January Photos of the Month
Photos by John Ehlke
David Grall exhales as he clears a path to his mailbox on Jan. 31, 2019 in the town of Polk, Wis. The United States Postal Service suspended delivery Thursday making that two days consecutive due to the cold temperatures. The temperature was around -16 the time Grall was clearing a path Thursday. The National Weather Service reported wind chills between -20 and -30 in Washington County Thursday morning. <br/><br/> Jared Albright of Harrisburg, Pa. jumps into Big Cedar Lake with his soon-to-be adopted daughter, Ashlyn Wilson, during the Polar Plunge event on Jan. 1, 2019 in the town of West Bend, Wis. Max Schickert, 18, of Slinger shakes water away from his face after jumping in Big Cedar Lake during the Polar Plunge event on Jan. 1, 2019 in the town of West Bend, Wis. Logan Kannenberg, 16, of Germantown swims to the edge of the hole in the ice after jumping in Big Cedar Lake for the annual Polar Bear Plunge event on Jan. 1, 2019 in the town of West Bend, Wis. Geena Laabs smiles as she poses for a portrait with her 6-day-old baby, Delilah Manchek, on Jan. 1, 2019 at their home in East Troy, Wis. Laabs will be graduating from the Treatment Alternative Diversion (TAD) program put on by Elevate. The program assists those with opioid use disorder. Frank Falter poses for a photo on Jan. 3, 2019 holding a photo of his family farm taken in 1984  at his home on the farm in the town of Trenton. Falter has lived on the farm since he was born in 1928. Falter still helps around the farm with the harvesting of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. Falter has taken steps back since transition from a dairy farm in 2001. "I just thank the Lord I have been able to do this (farming) and hope to keep doing it," said Falter. Tom Rogers of Mequon celebrates after recording a hit as members on the opposing team seen behind him display their frustration on Jan. 3, 2019 at the senior center in Germantown, Wis. Dartball is a game of darts with a board shaped like a baseball diamond. Dartball uses baseball rules and scoring. The objective is for players to throw their darts at the board toward different basses. <br/><br/> Harry Reeder of Germantown uses an extended grabber to get a dart out of the ceiling on Jan. 3, 2019 at the senior center in Germantown, Wis. Dartball is a game of darts with a board shaped like a baseball diamond. Dartball uses baseball rules and scoring. The objective is for players to throw their darts at the board toward different basses. Al Welke of Jackson, behind, celebrates after Bill Owens of Germantown, front, threw a dart in the home run area on Jan. 3, 2019 at the senior center in Germantown, Wis. Dartball is a game of darts with a board shaped like a baseball diamond. Dartball uses baseball rules and scoring. The objective is for players to throw their darts at the board toward different basses. <br/><br/> Phyllis Rieves of Germantown lines up her darts before she throws on Jan. 3, 2019 at the senior center in Germantown, Wis. Dartball is a game of darts with a board shaped like a baseball diamond. Dartball uses baseball rules and scoring. The objective is for players to throw their darts at the board toward different basses. Gene Constentineau of Germantown hugs his friend Phyllis Rieves after she recorded a hit on Jan. 3, 2019 at the senior center in Germantown, Wis. Dartball is a game of darts with a board shaped like a baseball diamond. Dartball uses baseball rules and scoring. The objective is for players to throw their darts at the board toward different basses. Harry Reeder of Germantown puts his hands up after recording a hit as he walks back to his teammates on Jan. 3, 2019 at the senior center in Germantown, Wis. Dartball is a game of darts with a board shaped like a baseball diamond. Dartball uses baseball rules and scoring. The objective is for players to throw their darts at the board toward different basses. West Bend West's Ben Lukasz grimaces as he is held by Slinger's Hunter Jernaek in the 195-pound match Jan. 3, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. Jeranek won with a pin in the first period. Amber Zupke, 5, looks over a book she purchased from a classmate Jan. 4, 2019 at Erin School in the town of Erin, Wis. Students sold books they created. The money that is raised will purchase new books to be donated to Children's Hospital. Avery Kempfer, 6, of Mayville turns to a family member and smiles after meeting WWE wrestler Braun Strowman, far right, on Jan. 4, 2019 outside of Big Guys bar in the town of Hartford. Adam Scherr, also known as Braun Strowman of the WWE, participated in a polar plunge on Pike Lake, adjacent to the bar, to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County. Adam Scherr, also known as Bruan Strowman of the WWE, reaches for a ladder after participating in a polar plunge Jan. 4, 2019 on Pike Lake in the town of Hartford, Wis. Scherr participated in a polar plunge to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County Colton Krinn, 4, of Menomonee Falls watches bubbles float during the Try Hockey for Free event on Jan. 4, 2019 at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend, Wis. An instructor used bubbles to try and get the littler kids to chase them while on their skates. Parker Enright, 6, of Campbellsport leans on the wall of one of the benches in between drills  during the Try Hockey for Free event on Jan. 4, 2019 at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend, Wis. Faith Uecker of Hartford holds her colorful umbrella as she walks along Main Street as it continues to rain Jan. 7, 2019  in Hartford, Wis. Uecker was walking to the post office to deliver orders of items she crocheted for customers. "All except one is an order. One is for a little girl who has cancer," said Uecker. The National Weather Service is predicting snow for Washington County later in the week. Germantown's Kate Richmond watches her 3-pointer attempt go in in the first half of a game against Rufus King Jan. 8, 2019 in Germantown, Wis. Germantown's Jaelyn Acker, right, celebrates with Kate Richmond during a timeout after Richmond hit a 3-pointer in the first half of a game against Rufus King Jan. 8, 2019 in Germantown, Wis. Germantown's Katie Pampuch attempts to steal a ball away from Rufus King's Nina Blade in the first half of a game Jan. 8, 2019 in Germantown, Wis. West Bend East's Dawson Rondorf jumps toward the basket guarded by Nicolet's Jamari Sibley (14)  in the second half of a game on Jan. 8, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. East lost, 78-66. A bald eagle is seen flying near a collection of trees near Richfield, Wis on Jan. 9, 2019. Volunteer Barb Manning of Slinger rushes to her next item to help fill an order for a patron on Jan. 9, 2019 at the Slinger Community Food Pantry in Slinger, Wis. Kak Tennies, with the food pantry, said the food pantry serves about a 100 families a month. Food pantries across the state are expecting an increase of those in need as the partial government shutdown continues through its third week. President Trump's administration announced the food stamp program would be funded through February if the shutdown continues.<br/><br/> With ice fisherman sprinkled across the frozen lake, the sun sets across Pike Lake on Jan. 9, 2019 in the town of Hartford, Wis. West Bend West's Jenna Jansky balances on one foot while competing on the beam during a meet against Port Washington Jan. 9, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. West Bend West's McKenzie Lange smiles as she flips off the beam to complete her routine during a meet against Port Washington on Jan. 9, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. Girl Scouts of America Troop No. 6009 member Makayla Cibulka holds a package of Thanks-a-Lot cookies as she is framed between boxes of other girl scout cookies while posing for a photo  on Jan. 11 at her home in West Bend, Wis. Cibulka, 12, has been in the girl scouts for seven years. The girl scout cookie season started Friday. <br/><br/> Kettle Moraine Lutheran senior Elizabeth Bieberitz, 18, smiles after playing the school song on the bass before a varsity boys basketball game against Waupun on Jan. 11, 2019 in the town of Jackson, Wis. Biebertiz, dressed in pajamas for a theme night, said the bass is not her main instrument. " I chose the flute because it was small and here we are," said Biebertiz. Kettle Moraine Lutheran lost, 62-61. <br/><br/> Kettle Moraine Lutheran's Ethan Duba jumps to attempt a shot while guard by Ripon's Luke Rogers in the first half of a game on Jan. 11, 2019 in the town of Jackson, Wis. Kettle Moraine Lutheran lost, 62-61. Kettle Moraine Lutheran sophomore Ellie Loeffler, 15, center, cheers with her fellow cheerleaders in the first half of a varsity boys basketball game between Kettle Moraine Lutheran and Ripon on Jan. 11, 2019 in the town of Jackson, Wis. Kettle Moraine Lutheran lost, 62-61. Slinger High School senior Matthew Retzlaff, 19, smiles as he runs back to the student section area with a Slinger flag during a timeout in the second half of a game girls varsity basketball game between Homestead and Slinger on Jan. 11, 2019 in Slinger, Wis. Slinger won, 59-34. Slinger's Samantha Gueller, center, reaches for a defensive rebound in the second half of a game against Homestead on Jan. 11, 2019 in Slinger, Wis. Slinger won, 59-34. Riley Hermann, 8, with Jackson Elementary School slides down a hill to get to his instructor  for the ski and snowboard club event on Jan. 14, 2019 at Little Switzerland in Slinger, Wis. Tayven Jost, 7, with Erin School falls on his back as he and his classmates work on falling during the ski and snowboard club event on Jan. 14, 2019 at Little Switzerland in Slinger, Wis. Jaelyn Hay of Slinger rides up a pulley to the top of a hill during the ski and snowboard club event on Jan. 14, 2019 at Little Switzerland in Slinger, Wis Sheila Schaller kisses her 16-year-old daughter, Nvaeh Arndt, goodbye as she leaves for work as her newborn, Nicole Schaller, sleeps by the window on Jan. 15, 2019 at their home in West Bend, Wis. Nicole was the first baby born in Washington County in 2019. Although not planned, Sheila said she would not change a thing. " We wouldn't change anything, having all these people around," said Sheila. Nicole is child number four in the household. With the addition, the Schallers are looking to move to look for a home that is more accommodating to their family size. Sheila admits she hopes to move to a farmhouse just out of town with a little land. Germantown police officer Justin Rechlicz poses for a photo on Jan. 16, 2019 in the conference of the department displaying one of the test body camera units in Germantown, Wis. Rechlicz is one of the officers wearing the test units during his shift as the department explores purchasing body cameras. Kathryn McKillip, special education teacher with Slinger High School, center, walks with education interpreter Kim Wiesman pushing junior Raphi Gehrung as they look at the exhibit, Atlas Chronos done by artist Chris Maddox, on Jan. 16, 2019 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Wis. Atlas Chronos will be on display at the museum until March 10. Office assistant Judy Dineen pushes a cart of food for lunch for children past a United States Department of Agriculture information sign on Jan. 17, 2019 at Playful Hearts ChildCare in West Bend, Wis. The child care facility has felt the effects of the partial government shutdown. The center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP.) The program is intended to help offset expenses used to provide healthy meals and snacks. The center had a delay in receiving their reimbursement for expenses from last month. Because of the delay, the center has had to move funds around to cover costs of the food in the mean time. In the short term, the center has had to cut field trips and extra supplies to fund the food expense. Jessica Howe with the child care facility said she was informed that CACFP has secured funding through January. <br/><br/> Instructor Sarah Kutz of Campbellsport helps children in her 4-years-old to 5-years-old group add a raspberry vinaigrette to their salad featuring raisins, apples and sunflower seeds on Jan. 17, 2019 at Playful Hearts ChildCare in West Bend, Wis. The child care facility has felt the effects of the partial government shutdown. The center participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP.) The program is intended to help offset expenses used to provide healthy meals and snacks. The center had a delay in receiving their reimbursement for expenses from last month. Because of the delay, the center has had to move funds around to cover costs of the food in the mean time. In the short term, the center has had to cut field trips and extra supplies to fund the food expense. Jessica Howe with the child care facility said she was informed that CACFP has secured funding through January. Slinger's Gavin Skinner runs to a hole in a decorative paper after Cameron Heesen flipped through it before a match against West Bend East on Jan. 17, 2019 in Slinger, Wis. West Bend East's Jack LaVanway is grabbed from behind by Slinger's Charlie Covert in the 285-pound match on Jan. 17 2019 in Slinger, Wis. Covert won on a 9-1 decision. Slinger won the match, 44-21. <br/><br/> Slinger's Cameron Heesen charges West Bend East's Jordan Ward in the 138-pound match on Jan. 17, 2019 in Slinger, Wis. Heesen won on a 11-6 decision. Slinger won the match, 44-21. Veteran Mike Orban poses for a photo in his office on Jan. 18, 2019 at his home in West Bend, Wis. Orban is helping veterans at the VA hospital in Milwaukee that also are showing symptoms of the disorder. Reflected in a graph detailing the annual diagnoses of PTSD amongst veterans, veteran Mike Orban on Jan. 18, 2019 at his home in West Bend, Wis. Orban is helping veterans at the VA hospital in Milwaukee that also are showing symptoms of the disorder. West Bend native Ian Devenport, 19, works around a collection of shoes and skate guards as he shows his 16-year-old brother, Maxx of West Bend, their new agility drill on Jan. 18, 2019 on the pond at Regner Park in West Bend, Wis. Ian, who lives in the St. Paul area of Minnesota now, plays for the Minnesota Moose which is a team in the U.S. Premier Hockey League. West Bend East's Ronnie Sadownikow jumps in front of Cedarburg's Khendel Rolison to grab a ball in the first half of a game on Jan. 18, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. West Bend West's Lexi Williams grabs a rebound in the second half of a game against Grafton on Jan. 18, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. West lost, 58-53. West Bend West's Lauren Downs grimaces as she falls while Grafton's Hannah Belanger runs past her in the second half of a game on Jan. 18, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. West lost, 58-53. The 'Super Blood Wolf Moon,' is seen through the branches of an evergreen tree lit by street lights on Jan. 22, 2019 in Menomonee Falls, Wis. The simultaneous lunar eclipse and 'supermoon' spanned across Sunday night and into Monday. The next lunar eclipse is scheduled for May of 2021. Helen Reinke, Cedar Community resident, front, sings the unity song, "If I had a Hammer,"during a Service of Celebration  honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21, 2019 at Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis. The anniversary marked what would have been King's 90th birthday. West Bend East sophomore Hailee Porter, 15, snaps her fingers as she performs with other members of the West Bend high schools' choir during a Service of Celebration honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21, 2019 at Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis. The anniversary marked what would have been King's 90th birthday. Edith Schultz, a Cedar Community resident, sings along to the closing response during a Service of Celebration honoring the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 21, 2019 at Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis. The anniversary marked what would have been King's 90th birthday. <br/><br/> Ethan Wiedmeyer, 9, of Hartford practices his motion as he waits to shoot  during the archery lessons on Jan. 21, 2019 at the Recreation Center in Hartford, Wis. Fire Chief Gearld Kudek poses for a photo on Jan. 22, 2019 at the West Bend Fire Station No. 1 in West Bend, Wis. Kudek is celebrating 30 years with the department Wednesday. He has worked at the same station for his entire career.  Adelaide Price, 10, of Germantown, left, and Gracie Pedersen, 12, of Germantown, right, collide as they sled down the hill at Kinderberg Park on Jan. 23, 2019 in Germantown, Wis. The Germantown School District canceled school Wednesday due to the snow from Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Deanna Thomson teaches her 7-year-old son Kaden how to use the snow blower as they clear the sidewalk in front of their home on Jan. 23, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. Washington County received several inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Noah Markiewicz, 7, of West Bend tumbles down a hill of snow in the corner of a shopping center parking lot as he plays on the hill with his 9-year-old sister, Riann, on Jan. 23, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. Washington County received several inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Jadelyn Stoltzmann, 10, of Kewaskum carries her sled back up a hill while sledding on Jan. 23, 2019 in Kewaskum, Wis. Washington County received several inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. <br/><br/> Kewaskum's Eric Bauer runs through a tunnel of youth wrestlers before a match against Waupun on Jan. 24, 2019 in Kewaskum, Wis. Guidance secretary Pam Bremer is seen through a painted heart outside the window to the guidance office while posing for a photo on Jan. 25, 2019 at Slinger High School in Slinger, Wis. Bremer was recognized with the Secretarial/Support Staff award from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association. Germantown's Brandon Knight, center, goes after a loose ball in front of Justin Thompson (22) and West Allis Nathan Hale's Ethan Parker in the first half of a game on Jan. 25, 2019 in Germantown, Wis. Germantown's Justin Thompson attempts to block the shot of West Allis Nathan Hale's Nick Abegglen in the first half of a game on Jan. 25, 2019 in Germantown, Wis. West Bend West's Aaliyah Moore and West Bend East's Lizzy Bagley both grab a loose ball in the second half of a game on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. West won, 65-33. West Bend West's Maddie Baker attempts a shot in the second half of a game against West Bend East on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. Baker scored on the play recording over 1,000 career points.  West won, 65-33. West Bend West's Elizabeth Meurer, left, and Lauren Downs celebrate teammate Maddie Baker eclipsing 1,000 career points in the second half of a game against West Bend East on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis.  West won, 65-33. West Bend West's Lauren Downs dances to the song, 'YMCA,' before the boys varsity basketball game between West and West Bend East on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. East won, 72-54. West Bend East's Dylan Polster looks to pass on his back as West Bend West's Jack Miller (3) and Cody Diermeier attempt to knock the ball out of his hands in the second half of a game on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. East won, 72-54. West Bend East's Joe Salamone flexes after a teammate hit a 3-pointer in the second half of a game against West Bend West on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. East won, 72-54. <br/><br/> Members on the West Bend East bench celebrate after Jack Wiedmeyer hit a shot in the second half of a game against West Bend West on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. East won, 72-54. West Bend West head coach Joe Pintens receives a hug from West Bend East head coach Tiffany Ziegler after Ziegler presented him with a bouquet of flowers after their game against one another on Jan. 26, 2019 in West Bend, Wis. Both teams honored Andi Pintens, Joe's late wife, who passed away earlier this month. Dave Hacker carries his shovel back to his garage after shoveling his driveway as it continues to snow on Jan. 28, 2019 in Germantown, Wis. Peter Tocco uses a snow blower to clear a portion of his driveway as it continues to snow on Jan. 28, 2019 in Richfield, Wis. Ausencio Castaneda of Kewaskum, left, clears a path to a series of mailboxes outside a multi-family home with his son Ausencio Castaneda Jr. on Jan. 28, 2019 in Kewaskum, Wis. Karen Kottwitz clears the sidewalk in front of her home with her daughter, Bethanea, on Jan. 29, 2019 in Hartford, Wis. The two used shovels after the snow blower would not start. Temperatures hovered around zero degrees. <br/><br/> A Hartford firefighter works on disconnecting a hose while on scene of a fire on Jan. 29, 2019 in the town of Rubicon, Wis. Hartford Chief Paul Stephans said a skid loader caught fire along with the shed it was housed in. The shed and skid loader are considered total losses with minor damages to another barn. One of the employees of the farm was treated and released for smoke inhalation. Slinger, St. Lawrence, Neosho, Woodlawn fire departments along with Lifestar assisted on scene. A St. Lawrence firefighter works on scene of a fire on Jan. 29, 2019 in the town of Rubicon, Wis. Hartford Chief Paul Stephans said a skid loader caught fire along with the shed it was housed in. The shed and skid loader are considered total losses with minor damages to another barn. One of the employees of the farm was treated and released for smoke inhalation. Slinger, St. Lawrence, Neosho, Woodlawn fire departments along with Lifestar assisted on scene. Wearing shorts and a sweater, Paul Christiano of Hartford lights a cigerette while working on jump starting his car on Jan. 30, 2019 in Hartford, Wis.  "This isn't cold," said Christiano. Christiano who grew up in Italy where he said the winters were colder there. Temperatures were at -24 degrees when Christiano was moving his car with a wind chill around -50.
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