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  • Friday, December 19, 2014 7:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After using the restroom, one WaeGo looked out only to see the bundled up group hiking down the road.  Quickly heading to the exit door, she was astonished to find it locked!  She yelled and pleaded but to no avail; they had left her to chill out in the unheated clubhouse.  She considered her prospects:  bowl a few games ?  but she'd have to run down the lane and reset her own pins.  Wrap up in a fox jacket to maintain body heat? Jackets are short, so she would have to put both of them around her body - upper and lower.  Hang out at the bar?  But there were only ancient empty beer and whiskey bottled.  Call someone on her cell phone?  Oh. She hadn't brought that with her.  What to do????  She yelled again and Gary heard her.  He then directed her to the unlocked door where she was able to escape.  Maybe that's why we carpool.  At least we can keep track of everyone who should be along.  Glad to have Sharon Bertler rescued, and we all hooted with laughter as she recounted her tale.  (The editor took some liberties in recreating this story, of course.)  

  • Monday, December 15, 2014 7:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our WaeGo friend Evie Tate has settled in down in St. Petersburg, FL and has room for 7 at her house from likely January 16-20, and has invited WaeGos to come play.

    The Pinellas bike trail (36 miles) is near her and Evie has investigated bike rental, and we have been working on logistics for a week-long trip. Evie has been hiking some nearby state parks, historic areas and beaches, and says there are lots of WaeGo-terrific things to do in her area.

    I have been talking to WaeGos this past week, and discussing with them and Evie what transportation and housing possibilities might work most smoothly.  Evie's daughter and grandchild will be gone over this long weekend, and return to their beds Jan. 19 or 20, and the first 7 signed up will be able to stay with her, and then switch to a motel or rental house until Jan. 22 (unless you cannot bear to return to Wisconsin in January). If we go over 7 travelers, we’ll be looking for reasonably priced motels or a rental home closeby for the rest for the whole week.  Without knowing how many WaeGos might commit, here is a beginning basic plan for January 15-22:

    Fly Southwest out of Milwaukee Thursday, Jan 15, nonstop into Tampa (near St. Petersburg). Probable motel stay night Jan 15.  Pick up rental van or whatever vehicles we need to rent.  Three of our WaeGos have already booked Delta Airlines out of CWA on January 14 and plan a night or two of motels after arriving in the St. Petersburg/Tampa area, and will be returning Jan. 21.  Maggie Steder, Carol Vandenbusch or Maggie Holt can provide you with info on their CWA flights if you are interested; they just booked today.

    Jan. 16-17 rent bikes and bike the Pinellas Trail, using a small UHaul to transport bikes (maybe another day or 2 of biking other area bike trails for those interested)  **Plan to bring your own bike helmet and lock.

    On Non-biking days visit:  Fort Desoto Park, any of the local wildlife refuges and parks and local beaches, and we can travel a bit and kayak on the Crystal River among the manatees. Maybe even visit a museum or two.  I’m hoping to meet with those either planning to go or thinking about going on Thursday at the potluck, to plot out a basic plan for biking, so we can figure out transportation logistics, bike rental, and housing.  Then we can work on other activities which won’t involve planning ahead as much. 

    January 22 (Thursday)- Return to Wisconsin via Southwest into Milwaukee.  Note that the Merrill School Forest overnight is Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23 and 24 starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday, so you’ll be back in plenty of time to play in the snow.  (picked up my new computer today and it is working pretty well for those who know the terrible story of my computer's death last week- but I'm still getting to know her)

    You can contact me at or 715-574-0270 to discuss details or questions.  Evie is reachable at and her cell is (715) 302-5345.  Address: 3868 Island Way, St. Petersburg, FL.

    Here is the info on nonstop flights I’ve just booked for Rita Wiechman and me out of Milwaukee for $219:  LV Milwaukee Thursday, Jan. 15 on Southwest Airlines Flight #4369 at 2:30 pm, arriving in Tampa at 6:25 pm (ET).  Returning Thursday, Jan. 22 on Southwest Airlines Flight #2343 nonstop, departing Tampa at 11:25 am (ET) and arriving in Milwaukee at 1:15 p.m. (Central Time). (2 bags fly free on Southwest)  Milwaukee Airport Supersaver parking is $6.50/day, with shuttles every 10 minutes.

  • Wednesday, December 03, 2014 12:24 PM | Anonymous member

    People can bring small gifts to give to clients at The Women's Community to our Christmas party. I talked to Jane at TWC and she said besides toilet paper, women's hygiene goods, etc. it would be nice for small "pampering" items like hand creams, lotions, etc. They don't need to be wrapped because then they can check out for allergies first. We can help make someone else's Christmas a little merrier.  

  • Friday, November 28, 2014 5:21 PM | Anonymous member

    With all this beautiful snow, I am looking to purchase a pair of used youth snowshoes.  If anyone can help me out, it would be much appreciated.  You can call 715-204-5094 or email at  Enjoy!  Carol

  • Monday, November 10, 2014 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    from Karen Graff: 

    I did also want to make sure you got an early alert for this winter's Friends' snowshoe hikes.  A daytime hike will be on Saturday, January 24 from Noon-2 p.m., and a candlelight snowshoe hike will be on Valentine's Day, February 14 from 5-7 p.m.  Bring your sweetheart or a dear friend for a lovely evening on the mountain! 

    And, of course, we'll need volunteers for the snowshoe walks to help make them a success.  Thanks to the WaeGos who have helped in the past :) Let me or co-chair Sandi Cihlar know if you can assist. 

  • Wednesday, November 05, 2014 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WaeGos are invited to join the Wausau Nordic Ski Club on their annual December venture to ABR in the U.P.  This year the trip will be on Saturday, December 13, leaving John Muir Middle School at 7:15 a.m. on a very comfortable charter motor coach.  We will ski at ABR until approximately 4:30 p.m., enjoying a catered lunch in our own private room.  We will dine on the way back and arrive back in Wausau about 9 or 10 p.m. 

     Costs:  Member -$50 plus $12 for lunch  Non-member - $65 plus $12 for lunch.  Dinner is at your own expense.  Check out the details and get the registration form at the website,   

  • Tuesday, November 04, 2014 9:17 PM | Anonymous member
    Great updated picture.    No helmets or sunglasses so can really make out the individuals.   To whoever took it, NICE WORK, hopefully we'll get more like this one in the future.
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:17 PM | Anonymous member

    For many events it seems that they don't need to be closed before hand. You can still contact a leader to come at the last moment, right? 

  • Monday, October 20, 2014 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At our Oct. 16 Potluck and Planning session, it was noted that many WaeGos had to enter contact information every time they signed up for an event, while others only had to enter it once.  It was determined that the reason some only had to enter it once is because those WaeGos had put the information in their member Profile, and the WaeGos that had just entered the information each time they signed up for an event had to enter that data continually.

    So, to avoid the continual entries, click on the View Profile wording below your name at the top of the front page of our website.  About halfway down your profile page, you can enter the name and contact telephone numbers for your 2 contact people.  Once this is entered and saved, you will not have to enter this data again.  You can also change your contact information at this location if that is ever necessary. Thanks for bringing this situation to our attention. 

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 5:39 PM | Elaine Olsen

    Three friends and I are finally starting to set up our Ireland trip. All of us are out-doorsy types.  I've mentioned it to several WAEGOs.  There were a couple ladies interested in exploring the possibility of joining us, and we'd like to have a couple more join us.  I can't now remember who you were!  Embarrassing as it may be, could you contact me if there still is an interest.  The sooner, the better, so you can be involved in the planning.

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