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MANITOWOC COUNTY, WIS. $1.25 Siiay Help improves ffrjr mentally ill October 19, 2003 Combination of medications, community services make life better for area woman 1 I jgmr 9 Area youth football programs vital to high school teams, Dl Group home opens in Manitowoc BYTARA MEISSNER Herald Times Reporter MANITOWOC Up to six individuals with severe mental illnesses are moving into a single-family home on South Eighth Street this month. Renee Derenne, president of Independent Residential Options converted the house into a community based residential facility, which opened to clients Oct. 1. Oakwood Home is the fifth CBRF in Manitowoc serving the mentally ill.

Clients with illnesses such as schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, bi-polar disorder or major depression are referred to the group home though the Manitowoc County Human Services Department. According to Derenne, multiple personality disorder is rare and major depression is the most common. See HOME, A2 Palace show reinvents late night laughs, Bl both conditions simultaneously, although the schizophrenic symptoms dominate. To be diagnosed with this disorder, someone must experience psychotic symptoms, hallucinations and delusions for at least two weeks in the absence of mood disorder, according to NAMI. "I fight now," Koch said.

"The voices are there most of the time, but not as severe." She said keeping a positive attitude gets her through the days, but it's a recent revelation. She suffered most of her life through various diagnoses and living arrangements. "I had been depressed most of my life," Koch said. "Back then they didn't do much. My parents didn't know what to do." Koch was raised in Two Rivers and said she would never make it through a school day without crying.

"I blamed my parents," she said. At the age of 25, Koch BYTARA MEISSNER Herald Times Reporter MANITOWOC Susanne Koch gave up reading. She had to reread the same page over and over again, up to 12 times, because the voices in her head disrupted her concentration. "I used to read all the time," Koch said. Koch, 39, has schizoaffective disorder.

According to the National Association for Mental Illness, it is a disorder that includes features of schizophrenia, hallucinations, delusions and deteriorating function. It is also a mood disorder, either bipolar disorder "manic depression" or major depressive disorder, in which the symptoms are so intertwined that a distinction between the two problems cannot be made. People with this condition often seek treatment for mood problems, which shifts towards symptoms of schizophrenia or may display symptoms of Brillion-built machines blow their customers away, CI Tim SwobodaHTR Susanne Koch is managing her mental illness. She was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, but lives semi-independently and works part-time at Goodwill. talked with a psychologist who image and personal relationships, admitted her to Holy Family Hos- according to NAMI.

pital's 2East, where she was diag- "I was hearing voices telling nosed with borderline personality me t0 d0 things to hurt myself," disorder after about a week. BPD Ysxh said is characterized by impulsivity and instability in mood, self- See HELP, A2 Decorating supplies have changed, Fl Smashing pumpkins Families flock to Expo Local Kiwanis members help park project, B8 Hi R-7 l7 Activities draw many to Crime Prevention Day event BY MICHELLE KUBITZ Herald.Times Reporter MANITOWOC A steady stream of people passed through the doors of the Manitowoc County Expo Center as area crime prevention groups and emergency personnel celebrated Crime Prevention Day. More than 2,000 people passed through the doors Saturday, and organizers said it was the largest crowd they've ever had. "The day is fantastic," said Linda Blahnik, chairperson of the crime prevention committee for Manitowoc County. "It looks like everyone is having a good time.

All i it it Volunteer Dick Ewald from Associated Bank, takes a Polaroid photograph of Taylor Downing, 8, of Manitowoc, for her Child Identification Photo ID at the Crime Prevention Day held at the Manitowoc County Expo Center on Saturday. Crime Prevention Day has grown since 1997. About 600 people attended the first event, with its "handful" of booths, Blashka said. On Friday, BlasTika said he hoped for 2,100 or 2,200 people to attend Saturday's event. Crime prevention is important "to bring awareness to community members," Blashka said.

At noon, as the New-tonburg Brass Band wound down their performance, children in their tae kwon do outfits geared up for a demonstration with the Lakeshore Tae Kwon Do club. See PREVENTION, A3 Idahoans pose in calendar to help shelter The Associated Press MOSCOW, Idaho -Some prominent local hunks are doing a little posing to raise a little bread for the local homeless shelter. "How many 78-year-old guys get to pose for a calendar?" asked Bob Curtis, the radio voice for University of Idaho Vandal sports. "I think it's a great cause." Along with Curtis, the local newspaper publisher and a state representative appear in calendar that will be sold to raise money for The Sojourner Alliance, which recently was notified that it" lost an $80,000 federal operating grant. The calendar will sell for $13 at a Nov.

7 autograph party and $16 after that. "We were looking for as much exposure as possible, so to speak," said calendar coordinator Kathy Weber. "It's done in good taste with well-known people in the community. It's fun and hopefully will make a lot of money." in all, it's great," she said. Manitowoc started celebrating Crime Prevention Day in 1997, according to Dick Blashka, a member of Manitowoc's Crime Prevention Committee.

Prior to 1997, the com mittee took a week to celebrate crime prevention and set up displays at local venues. With "dwindling" numbers, organizers decided to combine all of the informational opportunities into a one-day affair, Blashka said. faB-f "jnlnMi.l''m Sue PisohkeHTR Joe Kocourek, of Brillion, replaces a broken bearing on the Zander Press hurling machine Saturday during the Greater Lakeshore Pumpkin Hurl competition at Lakeshore Technical College's Cleveland campus. Owlfest a hoot United Way seeks campaign support Ai Heather Skrepenskl, of Manitowoc, holds a Saw-Whet owl during Owlfest at the Woodland Dunes Nature Center on Saturday. Besides offering many the chance to see the little bird, the annual event included banding demonstrations, a beehive demonstration, participate In origami bird making and more.

ySfir The coupon value TT InthtaHTRIs Manitowoc Ice is perennially a proud sponsor of the United Way, Moschea said. Dan Brandl, vice president of operations, said he has been a strong supporter of his company's efforts to help the United Way since it began contributing about 20 years ago. "We as a company feel very fortunate," Brandl said. "Our company feels good 23 percent of goal reached for agencies BY NEIL RHINES Herald Times Reporter MANITOWOC The 2004 United Way campaign is in full swing, but the $1,050,000 goal is a long way Sue PlBchkeHTR ott, said Dale Moschea, executive director of United Way, Manitowoc County. The state of the overall economy, coupled with the fall of Mirro typically one of the biggest supporters of the United Way, makes helping the citizens of the community where we can." According to Brandl, about 80 percent of the approximately 400 peo- Rle employed with lanitowoc Ice participate in the campaign.

Contributions vary from a few dol Classified Crossword E4' For the Record A6-7 Horoscope E3 Local A2 Lottery. A2 Obituaries A3 Opinion A4 Outdoors D10 D3 Stocks C4 TVAdvice B5 Weather. For home delivery, call 686-2147 Loans may be dropped from aid package 2J MOSCHEA raising the funds necessary to keep everything running a growing challenge, Moschea said. "That's one of the chal lars a paycheck to several figures. To keep employees motivated and to garner help from the community, the company holds several different raffles nnH silent mif.

Friday providing most of the $87 billion that Bush requested for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and for rebuilding the two countries. The House vote was 303-125, while the Senate roll call was 87-12. As Bush flew to the Philippines from Japan, White House spokesman Scott McClellan under scored the administration's demand for the removal of the loan provision in Senate bill. "The president has made it very clear that it sends the wrong message," McClellan told reporters on Air Force One.

Bush will try to persuade congressional negotiators in a conference committee to remove that provi sion, McClellan said. He refused to say whether Bush would veto the bill if the loan provision remained. Leaders of the two chambers hope to send compromise legislation to Bush for his signature next week, when U.S. allies will meet in Madrid to discuss potential financial aid for Iraq. The Associated Press WASHINGTON -Congressional Republican leaders seem likely to deliver a victory to President Bush by killing a Senate-passed provision making some Iraqi rebuilding aid a loan, supporters and foes of the loan provision say.

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