Some News from my Hometown

written Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Rockport, TX

In case you’ve missed reading all the major news stories the past few days… or your subscription to Time and Newsweek has run out… or you’ve been pre-occupied with the news about our failing economy and the attempts of an inept congress to deal with it all… I thought I’d perform a public service and provide a couple links to some big news out of my home town, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. This is all courtesy of my Dad. Thanks Dad.

The first one comes from the Town of Westford — the town that time forgot — which is located about 50 years west of Beaver Dam. It also happens to be where my sweetie, Dar, grew up as a child.

Goat breaks into home, eats cake

TOWN OF WESTFORD - What do you get when a goat follows a dog into a house?

For Sherry Shirley of Westford the answer is a big mess.

When she opened the front door of her home at W10690 Lake Road to let her dog in Saturday morning, a full-grown goat burst into the house, jumped onto a kitchen counter and helped itself to a freshly-baked chocolate cake, according to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded to a call from Shirley at 11:43 Saturday morning, but a neighbor had dragged the goat from the home by its horns before officers arrived, patrol captain Molly Soblewski said.

“The goat didn’t do a lot of damage. It knocked some dishes to the floor that broke and began eating the chocolate cake she had just made,” Soblewski said.

The chocolate cake caper, however, was far from a perfect crime. Deputies followed the goat’s tracks to a nearby farm on Mill Road and had it behind bars by 12:35 p.m. Saturday.

Soblewski said the owners of the goat will not be cited.

“It was just an unfortunate circumstance,” she said. “I feel sorry for the lady, but it is kind of funny.”

A link to the actual story in case you think I’m making this up…


The next one sounds like something I might have done about 40 years ago. The town has a long history of producing comedians…

BEAVER DAM: BD man gets stuck in his trunk

A 19-year-old Beaver Dam man realized he was not as funny as he thought he was when he got stuck in the trunk of his car on Friday night.

According to Beaver Dam police reports, the man was attempting to play a practical joke on his girlfriend when he climbed into the trunk of his Pontiac Sunfire in the parking lot of Wal-Mart Supercenter at 7:30 p.m.

The man jumped into the trunk of the car. The 18-year-old woman did not have a key to the vehicle and the man was unable to get back into the car through the back seat, officer Travis Wetterau said.

The man was able to describe where the car was located in the parking lot and the man’s friend waited with him outside the vehicle. The doors of the vehicle were also locked.

Police used a device that they use to open up car windows to access the locks on car doors to get in the window. Wetterau said after they gained access to the car, they pulled the seats down from inside the car and the man was able to get out safely.

A link for those skeptics out there…

It’s nice to step back once in a while and put things in perspective, isn’t it?

Grinning broadly in Rockport