Bits and Pieces for Oct. 12|
Bits & Pieces readers will recall that every October, I write about fall being my favorite season. It truly is.
But it takes some training. The looming winter season, that looks pretty bleak around these parts, is not that far away, but nature gives us a real show before those chilly winds blow. It must be appreciated.
In the last Bits, there was a note about the Military Park wayside, and I included a photograph taken of the Wolf River from that little site on Highway 55.
While the photo in the column looked pretty calm because of its size and the black and white printing process, in color it is spectacular. The water is as blue as blue gets and the trees are showing the fall colors to make a stunning contrast.
I encourage everyone to take a trip on the citys boardwalk system. Park behind the Antigo Country Store and head north.
Friends tell me they have come across a fawn in the forest at the end of the walkway over Spring Brook.
If you dont want to do the boardwalk repeat, the trip back to the parking lot is no trick on Arctic Street, zip around the east side of Park View Manor and connect with the trail and after a few hundred steps there you are.
This system is one of the very nice features the city of Antigo has developed for us. And it seems like it would be friendly to those electric scooters used by so many of our senior residents.
I have a 10 a.m. date on Monday.
Most of you know how I love auctions, and just as the most busy part of the day is starting, there is a dandy brewing here at the Riverview Country Club.
The supper club, bar and banquet facilities have been idle and now for sale at auction, which is a tragedy.
I certainly dont want to buy a big club at the end of Highland Road, no matter how beautiful the setting is on the edge of Riverview Golf Course.
The club has been held by a bank since it closed, and I know attempts to reopen it at least for the summer golf months failed.
But now, an auction. And if the entire complex doesnt sell as a unit, there is a fear that it will be pieced off and then it becomes fodder for a wrecking contractor.
The club opened about 51 years ago, a few months ahead of the golf course, with Ike Williams at the bar. He was very popular in that position.
Over those years, I remember attending and taking pictures at dozens of special events, but there was nothing quite like the Antigo Area Chamber of Commerce banquets in the dead of winter.
The event drew real speakers. When the Packers were very, very hot, Ray Nitschke was here. And had a great time.
That was even before the big hall was added to the rear of the dining room, and that place was packed.
I only recall a few of those speakers
One is Heywood Hale Broun, who visited back in the 1970s. The sports writer, World War II veteran sportscaster and commentator for CBS, was delightful. He joined the network in 1966 and stayed for about two decades.
He was known as an eloquent speaker, recognized for his handlebar mustache and wild sport coats.
He led a very interesting life, traveled the world to sports events and in the war, and was here to visit with us here in Antigo at Riverview.
He died on Sept. 5, 2001.
Another of those guests was an Antigo native, D. Wayne Lukas.
He posed for a front-page picture with Gretchen Keighron, an active member of our community and wife of former hospital administer, Kevin Keighron.
Lukas is a member of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame, and this year won the Preakness with one of his entries, Oxbow.
He won a Breeders Cup record of 19 times and has won a record 14 Triple Crown races.
He was raised near Antigo and developed his love for racing; winning a number of events here and in central Wisconsin with Queenie.
He graduated from Antigo High School with the class of 1953 and the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a masters degree in education. He taught high school classes and was a head basketball coach for nine years before heading full-time to the race tracks.
His success has been remarkable.
We still subscribe to real newspapers and read them. I have looked at the online copies and it is easy to miss the really important stuff.
So in the hard copy of the Marinette/Menominee EagleHerald on Tuesday, we caught a story about a Menominee, Mich. man who had a picture of Bigfoot, and it has stirred quite a fuss in that multi-state border community just east of us.
Craig Sulk, an outdoorsman, had game cameras placed in a timberland he owns to monitor animal movement with an eye on hunting.
But he found more than deer, bear and a raccoon or two. He has what appears to be Bigfoot.
It took a spell to check those pictures from the cameras, but when he did, he noticed something not quite right.
The newspaper said he took his wife to the site of the picture, placed the camera and took her picture in the same location as the unusual shot.
She is about 5 8, and the beast was bigger.
He sent the pictures to Animal Planet, which airs a TV cable show, Finding Bigfoot.
They were interested. A crew of 17 from the show arrived in Menominee and filmed in the area of the picture, and more.
They did a lot of work. The first show for the new season will air Nov. 10, and the Sulk tale is scheduled to be down the road in a few weeks.
I will watch the EagleHerald closely to see when they expect it to be shown.
Im exceptionally disappointed in the goings on in Washington, D.C., as most of you are, I suspect.
The world, which is not in very good shape, is laughing and worried about the United States as we seem to be stuck in gridlock and an epidemic of waste.
To make matters worse, a television commentator said early Thursday that in effect, the people furloughed from the government were on a paid vacation, because as soon as they are back, their wages are paid in full.
More alarming, I discovered, is they have applied for unemployment compensation. The money can never be retrieved.
In my days, Ive never seen our country in such a mess. It is a very serious situation.
Bits ran way too long last week I vowed to do better today.
So, after that last tirade, isnt a joke in order?
Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert an hour east of Bakersfield, Calif., some folks new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldnt get their brand new 22-foot boat going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they put it into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard.
Now remember...I was told this is true.
Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!
It is going to be a damp and busy fall weekend. Enjoy it.
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