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Tue
28
May

‘Tranquilatree’ blossoms in the WOW Art Park


PHOTO BY CURT KNOKE Artist David Windey, left, and his father, Gene, installed a tree in memory of Lois Smith on May 15 in the Art Park adjacent to the WOWSPACE in Wittenberg.

Solid with a splash of pizzazz describes the latest art installation in the Walls of Wittenberg Art Park. It could also describe the woman it was built to honor, Lois Smith, who passed away last October.

The family of Steve Smith, Lois Smith’s oldest son, chose to commission the art piece for the Art Park she helped establish in Wittenberg.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to do this sculpture,” artist David Windey said.

Windey had spent about 14 years working with his father, Gene, at Ritchie Metalworks Corporation in De Pere. A medium sized company, it focused on small custom products that required quality over quantity. The bulk of the business consisted of custom-ordered ornate railings and stairways, using a variety of metal fabrications.

After Gene and his business partner, Dave Ritchie, decided to retire, David Windey rented the space to continue on with his art.

Tue
28
May

Library book sale drops next week

Thousands of books and media items will go on sale next week when the Friends of the Shawano County Libraries holds its annual book sale and brat fry.

The sale will take place June 3-5 at the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., Shawano.

Monday’s sale runs from 4-8 p.m. and features a $2 sneak peek, allowing customers to be the first to shop for the most sought-after titles.

Tuesday and Wednesday, the hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The big feature of the final day is that all prices are slashed. All you can fit in a book bag will cost $2.

There will be a food stand serving bratwursts and wieners so patrons can sit down and have a bite to eat as well.

The items on sale offer the full spectrum of the libraries: hardcover and paperback books, children’s and young adult books, music CDs, books-on-tape and movie DVDs. Many of the items are surplus from the libraries collection reduction, others have been donated by patrons.

Fri
24
May

INDIGENOUS AND DELICIOUS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Chef Francisco Alegria speaks with visitors to the Menikanaehkem booth on May 18 at Menominee Indian High School. Alegria demonstrated how to make an indigenous acorn squash dish that is healthy and organic.

Good health through good eating is one of the focuses of the Menominee Tribal Department of Agriculture and Food System (DAFS).

To that end, the department brought professional Menominee chef Francisco Alegria out recently to the Gathering of Warriors Pow Wow in Keshena to talk with tribal members, both in person and live on Facebook to speak about the importance of eating indigenous foods. Alegria gave a cooking demonstration at the booth for Menikanaehkem, a grassroots organization trying to improve community wellness on the Menominee reservation.

“We’re pushing indigenous, decolonized food,” Alegria said. “We love frybread like everyone else, but we’re pushing people to put the frybread down because that’s not who we were as indigenous people prior to colonization.”

Fri
24
May

Spring activity brimming on the farm

Before I get into my column for the week, I want to thank our amazing military, remembering with reverence and appreciation those who have given their lives for our country. I also thank all those actively serving now and those that had served, along with our police force, firemen, EMTs and all those who tend to us and keep us safe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you all, and please know you are prayed for and truly appreciated.

Now, this week’s musings …

As I drive to my job assignments, I feel like one of those old retired farmers, gawking out the window at all of the activity going on. Everything is brimming with motion and color. Oats are making their presence known, and fields are being prepped to receive the seed, either soybean or corn.

Fri
24
May

34 years of columns run the gamut on topics

On May 28, it will be 34 years since my first column appeared in what was then The Shawano Evening Leader. A lot more than the name of the paper has changed since that time.

The first column on May 28, 1985, was about a teacher in Tigerton. He still lives in the area, but other than subbing, he is now retired. He was, and still is, affectionately known as Mr. B.

“I believe the children’s grades are my grades, and I don’t ever want to be a C teacher,” he noted in that column.

Another was on the Tigerton Community Folk Choir, which was made up of several Tigerton area people of all ages. I was part of it at one time. In the beginning, we just met and practiced. Eventually, we were asked to perform at events, and I recall performing at the Shawano Folk Music Festival one year.

Fri
24
May

Ferret event dedicated to late Clintonville resident


Contributed Photo Amy Steenbock, of Clintonville, cuddles her late father’s prize-winning ferret Whynot during the Ferret Fiesta on May 18 in West Bend.

The 2019 Ferret Fiesta, a state ferret show held May 18 in West Bend, was dedicated to the late Leon (Corky) Steenbock, of Clintonville.

Steenbock, who passed away in January, was an active member of the group. He and his daughter, Amy, both showed ferrets and entered them in the show annually. Steenbock and his ferret, Wesley, won first place two years ago.

This year, a ferret Corky Steenbock adopted from a rescue named Whynot won the first place trophy for kits (young ferrets). Amy Steenbock showed the ferret, and she and her brother, Gregg, accepted the dedication plaque at the opening of the all-day show.

Doris Steenbock, Corky’s wife and Amy’s mother, also loved the pets and had her own ferret. While Doris lived in a nursing home before her death two years ago, the ferrets were popular visitors with patients and staff.

A number of Clintonville residents and relatives were present for the dedication.

Fri
24
May

Farmers market starts again in June

The Shawano Farmers Market will open for the summer 2019 season June 15.

The market will be held again this year at Franklin Park, 230 S. Washington St., Shawano. The open-air market will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon until Oct. 5. Vendors will be spread out throughout the park.

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 available to answer gardening questions. Family friendly activities are also available during select market days.

New this year, the seedlings program gives potential vendors the chance to set up and sell their products at the Shawano Farmers Market for one Saturday free of charge.

Fri
24
May

Annual paddle and pedal event set for June 22

The fourth annual Wolf River Paddle & Pedal event will be held June 22 at Judd Park, 1013 S. Water St., Shawano.

Canoes and kayaks will launch from Judd Park at the Lieg Avenue boat landing in Shawano at 9:15 a.m. and travel down flat Wolf River water through natural areas. The paddle portion takes about 2-2½ hours, ending at the County Road CCC boat landing.

Boats will be transported back to Judd Park while participants embark on well-marked 8, 12 or 22 mile bike routes. Maps will be provided.

The cost is $15 per person ($10 for Shawano Pathways members and/or those renting equipment from Great Wolf Tubing).

Registration fee covers the cost of shuttling boats back to Shawano, bike and boat security, emergency vehicle, water, maps and snacks. Revenue from the Shawano Pathways fundraiser will support new and improved biking and walking trails.

Fri
24
May

Writing a lifelong hobby as well as good therapy

Some people read a book to relax. Others exercise, and there are those who get a massage. How do you relax? For me, if I am feeling stressed or anxious, my therapy of choice is to write.

Sometimes I just write random thoughts. I have written a few books — one children’s book and one about a homeless man who experiences the best and worst in people. I don’t plan on sharing these books with anyone. They probably aren’t that good, but writing them was both fun and relaxing.

It was my English teacher/forensics coach, Lillian Abrahamson, who first encouraged me to write. She suggested I write and deliver four-minute speeches. The first one I wrote and presented was about discrimination. I won a first in state competition. That was quite a confidence builder, and I have dabbled in writing ever since.

Fri
24
May

Old World crafting and camaraderie go hand in hand

Antiques stores often attract people who are curious and passionate about the way things were.

Diane Hartleben, manager of the District No. 3 Antiques store in Wittenberg, often schedules events to demonstrate Old World techniques for those people.

“The people who come to these events like to share and to learn, so there is always something new to talk about,” Hartleben said.

On April 6, she invited crafters to demonstrate needle felting, spinning and using a circular sock machine.

Hartleben demonstrated how to comb out the fiber to make roving, which is a long narrow bundle of fiber to be used for spinning into yarn. The fiber came from Darlene Nueske’s Applewood Lane Alpaca Farm south of Wittenberg.

The fiber had been washed, and Hartleben showed different techniques to comb or card the fibers. The process is necessary to help remove any residual hay and to straighten the fibers for spinning.

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