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View from the cheap seats

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A weekly perspective on sports

Casey Krautkramer Reporter The Record-Review

I purchased a 50 cent pink Fla-Vor-Ice giant popsicle at Telschow’s gas station in Stratford on Monday to give me with extra motivation to write my sports story on Mazie Nagel playing volleyball at UW-Stevens Point.

Marilyn LeVoy, the popular cashier at Telschow’s gas station, told me she’d tell Mazie the next time she entered the gas station to attempt to buy her favorite color of popsicle that I purchased the very last one of them, even though there were more in the back cooler. I could only imagine the look on Mazie’s face when this happened.

Speaking of the last name Telschow, Stratford High School senior Oscar Telschow has organized a senior parade throughout the village of Stratford beginning at 4 p.m. this Sunday, June 7, in the Stratford High School parking lot and ending at Tigers Stadium. Stratford police officer Sydney Nussbaum will lead the caravan of seniors driving their cars, trucks and motorcycles through the village.

Oscar’s parents, Mark and Olivia Telschow, own and operate Helene’s Hilltop Orchard in Merrill. The family business is named after Olivia’s mother, Helene Pagoria. Her parents, Dave and Helene, transitioned their small dairy farm into an apple orchard in 1979.


My first cousin Ben Krautkramer of Marathon works for the Marathon County parks and recreation department. Ben told me one of his favorite destinations in Marathon County is Mission Lake in Hatley, which he said is a hidden gem that most people don’t even know exists.

My girlfriend and I made a last-minute decision on Saturday afternoon to watch The Night Crawlers Band from Wausau play at Rock the Lot in Elderon and then explore Mission Lake.

Local anglers were spread out fishing the shoreline at Mission Lake, and an older gentleman told me he’d only caught bluegills on Saturday.

It was interesting to discover from him that Mission Lake is considered a Grade A musky fishing lake. The musky was named the official state fish in 1955 because it’s the most sought after trophy fish by Wisconsin anglers.


People can still register at www. to participate in the free Choose Your Own Adventure 5K happening now until Sunday, June 14, at Erbach Park in Athens.

Marathon native Andrea (Metz) Larson is doing a great job being in charge of the local IRONBULL runs and walks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Athens Area Trails Association is also helping with the event.