Community

Thu
16
Mar

Miss Wisconsin coming to Taste of Shawano

The Junior Achievement-Wolf River District board of directors announced Wednesday that Miss Wisconsin 2016 will be a guest at the annual Taste of Shawano event to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on March 27 at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano.

Miss Wisconsin Courtney Pelot hails from Manitowoc. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in communication arts.

Pelot is spending her year of service making appearances promoting her platform of literacy education and the Children’s Miracle Network. Pelot’s platform fits well with Junior Achievement’s purpose statement to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Pelot is a 2012 graduate of Lincoln High School and a 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sat
11
Mar

Volunteer Profile

Bill Hoppe does a lot of volunteering.

Born and raised in Shawano, Hoppe graduated from Shawano High School. He farmed and hauled milk until he was drafted into the Army for two years. He also drove school bus for a while. When he returned he worked for Brown Wilbert Burial Vault Company in De Pere in manufacturing and service for 39 years.

Hoppe, who retired in 2008, and his wife of 48 years, Mary, have four children, 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. They enjoy gardening and have traveled all over the world.

Q Where do you volunteer?

A “I’m a member of the Bishop Fox Council Knights of Columbus 2836. I help at the Shawano County Historical Society, Sacred Heart (Catholic) Church and the Weidner Center in Green Bay.”

Q How do you help the Knights?

Sat
11
Mar

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Bob Klopke, president of the Gresham Scholarship Fund, is shown with a raffle basket for the group’s 16th annual banquet March 25.

The Gresham Scholarship Fund is in its 16th year of raising money for for graduates of Gresham Community School.

It was started by former teacher and principal Bob Klopke, who is president of the fund. He got the inspiration from another fundraiser.

“I watched what was going on with Dollars for Scholars in Shawano,” he said.

Since its start, the Gresham Scholarship Fund has provided 183 students with $154,700 in scholarships. The scholarship amounts have grown from $400 in 2002 to $1,750 the last two years.

GSF has also awarded 11 community scholarships to graduates who want to get more education after being out of school for a time.

“I spent my life in education,” said Klopke, who spent his entire career at Gresham — 18 years as a teacher and 14 years as principal.

Sat
11
Mar

Time marches on in March

One day I had a conversation with myself on the topic of daylight saving time. It went something like this.

“Why do we have daylight saving time?” said the child in me.

“In order to get more daylight hours during our working day,” answered my senior citizen self.

“Do we get 25 hours then?” asked my inner child.

“No, actually, we will set the clock back, and lose an hour,” the senior citizen in me answered. “We will lose an hour of sleep, and our systems will get off kilter, but we will have more daylight later in the day. Then, in the fall, we get our hour back when it goes back to regular time.”

“I think it sounds silly,” that child in me pipped up.

“Well, it is the way it is, and besides, if it wasn’t for daylight saving time, how would we remember to change the battery in the smoke detectors,” came the senior citizen reply.

Sat
11
Mar

Q&A with Pam Tillis


Contributed Photo Pam Tillis will perform an acoustic concert in the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium on March 19.

Editor’s note: In anticipation of her performance March 19 at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, country music star Pam Tillis took time off from her schedule for an interview with Rob Wyman of Rubber Soul Productions LLC, promoter of the concert.

RW:: As the daughter of Mel Tillis, you grew up around country stars and musicians. Looking back on your childhood, what encounters or experiences stand out?

PT: My first time on stage at the old Ryman stands out, I was 8. Meeting larger than life people like Dotty West, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, Roger Miller giving us walkie-talkies when we were kids, going with Dad to the CMAs the year he won Entertainer of the Year … So many colorful, brilliant people in Nashville in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

RW: Your father has been battling some health issues recently. Can you give us an update? How is he doing?

Thu
09
Mar

GARDEN PROBLEM SOLVERS


Photo by Rob Zimmer Whitetails are among the most common garden problem dealt with by local gardeners.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Milorganite is a popular garden product for multiple reasons. It is a great fertilizer, as well as a soil amendment and useful in discouraging certain pests from invading your yard and garden.

Last week, I began my garden product guide series with information on garden soils, amendments and fertilizers.

This week, I’ll begin to cover some of the many options available for weed control, pest control and fungicides.

Just as intimidating to most gardeners as the selection of fertilizers, soils and soil amendments, pest control and weed control shelves at the garden center are a frightening place to those who aren’t sure what to buy.

Bottles, jugs, jars and packages line the shelves, filled with products promising to help control gardeners’ biggest problems and woes.

You’ll find multiple products claiming to repel or keep out deer, rabbits, moles, chipmunks, squirrels and more. Dozens of products that claim to eliminate insect pests, caterpillars, beetles, aphids, ants and other crawling creatures.

You’ll also find dozens of products that claim to work on fungal diseases, blossom end rot, blight, black spot and more.

Thu
09
Mar

2 ‘Stepping On’ sessions start in March

The Shawano County Department of Human Services’ Aging Unit will offer “Stepping On” workshops in Shawano and Tigerton this spring.

The seven-week program is designed to reduce falls and build confidence in older people.

The Shawano sessions will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning March 14, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, 100 County Road B. Sessions in Tigerton will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, beginning March 30, at the Tigerton Community Center, 221 Birch St.

The free sessions will include information on why people fall and how to prevent falls; simple balance and strength training; the role vision plays in keeping your balance; how medication can contribute to falls; ways to stay safe when out and about in the community; what to look for in safe footwear; and how to check your home for safety.

Wed
08
Mar

Workshops on March schedule at nature center

A variety of activities are planned at Navarino Nature Center during the month of March.

A rain barrel workshop will be held at 9 a.m. March 11. Rain barrels can store up to 55 gallons of water from snow melt or rain water to help your flowers or garden weeks after the rain has stopped. Make your own barrel in the workshop for $35 a barrel, or purchase a pre-made barrel for $45. RSVP to 715-758-6999 or navarinonc@gmail.com.

Fri
03
Mar

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The FRESH project is being implemented in Shawano and Menominee counties. Members of the committee overseeing the project include, from left, Kari Hopfensperger, Jo Anne Schedler, Kim Ihrcke, Nancy Schultz and Nick Mau.

FRESH project volunteers are ready to start putting their plans into action. FRESH stands for Food, Resources, Education, Security, Health.

“We have a new program that we’re bringing to the community,“ FRESH food council co-chair Kim Ihrcke said. “We have a community that has needs.”

Those needs were expressed in a survey in which people said their households were struggling to get healthy food.

A good portion of the western side of Shawano County along with a pocket in the city of Shawano are in “food deserts,” where poverty is greater than 20 percent and the distance to a grocery story is more than 10 miles in a rural or one-half mile in an urban area.

The FRESH project wants to have good food available for everyone by educating and getting the community on board with their goals, such as growing the Share the Bounty program. The program is already working, but the committee feels it could cover a much broader area.

Fri
03
Mar

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Cari Van Gheem volunteers for Bridge the Gap, a program for people with autism.

Cari Van Gheem volunteers for Bridge the Gap, a program for people with autism.

She graduated from Gillett High School and earned a medical assistant degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Van Gheem works for an insurance company in Green Bay.

Van Gheem likes to swim, garden, sew, camp and fish. A few years back, she had an overabundance of pumpkins so she put them on a trailer at the end of her driveway to take for free or leave a donation for Bridge the Gap.

“Needless to say all the extra pumpkins were gone and the people who stopped were so generous I decided I needed to do this every year,” she said.

She and her husband of 12 years, DuWayne, live in Cecil. He works at a paper mill in Green Bay.

Q What is Bridge the Gap?

A “Bridge the Gap is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on helping individuals on the autism spectrum.”

Q How does it help?

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