Community

Wed
16
Jan

Bowling fundraiser set for Saturday

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin invites the community to Bowl For Kids’ Sake on Saturday Jan. 19 at Lakeshore Lanes.

The event is the agency’s signature fundraiser combining bowling and team spirit with a pledge drive to support youth mentoring in Shawano County.

The fourth annual event takes participants to “Infinity and Beyond.” The outer space theme encourages teams to dress the part of their favorite outer space icons — planets and the Milky Way, aliens and astronauts or characters from popular TV shows and movies, such as “Star Trek” or “Star Wars.”

Company and team sponsorships, combined with individual bowlers who raise pledges, will help raise money to support programming for this year.

Sat
12
Jan

Winters not as brutal as they were in years past

In thinking back to winters of my youth, I can’t recall any Januarys such as the one we are currently living. The point can be made, that we aren’t even halfway through as yet, and cold and snow could be on its way, but as for me, I am thinking about being 9 years old on a small farm between Clintonville and Marion.

Winters came hard in those days, but this little girl was snuggled under a wool quilt, and Pa had the furnace fired up warm for those cold winter nights. Ma had spent time knitting woolen socks, mittens, scarves and caps, and with multiple layers of clothing, I was well prepared for the cold outside.

After being bundled up, I’d go down to the barn and feed the calves, then give ground feed to the cows. The heat of the cattle kept the barn at a cozy temperature. I took some time in the barn to cuddle with kittens.

Sat
12
Jan

Chili recipe a big hit with newspaper readers

Papers often highlight their top stories of the year. I decided I would take a look back on 2018, too.

I am both happy and humbled by the many comments, calls and letters I received from readers during 2018. They came from as far away as California and Florida and as nearby as Keshena and Cecil. I am truly grateful for the many friends I have made throughout the years. It is the main reason I continue to write. So, thank you for your inspiration and your friendship.

Sat
12
Jan

ThedaCare partners with Neuroscience Group

To enhance local access to expert brain, spine and pain care for people in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, ThedaCare has announced a partnership with Neuroscience Group. The group is the newest member of ThedaCare’s Accountable Care Organization, which aligns health care providers to work together in caring for patients in the region.

Neuroscience Group has 40 caregivers, including 17 physicians and 23 associate providers, and has been caring for patients in the area for nearly 30 years. They have worked with ThedaCare in the past; Neuroscience Group physicians were integral in developing and certifying the ThedaCare Stroke Center. Neuroscience Group will remain an independent physician-owned clinic.

Sat
12
Jan

Training for BQA certification offered

Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that raises consumer confidence by offering training in proper management techniques with a producer commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

By attending an in-person training for BQA, farmers can become certified in BQA. Several BQA trainings are being offered locally by Oconto County University of Wisconsin-Extension Agriculture Agent, Sarah Mills-Lloyd.

The first one will be Jan. 29 at the Shawano Public Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., with the training at 1 p.m.

Another training will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Matsche Center, 326 Railroad St., Birnamwood. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to the start of the training.

There will also be training on Feb. 16 at the Gillett Community Center, 200 Main St., Gillett. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and training begins at 1 p.m.

Thu
10
Jan

Clintonville alum joins UW-Madison troupe onstage

A Clintonville graduate will join the Wisconsin Singers, an entertainment group from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as they take the stage in the Clintonville High School (CHS) auditorium on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

A 2016 Clintonville High School graduate, Claire Crocker, is part of the show’s troupe. She is the daughter of Ann and Brian Crocker, and is one of 17 singer-dancers and nine band members in the on-stage ensemble.

“I am so excited about coming back to Clintonville to perform our top tier, captivating show in a familiar venue in front of family, friends and the whole community,” commented Crocker. “I am looking forward to sharing our Broadway quality show with everyone in and around Clintonville. It is, I can assure you, a show that will entertain all ages and is for music lovers of every genre and generation.”

The group will perform its 51st season show, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now!”

Thu
10
Jan

Komen Wisconsin aims to help breast cancer patients

After a statewide affiliate merger in 2017, the newly united Komen Wisconsin affiliate created the Breast Cancer Assistance Fund to reach more people in need across the state. Last year, Komen Wisconsin allocated $485,000 to the fund to support women and men in 22 Wisconsin counties.

The Susan G. Komen Wisconsin Breast Cancer Assistance Fund provides financial support for breast health services and support services for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 2017-18, Komen Wisconsin was able to provide 32,830 lifesaving services to Wisconsinites including screening and diagnostic services, as well as financial support for transportation to and from treatment, insurance copayments, rent, child care and more.

Thu
10
Jan

TO MARKET, TO MARKET


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Sam and Rachel Duo, of Gresham, performs Saturday morning at the FRESH Project’s winter farmers market.

People are interested in buying food locally. But aside from directly connecting with producers, there are few options to do so in the winter months.

Barb Mendoza, executive director for the FRESH Project, hopes to change that and is spreading the word about their winter farmers market, which had its latest sale day Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.

“This is another opportunity for people to buy local,” Mendoza said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the producers for the veggies and the meats or the artists like the people who make soaps and crafts. People in the Shawano area … want to buy local.”

Wed
09
Jan

Cooks battle for title of Tummy Warmer

The 30th annual “Tummy Warmer” cook-off will be held as part of Clintonville’s annual Winter Whirl on Jan. 12. The Clintonville Parks and Recreation Department will hold the cookout at Memory Lanes Bar and Banquet Hall, 250 County Road I, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those entering the cook-off are asked to prepare five or more quarts of their entry which may include hot chili, mild chili, chicken soup and miscellaneous.

There is no charge to enter the contest.

Contestants will need to provide some form of appliance, such as a Crock-Pot or slow cooker to hold their soup. There will be assigned spots with an access to an electrical outlet.

Participants are encouraged to dress up and decorate their space.

A panel of three judges for each division will judge for appearance, aroma, creativity/uniqueness, texture, taste/flavor and aftertaste. First, second and third place in each division will receive an engraved trophy.

Sat
05
Jan

Putting up calendar prompts look at the past year

Putting the calendar up for not only a new month, but a brand new year, I think back and ponder the year, reviewing it in my mind. Touching on the highs and lows, I know that, along with major happenings, even seemingly small or insignificant events add yet another layer to my life story. Rehashing local, state, national and worldly events I find are broader, but may not be any less important, to myself and others.

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