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Sat
09
Feb

‘Always a Bridesmaid’ just getting started

While the soup is simmering, I can tell you about our upcoming adult comedy play, “Always a Bridesmaid,” which will be presented April 26-28 and May 3-5 at the Mielke Arts Center in Shawano. Director will be Miriam Nelson, assisted by Early Fuller.

Auditions were held on Feb. 8-9 for the roles of the bride and bridesmaids. However, we don’t always fill roles at the auditions, so feel free to call me at 715-201-1299, and I will pass on your inquiry to Miriam. An additional audition is usually possible.

As with every production, there’s always a need for people to help with costumes, props, ushers, backstage manager, publicity, etc. We have a job for you, so call me.

Sat
09
Feb

There’s a variety of ways to treat your child’s cold

The common cold is medically known as an upper respiratory tract infection. Despite the chesty cough that often sends us to the doctor, the lungs are not affected.

There are over 200 viruses that cause the common cold. Unfortunately, antibiotics have no effect on the common cold; you must fight the virus on your own.

While children average six to eight colds a year (double if in preschool or daycare), adults do not get as many colds. They’ve already been exposed to many viruses and have developed immunity.

December through April is cold and flu season, where viral illnesses are most common. A drippy nose usually lasts 7-10 days and a cough, 10-14 days. One child out of three will cough for up to three weeks, but the cough will actually sound worse as it gets better.

Colds do not usually wipe your child out; the cold symptoms often bother the parents more. Otherwise, kids act pretty normal except for the constant runny nose and cough.

Sat
09
Feb

Farmers identify top concerns


Contributed Photo Beef farmer Ken Schmitt, of Colfax, speaks up during the policy discussion at the 88th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention.

Dairy price stability, groundwater testing and affordable health insurance are among key agricultural issues Wisconsin farmers want to discuss with legislators this year. These concerns and others were brought to the forefront by delegates at the 88th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention, which was held Jan. 25-27 in Appleton.

“Given the weak state of our farm economy, strong agricultural policies that ensure a future for family farming are more important than ever,” said Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union.

He praised the discussion and process at the convention, where delegates from across the state came together to identify and discuss the most pressing issues impacting Wisconsin farm families.

Sat
09
Feb

Research reveals some fascinating things about Shawano

I have never traveled out of the country but I have visited much of the United States. Although I enjoyed seeing the wonderful landmarks and beauty of other states, there is no place I would rather live than in Wisconsin. I love our four seasons. Admittedly, winter is my least favorite, but there is something about that first snowfall that I find so lovely. I appreciate the beauty of nature in Wisconsin; the lakes, rivers and streams and the beautiful woods filled with wildlife, green grass, cornfields and apple orchards.

I enjoy researching the history of Shawano County, the city of Shawano, villages and townships. I will share some of the information I have learned, beginning with the city of Shawano.

Sat
09
Feb

VA has program for eyeglasses, hearing aids

Veterans enrolled in the VA Healthcare System may receive care for any condition whether it is service connected or not. This includes diagnostic audiology and diagnostic and preventive eye care services.

VA will provide hearing aids and eyeglasses to the following veterans:

• Those with any compensable service-connected disability.

• Those who are former prisoners of war.

• Those who were awarded a Purple Heart.

• Those in receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code 1151.

• Those in receipt of an increased pension based on being rated permanently housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance.

Thu
07
Feb

FRESH looking at mobile market for food deserts

A mobile market is in the works for the FRESH Project in order to further the organization’s goal of giving everyone in Shawano County access to healthy foods.

A meeting between local food producers and officials with FRESH (Food, Resources, Education, Safety, Health) on Tuesday showed that the mobile market might be the best next step to bring together farmers and consumers in the area, with many of the almost 20 producers in attendance interested in providing food.

“Our goal is to get healthy food to everyone,” said Barbara Mendoza, executive director of the FRESH Project. “One of the challenges we have is that we have a lot of food insecurity in our rural areas.”

Thu
07
Feb

Shawano Ambulance receives Patriot Award

Shawano Ambulance has been recognized for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces.

On Jan. 29, Jerry Clusen, retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, presented the Patriot Award to the Shawano Ambulance Director of Operations Patrick Trinko.

Currently, the local emergency services provider has three staff members who are guard or reserve members.

“Knowing the vital function they have agreed to provide our country, we fully support our staff members in the guard or reserve,” Trinko said. “Their dedication to our nation’s security dwarfs any adjustments we need to make here at home to accommodate their time away to train and serve.”

Sat
02
Feb

Keeping warm on the farm requires work

Looking out my kitchen window at our surplus of wood for the woodstove, my heart is filled with gratitude. We have worked hard to gather all of this wood, and our efforts are being paid back tenfold, especially now as we try to keep warm, deep in the heart of winter.

My husband cuts, splits, loads and piles, and I help when I can. Ever since we sold the cows, I’ve noticed my strength has been slowly ebbing. Even with daily, low-impact aerobic exercise and every other day using weights, my lower arms keep going when the rest of me stops. It’s maddening. I used to have pipes.

Fri
01
Feb

Getting lost in a good book one way to beat winter blahs

About now, most of us are feeling a bit of the winter blahs. One of my winter blah buster pick-me-ups has always been books. I love a good book, although finding one can be a challenge at times.

I recall a book I read when I was middle school age. I attended school in Clintonville then, and we had an opportunity to walk down to the library and check out books to read.

I’d look for some Zane Grey westerns for my dad to read, as they were his favorites. Then I would browse the shelves for something for me, and found a book called, “The Black Stallion,” by Walter Farley. While I have never owned or even rode a horse, I fell in love with the whole idea of taming a wild horse and winning a race.

Fri
01
Feb

Keeping commerce local requires professional business people

The Shawano County Humane Society is having its annual fundraising banquet on Feb. 16. As a volunteer, I have been collecting donations for the event from area businesses. The generosity of our business community is wonderful and greatly appreciated.

Have you ever stopped to think about how many organizations, nonprofit groups and events our local businesses support?

Online shopping is growing in popularity. While I agree it is a convenient and sometimes cheaper way to shop, I know the large online businesses aren’t a part of our community. Neither are the malls in other cities. They don’t pay local taxes, nor do they support our local organizations and projects. Additionally, they do not provide jobs to our residents. Obviously, where you shop is a personal choice, but there are many good reasons to consider shopping locally.

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