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City adds vaping to tobacco ordinance

The Shawano Common Council unanimously approved Wednesday adding e-cigarettes and other vaping devices to an ordinance aimed at keeping tobacco out of the hands of minors.

Without discussion, the council voted to update the city ordinance to add vaping products to cigarettes and other tobacco products that could result in a fine if possessed or used by anyone under the age of 18.

The ordinance covers the purchase as well as possession or use of such product.

The rule applies more broadly to use on school property.

“No individual, regardless of age, who is enrolled in secondary school may possess or attempt to possess a tobacco product or vapor product while on school property,” the ordinance states.

Thu
13
Jun

Area farmers struggle to plant fields


Photo by David Wilhelms Pausing to check his equipment, a farmer in the Town of Richmond continues planting Tuesday before the next rainstorm closes in. Farmers in northeastern Wisconsin have had to deal with record cold and precipitation this spring to get their crops planted.

If you’re wondering if May was colder and wetter than last year, ask anyone involved in farming.

Jeff Strassburg, Wittenberg area farmer and chair of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, noted he's found, "When the going gets good, it seems Mother Nature has other ideas." He noted he still needs to plant "a couple of hundred acres" of his 3,500 devoted to corn, soybeans, alfalfa and oats. "I think we're on 'Plan 5' on deciding what to plant where," Strassburg added with a laugh before echoing, "It's been a little frustrating but we have to deal with what's been dealt."

Thu
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Jun

May was as cold, wet as you thought it was

It’s comforting when official numbers confirm what people have already guessed: This May was really colder and wetter than last year.

This May’s temperatures ranged from a few degrees below normal in the northwest part of the Midwest to a few degrees above normal in the southwest, while temperatures in May 2018 were the warmest since 1895 — averaging 66.3 degrees, or 6.9 degrees above normal.

This year across the northern parts of Wisconsin, freezing temperatures were reported through the first three weeks of May. Snow fell in the same area four times in May, while Wisconsin in 2018 ranked among the five warmest Mays ever recorded.

May 2019 precipitation was above normal for the 10th straight month, while May precipitation last year varied across the Midwest with the majority of the region below normal.

Thu
13
Jun

Bonduel seats new board member


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Tim Kelley responds to questions by members of the Bonduel Village Board just before being approved as a board member Wednesday. Kelley replaces newly re-elected Kevin Bartlett, who resigned in April.

The Bonduel Village Board seated a new board member Wednesday.

Tim Kelley was voted into the board following the resignation of Kevin Bartlett in April. The action was taken at the village board’s regular monthly meeting.

Bartlett was voted into the position in April, and Kelley was a write-in candidate in the April election.

Bartlett resigned between the election and the May board meeting. At that time, the board opened the position to all candidates with a June 12 deadline. Kelley was the only applicant.

Kelley, who works for KI, Inc., said he both ran as a write-in candidate and applied for the open position to “Try to see what we can change in the village to make it more profitable for everybody.”

Kelley said he feels that more can be done to bring new businesses to town, and keep existing businesses as well. He said he did not have any specific plans to recruit businesses but wanted to see what the board would work on.

Thu
13
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 11

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 25-year-old Gillett man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at Green Bay Court and Green Bay Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 2600 block of East Richmond Street.

Shoplifting — People’s Express East, 1206 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Arrests — A 33-year-old Shawano man was arrested for an outstanding warrant, and a 20-year-old Shawano woman arrested for a probation violation at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 1200 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 11

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Thu
13
Jun

Rhubarb Fest set for June 15


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Shawano County Historical Society members Jim and Pat Kasten were among the volunteers staffing a Rhubarb Fest booth at the Shawano Sundrop Dayz June 1. The Kastens were helping to promote the upcoming Rhubarb Fest with cookbooks, historical information and other rhubarb-related enticements.

It’s almost time for all things rhubarb.

This year marks the 11th annual Rhubarb Fest, set for June 15 at Heritage Park, 524 N. Franklin St. in Shawano. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Proceeds benefit the Shawano County Historical Society.

On this day, the main attraction is, not surprisingly, rhubarb. Visitors will be able to taste rhubarb in pies, tortes, cakes, muffins, cookies and breads in the many bake sale items. Other rhubarb items include rhubarb lemonade, sangria, rhu-berry SunDrop slushies and a rhubarb beer. Brats and hamburgers will be served with a rhubarb sauce.

Live music will be presented by String Fever, Dan Robinson, John Stano and Mark Dvorak, Paul Sruba and Joel Kroenke, Pat Schwenke, Mary Vercouteren, Keith McGillivray.

Other activities include a pie contest. Contest rules are at the Shawano County Historical Society website, www.shawanohistory.org.

Tue
11
Jun

High winds kick off days of expected storms


Contributed photo A pier on Shawano Lake was twisted by the wind in the thunderstorm that raced through the Shawano area on Monday night. Winds at the Shawano City-County Airport reached 48 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

High winds took down trees and damaged power lines across Shawano and Menominee counties Monday, kicking off what was expected to be several days of stormy weather.

“We had multiple power outages and lot of trees down,” said Menominee County Emergency Management Director Shelley Williams.

She said she was not aware of any personal property damage, however.

“We had some strong wind come through at the beginning of it and it took down a lot of trees,” Williams said.

There were some road blockages, but the highway department, with the help of conservation workers and law enforcement, managed to clear those fairly quickly, she said.

Outages, some of which went into the night, were reported in Neopit, Middle Village, South Branch, Keshena and parts of Legend Lake, affecting well over 300 customers.

Williams said the winds were as high as 49 mph.

Tue
11
Jun

Mau poised to help seniors with services, questions


Photo by David M. Wilhelms Tricia Mau, Elder Benefit Specialist in the Shawano County Aging Unit, applies personal experience in aiding Shawano County residents 60 years or older with questions on services and benefits. She’s been in her position for six weeks, and “I definitely see myself as an advocate for the older people in the community in navigating all of those services. I really like being the point person for answering questions.”

Shawano County’s new advocate for the aging is no stranger to helping people. Tricia Mau worked in the county’s public assistance office before becoming the Elder Benefits Specialist about six weeks ago.

When talking about the path that led her to her new job, “the turning point for me was losing my grandmother last year,” Mau said. She added that it was hard watching her mother and her aunts struggle to understand all the Medicare requirements and all the benefits.

In her job in the county aging unit, Mau is available to answer questions and meet with Shawano County residents age 60 or older, regardless of income. While walk-ins are welcome, Mau said she prefers appointments so that she is able to set aside time for each client. She has already accumulated a client list of more than 100 people.

Tue
11
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 10

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A building was reported spray-painted in the 300 block of West Picnic Street.

Theft — A wheelchair was reported stolen from ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Hit and Run — A vehicle left the scene after striking a bicycle at Main and Division streets. No injuries were reported.

Shoplifting — The Pawn Shop, 141 River Heights, reported a shoplifting incident.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Smalley and Division streets.

OAR — A 26-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Green Bay and Lafayette streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 10

Deputies logged 48 incidents, including the following:

Tue
11
Jun

Former public officials remember Carl Carmichael


CARL CARMICHAEL

Two public figures, both now retired from public service, shared their thoughts and memories Monday about a man they said was not only vital to their success but instrumental to progress in the Shawano area community and the state.

The man they were remembering, Michael Carmichael, recently passed away and will be further remembered during funeral services this week for the roles he played in everything from education to the environment.

“People will never really understand all the good he did,” said former U.S. Congressman Dr. Steve Kagen.

Carmichael was campaign director for Kagen in two successful bids for the 8th Congressional District in 2006 and 2008.

“He was instrumental in my congressional campaigns, in educating me and guiding me as a government servant,” Kagen said.

Kagen chose Carmichael because of Carmichael’s experience working as executive assistant to Herbert Grover, state superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.

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