Pastor moving on to new experiences

Photo by Carol Wagner Pastor Susan Phillips will be leaving First Presbyterian Church in Shawano 18 years after she was ordained a minister here.

Pastor Susan Phillips will be leaving First Presbyterian Church in Shawano exactly 18 years after she came here.

Shawano was Phillips’ first call, and she was ordained in ministry here. She will be going to First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois.

“They were very interested in my gifts and skills,” Phillips said.

She put her name in a call system last year where other churches could see her profile. Then Phillips and her husband, Simon Levin, decided they would stay.

“There are dear people here,” Phillips said.

Before withdrawing her name, she got the call from the church in Illinois. The family, which includes daughters Livya and Ruby, decided they would move. It will also bring them closer to their extended families.

“Our whole family agreed this would be an opportunity for us,” Phillips said.

Her final worship service in Shawano will be April 23. They won’t be moving until the girls finish school.


13 authors being featured at library event

The Shawano City-County Library will host its annual “Afternoon With the Authors” from 3-6 p.m. Monday.

Thirteen local authors will be on hand to share their stories and writing experiences. Many authors will have copies of their books available for purchase.

New this year is the Author’s Corner, where several of the authors will introduce themselves, read from their works, and answer questions.

Here are the authors attending the event:

• Brianna Dingeldein writes under the pseudonym Nicki North and is a graduate of Bonduel High School. She released her first novel, “Born at Night,” in 2016.

• John N. Powers released “Bean Camp to Briar Patch: Life in the POW Camps of Korea and Vietnam” in 2011.

• Elijah Williams has lived in the Shawano area most of his life. He was interested in writing from a young age and decided to take it more seriously as an adult.


Workshop provides info on pruning fruit trees

A hands-on workshop about fruit tree pruning and training will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Keshena Primary School’s Johnny Reiter Orchard.

The orchard is located at N522 State Highway 47-55, Keshena. The workshop is free and open to everyone. It is sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension offices serving Shawano, Oconto and Marinette counties.

Pruning of fruit trees is necessary if growers want their trees to have optimal health and high production capacity. Now, up until the tree breaks dormancy, is the ideal time to be doing these yearly pruning activities. Proper pruning also helps increase fruit size and quality by assisting with insect and disease management and by regulating fruit set.


Seed Library and gardening classes available

The Shawano City-County Library will open its Seed Library next week.

In conjunction with the seed library launch, gardening classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at least monthly at the library, 128 S. Sawyer St., in Shawano.

The class schedules includes the following topics:

- April 10: Basics of Seed Saving.

- May 1: Gardening Basics.

- May 8: Container Gardening.

- June 5: Planting the Garden.

- June 12: Managing Garden Pests.

- July 10: Herbs.

- Aug. 14: Seed Saving Vegetables.

- Sept. 11: Seed Saving Flowers.

Classes will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and Master Gardeners. To reserve a spot, call 715-526-3829.

The seed library enables the community to get seeds for free. It is available to everyone. No library card is needed to participate.



Photo by Rob Zimmer Spring blooming bulbs, such as these grape hyacinths, are already in bloom in some area gardens. Many more will be in full glory over the next few weeks.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Dwarf irises are among the earliest blooming garden perennials, growing just a few inches in height and setting the stage for the full beauty still to come.

To bring nature home into the yard and garden is one of the most popular reasons people enjoy their gardening hobby. During spring, we can enjoy the miracles of nature in all their glory, right in our own backyards. New life, returning friends, an explosion of color, bird song and so much more.

Bringing nature home is a passion. Learning the life cycles and details of the creatures and plants that fill our yards and landscapes brings a more intimate connection to the world around us. We begin to know mother nature like an old friend and welcome the signs of the new season she brings.

The dawn chorus

Already in full swing, the dawn chorus of returning songbirds and year-round residents now bursts into melody to welcome us with each new day.


Schreiber visiting Book World next week

Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber will meet and greet readers at Book World in Shawano on Monday.

Schreiber will be at the store, at 134 S. Main St., from 5-7 p.m, to talk about his book, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver .”

The book is a guide for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers, as well as a love story that spans more than 55 years. They’re topics Schreiber knows well, as his wife, Elaine, is in her 12th year living with the disease.

Schreiber has said he shares his stories and lessons he learned so others don’t experience the learning curve that he did while he tried to be caregiver, support system and loving spouse.

Like many thrown into the heartbreaking Alzheimer’s world, Schreiber knew little about the disease. What he found most disturbing was that even health care providers didn’t know the degree that Alzheimer’s affects the person that lives with Alzheimer’s and his or her family.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Kate Mikle, a school counselor who teachers college and career readiness classes at Menominee Indian High School, is one of the founders of the MIHS Scholarship Gala.

This is the fifth year for the Menominee Indian High School Scholarship Gala, which will be held April 7 at the Menominee Casino Resort.

“It went by so fast,” said Kate Mikle, school counselor and one of the founders of the gala with Kim Mitchell, Bob Burr, Wendell Waukau, Terry Brooks, Michelle Frechette, Paul Schwaller and Leslie Shawanokasic.

The first gala raised $17,000. It has grown steadily since then and last year raised $30,000.

“We were able to start a foundation,” said Mikle, who teaches college and career readiness classes at the high school.

MIHS students start preparing for their future as freshmen.

“The students who are in my classes must create an academic and career portfolio,” Mikle said.

High school students volunteer to help at the gala to build their portfolio.

As seniors they present their portfolio in hopes of qualifying for one of the five $2,800 Soaring Eagle Scholarships.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Nancy Carpenter volunteers at the Cecil Community Closet.

Nancy Carpenter, 80, volunteers at the Cecil Community Closet.

Carpenter graduated from Bonduel High School and then went to work in the office at Consolidated Badger/Morning Glory. She then worked in the offices of Navarino Feed Mill and Badger Energy LP in Black Creek.

Carpenter and her husband, Earl, were married for 27 years before his death in 1982. She has four children and 12 grandchildren.

Carpenter lives in Navarino. She spends a lot of time with her family.

Q How long have you volunteered at the Cecil Community Closet?

A “My sister Lois and I started at the same time seven years ago.”

Q What do you do?

A “I come here on work day the third Thursday of the month. I go through the bags and sort the clothes by size that are tagged with colored tags and if they are for boys or girls from kids to adult.”

Q Where do the clothes come from?


Strawberry, the red-haired heifer

You know, I just love those auburn-colored animals. Big Red is still here on the farm (his days, however, are numbered) and we also have a Little Red coming up in the ranks. They strike a chord with me. Those reddish-brown coats remind me of ginger and spice and everything nice — or sassy. Seriously, they can be quite sassy.

So, when a number of years ago our neighbor had a dilemma with a strawberry-colored heifer, I was concerned and not a little sad. One hot day smack in the middle of July, this fireball decided to bust loose out of her very secure pen. You know when an animal sees a teeny outlet, if in its mind it decides that means out, there’s nothing too much even a couple of guys can do.


Rain, rain go away; come again another day

I, for one, am overjoyed that the calendar is turning to April 1. I don’t know about you, but for me, March was a big disappointment in the weather department.

Now, I have lived long enough to know that March is an up-and-down month, with unpredictable weather, but only one or two nice days out of a week is just not what I was hoping for.

The snow is gone, except for the piles along the ditch lines, and one nice day about a month ago, I even took down some of the Christmas decorations that were sitting outside. It was a dry walk across the lawn, and I was sure I would have all of the outside lights down by this point in time.

Of course, since then, the snow has come back a few times, and there were some days so windy that everything was whipping through the air. Let us not forget the three-day rains and cloudy weather, but at least rain doesn’t need shoveling, unless it is in your basement. Mine stayed dry, thankfully.


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