Community

Fri
25
Aug

Library emphasizing card sign-up in September

The Shawano City-County Library will join the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month in September.

The initiative intends to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all — a free library card.

Libraries play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy. As of 2010, children’s programs accounted for nearly two-thirds of library programming in the United States, with more than 2.3 million children’s programs nationwide. Older students can also find tools for success at their local libraries, where they can access high-speed Internet and digital tools, as well as work with trained professionals on how best to use these resources.

Fri
25
Aug

Tracking the tailgating phenomenon


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis With the Packers' regular season just a few weeks away, Chef Tom prepares a grill favorite for tailgating.

If you define the tailgate party as people enjoying food and beverages prior to cheering for their team on the field of battle, then the first documented one has sinister beginnings.

Before the Civil War battle of Bull Run in 1861, civilians from the Washington, D.C., area drove their wagons to the high ground that provided the best view of the battle. They were there to cheer on their “team,” and their wagons were loaded with picnic baskets of food and beverages to enjoy before the battle began. The practice was repeated many times during the war, and may well be the roots of American tailgate parties.

Thu
24
Aug

Shawano resident to present at quilt expo

The annual Quilt Expo in Madison next month will feature a session led by a Shawano resident.

Ann Tousignant will lead a lecture titled “Domestic Machine Tips for the Free-Motion Quilter.”

Quilt Expo, presented by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman, host of public television’s “Sewing With Nancy,” runs from Sept. 7-9 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. An estimated 20,000 quilt lovers will attend.

Additional highlights include a 10-category quilt contest exhibit, a vendor mall with the latest sewing and quilting products from nearly 200 national and international vendors, a prize raffle and the opportunity to meet dozens of nationally known celebrity presenters.

Hundreds of lectures, workshops and presentations provide an opportunity for quilters of all skill levels to acquire new ideas from leading educators.

Thu
24
Aug

FANTASTIC FALL CONTAINERS


Photo by Rob Zimmer Transform your summer containers into fantastic fall masterpieces by replacing tired summer bloomers with coleus and other annuals in traditional fall colors.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Elephant ear Mojito works perfectly with colorful coral bells and sweet potato vines in bronze and lime green in this stunning fall combo.

The fall gardening season is coming fast and it’s time to start preparing patio containers, planters and hanging baskets for their colorful seasonal transformation. Give your planters and baskets a makeover by replacing worn out summer bloomers with the spectacular colors of fall.

Stock up on colorful fall annuals at your local garden center to mix into previously planted baskets and containers to give them a whole new look.

Some of my favorites for fall container makeovers are colorful mums, ornamental kale, ornamental grasses, coleus, heliotrope, salvias and sages, as well as any leftover annuals still putting on a good show in the fall colors of red, orange, yellow, purple and bronze.

Sat
19
Aug

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Forget Me Not Fund is a nonprofit organization that raises money for training and increasing awareness of dementia. Members include, from left, front row, Danielle Daebler, Cara Peterson, Michelle Ballestad, Jennifer Greiert, and Andrea Heiman; back row, Mary Boyce, Mary Beilfuss, Leah Hietpas, Brittany Warrichaiet and Ginger Gruett.

The Forget Me Not Fund was established by the Wolf River Region Dementia and Caregiver Network to support causes that are dedicated to educating caregivers and providing training events for families touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Forget Me Not Fall Fashion show was started by the Wolf River Dementia Network in 2007 as a fundraising effort. It became so successful that in October 2016 it became a nonprofit organization, Forget Me Not Fund Inc.

“The effort got so big we needed something to take care of the funds,” President Cara Peterson said.

The first five fashion shows were sponsored by the Arc Angels out of Clintonville. The Cottages then took over the shows.

This year’s show will be presented on Oct. 17 at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena. Fashions will be provided by Body Essentials, Dreier’s, Generations, Gentlemen’s Quarter, Maurices and Tumbleweed.

Sat
19
Aug

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Betty Wilber is the ladies ministry leader at Life Church in Shawano.

Betty Wilber is the ladies ministry leader at Life Church in Shawano.

She was born in Clintonville and graduated from Clintonville High School. Wilber worked for 29½ years at a paper mill in Clintonville. She then worked part time at Bult’s Bakery, Edward Jones and an in-home day care before retiring.

She was married to Wilford Wilber for 22 years before his death 29 years ago. She has three children and three grandchildren. She lives in the town of Wescott.

Q When did you become the ministry leader for the women at Life Church?

A “In April. There were different groups, but there wasn’t a leader. When I took it over, one of the things I wanted to do is bring the ladies together.”

Q What types of things do you do?

Sat
19
Aug

Our Molly

Our Molly is a yellow Lab who does not keep one hair on her body. It is everywhere but attached to her. Most days, this is what I think.

If she shakes and there’s a stream of sunlight gleaming in the window just so, I can see blonde hair flying. Wearily, I roll my eyes and look at her. There’s pretty much nothing I can do but haul out the Swiffer.

Molly is my constant companion. She looks around the house for me and plunks herself in close proximity to wherever I happen to be. Walking outside, she has tripped me more than once by stepping on the back of my flip-flop, she is that close. When I stop to work she lies down under the nearest shade tree, waiting.

One night, hubby was snoring so loudly I couldn’t sleep so I took my pillow and blanket to the couch. I had just gotten cozy when I heard Molly come from her bed in the back room, settle down on the floor right next to me and proceed to snore away. It was hopeless.

Sat
19
Aug

Columns bring back memories of the 1980s

Being a columnist in The Shawano Leader for as long as I have means that I have a lot of columns and other stories in three-ring binders on a shelf in my office. A grand-nephew requested a copy of one that I did a few years back on his great-grandfather’s service in World War I.

I am always happy when members of the younger generation are interested in figures from the past. He had not even been born when his great-grandfather passed away in 1992, and yet he showed interest in the family history, and especially the recollections of his great-grandfather from so long ago.

Fri
18
Aug

Athletic trainers can save time, money, worry


Contributed Photo Athletic trainer Sarah Smith works with a Shawano Community High School athlete.

Health care is complicated, and timing and access to the right health care providers, in the right place and at the right time, saves families a lot of time, money and worry.

In fact, many companies in our area contract for occupational health services for their employees so they can go straight to the right kinds of specialists for wellness programs, counseling, injury prevention and initial care.

In a similar way, your school’s licensed athletic trainer, or LAT, is contracted by your school to be on-site to help keep student athletes safe and healthy. If a young athlete does get hurt while participating in sports, a LAT can administer initial treatment on the field or court and refer him or her to the proper specialist if necessary.

We have so many resources at our disposal to streamline the sports medicine process for our local athletes. The best part? Families don’t pay out-of-pocket for the services of a LAT at their school.

Thu
17
Aug

Bike the Barn Quilts adds another route

A new route has been added to the fifth annual Bike the Barn Quilts Ride, which will take place Sept. 30.

The bike rides consist of routes varying in distance from 5 to 70 miles. Each ride features barn quilts at local farms throughout the county. Depending on the ride chosen, participants will view from three to 30 quilts.

New to this year’s route is a 17-mile route that will take riders through farmland and along some of Shawano County’s popular waterways.

All rides start and end at Memorial Athletic Park in downtown Shawano. Participants are encouraged to stay after returning to the park to enjoy vendors, mini-quilts and other sales items.

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