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Kenosha’s St. Catherine Commons:
Ever a symbol of renewal and renaissance
by Mary A. Kane St. Catherine Commons, a jewel on the Capri Communities crown, is being fully restored following an Aug. 24 fire caused by lightning. St. Catherine Commons’ bright, Mediterranean architectural design includes Spanish stone shingle roof tiles. The front entrance to the central structure is enhanced with stone tablets that once graced the former St. Catherine’s Hospital on those same grounds. An historic prayer grotto on the grounds also draws a thread from past to present. Since its opening in 2005, St. Catherine Commons’ presence has been cemented in the greater Kenosha community due in part to the many occasions on which the Commons has opened its doors for special events. “Civic-mindedness is at the very core of all of our communities,” said James Tarantino, president of Capri Communities, which has created 11 unique age 55-plus independent living residences throughout southeastern Wisconsin. “In the days since Aug. 24, we have grown even deeper in our appreciation for the closeness among our community residents as well as have discovered anew the caring nature of our neighbors in all of Kenosha. We look forward to the day when our St. Catherine Commons residents once again will be fully enjoying the rich lives they have come to know here.” Scenic settings are a hallmark of all the Capri Communities and St. Catherine Commons is no exception, situated as it is right across the street from Kenosha’s Pennoyer Park on the shores of Lake Michigan. A beautiful, leisurely stroll along the lakefront is guaranteed any time of the year. The warm months offer clean sandy beaches and weekly Kenosha Pops Band concerts in the park’s band shell. St. Catherine Commons offers several two-bedroom, two-bath apartments, each with unique features. There also are spacious one-bedroom, one-bath (continued on page 4)


Summit Woods: Lively Landmark A Community Brims with Happiness Pulsing with Activity
by Mary A. Kane by Mary A. Kane Cathie Temple has served as the manager of Summit Woods for a little more than a year and a half and it doesn’t take her long to say, “It’s like my family here. I’ve really become attached.” Summit Woods was the first of the Capri Communities to open. Nestled on 30 acres of prime, mature woodland in Waukesha, it has the ambience of a country estate at the same time that it’s readily accessible to all that suburban Milwaukee has to offer. The wooded setting and pond guarantee the presence of all forms of wildlife, including the occasional deer at ease enough to put in a daytime appearance right in the yard. “If you’re looking for the lifestyle that you’ve always wanted and that you deserve, this is it. It really is,” said Temple. “It’s great. It’s wonderful! There’s a really good group of people here. It’s a great building, a great location and a lot of socializing. The three of us on the staff are very close and we go out of our way to do anything for the residents. You can be a kid again!” (continued on page 8) “Happy residents!” Ask Mary Morris, manager of Capri Communities’ Landmark in West Allis, what first comes to mind about that community and there’s not a moment’s hesitation. “The happy residents,” Morris repeats. “That’s what I love the most. They’re awesome.” Morris came to her new position Jan. 3 of this year, her birthday, after 17 years as the administrator of an assisted living complex four blocks away from Landmark. “There’s such a warm, family atmosphere. A lady who moved in yesterday already has been brought down to the first floor by other residents for a game of sheepshead and again, today, for a worship service,” Morris recounted, positively beaming. “Another one of my ladies just lost her husband. The residents are just taking her under their wings and lovin’ her to pieces.” On that note, Morris began to brim up with tears of admiration and pride. “I had a walk-in tour yesterday and I wasn’t immediately available to meet with the people. Another one (continued on page 9)

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Fred Namovich: Sharing, Teaching All the Right Moves
by Mary A. Kane For Fred Namovich, Tai Chi has become a way of life since his retirement from a 33-year career at Kenosha’s DaimlerChrysler plant. The Kenosha native first was introduced to Tai Chi when he served in Korea during the Korean War. “We had ‘houseboys’ and they would teach us to do it,” Namovich said. “When I came back, there was no one here to keep it up with. When I retired and went to Arizona, it was just booming out there, so I got back into it about 12 years ago and I went to class over and over and over again. My teacher would use me as a shadow when he was teaching a class. Then, he asked me to substitute teach for him. Then, I became a certified instructor!” Namovich, 73, holds a silver medal and one of his Arizona students earned a bronze in the same competition. The health benefits of Tai Chi are widely recognized and wideranging. “It’s acupuncture but it’s done inside your body,” Namovich said. “There are 12 meridians in your body. We hit all those meridians by the way we move and push and change positions. You’re working on the insides. “I can teach you balance. I can get you started on how to relieve stress. It works on people with arthritis. It can’t cure it but it can make you more comfortable. It works on fibromyalgia. It hits all the pressure points. The logic is that you’re moving and you’re moving in a certain way.” Tai Chi newcomer Eileen Frederking has become an instant devoteé. “What can I say about Tai Chi except that we have the best instructor you could have. He talks as he teaches and that’s what we need so we can understand what we’re doing,” she said. “I teach differently from most teachers,” Namovich said. “I tell them stories, and why they are doing what they are doing and why they move their hands and why the hands are so very important.” Namovich said he once was teaching Tai Chi in the Sun Lakes AZ retirement community where he lived when an Asian woman who’d been practicing Tai Chi all her life sat in on the class and came away saying, “Now I know why I’m doing it.” Tai Chi came into being about 700 years ago when Chinese martial artists happened on the realization that turning such defense tactics as karate in a new direction created healing moves that produce “chi” or energy. “Chi moves around and through your body and stores in your body,” Namovich explained. “It works like a biological clock throughout the day. Tai Chi stores up the chi so that when there’s a need for more energy, it will help pull it out. When you keep doing the moves, it starts to work with the tendons and they become warm and the more you can move, the healthier you’ll be. The balance I teach is the same balance as sharp shooters use—and ice skaters and ballerinas—anyone who has to jump and land properly.” Frederking said, “I believe in Tai Chi. It’s a wonderful experience to go through it. It’s just a very relaxing thing, especially when he puts on the tape of the Oriental music. I love the closing. He has us go into a lotus blossom closing with our hands and you just concentrate on a thought, like if you want to pray for someone. Then, we slowly close our hands and inhale, then push it out and exhale. Isn’t that beautiful?” Joan Matera also spoke highly of learning Tai Chi under Namovich’s tutelage: “Tai Chi is a wonderful exercise. I broke my hip about two years ago and it has helped me a great deal in my walking. I would advise anyone to take it. You’ll feel much better.” Tai Chi isn’t Namovich’s only interest. He also is an artist and avid antiques collector and dealer. An oboist and clarinetist, he has added the Navajo flute to his repertoire. “My family were missionaries and I spent many summers on reservations,” he said. The move back to Kenosha was the result of a need to care for an ailing relative. Namovich envisions ultimately moving back to Arizona. Meanwhile, he has quite a following of true believers in Tai Chi there and here. “A couple went to Disneyland and said they could not have stood in the lines as long as they did without having sore backs except for the positions I taught them,” he said. “I’m not doing this for a living. I’m doing this because I want to pass it on. Tai Chi is the healthiest thing someone can do. There are no mistakes in Tai Chi. You’re just always getting better. I’ll never be a master. You’re always learning.” I

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Fred Namovich shows fellow St. Catherine Commons resident Eileen Frederking how Tai Chi can promote relaxation.
He teaches two beginners’ classes and one advanced session each week at St. Catherine Commons. His oldest student is 94-year-old Jeanne Sherwin who says quite simply, “Tai Chi? I’m not graceful or anything but I love it.” Sherwin moved to St. Catherine Commons from Chicago. When it was announced several years ago that China would play host to the 2008 Olympic Games, Tai Chi became a sanctioned Olympic sport. That touched off a flurry of activity among Tai Chi practitioners in Arizona. One thing led to another and the Senior Olympics across the country has embraced Tai Chi as an official sport.


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For Cycling Champ DeGolier, “Winding Down to Retirement” Means Gearing Up
by Mary A. Kane What Ron DeGolier considers “just winding down to retirement” could put quite a few folk to shame. The 63-year-old bicycling medalist and kidney transplant recipient anticipates he’ll nearly double his annual cycling mileage once he “retires” in the next year or so. “Normally, I bike about 1,000 to 1,500 miles a year. I’d like to do 2,000 or 3,000,” he says. DeGolier and his wife Lin (Linda) moved into St. Catherine Commons on Labor Day weekend 2005 and they couldn’t be more thrilled. “Lin has been a surgical assistant for about 34 years, 30 of them right here at the old St. Catherine’s Hospital. So, she had a sentimental feeling for the possibility of checking this out once it was built,” DeGolier said. “We were just lucky the apartment we got was still available. We just snatched it. We came back the very next morning and said, ‘We’ll take it!’ We just feel fortunate.” “Fortunate” describes life in general more than a little bit for DeGolier and the word comes up more than once as he speaks in joyous yet understated terms. The former hospital administrator developed kidney disease which led to a transplant on Aug. 23, 1985. “I just feel so fortunate. I’ve had no complications. It was a kidney from a family who lost a young son and donated his organs. It’s the gift of life. It’s that clear and simple,” DeGolier said. A Wisconsin native, DeGolier earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Carroll College in Waukesha. He then worked for three years at Madison’s University Hospitals before going on to Washington University in St. Louis, where he obtained a master’s degree in hospital administration. From there, he went to Mauston WI to fulfill his goal of working in a small hospital setting. “In Mauston, I helped build a new hospital and nursing home. We went from three to nine doctors and I was successful in recruiting young doctors to that rural community,” he said. “To this day, it is one of the prime rural medical centers in the state because we built that core. It’s still independent even though everyone wants to soak them up.” DeGolier stayed with the Mauston challenge until the new facilities were built. It was two years after the move to Kenosha to manage a nursing home that the proper kidney became available for his transplant. “At the time, there were 10,000 nationwide on a waiting list. Now, it’s near 90,000 and they have to wait three or four years. I’m real active in trying to encourage organ (See DeGolier on Page 5)

Ken and Shirley Burman: In the Swim and on the Run
by Mary A. Kane Ken and Shirley Burman made a big splash at St. Catherine Commons even before they moved in. They were married in the Community Room Dec. 10, after they’d put down a deposit on their apartment but before the move was official. It was the first wedding at St. Catherine Commons. “It was wonderful. They’ve been really great here. I can’t say enough good things about the way they treat us,” Burman said. “There had to have been almost 200 friends and acquaintances. Shirley has a large family.” Big splashes aren’t new for the Burmans. After all, they did meet at the Kenosha Reuther pool where Ken, 70, now retired from the Kenosha DaimlerChrysler plant, lifeguards for senior swims and Shirley, 72, is an avid swimmer. The two had both been widowed. Together, they’re now seeing the world. So far, there’s been a train trip to New Orleans to take in a jazz festival, with Ken fitting in a 5-kilometer running race, and a trip to Germany and through The Alps into Italy where they stayed with a friend in Florence and Ken ran the Ferrari Marathon. The Burmans love train trips, so in October, they’ll be gone two weeks to Denver, Sacramento and Seattle and back along the Northern Route. Ken, a triathlete, confesses: “I don’t run as much now that I got married. We do so much together. We just bought a 40-foot camper that we park up in West Bend. I got Shirley a bike for Christmas. She hadn’t ridden one in 40 years. We take little rides on the bike trail.” It’s safe to say, however, that marriage has not turned Ken into a slacker. One steamy Friday August evening, both he and Shirley intended to participate all night in the Relay for Life benefit at a Kenosha track where, for the second year, more than $400,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. Two years ago, a friend of Ken’s ran 65 miles in the Relay, one for each year of the life of Burman’s late wife Sandy, who succumbed to the complications of cancer. “Shirley is on her niece’s team and I’m on a friend’s team,” Ken said. “You walk some, you sit down, you walk some more. It’s just satisfying. That and Special Olympics are my big groups. I lifeguard for a lot of Special Olympians.” years back in the 25-mile Keweenaw Trail Running Festival in and around Eagle Harbor and Hancock MI and was featured in a photo that ran as part of a large article in the July 2003 Runner’s World. Burman has run more than 50 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. He professes to never having been sick a day in his life. Longevity and good health appear to run in the family. Burman’s mother died last year at the age of 100, “sharp as a tack” to the very end. His father just observed his 100th birthday and “is in really good shape. Being active, being healthy—you can’t separate the two. I feel it helps a lot,” Ken said. “I do a lot of biking when I can,” he added. That includes the occasional 62-mile race or even a 500-mile ride in northern Wisconsin with fellow St. Catherine Commons resident Ron DeGolier. “I got to know him when he was the aquatics director at the Y and I was a lifeguard. We get together as often as we can,” Burman said. St. Catherine Commons has been a hub of activity for the Burmans. One of their favorite things is the Community Room. “We’ve used it four times already. Besides our wedding, we had a birthday party and baby and wedding showers for two granddaughters,” Burman said. This past July, another event in the Community Room was a highlight for Ken and Shirley. A reception for Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan brought them in contact with Dolan for the second time. On Dec. 11, the day after their St. Catherine Commons wedding ceremony, Dolan blessed their marriage in front of the St. Anne Catholic Church congregation. He remembered the Burmans when they all came together again in July. Burman said he and Shirley can’t imagine living anywhere else. “You can’t beat it. Right across the street is the lake with the bicycle trail. We go over there all the time.” I

Ken and Shirley Burman enjoy one of many events in the St. Catherine Commons Community Room.
He said he’s always been physically active but “pretty much after the kids grew up, I got into triathlons and all that. I also guarded at Great Lakes Naval Station.” “Triathlons and all that” is what got Burman a mention in Runner’s World magazine. He participated a few


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apartments as well as luxury models which feature a den and balcony or patio. Many apartments have stunning and exquisite lake views. In addition, the freestanding del Mare Villas offer all the amenities of a singlefamily home without the worries of maintenance and repairs. They have private entrances, spacious two-bedroom, twobath floor plans, with a master suite and walk-in closet, an attached one-and-a-halfcar garage, full-size laundry room and a large, fully applianced kitchen. All the St. Catherine Commons amenities are available to Villa and apartment residents alike. Conveniences abound: on-site banking; general store and café; full-service hair salon; chapel; library; community room with kitchen; private dining room for intimate gatherings; woodworking shop; fitness center; and library. No enrollment or endowment fees are required at St. Catherine Commons. A responsive, professional manager works with residents to create an environment and a whole host of activities and events that are extremely popular. “St. Catherine Commons has great residents. While the fire was a tragedy, the important thing is that all of the residents were able to evacuate unharmed,” says community manager Jennifer Kessel. “It’s been amazing to see their strength, resilience and concern for each other during this difficult time. It’s definitely a statement of the sense of community and family that has developed at St. Catherine Commons.” Although St. Catherine Commons residents lead very active lives, they also make time for the many get-togethers that have fostered that sense of community. Planned gatherings range from out-tolunch and out-to-breakfast trips to weekly card clubs, happy hours, ice cream socials and seasonal parties. Residents volunteer in the café which always has coffee brewing and snacks. Basic grocery and household items, greeting cards and other treats also are available. This past summer, St. Catherine Commons hosted a reception for Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan, with more than 200 people in attendance. “Every year, there is a Mass at the band shell the Sunday before July Fourth,” Kessel said. “They usually have the reception afterwards in a tent in the park. This year, one of our future Villa residents was planning the event and thought the Community Room here would be perfect.” The event was hosted by the mayor and county executive and sponsored by the Sierra Club. Recently, St. Catherine Commons residents also gathered for a potluck meal which Kessel anticipates will become a regular event when they return to their home. Bake sales also are popular. The monthly luncheon outings have such destinations as Ray Radigan’s, The Boathouse, Twisted Cuisine, and House of Gerhard— to name a few. Halloween, Thanksgiving and a variety of other holidays bring more festivities and festive decorating. Kessel also has bent over backwards to fulfill special requests of all kinds including health care programs. As an example, Preferred Podiatry of Northbrook IL regularly scheduled visits as the result of a resident request. The beauty of lakeside living with the convenience of nearby shopping, dining and entertainment combined with an everexpanding, customized catered living environment with warm touches all have worked together to make St. Catherine Commons an ideal home for its residents who look forward to the years ahead that await upon their return. Already a symbol of renewal and renaissance, St. Catherine Commons stands all the more so today. I

Meet Jennifer Kessel, Manager at St. Catherine Commons
by Mary A. Kane Jennifer Kessel arrived at St. Catherine Commons in December 2004, just before its January 2005 grand opening. She’s enjoyed watching the residents creating “just such a warm atmosphere.” Kessel is an experienced hand at helping create a Capri Communities environment from Square One. She previously had served Milwaukee’s Wilson Commons from its pre-opening phase. “It’s nice when you start out from the beginning, working up. I like seeing the residents get to know each other and become friends, taking over the café and general store and running it as volunteers and getting various activities and groups going, so there’s always something going on,” Kessel said. “People here are so independent and so active. We tell prospective residents when they tour, ‘You can do as much or as little as you want.’ Some people participate in every activity. Some still work and don’t have the time. We have an activity board and a monthly newsletter with an activity calendar that is delivered to everyone’s door.” Not a month goes by when there isn’t a community-wide party, often with a seasonal theme. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, a St. Patrick’s Day happy hour and a Valentine’s Day dance with live music all have been big hits. “We bring in speakers and try to do things where we invite in people from the community. It might be coffee with the

The expansive and tranquil shore of Lake Michigan is just a short stroll away from the front door of St. Catherine Commons.

Jennifer Kessel
mayor or a visit with the police chief. We have a doctor who comes and does a monthly health presentation and posts it in The Kenosha News. There have been financial seminars and a flu shot clinic brought in more than 300 people from the commu-

nity!” Kessel said. “We’re open to pretty much anything.” An endless array of conveniences includes banking runs three days a week to Johnson Bank by a courier who travels back and forth with a lockbox carrying residents’ transactions. “I think everyone who lives here just loves it. There’s a sense of security that there are other people around. They don’t have to worry about things like snow shoveling; they can just watch the beauty of it falling and not worry about falling themselves,” Kessel said. She particularly remarked upon “the friendships they form. There’s groups that meet EVERY morning in the café for coffee. It’s really something when you see the residents and how they check on each other.” “Lately, there’s one resident who hasn’t been feeling well. I think there are four other residents bringing her chicken soup and food. It’s just nice to see how they bond and care about what’s going on in each other’s lives.” St. Catherine Commons residents range in age from 56 to 98. “The people in their 90s are as active as the 65-year-olds, so it’s great! The 98year-old walks along the lake in nice weather. There is a 95-year-old who runs

the café on the weekends,” Kessel said. Life at St. Catherine Commons is lively, indeed. And, it affords all the opportunities to entertain—and perhaps more—than a single-family home or another type of apartment. “We’ve had families throwing surprise eightieth and ninetieth birthday parties, baby and bridal showers for children and grandchildren, Christmas and Thanksgiving parties. We have a nice option for people who have moved from a home but who are used to having 22 family members for holiday dinners. The Community Room has a full kitchen, two stoves, two refrigerators, two microwaves and tons of counter space. They can cook in there or have it catered in,” Kessel said. “In the summer, there are two patio areas with a place to barbecue and they can have picnics.” St. Catherine Commons residents love their home so much that they greet potential newcomers on tour with a lively welcome, urging them to join the fun. “One resident carries our business cards and hands them out at the grocery story and says, ‘Here, call Jen. You should live there!’ Our current residents are our best marketing tool,” Kessel said. “I think it’s a very lively, friendly group here. There’s just such a warm feeling.” I


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plantation can do. It can give you your life back. It makes you proud to be in shape and competitive. It’s not really about where you finish but about doing your best.” DeGolier’s career best also has included managing the regional Hospice Alliance and serving as development director for the Kenosha Achievement Center for the developmentally disabled. He also served the YMCA as aquatics director for five years and now does development work for the Y, where he helped with the capital campaign that led to construction of a new facility on the city’s west side. “I now write a few grants a week,” he said. DeGolier regularly bikes the 10 miles roundtrip to work during good weather. He also participates in cycling races, usually of the 62-mile variety. The races and other cycling outings frequently are in the company of St. Catherine’s neighbor Ken Burman. They stay fit in the winter with a lot of cross country skiing, including serious outings in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. “I’m just getting so used to enjoying the extra time,” DeGolier said. “The greatest thing here is just the peace and quiet. And, we just love the view of the sunrises over the lake from the third floor. I’ve taken so many photos of beautiful sunrises that I have them on a collage right outside our door and I rotate them once in awhile.” He anticipates that he and Lin will travel extensively when she retires in February 2008. Meanwhile, there’s that word again: “We just feel fortunate. We spend more time together, walk the lake shore or ride our tandem bike because all the things that kept me busy with a home are taken care of here.” I

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donation. That is the purpose of the U.S. Transplant Games,” DeGolier said. Established in 1990 solely for organ transplant recipients, the games are held every other year. “I’m the only person on Team Wisconsin who’s been to all of them. I’ve had knee problems since junior high and had eight surgeries by the end of college. This one knee has been replaced two times. I just keep on going,” he said. “My son is into racing. He’s an engineer at Trek (the bicycle manufacturer). He just resigned and is going to graduate school in England for a master’s in engineering. I inherited my love of bicycling from him.” In addition to winning numerous gold and silver medals in the U.S. Transplant Games, DeGolier won a bronze medal in the standard 20-kilometer race at the International Transplant Games in Vancouver. “There were only two U.S. people there. Most of the competitors were from Europe,” he said. This year, DeGolier won a bronze medal in the U.S. time trials and nearly captured a gold medal in competition. He was thrown off by a blow-out in the only year when there were no wheel replacements being done. In Kenosha, DeGolier established the “Food, Spokes and Folks” competition which is part of the International Cycling Classic. “Every year, it draws the biggest crowd of all 17 sites in the state. It’s the only one like it in the country. We draw 30,000 people here. I’ve been wrapped up in the festival part of that since 1991, but it’s these transplant games that drive me to stay in shape,” he said. “It’s something to shoot for because what you do is just proving what trans-

million in state support of the research the same day that his California counterpart acted on behalf of the work. In its efforts to remain balanced in its reporting, the American Association of Retired Persons in its various publications, including online bulletins, has reported extensively on research advances, noting that Nancy Reagan is among prominent Republicans to wholeheartedly embrace work with embryonic stem cells. Many have found the steady stream of press coverage on the embryonic stem cell topic to be overwhelming. The reporting has been voluminous—perhaps because so many believe so much is at stake. Business Week magazine commentator John Carey more than a year ago wrote an essay headlined: “The Stem Cell Also-Ran: America.” Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter said in that magazine’s July 31 issue: “July 19, 2006 was a dark day for anyone who, like me, has experienced life-threatening illness. By slowing cures for several major diseases, this decision may well doom thousands to die prematurely.” Indeed, the column’s headline was a dark play on words: “It Was the Veto of a Lifetime.” Alter’s principal point was summed up in one sentence: “Once the ‘pro-cure’ movement clarifies and penetrates, it will be awfully hard to stand firm against saving the lives of your constituents.” The morning of his veto, The Washington Post carried an editorial with the headline: “Don’t Veto, Mr. President.” It said, “The question before Mr. Bush is whether some of those days-old clusters of cells, rather than being discarded, could be used for research that has the potential to save untold numbers of lives and improve the quality of untold more.” I

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Health and Science Experts: Embryonic Stem Cell Research a Crucial Key to Healthy Aging
Wisconsin born and bred, embryonic stem cell research made the news for a large portion of the spring and summer, with further federally funded efforts ultimately falling to the veto pen of President George W. Bush on July 19. The federal legislation passed both houses of Congress with noteworthy bipartisan support. It would have allowed medical researchers receiving federal funding to develop new embryonic stem cell lines beyond those already in existence when Bush placed funding restrictions on existing lines in 2001. No one expects the topic to go away. Indeed, Milwaukee’s own law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek is a central player in the arena. It recently signed a nationally recognized lobbyist to its governmental affairs division in its Washington D.C. office. Michael Manganiello formerly was with the Christopher Reeve Foundation which has given more than $65 million in research grants and is regarded as the worldwide leader in seeking out medical advances for paralysis victims. He believes the extreme bipartisan support that exists for embryonic stem cell research in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives means there will be “repercussions for fall” elections. It was in 1998 that University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher James A. Thomson first isolated stem cells from human embryos. He holds a number of patents that are the envy of researchers nationwide and the subject of two recent law suits designed to get the patents overturned so that privately funded researchers can proceed with their efforts which are not affected by the July 19 veto. Thomson’s work was done under the auspices of the 80-year-old Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which operates with a $1.5 billion endowment and over the years has produced vital discoveries such as vitamin D and Coumadin, a widely-used blood thinning agent. The embryos used in stem cell research come from fertility clinics, an excess supply of what is needed to allow a couple to conceive a child. “The patients can decide whether they want them to be thrown away; cryogenically preserved at their own expense; donated for research; or donated to other infertile couples,” said Terry Devitt, UW-Madison’s chief spokesman on science matters. “You can get a stem cell line from each embryo. They are less than one-week-old. Stem cells are blank slate cells and they can go on to become any of the 220 tissues and cells in the human body. They have a unique capacity,” he said. “They also can proliferate forever, which also is unique. That’s why scientists think they have so much
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potential. We are not at the clinical stage yet and there are no treatments, but here’s the potential: they can be used to replace cells that are diseased or damaged.” In the case of Parkinson’s Disease, Devitt said, “One type of cell goes bad, doesn’t produce dopamine. We might be able to replace the diseased cells with healthy cells and produce a lifelong treatment.” In the case of heart disease, UW researchers have been able to derive what are called cardiomyocites. “If you have a heart attack, you have damaged tissue,” Devitt said. “A healthy cell implant could mend a damaged heart.” Diabetes also is a cell-based disease, he said. A cure could be found “if we are able to direct stem cells to become islet cells, also called beta cells. They could be put in the pancreas and produce insulin.” Embryonic stem cells also could be used to repair central nervous system tissue in people suffering from paralysis or dystrophy, Devitt said. “It’ll probably be a very long time before that happens. In 10 years, we will not be moving cells around in the body but we will be using drugs that have been tested on embryonic stem cells. Drug testing is big business. The drug Vioxx was pulled off the market. As an example, the problems with it would have been better known if it had been tested on embryonic stem cells,” he said. “In 10 years, there will be a lot of new drugs in the pipeline or in use that have been tested on embryonic stem cells. “Another true legacy of embryonic stem cells is that they provide a window to the earliest stage of human development. We can see where things go wrong. We can identify factors that make good cells go bad. That could allow medical science to prevent disease. Better than treating people with transplants is being able to prevent any cell-based disease.” From an additional humane perspective, Devitt pointed out that another side benefit of working with embryonic stem cells is that “it puts a lot of test animals out of business.” Bush’s veto won’t prevent privately funded research from continuing. As reported in The Wall Street Journal late the same week of the veto, 11 private stem cell research centers already exist across the country. Harvard University alone employs more than 100 researchers and has generated 17 new stem cell lines. More than 60 U.S. firms, ranging from corporate giants such as Johnson&Johnson to small start-ups, are pursuing the research as well. The venture capital industry in 2005 poured $102 million into the stem cell industry. In a lengthy editorial on the topic, The Wall Street Journal acknowledged that, for a growing majority, “this issue can be distilled to a choice between America’s lead-

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ing the world in medical progress, or lapsing into Luddite religiosity. Our own view is that the embryos from which stem cells are collected have the potential to be—but are not yet—human beings. This is the dominant view across U.S. society, which is one reason there is little controversy over fertility treatments, in which embryos are routinely created and discarded.” The worlds of science and politics each move quickly in their own intersecting orbits. By early August, it was announced that researchers in Japan had developed a method to cause adult and embryonic mouse cells to behave just as human embryonic stem cells do. Such a breakthrough eventually could lead to a form of engineering that would allow scientists to create embryonic stem cells from scratch—thereby avoiding messy political debate.. Meanwhile, in less than 24 hours after Bush’s July 19 veto, California’s Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, demonstrating the growing bipartisan support for embryonic stem cell research, approved a $150 million state loan to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the agency that runs stem cell research in that state. It was the Republican governor’s strategy to circumvent protracted legal wrangling over state voters’ November 2004 approval of an initiative in favor of what ultimately will be a multi-billion-dollar research undertaking. “With one stroke, the president has energized the CIRM program,” Zach Hall, the agency’s president, told The Wall Street Journal. To be “pro-stem cell” is to be “pro-patient, pro-cure,” said Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek’s Manganiello. “It’s not pro-life or pro-choice and it’s not partisan. It’s easily the right thing to do. If states ban or outlaw it, they will drive away business from the biotechs and pharmaceuticals. I guarantee you it will be introduced again in the next Congress.” Meanwhile, he said that the Wisconsin race for governor between incumbent Democrat James Doyle and Republican challenger Mark Green “is a perfect example” of what the topic bodes for November’s elections. Manganiello indicated that opposition to the research which has such strong bi-partisan support, even among staunch opponents of abortion, could mean that candidates will learn “there might be a piper to pay.” Again, The Wall Street Journal’s reporting on the matter appears to validate that prediction. It sent a reporter to Illinois where Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq-war veteran and double amputee, is running for Congress as a Democrat in an historically Republican district that includes Elmhurst. Among those rallying to her support was 68-year-old Alice Doyle, a registered Republican. She told The Wall Street Journal: “I think the Republican Party is in the Dark Ages on this.” In fact, Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich approved $5 (See Stem Cells on Page 5)


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Frank Zeidler: A Leader for Whom the Term “Legacy” is No Cliché
by Mary A. Kane “A model Milwaukeean.” “Mayor served ‘the public welfare.’ Longtime city icon known for integrity, energy, principles.’” “A simple man, a giant life.” “Editorial: A legacy of integrity.” “Zeidler, big money era wouldn’t mix.” “We could use heroes like Zeidler.” As the above headlines attest, the tributes continued to pour into the Milwaukee media for a full month following the July 7 death of former Milwaukee Mayor Frank Zeidler, 93. He served the city as its third and final socialist mayor, from 1948 to 1960. When he left office, he was 47 and went on to serve quietly and relentlessly as a consultant, labor arbitrator and mediator, teacher and, briefly, as director of the Wisconsin Department of Resource Development. Prior to his three-year tenure as mayor, Zeidler had served for six years on the Milwaukee School Board. Zeidler was a clean living gentleman—no alcohol, no tobacco. Didn’t even drive a car. A Milwaukee native, he lived his entire life in the city except for a brief student sojourn at the University of Chicago. Zeidler embraced the socialist ideology after careful study and at a time when Milwaukee was a stronghold of classical socialism. Indeed, he thoroughly eschewed communism, particularly as it was carried out in the former Soviet Union. Socialism was a dominant force in Milwaukee’s turnof-the-century heavily German working-class era. Zeidler served several times over several decades as chairman of the Socialist Party USA. He was a key speaker when the party held its 100th anniversary conference here in 2001. Zeidler was drawn to the socialist principles of a belief in the worldwide family of man, global peace, democratic planning, equal distribution of economic assets and goods and a pervasive spirit of cooperation. Transparency and openness marked Zeidler’s style of governance. Journalists who covered City Hall often were invited to help him open the morning mail. Many Milwaukee fixtures we now take for granted came into being during Zeidler’s years as mayor: a Central Library doubled in size; several new library branches; bridge and street improvements; the Milwaukee Arena; a new public museum; WMVS-TV, Channel 10, the first public television station in Wisconsin; 3,200 units of low-income housing in five separate projects; and his calm, strong stand in favor of racial equality. In 1985, the Greater Milwaukee Conference on Religion and Urban Affairs instituted the Frank Zeidler Award for social concerns in the religious community. The late Father James Groppi, a leader in Milwaukee’s civil rights movement, was its first recipient. Ever self-effacing, Zeidler was nonetheless a pillar of rectitude and civility. Indeed, when contacted, Oconomowoc author and journalist Dale Reich was more than happy to be quoted at length from his essay on Zeidler, which appeared in the July 21 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He likened Zeidler to Abraham Lincoln, citing five attributes the two shared in common: Honesty – Dealing with people upfront. Telling the truth and being consistent in our words and actions. • Courage – Not the kind that comes with physically confronting, intimidating or threatening others (which is usually false courage, anyway) but the kind that comes with having principles and sticking to them regardless of the cost. • Responsibility – Doing what needs to be done, doing it on time and doing it well, even when it isn’t followed by applause or a pat on the back. • Compassion and charity – making every effort to be kind and caring, which can be as simple as holding the door open for a stranger or letting another driver enter the freeway first. And giving when we can, everything from compliments to a few dollars to help someone who’s in need. • Time – Taking the time to be an attentive parent or mentor and offering support, advice and knowledge to those who may be less mature or less experienced or perhaps less knowledgeable. “Zeidler,” Reich said, “was a man who didn’t beat his chest or seek to become a bronze statue but who worked tirelessly for the greater good and believed that what really matters is the betterment of the human condition, not the accolades that might follow. “Milwaukee was lucky to have a leader and a citizen like Zeidler, and he will be missed. But his legacy—a truly heroic legacy—won’t be forgotten any time soon. “What better role model is there today for young men and women who want to forge their own heroic life than Zeidler?” I •

More Grandparents Embracing Parenthood a Second Time Around
by Mary A. Kane “Trying to Keep Child Care in the Family” was the headline on a July 23 feature published in The New York Times. Milwaukee made its way into the article when reporter Ian Urbina interviewed Carol J. Hayes, a 64-year-old Milwaukee grandmother who is the foster parent to her three grandchildren. She represents a growing trend here and everywhere else in the country where Baby Boomers and those slightly older are becoming parents for the second time around. In fact, “Second Time Around” is the name of a Milwaukee support group for grandparents who now are filling the role as parents to their grandchildren for one reason or another. “Second Time Around,” located on the North Side, was founded by Mary Dobbs, a former Milwaukee Public Schools social worker. It is one of several local private and governmental agencies focused exclusively on this new phenomenon. Now that Hayes is part of a formal subsidized guardianship created by the state of Wisconsin last year, life is more secure for her three grandchildren, she told The Times. For nearly a decade before that, she had been their foster mother but because the arrangement in theory wasn’t permanent, social workers visited twice a month and “the kids were always asking whether they were going to be taken away.” Thirty-eight states now have programs similar to Wisconsin’s—with half of them having been established within the last five years. The statistics on the so-called “kinship care” trend make it clear that it is not a brief phase but, rather, a societal phenomenon with no end in sight. More than 2.5 million children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives. That figure has risen more than 86 percent since 1990, when 1.3 million children lived in such arrangements. The numbers are the result of census data analysis by the Children’s Defense Fund. “These programs are an excellent exit strategy for them from the child welfare system,” Carol Emig, executive director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, told The Times. In Wisconsin, there are more than 9,000 children living in households headed by their grandparents. During the 1990s, Census Bureau statistics show that the number of grandparent-headed households increased by 30 percent nationwide, with Milwaukee keeping exact pace. Nearly 24,000 Wisconsin households are headed by grandparents raising grandchildren—7,000 in Milwaukee alone. Age 57 is the median age for grandparents raising their grandchildren. Forty-two percent of them are still working outside the home in addition to keeping up with the demands of a second round of parenthood. Milwaukee Magazine’s July issue contained a lengthy feature on the topic and offered a number of resources, including Second Time Around’s Dobbs, who can be reached at (414) 265-2222. Another specialist who counsels grandparents is Susan Conwell, a Harvardtrained attorney who runs Kids Matter, Inc. Advice is available there by calling (414) 344-1220, ext. 12. The Web site of the American Association of Retired Persons has an extensive array of resources listed state-bystate. The Web link is: www.aarp.org/families/grandparents/raising_children. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Partnership of Wisconsin is another well-established outlet for information. It is jointly sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and several other organizations. Its Web link is: www.uwex.edu/ces/flp/grgp/. I


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Summit Woods (Cont’d from front page)
Summit Woods residents range in age from 56 to 96. Of the 120 residents in this fully independent living facility that incorporates affordable housing options, about 10 are in their 90s. Temple said the average age of the community is mid-80s—and a very active mid-80s at that. “Camaraderie is a big selling point here,” she said. “We had a cluster of four women who moved in from the same Waukesha neighborhood. It was a joint decision they made. They sold their homes and all decided to move here. They’re all 86 and 88 years old.” Between a steady round of activities and theme parties at Summit Woods and an equally steady stream of day trips on the community’s 14-passenger bus, it’s easy to be constantly on the go. “We go to the summer concerts in Cutler Park, area farmers’ markets, movies, casinos, to Lake Geneva for the mailboat trip and we’ll probably go to Door County for the fall colors,” Temple said. “We go to the outlet malls in Kenosha and Johnson Creek and we’ll go to an apple orchard in the fall—all the things you do when you’re at home and want to go somewhere fun.” This summer, it’s been parties, parties, parties—and lots of good eating. “We had a Curious George theme party with banana splits to celebrate National Monkey Day, a Shredded Wheat breakfast in honor of its 113th year and a chocolate milk party in honor of National Chocolate Milk Day!” Temple said, laughing and shaking her head. “Maybe we do TOO much!” Temple and another staff member cook twice a month for “a big social meal.” Summer fare included a chicken salad want,” she said. “In the winter, we make spaghetti and meatballs or big meatloaves. We just wing it and quadruple big recipes.” August brought a family picnic with about 250 in attendance. Temple and her staff did the barbecuing and made mounds of potato salad. There was a deejay and horse rides around the property for anyone who wanted to give it a whirl. It’s anticipated that last year’s wildly successful Safe Trick or Treat will be repeated again this Halloween season. Summit Woods sent flyers to area schools advertising the event. “We had about 100 kids and 40 residents participated. Those who were not home put out bowls of candy. We had a party with refreshments. It was a blast. The residents loved it. The kids thought it was just the neatest thing,” Temple said. A fitness center, library, billiards room, country store and full-service salon open several days a week make for additional outlets for a variety of pursuits. The Waukesha Public Library replenishes the library with a fresh supply of reading materials monthly and a public health nurse, who also visits monthly, can help design fitness plans to help residents take full advantage of the equipment on hand. The chapel is the setting for weekly Catholic and Protestant services. “You should see it at Christmas here. It’s just absolutely wonderful!” Temple said. “The whole building gets decorated. This year, we’re doing ‘The Night Before Christmas’ and we already have real reindeer booked for our play. “About 98 percent of our residents are Waukesha natives and they have strong community ties. In addition to a clothing drive twice a year, at Christmas, they make charitable donations to the food pantry, battered women’s shelter, hospice and other local organizations. All year, the men collect cans and sell them and that money also goes to the Christmas donations. “For the residents, we also serve a formal, sit-down meal that is a dress occasion,” Temple said. “Summit Woods really is more than an apartment. It’s a life. We have so many friendly residents—I mean, really outgoing,” she said. “My door is open all the time. The residents are in and out of my office constantly. They eat my candy dish empty all the time. We talk and we communicate. I bring my kids here and they help and participate in activities and visit with the residents. My youngest is 10. The residents love him. This is my building. I’m possessive. They’re my people.” I

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Landmark (Cont’d from front page)
of the ladies who’s very involved here told them all about it, offered to take them to her apartment to see it. They’re all like that. They’re just amazing people,” she said. The Landmark community has been in existence nine years. Its 127 apartments come in several different floor plans with one or two bedrooms and baths, 26 of them reserved for individuals with low incomes. April. Not only do Landmark residents volunteer there, many also serve throughout the city—everywhere from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to St. Joseph’s Hospital and West Allis Memorial Hospital. One resident, Ray Kalski, recently received the 2006 Spirit in Aging Award sponsored by the Milwaukee Recreation Department. For most of his life, he has been a coach or umpire in various municipal softball programs for youths and seniors. Currently, he is director of the softball and volleyball leagues for the Milwaukee 55-Plus Athletic Programs. In 2007, he will mark 50 years as an active member of the Wisconsin Umpires Association. “We called the recognition dinner ‘Thanks for Giving’ and made a complete Thanksgiving dinner—seven turkeys, five breasts and 12 legs. I cooked at home on Sunday. We cooked here on Monday in Nesco roasters and using residents’ apartments’ ovens,” Morris said, giggling at the shear magnitude of the undertaking. “We just cooked and cooked. It was hilarious. And so that the Carnegie (a smaller companion community not far away) people wouldn’t feel bad, we made 10 appleglazed Cornish hens for them. They had their own recognition dinner for the 10 residents there.” Ninety-seven people turned out for the Landmark production and the residents so thoroughly enjoyed the cooking of Morris and another staff member that they’re asking the two women to put on the spread for this year’s Christmas party. “They don’t want it catered. They liked our food so much!” Morris said. “We also have a cook-out every month and that’s really popular. I’m known for my baked beans!” Milwaukee is known for its many ethnic foodies and it should come as no surprise that Landmark residents cooked up “Taste of Landmark,” a spiralbound cookbook they sell as a fund-raiser. It’s also a regular occurrence for Morris and her staff to be surprised with a gift from a resident’s kitchen. “Yesterday, one of the women made lasagne—with homemade noodles! She’s 89 years old,” Morris said, adding that the serving was too generous to handle in one sitting. When not cooking up a storm, Landmark residents love to be out and about. “They love to take trips. The trips usually fill up right away. Last month, we went to the art museum and then to Pieces of Eight for lunch. They really enjoyed that,” Morris said. The Lilac Bus, which serves Landmark and other retirement communities in the West Allis area is regularly on the go with destinations such as the Mitchell Park Domes, shopping trips and, in the summer, a farmers’ market. Morris serves on the committee that raised funds for and now operates the Lilac Bus. She’s also very active in several other West Allis programs that serve seniors and was very involved in West Allis’s recent centennial celebration. “We also have a new Fun Fund,” Morris said. “We charge to participate in our activities. If there’s money left over after we pay for the food and everything else, it goes into the fund. We now have enough of a surplus that we’re going to have a 16-piece band that’ll play out at the gazebo, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.” Life at Landmark also includes weekly Catholic and Protestant religious services, and a lively round of activities revolving around the community room, exercise, computer, party and billiards rooms, the beauty shop, country store, a woodshop and craft room. “Some of our ladies teach watercolor and floral arranging classes. We also have an 87-year-old who golfs every week, still works and just took a two-month trip. She acts like she’s 67!” Morris said. Clearly, it’s not just the residents who love Landmark. As the conversation wound down, Morris declared, “I’m very happy here. I have found my niche. I love seniors. I really love seniors.” I

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Capri Communities: The Perfect Solution to “Condo Mania”
by Mary A. Kane The condo conversion trend sweeping the nation also has hit Milwaukee—effectively removing some 700 rental apartment units from the local landscape in the course of the last year. That makes age 55-plus living at one of the Capri Communities all the more secure and predictable in its affordability. Capri’s rental communities require no enrollment or endowment fees. For those individuals moving from single-family residences as well as those who are finding their apartments being turned into condominiums, the Capri lifestyle provides longterm security. “Condo mania” emerged across the nation as the result of residential mortgage interest rates hitting an all-time low. Several prominent apartment buildings in Milwaukee County have been snapped up for condo conversion and not everyone who currently lives in these buildings can or cares to rise to the financial challenge of taking on a mortgage. The July-August 2006 online bulletin of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) makes it clear that the Capri’s mission of offering beautiaffordable ful, housing for a wide range of budgets is a solution for anyone faced with a housing dilemma due to that trend hitting now Milwaukee. Capri Communities residents sing the praises of the new lives and friends that have made their move to Capri a “move up.” As one resident of Capri’s Carnegie Place in West Allis puts it: “We’re a very tight knit community here. Whenever a space opens up for a new resident, we’re very concerned and helpful about making them feel at home with our group.” Anyone facing the disruption of a condo conversion can only find a statement like that to be sweet relief. Those sentiments are echoed by residents of every Capri Community. “The Landmark is very much home to me. I love the residents and the staff is firstrate,” said a resident of The Landmark, Carnegie Place’s sister community in West Allis. Worry-free, maintenance-free living at Capri Communities has all the upscale advantages of condo living without the hassles of condominium association membership. Facing the prospect of having an affordable apartment turned into a $350,000 condo with a mortgage can be not merely daunting but unthinkable for many people in their 70s, 80s and 90s who would easily find Capri Communities within their financial means. The conversion trend began in 2004 and by the end of 2005, more than 260,000 apartments had been taken off the rental market nationwide, according to the National Association of Realtors®. As the first wave of baby boomers turns age 60 this year, solutions to unexpected condo conversions will be a factor for them to consider as well. An affordable lifestyle brimming with Capri Communities’ amenities can only continue to emerge and establish itself as an attractive wave of the future. I

trend is one that will occasionally dissipate, then resume well into the foreseeable future. In Manhattan, some 60 conversions of apartment buildings will create 7,000 condos. In Minneapolis, the annual number of converted rental buildings is said to have “soared” from four in 2000 to 86 in 2005, with another 42 set to make the switch in the first half of 2006. “We are losing affordable housing at an alarming rate, here and across the country,” said Minneapolis attorney Christine R. Goepfert, on the staff of that city’s Housing Preservation Project.

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St. Catherine Commons newcomers Jerry and Vera Martin were honored July 13 by Kenosha County Executive Allan K. Kehl when he proclaimed that day “Jerry & Vera Martin of Windy Oaks Group Home Day.” For 33 years before their move to a St. Catherine Commons villa in June, the Martins had turned their own home into a care facility for women with Down syndrome. Several of the women have lived there the entire 33 years. Windy Oaks, located in Pleasant Prairie, was turned from a single-family residence into an expanded one with the addition of nine bedrooms. A certificate of appreciation was given to the Martins and its commendation of them also appeared in The Kenosha

News. Kehl said, “Jerry and Vera quickly realized that many of the residents could and would flourish in a non-institutional, homelike atmosphere...they have selflessly served nine women for over 30 years by providing a safe, supportive and nurturing family environment that has benefitted both Windy Oaks residents and Kenosha County taxpayers...they have truly put the HOME in Group Home and richly deserve the retirement they so justly commenced this June 1st.” The Martins, both in their 70s, said the only reason they felt comfortable retiring and leaving Windy Oaks is that their son Craig and his wife have moved there to carry on the family tradition, running the home as they did.

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