Community

Fri
27
Oct

MEDIA OVERLOAD


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Members of the Shawano Community High School orchestra rehearse the “Avatar” suite Thursday morning at the school. The orchestra will perform songs from video games and movies at the 38th annual Golden Strings concert next week.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Jessica Nead concentrates as she rehearses the “Avatar” orchestral suite Thursday morning at Shawano Community High School. This will be the 38th year that the school’s orchestra has performed its Golden Strings concert for the community.

There are two things you can count on when the Shawano Community High School orchestra puts on its fall concert — the students developed the theme, and there are strings attached.

The 38th annual Golden Strings concert will take place Nov. 3-4, and this year’s theme is “Media Overload.” The group’s seniors came up with the idea for the concert, which will showcase songs from popular video games and films.

“We chose the idea for this at the end of last year,” senior Connor Angeli said.

The first half of the show will be dedicated to video games such as “Starcraft,” “Minecraft,” “Advent Rising” and the classic “Tetris.” After intermission, the show shifts to film scores from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter” and more.

Fri
27
Oct

Knights making plans for Thanksgiving meal

The 40th annual free Thanksgiving Day meal hosted by the Knights of Columbus Msgr. Loerke Council No. 1922 will be held at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 S. Main St.

Anyone in the Clintonville area who does not have friends or family with which to share a Thanksgiving meal is invited to attend the event, which will start at 11:30 a.m.

Reservations are requested by Nov. 17 and can be made by calling Dick or Jeanne Writt at 715-823-6477. Late reservations and walk-in attendees are also welcome.

Reservations are also needed for carryout meals; anyone wishing to pick up a Thanksgiving meal is asked to wait until noon to do so.

The traditional meal will include roast turkey, baked ham, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, two vegetables, coleslaw, bread, beverages and homemade pies. The meal is funded by proceeds from a Knights of Columbus raffle as well as various community donations.

Fri
27
Oct

ORANGE RUSH


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Chef Tom Jonet’s Pilgrim Pumpkin Custard.

It is to fall, what the robin is to spring. The first sight of the bright orange “winter squash,” aka the pumpkin, is one of the unmistakable harbingers of autumn along with the changing colors of the leaves.

Pumpkin, from the Greek word pepon, meaning “large melon,” is believed to have originated in the ancient Americas. The oldest archaeological evidence found in Mexico was dated between 7000 and 5500 BC. The name evolved from the Greek pepon, to the French pompion and finally to the American interpretation, the pumpkin. Commonly referred to around the world as “winter squash,” there is actually no botanical or scientific meaning of the word pumpkin.

Thu
26
Oct

Shawano Voices of Men hosting breakfast

The eighth annual Voices of Men Call to Action breakfast event, on Nov. 7, will focus on promoting healthy masculinity and creating a society free of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The program is hosted by Fox Valley Voices of Men in Appleton, with two locations in Shawano – Shawano Community High School and ThedaCare Wolf River Room – where the public is invited to view this free event through live streaming. The program for the annual Call to Action runs from 8-9:30 a.m., with registration at 7:45 a.m.

The local livestreaming is sponsored by the Shawano Voices of Men Committee, an effort of Safe Haven Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Support Center. To register for the livestreaming locations, call Safe Haven at 715-526-3421.

Shawano Voices of Men, in collaboration with the Fox Valley chapter and Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, provides training and messaging for males of all ages to create a more respectful, safer world.

Thu
26
Oct

Fall’s treasure


Photo by Rob Zimmer Pine needles make as great a garden tool as fall leaves, great as a natural mulch to keep down weeds and retain moisture.

Photo by Rob Zimmer There are many wonderful uses for fall leaves in the yard and garden. Rather than simply raking them away, give some of these a try.

The leaves are tumbling from the glorious trees as autumn’s winds rush through our backyards and forests. As the colors begin to fade and the trees grow bare, put those treasured fallen beauties to good use in the home and garden.

There are many great ways to use fallen leaves in the yard and garden. Take advantage of these autumn treasures and discover new ways to enjoy the season.

Here are some great ways to use fall leaves that you might not have thought of.

Fun for children

Obviously, fall is a great time to be outdoors having fun in the backyard. Leaf piles, leaf houses and other backyard fun activities using fallen leaves create hours and hours of fun for children.

Feed your lawn

Sat
21
Oct

Former U.S. ambassador to speak in Clintonville

Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard will return to his hometown of Clintonville on Sunday to speak at St. Martin Lutheran Church’s commemoration of Mission Sunday.

Speckhard, former ambassador to Greece and Belarus, will talk about the work of the Lutheran World Relief. He is the humanitarian organization’s president and CEO.

The event will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, 100 S. Clinton Ave.

Speckhard was born in Clintonville and baptized at St. Martin. His career as a diplomat included serving as deputy assistant secretary general at NATO and deputy chief of mission in post-war Iraq.

His grandfather. W.O. Speckhard, served as pastor of St. Martin Lutheran Church from 1929 to 1962.

Sat
21
Oct

Clintonville school planning Halloween events for community

The third annual St. Rose St. Mary’s 5K Halloween Hustle and Trunk or Treat will take place Oct. 27 at 140 Auto St. in Clintonville. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

Janelle Schraufnagel, organizer of the event and admissions coordinator for St. Rose St. Mary’s School, said the goal is to provide a safe and fun Halloween event for the whole family.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with so many local businesses and community leaders,” Schraufnagel said, “and we are excited to make Clintonville, St. Rose St. Mary’s School and the Halloween Hustle a holiday destination tradition.”

Trunk or Treat participants will receive a bag that includes a T-shirt, book and other goodies, all for $10. There will also be games and music by disc jockey Kurt Boldig beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Fri
20
Oct

Craft fair, Christmas show on Mielke playbill

Another Box in the Wood Production is in the books. The comedy “Spirit!” ended its run on Sunday. Despite rainy, cool weather and a noon Packers game, loyal patrons came to the

Mielke for the final performance. We appreciate that!

on to the remaining events in 2017 and a peek at 2018.

The Shawano Community Arts Council’s annual Merry Mielke Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11.

Besides the craft vendors, food from the Bluebird Cafe in Clintonville, including their huge cinnamon rolls, will be served. Entertainment by Irma Timmons on the violin. Denise’s Decadent Desserts will provide special bakery delights. Lots of holiday surprises in store for everyone!

No admission charge, but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Fri
20
Oct

Change in life constant, whether it’s at home or with the Pack

Hurricanes, flooding and fires have been in the forefront in the news of late, and well they should be.

People’s lives have been uprooted and changed in ways that they are going to have to learn how to live a new normal.

From the natural disasters, we come to the unnatural, such as the shooting in Las Vegas.

Then there are the unusual, such as football players not standing for the national anthem.

In the beginning of each new story, I was watching. Yet, I soon got tired of hearing about it. I think that is mainly because I can do little or nothing about these things, so I choose not to be told about that every time I turn on the news. After all, it is upsetting, and personal life can be upsetting enough.

Fri
20
Oct

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Trevor Paiser is president of the Gresham Lions Club and is shown with his German shepherd, Dandy.

Trevor Paiser is the president of the Gresham Lions Club.

He was born and raised in Gresham, graduating from Gresham High School. Before and after high school Paiser worked full time on parents Tim and Kristy’s farm, Paiser Dairy. They held Brunch on the Farm twice. The dairy has 500 cows milked by employees and 2,000 acres. The field work is done by the Paiser family.

Trevor lives in the town of Red Springs with his girlfriend, Fancy Vele, who is a calf health specialist with Seubert Inc. He is also a member of the FFA Alumni and helps with Farm Heritage Days.

Q How long have you been a member of the Gresham Lions Club?

A “Since 2011. I joined when I graduated from high school. I have been the president since July.”

Q What do the Lions do?

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