Community

Sat
25
Aug

Phones go from luxury to everyday necessity

On rare occasions, a phone rings in my car. It is not my cellphone, which I would not answer while driving. It is the car ringing, with an area lighting up, showing a call coming in. I purchased this used car last year in January, so I am not sure if the previous owner had this hooked up, or if it is part of the car, but I don’t know the number and have never figured out how to answer.

Since it happened again last week, I was reminded about phones and how much they make life easier and harder at the same time.

The first telephone I remember seeing was at my grandpa’s house, rural Shawano. It hung on the wall, with a cone-shaped thing to speak into, and a crank on the right side. I don’t remember anyone ever calling, or anyone calling out, so with my child’s mind, I wasn’t sure if it worked or not, but I thought it was pretty special that grandpa had a phone, and we did not.

Sat
25
Aug

II Edition playing polka for 25 years


Photo by Grace Kirchner For more than 25 years, the II Edition Polka Band has been playing for worship services. From left, Bud Gennrich at the piano, Dale Oesterbrink and Gene Lettau playing trumpets, Dan Zupon is hidden but plays the drums and Terry Lettau plays the concertina.

Gene Lettau and his II Edition Polka Band played for the worship services at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville on July 29 in observance of Rural Life Sunday.

The band has been playing the happy music at area church services for more than 25 years. They’ve played at Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran and Church of Christ worship services.

Gene’s musical career began when he was in fifth or sixth grade in school and he discovered the trumpet. He played in the band all through grade school and high school. Eventually, he formed a band of his own.

He met his wife, Terry, who also had a band. Soon they were married and have been together for the past 45 years. Terry’s band dissolved, and she joined II Edition.

The five piece band includes Bud Gennrich, of Merrill, who plays the piano; Dale Oesterbrink, of Wausau, who plays trumpet; and Dan Zupon, of Antigo, who plays drums. Terry plays the concertina, and Gene the trumpet. They reside near Wittenberg.

Sat
25
Aug

Doc heading on Cannonball run in September

A very popular destination spot is right in our backyard. If you haven’t been to Doc’s Timeline Saloon and BBQ, you will want to stop in. It is located at W2707 State Highway 29.

There are so many things to see. The gift shop features unique gift ideas, along with a limited selection of motorcycle parts. In the back of the store is a workshop area featuring two workbenches that belonged to each of Doc’s grandfathers. Many of Doc’s tools from his original shop that opened in 1979 are displayed.

There is also a great little antique shop, filled with a variety of collectibles, jewelry and artwork of local vendors. I was delighted to find a wonderful old Raggedy Ann doll there recently.

Sat
25
Aug

Kitchen Maids working on shawls

Members of the Kitchen Maids Club of the Shawano County Association of Home and Community Education have recently been working on a project close to their hearts.

They have been busy sewing shawls for patients who are receiving treatments at the Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology Clinic located in ThedaCare Medical Center in Shawano. Staff members will use the shawls to drape over the arms and shoulders of their patients during infusions. They are especially warm and comforting during those difficult times.

The service project prepared the group for the reality of what was to come for one of its very own members. A member’s young granddaughter was recently diagnosed with a severe form of childhood cancer and is also benefitting from a shawl and pillow made by member Patricia Arnold.

Members of the Kitchen Maids are planning to continue sewing these shawls and are looking to supply other clinics in the area with their beautiful shawls.

Thu
23
Aug

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FIRST LADY


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker, left, talks with Matty Mathison about some of the features of Shawano as the group leaves Kuckuk Park on Wednesday to return to Sturgeon Park. The walk was part of the Walk With Walker event held Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker joined more than 50 area residents for a stroll through some of Shawano’s outdoor amenities Wednesday with her Walk With Walker program.

Walker and the group got to see the amenities of Sturgeon Park, where thousands flock annually for the annual Wolf River sturgeon spawning, as well as the new barn quilt next to Judd Park and the learning centers along walking paths in Kuckuk Park.

This is the 68th Walk With Walker event, facilitated through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and the first for Shawano County. Walker’s husband, Scott Walker, had previously conducted similar walks in Milwaukee when he was the county executive to promote fitness and outdoor recreation, but she moved the idea to the state level when her husband became governor in 2011.

Sat
18
Aug

Butcher day

After months of feeding, watering and changing areas, my chickens are gone. Well, technically, they’ve gone from outside in the chicken houses to inside my freezer. Butcher day had arrived.

We had first thought we’d butcher them ourselves. After reading up on butchering techniques and realizing we did not know from straight up what we were doing, we checked out other options.

My husband works part time at a job which takes him off the farm a few days a week. One of his co-workers happens to be Amish. They were talking one day, and the Amish farmer and his family offered to butcher our chickens for us. He and my husband settled on a fee, and the date was set.

Sat
18
Aug

Summer is the busy season for alpaca farm


Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson A mama is shown with her 1-hour-old cria, which is the name for a newborn alpaca. Applewood Lane Alpaca Farm just outside of Wittenberg is preparing for 21 births this summer.

It’s been a busy season at the Applewood Lane Alpaca Farm just south of Wittenberg. Summer is when the farm-raised alpacas give birth.

“We bred for 21 pregnancies with about nine suri and 12 huacaya,” farm manager Justin Nueske said, of the two types of alpaca. “We’re still waiting for six of those to arrive.”

Before the birthing season, the farm had 87 alpaca. Nueske said they’d like to have about 100.

It takes some careful planning to breed the alpacas, which have an 11.5-month gestation period. According to Nueske, the best time to breed the females is two weeks after they’ve given birth.

“It’s a hard job getting born, ” said Darlene Nueske, owner of the farm. “The alpacas stand up to give birth, and we want to see nose and toes when the birthing process starts.”

Sometimes the babies, called “cria,” are born close to the barn. But with all the farm’s open pasture, sometimes they’ll go for a more secluded area.

Sat
18
Aug

A FAMILY IN HARMONY


Photo by Grace Kirchner Dr. Donald Krubsack, far right, directed the Krubsack Family and Friends musical ensemble at a worship service at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church on July 28. His father, Dave Krubsack, is playing the keyboard.

The Krubsack Family and Friends recently presented a musical ensemble in at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Richmond.

Dave Krubsack and his son, Dr. Donald Krubsack, directed the ensemble. Ten members of the Krubsack family and seven others make up the band.

Once a year, this group of former students, friends and families gather to play their instruments to accompany the organ and the singing. They are in the area once a year to attend a music camp at Cloverleaf Lakes.

Each year they participate in a worship service at at St. Jakobi Evangelical Lutheran Church or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Pella Opening. The two churches are selected because they hold Saturday evening worship services that accommodate the group’s schedule.

Sat
18
Aug

Oh deer, signs of Christmas are here already


Photo by Leah Lehman A pair of fawns stand across the street from Leader columnist Leah Lehman’s home in Tigerton recently.

It is beginning to look a bit like Christmas around here, well, only as far as deer are concerned. In July, there were two fawns, munching in the wooded area across the road from me, and then again, in the back yard. They had no fear of humans, as I could go outside and take their picture.

There has been a doe sneaking around in the woods across the road, and at times on my lawn, but she is more cautious around people, or cars, so no picture of her.

The flock of turkeys, in the back yard, was another photo opportunity, however, they have great ears, or were more skittish, as the minute they heard the door open, they vanished back into the wooded area out back. I guess I need a silent door to get a picture.

Meanwhile there have been scampering squirrels, even a black one, and bobbing robins. I was overjoyed to see robins, and to know that some survived, after that April blizzard.

Sat
18
Aug

Library cards yield lifelong rewards

This September, Shawano County Library is joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Whether it’s providing free access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) programs, educational apps, homework help or technology workshops, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back-to-school supplies. Resources at the the library are available to anyone with a library card.

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