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Fri
22
May

Jamboree will include kickoff of sturgeon sculpture project


Contributed Photo This is one of 12 brass sturgeon sculptures that will be permanently mounted and hidden in plain sight on the exteriors of buildings throughout the downtown Shawano area as part of a project inspired by a Leadership Shawano County class.

“As a leader, you have the power to help others become winners.” — Ken Blanchard

Leadership Shawano County was started in 2000 by former chamber of commerce director Val Wiley, along with UW-Extension staff Linda Olson and Jim Resick. Chuck Dallas, a graduate of Leadership Wisconsin, brought the idea to Shawano and encouraged the formation of the local program.

The goal of LSC is to build a pool of citizens with a broad knowledge of ideas, issues and concerns facing our local communities. Participants become aware of the challenges and existing resources, and it is hoped they will take a leadership role in helping to meet those challenges.

Fri
22
May

Letter: Poverty, homelessness are not lifestyle choices

To the editor:

This is in regard to the story from May 14 entitled, “Council denies homeless shelter permit.”

I was initially disheartened by the conversation at the City Council meeting regarding the issuance of a conditional use permit to Shawano Area Matthew 25 (SAM 25) to create an emergency center/shelter on Green Bay Street. As a family physician in Shawano and Menominee counties, I know poverty and homelessness are something many of my patients struggle with on a daily basis.

The notion that these individuals choose this lifestyle is simply untrue. Most of these people have dealt with personal tragedies, physical and mental illness, single parenthood, addiction, abuse, neglect and just bad luck. I am frequently awed by the determination and courage these individuals display as they fight each day to survive. I do not know that I could be so brave if I had such a battle to fight.

Fri
22
May

Letter: Special needs prom provides lessons for all

To the editor:

On May 15, our Power of Peer Supports (POPS) group at Bonduel High School had the opportunity to help out with a special needs prom dance at our school. About eight different schools came from nearby areas to spend the day together.

Girls had their hair and makeup done and wore beautiful dresses. Boys were dressed in their very best as well! About 15 POPS students and a couple of teachers spent the whole morning decorating the room, which would soon be the dance floor, with balloons and streamers.

Fri
15
May

Projects reflect city’s investment in job growth, retention

Plan your work and work your plan.” Ann-Marie Heidings

The city of Shawano works very hard to accommodate business needs and encourages job growth and retention in our community.

Perhaps residents are not fully aware of the assistance the city gives to businesses, so I will use today’s column to focus on the three most recent projects the city is financially supporting.

Tax Incremental Finance District 6 was created last year to assist in eliminating blighted conditions and promote commercial redevelopment along East Green Bay Street.

United Cooperative owns property located at 660 Seward St., which lies within the boundaries of TIF 6. United Cooperative intends to remodel the building located there and construct a new feed mill, associated loading and warehouse facility, and grain storage and drying bins on the site. The planned expansion will require the purchase of additional properties adjacent to the site.

Fri
15
May

Letter: Comments about homeless are embarrassing

To the editor:

I was ashamed at comments that were reportedly made at the recent City Council meeting when a homeless shelter proposal was debated — referring to those who are homeless as “those people” and stating that homelessness is a “chosen form of life.”

Many who are homeless are also living with mental illness of some type. Do people really think that one chooses to have mental illness?

Get real, people. There are homeless folks in Shawano now. You might not think so, but I suggest you believe that way because you choose to give a blind eye to the problems real citizens are experiencing.

I hope that Matthew 25 can respond to the concerns presented by the council members so that the shelter can come to fruition. In the meantime, I know one Shawano business that I’ll be boycotting.

Daniel Fauth,

Shawano

Fri
15
May

Letter: More professionalism expected of Clintonville council

To the editor:

Mayor says: “Let’s cut the crap!” I say: “Craps gotta be cut!”

Since when is it appropriate for elected city officials who have the prestigious power to make the most important decisions for our city of Clintonville to attend their council meetings wearing blue jeans and sweatshirt while taking their oath of office? Wearing casual sport shorts and jeans?

Our council rooms are air-conditioned, so please dress appropriately for the offices we have elected you to. Most of our city employees and council members do dress appropriately.

Another thing that bothers me is when the presiding officer does not use the gavel to keep order when personal attacks are common among council members, which happens often. Citizens in the audience chat and make comments during the meetings, and also texting still goes on, which is distracting to those nearby.

Fri
08
May

You can always find your mother within yourself

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Is this the long way?” asked the young mother as she set her foot on the path of life.

The Guide said, “Yes, and the way is hard, and you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”

The young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and reminded them to feed the dog and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone on them and the young mother said, “Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

Fri
08
May

Letter: Friends of environment must stay vigilant about mining

To the editor:

Kudos to the Menominees for their stand against mining operations in our northern areas.

The April 21 cryptogram was one of their proverbs, which spells it out truthfully: “Only when the last tree has died and the last river poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”

How many know that the lakes north of Laona are full of PCBs from past mining? We need to be on the alert to prevent our beautiful Wolf River and Shawano Lake from suffering the same fate.

Kudos also to John Mutter, whose book “To Slay a Giant,” records the efforts of many to prevent the last mining attempt.

Marcie Leitzke,

Shawano

Fri
08
May

Letter: Remember sacrifices made by correctional officers

To the editor:

“Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our nation’s prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control.

“Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as ‘guards,’ occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles.

Sat
25
Apr

Spirit of Shawano Park getting a face-lift

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Greetings, it is nice to be back visiting with you once again. There are so many exciting things happening in our beautiful city, and I look forward to sharing them with you through this weekly column. If there is a particular topic you would like me to write about, my e-mail address is mayor@shawanonet.net and my direct line at City Hall is 715-526-6152.

First, I have a message to share with you from our public works department. You will notice construction taking place on Presbyterian Street. There will be temporary postal drop boxes set up in the 200 block of South Washington Street by Monday. The temporary drop boxes will require you to get out of your vehicle, as South Washington Street will remain a two- way street throughout the construction season.

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