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Wed
09
Jan

Cooks battle for title of Tummy Warmer

The 30th annual “Tummy Warmer” cook-off will be held as part of Clintonville’s annual Winter Whirl on Jan. 12. The Clintonville Parks and Recreation Department will hold the cookout at Memory Lanes Bar and Banquet Hall, 250 County Road I, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those entering the cook-off are asked to prepare five or more quarts of their entry which may include hot chili, mild chili, chicken soup and miscellaneous.

There is no charge to enter the contest.

Contestants will need to provide some form of appliance, such as a Crock-Pot or slow cooker to hold their soup. There will be assigned spots with an access to an electrical outlet.

Participants are encouraged to dress up and decorate their space.

A panel of three judges for each division will judge for appearance, aroma, creativity/uniqueness, texture, taste/flavor and aftertaste. First, second and third place in each division will receive an engraved trophy.

Sat
05
Jan

Putting up calendar prompts look at the past year

Putting the calendar up for not only a new month, but a brand new year, I think back and ponder the year, reviewing it in my mind. Touching on the highs and lows, I know that, along with major happenings, even seemingly small or insignificant events add yet another layer to my life story. Rehashing local, state, national and worldly events I find are broader, but may not be any less important, to myself and others.

Sat
05
Jan

New year helps turn challenges into changes

Just as one day flows into another, the old year has now floated on by. Somehow, I want to reassess my life at this time of year, and make promises as to what kind of changes I would like to make.

For me, it is eat wiser, be more active. That is where I have been at for the past several years.

Not having great success alone, last year, I asked to be referred to a diabetic educator. What I expected was to be worked with and followed for a couple of months, what I got was to be worked with, and followed throughout the year, and this will continue in 2019 also. She not only encourages me, but challenges me to make more and more changes. This is through ThedaCare.

I have learned that I like a challenge. At first, I may wonder how I can cut back even more on things. Give up my dark chocolate? Use more low fat cheese? Somehow, I learned I can modify, and not really miss what was.

Sat
05
Jan

Humane society has adoptable cats at no cost

As many of you know, I am a cat lover. We adopted Mittens from the Shawano County Humane Society several years ago. She has brought such joy into our house. I am amazed by her intelligence. She loves to help my hubby while he is working on a puzzle. She jumps onto the table and lays on the puzzle without disturbing a single puzzle piece. However, if she is not happy about something, she will jump onto the puzzle and throw pieces to the floor like a naughty child.

There was a study done by the University of Minnesota that found that those without cats were between 30 and 40 percent more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than cat owners.

Having a cat has many psychological benefits, and one of those is relieving stress. Caring for a pet can take your mind off your worries. Petting or holding a cat can be relaxing and particularly helpful to those who feel lonely or depressed.

Sat
05
Jan

Entries sought for 72nd Alice in Dairyland

As one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture, Alice in Dairyland educates Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88 billion agricultural industry.

Individuals interested in applying to become the next Alice — the 72nd to hold the yearlong position — are invited to submit applications through Feb. 4.

Thu
03
Jan

‘Simply Folk’ celebrating 40th anniversary

Folks from across the state will gather around their radios Sunday with family and friends for what has become an annual tradition, the “Simply Folk” singalong.

Three hours of great music begins at 5 p.m. to celebrate the program’s 40th anniversary. The “Simply Folk” staff has made the lyrics to all the singalong songs available at wpr.org/simplyfolk.

“’Simply Folk’ began on the first Sunday of 1979, and we’ve been honoring that date every year with the singalong,” said host Dan Robinson. “We’ll be celebrating with prizes, music from our archives and the ‘Simply Folk’ house band.”

Sat
29
Dec

Until we meet again, Aunt Gertie

“She is spending Christmas in heaven this year,” I thought, when I heard the news of her passing. At the age of 104, my aunt, Gertrude Emma Jean (Graetz) Scholz, went to meet her Lord face to face on Dec. 18.

I had a difficult time to wrap my mind around the fact that she had passed away. She has been such a large part of my life. Sure, we didn’t see each other that often, since we lived hours apart, but the times we did, were meaningful in a way I didn’t realize before. In thinking about it, I acknowledge that most of my childhood pictures were taken by Aunt Gertie. My parent’s 25th anniversary pictures were taken by her, and I treasure them so greatly.

Sat
29
Dec

Brunch recipes extend flavor of the holiday season

Although Christmas is officially over, I am in no hurry to take down our tree or decorations. For the last few years, we have purchased a Fraser fir. So far, no needles have dropped, and it looks as good as the day we purchased it.

The house feels so warm and cheerful with the brightly colored decorations. I have numerous angels, Santas and Christmas Raggedys displayed on the mantel, on tables and in cabinets. My hubby set out his wonderful nativity set purchased when he was a child. The bottom of one of the wise men still has a 10-cent sticker from Woolworths on it.

This year, I made and kept a promise to myself to enjoy the Christmas season and to not allow myself to get stressed out with the shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning, decorating, etc. I told myself if I didn’t get everything done, it would be OK, and it was.

Sat
22
Dec

Putting readers’ trivia knowledge to the test

Dear readers, many of you have told me you enjoy the trivia questions. Some of you have given me suggestions. I thought it might be fun to devote an entire column to test your trivia skills. I have included some of the questions I have received.

Grab a pencil and paper and see how may you can answer. Challenge your spouse, friend or co-worker to see who buys lunch.

1. What was the city of Shawano’s population in 1950?

2. Who was the founder of Radtke’s Electric Service, Inc. and what year was it established?

3. Who was the city of Shawano’s first alderwoman?

4. How did the Township of Angelica get its name?

5. In what year was Shawano Community High School built?

6. What was the name of the movie made in Shawano in 1974?

7. What were the visiting hours at Shawano Community Hospital in 1989?

8. Can you name the four city of Shawano administrators?

Sat
22
Dec

Growing up on a farm made Christmas special

Ever since I was a little kid, I felt deep in my heart that Christmas on the farm was the closest thing to the real Christmas there ever could be. God in his infinite wisdom sent Jesus to earth by means of a poor family, who happened to be moseying down the road by donkey, forced to hunker down in a barn for there was no room anywhere else, to birth their first child. There they were, snuggling in with bellering cows, baaing sheep and baying donkeys.

How sensible and logical and so very wise was our Father to send his son to earth in such a manner as that. Not as a king on his throne, to lord it over the meek and small. No. He became meek and small; helpless and dependent, starting out just like every other human being. Only this babe was fully man and fully God, coming down to earth to be born in a manger where animals eat.

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