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29
Apr

May Basket Day has become a forgotten tradition

In a few days, it will be the first of May. In some parts of the world, May Day is a traditional spring holiday, a day that signals rebirth and new beginnings.

Unfortunately, May Basket Day is a tradition that has become lost over time. Back in simpler times, people rang in the first of May with a particularly charming and delightful tradition. People would take all the flowers they gathered at the end of April’s showers, arrange them in a homemade basket, along with small gifts and candies, and then hang them on the doors of friends and neighbors as a means of friendship and welcoming them into warmer weather.

It was also a way for young love to blossom. Boys would hang baskets on the doorknobs of girls they liked. They would knock on the door and quickly run away. If the girl caught the boy leaving the basket, she would chase him down in an effort to steal a kiss. Girls hung baskets on their favorite beau’s door, too.

Sat
22
Apr

Citywide clean-up underway today in Shawano

Today is Earth Day, celebrated in 193 countries. It is a day to raise public awareness about the need for environmental protection.

A citywide clean-up hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will begin at 9 a.m. today. If interested, you can join the volunteers who will meet at the Memorial Park shelter (Lieg and Lincoln). Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Alderperson and church member Lisa Hoffman was instrumental in organizing this effort.

Lisa commented, “A while ago a friend of mine asked me if I knew of any service projects in the community. I contacted assistant city manager/public works coordinator Eddie Sheppard and parks and recreation director Matt Hendricks to ask if there was anything we could help with.”

Sat
15
Apr

Easter traditions vary across the world

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said! Come see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead and He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.” Matthew 28:6

Tomorrow the trumpets will sound as many Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Church bells will ring and choirs will sing. Excited children will search for their Easter baskets. The smell of honey glazed ham will fill the air. It will be a day to rejoice!

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon that follows the spring equinox for those Christians who are in the Western part of the world. Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter a week or two after their Western counterparts.

Sat
08
Apr

Davis has contributed much to city over the years

To say that Norman (Woody) Davis cares about his community would be putting it mildly. Later this month, Woody will attend his last council meeting in an official capacity. Although he decided not to run again, those of you who know Woody realize he will always continue to do what he can for the city of Shawano and its residents.

Woody was first elected as alderperson in April 1999. He quickly earned the respect of his fellow alderpersons who elected him as council president in April 2003, a position he held for 13 years. He also served as the chairperson of the finance committee for more than a decade.

I enjoyed getting to know Woody on both a professional and personal basis. Over the years, we developed a great relationship. We laughed together and shared some difficult times, too. Losing Bill Guelzow brought our city family together, a bond we will always share.

Sat
08
Apr

Letter: We use lots of goods from Mexico

To the editor:

I have heard and read enough about the Great Wall of Mexico and how it will affect the automakers.

With most people not buying as many new cars and trucks as makers and dealers wish, we have to think about the everyday things this great wall will do.

I looked through my kitchen and cleaning things. Here is what I found from Mexico: avocados, Old El Paso chopped green chiles, Crest toothpaste, Crest mouthwash, Pur faucet-mount filters. The big question: How many things are distributed by Walmart and Aldi that do not list where they came from?

So those who want this great wall at any cost, are they going to stockpile the things they use?

Lucy Moon,

Shawano

Sat
01
Apr

‘Creeping crud’ on the loose in Shawano, elsewhere

It’s nasty stuff. If you don’t have it, I sure hope you don’t get it. It is a viral or bacterial infection that I will refer to as the “creeping crud.”

My first symptom was a cough; next came a nasty headache accompanied with chills and all over body aches. The muscles in my stomach and chest hurt from the coughing. Weakness is another symptom. I am now in week two of this miserable stuff.

I decided to go to social media to find out if others had anything similar and what they did for it. I was surprised to learn how many others had or have many of the same symptoms. My cousin, Mike, from California commented: “Wow. Didn’t know it was everywhere. My wife and I are on week five or six, I lost count. The symptoms vary from week to week, but the underlying weakness persists throughout. And the cough.”

A relative, Hanne Robenhagen, who lives in Denmark, said, “We have the same thing in our country; the same symptoms, coughing and all.”

Sat
01
Apr

Letter: Referendum will help Bonduel maintain quality education

To the editor:

On April 4, the School District of Bonduel is asking its residents to vote on a referendum measure that would allow the district to levy additional funds for operating expenses. Board members and I have attended and hosted meetings to share information in hopes to answer as many questions as possible. It is an important decision. Our goal has been to inform you on the need and why the voters are being asked to provide additional funds.

Passing the referendum resolution was a difficult decision for the board. The belief is that school district is doing well and we want to maintain the programs and services we offer. It is a balance between stewardship of your tax dollars and the needs of the children.

Sat
01
Apr

Letter: GOP plan helps wealthy, hurts older people

To the editor:

The GOP health plan isn’t so much of a new health care plan as it is a tax cut for the wealthy.

It will repeal the Medicare taxes that help pay for the ACA to give $275 billion in tax cuts to the rich.

Insurance companies get a $400 million tax cut.

The older you are, the more you will pay in premiums, but with no penalty, many young healthy people may skip buying insurance. Also, insurance companies can charge older adults five times more than younger people.

They want to give us the freedom to choose, but if the choice is paying for health insurance or housing and food, that’s not freedom.

Anne Drinkwater,

Birnamwood

Sat
01
Apr

Letter: Referendum decision made by small group of people

To the editor:

Voters in the Clintonville School District should keep in mind the existing debt on the high school and the poor performance of the school on the state report card when voting on the referendum to spend $25 million on razing the old block of schools on Eighth Street and rebuilding a new, smaller facility.

In addition, what you don’t know is what the designers of a new facility told the task force about what could be done to rehab and update the existing facility. As a member of that task force, I was impressed with photos they showed of redoing old facilities. In the plan for rehabbing, they recommended saving the beautiful auditorium with updated sound and lighting. They also would have converted the gym in the 1918 building to a large library.

Sat
01
Apr

Letter: Private funds, not taxes, should be used for park improvements

To the editor:

Do you want Shawano property taxes to increase? If not, then vote no on the April 4 referendum.

People already have to work more, so they hardly have time to enjoy the parks we have. Most people in Shawano are on a fixed income. The city wants to borrow $1.85 million to improve city parks.

The yearly budget for the park and rec department is $1,054,590. This amounts to about $100 for each man, woman and child. Borrowing and spending the referendum amount would mean about an additional $200 for each man, woman and child. As usual, the people paying for this would be the approximately 4,000 property owners.

Also, the city has already spent $200,000 to satisfy the heirs of Smalley Park (former hospital property).

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