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Friday, May 02, 2008

Kings and queens of the kitchen

There's no denying competition makes a good story. Who doesn't want to know what makes a winner a winner?

The drama comes from the challenges every victor must face and how they overcome whatever obstacles lie in their path.

Of course sports are all about competition, and we cover those stories regularly.

But sometimes the most interesting stories about winning and losing don't come from sports at all.

In Walworth County recently, they came from the world of ... food.

Here are two winning accomplishments you can sink your teeth into.

We knew the culinary arts team at Badger High School was pretty good after they won the state competition in March. It was the third year in a row for them, and earned the team a birth at the National ProStart Invitational in San Diego, April 24-26.

That's where Badger High School topped teams from 35 states, territories and districts to win the competition.

Team members Clayton Maricle and Kendall Kelly, both seniors, and juniors Michael Pane and Jessica Bania each won a $5,000 scholarship from the National Restaurant Association and The Coca-Cola Co., which sponsors the competition.

In addition, the students were offered scholarships to several different culinary schools, including full tuition to the New England Culinary Institute.

Their entrée, by the way, was braised veal shank with cranberry and red wine reduction.

The Badger High School culinary team was mentored by three area culinary professionals: David Ross of Lake Lawn Resort, Ken Hnilo of Gilbert's Restaurant and Danell Craig of 3D Cakes.

Not to be outdone by these student chefs, two bakers from Walworth County won a different competition on the opposite side of the country.

Marty Adams and Jennifer Klemke of the Lake Geneva Pie Company made two blue-ribbon-winning pies at National Pie Championships April 18-20 in Kissimmee, Fla.

The competition is sponsored by the American Pie Council.

The pies won in the commercial division. One was an apple pie, the other blueberry.

It was the first time the two had entered this competition, which had over 400 pies entered.

So much for the breakfast of champions-Walworth County can now boast the dinner and desserts of champions.

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Letters: Abortion fuels debate

Editor's note: A story in the Week about student efforts to help end child abuse sparked a thread of letters to the editor regarding the beginnings of life.

Therese McKenzie's letter, below, ran April 20, followed by Bernard Dalsey's response on April 27 (his letter follows).

Post your comment below.

Letter: The unborn can't escape abuse either

Dear Editor,

The article on efforts to prevent child abuse caught my attention (Posters highlight efforts to prevent abuse, The Week, April 6).

I was touched by the posters that some of the area students had created, and I applaud the work of the organizations which are involved.

Seeing the pictures reminded me that there is yet another group of babies who are abused but whose plight is rarely publicized in the media-those unborn babies who are intentionally aborted. I feel compelled to speak up on their behalf.

Surely child abuse and abortion are both complex problems, and those who engage in these behaviors need our compassion.

Yet the complexity does not justify the mistreatment of innocent lives, which is why we speak out about child abuse. For the same reason, I choose to speak out for the sake of fragile unborn children and to remind prospective parents to handle them with care.

Therese McKenzie
Whitewater
April 20, 2008

Letter: Life begins at conception, babies don't

Editor,

Regarding those concerned about abuse of the unborn (Letters to the editor, The Week, April 20), late in term, I agree with you.

For the first 30 years of my life I agreed with you completely. Having been adopted from birth, I have a natural hatred of abortion.

Early in term, these groups of cells are not "babies." Have you had any babies in your family? You can't freeze babies. The fertility clinics freeze these fertilized eggs.

I've never heard of any so-called "pro-lifers" protesting when the fertility clinics throw out the fertilized eggs.

A mass of cells early in pregnancy is not a "baby." Human life begins at conception. But a baby it isn't, and to call it so is insanity.

For many of us who believe in the soul, our belief is that the soul enters the body later in term. And ironic it is that many fueled with religious dogma and hatred are so afraid of some pre-born human fetus or mass of cells going back to the Creator.

I've also never heard of a single pro-lifer paying to help a poor woman raise her child. When is the last time any of these self-righteous hypocrites anted up 10 grand a year to help some poor woman raise her child?

They want abortion illegal from conception, but once a pregnancy goes to term you're on your own. Or they will talk about adoption as if it were as trivial as dropping off some shirts at the laundry.

I know some righteous anti-abortion folks who are also anti-war. Our nation has killed over 600,000 Iraqi children between the sanctions and the invasion and occupation of that country that did nothing to us. How many pro-lifers are concerned about that?

How many are concerned about our lack of national health care and our high rate of infant mortality?

Bernard Dalsey
Whitewater
April 27, 2008

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