Community

Thu
25
Apr

Bartels spends half-century saving lives


Photo by Curt Knoke From the battlefields of foreign countries to the quiet village of Bonduel, Doug Bartels has done his best to keep the sick and injured alive. Bartels’ tireless efforts have earned him the Health Care Volunteer of the Year Award from the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

Doug Bartels has spent the last 50 years doing his part to save people’s lives.

To hear him talk about it, though, there are plenty of others who are much more qualified to be in the spotlight.

Despite Bartels’ protestations, the Shawano Area Community Foundation has named the Bonduel man as its Health Care Volunteer of the Year for 2019. The award is sponsored by ThedaCare Physicians.

Bartels is currently working as part of an ambulance crew with Bonduel EMS, where he has been since 2004. However, before that, he often served as a Bonduel first responder on his own while working for Shawano Ambulance for 23 years. Bartels had also worked in Shawano Hospital’s emergency room on the weekends during that time.

His career in the health field started when he fought for this country’s freedom. Bartels served as a medic in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, stationed in Korea and Vietnam.

Tue
23
Apr

Small wheels keep on turning for Sturm


Photo by Curt Knoke Greg Sturm keeps the wheels of progress — and bicycles — turning in Shawano County through his work with Shawano Pathways. The efforts to provide better roads, activities and facilities for outdoor recreational enthusiasts have earned Sturm the Shawano Area Community Foundation’s Shawano Community Service Award.

Editor’s Note: The Shawano Area Community Foundation, in conjunction with The Shawano Leader, has staged a Celebration of Giving Volunteer of the Year promotion for the last 10 years. Each year, select area volunteers are presented $1,000 cash grants for their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Wolf River Region. The awards, sponsored by area businesses, are then reinvested back into area nonprofit organizations at the direction of the award winners. This is the second in a series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

When you can’t find the road to your goals, you sometimes have to create your own path.

That’s certainly true for Greg Sturm. As one of the founders of Shawano Pathways, he’s had to do things the hard way to shape a group dedicated to improving outdoor recreational opportunities in Shawano County.

Tue
23
Apr

Local teaching duo releases 2nd music CD


Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson Julie and Dan Krolow are teachers by day and musicians the rest of the time. The pair are releasing their sophomore album “Thy Holy Water” on Friday.

NEW Media recently chatted with Dan Krolow about the new 14-song CD, “Thy Holy Water,” that he recently recorded with his wife, Julie.

Dan teaches science and biology at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School; Julie teaches at Rosholt Elementary. They live just south of Wittenberg.

The CD will be available locally beginning Friday at Gwidt Pharmacy, Hanke’s Sentry and Deb’s Webb St. and online at julieanddan.bandcamp.com.

Q: How does your new CD differ from your first, “Songs of Sorrow, Songs of Hope,” released in December 2016?

Tue
23
Apr

Bonduel, Angelica churches get new pastor

Pastor Lynn Tricker has been appointed to serve as interim pastor at Angelica United Methodist Church, W1586 County Road C, Pulaski, and Zion United Methodist Church, 134 E. Green Bay St., Bonduel.

Tricker grew up on a dairy farm in Polk County, which he purchased a few years after graduating from high school. After 20 years of farming, he made a career change to truck driving. He is a certified lay speaker and enjoyed being of service to his local church in Algoma and other churches in the Northeast District, and is continuing his education to become a licensed pastor. Tricker is a widower with two adult children and four grandchildren.

“I look forward to getting to know and working with the congregations at Angelica and Bonduel, as well as people in these communities,” Tricker said, noting his purpose is to help others to live and love more like Jesus, along with seeing them experience all that God intends for them.

Mon
22
Apr

Educator keeps teaching outside classroom


Photo by Curt Knoke Lynn Schaal doesn’t stop teaching at the end of the school day, spending her weekends helping Boy Scouts earn their merit badges in Bonduel, teaching religious education classes at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil and more. Schaal’s tireless teaching earned her the Bill Mielke Volunteer Award from the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

Editor’s Note: The Shawano Area Community Foundation, in conjunction with The Shawano Leader, has staged a Celebration of Giving Volunteer of the Year promotion for the last 10 years. Each year, select area volunteers are presented $1,000 cash grants for their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Wolf River Region. The awards, sponsored by area businesses, are then reinvested back into area nonprofit organizations at the direction of the award winners. This is the first in a series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

Lynn Schaal spends all day in a classroom setting, teaching and shaping young minds.

That teaching instinct doesn’t end when the school day is done, however. She volunteers her time after hours to help area youth achieve great things through the Boy Scouts, teaching them how to earn the merit badges they prize.

Mon
22
Apr

Flu restrictions lifted at Shawano hospital

Due to the declining number of influenza cases, ThedaCare leadership announced it will lift the temporary restriction placed in early February not allowing children under the age of 12 to visit patients in all seven ThedaCare hospitals. All hospital visitors are still highly encouraged to wear masks and wash their hands when entering the facilities.

“We appreciate the support from patients, families and visitors,” said Dr. Jennifer Frank, Chief Medical Officer of the ThedaCare Clinically Integrated Network. “The precautions that were taken were important in the prevention of spreading the influenza virus.”

ThedaCare implemented the temporary restriction at hospitals in Appleton, Neenah, Shawano, New London, Waupaca, Berlin and Wild Rose.

Mon
22
Apr

Optimist Club holding bike rodeo

The Shawano Optimist Club plans to hold its annual bike rodeo skills event May 11 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1254 S. Union St., Shawano.

The event is 8:30-10:30 a.m., with awards following at the Zion parking lot.

The club is not only giving away free bike helmets and trophies to the top kids in each grade category, but they have also increased the number of bikes to be given away from two to six.

Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade go through a variety of courses such as the figure eight, balancing at slow speed, stopping on a line, weaving, straight-line riding and coasting. The child in each category with the best score wins a trophy, and the person with best overall score wins a grand champion trophy.

Fri
19
Apr

Colored eggs and Easter bonnets make holiday bright

I was raised in a Christian family. Mourning the death of Jesus on Good Friday and celebrating his resurrection on Easter were the focus and reason for our observance of the holiday. Like many families, we also had some traditions surrounding the holiday.

Mother always made sure I had a new Easter outfit, complete with a pretty bonnet, shoes and a colorful dress. We didn’t have a great deal of money, but Mother was conservative with her grocery money. Buying Easter clothes for me was very important to her. If there was money left, she would buy herself a hat. Mother always wore one to church. She loved hats. She also wore nylons with a seam down the back. I was so proud to sit next to her in church; I thought she looked like a movie star. She had a deep, distinctive voice, and I loved listening to her sing the traditional Easter hymns, “Christ our Lord has risen today, Hallelujah.”

Fri
19
Apr

Snow days in spring confound scheduled plans

Snow days in April are beginning to be a tradition in Wisconsin. Sure, it wasn’t the 30 inches of 2018, but the inches of 2019 came with a strong east wind plus thunder, lightning, sleet, freezing rain, and I, for one, was glad I decided to stay home. Many of my Facebook friends noted that it was the worst driving situation of the winter. I was thankful they got home from work safely.

After months of winter weather, I am not sure why that storm bothered me that much. I was snug in the house, and had no need to go out. From inside, the snow didn’t look too deep. However, when the plow went through, the huge pile at the end of the driveway told me it was deeper than it looked.

Fri
19
Apr

A MUCH AWAITED RETURN


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Don Reiter of the Menominee Conservation Department holds up a sturgeon for Terry Waupekenay, a teacher at Menominee Indian Middle School, to bless with traditional tobacco. Many tribal members got the opportunity to be up close and personal with the sturgeon, which is a vital part of Menominee culture.

It’s an annual tradition for many Menominee people to await the arrival of sturgeon from Lake Winnebago.

The wait came to an end this week, as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources brought 34 sturgeon to Chickenay Creek near the Keshena Falls corridor of the Wolf River. More than 100 onlookers observed as DNR officials worked with Menominee tribal staff and some volunteer students.

For most onlookers along the Wolf River, seeing sturgeon is a fascinating wildlife experience. For the Menominee, however, the sturgeon are ingrained in their culture.

Terry Waupekenay, a Menominee culture and language teacher at Menominee Indian Middle School, brought over 45 students to the creek to see the sturgeon close up. For many of the students, it was their first time seeing their tribe’s sacred fish up close.

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