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Thu
07
Mar

Physicians encourage colon cancer screening

Cancer of the colon or rectum is the third-most common cancer in the U.S. and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It is also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer, if caught early.

“Regular screenings are the key to catching colorectal cancer early,” said Dr. Michael Williams, of ThedaCare.

In honor of March being National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, the public is invited to an informational session Thursday in the Wolf River Room at ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano, 100 County Road B. “Cookies and Colons” will start at 5 p.m. Williams and fellow family medicine physician Dr. Benjamin Schlais will present information about colon cancer and colonoscopies, and staff from ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano’s Surgery Center will also be on hand to answer questions.

Sat
02
Mar

Will March’s early roar mean spring is soon at hand?

It’s March today, and woe is me, is that snow I see? I was not looking for that lion, but let it roar, because that means, according to lore, that it will go out like a gentle lamb.

January ended in a deep freeze, and I was looking forward to the shorter month of February, ready to fall in love by the 14th, with the longer days and warmer temperatures. So far, the only thing short is the sunshine and warmth. We certainly have had no shortage of snow.

Snowmobilers might be enjoying it, I, personally, enjoy the pretty scenery it presents, but there is not much else to recommend, except it’s not ice. That ice is not nice. It formed on parking lots, driveways and roadways last weekend and has turned all surfaces into skating rinks. With the cooler temperatures, it will take some time and warm sun to make it safe to walk on. I will admit, the longer days are nice, and the sun, when it shines, has some warmth.

Sat
02
Mar

Story of Shawano’s history interwoven in newspapers

Through the years, several newspapers served our area. One of the first papers was the Venture. Its primary purpose was to publish the delinquent tax lists. After a few years, John Wiley, the county treasurer, turned the lists over to two of his friends who started the Journal. Without access to the lists, the Venture closed.

The Shawano Journal began publication in 1859. Over the years, it was sold several times. In 1912, Milton Stanley, a former school superintendent of Oconto, purchased it. Mr. Stanley was known for his frank and colorful editorials. The Journal supported the interests of the Republican Party. The Shawano Journal published its final issue on Aug. 30, 1951.

Sat
02
Mar

Determination vital in dealing with stubborn Black Angus

Determination: Resolve. Willpower. Grit. Fortitude.

Determination is a frame of mind that takes over, blocking out all other daunting factors. When I see that in my husband’s eye and it’s between him and an ornery bull, guess which one wins?

Because we have decided to downsize our herd of Black Angus, we’ve been culling every now and then, when we have the opportunity and some help on the farm. We reached out to a strong young man, 20-something, who trucks. He has a sturdy, dual-wheeled trailer and a cocky, sure manner around animals. He actually scares me with his bravado but bravado is what it takes; that and the ability to, quick as a deer, hop a fence when the need arises.

Sat
02
Mar

NOT GUIDANCE COUNSELORS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Olga Brener Intermediate School counselors Kyle Vanden Hinden and Rhonda Uelmer received the Program of Progress, the highest award offered by the Wisconsin School Counselors Association, for their work in dealing with students’ academic, social, emotional and career needs. The pair will be formally making a report to the Shawano School Board on Monday.

Rhonda Uelmer and Kyle Vanden Heiden spend their days tending to the academic, social, emotional and career needs of more than 500 students at Olga Brener Intermediate School.

Just don’t call them guidance counselors. Uelmer considers that a term best left in the 1990s with the Macarena.

Olga Brener has something new to boast about after an announcement that its counselors have received a prestigious award. Uelmer and Vander Heiden received the Program of Promise award from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association during a Feb. 7 conference in Madison. Program of Promise is WSCA’s highest honor.

“Some of our purpose is the same as the high school. We have the same standards and the same guidelines as the high school,” Uelmer said. “Ours just looks a little different. Something that’s social/emotional for a third grader is not the same as it is for someone who is in high school.”

Fri
01
Mar

Hmong American is focus of Wisconsin Biographies story

The first Hmong American elected to public office in Wisconsin is the subject of a new, online Wisconsin Biographies story being shared with schoolchildren across the state. “Joe Bee Xiong: War to Peace” documents the life of a former child soldier and first-generation Hmong refugee, who later made his home in Eau Claire.

“In September 2017, we surveyed educators from the Eau Claire Area School District and learned that there was a need for more digital learning resources that helped students learn about the Hmong,” said Becky Marburger, education producer for Wisconsin Public Television Education, which produced the biography.

Marburger added that while talking with state educators, historians and experts in Hmong culture, “Joe Bee Xiong’s name was regularly brought up as someone whom we should feature in the Wisconsin Biographies’ story.”

Fri
01
Mar

Court ruling impacts benefits for ‘Blue Water’ veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announces that a recent decision in federal court may have an impact on veterans who served on offshore vessels during the Vietnam War.

The U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision indicates that these so-called “Blue Water” Navy veterans and others are entitled to the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange.

Veterans who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam between January 1962 and May 1975 and suffered or continue to suffer from Agent Orange-related diseases are urged to contact their local veterans’ service office. While the case (Procopio v. Wilke) is still pending, veterans and/or their survivors who fit this category and have been denied disability or death benefits in the past might want to reapply. Others who have not previously submitted a claim are asked to file as early as possible. Claims filed based upon the Jan. 29 decision will be placed on hold, pending the final outcome.

Thu
28
Feb

Camps open to middle, high school students

Two unique conservation summer camp opportunities are available for middle and high school students this summer in northern Wisconsin. Upper Peninsula youth are also welcome.

Middle school youth (entering grades 6-8 in fall) are invited to attend Sand Lake Conservation Camp at Camp Bird near Crivitz from June 19-21.

The fee is $100 ($150 after May 22) and includes room, board, T-shirt and all activities and programs. Visit www.marinettecounty.com (search for “Sand Lake” or “Conservation Camp”) for information.

Registrations will not be accepted after June 3 and are first-come, first-served; space is limited. The registration packet is available online, or via mail/email.

To request registration materials, call Anne Bartels, education specialist/camp director, at 715-732-7784 or email abartels@marinettecounty.com.

Wed
27
Feb

Camps open to middle, high school students

Two unique conservation summer camp opportunities are available for middle and high school students this summer in northern Wisconsin. Upper Peninsula youth are also welcome.

Middle school youth (entering grades 6-8 in fall) are invited to attend Sand Lake Conservation Camp at Camp Bird near Crivitz from June 19-21.

The fee is $100 ($150 after May 22) and includes room, board, T-shirt and all activities and programs. Visit www.marinettecounty.com (search for “Sand Lake” or “Conservation Camp”) for information.

Registrations will not be accepted after June 3 and are first-come, first-served; space is limited. The registration packet is available online, or via mail/email.

To request registration materials, call Anne Bartels, education specialist/camp director, at 715-732-7784 or email abartels@marinettecounty.com.

Sat
23
Feb

Shawano predominantly Christian in the 19th century

Christianity always had a strong presence in Shawano, even back in the mid-1800s. The earliest Protestant church was the Methodist church formed in 1866. A bell tower was placed over the entrance of the church. Records show it was said the tone of the bell would be better if silver was added during the casting of the bell. As a result, 100 silver dollars were melted with the metal. The church was consecrated in 1869 with 12 members. A new brick church was built on the same site in 1925. The bell was sold, along with the pews and windows to little country churches. I could not find a record indicating which church received the bell. Does anyone know if it still exists?

Early churches that followed were Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church, St. James Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church and Peace United Church of Christ. Our community is currently blessed with many places of worship.

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