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Just before Memorial Day, I had the opportunity to take a ride to Symco to decorate graves for the summer.

I’ve been on this outing before, and if it wasn’t for the terrible condition of Highway 110 west of Marion, it would be even more pleasant.

You travel through Amish country, have an opportunity to view their farms, the buggies, horses and a way of life. It is impressive.

—————

Closer to home, the outing made me reflect on the Memorial Day weekend and, of course, memories.

On the Sunday of that weekend in years gone by, Reynolds Sugar Bush held its pancake and maple festival. It was an event that drew thousands of people from across Wisconsin.

You could count on great pancakes and pure maple syrup that day, and the trilliums were always spectacular, lining Highway 45 from Antigo to Aniwa. As I’ve written about before, the memories from the day were simply great. From the time I was a kid, we were friends with Juan and Adin Reynolds and their families.

There was always plenty to eat, I learned to love potato pancakes under those big tents, maple queens were selected and Howie Sturtz and his orchestra made the trip from Neillsville for the day of good, wholesome fun.

Those trilliums were still guiding the way to Aniwa this year, but Juan and Adin are deceased and the festival and the sugar bush have faded away, too.

—————

There is another memory of Memorial Day weekend, but far less pleasant.

In 1979 a Milwaukee creep, James Stawicki, was on vacation in the northwoods near Crandon and wandered south to Antigo.

A young and attractive lady from Racine was traveling to the family’s seasonal home in Oneida County and in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon, their paths tragically crossed in Antigo. She was run off Highway 45 at the Highway J west intersection.

Despite heavy traffic in the area, Stawicki successfully kidnapped her and drove north a few miles, pulled off the highway on a logging road, and raped and murdered her.

The body was not immediately found and that created safety concerns among local residents. If possible, once the body was discovered, the situation got only worse because the killer had not been captured.

Stawicki was picked up by sharp-eyed Milwaukee officers who spotted suspicious paint on his SUV and eventually he was charged with rape and murder, opening a court battle that lasted for years.

It was a tragedy for the girl’s family, truly gentle people, and for our community. The perception of safety we hold so dear had been upset.

I have a ton of memories, some great and some not. A Memorial weekend will never pass without thoughts of those two events.

—————

I’ve been behind all week. There’s nothing quite like starting what should be Monday on Tuesday morning. You start behind and in my case, I lingered right there.

—————

An e-mail came from a friend recently recalling Burma Shave advertising.

It was a reminder of days gone past when we would travel to visit my mother’s sister, Nora, and her family in Waupun. Recalling the trips sparks very pleasant memories of good times with cousins Jim, Jane, Tom and John.

On the way, and don’t ask me the route my father took, we passed an artesian spring, all had a drink of water and filled a few bottles for Antigo.

While I still cherish my family outings, spring water and riding with my father, mother and my sister, Burma Shave was always a factor for fun.

There were five signs, about 100 feet apart and the final message was to use Burma Shave to ease removal of your stubble, or beard. They appeared long before the interstate system was developed.

We had great time rolling along in the car and reading the signs out loud.

Here are a few samples:

— Trains don’t wander

all over the map

‘cause nobody sits

in the engineer’s lap

Burma Shave

— She kissed the hairbrush

by mistake

she thought it was

her husband Jake

Burma Shave

— Brother speeder

let’s rehearse

all together

good morning, nurse

Burma Shave

— Cautious rider

to her reckless dear

let’s have less bull

and a little more steer

Burma Shave

Car in ditch

driver in tree

the moon was full

and so was he.

Burma Shave



Back when I was a kid and certainly didn’t need to buy Burma Shave, it was necessary to read the signs out loud. I felt very smart.

———————

Our reporter returned to the office Friday afternoon and explained that a man had been in court on charges of having drug paraphernalia in his possession — certainly nothing unusual.

According to the rules and regulations, he was fined $50, plus costs.

Our reporter was amazed, because those fees and costs sent the total impact of the crime to $516, more than 10 times the fine for the sin.

Those fees and fines are ruinous, and you better pay them because legal action is looming.

During the coming weeks, the subject will make a interesting news story.

—————

On Wednesday, I represented the Antigo Daily Journal at the high school scholarship assembly. I usually make it to the event and every time I’m there, I leave pleased and proud.

On a pre capita basis, the Antigo Unified School District is not wealthy, but when it come to funding education for our graduates, individuals, businesses and civic organizations are very generous.

Students share hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts to attend colleges, universities and technical schools. In many cases Wednesday evening, the presentations were made by individuals, their representatives or officers in the groups.

It gives a face and name identification path from the people offering the scholarships to the recipients.

Just an added note, Edward Vavruska, a retired Antigo businessman, died June 18, 2013 at the age of 101.

When his estate was settled earlier this spring, it called for donation of the remaining cash to the Red Robin Scholarship Fund. Just his closing donation totaled more than $700,000 in cash.

That closed a life that was hallmarked by philanthropy.

In the area where it counts, our graduates and their futures, residents of the school district have stepped up.

—————

It is a beautiful day. Get out and and take stunning spring pictures for the Journal, set to be printed osn June 21.

So far I have only two entries.
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Bits and Pieces for May 31
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Just before Memorial Day, I had the opportunity to take a ride to Symco to decorate graves for the summer.

I’ve been on this outing before, and if it wasn’t for the terrible condition of Highway 110 west of Marion, it would be even more pleasant.

You travel through Amish country, have an opportunity to view their farms, the buggies, horses and a way of life. It is impressive.

—————

Closer to home, the outing made me reflect on the Memorial Day weekend and, of course, memories.

On the Sunday of that weekend in years gone by, Reynolds Sugar Bush held its pancake and maple festival. It was an event that drew thousands of people from across Wisconsin.

You could count on great pancakes and pure maple syrup that day, and the trilliums were always spectacular, lining Highway 45 from Antigo to Aniwa. As I’ve written about before, the memories from the day were simply great. From the time I was a kid, we were friends with Juan and Adin Reynolds and their families.

There was always plenty to eat, I learned to love potato pancakes under those big tents, maple queens were selected and Howie Sturtz and his orchestra made the trip from Neillsville for the day of good, wholesome fun.

Those trilliums were still guiding the way to Aniwa this year, but Juan and Adin are deceased and the festival and the sugar bush have faded away, too.

—————

There is another memory of Memorial Day weekend, but far less pleasant.

In 1979 a Milwaukee creep, James Stawicki, was on vacation in the northwoods near Crandon and wandered south to Antigo.

A young and attractive lady from Racine was traveling to the family’s seasonal home in Oneida County and in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon, their paths tragically crossed in Antigo. She was run off Highway 45 at the Highway J west intersection.

Despite heavy traffic in the area, Stawicki successfully kidnapped her and drove north a few miles, pulled off the highway on a logging road, and raped and murdered her.

The body was not immediately found and that created safety concerns among local residents. If possible, once the body was discovered, the situation got only worse because the killer had not been captured.

Stawicki was picked up by sharp-eyed Milwaukee officers who spotted suspicious paint on his SUV and eventually he was charged with rape and murder, opening a court battle that lasted for years.

It was a tragedy for the girl’s family, truly gentle people, and for our community. The perception of safety we hold so dear had been upset.

I have a ton of memories, some great and some not. A Memorial weekend will never pass without thoughts of those two events.

—————

I’ve been behind all week. There’s nothing quite like starting what should be Monday on Tuesday morning. You start behind and in my case, I lingered right there.

—————

An e-mail came from a friend recently recalling Burma Shave advertising.

It was a reminder of days gone past when we would travel to visit my mother’s sister, Nora, and her family in Waupun. Recalling the trips sparks very pleasant memories of good times with cousins Jim, Jane, Tom and John.

On the way, and don’t ask me the route my father took, we passed an artesian spring, all had a drink of water and filled a few bottles for Antigo.

While I still cherish my family outings, spring water and riding with my father, mother and my sister, Burma Shave was always a factor for fun.

There were five signs, about 100 feet apart and the final message was to use Burma Shave to ease removal of your stubble, or beard. They appeared long before the interstate system was developed.

We had great time rolling along in the car and reading the signs out loud.

Here are a few samples:

— Trains don’t wander

all over the map

‘cause nobody sits

in the engineer’s lap

Burma Shave

— She kissed the hairbrush

by mistake

she thought it was

her husband Jake

Burma Shave

— Brother speeder

let’s rehearse

all together

good morning, nurse

Burma Shave

— Cautious rider

to her reckless dear

let’s have less bull

and a little more steer

Burma Shave

Car in ditch

driver in tree

the moon was full

and so was he.

Burma Shave



Back when I was a kid and certainly didn’t need to buy Burma Shave, it was necessary to read the signs out loud. I felt very smart.

———————

Our reporter returned to the office Friday afternoon and explained that a man had been in court on charges of having drug paraphernalia in his possession — certainly nothing unusual.

According to the rules and regulations, he was fined $50, plus costs.

Our reporter was amazed, because those fees and costs sent the total impact of the crime to $516, more than 10 times the fine for the sin.

Those fees and fines are ruinous, and you better pay them because legal action is looming.

During the coming weeks, the subject will make a interesting news story.

—————

On Wednesday, I represented the Antigo Daily Journal at the high school scholarship assembly. I usually make it to the event and every time I’m there, I leave pleased and proud.

On a pre capita basis, the Antigo Unified School District is not wealthy, but when it come to funding education for our graduates, individuals, businesses and civic organizations are very generous.

Students share hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts to attend colleges, universities and technical schools. In many cases Wednesday evening, the presentations were made by individuals, their representatives or officers in the groups.

It gives a face and name identification path from the people offering the scholarships to the recipients.

Just an added note, Edward Vavruska, a retired Antigo businessman, died June 18, 2013 at the age of 101.

When his estate was settled earlier this spring, it called for donation of the remaining cash to the Red Robin Scholarship Fund. Just his closing donation totaled more than $700,000 in cash.

That closed a life that was hallmarked by philanthropy.

In the area where it counts, our graduates and their futures, residents of the school district have stepped up.

—————

It is a beautiful day. Get out and and take stunning spring pictures for the Journal, set to be printed osn June 21.

So far I have only two entries.
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