Community

Sun
28
Sep

Barn quilt enthusiasts ride again


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Doves were released during the Bike the Barn Quilts opening ceremonies at Memorial Park just before bicyclists left Shawano to travel several routes in the county.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Participants in the Bike the Barn Quilts ride head out along Elizabeth Street on Saturday. About 200 participants took part in the event put on by Shawano Pathways.

Almost 200 bicyclists hit the streets of Shawano and surrounding communities Saturday for the second annual Bike the Barn Quilts event.

Started by Shawano Pathways, the event promotes healthy outdoor activity while showcasing Shawano County’s barn quilts. Five rides of varying lengths raised money for Pathway’s efforts to improve miles of trails within the county and to help create other trails connecting communities.

“I don’t know who was in charge of the weather, but it’s perfect,” said Matty Mathison, one of the Bike the Barn Quilts coordinators.

Dozens of doves were released during an opening ceremony at Memorial Park, where all of the routes started and ended.

Although most of the riders were clad in helmets and bright yellow shirts, one visitor wore a purple Viking helmet with blond braids. Mathison joked that volunteers should give the rider “special directions.”

Sat
27
Sep

Caroline Colorama begins Thursday

The Caroline Lions Colorama celebration, featuring the 26th annual fall trail ride, will be held Thursday through Sunday in Caroline.

The trail ride, with more than 1,300 horses, is the largest in Wisconsin, according to Colorama organizers.

The fun begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with polka music by Chad Przybylski and the Polka Rhythms. Country music replaces polka when Raised Reckless takes the stage from 9 p.m. until midnight.

Diamond and Steel will provide the dance music beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Breakfast is served from 7-10 a.m. Saturday. The trail ride starts at 10 a.m. Lunch will be available on the trail.

Other attractions Saturday include horse-drawn wagon rides, vendors, craft fair, lunch stands and a fur traders rendezvous. Horseshoe and bean bag toss tournaments begin at noon.

On Saturday night, the dance begins at 8:30 with music by Nashville Pipeline.

Sat
27
Sep

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Jay Moynihan will present a series of workshops on local government at the Shawano County Courthouse.

A new monthly workshop offered by the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Shawano County will answer questions about how local government operates.

Jay Moynihan, UW-Extension community resource development educator, will facilitate the workshops that will examine town, village, county, city and school district governing bodies — what they are and what they can do.

“It’s open and free to everybody,” Moynihan said.

The first session will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday in Rooms A and B at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St., Shawano.

“People don’t seem to understand the differences between local government and what they do,” said Moynihan, who acknowledged that government can be complex.

Sat
27
Sep

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Elsie Gruenewald volunteers at the Bonduel Community Archives.

Elsie Gruenewald volunteers at the Bonduel Community Archives.

She was born in Milwaukee and moved to Bonduel when she was 15 years old. She graduated from Bonduel High School in 1946 and, with her twin sister, went to Bethany College in Mankato, Minnesota, a two-year college at that time.

She worked at Farmers Union Grain Terminal before returning to Bonduel and marrying Richard, who worked at a lumberyard and was a truck driver before retiring. They have been married 64 years and have six children, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

When her youngest child was in school, Gruenewald was employed as a secretary for 30 years at Bonduel High School.

The couple has traveled to nearly every state except the northeastern states. Previously Richard, who has just been inducted into the Bonduel Hall of Fame, and Elsie went to sporting events in and out of town. Now they go to the local games.

Sat
27
Sep

Angels in the cornfield

We went from completing our hay harvest to chopping corn immediately. On the day we finished third crop, my husband announced we’d change the hay head to the corn head on the chopper and continue filling the silage bag with corn. Rolling my eyes heavenward (behind his back), I thought, there go my plans.

Farming takes precedence over anything I might be dreaming up when it comes to personal lists of things-to-do. If we have clean clothes and edible food on the table during harvest season, I’m doing well. Everything else gets set aside.

Sat
27
Sep

Sleepy computer awakens need to straighten up

My computer monitor has been kind of sleepy lately. It doesn’t want to wake up when I come back to check something on the computer. Is it the monitor? Is it the computer? I was told it was likely the computer.

I took it in a while back, and it was better for a while, but now it is sleepy once again.

It isn’t so bad when I only have to switch it on and off two or three times, but sometimes, 10 minutes later, it still won’t wake up. By then I am in a panic, feeling that it won’t ever work, but somehow, bing, it is all lit up and ready to work. Meanwhile, I am running all the scans I can, in hopes to get rid of any bugs that could be causing the problem.

Fri
26
Sep

Bike the Barn Quilts hopes for record participation

A release of doves will help open the second annual Bike the Barn Quilts tour Saturday morning.

More than 100 people have already registered for the event, which begins at Memorial Park in Shawano.

Matty Mathison of Shawano Pathways, which sponsors the ride, hopes the 2014 event can shatter the first year’s attendance of 180 riders.

“Last year we had 43 pre-registered around this time, so I hope so,” said Mathison, who would like to draw more than 200 riders.

Shawano Pathways is a nonprofit organization working to increase recreational opportunities by developing a greenway and trail system. Proceeds from Bike the Barn Quilts will go to help maintain, enhance and extend the existing trails throughout Shawano County.

Mathison said the event promises to be a vibrant day with beautiful weather.

“We are trying to design routes so people can see the most quilts,” she said. “It is going to be colorful this year.”

Fri
19
Sep

Neighborhood wedding

Recently, our neighbors’ daughter got married. As well as just living across the field from us, they are good friends, and we’ve known this family for a long time. Watching their kids grow up into fine young adults, we were honored to be invited to celebrate the milestone of their only daughter joining her heart to a nice young man.

I was so thankful when the day for the wedding dawned bright and clear after many cloudy or threatening-to-rain days — not a hint of rain was in sight. Even though the event would have gone on despite the weather, having a sunny day for a wedding is so encouraging. It was chilly, but the sun added a cheery note.

Seldom do I go to the wedding ceremony in church as it’s difficult to get ready, dressed and attend an afternoon wedding when chores loom. We need to get at our night chores early in order to get done in time for the dinner and dance. So usually I regretfully cannot attend the afternoon wedding.

Fri
19
Sep

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Shawano Area Matthew 25 held a bake sale at the Shawano Farmers Market. Left to right are Nancy Schultz, Connie Sommer, Peggy Garefino and Muffy Culhane.

Just because you might not see them on the street doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Statistics show that one in nine people in Shawano County and one in four people in Menominee County live in poverty, and 198 families are homeless.

The group, Shawano Area Matthew 25, was formed to help, referring to the Bible quote, “What you do for the least of my people, you have done for me.”

The verse epitomizes the quest of the people who started the group a year and a half ago when they watched a DVD on poverty in our country.

“That started a discussion,” said Muffy Culhane, SAM 25 board president. “It’s pretty easy to go to your job and come home and not see it.”

The nondenominational group started with people from churches and has grown to include community members who want to help those affected by poverty. The group is waiting to get its nonprofit status so it can apply for grants.

Fri
19
Sep

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Ray Koukari takes care of the Shawano United Methodist Church food stand at Green Bay Packers games. He is standing by the stained glass window in the church that he and his late wife, Audrey, sponsored.

Ray Koukari, a member of the Shawano United Methodist Church, takes care of the church’s concession stand at Green Bay Packers games.

He was born in Superior and moved to Milwaukee when World War II started. After graduating from South Division High School, he joined the Army for three years, serving in the Korean War. When he returned from service, he worked at Allen Bradley for six years, then was employed at plumbing and heating companies for 30 years as a salesman. He retired at 62.

In 1969, Koukari and his wife, Audrey, who was from Clintonville, moved to a mobile home in the town of Wescott, where they built a new home. They were married for 54 years before her death last year. They have four children, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Koukari enjoys golfing and bowling.

Q How did the concession stand get started?

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