Community

Wed
29
Jun

Tickets available for summer musical at Mielke


Contributed Photo The cast of “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland” includes, from left, Marie Kluge as Lorina, Lydia Green as Gwendolyn and Jetlynn Michonski as Cecily.

Contributed Photo Makayla Easley, left, as Alice and Grace Stuewer, as Charlotte, rehearse for the The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild’s production of “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland” at the Mielke Arts Center in July.

Tickets for The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild’s summer musical, “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland,” are on sale.

“Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland” is the story of how Lewis Carroll adapted his book into a stage play. Being disorganized, he waits until the day before the script is due, and then gets Alice Liddell and her friends and family to improvise all the delightful characters.

Lewis Carroll is being played by Hunter Krolow, and Makayla Easley will portray Alice. Supporting players include a cast of seven adults, 13 teenagers and six younger children under the direction of Char Stuewer and Susan Kluge.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for youth under 18. The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. July 14-16 and July 21-23 and at 2 p.m. July 17 and 24 at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.

Wed
29
Jun

Senior Information Day scheduled

The 10th annual Senior Information Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 at the Shawano Civic Center, 225 S. Main St. This year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail.”

Speakers will include Pat Trinko, director of the Shawano Ambulance Service, who will present information related to home safety and first aid; Jan Koch, chair, and Dan Weidner, second vice chair of the Democratic Party of Shawano County, presenting information about the Democratic candidates for the upcoming elections; John Kriewaldt and Ginny Jesse, treasurer of the Shawano County Republican Party, discussing the Republican candidates; and Natalie Easterday, director of Shawano County Emergency Management, discussing emergency preparedness as it relates to the upcoming seasons.

There will also be bingo with prizes.

This event is free. Area businesses help sponsor the program and donate door prizes.

Wed
29
Jun

MILKWEED MANIA


Photo by Rob Zimmer The most colorful and popular of the milkweeds is orange milkweed, or butterfly weed, in brilliant, neon orange.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Milkweed means more than just monarchs. Here, a striking tiger swallowtail feasts upon milkweed nectar.

Late June and July bring the peak of milkweed season to our area, and many gardeners are discovering the benefits and beauty of joyful milkweeds in the yard and landscape.

Not only is milkweed an excellent plant for attracting monarch butterflies, which use these plants as the sole source of food for caterpillars, milkweeds also provide stunning color and texture.

A colorful treat

Milkweed varieties are available in a number of shapes, sizes and colors. They will also tolerate a wide range of growing conditions and soil types.

Most milkweed varieties available in our area are also native wildflowers across the state, meaning they will perenniallize and grow freely with little or no special care.

A few varieties of milkweed must be treated as annuals since they are native to our south. This includes the beautiful and colorful tropical milkweed.

Butterfly weed

Fri
24
Jun

SACF: 25 years of helping


Photo by Curt Knoke Len Pubanz, right, uses an oversized plastic foam puzzle to illustrate the lessons of geometry, and recently he produced 30 tabletop-sized puzzles for students at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

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

For any student who has struggled with geometry, Len Pubanz has a way to simplify the puzzling subject.

The former Shawano Community High School teacher has designed and created wooden tabletop puzzles that help to explain basic geometry and its influence on such fundamental scientific questions as: How do birds fly?

Donors to the Shawano Area Community Foundation provided funds for Pubanz to produce 30 puzzles for fourth-graders at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

Todd Raether, chairman of the community foundation, said the $700 donation illustrates how contributors to the foundation can customize their gifts to benefit a specific need within the community.

“We let donors give the way they want to give,” Raether said. “We work hard to make it happen.”

Fri
24
Jun

Registration open for sessions on Alzheimer’s

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Wolf River Region will hold a series of educational sessions about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia beginning next month in Shawano.

The sessions, held in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, are free and open to the public. They will be held at 607 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano. Each session begins at 10 a.m.

A two-part session on “Legal and Financial Planning” will be held on Aug. 2 and Sept. 6. The interactive program will help participants learn to make legal plans to fit their needs, including the legal documents they will need, how to find legal and financial assistance, practical strategies for a long‐term care plan and government programs that can help.

Fri
24
Jun

Bike the Barn Quilts to include run/walks

Shawano Pathways’ fourth annual Bike the Barn Quilts Ride will take place Sept. 24 and, for the first time, will include 5 and 10k run/walks.

All events are designed to be recreational and family friendly. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.

The 70- and 40-mile rides begin at 8 a.m., with all other rides starting at 9 a.m. at five-minute intervals. The run/walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The $25 registration fee includes continental breakfast, incentive, lunch, maps, signed routes, food and water stations, support vehicles and music.

The rides will consist of routes varying in distance from 5-70 miles. Each ride will feature many of the over 300 barn quilts in Shawano County. Depending on the bike ride chosen, participants will view three to 30 quilts. All bike rides start and end at Memorial Athletic Park, 909 S. Lincoln St., in downtown Shawano.

Fri
24
Jun

Make hay while the sun shines

“Make hay while the sun shines” is a phrase often heard, especially around this time of the year. Haying season is in full force and the fragrance of harvested hay hangs in the air. The warm, breezy, sunny days with low humidity are perfect drying weather.

One day, I took a county road back home from town, taking my time, gawking at the activity taking place in fields across the county. I astounded my own self, because this is something my husband does all the time. I’m usually in the passenger seat hollering, “Watch the road!”

Fri
24
Jun

Busy week ahead includes attending LWML convention

I guess there is bound to be a weekend that is overwhelmed with activities, now and then. This coming weekend is like that for me, and I will have to hurry home to even take part in the festivities.

On Thursday, I am being picked up and driven to Eau Claire for the biennial North Wisconsin District Lutheran Woman’s Missionary League convention.

I began attending these conventions in the 1980s while my family was still growing up. On even-numbered years, there was a district convention; on odd-numbered years there was a national convention. I confess that I was so enthralled with it all that I didn’t miss any until last summer, because of my foot surgery.

It is with a little trepidation that I venture forth to this convention. In the 1980s, all I needed to be concerned about packing was something to wear. Now, that is the least of my concern; rather, I have to make sure that all of my medication gets packed.

Fri
24
Jun

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Bob Bohardt has taught hunter safety for 30 years.

Bob Bohardt has volunteered to teach hunter safety for many years.

He was born in Shawano and graduated from Shawano High School. Bohardt worked at the former Phenix Manufacturing for 25 years before it went out of business. Then he worked at 3D, American LaFrance, Braatz Welding and Jenda Trucking in Cecil before he retired.

Bohardt and his wife, Barb, who works at Qualheim’s, have been married 44 years and live in Shawano. They have two daughters and five grandchildren with a great-grandchild on the way.

Bohardt helps at the stock car races at the Shawano Speedway and at the Caroline Ice Races. He started Shawano Bassmasters and used to fish competitively. He still does a little hunting.

Q Where do you volunteer?

A “I volunteer for hunter education, the Shawano Gun Club and Woodlands Wisconsin Deerhunters.”

Q What do you do for hunter education?

Fri
24
Jun

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Shawano Area Quilters and the Shawano City-County Library are helping each other with quilting lessons at the library. Left to right are Mary Allbaugh, quilt guild president, Bonnie Splitt, chairperson of the quilt outreach committee, and Wendy Rosenow, technical services library assistant.

The Shawano City-County Library and a local quilters group have formed an innovative partnership to bring quilting classes to the library.

The effort was led by Bonnie Splitt, a member of the Shawano Area Quilters and chairperson of the outreach committee, Mary Allbaugh, quilt guild president, and Wendy Rosenow, tech services assistant at the library.

“I felt we wanted more community outreach,” Allbaugh said.

Rosenow got involved after attending the Connect the Dots program in May. The program, initiated last year by the local University of Wisconsin-Extension office, encourages local leaders to find ways to better utilize community resources to decrease poverty, improve community health and foster workforce development by working together and developing new partnerships.

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