Cast announced for ‘Christmas … On the Air’

A large cast of area performers of all ages is rehearsing for the upcoming holiday themed “Christmas … On the Air” by Gregory Owens to be presented Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10 at the historic Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School Auditorium in Clintonville.

Leading roles in the musical include Trent Laack, a student at Clintonville High School, who is Lt. Jack O’Brien. Amanda Hein plays Rosie Lyle, his love interest. Ben Huber is in the role of Tate Carmichael, radio station host, and Tara Huber is Maxine Rivera.

Three others of the Huber family are in the show: Thayer Fietsch as Franky Kovac, the sound effects man, Zeke Fietsch as Casey Williamson, a budding singer, and Caitlin Huber as the Hollywood star Darla Davenport.

Mark Moran, principal at St. Martin Lutheran School, is Gordy Gordon, the stations sales manager.


Shawano Area Women’s Network raising awareness

Photo by Carol Wagner Carrie Pitt is co-chair of the Shawano Area Women’s Network.

The Shawano Area Women’s Network (SAWN) was formed in May to bring awareness about many issues.

“We felt something needed to be done,” said Carrie Pitt, who is co-chair along with Jan Koch.

They became affiliated with the Forward Action Wisconsin Network and are non-partisan.

“I make that point at every meeting,” Pitt said. “It’s time to heal the country.”

Currently, there are about 40 active members of all ages. One of their community projects is collecting new socks and underwear for the Cecil Community Closet who have clothes and other items available totally free.

They are interested in issues and have members signed up for different topics such as healthcare, public education, environment, gun violence, human trafficking, veterans affairs and voting rights.

“We have to go door to door and get signatures and present them to the city council,” Pitt said.

She referred to the quote, “Silence is the acceptance of the oppressor.”


Box in the Wood plans to serve up ‘Pageant,’ ‘Lombardi’

They say that the older you get, time seems to go by faster. And I have to agree with that.

It’s November already, and time to think about Thanksgiving and deer hunting — both of which bring the kids home, so we like that. Bob will make a pot of his special chicken soup and bake bread. Maybe I’ll make some chili, too. Of course, we’ll need some sweets! Nothing tastes as good as a bowl of hot soup when you come in from the woods, hungry and cold.

Talking about soup, the Mielke smelled of hot turkey dumpling soup during the Merry Mielke Craft Fair. The Bluebird Cafe served up the soup, along with pulled pork sandwiches and homemade cinnamon rolls. Vendors served up holiday crafts of all kinds. The cold breezes and snow didn’t stop the shoppers from coming. We all had a good time!


Resch Lanes carry on a business started 70 years ago

PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON CARRYING ON THE BOWLING TRADITION: Owners Jason and Jenny Resch purchased LA Lanes in 2008 and renamed it Resch Lanes. The bowling alley has only changed hands three time in seventy years.

The Wittenberg Bowling Center opened in fall 1947. Local resident Pat Gunderson started bowling there a year later, shortly after returning home from the Army.

Seventy years later, under only its third set of owners, the center is still going strong under the name Resch Lanes, and Gunderson, 89, is still a loyal customer.

“I don’t bowl on a league anymore, but I fill in from time to time when needed because it’s still fun,” Gunderson said.

The center has been providing fun for local residents and supporting local causes throughout its history.

When the bowling center opened, it was owned and operated by brothers Alex and Ted Deruchowski along with Ted’s sons, Teddy Jr. and Terry. Alex eventually left the business, and another brother, John, stepped in to help.

The center was sold to Lyle Garton and Dave Sickler in 1986. They ran the center for three years, and then Sickler went back to teaching.


Meet Judy Wetzel and Karen Casteel-Schlise

Photo by Carol Wagner Judy Wetzel, left, and Karen Casteel-Schlise prepare the Thanksgiving meals that are delivered by First Presbyterian Church in Shawano.

Judy Wetzel, left, and Karen Casteel-Schlise prepare the Thanksgiving meals that are delivered by First Presbyterian Church in Shawano.

Wetzel was born and raised in Gresham, graduating from Gresham High School. She became a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s in Marshfield and worked for a year at the Shawano Hospital. Wetzel moved to Milwaukee and was a company nurse. In 1991, she moved to Shawano with her husband of 44 years, Glenn Wille. They have two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Wetzel is a member of First Presbyterian Church where she is on Session, Mission Commission, and helps with Kids Klub, the Nativity Walk, and the community dinners. She is volunteer at Shawano Area Matthew 25 and a member of the Shawano Woman’s Club.


Curtain Call

UW-Marinette presents mystery play

“Menominee River Mysteries: The Summer of ’27,” a new play written by Menominee resident Anthony LaMalfa, is running through Sunday at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the campus of UW-Marinette, 750 W. Bay Shore St., Marinette. Saturday’s performance will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2 p.m.

This Theatre on the Bay premiere is set during Prohibition in the 1920s.

“The play is a hysterically fictional, yet historically factual, murder mystery which sees Marinette County’s bootleggers making a name for themselves — until a corpse washes ashore the bank of the Menominee River and they’re to blame. Local law enforcement takes sides, and unlikely heroes emerge,” LaMalfa said.

Based on local historical figures with recognizable names such as Harvey Higley, Jab Murray, Charlie Goldberg, Luella Axtell and Arold Murphy, the story takes place in 1927 Marinette.


Bear Creek churches plan Christmas concert

The combined choirs of Trinity and Grace Lutheran churches, Bear Creek, will commence the 2017 Advent Season with their much-anticipated annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Dec. 2.

The event, being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, E8010 State Highway 22, Bear Creek, is open to the public.

Celebrating their 22nd year under the direction of Ann Behnke and with assistance from Alan Marquardt and Tammy Roland, the concert promises to be one of the best yet as the group performs a wide variety of seasonal music including spirituals, gospel songs, contemporary Advent choral arrangements, and favorite Christmas carols and hymns. Marelyn Krueger will be the accompanist on organ and piano along with the brass ensemble.

Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the church basement, which has handicap accessibility. A free will offering will be taken.

For information, call 715-752-3601.


Clintonville offers free Thanksgiving dinner

Local residents are reminded to make their reservations for the 40th annual Clintonville Community Free Thanksgiving Day dinner, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St. The dinner is sponsored in part by the Knights of Columbus.

A traditional holiday menu is planned, including roast turkey, baked ham, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, two vegetables, coleslaw, bread, beverages and homemade pies for dessert.

Reservations are requested by Friday so that organizers can plan for the meal. However, late reservations will be accepted, and everyone is invited to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day meal, with or without a reservation. Residents wanting a carryout meal should also call for a reservation, and they are asked to wait until noon Thanksgiving Day to pick up their meals. For reservations, call Dick and Jeanne Writt, 715-823-6477.


Equipment grant given to Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano County was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Joshua J. Richards Charitable Foundation for the purchase of sports equipment at the club’s home at Olga Brener Intermediate School.

The grant was presented by Jackie and Mike Pische, Joshua Richards’ mother and stepfather, during the club’s Oct. 30 Halloween party at Olga Brener. The grant comes from the charitable foundation that was established in the memory of Richards, who died four years ago during an altercation in downtown Appleton.

“Josh was killed in a senseless act of violence. In remembrance of the gift of life given by him, the foundation raises awareness and actively supports organ and tissue donation, as well as sports programs. As Josh was an athlete, assistance is also provided to various youth sports programs in northern Wisconsin,” according to the foundation’s website.


The end of daylight and the buzzing of fruit flies

Well, somehow most of us got our clocks set correctly for daylight saving time last weekend. The battery in the clock I use the most died the day before. So I put a new one in, set the time and then the next day had to set it again.

After thinking about it for a while, I set it one more time, because the first time I set it ahead one hour. For some reason, that didn’t seem right. I kept thinking, “fall back,” so then I set it back two hours from what it was. When I got up in the night, I checked the cell phone, because I knew that would be right, and that main clock was in agreement.

Sometimes, I guess I get confused and still wish we had the same time year-round, but it seems we can’t change the system.

Another thing my mind is doing lately is remembering dreams, and that is not always a good thing. One night, I had a dream about stealing a truck. I don’t remember how I got in it, but I do remember it was an old rickety truck, and people were chasing me.


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