Community

Wed
27
Jun

Celebration of Giving


Photo by Curt Knoke Kris Wondra, a counselor at Bonduel Elementary School, does a variety of things that go beyond her job description, including the coordination of a clothing swap twice a year. Wondra’s thinking outside the box earned her the Shawano Area Community Foundation’s Bill Mielke Volunteer Educator Award.

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 non profit organizations at the direction of the award winners. This is the second in a five-part series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

Kris Wondra has served the children and families of the Bonduel School District in a myriad of ways that all are beyond her job description as school counselor.

Wondra has served as a counselor for the district for six years, and previously worked in other school districts as well. She said she went into the field with “an intent to help kids.”

“It’s something I have always been interested in,” Wondra said.

Wed
27
Jun

‘Simple’ wedding leads to lifelong tale


Contributed Photo Marcie Leitzke waited on the corner of Green Bay and Main streets, where the Murdock Hotel was located, to meet her husband-to-be to go to their wedding ceremony in 1946. The hotel burned down two years later.

We didn’t want to put our folks through a big wedding, so we planned to “simply” get married. There I stood, on the corner of Green Bay and Main Streets in front of the old Murdock Hotel in Shawano. That was 1946. The hotel burned down in 1948.

I was waiting there for my future husband to get our marriage license at the courthouse, just down the street. He did show up. We planned an evening ceremony at a parsonage in Clintonville. We also had a photography studio standing by to take wedding photos after the ceremony. Larry’s brother, Adolph, and my sister, Jane, stood up. Jane was only 16, so the pastor’s wife had to sign the marriage certificate instead of Jane. Adolph started giggling, and that set us all off into laughter that we couldn’t stop.

We were all still laughing when we had our marriage pictures taken. Then we went for a nice dinner at the Riverside Restaurant in Clintonville. After dinner, we each went home alone until the weekend.

Wed
27
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.

Wed
27
Jun

Red Cross seeks A’s, B’s, O’s

The American Red Cross needs help to bring back the A’s, B’s and O’s. Not a typo — these letters represent blood types, and many types of blood are at risk of going missing from hospital shelves this summer.

As part of the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O began disappearing from brand logos, social media pages and websites to draw attention to the need for new blood donors. While thousands of donors have answered the call to give blood, even more donors are needed — especially this time of year when donations often fall behind demand.

To thank those donors who give blood between Monday and July 7, the Red Cross is giving away Missing Types T-shirts, while supplies last. Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 800-733-2767.

Upcoming area blood donation opportunities include:

Sat
23
Jun

Update on the chicks

If you keep up with activity on the Reminger farm at all, you know that, at the end of May, we brought home 40 chicks for the purpose of butchering them ourselves the first part of August. Buying waterers and feeders, we kept them warm, safe and fed in kiddie pools given to us by good friends of ours who will reap the reward of homegrown chicken dinners if we do a good job. (They had an ulterior motive.)

We started all 40 out in one pool with two heat lamps, but very soon they outgrew their digs. They grow. Fast.

So, after a short while, we split them up and moved the heat lamps accordingly, one centered over each pool. Altogether, we lost four of them, and from what I’ve been told, losing four out of 40 isn’t bad. I was sad every single time I had to scoop a little lifeless body out of the pool.

Sat
23
Jun

Meet Joan Melbauer


Photo by Carol Wagner Joan Melbauer volunteers with Safe Haven and Shawano Area Matthew 25.

Joan Melbauer volunteers with Safe Haven and Shawano Area Matthew 25.

Melbauer was born in Lena, graduating from Lena High School. She attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for two years, then joined the Army where she served for over five years. When she was discharged she returned to UW-Green Bay, earning a degree in economics. Melbauer worked in offices in Green Bay and Shawano, among them five years at CoVantage in Shawano. Currently, she is in accounts payable/receivable at Klein Automotive in Clintonville, where she has been for three years.

Melbauer is married to Don Melbauer Jr., who is the production manager for a non-woven company in Green Bay. She lives in Shawano and has one daughter, two stepdaughters, and one stepgranddaughter.

Where do you volunteer?

“I volunteer two hours Wednesday nights at Safe Haven. In the winter, I am there on Monday nights because on Wednesday I am at SAM25. I like picking a night and being committed.”

Sat
23
Jun

Strawberries ripe for picking


Leader Photo by Kelly Hogan Employees at Porter’s Patch in Navarino, from left, Kaden Bergsbaken, Keelie Murphy-Besaw and Alyssa Diemel showcase some of the farm’s strawberries.

The coming of mid-June marked the beginning of the long-anticipated strawberry-picking season.

Typically, strawberries are ripe for picking for three to four weeks, starting around the third week in June and lasting until mid-July.

The fate of the short season of strawberry picking rests on ever fickle weather conditions, and this year was no exception. Late spring snowstorms paired with extremely hot days, both at the end of May and the start of this week, left local farmers in a state of suspense as the strawberry season drew closer.

“It was a roller coaster,” said Steve Kluth, who owns Glendale Farms in Clintonville with his wife, Tammy.

Sat
23
Jun

Club promotes running, walking for everyone


Contributed photo The Shawano Running Club is open to anyone who would like to run or walk during the summer. Participants at a recent run are Jill Guenther in front; kneeling, from left, Will Chelberg, Lily Guenther, Grace Chelberg, Drew Chelberg, Andon Chelberg and Lucas Reed; standing, Ethan Chelberg, Grace Beyer, Odessa Arce, Alice Hoffman, Matti Koehler, Lydia Beyer, Leo Liu, Claire Guenther, Sam Rusch, Carter Schmidt and Bryce Stomberg.

The Shawano Running Club has been in existence for 10 years. Robert Buss and Robin White share overseeing the group for about an hour at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Shawano Community High School.

Buss got involved when his son, Alex, was in cross-country and track.

“Anybody can come and walk or run,” Buss said.

That statement was reiterated by White, who helps with the program. He said anyone can come and take part but it is particularly important conditioning for athletes.

“People who are going to get involved in fall sports should be doing something now,” White said, noting athletes from other schools are also getting ready for fall sports.

The average run is four miles a night, but the beginners don’t run that far. The grass trails are in the woods by the high school softball and baseball diamonds, which gets them out of the hot sun on those days.

Sat
23
Jun

Library bringing in summer entertainers

Many programs continue at the Shawano County Library for entertainment and learning during the summer months.

Several great children’s performers are scheduled in upcoming weeks. All programs at held at the Shawano library, 128 S Sawyer St., Shawano.

Dan Robinson’s “Just for the Fun of It” will occur on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Children will enjoy a variety of music, dancing, singing and clapping.

Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, spirited performer, skilled guitarist, and captivating tap dancer. In a baritone voice, he will sing hilarious and imaginative songs that he will share on July 3 at 10 a.m.

This summer’s final performer will be John Duggleby with his “Boogie in the Barnyard” on July 10 at 10 a.m. Dressed as a chicken, John will serve up a helping of country pie, plenty of barnyard humor and, of course, the Chicken Dance.

Sat
23
Jun

Library hosts programs in its Creation Station

Now that school is out and summer has begun, hands-on learning experiences for children and teens are offered at the Creation Station in the main branch of the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., Shawano.

Upcoming programs include:

• June 29: Deconstruct It: Toys. Grab a scissors and pull apart toys and stuffed animals. Discover what’s inside and create a new toy.

• July 2: Harry Potter Wand-Making workshop. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter by creating a wizard-worthy wand.

• July 6: Lego day. Build with Legos, follow a pattern or make something unique.

• July 13: Deconstruct It: Electronics. Bang, pry, smash and unscrew a variety of electronics and small appliances, then put together something new from the pieces.

• July 20: Roominate modular construction workshop. These wired building sets focus on creativity and engineering. Challenges:include a moving Ferris wheel and three-story townhouse.

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