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Wed
17
Jul

Funds available for emergency food, shelter organizations

Shawano County has been chosen to receive $6,531 to supplement its emergency food and shelter programs. Now, the local board charged with distributing those funds is seeking applications from eligible agencies.

The grant was given by a national board, chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the Salvation Army, United Way and others. A local board of community representatives, facilitated by United Way of Shawano County, will determine how to distribute the funds to area emergency food and shelter programs.

Tue
16
Jul

Free Fun Day in Mattoon

It’s time for the third annual Free Fun Day in Mattoon.

The event, sponsored by the Greater Mattoon Area Advancement Association, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sportsman Park, 1404 Park Ave.

Free Fun Day offers a little something for everyone, according to organizers, including games and a bouncy house for the kids.

Organizer Karin Koeppel said the Cool Car Corral is an opportunity for people to display antique or unique cars. There’s no fee to enter a car in the corral.

“I believe there was a dozen or two last year, and we hope for as many this year,” Koeppel said.

The Hunter Krolow Trio will play jazz at the event.

There will be meat or a main dish available for purchase; proceeds will go to the GMAAA. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. There’s no set time for lunch. People may eat whenever they’re hungry.

Mon
15
Jul

Nurse practitioner joins ThedaCare heart team

A new nurse practitioner has joined ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care, providing care to patients throughout northeast and central Wisconsin.

Emily Gurnee received an associate’s degree in nursing from Fox Valley Technical College before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Bellin College and is a certified nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Outside of work, Gurnee spends time with family and friends and enjoys outdoor activities including gardening, hiking, running and taking walks with her two dogs, Lucky and Buddy.

Mon
15
Jul

Heatstroke a risk as temps get hotter

With summer in full swing and high temperatures in the forecast, Prevea’s health care facilities encourage everyone across Northeast Wisconsin to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, as well as the steps that can be taken to avoid heatstroke.

Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. It requires emergency treatment to prevent serious complications or death. If you suspect someone is experiencing heatstroke, call 911 or seek medical assistance immediately.

Heatstroke signs and symptoms include the following:

• The main sign of heatstroke is a core body temperature of 104 degrees or higher.

• If a person who has been in hot temperatures is confused, agitated, slurring their speech, irritable, delirious or experiences a seizure, then heatstroke may be suspected.

• Vomiting may occur.

Fri
12
Jul

Making quilts for veterans, others quite a stitch

Making a quilt block is like building a house. It does not matter if you are using thread and fabric or brick and boards. The same basic rules apply. Measure twice and cut once. Anything less, will result in a messed up quilt block, or a house that won’t stand.

Of course, a quilt begins with a quilt pattern, as a house needs a blueprint. So, the first thing is to read the pattern correctly. I could have simply studied the picture of the finished block at the end of the pattern. However, I looked it over a few days ahead of time. I read the written portion, and yet, I did not notice that each block needed four solid blue squares for each corner.

Fri
12
Jul

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band coming to Green Bay

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to the Meyer Theater in October.

The band will perform at the Green Bay theater at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

Following an extended 50th anniversary tour, the ensemble grew to a six-piece band in 2018 for the first time since their early jug band days.

The group now includes Jeff Hanna (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jimmie Fadden (drums, harmonica), Bob Carpenter (keyboards), Jim Photoglo (bass, acoustic guitar), Ross Holmes (fiddle, mandolin) and Jaime Hanna (electric and acoustic guitar). All six members also sing, and when their voices merge, the harmonies add a new component for the legendary band. And with the father-son pairing of Jeff and Jaime Hanna, the band carries on a country music tradition.

Fri
12
Jul

Know your family history to assess heart health

Do heart disease or cardiovascular risk factors run in your family? The answer may not be as simple as you think. The more you know about your family history for heart health, the more you can do to lower your risk and possibly lengthen your life.

“Knowing your family history and discussing your individual risk profile with your physician is an important step in taking care of yourself, and it’s never too early to get started,” said Dr. Abdelkader Almanfi, director of the Structural Heart Program with ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care. “Don’t let your family history scare you or make your feel like there’s nothing you can do. Remember, family history is just one risk factor, and most other risk factors are controllable.”

Fri
12
Jul

Gillett church roaring about VBS program

Hillside Assembly of God is getting ready to take children on safari during this summer’s Vacation Bible School program. “Roar,” a five-day adventure, is designed for kids in preschool through sixth grade. The building at 5890 Highway 22 in Gillett has been transformed for the adventure, which will run July 29 through Aug. 2 from 6-8:30 p.m.

“‘Roar’ is going to be the best weeklong kids’ program this area has ever seen, with engaging teaching methods, hands-on experiments and super fun games that all show how the Bible applies to our everyday life,” said Amber Carlson, children’s director at Hillside.

Participants will enjoy songs, games and extreme science experiments. They will also receive a snack.

Registration is available at hillsideassembly.com or on-site at the church. The program is free. For information, call the church at 920-855-2962 or email amber@hillsideassembly.com.

Wed
10
Jul

GOING BONKERS FOR ‘WONKA’


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Charlie Bucket, played by George Buerer, races around excitedly after he finds the fifth and final golden ticket just in time for the tour of the chocolate factory during the first act of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.” The classic tale, set in modern times, showcases Charlie’s progression from being a child in an impoverished family to owner of amazing candy empire.

The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild hopes that its latest production, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” really hits the sweet spot with audiences.

Patrons should not expect the stage musical to be a carbon copy of the 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” which was itself based on Dahl’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” What they should expect is a mish-mash of both, flashing forward to the modern era and including some new songs to make things interesting.

Jonathon Kent is co-director for the show with Cheryl Ritter. Kent, a retired music teacher with a reputation for bringing elaborate high school musical productions to life, said audiences should fully expect the Box in the Wood production “to transport audiences into the world of Willy Wonka.”

“There is hope, even for the poorest of the poor, that good people can be rewarded,” Kent said.

Tue
09
Jul

Concert helps Menominee River advocates


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Denise Sweet, right, a former Wisconsin poet laureate, talks about the importance of protecting rivers during Sunday’s concert at Veterans Park in Keshena prior to reading a poem about water. Standing behind Sweet is Colleen Dodge, one of the concert organizers recognized by Sweet for her tireless efforts.

Residents in and around Keshena enjoyed an afternoon of singing and storytelling Sunday at Veterans Park, where the tales centered around a valuable resource — water.

Musicians Wade Fernandez, Skip Jones, Dan Robinson and Missy and Bob Tucker kept people’s spirits up with singing and spoken word alike. Audience members also heard poetry from Denise Sweet, an Anishinaabe poet who teaches at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as she spoke of her love for the water.

Colleen Dodge, who helped organize the event, said the Menominee community had done a similar concert five years ago. But that one took place in May, and the weather was less than ideal.

“I’m glad we’ve got a beautiful day today,” Dodge said. “We’re reviving it (the annual concert), so hopefully we’ll keep it going.”

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