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Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Judy and Jim Oberstein volunteer for several local projects, with most of their focus on the Orphan Grain Train.

Jim and Judy Oberstein volunteer for several local projects, with most of their focus on the Orphan Grain Train.

Jim was born in Shakopee, Minnesota, graduated from Marion High School and attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. He worked in finance and banking for 45 years in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Georgia. He earned a degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College and a master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In 2010, he retired from Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, where he was the director of credit.

Judy was born in Shawano, graduated from Shawano High School and earned a degree in communications from Humboldt Institute in Minneapolis. After marrying, she was a stay-at-home mom and then worked as a paraprofessional in special education for many years in Menasha before retiring.

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May

Anniversaries highlighted on May calendar

May seems to be a time when I am filled with memories and anniversaries. The 21st will mark 12 years since I moved from the farm that had been home for more than 30 years. The rural Tigerton farm was picturesque to say the least, with rolling hills and surrounding woods.

When my husband died suddenly from a heart attack in September 2004, I had to make several decisions. Everything in my life changed in an instant, and as much as I loved where I lived, I felt I needed to move on. So, I decided to build a house somewhere, but where?

After much turmoil, I decided to purchase a lot in the newer section of Tigerton, which is where I now call home. On May 21, 2005, I moved into the new house. Friends and family helped with the move, and although I had the boxes labeled as to what room they should go in, I remember that the first load went into the garage and the second one went into the basement.

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May

Tilleda foster parents recognized by state


Contributed Photo Doris and Wayne Jeske received a 2017 Governor’s Foster Care Award on Tuesday.

Foster parents Doris and Wayne Jeske, of Tilleda, on Tuesday received the 2017 Governor’s Foster Care Award for their commitment to the children of Shawano County who have needed a temporary, safe place to call home.

The award was presented by Eloise Anderson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

“Foster Care Month gives us an opportunity to thank the families who care for the vulnerable children in Wisconsin who need to be removed from their homes for their own protection,” Anderson said. “Foster parents offer these children shelter and play a critical role in helping them take the first step of their journey towards healing and recovery.”

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May

CMN programs help provide fresh, healthy food

The growing season is here, and for many that means the pursuit of fresh, local food has begun.

The College of Menominee Nation is offering several opportunities for gardening and local food this summer, including the following:

• The CMN campus garden is accepting volunteers to participate in a Worker Share Program. Program participants will volunteer four hours per week from late May through early October and receive a box of produce with an average value of $25 each week. Harvests will vary each week. Space is limited.

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May

Lions’ concert features Clintonville musicians

The Clintonville Lions Club is planning a concert featuring local musical talent later this month.

“A Night With Ben, Tara and Friends” will be presented at 7 p.m. May 25 at Christ Congregational Church, 70 S Main St., Clintonville.

The concert will feature Ben Huber and Tara Fietsch along with several other local musicians.

“Those who attend will certainly be delighted, and may even be surprised, with the quality of our local talent,” said Ralph Williams, president of the Clintonville Lions. “It is with great pleasure we sponsor this opportunity to bring all this local talent together for a concert.”

Williams said Huber and Fietsch were approached by Lion Jill Meyer, pastor of Christ Congregational Church, about doing a show as a fundraiser for the Lions to construct and install wheelchair ramps for those in need. The duo agreed without hesitation.

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May

Nonprofit Profile


Contributed Photo Ashley Cordier, left, and Erin Prey are members of RESOLVE, a support group for couples dealing with infertility. Prey is the lead volunteer who started the group.

Erin Prey started the RESOLVE support group in this area for couples dealing with infertility. While Mother’s Day is a happy celebration for most women, she said it can be sad and frustrating for those who are having trouble getting pregnant.

“When I was going through my own family building process using infertility treatments, I vowed that one day when my journey came full circle I would turn a very hard time in my life into something positive,” Prey said. “I wanted to advocate and support other women and couples who are currently struggling with a disease that affects one in eight couples.”

Prey couldn’t get pregnant naturally so she and her husband, Mike, got help through Aurora’s fertility clinic in Green Bay. She had tests, hundreds of injections and several rounds of in-vitro fertilization to get her son and daughter.

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May

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Liz Flessert volunteers at Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano where her son, Isaac Brady, is in Patricia Glaser’s first-grade class. Shown are, from left, front row, Flessert, Isaac Brady, Megan Reyes, Evie Kuehl, Zennah Bosetski, Austin Arrowood, Millie Panske; kneeling, Caleb Grignon, Franklin Wilber, Deacan Wizner, Dominick Thorson, Jackson Rollins, Ireland Helder, Lacey Brenneman, Maddox Aldrich; standing, Reagan Heath, Parker Kadonsky, Miles Wilber, Karl Peters Jr. and Bailey Hanley.

Liz Flessert volunteers at Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano.

Flessert was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano Community High School in 1998. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, worked various jobs and then, in 2007, got her broker’s license to sell real estate.

She and her boyfriend, Nick Brady, have a son, Isaac, who is in first grade at Hillcrest. Brady is the owner of Nick’s Drywall and Painting. They live in Shawano. They like to camp and go to Hayman Falls.

Q How did you get started volunteering at Hillcrest?

A “My son is in first grade this year, and when he started 4K, I started volunteering. It was mostly for the book fair for two years and now I volunteer with his class.”

Q What do you do?

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13
May

One-year anniversary

This past week has been one year since the fateful day when the trailers lumbered down our driveway and loaded up our girls, taking them away. A vivid memory of an event can be conjured up in a moment, just by turning the calendar, or a whiff in the air or a vague comment.

It was a rainy Monday morning and, I often thought since, my mood matched the weather that day. It was like the Lord was crying with me. I felt such a sense of loss and wandered around the rest of the day like I had lost. Lost something. Lost a connection. Lost organization. The cows had consumed us, structuring our days and nights. Now they were not there. I could not go in the barn for a while. The emptiness was depressing.

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May

Age provides more insights into mother’s love

It is not difficult to remember my mother; it is something I do on a nearly daily basis.

My mother was always busy. If she wasn’t toiling in the garden or her famous raspberry patch, or had her hands elbow deep into a pan of bread dough, she was knitting, crocheting, or sewing something.

When I was a teenager, the three-yard skirts were all the rage, and I had no shortage of them, mostly made by my mother. I don’t ever recall having a true poodle skirt, but my handmade skirts consisted of many hues and patterns. The skirt was simple to make: loose stitch at the waist, which would be gathered to fit, then add a waistband, a zipper and a hem.

As I reminisce about those skirts, I can remember that I often was the one to gather the waistband and usually did the hand-stitched hem. Once it was made, all I needed was a petticoat to puff it out.

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May

Guild will take audiences to ‘South Pacific’ in July

This summer, our stage will be transformed into an island in the Pacific for the classic musical “South Pacific.” Auditions were held May 8-9. The cast of 30 requires actors of all ages. The four lead actors must also be able to sing. If you missed the auditions but want to be a part of this show, please call director Susan Kluge at 715-526-2563 right away. The show runs July 13-16 and July 20-23.

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