Community

Tue
22
Nov

College will host winter farmers market

Area residents are invited to attend the Night Moon Farmers Market, a new winter market hosted by the College of Menominee Nation.

The market will be open Dec. 1, 8 and 15 in the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library foyer at CMN, N172 State Highway 47/55, in Keshena. Hours are from 3:30-5:30 p.m., except on Dec. 15, when sales will end at 4:30 p.m.

The market will feature locally produced storage vegetables, fruits, pickled goods, jams and jellies, meats and more.

Through a grant from First Nations Development Institute, all purchases made with SNAP benefits will be matched dollar for dollar.

Free food-related documentary films will be shown immediately after the market closes each week. The schedule is “Food Inc.,” Dec. 1; “Dirt! The Movie,” Dec. 8; and “King Corn,” Dec. 15.

For information, email sknapp@menominee.edu or call 715-799- 6226, ext. 3154.

Tue
22
Nov

Congregation will honor late pastor at Christmas concert

The combined choirs of Trinity and Grace Lutheran Churches, Bear Creek, will commence the Advent season with a Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church, E8010 state Highway 22.

“It’s been a tough year for our dual parish congregations,” choir member Brenda Hansen said, noting that their pastor, the Rev. J. Michael Stock, died in a traffic accident in August.

“We only had Pastor Stock for a year and a half, but he made a positive impact on all of our lives,” added choir director Ann Behnke, who was coaxed out of retirement for the special event. “We wanted to do something to honor his time with us and have selected several songs to perform that were his favorites.”

Sat
19
Nov

Some Christmas planning needs to take place early

This is the time of year when everyone complains that Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday. Somehow, the stores rush from Halloween displays to Christmas displays with no Thanksgiving in between. I agree with that observation; however, I am coming to the conclusion that some type of Christmas planning must happen prior to Thanksgiving, like it or not.

With the warmer than normal weather, I have been having a hard time wrapping my mind around the idea that soon it will be time for the turkey to be king, that my home needs some semblance of order, and that I must actually purchase a turkey.

Of course that leads me to think of the old Tennessee Ernie tune, “Load 16 tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt.” In the case of the turkey, I say, “Lift the 16-pound turkey, and what do I get? A kink in my shoulder, and a crick in my neck.”

Sat
19
Nov

Marion woman believes in oven canning

If you want to learn about gardening, food dehydration or oven canning, you want to talk to Nancy Fields.

Fields dehydrates apples, blueberries, carrots, potatoes, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, onions, asparagus, and many other herbs and vegetables that come from her large well-tended gardens located on Quarterline Road south of Marion.

About 10 years ago, she discovered oven canning and has been at it ever since.

Fields believes everyone should be prepared in case the electricity goes out, and her dehydrating and oven canning help her do that.

Oven canning involves “baking” filled jars of food in the oven, instead of water bath processing them or pressure canning them.

Fields is aware that some food experts advise against oven canning. They argue the food inside jars doesn’t get hot enough consistently enough to ensure that proper heat penetration has taken place to ensure the biosafety of the product inside the jars.

Sat
19
Nov

Nonprofit Profile

This is the 14th year of the Thanksgiving dinner put on by the Knights of Columbus St. Kateri Tekakwitha Council 12185 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Keshena.

The dinner got its start when members recognized a need in the community.

“We were talking about people who don’t have Thanksgiving,” said Paul Marroquin, Grand Knight.

The first year they had 60 people attend. Last year they served 432 sit down meals and delivered another 372 meals. Everything is free, and anyone can attend.

“It touches your heart when families come to have dinner,” Marroquin said. “They say they sincerely appreciate what we do for them.”

The Knights and the Lady Knights will make the 22 turkeys at Fannita’s Bakery in Shawano, where they also get their rolls and bread.

“They are very kind to us, and we appreciate it,” Marroquin said.

Sat
19
Nov

Volunteer Profile

Mikki Moesch is the chairperson of the Church in Society at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano.

Moesch was born in Rib Mountain, moved to Shawano when she was 9 and graduated from Shawano High School. She has held various jobs, and for the last 16 years has been the tech service/library assistant at Shawano City-County Library.

Moesch and her husband, Pete, an apprentice funeral director at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano, have been married 27 years. They live in Shawano and have two sons. The couple collects anything retro and antiques. Moesch likes to work in the yard with plants, especially hostas.

Q How long has Zion been hosting the Thanksgiving dinner?

Sat
19
Nov

Arts groups preparing for holiday show, elections

I keep saying that I’m going to step back from the theater and be less involved, but somehow that’s not working. Other commitments also enter into the picture and I got myself into trouble last week by double-booking myself!

My kitchen calendar showed playing in my card marathon for the afternoon on Thursday, and my computer calendar showed entertaining the vets at King, along with the Step N Sisters. I completely forgot about the card playing and had to get a sub at the last minute. My partner wasn’t too happy with me and I don’t blame her.

The Merry Mielke Craft Fair was also coming up on that Saturday and we were short on help (as usual) getting the theater cleaned up and set up, so that was on my mind, too. Too much on my mind, that’s the problem. Time to get my life in order and follow my husband’s advice: “Say no.”

Meanwhile, there are things to be done, including finishing this column, late as it is.

Sat
19
Nov

Ho-Chunk Gaming gives to veterans group


Contributed Photo Standing in front of some of the 2,620 items collected by Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg for Support the Troops WI are, from left, LeAnthony Pecore senior manager of public relations at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg; Tim Boudwine, Support the Troops WI board director; Robert Sallmann, U.S. Army veteran and member of Support the Troops WI; and Cody Diestler, promotions manager at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg announced this week that 2,620 donations were received in this year’s first-ever Veterans’ Drive from more than 500 people.

All items received will be donated to Support the Troops WI, a non-profit organization started in 2007 by one mother sending care packages to her sons overseas. After hearing from her sons when they were deployed that other soldiers did not receive mail, she was compelled to start sending boxes to others as well. The momentum continued, even when her children returned home, and Support the Troops WI was created. Now it has grown from a one-room operation at her home to a donated storefront with many volunteers.

LeAnn Boudwine, board chairwoman and founder of Support the Troops WI, was ecstatic when casino operator Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg wanted to work with the program.

Fri
18
Nov

Griffin an interim pastor at St. James

Pastor Timm Griffin was installed at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano on Oct. 29. He is an interim pastor who expects to be here about a year.

“I do all the services now,” Griffin said. “I’m not just the interim pastor; I’m a full-time pastor.”

He is working with Pastor Ted Andrada to help the church recapture its vision.

“We are a team while I’m here,” Griffin said.

St. James parish administrator Tim Wegner said they are very excited to welcome Griffin and his wife, Lee.

“He will assist the congregation with pastoral care and take us through a process of evaluation and goal setting to determine our future vision and staffing needs to carry out the mission of the church,” Wegner said.

Five years ago, Griffin took 80 hours of study to be an international interim pastor.

Fri
18
Nov

Free Thanksgiving Day dinner planned in Shawano

A Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner is again being planned at Zion Lutheran Church of Shawano.

Anyone who wishes to share the day with others is invited.

The dinner will be served beginning at noon in the Fellowship Hall at Zion Lutheran Church, 1254 S. Union St., Shawano.

Reservations are appreciated by Monday by calling the church office at 715-526-2017. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rides will be available if needed.

A free-will offering will be accepted and given to World Hunger, but is not necessary.

Also, those who are homebound and not able to attend the dinner may contact First Presbyterian Church at 715-526-3329 or mail@shawanopres.org by Monday for a delivered meal. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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