Community

Thu
19
Mar

NNC schedules Tim Grimm concert

Navarino Nature Center will again host award-winning songwriter and actor Tim Grimm at 6:30 p.m. April 10.

Grimm’s music has been described as walking the fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition. Critics searching for comparisons most often cite Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and “Nebraska” era Bruce Springsteen. He has performed in theaters, coffeehouses and festivals around the U.S.

Grimm and his wife, Jan, moved from Los Angeles to an 80-acre farm in south central Indiana 19 years ago to raise their three boys and have never looked back. They have presented evenings of music and stories before to Navarino audiences.

The concert, “The Land … The People,” will be held in the Great Room at the nature center, W5646 Lindsten Road, Shiocton. Tickets are $15 per person, and are available at the nature center, Prey Insurance in Shawano and Village Veterinary Clinic in Bonduel.

Sat
14
Mar

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Rick Hanson volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity Store in Shawano.

Rick Hanson volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity store in Shawano.

Wolf River Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry working to bring affordable housing to Shawano and Menominee counties. Partner families hold an interest-free mortgage that is repaid over 20 to 30 years to the local Habitat affiliate. The monthly payments are used to build more houses for additional families.

Habitat has completed 11 homes in the area since 1998 and begins its next project in April.

Habitat families are required to put in 500 hours helping with the build. It is called “sweat equity.”

The organization is supported by sales at its store 320 E. Richmond St., public donations of usable household items for the store, construction materials, cash and/or labor. The store sells building supplies, home-repair materials, appliances and tools donated by trades people and community members.

Sat
14
Mar

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Volunteers Bonnie and Jerry Roloff are shown in the recently remodeled Habitat for Humanity store in Shawano.

The main mission of Wolf River Habitat for Humanity is building homes with low-income families in Shawano and Menominee counties.

The group will begin construction of its next project in April.

The Habitat for Humanity store at 320 E. Richmond St. is one of the ways the organization raises funds for its projects.

The store recently went through a major remodel, which included insulating the walls and ceiling, and making lumber racks and shelving units.

“We reorganized to create more space,” volunteer store manager Jerry Roloff said.

The improvements at the store were intended to create a more pleasant shopping experience for customers.

A grant from the Shawano Area Community Foundation funded weatherization efforts that “resulted in a big energy savings this winter season and a warmer temperature for our customers and volunteers,” Roloff said.

Sat
14
Mar

Cows will be cows

“We’ll fix a couple of drinking cups this morning.” It wasn’t a question, rather, a statement from husband.

My heart sank. I hate fixing. It’s more of me standing around watching him fix or handing him tools or running for nuts or bolts or washers than any actual hands-on fixing. Occasionally, I have to hold a bracket or a shield out of the way, depending on what we’re working on, but for the most part I just stand there and wait it out or wait for an order. This particular morning, he knew I wasn’t scheduled to work at the post office, so I couldn’t get out of it.

We had let cows out, and while he cleaned the barn, I threw down sawdust for bedding and hay bales for the calves. As he hauled manure, I stacked the bales, bedded the cows’ stalls and put dry straw in the clean gutter. Looking back on my work while waiting for him, I felt appreciative of our pile of white sawdust. It makes the whole barn look cleaner.

Sat
14
Mar

Spring brings warm thoughts of syrup season

These are the days that make me wish I were 10 again. When I was 10, or anywhere around that age, these sunny, spring days would be spent running home from the one-room country school as fast as my legs could carry me.

My brother and I would slam into the house through the kitchen, and up the stairs to our bedrooms, to change into our old clothes. The school books and lunch pails would be cast aside in our hurry to get out into the woods to collect the sap pails from the maple trees.

Pa would be waiting for us with his tractor and a wagon loaded with empty milk cans. As he followed the trail through the woods, we would helter skelter run and grab the 2-quart pails hanging from the taps and dump them into larger pails. When the larger pails were as full as we could carry them, my brother and I would take them to the wagon to empty them into the milk cans.

Thu
12
Mar

3 men from Sacred Heart on path to becoming deacons


Photo by Carol Wagner Sacred Heart Catholic Church members, from left, James Lonick, Mark Fuller and Todd Raether are studying to become deacons.

Three men from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano are studying to become deacons. They are James Lonick, Mark Fuller and Todd Raether.

After being accepted in the program, they must complete a minimum of five years of study in scriptural, theological and pastoral ministry courses. The courses fit into their personal schedule, so it could take longer.

As ordained deacons they will be able to baptize, witness marriages, assist at Mass at the altar, proclaim the Gospel, preach a homily and preside at funerals.

Lonick and his wife, Debbie, have three children and two grandchildren. He is a financial consultant for Thrivent Financial.

Fuller and his wife, Patty, have three children. He is a social worker at Maehnowesekiyah.

Raether and his wife, Mary, have four children. He is a partner in Sovereign Financial Group.

Q When and why did you decide to become a deacon?

Wed
11
Mar

Retired broadcaster shares story


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Four-time Emmy award winning broadcaster Hattie Kauffman shares an excerpt from her new book, “Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming,” Tuesday at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Four-time Emmy award winning broadcaster Hattie Kauffman shares an excerpt from her new book, “Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming,” Tuesday at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena.

Retired broadcaster Hattie Kauffman, a four-time Emmy winner, shared a message of hope with more than 100 people Tuesday at the Menominee Casino Resort.

Kauffman’s presentation was sponsored by the College of Menominee Nation as part of the school library’s Community Reads program.

“She was thrilled and really excited to come, and we were really glad that she was able to fit it into her schedule and able to make arrangements,” said Maria Escalante, library director of the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library. “We were ecstatic.”

The 25-year news veteran, who worked with Good Morning America and CBS National News as a correspondent, retired from reporting in 2012 to work on her memoir. She was the first Native American journalist to file a report on a national network evening news broadcast.

At CMN and other stops in the area Tuesday, she shared her experience of overcoming poverty and a home with alcoholic parents.

Wed
11
Mar

Writing contest entries on pace to top last year

With less than one month left until the deadline, the 2015 George Putz Memorial Writing Contest, coordinated by the Shawano Area Writers, has received almost 200 entries.

Last year’s contest attracted 230 entries.

The contest is named after the late George Putz, who bequeathed the Shawano Area Writers $77,000 in his will. The contest is open to all young writers in Shawano and Menominee counties. There are three divisions — grades 1-4, grades 5-8 and grades 9-12. The categories for each division are fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

A student may enter as many times as he or she wants, in any category, but each entry must have a separate entry form.

Sat
07
Mar

A community, and world, in prayer


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Chairperson Elaine Novak delivers opening comments at the World Day of Prayer service held Friday at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil. The event drew about 60 participants from different religious denominations.

People across the globe celebrated the 96th annual World Day of Prayer on Friday. Locally, a worship celebration at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Cecil attracted about 60 people from several denominations.

Organizers describe the World Day of Prayer as a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer. The event is held annually on the first Friday of March.

Shawano County churches have participated in the program since 1965. This year’s event was coordinated by people from St. Martin’s and and St. John’s United Church of Christ.

“It is the joint efforts of churches throughout the world, representing numerous denominations,” said Elaine Novak, chairperson of the local World Day of Prayer committee.

The 2015 worship celebration was written by women in the Bahamas.

Sat
07
Mar

Nonprofit Profile


Contributed photo The Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign recently kicked off at Angie’s Main Café in Shawano. Helping launch the effort are, from left, Charles Ketchum, presenting a check from the Knights of Columbus; Troy Sadler, with a check from Menominee Casino Resort; Sarah Graper, district director of the Boy Scouts Bay Lakes Council, Gathering Waters District; and Dale Vannes, chairperson of the campaign.

Boy Scout troops in Shawano County will get help from the Bonduel and Shawano Community Friends of Scouting Fundraising Campaign that kicked off Feb. 26, at Angie’s Main Café in Shawano.

“I have a soft spot for Scouting and its wonderful programs,” said Dale Vannes, chairperson of the local campaign.

He was joined by around 20 people who represented businesses in Shawano that pledged their monetary support. Sarah Graper, district director of the Bay Lakes Council’s Gathering Waters District, also attended.

“Together we can make a difference for the youth in Shawano County,” Graper said.

The goal is to raise $7,000 this year to support Scouting in Shawano County.

It costs around $183 to provide one year of quality programs for each Scout, Graper said. Shawano County has more than 200 boys in Scouts and 50 adult leaders.

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