Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner The Tigerton Community Garden is in its ninth year. Gardeners include, from left, front row, Audrey Kessen and Perry Bublitz; back row, Lee Kreklow, Cliff Kessen and Don Onesti.

Mother Nature has been very good to area gardens this year, including the Tigerton Community Gardens that provide fresh, healthy food.

The garden was the idea of Jon Gehrman in 2007. Unfortunately, he died before it got started, so Perry Bublitz took over.

“It was his passion,” Bublitz said.

The number of plots has increased every year, and eight families are participating this year. They are responsible for planting, weeding, watering and cleaning up.

The plots are 10-by-20-feet and 10-by-40 feet.

“No one has any idea how much food comes out of here,” Bublitz said. “There is plenty to share with the village and local churches.”

Rudy Lopez is the chairman of the garden committee. Other committee members are Bublitz, Fred Lang and Audrey Kessen.

“We have to have a committee because we apply for grants,” Bublitz said.


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Don and Caryl Onesti have done a lot of volunteering in the Tigerton area.

Don and Caryl Onesti have done a lot of volunteering in the Tigerton area.

Don was born in the town of Almon and graduated from Bowler High School. He earned a degree in agriculture education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and taught in South Dakota, North Dakota and Birnamwood before teaching 32 years at Tigerton High School. He retired in 2000. While teaching Don got his masters in agriculture education from UW-River Falls.

Caryl was born in the town of Larrabee and graduated from Clintonville High School. She attended UW-Stevens Point for 2½ years to study home economics. Caryl worked at Montgomery Ward in Appleton, J.C. Penney Co. in Clintonville and then at Joern’s Lumber, where she did the bookkeeping and bought and sold lumber. She was the town clerk for Fairbanks for 13 years and was secretary for three churches. Caryl retired in 2007.


Timely rainfall helping flowers, plants this summer

To say the summer is flying by would be an understatement. June was booked ahead of time, but somehow, July has most of its days spoken for also, and now there is only one week left before changing over to August.

That seems to be another month that seems less busy, but it always sneaks up on me. I guess what I am trying to say is, life is busy, but I usually like it that way. I am grateful that I am up and about this summer and can be active. While my foot surgery didn’t turn out as well as was hoped, I am determined not to let that get the best of me. I choose to remain as active as possible.

Summer at the Lehman house has been pretty easy, in that all the rain the Lord has sent my way means that I don’t have to water my planters as often as in a normal summer.


Work underway on loop gap

Contributed Photo From left, Matty Mathison, Brad Holz, Nancy Brown-Koeller, Dave Koeller and Greg Sturm mark the start of final piece of the Yellow Loop trail

Contributed Photo The new trail is enhanced by several scenic overlooks such as this one, overlooking a pond on the clay borrow site

Construction began Tuesday to close a half-mile gap in one of the three park-t0-park loops providing walking and biking routes around the city of Shawano.

Shawano Pathways, a nonprofit citizens group, created the loops in cooperation with Shawano County and the Shawano Parks and Recreation Department.

The Blue and Orange loops were completed two years ago, but there has been a half-mile gap in the Yellow route.

Many people have been anxiously waiting for the completion of the route, which will travel through a piece of scenic county property between the end of River Bend Road near the Wolf River Sanitary Plant and Rose Brook Road.

“We’re very excited to see the construction begin,” said Greg Sturm, president of Shawano Pathways. “Because of the scenic quality, we believe this will be a very popular loop.”


Annual arts fair taking shape

The Shawano County Arts Council is using the next few weeks to put the finishing touches on plans for the Shawano County Art Fair.

The 48th annual event takes place July 31 at the Mielke Arts Center in Mielke Park, Shawano. It is one of the longest running annual outdoor art and craft shows in the area.

The fair was started with the express purpose of promoting the visual arts in Shawano and the surrounding communities. Some of the art fair’s founding members were also involved with the beginnings of the Mielke Arts Center. After much planning and building, the facility became the art fair’s permanent home with room for 80 or more exhibitors.



Photo by Rob Zimmer July and August bring peak coneflower bloom in our area, and there are a number of colorful choices to add to your garden this year. This beautiful orange, pompom bloomer is Marmalade.

Photo by Rob Zimmer In rich red, Hot Papaya brings its extravagant blooms and fiery color to the summer garden.

Summer is heating up and what better way to add a brilliant punch to your summer garden than to include a few of the incredible, colorful coneflower varieties now available at most garden centers.

Coneflower creations have come a long way since the days of the old-fashioned, native purple coneflower. Still a popular landscaping choice, the native coneflower features blooms in a rich purplish pink, with a large, spiny central cone in deep orange.

Heat and drought tolerant, purple coneflower is one of the top choices for attracting birds and butterflies to your garden.

A new generation

Over the past few decades, plant hybridizers and breeders have introduced dozens of coneflower hybrids, now available in an assortment of beautiful colors and flower forms.


Shawano youth receives Eagle Scout award

Photo by Carol Wagner Nathan Petri was recently honored at a Boy Scout Court of Honor on becoming an Eagle Scout. With him are his mother, Elizabeth Radtke-Petri, father, Aaron Petri, and sister, Anna.

Nathan Petri recently received his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Shawano. The award is the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

“It feels really good to know that I finished Boy Scouts and I got it all done,” said Petri, 18.

A member of Boy Scout Troop 32, Petri earned 26 merit badges.

For his community service project he built four benches for the Shawano County Historical Society. Petri got help from other members of his troop, and businesses donated money to help him purchase the supplies.

“I learned a lot,” he said.

Petri said his parents helped him attain the honor and were very supportive. His dad, Aaron, is troop committee chair and his mother, Elizabeth, is a merit badge counselor.

“He’s very driven and works hard at completing his interests,” Elizabeth said.

Only about 5 percent of the boys who enter Scouting earn the Eagle award.


CMN students write original 1-hour play

Students in the College of Menominee Nation’s summer theater production course will present an original one-act play at 7:30 p.m. July 27 and July 28 at the Norbert Hill Center Auditorium in Oneida.

“Crisis at the Clinic” employs humor and dramatic elements as it speculates what would happen if a community health scare and protection of the public bumped up against cost-cutting priorities. The play is suitable for all ages.

Students Gary Adams, Tyrone Barber, Jennifer Barnes, Courtney Behrendt, Kerry Cornelius, Lee Cornelius, Jamie Komanekin, Brady Moreno, Brian Moreno, Zachary Skenandore, Madona Wilber and Kyle Witt wrote the play in a playwriting course at CMN in the spring semester.

The play is edited and directed by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn.


Gretzinger will lead Embarrass Fun Daze parade

Bob Gretzinger will be honored as the parade marshal at the 28th annual Embarrass Fun Daze on July 30.

Gretzinger was a member of the Embarrass Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, serving from 1974 to 1992. He owns and operates Gretzinger Sales & Service, located between Clintonville and Marion.

The Gretzinger family is also very busy during the holiday season as they have been in the Christmas tree business for many years. Gretzinger and his wife, Pam, reside in the rural Clintonville area.

The parade will start at 11 a.m. on the east end of town and proceed down Main Street to state Highway 22. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top entries in four categories: most original, most humorous, best commercial, and best club or church organization entry.



Photo by Rob Zimmer July and August are daylily days, and there are many incredible growers of these garden powerhouse plants in our area to celebrate the season.

Photo by Rob Zimmer At Solaris Farms, Reedsville, daylilies are the stars, but you’ll find a number of other incredible plants on display, including one of the largest clematis collections in the area.

The long days of summer are the season many gardeners look forward to, especially when it comes to the explosive bloom of colorful, vibrant daylilies in all their glory.

Blooming in every color of the rainbow from pristine white to near-black, and every colorful combination in between, daylilies are a favorite among gardeners throughout the area.

They grow well in most soils, provided they get at least half a day of sunshine. Their blooms are extravagant, ornate and often breathtaking. There are miniature daylilies, along with incredible, spidery giants that may bloom a foot across or more.

Here in Northeast Wisconsin, we are fortunate to be home to a number of the finest daylily hybridizers in the entire nation. Be sure to visit them all over the next several weeks, as each offers something different, exciting and unique.

Solaris Farms, Reedsville


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