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Photo by Carol Wagner Dan Rindt is the adjutant of the Clintonville Sons of the American Legion Squad 63.

The Sons of the American Legion is made up of boys and men of all ages who have a relative who served in the United States military and was, or is, a member of the American Legion. Dan Rindt is the adjutant of the Clintonville Sons of the American Legion Squad 63.

“We support whatever we can to keep freedom alive,” Rindt said.

Not only does he have relatives who served, Rindt served in Vietnam and is a member of the American Legion Post 63. His sons are members of the SAL.

The SAL and the auxiliary are part of the American Legion family who work together to help veterans and their families.

At Christmas, the SAL donates money to purchase wreaths for the veterans graves at the Veterans Home at King. Rindt said all posts chip in for the 7,000 wreaths.
“We go and help place them,” he said.


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Photo by Carol Wagner Connie Schoelkopf is the president of the Arthur Gensler Clintonville VFW Post 664 Auxiliary.

Connie Schoelkopf is the president of the Clintonville Arthur Gensler VFW Post 664 Auxiliary.

She was born and raised in Clintonville, and graduated from Clintonville High School. Schoelkopf attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for a year and then worked at AAL, now Thrivent, for over nine years. She then worked in the office at Shopko for 21 years, three years at Dairyman’s State Bank and is currently the lead teller at American National Bank in Appleton, where she has been for over 16 years.

Schoelkopf and her late husband, Donald, were married for 36 years before his death in 2011. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving four years in the Air Force as a mechanic. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Schoelkopf likes to bowl, watch sports on TV with her daughters, and go to craft sales.

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Basic common sense picking stones

Driving onto the yard after a stint in one of the post offices I work at, my husband
approached the car and talked over his shoulder on the way to the shed, “You can pick
those stones on that 10-acre piece this afternoon.”

Heading to the house I muttered under my breath, but yet loud enough for him to hear,
“You could ask me instead of tell me.”

There’s a way to say something and then there’s a
way to say something. It’s no use. Planting season is in full force and sneaking it in around
un-cooperating weather is maddening. Frustration makes him edgy and I just need to help
when I can. I get that.

Changing clothes, I grabbed my cell and water bottle and heading to the skidder, I noticed
he had already changed the head. We have a stone picker attachment that slips easily on
once the bucket has been released. This is something new that we purchased just in the last
couple of years.


Busy week does not overshadow meaning of Memorial Day

Holiday weeks should not be stressful, and yet it seems they become so anyway.

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, but before that can happen, there will be a Tigerton High School graduation, with the youngest of my granddaughters graduating. Plus she is valedictorian of the senior class.

But before graduation can happen, I need to prepare for overnight-company for the weekend. Well, she is an understanding sister-in-law, so I know she won’t be upset if the living room floor does not get vacuumed or the furniture dusted. Right now I am trying to figure out how the lawn will get mowed.


Clintonville car show winners listed

Photo by Grace Kirchner Mike Peeters, of Clintonville placed second in Class O (rat rods) with his 1956 Ford F-600. Peeters acquired the truck from his grandfather, Ray Peeters. The truck was used by Dennison Oil Co of Bear Creek.

Photo by Grace Kirchner The 1924 Dodge Roadster owned by Bill Hupke, of Clintonville, won first place in the Class B category for autos/trucks from 1900-1949.

The 16th annual Spring Cruise on Main Street drew 187 entries May 19 in Clintonville.

Here are the winners:

Mayor’s Choice Award: 1941 Ford two-door, Joe and Micki Thelen, Shawano.

Chamber’s Choice Award: 1966 Shelby Red Mustang, Tony Drier, Clintonville.

The Chief’s Choice Trophy: 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air, Bill and Kathy Klassen, Greenville.

Class A-Survivors (unrestored): 1957 Ford T-Bird, Tim Bonokowske, Manawa.

Class B-Autos/Trucks 1900-1949: 1924 Dodge Roadster, William Hupke, Clintonville.

Class C-Autos 1950-1963: 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air, Emil Dalum, Shawano.

Class D-Autos 1964-1973: 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado, Robert Lindberg, town of Harrison.

Class E-Autos 1974-1989: 1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z, Ed Lorenz Jr., Shiocton.

Class F-Autos 1990-Present: 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII, Bob Broder, Cecil.

Class G-Trucks 1950-1973: 1958 Chevrolet Apache, Dick Diestler, Schofield.


Creole and Cajun: The incredibly diverse cuisine of Louisiana

Looking for a factual record of the origin of Creole cuisine is a real challenge. Cuisine types are formed by communities of people over many generations, and with the amazing variety of influences in Creole cuisine, pinning down its roots becomes messy at best.

It’s safe to say that Creole cuisine as we know it today revolves around the influences found in Louisiana before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Those influences include the merging of French, Spanish, Indian, Caribbean, Portuguese, Greek, Canarian, West African, Native American, German, Italian and Irish.

Although originally a Spanish territory, before the turn of the century, the predominant group of settlers was French. The melting pot of influences took on a decidedly French accent with the emphasis on complex sauces and slow cooking.


Clintonville woman falls for ferrets

Photo by Grace Kirchner Amy Steenbock and her dad, Corky Steenbock, show some of their award-winning ferrets.

When Amy Steenbock, of Clintonville, lost her pet cat about 10 years ago, she felt the need to get another pet. A coworker suggested ferrets.

Steenbock, whose father, Corky, also became attached to the cuddly ferrets, now has seven award-winning ferrets to love.

Petco, a pet retailer, describes ferrets as incredibly social and intelligent mammals that can easily be taught tricks.

The Steenbocks are active in an organization called Ferret Underground, a social network group that began in 2003 and has evolved into a full-blown rescue organization.

Founder Sue Holme was a staff member at a veterinarian office in Madison. When owners could no longer take care of their ferrets, she was often asked to take the pets. She eventually opened a rescue/hospice center that has served as many as 500 ferrets over the years. In 2014, when the shelter relocated to Tomah, the family moved 67 ferrets and their cages.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Volunteers for the Driver Escort Program recently enjoyed a thank you breakfast at the Fellman Center in Shawano. Volunteers and program officials include, from left, front row, Tom Brunner, Bev Demmin, Mary Martin and Cheryl Klapste; back row, Clayton Blom, Lloyd Koeller, Heidi Russell, director of aging, and Julie Herrmann, office assistant. Not pictured are drivers Nap Lasch, Ann Putnam and Steve Wood.

People in Shawano County who aren’t able to drive to appointments can use the Volunteer Driver Escort Program offered by the Shawano County Department of Human Services.

“Many individuals rely on this program and even have drivers who often drive for them,” said Heidi Russell, director of aging.

The program is for seniors over age 60, individuals with disabilities and veterans. It is funded in part by a state Department of Transportation grant that requires a 20 percent county tax levy match.

Last year, the program logged over 938 rides and 52,643 miles.

Russell is appreciative of the nine volunteers.

“We love our drivers,” she said. “We thank them for this valuable service.”

Bev Demmin, who has been driving for nine years, said volunteering gets her out of the house. She drives at least three times a week; some weeks, every day.

“I enjoy it,” she said. “I enjoy the company.”


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Judy and Jim Oberstein volunteer for several local projects, with most of their focus on the Orphan Grain Train.

Jim and Judy Oberstein volunteer for several local projects, with most of their focus on the Orphan Grain Train.

Jim was born in Shakopee, Minnesota, graduated from Marion High School and attended the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. He worked in finance and banking for 45 years in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Georgia. He earned a degree from Tennessee Wesleyan College and a master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In 2010, he retired from Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, where he was the director of credit.

Judy was born in Shawano, graduated from Shawano High School and earned a degree in communications from Humboldt Institute in Minneapolis. After marrying, she was a stay-at-home mom and then worked as a paraprofessional in special education for many years in Menasha before retiring.


Anniversaries highlighted on May calendar

May seems to be a time when I am filled with memories and anniversaries. The 21st will mark 12 years since I moved from the farm that had been home for more than 30 years. The rural Tigerton farm was picturesque to say the least, with rolling hills and surrounding woods.

When my husband died suddenly from a heart attack in September 2004, I had to make several decisions. Everything in my life changed in an instant, and as much as I loved where I lived, I felt I needed to move on. So, I decided to build a house somewhere, but where?

After much turmoil, I decided to purchase a lot in the newer section of Tigerton, which is where I now call home. On May 21, 2005, I moved into the new house. Friends and family helped with the move, and although I had the boxes labeled as to what room they should go in, I remember that the first load went into the garage and the second one went into the basement.


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