Helping others is the apple of her eye

The top two words for this week are animals and apples. I had made a promise to a granddaughter that I would find a weekend to teach her the process of making applesauce. She had eaten homemade applesauce but never had made any.

The fall was passing by, with all weekends busy, and when we slipped into November, I knew this was the time. So I called a local apple grower to see if apples were available. They were, so I went and bought a bushel of the huge Wolf River variety. I thought about getting two bushels, but knowing that I tend to overdo, I settled for one.

Sunday was the appointed day for applesauce making, and I started cutting them up, coring them and getting them into huge kettles. For some reason, one of the kettles cooked much faster than the other, but they were soft and mushy and ready for the next process of getting pressed through the food mill. Just in time the student arrived.


Newborns and their mothers

The other night, as we were getting cows in, we noticed one cow did not come in. She is always one of the first ones in the barn every morning and night. Due in about 10 days, she had not shown much sign of looming birth. Usually their udders swell noticeably, and they may leak milk or get antsy. She had no symptoms, but the fact that she wasn’t in the barn as usual gave us pause to think something was definitely up.

My husband went back out to scout the pasture and, sure enough, there she was with her little calf, tucked away in the back corner, in the farthest spot she could be. Why do they always choose the hardest place to get to? It must be intuitive.

Years ago when our yellow lab, Diamond, gave birth to her puppies, she chose to hide in the crawl space under our laundry room floor. I remember we had looked the farm over high and low and finally discovering her, left her alone until the next day.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Kathy Tucker and her daughters all help out for events at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena. Shown are, from left, Ruthie, Riley, Kathy and Rayna.

Kathy Tucker make pies for the Christmas Bazaar at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena. She was born in Antigo and graduated from Menominee Indian High School.

Tucker attended college for a year and then began a job at the Menominee Tribal Clinic, where she has worked for 30 years and is currently the coding specialist in the billing department.

She has been married for 20 years to Lyle, who is house manager at Maehnowesekiyah Treatment Center by Middle Village. They live in Keshena with their three daughters, Rayna, 20, a student at College of Menominee Nation; Ruthie, 15, at Shawano Community High School; and Riley, 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Their free time is spent at basketball practices and games. Lyle has coached all the girls at Sacred Heart and is now finishing up with Riley.

Q What do you do for the Christmas Bazaar?


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Several women were honored recently for their commitment to Home and Community Education for 55 years and more: from left, seated, Joyce Souba, 56 years, Jeanette Pitt, 60 years, Marge Ainsworth, 63 years; standing, Marcy Rosenow, 57 years, Joyce Natzke, 59 years, and Tillie Kallies, 56 years.

Home and Community Education is celebrating 75 years in the state of Wisconsin this year and recognizing members who have been part of it for 55 or more years. In Shawano County, 15 members were honored.

“I think our county had the most,” said Helen Raddant, local HCE president.

Each member was presented with a certificate and a charm. Since none of the members from Shawano County attended the state convention in September in Stevens Point, some of them received their awards at the group’s annual fall meeting at the courthouse.

HCE provides educational programs about current and future social, economic, and environmental needs, and helps develop leadership and decision-making skills.

“A lot of people don’t know we’re out there,” Raddant said.


Girl Scouts raise cookie prices

A box of Girl Scout cookies will cost 50 cents more this year.

The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Lakes announced this week that the price of cookies will increase from $3.50 per box to $4 per box. The increase is the first in over seven years for the council and is intended to offset increasing costs of running the cookie program, said Patti Denton, the organization’s chief financial officer.

“Our baker’s price for the cookies, as well as the cost of delivering the cookie program has continued to rise. After seven years of holding our price, we felt that it was time to make a modest increase to offset these additional costs and enable our girls and troops to remain profitable,” Denton said in a press release. “This increase allows us to both continue to provide a healthy revenue stream back to our council and to better support girls in running a profitable cookie business to help fund their Girl Scout adventures like camp and troop trips.”


SMC Auxiliary Love-Light sale begins Friday

The Shawano Medical Center Auxiliary will hold its 28th annual Love-Light program from Nov. 13-19.

For $3, area residents can symbolically light a white bulb to honor a loved one’s memory, a colored bulb to honor family or friends, and red/white/blue bulb to honor active military members and living or deceased veterans.

The sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Thursday at Charlie’s County Market, Pick ‘n Save and ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. Love-Lights may be purchased at the hospital’s gift shop through Nov. 30.

Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s scholarship program for area college students in the health care field. This past year, the auxiliary awarded a total of $5,000 in scholarships to five students.

A special tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the courtyard and dining area at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, 100 County Road B, Shawano.


Clintonville veteran saw liberation of concentration camp

Photo by Grace Kirchner Eugene Schulz signs his book, “The Ghost of General Patton’s Third Army,” after speaking to the Clintonville Area Historical Society at its annual meeting.

Clintonville native Eugene G. Schulz spoke about his World War II experiences Thursday as the featured guest at the Clintonville Historical Society’s annual meeting.

Schulz, 92, is the author of “The Ghost in General Patton’s Third Army,” a memoir of his time with the XX Corps as part of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.

Schulz was an eyewitness to the first Nazi concentration camp discovered in Germany by American troops.

“Don’t let anyone tell you it couldn’t happen. I was an eyewitness to liberation of the first Holocaust,” said Schulz, who has photos he took with a camera sent to him by his father.


Gutt had to wait his turn to serve his country

Photo by Carol Wagner Don Gutt served in the Marine Corps after World War II and during the Korean War. He is holding a book of pictures from his trip on the Old Glory Honor Flight.

Don Gutt wanted to enlist in the Marine Corps, but his father wouldn’t let him.

“He told me I couldn’t go until my brother got back to help him farm,” said Gutt, 88.

But when his brother, Victor, got back from his service in World War II, he didn’t want to farm.

Finally, at the age of 19, Don enlisted on Jan. 21, 1947, three weeks after the war officially ended. He went to supply and disbursing school, and was sent to Pearl Harbor.

“I had very nice duty,” Gutt said.

He had a chance to ride in a submarine and recalled the damaged ship, New Yorker, being towed out of the harbor and torpedoed to get rid of it.

“There were still a lot of vessels in the harbor that had been torpedoed,” Gutt said.

Forty-one ships had been bombed. The Arizona Memorial had not yet been constructed.


Ken Seefeldt served in Korea during war

Photo by Carol Wagner Ken Seefeldt served in the Army during the Korean War. He is a member of the Bonduel American Legion and the Shawano VFW.

Ken Seefeldt was drafted into the Army and served from 1951-1953. He was sent to be an airplane mechanic and then shipped to Korea in a trip that took 15 days and took a toll on many on board.

“I got sick,” said Seefeldt, 88.

He was stationed at an airfield for a year, 3 miles behind the 38th parallel that divided North and South Korea. His job was to keep about eight airplanes ready for their surveillance missions.

“They were observers,” Seefeldt said.

Around 130 guys kept the planes fueled and changed the oil. They also had foxholes just in case they were necessary.

“We used them for bathrooms,” he said.

Seefeldt said they had a Korean house boy who cleaned for them and washed their clothes.

Seefeldt returned to Fort Carson, Colorado, when he was discharged.


SACF: 25 years of helping

Photo by Curt Knoke SAM 25 volunteers met recently for a last-minute strategy session at their new facility. The emergency shelter opens Nov. 15, with an open house scheduled for the community from 10 a.m. until noon Nov. 14.

Editor’s note: This is another in a monthly series of articles celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

Just in time to help Shawano Area Matthew 25 with the opening of a seasonal emergency shelter, the Shawano Area Community Foundation, in partnership with other donors, is providing SAM 25 with a matching grant of $50,000 for the project.

Tax-deductible donations made to SAM 25 by Jan. 15 for the new SAM’s House Emergency Shelter will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 by the SACF and its donor partners.

“For 25 years, the SACF has been working to help enhance the quality of life for people in Shawano and the surrounding area,” said Curt Knoke, longtime SACF board member and past chairman. “This grant, made in partnership with 28 donors during our milestone anniversary year, reflects our mission and the collaborative, generous spirit with which we help people make a difference in our community.”


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