Photo by Rob Zimmer With an unusual pompom look, daffodil Tahiti blooms in tropical shades of orange and yellow.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Many gardeners are discovering the joys of daffodils in wonderful shades of pink, white and orange, in addition to traditional yellow.

October is prime time for planting spring blooming bulbs in the garden and border. Cooling air temperatures bring cooling soil temperatures, making this an ideal time to get those spring blooming bulbs in the ground.

Garden centers are filled with an amazing selection of colorful spring bulbs. Among these, daffodils are a longtime, traditional favorite among gardeners.

Not only are they beautiful, bright and cheery, but daffodils are also largely pest resistant. Deer and rabbits normally leave them alone as these beautiful bulbs showcase their spring glory.

While traditional daffodils feature bright yellow blooms in the traditional cup and saucer shape, try a few unique and unusual varieties this year for a spectacular spring show. Hybridizers have bred daffodils in many unusual and bizarre forms. Many of these no longer resemble the traditional daffodil at all.



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The crew that will bring chills and thrills to the Panic Chambers includes, from left, Tirrell Diessner, Andrew Liesner, Lance Williams, Greg Schroeder and Bobby Effert. Also part of the crew but not pictured are Miranda Steingraber, Sean Block, Libby Reineke, James Smith, Dave Yockey, Kayla Yockey and Katie Williams.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Lance Williams, one of the founders for the Panic Chambers, pokes his head out a cabinet littered with decapitated body parts in one of the rooms at the Panic Chambers, which has relocated to Annie’s Campground west of Gresham. The haunted facility will be open to the public from 7-11 p.m. every weekend through October.

The Panic Chambers terrorized a vacant building in the village of Gresham for years.

Now, the fright fest is back, and it’s taking over Annie’s Campground, located west of Gresham.

Chills and thrills, fright and terror have returned to the area, offering adults a walk on the wild side every weekend in October. Instead of a hotel, though, Panic Chambers is expanding to fill an old barn, a corn maze and more.

The Panic Chambers is owned by multiple partners, all of them putting in a lot of sweat to get the big show ready. Many of them have come up with a number of terrifying rooms to scare visitors.

In one room of the red barn that houses the new Panic Chambers, newspaper clippings of bizarre activities are tacked to a wall to give folks an idea of the terror that follows.

One hallway will make visitors feel like they’re in a remake of “Little Shop of Horrors” as a large, man-eating plant catches them unaware.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Brian Johnson, right, is president and Steve Stomberg is vice president of the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.

The Shawano Athletic Booster Club has been supporting Shawano sports since 1970. It was started by original board members Don Raddant, Don Martzke, Bill Krenger, Larry Evans, Louise Berry, Marcie Rosenow, Tom Lyons and Florian Van Dyck.

They had the vision to raise funds to support the high school athletic programs and the feeder programs at the youth level.

“The booster club helps provide items that are not necessities and are beyond the budget the school can provide,” said President Brian Johnson, who teaches psychology and law at the high school.

There are about 300 members, with about 175 of them lifetime members who paid a one-time $100 membership fee. Approximately another 125 members pay a yearly membership fee of $10.

Johnson said many people join while their kids are in school, and a majority of them continue to support the club after their kids have graduated.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Karen Rusch, left, and Jean Davis take care of concessions for the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.

Karen Rusch and Jean Davis take care of concessions for the Shawano Athletic Booster Club.

Rusch graduated from Pulaski High school and had various jobs before becoming the performance leader at Georgia Pacific in Green Bay where she has worked for 26 years.

Rusch and her husband, Dick, have been married 19 years and have a daughter, Kiley. They live in Shawano where she enjoys gardening, canning, and golfing. Rusch has also coached Shawano Youth Softball and Girls Hoops Basketball.

Davis graduated from West De Pere High School and earned a paralegal associate degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. She works at United Health Care in Green Bay. Davis and her husband, Todd, have been married 17 years and have two children. They live in Shawano where she enjoys reading and gardening.

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A blessing in disguise

Did you ever find yourself later thanking God for an inconvenience when, at first, you thought it was a major hassle?

A while back, my husband had been irritably detained at his part-time delivery job only to discover when he started out on his route a major accident had occurred earlier. Had he been on time, he’d have undoubtedly been smack dab in the middle of it. The delay had actually been a blessing in disguise.

Every single day, I pray for my family, and that includes keeping them safe from all harm. Then I must just let it go!

The other day we were buttoning up our corn crop when I plugged up the chopper. Oh, it is stressful for me to be digging out corn stalks with a half-full load as he’s pulling up with an empty wagon, thinking I’m ready and waiting with a full one.


Warm weather gives way to autumn scenes

As I look outside my office window, I can’t help but see all of the color that is already arraying the trees outside, and yes, some of the leaves have already begun to come down onto the lawn.
In spite of the heat of the past few days, we know that it won’t be too much longer before more normal temperatures will arrive and perhaps even a frost. Some people have their pumpkins out for sale, and others have their Halloween decorations up already.

I guess I am not too much on decorating for Halloween, but I do like to get some fall decorations out and get a pumpkin or two for the yard. All of that has been put on hold so far, but one of these days it will happen.

It was pure joy to go to a craft class to paint on wood. One side sports a scarecrow while the other has a snowman in all its glory. While I am not hoping for snow, when the autumn season passes, I will just turn the wood around and I will be ready for the new season.


Tractor Supply helping raise funds for 4-H

The Tractor Supply Company is partnering with the National 4-H Council for a nationwide in-store fundraiser to send thousands of students to 4-H youth development programs.

From Oct. 4-15, Tractor Supply customers can participate in the fall 2017 Paper Clover Campaign by purchasing paper clovers — the emblem of 4-H — for $1 or more at checkout. The funds raised will be awarded as scholarships to local 4-H members wishing to attend camps and leadership conferences across the country.

Since it began in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $11 million. The spring campaign raised nearly $825,000, resulting in 16,301 scholarships awarded to youth attending camps or other leadership experiences.


ThedaCare nurse practitioner enjoys local colleagues, communication, climate

Photo Courtesy of ThedaCare Boda Zhao with his wife, Lingfei, and their black lab, Kimbo, enjoy the four seasons in Wisconsin. Boda, who holds a doctorate nurse practitioner’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, works at ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano.

Boda Zhao is a nurse practitioner at ThedaCare Physicians-Shawano who has the qualifications to be addressed as Dr. Zhao.

Although not a medical doctor, he holds a doctorate nurse practitioner’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh School of Nursing, a degree known as a DNP.

“There is a growing national movement for master’s-prepared nurse practitioners to earn their doctorates,” Zhao said. “The program gives nursing students many more hours of clinical experience and advanced training in clinical research, management and leadership. Our role as nurse practitioners in health care is changing and expanding.”

Zhao entered the doctoral program directly after undergraduate school, bypassing the master’s level training and aiming straight for the top-level degree.


How ‘bout them apples?

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Chef Thomas Jonet prepares apple cheese crisp with Liberty apples from Everflow Farm and Orchard in Bonduel.

There is probably no other food that is so deeply rooted in history, mythology and religious significance as the apple. References to the famous fruit, both good and bad, have been around since the beginning of written history, most prominently in Norse, Greek and Christian traditions.

Apples, or their Latin name, malus pumila, are part of the rose family that includes peaches, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries and raspberries. The Latin name malus played a part in some of the mythology of the apple since it means both apple and evil.


Library’s new Creation Station gets busy in October

The Shawano City-County Library will launch its new makerspace, Creation Station, in October.

A makerspace is a collaborative work environment that encourages participants to explore, learn and share. Creation Station will provide patrons access to tools and experiences that inspire imagination and enrich their lives through a variety of hands-on activities.

Creation Station was funded by local donors, including the Patricia Arvold family, Lon Mortensen family, and Jim and Diane Wojtech.

Creation Station held a soft opening on Sept. 22, when many local schools were closed. The No School Lego Day was a great success.


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