Community

Wed
18
Apr

The Commodores coming to North Star in June

The North Star Mohican Casino Resort will welcomes rhythm and blues legend The Commodores.

Patrons will be able to see the group perform hit songs like “Nightshift,” “Machine Gun” and “Sail On.” Tickets are on sale now.

Walter “Clyde” Orange, James Dean “JD” Nicholas and William “WAK” King have been making music and delighting fans for decades. This Grammy Award-winning powerhouse is multi-Grammy nominated and has sold over 60 million records. They have created a fan following that spans the globe.

“The music of The Commodores gets the feet tapping and body swaying,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort. “Their music takes you back and makes you smile. We are thrilled to have them perform here.”

Ticket prices are $65, $55 and $45, and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-775-CASH. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Patrons must be 21 years or older to attend.

Sat
14
Apr

Home and Community Education helps students in many ways


Photo by Carol Wagner Helen Raddant, president of Home and Community Education, holds a book that she reads to kids through the Wisconsin Bookworms program.

Home and Community Education helps students, and one of the ways is with scholarships. A $350 scholarship is available by filling out an application by April 22 with the winner notified at its annual Spring Banquet on May 7.

The student must live in Shawano County, retain a 2.5 grade point average, and be enrolled as a full-time student. The scholarship will be paid after completion of one semester at a college or technical college.

Deanna Zernicke was the 2017 winner and will be the guest speaker at HCE’s International Night on April 19. Zernicke is a sophomore majoring in economics and agricultural business management at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Last summer, she traveled to Africa and Tanzania with the Global Food Challenge Fellowship.

Sat
14
Apr

Meet Charles Ketchum


Photo by Carol Wagner Charles Ketchum is the grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Fox Council 2836.

Charles Ketchum is the grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Fox Council 2836, which sponsors the porkie pancake breakfast at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano.

Ketchum was born in Racine, moving to Gresham as a youngster and graduating from Gresham High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served stateside as a jet mechanic for four years during the Vietnam War. Ketchum worked at Phenix Door for 25 years and then at Floors Unlimited, Birch Hill, Taco John’s and Schutt Industries, retiring in 2008.

Ketchum and his wife of 38 years, Cheryl, live in Shawano. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.

Q How long have you been in the Knights of Columbus?

A “For 15 years. I have been the grand knight for four years. When I first joined, I was the grand knight. Our council is 150 years old. We have 125 members, but many are not active. We could use new members.”

Q What are your duties?

Sat
14
Apr

Donations empower women through books


Contributed photo Judy Kucksdorf, left, gives a $200 donation on behalf of Delta Kappa Gamma to Kristy Bogacz, Shawano School District media specialist.

A local Delta Kappa Gamma chapter’s library project recently donated checks to two area school libraries.

Wendy Dallman, of Delta Kappa Gamma’s Nu Chapter, gave $200 to Katie Kovalaske, instructional resource coach at New London Middle School. Kovalaske said she will use the money to purchase books with strong female characters. Similarly, Judy Kucksdorf presented a $200 check to Kristy Bogacz, librarian for the Shawano School District. That donation will be used in the Brener Intermediate School Library.

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society of key women educators. The Nu Chapter includes educators from Shawano and Waupaca counties.

Fri
13
Apr

Second phase of St. Martin’s renovation completed

Everything went as planned for the renovation of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil. Not only is it beautiful, it is also all paid for.

“It worked out very well,” said Deacon Mike Grzeca. “We had some generous donors. Many people also donated their labor.”

The work began after Ash Wednesday services, and on Holy Thursday, the church was ready for the first Mass.

The renovation had three phases, beginning with fixing the ceiling window shaft in the skylight in the middle of the church that had been leaking for several years.

The main remodel was phase two with new pews with kneelers from Imperial Woodworks Church Furniture. The floor was redone with non-slippery half-inch ceramic tile flooring from Total Floor Covers. Rob Baril of Baril Tile did the installing.

“It’s long lasting,” Grzeca said.

Fri
13
Apr

Cardiac monitors on life support

Have you or anyone in your family or close to you ever needed emergency medical help? If you answered yes, then you know just how important emergency responses are to you. If you didn’t answer yes, the odds of it happening in your lifetime are very high.

The Clintonville Area Ambulance Service is currently in need of replacing one Zoll and three Philips cardiac monitors that are several years old, which are located in each of the four ambulances. The reason for the replacement is that the company no longer supports repair of the existing units due to Federal Drug Administration regulations. Replacing these will not be at a minimal cost, and that is why a campaign has been started to help replace these units.

Fri
13
Apr

Ahoy! There be a musical on the horizon


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Making up some of Captain Bree’s motley crew are, from left, Juli Cary, Megan Pedersen, Taya Jannusch, Briley Woija, Makenna Jannusch and Annika Jannusch. Thirty-one homeschooled students make up this year’s show.

The Wolf River Homeschoolers are hitting the high seas with their annual musical as they present “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree” next week.

Patrons can expect plenty of music and plenty of comedy in this two-hour show. It is a very familiar show to the director, Cheryl Jones-Ritter, who directed the show a decade ago at the Mielke Arts Center.

“It was one of my favorites,” Jones-Ritter said. “The kids have asked for it through the years, but you don’t want to do a repeat show so soon.”

The cast of the previous show has graduated and continued with adult life, but many of them plan to come to the April 22 show and relive the experience one last time as they sing the finale with the next generation of swashbucklers.

“We’re trying to get them to wear costumes, too,” Jones-Ritter said. “Some of them are parents, and they’re bringing their kids dressed as pirates.”

Thu
12
Apr

3 blood drives in area this month

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference.

Kay Whaley knows the impact of blood donations. When she was 9, she was in an accident and received many transfusions. That experience inspired her to become a blood donor.

“It takes about an hour of your time and could save the life of a friend, neighbor or even family member,” she said. “It doesn’t cost you anything and is the greatest gift you could give.”

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed to help meet patient needs this spring.

Thu
12
Apr

Leopold Conservation Award Program seeks Wisconsin nominees

Know a Wisconsin farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources?

Nominate them for the 2018 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award.

Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for private land conservation, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land.

In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

In Wisconsin the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.

Wed
11
Apr

Expansion begins for Safe Haven


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Tossing dirt to kick off the expansion for Safe Haven are, from left, board member Scott Parson, executive director Stacey Cicero, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, board member Jody Johnson, Shawano Mayor-elect Ed Whealon and state Rep. Gary Tauchen. The expansion, which will cost $425,000, is expected to be completed this fall.

More than 100 people crammed into Safe Haven for a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday, getting to see firsthand the crowded conditions and need for expansion at the emergency shelter.

“Safe Haven will be able to offer more prevention and early intervention to prevent the cycle of violence so individuals and families can live a life free from violence and abuse,” said Stacey Cicero, Safe Haven’s executive director.

The 2,200-square-foot expansion will add, among other things, much-needed bedroom space to the Shawano shelter, which was at or over capacity most of last year. Currently, the shelter can house five families in crisis; when it goes over capacity, families are forced to share bedrooms.

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