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Fri
07
Dec

City will take a second look at public comment rules

A month after passing rules of decorum for public comments at Shawano Common Council and committee meetings, city officials will take another look at their new ordinance next week with an eye to making it clear that personal attacks are also out of bounds.

The ordinance adopted by the Common Council Nov. 8 was intended to mirror similar rules adopted by the Redevelopment Authority in October.

Those rules specifically stated that personal attacks are prohibited during public comment.

The Common Council’s version didn’t include that language.

The discrepancy was discovered after a Leader reporter asked why the council version didn’t cover personal attacks.

Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard, who provides staff support for the RDA, said the reference to personal attacks was added at the RDA’s October meeting as an amendment to the resolution originally proposed.

The version that went to the council was the pre-amendment version.

Fri
07
Dec

Nativity Walk displays 300 views of Christmas story


Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek St. James Lutheran School first graders, from left, Nieve Perez, Cameron Rohan, Levi Bartz, Carter Ebert and Brody Wright, along with teacher Emily Hendricks, look at nativity scenes from all over the world at the Nativity Walk at the First Presbyterian Church in Shawano. The 10th annual walk continues through this weekend.

Spread out across the pews of the First Presbyterian Church in Shawano are 300 expressions of Christmas that are as alike as they are unique.

The church is celebrating the 10th year of its Nativity Walk, which features nativity scenes of every imaginable style. Each set contains the features of a traditional nativity scene: figures of Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus, usually in a stable. Arranged with them are figures of animals, kings, shepherds and angels.

The format has remained the same since it was first created by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1223 at Greccio, Italy. Although the basics are the same, the interpretations are as personal as the creators or owners.

Fri
07
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 5

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — Police assisted Shawano County authorities with recovering a stolen vehicle at Maiden Lane and Lieg Avenue.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 100 block of Northridge Drive.

Fire — Police assisted the fire department after a fire alarm went off at Owen’s Flooring, 105 Plank Road. The company representative told police a spark in the dust collection system set off a sprinkler.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 5

Deputies logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Fire — Authorities responded to a barn fire on Maplewood Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Auto Theft — Deputies recovered a van stolen from the Menominee Reservation on Maiden Lane in Cecil. A 21-year-old Milwaukee man was charged with receiving stolen property and cited for operating without a license.

Thu
06
Dec

Bus issues smoothing out for district

Kobussen Buses appears to be getting the hang of transporting students in the Shawano School District.

Three months after angry parents spoke out about transportation issues on the first day of school, T.J. Barbara, Kobussen’s transportation manager for Shawano, reported that his company is settling in, and the local base is fielding fewer calls.

In September, when school first started, the district had consolidated its two busing runs — one for elementary students and one for middle and high school students — into one run each morning and evening. That resulted in Kobussen, which had been awarded Shawano’s busing contract in the spring, deciding to cut and consolidate some spots to meet the district’s mandate of not having students on a bus for more than an hour at a time.

“Most of our issues are being resolved at a lower level,” Barbara told the Shawano School Board on Monday.

Thu
06
Dec

Best ever


Leader photos by Carol Ryczek Lily Bubolz, as Mary, holds “Baby Jesus” in a rehearsal for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Ariah King waits for her cue to go on stage.

It’s not every Christmas program that includes a stolen lunches, a fistfight, and a turtle painted with a message not suitable for children.

But then, not every Christmas program can be the “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

The out-of-the-ordinary components in the upcoming Mielke production of Barbara Robinson’s story are all steps to the play’s more holiday-spirited conclusion, said director Mary Madsen.

“I read the book and fell in love with this play. As I was reading the ending, I realized I had tears streaming down my face,” Madsen said. “It really moved me.”

A cast of local performers will present the play based on Robinson’s book Friday through Sunday at the Mielke Arts Center.

The plot involves a predictable Christmas pageant that gets taken over by a reluctant director and unlikely cast. By the time angels are heard on high, what was once predictable has become meaningful.

Thu
06
Dec

Colleagues remember contributions of Fred Ponschok

A former Shawano Common Council member is being remembered as a “class act” by teachers, city officials and friends.

Fred Ponschok, 89, Appleton, formerly of Shawano, died on Dec. 2.

Fred Beyer, Shawano, a former Shawano School District technology education teacher, said that Ponschok was “always civic-minded.”

That civic-minded attitude was reflected in his service in the U.S. Army from 1951-53, tenure on the Shawano City council from 2002-2016, and leadership in Junior Achievement of Shawano County, Shawano Area Veterans, Inc, Protect Out Wolf River Shawano, Sacred Heart School Board and Shawano American Legion Post 117. He was also a member of Wisconsin Retired Educators Association as well as the Wisconsin Resource Protection Council.

Thu
06
Dec

Minor school bus crash in Aniwa

A Wittenberg/Birnamwood School District bus was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning in the town of Aniwa.

The bus was carrying seven students at the time, none of whom were injured.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the accident on County Road ZZ near County Road Z at about 7:15 a.m.

According to the sheriff’s department, a 2016 Ford F150, being operated by a 49-year-old Aniwa man, was eastbound on County Road ZZ when it met the school bus.

The initial investigation indicates that the operator of the truck was left of center and sideswiped the school bus.

Both vehicles had tire/rim damage as a result of the crash.

The students were not injured and were shuttled to school.

The operator of the truck will be cited for operating left of center.

No additional information was being released Wednesday.

Thu
06
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 4

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

OWI/Drug Offense — A 31-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and possession of meth paraphernalia. A passenger, a 30-year-old Green Bay woman, was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaints in the 400 block of East Fifth Street and 100 block of Richmond Court.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Bail Jumping — A 44-year-old Green Bay woman was arrested for bail jumping in the 300 block of North Lafayette Street.

Thu
06
Dec

Witt Ford sponsors county’s 344th barn quilt


Photo Caption (Photo by Jim Leuenberger) Joe Witt, co-owner of Witt Family Ford, is shown with Shawano County’s 344th barn quilt that is displayed on a barn adjacent to their dealership at W1367 highway 160 near Pulaski.

Shawano County’s 344th barn quilt is now on display on a barn located adjacent to the Witt Family Ford dealership at W1367 State Highway 160, just off highway 29 near Pulaski. The quilt pattern, which features a “W” in the center, is called Triangles of Blue.

The original owner of the farm where the barn stands was Edward Jach. He sold the farm to Stanislaus and Weronika Homel in 1912 and it stayed in the Homel family as a dairy farm until 1986. Ludwig and Katie Homel owned the farm until 1946 when they sold it to Anton and Dorothy Homel.

Wed
05
Dec

Grinched


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Dan Hanauer stands at the location where 75-100 Fraser fir trees were reported stolen. Trees are collected for shipment at this time of year, with most of the trees distributed just before Thanksgiving, Hanauer said.

An unknown individual or group displayed some distinctly Grinch-like behavior this weekend when stealing 75-100 Fraser fir trees from a local tree grower.

Dan Hanauer, of Hanauer’s Tree Farms in the town of Richmond, said the theft apparently occured late Sunday or early Monday.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

“They used a truck or trailer. You could clearly see the tracks in the snow, and you could see which piles they took them off,” Hanauer said.

The theft occured at the tree farm operational center, W7677 Christmas Tree Lane, Shawano.

With so many trees stolen, Hanauer suspects that they were intended for resale. Fraser firs are especially prized because they retain their needles longer than many other species, he said. They also have tough branches which hold ornaments well.

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