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Thu
22
Dec

Audition schedule set for Kids From Wisconsin

Kids From Wisconsin is holding auditions in February to find 33 singers, dancers and musicians to be a part of the group’s 49th year.

Kids From Wisconsin was created in 1969. The group performs live annually for more than 120,000 people across Wisconsin and the Midwest.

The revue, featuring performers 15-20 years old, includes a broad repertoire of music filling a two-hour performance.

The auditions will take place in five cities in four days: 2-6 p.m. Feb. 19 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts; 4-6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the UW-Eau Claire Haas Fine Arts Building; 8-11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Mountain Bay Elementary School in Schofield; 2-6 p.m. Feb. 25 at UW-Green Bay Studio Arts 1; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee.

Thu
22
Dec

HOSTA HONORS


Photo by Rob Zimmer Brother Stefan, front right, is a large plant with heavy seersuckering, or corrugation, that covers its massive leaves in shades of blue, green and gold. It blends well with most other hostas.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Presenting the 2017 Hosta of the Year award winner, H. Brother Stefan.

Hosta lovers will rejoice in 2017 as one of the classics receives top honors as the Hosta of the Year.

Each year, the American Hosta Growers Association selects a hosta variety to showcase and market as Hosta of the Year. The plant selected must meet several criteria, including wide availability at a fair price, as well as proven growth success in a wide variety of habitats and gardening zones.

The 2017 Hosta of the Year is the spectacular Brother Stefan. A large hosta, this plant features some of the most intense seersuckering or corrugation found on any hosta variety.

Brother Stefan grows 3 to 4 feet wide after a number of growing seasons. As with most hostas, patience is needed in order to enjoy the plant’s mature characteristics. Much like people, hostas develop their character and wrinkles over time. Most garden centers sell 1- to 2-year-old plant plugs that have yet to develop the mature colors and texture of a mature specimen.

Thu
15
Dec

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Orren and Kay Fredrick are the managers of Whispering Pines Retreat on the north shore of Shawano Lake. They are standing in front of Dettmann Lodge, which sleeps 16 people.

Just off Lake Drive on the north shore of Shawano Lake is peaceful and beautiful Whispering Pines Retreat. It is owned by Concordia University Wisconsin and managed by Orren and Kay Fredrick, who live on the property.

“It‘s prettiest in the winter,” said Kay, a retired substitute teacher who still is an accompanist for musical events.

The retreat is busiest in the summer, when nearly every weekend is booked by many people who come back every year. It is ideal for families to have a restful time together and for other groups to spend some down time, according to the Fredricks.

The 92.5 acres was developed by Gustav E. Strandt, a Milwaukee businessman and inventor who bought the property as a place to hang out. His will directed the family to keep the property for 10 years and then give it to a church-based group. His son-in-law, Concordia campus physician Dr. Norbert Dettman, executor of the estate, gave the property to Concordia in 1971.

Thu
15
Dec

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Sue Ebert has volunteered at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel for many years.

Sue Ebert has been a volunteer at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel for many years.

She was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, one of eight children. After her father died when she was 15, she moved to Bonduel to live with her sister, who was a teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School.

Ebert went back to Florida for a short time, then returned to Bonduel. She was a cook at the former L&L Ranch, worked at Weber Veneer for 23 years, drove for Pony Express for three years, and then was a senior aide for the Job Center.

Ebert was a member of the homemaker club, WISC, and used to sing in the homemakers chorus.

Ebert retired in 2004 to make cookies for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and every bake sale at the church. She also helps her daughter, Martha Gebert, with some data entry for her small business.

Thu
15
Dec

Sounds of the season fill the week

Last week, three nights of my life were spent going to Christmas concerts. The concerts were different from each other, and one was so different, it hardly seemed like a Christmas concert.

The first one was the community choirs who gather together each year and perform a cantata. It is made up of members from different churches who love to sing and to share the story of Christ’s birth. They perform at different churches in December.

This year, it was at St. John Lutheran in Tigerton, my home church, so that meant I was involved in working with other ladies in getting a lunch together to serve those in attendance. The cantata was great, with the sounds of the season. I especially loved the organist, who played the pre-cantata music on the old pipe organ we have at the church, pulling out all the “stops” and producing a glorious sound.

Thu
15
Dec

Goodfellows spread good cheer


Photo by Grace Kirchner Dozens of volunteers gathered at Clintonville Lanes Banquet Hall on Wednesday to assemble boxes of food, clothing and toys for needy families in the Clintonville Public School District. The volunteers included, from left, Tom Lederer, Rebecca Meating, Jo Wilson, Mari Hintz, Steve Conrad, Lori Mates, Amie Good, Richard King and Connie King.

The Clintonville Goodfellows gathered at Clintonville Lanes Banquet Hall on Wednesday to put together boxes of food, clothes and toys for needy families in the Clintonville Public School District.

“It just warms your heart when you see all the volunteers helping, including kids from St. Rose Parochial School,” Goodfellows treasurer Mari Hintz said.

The students also collected toys, clothes and food for the drive. Thirteen students and their teacher, Mary Rose Morse, worked for a couple of hours with the Goodfellows.

“This is a good way to spread good cheer in the community,” said Rebecca Meating, an eighth-grader helping to sort the toys. “Some kids do not have much for Christmas for their family.”

According to Hintz, 130 families will receive boxes this holiday season. In addition, area churches have adopted 15 more families. Overall, about 450 people will receive help for the holiday.
Coats, hats and food are among the donations.

Thu
15
Dec

3-show concert series planned in Wittenberg


Contributed Photo Pam Tillis will perform at 4 p.m. March 19 in the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium.

Contributed Photo The Gibson Brothers will perform at 4 p.m. April 23 in the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium.

Grand Ole Opry member Pam Tillis will be among the performers appearing next year at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium.

The Tillis concert at 4 p.m. March 19 is part of a three-show series being presented by Rubber Soul Productions LLC and Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wittenberg and sponsored by Wagner Oil.

Tillis, daughter of country music legend Mel Tillis, recorded three platinum albums with Arista, “Homeward Looking Angel” in 1992, “Sweethearts Dance” in 1994 and a “Greatest Hits” in 1997.

Six of her songs were No. 1 on the charts: “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “When You Walk In The Room,” “In Between Dances,” “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” and “Maybe It Was Memphis.” Fourteen of her singles landed in the top 10 or top 20.

The comedy team of Williams and Ree open the series at 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

Thu
15
Dec

PLANT OF THE YEAR


Photo by Rob Zimmer The Perennial Plant Association has named orange milkweed, or butterfly weed, as its 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Orange milkweed is native to Wisconsin, growing well in dry, sandy conditions in full to part sun.

Each year the Perennial Plant Association selects its Perennial Plant of the Year, a plant that will receive heavy marketing and promotion throughout the season. These showcase plants are often proven growers across the United States, widely available and useful in many gardening situations.

Orange milkweed, or butterfly weed, has been awarded the honor for 2017. A colorful, compact, native variety of milkweed, orange milkweed is a wonderful choice for this special award.

A monarch magnet

The plight of the monarch butterfly is well known across the nation and what better plant to help these beautiful butterflies than orange milkweed. Monarchs use orange milkweed as both a host plant for their eggs and caterpillars and as a nectaring plant for the adult, winged butterflies.

In addition to monarchs, many other species of butterflies, as well as hummingbirds, enjoy the sweet nectar provided by this beautiful native perennial.

Sat
10
Dec

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Angie Wilber and her children, from left, Vernon Doss, 16, Richard Johnson, 17, and Christine Wilber, 10, are looking forward to moving into their Habitat for Humanity home on Prospect Street in Shawano.

The Habitat for Humanity home on Prospect Street in Shawano is nearing completion, but there is still a lot of finishing work to do.

Angie Wilber and her three children, Richard, 17, Vernon, 16, and Christine, 10, hope to move in by the end of January. It all depends on how much the volunteers can get done.

“I anticipate the day we get to move into our new home and finally be together again,” Wilber said.

The family has been divided, with the boys living in one place and Wilber and her daughter living in another, since losing their home. The Habitat home will be more affordable for the family.

That is what the Wolf River Habitat for Humanity is all about — building decent, affordable homes for people in need.

Sat
10
Dec

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Bob Hawley volunteers at Safe Haven, the domestic abuse support shelter in Shawano.

Bob Hawley volunteers at Safe Haven, the domestic abuse and sexual assault support shelter in Shawano.

Hawley was born in Kaukauna and graduated from Kaukauna High School. He enlisted in the Navy, serving for 30 years as an ocean systems technician. He was stationed in Key West, Bermuda, Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and on ships in the North Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. He retired in 1990.

Hawley and his wife, Nancy, who also served in the Navy, have been married 33 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They live in the town of Belle Plaine by Grass Lake. He enjoys working in the woods, hunting and canning.

Q How long have you volunteered at Safe Haven?

A “A year or so ago. I’ve been driving by it every time I took my mother-in-law to the store.”

Q Why volunteer there?

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