Community

Sat
15
Sep

If the shoe fits, make sure it’s polished

When I was a youth, I never had more than two pairs of shoes at one time. I had one pair for everyday and one for Sundays. In my grade-school days, we weren’t required to wear gym shoes; we could go “stocking footed.”

In high school, we needed gym shoes. I guess the correct term is sneakers, but we called them tennis shoes. Although they came in different colors, most of my girlfriends had white ones.

Saturday night was when we polished our shoes. I scrubbed my tennis shoes with a brush. After they dried, I polished them to keep them looking clean and white. Polishing my saddle shoes was not an easy task, keeping the white polish off the black. I discovered penny loafers were much easier to keep looking nice.

Sat
15
Sep

Rest and recovery are key for distance running

What are signs of being overtrained? How do you know when you need a day off?

Rest and recovery are key components of training and allow your body to adapt to the stresses you are placing on the body. When we train, we cause irritation and inflammation to our muscles. Rest days give our bodies the opportunity to recover and heal the muscles so they are stronger than they were before we trained and better prepared for the stress of the activity the next time we engage in it.

By skipping rest days or overtraining, our bodies may actually begin to lose strength, speed and stamina. Overtraining not only causes a plateau in work-outs, it can also negatively affect the rest of body systems.

Runner’s World had a great article in the June 2011 issue. To summarize, they recommend paying attention to 10 markers. If you say “yes” to three or more of these markers, you should strongly consider taking a day off.

• You are losing weight.

Sat
15
Sep

‘Ice Box’ and Christmas crafts coming to Mielke

We are now official residents of Shawano. The move was physically and emotionally exhausting, but we accomplished it with our family and friends’ help and some moving expertise from Two Men and a Truck. Moving from a 10-room farmhouse to a two-bedroom apartment is a pretty dramatic change, but we are adapting.

Being closer to our son and ThedaCare Medical Center is important to us. Another plus is the Mielke Arts Center is just down the road, as well as the Shawano Cinema. Lots of good eating places, too. Haven’t used the new kitchen much. I even got a ride in the city cab the other day for an appointment in town when our car wasn’t available. I can get used to this.

Sat
15
Sep

Busyness of September

These beautiful late summer, early fall September days are filled with busyness. Garden produce is being canned, frozen and consumed, county fairs are held, schools are in session, football has begun, and the Brewers are getting hot at just the right time. They’re up and down though, aren’t they? Plus a whole lot of corn is being harvested alongside fields of alfalfa cut in symmetrical rows. It’s a busy place all over the county these days with work and a little leisure thrown in for good balance.

The corn on our place is being chopped, shoved with amazing force inside what my husband’s uncle calls those “white worms.” I totally respect the entire process of bagging. It is so powerful and a farmer must know what he’s doing at all times and be careful. We have found that, after dealing with silos for years, these silage bags store our feed securely with a whole lot less work.

Sat
15
Sep

The unchanging truth: Change is inevitable

Changes come to our lives whether we want them to or not. I was certainly not ready for my farmer husband to die of a massive heart attack in 2004. September is kind of a tough month for me, yet a month filled with many bittersweet memories. He died on Sept. 18, a beautiful fall day. The jarring ring of the phone woke me as I napped on the recliner after our noon meal.

My husband and his brother farmed in partnership, so he was over at the main farm, hooking the power takeoff from the tractor to the chopper — a task a farmer is used to. But this time, it was different as he fell on the ground. My nephew was with him, and help was called right away. I was also called, and I went right over there.

Sat
15
Sep

WOW’s newest mural adorns Associated Bank


Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson Artists who helped with the “Ursa and Her Minors” mural on the Associated Bank building in Wittenberg are, from left, Laura Annis, Amy Zaremba, Alicia Rheal, Niko Alexander, Sapphina Roller and Emida Roller.

Walls of Wittenberg recently added the 26th mural to its ongoing community art project. This one is on the west side of the Associated Bank building at Webb and Vinal streets in downtown Wittenberg.

Alicia Rheal, of Madison, was the lead artist. After an animal coming out of frame was chosen as the theme, Rheal earlier this year submitted three options — an eagle flying out of a picture frame, a bull charging out through a wall and a mama bear searching for her cubs — for approval by the WOW mural committee and Associated Bank. They chose the bear mural.

The mural name, “Ursa and Her Minors,” was chosen in honor of the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (Big Dipper and Little Dipper).

Sat
15
Sep

‘No Boundaries’ for nutrition bar owner


Photo by Grace Kirchner Tracey Mengert, of Marion, holds her granddaughter Paisley McGraw as she visits with customer Gina Pahl, of Clintonville, at her No Boundaries Nutrition bar, which opened in April at 35 S. Main St., Clintonville.

Growing up on a farm near Big Falls taught Tracey Mengert the value of hard work. But it wasn’t until earlier this year, when the Marion woman opened her own nutrition bar, that all aspects of her personality and passions melded together into one successful business.

“It is something new,” said Mengert of No Boundaries Nutrition bar, located at 35 S. Main St., Clintonville, which serves healthy juices, smoothies and energy drinks.

Since her early 20s, Mengert said she has wanted to own her own business. Equal parts “people person” and caregiver, Mengert is a licensed practical nurse who worked in health care for about 12 years, but she said she always wanted to do something for herself. Later, as a stay-at-home mom, Mengert had her own home decorating business for about 15 years.

Fri
14
Sep

Rock’n the Farm fundraiser set for Oct. 6

Rock’n the Farm is billed as a trail run over groomed woodland trails, through fields and across the Embarrass River.

This year’s 5/10K run and 5K walk, a fundraiser for the Darwin E. Smith Community Aquatic Center in Wittenberg, will be held Oct. 6 on the Gotrocks Farm, owned by Lois Smith, at W18177 State Highway 153, Wittenberg. The farm is described as a private estate with more than 700 acres of farmland, woodlands with a private lake and prairie — all resplendent with fall colors when the event is held.

“It’s fun for the whole family,” said Tarrie Beran, general manager of the Gotrocks property. “People bring strollers for the little kids and enjoy the trails.”

The event started in 2013 with a 5K and mini triathlon. In 2015, organizers added a 5/10K course. Since 2016, it’s been a fall 5/10K run and walk. It has drawn up to 195 preregistered participants in the past.

Fri
14
Sep

Field day will look at crop production

Grain crop producers face exceptionally tight margins. This creates the constant need for increasing efficiency and return on input investment, while still maintaining healthy soil.

A field day in the Town of Chase in southern Oconto County on Sept. 21 will showcase three different producer decision points: soybean planting population variation, cover crops, and winter wheat options.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reference materials and light lunch will be on hand for all attendees. The event is at the trial site at the junction of Blaser Lane and Oconto County Road C. Parking will be on Blaser Lane.

The field day is sponsored by Marinette and Oconto County UW-Extension, with support from the UW Nutrient & Pest Management Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Thu
13
Sep

Clintonville businesses taking part in Fall Frenzy

The public is invited to Clintonville’s Fall Frenzy, which will be held Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Main Street will be closed to traffic from 12th Street to Eighth Street to accommodate the many activities, which will include crafts, food, refreshments, a kids’ area, music, games, a puppet show, inflatables, artwork and more.

Shoppers will find items from local businesses and crafters as well as jewelry, skin care products, trees and shrubs, homemade canned foods, cleaning supplies, purses, maple syrup, essential oils, hair accessories, doll clothes, teddy bears, homemade pet treats and other treasures.

No one needs to go hungry as brats, burgers, potatoes, kettle corn, cheese, corn on the cob, toasted cheese sandwiches, deep fried goodies, pulled pork, French fries, popcorn chicken, nachos, tacos, Sun Drop slushies and other food items will be sold.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Community