Community

Sat
25
Nov

Abrams troupe to present timeless Christmas show


Photo by Joan Koehne Music and dancing are key elements in the Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. performance of “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Rehearsing the song “Skip to My Lou” are performers, front row from left, Tim Rutten, Janet Koehne, Preston Pelegrin, and Kelly Klein, and back row, Ellie Finger, Brooke LeMense and Josie Sieber.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will perform a rare, old-school gem, “Meet Me in St. Louis,” to be performed the first two weekends of December at the Byng Community Theater.

The plot follows the lives of the middle-class Smith family as they journey through comedic misunderstandings, jovial pranks, love, and hardship surrounding the 1904 World’s Fair.

With music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and book by Hugh Wheeler, this production was adapted from a 1944 film of the same title starring Judy Garland.

“Although it is an older show and therefore has the stigma of being old-fashioned and out-of date, because of the relatability of the struggle of the family, it really is timeless,” said director Liz Jolly.

Sat
25
Nov

Brandy Clark to perform here Dec. 2


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Country music singer and songwriter Brandy Clark will perform at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Advance tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased online at www.rubbersoulproductions.com. or at Hanke’s Sentry Foods in Wittenberg.

In anticipation of her 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 performance at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium, singer-songwriter Brandy Clark took some time off from her busy schedule for an interview with Rob Wyman of Rubber Soul Productions LLC.

Q: You grew up in the small logging town of Morton, Washington. What are your fondest memories of small-town life?

A: My favorite memories of growing up in a small town are growing up next door to my grandma and grandpa. My brother and I spent our summers swimming in the river behind our house with our neighbors. And then, of course, I loved being so involved in sports in a small town.

Q: Music has always been a big part of your life, but there was a time when music took a back seat to sports, specifically basketball. In fact, you attended Central Washington University on a basketball scholarship. Do you follow professional sports today? If so, what sports and what teams?

Fri
24
Nov

30 YEARS OF TURKEY


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Mikki Moesch, right, watches as her sons Mason, left, and Isaiah, prepare to-go containers for the community’s homebound. Moesch and her family have been part of Zion Lutheran Church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner for more than a decade.

For 30 years, Zion Lutheran Church has opened its doors to the community to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and neighbors.

This year was no different, as more than 100 people filled the fellowship hall Thursday to enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and an array of tasty desserts. The only faux pas appeared to be when the serving line ran out of carrots in the middle of the dinner, but no one seemed to mind.

Third grade students from St. James Lutheran School made the centerpieces for the table this year, with fall-colored fabric surrounding several candles.

Mikki Moesch has been coordinating the community feast for 13 years.

“I just have a passion to help people,” Moesch said. “I love to cook, and I love to see this group of people come together. It serves a niche and helps the community.”

Thu
23
Nov

SACF seeks giving people as year draws to close

The holiday season is a critical time for nonprofit organizations to raise contributions that will sustain them for the coming year.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Shawano Area Community Foundation can be used to start a new charitable fund or add to any of the foundation’s existing 75 charitable funds that generate grants year after year to benefit a wide range of nonprofit organizations.

These funds include the Shawano Area Fund, a lasting endowment that accepts donations of any amount to be used to provide annual grants to local nonprofits. The foundation’s volunteer grants committee selects grant recipients through an application process.

Gresham residents Curt and Martha Knoke set up the Curt and Martha Knoke Immediate Needs Fund with the foundation. The Knokes add to their fund by donating appreciated stock, bonds or mutual fund shares.

Thu
23
Nov

A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR

Thanksgiving is a time to step back and take stock of what you have, whether it’s good health, a big family, even a terrific job that you love.

Eight community leaders in Shawano and Oconto counties were invited by Wolf River Media to write about what they were thankful for, and they will be telling readers why they feel so blessed in a special section in today’s edition of The Shawano Leader. The section was also published in the Leader’s sister publications, the Oconto County Times Herald and the Wittenberg Enterprise & Birnamwood News.

Wendy Crawford wrote about her work with Leadership Shawano County, the new Sun Drop Dayz festival and the Boys and Girls Club, but she also pointed out that her good health tops the list and her cancer has been in remission for five years.

Thu
23
Nov

THANKFUL FOR LIFE


Photo by Grace Kirchner From left, Carol Theken, Gail Cowden and Cherry Shauger are thankful for friends and family. Theken is thankful to Cowden and Shauger for saving her life.

Each Thanksgiving, Carol Theken is grateful for a crucial phone call from her sister thousands of miles away and the quick action of a dear friend that probably saved her life.

Theken woke up on the morning of Nov. 17, 2002, feeling quite like normal. She usually went to play bingo at the casino, but this Sunday morning she decided to stay at home in Clintonville and watch the Packer game. As she went to take a shower, she started to have an unusual feeling in her chest, sort of like scrubbing walls. Then the sensation moved to under her arms and back. She began to sweat profusely.

The phone rang, and it was Theken’s sister, Cherry Shauger, calling from Taiwan. Shauger, who was an English teacher, called family and friends from time to time, and this day she had decided to check in with Theken.

Wed
22
Nov

Clintonville Christmas parade Monday

Time is running out to enter the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas parade, which will be held Monday at 6 p.m.

Deadline for entries into the parade, the theme of which this year is “Merry and Bright,” is 4 p.m. Wednesday. The chamber office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. To enter, call the chamber at 715-823-4606 or email administrativeassistant@clintonvillewichamber.com.

Wed
22
Nov

Library has activities during holiday break

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Time for holiday traditions, quality time with family and kids on break from school.

All ages are invited to the library Shawano City-County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., on Wednesday. Story time for the little ones starts at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Department, and the Creation Station will host “No School Lego Day” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., the Creation Station will be transformed into an escape room. Groups of friends and family members are invited to try to break out of “Dr. Johnson’s Zombie Apocalypse Laboratory.” The library will close at 5 p.m.

Wed
22
Nov

Cast announced for ‘Christmas … On the Air’

A large cast of area performers of all ages is rehearsing for the upcoming holiday themed “Christmas … On the Air” by Gregory Owens to be presented Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10 at the historic Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School Auditorium in Clintonville.

Leading roles in the musical include Trent Laack, a student at Clintonville High School, who is Lt. Jack O’Brien. Amanda Hein plays Rosie Lyle, his love interest. Ben Huber is in the role of Tate Carmichael, radio station host, and Tara Huber is Maxine Rivera.

Three others of the Huber family are in the show: Thayer Fietsch as Franky Kovac, the sound effects man, Zeke Fietsch as Casey Williamson, a budding singer, and Caitlin Huber as the Hollywood star Darla Davenport.

Mark Moran, principal at St. Martin Lutheran School, is Gordy Gordon, the stations sales manager.

Sat
18
Nov

Shawano Area Women’s Network raising awareness


Photo by Carol Wagner Carrie Pitt is co-chair of the Shawano Area Women’s Network.

The Shawano Area Women’s Network (SAWN) was formed in May to bring awareness about many issues.

“We felt something needed to be done,” said Carrie Pitt, who is co-chair along with Jan Koch.

They became affiliated with the Forward Action Wisconsin Network and are non-partisan.

“I make that point at every meeting,” Pitt said. “It’s time to heal the country.”

Currently, there are about 40 active members of all ages. One of their community projects is collecting new socks and underwear for the Cecil Community Closet who have clothes and other items available totally free.

They are interested in issues and have members signed up for different topics such as healthcare, public education, environment, gun violence, human trafficking, veterans affairs and voting rights.

“We have to go door to door and get signatures and present them to the city council,” Pitt said.

She referred to the quote, “Silence is the acceptance of the oppressor.”

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