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  It was shift change on a Friday afternoon at Marathon Cheese.Steve Simons of Owen punched out like he had done every workday for the past eight years and headed to the locker room to grab his coat and change his shoes before his 22-mile drive home.Punching out on Oct. 10 is the last thing Si-mons remembers of that day.“We had just clocked out and walked into there to change our clothes, and I hear a fella holler, “Steve, Steve,” said Kelly Durham of Medford, a coworker at Marathon Cheese. He described turning around seeing Simons. “He was not doing good.”While it is instinctive for people to back away from someone in distress, as a first aid attendant at the plant, Durham knew it was important to act and act fast. He rushed over to Simons, pushing people out of his way. “I grabbed hold of him to keep him from knocking his head against the floor. I turned around and said ‘Fetch me a supervisor right now,’” Dur-ham said.There are two sides to the locker rooms at Mara-thon Cheese. Dave Glen-zer was changing to go home when he heard a commotion on the other side and people yelling, “Steve, Steve.”Glenzer, who up until two months ago was an EMT with the Taylor County Ambulance Service in Rib Lake, saw Simons passed out laying on the two men next to him on the bench.“I got around to the front of him and said ‘Steve do you know what’s going on?’ and he says, ‘Blaah, blaah.’ I knew he was going down again,” Glenzer said.A forman was sent to call 9-1-1 and get the am-bulance on its way. An-other person retrieved the automatic external defibrillator (AED) the factory has for just this type of emergency.While that was go-ing on, Glenzer and Members of the Medford School Board are keeping their options open about doing any energy improve-ment upgrades to the school buildings.Wisconsin Act 32 allows schools to do necessary en-ergy upgrade projects, and increase the levy to pay for them without having to go to referendum. The catch is, the district needs to hire an engineer to do a study on the projects and what kind of cost payback they will have.At last week’s school board meeting, board members reviewed the “request for qualifications” of the firms that submitted proposals to do the engineering and project management work. District finance director Jeff Albers and maintenance director Dave Makovsky rec-ommended going with the bid from CESA 10 to prepare the list. Under the CESA 10 proposal, the agency would pre-pare the list and then be a kind of general contractor T HE  N EWS   $ 1  WMedford, isconsin   www.centralwinews.com S ERVING T AYLOR C OUNTY S INCE  1875 S TAR October 23, 2014Volume 141   Number 43   r 43Layhew joins funeral home page 4 880 E. Perkins Street, Medford, WI 54451 *Rick Flora is an Investment Adviser Representative of, and offers Securities and Investment Advisory Services through Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC and Registered Investment Advisor.**Patricia Flora is a Registered Representative of, and who offers Securities through Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Lakeside Financial Consultants, Inc. and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. are not affiliated entities. LEARNING CENTER Reserve your seat by calling 1-800-717-2008  A division of Lakeside Financial Consultants, Inc.  www.rickflora.com Wed., Nov. 5 th    6:00 p.m. Women & Money - Girls Night Out  Take Charge of Your Financial Future!Chart Your Own Course!          4         3     -         1         4         2         7         5         9   Threat levels Medford Area Senior High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Justin Hraby updated members of the Medford School Board last week about response levels the school takes when dealing with bomb threats or other situations. Study will help school save energy Quick action results in life saved Rib Lake volleyball bid falls short — Sports Area deaths Medford Middle School fall concert — Ask Ed photo by Brian Wilson Dave Glenzer and Kelly Durham acted quickly tosave the life of Steve Simons Dave Glenzer Obituaries start on  page 23 for:  Alfred Buyatt Loretta CoenenLeokadia Fildes John HornWilliam Marschke John McDonell Linda Schmittfranz  John VircksLaddie Vlcek  See QUICK on page 15 Get your vehicle ready for winter — page 11 Is State Street bridge worth cost of repair?  — Opinion Commentary See SCHOOL on page 4by News Editor Brian Wilsonby News Editor Brian Wilson  ThursdayRain likelyHi 54°FLo 39°FFridayPartly cloudyHi 61°FLo 44°FSaturdayPartly cloudyHi 58°FLo 34°FSundayPartly cloudyHi 57°FLo 43°FMondayRainpossibleHi 59°FLo 45°FTuesdayRainpossibleHi 49°FLo 32°FWednesdayMostly cloudyHi 48°FLo 32°F10/14/2014Hi 51°FLo 45°FPrecip. .97”Rain10/15/2014Hi 52°FLo 42°FPrecip. .08”Partly cloudy10/16/2014Hi 64°FLo 34°FPrecip. 0”Foggy10/17/2014Hi 62°FLo 35°FPrecip. 0”Overcast10/18/2014Hi 51°FLo 36°FPrecip. .01”Overcast10/19/2014Hi 51°FLo 29°FPrecip. Tr.Partly cloudy10/20/2014Hi 55°FLo 34°FPrecip. Tr.Overcast 7-Day Forecast for Medford, Wisconsin Weather forecast information from the National Weather Service in La Crosse Last week’s weather recorded at the Medford Wastewater Treatment Plant. The weather is taken from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. the following day. For example 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday. T HE  S TAR  N EWS The only newspaper published in Taylor County, Wisconsin.Published byCentral Wisconsin Publications, Inc.P.O. Box 180, 116 S. Wisconsin Ave.Medford, WI 54451 Phone: 715-748-2626Fax: 715-748-2699www.centralwinews.com/starnewsE-mail: starnews@centralwinews.com Member National Newspaper Association and Wisconsin Newspaper Association. Periodical postage paid at Medford, WI 54451 and     P OSTMASTER : Send address changes to The Star News, P.O. 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The Star News is published weekly by Central Wisconsin Publications at Medford, WI 54451. Subscription rates             Wisconsin; $50 per year out of Wisconsin. Send address changes to: The Star News, P.O. Box 180, Medford, WI 54451. 2013 Page 2Thursday, October 23, 2014 N EIGHBORHOOD T HE  S TAR  N EWS Gamblers Anonymous Meetings  — Call (715) 297-5317 for dates, times and locations. Sunday, Oct. 26 Alcoholics Anonymous Open 12 Step Study Meeting —   7 p.m. Com-munity United Church of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Medford. Monday, Oct. 27 Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) 1013 of Rib Lake Meeting —   Weigh-in 6 p.m. Meeting 6:30 p.m. Rib Lake Se-nior Citizens Center, Hwy 102 and Front Street. Information: Mary (715) 427-3593 or Sandra (715) 427-3408. High and Low Impact Step Aero-bics — Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. Stetsonville Elementary School, W5338 CTH A. Information: Connie (715) 678-2656 or Laura (715) 678-2517 evenings. Taylor County Right to Life Meet-ing —   6:30 p.m. Frances L. Simek Memo-rial Library, 400 N. Main St., Medford. Everyone welcome. Wednesday, Oct. 29 Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting —   7 p.m. Senior Citizens Center, Hwy 102 and Front Street, Rib Lake. Information: Arlene (715) 427-3613. Thursday, Oct. 30 Medford Kiwanis Club Meeting — Noon lunch. Frances L. Simek Memorial Library, 400 N. Main St., Medford. Infor-mation: (715) 748-3237. Medford Association of Rocket Sci-ence (MARS) Club Meeting —   6-9 p.m. First Floor Conference Room, Taylor County Courthouse, 224 S. Second St., Medford. Everyone welcome. Informa-tion: (715) 748-9669. Alcoholics Anonymous Closed Meeting —   7 p.m. Community United Church of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Med-ford. Friday, Oct. 31 Narcotics Anonymous Open Meet-ing —   7 p.m. Community United Church of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Medford. In-formation: (715) 965-1568. Alzheimer’s Support Group Meet-ing —   1:30 p.m. Multi-purpose Building, corner Hwy 13 and 64, Medford. Informa-tion: Taylor County Commission on Ag-ing (715) 748-1491. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Jump River 31 Meeting —   7:30 p.m. Legion Clubhouse, 224 N. Powell, Stetsonville. Tuesday, Oct. 28 Medford Rotary Club Meeting — Breakfast 6:45 a.m. Filling Station Cafe & Bar, 884 W. Broadway Ave., Medford. Information: (715) 748-0370. Al-Anon Meeting —   7 p.m. Com-munity United Church of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Medford. Information: (715) 427-3613. Alcoholics Anonymous Open Topic Meeting —   7 p.m. Community United Church of Christ, 510 E. Broadway, Med-ford. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting —   7 p.m. Hwy 64 and Main Street, Medford. Information: (715) 512-0048. Community Calendar Candidate debateon WPT on Oct. 24 Republican candidate for Wiscon-sin Attorney General Brad Schimel and Democratic candidate Susan Happ will face off in a debate broadcast live at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT).The Wisconsin 2014 Attorney Gen-eral Debate, produced in partnership with Wisconsin Public Radio and The  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  , airs live on WPT, online at wpt.org and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) Ideas Network and News and Classical Network. Worship service atPerkinstown church A worship service will be held this Sunday, Oct.26 at 7 p.m. at Perkinstown Community Church. The pastor will be Paul Woods. Reaching out to those less fortunate Lutheran World Relief  Students in the confirmation class at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Holway and Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman are pictured with the 100 school kits made for Lutheran World Relief. Pictured are (l. to r.): Megan Becker, Taylor Bryant, Brendan Borman, Bjerke-Ulliman and Dylan Weiler. Kneeling in front is Zachary Kawa. — submitted photo For years, the women of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on Apple Avenue in the town of Holway have been putting together layettes and making quilts for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). LWR is an international, nonprofit organiza-tion specializing in international devel-opment and disaster relief. LWR helps families living in war-torn countries, or people in areas of the world devastated by natural disasters, who may find them-selves living in refugee camps, often flee-ing their homes with little more than the clothes they are wearing.Sadly, a child’s education may be interrupted. Are teachers available? by Carol LekiesOur Saviour’s Lutheran Church What about basic school supplies? Our Saviour’s believes in helping those less fortunate. In keeping with our mission statement: “to share the love of Christ with each other, our community and the world,” three years ago the congregation decided to assemble school kits for LWR. Each kit contains four notebooks, a rul-er, pencil sharpener, a pair of blunt scis-sors, five unsharpened pencils, five black or blue ball point pens, a box of 16 or 24 crayons, a two-and-one-half inch eraser, and one sturdy drawstring backpack-style cloth bag with shoulder straps to put everything in. The items should be new and in good condition and free from any advertising. The first year’s goal was to assemble 50 school kits. Women of the congrega-tion were asked to sew the drawstring bags. The goal was met and well exceeded with 92 kits being assembled and shipped in 2012. For 2013, the goal was raised to 100 kits. Before school started in the fall, members were encouraged to take ad-vantage of the back-to-school sales and 102 kits were filled. The 2014 goal was to meet the previ-ous year’s goal of 100. Through generous donations of time, school supplies, and the sewing abilities from women of the congregation, the goal was met. On Oct. 4, 100 school kits containing 400 note-books, 1,000 pencils and pens, 100 rulers, 100 pencil sharpeners, 100 boxes of cray-ons, 100 scissors and 100 erasers were shipped, along with 85 blankets and 34 layettes to LWR to be distributed in the United States and around the world.   Thursday, January 2, 2014 Page 3 N EWS T HE  S TAR  N EWS     Thursday, January 2, 2014 Page 3 N EWS T HE  S TAR  N EWS     Thursday, October 23, 2014 Page 3 N EWS T HE  S TAR  N EWS Volunteers and staff with the Taylor County Humane Society are facing a mas-sive clean up operation this week in deal-ing with an influx of more than 60 cats and two dogs following the death of their owner.When relatives went on the property of the Rib Lake area man, they found piles of junk spread out on acres around the man’s home, in addition to the large num-ber of animals.According to Marty Peterson of the Taylor County Humane Society, many of the animals were in poor health and suf-fering from diseases. The private agency, which receives the bulk of its operating budget through donations and fundrais-ers, has the job of capturing the animals and helping them find new homes.Peterson said as of Tuesday staff had trapped 49 cats, including a number of kit-tens. A number of the cats and one of the dogs were in such poor health the shelter had no option but to have them humanely euthanized. Peterson noted for several years people in the area have been dump-ing their unwanted cats at the residence. Several of the adult cats captured had al-ready been spayed or neutered.The humane society staff is busy car-ing for the remaining animals and getting them ready for adoption.According to Peterson, hoarding is a very severe problem, especially when it comes to hoarding pets. She said often people have difficulty caring for them-selves let alone caring for the numbers of animals they own. She said more needs to be done to address this problem.At this point, all the humane society can do is help with the clean up by saving the animals that are able to be saved and try to find new homes for them. This is not an easy task, and large-scale rescues such as this one and a previous one last fall, present a major blow to the agency’s resources.“This is the sort of thing that can break a humane society,” Peterson said.The humane aociety is making a com-munity appeal for donations and support to help deal with the influx of animals.She said the biggest needs at the shel-ter right now are: Kitten Chow, paté style canned cat foods, cotton balls for applying medicines and cotton swabs for cleaning the animals’ ears. She said cash donations are also appreciated.Donations may be dropped off at the Taylor County Humane Society’s offices on Bauer Drive behind the Taylor County Fairgrounds or mailed to TCHS, PO Box 1, Medford, WI 54451. Peterson said those who wish to make a monetary donation to the organization may also do it electroni-cally through the organization’s website at tchswi.org, following the directions on the Paypal link. Humane society seeks help in dealing with cats   by News Editor Brian Wilson Clean up effort When the owner of this Rib Lake area property died recently, he left behind not only a massive amount of junk to clean up, but also more than 60 cats and two dogs. The Taylor County Humane Society is stepping up to capture and treat many of the malnourished animals with the hope of fi nding new homes for them. The effort is put-ting a massive strain on the nonpro fi t organization’s limited resources. photo by Marty Peterson www.completeutopia.com utopia NATIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY AWARENESS WEEK OCTOBER 19-25!!  The Utopia experience focuses completely on you. Your personal comfort. Your personal choices.  Your total well-being. Our professional staff is dedicated to bringing you natural, relaxing, personal services. Immediately upon entering Utopia, you will experience a warm ambiance that allows you to escape and unwind as your beautiful journey unfolds.We promise you a restful alternative to today’s draining, fast-paced world. hours: mon., tues., thurs., 9am-7pm, wed., fri. 9am-5pm, sat. 9am-1pm Emily NCMTB#3704-146  Tanya NCMTB#10605-146 845 w brucker st | medford wi | 715 748 2600  Tasha NCMTB#11960-146 4    3   - 1   4   2    9    8    5    Area firefighters responded to three structure fires within the past week. The first took place on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. A dehumidifier wire shorted out, causing a small fire, along with smoke damage, in the basement level of the house at N3318 Hall Drive, Medford. No one was injured. The second happened on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7:06 p.m. The Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Department re-sponded to a garage fire at W6239 Stetson Avenue, Med-ford, in the town of Little Black. When firemen arrived the garage was entirely engulfed in flames. Wayne Bau-mann, owner of the property, was found laying on the ground outside the building with burns to his arms, face, and hair. He was immediately taken by ambulance to Aspirus Medford Hospital, before eventually being taken for treatment in Madison. The garage structure was a to-tal loss. Also lost in the fire were several trucks, a motor-cycle, an ATV, and a workshop including tools. Siding on the house was melted. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The third fire took place on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 a.m. at N5744 Sackett Drive, Medford. Fire crews re-sponded to a woodshed fire and managed to put out the blaze before it could spread to a nearby house. The shed contained approximately 40 cords of wood, and the re-sulting enormous fire was hot enough to melt siding off a house, and damage a truck, van, and power lines in close proximity. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. No one was injured. Fires reported Garage fi re Fire fi ghters found Wayne Baumann laying on the ground outside this building with burns to his arms, face, and hair. He was immediately taken by ambulance to Aspirus Medford Hospital, before eventually being taken for treat-ment in Madison photo by Bryan Wegter  Stop By or Give Us a Call  715-748-2626 ã 116 S. Wisconsin Ave. ã Medford  N KED Do you feel N KED NAKED   without  D  ON  ’  T  M   ISS  A    NOTHER   W   EEK   ... S  UBSCRIBE  T  ODAY   !  T  HE  S  TAR N  EWS  ?  Page A Thursday, January 2, 2014 N EWS T HE  S TAR  N EWS   Page A Thursday, January 2, 2014 N EWS T HE  S TAR  N EWS   Page 4 Thursday, October 23, 2014 N EWS T HE  S TAR  N EWS   overseeing any of the projects the district decided to do. The part board members got hung up on in discussion was over the fee structure. Under the proposal, CESA would charge a flat fee of $21,850 to do the study if the district did none of the projects. If the district did any of the projects the fee would be 12 percent of the project costs. As presented, the proposal gave the district a year to start any of the projects on the list to avoid paying the flat fee. According to Steve Craker of CESA 10, the agency’s goal would be to work with the district for years to come to implement the plan. He said it would be best to do a new study every five years or so to stay on top of chang-es in technology.“Some are going to be slam dunk projects,” said Jeff Peterson, noting some projects would have a very fast payback and would be ones the district would want to do first as regular maintenance projects in the existing budgets. Peterson was less willing to commit to hiring CESA 10 to manage the projects in the future, and called for a longer time period to decide if the district should pay the flat fee or do the projects.In the past, the school has taken advantage of the ability to do projects, but according to district adminis-trator Pat Sullivan, the rules now require the engineer-ing study to be done. While cautioning he would have to clear it with his own supervisors, Craker offered the district the possi-bility of holding off on doing any projects on the list for two years. Because of the timelines needed in the pro-posal language, this would actually give the district un-til the end of February 2016 to start any projects in order to not have to pay the flat fee.Board member Brandon Brunner noted the district was opposed to exceeding the revenue cap for projects. He noted the district had already committed money to pay down other obligations and did not have as much room. Brunner was the only no vote in the motion to approve awarding the work to CESA 10. Unpaid leave A policy change will make it less of a burden for em-ployees to take unpaid leave.According to Sullivan, last year the school received requests for five days worth of unpaid leave. Under the existing policy, in addition to not being paid for the time off, the employees also must pay the district back for the total cost of benefits the district pays for that day. This amounts to an additional $104 per day for certified staff and $94 per day for support staff. This is in addition to the cost of actual wages the staff member would earn that day.According to Sullivan, staff members received per-sonal days, but for some there are special circumstanc-es such as a child’s wedding in another country that requires additional time off. Sullivan proposed the dis-trict allow staff to take up to two unpaid days without having to pay back the benefit costs for those days. According to Isola, the policy is intended to deter people from taking the unpaid days. She expressed con-cern that changing the policy would open up a floodgate of people wanting to take additional time off.Sullivan said requests he has received have been for unique events. He noted if someone was consistently asking for more time off, he would be having a conver-sation with that employee about their desire for contin-ued employment with the district.Peterson supported keeping the policy unchanged and made a motion for that, which was seconded by Isola.Dixon strongly disagreed, saying he favored chang-ing the rule to allow more flexibility. Isola raised con-cerns about board members who have spouses or close relatives on staff who would be impacted by the change. Fleegel, who did not participate in the discussion, an-nounced he would be abstaining from the vote — his wife works for the district. Dixon, whose daughter works for the district, spoke out in favor of the change. Sullivan said it is up to the individual members to de-cide if they should or should not vote. Peterson suggested it should be something brought up during negotiations if the staff wanted it that much. Sullivan noted while the school could offer it, the teacher’s union could not ask for it as part of negotia-tions. Board member Barb Knight questioned why they should wait to do it if they were planning on it anyway. Brunner compared it to how the district handled time off for the family medical leave act (FMLA). Un-der the school’s FMLA, employees are not paid for time they take, but do not have to pay back the benefit costs for each of the days used. The district does not pay ben-efits to substitute teachers,Peterson’s motion ultimately failed with only Peter-son and Isola supporting it. In its place, board members approved allowing up to two unpaid leave days without employees having to pay back the per-day cost of ben-efits. Bomb threats For the first bomb threat, the school was evacuated. The second bomb threat resulted in a notification to parents after it was dealt with internally. According to Medford Area Senior High School Assistant Principal Justin Hraby, a third bomb threat that was discovered written on a boy’s bathroom stall is being investigated, but with no idea of how long it has been there or when it was written, the likelihood of finding the person who did it is slim.Hraby highlighted the different response levels based on the levels of the threats made. The greater the like-lihood of the risk being real, the greater the response. According to Sullivan, the district reviews its policies dealing with threats and lockdown situations on an an-nual basis and after the most recent threats, will be re-viewing what additional steps need to be taken. Sullivan said he received feedback suggesting the local hospital should be notified in a bomb threat situation so they can be prepared in the case of a mass causality event. That suggestion and others will go into the review of the dis-trict’s policies following this incident.In other business, board members:   Received word the district’s tax rate was go-ing to drop from what was previously expected due to a change in state aids and an increase in equalized val-ue for the district. What this means for taxpayers is a drop of $.29 per $1,000 of equalized value from last year’s rate to this year. For the owner of a $100,000 home, the school portion of the tax rate will drop from $819 on last year’s tax bill to $797 for this year’s tax bill. This is a 2.69 percent decrease in the equalized tax rate. The actual amount will vary depending on the equalization ratio of each municipality.   Continued from page 1 School board approves change in unpaid leave for district staff                            Full fax service & dry cleaning are available          4         3     -         1         4         3         1         6         8          Adult Seasonal Flu Vaccine Clinic                        The first thing people notice when they meet Dan Lay-hew is his dog, Earl.Earl is a mix of basset hound and black labrador, which makes for a dog that is distinctive if nothing else. “People usually remember Earl,” he said.Layhew and Earl recently moved to Medford where Layhew has started working with Hemer Funeral Ser-vices as a funeral director. A native of Peoria, Ill., Lay-hew attended Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago and worked at a funeral home in Illinois for three years prior to coming to Medford.According to Layhew, his family has a cabin in Wis-consin and he has always wanted to live in the state. When he found that Hemer’s had an opening, he applied and was hired. Mayhew was in high school when he became inter-ested in becoming a funeral director. When a relative died, he was impressed by the funeral director’s abilities and the help they provided to the family members. As a young person looking to decide what to do with his life, he said he wanted to help people in that same way.According to Layhew, while the funeral director in-dustry used to be primarily family-run operations, the number of first generation directors is growing. Layhew comes from a small business background with his family owning a business in his hometown. He said he under-stands the desire of people such as himself who do not have an interest in pursuing the family business. Ac-cording to Layhew, about 80 percent of his classmates in mortuary school were first generation funeral directors.In addition to being a funeral director, Layhew is U.S. Air Force veteran and acheived the rank of staff sergeant. While in the service he helped maintain C-130 Hercules transport planes. He served in Afghanistan from 2011-2012 and since coming to Medford has become a mem-ber of the Medford VFW post. Layhew said he is looking forward to be-coming part of the Med-ford community. He is currently staying at the Hemer family cab-in, but hopes to find a place in Med-ford. Layhew joins staff at Hemer Funeral Service by News Editor Brian Wilson Dan Layhew School board Administrator Pat Sullivan (left) explains to school board president Dave Fleegel and the rest of the board about a proposed policy change. photo by Brian Wilson
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