Gilly’s to Close in Sheboygan

Admit­tedly, I’m both shocked and not too sur­prised this is hap­pen­ing.  Only went there myself once since they opened and you hon­estly had no idea if or when they were open with the style of restau­rant they had going.

Drive-In-Only, barhop ser­vice” was great in the 50s and 60s, but the world has passed them buy.  If She­boy­gan couldn’t get a Sonic to sur­vive — and they didn’t, it’s now a BP sta­tion — how was Gilly’s going to cope with­out the love and loy­alty it has in its Fond du Lac location?

Gilly’s Frozen Cus­tard has closed its 1950s-style drive-in restau­rant on Sheboygan’s south side, a spokes­woman con­firmed Tuesday.

The family-owned restau­rant had been a fix­ture in Fond du Lac for more than six decades when it expanded into She­boy­gan in 2010.

How­ever, restau­rant offi­cials said the sea­sonal, drive-in-only con­cept, with carhops tak­ing orders and deliv­er­ing food to cus­tomers’ vehi­cles, and no indoor seat­ing, proved to be a tough sell in Sheboygan’s cooler sum­mer climate.

She­boy­gan is just too close to the lake, and we didn’t have enough busi­ness,” spokes­woman Amy Deer­ing said. “We’re very sad. We love the community.”

Deer­ing said the restau­rant at 2720 S. Busi­ness Drive would nor­mally reopen for the sea­son later this month, though the own­ers decided to close for good late last year. The loca­tion employed two full-time work­ers and about a dozen sea­sonal employees.

The prop­erty has since been put up for sale, and Deer­ing said they’re hope­ful a buyer will emerge soon.

That being said, I’m sad­dened to see it go.  My nieces and nephew who live on Sheboygan’s south side just lost their favorite cus­tard place.

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Can we just give the Israelis the secret nod to go blow this damn Iran­ian nuclear pro­gram to king­dom come already?

Oh that’s right, John Kerry thinks free­ing a spy will solve every­thing.

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Is Artificial Blood 20 Years Down the Road?

Talk about your med­ical break­through if this can be worked out.  No more con­cerns about the blood sup­ply.  No more worry from hos­pi­tals that they lack the wrong blood type.

With this achieve­ment, “O-Negative” just became much more in supply.

Arti­fi­cially cre­ated blood could one day replace dona­tions as the norm for blood transfusions.

That’s accord­ing to researchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh who have been using stem cells to cre­ate red blood cells.

And in 2016 they are plan­ning to con­duct a ground­break­ing trial that, for the first time, will test arti­fi­cial blood made from stem cells in patients.

The £5 mil­lion project is being pio­neered by the Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh and comes after years of research into grow­ing red blood cells.

The process involves using adult skin or blood cells that have been genet­i­cally mod­i­fied into stem cells, known as induced pluripo­tent stem (iPS) cells. (Empha­sis mine.)

These iPS cells are then cul­tured in bio­logic con­di­tions that mimic the human body, even­tu­ally lead­ing to their tran­si­tion into mature red blood cells.

The trick so far has been increas­ing the effi­ciency of this tran­si­tion process, as not all the cells are capa­ble of becom­ing red blood cells.

The team at the Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh has got this effi­ciency to approach­ing 50% in a process that takes about a month.

The red blood cells are then sep­a­rated from the rest of the cells in a centrifuge.

Their next step will be to trial the blood in patients in 2016.

Two things: If you’re still giv­ing blood, keep giv­ing blood.  Hos­pi­tals pre­fer hav­ing the exact blood type of the recip­i­ent on-hand, as good a uni­ver­sal donor O-Negative blood is, it can’t be stressed how med­ically impor­tant the right blood type is to recovery.

Secondly…another fine dis­cov­ery made pos­si­ble with adult stem cells.

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This is Why I Love Baseball

On my score­card, I’d post this as FO2 — 6 — 1.

That’s a Foul Out to the catcher, than to the short­stop, and back to the pitcher.


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Leibham Considering Run for Congress

Would have had this up sooner, but I’ve been hav­ing server issues for the past week.  It’s made updat­ing a real “joy.”

She­boy­gan, Wis. — State Sen. Joe Leib­ham (pro­nounced: LĪ–päm) announced Fri­day that he will take the next few days to con­sider run­ning for Con­gress in Wisconsin’s 6th Dis­trict after hear­ing that U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., will not be seek­ing re-election.

Con­gress­man Petri con­tacted me this morn­ing to inform me of his deci­sion to retire,” Leib­ham said. “I expressed my appre­ci­a­tion for his years of ser­vice to our area and nation, and I wished him well as he com­pletes his term.

Out of love and respect for my fam­ily and coun­try, I will take time over the next cou­ple of days to con­sider, dis­cuss and pray about how and where I can best use my time and tal­ent to improve the qual­ity of life for our state and nation.”

Leib­ham, a res­i­dent and tax­payer of the 6th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, lives in She­boy­gan with his wife, Heather, and their three young children.

Leib­ham has rep­re­sented por­tions of She­boy­gan, Man­i­towoc and Calumet coun­ties in the State Sen­ate and the greater She­boy­gan area in the State Assem­bly. Prior to his years of pub­lic ser­vice, Leib­ham worked in the pri­vate sec­tor for Sar­gento Foods in Ply­mouth and the She­boy­gan County Cham­ber of Commerce.

Some­thing to con­sider come sum­mer parade season…Joe is one of 13 kids.  Even if he isn’t there, one of his sib­lings def­i­nitely will be.  Hav­ing won his first elec­tion to the state sen­ate by a mere 46 votes (after recount) in 2002, he is more than capa­ble of fight­ing a cam­paign on any level.

Yes, he might be labeled as “The Estab­lish­ment Pick,” but he may also be the only Repub­li­can in this race who can say with cer­tainty that four years ago he lived in the dis­trict and wasn’t redis­tricted in.

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Petri to Announce Retirement on Monday

Con­grats to Amer­i­can Majority-Wisconsin and Media Track­ers.  Now go find us can­di­dates who can hang onto the state Senate.

Joe Leibham’s going to win this.  Count on it.

Wash­ing­ton, D.C. –U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom Petri (R-WI) will make a state­ment on Mon­day, April 14, at his town hall meet­ing in Neenah, Wis­con­sin, announc­ing that he will not be a can­di­date for reelec­tion to Congress.

The town meet­ing will be held from 4:00 — 5:00 p.m. at the Neenah City Hall (211 Wal­nut St.), in the City Coun­cil Chambers.


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