Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Shelley Wynveen Buys Coachman Supper Club

Shelley Wynveen, an 11 year employee at the Coachman Supper Club, including nearly two years as co-owner, became sole owner of the establishment on October 25.

Shelley Wynveen, a co-owner with Jim Reich of the Coachman Supper Club for nearly the past two years, became sole owner of the establishment on October 25.

Wynveen has worked at the Coachman for the past 11 years, and since March of 2006 has been a co-owner with Jim Reich. Prior to that she was an employee there. She said that the transition has gone well and "we had a nice crowd for Thanksgiving. I'd like to see a few more people out for Sunday buffets and Friday buffets, but hopefully that will pick up," said Wynveen.

There will be no big changes at the Coachman, said Wynveen. However, new menus are in the works. "Otherwise it's pretty much the same. It's been working as is and if we change anything it will be minor."

As owner Wynveen said she will be involved in all aspects of the business, "I do about everything-wherever I need to be including waitressing."

Prior to her employment at the Coachman, Wynveen worked for her aunt and uncle at Mel's Northside Cafe where she was a waitress and cook.

Mattison was One-for-One Deer Hunting

Not many people go one-for-one deer hunting. But that's what Michael Mattison did.

Mattison bagged an 11 point buck with the first shot he ever took while deer hunting. "I'm addicted to hunting now, I think," he said. "It wasn't the biggest deer I've ever seen, but it was nice," he added. He estimated that the deer weighed 185 lbs. field dressed.

Mattison was hunting north of Baldwin with friends. He had hunted last year for the first time, but never got a shot. This year on opening day the buck was in his sights and he bagged it with the first shot he took.

Mattison said he'll be out in the woods again next deer season. And oh, yes, Mattison shot again at a deer later in the season and missed. So the one-for-one claim can no longer be made.

Mattison is a 2000 B-W grad. He served four years in the service and is now pursuing his degree in business at UW-Stout in Menomonie where he lives with his wife Nadine. He will graduate in May. He is the son of Dave and Deb Mattison of Baldwin.

Christmas Spirit Parade and Santa Visit is Saturday

Although nationally the unofficial start of the Christmas season is the day after Thanksgiving with the shopping frenzy, in Baldwin, the Christmas season is kicked off with a less commercial emphasis.

Saturday at 1:00 the 18th annual Christmas Spirit Horse and Wagon Parade will reach Main Street. Following the parade, Santa Claus will pay a visit to the Baldwin Municipal Center where he will visit with youngsters and everyone will receive a treat.

The Christmas Spirit Parade has attracted between 55 and 65 entries in recent years and there is no reason to think this year will be different.

According to Mike Smith, proprietor of the Lumber Company Brew Pub and Eatery and one of the organizers of the parade, the entries come from all over the upper mid-west, with a heavy emphasis, of course, on this region. He noted that many of the entries are decked out in fancy decorations and costumes in keeping with the Christmas season. The expenses for decorations may be substantial despite the meagerness of the $25 decoration prize, Smith said.

Each entry also receives a gift bag and door prizes and is treated to a pig roast with fixings at Bol's Lanes and Lounge. The meal is free to the parade entrants. Other may partake for a $4 charge.

Because there is no pre-registration for the parade, all entries are registered Saturday morning. The area in the vicinity of Cedar Street and 8th Avenue, is alive with activity as horses are unloaded from trailers and hitched to wagons. The parade leaves Bol's Lanes about 12:30 and reaches Main Street by 1:00.

Best viewing of the parade is along Main Street and cars will be prohibited from parking along the 800 block.

The parade is a chance for people with horses and wagons to show them off, said Smith.

Santa Claus' visit at the Baldwin Municipal Center will begin about 1:30 and last until about 3:00 p.m., or as long as there are children waiting to visit with him. Pictures with Santa will be available. There will be treats for all.

Santa's visit is sponsored by the Baldwin Area Chamber of Commerce, Suzanne Wynveen Photography and Vital Plastics, Inc.

Thanksgiving Morning Crash Results in Fatality

A Thanksgiving morning crash resulted in the death of a Hudson man, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

According to the report, Chin T. Khaw, 50, was eastbound on Crest View Drive in Hudson about 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning, November 22 when his vehicle left the roadway and broke through a fence next to the eastbound lanes of I-94. His vehicle then crashed through the fence a second time and entered the parking lot of the Wisconsin Tourist Information Center where it struck a parked car and overturned.