Library Lynx, March 28, 2013

Friends and acquaintances were shocked to learn of the sudden and untimely death of Dick Marquardt. How could this have happened to someone who seemed so vibrant and healthy? Patrons and staff at the library were stunned by this sad news. But it was not surprising to see the large number of people who attended the visitation at the Village Hall. Many grieving friends and acquaintances came to give their condolences to the family of this prominent, well respected Poynette citizen. Dick’s life, as captured in the many photos and portraits on display at his visitation, was the epitome of a life well-lived by a man who was well-loved. Happiness exuded from the all the faces memorialized within the pictures’ frames – faces that were always smiling. Such a full life he led! Images of the husband, father, brother, son showed the many loves of his life – his family and friends. They portrayed a man who was a polka dancer, hunter, fisherman, and curler and, most importantly, a family man. His zest for life was shared by many through the contributions he made to the Poynette area as an insurance agent and real estate appraiser as well as board member for Columbia County, the Village of Poynette, MacKenzie Environmental Education Center, Optimist Club, Poynette Chamber of Commerce, and Divine Savior Hospital. Dick and Nancy have been members of the Friends of the Library for many years. The Poynette area community has lost a dear friend and tireless public servant and volunteer. The Friends of the Library asked me to convey their thanks for the donations made to them in Dick’s honor and memory.

Have you ever heard of a Meat Raffle? I hadn’t until Mark Rowley from the Harmony Bar stopped in to say that he’s having one – his first, too – on Saturday, April 13th. Harmony Bar will be raffling off $300 worth of meat, and some liquid refreshments, too, and the proceeds will be donated to his favorite non-profit organization – the Library! If you have items to donate, or would like to give cash donations, please contact Terri Fiore at 635-8628. The fun begins at 2 pm with the sale of “paddles” and chances to win. Please consider donating cash or items, or attending this exciting event to support the Library!

In case you aren’t aware, things are hopping at the Poynette Nutrition Center! On March 27th, Al Anderson will bring his trombone-augmented big band music to the upstairs of the Village Hall. He’ll get your feet tapping and you’ll be singing along to some old favorites. You can even “cut a rug” if the spirit moves you! If that’s not of interest to you, consider attending the April 24th program featuring local Iditarod participant, Glen Lockwood. He’ll bring one of his more “mellow” sled dogs and share his experiences training and running this world-famous race. These programs are brought to you once a month by Joell and the Nutrition Center. You don’t need to be a senior to attend these programs or to partake of the tasty, nutritious meals served daily from 11am until noon. Anyone can call a day ahead and have a delicious meal catered by Feil’s. The menus are posted outside the Nutrition Center along the main hallway in Village Hall. Why prepare a meal or eat alone? Join the fun and convivial conversation each day at the Nutrition Center! For more upcoming events, please contact Joelle at 212-1240.

On Thursday, March 21st, there was a joint meeting between the Village Board, Library Board and Historical Society Board. There were four members of the Village Board in attendance, but no action was taken at that meeting on the issue of library expansion. The meeting was led by Diana Kaschinske and fellow Village Board members Bill Boor, Jerry Burke, and Dave Hutchinson were in attendance. The recommendation that these Village Board members will take to the next Village Board meeting will be to allow the library to expand into the Little Blessings building, so we can move forward with our plans to expand our children’s area and create more community and meeting space. We thank the Village Board in advance for this wonderful gift to the Poynette Area community!

Happy Easter, Everyone!

See you @ the Library!