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Sat
05
May

Meet John Mocadlo


Photo by Carol Wagner John Mocadlo volunteers at the Shawano Area Matthew 25 emergency shelter.

John Mocadlo volunteers at the Shawano Area Matthew 25 emergency shelter.

Mocadlo was born and raised in Stevens Point, graduating from Stevens Point High School. Mocadlo attended UW-Stevens Point for one year and then got a degree in police science from Northcentral Technical College. He worked for the Athens Police Department, then the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, and retired after 31½ years with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department in June 2017.

Mocadlo lives in Shawano with his wife, Kathi, who works at Advanced Physical Therapy. He has two sons and a stepdaughter. Mocadlo enjoys golf, working out and his Harley Davidson. He works part-time as a security officer at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

How long have you volunteered at SAM25?

“This is my first year. I volunteer one day a week on Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 9 p.m.”

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Sat
05
May

Taste of Shawano raises $11,000 for Junior Achievement

The Wolf River District’s 11th annual Taste of Shawano for Junior Achievement is being called a success by the organization, as the fundraiser netted nearly $11,000 for Junior Achievement.

Ten local businesses sponsored the event, held March 26 at Shawano Community High School with Scott Parson as the master of ceremonies. Isabella Haen, Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fair, attended and posed for photos with many patrons. Additionally, more than 45 volunteers and Junior Achievement board members helped support the event.

Food samples were provided by 24 local restaurants and vendors, while entertainment came from the Shawano Community Middle School Orchestra, Ignite Dance and Fitness and Shuffles Studio of Dance. There were raffles for prizes and a 50/50 raffle; Brothers’ Pub was named Best of Show.

Sat
05
May

Ladies to compete for Ms. Senior Homemaker title

Seven Shawano area ladies age 55 and older will compete for the title of Ms. Senior Homemaker in a pageant in June.

In this fun competition, the candidates will participate in a multi-tasking event where they must fold laundry, wash dishes, take care of a crying baby doll and answer a telemarketing call within three minutes. No bathing suits for this competition, but a meaningful outfit or piece of jewelry will tell her story. Presenting a talent is optional, and a Q&A will give the judges their final scores.

The winner will receive a crown, sash and flowers, and she will reign for one year. All competitors will receive gifts donated by area businesses.

The pageant — which will include entertainment, luncheon and door prizes — will be held June 14 from 1-4 p.m. in the pavilion at Shawano Lake County Park, W5785 Lake Drive. For information, call Amy Thusius at 715-745-4421.

Sat
05
May

Understanding VA’s Agent Orange presumptives

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of tactical herbicides on vegetation in Vietnam and other locations in the region. Veterans who served in-country in Vietnam may have been exposed to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange, which is named for the orange band around its storage barrels. Veterans who flew or worked on C-123 aircraft or spent time in the Korean Demilitarized Zone or on Thai Air Force bases may also have been exposed.

Fri
04
May

Thaves, Prey recognized in Optimists’ police awards


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Optimists president Greg Parker, left, gives Shawano Police Officer Heidi Thaves an award for Officer of the Year on Wednesday at the Shawano American Legion. Her K-9, Cyrek, eyes Police Chief Dan Mauel, who he tried to chomp on during the awards ceremony.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano County Detective Nick Prey, left, accepts an award for Officer of the Year from Shawano Optimists president Greg Parker on Wednesday at the Shawano American Legion as Sheriff Adam Bieber looks on.

The Shawano Optimists have been honoring law enforcement annually since 2000, but Wednesday was probably the first time an award winner tried to bite the person who nominated him.

Shawano Police Department K-9 Cyrek, along with his handler, Officer Heidi Thaves, were named as the Optimists’ Officers of the Year. Shawano County sheriff’s detective Nick Prey also received the honor.

When Cyrek and Thaves stood before the Optimists at the Shawano American Legion Hall, Cyrek lunged at Shawano Police Chief Dan Mauel, nipping his leg and causing an audible cry of pain.

Thaves was born in Shawano and graduated from Shawano High School in 1989. She’d originally attended Concordia University with the goal of becoming a court reporter, but she changed her major to criminal justice and transferred to Fox Valley Technical College.

Fri
04
May

ATV big prize in Safe Haven raffle

Safe Haven’s domestic abuse and sexual assault support center has partnered with Prime PowerSports to raffle off a 2018 Can Am 570 DPS ATV and trailer. The value of this prize is $9,200.

The drawing will take place at Prime PowerSports at noon May 12. A brat stand will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each and are available at Safe Haven and Prime PowerSports. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Call Safe Haven at 715-526-3421 for information. All proceeds from this raffle will go toward Safe Haven’s building expansion.

Wed
02
May

Arbor Day celebrated in Clintonville


Photo by Grace Kirchner Fourth-grader Ryan Huss helps shovel soil around the Armstrong Gold Maple tree that was planted Friday for Arbor Day. Students from Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School participated in the ceremony. Park and Recreation Director Justin McAuly, in the background, organized the event.

In observance of Arbor Day, an Armstrong Gold Maple tree was planted Friday on South Main Street in Clintonville near the Veterans Memorial. The tree was donated by Mayor Richard Beggs, who proclaimed Friday as Arbor Day in Clintonville.

Fourth-graders from Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School sang songs, did recitations and took part in the planting, which was arranged by Justin McAuly, Clintonville’s park and recreation director. McAuly said the tree will grow to be 30 to 40 feet tall and 10 to 12 feet wide. Armstrong Gold Maples like to be in full sun, and their leaves turn bright yellowish orange in fall.

Clintonville has been designated a Tree City USA for the past 28 years. Trees have been planted in Clintonville on Arbor Day every year since 1979.

Wed
02
May

Be prepared: Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood and platelets regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations. According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.

In March 2015, Kevin Frame suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision during spring break. “Without the blood and plasma products made available from donations, I would not be alive today,” said Frame, who had to relearn to swallow, speak and walk after the accident.

Wed
02
May

Walk-in clinics for Medicare Savings programs

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Wolf River Region has scheduled several walk-in clinics to help consumers apply for, ask questions or find information about the Medicare Savings Program.

Medicare Savings programs are for those who receive Medicare benefits and who have limited countable income and assets. If eligible, a Medicare Savings plan may pay your required premiums, coinsurance, and deductibles for both Part A (hospital-related cost) and B (physician-related cost), depending on program.

People who are unable to attend the walk-in clinic may call the ADRC toll free number at 855-492-2372 for assistance.

Walk-in clinic times and dates

Tuesday, May 15: Northern Health Center, 15397 State Highway 32, Lakewood, 10 a.m. to noon; Oconto County Courthouse, Building C, Room 2119, 301 Washington St., Oconto, 1-3 p.m.

Sat
28
Apr

Meet Mark Retzlaff


Photo by Carol Wagner Mark Retzlaff is a firefighter for the Shawano Area Fire Department.

Mark Retzlaff is a firefighter for the Shawano Area Fire Department whose main territory is Belle Plaine.

Retzlaff was born and raised in Shawano County, graduating from Shawano High School. Retzlaff attended Fox Valley Technical College to be a diesel technician. He worked at Caroline Implement for five years and is now the mechanic for the Green Bay Fire Department. He has been a firefighter since tech school.

Retzlaff and his wife, Rebecca, who works at ThedaCare, live in the town of Belle Plaine. They have two children. Retzlaff likes to hunt and fish.

Where do you volunteer?

“I volunteer for the Shawano Fire Department stationed at the Belle Plaine Town Hall. I’ve been a firefighter since 2008.”

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