Community

Wed
18
Jan

THE WINTER BIRCHES


Photo by Rob Zimmer White, or paper, birch is a spectacular landscape and garden addition for the year-round beauty it provides. Here, a grove of birches gleams in the clear blue winter sky.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Yellow birch grows in wooded, swampy areas and features papery bark in stunning metallic gold and bronze.

The spectacular beauty of winter birches gleaming against the crisp blue sky is a highlight of the season. In sparkling white, the lacy canopy of these beautiful native trees against the backdrop of the azure sky is breathtaking.

The winter birches are in full glory now, showcasing their spectacular bark and dramatic coloration against the pristine winter landscape.

For beauty in the winter season, few trees match the spectacle of the birches. In bright white, reddish orange and metallic gold, our three most common birches are at their finest, stripped of their leaves and proudly displaying their wonderfully textured bark.

White birch

The white birch, often called the paper birch, is the most well known member of the family. The layered, papery white bark that twists and curls along the tree trunk is its signature characteristic.

Sat
14
Jan

New experiences come with new wheels

Last week, I shared about missing the old granny van when I traded it off for something newer with a few more updates that I thought would make it easier for me to drive. Now, a week later, I can say that I have hardly missed the van. I like my other ride so much better.

What I traded for was a 2014 Equinox, which had been leased by its previous driver. It had less than 50,000 miles on it, and had the main perk I was looking for, a camera that showed what was behind the vehicle while I am in reverse. What a relief that is in parking lots. I no longer have to keep straining my neck and upper body to be sure I won’t be running anything or anybody over.

Sat
14
Jan

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Orla Guzlecki volunteers several places and right now is volunteering her time to help get the new Community Education office organized at Shawano Community Middle School.

Orla Guzlecki volunteers at the schools and now is volunteering to help get the new Community Education office organized at Shawano Community Middle School.

Guzlecki was raised in Bowler until the age of 12, when her family moved to Milwaukee. She graduated from Pulaski High School, then attended several colleges to get a degree in computer science. Guzlecki worked in IT at West Allis Memorial Hospital for 20 years and then became a contract programmer for a few years. She retired 13 years ago.

She and her husband of 50 years, Daniel, also retired, live in Shawano. They have two sons, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

The couple enjoys traveling to visit their grandchildren and has been to every state in the union. Guzlecki does stained glass after taking a class at Community Education.

Q How did you find out about Community Education?

Sat
14
Jan

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Sandi Kane, seated, is the director of Shawano Community Education and Jill Arens is the secretary.

Shawano Community Education has grown in both class offerings and locations.

At one time, the program operated out out the library at Shawano Community High School. Sandi Kane was the secretary.

“All that we had at that time were swimming lessons and a weight training class” said Kane, who has been the director since 2002.

When Hillcrest Primary School was built in 2010 and fifth-graders were moved to Olga Brener Intermediate School, there was room for a Community Education office at Shawano Community Middle School.

With the recent remodeling at the middle school, Community Education now has a spacious office along with two classrooms and storage area. It can be accessed from a separate outside door to the right of the main school entrance.

“We’ve grown immensely,” Kane said.

Sat
14
Jan

Auditions coming up this month for ‘London Suite’

The plows are out in force, the snowfall has halted for this round, and the roads are getting cleared, for now. January is kicking off 2017 with icy cold temperatures and plenty of snow to satisfy the winter sports enthusiasts.

I have hibernated. I’m still boxing up Christmas decorations and hauling them upstairs to our storage closet. Every year I resolve to decorate less (and my husband reminds me), but I can’t seem to eliminate many of my Santa and snowman figurines. I actually bought a few new ones!

Oh well, I enjoy seeing them once a year, so I guess I won’t change.

January is a quiet month at the Mielke Arts Center, for the most part. Auditions for the spring adult comedy, “London Suite,” by Neil Simon, will be held from Jan. 18-21 at the Mielke. Sessions will be 6-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2-6 p.m. Saturday. The cast calls for five women and four men of various ages.

Sat
14
Jan

Clintonville celebrates Winter Whirl next week

Clintonville’s Winter Whirl 2017 begins Thursday with a used book sale at the Clintonville Public Library, 75 Hemlock St., from 6-8 p.m. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

On Saturday, a porkie breakfast will be held from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Aster Retirement Community, 35 Anne St., in support of the Clintonville Wise Guys.

There is free swimming and free use of the gym from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clintonville High School Recreation Center, 64 Green Tree Road.

The 28th annual Tummy Warmer Cook-off will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clintonville Recreation Center, 55 E. 12th St. For registration or information, call 715-823-7660 or email jmcauly@clintonvillewi.org.

The Woodland Badgers 4-H Club will be serving ice cream sundaes beginning at 1o a.m. Saturday at the rec center.

Thu
12
Jan

Year of the Daffodil


Photo by Rob Zimmer The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2017 the Year of the Daffodil. These colorful harbingers of spring make great companion plants in the shade garden, blooming before the leaves emerge.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Collect unusual daffodil varieties, such as this bizarre Rip Van Winkle, for an even more enjoyable spring show.

The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2017 the Year of the Daffodil. Each year, the garden organization selects certain plants to feature and market throughout the growing season. One perennial, one annual, one bulb and an edible are selected. The daffodil is this year’s choice in the bulb category.

With bright colors and the promise of spring’s arrival, daffodils brighten gardens as early as March in our area, peaking in April and early May. The smaller, rock garden varieties bloom first, followed by the larger types later in the spring.

Daffodils are an amazing, varied and eccentric group of garden blooms. While many gardeners think of the traditional, cupped, sunny yellow blossoms that herald the new spring, these plants are available in hundreds of varieties and a wide range of colors, sizes and flower forms.

Fri
06
Jan

Artist leaves church ‘a magnificent gift’


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Judi Bryant spent three years painting the murals on the walls of the fellowship hall at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Artist Judi Bryant touches up her finished project, which includes one mural representing scenes from the Old Testament and another from the New Testament.

The walls inside Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano have come alive with two important elements of Judi Bryant’s life: her art and her faith.

The artist has completed a three-year project painting murals along the walls of the church’s fellowship hall to depict images of stories from the Bible.

Divine Savior leaders sought out Bryant for the mural project in 2013 because she is a longtime church member and she is an accomplished artist who once taught art to children in the church’s school.

What followed for Bryant was a somewhat intense personal journey that combined the outward expression of her painting with inward introspection on her religious faith.

The 68-year-old painter from Clintonville said she was determined that the walls of Divine Savior, 102 Northridge Drive, would not end up looking like just another Christmas card or Hollywood production about the Bible.

“It had to be original,” she said. “I had to make it my own.”

Fri
06
Jan

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Heidi Russell is the director of aging for Shawano County Human Services.

Last fall, the Shawano County Aging Unit sponsored classes for caregivers called Powerful Tools for Caregivers. It was a six-week session to help caregivers take care of themselves while taking care of a loved one.

“It was a class to teach caregivers to be better by taking care of themselves,” said Heidi Russell, director of aging for Shawano County Human Services Department.

She resurrected the caregiver course, which hadn’t been available for a few years. She said the people who come to it become a tight community.

In December, Russell started a support group, Mug Club for Caregivers, which will meet on the first Tuesday of the month. The focus is to learn coping skills, along with finding resources and talking to others who are also caregivers.

“People are learning if they don’t take care of themselves, they can’t take care of someone else,” Russell said. “When you are a caregiver, you never take the time to plan for yourself.”

Fri
06
Jan

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Lloyd Koeller has driven many miles as a volunteer driver for the Office on Aging in Shawano County.

Lloyd Koeller has driven many miles as a volunteer driver for the Office on Aging for Shawano County.

In 2014, he drove 8,953 miles in 360 hours. Last year, he drove 8,206 miles in 285 hours. Totals for 2016 weren’t finalized, but his totals heading into late December were 10,107 miles in 331 hours.

A Shawano native, Koeller graduated from Shawano High School in 1950. He was drafted into the Army and served from 1952 to 1954. When he returned to Shawano he had various jobs, and then drove truck for Beltz Propane for 27 years. During this same time he was a part-time deputy for the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. Koeller then worked for 10 years driving truck for Lakeland Industries.

Now retired, he has been a volunteer driver for Shawano County Office on Aging going on 18 years.

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