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Thu
13
Jun

Two men exemplified fatherhood for columnist

June 7 was my 50th wedding anniversary. It passed by with hardly a whisper. I remembered it was my anniversary, but it wasn’t until later in the day that I recalled the wedding was 50 years ago. While that is a milestone, there really was no need to get too excited about it, as my husband passed away in 2004.

The year we married, was similar in weather to how it seems to be going this year. The house we lived in when we married had no source of heat install as yet, as it was thought it would not be needed until fall. However, it seemed some nights got a bit too cold, even for newlyweds. So, a wood heater was moved into the living room, to cozy things up. Yes, we did take a bit of good natured ribbing, but such is life.

This weekend, fathers are honored, and rightly so. Most need to be honored more than just one weekend a year. My husband was a great stepfather to my two boys from a previous marriage, and father to the two more children we had together as a couple.

Thu
13
Jun

Fairest of the Fair competition features 4 finalists

Taylor Przybylski, Pulaski, wore the crown and held the title of Fairest of the Fair in 2016. Unfortunately, for the past two years the program was put on hold.

“I have always felt the Fairest of the Fair is a great ambassador for the Shawano County Fair,” said Kerry Danley, the 1st runner up for the title in 1990. “In addition, it is a wonderful opportunity for the candidates to grow in public speaking, etiquette, confidence, presentation skills, interviewing and much more.”

Danley was disappointed the program had been discontinued, and she met with the fair board and asked them to allow her to reinstate it. She said Dale Hodkiewicz and the board gave her the thumbs-up.

Thu
13
Jun

Getting kids outside, off screens antidote to obesity

We hear a lot about encouraging young people to be physically active. While more and more hours are spent on the couch with a phone or tablet, parents and other adults can encourage old-school games or new active traditions that get kids and families up, out and moving.

Dr. Bryan Hendrickson, a family physician for ThedaCare, explains that communities should be mindful of increasing childhood obesity.

“In Wisconsin, childhood obesity rates are around 14% (one in seven), and 32% of adults are obese (one in three),” he said. “Combating obesity early is vital to lifelong health.”

Hendrickson has suggestions to consider:

• Limit screen time to one hour per day, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

• Institute a rule that 30 minutes of screen time requires a “down payment” of 30 minutes of activity.

• Turn off phones and tablets one hour before bedtime for good quality sleep. (This applies to adults, too.)

Thu
13
Jun

AN ACCIDENTAL REUNION


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Hannah Tourtillott, left, and Carolyn Litscher were reunited nearly 25 years after Litscher and her family came upon a car accident near Chute Pond and rescued a little girl — Tourtillott — from the vehicle. The women’s families came together recently to meet, and many of them plan to keep in touch through social media and email.

Nearly 25 years ago, Carolyn Litscher and members of her family were the first to arrive at the scene of a vehicle accident and helped retrieve a little girl who was trapped.

Recently, Litscher was reunited with that little girl when she was a short-term rehabilitation patient at Shawano Health Services, Shawano. The reunion has since created a bonding of two families and turned into plans to make sure they keep in touch.

Litscher said she was driving with her daughter and son-in-law near Chute Pond on Oct. 21, 1994, when they came across a vehicle that looked like it had rolled over several times.

“We were the first ones at the accident,” Litscher said. “The lights were pointing up. The horn was blaring, and kids were crying. The dad (the driver) was unconscious.”

Thu
13
Jun

Darwin E. Smith Aquatic Center turns 20 years old


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON From left, Paul Bahr, Dan Stewart and Garrett Rogowski grill up hot dogs and brats June 5 at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Darwin E. Smith Aquatic Center, Wittenberg. The pool committee offered free swim time to about 180 guests along with free food, drinks and cake.

The Darwin E. Smith Aquatic Center has a mission to offer high quality, affordable, educational and recreational activities that will enrich the quality of life in area communities. On June 5, the aquatic center celebrated 20 years of achieving that mission with an anniversary celebration.

Free swim time was offered from 3:30-8:30 p.m., along with brats, hot dogs and anniversary cake. Drawings were held for such prizes as a grill, kayak, TV, hotel package and aquatic center membership. About 180 people attended the event.

“It was so fun to reminisce with the patrons that had been here since the beginning,” said John Rudeen, aquatic center director. “It was equally enjoyable to tell stories to those who didn’t know the history.”

Thu
13
Jun

Goers are doers when it comes to dairy


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski A calf looks up in surprise Wednesday afternoon in the calf barn for the Goers Family Dairy in the town of Herman. The barn was originally a barn for all the cows before the Goers family built a freestyle barn for the adult cows in 2010.

One hundred fifty years ago, the Goers Family Dairy was born, settling in on a piece of land just south of Gresham in the town of Herman.

Today, that farm has not only survived but expanded as more than 200 cows are milked and cared for on a daily basis.

Next weekend, the dairy will do something it has never done before — host about 5,000 neighbors from Shawano County and all over Wisconsin for a meal.

The Goers Family Dairy is hosting the 36th annual Brunch on the Farm, sponsored by the Shawano County Farm Bureau. The annual brunch starts off with a 5K run, along with a church service before dozens of volunteers start cooking up eggs, hash browns, sausage and more to be served up beginning at 8:30 a.m. on June 23.

Tue
11
Jun

Shawano woman makes profession of vows

Sister Cecilia Joy Kugel made her first profession of vows Sunday in the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Manitowoc.

Sister Natalie Binversie, community director of the Franciscan Sisters, received Kugel’s vows. Her parents, other family members and the Franciscan Sisters witnessed the event. The liturgy was celebrated by Father David Beaudry.

Kugel is the daughter of Chuck and Mary Lou Kugel, of Shawano. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish. Prior to entering the convent, she earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate and health communication and an associate degree in video and motion graphics. She will be assisting with communication and marketing at St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna.

Thu
06
Jun

Sunday fun-day results in appreciation for bull riders

He approached me with two tickets, his blue eyes shining. Quietly, I warned myself to look excited no matter what, because obviously this was important to him.

“Look what I have! Two tickets to the Professional Bull Riders coming to the Resch! Remember? We talked about it!”

Oh, yes. In my wildest dreams, I didn’t realize my husband would actually go ahead and get those tickets. If you’ve read my columns at all, you know I have this explainable, but unreasonable, fear of animals after my episode with a Black Angus steer a little over a year ago. We had been trying to administer a dose of antibiotics, and he felt cornered and decided to give me a push — sending me to the ER and back home with a stapled and stitched head.

Thu
06
Jun

Stressful days inevitably lead to sleepless nights

Stress is something that kind of sneaks up on a person. As a senior citizen, I wonder why I should feel the twinge of stress. I am pretty much able to take care of myself, and while I may have some normal everyday ups and downs, there seems to be nothing too major.

I always know when stress is a factor in my life. In my busy days and weeks, I normally am tired and sleep well. However, when I notice that I have trouble falling asleep, or wake up extra early in the morning, that means stress.

It may take me a few days to think about what is causing my sleeplessness, but soon the word “stress” pops into my head. Next, I have to figure out what is the cause. Am I worried about myself? Are there too many demands on my time? Am I worried about a friend, or am I worried about a family member?

Thu
06
Jun

For ‘Turtle Joe,’ saving animals is no shell game

Joe Skaleski is a familiar face around Shawano. He is a lifelong resident who has passionately championed many causes, some receiving media attention.

A few examples: Joe was concerned about the practice of dumping snow that contained oil, antifreeze and other pollutants into our waterways. The issue was put on a referendum, and city voters agreed with Joe. So did the Department of Natural Resources, which recognized the city as a “model city” for discontinuing the practice.

Joe was also concerned about public access down to the riverbank by Sturgeon Park. He wanted to ensure it was safe for both young and old to view the annual sturgeon run, fish and walk. He worked with scouts and the park and recreation department to ensure the steps were stable and the walkway was protected from erosion.

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