Jun 30, 201511:16 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Small towns and big ideas on a beautiful June weekend
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I had a Squire David weekend.
Thursday — Odana Hills Golf Course, my Revenue Golf League team scored a best-ball birdie on hole #1 and promptly gave it back on #3. So we just had fun. A beer and a burger before scooting over to the monthly H.O.G. meeting at Harley-Davidson of Madison.
Friday — Along with an audience of about 100, I witnessed the investiture of Jim Troupis as Dane County Circuit Judge for Branch 3. His brother Chris, who ran for A.G. in Idaho, spoke. As did former Gov. Scott McCallum. Four of the state Supreme Court justices attended and former justice Jon Wilcox administered the oath. More in a bit.
Saturday — Another sunshiny day as beautiful as Wisconsin in June has to offer. Five motorcycles buzzed over the twisty back roads, across rivers, and through the hills, farms, and forests of Sauk County, including Devil’s Lake State Park. Unfortunately, one of our number dropped her bike in Leland and took 11 stitches in her hand at Sauk-Prairie Hospital. (This is why I wear gloves.) But I got to break open the first aid kit acquired at least five vehicles and 20 years ago for the first time. The tape still stuck!
John Blaska, Brian and Chantel Blaschka, and daughter Eloise in Marshall
Sunday — Nothing like an old-timey, small town parade. That was the Marshall Firemen’s Parade. Zor Shriners in their tiny motorcycles doing crazy eights. Model T automobiles, horse-drawn carriages, fire trucks, and American flags. Cousin Johan permitted your humble squire to pilot his restored 60-year-old John Deere model 50 tractor. It pulled a float bearing a scale model of St. Wenceslaus Church, built by our German-Bohemian ancestors in 1863 on the high ground of “the Island” above the marshland southeast of Waterloo. (The annual picnic is Sunday, July 12 at the corner of Blue Joint and Island Church Roads.)
Despite a light rain, folks lined the parade route down Hubbell Street and Main Street thence to the park on the Maunesha River for brats, beans, beer, and a tractor pull.
Can’t complain about the rain, not with drought in California. Crops in the fields look good. Speaking of which, the Joe Statz family walked behind us to promote Farm Technology Days, which they are hosting this August 25–27 on their progressive dairy farm on County Highway VV east of Sun Prairie. Go. You’ll be blown away by dairy farming in the 21st century.
Ah, summer in Wisconsin.