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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.”

Fri
05
Oct

Crossroads Community Theatre rehearsing for fall play


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Cast and crew are working hard and having fun preparing for the next Crossroads Community Theatre production “Love Thy Neighbor,” which will be performed at the WOWSPACE in October. Shown are, from left, front row, Lois Anderson, Lisa Walkush, Jessica Gall, Dawn Meverden and Nancy Pehlke; back row, Dave Owens, Dale Hartleben, Dan Young, Paul Pehlke, Mike Gilbertson and Wade Fletcher. Missing from photo are Melissa Anderson and Cohen Wojnowiak.

It takes a lot of work to transform an art gallery into a theater space, but this year Walls of Wittenberg will have an added perk for the audience – new risers.

There will now be three viewing levels. In the past, two levels of risers limited the audience’s sight lines. They were also extremely heavy and had to be moved professionally to and from an off-site location. The new risers fold and can be stored at the WOWSPACE.

“We’re excited to have the new risers on-site, and we may be able to use them for other events or maybe even incorporate into our art show displays,” said Elaine Knab, WOW president.

The WOWSPACE was designed to be used as an art gallery. But twice a year, the Crossroads Community Theatre — the performing arts arm of Walls of Wittenberg — transforms the area to put on a comedy in the fall and a murder mystery dinner theater in February.

Thu
04
Oct

PREPARING FOR SPRING

October is prime time for planting and preparing spring bulbs for a spectacular showcase of bloom from April all the way into June. A few hard frosts and cooler soil temperatures make October the perfect month for planting spring-blooming bulbs in the garden and landscape.

Traditionally, fall means bulb planting as these treasured spring beauties require many weeks of cold temperatures in the soil in order to display their stunning spring colors.

Spring blooming bulbs provide a welcome burst of color after the season’s snows melt away and the drab landscape begins to waken with the new warmth of March and April. Favorites such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, allium and others are planted now to ensure a glorious spring emergence.

Thu
04
Oct

Cowles named Friend of Towns

The Wisconsin Towns Association recently honored state Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, with a Friend of the Towns award during the monthly Shawano County Towns Association meeting in Angelica.

Cowles authored three pieces of legislation that were supported by the Wisconsin Towns Association in the 2017-18 session, including a clean water bill to help governments and residents repair or replace failing wells and septic tanks.

“I am honored to receive the Friend of the Towns award. Our local governments hold important and unique rolls in promoting economic development, protecting citizen’s health and welfare and improving the standard of living in their communities,” Cowles said in a statement. “Developing a state and local government partnership is crucial in advancing our state forward.”

Tue
02
Oct

ThedaCare names new VP for Shawano hospital

Julie Chikowski was named ThedaCare Vice President, Critical Access Hospitals–Shawano effective Sept. 4. She replaces the retiring Bill Schmidt.

Chikowski most recently served as the chief executive officer for Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County in Darlington. Prior to becoming CEO, she was the nursing home administrator for Lafayette Manor in the same community. Chikowski has also served as the practice administrator at Fox Valley Pulmonary Medicine; a physician liaison with Berlin Memorial Hospital, now ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin; and director of social services/nursing home administrator at Juliette Manor in Berlin.

Chikowski is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in social work with a psychology emphasis, has completed nursing home administrator coursework the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds Wisconsin nursing home administrator and social work licenses.

Tue
02
Oct

Beef producer meeting planned

While Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland, interest in raising beef cattle is on the rise. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture census showed that a majority of cow/calf operations have less than 50 head of cattle, but raise nearly a third of the United States calf crop annually. With a plentiful supply out-of-use dairy farm operations and pasture land available, many who work off the farm or have retired from dairying find raising beef cattle a natural fit for their available facilities.

Tue
02
Oct

2 new staff members at Bellin clinic in Bonduel

Bellin Health Bonduel is pleased to welcome family medicine physician Iris Perez and family medicine physician assistant Brad Miller to its health care team.

Perez, who is board-certified in family medicine, offers expertise in these areas, among others: chronic disease management, like diabetes and heart disease; minor office procedures, like skin biopsies, stitches and wart removal; and joint injections. In addition to serving the Bonduel community, she will continue to see patients at Bellin’s Oconto facility.

Perez earned her medical degree at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Family Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. In her free time, Perez enjoys traveling and camping, as well as fishing, gardening, cross-stitch and needlepoint.

Sat
29
Sep

Raspberries burst with flavor and memories

Around 10 or 12 years ago we bought a dozen ever-bearing raspberry bushes. When our middle one was delegated to mowing the lawn one day, he mowed right over the tender little plants. I sighed. You can’t see a patch, kid? How could I holler at him? I never did warn him they were planted there.

Figuring we’d have to go out and buy some more, we procrastinated, and the next year, were pleasantly surprised to see those plants had bounced back as soon as the weather warmed. They quite literally took off, and since then we’ve had those bushes produce two batches of sweet red berries, one in late June and again now in September until a deep freeze. Maybe it helped to mow them down.

Sat
29
Sep

Every bit helps: money-making memories on the farm

As I was growing up on a farm in the 1940s and ’50s, I knew we were not rich when it came to money. However, I never knew why we did some things on our farm, and I didn’t understand that the things we did were to earn a little extra money to actually pay for the farm.

My parents married in 1929 at St. Paul, the Stony Hill church, in Shawano County. They were both 29 years old. My mother was a farm girl, raised in Shawano County, but she had gone to Milwaukee for more job opportunities.

They met on a blind date and eventually got married. The Depression hit shortly after they wed, and my mother told my dad that if they moved up north and bought a farm, they could at least grow their own food, as there were no jobs to be had in Milwaukee.

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