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Doc’s a good friend to county’s humane society


Contributed Photo Shawano County Humane Society president Dustin Martzke, left, presents a hand-carved German shepherd created by Dave Bartels to, from left, Kersten Heling, Doc Hopkins and Lynn Jevicky.

Steve (Doc) Hopkins and his daughter Kersten Heling love hogs — and cats, dogs, goats, donkeys, etc.

Kersten commented: “Dad has always cared about animals, and he instilled that love in us kids, too. We first got involved with the Shawano County Humane Society when Dad and I volunteered to walk the dogs.”

The Timeline Saloon and BBQ was the creative dream of Doc’s. Since its establishment in May 2010, Doc and Kersten have held a bike and classic car blessing annually. Each year, the proceeds have been donated to the society.

Kersten commented: “I am very proud to say we raised $9,068.50 this year. That brings the nine-year total to over $40,000.”

The society’s president, Dustin (Dusty) Martzke, commented: “We are so grateful for the support we have received from Doc’s Timeline Saloon and BBQ (Doc and Kersten) over the years. We really appreciate their support, and also the help they give to other organizations throughout the area.

“The Shawano County Humane Society could not exist without their support and that of all of our generous donors. With the help received, we are able run the shelter and take in lost or unwanted pets. We work hard to place the lonely and sometimes abused animals into loving fur-ever homes.”

Shelter director Robin Hogan and her assistant, Lisa Mastey, worked at the registration for the ride. Hogan commented: “Over 215 signed up. It was a wonderful turnout. We went on the ride, too. The scenery was beautiful; the ride was about 70 miles. I heard several comments from other riders who said they really enjoyed the route. Many were return riders, but there were several first timers, too.”

After the ride, there were raffles and games. Heling commented: “Local businesses and our vendors were very generous with their donations. I really appreciated the assistance of Shelly Hansen who went out and collected many of the prizes.”

Hogan added: “There were some awesome items to include a hand-crocheted Harley blanket and a great meat raffle. Everything was so well organized. The food was delicious.”

On Friday before the ride, humane society board members Dustin Martzke, Lorna Marquardt, John Seidel, Becky Barr, and Carolyn Zuhse, along with Hogan and Mastey gathered at the Timeline to present Doc and Kersten with a heartfelt gift for much appreciated support. Dave Bartels carved a magnificent German shepherd, complete with goggles. A plaque around the dog’s neck was engraved, “In recognition of all your years of support for the Shawano County Humane Society. We thank The Doc’s Harley Davidson Family.”

While out there we were met by Kersten, Doc and Doc’s fiancée, Lynn Jevicky. In addition, Doc’s German shepherd and his basset hound, who roam freely about, came to check out the new dog. We held our breath, hoping neither of them would decide to christen it. I am happy to report they were good boys.

It is easy to see how much the Harley family loves animals. If you haven’t visited their zoo, you will want to put it on your to-do list. The zoo features a pot-bellied pig, alligators, birds, lizards, miniature donkey, miniature horse, goats, tortoises and more.

There is a pirate ship in the backyard that you can walk through. He is also working on another project that sounds like so much fun, but I’ll save that for another article.

While visiting, you might like to take a look at the premier collection of classic ’60s muscle cars, auto memorabilia and antique motorcycles.

There are also several shops, along with Custard’s Last Stand ice cream shop with an outside walk-up window.

The restaurant features daily specials, my favorites are the homemade soups. The address is W2707 State Highway 29, Bonduel. You can reach Doc’s at 715-758-7427.

If you are looking for a pet to love, stop in to the shelter located at 1290 Jaycee Court in Shawano or call 715-526-2606.

Question: In what year were Shawano businesses asked to reduce lighting, lower temperatures and reduce hours due to an energy crisis?

Clothesline Conversation Answer: The energy crisis was in late fall and winter in 1973.

Lorna Marquardt is a former Shawano mayor.