Community

Sat
16
Dec

Celebrating Christmas and much more


Photo by Carol Wagner The Shawano County Historical Society will have Christmas at Heritage Park to celebrate the spirit of Christmas on Dec. 20-21. Muffy Culhane of Shawano Area Matthew 25 stands by the Old Tabor Church at the park where there will be concerts and sing-a-longs. The event is free, but donations to SAM25 and Safe Haven will be accepted.

The sights and sounds of Christmas will be celebrated on Dec. 20-21 with Christmas at Heritage Park at the Shawano County Historical Society. There will be concerts and sing-a-longs at the Old Tabor Church and caroling and cocoa at the archives.

The festivities are free and open to the public, but donations to Shawano Area Matthew 25 and Safe Haven will be accepted.

“I hope people will come and celebrate the season,” said Muffy Culhane, SAM25 board president.

The emergency shelter has been full nearly every night since it opened on Nov. 1

There will be a special event on Thursday, the longest night of the year. From 6-7 p.m. a memorial service will be held for those who have died in 2017 from homelessness.

“It’s been going on nationwide since 1990,” Culhane said.

Stacey Cicero, executive director of Safe Haven, said they appreciate the wonderful donations that are dropped off at Safe Haven throughout the year.

Fri
15
Dec

Kids From Wisconsin plan auditions in February

As the Kids from Wisconsin performance troupe prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the group will hold auditions for singers, dancers and instrumentalists ages 15 to 20 in February.

The Kids from Wisconsin, which began in 1969 to showcase the best faces and talent of Wisconsin’s youth, has grown to become one of the most iconic and beloved performing troupes in the state. To be eligible to audition, performers must be Wisconsin residents or Wisconsin college residents. A full summer commitment is required, as performers will take part in nearly 65 shows from June through the end of August — including a July 11 show in Shawano and twice daily shows at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Thu
14
Dec

Goodfellows brightening the holidays

About 180 needy families will have a better holiday season this year because of the Clintonville Goodfellows.

Volunteers have been busy this week at Memory Lanes and Banquet Hall preparing boxes of groceries, toys and items of clothing to have them ready for pickup on Thursday.

There were 30 volunteers on hand Wednesday, including students and adults.

“There was a population of people that were being missed, so the community of Marion was added to the group to be served,” volunteer Lori Mattes said. “This just warms my heart to know that kids in this community will have a better holiday.”

In the past, the Goodfellows distribution has been limited to the Clintonville School District, but this year the distribution was expanded to include Marion School District.

Needy families receive a box of food and a gift certificate for Econo Foods, and each minor child will receive a gift. The size of the gift certificate depends upon the donations.

Thu
14
Dec

Take holiday break with the library

As the busy Christmas season begins, it’s time to think about what to do with the kids during winter break. The Shawano City-County Library can help.

Winter break programming at the library, 128 S. Sawyer St., starts Dec. 26 with “Baby & Me” in the children’s department. This infant-to-24-months program is 20 minutes long, followed by 15 minutes of playtime.

At 2 p.m., the newly featured “Coding for Kids” with Ozobots will begin in the Creation Station. Coding is suggested as a great activity for kids, as it might open up job opportunities in the future and is fun.

At 3 p.m. is Teen Tuesday Take Two, where teens can make some sweet treats before the library closes at 5 p.m.

Activities continue Dec. 27 with a 10 a.m. story time for all ages, followed by a craft project.

Sat
09
Dec

Meet Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson

Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson have donated toys to the Toys for Tots campaign for many years.

Carlson was raised in Gillett, graduating from Gillett High School. He worked for the Oconto County Highway Department and for the past 28 years has his own business, The Bull Pen in Pulcifer. He has three children and four grandchildren.

Sundberg was raised in Chicago, Minnesota, graduating from Ogilvie High School. She was self-employed at Sundberg Trucking, then worked for Zernicke Trucking, and now is co-owner of The Bull Pen. She has three children and 11 grandchildren.

Carlson and Sundberg worked together on their answers.

Q How did you get started?

A Just over 15 years ago, we got involved with Results Broadcasting for the Toy Crusade.

Q What do you do?

Sat
09
Dec

Meet Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson


Photo by Carol Wagner Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson recently delivered a whole bunch of toys to the Toys for Tots campaign. From left, Melissa Schuler, Mike Schuler, Melonnie Sundberg, Craig Carlson, Jody Johnson and Terry Moede.

Melonnie Sundberg and Craig Carlson have donated toys to the Toys for Tots campaign for many years.

Carlson was raised in Gillett, graduating from Gillett High School. He worked for the Oconto County Highway Department and for the past 28 years has his own business, The Bull Pen in Pulcifer. He has three children and four grandchildren.

Sundberg was raised in Chicago, Minnesota, graduating from Ogilvie High School. She was self-employed at Sundberg Trucking, then worked for Zernicke Trucking, and now is co-owner of The Bull Pen. She has three children and 11 grandchildren.

Carlson and Sundberg worked together on their answers.

Q How did you get started?

A Just over 15 years ago, we got involved with Results Broadcasting for the Toy Crusade.

Q What do you do?

Sat
09
Dec

Shelter offers a safe place and future help


Photo by Carol Wagner Pam Tadych is the coordinator and executive board liaison for Steps to Success at SAM25.

Shawano Area Matthew 25 offers not only physical help, but financial help, as well, through their Steps to Success program at the emergency shelter. Pam Tadych is the coordinator and liaison to the executive board.

“This program has been designed by the SAM25 board, staff, and volunteers to help guests in their journey to self-sufficiency,” said Tadych, who has been a volunteer since November 2016.

People are given the opportunity to work with volunteer mentors to identify barriers that exist, find the strength to overcome them, and achieve goals that have been set for them. Some needs are employment, housing, child care, education, addiction, health and transportation.

Guests are shown how to apply for a job and how to dress and interview for a job.

“Oftentimes, our guests need someone to show they care,” Tadych said. “Steps to Success supports their journey, but ultimately each guest is responsible for their own success.”

Sat
09
Dec

Klement family offers matching funds for Safe Haven project

Larry Klement has always been a man of passions ranging from his love of family to his innovative and successful career in the timber industry. He has also been dedicated to his faith and has an unwavering commitment to community.

With the holiday season approaching, Klement and his wife Donna Rae have again made a significant philanthropic commitment through a challenge grant toward the expansion of Safe Haven’s Shawano shelter.

The Klement family, one of the major initial donors who helped establish Safe Haven in 2000 and generously contributed to the construction of the current shelter, has presented a challenge grant to the community as a means of again showing their passion for helping those in need. The Klements have pledged $50,000 to match individual contributions to the Breaking New Ground, Building and Restoring Lives capital campaign.

Fri
08
Dec

Kuester recognized for fitness achievement


Contributed photo Mary-Beth Kuester does a side plank after receiving her 25 Club wristband for completing 25 FIRE Fitness Camps. Class members congratulated her on her achievement at a recent class.

At 79, Mary-Beth Kuester earned the 25 Club award Dec. 2 for completing 25 FIRE Fitness Camps at Hard Core Fitness, 143 S. Main St., Clintonville.

“No ‘I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up’ for me,” said Kuester, a regular at the gym.

Kuester, who recently lost 70 pounds, said she sought to improve her strength through the new FIRE program, which stands for “functional intensive resistance exercise.” Dana Moehring, owner of Hard Core Fitness, started the new program to commemorate the club’s sixth anniversary.

Kuester was the first to sign up for the new program, but she is not the typical participant. Men and women of all ages take part in the 30-minute classes to improve their strength and fitness, as well as lose weight. Kuester said her next goals include attaining membership in the 50 Club and running a marathon relay with fellow club members next year.

Thu
07
Dec

Church presents ‘Christmas in KidCity’

Hillside Assembly of God will present its annual Christmas musical, “Christmas in KidCity,” written by Dave Clark and Emily Mingledorff on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The musical has a creative approach to the Christmas story look at Jesus through the lens of both the Old Testament and New Testament.

The adventure unfolds in a children’s church. Zach, played by Devyn Larson, Joy, played by Clara Schaal, and Josie, played by Grace Simpson talk about Christmas with Ms. Eugenia, played by Amber Carlson. The audience will also find out how Izzy, played by Carrie Gomber, got her name, and will also find it hard to forget the witty jokes of Steve, played by Evan Rennie.

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