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Sat
11
Aug

Fall prevention workshop starts in September

Stepping On is a fall prevention workshop being offered in Shawano by Shawano County Human Services-Aging Unit and ThedaCare-Shawano. The workshop, which is for older adults, runs two hours a week for seven weeks, at ThedaCare-Shawano, 100 County Road B, Shawano.

Stepping On will help participants identify why they fall and different ways to prevent falls, including strength and balance exercises, home safety check suggestions and a medication review. Participants will view a display of fall-prevention products. The workshop is both for people who have fallen and for people who fear falling. Participants will leave with more strength, better balance and a feeling of confidence and independence as a result of the class.

Fri
10
Aug

VA health care eligibility myths

One valuable veteran benefit is access to the VA health care system. Unfortunately, there are many rumors and misconceptions circulating that may prevent some veterans from applying for the benefits to which they are entitled.

It can be confusing to determine whether you qualify because eligibility for VA health care depends on a variety of factors and circumstances. The following are some common misconceptions about VA health care eligibility:

Fri
10
Aug

Life on the farm is kinda laid back


LEADER PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Quintin enjoys chasing chickens and helping his mom gather eggs for use and for sale. New this year, the Hoekstras are also raising chickens for their meat.

Hoekstra Husbandry, just outside of Birnamwood, is a hobby farm that is slowly but steadily growing — much like the resident animals and the family that lives there. For owners Jeremy and Alyssa Hoekstra, the 10-acre farm is just the right size for them, their two sons and another one on the way.

Pigs are their main business. Slow-growing, grass-fed, stress-free — these are all terms they use to describe their philosophy for raising pigs.

They also have a business philosophy which extends to doing what’s best for the greater economic good.

Jeremy Hoekstra explained that they don’t grow their grain and they don’t butcher the pigs. That way, the local farmers stay employed, they stay employed and so do the butchers.

“It’s a good way to be more of a community-based business,” he said. “It’s good for everybody.”

Fri
10
Aug

Time to get sports physicals as fall season draws near

It’s hard to think about back-to-school issues while enjoying warm summer days, but the first day of the 2018-19 school year inches closer every day. Most schools in the area are starting Sept. 4.

ThedaCare Physicians throughout Northeast Wisconsin is encouraging parents to schedule their students’ school and sports physicals now to avoid a last-minute crunch. Many fall sports programs have started practices, and those physicals must be completed before the student may begin practicing with their respective teams.

School and sports physicals assess a student’s medical history, health and fitness as it relates to a sport. These exams ensure young bodies are ready for the season ahead and that there is not a medical or family history that requires further attention.

Thu
09
Aug

Big cheese marshal for Clintonville parade

Retired fireman Mike “Cheese” Stemper has been selected as parade marshall for the annual Fireman’s Festival on Aug. 11 in Clintonville.

Stemper has retired from the department but is now a member of the Fire Police. Those serving with the Fire Police are on a call system. They can be called to the station and often asked to help at the scene of the fire call, or they may remain at the station to assist should another call come in. The Fire Police was organized in January and now has a dozen members.

Stemper picked up the nickname “Cheese” because he grew up living in a cheese factory located five miles out of Clintonville on County Road O. The nickname has been passed down to his children and grandchildren.

“If you ask some of the guys at work what my name is, they don’t know because they all know me as ‘Cheese,’” Stemper said.

He retired from Miller Electric after working there for 40 years.

Thu
09
Aug

Firemen’s Festival kicks off Friday

The 39th annual Clintonville Firemen’s Festival will begin with a Firemen’s Fish Fry from 5-8 p.m. Friday in W.A. Olen Park.

The parade will begin on Saturday at 11 a.m., starting from corner of North Main Street and 16th Street and following down to Fifth Street. The parade theme is “Find Your Adventure.” Prizes will be given for the best theme float and the chief’s choice. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. To register, email FireFestParade@gmail.com

After the parade, everyone is invited to W.A. Olen Park where lunch and refreshments will be available. There will be children’s games, live music and kiddie water fights at 2 p.m. Lawn tractor pulls will be held. A double-elimination Bean Bag Toss Tournament will begin at 3 p.m., with cash prizes for the winner.

The country music band Spitfire Rodeo will entertain Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Thu
09
Aug

Emergency blood shortage continues

As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O.

In thanks for helping at this urgent time, all those who come to donate blood or platelets through Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

Thu
09
Aug

Eland showing off railroad heritage this weekend

The Eland Railroad Historical Society will host its annual Eland Day on Saturday at the Eland Depot.

On display will be the 1912 depot, which replaced the original, artifacts related to the day-to-day operation of the railroad, historic pictures of the early days of Eland Junction railroad and village of Eland businesses and homes, which were on the Chicago & Northwestern line. The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The 8½ ton Plymouth Locomotive will be operating to give train rides on the 2,000-foot wye track. The locomotive operated at the Ringle backyard at Ringle, hauling clay for brick manufacturing and to drying kilns. Also on display will be two motorcars, a 1900s handcar which will provide rides, a 1929 Ford Model AA Firetruck that was originally purchased by the village of Eland and has been fully restored, and many artifacts related to railroad operations.

Thu
09
Aug

Ferris leading pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal

The Compass, diocesan newspaper for the Diocese of Green Bay, will sponsor a 12-day pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal May 20-May 31, 2019. Leading the pilgrimage to the Iberian Peninsula are the Rev. Luke Ferris, vicar for clergy and pastoral leaders, Amy Kawula from The Compass and Juan Landa from Mater Dei Tours.

“Our church has a 1,200-year-old tradition of making pilgrimages to visit the remains of St. James, one of the 12 apostles,” said Ferris, spiritual director for the pilgrimage and former pastor for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano.

Wed
08
Aug

‘IT’S IN OUR BLOOD’


Photo by Charles Collier Spectators filled the seats of the Woodland Bowl to watch the dancers, but each of the 11 drum circles drew fans of their own.

Photo by Charles Collier A dancer moves around the arena in a swirl of color Saturday as a full crowd watches the 52nd annual Menominee Nation Contest Pow Wow. More than 700 participated in this year’s event.

Vibrant regalia highlighted expertly fluid movements made to driving beats and powerful songs inside Keshena’s historic Woodland Bowl at the 52nd annual Menominee Nation Contest Pow Wow on Aug. 3-5.

Among the 11 groups of singers and five age classes between both genders for dancers, more than 700 individuals were in powwow competition, a plurality traveling from outside of Wisconsin.

“I’m dancing pretty much every weekend in the summer,” said J.R. Lonelodge, an Arapahoe and Cheyenne from Oklahoma, before laughing and noting, “I have a day job, so I save up the vacation days.”

Lonelodge and many of the weekend’s competitors make good use of powwow circuits throughout the United States and Canada to keep alive the steps, twirls and reverence for unpredictability of their ancestors some 90 generations back.

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