Community

Sat
08
Sep

Boys and girls can sign up for Cub Scouts

For the first time, area Cub Scout packs are welcoming new families to join their ranks — including those with boys and girls. Sign-up night for families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the United Methodist Church, 1000 Engel Drive, Shawano.

Girls were first included in Cub Scouts in spring. “Our daughter joined the pack. She gets so excited about it,” said Mike VanHandel, Cub Scout dad and leader. “It’s fun to watch her doing the things that we haven’t been able to find the equivalent opportunity elsewhere.”

“My daughter joined Scouting this year,” added Ian Schiesl. “She’s been having a blast and learning all sorts of things that she’s never had the opportunity to do before — snowshoeing, (using) tools and just overall good character building.”

For information on Scouting, visit BeAScout.org.

Thu
06
Sep

Training offered for Master Gardener volunteers

Time is running out to sign up for Master Gardener volunteer training through the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension. The training session will begin Sept. 13 and run through Dec. 13.

The course work prepares participants to help others in their community, for example, by assisting with community beautification projects, performing horticultural demonstrations and answering plant care questions. Course instruction is free; however, the instructional materials cost $150. Included in these materials are the instruction manual, access to the online Foundations in Horticulture site and numerous take-home materials that are part of the hands-on skill-building sessions, which are the main feature of the course.

Wed
05
Sep

Vendors sought for Christmas craft fair

The Merry Mielke Arts and Crafts Fair has put out a call for vendors.

The event, sponsored by the Shawano County Arts Council, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.

A non-refundable registration fee of $40 is due in advance to reserve a preassigned space, and spots are limited. Arts and crafts exhibitors are responsible for setup and cleanup and are asked to be open during the duration of the fair. They are solely responsible for any loss, theft or damage to property.

Kits, manufactured or resale items are discouraged. Original art, crafts or Christmas gift items may be sold and exhibited. All items should be described on the entry form.

Exhibitors registered prior to Nov. 1 will have their names and locations shown in the fair program.

A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included with registration, as confirmation will not be given without it.

Sat
01
Sep

What do you mean chili doesn’t have peas?

Like many of you, one of our favorite stops at the fair is the Rural Firemen’s stand. I’ll never forget the time our son and his family joined us for burgers and chili. My daughter-in-law, my grandchildren and I sat down at one of the picnic tables behind the stand. My hubby and son brought the food over to us.

I remember my daughter-in-law asking, “What kind of soup is this?”

When I asked her if she never had chili before, she said, “Lots of times, but I have never heard of chili with peas in it.”

Her comment really surprised me. My mother always put peas in our chili. I guess I just thought everyone did.

A few months later, when we had a chili dump at City Hall, I was told chili with peas wasn’t allowed. Obviously, many of the staff at City Hall weren’t “homegrown.” (except Dana Dillenburg, who grew up on Shawano chili, too)

Sat
01
Sep

A calf that needed rescuing

Normally, when the Black Angus mother cows deliver their calves, nature takes over and they immediately tend. The accompanying low moo as she talks to her new calf, along with mother’s sandpaper-tongue’s first bath gets the vital organs working and the blood chugging through the offspring’s system. As the calf struggles to stand, the mother cow nudges her gently toward the colostrum milk, and she receives life-sustaining nourishment.

Rarely does a mother cow abandon her youngster but occasionally, we do see that happen. Such was the case the other day.

My husband pronounced the arrival of another calf, “A heifer calf!” to me one day as I returned from work. Watching it intently as he does, he noticed it had trouble standing. It would stand for a while, then flop back down. Otherwise, the calf looked healthy.

Sat
01
Sep

Labor Day weekend means fair, fun and photography

I know that the official season of autumn doesn’t begin for another three weeks. However, there is no denying that it is well on its way. The splashes of color are everywhere in the trees, and the goldenrod stands tall with its yellow splendor and, yes, pollen.

Allergy sufferers are experiencing itchy eyes, scratchy throats, stuffy noses and, yes, maybe even a cough. I was tested in past years and was told I wasn’t allergic to the pollen, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother me. Wasn’t sure what that meant, but it seems every spring and fall, I am bothered by mold, pollen or whatever is out there.

This Labor Day weekend means back to school for most kids in our area and, as always, the great Shawano County Fair. I have always loved that fair — from my childhood, through the years I was a general leader of a 4-H Club and even now, as a senior citizen who still enters photography at the fair.

Sat
01
Sep

Tour company brings visitors to Wittenberg

Editor’s note: NEW Media recently chatted with Anne Schymanski of Courtesy Travel LLC, which organizes group bus tours out of Wausau. She was in Wittenberg on Aug. 9 with a group of 100 tourists enjoying a mystery tour.

Q: Who owns Courtesy Travel LLC?

A: My mom, Louanne Roehr, and a business partner opened Courtesy Travel in 1968 as a full-service travel agency. In 1989, her partner retired and Louanne became sole owner, employing four to six agents. In 2003, Louanne changed the business from a full-service travel agency to arranging and escorting her own group bus tours. I joined her in 2011 and took over ownership in 2013. I travel with the groups, and Louanne will get on the bus and help me out when I have more than one bus on a tour.

Q: What kind of trips do you do?

Sat
01
Sep

Centenarian has 100 years of ties to area’s history


Photo by Grace Kirchner Raymond Arndt, who’ll turn 101 in November, gives countless donations of his time, tools and talents to the Marion Area Historical Society. Its 30th anniversary was Saturday.

Ask 100-year-old Raymond Arndt about his secret to living a long life, and he’ll tell you his recipe is doing hard work and keeping busy — both of which will keep you out of trouble.

One of the ways the centenarian keeps out of trouble these days is helping with the Marion Area Historical Society, which celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday. The society, which was founded in 1988 at the encouragement of the Marion Economic Development Corp., built its museum on city-owned land that was nothing but dirt, sand and a hill that Arndt recalled had to be lowered five or six feet to make way for a building.

The society later dedicated its East Ramsdell Street museum to Arndt in 2009 — thanks, in part, to the many tools, pieces of farm machinery and log home he donated to the organization. So many historical items have been donated to the society that the group is looking to expand and build an additional 60-by-100-foot building, Arndt said.

Fri
31
Aug

Animal exhibitors entrenched at fairgrounds


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Dallas Zernicke, left, with the Bonduel FFA, herds her pigs into their pen with a little help from Daryn Reinhard on Thursday. It’s not uncommon for most animal exhibitors to be on the fairgrounds from dawn until well after dark, caring for their four-legged entries.

Most visitors to the Shawano County Fair hang out for a few short hours — just long enough to see the exhibits, enjoy fair food and ride the rides.

For the individuals and families who show animals, however, the fair is almost like a second home, with many spending most of the six days on the fairgrounds. Whether it’s washing the animals or feeding them or keeping them from being too distressed by visitors and heat, many exhibitors arrive around sunrise each day and leave well after dark.

Megan Zeitler, a Corner View 4-H member from Bonduel, is in her fifth year showing at the fair. Her sheep take up quite a bit of her time during the fair, as she arrives daily at 7 a.m. and often doesn’t leave for the night until around 10 p.m.

“I just stick to sheep. It takes a lot of time,” Zeitler said.

Zeitler is constantly checking whether her sheep have food and water. She and other family members take shifts helping with the animals.

Fri
31
Aug

Shawano homecoming theme set

Entries are being accepted for the 29th annual Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce fall homecoming parade, which will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 in cooperation with Shawano Community High School and sponsoring partners. The theme this year is “Movie Magic,” and participants are encouraged to decorate their entries within that theme.

Lineup for the parade begins at 5 p.m. on Elizabeth Street. Participants are asked to enter the staging area from Lincoln Street. The parade route starts at the corner of Elizabeth and Main streets, proceeds north on Main Street turning left at Green Bay Street, left on Washington Street and ending at Franklin Park.

Trophies will be awarded for the Best of the Parade, business entry, club/organization entry, high school entry and kindergarten through eighth grade school entry. To register for the parade, call the chamber at 715-524-2139, or stop by the chamber office, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano, to pick up an entry form.

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