Fairs, fairs, fairs!

by Jaclyn Willems

If you are still in the celebratory mood after Polka Days, then come to more festivals around

Wisconsin. Some of the many coming up are Festa Italiana, Plein Air Festival, German Fest,

Taste of Wisconsin and Burger Fest.

Festa Italiana is July 22 to 24 at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. This festival

celebrates Italian traditions from the past, present and into the future, while sharing the Italian

culture with the community. This festival has fun activities for everyone with gondola rides, a

parade and fireworks. Other exciting features are bocce, the children’s stage with more family

friendly activities, futsal, “Italian Idol” singing competition and the Festa Italiana Mass. Each

night of the Festa ends with a bang of Italian-style Bartolotta fireworks.

The Plein Air Festival is the largest outdoor painting festival in the Midwest, and it is July 24-30

in Fish Creek, Door County. The proceeds earned from this event maintain free community

programs. During this event, artists are outside painting for everyone to watch and see. This

upcoming festival will have 40 painters from both local and out of the state artists. Each day of

this festival has a different feature like a tea and artist talk, a lecture with Billy O'Donnell, a kids

paint and a dockside quick paint session where artists can paint in a competition to become a

featured artist for the next year. The Plein Air Festival comes from the French phrase “en plein

air” which describes it rightly as “in the open air”.

German Fest takes place at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park from July 29 to the 31. This is

Milwaukee’s start to Oktoberfest. This event has German food and drinks, activities for all ages

and live music — like glockenspiel performances. This year at German Fest, the 11 th -annual

Dachshund Derby Race is being held. This is where dachshunds compete in a derby race and a

costume contest. Another entertaining event is the fifth-annual Battle of the Mascots, which

entails popular mascots facing each other in a soccer game, and after the game, the mascots

also take photos with their fans. There are also two parades — the Children's Fairy Tale parade

and the German Fest Parade. Additionally, the festival includes a German Heritage Walking

Tour, traditional dance performances, a sports area and a Mardi Gras show. Compared to the

large amount of activities available, it is surprising that there are just as many options of

German food to try like Bienenstich, Goulasch, Kassler, Rippchen and Spanferkel.

The Taste of Wisconsin festival is July 29-31 in Kenosha. This event is a celebration of

everything tasty and savory in Wisconsin. More than 40 vendors will sell a wide range of foods,

including cheese curds, funnel cakes, tacos, cheese steak, ice cream and everything in

between. Chef demonstrations are also available to show how to make different meals. Besides

all the food, music can be heard at any time on various stages featuring more than 80 musicians

and artists. There are also activities for kids to enjoy, and the Kenosha Police Department is

demonstrating the use of canines in law enforcement.

Burger Fest is Aug. 12 and 13 in Seymour. Plenty of fun activities are planned in downtown

Seymour like the World's Largest Hamburger Parade, the Bun Run, the kids' run, music, games

for kids, a burger-eating contest and a giant ketchup slide. This year in the parade, Pulaski’s

Red Raider Marching Band will join in and march, too. A car show, railroad depot and

community museum are also open to see during the festival. In a separate section of the festival

at the Rock Ledge School and Park, there is a hot air balloon field that holds balloon ascensions

and balloon glow shows.

In Wisconsin, there seems to be a festival for everything, so mark your calendar for a summer to



~Festa Italiana: July 22-24, Milwaukee
~Plein Air Festival: July 24-30, Door County
~German Fest: July 29-31, Milwaukee
~Taste of Wisconsin: July 29-31, Kenosha

Summer gym at PHS

by Brooke Steeno


Instead of taking gym during the school year, Pulaski High School students can get active through summer gym and receive a gym credit. Running from June 13 to July 22, 43 students enrolled to participate in summer gym.

Every Monday through Friday throughout the class, students maintain physical exercise requirements by running through an array of different sports. They play volleyball, kickball, tennis and other team sports, but the majority of the class time is spent in cardio. For half of the two-and-a-half-hour class, the students run or work in the weightroom; the other half is spent with a fun physical activity like yoga or a team sport. Aidan Niespodzany, a summer gym student, said, “There is a range of different fitness activities to choose from everyday, and we get to build our own workout routines.”

The course is strict on the rules, making sure every enrolled student attends and participates for the required amount of hours. Students are only allowed to miss two days, which they have to makeup on a designated, extra gym day.

Aside from the physical activities and requirements, summer gym students also focus on the educational side of P.E.. Participants begin to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its benefits throughout life. All students are encouraged to carry their new found knowledge with them and spread it with others.

While the exercise and education keeps students busy for half of the summer, the students get a week off to celebrate the Fourth of July from July 4-7. Jaclyn Willems, a summer gym participant, explained, “The break was nice, because it gave us a chance to enjoy the warm summer weather and spend time with our families over the holiday.”

The classes main teacher, Jeff Braun, and rotating assistant teachers, Jeffrey Stoeberl, Stephen Blackford, Billi Vertz and Jessica Moseng, help to ensure that the students meet their physical requirements for their gym credit, yet the class is more than making the students run around the track. All of the gym teachers enjoy watching the students improve their strength and endurance during the course. Braun said, “I hope to see the students giving effort and caring about their physical health as they improve throughout the class.”

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Otto: Community makes Polka Days possible

by Allie Place

Pulaski resident and polka king, Harold Otto, has been essential to the Polka Days festivities

from day one. As the founder of the festivities, Otto has watched the growth and progress

throughout the years.

Polka Days started in 1979 as a small event that lasted one day. It was run by the Lion’s Club

and was always held the Saturday before Labor Day. Two years after the first Polka Days, the

parade was added to the event, but as it all progressed, something seemed to be missing.

“After a couple of years it came to my attention that what we really needed was a headliner,

something that would draw more people to the festivities. I went down to Chicago to go see

some bands that we could get up to Pulaski for Polka Days and the first guy that I met was

Eddie Blazonczyk. He and his band were the first ones to agree to come to Polka Days. At that

time, they didn’t know anything about it, and I remember him calling me and asking me where

the heck Pulaski even was,” said Otto.

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Getting honored to support a dream

by Tim Prestby

The Pulaski Field of Dreams Project is showing more and more signs of fruition thanks to funding from

individuals, businesses and other organizations. More than $2.1 million has been raised, thus far.

However, fundraising continues in an effort to reach the $4.9 million goal and complete Phase II of the

project. And opportunities are available for donors both small and large.

People or groups that will donate more than $10,000 in the next five years will be a part of the Legacy

Club. It does not need to be a “lump sum because that would be difficult for most people to do,” said

PHS athletic director Janel Batten. A monthly donation of $167 would cover this amount. Legacy Club

members will receive a 3- by 10- inch plaque honoring their contribution to the Pulaski community. This

will be located on the north side of the stadium in the center part of the plaza.

The Legacy Club currently has 15 members and the Field of Dreams Committee hopes to get more than

100 members.

Besides the Legacy Club, the committee has also organized bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels of

recognition for the following respective donations: $1,000-$2,499, $2,500-$4,999, $5,000-$7,499, and

$7,500-$9,999. These donors will receive recognition similar to the Legacy Club with plaques located in a

separate part of the stadium plaza.

Another way the committee is honoring donors is through naming rights. Naming rights go to donors

who fund more than $20,000 of the project. Usually, the Field of Dreams Committee reaches out to local

companies that are donating big construction items and the committee offers recognition for their work.

People or organizations that cannot donate enough money to join one of the special clubs still have a

tremendous role in funding the project, organizers said. Why should people donate if they cannot be

honored in one of the clubs? Gordi Block, a committee member voices, “this project is about community

involvement and supporting our school as well as the community.” There is a deeper reward from

donating besides something like receiving season tickets. Batten added, “People’s donations are paying

it forward to the next generation of Pulaski and truly represent being part of the community.”

Community members are being creative about how they donate. Joe Kind, a past coach and teacher,

owns Joe Kind Photography. He will give $1 to the project for each youth athlete photo he takes. For

even more community involvement, the project committee is looking to promote fundraising

competitions for past classes of Pulaski. Overall, Batten hopes for donations to build on each other. “I

would love to see a snowball effect for donations where donors will match their neighbors and promote

even more excitement.”

Phase I of the project has received more than $2.1 million in donations and will support an event

complex mainly for the school, but it will also be open for the entire community. Teddi Block, a steering

committee member, said, “We want the community members besides the school to be able to use it,

also.” The Field of Dreams can host a multitude of events from concerts to athletic tournaments to

marching band performances.

Phase one includes the following:

 Pulaski High School stadium (includes installation of turf field)

 Track (with synthetic surface)

 Throwing and Jumping areas

 A practice field

 Band seating

Phase two includes the following:

 Two baseball fields at PHS

 Two softball fields at PHS

 Three tennis courts

 More practice fields

 Re-excavation of the PCMS soccer complex

The plan is to play football on the new turf in fall 2016 and softball & baseball no later than spring


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Stay fit this summer

by Jaclyn Willems

With the beginning of summer coming and going, staying motivated to keep active is a hard task to keep

up. Between busy schedules and summer fun, exercise is not always at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

In this day and age, there’s an app for everything — including many apps to help stay fit.


For a full workout program, many apps have great features to bring your workout to the next level.

Endomondo is a great app to track your fitness with your preferred fitness activities. It keeps your

progress, and helps you out with its own personal trainer, Endo. Freeletics is another app that is perfect

for overall fitness. This is another app that offers bodyweight workouts you can choose. It is tailored just

for you, so any ability level, amount of time or equipment is all adjusted to what you need.


If a full hardcore workout is not really your style, apps of all kinds are still available. Yoga is also a great

way to increase your heartbeat and get some exercise in a busy schedule. Daily Yoga provides videos

with combinations of yoga poses in programs, a library for all poses and even meditation exercises. A

yoga app like Yoga Wake Up, is an audio program that, every morning, gives a slightly different yoga

sequence of meditation, holding poses and setting intentions.


Eating healthy is also a big part of staying fit, and believe-it- or-not there are even apps out there to help

with that. ShopWell can scan barcodes to check the health factors and compare it to how healthy it is

for you with nutritional expert advice. SideChef is also an excellent choice to help make meals. It

provides over 2,500 recipes with voice command instructions, timers and how-to videos.


With all the apps available, many of them can help you stay fit. There are apps to help with any fitness

ability level, with any amount of time available and with any form of healthy living you prefer. The hard

part is finding one that fits your lifestyle. Whether Freeletics or SideChef works for you, finding time to

stay fit this summer will feel rewarding either way.


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