Community

Sat
07
Jul

Apocalyptic artwork featured in Gillett museum opening

A private museum featuring the works of global visionary artist Norbert H. Kox is set to open in Gillett.

Apocalypse House and NEW Museum of Visionary Art will welcome the public Saturday at 134 E. Main St. for a grand opening from 2-5 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor James Beaton at 2 p.m.

Kox’s collection of intensely painted apocalyptic visual parables and haunting 3-D constructions are the heart of his display, Apocalypse in Blood and Fire. With works in collections worldwide and painting in 14 countries, he now brings home a retrospective exhibition documenting more than 50 years of creative expression.

The award-winning painter also has two pieces currently on display at Green Bay’s Neville Museum through July 29.

All are invited to the free grand opening and reception; complimentary refreshments will be provided.

The museum will be open in the future by appointment or for special tours or scheduled events.

Fri
06
Jul

A long time in the field


Leader Photo by Evan J. Pretzer Robert “Bob” Voss will be honored at a game for The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers this Sunday.

For 98-year-old Robert “Bob” Voss, throwing out the first pitch for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers baseball team is yet another example of how athletics have enabled the near-centenarian to enjoy a “blessed life.”

Voss’s honor comes during the Timber Rattlers’ day honoring the military on Sunday.

Born in Blue Island, Illinois, a community a few miles south of Chicago, Voss spent his early years on the family farm before attending college — where he worked in exchange for no debt on his education — and then enlisting in the nation’s armed forces at the height of World War II. While his friends were ultimately shipped overseas and some lost their lives while in service to the United States, Voss was able to avoid going into combat, all thanks to his physical skills.

Fri
06
Jul

Hancan Barbershop opens in Shawano


Photo by Carol Wagner Jesse Krajenka, foreground is the co-owner/barber at the Hancan Barber Shop in Shawano. In the background, barber Jose Arlequin, is with customer Kaden Gorman at the business that opened May 15.

Jesse Krajenka is the co-owner and barber at the Hancan Barbershop that opened on May 15 in the former Pingels Meat Market building at 528 S. Main St. in Shawano.

It is also home to Twig’s Tattoos in the front and the barber shop is in the back with an entrance on the south side. Krajenka previously worked at the Hancan Barbershop in Green Bay for Hansel Canady, thus the name.

“He started the whole brand,” Krajenka said.

Jose Arlequin is a full-time barber in the shop, which has five stations.

“We’re looking for more barbers and/or cosmetologists,” Krajenka said.

Renting a chair is anywhere from $450 to $500 per month.

There is a shaving station for straight razor shaving. Also available are hair designs and ethnic hair styles.

Products available are from Woody’s Shaving, American Crew and Paul Mitchell.

Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For an appointment, call 715-851-6191.

Sat
30
Jun

Celebration of Giving


Photo by Curt Knoke Adam Resch, foreground center, has been raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for years through a billiards tournament on the western side of Shawano County. Resch’s giving heart has earned him the Wittenberg Community Service 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 nine 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 last in a five-part series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

Adam Resch, of Birnamwood, encountered a frightening experience 13 years ago, when his cousin’s 4-year-old son was diagnosed with a cancerous growth on his ribs. Initially, this potentially life-threatening health scare looked like it would require his cousin, the boy and family to travel to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis to seek treatment of the cancer.

Sat
30
Jun

Senate candidate had fun at brunch

To the editor:

The Shawano County Brunch of the Farm was a such a fun place for my children and I to visit this weekend. Thank you for welcoming me and my family. It was great to visit Wagner Farms in Green Valley. Breakfast was delicious, and it was great to see so many families enjoying their time on the farm.

Sat
30
Jun

Meet Raymond Kauffman


Photo by Carol Wagner Raymond Kauffman has been volunteering at the Old Village Hall in Tigerton for several summers for his grandmother, Virginia Kauffman, who was the main street manager until February this year.

Raymond Kauffman, 17, has been volunteering for 12 summers at the Old Village Hall in Tigerton, where his grandmother, Virginia, was the Main Street Program manager until February.

Kauffman lives in Stafford, Virginia, graduating from Mountain View High School. In the fall, Kauffman will be attending the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for a major in computer science and a minor in physics. His father, Randy, works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., and his mother, Rosemarie, is a nurse. Kauffman has three siblings.

How did you get started volunteering at the Old Village Hall?

“My two older brothers volunteered. All of my siblings have volunteered here.”

What do you do for the Tigerton Main Street program?

Sat
30
Jun

Tigerton Fourth of July bash moves to Main Street


Photo by Carol Wagner Standing by silent auction items for the Fourth of July celebration are, from left, Gloria Krieser, Beverly Wudstrack, Virginia Kauffman and Andrea Graham.

This year, the Fourth of July celebration in Tigerton will be held on Main Street instead of the Tigerton Community Center.

Part of downtown will be blocked off featuring food, ice cream, business specials, kids games, raffles, silent auction, kids water fights with the Tigerton Fire Department, and music by Gary Kuchenbecker’s Lager247. At dusk, fireworks will be set off behind Tigerton High School.

Much of the planning is done at the Old Village Hall, where Andrea Graham took over as Main Street manager on Feb. 1 from Virginia Kauffman. Graham is very busy because she is also the village president.

“It’s to help local businesses and families and revitalize the community,” Graham said. “It’s a lot of work and event planning.”

Sat
30
Jun

Fourth of July just around the corner

Somehow June has vanished, and the Fourth of July is approaching quickly. This year, it falls on a Wednesday, smack dab in the middle of the week. While the day itself is a federal holiday, the days before and after are not.

The Fourth of July became a federal holiday on July 4, 1776, when the Continental Congress, made up of men from the 13 colonies, made it so. One of the founding fathers, who later became a United States President, John Adams, wrote to his wife, Abigail, that this day should be observed with parades and fireworks.

That seems to be how it is observed for the most part still today. Many of the communities in our area will be celebrating in some fashion – most doing fireworks on or near that date, others having parades or some type of festivities.

Sat
30
Jun

GROWING A CHAMBER


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Wery’s Blossom Creek has provided hanging flower baskets for the Bonduel Area Chamber of Commerce the last two years. Shown among the last blooms of the season are, from left, Joan Kamps, chamber director; Bill Kolaske, chamber president; and Scott Phillips, manager for Wery’s Bonduel outlet.

Scott Phillips did not have many hanging flower baskets left to sell Thursday as he stood in a hoop house between Dollar General and Red Rooster Cafe in Bonduel.

“This has been a good business for me. I had a record year,” said Phillips, the manager for Wery’s Blossom Creek’s Bonduel outlet. The main facility is based in Seymour.

It has been a busy two months for Phillips, as he has sold countless flower baskets and other plants and vegetables for the area’s eager gardeners and home beautifiers. Phillips has been doing the same thing for five years — the business has been operating seasonally for 15 — open up shop the last weekend in April and shut it down at the end of June.

Fri
29
Jun

CELEBRATION OF GIVING


Photo by Curt Knoke Crystal Phalen is being recognized by the Shawano Area Community Foundation for her efforts in educating the public about the proper use of child car seats.

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 nine 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 fourth in a five-part series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

As a mother of two children, Crystal Phalen knows all too well the importance of a properly installed car seat.

As a 13-year veteran of the Shawano Ambulance Service, Phalen knows the tragic consequences of an improperly installed or expired child’s car seat in the event of an automobile accident.

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