Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




A parting gift to the area she loved

Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson The alpacas on the side door of the Wittenberg Family Barbershop, 512 S. Webb St., offer a preview of the other panels that will be revealed at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The door was painted by Alicia Rheal, mural project coordinator.

The plan had been to celebrate her 90th birthday May 25 with the unveiling of a mural honoring “What We Do” in Wittenberg.

Sadly, Lois Smith, the founder of Walls of Wittenberg, passed away before seeing her vision come to fruition.

WOW will carry on with Smith’s wishes by unveiling the mural at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and holding a birthday party at 3 p.m. at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St. The public is invited.

The idea for the mural came when Smith brought one of her grandsons to the Wittenberg Family Barbershop and charged owner Jim Siebert with transforming him.

“He had long hair and a full beard,” Siebert said of his customer, “and he went out looking pretty slick.”

According to Siebert, Smith felt there was artistry in his work as a barber. About a year later, she approached him about having the “What We Do” mural painted on the side of his building at 512 S. Webb St.


Top auto exhibitors cruise to victory at Clintonville car show

Photo by Grace Kirchner Kirk Hoffman, of Marion, displays his 1929 Chevrolet four-door sedan at the Spring Cruise Car Show on May 17. The car was painted to match its original green color.

The 17th annual Spring Cruise Car Show was another success as Clintonville’s Main Street was lined with beautiful vehicles May 17.

First-place and runner-up trophies were presented in 15 categories, along with other special awards.

This year, the family of Steve Norder sponsored the trophies in his memory. Norder was an avid car enthusiast and one of the founding members of the Spring Cruise Car Show committee. He passed away from cancer Aug. 11, 2017.

A special trophy was presented in his name to Bill and Kathy Klassen, of Greenville, for their red and white Chevrolet Bel-Air 1955 entry.

The Mayor’s Choice trophy was given to Kirk and Julie Hoffman, Marion, for their green 1929 four-door Chevrolet.

The Chamber of Commerce Ladies Choice trophy went to Al Cummings, Appleton, for his 1970 F-250 maroon Ford.


Ticks could be a problem for those enjoying outdoors

Spring is in full swing, and many of us are itching to get outdoors. While mosquitoes aren’t a problem yet, ticks are. Tick season in Wisconsin begins in April and continues throughout the summer.

Dr. Steve Rasmussen, family practitioner at ThedaCare Physicians-Ripon, has treated several patients for tick bites and reactions, and he cautions patients to pay attention to them.

“Tick bites aren’t necessarily an emergency, and not all ticks transmit disease,” he said. “If you find a deer tick attached, I recommend that you see your provider for a treatment to reduce the possibility of developing Lyme disease.”

Rasmussen also suggests people should be aware of what the indicative Lyme disease bulls-eye rash looks like.

“It’s good to recognize the rash on your body or that of a family member,” he said. “If you notice anything that looks similar to the rash, it is a good idea to be seen.”


Knowing where you’re going doesn’t help you know where you are

I sometimes have a problem. I may know where I am going, yet have no idea where I am.

At times I don’t know if I am going east, west, north or south, but there is a little spot on the dash in my car, that will answer that question. However, how do I get to where I want to go?

A while back, I was on my way to Ironwood, Michigan, to visit a friend. I left my house late morning thinking I would stop for lunch on the way north.

As I neared Wausau, I remembered the Wendy’s that is in Weston, and since I don’t get much chance to stop there, I thought that might be a fun option. So I exited Highway 29 and ventured into the suburb of Weston. Of course, I turned right, which was not correct, as Wendy’s is actually to the left of my exit. That was my first error.


Bike tours to benefit Navarino/Lessor Fire Department

A day of bike tours and family activities will benefit the Navarino/Lessor Fire Department and EMS on June 22. The event will be held at the Navarino Athletic Field, W5173 State Highway 156, Navarino, and feature bike routes of 7, 27, 48 or 69 miles.

Registration for the bike tours will run 7:30-11 a.m. Cost is $25 per biker through June 8 and includes route support stations, on-site bike repair and snacks. From June 9 to the day of the event, the fee is $30.

Activities including bounce houses, face painting, a DJ, food, beverages, chainsaw carving and a 50/50 raffle are open to everyone as well. These activities at the park will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Doc’s a good friend to county’s humane society

Contributed Photo Shawano County Humane Society president Dustin Martzke, left, presents a hand-carved German shepherd created by Dave Bartels to, from left, Kersten Heling, Doc Hopkins and Lynn Jevicky.

Steve (Doc) Hopkins and his daughter Kersten Heling love hogs — and cats, dogs, goats, donkeys, etc.

Kersten commented: “Dad has always cared about animals, and he instilled that love in us kids, too. We first got involved with the Shawano County Humane Society when Dad and I volunteered to walk the dogs.”

The Timeline Saloon and BBQ was the creative dream of Doc’s. Since its establishment in May 2010, Doc and Kersten have held a bike and classic car blessing annually. Each year, the proceeds have been donated to the society.

Kersten commented: “I am very proud to say we raised $9,068.50 this year. That brings the nine-year total to over $40,000.”

The society’s president, Dustin (Dusty) Martzke, commented: “We are so grateful for the support we have received from Doc’s Timeline Saloon and BBQ (Doc and Kersten) over the years. We really appreciate their support, and also the help they give to other organizations throughout the area.


Critical type O blood shortage; donors needed now

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. As a thank you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets through June 10 will receive a $5 gift card via email.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical.

Local blood drives include the following:


Blessings of motherhood kept tucked inside the pages

Organizing my office one day, I came across three journals I had kept, one for each kid. When sorting and getting rid of clutter, I keep in mind three principles: keep, throw out, give away. I’m toast when I sit down, lose all sense of time and, transported magically to the past, reminisce instead of sort. Time flies by, and I end up thinking, what was I supposed to be accomplishing here?

Sitting down, opening my first journal it began: “Today you are 47 days old … 6½ weeks along the journey of your life.” Time stopped and I read on, feeling that familiar sting of tears behind my eyes. I was a new mom trying to figure out how to be a mom.


Mother’s Day card reminder of fun family trip

Cleaning out an old file cabinet proved to be an unexpected pleasure, as it not only contained old farm tax records, but also a treasure trove of mementos.

Some of the most treasured by me, a mother, are the cards made by my children. Since tomorrow is Mother’s Day, I want to share with you some notes that I am sure were a school assignment about her mother, but were included by my daughter in her handmade card to me one Mother’s Day.

“My funniest experience with mom was when we went to Wisconsin Dells,” she wrote. “We camped out and my cousin brought an air mattress for mom to sleep on. In the morning, when we woke up, the mattress was flat.”


Traveling a good way to spend the summer

Summer is right around the corner, and many of you readers are no doubt making plans for a trip of some sort. Some of you will travel to another country, others will travel within the United States, and some residents will spend time discovering the many treasures that Wisconsin holds.

Trips with family and friends are some of my favorite memories. As a child, I traveled with my parents to both western and southern states. If you have never visited the west, you might like to consider doing so; there is so much to see. I remember studying about the Badlands, the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore in school, so to visit these landmarks as a grade school child was so exciting. We stayed in Yellowstone National Park. Watching Old Faithful erupt was a sight I have never forgotten.


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