December – 2014
EXELAND AREA ASSOCIATION NEWS
Reminder notice: All $20 membership fees are now due. If you are a current member of the Association or would like to become one you can send $20 with your address to: Janet Gerber – PO Box 35 – Exeland, WI 54835.
Ads for the Exeland Newsletter are also due now. The cost is $40 for four ads. To renew your ad or to purchase a new one please submit payment and your business info to:
Janet Gerber – PO Box 35 – Exeland, WI 54835.
The annual “Trail of Terror” sponsored by the Association each fall was another big success with over 200 people attending the two day event.
The next quarterly business meeting for the organization will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Exeland Rod & Gun Clubhouse. The big item on the agenda will be discussion to possibly accept a building to be donated to the Association.
If the building is accepted it will serve as the Association’s new headquarters.
One of the projects the Association plans on doing this spring is at Swan Creek Park. Plans are in process to complete the tribute to Sonny Shimko & our Armed Forces. A plaque to honor people who have served our country will be placed near the new attractive flag pole. The area around the flag & plaque will be decorated with rock and bushes. It should be nice.
The Association apologizes for this newsletter being tardy. It was supposed to be out in December. Also, the Association never held their quarterly business meeting last month.
Association President Jim Gerber explained, “The Association had a phenomenal year in 2013. We spent a lot of money in the community and completed a lot of projects. I felt we needed a little break to reload and get ready for 2014. The newsletter is late because I glbyxtofu.” When someone asked Janet why there was no meeting and the newsletter was late she may have given a better explanation, “Jim is just getting lazy.”
OUR SINCERE SYMPATHY
The Exeland community would like to extend their condolences to all of the families on the recent passing of:
Clara Teele (Oct. 31)
Ed Grindheim (Nov. 30)
Robert Thorson (Dec. 22)
In remembrance of special people who graced
the Exeland community from past years:
Myron & Mary Gordon
Ronald & Darlene Smith
Leo & Mary Ann Oldeen
Ray & Eleanor Hause
Walter & Beverly Gerber
To preserve the memories a friend or relative you can
buy a spot on the Memorial Plaque in the café.
Contact Janet at the bank for more info.
Santa Shop News
The annual Santa Shop held at the Weirgor Town Hall on December 15th was another huge success. Once again, the event was well attended and a lot of smiles were put on the kids faces as they got to shop for their family and friends. As always, Santa was there to pass out big bags of candy to make the morning extra special.
A big thank to Michele Meyers for putting on the Santa Shop again this year, to Bill Haymes for being Santa, and to the Exeland American Legion for the bags of candy. Also, a big thank you to all of the elves that helped Michele out. We don’t have your names at this time but the day wouldn’t be a success without you being a part of it.
During the January cold weather, the Weirgor Village Hall water pipes broke and flooded the basement. There was plenty of water that needed to be pumped out. The bad news is that everything for the Santa Shop was stored in that basement and nothing can be saved. After 20 years ofgathering and purchasing and saving they are going to have to start fresh. So please keep the Santa Shop in mind throughout the year. Donations will be collected at the bank. The Santa Shop is for children to purchase gifts for their moms, dads, brothers sisters, and other loved ones. Such a wide assortment of items are always needed. Faith in the wonderful people of our community is that they will come together and help out so that Michele will be able to continue this long standing tradition.
CHRISTMAS NEWS FROM THE AREA
Like always, there were some very impressive light displays on the homes in the area. The weather caught a few people off guard and some didn’t get their decorations up. But overall, there were a lot of beautiful sites to see at many of the homes.
No surprise by this report. Dana Zebro didn’t behave again this past year and ended up getting coal in her stocking.
EXELAND ROD & GUN NEWS
In November the organization held their annual Hunter’s Ball at the clubhouse with 50 members attending. Winning guns during the night’s festivities were: John Deach (Exeland); Glenn Schwarz (Ojibwa); Curt Gerber (Hayward); Brant Waite (Cameron); Korey Fischer (Exeland); Norm Rademaker (Exeland); Bud Hover (Exeland); Gene Caturia (Exeland); Daryl Kinnear (Ladysmith); Kevin Harrins (Bloomer). Cash Winner: Doug Zebro (Exeland)
Congratulations to this year’s Big Buck Contest winners: Daryl Kinnear (GUN) & Norm Rademaker (BOW)
The secretary position left open after Nevin Zezza retired has now been filled. Robert Deach was unanimously elected to assume the job. Robert admittedly confessed he has no skills to handle this duty but he will do his best to honor club and country.
Concerned about a string of poor deer seasons in recent years and the alarming rate the deer herd is declining in northern Wisconsin, the Exeland Rod & Gun Club will be addressing the problem by taking their fight to DNR officials and politicians. Their goal is to reduce the number of antlerless deer tags sold each season and to have more predator tags issued, primarily for bear and wolves.
Congratulations goes out to the following hunter’s on getting their first buck with a bow:
Conner Kopras (Exeland / son of Denny & Sue Kopras) & Brohde Aspseter (Rice Lake / grandson of Clayton & Janette Aspseter). Also, congrats to Chance Brown (Exeland / Rod Brown & Sue Ann Brown) on shooting his first bear. Chance was guided by Rod’s Bad Bear Guide Service.
The Club has several goals for the upcoming year. However, the main one will be to complete the local nature/walking trail that was started last year. The trail is located south of the clubhouse. Rod & Gun Club President Al Gerber said, “This is going to be a really nice addition to the community and it’ll be open to the public at no charge. We need to smooth out a few spots on the trail and get it all marked. It’ll be a very scenic and great trail. Everyone should take advantage of it. It should be completed in early spring.”
WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS!! If you would like to join the Exeland Rod & Gun Club the membership fee is only $20. This includes use of the gun range. You can join by paying the annual fee to any club member or by sending your money to: Exeland Rod & Gun Club – PO Box 92 – Exeland, WI 54835.
Also, a reminder to all current members: your 2014 membership is due.
A tough winter so far with a lot of snow and cold. There have already been three or four days of school cancellations this year.
Some great performances at the play “The Wizard of Oz” put on by the Bruce Drama Club on Nov. 8 and 9. Playing big parts in the play were: Kari Fetting (daughter of Kevin Fetting); Amanda Warner (daughter of Randy & Missy Warner); Hannah Anderson (daughter of Andy & Missy Anderson); & Kelsie Kopras (daughter of Denny & Sue Kopras).
The Winter Drama Club also had great performances from local stars in their play “Maid to Order”. Playing big roles in this great production were: Brittany Thompson, Kourtney Fischer, Mackenzie Thompson & Kari Mattmiller. One thing is pretty evident … there is a lot of talent around the Exeland area!
Jim Gerber held a book signing at the Rock Castle on October 12th. A huge crowd showed up to get a copy of his latest book and listen to the great music of the Porch Dogs. A big thank you to Gene and Laura Caturia for hosting the big event!
A big welcome to Nikki Phillips at Skinny Dipper’s Bar on Windfall Lake! She has opened up the former 3rd Base tavern and is waiting for your business. The grand opening held on January 4th drew a huge crowd for some music and fireworks over the lake. Stop in, introduce yourself and say hi to Nikki!
Nice to see a picture in the Ladysmith News of people with connections to our community helping out with the annual “Shop With A Cop” event. Contributing there time to help kids with their Christmas needs was Cliff Parr (State Trooper), Jeff Wallace (County Deputy) along with Sherry Wallace & Celina Cooper. The day included bowling, pizza party, crafts, a visit from Santa and a shopping trip with the law enforcement personal. A wonderful program with big help from some of our very own!
The Exeland First United Methodist Church would like to thank everyone who attended the Cookie and Candy Walk in December! Also thank you to everyone who made all the wonderful treats, crafts and worked in any way to make it a success.
Time to catch up on the fall sports first:
The Bruce High School 8-man football team qualified for the 3rd place game in the Jamboree. They lost the game but still ended up with a very respectable 7-3 season record. Some local stars on the team with connections to our area were: Nick Chafer, Carter Chafer, Ben Adams, Kyle Graves, Dallas Zelek, Jared Weisser & Zach Inczauskis. Great season, guys!
Also, a lot of royalty from the area on the Homecoming Court included Nick Chafer, Kyle Graves & Zach Inczauskis. Dallas Zelek & Denae Wessman were chosen king & queen!
Congrats to the following players who made the 2013 8-Man Lakeland All-Conference football team: Nick Chafer (1st team running back); Kyle Graves (1st team linebacker); Ben Adams (2nd team linebacker); Dallas Zelek (honorable mention quarterback); Zach (line).
One of the top players this past fall on the Winter High School football team was Brody Fischer. Hats off to Brody!
There was more royalty from the area on other homecoming courts: Brittany Thompson was the queen at Winter High School and Packer Makinia was on the court at Flambeau. Congrats to both of you!
Making the Lakeland All-Conference team in volleyball were: Denae Wessman (Bruce) & Hannah Anderson (Bruce). Denae Wessman also made All-Cnference in cross country. Congratulations to these girls on great seasons!
Reports on all of the high school basketball teams from the area will be put in the March newsletter.
Congrats to Kal Gerber (Cameron high School) on winning the prestigious Northern Badger wrestling tournament for the second year in a row. Kal is currently undefeated and ranked number one in the state at his 126 lb. weight class.
Congrats to Ben Adams (Bruce High School) & Packer Makinia (Flambeau High School) on their 2nd place finishes at the Northern Badger. Ben wrestles at the 138 lb. weight class and Packer at 220 lbs. Both wrestlers are also ranked very high in the state.
Brohde Aspseter, a freshman at Rice Lake, is off to a very impressive start in his wrestling career and is one of the top in his conference at 113 lbs.
The Green Bays Packers season is over after they lost their playoff game. Still, they captured a 3rd straight division championship and gave us a lot of thrilling moments again this year.
A THANK YOU TO THE SPOOKS
The Trail of Terror held by the Exeland Area Association on Friday & Saturday, Oct. 18 & 19 was another huge success. Over 200 brave souls walked through the scary site during the two nights. A huge thank you to all of the people who helped on the trail this year: Michelle Bartlett, Nancy Gerber, Jackie Thompson, Colleen Schott, Sherry Samardzich, Nikki Tomasovich, Kelsie Kopras, Carissa Stewart, Ron Thompson, Makenzie Thompson, Amanda Warner, Missy Warner, Randy Warner, Rob Warner, Jim Gerber, Jenelle Patterson, Caleb Patterson, Toby Patterson, Dawn Pettit, Kourney Fischer, Lacey Martin, LeAnn Martin, Tyan Thome, Janet Gerber Sandy Dantzman, Conner Kopras, Kyle Suzan, Chance Brown, Summer Dillivan & Sue Kopras.
The National Spook Service has rated the Exeland Trail as the second scariest in the nation. The one at Disney World in Orlando, Florida is rated first.
The community was saddened when the home of Ofelia Schartz was destroyed by a fire on Tuesday, January 7th. It appears the home and most her belongings are a total lost. Two of her pets also perished in the fire. The home is located on Schwartz Road in the village of Exeland and the fire started around 11:30 a.m. The home was built by Gus & Esther Schwartz in the early 30’s.
Don’t forget to say thank you to our local firemen. It was pretty impressive to watch them fight this fire in sub-zero temperatures for nearly six hours. We’re fortunate to live in a community that is protected by these great volunteers.