Fall’s treasure

Photo by Rob Zimmer Pine needles make as great a garden tool as fall leaves, great as a natural mulch to keep down weeds and retain moisture.

Photo by Rob Zimmer There are many wonderful uses for fall leaves in the yard and garden. Rather than simply raking them away, give some of these a try.

The leaves are tumbling from the glorious trees as autumn’s winds rush through our backyards and forests. As the colors begin to fade and the trees grow bare, put those treasured fallen beauties to good use in the home and garden.

There are many great ways to use fallen leaves in the yard and garden. Take advantage of these autumn treasures and discover new ways to enjoy the season.

Here are some great ways to use fall leaves that you might not have thought of.

Fun for children

Obviously, fall is a great time to be outdoors having fun in the backyard. Leaf piles, leaf houses and other backyard fun activities using fallen leaves create hours and hours of fun for children.

Feed your lawn


Former U.S. ambassador to speak in Clintonville

Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard will return to his hometown of Clintonville on Sunday to speak at St. Martin Lutheran Church’s commemoration of Mission Sunday.

Speckhard, former ambassador to Greece and Belarus, will talk about the work of the Lutheran World Relief. He is the humanitarian organization’s president and CEO.

The event will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, 100 S. Clinton Ave.

Speckhard was born in Clintonville and baptized at St. Martin. His career as a diplomat included serving as deputy assistant secretary general at NATO and deputy chief of mission in post-war Iraq.

His grandfather. W.O. Speckhard, served as pastor of St. Martin Lutheran Church from 1929 to 1962.


Clintonville school planning Halloween events for community

The third annual St. Rose St. Mary’s 5K Halloween Hustle and Trunk or Treat will take place Oct. 27 at 140 Auto St. in Clintonville. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Janelle Schraufnagel, organizer of the event and admissions coordinator for St. Rose St. Mary’s School, said the goal is to provide a safe and fun Halloween event for the whole family.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with so many local businesses and community leaders,” Schraufnagel said, “and we are excited to make Clintonville, St. Rose St. Mary’s School and the Halloween Hustle a holiday destination tradition.”

Trunk or Treat participants will receive a bag that includes a T-shirt, book and other goodies, all for $10. There will also be games and music by disc jockey Kurt Boldig beginning at 5:15 p.m.


Craft fair, Christmas show on Mielke playbill

Another Box in the Wood Production is in the books. The comedy “Spirit!” ended its run on Sunday. Despite rainy, cool weather and a noon Packers game, loyal patrons came to the

Mielke for the final performance. We appreciate that!

on to the remaining events in 2017 and a peek at 2018.

The Shawano Community Arts Council’s annual Merry Mielke Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Besides the craft vendors, food from the Bluebird Cafe in Clintonville, including their huge cinnamon rolls, will be served. Entertainment by Irma Timmons on the violin. Denise’s Decadent Desserts will provide special bakery delights. Lots of holiday surprises in store for everyone!

No admission charge, but donations are welcome and appreciated.


Change in life constant, whether it’s at home or with the Pack

Hurricanes, flooding and fires have been in the forefront in the news of late, and well they should be.

People’s lives have been uprooted and changed in ways that they are going to have to learn how to live a new normal.

From the natural disasters, we come to the unnatural, such as the shooting in Las Vegas.

Then there are the unusual, such as football players not standing for the national anthem.

In the beginning of each new story, I was watching. Yet, I soon got tired of hearing about it. I think that is mainly because I can do little or nothing about these things, so I choose not to be told about that every time I turn on the news. After all, it is upsetting, and personal life can be upsetting enough.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Trevor Paiser is president of the Gresham Lions Club and is shown with his German shepherd, Dandy.

Trevor Paiser is the president of the Gresham Lions Club.

He was born and raised in Gresham, graduating from Gresham High School. Before and after high school Paiser worked full time on parents Tim and Kristy’s farm, Paiser Dairy. They held Brunch on the Farm twice. The dairy has 500 cows milked by employees and 2,000 acres. The field work is done by the Paiser family.

Trevor lives in the town of Red Springs with his girlfriend, Fancy Vele, who is a calf health specialist with Seubert Inc. He is also a member of the FFA Alumni and helps with Farm Heritage Days.

Q How long have you been a member of the Gresham Lions Club?

A “Since 2011. I joined when I graduated from high school. I have been the president since July.”

Q What do the Lions do?


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Jerod Hoffman, left, is the assistant fire chief/EMS and Sam Boucher is the fire chief for the Gresham Area Fire Department.

Sam Boucher is the fire chief for the Gresham Area Fire Department, and Jerod Hoffman is the assistant fire chief/Emergency Medical Services. There are 24 firefighters and five first responders.

The department covers the roughly 72 square miles of the village of Gresham, and the towns of Herman and Red Springs. The department is funded primarily through local taxes.

“We answer to a fire board from those three,” Boucher said.

Other funds come from their Shawano County Fair stand, which they’ve manned for the past five years.

“That helps raise money for extras,” Boucher said.

One of the department’s “extras” is donating money for three or four families for Christmas Is for Caring.

The fire department has two engines, a water hauler, a brush truck and a utility terrain vehicle. There are around 30 to 40 fire calls in a year; the EMS responds to about two calls a week.


Library fills free-day void Oct. 27

The Shawano City-County Library will hold several programs on Oct. 27 for children and teens who don’t have school that day.

The Creation Station will be open all day for a variety of activities. From 10 a.m. to noon, families can drop in to make Shrinky Dinks.

The Halloween Escape Room will open at noon. Pre-registration is required.

The day will close with ukulele lessons at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The Shawano City-library has several ukuleles to check out for the class or for use at home.

For information, contact the library at or 715-526-3829.


Stand Against Racism explores Native American culture

Native American history and culture will be discussed Wednesday during the YWCA Greater Green Bay’s October installment of its Stand Against Racism series.

The free program begins at noon at the YWCA, 230 S. Madison St.

Speakers will share specific examples relating to their respective tribes and personal experiences. they will also share how things for Native Americans have changed over time, the challenges they are experiencing and what improvements they have seen.

The presenters are Lisa Poupart and Jennifer K. Gauthier.

Gauthier is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. She has worked on the Menominee Indian Reservation for nearly 20 years and is the community development educator with the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Menominee County/Nation. She is also the chairperson of the Menominee Language and Culture Commission.


Red Cross calls for donors before holiday season

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients.

Area blood drives include the following: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Shawano, 910 E. Zingler Ave., Shawano; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Bowler High School, 500 S. Almon St., Bowler; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23, Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St., Shawano; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24, North Star Mohican Casino Resort, W12180 County Road A, Bowler; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, 400 W. Grand Ave., Wittenberg.


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