OK, March has arrived and we are still buried in knee-high snow banks, in a world of white. My desperation for seeing growth and renewal of the outdoors has caused me to "force" spring bulbs in doors. I planted 30 tulip bulbs in various pots set throughout my home. The intention was to plant these bulbs outdoors in fall but the snow that fell and stayed around changed that plan. The bulbs chilled on my unheated back porch and just recently started to sprout, if they grow indoors I will be ecstatic and if they do not, I am only out $4.00. I see it as a small price to pay for an attitude adjustment.
Last Saturday the annual Scotch doubles pool tournament was held at the Longbranch Saloon in Germania. Barb McKever of Waukesha first visited Germania in 1979 and returned this year unknowing it was the same town that she had enjoyed visiting 35 years ago. Barb had made the "Germania news" at that time after she visited with the late Gladys Boeker back in 1979. Spin forward to 2014 and Barb shot in the Longbranch Saloon pool tourney with Gladys' daughters Jill Cain and Missy Heller. Barb was a virgin pool shooter along with Leann Stoiber and 13 seasoned veteran shooters that all stayed together at Jill's Germania home. Lydia Tessman drove the virgins to Germania. Patricia Thuis, Angie Almond, Joan Miller, Anna DeLeon, Dolores Kleba, Debra Gamez, Dora Neira are a few more names I have gotten to know in the past decade. It is always a joy to see these fun loving women roll in to town. They create a theme each year and dress to fit the part. They enjoy good food and camaraderie all weekend. The winning teams were Dolores Kleba and Debra Gamez in first place. 2nd went to Miss Patricia Thuis and Al Hoffman. 3rd place went to the virgins Leanne and Barb. 4th place was Jack Field and Libby Zoom Zoom. The toilet award was given to Kevin Sager and Phyllis Hoffman. Linda Labeau of Princeton came to Germania to watch her girlfriends from Waukesha. And of course a good time was had by all, with Al included.
Ken and Maxine of Montello were spotted dining at The Oak Tree in Montello on Friday night. The little birdie that keeps me in the loop is pretty wonderful, is she not? Jeff and Pauline Kidd of Montello had lunch Monday at The Chateau with this same little information bird on duty.
Vicki Zajda of Harrisville was happy to go with her beautiful daughter Brianna Rae Saturday as Westfield schools took part in the solo/ensemble event at Adams Friendship schools. Of course this reminded Vicki and I of our own solo/ensemble experiences of the past. We recall singing, "Let a smile be your umbrella" as a quartet. I remember singing a solo and being scared out of my mind, but we survived. Miss Brianna did well as she sung in several different singing events and one in band. Bri placed 1st in 4 of her entries and 2nd in one other. Great job kiddo! We are all so proud of you.
The past 2 Sundays in a row, Cortney Drew and her silent partner have enjoyed breakfast at the Longbranch Saloon in Germania. Scrappy Drew served as her handsome (husband) escort and made sure the trio had a great time. Cortney and Missy have plans to visit with Honey Boo Boo this summer.
Jerry and Donna Goldsmith of Wautoma, WI called Kathy Goldsmith in Ward, AR on Saturday. Mom is busy with wedding plans and is hoping for spring, as AR is pounded with more freezing rain and snow. I am working on Mom's silk floral arrangements at my home. It seems like a perfect way to pass the time of another cold, snow-filled day. Having the chance to share my creations with her via Facebook is indeed amazing.
Joan and Angie celebrated their birthdays last Sunday with a cake made by their dear friend Missy Heller of Germania. Joan is reported to be 60 this year and Angie 61. Both look much younger and act like teenagers at least once a year.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Martha Fluff and Cut of Harrisville and Jackie Hoevel of Westfield both celebrating on March 6. March 7 we wish Molly Wegenke of Montello, Sally Hamilton-Willison of Westfield, Gloria Schubert of Budsin and Christine Janke of Oxford a great day. Happy anniversary wishes are sent to Vonda Rae and Jerome Zuelke of Newton township on March 8; may you have plenty more happy years together. Inga Nickoley of Montello, Jane Lloyd of Westfield, Richard Harju of Germania, Shannon Barton of Harrisville and Alicia Slabosheski of Neshkoro all share a March 8 birthday. March 9 we wish Landen Tollefson, Chrissy Schraufnagel and Beverly Schmitz of Montello, Brenda DeRosier of Newton, Louie Rudolph and Steve Schutz of Westfield a great birthday. Matt Kenseth, NASCAR racer from Cambridge, WI celebrates on March 10. Happy 47th anniversary to Roger and Sandy Kahlhammer of Germania on March 11. Happy anniversary to Ken and Elizabeth Hell of Newton also celebrating on March 11. Jean Tagatz of West Palm Beach, FL also enjoys a March 11 birthday. Jeffrey Kemnitz of Westfield, Jill Bielmeir of Dakota and Landon Wenzel all share a March 12 birthday. Enjoy your special days.
Shirley and Don Bethke of Germania are learning how to use their new iPad and happy to have it all set up now by a professional. They will have Netflix free for a month so they probably won't leave home much until it warms up outside. Sunday Brad Tagatz dropped in to visit, he had been out to the farm first. Monday dale and Maggie Schermerhorn of Markesan visited with the Bethkes. Tuesday Don and Shirley took a drive to Oshkosh to help John Delfosse celebrate his 60th birthday. Wednesday Scotty Delfosse was in Germania for a visit to his grandparents. Saturday the Bethkes watched it snow on the Germania prairie and drooled over the thought of Blader's Dakota inn prime rib. Doug Bethke and Lisa dropped in during the week. Shirley has finished her difficult jigsaw puzzle and started a new one filled with Spring flowers.
Solve a murder, fight cancer! Winneconne based Brandon Thielke Foundation will host a murder/mystery dinner show. This is the 4th year for the organization's fund raising dinner. They have helped many central WI families with direct funded grants since they were established in 2010. In 2013 alone BTF sent over $15,000 in grants to over 30 families. This year they feel the need to double their efforts. The play this year, "Who killed the murder mystery author," will take the stage one night only at the City inn of Berlin on March 15. Dinner will be catered by Moose Inn of Wautoma featuring their famous BBQ country style ribs. The show will start at 7 pm. Tickets are $33 apiece, general admission. Tickets are sold online at www.btfcancer.org. Raffles and audience participation await guests of the evening. Thank you for your continued support for this great organization.
Jim Krystofiak was in WI Sunday after driving from his home in Cedar Rapids, IA. Jim stopped to see friends at the Longbranch and sent a hello across the miles to us all from his wife Ronda.
Rollie and Sassie Polakoski of Neshkoro found a great spot to have a pizza for dinner Sunday. Of course their pizza came topped with hugs from friends and much laughter. Captain and Cheri Nickel of Princeton, Al and Phyllis Hoffman of Neshkoro, Don and Jon Heller of Budsin/Germania and Kevin Bullfrog all helped to make their night special. Rollie you really do need to write that book and put Sassie's wonderful smile on the cover. Keep the faith, you two. We love ya.
Many thanks to Harrisville HCE for their Friday afternoon visit to Harris Villa. Marcia and Art Albright, Helen Borzick and Betty J. Rohde of Neshkoro spent time quality with us. Big hugs are returned to Helen Borzick from my sisters dawn Smith and Julie Snyder all the way from central AR. many of your former students think of you often and with fond memories. It is true, teacher touches your heart forever.