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Fri
03
Jul

Young history buff meets WWII hero


Contributed Photo World War II veteran Reuben Schaetzel recently autographed a copy of “Frontlines World War II” for World War II history buff Jake Jenkins, 10.

Sometimes we become concerned about the future of our country. Do our young people realize how precious our freedoms are; do they think about our veterans and their sacrifices?

I recently spent some time with a young boy who alleviated my concerns and made me realize patriotism is not lost on our youth.

Jake Jenkins is only 10 years old. He has a keen interest in World War II. He has visited several war ships, including the USS Yorktown and the USS Clamagore at Patriots Point in South Carolina; the USS North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina, the USS Midway (commissioned a week after the end of World War II) in San Diego, California; and the USS Missouri and USS Bowfin at Pearl Harbor. He also visited the USS Cobia Submarine in Manitowoc.

Sat
27
Jun

Attitude is everything in meeting life’s challenges

Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves.” – Italian Proverb

I was out of the office most of this week, not giving me much time to write an article. I hope you won’t mind this short story today.

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and noticed she only had three hairs on her head.

“Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.”

So she did, and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke, looked in the mirror and saw she only had two hairs on her head.

“Hmmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.”

She did and she had a grand day.

The next morning she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed she only had one hair on her head.

“Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.”

So she did and she had a fun-filled day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed there wasn’t a single hair on her head.

Sat
20
Jun

Letter: Proposed budget is disastrous for state’s schoolchildren

To the editor:

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Not to give away my age, but this was a popular phrase shortly after I graduated from high school about 45 years ago. The slogan was written at that time for an advertising campaign to raise money for African-Americans to attend college, something that was very difficult for them because of the civil rights issues of those times.

Today, we have Walker trying to pass a budget that will affect all of our Wisconsin school kids, from pre-school through college, in times when it should be easier and less costly to get an education that will allow them to get a meaningful job to make a reasonable living wage.

What control does Walker have over the Republican Legislature? They continue to walk lockstep with him even though both their Republican and Democrat constituents are opposed to the budget cuts in this disastrous proposed budget.

Sat
20
Jun

Letter: State needs to reverse course on voucher program

To the editor:

The first School Choice Program was created in the Milwaukee schools by the state Legislature in 1989 to allow children of poverty who were not learning to attend a school of their parents’ choice, which in essence meant attending a religious school.

Despite the program’s failure to show an increase in student achievement, Republican lawmakers expanded the program to Racine in the 2011-12 school year and began to expand the vouchers statewide beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

Those who teach in voucher program schools do not have to meet the same requirements for employment as those who teach in public schools. Voucher schools do not have to meet the same standards nor serve all students.

Sat
20
Jun

Much good news to share about city

“When you think positive, good things happen.” — Matt Kemp

There are so many good things happening in Shawano lately, I hardly know where to begin. I will start by sharing this story of “friends helping friends.”

One of our city employees, Dohn Dallmann, is fighting cancer and receiving treatment. There are many expenses insurance doesn’t cover. His co-workers at the Shawano Public Works Department decided to pitch in. Last week they held a brat fry benefit.

Public Works Director Eddie Sheppard commented, “The event was a huge success! We have a nice check to help Dohn and his family with expenses.”

He continued, “Being in Shawano for nearly two years, I must say I am so impressed by the way the Shawano community comes together to support their own. Shawano is really special that way, and I’m proud to be part of this caring community. Thank you to the staff and all who came out to support Dohn.”

Sat
13
Jun

Many helped get medical residency training center project moving

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” — Henry Ford

Recently, exciting news was released announcing the proposal for a medical residency training center to locate in the soon-to-be-vacated hospital campus. Today, I would like to recap the process and give public thanks to many who helped during this nearly two-year effort.

On June 12, 2013, the council adopted Resolution 52-13, which allowed for the appointment of a task force whose purpose was to make recommendations for future development of the hospital campus. Appointed were Jeanne Cronce (chairperson), Terry Hilgenberg, Russ Schmidt, Sheree Repinski, Robyn Shingler, Doug Knope, Holly Zander, Chuck Dallas, Elaine Knope and Todd Raether. The task force gathered community input through public forums, and the information was used to approach developers statewide. Thank you, task force members, for your time and valuable contribution.

Sat
13
Jun

Letter: Residency training center plan raises questions

To the editor:

As an emergency medicine resident in Milwaukee, and a native of Seymour, I read with great interest the article “Medical residency training center proposed for former hospital site.”

I commend the city’s work along with those of the developer and Dr. Jonathan Boy. Since 1997, the number of federally funded residency spots has held still, while the number of medical students had markedly increased. Increasing the number of residency spots is vital to fill the void of physicians in our state.

Sat
06
Jun

Upgrades coming this summer to several Shawano parks


Contributed Photo An adaptive swing has been added to the Memorial Park playground. It allows for a more balanced and stable sitting platform for children.

Contributed Photo Born Learning Trails will be installed this summer at Kuckuk Park and Memorial Park.

“In summer, the song sings itself.” — William Carlos Williams

Our city parks are wonderful assets to both our residents and visitors. Driving by the ball diamonds located in Memorial Park brings a smile to my face. It is nice seeing families/friends having fun together. There is a time and place for computer games, iPhones and modern technology, but it is nice to see our youth enjoying being outside while developing their physical and social skills.

Our 5-year-old great-grandson plays T-ball, and it couldn’t be more entertaining, watching the little guys and girls hit the ball and run as fast as they can, sometimes in the wrong direction. Amazingly, by the time they are in midseason, they are already learning how to hit, catch and be a part of a team. The older the kids become, the more competitive and exciting the games tend to be. The tournaments bring many families to Shawano, and our local businesses are pleased to welcome and serve them.

Sat
30
May

Community mourns death of county worker

This week an accident claimed the life of a Shawano County employee, Derek Stempa.

This column is entitled “Positively Shawano,” but there are some times it is difficult to feel positive when such tragedy hits our community. However, it is during these times of great sadness that the light of love and caring shines its brightest.

Since the tragedy, I have witnessed many acts of kindness and compassion done out of true concern and not for acknowledgment. I won’t go into specifics, but I just want to say it is heart-warming to witness the way the people in our community rally and show their support and love.

For those of you who do not already know, an account has been established at Capital Credit Union. The Shawano office is located at 1305 E. Green Bay St. There are also offices in Green Bay, Appleton and throughout northeast Wisconsin.

Derek left behind a loving wife and two small children.

Sat
30
May

Letter: New scholarship available to Gresham community

To the editor:

Gresham Scholarship Fund has enjoyed great support from the community since we all began to pull together in this effort 14 years ago. We have shared a common goal: to help Gresham students pursue secondary education.

A few years ago, we began to think about how we might expand on this theme and help other community members further their education. The board of directors has carefully increased the amount of each scholarship as support has grown.

The challenge we face: never reduce the scholarships awarded to graduating seniors of Gresham High School.

The Community Scholarship is only available to members of the Gresham community and is worth $1,000. Any community member who has completed one semester in a post-secondary education institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 is encouraged to apply. The application deadline is June 30.

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