Pastor helps Clintonville honor veterans

Photo by Grace Kirchner The Rev. Todd Jerabek, Zion Lutheran Church, Embarrass, delivers the address at the Veterans Recognition Ceremony in Clintonville on Friday.

The Rev. Todd Jerabek, of Zion Lutheran Church in Embarrass, delivered the keynote address Friday at the Veterans Recognition Ceremony in Clintonville.

Although Jerabek has not served in the military, he noted that his father and many of my relatives did serve, and he has worked with many veterans.

He recalled sitting in his office with veterans trying to bring healing to men who had been shattered by war. He said he cried after they left his office.

“Today we honor veterans with our presence and we thank them for their service,” Jerabek said.

“I am proud to be an American citizen,” he said. “We live in the greatest nation and each of us has rights and privileges. I have the right and freedom to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for those who wore the uniform and carried the weapons for my freedom.

Jesus Christ died to free many of their sins and granted me freedom to do so. God bless America.”


What to do when you can’t pay your medical bill

About a quarter (26 percent) of U.S. adults say they or someone in their household has had problems paying medical bills in the past 12 months, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

That means one in four people struggle to pay for health care services.

“Financial difficulties are a reality for many people, and unfortunately financial stress carries over into other parts of our lives and causes emotional stress as well,” said Nancy Schultz, family living educator from the University of Wisconsin-Extension office in Shawano County.

For those who cannot pay medical bills, Schultz offered this advice:

• If you don’t have health insurance, find out what low-cost programs you may qualify for.

• If you have health insurance, call your insurance company and ask if you were charged the correct amount.

• Call the office that sent you the bill and confirm the charges. This could be a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic or other medical office.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Ron Schumacher, president of the Bowler Area Historical Society, stands by an old telephone in the society’s building, which was St. Matthews Lutheran Church.

When the Shawano County Historical Society moved a church to Heritage Park, the church members wanted to keep everything that was in the building.

Ron Schumacher, a member of the Shawano County Historical Society, knew that St. Matthews’ Lutheran Church in Bowler was closing.

“This is the original church that I went to as a kid,” Schumacher said.

When he asked the St. Matthews board members if he could get items for the Shawano church, he was told to make a list. Then he asked them what they were going to do with the church. Hearing that they might tear it down,

Schumacher had a better idea.

“I talked to people with Bowler ties,” he said.

His goal was to have 40 Bowler alumni donate $1,000 each. They raised $13,000 and bought the church for $5,000 to make it the Bowler Area Historical Society.

St. Matthews’ Lutheran Church had their last service on Aug. 25, 2013.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Lyle Hagen, a Vietnam veteran and commander of VFW Post 2723, is shown in the bar at the VFW clubhouse in Shawano.

Lyle Hagen is a Vietnam veteran and commander of VFW Post 2723. He was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School.

Hagen worked construction for two years, then enlisted in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972. He served in Vietnam from May 1970 to May 1971 in air cargo and air support. When Hagen returned from service, he worked in construction locally 10 years and 23 years in the Fox Valley until he retired in 2010.

He lives in the town of Richmond and is a full-time driver for Menominee Regional Public Transit.

Hagen is a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 206, the Fox Valley Vietnam Veterans, AMVETS Post 10, American Legion Post 117 and the Disabled American Veterans Post 22.

Q Where do you volunteer?

A “I’m the commander of the VFW Post 2723. This is my sixth year.”

Q What are your duties?


A close call

One night near dusk I was following a combine into town on a county road. I had my headlights on as I always do; headlights on before dusk and dawn, in fog or rain or snow. It was hard to see at this time of night. I’m finding as I age I don’t like to drive at night. It never used to bother me. A lot of things never used to bother me.

So that evening I was waiting for a chance to get by this huge combine. He was taking up his side plus the other half of the other side. Finally, I squeezed around him. Going by, I marveled again at the sheer size of this piece of equipment. His back tire was taller than me. I wasn’t upset I had to wait to pass. The farmers have a right to the road during harvest.


Things have changed over the years for poll workers

As I write this on Nov. 9, I admit to having a hangover, an election hangover. I was a poll worker in Tigerton, my polling place. As I look back over the years, I remember going to vote as soon as I was old enough to do so legally.

My parents voted occasionally, and I recall some political discussion, but they were not overwhelmingly political minded. Yet for some reason, I was always interested in the topic, and liked to keep an eye on what was going on in the country and world.

Once I married farmer husband, and moved to the Tigerton community I began to be asked to be a poll worker, first in the township of Germania, where we lived at the time. How nervous and excited I was to be asked for this important job.

It surprises me when poll workers say, we get paid. I never think of it that way. Sure, I don’t refuse the payment, but it isn’t money that is the reason I work in the polls. I think it is my civic duty.



Photo by Rob Zimmer Hydrangeas create a masterpiece of winter beauty in the garden, providing graceful elegance, texture and winter interest all season long.

Photo by Rob Zimmer For sheer beauty in wonderful shades of silver, gold, copper and bronze, ornamental grasses are at their finest in the winter season.

Keeping the magic alive in the garden all winter long is a challenge worth accepting by experimenting with different plants and ideas to provide beauty, elegance and interest throughout the season.

While there aren’t a lot of true blossoms to enjoy during the winter season, there are plenty of other options to bring an unusual and elegant look to your garden, even when blanketed with snow.

Think in terms of texture, color, vertical interest, structure and form and the possibilities become endless.

In addition to garden plants, keep your garden looking beautiful with stunning garden art, birdfeeders and houses, decorative containers and more.

There are a number of excellent plant choices available to gardeners that provide seasonal beauty throughout the winter months. Here are several of my favorites:

Dancing in the wind


Shawano Pathways completes loop’s missing link

Contributed Photo Shawano Pathways held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Oct. 29 to mark the opening of the missing link in the yellow park-to-park walking and biking loop. Cutting the ribbon are, from left, Arlyn Tober, Shawano County Board member, Greg Sturm, Shawano Pathways president, and Mayor Jeanne Cronce.

Shawano Pathways held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Oct. 29 to mark the opening of the missing link in the yellow park-to-park walking and biking loop.

Shawano Pathways, a nonprofit citizens group, contributed the funds for the completion of the trail, which was constructed by the Shawano County Highway Department.

Shawano Pathways raised the money to complete the trail through memberships, donations and fundraisers, and received grants from the Crawford Foundation, Premier Bank, Shawano Area Community Foundation, Harold Pevonka fund and ThedaCare.

The link connects Rose Brook Road to River Bend Road and allows walkers and bicyclists to travel through scenic county property. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

The first official walk along the new section of the yellow loop was held Saturday, with costumed volunteers serving refreshments for the family-friendly 1-mile walk.


Library offering Black Friday deals

The Shawano City-County Library will offer a variety of deals on Black Friday, Nov. 25.

The Doorbuster Sale runs from 9 a.m. to noon and features 50 percent off fines. The Late Bird Special runs from 12-5 p.m.; replacement cards and up to four copies or prints will be free. A used book sale, with newer books suitable for gift giving, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The children’s department will feature drop-in crafts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Teen programs featuring board games will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teens can also sign up for the Not So Summer Reading program.

Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available.

Three movies will be shown on Black Friday: “Christmas Story” at 10 a.m., “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at noon and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” at 2 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.

For information, visit the library at 128 S. Sawyer St., Shawano, or call 715-526-3829.


First State Bank collecting gifts for children

First State Bank announced that its Share the Joy Holiday Giving program is underway.

For decades the bank has worked with community members and local organizations to collect and distribute toys and gifts for families in need. Gifts for toddlers and younger children all the way through teenagers are needed.

Community members who would like to help Share the Joy can stop by First State Bank’s offices in New London, Clintonville, Dale, Manawa, Cecil or Waupaca to select an ornament from the tree in the lobby.

Participants then purchase a gift to fit the needs and age of the child listed on the ornament tag and return the gift to First State Bank by Dec. 8.

First State Bank will work with local community organizations to distribute the gifts in time for Christmas. They include the New London Community Cupboard, the Clintonville Goodfellows, the Hortonville


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