Big Changes Happening on August 7, 2019.




Shawano should do its part to preserve biodiversity

“Garden as if life depended on it.” Dr. Douglas Tallamy

Humans can’t live as the only species on earth. It is other species that create the ecosystem essential to our survival.

Bob and Nancy Dumke, owners of the Cobblers Closet in downtown Shawano, are concerned. Bob commented, “We need biodiversity. The ecosystems that support us are run by biodiversity. Each time we force a species to extinction, we promote our own demise. The overwhelming accumulation of scientific data shows a significant loss of pollinators, habitat, native plants and biodiversity.”

Statistics show that in the lower 48 states, 54 percent of the land has been turned into cities, suburbs, highways and shopping malls. Another 41 percent of the land is being used for various forms of agriculture. We humans have taken 95 percent of nature and made it unnatural.


Rotarians learn history of Twig’s Beverage

“In America, small business is a big deal.” — Bob Beauprez

Local service clubs are an important part of our community. Each club contributes in different ways to a variety of causes. As a member of our local Rotary Club, finding speakers for our weekly meetings is my task for the next year.

This week, Shawano’s own Dan Hartwig spoke to our club. Dan is president and CEO of Twig’s Beverage. The history of Twig’s, along with future plans, was so interesting, I thought you might enjoy hearing about it, too.

The Hartwig families were immigrants from Germany. They settled west of Bonduel. Many of you might remember Leonard Hartwig, a well-known barber here in Shawano. His nickname was Shorty. He was the father of Floyd. Dan’s parents were Floyd and Velda.


Letter: Teen is wise to understand importance of bees

To the editor:

Kudos to Mitch Froemming, the Hartland teen working with bees on the family farm.

Without bees we would have ho food from fruit to milk. No longer are there enough wild bees for pollination. This actually has been a problem for many years. We depend on bee keepers’ efforts, which have turned into a big business, for their services to farmers, orchardists, etc. for bees to pollinate the crops.

In recent years there has been a health problem for bees, with many hives dying off. Studies have been done, including looking at heavy use of pesticides, among other problems.

I laud young Mitch for his bee raising interest and encourage him to keep it up, and also urge all who like to eat to make themselves knowledgeable of bee pollination importance.

Gerry L. Stephens



Future of hospital building among city's complex issues

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

For the past two years, I’ve been contributing articles to The Shawano Leader via a column named “Positively Shawano.” I selected that name because there are so many positive things to be said about our community. Thank you to The Shawano Leader for giving me this opportunity. Thanks, readers, for your input and kind comments.

Recently a resident contacted me and said, “Every week you write about all the great things going on, but in a city our size, there must be things that you are concerned about; issues that are controversial or difficult. I appreciate reading about the positives, but would you change course and write about some pressing issues in one of your columns?”


Mayor answered some frequently asked questions

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” — Francis Bacon

Today I will answer some of the questions often asked by residents.

Q When is City Hall open?

A 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on specific holidays.

Q Where is City Hall located?

A City Hall is located at 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. The building houses not only City Hall, but also the City Police Department, the Community Room (available to rent) and the Shawano-Bonduel Municipal Court.

Q What is City Hall’s telephone and fax number?

A 715-526-6138 and the fax is 715-526-5751

Q Where do I obtain a dog or cat license?


Event memorializes Guelzow's love of fishing and kids

“The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.” — Patrick F. McManus

My article today is about how family and friends are remembering their loved one by sharing his passion for fishing and his love of children with the community. I guess you could say they are “paying it forward.”

When Bill Guelzow was about 7 years old, his father bought him a fishing pole and took him fishing, just once. But once was enough! After that Bill was pretty much hooked. His passion for fishing lasted his entire lifetime.

Guelzow’s wife, Gloria, wanted to do something positive to commemorate Bill’s life, something that might live on in others. Gloria, a teacher, said she and Bill both felt kids should get away from video games and television to spend time outdoors having fun.

Bill loved kids. They were drawn to him and often tagged along when he took his own children, Matt and Kate, fishing.


Letter: Speak out against government spying on its people

To the editor:

Are we really as free as we think? Please pay attention. The NSA, IRS, EPA, BATF, DHS, Common Core and others are monitoring every phone call, email, Tweet, posting and Internet search.

With regard to the emails, this is a clear violation of the Constitution of the United States. Our snail mail has been monitored since the 1930s. Bet you didn’t know that either, did you?

Politicians from both sides of the aisle are claiming it is needed to make us safe. Really? Why did we not stop the Fort Hood shootings? How about the Boston bombings? Why were the mass shootings not stopped if we had all this information?

The truth is with politically correct morons in the government, we cannot look for those who really are going to harm us.

In the Boston bombing case, Russia tried to warn us and the government could not see it.


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