Community

Wed
11
Jul

Garden walk to feature info sessions

A garden walk featuring gardens in the Shawano and Legend Lake areas will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 14. The 17th annual event is hosted by Safe Haven, the domestic abuse support center of Shawano County.

In addition to viewing beautiful perennial gardens, walking along the river, enjoying nature and getting ideas for their own gardens, participants can also attend short presentations. Topics include beekeeping, flower arranging, composting and gardening hacks.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets will be sold at each of the gardens on the day of the event, in addition to several locations.

In Shawano, purchase tickets at Safe Haven, CoVantage Credit Union, Qualheim’s True Value or Shawano Lawn and Stone. In Bonduel, tickets are sold at The Rustic Shed. All proceeds benefit Safe Haven.

Wed
11
Jul

Produce tables available through FRESH Project

Share the Bounty tables will again be available throughout Shawano County this growing season. Sponsored by the FRESH Project, the tables are places where gardeners and others can donate fresh produce they’d like to share with others. Community members are then welcome to stop by a table and take what they can use to feed themselves or their families.

On average, more than 4,000 pounds of fresh produce has been distributed through the tables each of the last five years. “The donations of these vegetables and fruits make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbors,” said Barb Mendoza, executive director of the FRESH Project. “Large sections of Shawano County are food deserts, where a majority of the people live on low incomes and have limited access to a grocery store. Any donation of produce really does make eating a little better for an individual or family in our area.”

Share the Bounty tables are available at the following locations and times:

Shawano

Sat
07
Jul

Molly, the yellow lab, loves everyone but the vet

Every now and then, I mention Molly, our yellow lab, in my stories. She is an integral part of our family and even despite the hair (does she keep any on her body?) I would miss her terribly were something to happen to her.

Every morning that I’m able, I snap on her leash and we go for our customary jaunt down our road. I try to push myself into a light jog and back off to a brisk walk when my body screams, “What are you, nuts? Enough!”

Molly, my ever-faithful companion, kicks it in with me, matching my pace every step of the way. She knows when we’re going for an outing when I haul out her leash. She stretches out on the deck every single time before we begin; extending her front legs all the way out, lowering her head to accommodate the stretch. She’s no dummy.

Sat
07
Jul

Concert in the Art Park features Quarry Road

The second of the three summer concerts in Wittenberg will feature the local band Quarry Road from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The band plays a variety of music including rock, classic rock, country and a few polkas thrown in for good measure.

“We’re excited to have Quarry Road in our concert series,” said Meg Hartleben, WOW music coordinator. “They’re a local group with a great sound and a large fan base.”

Jeff Krezine and Jim Hartleben have played together for about six years; both are retired. Krezine lives on Quarry Road in Wausau. The other band members live in the Wittenberg area.

“We always thought Quarry Road would be a cool name for a band,” Krezine said.

Sat
07
Jul

Orphan tale finds way home to Shawano


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Annie, played by Grace Stuewer, tries to comfort fellow orphan Molly, played by Caroline Bergmann, in a rehearsal for the first act of “Annie.” The musical, which officials with the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild have been trying to secure for two years, is coming to the Mielke Arts Center next week.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Some of the residents of Hooverville, a homeless community, are surprised to see a little red-haired girl arrive in a scene from Annie. Playing the roles are, front row, from left, Sabrina Demaskie, Brad Williams and Marie Kluge; back row, Michael Brunner, Bailey Harkey and Hunter Krolow.

There’s a song in the musical “Annie” where the little orphan girl sings about the sun coming out tomorrow.

For Shawano, it’s taken two years for the sunshine from the acclaimed musical to shine its light on the community, but the wait is over as the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild plans to bring “Annie” to the stage next week.

The musical harkens back to 1933, when the United States was in the middle of the Great Depression, and starts with the title character and a bunch of other girls cooped up in an orphanage with the loathsome Miss Hannigan. Unlike the other girls, who know their parents are gone forever, Annie holds out hope that she will find her parents and eventually stages an escape from the orphanage.

Sat
07
Jul

Carefree era of the 1950s was the cat’s pajamas

Way back in the 1950s, we had a whole different language than what passes for conversation these days.

“See you later, alligator,” one teen would say as they were heading for a class.

“After ’while, crocodile,” came the sing-song reply from the other.

That actually was a hit song of that time, by Bill Haley.

On a good day, during lunch hour, you got to ride in an old jalopy to cruise down Main Street for a few minutes of listening to the hit parade on the radio. Didn’t have a tape deck or CD player. Didn’t have ear phones, or buds, as they are now known. Just a simple AM radio.

It was just a matter of “don’t touch that dial,” if your favorite tune was playing. We were feeling hunky dory with the breeze blowing in the cranked-down windows. “Gee, willikers! That was swell,” and we were “in like Flynn” and “living the life of Riley.”

Sat
07
Jul

Meet Lawrence Winiarski


Photo by Carol Wagner Lawrence Winiarski is the volunteer coordinator for the Red River Riders.

Lawrence Winiarski is the volunteer coordinator for the Red River Riders — a therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled.

Winiarski grew up in Milwaukee, graduating from Casimir Pulaski High School. Winiarski was a hospital care medic for 11 years in the Navy — some of it during the Vietnam War, which he witnessed from his ship. When he returned, he got a degree in business from Carroll University and worked at various jobs in Milwaukee.

He moved to Shawano just over a year ago and lives with his wife, Karen, in the town of Washington. Winiarski has three children and five grandchildren, with another on the way. He works one day a week as a parking valet at ThedaCare in Shawano.

How did you get started at Red River Riders?

“I saw an ad in the paper. I called and said I wanted to help.”

What did you do?

Sat
07
Jul

Horses bring joy to riders


Photo by Carol Wagner Jennifer Keller, right, is the herd manager and head instructor for Red River Riders. Christi Bruce is a volunteer.

Some things have changed over the years at the therapeutic riding program for the disabled at Red River Riders. But their devotion to the clients they serve is still as strong as ever. And those people are always excited to ride.

“This year, people commented that the riders talk about it as soon as they get out of bed,” said Chris Baldwin, who started the group in 1985. The riders meet at the Baldwin farm, N6669 Cherry Road, Shawano.

Clients as young as 5 years old attend the one-hour classes at Red River Riders, which includes mounting and dismounting the horses. Their disabilities are varied; some have autism, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis or multiple sclerosis. But they all love to ride, said Jennifer Keller, herd manager and head instructor. She added that she is part of the program “because it helps people.”

“I love horses,” Keller said. “It’s awesome when the riders come in, and they have so much fun.”

Sat
07
Jul

Retired mechanic wins big at snowmobile competition


Leader Photo by Evan J. Pretzer Shawano resident Kelvin Olson poses with his first-place trophy and vintage snowmobiles he recently exhibited at the 13th annual Vintage Snowmobile National Show in Minnesota on June 8.

Shawano was in the national snowmobile spotlight last month when area resident Kelvin Olson won awards at the 13th annual Vintage Snowmobile National Show.

A resident of Shawano his whole life, Olson began restoring snowmobiles after his father passed away a number of years ago. At the time of his passing, the senior Olson had left behind a 1953 Eliason Snowmobile in a shed. According to Kelvin Olson, his death made it get taken out.

“Once dad passed on, I went and got it out of the shed and finally got it running,” he said. “I always had an interest in snowmobiles, but I’ve been restoring and going to shows for maybe five or six years.”

Sat
07
Jul

Nature center plans summer day camps

Navarino Nature Center has several day camps planned this summer to get local children interested in nature.

The nature center’s first camp will be the Creepy Crawly Creatures Day Camp on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Day-campers will have the opportunity to find and hold frogs and salamanders and play with Maize, the center’s in-house snake. Children will also be making nature crafts and getting their faces painted. A special campfire meal will be provided. The camp is for ages 5-10, although 3- and 4-year-olds will be welcome with an adult present. The fee is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

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