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Sat
08
Sep

Weekend with fairgoers and family doesn’t disappoint

Well, another great Shawano County Fair has come to a close. On the days I was there, I got sprinkled on a few times. Even though I had an umbrella in hand, I never opened it up. On Labor Day, I managed to get through most of the buildings. I enjoy talking to exhibitors and meeting up with people, many I only get to see once a year at the fair.

I was much impressed with the crops and vegetable exhibits; with all the heat and humidity of the summer, it seemed things excelled. The animals are so well groomed, and it is fun to see the pride of the exhibitors.

Once again, the Shawano County Historical Society did a great job on their exhibit. One picture I saw seemed impossible to me, taken back in the day when logs were cut and hauled the old-fashioned way. The logs were piled exceeding high on a sleigh, with only two horses hitched to the load. I could only wonder at the danger this posed to the loggers.

Sat
08
Sep

Local girl sings at Kiwanis convention


Leader Photo by Miriam Nelson Brianna Schmidt, of Wittenberg, sang at the Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas in June as part of the Penguin Project in Wausau.

Most people would not feel at home performing in front of 15,000 people. But for 16-year-old Brianna Schmidt, of Wittenberg, there is no place like it.

Schmidt and four other youngsters from the Penguin Project of Central Wisconsin Children’s Theatre performed at the annual Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas earlier this summer.

The Kiwanis organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children, and the Penguin Project helps children with special needs explore their creative talents.

The Penguin Project is open to children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other neurological disorders, as well as children who have visual or hearing impairments. Special needs children are paired with peer mentors as they prepare one musical each year.

Schmidt, diagnosed with high functioning autism, had lead roles in two previous Penguin Project productions in Wausau. She played Mazey in “Suessical Jr.” and Kathy in “Singing in the Rain.”

Sat
08
Sep

Shawano Pathways honoring one of its own


Contributed Photo Barb Mader, who passed away in June, volunteered every year for the Bike the Barn Quilts. Even though she didn’t ride the long distances herself, she enjoyed riding her bicycle around her own neighborhood at Koonz Lake.

Barb Mader was an integral part of the Bike the Barn Quilts event held in late September. She was always helping to set up the directional banners that show bicyclists the course to take.

Mader’s daughter, Heidi Bedwell, lives in Seattle and has never participated in Bike the Barn Quilts, which features routes between 5 and 70 miles all around Shawano County and showcases some of the almost 340 barn quilts dotted along the countryside. Bedwell will be bicycling this year, however, after Shawano Pathways decided to designate one of the routes in honor of her late mother, who passed away June 17.

The route designated for Mader is the 35-mile trek from Memorial Park in Shawano to the village of Gresham and back again. As an added bonus, the route includes alternate areas that are a little more hilly and totals 50 miles.

Sat
08
Sep

Boys and girls can sign up for Cub Scouts

For the first time, area Cub Scout packs are welcoming new families to join their ranks — including those with boys and girls. Sign-up night for families with children in kindergarten through fifth grade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the United Methodist Church, 1000 Engel Drive, Shawano.

Girls were first included in Cub Scouts in spring. “Our daughter joined the pack. She gets so excited about it,” said Mike VanHandel, Cub Scout dad and leader. “It’s fun to watch her doing the things that we haven’t been able to find the equivalent opportunity elsewhere.”

“My daughter joined Scouting this year,” added Ian Schiesl. “She’s been having a blast and learning all sorts of things that she’s never had the opportunity to do before — snowshoeing, (using) tools and just overall good character building.”

For information on Scouting, visit BeAScout.org.

Thu
06
Sep

Training offered for Master Gardener volunteers

Time is running out to sign up for Master Gardener volunteer training through the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension. The training session will begin Sept. 13 and run through Dec. 13.

The course work prepares participants to help others in their community, for example, by assisting with community beautification projects, performing horticultural demonstrations and answering plant care questions. Course instruction is free; however, the instructional materials cost $150. Included in these materials are the instruction manual, access to the online Foundations in Horticulture site and numerous take-home materials that are part of the hands-on skill-building sessions, which are the main feature of the course.

Wed
05
Sep

Vendors sought for Christmas craft fair

The Merry Mielke Arts and Crafts Fair has put out a call for vendors.

The event, sponsored by the Shawano County Arts Council, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Mielke Arts Center, N5649 Airport Road, Shawano.

A non-refundable registration fee of $40 is due in advance to reserve a preassigned space, and spots are limited. Arts and crafts exhibitors are responsible for setup and cleanup and are asked to be open during the duration of the fair. They are solely responsible for any loss, theft or damage to property.

Kits, manufactured or resale items are discouraged. Original art, crafts or Christmas gift items may be sold and exhibited. All items should be described on the entry form.

Exhibitors registered prior to Nov. 1 will have their names and locations shown in the fair program.

A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included with registration, as confirmation will not be given without it.

Sat
01
Sep

What do you mean chili doesn’t have peas?

Like many of you, one of our favorite stops at the fair is the Rural Firemen’s stand. I’ll never forget the time our son and his family joined us for burgers and chili. My daughter-in-law, my grandchildren and I sat down at one of the picnic tables behind the stand. My hubby and son brought the food over to us.

I remember my daughter-in-law asking, “What kind of soup is this?”

When I asked her if she never had chili before, she said, “Lots of times, but I have never heard of chili with peas in it.”

Her comment really surprised me. My mother always put peas in our chili. I guess I just thought everyone did.

A few months later, when we had a chili dump at City Hall, I was told chili with peas wasn’t allowed. Obviously, many of the staff at City Hall weren’t “homegrown.” (except Dana Dillenburg, who grew up on Shawano chili, too)

Sat
01
Sep

A calf that needed rescuing

Normally, when the Black Angus mother cows deliver their calves, nature takes over and they immediately tend. The accompanying low moo as she talks to her new calf, along with mother’s sandpaper-tongue’s first bath gets the vital organs working and the blood chugging through the offspring’s system. As the calf struggles to stand, the mother cow nudges her gently toward the colostrum milk, and she receives life-sustaining nourishment.

Rarely does a mother cow abandon her youngster but occasionally, we do see that happen. Such was the case the other day.

My husband pronounced the arrival of another calf, “A heifer calf!” to me one day as I returned from work. Watching it intently as he does, he noticed it had trouble standing. It would stand for a while, then flop back down. Otherwise, the calf looked healthy.

Sat
01
Sep

Labor Day weekend means fair, fun and photography

I know that the official season of autumn doesn’t begin for another three weeks. However, there is no denying that it is well on its way. The splashes of color are everywhere in the trees, and the goldenrod stands tall with its yellow splendor and, yes, pollen.

Allergy sufferers are experiencing itchy eyes, scratchy throats, stuffy noses and, yes, maybe even a cough. I was tested in past years and was told I wasn’t allergic to the pollen, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bother me. Wasn’t sure what that meant, but it seems every spring and fall, I am bothered by mold, pollen or whatever is out there.

This Labor Day weekend means back to school for most kids in our area and, as always, the great Shawano County Fair. I have always loved that fair — from my childhood, through the years I was a general leader of a 4-H Club and even now, as a senior citizen who still enters photography at the fair.

Sat
01
Sep

Tour company brings visitors to Wittenberg

Editor’s note: NEW Media recently chatted with Anne Schymanski of Courtesy Travel LLC, which organizes group bus tours out of Wausau. She was in Wittenberg on Aug. 9 with a group of 100 tourists enjoying a mystery tour.

Q: Who owns Courtesy Travel LLC?

A: My mom, Louanne Roehr, and a business partner opened Courtesy Travel in 1968 as a full-service travel agency. In 1989, her partner retired and Louanne became sole owner, employing four to six agents. In 2003, Louanne changed the business from a full-service travel agency to arranging and escorting her own group bus tours. I joined her in 2011 and took over ownership in 2013. I travel with the groups, and Louanne will get on the bus and help me out when I have more than one bus on a tour.

Q: What kind of trips do you do?

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