Community

Thu
26
Apr

4-H youth speaking, demonstrating at festival

The 2018 4-H Youth Speaking and Demonstration Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

The festival is a working partnership between the Shawano and Menominee 4-H Youth communities. The goal of the festival is to give youth an opportunity to develop and polish these skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

4-H participants will be evaluated and provided constructive feedback on their presentation, each receiving a certificate of participation. First place in all categories will receive a 4-H plaque.

From planning to initiation, both Shawano and Menominee community partnerships have been key to the re-establishment of this event for the area. The first place plaques are an example of this working collaboration.

Thu
26
Apr

Seth and Nicole Berg earn county’s Outstanding Farmer of the Year honor

Outstanding scholars, farmers, and agribusiness professionals from across the county were recognized April 13 at the 61st annual Outstanding Young Farmer and Friends of Shawano County Agriculture Awards ceremony, held at The Main Event in Cecil.

Despite the snowy weather, more than 110 supporters came out to recognize the hard work of their friends and neighbors, as the Outstanding Young Farmer, Tree Farmer of the Year, Soil and Water Conservation Farmer, Second Miler and Friend of Agriculture awards were handed out, as well as agriculture scholarships supported by the Shawano County Farm Bureau and Shawano County Forage Council.

Award winners are selected from nominations from the community, Department of Natural Resources foresters and county land conservation staff and committee.

Thu
26
Apr

Clintonville FFA member gets scholarship

The Wisconsin FFA Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 post-secondary scholarships, which were recently awarded to 43 Wisconsin FFA members from 35 chapters. In total, $31,017 has been bestowed upon these students. Recipients of these awards will be recognized at the 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention in mid-June, as will the 29 generous sponsors of the annual Foundation scholarships.

Jules Buttles with the Clintonville FFA received the Kenneth K. Heideman Endowment.

Scholarships were awarded to seniors in high school or students currently enrolled in a university or technical college. They must be in good standing with the Wisconsin Association of FFA and also maintain an acceptable scholastic record.

Thu
26
Apr

Adult programs offered at area libraries

The Shawano County Library has many programs for adults planned for May at several locations.

The Shawano library will host a wedding tea in partnership with the Shawano County Historical Society from 2-4 p.m. May 24.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wolf River Master Gardeners will host a session on vegetable gardening on May 7 at 5:30 p.m.

DIY Crafts and More will be held May 21 at 4:30 p.m. and will feature creating mosaic stepping stones.

The Shawano library will continue its escape room of “Jurassic Time Warp” as few groups have been able to conquer this real-life puzzle so far.

The Tigerton library will offer creating sugar scrub for this month’s craft night on May 8 at 6 p.m.

The Bonduel library will offer Essential Oils for Sleep, led by Bonnie Manthey, on May 21 at 5:30 p.m.

All programs are free to attend and sponsored by the Friends of Shawano County Libraries, Inc.

For information, call 715-526-3829.

Thu
26
Apr

Wine, Beer and Cheese Gala a success


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Voting for the People’s Choice award at the Wine, Beer and Cheese Gala on Saturday results in a tie between Blaine Koch, of Wittenberg, and Sally Johnson, of Wausau. Koch’s “Egg Basket” wood piece is to his left. They are standing in front of Johnson’s “Summer Breeze” mixed media piece.

The WOWSPACE was transformed into Walls of Wittenberg’s largest art show Saturday, with 74 new pieces displayed throughout the gallery in downtown Wittenberg.

Each year, the arts organization’s Wine, Beer and Cheese Gala serves as the opening to the Artists’ Free Play exhibit — a juried contest that offers monetary awards in five categories.

The 2018 Best in Show award and $300 went to David Sittler, of Wausau, for his metal sculpture “Interrobang.”

Award of Excellence awards ($150) went to Lauren Bushman and Blaine Koch. Jacob Wrestling and Emilee Lund were Award of Honor ($75) recipients.

New this year was the People’s Choice award. Koch, of Wittenberg, and Sally Johnson, of Wausau, tied for the honor; each received $25.

Koch’s ash piece, “Egg Basket,” featured 1,180 pieces of wood glued together and turned on his lathe to create a basket weave look inside and out.

Sat
21
Apr

Gresham Post Office earns recognition


Photo by Carol Wagner The Gresham Post Office was recently rated as one of the best places to work in the Lakeland District, which includes hundreds of post offices. The staff includes, from left, seated, Kay Reminger, Gresham clerk, Melanie Everson, associate/Gresham rural carrier, and Myron Bartz, route driver; standing, Penny Fehrman, Gresham clerk, Greg Peterson, Neopit route driver, Sherry Voelz, Tilleda clerk, Karen Kersten, Gresham postmaster, Gary Gutowski, manager of Lakeland District post office operations, Wayne Hintz, associate/Gresham rural carrier, and Brenda Hintz, Gresham regular rural carrier. Not pictured is Neopit clerk Rachael Mielke.

Take it from the people who work at the Gresham post office — they enjoy their jobs.

The employees recently recognized for being employed at one of the best places to work. Gary Gutowski, Lakeland District manager of postal operations, visited the Gresham post office last week for the recognition, which was based on a Gallup survey where the employees graded their work environments.

“It means a lot,” Gutowski said, addressing the employees. “Thank you for what you do every day.”

Karen Kersten, Gresham postmaster, said her employees all know what their job responsibilities are and understand how to work together to accomplish the necessary tasks.

“It’s a pleasure to be around each and every one of them,” Kersten said.

Sat
21
Apr

Wee Care takes care of kids


Photo by Carol Wagner The Wee Care Food Packs program at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano is holding a silent auction basket sale to earn funds for the program. Preparing the baskets for viewing are, left to right, Mitzi Moesch, Diane Rugalski, Karen Childs, Christie Wegner, and Mikki Moesch.

The Wee Care Food Packs program through the Church in Society at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano is holding a basket raffle to earn funds to continue to send food home on the weekend with school children who qualify.

The program provides nutritional support to students most in need on the weekend when school breakfast and lunch programs aren’t available.

“Zion Lutheran Church started a community program to help support the hungry children in our community in October of 2015 because 58 percent of the students qualify for the free or reduced hot lunch program in our local schools,” said Mikki Moesch, Church in Society committee chairperson.

Per county health rankings, 20 percent of those children live in poverty. The school social workers let Wee Care know how many packs are needed. They are currently sending out packs for 52 students who are at Hillcrest Primary School, Olga Brener Intermediate School and Shawano Community Middle School.

Sat
21
Apr

Meet Alex Konen


Photo by Carol Wagner Alex Konen is appearing in the play, “Church Basement Ladies” at the Mielke Arts Center. He has medals around his neck from several half marathons he has run in the area.

Alex Konen is appearing in the play, “Church Basement Ladies” at the Mielke Arts Center in Shawano.

Konen was born in Fond du Lac, graduating from Fond du Lac High School. He attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for a year, then University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, and then earned a degree from UW-Oshkosh with a major in secondary education and English and a minor in theater education. He was a long term sub for the Fond du Lac schools until coming to Shawano in 2013 where he teaches English, speech, and theater education courses at Shawano Community High School.

Konen is also the distance coach for track at the high school and has run several area half marathons. He lives in Shawano.

Q How long have you been acting at the Mielke Arts Center?

A “This will be my second show. I was in South Pacific last summer. I helped this past fall with some of the set at the ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’”

Q How did you get started?

Sat
21
Apr

RISING UP TO FEED THE MASSES


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Singing about the joys of church are, from left, Alex Konen (pastor), Sue Kluge (Karin), Miriam Nelson (Vivian), Cheryl Folkerts (Mavis), and Marie Kluge (Signe). “Church Basement Ladies” opens Friday at the Mielke Arts Center.

Wherever there’s a church function, there’s a good chance that there’s a group of faithful women toiling away in the basement, making sure the food’s perfect.

Now, the untold story of those proud women is revealed in “Church Basement Ladies,” a musical comedy based on the book “Growing Up Lutheran” by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson. The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild’s rendition hits the stage next week at the Mielke Arts Center.

Dubbed as the “steel magnolias” of the church, the show follows follows four women in 1965, ranging from the elderly matriarch to the young bride-to-be learning of the proud traditions of other church women. The women organize the food and fix the woes of a rural Minnesota church.

If they’re not prepping for a record breaking Christmas dinner, they’re fixing food for the funeral of a dear friend. If they’re not saying “Aloha!” to a Hawaiian-style Easter dinner, they’re baking alive as they prep for a hot July wedding.

Sat
21
Apr

Farmers market back in June

The Shawano Farmers Market will open for the summer 2018 season on June 16.

The market will again be held at Franklin Park (200 block of South Washington Street between Division and Presbyterian streets) in Shawano. The open-air market will be open 8 a.m. until noon Saturdays until Oct. 6.

Products sold include fruits, vegetables, flowers, landscaping plants, maple syrup, bread, fish, meats, and select high-quality crafts. Local musicians perform and master gardeners are also available to answer gardening questions. Family-friendly activities are also available during select market days.

The mission of the Shawano Farmers Market is to nurture the community’s health, social and economic growth by providing a vibrant marketplace for local food producers. For information or to apply to become a vendor, visit www.shawanofarmersmarket.org.

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