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Mon
24
Jun

Doctor: Most people don’t need a multivitamin

The sale of multivitamins and dietary supplements is a massive industry in the United States, totaling more than $36 billion, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is estimated more than 35% of the population takes a daily multivitamin or dietary supplement.

Dr. Kirsten Grove, ThedaCare family practice physician, said most people don’t need a multivitamin.

“People who eat a well-balanced diet likely don’t need additional vitamins,” she said. “Instead, they should focus on eating whole foods, not prepackaged and processed foods. Whole foods are the best sources for our bodies to get the vitamins and minerals we need. Our bodies know how to metabolize and process nutrients from those sources much more efficiently than from a multivitamin.”

Grove stressed that people need to be honest with their medical providers about any vitamins or supplements they take.

Mon
24
Jun

Fairest of the Fair returns to county


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Tarah Malotky, of Clintonville, is all smiles as she is crowned the new Fairest of the Fair on Sunday by her predecessor, Taylor Przybylski, during the Shawano County Brunch on the Farm. Przybylski had been crowned in 2016, but the county did not conduct the Fairest contest in 2017 or 2018.

Shawano County once again has a Fairest of the Fair, the first since 2016, after Tarah Malotky was named this year’s winner Sunday during the annual Brunch on the Farm.

Malotky, who resides in the town of Larabee and just recently graduated from Clintonville High School, will be the county fair’s goodwill ambassador for 2019 after outscoring three other contestants for the crown. Taylor Hoffman, of Gresham, was named the first runner-up.

Malotky was crowned by the last Fairest of the Fair, Taylor Przybylski, of Pulaski. After the coronation, Przybylski encouraged Malotky to keep her number handy in case she had questions about her future duties.

“It feels pretty good,” Przybylski said of passing the baton. “I was pretty disappointed that they weren’t doing the (Fairest of the Fair) program the year I was done. It’s really rewarding that they’re bringing it back, and I’m really happy for her (Malotky).”

Fri
21
Jun

Seeing Cootie game reminder of childhood fun

I went to a sale the other day and was delighted to find an old Cootie game. I wonder how many of you remember playing Cootie? I considered buying the game, but I decided to leave it, hoping some mom would buy it for her children.

We didn’t have a television when I was a little girl. I treasured the games and books I received as gifts on my birthday and Christmas. Taking good care of them was important because I was told there was no money to buy more. I loved it when my Grandma Whittaker would visit and stay overnight. We played Cootie, Checkers, Old Maid, Parcheesi and Tiddlywinks.

I remember working on a project one entire summer. I made a doll house with boxes. I furnished each room with pictures I cut from a catalog. I pasted the pictures of chairs, couches, bedroom furniture, etc., onto cardboard to make them sturdy. I made tabs so they would stand. I also cut out people for the house.

Fri
21
Jun

A farmer wears many hats from vet to businessman

Three years ago last month, we milked cows for the very last time. It was a rainy May morning and a couple of big trailers came rumbling down our driveway, hauling our girls out of their familiar stanchion barn and into a new adventure — parlor milking.

Oh, how I cried. Feeling like the Lord was crying with me on that dreary spring morning, it gave me some comfort — but not much, if I have to be totally honest. I still felt bad, like we were ripping their safety net out from under them. I wondered if they felt betrayed. Silly, but that was the response of my heart.

Later that first day, I literally stood in the center of my farm kitchen, slowly turning around wondering what I was supposed to do now at four o’clock in the afternoon? Slowly but surely, we developed a new routine.

Fri
21
Jun

Windshield crack continues through June birthdays

So far, the month of June has been filled with birthdays in my family. On June 9, one of my great-granddaughter’s second birthday was celebrated. The theme was Minnie Mouse, with her decked out in a Minnie Mouse dress, black top with a red polka-dotted skirt. She also had mouse ears but only wore them part time.

The four-layer cake and two dozen cupcakes were made by her grandmother and carried the theme out to perfection. A great afternoon was had outside, with family, fun and plenty of laughter.

The only downer on that day was my windshield being struck by a stone, which resulted in a ding. No big deal at that time; however, the next day the ding began to run streaks. Time to call insurance and get the guys to replace the windshield. Well, either lots of windshield work this time of year or they all went on vacation. No appointments available.

Thu
20
Jun

Arbor View plant sale Saturday

The Arbor View Gardens’ sale of rare and conventional plants will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22.

Extra plants from wholesale purchases for planting projects, some propagated from the garden’s collections and some donated by outside gardeners, will be sold.

This year the sale is not featuring a specific plant, but emphasizes native plants which are the basis of support for the native Wisconsin ecosystem. In addition, there will be many hosta and day lily varieties along with other perennials.

Anyone willing to donate his or her extra plants is welcome to do so.

Admission to the gardens on June 22, is by a freewill donation, or by contributing one or more plants. All proceeds from the sale will go toward planting projects.

Arbor View Gardens is a public garden located at E10540 County Road C in the village of Embarrass.

Tue
18
Jun

Shoreline survey starts Monday on Shawano Lake

To determine and improve the overall health of Shawano Lake, a shoreline survey will be conducted starting Monday.

This survey and others are joint projects of the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance and the Waterways Association of Menominee and Shawano counties, which have partnered to create Connecting Our Waters. Emily Henrigillis, watershed coordinator for Connecting Our Waters, will lead the Shawano Lake survey and coordinate volunteers from Shawano Area Waterways Management and local high schools.

The Wisconsin DNR survey method, Shoreland and Shallows Habitat Monitoring Field Protocol, will be used to assess the riparian zone of each tax parcel around the lake. The riparian zone is the first 35 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark. This survey is used to understand concerns within the lake’s riparian zone, as well as determine solutions to improve the quality of the water draining into the lake.

Tue
18
Jun

Sign-up opens for federal Dairy Margin Coverage program

Sign-up is underway for the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, the cornerstone program of the federal safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

The program replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy and offers protection to dairy farmers when the margin between the all-milk price and the average feed cost falls below a dollar amount selected by the producer.

“With an environment of low milk prices, high economic stress and a new safety net program with higher coverage levels and lower premiums, it is the right time for dairy producers to seriously consider enrolling,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “For many smaller dairies, the choice is probably a no-brainer as the retroactive coverage through January has already assured them that the 2019 payments will exceed the required premiums.”

Thu
13
Jun

Two men exemplified fatherhood for columnist

June 7 was my 50th wedding anniversary. It passed by with hardly a whisper. I remembered it was my anniversary, but it wasn’t until later in the day that I recalled the wedding was 50 years ago. While that is a milestone, there really was no need to get too excited about it, as my husband passed away in 2004.

The year we married, was similar in weather to how it seems to be going this year. The house we lived in when we married had no source of heat install as yet, as it was thought it would not be needed until fall. However, it seemed some nights got a bit too cold, even for newlyweds. So, a wood heater was moved into the living room, to cozy things up. Yes, we did take a bit of good natured ribbing, but such is life.

This weekend, fathers are honored, and rightly so. Most need to be honored more than just one weekend a year. My husband was a great stepfather to my two boys from a previous marriage, and father to the two more children we had together as a couple.

Thu
13
Jun

Fairest of the Fair competition features 4 finalists

Taylor Przybylski, Pulaski, wore the crown and held the title of Fairest of the Fair in 2016. Unfortunately, for the past two years the program was put on hold.

“I have always felt the Fairest of the Fair is a great ambassador for the Shawano County Fair,” said Kerry Danley, the 1st runner up for the title in 1990. “In addition, it is a wonderful opportunity for the candidates to grow in public speaking, etiquette, confidence, presentation skills, interviewing and much more.”

Danley was disappointed the program had been discontinued, and she met with the fair board and asked them to allow her to reinstate it. She said Dale Hodkiewicz and the board gave her the thumbs-up.

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