So Mother Nature is a bit late with her April fool's joke as we wake up to a world covered in white once again in central Wisconsin. Yuck! The heavy, wet snow also means many tree branches have fallen and some folks are without power. Thankfully the thermometer is on the rise. In the past week my flowerbed had crocuses bloom and a pretty little blue flower that I forgot I had planted and today they add good color to the snow around them.

Many thanks to Cortney Drew of Montello for playing weather girl and calling Germania with an important severe weather bulletin Sunday evening. Cortney was calling from her White Lake location and was worried about her friend Missy Heller and family. She also wanted Kevin to take cover. Always thoughtful Cort! 

Happy birthday wishes are sent to Renee Howard Risse in Alaska on April 16. Bill King of Lawrence Lake will be washing the snow off his yard rocks on April 17 so they can shine bright on his birthday. Al Hoffman of Neshkoro will be 21 with 35 years of experience on April 18th,and you just know he will have a good time. Happy birthday to Elsie Prochnow of Harris Villa on April 20. Dennis and Sue Hoffman of Neshkoro celebrate their anniversary on April 20th. April 21 we wish Phil Gohlke of Neshkoro and Linda Shultis of Westfield a wonderful birthday. Happy anniversary to Bob and Virginia Hoffman of Neshkoro on April 22. Jeffrey Mike, Newton native now living in Madison, celebrates his April 22 birthday. Happy birthday to Kim Daye of Westfield and Brandi Seehaver of east Germania  on April 23.Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

Sue Ann Patrouille and Mike Gartland of Neshkoro called on Shirley Bethke to wish her a happy birthday recently. Sue and Mike had pizza at The Longbranch saloon on Sunday night. They dodged raindrops to get in the door and made sure the fire hydrant painter of Germania knew that the hydrant needs a new paint job. Yes, it does but it also needs a good sand blasting first, if you can help me out with that please let me know!

Sunday Shirley Bethke of Germania was looking for plans to build an ark. Monday she needed a snow shovel instead. Their backyard pond is full! Don Bethke did get the garden rototilled during the week and is ready for planting his potatoes on Good Friday. Saturday, daughter Roxanne Delfosse of Oshkosh and her best friend Carmen Winkel came to Germania to visit with Don and Shirley. They all had lunch together and did some cleaning. Many thanks to Adam, who dropped off some fresh maple syrup. Adam managed to boil down the maple sap and get 200 gallons of the sweet stuff this year. Don stopped in downtown Auroraville last week for some sorghum, so Shirley made potato pancakes to enjoy it with. Shirley did share her 12-yolk cheesecake with friends and they all enjoyed every last crumb.

On Sunday, many area folks came to pay their respects to the family of Dean Walters of Harrisville. Shirley Rosanske and her daughters Sherrie Tollefson and Debbie Albright gathered to pay their respects to the family. Dean will be sorely missed in the community, but his many talents will forever be observed and enjoyed. Dean will no doubt be an angel in our hearts at each Harrisville tractor pull and youth wrestling match and shall never be forgotten. My sympathy to Joan and family.

Congratulations to all of the Westfield High School students that took part in Saturday's forensics competition in Madison. Vicki Zajda accompanied the group and tells me her daughter Brianna came away with a silver and 24/25. Congrats to Cameron Marshall who scored 25/25. Great job.

Dick Pape of Budsin visited with downtown Budsin neighbors on Tuesday. With thanks to my neighbors and their car questions I discovered that my Chevy Captiva has adjustable lumbar support in the front seats. I cannot adjust my gas pedal, as the picture is a fake, but the change in seating is very welcome. Dick and Dennis report seeing a 3-legged doe in Budsin and I think I saw it myself later that day as she slept beneath a pine tree by the cemetery. I really love my neighborhood.

Randy and Sue Scotcharoo enjoyed a road trip to Germania Sunday as they discovered County N had been closed off due to a culvert washing out. They visited with friends at the Longbranch Saloon. Many others had to find a new way to get to Germania that night as well. Tuttle Lake is free and clear of ice now.

My sister Dawn Smith of Ozark, AR took part in the FBLA_OBA of Arkansas on the weekend and came away with a 3rd place finish in project management. The competition was held at Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock. This was the Phi Beta Lambda state competition. Good job little sister of mine.

I hear there will be a puppet show coming up at Tall Pines Resort of Lawrence Lake?  Starring in the show will be Jim and Diane, Tim and Sue, and Stanley, along with their prized critters from the leaky boot sportsmen's club banquet. Congrats to all who put such hard work in to the event. Your club has grown strong in its 30-some years of existence and you deserve a pat on the back. Have you ever heard a better turkey call or gobble done without an actual turkey? Mother /son team Jane and Justin are the best.

Isabel Gurderski of Harrisville celebrated her 95th birthday with family, friends and neighbors on Wednesday. Mayor Bob of Lawrence sang the loudest for Miss Isabel as cake and ice cream was enjoyed by all. 

Scott Labrenz of Lawrence visited with Howard Gaffney on Wednesday as Howards's son Kevin also dropped in for a bit. It was a perfect day to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.

Bethany and Wayne Smith did some turkey hunting in Mulberry, AR on Saturday. The grandpa/granddaughter team looked so good in their camouflage. No word yet on if they got a turkey or not.
Easter blessings to you all.