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Tue
30
Apr

Mavericks, Los Lobos coming to North Star

Two toe-tapping acts will come together for a doubleheader night of musical entertainment July 27 at the North Star Mohican Casino Resort.

Tickets are on sale for the evening featuring The Mavericks and Los Lobos live at the Orion Event Center.

Best known for their country hits, The Mavericks have been creating eclectic music for more than three decades. Led by front man Raul Malu, the Miami-based group found fame with such hits as “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down,” “Here Comes the Rain” and “There Goes My Heart.”

Rock group Los Lobos, hailing from Los Angeles, recently celebrated its 45th anniversary. Known for hits like “La Bamba” and “Come On, Let’s Go,” Los Lobos holds three Grammy awards.

“The stars aligned just right for us,” said Brian Denny, North Star’s director of marketing. “We are thrilled to be able to double-down on the entertainment.”

Mon
29
Apr

ThedaStar carries blood, plasma on board

At the onset of a trauma, every second matters. That’s why the ThedaStar Air Medical team began carrying blood and life-saving plasma on rescue flights, one of few rescue helicopters in Wisconsin to do so.

“Plasma is the part of blood that provides the clotting agent, which is vital in cases where patients experience rapid blood loss,” explained Pamela Witt-Hillen, ThedaStar flight nurse. “Blood donations are separated into red cells, plasma and platelets because different patients require different components.”

Traumatically injured patients — those to whom the ThedaStar team often responds — die most often from hemorrhage, or loss of blood. The ThedaStar team began carrying red blood cells in 2009, followed by plasma in 2015, as the result of research showing the successful outcomes of administering blood and plasma in the field.

Fri
26
Apr

Shawano Pathways holds listening sessions

Shawano Pathways Friday held the first of three listening sessions aimed at seeking ways to make the Shawano area better for bikers and walkers.

Shawano is among 10 communities across the country to receive assistance from the Safe Routes National Partnership to develop an action plan for improving biking and walking to local parks, green spaces and on trails.

Attendees at Friday’s session, held in the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 1263 S. Main St., focused on three areas of concern, including areas along the bike routes where there are no sidewalks or insufficient lighting, but primarily the difficulty of crossing East Green Bay Street on the Mountain Bay Trail.

Two more listening sessions are scheduled, Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Angie’s Main Café meeting room, 132 S. Main St., and Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Glas Coffeehouse meeting room, 511 N. Main St.

Fri
26
Apr

New life springs up on the Reminger farm

Spring has arrived in all its glory. Isn’t the air splendid? We mowed a tiny bit of lawn the other day, and the smell of freshly cut grass was amazing. The freshness and heady fragrances alone are life giving. Spring brings promise and hope — and baby animals.

With spring comes new life on the Reminger farm. So far, we’ve had two mommas give birth, both bull calves, one with an all-white face. As I watched him one day, I could see the manliness of this young calf already forming. His back was arched and his head held high and proud, and his gaze never wavered from my face. Right now, at around 150 pounds, I am not afraid of him. Give him a couple of hundred pounds, and I’ll be watching him from the kitchen window.

Fri
26
Apr

Entertainment better when it’s live, in front of you

Watching shows on television can be entertaining, especially a live music show, but seeing it up close and personal is always the best way.

This year, I have attended two live shows, one at Tigerton High School put on by the students of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS.” The Tigerton School District may be small, but it presented this play in a big way, involving grade school children all the way through high-schoolers.

The performance began with the lower grade school students, costumed, and singing, “How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?”

The play itself was complete with music, choreography and dialogue. In the end, the mean Cruella De Vil and her evil dog nappers were apprehended by Sergeant Tibbs and the policeman.

Fri
26
Apr

From the mouths of former babes come offensive words

I grew up in a different time, a different era. Some may consider me to be naïve and old-fashioned, and perhaps I am. I was an active teenager — a cheerleader, on student council, in plays and in National Honor Society. I had many good times during my youth. My parents taught me to respect myself and others.

My friends and I had fun. We did not use vulgar words or profanity. I’m not saying kids didn’t use that type of language in the 1950s and 1960s when I was in school, but if they did, I was oblivious to it. In all honesty, I was never exposed to foul language as a youth.

When I grew up, cursing or talking back was not allowed in our house. The very worst thing I heard my dad say was when he was dealing with a car salesman. Dad said “in a pig’s ass” in response to the salesman telling him it was the best deal he could give him. I remember being horrified; I never heard my dad talk like that. He later apologized to me.

Fri
26
Apr

DOWN THE AISLE ONE MORE TIME


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Good friends, from left, Charlie, played by Kristine Spiegel, Deedra, played by Mary Madsen, Libby Ruth, played by Marla Etten, and Monette, played by Kimberly Timm, toast to friendship and Monette’s third wedding in a scene from “Always a Bridesmaid.” The four women went to high school together, and since none of them had dates to their prom, they vowed to be bridesmaids at their friends’ weddings, no matter what.

Here comes the bride — again.

Not to mention her three best friends from high school as her bridesmaids — again.

Southern charm, silliness and copious amounts of champagne wind their way through “Always a Bridesmaid,” the latest Box in the Wood Theatre Guild show playing through May 5 at the Mielke Arts Center.

The play is about four women who made a vow back in high school when they found themselves dateless on prom night — no matter what, they will always be bridesmaids at each other’s wedding. The only problem is that, 30 years later, they’re still carrying out the promise.

“They made that promise, and they’ve kept it for the most part,” said Miriam Nelson, director for “Always a Bridesmaid.”

One of the friends, Monette, gets married repeatedly. The opening scene shows her prepping for her third trip down the aisle to a man she has known for about two weeks.

Fri
26
Apr

Arce’s giving spirit unstoppable by time, school or health


Photo by Curt Knoke Aurora Arce is currently serving as the Mohican Veterans Princess, but she is also the president of both her school’s Culture Club and the Gresham FFA, among a myriad of other things. The senior at Gresham Community School puts in a lot of hours for her school and community, which is why the Shawano Area Community Foundation named her its Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2019.

Editor’s Note: The Shawano Area Community Foundation, in conjunction with The Shawano Leader, has staged a Celebration of Giving Volunteer of the Year promotion for the last 10 years. Each year, select area volunteers are presented $1,000 cash grants for their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Wolf River Region. The awards, sponsored by area businesses, are then reinvested back into area nonprofit organizations at the direction of the award winners. This is the last in a series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

Anyone who has lived or visited the Gresham area has likely seen Aurora Arce around.

She is constantly helping with fundraisers, blood drives and other activities at Gresham Community School. She helps her tribe with advice on the future of education. She has even been a representative for Mohican Veterans by serving as their princess.

Arce does all this and a lot more, even as she struggles with chronic health issues.

Thu
25
Apr

Gala opens art show Friday

The annual Wine, Beer & Cheese Gala on Friday will signal the opening of the “Artists’ Freeplay: VII” juried art show at the WOWSPACE in downtown Wittenberg.

The gala is a major fundraiser for Walls of Wittenberg. Proceeds go to bringing more murals to the area.

“The gala is a great way to kick off the art show and seems to be a growing audience,” said Elaine Diffor, WOW’s vice president. “A lot of the artists will come to the gala to meet the people interested in their work. Having the gala on Friday night gives us a full three weekends for the actual art show.”

To keep the show fresh, only artwork created within the past two years is allowed, and it cannot have been in a previous WOW show. The art is for sale, with WOW keeping 30% of the sale price and the artist receiving 70%.

Thu
25
Apr

Birnamwood Lions are doing their own bit of good in the world

The Birnamwood Lions Club’s 32nd annual spaghetti dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Chet & Emil’s in Birnamwood.

The Birnamwood Lions Club started in January 1931. It has 12 active members who meet on the second Monday from September through May at Chet & Emil’s.

“We have a great group of guys,” said Lion Jim Rew, who noted women are also invited to join the group. “Our group isn’t real large, but fundraisers are a lot of fun.”

The spaghetti dinner is one of the club’s two major fundraisers. The other is a beer and pizza party in January. Between the two events, the Lions raise about $15,000, which they distribute between Lions International priorities and local needs.

Lions Club International has always been involved with vision-related causes. The Lions Camp in Rosholt started as a camp for blind children and recently included camp time for children with other disabilities.

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