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Jun

Clintonville council debates taking plunge into full pool renovation

After hearing a range of options from a swimming pool contractor, Mayor Richard Beggs asked members of the Clintonville Common Council what they would like to do with the municipal pool that is closed for the third consecutive summer.

Ryan Nachreiner, a project director with Beaver Dam-based Water Technology Inc., gave several options June 12 with price tags ranging from $1.4 million to $5.7 million. The facility was damaged in a December 2015 fire.

The most expensive plan Nachreiner presented would demolish the existing pool, create a new one, build a splash pad to replace the existing wading pool and construct a new bathhouse, at a cost of $5.7 million. Nachreiner said that if the splash pad was eliminated, the price would drop to $4.7 million.

Fri
29
Jun

New Shawano doctor inspired by Peace Corps work


Contributed photo Dr. Amanda Bernath and her husband, Dan, live in Shawano with their two young girls. Adeline is 1 and Emily is 3.

A full-spectrum family physician who started working at ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano last fall credits her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer for inspiring her passion for healing others.

Dr. Amanda Bernath had just graduated from college before she spent two years in the West African country of Senegal. In remote communities, she cared for pregnant mothers and young children — working to educate families about issues related to malaria and poor nutrition.

“I came away with a great appreciation for grassroots intervention, the seemingly small ways that can have a big impact on helping people lead healthier lives,” Bernath said. “I feel I really honed my skills in assessing the needs of a village or population.”

Fri
29
Jun

Playground equipment dedicated in Clintonville boy’s memory

A new Bucholtz Park playground was donated and dedicated earlier this month in memory of a 9-year-old Clintonville boy who died last year.

Alex Olmsted was killed in a vehicle crash in Barron County in January 2017. A fundraiser as well as donations from the Olmsted family and other contributors raised more than $20,000 for the new playground. Lisa Olmsted, Alex’s mother, said she and her family wanted to give something back to the Clintonville community.

“I want to thank everybody for coming, and this wouldn’t be possible if we didn’t have a fundraiser and people getting together to do this,” Lisa Olmsted said at the June 7 dedication. She held up a photo of Alex and a plaque that read, “Faith: Love it, live it, walk it, talk it, own it, loan it, grow it, show it.”

“Faith is something that has helped us through this,” said Lisa Olmsted.

Last year, the Olmsted family donated playground equipment to a Bear Creek park in Alex’s memory.

Fri
29
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.

Fri
29
Jun

Shawano foster youth honored

Fifty current and former foster youth were honored Monday for their academic accomplishments at a celebration held at the Wisconsin Executive Residence. First Lady Tonette Walker joined Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson for the sixth annual Foster Youth Graduation Ceremony, which recognizes young adults for their recent graduations from high school or other post-secondary educational milestones.

Foster youth must overcome many challenges, including being removed from their biological families and facing moves between foster homes, caseworkers and schools. Nationally, about 54 percent of foster youth will graduate from high school and only 2 percent will continue to college.

“Many foster youth face struggles most of us couldn’t imagine,” Walker said. “When we learn about young people who beat the odds and achieve success, it’s time to celebrate.”

Thu
28
Jun

Celebration of Giving


Photo by Curt Knoke Nicole Thornock does it all, from helping with Junior Achievement to going on mission trips to Haiti. Thornock’s constant drive to help others earned her the Youth Volunteer 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 third in a five-part series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

Despite being incredibly busy — from soccer, to band, to student council, just to name a few — Nicole Thornock never fails to incorporate service within her routine.

Thornock demonstrates a passion for helping others, especially children, through the wide array of service commitments she has made. Her drive to serve is fueled by “seeing their faces light up,” she said.”It is really all you could ask for.”

Thu
28
Jun

Survey: Picnic food prices remain stable


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Dairy cows enjoy their own breakfast Sunday during Brunch on the Farm at Wagner Farms. The cost of 2 quarts of chocolate milk averages $2.04 in Wisconsin, compared with $2.38 nationwide.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau published its July Marketbasket Survey, placing the total cost of an average summer picnic consisting of 14 food items to feed 10 people at $54.63, which is 33 cents higher than last year’s cost.

The total price has increased by 33 cents from the same survey conducted in June 2017 in Wisconsin. Food prices are overall extremely stable, said Amy Eckelberg, Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s spokesperson.

The Marketbasket Survey series is carried out by taking informal measurements of prices at various types and sizes of grocery stores for different food staples the general population typically includes in its diet.

These surveys are conducted to help consumers evaluate staple food prices against previous years, as well as national averages. The July summer picnic edition is part of a survey series.

Thu
28
Jun

Good posture matters for teens — and adults, too

Posture problems in teens can be incredibly aggravating for parents because society often associates poor posture with a poor attitude. In truth, rarely does a happy, confident person walk around with a hanging head or slouched shoulders. However, some physical and lifestyle factors also contribute to pain and misalignment that causes poor posture. Recognize them now and encourage young people to adjust their habits to prevent more problems as they grow into adulthood.

In my work with teen athletes, I can often literally “get to the bottom” of their pain by evaluating them for flat feet. When a growing foot does not develop with the proper amount of arch, over time the shin and thigh bones can twist inward, and this can push the hips forward and cause lower back pain.

Thu
28
Jun

Shawano Lake made accessible to kayaks


Leader Photo by Kelly Hogan Chris Sustman is the first to use the new kayak launch in the village of Cecil at Shawano Lake

Leader Photo by Kelly Hogan Amy Rottier, Cecil Chamber of Commerce vice president, cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the new kayak launch Wednesday at Shawano Lake.

Two years in the making, the new kayak launch in Cecil was opened on June 27 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Amy Rottier, Cecil’s Chamber of Commerce’s vice president.

This kayak launch is located at the Cecil campground off of state Highway 22. The launch provides an easy way for kayakers to access Shawano Lake.

The project was spearheaded by Pat Westcott, Cecil resident, after she saw a similar launch in Green Bay.

“I think this will help gain some traction in the area,” Westcott said. “People will intentionally stop here instead of just passing through the town. We intend to provide a map with scenic locations and restaurant stops so that people can get to know Cecil better while on their kayak excursion.”

Before the launch was implemented, many residents found the process of putting their kayak in the water difficult.

Thu
28
Jun

Shawano library to offer Hoopla

Hoopla, an online service that offers digital ebooks, audiobooks, streaming movies and music, will be offered through the Shawano County Library beginning Sunday.

With a library card, users can download content immediately through Hoopla’s website or app. Material can be accessed through a computer or mobile device such as smartphone or tablet, as well as many TVs.

The entire Hoopla contents are available at all times with no waiting lists. The catalog encompasses hundreds of thousands of titles, with new titles being added daily.

Library cards can be obtained from any library within Shawano County or by applying online at infosoup.org/selfreg.

The Shawano County Library consists of the main library in Shawano, branches in Birnamwood, Bonduel, Mattoon, Tigerton and Wittenberg, as well as a county-wide delivery service. For information, call 715-526-3829.

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