BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI
Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Dec. 1-3:
BRIGHTON, Wis. — A Wisconsin farm is offering equine therapy and team building exercises. Brenda Compher operates New Point of View at The Diettrich Farm. The therapy to which Diettrich refers is espoused by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association which is based in Santaquin, Utah. All of the therapy in EAGALA is done on the ground, meaning there is no riding. A common exercise is to set up an obstacle course and ask participants to get the horse through the obstacle course. By Christopher Bennett, Kenosha News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 643 words, photos.
VERONA, Wis. — Wisconsin shoppers are changing their toy shopping routine this year. Barb Schutz and Kaye Frohmader had a slightly different routine to their Black Friday shopping this year. They still planned to hit Target and Walmart, and to do some online shopping on Amazon. But their first stop was Farm & Fleet in Verona. Normally, their first stop would have been the Toys R Us at West Towne, but when the store closed in May along with the rest of the national chain, they had to change their plans. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1113 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-HUNTING WITCH’S BROOMS
JANESVILLE, Wis. — A Wisconsin man searches forests for a slow-growing mass of branches called a witch’s broom. Josef “Joe” Braeu hunts the odd-looking distortion in trees, usually with fellow plant lovers, and they use the “brooms” to develop dwarf conifers. You can see some of the conifers at Braeu’s Janesville home, where he has filled his corner lot with plant varieties propagated by himself and friends in the United States and around the world. By Anna Marie Lux, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 752 words, photos.
RACINE, Wis. — An operation has helped a Wisconsin man with epilepsy live a better life. A relatively unknown procedure has given Jon Duchac his life back for the first time in decades. A pacemaker-like machine, a vagus nerve stimulator, was implanted just above his heart in January. Since then, he’s been seizure-free for almost a year and is no longer taking a debilitating number of medications. By Adam Rogan, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1086 words, photos.
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