Green Bay Press-Gazette from Green Bay, Wisconsin on February 16, 1988 · Page 54
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Green Bay Press-Gazette from Green Bay, Wisconsin · Page 54

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Tuesday, February 16, 1988
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10-Uf styles, Popl Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1988 Green Bay Press-Gazette Daul looks at '88 with optimism Restaurateur enthusiastic about family, business, city By Carolyn Haglund Press-Gazette For Oconto's Judy Daul, 1988 "is going to be the best year we've ever had." That's because of the adoption of Sarah, 8, and Jennifer, 4, on Feb. 9. In reality, the daughters of Daul's sister have been Judy and Michael Daul's children since her sister's death more than two years ago. Family, work, music and community involvement fill the days of this energetic proprietor of The Brothers Three restaurant in Oconto. Daul moved to Oconto seven years ago after she and a Brothers Three partner discovered the 100-year-old Holt Balcom Lumber Co. building along the Oconto River at the corner of Superior and Pecore streets. Its vacant windows and see-through walls enclosed piles of debris left from former businesses. The partners completely remodeled the building and opened the restaurant March 19, 1980, with 40 employees, many of them part time. "Those days are a blur," Daul said. "They were long days, but that's what it takes to get going." Despite the absence of pre-open-ing publicity, people lined up at the door for two months, something Daul had not expected in a city of about 5,000 residents. A month later, a fire in the cocktail lounge under construction made Daul realize the caliber of local people. "That's one of the reasons why I love the town. They just rallied to help us." As a result, the restaurant reopened one day after the fire. The Brothers Three kitchen is probably the most fireproof kitchen anywhere. The concrete block walls formerly housed the old lumber mill safe, Daul said. Daul met her husband, a native of Oconto, shortly after the restaurant opened when he came in for lunch. They were married a year later. . As sole proprietor of the restaurant, Daul makes all the decisions for the business that now has 14 employees, most full time. The restaurant seats 85 in the dining room and another 40 for meals in the bar. It specializes in pizza and a delivery service. Customers schedule parties throughout the year. Summer gatherings have reached 50 peo-"ple on the deck overlooking the Oconto River. Future plans include a black-topped parking lot and possible expansion of the cocktail lounge. Oconto holds opportunities for other young people, Daul said. She emphasizes the town's recent business growth. Thompson's Foods has built a new store "as fine as anywhere." f, W tm i' in it. w It 8 . 1 nw 7 )! ' 'AS Judy Daul Age: 30 Address: Route 2, Oconto Occupation: Proprietor of The Brothers Three restaurant Husband: Michael Children: Sarah, Jennifer There's a new car wash, a quick-service mart, new bakery and ac-quarium shop, a candy store, and downtown specialty shops. Cruisers, Inc. employs several hundred people in its boat manufacturing plant and has grown rapidly during the past five years. And a committee is working to promote tourism. An admitted perfectionist, Daul said she has learned to delegate work and accept ideas from others. "I learned that the hard way. I used to think I had to do it all myself." She got her start after high school graduation when she landed a summer job at The Brothers Three in Chippewa Falls (since sold) to earn money to pursue a music major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She liked the restaurant business so much that she accepted a managerial position. But music remains an integral part of her life. She directs the choir at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and sings each month at Riverside Nursing Home and at Jennifer's preschool and second-grader Sarah's Holy Trinity School. The family enjoys music at home. Daul plays the guitar and several other instruments. Three years ago, before her sister's death, Daul and her brother-in-law organized a band. "It was a lot of fun. I'm glad I did it," she said. There isn't time for that now. Daul serves on the board of directors of the Oconto Chamber of Commerce, and as secretary of the Oconto Retail Business Association. And she's an active member of the Oconto Women's Club. "I'd like eventually to be more involved," she said, citing the school board as an example."I like doing things for other people." But she needs time to devote to being a new parent now, she said. "The children have made a very big difference in my life. I feel my life is filled with what I care about." Mayeir aims at viruses, clay pigeons Pamela L. Mayer Age: 39 Address: 11 22 S. FiskSt. Occupation: Medical technologist ByKarilVan Boxel Press-Gazette When Pamela Mayer isn't working in the laboratory at Bellin Memorial Hospital, she is probably out somewhere destroying clay pigeons. v Mayer, 39, is a medical technologist by day and a trapshooter by night. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Mayer has lived in Green Bay for 13 years. She came to the city from her native Stevens Point because she liked the area and had relatives here. Then she landed a job at the hospital. She was trained in every area within the lab but she specializes in microbiology. Now she is getting on-the-job training in virology, the study of viruses and related diseases. From a throat or nasal swab, technologists like Mayer can determine if a patient has a virus. Bellin has had the virology lab for about five years, but when Mayer started, viruses couldn't be isolated. When physicians want to know what's wrong with a patient, the lab can determine if it's a virus and what kind it is. "If a patient thinks he has flu, we can tell him," she said. Mayer said virology is an up and coming field and she's finding there's a lot to learn. Bellin employs five full-time and two part-time workers in the lab. There are many different influenzas and most of the types can be identified today, she said. If the type can't be identified here, it can be submitted to the state Lab of Hygiene in Madison for a determination. "We do have seasons of influenza and we are at the peak season now," she said. "Most (cases) of what we see right now are influenza A." Mayer, who finds trapshooting therapeutic, said her father enrolled her in the National Rifle Association when she was a child. When friends got involved in trapshooting, she decided to try it herself about eight years ago. Now her spare time is spent traveling to trapshooting clubs in Wisconsin and places like Florida and Las Vegas. "Trapshooting is pretty much my outside life," she said. "I really, really enjoy it. It's a very exciting sport to me." She calls her shooting "average" but says she "can hang right in there" in a sport that doesn't boast of an abundance of women participants. During the summer, she also enjoys bike riding and gardening in her plot at a friend's farm. Pulling weeds and watching vegetables grow can be relaxing after a day at the laboratory, she said. 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