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Homegrounds Update April 24, 2016

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    John Atkielski

    HOME GROUNDS UPDATE – April 24, 2016
    Friday, April 22nd was the official 2016 OPENING to celebrate WISCONSIN YOUTH SHOOTING. 28 kids along with their coaches attended. They were from Beaver Dam, Hartford, Weston, Hudson, Mayville, Burlington, Wilmot, Oshkosh West, and Portage high schools. All kids shot 2 or 3 rounds of bunker and trap. This is becoming a popular sport in our High Schools, and some have lettered in this sport. Cameron Kumbier started shooting when he was 8 years old, and now, as a high school freshman has lettered 3 times already! Our Wisconsin Lt. Governor- Rebecca Kleefisch, State Assemblyman-Scott Krug, Town Board-John Sonnenburg were present. Rebecca watched the kids shooting and then spent much close and quality time with the kids learning about their shooting programs. Perry Hintz explained the inner workings of the bunker trap to her. She intends to return to our Homegrounds with her family to do some shooting. It was an exciting time. Short speeches were given by Gary Desmidt, State Advisor to the SCTP, Perry Hintz, State Advisor to USAS (Youth Bunker shooting) and Kyle Wojicechowski, AIM Director. WTA members attending were Fritz & Esther Thistle, Glenn Hamerly, Glen Carlson, Jerry Farnsworth, Fred Kasten, Connie Riemer, and Dick Otto. There are a lot of Wisconsin students active in the shooting sports in Wisconsin! Currently, the High School League(WSHSCTL) has about 1000-1050 students. At the State SCTP shoot, there will be approximately 1200 students. The AIM Program attracts 75 to 120 students annually and the WTA’s own youth program has around 150-200 participants. Not only are these students participating in trapshooting, some have received college scholarships in five different States. Snacks were prepared by Esther Thistle and Arlene Otto.
    Cart Path Update
    Tom Jensen was there Wednesday & Thursday afternoons from 12 to 4 with his tractor picking up pallets of those cement pavers from their storage area in the campgrounds and setting them down along the graded path. At 7am Saturday morning Glenn Hamerly, Bruce & Don Wagner, and Tom Jensen were back at work. Shortly, they were joined by Glen Carlson, Dan Rauterkus, Jeff Recob and Virgil & Brad Bomkamp (IL.!) Later, John Filtz & Bill Esselman arrived to help, too. A system of 2 men lifting & carrying pavers to the spot, 2 with grabbers, picking them up and placing in position, 2 placing spacers in between kept the job moving right along. Glen Carlson followed, throwing sand and spreading, and sweeping it in place. Next he went over the path with a huge vibrator which applies 300# of pressure. Tom kept supplying more pallets. By the end of the day, 2/3’s of the path was complete. Would you believe 11 men laid down 94 tons of cement pavers on this day alone! THANK YOU hardly begins to say it! Sunday was a forced day of rest as it poured all day. Next weekend we hope to have it completed. How about coming out to help? Forgot to mention earlier, Recob’s transported ALL the pavers from Wausau Tile, who donated them to us! Thanks AGAIN to the Recob family and to Pete Rustad for initially providing the grader and grading the path.
    Dick Otto spent the entire day attaching back-flow preventers to all the water spigots along vendor row and the campgrounds.
    Several people stopped by for camping information and to see what was going on, and to check out open shooting times.
    Can you believe that out of over 1500 Wisconsin registered shooters there were only 9 people available to help at their own gun club grounds! Come on, people, we need help! Here is a sampling of more things that you can help out with!
    Take trash cans out of storage area and place 2 at each shelter
    Replace broken posts for handicap parking
    Clean out pump house
    Grind off traphouse door corners
    Pressure wash and paint traphouses
    Replace flag poles (had to take old ones down in cart path)
    Taper top soil away from pavers & tap down.
    Plus many more! You can just show up and be put to work, or you can call Fritz Thistle at 608-370-1118.

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