Community

Sat
25
Feb

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Chantel Alveshire, right, volunteers with the Menom 4-H Club. Many of her grandchildren are in the club, including Kenew Bell.

Chantel Alveshire volunteers with the Menom 4-H Club. She was born and raised in Keshena, and graduated from Shawano High School.

Alveshire attended some colleges, then worked at a casino, as a jailer, in nursing and at a high school. She and her husband, Blaine, have been married 27 years and live on Legend Lake. They have five children and 16 grandchildren, and are raising a niece. Last year Alveshire bought her husband a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and they enjoy just taking off for a ride. They love to travel and have been to almost every state.

Q When and how did you get involved in 4-H?

A “I started about two years ago going to the Menom 4-H Club. I have 16 grandkids, and it was mainly us who kept on coming. I started letting other people know about it, and we now have between 15 and 25 coming to the meetings. We meet at the Culture Center twice a month on Tuesday from 5:30-7 p.m. We have a meal prior to the meeting.”

Q What does the club do?

Fri
24
Feb

Early thaw taps memories of making maple syrup

The unseasonably warm weather has put the pressure on maple producers. While the first days were a perfect time for the sap to run, the later days caused it to shut down, as the nights stayed too warm.

For a good run of sap, it needs to be below freezing at night, and sunny and warm during the daytime.

Some tapped early in the week last week, others a little later, and some might have waited, thinking that it will get cold again and they will tap when the real springtime temperatures arrive. The risk of tapping early is that the taps might dry up during the cold spell and not run again when the real warmth comes.

Fri
24
Feb

Speaker will offer advice for caregivers

Vicki Johnson, outreach specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Wisconsin Chapter, will be the featured speaker when the Parkinson’s disease support group in the Shawano area meets on March 14.

The group will meet at 10 a.m. in the Community Room at Shawano City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St. The meeting is free and open to those with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers, friends and family, as well as those who work with people with Parkinson’s disease.

The session will focus on caregivers of people with Parkinson’s disease and other related disorders. Johnson will share strategies for caregivers to take care of themselves so they can better care for their loved ones.

Thu
23
Feb

CREATING GARDEN GOLD


Photo by Rob Zimmer Creating your own rich, nutritious garden compost at home is one of the best things you can do to grow fantastic flowers and delicious edibles.

Photo by Rob Zimmer It is not necessary to spend a fortune to create a compost bin at home. This easy-to-use bin is created using mesh wire fencing attached to stakes.

Save money on expensive garden amendments every year by creating your own nutritious, organic home compost right at home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or buy fancy equipment. It is easy work, and the rewards are priceless.

There’s nothing better for your garden soil then a yearly blanket of rich, organic compost that you’ve created on your own throughout the growing season and beyond.

A home composting kit is a great suggestion for those seeking to do more for the environment, right at home. You can find compost bins in many shapes, sizes and styles, as well as books on composting at home and other tools to make the job simple.

However, it is not necessary to spend a single dime getting started.

Getting started in home composting is simple. All you need to do is decide on a place to build your compost heap, or place the bin, and you’re ready to begin creating compost of your own.

Ready, set, go!

Sat
18
Feb

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Shawano Radio Controlled Flying Club will hold a swap meet and auction Feb. 26 at the Civic Center in Shawano. Shown with one of his planes is Blair Johnson, right, and John Gooding.

The purpose of the Shawano Radio Controlled Flying Club, founded in 1981, is to promote building and flying model aircraft.

Club secretary Blair Johnson has 13 planes and has been in the club for 10 years.

“I fly all different sizes and a little bit of everything,” Johnson said.

“I love flying,” said Johnson, who has his pilot’s license and used to own an ultralight aircraft.

The remote-controlled planes are built to scale of the original aircraft. They can have wings from 12 to 120 inches or bigger.

There are three types of planes: kit planes, wooden planes you build yourself following the plans provided; ARF, or almost ready to fly, which include pre-built frame and wings, but the electronics and motor need to be installed; and RTF, or ready to fly, which come completely finished.

Sat
18
Feb

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Monica Vick has been volunteering for Junior Achievement for 20 years.

Monica Vick has been volunteering for Junior Achievement for 20 years.

After graduating from Marion High School, Vick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and then a master’s in business administration from Lakeland College in Plymouth. She was trained in areas such as tax preparation, financial operations, grant funding and risk management.

Vick, who lives in the town of Richmond, has three daughters and one granddaughter. Two daughters, Westlin and Erin, also volunteer for JA. Middle daughter, Tristan, is in the Navy in Spain.

Vick is a member the Shawano Rotary Club and the Farm Bureau.

Q How did you get started in Junior Achievement?

Sat
18
Feb

Time is a precious gift

Just recently, I’ve been in a very reflective mood, little moments I call being schmaltzy. It comes unexpectedly and then again, predictably, at certain times of the year.

Eight years ago, between January and April, Jesus called my mom and dad Home. A certain song, or smell, or feel in the air can bring it all rushing back. Recalling those events make me realize all over again that time is a precious gift, never to be taken for granted. Mom and Dad were in the nursing home system for a couple of years before they passed.

Remembering those days are hard for me and my siblings, but knowing where they are now brings much comfort. Driving past the nursing home shortly after they passed, getting beyond the initial shock that they weren’t there anymore, I was flooded with relief, knowing they were released from their physical limitations and were skipping along the golden-laced streets of heaven, laughing and talking together.

Sat
18
Feb

Piano gets new life

There were two main things that my daughter was interested in while in grade school: softball and playing piano. While she maintained great grades in school and took a large selection of projects in 4-H, her greatest joy came on the softball field or playing piano.

I never encouraged piano for her, as I remembered how much my mother pushed piano lessons on me. I escaped the fate of having to take lessons because she was never able to find a used piano to purchase. She did find an organ once, and it got moved in, but piano teachers insisted I had to have a piano to take lessons.

I resisted the idea of playing, for some unknown reason. Perhaps it was because my mother wanted me to, and I was a stubborn child. Besides, my brothers weren’t being forced to play, so why should I?

I can’t quite remember how we got rid of the organ, but one day it was gone, and the specter of my having to take piano lessons went with it.

Fri
17
Feb

Classes explain Medicare options

Classes outlining the basics of Medicare will be held at three Shawano County locations in March.

Navigating the different systems of available Medicare benefits can be both tricky and frustrating. The Medicare Basics class will help area residents learn more about Medicare introductory information and other Medicare options that they might have.

The class will offered from 1-3 p.m. March 9 in the Community Education room at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St., Shawano; from 6-8 p.m. March 9 at the Wittenberg Community Center, 208 W. Vinal St., Wittenberg; and from 6-8 p.m. March 14 at the Shawano County Human Services Department, 607 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano.

The classes will be presented by the Aging and Disability Resource Center disability benefit specialist and the Shawano County Human Services elder benefit specialist.

Classes are free and open to the public.

Thu
16
Feb

Former governor headlines Alzheimer’s conference

Former Gov. Martin Schreiber will be the opening speaker April 11 at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Wolf River Area Spring Education Conference at the Menominee Casino Resort, 10277 State Highway 47-55, Keshena.

The conference program begins at 8 a.m. and will conclude by 4 p.m.

The conference provides opportunity for family and professional caregivers from across Northeastern Wisconsin to learn about Alzheimer’s research advances, latest care management strategies and ways to enhance caregiving skills. The day also features exhibits and displays sharing resources available in the area to support families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

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