Folk fest mixes old and new talent

Contributed Photo The Green Bay Pickers are a new addition to this year’s Shawano Folk Music Festival. The band will be playing during the day Saturday and Sunday.

It won’t just be the birds singing in Mielke Park this weekend as the Shawano Folk Music Festival returns.

Four outdoor stages and the Mielke Arts Center will echo with a variety of music Friday through Sunday performed by dozens of folk musicians from Wisconsin and beyond.

“There are some incredible musicians,” said Dori Jerger, public relations co-coordinator for the festival.

There are plenty of familiar faces in this year’s show. Tom Pease, a popular children’s entertainer, is the festival’s honorary co-director and the master of ceremonies for the Friday night concert.

Frogwater, known for playing a variety of songs from Celtic to delta blues, will also return to the stage at the Mielke. The band is based in Milwaukee.


Autism event is young dreamer’s vision

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Inside the Bridge the Gap agency in Shawano, McKenna Montour prepares signage for Wednesday’s autism awareness event at Shawano Community Middle School.

McKenna Montour is a dreamer, a planner and an organizer.

Although the Shawano County girl is just 15 years old, she is about to pull off a significant achievement by putting together a benefit for an organization that has special meaning to her.

Chad and Beth Montour’s daughter has organized an autism awareness event Wednesday to raise funds for Bridge the Gap, a Shawano-based organization for people with disabilities.

Making sure the benefit is well-planned and executed is important to McKenna because she hopes someday to find a career as an event planner.

And also because she has autism.

By personally handling nearly every detail of Wednesday’s event at Shawano Community Middle School, the town of Richmond teen aims to demonstrate that people with autism are capable of accomplishing difficult tasks, just like anyone else.


Flowers help brighten the last weeks of summer

For me, turning the calendar over to August heralds the season of fall.

I know, fall does not officially begin until Sept. 22, but still, signs of the change are beginning. Even a few leaves are changing colors, plus we know that the Shawano County Fair will be upon us soon.

The wildflowers have been in bloom for a while now, and it is a pleasure to travel the side roads and take in the beautiful display. It makes me wonder why I putter around digging and planting flowers in the spring, and now, in the dry spell, I need to water them. I don’t believe I can outdo the natural beauty of those wildflowers that just appear.

I’ve seen a lot of tiger lilies this year, and I always wonder if one day there was a house there, and someone planted them, or did they get planted there by birds or other wild animals?


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Gail Bartz has collected photos of most of the priests who served Sacred Heart Parish for the past 150 years. The collection and many other items will be on display at the parish’s annual picnic and 150th anniversary celebration Aug. 12-13.

Gail Bartz volunteers at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano.

She graduated from Port Washington High School and moved to Shawano in 1980 when she was hired at the former Shawano National Bank. Bartz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a business major from Lakeland College in May 1994. She is currently employed at Premier Community Bank managing the finance and accounting department.

Bartz and her husband, Jan, a self-employed semi owner/operator, have been married 36 years and have two sons and a granddaughter. They live in Shawano.

Q Where do you volunteer at Sacred Heart?


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Aug. 12-13. Bishop David Ricken will lead a celebratory Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Former pastor Luke Ferris will officiate at a polka Mass at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Memorabilia from years past will be on display both days.

The weekend of Aug. 12-13 will be a busy one for Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Shawano. It will feature not only the parish’s annual picnic, but also a celebration of the church’s 150th anniversary.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the 150th anniversary,” said the Rev. Tom Farrell, who just became the pastor on July 1. “I look forward to the upcoming years at Sacred Heart.”

The church started in 1867 when Catholics and non-Catholics contributed toward the construction of a church that was dedicated to St. Adelia. The first priest to say Mass in the new church was P. Fidelis, of Keshena.

In 1872, the Rev. John Cheboul built an addition onto the church so the priest could live there, along with a cellar and a belfry that he paid for himself. The Rev. F.X. Steinbrecher was the first permanent pastor, arriving on July 19, 1888.


Our dog-pen pig

When we were thinking about getting three pigs this year, we had originally figured we’d stick them all together in one spot in the barn. A few days into their new home they seemed to be getting along OK, although one was noticeably smaller.

As time went on we noticed that one little piggie wasn’t growing as quickly as the other two. Watching closely, we also realized he had a bit of a limp. The other two quickly took advantage of the one who was not only small but hobbling. They’d push him out of the feed dish and away from the water tank.

Whenever it was my chore to feed the pigs I waited in there awhile with a stick, pushing the two bigger ones away to let the smaller one have his time at the feed trough. It was depressing to me to see the little fella not getting his share. I wanted to tell him he had as much of a right to be there as those other two, so man up!


Navarino church welcomes new pastors

Contributed Photo The Revs. Mark and Marcia Sabin were installed July 30 as the new pastors for Ascension Lutheran Church in Navarino.

Ascension Lutheran Church of Navarino installed its new pastors, the Revs. Mark and Marcia Sabin, on July 30.

Both pastors are Wisconsin natives and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1973. They were married in the same year.

While Mark was working on his Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary of St. Paul, Minnesota, Marcia was a social worker for St. Croix County in juvenile intake/referral and probation within the county court system.

Mark received his first call to Racine in 1979. Since then, he served Lutheran congregations around Wisconsin and Upper Michigan until his retirement earlier this year.


ThedaCare offers options beyond regular clinic visit

Families today need a health care organization that goes beyond the traditional weekday doctor’s appointment. At ThedaCare, patients can access Walk-In Care in Shawano, FastCare in Appleton and eVisits when a regular clinic visit isn’t in the cards.

These options are all designed to be flexible, accessible and cost-effective. What kind of care to you need? Which is most convenient? What do they cost? What hours are they available? Learn what’s out there so you can come in — or log in — when you need.

Walk-In Care is designed to treat most health concerns that would normally be treated at a regular doctor’s office appointment, including fractures and sprains; minor wounds and lacerations; fever; sinus pain and sore throat; bronchitis and upper respiratory disease; cold and flu symptoms; ear infections; rashes; and minor infections.



Photo by Rob Zimmer Dizzy is a striking Oriental lily with spidery white blooms speckled in raspberry red and a sweet summer fragrance.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Each year, more and more double flowering oriental lilies are introduced, blooming in lush, extravagant pompoms of pink, white, yellow and red.

The sweet fragrance of summer lilies in full, glorious bloom is intoxicating as their wonderful scents fill our garden beds and borders. The Oriental lilies, as well as hybrid oriental x trumpet lilies (often called “orienpets”) have the richest aromas, matched by their spectacular, showcase blooms that may reach 8 to 10 inches across.

These hybrid lilies are often sold and marketed as “lily trees,” because of their massive size, thick stems and sturdy growth habit.

Most of the more common Asiatic lilies and tiger lilies lack the sweet aroma of the Orientals, though they are just as spectacular in the garden.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Many people are involved with the mini quilt project again this year, either painting or purchasing them. They include, from left, Anna Boudrex, Matty Mathison, Mike Boudrex, Nancy Baumgartner, Mayor Jeanne Cronce, Jan Lewellyn and Bonnie Mendoza.

Some special stories have emerged from this year’s mini quilt project. Matty Mathison, who came up with the idea, said this year there are 68 quilts with different themes and colors.

Mike Boudrex never painted anything before. He went with his mom, Anna, to her literacy class where quilts were being painted.

“Everyone was volunteering to help,” said Mike, 13, who will be an eighth-grader in Bonduel. “Super humans went out of their way to help.”

That inspired him to make a Superman quilt. To help out, Anna, bought a Superman T-shirt that will go along with whomever buys the quilt.

Jan Lewellyn has already purchased her second quilt to go on her remodeled boathouse.

“I plan to buy one each year,” she said.

Nancy Baumgartner volunteered at Bike the Barn Quilts last year and purchased a quilt.

“I wanted to do more,” she said.

This year she and her husband, Richard, a retired carpenter, made several quilts.


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