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Peggy Anderson the Journal Times

Mention the name Frenchy Bouton and nearly every longtime Racine resident can relate a fond memory of listening to him entertain.

Whether it was at Salmon-A-Rama, Roma Lodge's Italian Festival or at any number of local events and fundraisers, Frenchy Bouton always brought a smile to our faces. Now the tables have turned and it's our turn to bring a smile to him.

Bouton was recently diagnosed with a very serious illness and could use a little of our support and good cheer.

Your cards and letters of support can be directed to: “Notes for Frenchy," AM 1400 WRJN, 4201 Victory Ave., Racine, Wis. 53405.

The get-well wishes will be forwarded to Bouton at his home in Largo, Fla.

Bouton served as program host at WRJN Radio during the '60s, '70s and into the '80s and acted as summer fill-in host on WRJN's “Open Line" program.

He also was the station's host when it broadcast from the Wisconsin State Fair each year.

In addition to his work at the radio station, he also performed his musical act at clubs from New York to Florida and has released numerous albums and recordings over the years.

Like to cook?

If you enjoy cooking and like to share your recipes with others, this news item might interest you. Golden West publications is introducing a new Wisconsin Cookbook.

The book will feature recipes collected from all over the state of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Cookbook will be part of their “Cooking Across America" series of cookbooks. The organization is looking for recipes that reflect ethnic or cultural background of Wisconsin residents, in addition to recipes that are of historical significance or are identified with our fair state.

All submitted recipes will be reviewed by their editors for acceptability and inclusion in the cookbook. If your recipe is chosen for the book, your name will be listed with the recipe and in the index of contributors. You will also receive a free copy of the book upon publication and be eligible for a drawing to win a complete set of Golden West cookbooks valued at $100.

For a recipe submission form write to: Golden West Publishers, 4113 N. Longview, Phoenix, Ariz. 85014-4949.

When the book is published, it will be available for sale at B. Dalton, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks and other independent book stores. You may also obtain the book by mail order at the address above or by phone at (800) 658-5830. The book retails for $5.95.

A special Easter gift

A recent anonymous donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Milwaukee also proved to be quite beneficial to Racine County Project Emergency and some Racine families in need.

Part of the $50,000 donation went to a program called “The Home Cupboard Program." Special food boxes were made up for the Easter Holiday. The boxes were filled with all the ingredients for Easter dinner including, canned ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, yams, apple sauce, corn, beans, muffin mix, cake mix, juice concentrate, cranberry sauce and even salt and pepper.

More than 300 families, in Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties, had a happier Easter thanks to the boxes. Forty Racine families received Easter boxes 31 boxes were the result of the Second Harvest donation and another nine boxes came courtesy of the Racine Rotary's donation of $207 to Racine County Project Emergency.

Another portion of the anonymous donation was used to provide meal programs, food pantries and shelters with additional food items. The gift baskets were distributed late last week. Racine County Project Emergency is a non-profit organization that administers the distribution of donated and purchased food to the more than 25 pantries and meal sites throughout Racine County. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Tom Berger at 632-2307.

Being aware helps

This little tidbit comes directly from my Metro Events' calendar. The calendar is an advertising tool designed to help sell niche advertising.It lists today as National Stress Awareness Day. The calendar doesn't list any organization associated with Stress Awareness Day or how it is supposed to be observed. My guess is that they just want us to spend at least one day a year being aware of our level of stress. (Only one day?)

If you have an idea or news you would like to share send it to Peggy Anderson at the Journal Times, 212 Fourth St., Racine, Wis. 53403 or fax it to me at 634-94. Written or faxed submissions are preferred

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