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Sat
22
Feb

Pet tale shows depth of love for four-legged friends

“A kind man feeds his beast before sitting down to dinner.” — Hebrew proverb

Tonight is the Shawano County Humane Society banquet. It will be held at The Gathering. The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. The master of ceremonies will be Jill Birr, of Jill’s Pet Shoppe. There will be raffles and a silent auction. Volunteers contribute a great deal of time and effort to make the banquet successful and fun.

This week has been very busy. Tuesday there were several meetings to attend, and I was out of the office on Wednesday and Thursday. There wasn’t much time available to write an article. Being an animal lover and someone who really appreciates the efforts of the humane society, here is one more story that tugged at my heart strings. Maybe it will touch you, too.

Fri
31
Jan

Sheriff's Department warns of technology, victimization

Today’s technology has many practical and positive aspects, the instantaneous sharing of information and photographs with family and friends being among them. There are various platforms and applications that facilitate this activity, and certainly our young people and teens are up-to-date and much more adept with these programs than their parents. Despite the advantages these systems offer, this is truly a knife that cuts both ways.

The sheriff’s office is increasingly investigating incidents where young people are being first lured and then victimized over extended periods of time by predators that use these tools for nefarious purposes.

Fri
31
Jan

50 years of marriage has been incredible journey

“Our wedding was 50 years ago. The celebration continues to this day.” – Lorna Marquardt

I’ve written this column, Positively Shawano, for several years. The purpose of the column is to share information about good things that occur in the city of Shawano and surrounding areas.

Today my article is of a personal nature. It is “positive,” and to me at least, it is about a good thing. Today is our golden wedding anniversary. Fifty years — what a journey.

Sat
18
Jan

City's dollar divvied up among many services

“There is nothing more satisfying than having plans.” — Lalita Tademy

Last week a resident asked me what street projects will occur in 2014. The resident also inquired about equipment purchases. I am always happy to provide information to constituents. Believing others also might be interested, I decided to answer the question in this week’s article.

The city plans both for the present and the future, as is evidenced by the city’s annual budget. Our capital improvement budget projects out five years. Sometimes modifications are necessary. A capital improvement is defined in our budget as any development of, or improvement to physical facilities that will result in a minimum useful life of at least three years.

Sat
18
Jan

Letter: Nation should embrace Cruz, Rubio values

To the editor:

With all due respect to Mr. Herbert J. Grover’s recent opinion titled, “Cruz, Rubio cut from same cloth as Batista,” Senators Cruz and Rubio are the very embodiment of the American dream. Born of immigrant parents and modest economic means, both have excelled in their careers and are torch bearers of traditional American values such as self-determination, hard work, economic freedom and minimal government intrusion. Moreover, Cruz and Rubio should be judged on their own merits not on our assessment of their parents’ actions.

Sat
11
Jan

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.

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