Water level a top issue at SAWM annual meeting

Shawano Area Waterways Management board member Jeff Puissant addresses SAWM members at the groups annual meeting at the Main Event Banquet Hall in Cecil Saturday.

More than 200 members of Shawano Area Waterways Management crowded into the Main Event Banquet Hall in Cecil Saturday for the group’s annual meeting and an update on river and channel water levels that are being called dangerously low.

Officials at SAWM say water levels are five to six inches below normal due to restrictions currently being placed on the Shawano dam by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

That has recently resulted in reports of boats being damaged or getting grounded on sandbars, even in areas that had been marked as navigable.

SAWM sent out a notice last week advising caution on the channel and river.

SAWM board member Tony Zielinski said the current water level being imposed on the dam is a health and safety hazard, and he placed the blame on FERC and the Department of Natural Resources.


Jirschele banquet honors Clintonville athletes

Photo by Grace Kirchner A large crowd attended the 26th Annual American Legion Post 63 Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet May 19 at the Memory Lanes Bar and Grill.

The 26th annual Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet was held with a capacity crowd on May 19 at Memory Lanes Bar and Memory Hall in Clintonville.

Three Doug Jirschele Sports Awards were presented to three individuals who have achieved success in the world of sports with Clintonville area ties.

Leann Schley Hopp graduated from Clintonville High School in 1990 and went on to play softball at Marian College in Fond du Lac. She was a four-year starter and still holds the record for the highest on-base percentage in a season (.569 in 1992). She was an all-conference selection in 1994, a season in which she was the team captain, batted .380 and led her team to a conference championship.

Since graduating, she has remained active in teaching and coaching sports in the Clintonville area. She began her teaching career at St. Martin Lutheran School. She lives in Clintonville and is married to her husband, Derk, and they have three children.


Gresham learning from mistakes after last referendum

Gresham School District has learned from its oversights from the last referendum election, according to Superintendent Newell Haffner, and it plans to make sure all voters are informed about what’s at stake.

The district is planning to ask voters in November for $6.5 million in general obligation bonds to add a wing to the school for middle and high school classrooms to relocate, tear down the existing area that has existed since the 1930s, and renovate other parts of the school to include a more secure front entrance.

In the days leading up to the April 2016 referendum, community members criticized the district for not providing details on the project sooner and felt the request was being forced on them.


Grygiel earns stone restoration certification

Randy Grygiel of NEW Solid Surface Cleaning in Pulaski has completed the MB Stone Care Stone Restoration and Refinishing Course, one of the premier stone repair classes in the United States. Following the intensive four-day course, Grygiel was certified in natural stone restoration and refinishing.

Through his course work, Grygiel gained hands-on experience in identifying types of stone, grinding, honing and polishing stone floors, counter-tops and shower walls, repairing chips and cracks in stone surfaces and applying proper sealers to the stone.

“There’s nothing like doing it hands-on and learning from an expert,” Grygiel said, referring to renowned stone restoration specialist Stu Rosen who taught the course.

Stone repair specialists are in demand in the Wolf River Region but are hard to find. Now NEW Solid Surface Cleaning has the knowledge and experience to meet that demand.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 24

Police responded to 33 calls, including the following:

Warrant — A man was picked up on a warrant at the intersection of Lincoln and Center streets.

Property Theft — Officers responded to a call in the 600 block of Randall Street about a neighbor stealing utilities.

Reckless Driving — Officers responded to a reckless driving complaint involving a Dr. Pepper truck in the 900 block of River Street.

Property Theft — Officers responded to a call about property theft at Safe Haven, 380 Lakeland Road.

Animal Problem — Officers responded to a complaint about dogs in a vehicle at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Animal Problem — Officers responded to a call about a possibly rabid squirrel in the 1200 block of South Park Street.

Shoplifting — Officers responded to a complaint about $68 worth of alcohol being taken from Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.


Heaving highway near Angelica forces closure

A stretch of westbound State Highway 29 near Angelica was closed down Friday afternoon after the pavement heaved, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities were notified at about 1:30 p.m. that the roadway had heaved near the intersection of State Highway 29, making the westbound lane impassable.

Westbound State Highway 29 is currently closed from State Highway 32 to Angelica.

The detour route is currently State Highway 32 North to State Highway 160, then back to State Highway 29.

Motorist should use caution and expect delays, the sheriff’s department said.


Gresham trying another school referendum

The Gresham School District is seeking another referendum to help its ailing school building, more than two years after its last attempt to ask voters for new and improved facilities.

The Gresham School Board approved calling for an election and authorizing general obligation bonds for $6.5 million.

A legal notice sent from the district says that the district is hoping construct a new middle and high school classroom facility that would include a technical education area, music space and a high school media center. The bonds would also be used renovate the existing middle and high school classrooms and restrooms, renovating the school’s heating and cooling systems, create a secure front entrance, remove the oldest part of the building and parking lot improvements.

The Leader attempted to reach Newell Haffner, district superintendent, for further details, including when the election would take place. He did not return phone calls by press time.


Army officer to lead memorial ceremonies

A retired U.S. Army officer from Waupaca will be the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day ceremonies in Clintonville and Embarrass on Monday.

Lt. Col. Joseph McGrath served the United States for 35 years in the Army, Army Reserve and National Guard.

Ceremonies will begin with the laying of the wreath at the Memorial Street bridge in W.A. Olen Park, 10 Memorial Circle, Clintonville, at 9:15 a.m. A parade will then proceed down South Main Street to Graceland Cemetery, 320 S. Main St., where memorial ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Following that, the procession will travel to Embarrass, where the ceremonies will be repeated at Riverside Cemetery, located on High Street.

McGrath was born in Lake County, Illinois, son of a career Air Force sergeant and combat veteran of World War II and Korea. He later moved to Wisconsin where McGrath was raised on a dairy farm near Chilton, graduating from high school in 1973.


Paper towels may be out at school

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano Community High School junior Kori Halstead, foreground left, presents her findings to the Shawano School Board on why hand dryers are more environmentally friendly than the paper towels currently in use in most school restrooms. Halstead said the expense to provide all four schools with dryers would be over $50,000, but the district could expect to recoup its costs within five years.

When you’re ready to give up on something, it’s called throwing in the towel.

Shawano Community High School junior Kori Halstead isn’t ready to do that. She’s ready to throw out the towels — the ones made out of paper, at least.

“I have an idea how to make the high school and the school district more environmentally friendly,” Halstead said.

Halstead made a presentation Monday to the Shawano School Board recommending that the district spend more than $50,000 to replace the paper towel receptacles and low-speed hand dryers at its four schools. She said she sees the paper towels as very wasteful, especially when restroom users take five or six of them to dry their hands.

“I’m always walking into the bathroom and stepping on paper towels, seeing paper towels overflowing in the trash cans,” Halstead said. “So I decided to do something about it.”


Election season slowing down state progress, lawmaker says

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan State Sen. Robert Cowles and state Reps. Gary Tauchen and Jeff Mursau take questions from Shawano County Board members at the board’s monthly meeting Wednesday.

Shawano County supervisors looking to hear what’s going on in Madison these days in the way of legislative progress Wednesday got a fairly blunt assessment from one of three state lawmakers who appeared at the County Board’s monthly meeting.

“Right now we’re in campaign mode,” said Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel. “That takes priority for half the Senate and the whole Assembly and the governor and attorney general and lieutenant governor.”

Tauchen said election season has slowed progress on passing any legislative agenda.

“That’s what’s really going on right now.” he said. “That becomes the absolute focus, trying to get reelected.”

Tauchen was joined by state Rep. Jeffrey Mursau, R-Crandon, who is also up for reelection, and state Sen. Rob Cowles, R-Green Bay, who is in the middle of his term and not facing reelection.


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