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Wed
15
Aug

40 YEARS OF FOLK


Photo by Charles Collier Dorothy Zerbe, left, plays a duet with Bonnie Bell during the 40th annual Shawano Folk Music Festival. The two had met a handful of days before the festival and, at Zerbe’s request during Back To Shawano Part II on Sunday, Bell joined her friend on the unplugged Shawano stage.

Dozens of musicians from around the world were scattered throughout the wooded trails of Mielke Park in Shawano last weekend, all taking their respective stages in the 40th annual Shawano Folk Music Festival.

The festival has always been a celebration of folk music and the kinship it entails, and for longtime attendees, performers and organizers, that made celebrating four decades of folk all the sweeter.

“It’s been some of the best music around,” said Pat Wiley, a singer/songwriter and jack-of-all-trades musician from Clintonville.

Kay Kangas, of Oshkosh, has been involved with the festival for 25 years as a vendor selling intricate wood-burning pieces, ranging from elaborate Celtic knots to playful dual-colored cribbage boards. Though the number of craft vendors has declined in recent years, Kangas and her colleague, Michele Harrell, said that the Shawano pitch is a favorite in their cycle of yearly events.

Sat
11
Aug

Sifting through the good ol’ days

In the past, I have written several columns on the clutter that seems to take up residence in my home. How it gets here, I am not certain. Little gremlins, perhaps, or maybe I need to be better at getting rid of stuff, instead of throwing it on a pile.

There are the occasional times when my letting it accumulate is a good thing, and such was recently the case. I had stopped to visit a cousin in Shawano one day, and we got to talking about Grandpa and Grandma. She is older than I am, so she remembers more of those days than I do.

When I got home, I kept thinking about our reminiscing, and those thoughts drew me to my parent’s picture box. As a child, I loved when we got that old, large, cardboard box out. Lovingly, Ma would take out each picture, telling us who was pictured. When the time came to clean out my mother’s house, I had asked if I could have that old box with the priceless pictures.

Sat
11
Aug

Concerts are part of WOW’s expanded vision

When Walls Of Wittenberg formed in 2005, the main focus was to bring in professional artists to paint murals on Wittenberg buildings as a way of attracting tourists to the area to help boost the local economy. The vision has expanded over the years and now includes summer concerts in the Art Park.

The 2018 “Second Tuesday Concert Series” will conclude Tuesday with a performance by The Drovers from 6-8 p.m. The concert is free, but a nonperishable donation for the Wittenberg Food Pantry would be appreciated.

“We first had the concerts on the third Thursday of every summer month,” concert coordinator Meg Hartleben said. “We weren’t getting as many audience members as we had hoped. So this year, we switched to the second Tuesday, and we’ve had a nice increase.”

Sat
11
Aug

Masons part of Shawano for 150 years

On Aug. 18, there will be a 150th year celebration of Shawano Lodge 170 as a chartered member of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin. The evening will focus on the history of Masonry as it evolved here in Shawano.

Several years ago, I was invited to speak at a Masonic event. Quite honestly, I knew very little about Masons, who they are and what they do. I spent some time doing some research. Here is some of what I learned:

Masons are men who have joined a fraternity. They refer to themselves as Freemasons. The fraternity is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is, but it is said it probably arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.

Sat
11
Aug

True blue beauties


Photo by Grace Kirchner The blueberries are big, blue and ripe, according to Moni Jarvais of Blueberry Haven, located on County Road XX, southeast of Clintonville.

Moni Jarvais has made a lot of decisions over the years with regard to her family-owned business, Blueberry Haven.

After doing research in the year 2000 as to what could be successfully grown on 15 acres that used to be a vegetable farm, and what wasn’t then widely available for sale, she decided to grow blueberries. She and her husband, Duane, also decided they wouldn’t use any pesticides on their five varieties of blueberries. And they decided, in 2001, to install an overhead irrigation system.

What she doesn’t get to decide, however, is when the blueberries are ripe and ready.

“Nature rules as to when the berries are ready for picking,” said Jarvais.

The berries are ready now — either pick-your-own or prepicked — at Blueberry Haven, located at W9967 County Road XX, southeast of Clintonville. Because of their five varieties, the picking season lasts six to eight weeks, Jarvais said, from mid-July through August, or until they run out.

Sat
11
Aug

Fall prevention workshop starts in September

Stepping On is a fall prevention workshop being offered in Shawano by Shawano County Human Services-Aging Unit and ThedaCare-Shawano. The workshop, which is for older adults, runs two hours a week for seven weeks, at ThedaCare-Shawano, 100 County Road B, Shawano.

Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. Participants will view a display of fall-prevention products. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, better balance and a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of the class.

Fri
10
Aug

VA health care eligibility myths

One valuable veteran benefit is access to the VA health care system. Unfortunately, there are many rumors and misconceptions circulating that may prevent some veterans from applying for the benefits to which they are entitled.

It can be confusing to determine whether you qualify because eligibility for VA health care depends on a variety of factors and circumstances. The following are some common misconceptions about VA health care eligibility:

Fri
10
Aug

Life on the farm is kinda laid back


LEADER PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Quintin enjoys chasing chickens and helping his mom gather eggs for use and for sale. New this year, the Hoekstras are also raising chickens for their meat.

Hoekstra Husbandry, just outside of Birnamwood, is a hobby farm that is slowly but steadily growing — much like the resident animals and the family that lives there. For owners Jeremy and Alyssa Hoekstra, the 10-acre farm is just the right size for them, their two sons and another one on the way.

Pigs are their main business. Slow-growing, grass-fed, stress-free — these are all terms they use to describe their philosophy for raising pigs.

They also have a business philosophy which extends to doing what’s best for the greater economic good.

Jeremy Hoekstra explained that they don’t grow their grain and they don’t butcher the pigs. That way, the local farmers stay employed, they stay employed and so do the butchers.

“It’s a good way to be more of a community-based business,” he said. “It’s good for everybody.”

Fri
10
Aug

Time to get sports physicals as fall season draws near

It’s hard to think about back-to-school issues while enjoying warm summer days, but the first day of the 2018-19 school year inches closer every day. Most schools in the area are starting Sept. 4.

ThedaCare Physicians throughout Northeast Wisconsin is encouraging parents to schedule their students’ school and sports physicals now to avoid a last-minute crunch. Many fall sports programs have started practices, and those physicals must be completed before the student may begin practicing with their respective teams.

School and sports physicals assess a student’s medical history, health and fitness as it relates to a sport. These exams ensure young bodies are ready for the season ahead and that there is not a medical or family history that requires further attention.

Thu
09
Aug

Big cheese marshal for Clintonville parade

Retired fireman Mike “Cheese” Stemper has been selected as parade marshall for the annual Fireman’s Festival on Aug. 11 in Clintonville.

Stemper has retired from the department but is now a member of the Fire Police. Those serving with the Fire Police are on a call system. They can be called to the station and often asked to help at the scene of the fire call, or they may remain at the station to assist should another call come in. The Fire Police was organized in January and now has a dozen members.

Stemper picked up the nickname “Cheese” because he grew up living in a cheese factory located five miles out of Clintonville on County Road O. The nickname has been passed down to his children and grandchildren.

“If you ask some of the guys at work what my name is, they don’t know because they all know me as ‘Cheese,’” Stemper said.

He retired from Miller Electric after working there for 40 years.

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