News From Germania

 

June is dairy month; what a great way to celebrate the good things Wisconsin has to offer! Be sure to attend the celebration in Westfield with so many events to keep the entire family entertained. The dairy breakfast at the Lyon's farm will be held Sunday June 12th. This family farm celebrates generations of strong dairy cattle many of them from award winning stock. Whenever I travel out of state, the first thing I miss is eating good Wisconsin cheese. When we recently stayed in northern AR, we visited the local grocery store and grabbed some Wisconsin string cheese for a snack. Ice cream may be another favorite of mine, but it seems to travel well and be available everywhere the same. You could take the girl off the farm (hobby farm, in my case) but you cannot cut me off from dairy products. That would truly be a sacrifice for me. Thank you to all the farmers of our great state. I know you work hard for little money but having grown up in this culture I also know farming is something that runs through your veins, a love that calls you back to the land.

My sympathy is extended to the family of Doris Marquardt of Newton who passed away June 01,one day before her birthdate. Doris will always be remembered as a sweet, kind lady who faced the day with a smile on her face. Grandpa Arlie left his earthly life a few years ahead of Doris but we are all happy that they are together again with God. Thank you for so many good memories in our years of being neighbors and beyond. Rest in peace kind lady.

Happy 3rd anniversary to Greg and Marabeth King of Princeton who celebrated on June 1. You two make a wonderful couple and we wish you many more years of happiness together.

Budsin wildlife was abundant this past weekend. Several people took to the Mecan River to enjoy canoeing. They were a bit surprised as they came around a bend in Budsin to find a Canadian goose family nesting on the riverbanks. Pa goose didn't take kindly to the interruption and scared the water enthusiast. This sent the geese up the riverbank and in to the yard of Terry and Chris Wollert, where their grand dog Max saw the goose. Max is a well-behaved Labrador and listened when told “no” to a chase. Later that evening twin deer strolled through the yard looking for a snack. Many singing birds took to song after the rain shower Sunday. For the first time in years, I can hear the distant song of a Whippoorwill.

The Neshkoro summer concerts in the gazebo park will begin this Friday June 10th at 7 pm. Tuba Dan and his polka band will be in the lovely gazebo to entertain all. Be sure to bring your seats and tap your feet to the tunes and good humor of this wonderful man and a condensed version of his band. Parking space is plentiful around the park. Thank you to the Neshkoro Enhancement committee for bringing great local talent to us live on Friday nights.

Last Sunday Don and Missy Heller of Budsin joined their friends George and Marlene Weiss of Germania for a few days in Rhinelander. They all enjoyed fishing and catching along with some much-needed relaxation. Jill Cain of Germania worked in her yard to get the grass cut and weeds pulled. Jill stopped in to visit with her nephew Jonathon Heller and myself while we worked at the Longbranch Saloon. Thanks Jill for being on "back-up”. Thanks again to Jill for working for me this past Sunday when my back and crooked pelvis wouldn't allow me to walk and carry a pizza at the same time. I hate to be down for the count but I am smart enough to know when to just lay low. Jill and Neal Cain enjoyed an afternoon with family and friends at their Germania home.

Happy birthday wishes are sent to Bob Streich of Harrisville on June 10. Brent and Brian Malnory of Berlin and Neshkoro have a June 11th birthday, as does their cousin Keith Petit of Berlin. Happy birthday to Sue Soda Schatzke of Tuttle Lake on June 11. Happy 51st anniversary to Dennis and Karlene Briese of west Budsin on June 12. Happy anniversary to my sister Julie and brother in law Gary Snyder of Sherwood, AR on June 13th.Happy birthday to Steve Eustice of Neshkoro, to Joseph Charles Knoch on June 13. Hugs to Don Bethke of Germania on your 1st anniversary without Shirley by your side. Happy birthday to Joe Calnin of Montello, Rylee Menke of Westfield, Mason Bahn of Oshkosh and Lois Reuter of Harris Villa, all celebrating on June 14th. Happy anniversary to Steve and Heidi Robinson of Westfield on June 15th. Thinking of my Aunt Penny Graves in Heaven on June 15th. Best wishes to you all.

Vicki Zajda of Harrisville was able to join in the graduation celebration of Brooke Malnory from Berlin High school as a party was held in her honor on Saturday. Brooke is the daughter of Terri (Galbraith) and Brian Malnory of Neshkoro. Congrats to you Brooke.

A party was held to honor Jerry Perlberg and his 70-something birthday on Saturday. Jerry was surrounded by family and friends and a good time was had by all.

Thank you to my sister Tara Hamilton and her massive garden for the fresh asparagus. Tara delivered a bag full after she attended the wake of Doris Marquardt and had stopped to visit our Dad Roger. Dad sent her home with some fresh caught fish. Picking asparagus along the roadside was what made my hip crooked to start with so next year we will shop the Hamilton gardens instead.

While visiting my family in AR recently I had the chance to try a few different BBQ joints. We had supper at Smoking Buns near Sherwood, AR with my nephew Avery Snyder and his pretty lady Breanna Peters. I tried smoked beef brisket and slow smoked pulled pork, smoky green beans and ribs. It was all very good and a cool atmosphere. A few days later Jule, Mom and I drove up to Ozark, AR to attend my nephew Austin's graduation. The next day we had lunch at Riverside BBQ in Ozark, AR. This was another busy restaurant. I once again tried the pulled pork with 3 different kinds of sauce. They had the best sweet potato fries ever and served a honey cinnamon syrup on the side that I am still trying to break down the recipe of. My sister Dawn used to work there, so I need to drill her for info. Even though I was deep in the south trying BBQ, nothing compared to the juicy pulled pork served up by Captain Jack of Montello. Jack's "pig juice" sauce tops them all, not too sweet not too spicy, and just thick enough to cover every morsel of meal on a sandwich. So Captain Jack and Beth Frost, when are you going to open a BBQ joint in our neck of the woods? I know a few wonderful waitresses and a cook to help you staff it and several good buildings just awaiting your talent. Ok, if that is too much to ask, how about letting me know when your next food truck event will be? 15 hours is too long to drive for another pork sandwich. Drooling at my keyboard until further notice.