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Miller crowned Ms. Senior Homemaker


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Molly Miller, right, who ultimately won the crown of Ms. Senior Homemaker 2019, balances the needs of an infant, laundry and dishes while handling the demands of a telemarketer, played Kevin Petersen. The scene was staged under the direction of Chris Enslin. Meeting multitasking demands is one of the steps needed to earn the title of Ms. Senior Homemaker, and contestants chose a variety of approaches to handling the stress without throwing the baby out with the dishwater.

“We are all multitaskers,” Chris Enslin, of University of Phoenix, told the crowd at the 2019 Ms. Senior Homemaker pageant.

As the contestants balanced dishes, a baby, laundry and a pesky telemarketer in front of an appreciative audience, Enslin had to acknowledge that some are better at multitasking than others.

One woman, Moliche “Molly” Miller, had the chance to prove just that, and that was one of the reasons she was recently crowned the 2019 Ms. Senior Homemaker.

The competition was held June 6 at the Shawano Lake County Park pavilion.

A Bowler area resident, Miller proved to be “distinctly” a winner, using a lot of humor in her presentations, according to Amy Thusius. Her outfit of choice, which reflected her Stockbridge-Munsee heritage, resonated with the judges, Thusius added.

Tue
11
Jun

Leader carrier retires after 34 years


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Erv Steinke delivers a Shawano Leader to the Shawano County Courthouse for the last time. Steinke retired last week after 34 years on the job as a newspaper carrier.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor even polar vortex could keep Erv Steinke from his appointed route.

Steinke ran into a few problems since beginning his Shawano Leader paper route 34 years ago, and even he had to admit that the brutal cold of this winter took its toll, but nothing stood between Steinke and his commitment to bringing his customers the news.

However, time can do what even freezing weather cannot. On Friday, Steinke retired.

Erv started delivering what was then the Shawano Evening Leader in 1985. That year, among other noteworthy happenings, there was a raid on the Posse Comitatus Life Science Church in Tigerton. Kelly Lecker of Cecil won the state spelling bee. Ronald Reagan was inaugurated for his second term as president.

Also in that year, a former carrier fell and broke her leg, opening a route for Steinke to take. Steinke was working as a dishwasher at the time and was persuaded to take the route by a Leader employee.

Tue
11
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 9

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

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

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported in the 100 block of South Union Street.

June 8

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A boat was reported stolen in the 900 block of South Bartlett Street.

Intoxicated Person — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Green Bay and Sawyer streets.

Tue
11
Jun

Wittenberg farmer elected to state dairy board

Jeff Strassburg, a Wittenberg farmer, was recently elected to the board of directors for the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. Strassburg will start his three-year term in July representing District 9, which includes Shawano, Menominee and Waupaca counties, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced.

The board of directors guide the organization’s finances, formulate and set its policies and long-range business plan and maintain its mission of growing demand for Wisconsin milk and enhancing the competitiveness of the Wisconsin dairy industry.

Strassburg, a fifth-generation farmer, has been farming since 1990. He and his family milk more than 900 Holsteins; they also own beef cattle. Strassburg is the current chair of the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin board, and he also serves on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

Thu
06
Jun

Switalla burglary trial delayed as negotiations continue

A jury trial in the felony burglary case against Wittenberg Village President and Shawano County Supervisor William J. Switalla has been delayed while negotiations continue on some alternative that could settle the case without a trial.

Michael Balskus, from the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office, who was recently appointed special prosecutor in the case, told the court Thursday there have been discussions with Switalla’s defense counsel.

“I think we’re very close to a resolution in this matter,” Balskus said.

Balskus was appointed after the Shawano County District Attorney’s Office, which charged the case in September, determined that continuing to prosecute the case was considered to be a conflict of interest.

Thursday’s hearing had been expected to be a final pre-trial conference before the case went before a jury on Wednesday.

Thu
06
Jun

County supervisor gets fine, revocation for 1st offense OWI

A Shawano County supervisor arrested for drunken driving in November pleaded no contest Thursday to two of the four citations issued against him.

Kenneth E. Capelle, 78, was ordered to pay a $924.50 fine and had his driver’s license revoked for 12 months after being found guilty of first-offense operating while intoxicated and refusing to submit to a blood draw.

He will also have to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle he owns or is registered to him for 12 months and participate in an AODA assessment before his license is reinstated. He was also charged $42.50 for the blood drawn that was eventually taken after authorities obtained a warrant.

Citations for operating with a prohibited blood/alcohol count and running a stop sign were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Shawano County Assistant District Attorney Alec Ballo said the penalties were standard and consistent with state guidelines.

Thu
06
Jun

Shawano Lake, Washington Lake survey shows healthy numbers


Photo by David M. Wilhelms Mike Heller, Cecil, displays one of the smaller fish he caught from shore in Cecil Bay Thursday morning. The Pumpkinseed was pretty typical of what he’d brought in but he said he had enough panfish to make a meal. He planned to put his boat on the lake in the afternoon in search of bigger fish.

Fishing on Shawano Lake isn’t as good as it was in the 1990s and early 2000s, but it’s better than it’s been although “that really depends on the species,” Jason Breeggemann observed.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries biologist recently discussed the findings of the 2018 spring netting and electrofishing survey on Shawano and Washington lakes.

The two lakes are administered together, and surveys are done on a four-year interval, he said.

For example, “We do know stocking (by the DNR and Walleyes for Tomorrow) has contributed to the turn-around” in walleyes as well as survival of the planted fish and reef restoration “but it’s not one definite thing that’s bringing them back” in “re-creating a self-sustaining fishery,” Breeggemann said.

Thu
06
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 5

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at County Road BE and Ash Lane.

Pedestrian Accident — A man was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St. No injuries were reported.

Intoxicated Person — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 5

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine.

Thu
06
Jun

Beans & Books doubles in size


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Kasmira Duchesne, left, and her stepmother, Laura Duchesne, found some book bargains and were rewarded with a gift at the Beans & Books Coffeehouse open house on June 1. Kasmira was happy to have found the last installment of a series of books she is reading.

Beans and Books Coffeehouse in Shawano has gone from “medium” to “grande.”

The bookstore and coffee shop, 1235 E. Green Bay St., Shawano, expanded and celebrated with an open house last week. The expansion was made possible when the business next door, Game Stop, closed, allowing Beans & Books to move into the empty space.

“We’ve doubled in size,” owner Karen Benishek said, waving at display racks of new and used books, “and this side is books.”

Beans and Books had specialized in used books in the past, but Benishek said the closing of Book World downtown and continuing interest in books that aren’t housed on an electronic pad or phone, helped make the decision to expand the “real” book options.

“Statistically, books are doing better than they were; we’ve seen an increase in sales,” she said.

Thu
06
Jun

Village of Wittenberg passes refinancing program

The Wittenberg Village Baord voted May 21 to issue bonds not to exceed $3.48 million in an effort to save thousands of dollars each year in interest.

Maureen Holsen, an employee of Ehlers Inc. wo serves as the municipal adviser for the village, explained the process to board members.

The resolution authorizes Ehlers to move forward with a sale of sewer revenue bonds that would refund the village’s 2006 Rural Development loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Of the $4.08 million original loan amount, $3.48 million remains to be paid back. The village commits to bonds that will be paid over the next 26 years by the sewer and water utility, which is the same time period as the Rural Development loan.

Holsen noted that banks generally do not extend loans of this type for 26 years.

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