Booth and Beyond

Posted 11/3/21

FROM THE CORNER This got squeezed out of last week's column. For those out of the area who might be interested, Jean Walker, wife of former Stanley Coach Link Walker, passed on October 14, at …

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Booth and Beyond



This got squeezed out of last week's column. For those out of the area who might be interested, Jean Walker, wife of former Stanley Coach Link Walker, passed on October 14, at age 92. The Walker’s had been married 59 years and came to Stanley in the fall of 1953 when he was hired as a Physical Education teacher and Head Football Coach. They remained here through the 1956-57 school year, when they moved to Antigo and eventually full circle back to the UW- Eau Claire.

As an eleven year old, I remember the Walker’s as they were neighbors, who lived in the Walter Miller home, located on the southwest corner of Broadway and Oak Streets. I have heard many of his Stanley football players speak highly of Link as their coach.

*** From all the chatter I heard, the city council did not get good reviews on their discussion related to not setting Trick or Treat hours. People don’t want kids coming already at 3 pm or even at 4 pm. Parents usually accompany the little ones so the darkness isn’t a great concern. If you complained about the city council not setting hours, and didn’t do it to a council member, you have to talk to your council member, so next year there needn’t be any discussion on setting hours. At the next council meeting, it was voted to have Tricks or Treats from 5-7 pm. Good job council!!

*** Did you see the mean insulting sign in the Purdue stands at the Wisconsin vs. Purdue football game on Saturday, October 23? It read, “Badger’s are actually angry skunks.” Now isn’t that mean?

*** A few more interesting facts on the Clark County Forests.

Clark County forest land is made up of 134,742 acres. The timber types identified on these lands are 16% oak, 40% aspen, 19% conifer, 19% is non-forest, and 6% other timber varieties. +++ There are 45.98 miles of roads in the county forest that meet minimum town road standards. In 2020, state maintenance funding received was $16,138.98 or $351 per mile. This funding does not provide sufficient money for maintaining the long-term integrity of the County Forest Road system. *** Camping is a significant business in Clark County. Reve nue from camping fees in 2020 was $702,898, an increase of $89,040 over 2019. An additional $75,858.68 was generated from the sale of firewood, ice and convenience stores items, along with laundromat, shower and boat launch parking fees, house and shelter rentals and park leases. The two campgrounds producing the most revenue in Clark County were Russell Memorial at $408.001.58 and Rock Dam at $153,683.13. Campgrounds in 2020 did not open to full reservation until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

*** On the third Friday of September, all school districts have to report student attendee numbers to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. DPI recently released their report and here is the number of students in area school districts followed by the increase or decrease in student census in the districts.

Abbotsford 772 +10; Bloomer 1263 +7; Cadott 820 +65; Cornell 381 +56; Colby 954 + 13; Durand 992 +37; Elk Mound 1205 +11; Fall Creek 845 +16; Gilman 354 -89; Greenwood 368 +13; Ladysmith 767 +4; Lake Holcombe 278 -2; Loyal 502 +10; Mondovi 945 +37; Neillsville 853 -9; Osseo-Fairchild 804 +16, Owen-Withee 460 -25; Stanley-Boyd 1086 -6; Thorp 547 -20. *** Have you ever heard that honey in ancient times was called the "Nectar of the Gods." Honey is praised for its amazing ability to heal the body and a "cure all" for dozens of ailments from heart disease and heartburn to insomnia, low libido, fatigue, cough and cold, headaches and more. While this ancient super food is in many cupboards, few people take advantage of its healing powers. Here are some, "Health Benefits of Hon –

ey." 1.) Honey has anti-inflammatory properties that many be lieve can help with reducing allergic reactions. 2.) The texture of honey causes it to accentuate a sort-of coat around the throat and helps reduce coughing. 3.) Honey can be beneficial for a sleepless night. 4.) Honey is a natural antibiotic and can be used internally or externally. It is a natural disinfectant against many bacteria, making it a powerful agent against wounds and sores. 5.) Honey improves memory. Honey provides antioxidants and helps absorb calcium in a vital nutrient for brain nourishment. 6.) Honey is heart healthy and may contribute to better cholesterol levels and protect against cardiovascular disease. 7.) Honey may help cure digestive problems. It can reduce inflammation in the esophagus and prove a coating for mucus membranes. Scientifically it has been shown to help: prevent blood sugar swings, improve bowel regularity, ease tensions, send pain packing, blast body fat, relieve heartburn, fight wrinkles and much more. Busy bees provide us with hon – ey. It is mind boggling that 2 million flowers need to be visited by honeybees to produce a pound of honey. *** Area buzz!! After the sale and closure of Rustic Resale in downtown Thorp, the new owners on Tuesday, October 26, opened what they are calling the Treasure Trove. From what I have heard, it is the same type business – new to you type items.

*** Smile time. From the Bloomer Advance “Blooms” In Bloomer: An elderly Florida lady did her shopping and upon returning to her car found four males in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and drew her handgun, proceeding to scream at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!” The four men didn’t wait for a second threat. They got out and ran like mad. The lady, somewhat shaken, then proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver’s seat, She was so shaken that she could not get her key into the ignition. She tried and tried, and then she realized why. It was for the same reason she wondered why there was a football, a Frisbee and two 12-packs of beer in the front seat. A few minutes later, she found her own car four or five spaces further down. She loaded her bags into the car and drove to the police station to report her mistake, The sergeant to whom she told the story couldn’t stop laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four pale men were reporting a car jacking by a mad, elderly woman described as white, less than five feet tall, glasses, curly white hair, and carrying a large handgun.

No charges were filed. The moral of the story? If you're going to have a senior moment… make it memorable. (Report edly a true story taken from the log of the Sarasota, FL Police Department.) +++ The autumn leaves are a lot like raising kids. First they turn on you and then they fly away. And next thing you know, you look out the window and they’re back.