Jeff's Polka Jam

  • Jeff's son Nicholas gets the bird!

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    This weekend was the youth turkey hunt and i had the great pleasure of joining my son Nicholas turkey hunting all day yesturday but didn't get anything. This Sunday morning, Nicholas's uncle "nobs" Norbert Trzebiatowski took him out n the rain and thunder and lightning and helped him bag this 21lb, 9 inch bearded tom. Congrats Nicholas!



  • 26th Anniversary Dance of WDEZ's Polka Jamboree

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    Jon Jeff Heinz as he celebrates his 26th year broadcasting polkas with his Annual "Anniversary Dance". Tickets are now available at Crossroads County Market, Wausau Music Center, WDEZ Offices in Wausau and Plover, Benji Gaboda In St. Point, Brian & Cheri Hafeman in Tomahawk, Chester Eron in Junction City, Frank Napiwocki and Tango's Bar and Ballroom. If you need any other information, or have any other questions, please e-mail Jeff Heinz at 26th Anniversary Dance

  • Nellie Guzevich - Obituary

    Posted by Jeff Heinz


    Nellie I. Guzevich, age 72, 248 Main St., Catawissa, died at 6:20 a. m. Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Pomona Valley Medical Center, Pomona, Calif. where she was a patient for five days.

    Born on January 14, 1938 in Perris, Calif., she was a daughter of the late Edward D. and Mary Luise (Ruiz) Romero. She resided in the Catawissa area since 1988.

    A 1956 graduate of Perris High School, Perris, Calif., she also attended San Bernadino Valley Community College. Early in her life she was employed as a teachers aide. Locally she was well known as  a member of the Polka Family Band where she sang and played the tambourine. The band traveled extensively along the East coast and in the Mid-West. The band was nominated for a Grammy Award.

    She was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Bloomsburg.

    Nellie was very creative, crocheting, doing  embroidery, painting and drawing.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank T. Guzevich on January 22, 2006.

    Surviving are three sons: Fred R. Guzevich, and his wife Diane, Bloomsburg; Hank M. Guzevich, and his wife Jodi, Bloomsburg; Greg P. Guzevich, and his wife Tracy, Allentown; a daughter, Alecia L., wife of Rick Vinecki, Interlochen, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandson; three brothers: Frank Romero, Michael Romero and his wife Gayla, Martin Romero and his wife Edith; four sisters: Ramona Romero, Vicky Traveino, Annie Perez and Rachel, wife of Emerald Reyes, all of California.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at 10 a. m. in St. Columba Catholic Church, 342  Iron St., Bloomsburg, with her pastor, Rev. Paul R. Fisher as the celebrandt. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery near Elysburg.

    Friends may call from 6-8 p. m. on Monday, November 29, 2010 at the
    Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg or Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a. m. Christian Wake services will be
    at 6 p. m. Monday.

    Sympathy Cards and letters can be sent to Hank Guzevich @  24 Bridle Walk, Bloomsburd, PA 17185.

  • Paul Wendinger Obituary

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    Paul Wendinger Picture
    Paul Wendinger poses with a Hengel concertina, which he played in the
    ‘Peter and Paul Wendinger Band.’ Wendinger died Saturday of cancer at age 59.Paul Wendinger — Farmer, musician, travel guide
    Loses battle with cancer at age 59
    November 23, 2010 - By Kevin Sweeney Journal Editor
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    NEW ULM - Together, the Wendinger Brothers were a musical force, the leaders of a band that continued the tradition of the Old Tyme music made popular by their New Ulm predecessors.
    Like the "Whoopee John" band and the "Six Fat Dutchmen," Peter and Paul Wendinger traveled the upper Midwest, and beyond, with their band, playing the polka music that made New Ulm famous.
    The brothers farmed together on adjoining farms near St. George, led travel groups, and together were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
    The partnership ended on Saturday when Paul, the younger of the two brothers, died of the cancer he had been battling for several years. He was 59.
    "We started out in the playpen together, we played Cowboys and Indians together, we took lessons together, then we went and farmed together," his brother Peter recalled on Monday. "We'd start out on Monday and put in 50 or 60 hours farming, and when the weekends came we'd put in another 35 hours playing. Where we ever found time to raise families, I don't know."
    Paul, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007, continued to be active and involved with the farm and the band, as much as possible, Peter said.
    "In the last year he couldn't take part in the farming, but he participated in the discussions and decisions."
    Paul played his last job with the band on Dec. 12, 2009, in Klossner, said Peter.
    "He was feeling well enough that he and Joleen (Paul's wife) led a tour to the Plymouth Playhouse, and on the way back he stopped and played with us in Klossner. He played about half an hour longer than he was supposed to."
    Paul also played a couple of numbers in Rochester, where he was hospitalized last March, said Peter.
    Since word of Paul's death on Saturday started to get around, the response from across the country has been phenomenal, said Peter.
    "The polka stations across the country picked it up somehow, and the e-mails and messages have been fantastic."
    The Wendinger Brothers band will continue to play in the future, said Peter.
    "I suppose in a few months we'll change the name from 'Peter and Paul Wendinger Band' to 'The Wendinger Band.' Paul's son, Jon, is heavily involved with the band as the drummer. I want to play in about 85 or 90 percent of the shows, but it will have some authenticity (to have John on stage) when someone else is playing the concertina."
    In 2003, the Wendinger brothers told The Journal how they started playing together for the "Hometown Harmony" edition. Peter and Paul's father, Herbert, bought a concertina from Christy Hengel during Polka Days one year. Paul was 9 and Peter was 11, and for a few months the concertina sat untouched.
    The brothers' mother, Eleanora, finally signed them up for concertina lessons with Merlin Zeil in Hutchinson. They later studied with Jeanette Weber and then with Johnny Helget.
    "Eleanora, their mother, said they didn't have the Johnny Helget style, and that's what she wanted," Helget recalled on Monday. "They were a couple of kids who didn't know what the concertina was about."
    Helget said the brothers were great entertainers. "They knew how to talk to people, how to entertain them. Paul, he was the people person. He could talk to a piece of wood," Helget said.
    The brothers played their first public performance for a wedding in 1963, and in their heyday played 160 to 180 shows a year.
    In 2007, Paul was diagnosed with liver disease and a tumor in his liver. He had been battling cancer ever since, and this August served as an honorary chair of the Brown County Relay for Life.
    Services for Paul Wendinger will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. George Catholic Church in St. George. His obituary is published on page 5A of today's edition.

  • Deer Hunting Success Opening Weekend

    Posted by Jeff Heinz

    The Heinz Family and Relation had a great opening weekend 2010. Below is my son Nicholas 15, shot this 10 pointer with a 15 inch spread Sunday monring at 7:45 in his dad's hunting stand. Congrats Nicholas.Nicholas Heinz with his 12 Point Buck

    Below is My neice Brooke Trzebiatowski who shot this beautiful 8 point buck while sitting with her dad Norbert "Nobs" Trzebiatowski opening morning. Congrats Brooke.Brooke's 8 point buck

    Below is the biggest buck I ever shot since starting hunting 34 years ago. Some times it is better to lucky than good. 11 pointer with 21 1/8 inside spread.Jeff Heinz 11 Point Buck

  • Jerry Darlak Passes

    Posted by Jeff Heinz






    Jerry Darlak and Buffalo Touch

      Yesterday Sept 8th, was a very long emotionally draining day, one we’ll never forget. Gerald M. Darlak, “Jerry” passed away peacefully after a 6 month battle with Cancer. Only two weeks prior was he given good news on his throat tumor, only to have the worst news that he was terminally ill with another tumor,
       Jerry had visits with his family, his band, and many friends, calls emails and cards from many.
    We had the opportunity to spend much time with JD to spell Joyce, his beloved friend who was by his side night and day through it all. Getting to visit with his immediate family from Chicago was special, when it was over, even though the medical people thought he may be around weeks more….. Jerry must have took an accounting of it all and probably said ok “finished business” “all was said”  It was time to go and so he did……… his sleep.
       As per “Jerry's Wishes” There will be no wake or viewing, no Funeral…. Jerry had made arrangements to donate his body to the University of Buffalo Medical Science ’s
    Numerous radio DJ and IJ tributes are being planned in his honor playing music Jerry Darlak (IPA Hall Of Fame Inductee) performed with Marion Lush 66-72 in the early years, EBV 73-87 Big Steve 90-94, and Finally the last fifteen years with “Jerry Darlak” and “The Buffalo Touch” 3 Time Grammy Nominees and many other awards from his home Buffalo NY  It would be much appreciated if these show are recorded to send a CD to 3014 Bender Ct.  I can copy and get it to the family.
    Plans are in the works for Celebration of Jerry’s Life and Contributions to the Polka Industry and the people he “Touched”
    On behalf of Jerry Darlak’s Family from Chicago, his beloved friend Joyce, and The Buffalo Touch We sincerely thank-you all for the coments, well wishes, stories, photos, movies, etc. and mostly the prayers of which we ask you continue for Jerry and all those who have left us…
    God Bless Jerry Darlak and All of Us in this time of reflection.. As Jerry said "It's been a slice"
    We have kept the BuffaloTouch together and working and kept Jerry in the loop for his return, he even called me several weeks ago with ideas for the new CD, Jerry's seat will always be with us and Del Rio's "play that concertina Paco" will have a special ring to it........ I can feel him smiling now....(EEeeeeeeeeeeee) those who know him, know what I mean.....
    Cards, Emails, Masses, Donations in his honor to Hospice are welcome. No Flowers or Plants please...
    Ken Machelski
    3014 Bender Ct
    Hamburg NY 14075
    Chicago Darlak Family
    Randy and Filomena Darlak (Brother),  Dave and Lynn (Darlak) Cox, (Sister) Ida and Bob Schneider, (Mother and Step-Father)
    Late, Sue Zmuda (Sister) Adrienne Guerraro, Lawrence and Alyssa Darlak (Nieces and Nephew)
    Lynne Cox
    1631 Fisher St.
    Munster, Indianna 46321
    Jerry's Beloved Friend
    Joyce McIntyre
    62 Lake Ave
    Lancaster NY 14086

      Gerald M Darlak    9-22-46,---9-08-10
    "Jerry Darlak"