Community

Fri
20
Oct

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Jerod Hoffman, left, is the assistant fire chief/EMS and Sam Boucher is the fire chief for the Gresham Area Fire Department.

Sam Boucher is the fire chief for the Gresham Area Fire Department, and Jerod Hoffman is the assistant fire chief/Emergency Medical Services. There are 24 firefighters and five first responders.

The department covers the roughly 72 square miles of the village of Gresham, and the towns of Herman and Red Springs. The department is funded primarily through local taxes.

“We answer to a fire board from those three,” Boucher said.

Other funds come from their Shawano County Fair stand, which they’ve manned for the past five years.

“That helps raise money for extras,” Boucher said.

One of the department’s “extras” is donating money for three or four families for Christmas Is for Caring.

The fire department has two engines, a water hauler, a brush truck and a utility terrain vehicle. There are around 30 to 40 fire calls in a year; the EMS responds to about two calls a week.

Fri
20
Oct

Library fills free-day void Oct. 27

The Shawano City-County Library will hold several programs on Oct. 27 for children and teens who don’t have school that day.

The Creation Station will be open all day for a variety of activities. From 10 a.m. to noon, families can drop in to make Shrinky Dinks.

The Halloween Escape Room will open at noon. Pre-registration is required.

The day will close with ukulele lessons at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. The Shawano City-library has several ukuleles to check out for the class or for use at home.

For information, contact the library at shawanolibrary.org or 715-526-3829.

Fri
20
Oct

Stand Against Racism explores Native American culture

Native American history and culture will be discussed Wednesday during the YWCA Greater Green Bay’s October installment of its Stand Against Racism series.

The free program begins at noon at the YWCA, 230 S. Madison St.

Speakers will share specific examples relating to their respective tribes and personal experiences. they will also share how things for Native Americans have changed over time, the challenges they are experiencing and what improvements they have seen.

The presenters are Lisa Poupart and Jennifer K. Gauthier.

Gauthier is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. She has worked on the Menominee Indian Reservation for nearly 20 years and is the community development educator with the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Menominee County/Nation. She is also the chairperson of the Menominee Language and Culture Commission.

Fri
20
Oct

Red Cross calls for donors before holiday season

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients.

Area blood drives include the following: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Shawano, 910 E. Zingler Ave., Shawano; 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Bowler High School, 500 S. Almon St., Bowler; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23, Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St., Shawano; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24, North Star Mohican Casino Resort, W12180 County Road A, Bowler; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, 400 W. Grand Ave., Wittenberg.

Thu
19
Oct

Learn-In lesson topics announced

Shawano County Home and Community Education is hosting its 33rd annual Learn-In with Waupaca County HCE from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Main Event in Cecil.

This event is open to everyone who likes to keep up to date with new information and have fun learning with others. You do not have to be a member of HCE.

The cost is $18 per person; it includes refreshments, lunch (chicken ala king over rice, dessert and a beverage) and speakers.

Registrations begins at 9 a.m. Following a brief welcome, Mart Matyska will present “Trunk Show: What the Well-Dressed Woman Wore” at 9:35 a.m. The program features a trunk full of vintage fashions from the 1880s to the 1970s.

Dawn Martin will discuss “Pollinators in Your Garden and Yard” from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Participants will learn how to identify bees, discuss their work as pollinators, and talk about how to increase the bee population.

Thu
19
Oct

BUSY SEASON


Photo by Rob Zimmer Decorative fall displays and gardens are a great way to extend your bloom season into November. Plants such as mums, kale and pansies are perfect for late season color and beauty.

Photo by Rob Zimmer One of the most popular and rewarding fall gardening activities is planting spring blooming bulbs, available now at a garden center near you.

With mild temperatures again this week, the gardening season continues to provide gardeners with plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy their hobby.

The next few weeks, in fact, are the perfect time to get out and enjoy working in the garden. There are many great fall garden activities to keep you busy into November.

The long growing season is rewarding many gardeners here in our area with an extended display of colorful blooms and fresh vegetables and root crops.

Fall bulb time

Fall is traditionally the time of year when gardeners plant spring blooming bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, allium and others. Design and plant bulb beds, borders and displays this fall for a spectacular spring show.

Dividing and transplanting

Sat
14
Oct

Self-examination helped woman find cancer early


Photo by Carol Wagner Michelle Frechette is a breast cancer survivor. She is shown with, from left, back row, her son Garrison, husband, Gary, son Bode; front row, sons Logan and Aloysius. A daughter, Marina, is away at college.

In December 2014, Michelle Frechette found breast cancer from a self-examination. It was a very small lump that had already spread to her lymph nodes. She recalled how she got the news in a phone call.

“I stopped mopping the bathroom floor and took a deep breath,” she said.

Frechette, a school social worker at Menominee Indian High School, was encouraged that it was found early and she was young and healthy. Her health team gave her several tests.

“They wanted to be sure they administered the right treatment,” she said.

Surgery removed the cancer cells and affected lymph nodes. Frechette had chemotherapy to be sure she was clear of cancer and then six weeks of radiation.

“They were very positive with their treatment plans,” she said.

During chemo, Frechette lost her hair. Two of her co-workers, Bob Smith and Sara Phillips, shaved their heads because they didn’t want her to be alone.

Sat
14
Oct

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The fundraising committee for SAM25 is preparing for their Empty Bowls-Caring Hearts fundraiser on Oct. 21. Shown are, from left, front row, Jen Bisterfeldt, Connie Sommer, Robin Henn, Ruth Disterhaft; back row, Nancy Baumgartner, Terry Wiley, Mary Raether, Muffy Culhane, Lois Welch, Cindy Weisflock and Linda Trevarthen.

Shawano Area Matthew 25 continues to help the community with its emergency shelter, which provides a warm meal in the evening and a safe place to sleep overnight for those in need.

To help finance the shelter, SAM25 will hold its first Empty Bowls-Caring Hearts fundraiser on Oct. 21.

“We are planning for it to be our annual fundraiser,” said Muffy Culhane, board president.

The public is invited to attend the event, which Culhane said will be held on the third Saturday in October each year. Ceramic bowls designed by community members can be purchased with a meal of soup, breadsticks, dessert and beverage.

“The community really stepped up for this fundraiser by providing their artistic talents as they designed and glazed bowls for the event,” Culhane said. “SAM25 is so grateful for the support and help of the community.”

There will also be raffles, a silent auction and musical entertainment. All of the proceeds support SAM25.

Sat
14
Oct

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Linda Beversdorf is the treasurer for Shawano Area Matthew 25.

Linda Beversdorf is the treasurer for SAM25.

Born and raised in Shawano, Beversdorf graduated from Shawano High School. She worked during the day and went to school at night to earn an associate degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in accounting. She went on to get a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lakeland College. Beversdorf worked in accounting at various businesses before starting her own business in 2010, Beversdorf CPA, in Shawano.
Linda and her husband, Rich, who works at Caroline Implement, have been married 33 years. They have two daughters, Johnna and Rachel, who are both in college. They live in the town of Richmond and enjoy camping and hunting.

Q How long have you been the treasurer for SAM25?

A “I’ve been with them for about a year.”

Q What do you do?

Sat
14
Oct

Group travelers

In 1964, when I was 8 years old my folks packed us all up and took their little family on a road trip to Biloxi, Mississippi. My older sister was 11, my twin brother and sister were 6. My brother battled asthma, and from what I recall, the doctor suggested a warmer climate and a treatment that required a trip south.

Now, looking back, I am in awe of the preplanning and sheer magnitude of it all. We never took trips. Taking a trip meant leaving Shawano County and entering Waupaca County, visiting my cousin in New London.

Our family was always together and we made our own fun. Saturday night Lawrence Welk on a black and white TV, freshly bathed and pin-curled was anticipated with great pleasure because we were together. We did everything collectively back then, and it secured my little world in a hedge of protection and love.

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