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Lake Geneva to host National Snow Sculpting Championship

More than 60,000 people are expected to visit the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva this year. Sponsors hope guests will be wowed as the lakefront is transformed into a beautiful walk-through gallery of nine-plus-foot-tall sculptures made of snow, water, and ice. The country’s only nationally sanctioned snow sculpting event is the highlight of Lake Geneva’s annual Winterfest event, which will take place this year from January 30 to February 3. “This must-see event brings together the elite of the elite in snow sculpting,” says George Hennerley, president of the Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “This remarkable ensemble of sculptures will truly enchant visitors. The level of detail and intricacy is on par with some of the finest items you’d find in the world’s best museums.” Visitors will get an up-close view of the artists at work using only handmade tools. The sculptors will be busy perfecting their art beginning Wednesday, January 30 and continuing until “shovels down” is announced by the judges at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 2. First, second and third place will be determined by a panel of judges using the criteria of creativity, technique and message. A People’s Choice Award is selected by visitors to the event and a Spirit Award is chosen by previous winners. Awards will be presented during a ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Riviera Ballroom on the lakefront.

The only snow in sight during the 2012 Snow Sculpting Championship was brought in from Grand Geneva so that the entrants could ply their craft. Despite the unusually warm weather, lack of snow and ice on the lake, visitors were able to watch snow sculptors from throughout the U.S. compete in the national championship. (Beacon photo)

In addition to the snow sculpting, visitors will be able to enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and helicopter rides, live enter-

tainment, warm beverages, refreshments and free activities for kids in the famed Riviera ballroom. Just steps away in Lake

Geneva’s downtown will be shopping, dining and in-store activities throughout the weekend. An entire day of winter activities tailored for families, will take place during the annual Winter Carnival on the grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort on Saturday, February 2. The event, open to the public, will feature ski demonstrations, snowboarding and skiing competitions, children’s games, a night-time torch light slalom and fireworks display. Other nearby Lake Geneva area events include a 5K and 10K run/walk. Clyde Deighton (aka Tony Navilio, owner of the French Country Inn) will be signing copies of his novel, “Murder at French Country Inn,” from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Cornerstone Shop and Gallery, 214 Broad St., from 12-3 p.m. His tale of modern crime mirrors local gangster history, with colorful characters and echoes of the Roaring Twenties. Visitors worried about traffic or parking in downtown Lake Geneva can take advantage of a free shuttle between the Office Max/Petco parking lot on Hwy. 50 just east of 12 on Saturday from 10 a.m. 7 p.m.and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The shuttle will run every 20 minutes and drop riders at the Mill Creek Hotel on Center Street, just south of Main. For more information on Winterfest, check out www.lakegenevawi.com. Visitors to Lake Geneva’s website can enter to win a getaway.

Classic Embroidery to celebrate 15th anniversary in new/old location By Dennis West Janet Graves was at a Delavan-Darien High School basketball game when Bob Jeffries turned to her and said, “If you know anyone who wants to buy an embroidery business, we’d like to sell ours.” Graves says her eyes got big and she said, “I do, I do!” On April 29, the Delavan native will celebrate her 15th anniversary as owner of Classic Embroidery. “When I bought the business, there were about 200 names on the customer list,” she remembers. “Today, there are more than 3,000.” One of the reasons there are so many is that she never turns down small orders. “Someone may come in with a couple of towels she wants embroidered,” says Graves. “I say ‘sure,’ and gladly do it. She may show the towels to other people who may decide they want to have something embroidered. They may belong to an organization or own a business that wants a lot of work done. I never turn anyone away.” In addition to hats, jackets, shirts and sweatshirts for The Beacon, Graves does a lot of work for the Town of Delavan Rescue Squad, Daddy Maxwell’s Restaurant, and several gardening clubs. Graves had never had experience with machine embroidery, but she had been a seamstress ever since she was a youngster. She was one of 11 children who first lived on a house on Sixth Street in Delavan and later moved to a farmhouse outside of Elkhorn. As a youngster she got a lot of practice with a needle. She trained for a month with the Jeffries before taking over the business. “A lot of the work during the first year involved trial and error,” she admits. “I

often asked myself why I had done it.” One of the things Janet likes best is meeting people. “I see some customers once every five years and others five times a year,” she says. “Ninety percent of them end up being friends. I remember little kids coming in with their parents when I first started. Today they are grown up and coming in with their children to order personalized items.” In addition to embroidery, Graves offers silk screening and, for smaller jobs, a process called dye sublimation that prints colors on plastic, metal and some fabrics without having to make four separate screens. Early last year she began to offer upholstery service, but moving her office took all of her time and she has yet to get back to it. She is now in her fourth location since she bought the business. On June 30, she bought an old Victorian house at 1246 E. Racine Street, near the intersection with Wright (see photo on page 8). In fact, when the house was built in the 19th century, it was the Wright family farmhouse. She and several of her family members gutted the house, removing walls and putting doors where they had never been before. It took four months of backbreaking work before she opened at the beginning of November. Today, she and her business occupy the same quarters; a situation that she finds very convenient and hopes will be her last move. Graves says the Internet hasn’t hurt her business. “People find they can order items a bit cheaper online, but it lacks the attention to detail and often leads to mistakes. Then they have to go through the hassle of

Classic Embroidery owner Janet Graves displays a shirt she embroidered for Daddy Maxwell’s Restaurant. Graves recently moved her business from 51 E. Racine St. in Delavan to a newly (and completely) remodeled Victorian house at 1246 Racine St. (Beacon photo)

returning the merchandise and try to get it done right the next time. Most customers like the personal touch and the ability to work with someone to make sure they are

going to get what they visualized.” More information about Classic Embroidery and its services may be obtained by calling 740-0518.

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Well, boys and girls, how many times have we warned that the spellcheck feature in word processing programs is the vilest trap of the computer age? It is a good idea to use it for the first go-round of proofreading, but foolish to trust it to discover all typographical errors, popularly known as “typos.” We have provided many examples of the trouble that can ensue from not carefully proofreading an article, as well as running it through spell-check. Here is another. When, at the very last minute, we deleted a large ad that was scheduled for the Jan. 25 instead of the Jan. 11 issue, we had to rearrange several pages. Left with the original space allotted to the Good Humour article, I was pleased to find that a year-end piece recapping some bizarre happenings in 2012 would fit the empty space perfectly. Because it was minutes before deadline, I dropped the piece in, placed a Nutz in the News header over it and sent it off to press without our two proofreaders having seen it. I then (somewhat prematurely, it turned out) congratulated myself and went on to other things. Unfortunately, Murphy’s Law was in full operation that day and one small typo slipped through. The fact that the “i” key and the “o” key are next to one another on the keyboard led to typing the former vowel instead of the latter. This wouldn’t have been such a big deal if the word in question hadn’t been “shot.” Instances such as these can be funny when you aren’t the butt of the joke. I want to apologize to anyone who was offended and assure them that it was purely accidental.

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• • • • Speaking of words, I am ashamed that I often omit the excellent column, The Word Detective, by Evan Morris. As much as I enjoy it – and despite the fact that I pay for its use – it tends to get dropped whenever there is a need for extra advertising space. We can’t just add a page because printing – newspapers, at least – doesn’t work that way. The minimum number of pages we can add is four at a time. And, due to some anomaly with the press The Beacon is printed on, when we reach 40 pages, we have to add eight at a time from there on. It would take a whole lot of advertising to pay for that increase, so we usually top out at 40 pages. Someone stopped at the office to see our son, Mark, and while they were talking, the visitor mentioned the fact that he likes the word columns that appear in the paper. He also said he wondered where the word “skosh,” as in a little bit of something, originated. When I got back to my office, I logged on to www.word-detective.com and, sure enough, there was the explanation. Morris had written about it in 2007 and it was still in the archives. All I had to do was type the word into his search engine feature and it popped right up. “‘Skosh,’ meaning ‘a little bit,’ is derived from the Japanese word ‘sukoshi,’ which means ‘a little amount’ or ‘a few,’ wrote Evan Morris. “The Anglicized form ‘skosh’ first appeared in the US in the early 1950s (the first printed citation in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1955), and it’s likely that the term was imported by US service personnel serving in Japan either in the period of American occupation after

World War II or during the Korean War. The word is usually pronounced, as you say, with a long ‘o.’ Interestingly, in the Japanese ‘sukoshi,’ the ‘u’ is not voiced, so the English pronunciation is remarkably close to the Japanese. “You’re also correct about hearing ‘skosh’ used in a TV commercial, one that ran in the late 1970s for the thennew Levis for Men, which featured a ‘skosh more room’ in the seat for the increasingly pear-shaped US couchpotato demographic. Mercifully, most of those guys had stopped wearing bellbottoms by then.” Not only is this Web site a valuable resource for finding the origins of words, it is highly entertaining. Morris, who has had a raft of health problems, including an ongoing battle with Multiple Sclerosis, manages to keep his sense of humour and lighten up what could be a rather dull column unless one is as interested in word histories as I am. So if you, too, enjoy this kind of thing, log on to his site and enjoy. • • • • One day when I was four or five years old, I was playing in the living room of our apartment in Galena – and probably listening to the radio – when, for who knows what reason, it occurred to me to stick a pair of tweezers into a wall outlet. I remember being hurled backwards across the room and landing on some toy that really hurt my sit-down. Knowing my mother, she probably came into the room, took one look at me and said, “I hope you know you blew a fuse!” But I may be giving her too little credit for compassion. In any event, I sustained no perma-


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What the fiscal cliff deal tells us about Congress

Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. watch over Barack Obama’s inauguration

By David Horsey Tribune Media Services The spirits of two great men, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., stood watch over the west front of the United States Capitol on Jan. 21 as Barack Obama took the oath to serve a second term as president with his left hand placed on two bibles – one Lincoln’s and one King’s. The event not only fell on the King holiday and 50 years after King’s “I have a dream” speech, but also came within days of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Without the revolutionary changes for which Lincoln and King were martyred, Barack Obama’s presidency would not be possible. This was abundantly apparent four years ago when he became the nation’s first African American chief executive, but it seems no less remarkable and significant the second time around. In part, this is due to the context in which he starts his next four years in the White House. Amid ongoing events related to the Civil War sesquicentennial and with the huge popularity of Stephen Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln,” slavery and the 16th president are prominent in the public consciousness. Talk of secession and states’ rights among those most unhappy with Obama’s re-election has also been a reminder that the issues that divided America in the 1860s have not been fully resolved. The residue of the racism that once justified slavery is still evident. There is no doubt that Obama would not be such a hugely controversial and maligned figure in some political circles and in certain parts of the country if he were [wholly] white. The good news is that the beast of racial bias is cornered and dying. Obama’s re-election is proof of that and, perhaps, that is why the second inauguration of the


man seems to be as important a marker of our progress away from slavery, Jim Crow and bigotry as was his first. The first time might have been a fluke; the second time is evidence of real change. No longer a barely known avatar of people’s hopes, Obama is now familiar. We know his failings and his strengths. We have seen him learn on the job, seen him make mistakes and misjudgments, yet stay cool under fire and win important victories. A man who sometimes seems aloof, he is also a man who has wept as he has responded to heart-wrenching national tragedies. He has gotten smarter and tougher and more ready to fight for what he believes is right. He has also revealed more of himself to the country he leads. We have seen him as a husband and father. Obama’s love for his spectacular wife and his devotion to his two girls appears so genuine and complete that all but his most deranged detractors give him credit for being a good family man. The first family is exemplary. One of the real treats of watching the inauguration coverage was having the chance to see the four of them interact. In the 1990s, Bill Cosby’s TV family was credited with shattering bad old stereotypes and changing prejudiced minds, but “The Cosby Show” was TV fantasy. The Obama family is the real thing. We know the Obamas and we know their address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. By renewing their lease for another four years, Americans have proven this country is still on track, still following the upward course set by Lincoln and King. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Horsey is a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times. Go to latimes. com/news/politics/topoftheticket/ to see more of his work. ©2012, David Horsey


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By Lee H. Hamilton Ordinarily, the start of a new Congress is a time for optimism. Fresh faces and a purposeful spirit combine to get Congress off to a hope-filled start. Yet Capitol Hill right now is far from optimistic. That’s because last year’s session, with its distressing end by the edge of the fiscal cliff, left the new Congress confronting head on all the chal- Lee Hamilton lenges that should have been resolved but weren’t: getting spending and the deficit under control, spurring economic growth, and reforming the tax code. Congressional performance at the end of 2012 fell far short, leaving not just a sour taste in most Americans’ mouths, but real cause for concern about how Congress operates. We learned a lot about Capitol Hill from the fiscal cliff episode, and not much of it is flattering. Even when faced with dire consequences, for instance, Congress seems incapable of addressing big national needs in an ambitious way. In an earlier effort to punt on fiscal issues, it created the “fiscal cliff” — and then failed to deal with it. Instead, it cobbled together yet another stopgap measure at the last moment. All of the key issues it had a chance to resolve — the sequester, spending, the debt ceiling — will have to be revisited in the next few months. And that’s before Congress can even get to the real issues of reviving economic growth with investments in research, human capital, and infrastructure. This throws into sharp relief an even more fundamental problem: the traditional legislative system for dealing with tough issues in a rational manner is broken. The time-honored approach afforded by the regular committee process, the pull and tug of negotiations as legislation worked its way through multiple players, the vetting and deal-making that once took place in a Congress organized to do so — all of that is gone. Instead, like an uncontrollable twitch, Congress repeatedly indulges in fiscal brinksmanship. This leaves it unable to deal effectively with our chal-

lenges, raises serious doubts about the viability of our system, and causes the rest of the world to question our ability to lead. It was noteworthy that the broad outlines of the fiscal cliff agreement were negotiated by two people, Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, while thousands of tiny but important details were left to staff. Some of the most prominent names in American politics decried the lack of transparency in the process and their own irrelevance to it. The issues being negotiated were of enormous importance to their constituents, but powerful and back-bench legislators alike had less input into what was going on than even the unelected staff members of the key players. Their only role was an up-or-down vote at the end. This is worth noticing because one other thing the fiscal cliff fiasco made clear is that the approach many new members of Congress took during the campaign — that they intend to help Congress get things done — is sorely needed. Politicians on Capitol Hill at the moment are simply unwilling to make truly hard decisions. Commenting on the Republicans in the wake of the negotiations, New York Times columnist David Brooks said, “The core thing [the fiscal cliff deal] says about them is that they want to reform entitlements and cut spending, but they can’t actually propose any plans to do these things because it would be politically unpopular.” The same might be said of Democrats and the White House, who recognize that entitlement reform needs to be on the table, but are reluctant to specify what they want to see. So we’re left with two parties passing one another in the night, unable to come to terms and unwilling to risk alienating their core constituencies to do so. In our system of representative democracy, Capitol Hill should be the place where their competing concerns get hammered out. What we learned from the fiscal cliff negotiations is that Congress isn’t that place. As a former member, I’m embarrassed that we can’t govern this nation better. Maybe the new Congress will have the courage to change course. 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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State Representative would downsize Milwaukee County’s board, compensation

By Dave Bretl I am often asked if I ever run out of ideas for writing columns. While some of my more critical readers have suggested that this happened sometime in 2005, in reality, I have always been able to come up with a topic that is related to county gove r n m e n t . F o r t u n a t e l y, whenever writer’s block threatens to set in it is often Milwaukee County government that saves the day by providing some interesting subject. Generous backdrop pensions and feuds David Bretl between various officials have provided the basis for a number of my past columns. I was struggling for a topic this week and, as if on cue, Wisconsin legislators and officials from the state’s most populous county came through once again. Earlier this month, newly elected state representative Joe Sanfelippo announced his intention to introduce legislation to cut the size and pay of the Milwaukee County Board. The story is interesting from a couple of perspectives. First, Sanfelippo is a former Milwaukee County Supervisor. His past attempts at reforming that board were apparently rebuffed by his peers. With a promotion to the legislature, he now seeks to impose change through state law. Secondly, the legislation raises the issue of how large local government boards should be and how their members should be compensated. Finally, closer to home, Walworth County has had its own experience with downsizing. The size of our county board has been reduced twice in recent memory. I haven’t seen the proposed Milwaukee county legislation yet. What has been reported by the media is that, if passed, a referendum question will be placed on the ballot in that county asking voters whether they would approve of a 15-member county board with the salaries of members capped at $15,000 a year. Supervisors there currently earn $50,679. An additional component of the legislation would limit that county board’s own budget for staff and office resources at four-tenths of one percent of the county’s property tax levy. Using current figures that would mean an 85 percent cut in the board’s own budget. Arguments against placing an issue like board size on a referendum are that the public lacks enough information to make an intelligent decision and they will always vote for a smaller board. I agree with the first part of that statement, but disagree with the second. In counties where the question has been put to voters, results have been mixed. Current law allows voters to force the issue of board size if they collect enough signatures on petitions. Such a measure

passed in our county in 2007 with 54 percent of the electorate favoring our current eleven member board. While downsizing was approved in Walworth County and a few others, measures failed to pass in a number of other counties. I do agree that, in general, the public lacks enough information to set board size. Were voters to attend every board and committee meeting, they might have a completely different impression of how many supervisors should serve and what resources should be at their disposal. In the case of Milwaukee County, which has an elected county executive, the question of resources becomes a balance of power issue, as well. If the board has fewer staff and funds to perform their own due diligence, the county executive has an advantage. On the other hand, the executive is elected by all county voters, and an organization that has 19 independent executives is unlikely to succeed. I can’t blame the public for its lack of knowledge regarding the details of county board operations. If a board chooses to downsize on its own, like our county did in 2001 when our 35-member board was reduced by 10, it can be done in a planned manner. If a board won’t talk about downsizing, the public can’t be expected to have much insight into the issue and in that case, are often left to take a shot in the dark. I have no idea whether the full-time supervisors in Milwaukee County are putting in full days at the office. With one million residents and all of the programs they run, plus an airport and 140 parks, or so, I would guess that there would be enough to do. As in any organization, it is likely that some supervisors there work harder than others. The issue of compensation is one that our own board will have to deal with before this November. State law requires that compensation be fixed before the start of the next term. Unlike Milwaukee County, it has been my experience that most elected officials are reluctant to raise their pay. Board members here earn $500 per month with no paid benefits, a figure that has not increased since 2006. None of Wisconsin’s 2,000 units of local government has ever gone out of business due to a lack of candidates. Under that theory, I suppose, it would be possible to reduce pay to zero and still have people willing to serve. Whether those would be the best people to govern is a different question. Local government benefits when people with a broad range of backgrounds serve. Retired folks and those with means make great board members; people who still need to work bring critical perspectives, as well. Service on a county board is time consuming. Reasonable compensation for those who spend long evenings in meetings is not only fair but important to ensure that supervisors reflect the constituents they represent. The opinions expressed in these columns are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Walworth County Board of Supervisors.

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New session begins with high hopes

By State Sen. Neal Kedzie On, Wisconsin! The beginning of a legislative session is always filled with excitement, anticipation, and a lot of work. This session, newly elected and re-elected legislators were sworn-in on January 7. With that, the 2013-14 legislative session is underway, which comes with new districts, committee assignments, and legislation. First, a new 11th Senate district is in place. Over the last decade, I have represented more than 172, 000 constituents in Walworth, Waukesha, JefferNeal Kedzie son, and Kenosha counties. Many have welcomed me into their communities, and I am grateful for their kindness, support, and friendship. Every ten years though, redistricting occurs where state and congressional legislative district lines are redrawn to ensure equal representation within the legislative bodies. In Wisconsin, the responsibility for redrawing legislative maps lies with the Legislature. The district boundaries are reconfigured to reflect changes in population as reported by the United States census. Last year, the Legislature fulfilled its requirement and the new district changes are now officially in place for the next 10 years. Much of the 11th Senate district remains the same for Walworth County, except that now both the Village of East Troy and the Town of Richmond are included. In contrast, the majority of Waukesha County will no longer be a part of the district, with the exception of the towns and villages of Eagle and Mukwonago. More than 70,000 new constituents in Jefferson County and the southeast corner of Rock County have been added to the new map. The district also includes the cities of Fort Atkinson and Jefferson, the eastern portion of the City of Beloit, and the far northeast side of the City of Janesville. For a detailed map of the new 11th Senate District, go to the Home page of my Web site, at www.senatorkedzie. com. Second, new committee assignments have been made. For this session, I have been named Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Vice-Chair of the Senate Energy, Consumer Protection and Government Reform Committee, and CoChair of the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties. I will also serve on the Senate Government Operations, Public Works and Telecommunications Committee, the Sporting Heritage Council, the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, and the Building Commission. The Building Commission oversees the

planning, improvement, major maintenance, and renovation of all state facilities. It also supervises all matters relating to the contracting of public debt. As Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee last session, we advanced many positive regulatory reform measures to make government agencies like the Department of Natural Resources more efficient and responsive to the people it serves. My goal for the committee this session is to build on the success of last session with an emphasis on job creation and outdoor recreational activities. Next, the goal of the Republican-led Legislature for this session is to continue efforts to adopt a balanced budget, initiate more job creation proposals, and make Wisconsin more attractive to current and potential companies. Last session, we eliminated a $3.6 billion deficit left over from the previous Administration, balanced the state budget, paid off old debts, froze property taxes, and created a $341 million budget surplus. We made the tough decisions on behalf of the taxpayers and the next generation of taxpayers by freezing or even lowering taxes, and eliminating long-standing debt. In addition, we passed many progrowth and pro-jobs legislation to help employers find, keep, and hire more workers. More than 37,000 new jobs were created during the last session and new business formations have increased by more than 11 percent. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is forecasting an average of 3,000 jobs added each month in 2013, and even more in 2014. Real state personal income is projected to increase by 2.5% this year and 2.9% in 2014. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate, currently at 6.7%, is the lowest it has been in years and is much lower than the current national unemployment rate of 7.7%. Finally, we will continue to work towards much-needed tax relief for all Wisconsin taxpayers. We will focus on the regulatory process by which mining interests may explore, apply, and potentially initiate responsible mining in Wisconsin, strengthen our skilled workforce, and work toward revisions to the tax code with an emphasis on middle income earners. For my part, I will pursue legislation to provide more tax relief targeted at senior citizens and retirees, and also to continue my efforts on drunk driving and alcoholrelated legislation. As the new session begins, there is great hope and promise among legislators of both parties to keep Wisconsin moving in the right direction. For both long-time and new constituents of the 11th Senate District, I welcome you to contact my office anytime with your questions and concerns of state government, or your thoughts and ideas of how we can build a better Wisconsin. On Wisconsin! Sen Kedzie can be reached in Madison at P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 537077882 or by calling toll free 1 800 5781457. He may be reached in the district at (262) 742-2025 or online at www.senatorkedzie.com.

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Business, Tax & Investment

IRS to accept 1040 forms Following the January tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), the Internal Revenue Service announced it plans to open the 2013 filing season and begin processing individual income tax returns on Jan. 30. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns on that date after updating forms and completing programming and testing of its processing systems. This will reflect the bulk of the late tax law changes enacted Jan. 2. The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers – more than 120 million households – should be able to start filing tax returns starting Jan 30. The IRS estimates that remaining households will be able to start filing in late February or into March because of the need for more extensive form and processing systems changes. This group includes people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. Most of those in this group file more complex tax returns and typically file closer to the April 15 deadline or obtain an extension. “We have worked hard to open tax season as soon as possible,” IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller said. “This date ensures we have the time we need to update and test our processing systems.” The IRS will not process paper tax returns before the anticipated Jan. 30 opening date. There is no advantage to filing on paper before the opening date, and taxpayers will receive their tax refunds much faster by using e-file with direct deposit. “The best option for taxpayers is to file electronically,” Miller said. The opening of the filing season follows passage by Congress of an extensive set of tax changes in ATRA on Jan. 1, with many affecting tax returns for 2012. While the IRS worked to antici-

pate the late tax law changes as much as possible, the final law required that the IRS update forms and instructions as well as make critical processing system adjustments before it can begin accepting tax returns. The IRS originally planned to open electronic filing this year on Jan. 22; more than 80 percent of taxpayers filed electronically last year. Who Can File Starting Jan. 30? The IRS anticipates that the vast majority of all taxpayers can file starting Jan. 30, regardless of whether they file electronically or on paper. The IRS will be able to accept tax returns affected by the late Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) patch as well as the three major “extender” provisions for people claiming the state and local sales tax deduction, higher education tuition and fees deduction and educator expenses deduction. Who Can’t File Until Later? There are several forms affected by the late legislation that require more extensive programming and testing of IRS systems. The IRS hopes to begin accepting tax returns including these tax forms between late February and into March; a specific date will be announced in the near future. The key forms that require more extensive programming changes include Form 5695 (Residential Energy Credits), Form 4562 (Depreciation and Amortization) and Form 3800 (General Business Credit). A full listing of the forms that won’t be accepted until later is available on IRS.gov. As part of this effort, the IRS will be working closely with the tax software industry and tax professional community to minimize delays and ensure as smooth a tax season as possible under the circumstances. Updated information will be posted on IRS.gov.

Networking group to hold open house The East Troy/Mukwonago area Business Breakfast Club (BBC) will hold an evening social event for all interested business owners at the Red Door Café on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Any local business owners or business people who would like to do more business in the East Troy/ Mukwonago area should attend to learn more about the BBC and meet the members. The group meets every Tuesday

morning from 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. at Zeneli’s Restaurant in Mukwonago. Their mission is to “enable local business professionals who provide exceptional and ethical services to meet regularly in order to create consistent business growth by focusing on referrals and common promotional activities. In other words, it’s a networking group. Contact Jane Thompson at the Red Door Café 6422262 to RSVP for the February 7 event.

Business briefs The Walworth County Visitor’s Bureau is open at its new location, 2375 E. Geneva St. (Hwy. 50), Delavan. Their phone number is 7286000 and their fax number is 728-6001. Email them at [email protected] Pesche’s Greenhouses will be closed temporarily due to a fire that destroyed the main greenhouse in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 20. Although it only took firemen 10 minutes to put

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National Business Organization plans move to UW-Whitewater

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In a new collaboration that is designed to strengthen business education and regional economic development, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) announced it is moving its headquarters to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This spring, USASBE, one of the most respected entrepreneurial support organizations in the world, will move to Timothy J. Hyland Hall, home of UW-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics. “Our campus, our community and USASBE share a commitment to supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Richard Telfer, UW-Whitewater chancellor. “This is a unique opportunity for us to share our talents, expertise and resources to enhance the student experience and grow the regional economy.” “Everything we do is about enhancing innovation and fostering ideas into effective business propositions,” said Christine Clements, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “We are extremely excited to partner with USASBE to make a real difference in entrepreneurship for today’s and tomorrow’s business world.” A three-year agreement stipulates that the association’s executive director and an administrative assistant will be housed at UW-Whitewater. “USASBE is thrilled to be moving the organization’s central office to UWWhitewater,” enthused Rebecca White, president of the association. “As an entrepreneurial, four-year state university with an applied research and teaching focus, UW-Whitewater represents our membership well and complements our strategic priorities.” White said USASBE is looking forward to working with UW-Whitewater to create the next generation of entrepreneurs through teaching and research.

This new collaboration opens the doors for UW-Whitewater to work with USASBE’s more than 1,000 members from universities and colleges, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector. “Not only will this relationship increase regional economic development initiatives, it will further nurture the entrepreneurial ecosystem, encourage new research, and foster business development,” said Denise Ehlen, director of Research and Sponsored Programs at UWWhitewater. “This will have immediate economic impact and long term generational impact on our economy,” said Jeff Vanevenhoven, assistant professor of management. “The region has identified entrepreneurship as one of the ways to develop and grow the economy. We have invested in a long-term commitment toward ecosystem development through our strong infrastructure.” UW-Whitewater says it has a strong reputation for excellence in entrepreneurship. Facilities like Hyland Hall and the Whitewater Innovation Center serve as robust environments for learning and business incubation. The university’s business outreach centers partner with local and regional companies to diversify and strengthen their operations. Faculty and staff members have secured millions of dollars in federal and state grants to support entrepreneurship. Student entrepreneurs have garnered prestigious awards at national competitions. “USASBE will benefit from the strong culture that we have built here at UWWhitewater, particularly with our student body,” Vanevenhoven said. “UWWhitewater faculty will benefit by learning the most recent developments that we can bring to our own classrooms and make our regional entrepreneurs stronger.”

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Lake Lawn Resort will host its first Wellness Weekend, Feb. 15-18. The weekend is set to include fitness classes, yoga, meditation, cooking demonstrations and special seminars. In addition, Lake Lawn will be hosting a Zumba-thon on Saturday with all proceeds benefiting the Delavan Boys and Girls Club. For full access to Lake Lawn’s Wellness Weekend, wristbands can be purchased at just $40 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Wristbands for Friday evening only are $25 for adults and $5 for children, and for Sunday’s events, $15 for adults and $5 for children. “We hope to encourage participants to develop healthy changes in their lives while staying motivated to reach their

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By Dr. Bernice Elliott Community Chiropractic Center Are You Sitting Properly? If you are an office worker you probably spend at least six or seven hours a day sitting on the job. Add more time sitting in the car, at dinner and lounging with some late night TV and the total hours of sitting rockets Dr. Bernice Elliott up to somewhere around ten hours. When is the last time you thought about how you sit? Promise yourself that you’ll take a critical look at how you sit after you read this article. If you are sitting and reading this online, go ahead and freeze right now and really think about how you are sitting. Compare your sitting position to this checklist: Proper Sitting Posture Checklist • Sit with your legs uncrossed with ankles in front of the knees. • Place both feet firmly on the floor. Get yourself a footrest if your feet don’t reach. • Your knees should be lower than your hips and the back of your knees should not touch the seat. • If your chair has an adjustable backrest, move it to support the arch in your low back. If you don’t have a backrest, ask your employer about getting one or invest in it yourself. • Get up and move around every hour. Take a break from sitting even if you can-

not stop working. Make a phone call standing up or close your office door and lie down for a few minutes on your stomach. At the very least, shift your sitting position occasionally. Why Sitting Posture is Important Good posture is important for long term health and disease prevention just like daily tooth brushing. And, similar to tooth brushing, habits are formed early and can be hard to break later in life. Good sitting posture reduces the stress and strain on ligaments. Ligaments are responsible for holding the joints together, so ligament stresses can make you prone to joint injuries. Proper posture also reduces muscle fatigue. When muscles are able to work efficiently they use less energy and don’t get tired as easily. Abnormal motions or positions that are repeated over and over again on a daily basis are contributors to degenerative arthritis and joint pain. Most adults would readily agree that posture is important. Most of that group would also admit that they don’t actively think about posture…it just happens. For the next 30 days, make an effort to really think about your posture and pause a couple times per day to compare your current position to the checklist provided above. It takes about 30 days of focus to break an old habit or develop a new one, so if you concentrate on your sitting posture for 30 days, you’ll be well on your way to a lifetime of better musculoskeletal health. As always, if you need a recommendation for a good chair, back rest, or spinal health just ask. Dr. Elliott can be found at Community Chiropractic Center in Walworth. Call (262) 275-1700 today to make your appointment. This column is sponsored by Community Chiropractic Center.

Southern Lakes Masterpiece Chorale will begin rehearsals for its 28th season on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Elkhorn Area High School. Registration will begin in the choir room at 6:30 p.m., followed by rehearsal from 7-9. Music scores of Giacomo Puccini's “Messa di Gloria” and Ralph Vaughn William’s “Serenade to Music” will be provided. Rehearsals will continue on Tuesday

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More cremations than funerals By Shamane Mills More people in Wisconsin are choosing cremation over burial. The trend has those in the cemetery business concerned. Wisconsin statistics show that in 2011, the number of cremations surpassed burials for the first time. It’s not by much, but it’s a trend that national funeral directors say has been occurring across the country for decades. Generally, cremation costs less than burial and it may be more convenient for some says William Hoffman, former president of the Wisconsin Cemetery and Cremation Association and now head of Graceland and Union cemeteries in Milwaukee. “With cremation, you don’t have some of the time sensitivities as to when

Despite the fact that this article appears in the Health & Fitness section, we do know that oak wilt is not a disease that affects humans. Unless, that is, limbs from their oak tree should fall on them or their houses. With that caveat, read on. Winter is a good time for tree pruning, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources tree health experts. Winter pruning greatly reduces the likelihood of spreading oak wilt and other tree diseases, and minimizes pruning stress on trees. “The best time to prune trees in Wisconsin isn’t in April; it’s during winter when a tree is dormant,” says Don Kissinger, DNR urban forester. “Insects and diseases that could attack an open wound on a pruned tree aren’t active in winter. And without leaves, broken, cracked or hanging limbs are easier to see and prune.” Timing is especially critical when pruning oak trees. DNR foresters recommend that people stop pruning, wounding, or cutting oak trees from April through July in order to limit the spread of oak wilt.

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you’re going to have a service,” Hoffman said. “People may like that flexibility especially since these days people don’t necessarily live as close to each other as they did 50 or 100 years ago. Hoffman says fewer burials and more cremations are hurting the bottom line of cemeteries around Wisconsin. “Cemeteries definitely feel a hit. I think there are a lot of things that aren't being discussed or thought about in this whole issue,” he said. “I think cemeteries do offer a benefit to families, to our culture as a whole by having a place to memorialize the life of a loved one.” The increasing number of cremations is also being driven by environmental concerns related to dwindling land resources. Wisconsin Public Radio News

Pruning trees in winter can help to reduce the spread of oak wilt

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A more cautious approach limits pruning in urban areas until October 1. Oak wilt is a devastating fungal disease of oaks that has been present in the state for at least 70 years. It spreads from tree to tree by either “hitchhiking” on sap-feeding beetles that are attracted to freshly pruned or injured trees or by growing through root grafts between neighboring trees. Red oaks, which include red, pin, and black oak, are particularly vulnerable to oak wilt. Once wilting symptoms appear, these trees die very quickly, often within a month. Oak wilt is found commonly in the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin. In 2012, oak wilt was confirmed for the first time in Vilas, Lincoln and Sawyer counties. The disease has not been found in Ashland, Bayfield, Calumet, Door, Douglas, Forest, Iron, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Price, Rusk, Sheboygan, Taylor and Washburn counties. Which means it has been found in Walworth, Rock, Jefferson Racine and Kenosha counties. Before pruning, consider these guidelines that will support the tree’s health: Trees should be pruned throughout their entire life, with more attention paid during the first 10 years (every other or every third year) to foster strong structural or “scaffold” limbs. Once proper structure is established, pruning can occur less often (about every five years) to maintain the structure and remove larger pieces of dead wood. “Pruning should not take more than 25 percent of the live crown of a tree while the lower third of established trunks of deciduous trees should be free of limbs,” Kissinger said. Kissinger encourages people to review the DNR pruning brochure [PDF]. He offers these tips for tree pruning: Remove limbs growing toward the ground. Remove limbs that are crossing, rubbing, or growing parallel to one another, competing for the same space in the tree crown. Remove limbs growing vertically or toward the interior of the tree. Remove broken, cracked, diseased, or dead limbs. Maintain one central trunk or “leader” for as long as possible. Never remove so many interior branches that leaves are only present at the outside edge of the tree. Never prune a branch flush to the trunk as the large wound reduces the tree’s natural decay barrier. The cut should begin just outside the branch bark ridge and continue at a slight outward angle. Never “top” trees. This makes the tree vulnerable to decay, it sucks energy from the tree, and it could lead to an early tree death. For additional information online, visit dnr.wi.gov and search the keywords “oak wilt”.

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Michael Fields Agricultural Institute recipient of first Good Earth Award

Walworth County is home to the first biodynamic agricultural center in the U.S. Today it is called Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). Nearly 30 years ago, Christopher and Martina Mann settled near East Troy and dedicated themselves to a unique approach to organic farming. They came from Europe and were intrigued by the controversial yet practical thinking of Austrian philosopher Dr. Rudolph Steiner, who had developed a method of organic farming that treats farms as unified unique organisms, capable of balance between soil, plants and animals in a self-nourishing system that can be sustained without toxic pesticides or artificial fertilizers. The Manns developed the MFAI leadership and organization in the field of sustainable agriculture. Now it collaborates with expert and innovative farmers, university laboratories, elementary school classrooms and an international internship program. Adult students from around the world come to the institute to learn what role they can play in sustainable food production for a world population of more than 7 billion. Small children learn some of the same principles through the “Little Green Thumbs” school program. In its research and education, much of it hands-on, MFAI is dedicated to increasing food and soil

security on the planet. For those reasons, David Andrews, Executive Director at MFAI was recently honored with the first Good Earth Award, presented to him at a special event hosted by the Good Earth Church of the Divine, an emerging church of the UCC denomination. The award was given by the Founding Council of the church. The inscription on the plaque, “I have set before you life and death. Now choose life, that you and your children may thrive,” was taken from the Hebrew Book of Deuteronomy 30:19-20. At the event, Andrews reflected on MFAI’s founding philosophy. “We understand that well-being isn’t just about the food we eat, it’s also about taking care of the soul and spiritual life, which is part of Steiner’s overall philosophy.” Andrews says he wants to make MFAI a place where everyone in the community – not only farmers – can gather to openly explore ideas about making a difference and shaping not only agriculture, but the future of the world around us. He expressed pleasure in being recognized for the unique role of his institution by neighbors. “Often the communities closest to an important initiative seem unaware of its mission, so I thank you very much for understanding and recognizing our work,” he said.

Members of the Lake Geneva Chapter of the Lyric Opera and the administration team of the Big Foot Area Schools Association (from left) Sara Bowman, BFASA Curriculum Director; Lillian Henderson, Sharon Jt. 11 District Administrator; Sara Norton, Fontana Jt 8 District Administrator; Marvin Herman, President of the Lake Geneva Chapter of the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Laura Shinkus, Program Chair; Jim McConnell, Treasurer; Jerry Ferguson, Membership Chair; Mike Hinske, BFHS Principal; Pam Knorr, Walworth Jt 1 District Administrator; and Joe Zirngibl, Linn Jt 6 District Administrator, meet to talk about an upcoming trip to Chicago so that area school children can see a performance of “Oklahoma.” (Photo furnished)

Lyric Opera chapter to sponsor trip for 130 students to see ‘Oklahoma’

What do people think of when they hear the word “opera?” Do they visualize horn-helmeted women singing notes so high that they shatter glass; or maybe animated cartoons that feature opera singers? What about opera and schoolaged children? Through the years, and especially recently, opera companies have made concerted efforts to bring opera to everyone, especially children. Opera is one of the most complex art forms, combining the drama of the text, the emotional power of the music and the enticement of the voice. Opera takes the same subjects children learn about in school through language arts, history, music and dance, and transforms them into a new experience that opens the windows of curiosity that lead to an enthusiasm for, and a lifelong relationship to the art. The Lyric Opera of Chicago has many

programs that instill this enthusiasm in a new and personal way for students. It is a catalyst in bringing arts and opera education to many schools and neighborhoods through in-school programs, backstage tours, and performances for students. In 2012 the Lake Geneva Chapter of the Lyric Opera of Chicago funded a trip for the seventh grade class of Fontana Elementary School to view “The Magic Flute.” In 2013, a donation from the Lake Geneva Chapter will pay the cost of transportation and tickets for 130 seventh grade students from the Big Foot Area Schools Consortium to attend a performance of “Oklahoma!” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. By funding this student trip, the Lake Geneva Chapter will support educational opportunities for students of Sharon Community School, Fontana, Reek and Walworth elementary schools.


David Andrews, executive director of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, accepts the first Good Earth Award presented by the Founding Council of The Good Earth Church of the Divine. (Photo furnished)


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Walworth County Arts Council names 2012 Friends of the Arts

The Walworth County Arts Council named David Block of Delavan and the United Church of Christ – Congregational, also of Delavan, their 2012 Friends of the Arts at their Annual Meeting in November. Block was recognized for his leadership of the summer music series at Delavan’s Phoenix Park. Under his leadership the program has grown to provide a wide variety of outdoor concerts by many diverse groups and performers. The summer series includes popular, classical, jazz, spiritual and country music, as well as special events such as the Taste of Delavan, Jazz in the Park

and various holiday celebrations. The United Church of Christ – Congregational has a long history of leadership in the arts and in sharing its resources with the wider community. Particular recognition was given to its innovative Fine Arts Day Camp for children each summer. The Rev. Laura McLeod and Ruth Haase, moderator of the church, represented the UCC at the luncheon. Each year the Arts Council names an individual and a corporate entity as “Friends of the Arts” for significant contributions in furthering the arts in Walworth County. Past years’ individual awards have gone to Willliams Bay

Walworth County Arts Council member Cal Kuder (left) presents David Block with a 2012 “Friends of the Arts” award for his work with the Phoenix Park Band Shell summer concert series. (Photo furnished)

Calvin Kuder presents a Walworth County Arts Council “Friend of the Arts” award to the Rev. Laura McLeod (center) and moderator Ruth Haase, of The United Church of Christ – Congregational of Delavan in honor of the church’s long history of leadership in the arts in Walworth County. (Photo furnished)


artist Joan Grommes Franzen; Sharon Munson, Delavan music education; and Joanne Hobbs, Williams Bay harpist and music educator. Corporate awards have recognized Music by the Lake, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Black Point Historic House and Gardens, and the Allyn Foundation. Walworth County Arts Council member Calvin Kuder presented the awards to the recipients. “Toe to Toe,” a dance group from Elkhorn, performed at the luncheon.

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By Kathi West A long time ago we showed things from different quilt shops and I’ve decided to do it again. This week I visited Sawdust and Stitches at 13 South Wisconsin St. in Elkhorn. Sharon Lauderdale is the owner of this delightful shop. She is there most days but not Thursdays, when Connie Frazer is there. They are both excellent quilters and can give great advice and help with problems and choosing fabrics. The quilts hanging in the shop are a great inspiration. Sharon has loads of patterns and books for sale. Some new books just arrived and I want at least two of them. Sawdust and Stitches winter sale is in progress until January 26. So if you can, get in on the bargains. New classes will begin after the sale is over. Also starting in February, there will be an

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basting appliqué, machine appliqué, and hand embroidery. For further information on these classes (dates, cost, etc.) or other questions go to www.sawdustandstitches.net. Quilt guild schedules Chocolate City Quilters meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Burlington High School library, 400 McCanna Parkway. The Crazy Quilt Guild Quilters meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 231 Roberts Drive in Mukwonago The Harvard Village Quilters meet the third Wednesday of the month at 1 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church 504 East Diggins Street Harvard, IL. Guests are Welcome. Quilts of Valor Quilt Group meets

The “We Can Build a Snowman” quilt is from a row-by-row quilt class pattern that will be available in February. (Beacon photo)

The Stone Mill Quilters meet the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Whitewater, 130 S. Church Street, but enter through the door on Franklin off Main Street. If you have some news to share with

quilters in the greater Walworth County area, e-mail me at [email protected] or send it by traditional mail to P.O. Box 69, Williams Bay, WI. 53191. Make sure you send it early – about a month before the event. I will try to get it into the next issue.

Sawdust and Stitches Quilt Shop owner Sharon Lauderdale waits for a customer to choose fabric so she can cut it. (Beacon photo)

afternoon meeting to answer questions like “why and how do I do that?” Some of these questions most often asked are: how do I square up half square triangles; what kind of needles should I use; how can I use my scraps; how do I do the blanket stitch? These meetings are free, just call 723-1213 to let them know you are coming. The dates planned so far are Friday February 8 and 22 and March 1 at 1 p.m. Some of the classes include a tabletop-size quilt called Spare change, machine quilting, a flannel lap throw called twisted nines flannel cozy, back

the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 at Ellen Weber’s Shed, 2789 Theater Road, Delavan. This group makes quilts for men and woman that have served in the military. Bring your sewing machine, fabric to make a QOV quilt or a quilt that you have started and any sewing tools you will need. There will be no meeting in December. The Scrappers Quilt Guild meets on the third Tuesday, of every month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lions Field House on Hwy 67 in Williams Bay. Remember to bring your latest project to show and tell. Guests are always welcome.

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A whale of a family adventure

Spring wall hangings, pillows and quilts are beginning to appear on the walls at Sawdust and Stitches, along with many spring kits and patterns. (Beacon photo)

By Marjie Reed A whale-watch tour sounded like fun to our teenage kids, and living on the East Coast, the trip to Massachusetts was feasible. Our 45-foot-long tour boat seemed plenty big and safe to take our family of five and, 35 others, out the short distance in the ocean to the whales’ neighborhood. It was to be a three-hour tour (the theme music from GilliMarjie Reed gan’s Island plays here in a minor key, indicating trouble ahead). The tour company made it very clear

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that we might not see any whales – interpretation: NO REFUNDS. Every trip was hit or miss. They also informed us that the whales were the owners of the sea, and we were the visitors, so the boat would just go so far into the whales’ territory. If the whales wanted to come to us, that was up to them. Oh brother. The ride to the whale grounds was fun and the passengers were riotous with anticipation. People began attaching expensive looking zoom lenses to their massive cameras. Our family only had one goal with our point and shoot Kodak; try not to let it fall overboard. All of a sudden, the excited words, “THAR SHE BLOWS!” rang from the depths of a seaman’s throat. We followed the direction of his massive arm and saw a whale in the distance spouting from its blowhole. Only the clicking of cameras was audible as all talking has ceased in amazement. Unexpectedly, the massive creatures began gliding toward us. The closer they came, the smaller our boat seemed to be. One particular 50-foot-long whale, thick as a redwood tree, slipped through the water with the ease of silk on silk, and approached our boat. As if seeing a whale this close was not excitement enough, it exhaled through its blowhole. The sound resembled pressurized steam escaping a valve. Before we realized what was happening, a soft, fine mist enveloped everyone. What might sound repulsive, was actually a refreshingly amazing and unbelievable adventure of its own – when else in our lifetime would we feel whale breath on our skin? However, before we could get over that experience, reality reclaimed us as someone hastily yelled, “Look, one of the whales is headed for the side of our boat!” Everyone took a collective breath and froze; we were about to be rammed. As the mammoth creature raced forward, we braced for the inevitable. The inevitable never happened, for at the last second, the whale dove. Just before he disappeared, his enormous tail rose out of the water next to the boat, leaving us breathless. Our problems were not over, for now the behemoth was under our boat. I doubt we were the only ones pleading with God that the whale did not surface too soon. One nudge to our insignificant boat by the whale’s vast body could have splintered the vessel and sent us airborne like a scene from Moby Dick. No one spoke. Every head turned as we waited and waited and waited for his next move. Thank God he stayed submerged until he returned to his pod, which had now distanced itself from our boat. We had gotten much more than our money’s worth that day, and were ready to plant our feet on solid ground. As we headed back to shore, two of the whales turned on their sides and kept slapping one fin on the water as if waving goodbye to us. It was the perfect end of an extraordinary, hair-raising, never-to-be-forgotten family adventure. As I wrote this column, my main concern was not to discourage any family from going on a whale watch because of what might happen. Yes, our venture was more adventuresome than many. (Continued on page 18)

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Marjie Reed

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However, whatever we choose to do with our families, something unnerving or unexpected can happen at any time and in any place. Would we take our family on another whale watch? Quicker than you can say “Captain Ahab.” Dear God, Thank you for the up-close-and-personal experiences we are blessed to have with nature. Please don’t let the fear of what might happen keep parents from taking their kids on adventure trips. Winter is the time to skate on the pond with our kids and have fun in the snow. Winter is also the time to plan and begin saving for more extended family summer adventures. But whatever we choose to do, the idea is to create warm, fun adventure memories for our family. So this winter, dear God, please help us gather our family pod and start planning and saving so we can ram full force into summer and have a whale of a time seeking new adventures together. 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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Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. • Storytime with Miss Kris, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Tiny Tots Time, for children from birth through age 3, meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime, for children age 3 to 6 meets Fridays at 10 a.m. Themes for January are: 25th, Wild Animals; 30th, Shapes. Themes for February will be shapes, the piano, Valentine’s Day, fish, and the dentist. • LEGO Club, Monday, February 4 and 18 at 4 p.m. • Knitting Club, January 30 at 6 p.m. For all ages and experience levels. • Exploration Art Studio: Yarn; Tuesday, February 12 at 4 p.m. • Guilty Pleasures Book Club, Monday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Shakespeare, Jane Austin and James Joyce are not welcomed here. This is a book club for those who love a good steamy read. The group will be reading paranormal romances, paranormal mysteries, and maybe some good old fashioned bodice rippers. The first book will be “Undead and Unwed,” the first book in the Queen Betsy series, by Mary Janice Davidson. • Decorative Knots, Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. Decorative knotting is a cord-tying technique that can be used to make many decorative items including key chains and jewelry. Learn some basic knotting techniques and make a simple project in this beginner’s workshop. • Knitting Club, 1st and 2nd Monday, 3rd and 4th Wednesday at 6 p.m. Led by instructor Nancy Lee, this group is for knitters of all ages and skill levels. Take your current project to work on. Experienced knitters are encouraged to attend and share their expertise with others. • 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. • Ongoing book sale. • 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. - 4 p.m. Check the library’s new Web site at www.williamsbay. lib.wi.us/ • Book Signing by illustrator Nisse Lovendahl, Williams Bay High School class of 2004, on Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 10 a.m. noon. Meet the author, Matt Robertson, and the illustrator, Nisse Lovendahl, of their children’s book “The Meandering Neanderthal.” There will be book readings, illustration demos and Neanderthal photo fun … so bring cameras! • Story Times Tuesdays at 10 a.m and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Same books and crafts both days. • Scrabble Club 10 a.m. - noon Wednesdays. • Knitting Circle, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Take a project to work on. • The Saturday Morning Book Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. The February 9 book discussion will be about “Lighthouse Road” by Peter Geye. • Story times, Tuesdays 10 a.m. and Thursdays 1:30 p.m. Same books and crafts both days • “What Are Teens Reading?” book group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. This group is for parents to read and review teen books. Stop at the library to pick from a great selection of YA books. • Ongoing sale of a great selection of used books. Browse Barrett for Books. Programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Call 245-2709 or e-mail [email protected] wi.us. ! ! ! 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

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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. ! ! ! 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. • “The Quilting Bee Series” will continue on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. The program series provides a time for quilters and quilt-admirers to congregate in the spirit of a quilting bee. Author and award-winning quilter Chris Kirsch will present a lighthearted quilt talk entitled “But I Still Love You.” Although the quilts in this program are not museum quality and some are quite worn,

Chris Lynn Kirsch each has its own story. In costume, Kirsch will present her quilts with as much historical information as possible, a love for each one, and a bit of humor. The title of her program reflects her feeling that even though they are not perfect, she still loves and values the quilts. A book signing will follow the program. Kirsch stitches her quilts from her log home deep in the woods of southeastern Wisconsin. In days gone by, her tools of the trade were the sterilized instruments of a dental hygienist. Time and passions changed all that when, in 1987, she took her first quilting class and came away enthusiastically addicted. Kirsch began quilting with traditional pieces, working by hand, and with a machine. She collected antique quilts for their charm and link to the past. She eventually began designing her own pieces, and a

passion for art quilts evolved. • 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, 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 on select 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 must 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. lakegeneva.lib.wi.us. ! ! ! Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Open Monday Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 723-2678. • Fridays with Oscar (the award, not the grouch), a movie night special program presented by the Friends of Matheson Memorial Library to showcase 2013 Academy Awardnominated films every Friday night in February. See some of this year’s nominated films before the ceremony. Admission, popcorn and soda will all be provided by the Friends. There will also be trivia, giveaways, and more. Movie dates are as follows: February 1, “Brave;” February 8, “Moonrise Kingdom;” February 15, “Beasts Of The Southern Wild;” February 22, “Argo.” All showings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult; no children under the age of 18 will be admitted for “Argo.” Dressing like a Hollywood star is encouraged. • Matheson Memorial Library hosts two book clubs per month. The Page Turners meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the Afternoon Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. You can check out a copy of the book club selection 3-4 weeks prior to the book club meeting. All meetings are held at the library and are facilitated by staff librarians. • Story times are about 30 minutes and are filled with books, songs and more. Each week will bring something new. No registration required. Toddlers on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Books n Babies on Thursday at 10 a.m.; Preschool age on Wednesday at 10 a.m.; and Tiny Tots 2nd and 4th Monday at 6:30 p.m. We Explore, ages 3+, Friday 10 a.m. • The Lego Building Club for all ages meets every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the community center. Each meeting will feature a different building theme. Creations will be displayed in the library and online. Lego donations greatly appreciated. Messy Art Club meets on the alternate Thursday at 3:30 p.m. • Elkhorn Area Writers’ Group, Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. in the Mary Bray Room, upper level of the library, for anyone who wishes to share their writing. Each member is allowed equal time to share work with others: poems, manuscripts, short stories, etc. Please bring at least five copies of each selected work for review. We all benefit from the power of collaboration. Questions? Email: elkhorn [email protected] • The Walworth County Genealogical Society Library is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. and by appointment, which can be made by calling the WCGS librarian at 215-0118. A board member will always be there to render assistance if needed. To obtain membership information or find literature regarding Walworth County, visit walworthcgs.com. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Call 7232678 or visit www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us for more. ! ! ! Twin Lakes Community Library, 110

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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. Wednesday, Feb. 13 will be a Valentine’s celebration. • DIY Superhero Capes, Friday, February 1, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., ages 2-5. Registration required. Every superhero needs a cape. Come decorate ordinary t-shirts to make bright, colorful capes. We’ll finish our time and some superhero training activities and a special superhero photo shoot. • Snowman Building at the Library, Saturday, February 2, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. All ages. Registration required. Bundle up in hats, coats, and snow boots, and come to the snowman building party in the library’s front yard. We’ll provide hats, scarves, and other accessories, and it’s up to attendees to create their own snowman. Once everyone is done, we will vote on our favorite and then warm up with hot cocoa and cider. In case we don’t have snow or it’s too cold, we will still have a snowthemed activity available inside the library. • LEGO Building Club, Saturday, February 16, 1-3 p.m., ages 5 and older. No registration required. Do you love to build with Legos? Want to stretch your creativity and meet other kids who love to build, too? We’ll provide the Legos, you provide the creativity. All materials must stay at the library so bring a camera to document your adventures, or check back at the library after the program to see your creation on display. • Baby Time, Friday, February 15 10:3011 a.m. Ages Birth - 2. No registration required. Come for songs, activities, and even a story or two, perfect for babies. Baby Time is a great place for babies and caregivers to meet one another. • Alphabet themed story time for the letter M, Thursday, February 7, and the letter N on Thursday, February 21, 10:30--11:30 a.m. for ages 2-5. Registration required. • Murder Mystery Party, Saturday, Feb. 9, 1- 3 p.m., ages 12-18. Registration required. Can you figure out “who done it” at our murder mystery party? Work together to uncover clues and role play your way through a frighteningly fantastic time. Who is the murderer? It could be anyone…. including you! • Heart Art, Tuesday, February 5, 6-7 p.m. Ages 5 - 12. Registration required. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun art project. We’ll supply hearts of all sizes and colors, and it’s up to you and your imagination to create a fantastic piece of art. • Make Your Own Valentine February 1 through 14. All ages, any time during open hours. Starting February 1, stop by the children’s department and make a valentine to take home. We’ll have plenty of paper, markers, and other items perfect for making a valentine for someone you love. • Bedtime Story Times, Tuesday, Feb. 19, • Financial Aid for Your College Adventure, Tuesday, February 12. Eleventh and 12th grade students and parents, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Registration required, opens January 29; call 877-4281. The workshop will provide a look at the types of financial aid available and walks students and their parents through the process of how to apply and how financial aid is awarded. ! ! ! 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. wplc.info) sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. (Continued on page 26)

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Pet Questions and Answers By Marc Morrone Question: My children have a lopeared bunny and a guinea pig, and when they are out of their cages together, they seem to get along just fine. Right now they are each in their own cage right next to each other. I was wondering if we could just get one larger cage and keep them both in it. We do not have as much free time as we used to, and housing them together would make things a little easier. They do seem to eat the same food, anyway. Answer: Anybody who has seen me on TV knows that getting different species to live together is my specialty, but this is one situation where each pet should have its own cage. Although they may enjoy each other’s company when they are out of the cage, I have found that when kept together long term, many rabbits get annoyed by guinea pigs’ nudgings and pushes. I also have noticed that guinea pigs will chew on a rabbit’s fur when given the opportunity. The diet is also a problem. Yes, they both enjoy fresh greens, vegetables and hay, but the pelleted foods you give to them are different. Although guinea pig pellets and rabbit pellets may look the same, the ones for guinea pigs contain vitamin C, and it’s very important for this species. Pellets for rabbits have a lot more fiber in them and, without lots of fiber, rabbits can get all sorts of digestive problems. Both animals have different protein requirements. So, housing the two pets together just isn’t the right thing to do. Q: Some members of my family spend entirely too much money on sweaters and coats for our two Maltese, and the dogs certainly don’t seem happy when they are wearing these color-coordinated outfits. Everybody else in my family insists the dogs will be too cold outside without the sweaters. Is this true? A: The Maltese was bred to be a house pet in the Mediterranean, where winters are not as severe as they are here. The breed does have a long, flowing coat, but it is not designed to insulate against cold weather.

Naturally, this breed will need some sort of sweater or coat in the winter months. I can’t comment on how much the coats should cost or what color they should be, as long as they keep the dogs warm and are easy to put on and take off. Q: We have two feral cats that feed in our yard. Besides cat food, is it all right to give them our leftover meat scraps, such as beef, lamb or chicken? We have heard that pork, including ham products, is not good for cats in general. Is this true? A: Processed pork products such as ham and bacon have lots of salt and nitrates, so they are really not good for any human or animals except as an occasional treat. However, there is nothing at all wrong with a pork roast as long as it is properly cooked. Besides good cat food, with its added nutrients, you can supplement your cat’s diet with this kind of meat as well as any other cooked meat. But a diet of just muscle meat does not have the required vitamins and minerals a dog or cat needs. It is important that it not make up more than a third of the cat’s diet. Q: My sister-in-law has a poodle, and she has not had any allergy symptoms with it in the house. She just bought another poodle and is highly allergic to this dog. Why is she allergic to one and not the other when they are the same breed? Is there anything she can do to try to keep the new poodle? A: There is so much anecdotal and unscientific reasoning about dog and cat allergies in the world that it boggles my mind. The problem with your sister-in-law probably has little to do with dog allergies. The new dog that was brought into the house should not be accused of causing her symptoms unless an allergist makes that diagnosis. I have seen many animals that were put up for adoption because a human in the family started to sneeze or cough out of the blue and the pet got the blame without the human member of the family seeking a doctor’s advice. Q: We adopted a kitten from a family Let

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longer think it’s an option. However, she does need to play with something else in a similar manner. I suggest you take a long sock, stuff it with crumpled newspaper, close it up, then tie a long string to it. Toss it out on the floor away from you, and the kitten can grab it, pounce and wrestle with it all she wants as you manipulate the sock and move it with the string. As she squeezes it, the paper makes a crackling sound. This stimulates her even more. Now the kitten will grow up thinking that humans are for snuggles, and other things are for playing with – and your feet can heal. Q: We bought two gerbils two weeks ago from a pet store and they are supposed to be two females. We looked up on the Internet how to determine the sex of gerbils, and they certainly look like two females. However, this morning there are four newborns in the cage and both gerbils seem to be mothering them. The babies are nursing only from one of the two so it seems that just one has had the babies. So what do we do now? Should we separate the two and leave the babies with just the mother? A: It is obvious that the one gerbil must have mated a week or so before you got her. Most likely the two you have are sisters. Gerbils are extremely family-oriented mammals. Members of the same family will look after and help care for each other’s babies. If anything bad was going to happen to the babies, it would have happened by now. So the best thing to do is just relax and enjoy watching the mother and the aunt raise the babies. After the babies are weaned and eating and drinking on their own, you can find homes for the males and keep a couple of the females with the mommy and aunt so they can all live together as a family group.

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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. • • • • FRIDAY, JAN. 25 American Red Cross blood drive, 12-6 p.m. at Whitewater Armory, 146 W. North St. in Whitewater. Elkhorn Rotary Wine, Beer & Food Expo, 5-8 p.m., for a night of wine, beer and food tasting, silent auction and raffles at the Monte Carlo Room. Tickets are $25 per person and include admission, 10 tastings, silent auction and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Elkhorn Chamber, Elkhorn Wine & Spirits, Monte Carlo Room or from any Elkhorn Rotarian. Bucky Cement Truck band, 9 p.m. to close, Flannigan’s, W3725 Club House Dr., Lake Como .Bct plays a variety of music from the 1970’s to the present. SATURDAY, JAN. 26 “Ice Gone Wild,” hosted by the Fontana Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 12-5 p.m. on Fontana Beach and The Harbor House at The Abbey Marina. The event will feature live music, food and beverages, fishing, outdoor activities and surprising, fun games. There will also be various types of emergency equipment on display during the event. The Harbor House will serve as party central for game and activity registration and a festive warming place for all. The proceeds will support the Fontana Fire Department and Rescue Squads ongoing commitment to providing emergency services to the community. Soup & Bread Luncheon, 12-1:30 p.m., Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn. Register your best soup online or at the library by January 24 to be included in the recipe booklet. Take a ladle and your soup in a slow cooker to the library on Friday, January 25 (everything else is provided). The top three soups receive prizes and bragging rights. All cooks are invited to bring one guest to the luncheon. Spaghetti dinner, 4-8 p.m., sponsored by Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge #12 of Free and Accepted Masons. The cost of the dinner is a free will offering and the event is open to the public. Southern Lakes Lodge #12 is located at 1007 S. Second Street in Delavan. All proceeds will go to provide scholarships to two graduating seniors at Delavan-Darien, Big Foot and Elkhorn Area high schools. This is to be a night of friendship and good food, giving everyone a chance to dine out and support a great cause, as well as an opportunity for the public to meet lodge members, and to see the lodge itself. Feel free to bring those questions you always wanted to ask about the lodge or Freemasonry in general. Bowling Fund Raiser to benefit the Walworth County Emergency Homeless Shelter, 5-9 p.m., Delavan Lanes Bowling Center, 509 S. 7th Street, Delavan; $10 for 2 games of bowling and shoes. Food, raffles and bake sale also available. The Public is invited to bring canned soup to donate to local food pantries’ Souper Bowl Sunday collection. SUNDAY, JAN. 27 UW Varsity Band concert, 2 p.m. in the gymnasium at Delavan-Darien High School More than 100 members of the UW Varsity Band will perform at 2 p.m. The concert will support the Delavan-Darien High School bands program. It is being sponsored by the DDHS Band Boosters. General admission tickets (no assigned seating) are $10 each for the public, and $5 each for DDHS and Phoenix Middle School students. About 1,200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at the Piggly Wiggly stores in Delavan (1414 E. Geneva St.) and Lake Geneva (100 E. Geneva Square), Sentry Foods in Walworth (681 Kenosha St.), Breber Music in Elkhorn (801 E. Geneva St.), the Darien Town Hall (N2826 Foundary Road) and at DDHS. A limited supply of tickets will be available. Doors to the concert will open at 1 p.m. TUESDAY, JAN. 29 Geneva Lake Museum Tuesdays at Two workshop; Teddy Bears Have History, Too. Bring your own bears and learn about others. Free to museum members, $5 for non-members. Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St. (intersection of Mill and Main), Lake

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Geneva. Call 248-6060 or email [email protected] to make a reservation. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 Limber Timbers Square Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m. in the cafeteria of Elkhorn Middle School, 627 E. Court St. (Hwy. 11), Elkhorn. $5 adults, $2 children. For information call Karen or Jose at 275-6373 or Barb at (608) 883-2017. Caller, Curt Braffet, cuer, Ray and Cindy Bishop. THURSDAY, JAN. 31 American Red Cross blood drive, 12-6 p.m. at UW-Whitewater Esker Hall, 400 N. Prairie St. in Whitewater. SATURDAY, FEB. 2 Chili Cook-Off, 11:30 a.m. at the Lions Fieldhouse in Williams Bay. For the price of a ticket ($7 for adults/$5 for children under 10) tasters will be able to sample chili from as many as 15 eateries. Those attending are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili. Trophies and bragging rights are given to the top 3 winners. For questions or information, contact 245-1045. Chili Sale to benefit Valley of the Kings animal sanctuary, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Frank’s Piggly Wiggly, 58 W. Market St. in Elkhorn. Volunteers will be selling chili, brats, hot dogs and beverages. All You Can Eat Chili Dinner, 5 - 7 p.m. Chili with all the fixings, crackers, beverage and brownie. Adults $6 in advance/$7 at the door. Humans under 10: $2.50 in advance, $3.50 at the door. Hot dogs available for children. Delavan United Methodist Church, 213 S. 2nd St., Delavan. Handicapped accessible. Check us out on facebook. Canned soup donations accepted for Souper Bowl Sunday. New this year, drive through carry-outs in south lot. TUESDAY, FEB. 5 Geneva Lake Museum Tuesdays at Two workshop; Heart To Heart. Make old fashioned valentines and bring some of your favorites to share. Free to museum members, $5 for non-members. Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St. (intersection of Mill and Main), Lake Geneva. Call 248-6060 or email [email protected] um.org to make a reservation. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 228 Martin St. in Sharon. All blood types are needed. For more information and to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800RED CROSS. Limber Timbers Square Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m. in the cafeteria of Elkhorn Middle School, 627 E. Court St. (Hwy. 11), Elkhorn. $5 adults, $2 children. For information call Karen or Jose at 275-6373 or Barb at (608) 883-2017. Caller, Bob Asp, cuer, Doris Palmen. FRIDAY, FEB. 8 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales, 148 W. Main St. in Lake Geneva. All blood types are needed. For more information and to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. TUESDAY, FEB. 12 Geneva Lake Museum Tuesdays at Two workshop; Victorial parlor. Bring a box to make a paper dollhouse of a Victorial parlor as attendees share parlor secrets with a docent and researcher. Free to museum members, $5 for non-members. Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St. (intersection of Mill and Main), Lake Geneva. Call 248-6060 or email [email protected] to make a reservation. Pancake Supper, 5 - 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 503 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan. Pancakes, sausage, applesauce and beverages. Freewill offering goes to the Bob Britt Youth Ministry Fund for future youth events and outings. Call 728-5292 with questions. Elkhorn Area Women’s Club monthly dinner meeting at Fiddlesticks restaurant on Hwy 67 north of Elkhorn. Social time will start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. All area women are invited. For more information or to make a reservation, call Kathy at 723-6941. SATURDAY, FEB. 16 Geneva Lake Museum Family Train Day, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free event will feature train memorabilia, multi-gauge trains, operating train layouts, Thomas the Train, ring the bell, hear the whistle, cookies and train

movies. Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St. (corner of Main and Mill). Call 248-6060 for more information. TUESDAY, FEB. 19 Geneva Lake Museum Tuesdays at Two workshop; 1800 Postcard Collection featuring cards from early Geneva Lake guests. Free to museum members, $5 for non-members. Geneva Lake Museum, 255 Mill St. (intersection of Mill and Main), Lake Geneva. Call 248-6060 or email [email protected] va-lakemuseum.org to make a reservation. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 Limber Timbers Square Dance Club, 7:30-10 p.m. in the cafeteria of Elkhorn Middle School, 627 E. Court St. (Hwy. 11), Elkhorn. $5 adults, $2 children. For information call Karen or Jose at 275-6373 or Barb at (608) 883-2017. Caller, Mike Krautkramer, cuer, Ray and Cindy Bishop. ~ ~ ~ Ongoing events ~ ~ ~ American Legion Auxiliary, 6:45 p.m., 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. Smelt and fish fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m., fourth Friday of the month at the Delavan American Legion, 111 S. Second St. in Delavan. $8.50 for smelt, tilapia, salads and dessert. Full bar available. Geneva Lake Museum, Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in January and February, 255 Mill St, Lake Geneva. Call 248-6060. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to visit Spirit of the Lakes Sweet Adelines International chorus. Discover just how fun it is to sing with Sweet Adelines International. Tuesday Nights 7 p.m. at Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva. 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 fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Geneva Masonic Lodge #44, 335 Lake Shore Dr., Lake Geneva. Regularly stated meetings, second and fourth Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. 725-3062. Ice Age Trail Alliance, monthly meeting, third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at U.S. Bank, Elkhorn (Downstairs in the community meeting room, enter at the back door). Home-brew Club, 7 - 9 p.m., Lake

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Geneva Brewing Emporium, 640 W. Main Street, Lake Geneva, meets the third Wednesday of every month. Call 729-4005 for more information. 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. 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 worthcountytoastmasters.com. 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. For more info see www.standrews-delavan.org. Bingo, St. Francis de Sales Church, 148 W. Main Street, Lake Geneva. First and Third Wednesdays of the month. Doors open at 5:30, bingo starts 7. Refreshments available. Games include 50/50, Pull Tabs, Progressive is now $1,613.68. For info call the church at 262-248-8524. Civil Air Patrol, Walco Composite Squadron, meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn National Guard Armory, 401 East Fair St., Elkhorn. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ or call Maj. Robert Thomas at (262) 642-7541. Authors Echo Writers group meeting, 7 p.m., first and third Tuesday of every month, Grace Church, 257 Kendall St., Burlington. Call Frank Koneska at 534-6236. 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] (Continued on page 24)

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Local artists from the Geneva Lake Art Association will host an opening night reception for their Spring exhibit, “Our Town,” on Friday, February 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the association’s galley in the North Shore Pavilion, 647 West Main St., Lake Geneva. The exhibit highlights “our towns” everywhere, complete with picket fences, a unique clothesline exhibit of unframed works of art and the nostalgia of days gone bye. Light refreshments and fun activities will be featured. Free parking is located at the back of the building. The theme for this exhibit, “Our Town” was chosen to coordinate with this year’s Big Read, a National Endowment for the Arts funded program. Each year the Big Read features

an American author. This year’s author is Thornton Wilder, creator of the famous theater production, “Our Town.” Other programs for this year’s Big Read will be hosted by the Lake Geneva Public Library, the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, and other community cultural organizations during April. The 2013 Arts Alive calendar of events will list the upcoming community cultural events taking place during the April Big Read event. For more information about the exhibit and the opening reception, visit www.genevalakeart.org. For more information about the Big Read in Southeast Wisconsin, visit: http:// youngauditorium.wordpress.com.

“A Chorus Line,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line is back on tour with an all new production. “A Chorus Line” will appear at the Young Auditorium, 930 West Main Street, Whitewater on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The original production of “A Chorus Line” opened in New York on May 21, 1975. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. On September 29, 1983, “A Chorus Line” became the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and held this title for 28 years from 1983 to 2011 (when it was surpassed by “Chicago”). In 2006, “A Chorus Line” reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where it opened to rave reviews on October 5. Elysa Gardner of USA Today called it “Exhilarating and endearing, it still has a freshness and fervency too seldom seen in contemporary musicals,” while The

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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: www.walworthcountycloggers.com 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 information. • • • • Cards and games, Mondays, 1 – 4 p.m. Darien Senior Center, 47 Park St., Darien. Call 882-3774. Thursday Senior Card Club, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Matheson Memorial Library Community Room, Elkhorn. Bridge, 500 or bring your own group. Call Judy at 723-1934 or Liz at 723-5036 for more information. Bridge, (open to new members), every Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Lake Geneva City Hall, second floor conference room. Bridge - every Tuesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Lake Geneva City Hall, second floor conference room. ~ HEALTH AND FITNESS ~ Intentional Meditation Circle brings together the Intender’s Group and Meditation Circle, both of which have proven benefits for your life. (Continued on page 26)

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ferent reasons, they are not all veterans. Everyone is welcome. Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month, April through October at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Highway NN, Elkhorn. This group is for adults with insulin or non-insulin dependent diabetes and their family/support person. The purpose is to provide support and education to the person with diabetes to help manage this chronic disease. The group is facilitated by a registered nurse. Call the diabetic educator at 741-2821 for further information. Breast Cancer Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Highway NN, Elkhorn. The group addresses the fears and adjustments faced by women with breast cancer. It encourages participants to develop a positive attitude about the future and discuss common concerns after being treated for breast cancer. Contact Leann Kuhlemeyer at 741-2677 for more information. Stroke Support Group provides emotional support through opportunities to interact with others who have experienced stroke. Informational programs will also be provided on topics related to stroke/brain attack. The group welcomes individuals newly diagnosed and those with a history of stroke. Family, friends and caregivers are also encouraged to join. The group meets the third Monday of every month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Continued on page 36)

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Walworth County Genealogical Society officers and board members for 2013 (back row from left): secretary Kay Sargent; vice-president Pat Blackmer; board member Karen Weston; president Mike Hay; board member Ila McErlean; (front row) board member Mary Jordan; treasurer Deb Ketchum and board member Martha Hay met recently to plan events for the year. (Photo furnished)

Genealogical Society oficers meet to plan year’s activities

New officers and board members of the Walworth County Genealogical Society (WCGS) met recently to plan events for 2013. The officers are as follows: President Michael Hay, Vice President Pat Blackmer, Treasurer Deb Ketchum, and Secretary Kay Sargent. Members of the Board of Directors include Ila McErlean, Karen Weston, May Jordan, and Martha Hay. The first program of the year will be held Tuesday, February 5 at 1 p.m. in the Delavan Community Centre, 826 E. Geneva St. The program, titled Show and Share, gives attendees an opportunity to take an object or story concerning their family or genealogy. Items featured at Show and Share programs in the past include an antique family Bible, photographs depicting previously unknown family members who were revealed in the census, artifacts and oral histories. Future meetings and workshops will feature beginning and advanced genealogy sessions, information about restoring old photos, a research night at the Area Research Center in Whitewater, discovering Irish roots, and publishing a family’s story. Annual events such as a cemetery walk, ice cream social, family history fair, Christmas party, and annual dinner are also on the calendar. The Society meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Delavan Community Centre. The February and March meetings are held at 1 p.m., while

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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 beyond. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2756322 for more information.

all other meetings are at 6:30. Meetings are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to join the WCGS by paying annual dues: Individual $12, Family $15, Student $7. People interested in genealogy can visit the Genealogy Library in the Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, WI every Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., or the WCGS website, www.walworthcgs.com for more information.

Group meets weekly on Fridays 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Essential Yoga, 422 N Wisconsin St, Elkhorn. All levels welcome; come as your schedule allows. Free-will offering accepted. For more information contact Laurie Dionne Asbeck, 745-4051. Check Essential Yoga’s website, www.essential yoga.net, weekly for schedule changes. Alanon self help program, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, VIP building, 816 E. Geneva St., across from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn. Mindfulness and Loving kindness Meditation each Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at Elkhorn Matheson Memorial Library Community Center Room, 101 N. Wisconsin St. Beginners and experienced practitioners are always welcome. No registration is necessary, just drop in. Meditation is practice for being more awake and attentive in our daily lives. Sponsored by Wisconsin Blue Lotus, a meditation group led by Buddhist nun Vimala (Judy Franklin). For more information, call 203-0120, or visit www.bluelotustemple.org. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Group, third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., at Delavan American Legion Post 95, 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 dif-

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Dear Word Detective: I heard a friend say he’d “come barreling down the highway” this morning, and somehow the phrase lodged in my linguistic craw. I mean, it’s been forever and a day since the average person even set eyes on a barrel of anything, let alone actively moved one in any way suggestive of great and possibly uncontrolled speed. Yet we persist in using this phrase. Where does it come from? Are we even using it correctly? The only reference I could see was for the process of sealing wine in a barrel, which certainly doesn’t sound all that reckless. G. Bloom. Well, I bet it is if you do it in a moving vehicle. In a related, but decidedly downmarket, note, news reports out where we live have lately been awash in scare stories about “mobile meth labs,” which apparently boil down to some guy in the back seat of a Pinto beater futzing with highly explosive chemicals. I consider this more evidence for my conviction that going outside at all is a bad idea. I’m not joking about the Pinto, incidentally; somebody on our road drives one. Onward. Yes, the use of “barrel” as a verb to mean “move rapidly, especially in a vehicle” is widespread, dates back to the 1930s, and is perfectly correct (“He thought nothing of barrelling down to Munich at eighty miles an hour,” New Yorker, 1957). But you’re justified in wondering how the unglamorous and usually downright dumpy barrel, one of the most inanimate objects imaginable, could possibly produce a verb meaning “to zoom along.” In the beginning (for our purposes, the early 14th century) there was the simple, humble barrel, which was basically just a wooden cask, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as “A cylindri-

cal wooden vessel, generally bulging in the middle and of greater length than breadth, formed of curved staves bound together by hoops, and having flat ends or heads.” We formed “barrel” on the Old French “baril,” meaning “cask, barrel or vat,” and the word quickly became standardized not only as a name for the thing itself, but also for the amount of liquid or solids (grain, etc.) a standard “barrel” could hold (“A Barrel of Soap is to contain 256 pound,” 1712). Almost immediately, “barrel” was pressed into service in the name of any sort of short, cylindrical tube, as the “barrel” of a winch or, more famously, the “barrel” of a gun. The “barrel” being a fixture of everyday life prior to the mid20th century also gave us a number of barrel-based figures of speech, such as “over a barrel” meaning “helpless; in someone else’s power” (“[A]pparently in allusion to the state of a person placed over a barrel to clear his lungs of water after being rescued from drowning,” says the OED), and “pork barrel,” originally referring to the average family’s food supply (yes, salted pork was kept in a barrel), later used to mean “wealth,” then (often just as “pork”) “political favors or graft.” The “cracker barrel” found in many general stores became a metaphor for “the opinions or politics of simple, small-town people” and “on the barrelhead” came to mean “immediate payment in cash” from the use of a barrel standing on its end as a counter in small shops. “Barrel” as a verb, which first appeared in the 15th century, did originally mean simply “to put or store in a barrel” (“Caqueurs, sailors appointed to cure and barrel the herring,” 1769). But the use of

empty barrels for fun and recreation has a history as old as barrels themselves. As a protective container, barrels have long been the vehicle of choice for daredevils convinced that taking a dangerous plunge over a waterfall is a good idea (it usually isn’t). But even bored farm boys have been known, for several centuries, to liven things up by rolling down hills in a barrel. This foolhardy stunt (rolling barrels are nearly impossible to steer or stop) is almost certainly the source of “barrelling,” meaning “moving very rapidly,” especially since “barrelling” carries overtones of recklessness and “unstoppability.”

Dear Word Detective: We all know what the question “Are you decent?” means, but how and when did it come to be that very specific question referring to one’s state of (un)dress? “Are you decent?” is an interesting idiom in part because it doesn’t seem like an idiom, which is a fixed phrase that has more meaning (or a different meaning) than the literal sum of its words (e.g., “piece of cake” meaning “something easily done”). “Are you decent?” seems like the most basic of simple, factual questions, on a par with “Are you married?” or “Is that your dog driving my car?” But what it really means as an idiom is “Are the parts of your body considered not fit for public viewing according to societal norms in this particular historical period sufficiently obscured so as not to cause either of us embarrassment and/or lasting mortification?” “Decent,” of course, is one of more popular English adjectives (certainly more popular that “crepuscular,” which means “dim, indistinct, resembling twilight” and is one of my favorite words). English adopted

“decent” in the 16th century from the French word “decent,” which was based on the Latin “decentem” (“fitting, appropriate, proper”), which was a form of “decere,” meaning “to be proper or seemly.” The initial meaning of “decent” in English concerned the tenets of social respectability at the time; what was “decent” was what was appropriate to one’s rank or station and socially fitting given the facts of a situation (“The funerall of the Bish[op] of Hereford ...was a decent solemnity..,” circa 1684). We still use this “appropriate” or “seemly” sense when we speak of waiting a “decent” time before criticizing someone who has died or spending a “decent” amount of time on social obligations (“After a decent Time spent in the Father’s House, the Bridegroom went to prepare his Seat for her Reception,” 1710). By the 17th century, “decent” had broadened a bit to also mean “in good taste,” “sufficient” (“decent salary”) and even “handsome or attractive,” especially as applied to dwellings (“He had Five or Six Apartments in his House ...Two of them were very large and decent,” Daniel Defoe, 1725). Bubbling along under the “socially appropriate” usage of “decent” all this time had, however, been a different use of “decent” in a “personal morality” sense, specifically to mean, as the Oxford English Dictionary defines it, “In accordance with or satisfying the general standard of propriety or good taste, in conduct, speech, or action; especially conformable to or satisfying the recognized standard of modesty or delicacy; free from obscenity.” (Continued on page 36)

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By Larry Printz How do you get a generation of Americans raised on small and midsize cars to consider Cadillac’s new full-size car, the XTS? Make it smaller, of course. OK, to a Honda Civic buyer, at 202 inches long, the XTS is one whale of a car. But it’s half a foot shorter than the full size DTS it replaces and slightly roomier than the almost full-size STS, which it also replaces. The XTS sits atop the Epsilon II platform, which is used for the Buick LaCrosse and forthcoming Chevrolet Impala. This means no more Northstar V8. Instead, a corporate 3.6-liter engine produces a merely adequate 304 horsepower and routes it through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels, although all-wheel drive is available. The XTS’s overall shape and truncated nose is dictated by its front-wheel-drive layout. So it lacks the long nose/short trunk proportion of rear-wheel drive fullsize luxury cruisers – or even the small Cadillac CTS and ATS. But all of the other Cadillac styling finery is present. My favorite touch? The car’s illuminated door handles. Of course, this car’s true mission is to take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series or Audi A8. Its competitive set is more like the Lincoln MKS or Acura RLX. It’s a placeholder of sort: a tightrope walker, meant to retain Cadillac’s older clientele who might have bought a DTS, while hoping to attract those buyers who want something larger than the CTS. Given those parameters, the XTS acquits itself well. The cabin is roomy and had little problem taking five of us to dinner. The cabin is quiet and lined in sumptuously soft, aromatic leather.

The 2013 Cadillac XTS shares a platform with the Buick LaCrosse. (Courtesy of GM/Cadillac/MCT)

Like many new systems, buttons and switches are banished in favor of a flat screen. CUE, like other systems, can be hard to use when plummeting down the freeway. Thankfully, Cadillac has engineered two features that make it easier to use. One is a proximity sensor, which activates the screen when the system senses your finger is near. Secondly, once an icon is activated, the screen vibrates. There are even some redundant switches under the screen for various functions, all housed behind chic black glass. And the buttons control a list of features that, along with the silent, comfy cabin, make this a very agreeable ride. This even holds true once you take the wheel. You’ll wish for a couple extra cylinders under the hood – or at least a supercharger. The XTS is certainly adequately

So far, sounds like a geezer-pleaser, right? Well, while this car was being designed, a funny thing happened: the 21st century. The whole interior is masterfully realized, eschewing the fake wood and cheesy plastics of Cadillacs of recent vintage. The V-shape, used so effectively on Cadillac exterior styling, is used once again on the interior to great effect. The premium detailing on the instrument panel is particularly attractive. The panel’s instrument cluster consists of three digital gauges that mimic the look of analog gauges, and is identical to the one used by Jaguar. Some read-outs can be changed at the driver’s whim. To the right of that, framed by alloy and piano-black accents is a touch-sensitive screen that houses Cadillac’s infotainment system known as CUE, or “Cadillac User Experience.”



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powered, but it lacks the effortless muscle you’d expect at this price. Cadillacs have always had their own engines and, for the first time in its history, Cadillac lacks its own unique power plant. Thankfully, the transmission responds quickly, even when using the manual shift mode. Body motions are well controlled – this is no floaty boat. Credit should go to the shock absorbers, which use magnetic-ride-control technology that GM uses on the Corvette and has licensed to other auto manufacturers, including Ferrari. Steering is responsive, and the power steering has enough weight at speed, but doesn’t return much feedback. Brembo, an Italian performance brake supplier, makes the front brakes. Needless to say, stopping ability is impressive. Ultimately, however, the XTS’s front-drive platform limits its performance envelope. But this is a car that caters to traditionalists with an eye toward newer Cadillac buyers. It’s a surprisingly satisfying car, even if it’s not the rear-wheel-drive, fullsize flagship car Cadillac truly needs. 2013 CADILLAC XTS: • Engine: 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 • Wheelbase: 111.7 inches • Length: 202 inches • Weight: 4,215 pounds • Cargo space: 18 cubic feet • EPA rating (city/highway): 17/28 mpg • Fuel consumption: 25 mpg • Fuel type: Regular • Base price, base model: $44,075 • Base price, test model: $60,385 • As tested, including destination charge: $62,300 ©2013 The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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By David Undercoffler Los Angeles Times It’s rare to see a hint of Maserati or a dash of Aston Martin in a family sedan. The reason is simple: Automakers need to sell mid-size sedans by the truckload – about 1,000 a day. To please that many people at once, the design needs to avoid offending buyers even more than it needs to entice them. So it’s refreshing to see Ford’s 2013 Fusion, a good and good-looking car in a segment where form follows way behind function. The 2013 Fusion is the second generation of the family sedan from Ford, but it doesn’t share a freckle with its predecessor. The new silhouette is inspired by the wave of four-door coupes from European luxury brands. Think Audi’s A7 or Mercedes-Benz’s CLS. These cars lose the clear delineation between greenhouse and trunk. Instead, a rear window gently slopes toward a short trunk lid. The effect is sleek and, rare for a Ford, elegant. The Aston Martin influence shows in the open-mouthed chrome grille, flanked by a pair of squinting headlights. The Maserati homage is in the taillights, with stretched red lenses surrounding a clear insert in a shape reminiscent of a GranTurismo. Inside, Ford integrates the car’s many features into a clean dashboard, a refreshing change from the overwrought offerings common in today’s technology-laden cars, including other Fords. The test car came with the company’s much-criticized Sync navigation and infotainment system. But Ford’s designers built this system’s screen flush with the dashboard, giving the cockpit clean sight lines and an airy feel. The interior has its flaws. Too much

For 2013, Ford redesigned the Fusion midsize sedan to compete in a crowded segment. (Courtesey of Ford/MCT)

flat plastic robs its character, and the climate buttons don’t work unless punched. But the seats are supportive, and passengers in all four corners have ample room. Beyond design, the Fusion stands out for the number of engine options: a forgettable base four-cylinder that starts at $22,495, two turbocharged four-cylinders (the latter in lieu of a V-6), a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Ford expects most buyers will choose the smaller of the EcoBoost turbocharged engines, a 1.6liter unit that makes 178 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel. Buyers can get it paired with a sixspeed manual transmission or a sixspeed automatic; either unit starts at $25,290. If you can stand it, choose the manual – even for L.A. traffic. The smooth shifter and light clutch lets you make full use of the composed engine. The Fusion could use more torque at low speeds, but the engine never feels

strained once the revs start climbing. The outdated automatic transmission, meanwhile, tends to get in the engine’s way with slow and jarring shifts. While many competitors are developing continuously variable transmissions, which have no fixed gears, Ford apparently spent the research and development money elsewhere on the Fusion. The suspension hustles the car through corners without sacrificing ride quality. Road and wind noise are all but banished from the cabin. The steering communicates well with the driver, though not quite as well as the Nissan Altima. Fuel economy on the 1.6-liter engine with an automatic transmission is rated at 23 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. Our test car had the optional start/stop function, which bumped each of those figures up 1 mpg. During my 250 miles of testing in mixed driving, the car averaged 26 mpg.

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The entire Fusion lineup won the Green Car of the Year award, given out by the Green Car Journal at the Los Angeles Auto Show. But Consumer Reports followed that news with its own tests showing that the Fusion hybrid did not live up to Ford’s claims of 47 mpg in both city and highway driving. (The magazine’s tests found 39 mpg in combined driving.) The car also has already racked up two recalls. Ford this month recalled 16,000 Fusions for excessive engine temperatures that could lead to fire and an additional 19,000 Fusions for a defect with low-beam headlights. Teething problems aside, Ford has put together a solid offering that holds its own in a cutthroat segment. The Fusion’s few shortcomings mean the class-leading Honda Accord still offers a stronger overall package. But the Fusion certainly wins for best-dressed, and taking sartorial cues from exotic brands isn’t a bad way to lure new buyers. 2013 FORD FUSION: • Powertrain: 1.6-liter, DOHC, direct-injected, inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine; six-speed automatic transmission • Horsepower: 178 at 5,700 rpm • Torque: 184 pound-feet at 2,500 rpm • 0-60: 8.0 seconds, according to Motor Trend • Curb weight: 3,421 pounds • Wheelbase: 112.2 inches • Overall length: 191.7 inches • Base price: $22,495 • Price as tested: $30,680 • Final thoughts: The best-dressed family sedan Prices include destination charges. ©2012 Los Angeles Times Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Conspiracy theorists insist Hurricane Sandy was a hoax

By Elwood Perchfinger Many of the same people who deny the Holocaust happened and that the 9/11 attacks were engineered by the United States government are now insisting that the Sandy Hook School shootings and Hurricane Sandy were hoaxes. “All you have to do is log on to YouTube and you’ll see proof that nobody got shot at Newtown, Conn., or if they did, it was government agents who did it,” said Utah resident Tim Burr. “It was a carefully orchestrated plot to undermine our Second Amendment rights and to get guns

away from the American people.” Burr says he is also certain that the Hurricane Sandy “disaster” was a way for the Left to drive home their pseudo-scientifically manufactured arguments in favor of Global Warming. “You’ve read a lot in the left-wing media about global warming since we had a hot summer in 1998, and again last year,” claims Burr. “It’s just an excuse to ruin our manufacturing base by making it impossible for American companies to use clean coal and atomic energy to power their plants – all so China and other Godless

Tim Burr of Bunker City, Utah, claims this photo of two people braving the winds of Hurricane Sandy was taken using a wind machine and a prop umbrella. ‘Those people in Hollywood will do anything to support their left-wing cause, including faking footage of a hurricane,’ he said. (Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday/MCT)

Tim Burr of Bunker City, Utah, claims this photo of Dave Loudon in Sayville, N.Y., is actually a picture of Billy Bob Beauregard that was taken in New Iberia, La., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. ‘The left-wing media will go to any lengths to prove global warming and further their agenda,’ said Burr. (Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday/MCT)

countries can put us out of business.” Asked whether he hadn’t seen all the live reports and other televised coverage of the Superstorm, Burr admitted he had, but discounted that evidence. “Anybody who’s been paying attention knows all of them left-wingers in Hollywood and New York support President Obama and his anti-American cabal that has taken over the White House for another four years. If it hadn’t been for Hollywood, he wouldn’t have been reelected. All that stuff you saw on TV about

that storm was computerized special effects made up in Hollywood and the Silicone Valley, wherever that is.” Burr said he has yet to speak to anyone who was actually affected by the storm. Of course, that may have something to do with the fact that he has yet to install electricity and phone service in his underground bunker. “I hear the talk down at the filling station, though,” he says. “Those boys know what’s going on in Washington. Those liberals can’t pull the wool over our eyes.”

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ACROSS 1. Alfred Hitchcock in his movie, e.g 6. *Banned insecticide 9. *Infamous weapon in Persian Gulf War 13. *”The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author 14. Two halves 15. Chummy 16. Site of witchcraft trials 17. Fred Flintstone to Barney Rubble, e.g. 18. Stupid or silly 19. *Code name for detonation of first nuclear device 21. *1945-1990 antagonism 23. Batman and Robin, e.g. 24. *Rock and ____ 25. Unit of absorbed radiation 28. Manufactured 30. Stubbornly unyielding 35. Prima donna problems 37. Clever 39. Used to indicate compliance over radio 40. It hovers 41. Red Cross supply 43. Like something that can’t fit anymore 44. Stay clear 46. *Ernest Hemingway’s nickname 47. Blue-green 48. *Split by a wall 50. Like Dr. Evil’s tiny self 52. Hog heaven? 53. Openmouthed astonishment 55. Recipe amount 57. *Salk’s discovery 61. Sea dog 65. “_____ Last Night,” movie 66. *Shock and ___ 68. Wide open 69. One who “_____ it like it is” 70. 100 lbs. 71. Attach to, as in a journalist 72. Editor’s mark 73. Lamb’s mother 74. Plural of lysis




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NORTH ! 7, 6, 2 " A, 6, 2 # A, Q $ A, Q, 8, 6, 4 EAST ! 9 " 9, 7, 4 # J, 9, 8, 4 $ J, 9, 7, 5, 3

SOUTH ! A, K, 8, 5, 4, 3 " K, J, 5, 3 # 3 $ K, 2 The bidding: NORTH EAST 1NT Pass 2# Pass Pass 4! Pass 5! Pass Pass


Different Ways, Same Result

Both vulnerable. North deals.

WEST ! Q, J, 10 " Q, 10, 8 # K,10,7,6,5,2 $ 10

DOWN 1. Those in a play 2. Purim’s month 3. *French Sudan after 1960 4. Correct 5. Heaviest known metal 6. Showing stupidity 7. *Its discovery had a huge impact on crime investigation 8. *Ma Bell, e.g. 9. Equivalent to hands on clock? 10. Eagle’s talons, e.g. 11. Long forearm bone 12. Textile worker 15. ______ talk 20. A despicable person, pl. 22. *Hemingway’s “The ___ Man and the Sea” 24. Sometimes done to an argument 25. Betty Ford Center, e.g. 26. Type of nectar 27. Sorrow 29. Like a billionaire’s pockets 31. Received on special occasions 32. They can be Super or Krazy 33. Enthusiastic approval 34. *First cloned mammal 36. Potting need 38. South American Indian people 42. Kind of ray 45. 20 on a human body 49. *A Bobbsey twin 51. *Newly-founded state, 1948 54. *Gerald Holtom’s sign 56. Unusually small individual 57. Giant kettles 58. Lend a hand 59. *First African-American to host a TV show 60. *Branch Davidians or Heaven’s Gate, e.g. 61. “Out” usually follows it 62. Captures 63. D’Artagnan’s weapon of choice 64. *Bolsheviks 67. *A huge web

SOUTH 2$ 3! 4NT 6!

WEST Pass Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: Q of ! On this deal from a team event, one declarer was an expert, the other, a very good club player. They got to the same



slam with virtually the same auction. However, their lines of play differed even though both made the contract. Which line, if either, do you prefer, and why? At both tables the lead was the queen of spades. Declarer won with the king and cashed the ace, to find there was a trump loser. Both cashed the king of clubs and continued with a low club. Neither West wanted to be endplayed so both discarded a diamond and dummy's ace won. Here, the declarers parted ways. The club player cashed the king and ace of hearts and, when the queen didn't fall, took the diamond finesse. When that held, declarer discarded two hearts on the ace of diamonds and queen of clubs, and lost only a trump trick. After winning the ace of clubs, the expert cashed the queen of clubs on which he discarded his singleton diamond as West still parted with a diamond. Declarer ruffed a club and then threw West on lead with a trump. West made the best of things by exiting with a diamond, forcing declarer to finesse immediately. When the queen held, declarer got rid of both his hearts and the slam was home. There was not much to choose between the lines. We prefer the expert's because even if the diamond finesse lost he could fall back on hearts. The club player did not have that option.

Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, from 1 to 9.

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Huntington’s Disease Support Group for anyone affected by Huntington’s Disease, meets the third Saturday of the month on the lower level, conference rooms A and B, of Froedtert Hospital, 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee. Call (414) 257-9499 or go to www.hdsawi.org for more information. Harbor of Hope grief support group, first Thursday of each month, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Aurora VNA of Wisconsin, 500 Interchange North, Lake Geneva. 2495860. NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Support Group, first and third Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Health and Human Services building on Co. NN, Elkhorn. Call 495-2439 for more info. A support group called “Entouch,” (Encouraging others Touched by suicide), meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Riverwood Church, 6919 McHenry St., Burlington. The group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Attendees do not need to attend the church or, indeed, have any religious affiliation. Everyone is welcome. Call 758-0886 for more information. Families Anonymous (FA), a 12-Step, self-help support program for parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends who are concerned about, and affected by, the substance abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one, meets every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 76 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Enter through the double glass doors on W. Geneva St. Parking is available on the street or the parking lot west of the church. Additional information may be obtained by calling (262)215-6893, Maureen at 723-8227 or through the Families Anonymous website: www.FamiliesAnonymous.org. Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Tuesdays 8-9 a.m. Community Center, 820 E Geneva St., Delavan. Encourages nutrition and exercise with a positive attitude. Guests are welcome, no weekly meeting fee. Contact Marilyn Wilkin at 249-0304.



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Yes, folks, we’re entering the zone of foulmouthed nekkid people here. This is the sense of “decent” invoked by centuries of fervid campaigns against obscenity, pornography and other sorts of “indecency,” from which a pass can be earned only by clinical detachment, such as that of an anthropologist encountering people safely far away (“The Wa-Caga cannot be accused of indecency, for they make no effort to be decent, but walk about as Nature made them,” H. H. Johnston, Kilimanjaro Expedition, 1886). Today cable TV and the internet are, of course, full of people wandering around “as Nature made them” (albeit often with unnatural enhancement), so “decency” in this sense has lost a bit of its oomph in many

quarters, though it still gets votes in the boonies. All of which brings us back to “Are you decent?” as a pause-at-the-door formality. Interestingly, the phrase seems to have originated as a jocular usage among theater performers, as explained in a 1949 book by Ruth Harvey called “Curtain Time”: “Sometimes, if she knew one of the actors or actresses, she would knock at a door and call ‘Are you decent?’ (That old theatrical phrase startled people who didn’t belong to the theatre, but it simply meant ‘Are you dressed?’).” Given that actors would be well aware that there were government agencies as well as selfappointed Decency Cops constantly monitoring stage productions for “indecency” during most of the 20th century, it’s likely that the “decent” in the phrase was a joking reference to the standards of propriety applied to performers on stage, and not just a random synonym for “dressed.”

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