Community

Fri
19
Sep

No time for owies in Tigerton

It is just a little owie, it didn’t even bleed. I remember I used to ration Band-Aids for the kids by saying, “Show me the blood.” No blood, no Band-Aid.

I have no idea when or how I got this owie, but since it is on the tip of my little finger, it is proving to be an annoying, aggravating problem.

This morning, I wanted to clip my fingernails. That particular one proved to be a bit painful. As I went through my daily activities, somehow that fingertip kept getting in the way. Now as I am typing this column, it reminds me every time I tap a computer key with it that there is an owie.

The best thing about this owie is it is minor, and in a couple of days time, I won’t even remember that it was ever there, and that is a good thing, because I have some busy days later this month.

Thu
18
Sep

Farmtoberfest features family fun


Photo by Carol Wagner Troy Porter of Porter’s Patch is ready for Farmtoberfest, which features fall family farm fun.

Troy Porter, owner of Porter’s Patch, says “fall family farm fun” is the best way to describe Farmtoberfest, a weekend offering through October at the farm located east of Navarino.

Activities at Porter’s Patch have changed over the years, said Porter, who took over the family business eight years ago.

“Every year we add new games and attractions,” he said. “A lot is bringing your kids out. Families come to get away from their busy lives. There’s a lot of smiling faces here.”

Porter said families enjoy the bucolic setting of farm buildings and land groomed and filled with fall accents.

“I’m very passionate about what I do,” he said.

Farmtoberfest features a pumpkin village, corn cob chuck, old-fashioned water pump races, hay bale fort building, silo chalk graffiti, pumpkin painting, corn maze and hay rides.

Fri
12
Sep

Library touts card sign-up month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Shawano City-County Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure every student has a free library card.

Library cards are free and available at any age, beginning at birth.

Resources at the Shawano City-County Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement, both at the library as well as online through the library’s website (infosoup.org).

Fri
12
Sep

Havesting hay between raindrops

Everywhere we go, farmers are lamenting about the weather. Some were fortunate to have had the opportunity to harvest their third crop before all of this rain. Others, like us, weren’t as well off.

We’ve had to literally sneak fields of hay in between raindrops. One farmer who is working on their third crop exclaimed, “We have to get a week’s worth of haying in, in two days.”

I would wake up at night and hear the rain and toss and turn, thinking about the fields and the area around our bags, a mud fest when we get a lot of moisture. I don’t know how fretting about the weather helps. It does absolutely nothing but keep me awake.

Thankfully, we bag all our third crop so it does not need extended days to dry out. We can cut one day and chop the very next. On the days we can work in the fields, my husband is on one tractor cutting and I’m on the other chopping, or vice versa, and we’re at it nonstop.

Fri
12
Sep

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Wittenberg Chamber of Commerce board members who met recently at the Harvest Restaurant at the Wilderness Crossing include, from left, front row, Pauline Johnson, Julie Stewart and Jan Kraetsch; back row, Zach Popp, Travis Rose and Grant Staszak.

The village of Wittenberg continues to grow, thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Chamber of Commerce, which serves the Wittenberg, Birnamwood, Bowler and Tigerton areas.

“The chamber has grown substantially and really taken a new light in the past year for sure,” said Erika VanOrder, chamber president. “We have been very involved with the communities and hope to spread even further in the future.”

The organization dates back to the 1930s. Its purpose then, as now, was to advance the agricultural, commercial, industrial and civic interests of the village and its surrounding territory.

The chamber sponsors many events, including Wittenberg Community Days, and gives annual scholarships to students in the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District. The chamber also promotes tourism with signage to highlight the village, is home to several mural created through the Walls of Wittenberg.

Fri
12
Sep

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Billy Switalla is village president in Wittenberg and owner of Wittenberg Floral. He is shown with his father, Bill Switalla, seated, and his wife, Renee.

Billy Switalla is village president of Wittenberg. He was born in Chicago and moved to Wittenberg when he was 12 years old when his family bought a farm.

After graduating from Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, Switalla, along with his late mother, Lynn, started Wittenberg Floral.

Switalla still runs the business and gets help from his father, Bill.

Billy Switalla owned the Coffee Cup Restaurant for 12 years before renting it.

He and his wife, Renee, who works at Ministry Health Care in Stevens Point, have been married 19 years and live in Wittenberg. She is also a member of the Village Board. Between them, they have seven children and eight grandchildren. They like to host parties at their home with family and friends. Switalla is also a member of the Shawano County Board, representing the village of Wittenberg, town of Germania and the town of Wittenberg.

Q How long have you been president of the village of Wittenberg?

Fri
12
Sep

Waking up at daybreak

I don’t ever remember being a morning person. Many people get up early, and get the bulk of their days work done by noon, and then they tire as the day goes on.

I am more of a, “is it morning already?” kind of person. Unfortunately, I usually know because the alarm is going off. It seems it doesn’t matter that I am retired; nearly every morning I get up and go somewhere. However, I should admit, I no longer sleep late anyway. By the time the alarm is going off, there are usually one or more body parts that are telling me it is time to get up and move. It really doesn’t matter if it is my nature to get more energy as the day goes on. I have learned that I live in a daytime world, so I may as well move when the alarm shrills its cry.

Fri
12
Sep

Area United Way campaign underway

Gov. Scott Walker has again designated September and October as United Way Months in Wisconsin, in recognition of the launch of United Way annual campaigns throughout the state.

The Shawano County campaign was launched with the annual glow-golf event Aug. 9. Besides a fun night of golf, 17 local agencies received the final installment of the $48,000 allocated to community groups this year.

As part of the kick-off, donation cards were sold at Charlie’s County Market, Perkins, The Shack, Shawano Lake Golf Course and C-Us-4 Wireless.

Shawano Municipal Utility customers will have the opportunity to contribute through yellow envelopes included in their utility bills this month. This annual donation opportunity is for the 2014-2015 campaign year. All funds raised are used to support local agencies.

Thu
11
Sep

Program build children’s critical thinking skills

A young child is upset and misbehaving and a frustrated dad raises his voice, threatening a “timeout.” The child responds by yelling louder and refusing to do as his dad asks. How does this situation end?

In many cases, it ends with both parent and child feeling stressed and angry. But researchers who have studied child behavior say parents can rewrite the ending to this common scenario and have a powerful positive impact on their child’s future in the process.

Raising a Thinking Child, a program designed to enhance children’s critical thinking skills, is being used by University of Wisconsin-Extension family living educators around the state with parents, caregivers and those who work with children in a variety of settings. The program is designed to give children as young as 3 years old and their parents a different way to talk about problems.

Sat
06
Sep

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Bishop Fox Council Knights of Columbus from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano present a check to Gene Stuber, production supervisor at Lakeland Industries, from the council’s Tootsie Roll sales. Shown are, from left, Lee Bosdeck, Troy Sadler, Stuber, Dale Vannes and Charles Ketchum.

The Bishop Fox Council Knights of Columbus 2836 from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano serve in many areas.

“We help the community, not only the church,” said Lee Bosdeck, trustee and former grand knight.

Recently the council purchased an automatic external defibrillator for the school and church cafeteria. Its use will be demonstrated at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the cafeteria.

There is already an AED between the church and school on the main floor.

“We felt there should be another one in the cafeteria,” Bosdeck said.

To finance their projects, the knights have an annual porkie pancake breakfast. The next one is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in the cafeteria. The breakfast is also held the first weekend in March. Confirmation candidates help out at the meal.

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