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Sat
01
Dec

Holidays: More stressed than blessed?

What a wonderful time of year! Children are excited as they help decorate the tree. Christmas music is played in the stores as shoppers look for that special gift. The aroma of cookies baking fills the air. Church choirs are busy practicing and children are learning their parts for their Christmas programs. Wish lists are written and sent to Santa.

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is joyful and exhilarating. But along with the excitement, many experience some anxiety too. There is so much to do. Working people feel especially stressed trying to fit in everything with a limited amount of free time.

Often families face financial difficulties. Holidays can add to the stress of an already tight budget. Some parents worry about affording items on their children’s wish list.

It can be a lonely time of year, especially for the elderly. Friends and relatives may not be nearby. Some receive no invitations and spend Christmas alone.

Sat
01
Dec

Shopping, Santa, carols, and Christmas tree lighting


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Handmade home decorations are popular items for sale at the WOWSPACE. There will be 18 vendors on hand with choices to help with holiday shopping at this two-day event.

The holidays are here at WOWSPACE in Wittenberg.

For the past nine years Walls of Wittenberg has hosted a Christmas Craft Fair & Bake Sale at the WOWSPACE. What started out as a yearly fundraiser to fund more murals and help pay for the operating expenses of the building has expanded to an event showcasing the local talent of artists and crafters and bakers.

This year, the event will be held 3-8 p.m. Dec. 7, with tree lighting at 7 p.m., and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at WOWSPACE, 114 Vinal St., Wittenberg

WOW member Karen Hendrikson has been in charge of the event for the past three years.

“I love going out and finding new vendors. I also love watching the WOWSPACE being transformed into a Christmas Wonderland – lots of creativity!” Hendrikson said.

The WOWSPACE can host 18 vendors who each pay $30 for an 8 by 10 foot spot. Hendrikson said she likes to mix popular vendors with new ones each year to keep the shopping experience fresh.

Fri
30
Nov

Contest asks for young artists’ aviation dreams

Young Wisconsin artists, ages 7 to 17, can showcase their artistic talent in the 2019 Aviation Art contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

This year’s theme is “My Dream to Fly.” Each achievement in flight has started with a dream. Artists are encouraged to draw or paint a picture to share where their imagination takes them when they look to the clouds.

Entries are judged on the creative use of the theme. Winners will be displayed in the Wisconsin State Capitol and receive a certificate of achievement.

The top three entries in the three different age divisions will advance to the national competition, with the potential to be entered in the international aviation art contest.

All artwork must be original and cannot be computer generated. For complete contest rules and the official entry form, visitwisconsindot.gov/artcontest. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 18, 2019 and mailed to:

Meredith Alt

Fri
30
Nov

Hillside North To Present “Star Search” - Children’s Christmas Musical

Hillside North invites you to come to “Star Search”, their Children’s Christmas Musical on Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. Sometimes being a star isn’t about being the biggest and the brightest, it’s about being humble, being kind, and serving others if you really want to shine. This is the same lesson that the stars, Percy Perseus, Andy Andromeda, Cassie Cassiopeia, Jack Orion, Carl Stargan and Nell DeSpacey Tyson will be learning! The musical this year is called “Star Search” and you will see the time has come for our Creator God to put His plan into motion, and the search for the Star of Bethlehem has begun! When a Meteorite delivers a memo scroll announcing the search for a special star, most of the stars in the sky are too busy worrying about the competition to read the qualifications. Who will end up being the Star of Bethlehem?? “This musical has catchy songs and really funny lines.

Thu
29
Nov

Shawano woman serves in national program

Lily Smith of Shawano recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps, an AmeriCorps program. Smith, based out of the regional campus in Denver, is currently serving on her first project.

Smith said, “I wanted to give back to my country and help others in the most efficient way I could perceive, and AmeriCorps NCCC provides that!”

Smith is the daughter of Donna Smith.

Founded in 1994, AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Over the past 22 years, over 1 million Americans have served the nation through the family of AmeriCorps programs.

Currently, about 80,000 people serve in AmeriCorps programs nationwide each year, with nearly 2,000 of those in AmeriCorps NCCC.

Thu
29
Nov

Annual Community Christmas Concert set for Dec. 8

The annual Sounds of the Season Community Christmas Concert will be held December 8 at 2 p.m. in the Shawano Community High School Auditorium.

The concert will feature the Peace United Church of Christ Celebration Choir, St. James Lutheran Church Choir, Men’s Choir and Belles of Praise, Wolf River Harmony Women’s Barbershop Chorus, “It’s About Time” Women’s Barbershop Quartet, Messengers of “The Way,” The Westerfeld Trio, and other special guests.

This is a free event, however a collection point will be offered for non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the F.R.E.S.H. Project.

Thu
29
Nov

Local physician assistant honored

Brenda K. Balthazor was recently named Physician Assistant of the Year by the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. Balthazor is a physician assistant with the Aspirus Health System and practices at the Aspirus Birnamwood Clinic.

Balthazor was one of six finalists from a field of hundreds of physician assistants across the state.

“I was thrilled to hear that Brenda was the recipient,” said Andy Barth, CEO of Aspirus Langlade Hospital. “She brings a deep commitment to our mission of healing, promoting health and strengthening our communities.”

The annual award honors a physician assistant who, among other criteria, demonstrates excellence in service to patients and exhibits involvement in the community.

Sat
24
Nov

Deer hunting story months in the making


Leader photo illustration by Carol Ryczek A group of Belle Plaine hunters demonstrates their technique for a deer drive on Friday. The hunters gathered at Bryce Beyer’s home on State Highway 22 south of Shawano before heading out for the drive. The nine-day gun deer season ends on Sunday.

Hey, just what you need — another deer hunting story!

Every year around this time, I have a notion to sit with my husband in his deer stand. I go back and forth in my head trying to talk myself out of it. This year, the voice inside my head won. Pulling on blaze orange on top of layers; tugging on boots and grabbing thermos, cookies, water bottle, notepad, pen and cell phone, I bounced my way out the door with my husband and son.

Getting to the drop-off spot, I closed the truck door as quietly as possible and, following my husband, trudged out to the deer blind, talking to myself the entire way.

My nose started running. “Good thing I grabbed Kleenex.”

I got a bit of a chill. “Wow am I glad I packed six hand warmers!”

My lips felt chapped. “Do I have my Carmex?”

“How long yet?”

Sat
24
Nov

As winter approaches, fall is also on the way

Falling is such a helpless feeling. In that instant, you know you are going down, but there’s nothing you can do about it.

Of course, the first concern is injury. The second concern is, “Did anyone witness the fall?” I have only fallen twice, but I sure made a public display of myself both times.

The first time I fell, it was in front of the post office. I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk. My purse flew in one direction and my glasses in another. As I reached for my glasses, I could hear someone loudly proclaim, “The mayor is down; the mayor is down.” I desperately wanted to fall through the sidewalk and disappear. I quickly got up, not knowing or caring if I was hurt, and bolted to my car. The voice called out, “Can I help you? Are you OK?”

Sat
24
Nov

The lost art of being thankful

Sometimes it seems like Thanksgiving is buy the turkey, thaw the turkey, bake the turkey and then pick the carcass at the end of the day; but at least that means turkey soup.

This is after spending the week before shopping and cleaning house, baking pies and planning side dishes to go along with the main dish. As the day approaches, I moan and groan and wonder why I do this year after year.

Is this really how the pilgrims did Thanksgiving? I highly doubt it.

However, since the main purpose of the day is for thanking God for family, friends and food, my attitude seems a little off. Here I am thinking about all the work and none of the blessings.

So, I determined that it is time for me to get an attitude of gratitude. I thought about how blessed I was that I have funds to purchase a turkey and all the trimmings. I was thankful that I was able to lift that nearly 15-pound bird into the freezer, and I still had some muscle to spare.

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