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Fri
21
Dec

County gets tough on juvenile vaping

Shawano County officials Wednesday added electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices to its ordinance prohibiting possession of tobacco by minors, but not before a lengthy discussion that included qualms about whether the penalty for violating the ordinance was too harsh.

Another issue for some board members was whether the county was trying to usurp the duties of parents.

“According to this resolution, they can’t be in the streets or even in their own yard doing it, even if they have the permission of their parents?” Supervisor Gene Hoppe said. “It should be up to the parents to guide them in the right way of life. We shouldn’t have to do this in the County Board.”

Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann agreed to an extent, but said not all parents are fulfilling their duties.

Fri
21
Dec

Last minute, local gift ideas


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Diane Hartleben helps identify a scent for customer Tom Wisnefske, Bowler, as he shops for family members. The soap is wrapped in felted aplaca fur, which creates soap with its own washcloth. Watching the process is employee Marie Williams.

Present tense — or presents tension?

Either way, the time for getting holiday presents is running down and the deadline is getting awfully close to “right now.”

Fortunately, so is Super Saturday.

Dec. 22, “Super Saturday,” is expected to be even bigger than “Black Friday” in terms of retail sales, Bloomberg Television reports. They are estimating that 44 percent of U.S. adults will shop for holiday items on Saturday.

In an additional bit of good fortune, for those who live in the Shawano area, there are unique last-minute gift options that can be found in all corners of Shawano and Menominee counties. We couldn’t possibly list them all, so we are presenting a select assortment of Last-Minute-Local-Gift-Ideas-You-Might-Have-Overlooked. We found great ideas ranging from $4 to $29,950.

All are available between now and Dec. 25.

Cheese box, $18

Belle Plaine Cheese

Fri
21
Dec

Clintonville honors longtime city employees


Photo by Grace Kirchner Assistant Fire Chief Aaron Bilek, second from right, the longest serving member of the Clintonville Fire Department currently on staff was presented a certificate for his many years of service. Pictured with Bilek are, from left, Mayor Richard Beggs, City Administrator Sharon Eveland, and Bilek’s son, Reggie Bilek.

Many of Clintonville’s longtime, dedicated employees received certificates of appreciation Dec. 10 from Mayor Richard Beggs.

“We have some good employees in the city,” Beggs said. “Thank them the next time you see them.”

One of those employees is Aaron Bilek, assistant fire chief. He has been a member of the fire department for 25 years and is the longest-serving member on staff. In addition to being department secretary and keeping notes for officer and department meetings, he tracks training and membership participation. Bilek also serves as the department’s unofficial technology go-to guy. He has served on multiple apparatus committees — including heavy rescue, most recently — and has donated several hours of his personal time for the benefit of the department and the Clintonville community.

Fri
21
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 19

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 30-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Lincoln and Maurer streets.

Accident — A minor vehicle versus pedestrian accident was reported at Main and Fourth streets. The pedestrian declined an ambulance.

Theft — A package was reported stolen in the 200 block of West Stevens Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 19

Deputies logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 35-year-old Wittenberg man was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance on Ho-Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Suspicious — A suspicious vehicle was reported on Flambeau Road in Bonduel.

OAR — A 46-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 117 in Cecil.

Thu
20
Dec

County approves $3.5 million plan for jail upgrades

Shawano County officials Wednesday overwhelmingly approved borrowing up to $3.5 million to address near-emergency security concerns at the jail caused by outdated and increasingly failing technology.

The money will be used to upgrade the jail’s computer and software system and its door-locking, intercom and monitoring systems.

Sheriff Adam Bieber said the upgrades would enhance security and safety for jail staff and inmates and reduce the possibility of civil claims being made against the county.

“The safety of our correctional officers and our inmates is foremost in my mind,” he said. “That’s my main responsibility as sheriff.”

The jail has experienced more than three dozen failures in its technology system this year, including one incident that allowed several inmates to get out of their cells unnoticed and wander into an unsupervised hallway area.

Thu
20
Dec

County approves borrowing $1 million for dispatch upgrade

The Shawano County Board Wednesday approved borrowing up to $1 million for an upgrade to its dispatch system that will replace existing obsolete equipment and firmware and make the system compatible with the upcoming move to the Next Generation 911 emergency system.

Communication Supervisor Bill McGlin told the board the borrowing proposal was being brought forward now because manufacturers are dropping technical support for the outdated system early next year.

County dispatch currently uses a conventional radio system that is not able to be upgraded, and manufacturers are also dropping support of the county’s obsolete radio equipment, according to McGlin.

The county had been hoping the state would pony up funding for upgrades from the telephone and computer fees that the state collects. Those fees are supposed to go into a fund for that purpose, but have been instead diverted to the state’s general fund.

Thu
20
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 18

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 100 block of Maple Court.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Aarrowcast, 2900 E. Richmond St.

Threatening — Shawano County Social Services, 607 E. Elizabeth Street, reported a threatening complaint.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 18

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — An 18-year-old Shawano man was arrested on a warrant on Emily Lane in the town of Washington.

OAR — A 23-year-old Cecil woman was cited for operating after revocation on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fraud — An identity theft complaint was reported on Cherry Drive in the town of Angelica.

Thu
20
Dec

CMN student club leads efforts to discourage use of polystyrene

The next time you plan a picnic or party, think about ways to reduce litter and help the environment. That’s been the goal of a student organization that is addressing the problem on an institutional scale, and their work has paid off.

In keeping with its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, the College of Menominee Nation is taking action to reduce and eliminate the use at campus activities of extruded polystyrene products, commonly known by the brand name Styrofoam.

CMN’s new policy statement follows a year-long collaborative effort by students, faculty and staff to bring the college’s purchasing policies more in line with both institutional and community values.

The charge, finalized in December, was led by the college’s SEEDS Club (Strategies for Ecological Education, Diversity and Sustainability) with support from CMN’s Sustainable Development Institute.

Thu
20
Dec

Gresham concert set for tonight

The Gresham Elementary School Christmas concert will take place on December 20th, at 7 p.m. Candy cane sales will continue through Dec. 21. Candy canes are being sold for $1 or $5 for six. The Holiday Tournament is also coming up and will be taking place on December 28 and the 29 .

Thu
20
Dec

UW-Green Bay and CAVU Flight Academy offer students the chance to fly

Students ages 16 and older can expand their horizons through the realm of flight and aerodynamic with “Aviation and Aerodynamics for Private and Sports Pilots,” a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Education Outreach offering.

Participants can choose from three different locations and schedules:

Green Bay – Mondays – Jan. 28, 2019 through Apr. 1, 2019 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CAVU Flight Academy, Executive Air Building at Austin Straubel Airport, 2131 Airport Dr.

Manitowoc – Tuesdays – Jan. 29, 2019 through Apr. 2, 2019 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CAVU Flight Academy, Manitowoc County Airport, 1815 Freedom Way

Appleton – Wednesdays – Jan. 30, 2019 through Apr. 3, 2019 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CAVU Flight Academy, Appleton Platinum Flight Center, N259 Ares Dr.

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