Irish family feud premise for murder mystery

Crossroads Community Theatre will perform “Eat, Drink, and Be Murdered (An Irish Family Feud)” by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose at the WOWSPACE for its annual murder mystery dinner theater this year.

Host Paul Pehlke will welcome audience members to attend the 80th birthday celebration of Rose O’Riley McFadden and to become a member of either the McFadden or O’Riley families, two clans who have hated each other for years. This hatred escalated when Rose O’Riley married Finian McFadden and gave him the O’Riley’s secret whiskey recipe. Now the McFaddens are filthy rich and the O’Rileys are forced to work for them at the distillery.


Scammed consumers can file claims with Western Union

Consumers who lost money to scammers via Western Union are being encouraged to file claims.

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions recently joined with the Federal Trade Commission in alerting consumers who were victimized by scammers via Western Union’s money transfer system that they can file claims and potentially recoup their money.

Consumers who lost funds between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, can file claims online at Claims must be filed by May 31.

“For too long, Western Union looked the other way while allowing consumers to be ripped off by scam artists,” said Cheryll Olson-Collins, administrator of DFI’s Division of Banking. “We’re pleased that any Wisconsin consumers who were victimized will have the opportunity to get their money back.”


Flu outbreak, winter storms hurt blood donations

Shawano area residents have two upcoming opportunities to help the American Red Cross blood banks.

A blood drive will be held Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B. On March 5, a blood drive will be held at Shawano City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., also from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Healthy donors of all blood types are urged to roll up their sleeves to maintain a sufficient blood supply. Due to winter storms and the recent flu outbreak, many donors have missed their appointments to give blood and platelets. About 600 blood drives have been canceled due to severe winter weather.

Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Donors can help even more patients when they invite a loved one, friend or co-worker to give with them.


Habitat for Humanity has a goal of 20 homes by 2020

Photo by Carol Wagner Dr. Kevin Culhane, left, president of the board of Habitat for Humanity, and Mark Flunker, executive director and site supervisor, stand in the 16th home that is almost finished. The goal is to have 20 homes by the year 2020.

On Sunday, Wolf River Habitat for Humanity will celebrate 20 years of building homes in Shawano and Menominee Counties with a concert at First Presbyterian Church in Shawano.

“It will be an informational celebration and inspirational event about our work,” said Dr. Kevin Culhane, president of the board of Habitat for Humanity.

Wolf River Habitat for Humanity was incorporated on Dec. 12, 1997, and their affiliation with international was approved on Aug. 1, 1998.

They have set a goal of having 20 total Habitat homes built or in the process by the year 2020.

Currently they are working on finishing the 16th home on Oak Hill Court in Shawano. The building was the office of Bohm Builders and donated to Habitat by Mary and Randy Bohm.

“I’m glad we could repurpose it,” said Randy Bohm, who is also volunteering to help with the remodeling.


Shawano Lawn and Stone wins national award

Photo by Carol Wagner Pat Bohm, owner of Shawano Lawn and Stone, holds a first-place plaque that the business was awarded at the Hardscape North America convention held in October in Louisville, Kentucky.

Shawano Lawn and Stone won first place in an American and Canadian hardscape competition, as well as a third-place award in a state competition for landscapers.

“That’s pretty cool that my project is on par with other landscapers,” said Pat Bohm, owner of Shawano Lawn and Stone.

The salesperson for County Materials Corp. submitted his entry after supplying the materials for a landscape project that Bohm had on Moshawquit Lake in eastern Menominee County. It took several years and a redo for the customer. The three-phase project that began in 2013 was designed and constructed by Bohm.

Among the extensive work that was done was a fire pit, walkways of permeable paving brick and a brick patio. In 2015, several things were changed at the customer’s request.

Landscaping was also done, and Shawano Lawn and Stone is maintaining the property.


Relay For Life teams sought

The annual Relay For Life of Shawano-Menominee is coming next month to the Shawano Community High School, and the American Cancer Society is looking for participants. Local families, businesses, schools, places of worship and other members of the community are invited to participate and raise money to help put a stop to cancer.

Teams and individuals camp out at schools, parks or fairgrounds during Relay For Life events and take turns walking or running around a track or path. The money they raise in the weeks leading up to the event benefits the American Cancer Society’s efforts. The movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember lost loved ones and take action to finish the fight. Events are held in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries.


Meet Richard Lundt

Photo by Carol Wagner Richard Lundt is a trustee and member of the Men’s Club at Life Church in Shawano.

Richard Lundt is a trustee and member of the Men’s Club at Life Church in Shawano.

Lundt was born in New London and graduated from Clintonville High School. He worked for Seagrave in Clintonville for one year and then was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War, serving stateside at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. He returned to Seagrave, where he worked for 46 years and two months, first in the paint shop and then on the trim line. Lundt is retired and so is his wife of 48 years, Karen. They have three children and five grandchildren and live in Shawano. Lundt likes to hunt and fish along with watching sports, especially high school sports.

Q What do you do to help Life Church?

A “I am a trustee of Life Church of Shawano Inc. and a member of the Men’s Club. I count the offerings after the service and keep the books, and then the secretary puts it on the computer. I do almost all of the lawn-mowing in the summer. I shovel the walks and take out the garbage.”


Encounter with a steer

Slowly and very deliberately, the steer walked toward me. He did not hurry, nor veer to the left or right; just walked in a steady, continuous motion in my direction.

I remember talking to him in a sing-song voice, like I’ve always talked to all our animals: “Come on now, there you go, right there. That’s the way.”

Every other animal that I have ever dealt with, turned away from me. Not this one.

He lowered his head and rammed me, tossing me back against a concrete embankment, one with a jagged edge that caught the back of my head. I crumbled like a cookie. I remember a jumble of legs on me and the next thing I knew, my husband was next to me helping me up, with the steer on the other side of the pen.


Music follows Kroenke to his home

Photo by Carol Wagner Joel Kroenke, right, has been hosting Cotter Creek House Concerts at his home in the town of Richmond for many years. Next to him is Paul Cebar, who performed recently.

Tucked away in the woods in the town of Richmond and at the end of a long driveway is the home of Joel Kroenke. That road is well traveled during the year as entertainers and music lovers go to the Cotter Creek House Concerts that Kroenke started.

“We have a popular following,” he said.

Kroenke started the Shawano Folk Music Festival in 1979 and heard about people who had house concerts. That concept appealed to him, and the concerts have grown after he first held them in his parents’ basement.

“I like to provide an opportunity for people to support independent musicians and singer/songwriters,” Kroenke said.

Kroenke called the music of the groups who perform “folk music broadly defined.” Among the varied performers are musicians from South America, Celtic Irish performers, Cajun music, a Russian accordionist, French café songs, and yodeling cowboys.

“It’s a wide, wide variety,” Kroenke said.


Nashville honky-tonk star coming to WBHS

Fans of Merle Haggard, Johnny Horton and George Jones take notice. Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys are bringing their Americana honky-tonk brand of country music to the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium for a 4 p.m. performance on March 18.

For the past 20 years, Mead has been at the forefront of what has come to be known as Americana music.

Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Mead has been a professional musician since the age of 13 playing in his parents’ country band.

He landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway in 1993 where he co-founded the famed 1990s alternative country quintet BR5-49. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association award for best overseas touring act of 1997 built an indelible bridge between authentic American roots music and millions of fans worldwide.


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