December Photos of the Month
Photos by John Ehlke
Hartford Union's Rachel Zuern (32) and Natalie Kamholz (44) each extend a hand to block West Bend West's Lauren Downs from the basket in the second half of a game on Dec. 19, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. West won, 62-43. Senior Victor Wilson, 17, leans in to get a better look at the projection screen during a computer science class on Dec. 1, 2017 at Germantown High School in Germantown, Wis. The Germantown School District recently approved purchasing new laptop computers to allow flexibility in teaching classes like computer science. Kathleen Fisher with Family Promise of Washington County gives a thumbs-up as her organization is announced the next recipient of a grant worth $20,600 during a luncheon on Dec. 1, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital in the town of Polk, Wis. The Healthy Community Foundation awarded $239,000 in grants to local non profit groups Friday. Lisa Rieck of West Bend walks through the Enchantment in the Park holiday light display with her son, Joshua, as the sunsets on Dec. 1, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Kewaskum's Sam Larson attempts to take down Muskego's Chris Rowland during the Gunslinger Wrestling Invitational on Dec. 2, 2017 in Slinger, Wis. Kewaskum's Kannon Muckerheid is met by assistant coach Charlie Deaton after his victory over Beaver Dam's James Flectcher in the 182-pound match during the Gunslinger Wrestling Invitational on Dec. 2, 2017 in Slinger, Wis. Doug Wilkinson of Hartford is reflected in an ordainment during the Festival of Trees event on Dec. 2, 2017 at the Washington County Humane Society in the town of Polk, Wis. Proceeds from the annual festival will benefit the humane society. Tia Marchard of Jackson hugs Deeatra Kajfosz, executive director of LiFE OF HOPE, during the Gifts that Give Hope alternative gift giving fair on Dec. 2, 2017 at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend, Wis. The fair featured multiple area nonprofit organizations that people could make donations to for the holiday season. Barry Kroeger of West Bend holds his hands up to form a tree with lights and garland wrapped around him  during the Husar's Diamond Dash 5K on Dec. 3, 2017 in the Enchantment in the Park holiday light display setup in Regner Park in West Bend, Wis. Proceeds from the race will benefit Enchantment in the Park which will remain open until Dec. 31. Runners are silhouetted across one of the light displays near what's left of the pond during the Husar's Diamond Dash 5K on Dec. 3, 2017 in the Enchantment in the Park holiday light display setup in Regner Park in West Bend, Wis. Proceeds from the race will benefit Enchantment in the Park which will remain open until Dec. 31. West Bend East's Sara Monday turns on the vault during a meet against West Bend West on on Dec. 5, 2017  in West Bend, Wis. West Bend West's Olivia Burns turns upside down on one of the uneven bars during a meet against West Bend East on Dec. 5, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. West Bend East's Sydney Spaeth competes on the beam during a meet against West Bend West on Dec. 5, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. West Bend East's Sydney Spaeth flips off the beam to conclude her routine during a meet against West Bend West on Dec. 5, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Board member with the Medical Center Foundation of Hartford Sue Lunger cheers as the lights on the tree behind her are switched on for the Tree of Life ceremony on Dec. 6, 2017t outside of the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford, Wis. The annual event supports the Personal Emergency Lifeline program. The program is designed to give elderly people a point of contact for assistance. This year, $12,000 has been raised to support he Lifeline program. Jade McCoy, 10, of West Bend puts a candle to the face of Wisconsin State Trooper Chris Senkbeill for him to smell during the Shop with a Cop event on Dec. 6, 2017 at Meijer in West Bend, Wis. The program gave 45 underprivileged children from Washington County the opportunity to shop for gifts with a law enforcement official from the Kettle Moraine chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. The program is funded through donations. Washington County Sheriff's Department officer Mark Sette smiles as he shops with luis Cabrera, 10, of Hartford during the Shop with a Cop event on Dec. 6, 2017 at Meijer in West Bend, Wis. The program gave 45 underprivileged children from Washington County the opportunity to shop for gifts with a law enforcement official from the Kettle Moraine chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. The program is funded through donations. West Bend Police Department officer Kent Voll smiles as he wrestles through a pile of stuffed bears to help Evan Pederson, 8, of Germantown find a gift during the Shop with a Cop event on Dec. 6, 2017 at Meijer in West Bend, Wis. The program gave 45 underprivileged children from Washington County the opportunity to shop for gifts with a law enforcement official from the Kettle Moraine chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. The program is funded through donations. Nancy Meulemans of West Bend looks over the Zinn Dollhouse before the Making of an Exhibit: The Zinn Dollhouse Edition presentation on Dec. 7, 2017 at the History Center of Washington County in West Bend, Wis. It took 46 years for Walter Zinn to build the dollhouse for his 5-year-old daughter, Lenore, he started in 1911. The History Center of Washington County procured the dollhouse in 2012. Nancy Schilling-Genz of the town of West Bend smiles as she looks over the Zinn Dollhouse with friends after the Making of an Exhibit: The Zinn Dollhouse Edition presentation on Dec. 7, 2017 at the History Center of Washington County in West Bend, Wis. It took 46 years for Walter Zinn to build the dollhouse for his 5-year-old daughter, Lenore, he started in 1911. The History Center of Washington County procured the dollhouse in 2012. From left, Staff members Veronica Stahnke, Holland Dvorak, Melissa Emberts and Lydia Witte pose for a photo with Executive Director Kate Nickel, center, on Dec. 7, 2017 at Friends Inc. in West Bend, Wis. The organization that has been around nearly 40 years providers services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. West Bend co-op's Cameron Kraus comes up to turn in the 200 meter IM race a part of a meet against Whitefish Bay on Dec. 7, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Hartford Union's Blake Lazaris lifts West Bend East's Kyle Yochem in the 182-pound match a part of the meet on Dec. 7, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Yochem won by way of the pin in the third period. A white-tailed doe licks their nose while standing with other another on Dec. 8, 2017 doe at Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend, Wis. Four white-tailed does are seen on Dec. 8, 2017 at Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend, Wis. Sixth-grade student August Garbisch, 11, points to the computer screen of Nathan Corey, 12,  during the Hour of Code event on Dec. 8, 2017 at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend, Wis. The nationwide event is designed to teach students computer coding skills. This is the third year that more than 900 students at Silverbrook participated. Franklin Kunfira, 11, adjusts his headphones as he prepares to work on his coding exercise  during the Hour of Code event on Dec. 8, 2017 at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend, Wis. The nationwide event is designed to teach students computer coding skills. This is the third year that more than 900 students at Silverbrook participated. <br/><br/> Carly Aamodt, 11, of West Bend smiles as she slides into the net after a pass from an instructor floated too close to the net during the intramural volleyball program on Dec. 11, 2017 at Silverbrook Intermediate School in West Bend,Wis. <br/>Debby Ebert shares a smile with her 8-year-old daughter, Alexya, as she jokes that the Green Bay Packers that signed a football for Alexya were all Alexya's boyfriends on Dec. 12, 2017 at their home in Kewaskum, Wis. Alexya is one of a few in the country that has been diagnosed with Neonatal Marsan's Syndrome and Gastroscheisis. <br/><br/> As snow sticks to his Santa hat, Eric Shutes of West Bend sings along to music as he walks to work on Dec. 13, 2017 in West Bend, Wis.  Remington LaJoice, 4, of Jackson samples snow while riding in a sled with his 1-year-old brother, Tiberius, that is pulled by Robert LaJoice up a hill at Ridge Run Park on Dec. 13, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Stacey Scheinpflug of West Bend fights through tears to sing "Amazing Grace," with her mother, Terri, left, her 15-year-old son, Dyaln Olson, center, and son's girlfriend, Skylar Stamper, 15, during a candlelight vigil on Dec. 14, 2017  at Kettlebrook Church in West Bend, Wis. Dylan's father passed away in April after losing his battle with addicition. The vigil was held in memory of those lost to addiction. West Bend West's Darrius Curtis jumps to avoid West Bend East's Crosby Schlosser in the 132-pound match a part of a match on Dec. 14, 2017 in West Bend, Wis. Schlosser beat Curtis by way of pin fall in the second round. Kettle Moraine Lutheran senior Joseph Raasch was named the Daily News' soccer player of the year. Slinger coach Bruce Tonser congratulates Charlie Covert on his victory over Hartford Union's Michael Funk in the 285-pound match on Dec. 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. Slinger won the match, 48-19. Slinger's Carter Ziebell takes down Hartford Union's Tyler Klein in the 106-pound match on Dec. 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. Klein won in overtime, 6-4. Slinger's Jake Melzer is picked up by Hartford Unions Jalen Spuhler in the 120-pound match on Dec. 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. Spuhler won on a 16-3 decision. Slinger's Caleb Ziebell presents the "Pin Chain" to Hudson Mountjoy after Mountjoy pinned Hartford Union's Jered Stark in the 145-pound match on Dec. 15, 2017 in Hartford, Wis. Mimicking the Turnover Chain from the University of Miami, the "Pin Chain" is given to the wrestler that last recorded a pin. With the lake partially frozen, Cal Eigner of Iron Ridge begins his week off from work ice fishing on Dec. 18, 2017  on Big Cedar Lake in the town of West Bend, Wis. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures ranging around 30 degrees for the week with chances of snow on Thursday and Friday. <br/><br/> Poll worker Dick Gerard of West Bend shows off the ears on his Santa Claus hat to voter Carol Bremser of West Bend as she waits for her husband, Bill, to finish voting in the primary election for the 58th Assembly District on Dec. 19, 2017 at the District No. 4 location in West Bend, Wis. Poll Inspector Sandy Lippold, right, hands a ballot to Louise Horning, left, as she checks in with Shirley Krejci-Laabs, center, before voting in the special primary election for the 58th Assembly District on Dec. 19, 2017 at the village hall in Jackson, Wis. Isaiah Todd, 10, of West Bend balances on his head during the stretching portion of  Wildcat Wrestling practice on Dec. 19, 2017 at the West Bend high schools in West Bend, Wis. The West Bend Wildcat Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 7. <br/><br/> Jack Bender, 4,  works on completing a sit-up during Wildcat Wrestling practice on Dec. 19, 2017 at the West Bend high schools in West Bend, Wis. The West Bend Wildcat Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 7. Children break a huddle to veer off in their age groups during Wildcat Wrestling practice on Dec. 19, 2017 at the West Bend high schools in West Bend, Wis. The West Bend Wildcat Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 7. Casyn Hagel, 4, of West Bend smiles as he is turned by Cody Kocinski, 4, of West Bend  during Wildcat Wrestling practice on Dec. 19, 2017 at the West Bend high schools in West Bend, Wis. The West Bend Wildcat Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 7. David Sohm, 8, of West Bend watches the hand of his friend Charlie Taylor, 8, of West Bend near his head s they two measure up to see who is taller during Wildcat Wrestling practice on Dec. 19, 2017 at the West Bend high schools in West Bend, Wis. Sohm is four days older but a little shorter than Taylor. "We're mixed up buddies," said Sohm.  The West Bend Wildcat Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 7. Coach Aaron Simonson holds the leg of Brendan O' Shea, 9, of West Bend as he waves to his friends during Wildcat Wrestling practice on Dec. 19, 2017 at the West Bend high schools, Wis. The West Bend Wildcat Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 7.
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