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Sat
05
Jan

Entries sought for 72nd Alice in Dairyland

As one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture, Alice in Dairyland educates Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88 billion agricultural industry.

Individuals interested in applying to become the next Alice — the 72nd to hold the yearlong position — are invited to submit applications through Feb. 4.

Thu
03
Jan

‘Simply Folk’ celebrating 40th anniversary

Folks from across the state will gather around their radios Sunday with family and friends for what has become an annual tradition, the “Simply Folk” singalong.

Three hours of great music begins at 5 p.m. to celebrate the program’s 40th anniversary. The “Simply Folk” staff has made the lyrics to all the singalong songs available at wpr.org/simplyfolk.

“’Simply Folk’ began on the first Sunday of 1979, and we’ve been honoring that date every year with the singalong,” said host Dan Robinson. “We’ll be celebrating with prizes, music from our archives and the ‘Simply Folk’ house band.”

Sat
29
Dec

Until we meet again, Aunt Gertie

“She is spending Christmas in heaven this year,” I thought, when I heard the news of her passing. At the age of 104, my aunt, Gertrude Emma Jean (Graetz) Scholz, went to meet her Lord face to face on Dec. 18.

I had a difficult time to wrap my mind around the fact that she had passed away. She has been such a large part of my life. Sure, we didn’t see each other that often, since we lived hours apart, but the times we did, were meaningful in a way I didn’t realize before. In thinking about it, I acknowledge that most of my childhood pictures were taken by Aunt Gertie. My parent’s 25th anniversary pictures were taken by her, and I treasure them so greatly.

Sat
29
Dec

Brunch recipes extend flavor of the holiday season

Although Christmas is officially over, I am in no hurry to take down our tree or decorations. For the last few years, we have purchased a Fraser fir. So far, no needles have dropped, and it looks as good as the day we purchased it.

The house feels so warm and cheerful with the brightly colored decorations. I have numerous angels, Santas and Christmas Raggedys displayed on the mantel, on tables and in cabinets. My hubby set out his wonderful nativity set purchased when he was a child. The bottom of one of the wise men still has a 10-cent sticker from Woolworths on it.

This year, I made and kept a promise to myself to enjoy the Christmas season and to not allow myself to get stressed out with the shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, decorating, etc. I told myself if I didn’t get everything done, it would be OK, and it was.

Sat
22
Dec

Putting readers’ trivia knowledge to the test

Dear readers, many of you have told me you enjoy the trivia questions. Some of you have given me suggestions. I thought it might be fun to devote an entire column to test your trivia skills. I have included some of the questions I have received.

Grab a pencil and paper and see how may you can answer. Challenge your spouse, friend or co-worker to see who buys lunch.

1. What was the city of Shawano’s population in 1950?

2. Who was the founder of Radtke’s Electric Service, Inc. and what year was it established?

3. Who was the city of Shawano’s first alderwoman?

4. How did the Township of Angelica get its name?

5. In what year was Shawano Community High School built?

6. What was the name of the movie made in Shawano in 1974?

7. What were the visiting hours at Shawano Community Hospital in 1989?

8. Can you name the four city of Shawano administrators?

Sat
22
Dec

Growing up on a farm made Christmas special

Ever since I was a little kid, I felt deep in my heart that Christmas on the farm was the closest thing to the real Christmas there ever could be. God in his infinite wisdom sent Jesus to earth by means of a poor family, who happened to be moseying down the road by donkey, forced to hunker down in a barn for there was no room anywhere else, to birth their first child. There they were, snuggling in with bellering cows, baaing sheep and baying donkeys.

How sensible and logical and so very wise was our Father to send his son to earth in such a manner as that. Not as a king on his throne, to lord it over the meek and small. No. He became meek and small; helpless and dependent, starting out just like every other human being. Only this babe was fully man and fully God, coming down to earth to be born in a manger where animals eat.

Sat
22
Dec

It’s not always good to get a break

Getting a break before Christmas may seem like a bit of luck. Perhaps you found that perfect gift for someone you love, and at a reduced price? But there is a different kind of break that might happen, that would not at all be welcome.

My first break before Christmas happened when I was in seventh grade. I was sort of skating down the sledding hill to retrieve the only usable sled we had. My brother had taken his turn going down, brought it back up, then he decided to send it back down. Any girl, with an older brother, knows they like to tease.

I complained a bit, but then made my slip-slide way down. Suddenly, the boot of my right foot found a rut in the ice, it stayed there, while the rest of me continued to propel forward. I heard a loud crack, knowing it was my leg.

Fri
21
Dec

A sweet thought for nighttime cough

It’s that time of year again when we’re forced inside more by the Wisconsin weather. When we’re inside more, we often see an increase in colds and flus, and with that comes coughing.

Cough is the reason for nearly 20 million doctor visits in the United States every year, and it comes most commonly with an upper respiratory tract infection.

Usually people are troubled most by coughing at night because it disrupts sleep. As a parent, I know that when someone has a cough, no one in the house sleeps well.

Despite being such a common problem though, there appears to be questions among parents about the most effective therapy for this annoying nighttime cough.

The most common over-the-counter medicine to treat cough in children is dextromethorphan, or DM, but that is not supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American College of Chest Physicians.

Fri
21
Dec

Piano and flute concert set for Wausau

Jacob Roseman and Molly Roseman, faculty artists from the Wausau Conservatory of Music, will present “European and American Classics for Flute and Piano” on Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.

The free concert will be presented at the Caroline S. Mark Recital Hall at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, 404 Seymour St., Wausau. The performance is part of the conservatory’s 2018-19 concert series.

Fri
21
Dec

All libraries hosting story times beginning in January

Beginning in January, each Shawano County Library location will be offering a weekly story time session for preschool age children.

Story time is an opportunity to hear a variety of stories and related activities such as songs and action rhymes created especially for preschool age children. About a half hour long, story time allows social time for small children to interact together while being exposed to reading and literacy from a very young age.

The Shawano library, 128 S. Sawyer St., Shawano, will continue to have its story times at 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. There will also be Wednesday story times at 10:30 a.m. at the Wittenberg branch, 302 S. Cherry St., Wittenberg; 11 a.m. at the Mattoon branch, 311 Slate Ave., Mattoon; and 1 p.m. at the Tigerton branch, 221 Birch St., Tigerton. There will be Thursday story times at 11 a.m. at the Bonduel branch, 125 S. Washington St., Bonduel; and 4 p.m. at the Birnamwood branch, 337 Main St., Birnamwood.

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