Community

Sat
16
Mar

March means melting snow and maple sugar

The melting snow is turning into water, and trying to find a place to run. If the snow is melting and running, than so is the sap in the maple trees, and that is making me think of the days when I used to run through the melting snow, gathering sap pails, and sneaking a drink of sap now and then.

One source I found states that Wisconsin rates third in the production of maple syrup, and other maple products. Native Americans were familiar with the process of tapping trees for sap, long before the white settlements, learned of the natural sweet sap of spring. Maple sugar was the primary sweetener in pioneer homes, but as the price of imported sugar became lower in the 1860’s, maple sugar lost the corner in the market.

Sat
16
Mar

A look at history reminds us to be grateful


Contributed photo The memorial at Franklin Park.

Over the years, many men and women from Shawano, Menominee and the surrounding area have served in the military. Some returned from war, some did not.

The Shawano County Journal, in its July 2, 1918 paper said “One-hundred eighty-two men entrained for Camp Taylor, Kentucky on Tuesday, the largest contingent at any one time. Friends and relatives of drafted men came from almost every town in Shawano County early Monday morning to the city of Shawano. By noon the streets and sidewalks were thronged with people. At 2 P.M. the boys assembled on the main floor of the high school gym, where they were registered and divided into squads while relatives and friends found standing room in the balcony or clung eagerly at windows bars outside.”

It was reported Mayor M.J. Wallrich gave a heartfelt message to the boys, followed by a dinner at the Murdock House and a band concert by the Shawano Liberty Band.

Sat
16
Mar

Student writing contest deadline approaching

The deadline for the 2019 Shawano Area Writers student writing contest for students in Shawano or Menominee counties is drawing near.

Students in 1st-12th grade who live or attend school in these counties have until midnight on April 5 to get their entries to the Shawano Area Writers. The entries in fiction, nonfiction and poetry categories should be sent either to P.O. Box 657 in Shawano, or to the Shawano Area Writers website at shawanoareawriters.org.

Complete instructions are listed on the website, including entry forms. There is no fee to enter.

Cash prizes along with a certificate of achievement will be given to the winning students.

Last year $570 was paid out. Students compete by age group: Grades 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12. An awards presentation open to the public is planned for awarding the cash prizes and certificates at the Mielke Arts Center in Shawano on May 19.

Sat
16
Mar

Longtime church bread maker stepping down


Photo by Grace Kirchner Gerry Mueller, of Clintonville, has been baking bread for St. Martin Lutheran Church’s soup suppers for more than 20 years.

After more than 20 years of baking bread at St. Martin Lutheran Church, Gerry Mueller is hanging up her apron. The Clintonville volunteer and one of her helpers say this will be the last year they bake all the bread for the church’s Lenten soup suppers.

They are hopeful another volunteer will step into the role. “Some people say they come to the suppers mainly for the homemade bread,” Mueller said.

She recalled that back in 1996, then-Pastor Vilas Mazemke encouraged Lois Schnake to make the soup for the Clintonville church’s weekly soup suppers. The next year, Mueller took over both making the soup and baking the bread. “That lasted a couple years, and then I only made the bread,” she said.

Fri
15
Mar

Barn quilt highlights Marquardt family memories


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Members of the Marquardt family gather recently at the farm where Shawano County’s 347th barn quilt is displayed. Standing from left, Sally (Marquardt) Boldig, John and Rosanne Marquardt and their daughter, Gail Marquardt-Kujawa, Jeremy Marquardt and his son, Ezekiel and daughter, Quincee, Julie (Marquardt) Zeeman and her daughter, Sophia, and son, Robert, and Tim and Rachel (Marquardt) Kautz.

Shawano County’s 347th barn quilt has been put on display at Marq’s Land LLC, N6894 River Road, Wittenberg. The farm was owned by Dan Marquardt until he died in 2010. Ownership was then passed on to his children, Rachel, Julie, Lance and Jeremy. The quilt was sponsored by Dan’s siblings: Jan Lutz, Jeanne Elmhorst, Sally Boldig, John Marquardt and Debra Bird.

The barn quilt pattern, named Patriotic Marquanza, was designed by Lance Marquardt and features things that were important in the family members’ lives.

The farm has been in the Marquardt family for 99 years, starting in 1920 when Albert and Meta Marquardt purchased it from Andrew and Winnie Reiland. Albert’s brother Paul took over the farm in 1946. Paul sold the farm to his son Edgar and his wife, Alice, in 1965. They had a Holstein dairy herd, which their son Dan obtained with wife Phyllis when they purchased the farm after Edgar’s death in 1974.

Fri
15
Mar

Prevea to host teddy bear clinic and community safety event

Prevea Health will host a teddy bear clinic and community safety event from 10 a.m. to noon on March 30 at the Prevea Shawano Health Center located at 1300 E. Green Bay St. in Shawano.

Children (recommended ages 1 – 10) are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a “health check.” Each check-up takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes and features interactive stations staffed by Prevea medical professionals in pediatrics, family medicine, urgent care and X-ray. Children can see first-hand their favorite stuffed animals have a blood pressure check, height and weight check, X-ray and more.

“This is a community event to raise awareness about health and safety, while engaging children in a fun and interactive manner,” said Dr. Jeffry Young, full-time pediatrician at the Prevea Shawano Health Center.

The event is free and the first 100 children to arrive will receive a free teddy bear.

Wed
13
Mar

Evers seeks to make VORP permanent for vets

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Mary Kolar announced recently that in less than one year, the department has enrolled more than 500 veterans in the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program, or VORP.

The program provides case management and support, as well as connects veterans to community services, with a special focus on mental health and substance abuse treatment and recovery.

Gov. Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 budget proposal seeks to make the VORP, which was funded by the Legislature as a project in April, a permanent program.

“The work that the VORP does in this state fills a gap in terms of case management for veterans with mental health, substance abuse and other treatment needs,” Kolar said.

Wed
13
Mar

Day of Healing offered at St. Norbert Abbey

The third annual “A Day of Healing” retreat for those affected by sexual abuse will be held April 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, located on the grounds of St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere.

Facilitated by the Journey of Hope team, this retreat will provide a time to gather, pray and talk about the healing process related to the effects of sexual abuse. All are invited, including survivors of sexual abuse, friends of survivors and other caring persons. During the day, participants will be given options to interact in small groups and for personal quiet time.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to share this ‘Day of Healing’ with survivors of sexual abuse and others that support us,” said Barb Bayer, a survivor and Journey of Hope member. “We all walk a different path on our journeys as we continue to heal from the emotional, physical and spiritual brokenness from sexual abuse.”

Wed
13
Mar

Time for farmers to report winter storm losses

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reminds farmers to report winter storm losses to their county Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible. These reports are essential to making the determination whether to seek a disaster designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary.

“This week, I had the opportunity to talk directly with farmers and tour their farms that have suffered extensive barn and shed damage due to the ice, snow and wind,” said Brad Pfaff, department secretary. “It is devastating to hear about the livestock losses and extreme stress the farmers are working under to take care of their animals in this very difficult situation.”

Wed
13
Mar

ThedaCare team improves malnutrition screening

A recent study on malnutrition screening conducted by ThedaCare dietitians is receiving international attention. The study, conducted by members of the dietitian services team at ThedaCare medical centers in the Fox Valley, was published in the January issue of the “Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.”

“For people in our community, it helps us identify if they have malnutrition and intervene,” said ThedaCare’s Lori Hartz, manager of dietitian services and one of the authors of the study. “If we can improve nutritional status, we can possibly change the course of their disease. It seems pretty basic, but when you’re sick, you need those calories and nutrition to heal.”

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