Politics douse the home fires

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Sophia Storm, right, played by Judy Nordeng, is horrified when she learns from her best friend, Liddie, played by Jody Angeli, about the horrible and sexist remarks her husband made, in a scene from “Running Mates (or, The Family Party).” The show, produced by Box in the Wood Theatre Guild, opens Thursday.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Sam Storm, right, played by Tom Webster, has a drink as his campaign manager, J.B. Jackson, played by Dave Stuewer, tells about his concerns about someone else entering the mayoral race in a scene from “Running Mates (or, The Family Party).” A sexist remark from Sam prompts his wife to run against him.

Politics will take center stage next week in Shawano.

No, the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has not been relocated to rural northeast Wisconsin. Instead, the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild is presenting a bigger political bloodbath, “Running Mates (or, The Family Party),” which opens Thursday at the Mielke Arts Center.

While many of the guild’s shows are family friendly, this one is geared toward older audiences. The main plot revolves around a mayor making a remark about women being “the weaker sex,” and setting his wife on a personal campaign to dethrone him.

Mary Madsen, the show’s director, noted that the guild decided to pursue the show based on glowing reviews, and it was only later that officials realized the fictional characters of Sam and Sophia Storm would bear staggering parallels to the real-world presidential candidates in 2016.


ROADS sponsors suicide prevention sessions

The co-founders of Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention International will give three presentations, as well as a training program, in the Shawano area next month.

Dar and Dale Emme, of Westminster, Colorado, will discuss suicide awareness, including risk factors and warning signs, and suicide prevention skills at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St., on Oct. 12. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in Room 162.

They also will speak from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the St. Anthony Community Center, W6797 Church St., Neopit, and from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Father David Barrett Hall, St. Michael Catholic Church, N816 State Highway 47, Keshena.

All the programs are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by ROADS (Reaching Out About Depression And Suicide).

This will be the Emmes’ fourth visit to the Shawano area. They lost their high school age son, Michael, to suicide.


ADRC sessions focus on Alzheimer’s

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Wolf River Region hosts the Alzheimer’s Association’s Family and Community Education Programs.

The following educational sessions are free and open to the public:

Oct. 4: “Dementia Conversations.” 607 E. Elizabeth St., Shawano. 10 a.m. This program facilitates discussion about convincing a family member to see a physician for cognitive screening or medical care, deciding when to stop driving, and legal and financial plans for future care needs.

Nov. 15: “10 Common Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.” Civic Center, 225 S. Main St., Shawano. 10 a.m. Immediately following the class, staff members from the ADRC will be available to complete memory screens on anyone who is interested. These screens take less than 5 minutes and are great tool to help get a baseline for where your memory is at.


Champion shrine to host 1st national novena

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion will celebrate its first national novena in October.

The shrine is built on the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant, three times in 1859 and told her to “gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.”

The Catholic Church officially confirmed the Marian apparitions in 2010 — the only confirmed Marian apparitions in the United States. Earlier this year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designated the site as a national shrine.

The nine days of prayer will begin with a Retreat Day on Oct. 1 and conclude on Oct. 9, Apparition Day.


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Kathi Polzin, left, and Peggy Miller are members of the Main Street Book Club that meets at the Tigerton Village Hall.

The Main Street Book Club in Tigerton was started by Kathi Polzin in March 2008 when Tigerton Main Street was looking for things to do in the community.

The club has 12 members, all with different tastes, which adds to the enjoyment of the discussion, Polzin said.

She gave kudos to member Peggy Slicer, who was the Tigerton branch librarian and orders the books for everyone through the library.

“We would never have started without Peggy,” said Polzin, a retired English and journalism high school teacher from Greendale, which is a suburb of Milwaukee. “No one has to pay.”

Each person has a month when they choose the book to be discussed.

“You can hate it or love it,” Polzin said. “We feel free to say that we hate it. We have vary disparate views. I’m the crazy liberal.”

Peggy Miller, a retired kindergarten teacher, enjoys mostly fiction. She often gets her ideas for a book from Wisconsin Public Radio’s book list.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Julie Mauritz stands by one of 250 pies that were made for Applefest in Tigerton.

Julie Mauritz volunteers for events in Tigerton, including the Taste of Tigerton Applefest on Saturday.

She was born in Wausau and graduated from Wittenberg High School. She worked in her uncle’s restaurant before marrying. Mauritz also worked at the ATV Campground and now cleans at the Cedar Street Market and the Tigerton Village Hall. She also manages the Tigerton Housing Apartments.

Mauritz and her husband, Jack, who is retired, have been married 45 years and have two sons and a granddaughter. They live in Tigerton with their three cats and two dogs, and enjoy going to the casino in Bowler to listen to the music.

Q Where do you volunteer?

A “Anyplace for Tigerton Main Street that they need me. This is my fourth year.”

Q What do you do?

A “I deliver Cash Night every Friday night. It’s a drawing around town to win Tiger Bucks. I get the mail. For Lumberjack Days, my husband orders the corn. We take care of the corn part.”


Angelic help

Just lately we’ve buttoned up our corn crop on the farm. Filling a long silage bag to accommodate our blackies, the rest we will have combined and stored. What the deer aren’t helping themselves to, that is. They are making mince-meat of our fields bordering our woodland. They’ve got food aplenty whenever they get hungry.

Now that we are done with corn, the other day my husband asked me when I had to work at the post office. When I reluctantly admitted I had a split shift day, he announced we’d take the bagger off and store it for the winter when I was home during the in between. Oh joy.

I scolded myself just after grumbling because it dawned on me he had harvested the corn crop this year all by himself. I had not once, chopped any corn. Finding that he enjoyed it made me feel less guilty. He just took his time without harvesting getting squished in between milking.


September brings thoughts of fall colors, frost and apples

September, the month that goes from long Labor Day weekends to frost on the pumpkin. The outdoors become a palate abounding in colored leaves.

Well, that might be true for most Septembers, but 2016 seems to be progressing a bit different.

So far the frost has stayed away from the pumpkin and everything else. Plus, other than a splash of color here and there, the leaves are mainly waiting to turn and fall. In my opinion, it should be a very colorful year, and I am hoping for a long season of color. However, I know that most years end abruptly with intense winds and heavy rain.

September is also the month when it seems my plants are ready to say “enough already”! The tomatoes on the back deck have been wilting down, in spite of my watering them, and producing few red orbs of tomatoes. The black eyed Susans out front are much the same, nearly fading away. The morning glories seem robust yet, but not too many blossoms.


Beekeeping class begins Oct. 3

Shawano Community Education is offering a new class, Introduction to Beekeeping.

The class is an introduction to the art of keeping bees in northeast Wisconsin for honey production and pollination. Keeping captive bees is similar but not the same in each geographical region, as each area has its own distinct nectar flow, agricultural techniques, varmints and weather related concerns.

Topics include getting started in beekeeping, necessary equipment, life cycle of the honeybee, seasonal beekeeping, northeast Wisconsin flora and fauna, honey harvest and overwintering bees.

Instructor Michael Paiser has kept bees since the 1990s. His apiary grew from several hives to 80. He has worked with several large honey producers over the years and mentored many students.

The three-session class starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St. Class fee is $24. For information or registration, call 715-526-2192, ext. 3202.


Fiji mission has lasting impact on girls

Photo by Carol Wagner Savannah Johnson, left, and Hannah Williams recently returned from a mission trip to Fiji. They are wearing some of the gifts they were given and showing a T-shirt each participant received.

A mission trip to Fiji had a life-changing impact on Shawano Community High School seniors Savannah Johnson and Hannah Williams.

The girls recently returned from spending two weeks on the island, which is just north of New Zealand.

“I’m a completely different person,” Williams said. “Fiji will always have a special place in my heart. Even if it was for a short amount of time, you couldn’t help but love them back.”

The girls, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the trip through Humanitarian Experiences For Youth. The trips are church-based, but not put on by the church. The goal of HEFY, headquartered in Provo, Utah, is to change lives through service and draw participants closer to Christ.

Savannah was in a group that visited Fiji from Aug. 3-19, and Hannah went with a group from Aug. 10-26.

In Fiji, each group built six bathrooms for six families during the rainy season.


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