Schreiber visiting Book World next week

Former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber will meet and greet readers at Book World in Shawano on Monday.

Schreiber will be at the store, at 134 S. Main St., from 5-7 p.m, to talk about his book, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver .”

The book is a guide for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers, as well as a love story that spans more than 55 years. They’re topics Schreiber knows well, as his wife, Elaine, is in her 12th year living with the disease.

Schreiber has said he shares his stories and lessons he learned so others don’t experience the learning curve that he did while he tried to be caregiver, support system and loving spouse.

Like many thrown into the heartbreaking Alzheimer’s world, Schreiber knew little about the disease. What he found most disturbing was that even health care providers didn’t know the degree that Alzheimer’s affects the person that lives with Alzheimer’s and his or her family.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Kate Mikle, a school counselor who teachers college and career readiness classes at Menominee Indian High School, is one of the founders of the MIHS Scholarship Gala.

This is the fifth year for the Menominee Indian High School Scholarship Gala, which will be held April 7 at the Menominee Casino Resort.

“It went by so fast,” said Kate Mikle, school counselor and one of the founders of the gala with Kim Mitchell, Bob Burr, Wendell Waukau, Terry Brooks, Michelle Frechette, Paul Schwaller and Leslie Shawanokasic.

The first gala raised $17,000. It has grown steadily since then and last year raised $30,000.

“We were able to start a foundation,” said Mikle, who teaches college and career readiness classes at the high school.

MIHS students start preparing for their future as freshmen.

“The students who are in my classes must create an academic and career portfolio,” Mikle said.

High school students volunteer to help at the gala to build their portfolio.

As seniors they present their portfolio in hopes of qualifying for one of the five $2,800 Soaring Eagle Scholarships.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Nancy Carpenter volunteers at the Cecil Community Closet.

Nancy Carpenter, 80, volunteers at the Cecil Community Closet.

Carpenter graduated from Bonduel High School and then went to work in the office at Consolidated Badger/Morning Glory. She then worked in the offices of Navarino Feed Mill and Badger Energy LP in Black Creek.

Carpenter and her husband, Earl, were married for 27 years before his death in 1982. She has four children and 12 grandchildren.

Carpenter lives in Navarino. She spends a lot of time with her family.

Q How long have you volunteered at the Cecil Community Closet?

A “My sister Lois and I started at the same time seven years ago.”

Q What do you do?

A “I come here on work day the third Thursday of the month. I go through the bags and sort the clothes by size that are tagged with colored tags and if they are for boys or girls from kids to adult.”

Q Where do the clothes come from?


Strawberry, the red-haired heifer

You know, I just love those auburn-colored animals. Big Red is still here on the farm (his days, however, are numbered) and we also have a Little Red coming up in the ranks. They strike a chord with me. Those reddish-brown coats remind me of ginger and spice and everything nice — or sassy. Seriously, they can be quite sassy.

So, when a number of years ago our neighbor had a dilemma with a strawberry-colored heifer, I was concerned and not a little sad. One hot day smack in the middle of July, this fireball decided to bust loose out of her very secure pen. You know when an animal sees a teeny outlet, if in its mind it decides that means out, there’s nothing too much even a couple of guys can do.


Rain, rain go away; come again another day

I, for one, am overjoyed that the calendar is turning to April 1. I don’t know about you, but for me, March was a big disappointment in the weather department.

Now, I have lived long enough to know that March is an up-and-down month, with unpredictable weather, but only one or two nice days out of a week is just not what I was hoping for.

The snow is gone, except for the piles along the ditch lines, and one nice day about a month ago, I even took down some of the Christmas decorations that were sitting outside. It was a dry walk across the lawn, and I was sure I would have all of the outside lights down by this point in time.

Of course, since then, the snow has come back a few times, and there were some days so windy that everything was whipping through the air. Let us not forget the three-day rains and cloudy weather, but at least rain doesn’t need shoveling, unless it is in your basement. Mine stayed dry, thankfully.


Movie stars helped popularize fettuccini Alfredo

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Fettuccini Alfredo was developed by Chef Alfredo di Lelio in Rome early in the 20th century.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Chef Thomas Jonet has been involved in the food industry in various capacities for over 30 years. His column runs monthly in Wolf River Media publications. He can be contacted at

Editor's note: Chef Thomas Jonet will write this column on the origins of food monthly for Wolf River Media publications.

The origins of food recipes have always fascinated me. So many recipes were born out of necessity and became the foundation on which the local cuisine was built.

One such recipe is fettuccini Alfredo. The original recipe was developed by Chef Alfredo di Lelio, who ran a restaurant in Rome. It was not, however, developed for his menu.

Chef Alfredo’s wife, Ines, was pregnant with their second child, and the pregnancy was causing her severe nausea. Since she was having trouble keeping any food down, Chef Alfredo made her a dish of plain pasta tossed in butter and Parmesan cheese. He called it simply Pasta Blanco, or White Pasta.


Library sets April schedule

The Shawano City-County Library has announced the following April programs:

• Baby & Me will be at 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

• Story Time at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

• Gather ‘Round at 10 a.m. Thursdays

• Drop-in Make-N-Take crafts from 10 a.m. to noon April 1.

• Read to a Dog from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 29.

• Teen Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. Programs will include word find puzzles, making a felt key chain, jelly beans and creating emoji magnets.

• Needles ‘R Us at 9 a.m. Fridays.

• DIY Crafts & More (garden markers) at 4:30 p.m. April 24.

• Walking club at 9 a.m. Fridays. There will be a different route each week, lasting approximately 30 minutes.

• Movies are “Fantastic Beasts” at 10 a.m. Saturday; “Collateral Beauty,” at 1 p.m. April 13; and “A Monster Calls,” at 5:30 p.m. April 17. All movies are rated PG-13 and include popcorn.



Nothing beats the colorful flare of massive, fragrant oriental trumpet lilies in full, glorious summer bloom. Plan now for the spectacular show by purchasing a variety of lily bulbs ready for planting immediately in pots, or in May in the garden.

Many garden centers are now offering prepackaged, bare root perennials, as well as summer blooming bulbs, corms and rhizomes. Among these are the dramatic, colorful and vibrant lilies.

Perennial bulbs

Unlike other summer blooming bulbs that must be dug up and stored for the winter season to be enjoyed again, lilies are perennial and hardy in our area, meaning they can be left in the ground year after year.

This makes them an attractive option for gardeners seeking brilliant color, vertical interest and fragrant bloom during their summer blooming season.

With planning, it is possible to create a garden filled with colorful lilies that bloom from May into late August and September.


JA fundraiser still yummy

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Jeremy Weed, who owns and operates JDoggs with his girlfriend, Amber Arneson, greets visitors to his table during Monday’s Taste of Shawano. Proceeds from the event benefit local Junior Achievement programs.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Megan Dorsch from Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats turns over some thick-cut bacon piecesbeing prepared for the guests at Monday’s Taste of Shawano. Nueske’s was one of 25 businesses in Shawano County and beyond that participated.

Some things get better with age. Junior Achievement of the Wolf River Region hopes that Taste of Shawano is one of those things.

The annual fundraiser brought out more than 450 people Monday to the commons area of Shawano Community High School to sample food from 25 area vendors. Musical groups and dance troupes provided a taste of Shawano’s culture to complement the community’s palate.

JA had set a fundraising goal of $10,000, according to coordinator Sandy Ebbinger, who reported Tuesday that the goal had been achieved, surpassing last year’s total of $9,000.

More than 250 tickets had been pre-sold, Ebbinger said.

The event has kept changing to stay fresh and to prevent it from reaching an expiration date. Courtney Pelot, the 2016 Miss Wisconsin, was invited to this year’s event to sign autographs and meet with folks.

“I am amazed at how many people are here,” Pelot said. “This is a huge event. This is awesome.”


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Lana Buelow, a volunteer at the Shawano County Historical Society, stands by some of the items that will be on display Saturday at the “A La Mode” fundraiser at Shawano United Methodist Church. The display features vintage fashion accessories.

Lana Buelow volunteers at the Shawano County Historical Society.

A Shawano native, Buelow graduated from Shawano High School. She worked at Consolidated Badger/Morning Glory until it was sold. She then worked at various jobs that took her to Reedsburg, New Orleans and Milwaukee before she retired back to Shawano.

Buelow and her husband of 48 years, Roger, live in Shawano. They have a daughter and two grandsons.

Q When did you start volunteering at the Shawano County Historical Society?

A “I started in 2014 as a docent. Karen Grover recruited me. The more time I spent there, I got more involved in the archives.”

Q What do you do?


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