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Sales of local author’s Christmas book to benefit charity By Dennis West Trudy Schubert has just published her seventh book, “The Wheel Christmas Secret.” Like the previous six, the proceeds of this one will be donated to a local charity. Schubert published her first book, “Sweet Treats,” in 2005 to help benefit Lakeland School. She donated the proceeds from subsequent books to the Red Cross, Lakeland Animal Shelter, The Dance Factory, Aurora Lakeland Cancer Center, the Alliance for Children, and now Inspiration Ministries. “People ask me why I don’t just give these organizations a check instead of going to all the trouble of writing a book that may cost me more to publish than it earns,” she says. “I tell them that writing is my hobby. And, besides, I hope each of the books will help children to realize something they might not have understood before.” Schubert’s latest book is packed with lovable characters, including a special veterinarian, Santa Claus, two dogs named Get and Fetchem, and the Meeker family, which consists of Dr. Rob, his wife Sarah, daughter Myra and son, Paul. When Paul was eight years old, he was thrown from a horse and is now confined to a wheelchair. His grandfather had told him not to go near the horse, which hadn’t been broken. When

Walworth author Trudy Schubert shows her book, ‘The Wheel Christmas Secret,’ to Inspiration Ministries President Robin Knoll. Schubert is donating the proceeds from the children’s Christmas book to the non-profit organization. (Beacon photo)

Paul’s grandfather died shortly after the accident, Paul felt he might have been to blame. Part of the story is about Paul learning to forgive himself.

In a cross between “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the two children take a journey that makes Paul aware of others who are

suffering and struggling with unfulfilled dreams. Paul learns an important lesson about others who have imperfections, pain and suffering. He realizes he is not the only one who is hurting; that we all have pain and obstacles that challenge us. Paul learns he has to stop grieving, take risks and believe his dreams can come true. “It’s a story about overcoming obstacles,” explains Schubert. “It’s meant to inspire anyone who might say, ‘I can’t do it,’ and give up.” Not coincidentally, many of the residents at Inspiration Ministries have had to learn this lesson. Its website describes it as “a residential community and respite care provider for adults with ability challenges. Our work center, resale shop, special events and volunteer opportunities give people with disabilities a chance to build friendships and serve the community.” IM is no stranger to wheels. One of their main fundraisers is the Wheels and Keels Auction during which boats and motor vehicles are sold. Not one to let the grass grow under her feet, Schubert is working on a book called “Monkey See, Monkey Do,” about a communications tower worker who enlists a monkey to carry his tools up the tower. The profits from it will go to the Walworth Rescue and Fire Departments. (Continued on page 7)

Williams Bay native trades big-city living for return to the ‘good life’ By Geneva West Sandy Johnson grew up in Williams Bay. She attended Williams Bay schools and lived what she calls “the good, small town life” until she left to study music at UW-Madison. A classically trained musician, she has appeared in operas, given piano concerts and performed in venues large and small. She studied ballet from the time she was a little girls. In addition to performing, she has taught music history. She spent much of her adult life in Austin and Houston, Texas, where she worked as a fund-raiser for a non-profit cultural arts organization. But, despite all the excitement of her previous life, she’s glad to be back where it all began. Her father was a forester who helped to build Covenant Harbor Camp in Lake Geneva. He served on the Williams Bay Plan Commission until his work caused him to move the family to Madison. Her mother was also active in the community. Among her accomplishments was to start the village’s first lakefront art show. When, earlier this year, Sandy had made the decision to return and was casting about for something to do in Williams Bay, an acquaintance referred her to Anthony Navilio, who was looking for someone to lease the Bayside Motel. Sandy and her husband, also named Anthony, decided to embark on this decidedly different, and challenging, career. In May, she leased the motel and began redecorating; a project that found her falling into bed, exhausted, every night for several weeks. “It’s been hard work, but it has allowed me to follow the dream of returning to my roots and enjoying the clean air and slower pace of small town life again,” she says. She characterizes The Bayside as a

small mom and pop motel from the 1960s. “You pull right up to the door of your room. It’s private, but there are friendly and personable people around. The rooms have kitchenettes so you can cook if you don’t want to go out to eat.” Johnson says they have had guests from just about all of the 50 states and a good many foreign countries, too. “A lot of the guests refer to the village as ‘Bayberry,’ because it doesn’t change,” she explains. “That’s why they like it. In an ever-changing world, the Bay retains the aspects that have always made it so special.” The Bayside has long-term tenants, as well as transient guests. One woman who has lived at the motel for a couple of decades shows no inclination to move. Johnson’s latest project is to start a gift shop she calls “a muse” in the motel. She plans to have books by local authors and some about the area. There will be local arts and crafts, prints of the Geneva Lake area and music CDs. Five percent of the sales from the shop will go to fund the Joshua Award at Williams Bay High School. “My brother, James A. Johnson, Jr., was killed by a drunk driver at age 19 in 1973,” she says. “My family established the award for a student who wants to study art. They were the only ones funding it and it continued for several years before it lapsed. Now I’d like to re-establish it. It may not amount to a lot of money, but it is something I would like to do to help some students and to keep my brother’s memory alive.” She says she has gotten the motel to the point where she has the time to accept students for piano and voice lessons. The shop will be open on Friday, Nov. 30 from 5-7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Sandy Johnson, who is classically trained in guitar, piano, and opera, offers lessons when she isn’t operating the Bayside Motel in Williams Bay. Her latest venture is a gift shop called “a muse” at the motel, which is located at 47 W. Geneva St. (Beacon photo)

from 1-5 p.m. Sandy invites visitors to stop in and enjoy some hot beverages and live music. She will also perform at Tickled Pink in Williams Bay on Friday, Dec. 7.

More information may be obtained about “a muse,” its opening or music lessons by calling her at 729-5089.

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Vos elected Assembly Speaker

By Shawn Johnson Republicans have officially elected Burlington Representative Robin Vos as the new Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Vos co-chaired the legislature’s powerful budget committee last session and ran the Assembly Republican campaign effort this year. Under his leadership the GOP will return to Madison with a 60to-39 majority in the Assembly. Vos says one of his top priorities next session will be some kind of tax cut, though he won’t say for sure what it will look like. “As you know, we weren’t able to repeal a single one of Governor Doyle’s tax increases because our budget was so out of whack,” he says. “Now’s the time as our revenues return to give some of that back to taxpayers and also have an opportunity for all of us to look for real reform to make the tax code easier, flat-

ter, fairer and more simple to fill out.” Vos said he also wants every one of his standing committees to review the state’s administrative rules, which are effectively the fine details of state laws, crafted by state agencies, not legislators. “[We need to] ask a few simple questions,” he says. “Does it protect the public? And if so, I’ll assume it’s necessary. But if it doesn’t do that and it was put in there for a special interest or when times were different, maybe we should ask whether it hampers economic development and stops us from creating jobs.” Assembly Democrats elected Peter Barca of Kenosha to return as the chamber’s minority leader and Senate Democrats chose Chris Larson of Milwaukee as that body’s Minority leader. Senate Republicans earlier voted to make Scott Fitzgerald the Senate’s Majority Leader. Wisconsin Public Radio News

Vos threatens UW might ‘pay for’ cancelling classes for Obama visit

By Shawn Johnson The incoming Speaker of the State Assembly hinted Nov. 16 that the University of Wisconsin might pay a price for decisions to cancel classes when the President visited Madison. Shawn Johnson reports. Speaker-elect Robin Vos was asked about several areas of the state budget at a Wispolitics forum, but it was the UW’s budget where Vos was most emphatic. The Burlington Republican said the UW, “continued to make mistake after mistake,” referring to decisions to cancel some classes on two days when President Obama campaigned in Madison. “I think that’s a clear indicator that the people at the university just don’t get it. And they are going to have a hard time with this budget if they have that sort of an attitude,” she said. “Because there are many priorities that we can put

our resources into and if they have time and the effort to be able to say we’re just going to cancel classes whenever some politician comes to town, it doesn’t give me a whole lot of hope that they need more money.” Vos told reporters afterward that it would be just one of many factors lawmakers consider as they weigh budget decisions. But Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca called Vos’ comments disturbing. “To slash their funding as sort of a veiled threat because they accommodated the President of the United States is just outrageous to me,” Barca said. Governor Scott Walker will likely introduce his two-year budget for the UW and other agencies sometime in February. Lawmakers will then review the proposal for several months led by Republican majorities in both houses. Wisconsin Public Radio News

November 30, 2012

Reformers hope for new remap process

By Gilman Halsted Election reform advocates in Wisconsin are pessimistic about the effort to reduce the amount of undisclosed money being spent on elections, but they are hopeful about efforts to make elections more competitive by changing the way legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years. The Wisconsin chapter of Common Cause thinks it has a champion for redistricting reform in State Senator Tim Cullen. The Democrat from Janesville was quizzed by the Common Cause board on Nov. 13 and pledged to push hard for a bill that would take the job of re-drawing district lines out of the hands of whichever political party is in power after the 2020 census. Cullen blames both parties for giving voters too little choice by drawing as many safe districts as possible for their own candidates. “So this is the time to do the right thing,” he said. “We don’t know who’s going to be in power in 2021. Legislators are not effecting their own careers by doing this. And they don’t now whether

their party is going to be the one to deliver them the safe seat that they’re praying for every night.” Cullen is working with Republican Senator Dale Schultz on a bill that puts redistricting in the hands of an independent, non-partisan organization. Both Maryland and Ohio are also considering such a change. Ohio voters rejected a referendum change this month but proponents plan to try again. Despite despair about reducing the power of money in legislative races. Cullen is hopeful about reducing the role of campaign cash in Supreme Court races, but probably not until after the upcoming April election. “We may actually just let this supreme court go down in the mud like it probably will,” he said. “The enormous [number of] negative ads that will probably run smearing both candidates [may provoke an] awakening that we need to change this.” Cullen expects support from Republican Dale Schultz again in pushing for changes in judicial campaign laws. Wisconsin Public Radio News

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I spent many a Sunday afternoon in the 1950s lying in my room listening to radio. Either we didn’t have a television set or I just wanted to get away from the rest of my dysfunctional family. My fondest memories were listening to the radio program, “Gunsmoke,” which aired for nine years from 1952 to 1961. It has been called the best show on radio, partly due to the excellent writing and acting, but also due to the use of sound effects, which, possibly because it came along so late in the era of “classic radio,” were the best ever heard on that medium. Everything about “Gunsmoke” was first class. The cast included William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon, Parley Baer as his sidekick, Chester Proudfoot, Howard MacNear as Doc Adams and Georgia Ellis as Miss Kitty, who worked at the Texas Longhorn Saloon. Although one of the most polished and prolific actors on radio, William Conrad wasn’t considered for the part of Marshall Dillon when the show made its move to television. A look at James Arness, the 6' 7" actor who played the small-screen marshall, indicates what the producers had in mind for the larger-than-life character. The tubby Conrad, who later starred in “Cannon” and “Jake and the Fat Man,” just didn’t fit the bill. Conrad, whose wonderful baritone voice was perhaps one of the best ever heard on radio or TV, claimed he performed in 7,500 radio programs during his career. He later produced, directed, and, as cited above, starred in many television shows. Between 1963 and the series finale in 1967 his deep, resonant voice was heard under the opening credits of “The Fugitive.” He was also the voice of the unseen narrator on “The Bullwinkle Show” (1961-1962), and many more. His first major on camera, television role was

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Actors in the radio version of “Gunsmoke” were (from left) Howard McNear as Doc Adams, William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon, Georgia Ellis as Miss Kitty and Parley Baer as Chester Proudfoot. None of the radio cast made it to the TV version.

Frank Cannon in Cannon (1971-1976). This was followed by Nero Wolf (1981) and J.L. McCabe, the Fatman, in “Jake and the Fatman” (1987-1992). In addition to radio and television, Conrad appeared in at least 25 films between 1946 and 1960. His first on screen appearance was as Max, one of the killers in “The Killers” (1946). In most of these films he was cast as the villain or heavy. In his last movie, “Hudson Hawk” (1991), he was once

again the narrator. Between 1957 and 1968 he directed four and produced ten feature length films. He died of cardiac arrest in February 1994 and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997. Howard McNear (1905-1969), appeared in 19 films. His first was Drums Across the River (1954); his last was The Fortune Cookie (1966). On television he made a number of guest appearances on

Gunsmoke, but he is probably best remembered as Floyd Lawson, the barber in Mayberry, on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968). He died in January 1969. Only Jimmy Steward could stumble through a sentence more effectively than MacNear. Parley Baer (1914-2002), followed McNear to Andy Griffith’s Mayberry where he played Mayor Stoner. Between 1955 and 1961, in addition to being Marshall Dillon’s “deputy,” he was also Darby, Ozzie Nelson’s next door neighbor, in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” (1952-1966). In 1993 and 1996, he was cast as Miles Dugan, one of the senior citizens Cricket helped on CBS’s “The Young & the Restless.” Parley Baer was cast in 56 films between “Union Station” in 1950 and “The Last of the Dogman” in 1995. He died November 22, 2002. Georgia Ellis (1917-1988), Gunsmoke’s Miss Kitty, appeared in numerous radio dramas, but didn’t develop a major film or television acting career. She is listed in only three movie in the Internet Movie DataBase. She appeared under the name Georgia Hawkins in “Penny Serenade” (1941) and “Doomed Caravan,” a 1941 Hopalong Cassidy movie and was credited as Georgia Ellis in “Dragnet” (1954). After the close of “Gunsmoke,” she retired to Woodland Hills, Calif., where she lived in peaceful anonymity as Georgia Ellis Puttfarken (no, really) until her death in March of 1988. Anyone who hasn’t heard “Gunsmoke” radio programs, or would like to revisit them, can log on to www.oldvalveradio.com, an online station that plays “Gunsmoke” and “Sherlock Holmes.” There are many stations that feature old time radio programs and because there were so many “Gunsmoke” broadcasts, they appear often on these “stations.” Good listening!


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November 30, 2012

A bipartisan goal: Good constituent service

In demise of Hostess, a lesson about labor relations

By David Horsey Tribune Media Services The Great American Twinkie Crisis illuminates what is wrong with the relationship between management and labor in this country. Hostess, the company that, since the 1930s, has provided our nation with snacks that are nearly indestructible, now threatens to go out of business and leave us bereft of Ding Dongs, Sno Balls, Ho Hos, CupCakes, Wonder Bread and a variety of other baked goods that are probably not good for us but, at least to a kid’s palate, taste so good. The company blames a nationwide strike by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union for the imminent death of their brand. In response, the workers say management has failed to innovate – their products have not changed in decades or adapted to new tastes and new concerns about nutrition and so have failed to keep pace with the market. A bankruptcy judge briefly kept hope alive for fans of the sugary guilty pleasures by urging the bakers and the bosses to try to work out a resolution through private mediation that might have kept the Twinkies rolling out of the ovens (or wherever they come from). Sadly, the latest reports are that the mediation broke down and the company will proceed with liquidation. That means 18,500 people will lose their jobs. Two questions come to mind. First, did the workers understand how close to ruin the company was when they decided to go on strike? Second, did the owners bother to listen to employees’ con-


cerns about improving the product line or did they just let the brand drift into financial crisis? And, here’s a third question: When will employers and workers stop acting like adversaries and learn that they are on the same side? I am reminded of a newspaper strike I was drawn into back in 2000. Two newspapers were involved. At mine, there were really no serious issues that could not be worked out, but, since the two newspapers negotiated together, we got drafted into the picket lines along with everyone else. The newspaper industry was already starting to falter back then, so, in retrospect, the strike was even more self-destructive than it seemed at the time. But stubbornness prevailed on both sides and the strike dragged on for weeks. Ultimately, a settlement was reached, but, within a few years, my newspaper had stopped print publication and the other one struggles on with very uncertain prospects. The strike did not cause the troubles, but it certainly didn’t help. The modest gains that were made were ephemeral. I am not at all anti-union. In fact, I believe the fading of labor power has contributed to the stagnation of middle class incomes over the past 30 years. Far too many American workers now stand alone, forced to accept pay cuts, longer hours, reduced benefits and arrogant disregard from their employers. But strikes are a blunt instrument, a club used to hammer insensitive bosses until they cry uncle. In the 21st century, it seems as if there should be a better way. (Continued on page 6)


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By Lee H. Hamilton The rigors of the campaign are still fresh, but for newly elected House members and senators, the hard part is just beginning. Already, they’re inundated with advice on the issues they’ll be facing: the fiscal cliff, crises overseas, how to behave in a highly partisan Congress. All of this will take time to sort out. But there’s one task I’d advise them Lee Hamilton to tackle right away, whatever their party: learning how to do constituent services right. Many years ago, when I was still in the House, I accompanied a senator to a public meeting. A woman approached him afterward to ask for help with a Social Security problem. Irritably, my colleague told her that he didn’t have time; he had important policy issues to deal with. I was stunned. So was the woman. I have never forgotten the look of helpless chagrin on her face. Self-interest alone would have counseled a more helpful approach. I ran into someone from my district once who told me, “I don’t agree with you most of the time, but I’m voting for you because you take good care of your constituents.” People notice. And they care. That senator who rebuffed the plea for help? He was defeated in the next election. But there’s more to it than just currying favor with the electorate. Good constituent service, I believe, is crucial to being a good elected representative. There’s no mystery why. The federal government is vast, complex, and confusing, and it touches far more lives than any private company. Sometimes it’s a model of efficiency, but too often it’s agonizingly slow to get off a passport or approve a disability payment. And it makes mistakes – a transposed Social Security number, a wrong address, a benefit miscalculation – and then drags its heels fixing them. Its rules and regulations can be hard to navigate. Ordinary Americans get caught up in the gears, and they need help. As a member of Congress, you can learn a lot by paying attention. Though

it’s a habit for legislators to think of policy-making and constituent service as two distinct halves of their responsibilities, that’s not always the case. The problems people are having keep you alert to what might need to be done legislatively. If there’s a huge backlog of disability cases at the Social Security Administration, for instance, or a surge of veterans having trouble getting their benefits, that ought to be a warning sign. Workers in those agencies may be struggling to remain efficient, or they may need additional staff and resources — either way, it bears investigating and, possibly, legislative action. The challenge, of course, is that helping constituents with their problems isn’t easy. It demands a commitment of staff and time. It means being careful to avoid even a hint that a constituent’s party affiliation matters. It requires walking a fine line with the bureaucracy – which can sometimes resent congressional “meddling” – so that you’re helpful without going overboard on a constituent’s behalf. Sometimes, the people you’re helping don’t tell the whole story. The best you can do is ask for fair and prompt consideration for their pleas, without putting yourself at cross-purposes with either the law or the federal officials you work with daily. But none of this is a reason to downplay constituent service. Because the need is endless. I used to set up shop in a local post office in my district, and was constantly amazed at how many people would turn out. They needed help getting their mail delivered properly, or tracking a lost Social Security check. They were having problems with the IRS, or getting enrolled for veterans benefits. They got confused by the overlapping responsibilities of different levels of government, and needed help finding the right person to call. The point is, these problems are constant. I’ve been out of public office for more than a decade, yet the other day a neighbor stopped me on the street to ask for help speeding up a visa application. Americans need a point of contact with their government. If you’re a public official – or even an ex-public official – get used to the idea that you’re it. 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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By Dave Bretl I have sat through enough public meetings over the years to know that if you really want to fill a room, propose a major change, or sometimes even a minor change, to a street or highway. While there are other topics that folks are passionate about, roads are in a category all their own. Unlike taxes, which are paid once, roads are pretty much permanent and affect our lives every day. Moreover, we are all experts about roads because we drive on them daily. As a result, we have strong David Bretl opinions about how they should be designed. Within this touchy subject area, there is no greater lightning rod than the traffic circle. These road features also go by the name of roundabouts, but I’ve heard them called turnabouts, roustabouts and a variety of other permutations in the heat of debate. Each profession has a defining topic that separates it from common sense. In law, this occurs when your attorney tells you that you need to pay money to someone who is suing you even when you have done nothing wrong. That advice is often correct, but almost never well received. Roundabouts are the engineering equivalent of the nuisance settlement in law. Engineers can demonstrate with reams of data that roundabouts are safer, but very few people seem to buy the explanation. I have had my own personal battle with roundabouts over the years. The anxiety that I would suffer anticipating a particular challenging roundabout on LaPorte Avenue in Valparaiso, Ind., used to ruin every trip that I took to visit my daughter in college. Anticipating the two lanes of traffic flying into the circle used to raise my heart rate and give me sweaty palms before I even crossed the Wisconsin state line on my way there. My fear of roundabouts ended about a year ago when I had the life-changing experience of reading a letter to the editor written by an irate Illinois driver who took Wisconsin drivers to task over a variety of transgressions, from driving too slow in the left lane on the expressway to passing on the right. Included in his blistering critique was the observation that all one needs to do to successfully navigate a traffic circle, is to yield to traffic coming from the left. Rather than becoming defensive due to the author’s liberal use of the word idiotic, as in idiotic Wisconsin drivers, I embraced his advice. I am not sure that I’m a better driver as a result, but the number of obscene gestures that I receive on the Tri-state dropped by

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about 30 percent. The new-found confidence that I gained as a result of following the “Illinois explanation” may be about to change, however, as the result of a revelation that I had at a public meeting addressing a Department of Transpor-tation road plan earlier this year. There, a speaker remarked that roundabouts are actually built backwards, inasmuch as the rule of road, at uncontrolled intersections, is to yield to traffic coming from the right. I checked out his version of the facts in my son’s driver’s ed. textbook and my palms, once again, started to sweat. What I had found so compelling about the Illinois explanation is that I thought it provided a “one-size-fits-all” rule on how to deal with any convergence of roads that doesn’t involve numerous stop signs. I had forgotten the rule on uncontrolled intersections sometime in the early 1980s, preferring to come to a full stop and shutting the engine off when approaching one ever since. While that rabid letter to the editor had given me the confidence to take on traffic circles, in retrospect it provided me with a completely false sense of security in other traffic situations. The debate about roundabouts is always lively, but also a little depressing. Most folks eventually concede that the engineers are probably correct, but that we, as Americans, are incapable of navigating them, because we are not smart enough. I tend to fall into this cynical camp and end up feeling bad about myself when the meeting ends. In defense of the engineers, they are charged with the thankless task of trying to keep us safe when we, ourselves, like to fudge, at least a little, things like following the posted speed limit. In every city where I have worked, impassioned pleas of residents to lower a neighborhood speed limit because of “outsiders” racing on their streets almost invariably results in tickets issued to residents of the very same neighborhood. The answer to these problems isn’t clear. One thing that I have noticed, however, is that roads are becoming larger and more grandiose. Federal standards are often at the root of these design features since federal dollars pay for a lot of the work on state roads. While I realize that the population is growing and traffic counts are growing with them, I hope that policymakers realize that more asphalt means more snow plowing and increased maintenance costs, as well as more road salt entering our valuable lakes and streams. As for me, it is apparent that I need to master the rules of the road before I take on federal transportation policy. If I disappear later this winter, send someone to look for me on that roundabout in Valparaiso. 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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By State Sen. Neal Kedzie The holidays bring festivities, decorations, and cherished time with family and loved ones. It is a great time for traditions and an opportunity to create new memories. With parties and family gatherings, the holidays are a fun season of giving. The average holiday shopper will spend $750 on gifts, decorations, and other seasonal items this year, up from $741 spent last year. With giving and gift buying, more shoppers are going online for their holiday purchases. About 52 percent of Americans will make holiday Neal Kedzie purchases online, and those purchases are expected to grow 17 percent this year. With increased computer use comes an increase in scams and identity theft. Fortunately, Wisconsin has two state agencies looking out for consumers: the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Division of Emergency Management. Both agencies offer the following tips to keeping your finances and identity protected this holiday season. When banking and shopping online, check to be sure the Web site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with https:// or shttp://, which means the site takes extra precautions to keep your information secure; http:// is not secure. This is especially important when making purchases. Many times, a Web site will use http:// throughout the site until checkout, at which point they will use https:// or shttp:// for more secure purchasing. DATCP is urging consumers to be careful with daily deal Web sites. People who sign up for emails from these sites are offered products, services, meals, and travel at discounted rates. However, consumers who recently purchased a daily deal discount for a fireplace company filed complaints about homes left in a filthy state after a chimney cleaning, and one customer who paid $350 but received no service. While daily deal Web sites can offer significant savings, DATCP recommends the following tips. Read the fine print for the terms of the deal and any redemption restrictions. Verify the offer is a good value by comparing prices for similar services or merchandise on other Web sites or by calling competitors. Research the service provider prior to clicking the purchase button and look for reliable merchants. Keep your receipt and copies of any communications. If you have problems with a daily deal site or with the service provider, ask to speak with a manager about the problem, and document the interactions. If you are unable to come to

a resolution and choose to file a complaint with DATCP’s Consumer Protection Bureau, that documentation will be important for your case. Further, on-line ad services such as Craigslist are great places to obtain a deal on used items, but they have also been a hotbed for scams. Recent postings to Craigslist pages throughout the Midwest have falsely advertised boats for sale in Wisconsin, and buyers have lost money after putting them in escrow accounts at the sellers’ request. In one incident, a buyer put $20,000 in an escrow account for a boat listing on Craigslist. In reality, there was no boat, the listing was fraudulent, and the money was never recovered. If you are interested in buying something on Craigslist or a similar site, DATCP recommends you make purchases and sales in person, in a safe and public place. DATCP also recommends watching out for deals that seem too good to be true, deals that require money being put into an online escrow account, and deals that require a purchase to be made by prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Protect your personal information by making passwords as long and secure as you can. A strong password should be at least eight characters long, uses a combination of capital and lowercase letters with numbers and punctuation, and is usually not a word found in the dictionary. Have a separate password for each online account in order to thwart cyber-criminals. Write down your passwords and keep them safe in a secure place away from your computer. When on-line, never reply to or click on links in pop-ups or email that ask for personal information. Oftentimes, the pop-up or email sender is trying to encourage you to click on a link to a malicious Web site or open an attachment that will install malware on your computer. If it looks suspicious, delete or ignore it. If you do receive an email phishing for your information, feel free to forward it to [email protected] Be sure to include the full internet header of the email. DATCP has a Consumer Protection Hotline that consumers can call to find out if any consumer complaints have been filed against a business, to ask questions about the validity of a purchase, or even to file a consumer complaint. DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline can be reached toll-free at 1-800-422-7128 or by email at [email protected] The hotline is open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Protecting your on-line computer usage and personal finance is necessary in this new age of cyber thieves and Internet scams. For more information, visit DATCP’s Web site at http://datcp.wi.gov/, or, as always, feel free to contact my office at any time with questions. May you have a safe and happy holiday season. 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 & Investment

Tree sellers hope for good season

By Steve Roisum Despite a hot, dry summer that killed a lot of young “Christmas” trees in the state, growers say they’re ready for another successful selling season. This year’s drought destroyed tens of thousands of small pines on farms across the state. The newbies would have needed seven to 10 years to grow up to be sellable holiday trees. Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association Executive Secretary Cheryl Nicholson said that, for most farms in Wisconsin, it will be business as usual this year, with plenty of healthy holiday trees. “The trees that you are buying are usually more than 10 years old and the

trees that were affected by the drought were just planted,” she said. In Sauk County, Christmas tree grower Jim Dohner lost thousands of young trees, but his farm got through the summer just fine. However, he says a second year of drought could be catastrophic. “We had back to back droughts in 1988 and 1989” he said. “It just wiped everything right out. So we hope we get a lot of moisture this fall and winter and next summer is a normal summer for us.” There are more than 1,000 Christmas tree farms in the state. Wisconsin Public Radio News

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This single-engine experimental airplane, which was built by its owner, Ronald Scott, crashed into a field in the Town of East Troy on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Two planes crash in Walworth Co. There have been two plane crashes in Walworth County within a week. According to information from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, deputies responded to a report of a plane crash that occurred in a field just west of the Burlington Municipal airport. The field is located in the Town of Spring Prairie, just inside the Walworth County line. Upon arrival, Deputies found a 1972 Grumman Model AA-1B single engine fixed wing plane had crashed into the field. Both occupants had been ejected and suffered fatal injuries. It appeared that the pilot was attempting to land at the airport when the plane went down. The two occupants were identified as Todd Parfitt, 50, from Antioch, Ill., and his daughter Nicole Parfitt, 14. A preliminary report posted by the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane was seen spiraling toward the ground prior to impact. Several sources said Parfitt kept his plane at the Burlington Airport. Nicole Parfitt was a freshman at Antioch Community High School and a member of the school’s dance team. On Saturday, Nov. 24, at approximately 3:24 p.m., Walworth County

Sheriff’s Deputies and Officers from the Town of East Troy Police Department responded to a report of a second plane crash. This crash occurred on a privatelymaintained grass airstrip known as Air Troy Estates. which is located off Sky Lane in the Town of East Troy. Many residents who live in the subdivision have planes and hangars adjacent to the runway. Upon arrival, first responders found a downed plane on the runway and a lone male occupant in the aircraft. He had to be extricated from the plane. The man was identified as Ronald Scott, age 79, of East Troy. He was taken by East Troy Ambulance to a Waukesha Hospital with head injuries. Scott was attempting to land his plane on the runway when he crashed. Scott was flying an experimental 1969 Scottbuilt (he designed and built this plane) fixed wing XS-1 known as “Old Iron Sides.” The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the FAA on site, Wisconsin State Patrol, East Troy Fire and Rescue, and the Town of East Troy Police Department. The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the FAA were coordinating the investigation.

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How about this? In any larger company, give employees as big a voice as investors. Give them a place at the table – the table in the board room. Do not treat them as faceless cogs in a machine, treat them as what they are: the essential people who make the product or provide the service with good ideas of their own. Spread the rewards of success beyond the CEOs and stockholders. Workers should not have to strike to be given a fair share of company profits, they should have a real stake and a real voice in the success or failure of a company. I will bet there was a way for Hostess to organize itself that would have brought employees into the process of saving the company. Instead, manage-

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Lighthouse opens inWilliams Bay

Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce ambassador Mark West (left) presents membership credentials to Pie High Pizza owner John Karabas. Pie High Pizza, located at 441 Mill Street, Fontana, offers a variety of pizza and sandwiches for dine in or delivery. They can be reached by phone at 275-1777. (Beacon photo)

Mistletoe Madness set for Dec. 8

Holiday shoppers will be able to take advantage of Mistletoe Madness and Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, on Saturday, December 8, at the Geneva National Golf Club Ballroom. Hosted by Lake Geneva-area residents Margaret Downing, Cheri Brost and Tara Young, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a shopping boutique of local stores and artisans, light refreshments, entertainment, local fashions from Strawberry Fields and a silent auction. Begun more than ten years ago as a mother and daughter holiday tea and fundraising event, the name was changed to Mistletoe Madness in 2010 when the event was expanded to include vendors. “Mistletoe Madness is one of my favorite holiday traditions,” said Downing. “When my I first began hosting this event with my daughters, we wanted to treat the women of our com-

munity to a fun and relaxing afternoon together during an otherwise hectic time of the year while raising money to benefit the many worthy causes in our community.” In 2011, Mistletoe Madness raised more than $5,000 to benefit the Walworth County Alliance for Children(WCAC), a local non-profit dedicated to providing children with a life free of violence, abuse and neglect by raising public awareness through training and education of the community. Proceeds from this year’s admission and silent auction will again go to the WCAC. The 2012 Mistletoe Madness and Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is open to the public. Admission is $20 at the door and includes a light buffet. The Geneva National Golf Club Ballroom is located at 1221 Geneva National Avenue South, in Lake Geneva. Valet parking will be provided.

By Dennis West Residents and visitors were surprised when, shortly after Labor Day, the Williams Bay Public House closed its doors. They will be happy to learn that the restaurant has reopened under new ownership. Now called the Lighthouse,it is open seven days a week with many significant changes. Co-owner Stephanie Hatton, says they have redecorated to give the restaurant a more friendly and inviting atmosphere. They have removed some of the seating to provide more room, incorporated noise abatement measures and modified the lighting. Among the special touches are many oil paintings of local scenes by noted artist Anthony Saskich. The Lighthouse is open weekends for breakfast until noon with, among other menu items, all-you-can-eat pancakes for $4.95. Another new feature is Lighthouse After Dark, a separate room with intimate seating around a corner fireplace. It will feature a “robust appetizer” menu from 9:30 p.m. to close that includes a variety of flatbread pizzas, jumbo shrimp cocktail, breaded chicken wings, tator tot tower, a side salad and Dates to Die For, which is “gorgonzolla’d dates wrapped in prosciutto di parma and basil.

The lunch menu, in effect from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., features a variety of salads, sandwiches, wraps, the flatbread pizzas and breaded wings. Dinner, from 4:30-9 p.m., includes a one-half-chicken platter, New York strip, ribeye, mahi or jumbo shrimp, soups, salads. There are also daily specials that don’t appear on the menu. The cozy bar area features three big flat-screen TVs that, amazingly, do not detract from the cozy atmosphere provided by an abundance of wood in the decor. The bar features nine beers on tap and another 45 in bottles, as well as a full complement of mixed drinks that are prepared by experienced mixologists. “Part of the secret is the abundance of ‘seasoned’ help that makes up Team Lighthouse,” says Hatton. “Not only will one of the owners be always on hand, but the staff has a wealth of experience in the hospitality business.” Hatton says she has known most of the staff for many years, including one woman she went to kindergarten with. The Lighthouse, which is located on the corner of Highway 67 and Highway 67 in Williams Bay, is open from 10:30 a.m. to closing Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to close on Saturday and Sunday.

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New Year may equal a new you By Jenny Wehmeier Most of us know the formula for good health. Eat foods that are good for us and move more. As we approach the New Year, the Walworth County UW-Extension Healthy Hearts and Strong Bones programs challenge men and women to take more time for their health by joining a health education program. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. The Healthy Hearts and Healthy Hearts Plus programs are a fun, hands-on way to make positive changes to help you eat better, move more, and improve your general health and well-being. During these hour-long classes you will learn about heart healthy eating patterns and weight control techniques. Each class will include physical activity such as walking or dancing. The Plus class also utilizes light weights and exercise bands to increase the intensity of the workout. Classes are offered on Wednesday and

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Airports that allow indoor smoking still pose hazard to non-smokers

By Diane C. Lade and Ariel Barkhurst As you travel through out-of-state airports this holiday season, you may want to make a wide detour around those hazefilled fishbowl smoking lounges. A new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found major airports that allow travelers to light up in designated rooms, bars or restaurants had risky levels of second-hand smoke, despite special ventilation systems. Researchers monitored air pollution measures at five major airports and matched them against the four smoke-free ones with similar passenger loads. “Smoking-permitted areas, as well as the areas around them, just aren’t healthy, especially for children,” said CDC epidemiologist and study co-author Brian King. “Travelers and airport workers at the airport are a captive audience.” The study, which was the CDC’s first comparison of air quality in smoking vs. tobacco-free terminals, bolstered federal public health officials’ earlier position: that the only way to eliminate second-hand smoke dangers at airports is to ban all indoor smoking. Richard Davis, a Chicago minister who had just arrived in Fort Lauderdale for a holiday visit, thinks that’s a good idea. “There’s always a chance someone could get sick because of it,” he said, sitting well away from the outside smoking area at Terminal 1. “A little bit of secondhand smoke is still bad.” At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, puffing passengers

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Shedding light on seasonal affective disorder

Many people have difficulty dealing with the darker, shorter days of winter. They struggle to get out of bed in the morning, have less energy, feel down, and gain weight. For people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), these changes are severe enough to cause significant problems in their everyday lives. But what exactly is SAD? How does it differ from the “winter blues” and normal sadness? And how can it be treated? What is seasonal affective disorder? SAD is a type of depression that occurs due to a lack of exposure to light during the winter. It usually begins in the fall (October or November) and subsides in the spring (March or April). The onset and severity of the symptoms are highly individualized and depend, in part, on where you live. The number of cases and severity of symptoms increase with distance from the equator. For example, people near the Arctic Circle tend to experience more severe SAD starting earlier in the fall than people would while in the Caribbean. A true SAD diagnosis can be made only after symptoms have lasted over the past two winters for at least four weeks each time. The symptoms of SAD can range from mild to severe. They may simply be a nuisance to live with or severe enough to affect your ability to function. People who experience mild symptoms but aren’t diagnosed with SAD are often described as having the “winter blues” or “subsyndromal SAD.” Three to five percent of Americans have SAD and about another ten percent have subsyndromal SAD. Women experience SAD three to four times more often than men. This disorder affects people of any racial or ethnic group, and it can occur at any age – though it mostly seen in people in their twenties through forties. Even children can be affected by SAD, however, they may experience different symptoms than adults. For example, children are more likely to be irritable instead of sad or anxious. Common symptoms of seasonal affective disorder The following symptoms typically begin in the fall, intensify in winter, and subside in spring: • Decreased energy and activity • Tiredness, sleep more • Sadness, anxiety • Appetite changes (usually increased appetite) • Carbohydrate craving • Weight gain • Loss of interest in sex • Withdrawal from friends and family • Difficulty concentrating and accomplishing tasks • Premenstrual syndrome (worsens or only occurs in winter) What is the difference between SAD, other types of depression, and normal sadness? The main difference between SAD

and other types of depression is that SAD occurs only during the winter months. In many types of depression, people generally eat and sleep less and lose weight; people with SAD usually eat and sleep more and gain weight when it is cold and dark outside. SAD, like other types of clinical depression, is not caused by psychological or social factors, although such stresses can aggravate it. Normal sadness tends to be situational and does not generally include these physical symptoms. The “holiday blues” can be distinguished from SAD because they are generally not accompanied by physical symptoms. They are caused by the typical stresses of the December holiday season and occur only around the holidays. What causes SAD? Lack of exposure to light seems to be the main trigger of SAD symptoms. There are a variety of hypotheses as to the underlying biochemical process that is affected by the lack of light. Also, SAD appears to run in families. Most people with the disorder have at least one close relative who has had bouts of depression (often SAD) at some time. An abnormality in one or more neurotransmitters and/or hormones is the suspected cause of SAD. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that carry messages between nerve cells. A deficiency of the neurotransmitter serotonin is considered to be a likely cause of SAD. Its concentration in the brain varies with the seasons, the smallest amount occurring during the winter. Other chemicals under investigation include the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, and the hormone melatonin. The female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone may also be involved – since women are more vulnerable to SAD than men – especially in the years between puberty and menopause. How can SAD be treated? Light therapy is the primary treatment for SAD. It relieves symptoms in 75 percent of SAD patients within 2 to 14 days. Scientists believe that light entering through the eye may modify brain chemistry, correcting the abnormalities resulting from a lack of light. In this treatment, a person is exposed to light that is 5 to 20 times brighter than regular indoor lighting by sitting close to a light box for 15 minutes to a few hours a day. Since looking directly at the light is not recommended, usual activities such as reading, writing, and eating can be carried out. The length of time and intensity of the light can vary depending on a person’s needs and the equipment used. Initial evaluation and ongoing supervision of treatment should be provided by a health care professional who has experience with light therapy. Although light therapy is safe for most people, it can cause eyestrain, headaches, insomnia, and feelings of

restlessness or irritability. These problems can often be resolved by reducing the length of exposure or sitting farther from the light box. People with certain types of eye disease or those taking medications that increase light sensitivity may not be able to use light therapy, or should use it only under closely monitored care from an ophthalmologist. Lifestyle changes Although light therapy is considered the first-line treatment for most people with SAD, there are lifestyle changes you can try instead of, or in conjunction with, light therapy. Some people experience improvement from increasing their exposure to indoor light from regular lamps and to outdoor light by taking daily walks during the morning or afternoon. Taking a winter vacation in a sunny place with longer days may also help. Getting regular aerobic exercise can also help improve mood in people with SAD. Its effect is enhanced when done outdoors or in front of a light box. Exercise and diet can also be used to control the weight gain common in SAD. Since stress can exacerbate SAD, stress management is important, especially during the winter months. Psychotherapy may be useful in coping with problems that are causing stress. Medications Antidepressant medications can be used to treat SAD, but are usually prescribed with light therapy instead of replacing it altogether. When light therapy is only partially successful, medica-

tion may enhance the light’s effect. Use of light therapy in conjunction with medication may make it possible to take smaller doses of medication and to reduce medication side effects. In addition, taking medication can decrease the amount of time that is needed in front of lights. The most frequently used antidepressant medications for SAD are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil. Bupropion (Wellbutrin) and other antidepressants may also be effective. What is the first step in treating SAD? If you have mild SAD symptoms, start by increasing your exposure to regular indoor and outdoor light. Try starting a walking program or a daily exercise regimen. If you have symptoms that are significantly interfering with your quality of life, you should consult your health care provider and/or a mental health professional. He or she can determine whether you do have SAD and discuss available treatments. Remember, there are a number of different treatment options that can be used alone or in combination that can help you feel better and keep a brighter outlook on winter. Mercy HealthLine is a paid column. For information on this or dozens of health-related questions, visit the Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center at the intersection of Highways 50 and 67, call (262) 245-0535 or visit us at www.Mercy-HealthSystem.org.


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ShopKo Manager Brian Anderson (center) presents a check from the Shopko Foundation to members of the Open Arms Free Clinic fundraising committee (from left) Kathleen McLaughlin,Sarah OReilly, Joan Iversen and Linda Franz. The clinic will provide free primary non-emergency medical care to residents of Walworth County who are without health insurance. Eligibility screenings will be held on Wednesday from 2 7 p.m. at 797 E Geneva in Elkhorn on Nov. 28 and subsequent Wednesdays. Patient care will begin with appointments on Dec. 6 from 2 -7 p.m. (Photo furnished)

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Home and Family

Russian Creation, American tradition

The story centers on a young girl’s Christmas Eve and her awakening to the wider world and romantic love. Famed Russian composer Tchaikovsky composed “The Nutcracker” in 1891, and the ballet premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The original choreography was done by Marius Petipa. Ironically, it’s rumored that this was one of Tchaikovsky’s least favorite compositions, although later he grew more fond of it. “The Nutcracker” was first performed outside Russia in 1934, in London. Its first United States performance took place in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet, staged by its artistic director and Balanchine student William Christensen. Later, George Balanchine himself staged “The Nutcracker,” which The New York City Ballet first performed in 1954. Balanchine’s success in New York City marked the beginning of “The Nutcracker’s” great popularity in the U.S. Today, it remains the most popular Christmas performance throughout major U.S. cities, selling out show after show. What makes it so enduring? Of course Tchaikovsky’s evocative and playful orchestrations are one factor. The age-old spirit of Christmas and children are another. The use of children, adolescents and adults gives this production a multi-generational appeal that captures everyone’s attention. Dramatic effects featuring soldiers and mice, a rat queen, a sugarplum fairy, Chinese, Russian, and Arabian dancers, marzipan figures, snowflakes, and bon bons all work to draw the audience into the fantasy. And who can deny the beauty of the dancing, costuming, lighting, and staging? The young girl at the center of the story is often called Clara, but in some productions she is called Marie or Maria. In the original Russian production she was called Masha. A local dance school, The Dance Factory of Delavan, has been performing “The Nutcracker” for 13 years, nine of which have been at the University of Wisconsin’s Irvin Young Auditorium. This venue has wonderful elements that help

bring “The Nutcracker” to life, and it’s a first-rate production on many accounts. The Dance Factory’s Clara will be performed this year by Elizabeth D’Auria; her second year in the role. What’s new this year is that Elizabeth will perform it en pointe. About the role of Clara, Elizabeth says, “it’s a big responsibility, but I love the opportunity to put my personality into it and make it my own. Before the performances, there is a lot of excitement and camaraderie among the dancers. You don’t want the performances to end, so you try to savor the time you are on stage performing together with your friends.” Elizabeth’s father, Derek D’Auria, says performing in “The Nutcracker” is a major commitment for the dancers and their parents. Typically, they audition for roles in May and begin rehearsing in August on Fridays, Saturdays and sometimes Sundays. These rehearsals are in addition to their regular classes and run through mid-December. Many of the dancers also take five to ten additional classes each week. “Of course all the dancers’ parents are proud of their children, and well they should be,” says Derek D’Auria. “Dancing has been great for Elizabeth on many levels. It’s been excellent physical conditioning, and it’s helped her develop discipline, confidence, and the ability to perform in front of the public. Not many people are lucky enough to find an interest that both impassions them and one in which they excel. It touches our hearts when my wife and I watch Elizabeth dance, because she puts so much feeling and personality into it.” No two years are ever the same. The Dance Factory modifies various elements to keep it fresh and features about 60 local dancers from throughout Walworth County. “The Nutcracker” is truly a magical Christmas tradition. Tickets may be obtained by calling 472-2222 or by logging on to uww.edu/youngauditorium. There will be two performances on December 15, one at 2 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $15.75 and $19.75.



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Good Earth Church of the Divine (UCC) will host its first benefit at Charley O’s Stone Fired Grill, 10 West Evergreen Parkway at Highway 67 in Elkhorn on December 1, from 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m. The occasion, Earthly Delights & Divine Deserts, will offer an ample brunch by Charley O and Chef Carlo, followed by presentation to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute of the first Good Earth Award, for its work in teaching sustainable practices in Earth care. Winners of the Silent Auction of Divine Desserts will be able to take home their prize confections. Most of

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OWI Court graduates first driver According to Walworth County Administrator David Bretl, “saving lives and saving money,” is the goal of the Walworth County OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) Court. The court’s first graduation ceremony took place on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The OWI Court began operation nearly a year ago. The court was organized as an alternative method to deal with the concerns about death and injury caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol. Traditional methods of fines and incarceration were just not working. Following a federal training program for the judge and OWI team members the court went into operation. There are currently 19 participants in this program. David, the first graduate from the program, was part of the original group of participants who began the program a year ago. He was the first to complete the rigorous program treatment, which includes absolute sobriety, court supervision and meeting state mandates monitored by his probation officer. As part of the program David had to prepare per-

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In an effort to increase safety and security at Delavan-Darien High School, school officials have increased the facility’s number of security cameras twentyfold. Instead of just two surveillance cameras, the sprawling one-story high school now has 40 cameras strategically positioned throughout the building to help curb inappropriate or illegal activity by anyone in or around the facility. More can be added to the system, if needed. The cameras allow school administrators and city of Delavan police to review more than a week’s worth of footage taken by each of the cameras mounted on or in the building. The recorded footage can be reviewed by administrators or police at recording stations within DDHS, or remotely via a secure Internet website. Cameras locations have been strategically chosen to monitor the most problematic areas – including areas where there may be less staff supervision – as well as entrances and exits. Cameras have been placed both inside and outside of the building and doorway signs remind students and visitors that they are under camera surveillance. As an additional security measure, the main door nearest the front office is now a

controlled entryway. Previously, it was the only door to remain unlocked during the school day. Now, visitors who arrive after the 7:30 a.m. will need to press a button to ring the front office staff, who will remotely unlock the door. DDHS Principal Mark Schmitt said he’s received only positive feedback from staff and students about the new security measures. “It’s all about safety and security for our staff and students,” Schmitt said. “That’s what these new tools are giving us – added safety and added security.”

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Nailing down Christmas

Delavan-Darien Rotary Club President Denise Pieroni (right) presents a check for $5,000 to Connie Glatz-Helms, Director of Development for Congdon Gardens, during the club’s Nov. 19 meeting at Lake Lawn Resort. The Congdon Gardens began in late 2004 as a Centennial Rotary Project and the brainchild of Jim Saer, former President of Community Bank and past president of the Delavan-Darien Rotary Club. Formerly known as the Rotary Gardens, the Congdon Gardens have been enlarged and improved over the past 8 years. A plan was created to use the beds as a stage for signage composed of solar lighted individual letters. The impressive permanent letters will attract passersby and be an ongoing reinforcement of Congdon Garden’s presence. The design is a continuation of the Linden Garden on the northwest corner of the 1-43 exit ramp and Hwy.50 and enlarges its beauty and impact. The first garden to be implemented from a newly introduced Master Plan, the website is http://congdongar dens.org/. (Photo furnished)


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By Lee Romney Los Angeles Times Lawmakers have approved what appear to be the nation's tiniest apartments – 220 square feet, including the bathroom, kitchen and closet – in a pilot program aimed at creating more options in this prohibitively expensive housing market. The city already allows for construction of 290-square-foot micro-units. But Supervisor Scott Wiener backed the reduced minimum size in hopes that the apartments would rent for $1,200 to $1,500 a month, a steal compared with San Francisco’s current average studio rents of $2,000. “To confront San Francisco’s rising housing affordability crisis, we must be creative and flexible,” Wiener said in a statement after the 10-1 vote. “Allowing the construction of these units is one tool to alleviate the pressure that is making vacancies scarce and driving rental prices out of the reach of many who wish to live here.” The push to reduce the minimumallowable size was criticized by affordable housing and tenants’ rights advocates, who said the “shoe box apartments” would do nothing to ease the strain on families and would push the city further down the road as a playground for young singles. After negotiations with Wiener, however, they agreed to back the proposal if it capped the number of new market-rate units at 375. The city will

study those developments and determine whether to proceed with more construction. Under the compromise, the city did not place a cap on the number of subsidized micro-units for low-income tenants or on those earmarked for students or seniors. Each unit must contain 150 square feet of living space and cannot be occupied by more than two people. “We think this compromise approach is smart public policy,” said Sara Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. “This cap will allow us to study the impact and ensure that there are no unintended consequences that could result in displacement, escalating rents or any other unexpected negative fallout.” San Francisco has surpassed New York as the most expensive rental market in the country. The new units, which a Berkeley-based developer has pledged to construct, are smaller than the 300square-foot versions that will fill a New York building earmarked by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for a pilot project. “Family-sized housing is important, and its development should be encouraged,” Wiener said. “But many – including seniors, students and transition-age youth – do not need as much space or cannot afford it. These units will be a viable alternative." ©2012 Los Angeles Times Distributed by MCT Information Services

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MLS #1282866 - Quaint farmette is priced to sell. Over 7 acres of land. 2 barns that need to come down, but there is a horse stall, chicken coops and other stalls for a goat. This home’s updates include the well, furnace, central air, iron curtain, hot water heat, roof and insulation. Nice sun room on the west side of the home, great for relaxing. The garage is perfect for a workshop. $199,900 Ask For Sharon Seguin 262-903-0853

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MLS #1272772 - Great 4 bdrm. home, 3 full bath raised ranch sits on just over 5 acres. Horses are allowed and there is a creek running through the back of the lot. Very wooded and very private. Beautiful paved patio just off the lower level walk-out, complete with fire pit. Lots of room for the kids to run and explore. Far enough out in the country, but still just 5 minutes from Lake Geneva. $289,900 Ask For Sharon Seguin 262-903-0853

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By Kathi West I finally put the remainder of the mulch I had delivered last summer around my flowerbeds, put the hoses, wheelbarrows and garden tools into the shed. Now it’s time to engage in some serious quilting until April or May, depending upon when spring comes. First, I’m going to finish a Christmas quilt I started in 1986. Do you think its time? Don’t we all have at least one quilt that needs finishing? My UFOs (unfinished objects) seem to be multiplying behind my back. I finished my first Quilt of Valor and it will be ready to give to a veteran in January. The others in the group also have quilts in the making. If you would like to join the Quilts of Valor group, see the information below. Or if you have any red, white or blue fabric you would like to donate to the group, you could drop it off at Ellen Weber’s house or my house, N2759 State Road 67. If you don’t belong to a Quilt Guild, after the holidays is a great time to start. You’ll find that quilters are very friendly. They like to share their knowledge and ideas. The inspiration at the show-and-tell part of the meetings is fantastic. Sawdust and Stitches Quilt shop in Elkhorn and Woodland Quilts in Whitewater have classes. The Stitchery at Millies has a Saturday Quilt club. The Quilting Connection in Elkhorn gives classes on longarm machines. All these quilt adventures help the cold winter go a little faster and feel a little warmer. The Scrappers Quild Guild drew the winning raffle ticket for the Barn Quilt at the November 20 quilt meeting. The winner was Anita Willemarck of Trevor, Wis. She was very happy when the quilt was delivered to

her. The red in the quilt matched the drapes in the bedroom. It was perfect. The quilt guild gave half of the money raised from the raffle sales to The Time is Now Charity and the other half to the Walworth County Fair for new display units in the home economics Building where the quilts are shown. 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 Dr. 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, Ill. Guests are Welcome. Quilts of Valor Quilt Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Ellen Weber’s Shed, 2789 Theater Road, Delavan. This group makes quilts for men and woman who have served in the military. Bring a 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. There is no meeting in December. The Stone Mill Quilters meet on 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.

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Pet Questions and Answers By Marc Morrone Q: This may seem like a silly question, but my Labrador puppy is 5 months old now and I noticed that he just lost one of his baby teeth. Do I need to be concerned about anything? When I was a kid, we had a Yorkie that did not lose some of her baby teeth and the vet had to pull them out after she grew up. I just wanted to be sure we did not have to go through something like this with my current dog. A: All dog breeds have the same number of teeth – but some breeds have larger mouths than others. Those with smaller mouths tend to have their teeth crowded together and thus some of the baby teeth do not get to fall out. This is why the vet needed to remove them. A Lab has a big mouth with a long jaw and rarely has any issues like this. Just be sure to examine the dog’s mouth regularly and brush his or her teeth as often as you can. Proper oral care is one of the most important aspects of animal husbandry that we can do to ensure that pets have long and uneventful lives. Q: This time of the year we see so many orange monarch butterflies flying through my neighborhood. I have planted all sorts of flowers and shrubs in my yard to attract butterflies _ but these monarchs never stay. What can I do to encourage them to hang out in my yard? A: Monarchs live in a state of constant migration when they are not dormant in their winter habitat of Mexico. In the spring, they travel north, laying their eggs and then dying along the way. In the fall, they travel south, doing the same thing. They never stay long in one place. They lay eggs only on the milkweed plant, as this is the only food their caterpillars can eat. So if you really want to help, plant milkweed in one area of your butterfly garden. By having a stock of these plants in your yard all summer

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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. The library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. • LEGO Club, Monday, December 3 and Monday, December 17 at 4 p.m. • Art Exploration Studio: Play-Doh, Tuesday, December 11 at 4 p.m. • Santa Visits the Library, Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Bring the whole family for the chance to sit on St. Nick’s lap and tell him your holiday wishes. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera. We’ll also be decorating holiday cookies. All of the cookies, both for munching and decorating,will be provided by the Friends of the Aram Public Library. • Duct Tape Creations, Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Duct tape is cool. Even cooler? Making stuff out of it: a wallet...a bag...jewelry...electronics covers...anything. All materials provided. • Teen Book Club: Zombies vs. Unicorns, Thursday, December 20, 4 p.m. It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This alloriginal, story collection makes strong arguments for both sides. • Board Game Night, Thursday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. Looking for something fun to do during your holiday break? Come to the library for a night of fun, games, and snacks. • Make-and-Take Holiday Decorations, Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Make a sparkly Christmas ornament and a gift box to hold it. All materials provided. Registration required. • Molecular Gastronomy: Experiments with Food, Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Molecular gastronomy is the art and science of using physical and chemical transformations that occur while cooking to recreate ordinary dishes in extraordinary ways. Learn about the science behind the techniques used by great chefs, and experiment with ingredients in ways you’ve never imagined. Class size is limited; registration is required. • Movie: A Christmas Story 2 (PG) Saturday, Dec. 8. 12:30 to 2 p.m. • Santa Paws: Pet Food for Fines December 1 to 30. Help the homeless animals at Lakeland Animal Shelter and reduce your overdue fines at the same time. During December, we’ll collect pet food (both canned and dry) and clay cat litter for the animal shelter. In exchange for your donation, we’ll reduce your overdue fines. This program does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items. • 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. Bring your current project to work on. Experienced knitters are encouraged to attend and share your expertise with others. • Storytime with Miss Kris, 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 this month are: December 5 and 7, Manners; December 12 and 14, Holiday Celebrations. December 14 will be the final storytime of 2012. • Friends of Aram Public Library Spiced Nut Sale, “Sugar and Spice Pecans.” Buy a half-pound bag, specially decorated for the holidays and gift giving, for only $5. This seasonal specialty sells out fast, so plan ahead and shop early. • 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/ • Annual Tree Lighting, Tuesday, December 4, 6:30pm. • 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 on the

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snowmen, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, stockings, and mittens. Decoration supplies will include glitter glue, ribbons, stickers, markers, and sequins. Children will make ornaments to be placed on a special holiday tree in the Youth Services area of the Library and ornaments to take home to put on their holiday trees or to give as gifts. Children will be able pick up their ornaments from the library’s special holiday tree during the week of January 7-11. Walk-ins are welcome, and children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. • 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. 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. • Friends Movie Night on December 14 at 6 p.m. featuring “Arthur Christmas” Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments provided as well. • Santa’s Kitchen for Kids and Cookie Swap for adults, Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. The Elkhorn Area High School Carolers will sing holiday carols from 10:30 11 a.m. Kids are invited to Santa’s Kitchen to decorate pre-made cookies and adults are invited to the Cookie Swap. Bring a dozen cookies, leave with a dozen. Or bring more, leave with more. Kids, please register for Santa's Kitchen online at www.elkhorn.lib. wi.us or call the library. Spaces are limited. • 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 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.

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• 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. • Books & Boogie, Thursday, Dec.13, ages: 2-5, 10:30 -11 a.m. No registration required. Bounce on in, play rhythm instruments, dance to music, and hear lively tales. • Baby Time, Monday, December 10, 10:30-11 a.m., ages birth to 2. No registration required. Join us for songs, activities, and even a story or two perfect for babies. • Magic: The Gathering, Monday, Dec. 10, ages: 8 and up, 6-7 p.m., registration required. Use your skills and knowledge to play against others in a friendly game of Magic: The Gathering. Please bring your own deck of cards. • Alphabet Themed Story Time: Join us as we celebrate the alphabet at our special story times. We’ll explore a new letter through stories, songs, sign language and a fun craft. Ages 2-5. Explore the letter J on Thursday, Dec. 6 and K on Thursday, Dec. 20, all from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration required. Call today. • Senior Coffee Hour Program: Herb Gardening and Crafts. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Master Gardener and Author Gale Borger will share ideas and tips about container gardening with herbs, and we will be making lavender sachets so we can introduce a little spring into our winter homes. Gale will also answer general gardening questions. Adults only, no registration required. • Elevenses at the Library, Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. - noon. All Ages. Registration opens November 24. Celebrate the release of “The Hobbit” with an Elevenses feast. There will be delicious sweets to eat and drinks perfect for Hobbits, as well as a fun Lord of the Rings-themed activity. ! ! ! 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. 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. ! ! ! Librarians and Friends Groups: Send information about upcoming library events by mail to: The Beacon, P.O. Box 69, Williams Bay, WI 53191; by fax to 245-1855; or by e-mail to [email protected]

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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, NOV. 30 Tree Lighting and Santa and Mrs. Claus Reception, 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Elkhorn’s downtown square as Santa Claus hlights the town’s own Christmas tree. Then head over to Matheson Memorial Library for the Santa and Mrs. Claus Reception with cookies, hot chocolate, music and crafts. Take cameras to capture children’s special moment with Santa. Santa Reception is sponsored by Peoples Bank. SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Christmas Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., The First Congregational Church of Christ, 715 Wisconsin St., Lake Geneva. Come early, box your favorite cookies for $8 a pound, buy nuts and honey. Complimentary coffee. Call 248-3568 weekday mornings for more information. Enjoy the comfort of the sanctuary while listening to music by members of Four Seasons Community Choir from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Elves’ Cookie and Craft Factory, 12-5 p.m., Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 320 Broad St., Lake Geneva. Cookies will be sold for $8 a pound, and there will be holiday crafts available. The elves will serve hot cocoa and apple cider through the day. Victorian Christmas Party, 1-4 p.m., Lake Geneva Museum, 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva. View the trees, eat cookies, listen to stories, sing songs and participate in the raffle. Free and open to all. Christmas Card Town Parade, beginning at 1:30 p.m. through downtown Elkhorn. Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., just prior to the Lake Geneva Christmas Parade, Horticulture Hall, 330 Broad St. Lake Geneva, a fundraiser for A Day in Time Adult Memory Care and Respite Program. Visit a wide array of crafter’s, listen to entertainment throughout the day, and visit with Santa from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (be sure to bring your camera). There will be community donated raffle prizes and Christmas trees on display. Vote for the community tree “Best in Show” and take a chance to win a fully decorated tree for home or business. There will also be a bake sale, lunch and refreshments for purchase. Admission is $1 at the door. Children 12 and under will get in free. Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade, 5 p.m., downtown Lake Geneva. The theme of this year’s parade is Magic Holiday Moments. This nighttime extravaganza is a delight to the young and young at heart. The parade route begins at Williams and Marshall Streets, continues south on Broad Street, west on Main Street, and north on Cook Street. Free holiday refreshments will be served at many downtown businesses. Keepin’ It Green, 2012 Holly Ball, sponsored by the Geneva Lake Conservancy, 6 p.m., Big Foot County Club, 770 Shabbona Dr., Fontana. Cocktails, dinner and dancing. Mary King will be presented with the Conservation Stewardship Award. Tickets are limited. For more information contact the Geneva Lake Conservancy at 275-5700 or [email protected] cy.org. SUNDAY, DEC. 2 VIP Services Ultimate Indoor Tailgate Party, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fun for the whole family with games, crafts and activities for kids, chili cook-off, food, raffles and door prizes. Then, watch the Packers vs. Vikings game starting at noon. Advance tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Kids age 6-15. Call Nancy at VIP Services, 723-4043 x105 for more information. Christmas Open House at Agape House, 1-4 p.m. at 215 S. Main Street in Walworth. The open house provides an opportunity for anyone interested in Agape (pronounced Uh-gah-pay) House and the services provided to girls and young women who seek healing to tour the facility and meet members of the organization. The Agape program includes a home, school and counseling center sustained largely by donations. Guests will enjoy the Christmas spirit through joyful songs provided by the Agape Angels, refreshments and treats. Handmade goods will be available for purchase including treasures designed by the girls of Agape

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House with all proceeds benefiting the Agape programs. Agape House is a non-profit ministry that serves girls and young women who are hurting or abused WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 28 Martin St., Sharon. Limber Timbers Square Dance Club, dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m., in the cafeteria of Elkhorn Middle School, 627 E. Court Street, Elkhorn. Donation: adults $5, children $2. Caller Noah Siegman, cuer Dana Griesmer. Call Karen or Jose at 275-6373 with questions. THURSDAY, DEC. 6 Love Lite ceremony. 4 p.m. in the main entrance lobby at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Hwy. NN, Elkhorn. Volunteers are inviting local families to celebrate with music provided by a string choir from Delavan-Darien High School. After the lighting, refreshments will be served. Participants can donate $5 for each light in honor or memory of a loved one. Bulbs can also be purchased in honor, or memory of, men or women in military service. Proceeds will continue to help fund the wig program, Healthy Kids Club, scholarships and hospitality cart. Call 741-2924 for more information. FRIDAY, DEC. 7 Bingo at St. Andrew Parish and School, Delavan, in school cafeteria. Doors open at 6 p.m., play begins at 7. SATURDAY, DEC. 8 Waffles With Santa, 8-11:30 a.m., Lakeland School, W3905 County Road NN, Elkhorn. Ticket prices for age 10 and older $5, nine and younger $4. Photos with Santa 911 a.m., $5. There will be some vendors and a raffle for gift baskets. Contact Julie Forseth at Lakeland School, 741-4118, or email [email protected] with questions. Breakfast With Santa, hosted by the Delavan Lions Club, 8 – 11:30 a.m., American Legion Hall, 111 S. Second St., Delavan. The special menu will include pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Tickets, available at Delavan Piggly Wiggly or any Delavan Lions Club member, are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under eat free. For more information, contact Lion Deb Gasser at 949-5387. SUNDAY, DEC. 9 Eddie Cash Show benefit for the Friends of the Phoenix Park Band Shell, 2-4 p.m. at The River (formerly the Delavan Theater). There will only be 240 seats available. Advanced tickets may be obtained for $10 each at Remember When, Beall Jewelers, Brick Street Market, BMO Harris Bank (nee: M&I), Lubick Gallery, Bradley’s, and The Village Supper Club. For more information, call Jim Beall at 728-8577. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 $5 Jewelry Sale, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the lower level, rooms A and B, of Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, W3985 County Rd. NN, Elkhorn. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the “It’s Me Again” wig program, through which the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Associates (volunteers) provide wigs for cancer patients. FRIDAY, DEC. 14 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Grand Geneva, 7036 Grand Geneva Way in Lake Geneva. Saturday, Dec. 15 Holton Band Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Walworth County Performing Arts Center, 15 W. Walworth in downtown Elkhorn. Free tickets are available at the Elkhorn Chamber. Limited seating so don’t wait to get your tickets. TUESDAY, DEC. 18 Walworth-Jefferson County Chapter, Ice Age Trail Alliance, monthly chapter meeting, 7 p.m., U.S. Bank, Elkhorn (Downstairs in the Community Meeting Room - Enter at the back door). Contact Carol Prchal with questions at 495-8502. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19 Limber Timbers Square Dance Club, dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m., in the cafeteria of Elkhorn Middle School, 627 E. Court Street, Elkhorn. Donation: adults $5, children $2. Caller Bob Asp, cuer Ray and Cindy Bishop. Call Karen or Jose at 275-6373 with questions. ~ ~ ~ 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. 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 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. Free Community Drum Circle. 2-4 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month (except in December). Michael Suess from “Drumming For Peace” facilitates this family event at the UU church, 319 N. Broad St. in Elkhorn. No experience necessary. Extra drums and instruments are available. This program will help in stress reduction, connect you to spirit and build new relationships. Plus it is just great fun. For more information, go to www.drummingforpeace.com or call Michael at 215-3903. Walworth County Toastmasters Club meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at VIP Services, 811 E. Geneva, Elkhorn. Check www.wal 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, pro-

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gressive 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. For info call Mary or Bill Gronkeat (847) 840-8878. Civil Air Patrol, Walco Composite Squadron, meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn National Guard Armory, 401 East Fair St., Elkhorn. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ or call Maj. Robert Thomas at (262) 642-7541. Authors Echo Writers group meeting, 7 p.m., first and third Tuesday of every month, Grace Church, 257 Kendall St., Burlington. Call Frank Koneska at 534-6236. Clogging lessons, beginning and intermediate level adult classes, Tuesday evenings, Walworth County Gymnastics and Dance Center, 213 E. Commerce Court, Elkhorn. Adults of all ages are welcome. Call Shannon McCarthy at 742-3891 or email [email protected] Beginning youth clogging lessons (Tiny Tots ages 3 – 5 at 4 p.m./Youth ages 6 & up at 4:30 p.m.) at Walworth County Gymnastics and Dance Center, 213 E Commerce Court, Elkhorn. For more information: 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 serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read. Call Bob Webster at 275-6587 for info. • • • • Cards and games, Mondays, 1 – 4 p.m. Darien Senior Center, 47 Park St., Darien. Call 882-3774. (Continued on page 25)

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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. ~SENIOR GROUP OF WALWORTH COUNTY~ Pinochle, every Tuesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elkhorn. Bridge, (open to new members), every Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Lake Geneva City Hall, second floor conference room. Bridge - every Tuesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Lake Geneva City Hall, second floor conference room. Line dancing, every Wednesday, 1011:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elkhorn. Sheepshead, every Friday 8:30-11:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elkhorn. ~ HEALTH AND FITNESS ~ Intentional Meditation Circle brings together the Intender’s Group and Meditation Circle, both of which have proven benefits for your life. Group meets weekly on Fridays

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Chevy’s Spark EV is a zippy car with a surprising amount of room

By Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Chevrolet hopes the tiny Spark will establish itself as the fun-to-drive electric car for drivers in crowded cities when it hits the road in California next summer. A very brief drive in a Spark EV recently convinced me they’re onto something. The little four-passenger hatchback’s electric motor produces 400 pound-feet of torque, more than the 5.0-liter V-8 in a Mustang GT. The Spark EV’s claimed sub-8.0 second 0-60 mph time is nothing special, but the nimble little runabout promises to surprise a lot of drivers as it zips through traffic in San Francisco and L.A. The electric motor also generates 130 horsepower. Chevrolet hasn’t announced prices for the electric Spark, which makes its public debut at the Los Angeles auto show late this month. The car will qualify for $7,500 in federal and $3,000 in California tax credits. GM hasn’t said when it will sell the Spark in the rest of the country. The four-door hatchback is surprisingly roomy, thanks to a high roof and upright sides. Even the rear seat has enough room for two adults. Chevy expects the Spark EV to compete with

The 2013 Spark looks a lot like the Aveo and Sonic models, and it provides about the same amount of room, which is surprisingly ample. (Chevrolet/MCT)

cars like the upcoming electric Fiat 500, Mitsubishi i and Nissan Leaf. The EPA hasn’t rated the Spark EV’s

range yet, but the range display read 77 miles when I tested a Spark at General Motors’ proving grounds in Milford,

Mich., last week. Needless to say, the projected range fell fast when I floored the accelerator – must learn not to call it the gas pedal any more – but the acceleration and steering live up to Chevy’s aspirations of zero-emission fun. The firm brakes can channel 98 percent of the energy of slowing the car back to the battery. The 20 kWh lithium-ion battery weighs 560 pounds and sits under the rear seat, where the gas tank goes in a conventional Spark. GM expects the Spark to be the first car compatible with the new 440-volt super-fast charging system that can give the battery an 80 percent charge in 20 minutes. A full charge with the 220v connection most EV owners use will take just under seven hours. GM builds the electric motor and drive unit in the United States and assembles the Spark EV alongside the gasoline-powered Spark at its Korean unit. Korea is the only other market for which GM has announced Spark EV sales, but don’t be surprised if the roomy minicar also finds a home in China, which wants to use electric cars to reduce emissions and clear the smog from its cities. ©2012 Detroit Free Press Distributed by MCT Information

Automotive Questions and Answers Q. Is there a reliable and comfortable car that costs less than $30,000? A. Here are four that fit that description: Chevrolet Impala, Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus and Toyota Camry. All four have been rated highly in recent J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability studies, which measure problems on vehicles during the third year of ownership. All four come in versions that start under $30,000, and we have found them tolerable if not comfortable for daily driving needs. You should spend some seat time in at least some of them to see how comfortable you find them. The Camry was redesigned for 2012, and the Fusion is new for 2013, so there are no dependability data on the latest versions of either. However, given their recent history, it’s a good bet that the current generations also will prove reliable. Several other cars under $30,000 also deserve consideration, including the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and Nissan Altima, all of which have had above-average reliability. The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender can help you narrow your search to a manageable number. Though reliability and comfort are not among the Vehicle Recommender’s many search criteria, it

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The behavior of birds “pecking up” small amounts of food at a time led, by the 16th century, to the use of “peck” in reference to humans who ate small amounts of food or ate reluctantly or fussily (“His little brother pecked at the food on his plate, eating little,” 1966). This produced, by the

can sort through cars based on price, fuel economy and major mechanical and convenience features to find the ones that are best for you. Q. We are thinking of getting a Ford Focus automatic, Smart ForTwo or Honda Fit to use as a dinghy car. Which would you recommend? A. You can flat tow a 2012 Ford Focus, Honda Fit or Smart ForTwo, though each one has its own rules and regulations for doing so. The Focus requires putting the transmission in Neutral and disconnecting the battery, and Ford cautions not to exceed 70 mph when towing a Focus. With the Fit, Honda says to put the transmission in Neutral and don’t exceed 65 mph, but you don’t have to disconnect the battery. Instead, Honda suggests removing the radio fuse to reduce battery drain. Smart doesn’t list a speed limit for towing the ForTwo, but it says you need to install a battery on/off switch and tow with the battery turned off. With all three cars, you may need to buy a base plate and tow bar for the towing vehicle and a wiring harness, and some states may require separate brakes for the car being towed. Ask a dealer to show you an owner’s manual and explain what’s required before you buy so you will know what to expect.

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early 18th century, the use of “peckish” to mean “somewhat hungry” or simply “hungry” and metaphorically eager to “peck” (“I wish we had dinner; I’m proud to say I’m quite peckish,” 1793). If you’re “peckish” you may not be feeling famished, but you’re definitely in the mood for a snack (“At four in the afternoon, everyone feels a little peckish, but only the British have institutionalized this feeling,” 1988).


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Mazda’s CX-5 is a mixture of looks and muscle

By Larry Printz The Virginian-Pilot The prospect of driving a compact crossover SUV won’t make anyone’s heart race. It’s meant to schlep the kids, tote the groceries, drag yourself to work. While an automaker may endow these utilitarian devices with a dash of glamour, their mission is clear. They are postmodern station wagons. Calling Marcia Brady: Your ride has arrived. Yet that’s not true when it comes to the 2013 Mazda CX-5, a compact crossover worthy of a company whose motto is “zoom-zoom.” That said, you might be excused for bestowing it with one zoom, rather than two. But more on that in a minute. First some housekeeping. The Mazda CX-5 replaces the boxy, long-in-the-tooth Mazda Tribute, which had Mazda paying tribute to then-corporate overlord Ford. The Tribute was little more than a Ford Escape with a different badge and grille. The CX-5 sweeps aside that ancient model with a welcome new design that you will be seeing on many future Mazdas. Up front, a large trapezoid grille that anchors its purposeful design, replacing Mazda’s silly smiley grille motif. Artful side sculpting lends a flowing sense of motion to the boxy design. Thankfully, stylists resisted the temptation to make the windows too small; this is one auto with good visibility from inside the vehicle. Good looks aside, the CX-5 boasts a cabin that's as roomy as the larger CX-7, despite being 5.6 inches shorter. Maybe

Mazda's SkyActiv engine adds fuel economy to the 2013 CX-5, but at the expense of engine power: the all-wheel-drive model takes 9.5 seconds to reach 60 mph, according to Motor Trend. (Mazada/MCT)

this is why the CX-7 is no longer available. Cargo space is generous at just under 35 cubic feet. The second row seats are split 40/20/40, handy for cargo flexibility. There’s good room for four adults, or five if they’re on a first-name basis. Seats are very firm and the front seats offer aggressive side bolstering for a compact SUV. Interior ambience is about what you’d expect, with lots of hard plastics mitigated by some soft-touch panels on

the instrument panel. You wouldn’t call it opulent; sporty is more like it. At the top center of the instrument panel, there’s an infotainment system controlled by a touch screen. Like other Mazdas, the system’s design could be better, but it functions well enough. And pricier models have blind-spot monitoring, a welcome but unusual feature in this class. There are three ascending trim levels, Sport, Touring and GT, with the difference mainly being equipment. All



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CX-5s receive the same engine: a 155horsepower 2.0-liter engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. A sixspeed manual also is available on Sport models – a rarity in this class. All models come with front-wheel-drive, but if you want all-wheel drive, you must opt for the automatic transmission. The four-cylinder engine works its little heart out providing power. It’s slow off the line, but has respectable power once speed builds. The transmission is responsive, making the most of the available power. Fuel economy is impressive. The CX-5 handles with a confidence and athleticism the Tribute could only dream about. This is a fun hauler to toss around town. The body maintains its composure in corners and over broken pavement. The steering is nicely weighted. The trade-off is a very firm ride that some may find a bit rough. But if you're used to driving a sports car or sports sedan, nothing will seem amiss. You may not even mind the engine and road noise. And that’s what separates the CX-5 from its many competitors; it’s a track star in a class of beauty pageant winners. It has all of the right moves and a price that’s easy to swallow. Yes, it has zoom. It just doesn’t have zoom-zoom. 2013 MAZDA CX-5: Base price, base model: $20,995 Base price, test model: $28,295 As tested, including destination charge: $30,415 ©2012 The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) Distributed by MCT Information Services.




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Dear Word Detective: My local computer guru has labeled my three-year old computer “long in the tooth.” What is the source of this now seldom-used phrase? — Dick Stacy. A: Oh boy. Three years old, eh? That’s a pretty good illustration of why “local computer guru” strikes me as one of the most ominous phrases in the English language, right up there with “Free Estimate” and “Your call is important to us.” A threeyear old computer is not “long in the tooth” on my planet. I’m typing this on one that’s almost ten. But I’m probably not a good example. I realized recently that I’ve been wearing the same belt every day for more than 20 years. Hey, it’s a nice belt. Well made, obviously. “Long in the tooth” is, of course, a venerable English idiom meaning “showing its age,” “of advanced years,” or simply “old,” with strong implications of decrepitude. The earliest printed instance of the phrase found so far is from the 19th century, but it may be much older (“She was lean, and yellow, and long in the tooth; all the red and white in all the toyshops of London could not make a beauty of her,” WM Thackeray, 1852). The source of “long in the tooth” was, fittingly, the primary mode of transport at that time, the humble horse. Fans of TV’s Greatest Sitcom Ever, Mister Ed, will remember that when Ed talked, his teeth were very prominent. (Some people say that Ed didn’t really talk, and in moving his mouth he was only trying to remove the peanut butter the TV crew had put there, but people who say that are joyless cynics.)

In any case, apparently it’s not all that easy to tell from just looking at a horse just how old the critter is. But when horses age, their gums recede, eventually to the point where the roots of Horsie’s teeth are visible, which makes the teeth themselves appear longer. Thus a horse visibly “long in the tooth” would be judged to be very mature at least, and possibly quite old. So a method of judging the age of a horse, originally a skill of interest only to horsetraders and racing touts, gave us the common expression “long in the tooth,” meaning “over the hill.” Judging a horse’s age by prying open its mouth and looking at its teeth does seem a rather obscure source for such a popular figure of speech as “long in the tooth,” but that was not the only common saying born of the practice. If you happened to be given a horse as a gift, it was considered very rude to immediately take a close look at its teeth to judge its age, especially in the presence of the gift-giver. Thus as long ago as the 16th century the proverb “Never look a gift horse in the mouth” served as a general warning never to criticize or find fault with a gift or an occasion of good fortune (“It is a madness ... to look a gift Horse in the Mouth,” 1707). As a figure of speech meaning “to show ingratitude,” “to look a gift horse in the mouth” was followed about 200 years later by an equally vivid phrase, “to bite the hand that feeds you.” I’ve always wondered if that latter saying might have been inspired by a resentful horse who was tired of having his mouth pried open. Dear Word Detective: There is a wood-

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pecker in our neighborhood who always seems to be hungry. I am routinely out on ladders filling in the holes he pecks in our house. This is hard work, and I usually come in feeling a bit peckish myself. Is the word “peckish” related to my nemesis’ destructive habits? — Steve Ford. So a woodpecker is pecking at your house? Weird. We have woodpeckers around here, but they stick to pecking at the trees. Come to think of it, that’s probably because the trees don’t sport vinyl siding. But still, since the birds are hunting for bugs in the wood, doesn’t that mean you might have termites? And that, boys and girls, is why I don’t get invited to parties. Incidentally, in the Southern US woodpeckers are often called “peckerwoods,” and “peckerwood” also has a considerable history as a derogatory term for a poor white person, particularly among African-Americans in the rural South. This use gave us “peckerwood” as an adjective meaning “shabby,” “inferior” or otherwise supposedly characteristic of the poor white Southerner (“The stern, melodramatic portrait of Earl’s older brother Huey [Long] as a fantastic demagogue – a Peckerwood Caligula,” 1989). “Peckerwood Caligula,” by the way, was a term coined by the great A.J. Liebling in his writings about Louisiana Governor Earl Long, who in his third term took up with a stripper named Blaze Starr and wound up in a mental hospital. I seem to spend most of my time around here explaining why words that look as though they must be related actually aren’t. So it comes as a positive pleasure to affirm that “peckish” and “woodpecker” are, in fact, related; not directly related,

because the world can stand only so much fun, but nonetheless solid second cousins. In the beginning was the verb “to peck,” which first appeared in the 14th century and apparently arose as a variant form of “to pick,” which came in turn from “pike,” a spear-like pointed object, which came from a confusing tangle of ancient forms that may have involved “picus,” the old Latin word for “woodpecker.” In any case, “pike,” “pick” and “peck” are closely related and share many senses, but we’ll focus on “peck” here. Most of the early senses of “peck” as a verb have to do with birds striking things with their beaks (“These ... Parrots peck the fairest Fruit,” Dryden, 1690). Such “pecking” can include attacks on other animals (“The dog’s nose shot into the flowers and was promptly pecked by an angry mallard hen,” 2002) and even, as in Daphne du Maurier’s story The Birds, people. But birds “peck” most often in search of food, so by 1390, “to peck” with reference to a bird meant “to pick up small amounts with the beak” (“Small clusters of pigeons were pecking crumbs from the paving stones,” 1984). “Woodpeckers,” of course, “peck” in both senses of the term. They “peck” holes in trees, houses, etc., with their beaks, and then “peck out” insects or larvae from within the wood. It seems like a large expenditure of energy for such slim pickings, but since we still have woodpeckers it must make sense in the long run. (Continued on page 28)





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FuN and GameS Crossword Clues

ACROSS 1 Letter opening, often 5 Frankenstein’s helper 9 English homework 14 Pleasant 15 Genesis boat-builder 16 One of the strings 17 Ages and ages and ages 18 Folk wisdom 19 Marcus or Woody 20 Football trio 23 Wool producer 24 Positive reply 25 Cowboys’ home 29 Merge 31 Silent assent 34 Where lovers walk? 35 Missile housing 36 Slimy stuff 37 Racing trio 40 Lays down the lawn 41 City on the Rhine 42 Exclusively 43 Printer’s measures 44 Jabbers 45 Put away gear 46 Sopping 47 Old French coin 48 Tennis trio 57 German sub 58 Retired for the night 59 Kangaroo kid 60 Chutzpah 61 Skedaddle 62 Long in the tooth 63 Take the helm 64 Small gull 65 Pastel shade

DOWN 1 Lose it 2 Stead 3 Computer graphic 4 Bedouin home 5 Kin through marriage 6 Silly fowl 7 Rowboat needs 8 Flightless bird 9 Sidestepped 10 Jockey’s attire 11 Diva’s performances 12 McCowen or Baldwin 13 Jerk 21 Oyster find 22 Hose material 25 Use a divining rod 26 Negative particle 27 Touches down 28 Rims 29 Bearings 30 Panache 31 Not in any way 32 Ultraviolet filter 33 Beaded with moisture 35 Garbage boat 36 Norway capital 38 Moderate 39 Bit of info 44 Clown of the court 45 Waterlogged 46 Use a shuttle 47 Haughty gaze 48 Six-shooters 49 Help with a heist 50 Extra 51 Roosevelt’s successor 52 Up to the job 53 Partly open 54 Like some fast-food orders 55 So-so grades 56 Jekyll’s alter ego

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Bridge Play or Defend?

Goren on Bridge by Tannah Hirsch

Neither vulnerable. South deals. NORTH ! A, 7, 3 " 7, 5, 4, 3, 2 # Q, 6 $ 10, 8, 7 WEST ! Q, J, 9, 4 " Void # K, J, 10, 8,.4, 2 $ A, J, 3

EAST ! K, 10, 8, 5 " 10, 6 # 9, 7, 3 $ 6, 5, 4, 2

SOUTH ! 6, 2 " A, K, Q, J, 9, 8 # A, 5 $ K, Q, 9 The bidding: SOUTH WEST 1" 2# 4" Pass

NORTH 3" Pass

EAST Pass Pass

Opening lead: Q of ! Study the bidding of this deal and decide: Would you rather play or defend four hearts after the lead of the queen of spades? West would have done better to make a takeout double of one heart - four spades by East-West would have been a good contract. North's jump raise to three hearts




was weak - very popular at the tournament game - and South had ample values to proceed to game. Suppose you elect to defend. Declarer makes the good play of holding up dummy's ace. If East does not overtake and shift to a diamond, declarer has an easy endplay ahead by stripping spades and then exiting with the ace and a diamond, but partner obliges. If declarer plays low, you win with the king and exit with a pointed-suit card and sit back to wait for two club tricks. When declarer leads a high club you allow it to hold and you will come to two club tricks to go with the two tricks already banked. Nevertheless, you should have opted to declare! Since the bidding marks the king of diamonds with West, rise with the ace of diamonds, draw trumps, cash the ace of spades and ruff the table's remaining spade. Now exit with the queen of diamonds and West has no counter. A pointed suit lead will permit you to ruff in one hand while discarding a club from the other, and a club will allow you to score two club tricks. Either way, the defenders collect only one trick in each plain suit. (Tannah Hirsch welcomes readers' responses sent in care of this newspaper or to Tribune Media Services Inc., 2010 Westridge Drive, Irving, TX 75038. E-mail responses may be sent to [email protected])

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