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Jun

Meeting set for construction in Eastman

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to preview the upcoming Highway 27 construction project in the village of Eastman. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Salem United Methodist Church meeting hall in Eastman.

This meeting will detail construction activities on the urban section of Highway 27 in Eastman, between Meadow Lane and Highway 179. Work is expected to begin July 5.

The urban segment begins at Meadow Lane in Eastman and extends north to about 0.15 miles south of the Highways 27/179 intersection.

Mon
18
Jun

Eastman Mets created a movement in fastpitch softball


Eastman Mets fastpitch softball team members on the first team in 1964 were (front row, from left) Chester Kramer, Ray Byerly, Terry Kramer, Pete Swanson, Gary Lenzendorf, Charlie Wall; (back row) Larry Pelock, John Pelock, John Swatek, John Kramer, Roger Wall, Tom Wagner, Dave Swanson and Mark Martin.

Remnants from the Eastman Mets continued on to play with league leaders Bob’s Bar and Slama’s Bar softball teams, where they mixed their talents with other players from the area. Above are Frank McCormick, Al Gillingham, David Swanson, Dennis Fuller, Pete Swanson, Mel Dearborn, John Kramer, Jim Pitzer, Tom Lydon and Bob Kuckenbecker. Below are LaVerne DuCharme, Ronnie Hollenberger, John Trautsch, Roger Feye, Roger Wall, Loyde Beers, John Swatek, manager Pete Mara, Bernie Zach and Mike Kilburg. Not pictured are John Slama and Dennis Lenzendorf. Visit the Courier on Facebook and Instagram for additional pictures of other area league teams who competed against the Mets.

By Correne Martin

This is a small-town tale about how high school fastpitch softball teams started developing in Eastman and other southwest Wisconsin communities in the 1960s. 

But this story is more than just another account of a masterful and passionate ball team. It’s the kind of story that allows you to envision a group of unpretentious sandlot ball buddies who sparked a community revolution simply by their love of the game. 

In the early 1960s, fast pitch was gaining ground in the area, but there were no young kids playing—except for every noon hour on the Eastman school playground. There, a mess of boys would organize a pick-up game. Some girls grabbed bats too—many of whom were just as good as the boys.

Mon
18
Jun

Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis

Elizabeth V. “Betty” Curtis, 100, of Prairie du Chien, died Sunday, June 17, at The Walter Schmidt Care Center in Prairie du Chien. 

She was born Sept. 3, 1917, the daughter of Alfred and Coral (Palmer) Leighty. She married Fay Curtis on Oct. 21, 1961, at the United Methodist Church in Janesville. Fay preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2000. Betty worked for Parker Pen in Janesville for many years.

She is survived by her cousins, especially Norma Huza, of Prairie du Chien, along with several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Robert Moore.

According to Betty’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A private interment will be in the Union Nagle Cemetery in Patch Grove. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

 

Mon
18
Jun

Eileen M. Schiffman

Eileen M. Schiffman, 82, passed away on Saturday, June 16, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. 

She was born March 1, 1936, in Bagley, the daughter of John and Hazel (Quinn) Champion. Eileen attended Bagley High school. She married Donald Schiffman on Sept. 10, 1967. Eileen worked alongside her husband as co-owner and caretaker of the River of Lakes Campground for over thirty years. She enjoyed camping and visiting the local casinos. She liked a good game of cards and loved playing cards and board games with her grandkids. 

She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters Shelli (Rick) McLimans and Sue (Mick) Redman; six grandchildren Amber (Brian) Zart, Adam (Bethany) McLimans, Tara (Matt) Adams, Wendy (Cody) Kirschbaum, Eric (Alie) Redman and Jamie (Garrett Knapp) Redman; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger (Diane) Champion; a sister-in-law Sally Champion; and many nieces and nephews.

Fri
15
Jun

Allen J. Mullikin

Allen J. Mullikin, 52, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Wednesday, June 13, at his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness. 

He was born May 11, 1966, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Clifford and Georgina (Emery) Mullikin. Allen enjoyed woodworking and loved to hunt and fish. 

He is survived by his mother Georgina Mullikin, of Prairie du Chien; his sisters, Susan Schultz and Cheryl Cooley, both of Prairie du Chien, and Judy (Ted) Schott, of Fredericksburg, Iowa; and his brother Wayne (Lynn) Mullikin, of Wisconsin Rapids. 

He was preceded in death by his father Clifford and two brothers-in-law Thomas Cooley and James Schultz.

Thu
14
Jun

Arnold R. Neises

Arnold R. Neises, 86, of Monroe, died Tuesday, May 29, at New Glarus Nursing Home. 

He was born on May 22, 1932, in Kenosha, the son of Sylvester and Josephine (Berntgen) Neises. He graduated from May D. Bradford High School in Kenosha. Arnold married Dorothy R. Aiello on Jan. 7, 1956, in Kenosha. He worked at Moore Business Forms for 19 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. Victors Catholic Church; and enjoyed golfing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Monroe; six children, Laura Short, of Monroe, Steven (Barbara) Neises, of Arlington, S.D., Robert (Lori) Neises, of Waconia, Minn., Jayne (David Brunkow ) Neises, of Machesney Park, Ill., Theresa (James) Talbert, of Janesville, Jeffery (Susan Engler) Neises, of Monroe; four grandchildren, Christine (Ryan), Jaclyn, Jarred and Jeremy; one step-grandchild, Brett; and two step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Neises, of Kenosha. 

Wed
13
Jun

Where the best and the brightest go next after the last word of the speech


Brent Bloyer Chrissie Alioto Kristine Pettis

By Rachel Mergen

 

As area high school graduations are done for another year, past graduates reflect on their own experiences. Valedictorians, especially, have important connections with their commencement ceremonies, as they addressed the audiences and represented the best and brightest of the school. But, once the diploma is accepted and the graduates walk out of their schools, what comes next for the top of the class? 

Kristine Pettis

Kristine Pettis achieved the honor of Valedictorian in 2008 at Seneca High School. 

Wed
13
Jun

Kids can explore the garden for free


Ashlin Nolan, daughter of John and Carrie Nolan, forms soil around a plant in the Memorial Gardens. Through hands-on gardening activities such as this, children can learn about the earth and its bounty at this summer’s Kids in the Garden program, which starts today (Wednesday, June 13), from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and will continue every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. (Submitted photo)

Kids in the Garden is a free program at the St. Feriole Island Memorial Gardens every second and fourth Wednesday morning and afternoon, sponsored by the Crawford County Master Gardeners. Class times are 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Children ages 5-14 and their parents or guardians (for those under 10) are invited to explore the garden setting, including the harvesting of vegetables, tasting of them, talking about using them and enjoying a story walk, snack and beverage.

June 13—Planting Our Garden and Construction of a Bug Condo

Seeds and plants will be planted and labels made. There will be story time and time for exploring bug guests in the bug condo. Hummingbird feeders will also be filled and installed, that way the kids can watch hummingbirds all summer.

Wed
13
Jun

Sagedahl is First Team All American


Chas Sagedahl of Prairie du Chien is a First Team All American after an outstanding freshman season at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa.

Former Prairie du Chien High School athlete Chas Sagedahl has earned recognition as a NJCAA First Team All-American after a stellar baseball season in 2018 for Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa.

The West Burlington, IA-ICCAC Division II Player of the Year garnered his recognition after a season that saw 76.1 innings of work along with a 1.41 ERA. That ERA mark is second nationally in the NJCAA Division II ranks. 

Wed
13
Jun

Prairie du Chien man says he saw black cougar


This track was photographed by Larry Stluka’s son, who has relatively wide hands.

By Ted Pennekamp

A black cougar (also known as a panther) has killed several pigs and damaged a cow and two dogs according to a rural Prairie du Chien man who says he saw the large cat about two weeks ago on his farm.

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