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Naturally Proud: Now this is an autumn! Get out and enjoy its beauty: Our View

1:45 PM, Oct. 11, 2013  |  Comments
The lovely weather has made enjoying fall colors even better this year.
The lovely weather has made enjoying fall colors even better this year.
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We have had the best of all worlds this week. The fall colors have reached their epic, breathtaking peak and it has come with a string of unseasonably warm, sunny days that are just cool enough to remind us of fall without actually putting a chill into us.

We know it won't last. It never does. The drying leaves, already beginning to swirl around our ankles, will soon leave the trees bare. This is probably the last weekend for warm afternoons.

So enjoy it while it lasts. Get out onto the trails, take a drive, take in the fall colors. Seize the opportunity to enjoy the beauty that is all around us. The natural world is preparing for winter. This is a great place to be right now.

Chili chefs had fun in their attempt to win top prize and raise awareness for The Highground Veterans Memorial Park during last weekend's annual chili cook-off and car show.

From fun recipe titles -Military Wives Go Wild! and What the Husbands Don't Know Won't Hurt Them - to dishes featuring special ingredients, chili was judged on color, texture, flavor, presentation, aroma and creative use of ingredients. Contestants could win by the judges' selection or by popular votes cast by visitors at the event.

The chefs from across the state attended the event and entered the contest to raise awareness of fundraising efforts for the Persian Gulf Tribute, a boot print shaped memorial that's planned for The Highground, Neillsville.

The Highground recently marked the 25th anniversary of its first tribute, the Vietnam statue. For a quarter of a century, The Highground has been serving veterans, their families and others, providing a place to remember and reflect. It offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year. We're naturally proud of the work being done there and encourage you to visit and support its efforts to be a place for everyone.

Dan Kitzhaber, a youth ministry director at Marshfield's St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, has led a group of local youth members to participate in World Youth Day six times. Held about ever three years, it's an international event organized by the Catholic Church and attended by the pope. Kitzhaber increases the effectiveness by following the event with mission work.

This year, participants followed World Youth Day in Brazil with mission work at an orphanage in Peru.

"There is nothing that has this depth. There's a profundity with World Youth Day. It's deep and lasting, and it's unparalleled in the sense that you have a microcosm of the world in one location," Kitzhaber said.

"It was life-changing," said Abigail Schreiner, 17, of Athens. "This has really made me think about what I want to do. I'm going to go to college, but now I want to get a degree so I can do something which will be beneficial to others."

We're naturally proud of Kitzhaber's work with youths and those who choose to serve others.

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