Photo by Rob Zimmer Gardeners are dreaming of spring time and colorful tulips as October bulb planting season arrives.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Some of the most dramatic tulips are the lily-flowering varieties, with flaring blooms and pointed petals.

In October, the dreams of gardeners turn to spring. The promise of masses of beautiful color in a rainbow pallet throughout the yard and garden tantalizes gardeners at area garden centers that are now stocked with spring blooming bulbs, ready for fall planting.

Tulips are the traditional favorite of many gardeners, coming in all shapes, sizes, colors and growing heights. From 4-inch miniature tulips to those that may reach 3 feet in height, these spectacular, colorful bulbs symbolize spring time in the garden.

October into early November is prime time for planting tulip bulbs for a spring showcase of incredible beauty.

Planting tulips is easy. Simply dig a hole or use a bulb planter to a depth of 4 to 6 inches, depending upon the size of the bulb. Backfill and you’re done.


County’s 331st barn quilt has dairy theme

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Bill Kolaske Jr., left, and his son, Bailey, are shown with Shawano County’s 331st barn quilt on their farm at N1021 Lawn Road, Seymour.

Bill and Carrie Kolaske, of Bonduel, have sponsored Shawano County’s 331st barn quilt. It is on the farm of Bill’s son, Bill Jr., at N1021 Lawn Road, Seymour.

The quilt pattern was designed by Bill’s son, Bailey, with the help of barn quilt project coordinator Jim Leuenberger. It features the heads of an Ayrshire cow and a Holstein cow to represent two of the breeds that make up Bill’s dairy herd. Also on the quilt is an International Harvester 1466 tractor to represent the brand of farm equipment used on the farm.

The quilt pattern has been named The Power of Dairy.


Library offers new escape

Beginning in October, the Shawano City-County Library is making “escape rooms” available to the public.

Escape rooms are a physical adventure game in which four to 10 players work together to collect clues and solve puzzles. Participants are tasked with uncovering the secret plot within a specific time limit. Escape rooms focus on team-building, cooperation and deductive reasoning.

Escape experiences last from 30-60 minutes and are appropriate for students in sixth grade and older. Younger participants are welcome if a parent or guardian also participates.

In upcoming months, the library will offer a variety of thematic escape rooms. Each theme will be a separate puzzle.

The program is ideal for work groups, birthday parties, friends and more.

Groups can contact the library to schedule individual program times. Larger groups can be split into smaller groups and run through the escape room back-to-back.


Program helps families deal with divorce

Classes designed to help families cope with divorce and separation will be held this month at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano.

The three-week “Parents Forever” program, which begins Tuesday, is for parents with minor children. Its intent is to minimize parental conflict while keeping the children out of the middle of parental issues, according to a press release from Nancy Schultz, University of Wisconsin-Extension family living educator for Shawano County.

Classes will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 17 and 24. Preregistration is required. A registration form must be filled out and sent along with payment of $15 for each parent participating the night of the first class. To register online, go to

Sessions will focus on guidelines for cooperative parenting, creating a parenting plan, stress and communication and managing conflict.


Erdman, Knope receive top Optimist awards

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Shawano Optimist officers are, from left, seated, Barb Schmid, treasurer; Diane Lohff, vice president; Gary Cumberland, president; Jim Leisner, vice president; and Dawn Clark, secretary; standing, directors Lorine Raddant, Michael Johnston, Dan Mauel, Greg Parker and Dawn Knope, and Gail Moesch, outgoing president. Not pictured: Ryan Koenig.

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Receiving the Shawano Optimist Club’s top awards for the 2016-2017 Optimist Year were Dawn Knope, who received a life membership in Optimist International, and Doug Erdman, who was named Shawano Optimist of the Year. Shown, from left, are Gail Moesch, outgoing president; Knope; Tony Yaggie, Optimist WINUM district governor; and Erdman.

The Shawano Optimist Club recently celebrated its 41st anniversary, holding its annual installation and awards banquet, during which officers and directors for the coming year were installed and special awards presented.

Doug Erdman, a long-time member of the club who has served as a director, vice president and president, and has participated in nearly every club project and fundraiser, was named Optimist of the Year.

For her continued efforts on behalf of the club, including serving as club secretary, Dawn Knope received a life membership in Optimist International.

Outgoing President Gail Moesch thanked the club members for their support during her presidency.


Mother Hubbard needs to restock the cupboard

I am getting to feel a bit like Old Mother Hubbard who went to her cupboard only to find her cupboard bare. While it is not that I am actually totally out of food, the supplies of some are nearly down to nothing, and others are getting fairly meager.

Other than run in quickly for something needed, I haven’t have had a chance to do any major shopping for about 10 days. By now, my milk is sour, but since my cereal is gone, that is OK, I guess.

I will need to make a list for sure, and check it twice so I don’t miss things.

Most of my trips out of town have been made on days when I was busy and too tired for a trip around a big store.

Today, when I am home most of the day, I am tired also and wanted to take a nap. The phone always rings just when I am drifting off, so I expect I will have an early night to bed instead.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Stepping On classes, which help older adults prevent falls, are offered at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. Shown are, from left, front row, Dallas Coats, Sharon Coats, Dorothy Martin, Ruth Koenig; back row, Verna Fowler, Audrey Grueb, Mary Kreitzer, Barbara Bunker, Mary Martin, Patti Thatcher, Heidi Russell, director of aging, Shawano County Department of Human Services, and Heidi Thompson, physical therapist assistant.

A Stepping On class is a step in the right direction for many seniors.

One out of every three people 65 and older fall each year, and by 2020 injuries from falls are predicted to reach an estimated cost of $32.4 billion.

“It’s for older people who have had a fall or are afraid of falling,” said Heidi Russell, director of aging for the Shawano County Department of Human Services.

The most common injuries are fractions of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand, she said. Falls often lead to premature nursing home admissions.

“The largest benefit to the program is the confidence boost to an older individual knowing they have the power to help themselves remain in their own home,“ Russell said.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Janine Brunner is organizing a Rosary Rally at Memorial Athletic Park in Shawano on Oct. 14. She is shown with a statue of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano.

Janine Brunner is organizing a Rosary Rally that will be held at noon Oct. 14 at Memorial Athletic Park in Shawano.
Brunner was born and raised in the town of Belle Plaine. After graduating from Shawano High School, she worked at Brunner Gold Star Farms and then various otgher jobs before getting an associate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
She is certified as a child care and personal care worker. She is currently self-employed in her housecleaning business.
Brunner lives in Shawano. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she is involved the choir, care ministry, Eucharistic ministry, Rosary group, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Emmaus.


Open house, wagon rides on nature center schedule

The annual fall open house and Fall Color Run/Walk are among the activities scheduled at Navarino Nature Center in October.

The open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event includes wagon rides, forestry equipment displays, historic re-enactors, children’s crafts, face painting, candle dipping and more. Guests can make scarecrows, bird feeders and rope.

The second annual Fall Color Run/Walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Participants can either run or walk a 5K course through the colorful forests, fields and wetlands of the Navarino Wildlife Area. A 1-mile kids fun run will follow the run/walk. All participants will receive a T-shirt. Registration is available online at either and



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Esther, right, played by Karen Fuller, reacts excitedly to getting a new stuffed cat from aide Arby Clements, played by D.J. Pehlke, in a scene from “Spirit!” The play shows the lighter side of nursing homes and the people who live and work in them.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Clara, right, played by Mary Madsen, shows defiance when being asked to tone down her activities by Miss Monroe, played by Jodi Angeli, in a scene from “Spirit!” The show starts Thursday at the Mielke Arts Center and continues through Oct. 15.

With a title like “Spirit!” the fall production for Box in the Wood Theatre Guild might conjure up images of ghosts and wraiths.

However, some of the characters in the play would probably prefer you didn’t declare them dead before their time.

“Spirit!” is set in the Happy Hollow Rest Home, a place where the residents want to squeeze out every ounce of life they have left, while the management would prefer they sit down and behave before they break a hip.

One 83-year-old resident, Clara, isn’t willing to bow to the establishment, taking hula lessons, sending out for pepperoni pizza, holding seances and hosting weekly poker games.


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