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Thu
09
May

UFO tales and more coming to library

For over two decades, paranormal researcher Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual.

Lewis will be bringing some tales of those bizarre incidents to Shawano on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Shawano Public Library. The presentation is free.

From tracking vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland’s haunted castles, Lewis has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal.

Lewis has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s “A Haunting,” William Shatner’s “Weird or What,” ABC’s “Scariest Places on Earth,” “Monsters and Mysteries in America” along with being a frequent contributor on “Ripley’s Believe it or Not Radio.”

Wed
08
May

Clintonville Army veteran to give Memorial Day keynote address

A longtime Clintonville teacher who served the United States in Vietnam will be the honored guest speaker at this year’s Memorial Day observance in Clintonville.

First Lt. Ralph Williams of the U.S. Army will be part of the May 27 ceremony, Clintonville Mayor Richard Beggs has announced.

Williams grew up in Laona and attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he earned degrees in both history and English. When he decided to join the Army, he was selected for officer candidate school, and later he served as an artillery instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. During the Vietnam War, Williams served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Tue
07
May

Pastor looks back at 1st year at Methodist church


Photo by Grace Kirchner Diana Ziegler became the part-time pastor for Clintonville United Methodist Church in July 2018. She currently resides in Seymour but has expressed interest in relocating to Clintonville.

It will be one year ago July 1 that Diana Ziegler became the first part-time pastor at the First United Methodist Church at 24 13th St., Clintonville.

“Everybody is so warm and welcoming. I feel very welcome here,” Ziegler said.

She is originally from Marinette but now resides in Seymour. She spent 10 years going to school in Superior where she studied theater and music. She spent 10 years in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where she obtained her secondary education certification.

She met her husband, Dave, in Minnesota. They spent time in Ohio, but Ziegler said she did not want to raise her family there.

Her husband accepted a managerial job in retail in Appleton, and they moved to Seymour.

Ziegler has been a special education teacher and worked with alternative education for high school students who were at risk of not graduating. She worked for two years as the family engagement coordinator for CESA 8 while completing coursework to become a pastor.

Tue
07
May

Six bikes donated for Optimists’ bike rodeo

The Shawano Optimist Club plans to hold its annual Bike Rodeo Skills event Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. In addition to giving away free bike helmets and prizes for top competitors, six free bikes will be given away this year.

Bikers in kindergarten through sixth grade will be put through a series of skills challenges, including completing a figure eight, balancing at slow speeds, stopping on a line, weaving and coasting. The child in each category who scores the highest will receive a trophy. The overall top scorer will win a grand champion trophy.

The Shawano Police Department will perform free bike licensing, as well as free bike maintenance and safety checks. ThedaCare and other community donors are helping the Optimists to sponsor the free event.

The bike rodeo will run from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Zion, 1254 S. Union St., Shawano. Awards will follow in the church parking lot, and recipients need not be present to win.

Tue
07
May

Botanical gardens to open for summer

Arbor View Gardens, a public botanical garden deeply rooted in Wisconsin horticulture, will open its gates for public visitation May 17.

The gardens will be open most Wednesdays through Sundays through September, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gardens are located a half mile southeast of Embarrass, on the corner of Palmer Road and County Road C.

The first trees were planted in the gardens in 1975. In the 44 years since, thousands of plant species have been added to create diverse plant environments, ranging from xeric or drought-tolerant gardens to ponds. This year marks the 19th anniversary of being open to the public.

Tue
07
May

Seminar will outline needs of dementia-friendly community

Is Shawano a dementia-friendly community?

On May 29, Friends of Hospice will consider that question with the help of Susan McFadden, Ph.D., professor emerita of psychology, UW-Oshkosh. The program will be held from 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., at Boarders Inn and Suites, W7393 River Bend Rd., Shawano.

McFadden will help participants learn how the Shawano area can become a community which offers a welcoming, inclusive environment for people experiencing cognitive changes as they grow older.

The seminar, which includes lunch and is presented at no charge, is designed for anyone whose life has ever been touched by dementia including patients and families, caregivers, health care providers, clergy, social services, law enforcement.

Reservations are required by May 15 to Michelle Thompson, Theda Care Medical Center- Shawano, 100 County Road B, Shawano, WI 54166, or email michelle.thompson@thedacare.org

Tue
07
May

Market Facilitation Program deadline extended

The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the deadline to May 17 from Wednesday for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.

Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline.

The MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds. FSA will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the MFP commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for that specific commodity.

Fri
03
May

Shawano County Literacy Program celebrates 25 years


Photo by David Wilhelms Micki Thelen engages one of her Shawano County Literacy Project students in a recent tutoring session.

Language is more than just words.

When Bonnie Mendoza, a Literacy Project student, describes the impact that her volunteer tutor has had in her life, she makes it clear that language skills are only the starting point.

“I owe everything I am right now to my teacher, Micki. I can’t find the words to explain what wonderful work they have done. They are volunteers and they provide all of the time we need. Micki is more than a teacher, she is a mother and family. She provides more than just English lessons because language is more than just words,” Bonnie Mendoza said.

The Shawano County Literacy Project invites the community to celebrate 25 years of tutoring English on May 11, from 1-3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Presbyterian St., Shawano.

Fri
03
May

Yard work, new projects and memories pop up in spring

I have been waiting for the daffodils to come into bloom for the past couple of weeks. I had seen they were up, but no buds as yet. Then a few warm sunny days, and they began to burst forth.

At times I wished I had planted them closer to the house, as they would bloom much quicker then. However, in the fall of 2005, when I planted them along with tulip bulbs, I had the notion they would look great around the perimeter of the yard. So, I planted them that way — a daffodil bulb, then a tulip bulb and so forth. I had not considered the fact that my arms and shoulders could not handle the digging and planting. After doing part of the perimeter and using about half of the bulbs I had, I felt the need to share the bounty and gave the rest of the bulbs away.

Fri
03
May

Trashing community disrespectful to neighbors

Last week, I wrote about being role models for our children and teaching them self-respect and respect for others, discouraging profanity and disrespectful language.

In today’s column, I am going to talk about another form of respect: Respect for our environment. Littering costs taxpayers across our United States over $11 billion every year. Think of the money that could be used for more important services if we all did our part to reduce this expenditure.

Litter is waste or rubbish that has been disposed of improperly. Litter can originate from construction and demolition sites, households, industries, uncovered trucks, moving vehicles, pedestrians, etc.

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