Community

Sat
23
Sep

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Shawano Area Quilters are preparing for their biennial fundraiser quilt show. They are raffling off a queen-size quilt, with a Dresden Plate pattern, made by several members, including, from left, Jackie Clark, Pat Kasten and Barb Blasczyk.

Two original members of the Shawano Area Quilters will be honored at the club’s quilt show and raffle Oct. 7 with a display of their works.

Joyce Natzke and Hazel Kucksdorf are the only two remaining charter members of the club, which held its first meeting on Jan. 19, 1989. Since that time it has grown from 14 to about 50 members.

Natzke, who is currently finishing a baby quilt, said there are two reasons she stayed with the quilters.

“I love quilting and I made so many good friends,” she said.

Kucksdorf, who is working on a quilt for Homme Home, had a similar reaction.

“I have enjoyed it so much over the years,” she said. “We do so much and I meet interesting people.”

The club held its first quilt show in May 1991 with each member making one of the blocks in the quilt pattern. The show is now held every other year.

Sat
23
Sep

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Lori Sherman has been a Junior Achievement volunteer for 20 years. She sits with the family dog, Maxi, an 8-year-old black Lab.

Lori Sherman has been a Junior Achievement volunteer for 20 years.

Born and raised in Shawano, Sherman graduated from Shawano High School. Sherman went to night school for business and banking while working at Citizens State Bank, which became Citizens Bank NA. For the past 26 years she has been the assistant to the Shawano School District superintendent and the school board.

Sherman and her husband, Todd, who works at Ebert & Sons, have been married 20 years and have two sons. They live in the town of Richmond and enjoy boating, sports and attending “whatever my kids are doing,” she said.

Q How long have you been volunteering for JA?

Sat
23
Sep

The computer is dead; long live the computer

The past two months of computer issues have about stretched my limit for patience. Add to that the normal stresses part of most lives, and it has been a somewhat frustrating but still kind of funny experience at the same time.

At times our lives can feel a bit like a hamster going round and round on the wheel. It gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. At least that hamster is getting exercise.

I wanted to save my old computer, even though it was 10. It seemed like it had some life left, and the shop agreed with that assessment.

A week ago, it would not even turn on, and the tech felt installing a new Windows 10 and getting rid of version 7 would help. It probably did, but I couldn’t find out when I brought it home because my keyboard suddenly would not work with the computer. So I bought a new keyboard.

Sat
23
Sep

Disasters increase need for blood

As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelets during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day.

Shawano area residents will have three local opportunities to give blood over the next few weeks.

Blood drives will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Bonduel High School, 400 W. Green Bay St., Bonduel; from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 206 N. Burk St., Suring; and from 12-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Gresham Community School, 501 Schabow Road, Gresham.

All blood types are needed.

Individuals who are 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Fri
22
Sep

Library Friends will feature area writer at annual meeting

Writer Betty Pearson will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Clintonville Public Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 17.

Pearson will share insights on writing memoirs. She and her husband live in a cottage on the Embarrass River. They have owned the property for over 40 years.

Pearson previously was executive director of the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. Following her time in West Bend, she worked as a volunteer coordinator for the Green Bay Botanical Garden. After leaving GBBG, she began writing articles, profiles and grants as a freelance writer.

Pearson volunteers for the Shawano Literacy Council and the Green Bay Botanical Garden.

She has an undergraduate degree in speech communication and a Master of Science degree in urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a Certificate for Organizational Development from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Fri
22
Sep

Clintonville theater troupe presenting Christmas musical

A new theater group, Phoenix Players, will hold auditions for the musical “On The Air: A 1940s Christmas Musical Comedy” from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at Christ Congregational Church, 70 S. Main St., Clintonville.

Organizers of the new theater group are Brandon Byng, who will direct “On the Air,” Tara and Ben Huber, Mary-Beth Kuester and Lowell Easley.

The Phoenix Players plan to present productions in the auditorium of the 1918 building that is a part of the Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School complex in Clintonville.

“The auditorium in this building is a perfect size for community theater productions, and we look forward to utilizing this historic space,” Byng said.

Thu
21
Sep

Schedule set for Caroline Colorama

The 29th annual Caroline Lions Colorama fall trail ride will be held Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 1. It is billed as Wisconsin’s largest trail ride and is expected to attract about 1,000 horses and riders.

Activities begin on Thursday with free live music by The 308’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m. The music is sponsored by Fireworks Country and Shawano Well Drilling.

Nashville Pipeline will provide the music beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, breakfast will be served from 7-10 a.m. The trail rides start at 10 a.m. Lunch will be available on the trail. Horseshoe and bean bag toss tournaments begin at 1 p.m. The Driftwood band plays at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Lions will serve a pancake breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. at the Lions building. The trail ride will start at 9:30 a.m., with lunch again available on the trail.

Thu
21
Sep

3 shows, craft fair on Mielke playbill

Truth be told, there’s a lot going on at the Mielke!

Right now we have rehearsals going on for “Spirit!,” the comedy written by Peg Kehret that runs from Oct. 5-8 and Oct. 12-15. Early Fuller is directing, with assistance from Michael Brunner. The plot involves a group of spirited seniors who are residents at Happy Hollow Rest Home and spend their time playing bingo and poker, and taking hula lessons.

Well, enter a manager who wants to change things. A group of residents led by feisty 80-year-old Clara Panowski decide to rebel. Playing Clara is Mary Madsen, who has performed on the Mielke stage most recently as Bloody Mary in “South Pacific.” D.J. Pehlke plays Arby Clements, an aide whom the residents love, and Jodi Angeli plays Happy Hollow’s manager, Miss Monroe, who is upsetting everyone.

Thu
21
Sep

SEPTEMBER BLUE


Photo by Rob Zimmer Fringed gentian, dressed in September blue, in full bloom in a Shawano County meadow. Photo by Rob Zimmer.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Bottle, or closed gentian is commonly found in wet ditches and wetland edges throughout our area, blooming in rich, deep blue.

During September, the colorful, spectacular gentians come into bloom, filling our roadside ditches, wet meadows and prairies with the truest blue color of the year.

There are several varieties of gentians that are native to Wisconsin and found in our area. These beautiful, late season wildflowers are among the last to bloom in our area, interesting and unusual in full flower.

In addition to the native, wild gentians, several garden varieties have been hybridized that do well in many locations.

Bottle gentian

The native bottle gentian is perhaps the most familiar to gardeners and wildflower watchers in our area. Also known as closed gentian, this incredible plant features bottle or balloon shaped blossoms in true blue. These flowers never fully open, retaining their balloon-like form throughout their long flowering season.

Sat
16
Sep

First Presbyterian welcomes interim pastor


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Rev. Blake Blakesley is the new interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Shawano. He will serve at the church for the next year or two while helping parishioners find a permanent minister.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski A sign in the hallway welcomes the Rev. Blake Blakesley to First Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Blake Blakesley has brought his words of wisdom and his banjo to First Presbyterian Church in Shawano.

Blakesley will serve as the interim pastor for the next year or two, providing pastoral guidance for the church in the wake of the Rev. Susan Phillips’ departure to serve as pastor for a church in Springfield, Illinois.

He will also help parishioners identify the traits they want in their next spiritual leader.

“This is a transitional ministry,” Blakesley said. “During that transitional time, you’re helping the church make the transition from a long-time pastorate to hopefully another pastorate that lasts a long time.”

Blakesley said he was attracted to the Shawano church because of the programs Phillips helped implement, including a monthly community dinner and an annual Martin Luther King Day program.

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