Community

Sat
02
Sep

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Hannah Marien, Tim Marien and Debbie Werner are headed to Ghana on a mission trip. They will leave Sept. 28 and return Oct. 8.

Tim Marien, his daughter, Hannah Marien, and Debbie Werner are headed to Ghana on a vision mission trip.

Werner graduated from Marathon High School. She is a dental hygienist for Dr. David Ferris and Gillett Dental Care. Werner and her husband, Joel, president of Gillett Cement Products, have been married 32 years. They have one child and one grandchild and live in Shawano. She is a member of the St. James Praise Team and Messengers of the Way.

Tim Marien graduated from Grafton High School. He enlisted in the Army and was assigned to communications. He served in Bosnia and Afghanistan during his four-year stint. He is the security manager for the Transportation Security Administration in Green Bay. He is also on the board of directors of Shawano Area Youth Soccer. He and his wife, Christina, a registered nurse in behavioral health at Aurora, have been married 15 years. They live in the town of Wescott with their three children.

Sat
02
Sep

Fair has been annual ritual since childhood

By the time you read this, the great Shawano County Fair will be in full swing. All of the exhibits are in place and festooned with ribbons. The cream puff count will be mounting, and all of the food stands will be busy plying their wares.

There is something about the fair that has always made me want to go and see. As a child, even though I lived in Waupaca County, we always went to the Shawano County Fair because it was closer than Waupaca. I remember walking though the buildings and seeing all the exhibits.

As a teenager, my friend and I got to go to the fair and spend the whole day together. Her parents brought us and left us on our own until it was time to go home. We saw exhibits, but I mainly recall going on lots of rides, some more than once. I also remember doing pictures in the photo booth.

Thu
31
Aug

A MIGHTY MIGRATION


Photo by Rob Zimmer The colors of autumn arrive as the monarchs begin their mighty migration.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Monarch caterpillars are still feeding on milkweed as September arrives. It is this final brood that will join those already on the move on the flight to Mexico.

A mighty migration has begun as countless monarch butterflies across the state begin to embark on their annual voyage south to Mexico.

As the butterflies begin their journey, what garden plants do you have available to feed the hungry butterflies on their long migration?

During late summer and fall, monarchs are dependent upon native wildflowers, as well as garden beds, borders, even containers, for nectar to sustain them on their powerful migration.

New England aster, just beginning to bloom in our area, is a favorite of monarchs on the move. Blazing stars, especially the harder to find meadow blazing star, is also a favored nectar source. Monarchs also feed extensively upon goldenrods that near peak bloom during late August and early September.

Joe-pye weed, ironweed, as well as many of the wild sunflowers, such as cup plant, compass plant, rosin weed and many rudbeckias, are also heavily used by migrating monarchs.

Sat
26
Aug

Nonprofit Profile


Contributed Photo The 4-H Cantering Clovers, an equine drill team, will perform at the Shawano County Fair. Members are, from left, Elena Schultz, Jenna Arens, Brianna Bonnert, Anna Splan, Cierra Schnell, Ashlyn Schnell, Hailey Ferfecki, Ana Krieger, Harmony Riemer, Kayla Moeller, Kenzie Trinko, Melody Riemer, Breanna Schnell and Piper Novitzki. Missing are McKenna Rohloff and Ashlyn Ruen.

The 4-H Cantering Clovers is an equine drill team made up of members of several 4-H clubs. The riders put in many hours of practice and would like to show the public what they can do at the Shawano County Fair. They will perform during the break of the open show, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m. Monday before the fun show.

“These kids work so hard and deserve the recognition,” said Diane Schnell, who has been the coach since 2009.

She noted it‘s much more than just kids riding horses.

“It’s another avenue for the kids to learn about teamwork, community, leadership skills and collaboration,” Schnell said. “To me that is what 4-H is about. To be good community members.”

There are 15 members of the team, with the older ones performing separately and then with the rest of the team. They start practicing in February at Schnell’s indoor arena, Blue Royal Stable, 5 miles south of Bonduel, where she has been giving lessons since 1990.

Sat
26
Aug

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner This is the third year that the members of the Shawano Hockey League will have a food and beverage stand at the Shawano County Fair. Shown getting the stand ready are, from left, Greg Rusch, Bryce Lammers, Faith Lammers and Noelle Lammers.

This is the third year that the Shawano Hockey League will have a food and beverage stand at the Shawano County Fair.

Greg Rusch is the president of the league. He is a graduate of Shawano High School and is the retail manager at Dearco in Shawano. Rusch and his wife, Beth, owner of Fusion Salon in Shawano, have been married 18 years. They have two sons, Sam, 16, and Jack, 14, and live in Shawano.

Noelle Lammers was born in Mequon and graduated from Random Lake High School. She earned a special education license and master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She teaches special education at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano. Lammers and her husband, Bryon, a press operator at Wolf River Media, have been married 19 years. They have three children, Aaron, 18, Faith, 13, and Bryce, 9, and live in Shawano.

Q How are things going at the food stand?

Sat
26
Aug

Volunteerism way of life for church secretary


Photo by Grace Kirchner Sandy Loberg sits at the desk in her office at the United Methodist Church in Clintonville, where she has worked, for the past 43 years. In addition to her duties there, she has managed to spend many hours volunteering on various committees in the community.

Communities need volunteers, and Clintonville is fortunate to have Sandy Loberg.

Loberg was born in the house that her father built, grew up in Clintonville, married and raised her family — all the while working and volunteering.

She has worked as the office secretary for the United Methodist Church in Clintonville for the past 43 years.

“The first day of work was a real experience,” she said. “I couldn’t even find the button to turn on the electric typewriter. I could type, but there was a lot of one-fingering for a while on the electric typewriter.”

Work and volunteering go hand-in-hand for Loberg, who admitted she has not taken many vacations.

She created fundraisers at the church that included soup suppers, spaghetti dinners, Thanksgiving dinners and more.

Sat
26
Aug

With computer fixed, thoughts turn to fun

Computers are cantankerous things. They are great when working but cause a bit of consternation when they are not. About a month ago, I had taken mine in and had it debugged. All was well until Monday.

It turned on as usual, but within minutes the screen was filled with words. They were in English, but the terms were in written in their own computer language, and I was afraid to click any of the keys they suggested.

So I called Computer Haus for some direction and a solution. He suspected the internal battery needed to be replaced. So, once again I drove it to Shawano and left it with the computer guru.

Who knew that a desktop computer has an internal battery? I sure didn’t. I knew a laptop had to be charged to keep it working but had no clue about the desktop computer.

Fri
25
Aug

4-H exceeds expectations for Black family


Contributed Photo From left, Jillian, Gregory and Christopher Black display projects they are submitting to the Shawano County Fair 4-H program this year.

Jennifer Black already knew the value of the 4-H program from her own experience, having been part of it during her youth in Oconto County.

Several years ago, she and her husband, Dane, were interested in getting their three children into the Shawano County program.

It was a casual conversation with Wendy Esch, whose children had been in 4-H for years, that sealed the deal.

When Jennifer asked about getting her kids into the program, she responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” Jennifer said.

In fact, the Waukechon Wildcats 4-H program was right in the middle of its recruitment period at the time.

Christopher Black, 16, has been in the 4-H program since the third grade; 14-year-old twins Jillian and Gregory since the second grade.

Fri
25
Aug

Bonduel Scout earns Eagle award


Contributed Photo Aaron Schaal, of Bonduel Troop 24, will receive his Eagle Scout award Sunday in Cecil.

Aaron Schaal, of Bonduel, will receive his Eagle Scout award Sunday at a ceremony at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil.

Aaron, a junior at Bonduel High School, completed an Eagle Board of Review in Appleton on July 20. He is a member of Troop 24, which is sponsored by Doc’s Harley-Davidson, Bonduel.

Only about 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank of Eagle. Each Eagle Scout must earn 21 merit badges, show leadership, and successfully complete a community- or church-related service project.

Aaron’s project included planning, organizing and building two benches along with a flower pot for St. Martin’s. He had noticed that there was no outside seating where parishioners could sit and visit after church. Aaron approached Deacon Mike Grzeca, pastoral leader, about building benches to provide a place for parishioners to socialize.

Fri
25
Aug

CMN will host disability awareness walk

A 5K Disabilities Awareness Walk will be the centerpiece of a free event Oct. 7 on the College of Menominee Nation campus in Keshena.

The event, which also includes information booths, refreshments and prizes, is designed to provide area residents with information on the contributions and skills of workers with disabilities, as well as resources available for those with disabilities.

Participation in the walk and information fair is open to everyone.

The walk is sponsored by the Menominee Vocational Rehabilitation Program and the Menominee Tribal Clinic’s Diabetes, Diabetes Prevention and Wellness Programs.

“This will be the third time the walk has been held,” said Myrna Warrington, an MVR director and organizer of this year’s walk. “We’re happy to be part of the National Disabilities Awareness Month effort and glad to be sharing information on the talents, strengths and skills that people with disability have.

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