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Fri
04
Nov

Shawano Veterans Day events set for Friday

Veterans in the Shawano area will be honored with music, remembrances and tributes Friday during Veterans Day activities in both Shawano County and Menominee County.

The main event in Shawano County will be a public ceremony at 10:30 a.m. outside the Shawano County Courthouse, featuring a presentation by Vietnam veteran Ken Jerabek.
Jerabek, of the town of Wescott, served in the U.S. Army during the early 1970s, and he later had one son killed fighting in Iraq and another son wounded in Afghanistan.

The courthouse ceremony also will include a sounding of bells and whistles at 11 a.m. along with the presentation of a wreath, a rifle squad and a reading of deceased veterans’ names. In the event of bad weather, the event will be moved inside the courthouse.

Veterans will be participating in another ceremony at 9 a.m. at Shawano Community Middle School before heading to the courthouse.

Fri
04
Nov

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Care Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization that helps their members live independently. Shown, from left, are Pam Nelson, registered nurse; Kelly Krueger, administrative assistant; Marissa Mueller, care manager; Amanda Erickson, care manager; and Julie Stoltenow, care manager.

Care Wisconsin is fairly new to Shawano, but not to the state. The organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The family care program, which has been here for one year, works with people who have been referred by the Shawano-based Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Wolf River Region.

“It’s going very well,” said Cathy Gove, Care Wisconsin marketing and communications manager.

Care Wisconsin’s Family Care program matches frail seniors and individuals 18 and older with disabilities to the health care and long-term services they need.

“We are committed to helping members live as independently as possible,” said Julie Stoltenow, care manager.

Stoltenow’s primary office is in Shawano, but she also supports members in Oconto, Marinette, Menominee, Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties.

Family Care fills the gaps in services to help people at risk who meet income, functional and residency requirements.

Fri
04
Nov

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Bernadette “Bunny” Cubberly, holding Sweetie, volunteers at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil.

Bernadette “Bunny” Cubberly volunteers at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil. She was born in Chicago and graduated from Reavis High School in Burbank, Illinois.

Cubberly got a scholarship to attend college but got married and worked as a beautician. After she divorced, she held various jobs, including working as a bartender, waitress and assistant chiropractic administrator.

She moved to New Jersey with a companion. Then she met George in New Jersey, where she took courses in psychology at Jersey City State College.

Cubberly was a dental assistant, coordinator of arts in New York City Circle Gallery and worked 11 years at a lighting company. When George died in 1995, she met Paul and they moved to Shawano in 2001 so she could be near her daughter and grandson. Paul died in 2013.

Over the years she has written poetry, which she calls her heart and soul.

She now lives in the town of Wescott with her rescue Chihuahua, Sweetie.

Fri
04
Nov

Round and round we go to Green Bay

When I encountered my first roundabout as a driver, I admit I had a panic attack. I had heard about them, but how to drive in them was a mystery.

Well, that was many years ago, and after a few times, I figured out that if you looked where you wanted to exit, you would not only survive the attempt, you would also be able to exit onto the correct road.

Of course, as the years went by, the planners of roads got more creative with their roundabouts. No longer did they have simple patterns; no, they built multiples of them to add to the challenge. I suspect that some of them missed riding on merry-go-rounds in their youth, so they just decided to put in as many roundabouts as possible.

Thu
03
Nov

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg to host Veterans Day program

The Ho-Chunk Nation will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg.

Tribal legislator Kathy DeCamp will be the keynote speaker, and Lawrence Walker Jr. will be the master of ceremonies.

The ceremony will include a moment a silence for all fallen soldiers and their families. The Darling-Gunderson American Legion Post 341 color guard will present a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. Three local tribal veterans will raise the flags, assisted by three veterans from the HCG-Wittenberg security department.

The Lake Delton singers will sing the Ho-Chunk Nation flag song and four U.S. armed services songs.

Veterans will receive $15 in rewards play and one snack bar food voucher at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. Proof of military service is required for the promotional offer.

Thu
03
Nov

Former Clintonville librarian inducted into hall of fame


Contributed Photo Representing Clintonville at a ceremony where the late Jane K. Billings was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame last month are, from left, front row, Jamison Heins, current Clintonville librarian, Harriet McCauley, retired Clintonville librarian; back row, Sara Schultz, Hein’s wife, and Mary-Beth Kuester.

The late Jane K. Billings, former librarian at Clintonville High School and the Finney Public Library in Clintonville, was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Wisconsin Library Association’s annual convention Oct. 27.

Retired Clintonville librarian Harriet McCauley and current librarian Jamison Heins were among those attending the ceremony.

Billings passed away in 2004. McCauley, who knew Billings since childhood, said she inspired her to pursue a career as a librarian.

Clintonville will receive a plaque honoring Billings’ selection to the hall. Plans are to display it in the library.

Billings served as high school librarian and later coordinator of library media services for Clintonville Public Schools from 1949 until her retirement in 1982 She served as secretary of the Wisconsin Library Association in 1946-47 and president in 1947-49. In 1963, she was selected as the WBA Librarian of the Year.

Thu
03
Nov

Auxiliary Love-Light sale begins Nov. 11

The ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano Auxiliary will sponsor its 30th annual Love-Light program from Nov. 11-17.

For $3, symbolically light a white bulb to honor a loved one’s memory, a colored bulb to honor family or friends, and red/white/blue bulb to honor active military members and living or deceased veterans.

Love-Lights may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11-17 at Charlie’s County Market, Pick ‘n Save and ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. They also are available at the hospital’s gift shop from Nov. 11-30.

Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s scholarship program for area college students in the health care field. This past year, the auxiliary awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a student from Bonduel.

A short ceremony to light the three Love-Light trees will take place at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the courtyard and dining area at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, 100 County Road B, Shawano.

Thu
03
Nov

NOVEMBER TREASURE


Photo by Rob Zimmer Tamaracks and larches are prized by gardeners and landscapers for the golden glow they provide during November. This contorted, or twisted variety is especially stunning as November begins.

Photo by Rob Zimmer The unusual blooms of native witch hazel adorn the branches of this colorful shrub just as the leaves begin to fall.

While many of our forest and garden trees and shrubs now stand bare, a few of the finest native trees and shrubs put on their spectacular show, the grand finale to three seasons of leaf and bloom.

Tamarack and witchhazel, as well as their many cultivated hybrids, bring an exciting, vibrant glow to the November landscape.

Tamarack, one of just a few conifers that sheds its needles each fall, gleams bright golden yellow on these sunny, crisp days of fall. As November arrives, the tamarack slowly transforms from its bright summer green to a full-blown golden yellow.

Fri
28
Oct

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Shawano Lake Lioness are preparing for their annual Craft & Gift Expo. Shown, from left, are Pat Garbelman, president, Mary Martzke, secretary, and Vivian Erdmann, skirt twister.

The Shawano Lake Lioness women are preparing for their biggest fundraiser, the annual Craft and Gift Expo. There will be 48 vendors at the sale Nov. 19 at Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

“We do a lot of good things for the community,” said President Pat Garbelman, who is one of five charter members of the club that started in 1983.

The club sponsors $1,000 scholarships for graduating seniors. A more recent project is partnering with the Shawano County Area Retired Teachers Association and Women of Today to fill backpacks donated by the Salvation Army for children in Shawano County.

“Every penny of our fundraising goes for community projects,” secretary Mary Martzke said.

The Lioness also partner with other organizations to test children’s eyesight with the SPOT camera, a high-tech hand-held diagnostic camera that detects eye problems that can hinder children’s learning.

Fri
28
Oct

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Carol Brei shows a quilt that will be raffled and some fleece blankets that will be for sale at the United Methodist Women Bake Sale and Bazaar in Red River.

Carol Brei is a member of the Salem United Methodist Women and Church in Red River, where she helps coordinate the annual bake sale and bazaar.

Born and raised in Shawano, Brei graduated from Shawano High School. She worked at Wisconsin Finance for a couple of years, farmed with her husband, Don, now retired, and worked at Lincoln School on the playground and hot lunch program before retiring.

The Breis have been married 48 years and have two children. They live in Shawano, where for 10 years she was a hospice volunteer.

Q How long have you helped with the bake sale and bazaar?

A “They had a pancake supper first and then started the bazaar. Donnie and I helped with the pancakes. When I was done working I did more. I’ve been helping for 26 years. Donna Gutt, Marion Voelz and I are the coordinators.”

Q Is it a lot of work?

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