Thank goodness Saturday was a balmy 30° in central Wisconsin as several area folks enjoyed some time outdoors. Many attended the Coloma area fisheree and radar run, Oxford fisheree and annual Harrisville winter golf event. While the sun was shining, the fresh air felt great and was much needed for me and friends who tried our luck on a 9-hole golf course. With tennis ball in hand and golf club polished, Mike and I went out first and had a great time. The wind picked up a bit and knocked over a few hole signs but with the holes cut larger this year, the course provided fun, great exercise and less frustration! Many thanks to all that did come out to support the Sportsman's Club and their scholarship fund.
Thanks to all the hole sponsors and others who donated prizes and gift certificates for the day. We will be seeing some of you in person when we come to redeem our prizes. a great raffle was put together with the help of Dave Hyames and Waukesha foods for assorted boxes of steaks and meats. Other prizes included fishing gear, hunting gear, food plot ingredients and a gun, which was won by a club member who dropped in to see how the day was going. My thanks to Bucky and Angie Walters for keeping the tradition alive even through attendance challenges. You will find photos of the top 2 scores for the men and women and the winners of the highest score in each division, thus being called the turkey award. Thanks to chef Larry Schaff and his brother Gary for serving a great lunch and making sure we had plenty to eat. We love your big hot dogs. A good time was had by all.
JJ Wheaton of Neshkoro wants to thank all his friends and family for their help after his devastating house fire. Thanks also to the Neshkoro Fire Department and emergency workers of the area. His home was a total loss and was desecrated even further as thieves came in the night to take anything that had survived of value. How sickening! JJ is the district attorney elect of Germania, he has always been there for his friends and neighbors in need and volunteers his time to help each year at the Germania benefit. We can only hope that his thoughtfulness is returned to him. Take care JJ, keep that fabulous laughter of yours coming.
Happy birthday wishes are sent to Dean Alexander of Westfield on Feb. 25. Happy birthday to my Uncle Dean Goldsmith of Dakota, Todd Colburn of Princeton and Debbie Krueger of Dakota celebrating on Feb. 27th. Happy birthday to Randy Reetz of Princeton and Roy Bohnsack of Necedah on Feb. 28th. March 1 we wish Jeff Bohnsack of Coloma, Pam Mohr of Montello, Rick Maas, Sue Schroeder of Neenah and Marquette County, Tom Gaulke of Germania, Blanche Metcalf of Harris Villa and Sheila Budny of Neshkoro all a great day. March 3 we wish Lois Marshall of Plainfield, Roger Kryscio and John Marotz of Harrisville and Ray Washkovick of Green Lake a happy birthday. Best wishes to you all.
Jill Cain of Germania had a house full of girls recently as she once again hosted a place for her longtime friends to stay as they all took part in the annual Scotch doubles pool tournament held at the Longbranch Saloon in Germania. This year the ladies went with a polka dot theme and everyone was seeing spots! I saw one black and white Holstein in the crowd too. Al Hoffman and the beautiful Pat Thuis took 2nd place in the daylong tournament for the fourth year in a row. Pat was a happy lady when captain showed up for moral. He is now her favorite photo on her phone. The rest of the girl's group is as follows; Anna DeLeon, Dolores Klebba, Debra Gamez, Dora Niera, Pat Thuis, Angie Auman and Joan Miller. I am sorry I did not get to see all of you beautiful ladies and your polka dotted outfits. I am glad I was able to see Jill and Pat on Sunday and all the hats that were left behind. Auntie Jill tried to bounce her nephew Jonathon Heller on her knee like she used to, but her knees have gotten tired and her nephew has gotten much taller. A good time was once again had by Al and all of his friends, partners, relatives and neighbors.
Tom and Edie Wargula of Germania dined at The Longbranch Saloon on Sunday night with their friend Dana Andreas, also of Germania. They were all happy to be sitting in the warmth of the Longbranch pellet stove.
Roger Kahlhammer of Comstock Lake is happy that his wonderful wife Sandy has gotten her cast off her ankle and leg. The couple was able to get out of the house and do some shopping in Wautoma last week. Roger tells me that he stopped in to visit with Linda Lindell at the Cupboard. He thinks we look like sisters. While in Wautoma, Roger met a couple from Plainfield who was familiar with this column and publication so he happily introduced himself as the amazing "fishlips." Thank you to all the wonderful readers who make a connection through my words.
Roger Fishlips also says he now gets much less sleep since his son Kevin brought over a tablet for him and sandy to use. Roger spends time late in to the night playing solitaire on his tablet. He is also getting used to Facebooking, so look out world, here comes Fishlips.
Shirley Bethke of Germania is still dealing with vertigo, and trying her best to stay grounded. Her husband Don has been a great help, making lunch and helping her walk without fear of falling. The couple stayed close to home most of last week. Don was on a bus trip last Monday so their son Doug stopped in to visit with his mom. Pastor Busse of Princeton also made a visit to the Bethke house on Monday. His visit is always appreciated. Tuesday the couple had to get blood work done at the doctor's office. Saturday great granddaughters Molly and Maddie Delfosse of Oshkosh accompanied their grandma Roxanne to visit Don and Shirley at their home. Rox did some cleaning while the girls entertained great-grandma and Grandpa. Rox brought along a "Turducken" to roast for dinner, complete with stuffing. Lillie dog watched a pretty Opossum eating out on the deck, apparently not afraid of her loud bark. Ray and Marie garret of Oshkosh called to see how things in Germania were. The Garretts are doing well but bored with winter. Bill Tagatz of Peoria, AZ says hello to all his cold WI friends and family. Bill is still enjoying many different birds in his yard and at his feeders.
After receiving many inches of unexpected snow in the Nashville, TN area my nephew Avery Snyder and his friends decided if they couldn't buy a sled, they would make one and get busy on their hill covered with snow. Avery proved he has crafty skills by taking a cookie sheet, mail bin and ladder to build a sled that went down the hill at warp speed. The young men were enjoying their goofy weather. Amy Mike Hays tells me that this was the first winter in her 12 years of residence in KY that they had 23 inches of snow in their yard. Amy doesn't even own a pair of boots to take advantage of the snow. Her children were happy to get a week off from school because of it, though.
Nan Hinze of Harrisville and her sister Christa Price of Endeavor were happy too spend time with their younger brother Mike Mussey of Indiana on Saturday and Sunday. Missy and don Heller of Germania were also happy to get a visit with mike and his beautiful wife, the Broomball pro of years ago. Missy says it only took 22 years for the couple to make their way out to Germania. They also stopped in to see Bucky Walters on Sunday, as he was busy in Harrisville, cleaning the Community Center. We hope you enjoyed your visit despite the cooler temps.
A quarter auction benefit will be held in Harrisville on Sunday, March 1 to benefit Jared Stampfl and family and help them pay medical bills and expenses related to his fight with bile Duct cancer. Please show your support by attending this event .If you are unable to attend, another benefit of a different nature will be held at the same location on March 14th. You can find informational posters for both events posted at area businesses or on Facebook. Thank you so much for all of your help.