Deadline extended for volunteer awards

The deadline for nominations for the volunteer awards presented annually by the Shawano Area Community Foundation has been extended to Feb. 12.

The foundation’s seventh annual Celebration of Giving awards gala is scheduled for April 12 at The Gathering banquet hall in Shawano.

Nominations are due Feb. 12 for five awards: Shawano Community Service Award, Health Care Volunteer Award, Youth Volunteer Award, Bill Mielke Volunteer Educator Award and Robert D. Nueske Wittenberg Community Service Award.


‘Rock N Roll Jukebox’ coming to Mielke

Daddy D Productions will make its first visit to the Mielke Arts Center in Shawano next month when it presents “Rock N Roll Jukebox.”

Sponsored by the Shawano County Arts Council, the performance begins at 7 p.m. March 18 at the arts center, N5649 Airport Road.

The show features comedy skits and music of the 1950s and 1960s.

Daddy D’s cast include vocalists Shelly Emmer, Ben Cahall, Maria Sausen and Darren Johnson. Band members are Barb Hinnendael on keyboard, Jeff Hinnendael on drums and Bob Balsley on guitar.

Tickets are $20 for general seating, and are available at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce and the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets may be reserved at the theater by calling 715-526-2525, with payment due the night of the show.

If available, tickets may be purchased at the box office on the night of the performance.


Free help available to file taxes electronically

Shawano Community Education is offering free classes at Shawano Community Middle School to help area residents file their taxes electronically.

MyFreeTaxes provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance online to individuals and families with household incomes of $62,000 or less in 2015.

Local VITA tax volunteers will help participants prepare and file their returns through the MyFreeTaxes process in the SCMS computer lab. The sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 3 and March 31.

Participants must preregister one week in advance with the Community Education Office at 715-526-2192, ext. 3202.

They will need to bring Social Security numbers for all family members and all tax documents, such as W-2’s and 1099’s, to the session. A complete list paperwork needed is available from the Community Education Office.


Wine & Cheese Tasting supports Rural Health Initiative

Area residents celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early at the 12th annual Rural Health Initiative Wine & Cheese Tasting on Feb. 12 at The Main Event in Cecil.

The event is limited to 200 attendees; last year’s event sold out.

This year’s tasting will feature 38 varieties of wines, four local brews and 25-plus kinds of local cheeses. The wine selection will range from fruity to sweet to sparkling, medium to full-bodied, and include both red and white. Pigeon River Brewing will serve its fans’ favorites. Complimentary water and soda also will be available.

The Rural Health Initiative handpicks the cheese selection from eight local distributors. Varieties include classic colby and cheddar, havarti, cupola, American grana, black current wine gouda and many others.


Adult coloring part of library’s February programs

The Shawano City-County Library will offer several free programs in February, including a therapeutic coloring program for adults.

Adult programs include Needles ‘R Us at 9 a.m. Fridays and DIY Crafts & More, featuring adult therapeutic coloring, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

The Learning Lab schedule for the month is Borrowing eBooks at 9 a.m. and Gmail at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4; iPad Basics at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9; Facebook at 9 a.m. Feb. 11; Pinterest at 9 a.m. and Google Docs at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17; My Account in InfoSoup at 9 a.m. Feb. 19; and Word 2013 at 9 a.m. Feb. 24.

Teen Tuesdays occur weekly from 3-5 p.m., and teens can drop in at any point to take part in fun activities and snacks. February programs will feature making valentine lottery tickets, sweetheart pickup game, strawberries and Nutella snack, and fart putty. The programs are intended for youngsters in sixth through 12th grade.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Karl Barkow volunteers for several organizations. Barkow and his wife, Jean, hold Ruby, a purebred beagle who was a rescue dog. Ruby went on to participate in the National Field Trials in Massachusetts.

Karl Barkow volunteers for several organizations. He is a Shawano native, graduating from Shawano High School in 1964.

He was drafted into the military but could not serve because of his sight. He was given educational grants by the Army and earned an associate degree in management from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

For 36 years, he was a driver for Prange’s in Green Bay. That is where he met his wife, Jean, who worked there for 35 years. They have been married 30 years and have two children and four grandchildren. They live in the town of Wescott in a home they built themselves.

Karl hunts and fishes, and Jean cans meat and produce from her garden. They used to raise and take their purebred beagles to field trials and now have four females.

“That’s my department,” Jean said. “He hunts and I take care of them.”

Karl also picks up fresh roadkill and gives the meat to whomever needs it.

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The other morning I was serenaded in to work by a chorus of yipping coyotes. The echo deep in the woods resounded up to our barnyard, sending a corresponding chill down my back and simultaneously up my scalp. It totally creeped me out.

They sounded closer than was comfortable. When they all get going, and I don’t know how many “all” is, (nor do I want to know) they sound like babies crying. I envision them stalking me. It makes me want to run back to the house.

During the gun deer hunt season, my husband and his group periodically run drives, which means they have a group of hunters strategically spaced far apart, yet close enough to see each other, and drive through a section of land that is normally a hideout for deer to hunker down in during hunting season. On the other side wait the shooters. I don’t like drives. I think it’s an accident waiting to happen, but that’s just my opinion.


Perhaps February can chase away the winter blahs

I am beginning to believe that I have a bad case of the “winter blahs.” Even though the days and weeks have been humming past fairly quickly since January began, I keep wanting to turn the page to February. Now it is almost time.

I am not really sure what makes February such a great month. Of course, for the romantics, there is Valentine’s Day, with date nights, flowers and candy. That time was once exciting for me, but now, as a senior citizen, it has lost some of its glow.

Of course, between the fall I had last week, which has slowed me down more than it probably should, and the thought of freezing rain or snow storm, I remain cabin-fevered when normally I would be off and gone somewhere. At least I got to rest.

I wonder why the four-letter word “rest” is bugging me so much. Is it because I got more rest than anyone could want most of last summer? There is literally nothing on TV that I want to watch when I am home.


Nonprofit Profile

Contributed Photo Shawano County Dairy Promotions has many activities, including covering the cost of ice cream for the Red Barn at various events. Keeping the workers supplied are members LeRoy Raddant, left, and Jon Wesenberg.

Shawano County Dairy Promotions spreads the word about agriculture in Shawano County. Anyone can join the group, whose activities teach the value of the agriculture industry.

“It’s open to anyone who has an interest in promoting the dairy industry,” President Mary Lou Kugel said.

Their next event is providing the cheese for the Rural Health Initiative Wine and Cheese Tasting fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 12 at The Main Event in Cecil.

“Volunteers help with serving,” Kugel said.

There is also some hot food available. This year, it is quesadillas.

“We come up with a different theme each year,” Kugel said.

The group’s biggest project is Adventures in Dairyland, which is teaching fourth-graders not only about farming, but also about the far reaches of the dairy industry.


Relay for Life needs more volunteers

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers who would like to make a difference in the Shawano area by helping plan the local event.

Volunteers are needed to help organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the event April 2 at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano.

Relay for Life supports the mission of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at the event.


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