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Sat
09
Jun

Lots of activity on the farm

There’s lots of activity these days on the farm during June Dairy Month. Our bull needed to be moved to accommodate cycles and along with the frisky calves running in the pasture with their tails in the air, we’ve acquired two piglets and 40 fluffy yellow chicks.

We had to remove our Red Angus Seminole bull (named Bub) from the pasture so he wouldn’t breed the up-and-coming heifers too early. We need all our calves born in the spring to assure they’ll be hardy enough to handle wintering outside.

This big boy is so laid back he’s moving into yesterday, but he is a bull, and he is big, and a big bull, even an easygoing one, should never be fully trusted. If you know anything about me, you know that I am a little skittish now around these Angus on the farm, as one gave me seven staples and three stitches on the top of my head and a trip to the ER in January. This has made me more than a little nervous when I have to interact with them.

Sat
09
Jun

Meet Joel Kroenke


Photo by Carol Wagner Joel Kroenke built an outdoor music deck for performers who will be coming to his home for the Summer 2018 Music Deck Concerts at Cotter Creek.

Joel Kroenke has dedicated his after-retirement time to arranging concerts.

Kroenke was born and raised in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School. Kroenke earned a degree in urban studies from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and then worked in his families’ businesses for several years, which included timber frame and log homes, insulation contracting, beef farm and sawmill. The family farm is now Kroenke Lake State Natural Area.

For 15 years, he was the planner and facilities director at College of Menominee Nation. Kroenke taught dog mushing for the college of DuPage and dog mushing and canoeing for UW-Stevens Point BOW program.

He plays harmonica and has taught it and been on several recordings. He has two adult children.

Where do you volunteer?

Sat
09
Jun

Seeing others’ health changes self-attitude

A few weeks back, I walked into a grocery store. It is not a store I frequent often. However, I thought since I was nearby, I would stop in and look around.

Coming in the door I saw a woman with crutches and a big medical boot on her right leg. I commiserated with her on her condition, as that had been me in the past, although my shoulders wouldn’t let me use a crutch, but I used a walker. I told her she was lucky to be able to use crutches, and wished her well in her healing journey.

I know I have written in the past about my feet and right leg problems. After trying several different kinds of treatment, including surgery, I have for the most part simply made peace with my condition, and I have times when it really doesn’t bother me as much as other times.

Fri
08
Jun

Black retiring as Peace UCC pastor


Photo by Carol Wagner Pastor Marty Black is retiring, and her last service at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano will be June 21.

Pastor Marty Black is retiring, and her last service at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano will be June 21. She is retiring but not leaving the area since her husband, Paul, has his business here.

“I’m sticking around,” Black said.

When she finishes her last service, Black must find a new church and cut all ties with Peace. An interim pastor will continue services until a permanent replacement is found.

Black, who was ordained July 11, 1993, has been at Peace for over 15 years.

“I came with a particular set of gifts for ministry, and I feel I used those gifts well,” she said.

Black said the church is going through a transition like most churches and needs to reinvent itself. A new pastor will have “a different set of gifts to take members into the future,” she said.

Thu
07
Jun

Fun for all at Wittenberg Community Days

Local organizations are preparing for the annual Wittenberg Community Days celebration, which includes fireworks Saturday and a parade down Webb Street on Sunday.

The activities are planned by the Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce, Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post 502, Walls of Wittenberg and Homme Home for the Aging.

“This annual event was started five years ago as a way to combine several events into one weekend,” said Travis Rose, chamber president. “Each group was being spread too thin and the numbers attending were declining, so it made sense to have everyone celebrate on the same weekend.”

The American Legion Post uses the weekend as the primary fundraiser for its scholarship fund, which this year provided four $500 scholarships to Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School graduates.

Wed
06
Jun

Bakers sought for Wisconsin Baking Challenge

Bake along with Britain’s best — and add a Wisconsin twist.

Wisconsin Public Television invites fans of “The Great British Baking Show,” baking enthusiasts and anyone who wants to sweeten up their summer to enter its virtual tent for the second annual Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge. The challenge is a fun, free baking adventure open to all ages and skill levels.

Season 5 of the international phenomenon “The Great British Baking Show” premieres across the WPT viewing area 6 p.m. June 24. Following the kickoff June 17, The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge runs parallel to the program each week, with baking challenges that relate to each episode.

The Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge isn’t a competition. Participants are simply encouraged to try something new and share their baking victories and misadventures. Submissions will be featured each week on wpt.org.

Wed
06
Jun

Ambulance service gets lifesaving award

Shawano Ambulance Service has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction, the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Sat
02
Jun

May brings heat and rain, joy and pain

This month of May has had more than its share of sad and joyous occasions. The loss of a grandson is not an easy thing; it is like another part of me has vanished, and at times I am not thinking clearly. It changes the family dynamics for us all.

In the past couple of weeks, there have been some joyous occasions, also. A granddaughter graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with a lab tech degree, and my youngest grandchild — a grandson — graduated from high school.

So, life goes on. There are sad times and glad times, and as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other, my life goes on as well as I decide to make it. Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. It is a slogan I live by, one day at a time. Visits to the gravesides of loved ones was a little more difficult this spring.

Sat
02
Jun

Meet Donna Hobscheid

Donna Hobscheid is the president of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a chamber ambassador, and also volunteers for Junior Achievement.

Hobscheid is a native of Chicago and earned a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Hobscheid worked as a reporter and editor in Chicago, Eau Claire, Durand, and Shawano, where she moved in 2002. She is a Realtor for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, formerly Hilgenberg, since 2010.

Hobscheid and her husband, Henry, live in Shawano. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, walking and biking.

Where do you volunteer?

“I am the president of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce board of directors and a chamber ambassador and a teacher for Junior Achievement of the Wolf River District.”

What do you do for the chamber?

Sat
02
Jun

Lodge fire doesn’t stop Women of the Moose


Contributed photo The Women of the Moose Chapter 2269 Clintonville recently held their installation of new officers. Attending the ceremony are, from left, front row, Jenny Ziereis holding her son, Malachi, and June Bush; standing, Bev Harbath, Ann Moericke, Brittany Bodoh, Brenda Mehlberg, Betty Wilber, Carol Schaefer, Cheri Suttner, Amy Bodoh, Karen Geiger, Tina Streicher, Geneva Moericke, Mary Tullberg, Rose Peeters, Rose Babino and Judy Pahl.

The Women of the Moose Chapter 2269 in Clintonville are a little out of their usual routine after their lodge burned Jan. 5. The lodge was built 100 years ago, and additional space was added as they grew.

“We’re going to rebuild on our land,” said Amy Bodoh, junior graduate regent.

For now their meetings are at the Clintonville Public Library or the VFW.

“The community has been extremely helpful letting us use their buildings,” Bodoh said. “Our building was used quite often.”

The organization is international and dedicated to caring for the young and old while bringing the community closer together and celebrating life.

There are 94 members in the Clintonville Women of the Moose. To raise money for their community service, some of the things they do are have basket raffles within the group and lottery tree raffles. Before their lodge burned down, they held dinners to promote social aspects for the group.

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