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Fri
01
Sep

County Fair Notebook


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Shawano County Historical Society’s 2017 fair display features a number of old baseball uniforms, photos, news clippings and more.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Lucas Gracyalny walks his pig, Peppa, around the arena in the Coliseum on Thursday during the pig judging. Gracyalny, a member of the Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club, won a first place ribbon for Peppa.

Local historical societies put together displays annually for the Shawano County Fair, but this year’s might be a home run.

The Shawano, Bowler and Pulaski historical societies are showcasing images and memorabilia from the county’s baseball history, focusing mostly on the Badger Amateur Baseball Association (BABA) but also including other baseball teams and a softball team.

Bowler’s display features photographs and news clippings showcasing Bowler and Tilleda teams between the 1930s and 2014.

The Pulaski Historical Society kept the focus to only a few decades — the 1950s to the 1980s. Its display includes several uniforms, bats, gloves and an old catcher’s mask.

Shawano’s is the biggest and most diverse display. The exhibit has two mannequins in uniform, along with several other uniforms on display. There was also a drawing from 1910 showing people going into a ballpark with the words “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Fri
01
Sep

Hearing on electronic message signs delayed

Action has been put off for a second time on a proposal to change the city’s zoning code to allow looser restrictions on electronic messaging signs.

The Shawano Plan Commission last month was initially set to vote on a plan that would have forced variable electronic messaging signs in the city to display any single text or graphic for at least eight seconds before changing.

The proposed change would have amended the ordinance in the city’s new code book, adopted in 2015, that requires a single message display time of at least 30 seconds.

One problem with the current rule is that few if any businesses are complying with it.

Some 19 businesses and public organizations in the city, including churches and schools and organizations such as the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, have electronic messaging centers with LED or other types of displays that rotate every two to four seconds.

Fri
01
Sep

City negotiating with prospective finance director

City officials are still in negotiations with their choice to fill a newly created finance director position whose time would be split between City Hall and Shawano Municipal Utilities.

“We’re working on it. There’s nothing to report right now,” said Brian Knapp, city administrator and SMU general manager. “We’re negotiating and we hope that they’ll accept.”

The Common Council and the SMU Commission held a joint meeting in closed session Monday to discuss negotiations.

The finance director would initially work with and under SMU finance manager Nancy Schauer, who is planning to retire early next year, according to Knapp, before assuming those duties and taking on some of the financial duties at City Hall, including a leading role in budget development and preparation.

Fri
01
Sep

Te Plate named GENEX COO

Huub te Plate has joined cattle genetics cooperative GENEX as chief operating officer after more than 15 years in international sales for its parent company, Cooperative Resources International.

“Huub’s quarter century of cattle industry experience, his knowledge of the GENEX product line and his past success managing the cooperative’s international marketing arm will be valuable as this organization continues its mission of meeting the needs of progressive dairy and beef cattle producers across the United States,” said John Ruedinger, president of the GENEX board of directors.

Fri
01
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 30

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported two juvenile shoplifters in custody. The children, both 11, were too young to be cited and were turned over to their parents.

Theft — A trailer was reported broken into in the 100 block of East Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 30

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 33-year-old homeless man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Warrant — A 33-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Rollman Street in Bowler.

Vandalism — A stop sign was reported vandalized at Birch and Navarino roads in the town of Navarino.

Thu
31
Aug

County Fair Schedule


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Bear Erdmann readies the lowest-priced game at the Shawano County Fair, The Nickel Pitch, Wednesday afternoon. The game has been a family business for over 60 years. “I have to take vacation each year to attend the fair,” Erdmann said. He and his wife, Lisa, have run the booth the past seven years. Pitching a nickel onto dots wins coupons that can be redeemed for prizes.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis The Shawano Rural Firemen’s food booth was popular during the lunch hour Wednesday, hours before the fair officially opened. The 136th fair runs through Monday at the fairgrounds in Shawano.

Thursday, Sept. 31

Events

9 a.m.: Gates open; junior class swine show and pee wee showmanship class with open swine show to follow, Coliseum

5 p.m.: Open and junior beef show, Coliseum

6 p.m.: Homemade beer and wine judging, Crawford Center

Entertainment

6 p.m.: Quarry Road, under the Grandstand

6-10 p.m.: New Generation, President’s Park

Dusk: Fireworks, Grandstand

Activities

5 p.m.: Bingo, north side of fairgrounds

5-10 p.m.: Midway Rides

9 p.m.: Cosmic Bingo, north side of fairgrounds

Friday, Sept. 1

Events

9 a.m.: Open and junior rabbit show, Small Animal Building; open and junior sheep show and peewee showmanship class, Coliseum; open and junior dairy and meat goat show, Coliseum

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Classic car show, Crawford Center

Thu
31
Aug

Knope remembered for his contributions to the city

Friends and longtime acquaintances shared their thoughts Wednesday on the passing of Doug Knope, who served as Shawano area fire chief for many years, owned several businesses and was a tireless contributor to the community.

Much of what he contributed was done quietly, behind the scenes.

Knope never wanted to call attention to what he did, and probably wouldn’t have wanted to have a story written about him, according to Duane Ashenbrenner, who was with him on the fire department for 55 years.

“I enjoyed working with him and for him,” Ashenbrenner said. “He was very good at what he did.”

Knope’s activities ranged from maintaining snowmobile trails to weed cutting, Ashenbrenner said. “He was into everything. A lot of memories.”

Former park and recreation director Judy Judd said Knope often volunteered his time and company equipment, with the caveat that she not publicize it.

Thu
31
Aug

Coordinator sought for Red Kettle campaign

It might seem early to be thinking about the Christmas season, but time flies when you’ve got a major charitable operation to put together in less than three months.

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign for Shawano County begins the day after Thanksgiving and continues through Dec. 24.

Currently, however, that campaign has no coordinator.

Former coordinator Mike Clark resigned because he moved out of the community, according to Stacey Cicero, Salvation Army board chair.

The board is looking for someone willing to organize volunteers, set up kettle locations, and work with school groups and civic organizations to enlist volunteers.

There is a small stipend paid for the coordinator’s work, Cicero said.

Over 100 people typically volunteer each year as bell ringers, drawn from dozens of community groups and classrooms.

The ringers are a vital presence at kettle locations, Cicero said.

Thu
31
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 29

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Items were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 500 block of East Elizabeth Street.

Theft — Police investigated a property theft complaint in the 800 block of South Smalley Street.

Shoplifting — A 42-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, both of Arizona, were cited for shoplifting at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Hit and run — A property damage hit-and-run was reported at McDonald’s, 1202 E. Green Bay St.

Shoplifting — A female juvenile was cited for shoplifting at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 29

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Wed
30
Aug

Shawano County Fair schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 30

Events

5 p.m.: Gates open; junior class dog show and pee wee showmanship class, Crawford Center

6 p.m.: Junior class cat show, Junior Building

Entertainment

6:30 p.m.: Truck and farm tractor pull, Grandstand

Activities

6-10 p.m.: Midway Rides

Thursday, Sept. 31

Events

9 a.m.: Gates open; junior class swine show and pee wee showmanship class with open swine show to follow, Coliseum

5 p.m.: Open and junior beef show, Coliseum

6 p.m.: Homemade beer and wine judging, Crawford Center

Entertainment

6 p.m.: Quarry Road, under the Grandstand

6-10 p.m.: New Generation, President’s Park

Dusk: Fireworks, Grandstand

Activities

5 p.m.: Bingo, north side of fairgrounds

5-10 p.m.: Midway Rides

9 p.m.: Cosmic Bingo, north side of fairgrounds

Friday, Sept. 1

Events

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