Celebration of Giving seeks volunteers

Shawano’s Celebration of Giving, presented by the Shawano Area Community Foundation and The Shawano Leader, is seeking people who exhibit the spirit of volunteerism in Shawano County.

Five area individuals or groups who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service to the community will be selected by representatives of the award sponsors. Each award recipient will receive $1,000 to donate to an area nonprofit of his or her choice.

Nominations are being sought in the following categories:

• Health Care Volunteer Award: Recognizes an individual for his or her commitment to improving health and well-being of others through volunteerism. Sponsor: ThedaCare Physicians

• Youth Volunteer Award: Recognizes an area high school student who has embraced and demonstrated the spirit of volunteering and giving back to the community. Sponsors: Shawano Optimist Club and Shawano Rotary


New name, same great crafts at Civic Center

As of April 1, the Crafty Boutique is the new name of the Senior Gift Shop.

No, it isn’t an April Fools joke, but hopefully a better way to draw more attention to the many homemade crafts. It is hoped that the new name will let people know that it isn’t just for seniors, even though they make the crafts, but for everyone.

“We had suggestions from a few people for the name,” said the boutique’s secretary Geri Van De Loo. “The other name doesn’t tell our story. People don’t realize what we have here.”

“Mostly they don’t know we’re here,” added president Mary Ann Rudie.


Meet Cindy Stein

Photo by Carol Wagner Cindy Stein volunteers at the Crafty Boutique, formerly the Senior Gift Shop where she sells the crafts she makes in her home.

Cindy Stein volunteers at the Crafty Boutique, formerly the Senior Gift Shop, in Shawano.

Stein was born in Green Bay, graduating from Green Bay Preble High School. She studied at NWTC before moving to Phoenix where she went to data processing school. After seven years she returned to Green Bay where she worked for the AC Nielsen Co. for 24 years. When that job was eliminated Stein worked at JoAnn Fabrics and was an alteration specialist for David’s Bridal. She is a seamstress for Royal Cleaners in Green Bay and Martin’s Cleaners in Shawano.

Stein also manages the family business, Bill’s Barber Shop, in Green Bay, and has her own alterations business in Shawano where she moved two years ago. Stein and her significant other, Larry Parshen, who is retired, live in the town of Wescott.

Q Where do you volunteer?

A “Right now just the Crafty Boutique. I’ve been involved a little over a year.”

Q What do you do?


Fashion show benefits Safe Haven

A spring fashion show benefiting Safe Haven will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 15 at Body Essentials Clothing, Bridal and Bath, 126 S. Main St., Shawano.

Tickets are available at Body Essentials for $15, but seating is limited. All ticket money is donated to Safe Haven.

Some of the latest spring fashions from Body Essentials Clothing, Bridal and Bath, Generations and Cobblers Closet will be showcased.

Food from Angie’s Main Café, Bubba’s BBQ Co., Anew Tea Emporium, Old Glory Candy and Hotcakes by Tera Keliher will be served. All food is donated.

Safe Haven is breaking new ground, adding much needed room to its existing location. Besides the increase in bedrooms, the agency is creating a confidential and secure waiting area for participants, adding meeting rooms for outreach programs and expanded services, and upgrading the security systems.


Nature center hosting fun run/walk

Navarino Nature Center will be hosting a trail fun run/walk on April 21.

There will be a 5K run/walk and a 10K run starting at 9 a.m., which starts and finishes in the grass field west of the nature center, W5646 Lindsten Road, Navarino. The trail goes through mixed forest, through several wetlands by crossing over two boardwalks, and along the edges of several prairies.

A one-mile kid’s run will follow at 10:30 a.m. Young runners will enjoy and be challenged by this one mile loop through the forest and along the bog boardwalk. The run is open to children up to age 15.

Prices for the various divisions and cut off dates can be found at under the upcoming events tab located at the top of the screen. Registration can be filled out at or printed out from



Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Holly Brady, foreground, center, shows some of the gift bags to the nursing staff of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano’s emergency department, including, from left, Penny Block, Julie Matthews, Mary McCoy, Nick Schutt, Angie Hoffman, Sheila Landon, Ashley Miller and Phil Hollar. Brady made almost 100 gift bags to give to children who come to the emergency room.

Contributed Photo Holly Brady, a 9-year-old Gresham resident, shows off some of the gift bags she made to give to children who go to the emergency room. She sold soda and other items at a rummage sale to make money to get the items needed.

A trip to the emergency room can be a scary experience for children, even if they’re not the ones in need of medical care.

Thanks to the careful preparation of a 9-year-old Gresham girl, children who go to the emergency room at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano will experience a little less fear and worry.

Holly Brady, a fourth-grade student at Gresham Community School, made almost 100 gift bags with stickers, coloring books and crayons. Brady delivered the gift bags to ThedaCare on Thursday with her parents in tow.

Brady came up with the idea during a rummage sale her family had last summer. She decided to sell soda and a few other items at the sale to come up with the money to purchase the items, which she put into Ziploc bags one weekend in March.


‘Once Upon A Mattress’ Tickets Now Available

Contributed Photo Maribeth Weidner, center, Zeke Fietsch, left, and Daniel Torrez rehearse a song and dance number from ” Once Upon a Mattress,” which opens June 1. Advance tickets now on sale.

Advance tickets are now on sale for “Once Upon a Mattress,”, the musical comedy to be presented by the Phoenix Players at the Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School auditorium.

The production, based on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea”, was made famous by the Broadway musical starring Carol Burnett. Phoenix Player’s cast has been rehearsing for several months, according to director Brandon Byng. Maribeth Weidner is making her debut with Phoenix Players in the role of Princess Winnefred, the role made famous by Burnett. Many of the cast members of Phoenix Players first show, “Christmas … On the Air,” are back for this show.

“Once Upon a Mattress” is family-friendly with great musical song and dance numbers,” Byng said.

The show opens June 1 at 7 p.m. There will also be shows on June 2, June 8 and June 9 at 7 p.m. and June 3 and June 10 at 1 p.m. General admission is $10, and children ages 12 and under are $5.


Prevea opens Shawano clinic

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Prevea staff and visitors mix and mingle in the hallway at the new Prevea Shawano Health Center on Thursday. Prevea held a ribbon cutting and open house to see the new facility, which will start seeing patients Monday.

Local residents will have another option for health care when the Prevea Shawano Health Center opens its doors to the public on Monday.

Prevea provided a sneak peek to the clinic, located at 1300 E. Green Bay St. in Shawano, and the various services it will provide during an open house on Thursday.

“We really are honored to be part of the Shawano community now,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, Prevea’s CEO. “None of this would have been possible without an invitation from the community.”

The clinic is next to Anello’s Torch Lite; the land on which the clinic sits is where the home of Anello’s owner Rita Mondus was.

“It starts with making sure we make the community healthier with good primary care and then making sure you have great access to health care,” Rai said just before cutting the ribbon at the open house. “By having urgent care open seven days a week, we hope to take care of this entire community.”


Local Big Brothers Big Sisters program wins national award

A local child mentorship program has been recognized for its service with a national Quality Award for 2017. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin served a record 602 children last year across Shawano, Brown and Door counties to earn the honor — one given to only 28 such agencies across the country.

“This honor validates the significant work of our staff and volunteers to grow and deepen our impact while maintaining exceptional standards of quality and a focus on serving youth,” said Katie Hess, executive director. “We’re proud to receive this recognition for our programs and practices to support mentoring not only in our community, but in comparison to our peers across the nation.”

The Quality Award, bestowed by the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council, will be presented to the local agency at the national conference in St. Louis this June.


LWMS holding spring rally in New London

The Wolf River Circuit of Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) will hold its spring rally April 14 at Grace Lutheran Church-Sugar Bush, E9664 Church Street, New London. The ladies from Messiah of Shiocton will be co-hosting with Grace.

The theme for the rally is “May the Message spread Rapidly and Honorably” from 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5.

The guest speaker will be Dr. E. Allen Sorum, the director of Pastoral Studies Institute for the WELS. The institute exists to guide and assist nontraditional students through their pre-seminary and seminary training to become pastors within the Wisconsin Lutheran synod.

A Bible study will also be held.

The rally will close with a luncheon served by the ladies from Grace and Messiah churches. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.


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