Library has programs for all ages in May

Programs at the Shawano City-County Library for May include a Kentucky Derby Tea, gardening classes and several movies.

The Kentucky Derby Tea will be held at 2 p.m. May 3. The 143rd running of the derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, is May 6.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wolf River Master Gardeners will present a Gardening Basics class at 5:30 p.m. May 1 and a session on Container Gardening at 5:30 p.m. May 8.

The movie schedule for May features “Sing” (PG) at 10 a.m. May 6, “A Dog’s Purpose” (PG) at 1 p.m. May 11 and “Rogue One” (PG-13) at 5:30 p.m. May 15.

Also, NWTC career adviser Ileana Rodriguez will lead a resume how-to class at 5 p.m. May 10.

Other May programs include the following:

- Baby & Me, 10 a.m. May 2 and 9.

- Story Time, 10 a.m. May 3, 10 and 17.

- Gather ‘Round, 10 a.m. May 4, 11 and 18.



Photo by Rob Zimmer Many annuals, such as these begonias, provide breathtaking foliage in shades of purple and black.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Black Lace Elderberry features unusual, elegant foliage, lacy and feathery in rich, deep purple or black. It combines well with lime green and chartreuse, as well as pink, cobalt blue and orange.

Create an aura of mystery and intrigue in the garden this year by including plants that feature richly colored foliage in shades of purple.

One of the hottest colors in plant breeding and hybridization currently is deep, dark bronze or purple. This is showcased especially in the foliage of many garden perennials, trees, shrubs and annuals.

Plants that feature richly colored, dark foliage are perfect in the garden when paired with lime green, as well as blossoms in yellow, pink, orange and rich blue.

In addition to the unusual color, many dark-leaved perennials also feature foliage rich in texture, complete with ruffling, cut leaves, palmate leaves, lacy foliage and more.

Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite dark-leaved perennials to create mystery in the spring and summer garden.

Black Lace Elderberry


Twig turns 90

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Floyd “Twig” Hartwig, right, shares a laugh with his longtime friend and former worker Dale Pleshek during a surprise 90th birthday party for Hartwig at the Sun Drop museum Sunday.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski More than 100 people gathered Sunday for Floyd Hartwig’s 90th birthday celebration. Many reminisced about his long life and many accomplishments as the man who brought Sun Drop soda to Shawano.

More than 100 friends and family members gathered Sunday to celebrate the birth of the man who brought Sun Drop soda to Shawano.

Floyd “Twig” Hartwig turned 90 on Monday, but well-wishers celebrated a day early with a surprise party at the Sun Drop museum behind the Twig’s bottling plant. They saw photos and newspaper clippings of his many years bottling soda in Shawano, a tradition continued today by his descendants.

Dan Hartwig, Twig’s son, noted that the longtime bottler and occasional Shriners clown has some physical difficulties in his golden years, using a walker to get around, but people shouldn’t take that as a sign that Twig’s mental capacities are as frail.

“It seems like he’s as sharp as ever,” Dan Hartwig said. “Mentally, he has plans and he has goals. He has things he wants to have done, and he still helps me out all the time (with the business).”


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Photo by Carol Wagner Officers of the Shawano Woman’s Club are, from left, Mary Martzke, recording secretary; Karen Fischer, vice president; Karen Kupper, president; and JoAnn Radeske, treasurer.

The Shawano Woman’s Club was started in 1897 by women who wanted to make a difference in their community.

“They created the library and started the historical society,” club President Karen Kupper said.

In 2017, the club is continuing to make a difference by raising money for the library and many other organizations.

The club will hold its biggest annual fundraiser, the 13th annual Spring Fling Fashion Show, May 4 at The Gathering in Shawano. The theme is “Sharing the Light.”

“It’s a huge undertaking,” Kupper said.

Stores providing the fashions are Dreiers, Body Essentials, Tumbleweed, Maurice’s and Generations, all in Shawano, and B&H, in Clintonville. Sandi Bocik of Maximus Salon will provide wigs.

There will be ticket raffles, basket raffles, a silent auction, and a board with gift certificates, which Kupper said was a big hit last year.

“Every year we try to make it better,” she said.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Sharon Schlender has been volunteering at the Bonduel Community Archives for many years.

One of the places Sharon Schlender volunteers is at the Bonduel Community Archives.

Born and raised in Bonduel, Schlender graduated from Bonduel High School. She worked in the office of Morley-Murphy in Green Bay for five years. That was followed by working for a veterinarian, Dr. William Burmeister, for a year in Pulaski, then back to Bonduel to work at Equity Livestock. She then went back to Pulaski, then Bonduel and Wayside. In 1993 she retired back to Bonduel.

Schlender has been married for 60 years. She has five children (one is deceased), 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Q How did you get started with the archives?


Spring and summer shows are set at Mielke

Well, I’ve been on the disabled list for a bit with a bum knee. The pain and lack of mobility caused me to step down from my small role as Mrs. Sitgood in scene 4 of “The London Suite,” which opens Thursday at the Mielke Arts Center.

Luckily for me, Mary Madsen was gracious enough to take my place. She was trying to be involved only with the box office, and take a break from acting and directing, but that didn’t work!

I thank you, Mary, and I know you will be perfect as the proper, efficient Mrs. Sitgood!

Back to business, late as it is.

Performances of “London Suite,” the comedy by Neil Simon, are set for 7 p.m. April 20-22 and 27-29 and 2 p.m. April 23 and 30.


Flowers aren’t waiting for bed cleanup

The daffodils opened in time for Easter this year. I kept looking at them, as they were grinning their sunny, yellow faces at me, and hoped I could get some picked to put in a vase on the table. When my daughter and family came, I was finishing up peeling the potatoes, so I asked my granddaughter if she would go out and pick some for me.

You see, the fall after I moved here, I decided to plant daffodils and tulips around the outside of my yard. My friends told me that I shouldn’t bother with the tulips, as some little animal will eat the bulbs. They were correct; most of the tulips have vanished over the 12 years I have lived here.

I do recall the difficulty I had in planting the bulbs. I followed the directions, but digging the holes proved to be a challenge to my shoulders. Instead of getting all around the yard, I only made it along the east side, part of the back and part of the west side. The leftover bulbs were given to any friend who wanted them.


Choose summer shoes with structure, support

The shift from cold winter days to warm sunny weather is accompanied by a welcome change of footwear. Some people shed their heavy boots and head outside for more exercise. Others want to show off their pretty pedicures or fling off their flip flops and wiggle their toes in the sand.

Dr. Kristen Sandoe, a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon with ThedaCare Orthopedic Care, has some advice for choosing shoes that will put (and keep) a spring in your step.

“Comfort and proper alignment of the feet affects all your joints, especially your knees, hips, and back,” Sandoe said. Poorly fitting shoes can lead to foot and toe issues that may not show up for years down the road. “Good shoe choices help avoid fatigue, pain, and deformities that could cause you to miss out on a lot of fun. I advise my patients to make smart shoe choices for comfort today and they’ll benefit in the years to come.”

First, look for shoes that are designed to:



Photo by Rob Zimmer The new salvia in salmon is a breathtaking plant that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies with its tube-shaped blooms.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Nemesia, fragrant, light and airy makes a perfect container filler in potted planters and hanging baskets.

Every year, plant growers and breeders introduce dozens of new annuals into the marketplace, vying for the attention of gardeners and yard decorators everywhere.

Year after year, the tastes of gardeners themselves change, as well. What one gardener may like one year may not catch their eye the next.

Many amazing new annuals have captured my attention this year, along with some old favorites I always love to include. Here are some of my favorites that I hope you’ll try in your containers, garden beds and displays.

Annuals are those flowers and decorative plants that complete their blooming cycle and die in one growing season. The plant does not return year after year, unless it is a self-seeder. These plants normally do not survive our winters.

Perennials are those plants that return, often bigger and bigger, with each new spring. They are cold hardy in Wisconsin and will survive our winters to return year after year.


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Photo by Carol Wagner The St. Joseph Indian School Reunion committee includes, from left, Joyce Ninham, Tony Waupochick and Wiladean Peters.

St. Joseph Indian School in Keshena began in 1880 when the Franciscans invited the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet from St. Louis, Missouri, to teach there. The school continued to have a huge influence on the community for the next 100 years.

To recognize the school’s role, the parish council at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena formed a committee to plan a reunion, which will be held April 30.

“People that I’ve run into said they are coming,” said Wiladean Peters, a committee member who is also on the parish council.

Peters didn’t attend the school, but members of her husband’s family did.

The school, which was located near the current church on state Highway 47-55, began with kindergarten through eighth grade. It later added ninth through 12th grades, but eventually returned to K-8 until it closed in 1980.


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