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Today and Friday
Waukesha writers build book in a month
32 writers create 78-chapter book
By Heather Markovich
Special to The Freeman
WAUKESHA – Thirty-two
writers, in collaboration
with Chapter One writers’
group, got together to write a
78-chapter book all within
the span of one month.
The book, titled “Where do
I begin – One Woman’s
Story,” began after Norm
Bruce, owner of Martha
Merrell’s Books & Cafe,
showed a copy of William
Vitanyi’s “Build-A-Book” to
the group. Vitanyi’s 2009
book was completed in three
weeks after he wrote brief
descriptions of 78 chapters
and handed them off to writers who returned within a
week with 800-word chapters. Vitanyi then compiled
the work into one document
and edited the piece.
Vitanyi then refined his
ideas into a paperback version that describes how any
group of writers can repeat
his experiment, whether it
be for children in school or a
group of casual writers,
allowing anyone to become a
published fiction writer.
Following suit, Chapter
One writers immediately
began drafting ideas. Elizabeth Mueller wrote a chapter
outline for the story set in
the Waukesha area that follows main character Susan
Louise from age 11 to 73.
The chapter outlines gave
the writers an idea of what
to write and cohesion for the
final compilation.
The outline for the first
chapter reads, “Susan and
her parents, Alice and Donald, move from Mukwonago
to Waukesha. Describe packing and moving.” The eighth
chapter’s outline reads,
“Susan celebrates graduation
with friends. She looks back
on her high school years.”
Writers, including three
from Vitanyi’s original
Build-A-Book project and
two from Minnesota, then
picked a chapter or two and
began working on a twoweek deadline.
“People ended up taking
chapters that they’ve had
experience in, things they
can relate to like a new
school or relationship problems,” said Chapter One
“Through this, what really
pulled together was people
writing from their hearts.”
Once chapters were turned
in, they were forwarded to
one of two editors who edited and tied together the content for consistency. On
Tuesday, the completed work
will go to Thomas Press.
In addition to the writers’
work, other members contributed by creating a Facebook page and sending out
Graphic designer Kristen
Martin developed a cover for
the book. Photographs of the
downtown Waukesha gazebo
in winter and the Fox River
in autumn were donated by
Karen Richards, executive
director of the Waukesha
Improvement District, for
the back cover.
While cost of the book is
still to be determined, $1 of
every sale will be donated to
the Christmas Clearing
Council of Waukesha County. All work, with the exception of the printing, has been
“The purpose of the project is to encourage the community to have fun writing
and reading,” said Williams.
The novel will be published by Nov. 21, the day of
the 48th annual Waukesha
Christmas Parade. A book
signing will take place at
Martha Merrell’s Books &
Cafe, 231 W. Main St., during
the parade.
To participate or for more
information about Chapter
One writers’ group, contact
Bette Williams at [email protected] or call
Martha Merrell’s Books &
Cafe at 547-1060.
Palmyra Lions Club
to host euchre tournament
PALMYRA – The Palmyra Lions Club will host its first
euchre tournament of the season at 1 p.m. Sunday at
Squidy’s bar, 102 S. Second St.
Anyone with a knowledge of euchre is eligible to enter
and partners will be randomly drawn from all entries.
Entry fee is $6, but only 64 entries will be allowed. To guarantee a spot, sign up at Squidy’s in advance.
Cash prizes will be paid out to the top four players and
the Lions Club will be selling raffles to players and the
audience during the tournament.
For more information, call Mike Fischer at 495-8137.
Oak Hill Terrace to host
fall open house
WAUKESHA – Oak Hill Terrace Senior Community will
host a fall open house and Tailgate Party from 12:30 p.m. to
2:30 p.m. Sunday.
There will be homemade chili, cornbread and other stadium snacks and football trivia. Participants can enter a
door prize drawing for a pair of tickets to a Green Bay
Packers game. Live entertainment by Red Deacon will be
provided and guided tours of Oak Hill Terrace and model
apartments will be available.
Oak Hill Terrace, a member of the Laureate Group,
offers private apartment living and supportive services to
help older adults live independently.
Oak Hill Terrace is located at 1805 Kensington Drive. For
more information or to schedule a personal tour, call 5481457 or visit
HAWS to offer
holiday pet photos
WAUKESHA – The Humane Animal Welfare Society of
Waukesha County and the Friends of HAWS volunteer
group announce they will again be offering holiday pet
photos this weekend.
Pictures will be taken by members of the Unlimited
Vision photography club with all proceeds from the photos
supporting the animals, programs and services at HAWS.
Appointments are available on Saturday and Sunday
between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The fee is $30, which includes
the photography sitting, one 8-by-10-inch print or two 5-by7-inch prints. Pet owners will receive a CD of their photos
for an additional donation of $5.
To reserve a session, pet owners can contact HAWS, 701
Northview Road, at 542-8851. Sittings will be in 15 minute
For more information, visit
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Christmas Clearing Council
receives grant
WAUKESHA – Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha
County was awarded a $500 grant by Walmart Pewaukee on
Oct. 11.Walmart Pewaukee has provided CCC a total of
$4,000 in grants since the store opened in 2005.
Presenting the award to Christmas Clearing Council Executive Director Ruth Page Jones, left, are Walmart assistant
managers Michael Goelzer, center, and Tina McKnight,
CCC is a nonprofit group that matches needy families
with individuals and groups who want to help on a personto-person basis during the holiday season. Families who are
not matched with sponsors are invited to CCC’s annual Toy
Shop, stocked with donated items, to shop for their children.
In 2009, more than 4,800 Waukesha County children from
about 2,000 families experienced the joy of the holiday season because of the efforts of CCC and its volunteers,
donors and sponsors. More information is available at or by calling 549-NOEL.
Discovery World to be
invaded by ‘Star Wars’
MILWAUKEE – Discovery World will be visiting a galaxy
far, far away from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Guests of the “Star Wars”-themed event will view Imperial costumes and robots on display from the 501st Legion
and the R2-D2 Builders Group. Guests will also learn about
the artistry behind costuming and robots and even get the
chance to take photographs with their favorite intergalactic characters.
Included in the festivities will be light saber duel demonstrations at both 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 501st Legion and
the R2-D2 Builders Group will also host costume showcases at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Prizes for a raffle will be provided by the Lost World of Wonders, and $2 from every raffle
ticket sold will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
of Wisconsin.
Admission to Discovery World is $16.95 for adults and
$12.95 for children, members are free. The “Star Wars”
event is included in regular admission.
For more information, visit
WEAL to do highway
cleanup along Highway N
WAUKESHA – The Waukesha County Environmental
Action League invites the public to its Adopt-A-Highway
fall cleanup from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. It will be held
rain or shine.
This fall’s cleanup takes place along Highway N, between
Highway 59 and Highway ZZ. Participants are asked to
meet at the parking area in the middle of the segment
across from the Scuppernong Prairie State Natural Area
sign and to wear gloves and comfortable old shoes. To get
to the meeting place, take Highway 59 southwest from
Waukesha through Eagle to Highway N, then turn right.
Those interested in just walking the 4-mile round trip
route, but don’t want to carry a bag or pick up trash, are
still encouraged to come and enjoy the day.
For more information, visit
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Waukesha Musicians Association
honors Howden
Jim “Jimmy” Howden, one of two remaining members
of the original Ken Rhodee Orchestra, was honored by the
Waukesha Musicians Association at the group’s Parade of
Bands on Oct. 10 at the Concord House, Sullivan.
Nancy Stuhlman, secretary of the Waukesha Musicians
Association, honored Howden for his 64 years of honorary
membership in the group, and Nick Contorno, leader of
the 20-piece Ken Rhodee Memorial Orchestra, honored
Howden as the first charter member of the Ken Rhodee
Memorial Orchestra.
From left: Contorno and Stuhlman present Howden with
an award, held by Scott Lopas from WTKM, at the event.
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Subcommittee recommends against hiring
interim Business Improvement District director
WAUKESHA – The subcommittee looking at interim Business Improvement
District operations following
the departure of Executive
Director Karen Richards is
recommending that the BID
hire a temporary office staff
member but not an interim
director, Mayor Jeff Scrima
said Wednesday.
Scrima, who is a member
of the subcommittee, said
the BID Board of Directors
will be called for a special
meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday so the full board can act
on the recommendations.
If the board approves the
recommendations, the staff
person would be hired for
up to 30 hours of work each
week at a rate between $9
and $15 per hour, Scrima
Richards put in her resignation last week for other
opportunities, according to
Alderman Charles Lichtie
said Tuesday night during
the Common Council meeting that two part-time staff
resigned from employment.
The BID Board of Directors recently had been meeting in closed session about
BID staff members. Richards
said last week that her resignation was her decision.
“I can say that I am leaving
of my own free will,”
Richards said Oct. 14. “I am
happy about it, but I am sad.
It is mixed emotions because
I was very dedicated to
downtown Waukesha and I
will continue to be.”
– Sarah Millard, Freeman Staff
From The FREEMAN files
in Waukesha County
Oct. 21, 1946
The name of Watuka or Spotted Elk, an honorary Indian title,
was conferred on Mayor Edwin
H. Honeyager by Dr. Barnabas
Sa Hiuhushu (Red Fox) Ph.D.,
D.D., in colorful pageantry Saturday at 2 p.m. in Cutler Park,
where Dr. Sa Hiuhushu spoke
on “American Indians, Ancient,
Past and Today.”
Warm sunshine shone on the
chief’s bright array of many-colored necklaces, fringed buckskin, and brilliant turquoise rings
on his fingers. Brisk autumn
breezes, through the nearly bare
branches of the trees on the
Indian mound, ruffled his feathered headdress.
Tracing Indian heritage back
to civilizations in Mexico,
Yucatan, and South America, the
chief executive of the American
Indian association briefly outlined the course which his
ancestors followed. He told of
the part the Indian played in the
development of this country
and the contributions he has
In explaining the origin and
the purpose of the Indian Association of America, he said, “It
has a program of scientific studies and research work into
ancient and modern Indian history.”
Oct. 21, 1935
Up and Down Broadway
A new phenomenon
Authorities here have noticed
that drunkenness is becoming
more prevalent and point to
today’s court appearances to
clinch their arguments. Prohibition failed to stop drinking and
there can be found the cause of
its defeat, but events are beginning to prove it wasn’t entirely
a failure because through one
means or another it kept intoxication in tow.
The puzzling thing is that
some people who once drank
bootleg and professed they
liked it are now falling victims
to the more and, shall we say,
less harmful, spirits.You would
hardly expect an all-American
football star to drop from
overexertion while playing ping
pong, and yet such an occurrence is nearly parallel with this
new phenomenon.
– Local history compiled by
Patrice Shanks;
[email protected]
Bubba’s, 1276 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee
Today: French Silk Pie
Friday: Cherry Chip
Culver’s, 1720 Highway
Today: Mint Brownie
Friday: Kit Kat Swirl
Culver’s, 840 W. Sunset Drive,
Today: Double Strawberry
Friday:Twix Mix
Culver’s, 2600 N. Grandview Blvd.,
Today: Butter Pecan
Friday: Oreo Overload
Culver’s, 14855 W. National Ave.,
New Berlin
Today: Snicker Swirl
Friday: Rocky Road
Culver’s, 3705 N. 124th St., Brookfield
Today: Raspberry Cordial
Friday: Really Reese’s
Culver’s, 21300 W. Capitol Drive,
town of Brookfield
Today: Snicker Swirl
Friday: Nutty Caramel Apple
Culver’s, 1090 N. Rochester St.,
Today: Chocolate Caramel Twist
Friday:Twix Mix
Culver’s,W187-S7959 Racine Ave.,
Friday: Chocolate Heath Crunch
Culver’s, 1177 E. Summit Ave.,
Today: Cookie Dough Craving
Friday: Campfire S’mores
Culver’s,W249-N6620 Highway
164, town of Lisbon
Today: Campfire S’mores
Friday: Just Drummy
Divino Gelato Cafe, 227 W. Main
Today: Sea Salt Caramel
Friday: S.F. Raspberry
Kopp’s Frozen Custard, 18880 W.
Bluemound Road, town of Brookfield
Today: Cookies ’n Cream, Chocolate
Friday:Turtle Sundae, Maple Syrup &
LeDuc’s Frozen Custard DriveIn, 31884 Summit Road,Wales
Today: Butter Pecan
Friday: Cookie Dough
Merton Custard Shoppe, 7162
Main St., Merton
Today: Nutter Butter
Friday: Mocha Chocolate Chip
Murf ’s Frozen Custard & Jumbo
Burgers, 1345 S.West Ave.,Waukesha
Today:Turtle Cheesecake
Friday: Caramel Cashew
Oscar’s Frozen Custard, 21165
Highway 18, town of Brookfield
Today: Black Forest Torte
Friday: Mint Chocolate Chip
Sloppy Joe’s, 280 W. Broadway,
Today: Old-Fashioned Vanilla
Friday: Raspberry Swirl
Wednesday, Oct. 20
Pick 3
Oct. 21, 1797 – The U.S.
Pick 4
Navy frigate Constitution, also
known as ‘‘Old Ironsides,’’ was
SuperCash Doubler:
christened in Boston’s harbor.
Oct. 21, 1805 – A British
fleet commanded by Adm. Hor- Badger 5
atio Nelson defeated a FrenchILLINOIS
Spanish fleet in the Battle of
Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was Pick 3 Midday
Pick 3 Evening
Pick 4 Midday
Oct. 21, 1879 – Thomas Edi- Pick 4 Evening
son perfected a workable elec- Little Lotto
tric light at his laboratory in
Menlo Park, N.J.
Oct. 21, 1917 – Members of
the 1st Division of the U.S.
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Richard M. Nixon clashed in
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Egyptian missile boats near Port
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Said; 47 Israeli crew members
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were lost.
Oct. 21, 1970 – American
agronomist Norman Borlaug
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was awarded the Nobel Peace
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Prize for his work in developing
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the world’s food supply.
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