Our weekly meat raffles at the Yellow River Saloon are doing very well and are providing much needed funds to HSBC. We also had a meat raffle at Oak Ridge Inn this past Saturday that did very well. The staff and ownership at both venues have been great to work with. We will continue to have …

What is an alarm without a ‘snooze’ button? With just a tap on top, we’re allowed a few more minutes of pretend sleep; A chance to finish up a dream, maybe wake up slowly or fall back deep and try for an earth-shaking snore – the kind that wakes you up again.

About eight months ago, my wife and I were awakened by a phone call around two in the morning. She answered it immediately, but I am a sound sleeper, and it would take a blasting fog horn to wake me up. As there wasn’t a fog horn nearby, my creative wife would just get out of her side of the…

I’m happy to report our first weekly meat raffle at the Yellow Rive Saloon went great. The ownership and staff were a joy to work with. Block and Cleaver set us up with an outstanding variety of meats. North of 64 played some stellar music. All the folks in attendance bought a bunch of ticke…

For many kids your first bike is a true ‘freedom ticket,’ akin to being able to leave the house unchecked, function without a diaper or the first time Fido goes off leash at the dog park. 

Knowing how unpredictable the Wisconsin weather is, we were a bit skeptical to put our snow blower away and get our lawn mower out from hibernation. When we heard the sound of the neighbors’ lawn mowing riders, we knew that summer is finally here. Oh, what joy!  Summer in Wisconsin is absolu…

Within days, humanity will get a little ‘Visionation’ –  visual time traveling - courtesy the killer, supercharged, ultra-slick James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which miraculously came together after decades of missteps, billions in delays, incredible engineering, and I guess, by avoiding …

This will be our seventh year living in NW Wisconsin, and this is the first time that I have a taste of what country living is like. My wife is a farm girl from Nebraska, so this is just like home to her. However, being a city boy my whole life, country living is a brand-new ballgame; and th…

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I sat on my porch sipping mediocre java and noticed dozens of goofy, awkward little blossoms in my garden. They swayed as I read through the details of the latest mass shooting, again at a school, with kids and teachers and death beyond comprehension.

I always thought that all grandparents are the most prejudice beings. Now that I have become one myself, I think that statement is absolutely true.  Yes, we have friends who we haven’t seen for a long while, and after five minutes of exchanging information on our health issues, the topic wil…

The annual plant sale was another successful fundraiser for HSBC. Over $2,400 was raised to care for the animals. Thank you to all who showed up on a less than perfect day and a special thank you to Shirley Crowe and Becky Dickinson for growing and donating all the wonderful plants. We will …

“Summertime, and the livins’ easy …” lyricists Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward penned for the musical “Porgy and Bess.” While the haunting, century-old jazz song not only has an infectious minor key melody, it’s also become one of the most copied songs ever, with at least 25,000 versions, fr…

It has been five months since the operation. Haunted by the diabetic ailment, I had no choice but to make a dreadful decision – to simply survive for two to three more years, but under constant discomfort, agony and pain, and then just to kick the bucket? The alternative is to continue livin…

What a great time we had at the Siren Nationals. We had Norah and Cowboy with us, and they did exceptional! Cowboy demonstrated his crawl time and time again and it always had people chuckling. Both pups got a lot of attention. Congratulations to Avery Wincek who won the 50/50 raffle. Thank …

I don’t remember how many years I have been teaching culinary classes and doing cooking demonstrations. It is ironic that I never set foot in the kitchen when I was back in Hong Kong. My mother and her helper would have all the kitchen details, while my brothers and I would just ‘eat and run…

After my recent surgery, it was hard to get around in a wheelchair, especially in the kitchen, where I can’t even get past the narrow isle to reach the stove or the refrigerator. Not to mention the cupboards where I keep my sauces, they are all beyond my reach! After eating hospital food for…

Both my cats think they’re lefties. Should I be concerned? Are they evil and trying to steal my soul? What can I do to make them righties? How common is this among pets? Help!

Our girl Winnie had her surgery on Friday and came through it with flying colors. The surgery took longer than expected due to the scar tissue in her leg. Winnie had a broken leg; this occurred some time ago and was never treated by a vet. So, scar tissue formed and caused the four-hour surg…

Cartoons can defy gravity. But should they? Should children be taught that if you run off a cliff, miles above the desert, you don’t REALLY fall until you look down and realize it? Is this the kind of world we want our children to grow up in, where the Lamestream Media taught ‘em that gravit…

This is one of my favorite times of the year, when you can get Girl Scouts cookies. The first signs are the display tables they put up in front of big stores, with stacks of boxes piled up, and a sample box in front indicating the flavors. How can one resist when a little Girl Scout asks you…

A little birdie told me that The Bissel Pet Foundation will be holding an empty the shelter event in May. Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for details.

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Like many Americans, for much of my life I had a passing understanding of diabetes. One of my grandparents died from complications from diabetes, I had an aunt who was a diabetic. Growing up in the 1960s, it wasn’t polite to ask and frankly, I was oblivious to it all.

It’s my ‘Richie Rich moment,’ a sort of post-Tax Day tradition where I light a cigar and have a short glass of Scotch – both of the ‘affordable’ variety -  toasting America and all it means to me, my family, and the American Dream. I know, cheesy and weird, right? 

With a successful Bark and Wine in the rear-view, a busy week at the shelter doesn’t seem so busy. We have had several strays come in and with the nicer weather coming it’s time to remind you to get flea and tick preventative for your furry family members. With the number of mosquitos and ti…

I have, for the majority of my life, lived in homes with old trees. I enjoy the shade in the summer, the color in the fall and do what I can to get rid of the leaves. Dealing with leaves is a price we pay for the shade, in my opinion.

My young daughter once asked me where ghosts sleep, leaving me a stuttering goon. But it reminded me of when I was once dumb enough to tear off and re-roof my large-ish home with my brothers, years ago. It turned into several weeks with TWO chimney reconstruction nightmares, but during the p…