Well here we are: – Volume 4 Issue 6
Wie geht es dir?
Wow – the next issue will be our 25th to begin our 5th year of the magazine. Over 1300 articles published between the print magazine and the website. I would try to count all the words but that may take too much time.
We are thrilled to be able to do what we do. The ability to give you a place to share your stories is really fun! I am always amazed by what stories just happen to be submitted.
This issue was one of those that just assembled itself. I would be having coffee with a writer and serendipitously someone would walk in that they knew. As we got to talking they would say, “Have I got a story for you!” It is music to my ears. The stories in this issue all started with that familiar phrase. Please don’t be shy – your story has a place in LocaLeben.
The story of The Camo Brotherhood happened by pure accident. I was perusing online for some used camera equipment and found James selling a GoPro. We arranged to meet and in his email I noticed his signature, Co-Owner The Camo Brotherhood. I made sure to ask him about it when we met and sure enough we ended up having coffee for an hour and a half. By the end he was our featured photography story and I had a new camera.
There are a lot of stories that will pull at your heartstrings in this issue. From Brett Rechek sharing his dad Jerry’s journey of entrepreneurship to the tradition the Senior Center Woodshop has of making Toy Cars for kids every Christmas. How can you not be proud of this community? In particular – make sure to check out the story of Cookie on page 10 – almost 50 years as Mayville’s Santa. There are almost no words to describe how cool it is – so I had to put him on our cover.
Stories are everywhere. The people who you pass in the grocery store or coffee shop all have something to be proud of.
Advertisers are what make this little magazine possible – please support these folks – as they are busy trying to make a living just like the rest of us …
To those who have contributed to PWYW – we thank you and are so pleased that you enjoy the magazine …
Cover photo courtesy of the Mayville Historical Society
Featuring “Cookie” (Melvin) Collien
A perfect setting with softly falling snow, Santa walked up and down Main Street.
Edgar G. Mueller, Photographer, Mayville, Wisconsin
Dad’s philosophy was very simple, “Treat people like you want to be treated.” In everyday life and in business! Everyone is created equally and should be treated the same. Read More »
Christmas cars have been handed out since 2002 as a gift from the Senior Center to children along the parade route. Each car puts a smile on a child’s face at Christmas. Read More »
Something special was happening during the 1920s to the 1950s. A fellow named Charlie Starkweather might be seen around town carrying a funny looking square box with a hand crank on it. Read More »