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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

July 10, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for July 14-16:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-ADOPTING SPECIAL KIDS

NEENAH, Wis. — A Wisconsin couple who adopted a special needs child in 2015 is looking to grow their family through another adoption. Mindi and Mark Piasecki adopted Tess, who endured heart surgery and a thymus transplant as an infant. The couple is looking to adopt more children with special needs. By Chris Mueller, Appleton Post-Crescent. SENT IN ADVANCE: 666 words. Photos requested.

EXCHANGE-NATURAL PRODUCTS

BLUE MOUNDS, Wis. — A Wisconsin entrepreneur is creating natural deodorants and balms. Kyle LaFond started American Provenance three years ago. The company is moving into a new facility this summer. Armed with the company’s first outside funding and encouragement from the Blue Mounds town board, American Provenance will expand, add staff and plan for new products. By Judy Newman, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1205 words. Photos requested.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-CENTENARIAN

BELOIT, Wis. — A Wisconsin woman will celebrate her 100th birthday this month. Jane Makholm will turn 100 on July 19. She moved to Beloit Senior Living a year ago from Suring and lives independently in her on-site apartment. She attends exercise class and book club, does crafts and stops in at happy hour. She enjoys an occasional nip of gin. By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 657 words. Photo requested.

EXCHANGE-HOMES FOR HOMELESS

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. — Finding a place to live is only part of the battle for those transitioning out of homelessness. After they get moved in, individuals and families oftentimes have own little more than a mattress, some blankets and piles of clothes. That’s where Feather-a-Nest comes in. The nonprofit, run by two married couples, furnishes homes for people leaving homelessness. The recipients have to secure their own living situation; Feather-a-Nest can do the rest. By Adam Rogan, Racine Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 701 words.

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