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New Glarus Brewing offers ultimate tour for beer lovers

By Dennis We s t For the average beer drinker, few things are more interesting than a brewery tour. New Glarus Brewing Company offers a self-guided tour of its new hilltop brewery that will probably satisfy them. But for the avid beer enthusiast, homebrewer or or brewmaster wannabe, they offer the Hard Hat Tour. The Hard Hat Tour costs $20, is only offered on Fridays and requires an advance reservation. Ours was conducted by an actual brewer named Stephen, who on a recent Friday was accompanied by two other employees to provide additional expertise. Unlike the self-guided tour, the Hard Hat Tour encompasses both of New Glarus’s brewing plants. By the end of the tour, participants will know more than they every wanted to about the New Glarus Brewing Co. and making beer in general. Tour participants gather at 1 p.m. at

Anheuser-Busch in Chicago. His wife, Deb, is an artist and architect who grew up in Wisconsin, and like any right-minded Badger, wanted to return to her native state. The couple decided that the Madison area would be a good place to live and start a brewery of their own. They drew a 30-mile radius from Madison on a map and began looking. One day Dan was driving north on Highway 69 to Madison when he noticed a factory with a for-sale sign on it. He called Deb and told her he thought he had found the perfect place. When they agreed that it would work, she arranged the financing while he made plans to convert the 10,000-square-foot former plastics factory to a brewery. Their first year they produced 3,000 barrels of beer, mixing it with a paddle and helped by only one employee. By 2000, that had increased to 9,000 bar-

Quality Control Manager Randy Thiel show tour members a chart that indicates the approximate color of each type of beer, from light pilsners to dark stouts. (Beacon photo)

the Riverside Brewery, which is located just off Highway 69 at the north edge of New Glarus. The tour is limited to 15 people. On the day we took the tour, there were people from Madison, Milwaukee, the Chicago area, Iowa and California. As indicated by the name of the tour, all had to wear hard hats because they were given access to areas where they just might need them; being conducted through locked doors and into areas that were clearly marked “brewers only. ” According to Stephen, the hard hats also served to identify members of the tour so that no one else could surreptitiously join the group. New Glarus Brewing was started in 1993 by Master Brewer Dan Carey and his wife, Deborah. A native of San Francisco, Dan has been a brewer for his entire adult life. He Graduated from the University of California-Davis with a degree in brewing science, apprenticed at a brewery in Germany and has designed breweries. His last job working for someone else was as production supervisor at

rels. In 2004, they began expanding the plant to meet increasing demand. By 2006, they had increased the yield to 35,000 barrels, realized that they had run out of room on the property and began to plan what came to be known as the Hilltop Brewery. By the time they opened the second facility in 2008, they were producing 60,000 barrels at the Riverside plant. In 2010 they produced 90,000 barrels between the two facilities; in 2011 that rose to 109,000 and this year they will hit 128,000. “The limit for the two breweries in their present configuration is about 157,000 barrels,” explained Stephen. “But with the ongoing expansion of the Hilltop Brewery, the limit should be about 300,000 barrels a year.” Each batch of beer contains 100 barrels, which, at 31 gallons per barrel, is 3,100 gallons, or 16,500 12-ounce bottles of beer. Although that sounds like a fantastic amount of beer – and does represent an amazing output for what is described as a craft brewery – according to the book,

Members of a Hard Hat Tour enter New Glarus Brewing’s Hilltop Brewery. There is also a self-guided tour of the 75,000-square-foot facility. (Beacon photo)

“title,” Miller Brewing produced 40 million barrels of beer a year in 1981 after introducing Lite. Deb Carey is a natural entrepreneur. She was the first woman in the United States to found a brewery. She was named first runner-up in the 2011 National Small Business Person of the Year contest sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and, in March, was named Wisconsin Small Business Person of the Year. After a comprehensive tour of the Riverside Brewery, which provided a good understanding of the brewing and packaging process, the group drove in their own cars to just south of the village and up a winding drive through woods to the $21 million, 75,000-square-foot Hilltop Brewery. The difference between the two facilities was, as they say, like night and day. Designed from the ground up, the facility is built to resemble a German chateau. Dan Carey, who took time from his busy afternoon to chat with the group, said, “There are people in beautiful homes who wouldn’t want to look up

the hill to see a pole barn or something that looked like a factory. That’s why we have taken such care to design a nice looking facility.” A wastewater treatment plant at the entrance to the property looks like a big red barn. Outbuildings fit into the agricultural scenery as well. “Fairly early on in our history, we got to a point where we had to make some decisions,” said Carey. “When we began to outstrip our manufacturing capacity, we either had to build a new brewery or count on a contract brewer to produce some of our beer. But since we are quality driven instead of marketing driven, that wasn’t a difficult decision. The only way to be certain we could maintain the quality we demand is to do it ourselves. “We decided the new brewery had to not only look attractive, but be visitor friendly. We don’t use advertising to promote our product. We don’t give away neon signs, place newspaper or TV ads. People only believe what they actually see. We want people to come and see us making beer. It’s not easy to build a

Four huge copper kettles that were acquired from a German brewery now help to make beer at the New Glarus Brewing Co.. (Beacon photo)

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brewery that people can go through. Our customers interface with brewers, not tour guides.” Carey said he and Deborah lived in a trailer for the first eight years of their married life, so they appreciate what it means to need a working wage and health insurance, both of which he says they provide to their employees. (Continued on page 2) He also said that, because they compete in a tough business, they have to make sure they are stingy with energ y and efficient as far as labor goes. All of which takes a lot of planning. Asked why they only sell beer in Wisconsin, Carey said that when they first started they sold a lot of beer in New York City, Chicago, Colorado and Oregon. “As the demand outstripped our production, we decided that we would rather sell beer in a market we understand and where people understand us and our product. Wisconsin is a special place with a unique culture and sense of humor,” he said. “If we sell farther afield, we have to spend more to explain who you are. It also costs a lot to ship beer. That’s why brewers erect plants all over the country so they can keep shipping costs down. We didn’t want to do that. We chose to be a Wisconsin company catering to Wisconsin customers.” The Hilltop Brewery contains a Depot that sells beer fresh from the production line. When we revisited the brewery on Saturday morning, a large group of Iowans in two cars and a pickup truck were joyously loading several cases of beer to take back home. Randy Thiel, who is in charge of quality control, showed the Hard Hat Tour members how he and his staff make sure customers get the best beer possible, batch after batch. He spoke with pride

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about the cleanliness of the New Glarus Brewing plants. “We sample every batch of wort, yeast, water and other materials that go into the beer,” he explained. “We take it to the lab for microbiological work, put it into petri dishes to see if bacteria grows. Bacteria love beer as much as we do,” he said. “Pasteurization kills bacteria, but it’s not a cure-all. There are many ways unwanted bacteria can get into a batch of beer. If we find some, we dump it, not just pasteurize it and put it on the market.” A color chart shows what each beer should look like. “We say customers taste with their eyes first,” he said. “If it doesn’t look the way it did the last time they drank it, they won’t enjoy it as much.” Color isn’t the only thing that affects customers’ appreciation of their beer. “We received a shipment of blank bottle caps instead of the ones with the thumbprint trademark we usually use,” he said. “We decided to go ahead and use the blank crowns rather than hold up the process. We got a lot of calls from people who said the beer didn’t taste right. We pulled some cases and tested that batch against others. We found them to be exactly the same, but it was a psychological factor we couldn’t overcome.” After the architecture of the Hilltop Brewery, the next thing visitors are impressed by is the cleanliness Thiel mentioned. Spotless tile floors underfoot and miles – literally, more than three miles – of stainless steel piping overhead, look as though it has never been used. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow unobstructed views of huge stainless steel tanks. Three large, shiny copper kettles that were salvaged from a German brewery encase stainless steel containers. An employee surrounded by banks of computers monitors all of the brewing processes. A bottling line that was purchased

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New Glarus Brewing Co. president and co-founder Deb Carey chats with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and 15 other small-business owners during a meeting at the White House on Nov. 27. (White House Photo)

from the New Belgium Brewery in Colorado that makes Fat Tire beer, has 40 filler heads compared to the 16 at the Riverside Brewery. It fills, caps and labels 300 bottles per minute, while a robot nearby stacks newly filled kegs onto pallets for shipping. Following the exhaustive – and for some exhausting – tour, participants are escorted to the employee lunchroom where they are given six beers to taste, with a choice of cheeses to complement them. On this Friday it was a pilsner called Hometown Blonde, Two Women, Laughing Fox, Enigma, Apple Ale (Dan’s answer to cider, which, because it’s classified as wine, they aren’t licensed to produce) and Serendipity, an ale with Wisconsin cherries in the mix. New Glarus brews eight beers yearround, nine seasonals and a variety of brands that come and go at the company’s whim. Its Spotted Cow brand accounts for 75 percent of the brewery’s sales. After the tasting, the visitors are invited to visit the gift shop and the beer depot. The gift shop provides a small selection of beers when the tasting room across the hall isn’t open. It was in the gift shop that we discovered our favorite

New Glarus beer; Back 40 Bock, the smoothest dark beer we have tasted in years. Keeping in mind the quote by Cicero, “Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide,” we only bought two cases. It’s only brewed from September to December. If you want to visit New Glarus Brewing, the Hilltop Brewery is open for self-guided tours and shopping from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is located just south of New Glarus on Highway 69. The easiest, if not most direct, way to get there is to follow Highway 11 from Walworth County through Janesville, Evansville and Monroe to Highway 69. Then go north on Highway 69. You will see signs for the brewery just before you reach the village of New Glarus. For more information about, and open dates for, the Hard Hat Tour (it’s sold out until February), see www.newglarusbrew ing.com or call (608) 527-5850 While you’re in New Glarus, stop for lunch or dinner at The Glarner Stube, where you’ll find a nice variety of New Glarus brews on tap, a wonderful menu of Swiss-German dishes on the menu. and very friendly people to help you choose both.



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The period after World War II, when American industries switched from making military vehicles to passenger vehicles and trucks, saw cars in the U.S. begin to get bigger and bigger. In war-devastated Europe, however, where gasoline prices were already much higher than in the U.S. and there was little of industry left, companies found they had to crawl before they could walk, let alone run. German manufacturer Volkswagen, resumed plans to build the “people’s car” that had been interrupted by the war. Aircraft manufacturers such as Heinkel and Messerschmitt, which were banned from manufacturing planes, made tiny, inexpensive, economy cars. BMW, which had manufactured aircraft engines for Messerschmitt and Heinkel, returned to making cars, but was not particularly successful. By 1959, the company faced a decision as to whether it would try to continue or liquidate its assets. The board decided to purchase rights to manufacture the Italian Iso Isetta, which was to be powered by a modified

BMW’s Isetta was the only one of the ‘bubble cars’ to be imported to the U.S.

form of BMW’s own motorcycle engine. The Isetta was the only one of the three “bubble cars” to be imported to the United States. Both it and the Heinkel had one front-opening door and a single seat. If the car in front parked too closely, you couldn’t get into your car. Well, that’s not strictly true. All Isettas had a sunroof, to enable occupants to escape should someone park too close to the front opening door. A cabriolet version was also offered which featured a small collapsible soft-top section where the fixed rear window normally was. Sound convenient? “The Isetta was built in a number of countries, including Spain, Belgium, France, Brazil, Germany, and the United Kingdom. If the pared down BMW Isetta was the Vespa of the bubble car world, the Messerschmitt was the Lambretta. The Messerschmitt was a longer car with a canopy that looked like it had been taken from one of the company’s aircraft. It could seat two adults, one in back of the other. Wilhelm Messerschmitt started his aircraft company in 1923. During WWII it was putting out thousands of fighter planes like the famous famous ME-109 plane for the Nazi war machine, which was the reason the post-war Democratic government prohibited them from making aircraft. So to stay in business, Wilhelm decided his company would produce sewing machines, prefabricated houses, and automobile parts. Then in the mid 1950’s the company started producing an economical three wheeled automobile. The car that the Messerschmitt Company is mostly remembered for is the KR-200 three-wheeler, which had a

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The fuel efficient Messershmitt KR-200, which was produced by the former German aircraft manufacturer from 1955 through 1966, was powered by an air-cooled 199cc 1-cylinder, 2-stroke (the driver had to mix the oil and gas) that developed 10 bhp at 5250 RPM.

distinctive bubble canopy. The vehicle was designed by the famous aircraft engineer Fritz Fend, and it was manufactured at Messerschmitt’s former aircraft factory. Between February 1955 and December 1966, the company produced a total of 16,000 KR-200’s. The three-wheeled vehicles retailed for around 2,500 Deutschmarks (slightly less than $650), which made it a feasible purchase for buyers who were struggling to re-establish themselves in the postwar economy. In the 1960s the demand for basic, economical transportation in Germany and other European nations began to diminish with the economic recovery. When sales drastically dropped,

the company was forced to cease production of the KR-200. Soon it became nothing more than a collectors item or museum exhibit. According to an article on www.microcar.com, “Following WWII, aircraft designer Ernst Heinkel saw what his competitor, Messerschmitt, was doing with the Isetta, and decided that he could go one better, using aircraft principles and making it lighter yet faster with a smaller engine. The result was the Kabine 150, with its large window area and longer, sleeker lines, that were a cross between Isetta and Messerschmitt. (Continued on page 14)

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As Congres approaches ‘Cliff,’ its public standing is very shaky

‘Secesh’ rise again!

By David Horsey Tribune Media Services There may be secessionists in all 50 states, but Texas can boast of the biggest cohort of independent minded (unhinged?) folks who want to cast off the “tyranny” of the federal government and go it alone. Well over 100,000 Texans have signed a petition to the president of the United States requesting that he let the Lone Star State depart from the union peacefully and amicably. The last time Texas and 10 other states tried this, of course, a rather nasty fight ensued — the 150th anniversary of which the nation is observing right now. Abraham Lincoln was not keen on letting the slave states go. He sent armies south to bring them back into the fold and that should have settled the issue. But one secessionist web site insists otherwise: “The South’s rejoining the Union at the point of a bayonet in the late 1860s didn’t prove secession is ‘not an option’ or unlawful. It only affirmed that violent coercion can be used, even by governments (if unrestrained), to rob men of their very lives, liberty, and property.” These folks now warn that the government in Washington, D.C., has grown so oppressive that the USA is on the verge of becoming just like Stalin’s Soviet Union or Mao’s China. Thus, secession is the only option. Now, the prospect of moving ahead in this country without having to put up with paranoid fruitcakes who equate the EPA with the KGB and Obama with Hitler is alluring. If we could put them all in one place and let them go, it would be a day of jubilee. But, even in states such as Louisiana, Alabama and South Carolina where tens of thousands of people have also signed petitions to secede, there are too many other good folks who should not be cast adrift. In particular, it is doubtful the black Americans in those states would be especially anxious to


return to some sort of rebooted Confederacy. That did not work too well for their ancestors the last time around. Still, if we want to say Lincoln was wrong and secession is an open alternative, Texas looks like the best place to give it a whirl. After all, their state was an independent country before joining the union, so Texans have been there before. Additionally, Texas standing alone would be the 15th biggest economy in the world. Unlike Alabama and most other red states, they could get along fine without an inflow of tax dollars from the blue states. However, there have to be some guidelines to this deal. Texans cannot just get up from the table and leave a bill for somebody else to pay. Texas must pay its share of the national debt. It was a former governor of Texas who racked up the major part of that bill by giving his rich friends a huge tax cut and then buying two wars and a prescription drug plan on credit. Also, the new Republic of Texas must provide safe passage to all the Texas liberals who may want out. We do not want to see Austin become another West Berlin isolated in a vast, hostile territory. The next thing: Texas does not get to have nukes. We do not need Texans, with their famously itchy trigger fingers, fingering a nuclear button. And one more stipulation: When the Latino population finally reaches a majority in Texas and decides to head a little further back into history by reuniting Texas with Mexico, all you secessionists cannot come crying to us, pleading to be taken back into the United States. By then, we will be done messing with Texas. If you are upset, take your grievances to Mexico City. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Horsey is a political commentator for the Los Angeles Times.


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By Lee H. Hamilton As we move deeper into December, the question for Congress is this: Can members of the House and Senate do something to make the public feel more positive about Congress’s competence, or will 2012 end on the familiar note of Americans taking an unrelievedly dim Lee Hamilton view of Congress’s job performance? According to data from a public opinion survey sponsored by the Center on Congress at Indiana University, “there’s a quite decided, lopsided disapproval of Congress,” said Edward Carmines, the Warner O. Chapman Professor and Rudy Professor of political science at Indiana University in Bloomington. “In our survey, it was 91 percent who disapprove and only 9 percent who approve. “This is an old story about the modern Congress, but it’s one that bears repeating,” said Carmines. “In almost all areas, the electorate finds the Congress quite wanting. We asked them if they think Congress deals with key issues facing the country; if it keeps excessive partisanship in check; if it conducts the business of the country in a careful and deliberate way; if it holds members to high standards of ethical conduct; if it controls the influence of special interests. “In each of these areas, the public rates Congress quite low. We asked them to grade Congress between A and F, and in almost every one of these instances, the grade is in the D range.” When the survey was conducted earlier this fall, public awareness was just beginning to build about the “fiscal cliff” now filling the headlines. “We didn’t ask specifically about the ‘fiscal cliff,’ but we did ask how much compromise should be in play. And very strong majorities told us they prefer Congress to compromise to make good public policy, even in contrast to sticking to their own principles. “If Congress were able to deal with something like the fiscal cliff in a way that showed compromise, the institution would certainly be held in higher esteem than it is now,” Carmines said. “There’s not much in the survey data showing that the public believes Congress can do that,” he concedes. “But if Congress could compromise, they certainly would

gain public support, because that’s what the public’s looking for.” Carmines said the public does understand that Congress “has a tough job.” Those surveyed recognize “there’s a wide diversity of opinion on most issues that come before Congress. But they don’t think Congress works hard enough to resolve these differences.” Examining the relationship between citizens and Congress – how people learn about, interact with, and evaluate the institution and its members – has been an important focus for the Center on Congress since its founding in 1999. The Center regularly conducts public opinion polls to gauge if Americans feel Congress is relevant to their lives and is living up to the framers’ expectation that it should be the responsive “people’s branch” of the federal government. Overseeing this survey work is Professor Carmines, who also is the Center’s Director of Research. The 2012 findings are based on a nationwide survey of 1,000 people completed in September and October by the internet polling firm YouGov Polimetrix. Below, Carmines offers his thoughts on other findings of the 2012 survey: I n c i v i l i t y : “We asked several questions about incivility in Congress, and the news here is not good. People see incivility as a big problem, they think it’s gotten worse over the past several years, and they think it will get worse in the future, instead of getting better.” Who’s to blame? “They don’t believe voters contribute to this. They believe the members themselves, party leaders, the media, and political campaigns exacerbate incivility.” I n f l u e n c e : “The survey asked, “What do you think is the main thing that influences what your members of Congress do in office?” The highest, 49 percent, said ‘special interests.’ Thirtysix percent said members are mainly influenced by their personal self-interest. Far below that, 9 percent said ‘the interest of the people in their state or district,’ and 5 percent ‘the interest of the country as a whole.’ To the question, “Do members of Congress care about what people like you think?” one percent said ‘most of the time’ and 31 percent said ‘sometimes.’ A whopping 67 percent said, ‘No, not very often.’” C i t i z e n s h i p : “Not only do those surveyed hold Congress in low regard, but also, when we asked them to evaluate their own performance as citizens – do they follow what’s going on in Congress, do they contact members on issues that concern them, do they vote in presidential and congressional elections (Continued on page 6)

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SEWRPC provides the facts for planning

By Dave Bre t l The annual report of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission landed on my desk the other day. With the end of the year approaching, I assumed the report recapped 2012 accomplishments. Upon closer examination, the report, or more accurately, book, actually covered 2011 activities. Given the scope of the project, I can’t get too upset about the lateness of the document. The figures contained in the report may not be the most current, but they still tell an interesting story. The SouthDavid Bretl e a s t e r n Wisconsin Regional Plan-ning Commission was established by state statute in 1960 as the official statewide planning agency for southeastern Wisconsin. That region consists of the seven counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha. I’m not sure if the legislature gave a lot of thought to the acronym that their organization’s name would produce (SEWRPC). Pronounced “Sewer Pack,” the name is more apt to conjure up images of waste water treatment plants, than cutting edge planning. Despite its unglamorous name, SEWRPC does important work. The region has a significant effect on the entire state. While the seven counties represent just five percent of the total area of Wisconsin, they contain 35 percent of the population and jobs, and 37 percent of the tangible wealth of the state. SEWRPC performs three basic planning functions. First, it collects, analyzes and disseminates basic planning and engineering data. Good decisionmaking requires good information, and the availability of such data can assist local governments. The second function of the agency involves preparing longrange plans. SEWRPC emphasizes land use, transportation and community facilities planning. The agency’s third function is to coordinate the day-to-day planning activities of all units of local government within the region. SEWRPC is governed by a 21-member commission, three commissioners from each of the seven member counties. Each county board appoints one commissioner, with the Governor appointing the other two, one from a list of possible candidates prepared by the county. Our commissioners are Nancy Russell, the county board chairperson, Linda Seemeyer, our director of Health & Human Services and local businessman Charles Colman. At the close of 2011, Commission staff included 64 full-time and seven part-time employees. Financial support for the Commission’s work comes from a variety of sources. Revenues in 2011

totaled $8.5 million with $2.3 million coming from the tax levies of the member counties, and the balance contributed from state and federal sources. Walworth County’s share of SEWRPC’s planning budget in 2013 will be $194,975. The annual report, itself, is packed with statistics covering a variety of different subjects. I already knew that new home construction has been languishing in recent years. The magnitude of that decline across the region, however, was still startling to see. In 2005, for example, 6,000 new residential lots were platted for development in southeastern Wisconsin that year. In 2011, the figure had dropped to 201. Not a single lot was platted in Kenosha County, that year, while our county’s total of eight was not much better. Despite the decrease in new subdivisions, our county added population in 2011. Three hundred new residents called Walworth County home, which represented an annual rate of growth of threetenths of one percent. This was the highest percentage of growth in the sevencounty region but represented a significant slowdown by Walworth County standards. Annual growth rates during the previous decade averaged more than one percent. Since 2004, SEWRPC has included, in its planning documents, three population estimates: low, intermediate and high growth. In 2004, I would have bet that Walworth County was on track to meet or exceed the high growth projections. Now, absent some major turn-around in the economy, the low growth scenario seems more plausible. If it is taking you longer to drive around the county, you might be interested in statistics concerning personal vehicles. The number of personal use vehicles in the county stood at 84,230 in 2011. The growth in vehicle ownership has far exceeded the growth in population in recent years. Consider that our county’s population grew by nearly 57 percent from 1972 to 2011. During that same time, the number of personal vehicles in the county grew by more than 151 percent. One of our Supervisors suggested at a meeting that, perhaps, the growth in car ownership may slow down in the future. This made sense to me at an intuitive level. My parents, like many others, were able to raise their kids with a single family car. With two or more cars in many driveways today, how many more cars will families need to add to their fleets? According to the SEWRPC report, at least, the answer is plenty more. While the county added 300 residents between 2010 and 2011, the number of personal vehicles increased by 480. Any time a plan is committed to writing, there are bound to be critics; SEWRPC has had its share over the years. Those who are critical of plans produced by SEWRPC, however, are often the same people who criticize government for its lack of planning. From my point of view, you can’t have it both ways. No plan is perfect, but issues facing south-

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Drunk driving continues to be a problem

By State Sen. Neal Kedzie Over the years, Wisconsin has ranked high in the nation on many positive fronts, such as high school graduation rates, test scores, the number of individuals with health insurance, and now its ranking for a pro-business climate, which is climbing. Unfortunately, Wisconsin also continues to rank first in the nation for the highest rates of binge drinking and the highest rate of drunk driving. This is an ongoing problem, not only for the Legislature, but for all of Neal Kedzie us. In a state famous for its established brewing industry and where alcohol is usually a part of sporting events and family celebrations, there is no question drinking is woven deep into Wisconsin’s culture. While many attribute – and even celebrate – Wisconsin’s drinking culture as a part our heritage and European ancestry, drinking to excess can have severe consequences, especially for those who make a dangerous decision to drive while intoxicated. In Wisconsin, one person is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash every 2.3 hours. In 2011, alcohol-related crashes killed 225 people and injured almost 3,000. More than 35,000 motorists were convicted for drunken driving in Wisconsin last year, and nearly 300,000 Wisconsin drivers have at least one operating while intoxicated (OWI) conviction; more than 5,000 Wisconsin motorists have four such offenses. The consequences of an OWI conviction are often very punitive, including heavy fines, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, loss or restrictions of driving privileges, and even jail time. If someone else is hurt or killed in a crash, the intoxicated driver can face extremely serious charges, such as negligent homicide or operating while intoxicated causing injury. Further, when a person drives drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle, the penalties double. Even with all that, some still make a reckless decision to drive while drunk. As mentioned, drunk driving is a problem the Legislature must face and continue to address. Since July 1, 2010, ignition interlocks have been required for all repeat drunk drivers and for first-time offenders with blood-alcohol levels of 0.15 or greater. A fourth drunk driving offense is now a felony if it occurs within five years of a previous offense, and a first-offense drunk driving charge is a crime if a child younger than 16 is in the vehicle. Changes in drunk driving laws

now eliminate the exemption from some penalties granted to first offenders with blood-alcohol levels between 0.08 and 0.10. Last session, I authored several bills to strengthen drunk driving laws, including Senate Bill 76, which requires the drunk driver – rather than taxpayers – to bear the burden of costs associated with drunk driving tests. Each year, law enforcement agencies have had to take on the costs of testing alleged drunk drivers, which only adds costs to local taxpayers. The language of Senate Bill 76 was added to the state budget last year and is now law. Those found guilty of operating while intoxicated must now pay for the costs of their intoxication tests. I also authored Senate Bill 158, which would eliminate immediate eligibility for an occupational license for individuals convicted of OWI offenses, and Senate Bill 379, to prohibit a person whose driver’s license is suspended or revoked for a drunk driving offense from purchasing or leasing a vehicle. Unfortunately, those bills were not passed before the 2011-2012 legislative session came to an end. When it comes to drinking and driving, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers the following tips. Make the decision to always drive sober. If you are going to be consuming alcohol, choose a sober designated driver before you start drinking. Similarly, don’t let friends or family drive drunk. If you see an impaired driver on the road, call law enforcement or 911. If you are feeling buzzed, you likely are over the 0.08 blood alcohol content limit and should not drive. Rather than risk a crash or an arrest, take a taxicab, public transportation, or ask a sober friend to drive you home. Also, many taverns and restaurants have programs to provide patrons with a safe ride home. In the next session, I plan to review the measures I previously offered, along with other bills relating to drunk driving. Certainly, more stringent legislation can serve as a catalyst to change attitudes towards excessive alcohol consumption. New laws are only a part of the solution, and only effective for those who choose to correct their habits and make more responsible decisions. We all play a role in correcting this problem, and the Legislature must remain committed to reducing tragedies caused by those who operate a vehicle while intoxicated. For more information on drunk driving and other safe driving tips, visit the DOT Web site at http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/ . May you have a safe and happy holiday season. Sen Kedzie can be reached in Madison at P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882 or by calling toll free 1 800 578-1457. He may be reached in the district at (262) 742-2025 or online at www.senatorkedzie.com.

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Governor Walker says social issues will take a back seat to jobs By Shamane Mills Scott Walker says the upcoming legislative session could have bills dealing with hot button social issues like more abortion requirements. But the governor says he first wants to focus on basics first like roads, education and taxes. Wisconsin Right-to-Life told supporters in a newsletter that one of the group’s goals is passage of a law requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. Walker told reporters after addressing a Wisconsin Dairy Association

Conference in Madison that he’s pro-life, but didn’t know how much time the legislature would spend on social issues. “We'll probably spend a whole lot more time focusing on getting an iron ore mine up and running in Iron County than we will on any of those other issues,” he said. “That’s not to say they may not come up later in the session, but right now people expect Democrats and Republicans to work together and create more jobs.” Wisconsin Public Radio News

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Chris Marsicano, co-owner of the Village Supper Club in Delavan, was named Tavern League of Wisconsin Member of the Year at the organization’s 77th Fall Convention in the Wisconsin Dells. The award is given out each year to a Tavern League of Wisconsin member based on not only his or her service to the League, but to family and community. Marsicano serves as Southern Zone Vice-President on the Executive Board of the Tavern League and Secretary/ Treasurer and SafeRide Coordinator for the Walworth County Tavern League. He is also a Supervisor for the Town of Delavan and belongs to the WalworthLakeland Elks Lodge #2201, the Delavan Historical Society and the Town

of Delavan Friends of the Parks. Each year, the Village Supper Club, owned by the Marsicano Family for more than 46 years, hosts fundraisers for several local civic organizations such as the Lions Club, the VFW and the Elk Lodge. “Chris is very deserving of this award,” said TLW President Rob Swearingen. “His dedication to his community, our industry, and his ability to communicate with our legislators make him a great representative of the Tavern League of Wisconsin and its members.” Along with his award from the Tavern League of Wisconsin, Chris will be taking a trip in June to the American Beverage Licensees Convention in Washington DC to accept the Wisconsin Retailer of the Year award from Brown-

Business briefs Cali-Pho, the open-again, closedagain Vietnamese restaurant in Delavan, will reopen soon as a Chinese buffet, according to the latest rumor. Family Kitchen, 31 N. Wisconsin St. in Elkhorn, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Owner and chef Tony Dzabiroski opened on Thanksgiving weekend. The family formerly owned the Princess Cafe in East Troy. The atmosphere is, appropriately, family casual, featuring a children’s menu with crayons for coloring. They are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. Their phone

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Employers hiring veterans by year’s end may get expanded tax credit

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Wisconsin drug deaths on the rise By Rich Kremes Drug-related deaths are increasing steadily in Wisconsin with the rate of fatal methadone overdoses jumping by 1,000 percent. A report compiled by UWWhitewater epidemiologist David Nordstrom shows that from 1999 to 2008 nearly 5,000 deaths were certified as drug-related. “That’s more than one every day and we found out that the majority of them were males and the average was about 43,” he said. Of those, 90 percent were accidental overdoses or suicides. Nordstrom says that during the ten years covered by the study, there was a shift where legal prescription drug related deaths surpassed those involving illegal narcotics. “Cocaine and other drugs that are associated with fatalities have backed in the prominent position that they had previously held and we see some of these opiate analgesic or pain relieving compounds as rising,” he explained. “So,

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Bad year for whooping cough

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1,200 cases of pertussis, more than half in children ages five to 14. This year, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, Montana and Washington are the top five states with significantly higher numbers of whooping cough cases so far. Kita-Yarbro has some advice for children and adults. “If you are sick, it’s important to stay home, and there’s a good vaccination against pertussis. It’s not 100 percent effective, but it is effective, and definitely effective in moderating the disease. It’s also highly recommended for pregnant women.” Doctors can give the vaccinations. Cases of whooping cough tend to go in cycles, for reasons public health officials say they don’t fully understand. The last major outbreak in Wisconsin was seven years ago, in the winter of 2004 to 2005. Wisconsin News Connection

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Deadly pancreatic cancer on the rise

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becoming cancer,” meaning it wasn’t too late. Debashish operated and removed part of Decker’s pancreas. Today, she is healthy, active and cancer-free. Debashish wishes he could nip more pancreatic lesions before they become cancer, but this type of cancer usually stays under the radar until it’s advanced. “We used to believe that pancreatic cancer was very aggressive and very fast,” he said. “But that’s not true. It actually moves slowly, and we’re bad at detecting it. “If you put the disease on a 100point scale, with zero being when the first cancer cell shows up, we’re catching it at 90,” Debashish said. By the time this silent cancer presents with symptoms, he said, 85 percent of patients are not candidates for surgical correction. Complicating treatment further, tumors in the pancreas – an essential organ responsible for producing insulin and aiding digestion – don’t respond well to available chemotherapy agents. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include jaundice (which causes the skin to turn yellow), dark urine, a chalky stool, pain in the abdomen above the navel and unexplained weight loss, said Debashish. Some astute physicians spot the disease when a normal-weight patient presents with sudden-onset diabetes, he said. Currently, the best hope lies in helping the 15 percent of patients who could benefit from a pancreatic resection to get it – and today only about half do. “We are actually under-treating pancreatic cancer patients who have operable disease,” Debashish said. Even patients whose cancers are borderline inoperable can convert to surgical candidates after treating the tumor with radiation and chemo. “With quick, appropriate intervention,” he said, “we can raise the grim 6 percent survival rate.” PREVENTION TIPS To dodge deadly pancreatic cancer, surgeon Dr. Bose Debashish of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-Orlando suggests: Maintaining a healthy weight throughout your life Never smoking Eating a diet low in refined sugars, refined flour and anything packaged or processed

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Mercy Health Line Winter allergies: More common than you think

Most people don’t think of winter as an allergy season. But if you’re allergic to dust – or more accurately the mold, pollen, mites and insect parts that linger in dust – winter can be the worst time of year. When the furnace kicks on, all the dust that has settled into your carpet, atop the bookshelves and under the couch gets stirred up and wreaks havoc with your eyes, nose, sinuses and throat. House dust is not just dirt but a mixture of potentially allergenic materials, such as: • Fibers • Food particles • Mold spores • Pollens • Dust mites • Plant and insect parts • Hair, animal fur and feathers • Dried saliva and urine from pets • Flakes of human and animal skin Unlike seasonal allergies – which can come and go – household allergies know no season. While it’s impossible to completely rid your house of allergens, you can take measures to minimize your exposure and your symptoms. Dust mites are tiny microscopic relatives of the spider and live on mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains. These tiny creatures feed on the flakes of skin that people and pets shed daily and they thrive in warm and humid environments. No matter how clean a home is, dust mites can’t be totally eliminated. However, following these preventive strategies can reduce the number of mites. • Encase your mattress and pillows in dust-proof or allergen-impermeable covers (available from specialty supply mail order companies, bedding and some department stores). • Wash all bedding and blankets once a week in hot water (at least 130-140°F)

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December 14, 2012

Bundle Up drive on till January 4

Chambers of commerce and tourist centers are helping Wisconsin residents to help keep families warm this winter by participating in the Big Bundle Up campaign. Through Jan. 4, generous neighbors will be able to donate new or gently used mittens, hats, scarves, earmuffs, hats, coats, sweaters, jackets, snow pants, and other warm clothing items, all of which will be donated to local charities. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s first-ever mitten collection program that was launched last winter was an enormous success, collecting more than 3,100 [pairs of] mittens and other winter items to help warm up thousands of needy families throughout the state. Due to its widespread success, sponsors are bringing it back and making it even bigger and better. Nearly 80 tourism organizations around the state have committed to serving as drop-off locations. Wisconsin Knitwear has already donated 500 winter hats to the program.

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Delavan-Darien High School weight room opened to district residents

Delavan-Darien School District has opened its newly renovated high school fitness center and weight room to district residents. During the month of December, the facilities will be available at no cost. Afterward, the cost is $50 per person for the entire second semester of the school year (January through early June). Late sign-ups will be charged a pro-rated amount. The facilities will be open to Delavan-Darien School District community members on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Photo ID will be required upon sign-up and entrance to the facilities. The equipment in the fitness center and weight room is all new as a result of

the school district receiving a $1 million Carol White Physical Education Program Grant. Much of the equipment is made by the Cybex company, which provides equipment for professional sports leagues including the NFL and NHL. The facilities will be open to Delavan-Darien community members ages 18 and older. Those using the facility should enter the school through the south doors on the side of the school nearest the football field. There will be no public locker room access Interested parties may sign up for facility use with DDHS physical education teacher Steve Tenhagen during the open times, or by calling him at 7282642 ext. 4445.

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Ignoring the pain or masking the pain with drugs can cause serious damage to the tissues of your arm, shoulder or hand. A thorough, careful chiropractic examination may trace the source of your pain to one or more pinched spinal nerve roots. The manipulation of the vertebrae of the spine and neck may help to eliminate the nerve pressure that has contributed to the malfunction and pain. If you are experiencing pain, numbness or tingling that extends into your shoulder, arm or wrist, you may benefit from chiropractic care. Consult your chiropractor for an examination to see if chiropractic spinal adjustments can help eliminate the cause of your discomfort. Dr. Elliott can be found at Community Chiropractic Center in Walworth. Call (262) 275-1700 today to make your appointment. This column is sponsored by Community Chiropractic Center.

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with it came a blast of science, noting that a typical sneeze can consist of “40,000 particles of contagious gunk” traveling at 100 miles an hour. If that knowledge prompts Jonas, or other visitors, to block their sneezes with tissues or even their sleeves, the exhibit will have taken a step in the right direction, backers say. At the Wellbody Academy, visitors are regarded as students in a school created by fictional health-education visionary Eleanor Wellbody and developed by her nephew, Prof. Arden Wellbody. In a half-dozen exhibit stations, students learn how decisions they make every day affect their health, and can have far-reaching effects. That doesn’t mean sound choices have to be heroic. For example, one display says someone ordering a drive-in sandwich of chicken, bacon and cheese could cut the calories in half by skipping the bacon and cheese, and having the chicken grilled, rather than fried. While Jonas was at the Sneeze Wall, another B.F. Day student, Mahdi Drake El, in a different part of the exhibit, pedaled vigorously on a recumbent bicycle. The lighted display in front of him said he'd have to pedal like that for 20 minutes to burn off a single, 12-ounce sugary soft drink. Mahdi said the exhibit reinforces what he’s been learning about nutrition at school, and he’s making a point of eating more salads. Other students, in a cafeteria-like display, selected disks representing various types of food gliding by on a conveyor belt, and placing them into an “analyzer” that displayed their calorie count and nutritional value. Pacific Science Center President Bryce Seidl said the exhibit embodies a transformation at the center, which is “trying to become a more vital connection” between scientific research and people's everyday lives. Seidl credited Group Health with helping to get the project under way with an initial $50,000 grant. Over time, the health cooperative raised its contribution to $750,000. Group Health President Scott Armstrong said the motivation for the exhibit stems partly from a troubling fact: that today’s younger generation is the first in history expected to live shorter lives that their parents. To an extent, he said, that can be blamed on poor lifestyle choices, eating unhealthful foods and not getting enough physical activity. ©2012 Seattle Times Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Experts offer holiday spending tips

Wisconsin’s credit unions offer the following spending tips to result in a happier holiday, and post-holiday. • Make a Budget and a List. To avoid impulse buys, decide how much you can afford to spend and stay within that budget. Make a price list of all gifts and other holiday items you plan to purchase. • Check It Twice. Make sure your list includes all the projects and activities that make up your holiday. It’s easy to overlook expenses for holiday foods, party clothes, holiday décor and postage. Decide what’s worth it. • Comparison Shop. You can easily save more than 10 percent on most items, sometimes much more, by comparing prices at different stores. The Internet and smart phones have made comparison shopping that much easier. But be careful online. Purchase only from secure sites and review emailed statements for accuracy. • Make Time Your Ally. When you delay, you pay. At the last minute, you have to settle for something, and it might cost more than expected. After Christmas when items are marked down for clearance is a good time to shop for next year’s presents. By starting early, you’ll have more time to find the “right” gift and avoid impulsive decisions. • Pay Off Debts Quickly. You’ll spend less if you pay in cash. If you must use credit, use a lower-interest card [Promotion Alert!] (you’ll often find lower rates on credit union cards) and pay it off as soon as possible. Don’t borrow more than you can repay in several months. If you only make the minimum payment, you may never pay off the debt.

• Open a Christmas Club Account. These low or no interest accounts provide a practical way to save over time. Ask to have funds transferred automatically from your checking to this account every month. Regular saving reinforces your good budget intentions. • Check your Supplies. You may have more wrapping paper, ribbons, unused cards and gift boxes from last season than you realize. Use those supplies first to limit the amount you’ll have to buy this season. • Understand Layaway. Know the payment schedule and read the fine print. Be realistic about how these payments fit your spending plan and what you can afford. Understand policies including time between payments and schedule of payments, service fees, late and cancellation fee policies, refunds and exchanges. • Be Smart with Gift Cards. Read the fine print about expiration and fees. If you get a gift card, use it sooner rather than later to avoid forgetting about unused balances on the card, or forgetting the card altogether. You might also use any card you’ve received to shop this year. They can help reduce your out-ofpocket expenses. • Pay Attention to the Return Policy. Don’t be surprised by some stores’ tighter policies. Pay attention, keep receipts and note time limits, restocking fees, and other factors that may affect your recipient. • Find Low- or No-Cost Ways to Celebrate. Draw names to limit the number of people for whom you purchase gifts; give homemade items; make your own gift wrap; organize a potluck to share meal costs.

Gov. Walker says he’s not interested in Arizona-style immigration reform

By Shawn Johnson Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll try to stop an Arizona-style immigration law from passing the Wisconsin legislature. It’s an idea Wisconsin lawmakers talked about last year. Arizona’s immigration law requires police to ask people about their immigration status if officers suspect they’re in the country illegally. As a candidate for governor during a Republican primary campaign in 2010, Walker said he would sign such a law. But the governor reversed his position when asked about it Dec. 5 by reporters. “I think that would be a huge distraction for us in the state. and so it’s one where certainly I hope areas I’ve mentioned are priorities,” he said. “I don’t think that falls into one of those priorities, so I certainly hope the legislature won’t spend a lot of time focusing on it.”

Walker’s comments are similar to those of other top Republicans in the wake of the 2012 election, where Hispanic votes went overwhelmingly to President Obama. The governor didn’t promise to veto such a law if it reached his desk, but he came close. “I’d push to make sure it didn’t come up,” he said. “I’m not going to make any veto promises on any legislation right now. My priorities are the five I’ve laid out and I’m going to spend my time and effort trying to push the legislature to act on things that fit within those five priorities.” The five priorities Walker mentioned, broadly cover economic and infrastructure development as well as changes to government and education. Republicans flirted with the idea of pushing an Arizona-style immigration law last session in Wisconsin, but it never went anywhere.



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Delavan-Darien High School Students agree Reality Expo is valuable

By Mike Heine DELAVAN — Active learning and a bit of creative budgeting were taking place on Nov. 29 at Delavan-Darien High School as students participating in the school’s first Financial Reality Expo did their best to make their monthly incomes stretch to cover their living expenses. Almost all students who participated agreed it was an eye-opener when they realized how much money it takes to pay for daily living expenses. Students came to appreciate the stress involved in balancing a family budget and have gained a new respect for their caregivers. And yes, parents and guardians, they promised to think twice before saying they need something, when in fact, the need is really a want, said DDHS Business Education Teacher Carrie Schuknecht. “Students walked away from the expo with the knowledge that they may have to sacrifice their wants in order to afford their needs,” she added. Students were also grateful for the opportunity to interact with community business members and volunteers dispensed expert advice to those seeking it in a variety of areas, including: insurance, the cost of buying a home and vehicle, investments, daycare, checkbook maintenance, and balancing a budget. “It was an excellent networking opportunity for students who are looking for part-time employment,” Schuknecht said. One of the biggest eye-openers for students was learning about the costs of daycare. Many students reflected about

how important it is to be able to provide for a family before starting one. All students who participated agreed that having children in daycare has a profound impact on the household budget, Schuknecht said. The expo is always a hot topic of conversation after students experience it. They walk away with a genuine appreciation of the event. In sharing their experiences with friends and teachers, students speak of the importance of saving money when they are young, not spending cash if they don’t have it, how expensive it is to live, the importance of

Lake Geneva Laundry Cleaners is giving local folks an opportunity to clean their closets and make a difference in their community by making it easy for them to donate coats and winter gear that they no longer need. Donors can simply take a new or gently used winter coat to the Cleaners’ Lake Geneva or Elkhorn location. Lake Geneva Laundry Cleaners will clean the coats and make any necessary minor repairs before giving them to Calvary Community Church Clothing Outreach for distribution to Walworth County

people in need. People who donate a usable coat at any time through January 12 will also receive a coupon for $5 off a dry cleaning/laundry order. Coats are needed for both adults and children in all sizes. Other winter apparel such as hats, gloves, scarves and snow pants are needed as well. Coats can be dropped off during business hours at either of the company’s two locations: 914 Williams St. in Lake Geneva or 433 E. Geneva St. in Elkhorn.

Students from DDHS College Accounting course help students participating in the Reality Fair and make sure they covered all their expenses for the month. (Photo by DDHS senior Kyle Forster.)

having a budget to see where the money goes, and more. This Reality Expo event is a part of the curriculum for all students in Business and Personal Finance, a required class that must be taken during junior or senior year. Students taking other business courses and the Life Skills course joined in

this year’s activity, too. Students from Elkhorn Area High School also participated in the exercise. This year’s Reality Expo was made possible with the support and help of local businesses and community volunteers including: Educators Credit Union, Community Bank of Delavan, Asso-ciated Bank, First National Bank and Trust, Keefe Realty, Shorewest Realtors, Kunes Country Auto Group, Staples, McDonald’s, Edwards Jones Investments, Harvestpoint, Dutton Welding & Millwright, Alli-Mc-B’s, UW-Whitewater, Sharon Gonzalez, Roxann Kelton, Mark Zugay, Gloria Esquivel, Pam Hoyord, Barb and Dave Stebnitz, Ron Nelson, Peg Stackowick, Peggy Fleck, Diane Doerr, Cheryl Kaufenberg, Mary Kennedy, Kris Klewin-Garbe, Joyce Vriezen, LuAnn Vriezen, Vince Buttita, Erin Fritzinger, Stepanie and Mackenzie Stronach, Linda Alberth, Pat Smith, Wayne and Maria Osborn, Barb Bauer, Theresa Davis, Officer Tom Reichert and Deputies Brandon Bales and Mayra Iniguez, as well as College and Payroll Accounting students Cody Chelminiak, Scott Eckman, Micah Heath, Michael Hennessey, Macall Hill, Brendan Huber, Ethan Lewandowski, Lee Schramski, Cristian Torres, Vanessa Vaughn, Schuyler Williams, Lane Brinkmeyer and Margarita Rodriguez.

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Members of the White River Cycle Club (from left) Mike Hurlburt, Bob and Kathy Reed and Mike Lange, donate two bicycles to Jo Anne Willming, Coordinator of the Walworth County Dept. of Health & Human Services Holiday Care Program. There are currently 898 families registered to participate in the Give Away Day and Adopt a Family programs, which increased from 637 families in 2011. Anyone interested in learning more about the White River Cycle Club, a non-profit social organization, may visit www.whiterivercycleclub.com. (Photo furnished)

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“In October 1956, Heinkel introduced the Kabine 153 (three-wheeler) and 154 (four wheeler) with the trusty four-stroke motor enlarged to 203cc. From March 1957 this was reduced to 198cc for insurance reasons. “A license to build the Heinkel was also sold to Argentina, where some 2,000 examples were sold until 1961. These were fitted with external air filters because of dust problems. “Demand was high for the enormously popular Tourist scooter, and also for the various motors being supplied to other firms, so there was increased demand for more production space in the Heinkel factories. “Despite a production of some 50 cars a day, the Kabine was losing between 400 and 500 Marks ($100 to $125) per car. This, combined with the

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Selling Christmas wreaths for Boy Scout Troop #237 outside Walworth State Bank in Williams Bay on Saturday, Dec. 8, are (from left) Jeff Spolarich, Brian Wolski and Tyler Alheid. (Beacon photo)


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The University of WisconsinExtension, Walworth County, is accepting registration for the Level I Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) program. This program is specifically designed, through the University of Wisconsin, to train people in all areas of horticulture, who in turn aid UW-Extension educators by using their knowledge to volunteer for projects to benefit their local community and help people better understand horticulture and the environment. The classes are highly interactive and designed for everyone. Whether they are a beginner or an experienced gardener, there is always something new to learn. During class, instructors will break down the fundamentals of horticulture and use them as building blocks to explore the how’s and why’s of plant growth, vegetables, fruits, plant diseases, insects, turf, and much more. This training provides a strong foundation in which participants can continuously build upon and bring their knowledge into the communities through horticulture volunteer projects. Master Gardener Volunteers operate under UW-Extension organizational policies when delivering information to the public.

To become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, participants must be at least 18 years of age, attend 12 general training classes, pass the open-book take-home exam with a score of 70 percent or better, complete a minimum of 24 volunteer service hours before Oct. 2013 and complete a background check and a volunteer agreement form prior the beginning of classes. The class fee is $200, which includes a copy of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program Manual, all class materials for the 12-week MGV training course, name badge and a one-year membership to both the Walworth County Master Gardener Association and the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association. Most classes will be held at the Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, on Thursday evenings from 5:15 8:15 p.m., beginning January 24 and continuing on January 31, February 7 and 21, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, April 11 and 25, May 2, 16 and 23. For more information on this program and to receive a registration form, contact Chrissy Wen, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator, at 741-4951, or visit http://wal worth.uwex.edu/horticulture/.

The Delavan-Darien Rotary Club met on Dec 10 at Greenies Clubhouse at Delbrook Golf Course to celebrate Christmas and the club's 90th Anniversary. The club was chartered in November 1922 as the 1,277th club in Rotary. Today, there are more than 34,000 clubs in Rotary International. The Club's first president was L.L. Littefield. Other notable presidents include charter member I.B. Davies, superintendant of schools. I.B. Davies became the only DelavanDarien Rotarian to ever serve as District Governor, in 1941-42. I.B.’s son, Schuyler

Davies was club president in 1957-58. Other well known Delavan names such as Fritz Johannesen, Robert S. Betzer, Joe Walters, Dave Austin, Dr. Ken Morrison, Dr Tom Schuetz and Jim Saer served as club presidents. The Club's signature accomplishment was establishing the Delavan Rotary Gardens in Congdon Park, now known as the Congdon Gardens. Eleven former presidents attended the evening’s events. City of Delavan Administrator Denise Pieroni is the club’s 91st President. The club meets Mondays at Lake Lawn Resort at noon.

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By Marjie Reed Imagine being able to relive a childhood Christmas memory you thought was lost forever. That’s happened to me and because of the incredible internet I’m thrilled to share it with you. Like many living in the Midwest, I too, am a transplant; I grew up outside Philadelphia. At Christmas, we looked forward to visiting Wa n a m a - k e r ’s department store in Philadel-phia to see their magMarjie Reed n i f i c e n t C h r i s t m a s extravaganza and – The Eagle. To understand the full import of this experience, you must realize that John Wanamaker purchased the organ from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and had it enlarged and improved over the years. Now it is one of the largest working pipe organs in the world, boasting 28,543 pipes. The largest pipe is 32 feet long and wide enough for a pony to stand tall inside. The smallest pipe is one quarter of an inch long – too tiny to hold a hunchbacked inchworm. The console

dred years ago, “Meet me at the Eagle,” has been a standard Philadelphia phrase for a place to gather with friends. The Wannamaker family trust sold the store in 1978 and it went through a number of ownerships, finally becoming a Macy’s store in 2006. Now, let me share a Christmas surprise from 2010 that took place within the atrium. Please imagine with me that it is October 30 of that year, you are in Macy’s casually trying on shoes, getting a makeover or buying a coat when suddenly the great organ thunders to life with the familiar strains of the Hallelujah Chorus. Even more unexpected than the organ was that, suddenly, hundreds of shoppers, including businessmen and women begin singing the wondrous strains of Handel’s masterpiece. It turns out that the singers were all members of the Philadelphia Opera who met that day at an appointed time to bring what they called, “A Random Act of Culture” to those shopping in the store. The shoppers looked startled, then puzzled, then joyful as many of them couldn’t help but join in. Nearly everyone stopped and joined hearts in the store in the middle of their working and shopping day and sang together those immortal words, “For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth – Hallelujah!

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December 14, 2012

Report says public schools are outperforming charter schools

By Gilman Halsted A self-proclaimed grassroots think tank has released a report that analyzes the effect child poverty has on educational achievement in Wisconsin schools. It finds that public schools outperform charter schools despite the higher number of poor children who attend public schools. The report released by Forward Wisconsin takes the data from the statewide school report cards produced by the Department of Public Instruction and adjusts them by including child poverty statistics for each school. The results show that nearly half the variation in the state report card results can be explained by the number of poor children attending those schools. Scott Witkopf, author of the study, says the results show public schools are doing a better job than charter schools despite the fact they are teaching a larger number of economically disadvantaged children. “Contrary to assumptions that nontraditional charter schools would be more effective through creating competitive choice, Wisconsin’s public schools sig-

nificantly out-performed charter schools overall,” he said. “This finding was especially evident in schools with high poverty enrollment.” State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says the report will help fuel the debate in the legislature this year when education funding bills are expected to be introduced. “We will see a return of a discussion of the choice program beyond Racine and Milwaukee area, and we will likely see changes in the charter school law,” she said. Vinehout predicted the most contentious debate will likely center around providing scholarship funds to special needs students who choose to attend charter schools. Wisconsin Public Radio News

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Pet Questions and Answers

By Marc Morro n e Q: My cat has an upper respiratory infection, and my vet gave me some Clavimox pills to give to her twice a day. The vet showed me how to do it. He was able to give her the pill just fine in the office, but I can’t manage it at all. I’ve tried to use those pill pockets that you hide the pill in, but she just eats around it and squeezes the pill out. Do you have any other tricks I can try? I was thinking about crushing up the pill and mixing it in her food, but I wasn’t sure if that would compromise it at all. A: Giving a cat a pill is one of the few things in the world I am good at, but it took me a long time to develop the skills to move my hands fast enough and in a way that I can poke the pill down it’s throat without it knowing what’s going on. It’s hard to put the technique into words. The best person to talk to is the vet who prescribed the medication. If you just inform him that the cat is the winner in the battle of the pill, then most likely he can prescribe the medication in a liquid form that will be easier to administer. Never mix the medication in the cat’s food without consulting the vet first. Each medication acts in a specific way, and only a vet can inform you of the correct way to proceed. Q: My dog is infested with fleas for the first time ever this late in the season. Our neighborhood was hit really badly by superstorm Sandy. Do you think that all the flooding that occurred may have had something to do with this surge of fleas? We had seawater in our neighborhood that was five feet high, and I wonder if this altered the environment somehow. A: A disaster the scope of Sandy has never happened in this area before. It would take a person more knowledgeable than I to say what environmental impact such a thing can cause. Fleas are pretty tough, though, and can withstand a lot of abuse. The flood

may have drowned a few and displaced others, but there are always more. I think this is because our winters are warmer each year, so more fleas survive them into spring. I have had to use flea control on my dogs and cats up until Christmas. It has been this way for many years. Q: I have a question about birds that have just recently been attracted to a river birch just outside our bedroom window. As soon as the sun rises, the birds fly to the tree and then seem to be attracted to my bedroom windows. They fly from the birch tree right into the windows, smashing into them and acting like an early morning alarm clock. Do you have any suggestions on how we can alter this behavior? A: Tree branches are reflected in the glass of your bedroom windows and the birds – most likely starlings – are flying into the glass to land on the branches they see in it. They do not actually see into your bedroom and, if they could, there is absolutely nothing in it to attract them. The only way to prevent this is to put paper on the outside of the window so the birds do not see the reflections of the branches anymore. Putting the paper on the inside of the glass will not eliminate the reflections. Starlings will roost in large flocks at night in the winter. Your birch tree must have just recently attracted them so they are still figuring out their favorite roosting spots in it. After a few weeks of the paper being on the window, they will all have found their favorite spots and will become less likely to be lured by reflections. Birds in the springtime like to fight with their reflections in windows, but this situation is different because they are only looking to perch in the branches they are seeing. Q: We just got a Labrador puppy from a breeder. We are feeding her the same brand of food she was eating there. I would like to know if I need to add any

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By Kathi West Peg Stachowiak opened her home to quilt friends last Saturday to see her Christmas quilts. The entire house is decorated with Christmas throws, wall hangings, quilts in window frames, window valences, quilts on beds and more. It was a joy to see all her beautiful work. It was also fun to see other quilters there and enjoy a cup of coffee and homemade goodies. Quilt buddies are the nicest people. QUILT GUILD SCHEDULES Chocolate City Quilters meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Burlington High School library, 400 McCanna Parkway. The Crazy Quilt Guild Quilters meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 231 Roberts Drive in Mukwonago The Harvard Village Quilters meet the third Wednesday of the

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month at 1 P.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church 504 East Diggins Street Harvard, IL. Guests are Welcome. Quilts of Valor Quilt Group meets the 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 that have served in the military. Bring your sewing machine, fabric to make a QOV quilt or a quilt that you have started and any sewing tools you will need. There will be no meeting in December. The Scrappers Quilt Guild meets on the third Tuesday, of every month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lions Field House on Hwy 67 in Williams Bay. Remember to bring your latest project to show and tell. Guests are always welcome. There is no meeting in December. The Stone Mill Quilters meet the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational

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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 17 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. • 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. • 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. • 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/ • Story Times Tuesdays at 10 a.m and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Same books and crafts both days. • Scrabble Club 10 a.m. - noon Wednesdays. • Knitting Circle, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Take a project to work on. • The Saturday Morning Book Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. The January 12 book discussion will be on “Me and Emma” by Elizabeth Flock. The February 9 book discussion will be on “Lighthouse Road” by Peter Geye. • Fall story times, Tuesdays 10 a.m. and Thursdays 1:30 p.m. Same books and crafts both days • “What Are Teens Reading?” book group meets the third Wednesday (Dec. 19) of the month at 7 p.m. This group is for parents to read and review teen books. Stop at the library to pick from a great selection of YA books. • Ongoing sale of a great selection of used books. Browse Barrett for Books. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2452709 or e-mail [email protected] wi.us. ! ! ! Brigham Memorial Library, 131 Plain

Nancy Mancuso is the Geneva Lake Art Association’s Artist of the Month for December. Originally from Chicago, Mancuso is a long time Wisconsin resident. She has worked in many of the shops in Lake Geneva, where she also exhibited her oil paintings. Her work can currently be seen at Kismet Gifts, Global Hands, Balance Bath and Body, and Lake Geneva Creperie, as well as The Green Grocer, Clear Waters Salon and Day Spa in Williams Bay. Her work can be seen at 918 W. Main Street in Lake Geneva during regular Library hours throughout December. (Photo furnished)

St., Sharon. • Story Time, Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. A theme will unite a story and craft. Snacks will be available. • Young adult book club, every second Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ! ! ! Darien Public Library, 47 Park St., Darien. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 882-5155. • Wireless Internet now available. Bring your laptop and ask at the desk how to access the wireless connection. • Ongoing book sale. • The schedule for our popular free adult computer classes is now available. Stop in or call 882-5155 for information. ! ! ! East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094 Graydon Ave., East Troy. • Book club, 6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of each month. • Story time, 11 – 11:45 a.m., for children and their caregivers. Registration required. • Story Time, Fridays, 11:30 a.m., for ages 18 months – 4 years. For more information, call 426-6262. ! ! ! Fontana Public Library, 166 Second Ave., Fontana. • Happy-to-Be-Here Book Club, first Thursday of each month, 1 p.m. • Evening Book Club, third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2755107 for more information. ! ! ! Genoa City Public Library, 126 Freeman St., Genoa City. • Story time and craft time, Fridays, 10 a.m. For kids ages 3-5 and siblings. • Ongoing book sale. Donations of new or slightly used books, including children’s books, may be dropped off at the library. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2796188 for more information. ! ! ! Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. The library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. • The Library Board of Trustees invites the community to provide warmth and comfort to needy people in Lake Geneva by donating winter accessories. The Library will accept mittens, hats, and scarves to be placed on an evergreen Giving Tree located by the

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lakeside window opposite the Library entrance. New or hand-knit donations of all sizes for men, women, and children of all ages will be appreciated through Friday, January 3. Hand-knit items are especially appreciated. Members of the Board of Trustees will collect the donations and distribute them to local charities. Receipts for tax purposes are available on request. For more information about how to donate to the Giving Tree, please call the Lake Geneva Public Library at (262) 249-5299. • Preschool story time Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Children ages 2-5 years are especially encouraged to attend this half hour reading program. However, families and children of all ages are also invited. Each week, library staff read aloud stories that are often based on a seasonal theme. The event may include singing, dancing, and other participatory activities. • Generations-on-line computer tutoring is now available for senior citizens. Tutors will be available Tuesdays from 10 – 11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 2 – 3 p.m. in the library’s reference room. The goal of the program is to provide seniors with beginning computer skills and to interest them in exploring elementary uses of the World Wide Web and e-mail. Interested senior citizens may sign up at the reference desk or call the Library at 2495299 to make a reservation. Volunteer tutors are made possible by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The laptop computer used for the tutoring sessions was made possible by a grant received by Lakeshores from the Racine Community Foundation and administered by Generations on Line. For more information, call the library at 249-5299 or visit the Library Web site, www. lakegeneva.lib.wi.us. ! ! ! Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Open Monday Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 723-2678. • Afternoon Book Club, Wednesday, December 19 at 2 p.m. will host a thought provoking discussion of “29 Gifts” by Cami Walker. Please call to register. • Friends of Matheson Memorial Library Meeting, Wednesday December 19 at 6:30 p.m. The "Friends" are a fundraising group for the library. They provide monetary donations and volunteer hours to improve and expand upon library programs and services. • Classic Movie for Seniors, Friday, December 28 at 10 a.m., showing “Harvey,” which stars Jimmy Stewart. In this 1950s film, Elwood P. Dowd is a mild-mannered, pleasant man, who just happens (he says) to have an invisible friend resembling a 6-foot rabbit. • Matheson Memorial Library hosts two book clubs per month. The Page Turners meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the Afternoon Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. You can checkout a copy of the book club selection 3-4 weeks prior to the book club

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meeting. All meetings are held at the library and are facilitated by staff librarians. • Story times are about 30 minutes and are filled with books, songs and more. Each week will bring something new. No registration required. Toddlers on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Books n Babies on Thursday at 10 a.m.; Preschool age on Wednesday at 10 a.m.; and Tiny Tots 2nd and 4th Monday at 6:30 p.m. We Explore, ages 3+, Friday 10 a.m. • The Lego Building Club for all ages meets every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the community center. Each meeting will feature a different building theme. Creations will be displayed in the library and online. Lego donations greatly appreciated. Messy Art Club meets on the alternate Thursday at 3:30 p.m. • Elkhorn Area Writers’ Group, Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. in the Mary Bray Room, upper level of the library, for anyone who wishes to share their writing. Each member is allowed equal time to share work with others: poems, manuscripts, short stories, etc. Please bring at least five copies of each selected work for review. We all benefit from the power of collaboration. Questions? Email: elkhorn [email protected] • The Walworth County Genealogical Society Library is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. and by appointment, which can be made by calling the WCGS librarian at 215-0118. A board member will always be there to render assistance if needed. To obtain membership information or find literature regarding Walworth County, visit walworthcgs.com. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Call 7232678 or visit www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us for more. ! ! ! Twin Lakes Community Library, 110 S. Lake Ave., Twin Lakes. 877-4281. Hours: Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday 12-4 p.m. • Senior Coffee Hour, 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month will feature healthy refreshments, programs for seniors, good conversation, and of course, coffee. • 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 K on Thursday, Dec. 20, all from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Registration required. Call today. ! ! ! 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. 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, DEC. 1 4 American Red Cro s s B l o o d 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. 1 8 Wa l w o rt h - J e ff e r s o n County Chapter, I c e A g e Tr a i l A l l i a n c e, 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. 1 9 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. S ATURDAY, DEC. 2 2 C o o k i e Wa l k, 9-11 a.m., Delavan United Methodist Church, 213 S. 2nd St., Delavan. Enjoy a cup of cocoa or cider as you shop our array of specialty holiday cookies and candies. Sugar-free varieties also available. Handicapped accessible. UMW bazaar items for sale. 728-3644. TUESDAY, DEC. 2 5 Delavan American Legion 51st annual Christmas Day Dinner. Doors open at 10 a.m., carry-outs will go out at approximately. 11:30 and sit down dinner at the Legion will take place at around noon. Anyone who needs a ride or wants a dinner delivered within the Delavan area, please call the Legion 728-8948 only between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to ensure that someone will receive your call and get the information needed to either pick you up or deliver your meal. S ATURDAY, DEC. 2 9 News Years Carnival, 5-7 p.m., Lions Field House, Hwy. 67, north, Williams Bay. Crafts, music, food and fun for the whole family. The event is free. Call 245-2720 to sign up to bring food or drinks to share. ~ ~ ~ Ongoing events ~ ~ ~ American Legion Auxiliary , 6:45 p.m., the second Monday of each month at the Legion Hall on Second Street in Delavan. The group raises money for scholarships and to send gifts at Christmas time to the servicemen and women that are hospitalized due to injuries while in combat. Smelt and fish fry , 5:30-7:30 p.m., fourth Friday of the month at the Delavan American Legion, 111 S. Second St. in Delavan. $8.50 for smelt, tilapia, salads and dessert. Full bar available. 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 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Peoples Bank, 837 Wisconsin St, Elkhorn. The public is always welcome. Contact Jim at 6425694. Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge # 1 2, 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.

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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 Circ l e . 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. B i n g o, second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Delavan American Legion hall, 111 S. 2nd St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., a 15-game session begins at 6:30. Progressive session follows. $1 face, progressive pot grows until it is won. $100 consolation prize. B i n g o, 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. B i n g o, 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 . B i n g o, 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) 8408878. C i v i l Air Patro l, 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. Rob-ert Thomas at (262) 642-7541. Authors Echo Writers gro u p m e e t i n g, 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] B e g i n n i n g y o u t h c l o g g i n g l e ss o n s (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 email [email protected] Support Our Tro o p s r a l l y, 11 a.m., Mondays, second floor of the Government Center (formerly the Walworth County Courthouse), downtown Elkhorn on the square. The names of servicemen and service women with ties to Walworth County who are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read. Call Bob Webster at 275-6587 for more information. • • • • Cards and games, Mondays, 1 – 4 p.m. Darien Senior Center, 47 Park St., Darien. Call 882-3774. Thursday Senior Card Club, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Matheson Memorial

Library Community Room, Elkhorn. Bridge, 500 or bring your own group. Call Judy at 723-1934 or Liz at 723-5036 for more information. ~S ENIOR GROUP OF WALWORTH COUNTY~ P i n o c h l e, 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. S h e e p s h e a d, every Friday 8:3011:30 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Elkhorn. ~ HEALTH AND FITNESS ~ I n t e n t i o n a l M e d i t a t i o n C i rc l e brings together the Intender’s Group and Meditation Circle, both of which have proven benefits for your life. Group meets weekly on Fridays 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Essential Yoga, 422 N Wisconsin St, Elkhorn. All levels welcome; come as your schedule allows. Free-will offering accepted. For more information contact Laurie Dionne Asbeck, 745-4051. Check Essential Yoga’s website, www.essential yoga.net, weekly for schedule changes. Al anon self help program, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, VIP building, 816 E. Geneva St., across from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn. Mindfulness and Loving kindne ss M e di tati on each Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at Elkhorn Matheson Memorial Library Community Center Room, 101 N. Wisconsin St. Beginners and experienced practitioners are always welcome. No registration is necessary, just drop in. Meditation is practice for being more awake and attentive in our daily lives. Sponsored by Wisconsin Blue Lotus, a meditation group led by Buddhist nun Vimala (Judy Franklin). For more information, call 203-0120, or visit www.bluelotustemple.org. P o s t Traumatic Stress Disorder Group, third Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., at Delavan American Legion Post 95, 111 South Second Street, Delavan. The group is led by Dr. John Jansky. This group is made up of people who have PTSD for many different reasons, they are not all veterans. Everyone is welcome. Divorce Support Group, free and open to the public. Divorce Support is an educational and supportive 12-week program, meeting on Tuesday evenings 7 – 8:30 p.m. The program will cover topics such as grief, stress, guilt, dating and spiri-

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tuality. Classes are held weekly in the safe, private and confidential environment of Luther Memorial Church in Delavan, to work through some of the most difficult and emotional issues of divorce. Childcare is provided (at minimal fee), please inform when registering. Must register by October 15. For more information visit www.luthermemori al.org. To register email: [email protected] memorial.org, or call 7286482. Free blood pressure scre e n i n g , courtesy of The Walworth County Public Health Department on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Walworth County Public Health office, located at the east entrance of the Department of Health and Human Services building, W4051 County Road NN, Elkhorn. The screenings are open to all. Contact the Health Department at 7413140 for more information. Free blood pressure scre e n i n g , last Friday of every month, 2 - 4 p.m., Williams Bay Care Center, 146 Clover St., Williams Bay. Narc o t i c s Anonymous meetings in the southern lakes area. Call (877) 4344346 (toll free) for times and locations. White River Cycle Club, 7 p.m., VIP Services, 811 E. Geneva St., Elkhorn, second Tuesday of each month. Contact Mike Lange for more information at 7235666. Lake Geneva Alzheimer’s s u pport group, 6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the month. Arbor Village of Geneva Crossing, 201 Townline Road, Lake Geneva. Call Andy Kerwin at 248-4558. A l z h e i m e r ' s / D e m e n t i a s u p p o rt g ro u p , third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m., Delavan Community Bank Community Center located at 826 E. Geneva Street in Delavan. Call Bob Holland at 472-0958 or Arlene Torrenga at 728-6393 with questions. Alzheimer’s Support Group, second Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. at Brolen Park Assisted Living, 2119 Church Street, East Troy. Facilitated by Melissa Wason, 642-9955. Alzheimer’s Support Group, first Thursday of the month, 1:30 p.m., Hearthstone/Fairhaven, 426 W. North Street, Whitewater. Facilitators: Janet Hardt, Darlene Zeise 473-8052. Respite care is available with no advance notice. Road to Recovery : Men’s grief support group, second Monday of each month, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Aurora VNA of Wisconsin, 500 Interchange North, Lake Geneva. 2495860. (Continued on page 27)

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Holiday toy drive to benefit homeless through Twin Oaks

Area residents and visitors will have an opportunity this year to spread some holiday cheer to those in need by participating in Lake Lawn Resort’s Holiday Toy Drive. The resort is collecting new, or gently used, toys until Dec. 22 at the front desk. In return, all toy donors will receive coupons redeemable for discounts on spa services, dining and more at Lake Lawn outlets. All donations will be presented to the Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter of Walworth County. “We want to ensure that less advantaged children, families and adults have the best holiday season and a brighter look towards the future,” said Lake Lawn General Manager Dave Sekeres. “We hope to help as many families as possible this holiday season, but our goal is only as good as the people who participate.” Twin Oaks is interested in toys for children of all ages, from infants and

toddlers to older children and tweens. Examples of toys to donate include sporting equipment, beach toys, dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, puzzles and art supplies. Toys don’t need to be wrapped when donated. As the only emergency shelter in Walworth County, Twin Oaks provides homeless families and individuals with a safe, caring place to stay as they work to resolve their housing crises. Twin Oaks houses as many as 175 people and generally has a waiting list. Over the past 10 years, Twin Oaks has helped more than 800 households, or about 1,900 residents. Every year, close to half of those who stay at Twin Oaks are children, as many of those served at the shelter are families. For more information about Twin Oaks Shelter or how to get involved, visit com munity-action.org. Any questions about the toy drive can be directed to Lake Lawn Resort at (800) 338-5253.

Robert Klockars, Chairman of the Geneva Lake Conservancy, with Mary King, recipient of Conservation Stewardship Award. (Photo furnished)

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On December 1, the Geneva Lake Conservancy held its annual winter gala fundraiser, Keepin’ It Green 2012 Holly Ball, at Big Foot Country Club in Fontana. As part of this annual fundraiser, the Conservancy recognizes a person for conservation contributions to the area. This year’s award was presented to Mary King. Robert Klockars, GLC chairman, presented the award to King. “Mary King has set an example through her consistency, dedication and follow-through,” Klockars said. “We are thankful for all of her efforts and are honored to present this award to her.” King has been the recipient of other prestigious awards, among them the Lakeland Audubon Conservation Award,

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Illinois to legalize concealed carry

Gun-toting Badgers may soon feel more comfortable visiting Illinois. In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago on December 11 ruled the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons is unconstitutional and gave Illinois Legislators 180 days to come up with a law legalizing concealed carry. In a split opinion, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons. Illinois is the only state with an outright prohibition on concealed carry.

“We are disinclined to engage in another round of historical analysis to determine whether eighteenth-century America understood the Second Amendment to include a right to bear guns outside the home,” Judge Richard Posner wrote in the court’s majority opinion. “The Supreme Court has decided that the amendment confers a right to bear arms for self-defense, which is as important outside the home as inside. The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense,” he continued.

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The Delavan Downtown Business Association has two Christmas card designs this year. Therese Duszynski’s “Sneaking to the Post Office” (above) and Tim Carson’s “Checking It Twice” honoring Bradley’s 160th Anniversary were both made into Christmas cards, which are on sale at $1.95 each or 6 for $10 at Bradley’s Dept. Store, Brick Street Market, Lubick Gallery, and Remember When. The Downtown Business Association also has Delavan-themed coasters, postcards, note cards, shopping bags and magnets available. (Photo furnished)

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By Richard Simon Among Superstorm Sandy victims still struggling to recover is Liberty Island. The Statue of Liberty remains indefinitely closed to the public due to damage on the island, joining another shuttered national icon, the Washington Monument, which has been closed due to damage from an Aug. 23, 2011, earthquake. The statue, the pedestal and base came through the storm, which made landfall Oct. 29 in southern New Jersey, without significant damage. But the docks that bring visitors to the island were seriously damaged, and more than half of the bricks in the walkway that circles the island in New York Harbor were dislodged and tossed about as water came

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The point(s) of the holidays

By Celia Rivenbark You might wonder what kind of wing nut would join Weight Watchers for the first time exactly 10 days before Thanksgiving. A sensible person would wait until Jan. 2, when beloved holiday treats like jam thumbprint cookies, peanut butter blossoms, sand dunes, homemade coconut cake, rum balls, spiced pecans and those delectable sausagecheese balls aren’t around to tempt and torment a dieter. Y e a h , you’d think that committing to a diet program before Thanksgiving would be a terrible idea. And it was. Celia Rivenbark Mostly because I’ve become obsessed with how many Weight Watchers “points” are in a particular food. More turkey? Sure; that’s just 5 points. Stuffing? You crazy? That could use up all my weekly 49 “bonus points” allotment. Of course, I joined Weight Watchers because it works. Everyone says so. Look at new WW spokeswoman Jessica Simpson. That is look at her in the roughly eight weeks she managed not to be pregnant. Some days, I don’t even know why I joined. After all, I can still fit into my high school...car. Because my weight loss goal is about 15 pounds, I have to admit I was hoping that I’d get a few “But you don’t need to do that’s.” Instead, as I announced to everyone (including the supermarket meat department guy who wears a hairnet over his beard) that I had joined WW, they said, to a person, “Oh, yeah? Good for you.” Not a single: “But

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hometown, Wittenberg, didn’t appear until the 18th century, and family celebrations around a tree didn’t become common until the end of that century. But Luther had encouraged the celebration of Christmas; for a long time, Christmas trees in Germany, sometimes called Lutherbäume, were considered a Protestant thing. “The attraction of all things green, colorful, and glittering in the cold season is

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Christian icons. Changes in home architecture that led to sitting rooms and parlors also provided a convenient place for Christmas trees. Tree decorations have evolved over the centuries, too. Until the 19th century, nuts, sweets, baked goods and other edibles were the chief decor. Christian symbols became increasingly common in the 19th century. Tinsel, he contends, was inspired by the silver- and gold-plated copper wire left over from metal work. Some trees sported Dresdens, three-dimensional paper ornaments named after the city. Glass ornaments grew out of the glassblowing craft of Germany’s central region. The tradition of placing an angel or another fancy object on the top of the three also grew in the 19th century, when fewer trees were hung from rafters or joists. Candles were the first Christmas tree lights. They could be dangerous, and people and houses were burned. Striving for safer illumination, one inventor made a gaslit cast-iron Christmas tree in the 1870s. That didn’t catch on, but electric lights did. Brunner even addresses the history of the humble but necessary Christmas tree stand, without dwelling on the fingers that get caught in them. In times of adversity, he said, people were known to cut a rutabaga in half, and drill a hole in it to hold the tree. In the United States, Bernd reports, “Christmas trees remained exotica for some time, eyed with both interest and skepticism.” Despite Puritanical opposition, the Christmas tree became as important to American celebrations as it is to European ones. From his European vantage point, Brunner noted that a heavy use of lights and a preference for symmetrical trees are the cliches of an American Christmas, the latter being “a preference famously lampooned in the popular television special ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ which encouraged affection for imperfect trees.” He notes the tradition of a “meticulously chosen” Christmas tree each year in the Blue Room of the White House, singling out Jacqueline Kennedy’s “Nutcracker”-decorated tree. But New York City, Bernd suggests, can fairly be called “the tree’s world capital,” with pride of place going to the tree that graces Rockefeller Center each year. Bernd spares a few words for artificial trees, both realistic and deliberately not so, and for genetic research into the genotypes of evergreens. “Mysterious and ancient though its roots may be, the Christmas tree remains one of our more visible icons, and it is always being invented anew.” ©2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Distributed by MCT Information Services

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modern standards and usually limited to what were known as “leg shots,” featuring young women in swimsuits or relatively short skirts. Similar tableaus were common on calendars and playing cards of the period, and the genre was known as “cheesecake.” (Among nonaficionados it was usually condemned as “smut.”) “Cheesecake” in the literal sense is a rich dessert made of cream cheese, butter and sugar. While real cheesecake was invented back in the 15th century, “cheesecake” as a slang term first arose in the depths of the 1930s Depression. Having enough food to eat was a daily worry for millions of Americans, and cheesecake, or any other fancy dessert, would have seemed an unattainable luxury to many. So it’s not surprising that the young women on the covers of those risqu? magazines, similarly unattainable to the average male reader, would have become known as “cheesecake.” Dear Word Detective: Where does the word “patient” as in a “medical patient” come from? — Agnes Farkas. A The elephant in the living room of this question is, of course, whether “patient” in the medical sense has anything to do with the lengthy waits many doctors inflict on their customers. The answer is “Not directly,” although I have to wonder what the mortality rate is in some of the waiting rooms I’ve seen. The most diabolical belonged to an ophthalmologist whose receptionist, every two hours or so, would usher one lucky

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By Emma Jayne Williams Fort Worth Star-Telegram The all-new Cadillac ATS for 2013 is a mouthful – rear- or all-wheel-drive compact luxury sport sedan. But the ATS is also an eyeful, with subtle curves along the door panels and shoulder lines. The taillights and grille still say “Cadillac,” but the ATS is light and agile, and great fun to drive. The ATS comes in four model choices and 16 trim packages with nine rearwheel-drive and seven all-wheel-drive configurations. There are three engine choices – a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, and a 2.5-liter four and 3.6-liter V-6, both normally aspirated. For this report, I drove the ATS AWD 3.6-liter Luxury model with a sixspeed automatic transmission (base price $43,195). You don’t have to spend that much, though. Prices range from $33,095 for a 2.5-liter base rear-drive model to more than $47,000, and there also are lots of options available. My tester’s exterior color was the optional Thunder Gray Chromaflair. Inside, the heated leather seats, lower dash and door-panel inserts were red, and the remainder of the interior was black with sporty red top-stitching. The standard engine for the ATS is the 200-horsepower 2.5-liter four, with a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination is good for more than 30 mpg on the highway. With the 270-horsepower turbocharged engine comes either a sixspeed manual transmission or the sixspeed automatic. The most powerful engine, the 3.6liter, produces 321 horsepower and gets 18

speaker Bose surround sound system and steering wheel controls for audio, phone, navigation, and instrumentation display. The weather folder on the navigation system was nice, with time and temperature, forecast, weather map and prompt, easy-to-understand advisories and warnings. But the touch screen and touch buttons on the control panel were a little difficult to get used to, didn’t work well with gloves and “thumped” when touched. Also, I found the navigation system confusing, but Cadillac also comes with OnStar. Push the OnStar button and speak to an operator to get turn-by-turn directions to wherever/whatever you need. Using OnStar is quicker, easier and safer than pulling over to use the touch screen for navigation. I got directions while driving, without taking my eyes off the road or my hands off the wheel. OnStar also includes automatic crash response and Remotelink. The OnStar button and the SOS button are located on a ceiling panel, which is an improvement. More than once I have attempted to adjust a rearview mirror with OnStar buttons and summoned an operator by mistake. A Cold Weather Package included heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. I have arthritis in my fingers and the heated steering wheel is very nice. The handcrafted interior was comfortable in all positions, with eight-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats including lumbar support. ATS has lots of legroom – 42.4 inches front, 33.5 rear – and headroom, at 38.6 inches front/36.8 rear. (Continued on page 29)

The 2013 Cadillac ATS can achieve more than 30 mpg in highway driving. (Courtesy of Richard Prince/Cadillac/MCT)

mpg city/26 highway with the six-speed automatic, the only gearbox available with the V-6. I averaged 22 mpg, according to the driver-information system. My ATS also came with Perfect Algorithm Tapshift for the experience of manual shifting and the ease of automatic shifting using paddle shifters located on the steering wheel. This sport model was quick out of the gate and could easily overtake and pass any other vehicle on the road. It would be lots of fun on a track, too, if I had the opportunity. The sport suspension and electric variable steering would enhance that experience, along with the Brembo performance front brakes and Stabilitrak with traction control.

Carbon fiber accents on the door and dash, and small touches of satin-finish gray metallic trim added more “sport.” The Cadillac shield was echoed in the interior, on the steering wheel and control panel, and outside in the shape of the front and rear fascias. The dual stainlesssteel exhaust with bright polished tips enhanced the sporty exterior. The tester had a number of options, including CUE, the Cadillac User Experience. It has a customizable user interface for phone, audio and navigation, and included an eight-inch color display, voice activation for Bluetooth and navigation, an iPod jack, a digital clock, outside temperature display, CD/MP3 player, satellite/HD radio, 10-




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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 overcomes mullet days

By Larry Printz The Virginian-Pilot What you think of the Chevrolet Camaro depends entirely on how old you were when you first saw one. If you came of age in the late 1970s or 1980s, a Camaro is a rolling automotive mullet. But if you came of age in the 1960s, when the car debuted, the Camaro is something else entirely. It’s the Corvette’s kid brother, a fire-breathing four-wheeled delinquent ready for a street fight on Saturday night. That’s the Camaro Chevrolet wants you to remember. So it should come as little surprise that the Camaro’s newest model with a legendary name: the ZL1. Way back in the days when GM ruled the automotive world, the 1969 ZL1 was the most powerful Camaro you could buy. The ZL1 was the brainchild of dealer Fred Gibb, who managed to persuade Chevrolet to assemble 1969 Camaros with Chevy’s mighty all-aluminum 427cubic-inch V-8, rather than the 396 cubic-inch V-8 used in the SS and Z/28 models which were, until then, the top of the line. Rated conservatively at 425 horsepower, the bigger engine option alone cost $4,160, pushing the cost of a ZL1 to almost $7,000, or double the price of lesser Camaros. It’s no wonder only 69 were built. Forty-three years later, what’s old is new. The ZL1 returns for the 21st century as a coupe or convertible, equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that sees duty in the Corvette, not to mention the Cadillac CTS-V. Here, the engine is rated at 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than the Cadillac, but less than the Corvette. When matched with a six-speed transmission – manual or automatic – it’s good for a 060 mph run of four seconds, a quartermile dash of 11 seconds and a top speed of 184 mph. Mullet-era Camaros never ran this fast – unless being hurled off a cliff. Climb inside and twist the ignition key. No push button starters here; this is

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LED ambient lighting enhanced its well-appointed interior. There is dualzone automatic climate control with air filtration, as well. The rear seatback folded in a 60/40 configuration to increase the cargo area from 10.2 cubic feet to a space large enough for DIY supplies, surfboards, camping equipment, small pieces of furniture, or dorm-room furnishings. The passive entry system made it simple to unlock and open the door, especially in a situation where my key was difficult to access. Keyless pushbut-

The 2013 Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that sees duty in the Chevrolet Corvette. (Courtesy of GM/Chevrolet/MCT)

old-school stuff. Listen to this firebreathing chunk of Detroit heavy metal (that is built in Canada) come to life. It throbs and rumbles. The dual exhaust burbles with menace, tempting you to disturb the peace. Put it in gear, step on the loud pedal and peel out. Go ahead, wake the neighbors. Screeeeeeee. Bwaaaaaaahhh. Oh yeah. These are the good old days. Hey, hon, fetch me my Loverboy cassette. Yes, it’s fast. How fast? Forceful enough to press vital organs of your body rearward into your spine. Quick enough to whisk you back in time – or help you lose your license. Sliding through corners is a real hoot. Just work the pedals. It’s great fun, something you can’t experience in a front-drive car. The car feels insanely demonic in turns, without the under-steer noticeable in other Camaro models. However, like some of you who remember the first ZL1, this car has put on a few pounds over the decades. You can feel it when pushing this car through its paces. Yet the weight of the test car, a convertible, did little to stop the body from flexing.

ton start was nice for the same reason; I kept the key in the bottom of my purse. The ATS can also be started remotely, to cool or warm the interior in advance. ATS also comes with lots of standard safety equipment and offers several safety options. Standard are 10 air bags – frontal, knee, side and head-curtain; adjustable front head restraints; rearview camera; antilock brakes with auto-dry; hill-hold and start assist; daytime running lamps; programmable power door locks’ rear child-safe door locks; and audible theft deterrent with vehicle immobilizer. ©2012 Fort Worth Star-Telegram Distributed by MCT Information Services.

As you’d expect, the LT1 generates a fair bit of noise, not all of it from the throaty exhaust. This car’s low profile 20-inch tires produce impressive grip, not to mention noise. It goes with the territory. Just don’t expect to be able to hear the audio system, unless you’re stopped. The LT1 also had a healthy appetite for fuel, but that’s part of this car’s sacrificial creed. The EPA rates it at 12 mpg city, 18 mph highway. The test car returned 17.9 mpg in mostly highway driving. With so much speed at the beck and call of your right foot, it’s comforting to know that if you get in over your head, the performance disc brakes, made by Italian manufacturer Brembo, are more than up to the task of taming this car’s massive speed. If you need more help, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, six airbags and a rearvision camera are standard. And the camera is a necessity for a very good reason: the Camaro’s glass area is minimal. Sitting in this car and looking through the windshield is similar to the view through a gun turret. And there’s little over-the-shoulder or rear visibility. The seats have the strong side bol-

stering you’d expect of a performance car, yet prove extremely comfortable over long distances. But that’s just the start of the unique trim in the LT1. There are metal-covered pedals and a $500 package that adds sueded microfiber to the steering wheel and instrument panel. Otherwise, interior ambience is similar to less-costly Camaros. This means more than a little hard plastic. There’s a large high-definition touch screen for Chevrolet MyLink, the brand’s infotainment system that controls various phone, audio and other functions. It’s very intuitive to use, thanks to its design, which follows that of many smartphones and tablets. It’s among the best infotainment systems offered, and most folks will quickly figure it out. The new ZL1 hits the reset button, erasing the memory of the pleasantly plump, overwrought Camaros and asking us to imagine this as the true second-generation Camaro, rather than the 1970 model. It’s the car you wanted back then, but couldn’t afford. Yes, it still asks for some sacrifice at the altar of high performance, such as a meager back seat and trunk, not to mention its healthy appetite for fuel. No surprise there. But it boasts insane power, awe-inspiring handling, lots of convenience options and a boatload of safety equipment. That said, you still may not be able to afford it. The test car’s base price was $59,545. Various options and a $2,500 gas-guzzler tax brought the total to $65,800. That’s Corvette territory. But you didn’t want a Corvette back then, did you? Sometimes, nostalgia carries a heavy cost. 2013 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1: • Engine: Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 • Wheelbase: 112.3 inches • Length: 190.4 inches • Weight: 4,373 pounds • EPA rating (city/highway): 12/18 mpg


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Beauty pageant winners represent all types of organizations

B y Al J. Zeerah When it comes to beauty contest winners, a miss is as good as a mile. That’s why organizations and companies choose to be represented by beautiful woman named Miss So-And-So to represent them and their products. The Miss America pageant is probably the best know. Each state chooses a woman to represent it in the national competition. The winner of that gala, held in Atlantic City, is Miss America for the year. Among the most famous Misses of various pageants have been: Diane Sawyer, Junior Miss America, 1963; Sarah Palin, Miss Wasilla in 1984 and runner-up in the Miss Alaska contest. Movie Star Raquel Welch was a multiple pageant winner, including: Miss Photogenic, Miss La Jolla, Miss Contour, Miss San Diego, and 1957 Miss Fairest of the Fair. Other pageant titles sponsored by marketing organizations might include: Miss Adventure, the International Explorers Association Miss Alignment, the Automotive Mechanics Assoc. Miss Anthropic, the National Curmudgeon Society Miss Application, Software Developers Miss Apprenhension, American Police Association Miss Begotten, Mothers of Twins Miss Behave, Juvenile Delinquents’ League Miss Belief, The National Association of Churches Miss Calculate, The Association of Mathematics Teachers

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was Miss Wasilla of 1984 and a runner up in the Miss Alaska Contest. (Photo from bio.com)

Miss Carriage, Horsedrawn Vehicle Manufacturers Association Miss Cast, Plaster of Paris Manufacturers’ Association Miss Chance, Gamblers Anonymous Miss Conception, Fertility Counsel-ors Association Miss Cue, American Billiards Association

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Laughing Matter A journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray, twice a day, every day, for a very long time. So she went to check it out. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site. She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview. “Pardon me, sir, I’m Rebecca Smith from CNN. What’s your name? “Morris Feinberg,” he replied. “How long have you been coming to the Western Wall to pray?” “For about 60 years.” “Sixty years. That’s amazing. What do you pray for?” “I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults and to love their fellow man. I pray that politicians tell us the truth and put the interests of the people ahead of their own.” “How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?” “Like I’m talking to a wall.” ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ What’s the difference between a soprano and the PLO? You can negotiate with the PLO. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ I had a friend who tried to write a drinking song, but he couldn’t get past the first few bars. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Why did the Amish couple get a divorce? Because he was driving her buggy. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ We know Jesus was Jewish because he went into his father’s business, he lived at home until he was 33 and his mother thought he was God. On the other hand, he could’ve been Irish because he never got married, never held a steady job and his last request was for something to drink. On the other hand, he had a Puerto Rican name. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshipper who sold his soul to Santa? ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ “Would you like a cup of coffee?” “No thanks. When I drink coffee, I can’t sleep.” “Huh. In my case it’s the other way around. When I sleep I can’t drink coffee.” ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Despite their differences, Republicans and Democrats have a lot in common. Republicans wear $1,000 suits and Democrats drive $1,000 cars. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ What do you call 50,000 geeks playing Monopoly?

Microsoft. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ “What do you mean by coming home drunk?” asked his wife. “I ran out of money.” ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Why are married women heavier than single women? Single women come home, see what’s in the fridge and go to bed. Married women come home, see what’s in bed and go to the fridge. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ Man: “Did you know that women use about 30,000 words a day and a man uses only about 15,000?” Woman: “That’s because we have to repeat everything.” ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ It was Mr. Sherman’s funeral and the pallbearers were carrying the casket out of the church. When they bumped into a pillar, one of them heard a moan from inside the casket. They opened it and found that Mr. Sherman was still alive. God be praised. He lived for 10 more years before finally succumbing to a heart attack. They held another funeral for him and, as the pallbearers were carrying the casket, Mrs. Sherman said, “For God’s sake watch out for that pillar!” ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ The reason it’s so hard to solve a redneck’s murder is that the DNA is all the same and there are no dental records. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ An Arkansan was walking down the road wearing one shoe when he met a man from Illinois who said, “How did you lose your shoe?” “Didn’t lose a shoe,” answered the man. “I found one.” ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ My sister in law went to the department store to return a scarf. She claimed it was too tight. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ How many Congressmen does it take to roof a house? It depends on how thin you slice them. ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons when the boys began to argue over who would get the first one. Their mother saw an opportunity to teach them a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.’” One of them turned to the other and said, “You be Jesus!” ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ A man was walking past a mental asylum when heard all the residents chanting, “13, 13, 13!.” He was very curious, so he found a hole in the fence, looked in and someone poked him in the eye with a sharp stick. Whereupon, everyone in the asylum started chanting, “14, 14, 14!”

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Bridge That Extra Chance

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Tim Bourke of Australia reported this deal in the Daily Bulletin at the recent Fall North American Championships in San Francisco. How would you fare in six spades after the lead of the jack of clubs? The bidding is standard for these days. Two clubs is an artificial game force and two hearts promises at least five hearts



headed by two of the three top honors. After South bid his suit, two no trump showed additional values and six spades became the final contract. West led the jack of clubs and the problem is easy to spot. The slam cannot be defeated if West holds the ace of diamonds. Dummy's queen of diamonds will be an entry to take a diamond pitch on the queen of clubs. But what if East holds the ace of diamonds? In that event there is only one distribution that will allow you to succeed - East's ace of diamonds must be guarded no more than once! Win the opening lead, draw trumps, cash the remaining high club and lead the king of diamonds from hand! Should either defender win with the ace, the queen of diamonds becomes an entry, so they must allow the king to win. Now you lead a low diamond and, if West follows low, play the queen. If West does hold the ace, you are in dummy to take a diamond discard on the queen of clubs and you score an overtrick. If East holds the ace of diamonds, you must hope you have exhausted his cards in that suit. His forced return of a heart or a club allows you to get rid of the diamond loser and the slam rolls home. (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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Puzzle Answers on Page 21.

Rather than repairing to his garret to sulk, Wren was thrilled with the royal review, because at that time “awful” meant “awe-inspiring,” “artificial” meant “clever” or “artistic,” and “amusing” meant roughly “riveting” or “astonishing.” Both “awful” and “awesome” are built on the root of “awe,” which, when it appeared in Old English as “ege,” meant “immediate and active fear; terror, dread.” This sense of “awe” was so often used in a religious context that it gradually acquired the meaning of “fear mixed with respect and reverence” toward, for instance, one’s deity. In secular contexts, “awe” came to mean, as the Oxford English Dictionary puts it, “the feeling of solemn and reverential wonder, tinged with latent fear, inspired by what is terribly sublime and majestic in nature, e.g., thun-

der, a storm at sea.” Next up are the suffixes “some” and “ful.” “Some” as a suffix means “characterized by” or “causing” (as in “cumbersome,” applied to something that “encumbers” your progress). The suffix “ful” originally meant “full of,” but gradually slid towards the same “characterized by” meaning. So “awesome” and “awful” originally both meant “inspiring awe, majestic.” Only in the late 18th century did “awful” acquire its modern meaning of “very bad,” probably through repeated use to mean “so bad as to inspire awe.” “Awesome,” meanwhile, continued to mean “inspiring awe” in a positive sense, although recently it has been diluted to mean simply “very impressive.” © Evan Morris

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