Community

Sat
16
Sep

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Several people enjoy painting sunflowers with area artist Kim Thornborrow at a recent Memory Café at Hope Community Church in Shawano.

The Memory Café was started several years ago as part of the Wolf River Dementia Care and Caregivers Network and the Forget Me Not Fund.

“Various members of the network have worked with several different settings to find a good fit to hold the group,” said Heidi Russell, director of aging for the Shawano County Department of Human Services.

They have found that fit at Hope Community Church in Shawano where they meet at 1:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month for about 90 minutes.

Recently those who attended painted sunflowers. The paintings will be auctioned off at a fall fashion show to benefit Alzheimer’s disease at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Menominee Casino Resort.

Other activities at the Memory Café have included playing cards, decorating cookies, singing and dancing, music and memories, and a bridal fashion show.

Sat
16
Sep

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Lucas and Toni Hacker are a Big Couple to a little brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Toni and Lucas Hacker are a Big Couple to a little brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Toni was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School. She worked in the office at Reinhardt Food Service for 13 years and is currently working for Ameriprise Auto & Home, where she has been for 13 years.

Lucas was born and raised in Shawano. After graduating from Shawano High School, he had various jobs before going to school for welding. He is employed at Ace Marine in Green Bay.

The couple has been married five years and live in Shawano with their two dogs. Lucas has been racing stock cars for four years in the Mighty 4’s division.

Q How did you become a Big Couple?

A Toni: “We didn’t know about doing it as a couple. Jen Bisterfeldt (Shawano County program coordinator) is a friend of ours. She suggested it. She was actually looking for couples. She talked to Lucas about doing it first.”

Sat
16
Sep

The patience of Job

For many years, my husband and I have worked side by side on the farm, and he’s always had the patience of Job. Seriously, sometimes I wonder how far I can stretch his tolerance.

Now that the cows are gone, we have occasionally been going our separate ways during the day. I still help him but am not needed as much. However, at harvest time the on-call status kicks in, right along with the patience needed to work together.

As we were completing our third-crop hay a few weeks ago, my husband had cut a field and gave me instructions on how to rake it. He had to leave the farm early the next morning for his part-time delivery job to Green Bay.

Sat
16
Sep

A glimpse into the past, 26 years ago

This week’s column centers around a column I wrote in 1991 about taking my youngest child, my daughter, to college. Now that all the schools are in session, I thought it might be good to review.

When I saw this column, it brought back many memories. Especially this year, when that same daughter and her husband took their youngest child to college for her freshman year.

The column appeared on Sept. 3, 1991.

It’s official, the nest is empty. After having children in my house for more than 31 years, the last one is in college. So, except for some weekends, holidays and summer breaks, we are now a man and wife who eat our meals alone.

As babies, they demand their 3 a.m. feedings. As toddlers, they get into everything, and you think they’ll always be underfoot with their endless questions. Then, they start school, and the years seem to fly by.

Sat
16
Sep

Aging Unit offering fall-prevention workshop

The Shawano County Human Services’ Aging Unit will offer a Stepping On workshop in Shawano this fall.

The workshop is designed to help older adults prevent falls. Research has found that people who complete the workshop have a 31 percent reduced rate of falls.

The class will meet from 3-5 p.m. Wednesdays for seven weeks, beginning Oct. 25, at the Fellman Center, 607 E. Elizabeth St. To register, call 715-526-4686.

Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety-check suggestions and a medication review. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling.

Fri
15
Sep

Reaching the century mark


Photo by Carol Wagner Adele Gast will be 100 years old on Tuesday.

Adele Gast, who will be 100 years old on Tuesday, has seen a lot in her 100 years.

“I lived through so many wars, and I thought they were all done with wars,” Gast said. “But it’s endless.”

She had three sisters and three brothers, many of whom lived to their 90s.

“I think it’s wonderful to get this age, but how did it come so fast?” she said. “I didn’t expect it. I didn’t think that I would live this long.”

She has a simple recipe for her longevity.

“I think good living and good eating, especially fruits and veggies,” she said.

Gast was born in the town of Almon and graduated from Bowler High School. She went to Antigo Teachers Normal School and then taught at various schools for eight years.

In 1944 she married Edwin Fandrey. They were married 36 years before his death.

Gast taught school at Red River until it closed and then worked in the office at Steinhardt Cheese House for six years.

Thu
14
Sep

FALL FIREWORKS


Photo by Rob Zimmer Mums are a fall classic in the garden from Labor Day right through Thanksgiving if the weather remains relatively mild.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Garden centers are now stocking perfect, mounding garden mums for the fall gardening season.

Colorful, vibrant and fun, fall mums are classics in the autumn garden. With their perfect, rounded mounds of densely packed, aster-like blooms, mums bring a late season explosion of color that lasts often into mid-November.

The garden mums we find at garden centers from August into October are generally best treated as annuals in our area. While some gardeners have luck bringing them back each year as perennials, garden mums usually succumb to heavy moisture that causes crown rot over the winter season.

The best chance at bringing them back for a second year of bloom is to plant in a dry location, on a small mound to prevent moisture from gathering around the crown, or to bring them indoors to overwinter.

Sat
09
Sep

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Members of the special events committee at the Church on the Hill making crafts for the Fall Festival on Oct. 1. are, from left, seated, Pastor Claudia Deede, Teri Bohm, Sally Knope; standing, Renee Campbell, Colleen Haberl, Char Eastman and Linda Meidam. Missing: Gina Monfils.

Since moving out of downtown Shawano to the hill on Waukechon Street, the Shawano United Methodist Church has become known as the Church on the Hill. The special events committee is planning programs to let more people know about the church.

“It’s building up fellowship within the church, too,” said Claudia Deede, who became pastor last year.

The Chicken ‘N Biscuit Fall Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 with a chicken and biscuit dinner. There will be outside vendors, crafts by the women of the church and face painting with Sandi Bocik. This will be the second year for the festival, which was very successful last year.

“We were thrilled with the turnout,” Deede said.

There will also be a children’s menu and homemade desserts. Carry-outs will also be available. The cost is $8 for an individual, $7.50 in advance; children $5; and families $25 for two adults and up to four children.

Sat
09
Sep

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano County Literacy Council tutor LaBette Luecht, left, works with Nan Xi Klingbeil, who is from China.

LaBette Luecht tutors for the Shawano County Literacy Council. She is from Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, which is near Iron Mountain, Michigan. She graduated from Florence High School.

In first grade, she found out she was dyslexic thanks to a caring teacher. She was able to well in school and earned a bachelor’s degree at the Bellin College of Nursing and a master’s in nursing with a focus on education from the University of Phoenix. She worked at local hospitals before going to Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, where she worked in the health learning resource lab.

Luecht was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and myelodysplasia and did not work for seven years while she had various treatments. She is currently the registered nurse care manager for Lakeland Care Inc.

Luecht and her husband, Terry, who works at Green Valley Farms, have been married nine years and live in Shawano. They have a fish, a cat and two dogs.

Sat
09
Sep

A woman for all seasons, but especially fall

Not only have we turned our calendar to September, but now the Shawano County Fair is also past. For some unknown reason, the temperatures have dipped lower than one expects for this early in the month.

Most of the weather in 2017 has been quite unusual. Only a few blasts of cold in the winter affected the ice and curtailed some winter sports enthusiasts. It has been a lot of years since I ventured out onto the ice for fishing, and I never ice raced. I know people who love it and couldn’t do it as often as they liked.

The warmth of spring was sluggish in coming, and winter coats and blankets were needed at softball games. Also, many games were postponed due to rain, which has come in abundance for most of this year.

Years of drought are not to be desired, but at times the rain was too much of a good thing. Farmers were delayed in planting the field corn, and now, with the cooler than normal weather, these last weeks before a frost are also worrisome.

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