Digital Edition November / December 2012
From The Editor
A short year ago, we began work on the first edition of LocaLeben. How we got here has been one serendipitous event after another. Rewind a few months to May of 2011. I was graduating college and deciding which job offer I would take. I was coping with the idea that I would be starting somewhere new. Deep down I knew that it was not what I was supposed to be doing. If you had asked me during my sophomore year what I was doing after graduation, I would have told you “moving back home to start my own business.” Over the next couple of years, a series of events diminished my confidence. I was unsure of how that was going to happen, and I could not help but wonder how I had let that desire fade. What was it that made me simply forget about what I was so passionate about? Was it the security of the job? Or was it the comfort of not having to face the disappointment of not achieving my goal? Long story short – In my self-reflection I discovered that my reason for wanting to come back to Beaver Dam was not about owning my own business. It was about giving back to the community that had shaped who I am. Serendipitously a way to achieve that was right there all the time: LocaLeben.
LocaLeben is the product of my father’s imagination. It was something we talked about passionately at the dinner table. Working on this as a family was the perfect way to fulfill both his dream and mine. Not to mention the joy of having everyone including family, friends, and people we have met along the way that have helped make LocaLeben a success.
Most recently, Gwen Hansen graciously gave us a copy of the 1941 Beaver Dam Centennial book. It is a wealth of information and a great resource as we continue to reconnect with our Beaver Dam history. Gwen also shared several photographs and story ideas for future issues. I cannot thank her enough. You will also notice that the font in this issue is slightly larger. We did this on the request of our readers – special thanks to Sue Link and Jan Sutter for their help in making the adjustment. We thrive on the feedback and contributions from our readers. Please keep it coming.
In This Issue
Feature: A Beaver Dam Sleigh Ride
Reflect on how BD residents during Victorian times celebrated the holidays.
As Church Health Services approaches their 20th anniversary, we recognize their dedication to healthcare. Read more
On a hazy warm summer evening in July 1969, I watch a grainy black and white picture on the large Motorola console television set placed in its proper majestic spot in our living room.
Bringing attention to things important to us, before they are lost. Read more