It’s March the 10th and the firewood is just about gone. Kathy keeps scavenging for more even though I would have left the stove go out days ago. “Great opportunity to clean up the woodpile,” she says. Got to admit it feels really good even at 50 degrees.
Jim Rompre called me up a couple of months ago. He says, “Hey I got this book here about the Madison Cardinals Hockey Team, seems every page talks about Pinney Dittmann.” So I’m real curious – Pinney is my uncle and godfather. So I head down to Rompre’s store and we get to talkin’. The author of the Cardinals book – Mike Cowan (he’s written numerous books on Wisconsin Hockey) was Jim’s High School coach in Waupun. Then I get to thinking – Bob Rompre was a hell of a hockey player you know – so I ask about how to get in touch with Cowan. I call Mike and suggest the idea of doing a story about Bob & Pinney – “Sure!” Check out our feature story, I think you’ll really enjoy it. Special thanks to Romps and Pinney for sharing items from their scrapbooks and archives…and a very special thank you to Frank Mittelstadt for sending the pretty little bird photos in response to my last minute request for such!
In this issue you will see some awesome contributions. Like every issue, the stories that you see are all brought to us by people in the community just like you. The type of story you would hear around the kitchen table with friends; personal and relatable. We would like to encourage all of you to share your seemingly unimportant stories with us. Trust me, your story is worth sharing – no matter the subject.
We particularly are looking for all you sportsmen with your true stories (or somewhat true) of success out in the wilderness. We already have the name for the column; it will be Have Any Luck? Take a look at page 29 at Peter Frey Jr.’s “A Fish Story” for a good example. A familiar story about enjoying the simple pleasure of fishing with family.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the PWYW – it’s very helpful and we appreciate that so many enjoy the magazine – cheers!
We welcome youth and adults to an interactive outdoor market on Saturday, April 25 from 10 am to 2 pm. Read More »
Bob Rompre of Beaver Dam and Pinney Dittmann of Watertown were two of the premier hockey players in the state during the 1950s and 1960s. Read More »
In front of the Beaver Dam Middle School there is a new LED sign that pays tribute to Mark with the dedication, “In memory of Mark ‘Doc’ Schweitzer – beloved teacher to many.” Read More »
The vision of a free public library in Beaver Dam began with a group of devoted citizens on August 30, 1884, by forming a corporation under State Law as the Beaver Dam Public Library Asso… Read More »