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Thu
10
Jan

Komen Wisconsin aims to help breast cancer patients

After a statewide affiliate merger in 2017, the newly united Komen Wisconsin affiliate created the Breast Cancer Assistance Fund to reach more people in need across the state. Last year, Komen Wisconsin allocated $485,000 to the fund to support women and men in 22 Wisconsin counties.

The Susan G. Komen Wisconsin Breast Cancer Assistance Fund provides financial support for breast health services and support services for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 2017-18, Komen Wisconsin was able to provide 32,830 lifesaving services to Wisconsinites including screening and diagnostic services, as well as financial support for transportation to and from treatment, insurance copayments, rent, child care and more.

Thu
10
Jan

TO MARKET, TO MARKET


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Sam and Rachel Duo, of Gresham, performs Saturday morning at the FRESH Project’s winter farmers market.

People are interested in buying food locally. But aside from directly connecting with producers, there are few options to do so in the winter months.

Barb Mendoza, executive director for the FRESH Project, hopes to change that and is spreading the word about their winter farmers market, which had its latest sale day Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.

“This is another opportunity for people to buy local,” Mendoza said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the producers for the veggies and the meats or the artists like the people who make soaps and crafts. People in the Shawano area … want to buy local.”

Wed
09
Jan

Cooks battle for title of Tummy Warmer

The 30th annual “Tummy Warmer” cook-off will be held as part of Clintonville’s annual Winter Whirl on Jan. 12. The Clintonville Parks and Recreation Department will hold the cookout at Memory Lanes Bar and Banquet Hall, 250 County Road I, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those entering the cook-off are asked to prepare five or more quarts of their entry which may include hot chili, mild chili, chicken soup and miscellaneous.

There is no charge to enter the contest.

Contestants will need to provide some form of appliance, such as a Crock-Pot or slow cooker to hold their soup. There will be assigned spots with an access to an electrical outlet.

Participants are encouraged to dress up and decorate their space.

A panel of three judges for each division will judge for appearance, aroma, creativity/uniqueness, texture, taste/flavor and aftertaste. First, second and third place in each division will receive an engraved trophy.

Sat
05
Jan

Putting up calendar prompts look at the past year

Putting the calendar up for not only a new month, but a brand new year, I think back and ponder the year, reviewing it in my mind. Touching on the highs and lows, I know that, along with major happenings, even seemingly small or insignificant events add yet another layer to my life story. Rehashing local, state, national and worldly events I find are broader, but may not be any less important, to myself and others.

Sat
05
Jan

New year helps turn challenges into changes

Just as one day flows into another, the old year has now floated on by. Somehow, I want to reassess my life at this time of year, and make promises as to what kind of changes I would like to make.

For me, it is eat wiser, be more active. That is where I have been at for the past several years.

Not having great success alone, last year, I asked to be referred to a diabetic educator. What I expected was to be worked with and followed for a couple of months, what I got was to be worked with, and followed throughout the year, and this will continue in 2019 also. She not only encourages me, but challenges me to make more and more changes. This is through ThedaCare.

I have learned that I like a challenge. At first, I may wonder how I can cut back even more on things. Give up my dark chocolate? Use more low fat cheese? Somehow, I learned I can modify, and not really miss what was.

Sat
05
Jan

Humane society has adoptable cats at no cost

As many of you know, I am a cat lover. We adopted Mittens from the Shawano County Humane Society several years ago. She has brought such joy into our house. I am amazed by her intelligence. She loves to help my hubby while he is working on a puzzle. She jumps onto the table and lays on the puzzle without disturbing a single puzzle piece. However, if she is not happy about something, she will jump onto the puzzle and throw pieces to the floor like a naughty child.

There was a study done by the University of Minnesota that found that those without cats were between 30 and 40 percent more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than cat owners.

Having a cat has many psychological benefits, and one of those is relieving stress. Caring for a pet can take your mind off your worries. Petting or holding a cat can be relaxing and particularly helpful to those who feel lonely or depressed.

Sat
05
Jan

Entries sought for 72nd Alice in Dairyland

As one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture, Alice in Dairyland educates Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88 billion agricultural industry.

Individuals interested in applying to become the next Alice — the 72nd to hold the yearlong position — are invited to submit applications through Feb. 4.

Thu
03
Jan

‘Simply Folk’ celebrating 40th anniversary

Folks from across the state will gather around their radios Sunday with family and friends for what has become an annual tradition, the “Simply Folk” singalong.

Three hours of great music begins at 5 p.m. to celebrate the program’s 40th anniversary. The “Simply Folk” staff has made the lyrics to all the singalong songs available at wpr.org/simplyfolk.

“’Simply Folk’ began on the first Sunday of 1979, and we’ve been honoring that date every year with the singalong,” said host Dan Robinson. “We’ll be celebrating with prizes, music from our archives and the ‘Simply Folk’ house band.”

Sat
29
Dec

Until we meet again, Aunt Gertie

“She is spending Christmas in heaven this year,” I thought, when I heard the news of her passing. At the age of 104, my aunt, Gertrude Emma Jean (Graetz) Scholz, went to meet her Lord face to face on Dec. 18.

I had a difficult time to wrap my mind around the fact that she had passed away. She has been such a large part of my life. Sure, we didn’t see each other that often, since we lived hours apart, but the times we did, were meaningful in a way I didn’t realize before. In thinking about it, I acknowledge that most of my childhood pictures were taken by Aunt Gertie. My parent’s 25th anniversary pictures were taken by her, and I treasure them so greatly.

Sat
29
Dec

Brunch recipes extend flavor of the holiday season

Although Christmas is officially over, I am in no hurry to take down our tree or decorations. For the last few years, we have purchased a Fraser fir. So far, no needles have dropped, and it looks as good as the day we purchased it.

The house feels so warm and cheerful with the brightly colored decorations. I have numerous angels, Santas and Christmas Raggedys displayed on the mantel, on tables and in cabinets. My hubby set out his wonderful nativity set purchased when he was a child. The bottom of one of the wise men still has a 10-cent sticker from Woolworths on it.

This year, I made and kept a promise to myself to enjoy the Christmas season and to not allow myself to get stressed out with the shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, decorating, etc. I told myself if I didn’t get everything done, it would be OK, and it was.

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