stays wet, it
won’t rot; if it stays dry, it will rot, but it
will take longer.
Have you ever pulled up a fence post
and seen it had rotted just below ground,
not above and not below six to eight
inches below ground? Here’s a tip. The
next time you set a post in cement, leave
the cement below the ground about six
to eight inches. The post will last longer.
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Model A’s to return to Sharon
Vehicle and history enthusiasts will
be glad to learn that Model A Day will
return to Sharon on Sunday, June 3. The
free event will take place in the historic
downtown area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Begun several years ago on conjunction with the Rockford Model A
Club, the annual event now draws
cars and their owners from all over
northern Illinois and southern
Wisconsin. Organizers are expecting
a minimum of 200 antique cars and
trucks, with the possibility of 300 if
weather is fine.
In addition to the Model A’s lining
the streets, Sharon residents will once
again dress in period costumes to welcome visitors. Many vendors will be on
hand, including those purveying Model
A parts and others with edibles and
Other highlights will include a swap
meet (sorry, gals, for parts, not spouses),
live music and a pig roast.
• Top-Of-The-Line Meat Market
Local, Natural Meats; Hormone
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• Fresh Entreés, Prepared Food
and Salads
• Bakery, Market Fresh Baked
Breads, Rolls and Sweets
• Sandwiches, Pizza and Burgers
To Go or Eat in Our Beautiful
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• Farm Fresh Produce
• Catering Services
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• Vast Premium Wine Collection
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Improvement Association to host
Delavan Lake Information Day
The Delavan Lake Improvement
Association has made many changes to
improve their Lake Improvement Day
for 2012. The event has been moved
from the busy Memorial Day holiday
weekend to Saturday, June 9 at the
Delavan Community Park, which is
located at the intersection of Highway
50 and South Lake Shore Drive. The
time has also been extended to run from
9 a.m. to noon.
The format has been changed from a
formal presentation to a fair format so
that visitors can stop by anytime, have a
free cup of coffee and a donut and see
the many table presentations that have
been prepared for viewing.
The number of participants has been
increased. According to organizers, this
year’s fair promises to be the best ever
with broader participation from the
many groups that help manage the lake
and more opportunities for one-on-one
conversations with experts from the
Walworth County Aquatic Invasive
Species department, the Delavan Lake
Sanitary District, the Kettle Moraine
Land Trust and more.
Landscape gardener Lisa Reas will
offer native plants for $1 each. She will
also provide advice about how and why
to plant native plants.
For additional information log on to
Fontana Garden Club members (from left) Dee Dee Allen, Sandi Goldstein and
Carolyn Langner offer green merchandise to visitors during their annual Memorial Day
weekend plant sale.
(Beacon photo)
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We employ
St. Andrew Parish School team members (from left) Nathan Difiore, Reece
Torkelson, coach Sheila Venteicher, John Paul Zampino, and Kenna Timmerman were
among students from seven area schools who competed in Knowledge Quest, an academic tournament similar to Jeopardy. The tournament was held at St. Charles School
in Burlington. The St. Andrew students are coached by parent volunteer Sheila
Venteicher and eigth grade teacher, Deb Amici. Subject areas include art, music, physical education, religion, social studies, general knowledge, math, science, spelling and
language arts.
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Where’s the bird that lost this feather?
Members of the Scrappers Quilt Guild made a quilt from the quilt patterns that
are decorating the farm barns around Walworth County. Raffle tickets will be on sale
at the Walworth County Dairy Breakfast on June 15, the Pork Chop Dinner on June 20,
The Walworth County Fair at North Hall, and at the Craft Fair on November 10. All
these events will be held at the County Fair Grounds.
(Photo by Sue Buckingham)
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By Marjie Reed
I love my jar of feathers.
Out of all I’ve collected, two are special; the peacock feather makes me smile
and the goose feather makes me laugh.
When my mom lived with us, she was
in her late 80’s,
and always had
interesting things
around for her
to play with.
Three things
the kids especially enjoyed were
her atomizer for
misting plants, a
long, long bluegreen peacock
feather, and a very
Marjie Reed
greatgrandma, or Nana, for short.
Four-year-old Megan and Nana had a
ritual. Megan sprayed the plants with the
atomizer, and when finished, she just kept
spraying. Nana’s glasses, while still on her
face, were next.
Typical of Nana, she loved it, and let
Megan have fun at her expense, never caring that she was getting wet.
Knowing the glasses needed to be
dried, Megan would hold the end of the
unwieldy, three-foot long feather, and
swoosh it back and forth across the lenses.
How they would laugh as the feather tickled mom’s face.
When finished, with Nana on her
walker and Megan gently leading the way,
they would join us in the living room.
When Nana looked up, we all had a good
laugh for her face was dripping and water
spots and wavy streaks from the feather
covered both lenses.
“Look, I cleaned Nana’s glasses!”
Megan would announce as they both stood
there, proud as peacocks.
Nana was always cleaner when Megan
left, and the peacock feather was drippy
and droopy, but most importantly, they
made a life-time memory together.
The feather in my jar that tickles my
funny bone is the long, plain, raggedy
goose feather showing signs of wear and
tear from thousands of migrating miles.
Like a well-worn tire on a semi, it’s in bad
need of a retread.
Years ago, my grandson Joshua and I
were playing in the park until he got a call
from nature. “Grammy, I have to go potty.”
In our hurry home, he spotted the
goose feather and picked it up. Running
past me, he shouted, “Where is the bird
that lost this?”
“I don’t know” seemed like a lousy
answer, I thought. “Maybe it’s time to
teach him Migration 101.
“I’ll start out with the fact that geese hate
extremes in temperature, so they fly north in
the spring and south in the fall. Then I’ll
delve into why they make the ‘V’ formation
when they migrate. Yea, that’s a great plan.
After all, I don’t want him to think his
Grammy is a bird-brain or feather-head.”
Like an impressive fountain, I was
ready to spew my knowledge upon the
lucky child.
I was just taking a breath to begin my
elucidation (that means explanation, but I
think it upgrades the column, don’t you?),
when I felt a tug on the leg of my jeans,
jerking me back to reality.
“Grammy, I reeeally, reeeally have to
go potty!” he insisted.
All right, first things first.
His next statement knocked all the
informative “migrating goose info” out of
my head, for he held up the feather again
and announced,
“I know where the bird is that lost
“What a silly boy,” I thought. “I
haven’t told him one thing about migration
“Okay,” I said, with a bit of sarcasm,
‘Where is the bird that lost that feather?”
With the water level rising in his eyeballs, he yelled back as he ran through the
bathroom door, “He just used whatever
feathers he had left and flew away!”
I was speechless.
He just used whatever feathers he had
left and flew away? That’s all he needed to
hear? What about my impartation of all the
ornithological migratory knowledge I just
thought up?
Outwitted by a three-year-old.
“Oh well”, I sighed, “guess we’ll tackle
the potty now and leave migration for later.
Dear God,
Kids keep us grounded and help us
realize the truth of the KISS theory—Keep
It Simple, Stupid.
When Joshua and Megan were very
young, short answers were all they wanted,
no matter how deep the question might
have seemed.
And God, with Joshua now 16 and
Megan, 10, please give their parents (and
all parents) wisdom to know how to
answer their childrens’ increasingly difficult questions as they stretch their wings
and begin to experience life.
One day, they will migrate from home
– may they leave sensing the support of the
wings of the older generations of the family strongly intertwined beneath them.
Then, with confidence, they can use whatever feathers they have left to rise from our
nest, and successfully fly through life.
Marjie Reed lives in Harvard, Ill., with
her husband, Bob. They have been married
nearly 45 years and have three children
and eight grandchildren. Contact Marjie
at [email protected]
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New Jersey-based Henry Repeating
Arms operates Henry Wisconsin, a metal
fabricating subsidiary in Rice Lake.
Since 2010, business has doubled at the
Wisconsin plant, which makes precision
parts for Henry brand rifles, said
Anthony Imperato, Henry Repeating
Arms president. The company has been
adding workers at the Rice Lake facility.
Connecticut-based gun maker Sturm,
Ruger & Co. on March 21 temporarily
stopped taking new orders for guns
because it couldn’t keep up with
demand. In the first quarter, the company received orders for 1.2 million
firearms, more than it made in the entire
year in 2011. The company said it
expects to resume accepting new orders
at the end of May.
National outdoor retailer Gander
Germantown for its first firearms-only
concept store, Gun World by Gander
Mountain. It subsequently opened Gun
World locations in Eden Prairie, Minn.;
Wichita, Kan.; and West Palm Beach,
Fla., said Jess Myers, a spokesman for
the Minnesota-based outdoor chain.
“There’s been a real spike in not only
firearms ownership, but learning how to
properly use firearms as well,” he said.
Massachusetts-based Smith &
Wesson Holding Corp. said in its most
recent earnings report that its firearm
backlog at the end of January had grown
to $198.5 million, up $124.7 million
from the same time last year – an
increase of 169 percent.
Suburban St. Louis-based Olin Corp.
said that during the first quarter of 2012,
the backlog for its Winchester
Ammunition subsidiary increased by
more than $100 million. Sales increased
despite a drop in military and law
enforcement orders, the company said in
filings with securities regulators.
There are a number of factors driving the trend, those in the industry say,
but one thing – politics – is mentioned
by nearly everyone.
“There’s been a pickup that may be
related to the election and also is related
to an undercurrent of interest in personal defense that just continues to be
also at
there,” Olin Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Rupp said during the company’s
first-quarter earnings conference call
with financial analysts.
Rafn says gun sales typically have
surged in recent presidential election
This year, though, it’s off the charts.
That’s because gun owners and prospective gun owners are uncertain whether
whoever ends up controlling Congress
and whoever wins the White House will
support gun rights, Rafn, Lauer and others said.
It’s a situation where consumers say,
“‘We’re going to get our guns now,’”
before the election, Rafn said.
Among other factors driving the gun
The Wisconsin’s concealed carry
law. The Wisconsin Department of
Justice has issued more than 105,000
concealed weapons permits since the
law took effect in November. In
announcing the 100,000th permit, the
department said it continues to receive
hundreds of applications each day.
“We’re seeing a lot of new shooters
and a lot of women shooters,” Nugent
An overall feeling of insecurity.
Every time a story hits the news about
budget cuts affecting a local police
department, more people consider buying a gun, Rafn and others said. News of
foiled terror plots or terrorist acts also
sends people to the gun store.
“The more trouble there seems to be in the
world, the more people seem to be buying
guns and getting interested in guns who
haven’t been before,” Krieger said.
The slow U.S. economic recovery is
also adding to the feeling of uncertainty.
But anything related to guns seems to be
defying economic trends.
“Firearms are really selling now, but
it’s not just firearms,” Lauer said. “It’s
everything – all the accessories, ammo.”
“This place is just hectic with guys running around here trying to get these
orders filled. We’ve seen our business
increase 20 percent to 30 percent over
last year. It’s just been phenomenal.”
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View the transit of Venus safely
On June 5 there will be an opportunity
to see something that won’t happen again
this century as the planet Venus will pass
directly between the Earth and the Sun.
Yerkes Observatory and the Friends of Big
Foot Beach State Park will host events to
allow the public to safely view this stellar
Between 5:04 p.m. and sunset on June
5, the planet Venus be visible as a small
black dot against the surface of the Sun,
but looking directly at the sun to view the
Transit of Venus is definitely not safe. At
the planned viewing events solar viewing
glasses will be available, as well as telescopes equipped with filters, or with a projected image that can be safely seen by a
On the day of the transit, regardless of
weather, observation events are scheduled
from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Big
Foot Beach State Park and at Yerkes
Observatory. Internet links to other viewing sites will also be available to allow
observation regardless of our weather.
Other activities besides viewing the transit
will also be offered for all family members. Yerkes Observatory and the Friends
of Big Foot Beach State Park request
donations of $5 per person or $15 per family. State Park vehicle entrance fees apply
to the event at Big Foot Beach State Park.
Register at
for our Transit of Venus events. Many people are expected to attend and it will be
helpful for organizers to know how many
people are coming. Further information
can be found from the links at the Yerkes
Observatory website: http://astro.uchica
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Sheriff Awards
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Every year when it is budget time
Janeen can be found working late to
make sure the budget is correct. She
always has somebody in her office asking questions about the budget or a bill
that needs to be paid. Janeen is the “goto person” for everyone in the department regarding any questions related to
finance. Her many years of service have
afforded us a mountain of knowledge
that will be greatly missed when she
retires on June 1.
• •
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Employees recognized for their
years of service were:
25 years
Randall Swatek
20 years
Jeff Maas, Ken Brand, Kurt Picknell,
Mark Drews, Scott McClory and Troy
15 years
Rob Hall, Kevin Warnecke, Wesley
Phillips, Isha Kinard, Gale Borger,
Charles Hall and Larry Hartwell.
10 years
Troy Pagenkopf, Jeff Shaw, Dan
Long, Wayne Blanchard, Ken Brauer,
Craig Konopski, Dan Nelson, Teressa
Dailey, Rick Carroll, Erin Hogue,
Michael Phelps and Michele Small.
MLS #1172972 - Spacious 3
bedroom, 3 bath condo on Palmer
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5 years
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Jennifer Hayes, Kevin Knaus, Holly
Lorentz, Heather Hawes, Kimberly
Ludtke and Renee Monestero.
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each 2 bdrm., 1 full bath. Each with
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MLS #1242970 - 6,000 sq. ft.
detached condo home overlooks the
Palmer Golf Course. 4 bdrm., 4.5
baths, wet bar wine cellar w/tasting
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Each bdrm. has its own bath.
MLS #1228299 - You’ll love this
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Open concept kitchen. Dining
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MLS #1187365 - Spacious 4
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Finished lower level has a rec
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MLS #1241924 - Spacious 2
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MLS #1225724 - Spacious 3 bdrm.,
3 bath Birchview design in Abbey
Springs. 3 levels of living. Main level
and walkout lower level offer frplc.
Hot tub and sauna. Clubhouse, tennis
courts, indoor and outdoor pools,
exercise room, putting green, lake
access. $434,900
MLS #1229422 - Nearly 5 acres surround this 4 bdrm., 3 bath Victorian
home. Bring your horses! Pond and
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MLS #1251856 - Geneva Lake Rights and Views!
This wonderful completely remodeled home is located in desirable Cedar Point Park under a block from
the lake. This home has 4 bdrms., 2 full baths, 2 car
garage all on a double lot. 2 frplcs., wonderful patio,
deck, new appliances, new mechanicals. Come and
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DIRECTIONS: Hwy. 50 west from Lake Geneva to
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PIN #38305 - Come check out this meticulously maintained home in Country Club Estates
with lake rights to Geneva Lake. This home
boasts lrg. room sizes, gorgeous rock frplc.,
oversized windows with great views, 3 bdrms.,
3 baths, 2 car attached garage, a walk-out finished lower level and a great rec room. The
potential here is endless. Come sit back and
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PIN #43845 - Come and enjoy Lake Como in
this nicely remodeled charming 3 bdrm. lake
front home with a 3 car garage. Newly remodeled kitchen which boast Shaker cabinets, solid
oak floors, Corian counters and Italian glass
mosaic tiled backsplash. The full bath also has
been remodeled with a gorgeous cherry vanity,
marble flooring and a marble subway tiled
shower. All this plus 70 feet of sandy frontage.
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PIN #07125 - Stunning 4 bdrm., 3.5 bath
home on over 13 acres. A conservancy surrounds on 2 sides. Soaring ceilings, oversized windows and doors. Split floor plan for
maximum privacy plus huge lower level family
room. 4th bdrm. with full sized window has
private bath just off family room. Oversized 3
car garage with second story bonus room
possibilities. $549,900
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PIN #63125 - Wonderful waterfront home
looking for that new owner that demands beauty and charm. All the updates have been done.
3 bedroom, 2 baths. Walk the pathway through
the gardens. Contemplate the wonders of
nature while seated in your screened-in porch,
Set on the deck at the water’s edge or party in
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PIN #94175 - Looking for that place in
the country to call your own? Look no further! Check out this farmette on almost 4
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Township. Per seller, well is 6 years old,
roof is 2 years old. Being sold “as is”.
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PIN #58345 - Home offers 4 bdrms., 2 baths.
One bath completely updated and has handicap access bars installed. New energy efficient furnace and water heater. An enclosed,
all window, front porch runs the width of the
home. A detached 2 car garage w/upper 2
bdrm. apartment. Property can be subdivided
to the original 2 separate lots. $139,900
Ask For Jane Dulisse
Barb Becker
PIN #46355 - Beautiful, like new, open concept
ranch show pride of ownership throughout. 3 bdrm.,
2 bath home has great open entertaining space on
main floor. Finished lower level has game
room/media room with showtime marquee, wet bar,
bistro seating area, workout room and storage room.
Massive backyard/lot, almost 1/2 acre total, has
room for pool, playground, gardening area, dog kennel or whatever you need. Deck has gasline built-in
grill, hot tub area off deck and backyard has a private
volleyball court. New roof May 2012. $219,900
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Jane Dulisse
PIN #29635 - Very spacious, open concept home. Living
room, dining room and kitchen are the heart of this home
and perfect for entertaining large families. Mstr. bdrm. has
an abundance of room including walk-in closet, private
bath and sitting area. Bdrms. 2 and 3 are at opposite side
of home to ensure peace and quiet for mstr. bdrm. A lower
level rec room is ideal for a media room, game room or a
4th bdrm. Approx. 1000 sq. ft. of additional lower level
can be finished, currently used for storage, also plumbed
for 3rd bath. Backyard had deck, patio and has plenty of
room for pool, playground set and garden. $284,900
Ask For Jane Dulisse • 262-206-5532
MLS #1240449 - Parkway lake view home in Cedar
Point is a rare find! Cape Cod on lrg. 1-1/2 lots, nestled amongst mature trees, views of the lake with wonderful 3 season porch and huge deck. Updated home
features stone frplc., built in cabinets, lrg. living room,
open kitchen with counter seating, formal dining room,
sun room with wall of windows and wet bar, mstr bdrm.
suite with cathedral ceiling and 2 walk-in closets. Prime
location for fun in every season with summer swim and
winter wonderland sledding at your door. $699,000
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Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth
Ave., Delavan. School year library hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Note:
• Night Images Photography Class –
Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. John Finley will
share some of his night photos and explains
the techniques he used for each image. Local
photographers are invited to display their
night images of Delavan at the library this
summer as part of the summer library program.
• The Summer Library Program Begins
June 11. In addition to our usual Tuesday
entertainers and family programs, we will
have special adult events, preschool story
time, and activities for kids age 9-12 and
teens age 13-18. The reading portion of the
program is open to people of all ages (including adults) and offers incentives to read, visit
the library, and be active during the summer.
Sign up beginning June 11.
• Couponing Class, Monday, June 11 at
10 a.m. This two-hour session will give you
all the information you need to start saving
money. Topics include everything from finding and organizing coupons to managing
your pantry and freezer. Registration is not
• Floral Arranging, Tuesday, June 12 at
1:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of APL,
this workshop is presented by an expert from
Treasure Hut, whose experience in floral
arranging will help you make the most of the
beautiful blooms in your summer garden or
other source of fresh-cut flowers.
• Tote-ally Cool Book Bags, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday, June 12-14 at 3
p.m. Prepare for summer reading in style by
decorating your very own book bag. And
while you’re here, feel free to beat the rush
and register for Dream Big – Read.
• Storytime with Miss Kris –
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. beginning June 13.
Each session will include stories, games,
music and movement, plus early literacy and
social skill building activities.
• Downloading from OverDrive,
Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. Do you own a
Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device capable
of reading ebooks? This class will show you
how to borrow ebooks free from the library
by using OverDrive, including an overview
of the digital library website and demonstration of several different ereading devices.
Pre-registration required.
• Celebration of Freedom Bicycle
Decorating and Parade, Friday, June 15 at 1
p.m. In celebration of the American Veteran's
Traveling Tribute called “The Cost of
Freedom,” come to the library to decorate
your bike in red, white, and blue. Then join
the parade to Phoenix Park beginning at 3
• Delavan's Historic Architectural
Ornamentation, Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m.
Architectural historian Frank Landi will
examine the buildings in the business district
of downtown Delavan, documenting the
architectural artwork and the changes that
have occurred during the past 100 years.
• English Conversation Group, Tuesdays
at 11:30 a.m. For those learning English as a
second language, this is the perfect opportunity to practice everyday conversation skills.
The English conversation group is sponsored
by the Walworth County Literacy Council.
• Storytime with Miss Kris features
trains, springtime, and house pets. The Tiny
Tots group, for children from birth to age 3,
meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Preschool
Storytime, for children age 3 to kindergarten,
meets Fridays at 10 a.m. Each session
includes stories, games, music and movement, plus early literacy and social skill
building activities.
• 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.
• Special banjo program featuring the
renowned Mike Woitowicz, June 11, 3 p.m.
See page 25 for full details.
• Scrabble Club 10 a.m. - noon on the
first and third Wednesdays of each month.
also at
• Story times are offered twice a week,
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30
p.m. Crafts to follow. Same books and crafts
both days.
• Pinochle Club 10 a.m. - noon on the
second and fourth Wednesdays each month.
• Knitting Circle, Mondays 10 a.m. noon and Wednesdays 1-3 p.m., Sherwood
Lodge. All skill levels welcome. Take a
project to work on.
• The Saturday Morning Book Club
meets the second Saturday of the month at 10
a.m. The June 9 discussion will be on “In a
Sunburned Country,” by Bill Bryson. The
discussion on July 14 will be on “My
Antonia” by Willa Cather.
• Summer Reading Programs, prizes
awarded to children and adults for reading
from June 11 – July 31. Register at the library.
• Summer Storytimes, Tuesdays 10 a.m.
June 12 - Aug. 7. Three story groups organized by age; crafts will follow.
• Matinee Movies, Thursdays 1:30 p.m.
(for children). June 14, June 21, Aug, 2, Aug
9, Aug 16, Aug 23, Aug 30.
• Wii Play, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m., June 13
– August 8.
• Tween/Teen Book Club, ages 12 – 16.
Mondays at 10 a.m., June 11, 25, July 9, 23,
Aug 6.
“How To” E-books. Mondays 2-3 p.m.
June 11 – July 31. Learn how to download to
your e-readers. Drop-ins welcome.
• Great selection of used books for sale.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2452709 or e-mail [email protected]
Brigham Memorial Library, 131 Plain
St., Sharon.
• Story Time, Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30
a.m. A theme will unite a story and craft.
Snacks will be available.
• Young adult book club, every second
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Darien Public Library, 47 Park St.,
Darien. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.,
Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 882-5155.
• Wireless Internet now available. Bring
your laptop and ask at the desk how to access
the wireless connection.
• Ongoing book sale.
• The schedule for our popular free adult
computer classes is now available. Stop in or
call 882-5155 for information.
Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley St.,
Harvard, Ill., 815-943-4671, www.harvard
• Pre-School Story Time for 3-5 -yearolds. Story, activity and crafts for those not in
kindergarten. Mondays 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Call for details and schedules.
• Read with Bella, our Tail Waggin’
Tutor. Owner Dawn Wagner brings Bella, the
therapy greyhound, to the library. Bella will
listen while children read aloud in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. Bella loves to listen
and get her ears scratched. Open to all children--meet at the Penny Rug on Mondays
from 3:30-4:30.
• Uncommon Movies. On the first
Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m., the
library shows a movie or film that is not
widely distributed. Free admission. Bring
your own snacks if you want. Call the library
for the feature being shown.
• Digg In Books Discussion for adults.
Second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Location and book selections vary. Call the
library for details.
The library offers events and programs
throughout the month and these will be listed, along with more details, at and on our Facebook page or call
(815) 943-4671 for more information. Most
events are free and open to the public.
East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094
Graydon Ave., East Troy.
• Book club, 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of
each month.
• Story time, 11 – 11:45 a.m., for children
and their caregivers. Registration required.
• Story Time, Fridays, 11:30 a.m., for
ages 18 months – 4 years.
For more information, call 426-6262.
Fontana Public Library, 166 Second
Ave., Fontana.
• Happy-to-Be-Here Book Club, first
Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.
• Evening Book Club, third Thursday of
each month, 6:30 p.m.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2755107 for more information.
Genoa City Public Library, 126
Freeman St., Genoa City.
• Story time and craft time, Fridays, 10
a.m. For kids ages 3-5 and siblings.
• Ongoing book sale. Donations of new
or slightly used books, including children’s
books, may be dropped off at the library.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2796188 for more information.
Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W.
Main St., Lake Geneva.
• Kid’s Creative Craft Programs for children ages 4-9. The programs will meet weekly from June 14 through July 26. Pre-registration at the circulation desk is required for
each program and begins on Friday, June 1.
There is no charge for these programs, but
space is limited.
Youth Services Librarian Sara Soukup
will lead a Flip Books Workshop on
Thursday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. Kids will
make their own book that they can flip to
make new characters.
On Thursday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m., kids
will use feathers, stickers, funky scissors,
and more to make a one-of-a-kind “Merry
Mask” face mask.
• Tween programs for children ages 9-12
will meet weekly from June 12 through July
24. Pre-registration is required at the
Circulation Desk and begins on Friday, June
1. The progams are free, but space is limited.
Youth Services Librarian Sara Soukup
will lead a Journal Making Workshop on
Tuesday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. Tweens will
make a place to hold all their summer memories and will decorate their journals with
stickers, gems, funky paper cut with funky
scissors, and many other embellishments.
On Tuesday, June 19 at 1:30 p.m., tweens
will play with Crayola Air Dry Clay during a
Ceramics Workshop to make something fantastic and functional.
• The “Dream Big: Read!” Summer
Reading Program will begin on Monday,
June 11 and continue until Friday, August 3.
Children ages 3-12 and teens, ages 13-18 are
encouraged to participate to win prizes.
Children ages 3-12 may participate in the
program by completing six activities on a
bookmark, including reading in 15 minute
increments, checking out books, and attending library programs. Each participant who
completes six activities on the bookmark will
receive a coupon for a ticket to a Brewers
game, free admission to the Milwaukee
Public Museum, and a free ticket to
Medieval Times, while supplies last. In addition to the passes, children may choose from
a selection of different prizes each week
including stickers, stuffed animals, plastic
bugs, and more.
Teens ages 13-18 may participate in the
program by completing an “Own the Night”
Book Review Sheet. Teens are encouraged
to review a book of fiction, non-fiction,
comics, graphic novels, or audiobooks.
They will be asked what their favorite character is, what the best and worst parts of the
book are, and who they would recommend
to read the book. The reviews will be displayed in a binder at the Youth Services
Desk so other teens can read the reviews
and choose their next book to read. When
teens return their book review, they will be
given a coupon for a ticket to a Brewers
game, while supplies last. They may also
choose a piece of candy each time they submit a book review.
In addition, children who complete six
activities on their bookmark and teens who
write book reviews will also have their
names entered into a drawing to win a grand
prize. To increase their chance of winning
the grand prize, children may complete an
unlimited amount of activity bookmarks and
teens may complete an unlimited number of
book reviews.
• Preschool story time Tuesdays and
Fridays from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages
2-5 years are especially encouraged to attend
this half hour reading program. However,
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families and children of all ages are also
invited. Each week library staff read aloud
stories that are often based on a seasonal
theme. The event may include singing, dancing, and other participatory activities.
• Generations-on-line computer tutoring is
now available for senior citizens. Tutors will
be available Tuesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. and
Wednesdays from 2 – 3 p.m. in the library’s
reference room. The goal of the program is to
provide seniors with beginning computer skills
and to interest them in exploring elementary
uses of the World Wide Web and e-mail.
Interested senior citizens may sign up at
the reference desk or call the Library at 2495299 to make a reservation. Volunteer tutors
are made possible by the Retired and Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP). The laptop computer used for the tutoring sessions was made
possible by a grant received by Lakeshores
from the Racine Community Foundation and
administered by Generations on Line.
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.
• 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 or Friday
at 10 a.m.; Books n Babies on Wednesday at
10 a.m.; Preschool Age on Thursday at 10
a.m.; and Tiny Tots 2nd and 4th Monday at
6:30 p.m.
• The Lego Building Club for ages 6-12
meets every other Wed. at 3:30 p.m. in the
story room. Each meeting will feature a different building theme. Creations will be displayed in the library and online. Lego donations greatly appreciated.
• Make it and Take it, the library’s popular tween program, is now be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 45 p.m. and books on the current month’s
theme are available in the children’s area.
For ages 6 and up.
• Stamp and Scrap group for Rubber
Stampers and Scrapbookers meets from 10
a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Mary Bray room the last
Saturday of the month.
• The Walworth County Genealogical
Society Library is open Tuesdays from 10
a.m – 3 p.m. and the second Saturday of each
month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A board member
will always be there to render assistance if
needed. Special appointments for other times
can be made by calling the WCGS librarian
at 215-0118. To obtain membership information or find literature regarding Walworth
County, visit
• The library provides homebound delivery of library materials on a regular basis to
those residents who are eligible. “Homebound” is defined as being generally confined to the residence either temporarily, due
to illness or accident, or permanently, due to
age, disability or other mobility problems.
Eligibility is extended to residents within the
Elkhorn city limits and the immediate service
area in Sugar Creek, LaFayette, La Grange,
Delavan and Geneva Townships, but not to
other municipalities.
New materials will be delivered every
three weeks and the previous materials will
be picked up and returned to the library.
There will be no renewals on materials for
homebound delivery. Deliveries will be
made Monday through Friday at a prearranged time.
Homebound delivery is free. Overdue
fines are not charged on homebound materials, but the library’s standard fee schedule
will apply for lost or damaged items.
All formats of materials are eligible for
homebound delivery, but items in high
demand may be excluded. A limit of 6 audiovisual items (movies, audio books) and 6
books will apply. Only materials owned by
Matheson Memorial Library are eligible for
home delivery, but requests for purchase will
be considered for items that the library does
not own. Call the library at 723-2678 and
ask for Gail (ext. 11).
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 7232678 or visit for more.
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22 — The Beacon
June 1, 2012
Pet Questions & Answers
By Marc Morrone
A reader sent in a letter that said his
aging Amazon parrot had died suddenly. I
replied that older birds and other animals
can succumb unexpectedly from heart
attacks and strokes, just like humans can,
and that only an autopsy from a vet could
actually provide closure on why the bird
had died.
I then heard from a few other readers
who said that they also had a bird or birds
that died suddenly, and that right after the
birds died their carbon monoxide detectors
had gone off. The house was slowly filling
with gas, and that's why the birds had died.
This underlines the need for a carbon
monoxide alarm and suggests that if a bird
suddenly dies in a home without one, you
should have your utility company check
out the situation. Fumes from the overheating or burning of a Teflon pot or pan,
or a self-cleaning oven that is allowed to
overheat can also be toxic to birds.
Q: I am leaving my two dogs at a kennel for the first time next week. They will
be there for seven days, and I am very anxious for them. I have no idea if they will be
afraid of the people who work there or perhaps they may not eat. They are well
socialized and have no problem at the dog
park, but I am worried anyway. I chose the
kennel because it is a small place and a
person is there all night long. I would
appreciate any advice or information you
can give me.
A: Some dogs enjoy being at a boarding facility for a few days, others tolerate
it and still others are miserable. It is usually the fear of the unknown that makes
them so unhappy, so the best way to
address this issue is to ask the boarding
kennel if you can pay to leave your dogs
there for just one day.
Drop them off in the morning and pick
them up in the evening, the equivalent of a
shift at doggy day care. If you have time,
do this for a couple of days before you go
away. The dogs will be happier, as now the
unknown is familiar to them and, hopefully, they will enjoy seeing and smelling so
many new things all day.
Q: My 8-year-old golden retriever
loves to eat the beach grass that grows in
my yard. I cannot stop her from doing it.
She always throws it all up an hour after
she eats it. Why does she eat it when it
makes her so sick?
A: Dogs eat grass just because they
enjoy the way it tastes. They cannot digest
grass and if they eat a small amount or if
the grass is very fine and soft, then it will
come out in their stool.
Beach grass is coarse and wiry, however, so that is why she throws it up. If she
threw it up right after she ate it, she may
figure out that eating the grass is causing
her to vomit, but since it happens so long
afterward, she does not have the cognitive
ability to figure this out. As long as she has
access to the grass, she will continue to eat
Q: Can you tell me what bird sings in
my neighborhood all night long? I thought
that birds could not make noise in the dark.
Whenever I cover my cockatiel's cage, it
stays quiet until I uncover it. The neighborhood bird has a very loud song and
seems to sing three or four different songs.
A: Many neighborhoods are not actually that dark at night, between all the
streetlights and cars. In the spring when
their testosterone level is high, many male
birds in suburbia will take advantage of
this and sing the night away. I have heard
robins and cardinals singing in the darkness, but the prize goes to the mockingbird. Most likely that is what you have
been hearing, especially if you have heard
it sing several songs. They are called
mockingbirds since they mock or mimic
the songs of other birds and incorporate
them into their own.
Q: What is the best food to feed my 2year-old sister cats? One swallows the premium dry food I give her without chewing
it at all. It all comes up after she eats and
then she starts it all over again. They love
canned holistic chicken and lamb cat food
and do not throw that up, but I was always
led to believe that dry food is better. Can I
just feed them the canned food?
A: Dry food is actually very unnatural
for a cat and we feed it to them only
because it is convenient. There are many,
many cats that do just fine with it and
some like yours that do not. If yours
respond better to the canned food, then life
would be easier for you and the cats if you
just keep them on the canned food diet.
Q: Whenever I am walking my
German shepherd and he is finished urinating, he will scratch the ground with his
back legs. It actually does a bit of damage
to the grass we are walking on. He was
neutered at 6 months old. He lifts his leg
when he goes. My male beagle who also
was neutered at 6 months old just squats
when he goes. Can you tell me why the
shepherd acts this way?
A: Dogs are the most domesticated
mammal on the planet – but they still have
instincts left over from their wolf ancestors. The testosterone in a male wolf will
cause it to urinate against an object so that
its scent is at nose level to other wolves.
The scratching of the ground right there
provides further evidence of its territorial
claim. In addition to the visual indication,
the glands between the animal's toes may
leave a further scent. Even though your
dog is neutered and has no testosterone in
his body, he must have gotten a flush of it
into his system right before he was
neutered, and that is why he started this
behavior. Now, it has become a learned
habit. For whatever reason, the beagle
never really developed any testosterone
before he was neutered, and that is most
likely why he squats like a female dog
when he urinates.
Q: I've noticed two little frogs have
started living in the fish pond I just made
in my backyard. I really like them, and I
want to know if there is any food that I can
offer them to persuade them to stay?
A: In most cases, there is enough natural food to keep the frogs alive and well.
The best way to make them happy is to
give them some shallow water to hang out
in where they will feel safe. Put a planter
in the pond that comes up to about 2 inches below the surface. Plant some shallow
water bog plants in it. This will give the
frogs an area of shallow water with natural
cover that they need to feel safe and
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Beacon editor Dennis West captured this picture of a doe and her fawn along
Highway 50, west of Highway 67 on May 25. Of course, the small wetland would be
filled in if the Department of Transportation widened the highway to four lanes, but
there is still plenty of habitat left for creatures like this; right?
(Beacon photo)
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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.
Walworth County Senior Travel Club,
10 a.m., Community Room at Matheson
Memorial Library in Elkhorn. Sign up for the
July 28 trip to German Fest in Milwaukee
and the August 22 trip to the Timberlake
Theater in Mt Carroll, Ill. to see “Some
Enchanted Evening”. Our program for the
meeting will be Jim Perry, canine specialist,
talking about dog therapy for humans. Call
Rachel at 743-1555 with any questions.
Jazz in the Park, 3-7 p.m., featuring
middle and high school jazz groups playing
under the leadership of professional musician
Robert Baca. Phoenix Park Band Shell, E.
Washington and S. 2nd streets in Delavan.
Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.
Lake Geneva Fishing Club Kids’ Day,
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Big Foot Beach State Park,
which is located on East Lake Shore Drive
(Old Wisconsin 120) across from the lake.
All kids 15 and under are welcome for a day
of fishing fun. No license required.
Equipment, bait, lunch and prizes are included. Call (847) 524-8623 with questions or
log on to
Young Southern, 3-5 p.m., Phoenix
Park Band Shell, E. Washington and S. 2nd
streets in Delavan. Bring a blanket or chair to
sit on. Everyone is welcome to this free concert.
Walworth County Genealogical Society meeting, 6:30 p.m., Community
Centre, 826 Geneva St, Delavan, will present
a program about Milwaukee’s Jewish community by Ellie Gettinger from the Jewish
Museum of Milwaukee Call 215-0118 for
more information.
Music in the Park, 6-6:30 p.m., Turtle
Creek Fifth Graders, 6:30-7:30 p.m., the Sign
Song Dancers from the Wisconsin School for
the Deaf, Phoenix Park Band Shell, E.
Wisconsin and 2nd St., Delavan. Bring a
blanket or chair to sit on. The concert is free
and open to everyone.
Classic Car Cruise-in, 5-8 p.m. Choice
of cheeseburger or two hot dogs, chips and
soft drink for $3. Triune Lutheran Church,
N1584 County road K Sharon, two miles
south of Hwy. 14 west of Walworth. Call
882-4000 with questions.
View the transit of Venus safely. See
article on page 19 for full details.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Christ
Lutheran Church, 228 Martin St, Sharon.
Four Seasons Community Chorus
presents “Greatest Hits,” featuring members’
favorite songs, 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran
Church, 420 Read St. (across from Big Foot
High School) Walworth. The concert if free,
but donations of non-perishable food items
for local pantries will be appreciated.
A spiritual music concert featuring the
talent of Mary Stephan, 7-8 p.m., Phoenix
Park Band Shell, E. Washington and S. 2nd
streets in Delavan. Bring a chair or blanket to
sit on.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m., St Francis De Sales, 148 W Main
St, Lake Geneva.
Geneva Lake Art Association Paint-In,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 18 artists painting under market umbrellas downtown along
Broad and Main streets, to demonstrate their
work and answer questions. Original artwork
and and prints will be for sale.
Martha Berner sings in a free concert,
7-9 p.m. at Phoenix Band Shell, E.
Washington and S. 2nd streets in Delavan.
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Geneva Lake Art Association Paint In.
See Saturday, June 9 for details.
Micael Coleman rhythm and blues
concert, 3 p.m., Phoenix Park Band Shell, E.
Washington and S. 2nd streets in Delavan.
Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.
Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:45 a.m. – 6
p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 416
W Geneva, Delavan.
American Legion Auxiliary meeting
5:45 at the Legion Hall, 111 S. 2nd St.,
Delavan. Potluck dinner and installation of
We are meeting early because we are having
a pot luck dinner. Following the dinner there
will be the installation of new officers.
Four Seasons Community Chorus
presents “Greatest Hits,” featuring members’
favorite songs, 7 p.m., First Congregational
UCC Church, 715 Wisconsin Street, Lake
Geneva. The concert if free, but donations of
non-perishable food items for local food
pantries will be appreciated.
Honor escort parade from the DelavanDarien High School through downtown
Delavan to Community Park opens the
“Celebration of Freedom.
“The Cost of Freedom” Tribute Wall
exhibit opens at noon in the Town of Delavan
Community Park, Highway 50 and South
Shore Drive. The grand opening ceremony
will be held at 6 p.m., the colors will be rretired at 8 p.m. and the exhibit will close at 9.
Fresh Market, 3-7 p.m., Downtown
Spiritual music by the Living Word, 7
p.m., Phoenix Park Band Shell, E.
Washington and S. 2nd streets in Delavan.
Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on.
Celebration of Freedom, featuring The
Cost of Freedom Tribute Wall will be open
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Community Park,
Town of Delavan.
“Blackwater Band,” 3:30 p.m., Third
Street stage, downtown Delavan.
Military re-enactors, 3:30-6 p.m.,
Phoenix Park, E. Wisconsin and 2nd St.,
“Ladies Must Swing” band, 7 p.m.
Phoenix Park Band Shell, E. Wisconsin and
2nd St., Delavan. Bring a blanket or chair to
sit on. The, concert, part of the Celebration
of Freeddom, is free and open to everyone.
36th Annual Dairy Breakfast, 6-10:30
a.m., rain or shine, Walworth County
Fairgrounds. Activities till noon include a
craft fair, many exhibits, small-animal display, coffee cake contest, entertainment and
bus ride to tour Nel-Farm dairy farm.
Advance donation of $6 ($7 at the gate) gets
admission and deluxe scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, cheese, milk, juice, coffee
and ice cream. Call 723-2613 with questions.
Celebration of Freedom featuring The
Cost of Freedom Tribute Wall, 9 a.m. - 9
p.m., Community Park, Town of Delavan.
Elk’s Flag Day Ceremony at 10 a.m.; Echo,
the singing bird seen on “America’s Got
Talent” 4 p.m.
“Historic Downtown Delavan” program by Frank Landi, 10 a.m., Aram
Memorial Library, 404 E. Walworth Avenue.
Military Re-enactors, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Phoenix Park, E. Wisconsin and 2nd St.,
“Col. Webb’s Band of Musick,” folk,
family and children’s music, 11 a.m.,
Phoenix Park Band Shell, E. Wisconsin and
2nd St., Delavan. Bring a blanket or chair to
sit on. The concert is free and open to everyone.
Ye Olde Hotel INLYONS
(262) 763-2701
Hwy. 36-Halfway between Lake Geneva & Burlington
from Hwy. 50 turn on South Road, 3 miles
Open Wednesday through Sunday 4:30 p.m.
Lasagna or 1/2 Chicken.....$9.95
New York or Ribeye.........$12.95
DAILY SPECIALS.........$10.00 Filet...................................... 14.95
SURF ‘N TURF...........$34.95 Prime Rib.......... 17.95 & 19.95
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Dixie Doodlers dixieland band, 3 p.m.,
Phoenix Park Band Shell, E. Wisconsin and
2nd St., Delavan. Bring a blanket or chair to
sit on. The concert is free and open to everyone.
Golf outing to benefit the Walworth
County Emergency Homeless Shelter,
Evergreen Golf Club, N6246 US Hwy 12,
Elkhorn. Registration, brat and burger
exxpress lunch at 11 a.m., shotgun start at
noon. Steak dinner cookout with cash bar at
5 p.m. $100 includes 18 holes of golf, cart,
lunch and dinner. Call (262) 215-3451 Deb
Weber or (262) 275-3869 Madeline Zindrick
to register.
Celebration of Freedom, featuring The
Cost of Freedom” Tribute Wall, 9 a.m. - 3
p.m., Community Park, Highway 50 and
South Shore Drive, Town of Delavan.
Vietnam remembrance presentation at 10
a.m.; military equipment display from 10
a.m. - 3 p.m.; wall touching ceremony at
noon; 484th Army Band at 1 p.m.; closing
ceremony with American Legion rifle squad
and echo taps at 2:30 p.m.
Southern Tradition country/rock performers, 3 p.m., Phoenix Park Band Shell, E.
Wisconsin and 2nd St., Delavan. Bring a
blanket or chair to sit on. The concert is free
and open to everyone.
~ ~ ~ Ongoing events ~ ~ ~
Delavan Historical Society Exhibit and
Resource Center, 635 E. Wisconsin St.,
Delavan, Monday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2
p.m. Historical Society meetings take place
at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.
American Legion Auxiliary, 6:45 p.m.,
(5:45 on June 11) 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 .
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.
Walworth County AARP #5310 meets
the fourth Tuesday of the month from 9:3011:30 a.m. at Peoples Bank, 837 Wisconsin
St, Elkhorn. The public is always welcome.
Contact Jim at 642-5694.
Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge #12,
1007 S. 2nd St., Delavan. Stated meetings
are second and fouth 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
Butchers Model Car Club 4H models
project meetings take place on the third
Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
at the Delavan Community Center, 826
Geneva St., led by 4H scale models key advisor Keith Reimers. Bring models for display
and projects to work on. Sale and swap items
are also welcome. The club also hosts the 4H
scale models project and young people in the
project are encouraged to attend. Call Keith
at 728-1483 for more information.
Free Community Drum Circle. 2-4
p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month
(except in December). Michael Suess from
“Drumming For Peace” facilitates this family event at the UU church, 319 N. Broad St.
in Elkhorn. No experience neccesary. Extra
drums and instuments are available. This
program will help in stress reduction, connect you to spirit and build new relationships. Plus it is just great fun. For more information, go to
or call Michael at 215-3903.
Walworth County Toastmasters Club
meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every
month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at VIP Services,
811 E. Geneva, Elkhorn. Check www.wal
Ice Age Trail Alliance of Walworth and
Jefferson counties, monthly chapter meeting,
third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the
U.S. Bank, Elkhorn (downstairs in the community meeting room. Enter at the back
door). Contact person: Carol Prchal, 4958502.
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, first Monday of the month at the
Town of Delavan Community Park,
Highway 50 and South Shore Drive. Doors
open at 6 p.m. and a 15-game session begins
at 7 p.m. Plenty of parking and food/beverages available.
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.
The Intenders Circle is for those who
want to use the Laws of Manifestation in
their daily lives and have a lot of fun while
they're at it. We meet weekly on Tuesdays
from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Elkhorn or
East Troy area. If interested in attending,
please call Laurie at 745-4051 for location.
Delavan Historical Society meeting,
third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., 635 E
Wisconsin St. Contact Peg Gleich at [email protected] for details.
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Puzzle Answers
also at
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June 1, 2012
U. of Chicago Physicist to explore Library Notes
Continued from page 21
‘Mysteries of the Dark Universe’
University of Chicago physicist
Edward “Rocky” Kolb will give a free
public lecture on the secrets of astronomical dark matter and energy at George
Williams College on June 10.
Kolb, Chairman of the Department of
Astronomy and Astrophysics at The
University of Chicago, will present
“Mysteries of the Dark Universe” at 2 p.m.
in The Beasley Center on the GWC campus, 350 Constance Blvd. in Williams Bay.
The hour-long lecture will focus on the 95
percent of the mass of the universe that is
“missing” – the secret dark matter and
dark energy that will illuminate the nature
of space and time and connect the structure
of atoms to the cosmos.
Later in the day, Kolb will speak to a
select group of GWC alumni during a
reunion for graduates of the earth and
space science program.
Kolb’s research deals with the application of fundamental physics, especially
particle physics and general relativity, to
the very early universe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University
of New Orleans and a PhD in physics from
the University of Texas.
Seating is limited, so reservations are
strongly encouraged. Contact Kenneth
Gardner, Assistant Professor of Education,
at [email protected] or 245-8507.
Society to feature program on
Milwaukee’s Jewish community
genealogical resources.
Gettinger graduated from Stanford
University with a degree in Jewish studies and has served as the Milwaukee
Jewish Federation’s Young Leadership
Coordinator since October 2003.
The meeting is free and open to the
public, but a donation of items for a
local food pantry would be appreciated.
Call (262) 215-0118 for more information.
JUNE 13-17
Community Park of Delavan
Featuring “The Cost of Freedom”, an American Veterans’ Indoor
Traveling Tribute to those who lost their lives in defense of our country.
Go to
for all event information
[email protected]
With a nod to the Canteens of the 40’s,
we invite you to attend:
Saturday, June 16
Lake Lawn Resort
6:00 P.M.
Cocktails & Hors d’oeurves (Cash Bar)
7:00 P.M.
Dance the night away to the
With a Special Salute to our Military
25 in advance • $30 at the door
Ticket price include
hors d’oeurves and entertainment
Tickets available at: Delavan Chamber of Commerce, Bradley’s, Village Supper Club, Community Bank Delavan,
Walworth County Visitors’ Bureau, Walworth State Bank-Delavan, M&I Bank-Delavan and Piggly Wiggly-Delavan
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The Walworth County Genealogical
Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, June 5, at the Community
Centre, 826 E. Geneva Street, Delavan,
will feature a presentation by Ellie
Gettinger, educator for the Jewish
Museum of Milwaukee. She will give a
presentation about Milwaukee’s Jewish
community and history while providing
insight into the Museum’s archives and
other local, national, and international
Powers Memorial Library, 115 Main
St., Palmyra. 495-4605
• Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 1 to 7
p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 4954605. for more information or to volunteer.
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, coffee.
Homemade Body Scrubs, Wednesday,
June 6, 6:30-7:30 ap.m. Learn how to make
economical and skin-friendly face, hand, and
body scrubs using everyday household
ingredients. All supplies will be provided at
the time of the program. Call 877-4281
beginning May 23 to register.
Jewelry Making Workshop, Monday,
June 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Make a beautiful
pair of earrings and a matching pendant with
local jewelry craftsman, Marcy Effinger. All
supplies will be provided at the time of the
program. Call 877-4281 to register beginning
June 4.
Walworth Memorial Library, 101
Maple Ave., Walworth. Open Mon. and Wed.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Now offering wireless Internet service.
• Knitting and crocheting classes,
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Call for details.
• Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 9:45 –
10:30 a.m., for preschool-age children and
their caregivers. The hour will include stories, snacks, crafts and more.
• Book Club for adults, third Saturday of
each month, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
• Digital downloads of electronic books
(e-books) are growing in popularity and the
library is participating with the Lakeshores
Library System in a statewide program to
buy $1 million in new content in 2012 for the
Digital Download Center (http://dbooks. 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 throughout 2012 and
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2756322 for more information.
Librarians and Friends Groups: Send
information about upcoming library events
by mail to: The Beacon, P.O. Box 69,
Williams Bay, WI 53191; by fax to 245-1855;
or by e-mail to [email protected]
13825 Metric Drive, Roscoe, IL
also at
The Beacon
Art Association’s Summer Exhibit,
‘Showcasing Nature,’ begins June 8
The Geneva Lake Art Association will
host its 2012 Summer Exhibition,
“Showcasing Nature,” from Friday evening,
June 8, through Sunday, Aug. 26.
The Summer Exhibition features original works by local GLAA artists living in
southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
GLAA will host Las Vegas-themed
Opening Reception on Friday evening,
June 8, from 6 – 8 p.m. The public is
invited and encouraged to attend so they
can meet and interact with other art lovers
and artists. Refreshments will be served,
and the entertainment will feature John
Ludy Puleo, a local nightclub-style singer.
GLAA fosters a community awareness
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and appreciation of the fine arts through the
arrangement of shows, monthly programs,
lectures, demonstrations and workshops.
Membership is open to anyone interested
in the arts. GLAA sponsors the annual fine
art show, Art In The Park, and sponsors
four member artist theme shows each year
as well as an annual student show.
The gallery, located in the North Shore
Pavilion at 647 Main St. in Lake Geneva, is
open to the public during the summer, from
June until August, on Fridays from 1 to 4,
Saturdays from 10 to 4 and Sundays from 1
to 4. For additional information, visit
www.gene or leave a message at 249-7988.
Banjo artist Mike Woitowicz will perform at the Barrett Memorial Library in
Williams Bay on June 11 from 3-4 p.m.
(Photo furnished)
Banjoist to entertain at Bay library
Robert Scott (right) calls the roll of the veterans who have died in the past year,
while Poppy Princess Kianna Hiemstra, assisted by Legion Auxiliary President Connie
Lindloff, drops a poppy for each name, during the Memorial Day ceremony at Spring
Grove Cemetery on May 28.
(Beacon photo)
Local professional 4-string banjo entertainer Mike Woitowicz will perform a solo
concert in the community room at the newly
remodeled Williams Bay Library on June 11,
from 3 – 4 pm. The show is free and open to
the public.
The banjo show, called “Music Through
the Ages,” includes 1850’s melodies from
Stephen Foster, hit tunes from the end of the
Gay 90’s, Scott Joplin Ragtime tunes from
the early 1900’s, tunes from the beginning of
the jazz era and the Roaring ‘20’s, tunes from
Radio, TV and the movies covering the
1940’s to the 1970’s, and concluding with
banjo renditions of Broadway musical tunes.
Woitowicz performs on a 4-string tenor
banjo, enabling a variety of musical styles to
be demonstrated. The style of music played
on 4-string banjos tends toward jazz, ragtime, sing-a-long and virtuosic solo music
(including classical).” All these styles will
be performed and demonstrated at this concert.
Designed for all ages, the program features familiar tunes, along with humor and
audience interaction such as Sing-A-Longs
and tune title quizzes. Mike has performed
this show and variations numerous times for
Call 262.725.9155 for Reservations
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Ad u l t $ 1 8 . 9 5 | C h i ld ( 4 - 1 2 ) $ 9 . 9 5
S at u rd ay N i g h t Pr i m e R i b B u ffet
S e r vi n g wee k l y f ro m 5 : 3 0 p m to 1 0 : 0 0 p m
Select bottles of
Wine are 50% off
On Tuesdays &
Ad u l t $ 2 2 . 9 5 | C h i ld ( 4 - 1 2 ) $ 1 0 . 9 5
Mondays, Tough Tuesdays, Half Way Home
Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays & Lookout Fridays.
Monday - Saturday open for lunch at 11 AM
Sundays open at 7 AM for breakfast
L A K E L AW N R E S O R T. C O M |
Senior Groups, Church Organizations, and
Road Scholar (Elderhostel) groups in
Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, California and
Woitowicz began studying the banjo in
the 1950’s after hearing it on the radio. After
several years of private instruction, he landed his first gig at 15 years of age playing with
a polka band for weddings and anniversaries.
He played with polka bands throughout the
late 50’s and 60’s through high school and
college. During that time, the banjo sing-along era was popular and Mike performed for
several years at “Someplace Else,” at that
time Milwaukee’s most popular banjo pub.
Later, the Shakey’s Pizza Parlor restaurants
became popular as Sing-A-Long venues and
Mike performed at several of them over a
number of years.
As his interest in banjo music grew, Mike
continued private instruction with several
local and national banjoists, studying technique and banjo styles, as well as learning
guitar, mandolin and harmonica. He also
attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of
Music to study music theory to enhance his
performance and musical skills. Over the last
20 years, he has had the opportunity to perform with national banjo performers
throughout the USA.
Mike has also performed with pit orchestras performing the music scores of
Broadway shows in musicals such as “Hello
Dolly,” “The Boyfriend,” “Annie,”
“Anything Goes,” and others.
Mike continues to provide 4-string banjo
instruction at several levels. He has written
and had published instructional articles for
banjo related journals in the USA and
England. He also continues to provide
instruction to private students, as well as giving workshops on banjo techniques at
National and Regional banjo conventions.
He currently leads two bands of his own
(The Banjo Barons Ragtime Band trio, and
the Dixie Barons All Star Dixieland Band) in
addition to his solo performances. Mike also
continues to perform with Dixieland bands
across the country, including the Riverfront
Ramblers (Sheboygan), the Crown City
Band (Pasadena, Calif.), the Sinful Saints
(Chicago and State Line area), as well as others.
Mike has recorded several CD’s. One is
called “Pickin’ & Strummin’ Your
Favorites,” which is a compilation of
requested tunes performed by his Banjo
Barons Ragtime Band trio. The CD uses two
different tunings of four string banjos,
backed up by a string bass and washboard, to
provide a unique Ragtime and Roaring
Twenties Sound. The CD showcases a variety of music, from classical to jazz to
Dixieland and holiday seasonal tunes.
The second CD, called “Ragtime to
Broadway – Banjo Style,” includes solo and
ensemble music from the 1850’s to the
1960’s including tunes by Stephen Foster,
Scott Joplin, W.C. Handy, famous 1920 banjoists Harry Reser and Pete Mandell, as well
as John Philips Sousa and various Broadway
also at
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What’s Happening
Continued from page 23
Civil Air Patrol, Walco Composite
Squadron, meets every Thursday from 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn National Guard
Armory, 401 East Fair St., Elkhorn. Visit or call Maj.
Robert Thomas at (262) 642-7541.
Authors Echo Writers group meeting,
7 p.m., first and third Tuesday of every
month, Grace Church, 257 Kendall St.,
Burlington. Call Frank Koneska at 534-6236.
Clogging lessons, beginning and intermediate level adult classes, Tuesday
evenings, Walworth County Gymnastics and
Dance Center, 213 E. Commerce Court,
Elkhorn. Adults of all ages are welcome. Call
Shannon McCarthy at 742-3891 or email
[email protected]
Beginning youth clogging lessons (Tiny
Tots ages 3 – 5 at 4 p.m./Youth ages 6 & up
at 4:30 p.m.) at Walworth County
Gymnastics and Dance Center, 213 E
Commerce Court, Elkhorn. For more information:
or 742-3891.
Yerkes Observatory, 373 W. Geneva
St., Williams Bay. The observatory offers
free, 45-minute tours, Saturdays, 10 a.m., 11
a.m. and noon as well as night sky observations for a fee of $25. Visitors may also view
the Quester Museum, which covers some of
the observatory’s history. For more information, call 245-5555 or e-mail [email protected]
Support Our Troops rally, 11 a.m.,
Mondays, second floor of the Government
Center (formerly the Walworth County
Courthouse), downtown Elkhorn on the
square. The names of servicemen and service
women with ties to Walworth County who
are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
will be read. Call Bob Webster at 275-6587
for more info.
Burlington Farmers Market, 3 to 7 p.m.,
Thursdays through October, Wehmhoff
Square, corner of Pine and Washington
streets, Burlington.
Delavan’s Fresh Market, 3 to 7 p.m.,
every Thursday May 31 through Oct. 18.
Fresh fruit, vegetable, honey and more at
Tower Park.
East Troy Market Place, 4 to 7 p.m.,
Thursdays, June 14 through Sept. 27, on the
square, County Highway ES and Wisconsin
Highway 120, East Troy.
Harvard Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1
p.m., every Saturday, through October, 19,
N. Ayer St., corner of Ayer and Front streets,
downtown Harvard.
Lake Geneva Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to
1 p.m., every Thursday through Oct. 11.
Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake
Mukwonago Farmers Market, 12 to 6
p.m., every Wednesday, June 13 through
Oct.10, in the parking lot at Tractor Supply,
Highway 83 and Bay View Road,
Mukwonago. 262) 363-7758,
Northwind Perennial Farm Market, 9
a.m. to noon, Fridays June 1 through Aug.
31, weather permitting, 7047 Hospital Road,
Sharon Country Market, third Sunday
of each month, May through October.
Walworth County Farmers Market, 8
a.m. to noon, Saturdays, June 2 through Oct.
20, on the Elkhorn town square, Wisconsin
highways 67 and 11, downtown Elkhorn.
Whitewater Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to
noon, every Saturday, May through
November, Winchester True Value
Hardware, 1415 W. Main St., Whitewater.
• • • •
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.
Pinochle, every Tuesday, 8:30-11:30
a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elkhorn.
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.
Line dancing, every Wednesday, 1011:30 a.m., St. John’s Luthern Church,
Sheepshead, every Friday 8:30-11:30
a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elkhorn.
Alanon self help program, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, VIP building, 816 E. Geneva St.,
across from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn.
Mindfulness and Loving kindness
Meditation each Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at
Elkhorn Matheson Memorial Library
Community Center Room, 101 N. Wisconsin
St. Beginners and experienced practitioners
are always welcome. No registration is necessary, just drop in. Meditation is practice for
being more awake and attentive in our daily
lives. Sponsored by Wisconsin Blue Lotus, a
meditation group led by Buddhist nun
Vimala (Judy Franklin). For more information, call Judy Franklin (Vimala Bhikkhuni),
203-0120, or visit
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Group,
third Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., at the
Delavan American Legion Hall, 111 South
Second Street, Delavan. The group is led by
Dr. John Jansky. This group is made up of
people who have PTSD for many different
reasons, they are not all veterans. Everyone
is welcome.
Free blood pressure screening, courtesy
of The Walworth County Public Health
Department on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
every month from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Walworth
County Public Health office, located at the
east entrance of the Department of Health and
Human Services building, W4051 County
Road NN, Elkhorn. The screenings are open
to all. Contact the Health Department at 7413140 for more information.
Free blood pressure screening, last
Friday of every month, 2 - 4 p.m., Williams
Bay Care Center, 146 Clover St., Williams
Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the
southern lakes area. Call (877) 434-4346
(toll free) for times and locations.
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June 1, 2012
JUNE 2-5
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222 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan
Sundays Opening at 9:00 A.M.
For Breakfast
Slice of One Topping Pizza & Drink $3.95 - Served All Day!
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Williams Bay Dock Delivery - Boating and Ice Fishing
659 E. Geneva Street, Williams Bay, WI
Phone: 262-245-9132 • 262-245-9133
Fax: 262-245-9035
Concerts in the Park
Every Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
In The Park
Mary Stephan
Martha Berner
Young Southern
Michael Coleman
Young Singers
Living Word
2nd & Washington
Downtown Delavan
See our website for full schedule and changes
Twitter: Friends of PPBS
Facebook: Friends of the Phoenix Park
Bandshell in Delavan Wisconsin
For more information Call Dave at 725-6034
Monday - Thursday 10:30AM-12:00PM;
Friday & Saturday 10:30AM-1:00AM (Summer Hours) Winter 11:00PM
Sunday 10:30AM-10:00PM
Thin Crust
Chicago Stuffed Pizza Pie
Bobby Sr. Famous Pan Pizza Pie
KID S MENU $4.75
1/3 lb. Char-Broiled Burgers
The Real Deal
Come join us on our outdoor deck. You can pop a squat at our
soon to be famous Skirt View Drive outdoor deck and enjoy
people watching in the bay!
also at
The Beacon
What’s Happening
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
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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
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Arlene Torrenga at 728-6393 with questions.
Alzheimer’s Support Group, second
Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. at Brolen Park
Assisted Living, 2119 Church Street, East
Troy. Facilitated by Melissa Wason, 642-9955.
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.
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June 1, 2012
Toyota’s Prius C has unexciting ride, thrilling mileage
By Larry Printz
The Virginian-Pilot
If you had to describe the Toyota
Prius gas-electric hybrid in one sentence
or phrase, what would you say?
Well, Toyota describes the Prius as
“an enthusiast’s car for a new kind of
Certainly it’s an easy way to justify
the Prius’s personality, which is one of
benign efficiency. It can travel farther on
a gallon of gasoline than its competitors,
but it does so with all of the tangible
excitement of a senior citizens’ bingo
This gas-sipper’s thrills come not
from the speedometer, but from the fuel
gauge, which barely budges as the miles
If this excites you, the Prius is your
It certainly has excited a lot of buyers. Toyota has sold more than 2.5 million Prius hybrids worldwide, 1.1 million in the United States since 2000, and
96 percent are still on the road, according to Toyota.
The car accounts for half of all
hybrids sold in the U.S., outselling
Honda hybrids by a margin of four to
one, Ford and Hyundai hybrids by five
to one and GM hybrids by ten to one.
So is it any wonder that Toyota is
expanding the Prius line?
A cargo-friendly Prius V, which
plops a wagon body atop the Prius platform, went on sale in November. A plugin version of the Prius liftback is scheduled to go on sale shortly. But the most
important model may be the one just
arriving in Toyota showrooms: the Prius
The C stands for city, and as you
would expect of a Prius designed for city
use, it’s smaller of size and price than
the Prius liftback.
The C is 19.1 inches shorter than the
liftback, but 3.8 inches longer than the
subcompact Yaris, with which the C
shares its platform. This newest Prius is
smaller in other ways as well. By using
120 cells in the car’s battery pack, 48
fewer than its larger cousin, the C is 14
percent lighter. Better yet, the pack is
located under the rear seat, instead of in
the cargo area as on other hybrids. This
allows for more luggage space.
The “C” in the 2012 Toyota Prius C stands for “city,” and as one would expect
of a Prius designed for city use, it’s smaller of size and price than the original Prius liftback.
In the engine compartment, Toyota
uses a 1.5-liter double-overhead-cam
four-cylinder engine that produces 73
horsepower. When combined with the
electric motors, the Prius C’s driveline
produces 99 horsepower, 35 fewer
ponies than the liftback. A continuously
variable automatic transmission is standard.
The car starts in normal mode,
although drivers can choose an EV
mode, for pure electric driving, and an
Eco mode, which dampens throttle
response and climate control settings for
optimal fuel economy.
Given that, it’s no surprise that the
Prius C is no speed demon. Power is better once up to speed, but you have to
stomp the throttle to extract any juice.
That’s the price one pays for good
mileage, which clocks in at 53 mpg city,
46 highway. (By comparison, the larger
Prius is rated at 51 city, 48 highway.) A
mixed driving loop in southern Florida
returned 50 mpg.
Although you might be put off by
this model’s Yaris bloodline, this wee
hybrid has a solid ride and an absence of
the delicate feel present in the original
Prius. You can feel the structure that the
C possesses.
The ride is well-dampened for such a
small car. Its impressively serene cabin
is quieter than other small cars, with little wind or tire noise at lower speeds.
The gas engine moans and thrashes
loudly when more power is requested,
and tire and road noise are more apparent at speed increases. This merely reinforces its personality as a city car.
Steering is direct, yet light in feel.
The front disc, rear drum brakes are very
powerful and, as is typical of hybrids,
While you would struggle to call the
C fun to drive, it does have the light,
tossable feel common to small cars.
The cabin is spacious for the size of
the car. In fact, it seems roomier than
some compacts. The center console area
is open, so taller drivers won’t find their
knees knocking it.
The overall ambience is that of hard
plastic; only the armrests are padded.
But the car feels more substantial than
the original Prius, or its main rival, the
Honda Insight.
The instrument panel’s centermounted speedometer works better than
in other small Toyotas.
But Toyota places an open bin in
front of the driver in the space normally
used for a speedometer. One can imagine younger drivers placing mobile
phones there and texting or having their
phones fly rearward and hit them in the
face. This bin is more of a safety hazard
than a good idea.
Besides, it’s not needed. There’s a lot
of storage space elsewhere.
The front seats are comfortable, supportive and have enough side bolstering
to hold you in place without being
aggressive. Rear seat legroom is better
than you’d expect, even with the front
seats pushed rearward. The rear seatbacks are split and fold to augment the
cargo area.
As for electronics, the car doesn’t
have a starter button; you have to turn a
key to start the car. But all Prius Cs get
standard electronic climate control and a
tire pressure monitor that measures pressure at all four wheels.
The audio system sounds fairly good
for the price of the car, despite some
In addition, Toyota offers a new feature called Eco Score, which tells you
how efficiently you’re driving and the
fuel cost of your trip.
Speaking of cost, you might be surprised to find that the Prius C starts at
less than $19,000, with a fully loaded
version topping out at $24,000.
The 2012 Prius C’s personality is
very much a city car. You could drive it
across country, but better to drive it
across town.
It’s no better or worse to drive than
other Priuses.
But you’ll find the 2012 Prius C is
much better than the Yaris, not to mention the original Prius.
2012 PRIUS C:
• Engine: 1.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder
• Wheelbase: 100.4 inches
• Length: 157.3 inches
• Weight: 2,496 pounds
• Cargo space: 17.1 cubic feet
• EPA rating (city/highway): 53 / 46
• Fuel consumption: 50 mpg
• Fuel type: Regular
• Base price, base model: $18,950
(excluding destination charge)
• Base price, test model: $21,635
• As tested: Not available
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(Norfolk, Va.)
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Huntington’s Disease Support Group
for anyone affected by Huntington’s Disease,
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Attendees do not need to attend the church
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June 1, 2012
Notice: This is the silly section, the content of which is not to be taken seriously
Afghan used car supply suffering
By Frank Lee Facetious
Honest Abdul, a Kabul, Afghanistan,
used car dealer is unappy these days.
“I should have stayed with used
camels,” Abdul recently told a
Disassociated Press reporter. “At least
these fanatics never tied a bomb to a
camel and left it someplace to blow up.
They have a lot more respect for camels,
Allah be praised, than they do for cars,
or humans, for that matter.”
A BBC report, however, said troops
had been warned about “kamikaze
camels” as long ago as 2001.
“When the Russians were here in the
1980s, they had many instances of
camels wandering into their camps with
explosives tied to them, said Roderick
Cholmondeley (pronouced Chumley).
“When the animal got close enough, an
Afghan fighter would set off the exploseves to deadly effect.”
Asked why these people seemed to
have no respect life, animal or human,
Abdul shrugged his shoulders.
“A crazy is a crazy is a crazy,” he
said, enigmatically. “Who can tell what
is in the mind of these people? I’d like to
say they are all foreigners, but I know
some of them are our Afghan neighbors.”
U.S. Army sergeant Chuck Stake
said he fondly remembered the days
when Americans didn’t know where
Afghanistan was.
“When I was growing up we thought
an Afghan was a long-haired dog,” he
said. “The Brits and the Russians knew
where Afghanistan was; they had gotten
their tails kicked here more times than
you could count. So when some of them
warned us that we couldn’t win a war in
Afghanistan, we should have listened.
Not that I don’t think we can win,” he
said, hastily looking around to see if anyone was listening. “Between you and me,
I’m not sure the end result will be worth
what we’re going to have to pay in
money and lives to get the job done.
We’ve already been here 10 years and it’s
hard to tell what progress we’ve made.”
“I’ve seen pictures of the cars in
Cuba,” said Abdul, returning to business. “Because of the U.S. blockade and
the fact that nobody there has any
money, they’re all driving cars that were
manufactured in the 1950s. I heard
they’ve had to replace engine parts with
ones made from hardwood. But at least
they’re all in one piece. Nobody is planting bombs in them and blowing them to
smithereens, wherever that is.”
Asked whether it is a Muslim cultural phenomenon, Abdul said he didn’t
“I don’t pretend to understand my
own people,” he said. “Things have
never been great in Afghanistan, but
with the Taliban hard-liners and the Al
Qaeda crazies, things have gone from
mediocre to downright awful.”
Asked if he was glad President
Obama had announced that troops
would be pulling out, Sgt. Stake said,
“We can’t get out of here fast enough for
me, but I’m not sure the local police and
troops will be able to hold the line and
keep the peace after we’re gone.”
“Peace, my Aunt Fanny,” said Abdul,
who picked up a scorched hubcap that
Afghans look at a very used car at Honest Abdul’s in Kabul. Suicide and car
bombers have taken a toll on the supply of quality used vehicles in the capital.
had rolled past his lot. “I used to have
some fixer-uppers to sell, but all I can
get my hands on these days are crumpled pieces of metal that are good for
nothing but melting down.
“My brother Hussein has a lot in
Baghdad. For a while he couldn’t get
any decent used vehicles, either, but he
tells me things are finally looking up.
There haven’t been as many car bombings in the past few months. Maybe the
same thing will happen when NATO
troops leave Afghanistan.”
Asked about the situtation with
Pakistan, Abdul shrugged his shoulders
again and said, “There’s no shortage of
loonies there, either. You’ve read what
goes on in Pakistan. I can’t believe they
were paying attention when they were
taught the teachings of the Prophet. The
Koran doesn’t tell us to blow each other
up. Have you noticed it is mostly
Muslims who suffer from the actions of
their co-religionists? What are they trying to prove?”
Spying what he thought might be a
potential customer, Abdul excused himself and went to talk about the price of
scrap metal and the faithfulness of bactrian camels. One hump or two?
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Laughing Matter
“Who can tell me what
7 times 6 is?” asked the
“It’s 42!” shouted an
eager student.
“Very good!” said the
teacher. And who can tell
me what 6 times 7 is?”
“It’s 24!” said the same
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Mommy Bear and
Daddy Bear were in
divorce court. The judge
looked down and asked the
Baby Bear, “So Baby Bear,
do you want to live with
Daddy Bear?”
“Oh, no,” Baby Bear
replied, “I don’t want to
live with Daddy Bear. He
beats me.”
“Well then, you should
live with Mommy Bear,”
said the judge.
“Oh, no, I don’t want to
live with Mommy Bear,”
said the youngster. “She
beats me, too.”
“Well then, Baby
Bear,” said the judge, “who
do you want to live with?”
Baby Bear said, “I want
to live with the Chicago
Bears. They never beat
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A young bride and
groom-to-be had just
selected a wedding ring. As
the girl admired the plain
platinum and diamond
band, she suddenly looked
“Tell me,” she asked
the elderly salesman, “is
there anything special I’ll
have to do to take care of
this ring?”
With a fatherly smile,
the salesman said, “One of
the best ways to protect a
wedding ring is to dip it in
dishwater three times a
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
The sheriff of a small
town was also the town’s
veterinarian. One night the
phone rang and his wife
answered. An agitated
voice inquired, “Is your
husband there?”
“Do you require his
services as a sheriff or as a
vet?” the wife asked.
“Both!” said the caller.
“We can’t get our dog’s
mouth open, and there’s a
burglar in it.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A general noticed one
of his soldiers behaving
oddly. The soldier would
pick up any piece of paper
he found, frown and say,
“That’s not it” and put it
down again. This went on
for some time, until the general arranged to have the
soldier psychologically tested. The psychologist concluded that the soldier was
deranged, and wrote out his
discharge from the army.
The soldier picked it up,
smiled and said, “That’s it.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
“If you’re going to
work here young man,”
said the boss, “the number
two thing you must learn is
that we are very keen on
cleanliness in this firm. Did
you wipe your feet on the
mat as you came in?”
“Oh, yes, sir.” responded the young man.
“The number one thing
we are very keen on is
truthfulness,” said the boss.
“There is no mat.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
One of the best marksmen in the FBI was passing
through a small town.
Everywhere he looked he
saw evidences of the most
amazing shooting. On
trees, on walls, and on
fences there were bull’seyes with a bullet hole in
the center.
The FBI man asked one
of the residents if he could
meet the person responsible
for this wonderful marksmanship. When he was
introduced to the man, he
said, “This is the best
marksmanship I have ever
seen. How in the world do
you do it?”
“There’s nothing to it,”
said the man. “I shoot first
and draw the circles afterward.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A kindergartner was
practicing his spelling with
magnetic letters on the
refrigerator: “cat,” “dog,”
“dad,” and “mom” were
proudly displayed for all to
see. One morning while
getting ready for the day,
the tot bounded into the
room with his arms outstretched. In his hands were
three magnetic letters: G, O
and D.
“Look what I spelled,
Mom!” he exclaimed with
a proud smile on his face.
“That’s wonderful!”
said his mother. “Now go
put them on the refrigerator
so Dad can see them when
he gets home tonight.”
“That Christian education is certainly having an
impact,” she thought, happily.”
Just then, a little voice
called from the kitchen.
“Mom, how do you spell
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
“I just bought a new
hearing aid,” a man was
telling his neighbor. “It cost
me $4,000, but it’s state of
the art. It’s perfect.”
”Really,” answered the
neighbor. “What kind is
”Twelve thirty,” replied
the man.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
The principal was
walking through the hallway at the middle school
when he saw a new substitute teacher standing outside his classroom with his
forehead against a locker.
He heard him mutter, “How
did you get yourself into
Knowing that he was
assigned to a difficult class,
the principal tried to offer
moral support.
“Are you okay?” he
asked. “Can I help?”
The teacher lifted his
head and replied, “I’ll be
fine as soon as I get this kid
out of his locker.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A man approached a
farmer and asked him what
his horse was worth.
“That depends,” said
the farmer, “on whether
you’re the tax assessor or
the driver of the car that
killed him.
Pickles by Brian Crane
June 1, 2012 — 31
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Mr. Boffo by Joe Martin
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Willy ’n Ethel
by Joe Martin
June 1, 2012
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Mr. Boffo by Joe Martin
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June 1, 2012 — 33
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June 1, 2012
FuN and GameS
Crossword Clues
1 Programmer’s banes
5 Hollywood tree
9 Soup base
14 Subj. to bone up on?
15 Airline with blue-striped jets
16 Washer cycle
17 Poor boy seller
18 *Delayed reaction
20 *Radioactive decay measure
22 Baa nana?
23 “__ Mio”: classic Italian song
24 Treasure-__
26 Question of identity
29 Pre-euro Spanish coin
31 *Aviation display
33 Reykjavik-born one-named singer
36 Iron-rich green veggie
37 Repeatedly ... and a hint to the answers
to starred clues
42 Beret perch
43 Choir part
44 *Military hobbyist’s pastime
47 It makes Tom frisky
52 “Little Women” sister
53 Alimentary route
56 “Seinfeld” specialty
57 __-fi
58 *Prom time, to prom-goers
60 *Modern
64 Fireworks reaction
65 Knocks for a loop
66 1804 duelist
67 “__ arigato”: Japanese “thank you very
68 Provolone alternative
69 Part of a.k.a.
70 Paradise
Puzzle answers
are on page 23.
No Chance to Recover
Goren on Bridge by Tannah Hirsch
Both vulnerable. North deals.
! A, Q
" 9, 8, 7, 5
# Q, 6, 3, 2
$ Q, J, 8
! 10, 9, 7, 4, 2 ! K, J, 8, 6, 5, 3
" Q, 6, 2
" J, 10, 3
# 10, 8,7
# A, K, 9, 5
$ 9, 7
$ Void
! Void
" A, K, 4
# J, 4
$ A, K, 10, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
The bidding:
1 Tough play for Derek Jeter
2 The heebie-jeebies
3 Winemakers Ernest and Julio
4 Put the kibosh on
5 Salon foot treatment, briefly
6 High, as a kite
7 “Today” co-host
8 Diamond org.
9 Stout maker
10 Bat mitzvah, e.g.
11 “Come __ My House”: Rosemary
Clooney hit
12 “Have you no shame?”
13 Laugh syllable
19 First name in jeans
21 Leave alone
25 Like bourbon barrels
26 “Kapow!” cousin
27 Links target
28 Run a tab, say
30 Double-platinum Steely Dan album
32 Deal with moguls?
34 Quite a lot
35 66, notably: Abbr.
37 Nine of diamonds?
38 “Just doing my job”
39 “Little Women” sister
40 Mythical big bird
41 Get fit
42 “Up, up and away” carrier
45 The “A” in RAM
46 Principal
48 Vacuum tube type
49 Call after a missed field goal
50 Like some health care
51 Slithering squeezer
54 Kareem __-Jabbar
55 Perjurers
57 Grounded fleet: Abbr.
59 Pita sandwich
60 Jammies
61 Obey the coxswain
62 Actor Wallach
63 Sched. question mark
Opening lead: 4 of !
The great Terence Reese wrote: “There
is no such thing as a blind opening lead.
Just deaf opening leaders.” Even he might
have had trouble on this deal from the
Stratified Pairs at a Summer North
American Championships in Chicago.
East might have helped West find the
winning diamond lead had he bid three
diamonds rather than two spades at his
second turn. Once he did not, there was
nothing to suggest that West should have
led a diamond - even a double by West
would have called for a heart lead, the suit
bid by dummy. We like North's decision to
bid the club slam once South had contracted for 11 tricks on her own and he held
three trumps headed by the queen and an
West led a low spade and declarer,
Lynda Rosenblatt of Passaic, N.J., took the
finesse - it cost nothing and might have
landed the contract there and then. East
covered, declarer ruffed and crossed to the
table with a trump to the queen. The ace of
spades was cashed for a heart discard and
the ace and king of hearts were cleared.
South crossed back to dummy with a
trump, ruffed a heart high and was delighted to get an even break. A trump to the
eight provided the entry to the table to cash
the long heart for a diamond discard.
Declarer lost only a diamond trick.
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Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box (in bold
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are on
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The Kids
Across/Adults Down
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June 1, 2012
Father's Day Special
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