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June 14, 2018

By Mariah and Cheryl Schmidt

June Dairy Month is here! Drink milk, eat cheese and all the other delicious dairy products we have in Wisconsin. It’s a good time to head out to one of the counties’ Dairy Breakfasts or stop by and check out one of our two award winning cheese factories, or visit both! Sorry, we missed the Iowa County Breakfast, held in Avoca on June 2, the next one in the area is Sauk County’s and theirs is on Saturday, June 9, in Reedsburg. Arena has been home to a couple of dairy breakfasts, The Gerald Nelson Family at Nels-Vale Farm a couple of years ago and the Zinck family quite a few years ago. Remember when you were in 4-H and all the activities we’d do to promote June Dairy month? Handing out cheese at the bank, writing sayings on grocery bags, the Ice Cream Socials? Good times!

The Hyde Blacksmith Shop opens its doors to the public on Saturday, June 9, this year from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge. This is a non-profit organization who wants to preserve a part of history. All sights are free. That also includes The Hyde Chapel just down the road and The Railroad Depot in the Village of Ridgeway. Tours of the grounds will be available by a guide. The Blacksmith shop site was a stagecoach stop for up to 5 stops daily, headed to and from Arena. They are also having Indian Artifacts gathered locally and on display. Phil Roberts will be there with some snakes, if the weather cooperates. Rod Anding will be giving horse drawn wagon rides. Some other events for that day will be tours and stories of tee-pee living, rope making demonstrations and making your own personal jump rope. Craft vendors will be set up and selling homemade items and there will be food to purchase. Bring your dollar bills and place a bet on the chicken crap game!

On Friday, June 15, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. there will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Arena Fire/EMS Station, 111 David Circle. You can sign up on the Red Cross’s website, the Arena Fire Facebook page or you can walk in. Their campaign is “Without A, B & O we can’t save anybody. You are the #MissingType we need.” We donate blood because it costs me nothing but our time and we’re helping so many people.

The celebration of the Arena Schools was wonderful. The Arena Historians display of artifacts was huge. The school staff and students did a modern computer show which was so cool and cute. The crowd exceeded their expectations and there was cake and ice cream.

The Wildlife Forever ATV Club has been working for months now making the town and village’s roads accessible for ATVs. Diane Halverson, the secretary for the club, told us that the village has been signed but everything else is pending. At the next club meeting on Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m., at Trader’s Bar & Grill, Craig Hardy, who is the chairman of the Traffic Safety Committee for Iowa County and Steve Deal, our county supervisor in District 2, are both speaking. It is highly recommended that anyone who owns or rides an ATV/UTV attend this meeting. Craig will be talking about the signage at the meeting as many people are not aware how to read signage and what it means. Fines are very steep if someone doesn’t follow the rules. Steve will talk about his role and how he can help the community. We’ll be sharing more information on this as it becomes available.

Daniel J. Neumaier passed away on May 21, 2018. Sympathies to his family. Dan was the Arena Postmaster for 25 years.

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Arena’s Village Wide Garage Sales are June 15 and 16. Maps can be obtained at the Crappie Shop.


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