Several blood drives planned in area

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.


Barn quilt highlights family’s dairy herd

Photo by Jim Leuenberger Garrett Holewinski, holding daughter Jionna, and his wife, Kelly, holding daughter Jade, along with their three sons, from left, Jackson, Grant and Griffin, are shown with Shawano County’s 330th barn quilt on their farm at N1010 Hillcrest Road, Pulaski.

Shawano County’s 330th barn quilt is on display at N1010 Hillcrest Road, Pulaski, on a farm owned by Garrett and Kelly Holewinski.

The barn quilt features images representing the four dairy breeds that make up their 120-cow dairy herd: Holstein, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn. With that many breeds representing their herd, it’s only logical that the name of the quilt pattern is Cows of Many Colors.

The quilt was given to Garrett and Kelly as a Christmas gift from Kelly’s dad, Bill Kolaske, and his wife, Carrie.

Park-View Dairy farm was established in 1964 by Fabian and Cynthia Holewinski, Garrett’s parents. It was started with just a couple of average cows, but Fabian had dreams to build a legacy to pass on to his children.



Photo by Rob Zimmer Hydrangeas continue to bloom well into autumn, transforming into shades of pink and red as they begin to fade.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Hardy hibiscus feature breathtaking, dinnerplate sized blooms in shades of pink, white and red that are at their peak in early fall.

The spectacular colors and textures of shrubs in the fall garden make them an excellent choice for home and garden landscapes. There are many different varieties of wonderful shrubs to add to your garden beds and borders that are at their finest during the fall season.

The fall season is about more than just color, and shrubs are the perfect example of the many wonderful plant characteristics that truly stand out during the autumn months.

Textured leaves and branches, nutritious berries for birds and other wildlife, spectacular blooms and interesting growth habits combine to make shrubs one of fall gardening’s most anticipated joys of the year.

Of course, most shrubs also offer the breathtaking colors of fall that signal the changing seasons as cooler weather arrives.


Need for assisted living continues to grow

At The Cottages, most of us are in our 90s with the exception of one special lady turning 100.

Most of us use walkers or wheelchairs, but not her. It seems our legs are the first to go. They offer us exercise classes on weekdays to help us keep going strong.

Parkinson’s disease seems to affect a larger percent of the 30 some residents here and at other assisted living sites.

My middle daughter, who is 66 and types my columns, has just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, so I am getting more knowledgeable about it. It’s something you can live with. I have a cousin, who is 93, whom I visit at one of the other assisted living sites in town. She has had Parkinson’s for many years. She did well for a long time.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner The Shawano Area Quilters are preparing for their biennial fundraiser quilt show. They are raffling off a queen-size quilt, with a Dresden Plate pattern, made by several members, including, from left, Jackie Clark, Pat Kasten and Barb Blasczyk.

Two original members of the Shawano Area Quilters will be honored at the club’s quilt show and raffle Oct. 7 with a display of their works.

Joyce Natzke and Hazel Kucksdorf are the only two remaining charter members of the club, which held its first meeting on Jan. 19, 1989. Since that time it has grown from 14 to about 50 members.

Natzke, who is currently finishing a baby quilt, said there are two reasons she stayed with the quilters.

“I love quilting and I made so many good friends,” she said.

Kucksdorf, who is working on a quilt for Homme Home, had a similar reaction.

“I have enjoyed it so much over the years,” she said. “We do so much and I meet interesting people.”

The club held its first quilt show in May 1991 with each member making one of the blocks in the quilt pattern. The show is now held every other year.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Lori Sherman has been a Junior Achievement volunteer for 20 years. She sits with the family dog, Maxi, an 8-year-old black Lab.

Lori Sherman has been a Junior Achievement volunteer for 20 years.

Born and raised in Shawano, Sherman graduated from Shawano High School. Sherman went to night school for business and banking while working at Citizens State Bank, which became Citizens Bank NA. For the past 26 years she has been the assistant to the Shawano School District superintendent and the school board.

Sherman and her husband, Todd, who works at Ebert & Sons, have been married 20 years and have two sons. They live in the town of Richmond and enjoy boating, sports and attending “whatever my kids are doing,” she said.

Q How long have you been volunteering for JA?


The computer is dead; long live the computer

The past two months of computer issues have about stretched my limit for patience. Add to that the normal stresses part of most lives, and it has been a somewhat frustrating but still kind of funny experience at the same time.

At times our lives can feel a bit like a hamster going round and round on the wheel. It gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere. At least that hamster is getting exercise.

I wanted to save my old computer, even though it was 10. It seemed like it had some life left, and the shop agreed with that assessment.

A week ago, it would not even turn on, and the tech felt installing a new Windows 10 and getting rid of version 7 would help. It probably did, but I couldn’t find out when I brought it home because my keyboard suddenly would not work with the computer. So I bought a new keyboard.


Disasters increase need for blood

As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelets during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day.

Shawano area residents will have three local opportunities to give blood over the next few weeks.

Blood drives will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Bonduel High School, 400 W. Green Bay St., Bonduel; from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 206 N. Burk St., Suring; and from 12-5 p.m. Oct. 13 at Gresham Community School, 501 Schabow Road, Gresham.

All blood types are needed.

Individuals who are 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.


Library Friends will feature area writer at annual meeting

Writer Betty Pearson will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Clintonville Public Library at 6 p.m. Oct. 17.

Pearson will share insights on writing memoirs. She and her husband live in a cottage on the Embarrass River. They have owned the property for over 40 years.

Pearson previously was executive director of the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp. Following her time in West Bend, she worked as a volunteer coordinator for the Green Bay Botanical Garden. After leaving GBBG, she began writing articles, profiles and grants as a freelance writer.

Pearson volunteers for the Shawano Literacy Council and the Green Bay Botanical Garden.

She has an undergraduate degree in speech communication and a Master of Science degree in urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a Certificate for Organizational Development from the University of Colorado-Boulder.


Clintonville theater troupe presenting Christmas musical

A new theater group, Phoenix Players, will hold auditions for the musical “On The Air: A 1940s Christmas Musical Comedy” from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at Christ Congregational Church, 70 S. Main St., Clintonville.

Organizers of the new theater group are Brandon Byng, who will direct “On the Air,” Tara and Ben Huber, Mary-Beth Kuester and Lowell Easley.

The Phoenix Players plan to present productions in the auditorium of the 1918 building that is a part of the Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School complex in Clintonville.

“The auditorium in this building is a perfect size for community theater productions, and we look forward to utilizing this historic space,” Byng said.


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