Howard Lake Herald, November 2, 1998

Winnie's crew to the rescue

By Angela Lachermeier
Waverly Area Visionary Enrichment (WAVE) President

The recent beautiful weather has given us a last chance to finish up all of those outdoor chores before the anticipated cold weather.

Watching those beautiful days go by and darkness approach earlier every night, I came to a realization after hearing, over and over again, "I'll do it tomorrow."

A month has flown by and the downtown Waverly courtyard's sidewalk and clock foundation were no where near being ready for concrete.

The courtyard project has been fulfilling. It's great to see the progress that has been made in downtown Waverly. Although, it has not been without a few headaches. I have done plenty of scheduling over the years and have dealt with lots of difficult people.

Well, that's life and I'm sure this won't be the last time I will have to deal with this sort of problem. I would also like to point out that most everyone has been wonderful to work with and their donations have far surpassed my expectations.

So why dwell on this problem? Just to show how hopeless, discouraging, and frustrating it can be when things don't go as planned and that "tomorrow" isn't ever going to be here.

Now, the good news. My husband, Ken Kutz, saw how discouraged I was and approached Jim "Winnie" Weninger at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Ken briefed him at 8 a.m. Tuesday with the situation-at-hand.

By 10 a.m. Tuesday, Weninger and his FFA crew showed up at the courtyard project, all with shovels and rakes in hand.

They all worked so hard and progress was immediately visible. Each of his classes came to the courtyard that day to pitch in their services. Weninger supervised the crew and kept the project flowing throughout the day.

I began to jot down their names, but soon realized that upwards of 75 students showed up.

They know who they are, so, I'll just refer to them as "Winnie's crew." After all, it was Winnie's crew to the rescue.

I wasn't familiar with what FFA was or did. So, all of this activity was very overwhelming to me.

By 3 p.m. that day, the sidewalk was all leveled, staked and ready for concrete. Josh Diers showed up early Wednesday morning to check everything over before Con-Mix delivered the concrete to the site. Con-Mix of Howard Lake/Delano donated four yards of concrete for the project.

Soon, Weninger and his crew showed up once again with shovels in hand. They spread, leveled, and finished the concrete into the sidewalk and clock foundation.

Many learned by doing, and yet, others learned by watching the process take place.

It was very rewarding to see, once again, the youth of our community pitch in to make a difference. Each and every student should be commended for their hard work and their parents and teachers certainly ave something to be proud of.

Winnie and his crew came to the rescue and in my book they would each get A+ and a couple of smiley faces. What a fine program HLWW High School has in FFA.

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