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Tue
07
May

Public television auction online only

This year’s annual Wisconsin Public Television fundraising auction will be held exclusively online, with no televised broadcast component.

Bidders and fans of public television are invited to visit auction.wpt.org for an opportunity to win a variety of items and services from Wisconsin businesses and individuals. Proceeds from the auction, which runs through May 14, will support WPT programs, outreach and community engagement initiatives.

“For the first time, auction will be an online-exclusive event,” said Jon Miskowski, WPT director of television. “We are excited about the new online-exclusive format. It provides a streamlined focus, affording a more responsive auction experience for our bidders and supporters.”

Donated auction items range from dining experiences and food, travel packages, sports tickets, lodging, entertainment and home decor items.

Tue
07
May

Lions to host annual carnival in Clintonville

The Lions Carnival, a long-standing May tradition sponsored by the Clintonville Lions, is returning to Clintonville May 16-18.

Rides will open May 16 at 4 p.m. Hours will be 4-9 p.m. May 17 and 1-9 p.m. May 18.

Ticket prices are $2, with one ticket required per ride. A bracelet can be purchased for $25 on May 17 and 18 that will entitle the wearer to unlimited access to all rides for the day of purchase. Tickets and bracelets will be purchased at the ticket booth near the entrance to the carnival.

The carnival will be held in the parking lot of W.A. Olen Park, across from the baseball field near downtown Clintonville.

The Clintonville Lions have been hosting the carnival in Clintonville since the spring of 1960. This year’s carnival will mark 59 consecutive years the club has sponsored the event as one of its major fundraisers.

Tue
07
May

Shawano post office asks community to stamp out hunger

With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, including Shawano, the National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11.

“We’re proud to continue this community tradition as we prepare for the 27th annual food drive,” said Shawano Postmaster Pam Donner. “We’re asking residents for their support to help make this another successful year. It’s easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items by the mailbox to help your neighbors in need.”

Fri
03
May

City defends municipal court incarceration at county jail

Shawano County’s plan to charge the city for housing municipal inmates at the jail for the first time since the municipal court was established in 2002 seems to be on track for implementation starting the first of next year, even though negotiations are said to be ongoing.

While the city is not disputing the costs the jail says it has incurred housing those inmates, Mayor Ed Whealon in an interview Thursday said there are already fees the city is paying to the county for those municipal citations that the county is not taking into account.

“For every municipal court ticket that police officers write or we issue, there is a jail assessment fee that is tacked on to every one of them, along with driver improvement charges, that go directly to the county,” Whealon said.

Fri
03
May

Proposed rec center on council agenda Wednesday

City officials Wednesday will consider an agreement between the city and the Shawano School District that lays out the responsibilities of each entity should a proposed joint recreational center go forward.

A proposed joint-recreational and aquatic center that would replace the city’s existing recreation center and expand facilities at Shawano Community High School will be the subject of a district-wide survey this fall.

If the survey shows sufficient interest, it will go to a school district referendum in April of next year.

The proposed facility would be located adjacent to SCHS, on the north side of the building, and would include the school’s existing competition pool.

It would add a separate community pool area; a fitness area, including weights and cardiovascular equipment; a multi-purpose space; gymnasium; racquetball court; and indoor multi-purpose facility and walking track; as well as offices, bathrooms, lockers, storage and other amenities.

Fri
03
May

Youth advisory board, disabilities committee to be revisited

There will be discussion Wednesday by the Shawano Common Council about a new incarnation of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board and a proposed expansion of the Senior Citizens Commission that would incorporate the city’s People with a Disability Committee.

The council put off a decision last month on a proposal to disband both the youth advisory board and disabilities committee.

Mayor Ed Whealon said there was lack of community interest in both boards, and he was having a hard time finding prospective members for those committees.

However, newly elected Alderman Jeff Easter, who is also buildings and grounds director for the Shawano School District, has taken charge of forming a group of students that would meet at the school to comprise the youth advisory board, according to Whealon.

In the past, the board used to meet at City Hall.

Fri
03
May

State seeks comments on use of electric vehicles

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is seeking input as it continues to investigate the use of electric vehicles. All interested parties, including Wisconsin municipal and investor-owned utilities and members of the public, are invited to submit comments.

“The state of Wisconsin needs to be ready to meet consumer and industry demands as it relates to the increased use of electric vehicles and related infrastructure needs,” said Rebecca Cameron Valcq, commission chair. “It is critical that the PSC hears from a broad range of stakeholders surrounding electric vehicle use and its growth in the marketplace.”

Comments can be sent via email to PSCEVInvestigation@wisconsin.gov. The comment period deadline is May 20.

Fri
03
May

Barn leveled at Shawano-Oconto county line by fire


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski A lone calf is in a pen at Kuhn Farms, W13605 Deering Road, in the town of Underhill as fire ravages the barn behind it. The cause of the fire is believed to be from issues with a breaker box.

Nine rural fire departments battled a blaze that leveled a barn on the Oconto-Shawano county line Wednesday afternoon.

No one was injured in the barn fire at Kuhn Farms, W13605 Deering Road in the town of Underhill, although about three head of cattle, a sow and piglets perished in the fire, Underhill Fire Chief Mark Winkler said Thursday.

Heavy smoke from hay and straw stored in the barn hampered the effort, Winkler said.

“Anyone who’s familiar with hay knows how much smoke it gives out,” he said. “It really hampered our ability to get at the fire. There was just so much smoke.”

The call came in at 4:51 p.m., and crews stayed at the scene until about 10:15 p.m.

The farm had previous issues with a breaker box, and there was evidence the fire started there, Winkler said.

“The places where the building is most gone is where the power enters – that seems to be the most complete burn,” he said.

Fri
03
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 1

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 300 block of South Andrews Street.

Fraud — Police responded to a scam complaint in the 100 block of East Division Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Schurz and Hamlin streets.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of East Division Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 1

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on Airport Drive in the town of Wescott.

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on Holy Hill Road in the town of Green Valley.

Fri
03
May

State discontinues Revolving Loan program

The Wisconsin Department of Administration’s revolving loan fund program, which provided low-interest loans for business development, has ended, and Village of Wittenberg officials were forced to decide how to move forward.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Dick Beversdorf, longtime member of the Wittenberg Area Development Corporation, of a state-offered buyout option. The group met March 11 with Sharon Beversdorf, village trustee, to review which option would best serve the village and its businesses, ultimately deciding to endorse the buyout.

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