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Published Monthly In Kohler, WI 53044
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Volume 4, Number12
AUGUST, 2009
Third Annual Fall Follieswill be held October 2
Contributed By ina Kohler, President of the Kohler School Foundation.
On October 2, 2009 the Kohler SchoolFoundation will hold its annualfundraiser, Fall Follies, at the Kohler Stables. This is the second year the eventwill be held at the Kohler Stables –avenue not normally open to the public.An interior horse arena is converted to awestern roadhouse, complete withentertainment, food, drink and dancing.Silent and live auctions will also beconducted with a wide variety of  products, services and value levels.The Kohler Stables facility is large, but with last year’s attendance exceeding300, it is expected that capacity will bereached this year, so the Foundation isasking that everyone please reserve their seats early.Reservations will be $37.50 per  person and will be available early inSeptember. As with last year, groups canreserve tables for eight, and corporatesponsorship opportunities are alsoavailable. Questions may be directed tothe Kohler School Foundation at
kohlerschoolfoundation@kohler.k12.wi.us
.The Fall Follies is intended to be a funway to bring the community together while raising money for the benefit of Kohler Schools. The more than $70,000raised by the event over the last twoyears has allowed the Foundation to fundimportant technology improvements atthe schools, which have improved andenhanced teaching and learningopportunities.The Foundation invites all to joinfriends and neighbors in celebratingKohler’s continuing commitment towardhigh quality education. Teachers andtheir spouses will continue their dedication to Kohler students byattending and assisting with the stagingand operation of the Follies. Studentswill contribute to the Follies in manyways, and food will be prepared andserved by the school’s own Chef Ted[Weidman].Don’t forget to mark calendars nowfor Friday, October 2. Contact friendsand neighbors and purchase reservationsearly to insure access to a fun-fillednight.
The story of the “other” Kohler,20 miles to the southwest
 By Kevin Struck 
Take out a detailed map of Wis-consin, let your eyes drift about 20miles to the southwest of the Vil-lage of Kohler, and you might besurprised to spot a crossroads ham-let by the name of Little Kohler.This Ozaukee County “village” of approximately 90 homes and 225residents (about one-tenth the sizeof “Big” Kohler), located on CTHH just west of Fredonia, has a col-orful history — but what is its con-nection to the Village of Kohler inSheboygan County?First, let’s take a look at themore recent past of Little Kohler.According to the book 
Stalag Wis-consin: Inside WWII prisoner-of-war camps
 by Betty Cowley, LittleKohler was the site of Camp Fre-
 Auction items on display at last year’s Fall Follies.
Continued on page 2
donia in 1945. A total of 330 Ger-man soldiers were housed there, in-cluding, rumor has it, Ernie vonSchledorn, of auto dealership fame.The prisoners were put to work inthe surrounding fields harvesting peas and spinach for local canningfactories. At the time, LittleKohler’s main thoroughfare in-cluded the local Glunz hall,“Danceland” and general store,Century Tavern, and St. Mary’sMother of Sorrows CatholicChurch and Cemetery.Area residents Chee CheeSchneider, Jim Dieringer, PhyllisStemper, and Bernice Wiskerchenhad plenty of stories to tell aboutLittle Kohler when interviewed this
 
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The Village Board will have a contractor selected by the time this issue of 
The Kohler Villager 
reaches you. In my Sep-tember article more detailed informationwill be disseminated, along with a time-line for breaking ground and completionof the new structure. The Village Board ismost appreciative of the continued com-munity support for the upgrading of theLost Woods Park facility. Also exciting isthe cooperation among the three major Village entities in having the project be-come a reality: the Kohler Co., the Kohler School District, and the Kohler VillageBoard.Enjoy the rest of your summer!!Until next time……Steve Reinbacher Village President
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 past June. Over the years there have beena few mix-ups due to the proximity of oneKohler to the other. An out-of-town priestapparently journeyed to the wrong Kohler in search of the wedding he was supposedto perform. Then there’s the story of thesemi-truck driver who, after searchingLittle Kohler in vain, stopped a passer-byto ask where the Kohler Co. was.When asked whether they had ever vis-ited the Village of Kohler, one of the res-idents told of how several years ago shehad received her first traffic ticket whilevisiting Kohler. She recollected that theofficer had joked to her, “Today’s my birthday and I’m giving out tickets.”Today, Little Kohler contains St.Mary’s Church, an auto body shop, a tav-ern (closed at the moment), a 4-H club,and the Pine View Wildlife RehabilitationCenter, which was featured on MilwaukeePublic Television’s “Outdoor Wisconsin”series in 2006 for its efforts to stabilizeand strengthen small animals for eventualrelease back into the wild. The EasternShores Library System bookmobile alsomakes a regular stop in Little Kohler. Inthe past 15-20 years, a few small subdivi-sions have been built, and its convenient but peaceful location, only a few milesfrom STH 57 and I-43, make it likely thatLittle Kohler will continue to survive.Of perhaps greatest interest, however,is whether there was any connection be-tween the founders of Little Kohler andthe Village of Kohler. The founders of Lit-tle Kohler emigrated from Bavaria, Ger-many in the late 1840s. The originalsettlers were Martin Sr. and TheresaKoller and their children. That’s right, K-o-l-l-e-r. Due to a spelling error, mostlikely brought on by the proximity of theSheboygan County Kohler, what shouldhave been named Koller was instead iden-tified on maps and road signs as Kohler,with the “Little” being added to set it apartfrom the Village of Kohler further north.Since no one has been able to make a suc-cessful effort to get the spelling on mapsor road signs changed, the error persists tothis day.
 
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A new permanent drop off box for the proper and safe disposal of waste medica-tions has been located in the foyer of theCity of Sheboygan Police Department at1315 North 23rd Street. Citizens of She- boygan and Sheboygan County will nowhave a convenient and readily accessiblelocation to get rid of waste medications onan ongoing basis. Waste medications if improperly disposed of can cause environ-mental harm, cause accidental childhood poisoning, and be illegally taken by peo- ple with substance abuse problems. Theillicit trade in stolen or misappropriated prescription medications is linked tocrimes, injuries, and deaths in our com-munities.A partnership between the SheboyganCounty Planning and Resources Depart-ment, the City of Sheboygan Police De- partment, and the Healthy SheboyganCounty 2020 Committee has developedthe drop-off program, one of the first inWisconsin. A metal box similar to a mail- box has been mounted to the floor in thefoyer of the police station. People withwaste medications can simply drop themin the box, no questions asked. A videosurveillance system monitors the location.People are asked to keep medications intheir original labeled containers to aid inidentification of the collected medica-tions. Names can be crossed off the labelto maintain confidentiality.The new waste medication drop off  box will supplement the annual County-wide collection of waste medications thatwill be held this year on October 3rd. Lastyear, more than 800 pounds of waste med-ications were collected during the annualcollection. We do not know how many pounds of waste medications we will becollecting at the new permanent drop off location.Funding for the waste medication col-lection and disposal program has been provided by the Sheboygan County Boardof Supervisors. If the new waste medica-tions drop off location project in Sheboy-gan is successful, we may be placing dropoff boxes for waste medications in other communities such as Plymouth and Ran-dom Lake.For more information, contact Jim Hul- bert, Director, Sheboygan County Plan-ning and Resources Department,at 920-459-3765.
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