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January 23, 2019

12/31/2018 11:23:00 AM
Along The Ad Routes
Mike Reilly
Co-Publisher/Sports Writer/Photographer

We ate last Saturday breakfast in "The Woods" - literally. Bob, Terry and Dave plus Terry's granddaughter Kelsey and myself went to Lone Rock to a place called "The Woods Bar & Grill" to eat. We had heard about it and thought it was worth a shot! The food and service was very good and we will go back. We had also heard that a fellow by the name of Cal Weier was the owner and that he attended Dodgeville Schools once upon a time. After we had ordered, I asked the waitress if the fellow mulling around in the kitchen area was Cal and she said it was. I called him over and introduced myself and everyone else. He said the easiest way to describe his Weier connections was that he was a "Ridgeway Weier", but related to many other Weiers around the area. He went as far as his freshman year at Dodgeville. He would've graduated with my nephew Ryan in 1993. He had cooked at Hi Point while Lief Erickson owned it and also at Tower Junction before settling for his own place in Lone rock about 4 1/2 years ago. It is very impressive inside and has a lot of animals and fish mounted on the walls. He says it is still a "work in progress" as he's doing it a little at a time!
Later in the day on Saturday I was at Cobblestone Coffee house in Dodgeville and ran into another former Dodgevilleite. The fellow had a "Not So Quality Bakery" box of "Whatever" in his hands and was ordering coffee. I asked him where he was from and he said about 20 miles from the Canadian border out east, but was heading to Phoenix, Arizona. He also went to school with nephew Ryan. His name is Tim Barstow, whose dad (Dale) was a teacher here back in the day. As soon as he said his name, I recognized him. It has been quite a few years since I had last seen him. He is changing jobs - that is why he's making the move. Also his parents live in Arizona. He was passing through the area and remembered the bakery, so he just had to stop!
I want to say how sad we are to lose the downtown business - Kozelka & Wall. Their last day was Saturday. Bill and Leesa have been very good for Dodgeville and the area not only for their business, but for their involvement in the community. They aren't leaving, just retiring. Good luck in your future endeavors that I'm sure will include your family!
I made it to the Community Christmas Meal Tuesday that is religiously held each year at Culver's in Dodgeville. It's really great for Jim and Judi Nonn to donate their place and cookers for that meal - that serves a lot of people. They also donate custard and other things. Thank You!

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