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16
Jun

Rhubarb can be tasty when prepared right

Is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable? Actually, rhubarb is a vegetable that originated in China, Tibet, Mongolia and Siberia. In the American colonies, John Bartram, of Philadelphia, is credited with the first planting of rhubarb seeds in the 1730s.

Although rhubarb is a vegetable, for purposes of regulations in the United States, since it is used primarily as a fruit, it is counted as such.

Rhubarb is usually cooked and sweetened with sugar. It is called “pie plant” because it is often used as a pie filling. It can be eaten raw with a little sugar sprinkled on it, but it is commonly used with other ingredients to produce a dessert or sauce.

When preparing rhubarb, discard the leaves. They contain toxic levels of oxalic acid. Rhubarb stalks can be stored in the refrigerator for five to seven days, unwashed and sealed in an airtight plastic bag or tightly wrapped in plastic.

Sat
09
Jun

Ducks hatching in local yard becomes annual spring rite


Contributed Photo Jemima Puddle-Duck and her ducklings swim in a pool at the home of Holly and Jeff Zander.

Local resident Holly Zander has a renewed appreciation for one of her favorite childhood books, “The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck,” written by Beatrix Potter.

Little did Holly know that one day, she would have a duck tale of her own.

Nine years ago, a landscaper noticed a duck nest in the Zanders’ fenced-in backyard. Holly called the DNR to ask if there was something they should do. The agent told her it would be best to stay away from the nest. Once the ducklings hatch, he explained, they need to get to the water within 24 hours to feed on the algae. Ducklings are precocial, which means they are capable of swimming and feeding right after they hatch.

Holly commented: “Every spring, for the past nine years, Jeff (her husband — a well-known, retired local dentist) and I hear a loud commotion in our backyard. We smile at one another, knowing the ducks have returned, and the nesting process is about to begin.”

Sat
09
Jun

Eat nutritious and delicious dairy to support farmers

June Dairy Month is a great time to celebrate the dairy industry in America’s Dairyland, and enjoy the many delicious and nutritious dairy products produced right here in Wisconsin. Including dairy in your daily diet is a healthy choice for you and your family, and good news for dairy farmers.

Each day, we are faced with many beverage choices at restaurants, grocery stores, work and school. Milk is filled with nine essential nutrients, including calcium, protein and Vitamin D. U.S. per capita consumption of dairy products, including cheese, yogurt and butter, has continued to rise.

In Wisconsin, there are plenty of cheeses to choose from as the state’s 1,200 cheesemakers produce more than 600 varieties. These include originals invented right here in Wisconsin like colby and brick, to specialty cheeses like blue, feta and havarti. About 90 percent of Wisconsin milk is turned into cheese, and about 90 percent of Wisconsin cheese is sold outside the state.

Sat
09
Jun

Club’s fashion show was a success

To the editor:

I would like to congratulate every member of the Shawano Woman’s Club on the elegant celebration of its spring style show. It was truly a fabulous day.

The theme was “Diamonds and Denim.” Everyone attending was a diamond. Thank you, ladies and all who donated time and products. Super successful.

Ila Mae Gipp,

Shawano

Sat
02
Jun

Water levels are a state of emergency

To the editor:

The people or agencies that lowered this water level knew that it would create a huge health and safety risk for our residents, tourists, family, friends and children. This concern was brought to their attention the first time that FERC and the DNR lowered the water level two years ago for a short period of time. It was made clear that the lower water level of 802.5 could cause damage, personal injury or even death if watercraft hit rocks, logs, sandbars, or anything else that would be exposed.

This is a very shallow waterway and the higher water level of 802.9 has been maintained for 30-plus years. All of this nonsense of lowering the water level to 802.5 was created by just one complaint, from Brian Knapp, Shawano city administrator.

Approximately 2 1/2 years ago, after the health and safety concerns created by the agency in reducing the water level, FERC and the DNR agreed to raise it back up immediately.

Sat
02
Jun

United to Amend would impact politics

To the editor:

Politics today have left many perplexed and just plain baffled. For me, the disarray is uncomfortable, but how to soften its effect? Practical and unsentimental action always feels good, and the initiative that many, many communities have adopted, United to Amend, may fill the bill.

United to Amend brings back the days of McCain/Feingold — non-partisan, campaign finance reform legislation. How ironic and fitting. Sen. John McCain is struggling with his health while writing a memoir to set the record straight. Surely his days of reaching successfully across the aisle is part of his proud legacy.

United to Amend asserts that little can be done about the problems in the country without campaign finance reform. Problems cannot be solved while representatives we send to Washington are compromised by contributions that they accept.

United to Amend:

Sat
02
Jun

Animals care about people, so people should care about them

I heard, once again, about a dog that was left in a car when it was 90 outside. Some people still believe it’s OK to leave a dog in a car on a hot day if the windows are left open or they are parked in the shade. The truth is, it is still very dangerous for a dog.

It is said that, on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 100 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in a short period of time.

When walking your dog, remember, if the air temperature is 87 degrees, the asphalt temperature can reach 140 degrees, hot enough to cause burns, permanent damage and scarring after just one minute of contact. Hot sidewalks, pavement and parking lots can not only burn paws, they also reflect heat onto dogs’ bodies, increasing their risk of heatstroke.

Sat
26
May

GOP election plans put democracy in danger

To the editor:

A democracy is in danger of extinction when its citizens find it difficult to vote. If we want our democracy to survive, we need to make it easier to vote.

Wisconsin has previously been a progressive state that encouraged people to vote through its expansion of voting options. We have allowed same-day voter registration. We have given working individuals extra days to register to vote right up to the Friday before an election. College students could vote in the towns where they were living as they pursued their education. All that could change if the Republicans in the Legislature have their way.

Sat
26
May

Clintonville mayor wants veterans honored

To the editor:

On Monday, May 28, the nation will observe Memorial Day to remember and honor those who have served our country in uniform and are no longer with us. Since 1868, this has been a day designated to remember them and to decorate their graves with flowers. I hope you will be a part of these important ceremonies.

There will be a short parade down Main Street, but that is not the important part. I urge you to be present in the cemetery for the full ceremony to hear the keynote speaker, to learn the names of those who have fallen since last year and to hear the music, the rifle salute and the mournful notes of taps.

Those who served gave the best years of their young lives to protect our freedoms, and many lost their lives while doing so.

The ceremony in Clintonville Graceland Cemetery will begin at 10 a.m. and will last about 45 minutes.

Certainly, we can take that little portion of our lives to honor them and do the cookout later.

Sat
26
May

Bullying should not be tolerated

To the editor:

The older I get, the more I realize the awful things that are happening. What is this bullying all about?

You know, if the shoe was on the other foot, you wouldn’t like it. Time to make friends with all of the people. Remember, God created all of us, and that means all colors. We all have hearts and souls, so come on. Get real.

Parents, you should be behind this and everyone that’s trying to help.

Sally Raddant,

Shawano

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