News From Germania


It was sure nice to find "notes of news" on the mirror at The Longbranch Saloon in Germania .It was like a visit back to the days when Bunny Rasmussen was writing her Germania news column and folks would drop in with bits of social news for her to share. This was a double gift to us at The Longbranch Saloon because that also meant Bunny would soon stop in to visit with us. Feel free at any time to follow the old tradition, I still work there every Sunday night at 5 pm and will make sure I check the mirror.

A very enjoyable evening was had on August 11th as the family of Clarice cotter gathered to celebrate her "Double 8" birthday. Kevin, Mary, Nellie, Max and Molly Soda joined Tom and Linda Cotter, Holly, Chris and Maylee Rentmeester, Don, Carol, Dan and Claire Esselman, Dennis Esselman, John and Denise Ellinger, Mike and DeLoma Cotter and of course the birthday girl Clarice Cotter. All had a great time toasting Clarice with a shot of a political blunder drink. The burgers were delicious and the drinks were even better than they had all remembered. It was such a pleasure to see Don and Missy Heller, proprietors. The fun loving group tells me a good time was had by all. Happy birthday to you Clarice, all that smiling and laughter is keeping you young and beautiful as you enjoy the double 8.

On Tuesday of last week, Neil Starke of Wautoma took a drive to Westfield for an appointment and took time to drop in and say hello to Don Marquardt at Harris Villa. Neil looked spiffy as ever for his 95 years. The men had a good visit.

Ron Metz of Harrisville says the melons at Goldy's Gardens are so good that he drove back to Westfield to buy 4 more after they ate the first one. For the 6th year in a row, Roger Goldsmith of newton had the largest blue ribbon pumpkin at the Waushara county fair. He may be retired, but he is as busy as ever in his gardens.

Happy anniversary to Bob and Nancy Becker of Westfield celebrating on August 24th.
Happy birthday wishes are sent to Susan Krause of Germania, Don Marquardt of Westfield, Nora Beskow of Budsin, Beth Wedel of Oxford and Theresa Hopp of Neshkoro all celebrating on August 27. Happy birthday to randy Smith on August 28th. Happy anniversary to Pete and Pauline Petersdroff of Harrisville on August 29; may you both enjoy your special day. Happy birthday to Mary Ellen Thalacker of Harrisville on August 29th. Best birthday wishes to my Betsy Boop on August 30th Lana Kukla and Taylor Korb have a September 1 birthday to celebrate. Big hugs to Rootin' Tootin" Shirley Rosanske of Harrisivlle on Sept 2; she will know why. Sandy and Bill Redding of Newton celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary on September 2. Happy birthday to my favorite brother Garrit Goldsmith of Newton and to my Tuttle neighbor Randy Schatzke, and my beautiful cousin Mara of Minnesota, all celebrating on Sept 2. Best wishes to you all.

The annual Harris Villa Luau was held Saturday with perfect weather to enjoy the groomed grounds and beautiful flowers Nan has planted. Harley and Liola Crown of Montello accompanied Taryn Hale Walters and had a nice time visiting with friends. A polka band entertained the crowd while they had lunch and refreshments on the patio. Many thanks to all that helped make the day a great success.

Kathleen and Darrell Smith of Cabot, AR were excited to have Dawn and Michael Smith and their children Austin, Joshua, Bethany of Ozark, AR stay for the weekend. The family went to the Little Rock Zoo on Saturday to celebrate Josh's 12th birthday and the next day they had cake to celebrate Bethany's 13th birthday. They enjoyed quality time together and were able to meet Mom's new rescue dog.

Roxanne Delfosse of Oshkosh stayed in Germania for a week to help her parents don and Shirley Bethke. Her sister Lisa Schild also came for a few days to help out and their brother Doug was nearby as needed. The children arranged for their Mom to move in to an assisted living facility in Ripon. Don Bethke is at home in Germania with Lillie dog. Ron Ledvina of Germania dropped in for a visit with Don. Rox helped her parents can tomatoes while staying with them. Don drove to Ripon on Sunday to visit with Shirley and brought her a tall oscillating fan for her new room. Shirley spoke with Bonnie and John Edwards of Montello during the week and enjoyed visiting with Frank Slabosheski of Princeton at the breakfast table. Shirley's social skills and friendly personality had her chatting with all the folks in the dining room by the next morning. I will never understand why so many people sit in silence while they have a meal at a community table? I have seen it many times, have heard of it recently from other folks and their experiences at a facility. We all long for company and visits from our friends and family, why not reach out to others around you for the same interaction and conversation?

Mark Schumacher of Richford recently completed an all day class and certification in Wisconsin's new concealed carry law. Anyone who owns a handgun would benefit from this training, since it focuses very strongly on safety and the law. The class that Mark attended was offered by BDJ LTD, a company owned by Bill and Deb Schmitz of Redgranite. The couple are retired Wisconsin department of corrections officers and they run a first class operation. You can check their website for upcoming classes. Mark says that he is a strong 2nd Amendment supporter, and he is not ashamed of the fact that he owns guns and knows how to use them. It is part of what has kept this country free, strong and unique to the world.

Mike Henke of Wautoma is doing well after his ankle repair surgery. Mike now has 9 screws and a plate keeping his 2 bones together, a big fat cast to make sure he doesn't bang into anything and crutches to keep him upright. He is enjoying the peaceful countryside and the wildlife. After all of his previous injuries in life, Mike does have a high pain tolerance but also has learned his limits. Mike took a ride with friends Angie and Steve on Sunday. They picked up pickles from Tara Hamilton and enjoyed a visit with Logan and Bradyn Hamilton while Tara picked some fresh dill from her garden to go with the pickles. The trio then toured Marquette County for about an hour and Mike soon discovered he needed a nap with his leg up. The tough guys are the hardest to slow down. Take care everyone and enjoy the cooler weather.