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Sat
13
Oct

Liesner was named Shawano Optimist of the Year


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Receiving the Shawano Optimist Club’s top awards for the 2017-2018 Optimist Year were, Ryan Alexander, right, who received a life membership in Optimist International, and Jim Liesner, left, who was named Shawano Optimist of the year. In the center is Dan Mauel, the Shawano Optimist Club President for the 2018-2019 year.

Jim Liesner was named Shawano Optimist of the Year at the Shawano Optimist Club awards banquet on Oct. 3.

Liesner has served as a board member and vice president in charge of fundraising, and has participated in nearly every club project and fund raiser this year.

For his continued efforts on behalf of the club, including serving as club newsletter editor, Ryan Alexander received a life membership in Optimist International.

The honors were presented at the Shawano Optimist Club 42nd anniversary event at the Four Seasons in Shawano.

Outgoing President Gary Cumberland thanked the club members for their support during his presidency this past year.

“It was a great year,” Cumberland said. “We had a record year for fundraising, which will enable us to continue our efforts to support our community’s youth as well as many worthwhile organizations.”

Sat
13
Oct

The kind of weather where you want to make soup

As I look out of my window this morning, I see that it is raining again. My lawn is a carpet of bright yellow leaves, with an occasional red dot here and there. In spite of the rain drops rolling down the window and the gray sky, the vision takes my breath away.

In spite of the rain, the leaves seem to be hanging on the trees. I know that is about to change, and bare trees will provide a different landscape, with snow a new type of carpet. Meanwhile, I am enjoying each day as it comes.

The one thing I was not enjoying was the fruit flies. Once again I have mixed up my special potion, and while a few have not been lured in as yet, many have been drawn to its special aroma and succumbed.

Sat
13
Oct

Cast-iron cookwar built to last in kitchens

It was my “golden birthday:” I was 22 on Feb. 22. I was a young wife and mother, and I hadn’t bought myself anything new for a very long time. Money was tight and I knew my hubby couldn’t buy me a gift, but I was hoping for a special present from my mother and dad on this golden day.

We were renting a house on Andrews Street at the time. I invited my folks over to help me celebrate. I baked an angel food cake and made sloppy Joes. After dinner, my mother handed me a gift. It was heavy, so that ruled out clothing or jewelry. I hope the disappointment didn’t show too much on my face when I opened the gift. It was a cast iron frying pan. My dad told me how good pork chops and fried potatoes were going to taste. Mother told me how to season it.

Little did I know then what a great gift that actually was. I still have that cast-iron frying pan 51 years later and I think of my folks often as I stand by my stove, using my golden birthday treasure as I flip pancakes.

Sat
13
Oct

Oh, how I love October


Leader photo by Greg Mellis A tree’s leaves turns yellow and orange while surrounded by other trees whose leaves are still green.

Oh, how I love the month of October! The colors alone are enough to make anyone fall in love with this month. Along with amazing technicolor scenery, making wood, sports and celebrations, October is a special month to me.

We are so appreciative of our woods. Heading out to cut, split and haul wood is hard work, but it’s worth it. I am so grateful for a warm farmhouse in the dead of winter. That penetrating wood heat just cannot be beat.

As I drive to my different work assignments, I soak in the scenery. With just two eyes and a finite mind, we cannot possibly absorb the beauty surrounding us. How can one appreciate it unless we purposefully stop and take a moment to gaze at this brief display of splendor?

Thu
11
Oct

Q&A with Reid Richards


REID RICHARDS

Editor’s note: The Enterprise and News recently chatted with Reid Richards, the new English teacher at Birnamwood Middle School.

Q: What is your work/education background?

A: This is my first year teaching. I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in December of 2017. Then I subbed in the Wausau School District. In the fourth quarter of the school year, I was a long-term substitute in a fourth-grade classroom. This was a neat experience for me because this was the elementary school that I attended. I am excited to be teaching in a middle school and work with a terrific team in Birnamwood.

Q: Where are you from and tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thu
11
Oct

Oshkosh museum prepares for Menominee exhibit

A collection of hand-carved art figures depicting the Menominee Clans Story is going on display in the Oshkosh Public Museum. The collection, which was meticulously carved and painted by Menominee artist James Frechette, had been stored at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History.

“The Oshkosh Public Museum is honored to have been chosen as the holder of these important clans figures,” said Brad Larson, museum director. “Each figure and its associated implements were done with authenticity and imbued with meaning and spiritual power. Once completed this spring, visitors will not only admire the beauty and spirituality of the figures, but they will also learn about their responsibility to the Menominee people and the natural world they are intimately tied to.”

Thu
11
Oct

Trunk-or-Treat, Halloween Hustle set in Clintonville

The third annual St. Rose/St. Mary’s 5K Halloween Hustle and Trunk-or-Treat will be held Oct. 26 at 140 Auto St., Clintonville. Costume contest categories are for kids, adults and groups.

Trunk-or-Treat will run from 5:15-5:45 p.m. This event allows children to select treats from trunks and participate in games. The $10 cost includes a bag, T-shirt, book and other goodies.

Costumes are encouraged for the family-friendly Halloween Hustle. Last year, nearly 250 people participated. This year’s event starts at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 per person and includes water stations and marshals along the lit course, a T-shirt, lighted safety armband, other gifts and automatic entry into a prize drawing. Group discount information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Free child care for 5K and Trunk-or-Treat participants is available during the Halloween Hustle.

Sat
06
Oct

Seasons not transitioning like normal

There are four seasons of each year. Often, one gently flows into another, with only a hint of what is to come. This year has not quite gone so smoothly. I saw hints of spring, but then the blizzard hit and reminded us that winter still held its grip.

The snow melted rather quickly, and when the heat hit, it came with a lot of humidity. I saw hints of the impending autumn, but suddenly the weather turned cool, damp and rainy. Dampness makes things feel even colder.

Now that I have arthritis pain in my feet, the pain gets worse with damp, cool weather. So, while others wondered when and if to turn their thermometer up, I didn’t consider that at all. I turned mine up on the cool mornings — no guilt at all.

Sat
06
Oct

Recipes bring out flavor of Native American food

Native Americans retain a rich culture of traditional foods and the way they are prepared. These foods vary according to the environment where each tribe is located.

Native Americans were and continue to be hunters and gatherers. Many of their recipes include ways to prepare venison, fish, rabbits, fowl, wild rice, squash, corn, berries and mushrooms.

I didn’t have space in my last column to include some of the traditional Native American recipes. Thanks to those who gave recipes to me. I will include more of them in upcoming articles.

Chantel Alveshire and Mary (Tweet) Smith often organize fundraising luncheons to benefit others who have unexpected medical bills, lost their home or belongings due to a fire, or other emergency situations. Smith is well known for her tasty donations. Here is her recipe for cream of chicken and wild rice soup:

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Fri
05
Oct

A CHILLING COMEDY


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Ingrid, left, played by Karen Fuller laughs as she turns away from Erik, played by Coulton Boughton, and Michelle, played by Maddie Stuewer, in a scene from “The Ice House.” The show opens Friday at 7 p.m. and runs through Oct. 14.

The latest show from Box in the Wood Theatre Guild will leave the audience with chills.

With a title like “The Ice House,” would you expect anything less?

The guild is performing the comedy for the next two weekends at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano. While the play is based in Minnesota, most aspects will ring true for those Wisconsin outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy fishing on the ice in the dead of winter.

“The show is written by Peter Bloedel, a professor at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota,” said director Sue Kluge.

Three men have enjoyed the sport for years, but one, Oskar, is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of the chase after he is forced to move to Florida by his needy sister-in-law, Ingrid, according to Kluge.

“She’s a bit of a user. She takes advantage,” Kluge said. “There’s different things throughout the show where the characters talk about how she’s finagled things.”

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