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O’Delicious Bake Sale This Week!

Bakers are very busy this week preparing tasty items for the O'Delicious Bake Sale!  Stop at the Richland County Bank Lobby to pick up special treats for St. Patricks Day weekend.  The Sale begins at 9 and until about 1:00 or 1:30.  The sale concludes when we are sold out… at about those times listed.

New this year are beef and veggie pasties… a main course item that the Cornish culture claims, going back beyond the 13th century.  The pastie was a mid day meal that the miners could carry easily and feel filled up with the delicious beef and potato filling.

Veggie wraps and veggie packets are also available to pick up for a good, healthy lunch.

We look forward to seeing you as you browse the scones, biscotti, kolachy, Irish soda bread, homemade noodles, and traditional items such as cookies, bars, and cakes.  OMHS has great pie bakers and the cheesecake is out-of-this-world.

Help OMHS raise funds for the Pet Care fund that provides medicines, parasite prevention, and medical care for pets under our wing!

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O’Delicious Bake Sale, Friday, March 13

It is time to think SPRING! And it is the season for the O'Delicious Bake Sale, the first OMHS event for the new year. We not only welcome thoughts of spring weather, gardening, and all the other warm weather actirvities that will be on our minds, but we welcome OMHS members' and friends' items for the sale.

Every event OMHS holds is important as we strive not only to meet the needs of pets abandoned, mistreated, abused, or surrendered, but also to continue to provide services to the community such as the Pet Food Pantry and the Spay Neuter Voucher program.

Help OMHS on Friday, March 13, as a donor or a buyer of the delicious offerings… or both!

Richland County Bank Lobby,

Friday, March 13

9 a.m. until sold out.

The sale features traditional baked items: brownies, cupcakes, breads, cakes, candies, pie by the piece or whole pie; specialty and ethnic items: biscotti, scones, Irish Soda Bread, Kolachy, lefse, krumkake, cheesecake by the piece or whole cheesecake, homemade noodles; and veggies and veggie wraps for lunch or snack.

  • OMHS asks that you price your items prior to bringing them to the Bake Sale. It helps reduce the frantic work for the volunteers first thing in the morning!

  • Need help pricing your baked items for sale? Call 608-604-3483 or email for suggestions. We can help you via the phone or can send a list of suggested prices via email.

  • Please package cookies in 1/2 dozen or 1 dozen amounts… ziplock bags or a plate securely covered work well.

  • Brownies or bars should be packaged 6 or 12 on a paper plate.

  • Please do not bring items in a full pan or container to be returned to you…there is always the chance of losing the container and the inconvenience of phone tag for returns. You don't want to lose your favorite pan or container!!

  • Do you make homemade noodles? Would you donate a nice batch of noodles for the bake sale? Everyone loves homemade noodles, and we never seem to have enough for our sale.

  • Could you help with set-up and/or selling the day of the sale? Please email or call 608-604-3483. Veggie Packs: Would you volunteer to prepare 8-10 small veggie assortments or small green salads? OMHS has clear plastic containers for the veggies or salads… all you do is buy the veggies, prepare them, and put them into the containers. Suggested vegetables are baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, pepper strips, radishes… or any combination for the Veggies Assortment Packs. Please call 608-604-3483 if you can help with this Bake Sale item. Veggies are very popular!

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Paws Fur the Holidays was a Splendid Day

November 8th marked OMHS's 13th annual Paws Fur the Holidays, and it was indeed a fun, furry day! With so much shopping, visiting, petting, bidding, and eating, OMHS knows that this event was enjoyable for people and critters alike.

OMHS would like to thank all participants, members, and volunteers for making this event such a great celebration and fundraiser. A little over $5000 was raised with your generous support, OMHS will continue caring for many cats and dogs until their new human families are found.

If you were unable to attend this year's event, don't worry; you can still renew your membership by sending the Membership Form and a check to Ocooch Mountain Humane Society, PO Box 229, Richland Center, WI 53581, or online at Thinking of becoming a member? Do it! We would love to have you.

Many volunteers worked to make the day successful and OMHS is very grateful for your spirit to make the event fun and successful. 

We do encourage more memberships  in our organization.  Join us in our work to help animals in need.

Happy Holidays from OMHS!


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Paws Fur the Holidays, Saturday, November 8

This is the 13-year celebration of Paws Fur the Holidays and the final OMHS fundraising event of 2014. We welcome you to join the fun at the Community Center, 1050 North Orange Street, Richland Center, and to share the joy of pets and people gathering prior to the holiday crush of activities. 

The Paws Committee,  Carletta Heide, Laura Payne, Sharon Panske, and Judy Quade, have great plans in place for your enjoyment.  We encourage you to attend, and, if you would like, to volunteer or donate an item or two we would be grateful.

Meet Our Furry Friends Ready for Adoption: Cats will be ready for interviews for adoption in the Meeting Room.  Dogs ready for adoption will be on leash and handled by foster parents or members of the Dog Adoption Committee. Stop in and meet the Cat Adoption Coordinators and the some of the wonderful pets under their care until that perfect household adopts them. 

Shoppe 'til You Drop:  An area for those special handmade items that you may choose for the holiday gift season… or, perhaps, as a gift for you!  Georgia and Susan will be hosting this area assisted by Jeannie. If you have items to donate, please bring them to the Community Center by 8:00 a.m.

Pet Portraits: This is a great photo opp for you and your pets.  Images can be placed on disk or flash drive.  Sharon Panske is the photographer. 

Amazing Bake Sale:  Delicious and special are words to describe the array of baked and created goods! Kolache, scones, krumkake, kringle, pies, biscotti, breads, cookies, bars, and treats for dogs are just some of the delicious items you will find.  If you are donating a baked or other items, please bring it to the Community Center by 9 a.m. so Becky Schwab can display it on the tables.

Silent Auction:  Always a popular feature with quality items to encourage competitive bidding, you can donate an item that is handmade or commercial up to 12 midnight, November 1.  Bidding sheets will be prepared November 2.  Bidding concludes at 1:15 with the winning bids announced at 1:45.  You must be present to claim your item, or ask someone else to pick it up.  All items must be paid for the day of the event.  Watch the website for photos and a list of Silent Auction items beginning Wednesday, October 29. The listing will grow as more items are donated. Sorry, all the bidding sheets are completed (November 3) so we cannot accept more items for the Auction. However, the Shoppe 'Til You Drop will accept priced donations.

New this year:  Mini Obstacle Course for Dogs is set up outdoors and will include poles, a tunnel, sit box, and a hurdle for people to run their dogs through for fun.  (Please no retractable leashes.  These could cause problems with controlling multiple dogs in a group. Thank you.)

The Grand and Glorious Food Stand:  Features the popular Chicago Dog, chili, chips, soda, and pie. Would you consider baking a pie for the event?  Please call 608-647-3461.

Membership, New and Renew:  November is membership month for OMHS!  Join OMHS at the same membership rates we started with in 2001.  Join OMHS at Paws Fur the Holidays.  Renew your membership at Paws!

Recycle Cell Phones and Used Ink Cartridges at Paws Fur the Holidays!  Package them up right now so you do not forget!

Volunteers Needed:  OMHS needs volunteers for a variety of jobs.  Please call 608-647-3461 if you can give an hour or two of your time and talent!

See you at Paws Fur the Holidays!

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A Few Photos of the Blessing of Animals

October 1 found almost 50 people celebrating the Feast of St. Francis at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Richland Center.  Here are a few photos shared by Dawn Kiefer, Editor, The Richland Observer.  The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society co-sponsored the event with St. Barnabas Church congregation.

Thank you, Dawn, for the photographs. 

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Blessing of Animals; Celebration of St. Francis

The Feast of St Francis… October 1, 2014
St Barnabas Episcopal Church
297 North Main, Richland Center

Worship with Animals ~ 5:30 pm
Blessing of Animals ~ 6:15 pm

All are invited, including pets, to a lively service remembering the preaching of Francis of Assisi and giving thanks for the blessings that we have through our
companion animals.

This service is a celebration of God as creator of all, and the goodness that is in creation.

An event in partnership with The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.

Below are a few photos from the 2012 Blessing of Animals.

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Badger Ordnance Program at Antique Adventures, September 27

Badger Ordnance was an important factor in the defence of the USA beginning with the start of World War l l.  But beyond that Badger had great economic and social impact in the southwestern area of Wisconsin.  Badger Ordnance, the "powder plant," served the country beginning in 1942 through three wars.  Badger Ordnance was located just south of Baraboo Wisconsin.  It ceased operation during the Viet Nam War era.

Michael Goc, past president of the group preserving the history of Badger, will present an interesting program at Antique Adventures.  The program, held in the Meeting Room at the Community Center, Richland Center, begins at 12:30 p.m. Michael is an author and an historian and will present a lively program that will bring back memories of those whose parents, uncles and aunts had their first real job off the farm during World War l l. 

The admission to the Adventures is $5 and is a benefit event for the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.  A $10 admission allows you to bring up to 3 items for evaluation by "people in the business." You will receive opinions about your treasures but not "estate appraisals," which take time and extensive research.

Viewing the collections of area residents passionate about history and a food stand with home made chilis, including vegetarian and chicken, and seasoned pork sandwiches will keep everyone satisfied!

The two programs at the event are in partnership with the Richland County Historical Society and the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society. 

Hours of Antique Adventures are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Door Prizes announced at 1:45. 

Support OMHS by attending the Antique Adventures.

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Antique Adventures Features Paintings of Paul Seifert, American Privitive

Farmscapes in watercolor will be featured in a program at Antique Adventures by curator Joseph Kapler, Wisconsin State Historical Society.  OMHS is very excited to host the presentation about Seifert because he has very close ties with Richland County.  Paul Adolf Seifert immigrated to the United States from Saxony Germany in about 1867. There is a theory that he left Germany to avoid military service. He "landed" at Richland City in Richland County. The village no longer exists because the Wisconsin River made a pretty dramatic change of course and demolished Richland City.  The village of Gotham, just a short distance up river, took the place of Richland City.

Paul Seifert may have travelled on a logging raft and upon reaching Richland City he disembarked.  There he met Elizabeth Kraft, and, because she and her family spoke English, he decided to stay.  Kraft and Seifert were married and spent their life in the Richland City/Gotham area along the Wisconsin River.

In the later 1870's Paul began painting and he continued creating painting through the early 1890's.  He also supported his family with his talent as a taxidermist and raised garden vegetables that he and Elizabeth sold.  But his paintings are what we want to know more about at this program. 

Paul Seifert is known as an itinerant painted.  A primitive or naive painter.  An outsider. Once you have seen a Seifert watercolor you KNOW what a Seifert looks like!  The paintings are that distinctive. He would paint a picture of a farm scene with the buildings, representations of cows and pigs, and some of the people in the family.  The people were always working or engaged in activity. No one was with out action.  But all the people are painted in profile, like the Egyptian representation of people. 

The paper was generally 18×24 toned paper… light gray or blue.  The media he used was watercolor and pen and ink.  He was very precise with his inked lines for fences!  The perspective is unusual and the point of view of the painting is always slightly above the horizon level.  This is a typical characteristic of the primitive painter. He said that people liked his paintings and he liked painting for them.  He charged $2.00 for the paintings. Frequently he did duplicates of the paintings.  Paul did create pencil sketches of the farms and then painted the scene back at his home.  One pencil drawing does exists of "Laws Landing."

It is not known how many paintings Seifert completed.  He left no record95 of his work.  Thiere were 17 watercolor paintings in the exhibit that Mr. Kapler curated.  He discovered a few more paintings but chose 17 that were most representative of Seifert's work.  The exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum in Madison WI ran from April to the end of August, 2014. 

In 1950 an art historian from the East had "discovered" Paul Seifert.  And a painting of his and a description of the primitive artist can be found in "Three Hundred Years of American Painting" by Alexander Eliot. Paintings by Seifert are found in Cooperstown NY and in Williamsburg VA.  An exhibit of his paintings on paper was held in Richland Center in the 1960's.  These were paintings owned by local people and the showing was held in the Krouskop's Deparment Store.

When his age became an issue for traveling around Richland, Iowa, Grant, and Sauk counties, Seifert began painting imaginary paintings on glass.  He charged $5.00 for his reverse paintings.  Many of these painting probably met the same fate that the work on paper met… they were destroyed or tossed out. The reverse paintings had the same motif… a castle on a rocky hill, a body of water below such as a lake or a river, and a small boat pulled up on shore. Generally there was a cross in the composition.  Seifert was quite enterprising and used aluminum foil in the windows of the castle to create a lively appearance.  Reverse painting is an interesting technique and requires much planning.

Seifert created sculptural pieces as well, such as bas reliefs with a plaster substance shaped like a castle with a beach and a boat.  The beach had small shells from the Wisconsin River impressed into it.

The Seifert program is co-sponsored by the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society and the Richland County Historical Society.

We encourage attendance at this interesting program about a little known artist who created wonderful watercolor paintings in the driftless area of Wisconsin. 

Remember:  $5 admission per person for the programs, viewing of the collections by local people, and listening in on the evaluations of vintage and antique items. 

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Antique Adventures, Saturday, September 27!

Plans are being finalized for the second annual Antique Adventures event!  You are encouraged to mark your calendar and tell friends and neighbors to mark the date for this interesting and educational event. If you watch American Pickers, Antiques Roadshow, or Pawn Stars for example, you are certain to enjoy seeking out your own treasures in your barn, attic, or shed and bringing them to the Antique Adventures for evaluation.

We have two dynamite programs scheduled! Wisconsin Watercolors: Paintings of Paul Seifert, will be presented by Joe Kapler, curator, Wisconsin State Historical Society.  History of Badger Ordnance will be presented by Michael Goc, historian and author.  

We are happy to hold the event at the Community Center in Richland Center… 1050 North Orange Street. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Plans for the event include evaluations of items brought to the event, two programs of historical interest, vintage vehicles, and displays of items from local collectors.

Because this is a fund-raising event for OMHS, there is a charge for admission… $5 per person or $10 if the person brings up to 3 items for evaluation. The evaluations are not legal, binding appraisals that could be used for estate needs, but evaluations that provide a starting point to go forward with a certified appraisal.

Vintage automobiles and trucks will again be welcomed to Antique Adventures. If you have a vintage vehicle or if you know someone who would like to display a vehicle, please contact us.

Of course, we will be looking for volunteers to help with setting up tables and chairs, kitchen help, greeters, and cashiers. If you would like to offer to volunteer right now, please call 536-3796 or 647-6453.

Stay tuned to the OMHS website as the detailed plans unfold: or check us out on Facebook.

Mark your calendar today… September 27: Antique Adventures.

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Rummage Romp to Benefit the Pets-In-Waiting for Adoption!

July 26 is the date of the 2014 Rummage Romp, the COLOSSAL sale that raises dollars directly targeted at the costs of medical care, housing, and food for companion animals under the wing of the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society!

This really is an amazing Rummage Romp! One that you do not want to miss.The annual Rummage Romp has a reputation for clean, quality items donated by members and friends. The Romp is one of the most important fund raising projects of the organization.

In addition to donating clean, lightly used items, OMHS asks that you please consider volunteering to help with the Romp set-up or on the sale day. Maybe donate and volunteer! Your generous donations of items and your volunteer help are crucial in the ongoing efforts to raise needed funds for helping pets under our wing as they await adoption.  The medical care to get the pets ready for adoption is the largest cost OMHS has during the year.  Rummage Romp is a major source of $$$ for tick and flea control, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, food, and shelter needs for all the animals.

As you see, your help is crucial to fund the ongoing needs of OMHS. Whether you donate items, volunteer to work, or do both, you will feel gratified that you have provided needed help for continuing the work of this charitable organization.
 Clothing       Furniture        Antiques       Vintage      Household essentials   
Small Appliances     Sporting equipment      Gardening and Outdoor items  
  Hand tools      Holiday Items     Craft items   Kitchen essentials    Pottery/Ceramics        Pictures         Home Decor   
  • NO large electrical appliances, bed mattresses, or large sports equipment such as treadmills. NO televisions, NO computers, NO printers will be accepted.

Set-up is Friday, July 25 Bring your clean, usable, pre-priced items to the Community Center, 1050 N. Orange Street, Richland Center between
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
**Give 2 hours of your time and talent with set-up, and you are eligiblefor the Early Bird Worker Sale…Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are great items available at this early sale that will be snapped up quickly!
**Email to register for your 2 work hours. Register to help either Friday or Saturday to be eligible for the special Early Bird Sale…4 to 5:30 p.m.
Volunteers needed for set up Friday at 12 noon.
Do you need help pre-pricing the items you are donating?
Call 647-7161 for help OR
email for assistance. 
Below is a list of clothing items you do not have to pre-price… we have a standard price for these items, unless you have a Gucci leather coat that cries out for a higher price!!!
  • To simplify preparation for the Rummage Romp for Pets, clothing will be priced as follows:

Shorts/jeans/pants $1.00

Pair of shoes $1.00

Blouses/shirts 50 cents

Dresses/skirts 75 cents

Sweaters 50 cents

Sweatshirts 75 cents

Sleepwear 25 cents

Ties 25 cents

Belts 25 cents


***The above prices will be posted prominently in the clothing area, so you do not have to individually price the clothing. If your clothing item is worth more than these prices, please put an easy-to-read price on the item, and those items will be displayed in a separate area. ****


  • Paperback books will sell for 25 cents, and hardcover books will sell for 50 cents. These prices will be posted. If you have books that are worth more than these prices, please mark the book(s) individually with appropriate price.

Volunteers needed Saturday:
cashiers and help re-organizing tables as items are sold.
Help needed with clean up. Boxing up items that are unsold.
3 pickup trucks needed for hauling items.
The Rummage Romp is open to the public
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

***Homemade Scones, Coffee, and Lemonade
to give you strength for shopping.***

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