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Thu
06
Jun

Acoustic concert coming to Old Tabor Church

The Shawano County Historical Society will welcome Chicago singer Mark Dvorak and Milwaukee blues/Americana singer songwriter John Stano for an evening of acoustic music June 14 at 7 p.m. The event will take place at Old Tabor Church in Heritage Park, 524 N. Franklin St., Shawano.

Dvorak, who is working on his 18th CD, said he is looking forward to performing with Stano.

“John and I have been crossing paths for a while,” Dvorak said. “We met up recently in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and began talking about doing some shows together.”

“Mark is treasure in the Midwest,” Stano said. “He’s a great musician and has an impressive resume. We share the same love of old-time music and blues. We’re both looking forward to the evening in Shawano.”

Thu
06
Jun

Outdoor movie night at Shawano Lake County Park

The Shawano County Library is partnering with the Shawano County Parks Department to offer an outdoor movie night this month.

“LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” rated PG, will be shown June 21 at 8:45 p.m. at Shawano Lake County Park, W5785 Lake Drive, Shawano. Admission is free; snacks and concessions will be available for purchase.

Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the family film. For information, call 715-526-3829.

Wed
05
Jun

OGRE THE TOP


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shrek, played by Brandon Byng, is a little out of sorts as Princess Fiona, played by Kristian Blaas, jumps on his back near the end of the first act for “Shrek the Musical.” The musical hits Clintonville on Friday and continues through June 16.

The beloved tale of an ogre seeking the happy ending many fairy-tale characters take for granted is arriving in Clintonville on Friday.

The Phoenix Players will be performing “Shrek the Musical” for the next two weekends. The group is performing this show at Clintonville High School instead of Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School due to projected scene backgrounds, elaborate dance scenes and a gigantic puppet.

The musical follows the same storyline as the film with the same name, but there are some differences. Shrek, as an ogre, has been feared and reviled all his life, prompting him to seek solitude in his swamp. That solitude is soon shattered, however, when a bunch of fairy-tale outcasts like Pinocchio, the Gingerbread Man and the Three Little Pigs move into the neighborhood after being banished by the short-tempered — heavy on the short part — Lord Farquaad.

Wed
05
Jun

Don’t swim with contact lenses, eye doctors say

With local pools and swimming areas opening for summer, eye specialists want to remind swimmers about eye safety — especially those swimmers who wear contact lenses.

“There are several types of bacteria and other microorganisms in pool water, especially public pools, which can cause eye irritation,” said Dr. Ann Wonderling, president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association. “In some cases, these organisms can cause a serious, sight-threatening infection.”

Despite the fact that most pools and hot tubs have disinfection systems in place, disease outbreaks in treated water still occur, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wonderling points out that bacteria in the water can adhere to contact lenses and cause eye infections.

Wed
05
Jun

Library plans summer escape rooms

Three new escape rooms will be launched this summer at main branch of the Shawano County Library.

Escape rooms are physical adventure games in which teams must work together to collect clues and solve puzzles. In June, participants in the “Lightsaber Wars” escape room must aid the Rebel Alliance in intercepting data from Imperial Forces. In July, escape room teams will help the Jedis destroy the Death Star. Finally, the August escape room “Escape the Abyss” will have an aquatic rescue theme.

Teams can participate for free by appointment. Sessions last between 30 and 60 minutes and are appropriate for students in sixth grade or older. Younger students are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian.

The library is located at 128 S. Sawyer St. For information or to make an appointment, call 715-526-3829.

Tue
04
Jun

Living with PTSD constant battle for veteran


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Chris Ackley, left, a U.S. Army veteran and Beaver Dam Fire Department captain, speaks with Clintonville Mayor Richard Beggs at the Clintonville High School auditorium after his May 30 presentation on PTSD. Ackley’s presentation was facilitated by Clintonville Ambulance Services.

Chris Ackley served in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq from 2007-2008 and Afghanistan from 2011-2012, becoming a hardened warrior.

When he came home, though, there was no way for him to switch off that hardened warrior and become a firefighter, a husband and, eventually, a father.

Ackley, who is currently a captain with the Beaver Dam Fire Department, traveled to Clintonville on May 30 and told his story. He started out as a combat medic and became a soldier on hunt and kill missions, found himself injured on a couple of those missions and had to live with what he did overseas.

Fri
31
May

Joys of planting far outweigh headaches

I could save a lot of time, money and work if I did not plant. So why do I? That is a question I ask myself every year. What will I plant? Maybe I should give up planting? My mind goes back and forth trying to decide. In the end, I can’t imagine not digging in the dirt and watching the progress of the flowers or vegetables.

I certainly enjoy going outside and picking something to eat from what I have grown. Tomatoes are a favorite, but so are green beans, zucchini and cucumbers. I also enjoy using fresh herbs in my cooking and derive great pleasure to use them as scents.

Perhaps it is because I am a farm girl and remember how important the garden was in the days of my youth. We even grew contract cucumbers to make extra money each summer.

Fri
31
May

Grant, local consortium to address opioid abuse

A $200,000 federal grant will provide additional resources to address substance use disorders, with a special focus on opioid use disorder, in Oconto, Marinette, Menominee, Shawano and Florence counties.

The Health Resources and Services Administration grant was awarded in May to HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, which operates Libertas Treatment Center in Marinette. The treatment center will use the grant, as well funds from the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, to lead and operate the Heroin Opioid Prevention Education, or HOPE, consortium.

The consortium will consist of representatives from several local organizations, including the Libertas Treatment Center, Prevea Health, Menominee County Human Services and Menominee Tribal Clinic/Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

Fri
31
May

‘The Legend Hiawatha’ auditions planned

The College of Menominee Nation’s theater program invites members of the public to audition for cast and crew roles in this summer’s traditional Menominee Pageant. CMN faculty member Ryan Winn will direct for the fourth consecutive year, with Melinda Cook returning as stage manager. Winn continues to honor a promise made to Menominee elders by staging this traditional theater in the Woodland Bowl in Keshena.

The college, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Menominee Powwow Committee are fiscal sponsors of the event, with additional support from the Kohler Foundation and the Green Bay Packers Foundation.

Fri
31
May

A little hug can go a long way

“What the world needs now, is love sweet love,

“It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of

“What the world needs now, is love sweet love,

“No, not just for some, but for everyone.”

This popular song, with lyrics written by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach, was first made popular by Jackie DeShannon. It was released in 1965. I guess the world has always needed more love, and that certainly holds true today, too.

During my time in public office, I learned many things, and not all of them were government related. I learned communication comes in many forms. I’ve talked about hugging in the past, and I hope you won’t mind me talking about it again. I think in today’s world, positive forms of communication and expressions of caring are so important.

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