Country CousinIssue Date: July 5, 2018
More fun to Come......
The Fourth of July will be gone before any of you read this. Hope you had a bang up day! (Pun absolutely was intended.) However, the fun is not over, and Independence Day celebrations will carry on at least through the weekend.
The Village of Wausaukee will have its festivities on Saturday, July 7, complete with parade, fireworks and more, starting with the 8 a.m. Firecracker Run, and ending with fireworks at dusk.
Also on July 7, there's a fund raiser at the museum in Dunbar for the town's annual Christmas party. They'll be selling packaged lunch boxes containing a Brat, Chips, Cookie and Soda or Water for $5. The Museum will also be open for a cursory walk through to view the progress and committee staff will be on site to answer any of your questions. For questions call the Dunbar Museum at 715-324-6132.
The Twin Bridge Water Ski Team will be putting on a great show starting at 6:30 p.m. at Boat Landing 3 Park west of Crivitz and ends with a fireworks display at dusk.
The Iron Snow Shoe Snowmobile Club will be holding a brat party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Parkway Inn and will also be selling brats from their "Brat Boat" on High Falls Flowage.
COMING UP NEXT WEEK
On Tuesday, July 10, Stephenson Island in Marinette will be host to The Haley Grace Duo playing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as part of Marinette's Concerts in the Park series. Just come and enjoy the music - no charge.
Marinette County's Stephenson Public Library in Marinette hosts Summer Clubhouse on Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 and 14, starting at 10 a.m. This is for kids aged 4 through 12 and focuses on having fun at the library in a variety of ways at the library. Activities will vary each week, but will include a story or two, an activity or game, perhaps a guest, a craft, and various explorations. Programs are free and open to the public; registration is not required.
BANDS AT BADGER
On Wednesday, July 11 enjoy "Rocker! Rocker! Rocker!" from 6 to 8 p.m. at Badger park in Peshtigo. Concessions available. No charge for admission.
Also on July 11, from 9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. visit Harmony Arboretum Demonstration Gardens off County E east of Marinette for an itroduction to stars, constellations, star lore and other space-related topics, including a stargazing tour. Dress for the weather, hot beverages will be provided. If inclement weather or mostly overcast the event will be cancelled. For more information call 715-732-7510 or toll-free 877-884-4408.
UKULELE STRUM ALONG
As part of the "Libraries Rock" Summer Reading Club theme, Stephenson Public Library in Marinette is hosting free ukulele lessons for teens and adults starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. They say by using three simple chords you can learn to play many different traditional and folk songs on the ukulele. Bring your ukulele if you have one, and if not, use one of theirs. For more information contact Mariel Carter, Reference Librarian by email at email@example.com or 715-732-7580.
SPOON MAN PERFORMANCE
Comedian and musician Jim Cruise, otherwise known as the "Spoon Man" will play the spoons at the Spies Public Library located at 940 1st St Menominee at 2 p.m. on Wednesday July 11.
FOURTH OF JULY RIDDLES
Spring these on the little ones, or even the old ones. See what answers they come up with.
What was the craziest Revolutionary War battle? - The Battle of Bonkers Hill.
What kind of tea did the American colonists really want? - Liberty.
What's the difference between Donald Duck and George Washington? Donald Duck has a bill on his face while Washington has his face on a bill.
Why shouldn't there be knock-knock jokes on the 4th of July? - Because freedom rings.
What do you get if you cross a patriotic American with a small curly-haired dog? - Yankee Poodle.
Who was the funniest person in George Washington's army? - Laugh-ayette.
Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? - Right at the bottom of the page.
ON THE SOAP BOX
Must compliment Marinette County Board for their actions on Tuesday, June 26 supporting the Health and Human Services Committee's decision to hold their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month rather than the first Thursday, and at their traditional site in the Health and Human Services Building rather than at the County Courthouse.
Thank you to all the supervisors who stood up for their right to carry out their duties as elected supervisors - which is to do exactly that - supervise!
That action was contrary to the wishes of County Board Chair Mark Anderson and County Administrator John LeFebvre, but upheld the position that the committees - made up mainly of elected County Supervisors - run the county not vice versa. The Supervisors should be telling the Administrator what to do, not the other way around.The tail should not be wagging the dog!
Supervisor Mike Behnke, District 20, City of Peshtigo, put it well in a prepared statement when he argued in favor of the position his committee had taken. He wrote: "Many if not most of the people that attend Health and Human Services meetings usually have a direct interest, possible personal need or are seeking information about services or programs directly connected to the Health & Human Service Building ."
He said it is confusing that the County Administrator has been referring to it as a "Satellite Station or Site".
Behnke maintained that holding the Committee meetings at the Health & Human Service Building connects in the most logical and perfect way and place for any concerns that are brought to the Committee by the public that attend these meetings. He said nobody should have to go to the "County Seat" to uncomfortably ask for information about where they should go for in what in most cases involves personal issues or care.
The Health and Human Service Building location has been very well established and utilized, for committee meetings and for obtaining services, for over three decades, Behnke said. He added that most, if not all of the needed services or treatments are offered there, from immunizations to mental health counseling and to giving help to Marinette County citizens in need of energy assistance during harsh winter conditions! None of these services can be taken care of at the Marinette County courthouse, despite the fact that it is the county seat.
Behnke said about the only information that could be be obtained at the Courthouse by people wanting to get information on types of assistance offered by the Health and Human Services Department would be phone numbers of the people they should contact, or directions to their offices, which are generally in the Health and Human Services building.
He said concerns expressed by LeFebvre and Anderson about privacy issues facing people attending meetings at the Health and Human services building were totally unfounded and uninformed.
Behnke added that many of the people who show up for Health and Human Services Committee meetings are there to learn about services offered by people headquartered in the building, including the ADRC (Aging, Disability Resource Center), which is also located there.
Behnke further declared, "The Health & Human Service Building is not a "Satellite Station " but one of our main hubs of the County Seat consisting of a complex system of services that Marinette County offers to it's Marinette County taxpayers!
"I realize that Marinette County's Department Heads, Executive Management, Corporation Counsel carry a ton of responsibility in their positions and I commend them for the hard work they have done and their outstanding accomplishment in keeping within their budgetary requirements as directed by the County Board, but they must realize that their jobs do not include dictating and the Setting of Policy that is statutorily set and governed by the County Board of Supervisors," Behnke went on.
" Giving direction has always been welcomed but a fine line is crossed when that direction becomes argumentative, manipulative and repetitive to the point where it's teetering on the edge of being disrespectful by downgrading the integrity of the County Board during a collaborative consideration of an agenda item by uninvitedly interjecting with not sound or rational statements but more consistently like what seems to be of more opinionated with hopes of disruption of the County Board Supervisors in making a sound fair policy decision.
He concluded, "Thank you to all our County Supervisors that stood up to keep the integrity of the Board intact and keeping the right to keep Policy Issues and decisions in control of a Collaborative County Board Quorum."
As a professional observer of Marinette County Board for more than 40 years, and a member of that board for 16 of those years, I agree with Behnke's comments, but feel he and many others missed what is possibly the main argument in favor of having committees meet as often as possible at the headquarters of the departments they are assigned to oversee.
That is the fact that as elected Supervisors, their most vital job is to serve as eyes and ears for the public, to actually supervise the departments and the people who run them.
Not to try to run the day to day operations, but to look, listen and learn. To be available for employees to talk to. To be available for the public to talk to. To be observant of things that are going on. If someone - employee or member of the public - comes to them with a complaint, they should listen to it, and look into it. A supervisor's task is not to handle the problem, but to get information and answers from the department heads and the County Administrator and then, with the full committee involved if it needs to go that far, get issues resolved.
Could name countless times during the past four decades that wrongdoings were detected because some employees trusted some supervisors enough to confide in them, and those supervisors went through the right channels to get the situation corrected. Sometimes the problems were at the highest levels. Won't go into it at this time, but names and dates can be provided if necessary.
So, Marinette County citizens, thank your supervisor for taking a hard stand and getting back some of their ability to serve as your eyes and ears.
Next month County Board will have an opportunity to support the decision of the Infrastructure Committee that their meetings should be held in the building that houses most of the departments they supervise, which is at the Highway Department headquarters in Peshtigo. This is also headquarters for the Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Forestry and Lands Departments.
The Infrastructure Committee also supervise the Facilities Maintenance Department, which has its headquarters in the old jail building adjacent to the courthouse but is responsible for all the county buildings, including Highway, Parks and Forestry facilities. Employees of that department have a chance to get acquainted with these committee members when they come to the courthouse for meetings of the full County Board.
Summer heat dulls appetites, and makes the cooks want to eat out. Some of us are forced to cook anyway, and some of us do it because we want to. Either way, these recipes offer some good eating without a lot of kitchen time.
Here's a fresh grill recipe. Makes about 9 kababs. Use full fat Greek yogurt if you can get it. If not, the regular kind will do. Left over sauce is great on grilled or baked fish too, and on just about anything else you can think of. Captures fresh summer flavors, and with lots of veggies, these are even good for you.
To make kababs:
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into about two inch cubes
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for grill
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large red bell peppers, diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces
3 small zucchini (about 1 pound), sliced into rounds slightly under 1/2-inch thick
1 large red onion, diced into 1 1/4-inch wedges
Greek Sauce (Tzatziki Sauce):
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped into chunks
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
2 (5.3 ounces) containers plain Greek yogurt (1 heaping cup)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon dried)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the kababs: Whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, coriander, salt and pepper. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag, pour olive oil mixture over chicken and press chicken into marinade. Seal bag and refrigerate at least 45 minutes but no more than two hours. If using wooden skewers soak them in water for 30 minutes. Drizzle and toss veggies with 2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Alternate chunks of red bell pepper, red onion, zucchini, and chicken on skewer and repeat twice. Brush grill lightly with olive oil, place skewers on grill and grill until chicken is done, about 7 - 9 minutes, rotating once halfway through cooking. Garnish with parsley, serve warm with Tzatziki sauce.
For the Tzatziki Sauce: Place diced cucumber in a strainer or colander and sprinkle with salt, toss to evenly coat then allow to rest 30 minutes at room temperature. Rinse cucumbers and place over several layers of paper towels. Squeeze some of the liquid from cucumbers (almost as if wringing moisture from a cloth). Place cucumbers in food processor and pulse to chop fine. If there's excess liquid drain it off. Pour cucumbers into a mixing bowl add Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
TIRAMISU POKE CAKE
Make this with egg yolks in the topping only if you can get them home grown by someone you trust, because of raw egg dangers. Otherwise, use some extra cream cheese in the frosting mix, and whip until fluffy without the egg yolks. Since there is uncooked liquor in the poke mixture and topping you might not want to let the kids have any. keep it for yourself.
For the cake:
1 (16.25 ounce) package moist white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided
4 egg yolks (save the whites for something else)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (8 ounce package) cream cheese
3 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, or to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. Mix cake mix, water, eggs, and oil together in a bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed until batter is smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared dish. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool for at least 30 minutes. Whisk together sweetened condensed milk, 1/3 cup coffee-flavored liqueur, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, espresso powder, and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt together in a bowl until drizzle is smooth. Poke holes into cake using the large end of a chopstick or a similar tool. Pour poke drizzle over entire cake, smoothing with a spatula and ensuring the drizzle goes into the holes. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
For the topping, beat egg yolks and white sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer until very light yellow and stiff. Add cream cheese, 3 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; and beat thoroughly again. Beat heavy whipping cream in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form; gently fold into egg yolk mixture until topping is just mixed. Pour topping over cooled cake, smoothing well. Dust with 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder. Cover and refrigerate.
Thought for the week: Thank You, God, for giving us the wonderful men who had the wisdom, education and piety to form on this continent a new brand of government that this world had not seen before. And thank You for giving us founding fathers with the courage to fight the mighty Great Britain and win freedom for themselves and their families, instead of running off to somewhere else. What would this world be like today if their courage had not existed then?
(This column is written by Shirley Prudhomme of Crivitz. Views expressed are her own and are in no way intended to be an official statement of the opinions of Peshtigo Times editors and publishers. She may be contacted by phone at 715-291-9002 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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