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Vilas County News-Review, March 14, 2012 - SECTION B

Vilas County News-Review, March 14, 2012 - SECTION B

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 By Mary Friedel-Hunt
www.vcnewsreview.com(715) 479-4421
He teaches me patience daily as he waits quietly forme to take him outside to do his duty, go for a walk ortake a ride in the car. His eyes show no judgment oranger. He teaches me enthusiasm as I invite him to goin the car to run some errands that are boring to me butexciting to him. One would think I had just given him asteak for his excitement about going to the bank.Of course, he gets treats at all the drive-thru banksand eating places in town and makes his presenceknown as soon as I make the turn into the driveway.The bankers all know him and, of course, his charmworks well as they give him two or three treats. He hasthem well trained. His needs are simple. When I eat, hesits nearby and waits hoping beyond hope that I willgive him just one morsel. I don’t get a sense that he isunhappy with one small bite of a burger. Instead he gob-bles it up as if I had given him the entire meal. Of course, he then stands patiently waiting for more.There are times when I get impatient with him as hedawdles in the yard when I am in a hurry or chases thethousandth rabbit as it races to a hiding place. Heshows no frustration but just comes in the house andleans against me in his loving needy way. When he istired, he naps. He greets each guest with warmth andgustomaking them feel loved. I never get the sensethat Bentley judges anyone. Everyone gets greeting. Oh,there a few who get greeted with great exuberancebecause they adore Bentley and he knows that. Of course, I do the same thing with various friends. Whenthe plumber was banging in the basement, Bentley gotfrightened, came to me for reassurance and then wentto sleep practicing great stress management techniques.He has one irritating behavior. He barks at dogs as
The Northwoods Children’sMuseum will feature TomPease Saturday, March 17,from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in theauditorium at Northland PinesHigh School.This children’s performeruses movement, sign language,humor and joy to create con-certs that leave audienceslaughing and singing.Pease has performed fulltime since 1982, often givingmore than 200 performancesper year. He also is a frequentpresenter at early childhoodand environmental confer-ences, keynoting and leadingbreakout sessions that explorethe role of music in shapinglives and the world.Through a donation fromOgren Electronics, the muse-um will provide this concert tothe community free of charge.“As a child, my mom took meto a Tom Pease concert and themusic and entertainment Iexperienced was an influenc-ing force in my personalgrowth. We wanted to providethat same opportunity for allchildren in our community,”stated Margie Rychlock, pro-gram coordinator of the muse-um. A bake sale will follow theconcert and all proceeds anddonations will benefit themuseum.For more information, callthe museum at (715) 479-4623.
Children’s museumto host Tom Pease
Nicolet Area Technical Col-lege will offer several occupa-tional, general education orUniversity Transfer coursesthat will begin in late March.“These courses are perfectfor anyone who wanted tostart classes at the beginningof the semester but, for what-ever reason, was unable tomake that happen,” said RosePrunty, dean of the UniversityTransfer Liberal Arts Pro-gram at Nicolet College.“These late-start classesare a great way for students tobegin their college educationor pick up additional creditsthat can count toward adegree they’ve already start-ed,” she added.For more information, con-tact Nicolet College at (715)365-4493; 1-(800) 544-3039,ext. 4493; or nicoletcollege.-edu.
Nicolet to offer late-start classes
The community of Phelpswill hold its Maple Tour eventSaturday, March 24.Northwinds Bus Servicewill provide free transporta-tion for the tour. The sched-uled bus departure times are9:30 a.m. from Sunrise Lodgein Land O’ Lakes and 10:30a.m. from Phelps School.This educational family daywill include a breakfast fea-turing maple products at Sun-rise Lodge, a tree-tappingdemonstration with tree iden-tification at Phelps School anda morning tour of three tradi-tional sugar bushes.Lunch will be served atHoliday Lodge in Phelps fol-lowed by an afternoon tour of a commercial sugar bush anda maple syrup cooking demon-stration by Chef Vicki Mend-ham with hands-on samplingand recipe handouts at Sun-rise Lodge.Maps will be available forthose who prefer to drive. Par-ticipants should wearweather-appropriate clothing.Breakfast and lunch cost is$8 per person, dinner cost is$10 per person and meals forchildren 12 and younger arehalf-price.Maple syrup and naturalcrafts will be available forpurchase at Sunrise Lodge.For more informationincluding times and locations,contact the Phelps Chamberof Commerce at (715) 545-3800, phelpschamber@gmai-l.com or phelpscofc.org.
Maple Tour set in Phelps
ABOUT KIDS — The focuswas on youth basketballlast Saturday as the ThreeLakes Fish & WildlifeImprovement Associationhosted 38 boys and girlsteams from fifth throughthe eighth grades for itsannual tournament. Theevent also raised funds forscholarships, the schoolwildlife display and othereducational projects.
Basketball playersgrabbed lunch in a packedcommons area betweengames.
Abbie Baumann, avolunteer, helped servepretzels, french fries andother goodies.
Steve Swendsonbaked and cut dozens ofpizzas during a 12-hourday in the kitchen.
Below Right:
Coach RichJavenkoski talked with hisThree Lakes sixth-gradeteam.—Staff PhotosBy KURT KRUEGER
Please join Northland Pines District Administrator Mike Richie forcoffee and conversation in regard to the Northland Pines SchoolDistrict or public education in general. Citizens are encouraged tovoice opinions and ask questions.We thank you in advance for giving your time and your input. Yourthoughts are important to us and we really appreciate your interestin helping us attain our goal of continually improving the NorthlandPines School District!
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The monthly Y Golden Adventurers will visit theNorthwoods Children’s Muse-um in Eagle River Tuesday,March 20, at 1 p.m.The free event is open toanyone in the community,including those without a YMCA membership. A carpoolwill depart from the Y inRhinelander at 12:15 p.m.“The museum is a greatplace for children and theirgrown-ups to play, explore andlearn,” said Y Active Older Adult coordinator MarilynDuschl. “Seniors are kids atheart.”The children’s museum ishome to many interactivegames, educational exhibits,crafts and make-believe areas.The Y Golden Adventurersmeets for a different activityeach month.The Northwoods Children’sMuseum is located at 346 W.Division St. For directions oradditional information aboutthe event, contact Duschl at(715) 362-9622, ext. 118.
Golden Adventuressets visit March 20to children’s museum
Olson Memorial Library isholding its annual Youth ArtMonth exhibit and children’sartwork will be on displaythrough Thursday, April 12.The exhibit includes 22three-dimensional entries and66 two-dimensional entries.Some of the three-dimensionalentries are displayed in theglass case near the circulationdesk and other exhibits are ondisplay in the children’sdepartment.The judges’ comments, placeribbons, Louise’s Choice,Judges’ Choice and Judges’Choice runner-up designationswill be shown for each exhibit. A reception and awardsevent will be held April 12 from5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants,family and friends are welcometo attend.Reading sessions with Quin-cy the Tail-wagging Tutor areoffered on the following Mon-days: March 19, April 2, April16 and April 30. Interestedindividuals may call or stop into sign up for a 10-minute ses-sion. Sessions will begin at3:50 p.m. and run through 5p.m.
Youth Art Month set at library
 Area banks and creditunions have teamed up for AmericaSaves Weeks duringFebruary by offering incen-tives, events and education tohelp families save money dur-ing tough economic times.The event is part of thenational AmericaSaves Week,in which hundreds of groupsacross the country willencourage employees, mem-bers, students and the publicto reassess and improvespending and savings habitsin order to build wealth, notdebt.“Economic conditions of recent years have provided awake-up call for many fami-lies. They are realizing theimportance of financial stabil-ity through better budgeting,spending and saving behav-ior,” said Corrine Michniak,executive director of North-woods Saves.“It’s easier to weather hardtimes when you have financialcushion,” she added.Northwoods Saves hascoordinated the campaignthroughout Vilas, Oneida, For-est and Lincoln counties andbanks, credit unions andschools have committed toparticipate.Residents can participateby opening or adding to sav-ings accounts, or otherwisetake advantage of savingsopportunities.Since 2004, nearly 2,000people have enrolled as Amer-ica Northwoods Savers and$2.1 million have been de-posited as a result of Americ-aSaves Weeks.Residents can take advan-tage of other incentives, prizesand contests as determined byeach branch by visiting theseparticipating banks and creditunions: all North Woods loca-tions of First National Bank of Eagle River, M&I BMO HarrisBank, MidWisconsin Bank,River Valley Bank, Park CityCredit Union and CoVantageCredit Union.In addition to saving moneyfor personal financial goals,individuals may be eligible towin a Penny the Pig piggybank by making a deposit to anew or existing account tosave toward personal financialgoals or by filling out allrequired fields of the North-woods Saves entry/enrollmentform.Once enrolled as a saver,participants will receivefinancial tips via monthly e-mail and a quarterly newslet-ter by mail.
Northwoods Saves promotesnational savings campaign
 A new group to offer sup-port for those with multiplesclerosis, MS Circle of Hope,will hold its first meeting,Tuesday, March 20, at noon atGrace Foursquare Church,located at 4360 Highway 17 N.in Rhinelander.Meetings will be held thethird Tuesday of each monthat noon.For more information, con-tact Janet Carlstedt at (715)545-2245.
MS group setsfirst meeting
 A baby-sitting course, spon-sored by the Auxiliary of Howard Young Medical Cen-ter will be held SaturdayMarch 24, and Saturday, April21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in thecommunity education room atMinocqua Hazelhurst LakeTomahawk ElementarySchool in Minocqua.The certified Red Crosscourse will focus on care forchildren and infants, being agood leader, making good deci-sions, handling emergencies,and health topics such ashand-washing techniques.Those ages 11 through 15are welcome to participate inthe free course.Students are asked to bringa brown-bag lunch. Refresh-ments and snacks will be pro- vided.Space is limited, and pre-registration is required byMonday, March 12, and Mon-day, April 9, for each of theclasses.For more information, con-tact Mary Jane Hirtz at (715)356-5206 or (715) 358-2899.
Baby-sitting classoffered at MHLT
The local American RedCross is looking for volunteersto fill current vacancies on itsdisaster action team.The North Central Wiscon-sin Chapter serves the coun-ties of Vilas, Oneida, Forest,Iron, Langlade, Lincoln,Clark, Marathon, Portage,Price, Taylor and Wood. Volunteers in disaster ser- vices provide emergency relief to victims of local fires, floods,severe storms or other disas-ters that impact people’s lives.Red Cross volunteers at thescene of a home fire providecomfort to the family andmake sure they have shelter,food and the necessary sup-plies to be safe and secure.If a community was facedwith a large building evacua-tion, it would be a Red Crossdisaster action team settingup a shelter site and helpingkeep the community safe,according to coordinators. All training and supportwill be provided free of chargeby The American Red Crossand volunteer hours are flexi-ble. Anyone interested shouldcontact the Red CrossStevens Point office at (715)344-4052 or 1-(800) 939-4052or arcbadger.org.
Red Cross seeksdisaster volunteers
The YMCA of the North-woods will offer the YSPLASH program again thisspring at its facility inRhinelander. A grant from United Waywill allow the YMCA to pro- vide this water safety pro-gram for all second- andfourth- grade students in thetri-county area at no cost tothe schools, aside from trans-portation. All public, private, charterschool and home-schooled stu-dents are included in thegrant. Y SPLASH, which standsfor Swim, Play and Learn Aquatic Safety Habits, is ahands-on training designed tohelp both swimmers and non-swimmers stay safe andhealthy in and around thewater.Each second-grade studentwill have the opportunity toparticipate in two separateone-hour sessions.In Safety Skills Training,students will learn and prac-tice basic water awarenessand safety, including recogniz-ing and responding safely inan aquatic emergency, reach-ing and throwing assists, fit-ting and swimming in a life jacket, safe boating and cap-sizing protocols, and personalsafety skills including bobbingto safety, survival float andtreading water.Safety Swim lessons willinclude instruction and prac-tice in basic swimming skills,including safe water entry andwater adjustment, kickingand paddling, front and backfloat and glide, bobbing andrhythmic breathing. According to coordinators,instruction will be develop-mentally appropriate and willallow each child to progress athis or her own pace.Each fourth grade studentwill have the opportunity toparticipate in one two-part,hour-and-a-half session at the YMCA.Students will have a brief lesson and review of safetyskills similar to the second-grade SPLASH curriculum inReview of Safety Skills Train-ing.In the last portion, studentswill enjoy the remaining timedesignated as “Fun Time.”The slide will be turned onfor those who meet require-ments to ride it and the watermushroom will be turned onfor all children to enjoy.The United Way grant willcover the YMCA instructionalprogram and facility use.Each school will be respon-sible for busing costs.For more information, con-tact the Y Aquatic Depart-ment at (715) 362-9622, ext111, or email to mnieman@y -mcanw.org.
YMCA to offer SPLASH programwith help of United Way grant
STUDENTS OF THE MONTH — Northland Pines Middle Schoolrecently announced that its February Students of the Monthwere, from left, Hailey Ruth, Corrine Justice and Laura Garling.—Contributed Photo
Photographer Patrick Deanwas featured in the Feb. 29issue of this newspaper. Hiscorrect website is patrick-dean.com.
SOLO & ENSEMBLE — The Northland Pines SchoolDistrict held its Solo & Ensemble performances Satur-day at the high school. Students from five differentschools participated in the event, including NorthlandPines Middle School students Corrinne Justice,Michaela Zingler and Madison Ludwig (above), whosang “The Snow Begins to Fall”; Eddie Stevens (left),who performed “Solo Sounds for Clarinet”; and SophieMesko and Camrei Riedy, who played “Air and Gigue”on flute. —Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW
they are walked past ourhome. His need to drive themaway meets with success eachtime and so he continues thisannoying habit. If I call him,however, he comes immediate-ly and stops his protectivebehavior, until the next time.Face-to-face, he loves otherdogs. Yes, Bentley is my profes-sor and mentor. He teachesme daily what matters in life.His life is simple. He eats,sleeps, plays, loves and pees,but most of all, he seeks myattention and love and givesit back 1000%. When I cry, heleans against me in supportor jumps onto my lap. When Ileave the house, he looks atme with longing eyes, beggingto go along and he wins when-ever it is possible.Dogs, cats, ferrets, birds,horseswhatever— manyof us choose one or more to beour companions on this jour-ney through life. Ultimatelythey become family memberswho love unconditionally. Howblessed we are to have ourpets.
 Mary Friedel-Hunt, MA LCWS, is a freelance writerand psychotherapist in the Madison area. She can bereached atmfriedelhunt@charter.net or P.O. Box 1036, Spring Green,WI 53588.
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Pianist Michael Doerr of Eagle River will perform withthe Madison Symphony Or-chestra as one of the four final-ists of the Bolz Young ArtistCompetition Wednesday,March 21, at 6:45 p.m. at Over-ture Hall in Madison.Doerr was accompanied byhis brother, Robert, who playedthe orchestra part when theyperformed Rachmaninoff’s“Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” on two pianos in thepreliminary and semifinalrounds held in Madison inDecember.The final competition will bebroadcast live on Wisconsinpublic television and publicradio.The Wisconsin public televi-sion film crew visited EagleRiver in January to film a shortbiography of Michael Doerr,which also will air during thenight of the competition.Doerr is a homeschooledhigh school senior. He began tolearn how to play the piano atthe age of 5. His teachers haveincluded Bruce Clark, BetteClose and currently Dr. RaffiBesalyan, professor at UW-Stevens Point and internation-al concert pianist.Doerr is a six-time winner of the annual Wisconsin MusicTeachers Association BadgerKeyboard Competition.The Doerr brothers werenational finalists in the 2010Music Teachers National Asso-ciation (MTNA) Piano DuetCompetition, held in Albu-querque, N.M.In 2011, Michael Doerr wasthe state winner and represent-ed Wisconsin in the East Cen-tral Division of the MTNANational Senior Piano Compe-tition held in Muncie, Ind.He is the son of Bill and TinaDoerr of Eagle River.For ticket, encore broadcastand other information, visitmadisonsymphony.org/bolz.
Local pianist to appearin televised performance
The Rhine-lander DistrictLibrary kicksoff its annualauthor series,with localauthor VictoriaHouston, Mon-day, March 19,at 6:30 p.m.The event coin-cides with the release of Hous-ton’s new book, “Dead Tease,”the 12th in her Loon Lake Mys-tery series.Houston will discuss hernew book and answer ques-tions, both about her books andwriting in general. Her LoonLake Mystery series is set inthe North Woods of Wisconsinand highlights the region’s fish-ing culture.Library Journal’s review of “Dead Tease” described thebook as a “tale of jealousy andrevenge” and “a delightful pro-cedural that makes the most of the series’ offbeat ensemblecast.”Houston has also written sixnon-fiction books, including“Alone After School: A Self-CareGuide for Latchkey Childrenand Their Parents,” as well asthe national bestseller, “Lovinga Younger Man: How Women Are Finding and Enjoying aBetter Relationship” and“Restore Yourself: A Woman’sGuide to Reviving Her Libidoand Passion for Life” (co-authored with Dr. JamesSimon).Houston’s books will beavailable for purchase andautographs. Sponsored by theNorthern Arts council, refresh-ments will be served.For more information, callthe Rhinelander DistrictLibrary at (715) 365-1070.
Author series to feature Houston
The Ladies Night Out bowl-ing league recently hosted itseighth annual Bowling for aCure fundraiser to raise mon-ey for Marshfield Clinic breastcancer research and patientcare.For the last eight years, thetotal raised by this groupcomes to more than $35,000.This is the first year themoney raised will stay in thelocal area.More than 60 bowlers par-ticipated in the event this yearand won raffle items, partici-pated in silent auctions andpurchased pink-ribbon cook-ies.Breast cancer survivorswere honored in an openingceremony. At the end of theevent, the top fundraiser wasannounced.Alice Conwell of Eagle River, a breast cancersurvivor, raised $550 inpledges. The final tally raisedwas approximately $5,800.“A tremendous amount of work is involved in making anevent like this successful andnot many people know who thecoordinators are,” said SusieErickson, secretary of theLadies Night Out bowlingleague and event coordinator.Those on the committeeincluded Kathy Lyczak, PatMayo, JoAnn Bathel, CarolLong, Tina Lesnick, CarolKubiaczyk, Maxine Dragerand Kim Schaffer.“Special thanks also goes toMarilyn Will for her singing of the national anthem and therest of the Ladies Night Outleague who bowled and sup-ported this event,” addedErickson.“We had many other con-tributors too numerous tomention. This fundraiser couldnot be done without all of theirhelp,” Erickson continued.She expressed appreciationto Eagle Lanes for use of itsfacility for this event.For more information, con-tact Erickson at (715) 479-1059.
Bowling for a Cure raises about $5,800
Pine Mountain Music Festi- val announced that SandraLewin is its new executivedirector. She will succeed Peter Van Pelt, who has retired.Bill Leder, president of thefestival’s board of trustees,made the announcement andsaid, “I know I speak for ourentire board when I say that weare delighted that Sandy has joined the festival as executivedirector. Her employment is theculmination of an extensiverecruitment process that beganlast March. We are confidentthat Sandy will continue thededicated leadership that Peter Van Pelt has given us.”Lewin has an extensivebackground that qualifies herto lead the festival. She servedas director of community anddonor relations at OmegaHouse in Houghton, Mich., andearlier as university develop-ment director for prospect man-agement and research atMichigan Technological Uni- versity.She also served as adminis-trative assistant to the directorof the J. Robert Van PeltLibrary at Michigan Technolog-ical University in Houghton.Her community serviceincludes volunteering on theboards of the Calumet Theatre,the Calumet Players and theMiscowaubik Club, and she hascontributed to local theater asactress, singer, musician andbackstage crewmate.Outgoing director Van Peltsaid, “This festival is an amaz-ing phenomenon that con-tributes so much to life in theU.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michi-gan), and I am delighted thatSandy will be here to cherishand nurture it. I have knownher for a long time and havelong admired her professional-ism, sense of mission and pas-sion for the arts. It’s a reallygood fit.”Pine Mountain Music Festi- val presents a season of operaand classical music each Juneand July in the DickinsonCounty area, the Marquettearea, the Keweenaw Peninsulaand other towns in the UpperPeninsula.For more information, con-tact pmmf.org or 1-(888) 309-7861.
Pine Mountain Music Festivalnames Lewin executive director
The Sons of Norway wel-come anyone with an interestin Scandinavian culture tobecome a regular member of itsNordlandet Lodge. A traditional ScandinavianFrokost (brunch) will be heldSaturday, March 24, at 11 a.m.at Trinity Lutheran Church inRhinelander. An array of Norwegian spe-cialties will be featured. Partic-ipants do not have to be Norwe-gian or Scandinavian. All thatis needed is an interest in Scan-dinavian culture.The cost is $8 for adults and$4 for children 12 years old andyounger. Reservations must bemade by Wednesday, March 21,by calling Sharon Samuelsonat (715) 277-3331.
Sons of Norwayto hold brunch
JUG CASTLE — EagleRiver area firefightersrecently spent an after-noon with kindergartenstudents at Eagle RiverElementary School to helpthe students construct thesecond annual Kinder-garten Ice Castle. The fire-fighters showed picturesof how the real ice castleis constructed and workedwith the students to countthe milk jugs and constructice castles out of Legos,wooden blocks, buildingblocks and Smartboard.
Students and fire-fighters display the finalKindergarten Ice Castle. Atotal of 271 milk jugs wereused to construct the cas-tle.
Firefighters help stu-dents lay the foundation ofthe ice castle.—Contributed Photos
 Wisconsin’sNorth Woods
North of the Tension Zone
The North Lakeland Discov-ery Center, in collaborationwith the Timber Wolf Alliance(TWA), will celebrate NationalWolf Awareness Week Oct. 14-20. The week is a nationwideevent and celebration. Organi-zations will focus on the wolf and educate the public on thisspecies.TWA is seeking entries forthe 2012 Wolf Awareness Weekposter. In return for the use of the winning artwork, the artistwill receive prominent credit onthe poster, 200 copies of theposter and a $500 cash award.The TWA-sponsored posterreaches thousands of peoplethroughout the United Statesand parts of Canada. Accordingto the alliance, it has become acollector’s item following publi-cation.The rules and entry form areavailable at timberwolfalliance.org. For more information, call(715) 543-2085.
Alliance seekswolf poster

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