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Folk music festival celebrates 40 years

After 40 years, Mielke Park is still hosting the Shawano Folk Music Festival that was started by Joel Kroenke.

“I’m impressed that people have stayed together and supported the event,” Kroenke said.

The anniversary will be celebrated with a limited edition CD of 40 songs from 40 musicians. Dori Jerger, Randy Bruce, and Kroenke worked on the CD for 11 months.

“I got the background to know how to pull this off,” Bruce said.

He has several CDs and has written songs, including “Goin’ Back to Shawano” which he wrote in 1972. That song is the last one on the CD.

“It’s a beautiful anthology because it covers all the music we play at the festival,” Bruce said.

Bruce, who was born and raised in Shawano, started country/rock bands and moved back here in 2015 when he retired. He will be one of several local musicians to take the stage during the festival.

Jerger first attended the festival in 1981.

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Nature center plans two day camps

Navarino Nature Center will be holding two day camps next week.

The Raging Raptors Day Camp will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. This day camp will offer participants the chance to meet and interact with real birds of prey.

Day campers will also be able to create different crafts, participate in bird watching and become a raptor with the help of face paint. To end their day, they will witness live birds of prey up close.

The nature center will host its Bigfoot and Beasts Day Camp from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The day will be filled by exploring mysterious creatures that are speculated to dwell within the world.

From Bigfoot to the Yeti to Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster and many more, participants will have the chance to search for these mysterious creatures and create cool crafts about these beasts that may call Navarino home.

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Meet Greg Sturm


Photo by Carol Wagner Greg Sturm volunteers at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil and for Shawano Pathways.

Greg Sturm volunteers at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil and for Shawano Pathways.

Sturm is a native of Appleton, graduating from Appleton East High School. He earned an associate degree in machine tool operation from Fox Valley Technical College. He was a machinist at Wisconsin Wires for seven years, Zwicker Knitting Mills for 12 years, and then an instructional aide/technician for FVTC. He retired in 2008.

Sturm and his wife of 35 years, Maxine, live on the west shore of Shawano Lake. They have one son, Jesse, who camps with his dad every year in the Highlands State Forest.

What do you do for St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil?

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Kaczorowskis diamond sponsors for fashion show

Forget Me Not Fund Inc., a local nonprofit organization supporting Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia awareness and education, announced this week that Dean and Jeanne Kaczorowski of Thrivent Financial-Shawano will be the diamond sponsor for the 2018 Forget Me Not Fall Fashion Show.

The fashion show will be held 5-9 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Menominee Casino Resort, N277 State Highway 47, Keshena. Tickets are $45 and are available through Eventbrite or at www.forgetmenotfund.org.

This is the 10th anniversary for the event, which helps to raise money for community education and initiatives that help to promote awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia throughout the Wolf River region. The fashion show, started by the Wolf River Dementia Network in 2007, brings together supporters and allies for a night of food, fun, and fashion.

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Lewis signing ‘Remember’ at Beans & Books


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Laura Lewis, of Aurora, Illinois, will be coming to Beans & Books Coffeehouse in Shawano on Aug. 11.

The event will feature her first book, a murder-mystery novel titled “Remember,” which will be available for purchase. Beans & Books will be hosting the author meeting and book signing event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While she has always lived in Illinois, Lewis’s family has been vacationing in Keshena and Shawano since she was a child. With friends and family members owning property or living in the area, Lewis has considered Legend Lake and the surrounding area a second home. She was happy to bring her book to an event to Shawano to share.

“I love the feel of the small bookstores and coffeeshops, so this was a great fit,” Lewis said. “I love that Beans & Books supports local authors and artists, so I am very excited to work with them.”

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Starr joins ThedaCare cancer team as oncologist

When Dr. Alexander Starr was 9 years old, his family came to the United States from the former Soviet Union and eventually became naturalized citizens in 1987.

“My father is an internist, and since I was a young boy, I wanted to be a doctor, too,” said Starr, the newest oncologist and hematologist to join ThedaCare Cancer Care in Appleton.

Starr is bilingual in English and Russian. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics and went to medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Rush Cancer Institute, after which he entered private practice in Chicago.

Starr is an assistant professor of medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, where he enjoys teaching residents and medical students about cancer therapies.

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Shawano to gain new gynecology services

ThedaCare and Women’s Care of Wisconsin have announced plans to offer new gynecology care services to Shawano-area women beginning Wednesday. Dr. Therese Yarroch and Dr. Amy Zafarani, both obstetrician/gynecologists, will travel weekly to see patients at ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano and perform surgeries and procedures at the adjacent ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. Both physicians are experienced minimally-invasive surgeons.

According to Penney Frank, the director of operations for Women’s Care of Wisconsin, their Shawano practice will focus on bringing specialized gynecological care to women of all ages.

“We help women who experience problems like heavy menstrual bleeding, menopause and hormonal issues, incontinence or prolapse or are candidates for surgery,” she said. “Many times, women suffer in silence or put off traveling to a larger city to get help, and our model is based on bringing our services to them, close to home.”

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Learning from mistakes


Leader Photo by Kelly Hogan John Mutter points to his Siberian Crab Apple tree, which provides food for robins. He has also planted chestnut trees, red and white oak trees, and hickory trees as havens for birds

A regret from John Mutter’s childhood continues to shape his actions and worldview decades later.

At the age of 5, Mutter’s family moved from Racine to Shawano. Mutter said he found the transition from city to country exciting, and he began to develop an interest in hunting, both from men who would tell exciting hunting tales at his parents’ tavern and from attending movies that glorified big game hunters.

He and his brother, William, received BB guns for Christmas in 1954. Mutter took to the woods during the following summer and took down any animal he could find.

As he grew older, Mutter began to regret having killed so many birds.

“You can’t go back and change the past,” Mutter said, “but you can learn from it. Now, I work towards protecting birds and wildlife to help make up for my mistakes.”

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New barn dance at Bike the Barn Quilts fundraiser

A new barn dance will kick off the sixth annual Bike the Barn Quilts Ride, which will be sponsored by Shawano Pathways at the end of September.

The event features bike rides of distances ranging from 5 to 70 miles on the morning of Sept. 29 at Memorial Park, along with a free 5K walk/run — all of which are designed to be recreational and family-friendly. Bikers, walkers and runners of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The $25 biker registration fee includes a continental breakfast, participation incentive, lunch, maps, signed routes, food and water stations, SAG vehicles and music. There is a discounted rate for families.

The 5K walk/run will be along the Mountain Bay Trail. Runners will receive a free T-shirt with preregistration or with a $25 pledge.

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Tonette Walker going for stroll with locals

Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker will host a “Walk with Walker” event in Shawano on Aug. 22.

Participants will gather at 9:45 a.m. at Sturgeon Park, 801 S. Water St., Shawano. The event will be held rain or shine.

Walker will lead a 1.6-mile walk near the Wolf River to promote tourism destinations across Wisconsin and encourage engagement and wellness in local communities. This is the 68th Walk with Walker event since 2011.

“This will be our first Walk with Walker event in Shawano, and I am looking forward to learning more about the community,” Walker said. “These walks are a great way to get moving and socialize with others in your own backyard.”

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