Community

Thu
28
Dec

Clintonville man keeps historic vehicles running


Photo by Grace Kirchner Bill Hupke spends many hours a week working on the antique vehicles in the FWD museum. His knowledge of the vehicles has earned him the respect of many.

Visit with 83-year-old William Hupke for a short time, and you will be amazed at his knowledge of historic FWD vehicles.

Hupke typically drives the historic Model B ammunition carrier in Clintonville’s Fireman’s Festival and Memorial Day parades. That’s because if the World War I-era ammunition truck stops, Hupke is the guy who can get it running again.

“Bill Hupke is an invaluable resource,” said Daryl Schroeder, a collector of FWD fire trucks, “with his long and in-depth knowledge of FWD history, and particularly any specific truck models. But he is best with his care and work of keeping the oldest vehicles in the collection repaired, maintained and running. He relishes the chance to work on the cars and trucks of the oldest part of the collection.”

Recently, Hupke was instrumental in repairing the transmission on a war-built 1919 Model B FWD truck that was transformed into a fire truck, Schroeder said.

Thu
28
Dec

Red Cross needs blood going into new year

Busy holiday schedules and the potential for severe winter storms lead to vastly reduced donations of blood and platelets between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to help replenish its stock of perishable, life-giving donations.

Last year, nearly 64,000 fewer blood and platelet donations were given to the Red Cross during the holidays than the annual average. “By taking just about an hour of time today, you can help save someone’s life within a few weeks or even days of your donation,” said Laura McGuire, external communications manager of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “We’re asking donors to give now to help ensure blood is available when patients need it most.”

Wed
27
Dec

A fascination with words essential for poetry

I’ve been in love with words ever since I saw “See Dick run!” and Jane, too. I was especially turned on by poetry. “Great wide wonderful world with all the grasses around you curled…” and “The goldenrod is yellow, the corn is turning brown…” by Helen Hunt Jackson.

Of course, I do a crossword puzzle every day in the newspaper. They are a challenge. I also can solve most of the jumbled word puzzles, my favorites. On TV, I am addicted to watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” before bedtime each evening.

My granddaughter, Deni, comes to play Scrabble every Wednesday evening. We usually go neck and neck, and then I’ll win for six weeks in a row, then she’ll beat me several times. Words, we have the newest Scrabble dictionary where you’ll find such new words as “QI” and “emoji.”

Wed
27
Dec

Wisconsin 1 of the top states for quality health care

Wisconsin’s consistently strong rankings for quality health care are a tangible marketing asset in the state-to-state competition to attract and retain companies and workers.

Creative employer and health-care partnerships are saving money and improving outcomes for workers, often by emphasizing preventive care and addressing health problems before they become more serious.

Those are leading conclusions in “Taking the Pulse: How Quality Health Care Builds a Better Bottom Line,” a report issued Wednesday by the independent and nonpartisan Wisconsin Technology Council. Drawing on a combination of public and private data, key findings in the 20-page report are:

Sat
23
Dec

Artist Mick Escamea is on his way


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Mick Escamea was among the artists displaying their work at The Siga Funmaker Community Center on Friday. The center hosted eight Native American artists from Wisconsin to raise money for the Johnson O’Malley program, which provides school supplies and registration fees for Native American students ages 3 through high school.

An artist with 30 years of experience brought his collection to the Craft and Art Fair at the Siga Funmaker Community Center, Wittenberg, on Friday.

Mick Escamea lived among the Ho-Chunk in his younger years and credits them with helping fuel his interest in art. A member of the Oneida tribe, he returned last week to participate in a fundraiser for the Johnson O’Malley program, which helps enrolled students from 3 years old through high school with expenses such as school supplies and registration fees.

Escamea graduated from the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting, sculpture and digital media.

Native American art draws heavily from the spiritual nature of their culture, he said.

“The mythical teachings of the clans is that we are all related to the animals,” explained Escamea as he pointed out the “Wolf Man” sculpture in his collection. “Is it a wolf becoming a man, or a man becoming a wolf?”

Sat
23
Dec

Nonprofit Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner The Rev. Blake Blakesley and Angie Wilber are preparing for the Community Christmas Dinner at First Presbyterian Church in Shawano.

For anyone who doesn’t have a place to go and be with others on Christmas, the Community Christmas Dinner at First Presbyterian Church in Shawano will bring you fellowship and food.

Angie Wilber started the dinners, but the Christmas Dinner this year and all the ones next year were in jeopardy of ending until many people stepped up to help

“I want people to feel like this is something they want to do,” Wilber said. “Food brings people together.”

When First Presbyterian Pastor Blake Blakesley heard the dinner might be in jeopardy, he said he would see that it took place. The pastor and his wife have just been here a few months.

“Since coming here we have attended all the community dinners,” he said. “It’s a great idea. It‘s a wonderful way for the community to get together from all walks of life.”

The Christmas dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Day in the church hall with ham, and other items paid for by the Shawano Clergy Association.

Sat
23
Dec

Volunteer Profile


Photo by Carol Wagner Gordon Holten has volunteered in Appleton and then Shawano after moving here in 1991. He is holding a citation from the Wisconsin Legislature for his volunteer service with the Rural Health Initiative, in the formation for the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and being a longtime consultant with the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

Gordon Holten has volunteered in Appleton and then Shawano after moving here in 1991.

He was born and raised in Deerfield, graduating from Deerfield High School. Holten enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where during his sophomore year he enlisted for four years in the Air Force as the draft was being held for the Korean War. He served two years during the war in Okinawa, then returned to UW-Madison under the GI Bill. Holten earned a degree in math with a specialty in actuarial science.

Wed
20
Dec

Waupaca County 4-H youth earn awards

The hard work and dedication of many Waupaca County 4-H members was celebrated recently as more than 150 youth, leaders and parents attended the 2017 4-H Achievement Night at Manawa Little Wolf High School.

Awards were presented to youth for their outstanding accomplishments and achievements in project work as well as leadership opportunities in the 4-H program.

Club officers had the opportunity to turn in their records to receive awards for top club secretary, reporter and treasurer. This year, Evan Retzlaff of Woodland Badgers and Abby and Issy Lybert of Sandy Knoll 4-H were chosen as top reporters. Hailey Burmeister of Woodland Badgers and Josh Barnett of Country Pride, were named top club secretaries. Top treasurers were Kayla Gulbrandsen of Sandy Knoll, Jody Wentworth and Tyler Thontlin of Town and Country, and Kersten Zimmerman, Woodland Badgers.

Wed
20
Dec

Clark closes Rubber Soul shows for 2017


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Singer/songwriter Brandy Clark performed at the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium on Dec. 2. Rubber Soul Productions and Ho-Chunk Gaming sponsored the show.

The Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School auditorium was about half full Dec. 2 when singer/songwriter Brandy Clark performed, courtesy of Rubber Soul Productions and Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg.

Although ticket sales fell short of expectations, Rob Wyman, founder of Rubber Soul Productions, was realistic about the event. There were several area Christmas events, and the University of Wisconsin football team played in the Big Ten championship game the same night, he noted.

“It will take some time to establish the high school auditorium as an entertainment destination,” Wyman said. “It has a 40-plus-year history of not being an entertainment destination, so you aren’t going to change the perception overnight.”

For the past couple of years, Wyman has been working to bring entertainment to the area. Previous performances by bigger names, such as Marty Stuart and Pam Tillis, brought in more people.

Wed
20
Dec

Tuesdays are for teens at library

The Shawano City-County Library is hosting programs for local teens called Teen Tuesday.

From 3-5 p.m. each Tuesday, the Young Adult section or Creation Station is decked out based on broad selection of themed activities geared towards individuals ages 12-18.

The first Tuesday of every month focuses on puzzles, brain teasers, or various games to give brain muscles a workout.

The second Tuesday involves activities from the library’s new Creation Station.

On the third Tuesday, teens will be able to play with their food for Snack-a-Bration.

The fourth Tuesday features repeat Teen Tuesday activities.

Some months feature a fifth Tuesday, which could fall under or break away from any of these themes.

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