Red Cross says blood supplies running low

Blood drives will be held in three area communities over the next month as the American Red Cross works to replenish dwindling supplies.

The drives include the following:

- Bowler: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 29, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 201 E. Wall St.

- Shawano: 12-5 p.m. Aug. 9, Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

- Bonduel: 1-6 p.m. Aug. 15, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 240 E. Green Bay St.

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross reported this week it has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. Donors of all blood types are needed to help restock the shelves.

The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 gift card claim code.


Book World plans Harry Potter celebration

Book World in Shawano will be open at 11 p.m. Saturday for a Harry Potter-themed party celebrating the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at midnight.

There will be a costume contest, games and giveaways.

The latest entry in the hugely popular Harry Potter series is based on the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” by John Tiffany and Jack Throne, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling. The play will premiere in London’s West End on Saturday.

Set 19 years after the original series, Harry is now an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three. But Harry’s past refuses to stay in the past, while his youngest son, Albus, must wrestle with a family legacy that he never wanted. Both father and son discover that darkness can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Book World is located at 134 S. Main St. in Shawano.


Dvorak headlines Shawano Folk Festival

Mark Dvorak, Chicago’s official troubadour, will headline the 38th annual Shawano Folk Festival being held from Aug. 12-14 at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road.

“The Shawano Folk Festival is a family weekend,” said Rhonda Bellamy, 2016 festival co-director. “We feature an eclectic mix of music, dance and other activities. Fine artists and crafters line the park paths, and there is a full program for children.”

Dvorak was named honorary co-director for the 38th festival.

“It’s a true honor to be a part of this artistic community,” he said. “My first Shawano festival appearance was back in 1995. I haven’t been here each summer, but I also haven’t missed too many. Rhonda, Beck Van Buren and Cassey Bess have done an extraordinary job in keeping the program up to date and vibrant. I’m thrilled to be working with them this year and looking forward to rejoining my Wisconsin friends.”


Chopping hay

We are busy harvesting our second crop hay. There are lots of busy farmers around the county doing the same. Some have already buttoned up their crop, but others are still hard at it.

Although now we don’t have to have excellent quality hay for our Black Angus, we are nevertheless diligently harvesting the crop in a timely fashion. Old habits are hard to break.

One day, my husband was giving me instructions for getting out to a particular field. There was a rough patch along the edge of one field and I should be looking out for it so I don’t go through there so fast with the equipment. I was watching his face intently and I reminded myself to listen and focus.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner The Tigerton Community Garden is in its ninth year. Gardeners include, from left, front row, Audrey Kessen and Perry Bublitz; back row, Lee Kreklow, Cliff Kessen and Don Onesti.

Mother Nature has been very good to area gardens this year, including the Tigerton Community Gardens that provide fresh, healthy food.

The garden was the idea of Jon Gehrman in 2007. Unfortunately, he died before it got started, so Perry Bublitz took over.

“It was his passion,” Bublitz said.

The number of plots has increased every year, and eight families are participating this year. They are responsible for planting, weeding, watering and cleaning up.

The plots are 10-by-20-feet and 10-by-40 feet.

“No one has any idea how much food comes out of here,” Bublitz said. “There is plenty to share with the village and local churches.”

Rudy Lopez is the chairman of the garden committee. Other committee members are Bublitz, Fred Lang and Audrey Kessen.

“We have to have a committee because we apply for grants,” Bublitz said.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Don and Caryl Onesti have done a lot of volunteering in the Tigerton area.

Don and Caryl Onesti have done a lot of volunteering in the Tigerton area.

Don was born in the town of Almon and graduated from Bowler High School. He earned a degree in agriculture education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and taught in South Dakota, North Dakota and Birnamwood before teaching 32 years at Tigerton High School. He retired in 2000. While teaching Don got his masters in agriculture education from UW-River Falls.

Caryl was born in the town of Larrabee and graduated from Clintonville High School. She attended UW-Stevens Point for 2½ years to study home economics. Caryl worked at Montgomery Ward in Appleton, J.C. Penney Co. in Clintonville and then at Joern’s Lumber, where she did the bookkeeping and bought and sold lumber. She was the town clerk for Fairbanks for 13 years and was secretary for three churches. Caryl retired in 2007.


Timely rainfall helping flowers, plants this summer

To say the summer is flying by would be an understatement. June was booked ahead of time, but somehow, July has most of its days spoken for also, and now there is only one week left before changing over to August.

That seems to be another month that seems less busy, but it always sneaks up on me. I guess what I am trying to say is, life is busy, but I usually like it that way. I am grateful that I am up and about this summer and can be active. While my foot surgery didn’t turn out as well as was hoped, I am determined not to let that get the best of me. I choose to remain as active as possible.

Summer at the Lehman house has been pretty easy, in that all the rain the Lord has sent my way means that I don’t have to water my planters as often as in a normal summer.


Work underway on loop gap

Contributed Photo From left, Matty Mathison, Brad Holz, Nancy Brown-Koeller, Dave Koeller and Greg Sturm mark the start of final piece of the Yellow Loop trail

Contributed Photo The new trail is enhanced by several scenic overlooks such as this one, overlooking a pond on the clay borrow site

Construction began Tuesday to close a half-mile gap in one of the three park-t0-park loops providing walking and biking routes around the city of Shawano.

Shawano Pathways, a nonprofit citizens group, created the loops in cooperation with Shawano County and the Shawano Parks and Recreation Department.

The Blue and Orange loops were completed two years ago, but there has been a half-mile gap in the Yellow route.

Many people have been anxiously waiting for the completion of the route, which will travel through a piece of scenic county property between the end of River Bend Road near the Wolf River Sanitary Plant and Rose Brook Road.

“We’re very excited to see the construction begin,” said Greg Sturm, president of Shawano Pathways. “Because of the scenic quality, we believe this will be a very popular loop.”


Annual arts fair taking shape

The Shawano County Arts Council is using the next few weeks to put the finishing touches on plans for the Shawano County Art Fair.

The 48th annual event takes place July 31 at the Mielke Arts Center in Mielke Park, Shawano. It is one of the longest running annual outdoor art and craft shows in the area.

The fair was started with the express purpose of promoting the visual arts in Shawano and the surrounding communities. Some of the art fair’s founding members were also involved with the beginnings of the Mielke Arts Center. After much planning and building, the facility became the art fair’s permanent home with room for 80 or more exhibitors.



Photo by Rob Zimmer July and August bring peak coneflower bloom in our area, and there are a number of colorful choices to add to your garden this year. This beautiful orange, pompom bloomer is Marmalade.

Photo by Rob Zimmer In rich red, Hot Papaya brings its extravagant blooms and fiery color to the summer garden.

Summer is heating up and what better way to add a brilliant punch to your summer garden than to include a few of the incredible, colorful coneflower varieties now available at most garden centers.

Coneflower creations have come a long way since the days of the old-fashioned, native purple coneflower. Still a popular landscaping choice, the native coneflower features blooms in a rich purplish pink, with a large, spiny central cone in deep orange.

Heat and drought tolerant, purple coneflower is one of the top choices for attracting birds and butterflies to your garden.

A new generation

Over the past few decades, plant hybridizers and breeders have introduced dozens of coneflower hybrids, now available in an assortment of beautiful colors and flower forms.


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