Shawano Pathways planning 2 summer events

To encourage physical activity and promote the Shawano area’s beautiful surroundings, Shawano Pathways is sponsoring two summer events — one in May and one in June. All are welcome to participate.

The Wescott bike ride will be held at 10 a.m. May 20. Riders will meet at the Mielke Arts Center parking lot, just off of Airport Road. The group will bike the yellow loop ride, which is approximately 20 miles long. The ride includes maps, guides and snacks at Shawano Lake County Park. A $5 donation is suggested.

The annual Paddle and Pedal on June 24 explores the outdoors by water and road. Participants will paddle their canoe or kayak down the Wolf River from Judd Park to the County Road CCC boat landing, about 7 miles. Then, there is a bike ride back to Shawano on an 8-, 12- or 22-mile route ending at Mountain Bay Outfitters, 620 S. Main St.


Arbor View Gardens open on Wednesday

Arbor View Gardens will open for the season on Wednesday. The gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday every week through September.

Arbor View is a public garden that encompasses many aspects of home gardening as well as garden art and a touch of the exotic. Visitors can learn about gardening or simply enjoy nature’s beauty in various themed settings. This marks the 17th year the gardens, which put down roots in 1975, have been open to the public.

The visitor center includes self-guided tours, trail maps, informational materials on plants and gardening, and more.

Arbor View is renovating its garden beds this year with an increased emphasis on sustainability with ground covers. There also have been additions to the Little Free Library, featuring books on gardening, natural and environmental sciences, ecosystem health, social justice, mysteries and books about good people doing good things.

Admission is a free-will donation.


Library holding annual book sale June 5-7

The Shawano City-County Library’s annual book sale will take place June 5-7 at the library, 128 S. Sawyer St., in Shawano.

A sneak peek will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. June 5. For a $2 admission, shoppers will get first dibs on everything the library has to offer, including best-sellers, hard covers and a variety of media items. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 and June 7. Items are priced at 10 cents to $2. On June 7, prices will be slashed to $2 per bag.

This year’s sale will also feature the annual brat fry on all three days.

The sale is the Friends of Shawano County Libraries’ most successful fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support the main library as well as branches in Birnamwood, Bonduel, Mattoon-Hutchins, Tigerton and Wittenberg, and offset costs for programming , technology upgrades and circulating collections.

For information about the book sale or brat fry, call 715-526-3829.


Writers group honors young authors

Thirty-eight certificates of achievement and $515 in cash prizes were awarded to students from Shawano and Menominee counties April 29 at the Shawano Area Writers 2017 George Putz Memorial Student Writing Contest awards ceremony.

The event was held at the Mielke Arts Center in Shawano.

The following students received awards:


Grades 1-4: 1. Jonas Bushman for “Pessimistic Pete”; 2. Nora Bushman for “The Messy Room”; 3. Wyatt Bratz for “A Strange Day in July”; Honorable Mention, Isabella Roberts for “The Fairy and the Princess.”

Grades 5-8: 1. Fiona Hoffman for “The Beast”; 2. Fiona Hoffman for “Break Out”; 3. Fiona Hoffman for “Modified”; Honorable Mention: Rachel Peters for “The Girl,” Julia Hahn for “Kara and Twinkle,” Natalie Ahlers for “Sofia and How She Lost Her Best Friend,” Emily Westphal for “Megan’s Talent Show,” Emily Westphal for “Burned to the Heart.”



Photo by Rob Zimmer Colorful basil is often grown alongside tomatoes in the garden.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Whether you grow your tomatoes in the ground or in containers, you can add companion plants for healthier fruits.

Many gardeners traditionally plant a number of companions or partners alongside tomatoes for added benefits. Called companion planting, and done in a number of ways, this partnering of plants in the garden, as well as in containers, is growing in popularity in gardening.

Companion planting with tomatoes is just one example of the endless ways gardeners are partnering plants together for mutual benefit. Sometimes, this is done for improved disease resistance, other times for pest control, even flavor enhancement. In addition, sometimes, plants are paired together simply because they just look good side by side.

Many gardeners begin their journey into companion planting by using this knowledge to enhance their tomato production, growth and health.

A number of different plants are used in companion planting with tomatoes. This can be done in the ground, as well as in container plantings featuring these crops.


Workshops examine raising chickens and bees

Chicken and honey will be on the menu at two workshops this month.

The sessions will be provided by the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Shawano and Marinette counties and Menominee County/Nation.

On Thursday, Scott Reuss, UW-Extension agent for Oconto and Marinette counties, will lead a workshop on raising backyard chickens for both meat and egg production. He will cover basic breed selection, housing, nutrition and health. Reuss has raised chickens and ducks for meat and eggs for many years.

On May 18, Josh Jensen and Emily Lukacs, from J&E Apiary, will talk about their experiences raising bees. The beekeepers will discuss how to get started, the tools needed, the types of hives, as well as basic bee selection and care.

Both sessions, which are free and open to everyone, will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in Room A/B of the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St., Shawano.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner The Bonduel Bat & Ball club has grown a lot through the years. Club secretary Carrie Beilfuss and her husband, Brian, have volunteered many hours for the program, where their three sons also participate. The boys are, from left, Noah, 15, Carter, 8, and Adam, 12.

Baseball and softball are sure signs of spring. In Bonduel, that means the Bonduel Bat & Ball Club is gearing up for another busy season.

Several years ago the village ran the youth programs, but when it stopped, others had to step up. The Bonduel Bat & Ball Club was formed.

“Several people took charge of the program,” said Carrie Beilfuss, club secretary. “There are over 200 kids this year. As a program we have really blossomed.”

There are baseball leagues for T-ball, coach pitch, Little League, Pony League and Babe Ruth. The girls softball program includes 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U teams. The older kids are in traveling leagues.

The games are played at Cedar Park, where two years ago another field was added. There is also new netting, new fencing, along with an updated press box and concession stand. The next project is to get water to the fields, Beilfuss said.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Heidi Waukechon volunteers for Shawano Cares About Critters.

Heidi Waukechon volunteers for Shawano Cares About Critters. She was raised in Shawano, graduated from Shawano High School and earned a degree in nursing from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She is an independent registered nurse.

Waukechon and her husband, Chad, have been married for 21 years and have two children.

Q What is Shawano Cares About Critters?

A “SCAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was formed as a resource to people in Shawano and the surrounding areas who care about animal welfare. I am on the board of directors, am an active cat live trapper and assist with fundraising.”

Q How do you help?


Week at home doesn’t provide much rest

Having been mainly home for almost the past week, I have come to a few realizations. My enforced stay at or near home was not planned. However, since I had things that needed doing in or near Tigerton, I thought I might as well stay put and get it accomplished.

That was Thursday and Friday, when I decided to stick close to home so I could finish sewing the edges of the last of the mission quilts our church ladies had worked on over winter. We need to finish tying them, and then they will be ready for delivery to Orphan Grain Train in Shawano.

Sewing around quilts seems quite easy, as I am sitting, but the fact that they are sandwiched inside out and need to be completely turned right-side out before the process of closing them up, brings a lot of good arm and shoulder exercise. In all, we completed 100 quilts over the past four months, not bad for only having a handful of volunteers able to help.


Crowd cheers spring fashion show

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Models walk the runway as part of the fashion show Thursday during the annual Shawano Woman’s Club’s Spring Fling at the Gathering in Shawano. Over 300 attended the luncheon. The annual event and fundraiser benefits local charities.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Veteran attendees Joanne Mehlberg and Kathy Evans from Shawano enjoy the fashion show Thursday at the Gathering in Shawano.

In a sure sign that spring is here, the Shawano Woman’s Club drew a big crowd Thursday for its 13th annual Spring Fling fashion show.

About 300 women packed into The Gathering banquet hall in Shawano for the popular luncheon event raising money for the club’s charitable civic activities.

The event raises about $7,000 annually, although chairwoman Cindy Holewinski said she hoped this year’s big crowd might mean an even bigger windfall.

Holewinski said she was impressed by the turnout, including supporters from as far away as Clintonville and Pulaski.

“It’s just fabulous,” she said. “That translates into community support.”

The woman’s club awards student scholarships every year and also has supported such local causes as the SAM’s House homeless shelter and the Safe Haven domestic abuse center.

The event included lunch, gifts and a fashion show with models displaying fashion ideas for the season.


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