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Homebound enjoy elegant dinner

Imagine never leaving your home. Your only interaction with others may be a random phone call, or the kind volunteer who delivers your meal. Some may have a visit with family in the evening. But overall, you are home, alone, with limited ability to travel to the grocery store, run errands, or meet friends at the senior center.

Earlier this month some of Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County’s most isolated meal recipients were treated to a holiday feast. It’s all made possible thanks to the giving spirit of Jay Christopher at Christopher Farms and Gardens who not only came up with the idea, but also sponsored the food and decorations.

“I saw a viral video about an upscale dinner for the homeless and thought instantly of Meals On Wheels and the people they serve. These people have a special place in my heart and I was overjoyed to be able to work with Kelly at Meals On Wheels and provide a five-star dinner prepared by my friends Paul and Lori Smitala,” Christopher said in a press release.

“I wasn’t going to come because of this,” said Mary, pointing to her broken wrist. “But I am so glad I did.”

The homebound guests, and their caregivers, were giddy with holiday spirit as they enjoyed a formal pork loin dinner followed by French silk pie as they were serenaded by Northern Lights, North High School’s chorale group.

“That was just so nice. Every person was smiling as they left,” said Kelly Heyn, Meals On Wheels CEO.

The meal was prepared by Paul Smitala, head chef at Blackwolf Run and his wife Lori Smitala, who owns Heavenly Creations in Sheboygan. “When Jay asked us about this we were more than happy to jump on board,” said Paul. “What a great way for us to use our talent to give back to those who have served us for so many years. We are cooking a meal for retired teachers, doctors and veterans; people who have made a difference in our lives. We are proud to serve them in return.”

The serving staff dressed in white shirts and holiday ties, were volunteers from Greenscape Lawn & Landscape. In addition to Northern Lights, musical entertainment was also provided by Adrienne and Gabrielle Tauscheck.

Each guest went home with a goody bag filled with warm socks from Wigwam, chocolates made in the Meals On Wheels Christopher Family Kitchen, a lip balm courtesy of Oliv├╝ 426 and a gift from Pampered Chef. The colorful bags were handed out by Elf Shirley, who Kohler Co. was kind enough to share during their own holiday festivities.

“We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such amazing companies and individuals who are willing to give of their time, talents and treasures to serve our clients. Our mission is simple, we feed homegrown meals to people who are hungry and make sure they are safe and warm in their homes. To be able to provide them with this amazing opportunity outside of their home is truly an honor. We are so thankful to everyone who has made this possible,” said Heyn.

To help make guests feel special from the beginning formal invitations were mailed, courtesy of Boneck Printing. Meals On Wheels clients who were unable to find a way to travel to the dinner were escorted by Sheboygan Wheelchair Taxi & Transportation, Inc., in addition to a few Meals On Wheels volunteers.

For more information about enrolling your loved one in the Meals On Wheels program please call Meals On Wheels at 920-451-7011 or visit

Sheboygan Youth Band meeting set

There will be an informative meeting to discuss activities to commemorate Frank Parisi and the Sheboygan Youth Band in 2015, celebrating its 50 years.

All former SYB members and their parents are welcome to attend. The meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the assembly hall at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1810 N. 13th St., Sheboygan. Enter through the carport which is handicap accessible.

For more information, or if you cannot attend but are interested, please call Scott Mehre, 920-458-5748 and leave a message or email:

Aviation art contest open

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Bureau of Aeronautics encourages children, ages seven to 17, to showcase their artistic talent by participating in its annual statewide poster contest. This year’s theme is “World Air Games.”

The top three entries in three different age divisions will advance to the national competition, with the potential to be entered in the international aviation art contest. In addition, statewide winners will receive the following prizes:

First place: $100 art supply gift certificate or an airplane ride for two.

Second place: $75 art supply gift certificate.

Third place: $50 art supply gift certificate.

All artwork must be original and cannot be computer generated. For complete contest rules and the appropriate entry form, visit Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 23, 2015 and mailed to: Karen Broitzman , WisDOT – Bureau of Aeronautics, P.O. Box 7914, Madison 53707-7914.

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