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Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Orville Westphal is a driver for the Shawano County Disabled American Veterans. The trips are scheduled through the Shawano County Veterans Service Office.

Orville Westphal is a driver for the Shawano County Disabled American Veterans.

The trips are scheduled through the Shawano County Veterans Service Office. Westphal was born and raised in Shawano County, graduating from Shawano High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a year and a half before being drafted into the U.S. Army. After service, he earned a degree in accounting from UW-Oshkosh. Westphal worked in Appleton in the office at Allis Chalmers. He and his wife of 50 years, Judy, moved to Shawano in 1991 and he commuted to Green Bay for 25 years where he was a rural mail carrier for the post office. He retired in 2012.

The couple has two sons and six granddaughters. Westphal plays softball in the summer and basketball in the winter. They like to travel and visit the national parks. They both also help at St. John’s Hermansfort Church. He also volunteered for the building trades class at the high school.

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Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Kevin Barkow is the commander of Shawano American Legion Post 117. The local clubhouse recently received a new roof and a new heating and air conditioning unit.

The Shawano American Legion Post 117 will thank all those who helped this year on Saturday with updates to the clubhouse, including a new roof and new heating and air conditioning.

“The community was so behind us,” said commander Kevin Barkow, a Navy veteran who served on a nuclear submarine from 1986 to 1991.

There will also be an award for Legionnaire of the Year and Friend of the American Legion.

Festivities start at 4 p.m. followed by dinner from 5-7 p.m. Charlie Harvey of Charlie’s County Market donated the food.

“He wanted everybody to get a thank you,” Barkow said. “We are fortunate to have a businessman like that in the city.”

Barkow also commended Rory Buss, who ran all the fundraisers. Buss isn’t a veteran, but his father was. All major donors will receive a certificate.

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Curtain Call

‘Legally Blonde’ musical at UW-Green Bay

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Theatre and Dance will be presenting “Legally Blonde The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18 in the University Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s Theatre Hall building, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. Tickets can be purchased in person at all Ticket Star locations, including the Resch Center and the University Ticketing and Information Center located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union, online at www.WeidnerCenter.com or by phone at 800-895-0071.

This fabulously fun, international award-winning musical is based on the movie, “Legally Blonde.” The musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances.

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New theater group presents ‘Christmas … On the Air’

The Phoenix Players are a newly formed community theater group in Clintonville, and the Clintonville Lions are partnering with them to sponsor their first production for the holiday season — a family friendly, humorous musical called “Christmas … On The Air.”

The show is set in the 1940s. Audiences will be transported back to the golden age of radio when musicians performed live in the studio.

In the story, Lt. Jack O’Brien is coming home from war at Christmastime to see his girl, Rosie, who’s been waiting for him for three years. She’s worried he doesn’t love her any more, but Jack is able to ease her fears … until the famous Darla Davenport makes an appearance at the radio station for the annual Christmas broadcast.

The show was written by Gregory B. Owens with a mix of original songs and classic carols guaranteed to put audiences in the holiday spirit.

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County’s 332nd barn quilt has sewing theme


Photo by Jim Leuenberger Mark and Angie Reimer are shown with Shawano County’s 332nd barn quilt on their farm at W306 Deer Drive, Pulaski.

The design of the 332nd barn quilt in Shawano County is called “Spool,” and it holds a special meaning for barn owners Mark and Angie Reimer, of W306 Deer Drive, Pulaski.

“We picked that pattern because I’ve always done a lot of sewing,” said Angie Reimer, referring to the pattern that contains a large spool of thread.

The Reimers have lived on the farm since they purchased it from Pete Wilinski in 2007. The barn on which the quilt is mounted was built in 1860 and was used as a dairy barn for most of its existence.

When asked why he decided to sponsor a barn quilt, Mark Reimer said, “We’ve seen them all over Shawano County, and they look so nice that we wanted one, too.”

His wife added that she especially likes where it is mounted on their barn because she can see it so nicely from her kitchen window and every time they leave their house.

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FIRST NAVY, THEN ARMY


Photo by Carol Wagner Jim Marquardt served 41 years in the military beginning with the Navy and then the Army.

Jim Marquardt served 41 years in the military beginning with the Navy and then the Army. He has received many medals including the Meritorious Service Medal.

He joined the Navy Reserves in January 1963. On June 3 of that year, he graduated from Shawano High School, on June 4 he was sworn in for active duty, and on his 18th birthday, June 5, he left for boot camp. He chose the Navy after an uncle served in that branch.

“It was the thing to do,” Marquardt said. “I was always geared toward the military.”

He was stationed in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War serving from 1963 to 1966. Marquardt was a member of the Air Squadron in Naval communications.

He got out on July 15, 1966, but he was in the Reserves until January 1969. Under the Vietnam GI Bill, Marquardt earned a degree with honors in police science from Fox Valley Technical College.

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Love-Light sale begins Friday

The ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano Auxiliary will sponsor its 31st annual Love-Light program this month.

For $3, symbolically light a white bulb to honor a loved one’s memory, a colored bulb to honor family or friends or a red/white/blue bulb to honor active military members and living or deceased veterans.

The sale of Love-Lights will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 16 at Charlie’s County Market, ThedaCare Physicians and ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. Love-Lights can also be purchased at the hospital’s gift shop through Nov. 30.

Proceeds benefit the auxiliary’s scholarship program for area college students in the health care field. This past year, the auxiliary awarded $2,000 scholarships to two local students.

A short ceremony to light the three Love-Light trees will take place 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the courtyard and dining area at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, located at 100 County Road B, Shawano.

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Victor E. Christian

Victor E. Christian passed away Nov. 8, 2017, in Shawano.

Arrangements will be made with Mickelson Funeral Service.

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Ho-Chunk paying tribute to veterans

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg will honor fallen warriors and current military veterans with a flag-raising ceremony Saturday.

Originally called Armistice Day after the armistice that was signed Nov. 11, 1918, ending World War I by taking effect at “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” the Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

Keynote speaker will be Paul Cloud – a Ho-Chunk Tribal Elder and Vietnam combat veteran. He was in active service with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968-69 and earned many medals and accolades for his brave service.

A gun salute and taps will be presented by the Birnamwood Darling-Gunderson Post 341 Color Guard. Three Ho-Chunk tribal veterans will raise the flags with the assistance of three of Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg’s security guards, each of whom served in the United States military. The Lake Delton Singers will perform the Ho-Chunk Nation Flag Song.

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Expanded gaming floor open for business


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 1 for the expanded casino floor at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. The next phase of the expansion project will be a three-meal restaurant, which is expected to open in mid-November. An 86-room hotel is scheduled to open mid-January. Officials at the ribbon cutting included, from left, Robert Mudd, executive director of business, Area III legislators Larry Walker Jr. and Kathy DeCamp, elder Dolli Big John and Robert Murphy, Miron project executive.

Local residents and visiting dignitaries gathered Nov. 1 at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion of the casino gaming floor.

“After the long road and a few hiccups along the way, we are happy it is finally open for all to enjoy,” said LeAnthony Pecore, Ho-Chunk senior manager of public relations, who served as master of ceremonies.

Sean Burnette, director of slot operations, noted that the first guests were allowed in at 4 p.m., and the first jackpot hit at 4:15 p.m.

The expanded gaming area provides more slot machines, a non-smoking section and video poker games at the bar. Texas Hold ’em, blackjack and virtual roulette will soon be available.

Miron project executive John Murphy said the success of the project was due to the team effort involving contractors, buyers and local workers.

“It’s an honor to be here and celebrate the new gaming floor,” he said.

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