Booth and Beyond

Posted 5/18/22

FROM THE CORNER The Stanley community was saddened by the death of Adam Buck. Adam was killed on April 28, after being hit by a drunk driver. Adam had an infectious smile and was a real peoples’ …

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The Stanley community was saddened by the death of Adam Buck. Adam was killed on April 28, after being hit by a drunk driver. Adam had an infectious smile and was a real peoples’ person. He treated us old guys at McDonald’s with respect and it was always a pleasant experience seeing him in such a good mood. He was highly thought of by his peers both here at home and in the military, where he served with high honors and praise as a talented leader and drone instructor. His funeral drew a huge crowd of family members, his friends and friends of his family. A number of people lined Pine Street to honor him as the funeral procession passed on the way to Oakland Cemetery where he lies at peace. Sympathy to Sara and Joe Henzel who helped Adam reach the manhood he achieved. And to my friend Brandon, his brother, may you and your siblings have lasting memories of a good brother you lost in a tragic accident. *** Did you know? On Sunday, May 8, we celebrated Mother’s Day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill designating the second Sunday in May, as a legal holiday to be called “Mother’s Day” – dedicated “to the best mother in the world, your mother.” * Mother’s Day is not the only holiday we celebrate in May. We also celebrate Memorial Day. On June 22, 1942, Congress passed a joint resolution, later amended on December 22, 1942, that encompassed what has come to be known as the U. S. Flag Code. The Flag Code calls for citizens to stand at attention and salute the flag when passing in a parade or being hoisted or lowered. As good Boy Scouts, while attending Camp Philips in our scouting days, all scouts were called to the flag pole when the flag was raised before breakfast and when it was retired after supper. It was an opportunity to become familiar with flag etiquette and to learn how to properly fold a flag. Those were good days, and good memories. *** It’s that time of the year that I am getting very antsy to do a couple of things. Number one is to plant my root veggies – especially beets and onions. I already have the onions purchased as they seem to run out at local stores that sell them. I plant yellow onions as they are the only ones that keep for us. Our 2021 crop stayed usable until mid-January. The second thing I am anxious to be doing is traveling a few places. On our short list this year is a trip to Rochester, MN for lunch at Victoria’s Ristorante and Wine Bar in downtown Rochester and to Sassy Cow Creamery near Columbus, WI. Both these places made “The Nicest Place in Every State,” a Reader’s Digest list from 2020. I hope we can make the Rochester visit on an overnight planned to the La Crosse area and then travel home via the Mississippi River Road. Several wineries are beckoning too! *** Gardening tips! Don't throw out your old couee grounds. They’re full of nutrients that your acid-loving plants crave. Save them to fertilizer rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, camel- lias and evergreens. * Scatter a border of ashes from a fireplace around your garden to deter cutworms, slugs, and snails – ash sticks to their bodies and draws moisture out of them. * Sprinkle a small amount of ashes over garden plants to manage infestations of soft-bodied insects. *** Sad to say, but unfortunately these days the only time we see some of our relatives is when we gather together for a funeral. We experienced one of those occasions on Saturday, May 7, at the funeral of a first cousin's wife. The gathering brought togeth – er many first cousins for the occasion. It was great for us to see several relatives that it has been years since we have seen them. They are now retired making travel to such occasions easier to accomplish. *** Interesting facts. Despite COVID-19, McDonald’s in 2021 increased its company operated restaurants from 2,677 to 2,738. And franchised restaurants increased from 36,198 to 40,031. *** Main Street in Stanley has come alive again! Iconic Bob Valk has returned to his barber shop. Bob had some health issues that resulted in a hospitalization and rehabilitation period. However, it is good that he is back on the job as quite a few guys were going around town with some pretty long hair. He is now open for business Monday-Thursday in the mornings. It’s good to see guys, through the window, waiting for a haircut or sitting around to get a little news. Bob, its good to see you back and your well wishers hope your around for many more days to come. *** Many properties with tornado damage are in various stages of repair. Each week progress is evident. The former Ford garage has now been leveled, but some remains still need to be removed. There are a number of properties that nothing still has been done. *** Stories are that Stanley native Louie Eslinger, who is retiring from the position of the Village of Cadott Police Chief, was recently lured to the Count House in Chippewa Falls, where he was greeted by well wishes, both from the Sheriu's Ovce and a number of departments in the court house, who he dealt with over the years. So Louie is getting a royal send-ou!! Enjoy retirement Chief Eslinger. *** May 2-6 was Teacher Appreciation Week. Here is a little something to remember as one thinks of the great teachers that taught you. “Engineers make bridges, artist make paintings, scientists make rockets, but teachers make them all.” *** Smile time. A couple of humorous old postcard images: Caution: Be sure BRAIN is engaged before putting MOUTH in GEAR. * Don’t “Turn unto thine enemy the other cheek to smite, the second punch may be a clean knockout! +++ Two sisters were shopping together and one sister bought a “belated birthday” card. After a pause, she grabbed four more. Seeing a confused look on her sister’s face she explained, “I like to think ahead.” +++ A cousin recently lamented to my wife, “It may take a village to raise a child, but I swear it will take a vineyard to home school one.” +++ “The brain is an amazing organ. It starts working in a mother’s womb and doesn’t stop working until you get elected to Congress.” That was a quote from Sen. John Neely Kennedy, Politician +++ People who study meteors are called weatherologists. +++ Start unknown, finish unforgettable. +++ Friendship is the habitual inclination to promote the good in one another. +++ Don’t say yes to everything. “No” is also an answer, and it can be a full sentence. +++ My wife and I decided it was time for a vacation, as the world reopens. I taped a world map to the refrigerator, gave my wife a magnetic dart, and said, “Wherever it lands is our vacation destination.” Seems we will be spending two weeks behind the refrigerator! +++ Believe the unbelievable and you can do the impossible.