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28
Jun

Fourth fun starts on Saturday

The Fourth of July celebration starts early this year, with area events planned throughout the weekend, as well as Monday and Tuesday. Here’s a roundup of the larger events in the Shawano area:

Saturday, July 1

Cloverleaf Lakes Kiddie Parade: Cloverleaf Lake Chain, town of Belle Plaine. Parade at 10 a.m. at boat launch, pontoon parade at 6:30 p.m. on Pine and Grass lakes. 920-823-9151.

Gresham Family Fun Day: Parade 11 a.m. Games, vendors, bike giveaways, food and more at Veterans Memorial Park. Fireworks at dusk.

Sunday, July 2

Bonduel Civic Association Car Show: Cedar Park, Bonduel. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bonduel Centennial Recognition: Village Park, Bonduel. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shawano Ski Sharks Show: Smalley Park, Shawano. 6-8 p.m.

Music in the Park: Memorial Park, Shawano. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Good Neighbors Band.

Monday, July 3

Wed
28
Jun

Ex-deputy’s lawsuit against sheriff dismissed

Just as day two of a jury trial in a former deputy’s civil suit against Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber was set to begin, both sides reached an agreement Tuesday simply calling the whole thing off, according to court records.

Attorneys for both parties informed the court of the agreement and stated a written document would be prepared that would be shared only between the two parties.

The agreement states there will be no future claims brought by either side against the other, that each party will be responsible for its own legal costs and neither side admits any wrongdoing or liability.

Wade Wudtke had maintained in the civil suit that he was targeted by Bieber and several members of the Shawano County Board over his support for then-incumbent Sheriff Randy Wright in the 2014 election.

Wed
28
Jun

Shawano senior headed to Boys Nation

Gage Pillsbury is going national.

The Shawano Community High School student is heading to Washington, D.C., to represent Wisconsin in the mock government program known as Boys Nation.

Previous participants in the program have included President Bill Clinton, astronaut Neil Armstrong and basketball superstar Michael Jordan.

It is only the third time in the program’s 75-year history that a Shawano representative has reached the level equivalent to a U.S. senator. Pillsbury will join Samuel Butler of St. Croix Falls in representing Wisconsin during the national gathering starting July 21.

“It’s not easy to get to that level,” said Fred Bern, director of Badger Boys State, the state program.

The program is funded by the American Legion and was started in the 1940s as a way of promoting national patriotism in the face of growing threats from abroad during World War II.

Wed
28
Jun

Clintonville armory discussion draws little interest

Clintonville City Administrator Sharon Eveland was disappointed with the number of people who attended a community listening session Monday night to discuss the future of the city’s rec center building, but she said she was pleased with some of the ideas, concerns and thoughts that came from the 12 people attending.

“We are going to get the ball rolling,” Eveland said. “We’ve got to do something. We want to find out what the community wants.”

The session was scheduled to solicit residents’ thoughts on the future of the former armory, which was built in 1922, and to hear from Pat Fehrenbach, senior architect for Short Elliott Henrickson Inc., the company that recently inspected the building.

Wed
28
Jun

Zuelke receives lake stewardship award


Contributed Photo Shawano Lake property owner Ray Zuelke, right, receives the 2017 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award in the Citizen category from Michael Engleson, executive director of Wisconsin Lakes, April 6 in Stevens Point.

The Wisconsin Lakes Partnership has named Ray Zuelke, a property owner on Shawano Lake since 1982, as the winner of a 2017 Wisconsin Lake Stewardship Award in the Citizen category.

The Lakes Partnership presents Stewardship Awards each year to recognize extraordinary volunteer and professional efforts made to protect and improve lakes in Wisconsin.

As a member of the Shawano Area Waterways Association, Zuelke has led the effort to treat the entire lake to fight the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil that plagued its waters.

“Ray exemplified what we look for in a Lake Steward,” said Michael Engleson, executive director of Wisconsin Lakes, one of the organizations that make up the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership. “Ray crafted partnerships, brokered deals, garnered funds, and convinced the not easily convinced to help accomplish this mammoth project.”

Wed
28
Jun

Tigerton district receives $24K for technology

The Tigerton School District recently received a $24,000 grant from the Wisconsin Technology Initiative to help integrate technology into the elementary school classrooms.

District Administrator Ben Rayome said the grant will be applied toward the purchase of 90 Chromebooks and three charging carts.

The district purchased devices for middle and high school students last year. The recent grant will complete the district’s efforts to provide a computer for district students at all levels.

Students will no longer need to wait for lab time to utilize technology.

“I am extremely proud of our staff for writing this grant and securing the technology for our students,” Rayome said. “The ability to access technology will give our students more educational advantages, which will result in increased learning. Technology makes learning more fun and engaging for our students.”

Sat
24
Jun

VFW Auxiliary donation moves new memorial forward


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce, center, with Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks in the background, accepts a donation from VFW Post 2723 President Candy Gipe, far right, for a new veterans memorial at Woodlawn Cemetery Friday, while auxiliary members Elaine Montour, Nancy Raeder, Barb Wetzel and Barb Parrott look on.

Attendees at next year’s Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano will notice some changes to the memorial circle where hundreds traditionally gather each year to honor veterans.

Actually, anyone who visits the cemetery should see the changes by the end of this year, according to Matt Hendricks, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the cemetery as part of the city’s park system.

The department Friday accepted a $3,500 donation from the Herbert E. McLaughlin VFW Post 2723 Auxiliary in Shawano that puts the department over the top financially of what it will need for the first phase of establishing a new memorial at the cemetery.

There initially had been some discussion of putting the memorial at Franklin Park, which is undergoing renovation and fundraising for its own needs.

Sat
24
Jun

Tribute set for Bamboo Bar founder


Contributed photo Jerry Olsen, right, shown with his wife, Marty, was a business owner who developed a deep affection for Shawano Lake and who enjoyed promoting fun on the water.

Jerry Olsen spent much of his life showing people in Shawano a good time.

As owner of the Bamboo Bar overlooking Shawano Lake from the 1970s through the ’90s, Olsen built his waterfront establishment into a popular community attraction with parties, contests and other special events.

In partnership with his wife, Marty, Olsen was founder of the Shawano Ski Sharks water-skiing group and also had a hand in starting a fireworks show that continues every Fourth of July.

“He was such a community-minded person,” former Mayor Lorna Marquardt said. “He will be missed in our community.”

Olsen, who had been battling health problems for many years, died at home Monday at age 73.

At his request, family and friends will host a celebration of his life from 1-4 p.m. July 8 at the Bamboo Bar, W5884 Cedar Court in the town of Wescott.

Sat
24
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 22

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of South Main Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Smalley Street and Lieg Avenue.

Warrant — A 23-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 22

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Aniwa.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Hogan Court in the town of Wescott.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on Front Street in Wittenberg.

Assault — Authorities responded to an assault complaint on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Sat
24
Jun

Ho-Chunk give to area organizations

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg contributed over $14,000 on June 9 to several neighboring community events.

“We are grateful to support local organizations and charities to help promote a positive impact on those in need,” said Fletcher Collins, Ho-Chunk Gaming executive manager.

One of the six donations was $5,000 for the seventh annual College of Menominee Nation’s annual benefit golf outing. The charitable proceeds go towards scholarships and other aid for students that are pursuing their higher education goals.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg was also a gold level sponsor of the Relay for Life of Wausau with a monetary donation of $5,000. Combined efforts were made with the Relay for Life of New London as a silver level sponsor in the amount of $1,000.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg also assisted with the tee and green hole sponsorship to the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce at its annual Birdies and Bogeys Golf Outing, giving $2,250.

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