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Thu
04
Oct

Cowles named Friend of Towns

The Wisconsin Towns Association recently honored state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, with a Friend of the Towns award during the monthly Shawano County Towns Association meeting in Angelica.

Cowles authored three pieces of legislation that were supported by the Wisconsin Towns Association in the 2017-18 session, including a clean water bill to help governments and residents repair or replace failing wells and septic tanks.

“I am honored to receive the Friend of the Towns award. Our local governments hold important and unique rolls in promoting economic development, protecting citizen’s health and welfare and improving the standard of living in their communities,” Cowles said in a statement. “Developing a state and local government partnership is crucial in advancing our state forward.”

Tue
02
Oct

ThedaCare names new VP for Shawano hospital

Julie Chikowski was named ThedaCare Vice President, Critical Access Hospitals–Shawano effective Sept. 4. She replaces the retiring Bill Schmidt.

Chikowski most recently served as the chief executive officer for Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington. Prior to becoming CEO, she was the nursing home administrator for Lafayette Manor in the same community. Chikowski has also served as the practice administrator at Fox Valley Pulmonary Medicine; a physician liaison with Berlin Memorial Hospital, now ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin; and director of social services/nursing home administrator at Juliette Manor in Berlin.

Chikowski is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in social work with a psychology emphasis, has completed nursing home administrator coursework the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds Wisconsin nursing home administrator and social work licenses.

Tue
02
Oct

Beef producer meeting planned

While Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland, interest in raising beef cattle is on the rise. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture census showed that a majority of cow/calf operations have less than 50 head of cattle, but raise nearly a third of the United States calf crop annually. With a plentiful supply out-of-use dairy farm operations and pasture land available, many who work off the farm or have retired from dairying find raising beef cattle a natural fit for their available facilities.

Tue
02
Oct

2 new staff members at Bellin clinic in Bonduel

Bellin Health Bonduel is pleased to welcome family medicine physician Iris Perez and family medicine physician assistant Brad Miller to its health care team.

Perez, who is board-certified in family medicine, offers expertise in these areas, among others: chronic disease management, like diabetes and heart disease; minor office procedures, like skin biopsies, stitches and wart removal; and joint injections. In addition to serving the Bonduel community, she will continue to see patients at Bellin’s Oconto facility.

Perez earned her medical degree at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Family Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. In her free time, Perez enjoys traveling and camping, as well as fishing, gardening, cross-stitch and needlepoint.

Sat
29
Sep

Raspberries burst with flavor and memories

Around 10 or 12 years ago we bought a dozen ever-bearing raspberry bushes. When our middle one was delegated to mowing the lawn one day, he mowed right over the tender little plants. I sighed. You can’t see a patch, kid? How could I holler at him? I never did warn him they were planted there.

Figuring we’d have to go out and buy some more, we procrastinated, and the next year, were pleasantly surprised to see those plants had bounced back as soon as the weather warmed. They quite literally took off, and since then we’ve had those bushes produce two batches of sweet red berries, one in late June and again now in September until a deep freeze. Maybe it helped to mow them down.

Sat
29
Sep

Every bit helps: money-making memories on the farm

As I was growing up on a farm in the 1940s and ’50s, I knew we were not rich when it came to money. However, I never knew why we did some things on our farm, and I didn’t understand that the things we did were to earn a little extra money to actually pay for the farm.

My parents married in 1929 at St. Paul, the Stony Hill church, in Shawano County. They were both 29 years old. My mother was a farm girl, raised in Shawano County, but she had gone to Milwaukee for more job opportunities.

They met on a blind date and eventually got married. The Depression hit shortly after they wed, and my mother told my dad that if they moved up north and bought a farm, they could at least grow their own food, as there were no jobs to be had in Milwaukee.

Sat
29
Sep

Shawano author’s book examines experiment in self-rule

Today’s deep state government and the United States founders’ principals are compared and contrasted in a book by Shawano author Mart Grams. In “The Failed Experiment: Was Hamilton Right,” published earlier this year by Xlibris, Grams talks about how today’s divisiveness stems from what he says are misinterpretations of the United States Constitution.

According to Grams, the founders and framers of the Constitution assumed a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.” For him, that government is now dying.

Were the framers wrong? Were the ideas of Alexander Hamilton right? Is man incapable of self-rule? Grams says no. He believes that it is time to retake that government. “This experiment in self-rule was not a pipe dream, not a hoax, not impossible, but a reality that we’ve let slip through our hands,” he said, inviting Americans to learn more about their history and get involved with our current state of government.

Sat
29
Sep

Making Native American friends enriching, educational

I lived in Shawano until I was 5 years old. Then my family moved to Marion where I attended grade school and high school. After getting married in 1964, my hubby and I made our home in Shawano, where we have lived and worked.

My career was in the financial field. I was given the opportunity to attend a school that taught security in the workplace. Along with the schooling, I received on-the-job training and later became the head of security at a local bank. As a service, the bank offered to provide security training to businesses. I was invited to provide that training to many local businesses including area casinos.

The training included counterfeit detection, how to respond to a bomb threat, proper procedures during a robbery or burglary, and ways to deal with a disgruntled customer.

Sat
29
Sep

BRINGING ART TO LIFE


Photo by Curt Knoke Alan Clough of Wittenberg has painted many things over the years. Among them is one of the Walls of Wittenberg murals titled “Optical Foolery.”

The ninth annual Miles of Art will take place Oct. 6-7 at a number of artist studios around northeast Wisconsin.

More than 40 artists will be showing off their various creations, whether pottery, photography, drawings, sculptures and more. Many of the artists have lived in the area for decades, while some have left and come back.

Getting a bead on their art

Mary Redman and Walter Gross were born and raised in Shawano but moved away for school and work for 40 years. They met in 1976 and married seven years later.

Redman and Gross have always been involved in arts and crafts in various forms. Gross started working in stained glass in the 1970s. Redman started taking jewelry classes in 2006 and encouraged Walter to learn to make lampwork beads so she wouldn’t have to purchase them.

Fri
28
Sep

Murder mystery, masks among October library activities

The Shawano County Library October programs range from a murder mystery to making masks with 3-D pens.

At the Shawano library, 128 S. Sawyer St., Shawano, programs for children include Baby and Me on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Story Time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and Gather ‘Round on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Read to a Dog and Kids Craft Day will be held on Oct. 13.

Teen Tuesdays run weekly from 3-5 p.m. Programs include playing Spot It, creating Halloween masks with 3-D pens, potato chip face-off snacks, and a Halloween party.

For adults, UW-Extension will offer its final session of the gardening series on Raspberries on Oct.1 at 5:30 p.m. DIY Crafts & More will meet on Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. and will be making a memory book. A crochet class will be held on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. The weekly knitting meetup will continue on Fridays at 9 a.m.

The monthly escape room will be Whodunit: A Murder Mystery. This is likely to be popular and fill up quickly.

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