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Sat
23
Jun

Update on the chicks

If you keep up with activity on the Reminger farm at all, you know that, at the end of May, we brought home 40 chicks for the purpose of butchering them ourselves the first part of August. Buying waterers and feeders, we kept them warm, safe and fed in kiddie pools given to us by good friends of ours who will reap the reward of homegrown chicken dinners if we do a good job. (They had an ulterior motive.)

We started all 40 out in one pool with two heat lamps, but very soon they outgrew their digs. They grow. Fast.

So, after a short while, we split them up and moved the heat lamps accordingly, one centered over each pool. Altogether, we lost four of them, and from what I’ve been told, losing four out of 40 isn’t bad. I was sad every single time I had to scoop a little lifeless body out of the pool.

Sat
23
Jun

Meet Joan Melbauer


Photo by Carol Wagner Joan Melbauer volunteers with Safe Haven and Shawano Area Matthew 25.

Joan Melbauer volunteers with Safe Haven and Shawano Area Matthew 25.

Melbauer was born in Lena, graduating from Lena High School. She attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for two years, then joined the Army where she served for over five years. When she was discharged she returned to UW-Green Bay, earning a degree in economics. Melbauer worked in offices in Green Bay and Shawano, among them five years at CoVantage in Shawano. Currently, she is in accounts payable/receivable at Klein Automotive in Clintonville, where she has been for three years.

Melbauer is married to Don Melbauer Jr., who is the production manager for a non-woven company in Green Bay. She lives in Shawano and has one daughter, two stepdaughters, and one stepgranddaughter.

Where do you volunteer?

“I volunteer two hours Wednesday nights at Safe Haven. In the winter, I am there on Monday nights because on Wednesday I am at SAM25. I like picking a night and being committed.”

Sat
23
Jun

Strawberries ripe for picking


Leader Photo by Kelly Hogan Employees at Porter’s Patch in Navarino, from left, Kaden Bergsbaken, Keelie Murphy-Besaw and Alyssa Diemel showcase some of the farm’s strawberries.

The coming of mid-June marked the beginning of the long-anticipated strawberry-picking season.

Typically, strawberries are ripe for picking for three to four weeks, starting around the third week in June and lasting until mid-July.

The fate of the short season of strawberry picking rests on ever fickle weather conditions, and this year was no exception. Late spring snowstorms paired with extremely hot days, both at the end of May and the start of this week, left local farmers in a state of suspense as the strawberry season drew closer.

“It was a roller coaster,” said Steve Kluth, who owns Glendale Farms in Clintonville with his wife, Tammy.

Sat
23
Jun

Club promotes running, walking for everyone


Contributed photo The Shawano Running Club is open to anyone who would like to run or walk during the summer. Participants at a recent run are Jill Guenther in front; kneeling, from left, Will Chelberg, Lily Guenther, Grace Chelberg, Drew Chelberg, Andon Chelberg and Lucas Reed; standing, Ethan Chelberg, Grace Beyer, Odessa Arce, Alice Hoffman, Matti Koehler, Lydia Beyer, Leo Liu, Claire Guenther, Sam Rusch, Carter Schmidt and Bryce Stomberg.

The Shawano Running Club has been in existence for 10 years. Robert Buss and Robin White share overseeing the group for about an hour at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Shawano Community High School.

Buss got involved when his son, Alex, was in cross-country and track.

“Anybody can come and walk or run,” Buss said.

That statement was reiterated by White, who helps with the program. He said anyone can come and take part but it is particularly important conditioning for athletes.

“People who are going to get involved in fall sports should be doing something now,” White said, noting athletes from other schools are also getting ready for fall sports.

The average run is four miles a night, but the beginners don’t run that far. The grass trails are in the woods by the high school softball and baseball diamonds, which gets them out of the hot sun on those days.

Sat
23
Jun

Library bringing in summer entertainers

Many programs continue at the Shawano County Library for entertainment and learning during the summer months.

Several great children’s performers are scheduled in upcoming weeks. All programs at held at the Shawano library, 128 S Sawyer St., Shawano.

Dan Robinson’s “Just for the Fun of It” will occur on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Children will enjoy a variety of music, dancing, singing and clapping.

Duke Otherwise is a playful wordsmith, spirited performer, skilled guitarist, and captivating tap dancer. In a baritone voice, he will sing hilarious and imaginative songs that he will share on July 3 at 10 a.m.

This summer’s final performer will be John Duggleby with his “Boogie in the Barnyard” on July 10 at 10 a.m. Dressed as a chicken, John will serve up a helping of country pie, plenty of barnyard humor and, of course, the Chicken Dance.

Sat
23
Jun

Library hosts programs in its Creation Station

Now that school is out and summer has begun, hands-on learning experiences for children and teens are offered at the Creation Station in the main branch of the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., Shawano.

Upcoming programs include:

• June 29: Deconstruct It: Toys. Grab a scissors and pull apart toys and stuffed animals. Discover what’s inside and create a new toy.

• July 2: Harry Potter Wand-Making workshop. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter by creating a wizard-worthy wand.

• July 6: Lego day. Build with Legos, follow a pattern or make something unique.

• July 13: Deconstruct It: Electronics. Bang, pry, smash and unscrew a variety of electronics and small appliances, then put together something new from the pieces.

• July 20: Roominate modular construction workshop. These wired building sets focus on creativity and engineering. Challenges:include a moving Ferris wheel and three-story townhouse.

Fri
22
Jun

Three Dog Night hits North Star in August

Grammy-nominated music icon Three Dog Night will perform live on Aug. 31 at North Star Mohican Casino Resort. Tickets are on sale now.

From 1969-1974, Three Dog Night broke records for top 10 hits, record sales and most concert tickets sold. The band continues to write songs and to play for crowds around the world. Three Dog Night hits include “Joy to the World,” “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Shambala,” “One” and more.

“Three Dog Night is a group that maintains a presence and a relevance — no matter the decade,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star Mohican Casino Resort. “This band continues to push boundaries and find new ways to share their talents.”

Ticket prices start at $40 and can be purchased online. For information, go to https://www.northstarcasinoresort.com/entertainment.

Fri
22
Jun

Menominee Indian schools offer free summer meals

The Menominee Indian School District has announced its sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, along with children attending summer school. Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 years and younger. People older than 18 who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in public or private non-profit school programs during the regular school year may also receive free meals. Adults accompanying their children may purchase a meal for $4; all meals must be eaten on site.

The Keshena Primary School cafeteria will be serving the free meals weekdays through July 20. Breakfast will be served 7:30-8:15 a.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. The cafeteria will be closed July 4.

Sat
16
Jun

Meet the farmers — and everyone else


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Wagner Farms has 650 cows giving milk on a daily basis, and with that comes a high degree of care. Guests to the 35th annual Shawano County Brunch on the Farm will meet veterinarians, nutritionists and other experts who contribute to the cows’ good health.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The milking parlor is one of the busiest places on the farm as 650 cows are marched in and out daily, producing about 60,000 gallons of milk per day, enough to give 40,000 people the recommended daily three glasses of milk.

People who make it an annual rite of summer to attend Shawano County’s Brunch on the Farm expect to meet the family that’s the driving force behind the farm.

This year, though, Wagner Farms has the whole family, the nutritionist who recommends the feed mix to give to the dairy cows, the veterinarian who cares for the animals, and others who might not be on the farm every day but definitely contribute to the success of the longtime farm in Green Valley.

Hank Wagner is the fourth generation to work the family farm, and two of his children, Laura and Shawn, make up the fifth generation. Six family members make up the staff of 14, which includes six milkers.

The farm was started in 1896 as an 80-acre spread that was in the middle of a forest that first had to be cut down, according to Wagner.

Sat
16
Jun

Tigerton woman named Ms. Senior Homemaker


Photo by Carol Wagner Mariette Piencikowski, right, of Gillett, takes part in the multi-tasking competition at the Ms. Senior Homemaker competition on Thursday as Chris Marcks explains how the competition works and Kevin Petersen plays devil’s advocate to distract her from her duties.

The Ms. Senior Homemaker Pageant on Thursday at the Shawano Lake County Park Pavilion was capped with the crowning of the 2018 winner, Patty Ambacher, of Tigerton.

“I’m very surprised,” she said.

In the opening round each woman was interviewed and talked about a meaningful item or talent in their lives. That was followed by the multi-tasking round, and then the final question asked by pageant founder and coordinator Amy Thusius.

During the first part of the competition Ambacher, who said she likes to make people laugh, entertained the crowd by wearing many different hats and singing a few lines of songs that matched the chapeaus she wore.

She finished up her winning ways with a quickly made up on-the-spot commercial about toilet paper during the final round, bringing loud applause from the audience.

Five other women brought plenty of laughter and praise from the crowd as they shared parts of their lives.

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