Community

Fri
25
Nov

Arts council presents holiday show


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Christmas carolers, played by, from left, Crue Pederson, Aiden Winn and Mason Winn, walk into Ebony Scrooge’s office in a scene from “Ebony Scrooge.” The show’s cast includes participants in the summer theater workshop and the Box in the Wood summer musical “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Mielke Arts Center.

If you’re uncertain about that, just look for little carolers and a miserly woman named Ebony.

The Shawano County Arts Council will present “Holiday at the Mielke” on Dec. 4 for one performance only. The show includes the one-act play “Ebony Scrooge,” along with a number of acts with a holiday theme.

Mary Madsen, president of the arts council, is directing the play. She said the idea for doing a one-act as part of an overall show came about after the council organized a shorter skit years ago involving the children from the annual summer theater workshop. The cast for “Ebony Scrooge” consists of actors from this year’s workshop, as well as performers from the summer musical, “Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.”

Fri
25
Nov

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Jane Melchior is the coordinator of The Giving Tree at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil.

Jane Melchior is the coordinator of The Giving Tree at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil. She moved here 11 years ago and started to help.

“As it grew, I stepped in,” she said. “It became a community event.”

Now First State Bank in Cecil, the Men’s Club at the church, WTCH and WOW radio stations, and various other businesses and private parties all help out.

“We were too small to handle the number,” she said.

A tree at the bank and a smaller one at the church are decorated with ornaments that list the gender and age of children, 14 and younger, in need of Christmas gifts.

As a former kindergarten teacher, she is sensitive to the needs of children. This year, 135 children are enrolled.

“It’s for anybody in the area,” Melchior said.

The names come from the people who use the St. Martin Food Pantry. They start enrolling their children in September and October by filling out a form with age, gender, size and wish list.

Fri
25
Nov

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Paul Sheridan is the coordinator of the St. Martin Food Pantry in Cecil.

Paul Sheridan is the coordinator of the St. Martin Food Pantry in Cecil. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, graduating from Cherry Hills High School.

Sheridan enlisted in the Air Force for four years. He was an air traffic controller and then did the same work as a civilian. For 40 years he was at airports across the United States, retiring in 2013.

Sheridan and his wife, Donna, also retired, have been married 22 years and live on the north side of Shawano Lake. They have two children and four grandchildren. Sheridan is a part-time handyman at Chaps Academy in Shiocton. The couple enjoy sports and the lake.

Q How long have you helped at the St. Martin Food Pantry?

A “For a number of years I volunteered, and now I’m the coordinator.”

Q Where do you get the food?

Fri
25
Nov

With a thankful heart

What a difference a year makes. Without the cows, we are experiencing a totally different life. I have always appreciated how hard a farmer works, and because I was living it, I never thought I could take the liberty to say, “Oh, man, we work hard.” Now that the cows are gone and I know farmers (and their hard-working wives) are still at it, I can give them kudos.

I’ve come to understand just how exhausted we were. We were living life tired these last couple of years, physically stretched and mentally worn out. Everything was starting to ache. Physically, because I was daily working those same muscles, it was taking its toll on my body. And my husband’s. For us, it was time to let the cows go, and with a thankful heart I’ve found how blessed and fortunate we were; the timing was perfect for us.

Fri
25
Nov

Into the basement instead of the store

Now that the turkey is reduced to leftovers, it is time to wrap our minds around Black Friday shopping. Now, you might be one of those shoppers, but not me.

I can remember years past when I had children in school and we often did go shopping on that weekend. After all, the kids didn’t want to miss school, so weekend shopping it was.

At this time I can’t recall all of this Black Friday shopping hoopla. I can’t quite remember when it began, but the stores seem to go all out.

From shoppers I have listened to, those deals are often to hook you into the store, and they either run out of the items advertised, or other such disappointment. Plus, the knowledge that people get up in the wee hours of the morning just to go shopping, and then camp out until the store opens, is a bit off-putting to me.

Wed
23
Nov

BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS

Thanksgiving is a special time of year as we pause from our daily routines to reflect on the things that are most important to us.

The Shawano Leader again asked three community leaders to share their reflections about the meaning of the holiday for our Thanksgiving edition. Their responses presented here share a simple but profound theme: People are what matter most in our lives — family, friends, teachers, mentors, co-workers, employees, neighbors, customers and sometimes strangers.

Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to come together, physically and spiritually, to acknowledge the people who mean so much to us. We can set aside politics, rivalries and differences to celebrate community and togetherness.

We can reach out to others less fortunate to share a meal, as many area communities do, and fellowship.

Bountiful Blessings surround us each and every day. Please take time to reflect on those in your life on this special holiday.

Wed
23
Nov

Bountiful Blessings


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Over the years Pat Crawford has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Green Bay Packers. Legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi and his philosophy of winning adorn the walls of Crawford’s TimerPro office.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Born in 1926, Pat Crawford still reports to TimberPro most days. Originally a logger, Crawford founded two manufacturing companies devoted to the logging industry. Timbco, manufacturer of heavy logging equipment, was sold in 2000 when Pat turned 74 years old. Two years later, he started TimberPro, which operates today on Industrial Drive in the Shawano Industrial Park.

Things I am thankful for:

Having 90 years behind me has given me a perspective and appreciation for the things in life that really matter and the events that create our lives.

I’m thankful for being born in a logging camp in 1926 where my father was a logger and my mother the camp cook. Born in those circumstances and being a child of the Depression instilled in me a mindset of frugality, hard work, compassion and perseverance. Those qualities have guided me throughout my life, and for that I am thankful.

When I was 16, during World War II, I was excused from school and allowed to work on an iron ore boat to help with the war effort. I’m thankful for being able to do my part.

Wed
23
Nov

Bountiful Blessings


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis The Hartwig family includes, from left, Ben, Dan, Diane, Jake and Luke. Twig’s continues to add to its beverage line while generously giving back to the community, supporting numerous local organizations and groups.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis A local favorite: The returnable sun drop bottle.

As we reflect on our blessings at this special time of year, we look back on our family history and all that has carried us to where we are today.

The Hartwig family has been in the Shawano area since the early 1800s. Our ancestors settled on farms west of Bonduel, some of which are still standing today.

Twig’s Beverage was born from an idea Floyd Hartwig had in a Tokyo hospital and brought back to Shawano in 1951. The company was the first bottler in Wisconsin of Sun Drop, the golden citrus soda that quickly became a local favorite.

Since 1850 when the George Dengel family came to Shawano to start the first pop factory/brewery in this area, there have been several additional pop factories that operated here because of the pure, great-tasting water. These businesses are all gone from Shawano except for Twig’s, which continues to flourish.

Wed
23
Nov

Bountiful Blessings


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Jeanne Cronce was sworn in as mayor of Shawano, “the City on the Wolf,” in April. She succeeded Lorna Marquardt, who held the office for 22 years before deciding not to seek re-election.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Mayor Jeanne Cronce, in her office at Shawano City Hall, visits with voters bright and early on Election Day.

When asked to write about what Thanksgiving means to me or what I was thankful for, I thought, where do I start?

I am thankful for so many people and opportunities that have been given to me such as a loving family who supported my career choices, excellent education, good health and strong faith, just to name a few.

However, as I pondered I realized that I am extremely thankful for the people and relationship that I have and continue to have the privilege to include in my life. Beginning with my parents, Oscar and Shirley Reinholz, and my grandparents, Herman and Wanda Reinholz and Clarence and Esther Meisner, who provided love, support and guidance in my early years. I am sure it was a challenge for them, but they always directed me to the right path.

Wed
23
Nov

GARDEN AND NATURE GIFTS


Photo by Rob Zimmer Gardeners of all ages will be thrilled with a collection of fairy, or miniature, gardening supplies and treasures.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Pottery in all shapes, sizes and colors makes a great gift for the gardener on your shopping list.

For the gardeners and outdoor lovers on your holiday shopping list, I’ve put together a list of some wonderful gift ideas they’re sure to treasure.

Whether your loved one, family member or friend is practical, eccentric, new to gardening and nature or a lifelong green thumb, these ideas will help inspire wonderful gift giving suggestions for the holiday season.

Give the gift of nature

One of the most wonderful and long lasting gifts you can give a loved one is the gift of nature.

Begin by purchasing a 2017 Wisconsin state park sticker. This vehicle admission sticker allows the holder to visit any of our state’s incredible state parks and state forests throughout the 2017 calendar year. No limit on the number of visits. This is sure to encourage your loved ones to get out and explore the wonderful natural resources of our state.

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