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Sat
28
Apr

Volunteers help provide emergency assistance


Photo by Carol Wagner Three of the Emergency Medical Responders of the Belle Plaine Emergency Medical Service are, left to right, Cory Retzlaff, service director, Cedric Pettis, and Jennifer Monroe. Missing are Dan Wolff, Jeff Kammerer, and Toni Dinse.

Recently the Belle Plaine Emergency Medical Service received a $2,500 grant from the Shawano Area Community Foundation to purchase another automated external defibrillator. Now all six of the current emergency medical responders have them in their vehicles to use when responding to a call.

“We can shock someone if warranted,” said Cory Retzlaff, service director of the group. They all carry jump bags with necessary items like stethoscopes, blood pressure equipment, bandages, ice packs, splints, collars, and oxygen

Retzlaff does the paperwork for the state and handles the operations. He coordinates what they do with Shawano medical director Dr. Paul Casey.

“We’re required to have a medical director who oversees us,” Retzlaff said.

They respond to pages from the Shawano dispatch and work side-by-side with Shawano Ambulance.

Whoever is available goes on the calls. Retzlaff farms and also works at Adams Meats, so he can usually respond to a call.

Sat
28
Apr

Country music legend in town on Sunday


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Singing legend Bobby Bare will perform at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School on Sunday. The show is sold out.

Editor’s note: This story by Peter Lindblad was published in the April edition of Out & About Wisconsin and reprinted with the magazine’s permission.

Never one to follow the herd, Bobby Bare has carved out his own unique place in country music history. A man of few words in conversation, the uncompromising Bare is often referred to as “the Springsteen of country” and for good reason. The common man’s concerns are spotlighted in Bare’s witty, affecting lyrics – delivered in that comforting drawl of his.

Sat
28
Apr

Compliments can be found in chocolates

I have been working on trying to get my body more healthy as of late. I wrote a column earlier this year saying that I am now working with a diabetic educator. I met one-on-one with her in the beginning and then attended some classes where there were other diabetics in the room. The class consisted of diabetic education and meal plans.

Since that time, I have changed the type of insulin I am taking, and under guidance, I have continued to drop the amount of insulin I take, each week. I now only do a shot one time per day, which is a relief to me. That is one habit I can embrace with open arms.

Changing habits of what and when I eat is difficult. I admit, I don’t always follow it exactly but am trying to change as best I can. Another thing that is making me feel great is my clothes are getting bigger, but no, I am actually getting smaller. Not that anyone would notice, at least not yet, but I notice.

Sat
28
Apr

Meisner earns Eagle Scout award


Photo by Carol Wagner Paul Meisner, center, is the fifth person in his family to earn the Eagle Scout award. His parents, Scott and Linda Meisner, stand with him along with his brothers, from left, Mike, Andy and Dave Meisner.

Paul Meisner had many reasons to become an Eagle Scout and four of them involved his family. His father, Scott, and three older brothers, Andy, Dave and Mike, are all Eagle Scouts.

“My dad and brothers helped me get through,” Meisner said.

A project is required to become an Eagle Scout award. Meisner built three cedar swings for Shawano Lake County Park. Friends and other scouts helped him. Shawano County Parks Director Keith Marquardt donated the swing kit and furnished the stain.

Meisner, a freshman at Shawano Community High School, also needed to earn 21 medals for the award but went well beyond that with a total of 34.

Beyond the Eagle award, a scout can get three palms and with the medals he already has, Meisner has two of them.

Scott Meisner said earning the Eagle Scout distinction looks good on a resume. He said he could see the way it has been reflected in the older boys in their jobs and how they are in public.

Sat
28
Apr

TripAdvisor strategies the topic of Lunch & Learn

The Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce announced its next Lunch & Learn presentation, “Build Your Business with TripAdvisor.”

As one of the world’s biggest travel sites and a trusted source for travel planning, TripAdvisor offers valuable opportunites for businesses to connect and engage with consumers. More than 320 million reviews and opinions of more than 4.4 million businesses have been posted on the site. Chad Kary, general manager of Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta in Shawano, will share how he successfully utilizes TripAdvisor and how he obtained a certificate of excellence from the site. Business people who attend will learn how to create or claim a page on TripAdvisor, get more and better reviews and develop a strategy that drives traffic and sales.

Sat
28
Apr

MJ tribute concert coming to North Star

The MJ Live event will turn the North Star Mohican Casino Resort Event Center into a Michael Jackson tribute haven on June 15. Voted Best Michael Jackson Impersonator and Best Moonwalk, Jalles Franca is billed as MJ the Legend.

Tickets are on sale now.

At 16, Franca came to the United States from Brazil with a performer’s dream. He found success with a seven-year residency with the MGM Hotel and Casino’s Studio 54 Nightclub. It was during this time he was able to incorporate dance moves into his routines that imitated his longtime idol, Michael Jackson.

Upon Jackson’s passing, Franca dedicated his life’s work to paying homage to the King of Pop.

“We are thrilled to welcome MJ Live as a way for audiences to continue to be entertained by the work of a true legend,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort.

Fri
27
Apr

Tickets on sale for Jirschele sports awards banquet

The 26th annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Awards banquet will be held May 19 at the Memory Lanes and Banquet Hall, 250 County Road I, Clintonville. Tickets are available for $30, which includes a catered meal from Mathew’s Supper Club and a program honoring area athletes and special guests.

Bill Ferrario, who played offensive line for the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers, will be the main speaker. This year’s Doug Jirschele Sports Award honorees include: John Dunlavy, Ripon College basketball; Jim Polzin, sports writer for the Wisconsin State Journal; and Leann Schley Hopp, Marian College softball. Brian Butch, who played for the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team, is the “Nice Guy” award winner.

The charity banquet is a fundraiser sponsored by the American Legion Post 63. Proceeds from the event and its popular silent auction will benefit the Clintonville Diamond Cats Legion baseball program.

Fri
27
Apr

WHAT THE GUAC?

If you were to ask the average person on the street what the holiday Cinco de Mayo is all about, you would probably hear that it is Mexican Independence Day. In truth, it is not. Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain on Sept. 16. The fact is, Cinco de Mayo is not even a

national holiday in Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) is a celebration of a battle not against Spain, but against France. El Dia de la Battalla de Puebla, was a famous battle against the invading French army that had designs on taking over Mexico and establishing a new republic.

Fri
27
Apr

Vivian Rudolph hits the century mark


Photo by Grace Kirchner Vivian Rudolph’s secret to a long happy life is not to worry to much and be grateful for the things you have. Seldom do you see her without a smile on her face.

Vivian (Meyers) Rudolph was born 100 years ago on March 31, 1918. It was on Easter Sunday and it wasn’t until she was 11 years old that her birthday would again be on Easter Sunday.

Rudolph spent her early years in Caroline, where her father, John, worked for the telephone company. Her birth mother died from the flu when Vivian was only 10 months old. Her father remarried, and Irma became her mother. She had a sister, Willowdean, now deceased, that was 10 years younger. She had married Clarence Graff, of Clintonville.

“During those years, each little community had its own telephone company. Later several merged and became Urban telephone and then her dad worked out of Clintonville. We moved here when I was in eighth grade. I graduated from high school in 1936,” Rudolph said.

It was during high school that she became acquainted with Walter Rudolph.

Thu
26
Apr

Besaw to emcee 2018 student writing awards ceremony

Former Menominee Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2018 George Putz Jr. Memorial Student Writing Contest awards ceremony Saturday at the Mielke Arts Center, Shawano.

The event, sponsored by the Shawano Area Writers, honors students from Menominee and Shawano counties who submitted winning entries in the 12th annual writing competition. The awards ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and and is open to the public. Author Marshall J. Cook will give the keynote address.

Besaw is an enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe and has served on the tribal legislature for 11 years, holding positions as chairman, vice chair and secretary. He has served as vice president of student services for the College of Menominee Nation and as part of a tribal Menominee language curriculum initiative. He worked in K-12 Native American education as superintendent, administrator, curriculum coordinator and art instructor.

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