Community

Thu
09
Nov

Expanded gaming floor open for business


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 1 for the expanded casino floor at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. The next phase of the expansion project will be a three-meal restaurant, which is expected to open in mid-November. An 86-room hotel is scheduled to open mid-January. Officials at the ribbon cutting included, from left, Robert Mudd, executive director of business, Area III legislators Larry Walker Jr. and Kathy DeCamp, elder Dolli Big John and Robert Murphy, Miron project executive.

Local residents and visiting dignitaries gathered Nov. 1 at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the casino gaming floor.

“After the long road and a few hiccups along the way, we are happy it is finally open for all to enjoy,” said LeAnthony Pecore, Ho-Chunk senior manager of public relations, who served as master of ceremonies.

Sean Burnette, director of slot operations, noted that the first guests were allowed in at 4 p.m., and the first jackpot hit at 4:15 p.m.

The expanded gaming area provides more slot machines, a non-smoking section and video poker games at the bar. Texas Hold ’em, blackjack and virtual roulette will soon be available.

Miron project executive John Murphy said the success of the project was due to the team effort involving contractors, buyers and local workers.

“It’s an honor to be here and celebrate the new gaming floor,” he said.

Thu
09
Nov

Let’s go on with the show

Each fall, the WOWSPACE in Wittenberg is transformed from an art gallery to a theater that can accommodate 80 people.

This year, Crossroads Community Theatre — the performing arts arm of Walls of Wittenberg — will transport audiences from Wittenberg to Fayro, Texas, where the Futrelle sisters are on a mission to save their hometown.

The theater troupe will present “Southern Hospitality” on Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St.

It is the final play of a comedy trilogy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. With stores in Fayro closing and people are moving away, the sisters – Rhonda Lynn, Honey Raye, Twink and Frankie – join forces to lure a salsa factory to town.

Proceeds from the show will be used for future productions, building maintenance and the free Third Thursday Concert in the Art Park Series.

Wed
08
Nov

Artfest returns to nature center

This year’s Artfest at Navarino Nature Center, W5646 Lindsten Road, Shiocton, will be bigger than ever with more local artists displaying and selling their creations. It will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., just in time for early holiday shoppers.

Original and hand-crafted treasures at the fest will include: wood, metal, stone and glass art and décor; textiles including quilts, alpaca clothing, pillows, linens and Christmas runners; holiday wreaths, baskets, hand-made cards, candles and ornaments; as well as assorted books, photography, natural remedies, jewelry, lawn ornaments, fairy houses and more.

Admission is $1 per person; children 12 and younger are free. Lunch will be served for a small fee. The event will feature a bake sale and used book sale; proceeds from these sales as well as lunch and admission will benefit environmental education programs at the nature center.

Wed
08
Nov

Survey finds support for $6M referendum

A company hired to conduct a survey of Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District residents says the district could probably pass a referendum for about $6 million.

School Perceptions also found that 25 percent of district residents probably would not support any referendum proposal, according to a presentation at the school board’s Nov. 1 meeting.

The district has been working for months to educate residents about facility and program needs it anticipates over the next several years, estimated to cost as much as $22 million.

“The results are what they are, and the reason we went with School Perceptions is because they have a good track record of determining what the public will support,” school board member Bree Schmidt said. “Because the confidence level of passing a higher referendum amount is low, we will take that all into consideration when the board meets to review the data and how best to proceed.”

Sat
04
Nov

Annual trip to see aunt shortened by a day

As the month of October was passing by, and the weather forecasters were putting a chance of snow in their forecasts, my thoughts went to my 103-year-old Aunt Gertie and the desire to visit her in the fall, as I normally do. The first weeks of November seem to be penciled in, so I made the decision to make it a two-day trip, instead of the usual three days.

That trip down to southern Wisconsin has been a part of my life as far back as I can remember. While I grew up near Clintonville, on a farm, my dad grew up in Milwaukee. So we often made that trip south to visit his family. His parents and siblings were all down in the area; small towns like Tichigan, Wind Lake, Union Grove and Waterford were part of my lexicon.

Sat
04
Nov

Nonprofit Profile

The Shawano Storm Volleyball Club for girls ages 12-17 has been in existence since 2006. They are part of the Badger Region Volleyball Association, one of 40 regional volleyball associations in USA Volleyball’s nationwide network.

Linda Beversdorf became the director in 2009. Her two daughters played the sport, and she wanted to keep the program going.

“I get thank yous from the parents,” she said.

Shawano Storm volleyball teams are all tournament teams. Their mission is to develop and teach the proper skills for young athletes to compete in volleyball and give necessary examples to compete into adulthood.

Players aren’t limited to Shawano. There are girls from Bonduel, Pulaski, Wabeno, Clintonville, and Manawa.

“You can’t have more than three people from the same school on a team,“ Beversdorf said.

The program runs from October through March. Right now, there are 27 girls who tried out and were selected to go to four to six tournaments.

Sat
04
Nov

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Chuck and Maxine Williams are using their talents to make crafts for the St. Martin of Tours Council of Catholic Women Craft and Bake Sale.

Chuck and Maxine Williams are using their talents to make crafts for the St. Martin of Tours CCW Craft and Bake Sale.

Chuck was born in Combined Locks and graduated from Kimberly High School. He worked in the family grocery store during and after high school and then bought it.

In 1965, Chuck bought a Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream in Appleton and, in 1969, bought another in Green Bay. The Appleton store was sold in 1972, and in 2008 the Green Bay store closed, and Chuck and Maxine moved to Shawano.

Maxine grew up in Kimberly and graduated from Kimberly High School. She worked in the same grocery and ice cream stores.

Chuck and Maxine were high school sweethearts and have been married 56 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. The couple lives on Shawano Lake in the town of Wescott.

Fri
03
Nov

CMN hosting night of poetry, painting, music

Painting, poetry, and music are coming to College of Menominee Nation Cultural Learning Center in Keshena.

“Who We Are, What is Ours: A Celebration of the Art, Music, and Poetry of Native People” will be held Nov. 10 from 5-8 p.m.

Denise Sweet is faculty emerita, having taught humanistic studies, creative writing, and First Nations studies for the University of Wisconsin. She has performed in theater and film productions (both a full-length feature and various documentaries) and has given over 100 readings in North and Central America, Canada, and Europe.

Her books of poetry include “Know By Heart,” “Songs For Discharming,” “Days Of Obsidian,” “Days Of Grace” and “Nitaawichige.” In 1998, Songs For Discharging won both the Wisconsin Posner Award for Poetry and the Diane Decorah Award, given by the North American Indigenous Writers Circle of the Americas.

Fri
03
Nov

Celebrating homemaking and much more


Photo by Carol Wagner Nov. 6-11 is National Home and Community Education Week (HCE). Helen Raddant, left, executive board president, and Nancy Schultz, family living educator for the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension, gave a presentation recently at the Shawano County Courthouse on different ways to use mason jars.

Nov. 6-11 is National Home and Community Education Week (HCE). Homemaker clubs began in Shawano County in the 1920s when women had meetings to learn skills like how to cut and fit a dress and canning meat.

Then there were monthly meetings, and in 1935, Marjorie McDowell was first the home agent in Shawano County. Several women followed and the title changed to family living education, and Nancy Schultz serves in that position today.

In 1958, there were 67 clubs with 960 members. Now, there are nine clubs with 88 members along with individual members.

Clubs were under Shawano County Homemakers, and now all the clubs are part of Home and Community Education, a nonprofit educational organization with member associations in 61 counties in Wisconsin.

Executive board president Helen Raddant has been a member for 37 years.

“It’s very educational,” she said. “You meet new people.”

Fri
03
Nov

Traveling exhibit, ceremony part of Veterans Day events

The Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe will be honoring all veterans with several events Nov. 10-11 at the North Star Mohican Resort and Casino, W12180 County Road A, Bowler.

The event center will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days for the public to tour and hear the story of the traveling veterans wall by Ron Smith, a U.S. Marine veteran and creator. Patricia Sexton and Ron Smith of American Legion Post 83 in Ohio are co-creators of the wall and will also present.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum traveling exhibit “Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name” features 1,161 Wisconsinites on the Wall. The spirit of America’s story, the wall is a traveling exhibit commemorating the country’s fight for freedom from 1775 to the present day.

There will be a veterans ceremony to honor those who have served at 11 a.m. Saturday in the North Star Event Center.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Community