Clintonville celebrates Winter Whirl next week

Clintonville’s Winter Whirl 2017 begins Thursday with a used book sale at the Clintonville Public Library, 75 Hemlock St., from 6-8 p.m. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

On Saturday, a porkie breakfast will be held from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Aster Retirement Community, 35 Anne St., in support of the Clintonville Wise Guys.

There is free swimming and free use of the gym from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clintonville High School Recreation Center, 64 Green Tree Road.

The 28th annual Tummy Warmer Cook-off will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clintonville Recreation Center, 55 E. 12th St. For registration or information, call 715-823-7660 or email

The Woodland Badgers 4-H Club will be serving ice cream sundaes beginning at 1o a.m. Saturday at the rec center.


Year of the Daffodil

Photo by Rob Zimmer The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2017 the Year of the Daffodil. These colorful harbingers of spring make great companion plants in the shade garden, blooming before the leaves emerge.

Photo by Rob Zimmer Collect unusual daffodil varieties, such as this bizarre Rip Van Winkle, for an even more enjoyable spring show.

The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2017 the Year of the Daffodil. Each year, the garden organization selects certain plants to feature and market throughout the growing season. One perennial, one annual, one bulb and an edible are selected. The daffodil is this year’s choice in the bulb category.

With bright colors and the promise of spring’s arrival, daffodils brighten gardens as early as March in our area, peaking in April and early May. The smaller, rock garden varieties bloom first, followed by the larger types later in the spring.

Daffodils are an amazing, varied and eccentric group of garden blooms. While many gardeners think of the traditional, cupped, sunny yellow blossoms that herald the new spring, these plants are available in hundreds of varieties and a wide range of colors, sizes and flower forms.


Artist leaves church ‘a magnificent gift’

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Judi Bryant spent three years painting the murals on the walls of the fellowship hall at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Artist Judi Bryant touches up her finished project, which includes one mural representing scenes from the Old Testament and another from the New Testament.

The walls inside Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano have come alive with two important elements of Judi Bryant’s life: her art and her faith.

The artist has completed a three-year project painting murals along the walls of the church’s fellowship hall to depict images of stories from the Bible.

Divine Savior leaders sought out Bryant for the mural project in 2013 because she is a longtime church member and she is an accomplished artist who once taught art to children in the church’s school.

What followed for Bryant was a somewhat intense personal journey that combined the outward expression of her painting with inward introspection on her religious faith.

The 68-year-old painter from Clintonville said she was determined that the walls of Divine Savior, 102 Northridge Drive, would not end up looking like just another Christmas card or Hollywood production about the Bible.

“It had to be original,” she said. “I had to make it my own.”


Nonprofit Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Heidi Russell is the director of aging for Shawano County Human Services.

Last fall, the Shawano County Aging Unit sponsored classes for caregivers called Powerful Tools for Caregivers. It was a six-week session to help caregivers take care of themselves while taking care of a loved one.

“It was a class to teach caregivers to be better by taking care of themselves,” said Heidi Russell, director of aging for Shawano County Human Services Department.

She resurrected the caregiver course, which hadn’t been available for a few years. She said the people who come to it become a tight community.

In December, Russell started a support group, Mug Club for Caregivers, which will meet on the first Tuesday of the month. The focus is to learn coping skills, along with finding resources and talking to others who are also caregivers.

“People are learning if they don’t take care of themselves, they can’t take care of someone else,” Russell said. “When you are a caregiver, you never take the time to plan for yourself.”


Volunteer Profile

Photo by Carol Wagner Lloyd Koeller has driven many miles as a volunteer driver for the Office on Aging in Shawano County.

Lloyd Koeller has driven many miles as a volunteer driver for the Office on Aging for Shawano County.

In 2014, he drove 8,953 miles in 360 hours. Last year, he drove 8,206 miles in 285 hours. Totals for 2016 weren’t finalized, but his totals heading into late December were 10,107 miles in 331 hours.

A Shawano native, Koeller graduated from Shawano High School in 1950. He was drafted into the Army and served from 1952 to 1954. When he returned to Shawano he had various jobs, and then drove truck for Beltz Propane for 27 years. During this same time he was a part-time deputy for the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. Koeller then worked for 10 years driving truck for Lakeland Industries.

Now retired, he has been a volunteer driver for Shawano County Office on Aging going on 18 years.


A new year

Turning the calendar is a visual reminder that we’ve begun anew. A new month, or in this case, a brand new year.

It is crazy how fast time flies. My husband and I celebrated the New Year quietly, attending church, going out to eat at Perkin’s, spending a bit of time at the casino (I brought my $20 home, he did not) and finally ending the night with grasshoppers I made at home, clinking glasses and wishing each other a Happy New Year with Molly contentedly napping at our feet, us sawing logs as the ball dropped.

Driving that night, we reminisced how we’d spent New Year’s Eves in the past. Thirty-five years ago (what?) we’d be out all night, dancing to our hearts’ content at either

King James in Shawano or Mr. Roberts in Appleton, hating to see the lights come on, signaling the party-goers to head on home. Later, stopping for breakfast we’d pull in during the wee hours of the brand new year. What a difference the years make!


Granny Van heads into retirement

To trade or not to trade, that has been a question popping around in my mind for the past couple of months. Whether it is better to keep on driving the 11-year-old Granny Van, with its 180,000 miles, or to look at something else.

I was the one who loved my car until I went to have the oil changed one day and got talked into buying a van. By then I was a widow, and I also enjoyed taking grandkids to places such as Wisconsin Dells, Green Bay or the movies, or whatever. A car didn’t have enough seat belts for that task. So there I was, trading in the car I loved, for this van, which seemed huge in comparison.


Nature center remains busy in winter

Winter has arrived, and lots of indoor and outdoor activities are planned at Navarino Nature Center.

Tim Ewing will present “Hiking Isle Royale National Park” at 1 p.m. Jan. 14. Through photos, learn about the background of the island, hiking the Greenstone and Minong ridges, wildlife found on the island, travel to the island, shipwrecks and lighthouses. Cost of the program is $4 NNC members, $6 individuals, $12 for the entire family.

Explore the trails of Navarino by candlelight and torchlight this winter. Dates of candlelight or torchlight events are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Jan. 21, Feb. 10, Feb. 11, Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. Cost of the program is $4 NNC members, $6 individuals, $12 for the entire family. Snowshoe rentals $2 for 15 and younger, $4 for 16 and older. Ski rentals are $5 for 15 and younger, and $10 for 16 and older. The sledding hill will be lit nights of the candlelight events.


Jencks opens 2017 house concert series

Joe Jencks will kick off the 2017 Cotter Creek House Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer and educator based in Chicago.

Other concerts scheduled this year include Hans Christian (cello) on Feb. 4, Andy Cohen (blues) on March 4, Stas Venglevski on March 11, Matt Watroba on April 2 and Red Tail Ring on May 20.

All concerts are held at the home of Joel Kroenke, W9050 Broadway Road, Shawano. The evening traditionally begins with a potluck meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by music at 7 p.m.

For reservations or information, call 715-853-6879.


WOW show features work of area quilters

Contributed Photo “Down Below the Ocean,” a quilt by Dar Borchardt, will be among the quilts and wall hangings in the “Home Grown, Home Sewn” show at Walls of Wittenberg this month.

The “Home Grown, Home Sewn” quilt show is back.

Walls of Wittenberg is again sponsoring a unique quilt and wall hanging show this January, featuring about 40 quilts from quilters from the greater Wittenberg area.

The free exhibition is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 14 through Jan. 29 at the WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St., Wittenberg.

Quilts in the nonjuried show were selected for their design, creativity, color and detailed sewing. At least 15 quilters are expected to participate.

A new feature of the show will include ongoing demonstrations each weekend showing a variety of quilting techniques by local quilters.

Some of the topics for demonstrations will include working with 1930s reproduction fabrics, 1/2 square and 1/4 square triangles, machine piecing, free-motion quilting, hand quilting, Grandma’s Flower Garden handwork, fabric painting, wool applique, reverse applique, needle turn applique and more.


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