Community

Sat
18
Aug

Marion Historical Society celebrates 30th anniversary

The Marion Area Historical Society will mark its 30th anniversary with a huge celebration on Aug. 25 at the historical grounds, 620 E. Ramsdell St., Marion.

The event will included live music, a craft and vendor fair, and silent auction.

There will also be classic cars, trucks and tractors, and kids’ activities along with a special History of Marion Hunt with clues provided throughout the day. The museum buildings and train cars will also be open for touring.

Food and refreshments will be sold throughout the day, with anniversary cake and ice cream served at 3:30 p.m.

Those attending should bring lawn chairs and plan to spend the day.

Music under the new bandstand will feature live music.

Sat
18
Aug

Hobos had a unique communication system

Have you ever been afraid, like really afraid? I can remember a time when I was too afraid to move. I was about 12 years old at the time.

My folks had a small farm on the outskirts of Marion. There was a woods on our property. A train track ran parallel to our woods. One autumn day, my mother packed a picnic lunch for my friend Sally Pietz and me. We took a blanket and books and headed to the woods.

We picked wildflowers and apples. We sat on our blanket and just started eating lunch when we heard the train. We counted boxcars when suddenly we saw someone throw something to the ground before jumping off and rolling in the grass very close to where we were sitting.

The man picked up the long stick with stuff tied to it. Oh no! It was a hobo. He looked at us and we stared back, too frightened to move. I remember he was unshaven, and was wearing a combination of clothes like I had never seen before. I think we probably startled him as much as he startled us.

Sat
18
Aug

Nature center’s fundraising banquet set

To raise money for programming and daily operations, the Navarino Nature Center will hold its 29th annual fundraising banquet Sept. 27 at The Gathering, 2600 E. Richmond St., Shawano.

The nature center is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental education programs to the public and students in northeast Wisconsin. Through the hard work of volunteers, committees and generous donors, the center has been able to make significant improvements to its facility and grounds, including the “Exploring Habitats” accessibility trail.

The fundraiser will feature several raffles, silent and live auctions. As the banquet nears, photos of some of the donated items will be posted on Navarino’s Facebook page.

Sat
18
Aug

Hillside plans youth, children’s programs

Hillside Assembly of God Church in Gillett will begin a new year of youth and children’s programs on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 5, kicking off with an open house at 6 p.m. Prizes, hot dogs and ice cream will be provided.

Royal Rangers is a boys’ program for ages 3-14. Boys learn practical lessons from the Bible with a variety of themes, including camping, sports, lifesaving and first aid. This program has transitioned into a new expanded program with more themes and opportunities to grow.

Mpact Girls Club is for girls of the same age group and teaches practical lessons from the Bible with various themes that girls can relate to including making the right choices, fitness, attitude, peer pressure, family, accountability and self esteem. There are also fun activities with each lesson. Both groups can earn rewards and have opportunities for extra curricular activities.

Sat
18
Aug

Prevea offering pediatric services in Shawano

Prevea Health now offers full-time pediatric care at the Prevea Shawano Health Center, 1300 E. Green Bay St., Shawano.

Care is provided by Dr. Jeffry Young, a board-certified pediatrician who offers routine care for children and adolescents including preventive medicine, same-day appointments, well-child visits, sick visits and sports physicals.

Young has been practicing pediatrics at Prevea Health for more than 25 years, most recently at the Prevea Allouez Health Center. He moved his practice to the Prevea Shawano Health Center, where pediatric-specific health care services were previously unavailable.

“I enjoy all areas of pediatrics — from tots to teens,” Young said. “When caring for patients, I treat the whole person and not just the illness.”

Fri
17
Aug

Fair addresses self-care awareness

The Wolf River Dementia and Caregiver Network is bringing a new community event to Shawano this fall.

The Self-Care Awareness Fair is a free event to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1254 S. Lincoln St., Shawano. Parking can be accessed on Union Street.

The event is intended to bring awareness to the community about self-care and wellness issues, particularly those affecting senior citizens. The fair features hands-on activities including vision, memory and blood pressure screenings, medical equipment demonstrations, a blood drive sponsored by the Blood Center of Northcentral Wisconsin, reflexology and healing touch booths and much more. There will be educational opportunities throughout the day with workshops such as “Taking Care of You” by Nancy Schultz and “Compassionate Touch” by Beth Propp.

Wed
15
Aug

40 YEARS OF FOLK


Photo by Charles Collier Dorothy Zerbe, left, plays a duet with Bonnie Bell during the 40th annual Shawano Folk Music Festival. The two had met a handful of days before the festival and, at Zerbe’s request during Back To Shawano Part II on Sunday, Bell joined her friend on the unplugged Shawano stage.

Dozens of musicians from around the world were scattered throughout the wooded trails of Mielke Park in Shawano last weekend, all taking their respective stages in the 40th annual Shawano Folk Music Festival.

The festival has always been a celebration of folk music and the kinship it entails, and for longtime attendees, performers and organizers, that made celebrating four decades of folk all the sweeter.

“It’s been some of the best music around,” said Pat Wiley, a singer/songwriter and jack-of-all-trades musician from Clintonville.

Kay Kangas, of Oshkosh, has been involved with the festival for 25 years as a vendor selling intricate wood-burning pieces, ranging from elaborate Celtic knots to playful dual-colored cribbage boards. Though the number of craft vendors has declined in recent years, Kangas and her colleague, Michele Harrell, said that the Shawano pitch is a favorite in their cycle of yearly events.

Sat
11
Aug

Sifting through the good ol’ days

In the past, I have written several columns on the clutter that seems to take up residence in my home. How it gets here, I am not certain. Little gremlins, perhaps, or maybe I need to be better at getting rid of stuff, instead of throwing it on a pile.

There are the occasional times when my letting it accumulate is a good thing, and such was recently the case. I had stopped to visit a cousin in Shawano one day, and we got to talking about Grandpa and Grandma. She is older than I am, so she remembers more of those days than I do.

When I got home, I kept thinking about our reminiscing, and those thoughts drew me to my parent’s picture box. As a child, I loved when we got that old, large, cardboard box out. Lovingly, Ma would take out each picture, telling us who was pictured. When the time came to clean out my mother’s house, I had asked if I could have that old box with the priceless pictures.

Sat
11
Aug

Concerts are part of WOW’s expanded vision

When Walls Of Wittenberg formed in 2005, the main focus was to bring in professional artists to paint murals on Wittenberg buildings as a way of attracting tourists to the area to help boost the local economy. The vision has expanded over the years and now includes summer concerts in the Art Park.

The 2018 “Second Tuesday Concert Series” will conclude Tuesday with a performance by The Drovers from 6-8 p.m. The concert is free, but a nonperishable donation for the Wittenberg Food Pantry would be appreciated.

“We first had the concerts on the third Thursday of every summer month,” concert coordinator Meg Hartleben said. “We weren’t getting as many audience members as we had hoped. So this year, we switched to the second Tuesday, and we’ve had a nice increase.”

Sat
11
Aug

Masons part of Shawano for 150 years

On Aug. 18, there will be a 150th year celebration of Shawano Lodge 170 as a chartered member of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Wisconsin. The evening will focus on the history of Masonry as it evolved here in Shawano.

Several years ago, I was invited to speak at a Masonic event. Quite honestly, I knew very little about Masons, who they are and what they do. I spent some time doing some research. Here is some of what I learned:

Masons are men who have joined a fraternity. They refer to themselves as Freemasons. The fraternity is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. No one knows just how old it is, but it is said it probably arose from the guilds of stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.

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