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2013 was interesting year for city

“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work.” — Vince Lombardi

I chose Vince Lombardi’s quote for today’s article because, looking back over 2013, I realize what a team effort it takes for accomplishments to occur in a community. I thought you might enjoy looking back at some of the significant changes that occurred over the year.

A major concern of any community is employment. Business growth and job retention continues to be a primary focus of the city. During 2013, the city of Shawano combined resources with Shawano County in an effort to hire a leader and advocate of business growth within our area. Dennis Heling was named SCEPI’s chief economic development officer. He has a strong background, ranging from the service and retail sector to industrial and manufacturing businesses. He will focus on assisting existing businesses with job retention and growth, as well as encouraging new businesses to locate here.

Fri
20
Dec

Santa Claus lives in all of us

“They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down the chimney: he really enters through the heart.” — Paul M. Ell

In response to many requests for a re-print of this article, which appeared last year, here it is:

Thank you to all who have sent me such wonderful heart-warming Christmas stories. I hope you will enjoy reading this one.

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I recall riding across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big brother dropped the bomb: “There is no Santa Claus,” he proclaimed. “Everyone knows that!”

My grandma was not the gushy kind, had never been. I went to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always spoke the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a lot easier when swallowed with one of her “world famous” cinnamon buns. I knew they were world famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Fri
20
Dec

Letter: Cruz, Rubio cut from same cloth as Batista

To the editor:

The wealthiest group of immigrants to settle in the United States were the supporters of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

The Cuban people led by Fidel Castro revolted against wealthy landowners and corporate and business titans that controlled Cuba and its wealth. Under Batista, Cuba was an entertainment center for rich foreigners, and the majority of Cubans worked as servants and sugar cane harvesters.

The followers of Batista settled in Florida and became a major force in the Republican Party. They are behind having the United States impose sanctions hoping they would lead to Castro’s downfall so they could return to Cuba and recapture their property, wealth and privileges.

Two first-generation Cubans are now serving in the United States Senate. Marco Rubio, Florida, and Ted Cruz, Texas, are both lecturing the American public on freedom, democracy, and social and economic justice.

Fri
20
Dec

Letter: Everyone works together on Christmas show

To the editor:

We have just completed four performances of the annual Mielke Arts Center Christmas show, an admission-free gift to area communities.

As always, many talented people turned out to participate. Cast members ranged in age from 18 months to 89 years. Audiences were responsive and generous in donating to local animal shelters. Everyone had a great time rehearsing and performing.

We were especially impressed by the commitment of parents and encouragement they gave their children. Parents and grandparents pitched in with every job that needed to be done from cleaning to setting up the seating. Not only did they have to build the set for this show but they also had to take down the set from the previous show, doubling the work. Most had not done this type of work before, but they rose to the occasion.

Fri
13
Dec

Meaning of Christmas found in small white envelope

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” — Mother Teresa

The Christmas season is upon us. Thank you to our city crews for putting up the Christmas decorations. The lit trees along Main Street add to the beauty of the season, as do the lights at the Spirit of Shawano Park. Thanks also to our Fire Department personnel for making the ice skating rink at Memorial Park.

The beautifully decorated store windows invite us to come in and shop. Thank you to our merchants for the wonderful displays. The Christmas season is a perfect time to show businesses we appreciate them by shopping locally.

Fri
13
Dec

Letter: Governor intimidates state's residents

To the editor:

Gov. Scott Walker is all about image. Why else would he have someone take his picture in his blaze orange with gun in hand the first morning of deer season and have it posted on Twitter?

His book, “Unintimidated,” is about building his image as a tough guy. Unfortunately, many people are “intimidated” because of his policies. His first push for power was to coerce Republican legislators to vote for Act 10. Stripping public employees of their bargaining rights has had a negative effect on public school districts and county governments.

Fri
13
Dec

Letter: DNR mistakes could mean fewer deer next year

To the editor:

If you hunted in or around the Township of Seneca this last year, you certainly were aware of the gross overestimation of our deer herd by the experts in the Shawano office of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. I have also heard other townships had the same result.

Hope you enjoy tag soup because all the does you killed this year will assure we have far less next year to hunt. When you see more coyote, wolf, turkey and small game tracks in the snow than deer, you would think the brain surgeons who set the slaughter seasons would pay more attention, but I guess not.

Arrogance and refusal to heed advice from people like Dr. Deer who have a proven management record are to blame.

Frozen deer being registered at the Gresham registration site on opening morning, and where were the wardens?

Had enough already? Write the big game manager at Shawano Ranger Station, 647 Lakeland Road, Shawano, WI 54166.

Fri
13
Dec

Letter: Tree thieves miss meaning of Christmas

To the editor:

I have sent in my fair share of thank you letters to the editor. I have been thankful for others’ kindness, goodness and helpfulness. This is not a thank you but a “How dare you!”

I had hoped that I would not have to send this letter again in 2013, but once again people are stealing Christmas trees from us and perhaps other growers and sellers.

My family grows and wholesales Christmas trees for a living. Veronica and Dan Hanauer Sr. started this business 47 years ago. There is much work that goes into growing a Christmas tree, starting with the smallest seedling that grows into the final product, a tree that can be up to 18 or more feet tall.

Sat
07
Dec

Letter: Avoid cookie-cutter approach for SMC property

To the editor:

After reading the article about the second plan for re-use of the Shawano Medical Center property, I felt compelled to comment.

Realizing that the committee has a very difficult task of trying to satisfy all the different concepts that must be coming from the community, one that seems to be missing to me is the Wolf River Beach. Both of the plans would dissolve the public access for swimming in the river.

At this location presently we have the Shawano Ski Sharks water ski team performing during the summer. There isn’t a warm day when I come into town across the MM bridge that there are not 10 to 20 children swimming in the river. The two plans submitted do nothing to address this.

In my opinion, we have a great opportunity in front of us to create a destination for everyone and utilize this location to the maximum benefit of all.

Sat
07
Dec

Mayor offers reminder on winter parking, other rules

“I believe fairness comes with obeying the rules.” — Al Green

Today I would like to tell new residents about some of our existing ordinances. I would also like to explain where additional information can be found. For those of you who are not new to the community, perhaps you will appreciate a reminder regarding some of the regulations that exist.

Winter parking regulations are now in effect. No person shall park any vehicle on any street or alley between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. of any weekday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the prohibited hours for parking are between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Parking is prohibited in municipal parking lots from 3-6 a.m. These regulations are in effect until March 15. If you are going to have overnight guests, please call the Shawano Police Department to request a special parking permit.

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