Community

Sat
09
Dec

Meet Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson

Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson have donated toys to the Toys for Tots campaign for many years.

Carlson was raised in Gillett, graduating from Gillett High School. He worked for the Oconto County Highway Department and for the past 28 years has his own business, The Bull Pen in Pulcifer. He has three children and four grandchildren.

Sundberg was raised in Chicago, Minnesota, graduating from Ogilvie High School. She was self-employed at Sundberg Trucking, then worked for Zernicke Trucking, and now is co-owner of The Bull Pen. She has three children and 11 grandchildren.

Carlson and Sundberg worked together on their answers.

Q How did you get started?

A Just over 15 years ago, we got involved with Results Broadcasting for the Toy Crusade.

Q What do you do?

Sat
09
Dec

Meet Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson


Photo by Carol Wagner Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson recently delivered a whole bunch of toys to the Toys for Tots campaign. From left, Melissa Schuler, Mike Schuler, Melonnie Sundberg, Craig Carlson, Jody Johnson and Terry Moede.

Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson have donated toys to the Toys for Tots campaign for many years.

Carlson was raised in Gillett, graduating from Gillett High School. He worked for the Oconto County Highway Department and for the past 28 years has his own business, The Bull Pen in Pulcifer. He has three children and four grandchildren.

Sundberg was raised in Chicago, Minnesota, graduating from Ogilvie High School. She was self-employed at Sundberg Trucking, then worked for Zernicke Trucking, and now is co-owner of The Bull Pen. She has three children and 11 grandchildren.

Carlson and Sundberg worked together on their answers.

Q How did you get started?

A Just over 15 years ago, we got involved with Results Broadcasting for the Toy Crusade.

Q What do you do?

Sat
09
Dec

Shelter offers a safe place and future help


Photo by Carol Wagner Pam Tadych is the coordinator and executive board liaison for Steps to Success at SAM25.

Shawano Area Matthew 25 offers not only physical help, but financial help, as well, through their Steps to Success program at the emergency shelter. Pam Tadych is the coordinator and liaison to the executive board.

“This program has been designed by the SAM25 board, staff, and volunteers to help guests in their journey to self-sufficiency,” said Tadych, who has been a volunteer since November 2016.

People are given the opportunity to work with volunteer mentors to identify barriers that exist, find the strength to overcome them, and achieve goals that have been set for them. Some needs are employment, housing, child care, education, addiction, health and transportation.

Guests are shown how to apply for a job and how to dress and interview for a job.

“Oftentimes, our guests need someone to show they care,” Tadych said. “Steps to Success supports their journey, but ultimately each guest is responsible for their own success.”

Sat
09
Dec

Klement family offers matching funds for Safe Haven project

Larry Klement has always been a man of passions ranging from his love of family to his innovative and successful career in the timber industry. He has also been dedicated to his faith and has an unwavering commitment to community.

With the holiday season approaching, Klement and his wife Donna Rae have again made a significant philanthropic commitment through a challenge grant toward the expansion of Safe Haven’s Shawano shelter.

The Klement family, one of the major initial donors who helped establish Safe Haven in 2000 and generously contributed to the construction of the current shelter, has presented a challenge grant to the community as a means of again showing their passion for helping those in need. The Klements have pledged $50,000 to match individual contributions to the Breaking New Ground, Building and Restoring Lives capital campaign.

Fri
08
Dec

Kuester recognized for fitness achievement


Contributed photo Mary-Beth Kuester does a side plank after receiving her 25 Club wristband for completing 25 FIRE Fitness Camps. Class members congratulated her on her achievement at a recent class.

At 79, Mary-Beth Kuester earned the 25 Club award Dec. 2 for completing 25 FIRE Fitness Camps at Hard Core Fitness, 143 S. Main St., Clintonville.

“No ‘I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up’ for me,” said Kuester, a regular at the gym.

Kuester, who recently lost 70 pounds, said she sought to improve her strength through the new FIRE program, which stands for “functional intensive resistance exercise.” Dana Moehring, owner of Hard Core Fitness, started the new program to commemorate the club’s sixth anniversary.

Kuester was the first to sign up for the new program, but she is not the typical participant. Men and women of all ages take part in the 30-minute classes to improve their strength and fitness, as well as lose weight. Kuester said her next goals include attaining membership in the 50 Club and running a marathon relay with fellow club members next year.

Thu
07
Dec

Church presents ‘Christmas in KidCity’

Hillside Assembly of God will present its annual Christmas musical, “Christmas in KidCity,” written by Dave Clark and Emily Mingledorff on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The musical has a creative approach to the Christmas story look at Jesus through the lens of both the Old Testament and New Testament.

The adventure unfolds in a children’s church. Zach, played by Devyn Larson, Joy, played by Clara Schaal, and Josie, played by Grace Simpson talk about Christmas with Ms. Eugenia, played by Amber Carlson. The audience will also find out how Izzy, played by Carrie Gomber, got her name, and will also find it hard to forget the witty jokes of Steve, played by Evan Rennie.

Sat
02
Dec

Meet MaryAnn Kojis-Zopp


Photo by Carol Wagner MaryAnn Kojis-Zopp has been ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign for five seasons.

MaryAnn Kojis-Zopp has been ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign for five seasons.

Kojis-Zopp was born in Milwaukee, graduating from Mercy High School. She earned a degree from UW-Milwaukee in early childhood education and taught for four years. She then entered the Peace Corps going to Malaysia for two years training teachers in their own language and then to the Philippines for two years where she taught nutrition.

Kojis-Zopp then taught in schools in Milwaukee for two years. Then she was a Title 1 language development teacher and then taught kindergarten and first grade and Title I math teacher for the Menominee Indian School District for a total of 31 years. She retired in 2011.

Kojis-Zopp and her husband, Dennis, have been married 36 years and have three sons and one granddaughter. They live in the town of Richmond.

Q How long have you volunteered to ring the bells?

Sat
02
Dec

Autism program grows to help many people


Contributed Photo Bridge The Gap is an organization that helps adults and children with autism and special needs. Recently the teens did all the preparation for a dinner at the Hartland Town Hall. From left, front row, Brandon Novitski, Brady Jones, Beth Montour, James Barkow, Lesley Laluzerne, Salix Dobbs, and Penny Ferguson; back row, Lucas Schmechel and Brandon Hull.

Bridge The Gap is a nonprofit that helps adults and children in the autism spectrum and has grown to include people with special needs. The center is located in Shawano but covers Shawano, Brown, Oconto, Menominee, Outagamie and Waupaca counties.

“There’s a need in this community,” said Lesley Laluzerne, president and center director.

People from four to 48 go to the center either directed by a doctor, friends, family, and some through the internet. Six school districts send students to them.

“We fit the program around the person’s needs,” Laluzerne said. “We don’t try to fit them into a program. We’re really unique. We teach them that having autism is just part of them.”

Earlier this year, the teens made food for a restaurant-type setting where they planned the meal, bought the groceries, prepared the meal, and served it at Hartland Town Hall.

Fri
01
Dec

‘Christmas Pageant’ opens tonight at Mielke

The Box in the Wood Theatre Guild presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” written by Barbara Robinson

The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday and will also be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” directed by Mary Madsen, follows the Herdmans, who are the worst kids in the history of the world. They crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, and the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be fighting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites.

Call 715-526-2525 to reserve tickets or buy at the door.

Fri
01
Dec

Auxiliary turning on Love Lights Tuesday

The ThedaCare Medical Center Auxiliary is lighting its Love-Light trees in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby of the hospital, 100 County Road B, Shawano.

The three Love-Light trees are located outside the hospital entrance.

The ceremony will include a prayer, announcement of the scholarship money raised, lighting of the trees, singing of holiday carols, and refreshments.

The auxiliary has sponsored the Love-Light program every year since 1986. Proceeds raised from the Love-Light program help the auxiliary provide scholarships to area students entering their final year of college in the health care field.

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