Community

Sat
26
May

Memorial Day weekend a time for planting

What do most people think of when they think of Memorial Day? I would hazard a guess that most people think it needs another word added, they think it should be Memorial Day weekend. To many, it is a time to go up north, the start of the long summer weekends.

I guess being a farm girl for most of my life, I never got used to having weekends off. This time of year, I would be out in a field, likely picking stones so the corn could be planted, or helping plant the garden.

As a wife and mom, we were usually done picking stones by that time, but then I would be in the rush to get the garden in. I admit that, for me, Memorial Day weekend is a time to plant the garden. Earlier, there is more danger of frost, and later, well, then the produce of the vegetables are later, and the blooms on the flowers are delayed.

Sat
26
May

Meet Priscilla King


Photo by Carol Wagner One of the places Priscilla King volunteers is the Shawano County Historical Society. She stands in front of the Kast house beside an old fountain that used to be on Main Street and was used to water horses.

Priscilla King volunteers at the Shawano County Historical Society, the Crafty Boutique, and Wolf River Harmony.

King was born in Chicago and then moved around with her family, graduating from Little Wolf High School in Manawa. King returned to Chicago for a short time, then returned to work for her parents who owned Chef’s Inn. Her waitress career also was at The Patio, Al and Rosie’s, Club 22, and Jerry and Pats. King also worked at a dry cleaners, Charlie’s, and Results Broadcasting.

King and her husband, Eugene Sr., have been married 39 years and have a son. They live in the town of Belle Plaine and enjoy trips on their motorcycle, having been to 13 states and Canada. King is the secretary for Friendship Cemetery in Belle Plaine and a member of the Learn A Lot Homemakers of HCE.

What do you do at the Shawano County Historical Society?

Sat
26
May

Community food pantry helps Bonduel neighbors


Photo by Carol Wagner Jerry and Toni Schoepke take care of the Bonduel Community Food Pantry.

Jerry and Toni Schoepke do all the ordering and bookwork for the Bonduel Community Food Pantry.

“Before we did all the packing for three or four years,” Toni Schoepke said.

The pantry serves around 40 families who get food the second Wednesday of the month from 4-6 p.m.

The pantry serves people in the Bonduel School District. Toni Schoepke said occasionally someone needs food in an emergency outside the area, so they will help them and then refer them to their preferred area.

Feeding America is their main source of food along with donations and food drives. The Bonduel Post Office has a drive every year, and they also get food from St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Jerry Schoepke does the ordering from Feeding America online, and then another volunteer picks it up at the Shawano Area Food Center. They apply for a Thrivent credit card so they can shop for whatever else is needed.

“We look for bargains,” Toni Schoepke said.

Sat
26
May

NO REST FOR ROYALTY


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Prince Dauntless, played by Amanda Hein, right, is blue about still not being married to a princess in a scene from “Once Upon a Mattress,” but the rest of the kingdom, including, from left, the minstrel (Ben Huber), Lady Lucille (Cassidy Rose), the wizard (Tara Huber) and the jester (Brandon Byng), is hopeful the prince will find his one true love. The musical is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.”

Your mattress doesn’t have to be lumpy to enjoy the Phoenix Players’ sophomore show.

The Clintonville theater group is performing “Once Upon a Mattress,” an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” The musical is known for launching the Broadway career of legendary funny lady Carol Burnett, who performed the role of Princess Winifred in its 1960 debut and two television incarnations, as well as playing the queen in a 2005 adaptation.

Burnett’s not in the show set to debut next week at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School, but the show is familiar to director Brandon Byng. After helping to launch the Phoenix Players last year with the musical “Christmas … On the Air,” Byng is helping Clintonville to bring alive the show he previously directed with Abrams Spotlight Productions in 2014.

Sat
26
May

The many faces of spring

Oh glorious day, spring is here! After the blast of winter we endured, the sweetness and color of spring is a refreshingly welcome arrival. There are many faces of springtime in rural Northeastern Wisconsin.

Huge farm equipment is taking precedence on county roads, a visible reminder of exactly where our food comes from. I look in awe at the massive dual-wheeled tractors with 24-row corn planters in tow or hauling gigantic disks and drags. The tractor tires are taller than me!

Looking out over a field freshly dragged is a sight to behold. One day I came home and noticed my husband working up the field right next to the house. It was one of the first days he could get out there. I stopped and inhaled that earthy, rich aroma of black dirt getting worked up to receive the seed. Then we just wait for God to send warm rain and sun. I love it. I’m such a farm girl; no apologies.

Sat
26
May

Marion man honored for safe driving achievement

H.O. Wolding, an Amherst-based trucking firm, has announced the induction of Jeff Heling, of Marion, into its Safe Driving Club for attaining 1 million consecutive miles of accident-free driving.

Forty-six other H.O. Wolding drivers from across the country have also been inducted into the Safe Driving Club.

“Each day, the operation of a truck presents all kinds of challenges, which include everything from the weather to driving a vehicle on busy highways and streets,” said Marc Wolding, director of operations at H.O. Wolding. “As a company, we are proud to recognize these drivers for achieving 1 million or more accident-free miles. Each day, they bring an exceptional level of dedication and professionalism to their work that results in keeping our roads safe while also meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations.”

Thu
24
May

FINDING THE WAY HOME


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski - They might not be red-haired heifers, but Kay Reminger’s Black Angus cows couldn’t help but be curious as The Shawano Leader columnist stood by their pen with her new children’s book, “Finding the Way Home.” Reminger will be reading the book at two events in June at the Shawano and Marion libraries.

Kay Reminger has made a side career out of writing about her farm. Whether it’s farm equipment getting stuck in the mud or livestock escaping their pens, she’s kept readers in The Shawano Leader and the Marion Advertiser interested in agriculture life.

Up to now, it’s all been true.

Now, however, Reminger has made the foray into fiction, publishing a children’s book about a neighbor’s calf, Strawberry. “Finding the Way Home” will make its local debut this month as Reminger shares the book at a local business.

“I’ve always wanted to write a book; it’s been on my bucket list for years,” Reminger said. “My middle son (Justin) one day just told me, ‘Mom, I want you to get this done. I want a hard copy. I want none of this flimsy paperback stuff. I want your picture on the inside back cover.’ He was just very explicit.”

Thu
24
May

Lemonade, pretty in pink


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis - A cool glass of pink lemonade could be just the ticket as this summer heats up.

One sure sign of summer is a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Picture the card table in the front yard with a big sign written in crayon that reads, “Ice Cold Lemonade, 25 cents,” with two eager young entrepreneurs waving at all who pass by.

The roots of the lemonade story date way back, although know one knows for sure when lemons as we know them today became a food source. Historians have narrowed it down to one of three places including northern India, Burma or China. Genomic studies indicate that lemons are actually a hybrid of the bitter orange and the citron, a large fragrant lemon-like fruit with thick skin and very little pulp.

Thu
24
May

‘Shop Hop’ offering prizes for visiting businesses

To help support local businesses, Leadership Shawano County is hosting its first Shawano County Shop Hop — a 10-day passport shopping event. From Friday through June 3, shoppers who visit participating businesses in the Bonduel, Cecil and Shawano area will receive stamps in their passports. The more stamps collected, the greater chance of winning prizes.

Participating Bonduel businesses, section one, include: Amicos Midwest Pizzeria; Amish Tours (Ken Natzke); Bonduel Chamber of Commerce; DandD Liquidators; Doc’s Harley-Davidson; Gehm’s Club 117; Good Vibes Bar and Grill; Hungry Bear Cafe and Catering; Lee’z Gas and Mini Mart; Lisa’s Flowers From the Heart; The Lumberyard Bar and Grill; Red Rooster Cafe and Catering; The Rustic Shed; Sport Shop and Repair; Timeline Saloon and BBQ; Treasures and Treats; Village Mercantile; Village Tractor and Repair LLC; and Wayne’s Place Bar and Grill.

Wed
23
May

Watroba performing at Cotter Creek for Memorial Day

Folk, classical, jazz and world music traditions will be featured in the summer series of Cotter Creek House Concerts, which will kick off with a Memorial Day concert by folk singer/songwriter Matt Watroba.

The festivities will start Monday at noon, with a cookout, music jam and lawn games. Watroba’s performance will begin at 2 p.m.

As always, the Cotter Creek concerts will be held on the deck at the home of Joel Kroenke, W9050 Broadway Road, Shawano. A $15 donation is suggested. In case of rain, the concert will move inside Kroenke’s house.

For information on Watroba, visit his website at mattwatroba.net.

Additional concerts this summer, all starting at 2 p.m., will include June 10, Wisconsin Wind Orchestra; June 24, Robin Pluer; July 8, Stas Venglevski and Tatyana Krasnobaeva; July 22, Janet Planet and Tom Theabo; and Aug. 26, Vivo.

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