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Fri
22
Jun

Three Dog Night hits North Star in August

Grammy-nominated music icon Three Dog Night will perform live on Aug. 31 at North Star Mohican Casino Resort. Tickets are on sale now.

From 1969-1974, Three Dog Night broke records for top 10 hits, record sales and most concert tickets sold. The band continues to write songs and to play for crowds around the world. Three Dog Night hits include “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Shambala,” “One” and more.

“Three Dog Night is a group that maintains a presence and a relevance — no matter the decade,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort. “This band continues to push boundaries and find new ways to share their talents.”

Ticket prices start at $40 and can be purchased online. For information, go to https://www.northstarcasinoresort.com/entertainment.

Fri
22
Jun

Menominee Indian schools offer free summer meals

The Menominee Indian School District has announced its sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, along with children attending summer school. Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 years and younger. People older than 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in public or private non-profit school programs during the regular school year may also receive free meals. Adults accompanying their children may purchase a meal for $4; all meals must be eaten on site.

The Keshena Primary School cafeteria will be serving the free meals weekdays through July 20. Breakfast will be served 7:30-8:15 a.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. The cafeteria will be closed July 4.

Sat
16
Jun

Meet the farmers — and everyone else


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Wagner Farms has 650 cows giving milk on a daily basis, and with that comes a high degree of care. Guests to the 35th annual Shawano County Brunch on the Farm will meet veterinarians, nutritionists and other experts who contribute to the cows’ good health.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The milking parlor is one of the busiest places on the farm as 650 cows are marched in and out daily, producing about 60,000 gallons of milk per day, enough to give 40,000 people the recommended daily three glasses of milk.

People who make it an annual rite of summer to attend Shawano County’s Brunch on the Farm expect to meet the family that’s the driving force behind the farm.

This year, though, Wagner Farms has the whole family, the nutritionist who recommends the feed mix to give to the dairy cows, the veterinarian who cares for the animals, and others who might not be on the farm every day but definitely contribute to the success of the longtime farm in Green Valley.

Hank Wagner is the fourth generation to work the family farm, and two of his children, Laura and Shawn, make up the fifth generation. Six family members make up the staff of 14, which includes six milkers.

The farm was started in 1896 as an 80-acre spread that was in the middle of a forest that first had to be cut down, according to Wagner.

Sat
16
Jun

Tigerton woman named Ms. Senior Homemaker


Photo by Carol Wagner Mariette Piencikowski, right, of Gillett, takes part in the multi-tasking competition at the Ms. Senior Homemaker competition on Thursday as Chris Marcks explains how the competition works and Kevin Petersen plays devil’s advocate to distract her from her duties.

The Ms. Senior Homemaker Pageant on Thursday at the Shawano Lake County Park Pavilion was capped with the crowning of the 2018 winner, Patty Ambacher, of Tigerton.

“I’m very surprised,” she said.

In the opening round each woman was interviewed and talked about a meaningful item or talent in their lives. That was followed by the multi-tasking round, and then the final question asked by pageant founder and coordinator Amy Thusius.

During the first part of the competition Ambacher, who said she likes to make people laugh, entertained the crowd by wearing many different hats and singing a few lines of songs that matched the chapeaus she wore.

She finished up her winning ways with a quickly made up on-the-spot commercial about toilet paper during the final round, bringing loud applause from the audience.

Five other women brought plenty of laughter and praise from the crowd as they shared parts of their lives.

Sat
16
Jun

Task force working to get drugs safely off streets


Photo by Carol Wagner Jennifer Frost and Sheriff Adam Bieber stand by new prescription drug collection box at the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Getting unused prescription drugs safely out of circulation is the goal of the Drug Take Back Task Force. They meet four times a year to discuss ways and means to do it. Shawano County began the project in earnest beginning in January this year with a Drug Take Back Day the last Saturday in April.

“We retrieved 285 pounds of medications,” said Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber, a member of the task force.

The main things for people to know is what they can drop and what they can’t. You can bring prescription and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications. These items should be taken out of their containers and put in clear plastic bags.

Resident should not bring illegal drugs, needles, aerosol cans, and biohazardous materials, which is anything containing bodily fluid or blood.

Sat
16
Jun

Meet Wiladean ‘Willie’ Peters


Photo by Carol Wagner Wiladean “Willie” Peters volunteers at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena and is shown in the Book Share room.

Wiladean “Willie” Peters volunteers at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena.

After graduating from Gresham High School, Peters attended Milwaukee Technical College. Then she went to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay where she became a licensed practical nurse.

Peters worked at Bellin, Brown County Mental Health, and a CBRF for 22 years. She returned to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to get an associate degree to be a registered nurse, working at a nursing home and a clinic for 17 years before retiring.

Peters and her husband, Wilmer, have been married 49 years and have two children and five grandchildren. They live on Legend Lake.

Where do you volunteer?

“I volunteer at the St. Michael Catholic Church Food Pantry, the pastoral council, and wherever needed. I am head of the stewardship committee and secretary to the pastoral council. I work with the social concerns committee.”

Sat
16
Jun

Connecting with kids through reading program


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Rep. Mary Felzkowski reads to Birnamwood kindergartners to promote the Reach Out and Read Wisconsin program May 25, at the Aspirus Birnamwood Clinic. The program gives a free book to any child who comes for a wellness checkup from 6 months to 5 years old.

State Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, visited the Aspirus Birnamwood Clinic on May 25 to highlight the Reach Out and Read program. She read four books to the Birnamwood Elementary School kindergarten class.

“Parents want to do the best for their kids but don’t always know how to get that,” Felzkowski said. “If parents realize what an opportunity this program is, it can make a real impact.”

Read Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together. According to its website, the program serves 4.7 million children and their families each year.

Aspirus Birnamwood Clinic is one of 13 Aspirus clinics and 211 statewide that participate in Reach Out and Read, which is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Fri
15
Jun

Father’s influence still remains

Father’s Day is here again, and although my father passed away in 1974, that got me to thinking about growing up with him as my father and all of the things I learned from him

One thing that I am thankful for is he taught me how to play sheepshead. Since I grew up in the days before television, playing cards is one thing we often did when the evening chores were finished. My parents, two older brothers and I would sit and play for awhile. Since there were five of us, we usually played jack of diamonds. Being the youngest, I certainly had a learning curve.

I have been playing it on and off for most of my life. There are many different versions, depending on how many are playing. Several years ago, I found a game site online, and played a game called ace for the first time. I realized that my pa would have grown up playing that, since he grew up in Milwaukee. Most people in this area don’t play that, but I enjoy that version the best.

Fri
15
Jun

Century-old school will stay standing


Photo by Grace Kirchner The State Historical Society Preservation Committee voted to recommend the 1918 Clintonville High School building — now Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School — and attached buildings for listing on the Register of Historic Buildings on May 18. Mary Beth Kuester received the official certificate. Kuester and her sister, Kay Doran, nominated the school for the honor.

The historic 1918 school on Eighth Street in Clintonville has been added to the State Register of Historic Places by the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School escaped the wrecking ball when voters in the Clintonville School District voted no to razing the facility and building a new elementary school building proposed at $24.9 million. The building was to be razed next summer. Any plans now to do any renovations to the facility will have to be submitted to the state for approval because it is now a historical landmark.

The only other building in Clintonville with the historic status is the post office on North Main Street.

Fri
15
Jun

Shawano DAV chapter merges with Manawa

Due to declining enrollment, Shawano’s Disabled American Veterans chapter 22 has merged with the Manawa DAV chapter 53, effective May 5.

For years, the Shawano chapter has been challenged to find officers and maintain member attendance, causing the chapter to risk losing its charter. The Manawa chapter, on the other hand, is very strong and has been recognized as the state’s best seven times in the last 16 years.

Previously, chapter 53 covered all of Waupaca County, Tigerton, Shiocton and Hortonville. The newly expanded chapter, with its 274 members, will cover Shawano and Waupaca counties, Shiocton and Hortonville.

Officers want the public to know that DAV will continue to have a strong Shawano County presence. Chapter meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 600 Washington St., New London. A special meeting in Shawano will be held every three months, at a location to be announced.

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